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Who would have thought, that one little virus or in this case pandemic crisis would shut down the entire world! This is what would be the case during the era that is covid-19. A virus that had arrived slowly but surely in 2019, erupting fiercely come 2020 causing an array of events and other activities of sorts to be postponed and or cancelled altogether. Thus this lead to some artists and or bands to go on the virtual route, selling digital tickets or tickets and t-shirt combo's. This would lead Californian metalheads Suicide Silence to announce their own "Virtual World Tour", which would include unique sets, exclusive merch and custom experiences within each touring stop.

With that said, the band's first stop would take place at the start of July, July 2nd out in New York. Following this date would be a back to back set list with July 3rd featuring Boston, Massachusetts AND Los Angeles, California the band's home state! Luckily Los Angeles, California was the date stop for me, as I tuned into the live stream casting at 7PM PST! As that time had arisen so did the casting with an introduction from numerous band members, explaining what would be going down. After which, a mini teaser trailer would air revealing an upcoming DVD coming soon. This would then lead to the band's performance of an intro track titled "Meltdown", leading directly into "Two Steps", that would follow into other such Suicide Silence tracks like "You Only Live Once", "Unanswered", "Wake Up", "Disengage", and "No Pity for a Coward" a good chunk being known single's and fan favorites. Other notable tracks included would be "Slaves to Substance", "Skin Tight" a live debut and "Destruction of a Statue", a fan voted that won.


During this band's performance though would be brief intermission segments or AD's of the band parodying or cracking jokes with various skits layered through each set of tracks performed live. The skits themselves were passable and fun at times, whilst the major delivery being the actual performance segment was quite pleasing. The stage set-up provided a colorful set with lighting, the sound system being impressive yet vivid. Vocalization and instrumentals were done well enough, sounding just as it should as if the band was playing with a live audience in existence right before them in a real venue if this was a real in person type of setting. But for what it was it did provide and deliver and did a good job as such.


After the band's set the band would go on to answer some Q&A from the fans, in a virtual chat room, two of mine were answered with dismay and some delight. It was a sight to see and hear what the band had to say to the fans, addressing them with other questions during this one hour and 30 minute segment.

All in all it was worth a visual experience and likely this virtual form of entertainment could work from this point forward but nothing could ever replace being there in the flesh, letting your pours get covered in your own sweat, blood, and tears of loving the band at the stage, this one is Suicide Silence. One who has continued to move forward since the loss of their frontman Mitch Lucker.

SETLIST:

1. Meltdown
2. Two Steps
3. You Only Live Once
4. Slaves to Substance
5. Unanswered
6. Wake Up
7. Skin Tight
8. Disengage
9. Destruction of a Statue
10. No Pit for a Coward


Emotional, progressive yet melodic and metal like is what NEVER KNEW began as this project only back in 2019! But since this project has released a single called "Thrown Out", and an EP as well titled "Internal Relapse". More single releases are also in the works for the time being too. See what else the band had to say about this project and what is planned ahead!


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

This project started back in early 2019 just as a way to cope with my struggles of anxiety, depression and self-hatred. It is more of a solo project, however I work alongside a few incredible outside musicians that really help bring my ideas to life.

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

I’m honestly terrible at naming anything. So my girlfriend and I were making a list, she mentioned Never Knew. That one really stuck out to me and has more meaning. It’s really about not ever knowing why you are the way you are and asking why things happen in your life that you can’t control.

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’m based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. The local music scene definitely isn’t as big as it used to be here. Glass Hands is for sure a band to check out. The emotion, range and riffs in their music is untouchable.

4. How would you describe your style?

Emotional, progressive, melodic and metal.

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

Last year I released a single, "Thrown Out", that has more post-hardcore vibes. This past May, I released the EP ‘Internal Relapse’ that has more of a heavy melodic metalcore sound.

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

Currently I’m working on some singles. I’m not entirely sure when they will be released, hopefully at least one in the next year.

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

As of right now I do not have a live band, so no shows in the near future.

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

Just keep writing and releasing music people can connect with.

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

The music is available on all major streaming sites. Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, etc. - https://fanlink.to/NKofficialInternalRelapse.

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

That they connected to it in any way possible. Whether that be from throwing down to the heavy riffs or connecting with the words. Also allowing them to remember others struggle with their inner-selves and it’s about finding healthy alternatives to cope with it.


Modernized metalcore/post-hardcore band MYOSOTIS have two EP's out, with more material in the works currently! The band goes into further discussion about their works, origin and how they hope to play shows again real soon.


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

We are a six-headed Band with people coming from different parts of Germany and finally met in Hamburg.

Kilina Harrsen – Vocals, Timo Hazerli – Vocals, Max Mäder – Guitar, Calvin Rösicke – Guitar, Julian Seiler – Drums, Thomas Grigo – Bass.

In 2017 Kilian set up an announcement in a local blog for musicians on which everyone replied separately. All of us always had a deep connection to music and from the first second on we also felt that connection to each other.

It only took us 6 month to produce our first EP “Distance” and also if our style was not defined as it is now, we directly had a direction we wanted to follow. The enthusiasm and energy was huge and so we early shared the staged with well-known bands like Meshuggah, First Blood, Wolf Down, Tell You What Now, Awake the Deamer etc.

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

Actually Myosotis is the botanical name for a plant, in Germany called “Forget-me-not” and symbolizes love and trust but also has a meaning which stands for farewell. As a gift the flower impresses the whish not to be forgotten and is also used as a grave-flower. We want to create a feeling of a community for our listeners. Everybody is welcome and has the worth to be remembered and the value as a person to belong to something and to believe in something. Many people nowadays suffer in silence, in pain and have to face the pressure of society, family, work and other outbound factors alone. With the slogan "WeAreMyosotis" we want to give them the feeling being part of something, that they can feel being understood.

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 Hamburg, Germany a wonderful city with different international cultural influences.
As the place of discovery of the Beatles the music culture is one of a kind. The different quarters are well-known for different kinds of music and many small clubs are hidden in nearly every street. Historically the underground scene in Hamburg was always strong for Punk & Ska but many things have changed. With the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has on of the most impressive philharmonics in the world and the variety from small clubs to big concert arenas is enormous. Local Booking Agencies, such as MFS-Music, some good friends of us, are taking care of the small and growing bands and are giving them the chance to have a stage in the fully booked scene. We have many friends we like to share the stage with, for example Infragments (Metalcore), Massephase (German Punk Rock) or Revaira (Metalcore). You should definitely check those guys out!

4. How would you describe your style?

We would consider our style to be the “New Wave of Modern-Metalcore” but we actually do not want to be minimized to a certain style. Our songs have a wide range which go far beyond classic Metalcore from progressive and very technical part to Jazz influenced rhythms and classical Pop chorus with some electronical backings. Lyrically we explore the depths of the human mind and process the emotions of love-hate, depression, change and distance and this variety is what we want to convey to our listeners, no matter which kind of music they are usually bound to. It`s about crossing borders but still keeping your own signature. We combine melodic stanzas and refrains with brutal breakdowns and technical verses contrasted with the passionate guttural and clean vocals.

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

In 2017 we released our debut EP called “Distance” just 6 months after the band was found. We had a vision of creating songs which should help people to get through their darkest times and to give them strength to carry the weight they have to bear in their everyday lives. The EP includes some of our evergreens like the Song “High Voltage” or “Waves”.

One year later, in 2018, we released our second EP Evosia, which stand for “Evolution-Sickness”.
The songs are about the changes in life, which are not able to avoid and the fear of evolution and losing yourself and your identity during the development. A lot of people are often afraid of the unknown and hide in order to avoid moving forward. We dedicates this EP to those people and want to encourage them to get out of their nutshells. Change can be intimidating, but change is development and if we´re open to it, we can thrive and good things will happen.

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

Yes we do! After Evosia we took some time to work on our development. After we rushed the first two years of our history and dropped the two EP's we felt like things need some time to grow and to become even more meaningful than before to be ready to enter the next stage. Therefore we left the borders of our hometown behind and looked for new partners who could join our journey.
We gave the trust to Christoph Wiezcorek from Sawdust Recordings to make the most of our new songs and we reached out to produce some new videos.

The first song called “What If…” will be released through Blood Blast Distribution on 17/07/2020 and we cannot wait anymore to drop the bomb. Working on new material for such a long time and to give so much into them means a lot to us and to finally share it makes us very excited.

But of course “What If…” will not be the only song which is waiting to get out seeing the world.
That`s what we can say so far.

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

Playing shows is the most meaningful part of being a band for us. Getting close with our fans who honor our music and our messages is just amazing. Of course playing shows nowadays is quite difficult due to the Covid-19 situation but still we hope that we can make some shows in the last quarter of the year. There are still some dates confirmed and we wish that there would be more to come especially because we have some new releases we want to play live for the people.

The current live dates are as follows:

31.10.2020 at Full Metal Mensa Warm Up, Musa, Göttingen DE, together with our best bodies in Tell You What Now.
14.11.2020 at Hedgehog Festival, HeadCrash, Hamburg DE, together with Tragedy of Mine
05.12.2020 at The Great Unknown, Recklinghausen DE, together with One Final Fight.

Additionally we are working on some streaming festivals, which will be announced shortly!

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

Our plans are quiet simple actually. We want to spread our message and to reach and move people with our music. What we do is our passion and to be able to share it with the world is something we are very grateful for. Therefore we hope the reach out to some new stages and to have some more shows not only in Germany but across Europe. Of Course we all have big dreams and want to play for example in Japan one day but we are aware that this is nothing that come easily but we keep on dreaming.

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

You can listen to our music on all common streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, YouTube etc. Currently we are only able to offer our merchandise live but we are working on establishing a Big Cartel shop as well as some other possibilities for having some more merch available also independent from your global location. So it`s worth staying in touch with our social media accounts on Instagram or Facebook to get all the news and information. Additionally we are featured on BANDBOND, which is a great app especially for heavy music and to get all our social media posts at once, also from our personal channels.

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

We want to pull out our listeners of their everyday lives, emotionally and physically, and above all, make a lasting impression with the songs we write. As mentioned before "WeAreMyosotis" and that`s what we stand for. Everyone in this world has a right to live and a place to be. We want to encourage everyone who is struggling daily to face their problems and to help them to get through to it.


The highly anticipated MY LITTLE PONY X Ghostbusters crossover figure is now available for pre-order!  Ghost-busting Pony Plasmane combines retro MY LITTLE PONY form with a design inspired by the iconic Ghostbusters uniform.



The figure ships this fall and will be on shelves at major retailers January 2021. 

Plasmane is currently available for pre-order through the following links: 


Entertainment Earth: http://eearth.us/?l=pz522t


Demon Boy has made recent changes, revealing his namesake to be now known as Amazing Demon Boy! This connection of sorts pairing up with the release of an all new single made music video release titled "Horrifying". This being the first single off the upcoming EP called "Curse Of The Demon", expected late this summer!

This was the first video produced on the outside by The Spector at FSF Studios. ANIVID is an animated video using components of live green screen, still photos and computer graphics, to create an effect that is truly entertaining to watch and is really unique and atistic, think back to the 90's era like video games if not something on Cartoon Network's late night block Adult Swim for instance.

Lyrical-wise features ADB songwriter Rich Orth in conjunction with Amazing Demon Boy himself! In fact, the lyrics dwell on a story of dealing's throughout the years, such as personal and professional alike, people and how all of it has come down to this, and what it means to the Amazing Demon Boy now! See how this is all laid out in an unusual Demonically yet horrifying stylistic matter from the single and video released now!

Check it out HERE.


PLANET FOR SALE takes on the uniqueness of story telling, as well as taking such genres as urban country, musical universe and alternative styling to create something truly unique. They have gone on since to release an album with all new music for an EP coming up as well. Due to the current time of the crisis though, the band hopes to play shows really soon, with of course always writing more and new music! See what else the band had to say about all of this below.

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

We’ve been musicians all our lives and we started right from the bottom. All of us came from individual backgrounds but me and Jim, we met at Northbrook college. We Went through several bass players until we found Louis on Bass and Jamie was a childhood friend of Jim who’s now on the drums. Me and Jim have been writing music together for years but we have been planning for sale as a whole for two.

2. What is the origin of the bands name?

I wanted to create a universe where everything is a contrast to the real world, I wanted the image to be as harsh as reality yet have a fictional tone and inspired by all the genres I grew up with which were mainly blues and classic rock. So when it came to naming the band, it was suitable to look at it as a planet but with everything including tomorrow’s had a danger of fading away. That’s where PLANET FOR SALE comes from. A questionable world at an auction.

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

We are based in the south and right now we’re in Sussex. We get very strange and surprised  reactions from the crowd because the music it’s something that they don’t expect. I think when they see us to expect us to give them something that is similar to Britpop or something hip and contemporary but instead they get ambiance, fusion and storytelling with a sense of hard rock. It’s hard for us to relate to the other acts but we could recommend some individuals out there who are working hard like  Fade and The Dirty Weekend.

4. How would you describe your style?

PLANET FOR SALE is a musical universe. We write songs like stories and we put them out one by one to create a connection. When people hear the verses , then they wanna sing the choruses And that is an anthemic journey that we give to our listeners at shows. When you listen closely you hear minimized blues mixed with anthem style  rock writing. There’s also a little bit of country too. We could never say that it is one particular genre but it is a new one. we just don’t have a name for it yet.

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

So far we have released one album titled ‘Earth’ which was praised by our fans in the UK, Sweden and Iran. These are the places that we are currently performing and we have a nice cult following which we love seeing grow over time. People always expect a message embedded in our lyrics. A sign that points out the Silver Lining between good and bad, The difference between loneliness and fulfilling your dreams, the distance between love and hate. Next to that you can always expect groovy and creative guitar solos, harmonized backing vocals and strong bass.

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

Oh yeah! We’ve got an EP coming up which is our current crown jewel featuring four new songs written by Rooz and Jim, all mixed produced by the Animal Farm Music. The first single from the EP is called ‘Old Father Time’ and it will be released this Friday, June 19th.

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

We die if we don’t perform so that is always the number one priority. Due to the Covid crisis we had to reschedule a lot of shows and just stick to online madness game of survival but as soon as this craziness is over we will be heading to London and covering most of Sussex And Hampshire. We’ve also got The Great Escape as well so when that’s back will be doing that too.

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

There are a lot of attitude base led acts out there with a lot of style and flair and we want to be part of that, but we also want to bring our own dish to the table. We want to keep singing and carry on the conversation about what’s real and what is happening to this world and its beautiful environment and its vulnerable people. We want to be the biggest rock voice out there , and for that we are dreaming as big as the planet we are writing about.

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

You can go to our main website which is www.planetforsalemusic.com. From there you can get all the action and all the access you so desire. Oh and don’t forget to subscribe for the extra fun. ;)

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

We want to see you cry and we want to see you laugh with us. We all have one home and inside this home we all have the same problems, just different scenarios. We want to remember the stories we tell you, the heartbeat rhythms we play and the confessions we sing because they are your stories, your heartbeats, your feelings and confessions. PLANET FOR SALE is All of us.


Mixer uppers D.I.G. use a combination tactic of hard rock, metal, grove as a power trio band, whose time together has come together rather nicely. Since forming they have released a debut album, an EP, and new single, with even newer music coming real soon. Find out what else was discussed from the band below.


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

D.I.G started back in 2013 at a birthday party for singer and guitar player Björn.  But instead of just talkin we actually went all the way with the band idea!  The first album was written pretty quick and recorded by the band itself.  After some touring around Sweden we decided to record an EP in 2019. After that we went separate ways with our drummer Elias Båld. Since this is a hobby (right now) life came in the way. But in 2019 Jonathan Lindström joined the band. Jonathan is a steady "born Ac/Dc" rock drummer. We Wrote and recorded our first music together and released the single "in the blink of an eye" during 2020. The band now consists of Björn Holmström-Guitar and vocals. Fredrik Bergqvist -Bas and vocals, Jonathan Lindström- Drums.

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

The band name D.I.G came up during a Christmas beer fest. It was a joke for something that's is popular during Christmas in Sweden "dopp i grytan" in english that would be "dipp in the pot". Then we added the dots and the name 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?

D.I.G is based in Karlstad/Bengtsfors. Out in the Swedish wilderness. the place is so metal that the postal code starts with 666! The music scene in Bengtsfors is none existing. There are some bands but no live scene. Karlstad is a bit better. But its a hard market for rock music right now. There are some local bands that we would like to recommend!  "Röda Hund" with our former drummer Elias. and Sole Syndicate.

4. How would you describe your style?

This questions is actually quite hard! how do we define our style and sound?

We heard a lot of things during the years, that we for example sound like Alice in chains.  I´m the main songwriter (Björn) and I listen to so much different music. I feel D.I.G is still evolving! There is a bit more classic rock element to the new songs but also some really heavy stuff! My dream is to get some progressive stuff into the mix as well! But I like that we kind of float around in the rock landscape. But the short answer is that our style is a mix of classic and modern rock.

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

We released the debut album in 2015, EP in 2019 and new single in 2020.  As things been evolving i find it quite hard to listen to the first album.  It got some good songs that we still play but also some songs that makes me cringe haha.  The latest EP was really fun. It was the last music recorded with drummer Elias Båld and has a more classic rock feel to it. The latest single "in the blink of an eye" is a modern rock groove track that I (Björn) really like! The upcoming music from D.I.G will be kick ass! we have so much fun material in the works! some super cool riffs, melodic and great! cant wait to start recording new material.

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

Yes we do! We have about 4 songs recorded right now that will be on a new album! hopefully this new album can be released in late 2020 our early 2021!

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

We hope so! we love to get together and play live! We try to have a live show that's not just "play the songs like on the album", we try to incorporate some fun stuff for our audience as well! as soon as the new music is out we will try to go out and tour some.

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

NEW MUSIC! that's the most important for us right now. write and record new music! We would also like to grow our fan base and get more followers on social media. It´s so rewarding to share and interact with fans from all over the place. :)

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

We are on Spotify and all streaming services as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/c/digtheband)! if fans would like to contact us we are on Facebook (www.facebook.com/digband) .
We don't have so much to sell, maybe broken drumsticks from Jonathan" flismaskinen" Lindström. We do have T-shirts that are pretty cool! send a mail to digthebandsweden@gmail.com for that. :)

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

The "joy of music". We as a band have so much fun playing together and we hope the listener can feel that! We also hope that the first listen to D.I.G makes them want to hear more music!


Modern melodic metalheads SILENT SAGA have a debut album "RISE!" along with an EP "FIRE". More material is underway of course, with them continuing to create music, not knowing what to expect next! Find out what else was said from the band below.


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

We are Silent Saga based in Hamburg. We go all the way back to 2002, when we started working in Brazil under the name of Amazon. After we relocated to Hamburg, Daniel and Carsten joined the band in 2017. They had been playing in the local scene for decades and were the perfect fit to the band's music and style. We are now working on our second full length album under the current brand, and the 4th since we started in 2002. Back in Brazil, we had the chance to play with some of the greatest metal names in the country, like Shaman and Dr. Sin, and also as a support act for some of the world's biggest FFM bands, like Nightwish and Epica. 

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

When rebranding  - the name "Amazon" was kinda "taken" in Europe :P - we came up with several different and very good options, but we thought that Silent Saga relates so well to one's life, especially in current times where social media strangles real life in ways that humankind never experienced before, and everyone has to deal with their own loneliness when they look away from their screens. We think this applies to musicians even further, as no one else knows how much blood and sweat there is behind an artist's work. It's beautiful and amazing when done, but every artist, when not performing, lives their very own Silent Saga to create the work before putting it out there to 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?

We are in Hamburg right now. The city has a very lively yet very competitive music scene. There are world class musicians around here and tons of bands of every genre. Two bands from our region we think should be highlighted are Aeternitas and Black Hawk.

4. How would you describe your style?

I think every band has a hard time describing their own style. We have symphonic metal elements, some thrash metal riffs, a lot of NWOBHM and hard rock influences. At  the end of the day we go under the Female Fronted Metal umbrella, which seems to be getting some politically correct heat lately, but it still describes the band quite well I think.

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

We have released our first full length "RISE!" in 2018, which was produced by Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville and Ivo van Dijk, and an EP called "Fire" with 3 songs from our upcoming album.

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

Yes! We intend to release new songs soon! There will be some releases before the full album, so stay tuned!

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

Well... corona.

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

We will keep making music for sure. We don't know what expects metal bands and clubs in the future. Things are changing. We hope to be able to tour next year, but there's a lot of things to be solved before that.

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

Everywhere! We are on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Apple Store... you name it! But of course, if you want to buy directly from us, we'd be very very very thankful, so check out our website silentsaga.com and get our music and our merch on the webstore. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter to get a free download of one of our songs and tons of other cool stuff.

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

That there are many perspectives on life and the things each of us go through daily, and it's probably better to question everyone else's than believing them no matter how appealing they sound. No one else will be there when you lay your head on your pillow, and you'll have to live with the choices you make. Our music is not about guiding the listeners to a specific view on this or that subject, it's about remembering them that it's ok to change your mind, start fresh, disagree, have principles and values of your own, be the best you can be for yourself and for the ones you love. Ultimately we are all about the inner revolution.

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