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

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 Viljami Jupiter Wenttola of Joviac.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

WENTTOLA: We’re a progressive metal band from Tampere, Finland. I founded Joviac in late 2016/early 2017 when my previous band disbanded. I’ve been making music since I was a teenager, so I just needed a new flag to sail under. I took previous lessons learned to heart though, and this time it was important to me for everyone to be on the same wavelength since day one. I wanted to start a band where I was the main songwriter and the captain of the boat, so to speak. Luckily I didn’t have to look far for band members, I never take it for granted that I’m able to do this with such talented musicians who are on top of that also some of my best friends. I am very fortunate, because I know from experience that it’s not always the case. We’ve released two full length albums and two stand alone singles so far and we’re constantly doing our best to grow and keep making better music!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

WENTTOLA: I wear my influences on my sleeve, so you can quite easily hear where I’m coming from if you’re acquainted with the progressive metal scene. The biggest influences that you can hear would be (for example): Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, Pain of Salvation, Devin Townsend, A.C.T and Toto!

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

WENTTOLA: We released our new full length album “Here And Now” in April and a new single called “Misplaced” two weeks ago (September 10th). If you’re into the bands that I listed as our influences, we may have something to offer you. In any case, you don’t have to like us, but I am eternally grateful if you gave us a chance, because that’s all we can ask for.

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

WENTTOLA: We embody the same principals on stage as on album. We’re not here to be divas or rock stars, but to honestly and genuinely express ourselves and connect with the listener. We were able to finally have our record release show last week before corona rates got too high again, and it was our best show yet. I’ve never felt such warm energy from the crowd and to have so many people there celebrating with us in these uncertain times was an unforgettable experience. If you do come to one of our shows, by all means come and say hi!

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

WENTTOLA: Our one concrete goal that we’re working toward is building Joviac to the point where we can go on tour abroad. I think it’s very achievable just as long as this virus is taken care of. We’re aiming to come and see everyone that wants to hear us live, and with our trajectory during these past 3 years, I’d say we’re getting close.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Lunar

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Alex Bosson of Lunar.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

BOSSON: I’ve been doing okay. It’s been difficult for sure, as it has been for everyone. I had one tour cancelled with my other band (HELION PRIME), but I’ve been able to continue doing some session drumming work from my home studio.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

BOSSON: Yes, I’ve certainly been doing that. Staying productive as much as possible. I think all of us have been working on tons of new stuff in this time. We’ve been working hard on LUNAR album #3. It’s still got a ways to go, but it’s incredibly exciting how it’s turning out already! I think we’ve collectively agreed already that it’s going to be our favorite Lunar album thus far.

And in between working on that, each of us individually have been staying busy with writing and recording new material. I have been doing session work as I mentioned, plus I have a new album coming out with HELION PRIME soon (October 5th). Balmore has been working on new stuff with his other bands, NOVAREIGN and JUDICATOR. And Ryan is working on a solo album as well. So we’ve all been using this time to work on lots of new music.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

BOSSON: Let’s see… last show I played goes back to the end of a tour I did in August 2019. Last show I attended was seeing OPETH in Hollywood. That was at the beginning of March of 2020. We got to see them just like a week or two before California started locking stuff down.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

BOSSON: Unfortunately, I don’t think so. At least not in the near future. All of the Lunar members are pretty spread out and it would be difficult to do. I hope it’s something we can do in the future, but not anytime soon. We’re using this time to really focus on writing and recording album #3. Plus, for me personally, I’m about to have my 2nd child (literally any day now) and that’s going to take up a lot of my time and energy for a little bit.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

BOSSON: I do think it will recover. One way or another. It may not be the same as what we all knew it as before, but people want to see live music and always will. Artists want to perform and all the crew involved want to return to their jobs. I think everyone involved will fight to ensure it comes back and recovers as much as possible.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

BOSSON: Thank you for asking this. It’s great that people want to help the struggling artists in this time. For us, the best things that can be done are to follow / like / subscribe to the social media pages and to buy music and merch. Being mostly independent, having to cover costs of doing a new album, not to mention normal expenses of living and supporting our families can be very difficult at any time, but during this pandemic, it’s made it even more difficult on so many people in this industry. So please, to anyone reading this; make sure you support the artists you love right now as much as you can. I just read yesterday that ANATHEMA has had to break up because of the strain all this has caused. And unfortunately, I don’t think they will be the last band to cease to exist because of this. But if we can continue to support these artists we love, maybe we can help prevent that from happening.

And if anyone orders from us, any orders through the Lunar Bandcamp page come directly from me and I’m happy to sign anything on request. The support is greatly appreciated. Thank you to Metal Anarchy for calling attention to this and trying to help us and all the bands and everyone throughout the music industry that are struggling right now.

Facebook: facebook.com/Lunarbandofficial

Instagram: @lunarbandofficial

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3amVYNRjbhJT8aaRJG31wT?si=-BxZux41TASqBhKB0FMn9w

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8E3zfhymdBnqndgKv6v8bg?view_as=subscriber

Music & Merch: lunarbandofficial.bandcamp.com

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Little King

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Ryan Rosoff of Little King.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

ROSOFF: Good morning! Good to speak with you all again, and thanks so much for your support last time around with Occam’s Foil!

We have been busting our ass, to be honest! Personally, I have gone through some pretty major life changes, but all of them are positive and I feel very fortunate that my family and I are all healthy and relatively stable. I have quit drinking, lost 30 pounds, sold my house/cars/furniture and moved from Delaware back to the Southwest. I am a full-time single dad now, and we moved in with mom out in Tucson for a while. All is good, but we just wanted to go back West and see how things would play out for a few months before settling somewhere permanently.

Perhaps equally important, though, is my proximity to Eddy Garcia and his studio (he’s our drummer and studio engineer). I am in Tucson and he is in El Paso (as is my daughter, who is 23 and needs her dad…intermittently!) So, on the way down, we packed up a trailer full of our remaining worldly possessions (mostly amps and guitars and clothes and artwork) and Manny (Tejeda, bass and drums) drove us from Delaware to El Paso. I can’t drive right now because I’m an asshole, so Manny did the entire 2112 miles with his foot on the gas. And…wait for it…we are making a new record. Drums and bass are done, and about 80% of the guitars as well. Very exciting stuff!

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

ROSOFF: Absolutely! As we just discussed, the new album is set to be released in early 2021. The title is Amuse de Q, and it will feature 7 new songs inspired by my time in quarantine. Lyrical topics include overcoming the desperation of isolation, sobriety, domestic abuse, social media and the BLM movement, and much more!

Little King had a great run with the last album, Occam’s Foil, which we spoke about a few months ago. Radio and press took to it, and most importantly, a ton of new fans jumped on board. We were set to tour, but that disintegrated pretty much overnight. So, I was faced with a choice to either hibernate or create. And with all of the madness I was watching along with the rest of the world on lockdown, there was more than enough inspiration to draw on to move forward and make a new record. Little King’s 7th, I might add…pretty cool, right?

As things started to play out in March and April, my work career changed dramatically and left me with a lot more time on my hands than usual. Suffice to say, I don’t sit still well! I picked up my classical guitar and started writing. And editing. And writing more! I think it was born of a need to purge the complexity of emotions we were all dealing with, and still are, to be fair. But like never before the music flowed, and soon enough I had 7 songs finished. From there, Manny came over and rehearsed them from 6 feet away, and because he picks things up so quickly, we were ready for Eddy in about July. Once my house sold in August, away we went.

Amuse de Q…sounding amazing with just the faders-up mixes. I am so excited to share them with our friends and fans. I am finishing vocal melodies now and will be back in Texas soon enough to finish tracking guitars, some strings, and my son, who will have a piano part on a song called “Set It Down.” That is the realization of a dream that I first referenced way back in 2008 and before that in 1998 on the albums Legacy of Fools and Time Extension, respectively. And the kid can play…he’s creative, although a little nervous. But the part he has written is awesome and makes that song even more special.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

ROSOFF: Jeez…I barely remember. What’s a “show”?

I probably saw our friends from Delaware called Lower Case Blues. They are a local blues trio and I supported them when I could back in Rehoboth Beach. As for national acts, it’s been awhile. I am notoriously agoraphobic, so I don’t care much for crowds anymore. I did a run of Metallica, U2, David Byrne, and Steely Dan a couple summers ago, and that was insane. Had tickets for Maiden as well, but that evaporated as well. Can’t remember why!

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

ROSOFF: Not at all! I post little snippets of new songs and older songs, but I am not about the livestream thing. It cheapens the experience both for the audience and for me, as there is just no comparison. I don’t get the energy back from the crowd, and they are watching me on a computer or phone which is NOT how I wanna be seen. No shade to my friends and colleagues who are all over it, but it’s not my bag.

Also, my band is spread across the country. Manny is back in Delaware again, and Ed is in El Paso and also working on his band Pissing Razors’ new album, Eulogy Death March. He’s a busy guy, right? If I was to do something live, it would be with an acoustic guitar, sad eyes, and a tip jar. No one should want to see that.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

ROSOFF: Absolutely! The demand will come back stronger than ever. Live music has been around since Thrak Uggabugga banged a bone on a cave at a cookout in England in 25,000 BC. People NEED to commune with their favorite acts, to dance and drink and fuck, to share that mind meld with their fellow concertgoers. We don’t need a crystal ball to know that some day soon, all of us on both sides of the stage will look back at 2020 as the catalyst for a whole new appreciation of the role live music plays in our lives.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

ROSOFF: Merchandising (in my best Mel Brooks from “Spaceballs” voice!) We spent a lot of money we didn’t have on t-shirts and hats for a potential tour. Now, it’s turned into the “feed the band” fund. We’ve got kids, man!

Seriously, visit us at http://www.littlekingtunes.com and poke around a bit. I think it’s as comprehensive as a web site can be. We are also at http://www.facebook.com/littlekingtunes and http://www.instagram.com/littlekingtunes and we update these things frequently…especially now that we are working on new music. But yeah…the hats and new shirts are awesome, and it means the world to us if you rep our gear and feed the studio fund. Love the FOLK (Friends Of Little King) and all of their support over the last 23 years

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Secret Of Boris

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 Cameron Taylor of Secret Of Boris.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TAYLOR: We are originally from Irving, TX, which is a suburb of Dallas without the suburb feel, at least where we grew up. With the exception of our guitar player, Ryan Byrd, we all grew up there. We met in our respective high schools. Paragraph and Kevin had their own band, Dystress, which I played keyboard in for a short time, and I had my own band, LaME., which Paragraph later joined. LaME. lasted for many years. Our management at the time informed us there was another band called LaME. that had apparently registered and trademarked the name and we would need to change it. Looking back I think they just didn’t like it and we were resistant to changing it. Not that it was the best name ever (and I definitely don’t miss the jokes), but we’ve always been pretty protective of our art and everything that goes with it, so we begrudgingly changed it. Then in the following year Paragraph left for California to start his own band, came back to fill in on bass when he was in town after a falling out with our own, then Kevin came a long to fill in for Paragraph when he couldn’t, and I just thought, “this is too great not to make it a five piece, and have all of this personal and musical history in one place.” Forget all of this filling in and let’s commit. It’s been fantastic.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TAYLOR: I have different influences based on different things. As far as singers go it would be Jonathan Davis, Morrissey, Phil Anselmo, Burton C. Bell, and Greg Lasell. Band wise it would be Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Sevendust, and Type O Negative. I also play guitar and write a lot of our songs so I have to throw those out: Jerry Cantrell, Wes Borland, Dimebag Darrel, John Connolly and Clint Lowery.

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

TAYLOR: Our latest release is the music video for the song, “Don’t Mention Love.” The groove of the song is very dancy, but the lyrics and chords are very dark which is one of my favorite combinations. There are synth tracks throughout, so listen again and again to hear them all. I would love for the listener to tell me something they heard that they liked.

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

TAYLOR: Oh man… remember those? I can’t wait until we can play live shows again. It’s strange because our music is dark and angry and sad, but our shows are a good time. Not that there’s anyone telling jokes or doing skits on stage, but there’s a lot of energy being released. Our music is also heavy. We’re not the heaviest band by any means, but if you like the heavy side on the records then you’ll really like the live shows.

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

TAYLOR: Hopefully back in full swing of playing live shows at home and on the road and supporting two records we’ve put out in that time. This is all hypothetical of course, but I look forward to all of the music we’ll create in the meantime.

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

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 Death & Legacy.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DEATH & LEGACY: We play melodic death metal, but we are a classic band.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DEATH & LEGACY: We like to hear and play songs of bands like Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, etc. The bands for we loved metal and founded the band. Of course, new music too, Arch Enemy, Trivium, etc.

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

DEATH & LEGACY: We just released our third album, “INF3RNO”. Its angry and powerful music, but the most melodic of our career too. Strong growls from frontwoman Hynphernia and pretty melodic lines from Isra Ramos, the best combination recorded in FINNVOX. A complete concept art of the magic GUSTAVO SAZES.

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

DEATH & LEGACY: A passion and aggressive band playing with all of their heart and soul till end.

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

DEATH & LEGACY: I hope to realize a recompilation of a decade of Legacy and a worldwide tour, why not?

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Ghosts Of Sunset

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with John Merchant of Ghosts Of Sunset.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

MERCHANT: I’ve been doing pretty good. Of course, this is something you never imagine yourself living through, but it’s definitely shined a light on people and their characters. We’ve seen human beings band together to do amazing things and we’ve seen the worst in others. The trick is to try and focus on the good and ignore the fact that some of your neighbours are completely self-absorbed and selfish.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

MERCHANT: Yes. The beauty of being alive at this time in history is the fact that musicians need not be in the same physical space to create and collaborate together. In “quarantine” videos alone we’ve gotten to see some musical pairings we might not have seen otherwise. Keeping the creative process alive and functioning is the life-blood of musicians and artists. We’ll always find a way to do it because we HAVE to.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

MERCHANT: Probably played a solo acoustic gig somewhere before things locked down. I’ve been able to get out and do some socially distanced stuff during the pandemic though and that has really re-enforced just how important playing live is to me.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

MERCHANT: We’ve done a “quarantine” style video for our single “Miles In-Between” on Golden Robot Records and were able to include guest guitarist Johnny Monoco (E’nuff Z’nuff, LA Guns) and guest drummer Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan). That was fun and super cool of those guys to be involved in that process.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

MERCHANT: Of course, it’s my hope we not only recover but come back better than ever. Now is a time when we should be learning how to create safer, healthier environments for our live events. We may see live music coming back in some new form but it’ll come back. The live exchange between performer and audience is woven into the fabric of our beings since the dawn of time.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

MERCHANT: Support in other ways. Buy singles, buy merch, watch, share, and like streaming events. Realize that although others may not feel the same way, for those of us who LOVE music, it is 100% ESSENTIAL to our happiness and well-being. To let it fade away would be detrimental to us as individuals and a society as a whole.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Dead Fish Handshake

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 Dead Fish Handshake.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DEAD FISH HANDSHAKE: We like to think of ourselves as a modern rock band who strives for and appreciates melody and dynamics.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DEAD FISH HANDSHAKE: U2, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, NIN, STP, Pearl Jam.

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

DEAD FISH HANDSHAKE: “Lies…and all that jazz” is our latest release everywhere. This is our first full length. We’ve released 2 EP’s up until now so its nice to put a longer piece of art into our catalog. This album is little heavier than our past releases and that was somewhat by design because we wanted to return with a bang after being gone for a few years. But with that said, it definitely doesn’t lack the balladry and dynamics that have become a big part of who we are. We definitely feel like it’s a great balance of sonic textures that our fans have come to expect from us.

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

DEAD FISH HANDSHAKE: Right now, they can expect livestreams. Ha! But if we ever get back to it, they can expect authenticity, high energy and a safe place to get lost in the songs with others that can relate.

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

DEAD FISH HANDSHAKE: Probably to the hair transplant doctor or to the nursing home but either way we will rock that senior center. Ha!

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

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 Arya.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ARYA: We’re Arya, an Italian band based in the seaside city of Rimini. We first started playing together in 2015, and we’ve had a complicated and troubled history full of drama and lineup changes. Nonetheless we’ve already released three full albums and an EP, and will release another new album shortly. We’ve always followed a DIY attitude, taking care personally of the recording and release process of our music, as well as the promotion and booking process and the production of video content. Our headquarters are located under our guitarist Simone’s house, where we’ve rehearsed and recorded our music for years.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ARYA: Our music has always originated from the contamination of many different genres. Each one of us has always brought his own taste and references to the songwriting process. In the beginning we started as a wannabe “djent” band influenced by bands such as TesseracT and Periphery, but almost immediately we started incorporating elements from sludge, black metal, hardcore but also jazz, shoegaze and indie rock. Among the bands that have continued to inspire our music as years and members went by and despite the evolution of our tastes I could name Karnivool, The Contortionist and Deafheaven.

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

ARYA: We’ll be releasing our fourth full length album ‘For Ever’ on October 20. It’s by far the heaviest and darkest record we’ve ever made, and it also tells a very personal and depressing story that happened to us shortly after we had released our previous album Endesires. There are frenetic tempo and dynamics shifts, both screamed and clean vocals, many different moods and influences. Some songs are already available on our Youtube channel, but if you use Spotify you could pre-save the album from here, it really helps us.

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

ARYA: We’ve always followed a very “essential” approach: we’ve never used devices that more and more metal bands use today, such as backing tracks, self-switching multi-effects, synchronized lights and so on. We don’t even use a click track. That’s because we’d like to present ourselves to the audience as sincerely and directly as possible, without any kind of barrier as well as protections against our mistakes. After all even mistakes contribute to make a performance truly unique. Probably anyway we still make too many of them.

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

ARYA: It’s hard to tell: my short-term hopes are our new album ‘For Ever’ will be received well and will give us some new fans; I also really hope to finally find a stable and dedicated lineup that could allow us to plan concerts and tour around Italy and Europe. We’re constantly working on some kind of new music, and even if we absolutely don’t need to rush the future songwriting process, I hope the next years will bring new and even better Arya music to the world. It would be awesome become better musicians, to inspire people and other bands, like we have been and still are inspired by others, and to meet more talented artists along the way! What I know for sure is that we’ll never become rich and massively popular because of the music we make!

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With RAHWAY

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with David Cardenas of RAHWAY.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

CARDENAS: Like everyone else, just trying to do the best I can. Hoping all are safe, well and doing the right thing.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

CARDENAS: Actually yes, we have a new EP that just came out called Slumlords of New Jersey. Really excited about it and we can’t wait for all to hear it. Aside from that, we also have another EP ready to be recorded and are eager to get back in the studio.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

CARDENAS: (laughs)…I don’t remember it’s been so long. I do remember a really great rehearsal session with the boys that we did a live feed on.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

CARDENAS: I believe there is one in the works, but while you wait, we did shoot a new video for our hit song “Stone” that you can all check out on our YouTube channel.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

CARDENAS: Of course, it will. Rock n roll baby! Stay positive!

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

CARDENAS: Absolutely, Visit www.RahwayBand.com, check out all that’s going on with RAHWAY. News, Videos, buy CDs, Shirts, Stickers. Support the arts and keep music Alive! Thanks so much for the chat…

Interview: Ex-Kreator Bassist Christian “Speesy” Giesler Talks New Project Fore

I was recently given the opportunity to interview former Kreator bassist Christian “Speesy” Giesler about his new project Fore and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You can read that chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: First of all, what led to your departure from Kreator?

GIESLER: I didn’t leave Kreator!

METAL ANARCHY: You have since joined the punk band Fore alongside Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., The Absence), Taylor Nordberg (The Absence), and Brian Stephenson (Old James, Skull Fist). How did you get involved in that project?

GIESLER: That was pretty easy. Taylor and Jeramie had their one day one song thing! Taylor asked me if I would like to join them in a punk band the rest is history.

METAL ANARCHY: Fore’s new album “Hombres” was released last month. How would you describe it for those that haven’t heard it yet?

GIESLER: I would say 90s old school punk with our own style.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the recording process like?

GIESLER: Everyone worked for himself at home. We then each sent the traces and Taylor and Jeramie mixed it up until we said it had to sound like that.

METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your favorite tracks from the record?

GIESLER: Oh there I have none because the songs are all new if I said now that one song is better than the other we would have done wrong.

METAL ANARCHY: Fore also recently released a cover of Pennywise’s “Open Door” that was tracked during the “Hombres” sessions. Did you record any other covers that may surface at some point?

GIESLER: Yes, we recorded another cover song maybe we will release it too.

METAL ANARCHY: On another note, how have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

GIESLER: For us, it wasn’t really a total lockdown. We can still shop normally otherwise listen to a lot of music, etc.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to tour in support of “Hombres” when its safe to do so?

GIESLER: If someone books us for shows and you can play live again, definitely.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live music industry will ever recover from the current crisis?

GIESLER: Yes, everything will be recovered because the fans are not out of the world.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, what can fans do to support your band and others that may be struggling during the pandemic?

GIESLER: We already get a lot of support from fans who buy our CD. At the moment we don’t have more than just the CD. In December there will be an LP.