Category: Music News

 

Melbourne classic rock champions, Riff Raiders have just released their second album,
Rock N Roll Daydream!

The album features eleven rock anthem tracks that successfully showcase and match the vocal range of powerhouse frontwoman Jenni Powell with Marty Powell’s song-crafting, guitar and production talents.

Rock N Roll Daydream comes hot on the heels of their recent Double-A side single Best Day Ever / Loaded Gun which was released with accompanying twin videos.

New single, Samantha Jones, tells the true story of a fan who left a vinyl copy of Riff Raiders first album on a train, and the awesome efforts Sammy J went to to get it back to him. Yeah, she’s doin’ it right!

The webstore is currently stocked with 12” vinyl and CD versions of the album as well as the last few copies of the 7” Double A Side and awesome new T-Shirts.
All with free delivery!
www.riffraiders.com/shop

 

 

 

Auckland’s Crooked Royals have returned in 2020 with their brand new single, “Copecetic“, that sees the band explore their own brand of intricate metalcore and soaring melodies.

Mixed by Zorran Mendonsa (City Of Souls, Seas Of Conflict, Banks Arcade) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Sepultura, Babymetal), “Copacetic” is about pretending you’re okay when you’re not and accepting vulnerability to break this habit. This brand new single is the bands first offering of 2020 and contrasts soaring cleans against intricate brutality that the band have mastered.

Crooked Royals is Christian Carstensen (clean vocals), Lee Mackley (unclean vocals), Jake Andrews (guitar), Keane Gilles (drums) and Conor Lawnson (bass) and the five-piece have already made waves in the heavy scene. The band hit the ground running in 2018 when five friends and musicians living in Auckland came together to form the metalcore outfit that is Crooked Royals. In just the first year as an aspiring collective of musicians, the band were signed to Lukas Magyar‘s (Veil of Maya) management label, New Industry, and later recorded their debut EP, ‘Intertwine‘ with the man himself in the USA and followed it up with their sophomore offering, ‘Rumination’.

Crooked Royals previous two singles from the previous ‘Rumination’ EP saw the band premiere on triple j‘s The Racket and skyrocket in streams on Spotify with over 172,000 plays on the title track and over 211,000 on “Dissentients (ft. Lukas Magyar)” and adds to playlists including Homegrown + Heavy, New CoreNew Blood AND New Metal Tracks.

Crooked Royals ability to craft songs with a combination of heavy and clean vocals mixed in with huge crushing riffs has earned them spots opening for London prog rock monsters Monuments in Auckland earlier last year as well as stepping it up to support Australian heavyweights in Northlane and Polaris on their NZ legs of tour.

Crooked Royals brand new single “Copacetic” is out now through iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets.

 

Sydney’s alternative metalcore outfit Broken Earth are today unleashing their brand new single “Dance In The Dark” as the first taste of new material in over a year!

“Dance In The Dark” is produced, mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Belle Haven) and engineered by Darcy Handley (Terra) with additional drum engineering by Declan White. The track is about the bands perception of the current state of the world, and their motivation to persevere through the darkest of times. Vocalist Raphael Smith explains:

“In wake of the recent global events occurring, what was originally a song about feeling like the world is collapsing has unfortunately turned into quite a sombre state of affairs. We’ve seen systematic failure from the highest level and it has left the general populace feeling scared and paralysed.

“The events we’re currently facing are probably some of the toughest we’ve seen on a global scale in a long time, and there isn’t much of an end in sight. The rage that we feel is almost matched with the despair, but we can’t let feelings of powerlessness overcome us. So with that being said, we would love to be able to share this song as a message of hope and perseverance, that even in the darkest times you can still find someone or something that holds you close – Dance In The Dark with us”

Broken Earth in its current form is Raphael Smith (vocals), Brendan Brendkins (clean vocals), Ben Robinson (guitar/vocals) and Daniel Trott (guitar). The four-piece has been climbing the ranks since formation just over a year ago and have already played with BLKLST, Pridelands, Isotopes, ATLVS, Reliqa and many more. On top of this, the band made waves overseas with their inclusion in Discovered Magazine UK’s ‘21 Artist’s You Need To Know In 2020‘.

“Dance In The Dark” marks the start of a new era for Broken Earth – available now through iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets.

 

August Burns Red have released new single ‘Paramount’ from their upcoming eighth full length album ‘Guardians‘, out April 3 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The track is available at all digital stores and streaming platforms and the album Guardians is available for pre-order at http://found.ee/guardians.

The two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pennsylvania quintet—JB Brubaker (lead guitar), Brent Rambler (rhythm guitar), Matt Greiner (drums), Jake Luhrs (lead vocals), and Dustin Davidson (bass) dropped the single overnight Australian time.

From Guitarist Brent Rambler: “There’s a loose theme [on Guardians] of being there for another person who’s reaching out for help. This individual who saves the day acts like a guardian. The idea recurred as we put everything together. It was a great summation of what we were talking about.”

The band have also posted videos on Instagram of them wishing they could move to Australia and isolate themselves away from Coronavirus with bassist Dustin Davidson posting a song HERE and vocalist Jake Luhrs posting a response HERE.

The band’s news about their forthcoming album was recently featured at ForbesDeadpressRevolver’s 40 most anticipated albums of 2020Loudwire, and more.

Following the seminal ‘Messengers’ (2007) and ‘Constellations’ (2009), August Burns Red infiltrated the mainstream via 2015’s ‘Found In Far Away Places’. The latter stood out as their second straight #9 bow on the Billboard Top 200, in addition to garnering the group its first GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance” for “Identity.” The momentum increased with the arrival of ‘Phantom Anthem’ in 2017. Marking the group’s fourth Top 20 debut on the Billboard Top 200, it paved the way for their second “Best Metal Performance” GRAMMY® nod for “Invisible Enemy”.

The record ushered their career streams past the 100 million-mark as it earned four-out-of-five stars from the likes of Alternative Press and Kerrang! Between sold-out shows worldwide, ABR continued a 15-year tradition of holiday shows by launching the Christmas Burns Red Festival. Now, their 2020 eighth full-length, Guardians, sees them not only preserve but perfect their DNA-distinct and definitive sound.


August Burns Red’s eighth full length, Guardians, is out Friday April 3 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The album is available for pre-order/pre-save here. The second single “Bones”, is available now at all outlets.

THE CROOKS might just be the band to steal more than your attention they might just steal your soul, a case of grand larceny at its finest.

THE CROOKS a 5-Piece Indie rock band hailing from Chesterfield, England previously best known for the famous crooked spire of the Church of St Mary and All Saints but that has changed THE CROOKS have replaced the Crooked (from the Crooked spire) as the most admired attraction in Chesterfield.

Jacko, Chris Stones, Duncan Couch, Conor Fletcher and Jonathan Keeler are THE CROOKS and collectively they deliver a villainously huge melodic, anthemic wall of sound that will soon become embedded in your heart and etched in your mind forever.

THE CROOKS have just signed a world-deal with Golden Robot Records part of the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group. Drawing influence from DMA’s, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Verve and co. topped off with a nicely adopted punk tinge, they’re a brand-new band with a fresh outlook on the classic timeless melody driven rock sound for 2020.

2019 saw the band release a plethora of singles, most recently an edgy rock anthem called Silhouette Sunshine. Silhouette Sunshine is the follow up single to the expressive and balladesque She Walks Alone which was released in January 2020 and shows a different side to the band. Over 26,000 plus streams in the first week on Spotify alone is an amazing achievement for a band that was only 9 months old. The track was also picked as ‘’This Feeling Track Of The Week’’ and played by RadioX (UK) DJ Gordon Smart.

THE CROOKS are currently averaging over 42,500 streams per week on Spotify alone and the bands social media has hit record numbers with most videos hitting well over 30,000 views and currently hitting over 200,000 views. 2019 saw THE CROOKS sell out shows in England and Scotland and took the industry by the scruff of the neck and they are not letting go in 2020.

‘’In all the years we have been working with bands and signing them to the group, I can’t remember being this excited about the potential of a new band and with the current state of the nation, the world needs The Crooks more than it will ever realise, the planets have finally aligned’’ – Mark Alexander-Erber President & Founder | Golden Robot Global Entertainment

THE CROOKS have received airplay around the globe and on national radio stations including RadioX, BBC Introducing and several stations in the U.S.A, South America and all over Europe. After a heathy 2019, 2020 looks to be the breakthrough year for the band as their fanbase continues to snowball

Multi award winning vocalist Jasmine Rae has announced her new album ‘Lion Side’ will be released on July 24th and is available for pre order now. The brutally honest songwriter and electrifying live performer has also released the video to her current single ‘Green Light’ – watch here.

‘Lion Side’ is a culmination of several years of soul searching, rigorous and often tortuous self-assessment, indecision and the need to find greater inner-purpose and direction. Ultimately, Jasmine Rae has rediscovered that her true path to self-enlightenment is through her music.

“I took a long time to make this album, but ultimately I simply had to do it,” says Jasmine Rae“Music has always been my way of thinking out loud and figuring things out. Writing and performing allows me to express those feelings… to be dramatic… be loud or be fragile… be emotional… and be real.” 

Recorded in both Sydney and Nashville with producer Lindsey Jackson (Jessica Mauboy, Tori Kelly, The McClymonts), Lion Side comes from an artist who is an inspiration to everyone around her, while often wounded, angry and fragile. In fact, she would even go as far as saying ‘Fraudulent’ at times.  

The album’s current single ‘Green Light’, which is being embraced by both pop and country formats, reflects Jasmine’s battles with anxiety and indecision. “There are always opportunities: The opportunity to take action, or to purposefully let something go; to make a call or leave things unsaid; to change or try again or try differently,” says Jasmine Rae of the song. “No decision – is a decision in itself. This song is the inner dialogue of one of those experiences. These are some of the circling thoughts of doubt and indecision that drive me crazy.”

Also available today is a second album release track with album pre-orders, ‘Carrying The Flame. The song is a tribute to Jasmine Rae’s greatest mentor, and the friend who is now carrying on his legacy, while creating his own. 

“Being real is a superpower. It’s what heals us together.”

It’s the mantra behind Jasmine Rae’s album Lion Side, which will be released on July 24, 2020

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If you were blazed by the heaviness of their first self-titled album and tripped to the psychedelic soul of Lady In Gold (#1 Germany) you won’t be immune to the effects of this third dose of the pills.

“Holy Moly!” was written, produced and recorded in BLUES PILLS’ own analogue studio which they built in the beautiful countryside of Närke, Sweden. In the old factory building, where the studio is located ZackElin and André spent almost a year recording and writing songs.

‘’This album is something we’ll be proud of even after death. These songs are from a very dark period of our lives. So much loss, anger and anxiety. Sadness and change. A separation into reincarnation. We stand behind every note and every word. This album was created in darkness and it guided us into the light again. One can only hope it will give you comfort too.”

BLUES PILLS founders and main songwriters Elin and Zack spent the majority of their waking moments arranging and refining the songs. Together with drummer André they built up an album in nuances of light and dark. The album is recorded by BLUES PILLS guitarist Zack, although with some helping hands along the way from THE HIVES members Nicolaus Arson and Johan Gustafsson, as well as Martin Jacobsson from Rovljud Sound. Holy Moly! is self- produced by BLUES PILLS and mixed by the Grammy award winning Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili PeppersIggy PopAdeleBlack SabbathRival SonsHozier). About “Holy Moly!” Andrew Scheps says:

“Holy Moly!” can be a deceptive album. On first listen it seems like a great blues/rock album with classic songs and great vocals. On repeated listens though you start to appreciate the layers and nuance. Not often do you get a record that makes a great first impression but is still a grower!

The album illustration ‘’Beast” is by the artist Daria Hlazatova. A haunting capture of the devil embraced by kindness and sorrow. Just like life, it’s in the darkest times you have to glow.

With the band’s 3rd album, Holy Moly! to be released on June 19th, 2020, BLUES PILLS plan their return to a number of major festival stages.

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of French post black metal formation VOUS AUTRES to the Underground Activists sub label. The duo will re-release their 2019 record ‘Champ Du Sang’ via the label, as well as a new album at a later date.

The band comments: “VOUS AUTRES is very proud to join the Season of Mist family. We feel honored to be accompanied by such a good label with so much history, and are very grateful that their great people believe in our music. This is a beautiful opportunity to share our music such to a vivid and broad audience thanks to the superb work and professionalism Season of Mist has shown for many years now. We grew up with their bands, we’ve been influenced by a lot of those who came before and pushed Extreme Music further and further, and we aim to give such matter through all of our future collaborations.”

VOUS AUTRES is a two-headed Post-Metal / Black Metal Hydra who hails from Nantes, France. Still enigmatic about its very core, VOUS AUTRES creates a dark, ambient and tormented sound, blended into the everlasting retrieval of what seems forever lost to human’s inherent evil.

Digging deep into the wide spectrum of ardour it conveys, the band wore its raw medieval habits with its first EP Trente Pièces d’Argent and grew into an epic skin of biblical judge during ‘Champ Du Sang’, a powerful and transcendental second project. Always summoning the darkest and most sublime melody through its rooted despair, the duo battles with its own demons alongside powerful riffs and breakdowns that resonate with the tramp of the marching feet of a thousand-men army, ready to engage in a one-way fight against their enemy.

VOUS AUTRES is not just another French blackened doom sensation you have to keep an eye on, but a quantum leap into the epic proportions modern Black Metal can take.

Australian blackened death metal outfit EARTH ROT are now releasing a brand new live video for ‘Bestial Shadow Forest’, which was shot during their tour with FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and PSYCROPTIC in Tokyo back in 2017.

EARTH ROT comments: “While we can’t be bringing our live shows to you at the moment, we’ve dug up a live track from our previous album! Here’s ‘Bestial Shadow Forest’ from ‘Renascentia’ at a huge show in Tokyo from our 2017 tour with our friends Fleshgod Apocalypse and Psycroptic. Crack a cold one and enjoy a some Earth Rot while we’re all at home!”

Portuguese prog/death vessel opens its doors and streams an empty venue show tonight (20th March 2020) at 09:45 PM GMT  to make the most of this quarantine. They are set to play their latest conceptual sci-fi album The Far Star in its entirely. The livestream will be available on the band’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Emerging from the city of Paços de Ferreira, APOTHEUS place their exquisite sonic territory in the middle of melodeath and prog metal. The Portuguese group started to record some demos soon after their formation in 2008 and released the EP “A Quest to Remain” in 2011. However, they did not perfect their desired sound until the creation of their 2013’s debut full-length, titled When Hope and Despair Collide.

Fast-forward to 2019, after many national tours and other original works, Apotheus made an international breakthrough signing with Black Lion Records (Sweden) for the sophomore album, The Far Star. The quartet took a completely different approach with their first-ever conceptual album, blending melodies with the story and emotion. The opus unfolds the untold story of our ancestry — a painful journey of survival in the majesty of the cosmos, but also a delicate introspective about human nature. The Isaac Asimov inspired album reveals how the collision of two worlds resulted something new: a hope, a mission and a destination. Out since November 01st via Black Lion Recordseach track of this opus narrates a different chapter of this epic saga.