"Season of the Witch Chapter Two" is the new album from Chilean act Arteaga and is set to be released on May 4th via Interstellar Smoke Records (double LP on heavyweight vinyl 180 gram, 45 RPM pressing to get the highest sound quality).
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
1. Tell us your name and the band you play for?
Jakub Önslaughter. Debustrol and Ravenoir.
2. Who made you want to pick up the guitar?
3. Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?
I can read tab.
5. Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone?
6. Tell us about your guitar?
My main guitar is handmade by master Roman Hanák jr. It is a sharp flying V, made in 2017. The guitar is of course two-octave with a tremolo from the Gotoh brand.
7. What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them?
Active - Seymour Duncan Blackouts... The only good pickups for Heavy Metal.
8. Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc?
Peavey 5150 + box Engl... The only good amp for Heavy Metal.
9. Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy?
Pedal board is for pussies... sometimes I only use the wah pedal.
10. Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail ... ?
I already own my dream rig.
11. What guitarist can you not stand?
12. Is tone more important or is technique?
Both of them ... you can have a great sound, but when you play shits, it still sucks.
13. Name your top 5 guitarist?
Jon Nödtveidt, Fredrik Folkare, Sebastian Ramstedt, Jeff Waters and Jeff Hanneman.
14. Who is the most overrated guitarist?
15. Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive?
1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
Patrik Sas. I play for Ravenoir, Moiety, The Leaders, Solo stuff.
2.Who made you want to play drums and why?
Drums have always been a part of my life. My dad and mom said I began playing pots in the kitchen at around two years old, but I can’t even remember. I’ve just always been passionate about them. My parents always tried to get me to take lessons. My dad is into education, so he was like, ‚‘‘You might want to try and do this the right way.‘‘ They liked the idea of me studying, but I was never behind the thought of praciticing rudiments back then. The lessons would have me playing only on the snare drum and that wasn’t what I was about. I just wanted to play along Kiss records. My mom still has this photo of me, as a little kid, sitting behind a snare and I look so angry! I was such a pissed off five-year-old.
3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…
My dad bought me my first drum kit at the local music store in Ostrava, Czech Republic when I was five years old. The instrument was Yamaha drums, black laquer finish which almost looked like Cozy Powel’s Black Sabbath-Headless cross kit. I was in awe!
4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?
I am pretty lucky in life because I’ve got the best parents you could ever ask for. My parents are music lovers and they’ve always been very supportive.
5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?
I would pick The Darkest Flame of Eternal Blasphemy
6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.
I’m playing a Tama Starclassic Bubinga Black in Black Clouds &
Silver linings double bass kit with 8‘‘, 10‘, 12‘‘rack toms, 14‘‘, 16, 18‘‘floor toms and two 22‘‘ kicks. My snare size has always been a 6,5x14‘‘. I’ve got nothing but good reviews about them from other artists and colleagues.
7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL
My current setup is my dream kit. Big thanks for support go to Tama Starclassic drums, Roland V-Drums, Paiste cymbals and Balbex drumsticks.
8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy
Martin Lopez (ex Opeth, Soen)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Cozy Powell (Rainbow)
Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta)
9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?
In general, I prefer live music.
10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?
Drummers always get all the chicks because guitarists/vocalists are way too self centered, and bassists need to practice more J
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
1.Tell us your name and the band you play for
A: My name is April Rose and I play for Auditory Armory.
2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar:
A: Actually, the metal band Kittie. They were popular when I was 13 years old. They are badass female rockers – I wanted to be like that too!
3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
A: I started to take guitar lessons when I was 13 years old. I did that for about five years with my first guitar teacher Clint Stewart, who had a major influence on me. He taught me a lot about guitar music theory, scales, improvisation, and provided a strong musical foundation for me. After that, I studied music at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. My guitar teacher in college was Bobby Koelble, an incredible and diverse guitarist who was also a member of the iconic metal band Death on the Symbolic album. He helped me refine and develop my style and incorporate more jazz and diminished musical elements in my playing.
4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?
A: Yes, I can do both. I mainly use tablature now, though, because it’s a lot faster for me to transcribe.
5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?
A: I don’t think I have a tone that is particularly “unique” per se, but there is a tone that I do strive for. The tone that I have has more mids, a little less treble than mids, and very little bass. I feel like it is a balanced blend of a thrash guitar type tone with a modern tone. I don’t use a high amount of gain (it’s just a smidge higher than in the middle) but it’s still punchy and edgy. I strive for bite and clarity. I try to separate my frequencies from our other guitarist Dennis and from our bassist Justice.
6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )
A: The guitars I use in Auditory Armory are a 1991 Ibanez S540 with Fishman Fluence Modern pickups; an 8-string Agile Septor guitar with a Tosin Abasi DiMarzio Ionizer pickup in the bridge; a Solar Guitars S1.6PP with Duncan Solar pickups and an Evertune Bridge, and a Fender Stratocaster with Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck and Jazz humbucker pickups.
7.What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them.
A: When I have the option, Active. Only my Ibanez with the Fishman Fluence pickups has the option to do both.
8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc
A: Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister Deluxe 40 amp and a Fender MH 4x12” cabinet with Eminence Legend V12 speakers.
9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy.
A: I use the HeadRush FX pedalboard. It has everything that I need in it – a tuner, looper, and a library of effects and EQ options that sound great and organic (not too digital). All of my clean tones have an amount of Cathedral reverb and Shimmer effect. I love airy, breathy, ambient clean tones. I also use delay for my lead guitar parts. The HeadRush pedal also provides me an efficient workspace where I can create custom setlists and rigs. This is really helpful because I can assign all the rigs I use for each song and then if the order of our setlist changes for a gig, all I have to do is just move the song in the order that I want in the setlist. Then, in a live situation, I simply press the ‘down’ button to toggle through each song that will pull up all the rigs you assigned to it. So convenient. When I sing and play guitar at the same time, I try to keep my “foot pedal dancing” to a minimum.
10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..
A: I’m not really a gear-head, and I have a lot of rig options at my disposal with using the HeadRush FX pedalboard. I do really like what I’m working with now.
11.What guitarist can you not stand?
A: Guitarists who shred just to show that they can play fast but lack musicality.
12. Is tone more important or is technique?
A: While both are important to guitar, I do think guitarists tend to have this obsession on getting the right tone. When it gets to an insane level of checking every single minute detail, your focus becomes on those particles instead of the song in general. Then you get lost in all the minutiae and forget about the song as a whole. I think that the average listener, though they might appreciate a certain tone, won’t notice all the minute details. The songwriting and the melody usually is what captures them.
13. Name your top 5 guitarists:
A: Devin Townsend, Steven Wilson, John Browne, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai. Bonus!: Eric Johnson.
14.Who is the most overrated guitarist:
A: I think everyone has something to contribute as a guitarist. But if I had to pick (I’m going to get so much shit for this) – Eric Clapton.
15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lesson with, anyone dead or alive?
A: I had a virtual guitar lesson with Kaki King one time. It was very refreshing to learn a very unique playing technique that included so much percussion with guitar (she’s amazing). But I’m not going to lie, I was so nervous that I even forgot how to tune my guitar right at the beginning of the lesson! It was a little embarrassing. I don’t think I do well with meeting my heroes – I’m much too shy and awkward to act like a normal person around someone I really admire.
Band-Under A Spell
Album Title- The Chosen One
The Chosen One is currently available on all major streaming services and physical Compact Disc formats. It is the debut release filled power, passion, melody, and high gain saturation. It is a new style you haven't heard in a longtime.
Heart, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Carcass
There's a new brew in the cauldron of Heavy Metal. Under A Spell is an elixir of all that is Heavy Metal; past, present, and future. With an angelically powerful front woman, thunderous drums, buttery sweet bass, and a full-on guitar tonal assault. Under a Spell is claiming its position in the Dallas Metal Scene.
Under A Spell is eighty years of music in blender. Formed on a moon kissed October night in two thousand seventeen. All members bring together an artfully crafted ‘Vintage Modern’ sound, that combines years of Heavy Metal listening sonic power.
The lyrical context is saturated within the Macabe style, with spattering's of the darker side of human reality. The stories are climatic and immersing which, involves the listener into the journey of each tale told.
The music writing flows like a natural stream from the fingertips of Tom Rosser and Stergas Stockwell. When writing in our Den of Doom the chemistry between them expedites the creative process. They finish each other creative writing thoughts.
‘The Chosen One’ is the debut album from Under A Spell. Which was independently released on October thirty first two thousand nineteen. The Chosen One was re-released via Pure Steel Publishing and Sony Orchard February two thousand twenty-one. It is a collective of fresh ideas from each member. From top to bottom the album is filled with excitement and storytelling. For example, the title track tells a tale of night stalker turned victim of his prey.
Under A Spell looks to expand its footprint in the world of Heavy Metal.
Pam Rosser- lead vocals
Stergas Stockwell- rhythm guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Tom Rosser - bass
Eric Smith- drums
Album track list:
1. Padurea Neagra
2. Voodoo Doll
3. Forever Done
5. The Chosen One
6. Invitation to a Dark Sleep
7. Into the Dark
8. Cast a Spell
10. Crushed by the Stones
11. My Dead Life
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Dead Superstar bassist Charlie O'Neill
Because my brother already had picked up guitar! Haha I was in 9th grade and he had just started playing and taking lessons and I wanted to also, but at that age you don't want to "copy" your sibling so I did the next best thing... I picked up a bass! Ended up loving it, taught myself the basics and by that summer was learning every chilli peppers tune I could.
2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit?
It's a little unfair, but mostly just a lack of knowledge I think. A lot of casual music fans don't know what a bass is or really even sounds like because in many bands it's just a background instrument. Unless you listen to bands where the bass is really prominent and in your face (ex. Mudvayne, Tool, RHCP), it's real easy to overlook. Hell, one of the greatest metal albums of all time, Metallica's "And Justice For All" had NO bass, and most people didn't notice or care!
3.What kind of bass do you use? Model , color , year , And why
I've owned many different basses over the years but I've narrowed my collection to 4 now. The two I use most are both P basses that I've modded the hell out of. Nothing else has that 'in your face' ballsy mid range punch of a 4 string bolt on Precision. They just cut through a mix really well. One's a Squier that was my very first bass from back in high school. Over the years it's gotten so many new parts and upgrades, the only original part is the blank wood body. I got it signed by one of my favorite musicians, Dug Pinnick, of King's X a couple years ago when we got to open for them.
4.Tell us about your amplification
Last few years I've been running a Gallien Kruger MB800 with neo cabs. It's a very loud, punchy, lightweight rig. I run a Boss multi effects and Darkglass overdrive/distortion pedals.
5. With all of that being said do you feel tone is an important thing for bass?
Tone is everything with bass. So many things have to be dialed up right in order to be heard distinctly in a band setting and not sound muddy.
6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?
I prefer 4 for most stuff but I keep a 5 string Ibanez around strung E-C for writing more intricate parts (tapping/chords).
7.Who is your favorite bassist?
Toss up between Flea, Justin Chancellor(Tool) and Matt Freeman(Rancid)
8. Who is your least favorite bassist?
9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass?
Do they? Seems like there's just as many women guitarists and drummers out there.
10. What bassist dead or alive would you like a private lesson with?
11. Bonus question
Bobby Doll , Nikki Sixx , Les Claypool , Billy Sheehan which is more ridiculous and why
Sheehan is the most rediculous player to me, and Claypool easily the most rediculous character of the bunch. Both would be alot of fun to jam with.
Darkness gave birth to the first raven single RAVENOIR "The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy". Over time, the gates of hell reopened to eject the newborn sons of Darkness - RAVENOIR - into a world sweeping in the agony of their newly born sons of Darkness, with the deafening roar of the eruptions of the most active volcanoes on the planet. RAVENOIR is a new formation of heretics, united around frontman Alesh AD (ROOT), playin uncompromising, yet technical black / death metal. There is no doubt that their blasphemous debut "The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy" will bring a fresh storm to the currently somewhat stagnant Czech metal scene. In addition to the already mentioned Alesha AD (guitar, vocals), the RAVENOIR ensemble is also formed by bassist Igorr Hubík (ROOT), Patrik Sas (drums) and Jakub Önslaughter Maděryč (guitar). Jiří BigBoss Valter (ROOT), who spoke the prologue of the album with his unmistakable s and contributed lyrics to two songs as a brilliant lyricist, as well as the world famous guitarist Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND), who embellished his song of the debut "The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy". History Alesh AD (civil name Aleš Dostál, born on July 24, 1977 in Studénka) is a respected Czech musician, guitarist, singer, composer, lyricist and producer. He is often described by music publicists in the media as a multi instrumentalist. For many years he worked in his hometown of Stud northern Moravia. He currently lives in Brno. He has been permanently active on the music scene from 1990 to the present. He started his music career as an adolescent in the black metal band TERROR (1990-1996). In the second half of the 1990s, he strengthened the line-up of dark metal ROOTs (1996 1999, 2014-present), who already had, and still have, worldwide fame with a cult status among fans and music journalists. Alesh AD convinced himself of his exceptional musical talent and multi-instrumental abilities through his non-genre solo projects GALLERY OF DEAD BATTERIES (1997-1998) and THE SQUIRM (1999-2015). In their prolific work, he proved that almost no musical style is foreign to him. Over the years, Alesh AD has also been a guest in related and renowned bands or projects, such as CALES, ENTRAILS, BIG BOSS or PROJEKTIL. In 2020, Alesh AD was at the birth of its brand new project the black / death metal band RAVENOIR. Darkness gave birth to the first raven single RAVENOIR "The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy". Over time, the gates of hell reopened to eject the into a world sweeping in the agony of their newly born sons of Darkness, with the deafening roar of the RAVENOIR is a new formation of heretics, united around frontman Alesh AD (ROOT), playing uncompromising, yet technical black / death metal. There is no doubt that their blasphemous debut "The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy" will bring a fresh storm to the currently somewhat stagnant Czech-Slovak black ady mentioned Alesha AD (guitar, vocals), the RAVENOIR ensemble is also formed by bassist Igorr Hubík (ROOT), Patrik Sas (drums) and Jakub Önslaughter Maděryč (guitar). Jiří BigBoss Valter (ROOT), who spoke the prologue of the album with his unmistakable speech and contributed lyrics to two songs as a brilliant lyricist, as well as the worldfamous guitarist Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND), who embellished his solo ostál, born on July 24, 1977 in Studénka) is a respected Czech musician, guitarist, singer, composer, lyricist and producer. He is often described by music publicists in the media as a multiinstrumentalist. For many years he worked in his hometown of Studénka in northern Moravia. He currently lives in Brno. He has been permanently active on the music scene from 1990 to the present. He started his music career as 1996). In the second up of dark metal ROOTs (1996- present), who already had, and still have, worldwide fame with a cult status among fans and music journalists. Alesh AD convinced himself of abilities through his 1998) and THE 2015). In their prolific work, he proved that almost no musical style is foreign to him. Over the years, Alesh AD has also been a guest in renowned bands or projects, such as CALES, ENTRAILS, BIG BOSS or PROJEKTIL. In 2020, Alesh AD was at the birth of its brand new project - Line-up Ravenoir Igor Hubík Bass (2020-present) See also: Equirhodont, Root, Solfernus, ex-Entrails Patrik Sas Drums (2020-present) Jakub Maděryč Guitars (2020-present) See also: Debustrol, Hellocaustor, ex-Spoliator Alesh AD Vocals, Guitars (2020-present) See also: Root, ex-Terror Discography The Darkest Flame of Eternal Blasphemy Link: Ravenoir | Facebook https://gothoomproductions.com/ravenoir/ https://www.instagram.com/ravenoirofficial/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUNY15S7osLx0RCkCVEhrMQ https://open.spotify.com/artist/52zwJ1ufQLPIG5u2sQIUCf?si=9XxC9OUm QT2V8m45u-C2_A
Auditory Armory's musical influences range from alternative to metal to progressive to ambient to jazz and the band's sound is a unique blend of all of these genres. The band has been told on occasion that their songs have reminded people of very disparate artists -- the comparisons ranging from Tool, Tori Amos, Porcupine Tree, Lacuna Coil, Opeth, Alice In Chains, and even Iron Maiden. It is part of the band’s credo to not confine themselves to any set rules of making music, but instead just “to write what they deeply feel.”