2021


Napalm Records is beyond proud to join forces with Germany’s hottest and most explosive thrash metal engine, DESTRUCTION! The band has signed a worldwide record deal with the premier rock and metal label and is set to release new music later this year.

Since their debut EP, Sentence Of Death (1984), the German foursome with legendary founding members Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer on vocals/bass and Michael Sifringer on guitars, DESTRUCTION have turned heads and broken necks with their incredibly honest and uncompromising thrash metal power. Starting as a trio and releasing an imposing amount of records in this constellation, for their latest energizing and most successful, chart-breaking output to date, Born To Perish (2019), these pioneering favorites transformed into a quartet to fuel the furious beast with highly energetic riffs and blasting drums even more!

United with insanely talented Randy Black (drums) and Damir Eskić (lead guitars), and teaming up with Napalm Records, DESTRUCTION will embark on the next heavy and always thrashing chapter of a yet impressive career.  New exciting things to come very soon - stay tuned!

DESTRUCTION’s Schmier on the signing: “Well, this decision was a long way coming! We are super excited to join the Napalm family, because I have been a fan of the label and their philosophy for a long time. I’ve followed their impressive history and great work for many years and have recommended Napalm Records to other bands and friends before. So now it was finally time for us to move on and be a part of their roster of fantastic artists. A strong and fresh partner for these crucial years of our career is an important step for us! We were using the time well to prepare new releases for our faithful fans worldwide, more news about that very soon!”

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench states: “I am absolutely excited to work with such a legendary band as DESTRUCTION! I watched them play live in Frankfurt when I was 14 years old, and now working together as a team on new album releases is a dream come true! Welcome to the Napalm family!”


Today, celebrated, genre-redefining rock band Escape The Fate release their highly anticipated seventh studio album Chemical Warfare via Better Noise Music.

The dynamic offering, produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco, The Used) and co-produced by the band’s lead guitarist Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft, sees collaborations with alt-rock icon and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and award-winning violinist Lindsey Stirling, further amplifying the band's inclusive and experimental spirit that has captured the hearts and ears of fans for over 15 years. The 12-song tracklist sees the Las Vegas-bred group creating its most lyrically empowered and sonically adventurous project yet. See full tracklisting below.  Chemical Warfare is now available for purchase and streaming HERE.

"This album marks a new, empowering chapter for us as a band. As artists, it's our responsibility to capture the truth with our music. This project is our most honest and authentic to date: reflective and loud, all-encompassing of the beautiful contradictions that music allows," the band said in a collective statement. "We loved working with our collaborators, including our super producer John, and our talented friends Travis and Lindsey. We can't wait for our fans to experience this body of work in full, and hopefully together with us in person soon when live music can be experienced as it should, safely with our guards down and the volume up."

The band is also celebrating the release of the album with the premiere of the music video for one of the tracks, "Lightning Strike," on which Travis Barker plays the drums. The new visual sees the band in its most natural state — performing, knuckling down on their instruments as though their lives depend on it, and having a good time, capturing true catharsis. 

Check out the video HERE.


Russian Synth Metal band Running Bot released their new single "Step into the Future". The release was recorded at "IVOLGA Studio", mixed/mastered by Andrey Ivanenko and released by Russian "Patriot Label".

Check out the track here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5z4NaWLRe72ZStrF75aKqx.

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Check it out here: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=vIjFcE-kpQY&list=OLAK5uy_kx2-d858aH-pvYyuLsmKQayENbNZhtU4A.

No one knows exactly when Running Bot was formed beside that they came from Novosibirsk, Russia. The guys themselves tell that they run away from a top secret biohacking laboratory. The band members are RM1X v 1.3 (vocal) JSI v2.1 (guitar) AL5RF (bass guitar),  IK3 beta (keyboards) and G2BB (drums). The band's debut single "Pandora" was released in January 2021.


Just after celebrating 20 years together and having their album, A Beautiful Place To Drown, receive a JUNO Award-nomination for Rock Album of the Year, legendary post-hardcore outfit Silverstein hit us with a standout, anthemic new single and video – "Bankrupt."

"Bankrupt" is available via UNFD across all digital platforms today along with its official video that was directed by long time friend and collaborator, Wyatt Clough. Watch the visuals on YouTube as Clough captures an explosive performance from the band using mostly 16mm Kodak (Double-X 7222) film.

Check out the new video single right HERE.


 


Dutch Black Metal band Duindwaler released their debut EP "Landloper". The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Daan Bleumink at his home studio.

Check it out here: https://duindwaler.bandcamp.com/.

Duindwaler was formed in 2020 at Heerhugowaard , Netherlands as a solo project by Daan Bleumink, the writer of Dutch black metal band Hellevaerder. Duindwaler (dune wanderer) delivers raw no-nonsense black metal and creates a misanthropic soundscape with a punch.


Alternative rock band SUNKIN have a debut single out, with new music currently in the works. The band hopes to get out and play some more shows real soon, releasing more content as well. The band talks about themselves, their name, and the music in-store from them.


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

Hector and I met in 2014, on our first day at the University of Westminster. I'm not exactly sure what it was that instantly drew us together. Maybe it was the Zepplin tattoo on his wrist or the fact he was an older, charismatic guy with a half Scottish, half American accent - A product of Hector having studied drums in New York the year prior. Opposite to me at the time; an awkward eighteen-year-old country bumpkin from rural Dorset. But by the end of that day, we were in Harrow Subway together and the bond was formed. It didn't take us long to form our first band 'Gutshot for Broadway'. Armed with self-belief, and determination we started to find our feet in the London music scene eventually selling out shows at The Borderline and The Bar Fly. As well as being played on Radio X and becoming championed by Libertine, Gary Powell. Around this time we met Declan. He was playing bass in a band called 'Sleep Fire'. We instantly hit it off and felt that one day we would be destined to play music together. Eventually, I left the band, spent some time in New York, worked as a porter at an auction house, then a health care assistant at a care home. Eventually, I felt it was time to move back to London and start another band. And SUNKIN was born. The first thing we did was to busk our way across Europe, driving from London to Dubrovnik. Honing our craft and testing our material to countless audiences in eleven different countries. In May of last year, we released our debut single 'The Pond' and throughout the year we've been developing and planning for post-Covid times. 

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

As I'm sure most bands can testify, finding and choosing a name is a hard task. Especially when you have to choose a name that hasn't already saturated the internet. The name SUNKIN was Hector's brainchild. He loved the idea of kin coming from kinship, relating and representing our friendship within the band. And the idea that the sun is integral to all of our existence. Stick-em together and you have SUNKIN. 

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 lucky enough to live in London, what many people would consider being the epicentre of music. We're surrounded by incredibly talented bands such as 'Leap', 'Hollis Lomax' plus many more. Hector and I live in a large Victorian house, as part of a guardianship scheme (legal squatting) with 25 other young creatives so inspiration is never hard to find. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I feel that this is the dreaded question for most bands yet such an important one. In simple terms, I would describe us as alternative rock. At the rate in which we all musically develop I find it hard to be more specific and almost fearful that we'd be confined to a certain box. My song writing and lyrical influences remain more consistent; feeling that the likes of Joni Mitchel, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley have always had a profound influence on my writing. 

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

In May of last year, we released our debut single 'The Pond' 'The Pond' is about a past long-distance relationship of mine, traveling between London and New York. 'The Pond' a reference to the Atlantic. This song was written during the relationship and gives off a sense of longing and hope. We've just released our follow-up single 'Short and Sweet', about the same relationship but written retrospectively after it had ended but keeping the transatlantic theme. It feels like the perfect bookend to that chapter of my life. 'Short and Sweet' describes the emotional trials and tribulations of attempting to hold the relationship together. Originally it was written as a love letter, then reluctantly made into a song. Having found that It connected to our live audiences the decision was made to release it as our second single. My main goal and hopes are to make connections with people through our music. Most of our songs have a strong and heartfelt story. As a fairly introverted person, this is my form of expression. Making myself vulnerable through my lyrics and vocal delivery I find both petrifying and invigorating.

Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/6PRkMRGWFybqPCN7QXmfH6?si=cu4rXW8tRSK4ggJ4UjqiFQ.

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

We're always working on new music and I try to write whenever I'm inspired. We've only just released 'Short and Sweet' but we can't wait to get back in the studio and work on something new. 

Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2Hqkua4m7avxOcNAdGjJjZ?si=mL7MA3VBQKGRJkmTZA8oeQ.

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

Given the current circumstances with Covid-19 and the unpredictability of lockdowns and venue restrictions, we don't currently have any dates. However, we hope to be getting back out there playing as soon as restrictions ease. Hopefully in June if all goes to plan. So stay posted. 

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

As we can finally see light at the end of the Covid tunnel we're excited about the future. We're still a new band and due to Covid, we've only been able to play a handful of shows. That's what we love to do! We just want to play music and perform, meet lots of great people and have a good time. 

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

We're on all the major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, and YouTube music. If you want to check out our video for 'The Pond' and a few live performances, our YouTube channel is called 'SUNKIN MUSIC'. For updates, subscribe to our mailing list. Mailing list Link: http://eepurl.com/huC3yv.

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

Hope! Life can be really fucking hard, but hope always exists, and every day is a survivable day - tomorrow might even be a fucking great one. 

Spotify   Apple Music  iTunes  YouTube.

Instagram   Facebook  TikTok.

Website Mailing list.


Metalcore band LURE IN have an EP out, with some single's along with an album as well. But they have also released all new music, including a split release out this spring! The band goes into great discussion about their content, history, and what they have up next.


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

The band started as a bedroom project between myself (Cameron Wilson) & The bassist Jonny Barker in 2018, from there we released our debut EP "Derive" which was 100% self recorded & produced. After the release we wanted to bring the project to a live setting to which our two guitarists Jake Coulson & James Whittle joined the band, as well as our Drummer Sammy Coker, we all then wrote our debut album "Subdued" which again was self produced & recorded by the band, from there in the midst of Lockdowns in 2020 we all kept it contact & started sending audio files at each other & from that we released the "Cynic / Agnostic" two-track, from there it's been a similar approach of sending files to each other & coming up with new ideas.

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

A lot of the lyrical content was based around cults so me & our bassist where looking for a name that stuck with the theme as well as making sure there wasn't any other acts with the same name, just we recently a few of our friends bands having issues in regards to sharing Spotify pages with different artists and such, so with those two things in mind, Lure In was the name that 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?

So the band are based mainly in Manchester, & with the Manchester scene there's quite a mixed bag of styles, I'd say the main scene here is definitely more indie rock based as we had bands like Oasis, Stone Roses, The Smiths originate from the city, but in the metal side of things where we come from there's definitely an audience & a strong crop of young & up-and-coming bands who are doing really good for themselves. If I'd had to recommend some heavy Manc bands I'd definitely shout out Leeched, Going Off, One Down, Primordial Swarm & Coprocephalic Mutation.

4. How would you describe your style?

I'd say our style is inspired by a lot of early 00's metalcore, with bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Norma Jean being massive influences, & from there we like to implement different aspects of different genres entirely, such as lobbing in drum & bass breaks, ambient & chaotic soundscapes, noise and post rock guitar elements, & pop production in some respects, definitely a mix of things that can vary song by song.

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

So we've released one EP (Derive), a Few Singles & A Full Length (Subdued) from 2018 to 2020, the main thing I'd say is just be aware we don't stick to one thing constantly, there's always something different on a song by song bases.

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

We recently out our new song Blue, that is apart of a Split record with the band Worm Hero, that's set to be released on the 23rd April 2021

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

We are currently sorting out a run of shows for when live events do come back, but as the plans are still ongoing there's nothing we can publicly announce so far.

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

So as mentioned before we want to get a run of shows down in the books and then from there it's just get some more music out, could be a single, could be an EP, could be an Album, however currently the main focus is to get the split record out everywhere & then getting some live shows going.

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

All our music is up on all major DSP's (Spotify/iTunes/Apple Music, ETC), not to mention we're up on Bandcamp & YouTube, & if anyone wants to go further we have merch up on our big cartel page.

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

The one thing that I've seen people say when they first hear us is they don't expect us to sound like we do, or that the song their jamming is different to what's currently out in the music world, so I'd definitely say I'd always want to remember that about their first listen.


American Atmospheric/Blackened Death Metal band Illusion Of Fate released their new single «Soulless Chasm». The single was recorded at Pretzel Studios in Milwaukee WI and mixed/mastered by Hayden Crownover.

Check out the new single here: https://illusionoffate.bandcamp.com/track/soulless-chasm.

Illusion Of Fate was established in summer 2019 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin by King Morbid (Vocals), Hayden Crownover (Guitars) and Josh Hetzel (Drums). The band debut EP was released in April of 2020.



On the heels of their first-ever virtual acoustic radio tour Acoustour and after teasing fans for days on social media, Los Angeles rockers Black Veil Brides have released the full details of their upcoming 6th studio album, The Phantom Tomorrow. The new album is scheduled for release on June 4th via Sumerian Records and is a concept record based on a story idea created by vocalist Andy Biersack. The album is comprised of a dozen tracks and has spawned the current Top 20 Active Rock single “Scarlet Cross.” The cover artwork for The Phantom Tomorrow was created by Eliran Kantor – known for his work with Testament, Hatebreed, Havok and Andy Black to name a few. The Phantom Tomorrow is produced by Erik Ron (Godsmack, Dance Gavin Dance, Bush) and co-produced by guitarist Jake Pitts – is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations here: www.phantomtomorrow.com.   

To coincide with the announcement of The Phantom Tomorrow, Black Veil Brides are releasing the next music video from the upcoming album. The video for “Fields Of Bone” marks the directorial debut by vocalist Andy Biersack. Backed by guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinxx, bassist Lonny Eagleton and drummer Christian Coma; the video picks up where the “Scarlet Cross” video (http://smarturl.it/scarletcross)  left off. The main character “The Blackbird” returns to square off against “9,” his adversary depicted throughout the “Fields OF Bone” video. He has been used in the band’s tease posts all week. The video also showcases the new look the band will be utilizing throughout the entire cycle for The Phantom Tomorrow. The video for “Fields Of Bone” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JR37XyIXqPg


TRACKLISTING:

1. The Phantom Tomorrow (introduction) 

2. Scarlet Cross

3. Born Again

4. Blackbird

5. Spectres (Interlude)

6. Torch

7. The Wicked One

8. Shadows Rise

9. Fields Of Bone

10. Crimson Sky

11. Kill The Hero

12. Fall Eternal


Hasbro, Netflix and My Little Pony have revealed all new ponies from the G5 era and which can be seen in the upcoming Netflix CGI film expected this fall! The two new ponies are sibling's or National Siblings Day! So say hello to the newest siblings in the My Little Pony universe:  our royal Pegasi sisters, Pipp Petals & Zipp Storm! This is the first time the characters’ names, images and relationship have been officially revealed. Pipp Petals & Zipp Storm will join previously unveiled characters Hitch Trailblazer, Sunny Starscout and Izzy Moonbow in the new My Little Pony movie coming to Netflix this fall.



Pipp Above Female

Zipp Below Female




Mark your calendars, every pony! MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is back for a second season of friendship, magic and laughs with the Mane 6 starting April 10 at 11:30/10:30c on Discovery Family. The eOne produced series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app. 

Season 2 of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE continues to feature the Mane 6 galloping through Sugarcube Corner. Together, they discover mysterious objects, uncover puzzling scenarios and experience binding moments. The second season of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE challenges the Mane 6 with tough decisions that test their strength, such as Rarity having to choose between her friends or the opportunity of a lifetime she’s presented with. MY LITTLE PONY fans should look forward to endless adventures with unexpected twists and turns in every episode.

Each 11-minute bite-sized episode of season 2 of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE features stories accompanied with humor and sparks of magic. In the series premiere episodes titled “Cute Impact & The Crystal Capturing Contraption,” Twilight Sparkle makes a startling discovery but instead of telling her friends, she decides this is one problem she must solve alone. Meanwhile, in hopes of becoming Equestria’s newest pony news reporter, Fluttershy interviews the rest of the Mane 6 about the coming Cotton Candy Comet, but Pinkie Pie is too distracted to help.

MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is produced by eOne for Discovery Family. To learn more, go to www.discoveryfamilychannel.com.


Death/doom trio, THE CRAWLING, have released their new single "Sparrow," and accompanying live-action lyric video. The song tells a haunting tale of isolation, misery, and the emotional outcome of living a pointless life; amplified by the fact so many 'spectate' a chain of events, without offering support. You can listen to "Sparrow" at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIpfDjkkxrw&t=185s.


UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have just announced that they have signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running partnership between both parties.

 “Very happy to let people know that we have put pen to paper and taken the plunge with Century Media again. Crucial to NAPALM DEATH was that we continued to retain artistic and creative control and also continue to have a determining voice in how our music is used – and, equally as importantly, isn’t used. The people we have consistently worked with down the years at Century Media have always been extremely attuned to this, and we have never experienced anything like the heavy hand of suffocating commercial pressure that can be inherent in this kind of relationship and lead to crappy creative outcomes. Looking forward to sonically bending more minds with their help,” states NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway.

Philipp Schulte, Director Century Media Records Europe, adds, “NAPALM DEATH and Century Media Records have gone a long way together already, so it makes us very happy continuing as the band’s partner for the years ahead. The value of artistic freedom and creativity has always been of profound significance for NAPALM DEATH. It was the key to becoming and staying one of the most important bands – then and now. We take this very seriously. Thanks to the band for their trust. We are looking forward to this extended strong partnership.”


Belgian Atmospheric Dark Metal band Black Sigma released their debut album "Lost". The album was mixed and mastered by Swedish MO Metal Productions. The artwork was being taken care of by Project C Productions, legendary Kris Verwimp for the cover and Christophe Szpajdel (Lord of the Logos) for the Black Sigma logo

Check it out here: https://blacksigma.bandcamp.com/releases

Black Sigma was formed in 2020 as a one-man band by J.V.G as a result of a failed reunion of the 90’s Belgian Atmospheric Black Metal band, “AVATAR”. In February 2021 the band released their first single "Dying Sun".


Japanese metal band BRIDEAR have announced their ‘Into The Dark Forever’ tour, taking place in September and October this year. The tour sees them travel across Europe before finishing the tour with four dates in the UK, making their live debut in Sweden and Scotland along the way. Tickets go on sale this Friday and will be available HERE.

 The tour will follow the release of their upcoming debut international album release Bloody Bride, out May 7th via Setsuzoku Records. Pre order the album HERE.

 Discussing the tour, lead singer Kimi exclaimed “Japan’s best all-female metal band is coming back to Europe and the UK with a vengeance! We can’t wait to see you all there!”

 “We have looked forward to the day we can perform songs from Bloody Bride live in front of everyone,” added bassist Haru. “We’re so excited to be coming back to Europe and the UK!”

 The tour announcement follows the release of the album’s fiery title track and ‘Daybreak’, both of which act as an insatiably catchy introduction to their upcoming international debut album Bloody Bride. You can watch the band perform ‘Daybreak’ in the official music video here. And all pre-orders of the album come with instant downloads of both tracks – ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Bloody Bride’.


TOUR DATES:

28/09 – Nalen, Stockholm

30/09 – Club Nuke, Berlin

01/10 – Melkweg, Amsterdam

02/10 – Botanique, Brussels

03/10 – Boule Noire, Paris

06/10 – The Underworld, London

07/10 – Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

09/10 – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

10/10 – Night & Day Café, Manchester


After April Fools Day tricks, we get a real musical treat – Butcher Babies present the newest single off their forthcoming EP, "Last Dance." The track, produced by Matt Good, officially debuts on Friday, April 2nd.  “Last Dance” shows off the clean vocal prowess of frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd while retaining the musical heaviness for which the band is known.  You can find the song via butcherbabies.com


Finish Death Metal band Nothing But A Revolution released their new single "New Primal End". The new single was recorded, mixed and mastered in "Sewing Room Productions" by Elmeri Kinnunen.

Check out the new single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59cV2AIfZ_I.

Nothing But A Revolution was founded in 2020 as a 3-member Finnish metal band from Kajaani, Kainuu. The band was formed by Tuomo Sirviö (Vocals, guitars & keyboards), Antti Horttana (Bass) and Jussi Tampio (Drums).



During the summer of 2020 Fear Incorporated went on to not only write but record an all new album titled "Of Nightmares And Strychine". The 12-track release consists of the usual formula that Fear Incorporated is known for, take alternative, goth, industrial, dark wave, post punk, with some theater thrown in for good measure. It's been provided across the array of content released through the years. One of the tracks is dedicated to someone named Steven C Davis from GASP (The Gothic And Progressive Steampunk Show), who has been around promoting the band for quite sometime. The track being titled "The Djinn", this number being quite interesting. The vocals are downright eerie yet captivating; whilst the instrumentation is more or less just noise but it has a tone that keeps it creepily entertaining. A few of the other tracks off this release like “Red Baron”, “Possessed”, “The Mortician”, and “Troll”, are probably some of the more interesting to say the least. These assortment of tracks just provide such an interesting tone of art, it’s hard to depict how to really describe them. Some are brief others linger onward, with the remainder being present. It’s an album that captures a style of sound that brings remembrance to the mind and the ears. It’s how most if not all of Fear Incorporated’s works tend to work out in the long run. Let it be remembered after being heard all the way through.


Italian Black/Gothic Metal act CADAVERIA have released a brand new single entitled Shamanic Path, that can be streamed and downloaded in all digital platforms over HERE. The song is based on Cadaveria herself's true story and in particular on her shamanic experiences lived in contact with a Brazilian indigenous tribe.

For Shamanic Path the band unleashed the Lyric Video, available here: https://youtu.be/_Wj0N3334bY. The video was made by Morbid Vision Italy. For more info please visit cadaveria.com and linktr.ee/cadaveria.


When matchless vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho and guitarist Daniel Freyberg joined forces with Waltteri Väyrynen, Mitja Toivonen and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto to form the explosive new metal pillar BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, it was meant to mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Their sonic plans were massive – including an EP release in the spring followed by a full-length album later in the year. But this promising force ended far too soon in very late 2020.

The aforementioned EP, Paint the Sky with Blood (out April 23 via Napalm Records), was recorded in Finland back in 2020, and now, the three-track piece embodies a whole new meaning. Paint the Sky with Blood is an overwhelming tribute to an outstanding artist and an exceptional sonic heritage and at the same time, a modern homage to the genre itself.

Napalm Records has released the EP’s opening title track alongside an official video. A storm of raging guitars and blaring drums rise, merging with the late Alexi Laiho’s versatile vocal power and leading up to a heavy attack, conjuring fond memories of the virtuosic musician.  “Paint The Sky With Blood” Watch the video HERE:


Pop music artist CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR has a decent amount of music out currently, with the artist always writing all new music as well. Up next is likely playing shows with more music to come of course. Find out what else had to be said from the chat below.


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

Hi there, at the moment I'm recording primarily as a solo artist although when I gig I have a band behind me.

I've been playing for many years. In my 20s I was working as a professional musician. For a number of reasons I then needed to  work in the corporate world, and did some ‘proper jobs’ (as some would have you believe) but 10 years ago got the chance to work as a professional musician again (I was made redundant and thought hey lets try and be a full time musician again - I’ve a very supportive partner.

So I've been an event musician and at the same time written and produced my own music since then - lately concentrating more on my own music.

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

I go out under my own name - but it’s a good question about when I go out with the band ( I don’t like The Christopher Taylor band, type name , so as we speak we are trying to decide on a name that’s like Christopher Taylor and the ?????? (like Lloyd Cole and the Commotions) maybe your readers could help!

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

I live in North Yorkshire near Harrogate, so am near to Leeds and York. There’s a good scene round here we have some great venues inc. The well known The Blues Bar. As a result there are some great local bands - one of favourites is Dalmas (in fact their drummer has played on some of my recordings).

4. How would you describe your style?

Guessing in essence it’s pop music (maybe adult contemporary pop) but there’s also some jazz and folk influences in there too - I think it can appeal to a wide audience.

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

I have a fair list of music on Spotify and the other platforms. My EP Chasing Rainbows won a couple of awards 5 years ago. Recently I’ve been working with the Animal Farm Studio. With them I’ve had some great radio play success with Counting Bluebirds, With you life’s beautiful, 16 Wishes, My Angel, Can’t stop, We are one, and my latest release North Star (out March 2021).

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

North Star out now.  I’m always writing and yes hoping to get back in the studio later this year to work again with Animal Farm.

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

What a year!! Starting now to get some dates for the summer in the diary and I can’t wait!!!!

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

Fame ;-). More recording and gigging definitely - I’ve really missed playing live gigs this year and when performing is in your DNA you can imagine how frustrating that can be.

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

All the major platforms have my music on - but a great place to start is on my website where you can access my music on your preferred platform.

http://www.christaylormusic.net

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

I hope they would remember Christopher Taylor is a songwriter who writes lyrical, catchy tunes with infectious melodies, and come back for more!



Blender-uppers THE TELLING have blended together the uniqueness when it comes to their particular styling of music. A handful of single's have become available, with many more songs in the works already. They just want to share their music with all, and play as much as possible when the time comes. The band chats of their music, beginning's and what's next.


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

The Telling is based out of Dublin, Ireland. We were formed at the end of 2018 when founding members Shane Counter and Colm McElarney had finished some dep work for another band. After some jamming and exploring some creative impulses, some demos started taking shape, Grasping at Tomorrow, Summer Field and Don’t Let Go, as they are known now. We shared them across social media and friends to see if anyone would be interested in our blend of music, before we knew we had our line up with, Paul Ames on Drums, Simone Pujia on Bass, Lindy Loo on Vocals, Colm McElarney on Keys and Shane on Guitar. 

Not long after completing our line-up we had our first gig sell out in Dublin in October 2019, we gained a lot of interested a were placed second in the Irish Daily Mirrors Bands to watch for 2020. 

When Covid hit the world, it naturally crushed the live performance industry, but we kept moving forward with writing and recording and released music and a small documentary series. Mid 2020 Shane made the decision to pursue other projects and that is When Tommy Pasquariello joined The Telling on Guitar.

Currently we are still writing and recording pieces and awaiting the easing of restrictions in Ireland to get back into the recording studio to release more awesome tunes. 

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

Unfortunately, there is no epic story behind the name or clever anecdote, when we were discussing a name for the band, we wanted something that gave an aura of Luxury and epicness something simple and easy to remember, we didn’t agree on anything. As a default we fell onto The Telling purely as we had gig approaching with no name for the band. It was on the to do list to review the name after and to change it when we get something better. However, it has stuck with us.  

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 Telling is based out of Dublin, Ireland. It has a fantastic music scene, no shortage creative musicians, poets and artists. There are too many great bands on the scene here to name. Checkout Garageland Ireland for a multitude of amazing bands and solo performers.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is unique to the band members, as all members of the band come from different musical backgrounds each member’s touch creates a unique blend music, resulting in funk infused anthems and colossal sound stories. 

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

We have released five singles so far with many songs in progress, the songs we have released so far are in different styles, we have a pop/rock waltz with “A Summer Field”, Funk Rock with “Your Favourite Song” A song of temptation with “The Wolf”, a song reflection in “Take the time” and finally an epic journey through time with “Grasping at Tomorrow”.

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

Yes, We have many songs in the pipeline all at various stages, primarily we are waiting for restrictions in the Republic of Ireland to ease to allow us do our final vocal recordings for 2 tracks, we are recording other tracks also and writing new ones.

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

Naturally COVID has played a massive part in our most recent plans, but we are hoping to fill our calendar with dates as soon as live entertainment is permitted. Until then it is very hard to make plans like that. 

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

At the moment our aim is to share our music far and wide and get as many gigs as we can. In the meantime, there is no shortage of creative idea’s that we are pursuing. 

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

You can find all our released songs on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube Music, Amazon, Deezer and Napstar, You can find all the behind the scenes videos and some unreleased material on our Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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

I would like to think everyone will find something that they can like and relate to in our music, be it a melody to tap your foot to or a story that brings back distant memories.


Aggressive go getters RELENTLESS AGGRESSION have a single along with a debut album both out now. A new song has also been finished and should be released very soon. The band just wants to promote their current content as much as possible, with releasing music videos and other crafty ideas in the works!


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

The band originally started up in 1986 under the name Hell Awaits. (No points for guessing where the first inspiration for the band came from). We were just kids wanting to play thrash metal and have fun. We had limited playing skills but still a sense of writing a good thrash metal song or two. We rehearsed in an old fall out shelter close to where Yngve and I lived. In addition to me (Finn) and Yngve, the band consisted of Dag on bass and Erik (later drummer for Immortal, Gorgoroth and Borknagar) on drums.

After nearly thirty years concentrating on other bands and other projects, me and Yngve decided to record two of the old songs and release it on vinyl. Some of the original songs were just too good to die of old age! A seven inch single was released in 2018 in a very limited number, and quickly became a collector's item. New songs started to flow, and it soon was clear that a full length album had to be made. The band entered Solslottet studio with engineer and producer Iver Sandøy (Enslaved), and recorded three old songs and seven brand new ones. Iver also did all the studio session drumming. 

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

We didn’t feel that we could use the old band name Hell Awaits, both since the name is outdated and it’s only Yngve and me left. We needed a band name that fits the music. Since our music is fast and aggressive, I think we pretty much hit the nail on the head with Relentless Aggression.

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

We’re based in Bergen, Norway. Bergen is mostly known for it’s black metal. Immortal, Gorgoroth, Take, Helheim etc. are from this part of Norway. There’s also a lot of other bands in different genres here. At the moment the live music scene is dead (as in the rest of the world), so we spend our time making new songs and recording them. Makkmat is a grindcore band from Bergen that I would recommend if you like that style.

4. How would you describe your style?

We describe it as old school thrash metal, even though our music is more than that. We get inspiration from a lot of different metal styles as well as punk and hardcore. In the feedback we have gotten from reviews of the album, we have been compared to Slayer, Kreator, Exodus, D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, M.O.D. and Destruction amongst others.

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

We have released a vinyl single with two songs in 2018. Our debut album, "A Shadow of All Things Broken", was released February 2021. You can expect aggressive music with grim lyrics made by a hungry band that loves what they are doing!

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

We are just in the process of finishing a new song, Yngve did the vocals this week. It only lacks a bit of a additional guitar, and then the final mix. We will use the song on a compilation album with other Norwegian bands. The album will be released in a couple of months. We will also release the songs as a single and make a video for it. We are also in the process of making new songs for our next album.

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

At the moment that is not possible because of the Pandemic. When things get better, we will discuss the possibility of putting together a live line-up.

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

We have gotten great feedback for our debut album, and will continue to promote it as good as we can. We’ve been featured in Scream Magazine, Metal Hammer Norway, Zero Tolerance, Metalized, heavymetal.no and many other magazines and websites, and more will come in the near future. Next week we will release a video for "End of Religion", and more videos are in the making.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RelentlessAggressionBand

Bandcamp: relentlessaggression.bandcamp.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/relentlessaggressionband

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/MusicIsLifeNorway

If you want to buy the vinyl or cassette version of the album, get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram and we will hook you up with the cheapest distro in Norway. We also sell t-shirts and long-sleeve's ourselves.

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

We hope you will feel that burst of energy that gets the blood pumping in your body, and makes you feel ALIVE! Thanks for the interview, please give our album a listen!


Pop punk band KEEP THIS UP have a debut single out, with the band currently writing towards what will be the debut EP release. The band goes into talks about wanting to play a show, releasing new music and more.


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

The band have been around nearly 2 years – I (Chris) started the band with someone who is no longer in the band. But when we auditioned for a drummer, we had Dan turn up with a full drum kit in the boot of a Ford KA and we hired him on the spot just because we were that impressed. A few months ago, Myself & Dan met Mike through mutual friends and he started as our bassist but then he changed to become our lead guitarist and backup vocalist. This is the current line-up: Dan Shamma (Drummer), Chris Hicks (Rhythm Guitar + Lead Vocals), Mike Houldin (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals).

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

The band name comes from a The Story So Far song title – Keep this up.

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 Peterborough, UK – We have an excellent music scene in the Cambridgeshire area with bands like Endeavour, Dead Reynolds, Call To The Faithful, Novastatus etc. 

4. How would you describe your style?

We are a Pop Punk Genre band – We take influence from bands such as Green Day, Sum 41, Blink 182, Neck Deep, State Champs etc.

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

So far, we have only released our debut single “Punchlines” – People can expect light hearted good pop punk vibes from our music.

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

We are currently writing for our first EP and have a lot of songs in the works to hopefully release soon.

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

We have yet to play a show – Covid put a stop to everything really but we are looking to book shows for the end of this year and 2022.

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

As a band we plan to keep recording and releasing music we love and tour/gig it as much as possible – We want to aim big and keep pushing so we can show everyone what we do.

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

You can listen to our band on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Deezer – all major streaming platforms. We are currently building a merch store so soon hopefully you will be able to find KTU merch on our website. More information can be found on our socials @KeepThisUpUK.

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

That we’re a new band, we’re starting somewhere and we want you to enjoy and get a feel for who we are and what we do – and if you enjoy it, come see us at a show.


Alternative post punk band INDOORSMEN have two single's out with a two part EP release expected this spring and summer time! The band even has more music underway as well. The band discusses the music that they create and where they see themselves ending up.


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

Indoorsmen sort of formed by accident. Adam (drums), Drew (vocals), and James (guitar) were in a band together in college called Release but didn’t end up recording the songs they wrote. In early 2020, Dave (bass guitar) had a few songs that he was thinking about recording and asked Adam to jam with him on them. After a couple sessions Adam suggested bringing in Drew and James to jam on the songs. After learning Dave’s stuff, the guys started bringing up the old Release songs, and Dave’s new parts helped flesh them out. And thus the band was formed. This all happened right at the start of COVID so instead of playing shows like most new bands would do, we went into the studio and started laying down tracks. Several songs had rhythm guitar parts and we didn’t have anyone to play them. Thankfully Adam knew Levi (rhythm guitar) from working with him and he’s been with us ever since. 

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

We all enjoy indoor activities (video games, napping, watching movies, etc) and felt that the indoors doesn’t get quite the same rep as the outdoors. Like you don’t brag about binging several movies in the way you’d talk up a hiking trip. So those ideas along with being forced inside due to the pandemic directed our thinking as we bounced around name ideas….we probably cycled through about 50 names. It was a running joke for the longest time.

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 out of Chicago, IL, USA. There is a pretty good DIY scene here, feels like there are an endless number of bands popping up around the city. There is also a lot of variety in those bands. You see a fair number of heavier bands (hardcore, metal, etc) but then you’ve also got a lot of indie rock bands and folks playing more mellow styles. So that variety is pretty cool to be part of.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our go to description is Alternative Post-Punk, but you could easily call it Hard Rock Pop or something like that. James has a lot of metal influences in his style and tone. Adam leans more into punk rock stylings but can play any sort of drums. Dave has more funk influences but also played in a grunge band in college. Levi has more of a blues style of guitar play, but also really enjoys heavy music. Drew has the ability to sing in a myriad of voices. So we blend these styles together and see what happens. Our only focus while writing is  creating songs that we enjoy playing and keep really open communication as we’re writing songs. We mostly avoid writing overly long songs or songs with a bunch of crazy techniques. Solid, polished, catchy songs are our wheelhouse.

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

We released our first two singles “Panic Attack” and “Be Like This” in February and are releasing our first EP “Cleaning House, Pt. 1” on March 25th! Part 2 of the EP series will be released later this summer.

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

Yes it’s kind of a problem actually haha. We’ve really hit a groove with songwriting because there aren’t shows to prep for, so it seems like we come up with at least one new song idea every practice. These ideas come from each of us, so there is always a new riff or progression to explore.

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

We are playing a livestream show to celebrate the release of our EP on March 25th at The Bunker. It will be broadcast live on YouTube starting at 8:30pm CST, and then the videos will be available for anyone to watch after that on YouTube.. Link to the livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTTM7QSX7sHygbmbGj1JWvA.

As far as future shows go, we’re hoping this summer to get to play in some venues around Chicago, even doing outdoor shows if they are available. But right now that’s all still up in the air. 

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

We are about to shoot a music video and then planning to jump back into the recording studio some point later this year to record our next batch of songs. Hopefully start playing some shows. 

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

You can find our music on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0243auNFLcRkZmvxMtij5y?si=pVfkb8UXRM6sPoIKfTjxPQ.

Or bandcamp: https://indoorsmenband.bandcamp.com/releases.

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

We’re just getting started, follow along for our upcoming releases. There is going to be a lot of variety in our songs so we’ll have something for everyone.


Hard rock band HOLDING POISON have a couple of single's and a debut EP out now! With the EP out already, the band is constantly writing but for now the EP is the main focus. That is what the band goes and chats about with us below.


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

Although we've known each other for years, Lockdown 2020 was the kickstart the project needed and the opportunity to finally work on a music project together. Matt found himself thinking of the most productive way to utilize the downtime and decided to bring some of the demos he'd been working on to life. With Jack's help, this became a reality pretty quickly with the EP taking shape within a matter of a few months. 

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

We went through so many different band name ideas, I’m not joking in saying it must have been around 60/70 and all had been used by other bands/artists. It was around 1 pm one night Matt saw a listing for Foo Fighters new album and saw Holding Poison and thought it sounded pretty good for a band name. And the rest is history.

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

We are based between London and Essex, the music scene currently isn’t a thing (due to covid) however we have some pretty good local acts and always have done really.

4. How would you describe your style?

Hard Rock with a lot of melodies, female harmony and guitar tones for days. 

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

Our debut single - "Sitting Duck" - is quite an attacking track but has great dynamics throughout. It’s also the opening track for the EP "Losing Grip" is our second single, which is also featured on our debut EP - this song is very melodic, utilizing the female harmony and has some great bass runs in too! Our debut EP will be dropping 24.03.21 (this March) which has 3 unreleased tracks on, it's definitely not one to be missed! 

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

We are constantly writing, but first and foremost is getting the EP out which features 3 unreleased tracks - By a Thread, Curbside and Tick Tock. All very unique and very different.

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

We have something in the works in regards to live situations but can’t reveal anything yet. Once gigs start happening again, we will be sure to give these songs a good run out! 

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

First and foremost, we want to write, record and play the music that we enjoy. This EP is a great starting point so we plan to keep building on from them and will just see where it takes us! 

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

All links are on our insta/Facebook - @holdingpoisonofficial - We also have a merch range too which you can find on the link in our bio as well as all our music which you can stream on all major platforms! 

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

Great question, I think every individual takes something different from music so really I think if they come back to keep listening that’s the main thing!


ICON FOR HIRE—composed of singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump—has quietly amassed a legion of followers. With hundreds of millions of streams and over a million followers across social platforms, ICON FOR HIRE is the sleeping giant of the modern rock scene, and is now ready to step into the forefront with the band’s new album AMORPHOUS, out NOW!

Virtual album release show for AMORPHOUS.  Catch the band playing songs from AMORPHOUS in addition to fan favorites from earlier releases.

April 10, 2021 at Noon PST / 2pm CST / 3pm EST

Tickets are on-sale NOW at shop.iconforhire.net.  "General Admission" tickets, VIP upgrades and merch packages are available. 


Mark your calendars, every pony! MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is back for a second season of friendship, magic and laughs with the Mane 6 starting April 10 at 11:30/10:30c on Discovery Family. The eOne produced series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app. 

Season 2 of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE continues to feature the Mane 6 galloping through Sugarcube Corner. Together, they discover mysterious objects, uncover puzzling scenarios and experience binding moments. The second season of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE challenges the Mane 6 with tough decisions that test their strength, such as Rarity having to choose between her friends or the opportunity of a lifetime she’s presented with. MY LITTLE PONY fans should look forward to endless adventures with unexpected twists and turns in every episode.

Each 11-minute bite-sized episode of season 2 of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE features stories accompanied with humor and sparks of magic. In the series premiere episodes titled “Cute Impact & The Crystal Capturing Contraption,” Twilight Sparkle makes a startling discovery but instead of telling her friends, she decides this is one problem she must solve alone. Meanwhile, in hopes of becoming Equestria’s newest pony news reporter, Fluttershy interviews the rest of the Mane 6 about the coming Cotton Candy Comet, but Pinkie Pie is too distracted to help.

MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is produced by eOne for Discovery Family. To learn more, go to www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily. For MY LITTLE PONY and PONY LIFE, visit www.mylittlepony.com or find out more on Facebook and Instagram.


Canadian Brutal Death Metal band Spirit of Rebellion released their new album "Time for Global Refusal". The release was recorded at Studio SP,  Rimouski and mixed/mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound studio in Sweden.

Check out the album here: https://spiritofrebellion.bandcamp.com/album/time-for-global-refusal-2.

Spirit of Rebellion was formed in 2001 at Rimouski, Quebec. The current formation is formed by Steeven Landry (vocals), Nicolas Auclair (guitars), Jean-François Côté (guitars), JF Côté (bass / back vocal), and Francis Marmen (drums). During 20 years of activity the band released 5 albums and 2 EP's.


Young Medicine brings their innovative blend of synthwave-metal to the stage in this electrifying live performance! Live In KC gives fans an up-close-and-personal look at the band performing some of their most popular tracks to date, including "Living Fiction," "Not Human," and "Winter Soldier."

Stream / Purchase: Live In KC (Live)

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/youngmedicineliveinkc

Order the Live In KC (Audio) and you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC, and more.

Stream / Purchase: Live In KC (Audio)

https://youngmedicine.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-kc-audio


Emo project Morning In May join the Manic Kat Records family and announced a new song, “You Up Text From Death.”

 Solo artist, Morning In May has now signed with Manic Kat Records. Jake Bartolic expresses his excitement in joining the team. “With the weird times that are going on, Manic’s team is one of the newer labels I think we're gonna see in the future. They're more centered on guidance and a "what can we do for you" attitude. They're a good team and it just made sense. They seem to believe in what I do and that's pretty rare."

 In addition to the signing, Morning In May has released a new track, “You Up Text From Death.” The track is large in sound showcasing an array of vocal arrangements and theatrics. Lyrics are confident and powerful. “I’ve wanted to release a song like this for awhile now. A lot of this industry is waiting on how others feel about your art.” Bartolic said regarding the single. “I wanted to have a song that was written in pure conceit, to yell, feel, and know that I’m the king around here. I hope the listeners can listen and feel the same way about themselves and place them in the perspective of the singer for a confidence boost."

 The signing and single is a follow-up to the release of “Orpheus In Retrospect” (feat. Craig Mabbitt,) The leading single off the band’s forthcoming EP. A conceptual EP that follows the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The song embodies cool undertones with a bold chorus and unique transitions. “Orpheus In Retrospect” showcases a swift back and forth between lead vocalist Jake Bartolic and Escape The Fate’s frontman Craig Mabbitt, who also laces the track with venomous screams throughout.

 Check out the new track HERE.

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