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Irish Groove Metal/Metalcore band The Risen Dread released their new single "White Night". The new single brings Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) performing a guest solo, and it was recorded by Josh Robinson at the "JSR Studio" in Belfast. Mixed and Mastered by Kai Stahlenberg at "Kohlekeller Studio" in Germany.

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The Risen Dread was formed in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland by Marco Feltrin (vocals), William Ribeiro (guitars), Mat Maher (bass) and Colum Cleary (drums). In 2019 the band released their debut EP "Delusions", and now working on their debut album 'Night Hag' to be released in January 2022.

On the heels of announcing their career-spanning album Vicennial 2 Decades of Seether (out Oct 15 - press release here), Seether just shared a striking new video for "Wasteland". Off the South African band's "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" album last year, the video features snake wrangler and conservationist Danielle Wall, along with The National frontman Matt Berninger's brother Tom Berninger.

Shot amongst ruins of desert homes near Joshua Tree, lead singer Shaun Morgan explains: "We were trying to figure out how to make some kind of statement about the evils of social media and it evolved from one idea to the video it is now. After spending such a long period of time without any kind of personal contact with the other band members, the live performance element was especially important to us it was good for us mentally and emotionally, but it was also important to visually show that we've come out the other side after such a difficult time."

Seether of course also is the newest addition to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's popular "Right Here Right Now" exhibit, joining the likes of Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Alabama Shakes, Taylor Swift, The Lumineers, Kacey Musgraves and The Weeknd.

Check out the video over HERE.

Recently, hitting over 100K monthly listeners on Spotify and garnering plenty of editorial support, rising genre defiant rockers Young Medicine take a dip into metalcore with an ‘80s spin. Contrasting bouncy rhythms, irresistible vocal hooks, roaring chorus section, blended with heavy guitars and synths, "Hot Chocolate" delivers one of Young Medicine’s most carefully balanced and addictive tracks to date, and promises of great music in the future.

"We wanted to make a fun song combining goofy synth jams with heavy bouncy metal, lyrically it's inspired by the cheesiest of 80s-90s buddy cop dramas." - Young Medicine

Check out the track HERE.

Death metal act VOID COLLAPSE consider their style of death metal to be out of the early 2000's. Since their formation though, they have released a demo, a couple of EP's and full-length's as well. Their second album is a part of a four album collection, with album's three and four being worked upon now! The band talks about these releases!

1. Please tell us the history of the your band and it’s members.

I’ve been trying to do a death metal band as long as I can remember. The last ten years or so, have been me figuring out what I would need gear wise, how to play, and how to record. Around 2014 I was playing guitar and bass with my friend Brian Hahn, and I approached a drummer on YouTube named Thomas Cremier from France. He let me use some drums, but we had a hard time getting anything done, because we both had different ways of approaching the project. Basically, we both wanted to write to each other like we were in the same room, and that’s pretty hard when you’re on different continents. It was like playing phone tag. Our demo ended up getting done, but we decided to wrap it up. He’s in a band called Hurakan now and it’s is really doing good, he’s a great drummer. About a year later I met Shane Elwell off a message board and was like “look, all I need are some drums to write and record over” and he delivered. Now we’re about to start our third full length. 

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

I was working with my friend Brian for awhile like I was saying up there, and we were trying to find a band name. We spent like two or three weeks texting names back and forth. One night I was watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Indy gets stuck in quicksand. He mentions a “Void Collapse” and I thought it sounded good, so I texted him. He sanctioned it, and that’s it. Lol, he never ended being in the band, but approved the Indiana Jones name. 

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

I’m from Saginaw Michigan, and Shane is from San Antonio, so I’m not too sure about his scene. He plays in a lot of bands, so he probably is the scene. There isn’t really one here right now. Not a metal one that I know of. For the Fallen Dreams, See You Next Tuesday, and a lot of hardcore bands were going on about 10-15 years ago, but that was the last local thing that I remember. I go to Detroit pretty frequently now. Black Dahlia plays a lot in Michigan still. There’s this band coming up called Three One Three down there that I LOVE.  

4. How would you describe your style?

After hearing our newest album about 50 times in the last two months while releasing it, I would say early 2000’s death metal. Which makes sense, cause that’s when it really took hold of me. There are flourishes of electronic, spoken word, and instrumentation, for atmosphere. But, for the most part just straight forward modern death metal. 

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

So far we’ve released a demo, two ep’s and two full lengths. I would hope someone would see the evolution in songwriting, and quality. But more importantly want to stick around to see where it’s going. 

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

Yes we do. We just released our second full length “Gwenda”. The first part of a four album collection based on the four queens of the tarot deck, so we’re constantly working on that. We also have a split with the California band “Before the Storm We Flourished” coming out at the end of the year. We are also doing a cover of “It’s So Easy” by Guns N Roses. So, a lot of things as of late. 

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

Unfortunately no, I’m a dad with a full time job, and two ten year old's. Shane lives across the country, and work full time. It’s pretty much going to stay a project band for the foreseeable future. 

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

As of right now, just getting this four album concept done. Getting people to listen is what I really am shooting for, and just trying to be part of the death metal community 

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

We are on all streaming services, Spotify, Apple, Bandcamp, all that. We go through Bandcamp for our merch. 

10. What would you like a listener to remember most when hearing your music for the first time?

That we try to do our own thing, and have a real love for death metal. But, just checking us out in the first place is all we can ask for, and are thankful for that. 

Rock n' rollers THE ROCKIT KING have been around for a very long time, releasing fourth albums to date, with new content in the works already! No plans of touring but perhaps some select shows next year! The band talks of themselves and their music.

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

The Rockit King started in November of 2001 as sort of antidote to what was then happening on the National scene.  We were friends from various Grand Rapids (Michigan) bands, getting together on the side to jam, the impetus being the creation of a cross between Thin Lizzy & Boston.  Basically the opposite of what was happening at the time.  A sort of West Michigan supergroup.

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

The Rockit King was just something that sounded good phonetically.  I’m not sure that it held meaning per se.

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

West Michigan has always been a bit of a hotbed for talent musically.  Lots of original music and a whole lot of venues to play at.  For smaller, original bands, it eclipses Detroit and the East side of the State.  There have been MANY killer original bands from West Michigan over the years.  Right now, Barrel Bones, Ghosts of Sunset, Hollywood Makeout, Pop Evil and Wayland are all riding high these days.

4. How would you describe your style

The Rockit King plays straight-up Michigan Rock ‘N’ Roll music.  Everybody can play, everybody can sing.

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

We recently released our fourth studio album entitled Fourth Turning.  It was recorded on tape (no computers) and represents the band well.  Some heavy stuff, some pop rock, some Blues.  We’re proud of it.

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

We’re working on a couple of tunes for a 7” that we’re scheduled to release in April of ‘22.

7. How about shows and touring?  Have anything planned?  

Touring has had its hiccups do to this COVID business.  We’re hoping to play a few festivals next Summer.

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

We want to make more records and play more show!!!

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

You can find all of The Rockit King albums on any digital streaming platform.

10. What would you want a first time listener to take away from your music.

That this band ROCKS!!

Old school pop punks NINEBANKS just released their most recent works, this month, and have newer working's currently underway. The band also says much about some upcoming shows happening later this month into the rest of this fall.

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

Hi we are ninebanks from Sunderland UK! We started up in April 2021.

Jack woods - singer/bassist age 29

Callum Cowie - guitar age 32

Lewis foster - guitar age 30

Jack McGowan - drums age 26 

We are all born and bred in Sunderland and have slight connections from us going to the same school and being in older bands in the past. We all love pop punk so when drummer jack got in touch with callum about starting a band he knew jack from a a previous band and knew he was a great song writer for pop punk. We then added Lewis who has been a long time friend of callum. We had our first practice in April and from then on the band has come together very nicely.

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

We were toying with a few band names one of them was matchsticks but there is a place local to us in Northumberland called Ninebanks so we took the name from there! Suppose some people just think it’s a random word like “nine banks” however it is a place in the north east of England.

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

We are based in Sunderland and the scene is pretty good here especially with the punk scene from the likes of “toy dolls” and the “Angelica upstarts” so a very good old school punk scene back on the 80s There is some great local indie bands going strong like “docksuns” and “the voyd”. Newcastle seems to be where it’s at for pop punk with the likes of “home truths” who are sick! so the pop punk scene is ready to take off with us coming into it now! 

4. How would you describe your style?

Old school pop punk taking you back to the Tony hawk style era and 2000s what we all grew up to love and listen too. Our style is very catchy old school pop punk.

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

We had our first release as a band on Sept. 10th called “innocent” which has had some great feedback. We recorded the drums in a studio the rest was done in lewis spare room with a home studio. We had the help of a very talented injected smile studio based in Germany who did the rest for us and produced our track really well and who we will be working with on future releases.

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

We do.

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

We have our first show Sept. 24th at Middlesbrough at a venue called doctor browns. We have a show lined up hopefully November 8th at new castle venue think tank supporting some great bands which we are just waiting to confirm.

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

We are going to release a new track by the end of the year. We just want to keep writing songs and recording and to try and keep as active as we can as a band to show people we are serious about what we do!

Where can people listen to your band and stuff online?

You can listen and buy our merchandise below:


Apple Music:


Merch wise we are actually in the middle of doing some DIY tie-dye Tshirt’s which will be available on our online platforms at the end of September!

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

We want listeners to have our songs stuck in there head as we aim to get out some really catchy pop punk tracks .We have a very commercial sound and a think we can market a wide variety of listeners with our old school catchy pop punk. 

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Emotional band LUNAR WOODS have been together for a while, having an all new album out soon enough.... The band goes into discussion about the current pandemic, music, and the future ahead.

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

Lunar Woods is a band from the depth of Russian woods with not a Russian sound at all. The band was founded by Ilya and Alexey inspired by the sound of western music. The band surely has local color and has absorbed a great number of various influences – this is how a unique cocktail of Lunar Woods sound was born. 

For a long time, the project existed as a studio one. But recently we are four, and we started to play live actively. This year a second guitar, Andrey Kutyavin, joined us, shortly after the new drummer, Ravil Nizametdinov. With new members Lunar Woods recorded a fresh album which will be released in autumn 2021. Of course, most part of the material and the ideas are contribution of our front man, Ilya. But Lunar Woods is a team of authors, so our music is a fruit of teamwork where each member is engaged. 

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

At the time when the band was founded, it consisted of Alexey and me only. We were already composing, recording something, working on new songs, but the band did not have a name then. We were looking for a name for no less than a year. 

It was a real challenge! Nothing suited us. We were building models of associative series based on things we like, then searching for combinations, rejected what we did not like, and so on. Only a year later we got a new name, Lunar Woods. This is a nice wordplay and the right images. And still today the name reflects what we want to associate our material with. 

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

All members of the band currently live in Izhevsk. Music scene in Izhevsk is rather diverse. For a long time, the city was known as one of the capitals of Russian electronic music: trip hop started playing here even earlier than in England. Today there are good projects here playing heavier music (Psychosis, Cephalic Impurity), there is still electronic music, there is music with ethnic roots (Kot Kubitz, Post-Dukes, etc.), punk rock scene. 

Many musicians play in cover bands at various parties and events. It is a sad observation that recently more and more musicians go to cover band industry. It’s not bad by itself, people need this. But I am more about other side. I would like to hear more new material from musicians who definitely have something to say. It just seems to me that if you are not composing, you die as a musician. But unfortunately, music industry in Russia forces to search for alternative ways to earn money, including re-playing someone else’s material. I would like to see more powerful festivals, with top-level organization and developed industry comfortable for the listener and for the musician. 

4. How would you describe your style? 

Hard question for us! It always seemed to us that defining a style is a prerogative of the listener. Seriously speaking, we may say we play something like Post-Grunge with elements of Progressive Metal and Stoner Metal. In general, our style is being transformed album to album, and the sound of last album may be called heavier and more progressive. 

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

One can become acquainted with our discography if listens to a compilation of several albums which is called Across The Lunar Woods. A couple of years ago changes happened in our line-up: our drummer changed. There was a small pause in the life of our band, and then we decided that is was time to work on new album. We recorded and mixed a disc with a total duration of more than 70 minutes called Pain No More which will be released in autumn 2021. 

Work on the album took around 2 years, and approach to composing was rather different from previous one. We worked on draft versions all together until each element of a track satisfied all participants. That is why we were putting some tracks together again and again while changing speed, structure and lyrics. 

By September 2021 we have already released 4 singles from future album, and several videos. The album is not long in coming! 

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

As already mentioned, a new album is about to come, but we always work on new music.  Now we are making a small acoustic album with already released songs of the band re-arranged for acoustic sound (Dead End, Welcome, A Brand New Story), as well as totally new songs that we are making from scratch. Then, I am sure, we will devote ourselves to a new full-scale album. No stopping! 

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

In pandemic time it is rather hard to plan a band tour. However, in 2022 we are targeting to have a small tour around Europe, to make a presentation of a new album and to tour around Russian cities with new material in the nearest future. 

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

We are definitely not planning to stop. We have a whole lot of plans. These are performances, filming video, and, of course, recording new material. Work in the studio for us is a way to develop and to discover other side of ourselves. This process is the most inspiring, yet difficult at times.  We are seriously targeting to film a video to support the album, and we’re now looking for a director. So, we are full of enthusiasm and inspired by upcoming plans. 

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

One can listen to our music on almost all popular platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Yandex.Music and others. You can also buy a disc or other merch on our website By the way, we are planning to make new merch occasioned with the release. That is why it is worth subscribing us in social media to be sure you do not miss novelties. 

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

You never know what track will catch the listener and why exactly. We can only make assumptions. But we usually hear that listeners are caught by our peculiar mysterious atmosphere. Many people highlight melodic solos or unique vocal. There are listeners paying special attention to lyrics: it’s also a result of thoughtful work, there is something to be caught by indeed! 

A lot depends on the mood and presentation. In general people usually like listening to live music at music gigs. The picture is important. This is the way a person gets to know the material better and gets imbued with it. We just hope to hit the mood of the listener, and then a track will surely be to listener’s taste.

Thrashy death n' rollers CACTEK have a debut single out, with more material being written and recorded currently! A debut EP should be following come next summer time too. The band goes into talks about their music and what's up next for them.

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

Cactek is a one-man band created by me in early 2020. Pedro was part of several bands of Rio’s metal scene from 2000 to 2009, then started experimenting with other styles — so Cactek is a return-to-the-origins kind of deal, and the realization of a very particular type of metal I’ve been idealizing for a long while now.

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

The whole concept behind Cactek is graphically represented by the cactus-man in our artwork – he doesn’t have a name yet, but the green dude will be along for the whole ride. It’s basically a made-up word that plays with the idea of joining ‘cactus’ and ‘tech’… I had been trying to come up with a proper name for the project for a couple of weeks back then, and, when ‘Cactek’ occurred to me, it sounded just right, you know? It’s short, I think it’s memorable, and somehow felt just right for the music I’m making.

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

Well, I’m from Brazil. Rio, specifically. Musically, Brazil is very rich and unique – although you probably won’t get that from the big-media stuff out there. Genuine music persists, and we have great artists all over the spectrum. The metal and punk scenes seem to be thriving right now, which makes sense given how screwed up things are over here. I suppose it’s hard not to be inspired by such chaos and injustice if you’re the creative type. As recommendations, I’ll go with Krisiun and Surra.

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s thrashy death’n’roll. Or something else. So far, people seem to associate us with Carcass, which absolutely is one of my favorite bands. I mean, I had to get a second copy of Heartwork just to I would get the bonus track. So, of course, the comparison is very flattering, but there’s more to Cactek, and I also appreciate when people get that.

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

The first single was just released last month. It’s called ‘Spam with a Plan’, and metalheads can expect something quite new but also familiar.

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

Yes, I’m writing and recording an EP which should be ready by June 2022. I keep a recording log of sorts on Instagram, so I encourage people to follow Cactek over there if they’re into that sort of thing.

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

Not really. I do intend to eventually gather some musicians to perform live, but my focus is 100% on writing and recording the best metal I can at the moment.

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

To keep on creating. Cactek is a personal project, the realization of the type of music that comes most naturally to me, and I have no intention of letting go of it now that I finally feel I’ve found the right means to express this music.

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

There is a lyric video for the first single on YouTube, and people can support Cactek by getting ‘Spam with a Plan’ on Bandcamp.

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

The cool riffs, the social observations, whatever… I want people to feel they are listening to genuine music, and I want them to come back for more of that.

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go” follows Thomas as the hero of his own adventure. Thomas will be center stage and we will see the world through his young eyes. More playful and relatable than ever before, his competitive spirit will be readily apparent as he strives to be the Number One Tank Engine through play, trial and error, and just enjoying being a kid. Each episode will have specifics themes including facing fears, being resourceful, and learning that you don’t always have to solve problems alone.

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go will debut September 13 in the U.S. on Cartoon  

Network’s Cartoonito preschool block Mon-Fri (6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET/PT).  

After the launch week, new episodes will roll out on Mondays. Check out the trailer HERE.

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