Southern Italy’s Gothic-Rock sensation The Strigas have just released their new single and video “Sweet Bitterness”, extracted from their outstanding debut album
“A Poisoned Kiss To Reality” which has been published last February (SBR/Scarlet Records).
The video was directed, produced and edited by Vdpictures Video & Photo Productions (Matteo vDiva Fabbiani & Chiara Cerami) who have already worked with well-known artists like Hell Boulevard or Lord Of The Lost).
They found an impressing way to present The Strigas in a new style – dark, energetic, stirring and most of all intense.
The idea behind this video is to find a way of expressing the dichtomies love/hate, life/death, good/bad.
“Sweet Bitterness is our shout of refusal against narrowness of mind, it’s our creed. It’s one of the most personal songs of the empire album. I wrote it thinking about the importance of individuality in a reality that obliges a belonging to a group or to a predetermined mentality”, explains vocalist Fabio.
After finishing their first tour this year (read a live report of their tour stop in Vienna), they are planning to start a new tour through several European cities in 2015.
LUNA RISE – in Austria’s music scene this name is no longer an unknown quantity since a long time. Three years ago the 5 guys from Upper Austria released their first music video Dead Alley which was the starting shot for a successful journey. Now they are ready to spread their brand new video with the promising title “Valentine” all over the planet.
What they promise about the video is: “fire, horsepower and a lot of passion”.
In order to receive a better impression about what is expecting us, we were asking lead singer Chris about the video shoot and the band’s next steps.
Chris: “The wait is almost over and we finally have something new for you out there! I am super excited about it! The videoshoot was very intense, challenging and fun. We had such a great team and a superb model/actress. It’s the first song of our upcoming album, so there’s still so much more to come!
We’ve been working hard on all the new stuff for quite a while. Now it’s such a good feeling to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
But for now – be prepared for our musicvideo being released end of November! It’s going to be like good sex: hot, emotional, loud… (and lasting about 4 minutes, haha :D)”
The song and video will be presented at a special release party in Linz on the 28th of November 2014.
The band’s long-awaited debut album “Dark Days & Bright Nights” is planned to be released on the 20th of March 2015.
It will contain fine melodic rock with a mysterious touch.
The Italian rock band WakeUpCall just came back from their latest tour where they’ve been playing shows in Poland and in the Czech Republic.
We took this occasion to talk to them about their latest tour, their line up changes, new songs and their future plans.
- You just came back from your tour. For the first time you’ve been to Poland. What kind of feeling is it to meet your fans of another country and playing live for them for the first time?
Olly: You know, when you go to a foreign country for the first time nobody knows you, people look at you as an alien, you play songs that nobody has listened before, so you have to be patient and convince the crowd step by step…but in Poland was totally different! We played four shows and in each one we had a wonderful crowd that jumped in front of the stage! People already knew the lyrics of our songs so they sang with us for the entire show! It never happened before that a foreign country gave us such a big welcome! It has been a really wonderful experience!
Tommy: Everytime is different, every country is different and it also depends on the bands you are touring with. Our first time in Poland was really great, we met lots of cool new young fans and friends, we had several girls under the stage singing all our songs, they brought us flags and posters with messages for us, that was so sweet and we played the best show we could each night to make sure they won’t forget WakeUpCall.
It’s just an incredible feeling when you go so far from your own town and you have people that want to see you play, people that sing your songs. I’m so grateful to Poland that I really can’t wait to get back there to play new shows, and it will happen soon in 2015.
- Did you find the time for some sight-seeing or have you been too busy with the shows?
Tommy: We had a couple of days off, we spent most time travelling from Czech Republic to Poland, but we had the chance to spend a night in Prague, going around the centre, fooling around and have some drinks in some night clubs. We spent another night visiting the centre of Cracow, that was really beautiful, it was the first time I ever been there, beautiful city. And of course we spent the night in some nice clubs there too, they have a very good Vodka.
Olly: We drove too many kilometers so when we had time to rest we just wanted to sleep! Then we had to finish some work with the new singles too, so we spent most of our free time working on the new songs in the Hotels. Fortunately we also found the time to have a little walk in Prague and in Cracow…..two wonderful cities!
- Which other countries would you like to visit in the future?
Tommy: We are very interested into Germany and Austria, and we hope to have some chances soon there. We should visit soon for the first time Russia and that’s one of the coolest part of this life: the chance to travel and see a lots of place around the world that not everyone has the chance to visit while doing your job, amazing. UK is another country where we would like to start working but that’s more difficoult than some other Europe countries….we’ll see.
- Do you generally prefer to play in front of a huge crowd (e.g. at festivals) or rather a small crowd in a rock club?
Olly: Huge of course! XD No, it’s not a matter of numbers to me. I can play in front of 10.000 people but if they are like zombies, drinking their beers and talking about their stuff while I’m playing, then I prefer 100 people screaming our songs in a small dirty rock club!
Tommy: In these past years we played for so many different crowds, we played for very few people or sometimes for little bigger crowds, I think the way we act and play doesn’t and can’t change because of the number of the tickets sold. As long as we have 2 people buying the ticket to see WakeUpCall playing, then WakeUpCall are gonna play the best they can for them.
We also play music because we need to play our songs, it’s our first need, so it doesn’t matter….as long as we’ll have something to say we’ll play it.
- Did you get some inspiration for new songs while being on the roads?
Tommy: I love watching the world through our tour van window and sometimes with the right view and the right song in the stereo it really can be one of those magic moment and I get some ideas and new lyrics to write it down. But usually we don’t write a whole song on the road, because we never have enough time to rehearse it, I mean everything is very fast: you’re on the van and drive a lot, then you arrive at the venue, soundcheck, dinner, show, photos with fans and then you start drinking vodka and you wake up the day after again in the van heading to another city. You don’t have much time to work on something else.
Olly: A song can be inspired by lots of different experiences and being on tour is for sure one of the most wonderful experience! So yes, places and people we meet on the road can inspire our music.
- What was the best/funniest moment you’ve ever experienced while being on tour?
Olly: I really don’t know because I used to wake up in strange places in the mornings with totally blackouts about the previous nights…maybe I should ask the venues to start paying us more money instead of free drinks!
Tommy: Once we wrote on the merchandise prices “We are willing to exchange merchandise for sex”, that was just a joke…at the beginning, but trust me, some of us will remember that night for a long time.
- What are you missing the most during tour life?
Tommy: It depends on where we are touring but the biggest thing I miss from Italy is the food XD
Of course I do miss the people I love, but I’m so lucky that everyone around me gives me total support. They know my passion is so big and they are very happy for me everytime I leave to play shows and that’s so helpful, it gives me the chance to concentrate and get into the band and music 100% of myself. Also right now we don’t have the chance to stay on tour for such long time. Usually the first girl I saw when I come back home is my dog Lilli, she always jumps on me and she makes me feel home soon.
- You recently announced a change in your band line up. What’s the reason for that and how are you planning to go on in the future?
Olly: Nothing special, no fights no breaks, just life that forces people choosing between what they wanna do and what they must do. We spent great time with Dario and Giacomo but they decided it was time to stop with music and change their lifestyle. Fortunately we found two new great musicians soon.
Tommy: We are not 18 anymore (unfortunately) and when you start growing up sometimes priorities change, and that’s what happened to Dario and Giacomo, there was no controversy or bad argue with us, they just came to a point where they were too afraid of waking up one day in their 30s or 40s with nothing, no money, no real job, no family, those kind of stuff that most of the people need. So there are no hard feelings with them, they just left to have an ordinary life outside music.
We found a great new drummer Luca Marini and a cool new bass player Badd Tripp and we had good times together in Poland.
The thing is that we had already started working on the new singles stuff (photos and videos) so we decided to make this changing not fast, this new season WakeUpCall image will be just me and Olly on the official photos, but Luca and Tripp are without a doubt the new WakeUpCall members.
- We know that soon you’ll enter the studio to record a couple of new songs. Can you already tell us more about what we can expect?
Olly: We had lot of fun writing new material, we tested new solutions finding a more mature way of writing but keeping it 100% WakeUpCall style!
Tommy: We’re now mixing the songs, this time we changed producer: Antonio Aronne (The Form studio) is taking care of the recording process. This time we recorded just 3 songs, not a whole record, so it was much more easy.
The first single will be “Don’t Clean Up This Blood” and we’ll release it soon in December. It’s one of those WakeUpCall songs with a hard & heavy sound like Just Wanna Dance (but without dance music this time), it’s another song about anger, anger against those people who decide what is right and what is not and take everything for them, leaving nothing to the others. It refers in particular to a very bad moment in the modern Italian history, back in 2001 when at the G8 in Genova the police get into a school and beaten so many innocent people.
Second single will be “A long list of wrong choices” and that’s the song where you can hear how we changed and grew up these last two years since the first album, probably my favourite. It’s about all the wrong choices a man can do in his life and realizing that most of us can’t change and if we have second chances, we will do it wrong once again, because that’s who we are.
Third single will be release before summer and it’s called “A modern love song”….it’s not a ballad, is a very funny song, with funny lyrics, kinda more happy song but with huge guitars and a cool sing along chorus.
- Do you have an idea when you will release your next record?
Tommy: We had like 12-13 news songs ready, we could release a full length record, but we decided to wait. Especially because nowadays the music business has changed, nobody buys cds, lots of bands are starting to release just digital singles. But I grew up in the 90s and I used to buy a lots of albums, I love the album idea and I really want to release more than another one.
We already have a pretty cool idea for a new release after these singles, we’ll take our time, but we’ll do it.
Olly: In the last two years we wrote so many songs that it was a shame to choose just three of them for the new singles. So we’d really like to release a new Full Length in the near future. On the other hand these days it’s also a shame to record a 10 songs album and then people will listen only to the tracks they’ll find on youtube: 3 singles and who cares about the other 7 songs? We have lots of ideas and we really want to record them but we have to find the right time for the right step.
- Can we look forward to the one or other new music video coming along with the new songs?
Tommy: Yes. Actually we planned to release a video for each of these 3 new songs. We’ll shoot the first 2 videos now in November. I think we had again simple but cool ideas for these first two videos, but they will not be hilarius and funny like the last one (Let You Go), those two songs are damn serious so we thought it was not time to joke in the videos. Maybe we’ll come back to funny situations in the third single…
- What’s your biggest wish for the future, as a band?
Olly: Sex Drugs and Rock N’ Roll sounds too old and too stupid, so I just hope to have the chance to bring WakeUpCall music all over the world as long as my strength let me jump on a stage with a guitar. I hope that this dark moment for the original music and for the music business will lead us to a new era and not to the death of rock music.
Tommy: I wish for WakeUpCall the chance to keep going for a long long time, that means having the chance to play our music, to release new albums, to get on the van and drive around the world to play our music.
I really wish to have the chance for WakeUpCall to be the support band for some bigger bands tours, but these days it’s not that simple, especially for an italian band. But we won’t give up.
The Italian Dark Rock formation VLAD IN TEARS, which is now settled in Berlin (Germany) has recently released its 4th studio album, which is showing their darkest side so far.
The CD starts with “Run or Fight” which could be the leading motto for listening to this album – you can try to run or fight but you’ll soon realize that both is useless, ’cause there’s no chance to escape from the new tunes the band is offering. “Feed On Me” is the current single and hymn of all die-hard VIT fans.
The band’s statement about this song:
“We thought it would have been the right song to represent us, our new style, but also the most balanced one, because we didn’t want to “shock” too much our old fans, but for sure conquer new ones”.
“Die Today” shows the pure darkness that is hidden within this band but at the same time it comes along with very hypnotizing vocals and beats that will give the listener the desire to listen this song more than just once. The next piece “Glad To Be Dead” appears as a song full of pain and hope that “is about a new life coming… after Death…”. Due to the captivating energy that is delivered by “Burning Bright”, this one is probably one of the strongest songs on the album.
With the song “Vlad In Tears” the band is giving their fans exactly what they’re longing for: a darkrock song in perfection (the CD also contains an energetic live-version of this song). They wanted to record a song about the old Dracula romance by Bram Stoker and connect it to the band’s name. The result is a “a story of eternal Love… a decaying Poem”. “Afterlife” is coming to the listener with a catchy intro and a chorus that invites to dance and rock without regrets. The ones who are looking for another danceable track will be happy with “Your Sign”. Singer Kris describes it as a mixture between Marilyn Manson & Lady GaGa and sees a simple message behind the lyrics: “free your life and do not lie”. Accompanied by heavy guitar riffs and funky rhythms that lead into a powerful chorus, “Kiss My Soul” takes the listener to a dark world filled with passion.
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“I wanna feel you into my bones, I wanna let you kiss my soul. I wanna make your dream come true, I wanna let you take my soul…”.
“Bleed Out” is possibly the most vulnerable song and the only real ballad on the album. As the band explains, it’s about “facing our past and face it all…stop running and accepting what has to be”. It’s a very emotional song that also perfectly reveals the unique voice of VIT’s singer. “Fade Away” persuades with a sophisticated mixture between slow verses and a strong, screaming chorus. “No Time To Die” brings a refreshing piece of mysticism into this CD. Vocalist Kris about this track: “I wanted to mix our new heavy style with the distant atmosphere from a mystical world…”
The biggest surprise on “Vlad In Tears” is certainly a succeeded cover version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. For the band it was a big challenge to be classic and alternative at the same time, but this version demonstrates that they can!
Conclusion: as always, Vlad In Tears come along with their well-known and cherished combination of deep lyrics, an unique voice and a music that is bursting with energy. With “Vlad In Tears” the band offeres an album that will give fans of good Dark Rock/Goth Rock everything their dark hearts desire.
1 Run Or Fight
2 Feed On Me
3 Die Today
4 Glad To Be Dead
5 Burning Bright
6 Vlad In Tears
7 After Life
8 Your Sign
9 Kiss My Soul
10 Bleed Out
11 Fade Away
12 No Time To Die
13 My Way (Frank Sinatra Cover)
14 Vlad In Tears (Live)
SUPERHORRORFUCK – “the result of a deadly accident between the KISS’ and the Twisted Sister’s tour busses”
“Voodoo Holiday”, “Threesome With The Dead”, “Down At The Graveyard”, “Pissing On Heaven’s Door” – extraordinary songtitles by an extraordinary band called “Superhorrorfuck”!
Their uniqueness makes it hard to put them into any genre, so they simply created their own one and called it “Shock’n’Roll”.
Let’s be serious: could there be a more convenient name for the music of five guys who claim about themselves that they found their way back from the death and are now turning the music scene upside down as corpses? Probably not.
Dr.Freak, Mr.4, Deadly Bucks,Franky Voltage and Izzy Wyldhell are planning to “spread the Word of Horrorchy on the stages all over the world, and, of course, in your best nightmares”…
We took the chance of talking to the 5 corpses and asking them a few questions.
-) How would you describe your band to someone who doesn’t know you yet?
Well we often use this image to describe Superhorrorfuck: we could be the result of a deadly accident between the KISS and the Twisted Sister’s tour busses, with a mad scientist picking up all the body pieces and putting them together back to life!
-) How much time does it take to transform yourselves into “Superhorrorfuck” (e.g. before a gig or a shooting)?
It actually depends on what we have to do: there are different processes that transform us from the rotting corpses we are to pretty “normal” alive people, and that’s the makeup we use for our everyday “life”… For the shows we need a stronger kind of make up, in order to keep together the rotting pieces of our faces, that would be otherwise wasted by our energy on stage… That kind of makeup takes about 45 minutes to be completed… After ten years of experience we got pretty fast!
-) Which bands/artists inspire you for your own musical working process?
Naturally it all begun with Wednesday 13 and his bands, FDQFP13, then Murderdolls and all his solo works… Then came different personal tastes that range from punk to all kinds of metal, with a nasty pop vein too, and we definitively moved from “horror punk” to an heavy horror Rock’n’Roll background… Each one of us has a pretty wide musical taste, and this is an important inspiration for the band’s sound…
-) Which is the craziest experience in your history so far?
The craziest experience? Coming back from death was crazy enough, we think!
-) Which feeling do you prefer – recording music in the studio, shooting music videos or playing live-shows?
For us music is definitively to be played live, that can sound pretty strange if told by dead people, but there is nothing like being on a stage and celebrating with your audience and fans the crazy, blaspheme, super sensual party that only Rock’n’Roll can give… It’s like a religion: we make records, and these become the bible of our own cult, people listens to them, they learn the songs like goddamned prayers, and then they come to the shows to celebrate with us… In Rock’n’Roll we trust, baby!
-) When you imagine “Superhorrorfuck” in 10 years – where do you see yourself?
It’s pretty hard to imagine what we’ll be doing in ten years… Ten years are almost gone since we came back from death, and thinking about the awesome EVILution we made during this time we can’t really imagine where our twisted minds will bring us in the future!
LOADED GUNS: for die-hard fans of American Rock n’ Roll/Metal bands this name is no longer a mystery. Since 2011, when vocalist Rafael Salazar and his brother Andrew Salazar (bassist/vocalist) founded the band, their fanbase is growing daily. They claim about themselves that they want to bring “a fresh new sound many have been craving in the rock world”. Bands like Metallica, KISS, Megadeath, Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides or Skid Row have an evident impact on the band’s sound.
Nicky’s Music Promotion felt the great desire to talk to the band in order to get a closer impression about them and singer Rafael was so kind to fulfill this desire.
- How did you guys come together as a band?
In 2011 my brother and I started Loaded Guns in Miami Florida and quickly began to look for members. The band began gaining local recognition by winning contests and eventually started to become globally known.
- Which part does music take in your life?
It does not take a part of my life necessarily. It is my life.
- What inspires you for writing new songs?
Mostly life experiences and thoughts that pass my head. Rather than just holding them in I turn them into songs.
- Which of your songs means the most to you (and if you wanna tell us, why)?
Too Bad is a special song to me because it perfectly explains my feelings towards the hatred many people spew out of themselves. Those that feel the needs to bring others down are probably already down themselves.
So I enjoy singing that song and spreading the message.
– Is there a special moment you’ve experienced as a band, that you’ll probably never forget?
The band did a tour in 2012 and we got to stay in New Orleans for a few days and perform at the Hard Rock so that was definitely a wild and fun experience that I can never speak of again…haha
- You are very active in various social networks. How important is the direct contact with your fans for you?
I love conversing with fans via internet. It gives them an opportunity that I never had growing up. I would have freaked out at the thought that I could tweet or send a message to “Slash” or “Ozzy Osbourne”. So it is so cool to have a tool to be able to communicate with our supporters.
- Many people dream about being on stage for once in their lifetime. Can you describe the feeling of playing on stage for your fans?
It is probably a similar rush to speeding in a car (Though I don’t recommend that, the stage is safer). It is a pure adrenaline rush that feels like it happens WAY TOO FAST but I enjoy every minute of it. The crowds enthusiasm surely makes a difference.
- Do you have any personal heroes in the music scene?
Of course we all have our idols… I personally love a lot of the front-men from 70’s and 80’s- singers like Axl Rose, James Hetfield and David Lee Roth to name a few.
- What was the first CD you ever bought?
I remember it like it was yesterday… it was “KISS” studio album ‘Dressed to kill’. I personally think it is an underrated album and it really showed me the fundamentals of rock.
- Do you think there’s a chance for your European fans to see you live one day?
Most definite. I have many goals and aspirations for this band. One of them being a full blown European tour so if everyone just keeps spreading the word, we can make this happen.
- What can we expect from you in the near future (tour, album, new video)?
We have some major announcements regarding us signing a record deal (who we cannot name yet) and we are in the process of recording a NEW LG record. Hopefully some tours will follow.
- Where do you see the LOADED GUNS in ~5 years?
Still creating music and doing what we love. Success to me isn’t money or record sales, it is happiness with your craft. I see Loaded Guns simply ROCKING and being happy with our fans.
A Calmer Collision is a music project of producer/engineer Ryan McCambridge, that is located in Toronto, Canada.
After playing in his former alternative rock band “Recovery Child”, he now decided to enter the studio as a solo artist.
Recently he took some time for a nice interview with us, which turned out to be the perfect occasion to find out more about this charismatic musician.
- When have you decided to become a musician?
I’ve been a musician since I was 12 years old… which was a long time ago! As a kid I didn’t really gravitate to any activities, really, but when I started getting into good music I got it in my head that I wanted to play as well. At the time I didn’t really understand what that meant but it quickly grew into a necessity. I completely identify with myself through music now and it’s always been the biggest priority in my life. Once I recognized that, I knew I would always be a musician.
- Tell us a few words about your new solo-project “A Calmer Collision”.
I’ve spent the better part of my life working in studios as an engineer/producer because I love both the artistic and the technical aspects of it. As much as I love playing live and being on stage, I’m much more at peace in the studio because it’s the catalyst of creation. More than anything else, I live to create. I started casually working on A Calmer Collision years ago in my spare time in the studio. It was a way for me to experiment with sounds without the commitment of being an artist for those sounds. I was in my band Recovery Child at the time and the two didn’t really gel so I kept the separate and Recovery Child always took priority. I was fortunate enough to have had a couple successes with A Calmer Collision though despite not really putting much effort in, but recently I committed to legitimizing it. I didn’t want the music to be kept in hiding anymore so I set out to actually make A Calmer Collision something that could artistically represent me.
- Is there any special meaning behind the name of your project?
I came up with the name years ago. I loved the phonetics and alliteration of it, and the visual it created. I think that it’s a good description of who I am and how I approach music creation. I like when there’s a balance of control and chaos and in the end I think that gets represented in the music I make.
- Nowadays people are often too lazy to check out new and unknown music. Why should they make an exception for your music?
(Laughs) I can’t blame people for being disinterested. There’s so much music out there now that it makes it hard to know what’s worth your time. I don’t create music arbitrarily. I’m not the kind of artist that constantly throws songs out in the world to see what sticks. I try really hard to create music with meaning, something that I’ve dug deep for and pined over. I want people to hear my music and be moved and affected, and for them to hear all that I’ve put into it. I can’t give a good reason for people to listen to my music, at least not one that is going to sound sincere, but people tell me that I’ve achieved all that I’ve set out to do with music. If you believe in the sincerity of art, it’s perhaps a good reason to have a listen.
- How would you define your music in general?
That’s a tough one. I’ve been told by many people that A Calmer Collision doesn’t sound like anything else, which is about the highest compliment that you can be given as an artist. I didn’t really set out for this project to sound like anything in particular but the nature of my creative process and my overall influences have likely led me to make this music how it is. I’ve always believed in the importance of creating music that is sincerely you. It may not be fashionable or cool, but at least it represents who you are as an artist. I’d rather be great at being myself than be mediocre trying to be someone else. I’ve always subscribed to that, and to be honest, I don’t think I could create music for myself any other way. As for defining A Calmer Collision: Part of the sound comes from my commitment to wanting it to be a solo project. I do collaborate with people, like my co-producer David Bottrill, but I really wanted to not have to rely on others to make music. This means that I end up playing most of the instruments. If I can’t pull off what I’m trying to do, I’ll bring in a collaborator to help, but for the most part it’s just me. That’s the process. The other contributor is the fact that I grew up heavily influenced by both 80s new wave and 90s alt-rock. I feel like A Calmer Collision is my interpretation of those two eras of music. That’s how it sounds to me, anyway.
- Were you already lucky to gather any live-experiences and if so, would you tell us about your feelings on stage?
I have been really focussed on creating the music in the last while so I haven’t been on stage as of late. In Recovery Child playing live was easy: Songs were written, everybody learned their parts and we were ready to go. A Calmer Collision is different because all of the parts were created by me in the studio. There is no band, per se. Also, the music production is a bit more complicated so there’s a process in having to sort of “reverse engineer” the sounds. I will eventually commit to putting A Calmer Collision on stage but I really want to give people more music first before I shift gears into playing live.
- In which place or atmosphere do you usually write your songs?
I’ve learned to write everywhere but I’m most comfortable in small, dark, quiet spaces. I think that’s why I like being in the studio so much. It’s really easy to make excuses not to write though, so I try hard not to make my environment one of them. I’ve written songs on buses, on planes, at parties, in rehearsal spaces, etc. You can’t really control when creativity will strike you. For that reason, I just place a lot of importance on making the most of the time when it does.
- What is your biggest wish for your future?
There are so many! (Laughs) The biggest wish though: I want to leave this world feeling like I contributed something to the greater good. I want to feel like I affected people positively and that what I did with my time was important and meant something to people. It’s so easy to lose sight of that though… of what really matters. But the personal connections that I’ve made with fans tell me that I’m on the right path. They’ve shared their stories and experiences, their loves and tragedies, and entrusted me with their feelings. They tell me that the music I create means something to them and that it’s inspired or helped them. That’s what I set out to do and that’s what I truly hope I’m able to continue to do. How could I ask for more than that?