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Sammy Johnson Announces New Album; New Single

“‘Cool & Easy’ is so many things,” said Sammy Johnson. “It’s the rekindling of my love for reggae music, it’s my first reggae full album and it is a true authentic expression of how reggae music has touched my life and blessed me with the opportunity to do what I love.”

Sammy continues, “I know the world is in such a fragile state right now. As easy as it would have been for me to reflect on that, I felt so strongly to consciously create something that would provide a place of refuge, peace, love and happiness. I’m so proud of this album and I pray that you receive it with all the love and good vibes it’s wrapped up in.”

BiILLBOARD premiered: BEAUTY IN CHAOS ‘Stranger (Holy Wars – Cruel World Mix)’ feat. KAT LEON (HOLY WARS)

Los Angeles-based alt rock / post-punk collective Beauty in Chaos presents the third video/single from the ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’album – ‘Stranger’ (Holy Wars – Cruel World Mix) featuring Kat Leon (ofHoly Wars), recently released on vinyl, CD and digitally via 33.3 Music Collective.

The extreme sonic treatment to the original ‘Cocteau Twins-esque’ version appearing on ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ was created by Holy Wars guitarist Nick Perez, who says “The Cruel World remix is a dark cinematic interpretation of “Stranger”. The original piece was so lush and Beautiful that it seemed it would be a great challenge to make it ugly and cold using heavy distortion, industrial elements and tape”.


He’s literally in the driver’s seat of this six-minute mini-doc as he takes viewers around his hometown, introduces his day-one homies, and details his come up through the struggle so far—which has now brought him to the doorstep of stardom. Much like his music, it pulls no punches, offering a raw and real look at the place he calls home, and the values that brought him here.

New Release from Gracie Abrams “Brush Fire” On Interscope

Acclaimed songwriter Gracie Abrams has shared her latest single, a poignant and powerful track called “Brush Fire.” Released as a gift to her fans, the stark but spellbinding song is accompanied by a live version of an equally enthralling video from the 21-year-old artist. “Brush Fire” is available now at all digital retailers via Interscope Records.

Co-written by Abrams with Tobias Jesso Jr and Blake Slatkin, “Brush Fire” centers on the gently commanding vocal work and intimate storytelling Abrams recently brought to her debut project minor. With Slatkin also serving as the track’s producer, the song unfolds in a sparse arrangement of dreamy keyboard tones as Abrams reflects on infatuation and loss, gracefully threading “Brush Fire” with her intricate melodies and delicate poetry (e.g., “Your words hit me like a hard rain in L.A.”).


In the official video, which received a YouTube Premiere, Troye and Kacey embark on a dark, aching journey with the grittier side of Nashville as the backdrop. As dawn breaks, they leave Music City as quickly as they came, with the next town in their sights. Bardia Zeinali, who helmed Troye’s video for “Dance to This” ft. Ariana Grande, directed.

Hot Breath release music video for “Bad Feeling” single

Hot Breath shares a music video for their latest single “Bad Feeling”, released November 20 on The Sign Records. The band entered the scene in 2018 with members from Honeymoon Disease, Hypnos and Grand. They wanted to mix their various pasts into one vibrating sound. With a common ground of heavy rock Hot Breath quickly took shape and turned into a wicked animal set to twist your hips.


With a strong determination and passion to achieve a positive and influential impact on one of the most important and crucial topics of today’s world, vigorous metal quintet Decline The Fall unleashes “Think Twice”– a project that aims to fulfill a purpose much more significant than the conventional standards within the industry. The newest single by Decline The Fall (off the band’s most recent full-length album – “Our Own Demise” – out now) is based on the crucial topic of mental health, as the powerfully presented music composition simply acts as a method to not only express the members of the band’s personal thoughts related to the topic, but to also bring awareness to the growing negative results in terms of people suffering with mental health issues nowadays.

Dusk to release their new album ‘The Hermit’ on January

Industrial black metal project Dusk (Costa Rica) to release their new album ‘The Hermit’ on January 1st, 2021!

The band recently released a music video for “Hermit II”, available for watching via BlankTV Youtube channel here –

THYLA tease first music from anticipated debut album

THYLA today bring the curtain down on their 2020 by offering us a look into how their 2021 is beginning to shape up.

Locked away, like everyone else this year, the possibilities for a live show of any description were of course few and far between, if non-existent. When the chance for the Brighton band to film a live set at the city’s famous Green Door Store venue popped up, it provided the perfect opportunity to bring music from their long-awaited debut album into a live setting for the first time. In fact, this live version of new track “Dandelion” is the first song to be made available from the record.

HARMONIZE – single “Angel (acoustic version)” from album “Warrior in the night” + Official video

Nicosia, Cyprus based band Harmonize was formed in 2012 by George Constantinou. While the band started off playing thrash metal, they gradually incorporated some power metal elements, as well as some darker elements which have shaped their signature sound to its current form.

Sody New Single “butterfly”

Part of a brand new project that formulated over lockdown, Sody, like everybody else, spent a lot of time isolated and alone with her thoughts. On one of her fleeting trips into the outside world, she encountered a new friend which sparked the creation of this uplifting song.

“One day I went for a walk in the sticks, sat in a field, read a book and saw a little white butterfly,” she explains. “I wondered where it had been and the journey it had been on. I felt alone at times during those months and had a lot of time to think about my life, my experiences and my own actions.”

Bear’s Den unveil new video for their festive single ‘Christmas, Hopefully’ recorded in immersive audio

Recorded in immersive audio, similar to surround sound, the new visuals for ‘Christmas, Hopefully’ are intended to create a more warming and intimate experience throughout. As the track itself focuses on the countless stories of those that will be spending Christmas without their loved ones this year, the single-shot video delivers an inviting aesthetic that lets many know that even though we are apart, we will still be thinking of them this festive season.

Polish Pagan Black Metal Group VARMIA Unveils Hypnotic ‘bielmo’ Music Video

“‘Bielmo’ means cataract or leukoma,” explains band founder Lasota. “Ancients say that the blind one sees more. It’s the gifted one. And so, we cry to be blind to the lights, to the distracting glimmer. Let the sight turn inwards. This is the first song after the invocation that opens the album. The middle section invokes a northern wind. Walk into it and let your blood freeze and consciousness soar high.”

Varmia – Premiere des neuen Videos zu „Bielmo“

DRAGONY Presents New Single & Lyric Video, “Golden Dawn”

“Viribus Unitis has become a brilliant metal-epic, which hopefully will give this highly talented band the recognition they deserve.” – Rock It! (GER)

Austrian symphonic power metal outfit DRAGONY recently announced the release of their new epic full-length, Viribus Unitis, out January 15, 2021 via Napalm Records, where we return to the days when Austria was ruled by emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, empress Sisi. But forget everything you’ve heard and read so far! According to DRAGONY and their upcoming opus Viribus Unitis, the history of their home country took a completely different turn.

JoeJizzle | “LIT” ft. Glam Roxy (Official Music Video)

JoeJizzle brings his turn up song of the year, “Lit.” With Glam Roxy on the feature, they both brought the vibe of the season! As they harmonize over the trap filled beat, JoeJizzle comes through with clever and catchy wordplay. Keep up with JoeJizzle as he makes his mark in the industry.

Mera Bhai reveals Niall Trask directed visual for ‘Futureproofing’

London based DJ/Producer Mera Bhai (AKA Karthik Poduval) reveals the official music video for his track ‘Futureproofing’. It’s taken from a debut EP of the same name, released via Moshi Moshi Records (Hot Chip, Lykke Li, Anna Meredith) on 9 October. Directed by frequent Fat White Family collaborator Niall Trask, it features cameos from Suren Seneviratne (My Panda Shall Fly) and Saadi Rahman (Wear by Local).


Waylon Reavis, former Frontman of Mushroomhead and the current singer of A Killers Confession, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Reavis revealed his condition on Headbangers con live stream on Sunday, December 6th. Reavis also talked about his time in Mushroomhead and his departure from the band and why. He talked about his four-year sobriety as well.

Reavis went into detail about his Cocaine addiction for years and how he used drugs to cope with how unhappy he was. He just never fit in. A man from North Carolina coming to Cleveland. “We are from two different backgrounds,” states Reavis. “Living most of my life on the road stuck in a full bus and miserable, then I would go home and be miserable there too. I was being paid very, very little money, and I could barely feed my family. I just was not happy, so the drugs would help me cope, and all it did was make things worse for myself. I was like a ticking time bomb. When you’re given fame like that, you just hold on for the wrong reasons.”

Skope Mag / FFO Four Tet, Caribou: Makoto Nagata shares the atmospheric ‘Depth’

The lead song “Depth” is a cleverly constructed track, building a groove by stratification of polished sounds, from the modest kick to the upper melody. With its refined dance music vibe reminiscent of artists like Four Tet, “Depth” sets the right atmosphere for both the dance floor and the chill comfort of home.

Holly Humberstone shares ‘DSCVR Artists To Watch 2021’ performance video

Vevo’s ‘Artists to Watch’ is now in its 7th year with the list consisting of artists who Vevo believes will break through in the coming year. Vevo DSCVR ATW champions emerging artists through engaging live performance content.

Vevo’s Artists to Watch provides emerging artists with engaging, high-quality live performance content to expose them to new global audiences. Alumni include now-household names such as Sam Smith, Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, Maggie Rogers, James Bay and more. Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and creatively.

Curtis Waters Releases Official Music Video For “Better”

Curtis Waters returns today with the official music video for “Better,” the latest single from his genre-defying debut album ‘Pity Party.’Directed by Logan Fields and filmed in Los Angeles, the video, which premiered today on PAPER, features Curtis in his infectious ode to mental health and self-care. “I hope I get better one day,” he sings in the chorus. “Maybe then you wouldn’t run away. Hope you listen to this some day. But I doubt your feelings would change.”

Vwillz Releases Amazing New Single “Balance”

“Balance” is a pop leaning song that beautifully addresses balancing life and love with incorporating hip hop elements. The new single comes ahead of the 6th project he’s released year with the “Truth Is” EP.

YATSU: North Texas Metalliviolence Outfit Releases Instrumental EP; Debut Full-Length Due In 2021

Dallas-Fort Worth-based metalliviolence act YATSU has today released their instrumental promo EP, Three Instrumentals, Y’all, which is available for free download on Bandcamp. The three tracks presented on the new release demonstrates the band’s wide-range influences, which range from spastic grind, blood-boiling hardcore, and dissonant doom. The EP serves as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, It Can’t Happen Here, which will be released in Spring 2021.

Witherfall Release “Another Face” Lyric Video

The band comments: “As with most WITHERFALL songs ‘Another Face’ was written with just an acoustic guitar, pen & paper and copious amounts of red wine. However, once in the studio the track really came to life. Some of the best memories from the recording sessions were working out the outro of the song after the solo. Between guitar and vocal harmonies and subtle harmonic shifts the ending is such a highlight of the record. Jon Schaffer and Jim Morris really brought a lot of energy to these sessions. For everyone involved it was a highly creative time. This track is a great testament to what can happen when everyone on a production team gets to shine a little light on a song.”


Today, the rising rap duo ZaeHD & CEO release their new track “Baby Acorn,” along with an accompanying video, via HighDefGang/RCA Records. Shot in Los Angeles, the intergalactic video was directed by Elena De Santiago.

Baltimore rapper DDm shares high fashion “Stop My Bag” video

Over the past several years, DDm has been crowned an all-time favorite in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. Rising from the battle-rap circuit to a star solo performer in his own right, his 2019 solo debut ‘Beautiful Gowns’ serves as an introduction to the rest of the world, bottling the east coast rapper’s bravado, wit, humor, and heart into one original package. Today DDm shares the high fashion, avant garde visual for “Stop My Bag” directed by Nick Gorey.