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NEW SEGMENT!! LIVE MUSIC VIDEOS!!

Hope your Sunday is going well, Maeniacs!

Today, I am bringing forth to you all something I have worked very hard on the past couple months. As I fell into a place here on the Music Maehem team, I also ended up discovering a new skill in video editing. I still have a lot to learn, but I feel I had progressed enough in the time the blog had existed to try something new–live music videos!

I could think of none other than our heavy-as-fuck friends in SEISMA to take the spot for my first trial run at this. In May, when I learned that they were going to be at the Wisco on Willy St. again, I didn’t hesitate to ask if they would do me the honor as being featured as my first live music video.

SEISMA are known for their “50 TON RIFFS” and love of Kaiju monster movies, so when Orange The Hueman (drummer) said he would like the video to feature their song “Deathmatch” (off their most recent album SEISMA II: The Land Out of Time), I knew right away that I wanted to feature the infamous scenes from the original movies King Kong and Godzilla, along with some edited stock footage I found of a “real T-Rex in Papua New Guinea” on YouTube (kudos to the creator for making it look so realistic, but a real T-Rex alive at the time of video film? Nice try!)

As I’ve said before, this is my first attempt EVER with chopping together a music video, so I would absolutely appreciate feedback (although…be gentle? Heh…).
I apologize for the graininess of the video…haven’t quite figured out the lighting thing for concert video; this whole thing is a learning experience!

Check out the video below and leave a comment, like,  and subscribe to our channel, and as always, a share if ya care! Don’t forget to check out SEISMA themselves at the links below!!

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Also before *I* forget, I want to mention that SEISMA will be at Back Bar in Janesville, this Friday with All Kings Fall, Reckless Redemption and Cthonian Lich–BE THERE!!

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Cat Sullivan

 

Album Review//Color Killer-Generation Z

We head out once again to Marlborough, MA. to re-visit the legendary prodigy punk band Color Killer! These kids have been making a statement in the music scene. They have been working tirelessly, playing shows and now have released their very first album which is appropriately named Generation Z.

For those of you who maybe haven’t been with us here at Music Maehem since the beginning, Color Killer was one of the very first bands we had the opportunity to interview, which was a great honor for us and we thank them! If you wish to read that article you can view it HERE.

For those of you who might not have the time, Color Killer band members are:
Lincoln – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Nate – Bass & Vocals
Matt – Drums
Dylan – Rhythm Guitar

They are accomplishing so much at such a young age. It’s not only mind-blowing, but also inspiring!

We kick off Generation Z with “A.D.D” which is full of all the nostalgic riffs and beats that we remember from the 90’s punk era. This style holds true throughout the style of the album, but in the first track you get stricken with the ‘feels.’ From “A.D.D” we are lead into the next track “Spiders” which opens with a groovy bass lick that reminded me of one of my favorite bassists of all time: Mike Dirnt. This tune is where the bass shines, which, to anyone who has read my articles, know I genuinely favor. I also really love the backup vocals that have begun to be inserted in the songs as well. This is a fun punk tune that gets you up and moving like I suppose you would do if you had a spider on you.

Next in the line up is “Down With Winter.” This track is very relatable to us who live here in good ole Wisconsin. This time we open up with the drums and a great hook riff that is an attention grabber for sure. This little riff easily gets stuck in your head, which is good! “Down With Winter” has been one of my favorite tracks from the beginning of my Color Killer Fandom, so it’s cool to finally be able to experience the recorded version of their jamming tune.

Track 4 is “Super Hero.” This song reminds me of the style of my favorite Japanese 90’s punk band-The Pillows. It’s a fun and somewhat uplifting song about not holding yourself to other people’s expectations. Basically, it’s saying that you don’t need to count on anyone and that you should do things for yourself, something I could personally relate to, for I feel that a lot of people seem to count on me for things and that in itself is something that can become a bit overwhelming at times. There’s a punk song for that emotion, and here it is! “They Call Me Steve” is a cover tune from Teenage Bottlerocket and still has a similar Pillows-esque vibe, but it also reminds me of the style of punk tunes that came from Green Day’s early years; I’m talking way early, like 39/Smooth. Especially in the way that the vocals are presented.

“Football” is another fast-paced punk tune for you. This one has The Offspring flavor to it. It brings back some of the cool guitar riffages that we were introduced to in “Down With Winter.” This tune is not the traditional way in which most people look at playing Football. This is more of the raw and unruly energy that I remember the boys in my neighborhood had when they played. It’s cool to see a punk song that captures that kind of moment from our youth.

“Toothless Wonder” is a short and sweet tune about what it’s like during that awkward phase of youth when you begin to lose your teeth. It’s got a catchy chorus for sure and a lot of great hook riffs. “Go To Bed” made me laugh because I was the kind of kid that never slept (I’m still that way). Thankfully being a child in the 90’s meant there was plenty of awkward late-night television shows to watch. I’m sure that is part of what formed my charming personality and psyche, but, I digress. This track has a cool guitar solo in it, and I continue to be blown away by the young talent in this band.

“Generation Z” is the namesake track of this wonderful album. This is a great track musically as well as lyrically. It’s the perfect climax track to this album as well. It talks about everything that is going on in the current generation; including how they have a better grip on the technology surrounding us. They have a breakdown chorus in this track as well as a lot of back up vocals and things that give you the feeling that you hear the voices of Generation Z. This track is pretty much the perfect anthem for that youth that is coming into the world today. We millennials thought we were pretty rad, well we better move on over, that’s all I’m saying.

“Michael Doesn’t Like Me” is truly the track I would name as the ‘fan favorite.’ This is a great tune about that school bully. You know who I’m talking about, that one guy who is just a dick to you for no reason even though you try to be cool? I think we all have someone like that in our lives. I know I keep on reflecting on the 90’s era here, but in the 90’s the classic bully was often something that was brought up. Usually, they had red hair and squinty eyes; like the reoccurring character O’Doyle from the Adam Sandler films of the decade. This track is a jam though, and I like it. In all honesty, it’s my second favorite track on the entire album.

“Strangers” is a friendly reminder not to talk to strangers. Yes, even when you grow up, don’t talk to strangers. No one is to be trusted, especially these days. I mean, don’t be a total shut-in, but definitely be aware of your surroundings and don’t go anywhere alone; paranoia is that you?? Anyways, this is another pretty short tune, but it’s jammy and fun to listen to.

“Maci” is a slow acoustic apology tune. It’s sweet and endearing. Following in the footsteps of the types of slow tunes that Green Day has performed, it’s the perfect type of tune to start getting us to the end of the album. It has just the right amount of humor in it and pretty much sums up what it means to have ‘young love.’ Childhood is never too serious after all. However, all humor put aside; it’s awesome that Color Killer can switch from playing fast and punk to acoustic styles. Even when it’s more of a comedic style tune, it shows a lot about their range of talent.

We now approach the final track of Generation Z- “I Just Wanna.” This is a relatable tune about all of those life obligations getting in the way of what you want to do in your life. Even when you’re a kid, there are all kinds of things you don’t want to do. Go to school, do your homework, clean your room, etc. You sit, and you’re like “I can’t wait to grow up, so I don’t have to do this crap” Then you grow up, you have a job, you have to pay bills, you have to grocery shop!? All of this when all you want to do is rock out! DAMN IT! I won’t spoil the very end for you, that part you will have to check out yourself.

Overall I am VERY-SUPER impressed with this album. It’s fun and nostalgic. You find a lot of relatable content no matter what your age. Color Killer has a great playing style that reminds us of all of our favorite punk elements. The band is very tight as well. I strongly encourage you to get your copy of Generation Z.

Get your copy of GENERATION Z HERE

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1.A.D.D
2.Spiders
3.Down With Winter
4.Super Hero
5.They Call Me Steve
6.Football
7.Toothless Wonder
8.Go To Bed
9.Generation Z
10.Michael Doesn’t Like Me
11.Stranger
12.Mac
13.I Just Wanna

Check out more from Color Killer in the links below!
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To help COLOR KILLER save punk, you can donate HERE!

-Emily Mae

Edited by: Samantha Crocker

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!

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-Emily Mae

Edited by: Samantha Crocker

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

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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

Welcome to Power Slide

Welcome welcome to Music Maehem’s new slot installment, POWERSLIDE! Featuring your host and new team member for MM, Ian Gray of All Kings Fall.
Powerslide will be bringing you news on national acts, local acts, rants, an album of the week segment, and more!
This week, Ian brings you news on Slayer, all the best 4/20 and weekend shows coming up, a thoughtful side about the importance of bass players, plus music featuring All Kings Fall and SEISMA.
 Subscribe to our channel on youtube so you never miss an episode of Powerslide as well as all of our interviews and coverage of our local scene! Thank you for supporting us and local music! Keep it metal!!
For more info on the shows mentioned, head on over to the All Kings Fall, Wrath of the Girth, Cold Black River, The Hook Up and Metal 4 Muttz facebook pages!