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Song of The Day- Pretty Mafia- Slow Down

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  Indie Rockers' Pretty Mafia release 'Slow Down' today (Friday 29th April) via   Premier League football referee Jonathan Moss' record label  Vinyl Whistle. This will be the first track from their upcoming EP 'Slow Down', which will be released this summer. Formed in 2019, The quartet hail from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. This will be the first track recorded with new members, Pat (drums) and Tom (bass) 'Slow Down' is a stripped back Indie song with a simple message I think is about taking it easy in a relationship. The track begins with an acoustic intro with a basic strumming pattern. The tempo builds towards the bridge before it explodes into a repetition of Maybe we just need to slow down/Gotta slow down. The casual approach of the vocals, tight drumming and up-tempo guitar leads in the final third make this an easy to listen to the track that is atypical of the radio-friendly indie rock coming through the airwaves. Words by Anselm Anderson If yo

Hanoi Rocks' Michael Monroe RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘CAN’T STOP FALLING APART’ FROM UPCOMING ALBUM, I LIVE TOO FAST TO DIE YOUNG

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Michael Monroe’s latest single/video ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ is OUT NOW ! The track is taken from the upcoming album,  I Live Too Fast To Die Young , set for release by Silver Lining Music on June 10th, 2022. “It’s an ode to our wives and loved ones who have stuck by our sides through years of playing music and touring the world,” offers Monroe on the new single. “But this can also apply to any person working hard, away from home a lot of the time, who is lucky enough to have a loved one sticking by their side through thick and thin. So, it’s a celebratory song to our nearest and dearest who are always there for us.”  “It's a big, 1970's Slade-inspired glam stomper,” adds Rich Jones, “It celebrates our loved ones who support us through the ups and downs of being a touring musician”. “Try to focus on the positive,” furthers Monroe “Because what you focus on usually tends to multiply…” Michael Monroe , the gargantuan, gregarious, glamorous rock ‘n’ roll God who struts a

EP REVIEW- ABOVE ALL- DISARM THE GODS

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Metalcore outfit Above All returns after a twenty-year hiatus to unleash chaos on the metal scene. 'Disarm The Gods' is their first record back, released last month via Memphia Music Management. Formed in Essex, England in the 1990s, Above All was created with the sole intention of blending hardcore with metal. It was not long until they built a powerful reputation, tearing up stages in support of luminaries like Fear Factory, Life of Agony and Korn. This success led to the release of a '7' on Indie Label Surehand , and a debut album on RoadRunner Records. And then suddenly, the band called it quits. The band made their triumphant return during the 2020 lockdown, headlining the successful 'Then and Now Hardcore Festival' the following summer. The band were officially back with new guitarist Jay Rowe, and their first release in 26 years. 'Disarm The Gods' is a three-track EP steeped full of the brutality and aggression the average fan of Metalcore would c

METAL BLADE RECORDS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS Metal Massacre Volume One Limited-Edition Vinyl Out Now

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  Marking its 40tth anniversary this year, METAL BLADE RECORDS is proud to present its debut release,  Metal Massacre Volume One , for the first time since 1984 on limited-edition vinyl. Originally released on June 14, 1982, 'Metal Massacre' highlighted the best of Los Angeles’ unsigned acts of the time such as METALLICA, RATT and MALICE , and has since become a cornerstone of METAL BLADE RECORDS. This special release dropped worldwide on April 22, 2022, at finer retail stores everywhere. “So, as we enter our 40th year it is pretty crazy to think about that. The first thing I thought of was reissuing the first Metal Massacre album. I thought it would be difficult to get the rights etc. it ended up being one of the easiest things as all the bands were super cool and now hopefully you got a copy! We’re still planning some cool shows and parties for this year so stay tuned for those! It’s been overwhelming with all the stuff that’s happened so far and its certainly amazing ---ju

HIGHLY RATED SOLO ARTIST DANNY BEARDSLEY ANNOUNCES NEW KILLER ALBUM & MORE

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  DANNY BEARDSLEY returns with his stunning new sophomore album, Chase The Sun, which arrives on Friday 24th June. Danny has now also released a towering new single, 'Pulling Me Under,' and you can watch the video, here  DANNY BEARDSLEY is a truly gifted musician with a powerful and alluring voice. He has been hailed by many as one of the most intuitive and exciting guitarists of his generation. Danny has certainly cut his teeth on the live circuit; he is the founder and member of the instrumental progressive trio, The Parallax Method and has played at some of the most prestigious festivals including Download, Bloodstock, UK Tech Fest, Hammerfest, HRH Prog, HRH Road Trip to Ibiza, Rock and Blues Festival, Camden Rocks , and Macmillan Fest . Danny’s musical ventures have earned support from the likes of Classic Rock Magazine, Scuzz TV, Powerplay Magazine, Prog Magazine, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Planet Rock, and Total Guitar, as well as ranking him in MusicRadar’s 2019 poll as

GENE LOVES JEZEBEL van and equipment stolen but tour goes on

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GENE LOVES JEZEBEL had their van including equipment stolen on the way to the first show of their belated 40th Anniversary tour The band have posted this statement on their socials in the hope that the van or more importantly the equipment is spotted. From GENE LOVES JEZEBEL: It‘s been a bit of a disastrous start to our 40th Anniversary UK tour. Our Ford Transit Splitter van reg number NA09 LUO was stolen last night outside the Travelodge/Moto Services car park at the junction of the M18/M180 near Doncaster. It‘s a white van but with a distinctive blue stripe down the side. All the band‘s equipment and merchandise was inside the van. Nearly all our merchandise has also been stolen. Please share. Missing Equipment List: Smiley‘s Drums: 4 piece Red sparkle Mapex Saturn Drumkit, Zildjian Cymbals and Pearl hardware & Pearl snare. James‘s equipment: White Les Paul Custom serial no 508770 Gibson Advanced Jumbo acoustic serial no 91640008 Marshall JCM800 head channel switching model 2210

Gig Review- Burning Witches and Nervosa, Manchester Rebellion- April 18th

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Nervosa and Burning Witches  I had the opportunity to visit Manchester this past week to catch the all-female heavyweights of metal, Swiss power metal band Burning Witches and Brazil's Thrash metals' Nervosa on the last leg of their UK tour, as part of their extensive European one, and they did not disappoint the waiting crowd. The almost-packed Rebellion was ready in the misty, dark venue. The lights suddenly went out and the first act of the evening appeared to an eager audience. The band were called Bloodyard , a four-piece from the Northwest of England, led by the diminutive and tenacious singer, Donna Hurd. This was the first time I had heard of them, and they soon got the crowd bobbing and flailing. The band play groove-laden death metal. Hurd's death howls grunted in unison with the mesmerising riffs that stuck in the ear long afterwards. As for how support bands go, these were impressive. They combined all the raw intensity of Nervosa with the riffs and energy of B

EMERGING ALTERNATIVE CREW GHOST ARCADIA DETAIL NEW SINGLE & MORE!

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  Contemporary heavy rock quintet GHOST ARCADIA lay down an enticing gauntlet with the release of their scorching new single and video, 'Never Break,' out now  Londoners, GHOST ARCADIA , have utilised the past two years to embellish and define their genre-bending sound.  In doing so, the highly accomplished rock crew have drawn down from a diverse range of influences which sweeps from Bring Me the Horizon and Linkin Park, to Biffy Clyro and Enter Shikari. This openness to varying genres and alternate sounds has empowered the band to develop their own distinctive mark, which in turn has seen the aspiring fivesome garner many plaudits and a legion of fans.   GHOST ARCADIA’s debut single, 'Midnight', announced the band’s arrival in supreme style in 2019. The track racked up airplay with multiple radio stations throughout the UK, and the single was promptly followed by their debut EP, Libero , with the lead single, Glory, being hailed as “Monumental” by the BBC’s Ada

La-based female punk rock duo Tarah Who? release the new feminist track 'Asian Blood'

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The ladies of Tarah Who? continue to flare up with their newest offering, ‘Asian Blood.’ This two-minute rock production was inspired by the underground feminist punk movement, Riot grrrl, that began during the early 1990s. Produced by Jason Orme (Alanis Morissette) and Tarah Carpenter herself, ‘Asian Blood’ is about getting older and realizing that the industry, whether music or movie, is unjust to artists (especially women) who sometimes feel the need to look younger to obtain a role. With an enthralling reminiscence to nineties rock, the track is also a reflection that time doesn’t wait - Tarah’s birthday was approaching, and even though she feels healthy and energetic, the fear of not being able to achieve her goals hit her. ‘’Strange feeling that fear of getting old It’s not the wrinkles I’m so scared of I’ve been blessed by Asian Blood But where is time, going?’’ Photo courtesy of Robert Laananen. Tarah Who? is an LA-based power duo composed of grunge-punk sage Tarah Carpenter

MUSIC INTERVIEW- COUNTRY SINGER GABRIELLE METZ

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The Rambling Man grabbed an opportunity with rising country singer/songwriter Gabrielle Metz to discuss her latest single 'Masks', how she broke into the music industry and her new publishing deal. Please scroll down to read the full interview, as well as listen to the track. Hello, how are you? I’m good! Thank you for having me do this interview.  Could you introduce yourself to the readers? I’m Gabrielle Metz! I am a Country Singer-Songwriter originally from Alabama. I moved to Nashville at 17 and I have been doing music there for the last four years!  How did you begin in the music industry? I have been singing all my life! At 14 I started writing songs and teaching myself how to play the guitar. Before my senior year of high school, I told my parents I wanted to pursue music full time, so I enrolled in online school (before it was the normal haha) and graduated early. I moved to Nashville six weeks after and I have been working in the music industry since! How would you des

Album Review- Ancient Settlers- Our Last Eclipse- The Settlers Saga Part 1

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   Emerging Metallers Ancient Settlers have recently released their much-anticipated debut ' Our Last Eclipse- The Settlers Part 1', earlier  this month via Crusader Records. The six-piece was formed in San Sebastian, Spain in 2020 by lead guitarist Carlos Chiesa-Estomba, drummer Herman Riera, Rene González (keyboards), Emmy Reyes (rhythm guitar), and Antony Hämäläinen (vocals), with full-time bassist Miguel Herrera completing the line-up in April 2021. The six-piece soon set out on a mission to explore the frontiers of modern melodic death metal as a more worldly equivalent of Sepultura with political lyrics about social unrest, synths, pounding drums and screeching guitars. This debut LP follows their first EP 'Alumnus' last year. Grammy award-winning producer Fredrik Nordstrom produces this release. The release begins with the powerful 'Into the Depths I Ride' with its harsh metal sound. The rough vocals scream in defiance over pummeling drum beats and drum f

POPULAR UK ELECTRO POP PUNKERS THE KANZ REVEAL BRAND NEW VIDEO!

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Anthemic Londoners THE KANZ have just detailed the spanking new video for their current single, 'Stoned.' Watch the video, here -  Since their formation in 2018, THE KANZ have continually cultivated an encompassing experience for their fans. With their intoxicating brand of hi-octane up-tempo rock that pulls in US pop-punk culture, a rampant love of sci-fi, and engaging electronics, THE KANZ have amalgamated a sound that has been labelled as ‘Stadium-Punk Rock Music’. To date, THE KANZ have wowed audiences throughout London and across the UK, amassed over 300,000 all-time streams on Spotify, obtained more than 70,000 views on YouTube, and has over 7,000 active followers on Instagram. The anthemic high energetic rockers have also been featured and vigorously supported by a raft of industry tastemakers such as Punktastic, Maximum Volume Music, Amazing Radio, Moshville, and V13. During the past eighteen months, THE KANZ has unleashed a flurry of singles and videos. This dedicat

Album of The Week- VOLTSTORM- VOLTSTORM

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  Rising Uk Rockers' Voltstorm comes raging through the airwaves with their new six-track self-titled EP, released last month. The band hail from London and feature an array of talent, playing and touring throughout Eastern Europe, South America, and the rest of Europe. Lead singer John D Prasec gains valuable influences from Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford with his operatic vocal style, alongside guitarist Fred Stigliano, and drummer Ivo Yordanov. The EP was produced by Allessio Garavello in Wembley. I have had the opportunity to play a couple of the tracks on the blog's radio show and was eager to hear the rest. 'C.O.D', or Children of The Damned to you and me, opens the EP. The band's obvious Black Sabbath and Dio influences are experienced here with smooth, melodic riffs and Prasec's powerful and commanding voice sounding like Bruce Dickinson reading a Fantasy novel. Next up is 'One Life', a raging slab of old school metal with singalong choruses. S

Scottish metalcore group DVL have released a devilish new music video for their latest single 'Eternity'.

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This new narrative moving picture sees DVL embracing their love of the horror movie genre and is the first in a trilogy of music videos that tell an ongoing story. 'Eternity' leads the charge as it delves into the dark world of the occult and one man's obsession with seeking a deal with the devil. As the story unfolds, questions are raised as to the cult's ideological and philosophical beliefs and how far this man is truly willing to sell his soul, but at what cost? Mixing blazing sonics with the classic sound of NWOBHM that's aligned with tinges of U.S. hard rock and heavy metal, the SAMA (Scottish Alternative Metal Awards) nominated group will release their new 10 track record 'Hush' through WormHoleDeath Records this May. DVL's forthcoming collection of heavy-hitting tracks follows the band's debut album 'The Pawn That Took the King ' and live shows with In This Moment, Jinjer, Act of Defiance, Sylosis, and many more. 'Hush' is a c

Song of the Day- Holy Cow- White Boy and The Average Rat Band

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  Underground Rock act White Boy and The Average Rat Band have released their latest single 'Holy Cow'. The self-proclaimed Kings of the Underground return with their first single in over forty years since their self-titled debut in 1980. The band signed a record deal with Heaven and Hell Records in 2017, reissuing their debut, and later releasing the sophomore effort Love My Ride. 'Holy Cow' looks at the social and political unrest during the pandemic in 2020. The track is a southern rocker with the opening riff steeped in blues and distortion that squeals over lead vocalist Michael Matney's gospel sermon. Matney's deep, southern accent sounds like a wise man beyond his years to the backdrop of a slick rhythm section and pounding drums. Words By Anselm Anderson. 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, interviews, and playlists. https://follow.it/anselmanderson SO

RISING COUNTRY ARTIST CHES ANTHONY RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'JUST LIKE A MAN

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  Rising Country singer/songwriter Ches Anthony has released a new album , Just A Man . The  album was released on Friday, 3/25/22 and was featured on The Nash News and The Academy of Country Music’s New Music Friday playlist. You can listen to the album by clicking here. Ches Anthony’s new album  Just a Man  is quintessential outlaw country with a modern twist. The album spans several styles of country, blues, and rock, and shows the true diversity of Ches as an artist. This album embodies all things country: hometown memories, heart-felt experiences, and a blend of multiple styles and genres. It offers something special for music lovers of all kinds. Ches Anthony grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan, surrounded by music and motocross. He learned to play harmonica, guitar, and piano at an early age. His father would bring him up on stage with his blues band where he performed for their fans. Through his teenage angst years, Ches formed a heavy rock band and wrote songs that wou