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Elemental rock band STONUS have some single's out, EP's, and a debut album as well! But they just released an all new EP recently, and the plan set is for their music to just be heard all over! Also to get out and tour and play shows as much as possible too. The band says much more about all of this below!


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

Hello guys and thanks for the interview! We are Stonus, a heavy rock band from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus; Kyriacos is the lead singer, Nicky the rhythm guitarist, Pavlos the lead guitarist and Kotsios the drummer. We were formed in 2015 and since then we have released 3 EPs (‘Supertrip’ in 2017, ‘Lunar Eclipse’ in 2018, ‘Séance’ in 2021) and our debut album ‘Aphasia’ in March 2020. We are an active band and we had the honor to participate in festivals and gigs all around Cyprus and London as well as participating in Soundart Festival in Romania. We played alongside with some of the best bands of the scene such as Nightstalker, Planet of Zeus, Riverside and Sunnata. Following the release of ‘Aphasia’ we were planning our first European tour, which unfortunately had to be postponed due to COVID-19. On a personal level we are all still students, 3 of us studying in London; Pharmacy (Kyriacos), Maths (Pavlos) and Chemical Engineering (Nicky) and 1 of us studies music in Cyprus (Kotsios) with a passion for heavy rocking!

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

Well we will leave that to the people to interpret… all we can say is we love heavy music and having fun!

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 originally from Cyprus, a small island in the Mediterranean a bit below Turkey and Greece with a population of less than a million. As you can imagine the scene and fans are quite limited and the island can be toured in a few days but we have some pretty decent venues which are of high standard. On the other hand, we are quite lucky to be living in London as it provides much easier accessibility. In terms of the rock scene and especially heavy music, there are a few really good Cypriot bands with some even achieving some Global recognition such as Blynd, Mirror, Arcadian Child, Barebone and Isla Fortuna.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our music is based on Heavy Rock with stoner, psychedelic and grunge elements but in general we could describe it as a fuzzy energetic heavy rock. We like experimenting with sounds and ideas and we are keen to blend the influences of each member into a unified sound.

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

Up to now we have released a 2 singles “Coming In” and “Sweetspot” in 2017 and 2019 respectively. We released 3 EPs to date: “Supertrip” (2017) “Lunar Eclipse” (2018) and “Séance” (2021) and our debut album “Aphasia” in 2020. 

Each release represents a different aspect of our characters and lives as we perceive it, thus, in each release we try to express our emotions musically, lyrically and visually as we believe the listener must engage as much senses as possible. 

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

We just released our new EP “Séance” last month but we are always writing down ideas and experimenting with them… With the pandemic it has been harder to jam together but we still send some clips here and there and try to work as much as we can. We are productive and pretty active so fans should expect quite a few releases in the years to come.

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

After the release of our debut album “Aphasia” we were planning a European Tour with shows pre-booked in Italy, Cyprus, UK and Ukraine but we had to postpone due to the pandemic. Nevertheless we are eager to get out and play our music as soon as we can, so keep an eye for some shows around Europe soon.

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

Our dream is for our music to be heard all around the world and hopefully people might use it to feel, to party, to cry and to connect. We want to prove that anyone can achieve their dreams if they work hard enough and stay focused. We really feel honored from the support and love we receive.

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

We are streaming in all music Platforms including YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and many more.  If you want to support us by buying a physical copy you can do so by visiting our Bandcamp at: https://stonusofficial.bandcamp.com/.

Or directly through our label: https://www.electricvalleyrecords.com/.

For US order you can visit our distributor: https://thecosmicpeddler.com.

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

That anything is possible as long as you do what you love and you believe in yourselves… Oh yeah and those sweet, sweet riffs.


Rock n' rollers SPLIT PERSONA have a debut EP, as well as all new music expected real soon. The band talks of this, their start and what the future holds.


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

Zander: I’ve been playing music for about 6 years now, starting sometime in 2015 with guitar after my face was melted by Eddie Van Halen’s 13 minute solo from “Van Halen: Live Without a Net”. From that point forward, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to shred the guitar and play lead guitar in a Van Halen tribute band! But that’s not what ended up happening for me, I started teaching myself guitar opening doors to bands like Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Pantera. The day came that my Dad bought us tickets to our first Foo Fighters concert without me really knowing anything about them other than hearing a few snippets of songs in the past. After that show however I was sold on writing my OWN music and fronting a rock band. Years would pass as I grew as a musician and a songwriter when I moved from the small town of Truckee, CA to the “Biggest Little City'' Reno, NV. By that time I had about 5-6 songs I considered to be complete and pretty decent, when my friend Cooper would introduce me to Darren Menning, a bass player he was ansty that I work with. I started by emailing him some of my demo’s (which would eventually become the first EP), which he loved, but was tied into another ska-punk “Sublime” influenced band “Sell the Sun”. I declined his offer to play guitar for them at first, but once I had picked up photography for a few shows and got to know him and Mike Patterson (drums), I was in. The band didn’t last long, only a few months of playing before the tensions grew and the project was halted. Not long after, I had Darren mix an early demo of “Stay Away” and it seemed to grow on him, and he suggested we finally put some of my music to use and start a new band, which is all I’ve wanted to do since I had started writing. So Darren recruited Brogan Kelley for lead guitar and I brought in Connor Kremsner, another drummer that ended up splitting with us which opened the seat for Mike to play with us again. 

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

I came up with the name when I was around 13 workshopping potential band names like: “10-15, Social Disturbance, and Split Persona”. I actually ended up using 10-15 for a cover band I played in for around a year when I was 14, but Split Persona was only used for a show at a small coffee shop in Truckee called “Dark Horse”, which I kinda threw together in a week with some other musician friends of mine and in the knick of time I remembered “Split Persona” so we used it for that one show. However when the Split Persona you see today started, we originally tried the name “Subluminal” which was already taken by a number of bands. Darren drove over to my house one day to talk about the name change, Brogan later joining us getting absolutely nothing other than busting out some Foo Fighters covers with me on drums and playing video games. It wasn’t until Darren was leaving my room when he noticed the “Dark Horse” show poster I made when he said “I think the name has been staring us in the face the entire time…” and the rest is history! 

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’re based out of Reno, Nevada which isn’t a well known city for musicians emerging out of it like Nashville, Los Angeles, and San Fran, but we definitely plan on being the first. Everyone is welcomed in the music scene here, it’s almost inviting and definitely inspiring. There's one venue here that I would recommend visiting if you’re here called “The Holland Project”. It was one of the only venues here to survive the pandemic due to its involvement with the music community and the community in general. I do argue that without playing there and immersing into the culture, that this band would either be very different, or just not exist in general. Some bands that we’ve become fans of and made friends out of would include: Summer Cannibals, Anapathic, Mess of Wires, and Carpool Tunnel.

4. How would you describe your style?

I would say our style is very diverse whilst still sticking to that rock and roll sound. It seems like at this point while I’m writing or when I’m writing with the band, we don’t even have to try to make things interesting and appeal to all of our fans and listeners. With all of our separate influences, it just comes naturally at this point!

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

So far we have released a self-titled EP giving a warm introduction to early songwriting in the band, but our upcoming album (which we have yet to announce formally! but will soon…) is really where we make a name for ourselves and our sound.

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

Yes! Stay tuned! We just finished our recording process recently so now we are in the process of mixing and mastering it, but expect an announcement or single approaching in July.

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

With all the COVID-19 stuff looking like it’s going to subside soon, we have started reaching out to venues and planning one off shows and a potential tour we never got due to the pandemic catching the band and the rest of the world by surprise early 2020.

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

The plan is to never stop. We want as many people to hear our music as possible and make a living touring and recording. Our mission as a band is to bring Rock and Roll back into the mainstream media as we feel it’s been lost or rather blocked by other genres. I personally listen to everything from Dr. Dre to Slayer, but I think it’s time Rock and Roll bands had a chance in the spotlight it once had, and Split Persona’s goal is to lead that movement.

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

You can listen to us on ANY streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, but we do sell merchandise and physical copies of our first EP on our website: Splitpersona.com

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

I want the listeners listening to our EP to know I started alone. We all did. I wrote those songs alone in my room and played all the instruments because I didn’t have anyone that could play my kind of music. I was 16 when I recorded this album with Darren who was 17, and we we’re just kids when we started. It CAN be done. If you have a dream and enjoy something and want to make a living out of it you can. I just want listeners of our music to know that.


Hillbilly punk rockers SHANGHAI TREASON have a couple of EP's out, with their debut full-length album out this summer! The band jumps right into discussion about this release and what they have in-store beyond it!


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

Hi we’re Shanghai Treason, a hardy group of Yorkshiremen who play Celtic Punk inspired rock music. It’s fast, loud and comes served with a side of beer soaked banjo. Myself and the guys have all been in bands for years and have played just about every venue in Yorkshire between us. Not just punk bands either, all sorts, I think it’s given us a strong foundation, everyone of us though has always had a huge love for folk punk/celtic punk bands and it’s been a joy to come together and write loads of songs in this style. 

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

Early on when we were throwing names around; one name was High Treason but we discovered there’s a shed load of bands called High Treason out there so we just flipped it and made it Shanghai Treason. I remember we had lots of names we were throwing around in the early days before we decided on Shanghai Treason, some of the main alternatives that I can remember were Drydock Rats, Dresden Saints and Oilfeather, I think we chose a good one in the end though, it’s stuck.

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’re based in Sheffield but also have strong ties to Barnsley, Rotherham and Huddersfield. Sheffield and the surrounding areas have always had a strong music scene but often play second fiddle to Leeds when it comes to music in Yorkshire. Every so often though Sheffield throws out mahoosive world conquering bands and the standard of music in the city is very high, which pushes you to be the best you can be. 

4. How would you describe your style?

We’ve been described as Hillbilly Punk, Folk Punk, Banjo Punk (I like that one haha). I think ultimately we’re a very Yorkshire take on Celtic Punk.

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

We’ve released two E.P’s and a bunch of singles, have a look on YouTube or Spotify, you’ll find us. It’s punk with banjos, accordion, bouzouki maybe a spot of fiddle, it’s drinking music for sweaty gigs in dive bars or dancing in the mud in ya wellis at the festival. 

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

We’ve got our debut album on the way, we’re still working on the release and covid has complicated things but it’s 100% coming, we’ve recorded it all and we can’t wait for people to hear it, we have released two songs from it already, with a third due to be released this month.

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

I can’t say to much about it but we’ve got a big tour support tour coming for Jan/Feb 2022, we’re coming to see ya, it covers most of the UK, keep any eye out for it, we’re supporting an amazing band.

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

We want to be an album band, just to be able to go out and do a big tour once a year in the UK and play all our songs with people who dig ‘em would be amazing, we’d love to get all over the grassroots festival circuit as well, it will happen slowly, get onboard and enjoy the journey with us. 

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

Spotify is the big one for us, all our main releases are on there, if music videos are more your bag you’ll find them on YouTube and our Facebook page. Our bandcamp is currently where you can grab our merch, we’ll be doing a big restock for our tour and album launch soon so keep an eye out for all the new album goodies coming your way. 

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

I think what I’d like people to take away from hearing our stuff at this early point is, ‘ I’d love to see this band live’ , if we’ve done that then we’ve done our job and hey if they keep coming back to listen again and that’s a bonus. Cheers for having us Natz.

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Mixer-uppers DARKEST HORIZON have quite a bit of content out, some EPs, albums, and single's as well. The band then goes on to mention word of new music, and hoping to play shows really soon. Find out what else was said below.


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

As you may know, the band has been around since 2010. A lot has happened since the formation. We have played a lot of shows at big festivals. For example, we played at “Metaldays” in Slovenia and were co-headliners at “Mealstrom Festival” in Sri Lanka. We also played lots of festivals in Germany, like Eisenwahn Festival and Dong Open Air. Furthermore, we toured with Cradle of Filth and Wintersun. In total, we have released two albums and two Eps. Over the years some line-up changes have happened. 

The current line-up is incredibly strong and it's a lot of fun to write new songs and hopefully play gigs again soon.

Chris (keyboard) writes all the songs and orchestrations. Enis is our singer and responsible for all vocals, no matter if growl or clean vocals. Jonas supports Enis with the vocals and plays the bass. But not only that, he arranges the orchestrations, songs and manages the recordings. And me, Daniel, play the guitar and manage many other things besides the music.

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

This is a difficult question. Our band name comes from the first line-up of the band in early 2010, which I wasn’t part of. Olli, our former lead guitarist, and founder of the band came up with it together with my predecessor. After Olli left the band, we have discussed to change it. Due to its large history and loads of memories attached to it, we decided to keep 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 are from Frankfurt in Germany. The music scene here is good, considering the circumstances. Since, Frankfurt is actually known for its electro scene, as a metal band the stand is always a bit difficult. But still, we have loyal fans in our close surroundings. We aren’t sure why, but it appears that countries like Finland and USA are more receptive to our kind of music.

The second question is actually very hard to answer. Over the years we have the privilege to play together with many great musicians and naming all them would be way to long, but of the top of my head bands like Agrypnie, Tankard, Streams of Blood, Third wave and Snow white Blood are definitively worth checking out!

4. How would you describe your style?

I would describe our music like this: “it's like a lord of the rings movie with WAY too many orcs.” The symphonic side is very powerful and often seems like a film score with a good portion of metal mixed in. The whole thing is then spiced with our personal touch.

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

So far, we have first released the two EP's "Shattered Skies" and "Scattered Worlds". After that two long-playing records "The Grand Continuum" and "Aenigmata" have been released. The last two releases were singles "Ad Nauseam" and "Conquer and Command". We will continue in this direction by releasing singles through which we can try out ourselves and refine our songs from song to song. We will not stand still and will continue to work on regular releases. But we do not rule out Eps or even an album, because we don't want to be limited musically.

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

We are constantly working on new music. So always be aware and follow us on our social media platforms.

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

Due to the whole Corona situation, everything has been put on hold for the time being. But as soon as it becomes possible again, shows will be planned and maybe even one or another tour.

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

We plan to spread our music as far as possible around the globe and play shows wherever people want to listen to us.

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

You can find us everywhere where there is internet. Personally, we like it best when our fans support us on bandcamp (darkesthorizon.bandcamp.com). This platform gives bands like us the opportunity to get closer and more direct contact with our fans and you can also support us there. But we also have our own homepage (www.darkesthorizon.com) with our own little webshop. Here fans can order everything we currently have in stock and we ship it worldwide.

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

First and foremost, we want you to have a great experience. We hope that we are able to transmit our thoughts and stories and that they resonate with you. And our highest goal is, that these stories are something that makes you think deeply about our most human experiences.


Russian Heavy Metal band Big Ban released their debut EP "Babe". The release was recorded at "Nazarovstudio" (Nazarov Music Entertainment) by Dave Charmer and has 4 songs.

Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/album/13wTPIF7dz0mKGLb4Bw3Zm.

And over here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/1546134395?uo=4&app=music&mt=1&at=1000l9WJ&ct=bq.

Big Ban was formed in 2018 at Moscow, Russia by Oleg Andreivich Piskunov (guitar). Soon Jakomo Rossi (vocals), Konstantin Skripale (vocals), Boris Feldman (bass guitar), Alexander Maximov (guitar), Oleg Sergeivich Piskunov (balalaika) and Vladimir Tankushin (drums) joined the band and the lineup was completed. Right now the band has already started the work on their second EP "Fallen King" that will be released during the summer.


Dr. Fabola (previously known as Ade Fabola) has released a new song called "No Tomorrow". 

Here's what Dr Fabola had to say about 'No Tomorrow': "You could say I wrote No Tomorrow as a reminder - a note to self - to be  kind, to love others, to love myself, to laugh and just live life to the  fullest. Does this sound basic? Like "Live, Laugh, Love"? Well, that's the  idea; the good life is meant to be basic, but we overcomplicate things, and  this song is a reminder of just how simple and beautiful life can be. Laugh  like there's no one watching, and love like there's no tomorrow."

Check it over HERE.


Young Medicine's "A Lesson in Futility" carries listeners on a journey through emotional peaks and valleys with its introspective verse and explosive chorus sections. The song's dual personality comes alive with throwback synth melodies, vigorous drumming, heartfelt vocals chased with a chorus of guitar riffs for a fusion of synthwave and metal that only Young Medicine can deliver. Check out the track HERE.


After entering several international charts with their latest album, Curse of Autumn, WITHERFALL have shared the video for their special cover of Boston's illustrious "Foreplay/Long Time," entitled "Long Time (Long Version)." The song has been available as an Acoustic Version on Curse of Autumn, as well as slightly shorter Band Version on the Japanese edition of the album. 

"Witherfall are huge fans of Boston," the band says. "We are obviously influenced by the rich guitar and vocal harmony work. Joseph grew up in upstate New York, and Tom Scholz would come to his grandpa's lawnmower shop for repair work. Upon becoming interested in playing guitar, Joseph would frequent Bank Place Guitars, a shop owned by Joe Bonamassa's father and Tom Scholz. Our version of Boston's 'Foreplay/Long Time' is a tribute to one of the greatest voices in rock and roll history — Boston vocalist Brad Delp, who in 2007, tragically took his own life. The re-working of this song reflects the true emotions behind the lyrical content. RIP."

Check out the video right HERE.

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