The music industry is expanding every day, with exponential growth in all sides from PR to label managers becoming even greater. To see how the industry is moving, we talked to Oliver Kamyszew, a graphic designer turned PR, artist manager at Scarim Management and Black Box Booking about the industry and how it’s moving.
BESHIBA HAVE RELEASED A NEW SINGLE
Hardcore South Carolina based rock band Beshiba have just released their brand new single ‘F.E.L’ featuring Garret Hood from Guerrilla Warfare!
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PURE NOISE RECORDS SIGN NEW HEAVY METAL BAND
Pure Noise Records have just signed new heavy metal band Sharptooth! Continue reading “PURE NOISE RECORDS SIGN NEW HEAVY METAL BAND”
ALAZKA -PHOENIX – REVIEW
Based in western Germany come Europe’s newest upcoming band Alazka. After starting in 2012 under the name ‘Burning Down Alaska’, the band have undergone many different changes while performing with artists such as Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside and Northlane. After the release of their debut EP ‘Values and Virtues’ back in 2015 before undergoing a name change to Alazka in March 2017 and announcing their debut album ‘Phoenix, set for release on September 1st 2017.
It’s safe to say that the opening track ‘Echoes’ which leads onto ‘Ghost’ is a great starter for the album. ‘Echoes’ brings a slow opening but also sets up the melodic aspects that Alazka bring to their music. First single ‘Empty Throne’ definitely shows the bands new style which differentiates from 2015’s ‘Values and Virtues’. The emotional impact of the lyrics is definitely present through the screams of the track and certainly sets itself as one of the most impactful of the album.
With the different tracks on the album, there are different paces. While the tracks focus mainly on a quick pace with vivacious bursts of energy, some differ in different ways. ‘Everglow’ seems to hold a slightly different energy. Instead of bringing a heavy and fast pace, ‘Everglow’ appears to be lighter and more passionate in terms of both vocals and instrumentals. This also appears in ‘Everything’ and helps to emphasises that Alazka can change and manipulate the pace of their tracks to convey different types of emotion from fiery passion to heartbroken sorrow.
Second to last track ‘Blossom’ is almost like a transition from Burning Down Alaska to Alazka as it was released as Burning Down Alaska with clean vocalist Kassim Auale before the band transitioned to Alazka. ‘Blossom’ is definitely top of the list for emotional outpouring, as this track is probably one of the most hard-hitting tracks (and videos) off the album itself. Final track ‘Fading Flame’ brings the album full cycle, as it ends on a melodic instrumenal ending, closing the album in a calming way while leaving the impact of the different tracks in your mind.
Sadly, some tracks do get overshadowed by some of the other tracks. While tracks like ‘Heart Of Gold’ are good, sometimes they can appear a little lost, however, even though they’re not as loud or as heard as the other tracks, they still have a spark in them which makes them original and still fit well alongside the album.
While some of the tracks do fade a into the background amongst others, the tracks all have something to offer at some point. With such a change for Alazka it was debated as to whether clean vocals and screams would fit, but most of the time they certainly work well. One thing to be said about this album is that it definitely does not lack emotional impact. A sense of emotion is visible in every track of the album and adds a sense of raw vulnerability to ‘Phoenix’. Make sure to listen to it on September 1st!
BEING AS AN OCEAN + HUNDREDTH TOUR BUS CAUGHT FIRE
To be on tour for months in a small bus must be gruelling and to wake up to your bus being on fire must be even worse. Sadly, that’s the situation that bands Hundredth and Being As An Ocean faced yesterday (June 27th) morning as they awoke to the back of their bus being in flames.
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STARVE TO SURVIVE – LIFE//LOSS – REVIEW
British metalcore band Starve To Survive are ready to leave their mark on the metal music scene after the release of their debut EP ‘Life//Loss’ back in December 2016. Continue reading “STARVE TO SURVIVE – LIFE//LOSS – REVIEW”
THE CAMBION SIGN TO DUCKPHONE RECORDS AND RELEASE NEW TRACK ‘TOO LATE’
Indiana hardcore band ‘The Cambion’ have officially signed to label Duckphone Records and released their new track ‘Too Late’!
Duckphone Records, which also carries bands such as Bohemian Groove and Hollow, I am have stated “We are so excited to finally announce that we have Continue reading “THE CAMBION SIGN TO DUCKPHONE RECORDS AND RELEASE NEW TRACK ‘TOO LATE’”
INTERVIEW – BURY THE LIGHT
Fresh out of Cambridge in the UK are none other than hardcore rock band Bury The Light. After the release of their EP ‘Sunstroker’ they are quickly gaining popularity in the world of music. We had the chance to talk to Bury The Light about their recent EP, the process of recording and their best (and worst) moments of being a band. Continue reading “INTERVIEW – BURY THE LIGHT”
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Germany are well known for producing some well-known heavy metal bands along the likes of Rammstein and Kreator. Now it Is time for hardcore band Annisokay to come on to the international scene. Coming from Halle, Germany, Annisokay are tearing up the music scene in their country. Having produced three albums already, Continue reading “UPCOMING: ANNISOKAY”