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Dark, heavy melodic thrashers DARK AGENDA went on to release their self-titled EP not that long ago, with all new music also in the works. Besides that though, the band just wants to get their music out there, being able to make their music a way of life and hit the road on tour as well. What else did the band discuss see just below.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The band's mission is to take you for a heavy musical journey through the deepest abyss of your mind, body, and soul. Dark Agenda is a brotherhood and an ever-growing legion that acts as the voice of the voiceless.  We dare to be different, to think differently.  A world without darkness doesn't exist, although darkness is often overlooked. It is in this darkness that we find solace and belonging. We are its disciples, and we are delivering its message onto thee.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

In the beginning Jesse and Joshua brainstormed a lot of ideas and one day Dark Agenda came to mind and it just had a nice ring to it.  Considering we're all into the horror and some of the darker aspects of the world.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Our band is based mostly out of Anamosa but we claim Cedar Rapids because we're about 20 miles from there and most of us were born there.  The music scene there is somewhat died out throughout the years unfortunately and its over saturated with cover bands.  Its a very difficult scene there and isn't very supportive of original music. It's definitely a hard one to understand. It used to be an amazing scene with plenty of opportunity for both original bands and cover bands. With the COVID-19 situation the future locally is a bit uncertain in the Cedar Rapids scene.  However rather than getting discouraged by it we have booked shows and did real well in surrounding areas especially Iowa City.  We have a long list of local bands who are excellent bands that we really enjoy doing shows with.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is Dark, Heavy, Melodic, Thrashy and our own.  We kinda do our own thing and don't conform to others standards.  We enjoy this because our music appeals to a broader audience this way rather than simply niche groups. We liked to build our sound organically.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

In early 2019 we released our self titled EP with 7 tracks Alone, Will You See Me, Vampire, See You in Heaven, Outerskys, Genesis & Panic Attack.  With our music you can expect a rollercoaster of sound and lyrics that usually tells a story.  We cover a lot of Dark topics.  Our rhythm section is very synchronized and you can expect some addictive rhythms some heavy hitting drums. Jesse on the leads makes his guitar sing with some real soul piercing solos and he's always creating some heavy, dark beautiful stuff to listen to.  As far as vocals go you can usually expect some screams to wake the dead, melodic tones and raw raspy vocals.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We have a lot of new music in the works and are looking to get back in the studio and keep them coming.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We have one show as of now in August. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately 2020 has been a sad year for all musicians.  2019 was a great year and we did a lot of shows and we were hoping to keep that streak going this year but unfortunately this pandemic hit and kind put a halt to that.  We would love to do some mini tours and can't wait to get back out and do more shows.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We want to get our music out there to the world and be able to make music our life. We would like to tour the U.S. and eventually other countries.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our music is available on YouTube and all major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music & iTunes.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

The energy that we put forth in our music, we want them to feel it and let it speak to them.


Duo band TWIN VOID barely formed in 2019, releasing two demo's and their debut EP. With the band currently hard at work at what will be the band's debut album, the band plans to branch out, expanding their band, and just look right ahead into their futures. See what else the band had to talk about from the chat below.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Our band was formed in 2019 and our members were in previous bands before Twin Void.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

We thought it’d be a good idea to base the name off of how many members we have, so the name we came up with was Twin Void

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based out of Spokane, WA and we have a pretty good music scene here in our town. Good support, good people. Some bands to check out here are Children of Atom, Merlock, Wasted Breath, and Indian Goat.

4. How would you describe your style?

I think coming from a lot of musical backgrounds, we try to blend Rock n’ Roll, Punk, and even a lot of old Country influence.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve released two demos and we’re about to release our first EP that was done in a studio.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently working on a full length, which we’re going to try to record soon.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel our shows and a SXSW date, but we’re doing some virtual live streams and a virtual EP release on June 5th.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

I think we wanted to add members like another guitar player, keyboard player, and a bassist just to give our live shows a more powerful sound.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We have merch and music up on our Bandcamp, and we’re also on Spotify and iTunes.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I think most of all when people listen to our music I want them to connect with the lyrics, a lot of what I write for Twin Void is based on my personal life and what I’m feeling at the time.


Orange County, California’s Cerebellion release new heavy single and lyric video for the song "Someone’s American Dream". The new song is an intimate look at the experience of having to choose between a path of financial stability and pursuing one's deepest passions and the structures that make this dilemma a reality for so many. The song is the 3rd release in a series of 6 new singles to be dropped ahead of the upcoming album release "Beyond Our Failures." "Someone’s American Dream" was produced by Chris Eck and Cerebellion and tracked, mixed, and mastered by Chris Eck at Eck’s Studio in Corona CA. Check out the new track HERE.


MADAME MAYHEM has released her new single "BREAKING DOWN"! "Breaking Down," is the follow up to 2019's "Broken." Madame Mayhem enlisted the help of Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin), and Billy Sheehan with Jason "J Bomb" Harrison on drums to create her vision. Madame Mayhem co wrote "Breaking Down" with Brian Vodinh (10 Years) and it was Produced by Grammy Nominated Producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Megadeth). Check out the new single right over HERE.


From the mean streets of Gary, Indiana by way of Oslo, Norway (or maybe the other way around - we’re not sure) comes WITCH TAINT, the most extremely extreme and Satanic Norwegian Black Metal band from Indiana ever (probably). Witch Taint has released their video for the track "Changes (a Little Less Time For Satan)."

"When we wrote 'Changes (a Little Less Time for Satan),' we knew we had written one of the greatest songs of all-time, but we had no idea we had also written an anthem for 2020 that will probably unite the whole world and stuff, which is awesome. Also, it's the only song we know of to successfully rhyme "brutal" with "garbage removal," so we're pumped about that too. Hail Satan," says co-founder and guitarist Lance the King of Black Metal.

Check out the premiere courtesy of Metal Injection HERE.


British alternative rock artist PAUL BARTOLOME has premiered a brand-new action-packed video for the summer anthem “Devil's In The Details” from his LEGEND Recordings release Screaming Through The Radio.

“Devil's In The Details” captures BARTOLOME at his most experimental, capturing an almost dance-like feel while also incorporating a guest guitar solo from American post-hardcore guitarist Monte Money (Beyond Unbroken, Escape The Fate).

“This is my favorite video I’ve done to date,” BARTOLOME says. “It’s just such a great summer vibe, and having Monte do his killer guitar solo on the track just took it all to another level! It’s a great feel-good track and definitely one of the more experimental sounds I’ve done, but by far one of my favorites from the album!”

Check out the video for “Devil's In The Details” at https://youtu.be/Cdwh52RtMRg.


Rock n' rollers TRAMSTONVALLEY started not that long ago, forming in Japan they would go on to write and record for their first debut single called "First 3". The band hopes to write and record for their debut album in the near future. The band goes on to further discussion about the ways of how music works in and around Japan and what they have planned ahead.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Haruki - vocals, guitar and songwriter
Wallaby - bass, backing vocals
Nogi - drums

TramstonValley is started 2018. Haruki and Wallaby had been playing acoustic music at Infinity Books Japan in Tokyo. Then one day, when we played jam with Nogi at the book shop, we had a really good feeling. Then,we formed this band "TramstonValley"!

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Haruki:When I was thinking about a band name, I had tramset (medicine) and winston (cigarette) in my pocket. And I was listening to John Mayer's album "Paradise Valley" on the toilet. So I mixed those things together to name a name, taking "tram"set & win"ston" & paradise"valley"= TramstonValley!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based in Tokyo Japan. I don't know a lot of about it. But I think there are few rock style just like us.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our music is very simple rock sound. Sounds like 90's~2000's post grunge, blues rock, southern rock.
So it's a modern classic & alternative hard rock.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We released 1st single"First 3" in Dec.2019. I can't say it probably, but we have something different from other rock bands. Our music is on iTunes, YouTube music, Spotify, Amazon music etc.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

No we haven't. But we have an old school style rather than new one.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Nothing it's we are not only... If the world get back to normal, we want to perform at Infinity Books!
Because Infinity Books is our home.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

First of all, We want to make our first album. And, we want to perform in other countries.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our music is available on almost all download & streaming site!( iTunes, YouTube music, Spotify, Amazon music, etc) And recently, we uploaded a new video(remote style) on YouTube, Please watch it too!

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Our originality, simple & strong rock sound!


Up and coming metalheads HALYSIS have a debut album out titled "Cerulean", with even all new music in the works right now! The band will continue to make music as long as possible and see where it takes them next! See what else the band had to express about themselves and the music.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The first time we started playing together was somewhere in the 6th grade, with Jose (guitar) and Santeri (bass) and Samuel (drums). We had known each other for quite some time, since we were in the same primary school. Soon we started practising at Samuel’s parents place and learned our first cover songs from bands like Metallica, Pantera, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and Avenged Sevenfold. Later on we moved to a new rehearsal space, and a few years later our second guitarist, also named Santeri joined the band. We started writing "Cerulean" together somewhere in 2015.

Everyone in the band is self-taught, except for Samuel, who has a background in classical music, as he studied percussion's in conservatory for 9 years. Still, he thinks he learned a lot, if not even more in our practice sessions, and maybe the more technical aspect came from conservatory, which of course helped him a lot too.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

For quite some time we didn’t have a name at all and struggled to get one that would suit us as well. After a few name suggestions from everyone, one day Jose came up with the name Halysis. We didn’t really think about the "real" meaning of the name, more like how it feels and fits to the genre of music we perform. We all liked it, so we kept it.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We come from a city called Lahti, located in Southern Finland. Around 100 kilometers (62 miles) from our capital Helsinki. For a fairly small city, Lahti offers quite a good variation of different music and culture. In the metal scene there’s a lot of underground bands performing in a few local bars that are known for their love for heavy music. Some good bands that have their roots in Lahti are Profane Omen and Wolfheart. We’re sure there are many more bands that we haven’t discovered yet!

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s a mixture, that’s for sure! Before our second guitarist Santeri came along, we had strong influences from metalcore. Bands like Trivium, As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage gave us a lot of inspiration. After Santeri stepped in, he showed us more of the technical death metal, black metal and progressive metal side, which started to shape our song writing and listening habits to the state that they are currently. So, you could say that our sound consists of technical death metal, metalcore, and progressive metal with little twists.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

So far we have released our debut album "Cerulean", which contains 11 tracks in total. For someone who hasn't heard our music yet, I could say that you can expect a lot of meaningful, dark melodies and heavy riffing. We’re sure that our album "Cerulean" has something for everyone!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes, we have new music in the works with a new singer. Fun fact about the album, the drummer (Samuel) actually learned to do both scream and clean vocals just so we could finish the album. Although, Samuel doesn’t want to sacrifice his drumming by doing primary vocals at the same time, so we looked for a singer, and found one.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

As the situation is what it is, it might take a while for us to be able to perform live. Right now, we concentrate on practicing everything with our new signer and make sure we’re ready after the global situation is under control.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Even though we just released our debut album, we’re already practicing and writing new songs. Future releases are still unknown, but they are coming, that’s for sure! We’re going to keep making music as long as possible and see where the road takes us.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Right now we have only digital releases available of "Cerulean" on Spotify,YouTube, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, and many more digital stores! You can support us by purchasing our songs from Bandcamp or iTunes. So far, we haven’t done any merchandise yet, but we’ll come to that later!

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

A feeling that a listener could understand or even identify with, what eventually makes them come back to the same song over and over again.

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