April 2021


BABYBEARD is the newest creation to come from Ladybeard who has had his share of career antics. Most notably music, being in various groups already, but BABYBEARD is what's in the here and now, and bringing on two other members to the mix KOTOMI and SUZU, this trio says much about how they met, the music that was made and brought back some familiar aspects, down to just being so KAWAII-METAL IT IS DOWNRIGHT WORLD DOMINATING TO IMAGINE!


LADYBEARD Says.....:

1. Introduce yourself, tell me how did Ladybeard come to be as a musician?

LB: My name is Ladybeard. I’m a cross-dressing pro-wrestler, heavy metal singer and kawaii idol from Australia, now based in Japan.

2. Where did the idea of cross-dressing come into play and did it infuse with the music or you being a pro-wrestler?

LB: I started cross-dressing when I was 14 years old. A friend held a school uniform party for her birthday, and I thought it might be funny to wear my big sister’s school dress to the party. I did, and was a hit amongst the other 14 year old's. I then became a casual cross-dresser for many years, then finally when I started wrestling and when I  was organizing my first match, I told the company owner that I would wear a pink and black lolita dress in the ring and be called Ladybeard.

3. Now Ladybeard is living in Japan but you're an Australian as well, so were you born down under then came out to Japan or what's the story?

LB: That’s right, I was born in Australia and grew up there, then moved to Hong Kong where I was an actor, voice actor and stuntman, and that’s where I started my Ladybeard career. I then moved to Japan in 2013.

4. You have not only been involved with Ladybaby but Deadlift Lolita as well, are those projects still active or deactivated?

LB: Ladybaby no longer exists. Deadlift Lolita still exists, but Reika (my band-mate in that group) and I are focusing on different things respectively at this moment.

5. Does this all new project have a name to it, it does return to the formula that was Ladybaby's era, having the music made by the same team, so do tell?

LB: That’s right! The songwriters who made Nippon Manju, my first single with my old group, made the first 2 songs for Babybeard! This is very exciting as they are musical geniuses and I have wanted to work with them again ever since Nippon Manju. Expect some VERY catchy tunes from BABYBEARD!

6. How many songs have you written and recorded thus far, you plan to release some at the end of April of this year, please do discuss these songs for us?

LB: We’re releasing our first single “Nippon Kara Konichiwa”, along with  “PIENNIZER” at the end of April! The songs both start streaming on April 28! Everybody.... GET AMONG IT!!! These tracks are gonna make you dance and scream!!!

7. With the variety of projects prior Ladybaby, Deadlift Lolita, and now BabyBeard, would we ever see the trio of acts perform a show or perhaps tour together?

LB: Well, never say never I guess, but no plans for anything like that right now.

8. Being a pro-wrestler will that be incorporated into BabyBeard as far as performances or songs?

LB: Well, we’ll have to wait and see. Just about every time I get onstage to sing, some other wrestler takes issue with me and decides to invade the show and try to beat me up. I always need to dispose of the unexpected interruption, and then finish the show.

I suspect it’s highly likely that wrestlers will continue this trend in the future....

9. Out of the trio of members who would win in a wrestling match?

LB: Kotomi. She’s a KILLER! YOU CAN SEE IT IN HER EYES!!!👀

10. What are your goals for the future as a band?

LB: What would they be other than WORLD DOMINATION!!

11. How about the plans for the rest of 2021?

LB: We’re desperate to get onstage, and tour. Being physically together with the fans is the part of this job that’s really, really enjoyable and rewarding. That said, we’re working as hard as we can in these early days of the project to bring Babybeard to as many people as possible around the world through the miracle of the internet. Physical distance is no longer a barrier to access!!

12. Thanks for the interview, please provide us on where our readers can find you and your music online?

https://twitter.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/BABYBEARDjapan

https://www.instagram.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcVEtby_5XGCu2zdKEifPUw

https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSJr9LMdo/

www.ladybeard.com

https://twitter.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.instagram.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/ladybeardjapan

https://www.tiktok.com/@ladybeard_japan


KOTOMI + SUZU Says....:

13. So how did KOTOMI and SUZU meet one another then the two come to meet Ladybeard?

The girls met each other for the first time in the first team meeting after the audition.

K: When I met SUZU I was so nervous that I talked to her in a super formal manner. Now we are best friends so it’s not the case anymore!😊  When I met Ladybeard at the audition I was so excited that I could see the person I had seen many times on TV, but also I was so nervous because of the audition.

S: When we met each other, I was so excited by the fact that now we’ll work together as a team despite the fact that everyone has a totally different background. When I met Bea-chan (Ladybeard), I was impressed the amount of energy he had and instantly I became a huge fan of him!

14. What about KOTOMI and SUZU how did they come into the music scene and become pop idols, were you individual artists or formed together as a duo?

K: I was a huge fan of idols originally, but as I saw them performing, I have come to think that I want to perform onstage and make someone happy. I was in another idol group before BABYBEARD, but it unfortunately came to an end.

S: I like idols, but I was interested in acting and I was in another management agency to study acting skills. Then I found out about the audition and I thought I could give it a try, and now I’m here!

15. How will KOTOMI and SUZU bring originality to this group that is Babybeard?

K: Well, Ladybeard said I’m good at dancing, so I think I’m in charge of dance performance! I’ll practice a lot!

S: My role is to be free! I like seeing people delighted by my comments!

16. What makes Babybeard different to all the other pop metal groups in existence out there?

K: We have the strongest and cutest Bea-chan!!

S: I think our structure is unique. Goddes Bea-chan and us babies will bring you the one and only KAWAII-METAL style!

17. SUZU and KOTOMI both have a description for their "character" so is it a personality trait you portray on stage when in BabyBeard, how are you different when not in this character mode?

K: I have no difference in character between onstage and offstage. I tend to be strangely excited all the time actually. 😊

S: I don’t have on-off character persona. My family always say to me I’m surprisingly in my own way. If there was one difference, I would be really quiet when I’m sleepy. I’m so quiet like a different person.

18. You both share various hobbies, likes and dislikes, if you had to switch for the day, who would last the longest in each other's shoes?

K: I think SUZU will lose…I’m fairy patient so I think I can stand longer than her.

S: It would be fun if I could be KOTOMI! I think we can enjoy each other’s persona because we’re very different. But I think I would be the one who gives up first.

19. Let's talk about the attire, did you decide upon the colors and overall design of what you would look like for this project as a whole or share ideas between the trio of you?

K: I chose blue because I like it. The costume was made by a wonderful designer, and it’s very cute! I like it a lot!

S: Personally my favorite color is purple, but I thought green would work with other member’s color. The costume was designed after a cupcake, and I think it’s very adorable. I like it!

20. Can you briefly discuss some of the songs that have been written and recorded for BabyBeard, what can be expected upon listening to the music?

K: Our new song “NIPPON KARA KONNICHIWA” is the song which brings everyone energy from Japan! Especially I like the lyric “I wanna hug you when we meet in person”, because it’s really cute! I want everyone to listen to the song. The other song PIENIZER, is made under the theme of Japanese word “Pien”, which is used when something sad or pity happens. The message is “If you feel sad, tomorrow is another day, so don’t worry!” so it’s a very positive song.  

S: Both songs are catchy and once you hear it you’ll want to hear it again. They are also very feel-good songs with the pop rhythms.

21. What else is in-store from you girls and BabyBeard as a whole for the year 2021 and beyond!

K: We want to bring you a lot of Kawaii and energy through the internet until we can meet in person! Please support us!

S: I want to make as many people happy as possible with our activities! Let’s make a year 2021 smile!


Female's KOTOMI and SUZU had met for the first time at the audition for the newest act within Japan's music scene BABYBEARD. Fronted by vocalist/crossdresser/pro-wrestler Ladybeard! These two girls being quite excited during their auditions, winning in the long run, had come together with Ladybeard forming BABYBEARD, going on to soon release all new music! The duo talks all about the new music coming up, as well as some insight about who they are and what sort of things make them the true KAWAII-METAL stylists that they are!


1. So how did KOTOMI and SUZU meet one another then the two come to meet Ladybeard?

The girls met each other for the first time in the first team meeting after the audition.

K: When I met SUZU I was so nervous that I talked to her in a super formal manner. Now we are best friends so it’s not the case anymore!😊  

When I met Ladybeard at the audition I was so excited that I could see the person I had seen many times on TV, but also I was so nervous because of the audition.

S: When we met each other, I was so excited by the fact that now we’ll work together as a team despite the fact that everyone has a totally different background. When I met Bea-chan(Ladybeard), I was impressed the amount of energy he had and instantly I became a huge fan of him!

2. What about KOTOMI and SUZU how did they come into the music scene and become pop idols, were you individual artists or formed together as a duo?

K: I was a huge fan of idols originally, but as I saw them performing, I have come to think that I want to perform onstage and make someone happy. I was in another idol group before BABYBEARD, but it unfortunately came to an end.

S: I like idols, but I was interested in acting and I was in another management agency to study acting skills. Then I found out about the audition and I thought I could give it a try, and now I’m here!

SUZU

 3. How will KOTOMI and SUZU bring originality to this group that is Babybeard?

 K: Well, Ladybeard said I’m good at dancing, so I think I’m in charge of dance performance! I’ll practice a lot!

 S: My role is to be free! I like seeing people delighted by my comments!

 4. What makes Babybeard different to all the other pop metal groups in existence out there?

  K: We have the strongest and cutest Bea-chan!!

 S: I think our structure is unique. Goddes Bea-chan and us babies will bring you the one and only KAWAII-METAL style!

 5. SUZU and KOTOMI both have a description for their "character" so is it a personality trait you portray on stage when in BabyBeard, how are you different when not in this character mode?

K: I have no difference in character between onstage and offstage. I tend to be strangely excited all the time actually. 😊

S: I don’t have on-off character persona. My family always say to me I’m surprisingly in my own way. If there was one difference, I would be really quiet when I’m sleepy. I’m so quiet like a different person.

6. You both share various hobbies, likes and dislikes, if you had to switch for the day, who would last the longest in each other's shoes?

K: I think SUZU will lose…I’m fairy patient so I think I can stand longer than her.

S: It would be fun if I could be KOTOMI! I think we can enjoy each other’s persona because we’re very different. But I think I would be the one who gives up first.

7. Let's talk about the attire, did you decide upon the colors and overall design of what you would look like for this project as a whole or share ideas between the trio of you?

K: I chose blue because I like it. The costume was made by a wonderful designer, and it’s very cute! I like it a lot!

KOTOMI
S: Personally my favorite color is purple, but I thought green would work with other member’s color. The costume was designed after a cupcake, and I think it’s very adorable. I like it!

8. Can you briefly discuss some of the songs that have been written and recorded for BabyBeard, what can be expected upon listening to the music?

K: Our new song “NIPPON KARA KONNICHIWA” is the song which brings everyone energy from Japan! Especially I like the lyric “I wanna hug you when we meet in person”, because it’s really cute! I want everyone to listen to the song. The other song PIENIZER, is made under the theme of Japanese word “Pien”, which is used when something sad or pity happens. The message is “If you feel sad, tomorrow is another day, so don’t worry!” so it’s a very positive song.  

S: Both songs are catchy and once you hear it you’ll want to hear it again. They are also very feel-good songs with the pop rhythms.

9. What else is in-store from you girls and BabyBeard as a whole for the year 2021 and beyond!

K: We want to bring you a lot of Kawaii and energy through the internet until we can meet in person! Please support us!

S: I want to make as many people happy as possible with our activities! Let’s make a year 2021 smile!


Australian stunt actor, professional wrestler, singer, and YouTuber is LADYBEARD! His persona as the crossdressing bearded self, being the vocalist for his former band Ladybaby along with his other band Deadlift Lolita. Since his move from down under to across the globe though, Ladybeard has been focusing upon different things at the moment, including an all new musical act called BABYBEARD. Here is where Ladybeard discusses this all new act, as well as details about where he got started with his persona, his music career and the goals art thy be WORLD DOMINATION!


1. Introduce yourself, tell me how did Ladybeard come to be as a musician?

LB: My name is Ladybeard. I’m a cross-dressing pro-wrestler, heavy metal singer and kawaii idol from Australia, now based in Japan.

2. Where did the idea of cross-dressing come into play and did it infuse with the music or you being a pro-wrestler?

LB: I started cross-dressing when I was 14 years old. A friend held a school uniform party for her birthday, and I thought it might be funny to wear my big sister’s school dress to the party. I did, and was a hit amongst the other 14 year old's. I then became a casual cross-dresser for many years, then finally when I started wrestling and when I  was organizing my first match, I told the company owner that I would wear a pink and black lolita dress in the ring and be called Ladybeard.

3. Now Ladybeard is living in Japan but you're an Australian as well, so were you born down under then came out to Japan or what's the story?

LB: That’s right, I was born in Australia and grew up there, then moved to Hong Kong where I was an actor, voice actor and stuntman, and that’s where I started my Ladybeard career. I then moved to Japan in 2013.

4. You have not only been involved with Ladybaby but Deadlift Lolita as well, are those projects still active or deactivated?

LB: Ladybaby no longer exists. Deadlift Lolita still exists, but Reika(my band-mate in that group) and I are focusing on different things respectively at this moment.

5. Does this all new project have a name to it, it does return to the formula that was Ladybaby's era, having the music made by the same team, so do tell?

LB: That’s right! The songwriters who made Nippon Manju, my first single with my old group, made the first 2 songs for Babybeard! This is very exciting as they are musical geniuses and I have wanted to work with them again ever since Nippon Manju. Expect some VERY catchy tunes from BABYBEARD!

6. How many songs have you written and recorded thus far, you plan to release some at the end of April of this year, please do discuss these songs for us?

LB: We’re releasing our first single “Nippon Kara Konichiwa”, along with  “PIENNIZER” at the end of April! The songs both start streaming on April 28! Everybody.... GET AMONG IT!!! These tracks are gonna make you dance and scream!!!

7. With the variety of projects prior Ladybaby, Deadlift Lolita, and now BabyBeard, would we ever see the trio of acts perform a show or perhaps tour together?

LB: Well, never say never I guess, but no plans for anything like that right now.

8. Being a pro-wrestler will that be incorporated into BabyBeard as far as performances or songs?

LB: Well, we’ll have to wait and see. Just about every time I get onstage to sing, some other wrestler takes issue with me and decides to invade the show and try to beat me up. I always need to dispose of the unexpected interruption, and then finish the show. I suspect it’s highly likely that wrestlers will continue this trend in the future....

9. Out of the trio of members who would win in a wrestling match?

LB: Kotomi. She’s a KILLER! YOU CAN SEE IT IN HER EYES!!!👀

10. What are your goals for the future as a band?

LB: What would they be other than WORLD DOMINATION!!

11. How about the plans for the rest of 2021?

LB: We’re desperate to get onstage, and tour. Being physically together with the fans is the part of this job that’s really, really enjoyable and rewarding. That said, we’re working as hard as we can in these early days of the project to bring Babybeard to as many people as possible around the world through the miracle of the internet. Physical distance is no longer a barrier to access!!

12. Thanks for the interview, please provide us on where our readers can find you and your music online?

https://twitter.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/BABYBEARDjapan

https://www.instagram.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcVEtby_5XGCu2zdKEifPUw

https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSJr9LMdo/

www.ladybeard.com

https://twitter.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.instagram.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/ladybeardjapan

https://www.tiktok.com/@ladybeard_japan


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.

Or

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:

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