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RADIAN: Ohio Doom/Sludge Merchants

Like matter in space knows no gravity; like the thunder above that shakes the Earth below, RADIAN exists unbound. Chapters was recorded by Dave Johnson AKA Big Metal Dave (Midnight, Axioma, Brain Tentacles) at Bad Back Studio in Cleveland, Ohio and mixed and mastered by Sean Sullivan (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck) at Sound By Sully in Los Angeles, California. At once gargantuan sounding and unsettling, Chapters delivers five heaving tracks of relentless hardcore-infused, doom sludge. “We just wanted to experiment with different tones and take listeners on a journey,” issues the band. “From heavy vibes to emotional vibes. They are chapters. Stories. Musical voyages as well as songs.”


Lolo on making the video: “This is a story I’ve needed to tell my whole life. I’m so grateful that I was able to travel to North Africa and work with an amazing director and crew to create this video exactly as I saw it in my mind.”


3x GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper Roddy Ricch takes us to the “Boom Boom Room” in the latest visual from his critically-lauded debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial. The rapper leads us on a journey inside the “Boom Boom Room” in the hazy moments after a car crash in the Christian Breslaur-directed visual; watch visual.

CONSTELLATIA Sign to Season of Mist

Season of Mist are pleased to announce the signing of South African post metal band CONSTELLATIA. The band’s debut album, ‘The Language of Limbs,’ will be re-released by Season of Mist on physical formats later on in 2020.

LISTEN/WATCH: Amanda Rheaume – “The Best”

Amanda’s expressive vocals are highlighted on her new single – “The Best” – an empowering, anthemic track that’s been paired with a visual featuring her collaborator, Kinnie Starr. Production by Robyn Dell’Unto results in a triple threat of strong women.

Choice To Make share “June” single

Rising out of northern Pennsylvania, the no-frills hardcore quintet, CHOICE TO MAKE, revealed the latest single “June” today from their upcoming EP, Vicious Existence, due out February 14th via Flatspot Records. CHOICE TO MAKE recalls a time in hardcore when unbridled energy and thought-provoking lyrics were all that mattered. This latest drop and the previously released lead single “Disconnect” are great snapshots of their refined songwriting, raw power, and the thematic exploration of one’s principals found on the band’s label debut.

ALEX THE ASTRONAUT Shares New Single “I Think You’re Great”

Riding into town with a slacker rock riff, Alex’s new single is a shout out to a cherished friendship and a recognition of the need to check in on each other, opening up conversations and supporting friends through thick and thin. In the video, Alex waits tables at a Melbourne café, while the terrible Australian brush fires flash into view on the news channel above. “You don’t always have to smile/ You don’t only have to cry at night,” Alex sings. “I’ll be there again and again/ Because I think you’re great.”


“I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project,” says Williams. “Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing ‘PETALS FOR ARMOR.’ And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation. I’m in a band with my favorite musicians so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records. This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more. I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record. I like to think we all make each other better and the result is something that sounds and FEELS exactly as I’d hoped it would. Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”

Dave Matthews Band Launch Summer Tour at Mohegan Sun Arena

Dave Matthews Band announced dates for its 2020 North American summer tour, which will launch with a two-night stand on June 16th DMB_SUMMER20_bandphoto.jpgin Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena. The headline run will also include two-night stands in Noblesville, IN, Chicago, IL, Saratoga Springs, NY, Gilford, NH, West Palm Beach, FL, Irvine, CA and Durant, OK. The Mohegan Sun Arena performances both start at 7:30pm.

Rittz Drops New “Politically Correct” Music Video

Today, esteemed Atlanta rapper Rittz drops a new music video for “Politically Correct.” The track was originally released on Rittz’s November album, Put a Crown on It. “Politically Correct” finds Rittz letting loose with tongue-in-cheek lyricism amidst a tracklist that generally focused on more serious issues like addiction and recovery. The music video follow suit accordingly, with Rittz donning over-the-top outfits while he delivers punchline after punchline.

Big Fox interrogates the use of violence to enforce order, through a plucky-pop lens on ‘Beast’      

Malmö, Sweden-based artist Charlotta Perers AKA Big Fox returns six years after her last album release with fifth single lifted from upcoming full-length “See How the Light Falls”. Initially due for release in May 2018, Charlotta received some news which derailed the campaign.

Just released – Bray & the Dens’ latest video, “Enemy Lines”

Eclectic alternative rock artist BRAY & THE DENS proudly announce the release of the band’s fourth studio album, Stingray, on March 20.

Prior to the Stingray’s street date, Bray just released the band’s latest Bray & the Dens video “Enemy Lines” on January 17. Two of the band’s previous videos, “Long Gone” and “Clone Me,” each earned over 2 million views on YouTube.


Archon Angel was born from a meeting between producer/guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere) and former Savatage, Circle II Circle, and current T.S.O. lead vocalist Zak Stevens during the making of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s ‘Return To Eden’ album, of which Aldo produced and played guitar and Zak did some guest lead vocals. The two soon started talking to Frontiers about the concept of working on new music together, which was met with great enthusiasm from the label. Aldo submitted to Zak some song ideas which were reminiscent of the classic Savatage sound, the two felt the magic was there, and thus no time was wasted in getting together to craft an absolutely striking metal album. Aldo was also helped in the songwriting department by some of the most outstanding writers and musicians from the Italian Rock scene including Simone Mularoni (of DGM and Sweet Oblivion) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Aldo’s bandmate in Edge of Forever and of course Jorn, Hardline, etc.).

Yeppoon trio Ava Kaydo delivers dreamy debut single ‘Lucid’

Soothing and introspective, Yeppoon based trio Ava Kaydo showcase their unique blend of psychedelic dream pop and indie rock with debut single ‘Lucid’.

Formed in 2017 and inspired by ‘fruit puns and too many beers’, Maddy, Ben and Jeremy are ready to take Ava Kaydo out of coastal Central Queensland and spread their track across the indie music scene.

SUNBATHER flourish with woozy debut single ‘SOFTLY SPOKEN’

Unveiling their intoxicating new indie sound, Brisbane duo Sunbather flourish with the warm and woozy debut single ‘Softly Spoken’.

Using only guitars for their melodic textures, the single drifts seamlessly through a myriad of layered riffs and almost synth-like tones. Paired with upbeat, crisp percussion elements, ‘Softly Spoken’ unfolds into poignant and picturesque indie bliss. Sculpting a dream-like state, singer Sally Latter’s vast harmonies transcend, adding a beautiful richness throughout.

Dugu: China’s Death Thrashers Released Nausea Skeleton Abyss

China’s death-thrash murder crew is back from the Nausea Skeleton Abyss! This CD is a compilation of these homicidal hooligans’ past three cassette releases. Thus, making this 18-track collection a 75-minute blast of pure brutality! If you’re possessed by the likes of Possessed, Morbid Saint and Repulsion Dugu’s poison is your cup of tea.