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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)

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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.

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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 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

On The Road//Stonefest 4/20

Welcome to another great show On The Road with Music Maehem! There were a lot of amazing shows going on over the 4/20 weekend in celebration of the “green” but the one we are featuring this year is the 16th annual Stonefest presented by Grave Marker Music and the band Headstone.

There were two stages with bands for feature, one on the first level and a second upstairs. The switch over between the two stages ran very smoothly and everything rolled right into one another without a hitch.  I arrived just in time to catch the first band Seven Cities Dead. They were full of brutality which was a great way to start this evening of metal. The second band to follow was our good friends Shield The Survivors. They played the second stage as well in the upper area. They had a lot of energy which started to draw in the evening crowd quite quickly.  After they were done loading everything up, we stayed to catch some of the set for the Rictus Grin. They had a very unique twist to thrash that kept you moving and was very entertaining. The crowd brought waffles and threw them at Rictus Grin during their tune about beer and waffles which only added to the entertainment.

After my interview with Shield the survivors, I floated through the crowd and talked to some fans about a how well the turn out was and how the lineup was very consistent. It was nice to see multiple generes of bands on the bill as well. I unfortunately had A.K.F. business to do as well so I didn’t get a chance to film every band at the show, but there was no ill words said about a single performance.

Shane had some amazing things to say about the history of 420, and everyone was really into the spirit of the holiday the entire night. I was definitely honored to be a part of Stone Fest this year. Triple P’s is an amazing venue for smaller festival type shows. They  appreciate what  we are trying to do as local musicians and are very respectful to our community.  I  look forward to many more Stone Fests and other shows at this venue in the future!

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Please be sure to check out Grave Marker Music for more events in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/GraveMarkerMusic/

Be sure to check out all the bands that played there as well and as always show support! Support local music! Thrash fast!

Mitchel Fulcer 

 

 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Grave Remains

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

 

 

Photo Credit: Emily Mae

-Don Niesen

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

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

 

Av Amplified!//Rats!- Ghost

 

Ghost is a band that has shown up and taken us all by surprise from the very beginning. Shrouded in mystery, the members all hide behind masks, makeup, and are lead by their frontman, who is always dressed very dapper. Together, Ghost is a devil-worshiping ministry whose mission is, as it states in their biography, “to spread its unholy gospels and, furthermore, trick mankind into believing the end is ultimately a good thing, and have decided to use the ever-so-popular rock music medium as a way to achieve their ends.”

For those of you who haven’t had the experience of Ghost, one thing we will tell you is that they have had a few different “identities” for their leader and frontman, and most recently have been under the pseudonym Papa Emeritus. Those who took over would then assume this title and add the appropriate numeral after. However, most recently, Ghost shocked us all once again with the announcement of their newest leader Cardinal Copia, who is “not of the bloodline.” They made this announcement by releasing a 2 part video leaving us all on the edge of our seats.

It’s fair to say that when we all saw Cardinal Copia, we were all a bit surprised, even Papa himself seemed a bit taken back, as seen in the second chapter of the reveal videos. He comes off as a lot less intimidating than the others in the bloodline. However, after this release it’s easy to see that looks can be deceiving and that we should not underestimate our new leader!

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So with that, we welcome you to another great segment of AV Amplified! featuring Ghost’s newest single “Rats”! (Released April, FRIDAY THE 13TH, 2018)

Directed by: Roboshobo

Music video by Ghost performing Rats. © 2018 Loma Vista Recordings, Distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc.

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Loma Vista Recordings : http://www.lomavistarecordings.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LomaVistaR\ecording/

We begin with a few clips of the street, one in which features a sign that states “the end is near” and of course, the rats, as the title of the single is made relevant. The opening riff sounds like something off of the Queensryche album Operation Mind Crime, which is already something much different than what Ghost has given us in the past. This track, as well as the video itself seems to have more of an 80’s era style. We know that Ghost tends to have an “old school” style to begin with. Most of their tunes seem to be influenced heavily by the 60’s and 70’s as well, which is also reflected through their merchandise. Lately, it seems that vinyls and cassettes have been on the up rise, and with the release of this new album, we can even get it on an 8 track! So be sure to dust off your old players or hit up your nearest secondhand stores so you can get a taste of this beauty in one of its purest forms!

We are introduced to the featured Nameless Ghouls and lead past the death and destruction into a diner where Cardinal Copia is casually finishing up his meal. The power is flickering slightly and it’s at this point that he gives us the first lyrics we ever hear from our new leader:

“In times of Turmoil, in times like these. Belief’s contagious, Spreading disease”

The video is set in what appears to be a catastrophic event in the near future.  There are dead bodies, people in HazMat suits, fire, crashed cars, and rats feasting on the remains. Cardinal breaks into dance as the tune begins to take full force. We start to see his personality shine through. He is enjoying himself and dancing in the street like it’s the best day in the world. Showing his youthful spirit and sense of humor, it would appear that the Cardinal is every bit as twisted, if not more so, as the previous Papas.

The lighting is low as it is mostly lit by the fire of the destruction all around, creating warm tones that contrast well with the dark sinister cool tones of the night. When the camera flashes to the Ghouls playing, they too have a bit of a warm tone to their lighting which correctly sets the mood. It almost reflects the “end times” as a positive thing, which would be their perspective on the situation. They also have a sort of “old film filter” over the shots which puts the video together as a horror film as well, continuing the theme from their last single video release for “Square Hammer” back in 2016.  The angles of the film draw you into each frame as we bounce between the Ghouls playing and Cardinal Copia’s choreography.  It would seem as well that the Ghouls are representing more the serious elements of Ghost’s message being featured in the graveyard and the morgue while Cardinal Copia is dancing about in the streets. After the introduction of the backup dancers, it fades into the guitar solo.

As always, the guitar solo is full of beauty and passion. Ghost always has a rhythm to them that stands out from other bands. Sexy and seductive, it makes you want to dance along with them. This holds true throughout their entire career as well as this song in particular. The vocals, as always hold a beauty and grace of their own. The vocal pattern is catchy, fun, and very pop-inspired. The way he rolls the “R” in Rats! makes you want to stand with him and chime in passionately as the backup. “Oh-owhaaa Oh’s” kick in, bringing the whole song to life as we come to the climax. The subtle, yet prominent keys, the drums, the bass; they all come together wonderfully with the chorus as we are shown more beautiful syncopated choreography, which seems to be another new element brought to us with the appearance and personality of the Cardinal, reminding us of more of the 80’s type of elements. There are dance moves taken from all sorts of places– everything from “Thriller” by Michael Jackson to the theatrical performance of Phantom of the Opera, with just a sprinkle of modern pop artists. To us, it especially reminded us of Lady Gaga and her video for her single “Marry the Night”.

This tune gets especially heavy as we reach the end, almost doom-esque. There is an appearance of a white horse at the edge of the city, which we can speculate comes from the Bible passage:

“Then, I saw the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, ‘Come’. I looked, and behold, a white horse and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” – Revelation 6:1-2 (NA SB)

We infer that this represents that the Cardinal Copia is ready for conquest and victory.

Ghost always talks about their pop influences, such as Abba– they gracefully combine this influence with elements of rock as well as doom metal. They make it hard to really nail down a set category or genre to their music, which is more than okay! Some argue whether Ghost is actually a metal band or not, but it doesn’t at all matter in the end. Ghost is unique, beautiful and an entity all their own. The fact that they don’t fit into one solidly packaged box only adds to their overall mystique. They continue to pull dark themes and disguise them with enthusiasm. However, all fans of Ghost know this is just part of their art of deception. We are not sure what we will be able to expect from the rest of the PREQUELLE album but we are quivering with anticipation!

“Them filthy rodents are still coming for your souls..”

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You can pre-order their newest album PREQUELLE here (out June 1, 2018):

Ghost

If having the album isn’t enough, which we know it isn’t. Ghost is going on tour! So catch them in a city near you on Rats! On The Road !

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We know we are going to be there! So, don’t miss out!!

For now “Rats!” is streaming here!

Spotify: http://found.ee/Ghost_RatsSpotify

Apple Music: http://found.ee/Ghost_RatsApple

iTunes: http://found.ee/Ghost_RatsiTunes

Amazon: http://found.ee/Ghost_RatsAmazon

Google Play: http://found.ee/Ghost_RatsGooglePlay

-Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan

Front Row//Hi/Jack

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

AV Amplified!// Basement Nasty- The Red Flags

Welcome to AV Amplified! the section of Music Maehem where we review the latest in music videos from the local scene! The band filling this honored slot is none other than The Red Flags, which I am always happy to rant and rave about.

The title for this single and music video for The Red Flags is called “Basement Nasty.” Immediately, the video starts off in a flash of bright, contrasting colors that are present throughout the rest of the video. The song itself is reminiscent of a song that would have fit right in somehow in both the 60’s and still perfectly well today in 2018, and the video is a wonderful complement to that.

The video takes place in a basement, appropriately, lit by ropes of Christmas lights. Throughout the video, you can see the words “FUCK YOUR EARS” plastered on the wall in the background where the band takes turns being featured on the microphone. The phrase is also the chorus to the song, and I can’t think of a more suitable one—because this song is just a two-and-a-half minute long EAR-GASM!

I can’t get enough of the double vocals featured throughout the verses from both lead singer/guitarist Gabe and bassist Ally. Gabe’s harsh rap-esque lyrics and vocals with Ally’s melodic vocals being sang simultaneously supplement each other beautifully, creating a unique harmony to the entire song. Jonah plays his heart out on the skins in the background, and his two-beat-and-pause approach in the beginning of each verse pairs amazingly with the guitar riffs.

As I said in my previous post about this band, they have a Rage Against the Machine meets White Stripes vibe, and this video is a shining example to ring true to that notion.

Long story short, this whole production gave me an ear-boner. The Red Flags kick ass and so do this song and video!

The official release date is March 28th, 2018, and the video will be live on their YouTube channel, which you can find here :

 

Don’t forget to like them on Facebook of course also!!  https://www.facebook.com/theredflags/ 

Cat Sullivan

One Night Stand//Split Single// Burial Ground- Order Of Unukalhai and BeetleGork

It’s time for a One Night Stand and this time you are going home with two doom metal beauties. Burial Ground is a unique release featuring two bands coming together to form one special edition single! The first track is brought to you by Order Of Unukalhai, whom we featured earlier this month in our monthly segment of Fresh Blood. In case you didn’t read the article (which I strongly encourage you to do), Order Of The Unukalhai is a doom/black metal band. Beetlegork, however, is a band we haven’t yet introduced you to yet.
Beetlegork is a 3 piece death/sludge metal band from Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin, that began in 2016. Besides their part in this single,they also have an EP out called Trepanation and are currently working on an album that they will be releasing this summer!

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We get hit hard and heavy as the tragic tale of a small port town begins. “Seabeast”, the first track on the album, is Beetlegork’s chapter to the two-part tale.


This track truly captures our imagination as we begin to see the attack before our eyes. The beasts have risen to take the innocent souls of the town, engulfing them and taking those who do not survive into a watery grave. The brave fight for their lives against the vicious beasts of peril, but to no avail; for those who survived became beasts themselves!
The guitar riffs stay true to the nature of death metal, reminding us of the styles of Mastodon. These intense riffs really bring a lot of emotion into the music, making it easier to feel the tragic event as if we were directly experiencing it for ourselves. As you listen through, it starts to trail off into the slower break down. This part has us reflecting on another amazing tale of the song “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Iron Maiden. In this breakdown, you can feel the heartbreak and defeat as we are lead underwater.
The sounds now become hollow and start to have an echo as we plummet deeper and deeper and the survivors become one with the beasts… The lyrical content is something you definitely shouldn’t overlook either. The vocals are in the brutal style of death metal with a truly passionate undertone. The drums and bass back everything up with a heavy tempo and it all comes together beautifully.
In the second track, “Burial Ground” everything slows down as Order Of Unukalhai takes over to tell us the rest of this tale. The slow tempo and sway of the guitar riffs have us feeling the exhaustion and hopelessness of our characters. They have now been taken hostage by their new nature as beasts, which are fueled by the hatred and loss of their former lives. The beast gives this tale the punch of brutality it needs to finish us off. After all, this was not a happy tale.
The combination of these two bands was one of epic proportion. It had just the right amount of fast death metal and slow doom metal. When we first heard of this split single, we were already excited to see what we would get and it blew our expectations completely out of the water!
(…No pun intended.)
We strongly urge you to go out there and get this album to your ear holes right now! You can find it in the link below–hard copies will be available soon as well, and you can get them at a Beetlegork or Order of Unukalhai show soon!
You can see them both play together March 30th at Frank’s Powerplant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
https://beetlegork.bandcamp.com/

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Follow Beetlegork and Order Of The Unukalhai on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/beetlegork/

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

 

Emily Mae and Mitchel Fulcer

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//WRATH

Hello Music Maehem fans and welcome to our very special Weekend Warriors feature- WRATH! This amazing thrash metal band was founded in 1982 in the Chicago area. That is 36 years of metal my friends!!! Current band members are Gary Golwitzer, Scott Nyquist, Rob Noon, Gary Modica, and Jake Fromkin. They have several releases including:

  • Fit of Anger -1986
  • Nothing To Fear-1987
  • Insane Society-1990
  • Wrath E.P-2008
  • Stark Raving Mad-2014

They also have just been officially signed to Combat Records!!

https://combatrecs.com/

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

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The first time I saw WRATH was at the Q and Z in Ringle, WI but that was before I was working on these interviews. However I still had the opportunity to meet them then. After speaking with them they brought a kind of wisdom to me about the music scene and how amazing it was. So, of course now that I have been working on Music Maehem, my thoughts turned to them so that all of you could hear directly from the source what these guys are like. So, for those of you who haven’t met them, I formally introduce to you WRATH:

This was filmed at an amazing venue way up in the Northwoods area of Woodruff, WI! Be sure to check out Happy’s Bar!

https://www.facebook.com/Happys-bar-663646443792887/

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“Like” and follow WRATH in the links below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WRATH-284918710024/?ref=br_rs

https://combatrecs.com/artist/wrath/

Instagram: @wrath_chicago

Don’t forget to get your copy of Bullets 1.0 AVAILABLE NOW!!!

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Featured Photo: https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

-Emily Mae