Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Ghosts Of Sunset

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 John Merchant of Ghosts Of Sunset.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MERCHANT: Ghosts of Sunset was formed by myself and Todd Long. Todd and I have both been writing, recording, performing and touring together for over 30 years. We started Ghosts of Sunset after I had an idea for a concept EP based around the 1980s hard rock scene in Los Angeles California USA. During that time period, bands were migrating to the west coast looking to find fame and fortune on the Sunset Strip. The story has been told before but never musically as a complete concept. Our EP “Headed West” allowed us to pay homage to some of our favourite music and musicians while telling a very compelling story. The actual human experience of these men and women who left their homes and stuck out to play their trade amongst the very best in world in a riveting one. Each of the songs on our EP tells the story lyrically, sonically, and musically while tapping into the ups and downs of what can be likened to the last “goldrush” in the United States.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MERCHANT: Ghosts of Sunset are influenced by a wide range of music. Of course, the primary influence is music of the 1980s music scene in LA. As musicians and writers though, we allow all of our influences colour our sound and compositions. That means Ghosts of Sunset are as influenced by RATT, Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, LA Guns, Guns N’ Roses and Faster Pussycat as we are the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and the Byrds. Our attention to lyrical detail owes as much to the depth of Bob Dylan’s work as it does the blue-collar stories of Jon Bon Jovi. We simply refuse to discriminate. Great songs transcend genre.

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

MERCHANT: Currently we are promoting our single “Miles In-Between” on Golden Robot Records. In October 2020 our second single will come out on the label followed by the full EP before the end of the year. I think if your readers love rock n roll and have an interest in its roots, Ghosts of Sunset are a perfect fit. We’re looking to connect with people who love music like we do. We’re “lifers”. This music is in our DNA and the stories we’re telling are universal to the human experience. You don’t have to have left your small-town home and ventured into the unknown to appreciate the level of sacrifice, guts, and determination it takes to make that commitment. Those experiences are true in any pursuit that you pour your entire heart and soul into. It can be music, art, sports, work, school or anything else. When you commit 100% your entire being is going to be impacted and affected along with all your relationships.

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

MERCHANT: They can expect to see a show that was influenced by a music scene that demanded a live EXPERIENCE. We came up in an era when even at the club level bands were expected to deliver an arena level show. We respect all audiences the same. We would never punish 50 people for not being 50,000. Our pride along drives us to deliver night after night on a consistent level. Our influences “raised” us this way.

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

MERCHANT: Ultimately our goal is to keep writing, recording and performing entertaining and compelling music. Every second we’re living, we’re absorbing more and more material for our music. The stories we tell are human stories. Whether we lived it or not, we’re astute enough to pay attention and let it influence our work.

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

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 Five Crumbs.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

FIVE CRUMBS: We are Five Crumbs, an alternative rock band from Greifswald, Germany. We released 2 EPs (“Fall Awake”, “Prisoners”) and one single called “Monster” so far and our new single “Gravity” is out now. We like to mix different genres in our songs and don’t shy away from experimenting with unusual sounds outside of the genre.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FIVE CRUMBS: Our main influences are bands like Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Shinedown, but we listen to all kinds of music (also a lot of metal bands like Gojira, Lamb of God and Trivium for example), which makes it even more interesting when we come together as a band and collect ideas for the songwriting process.

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

FIVE CRUMBS: Our new single “Gravity” is out now. It’s a very melodic song with some kickass riffs played in Drop A tuning. The breakdown section is really heavy and you will find yourself headbanging to it for sure. Our fully animated and hand-drawn video for this one is really exciting and you should definitely check it out.

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

FIVE CRUMBS: There is a lot of energy going on. It’s a transfer of energy from us to the crowd and back. We hope that we can play normal live shows again when the current situation has normalized again.

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

FIVE CRUMBS: It would be a dream come true if we could play the big stages here in Germany like at Rock am Ring for example. But we’d also like to visit other countries and rock out with our fans there as well.

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

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 Dax Dabs and Johnny Skulls of Above Snakes.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DAX DABS: After years of living in the filth among shady, ego driven Villains in Los Angeles, we decided we weren’t going to take it anymore. Following orders and getting in line was now a way of the past. We packed our bags and made our way back to Boston, destined to rise above and create our own future…

We released our debut single “Adrenaline” back on July 17th along with an animated visualizer. We’re big sports fans and always enjoy a good party smoking some great weed / dabs and don’t forget the whiskey!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JOHNNY SKULLS: My main influences are Metallica, Limp Bizkit, (both James Hetfield and Fred Durst are big influences vocally), Korn, P.O.D., Guns N’ Roses, and Blink-182.

DAX DABS: Very similar to Johnny’s, huge fan of Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Blink-182, Five Finger Death Punch. For me personally as a guitarist, I’ve been influenced by a lot of guitar players over the years:

– Ian D’Sa – Billy Talent
– Zoltan Bathory – 5FDP
– Barry Stock – Three Days Grace
– Wes Borland – Limp Bizkit
– Tom Delonge – Blink-182 / AVA
– Lee Malia – Bring Me The Horizon
– Rabea Massaad – Toska / Dorje

Tons more, but those are my absolute favorites!

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

JOHNNY SKULLS: Our latest release “Adrenaline” which came out back on July 17th, is a high energy, in your face anthem of not giving a fuck and living life how you want! It is also our debut single, so show some love and go spin it!!

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

JOHNNY SKULLS: They can expect a high energy atmosphere with a loud as fuck performance..always leaving you with something to remember. See you in 2021!!

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

DAX DABS: I think in five years we’ll still be doing the same things we do now, just on a larger scale. Making the best music we can possibly make, putting together the highest energy live performances, and talking to every single fan who takes time out of their day to show us love. Above Snakes is a way of life, and we’re going to get out there and show the world, one by one, what we’re all about!

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

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 Chaoseum.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CHAOSEUM: Chaoseum was founded in January 2018 in Switzerland. Our vision was to create a band for live performances! We asked Greg, our amazing drummer, to join us at the early stages of the formation, then followed in February 2019 our very talented singer CK Smile. After the release of our first album and our successful USA tour with Soulfly, our focus was on the release of a new single.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CHAOSEUM: Our core influence has always been the metal genre. Listen to our first album and you’ll hear Heavy Metal and Metalcore influences led by a distinct female vocal. Our following record sonically relates more to bands like Korn, Slipknot and Trivium.

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

CHAOSEUM: We invite your distinguished readership to subscribe, like and share our brand new music video coming out on August 29th on YouTube. We’ve also got our highly anticipated new Album “Second Life” coming out on September 25th. Which for the first time you’ll hear the incredible vocal performance of our Lead Singer CK Smile throughout the record. So if your readers are fans of bands like Korn, Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium they will love our new gem “Second Life”.

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

CHAOSEUM: As mentioned earlier, Choseum’s vision is all about Live performances. Live shows are where we excel and where our creative force and energy is set free. From our dramatic visuals to the high intense atmosphere in the crow, fused with our powerful sound, we invite everyone to join us to experience an unforgettable moment.

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

CHAOSEUM: In the next five years, we see ourselves growing in popularity internationally and also focusing on what we love doing the most, which is performing live. Being part of many other successful tours with other incredible musicians, playing in several different countries and cities around the globe and carrying out passion for music and creating meaningful connections with amazing people.

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

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 SuperLung.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SUPERLUNG: SuperLung was formed in late 2018 in the Industrial City of Mankato, Minnesota. It started as a promise between Forrest Wilkes (Bass) and Jeff Zimmerman – Zimmy (Vocals) when they were in the US Navy stationed in Palau – Sardinia, Italy in the early 1990’s. They played in a band called Pushrod over there, they always said they wanted to play again together once they got out, fast forward 20 odd years, and it is finally happening. Add Bret Pedersen – Elvis (Backing Vocals, Guitars), Jeremy Buendorf (Guitars) and Ryan McKeown – MQ (Drums) you have a working class Alternative Rock Band that meshes many different influences of music and brings a high energy live show.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SUPERLUNG: Our main influences are Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and 311.

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

SUPERLUNG: Our latest releases are the songs “Gotta Let Go” and “Sweet Sue”. “Gotta Let Go” is a slower ballad about finally realizing that a relationship you are in is toxic and that you have to let go of it for you own health no matter how much you love the other person. “Sweet Sue” is a grinder about one of our band members experiencing dating a stripper. Readers should check it out because we write from our hearts and about personal experiences we have gone through and I think that a lot of readers can relate to it as well.

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

SUPERLUNG: Expect to have fun, we bring a lot of energy to our live show, mix in positivity and some humor. It makes for a fun 60 minutes!

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

SUPERLUNG: We hope to be playing out as much as possible, hopefully have released a few records by then, and just continue to enjoy playing with each other and doing what we love to do.

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

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 Marcello Lega of Søndag.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

LEGA: Hello everyone!

I am Marcello of Søndag from Piacenza (Italy).

The band was born between 2013 and 2014 following the dissolution of the band “Edema” in which me (guitar), Marco Benedetti (guitar) and Riccardo Lovotti (drums) were already playing.

We decided after a few months off to continue with a new musical project, initially set up as a guitar (8-string) and drums duo.

Later Riccardo Demarosi (vocals, bass guitars) and Marco Benedetti (guitar) joined the band.

We spent several months figuring out how to set up the sound of the band using special instruments (8-string guitars and bass VI guitars), mixing heavier sounds with lighter ones to have a unique result.

After the first EP, the flow begun and we released a lot of material and international tours began for years now 😊.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

LEGA: To name a few: Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails.

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

LEGA: Our latest release is called “Trendsetter”, it’s a very powerful single that fully represents our vision of social networks in recent months.

We are planning another release of a single on August 31 which will be called “Titans”, if Trendsetter has intrigued you, listening to Titans is a must!

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

LEGA: Live shows… what good memories!

Unfortunately this pandemic has deleted that word from the dictionary, but we hope they will return soon.

Usually i would have answered to this question: “Something different.”

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

LEGA: I sincerely hope that our fanbase will expand considerably, thus allowing us to get noticed by big booking agencies in order to support bigger bands on tour and trigger a chain mechanism that makes us play more and more!

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

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 Alex Bosson of Lunar.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BOSSON: LUNAR is a progressive metal project. Home base I consider to be where I am in Sacramento, CA, but really our members are spread out all around. We’ve been around since 2013. We’ve gone through lots of struggles with line up changes from the get go, between not being able to find dedicated members and then Ryan Erwin (guitarist and co-founder of the band) passed away in 2018. But we’ve got a pretty solid lineup now and just continue to move forward and progress. We have an EP and 2 full-length albums out now and are currently working on our third album, hoping to release sometime in 2021.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BOSSON: Biggest influences I think would be acts like Opeth, Tool, Haken, Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree. However being a “prog” band I like to think that myself and all the members take influence from anything we listen to. We all have a pretty wide range of stuff we listen to and it’s not just rock and metal. We enjoy things like pop and jazz and stuff as well and like to let all those influences come through in our writing, I think.

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

BOSSON: The latest release is our 2nd full-length album entitled “Eidolon.” I wrote this album after Ryan (Erwin) passed away. I was dealing with the struggles not only of losing the only other full member of Lunar (at the time), but also one of my closest friends, as Ryan and I had known each other for most of our lives. The album deals with the stages of grief from the perspective of those left behind when a loved one dies. I think it’s an album that a lot of people can relate to, in that sense. And from the music side of it; I think it showcases a lot of the different influences I mentioned before and some incredible performances from everyone involved. And for the fans of progressive metal, they can hear some incredible guest appearances of members of Haken, Thank You Scientist, Fallujah, Caligula’s Horse, Unleash The Archers and Leprous!

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

BOSSON: Well we haven’t been able to play live at all yet. It’s pretty difficult to try and fund a US tour and not put yourselves thousands of dollars in debt. And with the fact that we’ve only recently gotten a full core lineup and the members living in different areas of the country, it, unfortunately, just hasn’t been a feasible option up to this point for us to do live performances.

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

BOSSON: My biggest hope in these next 5 years is that we will be able to tour. I know there are people around the world that would love to see us play live, and I would really love to do it with this band, so we’ll work hard to try and make that happen. And aside from that, really I hope we just continue doing what we’re doing. I hope we continue to write music that we can all be proud of and hopefully more and more people will discover and enjoy it.

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

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 Fatal Switch.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

FATAL SWITCH: We are Fatal Switch, a Rap Metal Rock band from Montreal Quebec Canada. We recently released our debut album Doctors & Demons that contains 10 full tracks of thoughtful stories injected into metal and rock songs. We have been crafting and perfecting a hybrid style that aims to respect both metal and hip-hop at their essence and blend them into one.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FATAL SWITCH: That can be a long list. But to keep it short we will say that it ranges from Pantera, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Tool and Metallica to A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Eminem, Raga Against The Machine and Beastie Boys.

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

FATAL SWITCH: Our latest single release is our title track called Doctors & Demons and your readers should check out the video (if for nothing else) because it stars original Suicide Girl model Stiletto Thunder Kiss. She did a fantastic job, but don’t take my word for it go see for yourself! It’s also a heavy song with some sick rapping so … there’s also that! And while you’re at it go check out our other songs where you can hear stories about homicide, aliens, robots, cyborgs and much more!

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

FATAL SWITCH: They can expect me to mosh with them. No seriously that’s a thing and it does happen mid song sometimes. Lots of energy as well. We definitely bring it live and play the album live even better than the record at times. We have truly deconstructed the songs and added different parts to them so that they are a version of their own that you can only hear if you attend one of our shows.

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

FATAL SWITCH: To the Grammys? Joking aside though, we are hoping to have at least 2 more albums out and least have toured all of North America and Europe. I see us heading into a crazy adventure trying to continually push the envelope of our sound and make many more connections with industry leaders and fans. 5 years can go fast so we have a lot work to do! And in the meantime, we will continue to blend hip hop and metal in completely new ways, so it’s hard to say where exactly our songs will land but we promise to keep it interesting and entertaining!

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

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 Esteban.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ESTEBAN: We are Esteban. We play Desert Funk music.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ESTEBAN: David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and Queen, let’s just go with these for now otherwise the list will be endless. Bowie was a pioneer of music and fashion, his biggest influence on us was that he always did his own thing, consistently performing at the top, whilst keeping his personal affairs out of the limelight and pushing the boundaries all the way to the very end. Stevie signed to Motown’s Tamla label aged 11 and hit the top aged 13! We were young to the stage too and for any aspiring artist, this is an inspirational beginning but, to go on to produce some of the world’s most important electronic, boogie jazz-funk and to be still performing is utterly jaw dropping – a living legend. Queen came along and re-wrote the rule books during the late 70’s and early 80’s. A band that didn’t really fit a genre exactly, but knew precisely how to use their individual talents to spur each other on to write perfect stadium anthems time and time again.

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

ESTEBAN: We have just released our second Esteban album Jackpot Motel, a 16-track desert funk odyssey. Our fans have been genuinely thrilled to get their hands on the album. They’ve waited very patiently so, when it was announced that it was happening, our Facebook was alive with genuine love and support, we are truly grateful for their response. We have the best fans; we wanted to make this record for them as much as for our record label and ourselves. I think because we kept these simple goals in mind, we managed to produce a very special and intimate album, we weren’t distracted by outside pressure’s so to speak, it is a record to cherish for these reasons.

As a band we have never tried to fit in to a particular genre, we coined the term ‘Desert Funk’ to describe our sound and it stuck, it’s the sound that we have always made when the four of us get into a room funky bass and drums, four part harmonies with a bit of Latin guitar thrown in.

Jackpot Motel is the rebirth of an unstoppable journey. Back in 2010, we were one of the busiest emerging bands in the country and in the midst of a monstrous nationwide tour. We could easily regard this period as the pinnacle of the Esteban odyssey; however, it was also what ultimately caused our demise. Long hours on the road, sleepless nights in vans and caravans and too many after parties to count inevitably took its toll on even the strongest of childhood bonds. The party stopped, and we called time-out.

But, like a gift from the heavens, an opportunity arose that none of us could have predicted. We met up in 2018 with our label The Animal Farm, England had just beaten Sweden in the World Cup and, on the banks of the River Thames, it was decided – Esteban’s reunion was confirmed.

What began as a jam, quickly formed the bedrock of a brand new and exciting second album. In spite of the years of separation, we were all amazed at how quickly muscle memory kicked in. The recording was agreed and over 8 winter days, a 16-track album was laid down with every ounce of determination that we all had clearly stored up for a long time.

We are a decade on now, and whether you know Esteban’s story or not, anyone listening to the Jackpot Motel will be taken on the same voyage the four of us have been on during this decade hiatus. For anyone who missed the party back then, our Dirty Wrecked album is there as proof!

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

ESTEBAN: We love the live thing, it’s our bread and butter and we lived for it back along sometimes playing 5 or 6 gigs a week, year after year totaling 315 gigs to date. We start the party hard, we take it to them, and we end on a high and sometimes playing for over 2 hours. It’s a cliché to say that the best shows we ever played were sharing the stage with the likes of Dizzy Rascal, the Zutons and Gomez when actually some of the best shows were intimate, when you can literally feel the heat from the crowd, they’re that close.

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

ESTEBAN: That’s a great question. I think the recordings will become such a wonderful experience that we’ll be in a very different frame of mind after 5 years. By that I mean almost by default, if you record often, you learn very quickly how to extract the best from each situation. We’ve always strived to create great songs, obviously, but with us it’s not about trying to write the best love song on Earth. There are situations going on in every person’s life that, if written about in the right way, will amaze even the most adventurous listener. To have 4 or 5 new albums is a very healthy but not unreasonable target.

We’ve also just picked up some great new equipment and kit ready for the live shows. This will allow us to have intimate relationships with the new gear, growing with it and working out the parameters and nuances built into the technology or carved into the wood by the hands of master craftsmen. We’ll be crafting our live show over the next year whilst the world hopefully settles into its new shoes so, stay tuned to our socials for some warm-up gig dates! Truthfully, we’re all geared towards the big tour, picking up where we left off. The big stage’s are awesome, we’ve been very lucky but we’re not resting on our laurels – we’ve got a great future ahead and if you want to be part of it too, welcome to the odyssey.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Horror Dance Squad

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 Horror Dance Squad.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Horror Dance Squad has been blasting stages throughout the Baltics since 2014, unapologetically blending metalcore and punk with vibrant electronics and delivering it to our audiences with unforgettable ferocity. We hail from Estonia’s capital, Tallinn.

The squad began taking formation when guitarists Indrek Ulp and Mikk Peetrimägi put their eagerness to keep the metalcore genre alive in Estonia together and began writing songs. They took on drummer Henri Kuusk and after about a year of practising and trying out vocalists (including Ian Karell who is originally from Pittsburgh, PA) the first lineup was established. We played our first show at the beginning of 2014. After a couple of years, we made a small lineup change adding vocalist Karl Mesipuu and synth and sample wizard Margus Tammela to our squad. This new lineup took us on a path that has definitively shaped and evolved our music into our own signature style.

Throughout our years together we have had the enormous pleasure of sharing the stage with international heavy hitters such as Siamese, Comeback Kid, Dead By April, Adept, Eskimo Callboy, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Deez Nuts, August Burns Red, One Morning Left and many others. We also represented Estonia at the 2016 Wacken Open Air Metal Battle.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: As a six-piece–each with our own long, personal music history–it shouldn’t be a surprise when we say that we have been influenced by more artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, activists and policymakers than can properly be named. However, we can trim it down to a few for you. Musically, we have been largely inspired by bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Parkway Drive, and Sikth. Non-musically, writers Stephen Pinker, Graham Hancock, Allan Watts and H.P. Lovecraft have inspired us in different ways. And, without a doubt, general curiosity and a drive to grow and learn will continue to influence us until the end of our days.

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

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Our new album, No Flag Will Fly Forever (coming out on September 25th), is our most ambitious work by far. It is our deepest dive into the style we have crafted for ourselves and truly embodies the values and spirit of the band. We worked hard to challenge ourselves as musicians and songwriters to make sure we wrote the best songs we could. The album was recorded in Tallinn, Estonia and mixed by Cody Stewart (The Browning) in LA.

True to our core, the album was inspired by topics we find essential to discuss: social and personal issues, justice and injustice, philosophy and spirituality. Questions and topics that are pressing for us as individuals, but which we feel are common issues for humanity in general. We hope that if someone is struggling with an issue in their lives this album will have a song that will speak to them and help them find a positive way to deal with it–or at least a few minutes to mosh it out.

To sum it up in a few words, No Flag Will Fly Forever is forty-four minutes of head-bopping, feet-tapping, scream-along mayhem!

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

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: Energy, energy, energy. We work very hard to bring our audiences the best live shows we can and we pride ourselves on being the most energetic metal band this part of Europe has to offer. We want our audiences to be able to truly feel how much we love playing the music we make. We love writing music, but the ultimate goal is to be able to share our passion from the stage. When you come to see Horror Dance Squad you get to see us at our most joyful.

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

HORROR DANCE SQUAD: To great places! We have been working hard for over six years bringing this band to where we are and we have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Once our album comes out this September, we already have many more big plans for the near future and we are confident we will be doing this for a long time to come. You can always expect more music, more shows, more videos and more fun!