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

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 Ocultum bassist Pablo Kataldo.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KATALDO: Our band was born in 2009, looking for the stoner to break through some bars of Santiago and Recoleta. To date, the band has changed their members and has mutated their music to what it is now, after more than 10 years, we are still looking for answers… to date we have two studio albums, the first “Ceremonia Oculta Primitiva”, released in 2013, with a self-managed, neophyte and exhausting production, and “Residuo” released in 2019 under the studio of Juan Pablo Canoles (JP) of Plexstudios.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KATALDO: I think our influences are varied. We could say that everyone has their musical preferences, which are otherwise very different. We could say that Black Sabbath guides us from hell, Saint Vitus from alcohol and Fu Manchu from drugs… well, our influences range from the raw Black Metal to the Crass, Stoner and Punk and this is precisely why we can make records so different from each other.

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

KATALDO: Our latest release is called “Residue”, from 2019, an album that is soon to be released on vinyl, remastered by Juan Pablo Canoles from Plexystudios. I don’t know if you should hear the truth, but if you do, make it drugged and on an unhealthy level.

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

KATALDO: People can expect to hear psychodelia and slow, swampy music. He hopes to drink a beer and smoke a joint, listening as his brain freezes with every riff that enters from his ears.

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

KATALDO: We see Ocultum touring Lan America, with a couple more albums, sharing stages with big and small bands of the Lan American underground, as always has been. We don’t want anything, because we already have everything. We all see each other in the smoke…

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

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 King Fabbs.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KING FABBS: My name is King Fabbs and I’m a solo Pop Punk artist from Calgary, Alberta, Canada! I released my first EP on July 2nd, 2021. It’s the first music I have ever released and it’s the complete start of this journey for me. I’m incredibly excited to see where it takes me! Music is my passion, it’s the thing that fuels me. I was in a band when I was in high school and yes we were awful haha, but it was so much fun and I always looked forward to it! So of course it never lasted but it was something that I wanted to continue doing, so I’ve spent a lot of time looking to be in a band and I eventually realized that pursuing a solo career would be a better route for me. I have the ability to write all my music myself and there’s no commitment issues with being in a band with myself haha. Releasing my own music was a huge goal for me personally and again I am really excited to see where I can take this!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KING FABBS: I’m in love with a lot of music. Rock, Pop punk, and metal music is what I mainly listen too and where I get a ton of inspiration from. But I listen to music from a lot of different genres as well. My favorite’s are All Time Low, Slipknot, Green Day, State Champs, Paramore, Linkin Park, Mariana’s Trench, Foo Fighters, Alessia Cara, Hunter Brothers, The Story So Far, Stand Atlantic, Hot Milk, Twenty One Pilots, and many more!

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

KING FABBS: My latest release is my EP called “Your Safest Place”. As I mentioned in the first question this is my first ever release for me! If you like Pop Punk music then “Your Safest Place” is something I’m absolutely sure you’re going to love. I think my music gives a bit of a throwback vibe to 2000’s Pop Punk with the modern day Pop Punk feel mixed in. I’ve always loved this music and it feels so good to play. I also love that I can represent people of color within this genre. I used to get picked on for liking this kind of music because I’m black. For anyone out there that feels like they can’t be themselves because of the way they look or they have a “different” personality, “Your Safest Place” is for you. It represents those who have ever felt like they don’t fit in anywhere or if you’ve ever felt hopeless and completely lost. “Your Safest Place” can give you some uplifting when you need it. That’s why reader’s should check it out and follow me!

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

KING FABBS: Expect me to dance, give you compliments, do some fun covers, have fun (duh!), give away free merch, and probably fall down or fall off the stage, probably both.

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

KING FABBS: I certainly hope to be heading out onto a huge tour through a few continents or around the world. I hope to have a few albums out and I hope to be inspiring a lot of people out there!

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

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 The Rockit King vocalist Jes Beveridge.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BEVERIDGE: The Rockit King is a straight-up, four-on-the-floor, Michigan Rock ‘N’ Roll band. Everyone sings and plays their asses off. Plenty of guitar. And we make records on tape, no computers. The songs are personal and melodic, and the live show is vicious.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BEVERIDGE: Today or 20 years ago when TRK was conceived? 20 years ago it was Thin Lizzy & Boston.
Today it would probably be Megadeth and Blackberry Smoke. Cheap Trick throughout, I suppose.

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

BEVERIDGE: We released “Fourth Turning,” our fourth studio album in May. I hear it as our best and most concise album to date. We worked hard at keeping the writing and the arrangements as simple and as clean as possible. It ROCKS and we want everyone to hear it.

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

BEVERIDGE: A great f’ing time. TRK has long been an honest-to-goodness machine of a Rock band. West Michigan at its finest.

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

BEVERIDGE: Releasing great music, playing great shows. We’ll never stop as long as we’re alive & kickin’.

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

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 Hometime.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HOMETIME: Despite its band-sounding name, Hometime is essentially a solo project. It marks a return to music after a period of post-band quiet and it’s a compete labour of love. The bad thong about not being a bigger collective is that there are fewer people to bounce ideas off, but the upside is that there’s far less compromise required. The bottom line is that I’m really enjoying things on my own terms and at my own pace.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HOMETIME: I’m not sure I’ve ever answered this question the same way twice. I think I more often list the artists I’m a fan of – and that’s sometimes different to the places I get ideas from. And when it comes to recording an album, everybody involved is an influence themselves.

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

HOMETIME: My latest release is my third single. It’s called “It Beats Living Alone.” It’s a mid-paced piece of electronica with a soulful vocal and lyrics about the cowardice and self-delusion of staying in a failing relationship. I’ve been very lucky with the response. The word “beautiful” keeps getting used by radio presenters and that is incredibly humbling to hear.

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

HOMETIME: There hasn’t been a Hometime live show yet, so it’s hard to say. This project is different to anything I’ve done before. But the songs are great, so I’m confident that they’d lend themselves to a live show, if I were able to muster the courage!

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

HOMETIME: I’ve been in a bunch of bands over the years. It’s been a fantastic experience, and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that you need to nail the project in hand before looking at the next steps. If I’m still having as much fun in five years time, I’ll consider myself lucky.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With After Hour Animals

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 After Hour Animals.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: When it comes to the band we are all just a bunch of homies that truly love music. We love the way it makes us feel and how we’re able to connect with it more than any other form of expression.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: Every member has so many different influences when it comes to music. For the band as a whole it’s mostly BMTH, Beartooth & The Plot In You.

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

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: Our latest release “Lose My Head” is a track that gets stuck in your head before the first chorus is already complete. We feel it has all the best aspects of both Rock & Metalcore music combined into one.

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

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: We bring energy, We get in your face, We want our fans to help us put on a show. This is as much their band as it is ours. We want everyone to feel a part of AHA when they come to see us.

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

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: Obviously all bands have massive goals. We want to tour the world and meet every single person who connects with our music.

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

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 The Ansible.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE ANSIBLE: We are The Ansible from Austin, TX. We initially started out as a two piece. Greg, our guitarist, and Derril, our singer wrote and recorded the first album in 2015. We never really had aspirations of being a live band, but a great friend and Austin promoter pushed us to get a full line up. We did some searching and found Nigel and Darian and off we went. Mark is our newest member. He joined up with us about 13 months ago. We’re currently in the process of releasing our new EP, Existing to Repeat.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE ANSIBLE: Deftones is at the top of the list, for sure! We all have pretty diverse music tastes ranging from bands like Loathe, Spiritbox, and Sleep Token to Bon Iver, Circa Survive, and Bring Me The Horizon. But at any given point the van could be bumping Filth or Sevendust or even Billie Eilish.

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

THE ANSIBLE: So Existing To Repeat is like our COVID sessions. We were all in lockdown and decided we would hole up together for a couple weeks and just write about all the feelings we were going through from the isolation. Losing out on tours and other opportunities sent us spiraling and we just had to get that shit out. Musically we went in a little different direction. It’s still heavy, but instead of slapping your mama in the pit, it’s heavy in your chest. We wanted the songs to just blanket you and make you feel less alone and stressed.

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

THE ANSIBLE: You can expect to feel welcomed. We’re a family, and when you’re at a show we want you to feel like you’re part of our family. We always strive to play tight sets with lots of energy. We give our souls to the crowd.

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

THE ANSIBLE: Hopefully we’ll be touring full time! That’s the ultimate goal for all of us. We just want to be surrounded by music and all of its facets. Seeing the world, jamming everyday, and making new friends is the dream.

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

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 Void Collapse.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

VOID COLLAPSE: Well, we’re a two piece death metal band. Shane Elwell plays the drums, and my name is Terry Oberson, I fill everything else in. We work separate from each other. We talk about the style we’re going for, tempos etc. Shane records, and then I get working.

As this project has started coming to fruition as of late, it seems that we are in the style of early 2000’s death metal, which makes sense since that was our school, or probably both our favorite era.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

VOID COLLAPSE: Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Origin, Defeated Sanity, Waking the Cadaver, Bjork, The Beach Boys, too many to name. All I do is listen to music.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Our latest album is called “Gwenda” it is the first in a four albums concept about each of the tarot queens. Gwenda is the queen of wands, and kicks the albums off.

We hope everyone who is into extreme music checks it out. That’s all we really want. I like to juxtapose beautiful catchy parts, spoken word, and electronic segues, with the death metal. I’m trying give it a cinematic fantasy element, sort of like what Cradle of Filth does. I’m really proud of “Gwenda,” and for the most part it came out exactly how I wanted it to. I think people would really enjoy it front to back.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Unfortunately we don’t play out. Shane lives in Texas, and I live in Michigan. We both work full time, so it’s a logistics nightmare.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Honestly, I just want to be part of death metal. I’ve always loved it, and just hope I can contribute to it in some way. If people listen, and enjoy it that’s what all I want.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Trickshooter Social Club

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 Trickshooter Social Club.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: We wanted to not be a band in the traditional sense. Or at the very least, push what that idea meant-definitely not a bunch of guys staring at their shoes. We wanted to create a community. Where there was always an open seat for any instrument or voice to contribute something to. While there are core members of Trickshooter, we have a revolving door of contributors that push and evolve us. On any given night, we have dobro players, percussionists, rappers, spoken word artists up on stage and in the studio with us. It’s a bit gypsy like in its intent-a bit of a traveling roadshow, but there’s always a connectedness in the music, even with our newest members.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: It all begins and ends with The Beatles. They did everything before anybody did anything. We also love Tom Petty – he made honest music without pretense his entire career. Just a badass in every way. We also like bands like Cheap Trick because they wrote songs – with choruses and hooks and memorable lyrics. Not bullshit soundscapes or indulgent pap. We also love Social Distortion for their punch and simplicity. Neil Young for his dual personality of singer-songwriter, acoustic mastery. And being a noise savant. Steve Earle for his intelligence and candor. And when it comes to lyrics – our heroes are Leonard Cohen – the Zen master and Warren Zevon – the smirking smartass genius.

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

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: We just put out a new EP “Monte Carlo” on our new, awesome label, Animal
Farm Music. I think the thing we’ve always strived for, and are apparent on this album, is originality and authenticity. There is so much music out there that is fairly derivative and substitutes volume for substance. We look for meaning in every lyric, every chord and every snare hit. And even with as
many as nine people in this band at times, with so many different influences, you’ll know exactly where we’re coming from. These songs are honest and we think that’s why people connect with them.

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

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: Energy. Pure, relentless energy. We love what we do. We love those moments on stage with each other and the audience and we never take them for granted. I always found it strange when I’d go to a show and dudes would stand around and just strum guitars. So we set out to write music that would move people-audience members, sound people, the people working as bathroom attendants. But mostly, we wanted to move each other. And that’s what you see. Us playing songs that we feel deeply about, are connected to and enjoy playing with each other. And the pedal is down the entire time.

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

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: We are always writing and recording. So in five years our catalog will have grown exponentially. That said the goal is to continue to get our music heard by more and more people. And we’ll be doing what it takes. So in five years we will have traveled to new cities. We will have figured out (or trying to figure out) the latest social addiction and get our music up on it. And we hope to have new Trickshooters with us. We’ve always welcomed new contributors to this community we’ve created. And welcome new instruments, voices and genres. As we like to say, there’s always a seat open in Trickshooter Social Club.

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

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 River Knight.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: My name is Darren Knight. I play guitar and sing.

Stone: I’m Stone River and I just do vocals.

Darren: But we both do more on our album GROW. Percussion, keys, you know…

Stone: We had some guests on the album too, but it’s the two of us make up River Knight.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: Believe it or not, Iron Maiden. I’m not sure you can hear it in what I do now but they were very important early on. Guns n’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Hot Chocolate, many many more.

Darren: The Beatles, David Bowie, James Taylor, The Black Crowes, Elbow, Wham!. Hehehe.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: Our most recent release is our album “Grow.”

Darren: It’s a journey, it swells and flows but it changes and evolves and devolves. From the optimistic americana britpop of “She Came Round” to the more classic rock sounding songs like “Sense Out Of Crisis” and “Mystic Miles” to the fragility of Elope to a bit of rapping on “Th(f)ree.” Positivity is the meaning of the album.

Stone: But always acoustic, that’s our thing. We have various influences from multiple decades and genres, we create music that defies labels. I would say that each of the songs has its own individuality, all the while retaining the essence of what River Knight are.

Darren: At the end of the day they’re just good songs.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: A good time.

Stone: Always a good time.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: Hopefully be on our 3rd or 4th album by then, have a couple of world tours under our belts.

Darren: We’re gonna keep doing what we’re doing. I think I’ll keep doing this until I can’t.

Stone: Thanks for having us, it’s been a pleasure

Darren: Stay safe.

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

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 Johnny Stanec.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STANEC: I’m a singer-songwriter from Youngstown, OH. I started making solo records when my band wasn’t busy and after we called it quits in 2018 I started focusing solely on my own music. It’s a mix of Americana-inspired rock and the sounds of the 90s Britpop movement. Layered production and harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, slow and fast rhythms, etc. On record I record all the parts myself. I’ve done a lot of shows over the years and I have a pretty good back catalog to discover.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STANEC: Mostly songwriter types like Elliott Smith, Noel Gallagher, John Lennon, etc. I like music with a strong lyrics and a memorable vocal hook.

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

STANEC: Well, I’m not sure your readers will check me out. But I grew up listening to a lot of punk bands, which isn’t probably all that evident in my music, but even back then I needed a break from my usual tastes. So, maybe your readers, who are listening to a lot of metal bands, might like something different from their norm. And anyway, nowadays anyone can listen to anything. Whatever makes you happy. So to your readers, give it a try, you might like what I do. If you’re interested in clever lyrics and harmonies, check it out.

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

STANEC: I do a lot of acoustic shows these days. Covid also made it tough to do much, so lately it’s just me and some songs and my guitar. It’s intimate and somewhat intense at times, but those who come get a great show.

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

STANEC: My sound is always expanding. I like challenging myself and doing different things, so I can see myself pushing my own style in any number of directions. I’m never satisfied and I see my songs as a way to learn to be better. Every recording is an opportunity to do something new.

Thanks for chatting! Links to my music below.

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0smPQFYEVNXpKo4Dm2vxzX

Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/johnny-stanec/430450296

Bandcamp – https://johnnystanec.bandcamp.com/

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9aLpTEmdsBsrQtvGlExl4A

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/johnnystanecmusic/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/johnnystanec/