Epic, melodic, aggressive, powerful, energetic – introducing: Moonshade

Hailing from Portugal, the Moonshade project aspires to reshape the current musical zeitgeist by achieving a balance between the epic and the extreme that perfectly echoes the many battle cries of this generation. The band’s demo, ‘The Path Of Redemption’, was released online in 2011, shortly followed by the ‘Dream | Oblivion’ EP, their first physical release. This concept work was brought to the masses in shows that allowed Moonshade to share the stage with the likes of Amorphis, Heaven Shall Burn, and Within Temptation, to name a few.

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“I write about the frailties of our hearts and psyche” – introducing: Frayle

Frayle makes music for the night sky. The group was formed in 2017 by guitarist Sean Bilovecky (formerly of now-defunct Man’s Ruin recording artists Disengage) and vocalist Gwyn Strang, a singer with an alluring voice and an equally compelling flair for imagery. Frayle’s “lullabies over chaos” approach to songwriting allows the group the freedom to explore what is possible with heavy music; its gorgeously ominous sound is a result of complex layering and tone stacking while simultaneously overseeing the perfectly delicate balance between heaving, heavy riffs and haunting vocal melodies. With its full-length debut, ‘1692’, Frayle pushes the immense intensity and gorgeous ache of its unique sound and style through to uncompromising new plateaus. While there is much darkness on the record, it’s also contrasted superbly with beauty, both fragile and fierce, in a way that feels weightless rather than plummeting, as if release truly is a possibility. Here’s our interview with the voice of the band, Gwyn Strang!

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“We wanted to show the female voice can be as strong and commanding a presence as any male singer in heavy metal” – introducing: Empress

Empress is a symphonic metal band from the United States, centered around classically-trained singer Barbara Blackthorne and main songwriting mastermind and guitarist Vlad Khavin, are well on their way to conquering the big stages and setting people’s minds ablaze with kaleidoscopic arrangements – and with their latest single, “Into the Grey”, they are surely one step closer to symphonic metal sovereignty. Here’s our interview with the band’s bassist, Nick Bonsanto.

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“I was sure I wanted to pursue a career in music by the time I was in high school” – introducing: Juan S. Garcés

Juan S. Garcés is a musician, guitarist, and producer from Quito, Ecuador. Raised in a home where music was an essential part of the day-to-day, he started learning guitar at a young age. He nourished his musical knowledge and skills with both academic and autodidactic studies throughout the years. He has performed with some of the most renowned bands in the Ecuadorian rock/metal scene (Colapso, Descomunal, Madbrain, Viuda Negra), as well as with various artists in other genres. Currently working as an independent artist, Juan has devoted the last few years to developing his personal projects. Here’s our interview with him!

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“The band name is a reference to our mascot” – introducing: Thirteen Goats

“Servants of the Outer Dark” is the debut record by Vancouver’s death metal monsters Thirteen Goats. They invite you to join them on a sonic trip down the most twisted sections of extreme metal’s memory lane on a journey to wicked new horizons. According to the band, the album is a love letter to old-school Florida death metal and classic 80s thrash, with nods to everything from modern melodeath and tech death to groove metal and grindcore peppered in along the way. It’s also an attempt to take the best ideas from those genres and combine them in ways people haven’t heard before. Here’s our interview with the band’s frontman, Graham K. Miles.

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