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On The Road//Metal For Muttz 2018

Metal 4 Muttz is a charity concert to help the Lincoln & Marathon County Humane Society. The hosts of this event was Shannon Barden of the band Syght Unscene and Brittnay Loka. Also in support was Hazardous Beauties Modeling. This year Metal For Muttz was held at The Cabaret Bar in Wausau,WI on April 21st. This event featured 10 bands including:

  • All Kings Fall
  • Downgrade
  • Syght Unscene
  • Un-Broken
  • Auf-ki
  • Infantivore
  • Our Last Vision
  • For Once
  • Constance
  • Artists Unknown
  • Suck Bucket
  • Zippnuttz
  • Masochistic Jag
  • Death The Kid

There were many people in attendance of this show. The venue was packed from wall to wall with supporters-band members and fans alike. There was quite the variety of metal acts, and even some punk bands in the mix that came together for the cause. Metal 4 Muttz also put together a raffle as well as food that was provided for those who were volunteering their time at the event. The weather that day was more than perfect for the event as well, it was the first nice day in what had seemed like an eternity. So, this was the perfect excuse to leave the house, not to mention the fact that it was for an amazing cause. We took the time to not only photograph and film the bands but also to interview with some of the people who helped this event be possible. Featured is Shannon Barden, Brittnay Loka, and Cat Taylor.

Interview:

Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Metal4Muttz/

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Hazardous Beauties Modeling: https://www.facebook.com/HazardousBeauties/

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Photos: Emily Mae For complete gallery visit- https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Video: Cat Sullivan

Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan

Extended Play//The Divide-Those Dirty Thieves

 

Welcome Music Maehem readers and subscribers to Extended Play with the Illinois punk/metal band, Those Dirty Thieves!

They just dropped their new single “So What” on 4/20, which was then followed by the release of their newest EP The Divide! Personally, I have been waiting for this EP since I saw it announced way back in February, so it was my pleasure to bring it over here for a review!

For those of you who haven’t seen these guys killin’ it on stage, you should get out there ASAP! They have the amazing energy of metal combined with the attitude of punk, and have an extraordinary talent of turning the entire room into a pit with ease. I got to witness this firsthand one evening at the Pollock Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin. Ever since that night, this band has stayed stuck in my brain, so I have just been waiting for the first chance I had to jump on a feature for these guys!

This EP enthralls you from the very first note. As soon as it begins, I couldn’t help but think, “Ooooh shit!” –I knew I was in for something sweet!

The first track is “Full Moon”, which is full of attitude and rage. It gives you the feeling of being chased by wolves, or maybe even fighting wolves! Either way, you feeling the mighty wrath of wolves and it gets your blood pumping!  I’m sure that has something to do with the name of the track, but that being said, as Marceline The Vampire Queen of Adventure Time once put it, “The only thing women love more than fun is excitement. She needs to feel her blood pump, man! She needs to… BE CHASED BY WOLVES!”

“Full Moon” fades perfectly into the next track, “Growing Old”. Those Dirty Theives have adopted the tagline “WRECK YOUR NECK”, and this track is guaranteed to fulfill that goal for the listener! Fast, thrashy, and relentless with plenty of killer bass licks to peak your heart’s desire. This track has so much drive and force to it, it’s a tough call, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be this one. I’m in love with the thrash metal influence throughout, but that very punk ending reminded me a bit of the old Offspring albums as well.

“So What” was the first track that Those Dirty Thieves revealed to all of us. It’s easy to see why, as it is the perfect highlight of what to expect from this EP. It has great hooks and heavy riffs as well as the powerful drums and catchy lyrics that are all married together into this track. When I first heard this tune, it hooked me instantly.  Just to be nice, here is the link to the single below for your listening pleasure, but don’t stop there!

Things slow down just a bit in  the next track, “Chasers”. There are heavy breakdowns that hold some of the nu-metal flavor. Of course though, things speed back up and the thrash returns once again, featuring one HELL of a sick guitar solo!

We finish out this EP with “Back From The Dead”. This track is also a little bit slower at times, but still keeping the fast, brutal and definitely face melting style that is Those Dirty Thieves. This is the perfect ending for this EP– the fact that it had to end at all was a real bummer, but all good things come to an end as they say, and if it HAS to end, this track is the best way to do it. Continuing to show they are heavy as fuck, it ends just in time for you to give your neck a much needed break.

Overall this EP is an absolute must on any playlist worth having. Each track is pretty short, so it helps you get your energy and anger out right in time to finish your lunch break and get back to the grind. If that’s not enough for you, just put this bad boy on repeat!

The Divide by Those Dirty Thieves is available now–hit that link below and prepare to WRECK YOUR NECK!

You can also join them in person with the neck-wrecking at their next show on May 11th at Smith’s Downtown!

Be sure to follow Those Dirty Thieves on all the social media you can find!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0NbWXRaDKY2MyzHDU66aAL

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/those-dirty-thieves/id1092872590

https://www.facebook.com/thosedirtythieves/

Want to see them live? Check them out at Smith’s Downtown May 11th!

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-Written and co-written/edited by Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan, respectively 

 

Weekend Warriors//Punk/Metal Crossover Interviews//X-Method

Welcome to Weekend Warriors! This time we reached out to California to talk with the metal/punk crossover band X-Method.

X-Method is from the San Francisco Bay area and Central Valley California. The band has been together for approximately three years, but the concept of X-Method was born in 1999 by the lead singer Abby.  Since then, they have had many accomplishments in their career, including the release of their first album “Sex, Alcohol, Rebel Music”, and had some tour dates here in the U.S. with the legendary thrashers D.R.I!

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Recently, X-Method has been signed onto Rock Syndicate Records, and to celebrate they will be releasing a brand new EP for all of us, “Apparition of the Crypt“, which will be out soon! They also have a new tour coming up featuring the band Toxin, and are even going to be in Europe!

With all kinds of news like this in the making, we had to speak with X-Method founder Abby and find out what we were to expect and other exciting details about this heavy hitter!

We have a lot of experience with our scene in the Midwest and know it well, however we would love to know what the scene is like in the Bay area. Could you tell us a bit about what it’s like there and what your impression of it is?

It’s super exciting– a lot of bands know each other and hang out with each other as well. You could be at a show and run into one of the guys from Exodus, Death Angel, etc.etc., at any given time. They are all super cool too; it’s more like a metal family vibe out here and it’s been that way since I was a teenager.

We saw that X-Method has its own fan club known as Method Militia United. What can you tell us about this killer fan club?

It started out as a pun from a few friends and fans and it grew into an actual thing. I travel a lot so I know many people in different countries so I decided to create that page as a way of uniting all these different people from different countries, states etc., that support us.

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To join the MMU, you can find the link on the X-Method page in the “Groups” tab.

You have a tour coming up called the Primal Rage Tour with the band Toxin. What are some of the venues you are looking forward playing most? Or what are some of your favorite places along the way?

By far one of my favorite venues is The Shredder in Idaho– they showed us so much love when we tour with D.R.I. a few years back. We will be hitting a lot of states we have not played before so we are looking forward to every show; it’s always fun to meet new metalheads and gain new fans.

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You also have a tour coming up in Europe as well! You’re playing the Amplified Festival in the U.K, what is that all about? Have you played this festival before or is this your first time?

This will be our first time. We are beyond honored to be playing in The U.K. It’s a dream come true. The band I am looking forward to seeing the most is Dustbolt from Germany, they are a great thrash band. We will continue on to play various countries in Europe that are still in the works so I could not give any for sure dates and countries yet other than the first day of the tour July 7th in The U.K.

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For more on Amplified Festival UK, follow the link!

http://www.amplifiedrocks.com/

Your new EP “Apparition of the Crypt” is your first release under Rock Syndicate Records. What is your inspiration behind this release and what can fans expect from this EP?

Fans can expect pure heavy riffs, sick lyrics and topics that might offend the thin skinned. I get inspired by many things, in regards to the topics on this EP it was more a vent on things that piss me off about society. I personally feel people are getting butt-hurt behind the wrong things, the topics I address are the topics society should be mad about.

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To check out other bands, releases and killer shows be sure to look up Rock Syndicate at: https://www.facebook.com/RockSyndicate/

Official page : http://rocksyndicaterecords.com/

Is there any other big news for 2018 coming up for you guys that everyone in the Method Militia United and other fans should know about?

Yes, if all goes as planned we will be releasing two new music videos this year but sorry no spoilers, ha ha! Everyone will have to wait and see what happens.

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You definitely don’t want to miss out on whats to come for X-Method! So be sure to give them a follow!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xmethod1/

They also have a Twitter:

 

Check them out on the web at:

http://x-method.wixsite.com/x-method-official

Thank you again to Abby and Rock Syndicate Records for taking some time with us here at Music Maehem!! We are more than excited to hear from the local scenes all around us! Keep it heavy friends!

Emily Mae 

 

 

AV Amplified!// Basement Nasty- The Red Flags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Punk Interviews//Color Killer!

Color Killer is the new punk prodigy band located in Marlborough, MA. Fun fact about this punk band is: They are all kids! That’s correct, you read that right. I first found them on accident on Facebook when a video popped up in my feed. The first song I ever heard was their original tune “Down With Winter” and I was just blown away. There was so much talent at such a young age, and it was punk! It brought a tear to my eye to know that in this world today with all its craziness punk is still very much alive and well. Influenced by bands such as Green Day, Blink-182, Teenage Bottle Rocket and The Prozacs they are really making a difference and fast. They are also working currently with Jay Gauvin of The Prozacs writing a few songs. Upon contacting them, I actually found out that Lincoln, guitarist and lead vocalist for Color Killer, actually had the opportunity to join Green Day on stage. Which in itself is impressive and certainly an opportunity I would die for, but that being said, Color Killer stands all on its own.

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Color Killer is a very unique name! I definitely get a Punk vibe from that right away! Can you tell me where you got the name from?

We were trying to come up with a name and were all just saying stuff. One of us said Color Killer and we all said : “Yeah, let’s use it”

Speaking of colors, I love your look! Who does your hair and what brand of dye do you use? Just out of curiosity haha.

Our parents do our hair, well, except for Nate who thinks he’s so special that he has to go to a professional. We don’t know what brand of dye we use.

How has being in a band changed your life? Is it difficult to balance your band life with school?

Our weekends are pretty busy with practicing or playing shows. We also practicing or playing shows. We also practice a couple days a week after school. We’re still pretty young and don’t get a lot of homework. We also don’t usually play shows on school nights.

I saw your recent videos featuring original songs, very well done! Can you tell me a bit about what inspires you to write?

We just play around come with a melody, then we have a couple of people that help us with the lyrics.

What do your friends and/or classmates think about your band? Have they seen you play?

Most of them think it’s cool. Some say only nerds are in bands. Some if them have come to see us play at shows. Some of our teachers have come to see us too.

Where was your very first show as a band? What was it like?

Our first show as a band was at Ralph’s in Worcester, at the end of last summer. It was a lot of fun.

Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans? Do you have a new album coming up or a tour planned?

We are going to start recording our first album in the next couple of weeks.

We will be playing the Ernie Ball Stage at the Vans Warped Tour in July 27th in Mansfield, MA

I just simply can not stress how important it is to the music community as a whole that a band like Color Killer exists. I feel like a lot of times when youth are experiencing creative outlets, they often get discouraged at a very young age by their parents or other adults. I’m not sure adults even ever really realize it, but I know I have seen it before as well as experienced it myself. One scenario I can think of from the top of my head was one Christmas I was with family and I over heard a child say proudly ” When I grow up I want to be and artist!” the jaded parent replied, “Well, that’s a nice hobby honey, but what do you want to do for a real job? You can’t make money off of art”

In that moment…that is when a dream dies. That kind of thing needs to change and it starts here. This is how we save the world. Thank you so much once again to Color Killer for taking time with me to tell a bit about their story and a special thank you to their parents, guardians, and other people who stand behind and encourage them daily. You all rock!

You can find more about Color Killer in the links below!

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

They also have Tee’s available! Shirts are $15 including shipping in the US. Paypal to tony@color-killer.com. (Include Size, Color and Address in the comments.)

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I strongly encourage buying band merch. from bands on any level of fame. No matter what, this is how they survive in scene! Buying band merch. gets their music recorded, their band on the road and closer to your home town! So please, show your support!

Emily Mae

Photo Credit: Jay Gauvin

Weekend Warriors//Bashford

 

Hey there local music fans. Cat here, this week I sat down with the Madison local grunge band, Bashford. I made friends with Luke (vocals/guitar) earlier last year and only just recently saw his band at the Wisco a couple weeks ago. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to feature them in the next Weekend Warriors article. Before we all headed out to last week’s show, I sat down to find out more about Bashford. In the video below, we talk about their influences, what inspired their newest album, and more. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out their next gigs so you don’t miss the next Bashford show!

Cat Sullivan 

Front Row//Bashford

 

Bashford is a  is a punk metal/grunge force/ lo-fi trifecta originally out of  Fond du lac WI but recently moving mostly to Madison, Wisconsin. This band has three talented member Dallas, Tyler, and Luke. You can find their music and follow them in the links below! Be sure to like and follow them!

Facebook: facebook.com/bashfordmusic

Band Camp: bashford.bandcamp.com

Sound Cloud: wearebashford.soundcloud.com

 

Cat Sullivan 

Front Row// The Red Flags

Friday night was one of pleasant surprise for myself. I drove down to Knuckle Down Saloon in Madison, where I was going to be interviewing Jake Olson of Midwest Mix-Up. That went well, Jake is a good interviewer and all around a cool dude who really seems to have his shit together. After, I decided to stick around for some of  the music and see if I couldn’t get some good footage for the site.

I’ll be honest, when Jake invited me out to meet him at Knuckle Down for our interview, I had not checked out any of the bands on the bill that night. Sometimes, if I’m invited out to a show where I have never heard of any of the bands, I like to go in completely blind and let their performance be my absolute first impression before facebook videos, bandcamp singles, or otherwise.

I’m at the bar with a friend talking about whatever, and we hear the amps go live at the front of the room. I didn’t know who was on first right away, but they instantly caught my attention.

Simply put, The Red Flags blew. My. Mind.

The Red Flags are a three-piece rock band from Janesville, Wisconsin: Guitarist and vocalist Gabe Wilson, Jonah Wilson on drums and as well as providing some vocals, and Ally Borchardt on bass, with back up vocals also. I can’t lie, being a female musician myself, having a very talented female bassist in a musical act scores automatic bonus points with me. I think it’s pretty cool that all members in one band do vocals, that’s something I don’t think I’ve seen in our scene before.

Instantly, I could recognize a weird but incredible mixture: basically if White Stripes and Rage Against The Machine had a baby. The guitarist, Jonah, even made me think of Tom Morello, from everything including playing and performance style (even has that hopping duck walk down), all the way down to his signature baseball cap! I had to wonder if he played that part on purpose or if it was just coincidence.

The energy of this group was tangible and I could tell shot through almost every person watching the stage. I have to include that their drummer, Jonah probably beat out everyone else in terms of energy, jumping up and down in his seat and throwing himself in every direction and still miraculously able to keep a perfect beat. I thought for sure he would end up kicking one of the pieces of his drum set over, if not the whole thing. This is not to imply that the rest of the band was lacking in energy, not at all. In fact, Gabe got so into it that he did end up knocking over a mic stand (I was so busy recording, I didn’t even notice it almost hit me in the face, falling right down in front of me)!

All in all, I give this band two huge thumbs up and implore anyone that’s looking to get their groove on to catch one of their shows. Make sure to like them on facebook, they have a lot of shows posted in the coming months that you can keep track of.

I wanted to keep the video I’m including short, but I tell you it was hard to only choose a couple songs to showcase here on Music Maehem.

Catch them on Feb 19th at the High Noon Saloon in Madison WI

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https://www.facebook.com/theredflags/

http://www.theredflagsmusic.com/

 

Front Row//Indonesian Junk At The Wisco

 

The Wisco is no stranger to hosting local Wisconsin talent, and tonight was just another one in the books. I’ve been living in Madison for a little over a year and the Wisco quickly became one of my favorite haunts, and I was more than happy to take on my assignment tonight interviewing and recording the Milwaukee punk band, Indonesian Junk.

I enter the front door and see that the Wisco is PACKED like I’ve never seen it before! In all honesty, I had never before seen the bands that were playing there tonight, and I knew by the standing-room-only crowd that I must be in for some good music. How else do you explain that turnout?

My two friends join me in looking around the bar to find the guys in Indonesian Junk so we can get down to this interview. I’m about five-foot-nothin’ in stature, so looking around this wall-to-wall throng of party-goers and fans proved to be quite difficult.

I message him through facebook: “Hey so where can I find you in here?” The message sends and my friends and I look around to see who picks up their phone. One guy next to us does, but he’s on Instagram.

I get a message back: “I’m over by the merch table in the leather jacket.” I push my way through the crowd to stage left where the merch table is and find…about seven people in leather jackets by the merch table (because it’s a punk show what else would I expect?) I pull out my video camera hoping that Daniel will see the camera and realize who I am. Turns out he is directly in front of me, and I greet the tallest man in a leather jacket in the room. He is wearing Kurt Cobain-esque shades, black lipstick, and his leather jacket is really all that, expertly decorated with a handful of pins. He asks me if I want a CD for our blog, and of course I say yes and pick up a pin as well.

We step out back to the fenced-in smoking area so we can begin the interview. I promised it would be fast because holy crap it is COLD! I felt bad for dragging them out there, but the bar was just too loud to get a word in edgewise. I now feel especially bad because this was originally a video interview but, due to technical difficulties, the footage was therein unusable. Thankfully, the footage from their performance was more than great, and will be accompanying the video transcript interview ahead.

Glam, punk, hair metal—how in the world do you mash all that together? The guys in Indonesian Junk found a way. Their first song of the night starts and I could already tell they have influence from all across the board. Personally, I heard tastes ranging from Poison to Ramones and almost every good 70’s-90’s band in between. With tasty old school style licks and beats to keep you pogo-ing all night long, Indonesian Junk brought a wicked fun sound to the stage.

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Could you introduce yourself and state the position you play in the band?

DJ: I’m Daniel [James], I sing and play guitar.

JC: I’m Johnny [Cyanide], I sorta play bass.

M: I’m Mike [Mattner], I play drums.

 

How would you describe your sound? What influences and inspires Indonesian Junk?

DJ: Glam-punk-power-pop…uh, somewhere around there, haha.

JC: All that good stuff.

DJ: Lots of influences I guess.

JC: Alice Cooper.

MM: I don’t know I just drum.

DJ: We’re named after a Cheap Trick song so that’s the easy answer.

[** There’s a line in “Surrender” that goes: But just the other day I heard/ Of a soldier’s falling off/ Some Indonesian junk / That’s going round**]

 

How and when did Indonesian Junk come to be?

DJ: I think it was like 2014? I had a bunch of demos that I made that I put out, and then I got him [Johnny] to play bass. I met him at an Alice Cooper show. And eventually Mike tagged along.

 

I saw on facebook that you guys are on a bit of a tour right now, what cities are you planning to hit up next?

DJ: We’re doing a lot of weekenders right now. This weekend we’re doing this show in Madison and then Columbia, Missouri tomorrow. We got some other stuff coming up too….I can’t even remember. Where are we playing next month? I’m sorry I’m really bad at this, haha!

 

I heard you had an album that came out last year.

DJ: Yeah, it came out on Friday the 13th in October of last year. It’s called Stars in the Night, it’s our second album. It’s pretty cool, I like it. We’re still trying to sell it and that’s why we’re playing as many shows as we can.

 

What was the inspiration for this album?

DJ: I just wrote a bunch of songs (everyone laughs). Yeah I mean, just livin’, hanging out, reading comic books.

 

What do you like about playing in Madison?

DJ: We always have a good time here. I think this is like our fourth or fifth time playing here. This is the first time we’ve played the Wisco, but I have played here in other bands. It’s a cool town, it’s close to Milwaukee so we can do it on a Friday night very easily. There’s a lot of cool people here.

Any specific goals for this coming year as a band?

DJ: Can we say this yet?

JC: *shrugs*

DJ: I think we’re touring Europe in the fall, though we might end up doing it next spring. We wanna tour Europe and do another U.S. tour. Just try to sell as many records as we can. We’re already kind of working on our third album too right now but that won’t be out for a while ‘cuz we’re playing too many shows to practice the new songs.

 

Where can we find your music?

DJ: We have a website. It used to be Indonesianjunkpunk but I was just flubbing every time I said it. It’s like the worst tongue twister ever. So now its indonesianjunkrules.com. Just like, think about how much we rule. Or, it’s 2018 everyone knows how to google haha! We also have free stuff on bandcamp.

JC: Spotify too.

DJ: Yeah we’re everywhere. Just google us.

 

Anything you’d like to say to the folks at home?

DJ: It’s cold!

JC: It’s cold and it’s snowing!

MM: It’s so freaking cold.

DJ: Oh, and they got good burgers at the Wisco!

 

And with that, I turned off the camera and we all hurried inside and got burgers—and it’s true, the Wisco has great burgers!

Preceded by Saint Hell Brothers and then Shotdown, Indonesian Junk took the stage at about 11 PM and continued to rock my socks off. Two of their songs (“Turn To Stone” and “Shake It With You”) I have recorded for the world to see.

 

You can catch Indonesian Junk at a city near you, and you can find the tour dates, merch, music and more at the links below!

 

Facebook.com/indonesianjunk

Indonesianjunkrules.com

Indonesianjunk.bandcamp.com

 

Cat Sullivan

*photo does not belong to Music Maehem*