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WEEKEND WARRIORS// FORCEFIELD

Happy Music Monday Maeniacs! Hot fresh and ready to you today we bring you the Music Maehem interview with Forcefield!

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Latest release, Emissaries of Light album, available on forcefield.bandcamp.com

Armed with a love of both Star Trek and Black Sabbath, Forcefield brings refreshingly old-school power metal  back into our heavy metal scene and combines it with some very (inter)stellar cosmic concepts, and it all comes out of a basement in our very own Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

With one EP and two albums under their belt, along with a couple lineup changes, Forcefield is looking forward to the future while working to bring us some awesome new material, which filled most of their set list this night of the interview at Hijynx.

For more details on the band, their music, and what’s next for Forcefield, watch the exclusive Music Maehem interview below!

 

Don’t miss them at their next show coming up on August 11th at Project Mayhem in Rhinelander!

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Cat Sullivan

BACKSTAGE PASS// A DECADE AT THE FREQUENCY

Ahh, Madison. Ever since I moved here in the summer of 2016, I can say that the absolute best part of this city is its thriving and diverse arts and music scene, which is honestly half the reason I wanted to move down here in the first place.

About a week after I moved, I found out that a friend from high school had also made the jump to the big city (coincidentally, she had also become a hairstylist, like myself!). This friend, Megan, was also friends with this dude named Trent, whom Megan introduced me to. Trent is the vocalist in the sludge/death metal band Disgunt. and through this new mutual friendship, Trent invited me to his show at this little known place called The Frequency, and this became my first (of many) Madison local shows.

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Disgunt was playing, along with Squidhammer Metal, Vermillion and Goatwhore.

https://www.facebook.com/DisguntOfficial/

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Needless to say, the show was KILLER, filled with incredible metal music as well as a wall-to-wall mosh pit! I made many new friends that night, I got my first sip from the Squidhammer titty cup, and got my face truly melted for what felt like the first time in my life. Looking back, I couldn’t think of a better way to get my first real exposure to downtown Madison, and into the local music scene that I longed to be a part of for so long.

Founded in 2008, The Frequency made a name for itself in the downtown scene. Featuring all kinds of music, from pop to folk to punk to metal and everything in between, The Frequency was far from discriminatory in supporting the Madison music scene, as well as statewide, AS WELL AS national touring acts. Eventually, playing The Frequency became a kind of endeavor that any band worth their salt would want to play at. If you managed to get on a Frequency bill, that was a big deal, as Darwin did not let just ANYONE play there.

Oh, and did I mention the place is haunted? A lot of people I know have a cool ghost story from that place. Anyway…

On April 16th, 2018, an announcement had been posted to The Frequency Facebook page that the venue would be going into storage on June 30th, 2018. After ten whole years EXACTLY to the day, The Frequency would no longer be the integral part to the Madison music scene that it had been.

Needless to say, my heart broke, and I swear you could hear many break from all across the city that have been a part of the music scene. Truly, our scene has been influenced greatly by this venue, and will continue to live on in the heart of Madison for years to come, I’m positive.

Upon hearing the announcement, I knew I had to be there, and immediately contacted Emily and told her Music Maehem had to get an interview with Darwin (as well as some Front Row footage), as I knew this would be the last chance…and what better night to do it than at the very last show on June 30th? And so, the space on my calendar was marked.

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Presented by Ali K Music, appearing at the very last show at The Frequency were the bands Sanctus (thrash metal from Sun Prairie, WI), American Zeros (“RockPunkMetalFunk” from Milwaukee, WI), Falling Doves (pure rock n’ roll from West Hollywood, CA) and Amberstein (rock, also from Milwaukee).

https://www.facebook.com/sanctusmetal/

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanZeros/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/fallingdoves/

https://www.facebook.com/AmbersteinBand/

*Elisium was originally on the bill, but due to booking conflict, were removed from the bill and replaced by Sanctus*

These bands created a very diverse and altogether amazing show, and in my opinion, it was definitely worthy of filling the very last Frequency gig. All bands are incredibly talented, and I definitely recommend giving all those links a click and check them out.

Special shoutout to Falling Doves, specifically vocalist Christopher Levya, who wanted to know why I was running around with my camera all night, and then pulled me on stage to give a plug for Music Maehem! That was super cool of you guys!

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In our interview, Darwin speaks to Music Maehem about this history of The Frequency, his plans and goals for the future, reflects on some of his favorite moments over the past decade, and gives a (perhaps, somewhat controversial) account about his opinions of Live Nation.

*Note: Music Maehem does not necessarily share these views, and were shared all in the sake of journalism.*

Darwin and his crew have changed the scene forever, and this venue will never be forgotten, and we all thank you for a decade of hard work and support of the scene.

And so, it is with a heavy heart, that I and many others in Madison bid a bittersweet farewell one of our favorite local haunts in downtown, The Frequency.
Follow the link below for the full interview, and don’t forget to give a like and subscribe and as always, a share if ya care!

://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PzfUUgRABt0&index=3&list=PLhrWE2_2m8Ia35Rdda5R5bENfcjr5loE1

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews// Lords Of The Trident

Welcome once again to Weekend Warriors! Today we are featuring an interview with some actual warriors–this band of barbarians from our very own Madison, Wisconsin known as Lords Of The Trident! To help you get to know this savage band we have the members:

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Fang VonWrathenstein – Lead Vocals
Baron Taurean Helleshaar – Lead Guitar
Asian Metal – Lead Guitar
Pontifex Mortis – Lead Bass
Master “Herc” Hercule Schlagzeuger – Lead Drums

Their biography is truly a tale to behold (we strongly encourage you to read it!), but instead we will feature their smaller summary:

Our metal’s so pure that only diamonds can scratch it, and usually the diamonds are the ones that end up getting hurt in the end. Our amps are so loud, Manowar knocked on our door and asked us to “please turn down”. You think you’re bad? While you’re watching our sweep picking wondering how we bend space-time to fit all the notes in, we’ll punch you right in the face without missing a beat. If you like battle, bloodshed, axes, fire, and losing limbs, then mosh your way to the front row and receive your free ticket to Valhalla. If you don’t like these things – too bad. We’re playing anyway, and we’ll make sure to steal your girlfriend in the process.

We have been hearing so much about Lords Of The Trident, that we simply couldn’t wait to feature them! After all, we love ourselves some good ‘ole power metal!!

Behold! The Music Maehem interview with Lords Of The Trident!!

I read your bio on your web page, and it was very well thought out! That is one epic metal tale! For those who have just recently heard of you, what can you tell us about yourselves? 

Hails to all your readers! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Lords of the Trident — the band that will soon rule over all of humanity with an iron fist — know this: we are the most METAL band on earth! We combine elements of traditional, power, and modern heavy metal into a perfect concoction of face-melting goodness, and we use this unrelenting power to put on one of the best live shows you’ve ever seen. Take a listen to one of our songs – if your head doesn’t explode in the first thirty seconds, you’re probably a strong barbarian warrior, and should join our minion army!

On June 22nd and 23rd, you will be making your way to the Great White North with show dates in Canada– tell us a bit about that!

Yes! We’re rather excited to head back to the land to the North. Last time we crossed the border, we had a larger Canadian tour planned, but alas – our TERRIBLE touring van prevented us from completing our voyage. CURSE that evil, evil van! I’m glad it’s currently crushed into a small cube (and likely still on fire). Now that we’ve got a more reliable touring vehicle (that we just paid off, thanks to our Patreon backers!), we’re going to try a short stint first, and see how it goes. Assuming our steed stays reliable, we may just try for a longer tour in the very near future. Either way, I’m going to be enjoying the scratch-n-sniff money that Canada uses. Did you know it smells like maple syrup? I’ve also been told by reliable sources that Justin Trudeau also uses that scent as his aftershave. Mmmmm….breakfast-y.

Your Patreon is very successful! That’s really impressive stuff! Can you please elaborate on what fans can find on your Patreon? What are some things that your fans can get if they sign up to be a Patron? 

Absolutely! Patreon has been our greatest boon since the invention of fire-proof underwear, and we do our best to shower our Patreon backers in special prizes and exclusive merch. After all, anyone who pledges to our Patreon must first complete a test of strength and fortitude. Backers at certain levels get things like Patreon-exclusive shirts (that the band prints ourselves), live show bootlegs, fully-mixed acoustic covers, and more! We also create exclusive video content for our backers like Fang’s Metal Beer Club, the TRIDENTCast, and more content that we have planned for the near future. We send out so much stuff, it really is one of the BEST METAL DEALS on the internet. Check it out at Patreon.com/LordsOfTheTrident .

I saw you also started a Kick Starter to begin building the funding for your newest album, Shadows From The Past, which is lucky number 7, and due to be released in August. What are we to expect from this album? Paint us a pretty word picture.

Shadows from the Past is undoubtedly the most complex, mature, and intensely METAL album we’ve ever put together – EVER! We’ve been hard at work on this album for a number of years, and it includes guest appearances from Unleash the Archers and Psychostick, as well as a full symphony orchestra, choir, string quartet, and more. Anyone who’s a fan of our previous album is in for a treat, because we feel that our songwriting, recording quality, and mix has improved exponentially over the last three years. I feel very strongly that it’s going to contain some immediate fan favorites, and perhaps some songs that some may argue are the best we’ve ever written. We’re all incredibly excited to release it!

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You also have the release party as well at the Mad With Power Fest! That sounds like a killer time! Fill us in!

For years we’ve struggled to be included on certain fests around the states, so we decided: “TO HELL with them! We’ll just make our own fest!” So we did! And we combined two of our favorite things in life: Heavy Metal and ARCADE GAMES! Mad With Power is our yearly celebration of some of the best underground and independent heavy metal bands in North America, combined with an unmatchable free-play arcade experience! We line the entire venue with TONS of arcade games on free-play, and this year we’re going to have access to some exclusive cabinets that you can’t see or play anywhere else IN THE WORLD! Every year our fest has grown, and this year is the strongest ever. Those denizens interested in sampling the bands and/or attending should grab a ticket at MadWithPowerFest.com

Just out of curiosity, do you guys make all of your own videos? Or is there a guy on the inside you would like to give a shout out to?

We do! I (Fang) make all the videos from scratch. Adding fire and explosions to videos just sort of makes life worth living. It’s one of my favorite things.

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Are there any final thoughts you would like to add?

Take your most METAL web browser (probably Chrome, because there are no other browsers named after a metal) and point it to the most METAL website on the face of the planet: LordsOfTheTrident.com. From there you’ll be able to hear our music, watch our videos, connect with us on social media, and buy a new set of armor for you and the missus! If you survive, and LOVE what we do, consider joining our Patreon for exclusive stuff! And STAY METAL!

Visit the links below!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lordsofthetrident/

Official Site: http://www.lordsofthetrident.com/

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You heard it right here!! Go forth and enjoy that of which are Lords Of The Trident! That way you can say you were a minion before it was cool!!

Go to the website and facebook to see where in the Middle Earth realm they will be playing next near you!!

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Photo credit: Sweeney Photography

Emily Mae

Edited by: Cat Sullivan

On The Road//Doomed and Stoned Fest 2018//Chicago

This time On The Road, we attended the first annual Doomed and Stoned Event in Chicago, IL, for three days of the very best in heavy metal! Featuring some of Chicagoland’s greatest bands, as well as other band features from across the country! This is a community-driven festival that aims to recognize local musicians, artisans, and merchants.

“In DOOM we trust. Praise the RIFF!”

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagodoomedandstonedfest/

Official site: http://www.chicagodoomedandstonedfestival.com/
I coincidentally arrived at Reggie’s at 4:20PM where I met with the crew out back to get everything settled in for the weekend. I was parked right under the train where there was a back alley covered in beautiful graffiti, and I could even see the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in the distance. This was like a microcosm of everything you have ever heard or seen about Chicago. I then met with Lara, the promoter and the organizer of Doomed and Stoned Fest, who gave me my passes. She briefed me a bit on the event and where about everything was located.

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Photo featuring: Lara McGlynn
Lara also mentioned that Shane, a Chicago promoter for Empire Productions, also helped her on the event. Doomed and Stoned Fest was birthed two years ago and existed as an annual event in Indianapolis, but was expanded to add the first Chicago event, making this experience a biannual rendezvous for metalheads everywhere. The event showcases 20 bands in three days as well as many artists, including Nick Gurly who designed the poster art for the even as well.


As I proceeded into the building, I could tell it was something made from what appeared to be a renovated old theater. I was able to meet with all of the employees at Reggie’s personally. They were all friendly, cooperative, and helpful. They really brought the show to life and made my experience at the event very enjoyable.
Day one of Doomed and Stoned Fest featured the following bands in this order starting at 7P.M
Pale Grey Lore

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Shadow Witch

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Attalla

https://www.facebook.com/attallawi/
Black Road

https://www.facebook.com/BlackRoadChicago
Black Pyramid

https://www.facebook.com/Black-Pyramid-49292323952/
Inter Arma

https://www.facebook.com/INTERARMA/
Pale Grey Lore showed up and immediately began to unload onto the stage having travelled all the way from Columbus, OH. They did their sound check and the festival began! Their performance was the perfect way to get the vibe of what Stoned and Doomed fest was going to be like. They were very engaging with the crowd and welcomed all the bands as they continued through their set list. After Pale Grey Lore was Shadow Witch, of Hudson Valley New York.
Prior to their performance, I was able to speak to the bass guitarist and vocalist Dave Pannullo. He told me all about how excited he was to be a part of the festival as we welcomed each other to the weekend ahead. Dave told me a bit about Shadow Witch stating that they were under the record label Salt Of The Earth; however, they are putting out a vinyl that was self -romoted under the label called Broomstick. He informed me about the albums of Shadow Witch including their first album Sunkiller, which came out in 2016, and their album, Disciples Of The Crow, which came out in 2017. Shadow Witch was inspired by bands such as Red Fang, Alice In Chains and Mastodon, and I could see that reflected in their performance.
While Shadow Witch was on stage, the venue really began to fill up. The other bands began to arrive and the festival started to kick into full swing. Next was Attalla, who had just pulled up and had to get right onto the stage. Codi laughed, “That’s how we like it. Just roll up, unpack and go straight from the highway!” Chicago appeared to really like Attalla and they made Wisconsin proud. They had a ton of energy in their performance and got the crowd super hyped. I was glad to see them once again for their performance is really strong. Being really familiar with our Wisconsin scene it was nice to see them bring our energy to the south as well.
I took a moment away from the stage to watch the merch table for Black Road’s lead vocalist Suzi Uzi while she recorded Attalla for a live stream on the internet. Suzi told me that Reggie’s was their home venue, and you could tell when they hit the stage that she truly felt in her comfort zone there.
Black Road hit hard and heavy representing the Chicago doom and stoner metal scene extremely well. They held everyone’s attention as they brought a stellar performance to Doomed and Stoned. At the end of the performance, Suzi humbly announced that their performance was dedicated to her father. All of us who know Suzi knew that he had recently passed away and it was very touching to see her love for him.
After Black Road was another dark,doomy band called Black Pyramid , who describe themselves as “Psychedelic War Metal”. They hail from western Massachusetts and made it very clear that they were NOT from Boston. I spoke with the two Andys: Andy B. and Andy K., who informed me that their latest album release was Black Pyramid II. The inspiration of Black Pyramid comes from many types of bands including 13th Floor Elevators, Neurosis, High On Fire, Black Sabbath, Black Flag and the occult in general.
The headliner, Inter Arma, was up next. Drummer T.J Childers told me that they were from Richmond, VA. They are with Relapse Records, releasing their most recent album Paradise Gallows which came out in 2016. Currently, Inter Arma is working on writing new music while touring. It was at this point that T.J asked me if I was a cop, which made me laugh because I realized I had forgotten to introduce myself. He described their sound as dirty, mystical, hillbilly metal, which I loved. He was a great guy with a lot of personality. He told me that their overall inspiration are acts like ZZ Top, Led Zepplin and classic rock over all. They owned the night, so it was no wonder they were the headlining act. This was a full force band that was definitely the stoner part of Doomed and Stoned Fest. To me, they were a band for big venues. They also have a European tour coming up!
Thus, the first day of Doomed and Stoned Fest was concluded. It was a great evening full of cool and dedicated fans, bands, and others who support the music scene. I was impressed with everything that had gone on so far, including the hard work that Lara had clearly put into putting everything together. The evening went without a hitch, and I couldn’t wait until day two.

After leaving my hotel room and picking up coffee and a crescent at Dunkin’ Donuts, I was off to get an early start to day two of the Doomed and Stoned Festival. I arrived at 2:30 PM, which was a bit before anything really began.

Day two acts of Doomed and Stoned Fest included:

Thorr-Axe

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Of Wolves

https://www.facebook.com/ofWOLVES/

WAFT

https://www.facebook.com/WaftSC/

Brume

https://www.facebook.com/brumeband/

Huntsmen

https://www.facebook.com/HuntsmenBand/

Sixes

https://www.facebook.com/Sixesdoom/

The Skull

https://www.facebook.com/troubletheskull/

 

When I returned to the venue, I met up with the members of the band Age Of Truth from Philadelphia. They are defined as garage-style stoner metal. I was unfortunately unable to attend for the third day of the event, which was the day they were to perform, but I did get to speak with them about their career, which lead to us being “event buddies” for the weekend. First I talked with their drummer, Scott Frassetto. I found out he was the newest member of the band and had only playing with them for seven months. Their latest LP is Threshold, which came out in 2017. Age Of Truth is in the process of a new album and he said that he feels this style is leaning more to a progressive style. Scott said they were invited by Lara to be a part of Doomed and Stoned Fest, and continued to tell me how the drive was smooth and they were planning on being there the entire weekend. I spent the majority of my time at the festival with the members of Age Of Truth thrashing to the other bands.

Thorr-Axe, from Bloomington, IN, kicked off day two and it was like the festival never stopped. As Of Wolves entered and it was as if they brought the pack with them and the whole venue was buzzing once again. Of Wolves guitarist and vocalist Steve took the time to speak with us. He told us about the album release for Evolved, and then on the fly decided to include us on an exclusive title announcement for their album release this September: Balance. A company they work with, Decibel, will be releasing a single and a video to go with this album. For Steve, the influence for Of Wolves is politically driven because he is angry and frustrated about having to raise his family in the world as is, and he said he finds it to be emotional therapy. They put on a great show and all of their fans filled the venue to the brim.

During the time that the band WAFT was up, I had left to take a break. I had just realized I hadn’t eaten all day and by this time it was 9PM. However, from what I had heard they really brought it, and kept they show rolling. To check them out, be sure to click the link we provided above.

The food at Reggie’s was spectacular, great service, great eats, and the atmosphere was amazing as well.

When I re-entered the venue, Brume from San Francisco, CA, had taken the stage. Jordan, the drummer, talked about how Rooster was their first L.P., and was engineered by Billy Anderson. He told me that Brume was heavily influenced by the bands Yob and High On Fire. They too talk up Doomed and Stoned Fest, talking about how good everyone was to them and so on. They were really full for a three-member band. The haunting quality of the female vocalist/bassist Susie stole the show. I have seen many female vocalists attempt to achieve this sound, but she really perfected the style. Her voice along with the rest of the talent of the band brought everything together so beautifully, it was a memorable moment for everyone at the festival.

Next was Huntsmen, one of Chicagoland’s very own. They released their last album in February of 2018, called American Scrap, under Prosthetic Records. They described their brand of doom as Americana metal, which is story telling. Bands that inspire them are Sleep and High On Fire.

I was able to sit with the band Sixes, which is featured in the video below. This band is sludge-doom with very heavy bass. They kept the pace of the festival with a heavy performance.

Lastly, there was the headliner for night two– The Skull.

I was able to spend time with guitarist Rob Wrong, who is not only in The Skull but was also in a band called Witch Mountain. He told us how he spent a lot of time flying between gigs with the two bands. He said he’s been very busy, which we found as no surprise. You could tell Chicago was the hometown of The Skull because they were surrounded by fans from the moment of the arrival. You can tell they are very loyal to their fans. Below is some live footage of their amazing performance.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend day three, but I really wish I could have stayed. I watched the live feed from home and it had continued to be a success. This festival was extremely successful. There were no hassles for the fans or the bands and everyone was extremely down to earth. It felt something similar to a family reunion, but one where you got along with everyone who was there.

I want to give a special thank you to Tim and Suzi for inviting us down to cover the Doomed and Stoned event, as well as give special thanks to bands Attalla and Black Road. Thank you as well to the band Shadow Witch for being the biggest contributor to our giveaway, but of course thank you to all the other bands who contributed as well. Thank you especially to Lara once again for working endlessly to put the festival together as well as all the others who worked over that weekend and beyond it as well.

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Don Niesen

Edited by- Cat Sullivan

Video/photo edits by- Emily Mae

On The Road//Metal For Muttz 2018

Metal 4 Muttz is a charity concert to help the Lincoln & Marathon County Humane Society. The hosts of this event was Shannon Barden of the band Syght Unscene and Brittnay Loka. Also in support was Hazardous Beauties Modeling. This year Metal For Muttz was held at The Cabaret Bar in Wausau,WI on April 21st. This event featured 10 bands including:

  • All Kings Fall
  • Downgrade
  • Syght Unscene
  • Un-Broken
  • Auf-ki
  • Infantivore
  • Our Last Vision
  • For Once
  • Constance
  • Artists Unknown
  • Suck Bucket
  • Zippnuttz
  • Masochistic Jag
  • Death The Kid

There were many people in attendance of this show. The venue was packed from wall to wall with supporters-band members and fans alike. There was quite the variety of metal acts, and even some punk bands in the mix that came together for the cause. Metal 4 Muttz also put together a raffle as well as food that was provided for those who were volunteering their time at the event. The weather that day was more than perfect for the event as well, it was the first nice day in what had seemed like an eternity. So, this was the perfect excuse to leave the house, not to mention the fact that it was for an amazing cause. We took the time to not only photograph and film the bands but also to interview with some of the people who helped this event be possible. Featured is Shannon Barden, Brittnay Loka, and Cat Taylor.

Interview:

Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Metal4Muttz/

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Hazardous Beauties Modeling: https://www.facebook.com/HazardousBeauties/

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Photos: Emily Mae For complete gallery visit- https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Video: Cat Sullivan

Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Shield The Surviviors

Hey metalheads and welcome to Weekend Warriors! This time we are featuring the killer metalcore band Shield The Survivors! Earlier, we featured these bad ass dudes’ newest single Building Hate.

(for more on this release click this link- https://musicmaehem.blog/2018/02/01/one-night-stand-shield-the-survivors-building-hate/)

These guys are coming at you from Oshkosh,WI and have been on the scene since 2011! I was more than happy to interview these cool dudes, and it just so happened that we had a show with them at Triple P’s so it was the perfect opportunity! So, with that we bring you Shield The Survivors!

 

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For more on Shield The Survivors, check the links below!! “Building Hate” is Available now!

https://www.facebook.com/ShieldtheSurvivors/?ref=br_tf

https://shieldthesurvivors.bandcamp.com/

Also! David Pietila (Guitar and vocals) does his own recording so check out his site as well!

https://www.sourcetrackstudio.com/

-Mitchel Fulcer 

Gearview Mirror//Mason Burglund- Guitarist: Beetlegork

Hello again, local readers and gear enthusiasts. Welcome to another look through the local Gearview Mirror. This week I am featuring the seismic tone and gear of Mason Berglund of Beetlegork. He’s got some interesting things to show us so let’s get down to business.

 

As usual we start with the axe. This is my personal favorite piece of his tone puzzle. I’ve always liked finding other guitarists that play “Frankenstein” guitars, and this axe is nothing short of it.  With a distressed L.T.D. body,(that has gone through hell and back) this beast gives all the right vibes.Which, you would expect from its appearance and personality when waiting for the first note. As for pickups, Mason has filled the void with B.C. Rich pulled from a broken acrylic B.C. Rich guitar.

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On Masons Pedalboard building this huge tone I discovered:

A Y split pedal made by Saturnwerks that allows him to split his signal and run both signals though at once.

 

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A Rowin Noise Gate. (Any noise gate is necessary in any board).

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A Tuner Power : Tuner/ power supply. This is some creative, original, and convenient shit I first witnessed through this interview, and am getting one for sure!

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A Superego synth engine is the next on the chain list.

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Followed by a Tremoverb: Tremolo / reverb combo pedal. Made by Daddy Daughter pedals.

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Heavy Metal HM 2 for distortion

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And ending with a Nux: Time force analog delay simulation pedal.

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All of these pedals are on constantly, so don’t think any bit of this unnecessary. Every step is just as important as the last when your building you “Identity” as a guitarist, and I must say his tone is certainly a diamond in in the local rough.

Mason uses a Peavey XXL Transtube series 100 for his amplifier. Although I usually find Peavey in the thrash circuit, but this baby could find a place anywhere in the versatile rock world.

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The final piece of the monster that is Mason Berglund is his crazy vintage cabinet. This baby emanates age and nestalgia and has “the balls” to boot.

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All in all, I can say I am very happy I decided to feature this gear. There was definitely something to take from the consistency and width  in his tone that left me feeling like I was embarking on a journey I would never forget.

Be sure to check out Beetlegork in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/beetlegork/

Thank you all for joining me back stage for another look through the Gearview Mirror.

Check out next week’s article on Beetlegork’s bassist Levi Berglund, and as always- Thrash fast and headbang hard.

-Mitchel Fulcer

Editing/video/feature photo credit: Emily Mae

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Ultrea

Hello Music Maehem readers and subscribers! Today on Weekend Warriors we are featuring the band Ultrea from Madison, WI! Ultrea is a female fronted Hard Rock/Metal  band formed in March of 2012. They have been working very hard in the music scene performing LOUD, heartfelt, and high energy music in hope to encourage others to hope, dream, work hard, be the change. Anyone who loves and knows Ultrea has been inspired by them and their motto: ALWAYS PERSEVERE! So, whether this is the  first time you have heard of them, or if you are a hardcore Ultrealien you are certainly in for a treat! With that we introduce you to- ULTREA! 

Follow Ultrea in the links below and check them out at one of their shows!

https://www.facebook.com/Ultrea/

http://www.ultreamusic.com/

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-Cat Sullivan 

Featured  photo credit: Matt Teubert  

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//H1Z1

Hello metal heads and welcome to another amazing interview on Weekend Warriors ! This time we are featuring the very energetic metal band from Milwaukee, WI H1Z1! Earlier this month we featured their newest album Unbounded which honestly blew me away! I am highly anticipating the next one, it was great to finally see these dudes live and some faces to the sound.

With that being said, we now present you with H1Z1!

Filmed at Happy’s Bar in Woodruff, WI!

https://www.facebook.com/Happys-bar-663646443792887/

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You can find more about H1Z1 in the links below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/H1Z1metal/

Bandcamp: https://h1z1.bandcamp.com/

You can see them live at their next show April 21 at The Tavern in Beloit, WI!

As well as PROJECT MAYHEM coming up August 9, 10, 11!!!!

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-Emily Mae 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bandcamp: https://h1z1.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/H1Z1metal/

Album Review//Ruptured-Redemption

Hello Music Maehem readers! We have another killer album for you all! Meet the band Ruptured from Waterloo, Iowa! Founded in October 2016, this band now has four members: Trevor Troupe, Michael Minard, Billy Thompson and Isaac McBean. Just recently, they have been signed to the amazing label Rock Syndicate and have released their first album Redemption. Ruptured has a style that fills all of your Nu metal needs! So, sit down and get ready to feast on Redemption!

Available here: http://rocksyndicaterecords.com/ruptured/

We begin with the track “Lost Souls”, which leads us into this album with its heavy beats and slow tempo that is carried throughout. This track has a very catchy chorus that is executed perfectly by Trevor (vocalist).

The next track to follow is “Shiver”, which is one of my favorites. This tune, along with “Lost Souls”, debuted on their first EP. “Shiver” is full of great hooks and contains lyrics that are sorrowful, yet hopeful. To complete this vibe, there is a beautiful guitar solo, which is something not commonly found in the style of Nu-metal, but it complemented it nicely. “Lost Souls” and “Shiver” were originally to be a part of a concept that the band was working on when coming up with content for Redemption.

Trevor told us, “When we first started working on our album, we had an idea of a concept based off this video game called Until Dawn. The game revolves around the concept of ‘The Butterfly Effect’ in which the cause of a simple action can change everything in your future. We thought that would be an awesome concept for an album. With that in mind, we wrote our first two songs on our EP, ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘Shiver’. Well, that concept didn’t last long. We started taking a completely different approach to the album after Isaac (drummer) joined the band. We started to write more about personal life struggles, worldwide struggles, and other things that are happening in our lives today. Michael (album producer/guitar player) tag-teamed a lot of the lyrics with me and ended up giving something the listeners can take into their personal lives, and let them take their own meaning from the songs.”

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As the album progresses, we are lead through to “The Frayed”, which is slow and heavy. This track reminds me of early material from Nu-metal artists Korn, with the personal edge that Ruptured brings to this branch of metal.

The next track is “Painted in Exile” which is a track that we can all find to be relatable. It talks about the  struggle of feeling like things in life were going right, maybe with a relationship of some sort or other daily struggles, but then everything takes a turn that we didn’t expect, causing feelings of doubt and regret. Most everyone can relate to the frustration of loss, which is why this track is one that stands out to me in particular as one of the highlights of the album.

“Facades”, “Burning Man”, and “Casted Chaos” keep this album going strong with chugging guitar riffs, fast and brutal drum beats, as well as slower tempos, great lyrical content and all of your favorite Nu-metal elements that get you moving!

“I knew after writing the album I wanted to keep a somewhat dark theme to the lyrics, which I also tried to portray in the music,” Michael says. “The first few songs on the album have some pretty dark themes about loss, depression, stress, etc. However, I knew I didn’t want to be the stereotypical metal band and keep that theme throughout the whole album. At about the halfway mark of the album, it starts to spread some light on the fact that no matter how hard your life is, you can always overcome it.”

“Casted Chaos” is a track with a focus on what it is like to be beaten down and defeated. This track has a great flow to it as it goes between brutal and triumphant. As it keeps the tempo and theme of the album steady.

“Our song ‘Casted Chaos’ was one that Michael really had a go on with the lyrics,” Trevor explains. “That song to me explains what it’s like to be beat down mentally and a feeling that no matter what you do in life you are constantly going through the struggle of being held down by people around you from what you want to do in life. The lyrics ‘My insides are copper and I’d kill to make them gold/ what price would you pay for you to feel so whole’ really sets the picture for that from the start.”

“Senseless” and “Skitzo Effect” are the perfect tracks to carry out the vibe of “Casted Chaos” into the title and final track, “Redemption”. This track rounds the album out to a perfectly strong and brutal ending. The conclusion leaves us feeling very satisfied, giving that feeling like although all of this darkness goes on in your life, you can and will bounce back from it.

Trevor continues, “Our title track of the album ‘Redemption’ is kind of a follow up to the track ‘Casted Chaos’ which talks about actually fighting through that struggle and proving that you can do whatever it is you want to do in life. Everyone deals with some sort of struggle every single day, no matter what the struggle is, we all just have to find our own way to push through it the best way that we can and that is what the album is about.”

Michael also adds, “This album in essence, is really about our personal struggles while writing this album. I’d honestly have to say that as we write more albums to come, I don’t think the rest will sit this close to home with myself and Trevor like Redemption does. It really is our hearts out in the open for everyone to see. The reason we decided to title the album Redemption was because although it was dark in nature, we wanted to have a positive ending because although life can be hard and unforgiving, you can always make it through.”

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Overall, Redemption is a brutal, heavy, and honest album about life. It’s about breaking the bondage and chains that hold us prisoner to our struggles rather than to our successes. Overcome your oppressors and make life what you want it to be. That is the metal way of life! This album hits all the right places for the Nu-metal fan. So, be sure to get your copy of Redemption today!

You can catch them right here in Wisconsin!! April 28th at the Popcorn Tavern in La Crosse, WI!!!

https://www.facebook.com/popcorntavern/

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Follow Ruptured in the links below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rupturedband/

http://rocksyndicaterecords.com/ruptured/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/https://www.instagram.com/rupturedband/

Emily Mae