We assure you, this was filmed ages ago, before any quarantine! No monkeys were harmed. No viruses spread. Not even a vegetarian was offended. Stay safe, rejoice responsibly and see ya down the line. DP.” …exclaim Dirty Power, who in times of gig cancellations and uncertainty throughout both the music industry and the world, have taken the opportunity to send out some digital cheer, releasing earlier than expected their latest track ‘Oh God’, newcomer to the bands 2018 EP ‘Notions’.

Influenced by gloriously timeless ‘legacy acts’; Dublin based hard-rock trio Dirty Power are driven by an independent D.I.Y. punk ethic, in everything from the writing, recording and release process, to approaching performing and touring. They stick to doing what they want to do, and do it their own way.

Dirty Power is an ever evolving collective of musicians, and ‘Oh God’ is their 2020, gorilla reincarnation. Think Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine, all in one giant melting pot of influence yet creative originality. Having taken to the stage internationally, the live scene is where Dirty Power’s music really comes alive, but since the unfortunate cancellation of their recent London show (curated by Camden Rocks) due to the worldwide pandemic, amongst other engagements, Dirty Power have taken to the net to dish out one giant “clean elbow wave” in the form of ‘Oh God’. And rest assured, when the live scene is back in action, so will Dirty Power be… Expect ‘Fist-pumping, cathartic, mosh-pitrock for the mind’ and ‘Heavy rock riffs, big grooves, with tricky solos and sing-along choruses’.

Oh God’ – Available to download via BandCamp ONLY at: http://bit.ly/DPnotions

Read the bands full biography here: www.dirty-power.com/dirty-power-bio

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Today the brand new episode of The Blues Podcast is out featuring Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake / UFO / Cozy Powell / Paice Ashton Lord). Recorded at John Henry’s in London the legendary guitarist sits down with host Big Boy Bloater and talks about his love of the blues, his life including his time in Whitesnake and how he wrote the iconic song. ‘Here I Go Again’.

The podcast launched last month with three sizzling episodes on the same day featuring the queen of modern blues Beth Hart, the multi-platinum selling Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the fast rising British blues-rock star Kris Barras.

The series is presented by the inimitable Big Boy Bloater – the current drive time presenter for Feedback Radio and former host of the popular Blues Magazine Show for Team Rock Radio.  A successful musician too, he has toured the world and has fans in the shape of Jools Holland, Imelda May, Craig Charles and Paul Jones and he’s played with the likes of Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson and Paloma Faith to name a few.

The naturally charming Big Boy Bloater knows what makes musicians tick and how to get inside their head, which is what makes The Blues Podcast so special – to find out about the person behind the music. It’s a chat amongst friends where they sit down and chew the fat of life and what has shaped them into who they are. Over the episodes he’ll be talking to not only musicians but is also expected to chat to leading industry figures, from journalists to promoters and beyond. Subscribe now to join Bloater and his guests for a peak behind the curtain, to find out how to keep the blues alive.

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Brit Newcomers False Hearts will reveal their engrossing new EP, ‘Remedy’, on Friday 3rd April. The highly rated four piece have also just released a stunning new track and video, also called, ‘Remedy’.

Despatching a sound that lifts from everyone from Halestorm, Muse,and Shinedown, to The Foo Fighters, False Hearts deliver fiery riffery, contagious choruses and a captivating live show. Born in Cambridgeshire in 2016, the modern rock quartet are comprised of vocalist/guitarist Emma Hodgson, lead guitarist Ali Westwood, drummer Adi Bowes and bassist Phil Benton. Since their formation, False Hearts have racked up an impressive list of accolades; the rising rockers have a movie credit for their single, ‘Cynical Love‘, which appeared on the soundtrack of Strangers 2: Prey at Night.The single was pulled from the band’s 2018 EP, ‘Dirty Little Soul‘, which reached the Top 30 on the iTunes Rock Chart. The EP also picked up extensive praise,widely increasing their fanbase. False Hearts have supported Hollowstar and Austin Gold, as well as playing alongside the likes of Those Damn Crows and Mason Hill,to name a few.

The band have also played countless festivals throughout the whole of the UK. False Hearts are now set to soar even further with the launch of their brand new EP, ‘Remedy‘. The record teems with four killer tracks,with each song demonstrating its own personality, groove and adhesion. Current single and also the record’s namesake, ‘Remedy’, is one of the many highlights, and it gleams with crunchy riffs, powerful structuring and anthemic refrains.

You can pre-order the band’s EP ‘Remedy’, Here

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Finnish melodic metal band Dark The Suns is back after almost ten years. The band released a teaser for the upcoming single ‘Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä‘ which is set to be released on May 21st 2020 by Inverse Records. This is the first single from the upcoming fourth album which is set to be released later in 2020.

Mikko Ojala commets:
After years of silence, Inka and I decided in early 2020 to continue making music together. Suru Raivosi Sydämeni Pimeydessä includes melancholic synth melodies combined with some aggressive elements. The song speaks of storming sorrow and grief. We have also written some new songs for our upcoming fourth album which will be released later this year.

Dark The Suns was formed in 2005 by Mikko Ojala. Later the band got a full line-up and they recorded three studio albums ‘In Darkness Comes Beauty‘, ‘All Ends in Silence‘ & ‘Sleepwalking in a Nightmare‘ which all were released by Firebox Records.

Digital download pre-order: https://darkthesuns.bandcamp.com
PRE-SAVE single to your Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/33JfMG2   

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Mikko Ojala – Vocals, guitars, drums
Inka Ojala – Bass, Keyboards

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Following his much-appreciated, live-streamed, online show on Thursday 26th March, Danny Vaughn is planning another, at the request of his fans, with whom he’s long built up a close relationship: one, he’s acknowledged, that helped him overcome challenges and hardships, like the PledgeMusic problems last year that put his solo album in jeopardy.

Danny’s track record especially touring with that fantastic new solo album ‘Myths, Legends & Lies‘, and with Dan Reed for their joint acoustic project Snake Oil & Harmony, has honed his lifelong love of storytelling, song and contact.

Isolation is not a good state of affairs for performers,” Danny admits, “We’re an odd group because we are outwardly extroverted but inwardly introverted, if that makes sense? But those two opposites make up a balance that is key to who we are.

This,” he adds, “would account for why so many singers and performers are putting up videos of themselves right now: singing for us, sending us messages of encouragement or reading us Shakespeare. We’re doing what we always have done: reaching out to the hearts of others.

Live performance matters to Danny: “For myself, I knew that if I didn’t sing and play for somebody after 12 days in isolation, I would start to climb the walls. So, I set a date and time, boarded the social media train and got the word out — as fast and as far as I could — that a show was coming.

Last Thursday – for a little over two hours – I sang for and connected with over 600 people from at least two dozen different countries! We exchanged greetings, I told stories, people put in requests and there was an unexpectedly deep feeling of community and solidarity: a success on every level! We aren’t alone and we are in this together.”

The whole thing was so well-received that I have been asked by an overwhelming majority to do it all over again. So here it comes: Thursday, 2nd April — 8pm GMT; 3pm EST; 12 Noon Pacific.

“These performances are free, but to watch you have to have a Facebook account and go to the page Danny Vaughn’s Myths, Legends & Lies.

Make some good food, get comfortable on your couch, and put me up on your big screen TV! My wife will be manning the laptop, so you can send in your messages, questions, thoughts – whatever you like — and we will see them.

Danny has valued many things about the gigs. “I need to acknowledge the incredible generosity of so many people who watched me on Thursday,” he says, “These concerts are free, as I say, but so many of you went to my website and made donations that I felt overwhelmed and humbled.  Thank-you for helping me keep the lights on!  I look forward to sharing another evening with all of you on 2nd April! Thank you all so much! Stay well and stay safe.

Make a date with Danny Vaughn, and if you didn’t catch his lockdown debut, check out the following link, where you can watch last Thursday’s concert in its entirety:

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Although it’s seemingly been quiet in the Skarlett Riot camp, truth is they’ve been working non-stop on brand new music, the first result of which arrives in the form of long-awaited new single ‘Human’. Embracing a more aggressive tone, Skarlett Riot are out to prove there is more to this young UK act than meets the eye!

Still led by the charismatic vocals of Skarlett, the band is a tighter, more powerful proposition, with harsh vocals complementing the melody throughout this track, without every losing sight of the outstanding melodic intent. Musically the band has come on leaps and bounds from previous releases and the addition of new bassist Tim Chambers has given the band a renewed impetus.

Their new album will arrive later this year via Despotz Records.

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Luke – Drums

Skarlett – Lead Vocals/Guitars

Tim – Bass/Backing Vocals

Danny – Guitars/Backing Vocals

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Italian melodic-metallers Ravenscry have released their new music video and single for ‘Maybe‘, the track is taken from the forthcoming studio album ‘100‘, which will be out on May 15th, 2020.

The video was directed by Salvatore Perrone.

Dramatically soaring vocals, bone-shaking rhythms and darkly real songwriting.

Tracklist:

01 – Maybe
02 – Binary
03 – The Gamer
04 – The Door Inside
05 – The Entertainer
06 – Destination: Nowhere
07 – Light You Up
08 – Leader
09 – Paper Boat
10 – All My Faces
11 – The Gatekeeper

The album was produced by Ravenscry. Mixed by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Mustasch, Sonic Syndicate). Mastered by Dragan Tanasković (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Evergrey). Artwork and graphics by Mario “Aégis” S. Nevado.

Ravenscry is a female-fronted, melodic-metal band from Italy who are currently launching back onto the global metal scene with their highly-anticipated, new album “100”. To this day, they have released three full-length albums, charted in the Spotify metal charts; and stacked up streams in the millions for a number of their smash singles. They have also worked with numerous famous producers, who have crafted the sound for icons like Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Marilyn Manson, In Flames and Megadeth. Following the release of a highly ambitious concept album, ‘The Invisible‘ (2017), Ravenscry are back. More energy. More melody. Even smarter lyrics. The latest evolution of their sound is one that stays true to the core of their sound, whilst still being extra accessible for new listeners.

Line up:

Giulia Stefani – Vocals
Mauro Paganelli – Guitars
Federico Schiavoni – Guitars
Andrea “Fagio” Fagiuoli – Bass
Simone “Simon” Carminati – Drums

You may remember RAVENSCRY from the 2010’s, when they made their mark on the world with a number of smash singles and albums. Armed with infectious pop-fueled hooks and a devoted fanbase; their beautifully melodic and larger than life take on the metal genre, has been hooking millions of listeners for nearly a decade now. “100” is the name of the new album, and fans of the band may find themselves a little surprised when they hear the record. The album comes three years after the highly ambitious, “The Invisible”, a concept album that tells a complex and mystifying tale about coming of age. The band have decided to go back into the essence of what made them such a beloved melodic-metal act to start with. Just this time. Going even more into their melodic side — as to create catchy anthems that can be chanted in arenas for years to come. Sincere, intelligent and brutally honest — the album sums up the human experience to a tee, from the epic highs to the soul-crushing lows.

This isn’t the first time that Ravenscry have made history with a fresh new sound. Since their debut album “One Way Out” (2011), they have been steadily grinding their way up the ranks of the global metal scene. Even working with a number of top-tier producers and sound-engineers; who have crafted the sounds of icons like Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Marilyn Manson, In Flames and Megadeth. ‘The Attraction of Opposites‘ (2014) was their second album, and saw the band spearhead a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. The track ‘Alive‘ was released on International Women’s Day and continues to stack up streams in the millions on Youtube. They even charted at #31 on Spotify’s metal charts with their track “The Witness”. Then of course in 2017, was the release of their concept album ‘The Invisible‘. Since then they have performed at a number of festivals around Europe and even toured with Angra and Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime on the Omni World Tour 2018. The band is also endorsed by Hughes & Kettner, Steinberg, Two Notes and Audio-Technica.

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Finnish melancholic metal act Nicumo have released their third full length album. The album is titled ‘Inertia‘ and it’s out through Inverse Records.

Aki Pusa, the drummer says:

Inertia‘ continues kind of naturally from where our second album “Storms Arise” left. Atmosphere is even deeper and more intense than in previous albums. We have grown as a band during these years of course, and I believe that it can be heard on this album. Songs are more solid and thoughtful entities, composed by needs of the song. Sound-wise this album is most experimental in our discography. Saxophone and even concrete floor played with drumsticks can be heard from the album just for an example.”

Listen to the Inertia album:
Youtube: https://youtu.be/NCrwT5ARR80
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2wIiFL0
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/129440932
Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/album/129939511
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2UIbQkV
Bandcamp: https://nicumo.bandcamp.com

The album contains nine tracks filled with beautiful melodies and nice powerful heavy tones colored by northern melancholy. Versatile soundscapes mesmerize the listener and takes a hold until the last note.
Inertia‘ was recorded and mixed at Joshua Music -studios during 2019 by Olli Tainio, who has worked in post metal/rock scene with bands like Callisto and Blind Architect. Mastered by Svante Forsbäck (e.g. Amorphis, Volbeat, Apocalyptica, Rammstein).

Order ‘Inertia‘ CD: http://bit.ly/31JZVpz

Track list:

  1. Three Pyres
  2. Dark Rivers
  3. Same Blood
  4. Witch Hunt
  5. Tree of Life
  6. Mother and The Snake
  7. Who You Are
  8. Time Won’t Heal
  9. Black Wolf
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Hannu Karppinen – Vocals
Atte Jääskelä – Guitars
Tapio Anttiroiko- Guitars
Sami Kotila – Bass
Aki Pusa – Drums

Phoenix based retro rockers Kings Of Dust have released a lyric video for the track ‘Ya, That’s Me‘.

The song discusses being stuck with who you are. Good or bad,” says singer Michael Thomas Beck.  “This was one of the tracks that the rhythm section recorded in one take. There are several of those on the record. But this one Greg and Jimi just locked into something. It’s got a pretty interesting bass line to begin with. I’m not sure he would ever play it the same way twice. But we seemed to catch a swing on that take that really made the song groove in the way it needed to.”

Kings Of Dust‘s self titled debut as produced by the band’s bassist, Greg Chaisson and engineered and mixed by frontman Beck at SoundVision Studios in Mesa, AZ.  It is stores now through Shock Records / Vanity Music Group.

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Michael Thomas Beck – Lead vocals
Ryan McKay – Guitars
Greg Chaisson – Bass
Jimi Taft – Drums, percussion

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Robert Jon & The Wreck are back and ready to tear up Europe all over again with their new record, ‘Last Light on the Highway‘. The impressive new album, recorded all across the United States and Australia, and self-produced by Robert Jon & The Wreck, will be released on Friday 8th May 2020. The first single from the album ‘Oh Miss Carolina‘ is released today, Friday 27th March, and is accompanied with the following music video.

Robert Jon & The Wreck is comprised of Robert Jon Burrison (lead vocals and guitar), Andrew Espantman (drums and background vocals), Steve Maggiora (keyboards and background vocals), Henry James (lead guitar and background vocals), and Warren Murrel (bass).

Robert Jon & The Wreck will take the album, as well as recording a new live concert double LP on tour in May, June and July 2020.

Robert Jon & The Wreck has been writing songs and releasing albums since the band’s conception in 2011. During this time, this quintet of follicular proficient gentlemen have fine-tuned their sound playing to packed houses across Europe and the United States.

The band has been received with accolades and raving reviews for years now, from nominations of “Best Rock” and “Best Blues” and winning the title of “Best Live Band” at the Orange County Music Awards in 2013, to numerous top 10 chart placement on Southern Rock Brazil’s Top 20 Albums to being praised as “Classic and fresh at the same time” by Rock The Best Music, “Raising the bar for the Southern genre” by Blues Rock Review, and “keeping the history of classic 60’s and 70’s rock alive for newer generations” by Blues legend Joe Bonamassa.

Last Light on the Highway‘ will be available on CD, Vinyl, Limited Edition Deluxe coloured vinyl (blue and white speckled) and various bundles including Signed Deluxe Edition Vinyl, Ltd Edition T-shirt, Signed CD, Ltd Edition collectors badge set and signed Ltd Edition poster of Robert Jon & The Wreck.

The album and bundles are available for pre-order from www.robertjonandthewreck.com.

Robert Jon & The Wreck have supported Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, Living Color, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Walter Trout, Rival Sons, Robert Randolph, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Cadillac Three, Black Stone Cherry, Devon Allman, Billy Sheehan, Sturgill Simpson, and many more.

Track listing:

  1. Oh Miss Carolina
  2. Work It Out
  3. Can’t Stand It
  4. Tired of Drinking Alone
  5. Do You Remember
  6. This Time Around
  7. Don’t Let Me Go
  8. One Last Time
  9. Gold
  10. Last Light on the Highway Pt. 1
  11. Last Light on the Highway Pt. 2