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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

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Growing Tour Dates!

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Featured Photo: Bob Good

Cat Sullivan 

Video edits- Cat Sullivan

Article Edit- Emily Mae

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Shield The Surviviors

Hey metalheads and welcome to Weekend Warriors! This time we are featuring the killer metalcore band Shield The Survivors! Earlier, we featured these bad ass dudes’ newest single Building Hate.

(for more on this release click this link- https://musicmaehem.blog/2018/02/01/one-night-stand-shield-the-survivors-building-hate/)

These guys are coming at you from Oshkosh,WI and have been on the scene since 2011! I was more than happy to interview these cool dudes, and it just so happened that we had a show with them at Triple P’s so it was the perfect opportunity! So, with that we bring you Shield The Survivors!

 

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For more on Shield The Survivors, check the links below!! “Building Hate” is Available now!

https://www.facebook.com/ShieldtheSurvivors/?ref=br_tf

https://shieldthesurvivors.bandcamp.com/

Also! David Pietila (Guitar and vocals) does his own recording so check out his site as well!

https://www.sourcetrackstudio.com/

-Mitchel Fulcer 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//A Coup De Grace

Welcome all to Weekend Warriors  with A Coup De Grace! These guys are from the scene in Green Bay, WI and have been playing out for about a year. Recently they released their single “Earthbound” which is currently being aired on Razor Undergorund on Razor 94.7. We attended their album release party at the Lyric Room in their home town to celebrate the release of their newest EP Tyrannicide  and to get to know these hardcore dudes a bit!

Follow A Coup De Grace in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/ACouDeGra/

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Check out their music on Bandcamp!

https://acoupdegrace.bandcamp.com/album/tyrannicide

-Emily Mae 

 

Album Review//QuietKind- Shadow Play

This Wisconsin metalcore/groove metal band comes at us from the Wausau area. QuietKind released their first album Shadow Play this past January, 2018. If you love your music heavy, chaotic, groovy, and full of epic break downs, then you will be into this album!

Shadow Play is a djent-gasm to say the least, and is just full of everything you crave from metalcore. The vocals are heavy, yet comprehensible. The drums and bass are solid and the guitar leads are simply something amazing to behold! There are many bands coming out of Wisconsin that are of the metalcore variety, but QuietKind holds their own among them.

Currently they are on tour with another amazing Wisconsin metalcore band Pangaea.

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On the new album, the opening track “Failed State” is a great way to lead us off into what Shadow Play is all about. The vocalist breaks the seal with the bold and brutal statement “This is a failed state!” Carrying out this track with a guitar solo that is backed up with a bass-heavy break down and plenty of djent beats, which is the common theme of the album.

“Stray” is fast, furious and technical. Each chorus is different from the last giving a unique balance to the entire track in its entirety. Not one part of the track repeats itself which, as you know, usually there is something that is repeated within a song. During the melodic breakdown, it kind of reminded me of something like a space adventure, or like a sound track you would find in a video game.

“Limbo” is the djent highlight of this album. It has a horror type of vibe including a “creepy toy-like” synth track. This track is almost a two-part, as its ending blends so well into the beginning of the next track “The Worst Of Us”. This keeps things temporarily in the same horror realm.  The vocals are harder than the other tracks it seems, giving us a brutal climax to Shadow Play.

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“Dawn” is full of super technical guitar solos and interesting hooks. It feels like a rising, which makes sense to the title. The break down in this track is nothing short of epic. The guitar solo and theme very much reminds me of the style of the band Scale The Summit.

“Twilight” and “Dusk” both take a turn back into the brutal side of metalcore. “Twilight” is unique not only this album,  but to the whole metalcore genre overall because the entire track is a brutal instrumental until you get closer to the end. The vocalist has one final message before ending this song and it was almost like the breakdown was actually the vocals, which is an interesting twist!

Finally, “Dusk” leads us into the self-titled track of the album, “Shadow Play”. Definitely the best track on the album, so it’s no wonder they chose this one for their lyrical video. It is one last highlight of all the talents of each member. This track is a very strong finish.

When you listen to this album, you really get a lot out of every minute. Shadow Play is a very full album. QuietKind is a very tight band and the recording quality is great. We are looking forward to another album in the future, but for now, we will be keeping our eyes out on the scene to see them live!

If you want to see QuietKind, their next show is in Damien’s Den in Lancing, IL.

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You can follow the rest of their tour on their Facebook in the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/QuietKindWI/

You can find Shadow Play on Bandcamp at https://quietkind.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-play

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

Squid-terview // Live Interview with Squid Hammer Metal! Featuring Cat

 

 

There are few performers that can say they go all out and you are able to truly see it with your own eyes from the audience. A perfect example of this would be the infamous local heavy metal band Squidhammer Metal from Watertown, Wisconsin. From their unabashed power-driven riffs to the insane pyrotechnics and lack of fucks to give, Squidhammer Metal has certainly made a name for themselves in all over the state of Wisconsin in the music scene. I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Jake Schultz and Jake Hiller about their act, their history, and their plans for the future direct from Squid HQ.

Find music, merch and more at the links below!

Facebook.com/squidhammermetal

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/squidhammermetal

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChS0s5LNbiHLzFnB-ZYlY0Q

Author/ Interview- Cat Sullivan

 

One Night Stand// Shield The Survivors- Building Hate

Hello Music Maehem readers and welcome to your “One Night Stand” with Shield The Survivors! Just a bit of an introduction, for this is our first article of this category. This is where you can see our reviews on all the killer singles that are being released by your favorite bands! We like to keep them brief but leave you satisfied (insert wink here) so let’s get started!

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Shield The Survivors are a metalcore band out of Oshkosh, WI. They have been on the scene since October of 2011 and have been bringing us a lot of brutality! In fact, they can even prove how cool they are, as they have won 2 awards for battle of the bands! They scored first place at the UW Oshkosh Battle of The Bands. The other award is from the Algoma Club Battle of The Bands, in which they were awarded second place. Pretty impressive to say the least!
Influenced by bands such as Bullet for my Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Phinehas, Parkway Drive, Bury Tomorrow, and Lamb of God, I promise you these guys really hold up! If you haven’t heard of Shield The Survivors, here is your chance.

Their newest single “Building Hate” has just been released and is available for your listening pleasure here!

https://shieldthesurvivors.bandcamp.com/track/building-hate-single-version

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Right out of the box this tune makes you feel like you need to dodge something! It starts off immediately with a great hook in the first verse. There is a nice grit to the vocals , yet they remain comprehensible. We just can’t get enough of the sweet little riff in-between each verse as well! It was such a catchy hook we can’t help but be instantly addicted to it. As we progress, we reach a sweet breakdown with clean vocals. Then a quick punch and out.
It truly has the feel of building hatred within the groove of the tune.

My impression of the lyrics can only be described as the diagram of a desperate isolated mind. It is reminiscent of a plot line for a villain in a brief montage of a movie. You have that “oh” moment in the breakdown where you get a glimpse of that hopeful soul, quashed out of existing by circumstances of life. It clearly expresses the construction of a prison — built by himself, against himself.
All in all, we didn’t hate “Building Hate”–we LOVED IT!
It is a perfect example of the diversity of the band’s talents in a microcosm.

For more on Shield The Survivors check them out in the links below: Facebook:

For more on Shield The Survivors check them out in the links below: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ShieldtheSurvivors/about/?ref=page_internal

Bandcamp: https://shieldthesurvivors.bandcamp.com/

Shield The Survivors also has a show coming up! They will be supporting the guys in Growing and Grim Waters in Neenah at Short Branch on February 15th. Come bang your head!

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Author: Don Niesen

*Photo credit: Gabrielle Rae