Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Hold On Hollywood

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 Hold On Hollywood drummer Devin Holden.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DEVIN HOLDEN: Personally, I would describe Hold On Hollywood as Houston’s most decorated alternative boy band. Always giving you your favorite flavor of new age pop infused with pure and divine rock n’ roll.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DEVIN HOLDEN: As a whole, our main sources range from bands like Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe, all the way to Incubus and Green Day. Mix a touch of 2000s emo music in there. That’s a pretty lethal combination.

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

DEVIN HOLDEN: Our newest release is our lead single “Movies” from our brand new EP “Love Stories”. After taking a few years between releases to improve our brand, we believe we are back stronger than ever with even more polished content. This release is also our first attempt at a complete music video production. We’re extremely proud of it and ecstatic to share it with everyone.

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

DEVIN HOLDEN: Our live experience has always been a focal point for us. The majority of us have been performing since we were very young. I’d say the biggest thing people can expect when they come to a show is the unexpected. I can honestly say that I’m even baffled by the end of most shows by how sporadic the roller coaster I just experienced was. You probably expect some shirtless dancing at some point of the night too. Just be prepared.

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

DEVIN HOLDEN: I can only see Hold On Hollywood improving its brand over the years to come. The band is currently five years old, but I would say it’s still in early development. In five years, I would expect to see the band making more efforts to become a nationally recognized act.

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

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 Catalysis.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CATALYSIS: We are a 5 piece metal band from Dundee, Scotland. We formed in 2016 and released our first EP, Into the Unknown a year later. In 2018, we had some lineup changes with our bassist moving to vocals and us becoming a 4 piece for a period, during which we released a self titled EP. In 2019, we became a 5 piece again and recorded our debut full length, Connection Lost, due for release in July 2020.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CATALYSIS: Musically we are all fans of Machine Head, Sylosis, Chimaira, Trivium and of course a lot of the classic metal acts like Sepultura, Slayer etc. We also have members who are very into black and death metal – you can hear little glimpses of that in our sound, but not super often.

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

CATALYSIS: Our latest release is technically our self titled EP as the album isn’t out yet (thanks, COVID-19). You should check it out to get an idea of our sound, ahead of the release of the new record this July. The full length takes what we did on that self titled EP and expands on it – more melodic passages, more involved songwriting, also more heavy in places. We’ve taken each of the core elements of the songwriting and turned them up to 11. Also, be sure to check out the new record as it features guest appearances by Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence) and Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich).

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

CATALYSIS: An energetic, passionate performance – we don’t like bands who just stand and do nothing on stage. We try to balance energy and showmanship with musical integrity and a good, tight set.

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

CATALYSIS: It’s hard to say – we’re all working, 2 of us have children. The band is definitely more of a hobby than a career, but we’re all very committed to it, too. In just over 3 years, we’ve released 2 EPs, we’ve got an album ready, we’ve toured Europe. I don’t see any signs of us stopping!

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

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 The KillerHertz.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE KILLERHERTZ: We started back in late 2011 – Thomas Trold on guitar and vocals, Kent KillerHertz on drums and two former members Tais Pedersen on lead guitar and Stefan Staff on bass. We were childhood friends who have had a break from the music scene due to family and kids…we came from different bands, such as Saturnus, Pitch Black and Morbid Vision, meaning we mostly played thrash and death metal. But after a few years break we were eager to start a band together – and in the rock genre instead. Tais and Thomas had already some ideas, which quickly turned in to a few songs, and in 2014 our first album came out called “Killer Anthem”. The second album came in 2017 called “Mirrors Portrait”. Along the way we have had some changes in our line-up. The two new spots are now filled in with Jonas Roxx on lead guitar and Jakob Nielsen on bass.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE KILLERHERTZ: Our inspiration and influence thrives mostly through classic bands and artists from the 70´s, 80´s and 90´s, such as Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate etc. – the era of that time has had a significant influence on all of us, some of the best albums are made in that period!

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

THE KILLERHERTZ: The title is “Innocent Sinners” – it contains three original songs and a cover version by an old Danish band called Danseorkestret. We wanted to use time on fewer numbers instead of a full album, which normally contains about 10-12 songs – It gave us more time to focus on our sound, and on each number in particularly – such as adding more keys and gimmicks in the recording process, which gave it all a wider sound and expression to the songs. Perhaps a more modern, polished sound to it, if you compare it with our first two releases. But our sound has improved significantly, our way of playing as a band, our internal understandings when it comes to writing music and rehearsals. We have definitely improved on all parameters, and it will hopefully bring the band into a new era. A new era that hopefully will give us a wider audience outside the Danish border.

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

THE KILLERHERTZ: High energy live shows with catchy choruses and tight beats….and we are giving away free stuff, such as CDs and other merch – and we have this cover song we used to play at the end of our shows, where some of our female fans tends to show breasts during the song…definitely a perfect crowd pleaser ha-ha!

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

THE KILLERHERTZ: Well… A couple of albums more, perhaps even a double album – played some of the European rock festivals… small tour in Asia perhaps, and hopefully played some gigs in both South America and the US as well. But at the moment it´s all about rehearsals – we need to get in shape for the summer – Our EP-album will be released the 29th of May, and we have music videos, with four releases within a month and a half of each other, which means releases in January, March, May and June this year, so still a lot to look forward to in the near future. You can always follow us on our Facebook.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With D-Mad Devil

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 D-Mad Devil.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

D-MAD DEVIL: D-Mad Devil is a solo music project for metalcore & post-hardcore by Daichi Nathaniel from Japan. In June 2018, Daichi begun writing and recording songs that included metalcore/post-hardcore styles with his low budget gears alone. After writing 3 songs alone, in June 2019 Daichi decided to contact with Christian Grey (from Villain of the Story) to feature his vocals on Daichi’s song. The project with Christian became Daichi’s turning point for his music project. Along with the vocal feature, Daichi had a great opportunity to co-write a song with Christian and learn new things from him. This was Daichi’s first project collaborating with professional musicians. In September 2019, he released a single ‘Giving It Everything (feat. Christian Grey)’ and started his journey as a professional brand. Songs for D-Mad Devil’s upcoming debut EP are being written. The 1st single ‘Holding On’ from the EP is out now!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

D-MAD DEVIL: Asking Alexandria, Blessthefall, Crown the Empire, We Came As Romans, Villain of the Story, etc.

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

D-MAD DEVIL: Here’s my latest song, which is the 1st single from my upcoming EP: https://song.link/xnzvxnsdxzk2k. I think this would excite someone who liked melodic metalcore/post-hardcore

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

D-MAD DEVIL: There’s currently no plans for live shows. Writing and releasing songs should come first for me.

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

D-MAD DEVIL: More fans would come with my higher quality music video. And more monthly listeners (estimated about 30,000) on Spotify.

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

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 Forrest.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

FORREST: We started out when Hailie asked our guitarist, Michael, and drummer, Levi, to back her up at a little house show in Berkeley. She had a handful of songs that she had been playing for years as a singer-songwriter. Once the trio decided to have some fun and play as a full band, Michael and Levi pulled bassist, Manu, into the mix completing the lineup. We threw together a 20-minute set in a week rocked that tiny house show, and from that point on we all realized this band really should be more than a one-time show. We started practicing regularly, booked some shows at some local bars and DIY venues, and even spent some time in studio working on our first EP, and now here we are, ready to get back on stage!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

FORREST: We have a lot of influences actually. When Hailie writes she channels her inner Julian Baker and she’s also a huge Radiohead fan. Michael loves ambient music and goes for the Explosions in the Sky and OWEL sound with his leads. Levi is all over the place, he loves quirkiness in his music, so The Strokes and St. Vincent are big inspiration for him. Manu loves his emo music and is also big jazz fan, so bands like AFI and Snarky Puppy are what he likes to jam to.

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

FORREST: We just put out our first EP, “Temper” at the beginning of April! It’s worth checking out because it’s really unique and dynamic. We really shoot for emotion in our music, so the songs are meant to hit you in the gut, but they also have moments that just make you want to bop around and dance a little! We’re really proud of it and we put a whole lot of work into it so we really think you’ll all like it!

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

FORREST: We’re all dorks, so you can expect us to be dorks on stage! We like to jam and try really hard to make sure our live sets sound great and that we have the energy to make the crowd want to dance or cry or both! We’re also working on coordinating our set with a custom light show, so if everything goes according to plan you can expect a true performance on stage, not just a band playing music!

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

FORREST: We’re in this for the long run, so we’re hoping to get signed, go on a few tours, put out another EP or two and maybe even a full album! We’re hard at work writing while stuck at home in this whole Covid crisis, so we’re heading towards another big release! We all love music and playing together, so we want to stick to it and bring anyone who listens a true musical experience!

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

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 Sentinel Complex.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SENTINEL COMPLEX: Sentinel Complex is a two piece cyberpunk metal act with music that ranges from fast heavy riffs and drum beats to industrial electronic sound design and synths. We started making music together for a few indie game/film projects in 2014, and after some time and realizing we had a connection we started writing music for ourselves under our original name – Nova Prospect. In 2016 we re-branded under the name Sentinel Complex and have been honing our sound and style ever since.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SENTINEL COMPLEX: Our influences actually range from a bunch of different artists, since we combine elements from metal, electronic music and also a lot of film score works. For metal, our main influences are bands like Fear Factory, Mechina and The Defiled. When it comes to electronic elements, we try to pull a lot of techniques from darker artists like 1788-L, Swarm and some of Trent Reznor’s more electronic pieces. Film score makes up a large chunk of where our ideas come from and we both have a huge mutual admiration for Hans Zimmer! He is definitely our most loved composer, but we also love people like John Carpenter and Vangelis too for the horror and cyberpunk twists!

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

SENTINEL COMPLEX: We recently dropped our newest song “Demise Of The Faithful,” with is a more metal focused track which still blends in elements from orchestral and industrial genres. The song is our take on the beginning of the apocalypse, and is also loosely inspired by the Book of Revelation as well as other myths and end time texts. If you love heavy hitting metal with a good amount of synth and sound design, you’ll love this track!

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

SENTINEL COMPLEX: Unfortunately shows aren’t a thing we are doing at the moment, but it is something we want to do once we have enough material we deem worthy and once we get the rigs together! We would love be able to pull of some crazy theatrics and have some audio-visual things going on in the background to really have the shows be immersive as possible!

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

SENTINEL COMPLEX: Honestly as long as we are able to continue what we are doing with an audience which is always happy to hear new material from us, that’s what we are here for. We would love to grow and expand and get our music out to further corners of the world though, and a tour would probably be our biggest goal since it is something we both would love to do!

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

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 Undefeated.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

UNDEFEATED: Booming bass, war-like drums, and a lil bit o’ glitter! We’re from Lewis County, New York. About 45 minutes from the Canadian Border. There’s a lot of classic rock and country up here, and it comes out whether we mean it to or not! So embrace it and make it more metal :).

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

UNDEFEATED: Our drummer (Christian) is a die-hard djent/metal/screamo fan. Ian’s (bassist) heart was born and raised in classic rock. You know, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the whole thing. Then there’s me (Meredith… the green-haired gal!). I LOVE to sing. You can’t take a singer and stick her in one genre. The trick is melding these three sounds without losing what God gave each one. The whole is greater than the piece. Lacey Sturm is a favorite of mine. She is an incredible lyricist, and has her own vocal sound. Christian is a big fan of Random Hero’s old stuff, and Demon Hunter. He really likes the feel of the drums, and how they drive they music. (Example: By My Side by Demon Hunter) Ian admires The Beatles, for creating something that hadn’t been done before.

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

UNDEFEATED: We just put out our second single, Where Are You. We also have Shadows out, and three more songs to put out in the next couple months to complete a 5-song EP. We think every album worth buying has a signature song, and an anchoring ballad! A rock sound with a sprinkling of progressive/punk is what you’ll experience with this first EP!

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

UNDEFEATED: Our lead vocalist can flat out sing. Christian is a BEAST on the drums. The bassist adds smoooooth lines. Our shows include ballads for those who like it from the heart; and some rockin’ tunes for you head-bangers. You’re not going to sit and listen to the same sound over and over. Keep up with us on our pages! (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube).

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

UNDEFEATED: We would like to make a full-time living performing. We’re excited to hit the road. The drummer has two years left of high school, so over the next year we’d like to try our hand at short tours (3 weeks to 3 months)!