November 2019


Melodic hardcore duo 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.

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