Annisokay is one of the hottest bands in the world at the moment. The band have made a name for themselves in Germany over the past few years. Sold out shows, tours overseas, chatting topping albums – you name it they have had it. Now they have signed to Arising Empire (part of Nuclear Blast) and the metalcore outfits new album Arms is about to launch them onto the world stage.
When HEAVY Mag catches up with clean vocalist Christoph Wieczorek he is just waking up – still jet-lagged from their US tour. As we start to talk about Annisokay’s rise to stardom he admits that a lot has come from their new deal with Arising Empire. “Here in Germany we have been with a label called SPV for three albums and then the contract was over and we were looking for a new label and we found this label called Arising Empire, which is a part of Nuclear Blast, and they were really into it and asked us to do it and as you said they are international. They have Sharptone Records in the US, so it is pretty exciting. We have no idea if it helps us but we are hopefully that it will help and we will see what happens in the next few weeks.”
With Arms already getting rave reviews (including from Heavy Mag) I ask Wieczorek what the band were trying to achieve with the album. “We really wanted to make this album sound like Annisokay,” he explains. “Because when we made the other albums we were always checking out other bands and seeing what they did and we would think “Hey, that sounds pretty cool let’s make something like this.” But this time we didn’t do that at all, we didn’t listen to other bands, we didn’t follow any trends, we just tried to make the sign that is in our minds. And what we did was just record what we thought should sound cool and we worked on the songs until we were happy which took awhile, but at least we were happy. It was just an achievement to make the best songs that we could. Now we will just see what happens.”
Arms is out now through Aspiring Empire.