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The center piece of an album-long call to action, “The Chant” is a slow-burning track featuring some of Gojira’s most melodic material to date. Where past anthems were driven by nuanced dynamics and technical guitar arrangements, “The Chant” is a self-described “healing ritual” emanating primordial warmth, culminating in a harmony-stacked chorus that bridges the gap between ancient hymnals and contemporary rock.

Listen to Cheekface’s new single: “We Need a Bigger Dumpster”

Cheekface is an indie rock trio from Los Angeles consisting of guitarist/singing person Greg Katz, bassist/other singing person Amanda Tannen and drummer Mark “Echo” Edwards. It’s a band obviously influenced by the great American talk-singers like Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman and Stephen Malkmus, British post-punk bands like Wire and The Fall, and proto-indie bands like The dB’s and Minutemen. But Cheekface chart their own course with their self-effacing, openhearted lyrics that set the mundanity of daily life against the backdrop of our chaotic world, as in the memorable “Best Life,” when Katz blurts out, “Due to personal reasons, I said nothing in therapy / we just laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed!”

New > Afrobeats Artist Jujuboy Star > New Single + Video ‘Enjoyment’ > Aristokrat Records > Out Now

Fresh from signing a new deal with Universal Music Group, Aristokrat Records, the Nigerian entertainment company that discovered and developed Burna Boy presents their new superstar signing, 25 year-old Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Jujuboy Star.

LearningToDive’s Atmospheric New Album ‘Norwegian Pop’

Taking its cue from the heady days of 80s New Wave and Art Pop, LearningToDive’s debut album, Norwegian Pop, is to be released on 2nd April and takes the innovation of the past and injects elements of Trip-Hop and Shoegaze to create a truly transcendental experience. To celebrate the launch, they have released a new video to the lead track, I Stand on an Ice Floe, a suitably chilling monolithic track which sets the scene perfectly for an album packed with atmospherics and invention.

LYRICS BORN and CUTSO tackle Anti-Asian Hate with new single/video

In a New York Daily News article from April 18th, actress/comedian Margaret Cho reported 3,795 anti-Asian violent physical assaults and that “The latest anti-Asian numbers, as of April 11, 2021, saw 54 anti-Asian hate crimes reported to the NYDP, compared to 12 by that date in 2020 — an increase of 350%.” While animosity towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) has been an unfortunate part of the fabric of racism in the US, this thread of prejudice and hate has only gotten thicker in the recent years. With May being AAPI Heritage Month, attention to this rash wave of oftentimes violent racism is being highlighted by Bay Area AAPI artists LYRICS BORN and CUTSO.

Minimal Electronic Producer Pablo Bolivar shares ‘Dusk Light’ single

Label head and minimal techno producer Pablo Bolivar has released his latest single, ‘Dusk Light’ on the 23rd of April. The single is taken from his upcoming LP, Framework Of A Dream which will be available on the 21st of May via Seven Villas. Pablo Bolivar is a name familiar to most in the underground circuit of the scene and more recently has received steady support from major publications such as Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, Deep House Amsterdam, When We Dip, 6AM, Decoded Magazine, and Electronic Groove amongst others, and had his track ‘Eve’ featured as part of Kolsch’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. The producer has generated over 6.8 million plays across streaming platforms with ‘Dusk Light’ being featured on the Lords of Chill Youtube channel.

Krankhead drop their new trap-leaning summer anthem ‘Cut Throat’

Northampton rapper/producer duo Krankhead are creating some noise with their energetic set of releases so far. Tackling a range of genres from trap, drill to garage, the duo know how to get the party started. Previous release ‘Hadouken’ and the accompanying remix by producer CB picked up a lot of support from Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6, Jeremiah Asiamah on BBC Radio 1, DJ MK on Kiss FM and more.

10,000 Years Release New Single – “March Of The Ancient Queen”

Less than a year after their first release, the universally acclaimed selftitled EP, 10,000 Years are back with their first full length effort, aptly titled “II”.

Picking up right where the EP left off, “II” continues the story of the ill-fated Albatross-mission and its exploration of time and space through a skullcrushing mixture of stonerrock, doom- & sludge metal.

Premiere: 10,000 Years ‘March Of The Ancient Queen’ New Album ‘II’ Drops In June

Slacker rock outfit ATOMIC BRONCO drop grungey ‘Cruel’

Atomic Bronco have released their first new music of 2021, dropping new single Cruel today. The punchy, lo-fi indie rock tune is the first song off the upcoming Spectrum EP, due out June 1st. Both the single and EP are available on all streaming services, as well as at atomicbronco.com.

Legendary singer Paul Carrack (Mike + The Mechanics, Ace) releases his new single You’re Not Alone

One of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades, Paul Carrack remains Britain’s best blue-eyed soul singer, writer and purveyor of songs that are deep in the DNA of pop history.

Paul’s new single ‘You’re Not Alone’ precedes the release of his new studio album ‘One On One’ this summer, the eighteenth of Carrack’s career, and his first since 2018’s critically acclaimed ‘These Days’.

Dee Lunar ~ The Darkness released Friday 23rd April

After 2020 and the global pandemic , North Queensland based artist Dee Lunar with her blend of grungy melodic and Indi rock vibes started writing what would become The Darkness.

Increasingly distrusting the Government, the mainstream media and the global narrative she was absolutely disgusted with the constant fear mongering , watching those ratings grow with the darkness and the opportunistic power grab by grubby politicians and unelected health officials.

DARKHER new acoustic track premiered at Roadburn Redux

DARKHER made a surprise appearance at this year’s digital Redux edition of the trailblazing Roadburn Festival on Friday, April 16 at 13:30 CEST with the exclusive premiere of a brand new video clip featuring an acoustic version of the song ‘Love’s Sudden Death’ that will be featured electrified on the forthcoming new full-length of the English dark doom act, which has not been scheduled yet.

SOJOURNER Reveals First Song with New Line-Up, “Perennial” – Pre-Order New LP Now!

Melancholic black metal symbiosis SOJOURNER paves the way for another undeniably impressive next chapter with their outstanding new offering, the mini-EP Perennial, to be released digitally and as a strictly limited ivory vinyl edition on June 4, 2021 via Napalm Records.

Today, the maestros of levitating bleakness have unveiled a captivating piece of art, the bewitching hymn “Perennial”, featuring new vocalist Lucia Amelia Emmanueli for the first time. A visually inspiring music video captures the undeniably breathtaking beauty of untouched nature while SOJOURNER interweave angelic vocals and brutal growls, carried by a sonic layer of atmospheric black metal spliced with romantic folk influences.

OIM Records Announce Mood-based Series of Comps

OIM Records is excited to announce WAVE, the first compilation in their new mood based series, shared secrets. Featuring thirteen artists from around the world, this series is meant to be more than just a collection of tasty tracks. Think of this as a canon of stories told by long ago friends, ones made up under night skies, ones that only the family elder could ever hold onto, ones that define people, ones that break them, all meant to share the deepest crevices of who we are.

IMPURE WILHELMINA Releases New Single, “Midlife Hollow”

The band comments: “‘Midlife Hollow’ has always been one of our favourite tracks from ‘Antidpte.’ Musically speaking, it is rather atypical in its construction while remaining perfectly coherent with the band’s universe. In an atmosphere both tense and melancholic, the song speaks of the loss of illusions, the extinction of the inner fire, the rise of bitterness, the settling into solitude and the awareness of the brevity of existence. We are confronted with an unalterable destiny that holds us in its iron hand, as evoked by the telluric finale of the track.”

Smaller, the debut single from my first record Idle Hands

My debut single, “Smaller,” is an attempt to capture that feeling – a meditation on the compulsion to curl up into a ball and occupy as little space as possible.

This song was written and recorded sitting in the same spot in my teeny apartment. It marks my first stab at creating in collaborative isolation, with players sending their ideas from across Ontario.


“ELECTROMANCY” has released their new track “The Spark” (Featuring Toefood) via Next Mosh. The song is from their upcoming release “Robot Black Metal” which will be released on April 30th.


Zimbabwean one-man metal band NUCLEAR WINTER has released a cover of Motley Crue’s Wild Side via Sleeping Village Reviews. The project is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Gary Sautmeister.

Gary commented “Wild Side was always one of my favourite Motley Crue songs and after finishing the recording of my Greystone album I thought it would be fun to give that song a try. Also it was interesting on the vocals because I realised it required more attitude to get it across than how I was generally doing clean vocals. I certainly can’t compete with Vince Neil, but doing it was a good learning exercise. I also experimented with adding more synths and making the track more industrial but it just felt better not to add unnecessary stuff to it.”

[Video] Revalation & GoD iLLa ft. M-Dot – I Been prod. by L.O.B.

After the success of their previous two singles “Wu Wednesday” and “Dreamchaser,” Revalation and long time collaborator GoD iLLa join forces with acclaimed Boston rhyme titan M-Dot to bring you their new music video “I Been.” This “Big Lebowski” meets “Kingpin” inspired video (shot by director Lil Rayy)

NYC’s tastemaker public radio WFUV debuts new daily “NY Slice” feature today!

WFUV, Fordham University’s award-winning, member-supported tastemaker public media service in New York City, debuts a new daily feature “NY Slice” at noon ET today. Hosted by DJ Alisa Ali, the show spotlights a different “slice” of sound from a tri-state area artist or band every day; listen at 90.7 FM or stream online.

“NY Slice” will showcase new and emerging artists, with featured acts having the chance of making WFUV’s regular rotation. “We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to music in the tri-state area,” notes Ali. “Local bands can sometimes get overshadowed by the huge acts that pass through the Big Apple. I am thrilled to be able to level the playing field a bit and help these musicians get the props they deserve by putting them on the WFUV airwaves and spreading the word through our socials.”

Overcome the obstacles in Kyd The Band’s “Glory” Video – ‘out now via Sony Music

After the release of his latest single “Glory” alt-pop act Kyd the Band (aka Devin Guisande) amplifies the release with a moving video filled with inspiring stories. Featuring three separate stories of a painter, a fighter and a ballerina each person conveys Devin’s message of resilience in a moving tour de force.

The video comes before the release of his anticipation EP Season Four: Finale and is a culmination of all the lessons learned in each prior season. Guisande has steadily been growing a fan base earning over 25.2M streams and over four million video views. The video serves as a thank you letter to fans to help Devin live his dreams. Now he returns the favor, encouraging fans to never give up, keep pushing forward and what matters most is that you keep following your dream.

Void Vision Recreated Bestial Mouths’ single “(A) Siren Call”

Bestial Mouths announced the release of a collaborative album, featuring some of the most prominent names in the goth, post-punk, and new wave music scenes. Crafted during a year of unavoidable introspection, THOUSANDNEEDLES is an album of remixes and reinterpretations where artists such as Light Asylum, Adult, Ash Code, and more share their remakes of some of Bestial Mouths iconic songs. – Picture by Elemental Eyes

DREAMERS CRIME Release New Single “DREAMING” + Official Music Video

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Dreamers Crime has been on a crazy ride since they formed. By blending metal and rock sounds they create their own version of hard rock with explosive, anthem tracks. The band released their new single titled “Dreaming” to all digital outlets via The FUEL Music! In addition, they released their official music video.

FELICITY Reveals Crushing New Single “Pendulum”

“A lot of songs we’ve written are fairly common topics for musicians, but we thought it’d be incredibly unique to write something different for us,” the band shares. “That’s when we chose to write about the growing addiction of social media and the negative repercussions it can have when abused.”

Exclusive Premiere: FELICITY’s New Music Video for “Pendulum”

Skope Magazine x Sunshine in a Song – “Silver Ray” by TJ3X

Prog-metal innovators BENTHOS confront their negativity with “Talk To Me, Dragonfly!”

Progressive metal innovators Benthos have revealed another new music video and single, this time for the song “Talk To Me, Dragonfly!”. The new video (directed by Stefano Galli) is a fast-paced jazz-infused staccato of progressive metal which brings the listener on a confrontation with one’s negativity resulting in awareness, acceptance, and improvement towards positivity.