Montreal, QC – April 6, 2021
ANONYMUS Reunites w/ Band Founder Marco Calliari For Video Performance “Tierra” Off “La Bestia”
& Piggy Award (career recognition in honour of Voivod guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour)
L-R: Carlos Araya (Drums), Daniel Souto (Guitar), Oscar Souto (Vocals and Bass), Jef Fortin (Guitar)
Photo Credit: Dani Rod
Canadian thrash legends Anonymus have reunited with band founder Marco Calliari for a live-off-the-floor video performance of “Tierra” from the band’s latest 12th album and first Spanish release “La Bestia” (winner of two GAMIQ Awards). The track is sung in both Italian and Spanish.
Calliari‘s departure from Anonymus in 2003 was to pursue a solo career that has so far released three albums: Che la vita (2003), Mia dolce vita (2006), and Al faro est (2010).
The band comments on the video reunion:
“Marco was in the band for a long time, we were friends as young kids and during high school was when we decided to start Anonymus. We learned our skills together doing covers initially, then moved on pretty quickly to make our own songs. For us, it’s always a great pleasure to have him come in to sing and play with us here and there. He left the band to fulfill his career in another genre (worldbeat/ pop). He’s a hell of a performer and we remain on the best of terms with each other. So to have him come in and share some moments with us is very natural. We celebrate our past having him in this live performance, while on the other hand, we focus on the future on writing new material for our next release.“Tierra” is very special because it’s the only song that we wrote in both Italian and Spanish. This is a tribute to our families who had to make sacrifices in their lives and leave their families and countries behind for a better future and a new home. It strikes a chord when you see all these immigrants doing the same in Africa, South America, and the rest of the world. Our parents ended up having a nice story about their immigration, which is not the case for everybody. This song is a song about the newfound land.”
Watch “Tierra” on YouTube – https://youtu.be/V333tZVtf7Q
Anonymus‘ twelfth studio album “La Bestia” (Bam&Co Heavy) was released in June 2020. The album is the band’s first Spanish album that follows their discography of both French and English releases. Many metalheads and critics asked the most relevant question, why an album in Spanish? The answer… since Drummer Carlos Araya is Chilean-born, and Oscar (lead vocals and bass) and Dan Souto (guitars and backing vocals) are sons of Spanish immigrants, it was only inevitable to make a record in that language that 3/4 of the band is fluent in.
The tracks on “La Bestia” were produced mainly by guitarist Jef Fortin as well as Colin Richardson who also produced 1999’s ‘Instinct’ and Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm) who produced 2006’s ‘Chapter Chaos Begins’. The album also features the bilingual song “Violencia Versus Violence” with the participation of Carlos Maldos of Lethal Creation (MX) and Arno Dhenain Le Bourhis of Black Bomb A (FR) along with a second bilingual track “Tierra” with Marco Calliari singing in Italian.
Music Video – Bicho Loco – YouTube
1. Bajo Presión (3:31)
2. Bicho Loco (3:58)
3. Sobrevivir (4:11)
4. Violencia Versus Violence (featuring Carlos Maldos of Lethal Creation (MX) and Arno from Black Bomb A) (4:33)
5. La Bestia (5:22)
6. Máquinas (3:32)
7. Cada loco con su tema (5:37)
8. Tierra (Produced by Colin Richardson and ft. Marco Calliari) (4:01)
9. Terremoto (Produced by Jef Dagenais (Kataklysm) (3:08)
Album Length: 37:57
Oscar Souto -Vocals/ Bass
Daniel Souto – Guitar/ Back Vocals
Jef Fortin -Guitar/ Back Vocals
Carlos Araya -Drums/ Back Vocals
Anonymus is a Canadian thrash metal band that explodes on stage with each presence, that pulls you in with its passion and that yells at you with corrosive and violent texts that will not leave anyone indifferent.
Since their first release in 1994, Anonymus has made its mark on the Quebec music scene. From the beginning, the group has been well received while demonstrating its brutal sound and technique that has continually evolved over the years. Oscar Souto (vocals, bass) Daniel Souto (guitar, vocals) Carlos Araya (drums), Jef Fortin (guitar since 2006) and Marco Calliari (vocals, guitar from 1994 to 2006) have since widely traveled the roads of their country, participated in the deprivation of Mononc’Serge and continue today to ignite stages everywhere they go. These veterans of the metal scene continue to proudly carry the torch after 20 years of chaos and barbaric music.
Forever hungry for metal, everyone in Anonymus brings ideas to the table. Sometimes it is a whole song or just the beginnings of one, yet together the band works to create a full thrashy anthem from the pieces, working on it until it is complete. The music always comes first, and when the ambiance is formulated, the lyrics, which come from a personal place and from current events, can be added.
Unstoppable and indestructible, inspired by bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax; Anonymus is nothing short of the powerful, aggressive and technical thrash metal that they have been refining for decades exemplified on their impressive discography of both French and English releases, which includes: “Ni vu, ni connu” (1994); Stress (1996); Instinct (1999); Daemonium (2002); Academie du Massacre (2003); Chapter Chaos Begins (2006); Musique Barbare (2008); État Brute (2011); Envers et contre tous (2015); P.O.M.M.E (2017); Sacrifices (2019); and their first-ever Spanish album La Bestia (2020) due out June 12 via label Bam&co Heavy.
Today, Anonymus does not need a presentation. This institution of the Quebec metal industry has been offering for twenty-six years, a passion for dark notes and unrivaled power. The offer is still valid. With more than 1500 career shows under their belt, Anonymus is completely in their element when performing in front of fans, they offer only their absolute best ensuring the crowd is moving. Having shared the stage with metal great such as Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, and Kataklysm at festivals such as Heavy Montreal, Montebello, and through international tours, they are no strangers to a wild show.
ANONYMUS FOLLOWS ITS PATH, AGAINST ALL ODDS!
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“Anonymus mix together some of the best from Slayer and Lamb of God. Allowing for some of incredibly strong extreme metal on La Bestia. If you need any proof, tracks “Sobrevivir” and “Violencia Versus Violence” are easy stand outs for melding some spectacular sections and making the most of the band’s sound.” – Metal Injection
“a savage barrage of brutality from Anonymus, featuring break neck speed thrash that’s in your face and intense. 9/10” – Metal Gods TV
“La Bestia hits bluntly and brutishly. It certainly lives up to it’s name, the beast.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“What a musical violence! Thrash lovers would do well to give this album of Spanish Canadians a listen.” – Arrow Lords of Metal
“Thrashy heavy stuff with a Sepultura-like groove and probably having the lyrics in Spanish help with the vibe… the catch? They’re from Quebec! ” – WORT 89.9 FM – Mosh Pit Radio (Madison, WI)
“The album has a very “bouncy” vibe that really gets the foot tapping and despite the album sounding overall angry, this anger comes off as fun. There’s no way in hell that anyone would stand still when the band plays anything on this album live. If you’re like me and usually more into the classic thrash sound and its close derivatives and feel like trying something else, La Bestia might just be what the doctor ordered.” – The Metal Crypt