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

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 Maidon.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MAIDON: Maidon is singer-songwriter Aldan Torres with close collaborator and arranger Ivan Pela in leading guitar. We both are long-term music partners and have been working on and off together. The project was created after members took some time off music and preceded by a period of substantial creativity. The target at that initial time was just to arrange, produce and record those compositions.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MAIDON: Musical influences come mainly from the 80’s and 90’s. British and American great pop & rock bands and artists have been the base of our music. Bowie, U2, Stone Roses or Radiohead to name a few, are a model for us. If you put all that music in a blender along with more modern sounds you will get Maidon’s music as a result.

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

MAIDON: We released our last single (Don’t Do This to Me) on all digital platforms a few weeks ago – on January 17. It is a powerful and catchy tune with a killer chorus – it is performing very well so far with 30K+ streams on Spotify in 5 weeks. It will literally blow your mind.

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

MAIDON: This is something we would love to do and it has been one of our main targets from the beginning of the project. We have played a few small gigs and now we are pushing for a proper tour to introduce the band to fans and media. What we can say is that you cannot miss the first opportunity you have to see Maidon live – without a doubt it will literally blow your mind.

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

MAIDON: The plan is very clear, we would like to thrive in this business and end up being able to make a living in music. We are going to carry on writing songs, working properly to get an even better sound and trying to reach as many people as possible. Maybe we can see ourselves in 5 years having toured UK, Europe and America? – who knows, fingers crossed.

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

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 Alien Cargo.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ALIEN CARGO: Our main influences are basically rock trios like Sleater-Kinney and Dinosaur Jr. There’s also a faux-British thing going on with the vocals.

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

ALIEN CARGO: Our latest release is the Alien Cargo EP, which was released on January 28. It’s worth checking out for fans of hard-hitting alternative rock and outlandish lyrics.

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

ALIEN CARGO: For a trio, we manage to create a big and satisfying sound. There’s a lot of fuzz guitar and we use dynamics pretty effectively, like the quiet/loud approach of Nirvana (minus the screaming and with more warmth).

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

ALIEN CARGO: We’ll probably do a second EP this spring, and after that it would be great to do an album. Also we want to play many more gigs in our hometown Trondheim and other places. And buy more plastic aliens to bring on stage with us.

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

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 Imperial Age.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

IMPERIAL AGE: Heavy Metal, wall of sound, three singers & choir, symphony orchestra, fast, slow and mid-tempo songs, romantic, dark, elevating, soaring solemn, bombastic, spiritual music with magical lyrics describing the most sacred ancient knowledge of Mankind.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

IMPERIAL AGE: Nightwish, Rhapsody Of Fire, Within Temptation, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, Manowar, Iron Maiden, Powerwolf, Sabaton, Wintersun, Rammstein, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, and John Williams.

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

IMPERIAL AGE: “The Legacy Of Atlantis” is a metal opera recorded 100% with the money of our fans. It has received mega-positive reviews all around the globe and has propelled us from being a local band to an international one. Also, it was recorded with musicians from Therion, Arkona and the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Choir.

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

IMPERIAL AGE: A huge amount of vitalizing energy, true strong emotions, pure sound, perfect musicianship, costumes, lights, decorations, choreography and us going down into the hall after the show no matter how many people 😊.

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

IMPERIAL AGE: Wembley Arena.

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

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 Ifreann.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

IFREANN: Ifreann are a Thrash Metal band formed in 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are passionate, hard working and share a love for friends, good times and heavy music. Since 2017 we have been gigging almost non stop, and have recorded 3 EPs (the most recent to be released on Feb 21).

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

IFREANN: For the most part, the classic Bay Area bands like Testament and Exodus, but also a considerate dab of NWOBHM and a touch of OSDM too.

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

IFREANN: We are about to release our second full EP, ‘Desecration’ on Feb 21st. We just recorded a music video for one of these new tracks which should be uploaded by the time this piece has been printed. The song is called ‘Of Blade & Blackened Wing’ which was written by our vocalist Ian Gil & our drummer Euan Henderson and is about Japanese mythology surrounding death.

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

IFREANN: Fast and chunky riffs, blasting drums, groovy bass lines, screeching vocals, good times and lots of hair flying around.

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

IFREANN: Onwards and upwards at all times, still playing as many shows as possible, ideally getting good slots on festivals too, with a couple of full length albums out as well.

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

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 Altostratus.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ALTOSTRATUS: We are Altostratus and we play our own brand of widdly, technical, instrumental progressive metal. We’ve been a band since 2015 and started out with Jack (drums) and myself (Alex/guitar) writing/recording some Periphery inspired demos together in the north of England. With the addition of Andrew Smith on bass, those demos turned into what is the Altitude EP (2015). It’s around this time that we also recruited Jordan Harris (guitar) after discovering his guitar videos and YouTube channel. We’ve been great friends working together since and have spent the last 4 years gigging, writing, and recording our latest album Complete the Connection (2020). We’re currently based across the UK and will embarking on our headline UK tour this April.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ALTOSTRATUS: I’d say we’re mostly influenced by modern progressive bands such as Meshuggah, Periphery, Intervals, TesseracT, CHON, Cloudkicker, and Animals As Leaders. We’re also somewhat influenced by the cloudy northern skies and its weather (as is suggested in our band name) and try to reflect that in the soundscape of our music. If you listen to “Zephyr” you can hear a lot of ‘airy’ layers that represent this.

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

ALTOSTRATUS: We just released our debut album “Complete the Connection” which we’re very excited about as it’s been in the works for a while. We spent a large portion of the writing process making sure that the pace of the record as a whole worked from start to finish, and that every song has it’s own identity. It features our heaviest parts to date, as well as a grander, almost post-rock feel throughout. We paid close attention to what every chord says and how every section feels. It’s taken us this long to release as no compromises have been made in regards to composition, and we have spent countless hours discussing very minor details. This has accumulated to create a very nuanced, dynamic – and what we believe to be – epic piece of music.

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

ALTOSTRATUS: Our live shows are very interactive and we love to get the crowd involved in one way or another. People can expect an intense musical experience from our breadth of riffs and breakdowns, but they can also expect much moshing and possibly an intimate dance with the band. In the song “Hidden in a Cloud” we will be getting three separate Walls Of Death going at certain parts of the song, so if you come see us, please be ready to be in three Walls Of Death.

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

ALTOSTRATUS: In five years time we hope to be able to make this band sustainable whilst being able to tour regularly and maintain our great relationship with our fans. We hope to be touring the USA, India, and Europe, as well as having made another couple of records.

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

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 Electric Black.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ELECTRIC BLACK: We are four Hard Rockers from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire bringing a new flavour to the rock scene. We started off over seven years ago and after existing in various loose configurations, this current lineup solidified two years ago – comprising Alistair Shiach (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Jonny Bryant (Lead Guitar), Ryan Trotman (Bass), Matt Butler (Drums). Now that we’re a committed and stable act we’ve been able to move forward and have a busy schedule of gigs, tours, studio time, photoshoots etc. Sound-wise we gel together bold rock riffs, mean guitar licks and clean vocal tones, set under deep rhythms to create a hybrid modern/classic rock sound.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ELECTRIC BLACK: The likes of Jet, Free, Thin Lizzy, Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons…

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

ELECTRIC BLACK: We have just released our debut full length album “The Calm Before”. It’s a Hard Rock album at heart but it’s got something for everyone – some catchy bits, some soulful bits, so Skynyrd-esque country inspired bits and verges on the edge of metal for the last three tracks.

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

ELECTRIC BLACK: A real show! We deliver our tracks live with 100% raw passion. Plenty of lights, smoke, sweat and noise – come see for yourselves.

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

ELECTRIC BLACK: We hope to be firmly established on the Hard Rock scene and to maybe be playing alongside some of our idols.

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

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 BlackLava.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE BLACKLAVA: The BlackLava are an Italian band based in Turin, born in 2014. Their first EP “Sweet Meat” was released in 2016. In 2018 they released their first album “As Black As My Heart”, which they promoted with a tour in Italy, France and Holland. In May 2019 they publish an acoustic single, “I’m Gonna Leave You,” and in September a new song, “Devil Inside Me”. In November 2019 they signed with Frozen Heart, a German record label. The BlackLava are completely produced by themselves: Carlo Loglisci writes lyrics, music and produces music videos; Guitarist Francesco Priolo records and produces the songs in his studio in Turin; drummer Diego Petrino produces some of the graphics that appear in their logos and posters; and bassist Marco Stillavato manages the booking..

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE BLACKLAVA: We are influenced by many bands and each of us listen to various kinds of music even if in the branch of rock. Anyway, the bands that mostly influence us are Royal Blood, Rival Sons, and Foo Fighters. Every member of the band likes them very much

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

THE BLACKLAVA: Within 5 months we released 3 songs. In September “Devil inside Me”, in November “Drunk Like Joe Cocker” and in late January “Woman”! Our latest release is “Woman.” It has a vintage Zeppelin-like flavor! It is a song that you can dance, sing and in the end you can discharge all your energy! A video will also be released soon!

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

THE BLACKLAVA: It depends on the type of show! In our electric show, you can let off steam dancing and singing! It’s a very energetic show! Then we have two other types of shows: an energetic acoustic with the whole band and a cozy acoustic show.

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

THE BLACKLAVA: I hope together. 🙂 Always having fun together and always being ourselves!