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

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

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your musical journey:

SIMA: My musical journey began in a room I shared with my older sister Janet, in our childhood home in Israel. My sister was a huge rock/metal fan and I was forced to listen to the music that she listened to, which, in retrospect, I’m grateful for. She introduced me to amazing records and bands like Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Nirvana, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, The Doors and many more. She also took me to my first rock concert to see Deep Purple when I was 11. Growing up I had a friend whose parents were artists, painters, sculptors and educators. I loved spending time in their home. I was exposed to poetry, art, classical music, jazz and classic rock. My friend was a very talented guitar player, so we spent a lot of time together, singing and playing music. He also introduced me to some incredible rock bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Sting, The Cure and many more great artists.

I started writing poetry and journaling about my experiences growing up. But my real songwriting developed when I left Israel and moved to New York City. For the next few years, I focused all of my time and energy on songwriting and developing a solid singing style, drawing inspiration from a variety music artists and bands.

I worked on my first record ‘This Is Truth’ for a few years when I was living in NYC and Miami. This record started my career. It represented my past, accepting myself for who I am, facing my fears, hardships and the times that I felt disconnected and alone. It was a glimpse of where I was heading musically and creatively. Completing the record wasn’t an easy thing, as I lost a lot through the process of making it, but it was the most significant piece of work and a major healing process. I completed the last song for the record ‘This Is My Truth’ in L.A.

‘This Is My Truth’, the single, was the first song that I ever wrote completely on my own. It represented taking my power back as a woman, taking ownership of my career, my talent, my life and knowing that no matter who I work with, or whoever comes into my life, that, my talent and my visions are mine, given to me by God for a reason. It was like things came full circle.

The first single I released was ‘Breaking Down The Walls’, a powerful and inspiring rock song with a message of hope. It was mixed by the Three-time Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer, Tom Lord-Alge (U2, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, Oasis) and it was mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound Studios in NYC, also a Grammy Award-winner, who has been producing for major labels, mastering, engineering, and mixing hundreds of albums for major pop and rock music artists (The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Muse.)

I was creating music that was on the same level of the signed bands. People couldn’t deny my talent, my music, hard work and the way I presented myself visually and they started paying attention to my music and the message behind it. I wasn’t afraid to be raw and vulnerable and have my voice heard. I was relatable and grounded and people felt like I’m expressing what they are going through.

In 2014 I released ‘Beautiful Liar’ which features some of my most ambitious and textured work. It’s very diverse. From emotionally charged ballads like ‘Set It On Fire’ to up-tempo rockers like ‘Alone With You’. I took a big step forward in both songwriting and production. I wrote the lyrics and melodies for all the songs on that EP and co-produced it. It was an empowering experience and allowed me to overcome my insecurities by once again shading more layers of my old self, my past,pain and heartbreaks and realizing what I wanted to create in my life.

I’m currently working on a new album. Eight songs are completed. I released the first single called ‘Head Over Heels’. I’m testing the water first with that song. It talks about how, sometimes in life, we give up on love, because we get hurt so many times, that we become numb to it and forget how it feels to be in that vibration, to being love head over heels with someone, until you finally meet that special person who changes all that and brings you back to life.

I’m also working on a peace documentary/music project called ‘Broken Wings’. The idea started from the song that I wrote called ‘Broken Wings’. I wrote the song during the last war in Israel two years ago. I wanted to inspire a brighter future for both Israeli and Palestinian people to break down the walls of hate through the universal language of music that connects hearts and opens dialogue.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SIMA: My influences mainly come from my own life experience, my past, upbringing, heartbreaks, relationships, love and my curiosity for life. I never really listen to a band and say that I want to sound like them.

With that being said, I listen to a lot of different type of music. One of my favorite artists growing up was Bjork. When I heard her music and saw her music videos, I was blown away. She was so ahead of her time, so unique, creative, expressive and authentic and I loved her raw and intense voice. She was singing from her soul and writing about deep stuff, she was wild and rare. I used to listen to her for hours and I bought every record she released. I wanted to master the way she was screaming and letting her self go so freely. She wasn’t playing on the safe side of the music industry. She was herself and I loved that. That’s something that I always wanted toaccomplish with my music. I wanted to create honest and unique sound that you can’t really place in a box.

I was also inspired by Stevie Nicks, Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries, RIP, Shirley Manson from Garbage, Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Mazzy Star and bands like The Cure, Massive Attack, A Perfect Circle, Metallica, Portishead, Linkin Park, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, New Order, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Roxette, I love Nick Cave music and I’m a big fan of his old stuff, Nine Inch Nails, Jack White, Judas Priest and the list goes on and on.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

SIMA: My latest single, ‘Head Over Heels’, is about being in Love. About finding that special someone that you can’t get out of your mind, someone that you can trustto be by your side no matter what.† It talks about how sometimes in life we give up on love, because we get hurt so many times, that we become numb to it and forget how it feels to be in that vibration, to be in love head over heels with someone, until you finally meet that special person who changes all that and brings you back to life.Although ‘Head Over Heels’ talks about love and finding that special someone, it’s not your typical love song. It has an intense badass rock sound. It’s intimate and at the same time, has in your face attitude of a woman who is not afraid to express her feelings and deep desires.

I wrote this song when I was working on myself and growing spiritually and letting go of the things that don’t serve me any more. I was letting go of old baggage, past experiences, insecurities, self doubts, negative beliefs and emotions regarding relationships. I started getting really clear on what I wanted out of life. For many years I was focusing on my career and I realized that I’m neglecting a big part of me that wanted to find balance in life. I didn’t want to deprive myself of things that are important to me.

I think the readers and people in general could relate to the song because, we all pretty much go through similar experiences in life and relationships and love are things that we all deal with and challenged by all the time. We all deserve to love and be loved and that’s what the song is about, opening my heart for love again. On top of it, the song is rocking and driving and I believe that people would dig my sound.

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

SIMA: People should expect to go through a range of emotions and experiences. Have fun, rock out and dance, as well, experience raw emotions and honesty, heart to heart connection.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

SIMA: I see myself and my band famous 😃. Touring the world, creating and releasing new music and growing and expending creatively, collaborating with other artists and bands and exploring new platforms and other areas of creativity like film, T.V and much more.

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

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 Triceratops.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TRICERATOPS: Triceratops was arisen from a long slumber of over 65 million years, 3 like minded souls formed this stoner, doom, rock, funk, and groove band.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TRICERATOPS: Clutch, Black Sabbath, The Sword, Pantera, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Nirvana, and KISS.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

TRICERATOPS: Our latest release is the first ever mastered single track “Electric Sunlight”, you can find it on YouTube, Facebook, Reverbnation etc.

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

TRICERATOPS: A very hard hitting, blues oriented stoner rock, mixed with sludgy riffs, and groovin’ bass and drums. Catchy lyrics, underground’s where the real music is at.

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

TRICERATOPS: On tour, EP released, more merch, another album being made in the works, but most DEFINITELY TOURING!! Metallica had it right, tour your ass off, the music is for the fans. I myself think yeah topping the charts is cool in all but that’s not what it’s about. Bring life changing music to the MASSES.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Another Day’s Armor

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 Another Day’s Armor.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ANOTHER DAY’S ARMOR: Another Day’s Armor is a Rock / Alternative Metal band from New York. Combining the huge, mainstream sound of arena rock with borderline metal instrumental work. Coming up in a time where very few bands put any emphasis into their image and persona, ADA pride themselves on standing out from the crowd both visually, and musically. With an image reminiscent of a time where rock was on top of the music world, Another Day’s Armor refuses to be just another “faceless” band, wanting their fans to feel connected to every member. Another Day’s Armor is a movement for the future of rock.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ANOTHER DAY’S ARMOR: Everyone in the band has different influences but as a whole, I’d say we take inspiration from other bands who have successfully blended that hard rock/ metal sound together so well. Modern bands such as: Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria. And classic bands such as: Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains. Just to name a few of course.

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

ANOTHER DAY’S ARMOR: Our latest release is our newest single and music video “Death Investing.” People should check it out because we feel that it is a good introduction to our sound as a band. While on the heavier side, it has high energy, a very catchy chorus, and is just a taste of what’s to come from us.

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

ANOTHER DAY’S ARMOR: People can expect to see a high energy, rock n’ roll show. Even if you decide our music isn’t for you, I guarantee you will have a good time while we play.

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

ANOTHER DAY’S ARMOR Hopefully touring regularly and consistently growing a getting bigger as a band. We have every intention of traveling the world with our music and one day headlining the biggest rock and metal festivals.

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

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 Doug Friend, Peter Snee, Joe Minard, and Zach Patch from Crypitus.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

Pete: We’re Crypitus. I play guitar. Doug and I used to jam to his songs and decided we needed a drummer. We found Zach on Facebook and it worked out.

Joe: I joined after a friend introduced me when they were looking for a bassist.

Zach: When I joined, Doug and Pete were already playing together. I was desperately searching the internet for musicians to jam with, and Pete was the first to respond, with Doug in tow. The rest is history.

Doug: Crypitus started with me Pete and Zach playing some songs that I wrote years back, rehashed them. We finally found a solid bassist and we spend our time performing through New England, New York, Pennsylvania Virginia and recently Canada.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

Pete: Animals as Leaders, Black Dahlia Murder, Death, Between the Buried and Me

Joe: Metallica and Primus.

Zach: BTBAM, Frank Zappa and Sithu Aye.

Doug: Dissection, Death, Death Angel Voivod

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

Pete: We have a single out called Danger. It’s a high energy song that builds to an awesome solo and climactic breakdown section. It’s a lot of fun

Joe: Our latest single is called Danger. It’s a song with some cool drums and solos.

Zach: Our newest single is Danger, and it will rock your socks around clock.

Doug: Danger is a song about all the perils we face, the goal is the promote awareness because if you are more aware of whats going on around you, you maybe able to help save the planet, and human race.

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

Pete: Lots of headbanging, audience interaction, high energy

Joe: Head banging, cool music and a fun time.

Zach: Clown noses, sweat puddles and face melting drums.

Doug: Thrashy riffs, moshing, and an original twist on metal!

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

Pete: If we haven’t conquered the world by then we’ll be well on our way.

Joe: World domination.

Doug: Maybe we will play across seas some days, that’d be a dream come true.

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

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 QUOR guitarist/vocalist Brian Corn.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BRIAN CORN: QUOR is three headed dragon that creates and performs music with the help of its friends.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BRIAN CORN: I’m not sure there is a set of “main” influences for any of us. We like the “Metal” genre but we love “Music”. If the question is what might someone compare QUOR’s music too?, I think it would be something like this: System of a Down had sex with Mastodon and had a child similar to In Flames who liked to listen to Sevendust and Nothing More.

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

BRIAN CORN: Our latest release is the EP “The Way We Are”. I think the readers of Metal Anarchy will particularly like the genre defying aspects of the record. It’s metal for sure and it’s something of its own. We all hear that claim fairly often in music and generally with most things as an attempt to differentiate something drowning within the many. QUOR has some obvious similarities with others but there is just something unusual in the feeling and expression of the compositions that give the album and the project itself a unique identity. A certain disregard for what might be expected. And that is a double edged sword in an industry that tends to follow “proven” formulas as a rule. I don’t think everyone will like this album, but some will fall in love with it as we have.

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

BRIAN CORN: Hahaha! I don’t even know what to expect from our live shows. We tend to thrive on an “in the moment’ way of being. We do however give every show every bit of our being no matter the what’s, where’s, how’s, and who’s.

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

BRIAN CORN: Mars. I hope.

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

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 Spaceslug guitarist/vocalist Bartosz Janik.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

JANIK: I started the band around june 2015 by asking Kamil the drummer about playing some space stoner psych jams. Jan the bassman joined and we started a project that turned into full working band. We drifted around space stoner, doom, grunge, post rock influences and now we are still developing our own way in music. We have two full LP and one EP in our portfolio and the third full album is on it’s way to be released this month in July.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JANIK: If we speak about heavy music most of all my inspirations are Neurosis and Yob, next to it we have classic rock from the 70s in lead with the prog rock (YES is my all time favorite). Also im very into post kind of things with the If These Trees Could Talk and Mogwai as the top ones. Also im into Black Metal things like Wiegedood, Taake, Shining and some obvious classic from the genre. Im a big fan of Hank Williams III, all acoustic projects from Neurosis, Shawn James. In free time also like to listen some old school Jazz like Coltrane, Miles Davis, and blues like Gary B. B. Coleman.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

JANIK: “Eye The Tide” is our most personal release to date. We looked into our deepest and darkest sides of mind and soul and transferred them into sounds. The release shows a lot of the complex states of mind and pain that was in all band members in the period when the album was created. It is also in some sort end of an era for the band. We split the journey into three parts and this is the definitive last tale in this trilogy. Also the lyrics this time are little different and we created less of a “space tale” kind of lyrics for better exposure of the topic. If people want to listen more darker and heavier side of Spaceslug this is the best way. The band is evolving with every record in terms of sound and we are looking forward what to be next in our path.

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

JANIK: Most of all some sort of cosmic experience that is created by our music. We always try to take our audience with us on the trip and to other dimensions with our music and live performance. We gather all energy we have and we try to expose it the best way possible with heavy and loud tones of our instruments.

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

JANIK: It’s really hard to tell in one category but most of all I hope to play on most of the important festivals like Roadburn and DesertFest. Also to play some tours with bands that influenced me to write music.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With My Secret Circus

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 Dan Marazita of My Secret Circus.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MARAZITA: We are a 4 piece rap rock band from Melbourne Australia. We all played in different bands in the traps on the music scene over here, where Shane who recently joined the family has been the band’s front of house sound guy from the start and with a strange twist of fate has become apart of the MSC lineup. It’s hard to find a tight brotherhood and now we couldn’t be happier.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MARAZITA: Speaking for myself here, I grew up influenced by many different artists: Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tupac, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down. There are so many. It changes week to week.

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

MARAZITA: We have just dropped our new single called “The War Games” along with a piss take video of Trump and Kim Jong Un in the boxing ring working their differences out. A must watch!!

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

MARAZITA: Our live shows are action packed and full of energy. We are running around the place in your face. We don’t let you up for a breath. Connection with the audience is a must for us. If you they ain’t moving we ain’t going hard enough.

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

MARAZITA: Who knows what the future will bring, but I’d like to think we would still be bringing out high intensity songs for you guys to listen to and get to every country and town around the world to bring the live experience to every single one of you!