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SacredSilver is the new project from two musicians – Brian Carson (singer) and John Housley (guitarist). Currently, SacredSilver is a studio project. Carson has fronted the Michigan based successful band ‘Raggedy Ann’ and Housley is with ‘A200′, a Modern Rock act comprising of five members.

Housley is based in Fort Myers, Florida which means that he is at 1200 miles (1,931km) away from Carson. This has only been a geographical obstacle for collaboration. The band has brought in several musicians and producers on the project fine tuning their sound. They are slated to release a single a month through 2015 on their website www.sacredsilverband.com.

John Housley Interview:

Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

John Housley: My name is John Housley, I am a guitarist currently co-writing with Brian Carson for the band Sacred Silver.

Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?

John Housley: We are finishing our first recording project consisting of thirteen songs and compiling footage to finish videos for each song. Currently, we have released two songs with videos, and have a new song and video scheduled each month.

Metal Empire: Tell us about the music you make, how would you describe your sound?

John Housley: Our sound? Heavy without compromising melody. The sound of spending years honing your craft with years of performing live.

Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?

John Housley: Brian and I write the music from a stockpile of ideas gathered over the past few years. I write usually about 50 to 100 songs a year. Brian will play through them until something catches his ear. He then starts recording vocal ideas, and we discuss edits if needed. From there we take them to the studio and get the music ready for release and video.

Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.

John Housley: Influences? The list is too long, the creative process is a way of life. Not just in your music but with the way you approach living. Music is a way of sharing yourself, giving back from the amazing resource of music available from the culture we share.

Metal Empire: What’s your favourite thing about playing live?

John Housley: The connection. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, did the tree make a sound? When you play live everyone is a part of the experience. The crowd is experiencing the music as much as the performer. As a performer you experience it from both sides, as the performer and as the witness. The exchange is a flow that moves like a current through everyone and everyone contributes to the charge that is shared.

Metal Empire: Have you played any shows or toured alongside any major artists? Are there any shows that come to mind that you feel make a great story? If so, tell us about it.

John Housley: I have had the privilege to share the stage with many amazing artists. I usually perform around 250 show a year. Sometimes performing classical guitar for a wedding. Sometimes playing in front of ZZ Top. Touring with Blackfoot was a great experience. Rickey Medlocke was one of the most gracious people I have had the chance to work with. The man has one lung and can still blow out the diaphragm on a 58.

Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with? If so, who are they and why?

John Housley: Joni Mitchell, to be near that voice.

Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?

John Housley: I’m very excited to be working with Brian Carson again. We toured for years and he is the most amazing singer I have had the good fortune to work with. The opportunity to write and record with him again is why I see us writing more through the years.

Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

John Housley: Quality and consistency is what I strive for. That’s usually what people put their money toward; a solid great show.

Metal Empire: What do you think about music piracy, do you think it effects music sales negatively, or do you think there is another cause behind the current drop in record sales?

John Housley: It definitely effects sales negatively. It’s the reason there are so few platinum artists today. Is that good? Is that bad? The next decade will shed some interesting light on the subject.

Metal Empire: There is a lot of talk about the downfall of the music industry as a whole, do you believe this is the case, or do you believe it is evolving? What do you feel could improve the situation?

John Housley: It’s definitely changing. The field is leveling. Change is a response, I think it will clean things a bit and allow for a whole new dirty to present itself.

Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

John Housley: N/A

Metal Empire: Name one thing you love, one thing you hate and one thing you think everyone should try at least once before they die?

John Housley: Everyone gets to choose their own ride. My view might not be that interesting so I’ll opt for “to each his own.”

Metal Empire: If you could have one wish, what would it be and why?

John Housley: World peace, no poverty, sounds utopian to me.

Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

John Housley: Best to all in all you do.

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If you get a thrill from hearing the screech of heavy metal but have no idea how to express your love for this type of music, read on! Expressing your passions can be a great way to meet new people with the same interests as you or just a great way to stay true to yourself and be bold. There are many ways in which one can express their obsession of anything, from birds to skulls, but the best way to express music passions is often with the use of body jewelry.

Body jewelry is a fabulous way to express yourself because it enables you to put physical objects on your body that otherwise would be difficult to carry around or wear. Here are some ideas for the types of body jewelry that would highlight your personal admiration of heavy metal:

Stainless Steel Tunnels

Even plain stainless steel plugs can make a bold statement. They don’t necessarily need to be stainless steel either—you can choose any type of solid, unpainted metal of your preference. These can work well for every day, since this type of body jewelry lacks much decoration and is usually accepted for wear in most places (though as always, adhere to the rules of your workplace if you want to keep your job!).

If you want to get a little more creative for, say, an occasion or even on a daily basis, there are plenty of metal plugs that can express your metal-head passions. You could opt for simple studded plugs or ones with the carved design of a rose or skull and crossbones.

Tunnels can also be studded, so if you don’t want something heavy, sticking with shiny or spiked tunnels is always an option – take a look at urbanbodyjewelry.com for info. The great news is that metal plugs can be worn by anyone, including someone who has a new piercing or is still stretching. Choose materials such as titanium or surgical steel for stretching, or select any metal of preference if your piercing is already mature.

Lip Piercings

Lip piercings can greatly add some character to your appearance and highlight your boldness. Plain metal or black lip piercings are especially showy and can therefore be an excellent choice if you’re trying to express your music taste. Simple stud lip piercings can be more comfortable for wear since they are smaller, and once again, black, dark blue, or silver (plain polished metal) would be your best choice.

Nose Piercings

Nose piercings, although seemingly an ordinary type of jewelry, can actually allow for a lot of creativity. You can use hoops in the same manner as for lip piercings, but the key here is location. Are you a fun-loving adventurer? A dark blue or black “mustache” horseshoe piercing through the septum might be your thing. A captive bead ring might also be your match (whether it’s a septum or a nostril piercing), especially if the bead features an aspect of metal music that you really enjoy, such as a mini skull or heart. In any case, don’t be afraid to experiment to get a feel for what suits you best. After all, this is your body, your fashion, and your personality.

Whatever piercing you choose make sure you enjoy it and that it is about you and your particular style.

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Sarantos is keeping his promise as he kicks off 2015 with his sophomore album. This album will reflect the style the fans and fellow musicians felt best suited Sarantos as he veers into a classic mixture of 80s rock merged with today’s soft rock and pop music. But before fans fantasize about the other songs that fit his unusual style, Sarantos thought he’d make the first song and album title a new age song. With his background as a youngster in the church choir, this Enya-type of song is a soothing and relaxing venture. Close your eyes and feel Sarantos powerful vocal reverb literally vibrate one’s entire body as fans become vested into the pure emotion of this new song.

“This is a calm but inspirational relaxing song that is perfect to help erase the stress from your mind, body and soul,” says Sarantos. “I think this is what heaven would sound like. Hopefully on your way to heaven, the angels will be singing this song! I’m so excited to start releasing my sophomore album and I have listened to what the fans want. By the end of this CD, I feel like the fans will know so much more about me. So here we go…”

33% of any music-related sales profits from this song are going straight to Cystic Fibrosis.

Sarantos was nominated for 2 awards for the 2014 International Music & Entertainment Awards for the categories of “Rock Song of the Year” and “Pop Album of the Year.”

*Remember, fans can always find all of Sarantos songs, lyric sheets, videos and books on his website for free at https://www.melogia.com/music.html. Share his downloadable song mp3s for free with anyone you want via email or any of the social media platforms.

Lyrics:

Close Your Eyes

Intro

You are loved and cherished

Verse 1

You have nothing to fear
There is nothing you can do wrong

Chorus 1

You are loved by many
(Loved by many)

Verse 2

Now is your time to be healed
Now is your time, to be healed

Chorus 2

Who am I?
Who am I?

Verse 3

Why am I here?
(Why am I here?)

Chorus 3

Remember
Remember
Close your eyes and remember who you are

Extro

You are loved
You are loved

You are loved
Close your eyes…

Website:

http://www.melogia.com

Sarantos Facebook artist page:

https://www.facebook.com/Sarantosmelogia

Sarantos Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/sarantosmelogia

Sarantos Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/SarantosMelogia

Sarantos Google+:

https://plus.google.com/u/1/+SarantosMelogia

Sarantos Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/sarantosmelogia

Sarantos Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/sarantosmelogia

Sarantos iTunes:

http://bit.ly/SarantosAppleStore

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Metro Expo is the solo project of Fred Marcoty. About to release his first album Metro Expo 1, which is set to release in the early Spring of 2015. Dealing with important social & personal issues like depression, schizophrenia, self-reflection, communication, isolation, denial and love. We caught up with Fred to have a chat and see what we can find out about this new release.

Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

Metro Expo: My name’s Fred Marcoty, I am the solo composer, lyricist, performer, producer and mixer of Metro Expo. I studied music in junior an superior music school in Belgium, my home country, and in the Netherlands between the age of 10 and 22. I am now 40. I also have a diploma in stage management.

Metal Empire: What is the project up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?

Metro Expo: I’m about to release the first LP of Metro Expo, simply called Metro Expo 1, which is a concept album. A concept album, for the youngest readers, is an album which tells a whole story or has a central theme and it was a very popular genre in the 1970’s. The release date is February 1st 2015, and will be available on CD and digital download on all the big platforms. I’m currently working on the promotion, and, believe me, it’s not the funniest part of the job!

Metal Empire: Tell us about the music you make, how would you describe your sound?

Metro Expo: The global sound of Metro Expo is build on strict composition rules. I have chosen to play drums exclusively with brushes and rods, so no sticks, and no crash cymbals, for example. I also tried to have a very oppressing, natural and punchy overall sound, with various styles but with the same aesthetic approach. We could say that the style is between progressive/symphonic rock (without the technique demonstration and the pompous denomination) and the darkness of trip-hop (without the rap)… but, there is also a bit of americana, dixieland, without having that feeling to listen to a “greatest hits” album.

Metal Empire: Can you tell us more about the story, the concept of this album?

Metro Expo: The story is roughly the story of a teenager who believes being sick, but is simply growing up and reaching the adult age. The 10 songs that feature are mostly internal dialogues between the young guy and his “illness”, so his mind. Track one is a kind of introduction where, as the song goes on, the “illness” is setting up in the mind, from track 2 to 7, I refer to things such as social isolation, miserable childhood, timidity, denial of reality with no relevant chronology. And from track 8 to 10, the “illness” is first leaving, which means the character is now an old man.

It’s quite a simple story, that leads finally to death. It’s not an autobiography (I’m currently breathing…), I melted personal thoughts or life events with some psychiatric symptoms (I tried to have good information about that). So, the final result is something that has a thin line between craziness and reality… Up to the listener to guess what’s real and what’s fiction.

Metal Empire: You served as the engineer/producer, played all the instruments and performed all the vocals on the record, correct?

Metro Expo: Yes, I did play and record everything, except the female/angel voices (obviously), a spoken voice made by two american guy and girl, 2 saxophones that I don’t have in my musical instruments collection, and a clarinet that was played by my beloved wife, so she’ll have a little part of it. She supported my project all along, closely followed the process, helped me with the English language (she’s fluent, I’m not…) for the lyrics. She also was a big support when I was ready to set the fire to my computer and destroy all the work done so far.

Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?

Metro Expo: Well, this album took me 5 years from the very first idea and the last second of mixing due to many tests. The idea of a conceptual album came quite late in the process, and so included a lot of lyrics, and so melodic lines changes. For the music, it came quite naturally due to the composition rules. I can say that when I find a chord progression or a guitar riff, if I can’t put a captivating brushes drum line on it, the idea is not for Metro Expo… it goes in a drawer and waits for another project of mine. Roughly, I follow the same composition schedule in all my musical projects : music, then theme, then lyrics. And have a quick rough recording to have all this out of my mind.

Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.

Metro Expo: I’ve been fed with many musical styles since my childhood. I have a brother that is 10 years older than me, so I discovered difficult/adult music styles quite young meanwhile, with my studies, I had to step in classical music or jazz as well. So, influences came from bands like Pink Floyd, Talk Talk, Genesis but also from “classical” music composers such as Wagner, Puccini or film music composers like Maurice Jarre. Those were mostly unconscious influences. This melting pot of all this is what I enjoy the most while creating music… trying to make a new kind of pizza that would be easy to digest, but would also taste good. Also, this part of mystery of knowing where “this” element comes from without being able to name it directly… like this actor you’ve seen in many films without knowing his name. While you’re searching, the song goes on and then you step to another influence until you let that stupid game go and enjoy what you are currently listening.

Metal Empire: Have you played any shows or toured alongside any major artists? Are there any shows that come to mind that you feel make a great story? If so, tell us about it.

Metro Expo: Outside of the Metro Expo project, so as a professional musician, I had the chance to perform in big opera houses, pro symphonic orchestras and played one concert with Ray Charles.

Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?

Metro Expo: I have many faces… For the Metro Expo project, I already have musical ideas for a Metro Expo 2, but, I will make only concept albums with this project, and so far I don’t have the concept or the story yet. I’m pretty sure this ME2 will exist sooner than my expectations… Before that, I will maybe do a hard rock’n’roll stuff to relax… I don’t make long term/view projects any more. When I find one thing to work on, with a concrete target, I go 100% on it. My next musical activities are roughly conditioned by the success, relative or not, of Metro Expo 1.

Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

Metro Expo: Metro Expo is a solo project, I haven’t planned to make concerts. I have some agreements with professional musicians to make one or two gigs if the album works a bit. First, I’d like to make a movie with all the songs, it fits better with the “concept” idea. The way I see concert is more like playing music while the movie is aired on big screen… It’s more an utopia than a concrete reality for the moment.

Metal Empire: What do you think about music piracy, do you think it effects music sales negatively, or do you think there is another cause behind the current drop in record sales?

Metro Expo: I think people are not well informed of how a record is made, its process and the different actors involved. People, in general, still thinking that making music is a hobby, maybe because they think it’s ONLY fun to do it. Well, it’s not. As an independent artist, I had to work to raise money to produce my album. I had to do things that I don’t like… but, as a very small artist (in terms of fame) piracy can also be “good” for spreading your music and/or your name. I’m very mixed about it. Fact is that everything has a cost… and be aware with who you’re stealing.

Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

Metro Expo: Not yet for this project. In general, what makes me feel good is that some people told me (and not only friends or family) that whatever music I create, they can tell that it’s me behind it, also some told me that I’m a “made of integrity” artist. That’s, for me, the most important thing as a composer/arranger : being recognized, having a “touch”, make with the same 3 chords something different than another musician.

Metal Empire: If you could have one wish, what would it be and why?

Metro Expo: “Peeeeace on Eeeeearth”… oops, sorry, this is not a beauty contest… I wish I find a genie in a lamp that would provide me 4 extra wishes, because you’re a bit stingy with only one! Man, I can’t be serious about it, sorry! For the moment, I have one wish about the album and it’s a very modest one: selling it a trillion times so I can program a total plastic surgery. I told you I wouldn’t be serious. Didn’t I?

Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

Metro Expo: Thanks to you. I hope that the people who’ll download/buy this CD (thanks by the way) would deeply enjoy it, and would understand that, besides its very dark tone, this is and remains just art (yup, music is an art)… all help is welcome, and I always answer to questions on my Facebook page which, I’m sure, you’ll like (http://www.facebook.com/metroexpodecalogy) or mail (metroexpodecalogy@gmail.com).

Tracklisting:
1. What is going on ? 7.24
2. You’ve stolen millions 5.58
3. Waiting for a war 4.36
4. Out of sight 4.03
5. Nothing here’s real 6.48
6. Come to me 5.37
7. While you look away 4.00
8. The shore 6.05
9. Inertia 4.55
10. The swan lullaby 6.58

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/metroexpodecalogy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/metexpodeca

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Video teasers:

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Giulio Nightfall is a Italian guitar virtuoso, bassist, drummer and songwriter whose main genre is hard rock/heavy metal with a soundtrack movie style. He is also thriller writer and guitar luthier! Giulio Nightfall has released 10 albums and 3 thriller/horror novels.

Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

Giulio Nightfall: My name is Giulio Nightfall and I’m the front man of the band. I have published 10 albums in two years working with various international artists. I play different genres, but my favorite genre is hard rock and heavy metal. Some might say I’m a guitar virtuoso.

Metal Empire: You recently released your album “Instinct”. What can you tell us about this album?

Giulio Nightfall: I’m back to doing my favourite genre. This was an important album to make for me, to make it happen. I have worked with several international artists: Bojan Aleksic a singer and lyricist (except for the song Walking on the Road) and drummer Jason Meekins present in different songs. It’s an album with an original sound, hard ‘n’ heavy with technical and fast guitar. I think we did an exellent job!

Metal Empire: Tell us about the music you make, how would you describe your sound?

Giulio Nightfall: I write and compose my music where I alternate from moments of sweetness and happiness, to dark and powerful moments of pure hard rock and metal. The contrast, that my music is wrapped in a mystery of light and darkness, traces a path of perpetual dualism, that human beings live in every day, in which love often clashes with hatred, the sweetness with coldness, fragility with strength and tears with a smile.

Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?

Giulio Nightfall: I create music at night. Daylight makes me less creative, but at night my creativity is great. When it’s summer I compose music with the full moon it’s magical. I try to understand my emotions and then I take my guitar and I start to look for the best scale and chords for the emotions I feel. A song tells a story!

Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? What are your favorite guitarists?

Giulio Nightfall: My major influences are Yngiwe Malmsteen and Joe Satriani. They were my idols since childhood.

Metal Empire: What’s your important thing about playing live?

Giulio Nightfall: The mastery of one’s mind is important. Remain calm and sure of oneself, together will help you master your musical instrument. The feeling with the band before the concert is really important. These mental states are the key to a great concert!

Metal Empire: I know that you’re also a guitar liuther and you have also written books including one where you talk about how to build an electric guitar. How long does it take to build an electric guitar with the characteristics that you want?

Giulio Nightfall: Building an electric guitar is a fascinating experience! The building process can vary from 2 to 4 months. Also those who build a guitar will have a better feeling with the musical instrumental for obvious reasons. A homemade guitar will produce a unique sound and different from all other commercial guitars! It’s something personal which helps to better express the emotions.

Metal Empire: Can you define yourself as a self-taught guitarist?

Giulio Nightfall: I studied classical guitar for 3 years. The electric guitar and more comnplesse techniques I learn alone (alternate picking, tapping, sweep picking, etc.) I think that I can define myself as at least 80% self-taught.

Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future?

Giulio Nightfall: I’m happy where I am and I want to continue on this road!

Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

Giulio Nightfall: As a guitar luthier using my home-made guitars in concert. The Particularity of guitars is that they have no paint, so the wood is left complete freedom of movement.This creates a very unique sound, along with the speed and greater feeling that I can send to the instrument. The sound and impact sound is powerful, it really rocks!

Metal Empire: What do you think about music piracy, do you think it effects music sales negatively, or do you think there is another cause behind the current drop in record sales?

Giulio Nightfall: I think that piracy harms emerging musicians, but if you try to do something different and very emotional, I think people will support you in anyway they can. I think the future is in streaming music services like Spotify. The computer has made music more virtual, no more physical disks. The world has changed, it’s a musical evolution.

Giulio-Nightfall

Metal Empire: What do you think of Satanism in heavy metal?

Giulio Nightfall: I think that everyone is free to believe what they want, but I do not approve the violence against innocent people. Some metal lyrics are filled with a lot of Satanic imagery, but then the same band members say they are atheists. In my music there aren’t any references to this kind of issue. I’m a pantheist. I believe in the energy of the universe.

Metal Empire: What are the countries where your album sold the most?

Giulio Nightfall: I think the United States has sold the most, but honestly everywhere as accepted it fairly well.

Metal Empire: Name one thing you love, one thing you hate and one thing you think everyone should try at least once before they die?

Giulio Nightfall: I love a good challenge, I hate opportunists, I think that before someone dies, they should try true love at least once.

Metal Empire: If you could have one wish, what would it be and why?

Giulio Nightfall: I want to do a duet with Malmsteen. This has been my wish since I was a small boy.

Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

Giulio Nightfall: Thanks for the interview. I am happy to have been a part of it. Metal forever!

Link:
iTunes Albums Giulio Nightfall: https://itunes.apple.com/it/artist/giulio-nightfall/id575088593

Facebook FanPage: https://www.facebook.com/GiulioNightfallGuitarist

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/giulionightfall

Music Video Midnight Guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OII1wteIbmI&list=UUjyov8-yfnAeH3bZm8O_bCQ

Official Site: http://www.giulionightfall.com

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