Music industry legend and Eleven Seven Music and 10th Street Entertainment CEO Allen Kovac (Mötley Crüe, Duran Duran, The Cranberries, Bad Wolves) has been honored at the AIM Independent Music Awards with the “Innovator Award”. The ceremony in London saw Sir Richard Branson congratulate Allen via a special video message. Presented by Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, a special video was sent by Sir Richard Branson, congratulating Allen and recognizing his role as an influential figure in the global music industry. Continue reading
One of the best things about reviewing music, in my opinion, is having a music-savvy senior editor that encourages me to review music that is not in my wheelhouse. I have realized that if I was left to my own devices, I would likely stay in my little Heavy Metal utopia, reviewing only what I picked. I received the promo email from my editor about doing a review of Japanese act HYDE. Full disclosure, the only musical act I was familiar with from Japan was Babymetal. So, when I got the promo of HYDE’s new album, Anti, (UMG), I felt a tiny twinge of trepidation. After all, what do I know about Japanese music? Absolutely nada. How was I going to do a fair an accurate review of this music was my query. As soon as the first track off of Anti, started playing, all my fears of doing an inadequate review dissipated. The music that came pouring into my earbuds was the kind of music that bridges all humanity. HYDE’s music possesses a universal sound that almost any person can enjoy or relate to. On a personal note, I broke out in goosebumps from about 5 seconds into listening to the album, an involuntary reaction my body reserves for only the best soul touching music. Continue reading
Japanese sensation HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel, Vamps) played in New York City last night at Playstation Theater as part of Japan Night alongside WagakkiBand. As the closing of his phenomenal show HYDE performed his cover of Duran Duran’s hit ‘Ordinary World’ as an encore, which appears on his new album ANTI, out now from Spinefarm Records. Watch it below! Continue reading
Sólveig Matthildur, synth legend for Icelandic Darkwave pioneers Kælan Mikla, is a troubadour of the keys. Winning accolade upon award for her debut solo album Unexplained Miseries & the Acceptance of Sorrow (Self-Released), second full-length Constantly In Love (Artoffact Records) aims to build on that emotional heart with an added sense of frost-bitten drama, an ill-fated love story articulating emotion from both protagonists. Continue reading
I love a good ‘first person possessive adjective’ band name. My Chemical Romance, My Vitriol, My Dying Bride…it suggests a dark drama within. My Diligence doesn’t get the juices flowing in quite the same fashion, but the rampant category-defying experience this Brussels collective provides is anything but weary drudge. Continue reading
The new chapter in The Transformers Movie series, Bumblebee is out now. Starring actress and pop singer Hailee Steinfeld, the music in the film has a decidedly 1980s sound with songs from Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, Rick Astley, Howard Jones and more heard in the film. The main theme of the film is performed by Steinfeld herself. Check out the trailer and soundtrack now. Continue reading
Chicago Melo-Death merchants Death On Fire have paired up with Corpsepaint And Dayglo for a split release of originals and covers. The bands seem evenly matched through 10 gnarly tracks! In addition to some killer tracks by both bands, the covers include each band putting a new spin on old classics from Duran Duran, Prince, INXS, Tom Petty, Immortal, and Darkthrone! Expect the unexpected when these two bands get together! Death on Fire released their last full length early in 2018 with their Witch Hunter album, while this EP marks the debut for Corpsepaint and Dayglo. Let’s all get weird and loud right now!