Interview with Donna Hurd (lead singer with Bloodyard)

The first time I saw you guys was at SOS festival in Radcliffe and couple of years ago. I remember you jumping off the stage and chasing me out of the hall. You scared the living daylights out of me!!! I believe that you are a teacher; do you chase your pupils out of the classroom when they are misbehaving?

My pleasure! I remember – you looked terrified, I felt really bad! I manage the exclusion unit in our school, so my job is to look after pupils that have done something particularly naughty….so more often than not I’m chasing them into my unit rather than out! 

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I believe you teach music. Do you teach your pupils how to sing like yourself?

I actually don’t teach music. No, but the pupils are always asking me to demonstrate what I do in Bloodyard!

 

I’ve tried to growl like you, but it makes my throat tickle. How do you actually sing like that? Is there a technique so you don’t hurt your vocal chords? I would love to be able to growl like that. Can you teach me so I can scare my Dad???

 It took me a LOT of practice to be able to do it without hurting myself. The trick is to use your tummy muscles to push out the noise and that takes some of the stress away from your throat. Drinking lots of water to keep your vocal chords hydrated is very important, too – as much as you can!

 

You won through to play at Bloodstock last year. Wow, that must have been amazing! How did you guys feel about it?  I bet you weren’t sober by the end of it!!!! Is this one of your best achievements as a band so far?

Ah, yes! That was so exciting for us as we are massive fans of the festival! We were absolutely made up to have been chosen to play, and even more so when Scuzz TV chose us to run a feature comparing our experience to that year’s headliners (Trivium).

 

Your last EP, Darker Rage, was released in March 2015. Are there any plans for a new EP anytime soon?

Absolutely! We have loads of new material written and on the drawing board, and we plan on slowing down the gigging schedule a bit and make time to get some of it recorded as soon as possible!

 

Who would you say your main influences are, and who do you like listening to in your spare time? Do you have any guilty pleasures such as being a secret Take That fan?

As a vocalist I’d probably say Randy Blythe is my biggest influence, but for the band as a whole we draw from a really wide variety of influences, which perhaps is what gives us such a diverse sound. I don’t have too much in the way of guilty pleasures really – I listen to all sorts of rock and metal and very little else! Probably the most surprising for people would be Pink, I enjoy quite a lot of her music.

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Have you any favourite band that you like playing with?

We’re really spoiled for really good bands that are made up of great people in this area! I always love to gig with All Consumed, Deified, Footprints In The Custard, Triverse Massacre, Another Dead Hero, Impavidus….haha! So many bands!

 

Is there any venue that you would really like to perform at that you have never played before?

Aw, there’s loads still! I’m not sure there’s any one iconic venue as such that we want to play, we just want to keep reaching out to new areas of the country and spreading our noise around, really!

 

Is there anyone in the music world that you would like to put in the rubbish bin and why?

Gimmick bands! Not one’s who play good music, too – but the ones that are just a gimmick and mediocre (at best) musically. I just don’t get it and for some reason it bugs me! Haha!

 

What have you guys got planned for the future? Any big news that you would like to tell your fans about?

New music, more gigs – hopefully in new areas and touching base with places we haven’t been for a while! Biggest news I can share with you would be that we are playing the Hard Rock Hell show at Birmingham Academy in February! Super exciting for us to be on the same bill as Skindred, Sodom, Evile, Raging SpeedhornLawnmower DethWinterfyllethHELLSenser, Feed the Rhino, and so many more! We can’t wait!

You can out more at: http://www.Bloodyard.com and http://www.facebook.com/bloodyard666

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Interview by:

Jovi Hacker (12)

Playlist: 13/01/2017

  1. BLACK STAR RIDERS – TESTIFY OR SAY GOODBYE
  2. TYSONDOG – SHADOW OF THE BEAST
  3. COURTESANS – MESMERISE
  4. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – FIRE IT UP
  5. MOTORHEAD – TIL THE END
  6. DEATHWISH – DEMON PREACHER (Blast from the past, 1988)
  7. METALLICA – ONE (Blast from the past, 1988)
  8. BLAZE BAYLEY – INDEPENDENCE
  9. XANDRIA – WE ARE MURDERERS (WE ALL)
  10. MARYTREE – HUNGRY LUNG
  11. HEART AVAIL – VACILLATION
  12. ANTHRAX – CAUGHT IN A MOSH
  13. WHITESNAKE – SLIP OF THE TONGUE
  14. DIO – PUSH (Blast from the past, 2002)
  15. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – NO ONE KNOWS (Blast from the past, 2002)
  16. JUPITER HOLLOW – DEEP IN SPACE
  17. VOLA – FEED THE CREATURE
  18. EX DEO – THE RISE OF HANNIBAL
  19. NORD – ROSEHIP GARDEN
  20. IRON MAIDEN- PASCHENDALE
  21. PSYCHO KISS – GRIT

Playlist: 06/01/2017

  1. KNOCK OUT KAINE – 16 GRAMS OF HEART ATTACK
  2. MARYTREE – HUNGRY LUNG
  3. SOUND OF ORIGIN – SEEDS OF THE PAST
  4. NYCOSIA – MISCOMMUNICATION
  5. BEHOLDER – ARMY OF ONE
  6. ACCEPT – FAST AS A SHARK (Blast from the past, 1982)
  7. IRON MAIDEN – THE PRISONER (Blast from the past, 1982)
  8. ABSOLVA – ONLY WHEN IT’S OVER
  9. MARYTREE – DUCK AND COVER
  10. THIN LIZZY – EMERALD
  11. AC/DC – TOUCH TOO MUCH
  12. KIKAMORA – THEM AND US
  13. PILGRIM – SHAME
  14. L.A. GUNS – OVER THE EDGE (Blast from the past, 1991)
  15. MOTORHEAD – LOVE ME FOREVER (Blast from the past, 1991)
  16. MARYTREE – SQUAWK
  17. BOREALIS – THE DAWNING LIGHT
  18. THE WILDHEARTS – DANGERLUST
  19. BLACK WHISKEY – ALL SEEING EYE
  20. MARYTREE – HURRY
  21. FAHRAN – SILVER SCENE
  22. REIGN OF FURY – ALL IS LOST

Playlist: 30/12/2016 – Motorhead special

  1. MOTORHEAD
  2. THE ONE TO SING THE BLUES
  3. DAMAGE CASE
  4. I KNOW HOW TO DIE
  5. STAY CLEAN
  6. I’LL BE YOUR SISTER
  7. ALL THE ACES
  8. LOST WOMAN BLUES
  9. (WE ARE) THE ROAD CREW
  10. DOCTOR ROCK
  11. KILLED BY DEATH
  12. WIZZ WIZZARD – REFLECTIONS FROM HELL
  13. CHRIS APPLETON/WIZZ WIZZARD – I SEE RED (acoustic)
  14. HELLRAISER
  15. OVERKILL
  16. RAMONES
  17. PLEASE DON’T TOUCH
  18. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
  19. ACE OF SPADES (slow acoustic)
  20. DEAF FOREVER
  21. THE WOLF
  22. 1916
  23. IRON HORSE/BORN TO LOSE
  24. WHEN THE SKY COMES LOOKING FOR YOU
  25. ORGASMATRON
  26. IN THE NAME OF TRAGEDY
  27. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
  28. DOG-FACE BOY
  29. TIL THE END

Playlist: 23/12/2016

  1. TWISTED ILLUSION – HATRED IS A VIRTUE
  2. MARYTREE – WHATEVER
  3. BLAZE BAYLEY – CRAZY CHRISTMAS
  4. ASYLUM CITY ZOO – SOBER
  5. BEYOND SALVATION – ASCENSION
  6. TACTUS – AURORA
  7. ALICE COOPER & FRIENDS – SANTA CLAWS IS COMING TO TOWN
  8. DEMISE OF THE CROWN – BLACK RAIN
  9. MESHIAAK – CHRONICLES OF THE DEAD
  10. iDESTROY – STATE OF THE ART
  11. DIE NOE MORE – THE ENEMY WITHIN
  12. RONNIE JAMES DIO & FRIENDS – GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN
  13. DAKESIS – TO CONQUER OR DIE
  14. CHUCK BILLY & FRIENDS – SILENT NIGHT
  15. BLACK ABSINTHE – WINTER
  16. GHOST – SQUARE HAMMER
  17. KILMINSTER, GIBBONS & GROHL – RUN RUDOLPH RUN
  18. IMPAVIDUS – HEAVEN’S GATE
  19. KREPITUS – THE DECREE OF THEODOSEUS
  20. TWISTED SISTER – HEAVY METAL CHRISTMAS
  21. RED CAIN – GUILLOTINE
  22. PRIMITAI – CONCLUSION FOREGONE

REVIEW: Bad Llama – Shedding Skin (ep)

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Bad Llama – Shedding Skin E.P

 

Track 1 – The Healer.

Sounds like sound effects are used at the start of the track to make a mysterious opening. It’s quite mellow; good opening track to the E.P.

 

Track 2 – The Wolf You Feed

This is a bit more rocky than the first track. A quite catchy song, with a bit of growling going on at times.

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Track 3 -Paint In Sound

A mid tempo rock track with hints of indie. I can imagine people dancing to this track.

 

Track 4 – Ten Years Time.

There is a ballad feel to this song. The singer has a lot of emotion in his voice. A nice track to chill out to.

 

Overall this is a good E.P. It would be good to just sit and chill out to.

I will give it 7/10.

I would recommend it to fans of Biffy Clyro.

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Review by:

Jovi Hacker (12)

Playlist: 09/12/2016

  1. TRIAXIS – STAND YOUR GROUND
  2. DARK MESSIAH – NO SOUL TO SELL
  3. DAMAGE LIMIT – NO REASON
  4. JUDAS PRIEST – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING
  5. SAXON – DALLAS 1pm
  6. INTERVIEW – MARYTREE
  7. MARYTREE – WHATEVER
  8. CHASING DRAGONS – BROKEN JAWS
  9. IRON MAIDEN – STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND
  10. EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN
  11. RUSH – RED BARCHETTA
  12. DAKESIS – THE GREAT INSURRECTION
  13. TRIAXIS – DYING SUN
  14. TWISTED SISTER – WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT
  15. MOTORHEAD – KILLED BY DEATH
  16. BIGFOOT – OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE
  17. TRUCKER DIABLO – FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING
  18. DEVIN TOWNSEND – FAST AS A SHARK
  19. MANOWAR – BATTLE HYMN

Playlist: 02/12/2016

  1. ABSOLVA – NEVER BACK DOWN
  2. AMON AMARTH – UNDER SIEGE
  3. CIVIL WAR – DELIVERANCE
  4. Blast from the past, 1997: BRUCE DICKINSON – ACCIDENT OF BIRTH
  5. Blast from the past, 1997: IN THE WOODS – I AM YOUR FLESH
  6. DIE NO MORE – DESTRUCTION COMPLETE
  7. KNOCK OUT KAINE – FLYING HIGH
  8. ORACLE – BENEATH THE CRIMSON VEIL
  9. DAMAJ – THE TESTAMENT OF JUDAS
  10. TROLLWAR – OMENS OF VICTORY
  11. DEMISE OF THE CROWN – COLD DEAD EYES
  12. Blast from the past, 1985: DOKKEN – LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN
  13. Blast from the past,1985: W.A.S.P. – BLIND IN TEXAS
  14. SABATON – METAL CRUE
  15. DEVILMENT – JudasStein
  16. IRON MAIDEN – THE WICKER MAN
  17. ATTICA RAGE – IN MY DREAMS
  18. MOTORHEAD – ORGASMATRON
  19. QUEENSRYCHE – EYES OF A STRANGER
  20. THE NEW ROSES – WHAT IF IT WAS YOU
  21. FLORENCE BLACK – ZULU

Playlist: 25/11/2016

  1. DEVILDRIVER – TRUST NO ONE
  2. BEATING DEAD MEAT – WITH FULL FORCE
  3. CANDIRIA – THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BURN
  4. SISTER – UNBELIEVER
  5. ASYLUM CITY ZOO – BAIT THE HOOK
  6. Blast from the past, 2009: FURY UK – DEATH BY LIGHTNING
  7. Blast from the past, 2009: PARADISE LOST – FAITH DIVIDES US, DEATH UNITES US
  8. ENDEMISE – COME SERENE DARK
  9. KREPITUS – EXILE
  10. GREYBEARDS – COLD DECEMBER
  11. THIS BURNING AGE – TATTERDEMALION
  12. Blast from the past, 1977: RAINBOW – KILL THE KING
  13. Blast from the past, 1977: UFO – LIGHTS OUT
  14. ORACLE – TOMB OF SERPENTS
  15. REIGN OF FURY – WORLD DETONATION
  16. SOLITUDE – YOU GOT MY MIND
  17. RED CAIN – HIRAETH
  18. METALLICA – MURDER ONE
  19. MEGADETH – PUBLIC ENEMY No.1
  20. DEVILMENT – UNDER THE THUNDER
  21. DIABULUS IN MUSICA – INVISIBLE

REVIEW: God Shaped Devil – Creator of Sodom (ep)

 

GOD SHAPED DEVIL – CREATOR OF SODOM EP.

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Track 1: Lobotomy

The EP starts off with an instrumental track, which features a cool repeated riff.

 

Track 2: Continuum

The intro leads into shouty vocals. A good mixture of clean and shouty vocals. It has cool guitar riffs and pounding drums throughout the track. A great song to headbang to.

 

Track 3: Creator of Sodom

The title track of the EP. Again heavy guitars and pounding drums. A very catchy chorus. It’s quite easy to imagine the crowd singing along because of the simple catchy words.

 

Track 4: Rage inside

A track similar to the previous tracks, but with more clean vocals. I like the guitar solo in this one. A very bouncy track that will get you moving.

 

Track 5: Pray for Death

Great drum beat that gets you nodding along. Some nice changes of feel, from clean to growl then back to clean. Another really good guitar solo in this song. Nice gentle outro.

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Released: 6th November 2015

For fans of Pantera

Self released EP.

Rated 8.5 / 10

Reviewed by:

Jovi Hacker (12)

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