2021


Russian Melodic Death Metal band Smerdead released their new single "Погасший маяк". The release was recorded in "USSRstudio" and "WattaStudio". Mixed/mastered were done at "WhiteBoxStudio" by Alexander Dorohin and Denis Shurakov.

Check out the track at the following links:

https://smerdead.bandcamp.com/track/single-2021

https://open.spotify.com/album/1se9hvTe40EVlQEy0hLhGi

Smerdead  was formed in Siberia, Russia in 2018 by  Kozlodyor (Vocals), Smerd (Guitars), Khrych (Bass) and Dorf (Drums) to play music that the band members called "Zombie Metal".


Elemental fantasy band AMETHYST have a handful of songs out and about, with new music expected out in the form of their debut album out real soon! The band discusses their music, and wanting to tour abroad by the next year!


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

Amethyst started out as a many other bands but always looking for the right people to team with, there were years of trial and error, with many musicians until we stop trying and almost abandoned the whole project.  But in 2015 we gave it a final trial, and we said to ourselves, this time we will do it differently, after a few more changes Geo offered to join in the vocals to Fabi Salas, who was singing in a rock covers  band, she accepted and soon after Kendal joined in the keyboards, after that the band started working hard as we all had the same goal in mind and enjoyed what we were doing.  Current members are Fabi Salas on Vocals, Kendal Rodriguez keyboards, Geo Leiton on guitars and me on bass, Elias Vega.

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

It was Geo who came up with the name, we were looking for something hard but beautiful at the same time, as this was the concept of the music we were creating.  One day Geo’s son, Saul, suggested the name and it ringed, as the Amethyst stone is very beautiful but at the same time is one of the hardest minerals, just like the concept of the art we were creating.

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 Costa Rica, our metal music scene is small but I feel it is growing with great bands coming out and making good music in a professional way, image conscious and with great sound, about great local bands you need to check Delirare.  

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style varies from the different influences that each of us provide, we try to create fantasy realms when creating music something embellished with female voices over a heavy base, we could say that Amethyst's music is like a fantasy artwork dark and magical at the same time. 

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

We have just released our sixth theme called “Straight to hell” a song about human frailties and how the excessive lifestyle could create a hell here on earth, About our previous singles you can find melodic ballads like “Beyond my own eyes” about the beloved passing away and Limerencia which is a more theatrical song with a video reminiscing the Belle Epoque and it was our first song in Spanish, this was actually inspired in a grave inscription from one of our largest cemeteries.  And we also have the more powerful songs like “Night of the three moons (NOT3M)” and “The timekeeper” also the more cinematic “Crimson wings”.  People can expect music from our hearts, we are not aiming to something in particular when we compose, but we rather follow our in-the-moment inspiration.  We like to explore sounds, play with our influences, and there you can find everything from jazz to world music but always over a metal and rock base.

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

Yes we are about to complete our debut album, and it will be published later during this year.  Unfortunately pandemics stopped our goals from 2020 which included an international gig as we did in 2019, but we are still actively working on new music too.

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

Well, we stopped playing live shows but are looking for touring abroad by 2022, in the hopes that pandemics will be over by then. We are also working on a new show  and this will go along with our next album proposal.

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

We are working hard and the best we can in our music, there’s a project to collaborate with a theater company that will be a huge production, but we are still checking on the details and again pandemics is a big obstacle for performing arts.

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

We are in all platforms, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, … and also every song we have published has its own video, you can check our YouTube channel Amethyst Sanctuary or visit our website www.amethystzone.com, there’s the store section with some cool stuff and t-shirts.

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

Every artist feels great when the public appreciates their work, we would like our public to enjoy our music and remember it like a travel, something with the ability to take you somewhere else drawing magical passages through the Amethyst sound.


Modern hard rockers mixed with electric pop is MODERN WELFARE. They have a single out with a lot more in-store for release, including them writing all new material because they are always writing away! They are also in the works with arranging some new shows and touring too! The band talks about all of this stuff and more below.


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

The band started out in Pittsburgh pa. Lucas Hay (vocals) and Dan Renz (Guitar) founded the band bringing on John Yabut (Drums) and Byron Taylor (Guitar). 

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

The Band Name was chosen because of our message. We want our music to bring people together to help people overcome. We hope our music will help people do that one day. 

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 Just Moved to Orlando. Our first show here is July 16th. We haven’t really had the chance to check out the music scene because of covid but we are hitting the ground running since shows are coming back. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Our Style is Modern Hard Rock mixed with electric Pop. 

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

We released one single so far but plan on releasing 5 more before November. All the songs are hard rock, but some have more of a pop punk influence.

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

We are always writing. We hope to have another six songs recorded and ready for release by April of next year. 

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

We are currently working with our team to plan more shows and a tour this year. So far, the only show we can confirm is July 16th At the Haven Lounge in winter park Florida. 

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

We plan to Write music, Preform Music and hopefully help people along the way like so many bands have helped us. 

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

Our Music is available anywhere music is streamed. You can also purchase our music and merch via our website www.modernwelfareofficial.com.

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

We want them to remember the feelings they get when listening to our music, the memories it may have brought up in hopes that people will talk about their experiences and their traumas and talk to each other. Music is a powerful tool to opening up places in our mind we have locked away. 


Alternative pop singer/songwriter NIA CC has dabbled in R&B and just pretty much creates her own material. Speaking of which she did release and EP and does have newer music in the works as well. Just see what more she has to say from our chat below.


1. Please tell us about your musical history.

I began taking piano lessons at the age of 4, and wrote my first song, about Disney World, when I was 8 years old realizing early on that songwriting was something I wanted to do. I grew up listening to artists like Corinne Bailey and Taylor Swift, and I loved how they were always able to play live with their guitar on hand, something that was harder to do with an immobile piano. So at age 12, I decided to teach myself how to play both the guitar and the ukulele so I could carry them with me to open mics and to school. Throughout school I was very active in the performing arts from show choir, and to dance classes ranging from ballet to jazz and hip hop. 

As a student at the University of Virginia, where I just graduated from last month, I was the Music Director for the all female award winning A Capella group, the Virginia Sil’hooettes, and a writer and performer for the student run show The Black Monologues. With a degree in music and African American studies, I recently released my self-written and self-produced undergraduate thesis album titled “On Trial” that explores the history and dynamics of Blackness at UVA through a collection of songs. That said, songwriting is like a diary for me. It’s the outlet where I’m able to be my full authentic self and tell my story, whether it be about Disney World or heartbreak. And as someone who tends to live in this world with a lot of passion and feelings, I have a lot of stories to tell. Currently, I  have a catalogue of 500+ songs to my name and I can’t wait to continue writing more. 

2. Is there a story behind your name?

It’s funny because my real, legal, full name is actually “Nia C. C. Williams” so Nia C. C. is my artist name, but it’s also just literally my name, which was something that a lot of school teachers thought I was lying about growing up. But my parents really wanted to name my middle name after my grandmothers whose names both start with C, Claudie and Constance, but they didn’t want there to be arguments over whose name was first. So to make things fair, they just put two C’s there in honor of them, and of course we always change the order of whose name comes first depending on which house we’re at. So that’s what the C. C. stands for. Or, as I told a lot of my classmates when I was younger, “The C. C. Stands for my favorite food, cotton candy.” Which of course was only believed for so long, but that’s something I still like to joke about to this day. 

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

Well I’ve just finished school at the University of Virginia last month, so I’ve been based out of Charlottesville, Virginia for the past four years. The scene here is getting more and more robust every day from the indie scene to the rap scene. That said, because I’ve been a part of the college music scene for most of my time in Charlottesville, artists are always coming and going, which can be exciting but also a bit daunting. While in Charlottesville one of the main projects I’ve been focused on was my undergraduate thesis album I wrote for school titled “On Trial” which is an album that follows the figurative trial of “Blackness vs. The University of Virginia and analyzes the impacts of white supremacy at the University of Virginia on the Black community. Working on that project allowed me to get closer with a lot of artists, especially black artists in the Charlottesville area and at UVA. Some of those artists include K.I.A.S. and Wayne, both of whom are amazing. That said, I’m excited to move to Los Angeles this August and keep meeting and working with other artists, and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I like to describe my music as a diary that fell into my guitar and started telling stories. I consider myself an American alt pop singer songwriter, although I also like to dabble a bit in R&B. As a Black Woman, this was always a bit scary and even a bit of a sore spot for me, because I’m an artist who constantly sings with my guitar, and there weren’t many Black mainstream pop artists doing that as I grew up. I always felt like people were pressuring me to switch genres or didn’t take me as seriously when I first started out playing the guitar and writing country songs. Since then, I’ve gained more confidence in the music I write and the genres I typically sing in, and I’m happy to see that Black woman singing with guitars is a space that’s only growing, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Nonetheless, I like to say that my music is always authentic, and it’s like a cloud, sometimes dreary, sometimes rainy and sometimes cheerful, but always moving.

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

Last summer I released my first EP “All Things Nia C. C.'' where every song was both written and recorded by me, and 3 of the 5 songs produced by me. That was a huge milestone for me as I like to say that I’m a song-writer who sings and a student of producing. I also released a few self-written and self-produced singles including “Home,” A song I wrote in honor of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, meant to address any inequality and police brutality in America. Each of these releases was terrifying for me. Releasing music is always so scary, especially when it’s just you. There’s no one to share that feeling of accomplishment or insecurity with, and I was always so insecure about releasing my music. “Maybe I should’ve changed that lyric” or “ that bass definitely could have sounded better” and that insecurity was only amplified as I began to release things I produced. Music that I truly poured my heart and soul into. But I decided that letting the world hear a part of me, even if that part didn’t always feel perfect, was better than not letting them hear anything at all. That said, something listeners can always expect from my work is authenticity and a story, no matter how juvenile it may be. And of course, probably a guitar in there somewhere. 

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

I do! I have a ton of new music in the works that I can’t wait to share! I tend to have a lot of feelings, and as I said before writing is like a diary for me, so I’m always creating something new that I’m excited for people to hear. One of the releases I’m really looking forward to is “Animal” which is a song I wrote during the pandemic that I love performing. so I can’t wait for people to hear it.

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

As of now I don’t have anything planned out, but that’s something I’m definitely working on, especially as we start to return to normalcy and with my move to Los Angeles. That said, I love performing live with my guitar and interacting with the audience. That’s really what gives me energy.  For example, I performed this Instagram Live show titled “Nia CC: Unplugged” and every week I ask the viewers to give me words to write a song with, and I bring back the song everything with all the words the next week, and I love doing it! It’s always challenging me to be a better writer, especially when I get those inevitably really hard words like “ubiquitous” which I was able to include a song titled “Liquid Courage” that I hope to record soon, end it also gives the listeners a chance to be a part of the story and the process. So while I continue to perform open mics, and work up to eventually touring one day, you can catch me performing my Instagram Live show “Nia CC: Unplugged” every Sunday at 7:30 EST, or catch the recorded version on YouTube. And feel free to leave some words to write with in the comments! 

8. What plans do you have for the future?

That’s always such a scary question because it feels like the future is always changing. Right now, my plan is to continue chasing song-writing and singing as full heartedly as I can, keep releasing new music, and start performing more sets to build a fan base. I also see a lot more recordings in my future which makes me really excited, and pushes me out of my comfort zone of just singing songs with my guitar live. Nonetheless, no matter what the future holds, singing and songwriting will always be a part of my life. 

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

You can find my music on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. You can also find my music on YouTube, where I’ve uploaded a lot of live videos of me singing songs in addition to my recorded music. One of the things I’ve liked to do recently is write “Response songs” which is where I respond to a song that’s already been written from another point of view, and that’s also something I’ve loved doing and posting on all my social media pages along with YouTube.

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

My authenticity in the stories I tell. One of the reasons I’ve always loved songwriting is because of the way it’s allowed me to express myself in a way that everyone can enjoy, while also telling my truth along with the stories that are important to me. Music and the arts in general or some thing that I believe brings the world together and teaches us how to empathize and care for one another, and as a Black woman living in America, that’s always been something that was important to me. So whether the song I’ve released is about oppression and equality, or heartbreak, or in this case, the Percy Jackson series with my new single Monsters, I want the listener to walk away with a new story, and know that story was authentic and truly represents me.


Elemental metal band GORETHRONE have just released their debut EP "The Descenion", with new music already in the works for the next release. So much more is in-store and the band says it all from the chat below.


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

He started out with a bassist and different singer and we weren't happy with there contribution to the band and fired then both and found our current vocalist Kyle and haven't found a bassist yet. But the current band is Kyle Thomson-vocals, Tony Burnett- lead guitar, Brandon Vargas-rhythm guitar, Zac Wisner-drums.

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

We wanted something that oozed darkness and the name Gorethrone gives you images of just the most twisted stuff.

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 Grand Rapids Michigan and there is a pretty big metal scene here so we have been able to get a decent fan base and I would recommend WholeHeart and Fire Said The Albatross.

4.How would you describe your style?  

Our style has the simple riffs and breakdowns of deathcore with the melodic elements of black metal. The vocal style he also borrows from both and on Acid Bath he dose a little speaking part that was taken from hardcore bands, and the drums are just crazy fast double bass.

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

So far we have just released our EP "The Descenion" but we are planning a full album release later this year. The EP was supposed to be a full length but with line up changes and the pandemic we didn't get as many song done but now we are ready.

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

Yes we already have four written and two more in the process, it's going to be a lot more technical we are playing around with time signatures and we are utilizing the seven string guitars more, we only use them for one song on our EP.

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

Right with the pandemic we haven't been able to get many shows but we do have one coming up in August that we're playing with nine other bands.

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

We definitely plan on doing a more shows and eventually touring with bigger acts and we are in the process of setting up a show that we making called Gorefest that hopefully will happen yearly if everything goes right.

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

You can listen to our music on any of the streaming platforms and we have a YouTube channel where made a lyric video for celestial noose and we have some live performances, and we are working on getting CDs and shirts made.

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

 That we are an even mix of melodic and heavy so we have the best of both worlds and that i know some people think of deathcore as just heavy dumb riffs but we have a lot more going on then just that.


Danish Melodic Death/Thrash Metal band Cyan Insane released their new EP "Stab Your Demon". The new release was recorded, mixed and mastered in "Aintfarm Studios" by Tue Madsen (Baby Metal, Messugah, Heaven Shall Burn, etc).

Check out the release at the following links:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3QfOhelRf0BCTWCdZtBTMa

https://www.deezer.com/pt/album/216541082

Cyan Insane was formed in 2017 by drummer Patrick Bøgebjerg, guitarist Niclas Lilieqvist and vocalist/guitarist Dimi Shining ( ex Mushroom Cloud , 6 Degrees). The band wrote new material and went to the studio to record their first EP "Out of my way" which was released in January 2019.


Today, leading independent label and artist development company Better Noise Music signs globally acclaimed rock band Asking Alexandria to its all-star roster. The new UK deal, announced by Better Noise President Dan Waite from the label’s U.K. office, starts this month with the band already in the studio working on new music, which is expected to be released later this year.

“Today we welcome Asking Alexandria into the Better Noise Music label, and we are thrilled to join them on the next chapter of their musical journey,” Waite said. “The fact that Asking Alexandria are from the U.K. with a worldwide audience, gives us the opportunity to deepen their strong connections with fans on both a local and international level across Better Noise Music’s global offices. As a global touring act they have over one billion cumulative streams and views, and we look forward to building on that success.”

Ben Bruce, founding member of Asking Alexandria and lead guitarist, spoke on behalf of the band in a statement, saying, “We are all extremely excited to be part of the passionate team at Better Noise Music. Over the past ten years, we’ve been so grateful to connect with fans all over the world. While we’ve concentrated particularly on our North American fanbase in the past, our goal for the future is that our music and live shows become more accessible to audiences on a global scale. That is why we jumped at the chance to sign to Better Noise. Working with the team out of the label’s UK branch gives us the opportunity to be more connected as a band to our home country, while simultaneously working with all of their international offices to reach our goals. We are all extremely proud to hail from England and getting back in touch with our roots is something that is beyond exciting to us. We are more focused, more driven and more determined than ever before. Thank you to everyone who has helped us and supported us over the years. It truly means the world to us. Here’s to the future.”


Progressive heavy metal band OHMWORK have an extensive array of albums, four in fact but a fifth is coming this late summer time though! Shows are in the works and talks as of now, with the band wanting you craving for more. The band talks of all of these matters and more below.


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

Ohmwork are a metal band from Norway established in April 2012. We’ve got four albums, an EP and numerous singles to our name. Ohmwork have toured Norway numerous times including festivals and played gigs abroad. Nowadays we are gearing up for our fifth album release coming out in August. Hopefully we’ll get on the road in September.

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

We took our band name from a GZR album (Geezer Butler’s solo project in the early 2000). We thought it sounded like a really cool band name – and it still does!

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

It all started in Tromso, a small city in the northern parts of Norway. Today all three of us live in different parts of Norway. It works fine, we get together when it’s time to rehearse for an album, tour etc. All that said, Tromso has got an incredible music scene. Always have! In later years metal bands like Heave Blood & Die, Vederkast and Endolith have released really good albums.

4. How would you describe your style?

In many ways we are a traditional heavy metal band. Riff-laden, heavy, fast and sluggish. A good blend of 2021 with late ’70 and early ’80 merged with traces of prog. 

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

We have released four albums: Storm Season (2014), ShadowTech (2015), Alyssa Drone (2017) and HorrorWorks (2019). We always try to make thoughtful albums with both fast rockers and slow burners and throw in a couple of epic tracks as well. And tell good stories. The last two releases were concept albums. All wrapped up in great artwork!

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

August 27th, we release our fifth album Pareidolia. Maybe it’s our most progressive to date. This time around we were driven to push the boundaries a bit such as giving more variety and contrast to the songs, experimenting with different guitar tunings and including more acoustic guitars. And of course, leaving lots of heavy crushing riffs in the mix! 

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

For all of us it has been difficult times. Until now practically impossible to book gigs. But in recent times we have been talking of doing gigs again. Hopefully we will be on the road in September-October. 

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

Our drummer quit last year, and things looked kind of grim for a couple of months. Luckily, we got it sorted out. New drummer is in place and things are looking much rosier now! We have even started working on new songs that will be released next year hopefully.

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

You can listen to Ohmwork on most of the streaming platforms out there, and of course all of our albums are available on vinyl and CD. Search for it and you’ll find our albums in several stores out there, or just go to our web shop at www.ohmworktromso.com

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

“That was great!” Cool and inspirational hard rock music with a uniqueness that makes you crave for more!


Modern hard rockers DARK FROM DAY ONE formed way back when in 2006! But since they have released three album's and are in the midst of an upcoming fourth release. For now is this next release and the growth of themselves and their audience. That is what is discussed from the band below.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and it’s members a. Natal (Founder, Guitar):

"I was kind of a late bloomer, I remember in my early years I used to sing songs on the radio, I grew up with my dad playing acoustic guitar and my mom singing. I got into the skating scene and that led to the discovery of Nirvana. I was at a high school dance and heard 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the first time, which literally changed my life. Fast forward a bit to when DFDO started, this was actually my third run at a band, the idea was to have beautiful vocals with heavy melodic instrumentals. Thus Dark From Day One was born. We saw significant success in our early years, but much like Icarus we flew too high. Through trials and tribulations over the years, the Ice Phoenix was ultimately born, which brings us to today. Our Rebirth. Hope you're ready for it!"

Ronnie (Bass): "Growing up listening to RnB and all kinds of music mixed in was a part of life for me. Watching other musicians play always fascinated me. Haha I told myself I wanted to do that, touch on that sound that was being made. I asked my grandma for a guitar. She bought me one and it’s been in use ever since. Living next door to a guy that taught guitar lessons I was hooked ever since learning my basic chords."

Brock (Drums): When I was 5 years old, my late grandmother bought me my first drum set. I would drag it into the living room and play in front of my family on pure impulse. At Thanksgiving, while everyone was eating, I was on my cousin’s drum set playing until someone came and told me to shut up hahah. I played percussion all throughout school, so that has really helped me in learning drums. I have been in a lot of bands, and there isn’t a more driven, motivated, and innovative band than Dark From Day One, and I am more than grateful for this opportunity!

Rob (Producer, Guitar): "When I first started playing music I was actually doing vocals. But I couldn’t find anyone who wrote material that I thought was interesting so I sort of picked up the guitar out of necessity. Eventually I started to realize that maybe I was more cut out to be a guitar player than a singer. I started playing around local bands, some of them terrible. And then me and an old friend of mine started up a project and through that project I met up with Natal. Around the same time as this project I started getting into recording and producing and mixing. And eventually opened up my own music production studio called Horizon Studios. One of the first things I did was hit up Natal to talk about re-recording some of the old material with some more modern and hi fidelity production. Shortly after that Natal asked me to fill-in for them a couple of shows and that basically led to me being in the band. My hope for these new songs in this new album is it takes Dark From Day One to a place it’s never really been before. I’m really loving the new material. It’s some I’d my best stuff I’ve ever written personally."

Truman (Vocalist): "Coming from a family with a variety of musical talents, it was only natural that I too developed similar talents. From the age of five, I have been in love with the Piano and Guitar in particular, like my parents. Growing up in New Orleans, there was never any shortage of music, from blues to hip-hop, though my love was and always will be Classical. Over the years, I've met many goals in my musical pursuits, especially becoming adept across multiple disciplines within the process of music. From directing a church band, to acoustic gigs and even singing for other bands, however Dark From Day One is the true test of my abilities and limitations. They challenge me everyday to be better and have given me a place to call home. Can't wait to see what we do next!"

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

A long long time ago, at the beginning of everything, in the beginning we were born into this earth, innocent, not knowing the pressures of stress nor the evils that humanity is capable of. Our only hope is that our life will never be anything short of extraordinary, therefore we are in the dark, from day one. Formed 2006.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?

DFDO is based out of Arkansas, and we would say the music scene here is pretty great, all things considered with the way of the world currently. 

4. How would describe your style?

Our style is generically classified as Modern Hard Rock, but we like to believe we break that mold in some ways already, and intend to make a whole new mold this year. We’d prefer to be referred to as a Cinematic Rock band though.

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

Prior to the works currently in progress, we’ve released 3 full length albums. We’re in the midst of a 4th, and you can expect nothing short of amazing. Check out Elysium & Giants on Spotify & YouTube! 

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

See answer above.

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

Rocklahoma is one we’re planning to attend at this time, however our focus for the rest of this year is mainly on content production and growing our audience.

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

World domination, or destruction, you decide.

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

Any major streaming platform, or YouTube. As well as darkfromdayone.com. We’re launching a live stream very soon, and have already set up some merch on the site.

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

The way that it makes them feel, hopefully, inspirational.


The queen of Gothic / Black Metal Cadaveria is back with her band CADAVERIA with a majestic single that embraces the concept of the sacred feminine and exalts the woman as symbol of life, energy, abundance, strength and elegance. 

CADAVERIA brand new single entitled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" is available for streaming on Spotify at this link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0tSA5jsAv6bww8b8xx8KfA

For other digital platforms please visit: http://bit.ly/twwfte

Credits: Lyrics by Cadaveria herself. Music by Cadaveria herself, Kris Laurent, Marçelo Santos. Performed by: Cadaveria (vocals) Kris Laurent (guitar) Pier Gonella (guitar) Peter Dayton (bass) Marçelo Santos (drums). Recorded at Rrooaarr Sound in March 2021. Produced by CADAVERIA and Pier Gonella.

More info:

http://www.cadaveria.com 

https://linktr.ee/cadaveria 


American Death/Doom Metal band Post Luctum released their new single «Our Monuments» from the band's upcoming new EP "Acceptance" that will be released in August. The single was recorded in "Clawmaster Studios" and mixed/mastered by Daniel Weldon.

Check out the track over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC2USR4AoPw.

Post Luctum was formed in early 2019 at California, Maryland as a one-man project by Ian Goetchius who wanted to create a band with a combination of moody melodies and dark atmosphere, with lyrical themes and topics ranging from isolation and depression, to the paranormal and afterlife. In 2019 the band released their debut EP "After Mourning" which gained positive reviews.


German Death/Thrash Metal band Susurro released their new single "Burning in Flame" from the band upcoming debut album "Eratic" that will be released in mid-July. The new single was recorded in "AKS Studios", and mixed/mastered by Andy Lux.

Check out the track here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5jZh1zRZkVc1h2MkRRfUTk.

Susurro was formed in 2019 at Allmersbach, Germany by Jack Skaner (vocals/guitar). Soon after Mr. Six-Ell (bass) and Winzent Walace (guitars/keyboard) joined the band and the lineup was completed. The band released their first 2 singles "No Way Out" and "Ghost Rider" in 2019, the single "Hateful" in 2020 and the single "Leopard Does`t Change It`s Spots" in 2021.



Heavy yet bluesy rockers BLACK INK RIVER have two albums tucked snuggly under their belts! But new music is coming very soon with shows to be announced as soon as possible! The discussion goes further along with more content perhaps even a world domination?


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

Black Ink River was formed in 2016 as a studio project basically. Me (Dano) and the drummer Roger wrote and recorded some songs in Roger’s studio. We found a sound and a style that we really liked but needed a guitarist for a couple of solos and that’s where Bosse came into the picture. Bosse recorded some really sick solos that blew me away.

We talked about writing an album together the three of us, and so we did. The first album HEADSTRONG was written and recorded over a year but we had actually never played the songs as a band so we started looking for a bass player that would be a good fit for us. Anders Modd from the heavy metal band Wolf were looking for a 70s style rock band to play with and somehow we ended up together. Funny how things just happens.

We come from totally different backgrounds and this interview would be very long if I gave you the whole story. Let’s just say that musically we come from Death Metal, Blues, Rock and Heavy Metal and now we play some sort of 70s inspired bluesy rock.

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

Well, me and Roger just where some words around and ended up with Black Ink River. Not a fancy story or anything, we just thought it sounded cool as hell and it stuck.

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

We’re from a town called Västerås in Sweden. Nowadays Västerås is a bit sleepy but it’s only one hour from Stockholm where the music scene is pretty good and where you have a lot of good bands and venues. A band I would like to recommend is Lugnet, check them out.

4. How would you describe your style?

Riff based rock with bluesy elements. Heavy, groovy and beautiful.

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

Our debut album Headstrong was released 2018 and our follow up Through The Unknown was released in January this year, both released on GMR Music Group. I guess you can hear some Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Mountain and Led Zep in our music as well as some Sabbath here and there but I truly think that we have our own unique sound and songwriting style due to our various backgrounds. 

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

We actually have a single coming up in a couple of months and you’re the first to know. Can’t really tell you more about that at the moment. Also we’re writing new songs and have big secret plans in the works, hehe.

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

We’re just waiting for the green light and for the world to open up so that we can get out there and play, still a bit uncertain when that is but our booking agent Hannah is on it like a hawk.

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

World domination of course! No but seriously, we’re dying to get out there and play live with our new album and to meet all of the great people that seem to like what we do.

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

All our music is available at all big streaming platforms and on CD, CD/DVD, download and vinyl and you can buy them wherever you buy music I guess.

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

I want the listener to feel empowered by our music. You know when you hear a really good strong song and crank the volume up really loud and you feel like a fucking superhero. Like that!


Metal rockers MOON MACHINE have two single's out along with their debut album coming up soon enough! The band talks about this release and what they have planned next.


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

Moon Machine is a prog band based in Somerville, MA made up of singer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Hochwald, keyboardist Jonathan Sirota, and drummer Angel Castillo. They bonded at Tufts University in the Boston area where they discovered their kinship for expressing themselves through music as well as immature humor. 

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

Thinking of an original band name these days is nearly impossible. I just wanted to think of something memorable and that people could easily spell. I also liked the idea of combining natural, cosmic imagery with something mechanical and man-made. It felt indicative of the music and the themes of the album.

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 the Boston area. We haven’t come across many bands who are similar to our style, but there is a strong alt and indie rock scene here. There is also a prog scene, but it is mostly centered around Berklee college of music where you find some of the most technical and learned musicians doing more of the modern djent/technical instrumental prog thing which is a bit different than our sound. Bands that we are friends with are the alt rock band Luxury Deathtrap, the indie band Old Fox, and psych rock band We Are Space Horses.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is classic prog metal/rock with influences of post rock and alternative rock. Our influences mostly pre-date the whole 2010s djent scene. We focus on melody, ambience and emotion over technicality compared to what is normally associated with prog these days. However, we are certainly going for a grandiose sound without any limits on genre or style. This is what I like about prog music. Some of our main influences are Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend, Alcest, and Tool.

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

We’ve released two singles “Reckoning” and “Left to Wander”  from our upcoming debut album. Check those songs out to get a feel of what you’ll hear on the album. The album drops June 25th! Spacey production, head banging riffs, epic choruses, and acoustic sound palettes all find a home in this project, along with detailed pianos and keyboards, layered vocals, and progressive drumming. 

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

We have our album coming out June 25th! Afterwards I want to experiment recording some acoustic songs. Also my psych rock band We Are Space Horses which I play drums in should be releasing an album later this year. 

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

No shows or tours due to COVID-19. My band is also spread out across multiple states, and we all have day jobs. We will see in the future.

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

Moon Machine will always be my recording project for ambitious and spacious rock and metal. Although this album was written in a room together with my two bandmates, I recorded and mixed everything myself, except the keyboards which my bandmate Jon did. In the future I envision Moon Machine having a revolving door or collaborators to make ambitious and awesome rock and metal. I hope our second album will be even more ambitious and professional sounding. 

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

We have a pre-order live on our bandcamp. Go to moonmachinemusic.bandcamp.com and order a digital copy of the album, or a CD if you’re still into those.

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

Well, I hope they don’t remember our music because they think it sucks! My hope is for listeners to be able to emotionally connect to the music - I want them to feel something. In terms of specifics though, what other people get out of my music isn’t up to me. If they like it that’s great, and if they don’t that’s okay too. It’s always interesting getting feedback on your music. One person will say they really like one aspect, and another person will say that the same aspect is the reason why they can’t get into it. To me, releasing music is like releasing an animal back into the wild. You don’t have control over it anymore. If I wanted control over how people perceived my music, I wouldn’t release it and would just listen to it myself. My only goal is for a few people that aren't my mom to hear my music and remember it positively.


Alternative rock grunge band TRASH HEADS have a few single's out, along with an EP and album even! An all new album is out this fall with a couple of shows planned too! The band goes into much chat about their music and how they got started in the first place.


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

Trash Heads was formed in 2014 by 3 old school friends AJ, Tone and Mark. We met at Mick Jagger’s old school, Dartford Grammar and bonded over our love of music and have played in various bands together over the years. When putting together Trash Heads we found drummer Mike via online musician ads and immediately clicked. Over the next couple of years we played many gigs around London and the South East and released our debut album ‘Skyscraper Heartbreaker’ late 2015. However, by 2017 Mike had a new family on the way and was no longer able to commit to the band so left and was replaced by another local sticksmith Martyn. With a load of new songs in the bag we began to record our 2nd album ‘Vandalism’ in 2018, and although much of it was recorded pre-Covid the lockdowns have caused several delays meaning we’re only just able to finish it in the coming weeks! During the last year, Martyn also had to step down after recording his parts for the new album due to commitment issues but Mike was able to jump back on the drum stool and is back in time to unleash new music!

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

An early version of the band was called ‘Trash The Set’ and we wrote a song called ‘Trash Heads’ as an ode to our fans, which signaled a change of direction musically and a new line-up so we named the new lime-up after that song and it stuck!

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

We are based in North Kent/SE London – there’s a large rock and metal scene in Kent, lots of great bands but not many decent venues left to play! Most local scene bands play Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend, Poco Loco in Chatham, Penny Theatre in Canterbury amongst others. Our fave scene bands are Orphan Gears, Follow The Hawk, Tailblock, Just Say Nay, Crostpaths.

4. How would you describe your style? 

Alt-Rock/Grunge.

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

We’ve released 3 singles, and EP and an album – all available on Spotify, Apple Music etc and our Bandcamp page. Our music is loud, noisy and catchy as hell!

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

We have a new album called ‘Vandalism’ due Sept/Oct 2021.

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

We have a couple of upcoming shows – Saturday 12th June at Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend (Kent) with Follow The Hawk launching the single, and then Penny Theatre Canterbury supporting Foo Fighters GB on Friday 3rd September. More shows later in year to be announced. 

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

Finally releasing our Covid-delayed album, playing plenty of shows around the UK and recording our lockdown-written third album next year.

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

Our releases are available on all streaming services worldwide (Spotify, Apple Music etc) but the best way to listen and buy of music (and support the band directly) is on our Bandcamp page: www.trasheadsband.com.

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

Big choruses that get in your head and stay there!


English Baroque Metal band Derade released their new single  «Take Your Soul». The single was remotely recorded at Guy Radford and Richard Lee homes in Cambridgeshire and South West London. It was mixed by Guy Radford and mastered at "Parlour Studios" by Neil Haynes.

Check it out at the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7iQUC2o5cU

https://open.spotify.com/album/3VMO9ur7Q1zo0ESzAN8tkg

Derade was formed in 2017 at Huntingdon, England by Guy Radford (guitar) and Mark Radford (guitar). Later Richard Lee (vocals)  joined the band and the lineup was completed.


French Doom/Sludge Metal band Dunerider released their debut album "Ruins". The release was recorded at "DuneStudio Paris" and fully self-produced.

Check it out here: https://dunerider.bandcamp.com/releases.

Dunerider was formed in 2020 as a one-man band by its only member Fred Dupré, multi-instrumentalist. The band's sound is very heavy, overloaded with fuzz, chaotic and apocalyptic lyrics, all drowned in a dusty and arid atmosphere.



Noise makers ALTERPODES have a double-single expected out soon enough, with newer music always being crafted out! A lot is discussed about in terms of music, how said music will play out to live shows, and just wanting to reach as many people as possible.


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

Alterpodes began life as an online collaboration during the early days of lockdown in 2020, with a mission to join the musical dots between David Bowie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Beatles and The Pixies.  We’re still looking forward to playing our first show having been rehearsing impatiently these last months!  Our first single is due out this Friday 19/05!

Harry’s a Brazilian born, London bred musician.  He’s been part of the local music scene for a few years now both as a singer and as a guitarist, performing solo and in bands.  Reyson is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to London to pursue music having studied Fine Art in San Francisco.  Slightly more recent addition Robinson on drums (and sometimes bass) is also from Brazil and now living in London - all this geographical alignment has happened quite accidentally but we are all the happier for it!

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

Alterpodes are alternate spaces - they can be thousands of miles apart yet remain closely related in the imaginations of those who live within them.  In the band we all come from very different backgrounds and places but we connect through the music, so we thought it was a fitting 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?

The music scene is definitely still going but honestly it does feel slightly on the back foot right now with a lot of smaller venues having closed due to high rents and then more obviously others having to remain closed due to the pandemic - they’ll be back though as long as people care and we know there are enough of us that do!  Also rock music doesn’t feel like it’s exactly at the peak of its cycle right now but we hope to be part of a revival - that more visceral feel of a properly live show will hopefully be something more and more people realize they’ve missed.  Harry: As for local bands to recommend my top pick would be Wolf Alice(!)  In terms of lesser known bands with bright futures and cool vibes maybe Goat Girl and When Young (not sure how local they are at this very moment but they were kicking around pre lockdown)?!

4. How would you describe your style?

The music is somewhere between post-punk and grunge and indie, broadly early 90s in feel but with some classic and more current influences too.  Sonically speaking, an entanglement of noise and melody that comes together as a sculpted wail of single coils and dissonant harmony!

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

We’re about to release our first double single under new management.  Expect to be wowed, uplifted and transported.  We’ve put a bunch of work into the songs and recordings and we hope they come across as well crafted and characterful as a result!  We’re trying to impart as much feel as we can given they’re bedroom recordings!

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

Always! I can think of at least three or four songs I’m really looking forward to putting out.  We’ve got way too many for one album so that seems like a good sign!  You never know when a good recording will come along.

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

Not yet - we’re currently getting all this material into a form that’s gonna work live and rehearsing it to the point where it’ll have the impact we want!  We hope that’s going to take the form of a live show in London before the end of summer.  Tours are likely something for next year!

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

Reach as many people as possible.  Tour North and South America including Brazil and Puerto Rico.  Play shows for friends we haven’t had a chance to see for ages.  Have a number one album!  

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

You can pre-save our upcoming double single, Retro Psycho, here:

http://smarturl.it/aretropsycho

Find our music on:

Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/alterpodes

https://alterpodes.bandcamp.com/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5jglF9ZA0cMXv6eXbWagG3

Social Media links:

https://www.facebook.com/alterpodes/

https://www.instagram.com/alterpodes/

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

That it made them immediately think about someone they care about - something specific.  Who it was, where they were when they first heard it, and how those two things related.  That’s what any good song should do: connect emotionally in such a striking way that it lives on as a memory of a time and place.  Something to aim for anyway haha!


Electro-pop act EVIE CALABASAS have an EP with new music underway! So much is talked about from music, to the start of it all to what the future holds up.


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

At the moment it’s just me, myself and I, I’ve tried in the past to be part of a band, but it never lasted and ultimately I decided to go solo. I surely miss the dynamic of a band very much, such as the jamming sessions, having different instruments or creating memories as a group, but for the time being, I don’t regret my decision. Now I feel that I’m able to express myself in ways that I couldn’t when I was part of a band.

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

Evie Calabasas is my stage name, which is not so different from my birth name, Evita Calabassi, but I wanted to try to make it as simple as possible and easy for anyone to pronounce and remember, so I went for my nickname “Evie” and the surname “Calabasas”, which I think is very fresh and cute. Plus, growing up, I've heard a lot about the city of Calabasas in LA and many books, movies and tv shows I love are set there, therefore it's like a homage to them as 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?

At the moment I'm in Italy, between Perugia, where I am studying at the University, and Grosseto, the city where I was born. The music scene in Perugia used to be very lively before Covid, yet Grosseto is kind of flat, but that’s where I met my producer, so in the end, I was very lucky. One good band that I would recommend is called Minerva 40, they mostly play Italian rock and so far they have released two wonderful singles that I listen to quite often. 

4. How would you describe your style?

It kind of fluctuates, it pretty much depends on the mood I’m in and what I think the song should sound like, but it’s mostly electro-pop. I usually write lyrics and melody on my guitar first in my room, but then it comes to life in my producer’s home studio. We have a great synergy and what I love the most is that I don't need to explain too much, because he instantly gets what I think, or even what I am about to say. 

I try to be as honest as I can in my lyrics, talking about typical topics such as heartbreaks and more personal struggles. I draw inspiration from other people’s experiences as well as my own, but sometimes a song can spark just from a sentence or a line that I've read somewhere and couldn't get out of my head.

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

I’ve already released a 3-songs EP called “Stargirl” and the single “Home” in mid-2020, but musically speaking it was a very different project, it was more on the indie-folk side and I like to think that I’ve evolved a little from there.

I’m working with a London-based record label at the moment, I’ve shifted to a different style thanks to new musical influences and to my producer, who introduced me to a whole different world. 

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

Yes I do! My new single OMG comes out May 21st, but I haven’t stopped working on new music so you can expect more coming soon. In fact, I have at least more two singles ready to go and one in the making. I like to call this phase of my musical career a “new era”, so I would like to convey this common thread that is the backbone of the next releases, so I am trying to curate every little detail within the music and also the visuals.

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

I miss playing live gigs so much! Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to plan any shows due to the current situation, as Italy is still in a semi-lockdown. The best I can do for now is try to record a few live acoustic sessions for my upcoming releases and share them with the world. As for online shows, I wanted to wait until I had released new music just so I would have something new to play to my audience.

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

As for now, I’m enjoying the process of being a solo artist and I’m working hard on my upcoming projects with the support of my producer and the record label, so I know I have the right team behind me. However, I’m always open to working with different people, but as for now, it feels right for me to continue on this path and see where it takes me. Either way, I can’t wait until I get to play live, meet new musicians and see if some kind of synergy sparks. 

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

You can listen to my music on pretty much any streaming platform, such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. 

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

I generally believe that it’s not what you say, but how you make people feel that helps them remember you, so I try not to focus that much on words themselves but on the feelings they convey when they’re put together with music. 

I would definitely love for my listeners to be able to identify themselves in what I write and to feel understood and relieved that they are not the only ones feeling a certain way.

I’m always happy when someone comes up to me after hearing one of my songs and tells me that they felt something, that is exactly what I strive to achieve.


Alternative grunge rockers LARSEN have a debut EP, debut album, with a follow-up EP expected out this year. The band just wants to get their music heard with lots more coming soon. The band goes into chatter about nothing but their music!


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

Larsen began when frontman and rhythm guitarist Liam Christensen approached high school friend and lead guitarist Sam Massacci about forming a grunge band. They found drummer Alex Andrews on the internet through what essentially amounted to a dating service but for finding bandmates, and Sam asked his cousin Steven if he wanted to play bass. The four lads met at a rehearsal space in August 2014, and all four members remain to this day, almost 6 years on from the band's formation. We played our first gig in February 2015, released our first EP later that year, and have been playing gigs and releasing music ever since, evolving the band's sound to a more mature brand of alternative rock, but still with those original grunge and post grunge flavors. 

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

Larsen is simply the name of the street where Liam, Sam and Alex first played together. Finding a band name is one of the hardest parts of putting an act together, so we settled on something relating to our origin. We later found out that the “Larsen effect” is another term for the feedback one gets when you put a guitar up to an amp, a happy coincidence. 

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 all born and raised in Adelaide, capital city of the state of South Australia. The saying goes that no one is sure whether Adelaide is a big town or a small city, and the music scene tends to reflect that. Ours is a vibrant, diverse scene, with representation from many different genres. Some mates of ours include Agapanther, Paper Sunsets, Down and Out, Copious Dribble, Bitchspawn, Indiago, Lost Woods, Wolf and Chain, Mum’s Favorite, and that’s just a handful of great local bands from the scene. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Starting as a pretty straight up and down grunge band, our songwriting sensibilities started to get into a broader sense of alternative rock, taking cues from different genres outside of bands like Nirvana and Violent Soho, and looking at mature sounds of bands like Basement and Balance & Composure. Each member has a fairly different music taste from each other, and little details always end up in the melting pot that becomes a song or EP or album, all tied together as the Larsen sound we’ve cultivated over the years.

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

Our first EP titled Another Realm, Another Day was our first attempt at throwing stuff at a wall and seeing what stuck. Certainly rough around the edges, but you can definitely tell that we are the same band we were back then, just much more refined. We released a full length Album in 2016 titled Weightless Again. 11 tracks long, this was us pushing ourselves to our songwriting capabilities as a band. Plenty of songs on the album are still live staples for us, and the success of those songs have stylistically informed our releases since then. After a handful of singles from 2017 to 2020, we’re now poised to release a new EP later this year. The EP will collect five songs that we as a band unanimously agree is our best work to date. We’re super excited for people to hear it!

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

As mentioned above, we recorded five new tracks in January, one of which is our latest single Eating Me Alive. We plan to release one more single in July, before releasing the full EP later in the year

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

We’re currently in the middle of a tour for Eating Me Alive, with a show in Melbourne this weekend and two shows in Tasmania in June. It’s been very freeing to be back on stage in front of an audience after COVID lockdowns. 

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

Aside from the release schedule this year, we have plans as a band to just keep producing music we’re proud of, and take steps to get as many people to hear it as possible. We love doing what we do, and we'll keep doing it until we stop loving it.

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

You can find us on Spotify, Apple Music or wherever you listen to music, and you can buy our merch from our BandCamp!

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

We'd like people to be reminded of the golden age of 90s Seattle grunge, but not so much that they think we're doing a bad impression of it. We'd like listeners to hear the roots of that grunge, only evolved into something more diverse and mature as a musical experience. And obviously, we'd like listeners to like what they hear.


Rock n' roll band THE YALLA YALLAS have quite a bit of albums, with another album coming soon, with a new single just released. So much more is in-store with more music and shows of course. The band talks of all of this below.


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

The Yalla Yallas formed in Leeds, UK in 2007. Rob Galloway (Vocals), and Will Grinder (Guitar) are the only two original members remaining. Vince Cayo joined on bass during the recording of our third album ‘Medusa’, and Grant Henderson our drummer joined on our fourth album ‘Outsider’ though he has been recording and producing the band on all of our albums.

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

We named ourselves The Yalla Yallas after the Joe Strummer song ‘Yalla Yalla’, we felt the sentiment in the song and it’s lyrics would be a great starting point for the band.

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 Leeds, UK. The music scene has evolved a lot in our time as a band. There was a huge Indie Rock n Roll scene when we first started, lots of venues and places to play but it seems to have died of death. Although I must admit that I don’t get too involved in music scenes these days. I used to go to lots of gigs but a few years ago I decided to start staying home on an evening and read more books and listen to more music in a quest to become a better writer.

4. How would you describe your style?

No nonsense hi-energy Rock n Roll. 

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

We’re about to release our fifth album ‘What it Means to be Human. Each album has its own personality. We’ve evolved as we’ve grown older. We started out as a punk band, but we’ve floated through Country, Blues, Rock, and Folk. I’m really proud of our back catalogue and the variety of music we’ve made.

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

Yeah the new album is due to be released on the solstice. We’ve just released a single called ‘Morning Sun’, and we’ll follow that up with ‘I Wanna Live’.

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

We’ve got a few gigs planned for the autumn but we’re trying not to book too much in case we have to reschedule due to restrictions.

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

I’ve already written the next couple of albums so I’m hoping to get those recorded and keep going another ten years.

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

Our official website http://www.theyallayallas.com would be a great place to start.

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

I’d like them to remember that anything is possible.


Rock n' rollers CATCHING MANGOES have a debut album and couple of single's out, with a couple of more single's underway to be released. A lot more is discussed about in regards to music and the plans ahead.


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

We are Catching Mangoes, a three-piece band from Brighton in England. Me (George) and Dan met at primary school and found Max (drums) at secondary school where we formed the Mangoes and continued our journey while studying at Uni in Brighton. We probably formed in some way in around 2016 but started playing proper shows in around 2018.

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

We were once in London Zoo and there was a monkey enclosure. They started throwing mangoes at us and one hit Dan, so we thought it was funny

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

Our true home town if Forest Row, a small village in East Sussex. There is pretty much only one music venue there, that we play at fairly regularly and always pack out. Those are some of the best nights going and we have a gig coming up there on 26th June if anyone is local and fancied a good old night. We also play regularly in Brighton and London, where obviously the music scene is great.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our new stuff is probably like 60/70’s inspired rock n roll/bluesy with a pinch of psychedelic vibes in there for good measure.

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

We have recently recorded our debut, concept album ‘Kevin’s Town’ in Brighton and have released 2 singles ‘1963’ and ‘Outlaw Bandit’ from that so far, which are streaming now. The next single, the title track ‘Kevin’s Town’ is out next Friday 21st May on all streaming platforms.

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

So we are planning 4 singles from the album, which the 4th and final one coming out next month. Then we’ve got the full album coming out this summer, probably around August. We will also be doing vinyl which you can currently pre-order on our website at www.catchingmangoes.com. The album follows the tale of a young boy named Kevin on his adventures, escaping his home town in search of the truth about himself and his fellow townsfolk. In trying to figure out the mystery surrounding his long-lost father, Kevin comes to realize that only he can save his town from a terrible fate.

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

Gigs we have planned so far are: 

-26th June @ Hop Yard in Forest Row

-17th July @ Hoxton Underbelly in London

-16th August @ Hope and Ruin in Brighton

I’m sure more will be coming in, keep an eye on our socials for more updates!

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

We have had some preliminary discussions about doing an EP this summer which would be cool, and maybe a part 2 for the album at some point in the near future, depending on our financial situation. But with COVID etc we’re just buzzing to be getting back to gigging now.

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

All our new (and old) music is on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2McKGYjLuYuPwU2kCz1ksx?si=sXCbcr1xS-S0rGumLC7o5w.

Info and merch:

www.catchingmangoes.com.

Socials: 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/officialmangoes (@officialmangoes)

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/officialmangoes/?hl=en (@officialmangoes)

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

That were having a bit of fun, which hopefully can be translated through our music. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we do take the music side seriously, and have spent an outrageous amount of time working on it, so hopefully they can hop aboard the band wagon and have a bit of a laugh with us.


Gothic/Industrial Metal artists Ludovico Technique release their new music video "Becoming Numb"

Ludovico Technique have just released the music video for their new single "Becoming Numb".This is the fourth single released from their forthcoming full-length album "Haunted People."

Bringing his dark mystique to goth industrial metal, Ben V-, along with his band Ludovico Technique, showcase a thoughtful depth and complexity unmatched by many bands. Ludovico Technique is the very embodiment of the Gothic aesthetic in its purest form and their new single reflects that.

Originally, the band drew inspiration from goth industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy, yet now, Ludovico Technique have added glimpses of Type O Negative and Rob Zombie to their unique take on goth music.

The music video for "Becoming Numb" premiered on Alternative Press and can be seen can be seen right HERE.


Icelandic Death Metal band Devine Defilement released their new single "Psuedopsychotic Possession". The single was written and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic and tells the story of Michael Taylor, who murdered his wife after an exorcism by the local pastors. It was recorded at "L87 Studio" by Guitarist Snorri Björnsson, mix and mastering by Haukur Hannes, and artwork by Andkill Art.

  Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G1-_YjOUrE.

And check it out over here: https://open.spotify.com/album/41pVpegTctSEv1p4OUZ9oO.

Devine Defilement was formed in 2016 at Reykjavík, Iceland by Arni Hoffritz (Guitar) and Stefán Friðriksson (drums). The band released their debut album "Obliviora" in 2019 and toured Iceland. In March 2020 the band released their new EP "Primitive Gospel" that presented the band new vocalist Ingólfur Ólafsson that joined the band in 2019.


“Wish You Were Dead”, third single and video of the English-Italian gothic rock band Vampires Of Rome, is out! A fast beat song with echoes of Sisters Of Mercy and Paralyzed Age married with the contemporary sound of Rammstein and Lord Of The Lost. “Wish You Were Dead” is available worldwide in every digital platform. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/Jer8fGntrKw.


Slovakian Heavy Metal band OzNor will release their new album "Something Different" on 01 July 2021, and it will be the band's first release that features ballads and Hard Rock music. The album was recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by Norbert Ozogany at "Oznor Studio".

Check out their content here: https://oznor.bandcamp.com/

OzNor was formed in 2019 in Samorin, Slovakia by Norbert Ozogany as a one-man instrumental studio project. The band recorded 2 albums  - Sea of Stars (2021) and Stormbringer (2019), and also released 1 EP - Shattered Illusions (2020).



Mixer-uppers VILAINE TRACKS have been around for a while, releasing an EP, with a follow-up released just recently! New music is slowly coming together but due to the current situation a lot is put on hold, with no other plans at the current time. But that does not stop the band from talking about these issues at hand!


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

VILAINE TRACKS, rock quartet from Le Mans (France), was formed was formed around Arnaud, (guitarist / band leader) and Thierry on bass in 2016. Joined by Ben on saxophone and Vincent on drums, the 4 Villains continue to offer tracks that mix their rock influences while striving to produce a dynamic and melodic sound.

https://www.facebook.com/VilaineTracksAreBack

https://vilainetracks.bandcamp.com/

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

The origin of the band’s name comes from the name of a Village near Le Mans where band leader used to live.

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 the city of Le Mans, well known from the world famous the car race. Considering the size of the city (Le Mans is the 20th biggest city on France), the music scene is quite developed thanks to a non profit organization that is really involved in promoting local culture and music (website in French  : https://superforma.fr/mediator).

A band that we could recommend is TURBO PANDA (https://turbopanda.bandcamp.com/).

Another band that we would recommend, although in a very different style (folk/pop), is THE ORCHID (https://the-orchid.bandcamp.com/). These guys are very talented, and they are currently working on their first album.

4. How would you describe your style?

A mix of energic ‘basic’ rock and punk music that also includes melodic moments thanks to the harmonica and the saxophone.

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

First EP was released in 2017 but at the end, we were not happy of the overall sound quality. Thus, we don’t actively “promote” it as we prefer to spend our energy (and money too!) with our second EP (SUNNY GRAVE; December 2020), for which we are very satisfied with the overall result.

We also recently welcomed the good news that SUNNY GRAVE was selected, among more than 30 French bands, by French Rock Magazine “Rock & Folk” (equivalent to Rolling Stones Magazine in UK/US) for a review in its local bands section in the May issue. 

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

Not really, due to the health situation. Our last rehearsal practice is dated from end of 2020. However, we will be meeting in May to start on working on our next recording. Our guitarist and band leader, Arnaud, has been busy during the lockdown situation with coming a couple of interesting ideas.

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

Like 99% of the amateur bands, no, but things should be coming soon. With the release of our EP, we expect to be playing, hopefully from September, in the usual venues from our region (West of France / Loire Valley)

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

No specific plans: keep enjoying playing music together, playing live and trying to record a new EP/album next year. We are, and we will remain, an amateur band and we want to take all the opportunities we can to play live, following the good reviews we received for our EP, SUNNY GRAVE. 

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

https://vilainetracks.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/VilaineTracksAreBack

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

Well, it is not an easy question as we haven’t really thought about what we would like a listener to remember when hearing our music. But in our opinion, we would be happy if people listening to our music say that we are not (surely due to the addition of the saxophone on some of the songs) another similar-to-many rock bands with no real imagination or new ideas/sounds to offer. Hope this makes sense to you!

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