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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

On The Road//Tour Announcement-All Out Mutiny + End-Time Illusion Death In The Desert Tour

All Out Mutiny just recently announced their tour Death In The Desert with End-Time Illusion to begin next week starting in Oakland, CA.

Another surprise announcement by member Robby Ray revealed that it would be featuring special guest musicians Mitchel Fulcer & Andy Schipferling in place of the original members due to life obligations.

However, the tour is set as scheduled and this is something you don’t want to miss! Tour dates below!
Get that groove and thrash fix at these dates:

July 12 | Oakland CA https://bit.ly/2u1i7uo

July 13 | Sacramento CA https://bit.ly/2KCTM8G

July 14 | Medford OR https://bit.ly/2tWC1H9

July 15 | Eureka CA https://bit.ly/2lQvHNw

July 16 | Salem OR https://bit.ly/2NikpOR

July 20 | Glendale AZ https://bit.ly/2z41owb

July 21 | Vernon CA https://bit.ly/2KtRCJi

July 22 | Modesto CA https://bit.ly/2KFYrDo

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Check out All Out Mutiny in the links below! 

Official Site: http://alloutmutiny.com/

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

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Check out End-Time Illusion in the links below! 

Official Site: http://www.end-timeillusion.com/

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

 

 

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.

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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).

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*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!

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Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//MICAWBER

Welcome to Weekend Warriors once again for our killer interview with the killer band from Green Bay, Wisconsin-MICAWBER. These dudes have been paving the way for the Wisconsin metal scene as they have toured nationally as well as taken several trips to Europe! They have most recently joined Prosthetic Records alongside bands such as Lamb of God, Gojira, Psycroptic, and Skeletonwitch. We were able to take a moment with them at Happy’s Pub to talk a little bit about their tour, the recent release of their newest album Beyond The Reach Of Flame and other news to come! Click the video link below!

*DISCLAIMER: SQUID HAMMER METAL WAS PLAYING ABOUT THE GREEN ROOM SO APOLOGIES ON THE SOUND, WE ARE WORKING HARD TO GET A MICROPHONE SOON THANK YOU* 

 

Be sure to get your copy of Beyond The Reach Of Flame in the link below!!

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https://micawberofficial.bandcamp.com/

Connect with Micawber online in the link below! 

https://www.facebook.com/micawbermetal/

-Emily Mae

Founding member and vocalist/guitarist, Leighton Thompson comments on the partnership with Prosthetic Records:

“Micawber is immensely excited to have signed with Prosthetic Records! We’re looking forward to continuing our ventures of shredding, touring, partying and growing while being brought to new horizons by the label that has helped bring forth our favorite releases by bands such as Lamb of God, Gojira, Psycroptic, and Skeletonwitch.”

 

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Front Row//X-Undead- Happy’s Pub

We made our way to Happy’s Pub to see another one of their killer metal nights in the north! Check out the performance of the opening act for that evening: X-UNDEAD!

X-Undead is a hard rock/Rockabilly band (also identifies as Pirtate Metal) from Wausau, WI and features members:

Duane Lahti – Guitar/Vocals
Brandon “Zom-B!” Fink – Bass/Vocals
Jesse Schepp – Drums
Jeffery Lombardo – Vocals

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To Connect with X-Undead online click the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/xundeadband/

Emily Mae

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

 

Backstage Pass//Happy’s Pub

In this edition of Backstage Pass we are featuring one of the greatest hidden gems of our Wisconsin music scene – Happy’s Pub out of Woodruff, WI! Happy’s Pub is a venue that transports you instantly back in time to a place where the music is excellent, and the company is greater. When entering the venue on metal nights you are immediately greeted by Happy as well as his fantastic staff members. This metal clubhouse is indeed your home away from home!

You can hear it from Happy himself in the video below!

 Happy shows nothing but love and respect for all of the bands as well as the fans. His hospitality is something to behold. Other venues certainly could take a page out of his book as far as what it means to show support for your local music scene. His sincerity, charisma, and overall genuine personality make him an especially memorable guy (as well as his mustache).

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Happy has so much support in the music community as well as the community of Woodruff in general. While spending time with him, people would shout from their vehicles as they passed “HELLO HAPPY!!” 

He is also supported by Russ Krueger who runs sound and lights on metal nights as well as Russ’s wife, Jeanne Krueger, who is an excellent promoter for Happy’s Pub as well as an excellent host when you arrive at the venue. She welcomes you with open arms.

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Ultimately, we said what we could, but you won’t truly know the magic until you head on up and spend an evening there yourself! There are so many amazing bands that visit, so you are sure to see your favorite band on the schedule at one point or another! So, get on up to Happy’s Pub and keep an eye out for the next big metal show!!!

 

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Never a cover, always a good time. Come in check them out and have a HAPPY time!

Connect with Happy’s in the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/happyspub/

-Emily Mae 

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Video interview: Don Niesen 

 

Album Review//Brume-Rooster

Hello and welcome Maehem readers to another killer album review. Recently we took a trip to Doomed and Stoned Fest down in Chicago, IL where we found a band that stood out to us: Brume. Brume rhymes with “doom,” and that’s precisely what you get!

There was a buzz going on among all the bands at Doomed and Stoned about the fantastic quality of their newest LP- Rooster. Right away I knew this band had the goods. I was able to speak with the drummer of the band, Jordan, while I was there which you can see more of in our Article On The Road//Doomed and Stoned Fest- Chicago. They also donated a copy of Rooster to us to give away in our drawing which we featured earlier in the week.

Right from the first bass drop in track one, “Grit and Pearls” you know this band means business. I have to say that the bass tone has somewhat of a Motorhead flavor to it, but the riffs are pure doom; the tone has that punch though. As I listened, I was brought to a smooth, peaceful trance with the groove of this tune. Susie, lead vocal and bass guitarist, has a uniquely haunting quality to her voice that accents the harmony of the strings and cuts cleanly through the thunderous grooves of the drums. By the end of this track, I just wanted more. The message of this tune, to me, seems that there was a time before we humans let ego overcome empathy and there was harmony. Suggesting that we need to find our way back to harmony and balance to stop participating in tyrannical behaviors. We need to unite and stop dividing humanity.

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The second song is titled “Harold.” This song continues the grinding doom riffs. I am sensing a quality of the Jefferson Airplane influence to the vocals; harkening back to the psychedelic age. I’m not saying exactly, but the clear cutting vocal quality through the riffs seems to bring this thought into the light. With a short pause and a clean strum of the guitar, we are brought to our next track “Reckon” I enjoy the journey this track takes you on. It describes the ominous character of reckon. It starts with a western style riff which leads to the dark tones of the “meat” of this one. Definitely, more of the Jefferson Airplane influence in the vocals here as well while a spiritual ritual is taking place.

The more we progress through the album, you will start to notice a Keith Moon influence in the drumming style as well. The guitar tones have a Black Sabbath feel and marry well to the bass tone I was speaking about earlier. I can say that it was already at this point in the album that I started falling in love with Brume. “Reckon” was honestly one of my favorite tracks on the album as well. Track four is “Call The Serpent’s Bluff” which comes at you heavy with a slow drum roll. The track is a tune about what seems like the haunting of an evil entity waiting to prey on your soul.

Track five is “Welter,” I couldn’t help but laugh to myself about the irony of the fact that in the following lyrics:

Oh welter, Meet the clouds halfway, oh welter, Summon another raining day

At this point, while I was listening to the album for review, the rain was coming down hard. The thunder and lightning dancing outside my window were bringing this track to life. I was getting the true psychedelic experience as my imagination ran wild with the story I was being told.

The final song on the album is “Trade Wind.” We included a video link to the live performance below!

This tune was the perfect strong finishing hat to the album’s vibe overall. The poetic meter of the lyrics lends themselves naturally to the rhythm of this tune. This is a quatrain style poem, which adds a unique structure to the whole song overall.

Rooster was a very impressive LP.  When I listened to the LP and then reflected on my experience of seeing them perform live, the quality was just as amazing as it was in person.  In fact, I was so impressed with the album overall that I was sure to head over to their online shop and get myself a tee!! You can get one in the link below!

https://www.brumeband.com/

To experience Rooster for yourself check out the link below! Also follow them on Facebook as well!

Bandcamp: https://brumesf.bandcamp.com

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

You can catch them at their next show at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA July 12th!

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-Don Niesen

Edited by Samantha Crocker 

 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Dread

Hello and welcome to Weekend Warriors! We are featuring one of the newest members of Rock Syndicate’s arsenal of brutal heavy metal: Dread! Currently located in Los Angeles, CA, Dread just released their newest album, From This World To The Next. If you are like myself and love old school 80’s style thrash metal, then this is the band for you! They are the epic combination of Judas Priest and old Iron Maiden (when Paul Di’anno was around) and we at Music Maehem just can not get enough!

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We had the honor of speaking with Taylor Dread (drummer and vocals) on what it means to come togetheri in celebration of their newest release!

For starters, you just released your newest album From This World To The Next, which is your first release since 2010’s album, Brace For Destruction. Was the newest album in the making for that long or had you guys taken time away from the scene?

Actually, it wasn’t that long at all. AD and myself wrote the whole album and recorded it in under three months all in all. We always knew at some point we’d make music together again, whether in Dread, or something completely new. In 2015, just before I had moved to Los Angeles, we did one last “farewell show,” and even though AD and myself merely only talked about it in passing, that show seemed to be the spark that lit the fire again. Now, it took a couple of years before we really got something going. I started to build this festival, the Los Angeles Strikefest, and I couldn’t imagine Dread not being apart of it. So we talked about possibly reuniting for the fest, but that if we did, it would have to be full time. If we’re gonna do this again, it’s gotta be all chips in. So, at the time, we decided to just do a short, three song EP. But as soon as AD sent me over the riffs to Blitzkrieg, I knew that it had to be a full length. We both just dove right into the creative process head first. It was almost as if all of this material was just boiling inside of us, waiting to be let out.

You’re newest album, not to be that guy, but it was amazing! I could definitely tell you are influenced by bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, but with that being said, what are some of your personal inspirations for this album?

Hey, there’s never anything wrong with being THAT guy! That’s what keeps music alive, all the love and support we show to bands. We are honored.

But yes, as far as influences, the more obvious ones are on our sleeves so to speak. Priest more than Maiden though. For our other influences, I think you might be surprised. We’re music lovers, and the stuff that actually inspires us not only musically and creatively, but also emotionally, ranges from spectrum to spectrum. Our biggest influences range from Billy Idol, The Cult, Thin Lizzy, to Loudness, Ratt, LA Guns and Armored Saint.

With every new release comes a new tour! Tell us where Dread is headed?

Well, right now, our comeback show is on June 22nd, on the first day of The Los Angeles Strikefest, which features Nasty Savage, Exciter, Razor, Nocturnus AD, Morbid Saint, our brothers in Night Demon and our brothers (and sister!) in Blade Killer, plus a whole lot of other incredible bands. We figured we’d get our teeth sunk into this show first, and then plan accordingly afterwards.

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Speaking of touring, I myself am a thrasher at heart. Absolutely my favorite metal genre. So, we all do this I know it: Put together one killer tour with your dream bands, your band included and tell me what you would call the tour. No pressure. Ready? GO!

Well, that’s a hard one. For me, it would be Billy Idol, The Cult, Ratt and LA Guns. It would never happen, so I’d call it “The Tour that Never Was.”

What words of wisdom can you pass on to aspiring bands? How do you keep the Dread dream alive?

Hmmm. Well, I would say you gotta stay driven and work hard. You have to constantly take risks and put yourself out there. Never give up, and always look at failures as lessons. Don’t give up, and always pick yourself back up when you get knocked down. And the most important thing, chase the dream. Not the money, not the girls, not the ego boosts, but the dream. Which lies in the music.

Would you like to give any special shout-outs to anyone who has helped you all along the way?

Personally, I’d like to give a huge shoutout to Dan Dismal. On top of being a partner on the Strikefest festival, he’s been like a big brother. I’d also like to thank Jarvis Leatherby of Night Demon for being a good friend and linking me up with Dan, it has forever changed my life.

Also, who is your artist and where can we find their other work? I love me some Satan-tastic artwork!

Thank you! That means alot! The artist is Mario Lopez, and you can find his work here: marioestuardol.wixsite.com

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Any final thoughts?

Not much besides a big thank you for taking the time to interview a band like this. Be on the lookout, it goes up from here.

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From all of us here at Music Maehem, you are super welcome! Thank you as well! It’s the support from the band’s who take time with us and the fans who support us that keeps our dream alive!

For more one Dread, check out the links below!

https://www.facebook.com/Dreadmetalrocks/

https://dreadmetalrocks.bandcamp.com/album/from-this-world-to-the-next

-Emily Mae

Edited by: Cat Sullivan

Music Maehem Exclusive// SQUIDHAMMER METAL- POWER REMOVAL SERVICE

Check this out Music Maeniacs. All of you who follow and support us are in for a special treat! As a thank you for being cool, our friends and brothers in metal Squidhammer Metal have decided to give us all an EXCLUSIVE look at their new album Power Removal Service! This album has been among the most anticipated releases of the summer for our Wisconsin metal scene, and now it is finally on its way!

Squidhammer Metal always has lively and memorable performances. They take the stage with a primal force that can only be described as something to the effect of the spiritual reincarnation of the legendary band, Pantera. Their shows feature not only the thunderous voice of metal, but also pyro-performances, explosions, and a few unique character features from the Squidhammer cast, including the infamous Jack Gas and their seductive Squidhammer Babe! If you have spent time with the members of Squidhammer Metal, you’ve likely been left with a tale to tell at your next gathering for years to come. I know I will never forget my first evening at Camp Hammer!

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Before we dive headfirst into Power Removal Service we have a little word from The Squids themselves in the video below:

 

 

Anyone who’s anyone on the scene here in Wisconsin is more than ready for this badassery of an album. Power Removal Service starts us off hard and heavy with “Spark.” This tune is the perfect introduction to that which is Squidhammer Metal, in fact whenever I see them; this is the song I imagine playing behind them. You know, like the in the movies when people are walking around a bar in slow motion with explosions in the background? That’s it. “Spark” is the perfect metal party anthem, and sure to be the song of the summer! Just remember you heard it here first! Track two is “Rock The Fuck On!” which keeps the party going without a hitch. Those of you who have had the chance to see Squidhammer Metal live know that this tune is one that commands your attention to the front of the stage. The pit opens, and everyone is in the moment chanting: “ROCK THE FUCK ON, ROCK THE FUCK ON!!!!” Metalheads are united as one.


“Power Removal Service” is next in line and the title track of this brutal album. This one is one of our personal favorites! Loaded with high-octane riffs that hit you right in your metal soul and are backed up by a powerful rhythm that gets your blood pumping. The vocals, as always, are packed with a primal rage that brings this tune to life and makes it the perfect namesake for the album. It is a tune that highlights the attitude and force of Squidhammer Metal. Now its time to “Take It Back” and you better watch the fuck out because there is definitely a circle pit going on by now. This track is especially one for all the drummers out there. It’s full of blasting, brutal kicks and glass shattering cymbal crashes. “Take It Back” reminds me of those tunes you jam after a whole day of dealing with those people that get under your skin and you just want to tell them to “shut the fuck up” because you are just too metal to deal with that shit.

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“Hide for Hide (Beast)” brings to life the tale of man versus beast! Whenever I jam this tune, I picture someone around a campfire telling a tale of the beast waiting just beyond the light to shred you limb from limb. I’m sure there is a metaphor in there about society if you look hard enough, I mean, music is all about the interpretation after all. Personally, on my end, I much rather take it as is and enjoy the beautiful word picture painted before me of a beast ripping off faces and chowing them down under the full moon.

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“Speedball” is a shredding guitar solo track that reminds me of the much more superior metal version of “Eruption” by Van Halen. This track stands out on its own in full metal glory as it leads us to “Perfect Storm.” This tune is the perfect headbanger and just an all around jam. The Pantera Spirit is strong with this tune. The chorus of this tune is my favorite. Something about the groove of it sticks strongly with me. As we progress through the track to the end, it picks up the pace for a vicious outro that gets us ready for “Hatred Energy.” I am always in favor of a good hate-filled tune. Maybe it’s because I am kind of a hateful person, and hey, I’ll own up to that. No shame. If you are looking for a track that will help you channel that energy, this track is the one for you!

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“New Found Tribe” takes us away from the hate and back to the happier times of jamming. This is what we call “Squid jiggin’ ” music. We are lifted right back into party mode. This tune is where I feel the guitar truly shines. The guitar is wailing, ripping, and roaring throughout the entire tune and ends on a smooth, solid note. This is the tune that always gets stuck in my head for days, which is fantastic! That’s how you know it’s got all the right hooks.

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“Killtest” is another headbanger for sure. It’s hard and heavy while still giving you the chance to catch your breath now and then. Not too long though, it still has those fast pace blasts from the kicks and those lighting strikes from the guitar! Especially in the solos, you’re just like “holy shit man!” I mean, to be honest, there isn’t a time in the whole album where I am not thinking that. “Chapter Two” is getting us prepared for the ending of the album. It’s a slower tune compared to the rest, which is more than okay because I am sure that you are getting tired from all of that partying by now. However, you aren’t ready to give up yet! Get your ass up! You’ve got it in you; I know you do! “Chapter Two” gets your ass up for that second wind and ready for the pit! This is an amazing tune about redemption and perfectly timed in the album. It’s that good wholesome reminder not to give up even when you feel like you are on the brink of doing so. This is reflected in the lyrical content as well:

I fuckin’ got this| You fuckin’ got that| Order’s up| No time to chew the fat|

You can’t stand this| I can’t stand that| Jump ship| You know where the plank’s at

I got this| I got this| I fucking got this| I got this| I got| I got…

The final chapter of Power Removal Service is one of the classic metal anthems of all time “Cowboys From Hell” a cover of the all mighty Pantera. This rendition still has that same Pantera attitude and soul, but the Squids give it a breath of fresh air with their personality and drive. It’s fair to say that if there was a band out there that truly captures all of which Pantera had given us as a metal scene, Squidhammer Metal is the band keeping it alive. However, that being said, they certainly stand out all on their own and are bringing a new life to the scene as well. They have their own very unique style that says nothing but SQUIDHAMMER METAL!

Power Removal Service was well worth the wait! This is an album that hits you with undisputed attitude and unrelenting force that gets the blood pumping and the mosh pit swirling. I can’t get enough of this album, and it’s not leaving my playlist EVER!! Get your copy of Power Removal Service July 7th and CRANK IT!

ROCK THE FUCK ON METALHEADS!

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The overall quality of the album is outstanding as well, and we all have Russell Hollar of Russell Hollar Music Productions to thank for that! So, Thank you! Check him out in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/russellhollarmusic/

Here’s the scoop: PREORDER IS AVAILABLE 6/23!!!!

When you pre-order your copy of Power Removal Service from iTunes you instantly get your copy of “Cowboys From Hell” as a sneak peak of the greatness that is to come your way!! Full album is available for digital download 7/7!

Best digital zone to get your copy of Power Removal Service is definitely from CD BABY if you don’t flow with iTunes! On 7/7 get it in the link below!!

https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/SquidhammerMetal

****BUT WAIT!! HERE IS THE BEST PART!!!!!!!******

As a special thank you to all of you wonderful fans out there supporting us here at Music Maehem as well as the Squids and of course the scene: PHYSICAL copies are available starting Saturday, June 23rd at the SquidHedz Gearshop in the link below!!

Order your copy and use our EXCLUSIVE PROMO CODE: MUSICMAEHEM2018 and get FREE SHIPPING!! This code will be valid this year only so don’t miss out!! Get your copy before it’s gone!!!!

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Connect with Squidhammer Metal in the links below!

http://www.squidhedz.com/

https://www.facebook.com/squidhammermetal/

#GETCHASQUIDON

-Emily Mae

Edited by: Samantha Crocker

Photo Credit: Emily Mae|https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Video:

Filmed by Emily Mae Don Niesen Ian Gray

Edited by Cat Sullivan

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