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

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 Aleksei Iagunkov of Blackened Rose.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

IAGUNKOV: We’re a hard rock and metal band from Sydney blending influences from goth and 80’s glam.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

IAGUNKOV: Well, there definitely are quite a few of them. Let’s say for me vocally it is Ville Valo (VV, ex-HIM) and Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore). Erick [Perdomo-Borelly, guitars] for example has also mentioned his inspiration from Steve Vai’s 80’s work with David Lee Roth. And overall there are quite a few bands we take notes from like Bon Jovi, Poison, Ghost, HIM, Type O Negative, Warrant, etc.

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

IAGUNKOV: Not long ago we released our debut single “Ginger Red (Oh, So Bad)”, which you can find on all the online music platforms. It is an upbeat hard rock tune musically taking inspiration from bands like Airbourne, AC/DC or Deep Purple, while vocally I take inspiration once again from Mr Ville Valo. Some people mentioned similarities also to names like The 69 Eyes or even vocals of the great late David Bowie, but I shall leave this judgement to the listeners.

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

IAGUNKOV: I would say a good show. We all take this quite seriously and want to provide the best experience for the people, who took their time to come and check us out. Plus, let’s say that we do like some crowd participation, so…

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

IAGUNKOV: I don’t like the long plans and so for me not to sound like a unreasonable dreamer, I would say that we want to release more music, let this music reach more listeners, so then we can play to more people! We would absolutely love to see our songs finding ways to the hearts of people.

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