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

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 Rahne Pistor of The Sixth Chamber.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

PISTOR: THE SIXTH CHAMBER is a library in hell where all the world’s darkest secrets are kept in neatly arranged volumes on shelves. I came up with the concept in the early 2000s while reading The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by 18th century mystic William Blake and just rolled out on this music journey from there. Since that time we’ve seen many evolutions and accumulated a long and storied recording legacy with gothic, metal, experimental, blues, psychedelic, fantasy/horror soundtrack and other musical and poetic influences evident in the sound at different time periods over the last 17 years. We generally gravitate toward the mythic, mystic and phantasmic.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

PISTOR: Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Dio, Moonspell, Christian Death/Shadow Project, Danzig, Dead Can Dance.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

PISTOR: “Entrance to the Cold Waste” which is a single with a conceptual music video that I consider a short art film really. We created a whole entheogenic nightmare fantasy based on ancient black magic and mystic dreams. We worked with one of the most magickal beauties I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, Mahafsoun, who is well known as a groundbreaking early adopter of gothic metal bellydance styles. She was able to help to achieve the Lovecraftian and exotic Arab-esque vibe I sought for the video. We also oddly enough had Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey’s grandson in the video as a crude heathen elder god of a guttural sect of ancient devil cult. There is plenty there to keep the viewer and listener spellbound for 4 minutes and as a cinephile I was happy to be able to combine my music with this foray into film working closely with Constantin Werner, the director.

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

PISTOR: I would say well crafted songwriting with compelling lyrical themes to take you on a nightmare trip. We try not to keep much self-indulgence in the set.

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

PISTOR: The music industry as I’ve seen it is plagued by cronyism, nepotism and extreme cluelessness and the outlook for musicians has been abysmal for some time now. I see us as no exception. The bubble of rock stardom has popped and we are back to status of ancient days being the court jugglers and bards, spinning lines for a few shillings, pence or shiftless applause. I only expect that worsen over time. That said, with my music I would simply feel blessed to still have the means and the inspiration to express myself creatively in 5 years to the level we achieved in this new video or better. We worship at the altar of the gods of creativity and seek eternally.

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Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With 21 Taras

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 21 Taras.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

21 TARAS: As a band The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Doors and The Beach Boys are some of our biggest influences. As individuals it extends even farther. From Randy Rhoads to Earthless for James (lead guitar), to Tame Impala and The Strokes for Austin (rhythm guitar). Our drummer pulls a lot of influences from bands like Deep Purple and Humble Pie. Our bassist Jimmy pulls from Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins. I (Julian – vocals/keys) have really been listening to a lot of early jazz in the forms of Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk. I have also really enjoyed this great 60s bossa nova artist Astrud Gilberto.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

21 TARAS: I think your readers would really appreciate and dig what we are doing. With our newest album “Change” we go all over the place in terms of sound. Heavily influenced by mid 60s to 70s rock, it also contains some early 50s jazz influences as well as some spanish influence. We try to take the listener on a journey of sorts when they listen to our music. There are lots of small details so bust out your headphones!

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

21 TARAS: We are always trying very hard to improve our live shows. From set to set, we evaluate everything to see what we can add to the shows. The album contains so many layers and with there being only 5 of us on stage it makes it a fun challenge to try and recreate it live. You get a very real and genuine performance from us and while we have a guideline in place the shows are very dependant on crowd response. The more fuel we get really influences our performances and creates an atmosphere that is unmatched.

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

21 TARAS: I’m not sure. It is very hard to say, I don’t even know what this next year holds. All I know is that we are going to continue to grow as musicians and performers and we already have a lot of cool new songs in the works that we can’t wait to share with everyone. Stay tuned to 21tarasband.com for updates!

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

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 Cinders.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CINDERS: We are a 6 piece Alternative Pop band from Salt Lake City, UT. The name Cinders comes from a song we had written when we were younger before we had actually formed the project. We have often been compared to bands like The Front Bottoms, Grouplove, and hopefully any other cool band that you like. We just celebrated our third birthday this year by releasing a brand new record titled Looking Forward to Looking Back!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CINDERS: I love lyrics that show you something rather than tell you something. I love an awesome story that creates great imagery using a solid combination of words and melodies. Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack, Farewell Continental) is definitely my biggest influence when it comes to writing lyrics. He writes songs about real things and doesn’t sugar coat the topic he is expressing. I remember being in 7th grade and being given an assignment to find poetry in music and to share a specific song with our class. I chose My Favorite Accident by Motion City Soundtrack and my teacher gave me an F on the assignment because she claimed “There is no poetry in this songs because none of the words rhyme.” I am pretty sure she has never read a real poem before. A lot of the flow of the lyrics we write and word choice stems from the patterns Justin Pierre used in his music. I guess you can also say that there is no poetry in our songs according to my 7th grade teacher, since there are a lot of lines that don’t rhyme.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

CINDERS: Our newest release is our second album entitled “Looking Forward to Looking Back”. If you’re a fan of Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Grouplove, and Motion City Soundtrack you should check it out. But if you like anchovies on your pizza you might not like it.

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

CINDERS: Our live shows are definitely rowdy and energetic. We love hearing the crowd scream along to every word! You can expect a sweaty mess of pure joy and alternative pop goodness. I don’t know if that would pull you in or push you in to hear someone say that but it is awesome! You can also expect to receive a hug and a high five after the show. We love hanging out at the merch table to meet everyone.

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

CINDERS: We plan on being on a nation wide tour with our 3rd album out and excited to get back in the studio to work on album 4. We will have been to Mexico at least 3 times and one of those times will be just to hang out.

Interview: Mitch Swanger Talks Silent Theory’s “Before The Storm” Single & More

I was recently given the opportunity to interview Silent Theory’s Mitch Swanger about the band’s single “Before The Storm” and more. You can read the full chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: First of all, What would you like to say about your new single “Before The Storm”?

SWANGER: We are always a band that is writing about the world around us, or an event or a situation that touches us. Dakota had a lot of opinion on the current opioid crisis, feeling like we’ve dug ourselves in way too deep, so how do we get out of it? What people don’t always realize is that there is help, which is why we turned our video into a PSA of sorts, including a helpline at the end. We are really proud of how the single turned out. James Hill of Amplified Wax Studios, produced the tune and delivered as he always does. The reception so far has been phenomenal.

METAL ANARCHY: How would you describe the music video?

SWANGER: The performance shots were cold. Not from an emotional standpoint, but from an actual temperature standpoint. We filmed the video in an abandoned warehouse in January, and I believe it was about 20 degrees. In between takes, we had to all huddle around heaters to try and warm up. It seriously was miserable. We lucked out, however, with our actors who did a great job of telling an addiction story. Usually we like to be somewhat vague in our music/videos so that people can derive from it what they will, but given that Dakota had written it exclusively about the opioid crisis, we felt it necessary to tell that story. We’ve had a lot of people tell us already that the song and video have spoken volumes to them, and in some cases, even pulled them down from a ledge. It touches us deeply to hear that our music touches you deeply. Those comments don’t go unnoticed by any means, and we are always humbled.

METAL ANARCHY: Is this just a standalone single, or can fans expect a new album in the near future?

SWANGER: This is not just a standalone single. We are finishing up some of the writing and plan on heading back to the studio late winter, early spring to finish the album. As of right now, fans can expect a late spring release.

METAL ANARCHY: Last month, you participated in the Headbangers Con in Portland, OR and it looked like it was a pretty cool event. What was that experience like?

SWANGER: Headbangers Con was amazing! Chris and David were amazing dudes, and did a great job in putting the Con together. Events like that are always so much fun because it brings a family of rockers together from all over the place to celebrate the music we all love. It doesn’t matter what backgrounds or stories we all have, we come together and unite as a family over the tunes. It sounds like they are wanting to put the Con on the road, so make sure you stay tuned to see if it comes near you. If it does, be sure to attend.

METAL ANARCHY: 2018 is almost over. What was your highlight of the year?

SWANGER: This is a tough question, and not sure that I’d be able to name just one highlight. We played some amazing festivals this summer, such as Rocklahoma and Metal In The Mountains which were a very rewarding experience. We also had some radio success with “Watch Me Burn” reaching #62 on the All Access Mediabase charts. Something that isn’t as “sexy” but always a highlight and is important are all the connections we made over the year, both with industry members, but as well as fans. I remember someone telling us that they had driven down from Canada to see us at Rocklahoma. That’s not just a quick car ride. I remember thinking, go ahead and just dig through that merch table and take whatever you want!

METAL ANARCHY: What are your plans for 2019?

SWANGER: We will hit the studio late winter or early spring to finish the album, with a release in late spring, and then tour the album! Stay tuned to see if we will be coming your way!

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

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 Wildheart.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

WILDHEART: We’ve been a band since March 2015. We all came from other local bands that had called it quits or just fizzled out. Both myself [Adam] and Axel came from a band called Sevenskies, Kerry came a band called ‘The Lions War’ and Andrew has played in numerous Brisbane bands such as Sunsets, Arrivals and Never Lose Sight; and this is Jaya’s first band which is cute.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

WILDHEART: We draw influence from so many different bands but we’ve been compared to old For The Fallen Dreams, The Ghost Inside, Counterparts even Architects which is mental to me as that band is super next level.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

WILDHEART: Our sophomore EP ‘We Are’ released this year on August 31st, it’s easily the most refined and focased music we have created as a band encompassing all the elements that have been the starting point for all our music since we started and we have a tight mixture of heavy riffs, soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

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

WILDHEART: I don’t know what people expect at this stage but I can definitely say that we always give our all and we haven’t left the stage broken and are very sore for the next few days.

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

WILDHEART: If all goes well we can just keep writing and recording new and engaging music and continue to tour (hopefully overseas by that stage) until we all burn out our run out of money haha.

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

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 JJ Friends.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

JJ FRIENDS: JJ Friends was born from the idea of Jose Jarque (voice) after several bands decided to focus their efforts on creating a group in which their closest musician friends participate. JJ Friends was born, 11 songs were written and the sound was worked on, a raw sound, pure hard rock with influences from the 70s and a mix of 2018, a challenge that I think we have achieved.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

JJ FRIENDS: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Gotthard, Richie Kottzen, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Dio, 38 Special, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, Inglorious, and much more.

METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

JJ FRIENDS: Our first album is titled “Puro deseo”, the album is not in English, but in our next record we will incorporate several songs in English. Why should you listen to us?, because fans of pure hard rock, should know that JJ Friends were born for them, the melodies, the sound, the riffs, will not leave them indifferent and will transport them to a dimensionless time between the 70s and the future.

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

JJ FRIENDS: Absolute fun. We are a party band, we enjoy our shows, we try to transmit energy, and power. We want our audience to run the songs with us, in short, a show to have fun.

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

JJ FRIENDS: We would be very happy to be able to do an extensive tour between Europe and the USA, passing through Japan, is it a dream? yes … in these moments we see it as a dream, but … sometimes dreams come true right? Do not stop listening to us, we will not disappoint you.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Tarah Who?

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 Tarah Who?.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TARAH WHO? CH : My name is Coralie Herve, I’m the drummer of Tarah Who?.

TGC: I am Tarah, the guitar player and singer of Tarah Who? I started writing songs when I was 18 years old, without having any particular plan in mind.I was used to play the drums and Bass guitar in bands since the age of 14 but I had never dared to do my own thing. I played many shows as a singer songwriter, acoustic act in Los Angeles. Everything started getting serious after I had recorded a demo of my songs, playing the drums and bass on all of my recordings. Producers and musicians hit me up. They wanted to help me record an album. That is when Tarah Who? really started in 2006. I started getting really into the whole band thing and played a lot of shows. Over the years, I gained confidence in knowing what I wanted as far as sounds and who I wanted to be surrounded by and work with. I met Coralie over a year ago now and Joey joined us about 7 months ago. It all sounds really fresh in writing or when we say it but we have gone through so much together, as a band, as friends and as musicians that it feels like we have been playing together for years. We are really comfortable with each other and we are all mature people. We have the same ambition so we are very motivated with every step we take. We can count on each other, like business partners but also like friends would. We know our limits and we respect each other, all of those aspects make our Tarah Who? solid. We all do our part to make this all happen.

JS : I am Joey the bassist and back up vocalist. I am the newest member of the band coming up on seven months now. We met back in April 2018 via Facebook messenger…

“Hi Joe, I am contacting you because I am looking for a bass player for my band Tarah Who? If you like what you hear hit me back. Have a good day! ” Tarah…

Random, it seemed strange and went unanswered for six whole days. The idea rolled around in my head enough and I decided I needed to listen to the songs. Two weeks later we left on a west coast tour and we have been constantly working ever since! Each experience seems better than the last.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TARAH WHO?: CH : I’m a big Nightwish fan, a symphonic metal band, so I’ll say that this genre is my main influence. More generally, I’ll say Metal and Rock.

TGC: Lately, people have been describing us ” If Motörhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette” When I first heard this, I laughed really hard but I also thought, “NAILED IT” . It was really interesting to see that a few people have said the exact same thing in different States, even Coast! I grew up listening to Alanis Morissette, yet I had zero intention of sounding like her, I just really enjoyed her music and I felt really touched by her songwriting. When I started writing songs, I realized that I was not good in making up stories and in order for me to like something that I wrote, It had to be authentic. I had to have lived it and felt it. In that sense I think, people think that I “sound like” Alanis Morissette. The Storytelling.

Motörhead, came a few years later. I love love love Lemmy. I love his sound and his attitude. I discovered Lemmy along with The Distillers, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine etc.. so all of those loud, punk, fast paced bands, I was really into and totally still am. I love playing loud music and I like to play fast. Fast in a musical way.. Don’t imagine that we are shredders or hardcore heavy punk metal, you WILL be disappointed! But we like to stay upbeat and make people jump around and moshpit. 🙂

JS: Motorhead, Tool, Rush and Primus.

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

TARAH WHO?: CH : Our upcoming EP called ‘’64 Women’’ will be release soon, I’m really excited about it !!! It’s the first one that I record with Tarah Who? so it’s kind of special. If you like a loud, heavy sound I’m sure you can find it in our songs.

TGC: “64 Women” is our upcoming EP. We recorded the drums at Thomas Lang’s studio in Thousand Oaks. It was a really fun experience to share this new ep with him. Then we brought the drum tracks to Jason Orme who plays the guitars for Alanis Morissette. Jason is a very talented musician, he comes up with great ideas and does not try to change anything. I got to play with his vintage guitars and what I call his spaceship (his pedal board) and he recorded the lead guitars. Then Matt Houdini from the rock band Lujuria joined us for the backing vocals session and we had a lot of fun then too. Matt came up with some really cool ideas as well and we are very happy with the outcome of it all.

This Ep is important to us because Joey and Coralie are on it. We can go on tour promoting this EP and the current line up is on it. We all work really hard on this last EP. Joey had barely joined the band and we went on tour together and then I asked him to re-track the Bass Parts so that we would have something all together.

“Numb Killer” is the first single that will be released very soon with a music video. It is a song that I wrote initially about terrorism, that I think could apply to the atrocities that keep happening because of guns and violence.

JS : Yes!!! The new EP “64 Women”. I can’t wait to get this out and into your ears!!! I am especially excited because this will officially be my first recording with Tarah Who? The most fun I had recording was screaming the backing group vocals for “Numb Killer”.

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

TARAH WHO?: CH : Have fun with us !!! We are kind of entertaining on stage and we like to give the best of us for people coming out to see us play. We just love to play and rock together, it’s the best !!!!

TGC: Like Coralie said, we are very entertaining, we like to get the fans going. Whether we have you come up on stage or we invite you to jump around with us. We definitely want you to have as much of a good time as we do. I write songs because I need to express myself, yes but I also hope to touch people. There is nothing more rewarding that a fan who tells you that they relate to your story. I believe that at different stages of our lives we all go through very similar stories and if our song can be your soundtrack during that time, It is amazing. When you come see us live, we want you to forget your worries! You are here, NOW, let us have fun! don’t be shy! We are going to have a great time!

JS: Its a touch of this and that, reminding you of the grunge years and the countless sub genres stretching to and beyond rock. Most importantly it is a breath of fresh air, original and meaningful. Every note played with a specific purpose and intention from dynamically soft to chaotically hard and that is evident in Tarah’s finger’s. I have had fingers bleed as well over time, however Tarah’s fingers continue to bleed upon constant use and driving strumming. Tarah drives Coralie and I to play harder and louder than ever before. We play hard, we play loud and we play with purpose!!!

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

TARAH WHO?: CH : Still playing music and rocking on stage !!! Hopefully people will still love our songs hahahaha !!!

TGC: Doing the same thing in much bigger venues and in front of much bigger crowds, headlining big Rock Festivals world wide. 🙂

JS: In five years we will have that recording studio/house we have been talking about in the van for years hahaha.