Misha Bear – Ladybug

Release Date: June 7th 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Misha Bear is an ambitious solo artist based in Melbourne, Australia. After several years playing in various different ensembles, Bear chose to embark on a solo career, releasing material under her own name. After testing the waters with the ‘Mouche’ EP in 2014, Bear went on to compose…

Artist Spotlight – Man’s Body

Man’s Body are a five piece soft-punk band based in both Chicago and LA. After forming in 2016, they tested the waters by releasing the Found EP in 2017. After a series of successful live shows, the band opted to re-enter the studio in 2018 to commence work on their debut album. The resulting product,…

Artist Spotlight -Locust Factory

Locust Factory is a prolific doom rock artist based in Rochester, New York. Since 2016, he’s released twenty albums under various monikers and projects, including Maggot, Where Black Roots Run, Sol In Extremis and Depths of Return. He interestingly and effectively markets his sound as being ‘industrial’, a term which describes his signature use of metallic sounding synth…

Interview With Smokebender

Smokebender are a doom metal band based in Finland. After releasing their debut EP earlier this year, they’ve wasted no time in working on a follow-up. We spoke with guitarist Tomi Lahtinen about their new EP, the Finnish music scene and what we can expect from the follow-up: After starting as a doom metal band…

Artist Spotlight – Mark Hennessey

Mark Hennessey is a prolific singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Reading, Pennsylvania. After being introduced to songwriting at the age of fourteen, he went on to play in various local bands and pursue a music technology degree at Duquesne University. Aside from this, Hennessey has pursued an active solo career for several years. 2016 saw the…

Rocket Coma – Rock//Icon

Release Date: July 4th 2018 Rating: 7/10 Rocket Coma are a bare-bones rock band based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After forming in full force in 2010, the band initally tested the waters with a raunchy-sounding 17 track demo in 2014. Following this, they released their first official full-length album ‘Dangerfield’ in 2016, which saw an effective…

Thom Pankhurst – Lighthouse

Release Date: August 10th 2018 Rating: 8.8/10 Thom Pankhurst is a virtousic guitar player based in the UK. After countless hours honing his craft, he began to experiment with a range of detailed melodic ideas in 2014, which were worked on intermittently over the succeeding four years. Once he was confident that his ideas were…

Cellar Door – Cellar Door

Release Date: March 22nd 2018 Rating: 7.4/10 Cellar Door are an ambitious progressive rock band based in Grenoble, France. After forming in 2014 and going through a series of lineup changes, they wasted no time in crafting a mixture of rock, metal and electronica to create a sonic identity that’s unmistakably ‘Cellar Door’. After several…

Artist Spotlight & Interview – Ben of Essence

Ben of Essence is the electronica solo project of prolific musician Ben Jahnke, based in rural Minnesota. After a childhood spent growing up in various different countries, he began his musical career at the age of 14, composing short electronic pieces to pass the time. As of present, his musical CV is very impressive. Aside…