NIGHTMARE TOYS

Sunday, January 31, 2021

GET IN THE FN CAR Viktoria Viren FROM EVIL DRIVE IS BEHIND THE WHEEL

 


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

Hi! My name is Viktoria Viren and I’m the singer of Evil Drive.

 

 

2.What / Who made you want to sing?

Good Music when I was a little girl and my Dad he was a great guitar player.

Also, when I first started to growl at the age of 14, I didn't know that there were other females doing this.

Sabina Classen from Holy Moses was there, Rachel from Sinister was there and, of course, Angel Gossow from Arch Enemy was there.

Growling with a similar vocal style that I was doing back then just as that sweet little girl.

Now, however, I am already feeling pretty old... [*LOL*]

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



 

 

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

I would like to tell them -Try to do it by yourself -HA -HA. Diffrent people like different styles of music, if somebody doesn’t like my singin style, its just their own opinion, I don't care. I do what I like. They don't bother me at all.

 

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

Breathing-techniques, warm-ups. You have to use diaphragm breathing and rip-cage/back breathing. No chest-breathing and raised shoulders.

This is not violent at all. We are talking about different vocal techniques. At least personally I feel a huge energy from "growl".



 

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

I Do plenty of exercise, which should also include melodic singing.

Before rehearsal I play guitar at home and warm up my voice. It’s very important to just sing with clean vocals too.

 

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

Both things are very important for the Metal stage. When I’m performing on the stage with my band it makes me strong and our music makes me strong and to give audience our powerful energy charge.

 

 


 

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?

 

 

9.Name your top 5 vocalist

Dave Mustaine

Bruce Dickinson

Tom Araya

Max Cavalera

Rob Halford

 

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

Ha-ha Of Course Jim Gillette. Great singer from the old school power super energy band Nitro.



 

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

 

Sometimes there’s no better cure for my mind to distance myself from everyday tensions and thoughts of problems than the ethnic songs of American natives. Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. I guess you are surprised but It’s how it is. 

 

 

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

no answer



 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

DJ REM AND BRACKISH TIDE


 

RETCHED GETS HORRIFIC


 1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Times! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!


  • It’s actually the first single the title track from my next full length album called “HORRIFIC”


  • Theres been a lot of confusion about my artist name so I’ll start with telling you guys RETCHED is pronounced like this: (recht’)  not wretched .


  • It’s great to be sitting with you again. It’s been about three years now since my last release and finally geared up for production of  the new full length album HORRIFIC.  Kicking it off with my new single the title track - “HORRIFIC” 


  • ⁹This is my first Production I’ve ever done independently.  I’m really proud of it because it taught me a lot about music production but yet I’ve only scratched the surface. 


  • On this record I play all the instruments and real acoustic drums no drum samples – Vocals and Chorus  

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


  • I recorded it right here in my personal studio I just built in my house nothing fancy but a lot of acoustic treatment and good gear.


  •  This is the beginning of my new music and a fresh journey for me as a solo artist.


  •  I came back in 2017 after being gone near thirty years it melted my heart when I came back and released “The Overlord Messiah” the Heavy Metal communities all around the  world welcomed me and made me see I have come home. I’m home to stay for sure now I have my own production facility.


3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?


  • The differences between this new release and my last release are huge for starters the last release was originally recorded in 1988 at a big expensive studio with sound engineer and I had a full five piece band called AVATAR then that was pretty solid for a while. It was more the “True Metal “ style sound.


  • Now I’m taking over all the management all the production all the everything and playing all the instruments and singing and everything that concerns RETCHED is now and always will be pure THRASH METAL and nothing less. 

  • Although I do play other styles of music and will be releasing those probably under my legal name: David DerMinasian and do like The Blues Collection Volume 1 - ? And others too but one thing at a time first I knock out this album it is my lifelong dream to produce and release my own brand of Thrash Metal which is pretty typical sounding old school flavored Thrash Metal but original and mine  I wrote all the music and lyrics. 


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


  • I was signed to a label when I first released my last record for a limited pressing.

  •  I put it out on band camp and a month later I had 3 offers from different labels .

  •  I chose to go with Alone Records in Greece. 

  • They helped some but not how I thought it would be.

  •  No backing I was basically on my own.

  • At the time singing this deal sounded ok because that last release was sitting in my drawer for about thirty years so I figured “What do I have to lose?”

  •  It wasn’t any different then now except they pressed my Vinyls and cd’s free  and remastered my digital copy  plus some promotions for a trade in signing and gave me a 100 cd’s and 50 Vinyl of my own record that was the end of the support   they gave me some  exposure in Europe that was all.

  •  I will never do that again unless I’m getting paid.


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


  • A lot has  been going on in my life I bought a house for my family and I and then worked on just getting my studio and everything ready. It was a lot of work and still is. I work a steady job as a maintenance man. I’m a millwright at a mining outfit here in the Mojave Desert and along with my crew we keep the ore processing equipment running usually working a lot of overtime. 

  • It’s a very difficult balance to manage a family and my music career but somehow it’s coming together slowly.


  • Theres no budget for going on tour I’m too broke to finance a tour but I would love to tour the world someday.


6.Do you have any new members?

  • No I am a solo artist.  


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

  • I produced this record and as I was recording I kept coming up with creative ideas and used them.


8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles , Did you have any strange studio practices? 

  • I like to mix my music in the dark with the lights of  my recording console and other gear to light up the room it’s kind of how I start vibing with it.


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

  • Sure, for all my social media and store links and audio streaming:

  •  You can go to: https://retched-metal.com my website is a lot more than a store it’s more like an electronic Promo kit, it is where you can view the latest news or read past Metal magazine interviews with me. See some pictures or join my fan club with your email adress I never spam anyone I just announce new merch or magazine interviews once in a while it’s pretty chill.


10.What is your plans now that the new album is out?


  • The plan is to promote this new single and reintroduce myself with my recent THRASH METAL  STYLE and promote this single and follow with another single release and continue writing the rest of this album then release it in 2022 in digital and Vinyl pressing 10 tracks in all on my own it’s much more simple that way my rules my way my time my deadlines.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

LAURA FROM VINYL LOLLIPOPS AND THE MACHINES ON BLAST

 Machines on Blast



January 2021

Interviewed by:  

Laura Williams 

Vinyl Lollipops 

Photo courtesy of:

Jake Rage

Machines on Blast is:

Evan Mitchell - Vocals

Andrew Howington - Guitar

Scott Van Horn - Bass

Alejandro Acuna - Drums. 

Laura:

What genre of music do you consider Machines on Blast to be?

Machines on Blast:

We write in a pretty diverse fashion, but if I (Evan) have to narrow it down, I would place us in the alternative metal or industrial metal genre.

Laura:

What's the ultimate direction for your band?

Machines on Blast:

To keep the constant creation flowing and expanding what we do.

Laura:

How would you describe your music making process?  

Machines on Blast:

It's mostly done over the internet between Andrew and myself (Evan).  We each create songs or riffs and send them back and forth to be picked apart removing the parts that don't work and replacing them with something that does.  Lyrics are always the last thing to be added.

Laura:

Why call the band, “Machines on Blast?” 

Machines on Blast:

I grew up in a military family and the term to be "put on blast" was used a lot. Basically, it means to put a person or problem front and center and confront the issue head-on.  I added the word “Machines” to give a more symbolic power to the phrase.

Laura: 

What should fans expect to experience at a show?  

Machines on Blast:

A good time for sure, haha.  We do our best to give 100% for every performance we give and we love audience participation.

Laura:

Typical question here.  Who has influenced you the most via music? 

Machines on Blast:

All music is my influence but my favorite musicians/bands are: Cat Stevens,

Gary Numan, Architects, Allman Brothers, and Sick of It All.

Laura:

How can fans and future fans locate, listen to and buy your music? 

Machines on Blast:

First and foremost I like to direct people to our Bandcamp page:(machinesonblast.bandcamp.com

) but our music can be found on all major streaming services.

Laura:

Is there anything else you would like your fans to know? 

Machines on Blast:

We appreciate all the continued support and are glad you have come along on this journey with us.  Just a big family!

Laura:

What's coming up next for Machines on Blast?

Machines on Blast:

We have just started pre-production on brand new material.  We are super excited to see what gets turned out.

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Machines on Blast is represented by:

www.metalcoffeepr.com

Metalcoffeepr@gmail.com

http://mhf-mag.com/

Laura Williams 

©️Vinyl Lollipops 

All Rights Reserved.



Zero Theorem lead singer Caesar – The VOKILLS Interview

 

Zero Theorem lead singer Caesar – The VOKILLS Interview



 

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

Greetings!  I’m Caesar, and I’m the vocalist for the band Zero Theorem.

2.What / Who made you want to sing?

I’ve always been attracted to music.  Some of my favorite genres include classic rock, heavy metal, thrash, groove metal, alternative metal, and grunge.  In high school, a friend asked me to audition as a second singer for his band, and I ended up becoming the lead vocalist.  That was when my love for singing and vocal work began.     

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

I don’t recall the first time this happened but certainly when I experienced Tool performing in the ‘90s.  Maynard was on his game that night, and he was flawless.

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

Most people outside the genre don’t realize or appreciate the talent involved.  Heavy vocals require knowledge and practice like any other vocal technique.  I think that type of response tends to miss the intent and depth of the music, which is unfortunate.   

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

Tea, less talking, and the occasional lozenge.  

6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell us about it? 

I’ll do some typical vocal exercises, which include breathing and pronunciation, for about 5-10 minutes.

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

For me, they’re equally important.  Finding the right balance can be challenging and usually depends on the different parts within a song. 

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? 

I'm not inclined to criticize anyone that way, but there are certainly those who may be underrated or not as widely celebrated as they should be.  A couple that come to mind are Eddie Veliz of Kyng and John Carbone of Moontooth.

 

9.Name your top 5 vocalists: 

It’s tough to list a top 5 here, since I have many favorites.  Some examples include Chris Cornell, Maynard James Keenan, Mike Patton, Phil Anselmo, and Randy Blythe. 

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

Jim says it all, here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm3fjteswgU 

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

I like old soul music, such as Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson.

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

Any pop artist.  😉

Link to the new video for 'Joke":


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGNtQcE-TLQ&t=67s



 

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Here is the drummer from A Crime Called !!


 1: My name is Mattia Caci aka “Mattytupatupa” and I play for “A Crime Called” - “Proud Of That” - “BlackHoleDream” - “The Kinnocks”.


2: I decide to play drums on my own! When I was young, I listened to music and was strongly attracted to the sound of drums… and so, I started playing self-taught.


3: The first “drum kit” was made by me… using broken boxes and pieces of old drums! Then after a few months, my parents gave me a Real drums: “PEARL Drums ELX Series, in Red Cherry finish!!!”


4: I was very lucky, my parents immediately understood my passion and supported me 100%


5: There are many performance… A drummer who certain inspired me with his perfection on drums, was Joy Jordison in the first albums of Slipknot.


6: I use different kit, it depends on what band and musical genre I play with. Basically I use 22, or 24 kick with double pedals, Two toms (10” and 12”) and Two Flor toms (14” and 16”) I also use Two snares 14” for the main snare, and a Piccolo 10” snare. I use lots of cymbals…I like big size, and stax. I use  3 or 4 crashes (18” + 19” + 20”) Ride (21”) HiHat (15”) a couple of China (18” and 19”) and some splash and stax cymbals (8” + 10” + 12” + 14”)


7: I have my dream kit!!! I’m proudly ambassador of DSdrum, custom drums from Italy! And UFIP Cymbals. I have a custom drums, made 100% for me, UNIQUE piece in the world. There are no others like this. Amazing custom finish, and sound great! Maybe, I looking for a new kit, with double kick! )))


8: Actually now my favorite drummers, in different style are: Eric Moore, Thomas Lang, Travis Barker, Matt Nichols and Buddy Rich.


9: I prefer Live show! Lots of adrenaline and good vibes. Also studio sessions are important and cool.


10: Foe the guitarist, as for the rest of the band its a losing battle!!!)) THE Drummer has always been the one they like best!!! :P

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http://www.myspace.com/acrimecalled   ACRIMECALLED ON MYSPACE


http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=PST9qkpCHno    ACRIMECALLED VIDEOCLIP!


DEEP AND HARD IN ITALIAN ITS A CRIME CALLED

 


1) Why Bass?


Because it’s the best instrument in the world, period!

On a serious note my father plays guitar and he also had a bass laying around, he never forced us (me and my brother who plays guitar) into music but one day I picked up one of his guitars (as I have small hands) and my brother pickup up the bass and we started having fun together.

It didn’t take long before we switched instruments and it’s been like that since then.


2) Do you think it’s unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit?


Well, things have changed since the ‘70s, many bass players (and many female bass players) are getting the credit they - and the instrument - deserve.

Bassists started to record their instrumental solo albums, Jaco, Stu (Hamm), there’s so many.

However, as the name says, bass is an instrument, a “tool” used to make music, it might as well be a saxophone or a piano, they all have the same importance to me.

But yes, it could be lack of knowledge and it’s definitely not fair.


3) What kind of bass do you use? Model, color, year and why 


I currently own three basses, I started with the Music Mac Stingray 4 strings in sunburst my father had, which he eventually gave me as a present when thing started to get serious with me and music.

I believe it’s a 2003 or something, slightly modded for a more vintage Stingray tone. 

I also have a Sandberg California Umbo Signature 5 strings heavy relic in black, a very fine instrument, there’s a lot of manual work there.

I’d love to have more Sandbergs, give ‘em to me now!

Last but not least I own a Fender Precision 4 strings Lake Placid Blue, the model is Original Precision ’60, which is probably my favorite.


4) Tell us about your amplification


Right now I’m using a Darkglass head, a Microtubes 900, but I’m considering other brands at the moment, possibly Bergantino, who knows?

When it comes to cabinets I’m still using TC Electronic, a 410 and a 210, but again Berg is in my crosshairs, their cabs are just AWESOME.

I like to stack them, when the venue is large enough.

The head also has a very good cabsim option, so I mix DI, cabsim and possibly a mic and feed the three signals to FOH, massive!

The cabsim is also extremely useful when playing in theatres or when a silent stage is required, good for IEM as well.


5) With all of that being said, do you think tone is an important thing for bass?


Tone IS one of, if not the most important thing!

Groove, feel, timing are also crucial, but tone is what makes you stand apart, makes you instantly recognisable and gives the audience (and the bass player) the right feel and mood.


6) Do you prefer 5 string over 4 strings?


I’m young but into classic old school stuff, mostly rock, and rock’n’roll bass IS 4 strings.

The day I’ll see Cliff Williams with a 5 strings I’ll change my mind.

So yes, 4 strings is what I’m more attached to, but I like the sound of a good V string from time to time or when the song needs that extra sub low vibe.


7) Who is your favorite bassist?


Oh, there’s so many, and it sometimes varies with mood and all, but it’s no secret I’m into Pino Palladino…like a LOT!




8) Who is your least favorite bassist?


There’s none and it’d be unfair to say.

If I don’t like something or someone I just don’t listen to it or him, but I keep that to myself.


9) Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass?


It’s funny, it seems it’s picking up with girls recently.

Could it be because the low frequencies? 

The smoothness of the instrument?

The coolness of it?

The being part of the rhythmic session factor maybe?

It’s all more relaxed and less chaotic than guitar playing, less ego?

I’m not sure.

I feel like there’s more comradeship between bass players, less competition in a way.

Bass and the bass player role reflect my personality.


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


This one’s easy – Pino, hands down!

Bobby (Vega) is another one, Ida (Nielsen) would also be nice, we met and she’s so cool and talented and groovy.

And Rocco (Prestia) big time.


11) Bonus question: 

Bobby Doll, Nikki Sixx, Les Claypool, Billy Sheehan, which is more ridiculous and why?


If with ridiculous you mean unique and uncanny then probably Billy or Les.











If with ridiculous you mean unique and uncanny then probably Billy or Les.

LAURA AND VL WITH RFO

 Requiem For Oblivion 



January 2021

Interviewed by:  

Laura Williams 

Vinyl Lollipops 

Cover courtesy of:

Steve Jacobson

Logo courtesy of:

Noah Scarpelli

(Lordran drummer)

Requiem For Oblivion is:

Mike Scutella - Drums

Steve Jacobson - Vocals/Guitars/Synth/Bass

*As things get back to normal (whenever that may be) and shows become a thing again, we will actively seek a bassist and possibly a second guitarist.

Laura:

What genre of music do you consider Requiem For Oblivion to be?

Steve: 

Definitely death metal but we have so many different elements in our music we like to call it hybrid death metal. We include a lot of technicality, atmosphere and slam.  There’s even a variety of different styles of vocals, especially on the full length which will be coming out at the end of 2021. 



Laura:

What's the ultimate direction for your band?

Steve: 

I'd love to have all kinds of things happen. Lol.

We would love to be able to tour at some point but mostly I’d love to play festivals. To have enough merch sales or patreons to make a nice supplemental income. Also, being signed to a major label and/or licensing our music to television and movies. Shooting a few pro videos and recording with a major studio/producer are also on the to-do list.

Laura:

How would you describe your music making process?  

Steve: 

I'd say the songs typically start with guitar riffs as we are a riff heavy band. Then Mike and I work together to put together our usual sophisticated 'songs within songs' approach. We will usually pick a name for the song from some topic or world situation that has interested us. The lyrics usually come later in the studio while laying down guitar tracks.

Laura:

Why call the band, “Requiem For Oblivion?”

Steve: 

I'm a recovering addict so years ago when we were trying to conceive a name for my old band in Sacramento, Forsake The Flesh, I thought of Requiem For Oblivion. It fits perfectly with my past. It's like a funeral for futility because that's what my addicted life was. Much of the lyrical content up until the last album was about addiction, recovery, death, hope, and mental illness, etc.  We expanded from personal demons to national issues and now more worldly, esoteric topics.

Laura: 

What should fans expect to experience at a show?  

Steve: 

So far we don't really utilize any type of theatrics, costumes, or etc but what you will get is a solid recreation of our loud, high energy, hybrid, sophisticated, death metal. 'Blast beats and double bass. Riffs to the face' as our shirts say on the back. Lol.

Laura:

Typical question here.  Who has influenced you the most via music?

Steve: 

I know Mike is a big Megadeth fan but more recently he has had some influence from Beyond Creation, Behemoth, Septic Flesh, etc. 

For me a major influence is Rush since my cousin turned me on to them as a kid. I feel like most metal, especially prog and tech styles have branched out from the Rush tree. So they get a lot of props from me.

More recent bands that are favorites are: Nile, Obscura, Hour Of Penance, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Cynic, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Katatonia, Opeth, Fallujah, Ulcerate, Gojira, Aborted and more.

Laura:

How can fans and future fans locate, listen to and buy your music?

Steve: 

The new EP will be released on February 13th.  Until then you can check out all our other stuff on the following sites:

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/requiem-oblivion/

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/RequiemForOblivion

ReverbNation:

http://www.Reverbnation.com/requiemforoblivion

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/requiemforoblivion

Bandcamp:

http://requiemforoblivion.bandcamp.com

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/requiemoblivion

Metal Archives:

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Requiem_for_Oblivion/

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6PJR1B9BqpBy0z4Qves9JH...

Laura:

Is there anything else you would like your fans to know?

Steve: 

Just that we take a genuine interest in our fans and want to interact, even take feedback and constructive criticism from them.  We like to mess with them as well. Lol.

Laura:

What's coming up next for Requiem For Oblivion?

Steve: 

I'm actually in the studio now working on the full length due out at the end of the year.  LOVE this material sooooo much! Head and shoulders above the rest of our stuff I think. Excited for people to hear it. So we'll be teasing that in the next couple months, maybe spring.



Requiem For Oblivion is represented by:

www.metalcoffeepr.com

Metalcoffeepr@gmail.com

http://mhf-mag.com/

Laura Williams 

©️Vinyl Lollipops 

All Rights Reserved.