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Belarussian metal-rock quintet Weesp has finally rewarded its fans – the so-called “sailors” – with the first single, ‘Illumination’ from their long-awaited forthcoming album, ‘Black Sails’.

This is the first music video and first release by the band since 2015, and they have stated that the new album will have a different, surprising and powerful sound that will contain the old vibes, but at the same time include some unexpected add-ons in terms of instruments and vocals, and ‘Illumination’, being the first track from the album, totally proves these words.

Here’s what the alt-rock/electronic metal five-piece had to say on it:

We start our journey under the black sails with the ‘Illumination’ single, as it perfectly represents the sound and general feeling of the entire album, as well as representing the whole ‘Black Sails’ philosophy.

If you ever felt misunderstood by society, was called a “weirdo”, or just felt fucking angry about the world around you, with others telling you what is right or wrong, you’re more than welcome on board. We’re sure we have a lot in common, so join us and have a great journey full of freedom, dreams, and faith.”

‘Black Sails’ is expected for release at the beginning of 2018, but the guys promise to release at least two more singles from the album before that. So it seems it’s going to be an exciting adventure under the black sails with Weesp at the helm. Join the community now before you miss something really worthy.

Weesp Single Cover







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Hailing from the south west of England, metal quartet Ursus have unleashed a new video single, ‘Hallowed Shakes’.

The single is an emotionally driven song and showcases what the band are capable of; you can really hear the sadness and compelling empathy of the track in both the music and the vocals.

The band’s guitarist James Matthews recorded and produced the new single himself and Ermin Handanovic mastered the track. This was a massive stepping stone for the band, as Hananovic mastered the last two Periphery albums and having his expertise on the track has definitely elevated an already incredible song.

Having recently got a taste of the limelight after playing shows with the likes of Loathe and From Sorrow To Serenity, 2018 is shaping up to be a huge chapter in the bands career, with the new year seeing the release of the band’s second EP.

Ursus is not just a band to us, it’s a passion, a release and so much more and we think we express that through our live shows. All we want is to be able to play the music that is important to us.” explains Matthews, “We don’t confine ourselves to any set of rules, so every release is different. Expect something darker, faster and more aggressive than anything that’s come from us before. Some of the songs from the new EP are already finished and sound more like a horror movie than they do your average metal song!

Ursus are an aggressive, heavy and technical metal band who push the boundaries of their genre, taking influence from a variety of different sub genres. This gives them a unique end result and ‘Hallowed Shakes’ is the perfect track to introduce the band to the metal world.

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FALLEN (from l-r): Alistair Rowe (lead guitar), Ross Vickers (guitar), Nathan “Fallen” Edwards (vocals), Richard “Smee” Matthews (drums), Dave “The Ripper” Morris (bass)


Taking in elements of nu-metal and groove metal, Staffordshire/Cheshire five-piece Fallen have a sound that is hard-hitting and infectious, influenced by the likes of Disturbed and Five Finger Death Punch.

They combine this with American prison attire, masks, and much theatrics to unleash a live set high in energy and intensity, which has resulted in the band gaining a devout following, who they call “The Fallen Horde“, and a spot on The Independent newspaper’s list of the best 100 unsigned acts to see live.

Having released their debut EP, ‘Convictions’, last year to rave reviews, the quintet plan to bring out an eagerly-anticipated follow-up in 2018. However, before then, they are taking a couple of months break, down to personal commitments.

I chatted with them prior to what would be their last gig until next summer, supporting Circus Junkie Rebels in Hanley, and this is what they had to say:

How did the band get together?

NATHAN “FALLEN” EDWARDS (vocals): Admittedly, I didn’t start up the band, as it was started by Alistair. I joined after replying to a BandMix advert, and through a lot of line-up changes and stuff, it’s now become mine and Alistair’s baby.

Dave’s been in the band for, I think it’s coming up to a year and a half now, nearly two years. One of the guys playing with us tonight is a stand-in who played with us for around 12 months.

The drummer is the newest member, it would be fair to say. He’s been with us for seven, eight months, and he was originally brought in as a stand-in, but he excelled, and we found him to be far more committed, a better drummer all round, so we made him permanent.

How did the name Fallen come about?

NATHAN:  I would have to defer that to Alistair, because I inherited the name when I joined the band. To be honest, I’ve always really liked the name.

We’ve only really had one bit of a hiccup with it, as there’s another band out there called Fallen, they play Evanescence covers. Every now and again, when they play at The Box in Crewe, we get messages saying, “Can you save me a ticket for your gig?“, and we have to reply, “It’s not us!” (Both laugh)

To be honest, I think the name was chosen because it sounded cool and there weren’t a lot of people using it. The only other drawback has been that some of the venues we’ve played at have put us down as The Fallen, and we have had to go, “It’s just Fallen!

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

NATHAN: Actually, we have quite an interesting way of writing. I play guitar, like almost everyone else in the band, and what we do is if anyone’s got some riffs in their head that sound pretty cool, we will put an entire rehearsal to one side for writing and recording.

We all come in with guitars, and we will all show off the riffs that we’ve got. We’ll either go “yay” or “nay” or someone might say, “Change that note, it might sound cooler that way“, and between all of us as a band, we have a good chemistry, and we know how each other writes, and the sounds we like to hear…

DAVE “THE RIPPER” MORRIS (bass): And then we video record it at the end, just so we know what we’re actually playing.

NATHAN: I then take the video recording away. From the field of music, it starts to develop its own flavour, and it has to be real, balls-to-the-wall, thrashy stuff. It can’t be terrible, it has to be strong, uplifting, hard and violent, so from there, I will write the lyrics, tailoring it to the sound of the music.

What inspires the band lyrically?

NATHAN: I would say Disturbed are a really big influence on us, because I think David Draiman is an excellent songwriter, and if I could pull off just one-tenths of what he can do, then I would be very pleased with myself.

Other than that, you can definitely say we draw some inspiration from Five Finger Death Punch, Pantera…

DAVE: Some of our songs have also been influenced by TV shows. One of our newest ones was based on Supernatural.

NATHAN: Yeah, these days, you get into the habit of binge-watching TV shows, and then you think of them while writing some lyrics down. You think, “That would sound really cool“, so with the Supernatural-inspired track, I wrote some lyrics about demonic possession, hence the title, ‘Possession’, and that was based on one of the episodes.

You released your debut EP, ‘Convictions’, last year. How did you find the reaction to it?

DAVE: To begin with, it was really good.

NATHAN: We’ve actually started to record a second EP. All we’ve got to do now are the vocals and mixing.

DAVE: Last year, when we did our EP launch, the venue we did it at was packed, and there were lots of people there who were actually buying it.

NATHAN: I was really happy with how it was received, but it was a shame that we didn’t manage to film a music video for any of the tracks.

Also, maybe if we had mastered it slightly differently, but we’re hoping, after the release of the second EP, to go back to ‘Convictions’, and release it as a self-titled seven track mini-album. That would more than likely happen next March, April.

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to take a little break after tonight, for various reasons.

DAVE: Yeah, me and my girlfriend are having a baby, Ross is getting married and going on tour with his other band, Footprints In The Custard…

NATHAN: I’m going to have to go into hospital and have a few operations that, unfortunately, can’t be avoided. I’m going to be out of action for at least a month.

DAVE: Therefore, tonight’s gig will be our last until some time next summer, but to be fair, we’re working around other people’s commitments.

NATHAN: When we’re all available again, we’ll be focusing on getting the second EP out, maybe write some more new material, and hopefully, we’ll finally get to make a music video.

The break’s not going to impede us in any way, we’ll be back out in the middle of next year, harder, better, faster, stronger.

The band are known for their theatrical, energetic live sets. Is that something you would say you put just as much effort into as your music?

DAVE: It’s now just more of a routine, isn’t it?

NATHAN: Yeah, when people have first joined the band, they become really excited about putting on all the costumes and getting to design their character and form their own persona, but when you’ve been doing it for about two or three years…

DAVE: You get to the venue about half an hour before you’re on, get into your costume…I’m not saying the excitement doesn’t fade, but we now know what to do without ever really thinking about it.

NATHAN: It would be like if you wore glasses, and you left for work first thing in the morning without them, you would know there was something wrong. For us, Fallen has always been about being theatrical, what with the American prison jumpsuits and gas masks, which we’ve had since day one, and they’re never going to go anywhere.

About three years ago, we did a few gigs where we just wore black T-shirts and combats, but it wasn’t anywhere near as fun. The only drawback to dressing up is that when you’ve been screaming and growling throughout the set, some of the crowd are afraid to come up to us afterwards, because they seem to think we’re mentally unhinged, and we’re not! (Both laugh)

DAVE: The flipside of that is when we haven’t done the dressing up, we still haven’t had many come up to us, because they don’t recognise you.

NATHAN: There are people out there who have seen me about half a dozen times on stage, and they’ve come up to me and gone, “You look familiar. Are you in a band?“, and I’ve replied, “Yeah, I’m in Fallen“, and they look at me and go, “You’re not in that band!“, because they don’t recognise me without the costume and make-up.

I have to keep saying to them, “I’m in Fallen“, but they’re still unsure.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

NATHAN: The long-term aim is to keep going until we stop enjoying it.

DAVE: Yeah.

NATHAN: We’re knocking on to our late twenties, early thirties now, so the chances of making it big, playing Download or any other big festival, are getting smaller every year. The organisers of these festivals want young guys who can sell tickets to 18, 19 year olds.

DAVE: We do it because it’s fun, and we genuinely enjoy doing it, playing the same style of music we were listening to about ten years ago.

NATHAN: We’re probably getting over the hill now, but we’ll keep on doing it until we no longer find it fun, and then, we’ll just call it a day, with no hard feelings from anybody.

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If you are a fan of Killswitch Engage and The Ghost Inside, then you should take a look at Nottingham six-piece Black Ink.

The band, containing some of the members of defunct outfit Famous For Nothing, specialise in producing a sound that is predominantly metalcore, but breaks the mould of the genre with the experimentation of different musical styles.

They have won the support of Kerrang! Radio DJ Alex Baker, who premiered their latest single, ‘Lights Out’, on his Fresh Blood show.

The single, following hot on the heels of well-received debut track, ‘Scars’, has already generated much praise for its strong, expansive riffs and breakdowns, melodic chorus, and dark lyrical content, highlighting the fragility of mental health.

I found out more about this, as well as what makes the sextet tick, when I spoke to the outfit’s frontman Sam Barson.

How did the band get together?

Well, we used to be a metalcore band called Famous For Nothing, but after a year of  doing very little as a band, we decided it was time for a fresh start, I had been writing new music and after a long discussion with some of the guys, we decided to go forward and start afresh with new music and some new members.

From where did the name Black Ink originate?

Black Ink was actually the working title for our first song, ‘Scars’.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

I just sit down with a guitar and Guitar Pro, and mess around until I have a song, then the boys add vocals to it. This is how we have been doing it since 2013.

The band recently released a new single, ‘Lights Out’. How has the reaction been to it so far?

So far, it has been amazing! We have had such kind words about it, it’s great to see people relating to the track.

And will the single lead to an EP or album at all?

Well, we have a few songs recorded, so we will see what we do with them!

How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

Playing live is amazing, that’s what this is all about for us, we just love playing shows, especially hometown shows.

What are your plans going into 2018?

Well, we have two more tracks recorded with Myroslav Borys at Jigsaw Audio in Derby, he has been the glue that stuck all of this together really, we will also be booking shows, releasing a few videos, and just seeing where the journey takes us!

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We all want to do this as a long-term career, but being realistic, as long as we can carry on playing shows and making music as a group of close friends, that’s all we expect from it.

Black Ink Single Cover



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Circus Junkie Rebels band photo


Circus Junkie Rebels are a five-piece from Stoke-on-Trent, comprising of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Dani J Rankin, guitarist Joe Steerment, guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lovatt, bassist Wade Ridge, and drummer Chris Joines.

With a dirty rock n’ roll sound, combining both retro and modern influences, and a happy-go-lucky charm, the band take you on an adventure full of love, lust and passion.

Aided by a talented performance group called The Freakshow, they channel this into spectacular live sets that have to be seen to be believed.

I sat down and chatted with them as they prepared to unleash their full power on a cold December evening in Hanley.

How did the band form?

DANI J RANKIN (vocals/guitar/piano): I had been in a band before, and when that came to an end, me and Joe contacted each other, both with an idea to put together a dirty rock n’ roll band, and that’s how it started, we’ve been going for around four years now.

From where did the name Circus Junkie Rebels originate?

DANI: Originally, we were called Heart Attack City, and we were writing a concept album based on that name. In our story, there was a band called Circus Junkie Rebels, and we got that name from the Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas, the “Junkie” part came from a person in the story who was addicted to going to the circus.

We added the “Rebels” on the end, because then, it got easier to roll the name off the tongue.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

DANI: We’ve got our own recording studio, so we kind of build a song up in layers, getting the bass lines down, and then adding to it bit by bit, getting all the harmonies, eventually ending up with the sound we look for.

The band recently released a single, ‘Edge Of Life’. How was the recording process?

DANI: The recording process was really good. We worked with a guy called Paul Hume, who is the vocalist/guitarist for Lawless. We recorded it at Summer Bank Studios in Tunstall, spending a day and a half in there with him. He was great to work with.

CHRIS JOINES (drums): Yeah, definitely. For what you want to do, there’s no-one better.

DANI: He does a lot of AOR rock himself, and I’d say we’re really close to that genre. He’s worked with bands like FM, and he really got a sense of what we were going for in regards to our sound.

How has the reaction been to the single so far?

DANI: It’s been very positive. So far, we haven’t had any negative reviews. Some people have compared it to something H.E.A.T would do.

CHRIS: Like Dani has just said, it’s all been really positive so far. It was great to get the comparisons to H.E.A.T, as we’re all such big fans of theirs. The single has also been compared to a Motley Crue track, which is good for us, you know.

DANI: A lot of people say to us, in a good way, that they find it difficult to pinpoint our exact musical style, because we do have quite a mix, a new creation, if you like, and that’s something we have been aiming for from the very beginning, that kind of Eighties sleazy glam rock, but bringing it forward and modernising it.

CHRIS: I’d say we’ve modernised it and restored it.

You’re known for your spectacular live shows with The Freakshow, and you will be doing that tonight in Hanley. How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

DANI: Thrilling, with lots of fire, as you will see tonight. The edge of your desires, that’s pretty much how we put our shows together with The Freakshow.

JOE STEERMENT (guitar/backing vocals): Even if sometimes, we will have difficulty with the crowd, it doesn’t really take much for them to get into us.

One year, we dangled a guitar in front of them, and said, “Whoever gets to the front of the stage first gets this!” As soon as the song we were playing kicked in, quite a few people ran to the front, but what we didn’t realise was that the security barrier hadn’t been secured properly, so it ended up with people on top of each other, trying to get onto the stage with us. It descended in anarchy.

We were watching the security guards trying to keep control, and we all said to each other, “Good God, what have we done?

What are your plans going into 2018?

DANI: We were meant to release an album, but because of our financial situation, timings and stuff, we are all either in work or at university, so at the moment, we’re looking at getting a full 12-track album out around the middle of next year, which we’ll be playing most of tonight.

We’re also hoping to start self-producing more of our own stuff, but that’s another thing that costs a lot of money in this industry. We do have our own studio now, so we won’t have to worry so much about how much time we can have for recording.

In February, we hope to do another music video, and we’ll see how that goes.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

JOE: We would like to be paid for doing this all the time, so give us some money! (All laugh)

CHRIS: We just want to earn a wage, recording and going out on the road, doing what we love, even if it would only be for as much as you get working in a warehouse or cleaning toilets. That’s all we ask for.

JOE: We’re entertainers, it’s what we do. All we want is to have the means to basically live our lives, and to be able to do this at the same time.

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PERCEPTION (from l-r): Will Marshall (drums), Ben Clark (vocals), Paddy Kildonan (guitar), Al Harper (bass)


Hailing from both Oxford and Southampton, Perception are a rising four-piece who specialise in a powerful, boisterous technical metalcore sound, influenced by bands such as Architects and Northlane.

This, as well as intense, hypnotic live sets supporting the likes of While She Sleeps and Continents, has enabled them to accumulate a rapidly growing fan base.

Preparing to unleash ‘Monolith’, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to well-received debut release, ‘Collapse’, early next Spring, the quartet gave me the inside story into the recording process, as well as what can be expected from it.

How did the band form?

The majority of the founding members were friends at school, however Will and Paddy are all that remain of the founders. Paddy was also friends with Al during their time at school, however Al only joined a couple of years after the band got going.

Ben was the final addition to the current lineup; the band met Ben when he was in his old band when they played at the local youth club in their hometown.

How did the name Perception come about?

It’s a bit of a cop-out name that we thought sounded cool when we were teenagers. We hope people think it’s more deep and meaningful than it actually is…

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

Paddy tends to write the majority of the material, recording demos directly into a DAW (digital audio workstation) on guitar and bass and programming drums.

Usually, the guitar/bass/drums are written before we have any lyrical content. Will and Al also write electronic/instrumental interludes that we use live and feature on both of our EPs.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Our most recent material is inspired by a mixture of tragedies and recovery, both in our personal lives and in the world at large. We try to write about things that are important to us.

Your sophomore EP, ‘Monolith’, will be coming out in March. How has the recording process been?

We recorded with Dan Kerr at Avenue Studios, and we loved working with him. It was a pretty intense experience, as it felt like we were cramming a lot in, especially as we were travelling most days for a couple of hours to get there.

What can be expected of the EP?

It can be expected that it’ll blow your balls off. On a serious note, it’s our most mature record yet, and we feel that we’re getting to grips with our “sound“. It’s darker, heavier and more atmospheric and emotive than our last EP, ‘Collapse’.

The band are known for their intensive and captivating live shows. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?

We love performing live, it’s the main reason why we do this. We put a lot of energy and feeling into our shows, and we’ve been working a lot on our live sound. We enjoy it most when we can see the audience engaged and having fun!

Aside from the forthcoming EP, what have you got lined up for 2018?

We’ve got a lot of shows in the works, but everything other than the EP is still under wraps at the moment. Keep your eyes on our social media…

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We want to take this as far as it can go. Ideally, we’d like to make our first long-play album in the near future. We also want to go on to tour Europe and the USA!

Perception EP Cover






The Sourheads band photo

THE SOURHEADS (from l-r): Mik Crone (guitar), Chris “Lammy” Lambert (drums), Jake Coxon (vocals), Ben Taylor (bass)


Since forming early last year, The Sourheads have impressed many with an intense, spellbinding sound that spans a wide variety of genres, ranging from blues to noise rock, and takes influence from both the great rock bands of the 60s and 70s, and more contemporary alternative outfits.

With this, as well as their explosive live shows, the Yorkshire four-piece have amassed a loyal following throughout the UK and across Europe.

Having recently released their debut album, ‘Care Plan For The Soul’, I chatted with the quartet’s bassist, Ben Taylor, about how it was put together, as well as everything else they have been up to.

How did the band get together?

I joined after I was recommended by a mate that I should be in a band with these guys, as they share a similar world view to me…. So I hung out at a practice and jammed and it all fitted together from there.

I still remember walking in to the studio seeing Jake just in leather jeans, no top, screaming lyrics with a bottle of red wine in his hands, and Lammy laughing his tits off at something Jake had just done…. I thought, these are my kinda crazy….

From where did the name The Sourheads originate?

To be honest, The Sourheads were called that way before I joined, but I recall it being a description of who they were as people. Slightly sourer about life and brought together to make some dirty rock n’ roll. Both Mik and I definitely fitted that description before we joined..

What would you say was the band’s songwriting approach?

Different every time. I don’t believe there’s a science behind songwriting. We do it on feeling. I may have a bassline that Jake will vibe off, or Mik will have a crunching riff we jam to, or even Jake will have a sentence he likes and that is brought to the table and built on….

For me, it’s about the feeling/connection with each other as we try something new. We all know instantly if it’s good……….or terrible….

What inspires the band lyrically?

Totally Jake’s domain, but we discuss his ideas at practice, throwing hooks back at him…..His inspiration, though, and I don’t want to talk for him too much, in my view, comes from his dreams, artwork, experiences he has gone through, (Good, bad and indifferent…) along with a sense wanting to put how he feels down on paper…

You recently released your debut album, ‘Care Plan For The Soul’. How was the recording process?

Technically a challenge…but for daft reasons. We recorded live as it was, for me, the only way to capture us properly. Split track recording would have resulted in something blander and not true to who we are. So, we recorded live, but in different rooms!

The challenge with doing this was that we couldn’t see each other properly, and even though we knew the songs inside out, it did prove difficult!!

However, all in all, it grew us as a band… the feeling of growing and nurturing something. Giving the songs the time they deserved was interesting and hopefully resulted in something people will enjoy….

How has the reaction been to it so far?

Good. We aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, though. We aren’t really pushing boundaries with sounds or recording processes, but for us, that doesn’t matter. We are true to ourselves and write and play music we like…The positive reviews and energy we see in the crowd, when we play live, feels like an added bonus.

The band have become known for their explosive live sets, and have also gained a loyal following through this, both in the UK and across Europe. How, for you, is the experience of playing live and touring?

Live shows are what we are about. Jake’s energy as a frontman, Mik’s riffs are like being hit by a truck, and Lammy’s grooves all inspire me to give more on stage… We live and breathe for it.

There’s simply a sense of fun, we have a “because we can” attitude to it…. I just love, and feel humbled, that some people have taken the time out of their lives to come to a show.

What are the band’s plans going into 2018?

More writing, more gigs, more beer, more guitars, more demons, more soul – less dull.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Difficult to say. We do this because we want to…. We all have our own lives with different pressures, but the band is a place where all that burns away. It’s just four of us, in a room, making some dirty rock n’ roll. I don’t want that to change and I am sure the boys don’t either. Viva la Sourheads or something…..

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