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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 Interviews//An Evening With MORBID SAINT

Hello and welcome to Weekend Warriors! Music Maehem, also joined by All Kings Fall, was invited to the mighty Morbid Cave for an exclusive interview with Morbid Saint of Sheboygan, Wisconsin!  It was truly an unforgettable experience! Laughs, booze, memories and of course METAL!

Don’t forget to follow Morbid Saint in the links below!

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

Official Site: http://www.morbidsaint.com/

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Morbid Saint is:

Cliff Wagner – Vocals
Jay Visser – Guitar
Russell Gesch – Guitar
Bob Zabel – Bass
DJ Bagemehl – Drums

Filmed by: Ian Gray and Emily Mae

Edited by: Emily Mae

Photos/Graphics by: Emily Mae

Interview by: Mitchel Fulcer

Live performance/tracks by Morbid Saint

 

 

Gear-view Mirror // Dustin Bennett // Collectors’ Edition

Hello there, local readers and Gear enthusiasts. This week, my words and rambling will be kept short as this is my attempt at a live video collectors’ edition of Gearview Mirror in an effort to change it up for you  guys and gals.

Inspiring this Idea is the humble and awesome Dustin Bennett of  Forcefield. As you will see on the video, he has quite a collection of axes and other gear alike. I had my band brother Jonathan “The Icelander” Nicewander bring me down and aid me at Dustin’s home shop in Oshkosh to get a better look and to chat with Dustin and his counterpart, also a guitarist in Forcefield, Kurt Losinske.

Please check out the video, give any feedback on it, and as always, my friends, thrash fast and headbang hard!

Be sure to check out Forcefield on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Forcefieldmetal/

Mitchel Fulcer 

On the Road// Route 20- Udo Dirkschneider/Elm Street/Wrath

On March 9th, I made my way with fellow Music Maehem contributors Mitchel Fulcer and Don Niesen down to Racine, Wisconsin, to see three amazing bands: Midwest local band Wrath, Australian band Elm Street and the legendary former Accept front man Udo Dirkschneider.

We arrived at the Route 20 just in time for sound check. We were greeted by Gary Golwitzer (front man of Wrath from Chicago, Illinois) as well as Scott Nyquist (guitarist of Wrath). After we said our hellos, we then made our way around the venue while they did as well, as the other members in Wrath finished up getting ready for the evening ahead.

We made our way to the back of the venue where we attempted an interview (over the very loud hums of the tour bus behind us). We all laughed and talked about what was all to come for the band in its near future. This was my first time seeing them since their sign onto Combat Records, so I was excited to hear all about that!

Soon, Wrath commanded the stage opening with “Conflict”, and everyone gathered with excited energy. They played several of their well-known tunes including “Test of Faith” and “Insane Society”, as well as an amazing cover of “Ace of Spades” in honor of Lemmy Killmister of Motorhead.

Wrath Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WRATH-284918710024/

After Wrath, coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia was the heavy metal band Elm Street! With brutal force and shredding leads, they really brought the room to life.

This was my first time seeing them live. I had heard a few of their songs before attending the show, such as “Elm Street Children”, however much of their material was new to me. They played an amazing cover of the Quiet Riot classic “Metal Health” and closed out their set with a heartfelt dedication to another fallen metal legend Ronnie James Dio.

Elm Street Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metalelmstreet/

After they went on, the stage crew took a few minutes to gather and set everything for the arrival of Udo Dirkschneider. This is his last tour, signaling to me even more now than ever that it seems like we are closing in on an end of an era in metal. However, with the end of something comes the beginning of other amazing things, so this certainly is just only one chapter in that in which is the metal music scene.

After putting my camera back in the car, I made my way back inside and started to take the opportunity to take in the show as well as the venue. The Route 20 was a great place! They offered food prior to the show, which was indeed very good and welcomed after a long day of travel on my end. Over two hours of road time plus Milwaukee traffic, I was more than ready to eat. They had a balcony area with tables you could reserve for the show, as well as plenty of floor space while the show was going on, although with all of the people in attendance it certainly seemed to be a bit tight. However, when it comes to seeing a live show, the more intimate the environment, the better.


Mitchel and I headed towards the back of the venue where there sat a crescent-shaped fire ring where people gathered to share conversations about the show over cigarettes and drinks. We ended up spending quite a bit of time there participating in several conversations throughout the revolving door of metal fans. One was a close friend of Wrath’s, another was a metal fan from the 80’s (as I am sure many people there were) that we had actually met when we saw Anthrax prior at The Rave in Milwaukee, and members of Elm Street themselves also joined in, including Nick Ivkovic (bassist) and L.A hired gun, Luke Man. It was cool to get a chance to talk with them for a while about what was going on and to thank them for giving me the opportunity to take photos as well. They were all as kind as they are talented!

I spent the rest of the evening with a few of my family members that came out to spend time with us and see the show (their very first metal show in fact!) and talked with Wrath and other concert goers while Udo sang many of his hit songs from his career. The venue would echo back lyrics to him including the hit we definitely remember from his days with Accept “Balls To The Wall”.

Concerts are always a good time, but I have to admit I was very much a fan of how personal this show really was. It’s not every concert these days that you get to spend real time getting to know the musicians face to face. I personally recommend that you take some time to catch a show at the Route 20 in Racine. I am sure you will enjoy yourself as much as I did.

So, as always, get out there and make some memories! The music scene needs fans like you to survive! Show your support!

To keep an eye on what is new at the Route 20 you can follow them on Facebook in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/routetwenty/

Live footage and photos:

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

Emily Mae

Album Review//H1Z1- Unbounded

H1Z1 is a heavy metal band coming at you from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They began as a four-piece band in 2010, but have since then expanded into a five-piece. Influenced by bands such as Slipknot, Deftones, Static-X, Fear Factory, System Of A Down and Strapping Young Lad, they bring you in full force and pride themselves on bringing all kinds of musical inspirations into their brand of heavy metal.

On August 11, 2017 they dropped their debut album Unbounded. This album was recorded partly in Cleveland, Ohio, where Don Debaise of Standby Studio recorded vocals, guitar and bass, and drums were recorded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Shane Olivo of Bobby Peru.

Unbounded leads you in with a small introduction track which takes you right into “Life Span”, a song with full-on attitude that captures your attention from start to finish. In this track, I could really feel the fast and heavy influences of Static-X, especially in the vocals. The Lamb Of God influence also definitely shine throughout each track, but “Forbidden” shines especially within the drummer’s style.

“S.S Departed (Silent Convictions)” Is one of our favorite tracks on the album; with great hooks and a bouncing beat this track gives you a lot of energy. It holds a lot of frustration, especially if you are looking at the lyrical content. So, if they are playing this track, get ready for the pit!

As you progress through the album, you find that each track has its own heavy metal identity. “Paralytical” and “Bring The Violence”, for example, are very thrashy styles of metal. Both of these tracks are fast, brutal, and commanding. However, “Paralytical” also has a hint of groove metal when it comes to the break down– it has quick flashes of the double kicks that fit in perfectly with the epic guitar solo.

The tracks “Helewe” and “ADHD” remind us so much of all the wonderful things we love about industrial metal. Reaching into their Static-X influences, the vocals tap into the inner Wayne Static mode.

“Helewe” was another favorite of ours from Unbounded. It has a catchy progression, and was a tune we could picture a venue packed to the gills with metal fans echoing back the lyrics.

“Antigonish” and “Eyes Of Shame” have a nice combination of styles. With old school heavy metal vibes, death metal attitude and just a hint of power metal, these tunes really find a nice place within this album. In these tracks as well as a few others towards the end of the album, we start to catch some new wave styles as well.

“Game Over” really switches things up. This track is slow and low and heavy with vicious vocals emphasized by the lyrics.

H1Z1 absolutely is a band with a unique draw. They stand out from the others in many ways and are bringing together a lot of popular and much loved styles of metal that we don’t seem to see a lot of these days, or at least here in the Wisconsin scene. If you love industrial, thrash, groove or nu-metal, this album is for you! You can get this album in the link below and see for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!

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https://h1z1.bandcamp.com/

To keep updated on what H1Z1 is doing next you can find them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/H1Z1metal/

We will be sitting down with H1Z1 for an interview from Happy’s in Woodruff,WI! It will be a wicked night if thrash so don’t miss out!! Be sure to stop out and say hello!

Don Niesen

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Casket Robbery

Casket Robbery quickly gained national attention with the release of their debut album Evolution of Evil in 2016 and have since established themselves as a brutal, heavy hitter in the live music scene! Their home is in Madison, the lovely capital of Wisconsin.
I had the pleasure of seeing them live for the first time in 2017 at Savagefest, hosted by Savage Entertainment. Their lead vocalist Megan Orvold blew me away with her powerful voice. She also has amazing support from her other band members as well: Cory Scheider on guitar, Troy Powell on guitar, and Derek Silloway on bass guitar (**official drummer TBA). They were a very tight band. I could easily see why they were becoming so well known so quickly! Their energy during the live performance was honestly unforgettable and it was no wonder that they were in the running to be on COMBAT BULLETS Vol. 1.0, the official compilation album for Combat Records, and won!

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Available for pre-order now!http://empmerch.com/product/combat-bulletsvol-1/

Be sure to follow Combat Records on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial/
With So many things on the way, Casket Robbery definitely has a lot of exciting news and we wanted to hear all about it! We contacted Megan for all the latest details!

Congratulations on making it onto the compilation album for Combat Records! How does it feel to have your music recognized by a record label?
Thank you so much! We are very excited about the Combat Records compilation, we really busted our asses for that competition and it feels really good that we are on it. Probably even better that David Ellefson [of Combat Records] said we had a very metal band name on his ‘live’ announcement, haha. It’s great having our music recognized by a label, especially one as iconic as this one. We actually made it onto the EMP compilation a few years back as well.

Your EP The Ascension is available now. What are we to expect when listening to this album? Is there a particular concept or idea behind the material?
We set out to write and record The Ascension last year after a pretty big lineup change in the band. I was tapped-in to do vocals for the band last February/March and the band was set to tour that coming June. Knowing that we wanted something out there with my vocals on it that we could bring on tour and give fans (with it being such a drastic change), we set out to get The Ascension done…and quickly, haha.
What you can expect is in-your-face brutality right from the start. We really wanted to come out keeping the themes that Casket Robbery is known for but give my new personal spin on them. Lyrically, I threw around a lot of ideas for the 3 songs on the EP and I’m really happy with how they all turned out, the songs definitely feel like they flow together. We thought The Ascension would particularly be a fitting title for the EP, as we were rising anew, and ready to hit things hard again. When it all comes down to it, it’s Casket Robbery through and through…you’ve got the brutality, you’ve got the horror imagery and feel, and you’ve got that unmistakable groove that Casket has become known for.

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https://casketrobbery.bandcamp.com/album/the-ascension

Casket Robbery seems to be breaking into the music scene very quickly! I’m sure that means you are working all kinds of new and exciting things. What news can you share with us about what’s to come in 2018?
2018 is shaping up to be a big year for us and our plans. We’ve begun writing, we’ve been booking a few local shows, and we’ve got at least 2 tours in the works this year so far and hopefully more. We have a lot to be proud of with the momentum of 2017; we did a US tour, came out with an EP through some lineup changes, we did a JJOverdrive takeover (which was a HUGE highlight for us and we’re so thankful of all of the support from JJO and JJOverdrive, it was an honor to be able to do that), and we made it on the MaximumInk [magazine] top 41 chart and made it in the top 5, which is pretty fantastic to get some death metal in there. Obviously with the Combat compilation that we talked about before and all of the awesome support and feedback off of the EP– it was a great year and we really want to keep the momentum going. We’re all really hard at work in the band to push this to the next level, especially to get back out on the road where we all love and belong.

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We have talked about what’s new for Casket Robbery, but what about the past? Where did Casket Robbery come from and what helped you reach the level you are at now?
Casket Robbery was actually formed in 2012 by guitarist Cory Scheider (Luna Mortis, Epicurean) and the original vocalist. What originally was meant to be a fun side project turned into the groovy, horror-filled, brutal metal that Casket is known for today.
Hmm…what helped us reach the level we’re at right now…a LOT of hard work…a lot of sleepless nights getting everything done behind the scenes. Cory busts his ass doing so much of the business day-to-day stuff and honestly his push, drive, and determination…is why this band is where it’s at today. Now we’ve all kind of morphed into this well-oiled machine, all of us knowing what our personal strengths are and where they can be used in the band and I think that’s why we’re functioning so well right now…we all work really well together.

Now, we all know that things in the music business are not always smooth. We all experience dramas and hardships as well as just crazy things that happen along the way. Does Casket Robbery have any stories to share?
I think you hit the nail on the head with the music business not always being smooth-sailing, especially in metal. It’s definitely a fight out there and crazy stuff happens to us all. Balancing your home/work life and your band life is a big one, especially with touring with no label support. We are essentially doing all of the work that a label would do while balancing personal lives, jobs, and finances….it’s definitely a struggle sometimes. So much goes on behind the scenes to make sure we’re on track and ready for the things coming up. But at the end of the day, as cookie-cutter cliché as this may sound…all of us are in this because we love what we are doing, we love what we are creating, we love being out there on the road…and I think that shows…just by the sheer determination this band has had to break through. We definitely do not and will not give up.

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A special thank you to Casket Robbery for taking the time to speak with us! To keep up with what is new for Casket Robbery, be sure to follow them on Facebook!

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

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/user/casketrobbery

You can catch them LIVE at The Frequency in Madison ,WI April 4th. For ticket information check them out on the Bands In Town APP

Upcoming Tour Dates

You can purchase all kinds of cool merch here!

http://casketrobbery.bigcartel.com/

Photo cred- Promo- Loki Lott Photography

Live shot- Emily Maehem Photography

Emily Mae

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

Gear-view Mirror// Jake Schultz- Squid Hammer Metal

Hello, local readers and gear enthusiasts! This week, I am proud to present a look through the mirror at my great friend and personal inspiration, Jake Schultz of Squidhammer Metal. First of all, not only are “The Squids” the most entertaining band in Wisconsin, but they are the most honest, humble, and real motherfuckers you will ever meet. These guys are the real deal, man, and I am honored to be a part of the undeniable impact they have made on the Wisconsin music scene. Keep two eyes wide open for their upcoming album, because I guarantee it will blow your mind, Jack!

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Inspired by his uncle at the age of nine, Jake quickly became a huge fan of the intense guitar styles created by artists, such as Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde. Today, those influences are striking and have grown far beyond anything I’ve seen as he molds these legendary techniques into his own amazing tone and identity on the stage.  

A huge part of said tone is his Dean Dime Signature Series diamond plate guitar. This baby looks sick as hell and rips the ears off your skull, especially now that it’s equipped with the strings I use personally, D’addario NY/XL.

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I was happy to learn that, through much trial and error, Jake decided to minimize his pedal board to three pedals. He has a raw sound that you cannot mimic, even through a full chain of pedals, but his sound is, at the same time, so full. I have personally witnessed him flood the stage with sound without a bassist or rhythm guitarist with what seemed to be effortless power.

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To get such high output, he plugs into an MXR modified custom badass O.D. Overdrive pedal, and let me tell you, boy, this puppy is hot! I have never seen one until I met Jake about a year ago, and I’ve compared every overdrive pedal to it since.

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Naturally, with the aforementioned Dimebag influence, he also uses a CFH (crybaby from hell) wah pedal. They cover Pantera better than any local band I’ve seen yet, and with that kind of style, this wah is a necessity.   

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As most overdrive pedal users know, you need a noise gate to clean up those palm mutes and kill extra background noise. Jake uses a Boss noise suppressor to get the job done and done well.

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For live sound Jake uses a Dimebag Sig Krank 100 watt Krankenstein amplifier. This amp looks just as sweet as it sounds, and definitely lives up to any hype you may have heard.

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Off the stage he uses a Randall Warhead amplifier.

 

For a speaker cabinet, he has a Fender 4/12 Metal Head 4 ohm cabinet that lets any amplifier open up as wide as possible. The low end on this cabinet will literally rattle your skull!

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In conclusion, my friends, if you have any interest in seeing a band that loves to shred at 110% every time and love jaw dropping entertainment, check out Jake Schultz and his band Squidhammer Metal. They will become an instant favorite, I guarantee it.
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Thank you for spending your time here with me and, as always, thrash fast and headbang hard.  

 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Shokker

 

Today, we are taking our eyes to the metal scene in Chicago, where we find the band Shokker! Influenced by old school metal bands such as Y&T, Accept, Diamond Head, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Saxon, UFO, Death, Van Halen, Kix, Judas Priest, Ratt, Led Zeppelin, Racer X, and Rush they really bring their best foot forward!

Formed on Valentine’s Day of 2011, they really made their presence known, especially after the release of their EP in 2015. When I heard their song “Blessed Be”, I was immediately hooked and wanted to hear more! The power of this song completely took me by surprise and the place in my heart where 80’s metal lives on forever was like “Whhaaaa!?”

At times, I tend to be stubborn when introducing a female vocalist onto my list of bands that I love, but Rachl “Raxx” Quinn won my heart in an instant! I was blown away by the power and force of her voice. Followed up by the other extremely talented members Casey Tremont (lead guitar/vocals), Jorey Guillermo (bass) and Dan Dash (drums), there is just no way I could resist adding this band into my favorites and of course my list of must-sees! Just from what I have heard, I can only imagine how that energy must feel when they are on stage. I’m sure that much like when I saw Anthrax perform, it will be like time travelling back to the 80’s, one of the greatest eras in metal history!

Inspired by what I had heard, I wanted to know more about Shokker, so, naturally I set up an interview with them.

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I have to say, as an old school metalhead myself, I am not only very impressed, but also relieved to know that there are musicians out there continuing this bloodline of metal, especially here in the Midwest! What can you say about your journey so far in the metal scene? 

 

Our metal journey has been awesome so far. There have been many high points, and it has been incredible connecting with many fans and creating music. It’s a fantastic feeling to have people identify with what we write. We’re doing what we love to do, and having a great time doing it.

 

Your first EP was released in 2015 and it received a lot of positive feedback. Since then, you have released your debut album III, which was selected as metal album of the year on drmusic.org and in the Top 20 albums of 2017 on glisteningmetal.com. I can definitely see why! What was the inspiration behind this album and where can fans find it? 

We were sitting on material we had been working on for a long time, and really wanted to put out an ass-kicker of a metal album. We play our own special brand of metal, and we feel we write it well. We just had the desire to show the world who we are as a band and what we have to offer in our music, and we let them be the judge. You can find “lll” at Reckless Records on Milwaukee Ave. and Broadway St., Laurie’s Planet of Sound, and Raffe’s Records in Chicago. We also take orders via online people can email us at shokkerusa@gmail.com.

 

You all have quite the following! Do you have any kind of national tour planned? 

 

We have many ideas, we just need to figure out how to implement them. We’ve played across the United States and are very much looking forward to getting overseas to Europe, the UK, South America, etc. We have plans, but we want to make sure it’s done right. We want to share our music with the rest of the world.

 

You opened for Queensryche, one of my FAVORITE metal bands of all time–I miss them so much! What was that show like? Did you get to meet them? 

 

It was an incredible experience! We love Queensryche! Yes, we did get to meet them, and they are a very nice and talented group of people. They were very genuine and gave us some great compliments about our set and advice for the future. We got a standing ovation of a sold-out room of Queensryche fans that didn’t know us, and that was the best feeling in the world. The theatre owner was impressed by our set and invited us back the next night to open for Y&T as well. We had one hell of a great time.

 

I’m sure you all have SO many amazing shows coming up this year! One of them is AMB Fest in Barrington IL. What can you tell us about this show? 

 AMB Fest is a show that  a booking agent, who is a good friend of ours, puts on every year. It’s always filled with great bands and is always a complete blast. We’re looking forward to playing it. We are also opening for Saxon in a few weeks, we were invited back to play the M-“Pre” Party in Columbia, Maryland, and are looking into booking various festival dates going forward.

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 Keep your eyes open for more news on Shokker! They are always doing something new so don’t miss out! You can follow them in the links below!!

Youtube- shokkerusa
Instagram- @shokkerband
Twitter- @shokkerband

Also check out their song “Blessed Be” off of their new album III  and others as well on Youtube!