Annisokay, the German five-piece, recently released thefor their track “Unaware.” There are definitely elements, or I should say metalcore elements, and it’s pretty clear how Annisokay could be hugely popular in a live setting such as a festival, but that chorus is more pop music/boy band than One Direction.
Annisokay are frontman Dave Grunewald, singer and guitarist Christoph Wieczorek, second guitarist Philipp Kretzschmar, bassist Norbert Rose, and drummer Nico Vaeen. The band was founded in 2007, in Halle an der Saale, by Christoph and Norbert. Christoph was already a well-known guitarist on the local metal scene before and started to build a new band in which he wanted to sing for the first time.
Annisokay have already released three full length albums and a 4-track cover EP of Michael Jackson’s classics, to honor one true musical genius — who is also the inspiration behind the band’s name. The unusual name came to the founders’ minds when they discussed about interesting lyrics of other artists. In Michael Jackson’s song “Smooth Criminal,” a girl named Annie is attacked in her apartment. But why? And is Annie okay? The idea of the band name is to give a positive answer to this question, so: yes, Annisokay! The well-established indie record label SPV signed the band in 2014. Since then the band is validated as one of the most talented German bands of international distinction. Both of their last records hit the top 100 on the German album charts (Enigmatic Smile: #68; Devil May Care: #74).
Annisokay will release their fourth full-length album in 2018. To accelerate the pace, Annisokay has inked a record deal with Arising Empire. The new album will be titled Arms — a short word with a huge meaning in many ways, both positive and negative. Nothing in this world is just black or white. Is armament a sign of strength or just an expression of one’s own weakness? Does the winner raise his arms to heaven or is it a sign of helplessness? A closer look is necessary. Thus, the variety of meanings offers the listener the freedom to decide whether we are dealing with arming or disarming. Whether we close our arms or open them for a hug?
Rock Hard \m/