Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With One Steel Wound

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 One Steel Wound.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ONE STEEL WOUND: We’re a 3 piece metal band from Chicago that work with some of the best regional drummers. We’ve been finding our musical lane in the Chicago scene since 2013 by doing several shows in the midwest, circulating an EP at shows, and officially releasing an 8-track album. Since then, we’ve grown musically and as individual musicians. You can find our 2015 8-track album online at Bandcamp.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ONE STEEL WOUND: Lamb Of God, Disturbed, System Of A Down, Korn, Slipknot, EL-P.

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

ONE STEEL WOUND: Our latest release is our single “In Chains”. We’ve become emotionally distant with past releases and feel the most involved and more proud of this track and the songs we’re currently writing. We think it’s our best effort to date and we’re even more stoked for the future tracks as well. This is why we all consider 2019 as the beginning of One Steel Wound, everything before was beta-testing.

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

ONE STEEL WOUND: A lot of sweat, screaming, and at the end of it… great vibes.

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

ONE STEEL WOUND: We’ll have plenty of banging songs, selling rad merch, and hope to be on a sick tour as main support for an artist that we respect and dig.

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Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Radio Broadcast

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 The Radio Broadcast.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE RADIO BROADCAST: We are The Radio Broadcast. We are a Live Electronic group. There are two of us in the group. Michael plays keys and loops/samples and Kristin sings and plays keys as well. We met in a tattoo shop in 2005 and started playing music together in 2008 and formed TRB in 2009. Michael grew up playing drums in punk bands and Kristin grew up playing the piano but at the time when the two met neither of them were involved in anything musically. We had both wanted to create our own punk band but relaized after purchasing a guitar neither of us knew how to play nor had the time or patience to learn so we stuck with what we knew, drums and keys. Over the years our sound and style has changed along with the overall setup of the equipment we use. Our style is always evolving.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE RADIO BROADCAST: There is a lot of inspiration and musical influence to be found in the world and for us as far a music goes there are two major electronic groups that have stuck out the most and helped shape our minds to develope the sounds of The Radio Broadcast and that would be Crystal Castles and INNERPARTYSYSTEM. We love the DIY approach IPS takes when it comes to stage lighting and we love their heavy and raw electronic feel. With CC they come across sort of mysterious. We love their punk attitude in the electronic scene. We really like their lofi gritty electronic sounds. We study these bands and many others to try and better ourselves as a band. We try to align our selves with similar sounding artists but we do our best to remind ourselves that other bands and musicians are just like you and I and to tune into them as a reference or inspiration and not as a guide. But as crazy as life can get it is always a good idea to take a step back and take a little time out and emerce yourself in nature and tune in to the frequencies of the planet, clear your mind, and realign yourself. Once your mind is clear and your body is well tuned it will be a lot easier for your creative ideas to flow into more comprehensive complete ideas.

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

THE RADIO BROADCAST: Our latest EP “ARRIVED” is something that our friends and fans have been asking about for a long time and something that we have been pushing for a long time. This EP encapsulates several styles of electronic music. A little bit of synthwave and synthpop mixed with some 8bit sounds into a little bit of gritty witch house constructive is developed because we are not tuned into the correct frequency. We aren’t listening to what’s out there. But not to say the time was lost.

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

THE RADIO BROADCAST: You can expect to feel rewarded and fully entertained. With our music being very diverse there is something there for most everybody. We are always told by fans and other musicians that it is really cool to see us create the tracks live right there in front of them. Something that a lot of other electronic artists are not doing. The energy projecting from the stage will keep you moving the entire time. As soon as the bass drops TRB comes alive. Between Kristin’s bouncing and crawling around onstage and Michael’s nonstop flow of body rockin dance rhythms you will be sure to have a good time! Not only will our music and energy keep you entertained and dancing but our stage performance will as well. We understand that we are performers and there is more to performing than just the music. We have put some time and dedication into creating some pretty cool visuals from massive arrays of led lights and lasers to mesmerising graphics on led screens and a 3ft by 10ft led “TRB” marquee. We are constantly coming up with new ideas for stage setups.

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

THE RADIO BROADCAST: That’s a difficult question. It’s hard enough to tell what we will be doing next year let alone 5 years from now. Even with the current state of the music industry, live shows, and technology is difficult to predict what it will be like 5 years from now. Everything is changing at a more rapid pace than it was 5 years ago.

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

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 Gnostic Gorilla.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

GNOSTIC GORILLA: Gnostic Gorilla, headed by frontman Dean Mason is an ‘experiment’ in Industrial/Dark Wave/Goth/Dark Electronic Music. Originally, the ‘project’ name was “The Lonely Ghost Project” but that was changed in 2015 with the first album release, titled “St. Basil’s Asylum”. (Later re-released by Cleopatra Records, October 2018) Gnostic Gorilla is an acquired tasteless. Hahahahahaha. But seriously, some of it is dark, some of it is weird, some of it borders on disturbing and some of it will make you shit your panties…hahahahaha.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

GNOSTIC GORILLA: There are bands/artists that are influential and some that have inspired me. When I was a teenager, Gary Numan was a major inspiration to me. As well, Japan and Bauhaus and in a huge way, and still to this day, The Doors are a huge inspiration to me! I need to add Nash the Slash is a real inspiration as an indie artist. The bands that are influential in the way I approach music myself are Ministry, Type O Negative, Skinny Puppy, Rammstein, Korn and many industrial/Darkwave/ NuMetal bands/artists.

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

GNOSTIC GORILLA:Freak’s Mind” was released in February of this year. It’s a total accident in the sense that I had no plans on recording new music. It’s quite bizarre and certainly more industrial/Dark Wave. I’m very proud of this album. That said, it’s important to point out that “St. Basil’s Asylum” was released by Cleopatra Records in October of 2018 and is in my opinion a Gothic classic waiting to be discovered.

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

GNOSTIC GORILLA: Unfortunately, at this time, Gnostic Gorilla is not touring. HOWEVER, in a few days, (weeks?) I will be sort of on stage in Australia with CRIX IIX as they perform two songs that I have written lyrics and recorded vocals for. They will have my vocal track played while they play live and will feature clips of my dark ugly puss on screens! hahahahahahaha.

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

GNOSTIC GORILLA: Dang baby, I have no clue. I’m not trying to be a snot, but I just really don’t know. I am not delusional enough to assume that I will be some big name. It’s difficult to break through (to the other side? Hahahahaha) in this industry today as you know. But I will hopefully continue to experiment with recording. AND…I’d like to take the time to announce that I will be spearheading a new project, more of the Black Metal Ambient ‘style’ (not the philosophy) called “Luna Melancholia” with Marcel Lecker of Battle Moose and Pat Masters who was the vocalist of the death metal band, “Summertime Daisies”. This will be amazing. Absolutely.

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

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 Avalanche.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

AVALANCHE: We’re a 3 piece hard rock band from Sydney, all under the age of 21, we formed in an old steel factory where we used to rehearse. We play gut busting, roof crashing, high energy Rock ‘N Roll, similar to late 70’s early 80’s when rock bands were starting to get faster and harder but remain a rock n roll band, so there’s lots of blues elements and turnarounds but its fast and loud, and we have a powerful, growly vocalist that really mixes well with the high volume guitars, thumping bass and thrashing drums, which can be hard to find these days.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

AVALANCHE: AC/DC is the big one, as you may be able to tell. But between us we’re into the entire spectrum of rock and roll, from blues and rockabilly, to psychedelia, heavy metal and of course hard rock. Lots of good Aussie rock bands have influenced us as well, like Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Daddy Cool, Skyhooks, and of course Avalanche; Steven’s (lead singer/bass player) dad’s band in the early 70s and 80s, who we got our name from.

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

AVALANCHE: Avalanche Sent From Hell is our debut double EP with 4 studio recordings and 4 live recordings we multi-tracked at one of our gigs. It’s like a punch in the face from start to finish, we tried to get the most massive sound possible using sheer volume and force rather then distortion and effects. It’s about hell and sin and sex and rock and roll, played through the interpretation of our generation but inspired by everything that came before.

The opening track ‘Sold My Soul’, delves into the story off the crossroads and signing deals with the devil, ‘Balls Deep’ and ‘On Your Back’ are about exactly what you think they are; the latter a slower rhythm based rock n roll track and, the former an anthem with an outro solo that will kick your ass. We finish the A-side with ‘Head First in Hell’ a fast-paced hard rock epic, our answer to songs like ‘Riff Raff’ and ‘Number of the Beast’, killer solos, crazy dynamics, loud AF drums, and powerful melody lines that grab the audience by the throat and never let go.

Then the B-side has all the live tracks, including; a live version of Head First in Hell, a song about telling someone to fuck off in the most Australian way possible; ‘Get Back (to Fuckwit City)’, a mean fast and groovy bluesy song called ‘Run Like Hell’, and our closing song; ‘Down in the Gutter’ probably our most high energy song, unwavering from beginning to end, its either gonna make you wanna fight something or fuck something. So if that’s what you like, then you should check it out.

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

AVALANCHE: We’ve been told we’re very loud haha. But you can expect to just have a good time and maybe go a little deaf. We always look out into the crowd and see both young people and older people getting up off their chairs and head banging and dancing around to our music, the audience often goes as hard as we do. A lot of people tend to think that rock is dead, or that only older people are into it or that it only appeals to a small group of people, but if you actually go out to gigs, its amazing the mix of people and ages you see there. If you come to an Avalanche gig, just expect to have a good time with some good people.

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

AVALANCHE: Hopefully a tour around Australia in the next few years, and beyond that, internationally as well as an opener for a well respected band. Our main goal is also to play a major Australian festival, and we might get our chance as we have been put on the shortlist for Woop Woop Festival in Queensland. Our long term goal is to play a major UK festival.

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

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 Strange Circuits.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STRANGE CIRCUITS: Strange Circuits started about 1979-80; we were the first band released by Wax Trax records, with the record Industrial Living. We were a Synth Rock New Wave and Industrial combination trio. We had Synthesizers and a guitar like instrument called the Chapman Stick, which allowed me to play the guitar parts and the bass lines simultaneously. We played just about every Chicago Punk and New Wave club in the city I also played as Strange Circuits for a while in Holland, but at this time Strange Circuits is a solo act. I hope to do something’s that will take solo performance a bit farther than the norm in the present Strange Circuits iteration. My thoughts are always on change and what’s new. I think of concepts that will give my act the edge over competition all the time. The basis for Strange Circuits today is the use of technology and minimalism. How can I pack as much tech into a small minimalist package to provide as much entertainment at a cost that my audience and I can afford.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STRANGE CIRCUITS: Early UK synth groups along with punk rock bands from the 70’s. Synth pop groups from the 80’s and experimental advant guarde music and German rock / punk groups also. The industrial sound of Chicago at the time Strange Circuits started also had an influence. It’s always a little odd to say what influenced you because it becomes a part of you and you might not notice the influence till years later. So whatever influenced you it’s easier for others to see and say that. But I like electronic music in all it’s forms EDM, BDM etc, etc. As a kid growing up in the city of Chicago I was exposed to all kinds of music. Chicago had a huge music scene at that time.

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

STRANGE CIRCUITS: I don’t have a new release at this moment but feel free to check out the Strange Circuits YouTube video channel, Our Facebook page and our website for the latest information. You will find experimental and live videos on our YouTube channel. This will give you an idea of what Strange Circuits is about. The focus for Strange Circuits today is on live performance and touring. I know that sounds old school but it still works for me. The old saying is still true: you have to see it to believe it. I took some time out last year to do some recording in London and I think people will be surprised at the results. I made a number of improvements as far as sound arrangements and architecture.

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

STRANGE CIRCUITS: They can expect an exciting performance of man vs. machine and stream of conscience spoken word lyrics all within a solo performance. I try to improve and perfect my performance everyday learning from every performance what works and what doesn’t, and that’s a tough thing to do when you’re a solo artist. I want to present to the audience something that’s creative, original and professional from my body movements down to my selection of sounds for every song. I believe that you have to respect anyone who comes to see you with the best show possible. I still love meeting new people and getting to know my fans.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see the project heading in 5 years?

STRANGE CIRCUITS: Maybe expand the size of the group to do a larger format with more improvisation. It’s difficult as a solo act to constantly come up with creative ideas every day. It’s a little easier when you have others to bounce ideas and concepts off of them. I also understand that there are good things about being solo artist like no arguments and less confusion. I have plenty of concepts that I would like to try with more vocals and more instruments. I do miss the social aspects of being with other people. I travel the world meeting new people and I’m being influenced by what I see. People in different environments and countries that I meet have an effect on you, so there is always change even if you are not aware of it.

‘Strange Circuits’, a film about Rodney Bakerr by Bad Friday Pictures, is due for release in late 2019.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With She Made Me Do It

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 Shaheena Dax of She Made Me Do It.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DAX: We are She Made Me Do It – an Electronic Rock band from North London. Will and I both played in the Rock band Rachel Stamp – we have harnessed our songwriting ideas and created this band. We have previously released 2 albums and we’ve just now released our latest EP ‘Drenched’ and a new video for the song ‘Bones’.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DAX: We both love so much music of all genres – I’d say we both love early The Cure, Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, Sponge, Monster Magnet, Body Count, and so much more.

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

DAX: Our EP ‘Drenched’ is our best yet – cool riffs, big choruses, interesting lyrics – the mixes are perfect and the production is big. We also have great artwork by Jeff Conway at Pushing Normal and we’ve made a fantastic performance video with Duncan Catterall for the first track ‘Bones’. We’ve just filmed a video for the second track ‘Broken Morning’ which is being edited just now.

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

DAX: Good songs and an energetic and intense performance.

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

DAX: Playing tons of bigger gigs with lots of new songs and making many more videos.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Dr. Raza

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 an exclusive Q&A with Dr. Raza.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your music:

DR. RAZA: My name is Dr. Raza. I am a self-taught keyboard player and a one-man band with a background in Dentistry and I make synthesizer based progressive, instrumental rock. I specialize in a DIY approach to music that is conducive to the modern lifestyle and purposely avoid elaborate productions and recording setups. My aim is to push artistic barriers while demonstrating that people do not need the latest and the best gear to make decent music.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DR. RAZA: I take influences from a wide variety of genres of music from classical and jazz to progressive rock/metal and all kinds of metal sub-genres. My biggest influences include Dream Theater, Rush, King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer and YES. I am also heavily inspired by the works of progressive keyboard players such as Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Jordan Rudess, Kevin Moore and Derek Sherinian.

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

DR. RAZA: My latest release is my album titled “Brain in a Jar” (Coming May 1st 2019). ‘Brain in a Jar’ is a concept instrumental album set sometime in the uncertain future and tells the story of a musician, set inside a virtual world that exists only inside a large supercomputer and actual humans have long since been extinct. The story follows the life, struggles and the happenings of the protagonist Octava all while acknowledging that the existence they are living in is a simulation. I always emphasize to my listeners that in order to fully understand my music, listeners read the concept story that is present within the release notes in order to fully grasp what my music is about.

I feel what I do appeals to a lot of metal fans in general in addition to fans of the progressive genre. Metal music (and the fan culture in general) have always been at the cutting edge of thematic discussions that involve issues of the day as well as pushing thought when it comes to talking about broader more abstract and social issues. My music is not only technical in nature, which a lot of metal music is, but also touches on various philosophical and ethical issues that pertain to our species and presents them in a relatable way, dressed as a science fiction story. This discussion combined with my command over the compositional narrative makes my music highly appealing to the readers of your site.

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

DR. RAZA: People can expect to hear energetic and heavy music that is not traditionally expected of keyboards. They can expect to be entertained by the expertise of the performance and question the limitations that are traditionally put on the unexplored richness of the synthesizer sounds.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do yourself in 5 years?

DR. RAZA: I see myself as having a sustainable career as a full time in 5 years’ time which will allow me to look forward to planning my first North American Tour.