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

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 Evereal.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EVEREAL: We’ve been called symphonic metal, and though we do have some symphonic elements – strings and piano – I think you could just call us Melodic hard rock, or metal. It’s not operatic like some female-fronted symphonic metal bands. Our vocals are clean and emotional with metal guitar tones layered with strings and synths. Evereal was created by our guitarist, Stephen Roberts in 2011 as a studio project. The concept was to recruit musicians to write and record music with emphasis on groove and melodic content content utilizing symphonic qualities. Following the release of our first album in 2017, we went through a lineup change, with a new drummer and new lead vocalist. Alicja Moniatowicz, the band’s new lead singer and lyricist, was the perfect fit for Evereal. In 2019, we began writing and recording new material. The result is a new four-song EP, entitled Falling Down, and two new music videos, released in 2020.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EVEREAL: Our influences are varied and each member brings their own influences to the table. For example Alicja listens to everything from Within Temptation and Breaking Benjamin to pop music, Cristina Aguilera and Doja Cat…. Steve listens to everything from classic prog rock to Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Yes to Tears for Fears. We find inspiration in artists who are fearless and trailblaze their own directions unbounded by constrictive stereotypes and genres. Nelson, being a drummer, was influenced by Led Zeppelin and Rush and some of those earlier hard rock bands. He didn’t even start using double kick until a few years ago, when he joined a Nightwish tribute band before joining Evereal. Now he loves symphonic metal bands like Within Temptation and Nightwish.

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

EVEREAL: Our newest release was a 4 song EP that has seen significant success with the release of two singles “I Bleed” and “When You’re Gone” racking up over 500,000 streams worldwide. You can expect something different with each new release. There’s a little something for everyone in our music. Clean vocals with heavy guitars and layered strings and keys gives you something new to pick out with each listen. While we strive to keep with the big guitar sound we are focusing more on expanding with different keyboard sounds and vocal layers while staying true to the metal sound we have been recognized for.

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

EVEREAL: We strive to recreate the music as faithfully as possible live so the listener gets to experience that same full sound found on the official release. Couple that with a group of great players and it makes for a tight live performance.

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

EVEREAL: We would love to see Evereal continually releasing new material and taking the band around the world for the fans to experience live. But honestly that will depend on where the music community finds itself when the pandemic settles down. We hope the music scene rebounds enough to allow us to continue on this musical journey.

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

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 Valfreya.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

VALFREYA: Epic Black Death Metal from Montreal, QC, CAN

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

VALFREYA: We’re influenced by various styles like metal, but also classical music or folkloric music. We like bands like Wintersun, Septicflesh, Ne Obliviscaris, etc.

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

VALFREYA: Our latest release is our music video for our song “Warlords” from our last album “Promised Land” (2017). Readers should definitely check it out because it’s slightly different from the album with the addition of our violinist and it shows our current lineup for our 3rd album to come.

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

VALFREYA: They can expect a fun show with surprises accompanied by our amazing music!

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

VALFREYA: We’re working hard, despite the coronavirus pandemic, to tour on the other side of the ocean, so hopefully in 5 years we’ll have toured a couple continents!

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

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 Diseased Earth.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DISEASED EARTH: We are Diseased Earth, a four-piece sludge band, based out of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. We started back in 2014 with just one goal, to play heavy and uncompromising music.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DISEASED EARTH: Our influences tend to be all across the board, from sludge to grind to punk to classic rock. We kinda pull a little bit from all of them.

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

DISEASED EARTH: We just released a brand new single, “Coven of Leeches” , and it’s easily the best sounding recording we’ve ever gotten. Buddy Harlow did an amazing job on it. It’s a killer track with some heavy groove that I promise you will be humming to yourself later on.

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

DISEASED EARTH: Lots of energy from every member and you will feel in full the power of the riff. Our live shows are intense and engaging.

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

DISEASED EARTH: Well hopefully the pandemic will be resolved and we will be able to get back to playing shows. That’s where we shine the best, is on the stage with a crowd ready to enjoy some tunes.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The L.A. Maybe

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 L.A. Maybe.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE L.A. MAYBE: The L.A. Maybe is a 6-piece rock n’ roll band hailing from the southern heat of the Carolinas. If you’re a fan of Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, or Van Halen…you will feel right at home adding LAM to your record collection. Lead vocalist Alvi Robinson (who was one of only four singers to audition to replace Brian Johnson in AC/DC in 2016) lays down gritty, passionate vocals while the rest of the band back him up with slithering riffs, huge catchy hooks, and ripping guitar solos. LAM firmly plants its feet at the very forefront of the New Wave of Classic Rock movement and you’re sure to have at least one of their choruses stuck in your head at any given moment. Drawing influence from nearly every style of music, The L.A. Maybe put on an electrifying live show and stand for everything you love about rock music, old and new.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE L.A. MAYBE: Of course we’re inspired by all our heroes, many of whom I’m sure you can immediately name upon listening to our music…but who really inspire us are our peers. Bands like Dirty Honey, Small Town Titans, Joyous Wolf, Blacktop Mojo, South of Eden, Greta Van Fleet, and so many more. They keep us hungry and excited to be a part of the New Wave of Classic Rock.

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

THE L.A. MAYBE: “Mr. Danger” is a great representation of who we are at this point in our career. As a new band it was important to us to put our best foot forward and come out swinging. It’s the kind of blistering rock you get when you combine the singalong choruses of AC/DC with the punchy riffs of Mötley Crüe, sprinkle in some Southern Carolina heat, and bring it all into the 21st Century.

I actually came up with the opening riff while testing out a new guitar. I thought it had an AC/DC vibe but was different in feel due to alternating between 6/4 and 4/4 time signatures. I wanted to dig into that AC/DC feel even more and have it drop into a hard rock, chord-based riff which formed the verses and core of the song. The rest came pretty effortless after that!

One thing I love is the addition of a big pop hook/chorus in the middle complete with vocal harmonies reminiscent of something Journey may have done. All of these different elements and genres combine to make us, us.

“Mr. Danger” is an anthem for those who fly the flag of the New Wave of American Rock. It’s an ode to living fast and loose. But most of all, it’s a call to arms for rock n’ roll fans everywhere to stand up, get loud, and to never let the music die without a hell of a fight.

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

THE L.A. MAYBE: You can expect loud, aggressive rock n’ roll delivered as loud as possible. We’re your typical rock band in that regard. But what you might not realize is the musicianship of all the guys in the band is out of this world…and we try to throw a lot of little Easter eggs in there for the musicians standing in the back with their arms crossed. You might hear gypsy jazz, harmonized dual guitar solos, slap bass breakdowns, classical piano…who knows?! Guess you have to come to a show to find out! 😉

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

THE L.A. MAYBE: We’re dreaming big and swinging for the fences. In the next 5 years we hope to be touring as a national headliner with a strong batch of releases under our belt. Now…back to work to make that happen.

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

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 SKAGS.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SKAGS: In 2017, founding members vocalist Spyretta Driva, Kostas Sokos (guitar), and Sotiris Angelidis (bass/vocals) came together with others to form a cover band, taking the first letter from each other’s name to form the acronym, and band name – SKAGS. Keyboardist Christina Papandreou and drummer Christos Alexandris would later join the band, as SKAGS found a solid lineup. The band’s name began as an acronym, formed by the first letters of our member’s names at that time. Since then, inevitably, some members left and other came, but in the meanwhile we decided to keep the name. Actually, the word “skag” is slang for recreational drugs, and such we consider our music, intense and highly addictive.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SKAGS: We all share the love of music, however each one of us has his/her own personal taste. As a result, our music is influenced by diverse musical genres, composers, and bands. It is worth mentioning though, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Guns N’ Roses and Dream Theater, which are the band’s most favorite artists and the ones that we grew up listening to. The main intention of the songs is to alter your perspective on the world. From “Zak” which talks on victims of law and violence, to “The Guillotine” which talks about the inevitable destruction of our planet. There’s plenty in the slick selection of tracks to sink your teeth into and learn something from. Our songs concern a multitude of subjects, mainly social and political, such as discrimination of any kind and the alienation we experience in modern societies. As the music progresses through each track in our record, we portray our take on a variety of social issues we deal with today. We really want to make a truthful connection with every listener, a sort of a non-typical “conversation.”

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

SKAGS: Our latest release is our debut album “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation”, released on the 5th of November 2020. Listening to SKAGS is not only a musical experience. Our music is a journey with places to visit, a way to see things in different ways and share your thoughts. Our songs have the energy and vibe that can bring out every kind of emotion and captivate your soul. It’s music for every mood!

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

SKAGS: We would say they should expect energy and a variety of emotions flowing depending on the track. Our ultimate goal of course is for them to have a good time and enjoy the show.

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

SKAGS: Well, they say the sky’s the limit. We have a lot of ambitions for the band and we put a lot of effort into that. Currently we have already written songs for 2 more albums and we want to record them and produce new albums. The biggest ambition though, is to continue writing music that means something to us and other people.

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

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 Karly Jewell.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KARLY JEWELL: We are a four piece, hard hitting rock band but in saying that we drift through sounds bringing genres together at times to make our unique sound. The band members are me – singer/songwriter, David Beaton – Bass, Adrian Kluke – Guitar and our heavy hitman Marino Marcos. He is the Heartbeat that’s brings us to life very song.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KARLY JEWELL: We all love Rock and Roll and everything music. There are so many Artists and great bands Adrian – AC/DC Dave – R.A.T.M and Mars well he’s a Mötley guy all the way. Myself vocally the late Dolores O’Riordan had a huge influence on me. I also know Dave is a huge Alice In Chains fan and of course we all love our very own Aussie Rockers Rose Tattoo.

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

KARLY JEWELL: “Dancing With The Devil” is our latest single recorded in Melbourne Australia @coloursoundstudios by Mat Robins Mastered By Jack The Bear (Tony Mantz). The track has feeling and shifts through energy but never looses pace keeping the listeners waiting to get to the next part. It’s got a good hook I know that much with reviews and being a song that gets stuck in your head. We worked really hard. Some people might love it, some people might hate it, but we did what fell into place and gave it our all. So we would love for the readers to check it out.

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

KARLY JEWELL: Well we are loud so we hope they like their Rock and Roll loud. High energy, we keep it very real, we are never a band that waits backstage before shows you’ll findus on the floor with everyone there. We have been building a huge Rock and Roll family so that’s where you’ll find us right there with them. There’s definitely a stage energy that carries across the room, we always have a good time. Dave always captures the crowd. The way he plays bass says this show ain’t over till the bass stops. Mars is heavy hitting and brings something special and well. Adrian is a magical being if you ask me, he is the definition of music when he starts playing guitar. We don’t work on a certain stage show we just do what we do. Keep it real and have a good time. So a Whole Lotta Realness I guess and a good rock and roll show.

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

KARLY JEWELL: Well that depends on the world I guess. We had huge plans for 2020 with a Japan tour booked and it would of seen our return to Los Angeles and also supporting Rose Tattoo on the May 7 at The Whisky A Go Go, so we were already on a good road to bigger and better things. We plan on booking these events again and we would love to see international tours and big shows happening. Lots more Rock and Roll so we will just keep doing what we love and see where it takes us.

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

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 Dizorder.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DIZORDER: We are DIZORDER, a French modern metal based in the beautiful city of Paris, France! Driven by the brutal screams of tour female singer Chloé, we offer an alternative metal at the crossroads between Flyleaf, Deftones, Northlane and free ourselves from more lyrical spheres! We are a 5 members band and we have played with notorious bands such as Smash Hit Combo, Zuul FX or Silverstein. A few weeks after the official release of our debut full-length record ‘SKY//LIGHT’ on CD & Digital, we just shared the album in full-streaming on YouTube!.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DIZORDER: Many bands and styles such as Northlane, Make Them Suffer or Deftones shape us all! Dizorder is modern metal with a French touch of trip-hop and electro.

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

DIZORDER: We just dropped “SKY//LIGHT”, our new album. It is composed of 12 songs and we are very proud of it because of its versatility and prevailing atmosphere. “SKY//LIGHT” deals with the cycle of life in 3 chapters which are The Life, The Death and The Rebirth. You can check all our music HERE.

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

DIZORDER: People can expect a unique live show with incredible energy. Dizorder comes from “disorder” so this means you have to be ready to rumble with us. We promise a wonderful metal experience with compliance and safety for everybody. We purposefully encourage exchanges and proximity #DizzyGang.

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

DIZORDER: In the UK for sure! Because of the alternative culture and the kindness of the metal culture in the country. We need and work hard to export ourselves. We want to be heading across Europe and the UK to get a real opportunity to make ourselves better known.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Jenna Leigh-Raine

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 Jenna Leigh-Raine.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: As a solo artist I make write, record, produce and engineer all the music, which varies:

  • Rock
  • Punk
  • Cinematic
  • Futuristic
  • Dark punk

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: I’m influenced by inspiring music stories and documentaries. My musical influences also include Gary Numan and Avril Lavigne.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: My new album release “KRAFT”. It is a step on from standard rock, modern, mixing classic rock with dark wave and extremely memorable.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: A blonde who has done it all herself. A saviour of dark rock, futuristic defender who has had to fight to get a word in on this industry. The production would be a wall of sound, so imagine vast armies of synths working for the front girl playing guitar and dressed in black. White lights beam, search the crowd. Girls want to be with her, men wish girls wanted them – it’s a punk rock method of hope.

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

JENNA LEIGH-RAINE: I hope to be as relevant. I want to be known for releasing my anthology. Touring far and wide, performing good songs and leave a great famous riff. On my next album look out for a track called “Black Flame.”

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

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 Sullen Guest.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SULLEN GUEST: Sullen Guest started as a female-fronted melodic doom band in 2013 in Lithuania. After 10 line-up changes and two albums released, we are proceeding to a new phase strong as never before, presenting the new album “Chapter III.”

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SULLEN GUEST: The main influences were inflicted by Novembers Doom, Katatonia, Opeth, Death. But all these were taken into account from the period when the bands had more raw power (albums 1992-1995). Also October Tide, Deinonychus, and Forgotten Tomb.

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

SULLEN GUEST: With “Chapter III” we reached desired emotional and musical quality. I think this album has a unique colour in the death/doom genre. Balancing between rough riffs and memorable calm melodies, with mixed anger and sadness, between fast and slow tempos with true feelings from inside conveyed by harsh vocals.

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

SULLEN GUEST: For the new album, we created symbolic scenography reflecting our artwork, with the meaning behind it, together with new stage effects, and of course, during every gig, we give out our best, with no fake feelings of emotions. Let’s hope all this gets discovered someday alongside the messages of our scenography.

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

SULLEN GUEST: Our desired musical journey has just begun and I’m sure that in 5 years we will have a contract with a label, two more albums, and one big tour in Europe solo or as a supporting band of one of the biggest names in the death/doom metal genre.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Last Element

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 Last Element.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE LAST ELEMENT: WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER.

The Last Element originates when we face the passing of one dearly loved, the hardship of a broken home or the breaking of hearts – it is the first spark, the first sense of emotion, a first feeling that evolves into a creative mind.

Bringing these elements together they find a way to grow – Broken hearts fit like pieces of puzzles and these pieces mend into one big heart.

We believe there are many like us, waiting to join our hearts.

Together we are stronger, together we are The Last Element.

The Last Element has reached +1.6 Million streams, fully DIY and this only proves they are getting the recognition and support from their listeners.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE LAST ELEMENT: Life! Yeah I know.. what can we say, the biggest influence for what we write is the daily that happens to us, or the things that really mattered in our lives. The lyrics I write are all very personal, furthermore the instrumental tracks that are written are also heavily influenced by certain moods and emotions. Of course we have a lot of musicians that influence us. Most of us started listening to rock and metal from an early age! But it’s not only metal or rock, we don’t really believe in working in only one style, there aren’t clear boundaries, we love all kinds of music and it all influences us. But if he have to give some shout outs, we love Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, I Prevail and many other bands in our genre.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: Our latest release is called “The Devil” … you should check it out cause it’s epic! Na you decide that for yourself! The response so far has been very good, it’s been out for less than 2 months but already gained over 140K plays on Spotify alone. We we’re very lucky to be picked up by two big Spotify editorial lists! So that helped out a lot 😊

Furthermore, radio stations all over the world have picked up the song, so we are kinda blown away by the positive feedback! Honestly we kinda forgot if the song was actually good, we have a lot of songs we are working on, that we feel have even more potential, so we we’re kinda stupefied by the amazing support so far!

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: A hell of a rock show filled to the brim with emotion! We give it our all, mostly after a show I’m drained, I always try to really feel what the songs were about and why I wrote them. That can be pretty exhausting, but totally worth it, cause you’ll know each word is meant. Furthermore we got some really heavy and some really catchy tunes, so the show will be a wild ride for sure!.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: We got big plans!! This year we really aim to reach out to more and more people, we want to increase our following on all platforms and hopefully people will see we got a lot up our sleeves. We really want to do big shows with some of our favorite bands and make even better songs. We are working hard on the mix, our visual identity and writing new bangers! So we can only say… stay tuned, it’s gonna be worth it! Our next single will give you a perfect preview of what is to come! So stay tuned for “Cut It Off”!