111 – 120: WIZARDS OF HAZARDS – JUSTICE THEORY – MEGASNAKE – THE JOKE JAY – ALEKSANDER SUSI – HÖST – THEO NT – FREAKSTORM – PROJECT RENEGADE

PROJECT RENEGADE have released their single/video ‘The Fix Is In’ from their upcoming album ‘Ultra Terra’

“The Fix Is In” is the first taste from Project Renegade’s upcoming album titled “Ultra Terra”. The song aims to shed light to the politics and the deals that are going on behind the scenes that prevent people from realizing their dreams and deprives them from a chance to complete their efforts for a better life. The song retains Project Renegade’s groovy style and in your face aesthetic while adding new sonic layers to push things in a new level and direction. The band strives to motivate everyone to break away from that mold of apathy with a relentless attack that says it how it is and hopes that we all fight together as citizens of this world to regain the right for a normal and logical trajectory in our lives. 

FREAKSTORM have realeased on the 23rd of december their single/video ‘Out Of The Door Acoustic’

The German rock band FREAKSTORM will release an X-Mas surprise by the end of this year:
On December 23rd a moving acoustic version of their rock song “Out Of The Door“ comes out
– persuading with artful guitars.
Originally the song was on the band’s album “Storm Inside My Heart“ that was released in
August. But FREAKSTORM felt that “Out Of The Door“ could have another destiny. So the
musicians instantly returned to producer Dennis Ward, to record this touching acoustic
version. The filigree guitars, played by Oliver Hartmann, give the song a special fragility –
emphasized by Sinah Meier’s tender but intense voice. For the first time FREAKSTORM use
strings in their production. The melancholy mood of this new song version conveys the
meaning of the lyrics that deal with lost love and separation.
The X-Mas surprise package will be completed on December 23rd by an atmospheric music
video where the musicians, fitting for the season, present themselves in between numerous
candlesticks.

To release their own album – something FREAKSTORM could never have dreamed of a few years
ago, for singer Sinah Meier and drummer Olli Fuchs were starting as a tribute project. But in the
meantime they were becoming a band that establishes itself in the newcomer scene with its own
songs.
Before the release of the by Dennis Ward produced album on the 27th of August 2021
FREAKSTORM sent two singles in the running: the propulsive title track “Storm Inside My Heart”
and the electrifying AC/DC-Cover “Shot Down In Flames”. Both songs were released digitally and
with a music video.
The first song which FREAKSTORM recorded 2016 was a cover of the US group Halestorm. The goal
to hand this track over to their idols personally (which indeed happened), gave Sinah and Olli the
motivation to record their own songs. The first EP “We Got The Fire” was recorded in 2018 and
released self-directed.
2019 followed the officially and internationally released EP “From Zero” which was the product of a
new era for FREAKSTORM: On the one hand the band began to work with producer Dennis Ward
(Pink Cream 69/Helloween). He supported the band to develop a rich rock sound – a strong
fundament for Sinah’s powerful and clear voice.
On the other hand FREAKSTORM since then cooperates with the Label Major Promo Music
(Gummersbach) regarding digital releases. All songs of the band are on the well-known streaming and
download platforms. In Mai 2019 the successful single “Can’t Keep Me Down” was released this way.
And FREAKSTORM started to shoot music videos.
The EP “From Zero” also came as a physical CD onto the market and draw great attention in the
scene: Reviews in some rock magazines, radio plays around the globe and the jump in the Alaskan
charts.
Sinah und Olli worked in their career successfully with alternating musicians. At the latest recording
session at the Kangaroo Studios (Karlsdorf-Neuthard) this spring producer Dennis Ward played the
bass completely and Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia/Hartmann) contributed the guitars for three
tracks.
FREAKSTORM used the preceding corona break for intensive songwriting. This payed off: The
musicians officially came back with refined arrangements and a matured sound. The album “Storm
Inside My Heart” with its nine tracks is available on all streaming and download portals AND
physically with a CD as a digipack.
After the release in August FREAKSTORM instantly returned to producer Dennis Ward to record an
emotional acoustic version of their rock song “Out Of The Door” – fitting the Christmas season.
The filigree acoustic guitars are once again played by Oliver Hartmann. The release on December
23rd is completed by a visually powerful music video where the band performs in between
numerous candlesticks.

THEO NT new single “Wobbly Wheel”

Theo Nt has a voice that has been known to stop people in the streets and hold them there for hours. While a versatile musician in many respects, who composes, mixes, and masters all of his own material, it is the range and colour of his voice which has heralded him the mixed Greek Chris Cornell/Jeff Buckley and makes him a natural draw. 

Professional trained in electric guitar, modern oriented vocals, popular music theory and production from the world-renowned Brett Manning and Jaime Vendera and the University of Glamorgan, whose client list includes Grammy Award Artists, Theo now regularly tours throughout Greece with his solo endeavor and has been featured in commercials, including the famous Vivechrom and SAE. He mentors a select number of students per year in Athens. 

He taught to keep his promises from an early age so he started to chase his compositional dream releasing his first couple of songs in 2012 with ‘Dead Poets Society’ while with this project a single has been released the following year receiving exceptional reviews. Theo Nt feels emotional about Christmas so he released two Christmas songs with very successful feedback from professionals and his audience. The breakthrough came in 2017 with the project ‘Hold And Release’ with which he released an album and a few singles. Fast forward to 2021, almost 9 years later, he composed, produced and mixed around 40 songs in his home studio, tunes that have been in various playlists and getting airplay around the globe. 

The latest tune with the title ‘Wobbly Wheel’ is tighter, punchier and more straightforward, a perfect example of today’s approach of the Grunge scene. Heavy guitars, powerful rhythms, superb dynamics and of a piercing voice ringing in your head.

HÖST – “Concrete of Mankind” (Death/black/grunge metal)

HÖST started as a one-man project (melodic death/black metal) in 1994 by Filip Leo, previously in bands such as Corporation 187 (vocals), Satanic Slaughter (bass), Thornclad (guitar), Demons To Prefer (guitar), Daisy Chain (guitar), Spiteful (guitar). The reason why HÖST was created was to make music without being forced to fit in or compromise. HÖST released 3 demo cassettes in the years 1995, 1996 and 1997. 
In the summer of 2020, Filip started writing music for HÖST and recording a new song “You Can’t Be My Messiah” (guitar, bass and drums). Pehr Severin, (who was also the singer in Corporation 187 for their debut album Subliminal fear), was asked to record vocals for the new song and the result exceeded expectations. The song also deserved a better drum sound and Mathias Kamijo programmed new drums for the song (and ended up programming drums for the entire debut EP). More songs were created and resulted in the debut EP called “The Heart Of October”. (Released on the own label Studio Jätteliten) The vocals on the EP got a quite unexpected mix between the two voices of Filip and Pehr and might be described as a grunge/black/deathmetal sound. 
In the late winter of 2020. Songwriting escalated and resulted in the full length album “The Upside Down” and was released on April 1, 2021. This album sounded a bit more harsh and dark than the previous release. The vocal part on this album was performed by both Pehr Severin and Filip Leo once again and HÖST recruited a real drummer this time, Nir Nakav (Salem, Tomorrow’s Rain, The Nir-Death Experiment). 
The summer of 2021. Filip continuously wrote music and created 4 new songs with drums from Nir Nakav and vocals from Pehr Severin. As the sound gets more and more cemented, the kind of unique mix between the voices of Filip and Pehr, and genres seems more and more naturally blended and a new EP is being released November 19th 2021. Recorded at Studio Jätteliten and mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound. The new EP is named 1994 and the artwork is created by Filip Leo.

Session members through the years: 

1996: Robert Eng, drums and vocals 

1997: Robert Eng drums, Andreas Deblén vocals, Pehr Severin vocals 

2020: Mathias Kamijo drum-programming, Pehr Severin vocals 

2021: Nir Nakav drums, Pehr Severin vocals

Ingrian backgrounded industrial artist ALEKSANDER SUSI releases new single in Russian language

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi, i.a. ex-2wolves, ex-Scent of Flesh, Alexanred) has released his newest single and for the first time in Russian language. He has Ingrian background and in 1990, as a child, moved from Russia to Finland with his parents.
For years he has been active as a solo-artist nowadays, releasing regularly his Industrial Metal influenced music.
The latest song “Он не такой”, simply translated as “He is different”, is about a young man, a free soul, who goes his own path in his life.

THE JOKE JAY have released their single/video ‘Most Of The Tears’

THE JOKE JAY finally dropped the long-awaited video & single “Awake” from the
debut double-album “Awaken”! The album releases on the 29th of October, 2021!
The Joke Jay finally releases the official single “Awake” accompanied by a music video from the
upcoming debut double-album “Awaken” which fans have been impatiently waiting for. The album
“Awaken” will be officially released worldwide on the 29th of October 2021 via all trusted dealers.

The Joke Jay, the new band around namesake Joke Jay (And One), producer and synth-pop
mastermind Olaf Wollschläger (Vorsprung durch Technik), and allrounder Hilton Theissen (Zoodrake,
Akanoid, Dark Millennium) presents themselves with their debut double album “Awaken” in the timeless
and individual appearance of a classic rock/pop band with various influences from alternative rock to
electro styles of the 70s to 90s, and an approach of uncompromising, musical debauchery.

MEGASNAKE released new single that takes you back to summer feelings

The Finnish power quartet MegaSnake has released a new single “Don’t”. The band’s line-up is singer Richard “Tipe” Johnson (Leningrad Cowboys, Gringos Locos, Apocalyptica’s live line-up), Drummer Twist Twist Erkinharju (Peer Günt, Leningrad Cowboys, Los Bastardos Finlandeses), Guitar player Samuel Hjelt (Kings of Modesty, ex-Ancara) and bass player Henrik Tuura (Kings of Modesty, Killer Kachina)

Guitar player Samuel Hjelt and bass player Henrik Tuura backgrounds the new track:
“We’re not re-inventing the wheel or anything like that. Our influences go back to 1970’s and 80’s rock music and that is surely easy to hear. We are just making the kind of music that we personally love to play.”
The debut album of MegaSnake is scheduled to be released on March 2022.

Photographer: Jarmo Saario

JUSTICE THEORY releases powerful new single ‘FIGHT UNTIL YOU DIE

Finnish metal band Justice Theory is happy to announce that they will release new EP “BEATEN WILL RISE” on Spring 2022. And now here they give you a first taste of upcoming EP. Song titled “FIGHT UNTIL YOU DIE!” is OUT NOW on music services world wide! Cover artwork is created by Petri Lampela.

Vocalist end guitar player Valtteri states: “This song is ultimate power straight from the heart! After emotional and low-tempo song Fade Into the Night, I wanted to make a song that really hypes you up and makes you move. For me, lyric-wise this song is about two themes. First theme is standing together whatever comes to our way. Trust between brothers, and not giving up until you’ve given your everything ties it up really well. We should always remember that we are not alone in this world. Bond between humans can be stronger than we even realize, particularly when it comes to a matter of life and death. Another theme is that we always manage to find a way for rising up after being beaten down. When you’re at the bottom, it just gives you a moment for rise again…”

Photographer: Jaakko Manninen

Finnish traditional doom metal band WIZARDS OF HAZARDS released new EP

Finnish traditional heavy metal / doom metal band Wizards Of Hazards has released new EP “Black Wizard”. They are also preparing their second full length album to be released next year.

The band was originally founded in 1989 as Black Wizard but after approx. 25 years they changed their name to Wizards of Hazards. Their debut album “End Of Time” was released 2020. EP was recorded completely as analog at Astia Studio and was mixed and mastered by analog wizard Anssi Kippo.

Photographer: Heikki Sulander