Metal-slash-hip-hop group Scare Don’t Fear formed in 2008, with dual vocalists Frankie Screamz and Chris Jungles leading the way. The band caught the ear of Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce, who had just started a new record label, KBB Records, with AA co-manager Kyle Borman; Scare Don’t Fear would be their first signing. The Providence, RI five-piece released From the Ground Up in 2014 but have recently dropped a three-song EP, Trillogy. The band spoke with HM, and the band gave us a behind-the-scenes look at each of the tracks.

The Anti

“This song speaks for the individuals who are standing on the outside watching our country’s society go backwards. ‘The Anti’ is about looking at the bigger picture, whether it’s political stuff going on or racism or innocent people getting killed by cops. It’s all stuff that should not be happening and should be way past us. but sadly it isn’t. ‘The Anti’ is that group of people. We want peace and unity, but we’re far from it. And even if they aren’t our actions, we still face the consequences, and we’re sick of it.

“We began writing this song in early 2016. It felt like there was a different crazy story on the news every day. Whatever the big headline was, it was usually dividing out country. This made us feel like outsiders, and we wanted to express that on our new EP, so we came up with ‘The Anti’ concept.”

Let Out the Beast

“We got to a point in our music careers where we felt like we were locked up and not being used to our fullest potential. We felt like we were starving animals in a cage left to die.  But when the cage door finally cracked open, we bolted out, ready to feast and show the world what we’re made of.

“One day Larry Ohh was working on some beats and instrumentals and Jungles randomly started freestyling what became the chorus for the song. In that same night, we both wrote our verses and the song was almost complete. When Tom came in and threw some guitar riffs over the instrumental, it really brought the song to life. It became one of the most unique songs we’ve ever written. We were able to take elements of trap, rap, metal, and rock and fuse them into a sound I personally don’t believe has ever been touched in the way we did it.

“Let Out the Beast is about going all out and all in. It’s about being your true self and not worrying what anyone thinks of it. It’s about being aggressive and taking what you want and feel you truly deserve. It’s about cutting out the nonsense and using that negative energy as fuel to your motivation. It’s about becoming the monster that lives inside of us all.”


“The groove of this song set the tone. When we heard the instrumental Tom, Larry, and Ryan put together we knew we wanted to write a concept song about living in the fast lane. We see a lot of people all around us who live so recklessly, and we wanted to get in their minds and see what they would be thinking and what they would say. We tried to get in the mind of someone who felt untouchable. After developing the lyrics, we felt more like we created a character straight out of a comic book, and so we ran with that.

“The story is growing even more as we are preparing to shoot an awesome music video for this song and base it all around this wild reckless character we created through lyrics and different visions that came to us while writing and performing this song live. It’s going to be something really different from us.”


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