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SONG OF THE DAY- SUPERFECTA- NOVEMBER PAIN

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Photo credit: Press Words by Anselm Anderson London - based rockers Superfecta continue with their impressive runs of singles with the release  of  " November Pain", a track initially scheduled for an early released, but was delayed due to the global pandemic. The track was penned last year about a relationship breakup, but the lyrics can relate to recent events too. The track sees the band progress with the aggressive and darker sound that emerged in previous track Breathe In ( Click here to read the review)  https://anselmanderson.blogspot.com/2020/09/song-of-day-superfecta-breathe-in.html .The quartet build momentum with a mix of metal and grunge, as vocalist Rob Negrini evolves as a likely frontman. His voice is rich and relatable as he conveys raw emotions on this track. The songwriting grows stronger with drummer Vella's pounding sticks an evocative statement of power. Guitarist Danun Todd's punishing riffs and bassist Joe Head's groovy basslines maintain th

SONG OF THE DAY- THE WOMEN- "DON'T WE"

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  Photo Credit: Press Words by Anselm Anderson TheWomen are an emerging band, hailing from Poland. "Don't We" is the new single from the upcoming new album " The Machine". TheWomen recently earned rave reviews in their native Krakow, following a slew of concerts. The new track hopes to highlight their knack for conveying emotions, concepts and philosophies through a blend of modern rock and metal. " Don't We"  opens with a synergetic riff, accompanied by thunderous drumming. The vocals tend to switch from melodic and reflective, to angry and emotionally charged. The tempo soon builds to a more aggressive tone, as the singer croons " We can feel it, don't we". The song soon breaks down into a funky instrumental to increase the tension to a melancholic string arrangement.  The finale sees steady drumbeats that see the vocals experience a range of feelings to convey the women's intentions to tell the story of topics that affect us al

ARTIST INTERVIEW: HARRIET COMFORT " WE WANT TO CREATE MUSIC FOR THE GREATER GOOD"

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  HELLO, COULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELVES TO THE READERS?  Hey! We’re Harriet Comfort - an East London six-piece indie rock band. We’re made up of 5 Aussies (Amy, Brett, Sue, Rick and Sean) and 1 adopted Brit (Anna).    Our debut single, 'Time is Now' was released earlier this year, after being recorded and produced in our kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms during the global COVID lockdown. Since then we’ve been busy in the studio working on our follow up release, 'The Other Side', which dropped last month.    Amy Church - Vocals Sean Dalton - Drums Rick Gold - Bass Brett MacFarlane - Lead guitar Anna Peiris - Rhythm guitar Sue Summers - Keys   HOW DID HARRIET COMFORT FORM?   We formed back in 2018 out of a mixture of reunions, chance meetings and a pair of leather pants!    After all, reconnecting in London we initially got together for a laugh over beers jamming on tunes we love by bands we adore.    It wasn’t until we were offered a chance to be part of the ​MAS​ pro

EP OF THE WEEK- GHOST DANCE COLLECTIVE- GETTING BY

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Words by Anselm Anderson Ghost Dance Collective are a band this blog first covered during the summer as part of a compilation for NHS workers during the Covid Pandemic. Click here to read     I was instantly struck by their ability to intertwine beautiful harmonies with experimental instrumentation. And now they have finally released an EP, entitled "Getting BY" four songs of oddities and rarities that may feature in the future. The band's unique blend of Psychedelia and folk combine to create a sense of harmony and art to lift a few moods this winter. Getting By is the self-titled opener is an enchanting start with a 60's vibe. Soothing vocals play over multi-layered melodies. The warm timbre-matched by the tender keyboards. Rainy Night in Tolix is an acoustic track adequate for this time of year. Those aforementioned harmonies easily fit into intricate guitar patterns. A song that certainly warms up the cobbles. Next up is an alternate mix of Clouds  is a psyched

GOLDEN ROBOT RECORDS NEWS; COUSIN BETTY SET TO RELEASE NEW SINLE " TAPE HISS IN FEBRUARY

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  COUSIN BETTY  releases new single  'Tape Hiss'  on 1st February 2021, out via Golden Robot Records. Cousin Betty  is the brainchild of Australia’s  Damien Stofka  a guitarist/songwriter, who has created riffs and written songs for  Molten Universe, Death Mattel ,  LITTER  and various other projects for the last 15 years. Cousin Betty  are set to release their 2 nd  single  Tape Hiss  on the 1 st  February .  Tape Hiss  is the follow up to the recently released  Drone .  “When we were jamming this one, I just remember the energy it had. It really needed to be celebratory and communal - something that people would want to sing out load together. I thought of examples like Kiss ‘Rock 'n' Roll All Night’, Queen ‘We Will Rock You’ and Twisted Sister ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’. While we discussed those and other examples, it occurred to me that I couldn't think of anything contemporary - since ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ perhaps, that was as much of an anthem. That'

NEW ARTISTS; Last Temptation signs to Crusader Records

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Photo Credit: Victoria Smith   LAST TEMPTATION brings together guitarist  Peter Scheithauer  (Killing Machine, Belladonna, Temple of Brutality),  Butcho Vukovic  (Watcha) vocals,  Julien Rimaire  (Los Dissidentes Del Sucio Hotel) bass and  Vince Brisach  (Mitch Ryder) on drums all under the watchful eye of former  Guns ‘N Roses  Manager  Doug Goldstein.   LAST TEMPTATION  are proud to have announced they have signed a worldwide deal with  Crusader Records (Part of the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group) LAST TEMPTATION  delivers a riff drenched 80s Hard Rock sound mixed with the best Traditional Metal elements. They released their self-titled debut album in 2019 via earMusic to strong critical acclaim and it also included guest appearances from  Bob Daisley, Vinny Appice, Don Airey, James Lomenzo  and  Rudy Sarzo. The band say of this monumental signing, " "We are beyond excited to be a part of Crusader Records / Golden Robot Records family. After a few talks with Mark,

SONG OF THE DAY- VANGOGO - IMAGINARY FRIEND

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Words by Anselm Anderson The Van Gogh inspired  Michigan rockers Van GoGo return to the scene with "  Imaginary Friend ", t he follow up to the popular "Big Mistake". The four-piece first formed in 2008 by veterans, Lead vocalist Nathan Mackinder and guitarist Jason Schaller, who were soon joined by drummer Jonah Brockman and bassist Paxton Olney. VanGoGo soon grew tired with life on the road and soon disbanded. They soon decided 2020 was a great time to forge a comeback and have set about with a slew of single releases. Imaginary Friend is three minutes of guitar-driven punk with huge choruses and thought-provoking lyrics. A chugging three-chord guitar line explodes into a catchy melody. The song's pounding drums and effective hooks will leave you thinking some friends are not worth the hassle. Mackinder delivers a powerful vocal performance with a hint of cynism. He adds about the track, " This song is about betrayal. Some of your worst and most hurtful

EP REVIEW- THE PLASTIC PALS- IT COULD BE SO EASY, FREE AND FINE

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Words by Anselm Anderson Last month, Swedish Garage Rockers' The Plastic Pals finally released their much- anticipated sixth studio effort, "I t Could Be So Easy, Free and Fine"  via Polythene Records. The latest instalment was due to be unveiled earlier in the year but was stalled due to the worldwide pandemic. The EP was originally intended to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Plastic Pals. The 4-track piece was produced by the band alongside Jorgen Wall, who also assisted in the recording and mixing of the final piece with Peter Maher mastering. The four songs feature 3 recognisable ones alongside an unreleased edition. Opener Plastic Pals is the catchy lead single with jangly guitars and lead singer Hakan " Hawk" Sood crooning in this tribute to the Douglas Adams' novel Hitchikers' Guide To The Galaxy , which the band were named after.  Next up is If Love Should Call, a country ballad steeped in emotion and irony. The slow tempo set begins with t

NEW ARTISTS: POLISH METALLERS' BLACK RIVER SIGNS TO CRUSADER RECORDS

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Photo Credit: Victoria Smith BLACK RIVER,  the Polish heavy rock/metal band have signed a worldwide (excl. Poland) deal with  Crusader Records  (part of the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group). Listen to  Black River  HERE   BLACK RIVER  features  Tomasz 'Orion' Wr√≥blewski (Behemoth)  and  Dariusz 'Daray' Brzozowski (Dimmu Borgir)  and they are joined by  Piotr 'Kay' Wtulich  and  Artur 'Art' Kempa  (Guitars) and vocalist  Maciej Taff .   BLACK RIVER  is set to release their new album  'Generation Axe'  in early 2021. " This is a very important moment for us because we will have a chance to reach listeners all over the world with our music. This opens up a lot of new opportunities and we are already looking forward to giving you the first details about our future cooperation. We've been working hard over the years to finally have this chance, and we'll do our best not to screw it up. Times are difficult not only for our industry

IDLES share new video for "Kill Them With Kindness" | New album "Ultra Mono" out now via Partisan Records

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Photo credit: Tom Haim IDLES  have shared a new animated video for the "Kill Them With Kindness". The video, which was directed and designed by James Carbutt and animated by Pip Williamson, is taken from the band's critically-acclaimed UK number one album " Ultra Mono ", which was released in September via Partisan Records.  You can watch the video below; Speaking about the video, the director says, "The dingy pub setting in the film is based on the Working Men’s Clubs of my hometown (Barnsley). It was nice to imagine IDLES bursting in and spreading a message of love. During our research we discovered that no two Wetherspoons carpets are the same, they are all unique like snowflakes, so yeah making this film was a wild ride." T he band's new video follows the release of other "Ultra Mono" standouts “ War ”, “ Mr. Motivator ”, “ Grounds ”, " Hymns " and " Model Village ", the latter accompanied by an animated music vide