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Arch / Matheos reveals details for new album, 'Winter Ethereal'; launches video for first single, "Straight and Narrow"
In progressive metal circles, the names of guitarist Jim Matheos and vocalist John Arch are spoken with due reverence. With the former having been a driving force in Fates Warning for thirty-five years, and the latter the original front-man of that band, they also have a single seminal work under the Arch / Matheos banner, 2011's Sympathetic Resonance. In 2019, they have reunited to follow that record up with Winter Ethereal, a more stylistically varied and perhaps deeper collection that explores a lot of sonic territory over the course of nine immersive tracks. "This stems from both of us trying to step out of our comfort zones a bit, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes being pushed," states Matheos. "Having worked together so many times, it would be easy to fall into the same way of doing things, and I think we were both interested in exploring some new areas." Arch concurs and adds: "Each song is notably different from the next, and nothing sounds repetitive. It is not a concept album, but somehow after a full listen from start to finish, there does seem to be continuity between the songs that I can't describe. At over an hour long, I think the fans will agree that it is a full listening experience."

Winter Ethereal will be released May 10th on Metal Blade Records. A video for the song "Straight and Narrow" is available now for streaming. Watch the video and pre-order the album in various bundle packages at metalblade.com/archmatheos

Winter Ethereal will be available in the following formats:
-digipak-CD
-black / white marbled swirl (US exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
-clear w/ blue smoke (US exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
-ice blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
-white vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
-white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 400 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!



Upon completion of Sympathetic Resonance, the duo neither declared it a one-off work nor planned on making a follow up, and rather than force anything, they waited for the right timing to present itself, opening the door for a sophomore release. Having commenced writing for the record in the spring of 2017, nothing included was at any point destined for a Fates Warning record, and everything was penned specifically for Arch / Matheos. This contributes to the record's distinctive feel, and had it not come so naturally, there would be no Winter Ethereal. "The way we work together is no pressure, no deadline, at least until we get close to recording," says Matheos. "We allow ourselves a lot of time and flexibility to see if we even have anything to say. That's first and foremost. We start by writing, and if things start shaping up and we're excited and inspired, we keep going until we're confident that we'll be able to do a whole record." Rather than reform the full line-up of the first record - made up entirely of Fates Warning members - this time around, the duo favored mixing things up with a variety of contributing musicians. "We decided that it would be a good idea to use a different lineup and hopefully avoid a lot of the confusion created around the first record. At the same time, we didn't want to give the impression that we were forming a new 'band' that would be touring/recording beyond this current record. With that in mind, I thought it might be an interesting idea to have a few different rhythm sections across the record, to give things a different feel and sound under the familiar top layer of vocals and guitars by John and I." This lineup comprises both present and former Fates Warning drummers and bassists - Joey Vera, Bobby Jarzombek, Joe Dibiase and Mark Zonder - plus other noted musicians, such as the legendary Steve Di Giorgio (Death, Testament, Charred Walls Of The Damned), Cynic's Sean Malone, and renowned drummer Thomas Lang.

While not a concept album, Arch asserts that "anyone who takes the time to read the lyrics will probably connect with a recurring theme touching on the mysterious weight or flight of human emotion that leaves us with more questions than answers." In the context of the title, rather than referring to the season, Winter was chosen for having "certain connotations sometimes associated with it, such as isolation, a withering to rebirth", and with Ethereal meaning "not of this world, or otherworldly", there came a "meaningful marriage between the two words that best summed up the theme of the album". For the most part, Arch's lyrics come as a reaction to the music Matheos presents him with, letting the thoughts and feelings evoked dictate the direction. Enjoying listeners making their own interpretation of his lyrics, he typically does not go into detail about specific tracks, but as an example of the direction he was drawn, he references "Pitch Black Prism" and the many influences that went into shaping it. "The impetus for this song started with seeing images of dolls left behind at the schools and homes near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Many weeks of research into the personal accounts and survivors' testimonies led me deeper into curiosity. I was halfway into the song when I stumbled across a documentary called 'The Russian Woodpecker', which inspired a larger twist on the direction of meaning. However, it wasn't until I saw a post from a Chernobyl survivor named Yuri, who was one of the musicians employed by the Russian Government sent with his bandmates and a ballet dancer into the heart of the disaster to entertain the dying, that the song became complete."

Making the most of contemporary technology, almost all collaborators tracked their parts in their respective home studios, while guitars and vocals were laid down at Matheos' studio with him handling the production. Working this way was conducive to creativity and a process that was most agreeable to both Arch and Matheos. "For me, having the freedom and drive to work in isolation is one of the things I like best about recording," says Matheos. "It allows me to experiment, and often fail, without feeling inhibited or constrained. That said, John offered a lot of encouragement, whether remotely or in person, and pushed me into directions I wouldn't normally go." Matheos was similarly supportive when it came to Arch laying down his parts. "I really enjoy the studio situation, mainly because it feels like home," the vocalist states. "It is a low-key relaxing environment, Jim is behind the console, and I'm behind the mic, and no one is pushing anyone. Whatever creative differences we have, we work out with compromise. I appreciate Jim's patience while I'm tracking vocals because it can be brutal at times. It's also cool because I get a front row seat watching Jim track his guitars, sometimes late into the night 'til we both run out of gas. We are longtime friends, and a couple shots and laughs at the end of a long day make for some good memories."

One thing is certain, with Winter Ethereal, fans of Arch / Matheos will feel that the long wait endured for new music has been worth it. The natural manner in which it all came together makes it all the more special. "Sometimes after being away from something for a while and having life experiences to draw from, you feel you have something to say or offer. Music has always been the best medium for me to express what sometimes words alone cannot, and the timing for this record was just right," Arch asserts. When it comes to the words he would most readily apply to the album, he immediately goes to "unpretentious, emotionally driven, and, sometimes, the hard truth. 'Sympathetic Resonance' had many of these elements, but I think 'Winter Ethereal' does it with more breathing room, giving the listener time for reflection."

Winter Ethereal track-listing
1. Vermilion Moons
2. Wanderlust
3. Solitary Man
4. Wrath of the Universe
5. Tethered
6. Straight and Narrow
7. Pitch Black Prism
8. Never in Your Hands
9. Kindred Spirits

Arch / Matheos online:
https://www.facebook.com/archmatheos/
https://twitter.com/archmatheos
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Cry Of The Wolf Magazine Interview Questions for CHLOE TRUJILLO


Wife, Artist, Mother, Musician. CHLOE TRUJILLO has seen and done it all and continues to push boundaries to bring her unique artistic vision to life on many fronts. You may know her as the wife of METALLICA Bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO, but CHLOE leads a life all her own dedicated to the pursuit of artistic value and connection in a chaotic world. 

Thank You for taking the time to do this

Tell us about your upcoming album.

I'm actually working on 2 at the same time...

Take us through the writing process.

Usually when I paint is when I start "hearing" melodies and words, and thanks to nowadays technologies, I can just record my ideas immediately on my phone and keep painting. Later on I listen to my ideas and put together a song.
Sometimes though I would be more traditional and play some chords or single notes on piano or guitar or bass and start my writing process that way. I also write poems which become songs.

In your ears, what makes a perfect song. What key elements does it have to
have?

For me to like a song, it has to have an edge to it, no matter the style of music. 

As an artist do you feel a piece of artwork or a design is ever truly finished or does it evolve?

An artist decides when a piece is finished, but to me it's always the hardest decision to make...I still re-work and transform pieces from years ago...Art can always evolve...That's why I like deadlines, it forces me to "finish" a piece.

How do you balance family with being an artist/musician?

Luckily my whole family is artistic, whether it's music, art or design! And I grew up that way too, so I have some experience on being the daughter and grand-daughter of artists and now the wife and mother of artists.
Still, it's not always easy, and balance never really exists. When my husband is on tour, I am like a single mom and have to juggle school, kids activities, house work and work. But I wouldn't change a thing, I get inspired by my children all the time and I love that we are all creative! 

Any subject matter you would not write about?

Not really....

How did you get involved with MUSICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS?

Well when I started this collaboration with the guitar strap company, we wanted to give back, I researched a charity that has something to do with music, as I truly believe music is a powerful healer! I found out about Musicians without Borders and their amazing work on providing music education in zones of conflicts and decided to donate proceed from the sales of those guitar straps to them. They then came to me to design their 20th anniversary t-shirt and I agreed to design it and to become an ambassador for them, spreading the word on their work, trying to expand their potential in helping many lives.

Do you feel politics is something artists should weigh in on?

I am not a politician, but I think art and music is stronger than politics, and brings people together in harmony. 

Obviously your involved with social media platforms. Do you see this medium as ultimately positive for an artist or is it something else?

Social media is weird...It's great as it gives everybody a platform to present themselves and their work to a whole lot of people, it gives us artists a certain independence, but it can also be a trap.  I see too many friends addicted to this thing, and so much that they are counting how many likes they've had every day, trying to post to get even more likes, more followers instead of focusing on their craft...I've been there...and I catch myself! It's a crazy vortex that can lure you in easily....

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a musician/artist?

Not knowing what tomorrow will provide...It's a very solitary work, being in the studio all day, not having direct feedback on your work, continuing no matter what...Keeping the faith and staying on it... Even with music, I write on my own, and yes I do get together with other musicians to finish a song, but even that, we are never sure what will come out of this collaboration? 
Believing in yourself and your work, it's very hard! Plus no one is there to tell you what to do, it's freeing, and it's amazing to be free, but you have to be sustainable, make sure you sell your art or your music to survive...and that's another hard part...I am not a sales person or a marketer, and most artists aren't... 

What got you first involved in music?

Music has always been part of my life! It has always helped me survive through  the toughest times... My grand father was a touring singer, my parents were listening to a whole lot of music, mostly heavy rock, they always used cool music for their runway shows. Then I became a teenager and really got into grind core and death metal, I started hanging out with the punk rockers in the Paris metro, quickly became friends with venue owners, musicians, roadies, music fans...and they became my extended family in a way...That's a long story...

Being a metal magazine, we have to ask: favorite Metallica song?

It used to be Leper Messiah. There are now tons of new ones that I love...it's the most difficult question...

Anything you want to say to the fans?

Fans are the best! They keep the art and music alive! I am a fan too!

Thanks again

Thank you!

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CORRODED--
     Every once in awhile a band comes through the pipeline that blows the doors off your car. CORRODED is just such a band. This album, BITTER, is chock full of juggernaut riffs, incendiary vocals and quite frankly, one of the best sounding cd in a long time. Not a bad song on the album. This is a band to watch because believe me we have not taken this cd out of rotation here at our mountain hideaway. Hands down a front runner for band of the year from us. CORRODED---BITTER       10/10 Wolf Howls


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Members answering: James - Vocals & Lead Guitar, Steph - Rhythm Guitar, Gordon - Bass and backing vocals, Leo - Drums

First and fore most who came up with the name:   
That's a funny story because we were stressing about it for weeks. Gordon and myself (James) had gone back and forth with 100 different names. We were at lunch with my girlfriend Ashley one day and we were like.. Saints and Sinnners.. no that's taken.. Saints Row is a game.. then Ashley piped up "Sinner's Row?" and Gordon and I looked at each other like.. hmm.. maybe? So we slept on it for a day and it still felt right so we went with it.

 How would you describe your music? 
Gordon - Old school thrash/grove metal with a modern edge to it
Leo - I think its heavy, melodic and full of groove. The drum sound is very important to me as it is the foundation of the band. If my drums aren’t tuned properly, the overall sound of the band is affected in a negative way. We want our audience to not just hear the music, but we want them to feel it as well.
James – I always say it’s just old school metal.. Big-4-influenced thrash.

Take us through the writing process. Does everyone contribute? 
Gordon - Lyrically it’s James and myself, my writing style is more of a story and then James and I work the lyrics into the proper cadence so it fits the music. Musically it’s everyone in the band working together as a team.

Leo - I don’t really contribute to the lyric writing process. I pretty much stick to writing the drum tracks for all of the songs. My current schedule doesn’t allow me to contribute at this time. Just really busy with other stuff.
James – One of us will come up with an idea and bring it in. For lyrics thus far it’s been Gordon or myself, or our old buddy Anthony working with us. Gordon usually starts with a stream of consciousness idea and lets the words flow, then we massage it into the music we think matches the feel. Me, I start with a melody or vocal cadence in my head and work from that.
Something in your personal music collections that fans might not expect?  
 Steph – Wham
Gordon - NWA, Ice Cube, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Enya and Lorrena Mckinnett and Irish Folk Music, just to name a few.
Leo - A few Jazz, Blues, and Country albums. I grew up on Country music and later Rock. I really got into Jazz in high school due to the odd time signature’s and timing, and with Country music I learned how to play with finesse.   Then I heard YYZ for the first time, and it all came together.
James – Panic! At the Disco.. I’m a big fan of Urie’s vocals and writing. Bob Schneider, another great songwriter from Austin.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a musician 
Steph - Being unique
Gordon - Since I have only been playing bass for 3 years, its been getting better at playing, understanding what I'm playing and why the chords work or don't work.
Working a full time job and playing gigs can be challenging at time as well.
Leo - I think balancing the different genres and styles of music that I enjoy playing. I’m a fan of music, and I will try to play just about anything on drums and make it sound cool!
James – Music/Work/Life balance for sure, and trying to constantly improve and evolve. Stagnation is death in my view. So I’m always working on what can I do to level up.
What makes a perfect song for you? What are the elements for your ears? 
 Steph - Incorporating the melody of the song. Anyone can play fast, but the beauty of music is when you are able to make it melodic
Gordon - It's a song you can feel not just hear, when the lyrics and the melody match up and you have to song along.
Leo - I’ve never really thought about what makes a perfect song for me. A good song for me is one that tells a really good story, and I can hear all of the instruments involved in their own unique way through the emotional 10 minute high!
James – Storytelling and being memorable. You have to balance inspiring emotion through your story and that little special something that makes it stick in the mind. It’s not easy. I aspire to that one day. Chris Stapleton said in an interview once that if writing a hit song was easy, cuz it pays well, everyone would do it.
Favorite local club to perform in? 
Steph - BFE (Only one i've done lol)
Gordon, Leo, and James – Acadia Bar & Grill in North Houston, Tommy is one of the best sound gurus in Houston!
Name one band that you would love to tour with? 
Steph and Leo – Metallica
Gordon - There are so many, but one I know for sure is Amon Amarth since Slayer is retiring
James – Testament. True legends and seemingly such down to earth dudes.
Strangest thing that ever happened at a gig 
Gordon - Nothing really strange has happened yet, but my strap came off my bass and I had to play the rest of the song holding it, not strange but embarrassing
Leo - When I was with The Badd Boys From Houston Tejas back in 94, we opened up for a touring band at Headbangers. Well those dudes were stoned out of their minds and were playing like shit! So the promoter shut them down, and asked us to finish the show.
James – We were playing a show in Beaumont and we blew a breaker mid-set. Had to move everything over to another circuit.. that was pretty funny.
Is social media a positive or negative impact on your music? 
Steph - Positive. Social media is a way to get our music heard and recognized by the metal fans out there
Gordon - Both, getting your band out there to the masses is always a positive thing, but having to live within the constraints and rules they have can be a problem.  You live or die by what is seen or heard on your page, but that's a very small part of your total works.  If they don't like what they hear it likely they won't listen to anything else the might fall in love with.
Leo - I can’t really say, cuz I’m really not into social media. But I think it can only be positive if the music is really good. I think it’s negative when drama and rants get involved.
James – Good for indy musicians overall. You can promote yourself and get your music out there, the hard part is standing out among the flood.
Any subject matter you will not write about? 
 Steph and James – Politics
Gordon - Me personally no, I have no issues writing about anything.
Leo - My family! We are very private and we like it that way!
Anything you would like to say to your fans? 
Steph - Thanks for supporting Sinner's Row and rock on

Gordon - Thank you from the bottom of my heart, without the fans there would be no reason to play.  I am always humbled by the fact that someone is into what I have had a hand in creating and I will forever be grateful.

Leo - We are dedicated to writing and recording the best material for everyone!  Unfortunately that takes time, but time is what we have.

James – Just all the love and thanks I can muster. Our fans make it fun to jump on stage and I’m in awe and humbled every time I hear someone say how a riff or a chorus stuck in their head for a day. Audience is everything for a musician.. so thank you, thank you.

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-First and fore most who came up with the name?
Niina: I came up with the name from Soundgarden’s ”Black Hole Sun” music video. There’s a little girl grilling a Barbie doll.

-How would you describe your music?
Heidi: It’s pretty much classic rock with various ”spices” on it. New album is filled with fresh ideas that we hadn’t have chance to carry out on previous albums. Tight rock attitude with a good old punch in the face. This time we are also providing some sentimental wild west guitars and lil’ groovy funk elements as well.
Niina: It definitely got some new elements comparing the previous ones, but at the same time it still sounds like B-Q-B.

-Take us through the writing process. Does everyone contribute?
Heidi: Usually Niki brings a singing melody idea and we start to work on that. With new album we cooperated with the whole band in most of the songs.
Niki:I usually sit at home working on writing melodies and then I ́ll bring my ideas to the band practise and then we start working on building up the songs all together, but sometimes we might just jam at rehearsal and then a song gets born that way.
Niina: In addition to this, we also had few outsiders to help us through this album process. As writers and arrangement side too.

-Something in your personal music collections that fans might not expect?
Heidi: Heidi: Adele, Regina Spector, powerful female singers.
Niki: Ed Sheeran.
Niina: I’m a fan of Motown singing groups such as The Ronettes, The Supremes, and The Temptations just to mention few. My oldest and the ”cheeriest” favorite is also The Beach Boys. Been listening to them since I was 3-4 years old to date. I could call it real love.

-What has been the most challenging aspect of being a musician?
Heidi: The trick is to combine timetables in music career and normal life. Being confident and believing on your own skills is the hardest part of it.
Niki: The feeling of just standing in one place and not going anywhere, its been a struggle for many years to keep the band still standing. It’s requires lots of hard work and patience.
Niina: The fact that you put so much time and effort to your music career and still not able to survive financially without having a Day job.

-What makes a perfect song for you? What are the elements for your ears?
Heidi: good song is a good song, genre doesn’t matter. The lyrics of the song and a story behind it has a big impact on me. A great song strikes deeply and gives you shivers. The singer’s interpretation is very important.
Niki: For me it’s when a song gets under your skin and touches your heart either you get goosebumps or you wanna shed a tear.
Good example is Queen’s ”Who wants to live forever”.
Niina: It’s a perfect combination with great melody and good interpretation. A really great song stays in your heart forever and gives you strength to carry on through hard times.

-Favorite local club to perform in?
Niki: In Helsinki it must be On The Rocks, its a small intimate place with limited capacity of audience, but the spirit there is great when you perform.
Niina: For me definitely Tavastia. The most legendary rock club in Helsinki. I’ve seen so many Idols of mine on that stage. Still hope to play my 4th show there with full crowd. That would be great. That’s something to aim for.

-Name one band that you would love to tour with?
Niki: The list is huge; Rolling Stones, Queens of the stone age, AC/DC, L7, The Hellacopters just to name
few ..can you hook us up? ;D
Niina: Rival Sons would be awesome!

-Strangest thing that ever happened at a gig?
Niki: Getting a men’s underwear thrown in my face while preforming ;D
Niina: Getting top of my the head burned by a  strong spotlight on top of me. It was a pure torture.

-Is social media a positive or negative impact on your music?
Niki: Definitely positive

-Any subject matter you will not write about?
Niki: Something that would offend someone. For example, we wouldn’t make hate songs of known people etc...
If I’m angry in my lyrics, it’s always something to do with my personal experiences.
I also try to avoid political subjects.
Niina: I like to think that we stand for equality and charity in every way. Hate is hate, but in our case hate comes in a form of love. We’ve all had our rocks on the road, but we wouldn’t throw them too hard on passers-by.

-Anything you would like to say to your fans?
Niki: Thank you for your support and welcome new listeners! We really hope we get to see you at our shows in the future.


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There are legends and icons in heavy metal and then there is DORO PESCH, who embodies both. Her passion and true love for the art form of heavy metal music as well as her equally unbridled love for her fans is the first thing you realize about DORO. We have had a chance to chat as she geared up for her 2019 tour.

How do you get yourself in shape for the tour?
I'm doing martial arts. working out. jogging. building up the stamina. then we prepare a nice intro. rehearse some new songs. I want to do a live record. Constantly thinking of new things to do during the show. Special effects. Some clubs don't allow pyro technics so we have to come up with other things.

And this tour features a double headliner, Doro and Metal Church.
I've loved metal church since the early days. They are really nice. Its a good vibe. That is most important. each band supports the other band. We share our crews. Its a good start. The crowd will appreciate it. Old school metal.



Do you find it hard to pick songs for a set list
yes. so many songs. so many records it is hard. somehow every song means something to me. Sometimes we sneak in songs that were never released in the states. all the highlights and some unexpected ones.

When you covered metallica do you hear from them.
Not yet. but when we covered breaking the law by Judas priest. Rob Halford said he loved it. We saw them live and the tour manager said you can come up and sing it. I thought Oh my God I'm hopping on stage with rob I was thinking I wouldn't remember the lyrics. He said you'll be fine come on.

When you get together to rehearse do you improvise new songs?
Usually We make a list and then we get prepared. We've played together for years now. Sometimes we enjoy a little medley. We are a good team. Great Musicians. Everyone has ideas. Sometimes things work out awesomely. Sometimes we set up lists for the States and then different for Europe. A few of my favorite records were never released in the states during the grunge era.
All killers no fillers!

Are you ever surprised by how passionate the fans are?
Sometimes the fans show me their tattoos.They go full out. Its so awesome. I want to tell them I am just as dedicated. But I am blown away sometimes. I love tattoos. When I was younger I used to tattoo all my friends. So I appreciate what they mean to people. My whole life is dedicated to the fans and the music. My true love. They get more insane every day. Inspires me to give my all.

What is the strangest thing at a gig you have seen?
 One time a lady said she would name her next baby after me. She said if this was ok. I said yes. But had a boy. But he does have Doro Rock In the middle of his name. We see them at shows now.

Check out DORO and METAL CHURCH on tour now!!

https://www.doromusic.de/

DORO - All For Metal (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - YouTube

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The Wings Of War is New Jersey's Thrash kings OVERKILL'S 19th Studio album. I had a chance to talk with Lead vocalist Bobby Blitz about the new album, being from New Jersey and life on the metal road.


The new album kicks ass as expected. How did you feel going into the recording of this album your 19th?
     The chemistry had changed. Jason Bittner had come into the fold. He is a schooled musician. Probably the most Musically trained we have had in the band. So he brought something different to the party. So we knew the chemistry would change. The question is, would we embrace this new change and I think you can see by the release that we did.

With a Song like "Welcome to the Garden State", Who came up with the idea to include the Springsteen ending? 
    That was D.D.'s Idea. He was cutting pieces together and then we played a scratch track to it and said if we go then lets go all the way. we always wanted to cover the song. The rumor is that Springsteen loves when people cover his stuff, especially Jersey guys.

Over 30 years, 19 studio albums, countless tours..Any regrets?
   I don't think so. The fact that we are having this conversation is a testimony to a life pretty well lived. It's not a career anymore. I think...I'm in. I do like the fact that I have been able to live my life the way I would like to. We like doing this. We do it with frequency, passion, and high principal.

Are there times when you cant stand the road?
It's a middle age boys club. We are all degenerate gamblers. Sometimes we drink to much. We put the work in prior to the tour so the tour itself is not work. Going out an doing shows is living like a juvenile delinquent again. Its fun for us.

What keeps inspiring you for lyrics? For instance the song "Batshit Crazy".
Its about paying attention. I don't talk politics or social events. I think its up to the individual to decide. I'm no smarter than from the first record. Don't take advice from me. But if you keep your eyes open you get filled with things. And I get the opportunity every couple of years to put them in lyrics. Even though they tend to be abstract they cleanse me. They clean my head out. On a song like "Batshit Crazy", its a topic about where is the common sense. We are living in a world without common sense.

social media?
we have someone do it. we are self managed so it comes across my desk. I don't have any of that. I come from a hand shake era. But I realized this was needed early on. to stay relevant we had to be involved. its both negative and positive. Its both. I'm an old school guy. Our social media was taking our flyers and stapling them to anything you could. But I realize that this is how it is now. I think the down side is probably is more so for the newer bands. So many bands get over looked. We use it to our advantage. the idea is to adapt to the hammer of the day and the hammer currently is social media. Whats current is what is important.I'm proud of our career. I'm proud because we are relevant and the reason we are is that we have no problem reinventing ourselves. So it still gives us the opportunity to do the things we love because we have embraced it.

 Strangest thing you have ever seen at a show?
I have seen it all. People fornicating. A guy handed me a leg onstage. somewhere in the Midwest so I'm standing there holding this dudes prosthetic leg. He's handing me a pen yelling "sign it". I'm like I'm not giving this back.

Any hobbies outside of music?
    I've been raising dogs my whole life. I live in a really rural area. So its outdoor living. I'm a Harley guy. I like old cars. I'm busy outside of overkill. When your on the road I love playing. I love playing live but I like fast cars. I like tinkering around with them. When I'm on the road I miss being home but when I get home I miss the road.
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Rain Or shine is hard rock at its melodic finest. Steve S.R. and Andy R. McCormack are incredibly talented musicians whose combined talent explodes on this release. Fans of good, hard rock with attention to melody should pick this release up. Below is the interview with Steve S.R. himself.
First and fore most who came up with the name:
I had come up with a list of names that sounded cool by the time we had finished recording our debut album, but ‘Rain Or Shine’ seemed to fit this particular project the most, so eventually we chose that.
How would you describe your music? 
Although, I am not particularly fond of putting labels on music, I consider Rain Or Shine a melodic hard rock project. Our first album “Seize The Night” had a more old-school feel in both composition and sound, but the new album is modern and kinda versatile.
Take us through the writing process. Does everyone contribute? 
I started this project in order to write and share my songs with the people that have the same passion about melodic rock music as me. However, to this day, lots of great musicians and sound engineers worked with me to make that happen. Concerning the composition part, I am usually on my own. Every idea starts from a nice riff, a catchy melody or an interesting concept working its way to a whole song. Next comes the arrangement. In that part, I try every idea that comes on the table from every person that is somehow involved in the song. The last part is the recording. In the new album, I worked with even more people than the first one in the recording process and I would like to thank all of them for doing an amazing job, especially Aurora for the duet in “New Love” and Tasos for the duet in “We All Back Down”. In our future work, I am planning on working with much more musicians and engineers, since that worked absolutely fine in this one. If you guys read this, you all rock!
Something in your personal music collections that fans might not expect?  
Hmm I don’t know. Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys? Hahahaha! I am a 90s kid and I always liked pop music, especially in the past, when less crap was released. Even today there are some awesome pop acts that I love, like Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran. Surprised, yet? Regarding pop music, as long as it’s melodic, fun, catchy, requires some kind of talent and is not as shallow as singing about your “private parts”, it is fine by me.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a musician 
Infinite patience. Personally speaking, having to compose, arrange, record and mix a song requires listening to it thousands of times, to the point that you get sick of the repetition. That definitely requires patience on my part. But, in the end, if I still like what I hear, it means I’ve actually written a great song.


 What makes a perfect song for you? What are the elements for your ears? 
The perfect song is the one that makes your heart beat faster or gives you the chills. I am not sure, if there are specific elements for writing a perfect song. If that was the case, we would have known by now, the recipe would have leaked and everybody would be able to write the perfect song. I think it all comes down to the correct combination of elements, instead of the combination of the correct elements, if that makes any sense.
Favorite local club to perform in? 
Performing live is not the priority of this project. The core of Rain Or Shine is me and Andy, since we play in all of the songs. People that collaborated with us also belong to the Rain Or Shine family. But, Rain Or Shine is not a live band. We haven’t crossed out the scenario of a live performance in the future with guest performers, though. Personally, I have performed in Eightball Club and Live Stage in Thessaloniki, which was an awesome experience. I would also love to perform in Gagarin205 in Athens.
Name one band that you would love to tour with? 
H.E.A.T. Amazing musicians, young and energetic, flawless live performances. I would be honored.
Strangest thing that ever happened at a gig 
In the past, when I was in a glam band, a member of the band tried to style his hair using an air freshener instead of a hairspray, just before getting on stage. It was an honest mistake, considering, he wasn’t aware of the brand. Still, the result was weird, sad and funny altogether.
Is social media a positive or negative impact on your music? 
Definitely positive. It is a great way to communicate with the fans, to announce stuff and attract more people. Since we do not perform live, most people got to know about Rain Or Shine through social networking. Also, it is the only way to promote our new work on our own.
Any subject matter you will not write about? 
Anything that won’t inspire me to write music about. Also, there are lots of things I do like, but are not much of an inspiration for new music, but this could change, I guess.
Anything you would like to say to your fans? 
First of all, I would like to thank you all for the support. It’s really amazing to see people care about what you create. Keep spreading the word about Rain Or Shine and if you haven’t already, go and get the CD of our new album ‘The Darkest Part Of Me’. It keeps us going and gives us the ability make more stuff for you. Keep rockin’!


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 LA based, blue midnight is a power house of searing melody and metal riffs, tempered by an overall spacial sensuality that puts your restless soul into a deep dream like state. In fact they have dubbed their brand of metal, dream metal, and there is no doubt this band is a force to be reckoned with.




1. Take us through the writing process
Justine: The writing process is very emotional for me. I usually always start with lyrics because I always want to make sure that I’m telling a story and my own personal truth. I like to really think about the words and the journey of the song. I love to think about highs and lows.It always starts with a pen and paper. I don’t even type. I really think handwritten lyrics are more powerful and more raw.
2. What has been the most satisfying moment as a band?
Justine: I remember when we were getting ready to play our first gig ever and we had trouble getting things down in rehearsal. We kept messing up a chorus or two. It took us hours to hammer out the transitions and really figure things out. However, once we did and once we got the momentum going, it really felt rewarding. We also have these moments at rehearsals where we feel like we n
eed to run things over again, but we’re so hungry. We always make a compromises like run this one more time and then we can eat.
3. You have described your music as “Dream Metal” What does This mean?
Justine: Dream Metal is a genre that I created because I wanted a new way to classify my music. The idea behind Dream Metal is that it is very light and ethereal with synthesizers, strings, pure vocals and electronic drums, but then it is fused with elements of heavy metal like 7 string guitar, hard hitting drums, and bass. The idea is for people to rock out while feeling like they are in a dream like state at the same time.
4. “Addicted and Love Fades” are two of our favorites, tell us more about their creation
Justine: Thank you so much! I am really glad you like those songs! Addicted was such a huge song for us to write because we did not write in 4. We actually wrote that song in 6. The song was meant to sound bigger and epic than a lot of the other songs. I also really like how I placed that song behind Acid Rain on the album because I think it just adds more energy. Love Fades is a very different type of song for me. I wrote Love Fades when I was in a darker place. I really think its one of the heaviest songs on the albums. When I was doing lyrics for Love Fades, it just poured out of me naturally. The interesting thing about Love Fades is that we wrote it in a key that I normally do not write in. We wrote in F#m.
5. Strangest thing that ever happened to you at a gig
Justine: I almost fell off the stage twice at the Whisky A Go Go in the same night. The first time, I tripped over the drums. The second time, I was getting off stage and I almost fell down the stairs. Luckily there were people around me who saw it coming and helped me out!
6. Something in your music collection listeners would never suspect
Justine: I really love the 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack. I love Zooey Deschanel and her music. Its awesome. I know I’m like a metal musician and everything, but that soundtrack was so well curated.
7. How is the current L.A. music scene and how do they treat your band
Justine: The LA music scene is kind of interesting. LA is very spread out city. I find that bands have generally been picking neighborhoods that they usually perform in. For example, my band plays a lot in the Hollywood area. However, I know bands that specialize and play in Venice or they play in West Los Angeles. I think everyone’s just looking for that place where they have their draw. The good news is that people still do like rock and there is a rock scene. It can a little harder to access, but it is still very much alive.
8 one band you would love to tour with
Justine: Maynard, please call me. Blue Midnight would love to go on tour with Tool or A Perfect Circle. I’m a huge fan.
9 future plans for the band
Justine: Oh yeah! We’re already starting to write new material. You can expect more live shows from us in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Eventually we want to start going on tour more! We are in development for a potential music video! Just keep following us everyone! We have lots of plans!
10. advice to aspiring bands or musicians
Justine: Don’t be afraid to book shows or send emails or make phone calls. Don’t be afraid to work hard and push for your music. At the end of the day, you are your biggest advocate. Nothings going to happen overnight.
11. anything you wish to convey to the fans
Justine: I just want to convey my gratitude for everyone who’s been listening, coming to see us live, for all the radio stations that have been playing our music, and everyone who’s joined the Blue Midnight family. It’s really humbling and this music means everything to me. It’s literally my whole life. Thank you so much! 

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HOLY WATER

This band is a duo, formed in 2013 and has unleashed a string of self produced recordings on the world. Their latest release, HOLY WATER, is the perfect crossroads of hard rock blues and southern whiskey soaked blues. Shades of Skynyrd, AC/DC, and Ted Nugent abound on every song.


This pure American blues rock.Check out "Aces High", "You Aint Gonna Take Me Down", and the title track, " Holy Water".
Any fan of heavy guitar driven music should check this band out.

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