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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

BLACK PHANTOM

Roberto Manfrinato (guitar)
Andrea Tito (bass)
Manuel Malini (voice)
Ivan Carsenzuola (drums)
Luca Belbruno (guitar)
The new Traditional Heavy Metal band of Andrea Tito, bass-player and main author/composer of the historical MESMERIZE, on the Italian metal scene for over 25 years!


 Born in 2014 as a solo project, with the release of the debut CD "Better Beware!" (May 2017) BLACK PHANTOM become a proper band to all effects, starting an important string of concerts and participations to important Metal Festivals throughout Italy. The Milan-based band has just finished recording their second album "Zero Hour Is Now", which will be released in March 2020, once again by the label Punishment 18 Records. From there, an intense live activity will start all over the peninsula again, supporting the brand-new album.

AXEMEN GUITAR SERIES : Jager Felice and Rob Mathews. / LEVELS









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

This is Jager Felice and Rob Mathews. We play guitar in Levels.

2. Who made you want to pick up the guitar

Jager - Wes Borland / Limp Bizkit
  

Rob- My dad was a guitar tech and teacher for a local shop for many years. I always thought what he did was very cool and asked him to teach me. After I got a hold of a copy of ‘Ride the Lightning’-Metallica.. it set everything pretty well in stone for me and I gravitated to music more heavily. 

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

Jager - Self taught.
  

Rob- Previous question partially sums it up however; my dad’s lessons were based on teaching me the basics enough to be able to teach myself the music that I wanted to learn by ear. 

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

Jager - Can’t read music, but read and write tablature in Guitar Pro.

Rob- I can read tabs but cannot read music whatsoever. 

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

Jager - In a time where modelers are the standard, I think we set ourselves apart by incorporating plug ins live and running them through the 90’s Mesa Boogie 2:Ninety power amp. It gives it the warmth that a lot of modelers are lacking even with custom IRs.

Rob- I second with Jager on this. I feel like the exploration to seek a modern tone with a touch of classic was certainly a defining moment. Dalton (drummer) and Jager really put their heads together to do something effective and also outside of the norm. Having unlimited amounts of plug ins at our fingertips on top of being powered through mesa tubes is not a bad way to live. 

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

Jager - 2019 Ibanez RGD71ALMS (Aurora Burst)

Rob- Ibanez RGDIR7M 2018 (Laser Blue Matte finish)




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

Jager - Fishman Fluence Modern on the passive voicing

Rob- Dimarzio Fusion Edge. Passive. They are really well rounded because of how clear and mid ranged focused they are.


8. Let's get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc

Jager - Mac Book Pro / Cubase / Jason Richardson Tone Forge Plug In-> Mesa Boogie 2:Ninety Power Amp -> Marshall MF Cab (Celestion Vintage 30 speakers)
  

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

Jager - Nope, but the Mac has a keyboard.

Rob- ^^ 

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

Jager - Some custom guitars, artist used guitars, whatever plug in sounds good at the time and Marshall / Mesa cabs.

Rob- My personal Dream rig would be a custom Kiesel in Tiffany Blue, a private stock PRS McCarty 7 string, Kemper profiler and a custom cab with Celestion V30s. 
  

11. What guitarist can you not stand?

Jager - Anyone that stands still on stage.

Rob- The ones with backhanded compliments.

12. Is tone more important or is technique?

Jager - Technique. Practice on a clean channel so you don’t have overdrive / gain cover up your mistakes.

Rob- I feel like dialing in tone is a technique in itself but can’t be highlighted without precision in your playing. 

13. Name your top 5 guitarist
Jager - Tosin Abasi, Wes Borland, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson

Rob- Mark Holcomb, Kirk Hammett, Michael Angelo Batio, Tim Henson and Nick Hippa.


14. Who is the most overrated guitarist?

Jager - Kerry King

Rob- Nick Jonas


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

Jager - Wes Borland / Limp Bizkit

Rob- Kirk Hammett hands down.

THE DEEP END BASS INTERVIEW / LEVELS







1.Why Bass?

The age old “there were already two guitarist” reason. 

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

Fools don’t respect the rythm.
  


3.What kind of bass do you use? Model , color , year , And why

A 2019 custom Agile 5 string looks like a nice brown marble countertop. 

4.Tell us about your amplification

Darkglass plugin through an Acoustic 8x10 cab. 

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

Yes, especially after some sound checks I’ve heard. 

6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?
   

Depends on what I’m playing. I like the size of the neck more on a 5 string though. 
  

7.Who is your favorite bassist?

David Ellefson because I was a big Megadeth fan as a teenager.

8. Who is your least favorite bassist?

Myself. 

9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass?
This is the first I’m hearing of it. 

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

Again, David Ellefson. 

11. Bonus question

Bobby Doll , Nikki Sixx , Les Claypool , Billy Sheehan  which is more ridiculous and why
I don’t know a thing about any of them

BATTERY DRUM INTERVIEW : Dalton Kennerly / Levels


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

My name is Dalton Kennerly, and I play drums for the progressive metalcore band, Levels.
  

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

It’s really more of a “what” instead of “who”. But I’ll get into that in a second! Once I immersed myself into playing drums, that’s when I began to find drummers who I really looked up to. I was heavily inspired by Joey Jordison of Slipknot. I thought his kit was awesome and he always did these crazy drum solos on a riser that flipped and spun around. Their music just always got me pumped. The production quality was so good as well. I was also a big fan of Daniel Adair of Nickelback. When I saw them live for the first time, I was just amazed at how tight his playing was. He really showcased his playing more live than on a recording. That was something I aspired to do myself.

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

So, I was originally planning to play guitar. My little brother was the one who got a new “First Act” drum set for Christmas, and I got a guitar. I never really could figure it out. So one day, I opened up the drum set from the box (that my little brother never opened), and I set it up and started playing! I am all self taught. I watched this one guy on YouTube a lot. He always wore a Tigger costume with the hood down so you could see his face. That dude ripped! I also knew this kid in high school (also named Dalton) that played drums. He was two grades above me and I sort of looked up to him as a drummer. I have to give him credit for teaching me a few dope beats and believing in me.

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

Bless my mom (Teri) and my dad (Kyle). They were so supportive. Looking back on it, I can’t believe my dad put up with 6-7 kids at his house every week for band practice and eating all his food haha. My mom too when we got the show going at her house! My dad bought me my first big drum kit. It was a Joey Jordison signature series. I still have that same kit today! I just modified it and made it smaller. I started in my bedroom, moved to my dad’s garage, and finally turned my mom’s shed outback into a recording studio. My parents have always been so supportive of my dreams. I could not have made it this far without them and all my family. I am truly lucky for that.
  

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

Of Mice & Men. ‘The Flood’.

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

Our guitarist Rob and I took all the black wrap off the Joey Jordison set and sanded it down. We put white Rhino Liner on half the set, and black wood stain on the other half. I currently play the Rhino Lined set which includes a 22” kick, 13” rack tom, 14” and 16” floor toms. My Snare is currently a DW 13”, BUT I just ordered a custom Dark Horse Percussion snare. Stay tuned for that beauty! I love my DW 9000 pedals. I play mostly Meinl cymbals. 20” Byzance extra thin hammered crash, 18” Byzance duel crash, 14” Paiste PST 5 thin crash, 14” Meinl pure alloy hi-hats, 18” Wuhan China, 18” Paiste Alpha rock china, 10” Paiste Alpha metal splash, 20” Zildjian ZBT ride, and a Meinl bell. I also like Vater 5b Drum Sticks.

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

I really like my current set. If I could just get the same dimensions but built by Dark Horse, and have all Meinl Cymbals.. THAT would be it.
  

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

Definitely neither of those haha

Joey Jordison
Valentino Arteaga
Alex Ballew
Nathan Bulla
Sam Applebaum

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?

Definitely live. I enjoy the studio, but just feeling the crowds energy in a live setting is unforgettable.

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

I don’t think you can convince them haha BUT, I do think the drummers get all the chicks ;)

BATTERY DRUMMER INTERVIEW : Blake "blade" Remson / Infinite Sin.

1. My name is Blake "blade" Remson and I play drums in the band Infinite Sin.


Who made you want to play drums and why?


2. Umm, nobody in particular; it was just a habit of nature.

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


3. I got my first drum set when I was eight. Ever since I could remember I would tap and bang on everything ( teachers hated me for it lol). My father noticed my rising interest and asked me if I wanted to go out and get a new set or buy my cousins. I went with my cousins and I don't remember now what brand they were but they were blue.
Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?


4. Definitely ! My parents were very supportive and still are to this day.


What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?


5. One that comes to mind is for those about to rock by AC/DC. Phil Rudd does his master four on the floor slow and steady Rocking and fucking rolling. That song showcases confident drumming with great dynamics. You can't ask for much more!

Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL

.6. I have a black pearl export Joey jordison series set. 10, 12, 13, 14, & 16 inch Tom's, 14 x 6.5 Tama steelworks snare, three CB rototoms, pearl rack, purple paiste colorsound 900 cymbals (oh yeah baby) DW 9000 double pedal, & Evans drum heads and promark stix; holla at me D'addario!


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


7. A purple drum set and it will happen soon I can feel it.

Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy


8. This is a very hard question, I can't narrow it down to just five; I have pages full of drummers but the drummers that have been influential to my playing are Alex Van Halen, Vinnie Paul, Lars Ulrich, Igor Cavalera, Dave Lombardo, Bill Ward, Mitch Mitchell, and Ian Paice to name a few.

Do you prefer Live or Studio?

9. Live all day

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

10. It seems to be that way. There's no getting through to them haha they are too distracted on finding the "perfect" tone ;).

ETERNAL REST damn Australia is Grind country! and Metal Coffee LOVES IT!

ETERNAL REST are a death metal act from Brisbane, Australia. Intense and uncompromising, the band demonstrate a prowess and sound that is comparable to high profile death metal acts such as NILE, BEHEMOTH and DYSCARNATE.

The bands full length debut 'Prophetic' led to a release through US label Deepsend Records and Australian supports alongside bands such as BEHEMOTH, SUFFOCATION, DECAPITATED, PSYCROPTIC, UNEARTH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ULCERATE, KATAKLYSM, HOUR OF PENANCE, ROTTEN SOUND and WARBRINGER.

In 2013 ETERNAL REST spread the bands sonic terror to New Zealand and Japan, performing alongside ORIGIN, AEON and MORS PRINCIPIUM EST. In 2014 the band extended its overseas conquest to South East Asia and assaulted the bands homeland of Australia alongside tech crushers ORIGIN. The bands work ethic and intense musicianship would lead to a management deal with US agency EXTREME MANAGEMENT GROUP, home to bands such as CATTLE DECAPITATION, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION and ATHEIST.

After such an immense journey since the bands inception, 2015 and 2016 saw ETERNAL REST contend with significant line up changes, which only has made the band stronger and more determined than ever. Writing and recording a new album and touring Malaysia alongside MAGRUDERGRIND, WORMROT and SKINNED, on top of high profile Australian supports alongside TRIVIUM, CRYPTOPSY and ENSLAVED, the band continue to grow and crush audiences across Australia and abroad.

ETERNAL REST closed out the year signing to a new label, Truth Inc Records (TRUTH CORRODED, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST, ALKIRA) and undertaking a European tour supporting WHORETOPSY and CONDEMNED. 

In March 2017 the band’s sophomore album, ‘A Death In The Darkness’, was released with a great reception from fans and critics alike and had features premiering on Metal Injection. The album received a highly commended in the QLD Music Awards and was also featured on a number of ‘top 10 of 2017’ lists. 

In April and May of 2017 ETERNAL REST hit the road for a headline tour of Australia and New Zealand which went extremely well with close to sold out shows in all cities. The band didn’t stop there however and were relentless with their touring throughout 2017, completing the ‘Abysmal Thoughts Tour’ in Victoria with MIAZMA and landing supports with ENTOMBED AD and ABRAMELIN, as well as CATTLE DECAPITATION and REVOCATION in early 2018.  

The band also decided that just touring wasn’t enough as they felt a big creative drive in 2017. Feeling that their lineup was the strongest it has ever been, ETERNAL REST hit the jam room and started writing in preparation for their next release. 

These hard-working musicians aren’t resting on their laurels after the release of ‘A Death In The Darkness’, they are ready to take over the world and are looking forward to releasing some new material in 2018 and touring new cities and countries.



GENRE: Death Metal
LOCATION: Brisbane, Australia

BAND MEMBERS:
Shanon Davern - Vocals 
Michael Hunter - Drums 
Jakob Kaiser - Guitar 
Anthony Postlethwaite - Bass

www.eternalrestdpk.weebly.com 
www.eternalrestmerch.com
https://smarturl.it/ThePictureOfHatred
http://bit.ly/eternalrestspotify

https://youtu.be/mmXAOWAvP2w

Monday, March 30, 2020

Eternal Rest - Walk With Me (Official Music Video)

AXEWOMAN GUITAR INTERVIEW : GIA G / Infinite Sin

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


Im  the  Lead Guitarist for the band  Infinite Sin .  I also  have  my own band  Devil In The Mist , and solo  Instrumental project  GIA G 


2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar

Eddie Van Halen  mostly  .   Jimmy Page,    Jimi Hendrix  , Jeff Beck, Randy Rhoads


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

.I took lessons  for  3 1/2 yrs with Joe Stump,  then  the started doing my own  learning and creating  my own sound style 


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

Yes i learned to read music first,  then learned tab,   I mostly just use tab know 


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

Yes  i think i do , and  im always  keep experimenting 


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

Ah ,  well i have 21  of them  lol,    Im Endorsed with Viper Guitars , i have 2 signature  models,  7  string and 6 .    I have 4 Custom shop  Jackson guitars ,  2 from the 1980s , 86 and 87,   2015  Custom shop 7 string  Jackson ,   and just purchased   a 2005  Custom  shop Jackson .  I have 2 Custom shop Fender stratocasters ,  2015   and 2005  hot rod one .  Have 3 Kramer Guitars , 2 from the 1980s  86 and 87  Pacers and one form 2003 , Kramer.  2 Schecter guitars,  8 string 2011 ,  7 string 2004 ,   ESP 7 string guitar 2001 .    BC RICH  dont know what year eactly lol ,    2 Classical guitars , Takemine ,   2 acoustic guitars,  Ibanez and  Dean .    2 Bass Guitars  , Fender and Ibanez 



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


Passive pick ups,   Seymour Duncans  are my favorite,  Im also  Endorsed  with them , my Biggest Endorsement  so far 


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


 Im Endorsed with  2 amplifier  companies ,   Revv amplifier ,  i have a 40 watt one  , adn ZT Amplifier , there more for small amps ,  i have one use , you can take it anywhere , little cube amp.    I have 4 Marshall  amplifiers,   3 JCM 800s    2 from the 1980s , one is a remake ,  in the early 2000s . I have  a 2010  JVM Marshall amp.   1998  5150 II   Peavey  amplifier .   Cabs ,  i have a  custom Avatar bottom cab.  A Marshall  top cab ,  900.   a Peavey cab bottom , that came from  a VTM   120 Head I used to have,  and an  Ampeg top cab,   basically a copy of a Marshall cab. 



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


 I have a pedal board , but i keep it basic for live ,  just using it for the power continer to plub into my amp,  i jsut use the distortion of the amps,   sometimes reverb either from amp or pedal,     Basically i experiment    like reverb ,  delay,   ,  or   chorus , reverb,  or reverb , flanger,   or like the last show i  did, reverb,  chorus and flanger , which was interesting  , 



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


 Dream rig lol  , hahaah,  Well , that i can play and have great rytum sound,  lead sound , clean sound, adn an experimetal sound with variuos difirent sounds 



11.What guitarist can you not stand?


Ha hahaah,   do i  have to acrtually say names here lol,  might come back to bite me lol,    Lets put it this way , ones that to into themselves and are naracistic  attitude lol 


12. Is tone more important or is technique?


To be honest  Tone is , if you dont have good tone ,  your done , you will sound like crap ,  and will ruin your technique  





13. Name your top 5 guitarist


1- Eddie Van Halen ,   2 Jeff Beck,   3 Jimmy Page ,4  Randy Rhoads    5 (Kirk Hament /  Joe Satriani )   6 Yngwie Malmsteen 



14.Who is the most overrated guitarist


  Hahaha,   There are many  lol  



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


Lesson  , hmmm,  im not sure it would  be lessons , but  with everyone  that plays an isntrument , you always learn something from somebody,  dosent matter the level,  . Music is a form of self expression,  so  say  some one famous , i would get to jam with, would l look at how i do things and vice versa, and some one thats not  known or good you pick up  things from .  But i would love to jam with Eddie Van Halen    some day, or  any of those people i mentioned on the top 5 

Pulchra Morte

 Greetings! We in the Pulchra Morte camp are pleased to share with you this song, entitled “Knife Of The Will”, as a preview of our forthcoming album. Writing for this album commenced immediately upon completion of our prior effort, Divina Autem Et Aniles, and continues our journey into what has become known as “death doom” metal.

While Jeffrey Breden remains the primary songwriter, this album is our first written with Jarrett Pritchard as collaborator from the impetus. His participation brings together the two guitarists and really enables us to highlight the back-and-forth that comes with two guitarists. Being able to have “dueling leads” and additional complementary melody lines allowed us to push further into the realm of the possible. The addition of John Porada’s expertise on bass brought the sound we were looking for and helped ground the tracks in lock-step with the drums, while adding the unique sound and range of Adam Clemans’ voice really elevated this work. We are extremely proud to have them join the brotherhood.

Sonically, we wanted this album to reinforce our “back to the roots” approach to songwriting. The drums were recorded at Matt Talbot’s Earth Analog studio, directly to 2” tape, laying the...  more
credits
released February 3, 2020
Adam Clemans - vocals
John Porada - bass, backing vocals
Jeffrey Breden - guitars
Jarrett Pritchard - guitars
Clayton Gore - drums

AXEMEN GUITAR INTERVIEW : John Woodson’s Leg

Tell us your name and the band you play for

John Woodson’s Leg



2. Who made you want to pick up the guitar

Everyone, when I was a kid.


Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

99% self taught.
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4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?

Only tab. Mostly play by ear.

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

For the most part, as a band for sure! We're doing something that nobody's doing right now. Not that I've seen anyway.
   As for tone.. That's an endless subject. I have been told from people that it's easy to tell it’s me just from hearing me play though. So maybe..


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

I've been playing a Halo, Hellfire. It's a huge, pointy, beastly thing. Black with red pin stripe. It has cross bones as fret inlays. EMG 81/85. And a kahler tremolo.



7.What about pickups? Passive or active ? 
Tell us about them
I have 81/85 actives in most. That's another endless subject. Pickups. Hmmmmm. Guitar players can talk tone for days......



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

The Peavey 6505+!!! Great tone! Balls for days! I run through a rugged Fender MH 4/12 cab loaded with 4 Celestion G12 - 100.
  


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

I love to tone of the amp. I try not to muddy it up with extra noise. Right now I keep it simple with a Digitech Whammy and noise suppressor. I run a BBE Sonic Max through the effects loop too.

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

It doesn't exist at the moment. If it did, I'm pretty sure it's outside my price range.

11.What guitarist can you not stand?

Usually the guy that plays before me, or after me. Lol


I12. Is tone more important or is technique?

My theory is this. Tone would be your canvas, technique would be the paint. I mean, you gotta have both. End result is the music. I am the paint brush in this mess.


13. Name your top 5 guitarist

The Jackson Five

14.Who is the most overrated guitarist

Usually the guy that plays before me, or after me.

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

Mille Patrozza, Kreator. He's only dead on the inside. Or maybe even the guitar player before me, or after me???

Children of Atom JOIN THE BREW CRUE

We are a Psyfi/Stoner Rock band from the Pacific North Waste not to far off the Hanford Nuclear dump site. We’re working on releasing our second album(hopefully on vinyl) by the end of August just in time for our summer tour and we just released our newest single Radiation  Blues. 


https://youtu.be/u2NMRTVPVT4. Being a stoner rock band we are definitely pro-pot and have been known to sneak of into the woods to trip on mushrooms seeking otherworldly inspiration. Thank you for your time and consideration. 



Here’s a little review that better describes our overall vibe. 

Fusing elements of classic Heavy Metal, Punk, Thrash, Space Rock and Funk with interstellar transmission from ancient worlds, Children of Atom provide an intoxicating sensation to warp your minds and shake your ass. 



Rated 4 out of 5 stars and described as “down and dirty” and “rough as a badgers arse” with “massive grimy riffs” and a “rock solid barrage of groovy rhythms” by Power Play Magazine, Children of Atom bring a variety of late night sounds heavy enough for the whole family.



https://youtu.be/Zd4yPsfLHTY
https://childrenofatom.bandcamp.com/album/children-of-atom
Instagram: @childrenofatomband

AXEMEN GUITAR INTERVIEW : Leo Vela / Unholy Desecration








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

I'm Leo Vela and I play with these fine gents in Unholy Desecration. I also have a personal band called Monuments of Sin with my best friend Memo Leal who I worked with for many years in a band called Slow Grind.

2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar
My Dad actually. 

Growing up he was the lead guitar player in a band called the Texas Rebel Band. Mainly Tejano and contemporary music. But my Dad could do all of the leading stuff and complex riffing. It was only as I got older that I realized not a lot of people could do what he did and that he was rather exceptional. Then he showed me that video of Hendrix burning his guitar on stage and the rest, as they say, is history.
  

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

Self taught actually. My Pops taught me the open chords we all start with, then I used my ear to start learning stuff on my own. When he saw that, he said he had nothing more to teach me as that is how he taught himself.

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

Music, hell no lol. Tab, yes I can. I just find it easier to figure it out sonically though.
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5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?

For a long time I did not, but over two decades I've been told often enough that I have a certain "sound" so to speak. Kind of atmospheric and dark on the leading end, and thrashy and pick heavy on the rhythm.

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

My baby for many years now is my Lamia:
BC Rich NJ Series Blue Burst Warlock
That I got around year 2001. They had JUST come out and I got the pick of the litter as I worked at the best local music store lol. Fantastic neck and very responsive. I especially love that her top horn digs directly on my heart when I sit down and practice with her haha.

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

EMG Active 81 at the bridge and 85 at the neck. Yes, I went with the classic Metallica setup, but because that distortion with some nice tubes, man you just can't beat it!

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

Normally I run through a Peavey 5150 head going through a Marshal 1960 cab with modified wiring.

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

My trusty Vegeta that has got me through everything, my Boss GT-3 pedalboard (complete with one barely hanging on sticker of Vegeta left, the others got destroyed over the years lol)

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

I'd like to get an American Warlock with all the trimmings, Black Burst. Schaller Floyd Rose, ebony fretboard, same EMG setup, beast headstock, running through a Triple Mesa and full stack. I'l stick to Boss for my pedalboard cause they are the shit. Whatever is the latest model GT they have.

11.What guitarist can you not stand?

Yngvie Malmsteen, I think, I dunno, kinda like that he stays true. Nevermind, I take that back lol. I really don't have any dislike of guitarists as they all have something to offer.

12. Is tone more important or is technique?

TECHNIQUE. A person with amazing technique can make anything sound like incredible tone.

13. Name your top 5 guitarist
Trey Azagthoth
Dimebag Darrell
Steve Vai
Fredrick Thordendal
Eric Rutan

14.Who is the most overrated guitarist

Yngvie? Hahahah damnit, I gotta leave my guitar brother alone. Next question!

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

Trey Azagthoth (got a little bit of one when I worked at the music store)
Steve Vai

VOKILLS INTERVIEW : Fremitus Diaboli / Unholy Desecration



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

Greetings I am Fremitus Diaboli (Jaime) I am the Vocalist for Unholy Desecration
  
2.What/Who made you want to sing? 

I was into music at a very young age, but never picked up an instrument, until I got to high school I met friends with the same interest in music but they all played an instrument and I didn't and I wanted to be part of the band that they were forming, so I just gave it a shot at doing vocals, I found that I had a talent for it & of course over the years I've developed my vocals to what they are today

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

Now is that the first singer I saw live or the first singer that actually gave me chills ? Cause if answering the later then it would be King Diamond witnessing the master at what he does best is enough to give anyone chills

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

Step into my shoes & try to do what I do

5.If you growl or do harsh vocals how do you keep your voice after such violent performances?

 I get that question a lot & I've never really thought about it, I guess just rest your voice afterwards

6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell us bout it ? 
  
I just usually sing along with songs of my own band or bands similar to our style prior to practice or a show

7. Do you think power or performance is more important? 

In my opinion power is part of the performance, if you don't have the power in your vocals then the performance is lacking.

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? 

To the first part, Phil Enselmo, in my opinion he is overrated, To the second part King Diamond that guy is in his 60s & Still onstage kicking ass

9.Name your top 5 vocalist 
1.King Diamond
2.Chuck Schuldiner
3. Mikael Åkerfeldt
4.Peter Tägtgren
5. Warrel Dane
  
10.Micheal Buble or Jim Gallette? Just testing your skills here.
You mean Nitro 
"Jim Gillette" not Gallette 😂 if you want to relax I guess Micheal Buble would suffice

11.Who do you love to listen to that would surprise people? 

Prince

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

Kanye West not that he is much of a singer to begin with

BATTERY DRUMMER INTERVIEW : Necrovecula 666 (Arnold Garza), Unholy Desecration


1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
Necrovecula 666 (Arnold Garza), Unholy Desecration 
  

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

My uncle when I was a kid. Majority of my family are musicians & I just followed the mold.

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

When I was 16. It's a '92 Tama Rockstar Deluxe which I still use to this day. For U.D. I play a Pearl Export series which is owned by our guitarist Rob.

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

Yes my parents are very supportive to this day.

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

La Villa Strangiato by Rush on their Hemispheres album

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

Tama Rocstar Deluxe, (2) 22×16 kicks, Ludwig Rockers 14x6 snare, 12×13, 13×14 rack toms, 16×16 floor tom. All Tama hardware including Iron Cobra kick pedals. Zildjian cymbals 20' ride, 14' hats, (2) 18' rock crashes, & (2) 18' chinas. Electronics include DDrum triggers for kick drums w/Alesis DM 5 module.

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

My dream kit would consist of the same setup & brand w/hardshell road cases for travel.
  

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

Bill Ward
Clive Burr
Charlie Benante
Gene Hoglan
Reed Mulin

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?

I enjoy both studio & playing live equally 

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

Drummers get the sloppy seconds from singer's & guitarist's chicks. Well at least me unfortunately.