Monthly Archives: May 2022

What do you get when you combine ferocious, hard-hitting metalcore in a blender with elements of hip-hop, grime, hardcore and alternative metal—then finish it off with a dash of introspection and more than its fair share of brazen, no-holds-barred atmosphere?

You get Borders, a young but driven collective hellbent on taking the heavy music community by storm with an onslaught of thought-provoking, sinister and brutally aggressive tracks. Built around an impetus that obliterates any notion of single-genre classification in favor of an immersive yet punishingly heavy experience, Borders continually push the limits of what one would expect from any band in the metalcore circuit.

Today, Borders released their debut single via Arising Empire called ‘FADE TO BLACK‘!
Fade To Black is about how social media, or all of the media we soak in on the daily is mind-numbing as a whole, and how we need to disengage in order to take back our minds before we become slaves to the system.” – Borders

From taking the UK’s live music scene by storm supporting legendary deathcore act Martyr Defiled on their last run to their immersive, conceptual and thought-provoking 2019 debut full length release »Purify«, the band are well on their way to making themselves a staple in the underground heavy music community—a goal sure to be achieved with their addition to Arising Empire’s ever-growing roster.

Jordan Olifent | vocals
Gavin Burton | guitar & vocals
Tom Britton | bass
Dan Hodson | drums

Gifted Melbourne prog artist Narayan has returned with a killer new single titled Narrative.

“‘Narrative’ was derived from investigating one’s own self-talk,” explains Narayan “How do I communicate with myself in my own intimate company? Is it helpful or harmful? How much of this dialogue is actually mine and how much of it do I already believe?” The instrumental features a lush introduction of synthesizers and acoustic guitars that evolve into an incredibly powerful and catchy guitar riff, set to the rhythmic backdrop of an intensely advancing shuffle with luminescent synth tapestries that ascend into an explosive conclusion. “

In his interview with Dave Griffiths Narayan also explains how a mountain covered in fog came to be the focus on the track’s video clip.

Take a listen to the full interview right here:

Disney+ is pleased to share the trailer and key art from its upcoming series “Andor” that was featured this morning at Star Wars Celebration. The new, original series from Lucasfilm takes place prior to the events of “Rogue One” and launches exclusively on Disney+ August 31, with the first two episodes. 
The “Andor” series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.
Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor and is joined by cast members Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller. The executive producers are Kathleen Kennedy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan. Tony Gilroy is the creator and showrunner.

Harrison Ford and filmmakers James Mangold, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall of the upcoming fifth instalment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise were on hand to wish five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams a happy 90th birthday today at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. They delighted the enthusiastic fans with an early photo from the film which opens in cinemas on June 29, 2023. As on all four previous “Indiana Jones” films, Williams is composing the score for the new film.

Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for this fifth instalment of the iconic franchise. Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Shaunette Renee Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”) and Toby Jones (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”). Directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,”), Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel serve as producers, with Steven Spielberg as executive producer. 

Voodoo Bloo have today released two new singles, ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ and ‘Default’ – both from their upcoming sophomore album, THE BLESSED GHOST, being released on July 15. They can both be streamed/purchased HERE

Lead single ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ is a dreamy uplifting rock track, speaking to how much spaceparanoia and social pressures take up in the mind’s hard drive; and a simple reminder that no matter how far in a rut you’re stuck, you’re only a few progressive footsteps away from getting better.

Part of this song actually comes from a previous track I wrote & recorded with Lucifer Gunne called ‘Coexistence’,” says Voodoo Bloo frontman Rory McDonald.

We only managed to record an acoustic version of it, and the riff fit so perfectly with ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ that I just had to repurpose it for the song.

Alongside the single, the band have a “dreamy, trippy” video made by Rory and Voodoo Bloo’s manager, Tony McDonald. 

The trippy approach we have, I think it really helps people sink into the blissful hopelessness I’m trying to portray in the lyrics, it really shines through when I’m watching it at least,” says Rory.

‘Default’ is also released today and is the “b-side” for the ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ release.”This is about a one-shot attempt to make good friends with the person I created, to make amends with who I’ve been and what I’ve done. In some ways it worked, but it also allowed me to fully look at some areas of the person I was becoming and set boundaries as to what lines I couldn’t cross anymore,” says Rory of ‘Default’.

It was one of the first songs written for the album and it was the first of many letters I wrote to myself about how much I’d fallen out of love with who I am, but that there was a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of self-improvement.

It’s not a song talking about hating one’s self, but more of the moment you come to your senses, the slap across the face that says to wake up and start taking your life seriously,” says Rory.

Both tracks were recorded at Massey University. The studio there was designed by the same people that revamped Abbey Road Studios in London.

With today’s singles offering a taste of what’s to come, THE BLESSED GHOST album is set to delve deeply into and explore the range of the band’s music repertoire, with each track showing a different side to the band.

These tracks mark a turning point for one of the biggest strengths of this album, most of the singles on our first album felt really samey to me, but this time around I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect of us, which is something I love dearly,” says Rory.

The boys from New Zealand are also partnering with Sydney legends RADICALS to form a two-prong AU/NZ tour across August, through September and up to the 1st October. The tour takes in Central Coast, 2 dates in Sydney & Wollongong on the Aussie side of the ditch and then heads over the pond to New Zealand to take in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ and ‘Default’ join the previously released singles ‘Small’ and ‘Skin’; and all will feature on Voodoo Bloo’s second album THE BLESSED GHOST – set for release July 15!

30 May, 2022 – Stan today released the first official teaser for the brand new season of Power Book III: Raising Kanan, with the latest instalment in the growing Power Universe set to premiere 14 August, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

To watch and share the teaser, click here: 

Set in the early 1990’s, the next chapter in the “Power Universe tells the origin story of fan favourite character “Kanan Stark” and his entry into the criminal world through his mother, who ruthlessly runs the family’s drug empire. It stars MeKai Curtis in the titular role of “Kanan” and Tony® Awards winner Patina Miller (Madam SecretaryThe Hunger Games Franchise) as his mother, Raquel “Raq” Thomas.
As we enter season two, Raquel ‘Raq’ Thomas has gained control over the city’s drug trade, but her son is slipping away. Kanan Stark returns to Queens uncertain of his future with the family business, and because of Detective Howard’s lingering secret, he’s even more uncertain of his past. Kanan searches for the truth while Raq boldly expands the business into hostile Mafia territory. Lou-Lou has other plans that revolve around his emerging record label, but Raq isn’t about to let his side hustle get in the way of her expansion. Although Marvin remains Raq’s loyal soldier, he struggles to earn Jukebox’s forgiveness and become the father she deserves. The ties that bind this family are becoming undone, but Raq will stop at nothing to hold them together.
In addition to Miller and Curtis, the cast also includes Omar Epps (HouseLove and Basketball), London Brown (Ballers), Malcolm Mays (ThemSnowfall), Hailey Kilgore (Amazing Stories), Joey Bada$$ (Two Distant Strangers) and Shanley Caswell (The Conjuring) with Quincy Brown (Dope) and Toby Sandeman (The Royals) recurring. Antonio Ortiz (High FidelityThe Sinner) has been upped to a series regular role returning as Shawn “Famous” Figueroa in the second season.
Sascha Penn returns as creator and showrunner and will continue executive producing alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp. The Power Universe series are executive produced by Power creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her production company End of Episode, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through G-Unit Film and Television and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM. End of Episode’s Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich also executive produce. Kevin Fox also serves as executive producer.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 2 premieres 14 August, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

Disney+ unveiled the teaser trailer for Lucasfilm and Imagine Entertainment’s “Willow” an all-new live-action fantasy adventure series based on the classic 1988 feature film, at the Lucasfilm studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim last Friday. “Willow” will premiere November 30, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.
An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.

Leipzig based rock outfit, blacktoothed announced their new full length album »JULI«, due for release on July 29th and serve their dreamy and absolute lifting new hymn ‘Between You & The World‘.

With its straight character, calm verse and then energetic chorus and screaming guitar solo, ‘Between You & The World‘ actually meets all the criteria for a classic rock ballad, if it weren’t for the lyrics, which instead of the usual love story deal with the worries and fears of today’s society. “The song actually has a great story to it, since it holds our beloved 5-minute-guitar-solo”Hendrik explains, “the song really got flipped around in the studio and originally didn’t have a solo, but then when we needed one, Matti had to write one on the spot. Took her 5 minutes.”

The band’s latest work »JULI« was created in collaboration with the producing team of Sawdust Recordings (Christoph Wieczorek & Julian Breucker) and shows that blacktoothed have narrowed their sound and found their musical style. “Recording JULI was a funny “3-way experience”, involving 3 different recording sessions over the course of 2 years, changing band members, finally getting the flow in our songwriting process and of course lots of bad jokes & food with our producing team (cheers!) – to sum it up, we might finally know what we are doing musically”DavidMatti Hendrik describe their recording experience.

“With JULI, our main concern is to create awareness to the fact that we carry a lot of potential in ourselves to change the lives of our loved ones for the worse, but at the same time to recognise how we might be able to help those affected”

»JULI« is characterized by their unique combination of a solid rock sound with a lot of filigree guitar work, catchy pop-hooks, topped up with a touch of an 80’s vibe.

Blacktoothed stand out for using and combining a wide range of stylistic elements from different genres in their songs.

This is how ’80s shred guitar solos meet modern, straight rock rhythms and vocal melodies that could cover anything from power ballads to pop chart hooks.