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

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 Medusa Touch.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MEDUSA TOUCH: Hello Metal Anarchy, we are Medusa Touch. We are a 4 piece Rock Band from the Glory Days of 80’s Heavy Metal. We formed on 1982 in Edinburgh, Scotland and we played till 1990. We have just got back together in 2019 and have completed a small tour of Scotland and have released our first album in August this year. (We took our time hehehe).

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MEDUSA TOUCH: It’s all the great bands from that time. Iron Maiden, UFO, MSG, Scorpions, Metallica, Accept, Anthrax, Y&T, Motörhead. You get the picture.

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

MEDUSA TOUCH: The new album is called Terror Eyes. It’s a collection of 13 songs from our time together in the 1980’s. It was recorded in 2012, so sounds great. Its available for downloading and streaming on all the usual sites, Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Deezer, etc. You can also get a CD if you’re old skool from our website online store (medusatouchofficial.com).

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

MEDUSA TOUCH: A great fun night out. Great fist pumping, sing-along headbangers. There isn’t a lot of bands coming through doing the 80’s thing at the moment, so get a long.

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

MEDUSA TOUCH: Hopfully, still playing and gigging and progressing. We still have an albums worth of material from back in the 80’s to record and then we can start on some new material. All looking good.

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

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 Quin Koldan of Dark Below.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KOLDAN: Well the band started in 2012-2013 when Josh Campbell, our guitarist/vocalist, and the former drummer met to play music through Craigslist. Josh Grove was a friend of the old drummer, and joined soon after to take up the role of bassist pretty quick afterwards. Late 2016 I found the band page on facebook with a post looking for a drummer, and officially joined at the start of 2017.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KOLDAN: All three of us have a variety of influences, so it’s a little difficult to narrow down; but a few of our common influences are Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, and 10 Years. As for my personal influences, I listened to a lot of Green Day, as well as the Spice Girls. Their hit ‘Wannabe’ really carried me through tough times growing up.

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

KOLDAN: Our latest release would be our single, ‘Halo’. You can find it on Spotify, as well as our new lyric video for the song on Youtube. Readers will find a lot of elements reminiscent of early 2000s hard rock acts like Chevelle or Breaking Benjamin, but have some modern rock and post-hardcore influences and even some 90s as well.

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

KOLDAN: I would describe our live shows as full bodied, loud, and genuine! At the core I, as well as the other guys, love to play heavy music and aim to make the biggest impact we can with our music, so our live performance is definitely a show worth catching! Plus it’s an extra opportunity to meet people that like the same style of music and hopefully create fans, which is always an amazing experience.

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

KOLDAN: Onward and upward! We all love live shows, whether as the band or an audience member, so I don’t see any of us stopping any time soon!

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

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 Lola Black.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BLACK: Hi I’m Lola from Lola Black (vocals). We are from Denver, Colorado and walk this road as independent artists. We play rock music of the more heavy variety and have been doing so for quite some time. Some of our songs are heavier than others depending on the mood. A perk to being independent is we get to do what we want. We have been fortunate enough to play all over the country with a lot of bands we considered legends and meet new friends at every show. Very exciting..

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BLACK: I’m influenced by music in general. Everything I hear and no matter how random it may be, a small snippet of music can unknowingly influence me down the line. I love it all and take it all in. Sounds are cool to me.

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

BLACK: Our latest release was on November 1st, 2019. It is our spin on Concrete Blonde’s “Bloodletting (Vampire Song),” just in the key of Lola Black. The cover was a follow up from our full length album “Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright,” which was released late fall of 2018. Check it out because it’s bitchin’ and as music enthusiasts, checking out new music should be your jam!

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

BLACK: Crazy, stupid, and fun. Let’s get weird because I already am..

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

BLACK: I can’t speak for the dudes but music is something I will always dabble in. So in five years I see myself still singing. Just as I always have and always will.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With N.a.s.H.

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 N.a.s.H.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

N.A.S.H.: Joe Nash- We are four regular dudes from New York.

Bryan Nash- Joe, Jim Bobbi and myself are brothers.

Dylan Johnson- I answered an ad on Craigslist for a band looking for a guitar player.

Jim Bobbi Nash- So, now, we’ve adopted Dylan.

Bryan Nash- Jim Bobbi, Joe and I have been playing together for a LONG time. We have about 12-15 years off and on. Dylan has been with us for 5 heartfelt and loving years.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

N.A.S.H.: Bryan Nash: Ah man, we have been getting asked this question a lot and it doesn’t get any easier because we always feel like we are forgetting someone. Today, I am going to say- Metallica, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Alice In Chains, KISS.

Dylan Johnson- I think I have narrowed it down to: Nirvana, Brand New, Guns N’ Roses, Bayside.

Jim Bobbi Nash- I am all over the place with this question and I know as soon as I answer, I will think of 5 more bands that I should have said. Queen, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Police, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland, Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchell, and R.E.M.

Joe Nash- I am not going to overthink it! Slipknot, Pantera, Metallica.

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

N.A.S.H.: Jim Bobbi Nash- Our latest song is called ‘D.i.t.c.h’!

Bryan Nash- Besides the obvious answer, being check it out because it’s a kick-ass song that will make your ears happy, it is a really different take lyrically on a love song. Kind of a really really twisted take on the ‘better to have loved and lost’ scenario. It is also our heaviest song to date and it really gets crowds going at live shows. It’s a song that can really appeal to a few different genres. Our philosophy has always been ‘like what you like’, though….don’t let genres or the idea of genres define your love of songs. There are too many fucking rules nowadays, it feels good to break one or two. Trust us, we do it all the time.

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

N.A.S.H.: Bryan Nash- I like to describe our live show as an all-out war.

Joe Nash- We really release some serious demons when we get up on stage each time we play.

Bryan Nash- We love playing live more than anything else. The audience drives the show. Live is where we thrive.

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

N.A.S.H.: Bryan Nash- Ouch 5 years???? That’s really looking into the future for us. Ummm we would just really love to be doing what we are doing now, just on a progressively larger scale. My father always told me, “make the opportunity….be your own boss” and that may sound like a cliche goal, but the best ones usually are. And we just keep doing that for ourselves, setting new goals and reaching them, then killing them. We want to be huge because we want to inspire. We’ve always wanted that. We want to have people fall in love with something we made FOR THEM. We want to contribute, we want to help when and where we can. And selfishly, we want to make an even better life for our families because they have given so much to us. Shit, look at us now: sitting down talking about our SECOND single from an album WE made and chatting with you fine people. Five years from now? Two bishop checkmate.

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

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 Bleeding Raven.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BLEEDING RAVEN: BLEEDING RAVEN is a project initiated by Dean Mason (Gnostic Gorilla). In May of 2019, I decided to do an album that was more in the style of ‘aggrotech’ and thus was born “Bleeding Raven”. “Darkness Consumed” was recorded throughout the Spring/Summer of 2019 and released by Cleopatra in late October.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BLEEDING RAVEN: Early in life, I have to give a special shout out to Gary Numan. He was the reason I first wanted to do music. As a lad, still in high school, recorded a single called “Dark Hallway” and “Golgotha” on the B-Side:

I did that single, very much still a huge fan of Gary Numan, even though this was more ‘metal’ and even pre-grunge. In 2012 I began ‘dabbling’ in dark electronic music of an industrial bent. That gave birth to “Gnostic Gorilla”. My influences since that time have been acts like Type O Negative, Rammstein, Ministry, Psyclon Nine, Die Sektor, Zardonic, Fear Incroporated, Skinny Puppy, CRIX IIIX and many others. The Doors will always be a major influence or better yet…an inspiration. The same deal with Gary Numan.

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

BLEEDING RAVEN: “Darkness Consumed” is my one and only release. There will be no more after this. In early October I lost the hearing in my left ear–completely. Gone. Hearing aid won’t work. We don’t know what caused it. Could be a virus or worse. More tests on the horizon. Point is, that’s it. So, unless someone else takes over “Bleeding Raven”… it’s over.

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

BLEEDING RAVEN: They can expect a mystical experience whereby the audience looks for something that may or may not be there depending on how delusional one is. Hahahahahaha OK. Sorry. Lame humor there. I’m not a live act. In fact, I can barely find a pulse…

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

BLEEDING RAVEN: I honestly don’t know. I’m not trying to be funny but I just don’t know. Probably feeding the squirrels and knitting socks for Norwegian Hockey Players. Hahahahahahahaha Ok. Now, I’m trying to be funny. No? No but, all jokes aside…I just don’t know but I doubt that I will be on the Top Of The Pops or featured in Kerrang! or GQ. Maybe I will get a piece in “Home and Garden” … a photo session with me and my squirrels. Hahahahahahaha Thanks for the interview mate.

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

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 A Primitive Evolution.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION: Hey, we’re A Primitive Evolution from Toronto. We’ve been working on this project for a long time and finally put together “Becoming” our latest release on Metropolis Records. It’s sort of the culmination of the ideas we had set out for the band. Took us a while to dial it in, but we’re really happy with where we ended up.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION: I think a lot of the bands we grew up listening to in the 90’s. Bands like White Zombie, Tool, Faith No More, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Ministry, Nirvana, Killing Joke. There’s lots of great modern bands that have inspired us lately as well like Mastodon and Chelsea Wolfe.

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

A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION: The latest release is “Becoming’ I think your readers will find a nice blend of darkness mixed with rock and metal. The nice thing about this album for us is that I still like listening to it a year after its completion so I feel like that’s a good sign for the album’s lifespan haha. The record has a lot of depth to it, some heavy tracks, some epic tracks and a few more on the atmospheric side.

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

A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION: I feel like our live shows are a rawer experience than the record. We do our best to recreate some of the production from the album, but when we play live there is definitely an energy that changes the way the songs translate. Something about being in front of a crowd and playing off the energy there is really arousing.

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

A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION: I think we will continue to make music, the process of creation is the most important thing to us so we will continue to harness that energy. We have some new music videos in the works right now and have also started writing the next album so that will take up a lot of time in the next year or so. Then back on the road as much as possible following that. Continue the endless cycle.

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

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 Her Despair.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HER DESPAIR: We are HER DESPAIR – a six piece gothic rock band based near London UK, formed 2015. We comprise of myself, J, singing, Dan and Jord playing guitars, Vikki on bass, Lee behind the drums and Toby on keyboards. In 2015 we released our debut album “Hymns For the Hopeless,” followed by 2018’s “Mournography” EP.

November 22nd of this year sees our most exciting release yet – “Exorcisms of Eroticism.” There are two songs available online now entitled “Pandaemonium” and “The Exorcism” (which includes a superb accompanying music video, directed and filmed by Scott Chalmers), both of which come as instant downloads upon pre-ordering the release from our Bandcamp.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HER DESPAIR: The singular main influence has always been, and will inevitably always be, the Sisters of Mercy. Since the moment I first heard them, music as a concept was utterly redefined for me. Other key influences would include Nick Cave, HIM, My Dying Bride, and a (possibly) surprising amount of punk rock.

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

HER DESPAIR: “Exorcisms of Eroticism,” coming 22 November 2019, is the dark and dramatic collection of six new gothic rock anthems from HER DESPAIR. Designed to unravel the mysteries of the theologic and the erotic, each song is set to a storm of symphonic instrumentation; providing the perfect soundtrack for your sorrows.

We could not be happier with this forthcoming release. It very much continues on the styles and themes we have previously explored, but develops them much further. There’s more orchestration, everything sounds much bigger, and generally we feel they’re the best group of songs we have composed yet. We are confident that our fanbase will really enjoy it, and sincerely hope it also draws new people to the band.

“The Exorcism” and “Pandaemonium” have been exceptionally well received, and so far the press reviews have been very positive (except one, which absolutely crucified us). We’re really looking forward to seeing what kind of reception the release gets when it’s available.

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

HER DESPAIR: Our live shows have always been suitably representative of our music, with heavy use of smoke machines and intense lighting. We’d encourage everyone to come and see us perform – our audience is usually a fairly diverse mix of individuals. We play goth music, but through the lens of punk. Our songs are sometimes slightly faster or “heavier” than some of our peers within the gothic scene, and that comes across on stage. It’s difficult for some of us to stand still when we’re performing.

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

HER DESPAIR: Record deal and world tour, if we’re lucky…