By admin, 2018-04-09
Rising J-rockstars Esprit D'Air are crowned winners for best metal/hardcore album at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards announced at New York's historic Lincoln Center on March 31, 2018.
The winning album, 'Constellations' was selected by an esteemed artist and industry judging panel which included Slayer, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Tom Waits and Sepultura, among many others; as well as press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe, and Pacific Rim.
'Constellations' was produced by lead vocalist and guitarist, Kai, who follows a commendable DIY ethos by composing, recording, producing and mixing everything himself, whilst working with Kobalt Music Group's AWAL (Artists Without A Label) to distribute their music.
The album exclusively premiered on TeamRock last summer, and received coverage and airplay on HuffPost, Kerrang! Radio, TotalRock Radio, NEO Magazine, and PowerPlay.
Esprit D'Air embarked on a 7-day UK headline tour (Constellations Tour) in February 2018, including a packed headline show at the world-famous The Underworld Camden in London. The touring line-up featured Ryo Takahashi on guitar and Jan-Vincent Velazco of Pendragon (pictured) on drums.
The band is now looking to extend their Constellations Tour to Europe and to release brand new music this year—more details to be announced soon.
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By admin, 2018-03-03
Devils, Witchcraft, black masks and goat horns: these are the essential ingredients behind Luna 13, a very peculiar evil Bass/Metal project that, over the last couple of years, was able to build a solid reputation for itself and get signed by the eclectic label Cleopatra Records.
Hypnotic singer and Burlesque dancer Lilith Bathory joined producer Dr. Luna in 2015 and since then managed to combine EDM to Black Metal, creating a whole new genre in the Dark Music niche and becoming the first EDM project to win metal awards.
They also shaped an extremely suggestive, theatrical performance, perfectly in line with the occult imagery they incarnate, but, although their ability on stage cannot be doubted, their live performances are not always welcomed.
It happened last November when one of their horrifying live shows was interrupted by the management of the Artisan, a live music venue in Las Vegas, due to a breaking of their 'nudity code’, as Lilith Bathory performed a blood-drinking ritual wearing only her panties.
This accident didn’t stop Luna 13 from achieving the spotlights and being noticed by Sleepdogg Promotions, who have now included their brutal show into their roster.
“It is our chance to bring a truly dark, controversial show into larger venues,” the duo states. “After a few years of venues going into fear about allowing Luna 13 on the big stage, Sleepdogg Promotions finally opens the door.”
Although the project only started out in 2015, Luna 13 are collecting some thrilling results.
Described as “one of the most brutal electronic projects on Lucifer’s green earth” from Horrornews.net, the duo placed itself right on top of the Amazon Electro Chart with the latest release “Lilit”. They are also listed as one of the top 5 Black Metal projects by leading music blog Worldwide Underground and starred in the movie Devil’s Domain, featuring well-known actor Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill).
With Sleepdogg Promotions finally giving recognition this duo’s mesmerizing stage presence, nothing can stop Luna 13 from becoming the best representation of the next generation of Metal.
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By admin, 2018-01-14
NewNobility is a trio originally from Australia the formation is made by Sead Trnka, Josh Maekowsky and Zoran Krga, the project despite lacking great pretensions as fame and shallow recognition is seen in a more pacifist attitude with messages of world peace and justice, the members define themselves as promoters of justice and use the phrase "let's make a better world" as their slogan, this has meant the global support of a fanbase that resonates with this humanist message.
They probably sound like a hyper-sensitive group, but they are far from the hippie wave of the 80's, these people are not eating flowers, their sound keeps the powerful essence of old school rock which this specific audience will appreciate, as a respite from all the artifice of mainstream music. But the same time they bring a touch of freshness to the style that characterizes them.
Something positive of the group is that they don’t fall into the foolish need that the music merchandise has about labeling everything to package it and then, sell it. These people are not into labels, although they admit being influenced by Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and even The Beatles they’re not necessarily looking for one direction or another, the group simply flows, 'Galatic' is the recommended track by the band as an "initiation" for those who have not yet felt their vibes, the theme definitely gives an outline of what can be expected from the group.
The group has won several awards in different parts of the world, in the UK they won the Music Aid Award in the category "Best Band 2007", in India they won the World Peace and Music award. Thus, leaving their intentions very clear with which they started the group to promote a message of solidarity with others and the planet as well.
As a bonus, the three members of New Nobility are part of the bandmag.com family-crew, being also promoters of indie music. Definitely a group to pay attention to, make sure you visit all their social networks to be aware of new events, releases and more:
By admin, 2017-12-13
Shannon Noll, Australian singer and songwriter, born on September 16, 1975 in Orange, New South Wales, son of farmers and the youngest of three brothers, during his childhood he dedicated himself to the task of farmer with his family, at the same time he harvested his artistic talent during his school years participating in plays and school productions.
Noll achieved great notoriety by participating in the first season of the reality show 'Australian Idol' in 2003, leaving second-place and also achieving a record deal with BMG Australia for 5 albums.
His debut album 'That's what I'm talking about' was released the following year of the Australian Idol contest, managing to sell more than 130,000 copies in its first week and staying for 14 consecutive weeks in the top 10, achieved a certification of 5x platinum. This is one of his most successful singles 'What about me', a cover of Moving Picture, which was certified as 4x Gold in Australia by selling more than 280,000 copies.
His record works consist of 4 discs published: that's what I'm talking about (2004), lift (2005), turn it up (2007), a million suns (2010). After a break of 7 years Noll announces his return to music with the new single 'Who I am' which is followed by 'Southern Sky' both serving as promotional to what would be his new album called 'Unbroken' which is expected to be released at the beginning of 2018, generating great expectations about Noll’s big music comeback.
The album will be released under the label Warner Music Australia and will be followed by a national tour to promote it. The album promises to follow the pop-rock line that has characterized the singer’s sound since the beginning of his career, staying true to his roots and keeping the same essence as always.
Make sure you visit Shannon Noll's official media for more information, launches, performances dates and more:
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By admin, 2017-12-09
Human nature was born with Toby Allen’s project in 1989, previously known as '4 Trax', a boy-band formed by 4 schoolmates to represent their institution in a regional contest. Phil Burton, and the brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney along with Toby Allen are the members of the acapella group. After graduating and taking separate paths, they decide to meet a couple of years later to perform at clubs and sing professionally, this is when they got a record deal under the SONY label.
The name of the group became 'Human nature' once they feel that 4 Trax no longer fit them, their new name gives them a sense of identity since they sing acapella and according to one of the members the name also has a philosophical representation, arguing that for them, singing is something that is within their nature.
Their albums have achieved great commercial success and very good performance within the charts receiving multiplatinum certifications in Australia, their discography counts with no less than 12 studio albums and two compilations, 18 singles and a box set that was released to promote their debut in the United States in 2008.
Their most recent activities took place between 2014 and 2016 when they released 'Jukebox' an album that portrays the musical style and concept of the 50's and 60’s decade, the album had arrangements made for some covers of various groups to which previously the group had done tribute as 'The penguins' in this album they take a glance into their beginnings and project it from a much more mature perspective achieving a fresh proposal but equally elaborated in an very intelligent way. 'Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II 'is the sequent album to Jukebox, published in 2016, where they break the mold of making only covers, it also has a special edition for the tour that was made that same year, it contains a DVD which covers the complete trajectory of the group.
Currently, Human Nature are touring internationally around the United States with a big agenda for the year 2018 in which they’re still promoting their ‘Jukebox’ album alongside ‘Jukebox II’ repertoire.
If you are local, be sure to check out Human Nature on the 16th of December for a very special Christmas day on the green when they will be bringing their critically acclaimed live spectacular show to the Yarra Valley for their one and only Australian concert! You can book tickets here Ticketmaster.
For more Human Nature goodness, visit the official website or their social media pages.
By admin, 2017-11-21
Melbourne raised singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has released three number one albums between 2004 and 2012 and has been making a return to music, releasing new singles and playing select dates across Australia. Missy is an advocate for human, animal, and environmental rights and has made numerous efforts to support select causes, ranging from anti-fur to carbon control campaigns.
Missy has made her tours carbon neutral, a significant move that would be great for more artists to actively pursue. With a history of live shows behind her, Missy Higgins will be returning to the stage for two shows over two nights in Glenelg and then Melbourne. First, Missy will perform under headliners John Butler Trio at the SummerSalt day-fest on November 18th and again the next day November 19th in Melbourne.
Between The Sound of White, On a Clear Night, and The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Missy Higgins has been nominated for five ARIA awards and at this point in her career has sold over one million album units. Missy Higgins has released two singles since 2016, first being “Oh Canada”, followed by “Torchlight”, which was written for the film “Don’t Tell”. Definitely, check out Missy’s causes and long career in music and acting. If you’re in the area, catch Missy Higgins at the Blue Mountains Music Festival 2018. Missy Higgins will be headlining, and will take place March 16-18. Also, she’ll be performing alongside Kate Miller-Heidke, Archie Roach Band and more! Earlybird tickets are on sale now, head to www.bmff.org.au/tickets for more info. Find Missy on social media and we recommend you check out her recent single, “Oh Canada”!
By admin, 2017-11-13
English born Australian pop singer John Farnham has a tremendous career, and he will soon be touring Australia in 2017 and 2018. Since signing a label deal at 18 and becoming a teen pop idol in the 60s and 70s to replacing the lead singer of Little River Band in the early 80s, John Farnham has accomplished numerous more feats, including 20 ARIA Awards, making it into the 2003 Hall of Fame class, and earning the second highest selling album in Australian history in his ‘86 debut Whispering Jack. Not to mention he won 1987 Australian of the year and was voted king of pop by TV Week readers five years in a row! Clearly, John Farnham is a big deal.
Starting in November, John Farnham will be touring several Australian cities with some dates already being sold out in cities like Perth and Gold Coast. Over the recent two year span of 2015 and 2016, Farnham released two albums, first Strong Hearts Live and then the platinum plague earning Friends for Christmas, both albums a collaboration with artist Olivia Newton-John.
John Farnham has been called the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock and pop. From November 2017 to March 2018, he will be touring what might be to be sellout shows each night. Said to be a man with a great sense of humor and the simple everyman charm, it’s no wonder he’s been so successful.
By admin, 2017-10-12
Evanescence is an American Rock band who released their first full length album Fallen in 2003 and would go on to sell more than 17 million copies worldwide and won two Grammy Awards, led by smash hit “Bring Me To Life”, which recently got a remake leading up to their international tour and new album, Synthesis.
Over a one week period in February, Evanescence will be hitting the Australian leg of their international tour to play in South Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. The band will also be playing several dates across North America and Europe. The international tour will be in promotion of their new album Synthesis, a project the band say will bring something unique and complex and something that will be new territory for the band.
A band that has already made their mark on history, Evanescence is now looking to reinvent themselves before embarking upon the world once again. From winning the MTV Australia award for Album of the Year in 2007 to now returning to the land down under for what could be their last tour, Evanescence will be available for one week only in February. Look into buying tickets for your nearest city before they sell out and check Evanescence’s official site and social media pages to find out more information.
By admin, 2017-10-07
Folk and Country singer/songwriter Sam Newton has been touring all over Australia leading up to his headlining set at Cully Fest as well as the release of his third studio album, to be released in 2018. Sam Newton mainly plays acoustic and develops songs that dive deep into melancholy devotion and flawed but fascinating characters. Sam Newton’s influences include the likes of Neil Young, Glen Hansard, Feist, Iron & Wine, and Johnny Cash.
From Sydney, Sam Newton first started playing guitar at the age of 12 and would be writing his own songs by 15. In 2011, Sam released his first project, a self-titled EP. Sam Newton’s debut album Set In Stone dropped in 2014, and was met with critical acclaim. In 2016, Sam Newton would embrace his stylistic fluidity and take on the challenge of writing 100 songs in 100 days before the release of his second album, Violet Road. Recently Sam was featured on Porch Light Sessions, a showcase of upcoming and established acoustic singer/songwriters.
Lately, Sam has been touring all over Australia and has upcoming shows in the cities of Brunswick, Newtown, Tamworth and Bowen Hills. On November 18th and 19th, Sam Newton will be headlining Cully Fest in Glenvale alongside Killing Heidi and Pierce Brothers.
Sam Newton’s third studio album has been finalised and will be pressed by early November with a release date still to be determined. Keep up with Sam Newton on his website or Facebook and be sure to follow him on Spotify where he uploads all of his albums as well as a playlist dedicated to highlighting Australian-Americana music.
By admin, 2017-09-19
Anthony Callea has come an incredibly long way since placing as the runner-up on Australian Idol in 2004. Anthony’s first ever single, “The Prayer”, was and still is the fastest selling single by any Australian artist and held the top spot on the ARIA singles charts for five weeks, another record. Now, Anthony is releasing ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony, to celebrate and relive all a collection of #1 records. Following this release, Anthony Callea is going on a huge national tour, performing his biggest and best songs all over Australia.
ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony will make for Anthony Callea’s sixth studio album since 2005, not including a live album and an EP. The album is composed of instrumentation from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing a professionally curated selection of tracks that have reached number 1 on the ARIA charts. Callea was quoted saying “[These are] Songs that have not only been part of my musical landscape for the past 30 years but have resonated with so many of us – the ARIA charts don't lie." The album will feature songs from John Legend, Leona Lewis, Adele, Boyz II Men, and a whole lot more.
Released September 1st, 2017, ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony will be followed by a once in a lifetime show featuring Anthony and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall. In 2018, Anthony Callea will be embarking on a July and August Summer tour. Check Anthony’s site or find him on Facebook!