Category Archives: Band life

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.

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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

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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 

Gear-view Mirror//Jeff Sandbom-Sandbom Guitar Company

Hello there local readers and gear enthusiasts! Welcome once again to another segment of Gear-view Mirror! This time we will be taking a tour through the amazing shop of Jeff Sandbom of the Sandbom Guitar Company in Wausau, WI. There was a alot of ground to cover here with Jeff’s killer rig and hand built guitars, so I decided to give you a better look by presenting a video interview!

I was so honored to do this interview, as Sandbom and I have known each other for years. His playing style and personality shine above almost every other musician I’ve met.  He is very knowledgeable and willing to to help all musicians in any way that he can; especially when it comes to their gear. Built from the ground up with his personal collection, Sandbom has established himself very well. He spends his days repairing guitars and mentoring young, potential musicians as they come and go through his shop.

I have personally been going to Sandbom Guitar Company to get my guitars primed for the stage for about 5 years and haven’t had a single complaint! I have seen him produce many amazing guitars as well as repairing several vintage models; always having them colored and textured to perfection!

So get down to Sandbom Guitar Company in Wausau, WI and meet him yourself! I promise you won’t regret it!

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Thrash fast and headbang hard!

-Mitchel Fulcer

 

AV Amplified!//Desire For Oppression- Hatchet

Hello and welcome to another segment of AV Amplified!, the place where we review some of the coolest vids that the scene has to offer! This time, we have this killer video release from the thrash metal band Hatchet out of San Francisco, CA,  that was just signed onto Combat Records! This video was just dropped to give us all just a taste of what is to come from their new album “Dying To Exist“, which will be their first Combat Records release!

Directed by: Tsunami Films from the album DYING TO EXIST, in stores 6/22. Also available now on COMBAT BULLETS VOL 1.0!  Pre-order NOW at combatmerch.com!

This video is shot in what appears to be mostly in and around the recording studio, which I personally cannot think of a better place to shoot a video that is celebrating the release of a new album to come! It begins with the members preparing to be recorded and a zoom in on the lyrics of the song that is about to be played. This leads us to the band logo, and then right into this thrash-worthy tune! I love the perspective of this video. It brings us all right into the studio with Hatchet and gives us the feeling like we are standing right there with them.

It’s all about the fine details; there are all kinds of close-up shots of things within the studio from their instruments and the sound boards, to the food they are eating, it’s all there! This video is full of all kinds of personal moments with the band members as well as layering in image effects, but not too much to over-saturate us and take away that intimate feel. One of the best things about the music community is getting to know the bands and this video helped us see what a day with Hatchet would be like.

The whole thing has an awesome old school thrash vibe that reminded me of when MTV “used to be cool”. There is just enough of everything in this video and the timing is spot on! As for the track itself, there is a lot to be said! Its recording quality is amazing and the band is tight.  The vocals are heavy and very brutal, but clear. I love it when you can hear the message of the band. Julz has an amazing voice for thrash! It reminds me of the PERFECT combination of Testament, Slayer and Judas Priest. Clayton and Devin combine have such a full sound. The guitar switches perfectly between rhythm and leads and the bass backs all of this up perfectly. Ben is kickin’ it hardcore on the drums with perfectly timed stops and fills. Honestly, it’s no wonder they are under Combat Records! They fit right in perfectly!

For more on Hatchet be sure to follow the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/hatchetofficial/

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Also, don’t forget to check out Combat Records for all kinds of killer bands to come!

https://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial/

Emily Mae 

 

Front Row//Act Of Defiance

Hey metalheads! This week for Front Row Friday, we are featuring live footage from the Los Angeles based thrash/speed metal band, Act of Defiance!
Act of Defiance is a four-piece made up of vocalist Henry Derek (formerly of Scar the Martyr), bassist Matt Bachand (from Shadows Fall), and Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover (former guitarist and drummer, respectively, of Megadeth).
St. Patty’s day this year turned out to be one HELL of a show, definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen at the Back Bar. I was there working that night to capture as much awesome as I could with my camera, and without further ado, below is the killer result.
*More will be coming from this show soon, both a compilation of the preceding bands that performed that night, as well as an interview to come with Henry and Matt.
Happy Front Row Friday! Keep it metal!
Cat Sullivan 
Feature photo cred: Allen Hess

Weekend Warriors//Punk/Metal Crossover Interviews//X-Method

Welcome to Weekend Warriors! This time we reached out to California to talk with the metal/punk crossover band X-Method.

X-Method is from the San Francisco Bay area and Central Valley California. The band has been together for approximately three years, but the concept of X-Method was born in 1999 by the lead singer Abby.  Since then, they have had many accomplishments in their career, including the release of their first album “Sex, Alcohol, Rebel Music”, and had some tour dates here in the U.S. with the legendary thrashers D.R.I!

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Recently, X-Method has been signed onto Rock Syndicate Records, and to celebrate they will be releasing a brand new EP for all of us, “Apparition of the Crypt“, which will be out soon! They also have a new tour coming up featuring the band Toxin, and are even going to be in Europe!

With all kinds of news like this in the making, we had to speak with X-Method founder Abby and find out what we were to expect and other exciting details about this heavy hitter!

We have a lot of experience with our scene in the Midwest and know it well, however we would love to know what the scene is like in the Bay area. Could you tell us a bit about what it’s like there and what your impression of it is?

It’s super exciting– a lot of bands know each other and hang out with each other as well. You could be at a show and run into one of the guys from Exodus, Death Angel, etc.etc., at any given time. They are all super cool too; it’s more like a metal family vibe out here and it’s been that way since I was a teenager.

We saw that X-Method has its own fan club known as Method Militia United. What can you tell us about this killer fan club?

It started out as a pun from a few friends and fans and it grew into an actual thing. I travel a lot so I know many people in different countries so I decided to create that page as a way of uniting all these different people from different countries, states etc., that support us.

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To join the MMU, you can find the link on the X-Method page in the “Groups” tab.

You have a tour coming up called the Primal Rage Tour with the band Toxin. What are some of the venues you are looking forward playing most? Or what are some of your favorite places along the way?

By far one of my favorite venues is The Shredder in Idaho– they showed us so much love when we tour with D.R.I. a few years back. We will be hitting a lot of states we have not played before so we are looking forward to every show; it’s always fun to meet new metalheads and gain new fans.

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You also have a tour coming up in Europe as well! You’re playing the Amplified Festival in the U.K, what is that all about? Have you played this festival before or is this your first time?

This will be our first time. We are beyond honored to be playing in The U.K. It’s a dream come true. The band I am looking forward to seeing the most is Dustbolt from Germany, they are a great thrash band. We will continue on to play various countries in Europe that are still in the works so I could not give any for sure dates and countries yet other than the first day of the tour July 7th in The U.K.

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For more on Amplified Festival UK, follow the link!

http://www.amplifiedrocks.com/

Your new EP “Apparition of the Crypt” is your first release under Rock Syndicate Records. What is your inspiration behind this release and what can fans expect from this EP?

Fans can expect pure heavy riffs, sick lyrics and topics that might offend the thin skinned. I get inspired by many things, in regards to the topics on this EP it was more a vent on things that piss me off about society. I personally feel people are getting butt-hurt behind the wrong things, the topics I address are the topics society should be mad about.

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To check out other bands, releases and killer shows be sure to look up Rock Syndicate at: https://www.facebook.com/RockSyndicate/

Official page : http://rocksyndicaterecords.com/

Is there any other big news for 2018 coming up for you guys that everyone in the Method Militia United and other fans should know about?

Yes, if all goes as planned we will be releasing two new music videos this year but sorry no spoilers, ha ha! Everyone will have to wait and see what happens.

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You definitely don’t want to miss out on whats to come for X-Method! So be sure to give them a follow!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xmethod1/

They also have a Twitter:

 

Check them out on the web at:

http://x-method.wixsite.com/x-method-official

Thank you again to Abby and Rock Syndicate Records for taking some time with us here at Music Maehem!! We are more than excited to hear from the local scenes all around us! Keep it heavy friends!

Emily Mae