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

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 Darkest Horizon.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DARKEST HORIZON: We are Darkest Horizon, an epic melodic death metal band from Frankfurt, Germany. We combine soundtrack and orchestral elements with the punch of a metal band and just released our new single “Conquer and Command”. You can check it out on our online presences and get your very own impression of what we do.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DARKEST HORIZON: Oh, there are a lot of names on that list… To mention some of the most important there are Wintersun, Rammstein, Amon Amarth, Anaal Nathrakh, Hans Zimmer, Two Steps From Hell and further more. To be honest we do not have any blindfolders and try to pick up as many influences as we can to avoid repeating the same patterns over and over again.

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

DARKEST HORIZON: Our latest release is “Conquer and Command” and you should definitely check it out for it is our second single within the current lineup. That means we tried new ways and techniques and we will continue to do so with every new single. So there is always something new to discover with each release and we try to widen our range of possibilities.

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

DARKEST HORIZON: A bombastic, professional show, rehearsed and planned over and over again. A theatrical spectacle for your eyes and years. Yes, we tend to be dramatic and you will witness that for yourself on our shows.

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

DARKEST HORIZON: Currently hopefully still releasing music and playing shows and festivals. These days it is so hard to say what could (or even will) happen, but we will stick with what we do, write songs and keep waiting for the moment we can enter the stage again.

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

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 Lure In.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

LURE IN: We are a chaotic metalcore band based in Manchester, we started in 2018 as a bedroom project between Myself (Cameron) & our bassist Jonny, after the release we where looking for new members for the band so James (guitarist), Jake (guitarist) & Sammy (drummer) joined the 2 of us & we all started playing shows & writing music, then in 2020 we released our debut record Subdued, & after that a 2 track & a split record.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

LURE IN: It’s a mix of alot of things, the main consistent influence is bands that where apart of the early 00’s metalcore scene, bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Botch, Norma Jean, Underoath, and we like to mix that in with elements of our current listening habits, be that drum and bass, pop, hip hop, whatever, we try & incorporate what we can & see what we can make of it.

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

LURE IN: I believe the best look at what we are is the recent split release we put out with Worm Hero, In my opinion I believe it’s the most up to date look of what the band is and what different avenues we want to push, no song is similar to the other & that’s the way we operate.

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

LURE IN: In terms of a live set we encourage a pretty chaotic live environment, be respectful of the venues mind but we feel that given the style of band we are we aren’t exactly going to have the most calm live show, especially as we’ve been pretty much out of action for over a year. I honestly believe we’re going to be at our best & most unhinged for when we get back on a stage.

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

LURE IN: It’s always a hard question if we get asked this as we don’t really have a tunnel vision plan, sometimes to our detriment, but I’d say in the next 5 years the plan is to keep creating music, get back to playing live shows & playing everywhere we can & go with the flow of things, that way of thinking hasn’t really gone wrong for us so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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

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 Taylor Nordberg (The Absence), who recently launched Inhuman Condition alongside Terry Butler (Obituary) and Jeramie Kling (The Absence).

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

NORDBERG: Inhuman Condition consists of Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, The Absence, FORE, Goregäng) on vocals and drums, Terry Butler (Obituary, former Massacre, Death, Six Feet Under member) on bass, and myself (also of The Absence, FORE, Goregäng) on guitar. Jeramie and I had originally written the songs to be the new Massacre album when we were in the band back in 2019/2020. After we left the band, we decided to revive the songs with a new band.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

NORDBERG: Since it was written to be a Massacre album, the early Massacre releases were of course an influence. Death, Celtic Frost, Metallica, Sepultura, Obituary, Napalm Death, Vio-Lence.

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

NORDBERG: Our new release, which is our first album, is called “Rat God”, and it will be out on June 4th on Jeramie and I’s label Listenable Insanity Records. Our first single, “Tyrantula” came out April 23, and the video was released the same day. It will be out on the Bandcamp, on CD, limited CD box set, and cassette. It will be out on vinyl August 6th on Black Serpent Records, who will also put out some CDs. We have also partnered with Blood Blast Distribution, Spiritual Beast, Rapture Records, Metalized Distro, and Burdentombs Records for worldwide distribution. I think people should check it out because from what people have told me, it’s “refreshing”. I think it’s easy to grasp, catchy, groovy, and it makes your head move.

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

NORDBERG: Intensity. We just played our first show (yes, a real show!) here in Florida with Deicide at our friends club, The Verona, and it was sold out and it was nuts. People can expect movement, sore necks, stiff backs, maybe some bruising, and definitely a smile on their face because we’re here to have a good time.

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

NORDBERG: Many tours and several albums under our belt, still the three of us making the music, still just getting along and enjoying doing what we’re doing. Hopefully we’ll have a “Rat God: Live At Wacken” Blu-ray out by then!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With 10,000 Years

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 10,000 Years.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

10,000 YEARS: 10,000 Years was started by me and Erik (Palm, guitars) in the beginning of 2020. Espen was the first drummer we tried and it just fit immediately. We all like the same stuff, we all want the same stuff for the band and we all want to play the same kind o stuff. So it’s worked out really well. That was in March 2020, and then we wrote the songs that ended up on the EP we released in July 2020. After that we just kept jamming and writing and now we’ve ended up with another record, less than a year after the first one. So it’s been going really smooth, really fast and we just keep plugging away.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

10,000 YEARS: Black Sabbath is the foundation of everything that we do. So that’s always going to be the jumping off point. And then there’s all these bands that we’ve listened to for forever and just love,like High On Fire, Sleep, Kyuss, (old) The Sword and Mastodon. We categorize our music as stoner metal, so we have the heaviness and groove combined with some harder elements as well as a little progressive streak. It makes for a good blend and an interesting ride.

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

10,000 YEARS: Our latest release is our new album, “II”, that’s coming out in June. I think the readers should check it out if they want to be repeatedly bashed in the skull by a massive club fashioned from the femurbone of a mammoth. And because it is, in my humble opinion, a really decent slab of stoner metal that should entice anyone with a love for the riff.

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

10,000 YEARS: Complete dedication. A band that gives their all to deliver the most crushing stoner metal imaginable.

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

10,000 YEARS: That’s difficult, because we didn’t start this band to get famous or big. We started it for the love of the music, because we wanted to play heavy riffs with good people and just have a fucking good time. So that’s probably where I see us in five years, playing the same type of music and just having a blast doing it. And hopefully people dig what we do, but we will continue to do it regardless.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Next Stop Olympus

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 Next Stop Olympus.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

NEXT STOP OLYMPUS: We are Next Stop Olympus. We are a five-piece metalcore/ post-hardcore band with our own twist of a rock ’n’ roll style from Salisbury / Southampton. We are attempting to bring a little bit of the old school rock ’n’ roll style into a modern day band.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

NEXT STOP OLYMPUS: The Amity Affliction, Atreyu, Beartooth and Escape The Fate, just bands that have got that rock ’n’ roll edge to their heavier style and big catchy choruses.

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

NEXT STOP OLYMPUS: Our latest release was our brand new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ on April 9. Everyone should check it out because there’s a bit of something for everyone, from a heavy track, rock ’n’ roll punchy and even a melodic metal ore ballad in there too. We’ve put a lot of ourselves in this EP so it would be awesome if everyone could go see what we’ve done.

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

NEXT STOP OLYMPUS: A high energy show with big catchy choruses for everyone to sing along to and five guys loving what they’re doing on / near the stage.

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

NEXT STOP OLYMPUS: Hopefully just carrying on playing the songs we love and having a blast onstage and if it’s what we can call our jobs at that point that would be even better.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Corners Of Sanctuary

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 Mick Michaels of Corners Of Sanctuary.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MICHAELS: Corners Of Sanctuary formed in early 2011…now celebrating our 10 year anniversary in 2021. Our goal was to create music that, at the time, we weren’t hearing and that we wanted to hear and play…the kind of Metal we grew up listening to. Our music is a blending of our roots…that’s why we call it the “New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal.” We feel we have taken the best of what those early days of Metal were offering and we put a modern twist to it. It’s our way of paying homage to the players and the music that inspired us.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MICHAELS: For me, bands like KISS, Judas Priest, Ratt, Savatage, Accept, Queensrÿche…the list can go on…all had such an impact on me growing up. Players like Ace Frehley, K.K. Downing, Criss Oliva, John Sykes and Jake E Lee also had a lot of influence on how I wanted to approach my guitar playing. But as time went on I came to realize that influence and inspiration can come from anywhere…’cause it’s everywhere. And as artists, we just need to be open to the possibilities…we need to be aware because you never know when it will hit you.

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

MICHAELS: We just released a new EP titled “Blood and Steel: volume one” on RFL Records. It’s a bit darker for us given previous releases but it still has that Corners Of Sanctuary sound and style…just a bit grittier in some respects. I think it is a demonstration of how the band is progressing…it’s a natural thing for band’s to explore new avenues and approaches to songwriting…it keeps things interesting.Why should people listen to it? Well, if you dig that old school, Classic Heavy Metal sound then this is something to check out. It has a throwback feel to it but it’s completely modern edged…Corners of Sanctuary…the modern sound of Classic Heavy Metal!

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

MICHAELS: Straight-forward, no nonsense Traditional Heavy Metal. It’s an old school show that lets the music do the talking for us. You’ll definitely have your head rockin’ and your foot stompin’. It’s all about the music.

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

MICHAELS: We definitely still plan on doing what we are doing now and that’s making music. We will be following up the “Blood and Steel: volume one” EP with two more instalments later this year as part of our 10 year anniversary celebration…and we’ve already started working on our next full length album, “Vengeance of the Fallen,” which we look to release sometime in 2022. Aside from our own Corners Of Sanctuary projects, we also get involved with other stuff too…we are currently working with the multi-artist initiative Hear ‘n Now on some new music that will be dropping in April. Plus some side projects like Starlight and a new doom groove thing we have going on…not to mention my blog The Cosmick View and podcast The Cosmick.

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

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 Craig Ewan of Dead Defined.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EWAN: Dead Defined was formed in 2018 and it is a Pop/Rock/Industrial project. It’s instrumentally written and sang by myself. It is produced and engineered by Mike Dmitrovic of Voodoo Records Canada. It’s more or less an amalgamation of all my favorite styles of music focused into one project.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EWAN: I have too many music and life influencers to even list, but as far as musical influences, off the top of my head, as far as bands and writing styles go it would be anything from bands like Staind, Filter, Beastie Boys, Theory of a Deadman to legit anything on the other side of the spectrum of Chill/Lo-fi or Melodic tunes at the moment. I’m allover the map when it comes to musical influence these days.

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

EWAN: My latest single is entitled ‘Ignite’. I hope your readers will take the time to check it out as it’s more of an experiential tune on my side. I’m used to writing the four on the floor, hard hitting rock tracks that my fanbase seem to love, but wanted to throw a bit of a curveball on this one since it’s something that really spoke to me music wise. It’s my first track working with just samples and not a full band setup. I want to show diversity in my writing and music style so I thought it was an appropriate time to release this one. So far I’ve had nothing but positive feedback.

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

EWAN: High energy fun and lots of fan interaction. I’ve always been the type of performer to lure the crowd into some kind of engagement at my shows. I find it’s such a rush when the audience is wanting to participate and respond during a performance, that’s what us performers strive for. If you’re up on stage and people are just staring down at their phones the whole time, what fun is that from a performance side of things? I want to make them look up and ask “who the hell is this guy?” Positively or negatively ha! At least you’re paying attention.

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

EWAN: I don’t really have a solid answer for that actually. I try not to predict the future too much these days to be honest. I like to focus on the now and try to grow my fanbase and quality of my music in hopes to continue an uphill climb. It’s small steps for me at the moment. The music industry is always evolving now more than ever so it’s hard to predict anything when it comes to wanting a certain outcome in that length of time. Just trying to be a consistent artist in these times is hard enough, but you have to always be striving for more and staying positive!

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

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 Holding Poison.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HOLDING POISON: Although we’ve known each other for years, Lockdown 2020 was the kickstart the project needed and the opportunity to finally work on a music project together. Matt found himself thinking of the most productive way to utilize the downtime and decided to bring some of the demos he’d been working on to life. With Jack’s help, this became a reality pretty quickly with the EP taking shape within a matter of a few months.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HOLDING POISON: As a band, we have quite a vast array of influences, so the key thing for us is capturing that in our music.

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

HOLDING POISON: Our Debut EP- “By a Thread” – is our latest release! It features 5 very different tracks, dynamically more so than anything. The opening 2 songs are quite attacking – Sitting Duck & By a Thread. Then you have Curbside which has a John Mayer vibe in the verse with a Nirvana vibe in the chorus. Losing Grip is the most commercial song out of the bunch, with its really catchy chorus and then you have Tick Tock – the last track on the EP. By far the most dynamically laid out track with thunderous guitars coming at you in the chorus.

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

HOLDING POISON: You won’t have a second to stand still. It’ll be 100mph from start to finish, kind of what you’d expect from a hard rock band!

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

HOLDING POISON: Who knows! The main thing is we write and release music we enjoy and that other people can enjoy too. What follows after that we will leave to the imagination!

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

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 Mental Torment.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MENTAL TORMENT: Mental Torment was formed in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2009 by Anatolii, Mad (ex-vocals), Mykhailo and Yaroslav. We started our first rehearsal in Anatolii apartments, tried to play some song drafts. Later, Angelus (ex-bass) and Bohdan (ex-drums) joined the band and we played our first show in 2010 (Summer Solitude Evening). After a few more shows, including Doom Over Kyiv (Saturnus, Mournful Gust, Autumnia, Vin de Mia Trix) Oleksii (ex-bass), Andrii(drums/bass) and Yevhen(ex-keyboards) joined the band and we recorded and released our first full-length album in 2012. To promote the album, the band embarked on their first tour in 2013 with Letargia band over 3 countries. After the tour band took a long pause, some members took part in different bands/projects. And in 2020 we decided to come back. During this year were recorded new songs for an upcoming album. This will be the debut for Roman, our new Vocalist. Hope everyone will enjoy our new work.

Today Mental Torment are:

Anatolii Doroshenko – Guitars
Andrii Avramets – Bass
Artur Myrvoda – Drums
Mykhailo Chuha – Lead Guitars
Roman Sagajdachnyj – Vocals
Yaroslav Mosiievsky – Keyboards

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MENTAL TORMENT: For sure, all roads go to Black Sabbath, if we speak about music influence. And there are no doubts about it. But the main trigger to start everything was a huge desire to evolve Ukrainian extreme metal music to leave a mark within its history.

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

MENTAL TORMENT: You can check out our first Album “On The Verge” on all existing platforms. This is a good old school Death-Doom metal and majestic guitar parts framed by light keyboards, rich atmosphere, which take you deep under menacing sea rudiment.

New release “ego:genesis” will include 7 tracks and cover the catharsis that a person goes through in a moment of despair and hopelessness, searching for answers to eternal questions, resisting the inevitable and final acceptance of their fate. The album will bring a fresh view on the traditional Doom Metal genre. From acoustic ballads and funeral vibes to sludgy and modern progressive music.

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

MENTAL TORMENT: Loud and kickass metal act. Depressive and melodic, slow and monumental.

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

MENTAL TORMENT: We see our band in BDSM latex suits, saving our planet from intergalactic sausage invaders (joke). Today everyone is facing hard times, and, of course, everything is changing so fast, that no one could be sure about what will be happening tomorrow.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Hand Of Kalliach

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 Sophie and John Fraser of Hand Of Kalliach.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SOPHIE: Hi! We are a husband-and-wife two-piece playing atmospheric Celtic metal, hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland. We started writing in summer 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, the project had been something we had wanted to do for some time and the restrictions at the time served as a good prompt to do so.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JOHN: I think we have pretty broad tastes between us, covering a lot of metal and rock subgenres but also traditional folk. On the metal side, I am a big fan of technical/melodic death metal with an atmospheric slant, particularly the likes of Fallujah. Outside of metal, we listen to a really weird range of Scottish folk, downtempo, shoegaze… the Spotify recommended playlists are sometimes a bit bizarre!

SOPHIE: I lean more towards a mix of thrash and folk metal tastes, though with metal some of my favourite bands are more in the folk/indie space. I think the breadth of styles in our music is probably reflective of these fairly diverse influences.

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

JOHN: “Cinders” our new single we wanted to take the best elements that people loved and fedback to us about our EP, “Shade Beyond”, and compress all those elements into one three-minute breakneck track. We wanted to challenge ourselves to see if we could cram in blastbeats, fast riffs, solos, melodies and dual vocals all into the one song, and we’re really pleased with the result!

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

SOPHIE: We have not yet been able to play at any gigs due to COVID-19 restrictions, but hope to play our first gigs later in 2021! John has played a fair amount of live shows previously, plus we’ve both attended plenty, and we really value the experience and connection that you get from them.

JOHN: Agreed – there is definitely merit in the amount of creative space you have in recording tracks, but nothing compares to the atmosphere of a live show.

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

SOPHIE: Playing at Metal Festivals! We’re cautiously optimistic that we’ll see venues reopen for live music as vaccines are circulated and infection rates fall, and we definitely hope to be a part of what we hope will be a strong resurgence as music lovers dive back into the local scenes.

JOHN: We’ll be announcing gigs through our Twitter/FB/IG/Spotify pages, so come follow us there and you’ll be amongst the first to know when we’re playing some live shows.