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English Symphonic Metal band Mistborne released their new album "The Cradle of Time". The release was mixed and mastered by Wynter Hereward Prior of "Sphynx Studios", and artwork created by Simon Atkinson (Simon A Visuals). The album is available as a digital download on all major platforms, physical CD copies are only available from Mistborne's Bandcamp page.


Check out the album linked below:

https://mistborneofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-cradle-of-time-album


Mistborne was formed in 2021 in London, England by Denis Hristov (Vocals/Piano), Jodey Baxter (Guitars) and Jordan Turner (Drums). Mistborne's debut album "The Cradle of Time '' was released on 18th November 2022. The band has released three singles from their debut, titled "The New Order", "Awake", and "Sandstorm".


Icelandic Progressive/Groove Metal band Merkúr released their new album "Melancholia". The release was recorded, produced and mixed by Arnar Júlíusson. Mastering done by Finnur Hákonarson.


Check out the album linked below:


https://merkurofficial.bandcamp.com/album/melancholia


https://open.spotify.com/album/7BAnXjSKEtL4QzEn7aUvlP


Merkúr was formed in 2017 at Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland by Trausti Mar Sigurðarson (Vocals/Guitars), Arnar Júlíusson (Vocals, Guitars), Birgir Þór Bjarnason (Bass) and Mikael Magnússon (Drums). 



Alternative rock band SLOWKISS has had a demo, some single's along with some EP's as well as an album with a follow-up album coming soon. Some shows are even in the works for this next year. The band being a trio, does the talking about their content, shows, and more.


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

SlowKiss was formed in 2014 led by me (Elisa) and has had several members over the years but is currently a trio.

Elisa (me) am an artist from Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) living in Chile for many years, with an important musical background in the Chilean underground scene, having been part of several bands, projects and productions. After a few years related to the punk scene with my band Espartaco, I decided to form SlowKiss to give free rein to my imagination and under the wing of the alternative have no style limits when composing.

Richi, the drummer is from Talca, a town in the south of Chile and we met because we frequented the same place of hxc rehearsal rooms and gigs and once we ran out of drummer he offered to play with us by email and in the 1st rehearsal he arrived with all the songs learned which made him immediately become SlowKiss drummer and the longest-lived member after me.

Ale is from the north of Chile, La Serena, he is the super star guitarist, quite a character, the Slash of the group, he arrived at SK at the beginning of 2018 but he has been in and out of the band a couple of times because sometimes he needs it haha

Lately we have been playing with guest bassists, Pablo is the one with whom we went to tour Europe for the first time on October 22nd and we hope he will stay with us for a long time.

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

I believe that the origin is something romantic, idealistic. I like that it has a sensory touch, it tells you about something that you can feel, at the same time it sounds sensual and has something feminine about it. When the name appeared I was madly in love, one of those adolescent loves that when you kiss time stops, only I was no longer a girl and now after years, I love having captured that feeling in a concept. In the long run, I think SlowKiss is a powerful name that does not leave you indifferent and makes you curious to know what it is about.

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 were formed in Chile and have been based here all these years. Now we want to take the leap and try elsewhere, so we are going to move to Europe to see what happens. Chile and South America in general are immersed in reggaeton and urban music and that is what has the majority of the market taken. Alternative bands unfortunately operate in small, precarious circuits with very little exposure.

4. How would you describe your style?

Alternative rock. I like to think that the “last name” "Alternative" gives you the freedom of not belonging to a specific sound, and leaves the door open to all experimentation with different styles of rock without marrying anything in particular. That's why we have shades of punk, metal, shoegaze, even new wave, etc. We're not afraid to mix any style and mix it up with our own stuff.

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

In our beginnings we were somewhat disordered in terms of releases since we started with a Demo and then a couple of singles released solo that are not part of any record work. Afterwards we released two Eps, The Cliff (mastered by Greg Calbi) and Ultraviolet . In 2019 we published Patio 29 our first LP and soon we will be releasing our second long duration K.O.

I think that in our records you can listen to a band in search and in constant evolution, I think that we take you down different paths from our subconscious or from our past, surprises and nods to past years, a mental walk set to music in the old fashioned way but at the same time with a renewed sound.

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

Yes, our new album is coming called K.O.  You will have news very soon. We are waiting for the release of the 1st single called N.O.C.G.A

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

In fact we will be doing our last summer shows in Chile and preparing for the European Spring-Summer season to do our second Tour there on 23’. This time we hope to reach other countries further north like the UK or Sweden and of course all the opportunities given to us.

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

I believe that like any other band, our dream is to continue recording music, touring the world, meeting different people, bands and cultures, and being able to make a living from what we love to do. But most importantly: contribute our grain of sand through our music to raise awareness and help as much as possible to the internal and global change that we all want.

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

Our band is on almost all virtual platforms, you can find us on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc, we even have a website. We sell our merch and records ourselves through the Inbox of our Instagram.

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

Our music is mixed to be played loud so turn up the volume and let yourself go!

SlowKiss is:

Elisa Montes / Voice and Guitar

Richi Pozo / Drums

Ale Castillo / Guitar 


Spanish Heavy/Power Metal band Nurcry released their new single "Sangre Eterna". The release was recorded in the studio OBI-ONE in Madrid, and mixed/mastered by Carlos Saiz.


Check out the single linked below:


https://open.spotify.com/album/1ijaV8pSwbdTb8MM7IyPIP


Nurcry was formed in 2021 at Leganés, Spain as a one man project by Ángel Gutiérrez. This project is a 16 year old boy´s dream that during the 80´s promised himself he would publish a rock album some day, and 40 years later that dream has come true. 


Pop metal band SEGMENTIA have not one but three various EP releases, with all new music coming soon in the form of their debut album! A few shows have been set for the next year as well. The band's drummer discusses about these releases and other plans in the works!

 Answered by Jere Luokkamäki – Drums


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

Long story short: Segmentia started as a cover band around 2012 and we played all kind of music, for example Finnish pop music but also music from Paramore, Nirvana, Avenged Sevenfold, Porcupine Tree... just mentioned few. 

I had just ended things up with my old band, Celesty, and some point I thought that now is the time to start making my own music again. This time I wanted to compose music with a female vocalist. It took some time but on 2019 we released our first EP "Shanghai", in January 2023 we are releasing our second EP "Alone".

There is four of us in Segmentia: 

I have been composing heavy music and playing drums over 20 years now. I play the drums and make the backing tracks and write lyrics to Segmentia. 

Our guitarist Arttu has also played guitar for all his life, he is also teaching his instrument. Arttu has been in Segmentia with me since the day one.

Bass player Matti is a multi-talent, he is mixing our demos and composes music. 

Vocalist Kansana is a newbie in music scene, she is making most of the visual stuff for us and helping with the lyrics. 

You can read more from our biography: https://www.segmentia.net/Band.html.

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

At first, we named our band as "Seventh Segment" but just before our first EP release I wanted the band's name to be only a one word and I invented the name Segmentia. We combine several music styles in our songs, like segments. So, there is a clue of our music in the name. 

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 live in Seinäjoki, which is located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Seinäjoki is a small town but the music scene in here is very active! I could mention a lot of bands from Seinäjoki to check out, but f.e. Antivalent, Memoremains & Nicole are the first ones to pop in my mind atm. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Our genre is Pop Metal. We are combining bright melodies & sounds to metal music. Yet there are symphonic elements in almost every song, so .... To elaborate a bit, what we draw from our pop music influences are straight forward song structures with some catchy hooks and melodies 

and those elements we bring together with the base of metal and heavy rock music and that's why we call our music pop metal.

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

Shanghai EP 2019

Shanghai Live EP 2021

Alone EP 2023

Segmentia is "pop metal from the north", and it means that our music is melancholic (like us finnish people often are when making art), but also hopeful! Our songs have many layers and they might open up better after listening to them more than once.  

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

Oh Yes! At the moment we are working on our debut album, we are actually recording demos just now. One can say that maybe we are going to a little bit darker road with those new songs. I’m very exited about our debut albums material because for the first time in bands history we are working together as a team from the beginning.

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

We have a few shows booked to early next year in Finland. We are heading abroad in the future, and we hope to get there as soon as possible!

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

Of course, release our second EP “Alone” in January 2023 and do lots of shows and not only in Finland but abroad as well. Then release our debut album and tour as much as possible! Our goal is to be an active, international band. Music is life!

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

All well-known platforms like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. Merch is available in our Official Segmentia Web http://www.segmentia.net 

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

We hope that one can flow and immerse themselves into a feeling that our music has evoked. That "something", some feeling, is a thing that we and the listener truly are sharing together and so, in a sense, no one is all alone while listening to our music.


Hardcore thrash death-grinders HOSTIA has a debut album out, which was then later re-released, with another album and an EP and singles as well. The band laughs it up and talks about conquering the world and music!


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

St. Anacletus: Hostia was born in 2017 based on our long-time friendship. We are 2 countries band for now as part lives in Czech Republic and part in Poland. At some point in time all of our previous bands went to an end, and we had the need and fire inside for sth new. And here we are 5 years later with 3 albums and 1 EP! No need to blabber about us more – go listen to the music (laugh)!

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

St.A.: St.Sistus came up with it. It fits perfect. For Christians it is the body of Christ, for Spanish speaking people it is bad word – awesome! And it is simple, easy to remember and sounds good. It was pretty no brainer to pick.

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

St.A.: As I said before we are based in Czech and Poland. There are so many great bands in Poland, I am a little less familiar with Czech bands but I can mention Gutalax for sure. From polish you for sure know the ones like Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated or Riverside, but there is so much more like Antigama, Hate, Squash Bowels, Terrordome, Shodan, Sacrofuck, Jad,… fuck – please google polish extreme bands cause I would write a 100 more names here and if I forget about sth they will hate me as we mostly know each other (laugh).

4. How would you describe your style?

St.A.: Brutal as fuck but groovy and a bit catchy (laugh). In my mind we are some kind of death-grind Frankenstein but I guess you can find some other accents like hardcore or thrash. The point is to remain brutal but to not record the same song over and over again. If you feel the need to bang your head while listening – then we succeeded!

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

St.A.: Our debut – self-titled album came out in 2018 and was sold out and then re-released on CD and also couple variations of vinyl in 2021 via our label Deformeathing Prod. In 2020 we released “Carnivore Carnival” album and this year we have two brand new releases – EP “Resurrected Meat” and “Nailed”! I must admit that thanks to Wojtek – our label owner and his passion and support we have beautiful vinyl and CD releases with some extras added (mostly already sold out) so there is always a lot of collectible stuff that I would love to have on my shelf from the bands I like and from the feedback we have – it brings a lot of joy to our listeners too! Please check on www.deformeathing.com and www.churchofhostia.com 

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

St.A.: Not really. We are literally days after the release of “Nailed” album. 3 months earlier there was an EP so it was quite busy time – like to the first time ever we put two albums at the same time. I am collecting some ideas – that process never stops. It’s like whenever sth comes to my mind or I just sit with the guitar – I am trying to record it. And then after some time I go through it and check what is worth to work on. But it is too early. I still need to decompress from those two albums.

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

St.A.: We are during some shows in Poland, have some confirmations for the next year, but for sure we are open for more to come. We’ll see what future brings!

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

St.A.: Conquer the world! What else could that be (laugh)!

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

www.churchofhostia.com

www.facebook.com/hostiaband

https://hostiametal.bandcamp.com

www.youtube.com/hostiaband

And all digital platforms like Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, iTunes and so on!

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

St.A.: Remember us enough to listen again! And again (laugh)!