2019


Even as they continue to create more music to reveal over the coming months, Nashville, TN based Alternative Rock Duo ICON FOR HIRE has revealed Summer dates for THE ICON ARMY TOUR. Launching July 19th in Atlanta, GA, the tour winds through the Mid and Southwest before finishing up on August 25th in Nashville, TN. Tickets and VIP Packages will be available at iconforhire.net.

TOUR DATES:

07/19 @ Hell - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
07/20 @ The Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
07/21 @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
07/23 @ Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
07/24 @ Sonia - Boston, MA
07/25 @ TBA - Philadelphia, PA
07/26 @ Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
07/27 @ The A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH
07/28 @ The Loving Touch - Ferndale, MI
07/30 @ Thompson House - Cincinnati, OH
07/31 @ Irving Theater - Indianapolis, IN
08/01 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
08/02 @ Gabes - Iowa City, IA
08/03 @ The Garage - Burnsville, MN
08/04 @ Roxy Bar - Shawnee, KS
08/06 @ Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
08/07 @ Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
08/09 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
08/10 @ Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
08/12 @ Holy Diver - Sacramento, CA
08/13 @ Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, CA
08/15 @ Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
08/16 @ Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
08/17 @ Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
08/19 @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX
08/20 @ TBA - San Antonio, TX
08/21 @ House of Blues - Bronze Peacock - Houston, TX
08/23 @ Southport Hall - New Orleans, LA
08/25 @ TBA - Nashville, TN


Where to begin with an act such as Deicide. Being death metal and active for over 30 years, with twelve albums under their belts, their twelfth album "Overtures of Blasphemy" being just released and pleasing metalheads alike. The band would of course go out on tour, promoting said release, with a bill unlike any before. This was a strict death metal based touring trek, not with some acts you may think of but quite close. Rounding out the line-up for tonight's events at Los Angeles venue 1720, a warehousing establishment, held forth an all age range of individuals, most if not all dressed in black! But that's not all because the line-up was heavy as possible, including acts such as The Absence, Jungle Rot, Origin and Deicide!

The Absence kicked off the night, performing a 20 minute setlist that consisted with them interacting with the crowd, getting everyone pumped up for the rest of the nights acts. Throughout their performance, fans got rowdy in the pit, while others stood back and enjoyed the tunes, that were catchy and fast hitting with pure heaviness. Surely their presents of performance tactics made their set really eye worthy of style and sound that was death metal done on their behalf.

The Absence




Up next was Jungle Rot, who erupted the stage, getting everyone in eye shot really roughed up. All there were consistently moving throughout the floor especially in the mosh pit. Like literally everyone who was on the surrounding’s of the pit, were involved within it, whether they just standing there pushing and shoving everyone else, or them falling alongside those who kept falling down. Everyone else just getting into the energy of all of it really. Jungle Rot keeping that energy of themselves and the crowd in high ranges, their performance being kept heavy and raw in tone. Interactions with the crowd being nothing but angst and pride. Jungle Rot bringing a new edge to the death metal genre, the jungle version.

Jungle Rot:


Following them was Origin, whose death metal styling was truly original. One of the most noted effects done by them, was their vocalist constantly voicing his opinion with the crowd of on lookers. Telling everyone to bang their heads, crowd surf the audience, to the mosh pit of shovers and pushers to get crazy! Non-stop happening’s took place during their set-up. The band performing nothing but grace, heaviness and pure on elegance. Moving so much was everyone around, no matter which way you looked, you got the vibrations instantly, that kept flowing until the last song was sung.

Concluding the night would be the death metal legends of all Deicide. Main man Glen Benton hitting 50, still has it going on, with the band after 30 years strong. Twelve albums down, nothing would prevent the madness that would unravel. Once they had everything in gear, Deicide would play off for the next good hour or so, playing a lot of the classic tracks, and newer tracks of material. This time though, the crowd would be insanely intense. If not at the barricade in the front, to those in the very back, everyone would be either pushed together, crowd surfing atop one another, or falling or pushing one another whichever way available. It was literal chaos throughout their entire performance. Deicide being very fierce with their performance, never breaking at all, but going forward with each song played, the crowd interacted with glee. Some of the tracks played would include such like “Dead By Dawn”, “Scars of the Crucifix”, and “Bible Basher”.

Deicide:





When the band was wrapping up their setlist, fans were shouting for more, encouraging an encore to take place. But once the band had played their final song of the night, an encore would not take place, as many were heading out the entrance doors, others hurrying to buy last minute merchandise or grabbing a late night drink. Deicide were done for the night, but ended on a high end note, of the death metal genre.

SETLIST:

1. Dead by Dawn
2. When Satan Rules His World
3. Scars of the Crucifix
4. Crawled From the Shadows
5. They Are the Children of the Underworld
6. One With Satan
7. Once Upon the Cross
8. Defying the Sacred
9. Serpents of the Light
10. Seal the Tomb Below
11. Oblivious to Evil
12. Excommunicated
13. Dead but Dreaming
14. In the Minds of Evil
15. Sacrificial Suicide
16. Homage for Satan


THE LAST CELL takes on progressive metal and fusion rock to create a style that is truly original and rather unique. Having released a couple of EP's thus far with another on the way, shows are to follow soon enough with way more underway! A member of the band goes into discussion about all of these material matters and more.


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

I always wanted to have my own thing where I can write everything. So I started The Last Cell as my solo project. 2018 I released my first EP "Nautilus". Florian Lukas, a dear friend and amazing bassist played the bass on both records and became an irreplaceable part of my live setup.

In 2019 I had the luck to meet Robin Weber, a young drummer / multi-instrumentalist that just amazed us with his playing and work attitude. From there on the live set-up was complete. The first gig was amazing, as we really have a lot of fun on stage and the fact that I can totally trust both guys. They let me do my thing and for that I am super grateful.

Last month I released my second EP called "Continental Drift" and now we are rehearsing for upcoming gigs. Exciting!

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

It just made sense for me.The name to me carries everything I want to convey with my music. I just love science and nature. That is also basically the main theme of it. Its the story of somehow everything from the origin of existence, the fight of survival to the point where the last cell will perish and thus concluding the end of the thing we call life. 

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 from Austria / Vienna but basically grew up in a different part of Austria. The scene in Vienna is really supporting to each other and there are a lot of truly enthusiastic people working on great music. Bands like : Thus I End, Call The Mothership, Their Dogs were Astronauts, Solid Sky, Crimson Mind and many more. And that’s just the metal/rock part of it. I keep finding more and more talented people in Vienna. I just love this city.

4. How would you describe your style?

I think I found my style when I stopped to think what kind of music I wanna make and just treated every idea I have as a part of it. That’s why it sometimes for example its really melodic turning into something heavy then back to something beautiful and so on. It progresses through a lot of
emotions. The tools I use are djenty, proggy, shreddy and jazzy I guess ? But don’t listen to me – I am just a fool.

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

Two EPs: "Nautilus" and "Continental Drift" and two Singles : "We The People" and "Myra". Expect epic melodies and harsh rhythms.

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

Yes – I am already working on EP #3!

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

We will play two shows at the end of June, with even more gigs to follow.

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

I want to get my music all around the world and I hope that I will get the chance to share the stage with a lot of musicians.

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

You can listen to my stuff on every major streaming platform like Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, Tidal etc. If you want to support me you can also buy the EP’s on thelastcell.bandcamp.com so I can buy myself food and continue to work on my music.

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

The way the emotions of the parts change between each other.


Belarusian Symphonic/Gothic Metal band Belle Morte have released their new single "To Get Her". The single was recorded at "Ivory Studio" and mixed/mastered by Sergei Butovski.

Check it out here: https://bellemorte.bandcamp.com/track/to-get-her.

Belle Morte was formed at Minsk, Belarus formed in 2015. The idea behind Belle Morte is combining the beautiful and innocent part (Belle) with malicious and twisted one (Morte). The first single "Mercy" released on Dec 9, 2017 belongs to "Belle", while the second one "Devilish Deal" is all about "Morte". Right now the band is recording the debut album, that is expected to be released in 2019.


Century Media Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of notorious Norwegian Black Metal forefathers MAYHEM. Founded in 1984, MAYHEM has released five studio albums as well as a number of demos, EP's and live albums since. Their debut full length De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994) is considered by many to be the most influential Black Metal album of all time. Having left behind the controversy surrounding their early years, MAYHEM continues to push boundaries and is now considered one of the most innovative forces of extreme metal and sinister art, which applies to both their live shows and their recent studio recordings.

"Once again Mayhem is writing a new chapter in its 35 year history," states the band about the signing to Century Media Records. "We are excited to now have joined forces with Century Media and are eager to see what this partnership can do for us both in the future."

MAYHEM's sixth album will be released on October 25th. Soon after, they will embark on a European headline tour with special guests Gaahls, WYRD and Gost. Please find the dates below:

TOUR DATES:

October 31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
November 1 - Leiden, Netherlands - Gebr De Nobel
November 5 - Paris, France - La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
November 6 - Rennes, France - L'etage
November 7 - Toulouse, France - Metronum
November 10 - Lyon, France - CCO
November 12 - Milano, Italy - Magazzini Generali
November 14 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
November 15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
November 16 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
November 17 - Lille, France - Tyrant Fest
November 19 - Kassel, Germany - Musik Theater 130BPM
November 21 - Mannheim, Germany - MS Connextion Complex
November 22 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
November 23 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinehalle
November 24 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
November 26 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
November 27 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
November 29 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset Klubben
November 30 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik

MAYHEM is Necrobutcher (bass), Hellhammer (drums), Attila Csihar (vocals), Teloch (guitar), and Ghul (guitar).

MAYHEM Discography (selected):
Deathcrush EP (1987)
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)
Wolf's Lair Abyss EP (1997)
Grand Declaration of War (2000)
Chimera (2004)
Ordo ad Chao (2007)
Esoteric Warfare (2014)


Haze Of Summer has released a follow-up album release titled "Stuzha". This being the follow-up to 2017's previous album "Znoi". But the difference between the two is not just the all new material but the presentation, for "Stuzha", is not only provided with the digital release as the other releases but comes with a shall we say "official full album video" release as well. Haze Of Summer dabbing into what they consider their genre of music being "hipster black metal".

With that said, "Stuzha", is very instrumental at times, especially the accompanying full album video version, showcasing a variety of sorts of music videos, telling a story with live segments of the band themselves. Each one of the tracks depicting whats happening within the story telling, for instance opening number "September (Anno 1602)", is very mellow yet intense as well. The energy given is forced yet simplified provided it has angst that makes the music heavier than expected at times. Whilst other tracks like follow-up track "October (Old Mornings Dawn)", has an energy that is very in-depth yet high ranked in tone. The melodies of the instruments creating this passage of tone, that allows for the vocalization from both tracks to be very intensified yet dense.

Like the music crafts together this momentum that blasts altogether developing this vision that is fun yet heavy at the same times. The rest of the tracks off this "Stuzha" release, are more month based titled such as "November", and "December" featuring a guest spot from Summer of Haze, the other tracks titled "January" with another guest spot from Zmey and the last track titled "February". Each of which, consisting of a tone more or less, similar in style but still heavy throughout. It’s as if the tracks together create that storyline mentioned prior, except with each track following suit, it makes the music in a deeper meaning, having the material be fresh yet still turning back to the heaviness and even crafting a drift of edgy as well.

As a whole “Stuzha”, is perhaps more grounded showing a growth if you will than anything else. Music is very in tone with the meaning of the material behind it all really. It creates this flow that just has delight in its presentation. Surely Haze of Summer being a lot like other acts such as Children Of Bodom crossed with Within Temptation. If you like heavy metal with a dash of black metal then Haze Of Summer’s “Stuzha” is the one to get your heaviness in its right mind set.


Groovy thrashers Hollowed have a debut EP out titled "Shattered". The 5-track release is a diverse time with influences that range well. Take the 80's old school era of heavy metal with the modernized time that is thrash and death metal and you end up with tracks like "Slave Becomes A King", along with others like "Sick Society", "Anxiety" and "These Scars". Each one of these tracks is nothing but brutality from start to finish. The heaviness from the guitars and drums just creates the energy flowing throughout these song selections chosen. Vocalization provided makes the material even more edgy crafting together this mentality that just screams intensity. Altogether the material just packs it in, making this fistful of goodness that never disappoints. In fact, “Shattered” as an EP just builds upon the material, mastering this energy that  is never ending really. You get the vibes of Exodus mixed with some Slayer and Warbringer elements that really sticks. Hollowed being a modern act with elements of metal that works in their favor, at all costs, because an EP like “Shattered” just bursts with all the heavy!


BabyMetal will be touring the U.S. this fall with support coming from Avatar and The Hu on select dates! Check out the list of dates below.

TOUR DATES:

SEPTEMBER:

09/04/19 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live

09/06/19 - Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy

09/08/19 - Washington, DC - The Anthem

09/11/19 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

09/13/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

09/15/19 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

09/18/19 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit

09/20/19 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom

09/21/19 - Saint Paul, MN - Myth Live Event Center

09/23/19 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater

09/24/19 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom

09/27/19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

09/28/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Union Event Center

09/30/19 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues

OCTOBER:

10/01/19 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater

10/04/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

10/11/19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum *

10/13/19 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock **

10/15/19 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater ***

10/16/19 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre ***

*No Support
**Festival
***No Avatar, Support from The HU


Energetic alternative pop punk emo group WISHING WOLF will release their debut album "Violent Fire". Releasing a single off it titled "Closer" with much more music to follow soon. For now though, the band talks of these releases and what the future holds.


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

Most of us met in college initially, however the band all got together through a Facebook post made by Danny. I (Kyle) didn't know anyone and was tagged by my close friend, this friend was Charley, Moodie's girlfriend.

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

The origin of the name came from Danny's old band, they had an EP called "A Wolf With a Wish", and the name stuck with him from there.

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 Kettering Northamptonshire. The scene as a whole is definitely on the up, when we started going out there was maybe a gig every month at best. Now there's something every night of the weekend. Pop punk in particular is relatively popular at the minute, which keeps us very busy. I'd definitely recommend a band called Thrift Street from Northampton we've worked very close with them and they're all lovely dudes.

4. How would you describe your style?

We find it hard to categorize our style, I think we'd say were an Emo/Alternative rock band. However we take a lot influences from prog rock, metal and pop punk.

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

So far we have released our first EP "True Eyes", as well as this we released a single for our song "As Long As You're Here Tonight" both of these can be found on Spotify and apple music. At the moment we are currently in the middle of releasing singles from our new album "Violet Fire". Single 1 "Closer", can be found on YouTube and soundcloud. "Violet Fire" will be released 29th of may on all platforms.

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

We have loads coming up for the release of the album, were all very much looking forward these shows. We've decided to make them the biggest we've done yet ramping up our performances massively. On June 1st we'll be playing our album release show in our home town at The Prince Of Wales with our buds in Get Your Head Straight. Following this were playing the 8th supporting Slackrr.

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

I think we just want to keep doing what were doing, so far we've made so many friends on our travels and wed like to take that to the next level with potentially a tour. I think musically we want to do our best to experiment with lots of different sounds. Were all inspired by something different and when we put our heads together who knows what the results will be. Album 2 could be metal or it could be jazz only time will tell!

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

Our stuff is available absolutely everywhere! Spotify, Apple Music, Souncloud. Our music videos are all on our YouTube channel, however if you'd like to support just a little more we have our merch at;

https://wishingwolf.bigcartel.com.
https://www.facebook.com/WishingWolfUK/.

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 the good old days of emo, we want to remind people of the sounds of the 2000's. Bands like My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco and Taking Back Sunday all have a special place in our hearts and we feel it's about time we all embraced it. We also want people notice the spin we've put on a well loved genre.


"Be Brave", would be the first single taken from her forthcoming and seventh album to her namesake Jasmine Cain, titled merely "Seven". The album’s title having an open discussion to why it is called as such. The single brings her known vocalization and bass line that has been trademarked for sometime, that this rocker is one not to be forgotten about. Her style is close to being a lot like Halestorm meets some elements of Heart and Whitesnake, if not other acts like In This Moment, The Letter Black and Stitched Up Heart.

Aside from this single though, comes other memorable tracks “Long Shot”, “Powers”, “Are You Ready”, “Ghost”, and “Hurt”. These tracks being the ranger bearers off this release. For instance, take "Ghost", the track alone really showcases the incredibility that is range with Jasmine Cain as a vocalist, her bass structure just being the back pedal to the dominance that is her presences as a musician. The other tracks mentioned like “Are You Ready”, and “Hurt”, bring forth this more in-depth feeling of emotions, melody and overall force that is truly unstoppable at times, it's reckoning needed to be messed with to get the music appointed towards as far as the sound and meaning.

“Are You Ready”, brings this momentum like “Long Shot” and Powers” does within their set-ups. The melodic noise is heavy duty, yet well played. You get this ideal concept of power, wholesome energy that never wants to back down. It’s a constant pressure that makes the music rage at all costs. Jasmine Cain’s vocal chords again being very in-tune with the bass and all else, drums and guitar work performed by her two other members, as this being a trio act, it’s one who stands out, along with many other successors who have done the trio card of band member bands like Calabrese,  Alakline Trio and Green Day.

"Let It Go", "Burnout", and the rest of the tracks off this release that come with it, are along the same similarities as the one's already briefed here. Same type of formula that keeps the music in tune and check upon listening in to it really. If you like hard and heavy rock n' roll, then Jasmine Cain brings it, with all she can upon this album called "Seven". It taking three years to come together, it was well worth the long wait, it's an album of sound that pays off in every which way, each of the tracks sounds. You being disappointed will not even be thought of after hearing it played through from start to finish.


For the longest time now, coffee has been one, if not the most recognizable liquids of consumption on this very planet. Thus, many in today’s day and age drink coffee, whether it’d be for breakfast or any hours of their daily lives, as there are numerous coffee shops in and around every street corner. With this craze of the so called drink, came numerous individuals ranging from musicians, to sell the substance at their own dismay, including alternative, hard rock, pop rocker Jasmine Cain.

Her coffee brews coming in three flavor choices, with a fourth option being the case of sampler packets. The first would be Jasmine Cain’s Coffin Coffee, then Jasmine Cain’s Suicide Blonde with Jasmine Cain’s Whiskey Kiss Coffee as the current third and final choice of an offering. Believe it or not though, the Whiskey Kiss Coffee sells on her online shop for $15.00 while the other two coffee’s go for $20.00. The coffee samplers being the lowest offering at $5.00!

After an in-person interview gone wrong, due to some technical difficulties, the conversation which did go over well, ended with Jasmine handing off a  grounded brew bag of a large sized amount. The two options available on the website lists a “ground” and “whole bean” option. Receiving the bag of coffee blend was a delight, as trying it would be an experiencing review indeed.

Once with the second flavor choice at hand “Suicide Blonde”, the grounded blend would be tossed into your average run of the mill electric coffee maker, heated accordingly to the standard time frame of 5-10 minutes or so, then once ready to be served, add your sugar and creamer if not milk, whichever fancy’s your liking, as all would be stirred well, tasting it would be well….

Shall we say, delicious! The flavor of what is likely vanilla beans, just hits the spot once it hits the taste buds, sending a soothing yet warmth inside your body. Drinking a single cup of the stuff, really keeps the smile upon your face afterwards. “Suicide Blonde”, just provides this flavor-fulfillment really. It’s sweet yet tame, has some angst to it, that makes you wanting more!

Surely, the other flavors within this batch of a trio, would likely do this one justice, at if not possibly being better perhaps? It is also duly noted that according to Jasmine Cain herself, more coffee flavors of blend, will be coming soon enough. So much more to choose from, that any coffee drinker, should be left bold, without bitterness, if not being burnt out of the stuff first!

BUY JASMINE CAIN'S COFFEE BREWS - http://jasminecain.com/product-category/coffee/


 Bassist extraordinaire Jasmine Cain has released an all new single and it's accompanying album both out now! "Be Brave", comes off her album titled "Seven", say what you will about the title choice, but the whole entirety of this release, has been wrapped around release parties, showcases, and much more, Jasmine Cain has no intention of stopping! Find out all that was said from Jasmine Cain herself, about this content and even details of her own coffee line that is brewing with excellence below!


1. Let's talk about your latest single called "Be Brave", it's said to be about your best friend Paige Logan, why her, does she know?

JC: It was inspired by my best friend and co-writer, Paige Logan. She helped me write this song, so she is well aware of what the song means to me and how it was inspired. I am surrounded by some very strong women in my circle.


2. "Be Brave" comes off your seventh album to date, titled "Seven", so was this title chosen as it's the seventh album or because of the phase of "Lucky 7" or a mix of the two or it has a whole another meaning?

JC: My lucky number is 7, but really the concept for the title of this album is not only because this is my 7th album, but it is also a number of completion as well as the 7th chakra of opening your mind to broaden your thoughts. I took a deeper approach at this record musically and took a chance into a territory I was unfamiliar with. In the end, I feel it paid off. On the 8th day, I rested.

3. Sitting back and looking at you releasing your seventh album this summer, did you ever think that Jasmine Cain would have gotten this far with this career choice as a musician?

JC: Jasmine Cain exists for the sole purpose of creating music. If there was no music career, there would be no Jasmine Cain. I'm always happy about the things I have accomplished. I will always be satisfied with my achievements.

4. For the album's release will be not one, but two album release parties, one of which is dedicated to the fan holiday May the 4th Be With You, with a whole decked out Stars Wars set-up, why go this route with this release?

JC: I wanted to give people in our hometown of Nashville a chance to get their hands on the album before it was released and we were touring. I rarely get to perform in my home base and so we wanted to throw this party just for them.

5. As you are out and about promoting said album, how has the promotional been received, playing shows, media, and what not taken it all in with the good and the bad if any?

JC: There have been a few reviews in advance of the album release and so far, all of them are positive. Most picked up on how different this album was from my previous records and were happy that I grew as a musician without compromising the integrity of the lyrical content.

6. How about after the release of this album, what else do you have lined-up for this year that can be expected?

JC: We will be touring very hard this summer in support of the new album. We have over 150 shows lined up.

 7. Can you disclose the details as to how the idea of having your own java came about and why go with such titles as "Coffin Coffee", "Suicide Blonde Coffee" and the "Whiskey Kiss Coffee”?

JC: We perform quite a few festivals and many times a good cup of coffee isn't possible with the vendors that were set up. Being that coffee is my life blood, I needed to have it with me always. I'm working as the business manager, tour manager, and booking agent by day and rock performer by night. I need coffee. We decided to start our own blends and keep them with us at all time. It really just makes our lives more pleasant out on the road. Nothing screws up my day worse than a shit cup of coffee.

8. Will this trio be the solid and only choices available or will more varieties become available?

JC: We are constantly evolving. There are 3 blends currently, but we are experimenting with a red wine cask and perhaps a chocolate concoction for this winter.

9. So what is it about the drink of coffee, that is so appealing among the music community, to sell within their other merchandise selections?

JC: We have to drink coffee to stay awake. Nobody wants to spend their day in the hangover land of last night's show. I'm pretty sure that's why so many musicians are carrying their own blend of coffee.

10. Would you like to add on anything more?

JC: ]New album "SEVEN" drops NOW. Buy it...it's good. That's all!


In celebration of the upcoming release of the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,” in theaters beginning May 10, The Pokémon Company International, in collaboration with Niantic, Inc., Warner Bros. Pictures, and Legendary Pictures, announced a variety of movie-inspired in-game activities and content coming soon to Pokémon GO. Players can look forward to catching a Pikachu wearing a detective hat after getting photobombed by the Pokémon, more encounters with select Pokémon featured in the film, special Raid Battles and Field Research, and more.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” has generated significant buzz among fans and theatergoers. The highly anticipated film will premiere in North American theaters on May 10, 2019, and across additional markets throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific starting this month.

“We’re excited for fans around the world to immerse themselves in the latest Pokémon adventure with ‘POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,’” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We look forward to celebrating the first live-action film with fun new experiences in Pokémon GO.”

From May 7 through May 17, 2019, the following content will be available in Pokémon GO for a limited time:

Detective Hat Pikachu Photobomb—While using GO Snapshot, fans may get photobombed by a Pikachu wearing a detective hat and then be able to catch the Pokémon.

More Encounters with Pokémon Seen in the Movie—Pokémon such as Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Aipom, and Snubbull, among others, will appear more frequently in the game. Players may also have opportunities to catch Shiny Aipom.

Special Raid Battles and Field Research—Players will be able to participate in Raid Battles that challenge Pokémon with starring roles in the film, as well as movie-inspired Field Research.

New Avatar Items—Fans will be able to customize their in-game avatars with movie-themed items, including a detective hat with Pikachu ears and a T-shirt featuring the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” logo.

To learn more about the movie-inspired in-game content, watch the following video: https://youtu.be/IclGJipLBBA. For additional details about Pokémon GO, visit pokemongolive.com. More information about “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” can be found at www.detectivepikachumovie.com and www.pokemon.com.


AM I DEAD YET? is an all new musical project from a variety of individuals, who decided to come together to create a sound that is wide in size and retro in style. They go on to discuss about this whole project and what it has going for it.

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

Noko: My band Apollo 440 has been my main contribution to the world of sound, but also guitar with Magazine and some other stuff stretching all the way back to the ‘80's.

Mary: I was in Gaye Bykers on Acid, Pigface and Apollo 440 alongside Noko. I also play with Pop Will Eat Itself.  We started Am I Dead Yet? about a year and a half ago when Noko and I decided it was time to get together again to make some noise. I was visiting from Brazil and we found time to write the track called ‘Loneliness’. We found we'd stumbled on a musical aesthetic we both wanted to pursue and carried on writing until we had an album’s worth of material. Initially it was difficult as I was living in Brazil, so we were working remotely. I decided to move back to the UK and the process became much easier.

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

Noko: …from a painting, of the same name, by Deborah Griffin (2015). It forms the basis of our album cover.

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

Noko: I’m in London and there’s so much here, but my fave at the mo from here is Snapped Ankles. They deserve to be enormous. The last great thing I experienced in London was a pitch black playback of Seattle band Sunn((o))’s new album ‘Life Metal’ at high volume over a PA in the dark. Utterly magical and transportive.

Mary: I'm living in Brighton and I've only just moved there so am not really part of any scene musically although I like Royal Blood, who hail from here.

4. How would you describe your style?

Noko: Our soundscape is widescreen retro-cinematic; our mood is distinctly noir. It showcases Mary's lived-in baritone croon over a lush David Lynchian laptop orchestra, replete with the sumptuous twang of my vintage Gretsch "white falcon", buried deep in a canyon of spring reverb.
We’re all about sonic self-sufficiency : from Joe Meek to "Spiral Scratch" and into the void of the 21st Century.

Mary: Dark Symphonic Pop

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

Noko: Our new album "Am I Dead Yet?" is out this week.  April 26th on Wire-Sound. If you bought it during our crowd funding month, you’ll have also heard our exclusive 5 track instrumental remix EP "6Never Mind The Bolex. Am I Dead Yet? Reimagined on 35mm’.

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

Noko: We’ve most of album #2 in our heads.

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

Noko: We’re playing a special album launch show on May 10th in London at The Islington and are in the process of lining up some more UK dates. We’ll be joined this time with our new rhythm section of Cliff Hewitt from Apollo 440 dubbing it up on drums and Derek ’Hoodlum Priest’ on bass.
In addition to this, as part of our crowd-fund, we’ll be taking an intimate scaled-down version of our show to living rooms in Hamburg and St. Leonard’s, which promises to be an interesting experience.

Mary: Also on May 18th we are playing at the Donkey in Leicester. Both Noko and I are very keen to get the "live thing" going, there is talk of a more comprehensive tour in September / October.

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

Noko: To continue in the trajectory that we’ve started on and produce work of quality and magnificence, without compromise or interference. We’ve only just begun really.

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

The usual outlets: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, in local record stores and direct at www.wire-sound.com.
You can keep up with us on www.amideadyet.co.uk or on our Facebook page (amideadyetband).

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

Noko: What’s killing you is also making you stronger.


SUE takes on several genres to create their unique sound style. Using noise rock. post-punk, and punk rock to name some, as their wild performances and DIY approach makes them even more unique than most. "It Will Never End", is their latest offering from them and the band had lots to say about it and their plans ahead.


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

I (Elliot) started the project in September 2016. At the time I was just playing around in my Dad’s music room, recording terrible demos and trying to write some interesting material. After a couple months I put together a band to perform the songs I’d written; Ashley (lead guitarist) was one of them. After spending a year or so doing the occasional gig and cycling through a couple bassists and a drummer, we found Euan (drums) and the three of us began playing together. Soon after we got Euan’s brother Harry to play bass guitar for us, and we’ve been going strong ever since.

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

Johnny Cash was a big influence on me when I first started making music, one of my favorites of his is A boy named Sue.

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 the West Midlands, which has a small but passionate rock scene lingering under its surface. We’ve played with some great band’s over the past year and a half; The Exhailers, The Butter Aliens and Effigy for Sleep are all great.

4. How would you describe your style?

We’re a mix of Noise Rock, Post-Punk and Punk Rock. SUE’s music is fast, furious and very aggressive; we have a great time playing our music live.

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

We’ve released our debut album recently; we worked really hard on it and are very proud of the end result. We plan to keep playing shows and making the best music we can. I’m hoping we can get some more shows in other cities outside our local scene in the coming months.

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

Not at the moment, our debut album has just been released so all of my energy has been directed at that.

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

Play as many shows as we can in as many places as we can find. We love playing the music, so we’re not picky when it comes to where.

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

I’d love to get our first tour organised by the end of the year, as well as getting some festival slots booked. In a perfect world I’d love to find a label that would be willing to work with us, but I think we’ve still got some work to do before that happens.

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

You can find us on Spotify, Youtube, Bandcamp etc. Our website suesuesue.com has all of our links there, so that’s a great place to start.

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

We love what we do and have a fantastic time doing it.


Madstone had started out as a whole another thing, with some mishaps in-between but after everything was arranged the right way, Madstone would continue to release music, creating an even more tighter grip on the rock music that they were creating.


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

It started in 2009 as Hester Prynee with Steve Burnside.  Steve passed away not long after we got started. I loved his music and didn't want it to die along with him.  I got permission from his family and added my own music and Madstone was born.  We still play 6 or 7 of his best tunes.  It started with Tommy Souza on drums,  Al Young on bass and we added Shannon Shrogin on guitar.  The first 2 CDs were done with these 4. Later Shannon had to leave  with family issues and we brought Mark Doolin in to replace him and finished our 3rd CD.  Mark helped me write 4 of the tumneson Heavy Thunder.  In Oct 2017, Madstone really needed to be somewhere where music was appreciated and I decided to move us to Texas near Austin.  Tommy Souza came with me.  He later on decided a woman was more important.  It happens and went back to California.  I then met Andy Ramos on bass and James York on drums and we've been a 3 piece ever since.  I miss all those guys and the contributions they have made to Madstone but it sounds better than ever.

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

A long time ago when I first started playing in a band, a guy names Mark Madson and myself James Stone came up with the name Madstone. The name was dormant for a long time.  Then when Steve passed away, we had a gig, they asked what the name of the band was.  I always liked the name.  It 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?

We are based out of Temple Texas, smack dab in Central Texas.  We recommend Scratch 3, Another band of Gypsies if you're out this way.

4. How would you describe your style?

70's rock and roll with a southern flair.  New country without the twang.

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

We've released 3 CD's so far, they just keep getting better.  Working on the next release.  You can expect to bang your head and rock out. It's fun music and it's best listened to after a few beers. That may sound funny, but people loosen up and when they hear us, realize their bodies are moving to the music whereas they might hold up, be reserved otherwise.  If you're up for a party, we are there.

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

Yes, we like to have at least 8 or 9 tunes on a CD.  We're about halfway there.

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

We're playing 3 or 4 times a month all over central Texas and once in a while at big biker rallies. Check the schedule.

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

Just to keep on rockin, having fun, keep making music.  You have to enjoy this a lot.  It sure isn't for the money. If something happens, that would be awesome, we'll keep trying, but we love to play, love to entertain.  We'll keep at it until somebody big notices.

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

http://www.madstoneband.com. Find us on iTunes, Spotify, Zune, and others

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

Madstone has a lot of variety. What I consider the most pretty piece of 12-string music in "your Eyes", some metal with "angel Blade", rock your ass off with "Mr Bones Wild Ride" (big favorite) heavy rock like "Heavy Thunder", and even something patriotic like "freedom Isn't free". There are some very different tunes that cover a lot of genres. There's something for everyone I think.  So don't just listen to one song and make a judgement call. You'll miss what you're looking for.


Theatrical macabre avant garde act FEAR INCORPORATED have been around for a little over a decade now, releasing an amount of content, including most recent album "Apparitions". William Westwater is one of the many members who has stuck it out for the long run, as he is one of the co-founders and composer of the band. He being the one to talk of this band, it's recent album and future.


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

Fear Incorporated were formed by myself William Westwater and by Cam Campbell,the latter who is an ex member of  the legendary Gothic band 'Sex Gang Children'-there has been a few line ups and changes since we formed in 2008 featuring members of Demented Are Go,Selfish C*nt and also Exit Strategy and Voodoo Bible.

Since then we have released 7 albums on various record labels and  themed on fear and derivatives of it-be it historical,phobias and everything that strikes terror into the heart of humankind.
Currently the line up consists of myself and Berwyn Waddon who also collaborates with our other projects Exit Strategy and Voodoo Bible

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

The objective of the band was to theme albums on fear in general and I came by the name whilst in reflection and saw Fear as a company or corporation and the name Fear Incorporated was borne from there.

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

The band was initially based in Edinburgh in Scotland and also in London with our first line up-now we are based in the former and also in Wales, I don't involve myself much with the local music scene as we are a studio band so far focusing on writing albums and making videos for the songs rather than playing live, I don't have any local bands I would like to recommend but Gnostic Gorilla from Canada are original and are very good and stand out-they will release their new "Shaman Rave" album on Cleopatra Records later this summer.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our musical style has been described as a lot of things over the years but "Theatre Macabre Avant Garde" is the moniker we usually fly our flag under-we are a fusion of styles plus have our own homegrown perspective of alternative music and the way we write it.

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

We have released 7 albums-6 studio albums and one compilation all on assorted record labels over the past 11 years. "Sawney's Cave" was our first, "Phobos" second, "Dark Carnival" next, "Cloak And Dagger" was 4th and "Devilsh Brood" 5th-closely followed by our "Best of'", "Fever Dream", and our current new album "Apparitions".

It really is best to expect the unexpected with Fear Incorporated-as the themes for our albums change so mostly does the music and its approach-for example "Phobos" was Gothic/Post Punk sounding using drums, bass and guitar  to give it a dark grating vibe for its subject of phobias and "Dark Carnival" has a sinister cabaret and avant garde feel to it using old vintage organs and carny like music to give the atmosphere that the listener is within the audience at an evil circus-So really going in with an open mind and a liking to dark avant garde music would be best for someone new to Fear Inc.

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

We have just released "Apparitions" on the Sacred Realm Records label which is available on CD and digital download-its themed upon all things supernatural,ghostly and macabre and can be purchased via the SRR website at https://fearincorporated.bandcamp.com/album/apparitions. We also are working upon a new album "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and we will appear on a few compilation albums over the course of the next few months.

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

For location and health issues within the band  there haven't been any live shows or touring-something theatrical and nightmarish would be required which would also require more musicians and personnel for props,effects etc-Perhaps in time however we will do so but not at this time.

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

We intend to keep on writing albums, hopefully doing one a year and writing more videos for the tracks. We also will keep working on raising awareness for the band-we have a good following thus far but the more the merrier really. 

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

Here are some links below to stream,purchase and find our more about Fear Incorporated

Website:
https://fearincorporated.jimdofree.com/.
Sacred Realm Records where Fear Incorporated have a Bandcamp page for music and merchandise.
https://sacredrealmrecords1.bandcamp.com/.
The latest album "Apparitions" is available there on CD and download to purchase currently as well as previous albums on download and CD-there is a merch page also for fans.
https://fearincorporated.bandcamp.com/album/apparitions.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/FearIncorporated/.
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/FEARINCORP.
ReverbNation:
https://www.reverbnation.com/FearIncorporated.
Youtube;
https://www.youtube.com/user/FearIncorporated1.

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

I think they should feel as if they haven't listened to anything quite like this before-whether they like the music or not really-also if they were a little disturbed or unsettled emotionally or mentally too after their listening pleasure then I think that would have achieved pretty much what we are out to do lol-Of course we also want the listener to enjoy our music and would hope they would get hooked from there on in and come back for more-a bit like reading a good horror story.


 Finland's own Helsinki Vampires The 69 Eyes have been around for the past thirty years. Come the fall of this year 2019, an all new album will commence, with more touring to follow suite of course. As the relentless foreigners of Finland are eagerly awaiting their return to the U.S. once more after this current touring cycle that took far to long to happen, ten years in fact. But to digress, vampire vocalist frontman Jyrki 69; took some one on one time to discuss the gap period of the band's departure since last touring, current touring, new music, and some anniversaries lingering in-between everything else disclosed.


1. First time interviewing you guys was back when you were touring the U.S. in 09, then two years later another interview would take place and now seven years later, my third interview would happen, would you say third time's the charm?

Jyrki 69: I hope so. My pleasure for your support and be here after all these years. You never know, you get older, even though you’re a Vampire, your days are numbered, and being here after all these years, thanks for your support.

2. Why did it take the band so long to come back to the U.S. of A?

Jyrki 69: Everything changed. After 2009, our last time here, is the simple thing to realize, is back then we were a “MySpace Band”, if anyone knows of that website, then it was the Facebook and now the Instagram. In that world, think of how much the world has changed since then, no record stores anymore, music is provided by streaming or consuming it that way. All of this affected us with this cult band, so we’ve been active touring around the world, having a blast but never had the chance to come back until now 2019. I’ve had other chances with my other bands The 69 Cats and my solo project, which with whom I toured with before. Everything I have done has been building up to this moment, so finally we are back and touring again. We are so majorly influenced by American pop culture, but it took almost a lifetime but I am glad we are here again.

3. Not only is it your guys 30th anniversary as a band but it's been 10 years since you guys last played the U.S. So was it decided that for your 30th anniversary together you were going to do this tour or did you celebrate in another fashion or have something else in mind altogether?

Jyrki 69: Yes, that is also kind of weird. We had thought to do that, we spent too long in the studio, it should have came out by now, but it will be out this fall in September. So we decided this tour, the closing chapter of our 29th year with our last release and material, with the 30th year being the next cycle with this new record of ours. I think that’s how we think of it, we will be celebrating our 30th officially on our next U.S. tour A.S.A.P.!!!!

4. Whereabouts in the process of your 12th album are you?

Jyrki 69: It’s done. We’re going to be using the footage we have filmed here in Los Angeles, with our first new single and video, that is being released at the end of this month that is May.

5. Besides being in The 69 Eyes, you are also a part of some other project like The 69 Cats and your solo project Jyrki 69, will we be seeing these other projects ever playing a show and or tour with The 69 Eyes or would that be too much for you to handle?

Jyrki 69: I recently turned 50 years old. So I had two options, either to disappear for a while and have some me time. Or to have a party. So I decided to go with having a party, and have the 3 bands together, on stage but the manager was like “Nobody cares and it’s too expensive”.  So I disappeared. When it comes to the show business, and the people who are the real vampires who get money out of me, they go and make those kind of decisions. So it was just easier for me to disappear…. I had already came here to Los Angeles to get drunk but that’s a whole another story.

6. Initially The 69 Eyes original style was glam metal but changed over to gothic metal or goth n' roll as you guys like to call it, but would we ever see a call back to the original style or that's in the past for good?

Jyrki 69: We just decided to melt the two genres together, but no one had done that before and it’s worked well for us. We are going to return to the glam style here tonight for our show in Los Angeles. We’re having some special guests come out on stage with us, during our set tonight, so it’s going to happen pretty soon.

7. Are you and drummer Jussi 69 related due to the name similarities or is it just that a similar naming of the two of you?

Jyrki 69: No, no, it’s just the number “69”. But thanks for paying attention. It’s just like The Ramone's, Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone. So we were thinking it was cool to put "69" at the end of our names, so it was a little tribute to The Ramones for inspiring us.

8. The band has only released one live release, "The 69 Eyes Hollywood Kills Live at the Whisky A Go Go", which came out in 2008, will we be seeing a follow-up release?

Jyrki 69: Does the world really need that. People using their mobile phones nowadays. I think once again, when you talk with the music industries, they will tell me, no one is going to buy, so why invest in that. It’s a sad world when being creative, as an artist then somebody handles the business side of it unfortunately.

9. Has the band or will you ever release an all acoustic album of all new material or revisions of your current works?

Jyrki 69: We have a couple of acoustic songs, somewhere that I can’t think of where. But we just are eager to write, record, and release all new music. In celebration of our 30th anniversary with this release, instead of releasing a compilation or something. We release a brand new record with all new songs. We think that The 69 Eyes has a future, when you don’t have a future or you think you have done everything, then you do an acoustic record or something else altogether which is fine. But at the moment we haven’t even thought about that.

10. In 2017 you went on to release a single track titled "Christmas in New York City", is that the closest we will be getting to a Christmas like release or would the band consider singing Christmas tunes for a release?

Jyrki 69: I mean, every self respecting band should do like a “Christmas” type of release or record. Now we did it, and it is a simple Christmas song for the fans and hope you can listen to it, and crank it up for Christmas and tribute to New York at the same time.

11. A variety of acts have gone on to play shows or even tour performing numerous albums or releases in their entirety, 2004's "Devils" the one that I think you're most known for, is 15 this year, any plans on doing anything like that for this release or any other?

Jyrki 69: Why not, thanks for the idea. We start tonight here with that song “Devils”. So that would be a good idea, thank you. When it comes to it, should we do a one off show or how many people would be interested in that. I mean, then there would be somebody through social media, writing “Oh I want to see them but they didn’t play this song”. You know, it’s like hard but we would have to plan it carefully, so no one would take it the wrong way. But yeah we would love to do it.

12. Whilst being quite known as the "Helsinki Vampires", have you ever considered paying a homage to the Vampire Lestat, especially his tracks in the film "Queen Of The Damned", you guys would do a killing of covers of his I bet.

Jyrki 69: Thank you. I loved the movie and how they made it. At some point, I was actually  thinking that they ripped off my image a little, with the jewelry he was wearing. But that is a good idea. We can try our own songs coming to that idea. Our second album “Savage Garden”, and the term comes from a Vampire Lestat book, Anne Rice making a night time world that is a savage gardening among the humans. All of that realm is close to The 69 Eyes, and thanks for the idea and reminder.

13. Do you have anything to say to the other vampires listening out there?

Jyrki 69: Well once in a while, because we have to live forever, we have to stick together and thanks for all of the support for the Helsinki Vampires. If anybody wants to know how to become a Vampire, the easiest way is to turn into a Vegan to clean your blood.

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