Anareta is a New Orleans based band that creates orchestral and cinematically intense metal. Led by a merciless string section fused with traditional metal instrumentation and anguished, howling vocals, the band offers a refreshing interpretation of heavy music. Anareta combines ordinarily disparate influences by blending layers of extreme harshness and graceful beauty. Their music is inspired by dark, metal atmospheres, Western classical composition structures, and a punk ethos.
Anareta began in 2018 as a collaboration of longtime friends and bandmates. Members Carey Goforth; guitar, Mackenzie Hamilton; viola, Sam Hollier; cello, Sarah Jacques; lead vocals and bass, Louise Neal; violin, and Boyanna Trayanova; drums, together merge a limitless range of musical experience and backgrounds. From Eastern European folk traditions, punk, traditional jazz and brass bands, extensive Western classical training, to second line parading, the band has built the symphonic equivalent of a cabinet of curiosities.
While each individual member has enjoyed years of eclectic, musical pasts, Anareta is only beginning. With four years in the making, the band’s music has been tried and tested in the New Orleans music scene and now their debut album, Fear Not will be shared with the world on April 7th, 2023.