Nordic prog rock outfit Pennies By The Pound are back with new music in the stunning 'Whispers Under The Willow Tree', a song about longing for the past and regret and the second single from their upcoming concept album 'Nothingside', to be released this spring via the Lilith label.

Hailing from Helsinki, the band worked with RIDE frontman Mark Gardener, who mastered the track at his OX4 Sound Studio in Oxford, and top national producer Rauli 'Rake' Eskolin, who boasts over a dozen No.1 records in Finland to his name.

Following up their invigorating lead track 'Burning Wish' and their recent 80s inspired synth-laden single 'The End Times', which saw the band depart from their trademark British-style progressive rock output, this new single is about love gone astray and the consequences thereof. Though they might be a bit cryptic, the whispers are also evocative of both spring and summer - which can sometimes feel really similar, at least in Finland.

"'Whispers Beneath the Willow Tree' is the middle ground on the 'Nothingside' album - a kind of a breather in between a few extremes, so to speak," says frontman Johannes Susitaival.

"If I remember correctly, this was the first complete song I wrote for this album, and it came out really quickly. To me, it feels kind of effortless, compared to a lot of the other songs on the record."

Pennies by the Pound was formed by Johannes Susitaival and Vesa Ranta in 2017, later expanding with the addition of Tomi Laaksonen and Alexander Meaney. Having written for various bands, Johannes' exploration and passion for alternative and progressive rock led to Pennies' self-produced 'Bloodshed and the Blinding Sunlight' EP in 2018, followed by their critically-acclaimed debut album 'Heat Death of the Universe' in 2020. Their 'Nothingside' LP takes them to a fantastic new realm beyond that.

'Whispers Beneath The Willow Tree' is available everywhere digitally, including Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp, where the first two singles can already be downloaded. The full 'Nothingside' album will be released on April 7.



Hard-hitting thrash metal gang Calamity returns with “Call to Me,” the first single from their upcoming third album, "Lumina" (scheduled for later this year). Calamity has not enjoyed a comfortable ride for the last couple of years; other than the departure of their bassist (which ultimately resulted in the band operating as a trio), the Caguas, Puerto Rico act also lost access to their official Facebook page. Regardless of these predicaments, Calamity, now equipped with new explosive numbers, continues making strides. 

Speaking of the song “Call to Me,” Calamity offers:“In the past centuries, when something supernatural happened to you in real life, you would have to make a poem or a novel to portray it in an artistic way. Thank God we have video cameras these days.”

Puerto Rican thrashing outfit Calamity originally started off as a Metallica cover band under the moniker Silent Scream in 2009, and soon after having their own materials, they decided to continue under the name of Hush. They had their first local gig in 2010. After opening for Skeletonwitch in Puerto Rico, the band decided to adopt a full thrash metal style rooted in the sonic aesthetics of both old school overlords and modern revival acts. In 2014, months before releasing their first EP, Let em’ burn, Hush changed their name to Calamity to better represent their newly converted musical route.
The band released their first full-length, Imminent Disaster, in December 2015, accompanied by their first US tour from December 2015 to January 2016. This album and the next single, End of the Road, led Calamity the way to get exposure on local TV and later in Puerto Rico’s #1 radio station, La Mega. The same year saw their second US Tour, “Northern Disaster,” and a supporting performance at Nervosa’s 2016 show in Puerto Rico. In 2018, Calamity played at Illinois Open-Air Festival “Full Terror Assault”.
Calamity brought fire and fury with their sophomore album, Kairos, released in May 2019. Offering a reckless and lethal dose of headbanging tribulation throughout nine varied thrash metal anthems, Kairos earned praises from heavy metal media across the globe. 

Calamity's upcoming third full-length, Lumina, will be out later this year.

Calamity is:
Berny Santos – Vocals and Guitars
Gonzalo Ortiz – Guitars
Eduardo Acevedo – Drums 

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Top class Greek power metal act, The Silent Rage, has revealed all the important information about their new album, which will be out via Scarlet Records! It will be titled “Nuances Of Life” and it will be released on the 26th of May, 2023. The album was produced by Fotis Benardo and its artwork was done by Giannis Nakos. Below you can read the official statement of the band and witness the album cover and the tracklist. 

The cover reveal is now fulfilled. Please give a big applause to Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design (Evergrey, Kamelot) for the great artwork! “Nuances Of Life” will be released on the 26th of May through Scarlet Records.
Produced by Fotis Benardo (NIGHTFALL, SEPTICFLESH, Melechesh) at Devasoundz Studios (Athens) and mastered by George Nerantzis (Pain of Salvation, ABBATH -Official-, Nightrage), “Nuances Of Life” will be released in the following formats:
-vinyl (limited edition)
-digipak CD
Below you can read the press release by the label:
“The Silent Rage is finally returning to deliver their flawless, hefty, fist-pumping melodic power metal.
“Nuances Of Life” combines the characteristic sound of classic metal, filled with blazing riffs and impressive melodies, combined with catchy and blistering vocal lines – courtesy of extraordinary new frontman Michalis Rinakakis.
Lyrically wise, ‘Nuances of Life’ deals with spreading out the deepest, well-hidden human emotions: tales about mighty heroes and distant lands as well as everyday issues that leave a deep scar in our hearts.
Get ready to a non-stop exciting headbanging experience!”
“Nuances Of Life” tracklist:
1 The Serpent Lord
2 Code Of Destruction
3 Carve Your Rage
4 Crows Fly Back
5 Another Fallen Dreamland (feat. Stu Block /Into Eternity & ex Iced Earth))
6 Scarlet Dawn (feat. Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin/Jag Panzer & The Three Tremors)
7 The Man In The Mirror
8 Exhaling Fear
9 Ghost Of A Wayward God
10 Black Monday (feat. Bob Katsionis/Stray Gods & ex Firewind)
11 Nuances Of Life
12 Defy The Headhunters (CD bonus track)




Iconic New York hardcore group Agnostic Front recently returned home from a German/Belgian mini-tour including 4 completely sold-out shows. It's reason enough for the quintet to announce another 17-date run across the continent today. Taking place in June 2023, the upcoming journey won't only lead their way to German and Belgian stages once again -- this time in the form of a stop at renowned Graspop Metal Meeting -- but also to France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and even Greece. Polish your boots and get those tickets which are on sale now!


»NxYxHxCx Tour 2023«
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01.06.2023 DE Essen - Turock
02.06.2023 FR Vitry-sur-Seine - Le Kilowatt
03.06.2023 FR Saint-Jean-de-Védas (Montpellier) - Secret Place
04.06.2023 FR Marseille - Le Molotov
05.06.2023 ES Vitoria-Gasteiz - Sala Jimmy Jazz
06.06.2023 ES Santiago de Compostela - Sala Malatesta
07.06.2023 PT Lisbon - RCA Club
08.06.2023 ES Madrid - Copérnico The Club
09.06.2023 ES Almàssera (Valencia) - Rock City
10.06.2023 ES Badalona (Barcelona) - Estraperlo (Club del Ritme)
11.06.2023 CH Geneva - L'Usine
12.06.2023 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
13.06.2023 GR Athens - An Club
14.06.2023 DE Osnabrück - Bastard Club
15.06.2023 BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
16.06.2023 DE Cologne - Gebäude 9
17.06.2023 DE Munich - Backstage (Halle)

More upcoming live dates:

01.04.2023 PR Rincón - Ramas Fest
26. - 29.05.2023 US Las Vegas, NV - Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
17.08.2023 DE Jena - F-Haus

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