Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Wall Of The Fallen

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 Emilio Lujan of Wall Of The Fallen.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

LUJAN: Tyler and I started the band back in ‘09 when we were still in high school. Jake came through in 2015 and actually moved to our hometown like 3 hours away from his stomping grounds. We all moved to Denver and recently joined forces with Sev and Zach. Since they’ve been in the band, we’ve toured, played some of the biggest in town shows Denver has to offer, and released our latest record “Of Wild Growth and Pestilence.”

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

LUJAN: We all have completely different influences when it comes to music. Little of that inspiration is metal too. We mainly get inspired by spending time jamming and vibing out. We are a productive bunch of guys, so productivity is our main inspiration.

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

LUJAN: We just released our newest record “Of Wild Growth and Pestilence.” We recorded with Joshua Wickman at Dreadcore Studios (King 810, Enterprise Earth, Within the Ruins, Forty Fathoms) so as far as production, it’s incredible. There’s a little bit of anything for everyone. Breakdowns, solos, amazing lyrical content, incredible artwork, riffs, blast beats, heavy music, and beautiful rhythms. We recorded the album when we were at a real low point in all of our lives, and you can hear it. It’s an unique piece of work, and we’re so proud of it.

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

LUJAN: That’s where the magic happens! As much as we love the record, our passion is for live music. We’re as aggressive as our sound when it comes to live playing. It’s very hard to stand still when we play.

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

LUJAN: Tour tour tour. We want to be on the move, and spread the hate. This is our passion, and we’re going to keep it going as long as we can.

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

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 Forget Conformity.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FORGET CONFORMITY: Parkway Drive, As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada with Rush, a major influence.

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

FORGET CONFORMITY: Collapsing The Dynasty is our first full length album and it’s a great starting point for this band. It captures a bit of our live essence as well as our energy.

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

FORGET CONFORMITY: Energy and tightness in our presence and playing! We love to give the crowd a great experience since they have paid to be there. We look like we enjoy ourselves on stage.

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

FORGET CONFORMITY: Playing anywhere and everywhere, making our passion our lives!

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

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 Second Wind.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SECOND WIND: Brad: Second Wind was conceived in my mind around March 2018. Not having had the chance to play in a melodic hardcore band yet, I wanted a new outlet for my love of this genre, and committed myself to seeing this band take off. I had the pleasure and great opportunity of bringing my longtime friend Dane aboard, and we recently brought Jordan into the fold, on bass.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SECOND WIND: Brad: My top five favorite artists ever are August Burns Red; Killswitch Engage; Unearth; Hammock; and Cloudkicker. At the end of the day I definitely lean towards metalcore, but my tastes and drumming wouldn’t be what they are today without bands like The Ghost Inside; Gideon; and Counterparts. They have changed the game as far as melodic hardcore goes! They are huge influences on me, day in and day out.

Dane: Mainly I draw a lot from artists really saying something meaningful. This changes a lot depending on what’s happening in my life but there are a few I always come back to; like The Ghost Inside, Hundredth, In Flames, Periphery.

Jordan: Lately, I’ve been influenced a lot by Phinehas, Of Mice & Men, Polaris, and Gideon. I do, however, appreciate and try to learn from many other genres.

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

SECOND WIND: Brad: Our latest release is “Apathy”, the second single from our upcoming EP, “Indispensable”. If you love bands like Stick to Your Guns; Counterparts; The Ghost Inside; and Wage War, you’ll love this track. We’ve already been fortunate to have radio play worldwide; a number of radio hosts have given us 5/5 ratings through RDX Promo, our partner. Give it a spin today!

Dane: Apathy is our most recent release. We have gotten great feedback and airplay. I believe it has a message people can relate to, it has a lot of power behind it to make you feel what it’s about, and to help you get through whatever may be bringing you down lately.

Jordan: Apathy is the latest single and an absolute banger if you ask me. It’s catchy but unique and has a positive, uplifting lyrical message that I think many people can relate to.

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

SECOND WIND: Brad: We are super close to getting to play shows! We’re likely just a few weeks from confirming our lead guitarist. Once we get all practiced up, we’ll be hitting the stage for sure. As far as bands I want to be like live, Crystal Lake is my gold standard.

Dane: A meaningful experience that is both hard hitting and positively motivated. We want people to have an amazing time and leave feeling better than when they came in.

Jordan: Once we start playing shows, I think people will see the passion and hard work that went into each of the songs. And a lot of positive energy!

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

SECOND WIND: Brad: Great question! We’d definitely love to be doing more regional and sometimes national tours. We have big goals in music, and want to steadily build from where we currently are. To be able to put out one new EP or album per year (by that point) would be one goal for me. Other than that, we want to incrementally build a fanbase who we connect with, and who connect with us.

Dane: I believe we are all on the same page on this one.

Jordan: I agree with Brad. I would love to tour and play with as many bands as possible while connecting with people through music.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Together In Tragedy

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 Together In Tragedy.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TOGETHER IN TRAGEDY: We’re Together In Tragedy. We’re a four piece band from Western Sydney, Australia made up of Aaron Dalton (drums), Alex Woollams (vocals), David Rea (bass) and Michael Webb (guitar). We formed around August 2016 playing metalcore and have since transitioned to a darker and heavier style of it with nu-metal influences. We put out our most recent effort in November 2019, a 5 track extended play titled “Delirium” that’s available everywhere.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TOGETHER IN TRAGEDY: We all have various personal influences and inspirations. Sworn In, Architects, Polaris and Counterparts is one from each of us but collectively with this most recent recording cycle we’ve been vibing with Emmure, Korn, Darke Complex, Graves and Northlane.

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

TOGETHER IN TRAGEDY: We put out a 5 track extended play titled “Delirium” in November of 2019. We like to hope that each individual track is its own unique piece while still sounding consistent when listened as a whole. It’s heavily groove based with an emphasis on a dark mood. It’s emotional, aggressive and raw but still remains heavy with each instrument complimenting one another. If you want something that’s low tuned, thick with atmosphere, honest lyrically and all around heavy but still easy to move to you should check it out. It’s also under 20 minutes long so even if this doesn’t sound like your thing maybe you’ll end up liking it.

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

TOGETHER IN TRAGEDY: Our aim for live shows is give something people to see. It’s great if you’re music sounds good and you’re playing on point but we want to give the audience something to focus on visually too or catch their attention if they don’t know who we are. We’re going to move around no matter how small the space and put a lot of energy and emotion into every performance. Of course you can expect heavy breakdowns, thick grooves and a dark atmosphere that we portray on our record, what you hear listening to our songs is what you’ll hear live too.

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

TOGETHER IN TRAGEDY: That’s a big question, we’ve had so much growth with the new EP in such a short time so if that’s anything to go on it’ll be huge. We have some cool stuff lined up for 2020 so by 2025 it’d be really awesome to get overseas to Europe and the States. Doing some headline runs around Australia would be really cool as well and having the chance to play with any bands that we listen to or inspire us would be a dream come true.

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

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 Pushing Veronica.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

PUSHING VERONICA: Pushing Veronica is a ballpit rock band from Los Angeles, California. The ballpit is our name for our community of fans. Even though it might be filled with germs and whatever else that’s lurking in the depths, a ballpit is a fun place to get lost and enjoy the present.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

PUSHING VERONICA: We are influenced by Twenty One Pilots, PUP, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, My Chemical Romance and Green Day.

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

PUSHING VERONICA: Our latest release is the music video for our single “Bullshit.” Our very own vocalist and guitarist Julien Silvas wears a baby costume and adds to the LSD fueled madness of the video. There’s so much more crazy shit but you’ll have to watch to find out!

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

PUSHING VERONICA: People can expect to be indoctrinated into the ballpit with open arms. We love every pitter and make sure every show is a crazy spontaneous experience. If you come you’ll have a good fuckin time we promise!

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

PUSHING VERONICA: Mars.

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

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 Dan Kincaid.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KINCAID: I’m a solo artist. I’m putting together a live band right now, I think people will be excited when I announce the lineup!

This time I teamed up with two amazing producers, Christian Eigner of Depeche Mode and Niko Stoessl, to create my debut solo album “Persona Non Grata”. I wrote all the songs, lyrics, and melodies, recording my vocals and demos in Los Angeles. Basically, I’d lay down the basic song structure and demo it out enough to give Christian and Niko an idea of the vibe I had in mind and then let them do what they do best! They took my lyrics and melodies and produced, arranged, mixed, mastered and played the majority of the instruments on the album. What resulted is a truly impactful musical experience.

I’ve previously fronted bands such as Spit Out Star, SuperNo and Six Days ‘Til Sunday.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KINCAID: I have an eclectic mix of music. I love Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Prince, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, and Nine Inch Nails. Having such a wide range of influences has really helped me develop my own style and sound.

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

KINCAID: My latest release is called Persona Non Grata. It’s my soul on display in musical form.

Persona Non Grata is about life, love, loss, the strength to face your demons and the power to rise above them. In my life, I’ve experienced traumatic events, which led me down a path to self-destruction. This album is about rebirth. Persona Non Grata is about rising from the ashes. I want everyone who has been where I’ve been to know that there is hope.

I think people will relate to a lot of the subject matter on the album. The really cool thing about these songs is that they’re not complete until you add
your own story to them.

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

KINCAID: They can expect some major production value. I believe that if someone is going to spend their hard-earned money to come out and see me, it’s my duty to give them their money’s worth.

Not only will the band throw down like a mutha’ fucker but it will be presented with an immersive multi-media experience designed to portray the music as it should be portrayed.

Don’t get me wrong, the performance of the band itself will be amazing. I just believe in doing more and making it a truly memorable experience.

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

KINCAID: I’d love to see myself out headlining a major tour with Christian and Niko on the stage with me. We’ve created something special and I’d love to see us continuing that journey and taking things even further.

I’d like for everyone to hear these songs on the radio, in movies, video games and on TV! I’m extremely proud of this album and very optimistic about its future!

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

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 Isaac Nicoletto of Mount Abora.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

NICOLETTO: We’re a five-piece prog metal band based out of Toronto, Canada mixed with psychedelic/ambient interludes and song sections as well as some djenty goodness and sporadic chaos with groove as well as absolutely filthy breakdowns.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

NICOLETTO: Our influences are all over the place so I’ll just list our favorite bands: Primus, Cattle Decapitation, Dance Gavin Dance, Despised Icon, and Gojira.

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

NICOLETTO: Our latest release is our debut self titled LP Mount Abora released February 23rd 2019 and you should check it out because I guarantee you will either call us metalcore pussies or a fresh prog band of god status that will end your ability to listen to anything else other than us.

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

NICOLETTO: As quoted from a show review “These guys always deliver a solid performance, leaving the crowd contemplating the magic they just watched unfold. This night was no exception. Their unique use of ethereal and atmospheric guitar tones and sporadic tempo changes make for an exciting performance. The one thing I love about this band is their ability to send the crowd into another realm. You know those bands that halfway through the set, you realized you haven’t blinked or taken a breath in almost a minute? Yeah, that’s this band. During their performance a quick look across the crowd showed many mouths, half agape, intently watching, and that’s truly something special”
-Kurtis Bradimore, screamsmedia .

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

NICOLETTO: Touring a lot more and having a few more LPs out and having my expensive music video ideas coming to life.