Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Face Of The Moment. You can find the interview and a stream of their new song “Erase” below.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
FACE OF THE MOMENT: Simon: The main thing about Face Of The Moment is that we have a clear concept behind the band, which we do not see many new bands have. We think that is important and we are confident that people will get it over time. It starts with the band name itself – we believe that people have different sides to them depending on situation, which is what the name Face Of The Moment and the logo with the three faces are all about. It is also a reference to me and Ryan’s different backgrounds, both culturally and musically; I am from Sweden, he is from Scotland. I am mostly into metalcore, he is mainly into Heavy Metal.
This concept of people having different sides is something that we will explore in our music using different themes that people can relate to. The plan is to release an EP titled “Face Of Regret” in the future. As you can imagine, different EP’s or albums with have distinct themes that is tied to the concept behind the band.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
FACE OF THE MOMENT: Simon: Personally, I started listening to metal when I was 13 or 14 years old. It started with Disturbed and System Of A Down, but soon I found myself drawn to heavier bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Adept and Asking Alexandria. I would say I am mostly influenced by Bring Me The Horizon, but there are bands like Architects and Beartooth that have had a big impact on me in terms of sound, as well. And oh – I love Landon Tewers and his music has had a big influence on me.
Ryan: As for me I first discovered metal when I was around 15-16. The first band I ever listened to in that style was Children Of Bodom, with the album being Blooddrunk. That album holds a place close to my heart. Over time I gradually discovered other styles of metal and fell in love with power metal bands like Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica and my all time favourite, Wintersun.
There are also many other amazing bands like Hammerfall, Sabaton and Arch Enemy.
It has been so interesting seeing how different our styles are and coming together to create something totally new and unique, something different than we are both used to.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
FACE OF THE MOMENT: Simon: We are releasing our debut single titled “Erase” this week, on March 8. It tells the story about regret from the perspective of a person who is not at all used to doing what he considers “wrong”. However small it may be, it feels huge and the person begins to question his or her morals.
In terms of style, “Erase” consists of equal amounts of hard rock and metalcore. We have influenced the style choice equally and ended up with a song that has a hard rock vibe, but is intense in its verses and has a huge chorus. It is a cool mix for fans of both genres in that sense.
The plan is to include the song as part of the upcoming EP titled “Face Of Regret” in the future, although no set date yet.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
FACE OF THE MOMENT: Simon: We have not yet played any live shows with Face Of The Moment, but since we both have a little experience of live performing, we think it will happen eventually. Our priority at the moment though is to get more songs out there.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
FACE OF THE MOMENT: Simon: In five years, I would like to see Face Of The Moment releasing their second album and having done a few smaller tours in Europe.
Ryan: That would be an ideal goal, having this EP and two albums out, as well as some tours under our belt. Touring Europe for starters would be a big dream realised for sure.