Category Archives: Uncategorized

WEEKEND WARRIORS// FORCEFIELD

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

13920837_1169184399791573_5976572133951371472_n

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!

facebook.com/ForcefieldMetal

forcefield.bandcamp.com

musicmaehem.blog
facebook.com/musicmaehem

Cat Sullivan

On The Road//Tour Announcement-Toxic Ruin/Casket Robbery: Beer, Cheese and Death Metal Tour

Starting July 5th, Toxic Ruin and Casket Robbery join forces to represent what Wisconsin death metal has to offer! Check the dates below for a city near you!

Supported by: RIND Entertainment RockSyndicate DEATH BY METAL STL Decibel Of Reign Booking ClawHammer PR

Thur July 5 || Rebel Stage at Summerfest || Milwaukee, WI *Casket Robbery only

Fri July 6 || Fubar || St.Louis, MO

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/mobile/index/1714450?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly

Sat July 7 || 1927 || Enid, OK

Sun July 8 || Dirty Dog || Austin, TX

Mon July 9 || Jack’s Bar || San Antonio, TX

Tue July 10 || Tomcats || Fort Worth, TX

Wed July 11 || The Elbow Room || Wichita, KS

Thur July 12 || Royal Skate Shop || Lansing, IL

Fri July 13 || Willows Tavern || Madison, WI

Sat July 14 || The Lift || Dubuque, IA

Casket Robbery:

https://www.facebook.com/casketrobbery/

Toxic Ruin:

https://www.facebook.com/toxicruin.metal/

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!

29027277_186782211929250_2818299037885661184_n

http://rocksyndicaterecords.com/

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.

34674992_2463522496998643_547869648935190528_n
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

29510827_2043026002579098_698204989037740032_n

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.

32332164_2067058926842472_2191232373855617024_n

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

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!”

33509535_1710029855731777_9032400142853996544_n

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.

IMG_0455

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

https://www.facebook.com/palegreylore/
Shadow Witch

https://www.facebook.com/shadowwitch.band/
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

https://www.facebook.com/thorraxedoom/

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.

***Don’t forget to enter our Doomed and Stoned Fest giveaway!! We have 13 package deals to win!! Like and share this article to enter!***

Don Niesen

Edited by- Cat Sullivan

Video/photo edits by- Emily Mae

Album Review//Sanguine Glacialis- Hadopelagic

Hello and welcome to the album review of Sanguine Glacialis’ newest release Hadopelagic! This melodic death metal band takes Music Maehem out of the U.S and to our neighbors to the north in Montreal, Quebec! Sanguine Glacialis is more than just melodic death metal, however. They take musical influences from other styles such as jazz, classical, folkloric and even latin music.

263182_225904527442947_4287231_n

Sanguine Glacialis is signed with Worm Hole Death Records! Check them out in the link below for more brutal bands!

http://www.wormholedeath.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WormHoleDeath/

We begin this album with the demonic tune “Aenigma”. This track is something you can thrash to, but it does leave you feeling a little creeped out. The angelic yet evil vocals of Maude balances out perfectly with the growling type vocals. At times, the instrumental progressions remind me a bit of early Between The Buried and Me.

We are then gracefully lead into the second track, “Kraken”. This tune is chaotic in nature, which is to be expected when one is telling an epic tale of a battle at sea. This tune has elements within it that will take you back to an old small town saloon. I picture someone at the piano playing as someone tells the town of horrors of the waters!

17310149_1289789847769676_5013722643998923636_o

“Libera Me” starts out slow with the piano leading you into the pounding drum beat, then the guitar chimes in and eventually the rest of the band. I like how this tune builds itself up slowly layering each member in. It builds anticipation and is a very unique element to add.

“Le Cri Tragique D’une Enfant Vicee” is more of a jazz/folk/metal fusion. This tune has a lot of metalcore within it, combined with a bit of power metal as well.

Things slow down a bit again with “Funeral For Inner Ashes”. This passionate track is full of emotion. The lyrics suggest that, like a funeral, we should let go of our pain and lay it to rest; we must learn to heal and move forward.

The walls that built emotions are now stained by dead flames
It’s a funeral for a soul not dead yet
The celebration of the vanishing of a vital light
A Funeral for Inner Ashes

As the song begins to conclude, we have a quick breakdown and a pause. After that, we truly start to feel a hopeful and calm resolution as we are encouraged to let ourselves free. This track is uplifting; beautiful yet brutal and is easily my personal favorite track off of the album.

“Oblivion Whispers” continues the theme of tragedy. This melodic folk track, much like the rest of the album, is telling us a dark tale of despair. By the lyrical content, and the dismal feeling of the music, one can get a sense of being lost and feeling hopeless.

26173207_1574940955921229_6225304204216998630_o

“Deus Ex Machina” and “Missa Di Angelis” both have a lot of traits that come from the nu metal sub genre. As they build, I begin to get that BTBAM vibe once again, but as weird as this may sound, I also can gather a little bit of Avenged Sevenfold as well. Maybe it’s the way the guitar is building the story that I am reminded of the Avenged Sevenfold self titled album; it has that gothic, Tim Burton-esque flavor to it.

“Un Ineffable Mal-etre” is the beginning to the conclusion of this album. The bass is really prominent in this track. It makes it unique from the others in that way, adding an extra level of heaviness. This blends in very well with the end track of the album “Monsters”.

This song begins with death metal style blast beats and rolls right into the brutal demonic vocals, continuing with the gothic/folk combination of epic guitar solos and classical piano. Their official video for “Monsters” is in the link below! Check it out for yourself!

In conclusion, Hadopelagic is a chaotic and beautiful masterpiece to add to your melodic death metal collection. They are a distinctive blend of many sub-genres of music and have mastered the ability to combine them all into many epic tales from the darkness.

Be sure to follow the beautiful brutality of Sanguine Glacialis in the link below!!

https://www.facebook.com/SanguineGlacialis/

To purchase their album check them out on Bandcamp:

https://sanguineglacialis.bandcamp.com/

See them LIVE June 20th at Foufounes Electruqes in Montreal, Quebec!

31484128_1698202183595105_247974048237887307_n

Emily Mae

Edited by- Cat Sullivan

FRESH BLOOD// BITTER COLD

 

This month for the May Edition of Fresh Blood, we present Bitter Cold.
Bitter Cold is a self-dubbed “whiskey metal” band based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Bringing elements of thrash, death, and prog metal in tow, their performances and music are always one hell of a ride from start to finish. They’re new with only a handful of shows under their belt, but with everyone’s previous (and current) experience in other bands, they take the stage like pros and enchant the audience with ease with their one-of-a-kind headbanging experience.

They already have merch available, including t-shirts that blast the phrase “FUCK WINTER” emblazoned across an outline of our state, Bitter Cold’s message is clear–“embody what you hate and tell it to fuck right off.” 

If you haven’t had the chance to see Bitter Cold yet, they have one hell of a summer ahead of them, so go over to their facebook page and give them a like so you don’t miss them at the next venue near you!

 

For merch
facebook.com/thebittercold
bittercoldband.com

Cat Sullivan

 

AV AMPLIFIED!//Distortion- Baby Metal

Welcome once again to AV AMPLIFIED!, where we feature the hottest music videos on the scene! This time, we are featuring everybody’s most favorite kawaii metal band: Baby Metal!

There seems to have been much debate as far as this band goes. I know a lot of those “die hard” metal fans who like to go around saying what is truly “metal” and what isn’t. But when you listen to Baby Metal, sorry to break it to you, but it’s about as metal as it gets! It’s the perfect combination of classic J-pop and modern death metal. These brutal babes will rip your heart out, take a bite out, and shove it right back in.

I, for one, just happily accept it.

Baby Metal has made quite the statement in the world, topping charts and performing giant festivals right alongside some of the greatest metal artists of all time including, but not limited to: the Big 4 (Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer), Korn, Rob Zombie, Guns N Roses, Judas Priest and many others to come! I have also seen them in pictures with Alice Cooper, so you know that if they are Alice approved, they just have to be great.

Baby Metal have just released their newest single “Distortion”, which continues on the saga in the Metal Resistance through the release of Episode VII Apocrypha of Metal Resistance – The Chosen Seven . This was in celebration of their 2018 tour! (Dates below)

28279767_1165009573636416_1081514020464257030_n

Unfortunately for me and many others, the tour is pretty small so they won’t be coming to Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a date in the future for us! (PLEEEEEEEEEAAAASSSEEEEE!!!! P.S I wouldn’t say no to free tickets!)

With all that being said, let’s take a look at their new video– “Distortion”.

[Distortion] Available!
https://BMetal.lnk.to/Distortion

【Apple Music – BABYMETAL】
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ba…

【Spotify – BABYMETAL】
http://open.spotify.com/artist/630wzN

This tune doesn’t mess around. It’s brutal right from the very first blast beat! Fast, brutal and triumphant, with a hint of an industrial metal element in the mix. The angelic pop voices of Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal burst through the thunder of the band, yet they never steal the spotlight. It always merges so well, and that continues to hold solid in “Distortion”.

In this video, we are introduced to the Chosen Seven as they appear in the apocalyptic cityscape ready for battle. Each character is depicted to be unique from one another and have each their own unique ability. Throughout the video, the warriors are battling large demonic entities.

z2n375rgm3ax.png

This video definitely goes all out. Beautiful cinematic effects, breath-taking costume designs, and the makeup is flawless. It brings the whole story to life. When I watch this video, I feel like I’m watching a trailer for a movie that’s about to be the next summer block buster. Although it’s short, the whole experience is memorable!

This video also raised a lot of questions as to what has happened to Yuimetal, and who exactly these “Chosen Seven” are. From what I have gathered, Yuimetal is still very much in the band but will not be touring due to a “medical condition”. Hopefully all is well for her as many Baby Metal fans are worried for her, including myself.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to what is to come in the career of Baby Metal.

“Baby Metal’s challenge for world domination continues and only the Fox God knows what the future will hold.” – Baby Metal Official

Follow Baby Metal in the links below!

BABYMETAL Official Website
http://www.babymetal.com/en/
http://www.babymetal.com/jp/

BABYMETAL Official Twitter
https://twitter.com/BABYMETAL_JAPAN

BABYMETAL Official Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BABYMETAL.jp

BABYMETAL Official Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/babymetal_o…

 

Emily Mae

Edited by: Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Growing

Hello and welcome to Weekend Warriors! Check out melodic metalcore band Growing from Madison, WI! This interview took place at their album release party at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI. The venue was packed for this show and it’s no question as to why! We got all kinds of details about the tour, what inspires them, and what we are to expect from their newest album The Gauntlet.

The Gauntlet is available for physical purchase and download now across all music platforms!
Silver Linings video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsWXa…
Growing facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?…
Merch: growingtheband.bigcartel.com

31369169_1607899312593170_4707307727196520448_n.jpg

Growing Tour Dates!

29314041_1564915046891597_8408900462048182272_n

Featured Photo: Bob Good

Cat Sullivan 

Video edits- Cat Sullivan

Article Edit- Emily Mae

Extended Play//The Divide-Those Dirty Thieves

 

Welcome Music Maehem readers and subscribers to Extended Play with the Illinois punk/metal band, Those Dirty Thieves!

They just dropped their new single “So What” on 4/20, which was then followed by the release of their newest EP The Divide! Personally, I have been waiting for this EP since I saw it announced way back in February, so it was my pleasure to bring it over here for a review!

For those of you who haven’t seen these guys killin’ it on stage, you should get out there ASAP! They have the amazing energy of metal combined with the attitude of punk, and have an extraordinary talent of turning the entire room into a pit with ease. I got to witness this firsthand one evening at the Pollock Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin. Ever since that night, this band has stayed stuck in my brain, so I have just been waiting for the first chance I had to jump on a feature for these guys!

This EP enthralls you from the very first note. As soon as it begins, I couldn’t help but think, “Ooooh shit!” –I knew I was in for something sweet!

The first track is “Full Moon”, which is full of attitude and rage. It gives you the feeling of being chased by wolves, or maybe even fighting wolves! Either way, you feeling the mighty wrath of wolves and it gets your blood pumping!  I’m sure that has something to do with the name of the track, but that being said, as Marceline The Vampire Queen of Adventure Time once put it, “The only thing women love more than fun is excitement. She needs to feel her blood pump, man! She needs to… BE CHASED BY WOLVES!”

“Full Moon” fades perfectly into the next track, “Growing Old”. Those Dirty Theives have adopted the tagline “WRECK YOUR NECK”, and this track is guaranteed to fulfill that goal for the listener! Fast, thrashy, and relentless with plenty of killer bass licks to peak your heart’s desire. This track has so much drive and force to it, it’s a tough call, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be this one. I’m in love with the thrash metal influence throughout, but that very punk ending reminded me a bit of the old Offspring albums as well.

“So What” was the first track that Those Dirty Thieves revealed to all of us. It’s easy to see why, as it is the perfect highlight of what to expect from this EP. It has great hooks and heavy riffs as well as the powerful drums and catchy lyrics that are all married together into this track. When I first heard this tune, it hooked me instantly.  Just to be nice, here is the link to the single below for your listening pleasure, but don’t stop there!

Things slow down just a bit in  the next track, “Chasers”. There are heavy breakdowns that hold some of the nu-metal flavor. Of course though, things speed back up and the thrash returns once again, featuring one HELL of a sick guitar solo!

We finish out this EP with “Back From The Dead”. This track is also a little bit slower at times, but still keeping the fast, brutal and definitely face melting style that is Those Dirty Thieves. This is the perfect ending for this EP– the fact that it had to end at all was a real bummer, but all good things come to an end as they say, and if it HAS to end, this track is the best way to do it. Continuing to show they are heavy as fuck, it ends just in time for you to give your neck a much needed break.

Overall this EP is an absolute must on any playlist worth having. Each track is pretty short, so it helps you get your energy and anger out right in time to finish your lunch break and get back to the grind. If that’s not enough for you, just put this bad boy on repeat!

The Divide by Those Dirty Thieves is available now–hit that link below and prepare to WRECK YOUR NECK!

You can also join them in person with the neck-wrecking at their next show on May 11th at Smith’s Downtown!

Be sure to follow Those Dirty Thieves on all the social media you can find!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0NbWXRaDKY2MyzHDU66aAL

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/those-dirty-thieves/id1092872590

https://www.facebook.com/thosedirtythieves/

Want to see them live? Check them out at Smith’s Downtown May 11th!

28616473_1244665225663518_1261372392322306765_o

-Written and co-written/edited by Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan, respectively 

 

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.

IMG_8547

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.

 

IMG_8535
A Rowin Noise Gate. (Any noise gate is necessary in any board).

IMG_8536

 

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!

IMG_8537
A Superego synth engine is the next on the chain list.

IMG_8538
Followed by a Tremoverb: Tremolo / reverb combo pedal. Made by Daddy Daughter pedals.

IMG_8543

 

Heavy Metal HM 2 for distortion

IMG_8539

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

IMG_8542

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.

IMG_8548

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.

IMG_8549

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