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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have a Q&A with Hellaphant.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HELLAPHANT: We are Hellaphant from London Ontario Canada. A 4 piece band consisting of 2 very loud guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Our style is a hybrid punk style but draws influence from some metal and power pop.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HELLAPHANT: For me (Garrington Begner -guitar and vocals) Metal would be early Metallica (KeA, RTL and MoP) early Testament (the Legacy) are 2 stand out influences, for punk I always loved GBH, the Clash and Elvis Costello and the rest is Badfinger, Big Drill Car, Descendents/All, Jeff Buckley. Pretty much writers who took a different road.

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

HELLAPHANT: Our lastest release is “Crumble and Rise” on Faster and Louder Records. Why should they check it out? Because it is an honest record. It’s good (imo) it deals with the reality of mental health issues. We’re not singing about boy meets girl etc. or down with this and that, we’re coming at you from the effects of all that shit. Watching life fall apart. Waking up and regretting waking up. Being legit angry at the people who used you, it’s a pretty angry album costed in sweet syrup.

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

HELLAPHANT: Our live shows are high energy. We don’t mess around. We love when the crowd is into it and singing with us but overall it is a tight show. From the first song to the last it’s a ride.

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

HELLAPHANT: According to my crystal ball (lol) we’re planning on touring and putting out records. A little older, probably just as angry but we’ll still be here and we’ll still be going hard.

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