Thursday, May 28, 2020


1.Why Bass?

True story, the suburban 1970s neighborhood that I grew up in, the garage band needed a bass player. So they asked me. 

2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit?

Bass gets plenty of credit. Try removing the bass from, say, Whole Lotta Love and see what you’re left with. Or dig the bass drop in Dubstep, or Steve Harris’ gallop, and then there’s reggae. Bass is the hip thrust in sex.
3.What kind of bass do you use? Model , color , year , And why

Anything Fender, unless It’s Gia, then I gotta go with something else. Lately (before the apocalypse) I was playing my Wolf 5 string on gigs (and The Ladder) but all the other Gia/DIM tracks are my 1989 Carvin 5 string fretless (LB 75) with black nylon tape wound strings. I like the contrast that the fretless and nylon strings brings to Gia’s and Katy’s songs. 

4.Tell us about your amplification

Ampeg SVT 3 Pro into an Ampeg 1 15’ cabinet with an Eminence speaker, so you can actually hear the low B.

5. With all of that being said do you feel tone is an important thing for bass?

Time, tone, and timbre are totally where it’s at. We all pretty much know what notes we’re going to play, so it comes down to where you place the note in the pocket (time), how you’re producing the note (tone), and the quality of how that note sounds (timbre). 

6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?

I have played 4, 5, and 6 string basses, Champan Stick, Fender six, whatever the music requires. My favorite, my home, so to speak is a fretless 4 string fender jazz bass.

7.Who is your favorite bassist?
Paul Chambers and Slam Stewart (LOL). I can’t name just one. I can name the three “roots” of the electric bass tree that most influenced me. James Jamerson, he gave us all our lexicon, and bridged the gap between Upright and electric. Larry Graham, who established slap on the electric bass, and Jaco Pastorius, who brought it all together.

8. Who is your least favorite bassist?

Adam Clayton

9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass?

The bass is the parent of any ensemble. We keep things from getting out of hand, we keep the lid on, so to speak. Consider Carol Kay and her playing in the Wrecking Crew, or Tina Weymouth’s playing with The Talking Heads. Both have fantastic time, tone, and timbre, both carried the music on their shoulders. Like a good parent (mom or dad) does with their kids.

10. What bassist dead or alive would you like a private lesson with?
Davie 504

11. Bonus question
Bobby Doll , Nikki Sixx , Les Claypool , Billy Sheehan  which is more ridiculous and why

[do you mean Bobby Dall?]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
My name is Danny, though some call me Mundi.  I play drums for Reign of Terror in Canberra, Australia.
2.Who made you want to play drums and why?
My great friend and semi-adopted brother Lucas encouraged me to play drums so that I could drum for him in his band.  He called me up to play for the first time in the middle of a gig at a birthday party after his drummer whimsically decided to play guitar instead.  It was fun, but I had no idea what I was doing.  Not long after that, I took drum lessons…

3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…
During my very first drum lesson, my instructor told me that I had achieved what would normally take other students two weeks to learn.  I had a natural rhythm and I just kind of ‘got it’.  After we finished, I went across the road to the music shop and walked out with my very own drum kit: an old Pearl Export.  It is still my one and only kit today.

4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?
My parents were very supportive.  I come from a family of Hot Rodders, so Rock’n Roll was always a big thing in our lives.  They gave me some space in the garage (in among all the tools and car parts) and let me go nuts.  
5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?
This is such a hard question to answer.  I’ve never really put so much focus on albums; I’ve always been a random playlist kind of guy.  BUT, there is an album that stands out to me and has inspired me from day 1 to this very day: Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
Everything I love about drumming is on this album.  From that first bit of noise that hits you, you’re met with this tribal spirit that shouts, “This is me! Sepultura!”  Throughout the whole album, the drums are right there, in your face and in your heart, blasting you with this energy.  They never disappear behind the other instruments, but they don’t over-shadow them either; working as one with the music.

6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.
It’s an old Pearl Export that I bought second-hand in the year 2000. With a 22” bass drum and 16” floor tom, both tuned down as low as they can before going floppy, a good blast hits you right in the guts.  The toms still have the same Remo skins that have been on there since I brought the kit home and they were worn then too.  I don’t have the heart to replace them, as I love the dirty, old sound they produce.  Like a cigar box guitar, they have a certain character that just wouldn’t be the same.  If the skins don’t split, I don’t replace them.
I’m using an old, rusty, Gibraltar Rock double-kick pedal.  It’s utter crap, but I’ve grown accustomed to the left pedal’s shitty friction.  With everything else going on in my life, I just never had the money to upgrade, but they’ve kept me going this long and they’ve never let me down.
For cymbals, it has Zildjian Z Custom 14” HiHats, Z Custom 19” Medium Crash, A Custom 16” Projection Crash, Paiste Alpha 20” Metal Ride (Slipknot edition), a shitty Kahzan vintage 10” Splash and a big ass Meinl Cowbell.  I used to have an awesome Zildjian 20” Earth Ride, but that was among a number of cymbals I had to sell during hard times.  I loved that ride cymbal.  Nothing else has compared ever since.
7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL
I’m a modest man.  A matching Pearl Export 22” bass drum, Iron Cobra kick pedals, two more toms, my old Earth Ride cymbal, a big splash cymbal, a big bamboo xylophone and a timpani would complete my dream drum kit.

8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy
In NO particular order:
Bill Ward
Joey Jordison
Dave Lombardo
George Kollias
Gene Hoglan

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?
Both are great, I’m having fun either way.  Live is where I make the most mistakes and have to force myself to make facial expressions, but it’s where the reality of being a musician really hits you.  Everything you’ve put into your music, all the writing, all the practice, all the gear, all the fans, etc.  You’ve got one chance to get it right, and if you’ve skimped on any of those things, it WILL show in your performance.  I always say I need more practice, and it’s true.  If I practiced to the level I feel I should be, I could make every facial expression, thrash around like Animal from Muppets, throw my sticks around and even do some backup vocals without worrying about screwing anything up (I can’t sing to save myself, but I don’t confessing that I’d like to be able to).  That’s reality right there, I’m not as good as I want to be, and that keeps me on my toes.  I’m still having a lot of fun though and when playing live, I get to share that with everyone; one way or another.
In a studio, you have every chance to get it right and nail every beat, every note; you can re-play, re-record, sample, cut & paste, which is great when you’re recording an album or trying different things, but too much machining can spoil the music. I don’t want to sound like a robot.

10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?
Oh, he knows. 😉 
No no no, my partner is like the female counterpart of me and we make soul mates and fairy tale romances look boring and mediocre.  She’s a former black metal drummer from the Netherlands who’s been on-stage at Wakken in a bikini, and even approaching her 40’s, she still looks no older than 20.  She has the sweetest, kindest heart, a brutally honest tongue and a spirit that holds nothing back.  If that wasn’t enough, she’s qualified to castrate bulls, so I wouldn’t want to piss her off anyway!  She’s more than enough for me. I don’t have eyes for anyone else.  I’m beyond happy.
So when chicks chase me down after a show, Mike jumps in the way and shouts, “No ladies! He is very, very married!”  He puts his body on the line for me every time. Good on ya bro!

Corners of Sanctuary Goes Acoustic with Metal Machine

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Corners of Sanctuary Goes Acoustic with Metal Machine

Lockdown hasn't slowed the pace as Philly's Corners of Sanctuary (COS) drop their next round of COVID material.  A new version of the title track to band's 2015 album, "Metal Machine," gets an all acoustic makeover as COS released an in-studio performance video via YouTube and Facebook over the recent Memorial Day Weekend.

"Metal Machine" is part of the group's "Quarantined Lockdown" series which was made available for free in April.  "Metal Machine" and several more acoustic song versions to follow, are being hailed as the series' "The Second Wave." COS Quarantined Lockdown.jpg

A free download of “Quarantined Lockdown” can be obtained from the band’s official website by visiting:

Check out “Metal Machine” on Facebook at: 

See “Metal Machine” on YouTube at: 

"We had planned to do our part in the current social media streaming trend," said COS guitarist Mick Michaels.  "We wanted to do something different for us...something the fans would enjoy...acoustic versions of our songs felt appropriate."

The studio set video has three quarters of the band performing from Philadelphia while singer Stacey Lee belts out a very soulful, gritty vocal from his hometown of Chicago, IL.

Doing the acoustic version was fun," said Lee. "It’s nice to strip a Metal song down and just jam."

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COS looks to release a follow up acoustic track sometime as the summer progresses.  In the meantime, the band is currently finishing up vocal tracks for their forthcoming album, "Heroes Never Die."

"We are definitely making head way to get this album finished," Michaels said. "We are doing what we can to make the most of the performance down time."

Corners of Sanctuary plans to resume live performances once the “stay in place” restrictions are lifted. The band is working on dates for December as well as making plans to return to the UK in early 2021 to support the new album.

Check out Corners of Sanctuary at:

COS welcomes reviews, interviews, and press! 


1.Tell us your name and the band you play for.
 I'm Tavy and I play guitar forCharred Graves.

2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar?
Joe Perry from Aerosmith.
3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
I took lessons .

4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?
I can read music and tablature .
5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone?
Yes, tone is something every guitarist continues to find since it’s a long journey and we seek to find a greater tone every time.

6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color ).
I have a signature custom Kiesel 7 string Crescent built to my specifications. Its color is blood red, and it was made in 2020.

7.What about pickups? Passive or active? Tell us about them.
I started on active emgs in the past when I first started. Then moved to Seymour Duncan nazgul passive pick ups in 2015. Now I have Kiesel polarity pickups that are active pickups.

8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc.
Engl amps are my go too. Though I am using a Kemper now a days. I have a engl powerball profiler in it. For cabs I use mesa boogie 2x12 and 4x12s with 30 vintage celestial speakers.
9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy
I don’t have a pedal board, but I have a kemper foot switch to change between amps and tune my guitar.

10.Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..
Custom Mesa cabs with a fortin pumpkin king amp.

11.What guitarist can you not stand?
Nick Jonas

12. Is tone more important or is technique?
Technique is more important since all the tone comes from how you play your instrument. Dialing in your settings helps once you know how to play properly.

13. Name your top 5 guitarist.
Angus Young, 
Joe Perry, 
Synyster Gates, 
Dan Sugarman 

14.Who is the most overrated guitarist?
Kirk Hammett 

15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive?
Synyster Gates.

BATTERY DRUMMER INTERVIEW : Constantin Tsimis (pronounced sihm-us) / Charred Graves

1.What is your name and what band do you play for?

My name is Constantin Tsimis (pronounced sihm-us). I play for an NJ band called Charred Graves, we come from Bergen county, nj. 

2.Who made you want to play drums and why?

My mom knew I liked music when my school had a string section in music class and I chose to play the violin. I actually experimented with what I wanted to play. So far, I’ve tried the violin, piano, flute, guitar and the trumpet. Until I saw a music video from Ill Nino, I didn’t think of playing the drums. My Dad always supported whatever decision I made that he felt brought out my talents and my Mom always knew that I had a knack for music and instruments so she brought out my musical side and made me realize my potential. The music video was “How Can I Live (Without You)” by Ill Nino. I saw Dave Chavarri’s kit and how Danny Couto was playing a modified drum kit with congas and no bass drum. This made me very interested in the dynamics of the drums and it all started from there. 

3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…

I got my first kit when I was 15. It was a silver Pulse Drums kit including with cymbals made by the same company. I actually knew from the start they were going to sound terrible but I bared it because I didn’t have a job yet or money so I couldn’t complain. I had it for about a year then I sold it to my friend’s dad who brought it back to England with him. I got a feel for playing with the kit and that was about it. Until after I sold that kit, I didn’t think about what type of drums heads, cymbals or even drums to buy next until I got my next kit. 

4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?

My Mom was at first but then as I played more, she became unsupportive of it because it got really loud. My Dad was different. I actually waited until my Mom left the house and then I asked my Dad to drum because he actually didn’t care for the loudness.

5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?

As of more recently, I think Alex Bent’s drumming on Trivium’s 2 latest albums are quite up to par what I have in mind for drumming. Travis Smith is also on that level as well. 

6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.

As for drums, I have a Pearl Export Kit 2016. It’s Sunburst fade. Originally it came with 14x5.5 snare, 12x9 and 13x10 rack toms, 16x16 floor tom and a 22x18 bass drum. Because I knew the owner of the music store I bought it from because I was friends with his son, he threw in a free small rack tom sized 10x8. I didn’t like the sizing of the 13” tom so I discarded of it and bought a replacement sized 14x11. I also added another floor tom sized 18x16. I prefer and use Evans Drumheads on all my drums. I use DW9000’s for my kicks because they are amazing. I also use a DW9000 hi-hat stand to match my kicks. As for all my other gear, I use Gibraltar. I currently have a double bass drum rack for cymbal placement and tom holding. Its carefully placed so that everything fits within my arm reach. Out of all the cymbals I own, only two have survived over a decade and I still play today. I have all Zildjian cymbals. The two that have survived over a decade are my 14” A Custom Mastersound hi-hats and my 18” A Custom fast crash. My main crash is a 16” A Custom Medium crash. My other cymbals include a 6” A Custom splash, 9.5” K Custom Hybrid splash, 21” A Mega Bell Ride, 10” Oriental China Splash, 17” K Custom Hybrid crash and a 19” K Custom Hybrid China. I want to switch out a cymbal or two to get some better ones and even add some more for tastes and special flavors. 
7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL 

It would basically be my main kit that I have right now but with some modifications. First, instead of having a Pearl Export Kit, I would love to make a custom shell based off of the Pearl Reference series and how the woods are based on the size of the shell. I would have my drum shells the same they are now except the floor toms would be modified. Instead of having 16x16 and 18x16 floor toms, I would have 16x13 and 18x16. The 14x11 tom then would become 14x10. My fast crash 18” would be replaced by another cymbal of the same size and the 17” hybrid crash will also be replaced by a 16” crash of a different nature. I would add congas and tumbas on the left side of the kit since the right side is filled with floor toms and other cymbals. I would add one more china, probably the 16” Oriental Trash china. I would also add a drum pad or two to make bassdrops and other special effects that can be made by a drumpad. 

8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy

Yea those drummers don’t even make the top of my list. In no particular order, I give these drummers more of a listen and I hone in on their craft when they play live or if I hear their drumming on a song they made: Dave Chavarri/Danny Couto of Ill Nino, Ex-drummer Andolls Herrick of Chimaira, Current drummer Alex Bent of Trivium, Ex-drummer Travis Smith of Trivium and recent Ex-drummer Chris Adler of Lamb of God. 

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?

I honestly prefer to perform live. In studio is a hassle, everything has to be exact and there is less diversity when playing. Letting loose and playing live to people that move to your music is much better than recording. Although, recording new material is fun, but not as much fun as playing live. 
10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?

Im not into the music to get the chicks, so this aspect doesn’t really matter. This is more of a bonus that goes with the gig. But because drummers sit behind a kit and don’t move from it isn’t all that sexy, while the guitarists are free to roam the stage and “make moves” while playing if they can

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Crowdead - Malphus

Based in a small town near Mantua (Italy), Crowdead was formed in early 2017 from the ashes of local metal bands with the intention of creating extreme music with powerful riffs, intense drum beats and aggressive vocals, along with an old school attitude!


After completing the line-up with the entry of Mike on vocals and Stefano on drums, Crowdead starts touring all over Italy playing several headliner and support concerts, where the band conquers the audience with powerful and furious performances that involve people in scary energy shows.

Check out the video below!

EA "Ea Taesse"

For fans of Triptykon, Intaglio, Revelations Of Rain (Откровения Дождя)

After the last edition on the CD of EA’s magnificent album «Ea Taesse» ended, Solitude Productions came to what audiophiles from around the world had been dreaming of for so long, subdued by their debut work. So, “Ea Taesse” is being released for the first time on vinyl, which has undergone special mastering and has been designed in the form that it was originally seen and planned by musicians.

The first edition will contain a limited number of unique colored vinyls («grey opaque with black and white splatter»), which will not be further printed and which may soon become rarities and an object of search for collectors from all over the world.

Vinyl will be printed in Europe, so shipping costs will be lower for buyers from Europe, and delivery will be much faster. We expect to start shipping in second half of July, but it'll be depend on situation in the world.

Solitude Productions