February 2021


Up and coming artist BETTY HARPER has a single out, with more music currently in the works, with a lot else in-store as well. Betty talks of all this and more!


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

When I was younger, I always dreamed of singing for people. I saw how music affected people around me as well as myself and knew that one day I would be capable of writing music that could help people. As I grew up, I started writing my own stuff and as time went on, the lyrics became more meaningful and more powerful. I always dreamed of getting to the stage of where I am at now and this is only the beginning. 

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

My full name is Bethany Harper, but when my brother was younger he wasn’t able to say that so he just called me Betty and it stuck! Everyone ended up calling me this and it became my new name! I speak on behalf of all Betty’s around the world when I say it’s the coolest name in the world!

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 grew up in North Wales. We moved to England for a few years then moved back to our hometown. I know that there are many bands in and around where I live but you don’t often see them. A guy I was interviewed by once plays a lot of unsigned artists, but I’m awful with names so I couldn’t tell you who was who! 

4. How would you describe your style?

I would describe my music mostly as Ballad-like. It’s all sort of slow and serious, meaningful etc. I have been slated for it by my younger brother Isaac, he says “bro, do you ever write anything happy?”. Rude! 

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

So far, the only song that has been released is ‘Blood is Thicker Than Alcohol” which pays tribute to someone very close to me who went through an abusive relationship with an alcoholic. With this song, you can expect a possible tear or two, it’s very emotional and hard hitting so if you’re having one of those nights, proceed with caution! There are 3 more songs to be released this year so keep and eye and an ear out! 

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

As well as 3 more songs being released this year, I have been working on some new stuff in the mean time. Working progress! 

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

As of yet, we have no plans for shows or tours. Once we have more songs and fans, preferably enough to fill a venue haha, we will start thinking of shows but for now? Not yet. 

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

My plan for the future comes in different parts really. First off, my main goal is to help people through my music. Second of all, if and when I do start making a few pennies I want to use that money to give, like I always wanted to buy my family really nice things and eventually one way or another, I’ll be able to! I think getting to the stage of touring would be another dream come true. Who would say no to that! 

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

You can listen to my music on any major streaming platform! Like YouTube, Spotify, iTunes etc.  the Betty Harper Facebook page we are selling merchandise too. 

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

What I would like a listener to remember when listening to my music is that it’s there to help them if help is what they need, don’t ever give up, love yourself and if you’re going through hell keep going because you’ll make it out the other side. A quote that helped me through some of the toughest times.


Entertainment One (eOne), Hasbro’s entertainment studio (NASDAQ: HAS), announced  the highly anticipated all-new computer animated feature film based on the MY LITTLE PONY franchise will premiere on Netflix later this Fall. Fans can also look forward to the release of a new MY LITTLE PONY G5 series.

After a decade of heart-warming friendships, daring adventures, and endless laughs, the beloved pony world of Equestria is expanding to introduce a new generation of ponies to a new generation of fans. With even more humor, heart, and adventure, audiences will be swept away to a contemporary and immersive pony universe brought to life like we’ve never seen it before.

Animated by Hasbro’s Boulder Studio in Dublin, the new feature film is the first time the ponies will be seen in theatrical-quality CG animation. The movie is directed by Rob Cullen and Jose Ucha with Mark Fattibene as co-director.  Cecil Kramer and Peter Lewis are producers. 


In the new movie, the pony world of Equestria has lost its magic. (GASP!) Friendship and Harmony have been replaced by paranoia and mistrust, and Ponies now live separated by species. Sunny – a feisty and idealistic young Earth Pony – is convinced there’s still hope for this divided world… but her slightly misguided and often hilarious efforts to change hearts and minds have led to her being branded a misfit. When Sunny befriends a lost Unicorn named Izzy, who wanders innocently into the Earth Pony town of Maretime Bay, the town has had enough.  Izzy and Sunny must embark on an epic adventure that will include a daring jewel heist, outrageous conspiracy theories, elaborate musical numbers, and the world’s cutest flying Pomeranian. Their adventures will take them to faraway lands and force them to challenge the status quo by facing their fears and making new friends out of old enemies.  The world Sunny has dreamed of her entire life could finally become a reality as Sunny and her newfound friends fight to prove that even LITTLE ponies can make a BIG difference.


The adventures of Sunny Starscout and her friends will continue with an all-new, computer-animated series coming to Netflix.

The MY LITTLE PONY entertainment releases will be accompanied with toys informed by the updated animation style in addition to a robust portfolio of licensed products across fashion, home, publishing and lifestyle categories.


Produced by Morbid Vision Italy, this opus, freely inspired by the Candomblé ritual of reading the Buzios, was shot in a loft in Turin and along the Dora Baltea river banks in North Italy.

Credits: filmed and edited by Marçelo Santos. Photography: Marçelo Santos. Camera assistant: Albo Giolito. Editing assistant: Cadaveria herself. Main character: Monica Tomaino. Make up: Jacob Angel. 

'Divination' single was released on February 10th, 2021 in all digital platforms and can be streamed and downloaded HERE.

It is part of a series of singles that CADAVERIA has been releasing regularly since October 2020.


Belarus Symphonic Metal discovery BELLE MORTE have signed a deal for the release of their debut album "Crime of Passion" with Wormholedeath.

Band statement: "We are extremely proud to share that we have signed with WormHoleDeath label, and our first full length album “Crime of Passion” will be released soon. This is a big step for us, as we’ve spent over 2 years crafting it track by track. Compared with our debut EP, “Crime of Passion” has a way darker sound and vibes and more complicated arrangements with multiple influences. We believe we’ve advanced musically, and signing with WormHoleDeath will help us reach more people. We are thrilled to become a part of the family and can’t wait to see how it goes!"

Album recorded at IVORY records, produced, mixed & mastered by Sergey Butovsky.



TRACKLISTING:

1. Overture

2. Who are you

3. If only you knew

4. To get her

5. Beauty and the beast

6. My little demon

7. Broken things

8. Beauty meant to kill

9. Lace

10. My legacy

11. To get her (Acoustic)


Hard Rock, Graphic Novel Art Project SEPTEMBER MOURNING storms into 2021 with a visually stunning music video for their newest single, "Kill This Love." Originally premiered on Metal Injection the video was created by Rich Juzwick and is the follow up to "Wake The Dead" in preparation for the band's upcoming full length release, Volume IV; "Kill This Love" is their second single partnered with Legend Recordings & INgrooves.

"’Kill this Love’ is the musical adaptation of a specific feeling.... the heaviness one feels in their heart when it becomes the obvious prey of someone or something they cannot escape from.

The music alternates back and forth from heavy to sparse in an almost agitated way as to depict the emotional rollercoaster of the lyric.

As pertaining to the comic, ‘Kill this Love’ depicts the inner struggle of the protagonist September as she looks back on her battle with Fate and the strange pull he seems to have over her. She struggles internally with her desire to fight for what she loves and the pain it brings her.” - SEPTEMBER

Check out the track right HERE.


Russian Rock'N'Roll band Witch's'kill released their new single "Hunter and a Witch". The single was recorded, mixed and mastered at Simple Sound Studios in Voronezh by Michail Osipov.

https://witchskill.bandcamp.com/track/hunter-and-a-witch

Witch's'kill was formed in 2012 at Voronezh, Russia. Since that time the line-up has changed a few times and now the band members are Inessa Stolyarova (vocals/keyboards), Ivan Stolyarov (guitar/backing vocals), Eugene Anisimov (bass) and Vadim Sitnikov (drums).


Bloody News Metal Webzine and GlobMetal Promotions are proudly presenting the second edition of their Bloody News Online Fest - Spring Madness.

After spending so much time in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic over the world we decided that the best way to handle the situation is to bring back the Metal shows and there is no better way in this time to do it, then making a big online streaming Metal Fest. This festival will be happening on 26 March 2021 and will be available for FREE streaming on Bloody News Website (www.bloodynews.ro), with the support from Atrius Concert Agency, Cultartes, Patriot Label and VARG Media.

https://www.facebook.com/events/760054691299835

The festival will give their listeners over 5 hours of music and 11 bands from all over the world.

Festival lineup is:


Running Bot 🇷🇺 // Synth Metal // Russia 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYEYDdXznt0


Arhat 🇺🇦 // Groove Metal // Ukraine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzUBhrWS9-0


Termination Central 🇺🇦 // Death Metal // Ukraine 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5t1oINoB8


ANGER DOSE 🇷🇴  // Hardcore Punk // Romania

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXd-qW9ipjI


Steel Velvet 🇵🇱 // Hard Rock // Poland 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV4SjvL7Wd0


The Boy Who Cried Wolf 🇷🇴 // Hardcore // Romania 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv46FZQlCZk


Avoid Humanity 🇷🇴  // Death Metal // Romania

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y9x_8XownM

 

Gwendydd 🇧🇬 // Melodic Death Metal // Bulgaria 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng22HFOPKwo


Horror Dance Squad 🇪🇪 // Metalcore // Estonia 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whnaCNP3f_c


Devine Defilement 🇮🇸 //Death Metal / Deathcore // Iceland 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_kgwr0LM9U


Headliners: Beyond Frequencies 🇨🇭// Alternative Metal // Switzerland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgVKbdBSnH4


Rockers HOUSE OF WOLVES have a handful of single's out and about, and have another all new song ready to be released. This band just wants to continue to write and record music that will lead to an EP release and hopefully some shows as well. See what else the band had to say about themselves and their music below.


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

The band is made up of Henry who writes the songs, sings, and plays guitar, Tom on drums and percussion and Jake on bass. Jake met Henry through a friend at work when his old band split up and he was looking for a new one. We played with a few drummers before calling Tom who Henry had met on a night out and luckily kept his number. We started playing together in June 2020 and instantly hit it off.

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

We practice at Jakes grandad’s house and he breeds German Shepherds, so we were originally going to be called House of Dogs, but we thought House of Wolves had a better ring to it.

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

We are based in Preston; Lancashire and the music scene is decent when everything is open there are some good venues around like The Ferret and The Continental. In terms of bands, we have worked with Tom Hale the guitarist from a local band called The Empire Police who are definitely worth checking out. He recorded mixed and mastered our tracks at future sounds studios and is very good at what he does. We also played a beer festival where the Jonny Oates Band were playing, who are also really good.

4. How would you describe your style

We have a variety of influences which can be seen in our songs. Henrys influences include Jimi Hendrix, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Black Keys and Phoenix. Toms include Royal Blood, Lower than Atlantis, Biffy Clyro and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Jakes’ are Tame Impala, Gorillaz and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In terms of our tracks, we have more heavy rock upbeat tracks like Flames and more relaxed melodic tracks such as Pass Me By. We would probably fall under the alternative rock or rock category. 

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

We have released 3 singles so far Flames, Pass Me By and Bones, all of which have had radio play on either BBC Lancashire Introducing or XS Manchester. People can expect a big sound from our songs with a powerful mix of instrumentals and vocals.

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

Yeah, we have another song ready to be released, although we have no plans to release it yet. We also have many other originals that we have yet to record and have been held back massively by the lockdowns. We haven’t been able to practice since last year because of it, although when we are able to, we have lots of ideas to be working on.

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

No big plans yet due to lockdown there is not anywhere open although we are trying to sort out stuff for when its over there is nothing concrete. We are looking forward to being able to play live again though eventually.

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

Hopefully start doing live shows again soon and now we have a few singles out our next step is to record an EP.

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kPuBiOgxfrZZ8bKxCG5fd 

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/house-of-wolves/434682837?fbclid=IwAR0y-_RFAOC09El2H8Vc3MTDmooAlipGdcpX92dvuL0BusxZHc-hnMiHzyE 

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-365103629 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZin9V3eRlhhyOfleVyffPw 

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

Whatever they want to take from it. There is something for everyone in our music so I hope they can enjoy it if they give it the chance and listen through what we have to offer.


Mixer-uppers HEEDLESS ELEGANCE have their debut EP out, along with a debut album and their second album to date titled "Libra". The band just wants to focus upon this new release for now, with plans to hope on playing shows real soon.


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

The idea of creating a band came to our minds around 2015 I think, we were in a rock/metal festival in Hungary. Zsolt and I were totally sober and we said to ourselves “lets try it one more time, but this time do it for real“. We had projects where we were playing together with Zsolt, but something was missing from them, so we decided to follow a path where we’ll be very conscious about what we are going to do. Of course we were continuously bumped into problems and mistakes, but in a different level. Since the official start of the band which was in 2018, we had quite a few band members on each instruments, cause there was always something that came up to the surface. Those things were in a scale from ‘problems with the attitude’ to ‘the person literally went insane’! But eventually in 2020 the final line up of the band was found and now I can proudly say that I’m in a band with amazing musicians and friends: Zsolt Forgó, Mátyás Erős, Dani Varga and Albert Csobán. Since than we got into the top 25 "Best Emerging Bands of Hungary" as the only metal music group by winning a showcase talent show in Herend and a major governmental showcase competition.

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

The name was created almost in the same moment as the band itself. In that time when someone asked us how we are going to do something we jokingly always answered: in Hungarian language “hanyag eleganciával” which means “with heedless elegance”, so the name was giving itself. The main concept of the band, the duality, comes from the duality of the name.

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

We are based in Budapest Hungary, most of us lives in the capital or in the suburban. Hungary is a small country so the subcultures are small as well. To be honest, it is very hard to prevail as a metal musician in the world, especially in our country. In Hungary there is no proper “industry” and the gap between the the underground and mainstream couldn’t be bigger, but there is no middle class. For example a successful metal band in Hungary who plays on big stages in festivals, and have thousands of followers can not be a part of the mainstream, but can not be called underground as well, so what are they? I’ll tell you what, they are mostly amazing musicians who work two jobs as bartenders or delivery guys or an electrician to pay rent and food and stuff, and in occasion, they are playing in front of 5-10 thousand people, but the radios are not playing them, because it’s not acceptable in their visions for the average people. But there are a lot of no name artists with shitty music with nothing to tell, and making a lot of money out of the radio cause that is “acceptable” for the audience. I think we can see the irony. But of course there is a few metal bands in the mainstream who can make good money, but you can ask yourself by right, how they got there under these circumstances? It would be great to develop an industry which pay equal attention to all genres, and pull them up if they are worthy, so the musicians only job would be to pay attention on making real, honest professional songs. If you are looking for bands from Hungary, you definitely need to check out these bands: LAZARVS, Stubborn, As Karma Brings, Meristem and to mention a non metal band, my dear friends ANTARES. Everyone in these bands are wonderful people, and amazing musicians, love them all!

4. How would you describe your style?

It is a good question, because I always wanted to make music which is not labelled with a specific style. I always wanted the name of the band to be the description of the style, like when someone say “sounds like Rammstein or Slipknot” and not say it is so industrial metal, or it’s so nu-metal, cause the band is more than just the genre. If I need to describe, I think our music is somewhere between the classic metalcore and the modern deathcore with elements of nu-metal, but there were many other genres like classical music or grindcore which inspired us to make that music what we are playing today.

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

In 2018 we released our debut EP called “Into Nothing” with 3 songs on it and started playing concerts around Budapest with a previous line up in the band. In 2019 our first LP called “Wanderer” was released which has won the best metal album of the year awarded by online magazine Metal.hu, and we started to participate in talent shows around Hungary. These songs are representing a previous chapter in our path, these tracks were our start and I’m really proud of them, but we needed to grow, we needed change. In 2021 January 31 we released our second LP called “LIBRA” with new additions to the line-up, and we begun a new chapter in our path. Here are we now. As far as we are able to look back from now to the past two years we truly think that it has become a colourful, yet coherent album overall.

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

I think for the next year we are not planning to release new music, but soon probably we will start experimenting with new stuffs, I don’t know yet.

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

Unfortunately the situation around the world is having an effect on us as well. Last year we only had 2 concerts, one in January and one in September, we had to cancel many shows including festival performances and gigs around Hungary and abroad as well. There was a regulation in Hungary that said there can be concerts with the maximum individuals of 500, but a few months later they changed it that there can’t be any concerts at all. This regulation is still running so we are praying that the situation around the world will change soon, and we can start to get back to playing shows, we really miss it!

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

With our new album “LIBRA” we hope that we will find new opportunities to show ourselves to the world, I really believe it will happen. Our plans are to play as many concerts in as many places to as many people as possible in the next years, and we will continuously work on to make our shows bigger, smellier, more colourful and more professional. We hope that the belief what we have in our music, and the attitude we trying to follow will takes us to where we want to be.

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

You can find us mostly in every social media platforms on the internet. Our main platforms are Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and the Spotify, but you can also find us on Bandcamp as well.

Here are the links for them:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heedless.elegance

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heedlesselegance

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7yNr78pUKCO7heCTAoSlF8?si=koEjmcmbT-6WCNmLhLqFIQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJc7CBQEV75-AIWdQl4UuJw

Bandcamp: https://heedlesseleganceofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

If you would like to order merchandise or the albums, you can do it here in the web shop of metal.hu

https://metal.hu/zenekarok/heedless-elegance/

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

To be honest, I hope that if someone is listening to our music, especially the new album “LIBRA” they will feel something different when they are hearing it, something that makes them say this is not just another metalcore-deathcore something, and they want to listen it again and again, and find new moments in it every time they hearing it, and maybe in the future the name will grow on the style and someone will say instead of “This is so metalcore”, but “This is so Heedless”. Thanks: Samuel Konter


Indie up and comer's APHELIA have a few single's along with an EP out. An all new track is expected this spring with more tunes to follow. The band chats it up about their music and what they have planned up next.


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

We all met at University in Hull. The first tracks were written as part of an EP for uni work but after enjoying working together on those tracks, we decided to head out and start doing some gigs around the city. We started out as a 4 piece however the line-up has changed over the years until we reached our current 5-piece line up, with, Sam Ayres on vocals and rhythm guitar, Josh Wilkinson on lead guitar, Jamie Nowell on bass, Ashley Cantwell on synths and Phil Jerromes on drums

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

We originally went under a different name but to changes in the line-up we thought that a change in name would better reflect the new line up. The current name Aphelia was almost just a made-up word that we liked. Turns out it’s a type of moth, a flower, a phase of the moon and it’s a literacy term for a sentence with no entertainment value. As much as I enjoy the fact that it’s a band named after having a term for lacking entertainment it was a happy accident. I think if anything we just wanted a word that sounded nice. 

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 mainly based out of Hull, though the band members have spread out over the last year due to jobs and changes due to different lockdowns. The music scene in Hull is great and I’ve seen some amazing bands come through and it’s been great watching bands start to move out of Hull over the last few years. Because it’s quite a small scene it’s also very supportive and friendly group of people who are all doing amazing work in helping the scene progress putting on bigger and better events to support the bands. Some of favorite bands from Hull are The Hubbards, Mauritia and Low Hummer.

4. How would you describe your style?

We’d probably describe it as an eclectic mix of the 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals. Definitely an indie vibe to everything but we tend to just write what we enjoy which means that we cover a pretty broad-spectrum genre wise. Because we all come from different back grounds and have different tastes we often find our tracks drawings inspiration from lots of places. 

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

We’ve released a few singles and an EP called “It All Started With. A Girl”. Our most recent track was called “Kiss Me (IMC)” our tracks tend to be up-beat tracks that make you want to get up and dance. 

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

We have a new track coming out in March that is a bit more down beat then we usually release it’s a track we’ve had around for a long time but we think it reflects the way we’ve all been feeling over the past year. It definitely draws a lot of inspiration from Bon Iver and James Blake with its use of effects and atmosphere. We’ve also been working hard on some new tracks to release this year which are all going back to a more feel-good vibe, trying to recapture that summer feeling. We’ve also drawn on the music we’ve been listening to over lockdown which has been Larkins, Marsicans and The Hunna. 

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

We’re just waiting and seeing what happens at the moment. The rules change so quickly that we’re trying not to plan too far ahead. But we’re going to be ready and come out swinging when gigs start again. It’s likely that if we’re not able to do live gigs when we release the next few singles, we’ll do something live on Instagram of Facebook. 

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

Hopefully we’ll be able to get into the studio soon and record our new singles, we plan on releasing a few new tracks over the next year. Once gigs start again, we’ll be making the most of it and playing everywhere we can as we’ve all missed playing a lot. We’re also planning on rearranging the EP launch we had to cancel last year, it’ll be a little be late for the EP but it’ll still be an amazing night. 

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

All out tracks can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and most major streaming services. We don’t currently have merch for sale but we’re looking to get some sorted over the next few months so keep an eye on our socials for those. 

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

I think mainly we just want people to remember to enjoy the music. Music can be such a great way of escaping especially during the current hard times, so just enjoy the music have a dance and remember that there is another side to all this.


Indie rockers THE MISSING FRETS have not one but three albums to date. Current demo work is in the works with new music to follow. With music underway and other projects also in the works, the band goes into great talks about all this vivid activity and more.


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

The concept of the band was inspired by songwriter, guitarist Shaun Lovell and materialized in 2013 with bassist Bindu Lovell. The energetic drummer Johnny Martin joined the band in 2016 after the duo relocated from South Africa making the East coast their home base. We are a collective of diverse backgrounds. 

Shaun a former percussionist who whilst living in California during the early millennium had the fortune of performing with and learning from some of the best in the business. Thereafter he returned to his home town where he began playing with well known Durban artists and later transformed his skills into a Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter.  In early 2012 Shaun found a new love in production and released his self produced, solo debut EP in 2013 called The Red Lemon Project. Shortly after the release of that EP the band The Missing Frets formed and began creating a new sound and entity in the music scene. The first members consisted of Shaun, Bindu and Roehann Sutherland. 

Bindu, a former modern dance professional, adapted her sense of movement to sculpt the groove which formed the backbone of ‘The Missing Frets’. Roehann Sutherland joined the band on drums with his offbeat funky flair in early 2015 and the trio played locally around Durban, South Africa where they recorded and released their ‘Out of Africa’ EP. In September of 2016 Shaun and Bindu relocated to Philadelphia where they teamed up with local drummer Johnny Martin formally from Bastard Child, Generation X and Split Decision, who brought his solid, energetic and orchestrated style into the mix.

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

We were sitting in our living room in South Africa early on after Bindu joined, throwing names around and well The Missing Frets came up and it kind of 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?

For the past four years we were based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the music scene is quite diverse, from metal to folk, punk to jazz and everything in between.  From our experience being an original band there is a huge network of venues that are dedicated to the original live music scene.  Unfortunately some of those iconic venues had to shut down over the past year but hopefully they will reopen in the future. We are now based in Maryland and haven't quite tapped into the scene as of yet due to the pandemic. There are so many local bands that we dig in Philly and surrounding areas, The 1940’s, Black Cat Habitat, Presidential Top Knot, Andora, Brandi and The Bottom Shelf just to name a few. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is an Indie Roots Rock with chugging rhythms, chunky guitar riffs, that are evoked by South Africina roots. The sound is crafted together by metaphoric and thought provoking lyrics infusing an Alt, Indie, Blues, Africian Rockabilly sound.  

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

We have released three albums to date. Two were self produced mainly in our living rooms, Out of Africa and Bodhi Tree. The latest album Pipe Dreams was our first debut studio album recorded and co produced with Cardinal Recordings. You can expect a vibrant and energetic live sound. 

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

We are in the middle of laying down a few demos for a couple of new songs that are due out this Spring. Getting ready to track drums in a few weeks.  We will be releasing singles every couple months rather than an album. To get in on it as it unfolds you can sign up for our email blast and we will keep you in the loop. 

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

Currently, we don’t  have a tour set hopefully in the future when the world opens up again.  In the meantime,  The Fret Duo is active streaming live shows. You can catch us on a couple of apps sharing our tunes, like Twitch, Limelight Music; which is a dedicated music platform, and YouTube. 

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

There are a lot of exciting new projects in the works that we are diving into currently. We are looking forward to getting back on stage in the future as a full band. Right now we are diving into writing and creating. Sharing the songs where we can. You can keep an eye out for new tunes throughout the year and music videos!

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

We can be found on all music streaming platforms, most notably Spotify. You can catch us performing live on streaming platforms, Limelight, YouTube and Twitch. You can go to our website or email us directly for merch themissingfrets@gmail.com

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

Everyone takes something different when they hear the music. But I guess when listening for the first time and the first experience is usually the most memorable. Would like them to remember the energetic vibe with the lyrics weaving in and out of the guitar riffs like surfing a wave.


Hard rock band STONEBROTHER mixes things up by not only having hard rock but punk and metal as well. They have two EP's under their belts with more music always being made and coming soon. The whole band discusses these details about their music and what the future holds.


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

Zach: Ethan and I are brothers, and we’ve been playing together since we were old enough to play. We’ve played with a few other people under different names, all of which were fairly short-lived. Leo was introduced to us by his junior high school music teacher, who is a friend of our family. We liked playing faster rock stuff, and we needed someone who could keep us. The first song we did was ‘Hot for Teacher’ by Van Halen, and Leo had no problem holding it down. It was pretty clear that we had something good. 

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

Zach: I’m not sure honestly. We had been looking for a name for quite a while, and every time we found something we liked, we found out it had been taken. I was driving home one night and it just kind of came into my head. The next time we got together I told the boys, and they liked it, so we went with it. 

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

Ethan: Zach and I grew up on the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, and that’s where we practice most of the time. There isn’t much of a music scene out here, but there is the Trunk 7 Music Festival. We’ve played it every year since 2015, save the past two years due to COVID. Some other notable local bands who have played the festival are Andre Pettipas and the Giants, Foggy Road, and The Royal Volts.

4. How would you describe your style?

Leo: We’re a hard hitting, adrenaline fueled rock band. Along the lines of Guns n’ Roses or Van Halen. We like to play fast rock, but we are pretty diverse. We’ve written heavy electric songs, but we’ve also written soft acoustic songs. Zach’s even in jazz school!  

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

Leo: So far we have released two EPs, the first being completely home-made and the second, Every Second Counts EP, was done professionally at The New Scotland Yard in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. We’re always working on new material, and we’ll be recording it as soon as possible. 

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

Ethan: The short answer is “always.” Whether we’re writing down lyrics or plucking new riffs on our own, showing the other guys a cool chord progression or putting finishing touches on something, all three of us are always working on new stuff, but when we come together to really hammer it out it really comes together. As of writing this, we have two songs mostly finished with about three more in the works that we can’t wait to share with the world.

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

Zach: With COVID-19 still around it’s been hard to get any gigs, but we’re doing what we can. Over the summer we were out busking a few times to raise money for the EP, and we did Facebook live streams pretty regularly. That kind of slowed down as it got colder and we had to go back to school, but we hope to get back out and get some actual live gigs soon. 

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

Ethan: All kinds. Presently, we’re saving our pennies to hit the studio again as soon as possible and hopefully record a full album. Before COVID hit, we were actually in the process of planning a tour of some universities, and we’re hoping that after it’s over we can get that plan up and running again.

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

Leo: You can hear us on Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and any other major streaming services. We’re working on getting some sort of online store set up so stay tuned. 

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

Ethan: When listening to us for the first time, I would say keep the volume up, the heads banging, and the fists pumping to really start to feel the rock n roll through your whole body.


Modernized rockers NVISION have a debut along with a sopomore release with a follow-up titled "The End". This band just wants to keep making music, get out and play some shows and just get themselves noticed. The band says all of this and much more below.


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

NVision actually started as the lead singer, Alex, as a solo artist. Alex did a mixture of Rap, EDM, Rock, and several sub genres. As an ode to this history in the band, our first EP, Reflections of a Broken Soul, is still up on Spotify from this material. In the early spring of 2020, Nathaniel joined on drums to initially help Alex begin to start leaning towards a more rock oriented sound. Then, we went to a new producer, Zack Keel ( www.theflwrshp.com ) and we wrote our first single of 2020, She Said. With this new sound and style, it became very evident that Alex needed to step down from "being" NVision to being a part of something bigger -- and the band was formed. 

Kevin joined the band a few days before our video shoot for the song and had to quickly learn it enough to play the video -- looking back its actually kind of comical. We continued to write new material and got asked to play a show 3 states away in Oklahoma at the end of May. We took it on and the band was solidified. When we released our second single, Show Stopper, we started making a lot of progress and reaching out to expand our brand. At the end of July, we signed on with Blind Anxiety Entertainment for our booking and kept writing new material to take with us in 2021. 

Phil finally joined on with us on bass in October, completing our line up and solidifying our position as. a growing rock band in South Mississippi.

We started 2021 strong with a weekend tour in Tampa, FL, a number 2 spot on our local podcast, The Sound, and an exciting new release set for March 12, 2021.

There is always something new going on in the NVision world -- and plenty to watch out for!

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

NVision was a play on words devised by Alex and former manager, Lex Muery. At the time, Alex couldn't see much music manifesting in front of him, but he could see the "Vision" of what's to come. And so NVision was born.

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 come from the hometown of Three Doors Down, Biloxi, MS. The music scene took a hit for a few years around here, but with the help of The Sound and a few outstanding performers, it is making a comeback. We are starting to get more venues trying to open up and the competitive market is driving the quality up to a fine point. Another great group of guys that we try to work with when we can, is Silent Trust. We have been nose to nose with them on The Sound's "Dirty Thirty" for the past month.

4. How would you describe your style?

Modern Rock that's having a tinder fling with Hip-Hop. EDM comes over to visit on the holidays.

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

Reflections of a Broken Soul is our debut release. Finally Alive, our sophomore release, expresses a much more defined and mature sound with ear-catching melodies and strong, poetic lyricism. Each song encapsulates the listener and creates a 3 minute experience that leaves them satisfied, yet longing for more.

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

March 12th we begin the next chapter of NVision with our release of The End. And may I say that it is different from anything we've released so far in a very good way.

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

For sure! We have about 10 shows planned out right now, all of which can be found on our website at www.nvision228.com/on-tour or by following us on Bandsintown.

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

We want to keep making music for the broken, for those who don't have a strong enough voice, for those who are misunderstood and for those who are hopeless for as long as we can. Ultimately, when things open up more, we want to be on festival stages -- but for the time being, we're so grateful and happy for every stage we get to play.

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

www.nvision228.com is the one stop shop for all things NVision! Our title page has a link to our YouTube, Spotify, Instagram, Facebook, and our merch store is there as well!

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

We care about you. If you relate to the lyrics, we've been there and sometimes we still are there. We hope we can make a positive impact on every person that listens to our songs. Thanks so much! Very much enjoyed the interview!


Melodic old school hard rockin metalheads EVEREAL have some demo's and an EP and singles too! But not only do they have content out but have all new music in the works already. This band just wants to continue releasing music, writing music as well as videos! Just see what else the band had to express with their talk found below.


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

Evereal was formed out of another opportunity. Steve was preparing a release of his other band and was looking for members when he stumbled across David Bevis, who knew Stephanie(singer from first album) and the three started writing. Steve had previously worked with Gord in other projects so asked him to join in. They auditioned and worked with a couple drummers when Rob came recommended, Rob was offered the gig and he was in.

Fast forward 2 years and Dave, Stephanie and Rob had other commitments and left the band. Nelson had originally auditioned the same time as Rob but had to drop out due to other commitments, when he saw the drummer ad he again contacted us and joined. Alicja was the singer in another project Steve had going….so when Stephanie left she was eagerly offered the gig.

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

As that project evolved it needed a name.... while discussing band names using the words "Forever" and "Surreal" in some context it just clicked to put them together... Ever Real… Evereal A quick google search showed the name didn't exist so it was chosen.

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

Evereal is based out of Vancouver Canada. The music scene in Vancouver has been declining for several years seeing many long time live venues close. Most original live local music has moved to a more underground scene of smaller older venues offering live music. With the Pandemic we are seeing more and more venues close. We can only hope that we will see a resurgence of live music when the world gets back to a new normal.

4. How would you describe your style? 

Our style is a mixture of Melodic Metal, old school metal, Hard Rock, symphonic elements and some electronica mixed in with a touch of prog. We have also been told there are some atmospheric elements in some areas. As a band we are open to writing what we feel without being too concerned about “Genre” or adhering to a specific style. We hope to continue to evolve our sound and write melodic music with catchy vocal and guitar riffs.

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

Our first release was more geared towards the “Symphonic Metal” and Gothic sound. Our Demos caught the attention of Rush Artist Hugh Syme who signed on as the bands Artistic director designing all the bands artwork and the ER logo. We were offered several distribution deals and signed on with 7hard records Germany. Our newest release was a 4 song EP that has seen significant more success with the release of 2 singles “I Bleed” and “When you’re Gone” racking up over 500,000 streams worldwide.

You can expect something different with each new release. While we strive to keep with the big guitar sound we are focusing more on expanding with different keyboard sounds and vocal layers while staying true to the metal sound we have been recognized for. 

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

We’re glad you asked...Yes, we currently have a number of songs in the works that should be ready for release in the upcoming months. Including an interesting cover tune that we think you will all enjoy. Stay tuned and check our sites regularly for updates.

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

Pre- covid we had shows lined up (that were cancelled) and were looking towards heading to Europe but sadly everything has been put on hold for now. We have an upcoming on demand live show dropping in March 2021. Be sure to visit our sites and subscribe to get upcoming announcements. 

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

We plan to keep writing music and releasing videos for the fans. Of course we need to hear from you the fans to make this possible.  

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

We are available on all major platforms, Spotify, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Bandcamp, Instagram and www.everal.org. We suggest Bandcamp to buy our music and spreadshirt to buy our merch. 

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

Our music is independently self written, produced and recorded so what your hearing is our own personal hard work and commitment. We hope you connect with both the vocal performance and music looking for the deeper meaning within the songs. The individual members' influences are all reflected within the music at various times which gives us our own sound and touches on different genres and artists impact on our individual styles.


An Homage to Three Decades of Explosive Metal: 

Napalm Records to Release BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT’s EP, Paint The Sky With Blood, on April 23, 2021

Pre-Order Your Copy HERE.

"Like ourselves, Alexi was beyond stoked about these songs and anxious to get these out so we are happy that we can fulfill his wish. Needless to say that we are  honored and proud to be a part of his very last creative work and unleash it the way he wanted it to. It’s time to let the beast out of the cage one more time as a celebration of Alexi’s music, legacy and the man himself."

- BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT 

In 2020, the news was flooded: Led by the extremely talented Alexi Laiho, newly formed supergroup BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT was about to become the striking successor to legendary metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM. Their sonic plans were massive – including an EP release in the spring followed by a full-length album later in the year. 

The EP, Paint The Sky With Blood (out April 23 via Napalm Records), was recorded in Finland back in 2020 and was meant to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Sadly, that chapter ended far too soon, 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 – matchless late guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho – and at the same time, a modern homage to the genre itself.  

A storm of raging guitars and blaring drums merge with Alexi Laiho’s versatile vocal power, leading into a heavy attack – title track “Paint The Sky With Blood” – opening the 14 minute EP of the same name. The track is strikingly reminiscent of early-CHILDREN OF BODOM elements, while also adding exciting modern influences into the fold. Second stunner “Payback’s A Bitch” and its massive riffing are on a quest for retribution, delivering a hard-hitting, second to none offense. The interplay of Alexi Laiho, guitarist Daniel Freyberg, drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz) and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto is not only a testament to the band's extraordinary musical ability, but also showcases their skill in deftly incorporating a variety of genre influences. 

Closing cover track “Where Dead Angels Lie” is an absolute triumph – originally performed by Swedish extreme metal formation Dissection, the track shines as a timeless classic with a new edge. Eerie riffs and vocals alternating between menacing murmurs and characteristic guttural, distorted vocals stay faithful to the original while branding this version with an undeniable BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT punch.  

TRACKLISTING:

1. Paint The Sky With Blood

2. Payback’s A Bitch

3. Where Dead Angels Lie (Dissection Cover)

Paint The Sky With Blood will be available in the following formats:

- 10" Spined Sleeve Oxblood

- 10" Spined Sleeve Inkspot Ox/Black

- 10" Spined Sleeve Black

- Deluxe Box

- 1 Digipak Mini CD

- Digital Album


FALLING IN REVERSE have shared the video for the reimagined version of the classic fan-favorite "I'm Not A Vampire."

Watch the video for "I'm Not A Vampire (Revamped)" HERE.

The epic visual is dramatic and cinematic, and feels very Tim Burton-esque. Meanwhile, the new version of song is equally as epic and sprawling.

"'I'm Not a Vampire (Revamped)' was over 10 years in the making," says Ronnie Radke. "I wrote the original song, while sitting inside a maximum security prison, about drug addiction. I always believed songs such as this one had more to offer than its original form, so I wanted to give fans a new perspective and redefine who I am when it comes to expressing myself and being creative."

The original appears on the band's 2011-released album The Drug in Me Is You, which achieved a Gold certification last year. 

Falling In Reverse are also pleased to announce "Live From the Unknown," an immersive livestream experience. It will feature two totally unique concerts with different set lists taking place over a pair of Friday nights in April.

"'Live From the Unknown' is a two-part event I have created that has never been done," Radke explains. "It's two shows on separate nights with added elements that you just have to see to understand. Me trying to explain it now would ruin the live experience and also wouldn't do it justice. Make sure you grab your tickets cause it probably will never happen like this again!"

The dates for the "Live From the Unknown" are as follows:

Friday, April 16 — Part 1 — 6pm PT/9pm ET

Friday, April 30 — Part 2 — 6pm PT/9pm ET

Watch the "Live From the Unknown" trailer HERE and then purchase your tickets HERE.


Canada based Hard Rock / Metal band 2 SHADOWS has released a New Single, "Screamworks", Produced by singer/songwriter/The Veer Union Frontman, CRISPIN EARL, accompanied by an Epic New Official Video, via Rock Shop Records.

“'Screamworks' is a song about people who make you want to SCREAM. People who would rather manipulate you to serve their own end even when you have a common goal in mind. The song is an expression of the frustration found in dealing with someone who has their head shoved so far up their own….you know. In a lot of ways its hugely cathartic for us and allows us to finally talk about past experiences bottled up for far too long.” - Glen Bridden – (lead Singer) 2 Shadows

Check out that new single and video right HERE.


Following the release of their poignant tribute cover of David Bowie’s classic ‘Five Years,’ Duran Duran share their official music video in continued celebration of the late and legendary icon.

Directed by regular collaborator Gavin Elder, and using state of the art technology and VFX, Elder oversaw the filming of each band member remotely in both London and Los Angeles and incorporated the work of experimental artist Teek Mach – known for capturing the human touch in virtual and digital spaces, using Titlbrush and Unity – collectively creating a truly unique and modern music video, fit for these times, bringing each band member together in one space, virtually.

"Shooting in lockdown was challenging as we had to film the band members one at a time, but this gave each of them the opportunity to deliver a unique and intimate performance,” explains Gavin Elder. Virtual Production Producer Scot Barbour continues: “Not only did we get to work with the megastars in Duran Duran, but also with some unique technical processes. Producing this video was a collaborative effort that certainly stretched across the Pond. The production team shot three of the band members, the two backing singers and the string section separately in London, under Elder’s direction, and then completed the filming with Kerry Brown’s Rolling Live Studios team in Los Angeles, for guest pianist Mike Garson, and Duran bassist John Taylor. I then conformed the edited footage from London and exported the selects to our VFX team at Mercury Studios who handled all of the compositing work in Nuke. Between us, we established a unique pipeline to achieve the desired look and feel of the video."  In yet another Duran Duran ‘first’, this marks the first time that Tiltbrush, Unity, Nuke, Premiere and Resolve have been combined in this way to create a music video.

Watch the official music video for ‘Five Years’ HERE.


Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Billie Eilish has partnered with Vevo for an exclusive behind the scenes look at her self-directed “Therefore I Am” music video in the latest installment of Vevo Footnotes. 

Eilish reveals that after spending an entire day trying to come up with the perfect concept, the idea to film “Therefore I Am” at a mall came to her and her manager while waiting in line at a Starbucks drive-thru. The video was filmed in one night at the Glendale Galleria Mall in Los Angeles, a familiar stomping-ground for Eilish during her early teen years, using only her mother’s iPhone.

WATCH “THE MAKING OF ‘THEREFORE I AM’ | VEVO FOOTNOTES” HERE.


Viking metal band VALFREYA have not one but four albums released, with more music in the works! The next thing is nothing but this next album a metal album and the writing process has begun! The band talks about their content and all the work coming together for this metal album release to come!


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

The band Valfreya was created by Corinne Cardinal (Singer) back in 2009: Daniel Simard (Guitar) joined the band at the end of 2009. They are the only remaining originals members of the band in the actual line up. Other actual members are Érik Grenier (Guitar), Maude Théberge (Violin), Anis (Bass) and Jérémy Racine (Drums). 

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

Valfreya is actually a two words combination wich mix Valkyries and the Goddess Freya together.  Both are from the Norse mythology. 

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

Most of the band members are located in Montreal and surroundings. The scene out here is full of resources regarding Metal from several genres.  We would definitely recommend other local bands like Beyond Creation, The Agonist and Sanguine Glacialis (Maude’s and Jérémy’s side project. 

 4. How would you describe your style? 

Nowadays we describe ourselves more as a symphonic Viking metal band.  We could easily include some more wording like folk, melodic and black in order to give justice to our early days. 

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

There are currently four albums released ; Path to Eternity in 2012 and Promised Land in 2017.  We also made two acoustic albums ; Acoustic Chronicles 1 in 2013 and Acoustic Chronicles 2 in 2019 like our most recent creation. 

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

Of course there is! We got a new Metal album in the works and this one is progressing more than well. 

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

With the actual Covid situation it is more complicated to see through this concerning playing live but we sure will start again as soon as possible. 

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

There’s the next Metal album in writing process and a clip coming up in the next weeks taken from a Promised Land song. 

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

You can listen to us and buy some merch on https://www.valfreyaofficial.com/, bandcamp, Itunes, as well as Spotify. 

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

 We would like people to remember not only our various melodies and blast beats but an epic story told throughout our songs.


TOSHIN discusses  their sound, latest single, and the all new music already being worked upon. Like many bands, this one wants to get out and tour as soon as possible. For now though, the band chats it up about their music and just what else the whole band is up too.


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

Toshín was born in 2016, and has seen quite a few changes in the lineup in the past four years. The current lineup is a six-piece band, fronted by me. Matteo Poli is our fabulous drummer, and the soon-to-be-married (!) Niall Stewart is our bassist. Louis Younge plays keys and sax and sings, basically does it all! My soul sister Shannon is the backing vocalist and hyperman extrordinaire, and our newest addition Alan Kenna is our guitar God!

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

So my name is Tosin (Toe-sin) but when I came to Dublin for college everyone just kept calling me Toshín (Toe-sheen). It kinda stuck, and here we are 5 years later!

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 Dublin, Ireland, and we looove it here. The scene is so so so diverse, and there’s a crowd for every style of music under the sun! We’re really a live band and we’re really missing playing shows in front of people, so we can’t wait to get back to it once all this madness is over. I don’t even know where to begin with local bands – ZAPHO, Sky Atlas, Shiv, Nealo, Tolu Makay,  Zeenie Summers and TOYGIRL are some of our best friends, and you need to listen to them all ASAP! 

4. How would you describe your style?

We always find this question tough to answer – Our sound draws on so many different genres that it becomes hard to put into a box. It’s definitely soul/funk based, but we often dip into the rock world, and recently we’ve been leaning towards some more neo-soul, poppier jams. If Soulfunkrockpop is a genre we’re a perfect fit!

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

We’ve just dropped our latest single ‘She’ on all streaming platforms, and it’s our favourite tune we’ve released so far. It’s the start of a new chapter for the band, in a post-lockdown world, and we’re loving the direction we’re heading. It’s very neo-soul and sensual, and it deals with self-love, which is something I sing about a lot. Up until now, we’ve written songs about trashy men, daddy issues, girl power and so on, but I’m in a place right now where loving myself comes first, and that’s proven to be really important to me.

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

We do! We’ve been working remotely over the numerous lockdowns, and we’ve been writing and demoing songs. We can’t wait for the studios to open up again so that we can put down some songs!

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

I’m not sure what your lockdown situation is at the moment, but in Ireland we’re all sitting at home for the foreseeable future! We were in the middle of our first tour when the virus broke out, and we had to call off some shows, but we’re going to put them on as soon as we can and honestly there’s nothing we’re more excited about than getting back on a stage in front of a crowd and sharing that experience again! We’re also at a point in our development where we’re keen to play some shows and festivals outside Ireland, so once the world opens up a bit again we’ll hopefully be able to do that!

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

Some of us in the band are finishing up in university, so we’re trying to get through that right now, but once that’s done we’re planning to really get stuck into writing and putting together as much music as we can. We’re aiming for an album in the next couple of years, and that’s a thought that’s really exciting to us at the moment. On top of that, I think we’d happily play shows every night until we die, so we’ll get back into the live scene as soon as we’re able!

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

You can find us wherever you stream/buy your music. Make sure to follow us while you’re there! We’re on Instagram as @toshin_music and twitter as @toshinband. You can also get our merch and buy our music on Bandcamp.

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

For the most part, we write the music we write because we really enjoy playing it and listening to it. We want to share that experience with as many people as we can, so just have fun listening to Toshín! We’re really lucky and grateful for the fact that we get to live and breathe music, and we hope that we can show people a little bit of the magic listening to the music that we feel when we make it!


Irish alternative folk singer/songwriter TONY BENN has a debut album, with a few new single's off the next album coming out soon enough. Tony himself talks about his music and what he has next in-line for himself and the music he has created thus far.


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

I’m Tony Benn. I’m from the West of Ireland  and I have been playing music since I bought my first guitar when I was 15. I was in a grunge band for most of my teens playing pub gigs ,then I moved to Dublin to study music and spent the next 8 years busking and gigging up there ,after that I started playing and touring all around (Ireland, the United States, some parts of Europe and Canada).

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

I just use my own name.

3. Where’s the band based and what is the music scene like there and are there any and you could recommend?

I’m based out of Milltown Malbay, a small town on the west of Ireland. The scene is great here, there’s live music all the time (when there is not a global pandemic) world class musicians and loads of good acts. My favorites would be the singer/songwriter Dave Hope and The Fiddle Case. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I’d be a singer/songwriter primarily in an alt folk style if there is such a thing. A lot of people say I’m a bit like John Martin or Luka Bloom which blows my mind altogether 

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

I released my first album years ago with the help from Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) and I’m very exited about my newest single “If we make it through the Winter” which came out the 29/1/2021. I’d like to think that someone could expect a well written and well played song that fingers crossed isn’t too depressing.

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

I’ll have a few singles from my new album “If I cross your mind” coming out between now and Christmas so it will hopefully be a busy year for me.

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

I have no concrete tours planned at the moment due to the ever changing nature of our mid pandemic world but as soon as I can I plan to organise a tour of the UK and Ireland. I’ve never played in Wales or Scotland and touring after being in lockdown for so long sounds great.

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

Well I’ve been writing a lot over the lockdowns, so after the release of my next few singles and -fingers crossed- a tour or two to coincide with them, I’d like to go back in the studio and see how the new songs sound on tape. 

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

Well hopefully soon in a venue near you... but until then I’m on Spotify, Facebook and iTunes 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/678tPTjEhbHW7F6BkPlR91?si=dt0v-ndcRLW3gUe1_y0H6Q

If I Cross Your Mind by Tony Benn

https://music.apple.com/ie/album/if-i-cross-your-mind/1502736222

https://www.facebook.com/tonybennmusic/

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

I’d like them to remember that I’m not the famous English M.P Tony Benn, I’m their next favorite singer/songwriter from the west of Ireland, who sings upbeat songs in a down beat way.


Modernized band SICKRET has got a lot going on with three albums since their formation. New music is in the works, with videos to follow suit. All these guys want is to take over the world, playing shows and sharing the stage with idols and many more. The band discusses all of this and more below.


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

Hello we are Sickret, we were founded in 2010. We’ve had a lot of tours and shows-around 180 shows in 8 countries. We are from Lucerne, we live in a small town in the heart of Switzerland. 

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

Our Bandname Sickret is a play on words. The name is made up of the words sick and secret. If we tell you this, we have to kill you, so just don’t ask 😉

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 have a great metal scene in our country, like a big family. I can’t count every single band, there are a lot! In Switzerland, the metal scene is very mixed and you always meet the same people at concerts, and the majority are also in bands.

4. How would you describe your style?

It is a mix between Metal, Hardcore and Rap, drawing from the great bands from the 90’s and 2000’s with a modern touch.

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

We have released three albums, Pointless Appendix, Hypocritical and Trapped Behind Golden Bars. The latest album even entered the Swiss album charts. If you like Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Korn, Slipknot, Linkin Park etc., then we could be your new crush😊

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

Sure! We are working day and night on new stuff, we will release the songs step by step with some videos too. Follow us on social media and you will see

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

Last year was a road full of obstacles. A lot of shows and festivals were cancelled or postponed. Because of the pandemic, it is difficult to plan something, but we have planned a tour in Ukraine and several shows and festivals in Switzerland and Germany. We are waiting and hoping that soon we will be able to hit the stage.

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

To take over the world, we want to play at huge festivals and share the stage with our idols. That’s our aim, we want to write songs as we feel and travel the world to spread our music. We like to make people happy

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

I would love to say at the Merch-Booth but unfortunately, I can’t…You’ll find us everywhere, Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, Apple music, Google music or you can call me and I'll sing you something over the phone. In our online store (sickret.com) you will find everything, CD’s, Shirts, Hoodies, Caps, Beanies etc. Take a look.

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

I don’t think you guys will be able to avoid nodding your head or stomping your foot. You will feel the groove and can’t stop moving along with the sound.



Punk rock rockabilly JON CRABB likes these genres at hand, but also likes play different music styles in general. An array of EP's have been released with an upcoming EP with assorted content. Jon wants to keep releasing music and just to keep chasing that music dream. He Jon himself talks about his career path as a musician and more.


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

At college on my music course, I played in sorts of groups, but I formed a blues-rock trio in college called ‘CrabbClaw’ which only lasted for about year, and we split because of our clash of creative differences. I was in a punk/new wave band called The Rioters which I helped form with other musicians living in South East London, and played for four years. It was the longest I had been in any band before. I was also in a surf/psychobilly band called Death Valley Sufers for a few months, but quit because I was being treated too much like a background member. Right now I perform part-time in a three piece punk band called Pistolhead and a Ramones tribute band called Morones. I am currently working as a solo artist and on the search for a brand new group to help form.

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

Just my birth name really, except I shortened my first name to simply “Jon”. I get called ‘Crab City Rocker’ by some other people, because they know I love the band; The Clash, but I don’t mind what anyone calls me, so I just use my birth and nickname.

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 am from South West London, born and raised and I still live here. I’ve never often seen many groups perform in my local area, so I usually travel up to North London where the music mostly happens around near Camden Town, and I have seen so many great bands perform. Local bands I recommend checking out when they’re around are Healthy Junkies, The Blue Carpet Band, Nuffin, Hawxx, PollyPikPocketz and Bite Me.

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s punk mixed with rockabilly, but I sometimes like to play in different music styles the same way The Clash did with “London Calling”.

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

I have self-released up to sixteen EPs online within the last couple years. I recon listeners can expect either getting a groove from when it’s good old vintage rock ‘n’ roll, or head-bang whenever it’s in-your-face ‘punk’.

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

I have a new upcoming EP featuring remasters of previous songs that will be out on February 5th (it’s available for pre-order on Bandcamp) and am currently working and putting together two new albums for later this year.

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

I am more than desperate to get back playing live and touring when this pandemic lifts. I plan to hopefully form a new band, a rockabilly trio like The Stray Cats and hopefully go on the road for a UK tour, and then perhaps one day in Europe.

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

Never stop playing and chase the music dream.

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

You can listen to my music on all platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, YouTube, etc) and I have just recently set up a profile on Bandcamp, where my newest upcoming EP is available for pre-order.

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

No matter how much of a bad or stressful time you’re going through, there will always be music to listen, entertain and speak to for everyone.


Mix-uppers INSIGNS combine the likes of indie rock, alternative, and alternative pop, going on to release a handful of content. Newer content will be released with even more already in the works. The band goes on to say much about their works and what the future holds.


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

The band was created in 2014 in the small town Cherkasy in the center of Ukraine and we had a lot of changes. But something never changed. I mean lyrics in English. From the very beginning, we had the original songs, so we were never be a cover band. We used to play grunge and post-grunge. I'm the only one from the original squad, by the way, so I saw how my band has transformed. I liked a lot Three Days Grace and their frontman Adam Gontier, so my music was kinda similar to them. At the same time, I'm still a huge fan of City And Colour which plays Indie Folk. These genres formed the stream of In Signs from the very beginning. I was trying something new for In Signs. Many members left the band. We even had a girl on the vocals and I was a guitarist and backing vocalist. I'm glad that we went through a lot of such things, it helped a lot.

We played in the local bars, sometimes we played in few towns in Ukraine. Everything has changed when I moved to Kyiv. Here I met our manager Max, our first sound producer Bob, our current sound producer Vitalii and our guitarist Oleg. The bassist Bogdan was with me almost from the start. He didn't move to Kyiv so he's always driving to us each time we need him. We're still waiting for him to move:) In Signs don't have a drummer as a band member now. We used to ask professional drummers to come to the studio. In the future, we will act the same with the concerts cause currently, we don't have any tour activity.

In Kyiv, we released EP called 'Find Your Home' which is a respected message to our origins as a band. All songs from the EP are old school grunge and alternative rock. I decided to change the genre cause I'm tired of grungy guitars but I'm sure that in the future we will release a single I used to play before. I'm glad that we released this EP. The song Too Much reminds me of the old days when I just grab my guitar and went to practice with the band.

After EP we started to work with another sound producer so the latest songs were produced by me and him.          

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

In 2014 we were 'The Signs' but this name has been changed to 'In Signs' after 1 year just because we wanted to.

I think I always wanted the name Signs for the band. That's because I had a lot of signs in my life about music and that one outlined the man I need to be. So the band's name is a shorter version of 'Everything you need in the life is hidden 'In Signs'. I remember how I wrote down these lines in my first notepad for the lyrics. And such signs never left me.

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 currently located in the beautiful old city Kyiv, Ukraine. And there are some good places the bands can play in. Before the lockdown, we played in Stereo Plaza as a support band. This place is one of the biggest in Ukraine for having a concert. We played there in February 2020 and 2 weeks after our show, we came there to Bring Me The Horizon’s concert. It was so emotional for us. 

Also, we played in Atlas club in Kyiv as a support band before Danny Worsnop's solo concert. But this time we played an acoustic set. It was such a pleasure for us to met him. Great musician and person.

Unfortunately, in Kyiv we don't have many places where bands can play live. The band needs to have at least a small budget to be able to organize the show even in another city. I believe that it may change after the lockdown. 

It's hard to recommend someone local in Kyiv because usually there are some metal bands or pop artists. I don't know the bands which play such music as we do. But I can recommend the band Sinoptik which plays stoner rock. For sure I can recommend Jinjer but I don't know if I can call them a local band. Now they are international world metal stars.

4. How would you describe your style?

It's a really hard question. We don't lock ourselves with just one genre. But I can say that we play a mix of Indie Rock, Alternative Music, and Alt-Pop. The next releases will prove it.

I care a lot about lyrics and music. I don't want that someone calls us a commercial band or something like that. I don't write about money or cars (I mean in a bad way). The real emotions, love, hate are much more important.

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

Before I moved to Kyiv we released 36 songs (3 albums and 3 singles). I recorded, mixed and mastered all of them at home. The quality was not good, to be honest, but some songs had more than 1000 listeners around the globe in Spotify. Of course, I deleted everything we had when we started to work on 'Find Your Home' EP in the studio.

Then we started to work with Vitalii from the VD Sound on our new stuff. We released the first song in Ukrainian, then we released an English version of it. It’s called 'Blood For Blood'. Originally, this is was written in English and consists of two songs I wrote before. The Ukrainian version is not just a translation but a brand new lyrics. It was a cool experience I must say. This song was in the Spotify editorial playlist which helped us to grow.

The latest release is called 'Knock Knock' which is a pure banger. This is the sound I was looking for. Our sound producer just dropped me a melody idea from his voice memos. In few minutes I replied to him with the chorus idea. That chorus is actually the chorus in the final version.

Soon we will release the new single called 'Bloom'. I love this song a lot cause I wrote it a few years ago but now we have a better sound of it. It has definitely Indie Rock vibes and strong lyrics so I’m so excited about it. 

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

Our studio work never stops. Except 'Bloom' we are working on the next songs. I wrote around 60 demos of different songs. Usually, it doesn’t take to much time for me. When I have an inspiration, the song creation process is around ten minutes. I just take an acoustic guitar, notepad and pan.

We will listen to demos together and decide which one needs to be released next. Our listeners will be highly impressed by our new stuff cause it is something new not just for us but for the whole industry. Of course, I want to make something new. I like to be experimental so our music won't let you be bored.

On the Instagram account, I usually played live on the acoustic guitar. Some new stuff I played already.

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

I didn't plan anything so far. The coronavirus affected everything, and we don't know how to manage the situation. Many bands played live concerts or tried to find another way. I think that In Signs is doing the best what any artist can do - be in the studio and working on the new music. We believe that covid-19 will disappear soon and then we can start playing and touring.

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

First of all, I want to say that I always wrote songs in English. It's not the usual thing here in Ukraine. That's because from my childhood I used to listen to The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Scorpions, and Oasis. Then I started to listen to Linkin Park and all kinds of Alternative Rock. I'm saying that because I always wanted to be on the international level so my music can be heard around the globe. I expect that In Signs can make a huge impact on the rock industry and we can prove that real music with strong lyrics can live forever.

After the lockdown, we want to sign an agreement with a concert agency company and go on tour. Let's see how we can start. Life is changing each day but I will never lose my faith in In Signs.

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

All our music is on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. We have an Instagram account where we upload all updates. But also we have a YouTube channel. We’re filming the studio process all the time so you can find something interesting for you there.

We stopped doing merch because of covid-19 but we will continue as soon as we can. 

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

I hope that all our listeners can understand the message we want to deliver and this message will resonate with them. I hope they can feel the emotions and passion from us cause this is the most important thing in music - make you feel something. I always remember a lead melody and the lyrics, but it's just my personal view on that. Just listen to our songs and let us know what do you think. We always respond to all messages on Instagram. Thanks to our fans we’re growing.

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