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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

THE METAL TIMES : ZOMBI - 2020



Relapse Records proudly presents ZOMBI's new album, 2020. Their first new album in 5 years, 2020 showcases the songwriting prowess that has pushed the duo of Steve Moore (synthesizers, guitars, bass) and A.E. Paterra (drums) to evolve throughout their storied, 20 year career. ZOMBI has strived to build upon and expand their sound with every release. Now more than ever, the band stays true to their ethos.


From the pulse-pounding, dramatic opener "Breakthrough & Conquer", to the melodic bass whirls found in "XYZT", 2020 proves to be ZOMBI's most riff-intensive album. At first a soundtrack of driving musical euphoria, 2020 takes a sharp turn into uncharted waters - "Earthscraper" is reminiscent of a space where sounds of sludge and doomlike-riff crushers dominate the soundscapes. Synthwave and neon crescendos are furloughed in favor of Blue Oyster Cult inspired progressive epics. A truly therapeutic loop of immersive instrumental rock, 2020 might just be ZOMBI's most ambitious album yet.



THE METAL TIMES : DEVIL TO PAY


Devil To Pay are a band who have, to us, always been the epitome of stoner rock. They have the riffs, the guitar tone... and the beards that it takes to make a band into stoner rock personified. These fuzz merchants have been at it for a long time too - since 2002!

They are one of our longest tenured bands, they've been with us since 2013. So we've gotten to know the guys pretty well, and we are just as enamored with their music now as we ever where.

All this to say - their new record, "Forever, Never Or Whenever" is a veritable stoner rock and roll monster! It's a clear step forward for the band and a fitting reminder as to why these veterans are still at it, decades into the adventure.

Few records capture the magic of the genre the way this one does, and it received massive critical acclaim when it was released back in November. The Obelisk wrote: "Devil To Pay have come to chew bubblegum and play hooks. And while I don’t know the status of their Watermelon Bubble-Yum supply, they’ve definitely got enough hooks for everyone at the bank."

So yeah - this one is worth listening too. Just head here: https://ripplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/forever-never-or-whenever

Or click the button below!

By the way... I shouldn't tell you this but we're running low on copies, so make sure to act fast if you want this on wax or CD!

Let's Get Heavy!

PS: Devil To Pay work a ton of fun little Easter Eggs into their music, how many of them can you find? Start searching here:



THE METAL TIMES : VICTORIA K: the new single 'Mist Filled Sky'

  

[For fans of Nightwish, Kamelot, Eluveitie, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation]

VICTORIA K: the new single 'Mist Filled Sky' and Twitch live stream replay
+ official audio track 'Mist Filled Sky'


Australia's Victoria K is sharing their new official audio track 'Mist Filled Sky' in support of the debut album "Essentia" released on April 24, 2020 via Rockshots Records.  


The official audio can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/DenyFmjhpBc



In addition, Rockshots Records and VICTORIA K will replay the release live set stream on Twitch directly to your home on Friday 17th July, at 11p.m. CEST!

This is the only way to see new songs from Victoria K's debut album 'Essentia' live for the foreseeable future, so don't miss out!

The show will be streamed on the official Rockshots Records' Twitch channel, check it out and subscribe: http://www.twitch.tv/rockshotsrecords

"Essentia" was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie). 

Album order ➤ http://bit.ly/Essentia_CD
Digital Streaming and Downloads ➤ https://smarturl.it/VictoriaK


Previous Videos:
'Matrix' ➤ https://youtu.be/2UN_4XPKH9g
'The Haunting' ➤ https://youtu.be/KaFXk11Dphs
'Forsaken'  ➤ https://youtu.be/Y7lgmTDo_lQ 
'Lacuna'  ➤ https://youtu.be/vHqZ7tMu0xw 

Band Line-Up:
Victoria K - Vocals
Sheri Vengeance - Extreme Vocals (Black Like Vengeance, ex. Ne Obliviscaris)
Julia Mammone – Guitar (Enlight)
Martin Kawaler – Bass (Black Like Vengeance, ex Ten Thousand)
James Davies - Drums

“Lovers of symphonic metal listen up… because Victoria K is about to put Australia on the map.” – Heavy Magazine



“Victoria K’s vocals are absolutely brilliant, they're ethereal and infectious” – Buzz Music



 “Ethereal, melodic vocals juxtaposed against heavy metal, Victoria K produces a sound not too dissimilar to that of Within Temptation and Evanescence.” – Ditch This Magazine

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“Victoria K is an emerging force in Melbourne’s gothic and symphonic metal scene. With her hauntingly powerful voice and stormy songwriting, Victoria K’s music balances at the nexus of dark fragility and empowering strength.” – Hysteria Magazine



“She very quickly won over the crowd and with her voice and great tracks like ‘Lacuna’ and ‘Matrix’ it is very easy to see that she will soon be matching it alongside bands like Evanescence and Nightwish.” – Heavy Magazine



“The sense of yearning and resolution in Lacuna is woven with sophistication and skill.” – Hysteria Magazine



“'Lacuna' is an atmospheric track in which Victoria showcases her fantastic voice by switching between delicate verses and powerful choruses with total ease.” – Maniacs



 “’Lacuna’ has so much Metal and so much Gothic in it that you’d want to hear it repeatedly if you’re a Metal fan. The music is sharp and powerful, and the song easily flows into your senses.” - FemMetal



“The latest exciting new talent to emerge from the Melbourne metal scene...” – Sentinel Daily



“Generally centred upon mezzo-soprano, her slightly deeper range renders her overall sound more haunting than the apparent stylistic influences such as Nightwish and Evanescence.” – Hysteria Magazine
  




For more info:
Rockshots.eu 
Victoriakmusicofficial.com 



THE METAL TIMES : CENOTAFIO Larvae Tedeum Teratos

Originally released in 2019 on CD and cassette, Larvae Tedeum Teratos saw CENOTAFIO cement their position as one of Chile's best new-breed black/death bands - no mean feet, given the rich history of Chilean underground metal and its ever-thriving scene that's arguably even stronger today. Then again, the duo comprising CENOTAFIO are no mere newcomers, as both members have been playing in a number of hordes for over a decade, but both together in the esteemed Invehertex...


Nevertheless, as CENOTAFIO, the duo of drummer/vocalist Patricio Kusnir and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Daniel Hermosilla have created a considerable canon in just five years together. A demo and a couple singles introduced the band initially, but it was 2017's La fatídica excrecencia de la subtierra debut album which put CENOTAFIO's supremely sepulchral ways on the international metal map. Amazingly, the duo topped that feat with the follow-up Larvae Tedeum Teratos. A more concise but somehow simultaneously more sprawling work, CENOTAFIO's second album spread tendrils of terror and tension across the helpless listener and refused to relent its dread hold. Effortlessly shifting between ripped 'n' roiling speed and drowning-in-the-deep doom, Larvae Tedeum Teratos created a horrific world, its ceaselessly humid and punishingly physical soundfield wielded as almost an instrument onto itself. Blackened death metal, deathened black metal, blackdeathdoom, whatever you want to call it: CENOTAFIO truly arrived with this album.

Fans of the band since the beginning, BLOOD HARVEST is honored to be finally unleashing CENOAFIO's Larvae Tedeum Teratos on the format it so deserves - vinyl!





MORE INFO:
www.facebook.com/cenotafiobanda
www.bloodharvest.se
www.bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/BloodHarvestRec
www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Harvest-Records/300012152033 

Monday, July 13, 2020

AN OLD SCHOOL ALBUM REVIEW featuring FRANK PALANGI by Jeremy Amack

On this episode of An Old School Album Review we're discussing Frank Palangi from New York. 

https://www.facebook.com/frankpalangisoloartist/

We spoke with Frank before the review.. here's what he had to say:

Tunings? - D Standard I'ved used for the past 15 years or so now. Works better with my vocal range and can also play a variety of cover songs. Love the feel! I use ESP LTD's for electrics and Ovation for acoustics.
  

Bands you have played with? I had a high band band then just been with this solo project for over 15 years now. I've worked with members from bands Pillar/Kelly Clarkson, Day of Fire, Daughtry, Saving Abel on my records in the studio.

Accomplishments? I have 4 main EP's out and 2 CD's with some singles. BEST OF THE BEST Daily Gazette 2019 Runnerup
UK Radio Wigwam Best Male Artist 2018
2015/2016/2018 Akademia Music Awards Winner
Unsigned Only Semi-Finalist 2015
2015 Best Local Solo Musician - Metroland
2013 L.A Music Awards Rock Single Nominee
2011/2012 Best in the Region - Post Star
  

Goals? "NO PLAN B" as I say :) My main goal is do music as long as I can and make a living at it. I do always have higher dreams but all depends on where the future takes ya. :) One step at a time.

This is the material submitted to us this week, let's have a look at it:



DEAD MAN

Has a 90's Megadeth feel to it, I really dig the vocals here..
Technically sound guitar player..
Good lyrics,  produced really well and mixing and mastering are top notch..
Well structured song.. 
Has a good feel to it.

GONE MAD



Creepy vocals but really fitting for the song..
Good guitar tone..
Solid leads they seem to highlight the right area's..
Really love the video it's just great, funny in some parts as well.. genius idea..
Good licks in there too..

You can Tell Frank has really put in the work and he should be proud of what he's done. 

For all things Frank Palangi please follow him here:

https://www.facebook.com/frankpalangisoloartist/

www.frankpalangi.com

https://www.amazon.com/Bring-Fear-EP-Frank-Palangi/dp/B085LR9WS9



THE METAL TIMES VID :One Step From Falling Premiere "Eyeferu" Music Video

One Step From Falling Premiere "Eyeferu"
Music Video

American art rock band, One Step From Falling, premiere their latest music video, "Eyeferu." The music video comes from the band's new album, Stuck on the Wayside, which was released back in May via Pavement Entertainment.

Steve Reith, vocalist, says, "'Eyeferu' is a song about staying true to yourself, believing in your fate and outcome while staying humble. Hope you all enjoy."


Check out the official music video and streaming links down below.
EYEFERU
One Step From Falling - Eyeferu (Official Video)

Listen to the album HERE: https://smarturl.it/OSFF

One Step From Falling formed in 2011 in Syracuse, New York. With an eclectic blend of art rock, catchy melodies and heavy riffs that go straight to your head, the band's style has been dubbed Heady Metal by some. One Step From Falling has shared the stage with acts such as A Perfect Circle, Sevendust, and Five Finger Death Punch. They have performed at major festivals, including Ink in the Clink and Rocklahoma.

BAND
Steve Reith – Vocals
Bob Bardou – Guitars / Vocals
Pete Krell – Guitars / Vocals
Josh Skellett – Bass / Vocals / Sounds
Ty Gleason – Drums


THE METAL TIMES :HELP WANTED

THE METAL TIMES Has awesome writers and contributors Jeremy Amack and Monte Brown are killing it with features / reviews/ video content and more!
Now we are looking for our next member of the team to write TATTOO U a series on band members tattoos and the tattoo culture and how it relates to the music.
The work is volunteer but any sponsors you gain I will give you 99% of the money. You get your own feature sponsor possibility and a killer gig! apply by sending in an example of your first article ( in word format please) to themetaltimes@gmail.com


THE METAL TIMES : BLACK ALTAR / KIRKEBRANN album premiere

Cover art by Nestor Avalos.
BLACK ALTAR / KIRKEBRANN album premiere


Odium Records announces premiere of the split of BLACK ALTAR with Norwegian devils KIRKEBRANN titled “Deus Inversus”.
You can listen to the album on Youtube: https://youtu.be/aecqyKlP0wo
and Bandcamp: https://blackaltar.bandcamp.com/

The album is released as digi pack cd and Lp (250 black vinyl and 50 as die-hard copies - marble orange black with patch and sticker).

Lars Broddesson (Funeral Mist, ex Marduk), Mauser (ex Vader) and Alexandros (Macabre Omen) are among the musicians who took part in the recording session of the Black Altar's material.
  

Mauser was responsible for Black Altar's production, Kirkebrann belonged to Morfeus (ex Limbonic Art). Here you have a prelude to the part played by Lars:
https://youtu.be/-hhyaTQNNFQ

Tracklist:
Black Altar
Deus Inversus
Ancient Warlust
Outro
Kirkebrann
Begrensa Bevissthet
Faux Pas
Et Nederlag
Ufødte Klarhet
www.facebook.com/blackaltar
www.facebook.com/Kirkebrann

Sunday, July 12, 2020

AN OLD SCHOOL ALBUM REVIEW featuring TORIZON By Jeremy Amack


This week we take a look at the band Torizon from Australia. 




We talked to the band prior to this review, here's what they had to say:

Tunings 
We play in C# Standard. It works brilliantly with my vocal range as a Mezzo Soprano. Every singer has a natural sweet spot and this tuning gives me a lot of range, tones and colours to play with around that sweet spot. Sarah and Damien use 7 string guitars and 5 string bass, C# standard gives us the low end when we need it and a full sonic landscape to work with dynamics. Also, this tuning is a better option for Sarah, guitarist, to play an extended range of notes rather than going with a single dropped string like many other players. It also means our scale shapes are the same as standard. 

Bands we have played with  
Individually we have played/toured with bands at many different levels, from international touring acts, festivals to up and coming artists and everything in between. Some bands include Wednesday 13, Darkcell, These Four Walls.

Accomplishments 
I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved during the CV19 lockdown. We recorded & filmed our single, got an endorsement, a worldwide marketing deal, a band development program, wrote a whole new batch of 9/10 songs, rebranded ourselves & studied the hell out of music theory & marketing. Having our producer and mentor Robb play guitar on our latest single and booking our first international tour!  We also just signed a management deal with one of Australia's biggest Artist Management Agencies. Considering the band is only 18 months old, this has been a great journey so far and I feel that we have established a great framework to take the next leap(s)

Goals  
We have been busy writing new music and would like to release a new single every 2-3 months. At this stage we are already 4 singles ahead of our latest one. Once the Covid19 related travel restrictions are lifted, we'd like to record an EP in LA with our Producer, Robb Torres. Robb's been working with us remotely and we can't wait to see what we create by being in the same room together! One of main goals is to be signed by a reputable record label, until then we are enjoying working in an independent format. Our long term goal is to make Torizon a self sustainable project so we can direct all of our focus on creating new music. We also want to keep building our brand and platform to be able to support other artists and peers within the music community. And of course to play Wacken and tour the world!  

Funny/Weird story about the band
A dude asked me to sign his butt after a show...I politely declined haha!
  

Blurb (if you need it)
Never ones to shy away from serious issues, Torizon has penned their most defiant anthem yet, with ‘Find My Way Out’ dealing with the complex theme of gaslighting and emotional abuse. Empowering the victim to take control and leave the relationship that they find themselves in, the tune acknowledges the hardships faced by so many, resulting in a cry of resistance and courage – and it comes from lived experience.

Find My Way Out'' was recorded, mixed, mastered, filmed and edited in isolation during the Coronavirus lockdown. Originally Torizon had ambitious plans for the visuals which no longer could be executed due to the newly implemented lockdown restrictions. So they did the next best thing by recording and filming their parts in accordance with QLD Health instructions with special clearance. In this video Torizon take their fans straight to their homes and their own private rehearsal studio where all individual parts were filmed. Both of these places were a great source of comfort during the pandemic which left three quarters of the band unemployed. With the Audio Release gaining worldwide interest and radioplay and plans to record their debut album in Los Angeles & an international tour (COVID-19 permitting), the band have a busy year ahead of them. Stay tuned for more music from Torizon soon!
  
Credits: 
Written and Performed by - Torizon & Robb Torres as Guest Guitarist, Produced & Mixed by - Robb Torres Mastered by - Ian Sefchick, Filmed & Edited - Sarah Louise Allen

Social Media & Streaming:



KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR 1st single, cover art and tracklist revealed

Spanish Speed/Black/Thrash band KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR, have just revealed details of what will be their 5th album to be entitled "Sharpen Your Spikes", which will be released in September 9th, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD & 12"LP formats.

     Five years have passed since their previous album, and KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR are now quintet thanks to the incorporation of Gorth (DECAPITATED CHRIST and ex-ONIROPHAGUS) to the second guitar, and although they have been quite inactive for more than two years due to a serious accident suffered by their other guitarist Mark Wild, the band continued writing new songs and returns with more force than ever!!


     "Sharpen Your Spikes" has been recorded between their own rehearsal room (drums and vocals), and Moontower Studios, belonging to their bassist Javi Bastard, to return to that dirty and aggressive sound that they perhaps lost in their last album in search of better production. The cover, as has been customary since his 2nd album, has been provided by Alastor Nihilosatan.

Tracklist for "Sharpen Your Spikes" is as follows:

01. Campanades a Morts (intro)
02. Prophecy of Black Blood
03. Inquisitor Generalis 
04. Sharpen Your Spikes
05. Battle Ram
06. The Black Goat of the Woods
07. Dawn of the Extermination
08. Firing Squad
09. Follow the Flame
10. Sword and Sorcery
11. A Black Bird is Always a Warning

     Release date for "Sharpen Your Spikes" will be September 9th, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD & 12"LP formats.



THE METAL TIMES : Sarcoptes (United States) - Plague Hymns

Following on the heels of the highly acclaimed debut full length album that showcased Sarcoptes' ingenuity of blending thrash and death metal influences effortlessly in an epic black metal template, on this new EP they take things up a notch and exhibit renewed passion and flair further cementing their unique yet highly enjoyable sound. The two songs here are terrific examples of brilliant songwriting that weaves together myriad elements without losing cohesion or continuity. The result is absolutely thrilling and rivetting; the songs don't seem to overstay their welcome despite being long and continue their epic and intense onslaught without ever waning. This EP serves as a perfect precursor to the upcoming full length album that is in the works. If this is anything to go by, the future of US black metal is in safe hands.


Band lineup -
Garrett Garvey – Vocals
Drums Sean Zimmerman – Guitars, Bass and Keyboards

  

Artwork by Ze Burnay
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel
Layout by Francesco Gemelli


Track listing -
1. The Vertigo Soul
2. La Moria Grandissima

https://transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com/track/sarcoptes-us-the-vertigo-soul-black-metal?fbclid=IwAR0n3cWvO5BWu4g8hFovBw55mWofYoxaOW4SzehnmU9_uphl_U4HD9chWIo

THE METAL NEWS : PERDITION TEMPLE "Sacraments of Descension"

Although it's been five years since PERDITION TEMPLE's second album - 2015's The Tempter's Victorious, released by then-new label home HELLS HEADBANGERS - this seemingly interminable span between albums is par for the course for this band, for the year 2010 saw the release of the band's debut album,
Edict of the Antichrist Elect. Back then, PERDITION TEMPLE began as something of a solo endeavor for scene veteran Gene Palubicki, co-founder of the legendary Angelcorpse. As years passed by and a second PERDITION TEMPLE album took shape, Palubicki assembled an elite cade of new members for The Tempter's Victorious, including his old Angelcorpse guitar foil Bill Taylor and, on vocals, Black Witchery's intimidating Impurath. While live assaults ensued with that lineup - with drummer Ron Parmer as the backbone, concurrently of Amon and Brutality - alas, more changes took shape in the TEMPLE and Palubicki has welcomed to the fold none other than bassist Alex Blume, a longtime member of Ares Kingdom and also Palubicki's bandmate in BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY.


Such lineup changes would prove dizzying for most bands, but PERDITION TEMPLE aren't like "most bands." For them, only iron-fisted death metal exists: no more, no less, straightforward but by no means simple. Blackened are their ways, and PERDITION TEMPLE continue their conquest with Sacraments of Descension. Picking up where The Tempter's Victorious left oft - literally wasting no time, as the album kicks in immediately, with no fanfare nor adornment - this militant 'n' malevolent tornado of souls consumes fully all who approach. The power-trio format is almost too perfect for PERDITION TEMPLE, as they peal off with precision one surging, contorting attack after another, their crush chaotic yet controlled; one could easily argue that Sacraments of Descension is the sound of the band at their tightest. Not to be outdone, ever, Palubicki puts on a clinic of demented soloing here, his demonic six-string conjurings invoking a hysteria that would be Hell personified if not for the preternatural grace he displays across those very, bloodstained strings (he also assumes vocal duties again, as he did for Edict of the Antichrist). Of especial note is the album's production: Sacraments of Descension was recorded between September and October 2019 at Audial Warfare, Very Metal Sound, and M.A.D.F. Studios, with mixing & mastering handled by Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Goatwhore, Nocturnus A.D.) at New Constellation.

Completed by exquisitely sulfurous artwork courtesy of SLAUGHTBBATH's Daniel Corcuera, PERDITION TEMPLE have arguably delivered their masterwork with Sacraments of Descension. Partake and pay fealty to these barbarian warlords!
*LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE ALBUM*

https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/perdition-temple-sacraments-of-descension-vinyl.asp

THE METAL TIMES NEWS : Laaz Rockit vinyl re-issues are up for pre-order!


                                    Visit the Hammerheart Records webstore here:

www.hammerheartstore.com


Pure Bay-Area Thrash Metal, a Classic!

The production is killer, with a massive guitar sound that chugs like a goddamned locomotive. Laaz Rockit were a band that knew right where to put a riff, and when to change it up, and when they could ride a main riff right through a chorus. The songs are all tight, with no wasted interludes or other crap, they just fucking slay. If you had nine asses, Annihilation Principle would kick all of them. Essential! For fans of: Testament, Overkill, Metallica and Nuclear Assault!

Pre-order now:
Lääz Rockit - Annihlation Principle LP (Black vinyl, limited to 100) € 17,90
Lääz Rockit - Annihlation Principle LP (Purple/Black Galaxy vinyl) € 17,90

“Know Your Enemy” is a classic Thrash album in essence and at the same time has a very original sound!

This album is just about having fun while Thrashing your place; isn’t that the definition of Thrash Metal? “Know Your Enemy” starts with a little intro before it explodes right in your face with “Last breath”. The catchiness is immediate; the first threatening riff and accompanying notes will increase your adrenaline, and you’ll feel the need to start jumping all over the place. Then Michael Coons will come in and command all your movements; at this point you’ll be doomed to frantically headbang until the album is over! For fans of: Overkill, Metal Church, Metallica and Testament!

Pre-order now:
Lääz Rockit - Know Your Enemy LP (Black vinyl, limited to 100) € 17,90
Lääz Rockit - Know Your Enemy LP (Orange/Bone White Galaxy vinyl) € 17,90

THE METAL TIMES GRILL INTERVIEW : DEAD HARRISON

1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you. 
-  Hey everyone, I’m the guitarist and backup vox for Dead Harrison, and formally known as Shawn the Dead. I would love for you to listen to our music because of how much we loved writing, learning, playing and recording it for you. We have played together as a band for well over a decade with additional members coming on board along the way and are a band truly about the music and telling a story in what we write. We hope you will take the time to listen and enjoy what you hear.
2.What do you classify your sound as, Who do you tell people you sound like? 
- We consider our sound as a doom rock / doom metal / stoner metal type of sound. We like to compare ourselves to bands like Type O Negative, Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Danzig/Misfits, and Corrosion of Conformity. But that list may change depending on who you ask in the band.
3.With digital music in today's world would you vote to keep or eliminate physical media?
- As great as digital music is today, especially streaming on-demand, there are still benefits to physical media that I believe will keep it around for a long time, though the format could change. I would vote to keep it. You get to have the added appeal of physically owning the item, as well as enjoy the added benefits of physical art work and being able to play on a greater number of devices that don’t require an Internet connection or ability to decode MP3’s. Vinyl records have made a come-back to for music enthusiasts which furthers the argument that physical media will not go away in the short term future.
4.What is the reason you decided to be a musician and has that reason paid off? 
- I learned how to read and play music, as well as sing, at a young age and the music bug has always stuck with me. It’s been a love of mine all of my life and I couldn’t imagine not being able to somehow play music, even if it’s just casually for myself, or professionally on the stage or the recording studio.
5.How do you feel about females in metal getting special attention? Do you feel it is fair?
 - I say good for them! Humanity has many thousands of years of male domination in the roles of society. It’s great to be able to see women break through what has been another male dominated industry and I think it’s necessary to give it special attention in order to further spread the awareness of female fronted metal bands since it is still heavily male dominated.
6.In the world climate with hatred being at an all time high and metal being an “angry” music 
Do you think your music contributes to anger and hatred? 
- I would go further to say that metal is not just “angry music”, but encompasses a huge range of emotions depending on the genre, artist and particular time in their life they recorded their work.
- Music is the channel of being able to express your feelings about what goes on around us in our life. Being able to create music to express these feelings and emotions is key to being able to cope with the environment. However, if the music is deliberately trying to spread a message of hate, then it is counter intuitive to the situation and is only making things worse.
7.Are you opposed to religious beliefs or politics being used in music? 
- Religion and politics have been a part of our human societies for thousands of years along with music, so having religion and politics be used in music is nothing new. Let people believe what they want to believe as long as it does not harm one another.
8.We have dive into some pretty deep issues here do you think your music sends a message and if so what is it? 
- Much of our music is more rooted in fantasy, love, the struggles of life, death, and the end of the world! We are not trying to push any overarching message or agenda. We are just expressing ourselves through music.
9.The market has changed and many bands believe that record labels are a thing of the past, with many labels now charging bands to “sign” how do you think a band can make it in todays scene? 
- My observation is that the bigger national, and international touring bands are still part of a label, so I wouldn’t say they are a thing of the past. If anything there is just a lot more competition out there now, including a lot more smaller labels. So I think the spectrum of what a label can do for you has changed, depending on how far up the ladder you are. At the end of the day, you need to set yourself apart through your music, image, tenacity and hard work, and the grind never stops.
10.Why with the thousands of options including netflix , sporting events everything on demand 
Why do you think people should take the time to listen to what you have to say in your music? 
- People definitely have a massive amount of options available for entertainment today. The most I can hope for is that like minded people who would enjoy our style of music would be able to hear it, enjoy it, and want to hear more of it. Those people are out there, the big struggle is getting it in front of them. I won’t be so assumptive to think we would convert someone who wouldn’t enjoy our style of music to become a fan. People like different things and it’s a matter of being able to reach as many of the ones that would like our music as possible.
11.How do you feel about pay to play? Do you think it is fair for a band to have to pay money to play? 
- This is really a matter of context. There are some scenarios where it makes sense that bands need to do some level of hustle, but only if there will be a reward in it for them beyond just “exposure”. A common tactic of doing all day “festivals” where 20-30 bands play for a national opener and have to sell 20 $20 tickets, while not seeing a penny of it, is absurd. Things need to be done fairly, understanding that these things do cost money and there needs to be an economical way of having the event the benefits all the bands and venue fairly.
12.It is fact that you are the talent and the entertainment explain what you think is the most important key to success? 
- You need to be marketable in some way to be successful and get the attention of people that have not heard of you before. You also need the right connections in place to get the music to people outside of your circle.
13.In country music and even in some cases rock music is written and performed by different people would your band perform a song written by someone else? 
- If someone went through the effort to write a song for us to perform, I’m sure we would love to do it. This wouldn’t be a normal practice as the majority of our music is written by us, and the music not written by us is a cover from another musician.
14.If you are pro female in music are you pro using sex to sell your music? 
- As long as it wouldn’t be considered inappropriate for the audience (ex. Children/all ages) and there is proper consent in place.
15.What is your view on the lawsuits against people saying lewd or unprofessional things to women or men and how does that affect an art described as sex drugs and rock n roll?
 - I think this really depends on context for what the lawsuit is entailing and if there were actions taken against someone else without their consent. Just because rock and roll has the history of this and there may be music written about these themes, doesn’t make it ok to do it to other people without their consent. If this is a matter of free speech, then there are a lot of other factors that come into play depending whether or not a lawsuit is the government trying to silence someone, or a private organization that has it in their right to take litigation against someone.
16. Ok lets lighten up a bit. What is your favorite band of all time and why? 
- Very tough to say just one. One of my favorite acts that is still making music is Devin Townsend and his various projects. One of my first heavy bands I got into was Black Sabbath and that has a lot of influence on the band style now.
17.What would you be doing if you were not in a band?                                        
- I have a wife, son, 3 dogs and a full time career. I’m sure I’d be keeping pretty busy regardless. The void of not having others to play music with would definitely be there though. Playing music by yourself just isn’t the same.
18. Do you have a favorite sports team? 
- I’m not a huge pro sports fan, however since I’m a New Englander, my loyalties lie with the regional teams, e.g. Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, etc
19.If you could get on stage with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
- Alive: Devin Townsend. Dead: Stevie Ray Vaughn
20.This is your shot to let loose, Throw down your biggest complaint about the music biz 

- Not a complaint, but an observation that the music scene, especially around Boston area, has taken massive hits in terms of places to play, as well as accessibility of getting into places that are still available. With COVID impacts in place, more places are shuttering doors and the scene will be incredibly hard to recover for the near team future. The landscape of being a local musician will be changing greatly and it will be even tougher to break through without having a good product, image, marketing and management strategy.