‘The Hum’ is the first ever solo album by Marc Heal and his first full-length release since the year 2000. He has been a presence in electronic music since the late 1980’s when his band Westwon toured with Gary Numan and recorded with Bowie’s engineer Colin Thurston. His band Cubanate then achieved success in the industrial scene in the 1990’s with four acclaimed albums. Hits such as ‘Oxyacetylene’ and ‘Bodyburn’ crossed over into the mainstream and metal audiences, with the former achieving Single of the Week in Kerrang! and Melody Maker. Cubanate later signed to Chicago based label Wax Trax in its final years, while the band achieved worldwide exposure when Sony used four of their songs as the lead tracks on the best-selling ‘Gran Turismo’ console game. ‘Bodyburn’ was also featured in The Sopranos and the ‘Mortal Kombat’ movie. The band toured with The Sisters of Mercy, Gary Numan, Front 242, Front Line Assembly, Fear Factory, Sheep On Drugs, PIG and more. Marc also worked with Jean-Luc Demeyer of Front 242, making two albums under the name C-TEC.
Austin, TX – Flying Wild Hog, Devolver Digital, Laced Records and rock legend Stan Bush have announced the ‘Warrior EP’, a limited edition four-track vinyl record with music from and inspired by the upcoming first-person slasher Shadow Warrior 2. The limited edition gold vinyl and standard vinyl are available to pre-order now for $60/€54/£46 from Laced Records [lacedrecords.com] and includes a downloadable Steam code for Shadow Warrior 2 Deluxe delivered on the game’s October 13th launch day.
The ‘Warrior EP’ contains ‘Warrior’, an original track for Shadow Warrior 2 by Stan Bush, alongside classic rock anthems ‘The Touch, Never Surrender’, and ‘The Touch (Lo Wang Hijack)’, a remastered duet between Stan Bush and the protagonist of Shadow Warrior, Lo Wang. The limited edition set comes with a Steam code to download ‘Shadow Warrior 2 Deluxe’ that includes the game, the digital soundtrack, the Razorback katana, and the Solid Gold DLC pack. The ‘Warrior EP’ is printed on luscious 180-gram vinyl with a special screen-printed reverse and presented inside a premium card sleeve designed by noted Polish comic artist Michal Sledzinski.
Worldwide icon of melodic rock Stan Bush is best known for his song “The Touch,” made famous by Transformers: The Movie (1986) and appearing in the memorable opening cinematic of the 2013 ‘Shadow Warrior’ reboot by Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital. As a vocalist, Stan has sung on albums by renowned artists such as Alice Cooper and Jefferson Starship, and has worked with iconic top producers (Georgio Moroder, Mick Jones, Peter Frampton, Paul Stanley, Ron Nevison, Richie Zito,) in addition to lending his voice to national and international advertising campaigns for Toyota, Coors, Mazda, Budweiser, Hertz and more.
‘Shadow Warrior 2’ is the stunning evolution of Flying Wild Hog’s offbeat first-person shooter following the further misadventures of former corporate shogun Lo Wang. Now surviving as a reclusive mercenary on the edge of a corrupted world, the formidable warrior must again wield a devastating combination of guns, blades, magic and wit to strike down the demonic legions overwhelming the world he inadvertently corrupted.
When, from a young age, you are surrounded by the influential roar of a particular strain of music there is always going to be a strong chance that it will be a lingering inspiration. Such was the case for Natalie Indya West.
Rock music was a part of Natalie’s life from almost day one as she grew up on her Mother’s keen and eclectic taste for potent sounds from the likes of Free and Bad Company through to David Bowie and Rainbow. Such influential exposure only bred an equally hungry interest within Natalie, one increasing over her formative years and in time breeding aspirations within her to be a ‘Rocker’ herself.
The following years saw no decrease in her passion and intent with Natalie studying music at the Performing Arts & Technology school in Croydon before moving, with a diploma in hand, on to study at the Colin’s Performing Arts College in Essex.
Awarded a 50% scholarship, Natalie had to fund the rest of her schooling fees which led her to working as a pole dancer in a Gentleman’s Club. It was an experience which also saw Natalie to fall in with the wrong crowd and a subsequent debilitating habit. It was a dark time which Natalie used her anger for as a spark to write songs inspired by the depressive situation.
Strip Me Down was written about her time working at the aforementioned Gentleman’s Club.
Having already performed as a singer and in turn as a professional dancer in various musicals, as well as dancing behind pop group Mystique on The Brit Awards in 2003, Natalie put accompanying years of constant struggles and broken relationships to the background and strived to create her own rock band.
Indya emerged in 2015; Natalie linking up with the explosive talents of guitarist Maxime Raguideau-Obadia, bassist Raymond Tagnola, and drummer Andrea Rapisarda to bring her life bred songs into reality.
The band quickly nurtured rousing glam meets hard rock incitements further spiced by a diversity of other flavours amidst Rainbow, Deep Purple, Bowie, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse like influences. Lyrically themed by Natalie’s life and the struggles of a drug addiction, Indya quickly found their sounds luring eager attention and support.
The band released their first single “Harder Faster” earlier this year – which was played on nearly 100 radio stations across the UK – including Kerrang! Radio.
With Natalie also making her mark as a DJ on Takeover FM in Leicester and also being a potent collaborator with many artists to date, it is fair to say that 2016 is looking a big and attention grabbing year for Indya and Natalie Indya West.
The record was produced by Dan Baune & mixed/ mastered by James Lerock Loughrey.
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Black Smiths was formed in 2009 at Rostov-on-Don, Russia by Eduard Sokolov and Yuri Demida. The band released their debut EP “FirstShot” in 2013 and now work on the second. Russian Alternative Metal band Black Smiths released their new single “Out Of You” from the upcoming EP “The Road Has Just Begun”.
Esther release their lyric video for ‘Overthrone‘, the title track to their stunning debut EP which is out now. New and reformed in 2016, Esther represents the comeback of 4-piece Audioshock, a lovechild of acts such as Placebo, Foals, The Editors & Enter Shikari. The band sees original Audioshock members Jack Kinden & Max Minus (Vox/Keys) welcome new members Arron Moss (Bass) & Ross Standen (Drums) in a new venture which retains their synth-driven wall-of-sound whilst incorporating heavier & darker rock influences.
The Survival Code, formed of Gary McGuinness (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Tom Cook (Vocals and Drums) is an alt-rock band based in London. Currently Chema plays bass for the band.
With influences ranging from Johnny Cash to the Deftones, this successful group have gathered a loyal fanbase as they gigged across the UK and Ireland over the last 4 years headlining some amazing venues and opening for some very talented acts.
The band have become known for their energetic and unforgiving live shows. Nothing is ever left on the stage with this lot! Lead singer Gary is the project’s driving force and song writer. A classical guitar scholar and skilled drummer originally from Dublin, he drummed in successful alt-rock bands for over a decade before moving to London in 2010 to see if a dent could be made in the UK music scene. After meeting and collaborating with Tom Cook, a talented drummer and Pete Agnelli (the bands original Bassist), The Survival Code was born.
This year is all about the 3 track EP entitled “Broken Strings” which will feature two lead singles, the first of which is the title track “Broken Strings” due on the 25th of Sept through IRL.
Australian Death Metal quintet In Death has completed its full-length debut album ‘The Devil Speaks’. The band has just released a new lyric video for the song “Malignancy Eradicated.”
Esben And The Witch comment: “Our forthcoming album ‘Older Terrors’ was written and recorded over the course of a year in Berlin, our adopted home. We’ve spent eight years getting here, sweating on stages, holed up in studios and exploring all that which inspires awe and terror. The album features four tracks. In this digital age of music we wanted to create a collection that worked together but could also be separated, each track standing alone, carving its own path and telling its own tale. This record is dedicated to the sublime. To Edward Young’s Night Thoughts, John Martin’s apocalyptic visions, Caspar David Friedrich’s forays into the forest and to the sparks of light that glimmer in times of utter darkness.”