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Legendary band Queen, back from never being away.

“We are the champions. Don’t stop me now. Is this the real life, is this just fantasy.”

They are all sentences from lyrics of songs by one of the world’s most famous British bands. Queen has therefore worked hard to reach that top. You can still see the result of this today. Take to the streets and ask ten unknowns if they have ever heard of the band Queen and all ten will give you almost the same answer: Of course we know Queen.

The early years of Queen.

The band Queen, formerly called Smile, took its first steps in the music world in 1968 when Brian May founded the band together with Tim Staffel. In doing so, they relied upon Roger Taylor as their drummer. Immediately with the start of the band, Freddie, previously called farrokh but he changed that name himself, was introduced to the band and immediately became a fan of it. Freddie was present at every Smile performance and he always had a great time there.

In 1970, Tim decided to quit, so the boys had to look for a new singer. Freddie, who was already a vocalist for the band Wreckage at that time, was approached by the boys because of this and he decided to switch to Smile. Not much later they also changed the name of the band to Queen. They did this to honor the Queen of England and also because Freddie liked to reflect with her. And so became Queen, the band that we still know to this day.

The life of a world star.

Freddie Mercury is an icon that still lives on in contemporary culture. You can go wherever you want, if the name Freddie Mercury falls you will see many eyes and ears sharpen. Freddie, or Farrokh Bulsara what his real name was, has therefore left a big impression. He therefore had a very big personality.

In his life he was often alone. That was something he didn’t like as much and he showed that too. He often attended the most eccentric parties, or organized them himself. But despite that, he was always there. He was always 100 percent committed to his music, because that was his life. He proved the latter by performing with Queen on Live Aid in 1985, which was organized by Bob Geldof in aid of the famine in Ethiopia. Because the gentlemen of the well-known band were known for that as well. Their commitment to equal opportunities and the rise against injustice.

It then also was a huge shock on that all-changing November 24, 1991 for the world when news came that Freddie had died at his London home. Many call it the end of an era.

Reborn.


Since 2014, 23 years after we said goodbye to this great man, Queen has come up with a big surprise. They have a new world tour planned. They already did this with a hologram of Freddie who sang the songs, but since 2014 they have been doing it with a new singer who wants to do Freddie a lot of honor.

For this tough job, Queen appeals to Adam Lambert who finished second in 2009 in American Idol. Before that he received a lot of praise and the Queen’s men had also seen and heard their songs sing with almost as much style as Freddie would have done. Those versions were so well received that they immediately started negotiating with Adam.

Now they have been touring for several years and that does Adam, Brian May and Roger Taylor a lot of pleasure. They still have a lot of fun and you will notice that when they are on stage and fully indulge in the songs, which over time have grown into the world’s greatest hits of all time.

In loving Memory, chapter five: Meat Loaf.

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I would do anything to bring back the artists who passed away. These brilliant musicians who made the world shine brighter with their spectacular talents, even if it just means shining a bit brighter.. It’s those artist who bring tears to our eyes, love to our hearts and joy to our lives. It is never easy to say goodbye to a dearly beloved, rather if it is your father or your mother, your sister or your brother, your family or your friend. Even if the person in particular is just a person you don’t know personally, but love what he or she ever has created, it will break your heart when time comes that you have to say goodbye to them.

Today we therefor acknowledge a really terrible loss. The world lost an icon in the music industry, and it’s not even for long by now. Just a few hours. Michael Lee Aday, Better known as famous musician, artist, actor and icon; Meat Loaf, has said goodbye for the very last time is his life. It’s been a privilege to all of us for having been able to listen to his amazing voice, singing gracious songs like: I’d do anything for love, Bat out of hell, Paradise by the dashboard light, and so many more. These songs had, and still have, all very powerful messages and stories to tell.

Everything Michael ever wanted to say to the world, has been transformed into poetic songs with lyrics that brought tears to the eyes of the people who went through the same thing happening in the song. He had unique way of expressing his feelings, and with that touching other people’s feelings with it. He was a true artist and he shall be missed forever.

our thoughts go out to his family and friends, in the first place, but also to everybody who’s struggling with emotions, feelings, health,.. Everyone who needs a hug right now, can get a virtual one through the heritage that Michael left to us in his work. He will therefor never be forgotten.

Rest In Piece, your star will shine brightly above us, and we will acknowledge her as your spirit being in rest that you so gratefully deserve.

Michael Lee Aday (Meat Loaf)

Born: September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, US.

Died: January 20, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee, US.

French Alternative/Modern-Metal Rockers PERSEIDE drop new official music video illustrating the song “Protect Our Winters” from ‘Conscience’ motion picture.

New single out now February 11th through all streaming platforms.

Just a couple of weeks after the official re-relase of their debut album, French alternative-rock/modern-metallers from Lyon PERSEIDE just unveiled a new music video illustrating a non-album track called “Protect Our Winters” and featured on the ‘Conscience’ motion picture released on December 9th through YouTube

For reminder, the reissue of ‘The Only Thing’ is out now worldwide – with a brand new artwork – on CD & Digital through Wormholedeath and available for full-streaming through all legal platforms.

Check out the video here!

PERSEIDE delivers a modern metal ranging from pop to metalcore, with heavy rhythms and old school guitars, catchy choruses, all tinged with electro synths and intense vocals…”
...For the record…

PERSEIDE was born from four childhood friends who decided to form a rock band in 2001, as they were just teenagers. Ten years later, they were crossing the frontiers to share their music widely.


After two EP released, a signing to OrageRock label, thousands of gigs across France, Europe and even in the USA, with bands like Soilwork, Betraying The Martyrs, Cancer Bats, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Protest The Hero… The story is still being written today.

In 2018, they decided to go into the studio again to record their debut album, ‘The Only Thing’, released in 2020. Then, the band continues to push forward and to work on new material in order to released various single in 2021.


PERSEIDE is still there, stronger than ever and ready to take these four eternal teenagers as far as possible… For fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Enter Shikari, Stone Sour, The Used…

Check out the entire ‘Conscience’ motion picture here!

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The History Of Music, Part X: The Future Of Music.

Music has been with us for as long as we can remember. It has been an influence to mankind in many ways and has helped us overcome our fears, our emotions, our life. It’s a unique way of making us feel more connected with each other, but also with ourselves. Without music, the world would have been a darker place. Filled with fears, which we were not able to conquer. To some of us, music is their lifestyle. It’s their way of getting their brains more relaxed, and get rid of all the negativity inside of their minds.

Music is a powerful thing.

Through the ages it transformed from simple tones to tunes that we were not able to comprehend if we had not been growing along with them. As long as music is amongst us, we can stand a chance to overcome the most dangerous things on our paths. As long as music is amongst us, we have a power amongst our side that helps us through our biggest struggles.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE, INHUMAN CONDITION members team up for 70’s rock band UMBILICUS; teaser available

While the abundance of death metal is a plus in 2021, there is still plenty of room for some rock and roll.  Today, UMBILICUS is introduced to the world.  Featuring drummer and lyricist of CANNIBAL CORPSE, Paul Mazurkiewicz on drums, Taylor Nordberg (INHUMAN CONDITION, THE ABSENCE, FORE) on guitar, Vernon Blake (ANARCHUS, NAPALM DEAH [live]) on bass, and vocalist Brian Stephenson (FORE, OLD JAMES), the quartet has turned down the violence and gore, and turned up the peace and love.

Mazurkiewicz says: “UMBILICUS was formed in the summer of 2020 and driven by our love of rock and roll from the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s.  I’ve been listening to well-known bands like Grand FunkBad Company and Steppenwolf and not-so-well-known bands like Sir Lord Baltimore and Lucifer’s Friend for the last 20 years or so now.  The more I listened to these bands the more I wanted to play music like this.  It is just so much fun to sit back and groove out and play by complete feel without beating my body down.  To just play some pure hard rock!  We composed 10 very cool songs throughout 2020 but the one piece of the puzzle was missing: an awesome voice to tie it all together.  Enter Brian Stephenson! An amazing vocalist and lyricist that completed the lineup! I am so proud of what we have written and I can’t wait for the world to hear what we have to offer!”

The band is currently finishing up their debut album, yet-untitled, to be released in 2022. More details regarding track-listing, artwork, and release date will be announced soon.  A teaser video is available below which features a short demo mix of a new song.

UMBILICUS is:

Brian Stephenson – vocals

Paul Mazurkiewicz – drums

Vernon Blake – bass

Taylor Nordberg – guitar

Photo by Deidra Kling

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Best wishes for 2022!

What I wish is for all of you, that all your dreams may come true. With happiness and health, and much of joy too.

May you all have a peaceful year, with everything you wish for being right there. Someone for everyone they love to have by their side, or something you like to carry with pride.

A joyful year, a journey if it might be, as long as it makes you happy.

That’s what I wish for this year. A good and wonderful, happy new year.

Short Story: Casa Musica Plays Christmas Carols.

Snowflakes were falling softly on the ground, and on the roofs of the cozy houses of a small little town, called: Etely Mountain. The scenery that this had created was a perfect setting for Christmas eve, and the entire village had come together at the town center where a lovely Christmas market had been set up.

Stands with hot chocolate, gins, waffles, and many more were hosted by people who had only one thing in mind: Uniting the village during this wonderful time of the year, and they did so with honor and success.

The entire village had decided to go over there and that created wonderful reunions and hilarious, but also sometimes emotional moments. People who hadn’t seen each other in a while, fell into each others arms and had a drink together while looking back at past memories. Some of the folks had already had, almost enough of liquor inside of their stomaches, so that they decided to either go home, or have a hot coco instead.

The most precious moment of this evening, and something that nobody had heard of before, was something that the major had set up. A two-headed band that grew up in this cozy little village, where everyone knew each other, had recently gained world fame with their latest album and a world tour that had huge success, and now these two guys were about to play a free show at the town center.

“Casa Musica is playing tonight! Have you heard?” Was a sentence that went around the market in a quick pace and so it was that around eight pm, everyone gathered together at the center. There, Michiel and Thomas, were busy preparing for their show tonight. They had agreed with the major to do a Christmas acoustic show, playing only Christmas songs.

When Michiel saw the people gathering together, he gained a warm feeling inside of his stomach and tapped Thomas on his shoulder. When he felt this, Thomas turned around and asked: “What’s up?” Michiel nodded towards the crowd and said: “Look at that. The entire town came to see us, again.” A smile appeared on his face while saying this. He looked over the crowd and saw his dad standing somewhere in the middle, with his mom, and Thomas’s parents. When their gazes crossed, Herbert smiled, looked around and pulled up his shoulders, as if he was saying: “We can’t reach the front of the stage because of all the people gathered here right now.” Michiel smiled back and nodded in an act of understanding. He saw his girlfriend, Elise, in the back of the stage putting away his guitar case and went up towards her.

Thomas was also busy with his guitar case and when Michiel came up to them he first gave Elise a hug and said: “I’m so excited for tonight, yet also a bit nervous” “You shouldn’t be.” She replied. “This is going to be a great show.” She added and Michiel gave her an intense kiss.

A couple moments later, he and Thomas went up stage and took their guitars. At the same moment, also the major entered the stage. “Are you ready guys?” he asked and Thomas and Michiel replied in unison: “yes we are.” The major nodded and gained a smile on his face. He then took the microphone and said to the crowd: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m very happy that we have such a great evening tonight so far. The next band doesn’t really need an introduction, as we have seen them grow from two young, talented musicians, to what they are today. A world famous duo, called: Casa Musica. Please give them a warm round of applause: Michiel And Thomas!

One second later Thomas started playing his guitar as Michiel took the mic and started singing a famous Christmas Carol: Jingle Bells. While this song started playing, the entire crowd immediately started singing along. Herbert and Maria, started slowing, same as Elise did together with Jana.

Because it was Christmas eve, Michiel and Thomas had created a set suitable for this evening. All of the songs they played were Christmas theme, including a song they had written by themselves: Please Santa, give us a wonderful Christmas time. When they played that song, Elise and Jana were as surprised as everyone else. This song, they had written in the past week and so nobody had heard it before. It therefor was a lovely surprise for everyone.

When Michiel and Elise got home, they immediately went to bed and fell asleep instantly. On Christmas morning they woke up slowly and had a small breakfast, then got ready for the feast, hosted by Michiel’s parents.

They were the first to arrive at Herbert and Maria’s place. Also the rest of the gang of Etely Mountain had been invited and were arriving shortly after Michiel and Elise did. The party opened with a toast from Herbert, saying that he was glad to be with his friends and family. “After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.” He said with a wink. He then also added that he and his wife were proud of what Michiel and Thomas had established over the past few years. Michiel chuckled when he heard that and softly whispered into Elise’s ear: “He does that every year.” Elise smiled softly and gave Michiel a quick kiss on his hand. Herbert continued his speech and ended with saying: “Is there anyone else who wants to add something?” Michiel hesitated only for a split second, then said: “I do.” When Thomas heard him saying that, he knew immediately what was going to happen. He and Michiel had talked about this last evening, after their show.

Michiel took place where his dad had stood and said: “I haven’t really prepared a speech, but i do have prepared something else.” He turned his head towards Elise and continued: “Elise Peeters, I love you to the moon and back. Would you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”

For a moment, Elise could not find any words to say. She was speechless and gained tears in her eyes. When she was finally able to speak again, she replied: “There would be no greater pleasure for me, then to do so. Yes, I’ll marry you.” She fell into Michiel’s arms when she had said those words and Michiel saw his mom and dad, as well as Elise’s parents standing behind her with tears in their eyes. A smile appeared on his face while seeing them and he looked further to see where Thomas was standing. When he found him and Jana, he saw them hugging each other with a huge smile on their faces.

One of the most beautiful moments had just happened into Elise’s life. She could not believe it yet, but she knew that her love for Michiel was as true as it ever could be. Nobody was able at this very moment, to curse this evening. The most wonderful time of the year, and for Elise, the most wonderful time in her life. That was certain.

Malacoda Releases Keyboard Solo Video From “Beaten Path” Performed By Gabriel Guardiola Of Immortal Guardian

 “When we worked on this EP this song was missing something. Jeramie had the idea to reach out to his buddy in Immortal Guardian to rip a keyboard solo on this track and Gabriel’s performance really brought this song to another level! We haven’t had keyboard solos since 2016’s Ritualis Aeterna, so it was cool hearing one again on a Malacoda track!”Malacoda

Check out the video for Beaten Path here:

Released December 3rd 2021


Dark Symphonic Metal

Originally a recording project of multi-instrumentalist and music producer Lucas Di Mascio, Malacoda has persevered and grown throughout the years. Now a trio, the band is ready to unleash the conclusion to their trilogy of EP’s that was written and recorded before the pandemic. 

Embark on the Year Walk….

EP Details:

The Year Walk is the third EP Malacoda will release in 2021. Four more songs which build upon the band’s symphonic sound first explored on 2016’s Ritualis Aeterna.

Long time collaborator Michael Farina returns to play drums on select tracks, as well as Ryan Claxton (Tulip, Living Dead Girl) and Andrew Suarez (ex-The Slyde). The haunting album cover was made by the extremely talented Stefan Skjoedt.

Featuring Gabriel Guardiola (Immortal Guardian) on the track Beaten Path as well as a stellar mixing and mastering job by Jeramie Kling (The Absence, Inhuman Condition, Venom Inc.), The Year Walk encompasses everything the band sought to achieve with this direction and closes a long, arduous chapter in Malacoda’s history.

Frontman Lucas Di Mascio had this to say about The Year Walk:

“The majority of the songs that have been released this year were written around 2017 – before the release of our last full length, Restless Dreams. I didn’t really know what to do with these songs because they were so different from Restless Dreams but still were aligned with the sound we had developed on the EP, Ritualis Aeterna. I shelved them for a bit and then decided to rework them when working with an artist who was endorsed by a big guitar brand.

The artist in question wanted to have some metal material to help promote themselves, so we built a new band for the material. I was actually supposed to be the rhythm guitarist for this project- we had a different singer involved. Unfortunately that project never got off the ground after almost a year of working on it and the songs were shelved yet again. In mid 2019 I revisited the songs and wrote a few more after Zak had joined. We were excited with the material and felt it should be a Malacoda release.

We finished drum tracking right as 2019 was ending. While our initial plans drastically changed because of the pandemic, I decided that we should still release this material but just break it into EP’s so we can keep busy in a time without touring.” 

This new EP will be made available as digital only and the band has no intentions to tour in support of this release as they continue to observe COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.

TRACKLIST
1. The Year Walk
2. Beaten Path
3. Legacy
4. Damage Control

CREDITS
Lucas Di Mascio : Vocals/Guitar/Keys
Zak Stulla : Bass
Stefan Skjoedt : Artwork
Jeramie Kling : Mix/Master

GUEST MUSICIANS
Michael Farina : Drums on track 1 & 4
Andrew Suarez : Drums on track 2
Ryan Claxton : Drums on track 3
Gabriel Guardiola : Keyboard Solo on Track 2
Beth Wilson : Backup vocals on track 2
Wes MacDonald : Guitar solos

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The History Of Music, Part IX: The Nillies.

Changing from era is unique. Changing from century is extraordinary. Changing from millennium is something that not many people can say they’ve done that. People who have gone from 1999 to 2000 can say they have been part of an historical event. It will take many generations before it happens again.

Same as an era changes in which music changed with them through the ages, so did it undergo extraordinary changes when transforming to the nillies. With technology expanding it’s horizon, so there became more space for music to go to. From MP3 players, who had just been born, to the solution to have all the music in the world with you, every time, every where: Music Streaming.

Changing from a one millennium to another brings changes with him in all it’s forms.

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Album review: Bullets For Breakfast by Bullet Dodgers.

Uncomplicated Rock n’ Roll … Heavy is good, Heavy is reliable … bullets for breakfast!! Don’t let anything get you down, be a Bullet Dodger !!

The musicians in The Bullet Dodgers have been around in various bands for over a quarter of a century. After 25 years each and everyone of us is still doing what we do!

Adversity, ego’s, wanna bees, sneaky political bastards … we basically dodged every bullet that came at us … throw us anything, we can take it!!

So for all of you out there who is delivering any kind of struggle, we know what it’s like … it’s us!! It’s what our music is, it’s right there in the sound and attitude of the songs. We’re all dodging bullets!

So once those bullets were fired at ya, earlier today, this week, this month, this decade … even just for a while … leave the struggle, leave the factory, leave the office, leave authorities, … and live the ways of Rock n’ Roll!

No way we were only put on this planet just to survive, breaking our backs, work and pay taxes …

When we started this … the only real plan was to make songs, just songs! … on the edge and kinda heavy.

This music definitely is means to a new era, however: This music represents who we are, nothing more, nothing less! This was not composed to sound like somebody else.

We don’t wanna be unique!

So fuck progressive!

Fuck new school!

Just be who you are!

We just want to play our kind of Rock n’ Roll!

Don’t forget, life does go on, always … so make the most of it while it lasts!

That’s what the band itself says about them and they are absolutely right. I had the amazing opportunity to watch the guys perform live and their show was complete from start to finish. They play the music perfectly live and that is what makes this band powerful.

They also have an album out, called: Bullets For breakfast. A match made in heaven when it comes to written-, but also spoken poetry.

The album starts with an upbeat, cheerful piece of music. The kind that instantly brings a smile on your face only to transform into a heavier piece of music, when the guys have had a great conversation and she is finished.

When the music starts playing, you’ll instantly start head-banging. Without a doubt. The music is powerfully created and the combination of guitars and drums is done so brilliantly that they underline each other.

Head-banging is also something you’re going to be doing continuously.

In the second song, there’s another new addition to the music: A powerful voice. One that perfectly matches the music and it’s atmosphere. These combinations should be heard continuously throughout the album.

All the songs carry their own story with them, and thanks to the musical geniality behind them, the album is a perfectly combined storyline. All songs then also have direct, or indirect connection with each other, with the album title, and with the band. Perfectly mastered, they have created an instant new member of the band that will be with them through eternity.

The title of the last song is chosen brilliantly, same as the music and lyrics. It perfectly announces the that the end is coming. This part of the album is then also done with awesome work, so that it matches it’s title and lyrics: When the passion is over, the end is near.

Track list:

  1. Intro (Boris)
  2. Red
  3. One More Mile
  4. Nose burn
  5. Don’t Care
  6. A Cure For Pain
  7. Bet On You
  8. My Lying Baby
  9. Dodging Bullets
  10. Voices
  11. When The Passion Is Over.

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