Nebula – Transmissions From Mothership Earth

Transmission From Mothership Earth Album Cover Art

Nebula – Transmissions From Mothership Earth
Heavy Pysch Sounds Records
Release Date: 22/07/2022
Running Time: 39:00
Review by: Alun Jones
9/10

As I write this, we’re sweltering in a record-breaking heatwave.  North Wales, which is where I’m based – and also where the nerve centre of Ever Metal can be found – has had some of the highest temperatures in the whole of the UK.  It’s crazy.  And so, a new album from desert rock titans Nebula seems extremely apt right now.  “Transmissions From Mothership Earth” has arrived at exactly the right time.

And it arrives with a welcome burst of fuzz drenched psych rock, exactly as expected, in the first track, ‘Highwired’.  Big fat riffs, dashes of space rock and a whiff of herbal cigarettes: classic Nebula, really.  Up next is the title track, which adds some nice, sixties secret agent vibes to the melting pot, together with a punishingly heavy section.

‘Wilted Flowers’ begins with a mellow guitar section before exploding into a thunderous head tripper.  There’s a feel of Mudhoney and the Stooges with Nebula’s best work, as evidenced here and with ‘Melt Your Head’.  Other tracks like ‘Warzone Speedwulf’ and ‘The Four Horseman’ sound like early Monster Magnet dripped in acid fried Steppenwolf and left to dry in a Tarantino desert landscape.    

No surprises then with this latest Nebula release, and with titles like ‘I Got So High’ you can guess exactly what to expect.  But who cares?  “Transmissions From Mothership Earth” is a solid album of pounding rhythms and spaced-out fuzz rock.  It’s bound to make my end of year best of list, and right now it’s the perfect soundtrack for summer.  Enjoy, fellow explorers – it’s gonna piss it down with rain tomorrow. 

Talking about nebula and space and galaxies and all that, did I tell you about the great telescope trick we played on Bill Ward once?  It was at Brian May’s house, and he’s well into all that astrology business.  Bri’s got this huge telescope for star gazing.  So Tony, Ozzy, Geezer and me persuaded Bill to take a look.  What he didn’t know was that Brian had put black paint inside the lens, so Bill ended up with a great big, black monocle on his face.  Bill didn’t realise, and walked round like that all night – extremely paranoid as to why all the guests were laughing at him.  Great fun!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Highwired
02. Transmissions from Mothership Earth
03. Wilted Flowers
04. Melt Your Head
05. Warzone Speedwulf
06. I Got So High
07. Existential Blues
08. The Four Horseman

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Wax Mekanix / Troll Teeth – Blunt (Split EP)

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Wax Mekanix / Troll Teeth – Blunt (Split EP)
Electric Talon Records
Release Date: 22/10/2021
Running Time: 14.32

Review by Alun Jones
9/10

Now the good folks at Electric Talon Records issued this split EP back in October last year, so yet again, apologies for my tardiness. I’ll think of an excuse by the end of this review. For now, let’s just cover some basic info: two bands, namely Troll Teeth and Wax Mekanix, with five songs split between them. Style-wise, we’re in for a journey – so stay sharp.

Wax Mekanix is an artist I’m already familiar with from his exceptional ‘Mobocracy’ album from 2020. That record covered a wide base genre wise, from hard rock to folky guitar and any number of surprises in between. Wax hasn’t stood still, instead deciding to venture into yet newer fields with the three tracks shared here. So first up we get ‘Head’, an enticing blend of acoustic guitar, tribal drums and percussion, plus rowdy vocals. There’s no ferocious riffage here, but the infectious rhythms and Eastern sounding chords will drag any listener along.

‘Manchester Strawberry Blonde’ is a short interlude, with almost Native American percussion, augmented with lyrics that recount a despairingly tragic incident. The lyrics on all tracks are worth a read, particularly here. Wax’s final offering is ‘Freak Boutique’, where the mellow acoustic guitar is embellished again with Eastern rhythms. As a result, this is less campfire singalong and more a voyage across exotic lands.  

Troll Teeth have the best band name I’ve heard in years. Thankfully, they can also deliver some righteous music too. ‘The Pigs are on Parade Today’ has a dense, mid-paced stoner rock approach that is instantly cinematic: perfectly appropriate for watching vast desert skies growing dark and the heavens lighting up. ‘Barbs on a Wire’ is more aggressive, but still retains a sense of melody along with the rolling, raucous riff. It’s progressive in the best sense of the word and also addictive with its relentless, undulating drive and fiery lead guitar. If you dig Baroness, you’ll dig this. 

At first listen, the two bands here seem somewhat different – but it becomes obvious that they’re tied together by their expansive, wide view of the world – and its sounds. Wax Mekanix and Troll Teeth are both visionaries. Here’s to hearing a new full length from each, soon.

What was that? What was my excuse for this review being so late? Well, ah … I had completed it ages ago, honest, but Ozzy Osbourne ate it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Head (Wax Mekanix) 
02. Manchester Strawberry Blonde (Wax Mekanix) 
03. Freak Boutique (Wax Mekanix)
04. The Pigs Are on Parade Today (Troll Teeth)
05. Barbs on a Wire (Troll Teeth) 

LINKS WAX MEKANIX:

LINKS TROLL TEETH: 

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Duel – In Carne Persona

In Carne Persona Album Cover Art

Duel – In Carne Persona
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 01/10/2021
Running Time: 38:41
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Wait, it can’t be time for a new Duel album, surely? It only seems like yesterday that I reviewed their last work for Ever Metal. Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? Well, that last album “Valley Of Shadows”, also from Heavy Psych Sounds, was released back in 2019 – so yes, it’s time for more Duel. My cryo-freeze unit must have kept me out of trouble for longer than I thought.

Austin, Texas is where they came from, though Duel’s real home is good ol’ heavy metal and greasy hard rock. Whereas with the previous record review, I made comparisons to stoner rock and 70’s proto metal, this time around, “In Carne Persona” has a much more trad metal approach. Thundering out of the gates on the very first track, ‘Children Of The Fire’ has a galloping, early Maiden sound.

The NWOBHM influence rages throughout the album, with some classic Sabbath heaviness and Thin Lizzy style melody for good measure. Second track ‘The Veil’ illustrates both sides of those 70’s references with a pounding riff and laser sharp solo.

Tracks like ‘Anchor’ and ‘Bite Back’ take the intensity of Trouble or Saint Vitus and ramp up the pace with a ferocious Priest-like power. ‘Lizard Tongue’ delivers the boogie, whilst final track ‘Blood On The Claw’ provides an epic finish to the proceedings. Bringing the album to a huge and satisfying conclusion; it builds slowly, contrasting heavy chugging sections with refrained passages.

Superb bombastic vocals crown masterful musicianship that evokes the past masters, making “In Carne Persona” another triumphant album from Duel. Throughout it all, Duel create a dark and brooding atmosphere, that effectively stamps their own authenticity on the old template. Dark but never grim, it’s always exciting.

I remember a duel of sorts in my days with Purple. One night whilst on tour somewhere, we decided to have a game of beer Russian roulette. Thirty cans of lager on the table, one had been shaken up by yours truly and placed randomly back amongst the others. Participants would then open one can at a time next to their ear; one unlucky player would obviously suffer the frothy consequences.

Gillan, Lord and Blackmore all started well – springing open cans next to their heads which didn’t explode, so they could drink them down. Eventually, and inevitably, it was Ritchie who took the shaken beer to the head, he was soaked and screamed petulantly at Gillan, blaming the singer for his misfortune. It wasn’t like he didn’t know what to expect! Blackmore stormed off leaving the rest of us in hysterics. What was really funny was, when Ritchie wasn’t looking, I’d switched cans on him with another frothed up bullet. Ha!

‘Children Of The Fire’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Children Of The Fire
02. The Veil
03. Anchor
04. Behind The Sound
05. Bite Back
06. Wave Of Your Hand
07. Dead Eyes
08. Lizard Tongue
09. Blood On The Claw

LINE-UP:
Tom Frank – Guitar & Vocals
Shaun Avants – Bass & Vocals
Justin Collins – Drums
Jeff Henson – Guitar & Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with GRANDE FOX

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EMQ’s with GRANDE FOX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Thessaloniki, Greece based Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock band, Grande Fox. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Grande Fox; we play Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock. Nevertheless, listeners always find a lot of evidence from other genres and this is because the band leaves open the possibility of experimentation when creating new material as long as it always has something essential to say and represent.

The band has so far created 4 recordings during the six years of active presence, the LP “Space Nest” (2016), the EP “Kulning” (2018), the Single ‘Documento’ (2019) and LP “Empty Nest” (2021).

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea of the name is a combination of admiration of the fox and the way of survival in nature but also the way of hunting its prey and at the same time the great spirit that characterizes us as people, as a company, as a brotherhood with high goals and creativity that sometimes it floods our minds and we get to the point where we push ourselves hard enough to choose the final forms of our projects.

What country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?

We are from Greece, Thessaloniki. The truth is that in recent years, in Greece, a stoner rock community has been created around new and old bands in their majority, independent of record companies. An underground music world. We believe that it is still in its infancy and has not known its peak but is heading there.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is the LP “Empty Nest” which is accompanied by three videos, two videoclips for ‘Manganite’ and ‘Rottenness Of Youth’ and a lyric video for ‘Hangman’.

‘Manganite’ (Official Video)

Rottenness Of Youth’ (Official Video)

‘Hangman’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Many artists influenced us and for sure we would need 10 pages to name them all. From Black Sabbath to Guns n’ Roses, from Rage Against The Machine to Fever 333, from Audioslave to Linkin Park, from Pink Floyd to Pearl Jam even from Marilyn Manson to Tool, Limp Bizkit to Deftones and the list goes on and on and on…

What first got you into music?

Passion and a strong need of expression especially in harsh times like these. Music is our way out. It is the gate of light in times full of darkness, is the redemption from the slavery of misery but above all modern and “easy” life.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

From our country that would probably be Planet of Zeus, 1000mods, Vic, Narcosis, Dendrites and many other big bands.

And from abroad we would love to collaborate with bands such as Clutch, Monster Magnet, Godsmack, TruckFighters, My Sleeping Karma and truly many many more.

If you could play at any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Historically speaking that would be the first Woodstock Festival but as long as this is not a possibility anymore we would say Hellfest Open Air Festival and UK’s Download Festival.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Some piece of Rasta Hair from a crazy dude who’s said to be a magician…That was a bit creepy and scary but kinda funny too.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Many of our songs hide messages either lyrically or visually.

We believe in the complexity and diversity between people and we are ideologically and artistically opposed to any fascist or racist culture and ideology.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That would certainly be Chris Cornell!!!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And do you hate?

What we enjoy most is the union of the frequencies that we emit the moment we play. Something magical happens when you let the music seduce you in this way. You radiate energy and feel in tune with the others next to you. It is an alternative form of communication. Common language for the whole world regardless of race, preferences and specialties. It is the common denominator that unites us and we like that most of all.

What we do not like at all is the jealousy of other musicians in our underground community. Sometimes the lack of respect they give birth to with ugly behaviour and the selfish element within them that does not allow them to accept something new and innovative. The new authentic wave of music that often comes from the same feelings or experiences that are the cause and for themselves to write music.

What they need to understand is that we have entered a new era of consciousness and understanding and that, whether they like it or not, leads to a greater artistic flourishing. Such attitudes and behaviour do not suit us and do not represent us.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Streaming royalties need to be fair and distributed fairly. Streaming services are doing worse damage to revenue than we could have ever imagined with paid downloads.

We are now reaching the point of the “Spigot” business where the anticipated future of media distribution was all some form of streaming. And the current business model is not growing with the times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Linkin Park – “Reanimation”

What’s the best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Downloads are more practical and fits better in our way of living nowadays but Vinyl is absolutely more sentimental and valuable to use, it connects you to another era, a period that changed everything full of light and inspiration. We also like cassettes and CD’s too because we have connected their existence with memories we had when we were kids.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

That’s a tough answer to give because every concert gave us something to remember. Probably we would say our gig in Germany at Blackland a live stage, one of the oldest in Berlin where we received such a great energy from the crowd that we’ll never forget. The vibe, the response of the people and their admiration they showed to us was a unique experience.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably professional athletes. The mindset on what we do as an indie band and what athletes do to achieve goals is very similar . Discipline , Dreams , Goals, Strategy, Practice, Patience, Self-Sacrifice are just some of the many similar factors that an athlete and an indie band definitely share.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We don’t usually do dinner parties…but we love cocktail and beer parties! In that case we would love to drink some alcohol alongside Mike Shinoda, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Myles Kennedy and Flea.

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing new video clips with songs from our new album “Empty Nest” and we are under discussion for a series of live performances. As we have already started to generate new musical ideas for future projects.

What social media/website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.grandefox.gr/
www.grandefox.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/outofnesta/
www.instagram.com/grande_fox_official/
www.soundcloud.com/user-699685715-777881746
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7EgyTfkdvnQMo7e7FRsO6u
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDFXjbSxD6SkNlcv2LDu63w
www.music.youtube.com/channel/UCGmVJvcswf81wV1_PA9RJYQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa cakes are biscuit sized cakes ! So definitely it’s both!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We thank you a lot and we wish to all people prosperity and health.

Stay safe , stay strong and support community.

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1968 – Salvation, If You Need…

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1968 – Salvation, If You Need…
Self-Released/No Profit Recordings
Release Date: 20/04/2021
Running Time: 43:52
Review by Alun Jones
9.5/10

For this review of “Salvation, If You Need…”, the second album from UK stoner rock titans 1968, I promise that there will be no messing about, no silly stories, no nonsense whatsoever. I’m not even drinking. Rather, I will endeavour to write a serious review that treats this album with the respect it deserves. Not enough respect to get the article written on schedule, mind; but hey – I never said I was perfect.

Anyone familiar with 1968 from their previous efforts will not be disappointed to learn that the band’s strengths are in full flow here. Thankfully, they’ve also pushed boundaries and explored their psychedelic tendencies further than ever before. Witness opening track ‘Rail Road Boogie’, which teases a funky Blaxploitation groove before unleashing the glorious big riff sound that we expect.

Comparing 1968 to Kyuss is far too obvious and lazy. Jimi Ray’s voice has some of that gruff John Garcia sound (with a little later-period TSOL vocalist Joe Wood), though his vocals have matured to a sincere, soulful timbre. See also, guitarist Sam Orr: schooled in Sabbath riffology and Lizzy attitude, here his Hendrix aspirations are allowed to fly unrestrained. Magnificent washes of sound cascade and add colour everywhere, without being obtrusive.

‘Blackwing’ is the highlight for me: a refrain that’ll slip into your ears and lodge there. It’s pointless trying to remove it. Whether happy accident or hard slog, this is an epic riff. ‘Eastern Wind’ follows a similar path, but offers enough of its own controlled chaos to stand on its own two feet.

Tom Richards’ bass warms up ‘Here It Lies’ and expertly keeps the vibe dialled on a grungy, early Soundgarden pace. The raw, unrefined blues of ‘Small Victories’ and ‘God Bless’ also allow drummer Dan Amati to show he can play refined and delicate, as well as thundering and determined.

Yes, 1968 are undoubtedly still inspired by the classic rock of the late 60’s/early 70’s, but we’re also in Satan’s Dive Bar, somewhere in Seattle, drinking beers with a jukebox that’s stuck on Badmotorfinger. And some Budgie, too, based on the solid cover of that band’s ‘Guts’ which shows up here.

Look, I’ve tried to be serious for once, and I hope you appreciate it, reader. “Salvation, If You Need…” is a truly magnificent piece of work. I’ve been playing it for ages and it hasn’t aged. I’m still discovering little delights everywhere. It has scale and pace that other bands don’t dare trifle with. A contender for Album of the Year, so long as I can get hold of the imminent vinyl release.

Now, who wants to hear about the time Ozzy, Belinda Carlisle and I gate-crashed Venom’s Satanic picnic?

I lied about not drinking, by the way…

‘Rail Road Boogie’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rail Road Boogie
02. Trail Of Dogs
03. Blackwing
04. Here It Lies
05. Guts (Budgie Cover)
06. Expressway
07. Eastern Wind
08. Small Victories
09. Night Hornet
10. God Bless

LINE-UP:
Jimi Ray – Vocals
Sam Orr – Guitar
Tom Richards – Bass
Dan Amati – Drums

LINKS:

1968 Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE – PART 2

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EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE – PART 2

Hi everyone! In August 2020 we did our first EMQ’s with Philadelphia, PA based Fuzz/Prog/Stoner Rock band The Stone Eye, care of vocalist Stephen Burdick. With a new single out and album on the way they have returned to tackle it again. This time it has fallen to drummer, Jeremiah Bertin, to offer his perspective on the band. Many thanks to him for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Jeremiah Bertin, and I play drums in The Stone Eye. I first met guitarist Stephen Burdick in 2013. We went to the same high school, and we were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, Christian Mechem, who would end up joining the band on guitar in years to come. Since then, we’ve released 4 albums, and a 5th one will be released very soon via Eclipse Records. We’ve also toured extensively on the East Coast, and have made it out to the Midwest as well.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I started working with Steve, the project was called Cycle. However, after playing together for a year or two, we decided that our music was moving in a different direction and that the name didn’t quite fit any more. We spent a while debating on the name of the band. We knew we wanted to have something with “stone” in it, or some sort of variation of the word. Eventually, one of us came up with “The Stone Eye”, and the name stuck.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the United States, specifically Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The stoner rock scene is very tight-knit, and there are several bars in the city, such as Century and Ortlieb’s, that have become venues that have smiled brightly on the burgeoning scene in the city. People in the area definitely like their metal around here.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

On June 11th, we released our song ‘Witches & Raptures. A music video for the tune was released a few days later. It is the first single off our upcoming album “South Of The Sun”, which will be released on October 15th.

‘Witches & Raptures’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the band as a whole, I would probably say Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, and King Crimson. In terms of my personal drumming influences, Danny Carey from Tool, Jimmy Chamberlin from Smashing Pumpkins, and jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham have been very influential on my playing. Those three guys are some of the most talented people to ever pick up a pair of sticks.

What first got you into music?

My father. He showed me classic rock, world music, funk, and all other different kinds of stuff when I was growing up. He also plays drums too, and he had various percussion instruments scattered throughout the house that I would bang on and play with. I’ve been immersed in music my whole life, and music has shaped my personality a great deal.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I’d love to jam with the guys from Black Midi.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Primavera Sound in Barcelona. I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, and every year they have killer line-ups spanning many different music genres. I’d love to go there, play, and then relax and see the other entertainment.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I haven’t really gotten any physical gifts from fans, but once when we were playing in Pittsburgh, a woman kept flashing us her breasts. I’m glad she enjoyed our music enough to make us know, but it was certainly very weird.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Listen to our music with an open mind.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Kurt Cobain. I’d just be very curious about what he would think of our society nowadays.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy playing songs that I like onstage the most. And I hate the fact that I always have the most to lug to every gig.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d get rid of industry plants.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One album that I’ve really been into recently has been “Music Has The Right To Children” by Boards of Canada. I just picked it up on vinyl a week or two ago.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I personally like vinyl the most, but to each their own.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

A few years ago, we played at the New England Stoner and Doom Festival in Connecticut in front of about 150 people. That was a very fun experience to go up there and play, and also see the other great bands.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably interning at a law firm or doing some sort of analysis of data pertaining to a global conflict.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

George Washington, George Patton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar. It would be fascinating for me to pick the brains of some of the greatest military minds in history.

What’s next for the band?

The record is coming out in October, but in the meantime, we’re going to try and play some local shows. Then, after it comes out, we’re going to tour for several weeks.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Pre-order “South of the Sun”:
www.ffm.to/ssun
Merchandise Shop:
www.thestoneeye.bigcartel.com/
Bandcamp:
www.thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/album/south-of-the-sun

Stream Witches & Raptures:
Spotify
www.spoti.fi/3iAxg0S
Apple Music
www.apple.co/3cx9lLG
Deezer
www.bit.ly/3gdIarz
Amazon Music
www.amzn.to/3gaGSh9
iHeart Radio
www.ihr.fm/3gphraD

www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye
www.twitter.com/thestoneeye
www.instagram.com/thestoneeyeband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m going with biscuit. It would be too obvious if they were cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Keep on rockin’ in the free world, folks.

The Stone Eye Promo Pic (Credit Kenji Fong)
Picture by Kenji Fong

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip

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Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 43:09
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

A slow build of distortion, punctuated by air raid sirens, heralds the onslaught of ‘Bellweather’, the first track on the latest Spelljammer opus. These guys are in no rush. Instead, the listener sinks slowly into the mire, as first guitars and bass, then drums, stealthily enter. Over the course of six plus minutes, the track builds beautifully, setting the style for the album to follow.

Spelljammer are from Stockholm, Sweden – and comprise Niklas Olsson (bass and vocals); Robert Sörling (guitar) and Jonatan Rimsbo (drums). It’s been five long years since their last album, but now they’re back with a huge, ponderous collection of sludgy, doom laden music.

Second track, ‘Lake’, follows the hypnotic incline of the opener with a brutal riff and throaty vocals, before descending into a medium paced headbanger. This track nicely encapsulates the contrasts between heavy, thunderous ferociousness and trancelike wonderment.

The band composed these songs in the seclusion of a remote house in the country. The various shifting sections of the songs obviously reflect that concentrated effort, with a perfect ebb and flow.  Sections wind intricately between the monstrous and the calm.

‘Among The Holy’ starts with a creeping pace before erupting into the album’s biggest rocker. The title track opens with a sample from some obscure horror movie, and I need to know which! After that, it’s crawling doom which picks up speed a little in a Sabbathy manner – complete with distorted vocals.

Talking of Sabbath, ‘Peregrine’ feels like one of those Tony Iommi instrumentals on “Master Of Reality”. It’s actually quite wonderful. Finally, ‘Silent Rift’ is over ten minutes of all that’s gone before, ramped up even higher. The pace is slow, there’s no haste, Spelljammer take their time and let the music grow and breathe.

The listener will also need to take their time and truly absorb this album. Stick on your ear goggles, turn the lights down low and bask in the inventiveness. “Abyssal Trip” is a record that’s been carefully composed and nurtured. The enjoyment here is in the journey and all its interwoven elements.

As we’re talking of jam, I’m reminded of an episode with my old Black Sabbath mates. We were at legendary Rockfield studios in Wales, and following a late night in the studio and an even later nights boozing, the band were relaxing on the lawns on a gorgeous summer day. Bill fell asleep on the grass, and Ozzy decided to take the remains of the strawberry jam from breakfast and smear it all over Bill’s beard.  Sure enough, ten minutes later, Bill woke with a scream – brushing wasps from his face. He jumped up and ran to a nearby pond, jumping in face first.  When he emerged, Bill looked like a Sasquatch. He spent days rubbing ointment on his face and was finding dead insects in his beard for ages.

‘Abyssal Trip’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bellweather
02. Lake
03. Among The Holy
04. Abyssal Trip
05. Peregrine
06. Silent Rift

LINE-UP:
Niklas Olsson – Bass and Vocals)
Robert Sörling – Guitar
Jonatan Rimsbo – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with ZAC CRYE

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EMQ’s with ZAC CRYE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Phoenix, Arizona based, Desert/Stoner Rock Solo Artist, Zac Crye. Huge thanks to, Zac, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about your History?

My name is Zac Crye, I am a solo artist. My main instruments would be guitar and vocals; I also fancy myself a ‘songwriter.’ I love writing lyrics! For this particular project, I actually wrote and performed every instrument on every track of the EP. When you listen to any of these five tracks your just hearing one guy.

How did you come up with your band name?

After investing so much time and money with other bands and projects, I just got tired of having to rebuild every time something didn’t work out. We’ve all got our own lives, schedules, personal matters; it can be a bit of a hassle to work all of those things out for 3 or 4 people and come together for a common cause. With this solo endeavour, I’m able to cut all the noise and really pursue my own interest, so I figured the best thing to do is just go by own name. I feel it gives me more freedom to work my social media accounts, full creative control; and when I want to do something, I can just do it!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m living in Phoenix, AZ in the valley. We have a great stoner/doom scene here cultivated by some heavy hitters like Stone Witch, Old Fashion Assassin, Loserfur, Goya, and a ton of others. There’s also a great podcast, Doom Tomb, hosted by Chris Beck, purveyor of all things Stoner/Doom. We had our own festival last year, Planet Mammoth Fest, a three-day stoner/doom extravaganza put together by Chris, Kyle Eades from OFA, and Joe Switchblade who records a lot of these bands in the studio.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

‘All the Same’, the title track from my upcoming 5-track EP is currently on all streaming platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, etc…

I’ve got a music video for that song coming out in Feb that I filmed and edited myself.

We will be releasing one more single in March to promote the EP, “All the Same,” which drops 16/04/2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

So many artists and bands have influenced me in so many ways. If I could sum it up, I would say the desert rock scene that emerged from the Palm Springs area in California, and all of the bands that came out of that scene. I love the sounds of those bands like Yawning Man, Brant Bjork, Kyuss and what would ultimately become Queens of the Stone Age. The attitude, the vibe, the DIY work ethic. It was very much like the punk rock scene but slower and weirder. I’ve always talked about throwing some desert generator parties.

What first got you into music?

Well, my dad was a touring musician so I’ve always been around it for as long as I can remember.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’d love to do a full compilation with a revolving line-up from the same pool of musicians. Like we each collaborate on different songs together. Some guys on one songs, other guys on other songs, all of us on a couple of songs. And I think I would pick musicians from the local stoner scene here in Phoenix. Not unlike what they’ve done with Desert Sessions over the last couple decades. I would love to provide the location and environment for something like that. It’s my grand vision.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I’d love to play Psycho Las Vegas because of how communal it is for the stoner rock scene here in the States. You go there and you see everyone involved in the scene, and to be on stage in front of those people is a huge opportunity to make new friends, grow your band, and to really prove your abilities to a crucial audience.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

One guy came to the stage while we were playing in San Marcos, TX and started pouring weed all over us. Pot’s still illegal over there so he was removed from the show very quickly, but we manged to scoop up quite a bit and stuff our pockets.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Support your favourite artists directly, try to avoid any ‘third party merch’, go straight to the source. If they have a website or a Bandcamp, those should be the first two avenues of support.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jim Morrison

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I really love the artistic expression, I love exploring new territories, like finding new colours on your pallet, I love making music with other people and alone. Now days we have so much technology at our fingertips, the possibilities are endless as to what you can do musically.

I guess one of the downfalls of pursuing some sort of career in music is that it’s become increasingly less about the actual music and much more about other trivialities like social media, which I think can be a huge distraction and a time sink as well.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

That’s such a loaded question, I mean music is one of the most exploitive industries. It’s very hard to be an artist in this environment sometimes. I’m sure there are a lot of things to be changed about the music industry, but I wouldn’t know where to begin. First of all, I would say pay the artists for their streams, and then we go from there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I love the first Queens of the Stone Age album! It’s got all the elements for me, it’s like post-grunge with the desert vibe, catchy hooks, big riffs, great drums – I love it!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I’ve come to prefer vinyl overall, but I dig other formats. I feel like vinyl is the best bang for your buck – you get a physical product along with the digital download; and vinyl holds up a lot longer than CD’s, I think; you get the cool artwork, and they look cool when you’ve got em on a shelf!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I thoroughly enjoyed playing Planet Mammoth last year, it was a micro-psycho Las Vegas experience in terms of playing for a lot of the right people in the scene.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Something creative for sure. I enjoy writing, and I also enjoy messing with film. I work full-time as a solar panel installer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bring the fight companion to my house with Joe Rogan, Joey Diaz, Eddie Bravo, and Andrew Schulz – Young Jamie in the back!

What’s next for the project?

I’m currently in the studio recording the follow-up EP for a winter release, perhaps. I’ve also got my band Hudu Akil, who are ready to begin writing a follow-up to our most recent release, “Eye For An Eye”, which we dropped in August and is now streaming all over. I will definitely be tagging back and forth between band releases and solo releases. That’s my plan.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.zaccrye.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/zaccrye/
www.facebook.com/zaccryemusic
www.jamspacepodcast.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/51bRATr5YXFkqjj7656oIV

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa what?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks everyone for your reading! As always, the best way to show support is through our Bandcamp page directly. That’s – www.zaccrye.bandcamp.com/

We’ve got pre-sales up for the EP, “All The Same”, for just $5.00 and you instantly get a download of the title track which is streaming everywhere.

“All The Same” EP, drops 16/04

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EMQ’s with BS BONE

EMQ’s with BS BONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sant’Elia a Pianisi, Italy based Alternative Hard Rock/Stoner band, BS BONE. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Vyper for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Vyper from BS BONE, a three-members line-up. We started to play together in the summer 2017. We play an Alternative Hard Rock with several other influences. I play bass guitar and I’m also the vocalist of the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

First of all, “BS” stands for Bandsaw…So we decided to choose Bone Bandsaw, a tool that gives the idea about anything we want….But then we switched words and we opted for “BS Bone”…so anyway it’s something nice!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re based in Italy The situation is not the best. The live music venues that allow you to play unreleased songs are less and less, especially genres like hard rock and metal. Not to mention the fact that we live in the centre-south of Italy (Molise)…And it is useless to add that this global pandemic made things worse. But in spite of everything there are so many valid bands.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

In October 2019 we released our self-produced Demo, called “Inside Insanity”. There are four killin’ tracks who talk about madness, anger, insanity, slice of life; for example, ‘Dysfunctional Souls’ (#3) speaks about the pain of feeling inadequate, useless; speaks about the presumption and the failure.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx and Rachel Bolan, three bassists and songwriters with some consistency of their sound. They mostly play bass with a pick, a style/technique that comes from punk rock bands. I love this sound, ‘cause pick gives you the tone that fits the style. In my opinion there’s no “right way” to play the bass. As long as you are getting the sound you honestly want and it’s not out of stubbornness or laziness, you’ve chosen the “right” method: Choose the sound not the technique.

What first got you into music?

Well, after watching on DVD (borrowed from a friend) a concert of Guns called “Live from The Ritz (1988)”: I Think this is what they call “spark”.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

A collaboration with Hardcore Superstar that would be great! I love ’em to bits and if that could happen, that would be a dream come true!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I can say without hesitation Hellfest in France, Rock am Ring and Wacken in Germany, Download in UK and Sweden Rock Festival. Each of them have their own peculiarities but are attended by people who live and breathe rock every single second!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

The choice is hard, but I’d take back Chris Cornell, a very complete artist and a very big source of inspiration.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I hate the slogan “everything at once”, where music is meant like a fuckin’ grinder; single is preferred over album. No, this cannot stand!

There are few record labels willing to believe and produce compared to what happened in the past. It is useless to deny that the record market is going in another direction … rap, hip-hop, trap music …. but the Rocker gives a sh*t and goes straight on his way, despite everything…I hope so.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” (1987) – Guns N’ Roses

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m already a structural engineer with rock running through my veins.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would like to invite Ozzy Osbourne, Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx, Matthew Shadows and Lita Ford.

What’s next for the band?

We’re putting together some stuff for our first full album. We have composed more than twelve songs up to now. We’d like to begin pre-production as soon as possible. We wanna play live hoping that the Covid situation it gets better.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/bsboneband/
www.instagram.com/bsboneband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIKF_-DAXcvOg-mscWCtHw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Rm16JwBRyoqnpOYLCnQAi
www.bsbone.bandcamp.com/album/inside-insanity

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A name I’ve never heard before hahahahaha…they have to be good!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

What we call “Rock” is not simple music: it’s salvation, breakout…’cause after all:

We’re nothing more than 99 Lions in a cage!

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EMQ’s with RED SPEKTOR

EMQ’s with RED SPEKTOR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stoke-On-Trent, UK based Psychedelic Stoner Hard Rock band Red Spektor. Huge thanks to John, Jonny & Rob for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

John: Hi, my name is John and I play guitar and sing.

Jonny: I’m Jonny and I play drums

Rob: I’m Rob and I play bass; our collective minds make our band Red Spektor which we formed late 2012

John: And we play psychedelic heavy rock. We have a debut album out through label Kozmik Artifactz and an EP from way back and we are just about to release our second album “Heart of the Renewed Sun”!

How did you come up with your band name?

John: I think it was a term seen in a book, but it was one of a few names we had, but this seemed to stick.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

John: We are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK. The metal and rock scene is good, lots of bands and a few places to play.

Rob: it’s definitely got better over the past few years

What is your latest release?

Rob: We are just about to release our second album “Heart of the Renewed Sun” on the 2nd October. With a single called ‘Long Way Down’ which is out now!

‘Long Way Down’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

John: It’s quite difficult to pinpoint specifically, but it’s fair to say our music has been likened to some of the heavier bands from the 1970’s. For example, Rory Gallagher is one of mine, not because of what he played, but his approach to his music. He does his own thing.

Rob: It is a tough question, cause individually we have a varied taste in music, which definitely has an effect on the music we make. I think it stops it being too much like one thing.

Jonny: For me The Who, songs like Happy Jack and I Can See For Miles were phenomenal, all about the drums and had energy.

What first got you into music?

Jonny: I wasn’t very old, 8 or 9, and my uncle used to come round on pay day having bought a record and I was always fascinated with the vinyl.

Rob: I’ve always been around music, but I think the first time I found my music was when a mate lent me a tape with Suicidal Tendencies and Nuclear Assault.

John: For me, getting my first record player as a teenager and hanging out with my like-minded friends who loved the rock music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

John: John Frusciante

Rob: No idea for me, I’d love to collaborate with bands like Radio Moscow, Kadavar, Graveyard Uncle Acid on an awesome festival.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

John: Download. I have fond memories of Donington, the hallowed turf of rock during the days of the Monsters of Rock festival. It would be great to fulfil a teenage dream!

Jonny: Has to be Glastonbury for me

Rob: Glastonbury would be cool, but I think something like South by South West, or the new Black Deer festival would be awesome.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

John: It’s not necessarily a weird item, but it felt weird to be given a vintage Ibanez guitar pedal from a fan. It’s worth a lot of money and they wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I still have it and look after it – if they ever want it back!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

John: Everyone I’ve met has been wonderful, so carry on.

Rob: Agreed, stay awesome

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

John: Hillel Slovak the original guitar player from the Chillies who died too soon.

Rob: Same reason for me but I’d bring back Cliff Burton, awesome bass player.

Jonny: for me, its Keith Moon

Rob: that would make an insane super group

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

John: Love: creating lovely honest music with my good friends in the band. Dislike: poseurs.

Rob: Definitely playing our music, and meeting people while doing it. And I agree with hating the poseurs.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Rob: People getting rich on other people’s talents, while those with the talents go poor.

Jonny: Price of music instruments, everything is way expensive.

John: You’re not wrong. But I’d say any form of narrow-mindedness.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

John: It’s tough to name one, but I’d say “Love” by the Cult

Jonny: “Forever Changes” by Love, Rob you have to pick an album with love in it

Rob: Jeez, with love in it? I can’t think of one, wait “Louder Than Love” by Soundgarden, awesome record.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

John: For me, vinyl. Always. But whatever suits you.

Jonny: Definitely vinyl

Rob: Vinyl, then downloads then cassettes. Never CD’s. CD’s aren’t tactile or convenient.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

John: HRH Doom vs Stoner.

Rob: I agree, over 3000 people made that gig insane.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

John: I already do. I’m a designer. It was a hard fight to make that dream come to true. It’s a tough industry.

Jonny: I’d be an artist.

Rob: For me I’d be a failed poet, but I guess technically I already am.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

John: Barney Bubbles, Danny Fields, Rosetta Tharpe, Christine McVie, Sly Stone.

Rob: I agree, as long as they don’t drink all the booze.

What’s next for the band?

Rob: So, the biggest thing is the album launch on the 2nd October. The 5th track from the album is out now [Aug 7th] and called ‘Long Way Down’.

Then it’s getting some gigs sorted somehow. We have some ideas about streaming a live show and making a proper event of it, but we are still working out the details.

We’ll also have a second single out in a month or so along with a few music vids so stay tuned.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

John: Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp.

Rob: yep, the usual places. The main one for physical sales is www.kozmik-artifactz.com/ or www.red-spektor.bandcamp.com/

For digital we also use Bandcamp, but also iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify etc. and something like 26 stores.

Check out our website for details www.redspektor.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jonny: Cake

Rob: Cake, it’s nowt like a biscuit

John: Neither. They are a total eclipse.

Rob: of the heart?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Rob: I guess the biggest thing is a thank you to everyone that has stuck by us over the years. And a huge shout out to Daz, Simon, Judy and Ashey, they are or have been a huge part of the band and we can’t thank them enough.

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