Category: Alternative

From the moment Fijian-born musician Adrian Narayan heard metal music he knew he wanted to be a musician. In the early days he grew up on a healthy diet of Limp Bizkit and Korn today Narayan has been wowing Melbourne audiences with his prog/metal style and he recently released a new single titled Fight Friend Flee.

Now Narayan sits down and talks to Dave Griffiths about his debut EP – The Reptile Mind EP – which is set to be released on June 11th.

You can take a listen to the full interview right here:

Following the release of the powerfully cathartic ‘Violent’ and introduction of new vocalist Oli Duncanson, THECITYISOURS announce their highly anticipated new album with it’s title-track ‘COMA’ out now. The album is set for release 22nd October 2021 via Arising Empire.
There is a palpable sense of loss that ties together the band’s sophomore offering. TCIO tackles the passing of loved ones, relationships, even personal sovereignty and self-control head-on. However, juxtaposed against their vibrant and fresh feeling, pop-centric arrangements, expertly interwoven with infectious hooks and crushing riffs; »COMA« breathes a perfect balance, radiating an underlying sense of positivity and resilience through an otherwise dark concept.»COMA« will be available as CD and special limited coloured vinyl!
“COMA is an honest account of how I was feeling trying to understand why I was spiralling into a void,” expresses TCIO founding member Mikey Page. “I wrote the song as a method of coping and catharsis. It embodies a period of self-loathing where, the love I had, no matter how strong, was not enough to save an important relationship.” Page recounts. “I wanted to produce an honest account, showing that it’s okay to be vulnerable, and to encourage others to speak up and take positive action instead of internalising them and struggling alone.”
»COMA« was recorded, engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Oz Craggs (FEED THE RHINONECK DEEPMALLORY KNOX) at Hidden Track Studios and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (ARCHITECTSPERIPHERYNORTHLANE) at Systematic Productions.‘Following the departure of long-standing vocalist Sam Stolliday (full statement HERE), the band unexpectedly found themselves in unknown territory. 12 months on, they are back with the introduction of new vocalist Oli Duncanson and ready to welcome a brand new era of TCIOOli recounts “I remember being shown some demos of some new songs prior to Sam’s departure and absolutely loving the direction and progression of the band’s sound… so as soon as Mikey told me about the opening in the band, I knew I had to take a chance!”

Page adds “Oli has been a part of our team for a long time. He is a very well respected entity in his own right amongst the music scene. We’d seen snippets of his capabilities over the years, so when he registered an interest in becoming a part of CITY, we knew we had to explore…and we clicked instantly.”

As the Australian live music scene starts to open back up after the dreaded pandemic lockdown Young Henry’s are helping things along by announcing new Best Served Loud shows featuring talent including Seaside, VOIID, FANGZ and Full Flower Moon Band.

Because of that this week Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with the boys from FANGZ to find out what they have in store for fans and how they managed to survive the lockdown blues.

You can take a full listen to the interview right here:

The last couple of months have been a busy time for Byron Bay’s favorite sons In Hearts Wake. The band have finally been able to hit the road and continue their postponed tour, they have released new environmentally friendly vinyl and now the band have been added to the bill for the Full Tilt Festival alongside some of Australia’s premier heavy acts.

Recently Dave Griffiths had a chance to sit down and chat to Jake Taylor from the band to find out about everything that the band has been doing and to see how he feels about being able to play at Full Tilt.

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For those that like their metal with a little bit of a harder edge one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2021 is Dead Animal Assembly Plant’s Bring Out The Dead. Many fans thought the band were long over-due for a new album and the band decided not to disappoint by dropping one of the best albums of their career to date.

Recently Subculture’s Dave Griffiths sat down with Zach Wager from the band to chat about the new album and what life is like in the USA in the middle of a pandemic.

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A pioneer of the industrial scene Julian Beeston has recently turned his attention to his new project Featured. The idea was to deliver a little bit of girl power by bringing in the best female vocalists from around the world to record Julian’s lyrics after his as normal brilliant beats.

As Julian talks to Subculture’s Dave Griffiths he chats about the project itself, why he chose the artists he chose to work with and what it has been like writing music for soundtracks in LA.

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Finnish metalcore eccentrics ONE MORNING LEFT are finally back with a retro vengeance!
The band officially launched the pre-orders for their brand-new album »Hyperactive«, which will be available on 21st of May in 2021, via Arising Empire.

Taking a completely different direction is new single ‘Creatvres‘, a danceable rock song about unity and empowerment. Groovy drum beats, heavy guitars, and bright synths create a solid backdrop for the two vocalists to shine over. “A gem of modern music,” as remarked by bassist MiskaSipiläinen,

Creatvres‘ is definitely the one of poppier tracks in the band’s catalogue. “Can’t wait to see which ice hockey team adopts this as their theme song!”,  Keippilä adds.

ONE MORNING LEFT’s fourth album marks their first new material in five years. On »Hyperactive« the group begins a whole new chapter in their story, drawing inspiration from retro electronic- and video game music, as well as 80’s hard rock, while staying true to their heavier roots.

Changes are happening not only in the musical style, but also in their lineup. Returning from the cast of 2016’s “Metalcore Superstars” are frontman Mika Lahti, singer-guitarist Leevi Luoto and drummer Niko Hyttinen. Additional firepower is provided by new faces Tuukka Ojansivu on guitar and Miska Sipiläinen on bass guitar, as well as the return-to-form of keyboard player Touko Keippilä from the band’s original “Panda <3 Penguin” lineup.

The album shapes up to be the artistic peak of ONE MORNING LEFT‘s musical “blood mountain”: epic lyrics carried by Luoto’s soaring vocal melodies, contrasted by the distinctive, gritty sound of Lahti, all accompanied by breathtaking keyboard leads, blisteringly fast guitars, masterful bass riffs and feverish drum parts.

With the release of »Hyperactive«, ONE MORNING LEFT looks to add to their growing global fan base. Having gathered extensive live performance experience playing countless shows in Finland, touring mainland Europe, Russia, and the Baltics, and even performing in places such as Iceland and Japan, the group is planning on taking their entertaining and energetic live show on the road in the near future.

Founded in 2008 in Vaasa, Finland, ONE MORNING LEFT is well known for their unique blend of electro, hardcore and metalcore influences as well as their entertaining and energetic live shows where absolutely anything can happen.

ONE MORNING LEFT has played shows with bands like AMARANTHEMACHINAE SUPREMACYADEPTPROTEST THE HEROFEAR OF DOMINATIONTURMIONKÄTILÖT and WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER. The band has also graced the Finnish festival season, playing renowned festivals like Tuska Open Air and Rockfest.

ONE MORNING LEFT‘s debut album »The Bree-Teenz« was released in 2011. The album reached #30 on Finland’s official album charts, followed by the sophomore album »Our Sceneration« at #45 in 2013.

Pre-order »Hyperactive« now: https://OneMorningLeft.lnk.to/hyperactive!

Dipping your toes before jumping in at the deep end is something that will reward you in more ways than you realise. Those extra hours spent wondering, “what if?” will all be worth it when you figure out the best way to make it a reality rather than pushing too soon and being left to wonder, “what if we had done this differently?”

RESOLVE are a band that have been savouring every second of their journey so far and biding their time – observing, learning, building – and making sure that every single aspect of how they’ve wanted the band to function was fully realised before delivering it to the world. But now is their time to show you what they have been working on, and it is quite the spectacle.

“Little did we know when writing this line, nearly two years ago now, that we were somehow forecasting the shape of the world in 2021. Back then, we were feeling like little sailors who had just embarked on a journey that’s bigger than themselves, that journey being the writing of our debut album.

But today, it feels like everybody’s lost at sea. Our world has been shattered by an invisible monster, and we’re just drifting away, slowly but surely gathering our strengths to face a still uncertain future. ‘Seasick Sailor’ is a story that can probably speak to anyone at some point in their life, and especially now. When life feels like an insurmountable ocean, do you take a deep breathe and dive, or do you turn round? 

Starting their journey back in 2016 after their previous projects parted ways and their intentions set on this being their forever band, vocalist AnthonyDiliberto, bassist RobinMariat and drummer NathanMariat have spent the last half a decade tinkering with the formula that feels the most suited to them. Making their first mark in 2017 with debut EP »Reverie« before following with standalone single ‘Carmela’ in 2018, it wasn’t until 2019 that they felt truly at home in their sound.

That was in the form of ‘Pendulum’, a collection of three songs that not only represented the beautifully bludgeoning and densely expansive sound that was resting in the back of their heads but that also found them appearing on Spotify’s New Core, New Metal Tracks and Kickass Metal playlists.

If you are a fan of Black Coast then the last month has been pretty exciting for you with the release of not one but two new singles – Paradise and Vodka Smile. The two singles are from the band’s forthcoming debut album that is due out later in 2021.

The band have used the last twelve months to do nothing but write, spurred on by the band’s recent signing to Blood Blast. To find out more about what to expect from the forthcoming album recently Subculture’s Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with frontman Charlie Hewitt.

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