Watch Doro Perform In An Empty Amphitheater As Part Of The “Corona Sessions”

Doro recently played a four-song set in an empty amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany as part of WDR Rockpalast’s “Corona Sessions.” She said the following about the performance:

“Such a great place. Last time I played there it was packed with more than 7000 people. It felt totally surreal to perform there without an audience. I hope so much for live shows to come back soon, and to be safe. Thanks a lot to Klaus Vanscheidt for joining me on guitar, to Thomas von der Heiden Musikfotografie for the nice pix, and of course to the great Rockpalast team and Amphitheater crew!”

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Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Dhaliax

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 Dhaliax.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DHALIAX: Dhaliax was created by Enyd (lead guitar) and Marc (rhythm guitar) in 2015, while they were playing together. Different band members joined and went. Then there was Kuido, who stayed as vocalist. It would not be until 2019 when joined by Alex and Xavi, on drums and bass respectively, that the band would finally be complete and able to undertake the challenge of their our studio album called “Blood on Fire” which was recorded at PlyGrnd Studio, Barcelona.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DHALIAX: We have tons of different influences in our band, We’re talking different styles we like. For example Xavi, our bass player, has always liked Michael Jackson besides all of the modern metal bands and artists. Kuido, our singer, always loved the real heavy metal “oldies”, like Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell (he loves Dio), Judas Priest and Scorpions, as well as Iron Maiden. Marc, rhythm guitar, started listening to Hard Rock and bands like AC/DC, before he began listening to all kinds of metal bands. From classic heavy metal like Kuido, or thrash metal bands like Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Trivium… including death metal bands like Arch Enemy or In Flames.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

DHALIAX: Last December, we released our first studio album called “Blood on Fire” which was recorded at PlyGrnd Studio, Barcelona. If you’re fan of classic heavy metal, power or thrash metal we’re pretty sure that you’ll like our album. It’s a composition which will be enjoyed by any fan of heavy metal, with a sharp and powerful voice that could suit any power metal band and powerful riffs that will remind you of any thrash metal band. We can assure that if you give it a chance and listen to it carefully you’ll be adding “Blood on Fire” to your favs.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

DHALIAX: Our fans will always find a dose of electrifying energy at our shows. Our main goal is to connect with them as much as possible, knowing or not the songs. We can assure they will sing, scream, jump and they will go home thinking about going to another one of our shows.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

DHALIAX: Recording and presenting our third or…fourth album? Our main goal is to keep working hard. We have much to show and lots of songs to compose. We’ll keep doing what we love and we hope to be playing at the best national and international festivals.

Annihilator’s Jeff Waters Wants To Reunite With Coburn Pharr For A “Never, Neverland” 30th Anniversary Tour

Annihilator’s Jeff Waters has revealed that he was planning to reunite with Coburn Pharr for a “Never, Neverland” 30th anniversary tour this year, but his plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, he said he is still hoping to revisit the idea in 2021.

Waters commented:

“Hope everyone staying as safe as possible.
So… I had hinted to all, on our Oct-Dec 2019 Headline Europe Tour, that we would come back in 2020 and celebrate 30 years since the release of our best record (in my opinion, most fans thoughts and the sales back that up, too!):
NEVER, NEVERLAND.

However, as we all know, that is now not a priority and could not happen this year.

I had (my favorite Annihilator) singer, Coburn Pharr, over to the house and studio, last summer. We talked about doing a show or more to play that record and have a lot of fun! Festivals, Agents and Musicians, that we all know, were excited to see this happen and join in to show their love for that record and influence on their careers (think folks that cite Never, Neverland as an influence like: Opeth, Trivium, COB, Slipknot members, tons of others) and I know fans of that era would love it. Coburn and I also discussed doing a short tribute to (RIP) Randy Rampage at the end of the set. Alice In Hell vocalist, Rampage, passed away a few years back.

I had thought about/tried to bring the 3 other members back on board… Ray passed on it, another cannot legally travel and another has been out of the touring game for decades… I was also worried about the health of at least 1 of them, getting back into this, after decades away from it.

Although Coburn, Ray and I were the one’s on the record, and I’d written most of this record years earlier, the 5 piece band was definately the best live version of the band… even though others rocked and our currnet lineup kills!

SO… if this works out, let’s postpone this idea to 2021, pretend it is 30 years since the release & we would LOVE to bring Coburn back to sing the whole record live and do a cool tribute to Rampage.

I would use our current lineup with Fabio, Rich and Aaron and myself and Coburn would make it be done right!

Spread the word. Festivals & Promoters, get a hold of us through our official website! We know this is gonna be a blast, if it works out!!

DO YOU WANNA SEE THIS? WE DO!”

Silverstein Release “Quaranstein” Documentary/Live Performance

Silverstein have shared a new documentary/live performance which they are calling “Quaranstein.” You can check that out below:

Drummer Paul Koehler commented:

“Upon returning home from our postponed North American tour, we knew that we had to find a way to play together. Instead of just hopping on a Zoom call, we actually wanted to record and make this thing sound awesome. Each of us performed and recorded our parts at home, and we passed the whole thing to our producer, Sam Guaiana, to mix it.

From there, we wanted to make what feels like a sitcom, documenting our time in isolation and pulling the curtain back on our daily lives. We enlisted Wyatt Clough, the director behind most of our recent music videos, to help edit and narrate the video. We hope the end result is something that can bring some comfort to our fans who are also isolated during this time, and we can’t wait to step on stage for them again once this is all behind us!”

Pearl Jam Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Their “Retrograde” Video

Pearl Jam have shared a behind-the-scenes look at their animated video for “Retrograde”. You can check that out below:

Director Josh Wakely told Rolling Stone the following about making the video during the ongoing quarantine:

“The workflows were very weird, the video conference calls innumerable, and the sheer number of people involved — over 150 — was huge. Even though most of us have never met, I think we all feel inspired by what we accomplished together.

My sincere hope is that in the future, people everywhere can think of themselves as part of a unified team in pursuit of an urgent, common goal. This new kind of distributed teamwork seems like the right way to overcome not just complex video production challenges, but also the many shared environmental challenges we face as inhabitants of planet Earth at this moment in history. We can use technology, creativity and everything else in the toolbox to battle the existential crises of our time — from COVID-19 to the climate crisis to homelessness, inequality, hate and more. As the song says, ‘It’s gonna take much more than ordinary love to lift this up.'”

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Ocean Encounters

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 Ocean Encounters.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: So we started back in 2015. Our drummer (Quentin) had a live music bar which was awesome because we had a permanent rehearsal space. So one day through a mutual friend one of our guitarists (Greg) heads on over and they start jamming. They found another guitarist and a singer and started jamming. They started putting the word out for a bassist, and word got around to Pieter (the bassist). He was a teacher at the time and one of his last-year students knew Greg and asked Pieter if he wanted to play bass in a metal band. Pieter went to a rehearsal, and by the end of the rehearsal they had 2 songs pretty much done. The rest is history.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Our musical backgrounds vary tremendously. We’re talking everything from blues, to electro, rap and death metal. And you hear a lot of those coming back throughout all the songs. It’s fun to throw the listener off a little when there’s a sudden rap verse or some electro sounds in a breakdown, or a bluesy vocal riff in the middle of a fast-paced double bass-drum shredding solo section. So. Much. Fun.

In terms of band influences we listen to everything from Blink-182 to Northlane or Betraying The Martyrs. We’ve also played with upcoming giants like Jinjer, For I Am King, or As A Conceit and they taught us so much stuff from tone to hardware. Things we still use today because they were so valuable. So we’re tremendously grateful for the wisdom they passed down to us.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: We just released our first album a few weeks ago. Rounding of about 2 years of work total from the moment we wrote the first song, to when we had the actual CDs in our hands.

Honestly we think you should listen to it because there’s some surprises in there. Parts of songs that don’t seem to belong in the same track, but they all work together to bring together the best of several worlds. Some songs will have your head bobbing immediately, others will make you work for it, but the pay-off is guaranteed.

Also it’s hard to compete in a world where musical drops or breakdowns come your way within the first 30 seconds of a song. We made the explicit decision to not do that on every track, for the simple reason that we believe in that pay-off. Listen to an entire album start to finish and you’ll realise it’s more than just a bunch of individual tracks thrown together. Any band worth their salt is gonna try and tell you a story, and we did our best to try and do that. Up to you to listen to see if we succeeded.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Movement. We move on stage so you don’t feel awkward being the first one moving in the crowd. Moshpits are awesome, but all we look for are people’s heads bobbing. If we see 4-5 heads bobbing in a crowd we consider that shows success.

Also we talk to you guys. A little bit more than just a “how’s it going [insert city/town/country here]!!??”. We’ll make sure you guys get the complete live experience, no matter how big or how small the venue.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Immediate goal for the next few years is getting a multi-week tour on its feet. We want to get an album/tour/album/tour/etc engine rolling so we can just hop in a van, drive to the venue, do the show, then get right back in the van and drive to the next venue, and this for a few weeks. That’s our collective dream. So to be able to do that in 5 years would be awesome. And seeing where we were 5 years ago compared to now we think we can make that happen!

Or catching a nice break and headlining some of the major festivals would be epic as well. We can dream, right? Hahaha!

Bad Wolves Preview Cover Of The Weeknd’s “The Hills”

Bad Wolves have posted a teaser for their cover of The Weeknd’s “The Hills.” The full track is available via the band’s Patreon.

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