2019


Nashville based Alternative Pop / Rock artist JASMINE CAIN has released the official music video for her single, "Let it Go." Originally premiered on PureGrainAudio, "Let it Go" is the first single off of her newest album, "SEVEN" (due out February 2020), and is available to download / stream via The Label Group / INgrooves now. Check out the music video over HERE.



Jurekk is an all new project with Jurekk and Brendon Wall, it revolving around the styling's of everything! The pair go into discussion and discuss the matters of this new music project, what it holds and has in-store for the upcoming future!


1. So how many projects/bands does this make it for you as an artist?

Jurekk: Active? 2. But I've been in four bands (Edge of Attack, Kobra and the Lotus, Celestial Ruin, and Jurekk). But I've also had the pleasure of working on many projects in the studio as a producer or mix engineer as well.

Brendon: I've been in one band it was mostly me and some friends just jamming out to bands we liked. This is the first project I've done where it's been released

2. Why did those other projects fail and succeed?

Jurekk: With Kobra I had to leave due to medical reasons. The timing was unfortunate as we were about to due a summer long tour with Kiss and Def Leppard but sometimes that's how things work out. With Celestial Ruin I just had to come home. I was going through some things in my personal life that were just interfering with my ability to maintain a normal life so I had to make the decision to come home. Which wasn't easy. I wouldn't say any of them were a failure. I am grateful that I had the chance to work with all those amazing people.

3. What can be said about this all new and current project?

Jurekk: It's definitely out of the norm if you're used to my work that's for sure! We aren't really conforming to one genre of music. On the first EP we had multiple genres of rock/metal music in 5 songs. While the last single "Rage" is a pure 7 string Heavy-fest with plenty of shred to go around.

Brendon: Its heavy musically, pretty dark lyrically and some of the best lyrics I've ever wrote and contributed with because they came from the heart. I've lived those stories I wrote in the lyrics, I've been through some dark times in my life.

4. With this project you have not one, but three EP's, discuss please!

Brendon: One day we me and Jurekk were hanging out. He said he always wanted to do a solo project. He asked me if I wanted to collaborate with him on it lyrically I said ya that could be fun and here we are.

Jurekk: Ya that's basically the short sweet story haha. Once we had Completed the first one I knew there was no way we had to stop there. There was so many more avenues of music that I wanted to explore.

5. When can expect EP 2 to be out in the open?

Jurekk: You know it's an odd thing. Most bands complete their full EP or album and then release the first single! I on the other hand kind of just go on the seat of my pants. As it sits as we're doing this interview all that is left to be done is vocals for one song and a bit of mixing. Then I will release it. I don't like following the "release a single then make them wait months for the full thing" model. Get it done, get it out.

6. Does this trio of EP releases, have a concept to them?

Brendon: The first EP doesn't have a concept it's mostly about things in life i've experienced. Take "This isn't Me" for an example. The lyrics "This happiness just seems so far. While Sinking in a reservoir. I cannot breathe, I cannot see. I am praying, screaming help me". I was going through some depression/anxiety issues at the time. I thought happiness just seemed so far. "Sinking in this reservoir" was me sinking deeper into my depression while "I cannot breathe, I cannot see...." was all about my anxiety"

Jurekk: The second and third one do have a concept to them. The first EP basically tells a short story of my life and how it spiralled into chaos and addiction. Which was a big topic on the first EP as well. It starts with "Betrayal" then to "Fear" onward to "Rage" and finally "Chaos" which are the titles of the songs off the first EP in order. I wanted them all to have one word titles to really get the message across as clear as possible. As for the second EP It will tell the story of our struggle to find order in our lives.

7. How about titles for them, what are they and how do they revolve around the concept for them?

Jurekk: The first EP was just simply titled "Jurekk James". As previously mentioned it doesn't tie into the concept. "Chaos" is the second EP and as mentioned before tells the tale of how my life spiralled into utter chaos. The second chapter in the concept is "Order" and is about our struggle to find order in our lives. This one will probably be the biggest departure for me musically I have ever done. The riffs, the drums, everything is completely inspired from the 80's. There's elements of Def Leppard to Dokken in every song.

8. What was the production process like on the first EP? Has it changed going into the second and third ones?

Brendon: the production process was  really fast, a lot of fun but Jurekk is really good at what he does. It was a blast working with him in and out of the studio.

Jurekk: The first EP was a big change for me compared to other projects I had worked on for a few reasons. One being that the music, especially songs like "Don't Belong", was unfamiliar to me. Two I was working with more people and giving them a lot of creative input. I'm more used to being the producer, not being produced. Brendon would be really good at throwing new vocal melody ideas at me or getting me to try new vocal tones I would have otherwise have not thought to use. Shaun (My cousin who taught me how to play guitar) also was there a lot of the time when I was recording guitar solos and would come up with cool licks and ideas. As for this second and this EP the formula hasn't changed much. What has changed is the type of music being made.

9. Where do you see this project come the next year?

Brendon: Hopefully we keep working on stuff together, I have a lot of ideas floating up in my head lyrically and musically the creative juices don’t stop.

10. Would you like to add on or say anything more?

Jurekk: Keep listening and also keep your ears to the ground for what else we have in store! There may be something in the works we haven't announced yet!


Gerry Cea born long ago, did his share of moving but way later down the line, he would go on to enter a recording studio, writing and then recording material with producer Rudy Perez and Chris Price making an album called "Something New".  The style would be a mix if pop/rock think of all the assortment of acts around in year's past and present, that is how Gerry sounds much like really upon this release. A lot of the tracks off this album, it consisting of 12 total, would reach out to many such as "With You", "One Day At The Time", "Mine", and "The One", are the very few that tend to stick out the most upon this album of his. These lump sum of tracks, are catchy and shall we say highly entertaining throughout their play time. Whereas the remaining tracks come along the same aspects for the most part. One of which being an all acoustic tune, that is very much easy going for that easy listening type of experience. All the rest fall within sounding calm and relaxing if not downright catchy, cannot express that enough really. For Gerry as an artist though, he has talent and it shows through within this album and it's track listing. His voice is emotional and powering in tone and feeling throughout each and every one of these tracks off this little old album he like's to call "Something New".

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Modern Day Escape who have been in a hiatus as of 2014, have been hinting at a revival with little post's upon the band's social media pages on and off as of fall 2019. With the revival slowly starting up, an EP release has been announced as well, with a bonus of releasing a teaser of an all new track off said EP titled "Worst Kind of Curse", off the EP "Transmutation" expected to be out soon! For now though, check out the new track teaser right HERE.


Melodic hardcore trio SECOND WIND commencing currently with a release expected next spring! For now, they have released a pair of singles with a whole lot else in-store! The band plans on doing what they do best, creating music, sharing messages to connect with others just as they connect with their music! Find out more about the band from the conversation below!


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

Second Wind got started in my mind (Brad) around 2016. I have loved melodic hardcore bands for years, and knew that at some point I wanted a creative outlet for similar efforts. I wanted to create the opportunity for myself and like-minded friends to go full throttle with a musical genre, lyrical approach, and overall message that we deeply resonated with. This style of music is a little simpler than other bands I’ve played in recently, but it creates room for passionate expression and vibrant live shows.

I was in another serious project for five years preceding the launch of Second Wind, which took up most of my musical energy and focus, but Second Wind’s time has come. The three of us are grateful to be making music together that we care about on so many levels!

Dane and I have been friends since we were introduced back in 2012, when we were involved in the same band at the time. That project disbanded and each member went off to do their own thing, but we remained in touch, though sporadically at the time. Dane left Illinois to pursue a work opportunity in Colorado for a number of years. I was continuing musical efforts here in Illinois, as well as working on other areas of life.

Fast forward a few years, and Dane returned from Colorado. He and I met up shortly after his return, and he was enthusiastic about the style of music I wanted to create. I shared the riffs being worked on, and he was eager to hear more right away. Just a few months later we officially launched the band and released our first single, Gratitude.

We got connected with Jordan through social media, and he immediately proved to be a great fit for our band - in every imaginable way. He has a background in multiple instruments but has readily stepped into the bassist role - which we’re grateful for!

We’re close to wrapping up tracking for our EP, which we aim to release in spring 2020!

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

The name Second Wind gradually surfaced as I was thinking about the position in life I recently found myself in. It’s easy to come across obstacles in life, especially ones that distract you from your biggest goals and make it feel impossible to keep moving forward. It’s during those times that you must look within and figure out what will keep you going.

Put another way, difficult times force you to find your second wind. It’s through this persistence and a commitment to never retreat that the band’s name was manifested. It’s easy to remember and simple to say, but carries a lot of weight, particularly on a personal level.

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

Dane, Jordan and I all live in suburbs of Chicago, IL.

The music scene across Chicago and the suburbs - particularly for metal and hardcore bands - is varied. There are many bands that make the burbs or the city their primary territory - and there is nothing wrong with that. However we have noticed a bit of a disconnect between the two territories - a gap we’re hoping to bridge alongside other bands. Overall, Chicagoans are very passionate about music. Many national touring acts that come through major venues such as House of Blues and The Forge regularly comment that Chicago “goes hard”, which - of course - we do! The city is vibrant with hundreds of regular metal and hardcore showgoers, and we’re grateful to live and work near one of the country’s largest metropolitan hubs.

There are some great bands to check out! Our friends in Astillian have been making music for a while now, and our pals in Motion Failure are also near and dear to us. Furthermore, Still World knows what’s up, and we’re excited to see where The Oblivion Archetype goes these next few years.

4. How would you describe your style?

We are a melodic hardcore band that prioritizes catchiness and melody. Some of our favorite artists are The Ghost Inside; Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!; Gideon; Counterparts; and Stick to Your Guns. Some fans have described us as a combination of As Hell Retreats, Misery Signals, and The Ghost Inside.

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

Over the summer we released our first single, "Gratitude", and just a few weeks ago we released "Apathy", our second single.

Right now we’re working on our debut EP, "Indispensable", which we plan to launch sometime spring 2020. Be on the lookout for that!

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

Yes! Our debut EP will have five songs, three of which will be brand new. We are also considering an acoustic version of one of the songs. You’ll have to watch for the EP pre-order to find out which one!

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

We are currently seeking two full-time guitarists to round out the band. After that point, we plan to be playing live shows as soon as possible. Touring will be a wonderful opportunity when the time comes! We won’t rush it, but will take up the chance when we’re able to and it makes sense. Likely a few regional tours first, and expanding later into national.

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

Great question - God willing, many! Right now we are simply grateful to be perfecting five songs that we deeply care about, and getting to know each other better as bandmates. As time moves forward, one of our favorite things about being in a band is getting to share personal messages that connect with individuals.

Through these conversations and visceral experiences, we find our main reason for doing music. Getting up on a stage is wonderful, and playing your heart out even better, but it’s when the message of the song meets someone where they’re at that we’re most grateful for doing what we do.

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

We're on Spotify, and here’s our Bandcamp link. Most importantly, here’s our email signup page. We give our best goodies to our subscribers, as they are the lifeblood of our band! Our subscribers get free songs, among other bonuses, so this is the best way to go if you’re truly digging our tunes.

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

That’s a wonderful question. We simply hope they enjoyed the instrumentals, and that a lyrical phrase or two stuck with them, and made them think! We are all about positivity and intentionality in our band. The personal lives we live are, to us, the most important reflection of the music we make, and vice versa. In other words, we want our passion in music to be fueled by what we’re doing in the real world. Dreams are great, but living out those dreams is even better!


Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today revealed the next exciting chapter for its successful MY LITTLE PONY franchise.  MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE, is an all-new animated series produced by Hasbro’s Allspark Animation, launching in 2020, with a robust product line inspired by the series and available from select retailers this winter. 

The “Mane 6” characters fans fell in love with in MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC are back with all-new character design inspired by chibi-style animation.  The MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE series launches next year with all-new content premiering on Discovery Family and Discovery Family GO and short form content on the MY LITTLE PONY YouTube channel. MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE features the same voice actors who made the Mane 6 famous in MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC.

The new look for the franchise kicks off this winter with an exciting product line featuring toys designed to Reveal the Magic of Friendship with the comical characters and mysterious potions that are featured in the animated series.  The new line dials up the magic experiences more than ever before with magical potion surprise, magic growing hair, magic color reveal hair, and more!  Each product can reveal even more magic with a special potion bottle to unbox in every package.  Amazon will be the first to debut select new products on November 13.  Additional MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE product will start hitting shelves at select retailers in December – just in time for the holidays.   Toys "R" Us will be the exclusive destination for the MY LITTLE PONY Magic Potion line in Canada in 2020.


"We are thrilled to reveal a new, magical chapter for the MY LITTLE PONY franchise – and it’s funnier, sweeter and warmer than ever!" says Samantha Lomow, President, Hasbro Entertainment Brands. "Our magical MY LITTLE PONY makeover is inspired by our fans who are looking for more ways to experience their favorite characters from the MY LITTLE PONY world. We are also bringing the magic to life with all new ways to play so our fans can experience the magic through engaging new products. We hope fans of all ages will enjoy exploring a fun new side of friendship and all the new story magic MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE has to offer as we gear up for the launch of the all new MY LITTLE PONY movie from Paramount on September 24, 2021."

The new MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE show looks at the funny side of friendship.  The new center of the world is Sugarcube Corner – just like going to a friend’s house after school, this is our ponies’ home away from home. Here, Pinkie Pie serves up frosted cupcakes to the best customers in the world— her friends! PONY LIFE episodes feature hilarious, “SLICE OF LIFE” stories that modern kids can relate to.  The series is LOADED with magic, including a mysterious source of potions that Pinkie keeps hidden behind the bakery counter and breaks out when the need arises.

 Check out the teaser trailer HERE.


Where to begin with a band such as Slayer.... An act whose time together has been almost four long decades, it's surprising even to the band themselves, how far they have come. As it would have them to go on countless tours, playing an array of shows, releasing twelve full-length studio albums including their last and possibly final album yet "Repentless" in 2015. Having this release have a few singles off it, including the title track, "You Against You", and "Pride In Prejudice". This album being so successful it would have the band record one of their performances in full, that would take place during the touring cycle for this album's release only two years after it's release. At the Los Angeles’ venue known as The Forum during the summer of 2017, when touring with support coming from Lamb Of God and Behemoth, Slayer would headline this tour of course, it being filmed of their set, consisting of many song favorites, including the "Repentless", single's along with many others  "Raining Blood," "South Of Heaven," "Repentless," "Angel Of Death" and more!

This touring run not only capturing the band’s stunning performance but footage that would include a brief interview segment, with other footage shot for a mini film, that would come to release just two years later in 2019. This film being called "Slayer: The Repentless Killogy" as it was a mash up of the single’s released off the "Repentless" album, with more footage taken with a handful of actor’s and actress’s ranging from  Jason Trost ("Beats of Rage," "Hatchet III") as Wyatt, Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Til Dawn"), Richard Speight, Jr. ("Band of Brothers," "Supernatural"), Derek Mears ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), Jessica Pimentel ("Orange Is The New Black"), Tyler Mane ("X-Men," "Halloween !!"), Bill Moseley ("The Devil’s Rejects," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2"), Caroline Williams ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2," "Sharknado 4"), and Sean Whalen ("Twister," "The People Under The Stairs"). Many of which had also appeared in the original music video series of those said singles as well.

The mini concert film and film, would play together for one solid night of a sold out event, spanning across the world showing in 1,500 theaters, or world painted blood as Slayer would prefer it to be. The film would play at my showing of it, at Universal CityWalk in Studio City, California a small city within the Los Angeles County area. This sole show being a sold out one, as it were with fans packing the theater’s small space, witnessing it as a wholesome cycle of full metal goodness. The band was interviewed prior, then the mini film/music videos were shown, with the full band performance following suite. The whole entirety of it all lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes in length time!

This being probably the second concert to screen performance, being seen by the eyes of myself, as the other concert was seen of a Japanese pop idol group, their screening lasting a good 3 hours length time. But aside from that remark, Slayer’s mini movie, music video, and performance overall, was done rather well. The movie footage captured the horror aspect, with lots of blood, gory elements set into full effect, as the story unfolded itself. Showcasing this guy on the hunt and run for one person who had set this all up, just in the end to have him shot down perhaps? It’s a lot of blood with a lot of kills all crafted together in a manner that was gruesome yet funny at times with the kills counted off. If heaviness in term's of music and lots of blood and gore are to your liking, then this is one for you. Lots of that thrown into the mix, with some funny one off killing's, heavy yet intense music, just fun all around really.

At the end of the movie, it showed the band doing what Slayer does best, performing of course. As they would show a performance of "Angel Of Death", within the film, having the film end with the full on performance of the concert shown, recapturing that night way back when in 2017. The actual performance though was very extensive and entertaining. The songs brought the energy and angst that only a thrash act like Slayer could deliver. It being put that Slayer reigns blood.

SETLIST:
Slayer: The Repentless Killogy:

1. Delusions Of Saviour
2. Repentless
3. The Antichrist
4. Disciple
5. Postmortem
6. Hate Worldwide
7. War Ensemble
8. When The Stillness Comes
9. You Against You
10. Mandatory Suicide
11. Hallowed Point
12. Dead Skin Mask
13. Born Of Fire
14. Cast The First Stone
15. Bloodline
16. Seasons In The Abyss
17. Hell Awaits
18. South Of Heaven
19. Raining Blood
20. Chemical Warfare
21. Angel Of Death




Mixing things up is precisely how ROBBERS ON PAROLE had wanted to take the kind of music, that they wanted to create.... Hence forth, releasing two single's with video's accompanying them of course, with well more than enough more material for a full-length album but putting that as a different approach for now.... The band would go on to discuss further more about the music style that have picked upon and what the future has planned for them.


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

A couple of us, the guitarist/keyboardist – Steve, and the bass player – Ivo, are long-time friends and have been in and out of different bands together for twelve years now, so that was a given whenever we decided to start this new thing that is now Robbers on Parole. Then we met our lovely vocalist Monica incidentally, through a mutual friend and she just blew us away with her voice so we immediately asked her to join the band. We also needed a drummer that can play whatever style we throw at him, from wild punk gallops to slow, pulsating trap beats and anything in the middle. We looked for some time for him, then we found Chris and he can do exactly that and much more. It was a while until we understood what each one of us wanted from the music, there was a bit of trial and error, until everybody found their footing with the others. And then one day we just got it, no big deal, it kind of clicked and we had a song that we had made together. And that became our first single 2 Far Gone.

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

Picking the name was a long and difficult process, for sure. We knew we wanted something that would speak to our dualistic nature – the romantic side that defines the mood of the music & the gritty side that always creeps in and kind of fills in the blanks with a sense of unease. So that’s why we picked something that invoked in us a sort of Bonnie & Clyde, True Romance vibe – both dreamy and dangerous.

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 currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria, where we have a small but strong alternative/modern rock scene, full of bands and artists that like to experiment, just like us. For a newcomer to our scene, we’d always recommend Jeremy?, which is one of the best bands we have here, Innerglow, who are fresh and also like to meld pop-rock with electronica, just like us, and Hayes & Y, who are currently living in Manchester and are becoming more and more known abroad which is great – we’re always thrilled to see music from our part of the world being appreciated by a wider audience.

4. How would you describe your style?

Oh, that’s a tough one… If we have to be very specific, we’d say alternative electronic dark pop-rock and that’s quite a mouthful, for sure. For a more simple approach, let’s just call it electronic rock. Our influences are all over the place, really, ranging from grunge and alt-rock artists from the 90's like Pearl Jam and Garbage, to our all-time fave electronic band which is, of course, the Prodigy, to modern pop like, for example, The Weekend. There’s also a bit of new wave, gothic rock, drum n’ bass and punk rock thrown in the mix and even some modern metal influences that are always kind of slipping through. We like it diverse.

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

To date we’ve released two singles with accompanying videos to them – 2 Far Gone and Feel Complete – and we have enough material for a full album, but we chose a different approach, at least for the moment. We’d like to think that what we do can be summed up as "dance music for loners" so that’s what you can expect from us in the near future – beats that make you want to move, but paired introspective lyrics & lots and lots of ambiance. We very much like the contradiction of something like that so we usually go for it full force.

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

Our next single is due sometime in February, with two more to follow soon after. We’re hoping to get an EP out sometime in the near future with all of our released songs so far, remixed and combined to tell one story. But besides that, there’s a lot more songs written and just waiting to be recorded and released. One in particular will be an almost entirely electronic track, sort of like a rave club thing, that you could go crazy to after 02:00 in the morning in some grungy neon bar and we’re particularly excited about that one.

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

For the moment, we play the venues in our hometown and visit different cities in our country. We’re always looking around for an opportunity to play abroad and in 2020 that might actually happen. We’re very keen on visiting Greece, we’ve heard and seen great things from its audience, also Germany and in particular – Berlin, and, of course – London and the UK in general, since a great deal of our influences and favorite bands hail from there.

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

We plan to make it big, haha. Doesn’t every new hopeful band plan to do exactly that? We want to create and play music for the rest of our lives and we want to live off it, that would be a dream come true for all of us. And we plan to release lots and lots of different, wild, hybrid music, whatever happens, because that’s what we’re good at and that’s what we truly love.

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

You can listen to us here on Spotify (insert link), here on YouTube (insert link), here on Deezer (insert link) and here… (insert anything else). When we start selling stuff you’ll be the first to know, we promise!

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

We hope that people will remember at least the choruses, haha… and maybe sing along to them next time they play our songs? No, but seriously, we believe most of all that they’ll remember that hard to pin down, melancholy feeling of wanting to be different, but not knowing how. We sing a lot about imperfection and being able to cope with that and being ok with yourself with the imperfect thing that you have and that you are, but still wanting better. Does that make sense? We hope it does, at least for the people that find themselves in our music, we want them to get that out of it. We made the songs for them and for us, because we too often feel the same way.


Fires Of Freya is a rock band with such energy, it's truly electrifying of how exhilarating their music presents tends to be. With that said, the band has a debut single out, with newer music in the form of a debut album, expected real soon. The band caught up to talk of themselves and the music tat they create.


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

Fires of Freya was formed in December 2017 by Cheryl Reynolds (Lead singer and keyboards). We’ve seen several member changes, our current guitarist, Shaun Evans, joined the band in May 2018 and played his 1st gig with us only a few weeks later – it’s a good job he’s a fast learner! James Withington joined most recently in May 2019 as bass guitarist and his first PRACTICE was a Battle of the Band gig – he was definitely thrown in the deep end with that start, but he was excellent! Dan, our drummer, along with Cheryl are our original members.

We’ve been a band a relatively short length of time but have already achieved great things. We reached the final of the Soundwaves music competition and played the mainstage O2 Academy Newcastle. We’ve recorded 2 live EP’s (Crash and Burn and, Muddy Waters). These are no longer available to stream, but copies can still be bought on our big cartel online shop. We released our 1st proper single in September 2019 ‘Take a Bow’ which is available to stream and download in all the usual places. This track has been well received with plays on Planet Rock, Top track of the week on Valley FM and is currently playing on numerous radio stations worldwide. It’s reached over 13k plays on Spotify alone.

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

The name comes from Cheryl’s love of all thinks mythical including Norse mythology. Freya is the Norse goddess of love, war and death (among other things). She rides a chariot of cats and so the bands logo is a flaming lion (his name is Monty)

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 the North East of England (James and Dan live in Sunderland, Shaun lives in Washington and Cheryl lives in Durham although she is originally from Wishaw, near Glasgow in Scotland)

4. How would you describe your style?

Eclectic Rock. We don’t follow genre rules and have no plans to. We write what we think sounds good and what we enjoy performing. We lean towards the blues rock sound for quite a few of our tracks, we also have more keys-based tracks and tend to go a bit on the grunge side on occasions. We just class ourselves as rock! We write powerful emotional tracks with impressive solos and smoky powerhouse vocals.

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

"Take a Bow" is our debut single. This has a blues rock sound to it with an impressive solo, powerful vocals and tempo changes to create excitement. It comes with a message, that people will try and put you down, try and control you and make you theirs but they will not succeed, you can remain your own person and achieve great things if you put your mind to it.

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

Yes, we are currently working on our debut album. We’ve a long way to go yet but our next single "Complicated" is due to be released at the end of the year.

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

We mostly play locally at the moment and on occasions go to other parts of the UK to play. We’ve played successful gigs in Edinburgh, Hawick and Leeds to date as well as the North East of England and we have plans to do mini tours of the UK once we have built up enough presence to do so. We’ve supported some top UK up and coming bands including Glasgow based Neshiima and As December Falls.

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

We’re focused on recording our music at the moment, we are looking to record an album hopefully by the end of next year. We have so many ace tracks that we want to get recorded and released onto the world. We plan to play more gigs outside the North East, more festivals if we can and just to continue doing as we have, we’re doing well and being well received so just more of the same push.

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

We have a big cartel shop where fans can buy our live EP’s and merch. (New merch coming soon!)
https://firesoffreyaofficial.bigcartel.com/.

Our debut single, "Take a Bow" is available to stream on Spotify, Google, Apple, Deezer and all other major streaming services and available to download on iTunes etc. We’ve also created a music video for the track and is available to view on YouTube – just search Fires of Freya!

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

We create emotive Rock and so we hope people can connect with our music. See themselves in the lyrics and pull strength from them. The music is created as an outlet for life's struggles, it helps the band express themselves and deal with life and so we hope it does the same for our listeners and energies them to be their best self and let no one put them down! We also hope listeners think our music is catchy and they hear talent in the creation of the songs.


What better way than honoring your own father, than with a song! That is precisely what singer/songwriter Adam Exler had done for his late stepfather, whom had passed after nearly a 5 year long battle with pancreatic cancer. With that he would take his first single out of this all new project, titling said song "Language Of Love", out of this 11-song project.

It's a little track that is purely sultry and sexy, infused with a dash of Spanish cultured flair. Just lots of catchy tones to it, with rap works featured by J Holla. In short, his styling of this particular project is slightly similar to that of Carlos Santana's styling slightly at least. Thus forth, Adam's style and music choices are very upbeat and rocking in more ways than one. For instance his vocalization is very smooth and rather in-depth with the musical melodies and tone overall. Everything just intertwines with everything else, making it spiral together, into this never ending craft of cunning and captivating music. Like Adam would put it,  "It's a song, you can't get out of your head". That is pretty much how this track works out, and a lot like the other music he has created as well.

In fact, "Language Of Love", not only is a single, but has an accompanying music video to boot. It capturing that same sexy music flair to it. Showcasing Adam finding himself out in a desert landscape, seeing a beautiful female before him, as the scenery changes, to a club setting, unleashing even more craziness. It really just comes together in a way, making it a story that is spicy and unique on so many levels. It just fits so well, that when the track ends, you simply want more of it. It is truly that entertaining.

https://fanlink.to/languageoflove


Trio band SWEET N' JUICY is a songwriting funky, people pleasing music sort of fellas, whose time together thus far, has made them create as well as play music! This band of fruits, literally, have taken the time to talk about their juicy goodness that is this fruity music!


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

Sweet N’ Juicy started out like any band of fruit fronted by a bass playing banana that writes most of the music: In a tree! Sweet the banana grew up playing with other bananas but left the jungle in search of different flavors of music. He met Juicy the Strawberry (keyboards) in a patch far away from his home and instantly fell with his fruity flavor. Juicy decided to join Sweet on his adventures for flavor, and they became fast friends- traveling from place to place. On one adventure they met Nefertitipharoahsandramundusifilopolis the Pineapple (drums). They couldn’t pronounce his name, but he was warm and as special pineapples can be, so they wanted to be his friend. N’ Joined in on their adventures and from there the three fruit made their way to Portland, Oregon. There they were the house band in a variety show for quite a while. They met fantastic artists, comedians, and musicians and quickly learned that humans love to party! Now they travel the western coast of the United States in search of the best parties they can find.

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

It’s our names, silly!

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

Sweet N’ Juicy all live in Portland, Oregon! The music scene there has all sorts of fantastic bands and songwriters in any genre you can hope for. Rock, Jazz, a thriving Hip Hop scene, even Bluegrass. Portland has it all. Our friend just down the road is DTW (Funk band with horns), Jessa Campbell and the Saplings (Music for kids), and Sam Densmore (Folk Rock) are awesome.

4. How would you describe your style?

We call it Songwriter Funk in Fruit Suits, but it’s just shake-your-booty party music. Seldom do we write a song that doesn’t make us want to dance, and we think others want to dance too.

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

We’ve released a debut EP (Golden) and a follow-up full length concept record (The Adventures of Sweet N' Juicy) about how we came to be a band made of fruit. Our music is crafted for a good time and parties, so be expecting to wag your finger and shake your hips!

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

Of course! We’re always writing new tunes. Our newest song is about Portland and the fun things you can do there. Another song we just finished writing is about puppies!

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

It’s funny you mention that! Juicy’s on tour with a group through Central Europe right now which has been giving us time to beef up our calendar for Winter of this year and the first half of next year. As a result we have shows all over the US West Coast, including a tour to Southern California planned for most of February of 2020 (check our calendar for more details). Our shows have been described as “…like cartoons for adults” and we get compared to Looney Tunes a lot. Probably because we have adult humor wrapped up in a fruit-flavored smile!

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

We are gonna party ‘til we drop! Meeting people, playing shows, and getting people to dance and be happy are our biggest goals for the foreseeable future.

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

Where can’t you?! Let us know so we can put it there, too! Our website has links to everything, or- and I’m serious about this- PLEASE feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook, Instagram, or email, and chat with us! We love to chat. Partying and chatting are basically the backbone of fruit (since fruit don’t have backbones).

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

Have fun- we sure do! We love to play this music for people and we love to party. There’s not much more to it than that. Cheers!


Highly energetic, psychedelic rock n' roll band MEDUSA'S DISCO have been at it, releasing 4 full-length albums and 3 EP releases thus far. But not only do they have this content, but all new stuff is in the works as well! These guys plan on rocking, rolling, and just on never stopping! Find out what was said in this discussion with vocalist, guitarist, and sitar Wynton Huddle below!


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

Wynton: The band has been in existence for 7 years now, 5 years as Medusa's Disco, consistently featuring Wynton Huddle and Hunter Root on lead vocal and guitar duties as well as Alex Aument on drums. Over the last 3 years the band has gone through various bassists until recently falling into a permanent residence with our current thick-string-thumper and wizard engineer, Justin Wohlfeil. Since then things have really started picking up for us, exciting times!

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

W: Medusa's Disco started off as a song, being the first track of our 2nd full length "Forked Tongue Fables".

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

W: We are based out of Lancaster, PA. There certainly isn't anything else like us in the music scene. One band we perform with quite frequently, The Stonewall Vessles, might not have a similar sound, but are equals in energy and passion, always making for a powerful bill! We are also happy to see bands like Yam Yam out in Harrisburg get a lot of traction with their recent album and even getting on the billboard charts! Lots of different types of creativity going on around us, and everyone has something different to offer.

4. How would you describe your style?

W: We usually go with High Energy Psychedelic Rock.

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

W: As of October 2019 we have released 4 full length albums and 3 EPs, two of which we have kept under wraps for the most part (The Prava Sessions, Live at Max J Variety Show). They might resurface again some day. We also have an acoustic EP with Sitar and violin (Fruit From A Timeless Planet), a very different taste from our usual material!

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

W: Always! Thankfully now that we are going steady with Justin on Bass and engineering, we have lots of plans to get material out sooner then later. Some concepts include doing a split EP with Annapolis band Mojo Bozo's Electric Circus, A Live release of our Who cover set from Dam Stock, another full length next fall, and the remixing/remastering of our previous catalog for vinyl.

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

W: We plan to hit SXSW March 2020 and hopefully do a west coast tour before the next full length,

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

W: Keep rocking. Keep rolling. Keep growing. Never stop.

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

W: Medusa's Disco is on all streaming platforms and you can purchase material goods from our bandcamp and at www.medusasdisco.com.

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

W: We are usually complimented on our harmonies, and we always love hearing how personally fans can take our lyrics. To acknowledge we all suffer, go through pain, grow through it and better ourselves, it makes us all feel a little less alone on this rock. And if our music can make someone out there feel a little less alone, then it's all been worth it.


Who would have thought that the four seasons, would mean so much to so many.... including Fran Dominguez and Forest Robots. They have released three full-length albums, their most recent and newest being "Times When I Know You'll Watch The Sky" This all new and third full-length album in two years! But not only does this album come with the accompanying music, but a short film of sorts as well titled "All Things Grow Faint With Great Adorn In Autumn". Fran and the Forest Robot's goal's were all along to build upon the world that they have created as musicians, thus making this world of sound revolving around their releases as these albums.

Now what does this have to do with the four seasons, well the band's first full-length debut album called "Supermoon Moonlight Part 1", celebrated the spring season, whereas the second full-length album titled "Timberline And Mountain Crest" was about the summer season. The third album to date is all about the fall season or autumn to some. It's more or less a representation on Stanley Horowitz's quote about the fall season, saying as such "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all".

When it comes to this album of material, an array of assorted contented can be heard within, ranging from acoustic to orchestral, synth-wave, ambient and even some IDM sounds from previous albums can all be heard within this newest effort of offerings. It pretty much mixes everything up, adding in a tad more of the synthesizers and acoustics growing a more complex reality of the music at play as it were. It has this enchanting styling of sound to it really. Capturing this essence that is both soothing yet very comforting as well. Take for instance tracks like "Everything Under The Light Of The Full Moon", "Deep In The Milky Way Spectrum", "Of Rivers And Rivers Of Light", with "Follow The Fog And The Rain", it all fits so willingly together, it brings forth this every longing passion of visuals and just everlasting sound waves of tones.

With this album's short film accompanying it, comes the visual concept the interpretation of nature and the transformation effect it just has upon the listener and all of us in general, it has this companionship to it, that makes it just sink in and float.

That is more or less how Fran Dominguez and Forest Robots play out, with their music showcasing abilities and ways with it. If you prefer a more laid back, yet easy going listening experience, with a film to boot, then by all means then this is one act that you need to hear by all ways possible.

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The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today revealed the Gigantamax forms of Pikachu, Charizard, Eevee, Meowth, and Butterfree. Gigantamaxing changes a Pokémon’s size, power, and appearance and allows them to use a G-Max Move. Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax—and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to. Gigantamax Pokémon will appear in the highly anticipated upcoming video games Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, launching on November 15, 2019, exclusively on Nintendo Switch™ systems.

Gigantamax Pikachu

Type: Electric

Height: 68'11"+

Weight: ???

Ability: Static

The electricity generated in the sacs in its cheeks is stored in its tail. In battle, it will strike opponents with its tail and send a jolt of electricity through them as great as any lightning strike. Gigantamax Pikachu has become so powerful that it can produce enough electricity to rival a power plant. However, using this electricity to help power people’s homes seems difficult, as Pikachu can only remain Gigantamaxed for a short time. Electric-type attacks used by Gigantamax Pikachu will change to G-Max Volt Crash, which not only deals damage but also paralyzes all opponents.

Trainers that have play records from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on their Nintendo Switch system will be able to receive a special Pikachu that can Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Gigantamax Charizard

Type: Fire/Flying

Height: 91'10"+

Weight: ???

Ability: Blaze

The flames inside its body have become stronger, and now fire erupts from its mouth and horns in addition to its tail. It seems that the strength of the flames increases when Gigantamax Charizard roars. Charizard’s flames have become enhanced with Gigantamax power and now form wings on its back. These wings are hotter than magma, and Charizard can fire them off to scorch its opponents. Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Charizard will change to G-Max Wildfire. G-Max Wildfire doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent when it hits—it will also continue to deal damage for four turns to any Pokémon that isn’t Fire type.

Gigantamax Eevee

Type: Normal

Height: 59'1"+

Weight: ???

Ability: Run Away / Adaptability

The fur around its neck has become extra fluffy and luxurious thanks to Gigantamax power. Any opponent caught in this fur becomes enamored with Eevee and loses the will to fight. Gigantamaxing has caused Eevee to become more rambunctious than ever, and it will attempt to play with any opponent. However, it often ends up crushing its opponent due to its massive size. Normal-type attacks used by Gigantamax Eevee will change to G-Max Cuddle. G-Max Cuddle doesn’t only deal damage when it hits—any opponent that is the opposite gender of Eevee will become infatuated.

Trainers that have play records from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on their Nintendo Switch system will be able to receive a special Eevee that can Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Gigantamax Meowth

Type: Normal

Height: 108'3"+

Weight: ???

Ability: Pickup/Technician

Gigantamaxing has caused Meowth’s body to stretch to astounding lengths, and the coin on its head has also become massive. The giant coin can emit a torrent of Gigantamax power, filling the surrounding area with a powerful golden gleam. Meowth loves shiny objects, and when it sees skyscrapers lined with glass, it won’t be able to resist the urge to sharpen its claws on them. This behavior can cause considerable damage, such as wearing down the exterior walls and breaking windows. Normal-type attacks used by Gigantamax Meowth will change to G-Max Gold Rush. G-Max Gold Rush deals damage to opponents and also scatters coins all over the area, giving Trainers a considerable in-game cash bonus after the battle.

This special Meowth that can Gigantamax can be received as an early-purchase bonus for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield by selecting the Get via Internet option in Mystery Gift from Friday, November 15, 2019, to Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Gigantamax Butterfree

Type: Bug/Flying

Height: 55'9"+

Weight: ???

Ability: Compound Eyes

Its most notable feature is its blinding wings, which have grown to gigantic proportions. The light of Gigantamax Butterfree’s wings comes from its scales, which can inflict paralysis, poisoning, or sleep on its opponents. These scales are Butterfree’s most effective weapons. Its vast wings can stir up a wind strong enough to lift a 10-ton truck, just by flapping. This wind also scatters poisonous scales around the area, so simply being near this Pokémon is very dangerous. Bug-type attacks used by Gigantamax Butterfree will change to G-Max Befuddle. G-Max Befuddle doesn’t only deal damage—it will also scatter scales around opponents and cause them to become poisoned, become paralyzed, or fall asleep.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit Pokemon.com/SwordShield. Check out each of the new Gigantamax forms in today’s official trailer here: https://youtu.be/8i2_Eotzh6M.


Japan always knows how to "get you" whenever it comes to anything they produce. In the case of the music community one of their popular acts would be a kawaii metal pop band known as BABYMETAL. Whose formation was back in 2010, nearly 10 years almost come 2020. But before that happens, the band would go on to release a handful of albums, play shows and even tour across the globe. Stopping in of course sunny Southern California a handful of times. My first experience being their stop at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California back in 2017.

It being 2 years since the last and first time seeing then, it would be time to see them again, except in a more wider setting. As their performance would be their first U.S. arena show, it being filmed and shown LIVE across the globe in Japan for one, and for another it being their album release party show as well. Their third full-length "Metal Galaxy" releasing October 11th 2019, so of course the band would do something to collide with the release. As they would do just that, the band would play to a sold out crowd, the entire performance being recorded for a future release on DVD and what not, the band would hit the stage roughly after 9PM. Having an array of fans lining up since the early hours of the morning, 7AM-9AM awaiting to be let inside not until 4-5PM with the band again not performing until roughly 9:15PMish.

After the introduction video was put into effect though, the band would play for a good hour and a half, even do a two song encore at the end. During their performance, there was plenty of crowd interaction with having the fans singing along and screaming with pure delight.  BabyMetal would play a lot of the favorites including “Gimme Chocolate” being the best known track, that got a lot of attention from all there. With other numbers including such as "Megitsune", "Pa Pa Ya!!", "Karate", "Headbangeeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!", and "Road Of Resistance", to name a few. The set list consisting of 14 songs in all with their dancing containing of the "Chosen Dancers", performed by the triangle formation adding one or two selected dancers, on such tracks as 1-4, 9-12, 5-8, and 13-14. It is also worth noting that during the track titled "Kagerou" was a trio performance, not Su-Metal only with the backup band called Kami Band having an intro done.

With all of this said though, the girl trio did a fine job overall. The crowd really enjoyed every minute of it, and by the end of it really, all were just thrilled and excited to be present. This being a performance recorded thus to be enjoyed for many years to come, once it receives its official release. As far as BabyMetal goes, they be Japan’s top hit band, who shall not be forgotten but remembered for a very long time to come.

SETLIST:

1. Da Da Dance
2. Megitsune
3. Elavator Girl
4. Shanti Shanti Shanti
5. Kagerou
6. Starlight
7. Gimme Chocolate!!"
8. Pa Pa Ya!!
9. Distortion
10. Karate
11. Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
12. Road Of Resistance
ENCORE:
13. Shine
14. Arkadia


Mix mashers BLACK BOLT go by a variety of style choices in term's of their music style and sound. Ranging from indie rock, rock n' roll, sludge, punk, to all in-between. In any case though, the band has been around for some time, going on to release a handful of content since, including their newest album titled "The North End" out spring time of 2020! The band goes on further to say a lot more about their music abilities, creativeness and more!


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

We formed around 2010 or maybe early in 2011 in Boise, Idaho. Kyle, our bassist, had graduated from Boise State University and I (Dustin- guitar/vocals) was almost done with my degree. I missed playing in bands, and Kyle played bass in metalcore bands in his earlier years. So I we started a band, which was just us and a drum machine. We stealthily infiltrated the Communication Building on campus and recorded a single in one of the audio production booths. Then, Justin (drummer) moved back to Boise from Salt Lake City. We asked him to play Real Drums with us and, fortunately, he said yes.

A good friend of ours allowed us to practice in his basement, which he insulated with acoustic foam tiles (the total for the soundproofing project was $666, so we knew we were in the right place). Soon after, our friend Steve unexpectedly asked to join the band on second guitar. Thank God he did. Since then, we’ve recorded some music, played a ton of shows, drank too much, and since starting practicing in an automotive repair shop since our friend sold his house-- $666 worth of acoustic soundproofing foam and all.

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

Kyle and I are both huge nerds, so it’s just the name of the Marvel Comics character. Black Bolt is king of the Inhumans, who live on the Blue Area of the Moon. He doesn’t often speak because his voice can level mountains, etc, etc. It’s funny because Steve and Justin are not huge nerds, and they have to explain the band name to people more than Kyle and I do. 

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 Boise, ID. The music scene here has ebbs and flows, but overall it’s pretty strong right now. The punk scene isn’t as vibrant as it once was, though. There are some younger people in punk bands doing amazing things, and then a few people around our age doing really cool stuff, too. A few of the people from Boise’s 80's and 90's punk scene are still playing in bands, too, which is incredible. But there’s not all that much of a "punk scene," at least compared to what it used to be.

But, on the flip side, music as a whole is thriving in Boise. There are so many brilliant local bands playing right now in so many different genres, and you can step out most any night of the week and see a great local band at a cool venue. As long as your taste in music isn’t just confined to one style or genre, there’s plenty to love here. Indie rock, psych rock, metal, folk,  synth pop, hip hop, experimental-- it’s all thriving. And I love it so much.

Bands to check out: French Tips, Get Wet +, Dirt Russell, Lounge on Fire, James Plane Wreck, NO!, Nude Oil, The Hand, Buttstuff, Sea’s Apprentice, and Kitten Fight.

4. How would you describe your style?

I’d say we’re a 3-5 chord punk band, but Justin (our drummer) disagrees with me. He tells people we’re a garage rock band or a rock n roll band. We play at about Ramones speed, and maybe have some similarities to bands like Leatherface and Jawbreaker, but we play a lot sludgier than any of those bands. We also try to throw at least one weird or interesting thing in every song-- so we end up having a lot of an "indie rock" type sound, too. And, on occasion, we do play fast and hard… there’s definitely some hardcore lurking around the edges. So I’d say we’re a punk band but, depending on how much of a purist you are, you might call us a garage rock band, an indie rock band, or a garage punk band. Who even knows?

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

We’ve released "Falls" (2012), "MBD&B/Like the Bear" (2013), "Comfort of the Grave" (2016),  "2017 EP" (2017), and the single "Claws Out" just recently. We’re currently working on a new record, tentatively titled "The North End," due out in Spring of 2020.

Mostly, we’ve just done EP's and singles. You can find them all on our Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. You can expect melancholy, politics, effervescence, dirt, grime, and a party with each of our releases. Oh, and lots of power chords I guess.

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

We’re currently working on our first full length album, which should be out in the Spring of next year. It will probably be called "The North End." We’ve completed about 8 songs for it so far, with 3-4 more in the works. We’re recording with Andy Agenbroad at the Chop Shop, who also produced and engineered our 2016 EP, "Comfort of the Grave." We just released our first ever music video, which is a song off that album. Here it is -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxCHLd3pQDs.

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

We play local shows fairly often, but not as often as we used to. Next spring, we’re doing a small little jaunt with our friends Get Wet +, mostly here in the intermountain west. We’ll probably make it out to Portland, Olympia, and/or Spokane, too, but there’s nothing concrete. As far as bands go, we are old and lazy. If anyone wants to take us on tour, though, we’re down.

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

We’d like to finish this dang record! We’ll have another single out relatively soon, and we’re doing our damnedest do shoot a music video for that one, as well. So be on the lookout for that.

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

We’re on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and Spotify. Basically, everything is free or "name your own price." We’re 30-somethings from Boise, ID-we’re obviously not in this for the money.

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

Even though we’re not musical virtuoso's, we might be an acquired taste. It might be like trying a really strong and strange beer from Eastern Europe for the first time-or even like trying a rural family’s homemade liqueur. It’s gruff, warm, catchy, and a little rough around the edges.


Goth, doom, heavy metallers DESOLUNA have a couple of releases under their belts, with more content that should see a release at some point in time. At this time, the band are on a hiatus trying out other stuff, such as projects and what not. The band goes on further to discuss this matter and this band as a whole.


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

Well it started around 2009 or 2010 when Patrick started Desoluna as his own recording project.
His former band Clapatria had recently split up  and needed some sort of outlet for his creativity and started recording songs at home that became the foundation for Desoluna. But it took another three of four years before it actually became a band when he and I (Nadia) met at a local pub in 2013. At the time, I was looking for musicians who wanted to start a band with me. My only experience at that point was writing and performing acoustic music and tried to either build up or join a couple of bands here and there but that ended in nothing pretty quickly. Once me and Patrick started talking, we discovered that we were trying to achieve the same thing; I was looking for band members, he wanted singers to lay down vocals for his songs. At the time, he wanted to do some sort of Ayreon-thing but obviously, fate wanted different ;). Shortly after, Patrick dragged along his former bass player from Clapatria, Robin, who was also an essential part as the band was taking its form and colour, so to speak, before he quit and was later on replaced by Micael Levin. Both of them had a very distinctive style as Robins “specialty” was within doom metal ( he played with another band at the same time, Stonegriff, a heavily Black Sabbath and Krux-influenced band) while Micael came from a punk rock background. He sang ( or screamed to be precise) in a band back at the 80´s called Snobbslakt who were very active in the local scene in Helsingborg. He quit the band as well as he moved to Spain. Olle, our drummer, has mostly played in a couple of local bands in his hometown Halmstad before he joined us. He was more or less pulled in to our band as we had a couple of livegigs ahead of us and the poor guy only had two weeks to learn our songs. But he nailed it and he has stayed with us ever since. His former band, Inställt, has actually come back to life again wich I think is awesome!

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

Our band name has various meanings. The first reason is that it´s taken from the name of Patricks first band, Desolate. They were active around between 1997 and 2004 and some of the songs that we have used later on (both when it comes to our first demo and the EP we recently released) were written at that time. So it is safe to say that Patrick is and has always been the creative force of this band. He has written all of our songs. He even put the word “Lun” in the name as a reference to his last name, Lundberg. But then there is another layer in the name. If you break up the name itself, De So Luna, it basically sounds like De Sol y Luna wich means Of Sun and Moon in spanish.

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, the core of the band, me and Patrick, live in Malmö and Olle is based in Halmstad. I can´t really say that much of the scene of the latter one (Well....they do have Arch Enemy, a very uninteresting band if you ask me) but the scene in Malmö used to be very flourishing once. Very small but growing and with full of potential. I remember about 9-10 years ago when you could go out at nights and there were several clubs and pubs that offered local bands and talents a chance to show off themselves. Every other person you spoke to played in at least one band (mostly hard rock and metal). I wrote music articles for a webzine and the University magazine at that time so I put an extra effort in keeping track of what was going on. All of that is vanishing, one by one and most people that put an effort to keep this scene alive pretty much gets tired of it after a few years. Sweden is suffering under what we call Klubbdöden (“Death of all clubs”). A lot of clubs and arenas, both here in Malmö as the rest of the country, has been forced to close down or struggled to maintain above the surface due to different reasons. It just breaks my heart to witness. However, the punk and hardcore scene is staying strong. My husband-to-be, Johan, is kicking it with his punkband Helvetet ("Hell" in Swedish). They are going to perform their first gig October 12th, which I pretty much look forward to!

Massdistraction, a thrash metal band, released a demo and a first album that were absolutely great and I still beat myself up for not going to their shows when I had the chance! That just sucks! From what I heard, their shows were awesome as fuck and I would have loved to see my boyfriend in action back when he was their singer and their other singer as well, Mikkjal. Both of whom were great singers in their respective right. At the moment there are two bands you should keep an eye out for; Liar Thief Bandit and Grand Harvest.

The latter one just performed their first two shows at Plan B in Malmö. Sadly I missed out on both but I know for a fact that the vocals are killing all competition within the death metal scene. And the music is just plain awesome. LTB is this band you want to listen to if you´re just looking for a good time and just oozes with sweat and rock´n´roll. And Vet Hut! I don´t know if they are local but hell they are good! Lastly, To be honest, Clapatria had really good songs too and would have been a great band if only they had the knowledge and resources to make the band grow. Me and Clara from that band has recorded a couple of songs as well. Occasionally, we get together and play a few tunes.

4. How would you describe your style?

Doom metal with gothic rock influences is the most accurate label. Heavy and melodic.

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

We released our first album, "Fortitude", in October 2015. In July this year, our EP, "Rejection of Rejoice", was released. We did a demo before that as well. There was this journalist who once described our music as "wearing clogs out of concrete, that´s how depressive it is" or something similar. Of course she meant it in a negative sense but what she didn't realize is that we took it as a compliment. That anyone could be so deeply affected by our music and take it this way was just hilarious. So you have it pretty much there!

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

We just released this EP that took forever to make. We have a couple of songs that we wrote together during the first year that we want to record at some point.

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

We don´t have any shows planned right now, partly because we don´t have a bass player at the moment. During the recording of the EP, we went through a lot of conflicts and setbacks. We recorded the songs the first time in a studio in Halmstad in 2016 with this guy who completely ripped us off and basically behaved in a very manipulative way. So we had to do it all over again which really drained the energy out of all of us. So we decided to take a break and try out other stuff. It´s like in a relationship when you just have to be apart for a short while in order to find each other again.

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

As I mentioned above, we´re on a hiatus right now and trying out other stuff. I was briefly in another band called Queens of Borderline but that didn't really work out for me. Olle is drumming in other bands and Patrick just recently became a father so he is focused on his newborn son at the moment. But the plan is at some point record the songs that are just waiting to be developed. If we are lucky, we might find a bass player, and start paying live again, haha!

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

It´s not really hard to find us. We are of course on YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and some other channels I just don´t remember at the moment. If you want to buy a copy of Rejection of Rejoice, just send us a pm through Facebook. I know CDBaby has five copies of Fortitude so you can buy the album through that website.

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

Tough question...Just don´t think so much. Just feel it. And remember that even in the darkest of times there is always a ray of light.


British rockers BIG RIVER have been around for a short while, but have already played shows with some well known acts. Including having their works playing across the airwaves in the U.K. Europe and U.S.A. The band has taken the time to talk about their material, music creativity and future plans ahead.


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

So we have Joe Martin on drums, Ant Wellman on bass, Damo Fawsett on guitar and Adam Bartholomew on vocals. Joe is an all rounder as well as playing drums in Big River he also plays bass and guitar in various other projects Ant is a bass maestro and for a long time until recently leaving he was also bass player in The Lambrettas. Ant is now part of another project playing Americana music as well. Damo breaths life into Big River. Not only is Damo lead guitar he is also the member of the band who behind the scenes works his socks off sorting gigs, social media, merchandise etc. Damo is responsible for creating Big River from the beginning. Adam is vocalist/lyricist for the band. He is our big man up front who doesn’t pull any punches and sings from the heart.

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

The name Big River came about after all the band members chose different names around the Blues genre theme. Big River seemed rather apt as our first rehearsal was arranged at the Riverside studios Gravesend so Big river 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?

The band is based in Gravesend and Leos Red Lion is sort of our home venue as its where we often rehearse. It has such a rich musical history that it almost feels like it holds a musical spirit within the venue walls. It also is host to other great local bands like Stone wire and The Unknown.

4. How would you describe your style?

We started out playing blues/rock and we were likened to Free, Bad Company, Deep Purple and as time went on we were also likened to bands such as Clutch. All four of these bands are massive influences individually to band members and we think you can take different parts of these bands music and hear it coming through in Big Rivers sound.

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

We have just released our debut album Redemption which is available on all major platforms such as iTunes and Spotify etc. Physical CD's are available from the band themselves and you can contact them through Facebook by typing in Big river blues. The Redemption album has done very well since its release and has some very good reviews including a 9/10 in Powerplay magazine. For someone who didn’t know what sound to expect from Big River all I can say is its blues/rock with balls, gritty vocals and amazing guitar solos.

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

We are currently working on our second album. We wrote a lot of different songs whilst making Redemption so its not like we are hard up for new recordings although we do want our sound to evolve as the album unfolds.

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

We are in negotiations with a lot of event organizers for some great festival slots next year which includes A New Day Festival which Glen Hughes headlined last time. A mini tour is also in the offing which could take in cities such as Newcastle after a very well received support slot for Cats In Space this year. We have one gig left of 2019 and that is an intimate gig in Rochester on November 29th at The Billabong Club with our special guest Kris Dollimore of Del Amitri. Tickets are available from the bands Facebook page.

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

The plans we have here at Big River is to get our second album recorded and try and get our music out there for as many people to hear. Our passion is playing and writing and that’s what we want to do, just keep creating our style of blues/rock music for our fans to hear and hopefully pick up more fans on the way.

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

Our music is available to download on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp etc. If you like to have that CD in your hand then you can order a copy from the band via Facebook (big river blues) or better still come along to a live show and buy a copy from our merch stall and say hi to the band.

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

As a listener of Big River for the first time we would like people to come away thinking these boys can play, these boys can groove and these boys have balls. Listen to the lyrics because behind every song is a meaning and rock out to those amazing guitar solos and funky bass lines if you like blues/rock you will be a fan of Big Rivers individual style of today that harks back to the glory days of the likes of Free and Deep Purple.


The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo confirmed today that the Galar regional form of Ponyta will appear in the highly anticipated upcoming Pokémon Shield video game. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system. The Galarian Pokémon made a surprise appearance during a "livestream" of a forest in the Galar region.


Galarian Ponyta
Category: Unique Horn Pokémon
Type: Psychic
Height: 2'7"
Weight: 52.9 lbs.
Ability: Run Away/ Pastel Veil

Galarian Ponyta have been found in a certain forest of the Galar region since ancient times. It is said that they were exposed to the overflowing life energy of the forest over many generations, and therefore their appearance became unique in this region.

Galarian Ponyta can absorb the life energy of the surrounding atmosphere and store it in its mane. Its mane will become more colorful, and even emit a sparkling glow, if there is an abundance of energy around.

Galarian Ponyta’s Ability, Pastel Veil, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. This Ability prevents the Pokémon and its allies from becoming poisoned. It can even cure the poisoned status condition of its allies when this Pokémon enters the battlefield.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit Pokemon.com/SwordShield.

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