Galda Lou

The questions were answered by ‘alternative’ model, Galda Lou.
First question, what’s the story behind the name ‘Galda Lou’?
When I first started modelling at 18 and told my mum what I was doing, the only problem she had with it was that I was using my real name online, and she feared it would make me too easily findable. I agreed to change it to an alias, so my boyfriend (now my husband) and I came up with a list of possibilities, and he came across Galda! I liked the sound of it, it felt unique and suitable. I still kept a nod to myself with Lou, as Louise is my real life middle name.
What lead you to a career in modelling?
I stumbled across SuicideGirls when I was 15 on MySpace and they had the most popular blog. I saw these women who weren’t scared to be different, who they wanted to be, and ultimately, confident. I decided I was going to apply as soon as I turned 18, and I did just that! From there, my modelling has progressed in different directions from self shot solo porn, to shooting products for clothing companies. I like to keep it varied because it keeps it interesting!
And what has been your favourite shoot and/or image to shoot?
I always LOVE shoot days with Whoever I’m working with on that day, it’s always such a laugh despite being much harder than people might expect! On average we shoot 8 to 10 photosets that could be up to 300 pictures each, plus a video to match every photoset. It’s a long day, but satisfying to know you’ve gotten so much work done whilst still having a bloody great day with people I know and love.

You’re known for being heavily tattooed, what is your favourite tattoo?

I am heavily tattooed, and I hate getting tattooed! I don’t enjoy it any more at all, I think managing a tattoo studio has taken away all of the adrenaline people tend to get whilst getting a new tattoo, for me. I think because of that, I’d have to say my favourite tattoo is my back piece which is still yet to be finished. So far Alex Candela has put almost 90 hours into it so far, and I think we likely have another 15 to 20 to go to get it completely finished. The sheer amount of time and pain that’s gone into it means it would be a travesty if I didn’t name it as my favourite!

And your least favourite tattoo?

My least favourite tattoo is the one across my lower stomach. Note to others, maybe don’t get a tattoo in someone’s lounge, it ain’t gonna turn out well!

How did you end up connecting with Lucy Vixen/getting involved with Nothing But Curves?

Lucy Vixen and I first met a few years ago when she took part in a flash mob for the lingerie brand Tutti Rouge. We had spoken a few times online before that due to both being part of the modelling industry, but from that day we became firm friends. When she approached me about her idea for, I was in straight away, I loved the idea of a curvy girls collective and jumped at being a part of it.
Who are your biggest inspirations in life?
I find a lot of people in my life inspirational to be honest. I have a lot of admiration for anyone who works hard and stays true to themselves.
Who is your favourite band or musician?
I really enjoy quite an eclectic mix of music, but my go to’s always seem to be BMTH and Rihanna.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I’m allergic to eucalyptus and menthol which makes it really hard for me if I have a cold!
Finally, what are your aims for the future (2020 and beyond)?
I’d like to ease off on the modelling, only taking the jobs I really want, and hopefully freeing up some more time to focus on expanding my career within the tattoo studio I work at, Black Market Tattoos in Leicester, England. I’m currently tied between becoming a laser technician to help people rid themselves of regrets, or becoming a cosmetic tattooer.


You can check out Galda Lou here:


This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link:


We had a little chat with Elias Soriano, vocalist of hard rock tinged alternative metallers Nonpoint and found out some interesting things about his time with the band.


So how did the band get started?

I was working at a restaurant in South Florida with a friend who happened to be in the second incarnation of Nonpoint (Nonpoint Factor). They eventually encouraged me to pick up the microphone and have some fun. They dug what they heard and fired their then singer, making me part of version 4.0. Then we found Andy and Ken in the scene, and we became 4.1.2. From there we put together a proper show and started to convert the masses. Then came the deal from MCA… and the rest you know.


And how did you choose your band name?

It chose us like everything else in this band. Robb came across the word early in his music career and it spoke to him. I’m cool with it. It sorta defines us even though 99% of the people we ask don’t know what it means, other than it being the name of our band. We’ve almost changed the words definition.


How would you describe your sound?

Overall it’s metal with a bounce. We like to be bluesy in spots, but for the most part we want to shake people up. Whether its the music or the melody or the lyrics, every part has a purpose and is there to tell part of the story.


What would you say the main message behind your music is?

Survival. The world does everything it can to stop you, at least that’s the way it feels to us regular folk. We are the working class man’s metal and that’s pretty much what we’ve been since day one.


Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

Life. It’s a blessing and a bitch. I’ve given it everything I’ve got and it still gives me everything it has to give. It’s a constant give and take. Fuel, fire and that which I desire.


What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

The business side of the gig. It’s an ever changing thorn in my side. Hate dealing with the money, the politics and the overall bullshit. The rest is the good stuff and brings challenges, but nothing like the industry monster.


What has been your favourite show to play?

Any radio festival where the people from all the bands came to watch us do our thing. Masses coupled with our peers is the best environment to see Nonpoint. We are a people moving, bar raising, sweating, jumping, moving kind of band. I like to make it count. No better way than handing everyone their asses and making them love it in the process.


Any crazy tour stories you’d be willing to share with us?

Touring is crazy in itself, but I’ve seen it all. People banging behind a dumpster, full bottles of beer disappearing into bodies, fans hitching rides on trailer hitches, dudes in g-strings, Saran wrapped buses, broken bones, friends die… even played dominoes with Will Smith. Seen it all.


What would be your dream tour to see and what would be your dream tour to be involved in?

I want to see Deftones, Korn and Limp Bizkit. I think it would be fun to see. It would be my dream to be the opener on that tour with enough time for me to shower, change and get to the stage to watch the rest of the bands every night.


You’ve recorded a few covers in your time as a band (5 Minutes Alone, In The Air Tonight, Billie Jean), so what song would you like to have written/recorded?

You’ve Seen The Butcher by Deftones. It’s the sexiest, heaviest song I’ve ever heard. It’s grown folks music that dresses like it’s 20.


The bands newest album ‘The Return’ was released on September 30th and is available via iTunes, etc. or their merch store. –


Be sure to check out the music video to ‘Breaking Skin’ here:


This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link:


We were lucky enough to be able to ask David Davidson of technical death/thrash metal warlords Revocation a few questions.


Okay first question, how did the band get started?

Revocation was formed in 2006 after we decided to change the name of our old band. We recorded our ‘Summon The Spawn’ demo shortly afterwards and began gigging more and more to make a name for ourselves.


How did you choose your band name?

There’s a black metal band called ‘The Legion’ who put out a record called ‘Revocation’ that I really dug. After thinking about the meaning of that word for a bit, I thought it would be a cool name for a band. I’ve always liked one word band titles since they really feel like a statement to me, so I brought it up in practise and it just sort of stuck.


How would you describe your sound?

We blend a lot of different elements into our music, but the core of our sound is death/thrash.


Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

Martyr, Gorguts, Pantera, Megadeth and Exhorder.


What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

I would say that just starting out as a touring band was a big challenge to overcome because we weren’t making any money at all in the beginning since no one knew about our band. Touring can be so expensive with gas money and van repairs, so when you’re only making $50 a night it can be really tough to make things work financially.


What has been your favourite show to play over the years?

Probably when we played in Tokyo with Behemoth and Job For A Cowboy, that was such a trip going over there.


Any crazy tour stories you’d be willing to share with us?

I stage dove in Cleveland when we were on tour with Darkest Hour and the crowd dropped me on my head. The club had concrete floors so I busted my head wide open and had to get eight staples in the back of my head at the local ER. Luckily I was okay though and managed to play the show the next day totally fine.



Messages from the band


Revocation will be on tour across Europe with Cannibal Corpse and Aeon this October/November (starting in Finland on October 14th and wrapping up in Holland on November 30th) and their fifth studio album ‘Deathless’ will be available from October 14th.



Shaping The Legacy

This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link:


Shaping The Legacy are an up and coming melodic metal band from San Antonio, Texas. Guitarist Joe Dragich took some time out to talk to us.


First off, how did the band get started?

The band started when I moved across country to reconnect with our singer Rudy. He and I were in a band previous to this one, but we lived 1,300 miles away from one another. The last band ended, and I moved to start a new one with him. After a year and a half of sifting through members, we finally got a solid line up.


What’s the story behind your band name?

We used an online word generator to find words we liked the sound of. We put ‘Shaping The Legacy’ together and thought it sounded cool, then we attached a meaning to it (with this band we will be shaping the legacy of our lives).


How would you describe your music?

Our music is fast, emotional, melodic, catchy, technical, heavy… it really exudes an array of things, stylistically and emotionally.


Who or what have been your biggest influences?

For myself personally, my biggest influences have come from a variety of melodic metal bands, mostly contemporary ones like Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying. But, as with any other band, there are many bands and many things that influence us.


Has there been any challenges to overcome during the bands existence?

The biggest challenge thus far has been keeping a solid line up. We have had the music, the dedication, the fans and the connections all the while, but have not been able to capitalize on those things until recently. Luckily, we seem to be picking up speed very quickly now.


What has been your favourite show to play so far?

We are actually just starting to play shows this week! Saying that is a testament to the great foundation this band started out with. There are many opportunities for us, and we’re just scratching the surface.


What would be your dream to see and/or be involved in?

I’d say touring with Killswitch Engage, Dreamshade and Soilwork for me. It would be an absolute melodic shit storm.



Messages from the band


I would like to say thanks to all of the fans on behalf of Shaping The Legacy. We just released a music video for our debut single ‘Chasing The Horizon’ and our debut EP ‘Illuminate’ will be available via iTunes, CD Baby and others platforms on September 20th.

INTERVIEW: The Pumpkin King

These questions were answered by rap/metal melting pot The Pumpkin King.


First things first, how did you get into music?

Music started out as poetry in high school. I was a hopeless romantic who just kept getting used and hurt, and I turned to writing as an outlet creatively. Music was always an escape for me, and it became almost second nature to combine the two to make my own creative escape.


How would you describe your style of music?

A lot of people try to lump me into the ‘horrorcore’ genre. But I try not to limit myself to things like that since I’ve been able to do shows along with metal icons like Mushroomhead. I consider myself ‘metal rap’, with horror overtones. Kinda like Misfits are punk with horror overtones.


What would you say your biggest influences are?

Personal biggest influences were Sutter Kain (The Ghetto Metal king) and Wolfpac. As they were both metal/rap orientated artists who molded my character as a late teen. And to my absolute joy I was able to work with both of them on my album ‘The End Is Mine’.


What would your dream tour to see be and what would your dream tour to be on be?

I would love to see Killswitch Engage (with Howard), along with Spineshank and Ill Niño, as they are three of my absolute favourites. As for a tour including myself, whilst I love mid level venues and bonding with the crowd, if I was going to do stadium type tours it would be with Rob Zombie and Slipknot (although I would need a full band behind me). If I were to just up and join a dream tour tomorrow then I’d love to go with Insane Clown Posse, Wolfpac and/or Hollywood Undead.


Who is your favourite band or artist?

That’s a tough one. I listen to over 50 hours of music every week, from bands and genres ranging all over. I’ve always been favourable to rock/metal but I even enjoy j-pop and hip hop from time to time. One of my personal favourite bands is Silverstein. I have every album, know every word. I just enjoy that can be heavy or soft, and still emotional.


How about your favourite album?

My favourite album (that I’ve made), so far, is ‘The End Is Mine’ because I was able to work with childhood influences, friends from overseas and I just really enjoy how it turned out. As for my personal favourite album, it’s not even from one of the bands that I listed in the previous question, but I really enjoy ‘The Lonely Position Of Neutral’ by TRUSTcompany. It’s one of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish, on repeat and not get bored of it.


And what is your favourite film?

Again this is another one that depends on the genre. Love a good action movie. Anything with Jason Statham. But if I had to make a choice I’d say the ‘Transporter’ trilogy.


How important do you think social media is for the growth of an artist is the current age?

Social media isn’t going anywhere, any time soon. So being actively involved and properly marketing is a big step in the success of any artist, especially those who have to rely on themselves without labels or PR groups funding their promotion. So you should always be involved in most social media outlets, be involved with fans. RESPOND. Answering a fan makes a world of difference to them and lets them know you care that they support you! More people pay attention to social media than the news or any other media outlet, which is a double edged sword of spreading lies and facts, so it’s important you’re actively involved in showing people who you are.


What are your hopes for the future?

Well as of lately my personal life has kinda fallen to pieces, so I took time to properly put it back together and rebuild stronger before picking my mask back up. In that transition, I found a new day job, bought a new car, fixed my credit, etc. So life outside the mask is good, which is good news for life in the mask. Now that I’m on my feet and climbing again, I’m able to put more time and energy into my full length album ‘DEAD CROWS’. Along with all new merchandise and music videos and more. Big things are on the horizon.


Finally, what would your pornstar name be?

I always joked that it would be ‘The Pumpin’ King’… but if you look hard enough or watch A LOT of porn, you may just recognise my tattoos in a few videos that still float around on the internet!



You can check out The Pumpkin King here:






TRACK BY TRACK: ‘Professor Elemental And His Amazing Friends’ by Professor Elemental

This is a track by track guide for ‘Professor Elemental And His Amazing Friends’, the new collection of collaborations/rarities/remixes from Professor Elemental.


I make a lot of music that few people ever hear. Sometimes that is a blessing for all concerned: my ill-fated attempt to tell the story of Spring Heeled Jack and attempts at sung choruses, are best left in the vaults forever. But there are also creative swaps and B-sides, commissions and adverts, songs for friends and collaborations for the fun of it. More often than not, these are over Tom’s amazing beats, but this time there are also new friends joining us for the ride. There are also tales to tell, hidden in the spaces between the songs.



A few years back, when I was lucky enough to appear on Phineas And Ferb, I had the chance to pitch a Professor Elemental cartoon to Disney. Working with storytellers who had worked on everything from The Simpsons to Ren And Stimpy, we presented an exciting Saturday morning show, full of weirdness and wonder. Sadly, Disney weren’t quite ready for the Professor and all that remains is this proposed theme song and a devilishly handsome figurine. Still, surely it’s only a matter of time…



A mashed up remix of Ice Cube’s ‘Today Was A Good Day’ made me fall in love with Mr. Frisbee’s beats, track him down and demand a track. He plays every instrument known to man, is an amazing graphic artist, plays in bonkers psych band ‘Platypus’ and has several children. He doesn’t look nearly as tired as he should do.



I can’t remember why I even made this song. Other than I spent a funny night with Pete Cannon and Dr. Syntax stumbling around Boomtown Festival and I think it came shortly after that. Pete’s beats are legendary and I am delighted he blessed me with this banger.



Bill Evans is not only a genuine professor, but knows one of thoaw rare people that seems to know everyone in the music biz. Working with ‘prof rock’ supergroup Flying Colours, Bill dropped me a line and we got chatting, then boozing, then a collaboration was inevitable. He made this beat and then assembled an incredible line-up of musicians to replay the samples. The result was explosive and it was nice chance for the Prof to get fired up on a track.



A lovely little skit left over from the ‘Father Of Invention’ album.



This disco infused number has sat waiting patiently for a couple of years now. Thom was kind enough to give it to me and I really wanted to see if the Prof could rap like Kanye West for a verse (good early Kanye, not crappy recent Kanye). The result is one of my favourite songs for a while, not least because of Thom’s awesome voice and arrangement.



I love it when Tom really flips a track around, especially when Nick’s cuts kick in. This was created especially for this mix and touring in 2017.



Doktor A creates fiendish little models and figurines with a distinctive style that has won him acclaim all over the world. So when we started discussing a creative swap (I’d make him a song, if he’d model me a Geoffrey), I snapped up the chance. This was a particularly hard song to write, what with the ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’ sample and so much info about the good Doktors’ wonderful world to cram in… but we were both happy with it.  And it goes without saying the Geoffrey model is a beautiful thing.



As is so often the way, I make the vaguest suggestion that ‘we should do a remix for…’ and a few hours later Tom comes back with some magic. I still can’t believe that any one man can make so many beats on his own, I think he employs woodland elves.



A left over skit from ‘Father Of Invention’, which was already too long by the time we recorded this. I went through a phase of people knicking my hat at shows and I also started receiving some unwanted attention. This was my angry response.



This song was put together to promote the ‘Dukes And Dirigibles’ video game and I was rather keen on it by the end. It’s the only song ever where my singing it tolerable. And that’s only because Tom has a special device to make it sound like someone else.



A skit from the ‘Giddy Limit’ sessions.



This is one of my favourite B-sides ever. Made as a prize for a donor to the ‘Don’t Feed The Trolls’ campaign. I was very grateful when I was handed this concept to write about. It was a nice chance to sneak a lot of biographical information into an unusually mellow song for the Professor.



In Victorian times, they would sometimes pump nitrous oxide into a theatre to get the audience giddy and giggly. Tom created this track especially for the collection and it’s made me want to bring back those heady days of gassing the audience for laughs.



It’s a sad truth that, largely because of being unable to leave a show directly after coming off stage, I spend far too much time hungover. This was recorded during ‘Apequest’, but rather lowered the tone. Still, there aren’t many songs about hangovers and it’s nice to record such wretched behaviour from time to time, evening if it’s just a warning to others.



So many people asked for a longer version of this song, so I had to oblige with a full rerecording. I’ve always had a soft spot for those 90s hip hop remixes where the MC redoes his vocals. And of course Nick’s cuts make this tune.



A sweet goodbye from the world’s greatest producer, Mr. Tom Caruana.



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TRACK BY TRACK: ‘More Than Me’ by Six Time Champion

This is a track by track for ‘More Than Me’, the 4th release by Brighton pop punk proprietors, Six Time Champion.


‘Always writing about my own personal issues is quite a self involved act, and I just hope that these songs do actually reach out on a personal level to people other than myself’ declares James Dagg, discussing the origin of the EPs title’. The band are looking to get their heads back in the game with this release, following a period of respite. Recorded at The Outhouse with John Mitchell (Architects, Lower Than Atlantis), ‘More Than Me’ sees the quintet slickening up, whilst still retaining the somewhat aggressive edge that has become their hallmark.


Writing ‘More Than Me’ was a very gradual process in comparison to our previous releases. At first we set ourselves no particular deadline and just focused on constantly writing new ideas, until it got to the point where we had almost 10 full instrumental tracks. But then we wrote ‘Doubt’, which ended up being the final track on the E.P. and at the time this seemed to have a far better feel than anything we had written so far. As a result we scrapped all of the other demos we had and started afresh, trying to find some more of those good feels.


As always, our general aim was simply to create music that we love to hear and love to perform. Once we had a set of songs we were truly happy with we headed to Outhouse Studios to work with John Mitchell, who previously did a solid job on our single ‘Let Me In’.


When ideas for ‘Lost’ first came around, it was all about the bounce. Piece by piece this song just fell into place, featuring classic STC guitar chugs and rough vocals, pushing personal lyrics about feeling smothered by past failures.


This song really came out of nowhere, it started off as a short clip of Si jamming over some drums Rich had written. Initially this song had a totally different sound to anything else we had written, but something about it stood out. With a lot of work this track turned out to be one of the favourites all round for us, and we feel that the difference in sound is still present in a slightly more subtle way. The lyrics are about unknowingly falling into a totally negative mental state, and dragging everyone around you down to that same level.


‘Every Angle’ was written in the most familiar format for us. Si and Rich put together pretty much the entire instrumental between them. By the time the rest of the band had heard this track, all it really needed was the vocals. We all know about burning the candle at both ends, and this song is really about feeling totally rundown, and never finding time to rest.


This song is really the stamp of our new rhythm guitarist, Hus. We had already spoken about writing a new acoustic track after the popularity of ‘Old Friends Loose Ends’, one of our earliest tracks. Hus set out to put his own style all over it, taking the song to a whole new level, and hopefully setting it apart from the token pop punk acoustic tracks, whilst still sporting some sad boy lyrics.


‘Doubt’ is the song that set the bar for this E.P. It just felt good right from the start, keeping it upbeat and aggressive. This song is about working hard towards something you love and being persistent in your efforts to make it work. This is still one of our all time favourites as it is so relevant to us in every way.



You can check out Six Time Champion here:





You can get a copy of ‘More Than Me’ here.

You can watch the video for  ‘Doubt’ here.

TRACK BY TRACK: ‘We Were Once Lost’ by COVE

This is a track by track guide for ‘We Were Once Lost’, the debut album by Kent metalcore mob, COVE.


Recorded with producer Oz Craggs at Hidden Track Studios, ‘We Were Once Lost’ sees COVE succeed in their aims of writing ‘heavy, riffy music, with big choruses that make you grab your friends in the middle of a mosh pit and sing along’. Featuring thudding, muscular grooves and stomp paired with ferocious roars aplenty, COVE’s debut is a ‘post-metalcore’ powerhouse: evoking Ruin/Hollow Crown era Architects, whilst also drawing from the gene pools of Defeater and While She Sleeps. Bruising riffs and urgent, desperate screams give way to moments of melodic, textured respite, before plunging back into the abyss again. COVE already leaps and bounds ahead of their would be peers.


This being our first release meant that a lot of the songs were written without a game plan, and just written for the sake of writing songs we wanted to hear. Often we’d listen to music of other bands and hear parts we liked, normally the dynamic or tempo and get inspired by that. A lot of the earlier songs were written on computers with programmed drums and were often guitarists Ben and Pete trying to write the most complicated stuff they could, whereas the later written material has more of a live aspect taken into account. The aim became to meet in the middle and write songs that were not only fun to play live, but also had parts that were interesting to the listener. About 60% of the songs were written before our drummer Jack and our vocalist Sam joined, however they both helped create finished product enormously.


When it came to recording we didn’t want the sound to be too polished. A lot of us listen to emo/punk/grunge/hardcore bands, so we wanted something that still sounded organic and not too overproduced and metal. Even though some of the actual guitar parts would be classed as ‘metal’), we wanted to keep the sound raw like hardcore bands. This meant no over editing, and choosing recording takes that were not always ‘perfect’ but had more feel to them, something producer Oz Craggs is great at.


TRACK 1: …

This was something we used to jam out in rehearsals and start our set with, it’s not so much of a track but rather an intro to get us pumped to play, it rolls straight into the next track.



This is the oldest track we have musically. In fact, the EP is actually mostly ordered chronologically. The main riff features an odd time signature that was written by accident quite a while ago. We wanted to keep the song flowing though so had a punky fast paced straight chorus. This song also features probably the most melodic middle section on the entire EP. Lyrically this track was written about people who are ignorant to things they don’t understand, specifically subjects like heavy music. As a result, they never truly listen to find meaning or substance, but merely hear and make judgment from that. The songs has points of anger but also vulnerable parts demonstrating the emotion in this music. Playing this song personifies the meaning and the passion is translated in the performance.



This is probably the most chaotic song on the EP. Guitarists Pete and Ben have always liked how bands have used harmonics in riffs, which inspired the main verse riff. It also takes influence from a lot of earlier Architects albums, with discordant harmonies and runs, which can be heard in this song before the end breakdown. This was the first track lyrics were written for and the song that actually introduced our vocalist to COVE as we were looking for a singer at the time. Sam later listened to the track and wrote the lyrics within a day. It’s about a certain breed of people that seem to bring everyone down around them, but failing to realise they are their own downfall. It packs a hell of a punch live.



This song was musically influenced by the song ‘The Void’ by a band called ‘Last Witness’. The main riff was something we all thought was really cool. It was slow and sludgey, groovy but also so heavy. We wanted to write something like that, where the riff was the hook in the song. It’s probably one of our favourite songs to play live because the riff is so fun and the end breakdown gets such a good reaction. Sam took lyrical inspiration from a time in which he was working a job where he was surrounded by people with little to no aspirations in life. They would choose this menial job over personal opportunities or chances to truly live. All around people were digging metaphorical holes to dead ends and he wanted to say something about it.



This was originally an interlude, a lot of us listen to bands like More Than Life, and other melodic hardcore bands that have really melodic sections that build in intensity. Originally planned as just an instrumental piece, we all loved the lyrics that were sang over it in a rehearsal and so we thought it deserved to be turned into a full song. This was the first song we recorded in the studio and it was finished very quickly, simply due to the raw emotion involved. They are about the one person you know will be there if/when the weight of life gets too much and for Sam that person is someone he hold close.



The basis of this song was written in 2014 before the band had even started! However the song got chopped and changed and eventually sounded nothing like the original idea for the song. The beginning riff is probably collectively one of our favourites and it was one of the last to be written musically. The lyrics in this track site the EP’s name, ‘we were once lost’. As a band we all closely relate to this song as its about pushing boundaries, taking risks and stepping into the abyss without a second thought. For us all this is COVE. Our vocalist Sam moved from his small hometown to London, to pursue his love of music and this song speaks that action. It’s a song of unity and was written to sing along to live.



This was the last song to be written on the EP, it was written randomly in a day by guitarist Pete. As soon as he wrote it he rang up our drummer Jack and told him we needed to book in another day to demo as this song should be the single (even before the lyrics had been written). I think collectively this is our favourite song, it has a wide range of dynamics and big anthemic choruses, something the band want to look towards more for future material. The instrumental and vocal came together so naturally and goes down well live as an in your face ear and eye opener. The message is to simply make people aware of the many wars which still rage on today killing millions of innocent people all for nothing and I will scream for the weak voices that are victims of this modern day travesty.



You can check out COVE here:





You can get a copy of ‘We Were Once Lost’ here.

You can watch the video for ‘An Honour’ here.

TRACK BY TRACK: ‘Towers’ by Towers

This is a track by track guide for ‘Towers’, the self titled debut EP from melodic rockers, Towers.


The entire concept of Towers is something which vocalist/guitarist Mark openly reveals is rooted in his mental wellbeing. ‘I went through a tough time last year with personal and mental issues. Music was the only thing that kept me going through it. I started writing these songs during that time, and once I recorded them I had made a lot of progress with myself. It was basically therapy for me!’. In fact, all of Towers’ members: comprising of guitarist Dan, bassist Matt and drummer Jamie share this motivation, as Mark explains ‘We do it for the love for music, we love playing music, writing music and we are all best friends. That’s really it! It’s that simple. If we don’t write music we go crazy. Trust me.’. The tracks certainly are anthemic, brimming with emotion, infectious harmonies and an overriding sense of positivity. Easily drawing comparisons to the likes of Deaf Havana, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Biffy Clyro, the band cite influences ranging from Jimmy Eat World to Sigur Ros. Since the EP has been released on September 30th, the band are pleased to discuss it.



This track punches you straight away and is probably the most all round ‘Towers’ track we have done so far. It’s full of energy, with an epic ending. Beginning life as a song Dan wrote, Mark just added vocals. However, Dan was never happy with how the song started… so it has about 5 different intros in demo form. This was one of the 1st songs we wrote, so lyrically it’s all about starting a new band. Like all of the songs, we recorded with Jonny Renshaw (who is also in Devil Sold His Soul) at Bandit Studios. All the songs were mapped out and we slowly added more layers to each song. This features Signals’ Ellie Price, as we wanted something different to this track. Most Towers tracks are meant to be uplifting and there is usually a resolve to a problem stated in the start of each song. As a result of recording with Jonny, each track sounds massive, we are so happy with how they all sound. Especially Ellie’s performance in this track.



Originally intended as an acoustic track, this is our rock ballad and probably the most melodic of the 3. It forms a very emotional and honest portrayal of mental illness that Mark has gone through first hand. Taking around 2 weeks to complete, it was born from a time when he was at his lowest point of depression and anxiety. Living alone in Milton Keynes, he decided to write it as something to look back on, to realize how far he would come, knowing he was about to seek help in dealing with his problems. In his own words ‘It’s saying everything I was unable to say to anyone at the time.’. When it came to tracking, it was a challenge for the rest of the band to get their heads around as it was their first time hearing it! But it has become a firm favourite amongst some of them now. Live it’s hard to sing, as it’s so deeply personal and packed with layers to consider… but it’s a challenge we love to put into a live setting.



In short it’s a summery, catchy as fuck rock song! Technically it is the oldest Towers track, written around 2 years old and originally intended for a previous band. Following a refining process, which saw it have 4 chorus ideas before we settled on this one. It was a hard song to get right! Thematically it’s all about dwelling on things you never did and where you may be in your life if you had done them, echoing Mark’s feelings at the time as he dealt with personal issues. We love the harmonies on this track, which were a last minute addition during tracking. We also added a lot of extra instruments to this song, such as shakers and acoustic guitar, so it was great to record. It’s so much fun live, such an upbeat track to play with a lot of varied parts to it.



You can check out Towers here:



Towers have released the self titled debut EP, which you can purchase here.

And you can watch the video for ‘Could Have’ here.

REVIEW (ALBUM): ‘Lost Ritual’ by Raging Speedhorn

This is a review for Lost Ritual, the 6th album from ‘sludgecore’ kings Raging Speedhorn.


The album kicks off in style with the glorious headbanger of a single that is ‘Bring Out Your Dead’. We then move into ‘Halfway To Hell’, an example of how something as simple as a lone bass guitar can signal to you that shit is about to go down. Track 3 (a.k.a. ‘Motorhead’) is another certified crowd pleaser, with the chorus evolving into gang chant that you’ll find it difficult not to join in with. ‘Evil Or Mental’ begins in a somewhat similar way to ‘Halfway To Hell’ but it is by no means a rehash. The albums fourth song is a stomping anthem that contains yet another example of the bands eye for a chorus that an audience will throw itself into. The slower tempo continues into the next song, creating a sludgy 6:36 epic ‘Ten Of Swords’. At points the vocals are reminiscent of Phil Anselmo’s work in Pantera. Speed soon picks up again with the hard rocking ‘Dogshit Blues’, a track that seems almost designed for getting down and dirty in the pit. The next track, ‘The Hangman’, is a good blend of what could be seen as the two different sides of Speedhorn, the pit ready rockers and the sludgy dirge fiends. Around the 3 minute mark, the band drops in some ‘Boris The Spider’ style vocals helping drive home the darkness of this song. Despite being just under 3 minutes long, ‘Shit Outta Luck’ manages to bring forth all the images of circle pits, shout alongs and headbanging the rest of the album contained and meld them into one song. Comin’ Home continues the album ‘wind down’ (although this being Raging Speedhorn, little winding down is actually done), being another track you can picture yourself moshing along to. The album ends on the aptly titled ‘Unleash The Serpent’. Aptly titled due to the variety of vocal styles on show, ranging from almost whispers (which bring to mind some kind of giant reptile… perhaps Jörmungandr?) to good ol’ fashioned Speedhorn chorus shout. Its’ weighty riffing perfectly pummels the album to a finish. In short, Lost Ritual is a solid album of meaty metal tunes that truly showcases Raging Speedhorn as a mighty riff machine that you’d have to be made of stone not to move in some way to.



You can check out Raging Speedhorn here:




You can pick up a copy of the new album (alongside many other merch items) here.

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