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

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 High Moonlight.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

HIGH MOONLIGHT: We are a Heavy metal band or Heavy rock as some prefer to call with strong influence of the old school. The band was formed in São Paulo, Brazil in the late 90s among neighborhood friends. Over the years the band’s formation underwent many changes, leaving only me (Robert Guima) as an original member from the beginning. From the beginning, I already had the intention of focusing on a totally authorial musical work, with lyrics that touched on mysticism, adventures, conspiracy and fighting. Protesting against the system or talking about love is not part of the band’s theme.

Today, we have a new lineup and I hope it will pay off for heavy music. However, I am still the main composer and founder of the band.

Our songs are powered by heavy, creative riffs (lots of riffs), beautiful melodies and heavy grooves. If you want to check out, just visit the band’s page on SoundCloud and listen to our first full EP that is available on the platform.

There are seven songs that give a preview of what will be our first album to be released soon.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

HIGH MOONLIGHT: As bands my main influences are Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Judas Priest. Of course, there are many others, but the main ones are these.

As musicians I have always enjoyed the talent of guys like Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Ronnie James Dio and Ross the Boss.

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

HIGH MOONLIGHT: My last release is an EP that bears the same name as the band (High Moonlight). It’s a sample of some of our songs that will be on our first album that will be released soon.

This EP features seven songs, six sung in English and one sung in Portuguese but that does not detract from any appreciation of her weight and creativity.

To all those who, like me, know that to make a good Heavy Metal or Rock in Roll of quality it takes to have heavy, creative and exciting riffs, you should listen to my songs. All of it is based on riffs, just like the great classic bands at the beginning of their career. But not only that, there’s a lot of interesting things in the songs that will make people realize that it’s something unique and innovative, even in a scenario where it seems like everything has already been done. The HML will show no, and that Rock still has a lot of firewood to burn.

Do not forget, the full album is only for now, on SoundCloud, so I ask you to listen there.

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

HIGH MOONLIGHT: Lots of positive energy, lots of fun, quality music and guaranteed satisfaction.

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

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 Aviators.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE AVIATORS: We are a rock band from Bakersfield, CA. We’ve been around for 10 years gigging up and down California and even venturing into Canada. We’ve opened up for artists like LA Guns, Adema, Tom Keifer (Cinderlla), Jack Russell (Great White), Rudy Scarzo, Fuel, Montrose, The Quireboys, Black Oak Arkansas, Led Zepagain, Bonfire, The Bullet Boys, Tuff, Little Caesar, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clark and members of Foreigner, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Dramarama and Poison. We spend a lot of time gigging and writing music. We have 4 albums and one EP we did at Foo Fighters Studio 606 with producer Matt Starr (drummer of Mr. Big) all available on streaming devices.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE AVIATORS: Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Blackberry Smoke, Bad Company, Foreigner, Queen, just to name a few.

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

THE AVIATORS: The latest release is “Flowers and Moonshine.” This album is all killer and no filler! Its for anyone that wants to hear a great album from beginning to end. We have always been about creating an album of work rather than building around a single.

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

THE AVIATORS: You can expect to hear great musicianship. A real band, playing all their instruments and flowing in the moment.

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

THE AVIATORS: Touring independently and making a living playing music and entertaining people across the world.

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

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 Strike Master.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STRIKE MASTER: We are a thrash metal band From Mexico City, 3 piece, ultra powerful and determined, in the search to be listened by more metalheads around the globe and to share our music which will take the world by storm.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STRIKE MASTER: Slayer, Black Sabbath, Overkill, and our daily life in the most outrageous city in the world, Mexico City

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

STRIKE MASTER: Our self-titled album, released in 2017, 10 songs full of power and emotion. Please give it a listen. Share your comments, your critics, your hate, everything is good for us

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

STRIKE MASTER: If you concentrate you’ll see your darkest fears behind your eyes…

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

STRIKE MASTER: If destiny gives us the opportunity and there is no apocalyptic war, we will be the most sharpened thrash trio controlling the business, along with our fellow metal fans. I hail you all, STRIKE MASTER.

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

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 Align The Tide.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ALIGN THE TIDE: Formed in September 2015, the band experimented with several different music sounds while working alongside different local musicians, extracting influences and styles. The founders of the band Danny on Drums & Kyle on Guitars/Vocals, have been exploring music genres for the past nine years before settling in the active sound you hear today! Joining the ranks with Gabriel on bass & Alston on rhythm guitar, the line-up was completed. Together, they composed music based on thrash, groove & melodic metal resulting in the recording of their debut album ‘Dead Religion’ & videos for ‘The Golden Throne’ & ‘Welcome to Hell’ from the same self-financed record. Merchandise has been designed & produced to accompany the above release. The band participated in several local gigs & festivals where they have rooted their main fan base before embarking on a mini European tour visiting Germany and the Czech Republic. In March 2018, the band supported the legendary band Mushroomhead on their American tour visiting several main cities such as Mesa, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Jerome, Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, Lincoln, Waterloo, Minneapolis, Joliet, Madison, Racine, Cleveland. As time went by, Alston decided to take a break from the music business and thus, Nikki was recruited to the family as rhythm guitar.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ALIGN THE TIDE: Gabriel Camilleri: As individual musicians we all have our own music tastes and preferred style of playing, this helped a lot in shaping the Align the Tide sound as we see it as an interesting mixture of genres and sounds that come from our personal experience. This makes Align the Tide alive and with a sound that is constantly evolving as we learn more about music and how to exchange these experiences and create new ones together in the band. I personally come from a background of technical bass playing as my influences come from bands like Death, Rings of Saturn, Born of Osiris ect. Danny listens to and is influenced by bands like Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe and Slipknot. Kyle spent most of his teenage years listening to Killswitch Engage, Bullet For My Valentine and Korn. Nikki enjoys most genres of metal but is mostly influenced by Lamb Of God, Slipknot and Killswitch Engage. This varied mix of styles and influences make up the sound that is Align the Tide.

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

ALIGN THE TIDE: Gabriel Camilleri: We recently released the single ‘Dead Religion’, the title track for the album. A great mix of various genres which is bound to hit every listener’s palate!

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

ALIGN THE TIDE: Gabriel Camilleri: Expect a great energy, a head banging vibe and LOUD MUSIC!

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

ALIGN THE TIDE: Gabriel Camilleri: This year, we’re working on touring all over the place, so in 5 years time we would have hopefully covered at least half of the Earth with our live shows.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Good Times & Company

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 Good Times & Company.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

GOOD TIMES & COMPANY: We are an alternative indie rock band based out of Springfield, IL. We have released 3 albums and have just finished tracking our 4th. We strive to write and record honest, unique, memorable music. We wanna come hang out with you.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

GOOD TIMES & COMPANY: The Strokes, The Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, The Kooks, Mac Demarco, The Growlers, Boy Pablo, Phum Viphurit, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, The 1975, Ceramic Animal, Skeggs, Hockey Dad, Sticky Fingers, The Beatles, Franz Ferdinand, Queens of the Stone Age, The Doors.

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

GOOD TIMES & COMPANY: ‘Midwest Sun’ is our latest release, which is a solid rock album reflecting the diligent work of 4 young midwestern guys perfecting their craft. We are very proud of that album. However, we are more excited about our upcoming EP, ‘Cosmonaut’. Anyone reading this needs to follow us on social media and be looking for this thing when it drops because it is going to turn heads. I have never said that in an interview in over a decade of being a musician, but this next EP is going to be very hard to ignore. We are just really pumped to be able to keep putting out quality, unique material. ‘Cosmonaut’ is the best thing we have ever created. You can catch an acoustic version of the title track over on our Facebook!

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

GOOD TIMES & COMPANY: Good Times & Company. It’s in the name! We provide a fun, party atmosphere live show. We play each show like it’s our last and put all our energy into making your night entertaining! Be ready to feel something good.

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

GOOD TIMES & COMPANY: Your city.

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

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 Bear Witness.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

BEAR WITNESS: We’re an Alternative Rock trio from Birmingham. We like to describe our sound more accurately as beautiful noise because we love to smash together the heavy elements of rock music (monstrous rhythms, chaotic riffs and distorted guitars) with soulful melodies and arrangements (the more beautiful aspects of music); those two ingredients put together gives us our recipe for beautiful noise.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

BEAR WITNESS: Our main influences would have to be (in no real order): Linkin Park, Nothing But Thieves, The Police, Nirvana, Green Day, Muse, Bring Me The Horizon, Incubus, Highly Suspect, Soundgarden, Prince, QOTSA; the list goes on and on really. We’re all huge fans of music that has some real feeling infused into it, especially when it’s paired with interesting melodies, powerful choruses or a clever arrangement. We love music that if it were to be stripped back to just a guitar and vocals it would still sound incredible; just raw, talented songwriting really. Nothing that is overused or manufactured, we hate those artists. Overall bands or musicians that make what we believe to be great songs, whatever the genre.

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

BEAR WITNESS: Our latest release is ‘Perfect Living’ and will be out on the 18th of January. It is a powerful rock song that begins with soft vocals over a solid groove driven verse. This leads into an epic chorus wherein you are surrounded by distorted guitars and a hook infused belted vocal that leaves you with the desire to bounce around the room singing along. We’re so excited to show it to everyone! It always goes down so well live, it’s easily one of our favourites to play. We’ve also made a music video for it which pairs really nicely with the song.

Shot in its entirety in POV it has a very real sense of energy and suspense throughout, it makes for an exciting visual to go along with the music, we tried to make a video that was good without the music, our attempt at a mini film inspired by our love of sci fi films like Bladerunner and Star Wars. This one’s just the first part, the following two singles will complete the story in the summer.

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

BEAR WITNESS: If you come and see us live then you can expect quite an exciting, uptempo show. We try and encourage some dancing and bouncing around like an idiot from everyone involved! We really love the songs we play and I think it comes across when we play them. We love bands that put on live shows that add to the music, Nothing But Thieves, Jack White and Green Day are a few examples that spring to mind, so we work very hard to ensure our live show adds to the music. Not to mention there is an occasional guest performance from a certain Jeff Goldblum playing jazz piano!

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

BEAR WITNESS: We would love to get to a point where we can make a living off the music and know that it is connecting with people, it would be unreal if we achieved that. Obviously we would love to do a sell out tour, maybe play a few stadiums haha, but that would all just be icing on the cake. We’d also love to do a George Michael covers album at some point, but baby steps hahah.

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

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 Vaya.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

VAYA: Hi Metal Anarchy, so VAYA is an authentic drop of Energy expressed through Voice, Music and High Drums. A deep and loud white wolf call shaking your heart and your soul 😉

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

VAYA: V. VAYA: Universe Laws, my friends 🙂

Phil: A Lot of bands and a lot of guitar players, like Nuno Bettencourt, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Santana, etc!

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

VAYA: V. VAYA: We are actually promoting our double album on scenes. A special edition of 1000 pieces numbered by hand. Why? To feed their heart and brain with new vibes 😉

Phil: Readers will find out something very new and different from our band because it’s inspired by the Indians of North America and the legend of the white wolf.

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

VAYA: Phil: A good feeling between us on stage, a good dynamic, energy and punch in the songs!

V. VAYA: Being a part of the show, being one with us! Come as you are, my friends, VAYA will share the sacred fire with you 🙂

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

VAYA: Phil: Oh I don’t know, we’ll see how it works out, lol! 🙂

V. VAYA: Everywhere. I mean on your table? Headphone? ;P Sure!