April 2020

Modern Day Escape had announced their indefinite break and or hiatus back in 2014. Having released three full-length albums "House of Rats" (2009), "Under The Gun" (2012), and "New Life" (2013). The band would pop in every now and again, in 2019 later announcing their return, by then releasing new content just that following year in 2020. This taking them seven years to release all new music; it being in the form of a single called "Revenge Is So Sweet", off an upcoming EP titled "Transmutaiton".

Whilst the band has gone through some line-up changes including switching things up from a five piece to a four piece, the band managing to main a few members from the previous album cycle "New Life" (2013) with the included addition of one new guy as of now. But aside from that, the track itself, "Revenge Is So Sweet", takes a step into a direction that kept the formula that was within the sophomore and third album full-lengths. It is nothing like the era that was their self-titled EP and debut album releases. Which is a tad disappointing, but nevertheless the track very upbeat in it's melodic tone, with the vocal chords being clean cut yet presentable to say the least. It's a well rounded energetic tone that keeps the material fresh. It should also be noted that the accompanying lyrical video they released included a video game concept, with an ending screen of every member of Modern Day Escape ever, by the form of their nick name's with the game scores being pointers to significant numbers within the band's history.

But for it's worth, "Revenge Is So Sweet", is a solid track of a single off an EP that has yet to be released. Will the remaining material off said EP, be just as fluid as this track turned out to be. Perhaps so, as this was one of those tracks to be memorable and rather enjoyable, in spite of it's lack of older material sounds, this track is a break from the past and looking right into the band's future. How long they will stick around here and now, only time will tell this time.

Having taken the local scene by storm as it were, RELENTLESS SOULS has been around since 2015. Releasing a debut album "Crowd Control", blending together that metalcore, heavy metal, and early 2000's rock n' roll to create a genre that is their own creation. The band is currently hard at work upon their follow-up album expected soon! For now though, the band goes on talking more or less about the current events and what plans are ahead of them.

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

Relentless Souls started as a small project while our vocalist Tyler Adams was still in high school, in the first few years we spent a lot of time finding a solid identity due to the various backgrounds of our members. After some time and a handful of lineup changes we have found the individuals that truly embody who we are as a collective; Tyler Adams on vocals, Mike Mastrandrea on lead guitar, Cody Marzec on rhythm guitar, and the accomplished Sean Levey on drums.

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

‘Relentless Souls’ is supposed to symbolize who we all are as individuals, we are just five guys trying to push relentlessly toward our dreams, we just hope that this message can one day help inspire others to do the same.

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

The band is currently based around Baltimore, Maryland, (our hometown is Ellicott CIty) the scene here is fairly challenging in the rock/metal industry, there’s just not as many bands as there are in some other parts of the country. However we would highly recommend our good friends Echo 2 Locate, Outlet, and After the Broken, all of whom played with us during our 2 day stint playing with Diamante in November.

4. How would you describe your style?

We have managed to combine our eclectic music tastes into a signature blend of hard rock, heavy metal, and metalcore.

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

Our first full length album ‘Crowd Control’ is available on all major streaming platforms worldwide, there’s something on that album for everyone; melodic ballads, heavy hitting rock songs, and metal riffs that make you want to start a pit in your kitchen.

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

We are currently in the process of writing our second full-length album, more details will be coming soon!

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

Unfortunately most shows have been canceled or postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, however if everything is smooth sailing from here we are set to play Dr. Chill Fest 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland with Framing Hanley and Charm City Devils

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

Playing out of state more, and focusing on extending our regional, national, and international reach.

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

Spotify, YouTube, or any streaming service, our album is also available for purchase on Google Play, and Apple Music.

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

Listen to the lyrics, every song holds a story to be told and it’s something that we take deep pride in as a group. Musicians are people just like everyone else, so if there’s anything you should ever take away from music as a whole, is the stories they weave.

Orange County, California’s Cerebellion release new single and lyric video “Through Darkness”. From their upcoming album Beyond Our Failures, the song  is the 2nd release in a series of 6 singles to be dropped throughout the  year. Out of the gates with a mix of heavy guitars and flamenco licks, "Through Darkness" is a rollercoaster, both sonically and lyrically.

As if the song didn’t already tell a significant story, "Through Darkness" gave way to a lyric video that is part anime and part graphic novel, leading the listener into the world of a sword wielding heroine. The dark  tone of the video perfectly compliments the music as it weaves in and out of thrashy fast riffs into open melodic choruses. Finally culminating in a beautiful acoustic piece, the song slowly fades out.

Check out the track HERE.

SKINLAB has released their brand new video for single "Amerikill." The single is from the band's latest record VENOMOUS, that was produced by Ulrich Wild, and released on October 25th, 2019, via Art is War Records.

"We are excited to release our new video for "Amerikill." This will be the first of many videos the band shot ourselves with the help of our bud Karl Whinnery who did an awesome job with his added story line catering to the inner paranoia developed through isolation. The message is real....know your surroundings" says Steev Esquivel.

Check out the video over HERE.

United Kingdom pop/rock sensation Paul Bartolome has just released his brand new album "Screaming Through The Radio" worldwide on LEGEND Recordings. After spending much of 2019 touring including a sold-out European tour to end the year as direct support for The Calling. Paul Bartolome worked hard with producer Matt Good among other special guests on this album that leaves you excited from song 1 all the way to the end. This is just the beginning for the performer!

You can stream "Screaming Through The Radio" in its entirety here https://legendrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/screaming-through-the-radio.

Up and coming metal band DEAD INSIDE have only been around for a short while, but have since released a music video, EP, with more music underway and coming soon! For the mean time though, the band has taken the time to talk about their recent work's and what they have planned ahead.

1. So tell me about Dead Inside. Why did you decide to name the band with such a title? What kind of ideas did you explore before your final decision?

The band name came several months after we'd already written songs for the band. We initially formed as a hardcore band, and after several demos, we'd become partial to the heavier and more melodic songs that we'd written and decided we needed a "metal-sounding" band name. After about 9 months of brainstorming, we just kind of settled on "Dead Inside" because all of our other ideas were already taken by more established bands.

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

Dave Miller, Rob Emmons, and I met in late 2017 while bowling in a punk rock bowling league. Not long after, Dave saw videos I was posting online of me playing guitar, and asked me if I wanted to start a hardcore band with him on guitar and Rob on bass. I accepted and asked if they'd played in bands before, which was when I learned that Dave used to play guitar in the screamo band Senses Fail and Rob used to play in the alternative rock band Halifax. I hadn't really listened to either band much before that point, but I figured they were serious and I got cracking with the songwriting. Meanwhile, Dave went through his Facebook friends list for vocalists and drummers. That's when he reached out to Joe Brown, the vocalist of A Static Lullaby, and Brian Fowler, the drummer from The New Pacific. By the time we all got into a room for the first time, it was January of 2018, and we had a bunch of hardcore songs ready to go.

That lineup lasted for a little bit, until we decided we wanted to be in a metal band instead of a hardcore band, which led to several lineup changes. By early 2019, we had Joe Brown on vocals, me on guitar and vocals, Josh Chastain on bass, Ryan Villa on guitar, and Lorenzo Perez on drums. We released our first single, Now Fear Begins, through a record label called We Are Triumphant. Our record release show was a headlining spot at Emo Nite LA in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Immediately after that, we started writing new music with that lineup, which led to the creation of our new single, Shadows.

Since then, Ryan and Lorenzo have left the band. Dave is back on guitar, and our new drummer is Brian Perry, who - like Brian Fowler - used to play drums in The New Pacific.

3. What are your songs about? Do they cover any specific themes?

Joe writes all the lyrics for the band. There's no one specific subject he writes about, but they're usually charged with negative emotions such as despair, fear, or despondence.

4. Who are your musical influences and why?

There are a few bands that Dave, Joe, and I were listening to a lot when we wrote the first few Dead Inside songs. They include Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, In Flames, and As I Lay Dying, among others. Naturally, they had a big influence on our sound back then, and we still look to those bands today to ensure that our new material doesn't sound like a different band altogether. But everyone in the band has their preferences and favors certain subgenres of metal over others, and those differences are starting to show in our new songs. Josh, Brian, and I love modern djent and progressive metal bands such as Monuments and Polaris. Joe and Dave like those bands too, but the music they write definitely has more of an early 2000's sound, which is understandable given their previous bands. Josh and I also really like industrial and nu metal bands, so we're trying to incorporate more synths into the newer songs. Dave wants to add some new wave bits to the songs. As long as it sounds good and it all fits together in a way that isn't jarring, we're kind of open to whatever.

5. Tell us something more about your debut EP release "Now Fear Begins".

We're a very DIY band. Guitar parts were written over several months of Dave coming over to my place twice a week. We recorded them on my computer. I wrote basic drum parts on my computer, slapped the whole thing together as an instrumental demo, and gave the songs to Lorenzo and Joe to write and record their parts. Then we sent everything off to our friend Chris Collier to mix. We submitted the songs to We Are Triumphant as a demo, but Chris had done such a good job on mixing it that the label just ended up releasing the demo as-is.

The response to the record has been pretty positive. A Static Lullaby fans seem to really like it, which kind of surprises me, given how different our style is. At the end of the day, we're a new band, and the metal scene is uncharted territory for all of us. All we want to do is write music that we're passionate about and hope that people enjoy it.

6. Whereabouts are you in the process of the follow-up EP? You released a new single titled
"Shadows" - will that track be included on this upcoming release?

We've written the instrumental versions for about five or six songs for the second EP. We want to iron out a few kinks before Joe starts writing lyrics. Then we'll track vocals, and this time, I'll mix and master the whole thing. Shadows will probably not be included on this upcoming release. Our style has changed so much since we wrote that song almost a year ago that it would feel a little out of place in this new record.

7. Where can fans find out more about you?

Look us up on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Our handle on every website is @deadinsidehq. Leave us comments on our posts and videos. Shoot us a message. We love interacting with fans!

8. How would you say you differ from other bands and artists on the scene?

I can't speak for the rest of the band. Personally, I see other bands on the scene to be in one of two camps. The first type of band chases the most current and relevant sound, and in the process, ends up sounding like everybody else. The other type of band does everything they can to sound different, but this often comes at the expense of catchiness. For us, our primary goal is to write catchy and memorable songs. As far as relevance and individuality goes, we draw inspiration from so many modern and old bands alike that it just kind of happens naturally. Our songs might have "Lamb of God parts" or "Periphery parts", but when tied together as a full package with Joe's unique screams, they're just "Dead Inside songs".

9. What does this next year hold for Dead Inside?

This COVID-19 quarantine is kind of a strange but interesting time to be in a band. There won't be any shows in the foreseeable future, with Los Angeles concert venues likely being closed for at least another year. We're just writing songs and hope to release a new one every month or two. Maybe to keep things interesting and stay engaged with the audience, we'll do some live streams or make some video content.

10. Are you Dead Inside?

Nope. These are tough times, but life's okay, all considered!

Alternative tribal rock duo UNDER THE TONGUE have not one but two albums out, with an upcoming third album expected soon enough. But before that happens, a new single will be released by the early summer time. Aside from music, they will continue to do what they love, music and playing shows as well as much more on the way! Find out what else the band had to discuss below.

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

UTT was formed in 2008 in Berlin by Mark Eden & Julia Eden. The history is interesting… remember Myspace? Well, let us go back a bit…Julia has always loved everything Australian and she saw that Mark, who is an Aussie,  was playing at a festival in Berlin with his solo project and went to watch the show. After the gig she wrote on Mark’s MySpace page saying that she really loved the gig. Mark was quite curious so he checked out her page and in the description it said that she played bass and piano. “I was looking for a bass player and the fact that she played piano was a huge bonus and later I found out that she sang as well and I was blown away.”, said Mark. We met a few months later and realized that we loved the same music. So we thought it was a natural progression to start a new project together, which would encompass all our influences. Here we are 12 years later, married, bandmates and partners in crime, still making music & music videos we love and still enjoying the process.

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

Mark: I can tell you exactly how it came about, we were walking in the courtyard in our Berlin building and talking about tinctures, homeopathy and the many ways that people try to heal themselves as well as get wasted. One of the ways is through drops under the tongue and I said to her at that very moment what a great name for a band. We love the ambiguity of the name.

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

Under The Tongue is based in Berlin which has a thriving music scene and it seems that every third person in this city is a musician. Berlin itself is a hub for creativity. Tiny bars and small pop up concert venues are everywhere, which is great and leaves no taste uncatered for. As far as our favorite live local bands go, most of them have disbanded which is a shame. There are a few bands that we have seen live and love…for example: Seeed and Beatsteaks. Both bands really know how to put on a great show.

4. How would you describe your style?

Alternative rock with tribal and electro/experimental elements and singalong melodies. You could say that originally we wanted to make rock music for films and everything has stemmed from there. Imagine music for the series Peaky Blinders, a Dracula film or a Tim Burton movie and then you are on the right track.  If your unconscious could sing... you just might be listening to Under The Tongue.

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

So far we have released two albums. “Make A Wish’, which is a classic rock pop album and ‘Potions’ which is more cinematic, experimental and epic in its approach. We wanted the videos for  ‘Potions’ to carry the same feeling as well, hence the theatrical vibe to the videos. You can expect something new every album. There's always the thread of driving drums, simple and strong guitar lines, singalong choruses, melancholic melodies mixed with  a bit of tongue and cheek. We write, record, produce and arrange everything ourselves. The last video we’ve directed, edited and produced as well as created all the sets ourselves  which was fun and a load of work at the same time but truly satisfying.

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

Yes, we’ve finished our third album ‘Art of Perception’ and we'll release it song by song starting in May 2020 with the first single ‘Waterfall’ which will be accompanied by a video as well, which is super exciting. There are many new songs already in the works, enough for another album.

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

We have a release show booked for Berlin in September. Considering what is going on in the world right now regarding Covid-19, we hope that it will take place as we had to cancel some shows already this year like so many other musicians. We're in the process of organizing more concerts right now in Europe and the UK. We have quite a few fans in Mexico and South America and would love to combine tour as well as holidays in those countries. So we hope to see you soon wherever you are.

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

As far as the future goes for the band we will continue writing recording, playing shows, making videos and having fun doing what we love…..That’s the plan.

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

You can listen or purchase our music on all the usual platforms like Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer etc. Also it is possible to get your physical copies and merch through our shop on our official website under-the-tongue.com.

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

We would like the listener to remember how they felt in that particular moment. Whether it be familiar, uncomfortable, emotional, melancholic or happy and hopefully it sparks something unforgettable in their imagination.

Straight from down under Australia singer/songwriter MARK EDEN currently lives in Berlin, but has had his time spent here and there, whilst making music! Four albums to his name, with more material expected which is great to hear as well. Plans ahead is to continue making music along with the chance of playing and touring as much as possible, when the option happens next. For now, Mark himself does the talking about all of this below.

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

I have been playing for many years with my first release which was ‘Meltʼ in 1999 to the current
albumʼ Things to Beʼ which was released late last year. The current line up is myself on vocals and 12 string acoustic guitar, Julia Eden, vocals & bass and Dexter Stanley Tauvao on drums and vocals. I toured Australia many times before I moved to Berlin in 2005. Before moving to Berlin I developed
with my band at the time a tribal, acoustic rock/pop feel live which was great dance to. I continue to this day to have that approach when playing live…..I love it. I have had the pleasure to play heaps of shows here in Europe including the Biggest Bodypainting Festival in the world which was super cool, crazy and loads of fun all at the same time.

2. Whatʼs the origin of the bandʼs name?

The origin of the bands name is pretty simple it's my name easier huh!!! ;)

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

The band is based in Berlin and the music scene here is fantastic. The small club scene as well as
busking thrives here as I suppose it does in the most major cities. Most of my favorite local bands have all but disbanded, which is a pity but it happens. I don't go out and see as many bands any more as I used to because I find myself spending most of my time working on my solo project and my band Under the Tongue, doing music videos, writing, recording and trying to keep up with social media seems to keep me pretty busy nowadays. I would recommend Seeed and Beatsteaks, they are both quite well known and put on a good show.

4. How would you describe your style?

My style I suppose you could describe it as singer/songwriter acoustic/rock/ pop with some percussive grooves and some chanting thrown in.

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

Have released four albums with my latest being ‘Things to Beʼ which was released last year. I think I
have many personalities as far as music goes and it depends on any given day which one I feed is the
one that will come out. From my solo project you can expect acoustic grooves with a dance element,
singalong choruses with some chanting and  percussion. I enjoy playing ballads also which give
me a chance to chill out a bit when I play live and make it a bit more intimate.

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

I have already written and recorded many new songs for future releases which is great. I write a lot
and love to produce music in different genres, which keeps life interesting.

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

I am playing a few shows here in Germany and Europe this year but because of the COVID-19 lots
have been cancelled and or postponed. A plan is underway to tour Europe and the UK as well as
Mexico and Sth America, so there is lots going on which is exciting.

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

The plan for the future of the band is to enjoy playing, recording and touring and savoir each moment of the process.

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

You can listen to my music on all the usual suspects like Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer etc. Also it is possible to get your physical  copies and merch through my shop on my official
website markeden.com.

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

After hearing my music for the first time I would like the listener to walk away with a big fat smile while groovinʼ along and singing the songs in their head. The feeling of unlimited possibility is what I would love you to remember. Thanks so much for the opportunity to chat with you it has been super cool and I really appreciate it. Cheers Mark. :)

BEFORE NITROGEN has been a band for a short while, but even tho they have already released an EP, including a new single titled "Found" out this summer with so much more in-store from them! Discover the details about their future plans and just how and where they got their start together.

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

Before Nitrogen started in 2017 with our lead singer/songwriter Sean McGibany. During a particularly rough time politically and personally, he started writing songs about escaping from the moment and finding hope on the other side, which led to our motto: “Hope is Not Lost.” Our guitarist and co-lead singer Jack Reesman joined soon after, and the trio was completed in 2019 when Joe Perdzock came on board as our DJ/”machine master”/kazoo player/bubble ninja. He’s the “secret spice” that really makes Before Nitrogen work!

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

Prior to starting this band, Sean was in another group. They were looking for a name, and Sean had just learned that the band NSYNC got their name from the last letter of each member’s first name. He tried to do that with his current band and got a B and 4 N’s, which became “Before” (B4) “N.” He was in a chemistry class at the time, and “N” on the periodic table is “Nitrogen,” and the name was born. But the other members of the band didn’t approve, and on that day Sean vowed to start his own band called “Before Nitrogen.” And here we are! If you dig a little more into the periodic table, you’ll find that there’s a deeper meaning to the name, but we’ll let you figure that out on your own…

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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has an incredibly diverse music scene! We have friends who play in country-folk bands, pop bands, electronic projects, hip-hop projects, and they each have their niche in the scene. Some friends we’d recommended are Clear Pioneer, The Keystones, Derek Sallmann, Fiona Blue, The New Grey, and Endless Era – just to name a few!

4. How would you describe your style?

Imagine if James Taylor was produced by Owl City.

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

We released our first EP – Elements – last spring. There’s a song on that record for every season, and it’s one continuous loop of music – just like the cycle of year. Last December we released “Running in the Forest,” which was produced by our friend Tim Wolf. That song really fits our motto of “Hope is Not Lost” - it’s all about perseverance and faith in the future. We are always seeking the light at the end of the tunnel, but even more so in this moment.

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

Our new single “Found” will be released on May 1st – you can pre-save on Spotify here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/beforenitrogen/found?fbclid=IwAR24A5PC9XchxRjdQpZtFo2yPXiTKw2wXGQwD9DK-zeeZlmyyaKR3o-zGVM.
It was produced by our friends in Endless Era, mixed by Vinny Millevolte at Axis Recording Studios, and mastered by Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering. All of these guys are legends in our hometown, and we’re so excited to have gotten the chance to work with them!

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

Obviously, it’s impossible to play live “shows” right now, but we look forward to playing for our hometown again once things are under control. We put a lot of time and thought into our live show – it’s really where the magic happens – and we can’t wait to be back on stage!

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

We are currently dealing with the logistics of not being able to perform, record in the studio, or even rehearse together for the foreseeable future. But, true to our motto, we are hopeful to resume as soon as we can and get back to doing what we love!

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

We are on;
Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/13K6dRqZyhx0FDNdMS3rIH?si=AGfApz3vTqeJ4NUgjbi6-Q)
YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIjGASiwYOrjodLmEKcS9kA)
Apple Music (https://music.apple.com/us/album/elements/1464394255), and all other fine streaming services!

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

We hope our music serves as a break from whatever you are going through at moment and gives you a bit of hope in the possibilities of the future.

Indie rockers FORREST have just released their debut EP titled "Temper", with more emotional music expected between the summer into the fall time frame. Aside from that, the band plans to put together some videos and then sooner or later get out and play some shows and or touring hopefully in the future. Find out what else was said right below.

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

Oh boy. Honestly, we’ve all been playing music together in some capacity for the better part of 10 years. Michael and Levi were in pop-punk/hardcore bands together from when they were babies— 15 to 18. Levi and I jammed throughout the years making weird bits of what we felt was crazy musical magic each time we did (I had moved to LA and Boston for awhile, so our jams got sporadic for a few years), and Manu hung out and collaborated with Levi and Michael throughout the same period.

I (Hailie) came back in late 2018 from a solo tour and needed a good group of musicians to back me up for a show in the Bay Area, and I had one week to prep for it— and I thought of no one else besides these three dudes. We came together, honestly stressed out at first due to my last-minute proposition, and rocked the dang show. Everything just— felt right from there on out. That night, we all bandmate-proposed to each other, and we became Forrest.

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

I was meant to be called Forrest if I’d have been born the opposite sex.

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 a band from Martinez, CA, East San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve got a lot of angst in the Bay Area-- a lot of sad kid rock n’ roll, always ready to show our teeth. There are so many great bands in the area-- we wouldn’t know where to start!

4. How would you describe your style?

Indie-rock, melodic and ethereal indie. Real vibey with some straight-up jam moments. We’ve sort of got a full-band Julien Baker thing going, I mean if she wanted to fight you.

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

On April 4, we released our first four-song EP, Temper. We’re jam-oriented and lyric-heavy with super deep instrumentation.

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

We definitely do! We’re hoping to release a sad, funky love song come summer, and more come fall.

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

Unfortunately, that’s gonna have to be put on hold indefinitely due to COVID-19.

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

Hopefully, we’ll be able to put together some videos soon. We’ve got a lot of visual elements we’ve been imagining and we can’t wait to bring them to life.

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

You can find us on any and all streaming services! The most helpful way to find us on your favorite streaming service would be to hit up our website at http://forrest.band/.

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

We’d want them to remember that whatever they’re feeling, it’s okay to feel it and go through it. We’ll all be alright on the other side as long as we keep our heads up as best we can.

R&B/Pop artist ALEXA FERR (alexaferrmusic.com) collaborates with director, Q Burdette for the music video for her brand new single, What I Want! The single was written by Alexa Ferr and produced by American based producer, Adot The God whose production credits include Wale, Travis Scott, Mac Miller and Jidenna to name a few.

Of the single, Alexa says, "When Adot The God emailed me the beat for what you hear on "What I Want", I was playing around with melodies and on this particular day, I was feeling like I needed to go after what I want. That, if I’m not happy at the place I’m at now, I need to do what’s best for me to make myself happy and create the life I want for myself".

"What I Want" is about empowering others to go after what they believe they deserve and what they want in life. This can be in the form of a better relationship, way of living, career, etc."

Check out the video over HERE.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania rockers FROM ASHES TO NEW release their new single, “Panic” from their forthcoming album of the same name. The video for “Panic” was made just as the CoronaVirus was taking hold of the US.  The shoot was done in Rochester, NY in the last days before quarantine. “It was a race against the clock to get it all together. Our director ended up losing employees because they didn’t want to put themselves at risk, which is understandable.  They had to scrounge up some crew members to get it together and we had to travel to get a hotel that was willing to let us stay there and we had to find places that were open for us to eat.  Overall, it was a difficult scenario.  It was almost like a Book Of Eli post-apocalyptic situation where it was like fend for yourself,” explained vocalist/rapper, Matt Brandyberry. Watch "Panic" HERE.

Los Angeles, CA hard-rock band DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY is back with a brand new action-packed single and music video for "This Is War". After spending all of 2019 on tour across America and Europe, playing Festivals such as Epicenter as well sharing the stage with P.O.D. and more, the band entered the studio during off time to prepare the follow-up effort to "Alchemy". The video was filmed before the epidemic with the famed director Scott Henson. You can learn more and keep up to date with DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY here www.deadgirlsacademy.com. Check out the video of the new track HERE.

Three Days Grace, the internationally acclaimed and multi-platinum certified Canadian band, today release their music video for “Strange Days,” off their latest album Outsider. “We’re excited to share the new music video for “Strange Days”, a song about sticking together, supporting each other, and keeping your head up and carrying on during scary and uncertain times. We hope these strange days are over soon and until then please stay safe and look out for one another.” Watch the Take a Bow Productions directed video HERE.

Swedish rockers HER BRIGHT SKIES began way back in 2005, releasing their debut EP in 2007 called "Beside Quiet Waters". After a year had gone by the band would go on to release their debut album "A Sacrament; III City". This would lead to several more releases, including the sophomore album "Causing A Scene" in 2010 and follow-up "Rivals", with other EP's released in-between! After playing a handful of shows and touring all over the place, the band would break up, going on a hiatus of sorts somewhat. Coming back sometime year, to release a new single titled "Bored". Now the band has taken the time to catch up, since talking with us way back in 2012 and 2013. Find out what was said from the chat below!

1. Having provided coverage for Her Bright Skies since around 2011 through 2013, the band would cease to exist after that timing. So what happened to the band, did they break up, go on a hiatus, or a bit of both?

We didn’t really call it a break up but in many ways it was. All of us went on to do other things and although we kept in touch, no one was really creating music. At least not for HBS.

2. Two interviews were conducted one in 2012 with the follow-up in 2013, discussing previous content, touring, and what not, so has much changed since then, has the band's line-up gotten more or less, band member's changed or is everything the same as it was prior?

Everything is the same with the exception of Jonas returning as part of the band. He never really left, but didn’t tour with us anymore.

3. So tell me about your newest and only single titled "Bored", was the band that bored that they decided to come back and release said single?

No it’s not really about that. The song is purely about escapism, a recurring theme in our lyrics. We just kind of sat down and said we want to write more HBS stuff and then ‘Bored’ happened.

4. What and why did the band decide to come back, what was it that changed?

I guess we all missed writing songs together. That’s pretty much it really.

5. Besides the new single, does the band have anymore content that could lead to an upcoming release, whether that be an EP or album, or that hasn't been decided upon yet.

We are doing it song by song right now. Who know it might turn into an EP or album. We haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest.

6. Will the band be re-issuing or re-releasing any of their previously released content, from the years way back when, to those who may have not gotten their hands on it?

You mean as physical CD's or vinyl? Maybe, that’s a long-shot though. Everything is way easier with digital isn’t it.

7. During the old content's era the band was signed with District 19 and then Panic and Action, so is the band still signed on with someone or are you taking the DIY approach?

We are entirely independent and plan to stay that way unless something insane comes along.

8. Why did the band go with naming themselves Her Bright Skies?

No idea. Can’t remember anymore. It was too long ago. We were just kids.

9. Way back when, you kept saying in both previous interviews, how you guys had like 50 songs for said albums, do you still have those songs still at hand that we might be able to hear?

They’re not really songs, just concepts. Might be a chorus and a verse, that’s it. Believe me you don’t want to hear some of it.

10. Does the band have anything in the works as far as shows and or touring?

Nothing at the moment. We’ll see if that’s something we want to do in the future. For now we’re just focusing on writing our music.

11. What about current plans, what does the band have in-store for the rest of this year that is 2020?

We have more songs on the way that’s for sure. But that’s about it!

12. Would you like to add or say anything more?

Thank you all for listening and hope you’ll like the song that comes out on May 1st.

Trio up and coming "beauty core" all girl band GFM or Gold Frankincense and Myrrth have been around for sometime, releasing previous content, including all new work's with an upcoming EP expected sometime in 2020, with virtual touring and live touring to take place eventually. The whole band got together to talk of the band's EP, music style, and future plans ahead of them.

1. First off, whose idea was it to blend together Paramore and Slipknot types of styling together to create this genre you define as "beauty core"?

Thank you so much. Yeah its the gradual thing that came together. We grew up listening to rock and different types of music like Bring Me the Horizon and Asking Alexandria and then found out about other acts like Paramore and Flyleaf and saw how women could do music and scream too. So we wanted to do the same thing, and wanted to put out, after releasing out first release it’s what we got. We were still collaborating and finding different influences, writing style it came together to how it was and is now.

2. What about the band's name, does it have a meaning behind it, how did it come to be and which perception to you prefer, the initials GFM or GFM Gold Frankincense and Myrrh?

When we were first starting out, our mom had suggested it during Christmas time in the month of December. It referring to how Jesus had received gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and said why not go with that for a name. So we were like yeah totally. We went with using GFM because it’s something fans can familiarize with and know that it is us.

3. Let's talk about the outfits you have worn in photo shoots and live on stage, in some pictures you display the pink attire and in other's it's black and pink, among others, so will those be seen live from this point forward as your image or is it just that an image?

We love the whole theatrical aspect with being in a band. We want people who come out and see us, not only see us, but see a performance as well. It’s a set of attire we will not be giving up but embracing with little changes here and there.

4. Since those outfits are so eye catching, have you considered producing merchandise in the bright pink color tones yet?

There is a lot of pink in our upcoming releases, but we weren’t sure if the guys would be into the pink attire but some have wanted it, so we will see what we can come up and release.

5. You have released two single's off this upcoming EP, but will there be anymore to come off it?

We released the first single this past January and our second single just recently and both have had good reception towards them. No other single’s will be released off this upcoming EP at this time.

6. Whereabouts are you in the process of this EP release.

The EP is complete right now. We want to put it out but due to COVID-19 a lot of cancellations have happened. But the music is ready to go and released sometime this year.

7. Have you decided upon the title, artwork and how many tracks will be upon it?

We have decided on all of that, just cannot say anything about it at all yet.

8. When can we expect the new EP to be released?

Sometime this year for sure.

9. You have gone out on the first ever "E-Tour" a virtual tour from home, but which way of touring do you prefer E-Touring or the real deal?

To us, as long as we get to play our music is what matters. With digital you can hang out with the fans and with social media, it’s more fun interacting with everyone this way. We will see what happens hopefully we can make it out to the U.S. and Europe this fall if not next year for sure.

10. What other sort of plans does GFM have in-store between now into the rest of this year?

Lots of touring, releasing the EP, just engaging with our audiences as much as possible. Thanks for supporting us and check out the EP once it is released this year!

WITCH TAINT is one of the latest of the extremely extreme and Satanic Norwegian Black Metal bands within the U.S. and they are called WITCH TAINT. Who solely consists of a duo of gents, this demonic duo recently releasing a new single and video for the track titled "Death to Death Metal", off their debut album "Sons of Midwestern Darkness". One out of the two bad members, Lance the King of Black Metal discusses the matters about this band, music, and crazy antics that are involved within.

1. First off, you released a new single and video for the song called "Death to Death Metal", where you worked not only with goats but sheep too! Now why were the sheep being dicks compared to the goats?

Generally speaking, we love working with livestock whenever possible- cows, pigs, everything. The goats are especially great and almost always a guaranteed quality hang whether the cameras are rolling or not. And they don’t seem to give a fuck about anything. The sheep on the other hand are major dicks. For starters, we were told they would scamper and frolic, but as you can see from the video, they did nothing of the sort. Also, they took really long bathroom breaks and refused to take any sort of direction whatsoever. In fact, most the time they would do exactly the opposite of what we asked, seemingly just to fuck with us. Don’t even get me started on the hidden fees.

2. Are you going to be bringing out the goats and sheep on tour; to play with you on stage, once you head out on the road eventually?

ZZ Top toured with livestock on their 1976 Worldwide Texas Tour and we heard the smell in the back lounge of the bus was unbearable, even worse than when Dusty Hill takes a deuce by accident. For this reason alone, we have decided to bring animatronic goats and sheep on tour with us instead. They just arrived from the factory and they look and feel incredible. But we tested them out at practice a couple weeks ago and they wiped out the power grid for six miles in either direction. Still working out the kinks, I guess. I’ve been on with Japanese tech support since 4:30 this morning.

3. Can you tell me about that song "Death to Death Metal", why was it picked to be a single and video and what's it about?

It’s all there in the title basically. Death metal can suck it. Don’t print this, but Matthias Backwards and I actually listen to it all the time and even have Chris Reifert from Autopsy singing on our album. It’s just that compared to Witch Taint death metal and most other forms of music blows donkeys. We will, however, admit that the Blood Incantation T-shirts are cool even though we heard they run small and cause hair loss.

As for why we picked “D2DM” as a single, every song on our album is the best so it was super hard to choose. What we did in the end is just write all the song titles on a wall with a Sharpie and throw one of those pink Hostess Snowballs at the wall from as far away as we could stand. It ended up hitting “Death to Death Metal” so we picked that. Pretty simple but my mom is still pissed about the wall. Have another drink, lady!

4. That track comes off your debut album "Sons of Midwestern Darkness", how would you describe the sound overall for this release?

The quick answer is that is it the best sound. But more specifically we just combined black metal, speed metal, NWBHM, NWTHM, punk, punk rock, rock, hard rock, hardcore, and hardcore punk, with just the right amount of soul and R&B for the most extremely extreme thing that has ever happened basically. In fact, the first time I listened back to the album in its entirety, I totally puked. It’s that good.

5. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

We were just hoping to express our dark world view through music using whatever instruments were on sale at the Guitar Center down the street from my mom’s house at the time.

6. Why should people check out said album, what would be one main reason to do so?

We’ve written twelve classic metal anthems plus five instructive interludes that are not only extremely extreme, but also super catchy and danceable and perfect for getting hammered and singing along to with all your best friends and worst enemies. As I’ve said, it is the best album. It is also the worst album, but in the best possible way. Anyone who doesn’t listen to it immediately after reading this interview is basically insane and probably tries to pork dogs.

7. Can you give us some insight about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all, is there a special story behind the band's namesake?

The band started in 2003 and existed entirely in my mind until 2004, when I decided to get a record contract for the band despite the fact that I’d yet to write a note of music. I emailed with a Norwegian Black Metal record label manager named Saittham (aka Matthias Backwards) for six months about it and even recorded a demo for a song called “Necrodreamraper” with a sessin musician named John Kimbrough aka Cumlord II. It’s the longest three minutes and thirty seconds of your life. You can still read mine and Saittham’s 100% real correspondence at www.theblackmetaldialogues.com, which came out in 2005. In true and also trve underground from, the band then laid dormant until 2017 unless you count making T-shirts and stickers and telling other bands they suck. Then in 2017, Matthias Backwards and I accepted an invitation to read our legendary email exchange on stage at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn in exchange for four drink tickets. It was an instant hit and from there we went on to do sold out shows at SXSW, in London, in Oslo with Fenriz from Darkthrone in the front fucking row (true and also trve strory!), and finally the 2018 Wacken Open Air festival, where we were the only band to do four shows. Take that, Mr. Big!!! We own you!!!! Also, Paul Gilbert, please get in touch cuz we need a third guitar player. Anyway, by then we had added about four songs to the show and noticed that all the people in the crowd would stare at us in awe while we read the emails in our corpse paint, but would go totally nuts whenever we played our incredible and extreme music. That’s when we knew we had no choice but to finish the job and record our debut album, which, of course, is the best album. As for the band name, it came to me in a fever dream after I had eaten way too many pizza-flavored Combos. Never buy in bulk- it’s a trap.

8. Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?


9. How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges did you face while writing and recording this particular album?

It is very hard to create our music because it is so extreme. Sometimes while recording, we would have to take long breaks and go sit in a ditch to clear our heads out a bit. But even when we did that, we set some mics up and recorded the ambient sounds of our bleakness, despair, and at least one fart that no one has owned up to.

As for the recording itself, we used a vintage laptop with a cracked screen and an underside that sticks to your pants. It is extremely slow and kvlt and you can really hear the difference. The only challenge was my mom gets home from work at like 4:30 every day and basically never shuts up, which makes it impossible to record vocals or do anything really. Honestly it fucking sucks. I have no idea why she doesn’t just go to her “friend” Karen’s house and leave us the fuck alone until at least dinner. I mean, she’s a great lady but c’mon.

10. Let's discuss the record label this album is coming from, is it really called Tee Pee Records? How did that label come about and why get signed on with them?

It really is called Tee Pee Records. They even answer the phone that way. Sometimes it sounds like they are really saying Pee Pee Records, which is awesome and funny every time. Anyway, we ended up signing with them after we saw Kenny the label president go into Costco, so we parked my mom’s minivan behind his car and refused to move it until he’d give us a deal. Let’s see Cradle of Filth try that shit.

11. In the music video for the track you released, it features two members, but apparently during your live performances it will feature six members live, how did it go from two to six?

Matthias Backwards and I are just two people- two incredible people, but still we only have two hands, two feet, and then our junk. Anyway, we needed help replicating the infernal sounds of our album live all over the world and probably beyond, so we put an add on Craiglist and hoped for the worst. La Sinistra, our diva opera singer and the only one in the band legally allowed to enter any Anthrologie stores in North America after what happened, was the first to answer and we have her singing on the whole album. She is incredible and we are terrified of her. Our drummer, Markus St. Bastard, also plays on the album, but only as a session musician. We would not let him be an official member until he did six hundred and sixty six crunches immediately after the album was completed. We let him in after he did 500 and showed no signs of flagging. It was just like “Okay, we get it, strongman. Now go fix me a fucking sandwich!” Our bass player is Dean Ripper and he is the best at bass and also making guacamole. The secret is lemon juice, he says, but who the fuck really knows? My point is it’s fucking good. Our other guitar player is Tomas Guillotine. He is French and we can’t understand a word he says unless he is very drunk and off his meds, which is most of the time.

12. How about the album's artwork, who designed it, and why the use of zombie horses within the art?

The album artwork is the best, which was important to us since it is the best album. It was done by the great artist Tim Lehi, who also does tattoos, sometimes on butts even and I can prove it. Anyway, we told him to just make us look awesome riding horses and also have fire and hellhounds and whatever the fuck else he wanted to put in there without charging us extra. If you look closely, the horses are not zombie horses, but merely have a glandular condition that causes skin irritation and chaffing, which is why they look like that. Honest mistake, though.

13. IF Witch Taint were to collaborate with either Sesame Street or Barney the Dinosaur to do a song, who would you work with and what song would you come up with and why?

Barney is a sexual predator. And while that does hold some appeal to us, we would choose Sesame Street all the way. We would work with Oscar the Grouch probably because he seems to share the same dark world view as us, lives in a garbage can on purpose, and also the green fur is fucking metal as fuck! The Cookie Monster, obviously, is too “death metal” for our tastes, so he can fuck right off. As for a song, we’d probably write something about how Big Bird is bullshit and everyone knows it. I mean, he’s cool and all, but hopefully you see my point. I love that fucking show.

14. What does the band have planned for the rest of 2020?

If we are allowed to go outside again, we will play shows all over the world and destroy people to the point where they will all wish they were still on lockdown. Other than that, we are thinking of making more T-shirt and stickers and will probably torment people via the Internet until everyone on earth has fully given in to the Taint!! It would also be nice to finally see Hamilton.

15. Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?

Stay hydrated. Most people don’t drink enough water but even just a couple extra glasses a day makes a big difference in giving you healthier skin, hair, and everything else. Also, the first six Black Sabbath albums are great and all, but there are still plenty of great moments on Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die! so give them a chance. And everything they did with Dio was amazing but that goes without saying. Also, watch Letterkenny, Unorthodox, and the thrash metal documentary Murder in the Front Row. Other than that, keep your eye on the Taint!!!!

Japanese up and comer D-MAD DEVIL is a solo music project, taken the likes of such genres as metalcore, post-hardcore with some melodic hardcore thrown in to be it's own unique blend. Having released only two single's Holding On" and "Giving It Everything", with more songs in the works, including an EP expected sometime in 2020! Find out what else had to be said from Daichi Nathaniel himself below.

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

D-Mad Devil is a solo music project for metalcore & post-hardcore by a Japan based artist Daichi Nathaniel.

In June 2018, Daichi begun writing and recording songs that included metalcore/post-hardcore styles with his low budget gears alone.

After writing 3 songs alone, in June 2019 Daichi decided to contact with Christian Grey (from Villain of the Story) to feature his vocals on Daichi's song. The project with Christian became Daichi's turning point for his music project. Along with the vocal feature, Daichi had a great opportunity to co-write a song with Christian and learn new things from him. This was Daichi's first project collaborating with professional musicians. In September 2019, he released a single 'Giving It Everything (feat. Christian Grey)' and started his journey as a professional brand.

Songs for D-Mad Devil's upcoming debut EP are being written. The 1st single 'Holding On' from the EP is out now!

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

The project name is based on my name "Daichi". Honestly I didn't spend much time to name. But since I felt "D" (from "Daichi") + "Devil" was cool and "Mad" made sense as originality, this name was done.

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 from Osaka, Japan. In my country, I feel there are less bands with this style than in US, UK and Australia. However, I know the band that has done great results with close style from the same city. It's Crossfaith. They're really doing sick!

4. How would you describe your style?

My style is based on the music called metalcore or post-hardcore. I am always trying to be a part of the bands/artists attracting many metalcore fans in the world. I am working on an upcoming EP. This will include both post-hardcore and metalcore styles. I feel the first single "Holding On" should be called "post-hardcore" style, but there will also be upcoming songs that will actually be felt like "metalcore".

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

I have released some singles so far. "Giving It Everything" was my first release as a professional, which featured a metalcore vocalist Christian Grey from Villain of the Story (US). That is a stand alone single, but still special track for me. This song also reached many gaming player through Spotify playlists.

The new single "Holding On" is from my upcoming EP. This is reaching new audiences and now getting many responses. On the EP, there will be 6 songs including a track featuring Christian Grey again. Though I'm still on the way to write the songs for the EP, I'm sure this will excite many metalcore fans.

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

Same as above.

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

No plan about shows and touring yet. I am currently on the way making 6 songs EP. Writing songs should come first.

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

The most important goal for me is finishing the EP. Next, marketing it rightly. There seem to be many methods for music marketing. I am learning one of the right methods I think.

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


Apple Music / iTunes






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

Excitement when moving from pre-chorus to main chorus section. I am always trying to make it happen to many audiences listening to my song.

Alternative rock band CLOUDFALLS have two albums under their belts, with a bunch of videos! An all new album is expected come the end of this year 2020! Find out what more was said about this band from music, bit of history and other bands they would recommend we check out!

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

Hi, Well, it all started as a single project of mine, I just stopped playing with my previous band (metal band), I get my first kid at that time also. So I was kind of bandless and I started work on some softer material, rock music for fun. And very quickly I got some serious good songs and I missed being on stage so much, so I decided to make a new band. At first it was called Super heroes chronicles, and I changed during 2 years about 30 times of other musicians (very hard to find good bros..) and the name changed to H.E.R.O. Basically all the lyrics were about super heroes fighting super villains ah ah… and somehow, someday I found Raphael a very talented guitar player and he brought in his brother Alx behind the drum, Meumeu at the bass was already in the band HERO, and we renamed the band Cloudfalls. Then we started work on the first album Start over, made some videos, some gigs in France. Then new album Ravens don’t fall came 2018. We are currently working on 2 new albums, a first one with new material and a second one as an orchestral version of some of our old songs (+ some new ones as a bonus).

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

Cloudfalls means "the internet cloud" falls, it’s a reflection about what if the cloud actually fall someday, what would happen to our society. It’s pretty far from the super hero basic concept behind some of our lyrics, but it also just sound good…

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 Lyon in France. There is plenty of bands but we start to have trouble finding good venues for local bands. The French regulations changed few years ago and most of small bars and small venues couldn’t spend money to be up to date, so they simply stopped making live shows.

I can recommend WHIST https://www.youtube.com/user/WhistBand.
And no so far away Muddles : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbpjRyLEgI9VKPtnVP81vg

4. How would you describe your style?

We make alternative hard rock, some say alternative rock or post rock. What we do is rock music tented with metal and Californian punk.

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

We release 2 albums and a bunch of videos. You can expect a variety of strong powerful songs and some rock ballads as well.

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

Yes we have already 6 songs for the next album coming end of 2020.

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

Unfortunately nothing, these days particularly completed with the virus. We didn’t made plan yet. We have a show end of June if it’s not cancelled, fingers crossed. By the way we really show our full potential on stage, it’s where we belong and where we are the best.

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

Our plans is to keep releasing good albums, having some fun, making more gigs :) and why not found a good label to go to the next level.

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

You can listen on Spotify, Deezer, Apple etc.
You can also buy music on other forms of media.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cloudfalls.

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

I wish they can remember a good melody that will turn in their mind for a while.