“We tried to take the songs to a bit darker place on this album” – Introducing: Daze of June

Daze of June walks a double-edged sword between aggressive and heavy parts combined with a melodic and melancholic musical landscape. With the 2018 release of ‘Heart of Silver’ the band reached prominence on the Danish metal scene and began establishing themselves on the European market, with EU tours alongside Thy Art is Murder, Dead Letter Circus, and Siamese. They are now gearing up to unleash their sophomore release, ‘Tainted Blood’ set to be released on February 19 through Prime Collective, which offers a variety of dynamic, hard-hitting songs with melodic hooks. The singer, Benjamin Julian Ganzhorn answered our questions.

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“That’s definitely the big goal for this year, to return to the stages” – Interview with the frontman of Dragony, Siegfried Samer

Founded in 2007 and after releasing three studio records, with Viribus Unitis, Dragony return to their rock opera roots, following up on the conceptual approach of the debut album Legends. For their exciting adventure cemented in their upcoming full length, the Austrians around former Visions Of Atlantis singer, Siegfried Samer was supported by well-known colleagues like Tommy Johansson (Sabaton), Tomas Svedin (Symphony Of Tragedy), Michele Guaitoli (Visions Of Atlantis), and Georg Neuhauser (Serenity) – just to name a selection. Mixing and mastering Viribus Unitis was done by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann of Orden Ogan in his Greenman Studios in Germany.

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“We can feel free in our minds, we can think and imagine whatever we want, but unfortunately, sometimes society shows us limits to this imagination” – Introducing: Slaverty

Slaverty is a symphonic/melodic metal band from Santiago, Chile, formed in 2014 by lead vocalist Karin Monserrat and by ex-bassist and actual manager of the band, George Ugalde. Together, they started using the name “Slaverty” to look for musicians to play on this new metal project. Some guitarists and drummers came and went, but it was not until Juanjo Ulloa’s arrival that the band started taking its official path. Recommended by a friend from George, Juanjo was recruited as a guitarist for the band, bringing the perfect touch of “metal” sound the band required. By 2015, Karin was taking singing lessons at Verónica Villarroel´s Academy, the place where Matías Schwartz (who later became Slaverty´s keyboardist and arranger) worked as a piano accompanist for the academy.

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“Respect each other and Mother Nature” – Introducing: WinterMoonShade

WinterMoonShade is a black metal band from Portugal, whose music is the very embodiment of the ancient woodland spirits and children of Gaia.
They weave haunting melodies and tortured stories mixed with an otherworldly beauty carved from the bones of the world itself. Let’s know more about them – here’s our interview with the vocalist & guitarist, called Haze.

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“We really just want to write the best album we can” – Introducing: A Primitive Evolution

Out of the primordial soup comes A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.). Given the gift of sentience, they are here to create a constantly evolving soundtrack to our world with their dark, alternative rock music. With its current release of full-length recording “Becoming” the band’s next mutation is underway. Recorded at their self-built Desolation Studios in Toronto, the album features collaborations with writer/producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Audio Engineer Kenny Luong (Metric, Cancer Bats). In partnership with Metropolis Records, the band and label unleashed Becoming together, worldwide on October 5th. 2018. Known to be raw and visceral, with soul and beauty: A Primitive Evolution is best consumed at extremely loud volumes!

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“We have classical influences” – Introducing: Aeternitas

Founded in 1999 by Anja and Alex Hunzinger, Aeternitas released their first and very well-received concept album “requiem” in August 2000, which combined a variety of different styles (from classical to metal elements). The success of this album encouraged Anja and Alexander to build a performing band, to bring their songs to the stage.

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“We are programmed, influenced by our surroundings” – Introducing: Programmable Animal

Programmable Animal is focused on the idea that all individuals are influenced by their surroundings. Stemming out of Chicago, the band derives its sound from the hammering of industrialized rock/metal tones with a touch of ambience. Led by frontman Drepsea, Programmable Animal aims to create a visceral, cathartic, and soulful experience with its audience. The band’s first album, “End of the Tail” was self-released and produced in 2018. Following the release, Programmable Animal has toured in the US as well as opened for numerous national acts such as Orgy, Powerman 5000, Dope, HED PE, and more.

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Hungry and ready – Introducing: Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Hailing from the colorful, culture-rich streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota comes the unique sound of industrial rock outfit: Gabriel and the Apocalypse. The band delivers a chaotic, head-turning performance that drips with excess aggression, sex, and the female ferocity of frontwoman: Lindy Gabriel. Years ago, Lindy breathed life into this creature-of-a-project. With a few heavy-hitting albums, national tours, and a solid new lineup, it has since developed into a fully-fledged, national performing force that carries the old industrial torch into the new generation.

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“The different paths we can take in life” – Introducing: Kissing Candice

Kissing Candice is an industrial metal band based out of Long Island, NY (although every member now lives in a different state) with as much of an emphasis on horror-tinged theatrics as their crushing music. Beginning as just an idea in 2012, Kissing Candice developed their sound, image, and stage antics over the years until they are where they are now… After many tours with high profile artists and massive festivals, Kissing Candice grew into the beast they now are. Having released 3 EP’s, and 1 full length, along with a multitude of singles to fill the space, Kissing Candice is now ready to drop their 2nd full length. Postponed by the global pandemic, Kissing Candice has been using this time to make sure everything is perfect for this album so they can open the gates of Hell with this full length of all brand new songs! Filled with a refined sound which the band has been working towards over the years, they believe they are musically at their best and looking their absolute sharpest!

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Childhood fantasies – Introducing: Genus Ordinis Dei

Genus Ordinis Dei is a symphonic death metal band from Crema, Italy. The band was established in 2011 by a close circle of professional music instructors who graduated from Italy’s most respected music academies (RGA, MMI, NAM). In the beginning, the band sculpted its style, melting new millennium metal with symphonic sonorities. During this period, they carefully defined their musical identity, developing the idea for a trilogy of releases wherein the first album released would be Act II of the story. The band’s debut entitled The Middle was released independently in 2013, and they heavily backed it up by an intensive run of live shows across Italy and Europe into the following year.

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