Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Interview with Love N War

Based in Texas, Love N War is a high-octane hard & heavy band with one full-length album to it's name at the time of this interview. A four-piece band whose melodic style recalls the glory days of hard rock, Love N War is all at once modern and classic and with a new album in the works this Texas band has nowhere to go but up! Just recently I was able to do a short interview with this rock-infused band and towards that end I would like to thank the members of Love N War for taking time out of their busy schedule to chat with us. Enjoy!

Andy-Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. If possible would you mind introducing the members of your band and tell our readers what Love N War is all about?

Love N War-Love and War is John Adams – Lead Guitar / Jeff Vandenberghe – Lead Vocals / Ray Soliz – Bass Guitar / Donny Bragg – Drums. We are an all original Melodic/Hard Rock Band, with emphasis on energetic Live Shows

Andy-Your style of hard rock has really come into it's own as of late. What do you attest that too? Is it a sense of nostalgia or are today's kids rediscovering this classic sound and then giving it new life?

Love N War-I think today's kids have rediscovered the CLASSIC sound that we all grew up on, they are getting exposed to GREAT guitar solo’s and individual players who have mastered their instruments, it has inspired a resurgence of these players to get their bands back together and Tour again, THANK GOD!!!

Andy-Amen to that! So, you guys hail from the great state of Texas and while I know there have been some great bands to come from there (Helstar, King's X, D.R.I., Dead Horse and Pantera to name just a few!) I don't know what the scene is like there now. How are things these days in the lone star state?

Love N War-The scene is good! There are a lot of great Texas bands that have been around and that are coming out! I expect great things in the future to come from Texas!

Andy-That's great to hear! Now, "Up the Annie" came out quite a few years ago. Was there a reason for the long delay between your debut and your upcoming new album?

Love N War-We recorded the CD and lost our bass player, after finding Ray we wanted to expose the band regionally build up some hype and then release the CD, also ran into a financial snag with printing! After printing we just sat on it for a bit till we were able to find the right promotion to get exposure, the 2nd CD will be released immediately.

Andy-What can fans expect from your 2nd album and when can fans expect it to drop?

Love N War-Expect a high energy Ball Crushing CD, another Melodic Metal one like "Annie" CD to be released this early Fall 2016, check our Facebook page "Love and War" (Texas) for updates, pictures and Video postings of our progress!!

Andy-Have some of the songs been road tested and fan approved?

Love N War-Yes they have, and we are excited about the response!!

Andy- Excellent! Speaking of live material (or if you will playing out loud) who are some of the bands that you've shared the stage with?

Love N War-UFO (3 times) - Queensryche (2 times) - MSG (Michael Schenker Group 3 times) – KROKUS – NIGHT RANGER – Y&T – LOUDNESS (2 times) – Sebastian Bach – WINGER – TOM KEIFER – DANGEROUS TOYZ – BLACK STAR RIDERS – ACE FREHELY

Andy-Wow, that's some list there! Where can our readers find out more about your band?

Love N War-Right now go to our Facebook Page, also find us on "Reverbnation".

Andy-I always let bands have the last say. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Love N War-We are proud to be part of this Metal scene and look forward to hearing from you, message us on Facebook, get yourself a CD! Keep your head up high, Keep the Faith, and LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL !!!

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Heavy Metal Time Machine is using it's vacation time....

To our faithful readers-

   Due to some scheduling conflicts HMTM needs to take a short break. We should be back within a week or two, but it could end up being even longer. It all depends upon how busy things get and whether or not we can get other people to play taxi for us! Either way we are sorry for the short notice and please know how much we appreciate each and everyone of you!

Sincerely,
The Staff 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Free Metal Monday: Mountain Moshpit Vol. 1

"Mountain Moshpit Vol. 1" is a free compilation from the folks over at Armstrong Metalfeast. With a total of 19 tracks there is a lot of good stuff going on, but then again the same could be said for Armstrong Metalfeast 2016! You can find this digital compilation by heading here. While there be sure to check out all the details of Armstrong Metalfeast 2016 as it sounds as if it is going to be a blast!

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Currant Playlist

It's Sunday my friends. that means I am super late with my current playlist. That's not good. It's not good at all. But then neither is the fact that I got hardly any work done this week. I kind of knew that the end of the school year would be busy for me, but I didn't expect it to take up this much time! Thankfully school will be out for my daughter after Tuesday so I won't be playing chauffeur as much. Having one child get out in may and the other in June does make things a wee bit difficult, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches when one is going to a normal high-school and the other one's going to a vocational school! Being a single dad doesn't make it any easier, but I wouldn't change it for the world! OK, enough with the rambling on and on. Here's my list for the week and as always please feel free to share yours! 

Listening to:

Judas Priest-Painkiller

New York City Rock N Roll compilation

Hash Palace-Grit And Bare It

The Metal Box (3CD set of various hard rock and heavy metal groups and artists)

Anthrax-Return of the Killers A's

Glass Harp-S/T

Areosmith-Get Your Wings

Watching:

Arrested Development Season 1

The Do-Over

Chuck Season 4

The Taking of Deborah Logan







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Constraint-Enlightened By Darkness

Self-Release/Independent
2016

Formed back in March of 2011 (while many of it's members were still in their teens!), Constraint is a up-and-coming symphonic metal group that hails from Italy and began life as a cover band. This young group, which is now signed to Atomic Stuff Promotion(!), is lead by vocalist (and would be opera singer!) Beatrice Bini* and rounded out by guitarist Alessio Molinari, bassist Federico Paglia, keyboardist Simone Ferraresi, and drummer Alessandro Lodesani. Released on February 12th of this year, "Enlightened By Darkness" is Constraint's full-length debut album and this CD displays the natural evolution of one five-piece band that went from playing Nightwish, Epica and Evanesence covers to crafting it's own distinct material. Preceded by a 2012 demo entitled "Illusion Of A Dream", Constraint's "Enlightened By Darkness" is admittedly at it's best when it pursues a more metallic narrative. When she is backed by the smoldering leads of guitarist Alessio Molinari (and in full-tilt opera mode!) Beatrice Bini is something to behold! There's a distinct feeling of power & energy and it feels almost magical when the proverbial peddle** is smashed to the floor!! That's all great and it makes me want to hear more from that version of Constraint. Unfortunately when things slow down (and lead singer Beatrice goes from full-tilt opera mode to normal singing) this disc simply doesn't work. It's not simply a case of the album losing some of it's momentum, but it's overall appeal. Truth be told  it's a tale of two cities when it comes to "Enlightened By Darkness". On one hand there is top-notch symphonic metal that is enthusiastic& hard driving. On the other hand there is something that is more akin to mediocre melodic metal. Obviously the one side of this band works and is great while the other side feels blah. If Constraint can become more consistent across the board then this female-fronted band could be the real deal. And yes, I could see that happening. Especially as there is more to like*** about this album then there is to dislike....


*No insult meant there as Beatrice Bini could be a opera singer if she so desired.

**Pedal to the metal as they say! 

 ***In addition to Bini's opera-like vocals (or rather that side of her voice) top points should be awarded to all of the musicians involved with this album. There's was strong musicianship all over this disc. No matter if the album was fast or slow that aspect of Constraint never changed. Add in some solid songwriting and a overall good production job and you've got one disc that despite it's few flaws is still recommend. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Interview with Snakewine members Ronny Konietzko And Sebastian Welsch

Snakewine is a FANTASTIC German hard & heavy band whose rock n' roll-infused debut album, "Serpent Kings", completely blew me away! Earlier this month I not only covered that must-have release, but one of the group's latest songs, "Brood Of Vipers". Both the album and the new single ROCK THE FUCK out of life itself and have made me a new believer in the full-tilt power that is Snakewine! You can read my coverage of these two cool releases by clicking on this link. For now though it is my extreme privilege to present an interview that I recently conducted with Snakewine members Ronny Konietzko (vox) and Sebastian Welsch (bass). I want to thank these two fine gentlemen for taking time out of their busy schedules to chat with us and I would like to encourage all of our readers to find out for themselves why I consider "Serpent Kings" to be the answer to my rock n' roll prayers! Enjoy!!

Andy-Up-front guys I would just like to say how much I love the sound of your band! It's like the perfect mixture of heavy rock, classic hard rock and dirty metal!!

Sebastian- Andy, thank you for the kind words. It means a lot to us! 

Andy-Was that you're goal all along or has your band evolved over time? I mean in regards to your stone cold killer and all!

Sebastion-On the subject of Snakewine as a band, our sound doesn’t follow any goals. And unlike everything else we do as a band, this sound kind of ‚happens‘. It is hard to find out the reasons behind, but to me, it’s because we are all die-hard musicians. It’s as simple as that. We live for every of those moments in the rehearsal room, for every mile on the road to a gig and for every scratch on a guitar and broken stick on stage. We don’t play a role when we write our songs and we don’t picture ourselves as ‚fans‘ of other great bands in rock history, but as a part of their community, their demise. It all comes back together that we are very close to have a pure and genuine development process within our songs and every note that’s played is there because it’s…meant to be. I think that our listeners feel this attitude towards our own music and value this the most. Most modern bands can’t grab their crowd on this level, the bands from the 80ies could. Why? Because they didn’t go out to sound like anyone else, but to be heard.

Andy-I couldn't agree more! So, with Snakewine how did it all come together?

Ronny-I got a quite simple answer for that: a big desperation about the today's music scene combined with a deep rooted "make it or break it" attitude. In a small region like ours it was just a matter of time that we had to cross the path of each other. The first incarnation (band) didn't work well because there was only Sebastian and me that fits together. Second incarnation fits a lot better, here you had Frank and me. And in the third and best of all you have Sebastian, Frank, Buddha & me. We all were our missing piece to complete that thing what you now know as Snakewine.

Andy-Well, I for one am glad to now know Snakewine! I mean "Serpent Kings" really blew me away!! The only thing is I can't help but feel as if I'm late to the party. How has the reaction been from fans and critics alike?

Sebastian: You aren’t. To be honest with you, ‚Serpent Kings’ is our very first step to where the spotlight is. We are right now blink behind the curtain, ready to go out. The intro is already running and the people are putting their drinks back on the table and heading to the stage, willing to listen, standing their expectantly. But it’s quite a few steps to take to get on stage, with the lights on us. When Frank will hit the first chords, you’ll get your party, I promise. But until this moment, we will have to work really, really hard, and most of this work won’t be related to the music itself. We will kick asses, but at first we have to kick our owns out of the dark.

Andy-That's a great response! I'm just going by your energetic new single here, but it sure does seem as if Snakewine is more revved-up than ever! What's the secret to your success? I mean how do you guys keep getting better and better when you were already perfect to begin with?

Sebastian-Your enthusiasm really blows me away!! The secret…eh, that's a tough one. Maybe it is a matter of self-respect. We are cocky. I always see people fail because of their mindsets. For us, there are no such questions like ‚Will we be able to do this?‘ or ‚Can we achieve it?‘ We don’t waste our time asking stupid questions so we don’t receive stupid answers that take our focus. The plan is simple: make the most of everything you do. You come out with an debut album? Make it count, don’t come up with first-try excuses. You are at a venue and there are only 2 people? Cool, they deserve it to be served the best way possible. Your sound guy fucks it up and you can’t hear yourself? Play the shit of that guitar and when it sounds off, it at least will look cool. That’s how you grow.

Andy-Nice. And since we're on the subject of new material anyway I might as well ask. Do you plan to release any other singles in the near future or is the next step something more...expanded?

Sebastian-On our road-map is our first video to ‚Mean Machine‘, which we currently focus on. In the second half of 2016 we will play a few gigs throughout Germany and begin writing (actually already did) new songs for a big release following in 2017. There is a chance you’ll see another EP released later this year, but we are not sure if it’s the right thing to do.

Andy-I hope you do! I mean release a new EP. But, let's keep moving on guys. On tape your music is simply kick ass so I would have to assume that you guys kick up a little bit of dirt when playing live. Is there such thing as a typical Snakewine show or is every gig a new excuse to cause as much mischief and mayhem as humanly possible?

Sebastian: Hahaha! Boy, we need space! In smaller locations we always put our big equipment box about 5 ft. in front of the stage to give us a little more room to play and jump around. We love to be within the crowd and go crazy with the people there, it sometimes reminds me of underground hardcore shows. Ronny screams from the top of his lungs, being on the ground, Frank jumps in the crowd and slides on his knees when the solo part of ‚Serpent Kings‘ begins and I throw this bass guitar into the drum-set when the encore fades out. This, my friend, is our approach to live music. Deeply connected with the fans, since rock’n’roll is nothing to only look at.

Andy-Fucking amen to that! Do you guys ever pull out the odd cover song or two when playing out?

Sebastian: No more. We fucked it up every time. The last cover song we played almost a year ago, called ‚Die Die my darling‘, a simple punk song but we just couldn’t rock it. Remember what I told you about we are not playing a role? We are not even able to!

Andy-I understand where your coming from with that. Has there been a favorite gig so far?

Sebastian-We once played a show on a small death metal festival. The people booed at us since the very first moment we got on stage to soundcheck, because they expected some volbeatish-rock’n’roll-thing and didn’t come to terms with this. As soon as the intro was over, we had a shitload of new fans. And I was like ‚yeah, suck it!!‘ Best moment for me on stage so far.

Andy-Awesome! New recruits are always a damn good thing! So, how about the near future? Will the band be playing a lot of upcoming shows or are you headed back to the studio?

Sebastian-More gigs, bigger gigs, better gigs. The video will hopefully open the doors of more exclusive venues and we get some more well-known bands interested in touring with us.

Andy-I really hope it works out for you guys. You guys deserve it! As we wrap things up where can our readers find out more about your group?

Sebastian: Facebook is our #1 channel. We are currently implementing a merch shop on our Facebook-page, go check it out!

Andy-Sweet! I've provide the link below. Now, I always let bands have the last word. That means the mic is all yours! Is there anything we missed that you might want to mention? Have a favorite story to tell about the band? Whatever it is now is your chance!

Sebastian-We are thinking about booking a US Tour in 2017 on our own. If there is anyone of your readers interested in working with us, we really appreciate that!

Ronny-Cheers  ;-)

Andy-That would be INSANE! Man alive, Snakewine here in the U.S.?  There is no way I would miss that!! And I would hope that our readers would jump at the chance as well. If there is any chance that you (our reader) could help the band out in that regard then by all means PLEASE drop Snakewine a line! Speaking of which, Snakewine can be found online by either heading to their Facebook page or by checking out their official website. If you haven't heard "Serpent Kings" for yourself then be sure to head here. And to the band thank you again for talking with us and for the music! Snakewine is REAL rock n' roll heavy metal for real everyday people and frankly it does not get any better than this!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nuke-Nuke

Hells Headbangers
2016

Due for release on July 22nd, "Nuke" is the self-titled debut from the lean and mean Detroit speed-tinged metal punk band of the same name. It serves as the follow-up to Nuke's twice sold-out demo, "Delta City", and finds this "supergroup" of sorts pouring gasoline on the rotting corpses of eighties metal, speed metal, street metal, raw thrash, N.W.O.B.H.M, and crossover and then slam dancing the night away of the smoldering remains! Comprised of members of Shitfucker, Reaper, Borrowed Time, Perversion, and Anguish this Detroit metal machine has a rough and raw sound unlike anyone else out there and it should come as little surprise to learn that they more than live up to their name!  With Ritchie Riot from Shitfucker on lead vocals(!), Nuke unleashes all kinds of chaos and blood-soaked carnage on their first full-length release and it makes for grand fucking good time to say the least! Whether this is a one and down deal or a long term project is anyone's guess, but let's all hope that this is just the first of many nuclear assaults that will reign down on us from these Detroit maniacs!




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Monday, May 23, 2016

Free Metal Monday: Metal Up Your Axe, Vol. 2

For today's Free Metal Monday feature we have the cleverly-titled "Metal Up Your Axe Vol. 2". This impressive 41 track (!) compilation includes current and unreleased original songs from both up and coming bands and already established acts. There are rock & metal bands from the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria and it all comes courtesy of the great folks over at Online Metal Promo and the UK radio show, The Autopsy Report! You can download the free songs, compilation artwork and track listing by clicking on this link. Meanwhile here is the list of all of the bands that are included on this wicked compilation:

1. Alsatia
2. Angerhead
3. Azrael’s Bane
4. Blasted To Static
5. Broken Teeth
6. Canedy
7. Chris Violence
8. Corners of Sanctuary
9. Diamond Lane
10. Dire Peril
11. Dreadnaught
12. Empires of Eden
13. Enceladus
14. Eternal Voyager
15. Flames of Fury
16. HailMary
17. Helion Prime
18. Ignitor
19. Jessikill
20. Knightmare
21. Lords of the Trident
22. Love & War
23. Malice
24. Maxxxwell Carlisle
25. Outlaws & Moonshine
26. Phallax
27. Rabid Assassin
28. RebelHot
29. Seventh Calling
30. Shallow Ground
31. Sorizon
32. St. James
33. Stop Stop
34. Strikeforce
35. The Rods
36. TwentyDarkSeven
37. Unbound
38. Vanlade
39. Viron
40. Zar
41. Zephaniah

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