Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Heat Of Damage

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Heat Of Damage.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HEAT OF DAMAGE: Heat Of Damage was created in 2013, and is based in Sacramento, CA. Our music is traditionally described as Hard Rock/Metal, but we are proud of a unique style that sets us apart when listening to your favorite heavy tracks. Music is our passion, and we do not limit ourselves, so each song is an independent creation with roots in the bands that inspire us and Hard Rock/Metal as a whole.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HEAT OF DAMAGE: We are influenced by artists old and new. We are big fans of bands such as Killswitch Engage and Trivium who are relatively newer, but also have roots from legends like Metallica. Also, can’t forget our hometown greats Deftones and Papa Roach!

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

HEAT OF DAMAGE: Our latest release is our single “The Gift,” released in June of this year, 2017. The music video for “The Gift” was just released September 1st. We think readers of a site described as about “things associated with rock and metal” will absolutely dig the song and accompanying video. The song is heavy, with intensity and melody, and the video has energetic performance shots punctuated by a dark, intense ode to film noir.

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

HEAT OF DAMAGE: We think of shows as something you do with an audience, not just to an audience, so we try to engage as many people from onstage as we can. People can expect heavy music, engagement, and a rowdy good time. We also like to introduce ourselves personally to as many people as possible as a ‘thank you’ for their attendance.

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

HEAT OF DAMAGE: In five years, we hope to be touring regularly and extensively. Ideally we will have fans at all corners of the country who come to see us, and international fans as well. (Looking at you, Europe).

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Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Mike Milan Dedic

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with rock guitarist Mike Milan Dedic.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MMD: When I started playing guitar I was very fortunate to have a lot of the great guitar players in the prime of their career to look to for inspiration. When I saw Eddie Van Halen back in 1981 with front row seats, I knew I wanted to play lead guitar. From there, players like Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Randy Rhodes and Malmsteen inspired with their classical influence.

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

MMD: My latest release is entitled ‘Escape’. It is a guitar-driven instrumental piece that I hope can
give anyone looking for a boost to their day a bit of a recharge to their batteries!

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

MMD: As we are planning some showcase gigs very soon; a high energy very up-tempo music set can be expected. I find that when we play my songs in a group setting, the adrenaline of the moment always entices us to play the songs at a quicker pace than how they were recorded!

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself​ in 5 years?

MMD: I’m just going to continue drawing inspiration from all sorts of music and come up with new guitar instrumental songs to record. I have been in contact with many accomplished musicians from around the globe so more collaborating might also be on the agenda. We’ll see. I’m just having fun!

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Hogan’s Goat.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little bit about your band:

HOGAN’S GOAT: Hogan’s Goat out of Nashville, TN is a collective of folks from Montana, Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Our name is from old folklore about a goat who was known to be smelled miles away. Ugly creature. Our band is against the grain, and we don’t really fit in to any scene. Just how we like it.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HOGAN’S GOAT: The list varies by day. Right now From Mastodon to Guns N’ Roses. ASG’s latest record is really cool. We listen to a bit of everything.

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

HOGAN’S GOAT: Hogan’s Goat is set to release July 18th. It’s our debut LP. “You might like it, you might hate it. I don’t fuckin’ know what you like.” – Wayne

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

HOGAN’S GOAT: Our main focus while writing is to make sure it translates well during our live sets. However, the energy is always high and spontaneous. You never know what we might do.

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

HOGAN’S GOAT: Hopes are high. We’d like to tour the world, and are doing everything we can to make that happen.

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with alternative rock artist Tali Dennerstein.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about yourself:

TALI DENNERSTEIN: I’m an alternative rock singer, songwriter and producer. I’ve always been very passionate about music and from very early on in my life, I listened to 80’s and 90’s gothic, grunge and alternative rock, which really got me inspired me to start my own musical journey. I’ve always enjoyed writing melodies and lyrics and after being in a few different bands over the years that ultimately parted ways, I decided to become a solo artist.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TALI DENNERSTEIN: I’m inspired by many different artists and bands but my biggest inspirations I’d say were Curve, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Nick Drake, The Chameleons. I love Curve’s Doppleganger album and the way the guitars created a huge wall of distorted sound. I also loved the way they used a lot of electronic elements, which merged in, with the guitars. It made the tracks sound quite industrial, even though they were considered a shoegaze band. They had a very interesting and unique sound. I’ve also been very inspired by how grunge bands wrote their lyrics. They were often really deep and introspective and really made me think about what message they were trying to convey. I liked the fact that the lyrics weren’t straightforward and were hard to figure out sometimes and that everyone could find their own meaning in them.

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

TALI DENNERSTEIN: My latest release is a seven track EP called “Live For Tomorrow”. The songs are a mix between pop and folk rock with some ambient electronic elements and the EP has quite a 90’s feel to it. The songs are filled with heartfelt lyrics, about having hope for the future when things feel bad or go wrong, finding inner strength and letting go of the past. The first song is called “Summertime” and it’s a very catchy upbeat pop rock song, with a feel good Summer vibe. It’s about releasing and letting go of negative thoughts and instead embracing all of the small meaningful and beautiful things in life, when we’re stuck in a cycle of depression. It’s also about keeping hope alive and just trying to stay optimistic. The second song is called “Tonight” and is a folk rock song. It’s about a girl, being led on a journey to find herself and unknowingly being guided by invisible forces, in the right direction who are watching over her and protecting her. The third song is called “Live For Tomorrow” and the track is an indie pop song, about a relationship, that just isn’t working out and it’s about just accepting things and looking to the future and letting go of the past. The fourth track is called “Hurt”. It’s a slow electronic ambient song and the is about unintentionally hurting someone you love, feeling regret over the situation and how you miss them after they’ve gone. The fifth track is called “See The Sun”. This one is very 90’s Brit pop, in style and it’s about closing the door to the past and looking forward towards a brighter future. The sixth song is called “Skyline”. It’s about being there for someone who’s hurting and telling them you’ll always be there for them. The final track is called “Far Away”. That song is about imagining a better world, where hatred, greed and fear don’t exist.

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

TALI DENNERSTEIN: I don’t have any live shows planned for the moment but I am a perfectionist, so I tend to put a lot of effort into my live shows. You could expect a very genuine, passionate and heartfelt performance, with catchy and memorable songs, thought inducing lyrics and some powerful guitar riffs and melodies.

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

TALI DENNERSTEIN: I haven’t really thought that far ahead. I tend to take one day at a time but hopefully I’ll still be writing, recording and releasing more music, into the world and as long as it benefits or touches people in some way, that’s all I could ever wish for.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Crow Country Outlaw

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Swedish hard rockers Crow Country Outlaw.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little bit about your band:

CROW COUNTRY OUTLAW: We are a hard rock band with roots in blues, country and punk. We have been playing for almost 4 years now and during that time we have released one album, toured some of Europe and are currently working on our second album and tour.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CROW COUNTRY OUTLAW: We have a lot of influences but some we have in common are Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, and Nirvana.

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

CROW COUNTRY OUTLAW: Our latest release is a punk-anthem called ’’Break Through The Wall’’ – which we released last year only as a live video. This song is for all of you who feel affected and angry about how mainstream and social media portraits the world as a dark and dangerous place to live. It is a song about not being afraid but also to take a stand for those who are in that gloomy mind state and show them that you can’t cease to live just because times get tough. You got to stay true to what is right and also not ignore what is wrong but do something about it.

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

CROW COUNTRY OUTLAW: A lot of action, a lot of groove and a lot of laughs and energy.

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

CROW COUNTRY OUTLAW: Touring more of the world with a couple more of fantastic records out there with a whole legion of friends and fans coming out to share the excitement.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Drops Of Heart

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Russian metal band Drops Of Heart.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little bit about your band:

DROPS OF HEART: We are Drops of Heart, metal band from Ufa, Russia. You can hear a lot of melodies, speedy riffs and atmospheric and ambient influences in our music. We don’t try to play some definite genre of metal, but it mostly sounds like melodic death and modern metal. We sing in Russian because, in our opinion, Russian language is very suitable for metal.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DROPS OF HEART: It’s hard to choose the musicians and artists who was most influenced us. But we’ll try. First of all, bands like Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Insomnium, etc. We love different atmospheric rock and metal bands: Alcest, Anathema, Mono, Maybeshewill, Deafheaven, Cult of Luna. Of course we must notice alternative legends like Nirvana, Guano Apes and other bands. And we don’t forget how it all started: all we grew up from different kinds of Russian rock.

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

DROPS OF HEART: We released several maxi-singles in 2016-2017. It was like a new page in history of our band because, honestly, our last full-length album («Новая Надежда», 2014) wasn’t as cool as we wanted. It was our first attempt to make some big and full-fledged thing, but we didn’t have enough skills and live experience. We knew that we can make our music better. And we did it (at least we think so), show listeners that we can be the band they love. Now the new (and last before the album) maxi-single is preparing to release and will be available on June 22. At the moment the last single is the holiday track “Ой, Мороз, Мороз” (“Oh, Frost, Frost”), cover on the deathless Russian folk song and it sounds like a mix of Russian folk and modern metal.

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

DROPS OF HEART: We don’t want to tell some typical things like “it will be amazing show with wild energy” and other. We will just try to make them happy for some time.

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

DROPS OF HEART: We want to make something really great and important for world metal scene, to leave a mark in history. And touring, of course. We haven’t any possibilities to spend much time on the roads and scenes now. But we will try to fix it.

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Doug Friend, Peter Snee, and Zach Patch from Crypitus.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

Doug Crypitus is my first and only musical project I’ve worked on so the arsenal of songs we work with are a culmination of music I’ve wrote in my life. Sometimes I get wicked nostalgia from the songs but seeing them come to life after so many years is so amazing. The project was first started in 2015 with my old friend Logan Hayes. Him and I played music together through our childhood but we had a falling out and went our separate ways. I moved in with Peter in 2016 and he started to catch on to my riffs and then soon enough we were trying to find ourselves a drummer. Zach popped up on Facebook and now here we are!

Pete: Crypitus is the sound of breaking bones! Doug and I started jamming together after being roommates and not being able to find musical projects. Originally I mistook Zach for another drummer friend of mine, but he turned out to be a perfect addition anyway.

Zach: Well, you already know that Crypitus is the sound of breaking bones, but Crypitus is also the sound of extreme musical perseverance and a life long dedication to playing wicked tunes. Crypitus is also the sound of clowns and bacon filled tacos.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

Doug: My main influences are Megadeth and Death. Both bands offer so much as far as musicality and lyrical themes go. These bands will always be my heros.

Pete: I’m influenced by rock and metal music spanning the past 60 years. Pink Floyd influenced me a lot with their storytelling, weaving whole novels with simplistic chord progressions that speak to the soul. Barishi, a trippy progressive metal band from Brattleboro, VT, gave me a new-found desire to be a better guitar player. They used clean tones during the solos, yet you could hear every note so clearly and it never lost the momentum. Blew my mind.

Zach: My main influences are Blake Richardson from Between The Buried And Me and Frank Zappa with, of course, Terry Bozzio. Mike Portnoy is another big one. On top of these influences, every show we play, there’s one or several bands that completely blow me away. I try to learn and apply whenever I meet greatness.

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

Doug: Our latest release will be our first studio work called Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World. It will feature three of our songs Breakdown, Tundra and Thunder. All home recorded, produces and mastered by my friends Doug and Zach Norford. So simply speaking your readers should check us out because we believe that this HomeGrown Vermont Metal demo is a perfect introduction to Crypitus and also a great demonstration of what a self funded band can accomplish on their own!

Pete: Our upcoming demo, Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World, is a short compilation of our first songs together. Readers should check it out because why not? It’s been a year in the works, it’s been clinically proven to melt the skin off your face; you can’t afford to not give it a listen.

Zach: You should check out our demo, really, because if you don’t, I’ll find you in the afterlife and shit won’t be pretty. Other than that, we poured our souls into this and it’d make us really happy if you give a listen.

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

Doug: Crypitus is a high energy band which calls for high energy from the audience. Mosh pits, headbanging, fuck you can even dance to it if you want. If you’re having fun so am I!
Pete: Expect mosh pits, headbanging, ground-crushing riffs, sky-shattering percussion, and solos like lighting strikes on your ear holes.

Pete: Expect mosh pits, headbanging, ground-crushing riffs, sky-shattering percussion, and solos like lighting strikes on your ear holes.

Zach: Energy like you’ve never felt before. Clowns. Guitarists running in circles in the crowd, and of course, the most brilliant psychedelic thrash you’ve ever heard, oh and bacon filled tacos.

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

Doug: In five years I want to be playing places all over the country, I want people blaring our music in their cars driving by people screaming “fuckin’ CRYPITUS!” I want people with our name in ink on their bodies. In five years time, our voice will be heard.

Pete: A lot can happen in 5 years. Our next steps are an album and lots more touring around the north-east. By 2022, you’ll be able to see Crypitus on every continent during our world tour.

Zach: In five years time, Crypitus will be a well known name. We will be playing in every plausible country on the planet.