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

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 Ocultum bassist Pablo Kataldo.

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

KATALDO: Like everyone else I guess. Taking care of ourselves and the ones we love. Trying not to die yet.

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

KATALDO: I guess time is always used to create, pandemic or no pandemic. At least it’s varied, in the band it’s been diverse. But the pandemic brought a lot of work, more than in “normal” times. But yes, in this time you are working on new things and we hope they will come out soon!

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

KATALDO: Our last show was the live release of Residue in Crearock (A venue in Santiago centro, Chile), with a lot of people, was amazing!

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

KATALDO: A couple of months ago we had a show On.Line via streaming, which was quite profitable and we managed to do it by hand, in our rehearsal room. At that time we had a bass player in session and it was a good experience. We don’t have a date for another streaming yet, but it’s always there.

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

KATALDO: Eventually it will recover, pandemics are cyclical, we have had pandemics and health problems throughout our humanity. So yes, I think it will recover slowly, but now it is necessary to continue to take care and overcome this pandemic.

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

KATALDO: Yes, buy their albums, support their concerts in streaming, subscribe to their channels and platfrms, and finally, stay tuned in their music. Stay DooM!…..

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

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 Ocultum bassist Pablo Kataldo.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KATALDO: Our band was born in 2009, looking for the stoner to break through some bars of Santiago and Recoleta. To date, the band has changed their members and has mutated their music to what it is now, after more than 10 years, we are still looking for answers… to date we have two studio albums, the first “Ceremonia Oculta Primitiva”, released in 2013, with a self-managed, neophyte and exhausting production, and “Residuo” released in 2019 under the studio of Juan Pablo Canoles (JP) of Plexstudios.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KATALDO: I think our influences are varied. We could say that everyone has their musical preferences, which are otherwise very different. We could say that Black Sabbath guides us from hell, Saint Vitus from alcohol and Fu Manchu from drugs… well, our influences range from the raw Black Metal to the Crass, Stoner and Punk and this is precisely why we can make records so different from each other.

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

KATALDO: Our latest release is called “Residue”, from 2019, an album that is soon to be released on vinyl, remastered by Juan Pablo Canoles from Plexystudios. I don’t know if you should hear the truth, but if you do, make it drugged and on an unhealthy level.

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

KATALDO: People can expect to hear psychodelia and slow, swampy music. He hopes to drink a beer and smoke a joint, listening as his brain freezes with every riff that enters from his ears.

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

KATALDO: We see Ocultum touring Lan America, with a couple more albums, sharing stages with big and small bands of the Lan American underground, as always has been. We don’t want anything, because we already have everything. We all see each other in the smoke…

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

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 King Fabbs.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KING FABBS: My name is King Fabbs and I’m a solo Pop Punk artist from Calgary, Alberta, Canada! I released my first EP on July 2nd, 2021. It’s the first music I have ever released and it’s the complete start of this journey for me. I’m incredibly excited to see where it takes me! Music is my passion, it’s the thing that fuels me. I was in a band when I was in high school and yes we were awful haha, but it was so much fun and I always looked forward to it! So of course it never lasted but it was something that I wanted to continue doing, so I’ve spent a lot of time looking to be in a band and I eventually realized that pursuing a solo career would be a better route for me. I have the ability to write all my music myself and there’s no commitment issues with being in a band with myself haha. Releasing my own music was a huge goal for me personally and again I am really excited to see where I can take this!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KING FABBS: I’m in love with a lot of music. Rock, Pop punk, and metal music is what I mainly listen too and where I get a ton of inspiration from. But I listen to music from a lot of different genres as well. My favorite’s are All Time Low, Slipknot, Green Day, State Champs, Paramore, Linkin Park, Mariana’s Trench, Foo Fighters, Alessia Cara, Hunter Brothers, The Story So Far, Stand Atlantic, Hot Milk, Twenty One Pilots, and many more!

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

KING FABBS: My latest release is my EP called “Your Safest Place”. As I mentioned in the first question this is my first ever release for me! If you like Pop Punk music then “Your Safest Place” is something I’m absolutely sure you’re going to love. I think my music gives a bit of a throwback vibe to 2000’s Pop Punk with the modern day Pop Punk feel mixed in. I’ve always loved this music and it feels so good to play. I also love that I can represent people of color within this genre. I used to get picked on for liking this kind of music because I’m black. For anyone out there that feels like they can’t be themselves because of the way they look or they have a “different” personality, “Your Safest Place” is for you. It represents those who have ever felt like they don’t fit in anywhere or if you’ve ever felt hopeless and completely lost. “Your Safest Place” can give you some uplifting when you need it. That’s why reader’s should check it out and follow me!

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

KING FABBS: Expect me to dance, give you compliments, do some fun covers, have fun (duh!), give away free merch, and probably fall down or fall off the stage, probably both.

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

KING FABBS: I certainly hope to be heading out onto a huge tour through a few continents or around the world. I hope to have a few albums out and I hope to be inspiring a lot of people out there!

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With The Rockit 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 The Rockit King vocalist Jes Beveridge.

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

BEVERIDGE: We actually did alright. We finished recording and released “Fourth Turning” and still have ten or eleven partially finished songs. It was a fairly creative period for The Rockit King.

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

BEVERIDGE: For sure. We’re a productive bunch.

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

BEVERIDGE: We have certainly played a few shows since the lockdown. Other than some of the logistical stuff which can be a bit of a moving target, it’s been fun.

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

BEVERIDGE: We haven’t as of yet, but we do have a YouTube presence.

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

BEVERIDGE: Yeah, I do. People want to connect with other people.

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

BEVERIDGE: Patreon is a really great new option for bands. Buying physical merchandise is another. If you dig the music a band is making, buy a T-Shirt, support them on Patreon.

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

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 The Rockit King vocalist Jes Beveridge.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BEVERIDGE: The Rockit King is a straight-up, four-on-the-floor, Michigan Rock ‘N’ Roll band. Everyone sings and plays their asses off. Plenty of guitar. And we make records on tape, no computers. The songs are personal and melodic, and the live show is vicious.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BEVERIDGE: Today or 20 years ago when TRK was conceived? 20 years ago it was Thin Lizzy & Boston.
Today it would probably be Megadeth and Blackberry Smoke. Cheap Trick throughout, I suppose.

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

BEVERIDGE: We released “Fourth Turning,” our fourth studio album in May. I hear it as our best and most concise album to date. We worked hard at keeping the writing and the arrangements as simple and as clean as possible. It ROCKS and we want everyone to hear it.

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

BEVERIDGE: A great f’ing time. TRK has long been an honest-to-goodness machine of a Rock band. West Michigan at its finest.

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

BEVERIDGE: Releasing great music, playing great shows. We’ll never stop as long as we’re alive & kickin’.

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

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 Hometime.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HOMETIME: Despite its band-sounding name, Hometime is essentially a solo project. It marks a return to music after a period of post-band quiet and it’s a compete labour of love. The bad thong about not being a bigger collective is that there are fewer people to bounce ideas off, but the upside is that there’s far less compromise required. The bottom line is that I’m really enjoying things on my own terms and at my own pace.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HOMETIME: I’m not sure I’ve ever answered this question the same way twice. I think I more often list the artists I’m a fan of – and that’s sometimes different to the places I get ideas from. And when it comes to recording an album, everybody involved is an influence themselves.

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

HOMETIME: My latest release is my third single. It’s called “It Beats Living Alone.” It’s a mid-paced piece of electronica with a soulful vocal and lyrics about the cowardice and self-delusion of staying in a failing relationship. I’ve been very lucky with the response. The word “beautiful” keeps getting used by radio presenters and that is incredibly humbling to hear.

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

HOMETIME: There hasn’t been a Hometime live show yet, so it’s hard to say. This project is different to anything I’ve done before. But the songs are great, so I’m confident that they’d lend themselves to a live show, if I were able to muster the courage!

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

HOMETIME: I’ve been in a bunch of bands over the years. It’s been a fantastic experience, and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that you need to nail the project in hand before looking at the next steps. If I’m still having as much fun in five years time, I’ll consider myself lucky.

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

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 Void Collapse.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Pretty good for the most part. I’m pretty much a shut in anyway, so on that front it’s fine. I’m not that social, and worked through all of it. I work at a chemical plant, and it never stopped. There have been some small exposures in my circle, and that type of stuff gets stressful, but for the most part it’s been all right.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Yep! Our latest album “Gwenda” was done through 2020, and the first part of 2021. Now we’re getting the next one going. I wouldn’t credit the pandemic for that, making music is just what I’m doing in free time. lol.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: We’re not a live band, but I did get to see Zao before all this stuff happened. It was really awesome, they’re one of my favorites.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Not really. Honestly we are just in the first few years of being around, and haven’t really even thought of that type of thing yet. I’m planning a guitar play through soon. I just watched the Zao livestream a couple weeks ago, and that was incredible.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: It seems to be. I’ve had friends going to shows already. I’m planning to go see Terror in November.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Just champion your bands, listen, tell a friend, buy a shirt. That’s what I love about death metal, and hardcore. The bands feel like they’re yours. So, just do what you can for them.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With After Hour Animals

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 After Hour Animals.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: When it comes to the band we are all just a bunch of homies that truly love music. We love the way it makes us feel and how we’re able to connect with it more than any other form of expression.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: Every member has so many different influences when it comes to music. For the band as a whole it’s mostly BMTH, Beartooth & The Plot In You.

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

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: Our latest release “Lose My Head” is a track that gets stuck in your head before the first chorus is already complete. We feel it has all the best aspects of both Rock & Metalcore music combined into one.

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

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: We bring energy, We get in your face, We want our fans to help us put on a show. This is as much their band as it is ours. We want everyone to feel a part of AHA when they come to see us.

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

AFTER HOUR ANIMALS: Obviously all bands have massive goals. We want to tour the world and meet every single person who connects with our music.

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

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 The Ansible.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE ANSIBLE: We are The Ansible from Austin, TX. We initially started out as a two piece. Greg, our guitarist, and Derril, our singer wrote and recorded the first album in 2015. We never really had aspirations of being a live band, but a great friend and Austin promoter pushed us to get a full line up. We did some searching and found Nigel and Darian and off we went. Mark is our newest member. He joined up with us about 13 months ago. We’re currently in the process of releasing our new EP, Existing to Repeat.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE ANSIBLE: Deftones is at the top of the list, for sure! We all have pretty diverse music tastes ranging from bands like Loathe, Spiritbox, and Sleep Token to Bon Iver, Circa Survive, and Bring Me The Horizon. But at any given point the van could be bumping Filth or Sevendust or even Billie Eilish.

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

THE ANSIBLE: So Existing To Repeat is like our COVID sessions. We were all in lockdown and decided we would hole up together for a couple weeks and just write about all the feelings we were going through from the isolation. Losing out on tours and other opportunities sent us spiraling and we just had to get that shit out. Musically we went in a little different direction. It’s still heavy, but instead of slapping your mama in the pit, it’s heavy in your chest. We wanted the songs to just blanket you and make you feel less alone and stressed.

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

THE ANSIBLE: You can expect to feel welcomed. We’re a family, and when you’re at a show we want you to feel like you’re part of our family. We always strive to play tight sets with lots of energy. We give our souls to the crowd.

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

THE ANSIBLE: Hopefully we’ll be touring full time! That’s the ultimate goal for all of us. We just want to be surrounded by music and all of its facets. Seeing the world, jamming everyday, and making new friends is the dream.

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

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 Siren’s Rain.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: It was a really strange phenomenon, seeing each other all of the time and going to making music by distance. We tried, Zoom, Skype, and Discord. We used the time to practice and learn new instruments and complete writing of our first full-length album.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: We sure have. We write music the “old school way”, by jamming it out. We don’t do what a lot of bands do with having one songwriter who writes on a computer. We prefer to jam out and sketch our songs. We have had to make adjustments during the lockdowns, and that has been a challenge.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: We played a really unique event called Metal on Metal, where metal bands provide a live soundtrack for armoured combat fighting. We have played this Seattle event twice, and it’s so different from anything else out there. This was February 2019.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: We had one planned, and then we had a COVID exposure within the band, but also with the livestream production crew, so we were unable to make that happen.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: Like everything, it is shifting and evolving. When industries dip, people find creative ways to re-invigorate.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: Yes! Please follow us on all the platforms- Spotify, Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok! Take advantage of Bandcamp Fridays and buy merch! Most importantly, share our music, and the music of artists you like on social media, Music is a participation sport.