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

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 Dowd from Stratus Nimbus.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DOWD: This band was formed in August of 2014 by my brother Dan Dowd and I having a desire to record music together.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DOWD: We like bands like Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Trouble, Witchfinder General, Hawkwind, Fu Manchu, and Nebula

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

DOWD: Our self-titled debut album is a collection of songs that represent our diverse style. Recorded on a low budget, But with a lot of heart put into the music we wanted others to hear.

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

DOWD: We are currently not playing live. Although we intend to deliver strong live shows with the energy of the crowds by 2017

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

DOWD: In 5 years we hope to still be an active band with new music that surpasses anything we create at this point. Our goal is always to improve as musician’s as we move forward.

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

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 Fero Lux.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

FERO LUX: Fero Lux started on a hot Summer night here in south Florida, while all the members were in other bands. We didn’t know what this would turn into but it felt right. So we continued writing, got robbed at gun point outside of the studio, kept writing, recorded some stuff and started touring. We played our first show on All Hallow’s Eve 2010. Spooky!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FERO LUX: We have so many influences it’s cliche to say the ones we kind of have a similar sound to. But Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Waits, At The Drive-In and Ol’ Dirty Bastard make us who we are today.

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

FERO LUX: Our most recent release is called “No Rest”, it’s a full length record. We kind of touch on a lot of social issues here in America on the record — so if you’re looking for something to be mad about, check out the record! It’s also kinda heavy and melodic and mathy and chill and noisy and fun. There’s something for everyone on this shit.

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

FERO LUX: Stage dives and high fives.

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

FERO LUX: On tour with bands we liked 10 years ago who are doing 15 year anniversary tours. Ha!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Barbar’O’Rhum

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 Mathieu Torres from the pirate metal band Barbar’O’Rhum.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TORRES: We have a lot of influences, each musician brings their own influences in the band. But our main influences are Celtic Rock, Irish Punk and Folk Metal. We create our own sound, “Rock ‘n’ Rum”, by mixing all these kinds of music. We can also quote Traditionnal Music and Sea Shanties.

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

TORRES: Our lastest release is our first album “Toutes les Routes Mènent au Rhum”. Or “All roads lead to Rum” in English. This CD was released on the 1st July, 2016.

We think readers of this site should check it out because we try to play our own sound, our own universe, our own kind of music. We sing in French, we mix Metal/Punk/Rock and Celtic music, we are talking about pirates, rum, treasures and wenches, so come take a bottle a rum and enjoy our first album matey!

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

TORRES: Our live shows are a journey in the Golden Age of the Piracy! People can see our pirate clothes, our sceneries (barrels, gallows, skeleton, rudder …), our traditional instruments (bagpipe, bouzouki, tin whistle)! We want to bring people in the past, in Tortuga, on a pirate ship! Are you ready for the boarding?

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

TORRES: Well, we are a 3-year band, we hope we will continue to sail, to plunder and to play pirate music in Europe and why not in all the world ! A lot of shows!

Stay Free!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With ERA 9

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 the “traprock” band ERA 9.

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METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ERA 9: The number 9 represents liberty and positivity. We are a new era of music that isn’t just for one person. We cater to all who open themselves to it! We value creative freedom in music and we promote open mindedness and imagination. Hence, ERA 9. We are a “TrapRock” band that is male and female fronted.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ERA 9: It’s more of genres of music that inspire and influence us most, rather than just bands or artists. The core of our music will be hard rock, with heavy riffs, but we enjoy changing up the basic usual structure of songs to an EDM/Trap type of structure.

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

ERA 9: We’ve been writing/recording new material and gearing up to take over the world in 2017. We’ll be releasing a full length album, called “Gravity”, this coming Spring, and heading out on tour to promote it. They should check it out because we have a unique sound, merging Rock and heavy guitar riffs with Hip-Hop, Trap/EDM, and melodic and Pop vocals. If you’re open-minded and appreciative of all genres of music like we are, you’ll definitely love Era 9.

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

ERA 9: We can definitely say we give the party-starting, give-no-fucks approach to our live shows. People from different scenes come together and party hard to our genre-bending sound. Whether it’d be by moshing with the rockers, dancing with the girls or straight up vibing with the hip-hop crowd. Our music touches each end of the spectrum with heavy guitar breakdowns and trap drops, accompanied by epic EDM buildups and big bass, all meshed with melodic vocals. Our stage presence is very energetic and audience engaging. We tapped into our DIY skills to prepare a visually compelling experience. We have our independently sequenced light and smoke show along with back drop video projections as we perform. You wanna be there.

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

ERA 9: We hope to be performing our music for fans all around the world!

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

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 Guile from the folk metal band Drenaï.

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METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

GUILE: In fact, each member of the band have several influences: one likes NWOBHM and rap, one likes Irish and Celtic music, one likes technical and jazz… I am keen on Metal (in general but Death and Black symphonic especially) and orchestral music but I listen to every kind of music. For I am the main composer (with Ben, who plays the bass), I try to melt all the ideas to make something that sounds unique and please everyone in the band. People/listeners can find what they are used to listen to, but the most seasoned musicians may dig in our tracks to find the “easter eggs” we put in our music (for those who follow our career since our beginning), whose goal is to sound easy and approachable in a way, but complex at the same time for the one who’s used to look for leitmotivs like in a Wagner’s opera.

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

GUILE: This EP, “Nadirs”, is kinda special in our discography. It’s a kind of bet, for we usually play in a folk-death metal genre and this EP is full acoustic. It is still Drenaï and its way of composing, but with no distorted sound. Our work is based on British author David Gemmell’s books and the universe he painted and planted into heroic fantasy. “Nadirs” is a sort of epic tale that you can listen to reading his books simultaneously. Diego (our singer) is the narrator of this tale while everyone in the band had something to record (his/her usual instrument, an unusual instrument, a choir part). This EP has something special too: we have appealed to many guests, playing in others bands or musical formations, playing folkloric instruments (that we are not able to play wink emoticon ) so as to sound more genuine and fit to the universe our lyrics try to translate. This EP deals with the advent of one of Gemmell’s main characters, Nosta, raised in the steppes our the Nadir land, who is to become Nosta Khan, one of most the powerful shaman and power broker of the drenan lands. Furthermore, this EP is announcing our next LP (we’re actually working on, already composed and at the state of rehearsing): some themes will be used again and deepened in our next opus (which will be worth listening to, of course slightsmile emoticon ).

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

GUILE: Fun and having a good time with our shows, but not only watching musicians playing music: we incarnate one or several characters on stage and have a lot of interaction with the audience during role-play parts. Diego is Druss (Gemmell’s main character), Martial (our flute player) is the voice of the demon haunting Druss’ battle axe “Snaga”, Greg (our lead/rhythmic guitar player) is one of Druss’ soldier, Adelia (our keyboard player) incarnates Rowena (and another role for the next LP), Ben is Bodasen, I (Guile, other lead/rhythmic guitar player) play either Sieben or Nosta Khan (depending on the setlist we first determined before our gigs)… And without forgetting our drummer and percussionist, Simon, who can’t really play play on stage because he’s behind his drums XD. The audience can listen to music but also be involved in scenery.

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

GUILE: Playing or having played in many countries (yours, for instance XD). We don’t tend to become stars, win a Grammy or something like that, but being broadcasted everywhere possible could be great, so as to share our music with a perpetually growing amount of people, to touch the listeners’ souls, to have them traveling with us in our musical world…

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

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 Threatpoint.

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METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THREATPOINT: Sure, Threatpoint is Chris James(vocals), CJ Krukowski(drums), Matt Van Fleet(bass) and myself, Alex Olivetti(guitar). The band formed in early 2012. CJ and I were in a band that had just broken up and Chris’ band at the time had just broken up as well. We knew each other for a few years since our old bands used to play together. Our bassist Matt is actually the one that told Chris we were looking for a singer, since they used to be in band together. That’s where the initial seed for the band was planted. We’ve had many line-up changes through the years and now Matt is officially a part of the band. It’s very fitting since he’s the one that pretty much put the band together and it’s great since we all knew each other prior to starting this.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THREATPOINT: Everything from The Doors to Cannibal Corpse. We all listen to different bands within and outside of the metal genre and try to bring those together to make our sound. As far as bands that are similar we get a lot of comparisons to Testament, Killswitch Engage, Devildriver and Pantera.

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

THREATPOINT: Our latest album “RIP” has a little bit of everything we’ve done in the past as well as new elements. The fastest song we ever wrote is on here as well as the darkest/moodiest track we ever wrote. Our friend Lauren from the band Dramascream even did guest vocals on a track. It’s a very diverse record and has something for everybody. We also completed our first music video, with the help of our friend Nick, for the track “Bury the Wicked”. You can check out the video here:

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

THREATPOINT: We all love to play live, that’s the strongest aspect of the band. The songs are written with the live show in mind; we write upbeat, heavy music and are very energetic onstage. When the fans get into it, we feed off of their energy, and the vibe is unreal.

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

THREATPOINT: Still expanding our sound as well as spreading out to new areas and reaching new fans.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Edge Of Paradise

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 Margarita Monet from Edge Of Paradise.

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METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MONET: We all come from different backgrounds, but the core of our sound is the combination of heavy metal that our guitarist Dave brings to the music, complimented by my melodic, theatrical and a bit classical influence! I grew up playing classical piano so at times you can here that in the melodies. As a singer, I’m a huge Dio fan! As a band we are influenced by Korn, Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath… But ultimately we always want to create something that can stand the test of time, something unique that holds meaning to us and others!

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

MONET: We have a new CD coming out March 10th, ALIVE! We had an amazing team of people we worked with on this CD. Chuck Johnson who was the guy behind Korn and Slipknot produced this, and we are confident that the outcome is the most exciting Edge Of Paradise experience yet! It’s heavy, melodic, industrial, dynamic, every song is different enough to keep you listening and as a whole, the CD is an epic sonic experience, there is something for everyone!

If you’re new to the band, check out our last release Immortal Waltz (2015). You will get the essence of the band, traditional heavy metal mixed with theatrical and symphonic influences. Produced by legendary Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy…) it’s dynamic, unique and powerful, I think you might enjoy! slightsmile emoticon

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

MONET: Edge Of Paradise live show is a sonic and visual experience. We put a lot of emphasis on the sound, you will hear the quality of a recording amped up with high energy and emotion of a live show! We compliment the sound with stunning visuals and take you on a sonic roller coaster ride! slightsmile emoticon

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

MONET: We love playing, love making music and most of all, love meeting music fans, we just want to keep doing what we’re doing on a bigger scale so we can reach more people all over the world! Music is a universal language and it unites people and brings joy, we’re happy to be a part of this and are excited to grow the world of Edge Of Paradise!

I would like to thank Monet for the interview. Edge Of Paradise will release the title track to their new EP “Alive” on February 3. The music video will be released on February 10, and can be previewed below. The EP will come out March 10.