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

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 Truth & Tragedy.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TRUTH & TRAGEDY: Truth & Tragedy is a post-hardcore 5-piece from Bavaria, Germany. We are: Aaron (vocals), Freddy (guitar), Kai (guitar), Vitali (bass) and Domi (drums) – our sound is raw, vulnerable, and at times brutal, with our lyrics often dealing with issues like trauma, alienation, substance abuse and PTSD, stemming from our singer Aaron’s own experiences serving in the US Army in Afghanistan. In our music, we take inspiration from a lot of alternative genres outside of hardcore, including metalcore, hard rock and (our personal favourite!) pop-punk.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TRUTH & TRAGEDY: We take inspiration from some amazing bands in our genre such as To Kill Achilles, Being As An Ocean and Casey – we love the vulnerability of their lyrics mixed with their style of music, and they’ve definitely had an influence on our own songwriting. We also love bands like Bring Me The Horizon, who aren’t afraid to experiment with different subgenres, and who seem to master any style they turn their hand to! That definitely inspires us to push the boundaries of (post)hardcore in our own music!

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

TRUTH & TRAGEDY: Our latest EP, ‘Blood on Blood’ (released 24th May 2022) is an exploration of family love, and signifies both the happiest and most tragic moments we have experienced in our family lives – the birth of a son, and the attempted suicide of a brother. We explore duality a lot in our music, and this EP is really close to our hearts – we’d love to know what you think!

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

TRUTH & TRAGEDY: We love any excuse to jump around on stage and act stupid, and we can guarantee you a good time at any of our shows! We have a lot of high energy tracks with some dirty breakdowns and some pretty shreddy guitar solos, and more often than not we’ll be jumping right into the crowd with you! We have a boatload of live shows coming up, including a full Eastern EU tour this September/October, a UK tour in February next year, followed by a full Western EU tour in April – so come see for yourselves and party with us!

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

TRUTH & TRAGEDY: Right now we are focusing on getting a mammoth number of live shows and festivals under our belt! We started right smack bang in the middle of Covid, and like every band, we feel like we were robbed of a year or two of live shows! So right now we’re just touring as much as possible, playing clubs, festivals and events in as many towns, cities and countries as we can reach, in the hopes that at some point in the next 5 years, we will be able to tour full time! Keep an eye on our socials (@truth_and_tragedy) for a show near you and come hang out with us – we’d love to see you there!

Till then, you can find all our music in all the usual places, or you can head direct to truthandtragedy.com for all our latest music, videos, live dates and merch! And thanks, as always, for the support!

Much love,
T&T

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

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 Picnic Lightning.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

PICNIC LIGHTNING: We are Picnic Lightning. We formed in 2013 with Thomas Ketchersid on vocals & guitar, Cole Watkins on lead vocals & guitar, John Cope on bass & vocals and Cameron “Cam Chowder” Navarro on drums & vocals. We’re a quartet of gentlemen from Fort Worth, Texas trying to bring our southern gothic psych to the masses. You might describe us as raw and brooding desert punk, the sound of summer heat and dimly lit clubs. Dark, post-everything wall of sound howls like a dust storm, delivering a spiritual stomp that dwells in the shadowland of trenchant questions and orphic revelations. Our songs deftly touch the inexhaustible complexities of life and do so with sonics as singular as theindividual human experience. They croon and holler, stomp and skip, wax thoughtful where vengeance belongs, and vice-versa. It’s the fuel that sets your car aflame or gets you home; the drug that puts you down or brings out the beast. The band’s mantra from day one has been: let no one suffer.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

PICNIC LIGHTNING: Musically, most directly, it would be Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Ty Segall, The National and Queens of the Stone Age. From there, you can start following various threads through the annals of rock. We’re also each artists and creatives beyond music and have a variety of non-musical influences: Rene Magritte, Alex Ross, Francis Bacon, Harold Pinter, Roberto Bolaño, Arthur C Clarke, Rainier Maria Rilke, and David Lynch.

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

PICNIC LIGHTNING: Our newest single, “Over My Head,” is a dreamy, massive post-rock song soaked in vocal harmonies, with lyrics that attempt to express our spiritual journeys/matters of the soul.The lyrical content originates from a poem written by Thomas at the guest services desk of a declining mall. The song is about how we all find bigger meaning – god, etc – in odd, singular places. It explores how we can find that same meaning in pleasure of sound, and a place where, as the lyrics mention, “me and the Holy Ghost are fucking around.” We think you’ll dig it and that it’s worth your time. It was recently added to a “Road Trip Discoveries” Spotify playlist and makes a good summer vibe.

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

PICNIC LIGHTNING: A good time! Our mantra is to let no one suffer: us, the fans, the audience, etc. We’re loud but not at the sacrifice of tone, and we try to keep things loose and natural, while still taking our job seriously. We try our best to join bills that compliment but expand our sound, so we highly recommend for anyone to come early and stay late to catch the entire bill.

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

PICNIC LIGHTNING: We’ve been at this a while and with a good foundation of songs, a solid community, and a little pent up creative energy from the last few years, we’re hopeful the next 5 years will lead to some real growth and reach in audience, fans, and live shows. More immediately, we have a few singles coming out throughout the summer with the next one hitting on July 8th, and a few more following that. We’re starting to tour again, COVID-permitting, so keep an eye on our website and socials for all the latest dates, merch, and rabble rousing.

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

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 Into The Unknown.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

INTO THE UNKNOWN: Into The Unknown has been described as a symphonic rock band, which we are happy with. We formed the band way back in 2016, and have released 2 full albums, (“Out Of The Shadows” and “Breaking The Silence”), as well as a mini album of covers (“The Other Side Of The Wall”), and a few one off singles, including “Out In The Fields” and our current release “Into The Unknown”. The band was originally just three of us, Rupert, Ryan and Lucie, but we’ve expanded the line up to include James, Richard and Paul, with Natalie now replacing our original singer, Lucie.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

INTO THE UNKNOWN: The influences are very varied, none of us have the same tastes but the amalgamation of different styles makes us what we are now. Rupert is into the symphonic metal stuff like Nightwish and Within Temptation, but also classic rock like Def Leppard and Poison, Ryan is a huge AC/DC fan, as well as Slash. James is into his death metal, and bands like GWAR and Lordi, but also Lady Gaga! Paul is more melodic, listening to Meatloaf, Bruce Hornsby and Bon Jovi, whereas Natalie comes from a pop/jazz and musical theatre background.

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

INTO THE UNKNOWN: The latest release is a cover of “Into The Unknown” from the “Frozen 2” soundtrack. When we recorded the other side of the wall, one of the songs on there was our version of “I Wanna Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book,” so when we heard that the main song from “Frozen 2” was “Into The Unknown,” we took it as a challenge from Disney! It was a bit of fun, and we think that it came out well, and serves as a nice introduction to Natalie for anyone who knows our previous music.

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

INTO THE UNKNOWN: Hopefully a kick arse show, we are currently in rehearsals making sure that the songs are tight, and working well in a live setting. Obviously when the band was a three piece, we were limited as to what we could do live, we did some acoustic unplugged shows and they went down well, which is why we expanded the lineup to allow us to go “full band” live … obviously life got in the way over the last couple of years but we are having a ball arranging the songs for playing live, and hope that when you get to see them, you will also enjoy the experience.

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

INTO THE UNKNOWN: Hopefully stronger than ever! 5 years, we expect to have released a few albums, done some festivals and maybe embarking on some big tours. But in all honesty, we take every day as it comes, we are currently working on album three now that we are all allowed to see each other again, and that’s our priority. Its mostly written and a lot has been recorded. And we are quite excited about how it sounds so far. Rupert, who is our producer as well as our bass player has been working with immersive audio, so the idea is that the album will be done using immersive 3D audio, like we did with the single.

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

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 Skidders.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SKIDDERS: Well, firstly, I’m a solo music writer, guitarist and producer. So ‘Skidders’ comes from my surname – ‘Skidmore’, not the state of my pants! Some people at work just started calling me Skidders, so I thought rather than call myself by my full name (Steve Skidmore) which is boring, I’d use my nickname. It can cast a laugh or two when explaining though!

“He can’t sing, but he can play the guitar” is my mantra, so 95% of tracks are instrumental. I record all instruments for most part. Very eclectic tracks from rock instrumentals, to reggae to Celtic! I’ve always had many musical projects on the go so what I perform can vary from rock to jazz.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SKIDDERS: Many. I have a catholic taste in music and in my head, a great big melting pot (I have a big head) of all kinds of music that I love. Looking at my inspirations and influencers, the track “Ronnie Two Sheds” was The Shadows, although I didn’t intend it to be pure Shadows!

Other artists that have influenced me and is part of my melting pot are: The Beatles – the best pop group that ever was for sure. In later years, I loved CCR, Led Zeppelin, TYA, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, Santana, Rory Gallagher and so on. These days, I love KT Tunstall, Ella Fitzgerald, John Mayer and throughout, Clapton.

“Tom’s Bossa” definitely has traces of Carlos Santana. The bottom line is, the music I love the sound of, I record in my own way to something I am satisfied with, whether I know it or not!

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

SKIDDERS: “Friends & Family Vol. 2” is my third album, so named as all tracks are dedicated to either friends or family members, past or present. Of course the album is very personal and although only one song has lyrics, all tracks were written with very special people in mind. It is very eclectic and I wrote each track to suit the individual or individuals to whom they were dedicated. My previous album, as you can probably guess, was “Friends & Family” which similarly dedicated tracks. I couldn’t fit all the people I wanted to write music for, hence Vol. 2!

I am very pleased with my third album and believe it to be my best creation. Whereas my first, “Skidderslectric,” was all electric guitar rock/jazz and my second “Friends & Family” all acoustic, my latest album is a combination of the two which freed me up considerably when writing the music.

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

SKIDDERS: Expect the unexpected! I love Eric Clapton but I couldn’t play all the same songs night after night, which is why I have so many eclectic projects. For example, I have played Seasick Steve music, calling myself ‘Pi$$ed up Steve” where I crank the cigar-box guitar up through a fuzz box, whilst trying to get as drunk as possible by the end of the set. I am sure I could get business tax relief on alcohol! The next time, I may be playing a set of instrumental compositions of mine. And another, the Ella Fitzgerald American Songbook numbers.

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

SKIDDERS: My next album I plan for 3 years time, as I have other projects in mind in the shorter term. I also do not want to pressure myself into producing a new album quickly at the cost of quality. “Feckem Hall” will be released in 2025.

In the meantime, I will be doing more session guitar work and hope to collaborate to play more live music. I’ve missed playing during the pandemic and feel the time is right to get back on the road.

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

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 Luna Kiss.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

LUNA KISS: Luna Kiss are a four-piece rock outfit from Coventry City, UK. The lineup consists of Wil Russell – Lead singer/front man and ½ guitarists, Chris Butler – Guitarist, Tommy Ogilvie – Bass player, James Pedley – Drums.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

LUNA KISS: We’re influenced heavily by any band that really sticks to their guns and follows their vision of what their creative identity is. Like many we grew up listening to Pink Floyd, but as 90’s kids, anything from Slipknot and Marilyn Manson to Green Day, and Muse were playing on the CD player. I guess if you were to align our sound to other bands, we have been likened to Queens Of The Stone Age, Muse, Billy Talent, and Biffy Clyro.

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

LUNA KISS: So, in 2022 we’re releasing 5 new tracks. “Operate” and “Lust for Blood” came out recently, but our latest track “All On Me” dropped on the 27th of May. In many ways this is both our softest and heaviest of the five. Whilst the start is very ambient and dynamic, the main riff, and breakdown are really balls to the wall!

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

LUNA KISS: We spent many years taking ourselves ‘seriously’ on stage, in our promo shots, and in interviews. The problem is, whilst Luna Kiss write about deep, serious, and painful things like betrayal and heart break… we’re actually all a stupid bunch of lads. So, at our live shows expect to see some high energy, gritty tunes, with a bunch of guys who just want to put every ounce of blood and sweat into what they do, enjoy themselves, and entertain their audience. During lockdown 2019, Chris (Guitarist) got heavily into animation and graphics, we have now taken this to our live show. We have two stacks of screens with a bunch of really fantastic animations that run alongside our music.

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

LUNA KISS: Luna Kiss has always been about creating music we love, exploring the world, meeting like minded music lovers, and creating a *ugly word alert* business that is sustainable to survive whilst doing all the above. So, in 5 years we want to be touring our nuts off, whilst continuing to release new music, meeting our fans, and just getting the most out of this thing we call life. You get one crack at it right!

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

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 Pharmacose.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

PHARMACOSE: Pharmacose was formed by me and producer Lu Rubino in 2017 here in the Jacksonville, FL, area. I’m a classically trained violinist and have been a musician since I was five, and around the time I was 17 I began writing songs, but I’d never gotten around to getting them recorded. I was getting my life back together after a bad manic episode, and so I decided I wanted to change that. A mutual friend hooked me up with Lu, and we’ve been working together ever since. Pre-Covid, we had a live act, having added Kevin Horne on lead guitar and Albert Cruz on drums, but our live act is sort of on hiatus now. Kevin and Albert had some life events happen during Covid, and Lu is playing with Red. The door is certainly not closed on live shows, but for now I’m focusing on Pharmacose’s current project, “Ascension’s Constraint.” It’s a concept album that’s paired with a serialized sci fi novel. I’ll be releasing one song a month on streaming services along with a part of the book on Kindle Vella, which is a service dedicated to serialized stories. I plan on doing about 10 of these releases over the year, and then we’ll revisit live shows. I’m super eager to get to that point.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

PHARMACOSE: I’ve always been a fan of hard, grungy rock, and Alice In Chains is one of my all-time favorites. Pink Floyd is definitively up there. They and Nine Inch Nails pretty much fomented my love of synths, which I’m incorporating more and more. Other than that, I’m a fan of Queens Of The Stone Age, Starset, Radiohead, Black Sabbath, and Ghost.

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

PHARMACOSE: In February we released our long overdue debut called “Prescription Fiction.” It was supposed to be released prior to Covid, but Covid really killed whatever momentum we had been building. That record is about my mental health struggles, and I was very glad to have finally released it. The next month I started releasing “Ascension’s Constraint.” It’s set several decades from now in a time where corporations have taken over governing, local and federal. It starts with an unlikely protagonist who gets reeled into the plot of a power-hungry CEO by a mysterious stranger. The songs that accompany the parts of the novel are meant to fit with the vibe of whatever is going on in the story.

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

PHARMACOSE: As I mentioned earlier, we’re not really playing out right now because this project has been so time consuming.

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

PHARMACOSE: I want to keep this sort of thing going. I’ve got enough ideas to do a sequel, maybe more. Who knows, maybe I’ll just keep going, but I think I’m going to need some breaks here and there. I do plan on putting a live act together again at some point, but first things first. I have to finish what I started.

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

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 Locust Grove.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

LOCUST GROVE: We are Locust Grove from Oklahoma City, OK. We played our first show in 2016. We are a high energy hard rock band.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

LOCUST GROVE: Metallica, Pantera, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Shinedown, HELLYEAH, Mudvayne, and Alice In Chains.

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

LOCUST GROVE: We are releasing our debut album “The Battle of Locust” on June 3rd. If you are into heavy riffs/loud drums and angry vocals Locust Grove is for you.

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

LOCUST GROVE: Lots of energy, and headbanging.

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

LOCUST GROVE: I see us touring the world playing our music for everyone. I hope to have several more albums out by then as well.

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

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 Citizen Rage.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CITIZEN RAGE: Citizen Rage is a five piece punk/hardcore band that is pissed off, energized and we have no qualms with telling it like it is, we practice Positive Mental health and say no to racism, bigitry and ignorance.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CITIZEN RAGE: Team CR draws influence from all over the genre sphere, some of us love old school thrash, death metal, punk rock, hardcore, and feed off those influences and love the godfathers that brought us here. We also go back and draw influence from blues gods like BB King or pop stars like Prince and Alicia Keys.

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

CITIZEN RAGE: CR’s latest release was in 2020-2021 a 4 song EP “The Black EP” released on Wasted Wax Records. It’s a short heavy hitting EP discussing topics like, Racism, Bullying, sleep paralysis and heartache. Being our 6th EP and the last one before we got into the studio for a full length, it strikes an emotional chord with anyone paying attention to our current social climate.

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

CITIZEN RAGE: Expect some P.M.A!!. If you’re having a hard day and need to scream it out, come to a CR show, if you’re having some mental health issues and need some place to get it all out, come to a CR show, if someone is picking on you or getting you down, come to a CR show. we are anti-racist, anti-bully all inclusive and we want to share our message with all the homies.

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

CITIZEN RAGE: Fingers crossed we can get out to the UK and get some tours under our belt over there, and getting down to the States side wouldn’t be too bad either.

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

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 Exosphere.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EXOSPHERE: Exosphere is what we like to describe as a psychedelic sludge band that has the best of both worlds. Tight chuggy riffs that make you want to bang your head against the wall, and atmospheres that will make you feel like you are floating through the void while experiencing the worst anxiety of your life.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EXOSPHERE: Mastodon, Devin Townsend, Elder, Yob, and Death.

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

EXOSPHERE: We can confidently say you have never heard anything like us before. If you like vocals that range from soaring melodies to aggressive screams, big chunky riffs, ripping drums, fat bass licks, and a chorus that will send you to the depths of the beyond, you will not regret pressing the play button.

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

EXOSPHERE: You can expect to get submerged in some thick walls of distortion and reverb while we try our best not to lose our minds to the chaos we are channeling through the venues PA’s and our instruments.

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

EXOSPHERE: Further along than we are now, that’s for sure.

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

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 Phrenetix.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

PHRENETIX: We are PHRENETIX, a thrash metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania.

We started to play in 2013, after two members from the band before called ‘State of Ruin’ tragically died in a car accident. It was difficult, but we really wanted to play, party and travel, so there was no other choice but to keep going.

There were a couple of more line up changes but we kept on having a good time. We traveled for a little bit in Europe, also in 2018 we represented Lithuania in Wacken Metal Battle, Germany.

Phrenetix have released two studio albums “Fear” in 2015 and “Exuviae” in 2021.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

PHRENETIX: Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Mastodon, Ghost, Twelve Foot Ninja, Primus, Tool.

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

PHRENETIX: Our new album is called ‘Exuviae’, which means sloughed old skin of an animal, like a snake. This tells a bit about what the band was going through in the process of writing and recording the album. In earlier years, we’ve been mostly known as old school thrashers, but we got a lot of new experiences as musicians and it shows itself with ‘Exuviae’. You can hear more complexity, melodies an arrangements than an average thrash metal album offers.

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

PHRENETIX: To get crazy, wild, drunk and have an amazing party.

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

PHRENETIX: I see us playing at least 200 shows a year all over the world!

You can listen to our music on all streaming platforms, including Spotify or YouTube.

You can buy our music or merch at bigcartel.com and bandcamp.com.

You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.