Τρίτη, 4 Αυγούστου 2020

VISERRA - Siren Star


VISERRA's debut album SIREN STAR, was completed in May 2020, mixed, mastered and produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandon C. Rogers (Alec Benjamin, Troye Sivan, FlowBack, Shokichi), and will be released to streaming soon. An episodic concept album, SIREN STAR chronicles an epic journey of two star-crossed lovers.

VISERRA is Lexi Littlejohn on vocals, Rafael Jordan on guitars, Stephen Rosolio on bass and Michael Riffle on drums. An alt rock fixture on the Hollywood scene the past few years, VISERRA regularly draws crowds at The Federal, The Other Door, and the world famous Whisky a Go Go.

VISERRA's brand of alt rock is a melodic medley of post-grunge, hard rock, prog rock and alternative metal, drawing on influences from Flyleaf, Paramore, Ash Costello, Coheed and Cambria, Candlebox, Flickerstick, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr, Jimmy Eat World, Electrasy, Earth to Andy, Our Lady Peace, and of course, Pink Floyd.


They recently teamed up with Vattica, VK Lynne, Velodrone and Vedant Joshi for the annual V-BANDS FOR VDAY benefit concert on Valentine's Day at the Federal NoHo, raising over $1000 for vday.org and the One Billion Rising/Raise the Vibration initiative, a global movement to end violence against all women (cis/trans/gender fluid).

Music from SIREN STAR will be featured in the sci-fi television series, SALVAGE MARINES, starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and co-written by Viserra guitarist Rafael Jordan.

One of the best new albums. A must listen.
SIREN STAR album releasing 8/14 to all major streaming platforms // Distributed by AWAL/KOBALT
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Κυριακή, 2 Αυγούστου 2020

THE SOUND OF MODESTY - Warm Floors/Cold Bodies


Leeds based experimental alternative rock artist The Sound Of Modesty just released her 3rd single ‘Warm Floors / Cold Bodies’. A self-proclaimed love letter to the J-Rock genre, the trackmuses on the dismal discovery of one’s self in times of familial trauma with all the musicalcolours of uncontrollable hysteria. Featuring a fun angular baseline, catchy guitar riff andfast-paced drums, the singer aims to distract from the bleakness of her reality in her mostupbeat track to date.

London Singer-songwriter Yvonne Han started creating as ‘The Sound of Modesty’ in 2018.Known for both her candid lyrics and unique take on alternative rock, she continuously blends avant-garde and modernist electronic metal elements in her music.


After being in an alt-indie band ​Once A Week Won’t Kill You ​featuring on drums, Yvonne hadstarted developing her own exclusive songwriting style, influenced strongly by not onlyexperimental female artists like Mitski and Bjork, but also electronic pop artists like Egoistand T.a.T.u, and furthermore crossing over with softer pop such as Sleeping At Last and Regina Spektor.

She went on to independently release her debut EP; ​Eye, The Cauldron of Morning​(2018). More recent projects include the self-release: Metamorphosize under ​Wuthering Records​ in February of 2020. Yvonne currently studies songwriting at Leeds College of Music and is currently finishing off her debut album alongside her band for release in 2020.

Listen to this amazing rock track here:


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Παρασκευή, 31 Ιουλίου 2020

IDUNA - Here We Are Alone


Toronto based rockers Iduna just released their new single Here We Are Alone , a wonderful , full of energy alternative/hard rock track. While the title would suggest otherwise, the song offers a thread of optimism for those feeling isolated and alone. A rallying cry reminding everyone that we’re all in this together, and a plea for a more inclusive future. Even in moments of isolation or despondency, remember that the world is full of kind-hearted souls eager to connect and overcome.

Building on the sounds of  The Smashing Pumpkins, Matthew Good Band, Biffy Clyro, and Kings of Leon with a political tinge, their songs are replete with questions about modern morality and the state of being an empathetic person in a world complicit with injustice.


Through dual melodies produced by vocalists/guitarists Jason Craig and Trison Boyes, overlaid upon the raw and wild grooves of bassist Tim Saulnier and drummer Gabriel Lavoie, Iduna explores the harmony found in our struggles and kinship. Music offers both respite and exploration of these challenges, and Iduna aims to share that experience with whoever will join them.

Band Members:

Jason Craig- Guitar and Vocals
Trison Boyes- Guitar and Vocals
Tim Saulnier- Bass
Gab Lavoie - Drums


Links:

Δευτέρα, 27 Ιουλίου 2020

SPüNDAY - Weekend Dads


South Wales rockers SPüNDAY just released their third track Weekend Dads. This one is for six string lovers only. Lunatical guitars weave their way through a tale of late night clubbing and the benefits of being kicked out of your marital home. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, riding on rollercoasters and dancing with Go-Go girls.


SPüNDAY were formed after watching Melt Banana perform at Club Ifor Bach in Cardiff. Seeing and hearing the sonic mash-up and effects pedal madness that the band were playing inspired them to really try and push the boundaries of what you can do with a song using only guitar, bass and drums. They have been together about two years and are now ready to be unleashed on the public with a second track off their forthcoming debut album.

You can view the video of this incredible track here:


Links:
https://www.instagram.com/spunday_music/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm3vXuAQwidLr-Zov4qJHOQ


Τετάρτη, 22 Ιουλίου 2020

HOLLIN KINGS - Hold On


Hold On is the latest single from the Cleveland rockers Hollin Kings. It's a music dynamite with a rocking riff that will get you moving.

The musicians in Hollin Kings grew up in the same town and bonded over their shared passions for music of the past and present. Each member brings a unique musical style to the band and over the past 2 years they ’ve grown comfortable in mashing those individual influences into one sound that is Hollin Kings.



With such quality songs as Hold On, this band has all the potential to become the next big thing in the rock scene.



Links:
https://hollinkings.com/
https://facebook.com/hollinkings
https://twitter.com/hollin_kings
https://soundcloud.com/hollinkings1
https://hollinkings.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/hollinkings/
https://www.songkick.com/artists/10104493-hollin-kings
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGANiQ7eXfnPcye0vu1bOUw

 

Σάββατο, 18 Ιουλίου 2020

KILLIT - Born Too Late


London based hard rockers Killit just released their new single Born Too Late. A dialogue about the music that has inspired people of the years and stood the test of time. It describes the advent of streaming and the loss of emphasis on an album as a body of work and asks if music like that now only resides in a time goneby. Is there still a hunger by people for guitar based bands who craft albums rather than churning out quickly consumed streams? 

Born Too Late is a great piece of pure hard rock reminding the late 80's and early 90's era. You can recognize clear influences by bands like Alter Bridge, Guns N Roses, AC/DC and Aerosmith.



Killit have been bringing their brand of modern edged classic rock to the UK since 2016, playing Ramblin Man Fair, Hard Rock Hell, Giants of Rock, O2 Academy, Electric Ballroom and sell out shows at London’s Underworld. Recent supports include a tour with metal legends Diamond Head and opening for Skid Row at Kentish Town Forum.

Band Members:

Gaz Twist - Vocals
Niro Knox - Guitar
Claire Genoud - Guitar
Ben Smart - Bass
Pete Jean - Drums 


Links:
https://www.killitband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/killitband/
https://twitter.com/killitband
https://soundcloud.com/killitband
https://www.youtube.com/killit
https://www.instagram.com/killitband/

Τετάρτη, 8 Ιουλίου 2020

CRYPTIC CROWN - Weapons


Weapons is a very interesting death metal album, recently released by German band Cryptic Crown. A cruel and brutal work with influences from classic Death Metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Morbid Angel but also Thrash Metal bands like Sodom, Kreator and Overkill and even Black Metal bands like Bathory, Emperor and Dissection.

The Album focuses on the evil and bad things the human soul is able to create. Title track "Weapons" describes the love of a man for his guns and how he is feeling mighty because he can kill anyone with his weapon that opposes him in any way. The track "Crystal Meth" is about someone who is basically rotting from the inside because of meth abuse but ignores that because the drug makes everything nice. In the Track "Nuclear Apocalypse" human kind is destroyed because of a nuclear war. 

Cryptic Crown is an independent death metal band from Velbert, Germany. Founded in 2012 by members of the disbanded Insidious and Unhold. Often compared to early Bolt Thrower, Cryptic Crown plays death metal with influences from thrash metal that show society it's ugly face in the mirror. Playing live since 2013, Cryptic Crown started to record their first Album "Weapons" in 2017. Due to being an independent band the process of recording and mixing took it's time until it was finally finished in 2019. On 18th October 2019 "Weapons" was finally released digitally world wide and Cryptic Crown is already in the process of writing new songs for a new album.


Cryptic Crown organizes the live concert event "Cryptic Nightmare" that takes place irregularly in the Underground club in Wuppertal, Germany. What first started as a simple birthday party for Cryptic Crowns guitar player Joschko, developed into a full live concert event for lesser and better known bands like "Backfired.Hate", "Pripjat" and "Phobiatic" around north western Germany. Traditionally Cryptic Crown plays as opener there so the band members can enjoy the other bands and party with the fans. 

Band Members:
Zimbo (Guitar)
Joschko (Guitar)
Joce (Drums)
Dennis (Vocals & Bass)


 
Links:
https://www.facebook.com/CrypticCrown/
https://soundcloud.com/crypticcrown
https://crypticcrown.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/crypticcrownofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI3PXFKlWIOe1yN4n2wSdfA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1TWpuGWeZwuo2F3fiHkm7c?si=AcOGFuqaTymkBXWHO2suNQ

Δευτέρα, 6 Ιουλίου 2020

THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS - BAR


French hard rockers THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS just released the new album Bar. A pure rock 'n' roll work, full of energy with songs that make you bang your head until the last second. Powerful and melodic, it constitutes a dose of invigorating energy and is easy to listen even for the ears not familiar with the powerful tones and the universe of hard rock.
Based in France, THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS delved into the rock 'n' roll scene quite a while ago, branded with red hot steel and electrified by guitar riffs.
It was only long after their teenage years that their leader decided to make his own album, with a few associates and whatever means available.


Seriously though, THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS aren’t here to tell you the story of their lives, they are here to pay tribute to the virtues of rock n roll and for all the rock n roll warriors out on the roads, equipments crammed into their vehicles, to go out and play in all the most far back bars, where the last free places of social melting pots still exist, where sharing and contacts between people of different social backgrounds are still possible, far from all the cold soulless misery of social interactions in which our world has fallen into.
Rock n roll has this power of transmitting energy, to make us all stronger, irreverent, untamable, powerful, foul mouthed, foolish, in one word “FREE” !!

Band Members:

JACKY – Guitar
ARNAUD – Vocals
JACK – Bass
 
BRUNO – Drums

Listen this awesome album here:


Links:
https://www.thebeautifullosers.org/
https://www.facebook.com/thebeautifullosersofficial/
https://twitter.com/LosersBeautiful
https://www.instagram.com/thebeautifullosers_off/
https://open.spotify.com/album/6MBH0KFYFat78jtelSin5y
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuujuS9pHwD_56BWwzW9Y_w?view_as=subscriber

Κυριακή, 5 Ιουλίου 2020

THE JACK LINGER PROJECT - Covenant


Covenant is the new album from the british songwriter and producer Jack Linger. A great hard rock/heavy metal work influenced by Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and Marty Friedman.

The album features a variety of collaborations, heavy riffs, adrenaline pumping melodies and energetic tunes. With a mixture of instrumentals and tracks with vocals, calm and aggressive tracks, there is something for a wide range of listeners in this release.


The album was designed to have a prominent future like feel. The promo before the albums release featured subtle hints about the album (including release date and time) featured in an episodic video series.


Project Members:

Jack Linger - Writes/Produces everything.

Jason Rampling - Guest vocals on 'Light the Way'
Andy Guy - Guest vocals on'Censored'
Patty Kolasa - Guest vocals on 'Liar'
Samuel Grundelmann - Guest guitar/synth on 'Escape'
Oli Bell and JoshJenkins - Remix and Guest vocals on 'Remember Me Remix' 




Links:
https://www.instagram.com/thejacklingerproject/?hl=en
https://www.facebook.com/thejacklingerproject/?ref=page_internal
https://open.spotify.com/artist/07n7z1SEZzDEWWbOyHt9aO?si=q9iV3PjLTIqc03Q99h976g
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEPunKseMiNj9w88s9Ak9Dg?view_as=subscriber

Σάββατο, 4 Ιουλίου 2020

She Bites - Joyride


SHE BITES came into being in 2019. A great blend of hook-driven AOR with lots of roaring and rocking guitars.

Berlin-based singer and actress Melanie Stahlkopf, who has already performed all over Europe with several projects, and Lars König (g, LIONCAGE, ex SKYLINE) who also took over all the studio work, decided to start something new to explore new grounds.
 

Joining König and Stahlkopf in SHE BITES are Carsten Kohl (d, THREE WISHES) and Arvid Lucas (b, LIONCAGE).

Within only nine month, the album “Joyride“ was completed. A video for their first single  - also called “Joyride“ - has been shot and released on May 29th, 2020.
The blistering song “Rock This Night“ features Olaf Senkbeil (v, DREAMTIDE, he worked with BLIND GUARDIAN and many others) as guest. Melanie and Olaf are a perfect match.



SHE BITES is a perfect combination: Amazing harmony vocals, big drums and strong guitars with huge hook lines all over the place accompanied by a contemporary production.
Joyride“ offers the best of the 80’s in an exciting way, a fairy wheel ride on a summer’s day. For fans of ROXETTE, ROBIN BECK, FIONA and STARSHIP.




Link:
www.facebook.com/officialSHEBITES

Κυριακή, 28 Ιουνίου 2020

HATCHMA - Andy's Game



Andy’s Game’ is a solo effort by guitarist Andreas Chatzimanolis (aka Hatchma). Featuring Thomas Andreou on drums and Dimitris Bellos behind the mixing desk. Showcasing a variety of styles from Rock/Metal to Pop and Jazz. The project began around 2012 in the context of the cover band FAN’S who were gigging at local clubs around Athens Greece. One of the tracks is a cover ‘Ditch Queen’ by Frank Marino and another ‘E.C.P. Ye’ is in Greek meaning ‘you are the source’.

Andy’s Game’ is the culmination of a lifelong musical quest. Experimentation and attention to detail have been intensive, to create an all-inclusive sound. 


Here is what Hatchma has to say about each song on the album: 

“The Battle of Navarino” was the last naval battle to be fought with sailing ships. It was like a bar-room brawl with ships. It saved the greek revolution. The chorus was stolen from the book “Life on Board a Man-of-war”.
“Never Say Die” is an original, nothing to do with 007. It is a song about determination.
“Silver Lights” is a homage to the great city of London.
“Digital Wormhole” is about being ignorant and thinking you are knowledgable and the explosion of social media.
“Hard Night” is about loosing oneself in adverse circumstances.
“E.C.P. Ye” sounds all greek to you. It means “you are the source of power”. It is about people we depend on. Our rocks, few and far between.
“Ditch Queen” is a cover of the great Frank Marino song.
“Buried Lovers” is an epic about lost love. A “potpourri” of rebetiko, blues, classical, jazz sounds and more!
“Wolfchild” is a song about feeling like you don’t belong. Musically, like the rest of the album, there is a lot of experimentation in production and arrangement.


The best thing about ‘Andy’ Game’ may be that this guitar teacher isn’t just hitting every note on the instrument … he’s happy to showcase just what a guitar can do. He builds these songs from the ground up … I admire his restraint as much as his talent.” -Apocalypse Later


You can listen to the amazing new album of Hatchma here:



Links: 
https://hatchma.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/Hatchma-110578722344128/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ7gdf5cJGbHRtShkvgER7Q?view_as=subscriber https://open.spotify.com/artist/54eQ7VQBYilXVv9smYMRDD?si=aWiIHJZLROKMIc0-SDS0UA

Πέμπτη, 18 Ιουνίου 2020

BOB VARO - Your Last Breath



Bob Varo is an independent music producer, record mixer and musician.
 

He trained at the Abbey Road Institute of Amsterdam where he got advanced training in music production and sound engineering. He gained experience at DAFT Studios and many other recording studios around the world with artists across all genres.
 

Bob has worked with artists such as Hellyeah, Sigala, Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch) and Madeline Rosene.

​He's been playing the acoustic and electric guitar for 15 years.

Genres such as rock, pop, hip hop and metal has been his main inspiration.

BOAF is his current progressive rock/metal project and he also has his 'Bob Varo' solo project.

Bob is currently making records with and for artists every single day at his VARO Productions studio in Belgium. In addition, he's also focussing on writing his own music for which he collaborates with artists from all over the world. These tracks are being released under his 'Bob Varo' solo project.



Bob Varo and Violetta Collaco are pushing their musical boundaries in their new heavy rock song 'Your Last Breath.’ Inspired by society and current events, they brought together powerful music and vocals to inspire people to keep pushing forward and never give up in life.  

"‘Your Last Breath’  is about revenge, getting your strengths and confidence back after something or someone sucked all the life out of you" Violetta says. And she continues " I like writing songs that people can relate to, that they can listen to when they’re not feeling their best. I like writing songs that give people the boost they need to face whatever life is throwing at them. Slaying your demons can be very therapeutic, so I hope this song will help some people get rid of what’s been holding them back.”

'Your Last Breath ' is one of the best songs I've heard lately and you can listen it here:


Links:
https://www.bobvaro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bobvaro/
https://twitter.com/varoproductions
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0AKfdTE4ETTcuJjQtKYr8V
https://soundcloud.com/bobvaro
https://bobvaro.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/bobvaro/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGs88B8mXAlb_EyiYf2F4-A

Τρίτη, 16 Ιουνίου 2020

HIGH HEAVENS - Springtime Don’t Call (Album)



HIGH HEAVENS started in 2017 as a collaboration between veteran Austin, TX musicians formerly of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Glorium, Ignorance Park, Edsel and New Wet Kojak. They released their debut single “Vermouth on Ice” b/w “Don’t You Feel the Dying” in Sept. 2019 and continued to record with esteemed producer Stuart Sikes (Modest Mouse, Loretta Lynn/Jack White, Cat Power, A Giant Dog, etc.) on their debut album. 

Springtime Don’t Call” is a full-spectrum collection of airy and layered songs, each with their own personality by singer and lyricist John Matthew Walker. A moody, uplifting, and melodic collection of songs that vary from psychedelic to pop to southern gothic to post-punk. Highlights include “Streets”, a wistful pastoral pop song; the moody “Bugle Serenade 1975”, with its krautrock middle; the broken relationship funk of “The Frightener”; and the downbeat, ghostly atmosphere of “Into the Daylight.” It's an album that does not lose its value over time and becomes more and more interesting every time you listen to it. Main influences from 60s girl groups, krautrock to The Stranglers, The Stone Roses and Screaming Jay Hawkins. 


High Heavens are an album band with lots of variety in the songs with some classic production, textured guitars, synths and background vocals. It's really a great listen! 

TRACK LIST
01
BCN
02 Vermouth on Ice
03 Into the Daylight
04 Springtime Don’t Call (Pts. I & II)
05 Skeleton Lips

06 Don’t You Feel the Dying
07 Bugle Serenade 1975
08 The Frightener
09 Streets


Band Members:
Jeremy Erwin (keyboards)
Nick Pellicciotto (drums, percussion)
Ernest Salaz (guitars, backing vocals)
Jonathan Skaggs (bass guitar, backing vocals
John Matthew Walker (lead and backing vocals)


Links:
https://www.facebook.com/highheavensband
https://soundcloud.com/highheavensband
https://highheavens.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/_high_heavens_/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDoSVIUxQ8RmHDKxff8pFkw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2fZ8SVt3r8ZAIjJYn4txv0?si=HahxWoEsQBiBWZ5IsyP1yQ 

Δευτέρα, 15 Ιουνίου 2020

SIDE PROJECT - Worst Of Me


When looking for new music to check out, look no further than Leicester, UK, the home of Pop Rock/Pop Punk band Side Project.

Side Project, a band that know exactly what they want and one that will commit to making that dream a reality.

After recently releasing the epic 'Worst of Me' they have re-entered the studio to continue work on their debut album 'Bittersweet'.

Formed in 2017, Side Project started as a bit of fun between a couple of best friends, who decided to start writing music together. Αs time went on, the desire to push this band to limits became more obvious and the idea of 'making it' became the main focus.



The band have a busy year ahead of them as they continue to plug away behind the scenes finishing up the album and incorporating the new songs into their already solid live show.


Recorded at Innersound Audio, 'Worst of Me' was the first song recorded for Side Project's upcoming debut album. 'Worst of Me' was written about the ups and downs of a failing relationship, a longing desire to move on but not having the strength to break the relationship off. This is something that a lot of people can relate to and is written from a personal place in vocalist Ben's past. The song has helped shaped the rest of the debut album and has already become a fan favourite at live shows.


Band Members:
Ben - Vocal
Phil - Guitar
Josh - Guitar
Matt - Bass
Tom - Drums 


'Worst of Me' is one of this year's best rock songs.
You can watch the official lyric video here: 



Links:
https://www.facebook.com/sideprojectLEI/
www.imstagram.com/sideprojectuk
https://sideprojectlei.bandcamp.com/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wVr4v6GSKhePsCsn3Uyuj?si=LlejAchaS66rruxRdamlIg
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCiFXlApyMbBttbm77htQf_A



Παρασκευή, 12 Ιουνίου 2020

ESTRANGER - An Ode To Fallen Heroes


Estranger is an up and coming experimental Post-Hardcore / Math Rock band from UK, influenced by horror, mythology and other strangeness. They released their new EP 'An Ode To Fallen Heroes' on 17th May 2020. Their music is a blend of melody, harmonies and harsh sections, brought together with unusual and interesting song structures and delivered with storytelling style dual vocals. They are currently competing in the Metal To The Masses London competition and have reached the Q-Final stage (now postponed until 2021), and have received airplay on a number of internet and local radio stations, including Amazing Radio, Black On Track and Totalrock.com.

Steven Theobald (Theo) started the band by writing and recording the first EP and used it to find other members via internet adverts. Pete Radcliffe and Emmanuel Buemi joined soon after they began practising regularly in London at various rehearsal rooms around the Camden area, and developing the songs further. Rick Hunter-Burns completed the lineup in 2019, bringing a new dimension of bass tones.

They all share a passion for the bizarre, and regularly write and research stories / articles / artwork / wordplay for inspiration for Estranger songs. This is also reflected in the EP artwork which depicts a bizarre Chimera.The band members are also enthusiastic amateur game designers, and Pete has developed his own pub board game 'Surge' which they play prior to shows.

 
This EP was recorded at home in the band member's various living rooms due to C-19. All band members recorded their own parts and it was collated centrally, then Pete Radcliffe did the mixing and mastering at home to produce the final version.

The EP title 'An Ode To Fallen Heroes' reflects the stories of the three songs on the E.P. They all feature central characters who unfortunately meet their demise at the end of their stories. Moleman - This song tells the story of William Lyttle a.k.a. 'The Moleman Of Hackney', who dug a series of tunnels under his house over 40 years. The lyrics are a reimagining of this bizarre tale, and bafflement of the neighbours, and features quotes attributed to those involved. Chin Pean - This song is based on a fictional sci-fi story written by band member Pete Radcliffe, and is about central character Chin Pean trying to escape a hostile alien invasion. Dwigt Rortugal - This song is based on a fictional story about an American baseball player making it big in Japan but eventually succumbing to the trappings of fame and fortune. This story was imagined by the band members after reading a humorous article about comical sounding western names generated in a Japanese baseball video game.

Band Members:
Steven Theobald - Vocals / Guitar
Pete Radcliffe - Vocals / Guitar 

Rick Hunter-Burns - Bass 
Emmanuel Buemi - Drums 

You can listen to this fantastic EP, an excellent work of post-hardcore and math rock from Estranger here:


Links:
https://www.facebook.com/estranger2/
https://estranger1.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/estrangerband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkUL2FSHwEqVQkbrkxTjjyg?view_as=subscriber
https://open.spotify.com/artist/288uaCvTxva2aZM8KJkmhf?si=mjDR92TeTASz7xXPzg-5DQ

Κυριακή, 7 Ιουνίου 2020

Captain Black Beard - Sonic Forces


Captain Black Beard made their live debut in Stockholm, Sweden on the 31st October 2009 and released their self-titled album in May 2011.


Hailed by the press all over the world, so much it was called one of the "albums of the year” by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine.


After shows in America and the UK, most of 2013 was spent working on the second album "Before Plastic" which was released in May 2014. The band also made a return to the UK playing the Hard Rock Hell Festival and opening for Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG). This album also got great reviews and featured a guest appearance by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad).


In February 2015, Captain Black Beard entered the studio with producer Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Bonafide). They also toured Scandinavia as support act to Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), Robin Beck and House Of Lords. “It's A Mouthful" was released in March 2016 and the tour started with a comeback to the Hard Rock Hell Festival as well as - again - supporting Joe Lynn Turner. By the end of the year the group amicably parted ways with singer Sakaria Björklund.




In 2017 a "new" Captain Black Beard entered the studio to record with producer Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.e.a.t) and in April 2018, "Struck By Lightning" was released to rave reviews. This line-up would however be short-lived and tour dates following the release featured the amazing Linnea Vikström (Therion) as temporary lead vocalist.


In early 2019 the band brought in singer Martin Holsner for a co-headlining tour with Osukaru throughout Germany and started to work on a new album with producer Dave Dalone (guitarist in H.e.a.t) which led to the band completely reinventing themselves in time for their 10th anniversary.


Following a bombastic start of 2020 supporting Geoff Tate on tour, Captain Black Beard are proud to bring out their “Sonic Forces” this coming April. The album was recorded at Yardstreet Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.


Band Members:
Christian Ek – guitar, 
Martin Holsner – vocals, 
Robert Majd – bass, 
Vinnie Stromberg - drums 

 

Links:
www.facebook.com/CaptainBlackBeardBand 

www.captainblackbeard.net

Σάββατο, 6 Ιουνίου 2020

Hartmann -15 Pearls And Gems


Oliver Hartmann, known as singer/ guitarist/ sideman of metal mega seller Avantasia, projects as Rock Meets Classic, ex-At Vance singer and as front man of the successful German Pink Floyd tribute Echoes, is considered with his band HARTMANN since their debut ’Out in the cold’ (2005) as one of the best modern German Rock-/ Hard Rock acts. Since then the band has released eight successful albums, has toured with well known acts as Toto, Uriah Heep, The Hooters, House of Lords and will celebrate their 15th anniversary this year!

Due to their anniversary, HARTMANN will release a brand new album named ’15 Pearls And Gems’ in April 2020, again co-produced by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Beyond The Black, Kamelot).This special release includes five new songs, five well chosen cover tracks and five live versions of HARTMANN songs that have been recorded on their concerts during the last years. ’15 Pearls & Gems’ contains the singles ’Walking on a thin line’ and the duet ’When the rain begins to fall’, a special cover version of the 80’s pop classic featuring Ina Morgan, member of Avantasia and one of Germany’s greatest female rock vocalists. The live recordings also include the outstanding duet ‘Brothers’ feat. Avantasia’s mastermind Tobias Sammet on vocals - originally recorded as studio version for the album ‘3’ (2009).



After touring in Europe with the latest release ’Hands on the wheel’ in 2018/2019 and Oliver’s just finished world tour with AVANTASIA his band HARTMANN will be on the road again this autumn to celebrate their 15th anniversary with this new special digi-pak release ’15 Pearls And Gems’!


Band Members:
Oliver Hartmann (vocals, guitar),
Mario Reck (guitar), 
Armin Donderer (bass), 
Markus Kullmann (drums)


Links:
www.oliverhartmann.com/ www.facebook.com/HartmannBand

Δευτέρα, 1 Ιουνίου 2020

HORRIBLE YOUTH - Blissful Tropes


HORRIBLE YOUTH was started in Norway by Agust Bent in 2018 when he had a bunch of songs and nowhere to put them. It was simple, just round up old buddies from the Icelandic rockscene right? Nah with the Atlantic between them things were difficult. The boys still managed to play some shows and secured a record deal. Agust moved back to Iceland in the summer of 2019 and their debut album was released in September the same year.

They have done the rounds in all radiostations in Iceland that play rock as well as a few underground podcasts abroad. The band has played Icelandic Airwaves Festaval and was booked on a few festavils in the summer before everything got cancelled.

Wounds Bleed album was recorded between Iceland and Norway in various studios where the internet was the only constant. Recorded by Magnus Leifur who runs Aldingardurinn Studios in Iceland. It's about the contrast of living the family life and doing the rock thing. Life gets in the way of the lifestyle but at the same time saves us from being absorbed by it. Also small things like war, suffering and conspiracy theories. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But the name does paint a picture. A picture they want us to keep in mind when we listen to the songs and hear those lyrics.


Band Members:
Agust Bent: Vocals/Guitar 
Helgi Runar: Guitar 
Halfdan Arna: Bass 
Frosti Gringo: Drums

The song "Blissful Tropes" is about getting older but still being tormented by teenage angst. Listen here:



Links: 
https://facebook.com/horribleyouth 
https://horribleyouth.bandcamp.com/ 
https://instagram.com/horrible_youth 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVoZPdhmzUCPpRYK2tdHMow 
https://open.spotify.com/artist/26m5AVEWwHFlbzgF6QFf9m?si=PtD7jKJfR4KP0_hwyuMynw

3MIND BLIGHT - Breaking Down


Hailing from Tulsa Oklahoma, 3Mind Blight has carved out a stylistic niche that prevents him from being boxed into any of rap’s cliques. He sounds grizzled and moody when he raps, yet wildly rambunctious in the same breath. His ever-shifting aesthetic makes him one of the most invigorating prospects to come out of the genre in some time. Not that he really belongs to any one genre, as he blends rap, rock, metal and anything else that will generate powerful emotion in people. Everything from the energized vocal arrangements on his tracks to the bone-crushing instrumentals feel crafted with meticulous detail. Take one listen to his latest single release, “Breaking Down” and you’ll see.

To call it impacting is an understatement. The track is a multi-part, constantly-moving, collection of harsh emotions with a dark twist that works. 3Mind Blight wastes no time with subtleties, as he breaks the song up into a progressively darkening mood journey. He raps, he sings, he growls, as the fragility of boundaries becomes a prominent feature of “Breaking Down”.

A lot of artists will dabble in the conventions of other genres very sheepishly, and when they do, their lack of mastery at all of them, becomes easily apparent. But 3Mind Blight’s main strength is that he’s able to come off as amorphous as he builds his identity through the song – all at once, he’s a rapper, a rocker and a head-banger.




3Mind Blight’s sound drips with venomous energy. He raps and sings with a dexterous touch that breathes vibrant fire into even the quietest angles, packaging it within the mosh pit aesthetic. His wild brand of music will throw you for a loop on “Breaking Down”, as it relentlessly chugs from section to section.

Nothing sounds repeated or rehearsed — it sounds like he flows on the fly. The clandestine energy that grows from 3Mind Blight’s voice as the track moves ahead, seems to make it grow fiercer. It’s brash, unforgiving nature, making it kick-ass. 


Out of the flock of new artists that have come out over the last couple of years, 3Mind Blight is the most unpredictable, and easily one of the most creative. He’s got a focused pen which is as raw and intense as he can be.

While the concept of confronting demons in music is not uncommon, 3Mind Blight’s performances alone makes his music compelling from start to finish. He uses his mesmerizing flows to poignantly articulate his frustrations. The beat transitions and dynamic instrumentation throughout the song make the instrumental as equally compelling as the verses.

Breaking Down” is the perfect crescendo of aggression and energy, as 3Mind Blight’s growl immediately punches through the beat and evolves cohesively throughout the song. This is 3Mind Blight fully realizing the potential he showed on previously releases. It is an extremely satisfying culmination of artistic growth. I’m intrigued to see where 3Mind Blight goes from here.*

*Review by Jamsphere Music Magazine

3Mind Blight is also the front man for the Alt Rock band DeadEyeChokeHold under the 3MIND BLIGHT MUSIC LABEL.


Listen to the amazing rap metal song "Breaking Down" by 3Mind Blight here:




LINKS:

3MIND BLIGHT MUSIC LABEL https://songwhip.com/artist/3mind-blight
DeadEyeChokeHold https://songwhip.com/artist/deadeyechokehold
Twitter: https://twitter.com/3mindB
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3mindblightmusic/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/3mindblight
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/67IJEDXwI7U9S1pS2HJAT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3mindblight/
Pandora/Pandora Premium: https://pandora.app.link/SeEesLJGP5
https://www.pandora.com/artist/3mind-blight/ARx9z7Ph6VpJb4g 

All Stores and other streaming sites: https://songwhip.com/artist/3mind-blight

Δευτέρα, 25 Μαΐου 2020

PAUL FRANCIS WILKIE - Edie


His numerous collaborations with drummer Martin Johnston had been in his computer as demos for years where he would be overly self-critical but always want to do something more with them. Time moved on and he disappeared. He became more withdrawn and reclusive due to his depression, but after finding out that his cat Edie had sadly been run over by a car, Paul’s first release is in honor of her.

Paul Francis Wilkie, an artist from Scotland, made an instrumental dedicated to her short life. Edie and her sister Mabel were rescued from a bin as kittens and looked after in a flat in Glasgow until he moved house to live beside the sea, forests, and mountains. Edie and Mabel could play outside now and Paul would wonder where they went on their adventures when they weren’t home.



 
With a newfound purpose and inspiration, this track is a celebration of the life that we all have and can forget to make the most of while we still can. Now that he has his momentum back, plenty of drums tracked and he produces all his music by himself, this single is the first of much more to come.



Links:
https://www.paulfranciswilkie.com/
https://www.facebook.com/paulfranciswilkie
https://twitter.com/Paul_F_Wilkie
https://soundcloud.com/user-123727897
https://paulfranciswilkie.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.instagram.com/paul_francis_wilkie
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW1Z5NO3-eDpuqYZ4w_0WbA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7vje0EIx7BkANLKvw1iOQ2?si=g5Isn9HvTQ6LKiLuzijTXw

Σάββατο, 23 Μαΐου 2020

GOING FERAL - Ghoul Rebellion



Formed in earnest in November 2019 Going Feral are an instrumental outfit from the dark heart of West Yorkshire. 
Featuring Yuri and Rob on guitars, and Alex on the drums
Going Feral dispense with bass and vocals whilst still creating walls of sound interspersed with earworm riffs and captivating melodies. Main influences come from bands like Russian Circles, Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, Explosions in the Sky.The band performed their first shows together in early 2020. 

Ghoul Rebellion, released 1.5.2020, is the first song written as a unit and boasts low tuned dirty riffs, which cede into expansive sounding chord progressions and culminate in blasts of tremolo picked lead lines. A fantastic instrumental hard rock piece, that will keep your interest until the last note. The band have made a very serious guitar and drums work on this track.


Also the band will be releasing a series of tv theme covers started on Friday 22/5 with Twin Peaks,  recorded in their various garages/toolsheds/tabletop studios...

Now, after years of gigging in 'more conventional' outfits the gloves are off, the vox have been ditched, and from now on there is nothing standard...


Links:
https://www.facebook.com/goingferalband
https://goingferal.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paJjL1AIRHE
https://www.instagram.com/goingferalband/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1S71oElxl17Lsee37tsRyu?si=sMRvI45oTTe8gbfmrn2R5Q

Κυριακή, 17 Μαΐου 2020

WILDPACK - Nosedive


Wildpack were formed in in January 2020 while studying in their second year at music university, BIMM Bristol. Musically they combine simple chords as well as big riffs and solos and a tight rhythm section.They bring the lost and the lonely together with hard hitting lyrics, mesmerising melodies and a propensity for punk-energy. 

The band's main influences come from Indie and Alternative Rock and bands like  Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lower than Atlantis, Killers, Foo Fighters,The Kooks and Led Zeppelin .


Nosedive is Wildpack's debut single. An Indie and Alternative rock track about leaving your home town in order to make something of your life and escape that "Small town state of mind", the feeling of not belonging in your home town, and the fear of not amounting to anything.


Band Members:
Josh Coates - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Lyrics
Howard Hooper - Lead Guitar
Callum Houghton- Bass
James Luker - Drums, BackingVocals



Links:
https://www.facebook.com/wildpackuk/
https://soundcloud.com/user-905373511/nosedive
https://youtu.be/eRpHkZs3mio
https://www.instagram.com/wildpacktheband/?hl=en
https://open.spotify.com/track/77xLExo7a5CpIJF3o6Uzn1?si=k8_OJWArRoKCFwjm-nP96g

Σάββατο, 16 Μαΐου 2020

HEAVYMAN - Baby Jean

Heavyman steps onto the scene with their debut single ‘Baby Jean’. Their first release, a tale of lust and despair, tells the story of a man tortured by the advances of a much younger love interest. A symphony of guitar riffs, groove, staggering vocals and harmony, Heavyman packs a punch and brings a modern flavour to classic rock.

Baby Jean’ is set to release on 16th May across all major platforms. It is the first of six songs to be published from the band’s debut recording project, which they will be releasing monthly as they write and record more material.

Heavyman is a four-piece rock band based in London, comprised of Charlie Yang on lead vocals and guitar, Tom Papaloizou on drums, Igor Fonseca on bass, and Nick Burns on lead guitar.



So named for the emotional struggle that characterises their music and lyrics, the band was formed in 2019, as the birthchild of a project Charlie and Tom started when they first met at university seven years earlier. Sharing a love for rock veterans like Queen, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles, Heavyman combines groove and swagger with pop melodicism in a mix that brings a sweetness, endearment, and emotion to hard rock. Driven by impassioned vocal performances that bridge rock and soul, the band delivers a devastating blow that captivates and invites the listener into the progressive narrative of the gravity-defying character that is Heavyman


Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heavymanmusic/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heavymanmusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Heavymanmusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAjhTm51O-nt6N4YL_XUB7w


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