Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With ERA 9

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with the “traprock” band ERA 9.

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METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ERA 9: The number 9 represents liberty and positivity. We are a new era of music that isn’t just for one person. We cater to all who open themselves to it! We value creative freedom in music and we promote open mindedness and imagination. Hence, ERA 9. We are a “TrapRock” band that is male and female fronted.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ERA 9: It’s more of genres of music that inspire and influence us most, rather than just bands or artists. The core of our music will be hard rock, with heavy riffs, but we enjoy changing up the basic usual structure of songs to an EDM/Trap type of structure.

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

ERA 9: We’ve been writing/recording new material and gearing up to take over the world in 2017. We’ll be releasing a full length album, called “Gravity”, this coming Spring, and heading out on tour to promote it. They should check it out because we have a unique sound, merging Rock and heavy guitar riffs with Hip-Hop, Trap/EDM, and melodic and Pop vocals. If you’re open-minded and appreciative of all genres of music like we are, you’ll definitely love Era 9.

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

ERA 9: We can definitely say we give the party-starting, give-no-fucks approach to our live shows. People from different scenes come together and party hard to our genre-bending sound. Whether it’d be by moshing with the rockers, dancing with the girls or straight up vibing with the hip-hop crowd. Our music touches each end of the spectrum with heavy guitar breakdowns and trap drops, accompanied by epic EDM buildups and big bass, all meshed with melodic vocals. Our stage presence is very energetic and audience engaging. We tapped into our DIY skills to prepare a visually compelling experience. We have our independently sequenced light and smoke show along with back drop video projections as we perform. You wanna be there.

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

ERA 9: We hope to be performing our music for fans all around the world!

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Guile from the folk metal band Drenaï.

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METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

GUILE: In fact, each member of the band have several influences: one likes NWOBHM and rap, one likes Irish and Celtic music, one likes technical and jazz… I am keen on Metal (in general but Death and Black symphonic especially) and orchestral music but I listen to every kind of music. For I am the main composer (with Ben, who plays the bass), I try to melt all the ideas to make something that sounds unique and please everyone in the band. People/listeners can find what they are used to listen to, but the most seasoned musicians may dig in our tracks to find the “easter eggs” we put in our music (for those who follow our career since our beginning), whose goal is to sound easy and approachable in a way, but complex at the same time for the one who’s used to look for leitmotivs like in a Wagner’s opera.

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

GUILE: This EP, “Nadirs”, is kinda special in our discography. It’s a kind of bet, for we usually play in a folk-death metal genre and this EP is full acoustic. It is still Drenaï and its way of composing, but with no distorted sound. Our work is based on British author David Gemmell’s books and the universe he painted and planted into heroic fantasy. “Nadirs” is a sort of epic tale that you can listen to reading his books simultaneously. Diego (our singer) is the narrator of this tale while everyone in the band had something to record (his/her usual instrument, an unusual instrument, a choir part). This EP has something special too: we have appealed to many guests, playing in others bands or musical formations, playing folkloric instruments (that we are not able to play wink emoticon ) so as to sound more genuine and fit to the universe our lyrics try to translate. This EP deals with the advent of one of Gemmell’s main characters, Nosta, raised in the steppes our the Nadir land, who is to become Nosta Khan, one of most the powerful shaman and power broker of the drenan lands. Furthermore, this EP is announcing our next LP (we’re actually working on, already composed and at the state of rehearsing): some themes will be used again and deepened in our next opus (which will be worth listening to, of course slightsmile emoticon ).

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

GUILE: Fun and having a good time with our shows, but not only watching musicians playing music: we incarnate one or several characters on stage and have a lot of interaction with the audience during role-play parts. Diego is Druss (Gemmell’s main character), Martial (our flute player) is the voice of the demon haunting Druss’ battle axe “Snaga”, Greg (our lead/rhythmic guitar player) is one of Druss’ soldier, Adelia (our keyboard player) incarnates Rowena (and another role for the next LP), Ben is Bodasen, I (Guile, other lead/rhythmic guitar player) play either Sieben or Nosta Khan (depending on the setlist we first determined before our gigs)… And without forgetting our drummer and percussionist, Simon, who can’t really play play on stage because he’s behind his drums XD. The audience can listen to music but also be involved in scenery.

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

GUILE: Playing or having played in many countries (yours, for instance XD). We don’t tend to become stars, win a Grammy or something like that, but being broadcasted everywhere possible could be great, so as to share our music with a perpetually growing amount of people, to touch the listeners’ souls, to have them traveling with us in our musical world…

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Threatpoint.

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METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THREATPOINT: Sure, Threatpoint is Chris James(vocals), CJ Krukowski(drums), Matt Van Fleet(bass) and myself, Alex Olivetti(guitar). The band formed in early 2012. CJ and I were in a band that had just broken up and Chris’ band at the time had just broken up as well. We knew each other for a few years since our old bands used to play together. Our bassist Matt is actually the one that told Chris we were looking for a singer, since they used to be in band together. That’s where the initial seed for the band was planted. We’ve had many line-up changes through the years and now Matt is officially a part of the band. It’s very fitting since he’s the one that pretty much put the band together and it’s great since we all knew each other prior to starting this.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THREATPOINT: Everything from The Doors to Cannibal Corpse. We all listen to different bands within and outside of the metal genre and try to bring those together to make our sound. As far as bands that are similar we get a lot of comparisons to Testament, Killswitch Engage, Devildriver and Pantera.

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

THREATPOINT: Our latest album “RIP” has a little bit of everything we’ve done in the past as well as new elements. The fastest song we ever wrote is on here as well as the darkest/moodiest track we ever wrote. Our friend Lauren from the band Dramascream even did guest vocals on a track. It’s a very diverse record and has something for everybody. We also completed our first music video, with the help of our friend Nick, for the track “Bury the Wicked”. You can check out the video here:

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

THREATPOINT: We all love to play live, that’s the strongest aspect of the band. The songs are written with the live show in mind; we write upbeat, heavy music and are very energetic onstage. When the fans get into it, we feed off of their energy, and the vibe is unreal.

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

THREATPOINT: Still expanding our sound as well as spreading out to new areas and reaching new fans.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Edge Of Paradise

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Margarita Monet from Edge Of Paradise.

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METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MONET: We all come from different backgrounds, but the core of our sound is the combination of heavy metal that our guitarist Dave brings to the music, complimented by my melodic, theatrical and a bit classical influence! I grew up playing classical piano so at times you can here that in the melodies. As a singer, I’m a huge Dio fan! As a band we are influenced by Korn, Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath… But ultimately we always want to create something that can stand the test of time, something unique that holds meaning to us and others!

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

MONET: We have a new CD coming out March 10th, ALIVE! We had an amazing team of people we worked with on this CD. Chuck Johnson who was the guy behind Korn and Slipknot produced this, and we are confident that the outcome is the most exciting Edge Of Paradise experience yet! It’s heavy, melodic, industrial, dynamic, every song is different enough to keep you listening and as a whole, the CD is an epic sonic experience, there is something for everyone!

If you’re new to the band, check out our last release Immortal Waltz (2015). You will get the essence of the band, traditional heavy metal mixed with theatrical and symphonic influences. Produced by legendary Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy…) it’s dynamic, unique and powerful, I think you might enjoy! slightsmile emoticon

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

MONET: Edge Of Paradise live show is a sonic and visual experience. We put a lot of emphasis on the sound, you will hear the quality of a recording amped up with high energy and emotion of a live show! We compliment the sound with stunning visuals and take you on a sonic roller coaster ride! slightsmile emoticon

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

MONET: We love playing, love making music and most of all, love meeting music fans, we just want to keep doing what we’re doing on a bigger scale so we can reach more people all over the world! Music is a universal language and it unites people and brings joy, we’re happy to be a part of this and are excited to grow the world of Edge Of Paradise!

I would like to thank Monet for the interview. Edge Of Paradise will release the title track to their new EP “Alive” on February 3. The music video will be released on February 10, and can be previewed below. The EP will come out March 10.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With WEAK13

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with WEAK13.

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METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

WEAK13: WEAK13 is a living breathing middle finger to the mainstream corporate bullshit music industry. Lyrically we enjoy mocking the corrupt governments of the world that are run by psychopathic control freaks who manipulate peoples minds using fabricated staged events in news media. Most bands and musicians are afraid to cover important subjects in a coherent manner; simply yelling “fuck you” is not enough; fuck who and why? We write songs with metal overtones, most WEAK13 tunes lyrically aim to reveal the illusion of freedom and choice in a world that is polluted by lies thanks to giant media conglomerates. We have faith in humanity as there are good people out there, however so many are brainwashed by mass media; so WEAK13 is trying to repair the damage made by the mainstream music industry which produces simple pop songs containing mind numbing lyrics which do nothing more than help dumb down the population. WEAK13 songs are full of punk metal energy with intelligent lyrics and we’re trying to do something positive in a negative world.

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

WEAK13: ‘They Live’ is the band’s debut studio album; it took 3 years to make and its basically a Trojan horse; it sounds as good as any major album you can think of but this is a professional record self funded and released by an independent band with no record label to interfere with the creativity; we write exactly what we want on our own terms and the album has only had great reviews; we don’t allow it to be streamed and it’s only available from the band website weak13official.com because we control our own music. This is an album that people play in their cars on their way to work to get them through the day; an album that people can actually relate to and think “thank goodness; someone out there has said what I’ve been thinking all along”.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

WEAK13: There are a lot of music journalists who have brought up names of bands such as Prong, Mudvayne, Amen, Nirvana and even Ozzy Osborne when trying to describe WEAK13; we’re mainly inspired musically by the good metal and rock bands of the 1990s; we’re doing our own thing but fans love the fact that musically many of our songs have a nostalgic salute to the past without ripping anyone off. We sound like WEAK13.

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

WEAK13: Mainly people want to see if we can perform what they hear us do on the album and they get their reward as we’re very experienced live. We have a very good relationship with the bands we support, tour or headline with and its a fun experience all round. What can people expect when they go to a WEAK13 show? Well they can see that we love playing live and we normally play with real talented bands we like who respect what we do back.

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

WEAK13: 5 years ago I would not have believed that there would be countless reviewers raving about an album we eventually managed to self release that contains songs which were once merely ideas in our heads, or believe that our music videos would get hits in the thousands. I have no idea what the future offers but what I can say is that we do more each year and we will keep growing. If I was someone else reading this I’d hope that if they get anything at all from hearing about our band it’s that if you believe in doing something deemed as impossible in other peoples opinion – it can happen in reality if you actually push yourself and take your own ideas seriously.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Easy Outs

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Bruce Ferguson of the rock band The Easy Outs.

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METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FERGUSON: Ramones , New York Dolls , MC5 a list , we all love music ,it’s part of us. I saw the ramones 3 times a year until they called it quits. I probably have every album out there. Writing songs is my passion. Boyce and Hart did that for me as a kid, still to this day. The Monkees I thought were brilliant. Saw them 2 times this year. Their new album is a must have.

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

FERGUSON: Desolate Row, available on Amazon, mainmanrecords.com, mvdentertainment.com, It’s a great listening album, sort of poppy, garage rock, songs have a good feeling too. A album you will want to continue to listen to. We are counting on 30 years from now it’s still being played. We are getting excellent feed back from around the world on this album, like comfort food gives you fuzzy feeling

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

FERGUSON: A great time. We get the energy from our audience. It’s great having new people out there discovery us. It’s a good feeling turning new listeners on to our songs

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

FERGUSON: Still doing what we do, making albums, playing music, love to be doing movie sound track or TV, definitely still making records, doing our thing.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Ten Miles Wide

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ten Miles Wide.

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METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TEN MILES WIDE: Nirvana, Sabbath, The Beatles, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Soundgarden, Meshuggah, Killing Joke, Dan Auerbach, Sleepy Sun, Hella, Brian Eno, King Crimson and a whole bunch of others.

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

TEN MILES WIDE: Our latest release is actually our debut full-length album called “The Gross”. The album is pretty varied in style, and we’ve heard that it appeals to fans of both alternative and metal. It’s kind of a modern take on the Seattle rock sound.

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

TEN MILES WIDE: If you see us in Seattle, we love playing shows with our friends, who also happen to be in great bands. You’ll definitely see a cohesive bill with every band bringing something artistically unique to the table. When we perform, all we are trying to convey is the feeling the music gives us. All we can hope is that the message is translated properly to your ears through the PA. At the very least, you can expect to see a band that gives a shit about putting everything they got into their performance.

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

TEN MILES WIDE: We’d love to be traveling the world selling out clubs or opening for one of our favorite bands on tour. We also hope to continue to make the music we love in our home city of Seattle. Hopefully with some luck and some hard work, we’ll be able to fully support ourselves by playing music.