Category: Alternative

Progressive heavy metal vehicle, INTERLOPER is keeping busy in 2022 with the releases of their album Search Party and completing a very successful 7-week tour across North America with label mates OBSCURA. To keep the momentum going, the band releases a music video for their new single, ‘My Flame Deadened’.

Miles Baker comments, “We are very happy to release this one. This song was created and written about a tragedy in one of our lives. The focus of this one was to embrace a minimalist approach and force ourselves to be creative with dynamics without losing focus of the song. We hope you love it and look forward to playing it on an upcoming tour this fall!”

If the face-melting breakdown at the end of NTH RD’s debut single, Wearing Thin suggested anything, its that the Melbourne quartet are no strangers to embracing heavier sounds; their second single, Worm, reinforces this claim in spades. Today they return with their latest offering, a straight, hard-out RIPPER of a song that comes out of the gate FLYING and never lets up until the final chord is struck.

Doing away with the soft, climactic passages of the previous song, Worm is a chaotic anthem, serving as ample evidence of NTH RD’s dynamic staying power. The track is released Friday May 20th and can be pre-saved/purchased/streamed at https://ditto.fm/worm-nth-rd.

The band spares no time introducing themselves to the track; from the first second, the full brunt of Worm is javelined into your ears. Jordan Kellaway’s high pitched scream can be heard sustained over John Mihaloudakis’ fast paced, smashing drums, coupled with Billy Balassis and Lucas Banim’s frantic aggression on the guitar and bass, which assists in guiding the track amidst the chaos.

It’s immediately evident: this isn’t another helping of the bands rock/core fusion, rather a celebration of brutal, crushing metalcore, demonstrating the band’s penchant for exploring the two extremes, only granting listeners the briefest of reprieve in the melodic and anthemic chorus. As the second single from the band’s upcoming debut EP PanicWorm throws listeners for a loop as to what to expect from the upcoming EP; vocalist Jordan Kellaway states that with Worm, the band “…aimed to explore the heavier side of the EP’, where previous single, Wearing Thin addressed the ‘poppier and more melodic elements of the release.”

While the intensity and chaos of Worm serves as a pleasantly surprising contrast from their last single, fans can be sure of a listening experience that proves that NTH RD is not only dynamic, but also consistent, and undoubtedly a band to watch in the coming years.

The band are launching the belter of a single on Sunday June 5 at Collingwood’s Bendigo Hotel, along with Priorities and This Space is Ours. Tickets are available now.

NTH RD’s new single ‘Worm’ is out Friday May 20th. Pre-save/purchase/stream now at https://ditto.fm/worm-nth-rd.

Liveconformdie are heading out on their first tour ever across Australia – it’s about damn time – but they waited for an absolutely RIPPING tour package to come along.

Phoenix Trap Metal outfit Dropout Kings have announced the dates for their upcoming tour of Australia with Earth Caller, and Liveconformdie. The tour begins on October 27th and marks the first time that Dropout Kings have performed down under. Tickets are on sale now for all dates online at https://linktr.ee/milestonebookings.

We’re all very excited to be hitting the road with Liveconformdie and Earth Caller in Australia. It’s a dream come true to be able to go there because of music. Can’t wait to rip the doors off every venue,” said Dropout Kings vocalist Adam Ramey.

We were so hyped when we got the call to support Dropout Kings on their Australian run. This tour is completely stacked and we can’t wait to show these lads and our audiences a wild time,” commented the members of Earth Caller.

Liveconformdie added, “We’re stoked to have our first tour finally lined up. So keen to play some nü-shit around the country with our brothers in Dropout Kings & Earth Caller.”

Dropout Kings will be touring in support of their upcoming new album Riot Music coming later this year via Suburban Noize Records. The first single from the group’s upcoming new album is the recently released trap-metal rager “Hey Uh”.

As for “liveconformdie” (AKA Conform)? If you came in late – they formed in late 2015: a righteous blend of genres, drawing inspiration from the roots of modern metal and 90’s/00’s nü-metal – and from inception, have always been in tune with a very niche aesthetic, musically and visually. Visual artistry is just as important to liveconformdie as the music.

That DIY ethic extends to the music – everything is written and produced in house at Jez’s studio. They have an authentic, no BS attitude. They don’t give a fuck about gate-keeping. They believe in putting out music that’s true to them and their values. Now with over 6 million total streams on Spotify alone, liveconformdie are looking forward to levelling up again with their new single “Help Yourself” and a second yet-to-be-announced EP which they have been writing and polishing up since the start of the COVID-ridden lockdowns of 2020.

liveconformdie ‘Help Yourself’ is out now and can be found here. Tickets for the Dropout Kings tour can be found at https://linktr.ee/milestonebookings.

Acclaimed Mongolian rock band The HU have released a new single called 
This Is Mongol ahead of their second official studio album set for release later this year via Better Noise Music

With “This Is Mongol,” as with all of their music, The HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for “This is Mongol,” also released today. The deeply meaningful lyrics uplift the Mongol people, as the band wishes for prosperity and peace among all.

In celebration of their new single and upcoming album, The HU also released an official music video directed by John Connor Hammond. The visual is set in the Mojave Desert and showcases the band energetically performing their inspiring new single “This Is Mongol.”  

Thrilled to be sharing more of their Mongolian roots, producer Dashka said, “Creating this song meant so much to me. We are announcing our arrival through music and specifically through this song. In these uncertain times, I hope we are bringing positivity, empowerment and strength to fight for better days.”   Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”  
 Previously debuting at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts with their 2019 debut album The Gereg, the band is excited to start dropping new music for fans.  

Over the last several months, the band has been recording new material in their homeland of Mongolia and shared an update from the studio with fans on their YouTube channel HERE.  

On the morin khuur and serving as a vocalist, Gala talked about their recording process for their upcoming album, “Our second album was recorded during Covid lockdown, where we used the time to put our best effort and astounding amount of energy to focus on the work. Therefore, it is our hope to present our listeners with unique songs that have their own characteristics.”

Temka, who plays the tovshurr and sings background vocals, also spoke about their upcoming album, “The new album has great quality, composition, melody and overall it is sensational. The lyrics that Dashka wrote consist of our traditional values, virtues and wisdom of our ancestors. Our fans can expect to hear and feel the messages we try to deliver through our songs, such as love and respect for parental love, the importance of sustainability and cultural heritage. We can’t wait for our fans to listen and enjoy our second album and are excited to be performing for fans whom we have yet to meet. We will see you very soon and send our regards to our fans all over the world!

The Hu will be touring Australia in August!
Black Thunder Australia Tour 2022
Wednesday, August 3: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday, August 5: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Saturday, August 6: Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide
Sunday, August 7: The Roundhouse, Sydney

For complete tour and ticket and information, visit: 
livenation.com.au & thehuofficial.com

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of VÉVAKI! The Nordic folk outfit will release their second album  ‘Fórnspeki’ via Season of Mist in the fall of 2022. In celebration of the signing, and to provide a taste of things to come, the band now release a first new track already! The song “Jötnablót”, which is accompanied by an official music video, can now be viewed via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The track can be pre-saved HERE. The links may be freely spread throughout your channels.

VÉVAKI comment on the signing: “We are beyond thrilled to join the Season of Mist family. To be a part of a label that respects artistic freedom and encourages artists to be themselves is all we could ever hope for. We cannot wait to continue with our ritualistic creations, and to share our vision with the world.

Originally a solo project by singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Hunter, VÉVAKI is a folk band which draws from Nordic heathenism and animistic traditions. Myth, ritual and a connection with the natural world inform VÉVAKI’s music, which is both contemporary in sound and wide-ranging in instrumentation.

Debut album ‘Edda’ came in 2020 when VÉVAKI was a still a solo project, although Sigurboði Grétarsson and Florian Baudrain made contributions. Taking a collection of Old Norse poetry – the Poetic Edda – as its source material, ‘Edda’ breaths new life into these stories through its musical journey, at once beautiful and hypnotically heady.

VÉVAKI’s second album, ‘Fórnspeki’, finds the band expanding upon their sound while staying true to their folk roots and traditions.  Sigurboði Grétarsson has joined VÉVAKI as a full-time member, as has Gísli Gunnarsson and Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir. The new material is, says Will, broader and more mature sounding.

VÉVAKI is very much based in our modern heathen tradition,” Will notes. “Sigurboði and I had been playing music for a while and we have used music as part of our personal spiritual practise. We had worked on some songs together but they were very much personal. Then we had a jam session in this cave in Iceland and afterwards we tried to record a song. I asked if Sigurboði would feature on it and he said yes, thankfully. Then I went home and used my home recording equipment to do a song which we sent to Danheim (Danish folk musician) and he put me on his online record label. And that’s how VÉVAKI started. We did a full album from there. Sigurboði featured heavily on it, even though he wasn’t in the band in any official capacity. But he did lots of drums and vocals and stuff like that.”

VÉVAKI employ various stringed instruments and percussion throughout their music, its dynamics buoyed by the complementary vocal styles of Will, Sigurboði and Hrafnhildur and the cinematic soundscapes sculpted by Gísli Gunnarsson. This comes to the fore on ‘Fórnspeki’.

“We decided to go a bit bigger,” says Will. “We started working on the second album and we brought in Gísli, and the sound has changed quite a bit, I think. It’s much more mature now. In my opinion, Gísli is the glue that holds us together. He comes from a modern classical background. And Hrafnhildur was an obvious choice, to add an important female dynamic. Her voice has a healing quality to it, I think, and that’s a big thing with the new album.”

Ritual and spiritual practises provide a structure to ‘Fórnspeki’.
“Our practice is very animistic,” says Will. “But you don’t have to be a super spiritual person to feel some sort of connection to nature. And we just hope that whoever is listening finds that our music brings some sort of connection for them.

Sigurboði adds, “‘Fórnspeki’ was composed around this concept of the ritual and of the performance. There will be a performance and ritual on stage, because that’s how the songs are imagined. And some of the songs came from rituals that we’ve done or have spawned from the rituals. For example, the song ‘Dísablót’ is based around a ritual that we would do. It’s got lots of chants in there that we would do and we hope that other people might be inspired. On this new album we have a lot of original lyrics. But it’s both based in the myth and the practice. It’s not all about the gods but also about the worship and the ritual.”

VÉVAKI is a fluid and resourceful project, employing traditional and contemporary instrumentation of various origins.

“We’re not going for historical accuracy,” points out Sigurboði. “We’re not married to the idea that it has to be a Nordic instrument. We’re not Vikings. We’re not the Shamans, or the Priests. We are the practitioners, the regular folk making the offerings.”

Adds Will, “We are trying to step away from that whole Viking thing. There are modern songs for modern beliefs. We put a lot of emphasis on that.”
Line up: 
Will Hunter
Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir
Sigurboði Grétarsson
Gísli Gunnarsson

Awake The Dreamer return with the next chapter and the brand new single ‘Alone‘, which holds everything you would expect from an excellent comeback from one of the most promising bands coming out of Sweden in recent years.
“We’ve been taking time off to really focus on merging the new sound of our band as well as keeping the parts that will always be what Awake The Dreamer is all about. We are super excited to present ‘Alone‘ as the first release in the new era of the band.” guitarist Alexander Backman says.The history of Awake The Dreamer leads us back to 2015, when the Stockholm based Melodic Post-Hardcore/Metalcore act was formed by childhood-and-high-school-friends. Since dropping their EP »Grow« in 2016 the band have been touring all across Europe and Asia alongside bands like Ice Nine KillsNorthlaneAdept and Crystal Lake to name a few.In September 2019 the band dropped their debut album »Damaged Souls« via Arising Empire. A 10-track introduction to hardhitting melodic Post-Hardcore/Metalcore, which also included features by Adept‘s Robert Ljung in ‘Vigilant‘ and Crystal Lake’sRyo Kinoshita in ‘Atmosphere‘.”Being a smaller band that didn’t even have an album out by the time we had toured Europe and Asia quite finally caught up to us and then the pandemic hit. Like that wasn’t enough, we unfortunately had former members leaving the band, so it became natural for us to just start from scratch in order to re-develop a new sound. A sound which we are really happy and proud of. It feels great to start releasing music again and we are really excited to be back again”Benjamin Turesson (Bass/Vocals) says.Awake The Dreamer are back!

AWAKE THE DREAMER are:
Max Andrén | Vocals
Benjamin Turesson | Bass / Vocals
Victor Sandberg | Guitar
Alexander Backman | Guitar

Perth alternative rock band Shangrila welcome two new members to their collective and celebrate the good times with brand new single “Sunlight“, streaming via MILKY today.

Shangrila have been busy behind the scenes piecing together their return after their sophomore EP, ‘Analog Youth‘, which was released in August of last year. Since the release the band has grown from a three-piece to a fully fledged five-piece welcoming two new members, Gabrielle Morri on bass and Chad Lambert on guitar.

We decided after the long and generally depressing COVID period that we needed to set our minds on something positive, and after welcoming two new members we thought this track would be a perfect breath of fresh air. We wanted to make sure we enjoyed every part of the process for this release and keep things moving in a positive direction after the constant show cancellations and uncertainty of the last couple years,” says the band

New single “Sunlight” stays true to the bands alt rock roots whilst also welcoming feel-good intervals that accentuate the theme of the track. “Sunlight is a song about blocking out the noise of the outside world and being in the moment with the person you love. It’s an ode to the big nights out and the special moments where everything else happening in your life just falls away for a while.” 

Shangrila will launch their colourful new single live at their headline show at Perth’s Amplifier Bar on Saturday July 2nd alongside Idle EyesSpici Water and Thank You Frank. The five-piece were also added to the unstoppable RedHook’s ‘Bring Ya Mates‘ tour, playing the Perth leg on Saturday May 14 at Jack Rabbit Slim’s with RinRin, tickets on sale now via Oztix.

Shangrila is an ever changing artistic outlet for each of the five members. Forming in 2018 by Jackson Macleod (guitar) and Devyn Jupp (vocals), the alt rock outfit has progressed and transformed into the quintet we see today with the added inclusion of Dan Harper (drums), Gabrielle Morri (bass) and Chad Lambert (guitar). Shangrila twist and turn between the boundaries of their particular genre, releasing music that feels genuine and unique to those involved. With close to 2 million overall Spotify streams to boast in just a short few years, Shangrila strive to continue to break the mould with each release.

The band released their highly praised debut EP ‘Love and Leaving’ in 2018 and quickly found themselves playing headline dates and shows supporting national and international acts such as Trophy Eyes, Dance Gavin Dance, Movements, Dashboard Confessional, Slowly, Slowly and more.

The emotional follow up single “Fade Away” and fan favourite “Happy” were released across 2019 and 2020, where the band continued to grow their fan base and sold out various headline shows. Their anticipated follow up EP ‘Analog Youth’ produced and mixed by Shane Edwards (Trophy Eyes, Hellions etc.) proved the perfect introduction to the band’s new sonic path, one that was well-received by industry and their fans alike.

Sunlight” is the next chapter, and is streaming now via MILKY. “Sunlight” will be streaming on all platforms tomorrow, Friday May 13.

Melbourne alternative rock band Reside have enlisted the vocal power of Bloom‘s Jono Hawkey on eclectic new single “Palace“. The new single has been teased at live shows over the last 12 months and will finally see its own launch show on June 10 in Melbourne.

The ‘Palace’ described in Reside’s latest single is not only a physical space serving as a layer of protection from the violence and evils of the outside world, but is also a metaphysical escape our consciousness creates in times of stress or anxiety. Reside explore the detriments of overstaying in the idyllic safe space.

It’s a series of moments and a journey of emotions taking the listener from section to section,” explains vocalist Liam Guinane. “What starts as a feel-good, club disco inspired number turns abruptly into a cathartic slap in the face, questioning whether this place is really good for us in the long term. Heavily mirroring the initial feelings of what used to be satisfying downtime, the track lyrically moves through waves of paranoia and mental autopilot, to then being resuscitated to a cold, harsh reality, shaking and begging you to ‘wake up’.

A smattering of effects alter Guinane’s vocal performance throughout to juxtapose differing characters until the climax of the song leads into one last attempt to pull the cord from the listener’s head. Here enters the grizzly tones of Bloom vocalist Jono Hawkey, attempting to resuscitate the protagonist from their pacified state.

Reside formed in 2017 with the longstanding original lineup of vocalist Liam Guinane, guitarists Ariel Johnson and Will Eggleton, bassist Salé Brown and drummer and keyboardist Dylan Houston. Since then Reside have solidified themselves a place in the alternative music community and have managed to capture and engage a very dedicated and loyal fan base.

The band’s last standalone single “Fallen” released in 2020 and premiered at Pilerats, who highlighted that the single “[continues] to emphasise this grand and somewhat cinematic take on emo-rock that’s become really unique to Reside“. Hysteria Mag coined it a “rocking anthemic track”, Music Feeds weighed in with: “This is arena-sized emo rock… think Angels And Airwaves meets Bring Me The Horizon”, triple j’s Richard Kingsmill reviewed with a four star “Houston, we have lift off” and Tone Deaf affirmed that Reside have “proven to be a real force to be reckoned with”. 

Reside ticked off the main stage at UNIFY Gathering in 2020 after winning the triple j Unearthed opener competition. In amongst this the band have played multiple sold out headline shows and have toured across the country with bands to the likes of Eat Your Heart OutWindwaker and very recently, Columbus. Reside have also supported artists including Palaye Royale (US), Casey (UK), The Beautiful MonumentYoung LionsStuck Out and they’ll join Canada’s Marianas Trench this September.

Palace” feat. Jono Hawkey is available now and streaming on all platforms.

What happens when a group of musicians get together and begin a project that sees them mix metal, jazz and Gregorian chants. The result is French outfit CKRAFT who are about to wow the world with their debut album Epic Discordant Vision on June 3rd.

CKRAFT’s debut album is a Jazz and Metal instrumental fusion, bonded together by the immortal melodies of the Gregorian chants. The record follows a blueprint made of heavy, crushing metal riffs, howling solos by Metal-influenced Jazz musicians, and ancient melodies crossing the centuries from Middle Ages to Metal Ages. The expectation is that “Epic Discordant Vision” will find its audience with Djent, Death/Technical/Progressive Metal fans, and also with modern Jazz aficionados that are touched by the unrestricted freedom and genuine expressivity of this music, and therefore, contribute to break the boundaries between music genres a bit more. 

This week Dave Griffiths sat down and spoke to the band. You can hear the interview right here:

Greek stoner rock/doom metal outfit The Same River have been making a name for themselves across Europe over the past few years. Now May 13th sees the release of their brand new album – titled The Weight Of The World.

The eight songs of the album embody the band’s love for heavy, rock-influenced psychedelic music. Lyrically, “Weight of the World” carries the band’s philosophical concerns about the decadence of human society filtered through the fears of an unknown world after this pandemic ends. Heraclitus, Albert Camus, Sigmund Freud, and many mythological aspects of our heritage (with a deeper meaning), such as Sisyphus and Prometheus, blend in a way and fulfills in rhymes what our vision for this world is about; solidarity, peace and understanding. 

This week the band sat down with Dave Griffiths to talk about the album. Take a listen here: