April 2021

Dutch Black Metal band Duindwaler released their debut EP "Landloper". The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Daan Bleumink at his home studio.

Check it out here: https://duindwaler.bandcamp.com/.

Duindwaler was formed in 2020 at Heerhugowaard , Netherlands as a solo project by Daan Bleumink, the writer of Dutch black metal band Hellevaerder. Duindwaler (dune wanderer) delivers raw no-nonsense black metal and creates a misanthropic soundscape with a punch.

Alternative rock band SUNKIN have a debut single out, with new music currently in the works. The band hopes to get out and play some more shows real soon, releasing more content as well. The band talks about themselves, their name, and the music in-store from them.

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

Hector and I met in 2014, on our first day at the University of Westminster. I'm not exactly sure what it was that instantly drew us together. Maybe it was the Zepplin tattoo on his wrist or the fact he was an older, charismatic guy with a half Scottish, half American accent - A product of Hector having studied drums in New York the year prior. Opposite to me at the time; an awkward eighteen-year-old country bumpkin from rural Dorset. But by the end of that day, we were in Harrow Subway together and the bond was formed. It didn't take us long to form our first band 'Gutshot for Broadway'. Armed with self-belief, and determination we started to find our feet in the London music scene eventually selling out shows at The Borderline and The Bar Fly. As well as being played on Radio X and becoming championed by Libertine, Gary Powell. Around this time we met Declan. He was playing bass in a band called 'Sleep Fire'. We instantly hit it off and felt that one day we would be destined to play music together. Eventually, I left the band, spent some time in New York, worked as a porter at an auction house, then a health care assistant at a care home. Eventually, I felt it was time to move back to London and start another band. And SUNKIN was born. The first thing we did was to busk our way across Europe, driving from London to Dubrovnik. Honing our craft and testing our material to countless audiences in eleven different countries. In May of last year, we released our debut single 'The Pond' and throughout the year we've been developing and planning for post-Covid times. 

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

As I'm sure most bands can testify, finding and choosing a name is a hard task. Especially when you have to choose a name that hasn't already saturated the internet. The name SUNKIN was Hector's brainchild. He loved the idea of kin coming from kinship, relating and representing our friendship within the band. And the idea that the sun is integral to all of our existence. Stick-em together and you have SUNKIN. 

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 lucky enough to live in London, what many people would consider being the epicentre of music. We're surrounded by incredibly talented bands such as 'Leap', 'Hollis Lomax' plus many more. Hector and I live in a large Victorian house, as part of a guardianship scheme (legal squatting) with 25 other young creatives so inspiration is never hard to find. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I feel that this is the dreaded question for most bands yet such an important one. In simple terms, I would describe us as alternative rock. At the rate in which we all musically develop I find it hard to be more specific and almost fearful that we'd be confined to a certain box. My song writing and lyrical influences remain more consistent; feeling that the likes of Joni Mitchel, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley have always had a profound influence on my writing. 

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

In May of last year, we released our debut single 'The Pond' 'The Pond' is about a past long-distance relationship of mine, traveling between London and New York. 'The Pond' a reference to the Atlantic. This song was written during the relationship and gives off a sense of longing and hope. We've just released our follow-up single 'Short and Sweet', about the same relationship but written retrospectively after it had ended but keeping the transatlantic theme. It feels like the perfect bookend to that chapter of my life. 'Short and Sweet' describes the emotional trials and tribulations of attempting to hold the relationship together. Originally it was written as a love letter, then reluctantly made into a song. Having found that It connected to our live audiences the decision was made to release it as our second single. My main goal and hopes are to make connections with people through our music. Most of our songs have a strong and heartfelt story. As a fairly introverted person, this is my form of expression. Making myself vulnerable through my lyrics and vocal delivery I find both petrifying and invigorating.

Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/6PRkMRGWFybqPCN7QXmfH6?si=cu4rXW8tRSK4ggJ4UjqiFQ.

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

We're always working on new music and I try to write whenever I'm inspired. We've only just released 'Short and Sweet' but we can't wait to get back in the studio and work on something new. 

Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2Hqkua4m7avxOcNAdGjJjZ?si=mL7MA3VBQKGRJkmTZA8oeQ.

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

Given the current circumstances with Covid-19 and the unpredictability of lockdowns and venue restrictions, we don't currently have any dates. However, we hope to be getting back out there playing as soon as restrictions ease. Hopefully in June if all goes to plan. So stay posted. 

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

As we can finally see light at the end of the Covid tunnel we're excited about the future. We're still a new band and due to Covid, we've only been able to play a handful of shows. That's what we love to do! We just want to play music and perform, meet lots of great people and have a good time. 

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

We're on all the major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, and YouTube music. If you want to check out our video for 'The Pond' and a few live performances, our YouTube channel is called 'SUNKIN MUSIC'. For updates, subscribe to our mailing list. Mailing list Link: http://eepurl.com/huC3yv.

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

Hope! Life can be really fucking hard, but hope always exists, and every day is a survivable day - tomorrow might even be a fucking great one. 

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Metalcore band LURE IN have an EP out, with some single's along with an album as well. But they have also released all new music, including a split release out this spring! The band goes into great discussion about their content, history, and what they have up next.

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

The band started as a bedroom project between myself (Cameron Wilson) & The bassist Jonny Barker in 2018, from there we released our debut EP "Derive" which was 100% self recorded & produced. After the release we wanted to bring the project to a live setting to which our two guitarists Jake Coulson & James Whittle joined the band, as well as our Drummer Sammy Coker, we all then wrote our debut album "Subdued" which again was self produced & recorded by the band, from there in the midst of Lockdowns in 2020 we all kept it contact & started sending audio files at each other & from that we released the "Cynic / Agnostic" two-track, from there it's been a similar approach of sending files to each other & coming up with new ideas.

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

A lot of the lyrical content was based around cults so me & our bassist where looking for a name that stuck with the theme as well as making sure there wasn't any other acts with the same name, just we recently a few of our friends bands having issues in regards to sharing Spotify pages with different artists and such, so with those two things in mind, Lure In was the name that 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?

So the band are based mainly in Manchester, & with the Manchester scene there's quite a mixed bag of styles, I'd say the main scene here is definitely more indie rock based as we had bands like Oasis, Stone Roses, The Smiths originate from the city, but in the metal side of things where we come from there's definitely an audience & a strong crop of young & up-and-coming bands who are doing really good for themselves. If I'd had to recommend some heavy Manc bands I'd definitely shout out Leeched, Going Off, One Down, Primordial Swarm & Coprocephalic Mutation.

4. How would you describe your style?

I'd say our style is inspired by a lot of early 00's metalcore, with bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Norma Jean being massive influences, & from there we like to implement different aspects of different genres entirely, such as lobbing in drum & bass breaks, ambient & chaotic soundscapes, noise and post rock guitar elements, & pop production in some respects, definitely a mix of things that can vary song by song.

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

So we've released one EP (Derive), a Few Singles & A Full Length (Subdued) from 2018 to 2020, the main thing I'd say is just be aware we don't stick to one thing constantly, there's always something different on a song by song bases.

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

We recently out our new song Blue, that is apart of a Split record with the band Worm Hero, that's set to be released on the 23rd April 2021

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

We are currently sorting out a run of shows for when live events do come back, but as the plans are still ongoing there's nothing we can publicly announce so far.

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

So as mentioned before we want to get a run of shows down in the books and then from there it's just get some more music out, could be a single, could be an EP, could be an Album, however currently the main focus is to get the split record out everywhere & then getting some live shows going.

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

All our music is up on all major DSP's (Spotify/iTunes/Apple Music, ETC), not to mention we're up on Bandcamp & YouTube, & if anyone wants to go further we have merch up on our big cartel page.

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

The one thing that I've seen people say when they first hear us is they don't expect us to sound like we do, or that the song their jamming is different to what's currently out in the music world, so I'd definitely say I'd always want to remember that about their first listen.

American Atmospheric/Blackened Death Metal band Illusion Of Fate released their new single «Soulless Chasm». The single was recorded at Pretzel Studios in Milwaukee WI and mixed/mastered by Hayden Crownover.

Check out the new single here: https://illusionoffate.bandcamp.com/track/soulless-chasm.

Illusion Of Fate was established in summer 2019 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin by King Morbid (Vocals), Hayden Crownover (Guitars) and Josh Hetzel (Drums). The band debut EP was released in April of 2020.

On the heels of their first-ever virtual acoustic radio tour Acoustour and after teasing fans for days on social media, Los Angeles rockers Black Veil Brides have released the full details of their upcoming 6th studio album, The Phantom Tomorrow. The new album is scheduled for release on June 4th via Sumerian Records and is a concept record based on a story idea created by vocalist Andy Biersack. The album is comprised of a dozen tracks and has spawned the current Top 20 Active Rock single “Scarlet Cross.” The cover artwork for The Phantom Tomorrow was created by Eliran Kantor – known for his work with Testament, Hatebreed, Havok and Andy Black to name a few. The Phantom Tomorrow is produced by Erik Ron (Godsmack, Dance Gavin Dance, Bush) and co-produced by guitarist Jake Pitts – is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations here: www.phantomtomorrow.com.   

To coincide with the announcement of The Phantom Tomorrow, Black Veil Brides are releasing the next music video from the upcoming album. The video for “Fields Of Bone” marks the directorial debut by vocalist Andy Biersack. Backed by guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinxx, bassist Lonny Eagleton and drummer Christian Coma; the video picks up where the “Scarlet Cross” video (http://smarturl.it/scarletcross)  left off. The main character “The Blackbird” returns to square off against “9,” his adversary depicted throughout the “Fields OF Bone” video. He has been used in the band’s tease posts all week. The video also showcases the new look the band will be utilizing throughout the entire cycle for The Phantom Tomorrow. The video for “Fields Of Bone” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JR37XyIXqPg


1. The Phantom Tomorrow (introduction) 

2. Scarlet Cross

3. Born Again

4. Blackbird

5. Spectres (Interlude)

6. Torch

7. The Wicked One

8. Shadows Rise

9. Fields Of Bone

10. Crimson Sky

11. Kill The Hero

12. Fall Eternal

Hasbro, Netflix and My Little Pony have revealed all new ponies from the G5 era and which can be seen in the upcoming Netflix CGI film expected this fall! The two new ponies are sibling's or National Siblings Day! So say hello to the newest siblings in the My Little Pony universe:  our royal Pegasi sisters, Pipp Petals & Zipp Storm! This is the first time the characters’ names, images and relationship have been officially revealed. Pipp Petals & Zipp Storm will join previously unveiled characters Hitch Trailblazer, Sunny Starscout and Izzy Moonbow in the new My Little Pony movie coming to Netflix this fall.

Pipp Above Female

Zipp Below Female

Mark your calendars, every pony! MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is back for a second season of friendship, magic and laughs with the Mane 6 starting April 10 at 11:30/10:30c on Discovery Family. The eOne produced series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app. 

Season 2 of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE continues to feature the Mane 6 galloping through Sugarcube Corner. Together, they discover mysterious objects, uncover puzzling scenarios and experience binding moments. The second season of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE challenges the Mane 6 with tough decisions that test their strength, such as Rarity having to choose between her friends or the opportunity of a lifetime she’s presented with. MY LITTLE PONY fans should look forward to endless adventures with unexpected twists and turns in every episode.

Each 11-minute bite-sized episode of season 2 of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE features stories accompanied with humor and sparks of magic. In the series premiere episodes titled “Cute Impact & The Crystal Capturing Contraption,” Twilight Sparkle makes a startling discovery but instead of telling her friends, she decides this is one problem she must solve alone. Meanwhile, in hopes of becoming Equestria’s newest pony news reporter, Fluttershy interviews the rest of the Mane 6 about the coming Cotton Candy Comet, but Pinkie Pie is too distracted to help.

MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is produced by eOne for Discovery Family. To learn more, go to www.discoveryfamilychannel.com.

Death/doom trio, THE CRAWLING, have released their new single "Sparrow," and accompanying live-action lyric video. The song tells a haunting tale of isolation, misery, and the emotional outcome of living a pointless life; amplified by the fact so many 'spectate' a chain of events, without offering support. You can listen to "Sparrow" at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIpfDjkkxrw&t=185s.

UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have just announced that they have signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running partnership between both parties.

 “Very happy to let people know that we have put pen to paper and taken the plunge with Century Media again. Crucial to NAPALM DEATH was that we continued to retain artistic and creative control and also continue to have a determining voice in how our music is used – and, equally as importantly, isn’t used. The people we have consistently worked with down the years at Century Media have always been extremely attuned to this, and we have never experienced anything like the heavy hand of suffocating commercial pressure that can be inherent in this kind of relationship and lead to crappy creative outcomes. Looking forward to sonically bending more minds with their help,” states NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway.

Philipp Schulte, Director Century Media Records Europe, adds, “NAPALM DEATH and Century Media Records have gone a long way together already, so it makes us very happy continuing as the band’s partner for the years ahead. The value of artistic freedom and creativity has always been of profound significance for NAPALM DEATH. It was the key to becoming and staying one of the most important bands – then and now. We take this very seriously. Thanks to the band for their trust. We are looking forward to this extended strong partnership.”

Belgian Atmospheric Dark Metal band Black Sigma released their debut album "Lost". The album was mixed and mastered by Swedish MO Metal Productions. The artwork was being taken care of by Project C Productions, legendary Kris Verwimp for the cover and Christophe Szpajdel (Lord of the Logos) for the Black Sigma logo

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

Black Sigma was formed in 2020 as a one-man band by J.V.G as a result of a failed reunion of the 90’s Belgian Atmospheric Black Metal band, “AVATAR”. In February 2021 the band released their first single "Dying Sun".

Japanese metal band BRIDEAR have announced their ‘Into The Dark Forever’ tour, taking place in September and October this year. The tour sees them travel across Europe before finishing the tour with four dates in the UK, making their live debut in Sweden and Scotland along the way. Tickets go on sale this Friday and will be available HERE.

 The tour will follow the release of their upcoming debut international album release Bloody Bride, out May 7th via Setsuzoku Records. Pre order the album HERE.

 Discussing the tour, lead singer Kimi exclaimed “Japan’s best all-female metal band is coming back to Europe and the UK with a vengeance! We can’t wait to see you all there!”

 “We have looked forward to the day we can perform songs from Bloody Bride live in front of everyone,” added bassist Haru. “We’re so excited to be coming back to Europe and the UK!”

 The tour announcement follows the release of the album’s fiery title track and ‘Daybreak’, both of which act as an insatiably catchy introduction to their upcoming international debut album Bloody Bride. You can watch the band perform ‘Daybreak’ in the official music video here. And all pre-orders of the album come with instant downloads of both tracks – ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Bloody Bride’.


28/09 – Nalen, Stockholm

30/09 – Club Nuke, Berlin

01/10 – Melkweg, Amsterdam

02/10 – Botanique, Brussels

03/10 – Boule Noire, Paris

06/10 – The Underworld, London

07/10 – Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

09/10 – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

10/10 – Night & Day Café, Manchester

After April Fools Day tricks, we get a real musical treat – Butcher Babies present the newest single off their forthcoming EP, "Last Dance." The track, produced by Matt Good, officially debuts on Friday, April 2nd.  “Last Dance” shows off the clean vocal prowess of frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd while retaining the musical heaviness for which the band is known.  You can find the song via butcherbabies.com

Finish Death Metal band Nothing But A Revolution released their new single "New Primal End". The new single was recorded, mixed and mastered in "Sewing Room Productions" by Elmeri Kinnunen.

Check out the new single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59cV2AIfZ_I.

Nothing But A Revolution was founded in 2020 as a 3-member Finnish metal band from Kajaani, Kainuu. The band was formed by Tuomo Sirviö (Vocals, guitars & keyboards), Antti Horttana (Bass) and Jussi Tampio (Drums).

During the summer of 2020 Fear Incorporated went on to not only write but record an all new album titled "Of Nightmares And Strychine". The 12-track release consists of the usual formula that Fear Incorporated is known for, take alternative, goth, industrial, dark wave, post punk, with some theater thrown in for good measure. It's been provided across the array of content released through the years. One of the tracks is dedicated to someone named Steven C Davis from GASP (The Gothic And Progressive Steampunk Show), who has been around promoting the band for quite sometime. The track being titled "The Djinn", this number being quite interesting. The vocals are downright eerie yet captivating; whilst the instrumentation is more or less just noise but it has a tone that keeps it creepily entertaining. A few of the other tracks off this release like “Red Baron”, “Possessed”, “The Mortician”, and “Troll”, are probably some of the more interesting to say the least. These assortment of tracks just provide such an interesting tone of art, it’s hard to depict how to really describe them. Some are brief others linger onward, with the remainder being present. It’s an album that captures a style of sound that brings remembrance to the mind and the ears. It’s how most if not all of Fear Incorporated’s works tend to work out in the long run. Let it be remembered after being heard all the way through.

Italian Black/Gothic Metal act CADAVERIA have released a brand new single entitled Shamanic Path, that can be streamed and downloaded in all digital platforms over HERE. The song is based on Cadaveria herself's true story and in particular on her shamanic experiences lived in contact with a Brazilian indigenous tribe.

For Shamanic Path the band unleashed the Lyric Video, available here: https://youtu.be/_Wj0N3334bY. The video was made by Morbid Vision Italy. For more info please visit cadaveria.com and linktr.ee/cadaveria.

When matchless vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho and guitarist Daniel Freyberg joined forces with Waltteri Väyrynen, Mitja Toivonen and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto to form the explosive new metal pillar BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, it was meant to mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Their sonic plans were massive – including an EP release in the spring followed by a full-length album later in the year. But this promising force ended far too soon in very late 2020.

The aforementioned EP, Paint the Sky with Blood (out April 23 via Napalm Records), was recorded in Finland back in 2020, and now, the three-track piece embodies a whole new meaning. Paint the Sky with Blood is an overwhelming tribute to an outstanding artist and an exceptional sonic heritage and at the same time, a modern homage to the genre itself.

Napalm Records has released the EP’s opening title track alongside an official video. A storm of raging guitars and blaring drums rise, merging with the late Alexi Laiho’s versatile vocal power and leading up to a heavy attack, conjuring fond memories of the virtuosic musician.  “Paint The Sky With Blood” Watch the video HERE:

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