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Album Review//Shadow Witch-Disciples Of The Crow

Shadow Witch is a Heavy Psych/Stoner Grunge/Metal band from Kingston, New York. They recently released their newest album, Disciples Of The Crow, which follows their first release, Sun Killer, from the year 2016. They released Disciples Of The Crow in 2017 under the label Salt Of The Earth Records! You can connect with them online in the links below!

https://www.saltoftheearthrecords.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SaltOfTheEarthRec/

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Shadow Witch returns with an amazing new release filled with mood, atmosphere, and killer riffs and vocals. Eight songs are all that’s needed to raise you above the light, surround you in darkness, and bind your ears, hearts, and mind as one.

Shadow Witch is coming for you.

I had the opportunity to see Shadow Witch Perform live at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL during the Doomed and Stoned Festival. Shadow Witch is a perfect name for this band because it represents their musical style. Hidden in the shadow of the upbeat riffs is a dark doom theme. Smoke and mirrors for the message, if you will. This LP starts out with an upbeat rocker-“Love Could Be Like This.” A tale of a conflicted soul who experiences a dream of a dark shadow illusion of love; the conflict of temptation and of a desire to be loved, but what love is this? Within the lyrics, it states Love is like a scream, which is a play on the phrase Love is like a ‘dream,’ suggesting that this type of love is more nightmarish than welcoming.

“Reap” is the second track; this tale is an expansion of the story of creation-like Genesis. Its groove takes us into the dark karma of humanity. We are then lead to the third track, “Cruel” which seems to represent the fact that just because people possess ‘sparkly’ things does not mean that they own anything. This is because there is no justice or freedom in actuality. For all the so-called ‘valuable’ things people own, they are born to be subjugated, and they do not desire to be genuinely free.

Track four is the title track of this LP- “Disciples Of The Crow” The song starts out with the haunting cackles of a crow deep in the woods, calling you in. The beat is dark and menacing. Grinding riffs of doom paint the backdrop for this tale of the Raven King, which spells an apocalyptic end and suffering for all of humanity; suggesting the fall of an empire.  The fifth track is “Stranger Skies” which is another groovy upbeat rocker. This tune describes the awakening of the Dragon King. This yellow beast offers no relief, only grief, and nothing can stop his impending rise.

 

“The Sea” is the next track which begins with the sound of rain and distant thunder. The song kicks off with a slow, soft intro, then builds to a rockin’ slow verse riff. The cymbals seem to play the role of flashing lighting as the lyrics describe a beckoning to take to the stormy sea. It tells of the spell cast by the sea that lured men to their demise. “Beneath The Veil” picks things up a bit, as this track is a fast-paced, groovy tune. Essentially, we have all been sold to be a feast for the beast.

The final track “Dead Heros” is the conclusion of Disciples Of The Crow. This one starts with a sweet, crunchy doom-groove. The message I get out of this one is a reflection of too many lost heroes of war, which creates a feeling of hopelessness. This album has lead us from a more of an upbeat track to a downslope track. This, to me, is the perfect doomy outro for an album adventure such as this.

Overall I was very impressed with this album. They have a unique quality of sound to their flavor of the doom metal genera. I loved how the music was groovy and upbeat, but the subject matter was dark and in depth. This created a fascinating moody tone to the whole thing.

Thank you once again to Shadow Witch for being one of the main contributors to our Doomed and Stoned giveaway. We thank you for your support!

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The tracks of Disciples Of The Crow are:
  1. 1. Love Me Like This
  2. Reap
  3. Cruel
  4. Disciples Of The Crow
  5. Stranger Skies
  6. The Sea
  7. Beneath The Veil
  8. Dead Heros

Shadow Witch is:

Doug Beans-Drummer

‎David Pannullo-Bassist

Earl Lundy- Vocals

Mellotron-Loops

Jeremy Hall-Guitar

Catch Shadow Witch at their next show! August 3rd at The Anchor ins Kingston, NY
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For more on Shadow Witch find them online in the links below!
-Don Niesen
Edited by: Samantha Crocker 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//MICAWBER

Welcome to Weekend Warriors once again for our killer interview with the killer band from Green Bay, Wisconsin-MICAWBER. These dudes have been paving the way for the Wisconsin metal scene as they have toured nationally as well as taken several trips to Europe! They have most recently joined Prosthetic Records alongside bands such as Lamb of God, Gojira, Psycroptic, and Skeletonwitch. We were able to take a moment with them at Happy’s Pub to talk a little bit about their tour, the recent release of their newest album Beyond The Reach Of Flame and other news to come! Click the video link below!

*DISCLAIMER: SQUID HAMMER METAL WAS PLAYING ABOUT THE GREEN ROOM SO APOLOGIES ON THE SOUND, WE ARE WORKING HARD TO GET A MICROPHONE SOON THANK YOU* 

 

Be sure to get your copy of Beyond The Reach Of Flame in the link below!!

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https://micawberofficial.bandcamp.com/

Connect with Micawber online in the link below! 

https://www.facebook.com/micawbermetal/

-Emily Mae

Founding member and vocalist/guitarist, Leighton Thompson comments on the partnership with Prosthetic Records:

“Micawber is immensely excited to have signed with Prosthetic Records! We’re looking forward to continuing our ventures of shredding, touring, partying and growing while being brought to new horizons by the label that has helped bring forth our favorite releases by bands such as Lamb of God, Gojira, Psycroptic, and Skeletonwitch.”

 

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

Backstage Pass//Happy’s Pub

In this edition of Backstage Pass we are featuring one of the greatest hidden gems of our Wisconsin music scene – Happy’s Pub out of Woodruff, WI! Happy’s Pub is a venue that transports you instantly back in time to a place where the music is excellent, and the company is greater. When entering the venue on metal nights you are immediately greeted by Happy as well as his fantastic staff members. This metal clubhouse is indeed your home away from home!

You can hear it from Happy himself in the video below!

 Happy shows nothing but love and respect for all of the bands as well as the fans. His hospitality is something to behold. Other venues certainly could take a page out of his book as far as what it means to show support for your local music scene. His sincerity, charisma, and overall genuine personality make him an especially memorable guy (as well as his mustache).

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Happy has so much support in the music community as well as the community of Woodruff in general. While spending time with him, people would shout from their vehicles as they passed “HELLO HAPPY!!” 

He is also supported by Russ Krueger who runs sound and lights on metal nights as well as Russ’s wife, Jeanne Krueger, who is an excellent promoter for Happy’s Pub as well as an excellent host when you arrive at the venue. She welcomes you with open arms.

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Ultimately, we said what we could, but you won’t truly know the magic until you head on up and spend an evening there yourself! There are so many amazing bands that visit, so you are sure to see your favorite band on the schedule at one point or another! So, get on up to Happy’s Pub and keep an eye out for the next big metal show!!!

 

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Never a cover, always a good time. Come in check them out and have a HAPPY time!

Connect with Happy’s in the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/happyspub/

-Emily Mae 

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

Video interview: Don Niesen 

 

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

Music Maehem Exclusive// SQUIDHAMMER METAL- POWER REMOVAL SERVICE

Check this out Music Maeniacs. All of you who follow and support us are in for a special treat! As a thank you for being cool, our friends and brothers in metal Squidhammer Metal have decided to give us all an EXCLUSIVE look at their new album Power Removal Service! This album has been among the most anticipated releases of the summer for our Wisconsin metal scene, and now it is finally on its way!

Squidhammer Metal always has lively and memorable performances. They take the stage with a primal force that can only be described as something to the effect of the spiritual reincarnation of the legendary band, Pantera. Their shows feature not only the thunderous voice of metal, but also pyro-performances, explosions, and a few unique character features from the Squidhammer cast, including the infamous Jack Gas and their seductive Squidhammer Babe! If you have spent time with the members of Squidhammer Metal, you’ve likely been left with a tale to tell at your next gathering for years to come. I know I will never forget my first evening at Camp Hammer!

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Before we dive headfirst into Power Removal Service we have a little word from The Squids themselves in the video below:

 

 

Anyone who’s anyone on the scene here in Wisconsin is more than ready for this badassery of an album. Power Removal Service starts us off hard and heavy with “Spark.” This tune is the perfect introduction to that which is Squidhammer Metal, in fact whenever I see them; this is the song I imagine playing behind them. You know, like the in the movies when people are walking around a bar in slow motion with explosions in the background? That’s it. “Spark” is the perfect metal party anthem, and sure to be the song of the summer! Just remember you heard it here first! Track two is “Rock The Fuck On!” which keeps the party going without a hitch. Those of you who have had the chance to see Squidhammer Metal live know that this tune is one that commands your attention to the front of the stage. The pit opens, and everyone is in the moment chanting: “ROCK THE FUCK ON, ROCK THE FUCK ON!!!!” Metalheads are united as one.


“Power Removal Service” is next in line and the title track of this brutal album. This one is one of our personal favorites! Loaded with high-octane riffs that hit you right in your metal soul and are backed up by a powerful rhythm that gets your blood pumping. The vocals, as always, are packed with a primal rage that brings this tune to life and makes it the perfect namesake for the album. It is a tune that highlights the attitude and force of Squidhammer Metal. Now its time to “Take It Back” and you better watch the fuck out because there is definitely a circle pit going on by now. This track is especially one for all the drummers out there. It’s full of blasting, brutal kicks and glass shattering cymbal crashes. “Take It Back” reminds me of those tunes you jam after a whole day of dealing with those people that get under your skin and you just want to tell them to “shut the fuck up” because you are just too metal to deal with that shit.

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“Hide for Hide (Beast)” brings to life the tale of man versus beast! Whenever I jam this tune, I picture someone around a campfire telling a tale of the beast waiting just beyond the light to shred you limb from limb. I’m sure there is a metaphor in there about society if you look hard enough, I mean, music is all about the interpretation after all. Personally, on my end, I much rather take it as is and enjoy the beautiful word picture painted before me of a beast ripping off faces and chowing them down under the full moon.

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“Speedball” is a shredding guitar solo track that reminds me of the much more superior metal version of “Eruption” by Van Halen. This track stands out on its own in full metal glory as it leads us to “Perfect Storm.” This tune is the perfect headbanger and just an all around jam. The Pantera Spirit is strong with this tune. The chorus of this tune is my favorite. Something about the groove of it sticks strongly with me. As we progress through the track to the end, it picks up the pace for a vicious outro that gets us ready for “Hatred Energy.” I am always in favor of a good hate-filled tune. Maybe it’s because I am kind of a hateful person, and hey, I’ll own up to that. No shame. If you are looking for a track that will help you channel that energy, this track is the one for you!

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“New Found Tribe” takes us away from the hate and back to the happier times of jamming. This is what we call “Squid jiggin’ ” music. We are lifted right back into party mode. This tune is where I feel the guitar truly shines. The guitar is wailing, ripping, and roaring throughout the entire tune and ends on a smooth, solid note. This is the tune that always gets stuck in my head for days, which is fantastic! That’s how you know it’s got all the right hooks.

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“Killtest” is another headbanger for sure. It’s hard and heavy while still giving you the chance to catch your breath now and then. Not too long though, it still has those fast pace blasts from the kicks and those lighting strikes from the guitar! Especially in the solos, you’re just like “holy shit man!” I mean, to be honest, there isn’t a time in the whole album where I am not thinking that. “Chapter Two” is getting us prepared for the ending of the album. It’s a slower tune compared to the rest, which is more than okay because I am sure that you are getting tired from all of that partying by now. However, you aren’t ready to give up yet! Get your ass up! You’ve got it in you; I know you do! “Chapter Two” gets your ass up for that second wind and ready for the pit! This is an amazing tune about redemption and perfectly timed in the album. It’s that good wholesome reminder not to give up even when you feel like you are on the brink of doing so. This is reflected in the lyrical content as well:

I fuckin’ got this| You fuckin’ got that| Order’s up| No time to chew the fat|

You can’t stand this| I can’t stand that| Jump ship| You know where the plank’s at

I got this| I got this| I fucking got this| I got this| I got| I got…

The final chapter of Power Removal Service is one of the classic metal anthems of all time “Cowboys From Hell” a cover of the all mighty Pantera. This rendition still has that same Pantera attitude and soul, but the Squids give it a breath of fresh air with their personality and drive. It’s fair to say that if there was a band out there that truly captures all of which Pantera had given us as a metal scene, Squidhammer Metal is the band keeping it alive. However, that being said, they certainly stand out all on their own and are bringing a new life to the scene as well. They have their own very unique style that says nothing but SQUIDHAMMER METAL!

Power Removal Service was well worth the wait! This is an album that hits you with undisputed attitude and unrelenting force that gets the blood pumping and the mosh pit swirling. I can’t get enough of this album, and it’s not leaving my playlist EVER!! Get your copy of Power Removal Service July 7th and CRANK IT!

ROCK THE FUCK ON METALHEADS!

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The overall quality of the album is outstanding as well, and we all have Russell Hollar of Russell Hollar Music Productions to thank for that! So, Thank you! Check him out in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/russellhollarmusic/

Here’s the scoop: PREORDER IS AVAILABLE 6/23!!!!

When you pre-order your copy of Power Removal Service from iTunes you instantly get your copy of “Cowboys From Hell” as a sneak peak of the greatness that is to come your way!! Full album is available for digital download 7/7!

Best digital zone to get your copy of Power Removal Service is definitely from CD BABY if you don’t flow with iTunes! On 7/7 get it in the link below!!

https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/SquidhammerMetal

****BUT WAIT!! HERE IS THE BEST PART!!!!!!!******

As a special thank you to all of you wonderful fans out there supporting us here at Music Maehem as well as the Squids and of course the scene: PHYSICAL copies are available starting Saturday, June 23rd at the SquidHedz Gearshop in the link below!!

Order your copy and use our EXCLUSIVE PROMO CODE: MUSICMAEHEM2018 and get FREE SHIPPING!! This code will be valid this year only so don’t miss out!! Get your copy before it’s gone!!!!

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Connect with Squidhammer Metal in the links below!

http://www.squidhedz.com/

https://www.facebook.com/squidhammermetal/

#GETCHASQUIDON

-Emily Mae

Edited by: Samantha Crocker

Photo Credit: Emily Mae|https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Video:

Filmed by Emily Mae Don Niesen Ian Gray

Edited by Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews// Lords Of The Trident

Welcome once again to Weekend Warriors! Today we are featuring an interview with some actual warriors–this band of barbarians from our very own Madison, Wisconsin known as Lords Of The Trident! To help you get to know this savage band we have the members:

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Fang VonWrathenstein – Lead Vocals
Baron Taurean Helleshaar – Lead Guitar
Asian Metal – Lead Guitar
Pontifex Mortis – Lead Bass
Master “Herc” Hercule Schlagzeuger – Lead Drums

Their biography is truly a tale to behold (we strongly encourage you to read it!), but instead we will feature their smaller summary:

Our metal’s so pure that only diamonds can scratch it, and usually the diamonds are the ones that end up getting hurt in the end. Our amps are so loud, Manowar knocked on our door and asked us to “please turn down”. You think you’re bad? While you’re watching our sweep picking wondering how we bend space-time to fit all the notes in, we’ll punch you right in the face without missing a beat. If you like battle, bloodshed, axes, fire, and losing limbs, then mosh your way to the front row and receive your free ticket to Valhalla. If you don’t like these things – too bad. We’re playing anyway, and we’ll make sure to steal your girlfriend in the process.

We have been hearing so much about Lords Of The Trident, that we simply couldn’t wait to feature them! After all, we love ourselves some good ‘ole power metal!!

Behold! The Music Maehem interview with Lords Of The Trident!!

I read your bio on your web page, and it was very well thought out! That is one epic metal tale! For those who have just recently heard of you, what can you tell us about yourselves? 

Hails to all your readers! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Lords of the Trident — the band that will soon rule over all of humanity with an iron fist — know this: we are the most METAL band on earth! We combine elements of traditional, power, and modern heavy metal into a perfect concoction of face-melting goodness, and we use this unrelenting power to put on one of the best live shows you’ve ever seen. Take a listen to one of our songs – if your head doesn’t explode in the first thirty seconds, you’re probably a strong barbarian warrior, and should join our minion army!

On June 22nd and 23rd, you will be making your way to the Great White North with show dates in Canada– tell us a bit about that!

Yes! We’re rather excited to head back to the land to the North. Last time we crossed the border, we had a larger Canadian tour planned, but alas – our TERRIBLE touring van prevented us from completing our voyage. CURSE that evil, evil van! I’m glad it’s currently crushed into a small cube (and likely still on fire). Now that we’ve got a more reliable touring vehicle (that we just paid off, thanks to our Patreon backers!), we’re going to try a short stint first, and see how it goes. Assuming our steed stays reliable, we may just try for a longer tour in the very near future. Either way, I’m going to be enjoying the scratch-n-sniff money that Canada uses. Did you know it smells like maple syrup? I’ve also been told by reliable sources that Justin Trudeau also uses that scent as his aftershave. Mmmmm….breakfast-y.

Your Patreon is very successful! That’s really impressive stuff! Can you please elaborate on what fans can find on your Patreon? What are some things that your fans can get if they sign up to be a Patron? 

Absolutely! Patreon has been our greatest boon since the invention of fire-proof underwear, and we do our best to shower our Patreon backers in special prizes and exclusive merch. After all, anyone who pledges to our Patreon must first complete a test of strength and fortitude. Backers at certain levels get things like Patreon-exclusive shirts (that the band prints ourselves), live show bootlegs, fully-mixed acoustic covers, and more! We also create exclusive video content for our backers like Fang’s Metal Beer Club, the TRIDENTCast, and more content that we have planned for the near future. We send out so much stuff, it really is one of the BEST METAL DEALS on the internet. Check it out at Patreon.com/LordsOfTheTrident .

I saw you also started a Kick Starter to begin building the funding for your newest album, Shadows From The Past, which is lucky number 7, and due to be released in August. What are we to expect from this album? Paint us a pretty word picture.

Shadows from the Past is undoubtedly the most complex, mature, and intensely METAL album we’ve ever put together – EVER! We’ve been hard at work on this album for a number of years, and it includes guest appearances from Unleash the Archers and Psychostick, as well as a full symphony orchestra, choir, string quartet, and more. Anyone who’s a fan of our previous album is in for a treat, because we feel that our songwriting, recording quality, and mix has improved exponentially over the last three years. I feel very strongly that it’s going to contain some immediate fan favorites, and perhaps some songs that some may argue are the best we’ve ever written. We’re all incredibly excited to release it!

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You also have the release party as well at the Mad With Power Fest! That sounds like a killer time! Fill us in!

For years we’ve struggled to be included on certain fests around the states, so we decided: “TO HELL with them! We’ll just make our own fest!” So we did! And we combined two of our favorite things in life: Heavy Metal and ARCADE GAMES! Mad With Power is our yearly celebration of some of the best underground and independent heavy metal bands in North America, combined with an unmatchable free-play arcade experience! We line the entire venue with TONS of arcade games on free-play, and this year we’re going to have access to some exclusive cabinets that you can’t see or play anywhere else IN THE WORLD! Every year our fest has grown, and this year is the strongest ever. Those denizens interested in sampling the bands and/or attending should grab a ticket at MadWithPowerFest.com

Just out of curiosity, do you guys make all of your own videos? Or is there a guy on the inside you would like to give a shout out to?

We do! I (Fang) make all the videos from scratch. Adding fire and explosions to videos just sort of makes life worth living. It’s one of my favorite things.

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Are there any final thoughts you would like to add?

Take your most METAL web browser (probably Chrome, because there are no other browsers named after a metal) and point it to the most METAL website on the face of the planet: LordsOfTheTrident.com. From there you’ll be able to hear our music, watch our videos, connect with us on social media, and buy a new set of armor for you and the missus! If you survive, and LOVE what we do, consider joining our Patreon for exclusive stuff! And STAY METAL!

Visit the links below!!

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

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

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You heard it right here!! Go forth and enjoy that of which are Lords Of The Trident! That way you can say you were a minion before it was cool!!

Go to the website and facebook to see where in the Middle Earth realm they will be playing next near you!!

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Photo credit: Sweeney Photography

Emily Mae

Edited by: Cat Sullivan

On The Road//Doomed and Stoned Fest 2018//Chicago

This time On The Road, we attended the first annual Doomed and Stoned Event in Chicago, IL, for three days of the very best in heavy metal! Featuring some of Chicagoland’s greatest bands, as well as other band features from across the country! This is a community-driven festival that aims to recognize local musicians, artisans, and merchants.

“In DOOM we trust. Praise the RIFF!”

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

Official site: http://www.chicagodoomedandstonedfestival.com/
I coincidentally arrived at Reggie’s at 4:20PM where I met with the crew out back to get everything settled in for the weekend. I was parked right under the train where there was a back alley covered in beautiful graffiti, and I could even see the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in the distance. This was like a microcosm of everything you have ever heard or seen about Chicago. I then met with Lara, the promoter and the organizer of Doomed and Stoned Fest, who gave me my passes. She briefed me a bit on the event and where about everything was located.

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Photo featuring: Lara McGlynn
Lara also mentioned that Shane, a Chicago promoter for Empire Productions, also helped her on the event. Doomed and Stoned Fest was birthed two years ago and existed as an annual event in Indianapolis, but was expanded to add the first Chicago event, making this experience a biannual rendezvous for metalheads everywhere. The event showcases 20 bands in three days as well as many artists, including Nick Gurly who designed the poster art for the even as well.


As I proceeded into the building, I could tell it was something made from what appeared to be a renovated old theater. I was able to meet with all of the employees at Reggie’s personally. They were all friendly, cooperative, and helpful. They really brought the show to life and made my experience at the event very enjoyable.
Day one of Doomed and Stoned Fest featured the following bands in this order starting at 7P.M
Pale Grey Lore

https://www.facebook.com/palegreylore/
Shadow Witch

https://www.facebook.com/shadowwitch.band/
Attalla

https://www.facebook.com/attallawi/
Black Road

https://www.facebook.com/BlackRoadChicago
Black Pyramid

https://www.facebook.com/Black-Pyramid-49292323952/
Inter Arma

https://www.facebook.com/INTERARMA/
Pale Grey Lore showed up and immediately began to unload onto the stage having travelled all the way from Columbus, OH. They did their sound check and the festival began! Their performance was the perfect way to get the vibe of what Stoned and Doomed fest was going to be like. They were very engaging with the crowd and welcomed all the bands as they continued through their set list. After Pale Grey Lore was Shadow Witch, of Hudson Valley New York.
Prior to their performance, I was able to speak to the bass guitarist and vocalist Dave Pannullo. He told me all about how excited he was to be a part of the festival as we welcomed each other to the weekend ahead. Dave told me a bit about Shadow Witch stating that they were under the record label Salt Of The Earth; however, they are putting out a vinyl that was self -romoted under the label called Broomstick. He informed me about the albums of Shadow Witch including their first album Sunkiller, which came out in 2016, and their album, Disciples Of The Crow, which came out in 2017. Shadow Witch was inspired by bands such as Red Fang, Alice In Chains and Mastodon, and I could see that reflected in their performance.
While Shadow Witch was on stage, the venue really began to fill up. The other bands began to arrive and the festival started to kick into full swing. Next was Attalla, who had just pulled up and had to get right onto the stage. Codi laughed, “That’s how we like it. Just roll up, unpack and go straight from the highway!” Chicago appeared to really like Attalla and they made Wisconsin proud. They had a ton of energy in their performance and got the crowd super hyped. I was glad to see them once again for their performance is really strong. Being really familiar with our Wisconsin scene it was nice to see them bring our energy to the south as well.
I took a moment away from the stage to watch the merch table for Black Road’s lead vocalist Suzi Uzi while she recorded Attalla for a live stream on the internet. Suzi told me that Reggie’s was their home venue, and you could tell when they hit the stage that she truly felt in her comfort zone there.
Black Road hit hard and heavy representing the Chicago doom and stoner metal scene extremely well. They held everyone’s attention as they brought a stellar performance to Doomed and Stoned. At the end of the performance, Suzi humbly announced that their performance was dedicated to her father. All of us who know Suzi knew that he had recently passed away and it was very touching to see her love for him.
After Black Road was another dark,doomy band called Black Pyramid , who describe themselves as “Psychedelic War Metal”. They hail from western Massachusetts and made it very clear that they were NOT from Boston. I spoke with the two Andys: Andy B. and Andy K., who informed me that their latest album release was Black Pyramid II. The inspiration of Black Pyramid comes from many types of bands including 13th Floor Elevators, Neurosis, High On Fire, Black Sabbath, Black Flag and the occult in general.
The headliner, Inter Arma, was up next. Drummer T.J Childers told me that they were from Richmond, VA. They are with Relapse Records, releasing their most recent album Paradise Gallows which came out in 2016. Currently, Inter Arma is working on writing new music while touring. It was at this point that T.J asked me if I was a cop, which made me laugh because I realized I had forgotten to introduce myself. He described their sound as dirty, mystical, hillbilly metal, which I loved. He was a great guy with a lot of personality. He told me that their overall inspiration are acts like ZZ Top, Led Zepplin and classic rock over all. They owned the night, so it was no wonder they were the headlining act. This was a full force band that was definitely the stoner part of Doomed and Stoned Fest. To me, they were a band for big venues. They also have a European tour coming up!
Thus, the first day of Doomed and Stoned Fest was concluded. It was a great evening full of cool and dedicated fans, bands, and others who support the music scene. I was impressed with everything that had gone on so far, including the hard work that Lara had clearly put into putting everything together. The evening went without a hitch, and I couldn’t wait until day two.

After leaving my hotel room and picking up coffee and a crescent at Dunkin’ Donuts, I was off to get an early start to day two of the Doomed and Stoned Festival. I arrived at 2:30 PM, which was a bit before anything really began.

Day two acts of Doomed and Stoned Fest included:

Thorr-Axe

https://www.facebook.com/thorraxedoom/

Of Wolves

https://www.facebook.com/ofWOLVES/

WAFT

https://www.facebook.com/WaftSC/

Brume

https://www.facebook.com/brumeband/

Huntsmen

https://www.facebook.com/HuntsmenBand/

Sixes

https://www.facebook.com/Sixesdoom/

The Skull

https://www.facebook.com/troubletheskull/

 

When I returned to the venue, I met up with the members of the band Age Of Truth from Philadelphia. They are defined as garage-style stoner metal. I was unfortunately unable to attend for the third day of the event, which was the day they were to perform, but I did get to speak with them about their career, which lead to us being “event buddies” for the weekend. First I talked with their drummer, Scott Frassetto. I found out he was the newest member of the band and had only playing with them for seven months. Their latest LP is Threshold, which came out in 2017. Age Of Truth is in the process of a new album and he said that he feels this style is leaning more to a progressive style. Scott said they were invited by Lara to be a part of Doomed and Stoned Fest, and continued to tell me how the drive was smooth and they were planning on being there the entire weekend. I spent the majority of my time at the festival with the members of Age Of Truth thrashing to the other bands.

Thorr-Axe, from Bloomington, IN, kicked off day two and it was like the festival never stopped. As Of Wolves entered and it was as if they brought the pack with them and the whole venue was buzzing once again. Of Wolves guitarist and vocalist Steve took the time to speak with us. He told us about the album release for Evolved, and then on the fly decided to include us on an exclusive title announcement for their album release this September: Balance. A company they work with, Decibel, will be releasing a single and a video to go with this album. For Steve, the influence for Of Wolves is politically driven because he is angry and frustrated about having to raise his family in the world as is, and he said he finds it to be emotional therapy. They put on a great show and all of their fans filled the venue to the brim.

During the time that the band WAFT was up, I had left to take a break. I had just realized I hadn’t eaten all day and by this time it was 9PM. However, from what I had heard they really brought it, and kept they show rolling. To check them out, be sure to click the link we provided above.

The food at Reggie’s was spectacular, great service, great eats, and the atmosphere was amazing as well.

When I re-entered the venue, Brume from San Francisco, CA, had taken the stage. Jordan, the drummer, talked about how Rooster was their first L.P., and was engineered by Billy Anderson. He told me that Brume was heavily influenced by the bands Yob and High On Fire. They too talk up Doomed and Stoned Fest, talking about how good everyone was to them and so on. They were really full for a three-member band. The haunting quality of the female vocalist/bassist Susie stole the show. I have seen many female vocalists attempt to achieve this sound, but she really perfected the style. Her voice along with the rest of the talent of the band brought everything together so beautifully, it was a memorable moment for everyone at the festival.

Next was Huntsmen, one of Chicagoland’s very own. They released their last album in February of 2018, called American Scrap, under Prosthetic Records. They described their brand of doom as Americana metal, which is story telling. Bands that inspire them are Sleep and High On Fire.

I was able to sit with the band Sixes, which is featured in the video below. This band is sludge-doom with very heavy bass. They kept the pace of the festival with a heavy performance.

Lastly, there was the headliner for night two– The Skull.

I was able to spend time with guitarist Rob Wrong, who is not only in The Skull but was also in a band called Witch Mountain. He told us how he spent a lot of time flying between gigs with the two bands. He said he’s been very busy, which we found as no surprise. You could tell Chicago was the hometown of The Skull because they were surrounded by fans from the moment of the arrival. You can tell they are very loyal to their fans. Below is some live footage of their amazing performance.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend day three, but I really wish I could have stayed. I watched the live feed from home and it had continued to be a success. This festival was extremely successful. There were no hassles for the fans or the bands and everyone was extremely down to earth. It felt something similar to a family reunion, but one where you got along with everyone who was there.

I want to give a special thank you to Tim and Suzi for inviting us down to cover the Doomed and Stoned event, as well as give special thanks to bands Attalla and Black Road. Thank you as well to the band Shadow Witch for being the biggest contributor to our giveaway, but of course thank you to all the other bands who contributed as well. Thank you especially to Lara once again for working endlessly to put the festival together as well as all the others who worked over that weekend and beyond it as well.

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Don Niesen

Edited by- Cat Sullivan

Video/photo edits by- Emily Mae

FRESH BLOOD// BITTER COLD

 

This month for the May Edition of Fresh Blood, we present Bitter Cold.
Bitter Cold is a self-dubbed “whiskey metal” band based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Bringing elements of thrash, death, and prog metal in tow, their performances and music are always one hell of a ride from start to finish. They’re new with only a handful of shows under their belt, but with everyone’s previous (and current) experience in other bands, they take the stage like pros and enchant the audience with ease with their one-of-a-kind headbanging experience.

They already have merch available, including t-shirts that blast the phrase “FUCK WINTER” emblazoned across an outline of our state, Bitter Cold’s message is clear–“embody what you hate and tell it to fuck right off.” 

If you haven’t had the chance to see Bitter Cold yet, they have one hell of a summer ahead of them, so go over to their facebook page and give them a like so you don’t miss them at the next venue near you!

 

For merch
facebook.com/thebittercold
bittercoldband.com

Cat Sullivan

 

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