“We came together to perform the support act for the Eluveitie show” – Introducing: Victoria K

Australia’s Victoria K released her debut album “Essentia” on April 24, 2020, via Rockshots Records. The full length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie). The Melbourne singer/songwriter has made her mark on the rock and metal scene with the release of her debut single ‘Monster’ in 2016, featuring guitar work by Brett Garsed (John Farnham Band) along with her 2019 follow up track ‘Lacuna’ distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Warner Music Group (Australia) and is the lead single off the upcoming album.

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Rock n’ roll is back! – Introducing: The L.A. Maybe

The L.A. Maybe is a 6-piece rock n’ roll band hailing from the southern heat of the Carolinas. If you’re a fan of Guns N’ Roses, The Black Crowes, or Van Halen…you will feel right at home adding The L.A. Maybe to your record collection. Lead vocalist Alvi Robinson (who was one of only four singers to audition to replace Brian Johnson in AC/DC in 2016) lays down gritty, passionate vocals while the rest of the band backs him up with slithering riffs, huge catchy hooks, and ripping guitar solos.
The L.A. Maybe firmly plants its feet at the very forefront of the new wave of classic rock movement and you’re sure to have at least one of their choruses stuck in your head at any given moment. Drawing influence from nearly every style of music, The L.A. Maybe put on an electrifying live show and stand for everything you love about rock music, old and new. Here’s our interview with the band’s guitarist, Dallas Dwight!

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“It seemed like a good choice for a headbangers duo rehearsing in a basement” – Introducing: Cellar Twins

Formed in 2014, Cellar Twins debut their first sounds in 2017 with their debut self-titled EP and lead single & music video “My Shell”. The EP was the band’s stepping stone to greatness with its heavy rock riffs, soaring lead lines, deep lyrics and just all-around good time listen with its Belgian progressive, alternative rock flare.
Over the years, Cellar Twins have offered fans an intense journey into a unique universe where light and darkness, passion and rebellion all combine to showcase a multitude of musical horizons and assert itself as a new image of rock music. They have appeared on multiple Belgian festivals such as the Kraken Metal Festival, Bear Rock, and American Rock Festival plus have participated in Wacken Open Air’s Metal Battles. Check out our interview with the guitarist, Jeff!

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“Sometimes my fingers play a random melody” – Introducing: Var Var

Var Var is a Russian gothic-metalcore band. Olga (vocals) and Vitalii (guitar) set off the band in March 2020. During the quarantine they were working on their music and the first song “Wolf Howl” was released in October 2020. Both musicians are very open-minded and enjoy almost all music genres, but Var Var’s music is mostly influenced by modern metalcore bands (Architects, Asking Alexandria, Bring Me the Horizon, Spiritbox, Ice Nine Kills) and gothic-emo bands of 2000’s (Evanescence, HIM, the Rasmus, Poets of the Fall, Within Temptation, My Chemical Romance, Skillet), so some of their songs tend to be very melodic with beautiful tender vocals and other songs are very groovy with heavy riffs and extreme vocals. The lyrics combine fairy tale settings with deep psychological and social issues. The songs raise questions about identity, life choices, bullying, emotional detachment. The band’s fourth single, True Love Kiss has just been released today! We are proud to share the Var Var’s very first interview here, on MyToucheBlog.com!

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“I somehow ended up on stage with Green Day singing Longview in front of 20 000 people in Paris” – Introducing: Averted

Averted is a UK metalcore/prog metal formed in Southampton by Jamie and Merlin in April 2018, it started as a side project for them to explore the techy side of metalcore. They co-wrote a few songs before they started looking for other members and were joined by Logan and Syhem in 2019. In June 2019 they started writing their first EP “Silenced”, as all members of the band live in different cities the whole process was done remotely in their respective home studios and the 6 songs were completed in a few months.

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The Possession of Britney Spears – Introducing: Phantom High

Phantom High has amassed several singles and an EP since their inception in 2017, putting a glam core twist on Lady Gaga, Bryan Adams, and Childish Gambino tracks as well as shaping their own originals. Coined as “ironic pop back from hell”, Phantom High will entice those looking for something very different from the traditional rock aesthetic. Those who can look past the mask can expect a cathartic release, anthemic melodies, heavy guitars, and abysmal soundscapes, under honest unfiltered lyrics.

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“When you live in a third-world country there’s enough stuff to be angry about” – Introducing: Inner Sanctum

Hailing from the Asian metal scene, multi-award-winning metal band Inner Sanctum has placed India on the metal map of the world. Formed in 2006 in the backdrop of the volatile socio-political environment in India, Inner Sanctum emerged as disruptors from the get-go and has worked tirelessly to promote and unite metal music and fans in India and across the globe.

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“Rising above a ‘snake’ whether it’s an illness or a bully at school” – Introducing: Above Snakes

After years of living in the filth among shady, ego-driven villains Johnny Skulls and Dax Dabs decided they weren’t going to take it anymore. It was the dawn of a new day. Following orders and getting in line was now a way of the past. They packed their bags and made their way back to Boston, destined to rise above and create their own future.
Last July, the band released their debut single, “Adrenaline,” to over 45,000 views on YouTube, along with Spotify placements on Loudwire’s Weekly Wire, Hopeless Records’ Moshed Potatoes, and Pandora’s New Rock Now Playlist, to name a few. They followed up “Adrenaline” with “Never Alone” on Halloween 2020, which quickly garnered 50,000 streams on Spotify with placement on Spotify’s “Rock Hard” and another spot on Loudwire’s Weekly Wire. Working with producer Kile Odell (Fozzy, Through Fire, Awake At Last), “Never Alone” is the second chapter of the forthcoming EP by Above Snakes. We had a quick chat with Dax Dabs of Above Snakes.

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“The storyline usually dictates the flow of the album” – Introducing: September Mourning

September Mourning is a dark culture fantasy band based on a graphic novel (Top Cow/Image Comics) created by singer Emily Lazar (September) and comic legend, Marc Silvestri. The band of Reapers that help bring the story to life on stage are Rich Juzwick (former guitarist for Gemini Syndrome), Kyle Mayer (former drummer for 10 Years) and Aaron Hoover (former guitarist for Sea of Treachery). The band released “Volume III” in December 2019 and is preparing to release “Volume IV” in Spring 2021. Here’s our interview with September!

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“We get inspired by stories of hardship” – Introducing: Mockcharge

Mockcharge is a heavy metal band, formed in 2019 by the vocalist and guitarist Ed Marson, bassist Tatiana Turin, and drummer Donnie Hogue, in Brooklyn, New York. The band just released two singles, “Marauder” and “Nosferatu”, rapidly achieving recognition for their thrash and groove metal sound, bringing an interesting collision between Motorhead and Sepultura.
During working nights as a backline tech and engineer at the IIWII Sound studio in Weehawken, New Jersey, Ed used his studio “down-time” to record and develop his own music. Playing guitar, bass, drums, synths, and samplers, he recorded, mixed, mastered, and released Mockcharge’s first three singles, “Creature of the Underworld”, “Darkside” and “Bloody Days”.
The band moved quickly to play their music at various metal and rock venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. After the success of their first show at Arlene’s Grocery on September 16, Ed knew he needed to find a permanent drummer. He asked Donnie, who also played that night if he wanted to join. After their first practice, they knew the power trio was complete.

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