Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With We’re All Aliens

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 We’re All Aliens.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

WE’RE ALL ALIENS: Born on the banks of the River Mersey and part forged in Paris, We’re All Aliens are here to save rock’n’roll, or at the very least encourage the further use of the apostrophe. We’re all made up of me (JJ, vocals), Biff (guitars), The Big A (drums) and Monsieur Laurent Baruqc (bass).

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

WE’RE ALL ALIENS: We’ve been described as sounding a bit like Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry, which is interesting because I wouldn’t have mentioned them as possible influences. When I listen back to the album I can hear The Cult, Audioslave, Mötley Crüe, Velvet Revolver, The Who, Queen and even U2. There’s a bit of groove in there too, so many a hint of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince too.

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

WE’RE ALL ALIENS: The current single is ‘Second Chances’ the third and final single off our debut album ‘Get A Life’ which was released in February. The whole album is reflective of the influences mentioned earlier, so if you like big ass melodic rock songs with a hint of 80’s and 90’s influence, because that’s where we mined for our favourite music, then there will be something for you.

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

WE’RE ALL ALIENS: Well currently there are no live shows due to the pandemic, but when we return, expect a huge rock n roll church in which we lead the congregation in collective worship.

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

WE’RE ALL ALIENS: Hopefully to bigger and better things. A wider audience. Being able to say that we remain a viable entity, commercially and creatively. Playing to great crowds around the world whilst washing our face!

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

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 Versify.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

VERSIFY: Sean Spiteri (guitar): We’re a four-piece rock band who formed in the summer of 2019 in Cardiff.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

VERSIFY: Michael Bush (vocals/guitar): I’m a 90’s kid, so a lot of my initial influences came from that period. I started falling in love with Bob Dylan and Neil Young in my late teens. Always looking back.

Sean Spiteri: I personally started playing guitar because of Led Zeppelin and I’ve always loved rock guitars. I was one of the few kids at school who hated the charts, and listened to music that was some 30 years old or guitar based.

Francis James (drums): Collectively, we’re influenced by Led Zeppelin, Rush, Bob Dylan and Jack White, among others.

Aaron Busby (bass): As individuals, we all have quite an eclectic taste, ranging from Rush to Jack White. I think we’d all agree that artists like Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan have helped us form the foundation of our sound. We do love a good 12-15 minute jam, even if our set lists don’t allow us the time.

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

VERSIFY: Aaron Busby: Our Latest release, ‘Fun For Fire’ is also our debut single, and while it’s our only track out there, we sat on it long enough, so we’re not as green round the ears. It’s a staple of our live set, and I think we all agree that it is like our statement of who we are as a band, cause it features both the songwriting style we utilise, as well as the heavy rhythms and flamboyant guitar work.

Michael Bush: You can listen to ‘Fun For Fire’ on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube (though I’d prefer you didn’t listen to it there; need to pay the bills you see), and wherever else you can stream or download music.

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

VERSIFY: Aaron Busby: Our live shows are usually quite relaxed for us, as we’ve become more comfortable with audience interaction. While we are interested in acoustic gigs, we love our electric ones, cause we get to be a bit noisier. Our long jams occasionally make an appearance, which is always fun, but also a challenge, but I think we keep the audience’s attention quite well.

Sean Spiteri: Expect a lot of improvisation, live. We love recording, but I think we all enjoy performing more. We change the arrangements of our songs and leave space to improvise so that you can really get to know our sound. We can’t wait to see new faces when we can finally gig again.

Michael Bush: You must expect that I will, without a doubt, forget my own words and mumble expletives in their place.

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

VERSIFY: Sean Spiteri: I personally see ourselves playing bigger venues. We would have definitely released a lot more music by that point too, but don’t wait five years to listen to us! Come see us now, while we are young and energetic.

Michael Bush: It’s obviously hard to predict something such as that, but I can guarantee at least one thing: That in five years time I will have written about a billion songs, 95% of them will be hot rubbish. The other 5% will keep us going for a while.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With D.I.G.

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 D.I.G.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

D.I.G.: D.I.G. is a power trio from Sweden. We’ve been together since 2013 and have no plans to slow down. It is Björn on vocals and guitar, Fredrik on bass and Jonathan on drums. We all bring different elements to the pot, everybody in the band has broad music tastes that stem from hard rock. We are currently recording music for our second album that we hope will be out in late 2020.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

D.I.G.: Björn – Well it depends on my mood! but the basic ingredients for me is a touch of King´s X, a bit of Alice In Chains and top it off with some Alter Bridge and we got a nice stew!

Fredrik – Freak Kitchen, Night Flight Orchestra and so much more. Pantera is an old school favourite.

Jonathan – AC/DC ! I was probably the guy that knew the most about drummer Phil Rudd for a while :p So yeah AC/DC.

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

D.I.G.: Our latest release is the song “In The Blink Of An Eye”. Its a short energetic track with a cool groove! If you like a groovy tune with a nice hook you should check it out!

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

D.I.G.: Expect the unexpected! We are frankly bored to death about live shows from bigger bands! Everything is so perfect! Playing to click tracks, playing songs EXACTLY like on the record and so on. We like our live show to be more organic! The tempos of the songs may differ from the album, we add jam parts, extended solos and more. EVEN a got damn bass solo, short of course but enough to make the singer be able to chug a beer. So we think we actually do a nice show! So come check us out.

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

D.I.G.: To the next step! Its all small steps for us, growing our fan base, touring and more. We would like to grow a fan base that would give us the chance to tour more and hang out with people from all over!

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

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 Tradmrkd.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TRADMRKD: The band is called Tradmrkd and it comes from Aberdeen in Scotland. The band was originally Eddie and Finlay, who started the band in 2014 with their mate. By 2018 they decided they wanted to go as far as they can with the band, so they got help from Corey and James, thus creating the current lineup.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TRADMRKD: Every member of the band has a different influence. Our current music is heavily influenced by the East Bay punk scene from the 90s, especially Green Day. Other major influences are Guns N’ Roses, The Smiths, Blink-182 and Nirvana.

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

TRADMRKD: Our latest release is called “Pendulum.” You should check this song out, because it is rather catchy. The song is about trying to do the right thing but ending up making things worse. The riff is simple and also sounds clumsy so it helps the song get its message across.

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

TRADMRKD: They can expect a good show. We play every show as if it was our last and try create a high energy environment. It may be punk but I guarantee you wont leave disappointed. Every fan we hold close to our hearts and always make sure we never disappoint.

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

TRADMRKD: In 5 years hopefully we will have two albums out and be a staple name on the music scene, playing gigs around Europe. That is the dream and the goal. If we achieve this by 5 years then life will be good

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Under The Tongue

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 Under The Tongue.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

UNDER THE TONGUE: Hey Metal Anarchy, first of all thanks for having us here we appreciate it. We are an independent rock band situated in Berlin. Mark Eden vocals, guitar, drums & programming from Australia and Julia Eden vocals, bass & piano from Berlin. We started in 2008 in Berlin after Julia came to one of my solo shows. She is a big fan of all things Australia and decided she would check it out. Anyway, to cut a long story short she contacted me over Myspace….yep remember that. Julia said that she like the gig and of course I had to check out her profile and it stated that she played piano, bass and could also sing. That was exactly what I was looking for at the time, so I contacted her and we have been together ever since. We have release 2 albums and are releasing our 3rd album ‘Art Of Perception’ song by song this year, starting with the single ‘Waterfall.’

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

UNDER THE TONGUE: Our influences are many and range from Puscifer, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and Cat Stevens to name a few.

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

UNDER THE TONGUE: Our latest release is ‘Waterfall.’ It was released on June 5th with the video due to be released on July 3rd. I think that readers of this site would definitely have an open mind but are drawn to the heavier side of music. The song is a stomper with huge drums and guitars and some great vocal chants….we hope you love it as much as we do.

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

UNDER THE TONGUE: Live we like to get people movin’ and rockin’ to the music as well as participating. The participation side of things is a very important part of UTT shows. Big drums, huge grooves and singalong choruses, if that’s your thing then you will love it.

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

UNDER THE TONGUE: In 5 years we hope to have traveled the world with our music, made 3 new albums with over 30 videos and had loads of fun doing it. That’s the plan 🙂

Cheers, Under The Tongue

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

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 Dark Agenda.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DARK AGENDA: We’re five metalheads from Iowa who enjoy brewing up them dark, deep, heavy, thrashy grooves. We like to challenge systematic beliefs and tell stories with our jams.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DARK AGENDA: Testament, Pantera, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, and more.

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

DARK AGENDA: Our latest release is a song called Lilith. Lilith is a homage to the mother of demons or the true first woman. This song is pact full of energy and has so many levels that will definitely get your blood pumping and speak to your soul. If you like dark, heavy and melodic, Lilith has all of that.

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

DARK AGENDA: High energy and versatile sounds that will take you for a ride of emotions.

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

DARK AGENDA: In five years we see ourselves rockin shows with some of our biggest inspirations touring the world.

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

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 Twin Void.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TWIN VOID: We are a Two-Piece heavy rock n’ roll band from Spokane, WA and we formed in 2019.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TWIN VOID: Between the two of us I’d say our main influences would be bands like Bad Brains, Black Sabbath, Clutch, and even lots of old country artists like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Johnny Paycheck.

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

TWIN VOID: Our latest release is our debut EP called “Electric Drone Wasp” and we both think it has a perfect mixture of heaviness, but also with tight grooves and catchy hooks.

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

TWIN VOID: Lots of energy and high volume, usually by the end of our set we’re both drenched in sweat.

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

TWIN VOID: We see ourselves touring and quitting our day jobs to be musicians making a living.

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

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 Emerra.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EMERRA: Hey, thanks for having us! We are Emerra, an alternative metal band from Germany. We just released our debut EP in late 2019 and right now, with the Covid crisis going on and not being able to play any shows, we are investing most of our time to write what seems to become our second EP.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EMERRA: We see ourselves as both the musicians and producers of our music, so the spectrum of influences is broad. Bands we all love are Nothing More, Karnivool, TesseracT, Northlane, Thrice and Architects. Musicians we look up would be Rabea Massaad, The Periphery guys, Benny Greb, Mateus Asato and even Snarky Puppy or Louis Cole. And as producers we just love the productions of Nolly Getgood, Tyler Smith, Joey Sturgis and Colin Richardson.

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

EMERRA: Our latest release is our debut EP “Monochrome”. You can expect heavy driven songs with catchy vocals that offer a wide dynamic range and a multitude of different styles. If you like diverse songs that don’t necessarily have to follow a pop song structure and are open for different styles in a single EP, or if you like any of the mentioned bands above, you may enjoy listening to our debut.

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

EMERRA: Since two of us are also sound engineers, we think a lot about our live shows and sound quality. We really want to deliver a massive show that could fit on any stage. We like a big sound and also optimize our songs for live performances. We can’t wait to be back on stage again, after this Covid crisis is finally over.

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

EMERRA: Our biggest goal is to reach people that can identify with the music we make. We just love it when bands have their own style and don’t follow any scene stereotypes. We would love for our music and creativity to find its own place in the music world.

Right now we are promoting our music and investing a lot of our time into finding our sound. We will continue to do so while we are locked down and hopefully play shows again later this year. We can’t wait to share new music with the world!

If you’re interested in taking a listen, you can find our latest single “Eclipse” HERE.

We’re also on all the streaming platforms, for example HERE.

Thanks again for the interview!

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

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 Dhaliax.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DHALIAX: Dhaliax was created by Enyd (lead guitar) and Marc (rhythm guitar) in 2015, while they were playing together. Different band members joined and went. Then there was Kuido, who stayed as vocalist. It would not be until 2019 when joined by Alex and Xavi, on drums and bass respectively, that the band would finally be complete and able to undertake the challenge of their our studio album called “Blood on Fire” which was recorded at PlyGrnd Studio, Barcelona.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DHALIAX: We have tons of different influences in our band, We’re talking different styles we like. For example Xavi, our bass player, has always liked Michael Jackson besides all of the modern metal bands and artists. Kuido, our singer, always loved the real heavy metal “oldies”, like Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell (he loves Dio), Judas Priest and Scorpions, as well as Iron Maiden. Marc, rhythm guitar, started listening to Hard Rock and bands like AC/DC, before he began listening to all kinds of metal bands. From classic heavy metal like Kuido, or thrash metal bands like Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Trivium… including death metal bands like Arch Enemy or In Flames.

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

DHALIAX: Last December, we released our first studio album called “Blood on Fire” which was recorded at PlyGrnd Studio, Barcelona. If you’re fan of classic heavy metal, power or thrash metal we’re pretty sure that you’ll like our album. It’s a composition which will be enjoyed by any fan of heavy metal, with a sharp and powerful voice that could suit any power metal band and powerful riffs that will remind you of any thrash metal band. We can assure that if you give it a chance and listen to it carefully you’ll be adding “Blood on Fire” to your favs.

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

DHALIAX: Our fans will always find a dose of electrifying energy at our shows. Our main goal is to connect with them as much as possible, knowing or not the songs. We can assure they will sing, scream, jump and they will go home thinking about going to another one of our shows.

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

DHALIAX: Recording and presenting our third or…fourth album? Our main goal is to keep working hard. We have much to show and lots of songs to compose. We’ll keep doing what we love and we hope to be playing at the best national and international festivals.

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

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 Ocean Encounters.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: So we started back in 2015. Our drummer (Quentin) had a live music bar which was awesome because we had a permanent rehearsal space. So one day through a mutual friend one of our guitarists (Greg) heads on over and they start jamming. They found another guitarist and a singer and started jamming. They started putting the word out for a bassist, and word got around to Pieter (the bassist). He was a teacher at the time and one of his last-year students knew Greg and asked Pieter if he wanted to play bass in a metal band. Pieter went to a rehearsal, and by the end of the rehearsal they had 2 songs pretty much done. The rest is history.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Our musical backgrounds vary tremendously. We’re talking everything from blues, to electro, rap and death metal. And you hear a lot of those coming back throughout all the songs. It’s fun to throw the listener off a little when there’s a sudden rap verse or some electro sounds in a breakdown, or a bluesy vocal riff in the middle of a fast-paced double bass-drum shredding solo section. So. Much. Fun.

In terms of band influences we listen to everything from Blink-182 to Northlane or Betraying The Martyrs. We’ve also played with upcoming giants like Jinjer, For I Am King, or As A Conceit and they taught us so much stuff from tone to hardware. Things we still use today because they were so valuable. So we’re tremendously grateful for the wisdom they passed down to us.

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

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: We just released our first album a few weeks ago. Rounding of about 2 years of work total from the moment we wrote the first song, to when we had the actual CDs in our hands.

Honestly we think you should listen to it because there’s some surprises in there. Parts of songs that don’t seem to belong in the same track, but they all work together to bring together the best of several worlds. Some songs will have your head bobbing immediately, others will make you work for it, but the pay-off is guaranteed.

Also it’s hard to compete in a world where musical drops or breakdowns come your way within the first 30 seconds of a song. We made the explicit decision to not do that on every track, for the simple reason that we believe in that pay-off. Listen to an entire album start to finish and you’ll realise it’s more than just a bunch of individual tracks thrown together. Any band worth their salt is gonna try and tell you a story, and we did our best to try and do that. Up to you to listen to see if we succeeded.

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

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Movement. We move on stage so you don’t feel awkward being the first one moving in the crowd. Moshpits are awesome, but all we look for are people’s heads bobbing. If we see 4-5 heads bobbing in a crowd we consider that shows success.

Also we talk to you guys. A little bit more than just a “how’s it going [insert city/town/country here]!!??”. We’ll make sure you guys get the complete live experience, no matter how big or how small the venue.

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

OCEAN ENCOUNTERS: Immediate goal for the next few years is getting a multi-week tour on its feet. We want to get an album/tour/album/tour/etc engine rolling so we can just hop in a van, drive to the venue, do the show, then get right back in the van and drive to the next venue, and this for a few weeks. That’s our collective dream. So to be able to do that in 5 years would be awesome. And seeing where we were 5 years ago compared to now we think we can make that happen!

Or catching a nice break and headlining some of the major festivals would be epic as well. We can dream, right? Hahaha!