81 – 90: ZOODRAKE – MAESTRO – ATLAS – RISING INSANE – SIAMESE – ALLEVIATE – HALF ME – SIDEWALK MAFIA – IMMINENCE – MÄHÄLIUM

MÄHÄLIUM will release on Sunday the 28th of November 2021 their Single ‘Håll bara käft’

Mähälium started up as a trio by Rka, Tholle, and Daniel in the autumn of 1998 and dropped dead in the spring of 2001.

During these hectic years, the band managed to recruit a guitarist Simon who later dropped out and was replaced by Arvid, playing at a damn lot of more or less suspicious arrangements, and also managed to release 3 demo cassettes, 1 ep, 1 CDs and participate in a number of collections.
After this, it was pretty quiet about the band for quite exactly 15 years.

But with a new recruited drummer Bobban, the band was suddenly on stage again, a gig that gave a promise of more to come and in May 2017, the band’s first full-length album “När verkligheten golvar dig” was released digitally.
And now it’s time again.

A few years have passed and the old men in Mähälium have become even more old and grumpy, the hard chords have become a little harder and the sing-along melodies have become sing-along able.

On C33 tapes, the 1st advent 2021 the cassette “Avd C4” is released, which is also released digitally.

IMMINENCE will release on Friday the 26th of November 2021 their new album ‘Heaven In Hiding’

Fronted by vocalist and violinist Eddie Berg, guitarists Harald Barrett & Alex Arnoldsson, drummer Peter Hanström and bass player Christian Höijer; IMMINENCE takes us on an epic, cinematic journey

IMMINENCE once again displays their unrestrained diversity and dynamic approach with a new release.

With ‘Heaven In Hiding’, the group presents all their strengths and unique features as a band.

”Temptation was the undoubtedly biggest production we ever worked on. We want to show that we’re able to deliver the
same quality and creativity, yet do something completely different. Heaven In Hiding is now yours” – Harald Barrett (guitar)

Since the release of »Turn The Light On: Deluxe Edition«, an album era that has acted as a significant milestone, where
IMMINENCE took the step from being a promising up & comer to an established headline act, ‘Heaven in Hiding’ is the
secondnew, heavy track the band is releasing in almost two years.
With a placing in the Top 100 Official German Album charts, a sold-out run of album release shows and a 100% increase
in ticket sales, and doubled venue capacities during the last EU headline tour, IMMINENCE has proven to be one of the most
growing and exciting bands in the metal scene today.
IMMINENCE was formed in the south most part of Sweden and have over the years become one of the country’s most
promising acts with a diverse sound and universe, embracing everything from metalcore to acoustic music. Founded in 2010
by Eddie and Harald when they were just teenagers, the band grew organically with a constantly expanding fan-base all
over the world while touring actively in Europe since the release of the band’s breakthrough single ’The Sickness’ (2015).
IMMINENCE has released three studio albums, »I« (2014), »This Is Goodbye« (2017) and »Turn The Light On« (2019)

After the remarkably successful announcement of the band’s exclusive
acoustic tour ”Live In Concert Halls”, granting the Swedish quintet a placing in Eventim’s Official Charts as one of the
fastest selling tours in Germany, IMMINENCE recently announced a new European headline tour taking place in 19 cities
during February & March 2022. All venue sizes has increased largely in capacity and these will be the bands biggest
headline shows to date.


Contra Promotion presents: »IMMINENCE: Live in concert – Europe 2022«
15.02.22 DE-Leipzig, Täubchenthal
16.02.22 DE-Hamburg, Gruenspan
17.02.22 DE-Schweinfurt, Stattbahnhof
19.02.22 PL-Krakow, Kwadrat
20.02.22 CZ-Prague, MeetFactory
22.02.22 HU-Budapest, Barba Negra
24.02.22 DE-Munich, Backstage
25.02.22 DE-Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
26.02.22 IT-Milan, Legend Club
27.02.22 CH-Zurich, Exil
01.03.22 BE-Antwerp, Kavka
02.03.22 DE-Cologne, Kantine
03.03.22 UK-London, The Garage
04.03.22 FR-Paris, La Boule Noire
05.03.22 NL-Utrecht, De Helling
07.03.22 DE-Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.03.22 DE-Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
09.03.22 DE, Muenster, Sputnikhalle
10.03.22 DE-Hanover, Musikzentrum

IMMINENCE are:
Eddie Berg | Vocals/Violin
Harald Barrett | Guitar
Alex Arnoldsson | Guitar
Christian Höijer | Bass
Peter Hanström | Drums

SIDEWALK MAFIA have released their new single ‘Cruel Sacrifices’

Metal / Doom band Sidewalk Mafia released on friday ythe 19th of November 2021 a new single “Cruel Sacrifices”

The single will open a promotion for the album to be released in late spring 2022. The single comes out through the German record company Blood rite Records. The band operates as a duo, but in a gig situation, the band is a trio with a guest bassist. The band’s sound is ultra-heavy but also melodic with low-tuned guitars.

The band says: “We released our first single “This frozen paradise” in early 2021. It was really well received around the world and actually defined our style. “Cruel Sacrifices” cotinue with it and represents everything we want to be. It is extremely heavy, melodic and oppressive, but at the same time atmospheric. This is a good song to start promoting our upcoming album”

HALF ME have released their single ‘Trauma Culture’

HALF ME – encompassed by guitarists Chris and Julius, vocalist Chris, drummer Max, and bassist Tobias – are one of the newest additions to the Arising Empire roster. Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, the metalcore five-piece was founded in October 2018 after the demise of each other’s local bands.
 
 In two years’ time, the band has been able to make an impact in the music scene by self-producing music and videos to display their intensive and energetic demeanor. Debuting with four singles to start, It was their latest single ‘Exitwound‘ (featuring Jack Bergin of VOID OF VISION) that gave the group a breakthrough and landed the band in the spotlight of KNOTFEST’s “Countdown to Oblivion“.

 “I am thrilled to finally share TRAUMA CULTURE and open the door to our new narrative. TRAUMA CULTURE represents relationship mania, a form of mental illness that is often overlooked for the extent of collective and individual damage dealt.”The rules are set and put on a scale. A dream of blood with a face so pale.”  Radical world views are colliding in this era of hyper-communication.
 Everything that happens around me has to do with me. And there is something I have to do to face this plot. Challenging the rules of society became a vessel of this dogma.  With TRAUMA CULTURE I process personal experiences as well as sociopolitical observations and I can’t wait to bring that hurt and sadness to the stage.  ”No helping hand, no sight of saving grace.”While I condemn radicalization, I empathically care for the victims of isolation.”

 – Chris (Vocals)
 
 Musically, the band blends a modern rendition of metal and hardcore with highlights of 90’s nu-metal. Pounding riffs and breakdowns are accompanied by brutal, yet sometimes elegant, vocals that all balance together to formulate the band’s own distinctive sound.
 
 Riding the high of their recent success, Half Me has sights set on releasing their highly anticipated debut album in 2022 and are sure to make it worth the wait.
   Half Me are:
 Christopher Zühlke | vocals
 Christopher Hesse | guitar
 Julius Jansen | guitar
 Tobias Max Sajons | bass
 Maximilian Eisersdorff | drums

ALLEVIATE are back with their new single ‘Broken’

After their successful debut single ‘Die For Me’, ALLEVIATE is back with their follow up called ‘Broken’, that hits
again with an absolute bone-crushing and unique sound.

Upon dropping ‘Die For Me’, ALLEVIATE quickly gained fans from all over the world. Famous internet reactors like Nik
Nocturnal and Too Lit Mafia were all about their powerful and catchy sound, as the group combines technical riffs, heavy
breakdowns, and catchy hooks that get stuck in your head for hours at a time.
The band is writing and producing its music at clean vocalist Timo’s recording studio Mega Blaster Recordings and teamed
up with the famous music video producer Mirko Witzki (Witzki Visions), who is known for his work with bands like Any
Given Day, Ghostkid, Caliban, and Our Mirage, to shoot a performance video that captures the spirit and energy of the
song in the most cinematic way.
“Broken is about overcoming depressions that have been cause by this cruel world. Being let down and left alone by
everyone, the protagonist finds strength deep within its own thoughts.
Again, Alleviate tries to alleviate and that is what the band stands for.
Singing about personal experiences and trying to give advices to the listeners with music that enhances the feeling.”
“I’m left alone with broken bones
Let down, torn apart far away from home
It’s like the world is bearing down on me
And my heart is buried in concrete”
ALLEVIATE stand for strength that’s hidden deep inside us all. The band consists of accomplished musicians from five
different bands in different genres of metal music. The band formed during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 with the launch
of ‘Die For Me’, and combines the best of technical metalcore, deathcore, djent, and post-hardcore in one powerful and
beautiful style. Riffs, breakdowns, deathcore vocals, and catchy choruses are how ALLEVIATE stand out from the crowd.
The members have proven themselves numerous times in previous and current bands. They’ve played hundreds of shows
and are experienced live performers. As soon as the world returns to normal, they will take the stage as ALLEVIATE. The
band’s name itself represents what it stands for — giving hope and spreading a positive message into the world.
ALLEVIATE are:
Timo | clean vocals (Our Mirage)
Marius | shouts (Breakdown’s at Tiffany’s)
Ramon| guitar (The Evolutionist)
Marc | guitar (We Are Perspectives)
Yunus | drums (Time, The Valuator)

SIAMESE will release on the 10th of december 2021 their album ‘Home’

Siamese brand new LP “HOME” sees the band further develop their distinctive sound into a heavier realm. It’s bolder and it’s more experimental, but most of all the riffs are more wicked, innovative and unique compared to their previous work. Going from an R’n’b metal vibe to a very grand and gutteral sound the guys from Siamese make sure that each album tells a story about the time it was created. Never looking back – always moving forward.Made during the corona pandemic the album is the bands most personal to date with real life crisis revolving around their very own domicil. Having already released fireproof bangers such as “Can’t Force The Love” and “Home” featuring Drew York, Siamese are set to take the next step into the international core scene with what must be considered as their best album to date.

Track by Track

-Heights Above
The albumstarter and the first hint towards what Siamese aim for on this new 12 track
LP. Hardcore screaming blended with a massive sing along stadion chorus, and some
of the most challenging instrumental work that Siamese have presented as a band.
– Home
THAT INTRO! was the imminent reaction from the youtube community! Mixing hizzing
synths with some upbeat rythms “Home” is made out of that “special matter” that
makes a song stand out from the rest. “I consider this chorus to be one of the best we
have ever written in our career” Vocalist Mirza states.
– Holy
You never know where this banger is going. Is it a ballad, an uptempo punk song or a
metalcore anthem? Well it kinda does all of those things at once. This is a showcase
of how experience in songwriting can take a song alot of placing while stil staying coherent. The lyrical concept is a very real one-sided relationsship situation
– Honest
The first real ballad that Siamese have ever written. Well kinda. Song is a tribute to a
close friend fighting to come back to the world after severe depression. A story seen
from the point of view from a friend. How most of us see people with depression. Like
someone we need, love and just expect nothing but honesty from. Break the stigma of
mental health.
– Can’t Force The Love
Lyrically the song is dedicated to a person I had to let go last year. Not to diss her, or
to point fingers, but to explain what an impossible idiot I am, and why she’s better off
without me to be honest.”
– Erase My Mind
This is a song about the night and generally that feeling we felt about corona stealing
the night from us. Going out was dearly missed and this song is our naive and
sentimental urge to go out in to the night at meet perfect strangers. The we wanted the
composition to bring back memories about the EMO scene and and ode to bands lige
Saosin, Circa Survive and Sleeping With Sirens.
– Enough Ain’t Enough
This track is about our personal frustration concerning the lockdowns. Andreas and I
wanted to convey a positive message during a really frustrating period of both of our
lives. ‘Enough Ain’t Enough’ is an outlet and a healthy way for us to remind each other,
that none of this is forever. We can’t wait to live fast and die old when the world returns.
– Numb
Numb is another product of sitting at home and watching the pandemic unfold. A scary
realization that nothing seemed to affect or scare me anymore. Millions of people have
died during covid, but my biggest concern was whether or not I could go to a restaurant.
Not to point fingers at anyone else but myself. The bombardment of bad news truly left
me numb. We had to write it down cause I believe I am not alone in my guilty
conciseness, and the inner war with myself about this.
– Rather Be Lonely
It’s really weird to release a song that makes you proud and really sad at the same
time. ‘Rather Be Lonely’ is the song we spent the most time writing on. It’s probably
because it’s so brutally honest and being honest about defeat and deceit can be
downright sickening to put on paper.
– Past The End
A banger about being way past a relationship. It’s about reaching that point where all
the 2nd. 3rd. 4th. chances have been missed. Instrumentally we love this song for
being in a different tempo than we normally do, and also the riffs are very new in the
Siamese univers.
– Joga
We wanted to do something completely left, and Andreas just loves this song so much.
The main challenge here was to write a rock song but also stay in the same key as
Björk. “So we did. Song is in original key, and I have to say that I love singing it”. –
Mirza.
– Sloboda
A personal song, with what has become our favourite composition. The grandeur of
this really makes us happy. The lyrical concept is one I’ve had in the shelf for years.
It’s Mirzas personal experience with being a refugee in Denmark, growing up to be a
succesful citizen, but still feeling institutionally unaccepted. By the way – the chorus
line was a conversation Mirza remembered having with his mom when he was a kid.
He asked why they would move from Yugoslavia to Denmark while his mother replied:
Freedom, my son. (Sloboda, moj sine).

All the lyrics evolve around values, ideas and real life situations happening within our
own four walls. It’s a weird and very fragile open door to our thoughts and lives.

Tourdates:
10.03 DK, Copenhagen – Hotel Cecil
11.03 DK, Copenhagen – Hotel Cecil
12.03 DK, Aarhus – Train
18.03 DK, Aalborg – Streetfood
19.03 DK, Odense – Posten
25.03 DK, Sønderborg – Sønderborghus
26.03 DK, Køge – Tapperiet
15.-18.06 DK, Copenhagen – Copenhell
02.07 DE, Münster – Vainstream Rockfest

RISING INSANE will release on the 10th of december 2021 their new album ‘Afterglow’

The big quake is over, but the earth is still shaking. On their new record “Afterglow”, the
upcoming metalcore 5-piece Rising Insane deal with life after a traumatic experience and the
realization that not everything is always already over when one lulls oneself into a sense of
security. The third album of the Bremen-based band reflects more profoundly than ever on
various processes of dealing with psychological problems and creates a colossus of acoustic
rage, despair, but also the necessary spark of hope on this basis. “Afterglow” thereby sounds
as bloodcurdlingly brute as Architects and at the same time as inimitably engaging as
Annisokay – a tightrope walk that ensures that the band’s important messages will find their
way.
Rising Insane is not just the name but also what happened literally to these 5 guys from
northern Germany over the last few years. After their self-released debut album “Nation” in
2017 the band gained attention quickly in the German metal scene on shows with f.e. Stray
From The Path and For Today and as support for Annisokay on their 2018 headline run. In
2019 they played at the Impericon Festival and got signed by Long Branch Records. This led
to the first label release “Porcelain” in November 2019, which received outstanding reviews
all around the world and accelerated the band into the international focus. In the aftermath of
the album release the band kept being busy and recorded a well-received cover version of
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd. This cover got the band even more worldwide attention and
spread the name even wider. Due to the pandemic the first headline run had to be cancelled
in 2020 and the band decided to stay active and recorded a EP named “Recovered” with even
more cover versions of songs from the last 35 years, including “Blinding Lights”.
Now Rising Insane is back with new music and ready to elevate into even higher spheres.
They stay true to their Post-Hardcore and Metalcore roots but have clearly grown as a band
and as individual musicians. The sound is more mature and the songs will not leave any
questions open if these guys can stay true to their name and keep rising insane.

Album Track by Track
– Afterglow
The title track “Afterglow” is the lyrical centerpiece of the album of the same name. It goes straight to
the pain stimulus of post-traumatic stress without detours and expresses the pain and suffering, but also
the despair of having to carry the past on your shoulders for a lifetime.
“All I know, wherever I will go – I will keep falling for the Afterglow”
– Meant to live
“Meant To Live” is a kind of ode to ourselves, in which we praise ourselves for all that we have achieved,
and all that we have overcome. These thoughts are then meant to remind us – when we face setbacks,
when we see ourselves or others down – that we are strong enough to overcome these hurdles.
“But we fight ’cause we’re meant to live”
– War
“War” reveals from my memory the thoughts and feelings in the midst of a depressive episode in a highly
self-reflective way. Looking back at what was going on inside me, I’m all the happier about how my life
looks now.
“It’s like a parasite living here inside my mind”
– Flightless Bird
“Flightless Bird” is for me the most tearing song on “Afterglow”. The term “Flightless Bird” here stands
for both the penguin, the mascot of my sisters and me, and the bird with broken wings that will never fly
again. It’s extremely hard for me to really feel joy for something, no matter how beautiful the moment
actually is, because at the same moment I always have to think about the fact that I will never be able to
share this moment with my sister.
“I hear you calling out for me – Flightless Birds we’re meant to be”
– Serenade
You could almost think “Serenade” is about a love affair – in principle, it is a relationship, too – only it’s
the one with depression and anxiety disorders. No matter how hard you fight it or how well you get by
during the day, when you go to sleep and your mind starts spinning, you end up losing yourself again.
“But at night you’ll be right here and I sing you a serenade”
– Oxygen
“Oxygen” is intended to illustrate the power with which mental disorders can dominate us as human
beings. Mental illnesses change our personality, take away our quality of life – in short, the oxygen we
need.
“What I am, is what you have made of me”
– Breakout
When everything is upside down and our world lies fallow, we can still always find new support in music.
“Breakout” is about exactly that, at the same time it’s a big Thank You to the core scene, where we feel
at home, where it’s about togetherness and everyone is welcome.
“I feel like my mind is gone, still I know where my heart belongs”
– The Surface
“The Surface” is about the perpetual struggle with oneself and the pursuit of happiness – the interplay
between positive development and the relapse into depressive moods, which keeps us from breaking
through the surface. The absolute symbol of this can be found on the artwork to the album.
“Locked chains in a cave of despair”
– Something inside of me
“Something inside of me” is an announcement to all people who trivialize mental illness and give
sufferers the feeling of rejection. The song is meant to slap them in the face with the suffering that
mental illness causes and to make them rethink.
“On the inside you’re dead, on the outside just breathing”
– Broken Homes
“Broken Homes” takes up the subject of domestic violence, highlighting the psychological consequences
that have a post-traumatic effect on those affected. The song is meant to convey strength and make
clear that no one is alone.
“It’s difficult but don’t lose hope, remember you are not alone”
– Bend and Break
“Bend and Break” is about relapsing into a depressed mood and realizing that trauma will never leave
you alone. What just becomes clear in the song is the help from friends that sufferers rely on so much
when depression takes over.
“Tell me something that I don’t know, tell me something to heal my soul”
– Imprisoned
“Imprisoned” is the last song of the album, the outstretched hand that helps you up. In the song is the
statement that Rising Insane will always be there through the music in difficult hours and you fight
together against the storm.
“Hands up to the sky, wave your past goodbye – I’ll be there if you need me”

ATLAS will release on the 10th of December 2021 their new album ‘Ukko’

UKKO is the second studioalbum by the Finnish metal band ATLAS. On the 11 new tracks the 5-piece
from Tampere presents a new sonic palette and steps into a new direction for the band. For UKKO,
ATLAS drew inspiration from Finnish folk music and poetry, combining these influences with the dark
soundscapes and dynamic songwriting for which the band is already known. Lyrically and
thematically UKKO explores themes of death, healing, rebirth and faith, presented in a seamlessly
blended mix of English and Finnish.
The album name UKKO honors the father figure of the band who passed away less than a year ago; a
devastating tragedy for its members.
UKKO is also a euphemism of the Finnish pre-christian mythological god of the sky, thunder, weather,
and harvest.
“This is our way of honoring those we’ve loved and lost. Heavy looping rhythms, huge percussions,
haunting atmospheres, dark soundscapes, and ominous melodies create an album that celebrates
northern spirits. UKKO is a blend of something ancient combined with a cold and harsh perspective of
these stray modern days. You could say that the album is a sacrifice to the old Finnish pagan gods.” –
(Tuomas Kurikka / guitar).
The album is mixed and mastered by Buster Odeholm (Vildhjarta, Oceano, Humanity’s Last Breath,
Born of Osiris) who was able to bring his unique approach and sound to the album.

Maestro – Something Else single cover 2021

MAESTRO have released their new single ‘Something Else’

Music by Orion Roos
Lyrics by Wieke van der Veen

Maestro musicians on this recording are:
Wouter Zuiderveld – lead and backing vocals, guitars and keyboards
Orion Roos – guitars and backing vocals
Peter Douwenga – bass and backing vocals
Jahrin Kersten – drums

Special guest: Wieke van der Veen – backing vocals

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ZOODRAKE released new single ‘Hit The Ground’

“Hit the Ground” is the third single from Zoodrake’s new album “Seven”, which is accompanied by a music video.

Watch the video now here:

https://youtu.be/BYH6_gKFJUg

Hilton Theissen says about the song: “Sometimes you only feel life through a painful experience, or you only really perceive yourself through a hard crash that explores the boundaries to madness.”

The new Zoodrake long-player, “Seven,” takes an even rougher, more exuberant approach to complete the entire experience along with a strong unifying force created by the songs and Hilton’s characteristic voice.

Zoodrake is the band around singer and producer Hilton Theissen, who consistently follows their path through with their second album “seven” and ten energetic and emotional songs. The first two singles already revealed the band’s strengthened stylistic path with a varied bandwidth and captivating synth and guitar walls on top of their energetic upbeat music.