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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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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.

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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

AV Amplified!//Desire For Oppression- Hatchet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Mae 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For more on Amplified Festival UK, follow the link!

http://www.amplifiedrocks.com/

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

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

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

Official page : http://rocksyndicaterecords.com/

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

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

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

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

They also have a Twitter:

 

Check them out on the web at:

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

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

Emily Mae