July 2021


Rock n' roller PAUL BARTOLOME has a lot to discuss as far as new music, most recent working's and a BIG announcement to be said as well! Find out all below!


1. So last time we talked was when you had released your last single "Time Bomb", and have since released another single titled "Medicine", how do these compare, differ, and come into equals to one another?

Yeah that's right, we'd literally just dropped "Time Bomb" with Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens and had just started to see some chart success at Billboard and on radio, but in my honest opinion I Love Time Bomb, it helped me writing that song and a lot of my fans that's there favorite song I've done! But because of the  nature of the song and the story behind it being so personal as I'd mentioned in our previous interview, I didn't feel comfortable doing a bunch of merch, and fun content around that song. Jumping on a camera an trying to sound super happy an positive an joking around felt off in someway... maybe cos it was so fresh to me at the time.. 

But yeah I kinda stayed away from all that an just let the song do it's thing. Where as Medicine is the SUPER fun, experimental summer banger! Nothing too deep, the  lyrics of course have a deeper layer but I'll leave that up to interpretation. But it's just a super fun vibe, the summer anthem and full out party song! Sonically they fit really well together even tho they are super different tracks.. but yeah medicine is just a different vibe and super fun and energetic. We have merch out for that one and a bunch of crazy fun stuff content wise coming for it as well! 

2. Now tell me all about your "Medicine" single, what is it about, why did you want to write it, what does it mean for you?

So "Medicine" really came about after my song "Devils in the Details" became one of the most popular songs off my last album. I loved the vibe of that track but  always thought... man what if I'd have gone full rock on it... took out the electric drums an replaced with live, cranked the gain on the guitars, took the synth bass and put a driving distorted bass and way more energy and rockiness to the vocals... and then yeah.. "Medicine" was born haha! I loved the guitar style and Latin vibe I had done on "devils" so I wanted to capture that but add the energy, the band and the rocke edge! I call it "Santana meets hard rock". I actually hit up Santana to do a solo on the track! And I can confirm as I'm sure you've seen.. he did not get back. BUT maybe a remix one day if he ever sees this HIT ME UP! The lyrics sort of follow on from the "Devils in the Details" lyrical story. Again nothing crazy deep but definitely still deals with the addiction and the struggles it can cause and the duality you face with the "I really need this... but i know it's so bad for me... but just once it'll feel good.. but I shouldn't" you know that inner battle? that's what this song really capitalizes on. Hence why to some people the lyrics might not make a lot of sense cos it keeps contradicting itself THAT'S THE POINT! (I thought I was being smart when I wrote it).

3. You mentioned in our last talk about bringing back the "Insta Live Gigs", discuss what these are and are they back as of yet?

Unfortunately it's on the list of "things to do" but the list seems to be getting longer, and longer, and longer everyday and yeah I just have NOT had the time yet. BUT we will do one real soon for sure! They were super fun through lockdown connecting with the fans teasing some new songs, having a drink and just jamming it was a great time. So I will definitely be bringing them back ASAP!

4. There was also mention of a HUGE show was this the Ink Fest coming up or another show altogether?

There was indeed and YES it was of course INKcarceration festival. This September in Ohio in America. I am super excited and it's a huge privilege to be asked to  play and open up for the amazing bands playing! - Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Escape The Fate, Ice Nine Kills, New Years Day, badflower, Steel Panther... to name a few.  Not only will this be my FIRST ever show in the states it will also be my first EVER festival I've ever been to.. let alone played! So it is going to be INSANE. We are deep in rehearsals for it currently.. we have a super energetic and fun set that Will have something for everyone so I'm looking forward to getting there and the fact that Live shows are back! 

5. How many shows and or a tour does PB have in-store if anything?

We have A LOT in the works right now for next year and end of this year... unfortunately I can't disclose any of this as of yet as much as I'd like to! 

6. PB has always been a project as yourself Paul Bartolome, but is there anything more you would like to express about it perhaps evolving into something more than just a solo act?

YES! I'm sure you've noticed I keep saying WE - "WE have a lot in the works" , "WE have a super energetic and fun set" and so on.. SO after doing my first tour with my band across UK and Europe. Something really clicked and I instantly thought damn.. this should be on a record, this energy, this vibe! And literally since that moment we  started the discussions behind the scenes and made it a thing my so called "Tour Band" that everyone is now super familiar with have now become "THE BAND". Paul Bartolome is now a full band. 

We are keeping the name for many reasons as main one is... I've worked my ass for years to get to where I am now under my name, to just change it and start from scratch would be kinda silly and also the fact that I still write and produce everything myself. It's still very much my baby of course and my outlet. Only now my Drummer - David Bartolome writes and plays the drums on the album that he will be playing live as well! as well as some production stuff across it as well! My Rhythm guitarist - Ryan Thompson Plays all the rhythm parts he'd play on tour ON the album! And my bass player - Jamie Streater plays all the bass parts he'll play on tour on the album as well! So it's still very much me writing the songs still but it has just created this super cool and unique vibe that I hadn't anticipated! 

And the fact they are always in the music videos.. was almost like a HEY guys get to know these boys cos this is IT NOW!  That's why the music video for "Medicine" was shot the way it was.. individually for the first time to give everyone there own time in the spotlight and to really showcase this is a full band officially now! As it has been in the works since March 2020... all the way to now in the background... got a whole documentary about the new album and going away just us as a band and doing it together and the video shoots and all the discussions behind the scenes etc..! So yes we've done the opposite of Panic at the disco... they have a band name yet on the album it's 1 guy then live the band... but with us  we have MY name... but on the album it's a band! haha So I'm super pumped to let everyone hear all the hard work all 4 of us have put into this music and get out on the road!


7. Your two recent single's are just that single's but will they be included in an upcoming EP or LP follow-up to your 2020 release "Screaming Through The Radio"?

I can confirm.. that Album 3 is DONE and in final stages of mixing.... and it is INSANE! Super different vibe to "Screaming through the radio" as I mentioned with the band on it now it created this crazy energy and distinct style and sound that for me "STTR" didn't have... this all sounds like 1 artist, 1 band, 1 consistent style while still experimenting. There's some stuff people will NOT expect from us and I'm looking forward to people hearing that then playing it live. 

8. This last time we spoke was during the spring time, so did you have any cool spring time activities back then?

Honestly it was same as now... in the famous and inspiring words of Rhianna -  Work, work, work, Work, Work... but it's all going to pay off and it already is starting to. Super exciting stuff happening behind the scenes and me and the boys are PUMPED!

9. Now that it's the middle of the summer now, any summer plans at hand you have gotten to do or plan to do?

Only thing really is Aug 23rd 2 days after my bday me and the band will be flying out to barbados for 2 weeks for a nice chilled trip, and relax then fly direct into the states from there play the festival in sept then shoot back home! That's really the only plan rest of summer is spent working our asses off to afford it! Haha!

10. What else does good old PB have lined up for the rest of 2021 that you would like to share with everyone and everybody?

There's a lot we are working on. You can DEFINITELY expect another single... an album announcement, new merch, a ton of content, and some announcements SOON!  So stay tuned and thank you for all the support! And thank you for taking the time to talk to me!  - Paul Bartolome -

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Modernized by old school death metal band DECEPTION have an album and an EP out, with all new music in the works already! The band goes into chat about their music and the plans up next!


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

Well, it’s kinda complicated, haha. As ‘Deception’ we have been active since 2018 with three of the original members from our former band ‘Art of Deception’. We wanted a new start with the same platform so we decided to shorten the name when our previous singer Marius quit the band and Sindre stepped up to do vocals. Marius would later join us again as our bass player during the summer of 2020. Anyway, Sindre and Einar started it up again and hired young hot shot Hans Jakob the same summer Marius quit. From January 2019 to July 2020 we were left without a bass player. Our debut as ‘Deception’ came out during the fall 2019 and it was titled ‘Epidemic’. It was a drastic, but a much needed change to the sound compared to our previous band. It did quite well and we got to do some shows with Blood Red Throne in the UK and around Norway.

Later we would start the recording of our newest album ‘The Mire’. Again, this changed our sound drastically adding symphonic elements to our sound. It is for the better, haha. We released ‘The Mire’ in February 2021 and it has been doing great! We got a lot of cool guests on that album like Teemu from Wintersun, Attila Vörös, Skar from Equilibrium and Bolt from Blood Red Throne. The pandemic put a stopper for our shows, but when it’s over we look forward to touring more.

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

We were previously called ‘Art of Deception’ and we chose that because it sounded cool. When our vocalist quit and we decided to start over we just shortened that name, so no deep reasoning behind the name.

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

We are based around Stavanger, Norway, but some of us are relocating to Oslo soon. For local bands I would choose from all over Norway because the scene is good, but it’s pretty spread out. Check out Vorbid, Psykopath, Blood Red Throne, Pyrrhic, Sublime Eyes, Vanvidd, You Suffer, Son of a Shotgun, Agabas. There are so many I could mention here.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is a kind of modernized old school death metal with symphonic elements. If you take the groove of Blood Red Throne, infuse is with the darkness of Septicflesh and the epicness of Wintersun, that’s probably where we are at.

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

We have released on album and one EP. Our first EP ‘Epidemic’ is a straight old school death metal album with chainsaw guitars and our latest album ‘The Mire’ is our new kind of modernized osdm.

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

Yes! We currently have about half an album worth of material and are thinking of hitting the studio early next year.

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

We have some shows in Norway this fall, but a lot is still in the works. We are especially looking for places to tour in Europe. Japan and America as well would be sick.

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

Write, record, release, tour, repeat I guess haha. We always try to push ourselves in terms of writing new material and to push our live shows to be the absolute best they can be. We are just waiting for the world to open up to fully promote future releases.

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

You can listen to us on all the normal streaming services. If you want to support us financially we have a bandcamp and also a big cartel for merch.

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

Enjoy the ride, pay attention to the details and try to follow along with the story of the album!


With the highly anticipated launch of MY LITTLE PONY: A NEW GENERATION around the corner, Hasbro has released exclusive videos of the cast unboxing their characters’ corresponding toys for the first time!  Featured in the videos are stars Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Carson, Kimiko Glenn, Liza Koshy and James Marsden. The all-new animated feature film premieres on Netflix September 24 with new characters to love, new locations to discover and new magic to reveal.

Watch Vanessa Hudgens’ first reaction to Rainbow Reveal Sunny, emphasizing it’s all about the rainbow ponytail and accessorizing it. Meanwhile, Sofia Carson shares her excitement for meeting Princess Petals and watching her race down the Royal Racing Ziplines along with Cloudpuff. See HERE for the full video of both!

The fun doesn’t stop there, tune in for more unboxings HERE from Kimiko Glenn as she shares her initial thoughts upon uncovering Unicorn Charms Izzy Moonbow, Liza Koshy’s adorable reaction to Crystal Adventure Pony Zipp Storm and James Marsden showing off Crystal Adventure Pony Hitch Trailblazer.

In the new movie, the unimaginable has happened...Equestria has lost its magic! Earth Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi are no longer friends and now live separated by species. But idealistic Earth Pony Sunny (Vanessa Hudgens) is determined to find a way to bring enchantment and unity back to their world. Teaming up with open-hearted Unicorn Izzy (Kimiko Glenn), the pair travel to faraway lands where they encounter the likes of charismatic and brave Pegasi Pipp (Sofia Carson) and Zipp (Liza Koshy) and the ever-responsible fellow Earth Pony Hitch (James Marsden). Their mission is full of misadventures, but these new best friends each possess their own unique and special gifts that may be just what this ponyverse needs to restore magic and prove that even little ponies can make a big difference.












International Black Metal band Nastergal released their debut EP "Solitude". The release was recorded in "Winter Nagte Studios" and in "Electrified Lair Studios". Mixed/mastered by Marco Toba.

Check out the release here: https://nastergal.bandcamp.com/releases.

Nastergal was formed by Riaan Coertze (New Zealand) and Jacques Valentyn (South Africa) and completed with the help of Marco Toba (Argentina) and Evgen Zoidze (Ukraine). The music draws its inspiration from bands such as Dark Funeral and Hecate Enthroned with lyrical content influenced by the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Even though they are not a live band they are committed to the music they create and strive to deliver the best to their audience. Nastergal has started work on their first full length album and hope to release it early 2022.


Vampires Everywhere have released a new single titled "Witch" off an upcoming EP release called "The Awakening" out soon through Cleopatra Records; whom they have signed on with as well. Check out more details about these new pieces of work HERE and find their new tour dates with Assuming We Survive, The Bunny The Bear and Fate Destroyed enlisted below.



TOUR DATES:

10.1 - Las Vegas, NV @ Rockstar Bar

10.2 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theater

10.3 - Gallup, NM @ Juggernaut Music

10.5 - Arlington, TX @ Maverick's

10.6 - Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live

10.7 - Houston, TX @ Acadia Bar & Grill

10.10 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug

10.12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits

10.13 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

10.15 - Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger

10.16 - Kittanning, PA @ Radioactive Events Center

10.17 - Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl

10.19 - Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary

10.20 - Peoria, IL @ The Hot Spot

10.21 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

10.22 - Des Moines, IA @ Lefty's Live Music

10.23 - Lincoln, NE @ Grays Keg Saloon

10.24 - Denver, CO @ Herman's Hideaway

10.25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall

10.27 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

10.28 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater

10.30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bar Sinister



Rock n' rollers PROSPECT have a debut album out, with a follow-up album out this summer! With that to come soon, the band will also have some time to play with some gigs lined-up for the fall! The band talks of this and more below.


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

The band was started as a project in a town named Steinkjer in Trøndelag. Kenneth was originally a drummer, but was getting sick and tired of looking for vocalists; so he became one himself. The band went through various phases and genres. Eventually we became an energetic hard rock band, even though every member used to be a metal head (and still is at heart). We had a few changes in the roster, but now we feel like we’re a big family.

Kenneth (The Diva) - Lead Vocals

Odd Peder (The Hulk) - Drums

Eivind (The Moneymaker) - Lead Guitar

Magnus (The New Guy) - Rhythm Guitar

Andreas (The Mom) - Bass

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

In the darkest of dark, where only the dead dwell, it was named. Four tired and sweaty individuals sat down in a Backroom Casting-type of couch to discuss the meaning of life and music. Words were not shared easily that night, for these sayings are not for the faint of heart. Through the mist of moisture and smoke of terrible coffee, the silence was broken: “Prospect”. And so it was named. One band to rule them all. One band to find them. One band to bring them all. And in the darkness bind them. In the land of Verdal, where shadows lie.

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 out of Verdal, Norway. About 90 km north of Trondheim. It’s a small town, with lots of culture and historic significance. Though, not the biggest music scene when it comes to our type of music. But if we travel a few more kilometers north to Steinkjer, there’s a busting punk scene. There’s a yearly punk festival, and a lot of local heroes doin’ their thing. Check out “Astmatisk Gapskratt” for some local punk! We’ve also gotten to know the underground metal scene in Trondheim after all our gigs there. There’s this one band that really stands out in my opinion, and that is “Artwork of Hate”, go check them out! I would also like to mention our friends in “The Federation”, from Fosen. We’ve made a playlist on spotify to showcase all the wonderful local bands we have here in our neck of the woods, called “Tøndelag Rock og Metal”.

4. How would you describe your style?

Energetic is often the first word that comes to mind when people describe us, and we agree. We like to combine old school and modern rock ‘n’ roll. We take inspiration from lots of places, but mainly from bands such as AC/DC, Airbourne, Guns n’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Slash and so on. We like to make music that’s catchy, groovy, makes you want to move and sing along. Basically music that you can feel throughout your whole body, and let’s you break free for a little while.

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

In 2019 we self published our first album “Rock ‘n’ Roll Beats & Electric Guitars”, with 8 songs of pure rock ‘n’ roll. As the title suggests, it’s gonna be rockin’ drum beats, and cool guitar riffs. But there’s no shortage of wild guitar solos, or screams reaching high places. The voice of our lead singer is one of the things that stands out and makes Prospect, Prospect. The album landed a spot on Sleaze Roxx’s “Top 10 Albums of 2019”.

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

Our new album “All Bets Are Off” is set for release on August 13th, published by Rob Mules Records. On June 18th we released the first and only single of the album: Blame it on the Booze. The single was accompanied by a music video, which is available on our Facebook and YouTube-channel. But who’s to say.. Maybe we’re already working on new material.

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

Well, the whole pandemic situation suddenly put a stop to most of that. But it looks like there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and we have a few gigs planned for the fall. And for the release of our new album, we’re playing on one of the most famous stages in Trondheim: Rockheim.

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

Our ambition is to reach out to as many places in the world as possible and to leave a hard hitting, mind blowing, ear buzzing and entertaining trail behind as we go.

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

Our music is available on all the major streaming services, and can be bought digitally wherever music is sold digitally. As for physical copies, just hit us up on Facebook or by email. We have CD’s of our first album, but the new album will be on vinyl and sold through our Record Label.

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

That we’re here to rock your socks off, so don’t tie your shoes too tight.


Well it's been 7 months and 14 days so it must be time for another Die So Fluid single. Having informally abandoned the album format last year the band completes a triptych of epic recordings that all carry the message of unifying love and compassion for what's left of the human race. The Start or the End was completed by our three heroes in their different global lockdown hideouts – Los Angeles, London and Bologna. Ok there's been no official announcement but yeah Justin is the drummer now. I just changed the Wikipedia page so you know it must be true. As well as drumming he also mixed the single. The lush string arrangement was recorded in France by Egyptian violinist Samy Bishai of Natacha Atlas' band.

The video was created by Grog in Los Angeles, her home for over a decade now, and where she has been increasingly moved by the burgeoning homeless crisis and the ever expanding gulf between the have and have nots. Grog filmed at some of the newly sprung up satellites of skid row including the doorstep of Venice Beach. In the description of the video on YouTube will be a link to World Central Kitchen a charity that feeds the hungry and that Grog has supported in the past.

So what I was alluding to at the top of the page is Phil Collins' Another Day in Paradise. Sorry if you were expecting a Can't hurry love or, my favorite, Easy Lover. They done used a helicopter in that one. Check out the video HERE.


Rockers TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB have a new EP "Monte Carlo", with new music underway. They plan to also start playing shows real soon as well. The band discusses this and more below.


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

Trickshooter Social Club was formed and forged in Chicago. It began as an idea as much as a band. The concept was a social club – a group of generous, talented, like-minded musicians who want to make music and make the world a little better through music. The concept is to always keep an “open chair” in the social club. While we have a solid core, we always welcome folks to sit in and add to the sound – it is a musical social club more than a traditional band. The two founding members, songwriters, and band leaders are Larry Liss and Steven Simoncic. The goal is to make authentic American music that tells a story and stands the test of time. Our influences come from rock, blues, country, punk and pop – our music is eclectic – we love everything from Kiss to Wilco -- and sound is always changing and evolving and we think that is a good thing.

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

Social Club because we didn’t want this to be a band. We wanted this to be a community of artists. Trickshooter because in the West at the turn of the century, Trickshooters would ride into town like a carnival, dazzle the locals with a combination of talent and deception, and then head off to then next town. We related to that.

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 born and forged in Chicago. The scene here is tricky. Too big to have an awesome indy scene and too small to be NY or London. But there are incredibly talented musicians here and awesome engineers and producers. And the blues still runs like blood in the streets here.

4. How would you describe your style?

Eclectic. American. Unapologetic. A gumbo of rock and blues with a dash of country and punk. We like songs, not soundscapes. We like melody. We grew up on the Beatles and the Stones. We like story. Which means we also listened to Springsteen and Steve Earl. The idiom we operate under was forged by bands like Social Distortion, Tom Petty and Cheap Trick. We believe in telling stories 3 minutes at a time.

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

This new EP, Monte Carlo, is our 3rd release. And we are super proud of it. It feels like our song writing has matured and flourished with this work. Our first two albums were Generator and American Experiment. The thread that runs through all our work is that it is real, genuine, American rock-n-roll. We believe in the power of rock to change the work is – mostly because it changed our world.

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

Always. We are working on a new album to follow up on the Monte Carlo EP. We are always writing. During the pandemic we were able to flex a new muscle by learning how to more properly record on our own. So we’re currently tracking new material.

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

We plan to start gigging again in the Fall. Chicago as well as some stops in Austin, New York and LA.

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

More music. More gigs. Also leaning heavier into video/visual art. The goal is to always evolve. To grow and hone our chops as songwriters. And continue to play with new people who push the sounds to new places.

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

All the major online outlets – Amazon, Spotify, Apple, etc.

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

That we’re all in this together.


Merging addictive vocal melodies, shimmering retro synths, hard-hitting guitars, and exhilarating rhythm sections, Young Medicine delivers the goods with their brand new single, "Ignorance Adrift." The track marks the third single off the group's upcoming sophomore album following previous singles "Winter Soldier" and "A Lesson In Futility." The group’s unmistakable style has never sounded better, and it promises great things for the future of this up-and-coming band. Check out the track HERE.

 


Bloody News Metal Webzine and GlobMetal Promotions are proudly presenting the third edition of their "Bloody News Online Fest: Insane Summer Gathering 2021". 

After spending so much time in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world and now when we are finally starting to see the end in this horror movie, we decided that the best way to handle the situation is to bring back the Metal shows – and there is no better way in this time to do it than making a big online streaming Metal Fest.

This festival will be happening on 27-28 August 2021 and will be available for free streaming on the Bloody News Website. Further details on the Facebook event page.

Check out the event page over here: https://www.facebook.com/events/513687719867942/ 

Information partners: Atrius Concert Agency, Cultartes, Let's Rock Romania, Patriot Label and VARG Media



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

Check out the album here: https://oznor.bandcamp.com/album/something-different

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).


Rock n' rollers TORIE JOCK have a new single and album coming out soon. New music is also always in the works too! The band plans to also do a couple of shows, playing out there, releasing music and just breathing it all in! The band talks of the new music especially.


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

Hi, my name is Torie Jock and it’s a pleasure to be chatting with you! My current band is very new to me. We started playing together about six months ago, and we were a three member band originally.

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

Torie Jock is my given name for the most part. My first name is Victoria, but I’ve gone by Torie for a while. Hard to believe, but Jock really is my last 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?

We are based in Western Massachusetts. There are some pretty awesome bands all over Massachusetts! Too many to name!

4. How would you describe your style?

Rock ‘n roll, baby! We cover mostly classic rock music, spanning decades from the 60's through the 90's. My original music is a combination of some 80s and 90's vibes!

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

My new single, "Outta Control", is dropping on 07/09/21! My new album, "Damaged Goods", that was just recently signed to Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution, will be dropping in the next couple of months! All of the songs were written by me and my manager, Eric Gynan from Leaving Eden. As far as expectation, my works consist of some fun material along with some personal material that I think will be very meaningful and relatable to different circles of people.

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

I am always writing! New music is always in the works for me!

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

We have a benefit gig on August 7th in Salem New Hampshire and a gig September 25th at a local music hall! More show dates coming soon!

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

My plans are to play as much as possible! Getting out there and eating, sleeping, and breathing music!

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

Once my single, "Outta Control", and my album, "Damaged Goods", drop, they will be available worldwide!

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

All of my material is personal and based on an experience of some sort. I hope listeners can relate in some way and really connect with my music and, by extension, with me as well!


Rock pop band LEO SPAULS has released a handful of content since their forming not that long ago. New content is also being released with the band hoping to play live real soon. They go on furthermore to say a lot about where to find out more about them and what they have planned up next.


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

It's actually three bands, one in Sweden, one in Germany and one in the UK. Since travelling is expensive, I thought it was easier to do it that way. It's also exciting since the musicians have different backgrounds. We try to do the songs differently in each band, giving the musicians the space to create their sound more freely. The UK band is Elina Tikkanen on backing vocals, Andy Basiola on guitar, Paolo Succo on bass, Lewis Moody on keyboards and Dan Breaden on drums. We met in January 2020 in London.

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

We came up with the name Leo Spauls & the Dramas. But we never used it. It might reflect something of my past when I wasn't on medication for mental illness. But when we play live, we usually go on as Leo Spauls with his 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? The UK band is based in London, and the band members come from Finland, Sweden, Italy and the UK. I originally from Sweden. So it's like a melting pot. There are so many good bands in London. Teleman is a band I've been listening to for quite some time. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I am a pianist, so I usually start with the piano. I am trying to find some chords and melodies I like. Then I go to my computer, adding a few loops. We recorded everything with real instruments on the last album, Mike Garson (David Bowie's pianist) sending his piano recordings from LA. This time we are doing a more electronic production. It's pop music, based on synthesizers and piano. When we play live, we go on as a rock-pop band, with drums and guitars. 

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

We released the first album in 2016. It's in Swedish and includes an alternative pride song to Stockholm pride that year, "Allt det som är du". It was a bit successful and fun since it's not the music you usually hear from the gay scene. So when we did that one in London and Berlin, I changed it into English: "Everything You Do". No one had heard it, but the audience appreciated it. The second album, released in 2018, was darker, more melancholic and perhaps more introverted. Or complicated, some might say. However, the three new singles we are releasing this year are easier to listen to. I don't want to use the word better, but from a writing perspective, I think they are.

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

The singles we are releasing this year are written during the last year and a half and produced by the Animal Farm label in London.

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

When the UK band was formed last year, we did a few rehearsals, had some gigs booked, but then came the pandemic. I've received numerous invitations to go and play in Germany, but due to the situation in the world, we've decided to wait. Also, we are going to focus on the UK market. I am hoping to play live with Mike Garson someday. He made this streaming concert last winter, which was pretty impressive. It had Trent Reznor on it, Yungblud, Adam Lambert, Duran Duran, and many of the Bowie alumni. It appears that everyone he called said yes. I'm also hoping to play with St. Lenox someday, which perhaps is more realistic. I have never met him but listen to his music a lot.

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

We are very excited to play live again and planning to do a UK tour within a year or two. Also, I'm writing new music all the time, so I'm looking forward to recording a new album. It would be fun to record something with Mike Garson again, we are in contact quite often, and I'm taking piano lessons for him. We've discussed a new project, and I hope we'll be able to do that soon. 

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

You can find our music on all platforms.

Stream at Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/15Pv5NraiSG667qm10ajvC

Also, you can find a lot of videos and more music on Vimeo and YouTube:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/benway

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBiwiBgq8wTYPMhxrl2Ta7g

You can also follow us on social media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leospauls/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeoSpauls

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spauls.se

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

The melodies are relatively simple. I want to focus on the lyrics and storytelling. I want to evoke certain feelings and experiences in my life, like going to a gay sauna in Berlin, for example. The idea of gay music is still too limited, I think. We are just ordinary people like everyone else. It's 2021, and being gay is still a problem; in some parts of the world.


Jazzy soul musician GENE GARCIA has released numerous music, including his most recent being an album titled "Genesis". With this release, he plans to promote as much as possible, with playing shows wherever possible as well. See what else Gene himself had to express within the dicussion found below.


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

Yes, thanks, the band is the project has my name, and the album Genesis, is a old project rescued from the my trunk after not being able to do so in the last 15 years, and now i could do it. We come from different ways and styles, although not very different. Victor Zamora, pianist of the trio, comes from Cuban jazz, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Mr. Lee double bass comes from jazz, he has a lot of talent and Joel Silva is a big drummer from Lisbon as Mr. Lee. And i comes to blues, jazz, soul. I knew it could be a good trio for my first solo album. They understood perfectly what I wanted to do the album and I think we did a good job. Personally, what I like the most about black music in all its breadth and especially jazz, blues, soul, afro,… is what I like to sing for thirty-five years a go, but I’m a milky man, but i always try to do it with a lot of respect and love in my music. I think we have made an album that will delight listeners lovers of jazz blues soul around the world.

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

Well, is my artistic name, GENE GARCIA, my real name is Eugene of the Kings García García. That’s the name of the project. And i was play with my name to make the name of album GENESIS.

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

I live in the south-west of Spain, on the border with Portugal, all members of my band live in Lisbon, where the jazz music is a part very important in a big city and they have more movement, musicians, bands and followers of  this music. In Lisbon I would recommend several bands that I know, Alma Nuestra, Afro-Cuban jazz, P.L.I.N.T., an excellent new jazz band, also without forget the Sobral brothers, Salvador and Luisa who experiment with jazz among other styles. The scene of jazz blues soul here in Badajoz ( Extremadura-Spain) is a minority and I would recommend to Ivan San Juan Quartet, bebop ,new jazz, etc.. and Pedro Calero Trio, jazz and new jazz and I don't want to forget Mili Vizcaino, a great jazz singer and my partner in a local big band called Iberian Big Band, who has been active for almost five years, but the public in Spanish-speaking countries as mine is not there for a great public, I think my music is intended for English-speaking people. I understand but I want to spread my album in all over the world, outside of my country when there’re few followers for this music.

4. How would you describe your style? 

Jazz-soul music, where is everything I learned in 35 years of African music and knowledge and my veneration of the great legends of black music in all its breadth, from Johnny Hartman, Ella, Dinah, Lady Day, Joe Turner, Joe Williams, Leon Thomas,… passing through Son House, Muddy Waters, Rev. Gary Davis, Bukka White, Jimmy Rushing, etc.... all the way to All Green, Aretha, Anne Peebles, Mahalia, Sister Rosetta, James Brown, Simone, Coltraine , Miles, Archie Sheep, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. All in a shaker and there my sound comes out. Also one of my current inspirations is Gregory Porter.

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

Genesis is my first solo-album, before I had a blues band call Inlavables with five albums, The Revrendoes, we played blues, soul, gospel, and many bands of covers as Iberian Big Band, The Moochers, the latter dedicated to playing live, clubs, events, parties, festivals, covers of blues jazz soul etc..... and the other question, I  think that people who will listen Genesis enjoy my proposal realizing its high quality, respect and credibility that in others places of the world, that also can open other paths in others places where my music is never heard it. I think it is an excellent album with my own compositions and the other composers than I have worked. In my opinion, it is an album in which I close one path and open another door in my career.

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

At the moment I'm spreading this album, promo, radio stations, TV, in Spain and America Latina. New songs are brewing in my head, some that didn't make it into this album. I'm working on making other clips for other songs on the album. But I never stop thinking about music.

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

Of course, there are four presentations signed in Spain. The situation with the pandemic in Europe and more specifically in Spain and Portugal is difficult to play in clubs, festivals, etc.... everything stopped when the pandemic began, but it seems that it is beginning to normalize. There are concerts in big jazz festivals but for 2022, Lisbon, Madeira, Azores, Madrid, Barcelona, Vitoria, San Sebastian, ​​etc...  I'm in talks with two record companies and also in getting an international manager for we’ll have to enter in USA, UK, and all international market.

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

But I see a very interesting future for this formation and especially for Genesis, and surely there will be more jobs with these guys or with others. There is a lot of illusion and desire to work.

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

People can listen the music of GENE GARCIA, and Genesis, his last work on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, and all digital platforms and buy a physical copy on Amazon, FNAC, Jazz Messengers Store.

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

I don’t know, “Where the hell did this guy come from?” Hahaha, its a joke, sorry.… always I searched my own way of singing, the way, the style, my voice be different, and above all that you enjoy the sound of the songs. the first thing that comes to mind is SO COOL, I’M GOING TO BUY GENESIS OF GENE GARCIA Thanks.


Indie go getters CORAL PALMS have a handful of single's out there, with new ideas and music in the works currently. They want to keep writing more, recording more and even playing gigs once more again soon! The band talks of this if not more.


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

Will - We met at university, the first band member I met was Callum on Day 1 but then some months later I met Ollie and we formed a very close friendship and musical connection. The band was born when it was time to submit some original music but it snowballed into much more than that once we took the songs to Adriano’s studio. Essentially, we were like pieces of puzzle slowing and perfectly, slotting together at the right moment. 

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

The beach and sunset element has always been a part of the band's life with the Torquay Bay being a huge part of our identity. The name itself actually originates from a 3 part episode of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ in which the characters retreat to a resort called ‘The Coral Palms’. 

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 mostly based in the Home Counties, aside from Ollie who’s all the way down in Torquay. The main base of operations is Ads studio in London. Coral Palms has mainly gigged around London and Torquay and we’ve met so many great bands along the way. Gigging in London gives us overwhelming exposure to the scene.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our style is rhythmically driven, stylistically energetic and lyrically emotional. 

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

We have released three singles which were the first three songs we finished as a band. Expect more singles, getting to know us more and a development in our sound - In short, expect more indie pop bangers! 

6. Do you have any music in the works?

We have tonnes. And we have plans for them. Lots of ideas that stacked up over the lockdowns that need to be heard. 

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

Other than a local show in Torquay at the end of July we’ve not got much going on. We find so much joy from being on stage and want to get some more shows in the books ASAP! 

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

To keep writing, recording, gigging our music and getting as many people as possible to go mad to it at festivals.

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

We’re on Spotify, Apple Music, all the streaming platforms - also check out our YouTube for some exclusive content, as well as our Tik Tok and Instagram! We’re hoping to start creating some original merch so keep an eye out for that too! 

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

Let loose, have fun. Don’t take life too seriously.


Extreme metal act BARBARIAN PROPHECIES have been active since 2000! Over that span of time though, they have gone on to release 5 alums, 2 EP's and 2 demo's, with an all new album coming soon. They want to promote said album and just play everywhere they possibly can. With that said, the band discusses all of this and more below.


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

Barbarian Prophecies is an extreme metal band founded in Spain and play in the Underground scene since 2000. Current line up:

Alicia (Vocals & Bass)

Arnt (Guitars & Synths)

Diego (Drums)

Óscar (Guitars & Backing Vocals)

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

The name of the band comes from the fusion of two local bands one called Barbarianth and the other Venomous Prophecies.  Else decided to unite the two names so as not to lose the identity of the bands involved and because at that time there was no other band with the same name, and we believe that none with the same name still exists.

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

Barbarian Prophecies is a Spanish band, specifically from the city of Lugo (Galicia).  In Spain there is a great Underground scene, but there are hardly any bands that have relevance because from the administration at the political level there is no real support for this type of musical genre.  That is why there are no Spanish bands with international relevance in metal or rock at the level of other countries.  We know of many great bands such as Perpetual, Bloodhunter, Hiranya, Irredemption, Myxomatosis, Untides, Elefantes Mutilados, Pneura, Xerion, Mano de Piedra , Amenaza de Muerte, Khmer, Materia Muerta, Ruthless, Numen, Nakkiga, Death Bringer, Dioivo, Opposer, Schwarzenegger, Vepkóc, Lapsus Mentis, As Life Burns, etc...

4. How would you describe your style?

Death metal with many different influences (Melodeath, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Prog-Death, Progressive) and other styles out of metal music.

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

So far the band has released 5 full albums, 2 Eps and 2 Demos.  Our music is a mix of many styles but with a base of classic Scandinavian type Death Metal.  People who like bands that have their own sound and open to all kinds of influences will like our work.

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

This year we have recorded our latest album titled Horizon at Kollapse Studio with Iván Ferro.  The album will be released in physical format in Autumn but this August it will be on all digital platforms.

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

We plan to do a good presentation of the new album and play everywhere we can.  We plan to visit other countries such as Germany, Hungary, Portugal or France.  All this will depend on the progress of the pandemic and the return of the normal situation, equal to or similar to before this great problem generated by Covid19.

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

Continue in the same dynamic as always, play live and travel presenting our music in all the places where we can.  On the other hand, we are working on new audiovisual material for the band to promote the new album.

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

You can find our music on any digital platform or you can order our music by writing to us on our social networks, as well as requesting the material from the labels that collaborate with us. (Base Record Production, hecatombe records, Violence In the Veins and Iron Matron Records)

Contact :

Barbarianprophecies@hotmail.com

https://wwww.barbarianprophecies.com

www.facebook.com/barbarianprophecies 

www.VK.com/barbarianprophecies 

https://barbarianprophecies.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/barbarian-prophecies

https://twitter.com/BPband_official

https://youtube.com/c/barbarianprophecies

Instagram: @barbarian_prophecies 

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

Without a doubt, our greatest wish is that the person who discovers our music thinks that Barbarian Prophecies is a band with its own personality and that it has its own sound and identity.


Russian Industrial Metal band Efpix released their new single "Overcome" from the upcoming album  "No More Remorse" which will be released at the end of 2021. The release was recorded and mixed in the band's home studio and in "Zaris Studio" where the band recorded the drums. Mastered by Dan Swanö at "Unisound Studios".

Check out the track at the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNrQ0B4MEhs

https://open.spotify.com/album/7akbpfCFISPxH4J15kCyDB


French Black Metal band Depressive Witches released their debut album "Bad Flask". The release was recorded by Jonas Sanders & Ivan Houben, and mixed/mastered by Jonas Sanders at Blackout Studio, Brussels.

Check out the album here: https://depressivewitches.bandcamp.com/.

Depressive Witches was formed in 2018 at Picardy, France by two brothers Sick Bab (Vocals, Guitars) and Torvuus (Guitars, Drums) who was inspired by the second Black Metal wave, Finnish Black Metal and epic bands like Inquisition and Immortal.


German Black/Doom Metal band Tears In Void released their debut electronic album "Inside the Machine". The new release was recorded and mixed by Mathias Hanisch in his home studio.

Check it out here: https://tearsinvoidmusic.bandcamp.com/album/inside-the-machine

Tears In Void  was formed in 2012 at Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria by Mathias Hanisch as a one-man project. In 2016 the first EP „Songs of no tomorrow“ was released. At the moment the band is working on more electronic songs, but there are also a bunch of black and doom metal songs written, which will be arranged and recorded.


Progressive rock band DEAD VENUS have a lot of influences, releasing an array of content as well. They are currently hard at work upon their next release and world domination of course too! The band discloses all of this and much more below.


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

I formed Dead Venus in early 2015. First I was on the road as a solo artist with Piano and Acoustic Guitar. But then I decided that I need a team to develop my ideas. Dead Venus was never supposed to be a “Singer-Songwriter-Thing” so I started looking for the right people to play my music with.

Mike Malloth (drums) answered my call! He is pure energy! André and I call him lovingly “Frank” - the collar lizard from “Bernhard & Bianca - The Rescuers Down Under”. Which already is the bad thing about him one could say.

Besides that he is an incredibly good drummer and true friend! He has a girlfriend and loves to ride his motorbikes. He is also drummer of a 70s rock cover band and plays for some other projects and bands, but mainly small swiss and not well known internationally.

Mike recommended bassist Andre Gaertner to complete the trio. About André: First of all; he is one of the best bass players I know and a very kind soul. He is the oldest member of the band and that’s all I’ll say about his age hahaha ;-) He is married, has a very cute little dog called Juki and loves pets in general. He is a bass- and guitar-teacher and a well booked session musician.

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

I thought about how women are pressed into an ideal by society. How should a woman look? What is perfection? The Venus of Botticelli shows a woman with curves and muscles. But more important than that she radiates warmth and calmness, she seems satisfied and is at peace with herself and her environment. With "Dead Venus" I actually want to say that today's image of a woman kills this Venus and at the same time it should symbolize a kind of resurrection. The Venus comes back from the dead.

Since the sound and the lyrics Dead Venus are often dark, the "Dead" fitted in well, of course.

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 German speaking part of Switzerland, close to Zürich and in Luzern. Scene, what scene? haha. There is one but it’s small: IMO on one hand because the population of the county is small and in addition to that divided in the German, the French and the Italian speaking part and on the other hand our style of music is not part of the original culture of the county. That‘s why we are more interested in the international music-scene.  There’s a zillion of hobby-bands though and some of them are really good!

4. How would you describe your style?

We have many influences but the important thing for us is to be authentic so we always try to create our very own sound. That's why we use the term “progressive-rock” for our music. You can't exactly describe what “progressive-rock” is - it's just music without any genre specific limits and that's what we like. Bands like Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Rush, Weather Report, Supertramp, Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band, Screaming Headless Torsos, Living Color, Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews Band and many more...

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

On March 6th 2019, Dead Venus released their first self-titled EP which was available through the band's Home- and Facebook-pages. It contained three songs and was a sample of our first full album "Bird of Paradise" released on September 13th 2019. The album was released digitally on all of the common streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music and also worldwide on CD and double-vinyl. 

We are currently working on our second studio album which is called „Flowers & Pain“. The first same titled Single of the new album was already released in April this year. You can watch the video on YouTube and listen to the song on all common streaming sites as well. We also created an EP package to keep our fans interested till the full album will be released in the beginning of 2022. It contains four EPs with one new song and one special track each and is available through the Bands Facebook page or Homepage via Paypal.

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

As described before we are currently working on our second studio album which is called „Flowers & Pain“. The first same titled Single of the new album was already released in April.

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

Yes! We got lucky and were given the chance to support "Orphaned Land" on their 30th anniversary tour through whole Europe! The tour had to be postponed twice because of covid19 but now we are hoping for spring 2022 and we can’t wait. :-)

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

WORLD DOMINATION muahahahaaa! Seriously: We hope that we'll soon can rock some stages again! And we can’t wait to launch our next single which will be released in July`22 along with a video clip.

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

Digitally on all of the common streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music and also worldwide on CD and double-vinyl. The EP package is only available through the band and will contain some special gifts too. ;-)

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

Good question. Maybe that the message of our music got through, she/he suddenly felt better than before and really liked how the challenging rhythms support the melodies? 

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