Russian progressive metalcore band Next Door To Heaven announces they will be self-releasing their new EP “Inside” on March 25th. The EP is the follow up to the band’s 2020 single “Dance With Me” and the 2019 sophomore album “V Ways To Accept” released on Sliptrick Records.
“Inside” features five djenty melodic prog tracks along with special guest vocals from Lord Nelson (ex-Stuck Mojo) on the record’s closing song “Flare Up”. The band’s discography has always been known for flirting with djent metalcore influences and this new release is no different, except this time guitarist Evgenii “Gene” Mazunov took the helm on the band’s sound with the use of a 9-string Ibanez along with bass, arrangement, and composition duties. Also joining as a guest for the recording is well-known Russian drummer Pavel Lokhnin (God Eat God, Dominia, Perimeter).
Vocalist and lyricist Daria Mazunova comments:
“We put our souls into the music we create, always. It’s not about making music for something in return, not about making it for fun. It’s about emotions transformed into music. I would say for ‘Inside’, we entered into more metalcore territory though it doesn’t mean there aren’t prog components or experimentation done. Conceptually, the general idea of the EP is a fight between a human and a machine and a master/obeying inside one person. If you look at the cover art you will see a heart combined with a car engine in the moment of ignition.”
The band have also shared a teaser clip of the track for fans which you can take a look at below.
The EP is available for Pre-Order as of March 18th 2021 on all digital platforms.
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting below.
1. Dark Alley 2. Calibrate 3. Unleash The Beasts 4. Inside 5. Flare Up (feat. Lord Nelson, ex-Stuck Mojo)
About the band: Next Door To Heaven was formed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2014. The band was founded by Gene Mazunov and Dasha Mazunova. Next Door To Heaven plays progressive/alternative metal/metalcore. The band’s debut album “Let’s Dream” was released in 2016. The album made the top-20 on Google Play. That same year, the band became one of the finalists in the Emergenza International festival. Their sophomore album “V Ways To Accept” was released in June 2019 via Sliptrick Records. The band has opened for bands such as RED and Tesseract and continues to support their material with tours across Europe.
Now in 2021, the band will independently release their new EP “Inside” on March 25th, which features guest vocals from Lord Nelson (ex-Stuck Mojo).
Long Beach, NY band Family Dinner self-released their debut EP, You’re So Cool. Recorded over five days with Brett Romnes (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche) at Barbershop Studios, the four songs on the EP came together naturally for the band, spanning a mix of ’90s-inspired indie rock and punk-pop that takes cues from acts like Hole, Dinosaur Jr., and The Cranberries. The title track kicks it off by telling the tale of a couple on the run after committing murder, inspired by ’90s crime films like True Romance and Natural Born Killers. This movie-inspired lyricism continues on “Mahogany”, a song written from the perspective of Bradley Cooper’s character in The Midnight Meat Train. Filled with bouncy guitars and melodic vocals, closer “Song 4 (Bloom)” dives into more personal territory about struggling to love yourself and trying to show people around you going through the same thing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You can listen to You’re So Cool on streaming services and Bandcamp.
Formed in 2018, the band consists of Natalie Simonelli (vocals), Michael O’Keeffe (guitar), Sam Weiss (bass), Nick Amalfitano (drums), and Mike Cap (guitars). Self-proclaiming themselves as “a band to soundtrack a house party,” Family Dinner aren’t reinventing alt-rock, but bringing back that effortless, cool vibe that makes you want to pay attention.
1. You’re So Cool 2. Eyes 3. Mahogany 4. Song 4 (Bloom)
Up and Coming trio Sadness & Complete Disappointment have released a new track, ‘Survivor’s Guilt’, off their soon to be released EP, ‘Fun’.
Esme (Vocals / Drums) says:
“It’s more about the desperation to not be alone, regardless of the cost to your happiness because, no matter what they tell you, no one wants to be alone. By choosing to pursue anyone, in actual fact you only have yourself to blame when you inevitably get hurt because in the end no one will ever love you in the way you need to be loved. My ex-girlfriend walked me to her house in Brixton once and told me that I couldn’t come in. “This is my house and you’ll never see inside”, she said and she laughed. But I did see inside and I saw so deep inside her head and her mind and inside there was NOTHING. She wanted to fuck to EDM.”
Check out ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ below.
The band’s debut EP, ‘Fun’, will be self-released on March 5th 2021.
Pre-orders are expected to be made available soon.
Aussie trio on the rise ReHook have released a new track, ‘Bad Decision’, which is the title track from the band’s upcoming debut EP.
Emmy Mack (Vocals) says on the track:
“I always joke to the boys that it’s my theme song. I wrote it when I was feeling depressed as fuck, trapped in a spiral of self-destructive behaviour and making a lot of *checks thesaurus* questionable life choices that only served to intensify my rubbish headspace and feelings of deep self-loathing.
(‘Bad Decisions’) is me reflecting from rock bottom on how on earth I went from being a straight-edge, dux-of-my-Catholic-school goody-two-shoes to feeling like a totally lost and fucked up mess of an adult. It’s me laughing at myself and, I guess, trying to take something positive away from all it all. Hopefully someone else out there can relate.”
Check out the track below.
‘Bad Decision’, the bad debut EP, will be released April 23rd 2021.
Pre-orders are expected to be made available soon.
US Hardcore Punks Stick To Your Guns have announced the details of their upcoming four-track acoustic EP, ‘The Meaning Remains’
The EP will feature three fan-favourite tracks for the upcoming release as well as a version of a-ha’s classic ‘Take On Me’. ‘The Meaning Remains’ Acoustic EP is set to be released February 18th 2021 via End Hits Records.
On the release, the band say:
“This is an EP of some of our most popular STYG songs translated into in a new light,” explains vocalist Jesse Barnett. “Although the setting of these songs may seem slow and somber, the meaning of these songs remains with the same furious passion for which they were intended. They are sung quietly and gently from the same place that they are screamed. For us, fury and peace go hand and hand. They are both tools that we believe are necessary. We hope you enjoy these songs you’ve heard a thousand times – but now in a new way.”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, Stream of ‘Amber’ and Pre-Order options below.
01. Amber 02. Nobody 03. Forgiveness Of Self 04. Take On Me (A-Ha Cover)
On February 5th, New Zealand-based pop duo Foley will release their new single, “Better Than Love,” the final single from their upcoming EP, ‘Vacation,’ due out on March 15th.
Grounded by mellow pop grooves and honeyed vocals, “Better Than Love” is a dreamy exploration of the prospect of love versus the reality of love and the way we close ourselves off from emotion to save yourself from future heartbreak. When love is so built up to us as extravagant, dramatic and awe consuming, how can it ever live up to our expectations? (“The thought of you is better than love”). The tight friendship between Foley’s Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett allows them to write openly and vulnerably with each other and “Better Than Love” is a testament to that. For this single, the duo also brought in their close collaborators and longtime friends Josh Naley (Wells*) and Jonathan Boyle (Julius Black).
Foley is the late night conversations, not-so-existential crises & the genuinely unbreakable friendship of 20-somethings Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett. Honest to a fault, Foley have quickly picked up a fanbase of young like-minded listeners for their confessions of love, loss and learning. Their debut EP ‘On My Conscience,’ was released in 2020 and saw huge success across commercial radio and streaming platforms, hitting #10 on the NZ Album Charts and plastered the pair across multiple Spotify playlist covers. They rounded out the year with the release of singles “Rendezvous” and “So Personal,” which will join “Better Than Love” on their upcoming sophomore EP, ‘Vacation,’ out on March 15th.
In addition to their streaming success, Foley have graced New Zealand’s largest New Years festival Rhythm & Vines3 times, most recently playing a main-stage slot on New Year’s Eve. The pair have also shared the stage with Two Door Cinema Club, Flight Facilities & Crooked Colours at indie fest Spring City, and opened for Drax Project on their NZ tour and Six60’s stadium show in Hamilton early in 2020.
“Better Than Love” will be out on all streaming platforms on February 5th 2021.