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SONG OF THE DAY: COUSIN BETTY- TAXES AND DEATH

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 Australian Punk band Cousin Betty return with an explosive new single "Taxes and Death" on January 10th, taken from their upcoming debut LP, The band have been riding high with the releases of their two EP'S, Left and Overs. 'TAXES & DEATH' is based on President Benjamin Franklin's famous quote and sees the band venting their frustrations at selfish record labels. Cousin Betty was formed by renowned guitarist and songwriter, Damien Stofka who has created riffs and written songs for M olten Universe, Death Mattel, LITTER and various other projects for the last 15 years. Stofka formed the band after seeking inspiration from The  Desert Sessions. The guitarist seemed disillusioned with being part of a standard band, he decided to spend his downtime compiling albums worth of material with contributing artists and performers he liked. 'Taxes and Death' is a rousing track, clocking in after one and a half minutes. The guitar-driven song is punchy and ag

MUSIC RELEASE: LUKAS ROSSI RETURNS TO RAISE AWARNESS FOR AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS WITH 'AUTONOMIC', OUT NOW

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  After his huge break on Rockstar: Supernova, Lukas wants to pay it forward by using his platform to help others in need. Lukas returns with his most important record yet “Autonomic”, is out now  Throughout the years of touring, meeting fans, collaborating, and self-reflection, the urge to do more with his music is higher than ever. “Autonomic” is a record influenced by an “Invisible Illness” called Dysautonomia. This is a condition that compromises a person’s nervous system, impacting almost all areas of their body — all the while looking like healthy people. Lukas recently joined Seventy7 Records. The owner, Amanda Nail’s daughter, Lexi Nail (Seen on Autonomic’s album cover) was diagnosed with Dysautonomia as a teenager. Featured artist ‘Matty Shreds’ also suffers from this condition. After learning how crippling this illness is, Lukas took immediate action to help join those raising awareness. In addition, a portion of the album sales will go to Dysautonomia International

Rambling Man's Weekly Playlist featuring 7 Descent, Karine Hannah, Avatar, The Pocket Gods etc

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  The Rambling Man's penultimate playlist of the week features some great new tracks from Karine Hannah, 7 Descent, Pistol Annies plus some festive ones from The Pocket Gods and Avatar. Click on the player below to listen to the full playlist. If you want to discover further playlists and new posts like this, please click on the link below to receive all the latest reviews, news and playlists. https://follow.it/anselmanderson

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SMOKING MARTHA-UNIVERSE

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Rising female-fronted Rock act Smoking Martha  has released their sophomore effort, Universe , a follow up to 2017's widely received debut 'In Deep'. The album features the band's diverse sound, combining pop vocal choruses with blistering riffs and infectious hooks over 12 tracks. Smoking Martha, fronted by the charismatic charms of Natasha Doherty, hail from Brisbane, Australia. The quartet has steadily forged a strong cult following with notable support slots with some of rock's recognisable acts, such as Thunder, Uriah Heep and Saliva. The band have also made regular appearances at local festivals in their native Australia, including an appearance at Hard Rock Hell in 2018 in England. The LP was produced by Matt Bartlem and Luke Palmer ( Dead Letter Circus ), recorded at Studio Circus in Queensland, Australia. The LP starts with the thunderous drum intro of "Good Girls". Doherty's distinctive rich vocals sound similar to No Doubt's Gwen S

NEW MUSIC RELEASE: FEMALE ROCK DUO TARAH WHO RELEASE 'PUSH ME' FEATURING YUR MUM

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  Tarah Who?'s latest track featuring YUR MUM , "Push Me," is available on major platforms. Tarah Who? is known for its unorthodox and non-conformist tone, and "Push Me" is their latest to communicate that message. Inspired by the 2020 Grammy's, Tarah realized that the entire rock category and performances were absent on live TV. Feeling that a female rock band is currently overlooked in the music industry, Tarah set out to write a song with YUR MUM that is meaningful to both bands but also all of the hard-working independent musicians trying to get attention and the honour of winning a Grammy award. Influenced by the journey of independent artists, women in rock music, and musicians who struggle to keep their passion going despite obstacles, Tarah Who? set out on a journey that is different from those who have made it. Tarah states, " Our definition of success is on a different level than we cannot compare but we are not gratified publicly ." Ins

NEW BOOK - Motörhead: Fast & Loose: Snapshots from the Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982

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  Graham Mitchell, who was MOTÖRHEAD' s tour manager in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, was also an avid photography enthusiast. A new large-format tabletop book, Fast & Loose: Snapshots from the Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982, collects nearly 100 of his snapshots, including many that have never been published before. “I somehow knew how important it all was,” Mitchell says. “I knew I needed to capture at least some of those moments. I’d see the band to the stage and then immediately go out into the house, jostle with the punters, and get what I could.” One of the most influential hard rock bands of all time, MOTÖRHEAD mixed rock, punk, and heavy metal into an aggressive blend of pure explosive energy. During the era documented in Fast & Loose, the classic "three amigos" lineup of the band ( Lemmy Kilmister, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, and "Fast" Eddie Clarke) toured relentlessly and recorded a half dozen classic albums that continue to

SONG OF THE DAY: AD MELIORA- NO YELLOW BRICKS

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  Stockholm based alt-rockers AD MELIORA returns with the premiere of the video to the new single "No Yellow Bricks." It is the first track since this year's debut EP The Void, The Time, The Path. 'No Yellow Bricks' is a melodic rock song about struggling to overcome doubt and depression to achieve one's personal goals. The quartet consists of experienced musicians from Spain, Italy and The Canary Islands. Ad Meliora combines alternative rock with math-rock elements and melodious passages. The song opens with an alternate finger-picking guitar style that erupts explosively into a distorted riff. This repetition of the riff builds throughout the first verse, slowing towards the bridge. The tempo slows in between verses, as lead vocalist Paolo sings in a reflective tone. The passages are intricate and mellow, as the tempo builds to a climax. The song finishes with a return to the heavy riff that greeted the start of the track, which identifies vocalist Paolo Ala

EP REVIEW: EB AND THE DEADLIGHTS- STILL SEE GHOSTS

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  Horror rock quartet EB &THE DEADLIGHTS unleash hell on their much-anticipated debut EP Still See Ghosts. The ghoulish Irishmen hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland, consisting of lead vocalist Ethan Beattie, rhythm guitarist Matt McCabe, drummer Alex Williams and keyboardist/lead guitarist Andy McCarney. The band's mix of punk, razor-sharp riffs and contagious choruses all stems from their influences, including Murderdolls, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. The album is five tracks long, clocking in at roughly under 20 minutes. The EP begins with the abrasive "Nightmare Of Reality", a raging two-minute blast of harsh aggressive vocals, frenetic guitars, and enough rawness to start things off. Next up is "Heathen of The Mind", a full-throttle blast of raw anger and angst. The song's groovy riffs, pummeling drums, and a cross between feral screams and clean vocals make this the standout track on the EP. The Deadlights play music on their sleeves with an experi

RAMBLING MAN'S BEST NEW RELEASES- VOLUME FOUR

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  The Rambling Man's weekly playlist returns with another collection of the best new releases from the world of rock, metal, stoner, doom, blues etc. Click on the player below to listen to the tracks.

MUSIC NEWS: CARR JAM-21 RETURN WITH A COVER OF KISS CLASSIC ' LOVE HER ALL I CAN'

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Carr Jam – 21 is back with their second single from their self-titled debut EP and this track features legendary singer Jesper Binzer (D-A-D) on lead vocals and Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) on guitar together with members from Bonafide, Velvet Insane and Electric Boys. The track is a cover of the KISS classic ”Love Her All I Can”: ”Great to be allowed to get right into an ultimate 70's number - both classic and naive at the same time. Exactly where glam rock starts to get cool!! - thank you and enjoy! ” - Jesper Binzer Jesper Binzer Carr Jam – 21 is a project to celebrate the legacy of the late Eric Carr (KISS 1980-1991). Eric tragically passed away 30 years ago, and The band wanted to do something special. Together with some of the most well-known and KISS inspired musicians, Carr Jam-21 have recorded two songs written by Eric Carr + two KISS songs. The people behind the project are Dregen (The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies) , Gustav Kronfelt (video producer), Jolle Atlagic (El

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: AQUILUS: BELLUM I

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Australian Multi-Instrumentalist Aquilus AKA Mr Horace Rosenqvist returns with the first of a two-part opus entitled Bellum-I  via Blood Music Records. The 62-minute eight-track release is heavily influenced by dark, atmospheric metal, European folk and classical music. It is rare to feature such a record on the Rambling Man's pages, but this album has an overall sense of something epic emerging here. The musician hails from Melbourne, Australia and features several musicians on this album. 'Bellum- I' opts to feature some traditional instruments such as acoustic guitars. piano, violins, mandolas, balalaika, mandolins, banjos, gusli, bow psaltery, and fipple flutes. Aquilas first came to prominence ten years ago with his debut album, 'Griseus'. which was preceded by a series of demos released in the 2000s. ' Bellum-I ' brings together eight tracks of melodious symphonies, harrowing vocals and an ethereal adventure all to your stereos. The sombre tinkles of t

MUSIC NEWS: REVERED AUSTRALIAN ROCK FIGURES ANDY McLEAN (Horsehead) AND DAVE LESLIE (Baby Animals) UNVEIL NEW BAND, TRUCK, AND DEBUT SINGLE 'MAKE HAY'.

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  Newly formed Truck has unveiled the sound of their debut single 'Make Hay. The song roars to life with the sound of an engine rumbling into action. Then Dave Leslie’s distinctive guitar sets the scene … Welcome to ‘Make Hay’, the debut single for Truck, the new band for two mainstays of the Aussie rock scene – Horsehead’s Andy McLean and Baby Animals ’ Dave Leslie . Watch 'Make Hay' by Truck (official music video): “When Horsehead were starting out, Baby Animals were the biggest band in the land,” Andy says. “ We were lucky enough to do some shows with them and as soon as I saw Dave on stage, I thought, ‘What a mighty player – who wouldn’t want to be in a band with him?’ And here we are, in 2021, and our stars aligned.” They called the band Truck. An apt name for a big, powerful beast. Making classic driving rock. Dave heard about the band via the Baby Animals sound guy Ricki Rae. “ I had this awesome band in the studio, ” Ricki told Dave. “It’s old-school rock – you

Rambling Man's Best New Artists from the past month .

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  The Rambling Man has put together another playlist for the seasonal holidays. Click below to discover some more bands that have impressed this blog over the past month.

MUSIC VIDEO: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA RELEASE SYLVIA PLATH TRIBUTE 'THE PROPHET'

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The rising alternative duo, THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA surge forward with the video for their new single, ' The Prophet ' . Check out the video here -  Born at the beginning of 2020, THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA ( TCOMAS) are based in London. However, the roots of the twosome are fittingly distinct: Daphne Ang (Vocals, Piano, Keyboard) was born in Singapore, and Andrea Papi (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) hails from Italy. By tugging from a host of influences, most notably Tool, Kraftwerk , and Devin Townsend, TCOMAS splendidly weave music, literature, and history together into a heady cocktail where rock, prog and metal blend gloriously with electronica. This fascinating cocktail has seen the alt crew captivate new fans and audiences. All of this has been backed by a remarkable work ethic and quality musical output.  TCOMAS’s new single, 'The Prophet', is another exciting piece of textured progressive sturdy rock that only serves to increase the group’s so

MUSIC VIDEO: UK ROCKERS' DIG LAZARUS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE 'TIME FROZE' WITH THE VIRGIN MARY'S ALLY DICKATY GUESTING

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  UK ROCKERS' Dig Lazarus have premiered a new music video for 'Time Froze' which features Ally Dickaty of The Virginmarys. This latest news proceeds the alt-rock trio's new album launch show this December with special guests SKAM and an acoustic set by Ally. Watch 'Time Froze' (official music video) below: “When writing the track ‘Time Froze’ we could hear Ally’s voice on the track, so when he agreed to record it for our new album we were over the moon. Supporting The Virginmarys on their recent UK tour was an absolute blast and a dream come true. The highlight was probably having Ally join us on stage to perform the song in Birmingham. Opening up for our favourite band every night was an absolute pleasure, we’ve so much love and respect for them. Having two incredible artists, SKAM and Ally, be special guests for our end of year album launch show in Leicester is amazing, it’s going to be an incredible last hurrah for 2021!” - Dig Lazarus Buy tickets for Dig

MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Live from the Nutthouse studio in Sheffield, AL, Megan Knight makes her initial debut in the “My Drama” performance video

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  Live from the Nuthouse studio in Sheffield, AL , Megan Knight makes her initial debut in the “My Drama” performance video with her guitar in hand. Co-written and co-produced by James LeBlanc,  a former writer for Rascal Flatts and Martina McBrid e, Megan’s performance video highlights a roster of notable band members that accompany her in the background of the video.  Additionally, James’s son Dylan LeBlanc is featured directly next to him on guitar, who is also a renowned artist and songwriter and artist previously showcased in Rolling Stone Magazine. Megan’s Grammy Winning bassist J imbo Hart is also known for his role as the primary bassist for Jason Isabelle.   The New-Jersey native has been honing her singer/songwriter skills since her EP debut at the tender age of 14, which quickly caught the attention of reputable Grammy Award-winning producers and the famous Muscle Shoals, studio musicians. Knight now finds herself performing at the place where it all began, The Nuthouse S

ALBUM REVIEW- KILLER: 50 YEARS LATER: AN ALICE COOPER TRIBUTE.

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Bath-based Independent Record Label Pale Wizard Records present a tribute to Alice Cooper's 1971 album ' Killer' . The shock rocker's fourth studio album proved to be an influential one on many successors because it proved to be a turning point for the band. 'Killer' was a statement of intent to the critics hung up on the band's theatrics and make-up. The English based record label was formed in 2007 by friends Tim Hilleard and Dan Flitcroft. The duo picked eight of their best acts to sing on the album, including a cameo by Dan Flitcroft's Sergeant Thunderhoof. They wanted to pay a special tribute to their favourite artist, so they thought it would be a good opportunity with 'Killer'. The album was originally released on November 27th,1971. Killer: 50 years later...  features some upcoming acts from the world of hard rock, psychedelia, and the stoner underground putting their own spin on this legendary album. London's Psychedelic Green Lung

MUSIC NEWS: Vardis double live Vinyl LP "100M.P.H.@100CLUB" coming 17th December

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British NWoBHM legends VARDIS will release a double live album, entitled 100MPH@100club on December 17th via SPV/STEAMHAMMER RECORDS In the 1970s Vardis' relentless touring of the working men's clubs of Northern England took them to support slots with Hawkwind, Slade, Motörhead and Saxon, emerging with a reputation for a unique heavy rock attack and high energy technical brilliance. On November 1st 1980 Vardis' live debut LP 100 M.P.H . entered the UK Album Charts and instantly became a foundational record of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The power trio's fusion of fast punk rhythms, relentless heavy riffs and blistering blues-rock solos echo through Metallica's 1983 Kill 'Em All and Megadeth's 1985 K illing Is My Business ... and Business Is Good!, and became an old school Heavy Metal classic. Four studio albums, three compilations and seven singles later, SPV/Steamhammer present to you the Vardis live experience on record for the first time