Designer + Photographer GRAHAM JOHN BELL Impacting Now with “HOME OF THE BRAVE” Gender-Fluid Streetwear Collection

“Home of the Brave” is the name of the debut gender-fluid streetwear collection by award-winning London-born designer and photographer GRAHAM JOHN BELL. Featuring his bold fashion photography on quality streetwear that can be worn by day or night, the limited-edition line was unveiled this past September at New York Fashion Week Powered by Art Hearts Fashion. It will appear on more runways in New York and Miami, plus in dedicated pop-ups at major events, being set for 2023 (TBA).

“Home of the Brave” invokes questions around identity and society, while some might say it is the bastard lovechild of Vivienne Westwood and Helmut Newton. Manufactured in both the United Kingdom and USA, the collection, explains BELL, was developed with a made-to-order business model to respect the environment and offset the fashion industry’s much-scrutinized environmental impact from more traditional manufacturing practices.

On September 8, 2022, “Home of the Brave” officially debuted at the mega New York event where acclaimed international designers were showcased in true contemporary style over four days of runway shows at the city’s iconic Angel Orensanz Foundation Synagogue. Their showcase on the first day of “Gender-Fluid Fashions for 2023” was a notable standout. 

Gallery Credits:

Runway Images :

Photography: Arun Nevader

Styling: April Love Beauty

Editorial Images :

Models Payton George & Trin Kellan

Styling: April Love Beauty

Photography: Graham John Bell

Beyond just fashion, innovation, diversity, inclusion and gender-fluid creations were major themes in this year’s series of shows, pushing traditional boundaries like never before. On opening night, GRAHAM JOHN BELL was featured along with Los Angeles brand Mister Triple X + Dr. Martens, celebrity fashion designer Giannina Azar, and two other emerging fashion brands, Keziah and Alexandra Popescu-York.

BELL’s inspiration for this project stems from a belief that people can love whomever they choose and wear whatever they please to express and empower their authentic identities. The collection’s manifesto implies that individuals have a right to choose–healthcare, fashion and sexual expression–all reflecting a sense of bravery in the “land of the free” as experienced in the year 2023, not 1776. Although the line does harken back to 1776 by giving a nod to Marie Antoinette, who alongside her husband Louis XVI went broke helping to finance the American Revolution (that led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776), France’s financial help was a major and decisive contribution towards the United States’ eventual victory and independence over the British. The debt incurred by Louis XVI and his queen Marie Antoinette eventually led to the French Revolution and the beheading of the queen at age 37. Hence, the land of the brave owes a great debt to her and is why BELL has made his images an artistic expression of her.

BELL explains, “The brand was born out of a creative reflection phase after Covid-19. It inspired me to look into new technologies for printing and recent made-to-order options that were available. Using my own images helped set me free on the creative path where I’m confident that what we are producing in this gender-fluid line is bold, brave and still good on the environment as we only produce what is ordered and wanted. I really hope this and future collections start conversations for the people that wear and see ‘Home of the Brave’ to help normalize inclusion and encourage confidence in expressing sexuality.”

ABOUT GRAHAM JOHN BELL:

Graham John Bell is a lifestyle photographer with extensive experience in the international music scene, where he managed artist’s careers (including overseeing their music placement in Oscar nominated films), and led photography teams into international festival expansion plans for global music brands including Live Nation. As a London-born, Los Angeles-now-Las Vegas based artist, his unique cultural perspective has allowed him behind-the-scenes access to capture micro seconds of history that will never be repeated. His early visual arts education began with a study in the Strobism movement (late ‘80s). He later studied photography at University of California, Los Angeles and received the UCLA award for Mastery and Excellence in Photography (2009) awarded by a professor who worked with “the greats:” Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and more. Today, Bell respects artists driven by creative excellence who push cultural boundaries from fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen to music newcomer Fred Again… Bell continues to be committed to capturing pivotal cultural moments in his art – be it in photographs, garments or whatever expression comes next.

BOWL FOR RONNIE CELEBRITY BOWLING PARTY BRINGS IN MORE THAN $72,000 FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND

Sold-Out Event Hosted by Broadcast Personality Eddie Trunk Attracts Rockers, Celebrities and Supporters to Raise Awareness and Funds for Cancer Charity

The BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Party, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org), made a splashy post-pandemic return by attracting a sell-out crowd well in advance and bringing in over $72,000 for the music-based cancer charity. The November 17 event at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California was the charity’s first public fund-raising event in three years.   

Some 300 rockers, bowling enthusiasts, DIO fans and Dio Cancer Fund supporters made up the capacity crowd at the event, hosted by broadcast personality Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s 103 Faction Talk channel.

This year’s attendees included Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies); record producers Joe Barresi and Jay Ruston; singer Em Beihold; Jack Black (Tenacious D); Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Mark Chaussee  (Danzig), Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman); actors Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy); Matt Duncan (DC4); Shawn Duncan (LA Guns, DC4); Lita Ford; Abby Gennet (Slunt); DJ Will (KNAC); Jesse Hughes and Jennie Vee of Eagles of Death Metal; Ari Kamin (Adler’s Appetite); guitarist Bobby Keller; Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs); Julia Lage (Vixen); Ministry members Roy Mayorga, Cesar Soto, Monte Pittman and John Bechdel; actor/musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob); Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine); Dave “Chili” Moreno, Jason Cornwell, Chas West, Roy Z and Jimmy Burkhard of West Bound; Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne); Marty O’Brien (Daughtry); Tim “Ripper” Owens, Harry Conklin and Sean Peck of The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens; Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats); Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4); Brett Scallions (Fuel); Howie Simon (Winger); Zak St. John (Black Star Riders); Dio band members Bjorn Englen, Scott Warren and Simon Wright; Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders); Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Chevy Metal); entrepreneur Ahmet Zappa and his sister actress Diva Zappa.

Lita Ford on the red carpet (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
Jesse Hughes (left) and Jennie Vee of Eagles of Death Metal flank Straycat Slim Jim Phantom
(Photo by Alex Kluft)
Actors Star Fields and Al Coronel with Regina Banali and Lynch Mob’s Sean McNabb
(Photo by Craig Newman)
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (front), Brent Woods (Chevy Metal), Eddie Trunk,
Jack Black (Tenacious D) and Doug Burgess of Tulsa, OK, who was the highest bidder on eBay
to play on Eddie Trunk’s celebrity bowling team. (Photo by Gene Kirkland)
West Bound (from left) Bone Anderssen, Jimmy Burkhard, Chas West, Jason Cornwell,
Roy Z and Dave “Chili” Moreno) arrive on the red carpet (Photo by Craig Newman)
Marty O’Brien of Daughtry, in full Dio regalia, holding the newly released
Ronnie James Dio Funko-Pop figure. (Photo by Alex Kluft)

The late Steve Strange, legendary agent who represented Eminem, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Snow Patrol and Alice in Chains, among many others, was celebrated by friends and colleagues with photos throughout the venue. The Dio Cancer Fund   inaugurated the new Steve Strange Award for the individual celebrity bowler with the highest overall bowling score. All of the trophies and medals awarded this year bear his photo as a further tribute to him.

Wendy Dio poses with photo of the late Steve Strange (Photo by Gene Kirkland)

Dr. David Wong, whose team at the UCLA School of Dentistry has had the support of the Dio Cancer Fund for its research in the development of salivary biomarkers for gastric cancer detection since 2016, announced that, with support from the Dio Cancer Fund, his research has developed nine saliva RNA biomarkers that can mark patients with gastric cancer with high clinical performance. This progress has allowed them to submit their finding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a “Gastric Cancer Biomarker Characterization Center” grant. The Board of Directors presented him with a check for an additional $25,000 toward his team’s research on a simple, non-invasive saliva swab test for early cancer detection. 

The celebrity bowling tournament was the scene of fierce competition, with the team headed by Tim “Ripper” Owens and members of his band The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens capturing the 1st place trophy. 

Dan Hayes of Stamford, CT, the 2019 winning bidder to play on Eddie Trunk’s celebrity team, returned this year with his band LiegeLord to sponsor the 1st place winning corporate team.

In addition to all of the celebrities who continuously participate in our events, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund would like to thank:

–the sponsors who generously donated to purchase a lane: BMG, Clair Global, Danny Zelisko Presents, Eyellusion, Global Merchandising Services, Goldenvoice, HHO Sin City, I Like You, Kapoor Medical, LiegeLord, Magica Tarot, McBride Wealth Management, Metal Blade Records, Nederlander Concerts, Niji Entertainment Group, PRG, Rainbow Bar & Grill, Rhino Records, Rick Sales Entertainment, Spectacle Entertainment Group, The Strength Code, TKO, Upstaging Inc, W3 Public Relations and X-Ray Touring;

–the volunteers who generously gave of their time: Lauren Aloy, Kia Anderson, PG Brunelli, Maria Ferrero, Delilah Gimenez, Jeff Gray, Scot Kaufman, Ann Kirkland, Gene Kirkland, Alex Kluft, Jessica Kusnier, Rebecca Kusnier, Sabrina Ment, Craig Newman, Paula Newman, Olivia Pilson, Teresa Schachtel, Kyle Smith, Sarah Weiss and Sharon Weisz;

–and California Love Drop for serving Yogurtland Frozen Yogurt to our players and guests!

The acclaimed documentary, “DIO: Dreamers Never Die,” has its television premiere on SHOWTIME today, December 1st.  It will also be available to stream via the SHOWTIME app. Visit: https://www.sho.com/titles/3519882/dio-dreamers-never-die

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was founded in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010.  A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised over $2 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. Since 2016, the Dio Cancer Fund has also committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer, which is in keeping with the Fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

Starcrawler Trade Raucous Riffs For Twangy Tones With New Track

Starcrawler is trading in their signature raucous riffs for twangy tones on the new acoustic release of their hit single, “Stranded” LISTEN HERE. Steel guitars and lonesome vocals transform the track into an entirely different experience that finds the LA-based rockers sounding more Music City than City of Angels.

“We wanted to put out an acoustic version of ‘Stranded’ because we liked playing around with the song and taking something that’s upbeat and stripping it down,” frontwoman Arrow de Wilde explains. “On tour, we got to play some of our tunes acoustically, and there was something so cool and intimate about it. We recorded a couple other songs off our new album in a stripped-down setting, too, and we’re hoping to put out an EP of them next year.”

Credit: Cameron McCool


Alongside guitarist Henri Cash with brother Bill Cash on pedal steel/guitar, drummer Seth Carolina, and bassist Tim Franco, de Wilde and Starcrawler have fully leaned into their own epic vision of a contemporary Hollywood Babylon. Morphing into a modern-day take on LA legends X, with a sprinkle of The Go-Go’s, a smattering of The Distillers, and some Rolling Stones sleaze thrown in for good measure, the outfit released their major label debut, She Said, via Big Machine/John Varvatos records in September LISTEN HERE. The record received praise from SPINNMEi-D, and Consequence of Sound, among others.

In addition to their own sonic evolution, other new ventures have fed into the ever-evolving Starcrawler, including collaborations with rock legends like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ guitarist Mike Campbell, as well as the late, great Taylor Hawkins and Perry Farrell. You might have even spotted Arrow’s arresting cameos in music videos for Father John Misty and Florence and the Machine. And after a year of performing on stages around the world with the likes of My Chemical Romance, Jack White, The Smile, and Nick Cave, only time will tell what direction they’ll evolve in next.

AJJ share new single “The Baby Panda” & Announce Hopeless Records signing

American folk punk band AJJ has released an all new track, “The Baby Panda.” The track marks the band’s first release since signing to Hopeless Records, and puts a lighthearted, albeit crucial, spotlight on the climate crisis. The short but spunky track features singer Sean Bonnette’s signature vocals and finds balance between dystopian lyrics and playful melodies. 

AJJ SHARES OF THE TRACK:

“What do we hope our listeners take away from this song? The song itself. We’re looking for a good home for it. We want this song to live in the ears and hearts and memories of our beloved listeners for years to come. This song was born in our old practice space when Ben pulled it out of the trash and spanked a mean ass guitar solo into it. Then we sped it up and asked our pal (Laura) Steve(nson) to make the vocal hooks pop. The lyrics in the second verse were taken from some classic Croatian curses.”

BEYOND THE BLACK Release New Single “Dancing In The Dark”

Today BEYOND THE BLACK releases their fourth and last single “Dancing In The Dark”, before the album drops on January 13th. With “Dancing In The Dark”, the band delivers the perfect anthem to leave the past behind and welcome new things in your life. 

Jennifer Haben comments: 
“Dancing In The Dark is about taking the choice to not give in when it‘s getting tough, and to fight for yourself! The song shows yet another musical dimension of the upcoming album and comes with memories of an amazing European tour, where it became a fan favorite!“

Pre-Order the new album Beyond the Black here: https://beyondtheblack.bfan.link/beyond-the-black

German Symphonic Metal ascending stars BEYOND THE BLACK can already look back across a stratospherically successful career, despite their youthful years. Upon release, their 2015 debut album hit like a bomb in their home country. Songs Of Love And Deathbesieged the German Top 15 for weeks, which led to the band being awarded the Metal Hammer Award for “Best Debut” in 2015. Its successor Lost In Forever (2016) entered the German charts at #4 and paved the way for a huge tour throughout Germany, and across countries like the UK, Russia, and Japan. Since the band’s live debut in 2014, they have played some of the world’s biggest Metal festivals like Wacken Open Air (several times) and have toured as support to heavyweights such as AEROSMITHKORNSCORPIONSSAXON, and WITHIN TEMPTATION. During the campaign for their third record Heart Of the Hurricane(2018),BEYOND THE BLACK landedtheir first-ever European headline tour, which took them across 10 countries, with most dates selling out.

Before they’d even finished the Heart Of the Hurricane touring cycle, BEYOND THE BLACKhad already gone back to the studio to write and record album number four. The result was Horizons,released in June 2020, which entered the German album charts at #3 (CH #6, AT #16, BE #53) marking the band’s most successful album release to date.

Now, two years later, BEYOND THE BLACK are back to launch a new chapter. Following the release of recently highly acclaimed tracks “Reincarnation,” “Is There Anybody Out There” and “Winter Is Coming,” the band releases their new, fifth studio album – the self-titled Beyond the Black on January 13th, 2023!

Beyond The Black Tracklisting:
1. Is There Anybody Out There
2. Reincarnation
3. Free Me
4. Winter Is Coming
5. Into The Light
6. Wide Awake
7. Dancing In The Dark
8. Raise Your Head
9. Not In Our Name
10. I Remember Dying 

Bonus Tracks:
1. I Remember Dying (Stranger Reprise)
2. Wide Awake (Piano Version)
3. Raise Your Head (String Version)

SOULFLY “TOTEM” U.S. TOUR 2023 TICKETS ON SALE!

Underground icon, extreme metal trailblazer, third-world warrior, and leader of a diverse and dedicated tribe, Max Cavalera not only survives but thrives, blasting out riff after killer riff. The same voice, body, and spirit which launched SOULFLY in 1997 summons impossibly heavy noise to this day, throwing down ten slabs of monstrous music on the band’s twelfth album, Totem, which was released this past summer.

Today, the tickets for the band’s “Totem” U.S. Tour 2023 are now on sale. The 57-date trek will kick off on January 25th in Tucson and make its way across the US making stops in Austin, Virginia Beach, Brooklyn, and Seattle before the final date in Tempe, AZ on April 1st.  Joining the band on select dates are BODYBOX plus HALF HEARD VOICES (Jan 25 – Feb 16), SKINFLINT (Feb 17 – Mar 5), and DRIFT (Mar 6 – Apr 1).

SOULFLY‘s Max Cavalera comments, “After the amazing reception Totem got from fans, I’m very excited to bring this intense tour across America! Once again, we’re bringing new upcoming bands to our Tribe. Support the underground!”

Tickets for the tour are now on sale at https://www.soulfly.com/tour.

Confirmed dates for SOULFLY‘s “Totem” U.S 2023 Tour with BODYBOX, HALF HEARD VOICES, SKINFLINT, and DRIFT are:
1/25/2023  The Rock – Tucson, AZ *
1/26/2023  Orpheum – Flagstaff, AZ *
1/27/2023  Inspired Moments Event Center – Farmington, NM *
1/28/2023  Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM *
1/29/2023  RockHouse – El Paso, TX *
1/31/2023  The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK *
2/01/2023  Trees – Dallas, TX *
2/02/2023  Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX *
2/03/2023  The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX *
2/04/2023  Scout Bar – Houston, TX *
2/05/2023  The Parish @ HOB – New Orleans, LA *
2/07/2023  Downtown Music Hall – Ft. Walton Beach, FL *
2/08/2023  Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL *
2/09/2023  The Haven – Orlando, FL *
2/10/2023  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL *
2/11/2023  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
2/13/2023  New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC *
2/14/2023  Tue – Elevation 27 – Virginia Beach, VA *
2/15/2023  Broken Goblet Brewing – Bensalem, PA *
2/16/2023  Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD *
2/17/2023  Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ ~
2/18/2023  Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY ~
2/19/2023  Sun – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT ~
2/20/2023  Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA ~
2/21/2023  Higher Ground – Burlington, VT ~
2/23/2023  The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY ~
2/24/2023  Rec Room – Buffalo, NY ~
2/25/2023  Lovedrafts – Mechanicsburg, PA ~
2/26/2023  Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA ~
2/28/2023  Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH ~
3/01/2023  The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
3/02/2023  The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI ~
3/03/2023  The Forge – Joliet, IL ~
3/04/2023  The Apollo Theatre – Belvidere, IL ~
3/05/2023  Turf Club – St. Paul, MN ~
3/07/2023  Waiting Room – Omaha, NE +
3/08/2023  Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO +
3/10/2023  HQ – Denver, CO +
3/11/2023  Moxi Theater – Greeley, CO +
3/13/2023  Pub Station – Billings, MT +
3/14/2023  The Newberry – Great Falls, MT +
3/15/2023  The Knitting Factory Spokane – Spokane, WA +
3/16/2023  El Corazon – Seattle, WA +
3/17/2023  Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR +
3/18/2023  WOW Hall – Eugene, OR +
3/19/2023  Virginia Street Brewhouse – Reno, NV +
3/21/2023  The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA +
3/22/2023  Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA +
3/23/2023  The Atrium @ The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA +
3/24/2023  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA +
3/25/2023  Strummer’s – Fresno, CA +
3/26/2023  Ventura Music Hall – Ventura, CA +
3/28/2023  Transplants Brewing Company – Palmdale, CA +
3/29/2023  Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA +
3/30/2023  Glass House Concert Hall – Pomona, CA +
3/31/2023  Music Box – San Diego, CA +
4/01/2023  The Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ +
* – BODYBOX plus HALF HEARD VOICES (Jan 25 – Feb 16),
~ – SKINFLINT (Feb 17 – Mar 5)
+ – DRIFT (Mar 6 – Apr 1).

Totem was recorded at Platinum Underground in Mesa, Arizona by John Aquilino and Arthur Rizk with assistance from John Powers. Produced by Max alongside Arthur Rizk (KREATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CODE ORANGE), the albumboasts guest appearances from John Powers (ETERNAL CHAMPION), Chris Ulsh (POWER TRIP), and John Tardy (OBITUARY). Arthur Rizk was also responsible for playing lead guitar on the record. The artwork for the album was created by James Bousema. Below is the Totem tracklisting:

  1. Superstition
  2. Scouring The Vile
  3. Filth Upon Filth
  4. Rot In Pain
  5. The Damage Done
  6. Totem
  7. Ancestors
  8. Ecstasy Of Gold
  9. Soulfly XII
  10. Spirit Animal

Order your copy of Totem, here: https://www.soulfly.com/totem
Stream Totem on all streaming platforms: https://bfan.link/soulfly-totem

GOD DETHRONED Unleashes Music Video For New Digital Single “Asmodevs”

Right in time for the 30th anniversary of their debut album, The Christhunt, Dutch blackened death metal institution GOD DETHRONED recently announced a new chapter of their career. After having emerged in the extreme metal scene of the early ‘90s and soon gaining international followership thanks to twelve albums that became genre milestones, GOD DETHRONED has always remained loyal to their roots while still reinventing themselves and their new single, “Asmodevs,” proves just that. The surprisingly catchy song is accompanied by a music video which was filmed and directed by the band’s own Dave Meester (guitars).

GOD DETHRONED frontman Henri Sattler comments, “‘Asmodevs’ is one of the oldest demons known to mankind. He appears in ancient scriptures as the prince of demons and hell. The song itself is very much composed as a single. Short but sweet, with all the typical GOD DETHRONED ingredients. Epic tunes combined with sheer brutality.”

GOD DETHRONED:

12/09/2022 Eindhoven Metal Meeting – Eindhoven, NL

12/10/2022 Ace Of Spades Club – Bogotá, CO

12/11/2022 Barnaby Jones – Medellín, CO

12/13/2022 The Pit – Morelos, MX

12/14/2022 Elite – Querétaro, MX

12/15/2022 HDX Circus Bar – Mexico City, MX

12/16/2022 Local Boomer – Coquimbo, CL

12/17/2022 Santiago Metal Festival – Santiago, CL

12/18/2022 Casa Vieja – Temuco, CL

1/21/2023 7er Club – Mannheim, DE

2/04/2023 JC Vizit – Wilrijk/Antwerp, BE

4/22/2023 Assault Of The Undead – Vechta, DE

9/23/2023 Dark Woods – Heinrichsthal/Aschaffenburg, DE

GOD DETHRONED:

Henri Sattler – vocals, guitars

Jeroen Pomper – vocals, bass

Dave Meester – guitars

Frank Skillpero – drums

Blind Channel drops INHUMAN remix of “Alive Or Only Burning” single

Announces EU/UK and USA tour dates for 2023

After releasing their latest full-length, Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous, earlier this year via Century Media Records, Finland’s Blind Channel are back today with a remix of the album track “Alive Or Only Burning”, by INHUMAN. Listen to this new single now here:

Blind Channel also recently announced tours worldwide in support of Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous: first, joining I Prevail across the EU/UK in March 2023, before heading to the USA in May 2023 for a West Coast trek with labelmates Lacuna Coil. See below for all dates!

I Prevail EU/UK 2023 tour

w/ Trash Boat, Blind Channel

Mar. 7, 2023 – Zürich, CH @ X-TRA

Mar. 8, 2023 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle

Mar. 9, 2023 – Leipzig, DE @ Täubchenthal

Mar. 11, 2023 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium

Mar. 12, 2023 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

Mar. 14, 2023 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix

Mar. 15, 2023 – Tilburg, NL @ 013

Mar. 17, 2023 – Portsmouth, UK @ Guildhall

Mar. 18, 2023 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol

Mar. 19, 2023 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Mar. 21, 2023 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds

Mar. 22, 2023 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow

Mar. 23, 2023 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy Liverpool

Mar. 25, 2023 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre

Mar. 27, 2023 – Manchester, England @ O2 Victoria Warehouse

Mar. 28, 2023 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

Mar. 29, 2023 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

Lacuna Coil West Coast Tour 2023

w/ The Birthday Massacre, Blind Channel, Edge of Paradise

May 4, 2023 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz

May 6, 2023 – Tacoma, WA @ Spanish Ballroom

May 7, 2023 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

May 9, 2023 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades

May 11, 2023 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater

May 13, 2023 – Las Vegas, NV @ Sick New World Festival *

May 15, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

May 16, 2023 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

May 17, 2023 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

May 18, 2023 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater

May 19, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

*= No Blind Channel, Edge of Paradise

“It took me eight years to become an overnight success” – this line, buried away in Blind Channel‘s fourth album, Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous, is where their uncompromising journey finds its continuation. When forming in 2013 in Oulu, Finland, vocalists Niko and Joel Hokka, drummer Tommi Lalli, guitarist Joonas Porko and bass player Olli Matela (plus the later addition of keyboardist Alex Mattson) knew that it was all about going big or going home. This is exactly what they did when they found their way onto the largest stage in Europe: Eurovision, after competing in the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s annual contest to discover their entry. Winning the spot, by the largest landslide the competition has seen, Blind Channel captivated the continent with their fiery nu-metal charge: “Dark Side”. 

However, Eurovision isn’t the crux of Blind Channel‘s story. This stepping-stone that saw them take to that hallowed stage, was just that: a gambit towards the bigger picture. While it did allow them to amass even more followers, they had already been building a fervent fanbase over the years, thanks to their three previous albums: Revolutions (2016), Blood Brothers (2018), Violent Pop (2020). 

Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous takes the next step, offering a swagger-filled, sincere depiction of their lives, backed by their trademark unforgiving “violent pop music”. A winking homage to the Good Charlotte track “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous”, it’s most importantly a righteous statement of intent – this is only the beginning. 

Stream and purchase Lifestyles Of The Sick & Dangerous now at: https://blindchannelfi.lnk.to/LifestylesOfTheSickAndDangerous

Blind Channel line-up:

Joel Hokka – vocals, guitar

Niko Moilanen – vocals

Joonas Porko – guitar

Olli Matela – bass

Tommi Lalli – drums

Aleksi Kaunisvesi – samples, percussion, DJ

Re:NO to Release Expanded 17 Track Debut Solo Album Outside of Japan

Re:NO, the charismatic, powerful and popular former vocalist of Japan’s pioneering all female metal band Aldious, has announced the international release of her debut solo album DREAMER. The physical edition will feature a total of 17 tracks, including two bonus tracks exclusive to this international edition, as well as a bonus booklet containing full English lyric translations and Romaji lyric transliterations for every track. DREAMER on CD will be released from Japanese music specialists JPU Records from 13 January 2023 and available digitally later this week.

DREAMER includes a variety of songs, from the kind of heavy metal anthems one would expect from the former vocalist of Aldious, to sweet and beautiful ballads. Debut solo single ‘You go your way’ is also included, which topped the ‘Rock’ chart of iTunes Japan upon release, as well as the singles ‘Get over it’, ‘Re:play’ and ‘Forget Me Not’. The CD also includes two bonus tracks, recorded live from Re:NO’s sold out shows earlier this year.

Re:NO was born in Tokyo and joined Aldious as vocalist in 2013 where she helped the band break into Japan’s official top ten album chart, leading the way for Japan’s all-female metal bands to follow. It lead to Alternative Press saying “The ‘girls metal band boom’ of the 2010s, which brought us the likes of BABYMETAL, owes its initial success in part to the pioneering talents of Aldious”. Re:NO started her solo career strong in 2022 with sold out solo shows followed by a chart topping single, and finished the year with the domestic release of her first album DREAMER. Now, 2023 looks set to take her career even further with the international release of DREAMER following lots of requests from fans around the world.

CD Release Date: 13 January 2023

The debut solo album from RE:NO, the charismatic, powerful and popular former vocalist of Japan’s pioneering all female metal band Aldious. The CD includes two exclusive bonus tracks and bonus booklet with English lyric translations and romaji transliterations.

Re:NO – DREAMER CD Tracklist:
1. Live
2. BOLD
3. Dreamer
4. Re:play
5. AWL
6. Calling
7. Forget Me Not
8. Smile Again
9. Realize
10. Burn!
11. You go your way
12. Drive my life
13. Get over it
14. I’m crazy for you
15. Twinkle Little Star
16. Burn! (live bonus track)
17. Live (live bonus track)

CD Includes:
– 20 page original Japanese booklet
– 8 page English lyric translation booklet
– 8 page Romaji lyric transliteration booklet

INDUCTION Unleashes Video For “Embers”

New Full-Length Born From Fire Out Now On Atomic Fire Records

Progressive power metal unit INDUCTION officially unveils their sophomore full-length, Born From Fire, out TODAY on Atomic Fire Records.

Comments the band’s Tim Kanoa Hansen, “Louder, bigger, better, faster, stronger. Let me welcome you to the new album of INDUCTION. Born From Fire is out now and will take you on a journey through its universe. It’s a statement to the power metal scene that it’s time to wake up from the slumber and to get some fresh air. Born From Fire‘s epos will draw you in with heartfelt stories, live, catchy melodies, and mind-bending arrangements. While not being a concept album, we still have a very specific message to convey, which – bluntly put – is: We are back and stronger than ever. Not only INDUCTION, but the world of music, in general, after the pandemic’s fatal reign.”

To celebrate the release of Born From Fire, INDUCTION today reveals their official video for “Embers,” an energetic, progressive power metal track dedicated to Children Of Bodom’s late frontman Alexi Laiho.

“‘Embers’ is the reflection of his influence on both my songwriting and guitar playing,” notes Kanoa Hansen. “This is my way of paying tribute to one of my heroes. ‘Embers’ doesn’t only reflect Alexi’s writing style put into INDUCTION‘s context, but also lyrically, it’s about the passing of great people and heroes and letting them live on in our memories. ‘Embers’ is also presented together with a music video, which represents the lyrical topic of evanescence and postmortem.”

Born From Fire, which boasts twelve metal anthems in fifty-eight minutes, was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen and is graced by the cover artwork of Peter Sallai (Sabaton, Jinjer, Powerwolf).

Born From Fire is available on CD, 2xLP vinyl, and digitally. Find special order bundles at THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the release of Born From Fire, INDUCTION is currently on a European tour supporting Serious Black. See all confirmed dates below. Keep up with INDUCTION’s upcoming European live dates at their official website HERE.

INDUCTION w/ Serious Black [remaining dates]:

11/24/2022 Z7 – Pratteln, CH

11/25/2022 Matrix – Bochum, DE

11/26/2022 Club Zentral – Stuttgart, DE

11/27/2022 Rockhouse – Salzburg, AT

11/29/2022 South Of Heaven – Bilzen, BE

12/01/2022 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE

12/02/2022 Gemeindehalle – Schirnding, DE

12/07/2022 Logo – Hamburg, DE

Originally founded in 2014, INDUCTION left their first mark with first single, “The Outwitted Consecration,” in 2016 before completely entering the metal world by releasing their eponymous debut album in 2019. Its enormously positive reception even paved them the way to touring across Europe alongside Brazilian power metallers Armored Dawn in November of the same year. It was a notable career start for the quintet that was unfortunately halted by the pandemic leading to a break (at least on the live front) that wasn’t only used by the band to work on their sophomore album but also to renew their power.

INDUCTION:

Craig Cairns – vocals

Tim Kanoa Hansen – guitars

Marcos Rodriguez – guitars

Dominik Gusch – bass

Dominik “Dome” Zester – session drums