Category Archives: hard rock

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

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:

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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

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Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Conniption

Conniption is an American Heavy Metal band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Formed in December 2007 by band members Michael Brigham (lead vocals/guitar), Cody Dziuk (bass guitar), Bill House (lead guitar/vocals), and Andy Martin (drums); they are known for blending British Heavy Metal, American Hard Rock and Thrash Metal. They have been playing with all kinds of amazing, as well as legendary bands such as Testament, Metal Church, Iced Earth, and Flotsam & Jetsam, as well as playing the Wisconsin State Fair and Summerfest. They have also performed as local support for Megadeth, Trivium, Opeth, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, and All That Remains. They  are even a 2014 & 2015 WAMI Winner for Best Metal/Rock Band in Wisconsin.

We at Music Maehem had the privilege to see them perform live at The Back Stage Bar in honor of Tom Gehde’s Birthday as well as having some time to talk with them about what is new! So to all of you metal fans out there we present to you Conniption!

 

Find Conniption here!

http://www.conniption.us/

As well as on Facebook!

http://www.conniption.us/

Photo Credit: Emily Maehem Photography

-Mitchel Fulcer 

 

 

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//Grave Remains

Hello Weekend Warriors! Coming at you from the Rhinelander in the Wisconsin Northwoods we have Grave Remains!! This heavy metal band was founded in June 2011 and is still out there kicking some serious ass!  We present to you …. GRAVE REMAINS!!!!

 

 

Photo Credit: Emily Mae

-Don Niesen

For more from Grave Remains check them out in the links below!

https://www.facebook.com/Grave-Remains-315888141787207/

 

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 

Front Row//Hi/Jack

From the great land of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week’s Front Row Friday feature is the one and only Hi/Jack!
This two piece band made up of guitarist and vocalist Max Theisenhusen (aka Jack) and drummer and backup vocalist Ron Terrell, Hi/Jack brings their unique and refreshing old-school style of pure rock and roll as a breath of fresh air into our local scene. Between Max’s incredible drawn out guitar solos that make you feel like you’re wrapped up in a groovy warm blanket, and Ron’s jazz-meets-punk beats, with equally fantastic drum solos that knock you flat on your ass, Hi/Jack is sure to keep your body jiving throughout their whole set.
This week’s feature showcases Hi/Jack at the Back Bar in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Their new EP, Sunny Side Up, recorded at the infamous Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee!) is set to be released on April 21st, 2018, but is also available for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes! (link below)
ENJOY AND NEVER STOP ROCKIN AND ROLLIN!
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Weekend Warriors//Death Blues Interviews//20 Watt Tombstone

Hello everyone and welcome to our newest segment of Weekend Warriors featuring the awesome death blues band 20 Watt Tombstone from Wausau, WI! We were able to catch up with Mitch and Tom at the Chain Bar in Waupaca, WI and find out what these cool cats having going on!

Keep up with all the latest news on 20 Watt Tombstone in the links below!

Official site: http://thegoddamns.com/

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

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Mitchel Fulcer

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

 

Extended Play//Boy Band- Pillbook

Pillbook: a powerful, brash, young sludge-pop duo from Chelsea, Massechusetts. The masterminds behind this project are Aaron Garcia and Randy Aguilar. A member of their band dropped out during their first tour, but they didn’t give up, and because of that they have created their own destiny. Their first EP Boy Band, which was released through Five By Two Records, is available now! (Link at the end of the article)

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https://www.facebook.com/fivebytworecords/
Pillbook influences come from various 90’s grunge bands and modern bands such as Death from Above, ’68, and Superheaven, but also modern artists such as Kanye West, Lil Pump, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino. This is reflected throughout the EP. This album really pulls at the heart of teenage angst from start to finish.
“When The Sun Comes Up” captures your emotions right away with powerful guitar hooks as well as powerful and passionate vocals. This song is one I personally favor because of the grunge style and attitude.
“Skipping The Lines On The Sidewalk” is an easy-to-listen-to tune that reminds me of 90’s Indie bands. This is a song with very high nostalgic value– one of those songs you listen to during the summertime and reflect upon in the winter when all of those good times become memories. They also created a video for this track. You can experience it in the link below!


“Hard Hearts” brings the pace up a bit from the others, coming at you fast, heavy, and grainy. This tune very much brings the listener to life. In a way, it reminds me of something I would have heard in the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. It has a few slow, clean breakdowns as well, which gives this track a really nice balance. The bass within this EP is really prominent which I feel only serves to create more emotion, but I especially love it here. Personally, I feel that a band without a bassist is like a BLT sandwich without the bacon!
“Boyskissboysandgirlsownthierbodies” is a song with lyrics we can relate to. It creates a feeling of wonder, causing us to reflect upon ourselves. My favorite part of the lyrics is:
Do we all have our own destined expiration date
But you tell me to get on my knees before it’s too late
And we all die young or old and we end up in the ground

It reflects within that no one is better than anyone else and we all have our place, as well as reminding us that no one lives forever and we all will die one day no matter what.

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“Stay Laz” has a little bit of everything, which makes this song the best one to end this EP on. Why? Because it leaves you wanting more!! The drums throughout the album are so on point, but it’s especially reflected in this track. As it goes from a slow and even tempo, with random outbursts and then goes flawlessly into a fast-pace tempo. There is a beautiful and pleasant breakdown within also which has been a common element featured per each track. As this album begins to conclude, we even get a taste of metal-esque style they are capable of in the end.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “Metal? What?” but yes. Trust me. Metal. Kind of thrash metal to be specific, which I thought added a very unique flavor and ended this EP on a great note.
This EP is very impressive and they were not kidding when they said the music was “mature” for their age. This amazing teen duo has so much talent between the two of them and I see a very successful career ahead of them!
See them live March 30th at Raven Worcester in Worcester, Massechusetts!

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To purchase their album check out their Bandcamp below!
https://pillbookband.bandcamp.com/album/boy-band
It is also available on itunes, Google Play and Spotify!
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/boy-band-ep/1323069286?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Pillbook_Boy_Band?id=Brem5kmfsc72agct67ywqvpqexa
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Duw9KLbiE5iFWTZpfFDhE
Emily Mae