I just want to start off by saying that there are some good bands out there, and then there are some great bands out there. If you have not yet heard of or listened to The Anchor then you are missing out on one of the great bands. So who is this band that I think is so great and why are they this months artist?
Hailing from Denver, The Anchor is fronted by Linzey Rae (star of Metal Kitchen on Youtube) along with Keenan, Cory, Adam, and Ryan on bass, guitar, drums, and guitar respectively. This metalcore group puts on a hell of a show which is high energy and very entertaining to watch. They have been rocking the scene for the last 5 years and are currently signed to Manic Kat Records. In December 2016, The Anchor released their first full-length album, A World Ahead, which charted #7 on the metal iTunes charts. After signing with Manic Kat Records, The Anchor released their next EP, Make it Last, in February 2018. Following the EP release, Make it Last charted #19 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #11 on the iTunes Alternative chart, and #99 on the iTunes New Release chart. The group is currently in the process of recording a new album titled “Breathe”. Below is the music video for the song Revive which is off of the upcoming album.
Off their facebook page, their story states “We write music with the objective of providing an uplifting message, while promoting the value of self worth. Knowing firsthand the refuge that music can offer away from life’s struggles, we hope to be a voice of understanding and provide a place that someone can call their home.This is yours just as much as it is ours.”
This fall The Anchor hits the road with A War Within for a US/Canadian tour so if they are coming to a city near you, do not miss it!
If you like cooking and metal, check out Metal Kitchen on youtube!
If you are into metal and haven’t listened to Death Therapy yet you aren’t experiencing the genre to it’s fullest. Founded by Jason Wisdom, formerly of Becoming the Archtype, Death Therapy has been rocking the scene since 2015. With the first single “My Defiance” off their upcoming album being released, I had to find out more. I caught up with Jason and asked him some questions about the release. Hope you enjoy and as always leave your comments below to let us know what you think!
What is the release date of the new album? The new album, “Voices” is set for release via SolidState Records on April 12, 2019
Tell me a little bit about the new album. What are some themes? what are you trying to convey to people through it? “Voices” is definitely a concept album, not in the storytelling sort of way that a lot of metal bands do, but in the sense that if you don’t understand the concept, it likely won’t make any sense. Throughout the album, there are many different voices that speak, and often with conflicting messages. To put it in a very cliche’ sort of way, you could say that they are different voices in my head, but I wouldn’t want to say that. It’s not merely a psychological thing as much as examining a plethora of different voices battling for my heart and mind–whether they be voices from my upbringing, from my own insecurities, from the world around me now, from spiritual influences and everything else in between. And I don’t spend any time in the lyrics clarifying what each voice has to say, or what it is coming from, so, at times, it may even seem like there are arguments happening within the songs. And there are. That’s kinda what I wanted to accomplish. It’s sorta like if you could plug in to my skull and listen directly into my mind, this is what you may hear. I think it will be a unique experience and challenge people in a way that they might not be used to. But some folks will likely struggle with it.
What or who influenced you when writing this album? With Death Therapy, I have tried to keep the process as organic and improvisational as possible. That is to say, that I more or less just sit down in a quiet place and see what ideas come out without really putting a ton of thought into it–you might call it stream of consciousness. So there are plenty of influences lurking in the shadows, because of all the music that I love and has shaped me through the years, but I cannot really pinpoint anything in particular that I was drawing upon as I worked on this album. The music and concept just sort of happened (just like on the first album)–I discovered them along the journey. And that’s part of what has made this band so much fun for me.
What was the hardest part of putting the album together / writing the songs? What was the easiest thing? For me, the easiest thing is coming up with ideas. I have ideas for days, no shortage. If I was able to make music my full time gig, I could write several albums a year in a variety of different styles. The hardest thing about it, for me, is letting it simply be what it is. As I said above, I have deliberately set out with this band to restrain myself from over-analyzing every little detail. But that isn’t easy for me. Music is a tricky art. Because, on the one hand, you just want to create what you want to create. But on the other hand, you want people to like it. It’s the tension between those two that is the most difficult for me, especially as an artist who is generally unknown and in a very niche sort of category. I want people to like what I am doing–for many reasons, not the least of which is that I would like to be able to support my family financially (a wild pipe-dream, to be sure)–but I also don’t want to be phony.
What is your favorite song off the album? That’s tough to say. The last two songs are pretty unique on the album. Together they form a 13 minute long epic. People will either love or hate it. I imagine a lot of folks will never make it all the way through. But it was something that I spent a lot of time with (compared to the rest of the album). It easily could have been 20 minutes long. In fact, I think one of the demo versions was nearly 21 minutes. But I trimmed it down to something a bit more manageable. So I guess if I had to pick a favorite, I would say that this one (in two tracks) is a contender for my favorite.
If you had to describe your music using one word what would you say? Different
How would you describe / rate the music scene where you are? The music scene seems to be very polarized. Not just where I am, but everywhere in America. There doesn’t seem to be a “middle class” anymore like there was in the 90s and 2000s. What I mean is that there used to be a scene where folks would go out and discover new bands that they maybe hadn’t ever even heard of. You could be a small band touring the country and play in basements and tiny clubs for good little crowds every night, because people loved that experience, of supporting the local scene and discovering new bands. But now it seems you either draw a few hundred people or nobody will come. It’s very polarized.
If you could tour with one band who would it be? Demon Hunter. I got to tour with them in my previous band back in 2007. It was the only legitimate tour that I ever got to be a part of, and I would give just about anything to have that opportunity again.
If you could pick one band to reunite and put out a new album who would it be? Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman never disappoints.
What was the first album you ever bought? I am not sure, really. But the first album I remember buying is MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em” sometime in the 90s. Got it on cassette and must have listened to it a thousand times.
Bonusquestion If you watch the show, What character from The Office do you most identify with and why? Okay, so, I did watch the Office, but not nearly as fanatically as some folks. There are probably entire seasons that I haven’t seen. I probably relate most to Toby–the absolutely sad sack of a human who everyone hates, but he’s just doing the best he can.
Check out the teaser video below and then head over to their facebook page for more information! You can also pre-order some pretty sweet packages on their Solid State Merch Site so go pick something out and show them your support!