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 Asila.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
ASILA: We started out in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We met through the music scene and when we formed, we were initially called Revery. But after many member changes we decided to rename ourselves to Asila in 2018. Musically, we were also quite eclectic initially, but we settled into a more hard rock style sound when we changed our name.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ASILA: We’re all influenced by quite a wide variety of bands. Adrian is heavily influenced by Iron Maiden, both musically and by Steve Harris’ bass style. Hana was heavily influenced by Evanescence in her early days, but also by a lot of blues and soul music. Richard was influenced by bands like Queen and heavier stuff like Megadeth. Our sound, though, is instrumentally similar to Halestorm in terms of the hard rock vibe. Vocally, we have more of a blues sound.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
ASILA: We just released our single called “Hot Blooded Woman!” It’s a grooving rock track with a message of women empowerment. It’s a really important message, especially in these times. So if you like rock music with powerful female vocals, you should check it out!
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ASILA: High energy performance and rock solid musicianship. You’ll just have to wait until Covid lets us jam again.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
ASILA: Hopefully we’ll continue to make and release music! Play live shows and if we’re lucky tour the world!