Gallia: #AtoZChallenge

Gallia

Who: Gallia of Belgium.

Elyn Vandenwyngaert: Vocals
Yannick Maris: Lead guitar, compositions
Davy Coningx: Rhythm guitar
Laurens Vandebroek: Bass guitar
Dieter Vantilt: Drums

What: They play symphonic metal. Their name reminds me of a spooky ghost town that is within an hour of where I live. Gallia is also a little spooky. Do they go on ghost hunts in between gigs? I think that whenever it’s possible, Gallia should do a concert/ghost hunt. Play music and hunt for ghosts at the same event.

Why: Besides being spooky, they are pretty kickass. I’m hoping that they get the following that they deserve – millions and millions of fans that love metal and ghost hunting.

Where:

Facebook

Instagram

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The post is part of the 2020 installment of the A to Z Challenge. My topic for 2020 is Rock Goddesses. All of the bands have female lead singers.

Interview with . . . The Black Lava

The Black Lava of Turin has graced us with their presence on the blog today. The band is staying at home like everyone else. They are missing out on their regular routine and travel plans. Please check out all of their links and support their music. Buy the merch if you can.

Welcome The Black Lava to the blog!

https://www.facebook.com/theblacklava/

Who is answering the questions?

Carlo “Karlo” Loglisci – Singer and Guitarist 

Band/Artist Name: The Blacklava 

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

My sister, who is 9 years older than me, took me to the concert of an Italian band, 99 Posse. I was 11 years old. It was great because it was in my hometown club. It was a medium- sized club and although I grew up in a small town in northern Italy, this place has hosted many artists who are now famous. The first Blink 182, Radiohead and many others. instead we did the first concert with my band when I was 16. The place had a wire mesh that divided the band from the audience. 

Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?

It is very difficult to say in this historical period! Being in forced quarantine at home for Covid-19 for 17 days. My luck is that at home I have many things to do and I have created a perfect family environment. It’s me, my girlfriend and my two dogs. Obviously my two dogs are super happy! For many it is not so and the atmosphere you breathe is not very happy. What I wanted before was to be able to be with my band, go around playing and possibly become better known. It is now difficult how the world will have changed after this pandemic. there are many aspects that will change and speaking of music, I don’t know how the world will change. a good thing is that I haven’t heard of Trap music in 17 days! 🙂 

What was the last thing that you read?

A book on Japan. On March 21, I was supposed to go on vacation there! A trip that I had been planning for a year! Luckily, being a global pandemic, hotels and airplanes have been fully reimbursed, so I’ll have to wait to see magnificent places here! It means that I will continue to read my beloved Manga and see Anime! 

What are you listening to at the moment?

While I’m answering the interview I’m listening to the latest I Prevail record. Some songs are very cool and some a little too catchy. 🙂 The one I like best is Paranoid. The listening method is very particular. I listen to a song that I like in a loop until I get bored! When there is something I like I do it in a loop! There was a period in I just wanted sushi! over time I learned to dose what I like. 🙂 

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Anything creative. I need a lot of creative stimuli so I tried to act, to be a director, a photographer, a videomaker, a graphic designer, a writer, an alternative singing teacher, a cartoonist (I am absolutely unable to draw). When I get tired of singing or I’m at a standstill I pass to my other passions! 

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

I would like to collaborate with a producer with balls! I’d like to work with the royal blood producer! and I’d like to work with a team of videomakers to create something cool! Like the Deutschland video. fantastic! 

What do you want people to know about your music?

That we are sincere and genuine boys and that our music reaches the heart because it is true! All our works have been recorded in our guitarist’s studio and we don’t want to  change the errors in post production. So if something doesn’t come the first time rather than using the programs we’ll do it better!

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/the_blacklava/

Meet and greet: Yard of Blondes

Yard of Blondes

Who: Yard of Blondes, formerly of France, currently of the California desert. The band members are Vince, Fanny, Burak and Forrest.

What: They will be releasing an album, Feed the Moon, very soon. In the meantime, you can listen to the single, “Lowland.”

Why:

Where:

Twitter

Instagram

Linktree

Fate DeStroyed: #AtoZChallenge

http://www.fatedestroyed.com/

Who: Fate DeStroyed of Los Angeles.

Band Members: Franccesca De Struct, Jonni Law, Ben Levi, Nathan Youngblood, Art Diharce

What: Heavy Metal band since 2016.

Why: Fate DeStroyed rocks as much as anyone. They do a pretty awesome cover of “In the Pines.” It would be a shame if you missed out on supporting a band with so much potential for heavy metal greatness.

Where:

Facebook

Reverbnation

Twitter

Spotify

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The post is part of the 2020 installment of the A to Z Challenge. My topic for 2020 is Rock Goddesses. All of the bands have female lead singers.

Sleep Deprived Music review: Sebastian Gaskin

https://www.facebook.com/sebastiangaskin/

Have you guys heard of Sebastian Gaskin? Well, you are all in luck because I’m sharing his music with you today. He’s from Split Lake, Manitoba but he looks so familiar . . .

He kind of resembles my boyfriend. They could be long lost cousins or siblings. It’s like listening to my boyfriend sing to me but not exactly. I’ve never heard my boyfriend sing – just play the guitar and bass

It has all of the feelings of love – the good and the bad. The falling in love and the heartache. What is it that we love about songs with a touch of heartache? I think it’s that it’s a feeling we’ve all had. Commonality.

Gaskin’s music is like a more modern version of old school 90s R & B. Plus he plays the guitar just like my boyfriend. Except that my boyfriend plays metal and jam band stuff.

3. Where would you want to listen to this record?

I would want to listen to this album everywhere. So in the living room, bathroom, kitchen, backyard, computer room. I will definitely miss going to concerts this spring. Thank goodness for YouTube and Sebastian Gaskin.

Links

https://www.sebastiangaskin.com/

https://sebastiangaskin.bandcamp.com/releases


Ex Libris: #AtoZChallenge

Ex Libris

Who: Ex Libris of the Netherlands

Dianne van Giersbergen – Vocals

Koen Stam – Synth & Keys

Bob Wijtsma – Guitars

Luuk van Gerven – Bass

Harmen Kieboom – Drums

What: Symphonic metal. Metal for history buffs. Their last album was more like a trilogy of albums about 3 historical figures: Anne Boleyn, Anne Frank and Anastasia Romanova. So if you are a fan of symphonic metal and history, Ex Libris is the band for you.

Where:

Facebook

Instagram

Linktree

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/
The post is part of the 2020 installment of the A to Z Challenge. My topic for 2020 is Rock Goddesses. All of the bands have female lead singers.

Shamus Dust: #bookreview

https://www.amazon.com/Shamus-Dust-Hard-Winter-Murder-ebook/dp/B07VV4SLHP

Shamus Dust by Janet Rogers is set in London during Christmas of 1947. The people of London were still rebuilding after World War II.

The main character’s name is not Shamus Dust. Shamus is a term for a private investigator. Mr. Newman has been hired by Councilor Drake to look into the murder of Raymond Jarrett. It’s not too long before the body count starts to rise. Trust me when I say, it’s all connected. I think that there is even a line in the book about everything in life being connected.

There was a possible witness to the first murder. Nurse Greer was the one who found the first body and called the police. Newman seems to find her intriguing. Maybe that’s why I thought she was interesting. She was hiding at least one secret. Mystery is very often alluring.

Newman has quite a journey to discover the truth. If I had been smarter, I would have written a chart so I could keep track of who was responsible for what crime.

I did enjoy the book but sometimes it was difficult to keep track of the characters. Don’t hold it against the author or the book – it’s probably a personal problem of my own. The problem is probably that I need a nap. Newman hardly ever sleeps so I want to sleep on his behalf.

If you are a fan of mysteries or crime noir, then you will more than likely enjoy Shamus Dust.

If you don’t need more mystery in your life, then shelve this book until you do.

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