Portuguese alt metallers VËLLA sign worldwide deal with Art Gates Records; new album to be released later this year
Art Gates Records are proud to introduce Portuguese alternative metal act Vëlla as the new artist to join their ranks.
Vëlla was formed in Lisboa (Portugal) and are influenced by all kinds of music styles. The sound of the band resonates in resounding rhythms, neck breaking riffs, graceful drumming, fierce hooks, impressive staging, elegant and furious clean & growling vocals.
The crushing Lisbon quintet combine technique, power, and melody, with an unparalleled mastery of making remarkable songs, bringing ruthless energy to their live performances. With a harmonious melting pot of several metal subgenres, blending deep powerful hooks and mesmerizing melodic grandeur, VËLLA’s music is often described as a must-listen, impressive and well-executed fusion of power and melody with memorable hooks.
Iván Magdalena (Label's CEO) comments on the signing:-
"VËLLA is one of those projects whose members are absolutely committed to give 150% of their energies to the band. This is the one and only way to make it in the music business and I'm sure we will conquer the scene with their upcoming opus".
Oz Vilesov, Vëlla's guitarist states:-
“It is an honour for us to be part of the Art Gates Records family. We know, especially through our friends Gwydion, the incredible work that Art gates develop and we are convinced that together we will achieve great things. From the first contact, we have been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. This step for us means evolution and growth towards our goals."
After releasing their extraordinary debut full-length “Coma” in 2020, Vëlla are more than ready to lead the way with their upcoming new album that will be released through Art Gates Records in 2022.
Ville Valo to release new single "Loveletting", announces debut solo album "Neon Noir" + 2023 tour plans
Finnish love metal pioneer, Ville Valo, will release new single, "Loveletting," on April 8 under the VV banner. "Loveletting" is taken from VV's forthcoming debut album Neon Noir.
"As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the Heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again. Eventually, I decided to put a leash on my beloved black dog and we started howling together instead of barking at each other. That's how 'Loveletting' was born."
"Loveletting" will be made available across all digital platforms from midnight (local time) tonight.
An official video clip will follow tomorrow 11am ET here.
VV's debut album Neon Noir is scheduled for release in early 2023; belonging to the same forlorn world of woe and whimsy once conceived and governed by Valo in HIM, VV arrives with additional nuanced notes of a fine aged Cabernet.
"Artistically speaking, the main difference between HIM and VV is the extra line in the Heartagram, but what an exquisite line it is! It's the Mamas and the Papas dressed up as Metallica on their way to a Halloween bash at the Studio 54, and now who wouldn't want to witness that?"
Further details around Neon Noir will be released in due course. In the meantime, fans are invited to any number of VV's headline tour dates taking place next year across Europe, the UK, and North America. Naturally starting in Helsinki, Finland, the 2023 extensive run reaches the UK in March, before heading to America come April.
U.S. tickets will be available for purchase from Friday, April 15 at 10am local time.
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Italian alt metallers Violet Blend perform Verdi's "La Donna Mobile" with Maestra Gianna Fratta
Alt-metal band Violet Blend campaign against gender discrimination with Maestra Gianna Fratta by performing Giuseppe Verdi's "La Donna Mobile". Watch the new "La Donna Mobile" music video via YouTube, and stream the song on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer and more.
New full-length album Demons is out now! Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Nanowar of Steel). Download / Stream at this location
Eclipse Records: Italian alternative metal band Violet Blend just dropped their new full-length album Demons and revealed a new music video for the song "La Donna Mobile", taken from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto opera. In the video, Violet Blend are conducted by world-famous Maestra Gianna Fratta at the historic Teatro Verdi in Firenze, Italy.
"La Donna Mobile" is the fourth music video from the band's new full-length album Demons, which was just released worldwide on April 1, 2022 via Eclipse Records. Aside from being a timeless classic originally written by Giuseppe Verdi, the song has been adopted as the theme of "La Donna Mobile - Campaign against gender discrimination and violence”, a non-profit project to promote equality, empowerment, education, and information, focused on the role of women in the world of work. The campaign is promoted by Violet Blend, with the patronage of Municipality of Florence, the Department of Equal Opportunities of Florence, the sponsorship of Teatro Verdi of Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana of Florence and Viper Theatre of Florence, in support of AIDOS - Italian Association of Women for Development, that since 1981 has worked throughout the Italian territory for the rights, dignity and freedom of choices of women and girls in the world. Learn more about the campaign at this location.
"As a classical musicologist, I've always had to study and deal with music written by men, where women were always secondary characters with little to think or say," says lead vocalist & composer Giada Celeste Chelli. "La Donna è Mobile is one of the most famous arias of 19th century Italian opera, but I realized that very few people really knew its meaning. It is misogynist and discriminatory, and even if it was written during the 19th century, I find it terribly current. We wanted to underline the importance and relevance of a reflection on the role of women, focusing on the world of work, where still today there is a dangerous and frightening gender gap. With this project, we wanted to gather and show the public the testimonies of these wonderful women that work and succeed in professions that are socially still linked only to men. We asked women to help us spread a message of gender equality and the women responded!"
Demons contains thirteen hard-rocking tracks that personify discontent, passion, beauty, and rage. The lyrical subject matter of the album explores the human soul by investigating its contradictions and ambitions. The album was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Nanowar of Steel). Demons will be released worldwide via Eclipse Records on April 1, 2022. Singles from the album include the powerful debut “Rock DJ” which describes the primordial sense of joy and freedom that music transmits. The second single entitled “Among All These Fools”, is about asking the music to guide you through some wicked people that try to surround you and prevent you from reaching your goals.
The third single “Need” is about a situation of great uncertainty, where you must decide if you should abandon the old life for a new one. The last single "La Donna Mobile" is part of a prominent social campaign to raise awareness against discrimination and gender-based violence, featuring AIDOS (Italian Association of Women for Development) and the Municipality of Florence, Italy. Altogether, Demons is an exciting record with something for everyone, from the superlative vocal to the rhythm-chops which seem to echo the true pulse of the world. Get ready to rock!
For more information about Maestra Gianna Fratta, check out her official website.
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Junction 28 have signed with Wormholedeath a licensing deal for the reissue of their EP "Before You Drown", due for re-release on April 29th, 2022. Combining raw, energetic performances with their own distinct musical flair, Junction 28 are paving the way as an influential alternative rock band for the modern generation. Since joining forces in 2019, the group has captivated fans with their signature sound and entrancing stage presence. New listeners will be hooked from the first note.
Junction 28 signing statement:
"We at Junction 28 are immensely proud to be sharing the next stage in our journey with WormHoleDeath. Partnering with this record label is a massive step forwards and we are incredibly excited for the bright future ahead of us.
“Before You Drown” is our first EP, conceived largely during the initial stages of lockdown. The project shifts our sound into a new spectrum, with a distinct focus on dynamic song-writing, electronic sound-design and atmosphere, all the while making sure to retain our penchant for hefty riffs and soaring melodies. Lyrically we turned our eyes inwards, reflecting on the personal issues and mental struggles that have permeated our everyday lives over the past year in a way we hope is both relatable and incisive. Bands such as Linkin Park, Bring Me the Horizon, Deftones and Don Broco were always in our minds during the writing process, though we also drew heavy inspiration from a wide sphere of genre influences, including alternative rock, heavy metal, electronica, synth-wave, and modern pop.
Junction 28 is a band hailing from Essex in the UK. Aiming to combine huge riffs, dense electronics and soaring vocals into one cohesive aural assault, the group is now ready to show its new face to the world. Formed in 2018 by bassist Dick Phantom (Kieron Spears), it wasn’t long before the band began ploughing through venues across Essex and Greater London. Other Members include drummer Ben Woodwards, guitarist Gary Digby, synth player Kit Sylvester and lead singer Craig Keeling. Their first EP, “Before You Drown'' has been recorded at 'Hidden Track' Studios in Folkestone with producer Oz Craggs, the project weaves together the new and the familiar, its five tracks speak to a plethora of topics drawn from the band member’s own lives and personal struggles. Junction 28 is managed by UAC management and will be appearing in music venues in the very near future.
Heavy alternative metallers SEVI, have released a music video for 'Hate You'. The new single is mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Halestorm), taken from their upcoming 4th album. The YouTube video can be viewed below.
This spring starts with some powerful chords from Sofia, Bulgaria. SEVI worked on the track with the world famous producer and songwriter Kane Churko, who’s name stands along with the projects of some rock and metal giants like Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Halestorm and more. Last Saturday the fans of SEVI had the chance to hear “Hate You” for the first time and to see the brand new video on a big concert in Sofia. The band also celebrated their 12th birthday.
Kane Churko said to the fans that "It was a pleasure to work with SEVI on their single "Hate You”. I hope everyone will enjoy the track."
For the co-work, the excitement and the results the vocalist Svetlana Bliznakova said:
“It was a true honuor to work with a producer like Kane Churko. His professional approach brought the track into a new level and defined the small important details that finished the song the way we imagined it to sound. I can’t wait to hear what fans would think”
"Hate you” gives a new different sound to the band without losing their individual stile that gathers fans all over the world. The video of "Hate You” presents a story of the tiny border between love and hate and remind us that we never really know who we are competing with. Fast cars, high voltage, power and original vintage style. Full contrast between the speed on the car track and the band playing on an auto morgue. For the video shoot the SEVI trusted the Dark-White vision team who worked on their latest single “Dark Knight”. The song is already available in the official YouTube channel of SEVI and all their music platforms such as Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.
Known as one of the most successful rock bands in Bulgaria, SEVI captured the public attention with their original and recognizable style, the powerful female vocals and melodic songs that can be often heard on the radio.
Belgian alternative metallers Cellar Twins have signed with Sliptrick Records. Cellar Twins were founded in 2014 in Namur, Belgium. Characterized by powerful instrumentals blended with clean vocals, the band offers an intense journey into a unique universe where light and darkness combine. After a first EP in 2017, the band released its first full length album Duality in December 2019. It received praise from many Belgian and international critics.
In 2020, the album was re-released by Rockshots Records. Somewhere between passion and rebellion, Cellar Twins revitalizes a multitude of musical horizons and centres them to create a new image of modern rock music.
The new single, Abyss, is due out on all digital platforms via Sliptrick Records soon.
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After signing to Drakkar Entertainment and announcing the release date of their new studio album Dark Matters (Part I), Bulgarians Odd Crew are now sharing the latest taste of the record. The band drops the new track "Farewell" alongside a black and white emotionally shattering video that will have viewers questioning just what to feel.
“Farewell” is the third single taken of Dark Matters (Part I), which was recorded in Odd Crew’s own “ButcherHouse” Studio in Sofia and produced and mixed by the band themselves.
Guitarist Vasil Parvanovski comments:
“We wanted to make a massive and interesting album that includes both lighter catchy vocal parts and emotionally heavier instrumental parts as well. An album that tells many stories. “Farewell” is a song that can make you think about how fast time passes and that we don’t have enough time to enjoy everything around us. Тhe video shows how fast we go through life until we reach the very last station of it when it’s time to say “goodbye”.
Last week the band launched an official fan-club called the S.P.R.F. Crew. It’s an exclusive section on their website www.oddcrew.net - in which a members-only content will be uploaded every week.
Odd Crew's new album, Dark Matters (Part I), will be out on May 27, PRE-ORDER HERE!
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Alternative metallers Lillasyster aim to represent Sweden at Eurovision by entering Melodifestivalen 2022
Lillasyster is once more in the competition to represent Sweden in Eurovision.
In 2021 Lillasyster entered the Swedish take outs for Eurovision and since then their contribution "Pretender" has risen on the charts, peaking on the "Swedish Top 50" chart for over a month and soon streamed Platinum in Sweden. The bands contribution this year is the new "Till Our Days Are Over" and is written by Palle Hammarlund and Jimmy Jansson which have had several previous successes in the competition.
"The song has a higher tempo than Pretender and is more straight on, and more Arena"
says singer Martin Westerstrand.
Italian alt metallers Hellfox unveil new single & music video for "Our Lady Of Sorrows"
Here the words from the Singer Greta Antico:
“The lyrics of 'Our Lady Of Sorrows' represent a prayer raised to the sky, it is the question made by someone who does not find his place in the world and with the greatest despair has the intention to awaken a divinity, good or malevolent, from Her sleep. The desperate one calls her by different names to make sure he/she is not mistaken and in the end the deity responds and agrees to take the one who called her under her protection.
Ours is a warrior goddess, barren mother of children who come to her in despair and who finally answers by asking for devotion and sacrifice in return, it is an exchange, a call to be part of a larger family, certainly very far from the "Christian Lady Of Sorrows" but somehow close to the figure of "Mother".
This representation can also be interpreted as a voice, something that comes from the heart, an emotion that wakes up inside us and that pushes us to become something else, that asks us to move, that gives us the strength that we feel when it seems that nothing can save us, and then instead, gathered all our strength, allows us to succeed.”
The video represents the protagonist in search of an answer, she hears music and tries to follow it, she needs to find a solution to her problems and she looks for it through 'Our Lady Of Sorrows'.
Instead she finds in her path the four of us, who in one way or another, guide her towards the "Cathedral" where we are playing. Of course, by the time she gets there, it will be too late. She will be left with a book though, and... who knows, it could be the solution to all her problems or her worst damnation…
“The Call”, New album due on January 21st is available for the pre-order at the following link: https://www.musicforthemassesdistro.com/product/hellfox-the-call/
The album will be distributed in Italy by EGEA MUSIC Italy, in Europe by CODE 7 UK and by WORMHOLEDEATH Japan, besides all digital platforms.
Hellfox trademark is represented by the dualism between Greta and Priscilla’s voices, which intertwine while telling the tales of the album. But let the band members’ words speak for their own:
“Hellfox is an alternative metal (alt-metal) leaning towards melodic death metal. In spite of four rather different musical backgrounds, we’re on the same page on the inspiration we draw from Amorphis, In Flames & Dark Tranquillity in the process of song writing, while we’ve chosen to detach from the symphonic context, widely regarded as feminine, inserting acid, distorted synths in order to create a modern mood we felt our own and committed more adherently to the pop vibe of Greta’s melodic voice.
The dualism existing within Hellfox is not to be meant as a conflicting one, it’s rather the result of different voices interacting inside the human soul, different faces if we want to put it down this way. Faces mingling and generating the person in itself, in its entirety, who create and live in harmony and balance although seemingly clashing one another.
We do not use masks to conform to the mass, while we don’t even want to distinguish ourselves at any cost, in a society where normality is a mere surface. The abyss, on the other hand, is made of countless personality facets, both for the collective and the single human being. Our message is accessible to all, everyone can recognize it in her or himself: that small, tiny voice in your head which attracts or repulses you…’cause nothing is normal for us, nothing is different.”
Hellfox was born from the 4 members’ different musical tastes and influences. We're not trying to fit into a genre, our music expresses the need to convey what we have behind the mask everyone wears in every day life, independently of what we are. Instrumental parts are made of acid and distorted sounds with great atmospheres, where two voices fights with each other’s. The band formed during 2019 winter, thanks to the Greta and Priscilla rediscovered friendship. In February 2019 they find Gloria, and after a long and exhausting research, finally they find Federica to properly complete the band.
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Hertfordshire-based alternative metal band Defences release their brutal and confrontational new single ‘IN THE BLACK’. The track is taken from their new album ‘In The Balance’ which is set for release on 15th October 2021. Fans can pre-order / pre-save the album HERE.
Defences latest offering sees the band looking inwards, tackling loss and grief head-on.
Vocalist Cherry Duesbury comments:
"In The Black dives into the darker side of loss and the effects it can have on us. Unexpectedly losing important people can feel like the end of your world, or like a part of or all of you has been taken with them. This song explores the thoughts and feelings that can come while grieving. Even when at our lowest points, there is something that drives us forward, wakes us up every day and keeps us breathing... There's still sunlight, even behind the darkest of clouds."
‘In The Balance’ arrives as a snapshot of primary lyricist and vocalist Cherry Duesbury’s experiences over the last few years; glancing over the inevitable difficulties of a global pandemic as well as several pivotal cultural events. "We wrote this because we need to" exclaims Cherry. ‘In The Balance’ is the result of Defences looking for hope in the stark realities of life, facing them head-on to find positivity.
“A lot of the lyrics are based on internal struggles,” notes co-vocalist William Alex Young. It’s a snapshot in time, looking at humanity in both its glory and its struggles. “It’s incredibly honest”, Cherry adds. “It’s the most honest I have ever been in terms of lyrics.”
There’s a universality to this honesty with the band's recent single ‘False Gods.’ Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Cherry used her personal reaction to comment on all humanity. Hope bubbles under the surface of ‘In The Balance’ and underpins Defences’ attitude as a band. The songs emerge as a celebration of how humans deal with things that happen in their lives, how they understand and acknowledge those experiences, and what ultimately can be learned from them. And they do so with a powerful energy that perfectly blends the dual vocals with down-tuned instrumentation.
Joining several strong contemporaries, it continues their evolution from any norms in alternative metal. The guitars are heavier, the screams louder, but there’s still space for the melody to drive it forward. The album revels on both its energy and passion, yet lands on genuine positivity. Cherry looks back at the hourglass, the heart, and the scales of justice emblazoned on the album's artwork commenting “It’s a time capsule of this moment in our lives, in any life. It’s about the experiences, the difficulties, the struggles that we all go through, and the eventual hope that we find.”
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