Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Riff Action Family

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 Riff Action Family.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

RIFF ACTION FAMILY: RAF is existential philosophy of healthy egoism, love & not giving a flying fuck…. We are a rock band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Music style is Killing Rock! We like to play in any style of genres from Jazz to Sludge Metal. We were expelled from the main TV channel of Russia. We were kicked out of Eurovision. A particularly initiative MP proposed banning their music and excommunicating them from the Church. That’s because our band is worse than drugs.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

RIFF ACTION FAMILY: Faith No More, Melvins, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Beastie Boys.

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

RIFF ACTION FAMILY: Chameleon LP is like a fucking acid trip! Just check out the artwork, it speakers for itself. We tried to release a new single from the album every month. Each time changing everything at the last moment: lyrics, presentation, guitars, arrangements. Always looking at those crazy things that happened in 2020.

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

RIFF ACTION FAMILY: Pure nerve and energy! Tons of ugly fat riffs with wicked vocals topped up with an honest and aggressive performance.

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

RIFF ACTION FAMILY: Headlining Putin’s funeral! Accompanimating Apocalypse of people’s mind!

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

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 Hybrid Spirits.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HYBRID SPIRITS: Hybrid Spirits are:

Nigel Rooke – Vocals, lyrics, keyboards and drum programming.

Paul Kirk – Vocals, lyrics, keyboards, guitars and drum programming.

Voodoo Jade – Vocals and lyrics

We formed in 2017 after Paul Kirk met Voodoo Jade via a collaborative project with a mutual friend. Before that, Paul and Nigel were in a band for many years called “Aus der Asche” which became known as “From the Ashes UK”. After the collaborative project, Paul and Nigel invited Voodoo Jade to join them in their music venture, and Hybrid Spirits were born!

We feel that Hybrid Spirits are unique because we don’t have a particular sound which we aim to produce. Our songs and releases, to date, have ranged from alternative to ambient, and from electronic to rock. We like to think that there is something for (almost) everybody!

Depending on the song and style, we like to have driving music and/or lyrics to capture the spirit of the song. For example, check out our song “Fear”. It is dark, driving and has a captivating beat with mesmerizing sounds!

This is why we came up with the name “Hybrid Spirits” for the band. The word Hybrid describes our music, as we don’t believe that we sound like anybody else. Our music can’t be pigeon-holed, and our releases can vary. We chose to add the name “Spirits” to our band name because we all get along really well, like 3 kindred spirits. We can never predict what we will write next, as we have so many ideas and influences!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HYBRID SPIRITS: We all have different music tastes and influences. Paul likes anything from heavy metal to classical music, including Rammstein, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, The Cult, Neil Young.

Nigel loves electronic music, but also Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Gary Numan. He also loves Ska music, Goth, Rock, new wave, synthwave. He particularly relates to songs with strong emotional connections.

Voodoo Jade loves most of the music which Paul and Nigel like, with some folk and new age music thrown in for good measure! Growing up, she was a big fan of Blondie, and now she loves Evanescence, Indigo Girls and Enigma.

You can hear some of Paul’s rock influences by his guitar playing in some songs such as “Fear”, “Mirage”, “Mysteria-Hysteria”, “Substance” and some of his other influences (eg The Prodigy) in songs such as “Rain or Shine”, “Dancing in the Midnight Sky” and “Mars”.

Nigel’s many influences, especially electronic (and sometimes rather dark!) can be heard in the synths, vocals and lyrics in the songs “Fear”, “I Want the Darkness to Come”, “Baptism of Ice”, “The King Eternal”, “War Machine” and “Substance”, and on synth work in many of our songs.

Voodoo Jade’s influences come in with the harmonies and styles which she creates, whether she is singing backing or lead vocals. She likes dark, heavy music as well as light, and she records her vocals to suit the song which she is working on.

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

HYBRID SPIRITS: We have just released a 4 track EP called “Mirage” which has 2 songs in the style of rock and metal (“Mirage” is about a vampire and “Mysteria-Hysteria” is based on horror films). All metal fans should definitely check out these two songs, as well as our song “Fear” from the “Fear EP”. We have had a lot of great feedback from metal fans for these songs.

The other two songs on the “Mirage” EP are more of an electronic style with guitars, including the songs “La Vie en Rose et Noire” and the song “Rain or Shine”. We released “Rain or Shine” as a charity single in the summer of 2020 and are still fundraising until the end of April 2021. It is a song which we wrote during lockdown in England to reflect feelings of hope and solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic, and sales from it are raising money for the International Committee of the Red Cross for those affected by Covid-19 across the world. It’s not too late to buy a copy of the charity single (£1.50 or more) to support the cause at our Bandcamp page.

Also, we have already started recording some new songs which will be on a future release. Again, it is a different feel to the music which we’ve already released, and would be classed as darkwave/electronic. We are still writing more music for the next EP/album so everything could change yet! We do alternate vocals between Nigel and Voodoo Jade, and the next EP will predominately be Nigel on main vocals. His voice is perfect for darker songs!

The band is also recording relaxation music for a series of meditation tracks which Voodoo Jade is currently working on. There are some tracks for general meditations, and some for the development of psychic awareness/abilities.

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

HYBRID SPIRITS: Unfortunately, Hybrid Spirits as a band haven’t toured or played live, although we’d never rule it out if we were asked to. We are spread across the country and it is difficult for Voodoo Jade to travel as she is in a wheelchair following Meningitis in 2012. We work on our songs electronically and remotely. Each song is passed to each member to add what they wish, before a song is completed. Lockdown was a positive experience for music writing for us, as we had more free time to work on music individually. We don’t meet up in person very often, but we have regular band meetings on video chat.

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

HYBRID SPIRITS: Like most bands we’d love to be signed and play at a major festival! However, we will continue to write music and enjoy ourselves whilst doing so! Ideally, we’d love our fan base to continue to grow and for people to like the music which we make.

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

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 Mountain.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN: In short, we’re just four dudes that love to have fun and writing and performing music is just part of it. We’ve never considered ourselves a certain genre, we just write what we think sounds good, and people pick up on that and see that we’re genuine and really love what we do. We wouldn’t be in it otherwise.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN: We really have tons of influences and there are way too many to name. Hard Rock and metal influences from AC/DC, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Black Label Society, TOOL, Pantera, Down, King Buffalo… I mean, the list goes on. We definitely have some southern sounds coming from a love of Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. Some hip hop kind of influence such as Rage Against The Machine and the Beastie Boys. And everything seems to stem from the old blues back in the day. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, just to name a few. In reality, we all listen to many different types of music and it’s all a bit mashed into our sound.

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

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN: We just released a cover of Black Velvet by Alannah Myles as well as a video for it on Aug 16, 2020. We’ve always felt a little skeptical about recording a cover, but this one ended up being quite a lot different from the original and thought people might want to hear a much heavier version of the song. Still with a bass driven groove, tasty guitar licks, and belting vocals, our slowed down, sludgier version will definitely have you rocking and wanting more.

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

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN: I feel like we kind of bring a bit of a punk vibe to our shows, as far as energy goes, but we’re more melodic and blues rockin. Add that together with a dash of psychedelic prog rock, and that’s Under The Mountain shot out of Our Mother Music’s womb! So get ready to rock the fuck out!

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

UNDER THE MOUNTAIN: UTM has only been progressing more and more since day one. We’re not fearing Covid times, in fact we’re taking this opportunity to dig deep and get some music going that is far beyond anything we’ve written before. With a new management team and heading into the studio early 2021, we will be so ready to hit the road when it’s available for us again. In the next five years, I can see us growing and expanding to newer heights and having many international tours!

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

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 Sammi Doll.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SAMMI DOLL: I play for a few artists (IAMX, Kat Von D, Bullet Height), but this is my first time as a solo artist releasing music under my name. It’s been a journey to get to this point, but I’m so happy with the decision.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SAMMI DOLL: I’m influenced by an array of artists: Metric, 8mm, Alanis Morissette, Garbage … and most bands that existed between 1992-1998.

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

SAMMI DOLL: My first and newest release is called “AN OM IE” – “AN OM IE” refers to the ‘Anomie Theory’ by French sociologist Emile Durkheim. It’s social disintegration; it states ‘individuals in a society are in permanent competition with each other, expect much of existence and demand much of it and find themselves perpetually haunted by the suffering that arises from the disproportion between their aspirations and their satisfaction.’ We, more than ever, live within an anomic society and we are our own worst enemies.

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

SAMMI DOLL: A lot of energy, theatrical but dark attire, and chaotic strobe lights.

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

SAMMI DOLL: Assuming the world has healed by then, on tour and playing festivals supporting a second LP!

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

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 Eternal Closure.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ETERNAL CLOSURE: We’re a bunch of cats from Montreal, Quebec that love playing heavy music together and have fun doing it. I’d define our style as a blend of old-school metalcore with a modern prog edge. We’re not afraid of the short and catchy, but we also explore with longer songs.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ETERNAL CLOSURE: If you like any of the following bands, you will probably like at least one song we’ve made: As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Currents, Periphery, Erra, Lamb Of God, Haken, Demon Hunter, Veil Of Maya, A Day To Remember, Dream Theater, Protest The Hero, etc…

We’re finding our own sound more and more as time passes by, but this gives you a good idea of what to expect.

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

ETERNAL CLOSURE: We’ve just re-released our second album with 3 added tracks and it’s called “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered”. We’ve re-recorded 3 tracks from the original release with our new vocalist Maggy. If you like the genre of music we make, I definitely feel like listening to it will be worth your time. The songs all have their own identity and it still feels cohesive as a whole. The first things to check out would be our music videos for “The Slave Or The Owner” or “Defying Gravity”.

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

ETERNAL CLOSURE: We have fun with it. We make it funny and entertaining. It’s not 5 dudes standing doing nothing and playing song after song. One time, my guitar stopped working right before a solo and the vocalist just sang it. It was hilarious and the kind of thing you can expect. It’s all about not wasting people’s time, giving them something to remember.

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

ETERNAL CLOSURE: In 5 years we’ll be playing in huge festivals and make a living out of it. It’s cliché, but it’s every band’s dream. And if you look at how much better we are now than when we started 8 years ago, I see no reason why we can’t continue to improve and get way past the level we need to be to succeed (we were really bad haha). Can’t wait to see what will occur for us in the near future. Thanks for having us 🙂

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

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 Pits.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE PITS: We’re a 47 piece jazz/punk band from Newcastle Australia.

We cram as many genres into an epic 3min30sec song.

We have horns, loud guitars and drums, and a shitload of vocal harmonies.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE PITS: Mid 2000s emo rubbish and Queen.

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

THE PITS: Our latest EP is called “The Greatest Show on Earth”. If you like bohemian rhapsody but wish it was shorter, you’ll have 5 new favourite songs.

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

THE PITS: Ringing ears, a magic trick (“how did they get 7 blokes onto that tiny stage”), choreographed scissor kicks, and an overall feeling of “Wow! These guys are so good. I cant believe they’re not bigger?! Why are they playing in THIS shithole town?”.

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

THE PITS: Retired.

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

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 Everyday Dogs.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EVERYDAY DOGS: We like to call ourselves a High-Octane Rock ‘N’ Roll Band. When we play, it’s fast, heavy, and energetic. Our music is defined by loud guitar riffs, heavy drums, and big guitar solos.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EVERYDAY DOGS: Grunge music has had a huge influence on our sound, bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. There’s plenty of other rock bands that we pull from too, like Foo Fighters and Thrice.

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

EVERYDAY DOGS: Our newest song is called “Black Fire”, and it’s our heaviest song to date. I [Jesse Inglima, lead guitarist and backing vocals] wrote the lyrics to the song after reading Dracula for the first time, and I wanted to inject this sense of menace into a song about vampires. So the song definitely falls into the Headbanger Halloween category.

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

EVERYDAY DOGS: When we play a show, we go hard. We give it everything we’ve got, headbanging, jumping around [sometimes off the stage], and making sure the crowd knows they came to see a rock ‘n’ roll band.

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

EVERYDAY DOGS: It would be great to have grown our audience and fanbase outside of Athens, GA, and expanded across the Southeast and other parts of the country. I think that will come from extensive touring and growing our audience naturally from the ground up over time.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Geometry Of Chaos

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 Fabio La Manna of Geometry Of Chaos

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

FABIO: Geometry of Chaos is the new project from Fabio La Manna, mainly guitarist, bassist and writer of the music,and Davide Cardella, drummer and much more. A new metal progressive sound with a lot influences from classic rock and cinematic music.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FABIO: From the very start, when I was very young, I was listening to a lot of classic rock and then metal. Then I discovered a lot of subgenres, a lot of other music styles. So, there are many bands and artists that have an influence on me, also on Davide. At the moment, I am more on heavier stuff, maybe because I feel angry about our society.

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

FABIO: Our first album is called “Soldiers Of The New World Order” and it has been out since late September. I think the sound of the band is both heavy and melodic, complex, and mysterious. It has anger and passion and it is very groovy, probably more metal than what I’ve done with my solo works before it. The music is really a concept in the album, so the approach I took to write it was very progressive and cinematographic.

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

FABIO: We give our best in any situation, this is what I can say for now. We are looking for bigger stages and venues, but we are able to give all of our passion and give the best performance we can, also in smaller stages with few people. Of course the feedback of the crowd could make the difference.

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

FABIO: I don’t make any plans for the upcoming future. I just want to see where the album feedback will take us, and then we’ll start to plan live shows and other things. At the moment, I’m totally on the promotion of the album. So, we’ll see.

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

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 Matt Burnside of The Ocean Beneath.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BURNSIDE: The Ocean Beneath started life as a shared ideal between Rich Blacker and myself, Matt Burnside. We both wanted to create new music moving away from our previous ventures with an 80’s influence and a modern push on the production. We also wanted to bring in as many other people as possible along the way for collaborations so we did just that. We released our debut EP in 2019 and have worked with loads of great artists including Nath Jackson, Fran Minney, Mik Crone and more. In Feb of 2020 Rich wanted to take some time away from the project so now I’m just pushing things forward and doubling down on the collaborations.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BURNSIDE: I would say that different artists influence the music in very different ways. Gunship, HVOB and LCD Soundsystem certainly help shape the electronic pallette and grooves, but David Bowie and Pink Floyd have really helped with the structures and hooks.

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

BURNSIDE: Our latest single “Skin” ft. Fran Minney is out now and available in all the usual places. I encourage people everywhere to go have a listen to see how Fran encapsulates these feelings we’ve kind of all probably experienced with all this pandemic.

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

BURNSIDE: With the pandemic stuff stopping all live shows for now we’ve kind of put that idea on ice. We do have live shows planned, we even have the setup and how it’s all going to work mapped out but as things are our energy is best spent elsewhere.

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

BURNSIDE: Honestly, it would just be nice to get our music out there for people to hear and maybe grow the following to allow us to release even more music and collaborations. Along with that, we want a killer live show and hopefully be able to pick up some festivals when they’re back to full strength.

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

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 Eden Echo.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EDEN ECHO: We are Eden Echo, a melodic heavy metal band from BC, Canada. We are proud to weave a diverse set of influences into a sound and journey of our own novel design.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EDEN ECHO: Bands like Mastodon, Opeth, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, Rush and many more!

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

EDEN ECHO: “Kingdom In The Shadow” EP 2019. Coming soon, our debut LP “Hourglass” is set to be released by the end of 2020! We are committed to writing music that is unapologetically melody driven, heavy and heartfelt!

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

EDEN ECHO: Audience members are often riveted by our well placed melodies, progressive riffage and soaring vocals! They can expect a real shock and a new band to follow closely.

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

EDEN ECHO: We plan to be paying homage to the gods of Rock and Metal all over the world as a dedicated, established metal band!