Heavy Metal? Helestios Metal! The Exciting Band Are Back To Tell You ”Your Pain Feels Good!”

Indie, Rock

Non compromising yet immediately accessible; a perfect cross between rage and relatability. Finally, a challenge to the human mind to be able to think for itself.

Meet Helestios. Here to tell you, ”Your Pain Feels Good!”

Henris Leja, Stellas Aggelis, Ian den Boer and Agnis Aldinš – hailing from Latvia, Greece and The Netherlands respectively – combine to bring an elite sound of heavy metal. Now, their passion and drive that encapsulates the Helestios brand is situated in the UK, with the group now making music from Basingstoke, England.

Whilst taking on the traditional tropes and elements that embody the heavy metal genre, it is essential that you do not let the messages in each song go over your head.

This is introduced heavily in the track ‘Return to Baalbek’ in which the phrase ‘‘no more” is constantly repeated. Messages like ‘‘No more destruction and no more exiling humans” force us to start debates and conversations around peace of our people and consider tranquility in the world for all.

It speaks volumes as this was written by Henriis in 2019, whilst mass protests against the Government in the Lebanon raged around him.

‘Black Storm’, is an intense and chaotic combination of heavy drums and guitar riffs, depicting the travesties of war and destruction.

We then meet the cross between rage and reliability in the title-track ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’, which starts off in a calm manner before exploding in immense musicality. This track could be a message touching on the hopelessness some have felt in the recent year, with lyrics like ‘This is all we have left’ feeling particularly relevant.

‘All Attack’ provides an aggressive and fast paced soundtrack. Written in support of the Belorussian people who have spent recent months fighting to overthrow what many see as one of the last tyrannies of Europe, this track is another testament to the metal of humanity in fighting social crises.

Despite the often destructive stereotype and nature of heavy metal, Helestios have given us a new way to look at life and attempt to move us into taking a different approach in the way we do things.

We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones.

Helestios

The full album can be listened to here:

For more things Helestios, be sure to check out their social media below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helestios/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/helestios

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helestios_official/

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/helestios

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/28B0xtntzuPVO6Ez5NNmBP

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnmL-ukpMFTyWrrGo1Mcag

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Tod Almond releases tantalising tease track in step towards new album

Music, Rock

On September 4th, Tod Almond releases his latest single, ‘Start Again’ in a bid to tease us of the release of his debut album ‘If Only You Could See’ which is set to drop on 2nd October. This is a hugely welcome return to his classic rock song-writing and guitar prowess.

Almond is based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and has stuck true to the maxim, “do what makes you happy!” Teaching himself guitar as a teenager, he became hugely attached to his first acoustic guitar, then moving on to electric guitar, bass and drums – developing and understanding of each instrument intuitively and learning by ear.

“My children keep asking me, ‘When will you be on Spotify?’ I said, ‘It won’t be long. They just want me to be something. I really want them to hear, see and feel my happiness”

Tod almond

The single is a true, raw, down to Earth example of a classic rock tune – filled with searing solo’s and hard-rock hooks, you will be drawn to listen again and again.

Make sure to follow Tod on social media to be the first to hear about the release of ‘Start Again’ on September 4th and album ‘If Only You Could See Me’ on October 2nd.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todalmondmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/todalmond Website: https://todalmond.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/todalmond/11-start-again-radioedit/s-X7kHmfdkEWA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4LmYtGq5ZeOlWWYYwXhObc
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqxnC6nZ9_FX7py0ntJYnA

The ‘Bridge of Sighs’ Bluesman Robin Trower Unleashes New Song ‘Diving Bell’

blues, Rock, Rock n Roll

The blues legend himself, Robin Trower, shows no sign of slowing down. Now in his eighth decade, Robin is still trailblazing creativity with his forthcoming album ‘Coming Closer to The Day’ set to be released on 22nd March and preceded by its lead track ‘Diving Bell’. 

Robin’s back pages leave no doubt of his towering contribution. Follow the thread back to ’50s Southend, where the teenage Trower lived and breathed a vinyl collection that left an indelible mark on him. Making his first mark in R&B hopefuls The Paramounts, he then forged his reputation over a five-album tenure with Procol Harum.

His solo career exploded in 1974 with ‘Bridge Of Sighs’, the gold-selling masterpiece. That wave of popularity carried Trower into a series of celebrated collaborations with Jack Bruce that began with B.L.T. (1981), and even saw him guesting on tracks for Bryan Ferry’s acclaimed Taxi (1993).

The calibre of the songwriting on ‘Coming Closer To The Day’ is matched by Trower’s performances, with the bandleader handling all instruments except the drums. His basslines are supple and rhythmic, his vocals growl and and the lead guitar work only adds to his reputation as an all-time-great soloist.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robintrower

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/robintrower

90’s rock and psychedelic sounds, Keemosabe’s forthcoming EP is one that spans genres

Indie, Pop, Rock

From playing in small clubs in their little city on Lake Maggiore, to legendary venues and festivals of big city centres like New York, Milan and London, modern pop/rock band Keemosabe present a sound that is accessible to lovers of energetic grooves, powerful riffs and pop melodies.

Set to release their self-titled forthcoming EP, the Italian band fuse elements of 90’s rock and psychedelic break-downs to create an all-round euphoric, genre-spanning sound that caters for fans of the likes of Kings of Leon and Foals.

Having previously released ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘All is One’ the band are set to release their single ‘Out of the City’ next week on 7th March – a track that reflects the fury and drama of the world’s busiest cities.

Their London dates proved a huge success, selling out both The Islington and Servant’s Jazz Quarters, whilst their popularity in Milan saw them playing the city’s largest venues, including the 3,000-capacity Alcatraz. After recording and mastering their EP at Abbey Road Studios, they were subsequently invited to perform a live show at the fabled Studio One.

With live dates set for both Italy and the UK and their debut album nearing completion, Keemosabe are a name to get to know this year.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Keemosabe_Band

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUlceo8qpA4bJY_DwqsjiA/videos

Website: www.keemosabeband.com 

New release: Mark Shepherd’s mellow rock song ‘The Grand Scheme of Things’ – a song of time passing by and our role in life

Rock

The dark heart of UK Americana Mark Shepherd has released The Grand Scheme of Things – a track filled with mellow acoustic instrumentals, rustic rock vocals and lyrical depth that delves into the existential phenomenon of life.

With elements of the strong solo work of Paul Weller and the introspective content of artists like Tom Petty, Shepherd adds his own twist on rock by eliciting an atmospheric mood of storytelling and a layering of acoustic bliss.

The track looks at the culmination of someone’s life and questions what it means to have made a difference, asking if making a positive impact on a small number of people isn’t just as worthwhile as grander gestures.

A veteran of live circuit, from the UK to New York and Texas, Shepherd is poised to make an immediate impression on anyone with a passion for real music and song-writing and with a forthcoming EP release in early April, Shepherd is one to watch this year.

Click on the links below for more listening:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3eBq0mItukX32dvU3QySCo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/markshepherdmu1

Website: http://www.markshepherdmusic.co.uk/

The Italian Alternative-Rock band Bright Garden’s newest album release ‘Lost Signs’ recreates rock horizons by virtue of a marked originality

Alternative, Rock

The alternative-rock band that combine generational traits such as the urgency of prime 70’s UK punk and 90’s fuzz guitar attack formation with vocals that offer endearing twisted vowels and consonants are back with their new album release ‘Lost Signs’.

Taking influences from multiple genres like new wave, punk and metal, Bright Garden offer innovative sounds that broaden the horizons of rock and leave them distinctive to other rock bands that precede them. Whether you are looking for tracks to get you pumped like Warrior and Addicted or a wind-down alternative where Wait and Love is more fitting, the ten tracks that make up the album provide sounds for all requirements. Bright Garden offer the ferocious, demanding sounds that every rock band needs whilst also offering lyrical depth in the form of real worldly issues that affect real people.

For lovers of Nirvana and The Sex PistolsLost Signs stands as an absolute must in the rock albums to be listened to this year.

i-Tunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1447135909

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-233901791

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrightGardenBand/

Meet Your New Favourite Folk-Punk Artist: Jay Thackery

Folk, Punk, Rock n Roll

Feeling angsty yet sensitive? Need to look else where to get you punk-folk fix after you released that Frank Turner stopped releasing decent music and became kind of a knob? Well look no further because we’ve found just the guy to fill that particular hole in your life: Jay Thackery.

His debut EP is a gold-mine of story-led folk-punk ballads rooted in personal experience. Indeed, ‘The Rehab Diaries’ isn’t just attempt to make the artist sound edgy and tortured: the album was literally written and recorded during Thackery’s second stint in rehab for various  substance abuse issues. He refers to the EP as a ‘perfect snapshot of that period in his life’, which encapsulates the almost memoir-like quality that the record has: it is introspective, reflective and cathartic.

 

The sound, at its core, is folky. Jay Thackery has a one-man-band vibe going on, with his use of an acoustic guitar and bass-drum adding to the rough-and-ready production value that amplifies the emotive quality of his music. Manufactured pop-punk this is not. Coupled with elements from classic rock’n’roll, bluegrass and punk- all genres that traditionally have had a large grassroots scenes—his music is nothing if not authentic.

There is also a smattering of rap in songs such as ‘Don’t Cry’ and ‘The Fall’, in which Thackery shows off some of his best lines, and is reminiscent of a younger Ed Sheeran, before he became the unofficial mascot of Heart Radio. We only hope that his upcoming releases contain more spoken word segments, as we feel that this shows Jay at his most inventive.

 

Check out the album and more on the links below!

SoundCloud– www.soundcloud.com/jaythackeryuk

Spotify– https://open.spotify.com/album/248U9ocWc6U2e8Xg5Qt4kQ

Youtube– www.youtube.com/jaythackeryofficial

Facebook– www.facebook.com/jaythackerymusic

Website– www.jaythackerymusic.com

Quitters May Be Their Own Worst Enemy But They’re Certainly Not Ours

Punk

French punk-rock band Quitters release new single ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ ahead of the release of their second EP Singing Like Nobody’s Listening in January 2019.

‘My Own Worst Enemy’ is an upbeat and positive offering. The message is one of empowerment and Quitters note that most of the difficulties that people experience arise from the way they deal with problems as opposed to the problems themselves. As the band explains, you can be disenchanted, frustrated, lost, hopeless but at the same time realize that there are so many positive things in this world. It’s all about choice, about making the decision to pursue these things as long as you can.

Quitters are a Punk Rock indie quartet formed in 2015 in Montpellier After a few dates in France, the band releases their first EP entitled Move On to Honest Things in May 2015 on four European labels (Krod Records, Bad Mood Asso, Inhumano and Dingleberry Records). Then follows several tours that will take them to Chile, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland…

In 2017, the debut album Good Night Memories released on eight independent European labels including Inhumano, Bad Mood Asso and Dingleberry Records. With the same desire to defend independent culture and Do It Yourself. This year also marks the arrival of Roma in the group and the resumption of tours in England, Europe and the USA.

In January 2019, the second EP Singing Like Nobody’s Listening will be released.

 These are the first songs composed with Romain on drums. They were made between Montpellier and Grenoble. Rom living 300 km from Antho, Jerem and Dookie, the exercise was to ping-pong the songs without ever repeating until a satisfactory result was achieved.

The ep was recorded in June 2018 with RomTom Cat and is called Singing Like Nobody’s Listening.

Check them out on the links below:

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2yot4cy

 

Welsh Newcomers ‘Al Moses’ Preview New Debut Single And I Want More!

New Bands

Al Moses are an incendiary new band made up of four nineteen-year-old friends from the South Wales valleys, who take on rock and roll history and stamp it with their personalities and the youthful ambition to be heard beyond their hometown.  With its sneering vocals, sizzling riffs and stomping beat, the rollicking ‘I Want More’ encapsulates their burning ambition, the disillusionment of their generation and wraps it in a swaggering chorus.  It’s a hungry opening statement of intent from this exciting young band.

Al Moses singer Jack Shepherd says: ‘It’s a head-on, hands-up anthem for people like us, the disillusioned youth. We just want more than what’s laid out for us. And this song aims to capture that spirit and determination of how we feel right now.’ Jack Shepherd.

Jack and Daf, who co-front and share lead vocals in Al Moses, met at house party 2015. A few days later, after watching The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Cardiff Students Union they adopted the name Al Moses inspired by a religious connotation.

Daf is an aspiring actor, studying at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, already appearing in nationwide drama and cast in various music videos.  Al Moses were chosen in January 2018 to be part of the Forte Project that provides mentoring, live opportunities and practical support for new and upcoming acts based in South Wales.

Be sure to check them out, especially if your a fan of other rock-n-roll inspired acts such as Oasis and The Cribs!

Facebook : @almosesband
Insta: @almosesband

New hypnotic track ‘Element’ and upcoming album from alternative pop trio The Hallows

Alternative, Pop, Uncategorized

UK alternative pop trio The Hallows gear up for the release of their debut album with this brand new hypnotic single ‘Element’.

 

As the group explains: ‘element was one of the first songs recorded and it helped to set the overall tone of the album. It was written as a positive and uplifting song about looking up to someone you love and the profound influence they can have on your life’.

 

Watch the video for Element here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Qy05nmJWM

Listen to the track on Soundcloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official/element/s-cW1ht

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official/element/s-cW1ht

Championing their own very unique sound, The Hallows are an enchanting concoction of Kate Bush, Muse, Portishead and Tori Amos with their own individual dreamy essence thrown in.

The group’s eclectic sound is a result of the band members’ individual musical meanderings. Sarah has played as a backing vocalist/keyboard/Glockenspiel for Hafdís Huld supporting the likes of Paolo Nutini, Mika and Bloc Party at festivals as large as Glastonbury and SXSW. Joe meanwhile has supported notorious cult pornographic band Rock Bitch (a band renowned for rarely sporting support acts). He and Sarah have also shared the stage with Ronan Keating playing a number of television performances.

Meeting at university, the band shared a house together, in which third band member Dave subjected the group to strict drinking game rules, whilst also ensuring they all ate proper meals (now holding the unofficial title of ‘band chef’).

Sarah has played the role of Snow White whilst working at Disneyland – several elements of this fantasy world clearly making their way into the mystical sound of ‘Element’. As a child, Sarah also lived by a zoo and was kept often awake by roaring lions (the lions would often set the wolves off too, which sounds absolutely terrifying!)

Since forming, the group have been hands on with all aspects of their music including coming up with video concepts, artwork, set design, production and blogging.

Their upcoming album Of Time and Tides is out July 4th.

The group explain:The album is about life, relationships and how things can change over time. The album was written in the spirit of a bygone era because we wanted to encapsulate elements within all our lives that have influenced us both musically and personally. Sarah draws inspiration for the lyrics from the elements because they represent the never ending cycle of life and time in which we exist for a moment. We have combined these influences to create an album that displays our love for atmospheric instrumentation, lush melodies and, hopefully, pop songs you will want to sing along to.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/TheHallowsOfficial/timeline?ref=page_internal

https://twitter.com/TheHallowsBand

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuuESg_76nXzJHngq51Log

http://www.thehallows.uk/