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Friday, August 31, 2018

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

RAFTREE JOINS METAL COFFEE

Press Release : Metal COFFEE PR
From: Union, NJ
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Metal
Members: Ken Raftree - Vocals, Kenneth Raftree, Eddie Tuberion, Charles Alaimo & Andy Roland - Vocals

RAFTREE
New Jersey's own Raftree is a alternative-rock metal band that infuses melodic rhythms with harmonic vocals and ferocious guitars to create a unique powerful blend that demands attention from both rock and metal enthusiasts alike.
Singer/songwriter Kenneth Raftree started as most musicians playing covers. Influenced by everything from Led Zeppelin to Van Halen, Kenneth started playing playing guitar in high school. He had become a singer out of necessity. After numerous failed attempts to create a band, Kenneth decided to venture out on his own.
By 2006 with the bold culmination of efforts by bassist Scott Jackson and drummer Vincent Livolsi, released their aptly titled debut demo EP "The Long Way" is an indie Rock power house.
Raftree's 12 track introductory demo offering plays with all the vigor, grit and energy of a live performance. From beginning till end, "The Long Way"s rhythmic melodies, raucous guitar riffs and expressive vocals, easily connect with rock and metal enthusiast's of any denomination. The albums pro sound and production puts this indie debut on par with any major release and re affirms the old adage that anything worth doing right, is worth doing the long way.
Recently, RAFTREE has released the single - What I Say mixed by Stacy O’Dell (Killcode), recorded by John Seymour at Media51 (Alice in Chains, Santana) in association with George Roskos at Architekt Studios (Sevendust, Call Me No One).
In 2015, Raftree teams up again with Stacy O'Dell to release the new EP RAFTREE due out Spring 2015.
Current RAFTREE line-up is Kenneth Raftree (vocals/guitar), Andy Roland (Drums/vocals), Charlie Alaimo (lead guitar/vocals) & Eddie Tuberion (bass/vocals)
RAFTREE's new single What I Say (mixed by Stacy O'Dell (KILLCODE), recorded by John Seymour at Media 51 ALICE IN CHAINS, SANTANA) in association with George Roskos at Architeckt Studios (SEVENDUST & CALL ME NO ONE) is available for download on http://www.raftreeband.com





METAL MIRROR INTERVIEW. IS THAT TOM FROM TOM AND JERRY IN THE SLAYER SHIRT?

1.Thanks for your time. Tell us about your band and what you do for your band. 

Its a pleasure.
the band is a original nwobhm Band, METAL MIRROR, i am the singer and co songwriter along with guitarist Paul Butterworth. 

2.When did you decide you wanted to be in a band? 

I was about 12 years old, i went to see a T.REX concert and the whole thing just exited me so much, the lights, the volume, the crowd, the whole atmosphere, it was really a life changing moment for me.

3. What is different about being a musician than you imagined? 

Its more fun than i imajined, i always thought as a kid it must be amazing to be up there on stage performing and making records, going on the road etc,
and when i acctually did these things it was even more fun than i thought it was gonna be, i love it the same now as i did when i first started.

4.What gear do you use and why? 

 I use Shure SM58 mics, ive tried just about all the other mikes, but for me the 58 is the best Rock an Roll microphone out there. 

5. What music do you listen to that would surprise people? 

Gospel , i really enjoy listening to gospel music, 

6. How do we find your music and merch to buy? 

Our new album, Vodka Hell And Angels is bieng released on 26/10/2018 on DOWNFALL RECORDS and thats on CD and digi. 
Our Merch will be available also through DOWNFALL. 
our prevouis releases are best found on the internet.


7. How did you get a record deal? Or do you want a record deal or are you DIY? 


We left our previous label High Roller Records in 2017,  we left on the best of terms with them and thank them for all they did for the band. 
we then talked with several labels from various countrys, USA, GREECE, UK, ITALY, etc, but it was when Mike from DOWNFALL RECORDS Sweden contacted us that we felt this was the label we would like to sign with, after a few conversations Mike offered us a deal and we were very happy to accept.

8. What bands do people compare your music to? 

I have read many reviews over the years of us with different journalists saying we sound like, Judas Priest, Ac/dc, Led Zepplin, Motorhead, Aerosmith,Black Sabbath, Guns and Roses , etc.  We think we sound like Metal Mirror.

9. Are you pro Spotify / streaming services ? Or do you think it hurts sales? 

Our Previous recordings are not, but the new album will be very soon. 

10. What’s the ultimate goal for the band? 

Our Goal is to keep on moving forward, to keep on making albums and to get back on the road.

11. Will we see you tour? 

 Yes, we will be back on the road in 2019, it will be the 40 year NWOBHM anniversary and the band was also formed in 1979, so i cant wait for this, its gonna rock.

12. Who would you love to tour with? 

I think a tour with SAXON would be cool, but that said, theres many bands out there that we would be very happy to tour with.

13.What is your favorite song of yours and why? 

I can Honestly say, i dont have a particular favourite, but if pushed id go for CRAZY.

14. Why should people take the time to listen to your band over the thousands of other bands? 

 Were just doing our thing, all we want is to give our very best, and hope people enjoy what we do. Both on Record and onstage. 

15.What are your favorite music websites labels podcast etc? 

i like Blabbermouth, but mainly You Tube.

16. Is imagery important to you? Do you judge albums by the cover? 

It is important, if you see a Album cover with a poor cover, it does not help you get a good vibe before you play it, if you have a cool cover, it puts you in the right frame of mind, you should feel a little exited putting that album on.

17.If you could choose a cover song your band mates would hate what would it be? 

 we have only ever recorded one cover, ONE NIGHT by Elvis Presley, we much prefer doing our own material, but if i wanted to wind them up i would probably say something by snoop dogg or sniff doggy doos, whatever his name is. and if i really, really wanted to piss them off, id suggest a track by Kanye west. oh and not forgetting Michael Ball

18.Is the record or live show more important? 

Its the Same, you give a 100% when your in the studio and 100% when playing live. 


 19. Name 3 people dead or alive you would want to play your music for. 

I would of liked these guys to of heard the new album, Janis Joplin, Bon Scott and our 2nd Lead Guitarist Chris Haggerty ( who passed away in 2004 ).

20. Lemmy Ozzy Dio and Rob Halford in a cage match who wins? 

Gotta be Lemmy





Wednesday, August 29, 2018

EVILON THE GRINDER ITERVIEW

Interview Jonny of EviloN




1. Thank you for your time.

Tell us about your band and what you do for your band.
Evilon is a melodic folk-death metal band from Sweden that was created 2015.
January 2017 we released our first EP "shores of evilon" and the 28th of September this year our first full-lenght album "leviathan" will be released via wormholedeath.
I play guitar, partly writes songs/lyrics and takes care of the PR (partly).

2.When did you decide you wanted to be in a band?

I think that some parts of me has always wanted to be in a band, from when i began playing guitar i  looked for a band to be in for a long time. When i got older i shifted between some bands, then finally i created Evilon togheter with Kenneth Evstrand!

3.What is different about being a musician than you imagined?

Haha, for an exempel there is a lot more paperwork than I expected! I think that the biggest difference is that it's a hell lot more work than I expected, if you want to come somewhere you really have to plan everything and put countless hours into it.

4. what gear do you use and why?

I have some guitars i shift between but my main guitar right now is a Schecter omen 6 extreme.
Top: line 6 spider 3 HD150
Cabinet: Line 6 4x12
Pedal: Line 6 pod x3 live
wireless system: Line 6 G10
I actually like line 6, it's affordable and for me it sounds great.

5. what music do you listen to that would surprise people?

Well, i actually listen to all sorts of music, everything from country to deathmetal, for me good music is good music regardless the genre.

6. How do we find your music and merch to buy?

we recently made a bandcamp page, we have some merch there (more will come soon), otherwise it's easiest to contact us directly on our facebook page.

7. How did you get a record deal?

Pure luck honestly! We had a gig, and luckily for us there was one person in the audience that is a good friend of Carlo on Wormholedeath. He liked our music and gave Carlo a tip about us, fortunately he liked us aswell and gave us a distribution deal for our upcoming album!

8. What bands do people compare your music to?

I think people compare us with Amon amarth (becouse of the viking theme), old In flames, At the gates etcetc

9. are you pro spotify/streaming services? or do you think it hurts sales?

Well, spotify hurts sales in a way, why would you buy an album if you can listen to it for free? At the same time it's a great way to get publicity, and it makes it easier to reach out to people that never would have heard about you otherwise. So even tho it maybe hurts sales in a way, i think you will gain on having your songs on spotify in the end.  

10. What's the ultimate goal for the band?

I think that would be to be able to make a living of the music, it's a longshot but you'll never know

11. Will we see you tour?

I really hope so! we want it, as long as we get the opportunity!

12. Who would you love to tour with?

That will have to be Wintersun, Amon amarth, Arch enemy and Helloween, and maybe Eluveitie

13. What is your favorite song and why?

Wintersund - sons of winter and stars. I think the song speak for itself, it's just an awesome and complex song.

14. why should people take the time to listen to your band over the thousands of other bands?


Becouse Evilon is a great mixture of different genres with a unique sound, I think that even if you don't like pure deathmetal you can still enjoy our songs, atleast some of them!
We put our hearts and souls into the songs and i think that the listeners will hear that.

15. What are your favorite music websites labels podcast etc?

"Gitarrzombien", it's a swedish podcast that mainly talks about guitars and the guitarculture 

16. Is imagery important to you? Do you judge albums by the cover?

Ofcourse, the artwork is the first thing you see and gives you your first impression. If i see a cd of a band i never heard about and don't think that the artwork looks interesting i would probably not buy it. 

17. If you could choose a cover song your band mates would hate what would it be?

Haha tough one.. I actually think that we more or less can enjoy the same songs, but i think i would choose "bleed" with Meshuggah, it's a GREAT song but it would be fun to be a pain in the ass to Anders with the drums!

18. Is the record or live show more important?

Both ofcourse, the recordings has to be good ,otherwise people will never get interested in you. But if you want to be a live band you will have to be able to perform live aswell, otherwise  you will stand there on the stage alone in the end.

19. Name 3 people dead or alive you would want to play your music for.

Kai Hansen, Jari Mäenpää and my grandfather 

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PAROLE PERSE THE GRINDER INTERVIEW

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The first hints of Parole Perse can be found around the early 2000s, at that time we were called Lostwords, after a few rehearsals the band was put on hold until 2010, with a new lineup we published the first self tiled demo in 2011 and the first EP ÒMy Presence, the ShadesÓ in 2014. Then, in 2015 2 members quit, the remaining forces started writing the followup album, in the meantime we recruited the new bass player and the new guitar player , with this lineup (which is the current one) we release in 2017 our new album Epicentrum and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign that allowed us to sell a lot of copies and to find a record label (Sliptrick records). 


2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Parole Perse means lost words, the los
t words are the things you feel but you cannot tell, it has a lot to do with issues to communicate to other people, music has always been the right vehicle to express feelings, therefore we decided to use this name. At the beginning we used the English version but then we though that the Italian translation had a stronger meaning and impact on us, so we switched it.


3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are

there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based in Lugano, Ticino, the south part of Switzerland, our area is full of very good bands, I would name just a few: 
Beansidhe, KupidÕs Kurse, Amphitrium, Heavy Demons, Doomed Timeline Theory etc etc


4. How would you describe your style?
We call it Post-Metal, actually its a mixture between Death Metal and Post Rock (just to get it simple)


5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from yourworks?

We released the first Demo (Parole Perse) in 2011, this is a raw but delicate CD with a strong Death Metal vibe with some dynamic parts (especially the last song State of Things.
The first EP was launched in 2014, My Presence, the Shades had more post rock influences (only clean vocals for you info), I would say that we started writing those songs based on the last song of the Demo State of Things.
Our last release has been put out in 2017, Epicentrum really sums the previous 2 discs: theres the feisty part of the demo along with mellow moments of My Presence, the Shades, this album is well balanced and its by far the best lot of songs we have written so far!
All 3 releases are sonic journeys to be listened from Start to Finish in one time, just close your eyes, breathe and enjoy the ride.
 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are writing new material now, we have some good riff ideas, I think the next album will be ready for 2019, the good aspect of it is that the new songs will reflect the collective work of all members comparing to Epicentrum where all the songs have been written by Carlo (Guitars, Vocals) and Pino (Drums).


7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We will start playing again by fall (October, November) we have a couple a dates booked and we are looking for some more, for the moment theres no tour planned, this will be thought later on, once the new songs will be ready!


8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Playing as many gigs as possible, meeting new people and bands, releasing new songs and try to get in the big picture as an opening band for a big act!


9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Everything is available on our bandcamp page www.paroleperse.bandcamp.com, all releases are published, in addition to that thereÕs also the chance to get our merch (CD, Tapes, Vinyls, T-Shirts)


10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your

music for the first time?
That is a beautiful question, and actually very hard to answer it, however I have this idea in mind: when I listen to a record I imagine myself playing with the band I am listening to, I consider it like some sort of sharing my feelings to other people. The most important thing is the sharing and the emotions, its a beautiful feeling when our listeners are moved by listening to our music. 


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ROYAL ORPHAN THE GRINDER INTERVIEW

Q. Thank you for your time; tell us about your band and what you do for your band.

A. Hey thank you Wes, thanks for having me. Royal Orphan, at this point only exists as a studio project, although given the right set of circumstances we may pursue some live gigs in the future. It's a two man project which consists of myself on lead vocals, guitars and bass and Joey Migz on drums. We've been friends since freshman year of high school which was 1988, and we've played together on and off throughout the years. We're both at the stage where we've settled down, y'know wives kids, mortgages and all that grown up stuff so I figured lets just now while we can take the best material we've written and record it; at least plant our flag somehow. And the result is the 6 song EP that I completely self financed and released independently.

Q. When did you decide you wanted to be in a band?

A. Wow, making me dig way back! Probably when I saw the video for Van Halen "Jump" on MTV way back in 84. I was 9 years old, took my first guitar lesson that year. Started on my dad's Spanish classical guitar and got my first electric guitar 3 years later. Started to outgrow the star wars figures and GI Joes; caused by best friend Dan to follow suit and he picked up the bass. We got huge into Metallica and Iron Maiden. I never thought even with the starry eyes of a kid that I'd ever reach the dizzying heights those bands did, but then late one night on TV I saw a punk rock documentary called Another State of Mind which followed Minor Threat and Social Distortion as they went cross country on a busted up school bus. Not that I ever aspired to that but that proved to me that it was possible to make music and reach an audience. That made a HUGE impact on me.

Q. What is different about being a musician than you imagined?

A. Well, I never expected to get rich playing heavy metal, but then again I never expected the bottom to drop out of the entire friggin recording industry ha ha ha! Its no different than being a college graduate and having to hit the job market and sell yourself. Same thing; you need to apply yourself and convince people that you're actually worth their time. It doesn't matter how good you may or may not be or how good you may think you are at what you do.

Q. What gear do you use and why?

A. I own four Gibsons; a 1983 flying V which is the oldest I own and the one I've had the longest, I have a 2007 Les Paul Classic Custom limited edition, a late 90s model SG and a late 90s model Les Paul double cut. They feel great, people complain the V is awkward shaped or the Les Paul is too heavy but man, those things have BITE! They have a thick, rich tone palette and they're really versatile. They're not "heavy metal" guitars in that you can play almost any style on them; they're great for jazz, blues, other styles. All my heroes played them. They challenge you too, they're not too forgiving. If you suck, the Les Paul will let you and your audience know it! My amp is custom made for me, the BK Metal Bones which was hand built my Mike Fortin who is a good friend of mine. It's really an ultra hot rodded 50 watt Marshall JCM 800 that he asked me if he could re-work it as a prototype when he was just starting his own company. Fortin Amplification has really taken off and I'm proud to say I have one of the first. He's gone on to build stuff for Kirk Hammett, Scott Ian. It has a massive tone and it's probably the most versatile tube amp I've ever played. You can get a pile driving tone and still get a beautiful clarity from it. As you can hear on the album, I'm not going "chunka chunka dugga dugga" all the time, I play lots of big open fat chords and I need that clarity to get all that voicing through. We're only a one-guitar operation now so I myself need to push what I've got.

Q. What music to you listen to that would surprise people?
A. Sarah McLachlan. Surfacing is an incredible album. She is a true songwriter in the purest sense of the word. I listen to her in the car after rehearsal or coming home from a metal show. Helps me "level off." I'm also big on Sinatra, Rat Pack, Motown. My wife and I drove to CT to see Lionel Richie at Foxwoods Casino and he was amazing.

Q. How do we find your music and merch to buy?
A. The CD is available through myself at royalorphanmetal@gmail.com or through our Bandcamp site at royalorphan.bandcamp.com. The EP is also available though iTunes, Spotify and Deezer and Amazon music.

Q. Do you want a record deal or are you DIY?
A. I think for the time being, I have so much going on with my job and my family I'm not sure if having a record deal is feasible. It would be nice to have some support but I don't think I'm in a position where I can commit to lets say, 3 albums over 5 years or whatever. And I really cant jump in a van and tour halfway across the country. I would however like for an underground metal distro to pick up the EP and move a few hundred copies across the globe; I don't think that's unreasonable.

Q. What bands do people compare your music to?
A. A LOT of people say Rush, Fates Warning which I consider a great compliment because of the caliber of their musicianship. However, they're not who I ultimately have in mind when I write. I've heard people say Mercyful Fate, of course Iron Maiden who are my favorite band of all time, One reviewer compared the EP to Helloween, Blue Oyster Cult and Thin Lizzy all in the same sentence and I jumped through the roof like "YES!!! SOMEONE ACTUALLY GETS IT!" Sometimes people say Dream Theater who I don't listen to at all; so it's kinda weird I guess it depends on who you ask.

Q. Are you pro-Spotify/streaming services or do you think it hurts sales?
A. Well, it definitely hurts sales from a completely objective point of view. There's no two ways about that. But it is what it is and you have to contend. I also think when you give stuff out for free, it becomes devalued and the overall public appreciates it less. And the rebound effect is evident in just how bad mainstream music sucks. I don't think its really up to me to be pro or against it. Look at AC/DC, they were the last hold outs on iTunes to the point where they only let Walmart carry their album. Eventually they succumbed to the way things are and had to bite the bullet.

Q. What is the ultimate goal for this band?
A. Short term goal is get our music out there; play some gigs out of NY. Ultimate goal? Wacken. I'd love to get shipped out to one of those huge festivals in Germany or Brazil. Just give me half a chance to show the metal fans of the world what regular dudes from Long Island can do.

Q. Will we see you on tour?
A. Highly unlikely. I'm in the planning stages of getting Royal Orphan to step up as a live entity, but I'd really like to make it more than guys on stage playing and then "okay good night, thanks for coming." Its tough, you have to really stand out. Not that we'll have loincloths or seven inch heels and makeup (ha ha ha ) but the show needs to be something special.

Q. Who would you love to tour with?
A. In my dreams? Iron Maiden. Not sure if I could win over a Maiden crowd but it would really be something. Might as well write a letter to Santa Claus ha ha ha. Realistically, I'd love to tour with High Spirits; they have the market cornered on the younger hard rock/metal crowd, and that's our target demographic.

Q. What is your favorite song of yours and why?
A. Hmm, you got me there. I think possibly Fondest Wish. That song is a pressure cooker, it was years in the making. Dan Kelleher who played bass for us years ago, and may still do so in the future, wrote the basic rhythm in the main riff. All I did was change the notes and I added the chorus. It tells a story and the lyrics work great with the composition and melody. This is the archetype of where I'd like our style to go.

Q. Why should people take the time to listen to your band over thousands of other bands?
A. This sounds like a question that a label boss would ask but it's funny because this is the exact same question I ask myself when I write. I pride myself on the fact that Royal Orphan does NOT sound like anyone else. I have my influences, but I think this project stands alone. Lets face it, there is an entire genre centered around "worship" of other bands. The logos, album covers, song titles, everything, they mimic the older bands. Originality is a hot commodity and I think Royal Orphan has it in spades, because we're taking heavy metal back to SONGS! The emphasis is on songwriting and storytelling. Kinda like Paul Simon meets Iron Maiden;) We're not pinned to a sub-genre. We're not  this "core" or "djent" that or retro-anything. Everyone is trying so hard to re-invent the wheel with 7 or 8 string guitars, just write a damn song that people are gonna remember 20-30 years from now!  

Q. What are your favorite websites/labels/podcasts etc?
A. I know they caught a lot of shit but I think Hells Headbangers is a great label. I wouldn't mind being affiliated with them because I hear nothing but good things from the bands on that label. They use some real innovative packaging, top quality vinyl pressing with really cool fold out sleeves. I think they signed a few bands or distributed cds from some labels that carry bands who...ummm...lets just say upset quite a few people. Theres a podcast that they run called Hellcast which is really cool, these two guys run it. It's lots of death metal which I'm not that huge into but they give great insight into things. I'm big on the internet radio shows, Metal Messiah radio is great, Bobby Lucas from the band Attacker has a show on there called Metal Bully and the Roach, its great. Lots of non-PC humor and skits like Howard Stern used to do when he was still funny, and they play kick ass old metal like Savatage, Metal Church, Saxon, Venom and Manowar. Gimme Radio is great every Tuesday with Ross the Boss, a guy in Kansas named Jon Kruse has a great show called Metal Manifesto; the guy is a guru of all things metal. And I love Mark Strigl from Talking Metal, he's played our stuff and he always has lots of different stuff he plays.

Q. Is imagery important to you? Do you judge albums by the cover?
A. I think its important to a point where no matter how skilled you are as a classical pianist, you wouldn't go onstage at Carnegie Hall in socks and pajamas. I think how you present your work to your audience regardless of genre is very important because it shows you take it seriously. There were a few times I bought something for the cover and was pleasantly surprised. A few other times, not so much. To come up with a cover concept that gets across that its a kick ass heavy metal album without the usual trite and clichéd stuff, that's where the work comes in.

Q. If you could choose a cover song your band mates would hate what would it be?
A. Probably something by Manowar because I'm the only one who listens to them. I always wanted to do Fast Taker as if Chuck Berry did it.

Q. Is the record or the live show more important?
A. Hmmm, hard to say, I don't think anyone should skimp out on either. When you record something, its forever. So it needs to be the ultimate in expression of the musical self. But nothing pisses people off like a bad live show. Led Zeppelin had monumental albums, but its been well documented that they weren't exactly a live band. Then again there are bands who kill it live, and even if the album isn't stellar, you might look at their music differently after seeing them perform. So if I had to pick I'd say the live show above all.

Q. Name 3 people dead or alive that you would want to play your music for.
A. Phil Lynott, Steve Harris and Chuck Schuldiner.





AXE STEELER LOVE COFFEE!! THE GRINDER INTERVIEW

1. Please tell us about the about the band and its members.

ANSWER: AXE STEELER is satisfied at the beginning of 2015 by Javier Nuñez, Nehider Cabrera and at the time Adrian Castillo who wanted to capture all the feeling for Heavy Metal in this project; later Adrian had to leave the band for personal reasons and Luis Fernando joined us with whom we had already worked on previous projects, Jorge who we always admire for his great talent and Camilo who is an important factor when potentizing the compositions.

2. Who does the majority of the writing? Is it a group thing or does someone handle the writing duties?

ANSWER: Normally who is responsible for the lyric is Javier, so far the only song that has worked in a group is "Over The Top", in the rest of the songs there is always a member who does the music part, Javier includes the lyrics and and each one is impregnated with his particular style, for example Camilo makes the guitar arrangements, Jorge the drums and Luis the bass line, but the original composition is maintained.

3. Where is the band based out of? Where did you want to the band to end up? What was the dream city to have as your home base once you got out of your scene?

ANSWER: Certainty most of the members of the group are not originally from the city in which the band was established, however, we are very satisfied with the support that the city of Medellin has given us, this has always been characterized by having a high potential musical and a wonderful audience.

4. What is your genre? What bands do you use to explain to people what you sound like?

ANSWER: We really identify ourselves as a traditional Heavy Metal band with high touches of speed and aggressiveness, we are influenced by many heavy metal currents that have been around the world, however, the one that most resemble our sound is the heavy metal scene of the eighties years from Germany.

5. Can we buy anything from you Cd's shirts etc. and where can we buy them?

ANSWER: At the moment we are in the stage of post-production of our first full album by IRON SHIELD RECORDS from Berlin, this will go on the market on September 9th and will have a high range of distribution owing to the great potential of the label.

As for official merchandise of the band, we are working on it and we hope that in the last quarter of the year we have this resource.

6. Do you have studio time lined up anything new coming soon?

ANSWER: In these moments we are working on new songs, promoting a little more work in groups to be able to fully exploit the resources of each member, we hope next year to have an EP and be able to give many concerts.

7. Have you ever been on tour? If so where and with who?

ANSWER: Since we started, we have had the opportunity to share the stage with great bands of the Heavy Metal world. We had the opportunity to attend one of the biggest heavy metal festivals that has been made in South America at the beginning of this year, this festival was the EVIL CONFRONTATION in which we had the opportunity to share the stage with ANGEL WITCH, DEMOLITION HAMMER, DEAD LORD, and great bands from the American continent such as LUCIFER'S HAMMER, BLIZZARD HUNTER, VOLTAX.

At the same time we have scheduled a concert at the end of October where we will share the stage in the city of Bogotá with PILEDRIVER, MEDIEVAL STEEL and GLACIER, bands that are direct influence of the band and of which we are very proud.

8. What is your favorite band? Who are the bands who influenced you?

ANSWER: Actually they are many, we are always in constant search of bands of the eighties specifically of heavy metal, to mention some that are great influence we have bands like REPRESSION (Ger), POKOLGEP (Hun), OSSIAN (Hun), SORTILEGE (Fra) , WITCHFYNDE (Uk), MANILLA ROAD (Usa), OMEN (Usa), among many others that have been a pillar for our musical training.

9. Do you have a website? And do I have to verify that I am 18 to enter it?

ANSWER: So far we do not have a website, if we count on it, we consider that our musical and visual content is suitable for all ages.

10. What about your music do you want people to remember? What is the quality you want to hit people when they hit play?

ANSWER: We would like to be remembered for our passion for the genre, we are constantly working for continuous improvement and we hope that every work that comes out on the market will surpass the previous one, we always try to give everything on the stage and we believe that the public has noticed that, we believe that We are doing things right so far and we are going to give much more.


11. Name a person who is integral to your band that nobody knows about, what person drives your band like they are part of the band? Who is the extra member?

ANSWER: In recent years we have been working with the support of FAUSTO USAQUEN, a great heavy metal fan in Colombia and a potentializer of the genre, with which we have done great things and we hope that they will be many more.

12. Tell nerds like me tell us about your live rig and equipment.

ANSWER: So far we are very simple when making a live assembly, usually in our technical rider consider guitar amplifiers that have tube valves whether MARSHALL, BOESA, ENGL, etc. We like the sound that these contribute, as for the bass, this one is also direct, until now we have been doing very well working in this way, however, we are not closed to the changes.

13. What is your musical guilty pleasure that you are ashamed of?

ANSWER: So far we do not have any hahaha, however, when we have it we will surely publish it through METAL COFFEE.

14. If you could custom build a band who would be the members?

ANSWER: Without a doubt, it would be:

Christian "Zouille" Augustin– Vocals
Jack “Starr” Munsey – Guitar
William J. Tsamis– Guitar
Matthias Lasch “Matt Sinner” – Bass
László Tarcza - Drums

15. Message to the fans? What is it?

ANSWER: Never give up, heavy metal is more than a lifestyle, it is passion and struggle, we must do what we really love no matter what others think.





Trash Deity Interview

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members. 
JDN: Trash Deity is Groovie Mann from My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and myself, John D. Norten from Blue Eyed Christ


2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?


JDN: It’s funny, we actually took a year or more to come up with the band name. Groovie Mann and I just couldn’t come up with something we both liked. Trash Deity just sort of stuck as something we both like from the massive list of band names. I always like band names that are open for multiple interpretation.


3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend? 


JDN: We both live in Los Angeles, but we’re both from Chicago with roots deep in that cities Industrial scene. There are a million bands and artists out here, I don’t’ have a current local fav.


4. How would you describe your style?


JDN: A Chaotic and Wild Style of a blend of classic Industrial with modern production. 


5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works? 



JDN: We have two singles, “Finger on a Trigger” and “Run 4 Your Lies!”

6. Do you have any new music in the works? 

JDN: Our debut album, Cross & Divide, comes out September 7 on Metropolis Records.


7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out? 

JDN: We have talked of touring, but haven’t crossed that bridge yet.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band? 

JDN: Getting the word out about our album, putting together a show, and working on a new album

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 


JDN: Our music is available at all the expected digital outlets and there are Physical CD’s for those who still appreciate a physical product, artwork, etc. 

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

JDN: I guess just that it’s art that comes from a real place, the interpretation of the meanings are up to the listener.


Monday, August 27, 2018

Ink Reveal "Whispers Of Calliope" Album Release Date

Alt Rock combo Ink are proud to announce that their new upcoming album "Whispers of Calliope" will be released on the 7th September 2018 via Wormholedeath / The Orchard. 
"Whispers of Calliope" is a collection of cover songs reinvented in their unique Ink-style way. 
The album is already available for pre order https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/whispers-of-calliope/1429342197



1.Sober 
2.In a Manner of Speaking 
3.First We Take Manhattan 
4.Rebel Yell 
5.Like The Way I Do 
6.Hurt 
7.Disarm  
8.Knife Party 
9.Never Tear Us Apart 
10.Come Live With Me 
11.Hunger Strike

"Whispers of Calliope" is our third album. It’s a compilation of covers, bands that we love and influenced us a lot. We were playing all these songs in our unplugged sets, we love the acoustic sound, its warm, instant and poetic. Calliope is the name of my mother as well, all the members of INK have their families and children except me, this is my tribute to her by giving somehow her name…I remember  my mother singing when I was very young with her beautiful voice in the mornings, maybe this is one of the best memories that I have ever had, Calliope is the muse of lyrical poetry as well, it’s a return to the womb and a look to our influences. Where we began, where are we now, where do we go from here? Are we the same people, do we feel the same…Before our next electric album this is our way to pay tribute to our loved ones..Childhood heroes, friends and family…Thank you all."
Chris Tsantalis



The band was formed in August 1999 in Alexandroupolis, Greece. For almost a decade they have been recording various stuff of demos gaining praiseworthy reviews from Greek and international media and critics as well. In 2009 INK released their first full album called “Diary” which was a huge step to success and recognition. Through “Diary” the band came into high radio airplay both in Greece and in America, where many college radio stations included songs like “Welcome” and “Heart Pills” in their playlists. This was only the beginning. “Diary” was released by American label “POISON TREE Records”, while single “Ophelia” which is included in their second album was used as the soundtrack of “Drag Hell Zombies” next to Pamela Moore.
The alternative Greek band has also taken part in a series of music festivals and competitions such as “Spirit of Burgas” (Bulgaria), “IMAGINA | the European 3D simulation and visualization event” (Monaco) performing as supporting acts for bands like Faith No More, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Clawfinger, Twilight Singers, Puressence and God Is An Astronaut. Collaborations with Craig Walker (X-Archive), Johnny Bacolas (Second Coming, Alice in Chains) and Jeff Martin (Tea Party) were highlights of the band’s trajectory. There has never been a Greek group achieving to gain this kind of praise and recognition so fast within the country and abroad as well. In 2016 INK released their second album called “Loom” which kept up with the great work of the previous one while has been highly spoken of by critics, especially with the song “Sirens”. INK band consists of Chris Tsantalis (vocals), Kostas Apostolopoulos (guitars), Stavros Tsantalis (drums) and Kostas Ketseris (bass).



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