Dynamic, heavy, light, chorus and mellotron – Intorducing: Vokonis

The heavy prog-metal-trio, Vokonis, is here to daze you with their furious sludge-vibe and melodic passages. Drenched in blasting distortion, melody, and menace, Vokonis is ready to fully blossom as the progressive beast they’ve held within since 2015. With a style that ranges from heavy riffage, face-melting layers of fuzz, and gritty, howling vocals to utterly clean, dreamlike soundscapes, they aim to completely immerse you in their songwriting. As you share a psychedelic and thrilling journey Vokonis will have shown their range from full-blown doom to melodically blissful passages.

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“Every song describes a different dark fantasy” – Introducing: Diabology

Diabology is a teenage thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Members Jesse Bergen (guitar and vocals), Jack Kleinman (guitar), Joseph Mazisyuk (bass), and Matthew Morales (drums), met up on the rock school circuit. They were united by a love of metal and a desire to break out of the rock school mold to start working on original material. Defying the many subgenres of metal, they choose to simply call their music thrash, a tribute to the old school sounds of the late eighties, with a young and refreshing voice. The band began playing many well-attended and prestigious gigs around the Los Angeles area, but things really took a turn when they released their debut LP, ‘Nobody Believes Me’. Taking the metal world by storm, the album was featured in countless magazines and received a fair share of radio play but the icing on the cake was when their song ‘Defiling Innocents’ made it to the top of Kerrang’s American Excess Spotify playlist.

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A journey into the inside – interview with Theodoros Dimitriou of Lefki Symphonia

Lefki Symphonia was formed in February 1984 in Athens, Greece. Their first album titled Mistiki Kipi (Secret Gardens) was released in April 1986 by EMI Greece. In 1987 they played two concerts in Barcelona Spain in the Biennale and participated in the Biennal 87 album with the song I Vrohi Pefti Dinata (The Rain Is Falling Hard). In August 1988 Lefki Symphonia released their second album titled Iho Tou Pothou (Echo Of Desire) on EMI Greece. Lefki Symphonia is the first greek band to appear on MTV in 1988 with the video clip of the song Kitazodas Piso (Looking Back) a production of MTV, filmed in Athens.

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“You have to find your own voice, your own thing” – interview with Linus “Lee” Wester of Symphony Of Sweden

If you like your music soft and fragile then probably Symphony Of Sweden is not for you (on the other hand, if it would be the case, you probably wouldn’t be here). Coming from the North of Sweden with winter and ice bears all over the place, the music is the other way around. Grand and epic with huge arrangements, the missing link between pop and metal! Add the powerful voice of Linus “Lee” West and the creative talent of Pontus “Evan” Hagberg you will have a concept that brings you on a journey from here to eternity. Welcome to the musical world of Symphony Of Sweden! We introduce the band in a two-part article series – check out our second interview with Lee (vocals, guitars)!

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“Like seasons throughout the year, the band is constantly changing” – Introducing: Seasons

Formed in 2017, the metalcore band Seasons started out with five dedicated musicians that all have a strong passion for performing energetic shows and crafting top-notch influential songs. Seasons is a high-level, crowd entertaining band that will not disappoint when it is time for performing on stage. Drawing from influences by bands such as Wage War and Attila, Seasons delivers blistering riffs combined with brutal vocals and ripping drums as the recipe for their music. Whether in front of 15 people or 1500 people, Seasons is known for the exact same stage presence which is described as “in your face.” With each member being a veteran to performing, you can expect tight transitions and an overwhelming stage presence. Every member of Seasons strives to put on a memorable performance to thrill the crowd. Check out our interview with the band!

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Straightforward, modern, punchy, heavy, and catchy metalcore – Introducing: Dividing the Ocean

Dividing the Ocean “DTO” was formed at the beginning of 2020. Dan and Chris (both guitarists) often had the idea of writing their own songs and realized it in the mid of 2019. After a while, the whole project has grown and the big search for new members began. In January 2020 they found Johannes, who helps them out on drums. In May 2020, the second Johannes joined DTO as bassist. Last but not least, DTO finally got their frontman Samuel at the end of September 2020 – check out our interview with him!

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“I needed some kind of ‘mediator’ through which I could share my stories” – Introducing: Blitz Union

Blitz Union is a new visionary music project and creative force that combines infectious EDM elements with electrifying Rock and Roll. Blitz Union’s message is poignant – as their lyrics highlight alarming issues that humanity faces in today’s uncertain world along with a sense of urgency, whilst providing hope and inspiration. Blitz Union features a creative power force that consists of Mark Blitz, Schtorm, Governor, and Shodushi and collectively they aim to recruit fans worldwide, empowering their message, creating positive social change, and furthering their call to action. 

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“There’s no I in team” – Introducing: Fused By Defiance

Fused By Defiance, also known as FxD, is a five-piece band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2012. They incorporate sounds of rock, metal, rap, and funk, coupled with socially conscious lyrics, to create songs that will move both your body and your mind. Add in their naturally energetic performance and the live shows become an event to remember, or as one fan put it, “Poetry In Motion.” Check out our interview with the band’s guitarist, Arnold Quezada!

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“I always wanted to be a metal vocalist but I finally realized my voice was not up for the task” – Interview with Evan from Symphony of Sweden

If you like your music soft and fragile then probably Symphony Of Sweden is not for you (on the other hand, if it would be the case, you probably wouldn’t be here). Coming from the North of Sweden with winter and ice bears all over the place, the music is the other way around. Grand and epic with huge arrangements, the missing link between pop and metal! Add the powerful voice of Linus “Lee” West and the creative talent of Pontus “Evan” Hagberg you will have a concept that brings you on a journey from here to eternity. Welcome to the musical world of Symphony Of Sweden! We will introduce the band in a two-part article series – check out our first interview with Evan (keyboards, background vocals, producer), who also talked about his past as a pop musician.

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“We always wanted a French or Occitan name to have a trace of our roots” – Introducing: Areis

Areis (meaning “to raise” in ancient Occitan), is a band from Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France), in the Occitania region. Formed in 2019 by ex-members from Kombur and Right To The Void, the quartet takes inspiration in music genres such as hardcore, black metal, post-hardcore, and punk which they’ve blended, using dark, occult, and Occitanian-themed lyrics, into no-nonsense, gloomy music. In 2020, the band signed a record deal with the label WormHoleDeath for a debut album to be released worldwide in 2021. Check out our interview with the band’s frontman, Paul Gonzalvez!

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