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

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 Timmy Ruzicka from Exit Empire.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

RUZICKA: We are Exit Empire from the Czech Republic, consisting of two brothers and their best friend. This band is completely new, but we’ve known Rafael (the singer) for five years, we’ve been in a previous band together and two years ago we left schools and started to learn audio production. Just to be able to create this band as we wanted it. You probably don’t know many bands from our country, and that’s basically what we want to change.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

RUZICKA: Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, I See Stars. Both for their sound and the emotions we hear in their songs. But the list could go on and on, obviously. There are so many great bands and musicians that touched our heart, no matter the genre. The music we make today has been called post-hardcore, rock, emo, alternative, electro, you name it. Mainly, we focus on singable melodies and heavy riffs, with electro background for epic atmosphere that feels bigger than life. And chants! We love chants.

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

RUZICKA: We released our debut self-titled album in October 2017. We incorporated our own personal journeys to those songs, focusing on feelings and emotions the listener gets from them. It’s such a reward after years of studying production to put the record out and hear positive reactions. Now we need as many people as possible to listen to it, so go check it out! Download it for free on our website http://exitempire.com/download

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

RUZICKA: Honest but explosive energy coming from the stage. Live shows are the absolute pinnacle of the artist-fan relationship, and we want to honor it as much as we can. That’s where our hearts lie, and that’s where we want everyone to sing with us. But since we are from the Czech Republic, we need help getting shows abroad! So don’t be afraid to hit us up on any social media.

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

RUZICKA: We actually have a specific long-term goal for this time period – we want to play a show in the Wembley Stadium. It’s been a dream of ours for years, a simple visualisation of what we want this band to achieve. Is it too ambitious and a long shot? Maybe. But without the drive to touch the sky, there would be no stars.

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

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 Bob James from Silent Theory.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

JAMES: Silent Theory is comprised of 5 gentlemen: Dakota [Elliot Tyler], Mitch [Swanger], Scott [Swanger], George [Swanger] and Bob [James]. One thing that makes us a little unique is that Mitch, Scott and George are brothers. Four of us have been playing music as Silent Theory since 2010, and Dakota has been with us since 2014. We call North Idaho home, which surprises most people. In the last year we’ve released a full length studio album and two music videos, and we’re hoping to have some new music coming out this spring before tour season starts.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JAMES: Our musical influences are really all over the board, from old school country to some pretty heavy metal. I think for Dakota, the bands that had the biggest impact on him as a musician were Linkin Park and Chevelle.

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

JAMES: Album wise, we released Delusions about a year ago, but most recently we released a music video for our song Watch Me Burn about a month ago. I think your readers should go check out Delusions because it has a really good balance of heavy riffs, catchy melodies, and meaningful lyrics. We are not the type to just put words in a song just because they rhyme. We really try to tell a story with some substance.

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

JAMES: A lot of energy, a tight performance musically and probably a few stupid jokes. We put a lot of effort into our performance, but we also like to have a good time.

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

JAMES: I really hope that within the next 5 years we can expand our touring opportunities to Europe and South America. We have a lot of great fans all over the world, and we want to meet them all.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Time Framed

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 Time Framed.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE TIME FRAMED: We’re an experimental rock trio. Our members like magic, video games, steam punk anything, gothic aesthetics, and pirates so we tend to put elements of those things into our music and merch. A live set will go from telling a story fit for a fantasy novel into expressing our metaphysical viewpoints in no time but we also have music based on real life issues we’ve encountered such as domestic abuse and overcoming addictions. On record we tend to blend those elements in whatever balance is best for the overall story of the album.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE TIME FRAMED: Tera Melos because of their weird noises, Nothing More for their stage antics, The Mars Volta and their concept albums, and Joe Satriani for his musicality and improvisation.

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

THE TIME FRAMED: Chrono Dementia is the title of our brand new EP. Your readers should check it out because we will take them on an adventure! For most people, music is an escape and we feel that this EP gives the listener a chance to rise above their daily grind and come back down with good vibes.

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

THE TIME FRAMED: Energy! We create our own space when we take the stage. Our drummer (Brandon) is super intense and has some mind blowing rhythms and fills. Britt the bass player loves to go hang out in the audience while riding the groove and our guitar player (Jeremy, also the main vocalist) has a habit of coming up with new ways to entertain people every time we play. You never get the same show twice but getting the crowd to have a good time is the most important thing to us.

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

THE TIME FRAMED: In 5 years we would like to have 3 – 5 more EP’s under our belt as well as 2 or 3 full length albums. We already have more material than we really know what to do with so that shouldn’t be hard! Going on multiple tours across the states is definitely on the list and I’d like to think that we would be looking to book a tour in Europe or Japan if we haven’t already by then. In light those thoughts, it would be really nice to find ourselves a label that works with similarly unique bands like say Sargent House. Lastly, our guitarist wrote an epic 30 minute song inspired by pirates, existential madness, tarot cards, and Cassandra Gemini by The Mars Volta so having that ready to perform cover to cover in 5 years or less would make us very happy!

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

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 “clown metal” band Skitarg.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SKITARG: Musically we sound like a mix between In Flames, Pantera, Mr Bungle and Megadeth, but we also top that sound with bits and pieces of country, reggae, folk and black metal and last, but not least, we sprinkle it with absurdity, humour and chaos.

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

SKITARG: Our latest release, entitled ‘Los Pulkerz’ is a return to our original sound with more basic metal structures. But we also added some tricks we´ve learnt through the years since starting the band and also added some songs that we´ve recorded outside of the band.

You should listen to it because it´s really good and entertaining melodic metal and some of the songs (like the dubstep/techno inspired ‘Sverige Facking Fosterland’) are a really wide step to the left for us. Also, the album cures cancer and hangovers.

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

SKITARG: To be properly entertained. A lot of bands seem to have lost the ability to take risks and really leave everything on stage. Not us.

Usually when we play festivals, the bookers put us on an early slot because they don´t think people will be interested. That usually backfires, like last year at the Sweden Rock Festival, where we drew a full house at 1 p.m. and left the other stages playing for an empty crowd.

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

SKITARG: By then we will probably be preparing for the 20 year anniversary of the band, end we might even have released two albums. Hopefully we will have reached a more international audience. (In case you haven´t heard of us, it´s probably because we sing in Swedish. And beacuse we dress as clowns covered in blood, waving dildoes around on stage.)

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Heat Of Damage

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 Heat Of Damage.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HEAT OF DAMAGE: Heat Of Damage was created in 2013, and is based in Sacramento, CA. Our music is traditionally described as Hard Rock/Metal, but we are proud of a unique style that sets us apart when listening to your favorite heavy tracks. Music is our passion, and we do not limit ourselves, so each song is an independent creation with roots in the bands that inspire us and Hard Rock/Metal as a whole.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HEAT OF DAMAGE: We are influenced by artists old and new. We are big fans of bands such as Killswitch Engage and Trivium who are relatively newer, but also have roots from legends like Metallica. Also, can’t forget our hometown greats Deftones and Papa Roach!

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

HEAT OF DAMAGE: Our latest release is our single “The Gift,” released in June of this year, 2017. The music video for “The Gift” was just released September 1st. We think readers of a site described as about “things associated with rock and metal” will absolutely dig the song and accompanying video. The song is heavy, with intensity and melody, and the video has energetic performance shots punctuated by a dark, intense ode to film noir.

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

HEAT OF DAMAGE: We think of shows as something you do with an audience, not just to an audience, so we try to engage as many people from onstage as we can. People can expect heavy music, engagement, and a rowdy good time. We also like to introduce ourselves personally to as many people as possible as a ‘thank you’ for their attendance.

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

HEAT OF DAMAGE: In five years, we hope to be touring regularly and extensively. Ideally we will have fans at all corners of the country who come to see us, and international fans as well. (Looking at you, Europe).

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Mike Milan Dedic

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 rock guitarist Mike Milan Dedic.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MMD: When I started playing guitar I was very fortunate to have a lot of the great guitar players in the prime of their career to look to for inspiration. When I saw Eddie Van Halen back in 1981 with front row seats, I knew I wanted to play lead guitar. From there, players like Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Randy Rhodes and Malmsteen inspired with their classical influence.

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

MMD: My latest release is entitled ‘Escape’. It is a guitar-driven instrumental piece that I hope can
give anyone looking for a boost to their day a bit of a recharge to their batteries!

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

MMD: As we are planning some showcase gigs very soon; a high energy very up-tempo music set can be expected. I find that when we play my songs in a group setting, the adrenaline of the moment always entices us to play the songs at a quicker pace than how they were recorded!

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

MMD: I’m just going to continue drawing inspiration from all sorts of music and come up with new guitar instrumental songs to record. I have been in contact with many accomplished musicians from around the globe so more collaborating might also be on the agenda. We’ll see. I’m just having fun!

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

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 Hogan’s Goat.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little bit about your band:

HOGAN’S GOAT: Hogan’s Goat out of Nashville, TN is a collective of folks from Montana, Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Our name is from old folklore about a goat who was known to be smelled miles away. Ugly creature. Our band is against the grain, and we don’t really fit in to any scene. Just how we like it.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HOGAN’S GOAT: The list varies by day. Right now From Mastodon to Guns N’ Roses. ASG’s latest record is really cool. We listen to a bit of everything.

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

HOGAN’S GOAT: Hogan’s Goat is set to release July 18th. It’s our debut LP. “You might like it, you might hate it. I don’t fuckin’ know what you like.” – Wayne

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

HOGAN’S GOAT: Our main focus while writing is to make sure it translates well during our live sets. However, the energy is always high and spontaneous. You never know what we might do.

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

HOGAN’S GOAT: Hopes are high. We’d like to tour the world, and are doing everything we can to make that happen.