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Ghosts Of Men: Rallying joint single ‘Hold On’

Heavy, alternative two-piece rockers Ghosts Of Men announce the release of their joint single with Samantics on 5 February. ‘Hold On’ comes ahead of the band dropping their second album ‘Exhale’ (from which it’s taken) on 14 May 2021. The band will release another single, ‘Tell Me Why’, in March.

Out Now: Drew Jodi shares debut single ‘Coward’

Candid melancholy meets percussive, downtempo art pop in debut single ‘Coward’ from South London producer-turned singer-songwriter Drew Jodi. A timely reflection on loneliness and self-worth, the ambient, synth-driven track walks listeners through the re-emergence of an old flame, under an all too familiar backdrop of looming despondence.

Tolu Makay “You Are Enough” for Skope

Fusing her gospel roots with her signature self-assured flair, Tolü amplifies the importance of self-love in this charming black and white visual. Emerging with anthemic organ swells and tasteful electronic instrumentation, “You Are Enough” acts as an upbeat, yet heartfelt reminder to always nurture the brilliance within yourself.


“Waiting For Good Luck” is the fifth full-length album from British hard rockers The Treatment. Showcasing an intense sonic power only hinted at thus far, The Treatment is truly firing on all cylinders now. A first listen will instantly reveal hulking riffs and memorable choruses and further listens reveal more and more as the listener delves into this love letter to hard rock. “Waiting for Good Luck” truly is a classic album in the making.

Wyndow, the new collaboration between Laura J Martin & Lavinia Blackwall, share psychedelic visuals for debut single ‘Take My Picture’

Wyndow is the brand-new psychedelic-pop project of revered singer-songwriters Lavinia Blackwall and Laura J Martin. Today, the duo has shared brand new visuals for debut single ‘Take My Picture’ directed by Casey Raymond (John Grant, Cate Le Bon, Lovely Eggs and Sleaford Mods).

GHOST IRIS Announce New Studio Album ‘Comatose’ – Out May 7th via Long Branch Records

Danish metalcore four-piece GHOST IRIS have announced their new studio album, ‘Comatose’, which will see a May 7th, 2021 release via Long Branch Records.

Since the release of their critically acclaimed album, ‘Apple of Discord’, the band has made a name for themselves with relentless touring throughout Europe, UK, and Japan – sharing the stage with the likes of Dream Theater, Jinjer, After The Burial, and Soen, along with playing renowned festivals such as Copenhell, Rockstadt Extreme Fest, and Euroblast. Winning over new fans every night with their intense and energetic performance, audiences around the world instantly hunger for the band’s return.

Songs From Black Spirit – I Am Who I Am – (Heavy Metal)

The history of Songs From Black Spirit started in 2016. Crazy metal-head, Vitalis ‘Don Vito’ Kairiūkštis, the musician from Vilnius, Lithuania and Spicy Bits Of Scandal front-man, decided to create his first solo album called I Am Who I Am. And things worked out very well working with his friends, many world-known musicians from around the world. The new double CD album is compiled of 19 songs (15 brand new) and as always will be a surprise for listeners and fans alike. Also included are four new, updated versions of older songs by the artist.

98 Million Americans Expect their Partner to Spend Less on V-Day + Best Places for Valentine’s Day 2021 – WalletHub Reports

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and America’s sweethearts planning to spend $21.8 billion on the holiday even with COVID-19 limiting celebrations, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best Places for Valentine’s Day, as well as accompanying videos, along with its nationally representative 2021 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey.

To determine the most romantic yet affordable cities for celebrating the Day of Hearts, WalletHub compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 14 key metrics, ranging from florists per capita to COVID-19 cases to high-quality takeout food.

US Indie-Rock Newcomer, Jordan Dean Shares ‘Local’ Ahead Of New EP

Jordan Dean may well have grown up in Cleveland, Ohio but his musical heroes are very clearly on the other side of the pond, as evidenced by the tracks on his new EP, Local. With his own take on indie pop which incorporates a raw, live sound, he draws influence from all the music he comes across but you’ll be quick to pick up on the melodies and sounds of artists such as Jamie T, The Kooks, and Arctic Monkeys. However, Local is distinctly Jordan Dean, comforting and familiar yet fresh and engaging, 2021 is the year when Jordan looks to make his mark in his spiritual home.

HOLY DEATH TRIO sign to Ripple Music; new video unveiled!

Ripple Music announce the signing of Austin’s rock’n’roll purveyors HOLY DEATH TRIO for the release of their debut full-length later this year. The Texas trio is the first band to join the California based label as part of a special series of releases curated and executive produced by Blasko.

As Executive VP of A&R and Special Projects, Blasko will hand-curate and executive produce a series of special releases under the Ripple Music banner, spotlighting brand new talents from the underground. He brings a 30+ year career of experience as a musician and artist manager within the rock and metal underground scene to the table and will provide an unprecedented degree of guidance into each of these releases.

Mpulse Spends “3AM In The Basement” on New Release

On “3AM In The Basement” Mpulse effortlessly updates his listeners on his personal life, his living conditions, and where his head is at. It is also a tongue-in-cheek attempt at making “relatable” content.

“Nick said my rapping was too aggressive, on a spectrum, it has my relatability questioned”, Mpulse raps on “3AM In The Basement”.

Mpulse is preparing to release his new album, “What Just Happened?”, in the coming weeks. So expect more releases on a more regular basis.

Kip Berman (TPOBPAH) announces debut full-length as The Natvral on Kanine, shares first single/video

As the frontman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kip Berman wrote songs about the thrills and ills of young adult life with the care and concern of a cool older sibling. The long-standing New York City indiepop group disbanded soon after releasing their final record, The Echo of Pleasure (2017), and Berman found himself at a creative crossroads. He wanted to keep making music, but the themes and sounds he was interested in had shifted; it felt time for a course correction.

Psymon Spine Share New Song “Channels” via FLOOD Magazine — Sophomore Album ‘Charismatic Megafauna’ Out 2/19 (Northern Spy)

“Channels” premiered with FLOOD Magazine who praised the track as “boisterous, colorful” and shared further insight from member Noah Prebish: “We spend the majority of our time in Brooklyn, NY absorbing energy, stress, and excitement, then go into the middle of nowhere to process all of those feelings through writing/recording. The lyrics came from this analogy of the creative mind being a map with various bodies of water scattered throughout (each body of water representing some area of interest, skill, or trait), and how as an artist our job is to daily cultivate and irrigate this land, making sure every part is getting enough water and that no part is getting flooded. I had initially planned on delivering the lyrics in a more laidback/spoken manner, but as we kept tracking everyone kept telling me to push it further each time, and when we finally got the best take I was screaming my guts out — I literally could taste blood. It ended up working out just how it was supposed to and gave the song this totally different energy that I had initially expected, and I’m so glad for that.”

Psymon Spine Let Out Energy, Stress, and Excitement on “Channels”

Ready for broadcast… My Worship from Tennessee based Gospel artist Curtis Walker and For Praise

Curtis Walker, born in Covington, Tennessee began his journey into music as a pianist, and as a teenager started writing gospel songs for his local youth choir. Later, this led to forming his own gospel group For Praise where he developed his passion for song writing. To this day, Curtis, continues to participate in his home church.

Elori Saxl shares Emma Portner-directed “Before Blue” video

Combining digitally-processed recordings of wind and water with analog synthesizers and chamber orchestra, Elori Saxl’s The Blue of Distance has been winning widespread acclaim for its meditation on the effect of technology on our relationship with land/nature/place. Half of the album was written in the Adirondack mountains during summer amid lakes, rivers, and moss-laden forest floors, while the other half was conceived on a frozen Lake Superior island in deep winter, creating a subtextual dialogue between the two extreme settings.

Austin Singer/Songwriter Leeann Atherton Releases Fallen Angel

Singer/Songwriter Leeann Atherton announces the release of her critically acclaimed record Fallen Angel. A household name in the Austin music scene, Atherton is taking Fallen Angel to Americana radio backed by esteemed promoter Al Moss. Recorded with Mac McNabb, Atherton’s guitar player and co-writer on several tracks, it is a full-band treasure trove full of classic grooves and intelligent songwriting, with powerhouse vocals often compared with Bonnie Raitt’s grit, Billie Holiday’s understated soulfulness, and Janis Joplin’s raw power. Margaret Moser of the Austin Chronicle affirms, “When it comes to barn burning vocalists from Austin, TX, they don’t come any hotter than Leeann Atherton. She’s got Southern fireball pipes that don’t quit and an indefatigable spirit.”

GHOST IRIS Announce New Studio Album ‘Comatose’ – Out May 7th via Long Branch Records

Danish metalcore four-piece GHOST IRIS have announced their new studio album ‘Comatose’, which will see a May 7th, 2021 release via Long Branch Records.

Since the release of their critically acclaimed album, ‘Apple of Discord’, the band has made a name for themselves with relentless touring throughout Europe, UK, and Japan – sharing the stage with the likes of Dream Theater, Jinjer, After The Burial, and Soen, along with playing renowned festivals such as Copenhell, Rockstadt Extreme Fest, and Euroblast. Winning over new fans every night with their intense and energetic performance, audiences around the world instantly hunger for the band’s return.

Alora Farenweh Reveals the Enchanting “Riding a Tiger”

Alora Farenweh is a young Canadian singer-songwriter who creates dreamy folk-pop with the hope of transporting her listeners to another world. As someone who struggles with depersonalization disorder/derealization disorder (where you feel you are outside of yourself/that the world around you isn’t real), this felt-experience carries over into her music. Both lyrics and soundscapes often imitate a dream, and invite the listener into a world of colour, glowing crystals, and (often) friendly animals. Usually appearing in a whimsical white paper crown, Alora weaves layers of spiritual significance into her work.

Cole Anyway Shares Interactive EP ‘Sitting With Stillness’ (Cole Kush Collaboration) Out Now

On Friday, LA-based composer and artist Cole Anyway shared his debut interactive EP, Sitting With Stillness, a collaboration with Canadian filmmaker and animator, Cole Kush (Mac DeMarco, Homeshake, Jerry Paper, TNGHT). Order the album on Bandcamp this Friday during Bandcamp Day.

Sitting With Stillness is the debut 4-track EP from Cole Anyway, the new project from Cole Emoff, a multi-instrumentalist, video editor and sound designer residing in Los Angeles. As a multimedia creator, he is all too familiar with the trials of creativity: “The EP is inspired by the idea of sitting with the feelings that arise (especially when doing something like releasing music) and just letting them be.”

Problem new music video Just Outside

Today, Compton artist Problem releases the music video for “Just Outside,” from his album Coffee & Kush Vol 2 available now. In the lush cinematic visual, Problem reflects on life during the pandemic as a bird’s eye view sweeps over the Hollywood hills. The video ends with the camera zooming in for a jarring surprise.

Problem explains, “We didn’t know what we had until it was gone. Stay Alert. Stay Ready. Stay ALIVE.”

ICEAGE sign to Mexican Summer | Release new single / video “The Holding Hand”

Ten years since the release of their debut album, New Brigade, Copenhagen’s Iceage return with the release of “The Holding Hand”, the band’s debut single/video for new label, Mexican Summer.

M. Ward Shares Video For “Violets For Your Furs”, Watch Now

Called ‘spare and haunting’ by Portland Monthly, ‘Think of Spring’ features classic songs “You’ve Changed” – originally written in the ‘40s by Carl Fischer – and “All The Way”, famously sung by both Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Additionally, “For All We Know” is a wistful yet beautiful track, saying: “we come and go like a ripple on a stream / tomorrow may never come for all we know.”

CULTED Shares Official Music Video for New Single, “Maze”

“‘Maze’ is both a reaction and objection to the extra-ordinary, potentially dangerous, awe-inspiring, fear-inducing beliefs, rites, and objects that are often crowned sacred,” explains CULTED. ‘Maze’ is sound ordained to render the invisible and the tangible, to make manifest the lamentable impurity of the flesh, and to make sublime the infinite distress of the soul.”

Watch: Sevana’s “Set Me On Fire”

Today, Sevana releases a brand new visual for one of her most personal records to date “Set Me On Fire.” Captured on a Californian shoreline by director Yoram Savion, the Jamaican-born singer recalls an abusive relationship from her past in order to heal for the future. “Set Me On Fire” is produced by Protoje, J.L.L. and Paris La Mont Dennis II and one of the crown jewels from her latest EP Be Somebody (In.Digg.Nation Collective / Six Course Music / RCA Records).

BONGZILLA: new single “Sundae Driver”

Midwest’s sludge behemoths and all-time weed metal pioneers BONGZILLA unleash their brand new single “Sundae Driver” exclusively on Decibel Magazine today! The song is taken from their forthcoming fifth album ‘Weedsconsin’, due out April 20th and available to preorder now through Heavy Psych Sounds.

Featuring a three-piece lineup of all original members—bassist/vocalist Muleboy, guitarist Spanky and drummer Magma— “Sundae Driver” delivers the kind of hazy, heavy-as-hell doom that BONGZILLA earned their reputation peddling. The riffs on “Sundae Driver” are low and slow, sounding like they originate in a smoke-filled room; paired with a flattening rhythm section, the instruments create the ideal backdrop for Muleboy’s throat-shredding, smoke-destroyed vocals.

Track Premiere: Bongzilla – ‘Sundae Driver’

Single from The Jailbirds titled ‘I Will Move On’

“I Will Move On is the last song on the upcoming concept EP, and the final chapter of the story. It again follows the same character, rising up above the negativity in their life and gaining the confidence to keep on going. This song is one of the heaviest on the record, bringing the sound back to that of our debut EP, The Black River. It is very modern hard rock, this time with a very imperial feeling to it.

Keith Wallen Releases New Single “Dream Away” + Watch the Official Video

Keith Wallen has signed an international distribution deal with eOne and has launched a national radio campaign for his new single “Dream Away” that began on February 15, 2021. Keith will release his first full length album titled “This World or The Next” via eOne in the Spring of 2021.

Icelandic Modern Prog-Rockers THE VINTAGE CARAVAN Announce New Album, “Monuments”, out April 16

Nordic favorites THE VINTAGE CARAVAN are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their new full-length album, Monuments, out April 16, 2021 via Napalm Records! The band incorporates a fountain of modern influences mixed with retro reminiscences to create an addictive sound all their own.

After countless high-voltage live performances at festivals such as Roadburn, Wacken and Hellfest, and touring with Opeth, the Icelandic band’s new full-length impressively demonstrates that they have matured both musically and lyrically, accented by bold, nostalgic nuance. Virtuosic ‘70s-inspired guitar ruminations encounter an irrefutable mixture of fresh elements and psychedelic, progressive and blues rock trademarks on Monuments, radiating the soul of some larger-than-life bands of the past as these youngbloods breathe new life into a classic formula.

Timid, the Brave – “St. Maria”

I wrote “St. Maria” during an uncertain time for me personally a couple years ago. It was the warmest November on record, so warm that the rose bushes had started blooming again.

It felt like one of those moments that could be interpreted as a divine sign, like the universe was trying to tell me something, and afterwards I started seeing meaning everywhere I looked.

Indii G. Shares New Track/Video “Drifting”

“This song is a product of me sitting around feeling nostalgic about my childhood. Growing up and having people that were once so important to you just fade away is still crazy to me,” explains Indii. “’Drifting’ highlights one person in particular because without her and the times we spent together, I definitely wouldn’t be who I am now and I feel she deserves to know that.” The video, featuring a treatment written by Indii and directed by Aaron Marsh, attempts to recreate those special moments while juxtaposing them with the representation of absence depicted with a cat plushie.