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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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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.

 

 

Playlist: 08/09/2017

  1. ACCEPT – FAST AS A SHARK
  2. DEVIN TOWNSEND – KINGDOM
  3. SPARANZA – DAMNATION
  4. CRIPPER – INTO THE FIRE
  5. VINTERSORG – JOKELVAKTAREN
  6. REIGN OF FURY – FAUSTIAN MASTERY
  7. TRIAXIS – DYING SUN
  8. DIO – PUSH
  9. FAITH NO MORE – EPIC
  10. FURY – A TALE OF SILVER
  11. DAKESIS – THE SACRIFICE
  12. AMON AMARTH – WARRIORS OF THE NORTH
  13. THE WAKE – SHIP OF HOPE
  14. PARADISE LOST – FEARLESS
  15. WARCALL – MASS EXTINCTION
  16. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – CALIFORNIA DREAMING
  17. SKARLETT RIOT – BREAK

Playlist: 01/09/2017

  1. ENSIFERUM – TWO PATHS
  2. KAOS KREW – WHEN SOLDIERS CRY
  3. BIBLICAL – THE CITY THAT ALWAYS SLEEPS
  4. PARADISE LOST – BLOOD AND CHAOS
  5. CRADLE OF FILTH – YOU WILL KNOW THE LION BY HIS CLAWS
  6. THE CRUEL KNIVES – KILL THE MESSENGER
  7. DANKO JONES – YOU ARE MY WOMAN
  8. VENOM INC. – EVIL DEAD
  9. PANZER – WE CANNOT BE SILENCED
  10. SHRAPNEL – RAISED ON DECAY
  11. PLANET EATER – COLD CONFINES
  12. INSURRECTION – SYSTEM FAILURE
  13. SLAYER – CHEMICAL WARFARE
  14. MARYTREE – DUCK AND COVER
  15. ANGEL WITCH – ANGEL WITCH
  16. UFO – DOCTOR DOCTOR
  17. IRON MAIDEN – WRATHCHILD
  18. ANTHRAX – MADHOUSE
  19. METALLICA – FADE TO BLACK
  20. SAXON – DALLAS 1PM
  21. MOTORHEAD – BORN TO RAISE HELL
  22. JUDAS PRIEST – THE HELLION/ELECTRIC EYE
  23. TYRANT’S REIGN – S.O.S.

Playlist: 25/08/2017

  1. SORCERER – SIRENS
  2. AMETHYST – FROM THE FIRE
  3. HEDRA – WAR CHILD
  4. AUDREY HORNE – BLAZE OF ASHES
  5. HELLOWEEN – A TALE THAT WASN’T RIGHT
  6. ROUGH GRIND – FACE THE MUSIC
  7. DEVILFIRE – SHE’S LIKE FIRE
  8. HOWLING GIANT – THE PIONEER
  9. END OF GREEN – DARK SIDE OF THE SUN
  10. ABSOLVA – ECLIPSE
  11. TRIAXIS – AUTUMN HOURGLASS
  12. SEPULTURA – ARISE
  13. KREATOR – PEOPLE OF THE LIE
  14. MASTODON – BLOOD AND THUNDER
  15. ORDEN OGAN – GUNMAN
  16. SKEIN – BOUND
  17. DELAIN – WE ARE THE OTHERS
  18. BURIED REALM – ASPHYXIATION’S LULLABY
  19. SATYRICON = DEEP CALLETH UPON DEEP
  20. ENSIFERUM – WAY OF THE WARRIOR
  21. SORCERER – DISCIPLES OF THE DARK
  22. IMPAVIDUS – HEAVEN’S GATE
  23. VENOM INC. – DEIN FLEISCH

Playlist: 18/08/2017

  1. ALESTORM – DRINK
  2. SPARANZA – VINDICATION
  3. ABSOLVA – RISE AGAIN
  4. KING PARROT – DIE BEFORE YOU DIE
  5. MUNICIPAL WASTE – BREATHE GREASE
  6. BABYLON FIRE – I STILL REMEMBER
  7. WRETCHED SOUL – VERONICA
  8. EVERYDAY HEROES – STORM
  9. BROKEN JAW – CONSTANT IGNORANCE
  10. PROTOSEQUENCE – SHEPHERD
  11. STRING VILLAINS – BLACK WALTZ
  12. DEVOLVER – A LIFE LOST
  13. ANTARKTIS – SVALBARD
  14. REKOMA – TRIAL
  15. ACT OF DEFIANCE – M.I.A.
  16. CRIMFALL – MOTHER OF UNBELIEVERS
  17. EWIGKEIT – COLD SOULS
  18. TRIVIUM – THE SIN AND THE SENTENCE
  19. EVERYDAY HEROES – THE RIVER
  20. MOTORHEAD – ACE OF SPADES
  21. KREATOR – HAIL TO THE HORDES

Playlist: 14/07/2017

  1. EVILE – CENTURION
  2. NIGHTVISION – SO MANY LIES
  3. WIZZ WIZZARD – ROCK LIVES ON
  4. TOOL – VICARIOUS
  5. FINAL FALL – LEAD ME
  6. AVENGED SEVENFOLD – SHEPHERD OF FIRE
  7. ALTER BRIDGE – METALINGUS
  8. SHINEDOWN – THE SOUND OF MADNESS
  9. KREPITUS – EXILE
  10. NECROMANCING THE STONE – HONOR THY PROPHET
  11. EXIT STATE – I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE
  12. TRIAXIS – SOME THINGS ARE WORTH DYING FOR
  13. STONE SOUR – MERCY
  14. MACHINE HEAD – OLD
  15. IRON MAIDEN – HALLOWED BE THY NAME
  16. METALLICA – JUMP IN THE FIRE
  17. SLAYER – DEATH SKIN MASK
  18. AT THE GATES – SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL
  19. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – APEX
  20. PARADISE LOST – GREY
  21. FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE – MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)

Playlist: 16/06/2017

  1. MESHIAAK – THE MASK OF ALL MISERY
  2. VINTERSORG – JOKELVAKTAREN
  3. IMPAVIDUS – LIES
  4. ABSOLVA – LIFE ON THE EDGE
  5. TESTAMENT – OVER THE WALL
  6. JUDAS PRIEST – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING
  7. SAXON – STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (live)
  8. CYDEMIND – WHAT REMAINS
  9. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – APEX
  10. TED NUGENT – STRANGLEHOLD (something old)
  11. DEIFIED – IRON BIRD (something new)
  12. PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – SWEET LEAF (something borrowed – Black Sabbath cover)
  13. MOTORHEAD – LOST WOMAN BLUES (something blue)
  14. VOIVOD – TRIBAL CONVICTIONS
  15. VENOM – WARHEAD
  16. ABSOLVA – RISE AGAIN
  17. ADRENALINE MOB – CHASING DRAGONS
  18. QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH
  19. DIO – STAND UP AND SHOUT
  20. IRON MAIDEN – THE SHERIFF OF HUDDERSFIELD
  21. MARYTREE – DUCK AND COVER
  22. HELL’S ADDICTION – BROKEN

Playlist: 02/06/2017

  1. HAMEREX – THE DARK TOWER
  2. MR. SHIRAZ – STEP UP
  3. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – YOU DON’T KNOW
  4. MUTANK – P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S.
  5. REIGN OF FURY – DEATH BE THY SHEPHERD
  6. MOTORHEAD – THE CHASE IS BETTER THAN THE CATCH (Blast from the past -1980)
  7. WHITESNAKE – FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING (Blast from the past – 1980)
  8. 8KIDS – BLITZSCHLAG
  9. GRAVIL – DETONATE
  10. SEVEN KINGDOMS – UNDYING
  11. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – TEN THOUSAND AGAINST ONE
  12. TWISTED ILLUSION – NOBODY’S CHILD
  13. MARYTREE – WHATEVER
  14. RISE OF DISSENSION – MEND
  15. TRIAXIS – ZERO HOUR
  16. GUN – WORD UP (Blast from the past – 1994)
  17. PANTERA – I’M BROKEN (Blast from the past – 1994)
  18. CELESTIAL RUIN – SENSE OF EXILE
  19. MR. SHIRAZ – YOU’RE MY TYPE
  20. WARBRINGER – WHEN THE GUNS FELL SILENT

Playlist: 19/05/2017

  1. ALESTORM – TO THE END OF THE WORLD
  2. A HIGHER DEMISE – ENTROPY
  3. CREATURE – BORED
  4. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – GOTHAM
  5. ABSOLVA – HARSH REALITY
  6. SAPATA – STYX
  7. WOODHAWK – A NEW HOPE
  8. WARRANT – DEVIL DANCER
  9. SNAKECHARMER – I’LL TAKE YOU AS YOU ARE
  10. MARTYR DEFILED – CARPE NOCTUM (ft. Pierre Pelbu of Knuckledust)
  11. POST PULSE – THE GATES
  12. DIVINITY – THE DEAD SPEAK FROM BEYOND
  13. NUCLEAR OATH – RAZOR BLADE REGRETS
  14. TRUCKER DIABLO – DRINK BEER, DESTROY
  15. TRIAXIS – STAND YOUR GROUND (Angel)
  16. STONE SOUR – SONG #3
  17. FAITH NO MORE – EPIC
  18. SOUND OF ORIGIN – SEEDS OF THE PAST
  19. NICOMO – BEYOND HORIZON
  20. DEMISE OF THE CROWN – DON’T WORRY
  21. KARKAOS – KOLOSSOS
  22. FOZZY – JUDAS