One of Europe’s heaviest death metal outfits, Anoxide are working on new material for their upcoming album, have a sweet spot opening for Deicide at Three Days of Death, and are gearing up for some solid touring. The London five piece write and perform some blistering metal that’s technical and jamming, and off stage the guys are approachable and often hilarious.
Hello gentlemen, how are things in the Anoxide camp today?
Everything’s grand, we are currently recording our debut album so that is definitely the focus at the moment. Having recently signed to Music Gallery International, we’re highly optimistic for the future and looking forward to the release so we can tour our asses off.
What is the metal scene in London like?
The London metal scene, generally at least, is fucking siiiick. Shows are always well-attended, great crowd of people, some dickheads, but that makes it all the more entertaining. With London
being so big and densely populated the scene is rather large and always new faces coming out the woodwork.
What was the inspirational spark that brought Anoxide together originally? And what has kept you going since?
Well, Michael and Callum are brothers, they started it in their teens with the original vocalist Markus. James joined next after a year or two of them playing as a three piece, then Alex around
six months after that. As far as the inspirational spark, it was merely the fact that listening to music was no longer enough, you no longer wanted to watch some perform on stage, you wanted to be said person. What has kept us going, being an alcoholic and not in a band is far less cool and socially acceptable.
What is the most exciting about being in Anoxide?
The most exciting thing is you never know what’s going to happen and where this band might end up. We strongly believe in the music we create so are optimistic for what the future has to bring. Alongside this being able to create music you’re proud of with your best friends is always a pleasure.
What can people expect at an Anoxide performance? And what’s the weirdest thing that ever happened at one of your shows?
From an average show could can expect, blast beats, booze and boobs … not the kind of boobs you want, though. Death metal is heavily male dominated so we talk man titties over here. As far as the weirdest thing that’s happened, we’ve been part of two-performance art piece, under the direction of artist Oreet Ashery. The first one we played in a blacked out room, bar a few green lights, then halfway through our set all the lights in the room came on, then this performance art duo called New Noveta came through a door into the room with these large bamboo sticks and proceeded sort of wrestle with them and each other, whilst moving through the crowd and hitting them on the way. Whilst this was happening, piercingly loud harsh noise, almost static music was playing through the PA, then after a minute or so of this al the lights went off and we continued with our set.
That was nothing compared to the second time though. The second time we played in amongst 50 or so people knitting. There were 50 or so knitters spread out throughout a large room, we stood in between them and did our thing with the audience watching, confused around the outside. What made this piece even more abnormal was that in-between each song we had to leave 10 minutes of silence, because of this the entire performance went on for a couple of hours. What was quite cool with this though was that due to the 10 minutes of silence we would stand around having conversations with members of the crowd which made for a very difference experience as to normal.
“The Immorality of Faith” is a very hard hitting tune. What was the event or events that inspired you to write it?
It comes from the fact that man has evolved passed the need for any and all archaic religions, that are frankly, immoral. These religions are based on myths, lies and we’re just tools used to pacify the population from free thinking in order to maintain the ruling classes and as such these institutions, a source of mental slavery, need to be dismantled. I respect an individuals right to believe whatever wish, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jesus, Buddha, etc.; however, it’s the indoctrination and the institution themselves that are immoral and obscene.
I’m totally digging the artwork you are using for TIoF. Who is the artist and where can we see more?
The artwork was done by artist Remy Cooper. His company is called HeadSplit Designs. He is a great artist, very easy to work with, communicative and does a sick job at capturing the idea we portray. He’s worked with some top tier bands as well such as Origin, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Cryptopsy, Suicide Silence to name a few. We would highly recommend.
How has your songwriting evolved over time?
Over the years we’ve definitely added a progressive element to our sound and fully intent to expand on this. This is due to our music taste expanding/ maturing as we’ve gotten older and naturally want to incorporate these influences. For instance, Alex is a big fan of classical and Michael is heavily into Gaelic folk music, so there’s definitely some of those vibe going on in the new material. Our music has also become a lot more technical, this was always the plan from the beginning where as now, as time has gone on and we’ve improved as players, we’re actually able to produce and play what it is we want to hear. I say this but we personally feel we still have a long way to go in order to get to where we want to be, but this new record is definitely a step in the right direction.
Please tell us about the new album you are working on?
Well, we’ll tell you what we can, without giving the game away entirely. It’s around 50 minutes of music, being produced, recorded and mixed by Jack Stephens at Envy Studios (Jack also did our
previous two releases). We are thinking about going to another engineer for mastering, can’t say who yet, though, as it’s not confirmed. In terms of what the songs consist of, it’s a highly versatile album … for death metal at least. There are some shorter, brutal, to-the-point songs and there are also longer songs with multiple stylistic changes/ progressions, the longest song clocking in at around 11 minutes. Alex, who handles the bulk of the writing, instrumental-wise, is a massive black metal fan, so naturally that will creep its way into our sound. Not saying we’re going full Satan on it but there is definitely a strong black metal influence in sections. Anyone who has listened to our previous releases know that we love a good wank fest (long and big, in your face solos) and that element is never going away. There are, of course, blast beats everywhere and pounding grooves combined with big choruses, which we feel bands, especially within our genre, often overlook the idea of having a hook. It terms of experimentation we’ve branched out, exploring ways to expand our sound, making in more unique; there are multiple acoustic guitar sections, one track being at least half acoustic guitar. We are currently looking into/ toying with the idea of getting some clean vocals on there as well :O. There are other ideas we are working on as well but might not come to tuition so don’t want to get peoples hopes up, or down depending on your preference. As far as vocals, Ben has a versatile range and multiple styles so this is being put to good use with everything from gutturals and brees to Satanic screeches and powerhouse thrash vocals.
What musical inspirations besides metal are you bringing to the new album?
As stated above, there are numerous acoustic guitar sections on this album, this comes from a strong classical influence. There is also a heavy tribal influence in certain sections and hopefully
with the addition of clean vocals in part that’ll bring a folk element to the music. Alongside this we are looking at putting soundscape-esque pieces in-between the main songs as a way of breaking up the album whilst linking/ gluing it together. As we’re still in the process of recording the key elements of the music though all the flavorsome ideas we’re talking about here are purely ideas, nothing.
Do you have any people you’d like to thank for their support along the way?
You know, the usual, our families, friends, the metal community, anyone who supports us/ listens to our music, has bought merch or a ticket to come see us … same cliché answer as every other band.
Looks like you will be playing Three Days of Death with Deicide and Krisiun. How did that come about and how will you prepare for a show like that?
This came about through our manager Shawn Barusch. We basically said to him we want to play that show, so he made it happen. Was rather simple on our end, haha. In terms of preparation, we intend to play a number of new songs for this show so we are all spending time getting our parts tight on our own; the show itself is on a Monday, so we are going to spend the Saturday and Sunday prior in the rehearsal studio getting everything locked in together. We’ve found over the years that as long as everyone puts the work in, in their own time you really don’t need to spend much time in the rehearsal studio to get it together. It does help as well that Alex and Michael live together so will get one guitar and the drums tight at home. That way rehearsals are more of a case of everyone locking in with them.
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