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

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 Torie Jock.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TORIE JOCK: Hey! I’m Torie Jock and I’m happy to be here today! I met my drummer first about nine months ago. He and I planned on being a musical duo until we found other members to join the band. My drummer thought of his longtime friend shortly after and asked if he wanted to join us on guitar. We spent a few months playing as a three-member band, and then my guitar player mentioned a friend of his that he thought could join us on bass. The rest is history!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TORIE JOCK: There are so many amazing artists that have influenced me in so many ways! I would say that the artists that have had the greatest impact in shaping me into the artist I am today would be, Cher, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, and Amy Winehouse. When I started singing at nine, my vocal coach actually thought I may be tone deaf. I had a really hard time learning to sing. I ended up quitting, and shortly after I saw the movie Burlesque, starring Cher, I absolutely fell in love! I started singing “Welcome to Burlesque” in my living room one day, and my mom ran out of the kitchen and said, “You sound just like Cher!” We called my old vocal coach and asked her to listen to me sing it, and when she did, she said, “We can work with this.” For some reason, I was able to hear the notes in Cher’s music. I never would’ve learned to sing if it wasn’t for her music. I was actually hired by a Cher Tribute Company to be a Mini Cher impersonator when I was eleven! I started getting really into 80s rock when I was about twelve, and I stumbled upon Joan Jett. I thought she was the coolest chick I had ever seen! I loved her image and her rock ‘n roll attitude! Her music and style was what really made me want to be a rock ‘n roller! Alanis Morissette’s lyrics blow me away. “Jagged Little Pill” was an album of choice for me starting at the age of two. As I got older, I realized how brilliantly written her lyrics are. Her lyrics speak to me on a level I cannot even explain. I wanted to write like that! Or, at least try! I also loved her unique sound and the fact that she had a voice and certain vocal qualities that no one could replicate. I remember asking my vocal coach at nine when I first started with her if she could teach me to sing an Alanis song … The look on her face was priceless! I got into Amy Winehouse’s music around eleven. When I hit about fourteen, I was told by a lot of people that I had a blues/jazzy quality to my voice. I loved Amy’s music, and I liked the idea of trying to incorporate a jazzy sound into my rock music. An incredible artist, gone too soon.

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

TORIE JOCK: I just released a single, “Outta Control,” that is off of my unreleased album, “Damaged Goods.” The album was co-written by me and my manager, Eric Gynan, of Leaving Eden. I was also just recently signed with Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! I absolutely love the album and believe readers of this site will not be disappointed if they check it out!

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

TORIE JOCK: Expect a good time! I entertain my audiences as best I can. I think it is just as important to perform as it is to be on your game musically.

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

TORIE JOCK: In 5 years, I hope to be playing as much as possible and continue to make new music!

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

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 Mordian.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MORDIAN: I am an alternative-gothic/metal artist hailing from Chicago, IL.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MORDIAN: Classical music was very influential in my childhood, composers such as Chopin and Tchaikovsky. But there are artists I consider influential throughout every genre. I draw inspiration from almost everything.

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

MORDIAN: “January Moon” is the first track I will be releasing since my debut EP in 2019. It is different enough from my other music to be refreshing but familiar enough to not feel strange. Check it out if you’re looking for something new!

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

MORDIAN: As of right now, I don’t have any shows planned, so that is still to be seen!

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

MORDIAN: I think I will continue to evolve, but never lose sight of my initial passion. So I hope to be doing what I am now in five years, but better.

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

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 Kade Storm.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KADE STORM: I run a solo project under my own name. It’s been around for a long time but the history is quite uneventful as I never officially released much material, especially anything that I was satisfied with up until recently. The atmosphere is geared towards a very dark and heavy soundscape. I’d say that it’s primarily Black Metal in terms of thematic content and aesthetic, but with some heavy Doom Metal and Death Metal elements.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KADE STORM: There are numerous influences to name and listing them all is a futile task as I’m sure to miss many crucial names. What can be said is that the scope of influence is primarily centred around Nordic Black and Death Metal paired with other Extreme and Thrash Metal offerings in the UK, Europe and even worldwide.

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

KADE STORM: I’ve recently released a digital album titled “Ascension.” It’s a full-length LP comprised of three very long tracks. The sound and atmosphere are primarily Black Metal with a very heavy Doom Metal element and even some Death Metal within the details. Physicals CDs of this album are going to be released soon via Narcoleptica Productions.

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

KADE STORM: This project is primarily a studio effort and I haven’t really planned anything for live shows.

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

KADE STORM: As a solo project, it is now about realising ideas and visions. There will always be something brewing towards creation at any point in the future, near or distant.

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

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 Modern Welfare.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MODERN WELFARE: Modern Welfare is a Hard Rock Band based out of Orlando Florida. All Four members come from different backgrounds and walks of life. Lucas Hay (Vocalist) is from Rockwood, Pennsylvania. Dan Renz (Guitarist ) is from Hickory, Pennsylvania. John Yabut (Drummer) is from the Philippines. These three met in Pittsburgh Pa and moved to Orlando Florida Late Last year. Byron Taylor (Guitarist) is from Melbourne, Florida and joined the band short after they relocated. All four members have different music tastes ranging from Classic rock to rap to metal to EDM and pop. The band focuses on Hard rock Mixed with electric pop, but other influences can be heard throughout their discography.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MODERN WELFARE: Our main influences are Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, Dance Gavin Dance, and Crown The Empire.

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

MODERN WELFARE: Our latest release is our first studio single “Walls”. Readers should check this song out if they are fans of Linkin Park and Shinedown. It has a lot of drive and the lyrics hit heavy along with the music. It’s a great song for anyone who has gone through a breakup or for anyone who wants some high energy music to listen to at the gym.

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

MODERN WELFARE: You can expect our live performance to mirror the same sound as our studio production. We have a lot of energy and love what we do. We hope that always comes across in our live performance.

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

MODERN WELFARE: We have been a band for almost 2 years. They say it takes 5 to build a successful and profitable business. We love what we do, but at the end of the day its hard work. So, we hope that in 5 years we have made some buzz in the scene, wrote some killer tunes and are touring the world. Most importantly we hope our music has helped people. All of us agree that out of anything we can accomplish we hope that people relate to our music and find comfort in relating to the music and the message like all of us have with our influences.

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

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 Trash Heads.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TRASH HEADS: 90s Alt-Metal revivalists from Kent, UK.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TRASH HEADS: Queens Of The Stone Age, Faith No More, Metallica, The Wildhearts, Black Sabbath.

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

TRASH HEADS: We’ve just released our latest single ‘Set It Right’ which is like a cross between Black Sabbath and The Wildhearts. It’s taken from our forthcoming sophomore album ‘Vandalism’, which is out in September.

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

TRASH HEADS: Four dudes in black playing ear-splitting guitars, pounding drums and songs that will stick in your head for days.

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

TRASH HEADS: More songs, more albums, more live show – if we could get to play with some of our favourite bands too that would be awesome!

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

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 Gorethrone.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

GORETHRONE: We are a four piece band from Grand Rapids Michigan. Our sound is a combination of deathcore and black metal, we have the melodic parts of black metal and the brutal riffs of deathcore. We are not afraid to be IN YOUR FACE with heavy double stroke bass kicks and super sludgy low vocals..

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

GORETHRONE: Some of our main influences are Chelsea Grin, Slaughter to Prevail and Veil Of Maya to name a few.

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

GORETHRONE: We just released our EP “The Descension.” You should check it for the sheer heaviness of songs like “Big High War God” and “Grim,” or the melodic songs like “Celestial Noose” and “Alpha.”

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

GORETHRONE: Expect to pit up for us! We will bring the energy, and our vocalist isn’t afraid to jump in there with you either.

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

GORETHRONE: I see us releasing a full length album, doing plenty of shows, and getting on tours as well.

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

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 Ohmwork bassist Helge Nyrud.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

NYRUD: Ohmwork is classic rock merged with metal and a trace of prog.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

NYRUD: Mostly stuff from the 70s, 80s and 90s. We incorporate things from those periods in or music. Everything from Black Sabbath to Avenged Sevenfold. The things that are interesting to listen to. Everything from straight-forward to complex.

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

NYRUD: Our latest release is ‘Hill of Tara’. If they like old school melodic metal, they should check it out. It got all the chops, acoustics, fast, slow, epic ending and so on… It is our ‘Stargazer’ if you will. Hope they enjoy it.

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

NYRUD: Just being a three-piece band, we are very energetic on stage. A lot of noise. People seems to be baffled by that. We go right in your throat. Te-hee!

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

NYRUD: Hopefully out on the road again doing gigs and making records. So, if this pandemic can just fuck right off, you guys will see us out there one of these days.

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

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 Stonebrother.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STONEBROTHER: Zach and Ethan Smith join Leo Cox to form a hard-hitting, hard rocking group from the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Combining the raw energy of 70s punk rock with the shredding solos and thundering bass of Van Halen and Metallica with influences ranging from heavy metal, to grunge to pop, this trio is the adrenaline-fuelled head-banging shot to the serotonin boosters you’ve been looking for.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STONEBROTHER: Zach: We each have our own individual influences, for me that’s Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Paul Gilbert and others for guitar, and Sammy Hagar, Layne Staley, Myles Kennedy, Sebastian Bach and others for vocals. As a band we bring our influences together to fit somewhere between Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Rush, The Tragically Hip, and many many more.

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

STONEBROTHER: Ethan: Our latest release is an EP called Every Second Counts, and it’s available on all major streaming platforms. Readers should check it out because it’s a love letter to rock and metal from the 1970s and 80s, but with a modern twist. A familiar sound in some regards, but unlike most music that people will know from that era, while at the same time just as enjoyable.

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

STONEBROTHER: Leo: Energy, and variety. We try to be funny too, it’s debatable if we succeed in that respect. Regardless, we have fun and try to get the audience involved as much as possible, so be ready to get involved and sing “a little undone/a little unwound.”

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

STONEBROTHER: Zach: Hopefully in 5 years we’ll be big enough to do a world tour as a support act, and eventually as a headliner if we play our cards right and the stars align.

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

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 Stone Robot.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STONE ROBOT: B. Steels: We are a jolly gang of seafaring scallywags who enjoy pillaging and plundering as well as writing the occasional sea shanty that tends to serve as a soundtrack of sorts to our maleficent misdeeds. Or we’re just a few dudes originally from western Massachusetts, who, when the world seemed it’s bleakest, decided to write an entire album remotely (on a shared google drive) from our individual homes, just to bring a little joy into our lives, and hopefully other’s lives as well. Because isn’t that what music is meant to do? After all, I believe that even the saddest or angriest tunes can bring us happiness when we are feeling our worst.

Mr. Johnny Walker, esq: I am not now, nor have I ever been involved in piracy. But I will confess to being from Massachusetts and writing / recording / producing an awesome new album for all the reasons Steels stated.

Steels: Not even bootlegging a movie? I find that hard to believe, JDub.

JAMessiah Rockwell: Yeah. We’re three musical musketeers who are into making music we like. A band of inebriated buccaneers? Take a listen to any track off of “Planned Obsolescence” and decide for yourself.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STONE ROBOT: Steels: I have a myriad of influences, but I’d say anything Maynard James Keenan, Mike Patton, or Frank Black (Black Francis) have done has had the biggest impact on how I write my lyrics/melodies as well as structure songs. Just as Dr. Dre and The Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for my love of poignant and blistering hip-hop verses.

JW: As a guitar player I have been most influenced by some of the great 90s punk / hardcore bands: Sam Black Church, Vision of Disorder, Sick of it All, Earth Crisis, Melvins, etc. As a songwriter, I’ve tried to imagine what Pink Floyd would have progressed into if they’d have used Astronomy Domine and Careful With that Axe, Eugene as their defining songs.

JAM: All of the major genres and subgenres of music that percolated from the 80s remain ghosts in my creative crow’s nest. But since I’ve made friends while getting into new, and more extreme, bands. And I still love swabbing influences from my shipmates to this day.

Steels: Wait, is JAM pirating my bit?

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

STONE ROBOT: JAM: We released our fledgling album, “Planned Obsolescence,” earlier this year. We put a lot into it, so hopefully listeners will get a lot out of it.

Steels: Mainly because it’s new music, and who doesn’t love new music? That said, we like to describe our album, “Planned Obsolescence,” as a genre bending collection of “artistically jarring,” tunes that somehow still meld into a singular sound unique to us. Where Aggression meets levity and melancholy meets madness.

JW: People should check it out for no other reason than to see if anything there inspires them to try something different.

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

STONE ROBOT: Steels: Well, we haven’t played one yet with this project, but speaking from experience jamming with these guys in a multitude of other projects, fans can expect an impassioned performance that matches the intensity of the music itself. Think The Stooges meet The Doors, but with much less exposed skin, blood, and vomit.

JW: Since the next show we play will be the first one we play as Stone Robot; I think people are gonna appreciate the amount of noise so few people can produce.

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

STONE ROBOT: Steels: Even if we’re all still working our 9-5’s with no recognition, as long as we’re still writing songs together, I’ll be content. I’ve never felt a more collaborative inspiration than when I make music with these scurvy mates. But even so. Buy our album. Because I know I speak for all of us when I say, our kids won’t stop eating.

JW: In five years, I see us fully embracing our midlife crises, expanding our Stoner O-bot label, and investing in a new studio space / live music venue.

JAM: No matter where we sail individually, we’ll be co-creating and refining our stone-cold robot sounds over the cyber-seas, or the stages of your favorite port taverns. Aargh matey!

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

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 Sam Christie of Shanghai Treason.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CHRISTIE: Hi Metal Anarchy. We’re Shanghai Treason, cheeky Yorkshiremen, banjo punks, with a fist full of beer soaked tunes perfect for sweaty gigs in dive bars or dancing in the mud in ya wellies at the festival, we play Celtic Punk inspired rock with a Northern twist. We’re a fairly new band who are just gearing up for the release of our debut album.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CHRISTIE: I guess the lazy answer would be Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys & The Pogues but we’re all big fans of loud music of most genres, some of the bands that get the most airtime on the tour bus are acts like Hot Water Music, Propagandhi, Rancid, Joe Strummer, Pixies, The Menzingers, The Interrupters, Red City Radio, The Bronx & The Lawrence Arms… hey… if it bangs it bangs and we’re probably into it. We’re also influenced a lot by Yorkshire itself, our own life experiences and current events. The worlds a bit of a mess isn’t it, can be hard on folk to say the least… lots to write about.

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

CHRISTIE: We’ve put out 3 tracks from our upcoming debut album this year, ‘Emerald Causeway’, ‘Wildfird Ft Dan Booth’ (Ferocious Dog) & ‘On The Ropes’, we’ve just been teasing at what’s to come really, we’re now planning for our album to be released around the time of our UK Tour with The Rumjacks in Jan/Feb 2022. I guess if people are into the genre they will find themselves in familiar territory quickly with our music but we’re trying to push things forward in our own direction, Come have a butchers.

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

CHRISTIE: Punky party music played fast and loose, let us soundtrack your boozy weekend. .

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

CHRISTIE: Hey if we’re still a band in 5 years that’s a little victory in itself. I like to think we will be and that we’ll have 2 or 3 albums under our belt having done some great tour supports, really striking out on our own as a headline act. Get onboard and enjoy the ride with us. It’s going to be a wild one that’s for sure.