'The New Dark Ages'
with their new single

Finnish hard rockers Marco Luponero & The Loud Ones return with the second single from their upcoming debut album.
"I would describe "The New Dark Ages" as a straightforward punk rock banger with a strong message", says Marco. "I wrote it while reflecting on the current state of the world."

In spirit of the track's title, the band collaborated with Frank Berger of folk music act Ratatosk, who brought some true medieval flair to the song with the help of a hurdy-gurdy.
"It's a fascinating instrument. It has a massive sound, at times very reminiscent of a bag pipe".

The hurdy-gurdy has a rich history and is associated with several different parts of the world, perfectly fitting for Marco's original idea.
"I knew I wanted the song to have some Old Norse flair, but I also wanted the sound to resonate with other cultures, because that's what I was after lyrically, as well. The basic message is that no matter who we are and where we're from, one thing is for sure: If we succumb to ignorance and fundamentalism, we're on a dark path."

Marco Luponero & The Loud Ones' debut album "Life & Death" is out March 4th.

Photographer: Daria Gatska

Finnish melodic death/black metal band SE, JOSTA EI PUHUTA released a second single from their upcoming third studio album

Finnish melodic death/black metal band Se, Josta Ei Puhuta released a second single 'Murskaa unelmat' (Shatter Dreams) from their upcoming third studio album Gehenna which is released on April 22nd 2022 via Inverse Records.
Se, josta ei puhuta is a metal band from Iisalmi, Finland.
The band was established 2007 by Samu Männikkö.

During the same year the group recorded a four-piece self-titled demo that resulted to a record contract with record label Sound of Finland. Their deput album 'Ne, joista ei puhuta' was released in May 2010.

2011 band recorded its second full-length album titled
'Musta, kylmä, syvä ja samea',
which was released in November 2011 by Spinefarm Records.

During 2010 and 2011 the group toured actively throughout finnish venues.
the band started the preparations for their third album.
In production phase recording process was halted at the end of 2012.
Finally, in 2020 Se, josta ei puhuta decided to complete the third album.
the Group is very satisfied for the album titled 'Gehenna'.
The album will be released in 2022 by Inverse Records.

the Band's line-up remained unchanged until 2020 when Ilkka Nissinen stepped aside.

Album cover by Bahrull Marta
Promo pic by Tuija Matero

Samu Männikkö - Vocals
Harri Granqvist - Guitar
Heikki Matero - Guitar
Juho-Pekka Lappalainen - Bass
Teemu Roth - Session drums

Track list:
01. Joka tähtiin kurkottaa
02. Gehenna
03. Kuolleena syntynyt
04. Joko viimein uskotte
05. Murskaa unelmat
06. Niille, jotka valoa etsivät
07. Jättiläisten olkapäiltä
08. Aika saattaa
09. Tänä yönä kaikki loppuu
10. Suureen tuntemattomaan

new single out now

A couple of months after introducing the new singer Paolo “INJO” Ingianni with a revamped version of “Hell Is Open“, a track taken from their debut album “Like A Snake”
(Sneakout Records/Burning Minds Music Group, 2019), Italian hard rockers X-Plicit return with the new single “The Party Is Hot”.

Guitarist Andrea Lanza says: “This song wants to channel our growing desire to have fun with friends and play rock ‘n’ roll on a stage, as we did in a lot of crazy nights before the pandemic and these tough times we’re all living, and also the video fully represents what the song is about: after all, life is a great party, it should as well be hot!”.
The single, available via Sneakout Records/Burning Minds Music Group on all digital platforms, was produced by Carlo Meroni at ADSR Decibel Studio in Busto Arsizio (Varese, Italy); the video was shot by Vik & Piz.

Paolo “INJO” Ingianni - Lead Vocals
Andrea Lanza - Guitars
Sa Talarico - Bass
Giorgio Annoni - Drums

Hungarian experimental progressive rock band GHOST TOAST released second single and video from the upcoming fifth studio album

Hungarian experimental progressive rock band Ghost Toast is set to release their fifth studio album 'Shade Without Color' on March 3rd 2022 via Inverse Records.
The second single 'Chasing Time' is released.
The band comments:
"Chasing Time is contemplating about things you can't change in the past, have to live with in the present and you either want or don't want from the future."

"Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real."
- Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Ghost Toast is an instrumental, experimental progressive rock band from Debrecen, Hungary, formed in 2008.
They love heavy, trippy music and film scores as well, so they use these elements to create their own music.

It had 3 members at first (Bence Rózsavölgyi – guitar, 
László Papp – drums, János Stefán – bass). 
János Pusker (- keyboards, cello) joined later, in the spring of 2009.
In 2020 László Papp left the band, the band’s new drummer is
Zoltán Cserős since then.

They made two self-released albums 'Toast in the shell' (2011) and 'There is no en…' (2013), then the 3rd and 4th album 'Out of this world' (2017) and 'Shape Without Form' (2020) was released by Inverse Records (FIN).

The 5th album, titled 'Shade Without Color' will be released on
March 3rd 2022 by Inverse Records.

Ghost Toast’s music is influenced by bands like Tool, Orbital, Shpongle, Ulver, Ott, Jaga Jazzist, Plaid, Future Sound Of London, Mastodon,
Pure Reason Revolution, Crippled Black Phoenix, The Mars Volta,
A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Russian Circles,
65daysofstatic God Is an Astronaut, Isten Háta Mögött,
various film score composers, etc.

János Stefán - bass, sound fx, programming, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Bence Rózsavölgyi - Guitars
Zoltán Cserős - drums, drum programming
János Pusker - cello, keyboards
Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)

finnish heavy rock band
will release on the 28th of january
their new album 'Hardened'

You have to be tough to survive in this cold, cynical world.
But real toughness isn't all that easy to find – the courage to show a softer side of yourself, the guts to go your own way instead of following others, the willpower to get back up when you're knocked down.
All those things are what Rough Grind's
new album "Hardened" is all about.

The new album – released on 28 January, 2022 – is another heavy-duty offering from the metal rockin' steam engine that is Rough Grind,
taking listeners on a 7-song journey through electrifying soundscapes and
some surprising sidetracks.

Two singles have already been released from the upcoming album:
"The Road Song", a stompin' tribute to classic rock,
and an explosive riff rocket named "Dreamchaser".
The last track of the album is the aptly titled and
definitely thought-provoking "Last Thing You'll Ever Hear".

01. Dreamchaser
02. The Road Song
03. Allies/Enemies
04. Flags Fly Free
05. One by One
06. Signs of Life
07. Last Thing You'll Ever Hear

promo-pic by petri damsten

have released their deput ep
'Vále stis pólis fotiá'

Αorati Apili means invisible threat in Greek.
Established in 2018 to play hardcore punk music that gathers all their
favorite types of music.
Debut EP "Vále stis pólis fotiá" (Set the cities on fire) was recorded
between November 2020 - July 2021 during the COVID19 restrictions.

Haris - bass, back Vocals
Dimitris - vocals
Christos - drums
Fotis - guitar, back Vocals
Giannis - guitar

Finnish melodic death metal band ANIMA HERETICAE has released a music video short film

Finnish melodic death metal band Anima Hereticae has released a 12 minute long music video short film from
the song 'Constellation Of Capricorn'.
The released video is shot for the final song of the debut EP and
it is the band's second video.
The band's music is a mixture of melancholic and mystic death metal.
The Bands song themes are inspired by the northern nature and it's mysthicisma and the new video explores this concept even further.

"We have had an idea of a video with an apocalyptic setup for quite a while. It was exciting to see how someone outside the band would see our vision. It was pretty clear from the very beginning that the producers Atte Santala & Jenna Wáthen would be able to interperent our band's theme to the apocalyptic setting. It was a real acid test for our concept. It seems that our music and themes can be visualized beyond vikings, castles and mountains. To the future, that is." The band describes the process.
Composer: Taneli Jämsä,
Lyricist: Ville Rutanen,
Arrangement: Anima Hereticae
DISKOGRAPHY: Ov Behest -EP (2021)

Ville Rutanen - bass, vocals
Teppo Ristola - drums
Taneli Jämsä - guitar, back Vocals
Photographer: Vin Valentino

MESENTERY depict with their merciless new Death Metal single “Inevitable” accompanied by an apocalyptic music video a dystopia of the collapse
of the modern world

with "Inevitable" the brand-new third single taken from the upcoming MESENTERY album "Soulfucker" drops today, on January 27, 2022.
The rough driving and energetic track shows a world that has sealed its fate without hope for redemption and in the impressively dystopian music video, the sinister lyrics become a brutal reality.
The clip, produced with the team of VideoProduktionsHaus, presents the collapse of human existence in angrily brute visuals.
Around the center-performing band, various horror scenarios of interpersonal madness play out in an end-time-like morbid setting in numerous honeycomb-like stacked padded rooms.
With their mixture of Death Metal, Thrash as well as other Extreme Metal influences, the musicians from the Hamburg area inject fresh life into their band.
Between hard old-school riffs, brutal grooves and harmonious melody peaks, diabolic suspense is built up. "Soulfucker", to be released on 02/11/2022, via Dr. Music Records, has been recorded at the legendary Chameleon Recording Studio Hamburg, featuring mastermind Marcel Braun on vocals, guitar and bass and Eryc Botz on drums.
Produced by Eike O. Freese (Helloween, Alice Cooper, Heaven Shall Burn), the album is defined by anger and pain about the misbehavior of society.
This manifests itself, especially in the title theme, which is based on the unsparing biography "Seelenficker", where the author using the pseudonym Natascha traces her relentless, unprettified time on drug-related prostitution and as a crystal meth addict.
This disturbing motif also matches well with the merciless "Inevitable" music video and its raging Death Metal mace.

Celebrates 20 Years
With Special Release

Finland's melodic death metallers Re-Armed has released today a new EP celebrating its 20th anniversary, titled "XX".
The EP contains two new songs, one demo song "Morrow" (first demo - released originally 2002) that is fully re-produced, re-recorded, re-armed and renamed as "Tomorrow", one acoustic version from previous album's "Beyond the Horizon" track and two special versions from previously released songs "Evolve Cycle" as arcade version and "Ode to Life" as orchestral version - all these versions are released with videos and are available on YouTube.
The EP is available on all the major streaming platforms.

The band comments on the special release:
"We wanted to put together a somewhat special release that includes something new, but also echoes from the past. The new and the latest single 'Tomorrow' from the release is great example of that. The track was originally released under the name of 'Morrow' in 2002 as first demo for the band. It was more than exciting to shake its foundations after all these years and make it much better song. Now you can actually feel and hear its strong emotional charge, that's been hidden in that shitty demo version, heh. Of course, it could have been way more easier to pick up some songs from all the previous releases and make just some kind of collection album, but it sounded already in the beginning so damn boring idea. And since coronavirus came and shuffled the pack with our previous album promotion tours etc. - it basically cancelled most of our booked shows at that time. What else we do have than time to make some new music? Staying put and waiting for some virus to disappear would have been pure waste of time. Massive thanks goes to our partners in crime, all these guys and girls who helped us to put this bungle together. We shared our vision to them and asked help here and there, especially this happened with the special track versions – The end result is great and special indeed. Enjoy!"

1. As the Stars Align

2. Monoeyes

3. Beyond the Horizon (acoustic version)

4. Tomorrow

5. Ode to Life (symphonic version)

6. Evolve Cycle (arcade version)

line up:
Allan Välimaa - Guitars
Juhana Korkka Heinonen - Bass and backup Vocals
Jouni Matilainen - Lead vocals
Iiro Karjalainen - Drums
Oskari Niekka - Guitars and backup Vocals
Photographer: Allan Välimaa

italian hard rockers
have released a single
"Flat Brain Society"

Sneakout Records & Burning Minds Music Group are glad to announce the digital release of "Flat Brain Society", second single taken from "Millennial Zombie", new studio album of Italian hard rockers Simple Lies, scheduled for release on February 25, 2022.
Simple Lies were born in Bologna in 2006,
reaching the final line-up in 2012.
Their first full-length "No Time To Waste" received excellent feedback from audience and specialized press, allowing the band to start an intense live activity throughout Italy and Europe.
In 2015 they released a second record, "Let It Kill", that confirmed the trend of the debut in terms of reception and was supported by a lot of gigs.
During their career, Simple Lies performed across Italy, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, France, Lithuania and Latvia, opening for major acts such as Skid Row, Angra, Wednesday 13, Nashville Pussy, Almah, Girlschool, Secret Sphere and many others.
In 2016, guitarist Lello left the band and was replaced by Jam, a long-time friend and roadie.
In 2018, Simple Lies took a break from their touring activity to focus on the production of their new album "Millennial Zombies".
In 2020 the first single “5 6 7 Hate!” is released.
During the fall of 2021, they signed a deal with Sneakout Records/Burning Minds Music Group for the release of the album.
"Millennial Zombies" features Simple Lies fiery blend of hard rock grooves, classic rock melodies and heavy metal riffing crafted with an up-to-date production, with a style that falls somewhere between Kix, Hardcore Superstar and The Poodles.

The single digital art has been designed by Roger Virzì. Official lyric video thanks to Alessio "Smoke" Covarelli.

01. The End
02. 567 Hate!
03. Mr. Leg Day
04. Weird Uncle
05. Prince Of Darkness
06. Millennial Zombie
07. On A Stage Together
08. The Cage
09. Flat Brain Society
10. Ravencock
11. Here Lies Her Ghost

italian hard rockers
have released a single
"Flat Brain Society"
part ii

Alessandro Rubino: Vocals
Alberto Molinari: Guitars
Jam Bognanni: Guitars
Ash Saboori: Bass
Zak Zucchini: Drums

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