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It is hard to pinpoint an exact sound for Melbourne’s very own HZED. Some have said that their style of rock conjures up memories of  Chrissy Amphlet while others say they have had the unique ability of capturing 50 years worth of rock all in one track. While a lot is said about them one thing remains fact – everything this band does sounds bloody great.

Resurrected from the ashes of guitarist Shano and drummer Sam’s old band Backyard Funk HZED took form when the remaining members got stuck into some serious writing for a rock project they had in mind. But they ran into a pretty major brick wall – they couldn’t find the perfect front-person for the band and that is when Shano thought of his sister, Michelle.

“I had been asking her to get back into the music industry for about a decade or so,” he explains. “She had stopped at about aged 18 or 19 and finally she said yes. It was a bit of a slow start because she hadn’t done anything for awhile but once she clicked in things really got started.”

Shano’s explanation makes Michelle laugh as she sits beside him “Let’s be honest he wasn’t asking he was harassing,” she says laughing hard. That laughter grows when I ask her what made her finally give in. “I really can’t say,” she says. “I just decided that I wanted to give it a shot and I thought why not. It was very scary but then things just started flowing and I haven’t looked back since.”

“Since we got Ads (the band’s new bass player) everything has just gone from being mediocre to the next level,” she says continuing.  “We are all writing together really well and just everything has been happening.”

Just as the band started to buzz though they soon found themselves with another obstacle in their way – COVID hit meaning that Melbourne went into lockdowns and the band couldn’t even get together to rehearse. Not to be deterred though they got stuck into writing and made sure each member had their own equipment to get the ball rolling. The result of some those sessions was the brand new single No Colour.

“The way that we write songs is that Shano will get an idea and he will put the track down, he’ll send it me and I will year or nah,” says Michelle when I ask about the origins of No Colour. “Then I will sit there, listen to it and get a vibe off it and then I will start writing the words for it.”

No Colour can be taken a few different ways,” she says continuing. “My way though is that it is about when you are down, when you are depressed, you are not happy and you are not feeling great about things and you don’t want to feel great about things when you are in that spot. That is why there is no colour – you don’t want things to be better, you don’t want it to get worse – you just want to stay in this spot that keeps you dull. That is my feeling and thought behind the no colour.”

For Shano it turns out that coming up with the original idea of the song was very natural indeed. “I’m one of those guys that will be walking the streets and then just suddenly hear something and it all starts flowing, but then when I sit down with my guitar nothing,” he says. “So I just sit with my guitar and play and play until something comes out that sounds good. Then when it sounds good I pull my phone out record it and just slap it down with the raw guitar.”

With the track finally in the can the band then decided that it was time to do something a little different to what they had done in the past. “We’ve all been in different bands but we have never released anything on vinyl before,” says Shano with excitement in his voice. “But that was something that has always been on my bucket list. I have always wanted to put something out on vinyl and the way it worked out was once we started working with Rusty and when it was reworked I realised that we just had to release it on vinyl because it was something that I wanted to keep forever.”

To finish off the interview I ask Michelle what she would like to say to anyone out there who is thinking about grabbing a copy of No Colours through Rue Morgue. “I would just say get on it,” she says with a laugh. “It is original, hard rock and that is what we are trying to bring out to everyone. We want it to be raw rock – the old school. Listen to – you’ll love it.”

No Colour is available from Rue Morgue Records right now.

Hailing from Sacramento in the good ol’ USA metalcore outfit A Moments Notice have been wowing us with some amazing singles over the past twelve months. Despite being a young band they rise has been pretty swift and they even found themselves recently nominated for a music award in their home State putting them alongside some of their idols.

Now the band sits down with Dave Griffiths and talks about their debut album, Lotus, which will drop in August. Take a listen to the full interview right here:

With a dark irony and subtle humour, this alternative rock tune, pokes fun at the elite few, those with unimaginable wealth, who sit on ‘Mountains Of Cash’. Ask Carol’s new song comes with a lot of energy and punk attitude. Trombones and delayed space guitars makes for a cinematic backdrop, while a mean fuzzy guitar and punchy drums hits you in the face. All in contrast to the intimate vocals. This is Ask Carol’s third single from their upcoming debut album (To be released August 26th).

This week Dave Griffiths sat down with Ask Carol to find out a little more about the track. Take a listen to the full interview below:

2021’s hottest heavy band, SPIRITBOX, have today announced the release of their first new music since their incendiary, chart-topping debut album, ‘Eternal Blue’.

The new release comes in the form of a 3-track single titled ‘Rotoscope’ and sees the band bringing their unique spin to a more industrial, 90’s alt-rock-tinged sound.

The new drop is accompanied by an official music video directed by Max Moore which can be watched now HERE. The full 3 songs can be streamed HERE. The other tracks in the 3-track single release are ‘Sew Me Up’ and ‘Hysteria’. They can be watched on Youtube HERE.
Fresh off of a run of incredible US festival performances and their first full US tour with UnderoathSPIRITBOX are currently conquering the rest of the world one jaw-dropping performance at a time.

The band recently played what is already being referred to as a legendary set at Download Festival, UK and followed it with two completely sold-out shows at London’s Islington Academy. The second of which saw the band joined by current America’s Got Talent viral superstar, 10 year old Harper, who performed the band’s break out hit, “Holy Roller ” both as her audition for the TV show (watch here) and live with the band in London (watch here).

SPIRITBOX are undoubtedly cemented as one of the most prevalent and rapidly rising forces in modern music. Today’s new music marks the next step in their ascent towards world domination.
SPIRITBOX will remain in Europe playing major festivals and selection of one-off headline shows until June 30th. They will then play US festivals – Rock Fest and Inkcarceration with a sold-out headline show in Grand Rapids in between. They then play another one-off, sold-out headline show with Dayseeker and Brand of Sacrifice before heading out to lay waste to arenas across the US with Ghost and Mastodon. Tickets and info available at Spiritbox.com.

‘Eternal Blue’, Spiritbox’ long awaited debut album, dropped in September of last year. The release rolled in on a global tsunami of critical acclaim, from perfect score reviews and features everywhere including SpinForbesBillboard and Alternative Press, to multiple front covers including Kerrang!Metal HammerRock SoundDistorted SoundPollstar, and Revolver. It spawned a string of hit singles including “Holy Roller“, “Constance“, “Circle With Me, “Secret Garden” and most recently, “Hurt you” and ‘Eternal Blue’ charted #13 Billboard Top 200, #1 Rock, #1 Hard Rock, #1 Vinyl, #2 Internet Albums, #2 Independent, #3 Digital Albums, #3 Album Sales and top 20 of the official charts in Australia (#8), Germany (#17) and UK (#19).
SPIRITBOX have accumulated over 185 million streams across platforms. They were nominated for 2 Juno Awards this year for Breakthrough Group Of The Year and Metal/Hard Music Album of The Year.

What’s that old saying again? “The more things change, the more they stay the same”—right? When it comes to Michigan based metal outfit For The Fallen Dreams, perhaps a more fitting—but just as timeless—adage would be “change is the only constant.”

With a career defined by constant progression and dedication to refining and rejuvenating their unique brand of aggressive, passionate metal, For The Fallen Dreams have consistently demonstrated an incredible ability to adapt and evolve their sound and dynamic despite overwhelming adversity—and all without sacrificing the core components of their sound.

Built around explosive breakdowns, gut-wrenching grooves and lyricism that touches on everything from an introspective glimpse into the human condition to brotherhood and camaraderie, these Midwestern masters of metal have made themselves a staple within the international heavy music community.

Today, For The Fallen Dreams released their first single via Arising Empire called ‘What If’!
Production by Jonathan Dolese at Konkrete Studios (Cane Hill), vocal production by Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (All That Remains, Bad Wolves) and visualized by Wombat Fire (Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria).

“We are very excited to be breaking into this new era of For The Fallen Dreams with the extremely dedicated and hard working team at Arising Empire. Sharing the vision for future of the bands success is extremely refreshing and motivating. We look forward to a great rest of the year and everything that follows with our new single “What If“. See you on the road.” – For The Fallen Dreams
While For The Fallen Dreams was founded in 2003, their story starts in earnest with the release of »Changes« in 2008—a record that would irreversibly and unremarkably impact the footprint of heavy music.

Following »Changes«, For The Fallen Dreams would go on to release five more remarkable full length records, from the atmospheric and moody »Relentless« to chart-topping comeback record »Heavy Hearts«, which landed at #162 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on Billboard Heatseekers lists and »Six«, their debut venture into more metallic territory with over 20 million views on YouTube and tens of millions of streams across various streaming platforms.

While For The Fallen Dreams have certainly been through their fair share of changes, one thing has remained constant: their dedication to constant growth while never failing to deliver primal-yet-emotional music that had made them a staple in modern metal.

For The Fallen Dreams are:
Chad Ruhlig | vocals
Jim Hocking | guitar & vocals
Damon Tate | guitar
Kalan Blehm | bass
Marc Esses | drums

Two years after the highly anticipated Horizons,BEYOND THE BLACK are back with a bang and start a new chapter with the release of their new single ‘Reincarnation’.

Jennifer Haben proclaims:
‘’Reincarnation materialized from a growing recognition of our mortality as humans and the consequent responsibility to live our lives to the fullest. This responsibility means to stand up for yourself, relentlessly fight for your values and also confront your biggest fears. Reincarnation is about becoming your true self and starts a new, epic chapter. This is Beyond the Black! And Beyond the Black is back!”

German Symphonic Metal shooting stars BEYOND THE BLACK look back on a stratospheric success story. Already their 2015 debut album hit like a bomb in their home country. Songs Of Love And Death besieged the German Top 15 for weeks and lead up to the band being awarded the Metal Hammer Award 2015 for “Best Debut”. Its successor Lost In Forever (2016) entered the German charts on #4 right away and paved ways for a huge tour from Germany over countries like UK, Russia or Japan. Since the band’s live debut in 2014 they have played the world’s biggest Metal festival Wacken Open Air several times and toured as a support act for heavy weights such as AerosmithKornScorpionsSaxon or Within Temptation. In the course of album release number three Heart Of the Hurricane BEYOND THE BLACK absolved their first own European headline tour in fall 2019 consisting of over 20 shows in 10 countries–most of them sold out. But even before finishing their touring cycle BEYOND THE BLACK got back to the studio to write record number four. The highly anticipated Horizonswas finally released in June 2020, entered the German album charts on #3 (CH #6, AT #16, BE #53) and marks the band’s most successful album release to date.