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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

APOTHICA INTERVIEW LUCY SPEAKS

1.What is the name of your band and how did you come up with it?
What is your name and what do you do for the band?

Hey there!! I'm Lucy, vocalist of Apothica.


We came up with the name from me and one of our old guitarists being food nerds. I am a foodie so I love wine....an apothic wine means that it is a blend of different types of wine. So if there are different wines in the same area, and one is too sweet, one is too bitter, one is too sour, the vintners will get together and blend them to make an "apothic" blend and come out with a better flavor overall. So thats kindof where the name comes from. All of us have different backgrounds and styles of music we're into, and what influences us, but together we make a better "flavor" together instead of separately!

2.Tell us where you are based and describe the scene. How do you think where you are located influences your sound.


We are from Houston! The scene here is pretty great actually. Lots of very talented and passionate musicians, especially in the metal scene here. We're pretty lucky to be friends with just about all of them. I think where we're influenced by a lot of the progressive bands in Texas in general. The southern rock movement gave us a lot of soul and bounce in our music. Gotta make the people move!!


3.Who influences your sound that would surprise people?


Our primary influences are Periphery, Veil of Maya, August Burns Red, Polyphia, and The Contortionist. A lot of our less expected influences come from Ella Fitzgerald, Queen, Bruno Mars, and countless jazz trumpet & sax masters.

4.Are you endorsed by musical companies , if so who , and if not who would you like to be endorsed by?


We aren't currently endorsed but we are definitely looking forward to being endorsed by Ibanez, Kiesel, Shure, a

5.When you started what was your ultimate goal? And how close to the goal are you now?
I would say all of our ultimate goal with music is to make a career out of it and have it as our primary source of income. We are profiting off of our tours already, so we are getting there!

6.In today's digital environment it takes creative strategy to keep things moving. What creative ideas do you have to keep your band relevant over time?


More music and videos for sure, we are also looking forward to doing acoustic "unplugged" style shows including all of our songs to show our diversity.

7.We've all seen a terrible live band that is awesome on CD. Is that cool with you or do you lose respect for bands that cannot pull it off live?


I think we can all agree if you can't play it well live, don't perform at all.
That's most of the reasoning behind being a musician is being able to move people in a live environment. We take pride in sounding good both recorded and live. I personally think its a sin to sound great recorded and terrible live. Either practice or get the fuck off the stage. The practice put in is what gives you the right of way to perform in front of people. Nobody wants to watch you suck.

8.Tell us your “core” are you Metal , Rock , Punk , Pop etc because people just have to categorize these days you know?


Definitely metal. We strongly consider ourselves progressive metal core.

9.This is a tough question but a very real reality, Is your band actually talented or just popular?


Many bands make it with a cliche or publicity stunts etc. Would you accept fame even if it was just because of being the “ in” thing or is it actually important to you that you gain favor with talent?
Absolutely not. To us, its all about the music. If you have to put on some sort of fakeness to get to where you want to be, you might as well not be there at all. We don't want to be the "in" thing. We want to make music for people who are the "out" people anyway, like us.

10.Tell us what to expect from you live. Nothing is more boring than watching bands stare at the floor and bob their heads to music nobody but the band knows. What can your band offer in a live setting that people will remember?


We promise soaring choruses and tight riffs every single time. We are all music nerds so we personally don't mind if bands just stand and play. A lot of the time the music we like is too intricate to shred and move around constantly, so a balance has to be found. If the music is good enough, the passion will speak for itself without having to act crazy on stage.


11. What releases have you put out , When will we see something new?


We just released our newest track "Loaded" along with a music video. We're definitely looking forward to having a full album released by April!

12. If you have videos where can we see them?


Youtube.com/ApothicaRocks has all of our video content. also find us on IG @ApothicaRocks for more personal videos posted frequently!

13.Everybody has Bandcamp , ReverbNation , Soundcloud , etc
Why do you think this is so important? Doesn't it seem like everyone is giving everything out for free?


I think putting your music on as many platforms as possible is pretty important.
A lot of important people are searching these random sites for hidden talent. You never know when it could be your chance to shine. Just be sure you have your copyrights and you're golden!

14.Best moment of your career so far?


Every moment we spend together is the best moment so far. The milestones are great, but the moments we have together are absolutely priceless.

15.Your message to the fans?


We love you and we're depressed too.
You kick ass and deserve to be loved. Don't give up, just try harder. We believe in you!!!
and always, STAY INSPIRED!!

Bonus Question who do you bring back


Dime , Cliff , Dio , Lemmy , Randy

100% Dime every time! You can't deny the king of shred. Pantera is one of my personal greatest influences. I have a CFH tattoo on my wrist for a reason! 




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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Locus Titanic Funus INTERVIEW



1. Thanks for your time. Tell us about your band and what you do for your band.
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Well, I'm bass guitar player and vocalist (growls) in LTF.
Denis Andrianov:
Greetings. I am playing guitar in Locus Titanic Funus. Participation in this band is most significant for me.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be in a band?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
I decided this long time ago. I studied music (guitar, bass, and vocals) for several ages. In 2014, I took part in Lorelei band. I entered LTF, 'cause I wanted to try myself as a bass guitar player.
Denis Andrianov:
In 2015 I got offer to play guitar and it was a big challenge because I have never performed this kind of music. But during every song I understood that I love them more and more.

3. What is different about being a musician than you imagined?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Before I became musician myself, I had been communicating to musicians for a long time. So I knew all costs of this occupation, and I'd been ready to everything.
Denis Andrianov:
All I do present time is approximately the same I imagined before. I think that the main reason was absence of any expectations of that from beginning. I just wanted to perform music. I do exactly the same thing now. That is all.

4. What gear do you use and why?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
My present stuff is Hohner professional V-bass 5, I love vintage basses of this form-factor. Also I use Shure SM48, it's quite good for extreme vocals.
Denis Andrianov:
It is a hard question because I search the tone every week. But if to say more explicitly, then I use Gibson Flying V for many years for studio and live performance. I use floor guitar processor with tubes for distorted tone and many FXs. My opinion it is most comfortable stuff to do live shows.

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

Alexey Kuznetsov:
My favourite genres are Doom and Folk/Pagan Metal, I also listen to other genres of Rock and Metal music. As a nostalgie I can listen to old Pop and soviet music.
Denis Andrianov:
Sometimes I want to listen to something extraordinary. Sometimes more extraordinary than I can imagine (laughing).

6. How do we find your music and merch to buy?
Follow this link please https://metalscraprecords.com/shop/en/store/product/view/1/8341

7. How did you get a record deal?
Kazimir Gravenface:
We sent our first record to various labels, but conditions of Metal Scrap Records was much comfortable for us. In result, we already released second CD on this label, exactly on it’s sub-label Another Side Records. I recommend this company to all the bands, they know how to manage bands in a right way.

8. What bands do people compare your music to?
Kazimir Gravenface:
I’d like to know that it will not be compared with certain bands. I’d say that it is just trial to compose doom metal without reference. Of course, I was inspired such bands as Autumn Rain Melancholy, Estatic Fear and Desire but I did not get the same mood of music and flow of emotions. I am sorry that arrangement of songs is some kind of imperfection and I would be fix it in the future. For example, we need keyboard player, because scores for keyboards is very ugly, we need good singer to perform scores of clean vocals. We need to rehearse much more and compose together much more. My POV is it will be a key to successful band tone and to perception of being crew member. Instead of this we have to earn money another way and care of many other things. I think it is problem of thousands of bands.



9. Are you pro Spotify / streaming services? Or do you think it hurts sales?
Of course. Our label care about all these things. Here is what you ask https://open.spotify.com/album/4gxkVqIndMuOFoaphIbQL2

10. What’s the ultimate goal for the band?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Emm... to have a constant crowd of fans and to realize ourselves as live musicians.

11. Will we see you tour?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Maybe, but not in the nearest future
Denis Andrianov:
Hard to plan that but it would be a good experience for us.

12. Who would you love to tour with?
Without answer

13. What is your favorite song of yours and why?
Denis Andrianov:
Of course, it is Sweet Embrace of Cowardice.

14. Why should people take the time to listen to your band over the thousands of other bands?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Cause of our unusual atmosphere and high-quality lyrics.

15. What are your favorite music websites labels podcast etc?
Our label site) https://metalscraprecords.com

16. Is imagery important to you? Do you judge albums by the cover?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Imagery is particularly important in such genres as doom and black metal. Black-and-white covers is "our everything" ^^

Denis Andrianov:
I am not from those guys that judge music by the cover. It is not the main criteria to judge. But I must admit that sometimes I paid attention for some CD due to it has pretty cover.

17. If you could choose a cover song your band mates would hate what would it be?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Of every Russian Folk Metal band ^^
Denis Andrianov:
“Enter Sandman” or “Smoke on the Water”. My opinion is they are most frequently and popular cover songs. And I think people are very tired of that. 

18. Is the record or live show more important?
Alexey Kuznetsov:
Both of these activities are important, even though they are different. As for me, live show is a more preferable way of realization as a musician.
Denis Andrianov:
For many bands it is important to hold the balance between of these methods to bring music. There are exceptions like cover bands. They don’t need to record music, right? Or another side of subject is bands like Burzum in such live performance is impossible. All the other cases is necessary studio and live workout and every of them are essential parts of life of band members.

19. Name 3 people dead or alive you would want to play your music for.
Kazimir Gravenface:
I consider this action as some kind of worship. I think music have to be delivered to right people. And thanks guys from Another Side for that.


20. Lemmy Ozzy Dio and Rob Halford in a cage match who wins?
Denis Andrianov:
I would choose Ozzy. It seems to me that he is craziest guy from this crowd. You can expect very weird things from him.







 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

MARTIN TEMPLUM DOMINI Interview

1.What is the name of your band and how did you come up with it?
What is your name and what do you do for the band?

- I´m Mario Vico, drummer of the metal band "MARTIN TEMPLUM DOMINI". MTD started as and idea from the virtuoso guitarist Carlos Martin. He had some
songs recorded and when I listen the songs was impossible to resist to join the band, together with his son Ivan Martin, another awesome musician.
I felt that the music was totally different and new, plenty of fast, hard and virtuoso riffs and guitar solos. So I decided to join the band
inmediatly when Carlos asked me about it and record the first and new album.


2.Tell us where you are based and describe the scene. How do you think where you are located influences your sound.

- We are from Barcelona, Spain. Here there´s a lot of good bands, but most of them are influenced by the mainstream of metalcore or death metal,
I think that is something general in all Europe. We respect that style, but we want to offer something totally fresh and new. We think that´s
the reason why people that listen us and come to our concerts likes the band.

3.Who influences your sound that would surprise people?

- We listen a lot of music. Muse, overall the firts albums, classical music, we love Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Wagner and Paganini within others.
Also other new bands that appears and are totally new and offer diferent styles are cool for us.

4.Are you endorsed by musical companies , if so who , and if not who would you like to be endorsed by?

- Not at this moment, and for sure we like to be.


5.When you started what was your ultimate goal? And how close to the goal are you now?

There´s not an ultimate goal in music, at least we think so. I mean, there´s a lot of stages that you must to achive, and when you arrive and achive one
stage, the goal is to achive the next an so on. In kinda to make us always active and living the moment and thinking in the future with the same enfort.
But is clear that any musician or band wants to arrive as long as possible in this career.




6.In today's digital environment it takes creative strategy to keep things moving. What creative ideas do you have to keep your band relevant over time?

Totally agree. Tools as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all social media are very important for us. They are a really strong weapons to spread your music
to the world. We´re always thinking in the next band promo too, the aproach, if it will be a video, a documentary to make people closer to us and viceversa, etc,
giving all material possible to make fans tunned for the next thing.


7.We've all seen a terrible live band that is awesome on CD. Is that cool with you or do you lose respect for bands that cannot pull it off live?

- I think live is one of the most important things in a band career. Everybody knows that a bad singer can do awesome thing in studio thanks to the technology,
or to stay recording that fucking hard riff during a lot of time, take a few parts, make a copy / paste, and done. Some CD´s sounds really cold due that, or
others simply sounds amazing, but when you wacth them on live is plenty of fucking samplers, and you...really?? So for this reason we respect a lot the bands that have
a solid live, you know that concerts that sounds incredible well, nevermind if is not exactly like in the CD, but the band is putting all the heart on the live
and you receive the energy, a true metal from the soul. We are more in the brand that live is much more important, is the true face of the band.
If you can do a good CD putting all you spirit on it and you can do a live with the same spirit, oh man....you have more than my respect.


8.Tell us your “core” are you Metal , Rock , Punk , Pop etc because people just have to categorize these days you know?

- Honestly we hate tags. When an artist have to explain a picture, and sculpture, etc....something is wrong. Because each person listen diferent things in the same
track, that´s the cool part of the music. As I said before, we try to make something fresh and new. Is it metal? yes....but other style inside metal.


9.This is a tough question but a very real reality, Is your band actually talented or just popular?
Many bands make it with a cliche or publicity stunts etc. Would you accept fame even if it was just because of being the “ in” thing or is it actually important to you that you gain favor with talent?

- Is not tough at the end. Talent over popular always. First is the music, then you can put fireworks and so in the stage if you want more show. If the question is "are you on sale?", answer is not,
we are really proud of what we do, and good things always brings good things, may be make us popular. But We´re totally based on to believe in what we are doing, if not, nothing has sense.
We do it not only for us, but for the fans, that at the end, they are the ultimate ones who decide if a venue is empty or full. You could find us playing at a metal festival or an American Idol the same metal song....hell yeah.


10.Tell us what to expect from you live. Nothing is more boring than watching bands stare at the floor and bob their heads to music nobody but the band knows. What can your band offer in a live setting that people will remember?

We make our lives as interactive with the people as possible, I think that´s the key. Fans wants to sing the songs melodies, etc...., you must to give it to them. Guitar and drums solos where they can interact, and
a good intense set of songs in all the senses, attitude, visual, and for sure, a really good performance.


11. What releases have you put out , When will we see something new?

Right now we are promoting our first and new album, released on October 2018, called as the same name of band "Martin Templum Domini". Although we are always compossing, we are totally focus on this release.

12. If you have videos where can we see them?

In our website, www.martintemplumdomini.com , and in all the social media, there´s plenty of videos, previews, pics, artwork, and more cool stuff from the band


13.Everybody has Bandcamp , ReverbNation , Soundcloud , etc
Why do you think this is so important? Doesn't it seem like everyone is giving everything out for free?

We have not that feeling, is the tehcnology era, and a music band should adapt to the times and the things that are happening. We have Bancamp and Soundcloud, but in our case we dont our CD there , we use them
as platform to people can listen us in previews. You can use that tools as you think is ok for the band. Some bands are selling their CD´s for free on this platforms, but is understandable in the cases where this bands cannot find
record labels, is kind of promotion sacrificing one release. It depends of every band, but all promotions are important.


14.Best moment of your career so far?

It is always to come!!!, hehehe. We are in a good time, but more good things are coming...always.


15.Your message to the fans?

Love to all our fans, they are part of Martin Templum Domini, of our lives, so important for us!!! We wish you always the best things on life, and waiting to see you in the next concert!!, you always are welcome to Martin Templum Domini.
Thanks a lot for the interview!!! As always we are in touch!!

Bonus Question who do you bring back


Dime: A Thunder in all the senses

Cliff: A fucking loss...

Dio: Respect to one of the best metal voices ever

Lemmy: A living legend

Randy: He created a unique style




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Temtris interview

1.What is the name of your band and how did you come up with it?
Our band name is Temtris.. we wanted something that had a female edge to it as we have a female singer.

What is your name and what do you do for the band?

My name is Genevieve Rodda and i am the lead vocalist in Temtris

2.Tell us where you are based and describe the scene. How do you think where you are located influences your sound.

We are based on the East Coast of Australia near Sydney. I don't believe our location influenced our sound as we listen to a broad range of metal music.

3.Who influences your sound that would surprise people?

My first album i bought was by Pat Benetar… as i loved her vocals.
When i heard Axel Rose on The Appetite for Destruction album it grabbed me in a big way and i wanted to be in a band. Other influences which are more obvious would be Bruce Dickinson and Doro Pesch from Warlock.




4.Are you endorsed by musical companies , if so who , and if not who would you like to be endorsed by?

No we are not at the moment. I currently use a Sennheiser wireless mic which has been fantastic. The guitarists love Jackson Guitars and would love an endorsement from them.

5.When you started what was your ultimate goal? And how close to the goal are you now?

When i started i wanted to be known as one of Australia's best female metal vocalist. I have a lot of awesome friends and fans that support me to help me reach that goal. But now my goal is to get my fellow muscians/ band members known worldwide for their amazing song writing.

6.In today's digital environment it takes creative strategy to keep things moving. What creative ideas do you have to keep your band relevant over time?

Keeping contact with fans is the most important. Videos seem to be the way to reach new audiences especially for those countries we cannot get to .

7.We've all seen a terrible live band that is awesome on CD. Is that cool with you or do you lose respect for bands that cannot pull it off live?

Playing live can be tough.. so many things can influence a sound of a show. A member can be unwell, sound guy or sound system could be crap and you cannot hear each other on stage.
Maybe things just are not gelling on the night.
But thats what live is and i guess you shouldn't judge a band on one show for that reason.

8.Tell us your “core” are you Metal , Rock , Punk , Pop etc because people just have to categorize these days you know?

Temtris is metal but we use what ever genre we need to make the song work.

9.This is a tough question but a very real reality, Is your band actually talented or just popular?
Many bands make it with a cliche or publicity stunts etc. Would you accept fame even if it was just because of being the “ in” thing or is it actually important to you that you gain favor with talent?

We would much prefer to be know as a band of talent than a gimmick. We are not in this to be famous. Temtris is about creating albums and music / songs with emotion or a story.
I don't think you have a choice though if you are the in thing at the time. That is probably thrown at you before you even realise it's happening.

10.Tell us what to expect from you live. Nothing is more boring than watching bands stare at the floor and bob their heads to music nobody but the band knows. What can your band offer in a live setting that people will remember?



We like to put on a show.. interact with the audience and join them and bring them into the show. Most people that watch us live say we are full of energy and leave them pumped up at the end of the night.


11. What releases have you put out , When will we see something new?

We have just released our 5th studio album Rapture! Previously the albums released have been Threshold , Masquerade, Shallow Grave and Enter the Asylum.
The next thing we are looking at releasing is another filmclip with a song from that album.



12. If you have videos where can we see them?
Yes we have 5 videos from album releases.

Awakening, Your Time Has Come, Enter the Asylum, Layment and Run being our latest.
They are on the Temtris facebook page or our Temtris youtube channel.

13.Everybody has Bandcamp , ReverbNation , Soundcloud , etc
Why do you think this is so important? Doesn't it seem like everyone is giving everything out for free?

We have some music on ReverbNation, spotify and ITunes.  Your music needs to be available to the public so they can check you out but i think Cds and Vinyl are still going pretty strong and the public if they like you wants a hardcopy of your music.




14.Best moment of your career so far?

Opening for Accept in 2014 to a sold out crowd of 800 people.

15.Your message to the fans?
Come join the Temtris crew.. message us and we will happily chat or join us at a show and then the bar !
We are one big metal family!

Bonus Question who do you bring back

Dime , Cliff , Dio , Lemmy , Randy

Being a vocalist i would have to say Dio.. what a voice !





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Friday, January 11, 2019

Martin Templum Domini Joins METAL COFFEE PR!

Martin Templum Domini


Martin Templum Domini is a Metal band from Barcelona. Styled on virtuoso guitar solos and instrumental fast & strong guitars/ bass/drums riffs. MTD intruduces its awesome debut album this 2018. Based on the Divine Comedy book, the band presents a blast 11 tracks CD, combining a great mix of metal 

styles.


Martin Templum Domini are:
Carlos Martin - Guitars
Mario Vico - Drums
Ivan Martin - Bass


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0ADW23fZnS3ZWeb4erljQ

http://www.facebook.com/martintemplumdomini

https://martintemplumdomini.bandcamp.com



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INTERVIEW WITH BLACK FALCON


1.What is the name of your band and how did you come up with it?
What is your name and what do you do for the band?

-We're Black Falcon. Basically, we went back and forth with each other for the longest time trying to figure it out. Eventually, someone sent a picture of a black, lego millenium falcon. Then Dave had the lightbulb moment.
-I'm Jony and I play lead guitar.


2.Tell us where you are based and describe the scene. How do you think where you are located influences your sound.

-We're based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. THe scene here is a bit of a funny one. There's a real buzz and an eclectic mix of bands and artists. For a while it was touch and go though because we lost a bunch of venues and such.
It seemed for a while like it was over, but then some really cool people brought some new venues into the fold, next thing we know, there's bands popping up again. I's
a much more exiting time now.
-I don't know how much it influences what we do, because our aim has always been to be very accessible - whereas certain areas are associated with a particular niche.

3.Who influences your sound that would surprise people?

-Well, I'm a really big fan of Electric Wizard. Liam loves Tom Waits, Dave loves Daft Punk, Lee is really into trip hop right now and Richard is a die hard Rush fan. So I
can see how some of that could be surprising to some.

4.Are you endorsed by musical companies , if so who , and if not who would you like to be endorsed by?

-No we're not endorsed. But it would be great to be endorsed by string, stick, drum head and cymbal companies... the essentials.

5.When you started what was your ultimate goal? And how close to the goal are you now?

-I don't think we started with an ultimate goal really. We definitely wanted to take it as far as we could. Playing academies, putting an album out, getting some great supports
etc. I mean we've done two of them now, so it's certainly time to reevaluate. But we do have a lot of ideas about what we want to be doing going forward.

6.In today's digital environment it takes creative strategy to keep things moving. What creative ideas do you have to keep your band relevant over time?

- We like to make sure we're keeping on top of all the new technologies and platforms that are out there. We also recognise that digital isn't the only thing out there right
now making an impact. It can't have escaped anyone's notice how well vinyl is doing right now. So good old fashioned physical releases are still relevant too.

7.We've all seen a terrible live band that is awesome on CD. Is that cool with you or do you lose respect for bands that cannot pull it off live?



-Oddly enough, I kinda do. A good album is all well and good, but the essence of music is live. So if you can't deliver the goods in person, it's pretty much dropping the ball
for me.

8.Tell us your “core” are you Metal , Rock , Punk , Pop etc because people just have to categorize these days you know?

-I guess we're rock. But I like to think that people take away their own interpretation of us.

9.This is a tough question but a very real reality, Is your band actually talented or just popular?
Many bands make it with a cliche or publicity stunts etc. Would you accept fame even if it was just because of being the “ in” thing or is it actually important to you that you gain favor with talent?

-Well lets establish what's popular first. I guess it's metalcore right? And I think we're about as far removed from that as you can be without being Lionel Richie. So I'd like to say we're talented at
what we do. I would accept fame if what we did was the "in" thing. But I certainly wouldn't change what we do just to garner record sales.

10.Tell us what to expect from you live. Nothing is more boring than watching bands stare at the floor and bob their heads to music nobody but the band knows. What can your band offer in a live setting that people will remember?

- A rock n' roll show. It's what we do. We rehearse hard, we work on our sets and we put it out there. We don't waste our own time and we certainly aren't going to waste yours.


11. What releases have you put out , When will we see something new?

- We put out an EP called "Living in Me" back in 2016. That was our first release. Since then we rolled out two singles and then most recently, we released our debut album "Turn Around and Face the Sun" in
October 2018. You can probably expect something new probably in the next 18 months or so. What form that will take is anyone's guess.

12. If you have videos where can we see them?
Right here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y33gcqRa3rs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6XcOD3uQRw


13.Everybody has Bandcamp , ReverbNation , Soundcloud , etc
Why do you think this is so important? Doesn't it seem like everyone is giving everything out for free?

-I have no idea. But I think Henry Rollins said it best when he said "I'd rather be heard than paid"


14.Best moment of your career so far?

-Supporting Puddle of Mudd was dope. That show was sold out. It's a straight draw between that and Bill Bailey meeting us and digging our stuff.

15.Your message to the fans?
Thank you so much for listening to us and coming to our shows and buying our t-shirts. It makes everything we do worth it.

Bonus Question who do you bring back


Dime , Cliff , Dio , Lemmy , Randy

-Lemmy. No contest.




Thursday, January 10, 2019

Interview with Christopher Dean - Bassist for Nita Strauss.

Interview courtesy of All Music All Bands Youtube channel

AWAKE THE DEMONS JOIN METAL COFFEE PR

My name is Claudiu Ciorbaru, 17 years old, I am the lead singer, lyricist and songwriter for the Romanian heavy metal band, Awake The Demons.

I started this project alone, back in 2016 when I was 15 with the hope and dream of transmitting important messages via my creation and reaching the world's biggest stages. Still on my own, I will keep working, keep doing my best as hope is the last thing that dies and for me it will never die. I am not doing this for fame and stuff like that, but because music is my life, metal music saved my life and it was there for me when no one else was. My music is the method I use to express feelings, hidden meanings, messages and more to the people who are willing to listen to it. I am doing this just for them and for achieving my dream of becoming something in the metal world. 


Our primary genre is, of course, heavy metal, but we have influences from a lot of metal genres and also from hard rock. I was inspired to start making music by Iron Maiden, the first band I've ever listened to. Then Breaking Benjamin, Bullet For My Valentine and the last but not least, Five Finger Death Punch, my all time favorite band. Ivan Moody, their lead singer, is my idol. I've actually got the honor to talk to him on his official Instagram page. He has such a big heart, so many deep meanings behind some apparently common lyrics and that actually inspired me to start this project, Awake The Demons. All this happened in 2016 and is still going on now.

As for why I started this project.... Well let's just say I am surely not the happiest person in the world. I had a lot of problems in my past regarding family, lack of friends, bad luck in love and more.... I cannot talk about all that in details, I really can't, but I admit all this changed me and made me the person I am today, a person really determined, with a huge dream and who'd make almost everything to make it come true. Actually these problems determined my band's first name, a kinda bad one, Angelic Demon. Yeah, at the beginning of 2017 the band was still called Angelic Demon :))

I wrote alone 5 albums in only 1 summer. I was on a writing spree if I can call it like that lol. Basically everything I had in my heart, in my soul and in my mind I laid down on paper. These albums basically describe my life and I am looking forward to singing each and every song in each of them. Our first album, Hellfire Trials The Legacy Of Inner Demons, the one I am working at in this moment, is a combination of the best songs from the other 4 albums. I chose the most significant songs to make this album. I think the title of it says it all, just think at it. ;)

With the help of two great friends from my city, Constanta, I actually managed to make 3 songs. I will post the links below. The first one was made with the help of a really close friend, I can call him a brother, Dragos is his name. Working on programs on computer I made a first song called "Downfall". It is an instrumental so no lyrics in it, but it's really expressive. Yet again the title says it all. Then I alone created another instrumental, the intro of our album and the intro of our band, called "Uprising". No need to describe it, again the title plus the song talk for itself. Well going to university forced Dragos to step back from the project. I was once more left alone to handle this all, but I wasn't ready to quit the dream. I have a friend, he plays the keyboard and his name is Levi. We are all from the same city, Constanta. Anyway, with help from him as he is already a profesional singer, I started dreaming again and thinking "WE CAN DO IT!" And so we started working at our demo song, first song with lyrics, "Cycle Of The Damned". It took 6 months, a lot of wasted nights, computer programs, help, but we had a song made entirely on computer. But it sounded too robotic. Then I got lucky and I met online someone called Erick Draven. Well I didn't know a thing about him. He is from the States. Well he had the same dream as me even if he is way older than me. He on his own, so just like myself in the past, managed somehow to create 19 songs, 19! Can you imagine that? He asked me to make the videos for all of them and I did it. He wanted to pay me at first, but taling and working together got us really close. Now I can call him my brother, just like Levi and Dragos. After he released the songs and started promoting them, he helped me with "Cycle Of The Damned'. He introduced me to a band from Chicago called Ritual Burning and their guitarist, James Ferro , he's an outstanding person by the way, sang both guitars and the bass, recorded them in a studio and sent them to me. Basically, except the drums which are made entirely by Levi, the rest of the song got finished by James. He gave me full author rights and copyrights on it telling me that he sees my determination, my potential and that I can always count on his and his band for help with the project. They don't write lyrics so they don't want to have a lead singer in the band sadly. So after all, somehow I finished Cycle Of The Damned and released it just days ago. I supported all the financial part, mixing and mastering, recording vocals, promoting the song and taking care of my band's social pages..... This all happened in 2018.

All in all, this is the short story and the one that defines Awake The Demons, this is what drove us to do this.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb4x3XdsLeMfWSO9PaUyvpQ ( Awake The Demons' Youtube Channel)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_tTD4lL9-s (Awake The Demons - Downfall)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUZO0JHlehU (Awake The Demons - Uprising)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJgtrcjfLWY (Awake The Demons - Cycle Of The Damned)

https://www.facebook.com/awakethedemons/ (Official Facebook page of A.T.D. )
https://www.instagram.com/?hl=ro (Official Instagram page of A.T.D.)
www.reverbnation.com/awakethedemons (Official ReverbNation page of A.T.D. )



Monday, January 7, 2019

The Blank Standard INTERVIEW

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

Eric: We started out as a 5-piece back in 2011, then lost a few members in late 2013. Brandon and I did not want to call it quits, so instead, in early 2014, we starting the recording process for this album we just released. We also sought out new members to join the band, without success. Our super-talented (and patient) friend, Paul Gravdal, recorded us at our rehearsal studio, then, when we kept losing bass-players, stepped-in and did a massive job on the bass on the album. We could not have done any of it without Paul. Also, out of necessity, I wrote the lyrics and vocal-phrasing, and Brandon performed the vocals for the record.

We recently found a super cool and solid bass-player, named Josh Padilla, to bring the brutalz live with us (and on the next record). Vocalist search has a few promising leads as well.





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

Brandon: More often than not our guitarist, Eric Burns, will have riff-based ideas to present. We then usually bounce ideas back and forth which in turn usually results in a form taking shape. This repeats until all the parts are solidified and the main elements of guitar and drums are complete. From there we typically work on lyrical content, then vocal patterns. 



Eric: For the songs on the album, Kevin (the other guitarist with whom I started the band back in 2011) and I both wrote the material. These are the songs we played live during our 5-piece days (2011-2013). He had some tunes (Two Ply, Heavy Death Murder Kill, Megaton) I had some tunes (Dump Truck Full of Zombies, Hydra, Lepers at the Gate), and Gorgon we wrote together, which was cool. I miss playing with him and showing each other our latest riffs. When I was recording the guitars for the record, I had to go back and listen to some live recordings to figure out what Kevin was doing for the parts he would play on some of the songs, but I think I was able to capture what we sounded like together during those times. Out of necessity, I wrote about 99% of the lyrics for the album (Brandon had a few goodies to contribute on Two Ply). Nowadays, I do most of the song-writing, both music and lyrics, though I run every riff by Brandon to see if it gets his approval or not. If he doesn’t dig it, then it’s back to the drawing board for me. Lyrics, I still get free-rein, though I’d like to hand that duty off to a vocalist someday (as long as said vocalist’s lyrics don’t suck, haha). I do like writing lyrics though, it helps me cope with the weight of existence.





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?

Brandon: We are based out of Chicago, IL. Seeing as Chicago is an amazing city, we are perfectly fine with our home base.

Eric: Chicago. Seems like a heavy enough city for a metal band to begin and end up.





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


Brandon: Our genre would, not surprisingly, be considered Metal. What kind of metal you ask? BRUTAL BONE CRUSHING METAL. We usually name drop Pantera, Slayer, Testament, Meshuggah, etc.

Eric: Brutal Bone-Crushing Metal.  If I had to name bands, I would say we’re the messed up, toxic-waste-infused laboratory amalgamation of Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, and maybe Lamb of God?





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

Brandon: Yes! Please visit us at https://theblankstandard.bandcamp.com/

Eric: Currently, we have CD Digipaks for sale on Bandcamp, here: https://theblankstandard.bandcamp.com/

We are working on a line of merch to put up there soon.





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

Eric: Yes! We are even more excited about the new songs we’ve been writing over the past 4 and a half years than the album we just released, which is saying something, since we are super stoked by that debut album. We start tracking the next album in February 2019. Hopefully we can get it finished for release in late 2019 or early 2020. We all juggle “real” job and life obligations with band activities, so it takes us a bit longer than some other bands might take, but this time through should be much quicker than last, given all that we learned from doing the debut album.



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

Brandon: Not yet! Hopefully someday down the road.

Eric: Can’t say we’ve been on “tour”, but we have played numerous gigs, weekend-warrior-style, on the road. Some venues more prestigious than others, haha.





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

Eric: How do I pick just one? Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Testament, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Lamb of God, Chimaira, Machine Head, Megadeth, Steve Morse, Strapping Young Lad...





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

Brandon: We typically use Facebook and Bandcamp, please visit us there! You do not have to be 18, but, don’t let your mom catch you listening to our beauteous ditties!

https://theblankstandard.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Theblankstandard

Eric: We utilize Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. in lieu of a website.





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

Brandon: I want people to feel like they were run over by a steam roller…that was then hit by a meteor… then was nuked from orbit, and only a smoking crater remains. Pure and utter DEVASTATION. 

Eric: Shock and awe. I want listeners of our music to be pleasantly shell-shocked when they hit play, and I want them to say, “Whoa! That was badass!” when they are done listening.





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?

Eric: Paul Gravdal. We couldn’t have gotten this album done without Paul: he recorded it, mixed it, did the bass on it, and even helped us with the final Digipak layout. It’s extra awesome because Paul doesn’t really consider himself a “metal” guy, but he sure made this very metal record happen. I can’t imagine doing an album without him. Though he won’t have to fill-in for the bass duties on this next album, I’m really glad and relieved that Paul will be at the helm again for recording/mixing/production, and general Paul-awesomeness.





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

Brandon: My main rig is a Mapex Saturn IV drum kit, Sabian AAX & HHX cymbals, Trick Pro 1-V Bigfoot pedals, Vic Firth Rock sticks, and misc. drumheads (Remo, Evans, Aquarian…I can’t make up my mind!). Just started using the Sonitus Acoustics Kicker. Currently toying with Roland TM-2 trigger module but haven’t fully committed to it yet.

Eric: Mmmm, gear-talk, yum! ESP M-I and M-II guitars, EMG pickups, Ernie Ball Baritone strings, Dunlop Jazz III Tortex picks 1.14 gauge; fun fact: since I’m the only guitarist in the band now, I run 2 heads and 2 cabs simultaneously via ABY switch: head 1 is a Mesa/Boogie Mark IV from the early 90s pushing a Mesa Oversize 4x12 with 2 Eminence Swamp-Thang and 2 Eminence Wizards: head 2 is a Mesa/Boogie JP-2c pushing another Mesa Oversize 4x12 with the stock Celestine V30s. Overkill? Come on, this is metal! Bwhahaha!





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

Brandon: I wouldn’t say I’m ashamed of anything I listen to honestly. I really like Depeche Mode. That’s not exactly BROOOTAL or anything haha.

Eric: That I’m ashamed of? Hmmm, not sure. I do like righteous 80s jams, like Duran Duran and Wham! Then of course there’s Michael Bolton, but only on the Honda commercials where he’s rocking out arena-style. Aaron Neville doing the Little People theme-song. Erasure has some pretty good jams too. Oh wait, almost forgot, Tim Cappello (the greased-up dude with the saxophone in “The Lost Boys”) – I STILL BELIEVE!





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

Brandon: Oh jesus, that’s impossible haha.

Eric: I’m cool with nothing being different than the current line-up, except for maybe I would clone Brandon and have one of him drum and the other do vocals.





15.Message to the fans? What is it?

Eric: I WANNA SEE YOU OPEN UP THIS PIT!!!!!! ...and of course, thank you for supporting us, and we hope to see you at our shows very soon!

theblankstandard.bandcamp.com/album/the-blank-standard  
https://youtu.be/YOCozNojPEk 
https://www.facebook.com/Theblankstandard/
https://twitter.com/BlankStandard


HELL'S GUARDIAN • 2019

Committed to destiny
In 2009, guitarist Freddie Formis and his brother, drummer Dylan, lifted their own band HELL'S GUARDIAN from the creative baptismal font.

Cesare Damiolini was determined to rhythm guitar and from then he fervently took over the growl vocals. Claudio Cor then strapped on the bass guitar, and it could really start for these hot-blooded Italians.

After the completion of the line-up, the participants were able to present the first demo a year later. 
In 2014, the debut album "Follow Your Fate" was presented with healthy pride, flanked by various live gigs.





Furthermore, HELL'S GUARDIAN was back on so many stages, and this also with established acts like Amorphis, Children Of Bodom and Sabaton.

A bravely completed Eastern European tour can also be presented, in which the Italian-based Melodic Heavy Metallers Temperance were energetically and playfully supported on their Metal Invasion Tour.

At the end of 2017, HELL'S GUARDIAN and producer Fabrizio Romani began recording the new album in his Media Factory studio, which received the symbolically sacral title "As Above So Below".

The second album "As Above So Below" was officially released on September 14th, 2018.



TRACKS:
01. Over The Line 01:40 (instrumental)
02. Crystal Door 05:27
03. As Above So Below 04:13
04. Blood Must Have Blood 04:38
05. Waiting… For Nothing 01:15 (instrumental)
06. 90 Days 07:26
07. Lake Of Blood 05:10
08. Jester Smile 04:44
09. My Guide My Hunger (feat. Adrienne Cowan & Marco Pastorino) 05:30
10. I Rise Up 05:52
11. Colorful Dreams (feat. Ark Nattlig Ulv) 05:14

total: 51:09 min.

Official Musik Video for 'Blood Must Have Blood'







SYMPHONY OF SYMBOLS INTERVIEW

1. Thanks for your time. Tell us about your band and what you do for your band.
Thank you for your interest in Symphony of Symbols! In '97 we brought the band together with Sanya, the guitarist, one year later came Tomi with bass. We've been pushing the wagon together since then. Frici is still with us who has become an important milestone of the team in two years, throughout singing, organizing and helping with visual things. I am responsible for the rumbles behind the drums, the texts and the visual things.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be in a band? 
My dad played the drums, and had his drum stuffs in my room. I have always been on the bench. In primary school, my parents tried to sign up for piano, but it only worked for two years. :) I always chatted around the drum room in the music hall, I was sniffing. Finally, I did not learn drums at school, but from myself and from the old man. He always took me to the shows and I could put the drum stuff together:) The idea of having a band was in the first class of high school.

3. What is different about being a musician than you imagined?
I don't really remember how I imagined myself. Certainly, watching different concert videos I felt it would be great to experiense this on stage. Nowadays I/we are not pushing it. It is more important to have music on our instruments that we are proud of, and not one that makes it easier to get to certain stages.

4. What gear do you use and why? 
I have a pearl drum. Iron is the least corroded, tams hangers are the most beautiful, and middle-class editors are already good wood. My Cins are Sabian, I like the AAX series, simply because I haven't heard even better. Not all my cins Sabian, little effects are exchanged in small pieces. The pedal is Axis. I wanted to know what it is good for. I tried it and it was very comfortable even at the beginning. Such a pedal is essential for heel support. I use my own E-kit trigger. I have Roland triggers for the tams and snares, but I do not use them, although I always take them, because I might need any time when a club is not well equipped. The modules are Alesis. I wouldn't use a Roland module, I don't want to pay for it. Alesis also works safely.

5. What music do you listen to that would surprise people?
I like the old songs of the Hungarian band called "Másfél". No sings, only drum, guitar, bass, chello, sax. Everybody have a huge range of effects and because of this , very stupid sounds came alive. Nice high music. 

6. How do we find your music and merch to buy?
The Historiocriticism can be ordered from the Metal Scrap, from us or from the Black Terror. Our merch stuffs produced by us, available from us and from facebook. 

7. How did you get a record deal? Or do you want a record deal or are you DIY? 
We got in touch with Anatoliy in the previous album and now we had contract for the new one too. The DIY recording would be enough in our range, but that work what he does we would be able to do while we are working in our workplaces. 

8. What bands do people compare your music to?
Some people compare us with the Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, which is good evaluation, we love these bands. 

9. Are you pro Spotify / streaming services ? Or do you think it hurts sales?
I understand the great bands when they are talking about it. This is that kind of hobby which became their livehood finally. Those people can feel who knows how much money and time it needs really to make the first album from the first ideas. The net is not a bad thing and if it is not works well then it is not the nets fault but the people. People decision to accept it for free or become brave and buy other people intellectual product for money. This is not do wrong with our sale in our level, because our copies sold to the fanatics and we do not have more copies. 

10. What’s the ultimate goal for the band?
To awaken thought with music and texts too. One of the great words of a great Hungarian: "Influence! Create! Enhance!" If we look at the music, our position is, it is a waste of time to write music from crawled templates. Not interested an Emperor's copy, but the Emperor. It has already been played. A musician should go on a road and not just stand on the edge, but develop the style, of course, with the greatest humility. When we look at the text, our main topic is the falsification of history, the reign of the New World Order, and its attachment to world domination. For the sake of domination, libraries are full of false historical revolutions, even though they were not among the chosen, or even the oldest peoples!

11. Will we see you tour?
In our level, it is impossible. We are not nobodies, nobody will give place for us in a tour. We won't pay ourselves into a tour on priciple. Although if once we find ourselves on a tour it fucking depend on our workplace, will we still have work or not, once we come back. :) Sometimes we go out for a weekend, and we organise concerts for both days. This is the reality for us or maybe some small festivals small stage. 

12. Who would you love to tour with?
If we can dream that with Nilel or Necrophagist. :) If we stand in the floor or reality that always had fun with the Age of Agony.

13. What is your favorite song of yours and why?
We've just done the shooting, we cut ourselves, like DIY the clips of The first Nation, the Last Survivor. This is my favourite for now. It might contains 25-30 riffs. :)


14. Why should people take the time to listen to your band over the thousands of other bands?
We are avoiding template in a huge round, but we are committed to death metal. Our music is pointing in the way we imagine how to improve the style without diluting it.

15. What are your favorite music websites labels podcast etc?
We can find every news in Facebook and Twitter, so I am not searching for bands official pages one by one. I usually check drum and lighting technical pages. 

16. Is imagery important to you? Do you judge albums by the cover?
Very important. Not only because of the first impression, but I handle the covers as the visual accessorie of the music. I think it have to be planned till the last detail, it has to be used for add extra infos and telling infos.

17. If you could choose a cover song your band mates would hate what would it be?
There is no such like this. We overrun the first two albums songs, but those were important for us at that time. If we think some of them are not bearable, we are not hate them anyway. Everybody think like this in our side. 

18. Is the record or live show more important?
If we have to choose on of them than I would say the record. The sound have a body there which will remain till the end of humanity. The concert is the part of the joy. I like it anyway, feels good when the people mass in front of the stage to listen what used to be only in your head before. For me the most important period is the writing in the rehersal room, when the result born from several people's work. 

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

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