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Italian Melodic Metal Band Ravenscry Releases First Video from Upcoming Album, “100”

Italian alternative metal band Ravenscry has revealed a video for the first single, “Maybe,” from the upcoming album, 100, set for release on May 15. The “Maybe” video was directed by Salvatore Perrone (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Bring Me the Horizon).

Watch “MaybeHere:

“‘Maybe’ is a sort of manifesto of the human condition,” says vocalist Giulia Stefani. “It talks about resilience, willingness and finding a way to carry on without any doubt. We hope that anyone listening to this song can find the same energy that we feel in it. ‘Maybe’ it will help somebody to find his/her inner strength.”

Maybe” is available via Distrokid here.

100

The female-fronted, melodic metal band is launching back onto the global metal scene with the highly anticipated 100. Featuring dramatically soaring vocals, bone-shaking rhythms and dark songwriting, for nearly a decade this fierce group has been hooking millions of listeners worldwide with their infectious anthems. Their first album in three years, 100 attests to Ravenscry’s bold return. With more energy, more melody and even smarter lyrics, 100 stays true to the core of Ravenscry’s sound while remaining accessible enough to hook even more new listeners. Sincere, intelligent and brutally honest — the album sums up the human experience to a tee, from epic highs to soul-crushing lows.

100 was produced by Ravenscry, mixed by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar) and mastered by Dragan Tanasković (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity). The album features artwork by Spanish artist Mario “Aégis” S. Nevado.

Ravenscry 100 Artwork
100 Album Artwork

100 Track Listing:

  1. Maybe
  2. Binary
  3. The Gamer
  4. The Door Inside
  5. The Entertainer
  6. Destination: Nowhere
  7. Light You Up
  8. Leader
  9. Paper Boat
  10. All My Faces
  11. The Gatekeeper

Pre-order 100 now via the Ravenscry webstore here.

About Ravenscry

Ravenscry first made a mark on the world in 2011 with their debut album, One Way Out, and began steadily grinding their way up the ranks of the global metal scene. In 2014, the band spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women with the release of The Attraction of Opposites and the single “Alive,” released on International Women’s Day. 2017 saw the release of the concept album The Invisible, which told a complex and mystifying coming of age tale, followed by numerous European festival appearances and tours with Angra and Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime.

Ravenscry Is:

  • Giulia Stefani – Vocals
  • Mauro Paganelli – Guitar
  • Federico Schiavoni – Guitar
  • Andrea “Fagio” Fagiuoli – Bass
  • Simone “Simon” Carminati – Drums

Ravenscry Online:

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Victoria K Shares The New Single “The Haunting”, Music Video

Australia’s Victoria K is sharing their new video for “The Haunting” in support of their forthcoming debut album Essentia – due out April 24, 2020 via Rockshots Records. The full length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie).

Watch “The Haunting” Here:

More Music Videos:
Forsaken” | “Lacuna

The band comments about the song: “‘The Haunting‘ is about a tortured past that relentlessly plays on your thoughts and keeps you captive at that point in time. These memories and thoughts haunt you continuously until you can learn to let go of them, if you ever can. Only when you do let go of these torturing thoughts and feelings can you actually move forward again.”

Stream “The Haunting”:

Spotify | iTunes

Essentia

Victoria K Album Art Essentia
Essentia Album Artwork

Although Essentia was originally a solo project, it has now developed into the current band structure with each member bringing their own energy and experience to the collective.  The band is looking forward to collaborating on future releases and is now heavily focused on the release of this debut full length in April.

Pre-Save | Pre-Order

Essentia Track Listing:

  1. Freedom Uncharted (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
  2. Surreal
  3. Forsaken (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
  4. Matrix (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
  5. Shroud of Solitude (feat. Michalina Malisz – Eluveitie)
  6. The Haunting
  7. Freaks
  8. Mist Filled Sky
  9. Humanity
  10. Lacuna

About Victoria K

Victoria K’s talented songwriting and compositional influences include” Evanescence, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Kamelot amongst other current bands in the European metal scene, and her music has been likened to a blend of these influences.

Victoria K

Victoria K has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube with her own original creations and through featured videos alongside a number of talented musicians covering a plethora of songs. Victoria K’s covers include Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”, Nightwish’s “Last Ride of the Day”, Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Kamelot’s “Insomnia”, the latter of which received attention from the band themselves on Twitter and led to a meeting of talents when the American power metal band found themselves in Melbourne during their 2018 ‘The Shadow Theory’ Australian tour.

Victoria K Is:

  • Victoria K – Vocals
  • Sheri Vengeance – Extreme Vocals (Black Like Vengeance, ex. Ne Obliviscaris)
  • Julia Mammone – Guitar (Enlight)
  • Martin Kawaler – Bass (Black Like Vengeance, ex Ten Thousand)
  • James Davies – Drums

Victoria K Online:

Website | Facebook | Rockshots Records


Orange County, CA Ska/Pop/Punk Band BITE ME BAMBI – Fun Tunes for Trying Times

Orange County, CA ska/pop/punk 7-piece Bite Me Bambi is the next band poised to help usher in a new wave of the beloved yet often maligned genre.

Fronted by talented singer and superstar-in-the-making, Tahlena Chikami (who also moonlights as an actor and has appeared on shows like Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, etc.), Bite Me Bambi sports a killer OC ska/punk pedigree, with other members having played in bands such as My Superhero, Save Ferris, and Starpool.

Through steady gigging and raucous shows supporting such legends as The Selecter, Fishbone, Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, The Toasters and more, Bite Me Bambi’s popularity continues to rise.

See Bite Me Bambi’s latest music video
for their recently released single “Hot Lavahere:

The clip was directed by Chris Graue of The Maxies, Suburban Legends, The 131ers and stars Megan Berndt and Vincent Del Rio.

About Bite Me Bambi:

Bite Me Bambi Logo

Bite Me Bambi brings sounds reminiscent of British 2 Tone and 3rd wave ska into the 21st century. With energetic songs and masterful musicianship, BMB gets the crowd on their feet and dancing. Comprised of members from some of your favorite ska bands (My Superhero, Save Ferris, Starpool), this new group breathes fresh life to a genre that may have originated in Jamaica, and honed in Britain, but was perfected in the haze, blight, glamour, and beauty of Southern California.

Stream Bite Me Bambi Tracks:

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Bite Me Bambi Online:

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Vancouver Pop Punk Band CHIEF STATE Announce Live Streamed Album Release Acoustic Set; New Album out This Friday

Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State is releasing the new LP Tough Love on March 27 via Mutant League Records.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the band’s album release shows have been canceled. Instead, they’re going to live stream an acoustic performance this Saturday 3/28 via the Mutant League Records Youtube channel here.

Tune in at 6pm PST on Saturday to hear Chief State perform songs from the new album Tough Love (along with some old fan favorites). The band will also be giving away copies of Tough Love on CD.

Frontman Fraser Simpson says, “We were massively disappointed to cancel our release shows due to the coronavirus. It does at least give us a unique opportunity to take our performance to fans around the world and not just in Vancouver though! We’re excited to share some acoustic renditions of our songs old and new. We’ll be taking questions and chatting between songs so it’s a great opportunity to get to know us and all that we get up to! We’ll also be doing some giveaways so tune in on Saturday 3/28 at 6pm PST for some quarantine hangs!”

Check out the band’s latest single “Biding Timehere and the music video here:


“…an instant-classic…Tough Love is chock full of high-quality moments.”The New Fury

Chief State Tough Love Album Art

Tough Love Track Listing:

  1. Try Hard
  2. Deciduous
  3. Reprise
  4. Something Good For Once
  5. Biding Time
  6. Choke
  7. Peace Of Mind

Pre-order Tough Love:

Mutant League Records | Spotify

Chief State are a high-energy pop-punk quintet hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, who are tighter than a rich relative and as posi as your older siblings’ mangled youth-core records.”Alternative Press

Chief State Online:

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Thy Despair Streaming New Single “The Free One”

For fans of Tristania, Draconian, Dimmu Borgir, Insomnium, Wolfheart

Rockshots Records announce their latest signing of Kiev, Ukraine’s Thy Despair for the release of their forthcoming album The Song Of Desolation due out on May 8, 2020. The dark metal band blends black, gothic, doom, symphonic and melodic death elements into their sound along with vocals being sung in both English and Ukrainian.

Today they are sharing with fans the first single off the full length, “The Free One“,
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Thy Despair’s new album The Song of Desolation follows the band’s 2018 debut EP The Free One. Some of the album’s lyrics are influenced by the war in eastern Ukraine.

“It is a great tragedy for the nation and the main idea of these songs is that you should always fight back and keep freedom in your heart and mind. Lyrics of other songs are inspired by local legends or life experience.” says band founder Nephilim.

Nephilim adds: “Even when everything goes extremely bad, you should still stay strong, struggle and hope for the best, otherwise you won’t survive or will turn into a backboneless slave.”

The album as whole features 10 tracks each with its own tale to tell and a statement that unites all of them together.

PRE-ORDER is Available HERE

ThyDespairTSOD
Cover Art, Modeling: Elin | Cover photography: Katerina Vorona

The Song of Desolation Track Listing:

  1. The Free One
  2. Sabbath
  3. Fear and Despair
  4. Burned By Love
  5. Last Breath
  6. War
  7. Army of Dead
  8. Falling Star
  9. Ghost Rider
  10. Falcon

Watch their Epic Game of Thrones Metal Lyrics Cover here:

Thy Despair Is:

  • Elin – Vocals
  • Nephilim – Vocals / Guitar
  • Strike – Guitar
  • Navka – Keys
  • Alex – Drums
  • Anton – Bass

Thy Despair Online:

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Rockshots Records


Jimmy Eat World Announce Criminal Energy Tour with The Front Bottoms, Turnover and Joyce Manor

Jimmy Eat World announce their Criminal Energy Tour today. The 20 date summer run will start in Atlanta, GA on August 6th and culminate in a hometown gig in Phoenix, AZ, Labor Day Weekend, on September 5th.  New Jersey based The Front Bottoms will join the tour as direct support with Turnover and Joyce Manor splitting the duties of opening the festivities on select dates (noted below). Tickets for the tour will be available to the general public starting on Friday, March 13th at 10AM local time with various presales beginning as early as Tuesday, March 10th at 12pm local time. The tour is produced by Live Nation, For more information and tickets please visit www.JimmyEatWorld.com.  

Jimmy Eat World continue the 2020 roadshow in support of their “bold, brave and  ultimately defiant” (NME)10th studio album, Surviving (listen here). With 10 records to pull from, the sets will prove to satisfy all fans new and old… As the band proclaims:

“Whether we’ve slept on your floor after the ‘97 basement show or you’ve just only recently heard about us, we will have something you’d be into catching live!” 

Not to be missed, The Front Bottoms recently returned with “Camouflage,” a standalone single teasing a larger body of work on the horizon in 2020.  The FADER declared the song, “…a celebration of sorts for a band perennially on the fringes of a major breakthrough.

Criminal Energy Tour Dates 2020

  • August 6th Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy*
  • August 7th Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre^
  • August 8th Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre^
  • August 9th Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion^
  • August 11th New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17 (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 14th Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 15th Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 16th Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (co-headline The Front Bottoms)*
  • August 18th Toronto, ON – Rebel^
  • August 20th Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River State Park^
  • August 21st Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit^
  • August 22nd Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion^
  • August 26th Minneapolis, MN – The Armory#
  • August 27th Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (non-Live Nation produced show)#
  • August 28th Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom#
  • August 29th Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland#
  • August 31st Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium#
  • September 1st Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex#
  • September 4th San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU#
  • September 5th Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre#

*with Turnover
^with The Front Bottoms & Turnover
#with The Front Bottoms & Joyce Manor

Jimmy Eat World Online

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Up and Coming Singer Clio Cadence Reveals Empowering New Video for “Drive”

Up and coming singer-songwriter Clio Cadence has revealed an empowering new video for the track “Drive.” A song about building the courage to leave a toxic relationship, “Drive” embodies the teenager’s wise-beyond-her-years lyrics and musical maturity.

Watch “Drive” today via Outburn and get the single here.

“‘Drive’ is a song about the struggle to stand up for yourself and leave a relationship that has become toxic,” Cadence says. “Sometimes we get trapped by possessions, people, and worry about what others will think. Sometimes you have to leave everything behind to save yourself. The video shows the struggle of staying with someone with a drinking problem. The happy times vs. the bad.”

About Clio Cadence

Clio Cadence

The 18-year-old multi-instrumentalist began playing in bands since the tender age of 12 and has developed a style and stage presence that far exceeds her years. Her musical background includes playing fiddle, guitar, bass and drums, as well as the study of music theory. Drawing influences from a wide range of artists, from No Doubt to We Came as Romans, Cadence‘s sound can be described as hip-hop-infused metal with an authentic rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Cadence not only transcends genre stereotypes, but also sees the future of the music industry as boundlessly fluid and unsegmented.

For her debut album, Cadence has enlisted a multifaceted array of production talent, including Michael Orlando (Dead Girls Academy) Alex Asche (Dangerkids) and Kris Crummett (Sleeping with Sirens, Dance Gavin Dance, Issues).

Cadence has played in many cities across the United States, and several dates in Canada and Ireland.

Clio Cadence Online:

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Tool Announces Spring Tour Dates 

LOS ANGELES – Tool, who recently took home the GRAMMY Award® for Best Metal Performance for the song “7empest,” has added an extensive Spring tour for North America.

The tour news arrives as the Los Angeles-based band wraps up a sold out Australasian tour, with the final two shows of the trek, back-to-back sold out performances at Auckland’s Spark Arena, happening later this week. The Sydney Morning Herald described the live offering as “an immersive art-rock experience that forced you to feel a little of everything. It was an intricate collage of light, sound and imagery.” The Fear Inoculum tour, which has seen the band performing in some cities for the first time in over a decade, has received widespread accolades with the Los Angeles Times calling it “impeccable,” the Chicago Tribune describing the performances as a “twisting multimedia rollercoaster of a concert” and The Arizona Republic describing the shows as “a visually breathtaking night of dystopian art-rock spectacle.”

Newly Announced Tour Dates

  • April 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
  • April 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center
  • April 19 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
  • April 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
  • April 22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
  • April 24 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
  • April 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
  • April 29 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
  • May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
  • May 2 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Centre
  • May 4 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
  • May 5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
  • May 29 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
  • May 31 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
  • June 2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
  • June 4 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
  • June 6 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
  • June 7 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
  • June 9 Madison, WI Kohl Center
  • June 10 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
  • June 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
  • June 13 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
  • June 16 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
  • June 17 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center
  • June 19 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
  • June 22 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
  • June 23 San Francisco, CA Chase Center

Tickets for the above dates are on-sale this Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 am local time, with the exception of Sioux Falls and St. Louis which are on-sale at 12 noon local time. A limited number of VIP packages are available exclusively to Tool Army members here this Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 am local time. Blonde Redhead opens April 16 to May 5; The Acid Helps opens May 29 to June 23 (except Bonnaroo performance).

Fear Inoculum arrived on Aug. 30 following years of anticipation. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, shattering sales and radio records while also earning widespread critical praise. NPR said, “Fear Inoculum was worth the 13-year wait,” The Atlantic declared the release “precise and devastating,” Revolver dubbed the 10-track album “a masterpiece that will be dissected for years to come” and Consequence of Sound said Fear Inoculum finds “Tool in peak performance.”

Full List of Tool Tour Dates

  • February 28 Auckland, New Zealand Spark Arena
  • February 29 Auckland, New Zealand Spark Arena
  • March 9 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
  • March 11 Portland, OR Moda Center
  • March 12 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Center
  • March 14 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Arena
  • March 16 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
  • April 16 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
  • April 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center
  • April 19 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
  • April 21 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
  • April 22 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
  • April 24 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
  • April 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • April 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
  • April 29 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
  • May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
  • May 2 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Centre
  • May 4 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
  • May 5 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
  • May 29 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
  • May 31 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
  • June 2 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
  • June 4 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
  • June 6 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
  • June 7 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
  • June 9 Madison, WI Kohl Center
  • June 10 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
  • June 13 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
  • June 16 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
  • June 17 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center
  • June 19 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
  • June 22 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
  • June 23 San Francisco, CA Chase Center

Tool Online

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Teenage Beautycore Metal Trio GFM (Gold Frankincense & Myrrh) Announces New Tour Dates

GFM (Gold Frankincense & Myrrh), a trio of the three teenage sisters who balancing the melodicism of bands like Paramore with a Slipknot-like ferocity, has announced a new run of upcoming live dates, beginning March 15.

“We’re really excited to get back out on the road,” says bassist Maggie English. “We’re playing with new bands, and we’re finally reaching those cities that our fans have been begging us to come to. There’s going to be lots of energy with this one.”

GFM plans to release a new single in April, the following up to January’s “I Don’t Need Your Fantasy.” Produced by the acclaimed Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!, Asking Alexandria), “I Don’t Need Your Fantasy” is a song about breaking stereotypes – something GFM does brilliantly with a sound they have dubbed “beautycore.”

Listen to “I Don’t Need Your FantasyHere:

Clearly not your average teenage girl band, CJ English (guitar/vocals), Maggie English (bass, keyboards, vocals) and LuLu English (drums, vocals) are breaking boundaries in the music industry and bringing life back to rock and metal with GFM’s encouraging and positive message.

The sisters all began taking music lessons at just five years old, which sparked a love of music that would continue to grow. As they grew up, the girls collectively decided that they wanted to pursue this love for music professionally and began putting blood and sweat into creating GFM.

GFM’s first album, Identity Crisis, was released in 2016, followed by Oh, The Horror! in April 2019. After touring the US multiple times, the group headed overseas to Germany in 2018, where their energetic performances established GFM as a festival favorite. A new EP is scheduled for release this spring.

GFM by Brandon Perry @thebpphotography
Photography: Brandon Perry @thebpphotography

GFM (Gold Frankincense & Myrrh) Tour Dates:

  • 3/15 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Tom Cats
  • 3/18 – Huntington, AR @ The Good Fight
  • 3/19 – Norman, OK @ KOUJ 107.1 FM/Calvary Chapel
  • 3/22 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
  • 3/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Whiskey Junction
  • 3/25 – Des Moines, ID @ Lefty’s Live Music
  • 3/26 – Burlington, IA @ The Washington
  • 3/27 – Green Bay, WI @ Cup O Joy
  • 3/29 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
  • 3/31 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
  • 4/2 – Tonawanda, NY @ Stamps the Bar
  • 4/4 – Millersburg, PA @ Reigles Bible Fellowship

What others have been saying about GFM:

“CJ, Maggie and Lulu are a glowing ball of positive energy that radiates from the stage and into their fans’ lives. When you encounter GFM, be it through their music or in person, you are truly changed for the better. From their hard-driving shows to their lighthearted and sometimes deep social media events, everyone they touch is truly #TeamGFM once they leave. And it isn’t a one-time offer either; you are family from the start.”Rock 98.9 (Jacksonville, FL)

“Never in my 25 years of mixing have I seen such dedicated/focused music prodigies… I can truthfully say I’m honored to be able to be a small part of their sound.” – Producer Billy Decker

“Beautycore is real and it’s coming at ya full steam!!! You’ll rarely find a band as dedicated to their craft as GFM. Not just a bunch of pretty faces, this group consumes all things pop/punk/metal and have created their own ear-shattering style (in an excellent way). No two songs are ever the same and they’re always sprinkling in new flavors to keep things fresh. These ladies are busting through barriers while providing people of all ages and walks of life the ultimate life-changing message of love and hope. Get on the train now, because this group has a long, blazing future in front of them and you’ll regret missing a single note!!!”Jon Walden/Revocation Radio (Birmingham, AL)

“GFM is such a breath of fresh air. Heavy music mixed with a positive message in a voice that resonates with young people. The musical connection all three sisters share is unparalleled.” – Carmen Mark “Squiggy” DiGiacomo/Loudwire

“GFM is one of those groups that absolutely radiates talent and drive, and their passion for writing and performing is something that is truly inspiring. It’s really only a matter of time until these guys are ruling the rock charts and I feel extremely blessed to have played a small part in their journey.” – Producer Eric Varnell

GFM Is:

  • CJ Sanders English – Guitar, Vocals
  • Magdalene “Maggie” Rose English – Bass, Vocals
  • Evie “LuLu” Louise English – Drums, Background Vocals

GFM Online:

Website | Patreon | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube | BandsInTown


Featured photo (top) by JW Lee


Talking Book (Faith No More/Gigante Sound) Set April 24 Release for Talking Book II 

San Francisco – Talking Book, the San Francisco-born experimental trio whose music evokes the “distorted sepia tone imagery of a bygone era” (Cyclic Defrost), return with their first album in nine years, Talking Book II.

The group features Faith No More’s Bill Gould with Gigante Sound co-founders Jared Blum (Vulcanus 68, Vision Heat) and Dominic Cramp (Borful Tang, Lord Tang), crafting music that is antithetical to genre classifications. Though the approach to creating the record has been uniquely their own, there are obvious echoes of Eno’s earliest ambient projects and his Bowie collaborations, ‘60s Serbian and Czech soundtracks, English folk and coastal melodies, intertwining prog guitars met with dusty electro acoustic tape music and Lynch’s “Eraserhead” score.

“We had originally thought this would be an easy follow-up to our debut album from 2011,” said Gould. “But in fact, this was a journey that took years. It was a wild ride, but in my opinion was totally worth the effort, it enabled us to really dig deep, and get this the way we wanted it. I feel like we have created a soundtrack to a film that can only be seen through listening.”

An early listen to the 14-song collection comes with a stream of “Thermal Drifthere.

Talking Book II is a total listening experience, meant to be digested as two complete pieces, preferably with headphones. The tracks are meant to flow, one into the other, without gaps. The vinyl release will be limited to 500 copies and contains an entire piece per side. Pre-orders for the 12” vinyl version can be found here.

Talking Book II Track List:

  1. Blood Aurora
  2. Thermal Drift
  3. The Land Upright
  4. A Crumbling Mind Smiles
  5. Zastava
  6. Early Sorrows
  7. The Last Time She Died
  8. They Came at Dawn
  9. A Sea Turned to Stone
  10. Heritor
  11. Lost in Glass
  12. The War Was Better
  13. Dying Light
  14. Absent Horizon

Koolarrow Records Online

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Featured photo (top) by Chuck Moseley