2021


Going with their own styling comes BONNIE who has three LP's along with 3 EP's as well. But not only do they have all of that content, but all new material in the works currently. This band talks of their works and what's planned next.


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

BONNIE was founded in 2013 by singer BONNIE and songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Ueli “Hoffi” Hofstetter. Originally the band was named BONNIE & the groove Cats, as they started as a R’n’R-Band. Since 2013 the band played up to 250 shows in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Czech Republic and produced and released 4 full albums and 3 EP’s. They charted in Switzerland on No 5 with their EP “The Gap I” in 2019. 

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

BONNIE is just the name of front-girl BONNIE😊

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

BONNIE is based in Switzerland, in the suburban of Zurich. Swiss music scene has a large range from folk-music to metal and a lot of foreign bands are touring Switzerland – not only because chocolat! There are a lot of cool bands around like Steff la Cheffe or Stefanie Heizmann who play original stuff too.

4. How would you describe your style?

We call our style: “Vintage Soul and Roll” – as it includes different influences and shows what we are: open-minded. 

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

We released 3 full albums, 3 EP’s and a bunch of singles so far. 8000 Miles is our latest song, released November 26th 2021, including a video, that was filmed in planetarium Lucerne. We play our sound that is based on BONNIE’s warm voice with sensitive lyrics and varied arrangements. 

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

As we are writing / producing all the time, we have a bunch of songs that are finished or we currently in process. Music is the way. 

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

Due to the current situation we only play single shows here in Switzerland. But we’d love to go on tour all over Europe as soon as possible. 

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

We plan to go our way, writing and releasing songs and go on stage and play wherever we are wanted.

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

You can find BONNIE on the website: www.bonnieandthegroovecats.com, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bonnieandthegroovecats and on all significant download and streaming platforms. 

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

A voice to remember, smart hook lines and sound, authenticity and honesty.


Death Valley High, the San Francisco-based doom pop/death disco four-piece, mark this past Black Friday with the release of a new 5-track single, “Raise Hell/+ Down Side Up +” (https://linktr.ee/minushead) and the debut of a video for “+ Down Side Up +” (https://youtu.be/jewv-eoAiks).

“We are really just thrilled to return from the void of 2020 with some new music,” explains singer/guitar player Reyka Osburn. “No restrictions, no angles; just us creating, syphoning our world, and delivering what's in our heads and hearts. These are two new songs about motivation, from a darker angle. ‘Raise Hell’ being a ‘fight fire with hellfire’ call to arms and ‘+ Down Side Up +’ being about picking oneself up in the dark, calling on some ancestral bloodline strength.”

The additional tracks on the single, available digitally (HERE), include “The Twist 2020,” a revisited track (originally just “The Twist”) on its 10 year anniversary. “Warm Bodies (Chase Alan Willis Remix),” and a remixed version of “Raise Hell” featuring Death Valley High alumni Daniel Ka$$hu aka Mevius.


American Melodic Death/Black Metal band Somat released their new album "Screams of the Somnambulist". The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band in "Darkmoon Studios".

Check out the album from the link below:

https://somat.bandcamp.com/releases

Somat was formed in late September, 2021 by Velda S Cardwell (Guitar, Bass, Keyboards) and Michael Helmont (Drums) in South Carolina, USA. After recording a short practice demo, they sought a vocalist who would fit their needs in Caleb Bourguignon, who is based in Nova Scotia.


American Blackened Sludge Metal band Flowers Of Flesh released their new self titled EP. The release was mixed and mastered at Apothecary Sound by Tim Nyss, who also played session drums and bass and did the art. Francois  Boyenval also contributed to the sessions cello on the last track.

Check out the release from the link below:

https://flowersoffleshofficial.bandcamp.com/releases

Flowers Of Flesh was formed in 2021 at Cleveland, Ohio by Jake O'Brien (guitar/vocals) who has influences by Scott Walker and Lee Ranaldo as well as movies and soundtracks.  


Sometime has gone by since last talking with GABRIEL CYPHRE, way back when he had released his music, and to this day he has continued to do so. But quite a lot has to be said here, about his time of performance, releasing more content and where this all leads too next for him....

1.  It's been 8 years, close to almost 10 years! Since we last spoke way back when in 2013, then you were a one man band are you to this day?

Gabriel: Hi Natalie, it's nice to be back here speaking to you, and wow, it feels like it was only yesterday, time flies! And of course I am, it's only passion for music and art in general that drives me to keep making contents by my own, that's the best part of it, that you get to express your feelings anyways the way you wish, with the music, instruments, compositions, lyrics, photos, and videos, without having others telling you what you can do and what you cannot do. Of course this has big disadvantage: time. I spent many hours everyday learning new skills to keep improving and creating new things.

2. So if you are still that one man band, when it comes to a live show how does that work out, do you become an octopus and play all the instruments at once!

Gabriel: I wish I could, but no. Usually a one man band pays tour members that play live music without being officially part of the band, which is not my case anyways. I simply don't do live shows around the world. If I had to do live shows then I wouldn't have enough time to create new contents, and also, I don't even have any idea of how to set up a live show. I'm a cat, I like to stay at home and work from home, a live show would not make me happy, even though could be profitable.

3. Speaking of live performances did GC get to play shows or go on tour since 2013? How did those play out for you?

Gabriel: I haven't played a single live show since 2010, when I had a live performance with Jeffree Star, and that was a big defeat for me, but, oh well, you don't grow without trying new things even if you're not successful at those, do you? 

Now, usually when I talk about it to friends, they always ask me questions about it, and here I'm giving you content people want to know. 

Yes I've met Jeffree Star in real life, in 2010, he had pink short hair, with a half shaved side, I was the first to get on the stage and perform, and he was there in the backstage.

Before my performance we were shaking hands, and he was the first coming to me saying "Hi, nice to meet you" with a big smile on his face, he was pretty kind, and he invited us (me and my band members) to his side of the backstage to eat food, there was a big amount of food everywhere, we said thanks but didn't join their party because we didn't know any of those people there. Then after my performance (because I was the first to perform that night) I went to the backstage, and we were taking photos with every bands there was; there were also other bands called Brokencide and another British band that I cannot recall the name, and Helalyn Flowers that for some technical problem didn't manage to reach us that night; but when we were about to take a photo with Jeffree, he turned around and went away, he was looking at us like he was pissed, his drummer stepped forward promising us to take a photo later and to leave them alone. That's what we did. At the end of the night, we were all supposed to take photos with fans, but, Jeffree star and his band was already in their van trying to go away; our manager asked us to take photos with his fans and tell people to wait for Jeffree to come in the hall, because Jeffree was mad at something and wanted to leave as soon as possible without being interrupted by the fans (there were about 300 people anyways, not too many); but all the people were stopping Jeffree's van from leaving, they realized he wouldn't take any photo with them and we couldn't have a photo with him as well.

The very next day, I've got a private message on twitter from Jeffree Star, and here I mention his words, I still have the screenshot: "You'll never be anyone, so stop trying to be me motherfucker!". And that was the day I have learnt an example not to follow, how not to behave with fans, followers, or just people that you inspire, because, he was one of the top 3 artists that I was mostly inspired from at that time, and reading those angry words and negative feelings against me, well I can assure you that was like a stab in the heart.

So, there I have decided that it was the last time I would do a live performance, because it was definitely not worth it, having to risk to encounter another similar experience in the future. 


4. Are there any plans for anymore live showcases or touring in the coming future or perhaps an online gig?

Gabriel: There are definitely no plans for future live shows, it is a choice I have made back in 2010, and when I decide to chose something so important, that's a definitive choice, just like the choice I have made about not printing more albums to do my part with the battle against the plastic waste. Both are choices that damage my wallet , but I think there are things that are more important than money, nature and positivity are surely priceless.

5. Way back when you had released your new song and single titled "Children Of Madness", with that came your debut album "Master Of Madness", did that track appear on that release? 

Gabriel: Master of Madness was an album coming earlier than that single; Children of Madness was a single coming after the album, it was a track to thank all the supporters that were there spending their money to keep making me create music, even though there weren't many at that time. 

6.  How many has GC changed since that debut album release up until the then and now that is 2021 in terms of music and style or are you still the same old GC?

Gabriel: This is a really big question, I could stay here talking for ages about it. 

I'd say I have been changing a lot over the years, but something remained always the same. And now I explain it.

I have changed a lot, means that every album has it's own life, story and theme, after Master of Madness I have released "Rainbow on the Fallen Skylands" back in 2014, and it was a big mix of rock, metal, dubstep and orchestral instruments. 

The lyrics and the atmospheres were all inspired by a book I have wrote when i was younger, but have never released;  the book was about a story of a paradise destroyed to pieces by the darkness, and about a savior coming from another dimension that had to help the weak and fix the horror happening in that place. The story represents what's happening to our individual life, we born, we live our childhood, then we grow and realize that one day all the good things will end, and many of us grab ourselves to that hope that keeps us living better and boosts our self confidence, that hope called "religion", which is metaphorically the savior in my book, it is a kind of angel called "the bringer of rainbow", that falls to this place in ruins, and help all the super-natural beings he finds in this place, and they all fix the balance of the universe once they all reunite to work together against the foes. It is kind of the same story that we can read in the new testament, but it is in a more colorful and fantastic story.

After "Rainbow on the fallen skylands", without mentioning the EP and the singles, the next album was "Creepypasta" which is all inspired by different horror stories that were popular on the internet at that time, such as the "Slenderman" and "Jeff the Killer". For the making of the music for this album I have been inspired by all the famous horror movies of the 80s and 90s', for the very first time I wrote all the songs of this album in minor scales, and here I have learnt to write better lyrics and better compositions as well, still nothing comparable to the levels of what I can do nowadays. 

In 2018 I have released the very first big masterpiece I have ever done before, at least that what it is for me. It is titled "Memento Mori". 

I have been recently listening to it after a long time, and I was amazed about how I did manage to compose such music, and re-discover all the hidden meanings behind lyrics and the composition itself it was mind blowing.

The album is a "Remember that we have to die", it's a malencholic and yet romantic way of reminding the listener about the time ticking away, and that the listener is not alone. For me, it has been a therapeutic way of healing after a very important loss in my life. 

I was crying all the nights and I needed to exorcise those demons tormenting me by making music and writing lyrics. 

Of course the album respects a very symmetrical and studied structure, there are the 3 pillars of the album, "Memento Mori I Cypress, "M.M. II Ebony" and "M.M. III Ivory", each one of them, if united, make one single song of a Latin ancient Requiem prayer. The whole album has a symphonic orchestra sound and orchestral compositions, there's no track of rock at all.

In this album there's my favorite song of all times titled "Of Flash and Agony", the atmosphere of the music is inspired by a videogame called "Agony", but the lyrics are mostly poetry of a romantic love that has died, and one of the two lovers is suffering the loss of the other, "I die one kiss at a time", suffering a loss till the point of wanting to die. The album also contains "Soul Reaver", which is entirely inspired by the videogame titled the same way, and "Lightless Glory", this one is inspired by the story of the biggest mass suicide that happened in 1978 in Jonestown.

The album also contains "Darkness within" and "In the shadow of war", the first is inspired by the videogame "Vampyr" and the other by the stories of the world of Tolkien. All the songs of the album are connected by the number 13, 23, the cat, the theme of love and death, and the bible of the catholic religion. There would be a lot more to talk about this album, because the things hidden here and there are many, but maybe we'll do it another time.

However, after Memento Mori, I have been releasing loads of singles, till finally, the fifth studio album, and this time I have completely composed, written, and produced in my new studio with new instruments and devices, that's why the cost of this album has been absolutely higher than all others, about €21.500,00, and the sad part is that I will never get it back, because, as you may know, nowadays you can make money with music only if you're a billionaire, otherwise it's only a loss of capital, but, on the other hand, it is my passion, and what makes me keep doing music in 2021 is only the burning desire of expressing feelings; I receive messages everyday from fans telling me how my music has been therapeutic for them, and that makes me feel happy, and there's no money that can buy this feeling of gratitude I have for it.


The new album is titled "Why So Serious", it is heavily influenced by Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, and a little bit of David Bowie as well. The theme is obviously about the Batman's Joker, and the music and the lyrics reflect exactly the Joker's character: aggressive, energetic, funny, and a little romantic as well.

I have been using the Batman's Joker as a symbol of rebellion against nowadays society, against the wrong political administrations carrying the weak to the bottom, and the rich always to the top. We are facing a moment in history where the capitalism that has been re-designed by the USA in 1950, already crossed a border that is no longer sustainable, and the songs of this album is a wake up call for the listeners; again, there is too much to say about it, that it won't be enough just a couple of hours talking about it.

Like almost all other albums, this one is made of 13 songs, with the 3 pillars, "The Killing Smile I", "II", and "III". My favorite song of the album is indeed "Ha Ha Ha!", it represents the whole album, it's as energic as I was (and still am) while the making of the album, the lyrics are exactly about the main theme of the album, a big wake up call telling that we are slaves in invisible chains. "Killer Quinn", it's the only pop song of the album, it is the most romantic one, well, as romantic as the Joker would be anyways. I have used the Joker's world as a metaphor of our world, a big example is "Gotham in Flames", I am singing about Gotham, "Gotham is in flame, and who are you gonna hate when there's no one left to blame?" It's a clear mirror that reflects our world, in flames because the criminals set it to fire, and there's no one to blame but ourselves, we are the criminals killing our own world, ignoring the climate change and killing each other for money. Another song i love from this album is "Joker Forever", when you know all the things that are wrong in the world, such as disequalities, wrong political choices, politicians telling us lies to keep us behave like sheeps, you feel that feeling where your are in chains that you cannot even see, like a door that you are promised to walk through one day, but that day never comes, then you feel that feeling of revenge rising inside you, and you wish to just make everyone notice you by doing something extreme, such as a mass massacre, and that's what this song is all about "I complete you, a freak like me breaking your rules, You'll love me when my lips go blue", because history have teached us that those who make a change, are the same that have been making a loud noise, and being persecuted for singing outside of the choir, look at Galileo Galilei, Oscar Wilde, Nikola Tesla, Jamal Khashoggi, or Julian Assange, ambassadors of truth, persecuted by a corrupted law; those are my heroes, and this song talks about them as being the Jokers of our world, rebels for a good cause.

Another song I love about this new album is "Damaged Mind", it's about something I have learnt during many years, that you always have to be yourself to achieve what you want, you cannot walk somebody else's road, because everyone of us has different possibilities and luck, and we need to find those that work best for us, instead of emulating everybody else and being unhappy for the whole life. I sing "You'll never make it if you care what others think, we mature with the damage", and this exactly summarize what I'm just talking about, the road we are walking can be though, most of the times it feels like everything works against us, so many doors closed for us, but then, after trying a million times, you finally open one, and man if that feels good! I know there are many people struggling not being able to achieve what they wish, relationship, job, passion, because they simply do what they are teached to do,  but the magic trick is exactly walking always to the point we wanna get, even though it's exhausting, and painful, and everybody does everything possible to stop you from doing that, I know how that feels, and that's what I mean "we mature with the damage", the more the stones they throw at you, the stronger you get, and the closer to your target you get.

As you can see, each album I have made, it has been a huge change if compared to the previous release, but, there are things that remained always the same, such as the number 13 being present in every album; this number symbolizes the death to the matter or to oneself and the birth to the spirit: the passage on a higher level of existence, for the superstitious, this number brings bad luck or misfortune, therefor it is indeed my fav number, and I hide it very well everywhere I can, even in my art name. 

Another thing that has remained the same is the duality in the lyrics I write, and every single album has a spirit animal that is recalled in the lyrics, photos and music; for Master of Madness it was a butterfly symbol of metamorphosis and rebirth. Rainbow on the Fallen Skyland has a Flamingo as a spirit animal, it symbolizing effortless grace, balance and rebirth; ancient Egyptians considered the flamingo the embodiment of the sun god, Ra; Because of their bright, fire-like plumage, their image became a symbol of fire, emotions, and inspiration. Creepypasta has a dead deer as a spirit animal, symbolizing the death of gratefulness, kindness, and innocence.  Memento Mori has a black cat, symbol of a bad omen and death. Why So Serious has a Hyena as spirit animal, which symbolizes good humor, slyness, and resourcefulness, Hyenas do indeed make loud barking noises that sound like cackling laughter, but it's not because they're amused by anything. Instead, a hyena's "laughter" is actually a form of communication used to convey frustration, excitement, or fear, just like the Batman's Joker.

7. You had said that album was part metalcore, gothic, and dubstep are those the genre of choice to this day or have you changed up the styling?

Gabriel: I have been changing style of music all the time, as previously declared, but one genre of music has remained the same since 2016, and I'm talking about that gothic "veil" in all my songs that I have made since then to the present days; some song has more of it and some other a little less.

8. So what have you released since that debut album, give us a brief summary if you may.

Gabriel: So far 5 studio albums in total and many covers and singles. As I have previously said, the albums are: "Master of Madness", "Rainbow on the Fallen Skylands", "Creepypasta", "Memento Mori", and "Why So Serious".

9.  A new album is expected this August being released on F13 which I think you also did for your debut album releasing it on a F13 Day too! So will that be a GC staple?

Gabriel: The album has been released October the 13th, and it was available for pre-order in August the 13th.

10. Do you have any newer music in the works?

Gabriel: I'm always working on new music, I have loads of singles and covers that have never been released because, you know, as I said, it's always a big loss of money, but, yea, I am already starting to work on a new album as well, cannot say too much at the moment tho.

11. What about side projects any other activities at work or is GC the main aspect of you?

Gabriel: You mean if I have another project where I make music? I do not , it takes a big amount of time to make music for my project, but I do produce other bands music in my studio, I play instruments, compose their songs, record and mix them up for them, but that's one of my jobs, I am not officially a part of any other project, and probably never will; I love my project, I wouldn't change it for anything else. 

12. When it comes to your appearance you tend to change things up, what's the current look for you?

Gabriel: Oh yes! I love changing, I don't feel like I'm a guy or a girl, I just love to stay in that limbo between the two, so I can switch based on my mood from one to the other; and the same thing can be told about what I look in the videos and in the photos, I think you can express more if you give yourself the chance to change things and being open to new horizons.


13. Does GC have any collabs in terms of fashion or anything along those areas because it seems you got quite the style and would think something would commence; rather appeal, comic, or maybe even beverages oh GREEN coffee since you tend to have green hair at times. 

Gabriel: I do have some collaboration going on with important brands at the moment, I have been blessed with the most amazing fans in the world, and I'm very picky when I am about to sign a contract with new sponsors, because I need my fans to get the best contents and products. Differently from other influencers, I have declined, and still declining many opportunities that have been proposed to me, because I have high standards when it comes to business and art.  

14. Upon your Spotify your debut album "Master Of Madness" isn't listed why is this, will we see a reissue or re-release coming soon?

Gabriel: That's true, my old music productions have been taken down, it was my choice, of letting the new people that discover my music to find only the best music productions I have made. I have been receiving tons of messages from my oldest fans, asking me all the time where they could find my old songs, well they are still available to buy but only in one of my online shops; this way, only those that already liked these songs back then, still have a chance to get them today; while the new fans are not even that much interested in those songs because they simply don't know them. If those songs will be re-released in all other platforms? I don't know, probably just a couple of them for a future greatest hits.

15. With that album it will be 10 years in just 2 years from now, would you consider celebrating it in any shape or form? It would be a cool idea to not just perform it in full, but really throw back and make yourself LOOK as you did during that album's cycle would be cool addition.

Gabriel: That's actually a quite interesting idea! We have 2 years to think about it, maybe I could actually do something nostalgic like that.

16. So what can the fans both new and old expect to see from you between now into the rest of this year?

Gabriel: I have in mind of making new videos, but who knows, time will tell us.

17. Would you like to say or add on anything more?

Gabriel: Actually yes, I am grateful to you for giving me another chance to speak with this interview. Thank you Natalie and knowing you're still keeping your blog fresh and alive after all these years, well that's really inspiring.

18. Is that your final answer?

Gabriel: Sure thing, thank you Natalie.


Russian Industrial Metal band Efpix released their new single «The End of My Life» from their upcoming album "No More Remorse" to be released in December 2021. The new release was recorded at the band home studio, beside the drums that were recorded at "Zaris Studio".Produced and mixed by Alexander Kondrashov. Mastered by Dan Swanö at "Unisound" in Sweden.

Check out the new single via here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGZpw1GehwY.


American Death/Thrash Metal band Cetragore released their new EP "Chancellors of Death". The release was recorded in October 2021 at the band home studio and mixed/mastered by Marco Penaflor.

Check out the album at the link below:

https://cetragore.bandcamp.com/releases

Cetragore was formed in 2019 at South Shore, Massachusetts. Formed from the remnants of local bands In Ash I Reign (Erik and Marco) and Dead By Dawn (Steve and Jonny) with Steve on lead vocals and guitar, Erik on bass and backing vocals, Jonny on drums and Marco on rhythm guitar in 2019, they are reminiscent of bands such as Death, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse with their breakneck grooves, punishing rhythm section and hair raising, guttural vocal assault.


Mixer-uppers LUNAFALL have not one but two single's out there right now, with all new music come the next year! The band talks of their music, and just living in the moment.


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

Myself (Joel) and Dave have been playing together since we were 14 in various bands through school. We formed Lunafall and needed a permanent drummer, we actually found Darius online and saw some great videos. We met up and asked him to join the band before hearing him play live!

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

We love all things ‘Luna’ and we play at night… so we thought LUNAFALL went quite well. 

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 Birmingham! The music scene is starting to recover now which is great, so we’re hoping for plenty more local shows. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I think we blend pop, rock and alternative in pretty equal measures. We try not to focus too hard on trying to make it sound like something, so we just tend to take each song as it comes and kind of put what’s needed.

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

This year we have released 2 singles. Save Me and Call It Off. People can expect a lot of energy and melodies.

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

Yes! We have another new release coming in the new year, followed by another release shortly after, we’ve got tons of material to get out there!

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

Yes. Tour planned for early next year!

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

The plan is to enjoy ourselves and live every moment. The last 2 years have taught us to not take anything for granted. Whether we are popular or not, making music together and playing shows is what makes us happy.

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

All our socials are @lunafallband.

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

‘That was catchy’.


Soulful pop artist FIRE THE HUMANS had started because of wanting to be a solo artist. With that, a single was released with another single expected soon enough. A lot more is discussed in term's of music and more below.

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

Born & raised just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, I played with a handful of bands and grew up in the local scene. After releasing music like “Hey Runaway” and “Animal” with bands such as thePour, I decided to start my own lifelong dream of embarking on a solo project. A project named “FIRE THE HUMANS”. Ultimately, a tongue n’ cheek reference to how poorly we’re managing ourselves as the human race. Writing stadium-sized hooks, anthem-sized melodies encompassed with true soul and feeling in every word. Partnering with the ever accomplished multiple Grammy Award recipient, .j at The Toybox, to take my vision to new heights. In March of 2021, “VANISH” became the debut release of  “FIRE THE HUMANS”, and so it began! Feedback and praise from coast to coast welcomed this new sound. As “FIRE THE HUMANS” continues to grow in popularity, a follow-up single, ”CAN’T STOP”, is set to be released on November 26th, 2021. “FIRE THE HUMANS” has quickly become one of the best-kept secrets in the music industry, for now.

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

As you see the world evolving, it’s clear what a poor job we’re doing as a human race. Extinct animals, pollution, plans to leave this planet, and on and on. The origin of the name is my perspective if beings from far beyond were to 

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

Based out of St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, our music scene is great. Incredible music comes out of this city. Story of the Year, Nelly, Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner, Chingy, The Urge and many more. 

4. How would you describe your style? 

Soulful POP with a raspy undertone. 

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

My first single is called “Vanish”. This dropped in March of 2021 and is currently in rotation across the US. It’s also being shopped to be accepted into movie production. It’s done quite well for being an unknown project with a brand new song. 

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

My follow-up single, “Can’t Stop”, drops on Friday, November 26th and I believe it will get even better reviews than the first single. I have many more in the pipeline that will drop throughout 2022. 

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

A tour is definitely in the works as dates, sponsors and cities are being lined up as we speak. More great news to come on that. 

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

The great thing about Fire the Humans is that it’s not a band, it’s a solo project. This allows me the freedom to pivot quickly and move to a destination of choice much faster. Whether that being, writing, recording, releasing a single, touring, concerts etc. Music no longer carries a boundary. There are no color limits, age limits, gender limits. Nothing. It’s a great feeling to be free to move forward and share this artwork with the world. 

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

 Fire the Humans is available on all major music platforms. Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, pretty much everywhere. 

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

The music. Simply put, these are fantastic songs.


Ukrainian Melodic Metal band Wave.X released new single "Uwanted Guest". The release was recorded mixed and mastered by the band in " Wave.X studio". The video clip was filmed by the band and edited by Irina Sokolova.

Check out the new single at the links below:

https://youtu.be/nV9EHbndjkU

https://wavexband.bandcamp.com/track/unwanted-guest

Wave.X was formed in 2020 at Kiev ,Ukraine by Vitalii Karnaukh (guitar) and Hanna Demchenko (vocal). Soon Taras Zemskiy (bass) and Dmitriy Krainskyi (drums) joined the band  and the lineup was completed. 


Sludge/Post-Metal band Skeleton Screen released their new single "Relentless Decline" . The release was recorded by Mark Johnston at his home studio, and mixed/mastered by Ben Romsdahl at "Juggernaut Audio". Drums were recorded and performed by Adam Soucy.

Check out the album at the link below:

https://skeletonscreen.bandcamp.com/track/relentless-decline

Skeleton Screen was formed in 2019 in Denver, Colorado by Mark Johnston (Guitars, Bass, Vocals). In 2020 the band released their debut EP "Conditions", and these days the band is working on the full length album that will be released in 2022.



Russian Symphonic Black/Folk Metal band Demon Shinegami released their new album "Returning to Nihil". The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band at "Shinegami Records". It was in development for 15 years and includes 12 tracks with lyrics written in five languages and based on the philosophy of buddhism/zen teachings. 

Check out the album at the link below:

https://demonshinegami.bandcamp.com/album/returning-to-nihil

Demon Shinegami is a one-man-band project founded in 2006 by a Russian self-taught musician, inspired by famous symphonic black metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir as well as their lesser known fellows like Sinful (from Moscow) he initially planned to create his own mixture of black metal and symphonic/orchestra elements.



Russian Alternative Metal band DESCAPED released their new EP "Other Side Part 2". The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Arkadi Navaho in "Navaho Studios" and released with "Patriot Label".

Check out the release at the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H6I5GaB_gI


https://open.spotify.com/album/0twhY5weAljSkbQpeistTi


https://music.apple.com/ru/album/other-side-part-2-single/1593399732


https://music.amazon.com/albums/B09KYB7CHB?tag=featurefm-20


DESCAPED was formed in 2018 by guitarist Bogdan Mashkov, who invited Alex Blake, the vocalist of "DEADHEAVEN". Soon after Alexander Zlobin joined the band and together they release the first full length album "Awakening" in 2021.


Japanese band THE LAMB have what they call a "City Pop" sound of style, being influncned by the U.K. music scene from all it's eras of existence really. The band discusses their current content and what they have up next for themselves.


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

The Lamb are Japanese city pop band. The band consists of Noboru Watanabe (vocals, guitar), Junpei Ogino (bass), Yushi Nakajima (drums), Kyuto Uno (keyboards), and Shinjiro Yamada (saxophone).

Formed in Tokyo in 2019, they have self-released 4  EPs. The song "Plastic Girl" was ranked # 24 at the highest on Spotify's Japanese viral top 50, and has been featured on many official Spotify playlists, including "Best City Pop Songs Of 2020".

In 2021, "Tokyo" has been featured on international music blogs and reaction videos, and is attracting attention from city pop fans in Japan and abroad.  March of the same year, they signed a contract with Luuv Label, a music label in Shanghai, China.  In September, we signed with UK music label, The Animal Farm. In November, we'll release 3 singles which they produced together.

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

Do you know the Chinese zodiac? When we started the band, the zodiac sign for that year was "sheep". William Blake didn't name it.

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

Tokyo, Japan. The music we play, "City Pop", attracts more attention from people overseas than from Japanese people. What about the UK, do you know Tatsuro Yamashita?

4. How would you describe your style?

The easiest way to describe it is "City Pop". I'm heavily influenced by UK music from all eras.

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

We've released four EPs so far. We play a lot more different sounds than most bands do. Each EP sounds different and can be confusing, but we hope you like it.

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

We'll be releasing three singles on the UK music label The Animal Farm Music, the first being "Atlantis" on November 12.

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

We live in Japan, so we don't know when we'll be able to come to the UK. Our gigs in Japan are now mainly streaming with no audience. We'd love to go to UK someday, for sure. UK is the place we dream about.

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

As per Mr.Leppanen's command.

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

Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube...etc. We also have a cute Merch that you can buy on our website.

WEBSITE: https://www.thelamb.info

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Df2pJCe7Ud1Q7kWvf68cx?si=D9YSnbZ6QDGSvK7R62F1NA.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-o5lGrE9ucMXSAdqcH0cA.

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

Follow our account! And recommend us to your 5 friends! They in turn refer 5 more friends.


Punk rock n' rollers PHANTOM OCEAN have been active for a short while, having just released their debut EP this past summer! They already have all new music in the works, including new music videos, and all kinds of music and just art! The band talks of it all below.


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

We started the band in early 2020, before the COVID pandemic.  We’re both musicians, and we’re married, and it seemed like a pretty natural fit to start jamming together, and thankfully it bore fruit.  Sarah’s on drums, Drew’s on guitar, and we trade off singing.  

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

The name’s something for folks to ponder.

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 New England.  We’ve got a pretty thriving music scene here; there are so many great local bands I couldn’t even narrow a list down to recommend just a few!  

4. How would you describe your style?

Sometimes bluesy, sometimes theatrical, punk rock and roll.  

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

We’ve released our first EP, Secondhand Ghosts, in summer of 2021.  Folks can expect music that’s easy to recognize and hard to define.

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

We do! We’re always working on new music, we’ve played several new tracks live this year besides what’s on our EP.  We’re planning for a full-length record in 2022, and we have a film score coming out as well.  

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

We do; we play locally around New England right now, and for the future, that’s an open book.

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

Music and art.  That’s what we do, that’s our future.  Words, music, movies, music videos.  

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

You can find our music on Bandcamp.  Some folks have asked when we’re going to be on streaming services like Spotify, and that’s not in the cards.  We believe pretty strongly that Spotify and its ilk are harmful to music, and so we choose not to operate in that space.  http://phantomocean.bandcamp.com

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

We’d like someone to come away from hearing Phantom Ocean with songs stuck in their head and a sense of having stepped into someone else’s dream.


Dark act GHASTLY MURDER has been around for sometime now, releasing content in the form of an EP and future album as well! New content is in the works, with lots more in-store, that is all discussed below.


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

Ghastly Murder is a solo project from Gary Emmins/Mr.E  (singer /guitarist/principle songwriter of the Filthy Spectacula). As a solo project this has existed in earnest since May 2021  when I entered the Nest studios in Brighton and started working with members of the band Birdeatsbaby to produce and record the 6 songs that make up my new E.P. ‘The Rise and Demise of Gory Emminence’

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

The name ‘GHASTLY MURDER’ comes from a newspaper headline  printed within the Victorian era  about description of what was to become the Jack the Ripper murders- but as a phrase it screamed out to me that it would make a great band 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?

I live out in the bleak ‘Hinterlands’ that is mid Wales (Aberystwyth area) but I spend my time between there and London. I have on a couple of occasions attempted to turn Ghastly Murder from a solo project into a fully formed band  but pickings are few and far between in Mid Wales for the ‘right’ musicians – so logistically for me it made more sense to me to plough ahead and develop GHASTLY MURDER into a solo project rather than stagnate  and wait until the time is right to form a band around the songs and the ideas.

4. How would you describe your style?

Musically – Dark, with something of the night about it, brash, maybe sinister , but always with melody and hooks. Visually – again I want to do something unique and NEVER be a jeans and t shirt band  . I want the experience of a Ghastly Murder show to be all encompassing on all the senses – not just a music show,  but an event  an experience. – like a haunting nightmare.

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

To date –In it’s first encounter I recorded a track under the guise of Mr.E’s Ghastly Murder (The Hearse Song / Hearse song earworm mix) which was released on all digital platforms- it was planned as a one off  but things and situations change.

My latest work in the form of ‘The Rise and Demise of Gory Emminence’  is currently a 6 track E.P. that I will release 1 track per month  digitally  via  at first bandcamp and then all other platforms. I plan to develop the themes of this E.P. into a future concept album describing the world/environment in which the stories in the songs are told – a post apocalyptic world that is scavenging on the carcass of the planet.

With this E.P.  I think the sound of Ghastly Murder has developed, gotten bigger and is more homed in and focused to where I plan to take it musically. It appeals to a wide spectrum of people but I sense its heart is within the gothic with its darkness but it is not gloomy or shoe gaze in style as it is full on attack

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

I am a prolific songwriter and I do have future songs that I would like to record for Ghastly Murder (as well as the filthy spectacula). The plan is to release these 6 songs  then run with it from that point onwards and see what develops….there are plans afoot

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

I have already had a few enquires about playing shows  which puts me in a dilemma  in as much as if I play these as a solo artist- with a guitar and backing tracks ? or find temporary players?  or form a band?….So I am figuring that out at the moment. Needless to say whatever its form it will be themed and thought out visually to enhance the music style with an element of performance and style that is becoming of the music- I like creating worlds for my music for people to enter

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

Short term – release the tracks from the E.P. some with accompanying videos. Find my audience, let my audience find me. Develop musically. Write and record more material for an album (or 2 or 3) - leave the studio world and present this on stage – I am a good front man with loads of experience so performing is in my blood. Then, world domination and nothing less!

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

From my bandcamp site:

https://ghastlymurder.bandcamp.com/

and from all usual outlets online- Spotify/Apple/YouTube etc.

And you can keep up with all the news and events on the Facebook page  

https://www.facebook.com/MrEsGHASTLYREDRUM.UK

I might look into developing a band page in the future (who knows?). I am also in talks with a couple of record companies at the moment and I will see if anything comes from that but for now I am happy being independent and calling all the shots 

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

The Hooks, the melodies, the drama, the power the overall experience and the rush of the heart when they realize ‘at last’ I have found ‘my’ music that speaks to me!- we are waiting, enter if you dare!


LA based Theatrical Metal Band RAVEN BLACK has taken the opening theme of the 1993 TIM BURTON cult classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, "This is Halloween," and created a new #1 Allhallows Eve playlist favorite! With a darkly playful lyric video directed by killDevil Films, RAVEN BLACK infuses the DANNY ELFMAN composed anthem with crunchy guitars and explosive, exuberant vocals from the diminutive front-woman.


“Being our favorite all time HALLOWEEN Movie, created by Tim Burton, it was natural for us to want to cover this song. We both love everything Tim Burton and Disney so doing this cover has been an amazing honor! It was extremely fun to sing all the different parts together and give it our Raven Black carnival metal twist. “ - RAVEN BLACK & MUPPET

Check out the track HERE.


Dutch Black Metal band Obskvvr released their debut split-album with Dutch Black Metal band "Levendleed" on Back from the Grave Tapes Label and via War Productions.

Check it here:

https://obskvvr.bandcamp.com/releases

Obskvvr was formed as a one-man band in 2020 in Alkmaar, Netherlands by Joe Sinner. He wanted to create a project with a cold melancholic sound leaving a dark feeling of void.


Following a successful release of their first single “White Night feat. Andreas Kisser” Dublin based Melodic Death Metal band The Risen Dread released their second single «Silent Disease» from the upcoming album. The release was recorded by Josh Robinson at the "JSR Studio" in Belfast, and mixed/mastered by Kai Stahlenberg at the "Kohlekeller Studio" in Germany. Artwork by Kenneth Coleman

Check it out over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdNuNjuDuhU

The Risen Dread was formed in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland by Marco Feltrin (vocals), William Ribeiro (guitars), Mat Maher (bass) and Colum Cleary (drums). In 2019 the band released their debut EP "Delusions", and now working on their debut album 'Night Hag' to be released in January 2022.


American Symphonic Black Metal band 3 Pieces Of Evil released their first single "God is Dead" from the band's upcoming album "Sorrows". The release was recorded. mixed and mastered by Todd Kelly at "Black Mass Studios".

Check out the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBqmJ57kl00

3 Pieces Of Evil was formed in 2018 as a one-man project by Todd Kelly, and released their debut EP "Weeping Willow" in March 2020.


Nu-metal punks SWITCHBLADE SATURDAYS have a couple of single's with a re-release of their EP expected soon enough. The band talks of their releases, all new music in-store and what's up next. Lead singer, bassist and founding member Zarrie does the talking!


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

The band originally started is 2010 after the demise of my original band The Albino Spiders ..Albino Spiders had some success Playing with a lot of big artists but I was looking to do something new and more dangerous musicly after a string of incidents with a member of the band ..our first show ever was supporting Ronnie Radke’s new band at the time Falling in Reverse after that show we made life long friends and fans of the band and they have continued to help us out throughout there career. Since the start we hit the scene with 2 objectives 1.kick ass and chew bubblegum and we’re all out of bubble gum the other is for us and our fans to unapologetically to be ourselves and be proud ..there is beauty in the darkness. Following this ideal we have played with and made fans of some of the largest artists in our scene this is where we could name drop but won’t ha ha but almost everyone we have played with has tried to help us out when they could leading to performances at SXSW and various horror conventions. 

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

The name came from realizing a certain band member of my band at the time had continuedly back stabbed me …I remember I had just got off the phone after the aphony and looked down at a piece of scratch paper I had been doodling on ..I wrote backstabber over and over on the paper and Saturday underlined because that was the day of our next show that I knew was going to be this bands last ..I muttered to my self just another Switchblade Saturday and wrote that down because I liked the ring of it …I have always been obsessed with horror movies and more so Vampires..in a book I was reading which I think was either True Blood or I Vampire but they described Vampires teeth like switchblades …so it was a mix of the two.

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 out of Des Moines Iowa which since the conception of Slipknot has been rich with various styles of music ..The scene used to be like a reality T.V. show That could have been called band wars ..bands would sabotage each other’s shows and fan base back then but has since changed being more supportive which honestly is because of a club at the time House of Bricks and a legend named Jimmy ..when you played H.O.B that week you got a free steak dinner on Sunday as not only appreciation but to get all the bands to sit down together and hang out ..a huge part of a family vibe we all have minus a few bad eggs is because of Jimmy and H.O.B …as for bands to check out I will say top five diverse would be Agony of Defeat, Mint  , Holy White Hounds, Green Death and Dogs of Neptune. Also the band Widow7 has been making some waves since they won a competition for Space Zebra Podcast.

4. How would you describe your style?

We are a mix of NuMetal and Punk with dark pop sensibilities. We had a fan once describe us as Vampire Rock ..she said it’s because we are heavy and dark but seductive that leaves the listener hypnotized. I agreed to all that ha ha.

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

So at the moment we have released “Some Things “which was our first single, a cover and tribute to Tim Burton “This is Halloween “ and now our current hope to say hit single “Go from Here” we are planning to rerelease our Ep here very shortly called “Possession : The Story of Truth and Vengeance part 1.

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

We definitely have surprises coming in the near future and one with a possible guest vocalist  

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

We plan on playing shows throughout the Midwest with plans for Touring 2022 ..oddly enough tonight we are playing with Vampires Everywhere supporting there Awakening Tour  

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

Honestly with the creative minds behind this band the sky is the limit… 

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

We are on all the major downloadable sites right now ..ITunes,Spotify Amazon and so on ..as for merch our website is key ..we like to do exclusive released limited edition merch on the site that we only have so many of or for a limited time ..those are always fun  

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

Two things ..First is that music is great therapy and the second is  they want more.


Japanese Black Metal band Deathroll released their new maxi single "Causing a Nightmare". The release was recorded in "clubSONICiwaki Studios" and  mixed/mastered by Japanese local engineers. The maxi single was released at "STF-Records" and it's already received considerable attention in the media such as Japanese radio. Check out the release from the links below.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6cd1uA6CljZQiik1GbWNGd

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/causing-a-nightmare-single/1585817237

Deathroll was formed in 2011 at Fukushima, Japan by Kazu as a one-man band. The band have released four albums and the band was presented on the international sampler titled Imperative Music Compilation DVD including other major Metal bands such as Death, Destruction, etc.


Russian Alternative Metal band IZNUTRI released their new album "Reach the End". The release was recorded/mixed and mastered by Kostek Rednek and Nikolai Bazhen at "Hiboll Studios". Check out the release from the links below.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4ikCJuv1VB0uAxVTX3kBIv


https://music.apple.com/il/album/reach-the-end/1579164102


https://www.deezer.com/en/album/264063722?deferredFl=1


IZNUTRI was formed in 2018 at Komi Republic, Russia after the break up of the band "From The Inside" by Alexei Dugin (vocals/guitar) and Andrei Dugin (bass). In just 3 years the band released 3 full length albums and toured all over Russia


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1VxA3OiOeE


Melodic dark metal band THE MOOR have a couple of releases out and about, an EP as well as a debut album. And according to them they always are working on all new music. What's up next is more music, to be out soon with more to come in the next year too! All of this is discussed and more below.


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

Well the band is quite unknown in the industry but the story isn’t that short, I’ll try to summarize it the best way. I (Enrico Longhin) was in a band called Bleed In Vain from 2000 to 2008, we had a decent record deal and recorded a couple of albums (one mixed and recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström, that is where we first met in 2005).

That was the CDs and MySpace era, we had previous bands before this coming from the tape trade era and this was our first “big” experience as musicians (there’s also an article in our Blog talking about this band and story).

After the split, in 2010 I decided to form The Moor with my great friend Davide Carraro, and the initial plan was to play a sort of melodic hard rock as a project. After a couple of demo songs and rehearsals, we found that we had “under the skin” was more than a level 6 of gain in the guitar amps (haha).

The group evolved into something maybe Opeth-inspired in the beginning, with some Mastodon and Progressive Rock elements (We are huge prog rock fans), so we flew back to Sweden again to mix our first demo EP at Studio Fredman.

In 2012 we signed a deal with progressive rock-heavy metal label Lion Music and we released our first full-length “Year of the Hunger”, which I think it’s still an undiscovered pearl for who might like progressive metal with different facets and contaminations. There are so many ideas in that album, we were very inspired and wanted to show “hey, we like this and this and this” so we were afraid that it was too much an album for very open-minded listeners, even coming from rock and AOR instead of metal. Luckily the result was generally well-received by the press and fans.

Two years later we break the silence with a new single in collaboration with Björn Speed Strid from Soilwork, called The Castaway.

After a sabbatical where everyone involved in the project managed to do life-related and family stuff, in 2018 another great friend, Andrea Livieri substituted Davide on guitars and worked with me almost every day for one year to arrange and compose our sophomore release “Jupiters Immigrants”.

The album is our latest full length and it has been mixed always by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. This album was baptized as Dark Progressive Metal and for the first time we also took care of more electronic elements on our music, which in the beginning was made by an actual keyboarder, Gilles, but then I realized I was just too pity on tweaking things up and from that time I started to study synths and keyboards to tailor the arrangements my own way.

This year we released two singles, “Wrath of Vultures” and “Emissaries”, which explores new “obscure” and “dark” horizons, let’s say that these are maybe the darkest songs I ever wrote.

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

Well actually yes a sort of, the main intuition was to have something short and simple, so I was listening to one of my favorite songs from Opeth (The Moor) and realized that there’s The Moor of Venice, the Tragedy of Othello, which is our hometown (well we are all based in the countryside), and then The Moor is intended also as Moorland, in Italian it’s“brughiera, which is a common landscape on the Prealps here in the northern regions.

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 northern Italy, Veneto region, near Venice. The scene is pretty intense while there aren’t that much venues or small clubs, but the few ones are great.

There are a lot of great bands, and it’s difficult to name all of them, I can mention Shading, Give Us Barabba, The Silence Between Us, Ishvara, Ensoph (no more active). I see that there’s a playlist dedicated to this region called “Veneto Metal” on Spotify.

4. How would you describe your style?

We agree with some press that define us a “Dark Progressive Metal” band, but some songs can find their place under the Melodic Death Metal label as well.

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

This is pretty covered by my first answer, but I can say in fewer words that we released our first EP in 2010 (then re-released in 2012 by Lion Music), then our first full length “Year of the Hunger” always in 2012.

Our single “The Castaway”, featuring Björn from Soilwork was released in 2014. Then we stopped for a few years and then came back with our sophomore second album “Jupiter’s Immigrants” in 2018.

This year we are back with the new singles “Emissaries” and “Wrath of Vultures”

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

Of course, we always have.

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

Not yet, everything stopped with the pandemic, but we have never been an intense touring or live act. 

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

Releasing new music soon, maybe another single, and hopefully releasing a new album in 2022.

I decided that the next steps would have been releasing more singles to bring more people in and staying more in touch with new listeners. 

Let’s say we want to live the band in a different way than just releasing 9 or 12 songs and then stop for two years or even four.

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

You can find everything on our official website www.themoor.org , which contains also our official merch store and all our albums. Of course we are on Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Amazon as well, follow us there as well.

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

Open your mind and enjoy! You will find a lot of influences and different landscapes… and of course a lot of headbanging stuff. Thanks NW!


Gothic metal band SOMBERWIND have their debut album out, and all new material is being worked upon now for a follow-up album! They have a lot more plans in-store including a live session that was recorded over the summer, expected to be out and about real soon! More is talked about from music to more below.


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

Somberwind- began in the middle of 2018, as a collaboration project between me (Marco) and Caterina Nix, after we recorded some parts of the songs. We realized we could continue as a duo, including some fellow session musicians. Then we finished the whole album. Caterina Nix leads her own project too, the name of that project is Chaos Magic, and I'm part of other bands as well, but my main band is Somberwind. Cesar, our drummer, also collaborates with other musicians on other different projects.

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

The name describes a state of soul when you know difficult times are on the horizon and you will be called upon to resist. This is because all this dark wind will cover you. That’s how I came up with the portmanteau: Somber and Wind, Somberwind.

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 Santiago de Chile. The local scene here is expanding, there are many bands of different styles, but we mostly play and get along in the underground scene.  Of course I can recommend some clubs like -La Blondie- (discoteque, bar), local and international shows are often being played there; Teatro Caupolican has huge concerts; Arena Recoleta, and many more I will tell you if you have the opportunity to visit us…

4. How would you describe your style?

We are mainly a Goth Rock and Dark - Gothic Metal band .

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

Our 1st album -REMAIN-, was released under Sleaszy Rider Records Label in April 2021. We also have 2 Videos of 2 tracks of the album (Emptiness and The Spell) live on YouTube. We recorded a live session on August 8th, it is almost ready to be published. We are finishing our third Music Video for the song Coven, and we have to send a cover for a tribute album we were invited to in February of 2022. You can expect more gothic and dark melodic songs…..

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

I'm working on new songs for a 2nd album , which I hope will be released next year.

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

Everything we planned about touring was suspended, but as soon things get normalized, we will start touring. The plan is to see how this pandemic situation evolves and take dates for live performances afterwards.

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

As I said before we recorded a live session on August 8th and it’s almost ready to be published. It consists of 5 songs from Remain and they are recorded entirely live. We are finishing our third Music Video for the song Coven too, and planning a fourth music video.

By February 2022 we have to send the master audio of a cover song from a tribute album that we were invited to participate in. About live shows, our next concert is scheduled for the 13th of November, and we are planning a tour for next year. The 2nd album could be released next year too.

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

You can listen to Somberwind on all major digital platforms, such as Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Deezer, and so on..

Our album can be purchased -almost worldwide- in many stores online, and direct with the label and distributors, as Amazon, ebay, Deep Discount, Barnes And Noble, dr music, dig it, exile music, serious sounds, nsiren records, wow ,to mention a few, just search in the internet for the store nearest you .

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

The profound feelings a low voice combined with a pristine female voice can do for a hopeful but misunderstood soul…Thank you so much Natalie and keep the faith. Best wishes for all - Marco Cusato


ROY NIV was a solo artist as he began his music career alone. Later on finding what would be his fellow band mates. As the band would grow, style would change as well, with them releasing a single of two, then working upon newer music currently with more plans at work! See what Roy himself has to say about his music and what's ahead below.


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

Well, actually I started alone in my attic with a computer and my dad's guitar trying to work something out with the songs that I wrote. When  I actually had the song produced with producer  THE ANIMAL FARM, then I started grouping the best players I knew from the scene and together we formed an awesome band made just for these songs! It was awesome as everybody just linked with the songs right away and was ready to play them as many times necessary for us to be ready for a show. I never imagined I'd have a band of my own which I could lead and have so much fun with. 

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

To be honest, I started my music career alone, without bandmates, so I've always presented myself as Roy Niv. When the band came along we just stuck with that name and kept going. We focus on making the audience feel the intensity that the music is aspiring to create. So we agreed my name can stay as the headline while the more important thing is what we actually bring to the stage which is blowing rock n' roll combined with some acoustic melodic vibes.

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 based in Israel, which has an awesome music scene. As this country has a collection of so many nationalities, the music scene is wild and got so many different genres going on. You could listen to Mediterranean music one night and rock n' roll the other night. I really enjoy this diversity as I'm inspired by so many different types of music. For example, the oldies of Israeli music really shaped my perception of music, as the newer rock bands here introduced me to the edgy, wild vibe that music can go to. Some great band here are Monika Sex, Aviv Geffen, Dazy's Fasulia, Noam Bettan and many more. 

4. How would you describe your style?

My style was shaped through the years as I changed the style of my guitar playing and the music that I like. I used to be metal guitar player so that injected the edginess and intensity to my music. On the other hand I found myself plucking the acoustic guitar my dad got me. That brought me to the point where my style is a Soft rock, Kurt Cobain, grunge, acoustic combination that made me wrote my song as you are going to hear them soon ;)

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

I released a cover version of the song "bloody valentine" by machine gun kelly as I think he's one of the main pioneers of rock music right now. My latest release is an original called "Stay Up" which is a single you should totally check out as it is the one I am most proud of :) You can expect only good vibes and fire energy from these works, as I write and produce them with all of my passion, I make sure none of it is left in the studio and I want it all to get the listeners heart.

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

Of course! "Stay Up" is just the beginning of a sequence of singles going to be released through the coming year. I'm so exited about those songs as I spent the whole pandemic period working on them with producer THE ANIMAL FARM. The coming works are going to be more and more energetic and upbeat and will eventually be wrapped up as an album. These are the first works I'm releasing to the world and and put all of my passion into. That is kind of a dream coming true. Since I was a child all I wanted to do is play music and go deeper and deeper into the understanding of my musical world. Exploring the ideas and inspiration I can get out of it and bring  it into the world where people will interpret in different ways. 

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

It's funny you ask that. My band and I just finished getting our show ready with the best of our works and some cover songs. Now we are touring in Israel and it is so much fun. But we are waiting for the gates in the sky to be fully open and then we're getting ready for some shows in Europe so stay tuned in my IG to see when and where we are going to tour.   

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

I'm so happy that this first album is on the way and has so many great singles in it. After this album, we will tour for a few months,  so we can also feel the audience in real life and not just through streaming. I truly enjoy seeing the crowd having fun and experiencing the music when it's live. So I will tour as much as I can and when it's time, I will start working on the next album. I already got so many songs that I want to get in there but no one know what time will bring with it so we will just have to wait and see.  

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

You can listen to Roy Niv on 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvKDV6rDVbo.

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/3rku5XCvug4UkU4oEEpjTl?si=95c4c951c69b4660.

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/us/album/stay-up/1580798022?i=1580798024.

For those who wants to buy merch, please contact us on roynivw@gmail.com.

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

I wish the listener will take something from the song that is reflecting on his or her own life and give them a different perspective on what it is they are going through. God knows music helped me get myself out of the worst situation. I believe music can really make someone's life better and if my music could do that to even one person. That would be magical to me. So take what you feel like taking from the music and after all, we are doing it for the fun so make sure you enjoy it while it last. :) 

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