Finnish violent pop / metal crew Blind Channel to bring the 'Dark Side' to Eurovision 2021 as Finland's entry.
Finland are looking to repeat history as they eye up their second Eurovision Song Contest victory. Their entrant this year is Blind Channel, a band that have been sprinting past milestones and crushing their rival’s records with their enormous anthemic entry ‘Dark Side’.
‘Dark Side’ has become a #1 smash hit on the Finnish singles chart and has remained in the top 10 airplay charts for over 10 weeks, with the song now reaching platinum.
Is metal going to bring Finland the gold yet again? Listen to the song here and watch the official lyric video here.
It was written as a reaction to the global pandemic that forced the music industry to a grinding halt, synonymously crushing all the band’s 2020 touring plans. Frustration, isolation and depression gave birth to an anthem for the people, and the Eurovision Song Contest has proved to be the perfect vessel to spread their message.
Niko Vilheim, one of the band's two vocalists shares his thoughts:-
“What we really needed at that low point was an anthem for ourselves, a song that gives the finger to life itself. That’s how ‘Dark Side’ came into life. It really was an instant anthem. ’Dark Side’ is a song that’s meant to be performed together with an audience, as a kind of communal experience. Now we needed to find that audience, and we knew that there were lots of people out there who felt exactly like we did.”
After entering the track into the UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu = New Music Competition), the Finnish qualifying round for the Eurovision Song Contest itself, the sextet came away annihilating all their fellow competitors by achieving the highest score in the competition’s history and becoming the first UMK entry to hit the top of the charts.
Now with their sights firmly set on the finish line, the band will be the 14th act to perform at the second semi-final on May 20th, and if successful on the night, will perform again at the finals on May 22nd.
The competition finale will also feature performances from past winners of the competition, including Finland’s previous winning act and hard rock heroes Lordi who dominated the 2006 event with ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’.
Finland has long been known for its love of heavy music, with international superstar acts such as Hanoi Rocks, HIM, Nightwish, Children of Bodum, Apocalyptica and The Rasmus all enjoying major global success. Now the world will be adding Blind Channel to that list.
Blind Channel were formed in 2013 in the city of Oulu, way up in the North of Finland, by a group of five talented, determined and ambitious friends – vocalists Joel Hokka and Niko Vilhelm, drummer Tommi Lalli, guitarist Joonas Porko and bass player Olli Matela. This fivesome has stuck together to this day, in the spirit of the 2018 sophomore album Blood Brothers, each of them collectively responsible for the songwriting.
Last year saw the addition of a new member, as long time friend Alex Mattson joined to play keyboard, samples and percussion and completes the current line up. Following the release of their 2020 album Violent Pop, ‘Dark Side’ is the band’s first taste of music from an upcoming album due for release early next year, working with renowned UK producer Dan Lancaster (Blink 182, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco).
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Hailing from Beijing, China, Life Awaits make their label debut by releasing,their newest single, Better now, through Dreambound's YouTube channel.
With a mix of heartfelt lyrics - gutwrenching vocals and fantastic instrumentation, Life Awaits are here to impress and take no prisoners with this first single of 2019. Both new and old fans alike are bound to find lyrics and moments that will resonate within them, be it tapping their foot along to the beat, or screaming along at the top of their lungs, there's a bit for everyone to enjoy.
Vocalist Yu opened up about the track:-
"Better now is kind of an experimental song for us. We wanted to find connections between the lyrics and each note. I personally suffered from bipolar disorder for a period of time. So there’s anger in it and there’s also desperation. But most importantly, there is an exit from it all. And we hope the song can reach out to those who have the same problem and can find their own way out. This is also the first single release after signing with Famined Records. We are all very excited. And we hope it brings a new chapter to our career."
You can stream or purchase "Better now" here.
Life Awaits is a 4-piece Post-Hardcore / Alt Metal band from Beijing, China. Established in May 2015, the band gained massive attention since their first single < In Descent> that same year in September. Although the band is at its new-born stage, the band members have experience performing with their former bands all around Asia. This is part of the reason why the band has been named for “The most anticipated and international Chinese metal/hardcore band”.
In April, 2017, the band released their music video <You> which grabbed more than 600 reposts and over hundred thousands of views. The music video was also released on Dreambound’s Youtube Channel and reached over 100k views within a week which also helped to the band to gain significant global recognition. On June 3, 2017, Life Awaits released their debut album <WAVES>.
Watch the video, stream or purchase "Better now" here
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While My City Burns (Metalcore/Post-Hardcore from Iceland) are proud to announce that their debut album "Prone To Self Destruction" will be released on 30 March 2018 via Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Aural Music Group worldwide and in Japan on 30 May 2018 via Wormholedeath Japan / Disk Union Distribution.
This album can be described as a mix of the band influences into a sweet kick-ass Metal blend with tasty riffs, crushing breakdowns and choruses that get stuck in your head. The pure and yet wild sound of Iceland's extreme music is ready to conquer Europe!
While My City Burns (Metalcore / Post-Hardcore from Iceland) are proud to announce that their second single "Vivens Mortua" is out today via Wormholedeath Records / The Orchard! "Vivens Mortua" is the new single anticipating their upcoming debut album.
Early this year this amazing band gave us a first taste of islandic blasting sound releasing their single "Standing Alone", which is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Now they are back and ready to make your ears bleed again! "Vivens Mortua" Official Lyric Video "Vivens Mortua" is available on:
Check out the lyric video:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS70Vti_Vrg
While My City Burns is a five piece Metal / Post-Hardcore band hailing from Iceland. They mix their influences into a sweet ass Metal blend with tasty riffs, crushing breakdowns and choruses that get stuck in your head.
Gauti Hreinsson : Vocals
Alexander Glói Pétursson : Guitar ,Vocals
Úlfar Alexander Úlfarsson : Guitar
Kristófer Berg Sturluson Paraiso : Bass
Guðjón Trausti Skúlason : Drums
Fading Distance is a post-hardcore/electronic band from Saint Petersburg, Russia. The band was established in 2014 and in the same year, the band released their first single Revelation and the EP I Have Hidden an Ocean. After their first tour and numerous shows over the years with the likes of Dream on, Dreamer, Upon this Downing, Fail Emotions, etc, Fading Distance started to work on their first full length album. 2017 will see the release of that work with Let the Sailors Stay Home via Sliptrick Records in CD and the usual digital formats.
The band have also just released the official video for one of the singles from Let the Sailors Stay Home and it’s available for viewing now on YouTube. The track is titled Fletcher Lind, a classic example of Fading Distance with their trademark fire and passion.
Let The Sailors Stay Home | Release date to be confirmed via Sliptrick Records
Director: Max Ivanov (MX Production)
Production: Victor Smirnov
Fading Distance are:
Alexander Shefer – Vocals | Victor Smirnov – Guitar/Programing | Daniel Osipov – Keyboard | Alexander Semenitsky – Drums | Evgeniy Gul’aev – Bass
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Russian metalcore outfit Forget My Silence has released a new music video for the title track off their upcoming record, Fall To Rise. The new single produced by Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire) brings out melodic but powerful riffs and shines on a mix of soulful yet heavy vocals.
"'Fall To Rise' is the main song from the album. The title holds the history of my life and our band. We are all working on ourselves to get better at what we do. Not always was everything perfect, we faced many fails and hard times, but they only made us stronger and actually made us better. 'Fall To Rise' is story of how people who step over, will fall against those who have already fell before and learned their mistakes, and by their turn they will rise again, only stronger, and they all keep the circle of falling and rising going. This song will be kind of the beginning of new chapters in our story." - Vocalist, Roma Sadygov
Forget My Silence is a post-hardcore/metalcore band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia formed in august 2011 by vocalist Roma Sadygov. Shortly after, the band released their first music video for the single "This is only the beginning," which has since reached nearly five million views on YouTube. In November 2013, they released their debut EP Lifeline and toured around Russia, gaining a passionate following of fans before releasing the the single “Not Perfect” in 2014. The following year the band released “Virtual Privacy” (produced by Cameron Mizell) from their upcoming debut full-length Fall to Rise.
"This album is a half-way stop between our early 'metal' stuff and more nu-metal sound we've dug into recently,” says guitarist Elia Solonnikov. “Simple, but powerful riffs, some harsh vocals, more soulful lyrics than Roma has ever written. If you liked Forget My Silence before, you won't be disappointed.”
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Rock tinged melodic metalcore / post hardcore Vancouverites This Gun For Hire will be unleashing their debut album 'Something A Little More Sinister' on March 31, 2017. The band has already released singles 'Infection', 'Good Evening Deacon' and 'Barn Burner', which guitarist Tyler Burns has a brand new play-through for at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyKZKJ7l1vg
This Gun For Here is also offering fans a FREE download of 'Barn Burner' exclusively on PureGrainAudio.com at http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/this-gun-for-hire-barn-burner-free-song-download
Plus you can watch their music video for 'Barn Burner' at https://youtu.be/UO1qbqi3I2Q
The band comments on the video:
“You ever been to one of those parties where you feel like you’re on top of the world? Well this isn’t one of those parties. Welcome to Barn Burner! Where the drinks aren’t free and the girls ain’t pretty. Get ready for a night full of hazards, disasters, and bastards where there’s no going home! Barn Burner is This Gun for Hire‘s party jam that doesn’t let up, even for a second. Delving into the Canadian atmosphere of bush and house parties. You better dust off those dancing shoes and buckle up for a wild… ish ride. Special thanks to Kris Hellstrom for creating another awesome video for us.”
This Gun For Hire recorded 'Something A Little More Sinister' with engineer and producer Roger Swan (K-OS, Battle Axe) to present their first clutch of original songs to showcase to the world. The twelve track release displays a keen awareness of pace and dynamics. Moving deftly from the seething chaos of the eponymous opener to the grandiose and melodic epic of "To The Fallen And The Faithful', and back again for the staccato grunt of 'Barn Burner' to finish the record, This Gun For Hire leave you in little doubt as to their capabilities.
'Something A Little More Sinister' will be available through iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
Shelby Tanaka (Lead Vocals)
Tyler Burns (Guitars/Bass)
Mitch Harsch (Drums/Vocals)
Axel Verstraeten (Guitars)
Jake Murdoch (Bass/Vocals)
While My City Burns (Metalcore / Post-Hardcore from Iceland) are proud to announce that their single & official video "Standing Alone" are out today via Wormholedeath Records / The Orchard and Vevo!
The band is currently writing the new album that will be released by Wormholedeath. While My City Burns is a five piece Metal/ Hardcore band hailing from Iceland. They mix their influences into a sweet ass Metal blend with tasty riffs, crushing breakdowns and choruses that get stuck in your head.
Mixed and Mastered : Austin Hull
Filmed and Edited by Aron Bragi Baldursson
Special thanks to Hljóðfærahúsið
This morning You Me At Six vocalist Josh Franchesci joined the Victoria Derbyshire programme (BBC Two) to discuss the revelation that Robbie Williams's management team is placing tickets directly on to resale ticketing websites at higher prices.
Ie:music put tickets for Williams's 2017 tour on Get Me In and Seatwave - in one case for £65 more, before fees, than a similar ticket on Ticketmaster.
The company has previously called on the government to take stronger action against resale sites.
See Josh’s comments here: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaDerbyshire/videos/vb.125309456546/10154264854001547/?type=2&theater
Watch the package: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04p3jd6
Read the full story is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38131028
Credit goes to:- Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Two
February 2016; Enter Shikari head out on a tour of the UK, taking in some of the biggest venues they have ever headlined in their decade-long career.
In the DIY fashion that the band have become synonymous with, the video screen content and programming for the front of house quadrophonic audio system has all been created and slaved over for months by the band themselves. Wary of the potential disaster / glorious victory that lies ahead, but never ones to shy away from lifting the curtain to show the inner-workings of their endeavours, the band consider it a wise move to ensure someone is on hand to capture it all on video.
Enter Shikari met photographer / videographer Alexey Makhov on one of their now regular trips to Russia; so when he mentioned his availability prior to the tour, it struck everyone as a no-brainer.
The resulting 30 minute mini-documentary mixes beautifully shot & edited live footage, behind the scenes access, and candid interviews with the band; following them from the tour’s production rehearsals right through to its conclusion at a sold out show at London’s 9000 capacity Alexandra Palace.
Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject
“It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly! "
A full audio recording of the Alexandra Palace show, however, DOES exist, and has now been mixed and mastered. Details of what will be happening with that will be forthcoming shortly.
Enter Shikari have a small number of European festival dates remaining this summer, along with an outdoor headline show at Budapest’s Barba Nagra Track, before heading to Japan and finally rounding off their live 2016 with a short Australian run.
ENTER SHIKARI - LIVE 2016
30th - Amber Beach Party Festival - Russia
11th - Kubana Festival - Latvia
19th - Zaxidfest Festival - Ukraine
20th - Rock Am See festival - Germany
22nd - Here Come The Wolves Festival - Austria
24th - Barba Negra Track, Budapest - Hungary
25th - Czad Festival - Poland
3rd - Home Festival - Italy
6th - Tokyo, Japan
8th - Osaka, Japan
9th - Nagoya, Japan
10th - Tokyo, Japan
19th - Melbourne, Australia
20th - Brisbane, Australia
21st - Sydney, Australia
22nd - Adelaide, Australia
24th - Fremantle, Australia
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