EMQ’s with ANUBIS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Thrash/Power Metal band Anubis. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Devin Reiche for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Devin and I play bass and vocals. We started up around 2018, had a few line-up changes, played about 30 shows around Hollywood, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, did one mini-tour…then Covid-19 hit, and here we all are now. These days we’re focusing on recording new material and putting out online content.
How did you come up with your band name?
Our old guitar player came up with it. I dug it because it fit my three criteria for a band name: 1) It starts with “A” so it’s at the top of any lists, 2) it’s 3 syllables, so it’s easy for a crowd to chant, and 3) it isn’t an “-ation” or “-ator” name, because those names are very generic sounding.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Los Angeles CA, USA. The scene here is on the smaller side, but it’s pretty tight and intimate. The talent here in LA is incredible, and bands from here who have gotten signed and gone international like Exmortus and Warbringer are among the absolute best of the new generation of metal.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our self-titled EP. 3 of our earliest songs.
‘Everything Disintegrates’ Official Video.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Mostly bands from the power metal and thrash metal genres: Helloween, Blind Guardian, Sonata Arctica, Into Eternity, Testament, Megadeth, Hatchet, Havok, etc. But really, we love all genres of metal, and at some point, you’ll hear ideas from black metal, death metal, djent, punk rock, everything from heavy music.
What first got you into music?
Like most people, my gateway into metal was Metallica and Megadeth. When I was a kid it just blew my mind how much more advanced and intelligent it was than the radio rock that was big at the time. It was like, music for grownups.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to do a duet with Noora Louhimo from Battle Beast. One of my favourite current-gen metal vocalists.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I had a lot of fun playing Lima Metal fest in Peru a few years ago with my other band Hatchet. I’d absolutely love to play there again with Anubis. They treated us really well, all the people we met were awesome, and there were some incredible metal merch stores all over Lima!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t know about weird, but my good friend Lin Z gave me a beautiful neon fractal painting she made when we came through Colorado. Thanks Lin Z!!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for the support! Keep on listening to new bands, let’s all work on making the 2020s the best year for new metal! (Also, keep sharing our shit on social media).
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’d bring back Per “Dead” Ohlin from Mayhem. Both so that we could get a version of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas with his vocals, and so that we could maybe get him in with a group of friends who’d take his mental health more seriously than the friends he had did.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Enjoy the most – Having friends in virtually every state all over the country.
Hate – Driving through Arizona with no air conditioner while on tour.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t really know how to answer that, because with the prominence of social media and the downfall of physical media, most of the changes I want to see have already taken place. Trends are always going to exist, but the industry is much less top-down; corporate record companies don’t hand-pick artists or “hits” nearly as much, the process of an artist becoming successful is much more organic and people-oriented than it was decades ago. Anyone can make a pro-sounding record in their bedroom and get big enough to live off the money they make if the music is good enough and they know enough about social media promotion.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Nightfall In Middle Earth” by Blind Guardian. Totally transcendent.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Streaming! I couldn’t live without Spotify. Getting access to literally every album ever made for only 15 dollars a month is a life-changer. There’s so much incredible music out there that I get frustrated that I can’t listen to it all at once.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Opening for Hammerfall at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset Strip in Hollywood! It was a sold-out show and the reception we got was way more positive than I expected it to be.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Selling patio furniture on route 22? (Hahaha, sorry, I just binge-watched The Sopranos).
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
1) Bernie Sanders
2) Yannis Papadapolous of Beast in Black (another one of the best metal vocalists alive)
3) Paul McCartney
4) Mary Mueller
5) Josephine Wall
Suffice it to say that it would be a really weird and awkward dinner party.
What’s next for the band?
We’re finishing up recording on our next EP, entitled “Hurricane Of Hate”. I know everyone always talks up their newest material, but I’m so happy with how this is turning out, it may be the best thing my name has ever been attached to.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’ve actually never heard of Jaffa Cakes before! They probably just haven’t made their way to the States yet…
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
No, not really! Just check out out our new EP on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Spotify!
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