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Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//An Evening With MORBID SAINT

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

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

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

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

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Morbid Saint is:

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

Filmed by: Ian Gray and Emily Mae

Edited by: Emily Mae

Photos/Graphics by: Emily Mae

Interview by: Mitchel Fulcer

Live performance/tracks by Morbid Saint

 

 

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:

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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

Front Row//Hi/Jack

From the great land of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week’s Front Row Friday feature is the one and only Hi/Jack!
This two piece band made up of guitarist and vocalist Max Theisenhusen (aka Jack) and drummer and backup vocalist Ron Terrell, Hi/Jack brings their unique and refreshing old-school style of pure rock and roll as a breath of fresh air into our local scene. Between Max’s incredible drawn out guitar solos that make you feel like you’re wrapped up in a groovy warm blanket, and Ron’s jazz-meets-punk beats, with equally fantastic drum solos that knock you flat on your ass, Hi/Jack is sure to keep your body jiving throughout their whole set.
This week’s feature showcases Hi/Jack at the Back Bar in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Their new EP, Sunny Side Up, recorded at the infamous Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee!) is set to be released on April 21st, 2018, but is also available for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes! (link below)
ENJOY AND NEVER STOP ROCKIN AND ROLLIN!
Facebook.com/hijackmke
Pre-order links for Sunny Side Up:

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interview// Special- Squids and Kings

Welcome Music Mae-niacs to a very special edition to Weekend Warriors! This time, we have a double feature of two Wisconsin’s wildest thrashers All Kings Fall and Squidhammer Metal! They recently took to the road and headed down to St. Louis Missouri for an amazing benefit show. This was AKF’s furthest trip they have taken so far and we get to hear about it first right here! Also be sure to keep an eye out because both of these bands are releasing new albums this year! Look for Power Removal Service by Squidhammer Metal and Grip Control by All Kings Fall!!

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All Kings Fall Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/allkingsfall/

Squidhammer Metal Facebook:

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

Emily Mae 

 

Front Row//Seisma

SEISMA is a self-described “monster movie metal” band from Madison, Wisconsin. Inspired by Kaiju monster movies (i.e. movies like the original Godzilla) as well as many different genres of metal, SEISMA is groovy and heavy and brings a much needed breath of unique and satisfyingly weird air to the metal scene, especially here in Wisconsin.

Their newest album, SEISMA II: The Land Out Of Time, is a sequel in the story of their first album *​*​*​/​ˈsīzmä​/​*​*​*. Both albums are available now on their Bandcamp.

This week for our Front Row Friday installment, I headed out to the Wisco (again) on Willy St. in Madison to catch one of my favorite bands to have come out of this city.

https://seisma.bandcamp.com/

facebook.com/seismadyne

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 

Fresh Blood//Order Of Unukalhai

Welcome back to our monthly feature Fresh Blood, where we introduce you to one of the new bands making noise on the scene. This month we introduce you to Order Of  Unukalhai. You may have seen them around the scene lately, for they have been booking a lot of shows and making their name known fairly quickly.  Order of  Unukalhai describes themselves as “Extreme metal from Wisconsin” which if you want more of an in depth description on what that may entail, I would say something along the realm of doom or black metal with their own personal melodic twist.

Their debut album (self titled) can be found in the link below!

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https://orderofunukalhai.bandcamp.com/releases

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They are also teaming up with the band Beetlegork and are releasing a new split single!! We will be talking more about this at a later time, but it is due to be released this month so be sure you keep and eye out for it!

Some events coming near you from Order of Unukalhai:

March 9th at The Back Bart in Janesville WI

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March 17th The Reptile Palace in Oshkosh WI

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March 30th Franks Power Plant in Milwaukee WI

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To keep updated with what is new for Order Of  Unukalhai be sure to follow them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/orderofunukalhai/

Emily Mae 

 

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 

Extended Play// Micromanager- Mile 134

Welcome Music Maehem readers to our new feature: Extended Play. This is where we introduce you to the newest EP releases that the talented bands on the local scene have available to you.

For those of you who may be unsure of what an EP is, EP is actually short for Extended Play. EP’s are more tracks than a single but less than a full album; usually about 3 to 5 tracks are featured on an EP. Today, they are used as a way for a band to release content while they are still in the process of working on a full album. With all of that information out of the way, I introduce you to our very first feature: Mile 134 from Argyle, Wisconsin.

Mile 134 is a two piece band of brothers Tristan Waage (Drums, vocals) and Trey Waage (Guitar, vocals). When they perform, they really come at you with a lot of energy that reminds me very much of a lot of bands from the post-grunge era. They exude the same attitude and drive that everyone had back then and bring it to the now. This made complete sense to me when going in and reading up on the band’s profile and finding out that they actually were once more of a 90’s alternative rock influenced band that has been becoming more on the heavy side, as they have developed in their career. Their lyrical content is angry, angsty, intense and relateable.  They have a good balance of clean and guttural vocals, and very catchy riffs that are paired with low pounding drums. With Mile 134, it seems like you get a little bit of everything rock and metal has to offer.

Mile 134 just released their newest EP Micromanager, which is the beginning of their new sound as they make the full transformation from 90’s alt rock to hard rock/metal. While listening to Micromanager, I was reminded of some of the greats of hard rock such as Seether, Slipknot, Stone Sour, and Chevelle. However, there were still hints of their 90’s influences as well, especially in the vocals and picking patterns. I could feel things in there that reminded me of both Nirvana and Deftones, both bands that have a place in my heart. Honestly, there is just something that I love about a band when I can tell they are influenced by Nirvana, or if a musician is influenced by Kurt Cobain in general. I think ultimately it has something to do with knowing how to be raw and real with your emotions and reflect them in your art and work overall. There is definitely a place in the scene for Mile 134 and I can see them playing with some big acts in their near future! Beginning with a spot on Summer Fest 2018!

Below is a link to their lyric video featuring their track “Frown”  Be sure to look out for their newest  video “Apoplectic” coming out this summer!

 

To enjoy the rest of the tracks from Mircomanager  follow the links below:

 

https://mile134.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Be sure to like and follow Mile 134  on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mile134band/

To catch them live in the scene you can see them on March 17th at T n D’s Bar and Grill Monticello House

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Emily Mae 

Gear-view Mirror// All Kings Fall Drummer Jonathan “The Icelander” Nicewander

 

     Hello, local readers and gear enthusiasts. Mitchel Fulcer here to give you the lowdown on the local musicians near you. This week, as you may have read, I have decided to take a hard right turn and feature my first drummer in Gear-view Mirror. We will travel no further than my basement to get a very personal view of the Ragnarok owned by my personal friend and brother-in-arms Jonathan “The Icelander” Nicewander. This nine-piece beast has made its mark on the local scene over the past year with its amazing cymbal package and custom shells. I just couldn’t resist showing all of you.

     The first thing you notice about a kit like this, is the large Gibraltar rack. “I got so sick of carrying all of those damn cymbal stands,” Jonathan exclaimed to me. It can collapse into three sections for easier hauling and looks jaw-dropping on stage!

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Getting his start as a drummer, Jonathan used some run down cymbals you would expect to come with a used kit before upgrading to Sabian AAX. “If you’re gonna get ’em, fuckin’ get ’em.” Today, Jonathan proudly rocks Meinl Classics for bright attack and brief resonance.

From behind the kit, mounted with Mapex Falcon boom arms, we have:

16″ China

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14″ Medium Crash

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10″ Splash

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16″ Medium Crash

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12″ Splash

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18″ Medium Crash

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8″  Medium Bell

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10″ China Splash

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22″ Medium Ride

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18″ China

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Obviously, the Ragnarok was not the first kit for the Icelander. He began using a standard five-piece Tama kit equipped with a hi-hat, crash, and a ride cymbal. “The definition of standard.” he says before snickering loudly. Then Jonathan explains how he traded in some of his father’s unused gear and saved up to invest in his second kit, a nine-piece Pearl Export Custom. That brings him to where he is today.

In keeping with the Mapex shells, Jonathan uses a Mapex Black Panther Brass Cat 14″/5.5″ snare drum.

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With a finish of black pearl and blue spiral, the 100% birch shells give the Ragnarok attack and style. From left to right, they are:

8″/7″ mounted tom

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10″/8″ mounted tom

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12″/9″ mounted tom

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13″/10″ mounted tom

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14″/14″  floor tom

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16″/16″ floor tom

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The shells are skinned with Remo Pinstripe Ebony tom heads, an Emperor Coated snare head, and Powerstroke Pro kick heads.

22″/18″ Kick Drums.

“Two kick drums just looks fucking badass! Also, with two separate kick pedals, there is no kick back from the first beater to throw off the rhythm of the second, a problem you might notice with two beaters attacking the same head.” He considers two separate kick drums and his killer red wooden beaters to be the foundation of his style, which I certainly agree with.

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Keeping it in the family, the Icelander uses Mapex Falcon kick pedals.

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As well as a Mapex Falcon hi-hat stand.

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Last but not least are his ProMark Select Balance Forward 5A drumsticks.

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“In terms of the progression of my style and abilities, I wanted this to be my most advanced kit yet, so I got a totally sweet rack from my good friend Dave Miller of Toxic Ruin. This gave me the framework of the kit I was looking to build. As far as the shells, I wanted a birch set, and being heavily influenced by Chris Adler, Mapex stood out among the rest. I went their custom line, MyDenity.” To dampen the sustain of the birch shells, he uses the ebony heads.

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As a member of All Kings Fall, I was able to see first hand how the Icelander researched and built his kit with such careful precision. Not only was it an impressive amount of dedication and patience, but as far as the band’s sound is concerned, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Thank you, loyal audience, for sticking it out through my first drum article! Please leave me any constructive criticism, or send me a message on Facebook if you want to be featured here on Music Maehem.  As always, my friends, trash fast and head bang hard!!!

Mitchel Fulcer