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Weekend Warriors//Metal Interview//Black Road

Hello readers and welcome to Weekend Warriors with stoner doom metal band Black Road from Chicago, Ilinois. Founded in June of 2015, members Suzi Uzi (vocals, piano, lyrics), Tim (guitar) came together and were later joined by Robert (drums) and Casey (bass) just in time for the release of their first self-titled EP, which was released on cassette and vinyl with DHU Records.  BloodRock Records (Italy) later signed Black Road for a limited-edition CD run, which was officially released the day the album went live on October 6, 2017. 

BloodRock Records: https://bloodrockrecords.blogspot.com/

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DHU Records: https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/

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I was able to spend some time with vocalist and founder Suzi Uzi at the Reptile Palace in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to talk about the journey down the Black Road for her and the band as well as what is to come for them in the near future.

 

What was the inspiration of your self-titled EP Black Road?

All of our tracks stand on their own. There was no particular concept. The music is riff inspired. So it all starts there and then we build off of it. It’s really the feeling of the music that inspires us.

 

Where can we see you in the future?

Doomed and Stoned Fest in Chicago, IL. Friday, June 1st (2018) and Attalla will be there as well. Otherwise, for May and June we will be focused on writing the new album, which is about halfway finished. We are hoping to finish it by the end of June.

For more on Doomed and Stoned: http://www.chicagodoomedandstonedfestival.com/

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On July 2nd, we are appearing at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL, and October 5th we will be at the Doomed and Stoned Fest in Indianapolis at the Indiana City Beer Co. October 6th we are going to be at Reggie’s in Chicago with Mos Generator. Tony Reed of Mos Generator mixed and remastered the songs on our debut album as well as included a vintage mellotrone on the 4th track. 

Check out Mos Generator as well in the link: https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator/

 

I saw that you have a YouTube channel, how is that working to promote your band?

Our lyric video for “Red” was released in July of 2016 and that lead to us being signed to our first record label DHU Records the following August. We had 20,000 views in the first few days on Facebook and we are over 20,000 views on YouTube now as well. We also released a video for our track “Bloody Mary” in 2017. It contains a demo version of the track not found on our EP.  It seems like it’s definitely gotten us noticed.

View Bloody Mary here! Also be sure to subscribe to their channel!

 

I found Black Road to be very groovy, heavy and melodic. A wide array of people in the crowd liked their music and everyone eagerly moved to the stage when it was their turn to play. Although their songs are very long (averaging 10 mins) people never grow bored and seem to never want it to end. They were all very friendly and welcoming people. I was very happy to feature them for Music Maehem. It was great to be a part of their show!

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Keep a look out for my future feature on Doomed and Stoned Fest when you join Music Maehem On The Road once again for this amazing event!

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Albums, EP’s and merch (featuring art by Nick Gurley, Shane Horror and Suzi Uzi) are all available for purchase now on Black Road’s bandcamp at the link below!

Bandcamp: https://blackroadchicago.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackRoadChicago%20/

PR: http://www.darkwaterspr.com/blackroad/

Nick Gurley: facebook.com/NickGurleyArtwork and @nickgurleyartwork on Instagram.

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Don Niesen

Edited by Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interview//SEISMA

Part two of this Front Row feature, I sat down with SEISMA to learn more about one of my favorite local acts. What’s the story of SEISMA? Who are the people behind these monstrous 50 TON RIFFS? And the answer to the question everyone wants to know…WHAT IS UP WITH THE COLOR ORANGE?? Sit back, crank that groovy ‘Abominable’ tune, and find out the answers and more in this week’s interview.

Facebook.com/seismadyne

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQMyYJDVvWmSkrfz67kjEzQ

Victor Strut music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdLZ8MM3yf8

Bandcamp: https://seisma.bandcamp.com/

Don’t forget to tune in on facebook where we will be going live to announce the winner of our 500 like giveaway!

Cat Sullivan

Album Review//Infantivore- A Fetus To Feed Us

Infantivore is a melodic death metal band from Escanaba, Michigan. Formed in 2016, they have been playing shows throughout the Midwest area ever since. The band is made up of members Aaron McDonald (guitar), Tom Sundquist Jr. (guitar), Brandan Cantrell (bass), Jamie Lafave (drums) and female vocalist Betsy Perry. Infantivore adds a very unique sound to the death metal genre by combining complex drum beats and low guitar tuning with the haunting vocals that Betsy provides.

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On February 24th, 2017, Infantivore held their album release party at Mayrand’s 10th Street Tavern in their home town in Escanaba. This was the debut of A Fetus To Feed Us which followed the release of their single “Exit Sandman”. If you have had the opportunity to watch their live feed on Facebook that took place on February 21st, you would see that they actually took a lot of time to assemble the CDs for purchase. Something I can respect and appreciate for I have seen and helped local bands in this process before. You may be able to find these digitally soon as well.

When you listen to Infantivore, you feel like you are almost listening to a dark metal opera; beautiful yet brutal. There is a gothic, Victorian feel that at times reminds me of bands such as Type O Negative or Lacuna Coil. The very first song I was introduced to was “Exit Sandman”, which has over 1000 views on YouTube and it is easy to see why people are drawn to this track. After listening to the entire album A Fetus To Feed Us, I saw that it was wise to choose this song as their single as well for it highlighted perfectly each members talents. As someone who struggles with sleeping habits, I can personally relate to the content of the song. In a way, I find it sort of comforting, as it suggests within it that the darkness will comfort you.

The album itself tends to stay a bit slower in tempo throughout, but one track that is a bit of a faster is “Prince of Hell”. The drummer really has a lot of power behind his kit that comes forth here. While I listen to him play I almost get a bit of a jazz influence in the style as well, which fits pretty perfectly into the unique sound of this band in general.

It seems like they have taken their own path in death metal and brought a little something different from each of them into the mix which really helps them stand out on their own. For such a macabre name like Infantivore, there is a lot of beauty to be found within the content of this album. I can see them being a real hit with those who are in the death metal, goth metal and doom metal communities for sure, so don’t hesitate to check them out!
If you are looking to see Infantivore live you can see them April 21st at the Cabaret Bar in Wausau WI!

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Find more on Infanitivor in the links below!

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

 

Photo credit: Casey Lyle

 

Emily Mae 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Attalla

 

Attalla is a doom metal band with with a classic rock n roll edge that hails from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They have been on the scene since 2012, and have been accomplishing all kinds of things since their beginning 6 years ago. After they were recommended to us, we gave them a listen and were not disappointed. Their Black Sabbath-like twist to modern doom metal was the perfect thing for our feature. With a few tours under their belt, (including the east coast) one album release (with another new album released recently), while all of this being self-promoted, we were nothing short of impressed. We tracked them down to the Pollock Inn in Wausau for an interview, presented to you by our very own Don Niesen.  The band collectively decided that he should sit with Cody Stieg and get the low down on what Attalla has to tell us!

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So the band was formed in 2012, the year the world ended, what have been some of your accomplishments after you survived this?

2012 was when we got together and worked on and recorded the self titled concept album Attalla, which was released in July 2014. 2015 was our first tour east, which was all self promoted. There were great crowds and great feedback due to online promotion from reviews and interviews we sustained crowds throughout the tour there.

 

So, Glacial Rule is your next album?

We began writing and recording in 2016 and it was released in 2017. Glacier Rule was recorded at Howel Recording Studio in Milwaukee. All the songs on the album are inspired by natural things found in Wisconsin, such as how the glaciers shaped our state and the power it took to do that. The album art was designed by Adam Burke from Portland, Oregon. It was hand painted on a very large scale canvas. Please be sure to look up his artwork!

(We did our detective work and found his instagram which is the handle @nightjarillustration–be sure to follow it!)

We had vinyl albums made as well as special editions. 100 of them were fire red and we sold all of them in one month after the release. Then, we made 400 frostbite clear blue vinyls that are currently available. We have had great reviews and over 50,000 views on our Youtube!

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So, back to the tour for Glacial Rule, how did that go?

In 2016, we spent a month touring the west coast, which went well and had even bigger crowds. Since we had already toured the east coast, it made booking the west coast much easier. Then, we kind of ran into a hiccup with drummers so in 2017 we went through 3 drummer changes from the time of the release to September. That kind of complicated things but we kept moving forward. In September of 2017 we booked another tour to the east coast. It was 17 shows and our following had grown so we had larger crowds there as well. As of November of 2017, we have started writing material for our third album and have been doing 3 to 4 shows a month locally here in the Midwest.

 

Have you had any radio airplay or podcasts?

We sent out 100 press kits to radio stations and it didn’t really amount to a whole lot. We were featured on the 94.7 on the Edge on the Razor. It’s not a main goal to impress the radio but whatever exposure we get from it– great! We are on Spotify, and it turns out that there is a rapper with a same name and the same spelling which is causing a conflict for the rapper, even confusion for the rapper’s management. We are on bandcamp and Facebook of course. Social media is a great way to get our name out there.

 

I see you’re playing at the Doomed and Stoned Festival in Chicago, what can you tell us about it? Where can we find tickets?

We are playing June 1st which is a Friday with six other bands. The festival is three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and it features seven bands per night. This festival has been going on in Indianapolis for two years and this is the first year they are adding a Chicago location. The tickets are $20 a day or $50 for all three days. You can find them at the Doomed and Stoned Web page. (Link below)

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1637329?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly

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Thank you once again to Attalla for spending time with Music Maehem! It was a pleasure to meet them and we look forward to seeing them again on the scene! As always, be sure to like and follow them on Facebook and other social media!

 

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

Bandcamp: https://attallawi.bandcamp.com/

Below is a peak at their album Glacial Rule. 

Don Niesen  

 

 

Fresh Blood//Order Of Unukalhai

Welcome back to our monthly feature Fresh Blood, where we introduce you to one of the new bands making noise on the scene. This month we introduce you to Order Of  Unukalhai. You may have seen them around the scene lately, for they have been booking a lot of shows and making their name known fairly quickly.  Order of  Unukalhai describes themselves as “Extreme metal from Wisconsin” which if you want more of an in depth description on what that may entail, I would say something along the realm of doom or black metal with their own personal melodic twist.

Their debut album (self titled) can be found in the link below!

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https://orderofunukalhai.bandcamp.com/releases

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They are also teaming up with the band Beetlegork and are releasing a new split single!! We will be talking more about this at a later time, but it is due to be released this month so be sure you keep and eye out for it!

Some events coming near you from Order of Unukalhai:

March 9th at The Back Bart in Janesville WI

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March 17th The Reptile Palace in Oshkosh WI

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March 30th Franks Power Plant in Milwaukee WI

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To keep updated with what is new for Order Of  Unukalhai be sure to follow them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/orderofunukalhai/

Emily Mae