Interview: Chris & Mark Hampson of Sinnergod

Jovi:     Congratulations on 10 years of Sinnergod. What have been the highest and lowest points during your time together as Sinnergod?sinnergod2

 

Chris:     Highest point is probably playing with big bands such as Misfits and Blaze Bayley. Lowest point will probably be that we are still kind of underground band. It would be great to be more popular.

 

Jovi:     I first heard of you through my mum. She has probably been my main influence of what types of bands I like to listen to. If you were influenced by your parents, who would you be listening to?

 

Chris:     Our father was a musiciansinnergod3 and played the guitar, so he was heavily influenced by the likes of The Shadows and The Beatles. Think more than anything we have been influenced by the likes of The Shadows especially being guitar orientated. So if it wasn’t for the likes of them sort of bands we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing now to be fair.

 

Jovi:     Mark and Chris; were you always close growing up and have you always liked the same music?

 

Chris:     We have always been close growing up as I think we had no choice and we have always liked the same music.

Mark:     We started off in different bands but someone said “why don’t you start a band with your brother Chris?” So we like got together and decided to start a band.

 

Jovi:     So where did the name Sinnergod come from?

 

Mark:     I don’t know. I was just trying to think of a band name. I think that thinking of a band name is the hardest thing to do. I don’t know what it means or where it comes from, I just woke up and thought “Sinnergod is a good name” so yeah we just used that, there was no plan behind it, it was just a dream.

 

Jovi:     Who has been your favourite band to tour with?

 

Chris:     There are quite a few to be fair. We like to perform with the up and coming bands that have recently formed. In regards to supporting people I think The Misfits was the best one. They are a big classic American Band and you don’t know how to take some of the big bands. They are rather arrogant or accommodating and The Misfits, they were dead friendly and really accommodating.

Mark:     It was really great too as Jerry the lead singer, when we were playing, was stood at the side of the stage clapping away. That was really cool.

 

Jovi:     I am only 13 and have a lot to learn. You are the only Goth band I know of. Who do I need to check out to broaden my knowledge?

 

Chris:     For Goth bands, the one that influences us the most, but you wouldn’t know it from the style we have got is probably Marilyn Manson.

Mark:     There is a new band called Creeper. They’re quite Gothic.

 

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Jovi:     Your last album, “Sinnergod”, was released in September last year. How has this been received by your fans?

Chris:     Very good. The day before the release you are always on edge because you don’t know whether you are going to gain fans or lose fans, or whether people are going to like it or not. It won awards so it did alright. It sold more than 5 times of our previous realises all together. So we must have done something right.

 

Jovi:     Any plans for a new album anytime soon?

 

Mark:     Yes. We’re writing it now so with any luck we will be recording it in the studio in December. Don’t ask me about a release date because every time we are asked about a release date, it is about 2 years later!!!

 

Jovi:     Do you all contribute towards the writing of your songs?

 

Chris :     No not really, it’s just me and Mark.

Mark:     I will come up with the ideas and we will bring it into the practise room and go over it together, but sole writing has mainly gone down to Chris.

 

Jovi:     What are your plans as a band for the near future?

 

Chris:     The biggest plans are to go overseas rather than just in the UK. The real issue is that unless you have the finance you can’t broaden where you play. So next year without fail we will be going over to Europe and possibly America, that side of it. I think once we have done that we have achieved most things, but, that is the main aim is to broaden where we play.

 

Jovi:     My mum used to play a song you did with D-Average in her car. It’s nothing like what you’d do in Sinnergod. Are there anymore like that that you have done?

 

Mark:     Yeah, as I am working with D – Average at the moment. He is doing an album, but I’m producing and mixing the music for him. I won’t be singing, there is only that one. It is nothing like what I have done before. He sent me a load of songs that he wanted me to mix and asked me to write him one for his album. I think I wrote it and recorded it in one day. I’m still working with him but I don’t think I will be doing anymore singing. He is not from round here. He is from L.A.

 

Jovi:     So just for fun. I was named after my mum’s first love. If you were to have kids and you had to name them after your first love of a band or musician, what would they be called?

Chris:     Well, my son is called Corey.

Mark:     My son is called Nick, so no relevance to anybody.

(At this point my mum said maybe he called him after Nik Kershaw or Nick Hayward.  I mean who on earth are they?!!!)

Chris:     Nick Carter out of the Street Boys!!

Mark:     Oh, no! This has all gone downhill!!

 

Jovi:      By the way I love the song Burn. I even like the clown in the video!!! This is just the type of song I would play at a Halloween party.

Mark:     we played a gig at Wigan at the Boulevard last year and we got the clown to dress up and go out with Sinnergod Balloons. It went down well.

 

Jovi:     I have interviewed Lips from Anvil once and I believe you are going to be touring with them. Knowing what his party trick is, are you going to be shopping at Ann Summers before hand?

Chris:     Haha! I get that!!

 

Jovi:     I just want to thank Sinnergod for inviting me to interview them at their practice rooms. I hope everything goes well for your future as a Band.

 

Jovi Hacker

Aged 13

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Playlist: 17/11/2017

  1. STALKER – SHADOW OF THE SWORD
  2. BAD POLLYANNA – MONSTROUS CHILD
  3. SECRET RULE – MY DOORS
  4. FURY – LOST IN SPACE
  5. DAKESIS – TO CONQUER OR DIE
  6. MESHIAAK – THE MASK OF ALL MISERY
  7. PANZER – WE CAN NOT BE SILENCED
  8. MOTORHEAD – DANCING ON YOUR GRAVE
  9. IRON MAIDEN – FEAR OF THE DARK
  10. BLACK MOTH – MOONBOW
  11. MYRKUR – THE SERPENT
  12. VOODOO BLOOD – BLEED
  13. KING WITCH – SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
  14. TRIAXIS – DYING SUN
  15. DECATUR – SHATTERPROOF
  16. BLACK SABBATH – WHEN DEATH CALLS
  17. SODOM – AGENT ORANGE
  18. LAMB OF GOD – WALK WITH ME IN HELL
  19. KREATOR – TOXIC TRACE
  20. QUICKSAND – ILLUMINANT
  21. GHOST – SQUARE HAMMER

https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=%2FMetal_Ashes%2Fmetal-ashes-radio-show-episode-71-17th-november-2017%2F“>The mixcloud podcast of this show.

Playlist: 10/11/2017

  1. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – TEN THOUSAND AGAINST ONE
  2. NEURONSPOILER – THIS IS REVOLUTION
  3. RAM – INCINERATING STORMS
  4. FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – SPRAY PAINT LOVE
  5. ANAVAE – ALL OR NOTHING
  6. VALLENFYRE – THE MERCILESS TIDE
  7. CANNIBAL CORPSE – SCAVENGERS CONSUMING DEATH
  8. SILENT DESCENT – VORTEX
  9. CONTINENTS – PREACHER
  10. SODOM – NAPALM IN THE MORNING
  11. METALLICA – THE FOUR HORSEMEN
  12. Rise of the Phoenix: TYR – CEMETERY GATES (Pantera cover)
  13. CATTLE DECAPITATION – CLANDESTINE WAYS (KROKODIL ROT)
  14. SAR ISATUM – BLACK GATE
  15. TRIAXIS – LEST WE FORGET
  16. Y&T – I BELIEVE IN YOU
  17. PALLBEARER – CRUEL ROAD
  18. MYRKUR – ULVINDE
  19. CARDIANT – LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN
  20. TOE TO TOE – RISE UP

Playlist: 03/11/2017

  1. BABYLON FIRE – NO MAN’S LAND
  2. FALLING RED – MY LITTLE VICE
  3. BIGFOOT – TELL ME A LIE
  4. STONE BROKEN – WORTH FIGHTING FOR
  5. ABSOLVA – ORPHAN OF GOD
  6. THE UNGUIDED – THE HEARTBLEED BUG
  7. CRADLE OF FILTH – YOU WILL KNOW THE LION BY HIS CLAW
  8. AMBERIAN DAWN – I’M THE ONE
  9. HERETIC – MASTER AT HER GAME
  10. CONAN – GRAVITY CHASM
  11. IRON MONKEY – 9-13
  12. BAD LLAMA – APOCRYPHA
  13. SKARLETT RIOT – STAND ALONE
  14. ATTICA RAGE – BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL
  15. BLAZE BAYLEY – ENDURE & SURVIVE
  16. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – TROUBLE
  17. THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – CRAZY
  18. PARADISE LOST – FAITH DIVIDES US, DEATH UNITES US
  19. NACHRBLUT – MULTIKULTURELL
  20. ATLASES – AN ERA WE’LL BURY
  21. FUNERAL BAPTISM – THE VENOM OF GOD
  22. DARK AVENGER – PARASITE

Playlist: 20/10/2017

  1. BABYLON FIRE – COUP DE GRACE
  2. HERETIC – BROKEN HERO
  3. MOONSPELL – EVENTO
  4. L.A. GUNS – THE FLOOD’S THE FAULT OF THE RAIN
  5. TROYEN – FUTURES FRIEND
  6. CANNIBAL CORPSE – RED BEFORE BLACK
  7. REKOMA – TRIAL
  8. PRESS TO MECO – HERE’S TO THE FATIGUE
  9. NOTHING MORE – LET ‘EM BURN
  10. RAM – GULAG
  11. BURIED AND GONE – STARTING OVER
  12. BABYLON FIRE – HERESY IN BLACK
  13. ZEPHYRA – THE DARKEST BLACK
  14. TRUCKER DIABLO – VOODOO II
  15. ATTICA RAGE – LOST IN MEMORY
  16. SKARLETT RIOT – WARRIOR
  17. INTO THE UNKNOWN – DO WHAT YOU WANT TO
  18. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – ROOM OF NIGHTMARES
  19. KING WITCH – FULL MOON KING
  20. SERENITY – LIONHEART
  21. BLOOD REGION – THE VETERAN
  22. GWAR – I’LL BE YOUR MONSTER

Playlist: 13/10/2017

  1. THE CRUEL KNIVES – THE PROMISED LAND
  2. ABSOLVA – DEFIANCE
  3. MOONSPELL – TODOS OS SANTOS
  4. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – RENEGADE
  5. TENEMENTS – STANDING ON THE BACKS OF ANGELS
  6. VVON DOGMA I – COMMUNION
  7. SINNERGOD – BURN
  8. EXHUMED – DEAD END
  9. PILE OF PRIESTS – REDEMPTIONEM PER CRUCIATU
  10. Rise of the Phoenix: MOTORHEAD – HEROES (David Bowie cover)
  11. WEIGHT OF THE TIDE – ARCHITECT
  12. EVERYDAY HEROES – STORM
  13. END OF GREEN – DARKSIDE OF THE SUN
  14. ANTARKTIS – NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
  15. DEFTONES – PRAYERS/TRIANGLES
  16. POWER QUEST – LORDS OF TOMORROW
  17. HIDDEN INTENT – APOCALYPSE NOW
  18. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – INSANE
  19. HEAVEN AND HELL – BIBLE BLACK
  20. METALLICA – HALO ON FIRE
  21. SAMAEL – BLACK SYMPHONY

Playlist: 06/10/2017

  1. REVOKER – PSYCHOVILLE
  2. KNOCK OUT KAINE – 16 GRAMS OF HEART ATTACK
  3. OZ – BONE CRUSHER
  4. ABSOLVA – FISTFUL OF HATE
  5. IMPAVIDUS – LIES
  6. REAPER – AREA 51
  7. ACT OF DEFIANCE – CONSPIRACY OF THE GODS
  8. NERVCAST – CHEMICAL SOLUTION
  9. MASON – CREATED TO KILL
  10. DIO – DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS
  11. JUDAS PRIEST – SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE
  12. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – INTO THE FIRE
  13. WHILE SHE SLEEPS – STEAL THE SUN
  14. SPINESHANK – NEW DISEASE
  15. DECATUR – INTO THE NIGHT
  16. SAVAGE MESSIAH – HANDS OF FATE
  17. CRADLE OF FILTH – ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL
  18. SAXON – PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT
  19. TYGERS OF PAN TANG – INSANITY
  20. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – APEX
  21. ZODIAC MINDWARP & THE LOVE REACTION – BACKSEAT EDUCATION
  22. SORCERER – SIRENS
  23. LACERTILIA – THE WEIRD AND THE WIRED

Playlist: 22/09/2017

  1. GRAVE PLEASURES – INFATUATION OVERKILL
  2. OBSCENE NIHILIST – NETFLIX ‘N’ KILL
  3. REAPER – AREA 51
  4. TRUCKER DIABLO – BORN TRUCKER
  5. CALLING APOLLO – LIGHT THE WAY
  6. OBZIDIAN – VILE
  7. KRINGER & THE BATTLE KATZ – LORDS OF SHADOW
  8. ACT OF DEFIANCE – RISE OF REBELLION
  9. ARISEN FROM NOTHING – AMERICAN PATRIOT
  10. BEYOND SALVATION – ASCENSION
  11. AMETHYST – ACTS OF BETRAYAL
  12. SOUND OF ORIGIN – SEEDS OF THE PAST
  13. WITCH TRIPPER – ZERO GRAVITY
  14. DEIFIED – IRON BIRD
  15. IMPAVIDUS – XII
  16. THE GREAT DISCORD – OMEN
  17. ARCHITECTS – DOOMSDAY
  18. BLOODYARD – DEAD RELICS
  19. KRYSTHLA – THE MINOR MYSTERY OF DEATH
  20. ACT OF DEFIANCE – THE TALISMAN
  21. DECATUR – SHATTERPROOF
  22. TRUCKER DIABLO – WHEN THE WATERS RISE
  23. PARADISE LOST – BLOOD AND CHAOS

Playlist: 15/09/2017

  1. ABSOLVA – HARSH REALITY
  2. WHILE SHE SLEEPS – STEAL THE SUN
  3. SKAM – SOLDIERS OF ROCK
  4. CRIPPER – MOTHER
  5. REVOCATION – EXISTENCE IS FUTILE
  6. MONOLORD – WHERE DEATH MEETS THE SEA
  7. TWISTED ILLUSION – NOBODY’S CHILD
  8. ACT OF DEFIANCE – OVEREXPOSURE
  9. MACHINE HEAD – A FAREWELL TO ARMS
  10. TRUCKER DIABLO – DETROIT STEEL
  11. PARADOS – HEART OF DARKNESS
  12. DEATH – ZOMBIE RITUAL
  13. KRYSTHLA – YAWM AL QIYAMAH
  14. DORJA – FAR GONE
  15. WEIGHT OF THE TIDE – ALL TOLD
  16. SECRET RULE – I DON’T WANNA BE
  17. NUMB – THE TEARS YOU CRY
  18. ICED EARTH – RAVEN WING
  19. SKINDRED – NOBODY
  20. POWER QUEST – FACE THE RAVEN

Review: Glaston-Bury Festival

Glaston – Bury Festival. 10th Anniversary. Monday 28th August 2017

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By Jovi Hacker , 13 years for Metal Ashes of Phoenix

 

We were blessed with a sunny day for the 10th Anniversary of Glaston- Bury Festival. There were 130  bands playing in venues all across Bury Town Centre, which included 3 outside stages. There was the Peel Stage, that featured all the tribute bands – that always pulls in the crowd; ‘T’ other Stage, which had 9 bands performing; and, then there was my favourite stage – “The Rock Fairy Original Stage”, which was in memory of Sophie Lancaster and featured local bands from in and around the Bury area. We have a lot of talent!!!. There was a lot to take in and it is impossible to see all 130 bands, so I decided to concentrate mainly on The Rock Fairy Stage. (However I did manage to sneak to the Peel Stage to watch one tribute band!)

 

Sittin' Pretty

Sittin’ Pretty

After a few technical issues (generator not working) , the first band finally took to the stage. This was a band from Bolton and Bury called “Sittin’ Pretty”. I hadn’t heard of them before, but they were my find of the festival!. I would describe them as a 4-piece blues/rock band made up of 4 young men that are extremely talented. They played their own songs which included 24/7 and Take My Shoes. The lead singer was extremely expressional and owned the stage. You could see that he really enjoyed being up there and he had an amazing voice. This was an excellent start to the festival. I would recommend you check these guys out, they could go places.

 

Stone Temple Pirates

Stone Temple Pirates

I then decided to have a wonder across to the Peel Stage to watch a tribute band from Liverpool called “Stone Temple Pirates”. You can call me biased, but I wanted to see them as the Bass player used to play for one on my favourite bands that played the festival last year , but, unfortunately they split up earlier this year. I really wanted to go and see his new adventure!!!. There had also been technical issues on this stage and they were running over an hour behind. Because of this bands had to cut their sets shorter so they could catch up during the day. This did not affect the performances during the day. Stone Temple Pirates played 8 of the greatest hits of Stone Temple Pilots. The lead singer occasionally coming off stage to interact with the audience. They started off with “Crackerman”, where the lead singer used a mega phone. Brilliant start and they continued with other hits such as Plush, Sex Type Thing and finishing off with Slither. They had a good crowd who really seemed to enjoy them. If you are a Stone Temple Pilots fan, then I would recommend you going to see these guys.

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Stone Temple Pirates

 

I then ventured back to the Rock Fairy Stage. Whilst en route I did manage to listen to the music blaring out in the other venues. I peeped in and could see that they were all full and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. It was a great atmosphere and was very child friendly. Lots of family’s enjoying themselves.

 

Twisted Illusion

Twisted Illusion

Next up was one of my favourite bands, “Twisted Illusion”, whom I have had the pleasure of watching on several occasions and they have come along way since they played at the 101 bar at last years festival. They have recently performed at Bloodstock. Twisted Illusion, until recently, were a 3 piece Prog band fronted by the very funny and talented Matt Jones, Mark Wagstaff playing the Bass and a stand in drummer Philip Shacklady, as their normal drummer was unavailable. Philip has perfomed with them before and also features on their latest double album. He is not a bad stand in!!!!

 

Matt as ever, interacted with the crowd and their performance was faultless like always. They played some of their original songs such as “Hatred is a Virtue”, “Online and In Line”, and “Apocalyse #LOL”. They also did a cover of Tenacious D’s hit “Tribute”. This went down well with the audience, and of course Matt’s rendition of “Stairway to KFC!”. At one point they were joined on stage by a couple of young kids with their cut out guitars. Was cute to see and showed that their music can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

 

After going for a bite to eat, I then went back to The Rock Fairy Stage to watch

Novustory

Novustory

another band I had not heard of before called “Novustory”. They were a 3-piece female fronted band that unusually had no bass player. Despite this, there music still sounded good. I would describe them as an Indie Rock band. Whether this is true or not I’m unsure, but I was told that all 3 members were born on 29th February 1996!!. I really enjoyed their set which included their song “Going Home”. This is another band that I’m going to put on my ’must go and watch again’ list.

 

Troyen

Troyen

It was now time for the ‘old timers’ to take to the stage. Troyen were on next and were first formed in 1980, well before I was even thought of!. They are a NWOBHM band that reformed in 2014 after a 32 year break. Well these guys can rock!. Their set included their track “Future Friend”, which features on their new EP “Storm Child”.

 

 

 

It was not long after this that I went home absolutely exhausted! I really enjoyed the bands that I saw and wished I could have seen more of them. It’s a great festival and for only £7 for the whole day, it’s a bargain. It’s definitely family friendly and if you enjoy music, well it’s a must!. Lots of facilities in the area and easy to get to as it’s near the Metro Link and bus station and of course the car parks are free!

 

I can’t wait to see whats on offer next year.