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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Put your money where your mouth is or SHUT UP

It has been awhile since I have butchered the English language and the rules of writing I am a lowly guitar player who did not pay attention to my English teachers so grammar Nazi's no need to comment I am aware I am terrible.
Now down to business Hey Napalm Death , System of a Down , Carcass , Cattle Decapitation, Demon Hunter, Earth Crisis ,Rage Against the Machine and Stryper NOBODY CARES
Just to name a few and good lord dont get me started on RAP and PUNK bands holy hell...
I LOVE ALL of the above bands!!!! But I could care less if you do not eat meat worship Satan or hate the president. Play the damn music and kick ass and unless you are donating your royalties to your cause I am not interested, When I see Robert Sweet of Stryper driving in his corvette or Tom Morello bathing in $100 bills it just pisses me off! If you have a message maybe do not throw around your wealth you have gained in my face . D.C. is full of rich a**holes driving by the homeless and you are no better in my opinion. Now look almost everyone will disagree with me on this because music and protest go hand in hand I get it Bob Dylan blah blah blah. So play the music you are all amazing but believe it or not the opening riff on Heartwork The mastercraft of Scum the Brilliance of the sticato madness of SOAD and the wicked riff in Soldiers Under Command would all be amazing whhile I eat a steak worship the devil and love Ronald Reagan. Point being we do not need to know and personally I think its rude and something I would never do to a friend. Your beliefs my beliefs are not important in how we treat each other wouldnt you agree we have enough division in the world? I will shake the hand of anyone with any belief and I just do not need a reason to feel like I need to agree with you to respect you as a human because now youve given me a reason to wonder if you are a genuine person System of a Down and Rage to me cast a shadow of doubt . Maybe I am wrong but I do not see the homeless shelters the educational systems the government information buildings they have opened with the millions they made. This brings to mind Practice what You Preach right?
And look I may be wrong but I am not seeing the messages we are getting slammed down our throats I have seen Earth Crisis play festivals sponsored by Budweier and I have seen that there dows not seem to be a problem going against your message when money is involved with ALL of these bands,
NOW the most important point! I love it I will jam all of these bands and sig the words right along with them they are incredible god gifted talent! But the dose of medicine I want to give back are the words you taught me F*ck You I Wont do what You tell me! That is what you said right?

AMMUNE............ SOON


Thursday, February 27, 2020

BATTERY DRUMMER INTERVIEW : LOVE THE HATE FROM LOVE THE HATE

1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
 Love The Hate
 *thats crazy his name is the same as the band he plays for!!

 


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

Ive always admired the greats, but my 1st big like, famous drummer I idolized Eric Carr from Kiss, But my Brother Mike Genry was my real Drum Hero

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

When I was 12 maybe 13 years yrs old , I'll never forget it was a Cheap ass  ( Talon ) kit that was the manufacturer and I remember my dad working an extra 10 to 15 hrs a week just to make the money for me to have a kit. He was my Hero and always came through. I miss that man.

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

 
My father was super supportive no matter what i did ,he was the kinda parent who thought I could do anything in this world, my mother not so much, I will always love my mom … but we havent had the easiest of times due to her mental health issues.  So from birth till i was about 16 yrs old she was finally diagnosed schizophrenic, and it was easier to understand. So the loud noise of the drums would be unsettling to her. Dad would take her riding on the weekends ….he knew I was chomping at the bit to play

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


The Rev, Avenged Sevenfold, City of Evil

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


PDP (by DW) 6 piece, 22 in Bass Drum , 10in and 12in rack tom 14in and 16in floor tom, 14 in wood snare, ….My cymbals are 14 in sabian hi-hats 18in 19 in 14in SABIAN AXX Crashes 4in and 6in splashes, 20in ride and 18in China crash. DW 8000 double bass kick with 13in 14in rack toms,


7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL


DW , Maple shells 6 piece, 14 in 16 in 18 in 20 in crashes 6 in 8 in 10 in splashes 13 in hi hats, 22 in ride and 18 in and 20 in china crashes all sabian hand hammered. And pearl eliminator direct drive pedals.

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


 For me personally 1)Alex Bent ,Trivium  2) Jay Weinberg, Slipknot 3) The Rev  (R.I.P.)  ,Avenged Sevenfold  4)  Chris Adler (formerly of ) Lamb of God.  5) Vinny Paul (R.I.P.) Pantera / Damageplan….. Thats the best ever and around, hands down!!! Their may be more skilled people out there  of course….but what they did in certain moments in song….every last one of these guys moved me and shook me to my core….Thats what made me play drums.

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?


 Can't say ….i guess live ...cause im not gonna get flashed by anything i wanna see in the studio. Bunch of Dudes ….not much eye candy there.

 


10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?


 You dont have too …. They may say otherwise but they know who the man is ….i be layin down beats like I be laying down freaks!!!! ….
Outta time and outta breath in 2 min!!!....


OVERT ENEMY RELEASE "BLOOD GOD" VIDEO

OVERT ENEMY RELEASE "BLOOD GOD" VIDEO

Texas thrashers OVERT ENEMY have just released a video for their song "Blood God" via Metal Injection. The song is the 3rd single from their critically acclaimed EP Possession which was released in 2019 via Confused Records.

The band commented:"We worked with Scott Rudd (Opeth, Fit for an Autopsy, Thy Art is Murder) on a series of interconnected "shared universe" 3D lyric videos for our new album Possession. The video for Blood God is the 3rd in the series and continues the story of the "Genesis Origin Device or G.O.D." a sentient orb that is omnipresent, created in the future by humans, worshiped by some throughout time and used as a weapon by others. It takes place at an ominous fog shrouded Aztec temple and the lyrics to the song were inspired by the film Apocalypto."From a musical perspective Blood God is definitely a head banger and is all about that kickass Texas groove. The song was inspired by our love of bands like Pantera, Sepultura and 
SYL. It has become a fan favorite with fans chanting "Let the blood flow watch it spill" at every live performance."

Watch the video here: https://metalinjection.net/av/new-music/overt-enemy-offer-a-thrash-sermon-for-their-blood-god

Order the album here: http://www.confusedrecords.com/ & on all digital music platforms worldwide.

BATTER DRUMMER INTERVIEW : Dustin Cates / John Woodson’s Leg


My name is Dustin Cates and I play for John Woodson’s Leg.
  

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

Alex Van Halen!
Roth AND Hagar era!
His drum style caught my attention because it’s was straight forward, yet more musical than his contemporaries.
Then, I found Lars!
His timing and sense of groove is what made me feel like I could play the drums.
People give me shit, but I’m not ashamed!


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

I was playing guitar back in those days with a friend of mine on bass... We were probably 15 years old or so.
Another friend of ours found an old trap set somehow and we commenced the jamage!
Eventually, due to my curiosity and my friend’s lack of interest, I adopted those drums and painted them black!
Over the next few years I Frankensteined my setup with whatever I could find.
Eventually I found a 5-piece Pearl Export and used it for ages before I finally started upgrading my kit.


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

Yes, my mom has always been supportive.
The jam room used to be in her basement for years!
We could jam until all hours. We just couldn’t START late. That was the only real stipulation.

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

Everything Gojira has ever done.

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

Now I play a 14x6.5 Ludwig Black Beauty snare with Pearl Reference Drums (12x9, 13x10, 16x16, 22x18) and Zildjian A Custom’s. (14” hi hats, 17”, 18”, 18”, 18” heavy crashes and a 20” ride)
  


7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL.

My dream kit is basically my current kit with two kick drums instead of the double pedal. Maybe with a rack instead of stands...

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

Alex Van Halen
Lars Ulrich
Vinnie Paul Abbott
Mario Duplantier
Dave Lombardo


9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?
  

 Live! The work in the studio is important, but we record and release music for an excuse to go out and play that music live for people.

10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?

Wait, drummers get chicks???!!! wtf

THE AXEMEN GUITAR INTERVIEW : Michael Brandon / Big Ugly.

1.Tell us your name and the band you play for

My name is Michael Brandon, and I play guitar for Big Ugly.
  

2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield. Also Angus Young.

3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

I took lessons for 4 months when I started. I have been self taught since then.

4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?

I can read tabs. I cannot read sheet music, even though I was in concert band for 8 years hahaha.
.

5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?

I feel I have established sort of my own sound. Mostly with how I write, though. I do loads, so I have had to really learn when to add a lead and what kind of lead is needed. 

6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )
I use three different guitars regularly. One is an Ibanez 6 string ex series I got cheap and nodded with goth tuners and emg 81 and 85 pups. I actually recorded a lot of my parts on The Forgotten with that one. The other six string is an Epiphone LP set neck that was a Sobe promotional guitar. I had the electrics, tuners and pups upgraded. It has a Seymour Duncan jazz and a Nazgul in it now. The sound is killer. And my third axe is an Ibanez Komrad Brian Head Welch signature 7 string. Dmarzio pups. Sounds killer. I used that one to track our drop A songs on The Forgotten. 
  


7.What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them

I have used EMG almost exclusively for a long time. I have, however, been using passives recently. My 7 string uses passive Dmarzios, and my Epiphone has passive Seymour Duncans. I’m starting to lean more with passives, but I do like EMGs for use on some guitars I have. 


8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc

Peavey 6505+ 1x12, Sheffield speaker (want to swap for a Celestion v30).
      

9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy

My pedalboard consists of a Zakk Wylde chorus, a TC electronics prophet delay, BOSS tuner, Spark clean boost, and my Line 6 wireless unit. I’m adding a noise gate soon. Hopefully my BOSS noise Supressor. 

10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..basically, a 6505 120 watt head, Mesa 4x12 with V30s, same Line 6 wireless unit.

11.What guitarist can you not stand?

There isn’t one name I can think of, more the type. The type I cant stand are the arrogant douche canoes. The type that are either really talented and think they are better than anyone else. Or the type that aren’t that great but think their expensive gear makes them better. Basically, arrogant players. 

12. Is tone more important or is technique?

Tone certainly is important. But without proper technique, you will always be limited.


13. Name your top 5 guitarist?

Hard to pick just 5, but if I have to, currently I would say Tosin Abasi. Herman Li, Kirk Hammett, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai.

14.Who is the most overrated guitarist
I don’t really have any I have that feeling about. I think everyone has a style that suits their bands sound. And that may not always suit everyone’s taste or idea of what is needed to be a great guitarist. To me, it’s all about fitting you sound with the bands. If a guitarist can do that successfully, it’s hard for me to say they are overrated. 

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


Joe Satriani, no doubt about it. The man is a legend, and a wealth of knowledge on different techniques, I’m sure.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Joining the ranks at Metal Coffee Aquila

Aquila is Southern Ontario metal band. Found 2006 by Matt McGuire and Anthony Rimac. 2009, they released Imperium. After touring Canada and selling out the Imperium album, they are ready to release 2 Eps. First Valle Mortalitatis and The Covenant.
Aquila is a heavy metal band from South-western Ontario..

Founded in 2006 by drummer Matt McGuire and guitarist Anthony Rimac during the "UofW" days in Windsor Ontario, they decided to create heavy music and search for other members for the band. After Mike Percy (Bassist) and Matt Shelson (guitarist) joined the band, they tried out many different vocalists and finally called upon Mark Arruda to fill the role. Once this lineup was established, Aquila was born!

In June of 2007, Aquila entered the studio to record their first 3 song demo with Glenn Fricker of Spectre Media, and then a second demo in early 2008. During this time, they played a number of shows throughout southwestern Ontario and began establishing a small, but awesome fan base among the southwestern Ontario metal-heads. In 2009, Aquila entered the studio with a new member, Chase Bryant (Bass) and began work on their debut album, Imperium.

Throughout 2009 to 2013, they toured their album across Canada, including a lengthy east and west coast tour, and multiple weekly Ontario shows. After selling out copies of Imperium and taking some time off, Aquila is ready to release 2 Eps.

The latest release is called Valle Mortalitatis, mixed and mastered at Spectre Media and vocals recorded by Jon Howard of Threat Signal. The band is currently working on mixing their second Ep, The Covenant.

BIG UGLY TALK THIER NEWEST...

1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Grinder! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!
 
Our latest release is called Forgotten 

2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?

It was recorded at Custom Audio Mutation. Mixed and Mastered by Curran Murphy (Formerly of Nevermore and Annihilator) and all but Come Home is new material.
 
3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?

We grew as songwriters and as musicians. This album has a very dark feel to it. Where the last album was kinda lighthearted. This new record really dives into the feeling of being abandoned. Both our singer Tony and I went through a divorce during the recording of this record. So theres a lot of hate filled lyrics lol. Overall this record is heavier and just sounds angry. 

4.Are you signed to a label? , If so which one and how did they help or support the process?

We are on Misanthropik records and they helped promote the shit out of it. They also pressed all physical copies and handled putting it on all streaming sites and different stations around the world.

5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?

We went through not one but 2 lineup changes between the first and this record. So there was no tourning. Touring cost money. We have no money lol

6.Do you have any new members?
 

Yes and no. Our singer Tony stepped down to handle personal stuff and we had a guy named Freak in the band for about a year or so. Our bassist Sean stepped away also. So we had a guy named Brent in the band for about a year. Things just were not working. So we fired Brent right before we opened for Jinjer, which was kind of a dick move but he had been warned to get his shit together many times.  Well, we ended up being Sean back. Speaking of getting thier shit together, we had to let go of Freak for the same reason. It just so happened that Tony was available and he came back and re recorded the vocals for the new record. So we are back to our original line up. Its confusing. I know. 

7.Who produced the new album and how did they effect the album?

Curran Murphy. Curran pushed us to be better players and really challenged us to not settle. The guy is a pro, but he knows how to get the best out of you. 
 

8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles , Did you have any strange studio practices? No, just eating pizza on the play backs.

9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.

It is available on all streaming sites, YouTube, through Misanthropik records and at any show.

10.What is your plans now that the new album is out?
 
To just keep doing what we're doing. We have no delusions. We're older guys who know our time is almost done.done. At least musically. But we know that as long as there are fans were gonna keep playing shows and putting out records.

VOKILLS INTERVIEW : Chris “Poorboy” Poor / HAGGARDZ HELLRAIZERZ





1.Please introduce yourself and tell us who you sing for

Chris “Poorboy” Poor I front a little ol band called

              HAGGARDZ HELLRAIZERZ
 
2.What / Who made you want to sing?


 Well to be honest I was forced into it “kinda”. I have had the thoughts about it but never had the balls so to speak. When we started, we were a 5-piece outfit but due to some craziness, we had to part ways and that left me scrambling. With a full weekend of shows booked I really didn’t have a choice. I had 2 days and half an evening to write lyrics and learn to play and sing. Mind you I’ve been in bands for about 20 yrs and have always done back-ups but never fronted before. We as a band got 1 good night of rehearsal in and off, we went on a 3-day run. Now ill never look back ill always front this band.

3.Who was the first singer you saw live that gave you chills?

John Kosco from Dropbox he sang the night I seen them with 3 cracked ribs. He never missed a note and was very professional. They rocked the house and he moved in as 1 of my not only favorite vocalist but an influence aswell.

4.Many people say heavy music is just screaming, How would you combat that statement?

 Well it is to an extent, if you just hear the music and don’t listen to it you’ll never get it.
Yet folks don’t realize the talent and hard work those guys put in. I know myself I have to practice daily to keep my vox in tune.
  
5.If you growl or do harsh vocals how do you keep your voice after such violent performances?
  I have a raspy vocal tone that fits what we do pretty well. I eat a lot of Halls cough drops I know that hahahaha ,but what I cant tell you is how they do it. 

6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell u bout it ?

  I do I hum a lot of different notes and make weird noises , but also make sure I have my 
Halls close by so I don’t die hahaha.

7. Do you think power or performance is more important?
  
 Both you have to deliver rather its 1,000 or 1 you have to give them what they paid for and them some ya know. Seeing a band just stand there and play is boring. I like to give the fans a show and plus make them feel what I feel.
  
8. Who do you think gets unfair vocal praise, someone the world thinks is great but is not? / And who is great but does not get the credit?
   
  The Tool guy and I would have to say Chris Volz from Flaw

9.Name your top 5 vocalist
    
 Robert Plant
    John Kosco
     Pepper Keenan
    Sully Erna
    Rickey Medlocke

10.Micheal Buble or Jim Gallette? Just testing your skills here

         If you’re referring to Jim Gillette, then give me the Nitro hahaha.

11.Who do you love to listen to that would surprise people?.
     
 80’s /90’s rap Snoop,Dre,NWA ect

12.If you could remove the autotune from any singer who would it be?

          I have no idea

Axemen Interview w Poorboy and Scott / Haggardz Hellraizerz



1.Tell us your name and the band you play for
     Chris “Poorboy” Poor

     Scott Corbett
 

2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar

 PB   My cousin Richard he’s played for a long time I seen him with his band Suspence
And was blown away. Crazy since how I wanted to be Tommy Lee hahaha.

 SC  It was Metallica’s Master of Puppets album

3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

  PB   .Self taught for the most part.

4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?

   PB    Music not really Tab yes of course that’s how I learned.

.5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?

   PB    I do feel like it the way I set up my board and amp I don’t think anyone else does it like me but hell who knows.

  SC Of course its all in the way I hold my guitar vs Poorboy holds his or anyone else for that matter. My string size, amp, and foot pedal also help out on the matter.

6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )

PB  I play nothing but Dean guitars. I have a 2010 Custom CF350 w Floyd 
And a 2013 Gran Sport w Floyd

SC Ive got a Dean Caddy and a Schecter

7.What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them
    PB     Both are passive

     SC       I have one of each my Dean is passive 
                 and my Schecter is active.

8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc

PB we both play on B52 LG100A amps and love them wish they were still around.

9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy

  PB I play on a Digitech RP 1000 with a Crybaby CFH Wah 

SC  I play on a Line 6 Firehawk.

10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..

PB Shit load of dean guitars and a wall full of B52’s man.

SC Same as Poorboy but id like a wall full of Mesa Triple Recs.

11.What guitarist can you not stand?

  PB 
  Kurt Cobain Like how is this fucker in every fucking guitar poll ever made he didn’t even play leads man come on.

SC   Bitch ass Tom Morello

*just to clarify, is this the same bitch ass who masturbates with more money then I have ever seen  of Rage Against the Machine or a guy named Tom Morello who works at 7-11 in Austin ?)

12. Is tone more important or is technique?

PB  Tone you can have all the technique ya want but if your tone is shit well that’s how you sound.
 

13. Name your top 5 guitarist

PB 
Dimebag,
Toni Iommi,
Jimmy Page.
Woody Weatherman,
Slash

SC  
SRV,
Dimebag,
David Glimour,
Dave Mustaine,
Buddy Guy

14.Who is the most overrated guitarist

PB Keith Richards

SC Tom Morello

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

PB  Django Reinhardt   He was a shredder before shredding was a thing and on acoustic too.

SC  Dimbag                   
Cause it would be a blast who knows what you’d get in to 


PB   Thanks for having us and don’t forget our debut EP titled  “BURNT” come out 3/13/2020