The Bucketlist With IRON AGE MYSTICS!

*In this series we pose the age old questions to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*

Iron Age Mystics was formed in 2010, but their members are music veterans who have the battle scars to prove it. The politically charged rock band from Toronto is turning heads with their new music. Formed of not only veteran musicians but also extremely talented individuals. Those individuals quickly became one, and what they have produces is a musical blend of dissonant yet melody driven rock beneath passionately intelligent lyrics. Their sound has a cornucopia of styles. Within their songs you will hear influence from rock, punk, grunge, metal, and funk. It’s not often a band can meld all these styles into one band and create a cohesive album. However, Iron Age Mystics has done just that. Their new self released album ‘Pride Before The Fall.’ The band is currently not signed to a label, but we are certain labels will be beating on their doors soon enough. Continue reading

The Bucketlist With ROARING TRUTH

*In this series we pose the age old questions to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*

Since their inception in 2015, Dallas, Texas hard rock/heavy metal band Roaring Truth has set out to bring a positive energy to the scene with a sound that pays homage to the classic heavy metal greats. Their singles “Homesick” and “Do as I Say” have received much local acclaim and airplay around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and the band has just released their newest self-titled EP via DSN Music, available via online and mobile stores. Guitarist Marty Hill takes the time to answer our Bucketlist question: Continue reading

Interview with HEART OF JORDAN’s Elijah White

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Heart Of Jordan (Photo: Scott V Photography)

From Michigan, HEART OF JORDAN are a new band and they blew the doors off the Metalcore scene with their self-titled debut, which was released last year.  The band are made up of Preston Mailand on vocals, Eric TenEyck on guitar, Elijah White on guitar, Daniel Ray Fell Jr. on bass and Andrew Everett on drums.  I rated their debut as one of my top ten albums of 2018 and they have received praise from many rock journalists with their melodic take on the genre.  I was therefore excited to interview guitarist Elijah White, who is one of the most personable musicians I have had the pleasure of communicating with.

As the group were only formed in 2017, I was anxious to let Elijah explain how the band came together.

Heart of Jordan began its formation in early 2017 with Eric TenEyck (Guitar), and Andrew Everett (Drums). Andrew was filling in on drum duties for Eric’s now defunct band. After the band dissolved, Eric and Andrew decided to carry on with a new project. Preston Mailand (Vocals) was called in by Andrew and soon joined the fold after returning to Michigan from a stint in Florida playing in a small handful of gulf coast bands.

Preston and Eric combined some song ideas to create the beginning framework for the first four Heart of Jordan songs: “Enslaved”, “Deny”, “No Escape” and “Throne Alone.” Soon after, Eric reached out to me to fill out guitars. Eric and I have known one another since the early 2000’s, playing in bands together. I had been out of the scene for a while, focusing on work and family.

After a few jam sessions as a foursome, it became clear that something special was there. We currently have Alfonso Civile on full time bass duties.

I asked Elijah who was the driving force behind Heart Of Jordan‘s inception.

The concept for the name “Heart of Jordan” was introduced by Preston Mailand, during the bands first months, prior to me coming on board. Musically, Eric, Preston, and I all contributed near equally to the ideas that became the songs that you hear on the album.

I was interested in Elijah came to be a guitarist and his  influences.

Since I can remember, I’ve always gravitated toward music of all genres. Melodies are constantly playing in my head from wake to sleep. My mother bought me my first guitar at age twelve. I spent hours upon hours in my bedroom playing along to bands like Metallica, Slayer, Alice in Chains, Helmet, Soundgarden, etc. I’ve had a guitar in my hand ever since.

Leading on from finding out how he started playing guitar, I asked who Elijah rated amongst current guitarists.

Man, that’s a tough one. There are so many shredders and riffers today. Some of my favorites today are: Adam Dutkiewicz, Michael Padget, Brent Hinds, Tosin Abasi, Benjamin Weinman, and Stephen Carpenter.”

I wondered if there was a specific set of themes the band wanted to explore.

Preston writes almost all of the lyrics. During the recording of the album, some of those lyrics changed to fit new song structures, while still holding the same themes and ideas. Our primary theme on the album is the universal struggle of the human condition.

Having explored Elijah’s influences, I asked him whether there were any specific influences that came through on the debut album.

We hear quite often that we have a Killswitch Engage sound to us. There are also some 80’s metal, grunge, nu metal, and hard rock elements that push through on most of the material.

The songs on the album seem very well structured.  I asked Elijah about how the band wrote songs, whether they jam together or send files to each other.

Primarily, we send files to each other. We also try to capture ideas during rehearsal as they arise.

The band’s fanbase seem to be growing rapidly with over 45,000 streams on Spotify.  I was therefore interested in what the group had planned for 2019.

We plan on releasing at least one new single and two new music videos. We currently have a mini tour set up with our Michigan comrades in Heartsick. As well, we are are performing at Rocklahoma at the Darkside Stage. Aside form that, we are making plans for more regional touring and direct support shows for touring national acts.”

Following this up, I wondered if there was a dream tour Elijah would like to go out on and where would he would like to tour in the world.

Our album is doing really well on Spotify in Europe. That would be a first choice for me, strategically. I also think it would be pretty awesome to tour South America.

I asked him about his favorite gig to date and the reasons why.

I think I can speak for the band when I say that our most recent hometown show is our favorite show to date. Nothing beats a hometown show.

Finally, I wrapped up by asking whether the band have set any goals for themselves or whether it all happen organically.

Although we tend to be pretty spontaneous and aren’t the best with organizational skills, most of our current success has come from setting goals and general timelines to achieve those goals. It also helps to have an album that people really like!

With that, I wished Elijah and the band all the best for the future.  If you haven’t checked out Heart Of Jordan yet, you really should.  The band are the heartbeat of a new musical generation.

 

Michael Orlando (Dead Girls Academy) “I Was The Most Hated Person In The Scene”

 

In 2016, when the curtains closed on Vampires Everywhere, Michael Orlando sought out other avenues for his new musical vision. “I’ve had the name DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY on the tip of my tongue for a few years,” admits Orlando,” and I’ve always been on the darker side of things in rock & roll, and the name fits the sound and overall image. Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project. I called together Ronnie (Radke, Falling In Reverse) and our friend Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust) and we started arranging songs and melodies. Living in Hollywood, there are so many fucked up things I’ve seen, the stories in my head, I could write six novels about them all. But that’s what breeds the creative juice and you will believe me once you hear DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY.”

“When Ronnie and I sat down to write ‘I’ll Find A Way,’ we were pretty adamant on stating truths. We wanted lyrics that would hit home and tell this story about conquering your inner demons. The voices in your head are pushing one way, and your heart is pushing the other – riding the line between right and wrong. I’m hoping this story, this song will give hope. The cure to happiness is inside us and we must not give up without a fight.”

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An Interview With HIGH RISE! [Video]

High Rise are a Metalcore band hailing from South West London. Formed in 2014 the band have taken influences from bands like Underoath, The Ghost Inside and A Day to Remember to find and hone their own sound – ambient overtones with hard hitting riffs accompanied by dual vocal harmonies and much more. Following on from the success of their 2015 debut EP ‘Tides Will Take You’, High Rise independently released their second 5-track EP ‘Left It For Everything’, recorded with Dan Kerr at Avenue Studios [Our Hollow Our Home, Shields, Create to Inspire], in July 2016.

After a fantastic 2017 that saw the band play with a whole host of incredible artists including Bad Omens, Our Hollow Our Home, Create to Inspire, Vanity and Faces of Eve, as well as a well received slot on the Vocalzone Stage at Teddy Rocks Festival, and several sold out ‘home town’ shows in Kingston, High Rise are in the process of finishing writing for their new music release, due in 2018.

 

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An Interview With SCREAM BLUE MURDER [Video]

Photo Credit: Marianne Harris

Scream Blue Murder formed in Coventry in the United Kingdom in 2014. The band quickly released an EP which showcased their unique take on metalcore. The band then released their debut full length ‘Hollow Stories’ in Spring of 2016. Since this, they have toured the USA three times and EU/UK countless times. 2019 is set to be a huge year for Scream Blue Murder as they return with their 2nd album which will follow up their successful debut ‘Hollow Stories.’ They will be hitting the road in a serious way, returning back to the USA, as well as touring at home and across Europe, making this their biggest year so far, and one you won’t want to miss out on!

 

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An Interview With IMONOLITH’s Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen!

 

IMONOLITH – the new metal powerhouse featuring vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Arkaea), drummer Ryan ‘RVP’ Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian Waddell (Devin Townsend Project), bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), and second guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) – is making an unforgettable entrance with a brand new official single, “Hollow”, available to stream/download for the first time today. Continue reading

An Interview With BURY TOMORROW’s Daniel Winter-Bates [Video]

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Bury Tomorrow are a British metalcore band formed in 2006 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. The band is composed of five members; lead vocalist Daniel Winter-Bates, rhythm guitarist and singer Jason Cameron, bassist Davyd Winter-Bates, drummer Adam Jackson and lead guitarist Kristan Dawson, who replaced founding guitarist Mehdi Vismara in 2013. Bury Tomorrow have released five studio albums, their most recent being ‘Black Flame’, released on 13 July 2018.

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The Bucketlist With SEASON OF GHOSTS


*In this series we pose the age old questions to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*


Hey there! It’s that time of the month again where we ask artists which band/artist they have been craving to see live for the very first time. So for today, we have, Sophia Aslanides and her troupe, collectively known together as SEASON OF GHOSTS, all the way from Tokyo, Japan. Formed in 2013, they released their debut album, ‘The Human Paradox‘ right away in December, 2014. This was followed by their second album, ‘A Leap Of Faith‘, released in 2018 to the worldwide audience. What makes this band unique and not just another brick in the wall is that, the music that they produce is an amalgamation of several hues on the palette. You ask for it and they have it; right from, electronic elements, trance, heavy guitar riffing with a very cinematic and grand vibe to it. The songs are very inspirational and uplifting, a perfect combo to dish out for all genres of rock fans.

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An Interview With Indian Metal Act CHAOS!

Ever since I joined MetalNexus and became friends with my Indian co-worker I started to be interested in bands from India and Chaos is one of those bands I instantly fell in love with. Just after a couple of songs I realized that this is what I needed for my collection, some hard hitting and most of all brutal thrash from the Indian music scene!

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