Soen, the progressive group featuring the otherworldly driven drumming of Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), have been taking another trip into uncharted waters for the past few months at Ghostward Studios and Deepwell, Stockholm, Sweden. Soen just released their new album‘Lykaia’ on 3rd February 2017.

New wave/ electro / synthpop trio Electric Floor have released their single ‘Bluedive’, complete with new video – this will feature on their forthcoming ‘Fader’ EP, which dropped on March 6 via Vipchoyo Sound Factory. While the parallels to Psychedelic Furs and The Foreign Resort are the strongest, this should also appeal to fans of Peter Murphy, Echo & The Bunnymen, Interpol, and Kasabian.

Nidingr is a band that let themselves grow naturally over time and when they release and album it’s in good belief that it’ll be a great contribution to the top tier world of metal music.

They are now releasing their fourth album in 2017, titled ‘The High Heat Licks Against Heaven’, an album drenched in Norse mythology, and names from the younger and older Edda appears throughout in the lyrics. The album drifts in the middle of black and death metal, but with the Norse theme it creates a unique and fresh breath of sound. To put it mildly, this is a brutal and honest metal record.

The band just released brand new video ‘On Dead Body Shore’

Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal, Amorphis, recently played special shows (An Evening With Friends @ Juhlaviikot – Huvila) in Helsinki, where they have performed a very special setlist with guest musicians and friends. These shows will be part of the new tour edition which is scheduled to be released on February 24th via Nuclear Blast. The package includes the entire album ‘Under The Red Cloud’ with two bonus songs as well as the live tracks in Helsinki.

The band unveils the first video to one of these live tracks. The video shows the song ‘Her Alone’ feat. Anneke van Giersbergen, which is the last song of the bonus CD.

With the release of their seventh full-length record quickly approaching, metalcore titans Emmure have unleashed a brand new music video for their song ‘Flag of the Beast’, which is featured on the upcoming album, ‘Look At Yourself’ (out March 3rd on Sharptone Records). Discussing the process behind the making of the new music video and the concept at the heart of ‘Flag of the Beast’, Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri states:

“I was very happy with the video we did with Aaron Marsh. He came to me with a vision based off his interpretation of the song, and he brought it completely to life. He wanted to give me an audience that becomes ultra violent or possessed by the lyrics of the song.

‘Flag of the Beast’ represents the idea that I am in fact some sort of evil deity in some peoples eyes, but on the same coin I am sort of an anti-hero. It is about myself and how I view people that have exited my life or have looked at me like I’m not on the right path. It is about being the epitome of all things that are against the grain. You can hate me if it makes you feel better, but I am not going anywhere.”

As 2017 marks the year of the great return of Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, they will release their highly-anticipated double-DVD ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ on April 28th. Available in different formats, the release will contain two live rituals: Their legendary concert in Oslo, showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. the Norwegians unveil their first video from the Wacken show – see the raging black metal hymn ‘Mourning Palace’ live with the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra

U.S./Irish hard rockers Black Star Riders released their hotly-anticipated third album ‘Heavy Fire’ on the 3rd of February via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Fresh off their extensive run of the UK and Ireland, the band return with a music video for new single, ‘Dancing With The Wrong Girl‘.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, “The greatest lie we can endure is from our own denial, sometimes two wrongs can make it alright.”

The video was filmed in East London’s neon-clad Gods Own Junkyard and was directed by Louis Catlett.

‘White Lines‘ packs a huge punch, from the first crunch and swirl of guitars to the immense groove running rampant throughout, all driven forward by emotive vocals from the tall Dane, Seb Mikkelsen. This fabulous track blends twists of Country, Hard Rock and Blues and the end result is a sound unique, and easily recognisable, to Nine Miles South. A simply superb track from this talented Guildford band who are really starting to make a name for themselves and have a huge future in front of them.

“White Lines is a song about how making bad decisions can leave you losing everyone and everything. It’s essentially about a man who decides to trample his family in exchange for drugs and an anti-social lifestyle”
Nine Miles South

New Zealand rock outfit System Corporation are releasing their debut single ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’ well ahead of their debut album ‘Fiction Dept.’, slated for release in late 2017.System Corporation began in 2011, based on a conversation between Phil Somervell (The Datsuns) and their long standing engineer Scott Newth about swapping demos. The two were sharing a flat in Stockholm while The Datsuns were working on their fifth album ‘Death Rattle Boogie’.

Scott began work on producing the demos, cutting them up, rearranging them, and adding vocals. They became a trio when they enlisted fellow Datsuns’ bandmate Ben Cole (also from The Joint Chiefs) on drums, and then evolved into a five-piece when Scott started working on his own demos for the project, finally enlisting his brothers and bandmates Andrew and Kent Newth (Rumpus Room) to help flesh them out. However, the original trio ended up collaborating on a number of new songs, giving System Corporation two distinct songwriting avenues.

Skeletoon have released now the official videoclip for their first single ‘Mooncry’. ‘Ticking Clock’ is available now on Preorder: cd digipack iTune’

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Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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