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    A Fistful Of Questions With Nikos Mixas Of Mosara

         Guitarist.  Vocalist.  Photographer.  Red Vines (similar to Twizzlers) enthusiast!?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to Nikos Mixas of Mosara.      


    What is your full name?


    Nikos Mixas


    Do you have any aliases?


    Greekbastard if you must pry…


    What bands are you actively involved with?


    Only Mosara.


    What was the first instrument that you played?


    Do I really want to answer this? Let’s just say the electric guitar.


    Tell me about one of your first musical memories?


    My father was a professional musician and he played the bouzouki which is THE stringed instrument to rock in Greece. I would watch him rehearse songs before playing at whichever Greek nightclub he was playing that night.


    What was the name of the first band you were in?


    Mizery, a thrash band that sounded like Slayer had a child with Voivod (it was the late 80’s).


    Tell me about the genesis of Mosara.


    Tony, the other guitarist, originally formed the band in 2005 I believe? They were more stoner metal at the time.  There are still videos on YouTube if anyone is interested in checking out the original sound.  Anywho, the band lasted a couple of years and Tony went on to play in a few other bands to include Twingiant which is where we basically got together.  After Twingiant dissolved, we were both sitting around picking our noses and bored.  I texted him one day and asked if he was interested in standing up Mosara again and as they say, the rest is history.  


    What inspired the name Mosara?


    From what I gathered, it’s a name of a city in the game of Dungeons & Dragons.


    How long did it take you to write and record your self-titled debut full length?


    At this point, some of the songs are almost 3 years old that were recorded.  A couple of the songs, Cocoliztli and Earth God were written during the middle of the pandemic.  Recording started late last summer and we wrapped up mixing around this past March.


    If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?


    That’s a difficult question since I’m too lazy to learn someone else’s material. Haha.  Maybe the old school grind band Terrorizer since those songs are so fun to play?  That’s the only one that comes to mind so far.


    Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?


    Hmmm…Yes.  Happy Birthday because it’s the most popular song in the world and myself and everyone around me would be loaded.  Free hookers and blow for all!


    Do you have any non-metal musical inspirations?


    Well, I do photography during my free-time and I dig it a lot.  I was shooting a lot of bands and metal festivals before the world went to shit and now, I’m just shooting places that I travel to.  Not as exciting, but I still enjoy it.  Time to plug myself, yes?  You can see my photos and follow me on my Instagram.  Go there now!  https://www.instagram.com/greekbastard_photos/


    What is a non-metal song that you'd like to do a cover of.


    Ramones - Pinhead


    What band have you played with that has really impressed you with their live show?


    There have been a few but if I had to name one, El Googly Diablo. They are more than just music, it’s like a comedy act.


    Do you have a favorite venue to play at?


    Ehh…the venues are getting far and in between in the Phoenix area, I’d have to say Yucca Tap Room in Tempe since they always really treat us well and have decent sound.


    Do you have a pre-show ritual?


    Yes, drink two beers and some water and make sure I take a piss before I hit the stage.


    What is your favorite thing about touring?


    Meeting new people and trying the local foods and beers.


    What is your least favorite thing about touring?


    Everything else. Haha.


    Is there a city that you love to hit while on tour?


    Probably Philadelphia, those people are hardcore and they’ll let you know if you suck or not.


    What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had being on the road?


    The last time I toured was with my previous band Twingiant and without a doubt it was the after party at some bar in Memphis. The bar was home to some “interesting” characters and was supposed to close down a lot earlier than the time we left in the morning while the locals were starting their morning commute to work. There were also cops coming in and not saying a thing while people continued to party way past last call.


    Chicago was also interesting since there were fights breaking out at the bar across the street from where we played and at least three cop cars passed without giving any fucks that people were getting the shit beat out of them.


    The year is 1997.  Where are you at and what are you listening to?


    I’m probably in one of my college classes and I would be listening to “Album of the Year” by Faith No More.  Yes, fucking boring, I know.


    What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?


    If you want to make business out of it, good luck with that. If you want to have fun with it, knock yourself out.


    What is an absolute band killer?


    Discussing politics or religion with your bandmates.  Just say no.


    If you were to start your own music festival what would be the name of that festival and who would be the three headlining bands?


    In Phoenix, I would call it Hellishfest (I actually did this once on a much smaller level several years ago) and have Mercyful Fate, Venom and Dark Angel headline.


    What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?


    Maybe two days?  I’m serious about that.


    What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?


    I love Radiohead. I can eat a whole box of Red Vines in one sitting and I only wear boxers.


    Is the Fistful of DOOM show in the top 10 of your favorite music podcasts?


    Um...yeah, of course (insert famous monkey looking sideways meme).


    Do unicorns sleep standing up?


    No, they sleep on rock hard mattresses in Croatia (Only my wife will understand this).


    You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?


    “100 Must Have Bach Masterpieces”.  I’ll probably only have to listen to the album 4 times maybe?


    You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?


    Get The Fuck Outta Here…


    What is your favorite song by Britney Spears?


    The one where she has sex with Justin Timberlake.


    Faster Pussycat or L.A. Guns (if you had to choose)?


    Faster for sure. No hesitation.


    Doobies or Boobies (if you had to pick one)?


    Boobies…my wife’s of course…


    Waffles or Pancakes (if you had to pick one)?


    Waffles, more European.


    Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?


    Star Wars.  What’s a Star Trek?


    Favorite band t-shirt you own?


    I own about 100 band shirts to preface this question, but at this moment, my Black Sabbath Volume IV shirt.


    Favorite meal?


    I’m in Greece right now while I write this, so every day has been my favorite meal, but when I’m home in Phoenix, probably Pho.


    Favorite book?


    Shit, ever since my reading vision went downhill, I really don’t read books anymore and I have readers too.  Last book I read was Nergal from Behemoth’s autobiography. 


    Favorite movie?


    You’re killing me with these “favorite” questions man…oh wait, Borat for sure.


    Favorite album?


    If I had to pick and all time one, it would have to be Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante


          Big thanks to Nikos for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  Be sure to check out the filthy beast that is Mosara’s self-titled debut album.  You’ll be glad that you did! 


    ~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle James from the Fistful of DOOM show)


    Ripple Music opens up EU Office in Berlin with Max Rebel as head of operations; first bands for Ripplefest Cologne 2021 announced.

    After years of making noise and bringing the best underground bands to riff-worshippers around the globe, California-based heavy rock and metal powerhouse RIPPLE MUSIC launches its European Headquarters in Berlin, appointing musician and promoter Max Rebel as main A&R and head of operations.


    Says Ripple Music CEO and founder Todd Severin: "Max has been my right-hand man in Europe for a while, setting up the RippleFest Cologne shows, as well as working with some of the Ripple bands, coordinating tours, and being a general badass. Now it's time to expand upon his growing experience and expertise. Max is young, ambitious, and educated, so he's really qualified to help develop the Ripple roster and presence in Europe."


    Max Rebel will be in charge of A&R, as well as coordinating tours and RippleFests, and being the main point of contact for Ripple bands and partners in Europe. Born as Max Röbel in the city of Hamburg in 1993 and subjected to his parents’ music collection from an early age, legend has it he learned to count using the controller of the CD player and ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits. It all started to make sense when Max picked up the blues harmonica and joined his first band at the age of 16. The moment he stepped onto a stage with a microphone in his hand, his fate had been sealed. As his band Plainride was picked up to Ripple Music in 2016, and subsequently climbed stages at Wacken Open Air and in support of Fu Manchu or 1000mods, he moved his base of operations to Berlin in early 2019. A longtime commuter between two of Germany’s biggest music cities, he continues to press on with Plainride, at the same time helping to grow the scene by organizing the first-ever German Ripplefest in Cologne. Finding itself in a constant state of expansion, the logical next step for Ripple Music was to now install Max as their European representative in the heart of Berlin, adding yet another nexus of support for artists into their ever-growing global network.


    Ripple Music is also proud to confirm the 2021 edition of RippleFest Cologne, taking place at Club Volta on November 27th. The first bands announced are Plainride, Fire Down Below, Stonebirds, Astral Kompakt, and tickets can be purchased now from www.ripplefest.de.


    November 27, 2021 | Club Volta, Cologne

    w/ Plainride, Fire Down Below, Stonebirds, Astral Kompakt

    Info & Tickets: ripplefest.de


    Celebrating its tenth year in 2020, Ripple Music is the passion-driven imprint that leading metal magazine Decibel Magazine declared "has made a splash in heavy rock and metal,” and Alternative Control labeled "powerhouse tastemaker". Metal Injection went so far as to predict, “they may very well be the future of rock and roll”. Known and revered worldwide for unearthing the finest bands in stoner, doom, heavy rock and metal, the Bay Area-based label is home to Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Tony Reed, Poobah, Wo Fat, Mothership, Colour Haze, Freedom Hawk and many more.




    A Fistful Of Questions With Mordian

         Vocalist.  Pianist.  Composer.  Chatterbox?  This edition of Fistful of Questions goes to the mysterious Mordian.


    What bands are you actively involved with?


    My solo work, and operatic metal project DiAmorte.


    What was the first instrument that you played?


    Piano, I started taking lessons when I was four, and it’s been an anchor in my love of music.


    Tell me about one of your first musical memories?


    I remember trying to fall asleep to a Beethoven CD my mom put in the player in my room, but I couldn’t sleep because I was too interested in the music. It was also a stormy night.


    Tell me about the genesis of Mordian. 


    I started writing songs at a young age, music is pretty much the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do seriously, so here I am!


    What inspired the name Mordian?


    I like to say the name was given to me by the gods, but I just thought it sounded cool.


    How long did it take you to write and record January’s Moon and when can we expect an ep or full-length album?


    15 mins to write the first two parts, longer for the ending. Recording was a gradual process as the last half was during covid. I recorded all the vocals from the first two sections from home, that was new for me.

    Another single coming soon, album is in the works. A long time coming and I am very eager to put it into the world.


    If you could insert yourself into any one band what band would it be and why?


    None, I like where I’m at currently.


    Have you ever heard a song and immediately wished you had written it?  If so… What was the song and artist?


    Wintersun – Beyond the Dark Sun. Any Wintersun song for that matter. King Crimson – Epitaph. Many songs!


    Who are some of your musical inspirations?


    Danny Elfman, Insomnium, Dimmu Borgir, Elton John, hundreds of them, everyone I’ve ever listened to, truly.


    Is there a metal song that you'd like to do a cover of?


    Quite a few, I actually have a few covers on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled.


    What band have you witnessed live that has really impressed you with their live show?


    Carach Angren. Seregor has a mesmerizing stage presence like no other I’ve witnessed to date.


    The year is 2016.  Where are you at and what are you listening to? 


    Riding my bike down a trail in the woods close by. My tastes haven’t varied too much through the years, but I know that summer I listened to a lot of Death, Hatebreed, Motionless in White, and MGMT, but that’s just a few!


    What advice would you give young musicians that are just starting out in the music business?


    Do what you love and feel is right in your heart, work hard, have fun, and most importantly never ever give up on your dreams!


    What is an absolute band killer?


    Inconsistency and/or poor spirits.


    If you were to start your own music festival what would be the name of that festival and who would be the three headlining bands?


    Electric Degenerate Carnival


    Megadeth, Ensiferum, Ganja White Night.

    Let’s make it weird.


    What’s the longest time you’ve gone without bathing?


    The last time I went camping, the showers on the grounds were pretty unwelcoming, so I let nature take its course for the weekend. No shame.


    What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?


    Most people know me to be a bit shy, but catch me at the right time and I can talk for hours.


    Is the Fistful of DOOM show in the top 10 of your favorite music podcasts?


    I’ve recently started listening to more podcasts and yours is one of them!


    Do unicorns sleep standing up?


    If they wish so, but to my knowledge, most prefer to lie down while resting.


    You’re driving cross-country and you can only listen to one album the whole time.  What album will it be?


    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle: Greatest Hits.


    You are writing a book about your life thus far.  What is the title of that book?


    A Chronicle of Stories and Collection of Thoughts.


    What is your favorite song by Billie Eilish?


    The only songs I know are “You Should See Me in a Crown” and “Bad Guy”

    It’s not on my to-do list to check more out, but maybe I will now.


    The Smashing Pumpkins or Wilco (if you had to choose)?


    Pumpkins, because of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. But I like Wilco too!


    Doobies or Boobies (if you had to pick one)?


    Doobies. Both are cool though.


    Waffles or Pancakes (if you had to pick one)?




    Star Wars or Star Trek (if you had to choose)?


    I have yet to see Star Trek, so Star Wars.


    Favorite band t-shirt you own?


    Hard choice, I have to say my The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal 10 Year Anniversary tee is pretty sick.


    Favorite meal?


    Blackened Chicken & Tortellini, followed by Tiramisu.


    Favorite book?


    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


    Favorite movie?


    At this time, The Phantom of the Opera


    Favorite album?


    Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder is one of my favorites



         Huge thanks to Mordian for taking the time to answer my questions.  I appreciate it.  Be sure to check out her new track January Moon.  Dark and enchanting January Moon is guaranteed to cast a spell on you. 


    ~El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from the Fistful of DOOM show)



    The Xroadie Files

    Badfinger- No Matter What, Revisiting the Hits

    Joey Molland – Vocals/Guitar, Mark Healey- Bass/Vocals, Steve Wozny- Keyboards/Vocals, Mike Ricciardi- Drums/Vocals


    Guest Musicians- Mark Stein, Rick Wakeman, Carl Giammarese, Ian Anderson , Terry Reid/ Manchester String Quarte, Rick Springfield, Matthew Sweet, The Legendary Pink Dots, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Todd Rundgren


    No Matter What take a trip back to the 70s and just dream about simpler times with great music and vocals. Come And Get It close your eyes and drift in your imagination. I Don’t Mind floating on a cloud of memories. Day After Day just a magical musical journey. Love Is Gonna Come At Last tap your feet sway chant and just groove along. Baby Blue just let the emotions envelop your senses and take you back in time. Midnight Caller just let the emotions flow over your. Suitcase southern countrified melodic music. Sweet Tuesday Morning sitting around strumming guitars and singing with friends. Without You emotional memories just take you away in your imagination.



    Wartooth- Programmed Dichotomy

    Andy Knappstein – Guitars/Vocals, Wally Knappstein - Drums


    Wired to Die crushing riffs pounding drums thundering bass screaming leads with powerful vocals. Scourge hit the pit and mosh till exhaustion. Kingdom Of Fear screaming guitars thundering drums pounding bass that fast hard and heavy. Predator fist pumping head banging metal madness. Benevolent Destroyer thundering bass pounding drums crunchy riffs scorching leads with strong vocals. Sabotage catchy riffs fist pumping head banging thrashing shredding it up heavy metal. Venomhead take a trip back to the mid 80s when thrash ruled the world. As Darkness Comes fist in the air heir flying head banging metal music that just slams you against a wall.



    Void Vator – Great Fear Rising

    Lucas Kanopa - Guitar/Vocals, Erik Kluiber - Guitar, Sam Harman - Bass, German Moura – Drums.


    I Can't Take It pounding drums searing leads thundering bass with strong vocals. I Want More hit the pit slam sweat thrash and mosh while playing screaming air guitar. There's Something Wrong With Us fist pumping head banging catchy crunchy riffs that just pulls you in. Losing Control crunchy riffs pounding rhythms with great vocals. Great Fear Rising has a marching rhythm with searing guitars pounding drums thumping bass and powerful vocals. McGyver's Mullet will stick in your head for days just enjoy the musical journey. Encounter drifting on a melodic metal journey in your minds eye. Poltergeist chugging rhythms fist pumping foot stomping heavy metal with soaring vocals. Infierno classic fist pumping metal magic.



    Chez Kane- St

    Chez Kane – Vocals, Danny Rexon – All Instruments, Jesse Molloy- Saxophone


    Better Than Love flowing keyboards soaring vocals with a very catchy rhythm take a trip back to the 80s and enjoy. All Of It stand clap chant sing shout and rock out. Rocket On The Radio will have the entire crowd on its feet just grooving and singing as the music takes you away. Get It On clap foot tap and let the catchy tune stick in your head for days. Too Late For Love catchy chorus great vocals steady beats and amazing musicianship. Defender of the Heart will just have you drifting away in your dreams. Ball n Chain grab your air guitars and rock n roll all night with some catchy vocals and great music. Midnight Rendezvous fast hard heavy rock it all night long hard rock music. Die In the Name Of Love clap sing shout and just let the emotions envelop your very soul. Dead End Street drifting on a cloud of memories that just pulls you in and takes you away with very catchy melodies



    Mike Tiano- Creetisvan

    Mike Tiano- Vocals/Guitar, Billy Sherwood- Drums, Randy George- Bass, David Sancious , Jonathan Sindelman- Keyboards, Steve McKnight- Guitar, Joanne Perica- Vocals, and a host of notable Seattle-area talents.


    There Behind You just take one strange musical mind trip with amazing musicianship. On Hold soft melodies flow in your drams. Constant Companion lost in memories singing with friends. The Dark Ages drifting on a cloud of melodic music and vocals. Dance Of The Little Guys sitting around strumming guitars and playing some excellent acoustic leads. Different Drummer steady beats soaring leads thumping bass with soaring vocals. Automaton just take one interesting mind trip. A Natural drifting in your dreams. Evergreen just flowering with great melodies. Triad sit back tap your feet clap and sing. (Because) You Win take a trip back to the late 70s and just enjoy the ride. Emerge Triumphant just take a magical musical prog rock journey.




    A Ripple Conversation With Amber, Michael, Harry, And Noah Of Polarized Eyes

    When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was a moment of musical epiphany. It was just so vicious, aggressive and mean. It changed the way I listened to music. I've had a few minor epiphany's since then, when you come across a band that just brings something new and revolutionary to your ears.


    What have been your musical epiphany moments?


    Amber: I think I really got into this kind of music when I first started listening to Yungblud.

    Michael: I saw this documentary about on the BBC about punk music that had X-Ray Spex playing on a show with John Peel. It was a really amazing performance and Poly Styrene’s voice was really cool and that’s what switched me on to punk music.

    Harry: I was about 10 when Queen came on the radio and I was like, wow – music really exists.

    Noah: Mine was really young when I heard Human by The Killers and I used to stand on the chair and belt it out when I was about 3.


    Talk to us about the song-writing process for you. What comes first, the idea? A riff? The lyrics? How does it all fall into place?


    N: It depends on the song. We’ll come to band with an idea and then it’ll span out from there, but it could start with a riff or lyrics or just a concept.


    Who has influenced you the most?


    A: Well, we’d have to say our parents I suppose

    N: I’d say Joe Talbot – his live performances are really explosive and I love that Idles are quite political

    M: I guess for me it’s Damon Albarn


    Where do you look for continuing inspiration? New ideas, new motivation?


    A: Politics mostly and what’s going on in the world


    We're all a product of our environment. Tell us about the band's hometown and how that reflects in the music?


    N: Well we’re from Barnet and that’s probably the least punk place you can find, so maybe we’re rebelling against that


    Where'd the band name come from?


    N: It’s a combination of two 21 Pilots songs – Glowing Eyes and Polarize, cos they were our favourite band when me and Amber started the band

    M: No way – it that why Polarized has got a z?

    N: Yeah, cos that’s how I thought it was actually spelt, but it’s not!


    You have one chance, what movie are you going to write the soundtrack for?


    H: Lord of the Rings

    A: No a horror film

    N: No, wait we should do an action film. Like we’d be really good on a superhero film

    A: Yes! Wonder Woman or Spiderman would be awesome.


    You now write for a music publication (The Ripple Effect?).  You're going to write a 1,000 word essay on one song. Which would it be and why?


    N: In our end of year exam at college there was one on heavy metal music, but I definitely wouldn’t write one on that. I reckon Mr Brightside would be a good one, cos then you could write about its influence on British culture and stuff. It’s one of those songs that all our mates know and all our parents do too, so it’s weird how it’s so popular for all generations.


    Come on, share with us a couple of your great, Spinal Tap, rock and roll moments?


    N: OK so none of us have seen Spinal Tap..erm I broke a door in the rehearsal studio once

    H: Not in a rage though!

    A: I think maybe it’s just getting out on a load of protests. You know, school strike for climate and BLM marches. Protests are the new rock n roll!


    Tell us about playing live and the live experience for you and for your fans?


    N: It’s a mad buzz. It’s all about energy creation and everyone gets really into it.

    A: Yeah it’s so cool when you feel the energy building in the room and you lift the roof off!


    What makes a great song?


    A: I would say it’s the drive and the energy

    H: Yeah and that magic thing when it can be really simple words or chords, but it all comes together into something brilliant.


    What one single album do you wish that you'd writen or performed on, and why?


    A: Ticket to my downfall by Machine Gun Kelly

    N: YESSS!! That is such a good album and probably one of the biggest ones in the resurgence of punk music


    What piece of your music are particularly proud of?


    N: I’m really proud of Just Kids. It’s not out yet so you’ll have to wait a bit to hear it unless you come and see us live, but it’s the first one we wrote after Michael joined the band and we love it.


    Who today, writes great songs? Who just kicks your ass? Why?


    A: Slaves are awesome and it’s really impressive as they only have two people but they have such a fat sound

    N: Yeah and they’re really political, but not in an obvious way


    Vinyl, CD, or digital? What's your format of choice?


    M: Vinyl, definitely


    Whiskey or beer?  And defend your choice


    A: Beer

    N: Both of them are rank. Cider for me please

    H: [in a very convincing Scots accent] Scotch. A good old Scotch. I’m lying, it’s fucking grim!



    We, at the Ripple Effect, are constantly looking for new music. What's your home town, and when we get there, what's the best record store to lose ourselves in?


    N: OK, there’s no record stores in Barnet, so we go to Camden

    M: All Ages Records in Camden is a really cool punk record store and they have shows outside


    What's next for the band?


    N: More music, gigs and our first festivals later in the year, which we’re really excited about.


    Any final comments or thoughts you'd like to share with our readers, the waveriders?


    N: Don’t do drugs kids!