Initially cutting his teeth in the seminal Norwegian hardcore bands My Right Choice and Lash Out, Combichrist founder and vocalist Andy LaPlegua segued out of that scene into the electronic music world with Icon of Coil. It wasn’t until 2003 that LaPlegua founded Combichrist – the project that would soon dominate his time. A departure from IOC’s futurepop sound, Combichrist took LaPlegua’s hardcore past and electronica present and merged them into a singular, mechanical music monster.

Since releasing the first Combichrist album ‘The Joy of Gunz’, LaPlegua and Combichrist have unleashed six subsequent full-lengths, including 2014’s ‘We Love You’, and numerous EPs while also cracking Billboard’s Top 10 Dance Singles chart. Following the release of 2011’s ‘Making Monsters’, they promoted it loudly by accompanying German friends Rammstein on an International stadium tour, expanding their audience even further. LaPlegua was also commissioned to write the battle music for the Ninja Theory/CapCom videogame DmC: Devil May Cry, resulting in over 20 tracks, many of which appeared on the soundtrack album, Combichrist’s sixth studio release, ‘No Redemption’.

An apocalyptic behemoth of guitars, electronica, infernal drums and dark elemental force, Combichrist’s new album ‘This is Where Death Begins’ was produced by Oumi Kapila (Filter) plus Combichrist’s own Andy LaPlegua and mastered by the legendary Vlado Meller (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot). The 15-track album also features guest vocals from Chris Motionless (Motionless in White) and Ariel Levitan (MXMS).

Combichrist founder/vocalist Andy LaPlegua comments: “I finally feel like we came full circle with this album, considering we’re all from the punk rock, hardcore and metal backgrounds. After 10 years of electronica in the studio and a full live band, I feel like I captured the live sound and energy. Every style of music that I have done through the last 25 years has some kind of presence on this album”

Dakesis are a four piece Progressive Power Metal band from Birmingham, UK. Formed in 2008, with the release of a limited edition four track E.P they soon followed on with their debut album ‘Trial By Fire’ in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Following on from their success of this album and extensive touring and festival appearances throughout the UK, the band went on to record their second full length album ‘The New Dawn’ which was released in March 2016.

Their latest release was recorded at Carbon Studios in Birmingham and mixed by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios based in Finland (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Stratovarious and Firewind) and sees a marked change in the direction of the band. With more progressive influences and the addition of powerfully epic orchestral backing alongside new session keyboard player Jacob Underwood, Dakesis have sculpted a vast instrumental soundscape alongside the heavier metal influences.

The band have toured the UK extensively and have enjoyed prestigious support and festival slots including playing with Edguy, Thunderstone, Blaze Bailey and Pagan’s Mind and performing at Glastonbudget, Bloodstock Open Air 2012, Valkyrian Festival and headlining the Cackblabbath Stage at Wildfire Festival in 2015.

Skandal are from Leeds, UK. They are about to release a new EP, mixed and mastered by George Bokos (Rotting Christ/Stone Cold Dead). They describe their genre as doom & roll, a mixture of classic raw aggression and elegant obscure themes influenced by Motorhead, Opeth, Black Sabbath, High on Fire and Rotting Christ. You can check out more of their music on their Bandcamp.

Stuck Mojo has never been part of a genre, and with Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, Killswitch Engaged, Accept) back in the studio as the band’s producer, ‘Here Come The Infidels’ will have many declaring this the comeback album of the decade. It contains eleven tracks of unmistakeable Ward riffing, working like a sledgehammer in partnership with long time drummer and groove partner Frank Fontsere. Twenty-five years of chemistry make Ward and Fontsere one of the best in the pocket rhythm sections in heavy music. These big Stuck Mojo riffs lay the foundation for the spit-soaked lyrics of counterculture fury, delivered by new vocalist Robby J. Ward they discovered Robby J through — how else? — a YouTube video, and in that moment instantly realized that he had found the new voice and face of the band.

Says Ward: “Robby J is a fucking ninja, the total package vocalist/frontman. Mark my words, this guy is going to set a new standard for what a band with a rapper looks like.

Due on July 1, 2016, ‘Here Come The Infidels’ is described in a press release as “an album for this moment in history, as it escalates Stuck Mojo’s rich history of desecrating the remains of Che’ Guevara and causing your Prius to emit plumes of black smoke. Its overwhelming lyrical rebuke against leftist, authoritarian, fascist dogma makes ‘Here Come The Infidels’ a 41-minute-and-18-second pushback against the social justice movement.”

Sludgehammer is a five piece Canadian metal band formed in 2013.  The band began with guitarist Jeff Wilson and drummer Fernando Villalobos jamming together, which quickly resulted in writing songs and searching for a full line up.  Their search led to vocalist Chris Szarota, who possessed an astonishing vocal ferocity and bassist and vocalist Dan Ayers, who passed the audition as a bassist and also revealed a golden voice.  Thus, the first incarnation of Sludgehammer was formed. The four members worked hard over the next few months to put together a demo, which was released at the band’s first gig on November 22nd, 2013.  The demo was well received even though it was completely self-recorded and the gig offers kept on coming, along with new fans.

With the success of the demo, the band knew that it was time to step things up and hired producer Christian Anderson for their 2014 release, ‘Organ Harvester’.  During the writing sessions, the band decided that Chris and Dan should share vocal duties for this record, as Dan’s voice had been absent from the demo.  The dual vocals proved to be a force to be reckoned with and on August 11th, 2014 ‘Organ Harvester’ was released to rave reviews.

‘Organ Harvester’ gained both new fans and better shows, gathering serious momentum and solid name among the metal community.  However by 2015, after playing many gigs with the ‘Organ Harvester’ material it became very obvious that the fans were hungry for more.  The band began writing more songs for the next release and kept playing gigs, which led them to guitarist Tyler Williams.  Tyler was working as a sound man at the Atria in Oshawa, ON where Sludgehammer was playing, and after their performance, Tyler approached the band.  They set up a jam and in July 2015, Tyler Williams joined Sludgehammer.

The new five piece line up produced a much fuller sound as Jeff and Tyler began working together.  The old songs were given new life and badass new material was being written for their next release, titled ‘The Fallen Sun’.  The new songs featured dynamic vocal performances from Dan and Chris, mind bending guitar solos, heavy riffs and blistering drumming.  As the songs started to pile up, Sludgehammer discussed recording a full length album.  Tyler suggested that they record at his studio, Monolithic Productions.  The band set up shop there and are now ready to unleash ‘The Fallen Sun’ for release on June 10, 2016.

Montreal industrial monsters Projekt F have posted a new video ‘Unbegun’ in support of their recently released EP ‘The Butterfly Effect’. The EP is their loudest release to date featuring seven pinnacle tracks for your auditory senses discussing the torrid relationship between man and God to continue their thematic discography ‘Skins’ (2013) and ‘Under The Skin’ (2014).

”We consider ‘The Butterfly Effect’ to be an extremely raw and honest EP. Early in the process of making it, we knew that we would not be making a music video for it. However, we thought it was important to give something to our fans. So we decided to make a video that would show a side of Projekt F that hasn’t been seen before. Like the EP, a raw and honest one. Many of you have seen our “on stage persona” before, but with this video that we have made for our single, ‘Unbegun’, we are sharing a different side of ourselves.” comments vocalist Jonh M. Miller.

Make Way for Man established itself in late 2014 with the vision of creating heavy music with a positive message, and 2015 saw the release of their first single ‘Limitless’ to instant acclaim. The studio video from DarkSpirit Photography accompanying the single reached 20,000 views on YouTube within the first week, and is currently sitting at over 50,000 views, it also garnered multiple plays on Channel [V]’s [V] Loud show.

The 2016 release ‘Evolve & Repair’ was recorded in Perth at various studios with the help of their friends Tristan Sturmer and Cody Brooks, and was mixed and mastered by Brian Hood at 456 Recordings in Nashville, TN. The E.P. contains 6 previously unreleased tracks which are all lyrically themed around the preservation of self. Specifically, focusing on the negative effect mankind has on each other and our surroundings, whilst urging for positive change within ourselves. Musically, the band fit no single genre, and are the result of their vast and varying influences, from mind-bending time signatures to soaring pop hooks, guttural breakdowns to massive, technical guitar solos, this release has something for every heavy music fan.

‘We Will Surely Drown’ was the first single to be released from ‘Evolve & Repair’ and was debuted on Triple j’s Short.Fast.Loud and the video has been a massive success for them.

The Oath was born in Lyon (France) during the year 1999. During the years, the band known several line-up changes but the hard core of the band has always succeeded in persevering… The Oath is currently composed of Pierre Leone (guitars & vocals), Manu Da Silva (lead guitars), Romain Devaux (keyboards and clean vocals) and Christophe Bardon (drums).
The music of The Oath is situated at the border of black, death, thrash and heavy-metal. The whole band members’ influences concerning metal or any other musical style are represented. These various contributions give to the band’s music this characteristic which makes it a band very hard to label, original and quite effective musically.

Raised on Manga, metal and the undeniable influence of the Essex dance scene, Killatrix like to push the boundaries of rock, lacing it with electronica to create a hybrid, electro-dirt noise. Citing influences from the deep grunt of Nu Metal, the vocal genius of Gwen Stefani and old school electro, their sound is a combination of hard hitting beats, massive bass, fat guitars and gnarly synths, topped with powerful vocals.With the Essex music scene in good health but local venues in decline, the band decided to get out into the world, building up an impressive portfolio of shows which has seen them secure festival slots at the likes of Brownstock and V Festival, supporting reggae-metal outfit Sonic Boom Six as well as being asked to support one of the band’s biggest influences, The Qemists, on their 2015 tour.
In 2015 they released their first single ‘Overcome’ to some acclaim, dubbed as a ‘future classic’ by BBC Essex Introducing’s Ollie Winiberg, and have since released the follow-up single ‘Bad Language’, which has seen the band make a name for themselves in and around Essex and London. With new singles and a debut album ready to go, the band will be playing a number of supporting shows around the UK with a few European shows in the pipeline.

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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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