James Maddern

Me Like Bees Release New Lyric Video & Announce Vinyl Release

Indie/alt-pop band Me Like Bees have released a new lyric video for the title track of their latest EP There Will Be Time. The record, produced by John Feldmann (Black Veil BridesAll Time Low) produced effort has been pressed on 10″ white vinyl and is available here.

Vocalist Luke Sheafer said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to release a record on vinyl. Being able to toss your creation on a record player is a way different feeling than pulling it up on your iPhone. I know everyone says it, but it really does sound better.

See the video below:


The band are also going out on a tour of the US with Christofer Drew & the NeverShoutNever crew now:


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Crown The Empire Releases New Video For ‘Zero’

In case you missed Crown The Empire‘s new single Zero in the last couple of weeks, the band have released a video for it that shows they’re back and bigger than ever.

Vocalist Andy Leo said: “We wrote this song specifically for our longtime fans. We feel that the song’s explosive energy coupled with the psychedelic production and video really puts our best foot forward to give the listener an idea of what they can expect to hear from the album overall. We hope you enjoy Zero, your first taste of our album Retrograde.  We are very excited for its release on July 22nd.”

Watch the retro-styled video below:

A Work Of Fiction Release New Single

Alt-punk band A Work Of Fiction have released their new single, entitled Falling to the Rhythm from their upcoming EP Write Your Own Story which is due to come out at some point this year.

Frontman Matt Deulley said: “Falling to the Rhythm is a realization of one’s need to continue to live, despite the struggles of purpose and time maintenance. Deciding who you want to be in this life is not always an easy feat, and doing so before you die seems as daunting a task as any. But, we all have to choose sooner or later what it means to be an individual; to find worth in the simple influence we have over the people and circumstances in our lives.”

See the video below:

Countless Skies Debut Album ‘New Dawn’ Streaming In Full

Emerging Hertfordshire melodic death metal quartet Countless Skies have made their upcoming debut album, New Dawn, available for full streaming. New Dawn is out this Friday (24th June) via Kolony Records and was recorded by Danny Biggin at HVR Studios before seeing its mix and master under the scrutiny of Juho Räihä at SoundSpiral Audio. The artwork was crafted by the talented Carl Ellis.

Stream the record in full below:


They are also going on tour later in the year:

Youth Man – Wax [EP]

Right from the very start of first track Sweet Apples, it is clear to see Youth Man mean business. The eruption into a gritty mass of bass-fuelled mania grabs listeners and doesn’t let go until the cries of “sweet apples” over the pure noise underneath. The tone is established: a messy tone of complete madness resonating under devilish cries from Kaila and Miles. Fat Dead Elvis is next up and even from the title listeners can tell the band just don’t care who they offend or what they reference in their tracks as long as it makes for a raucous, crazy time.

Third track Pigs has a punk intro before breaking into wails over the top from Kaila again, becoming a really rough track in the process. There is real excellence in the instrumental here as the track reaches the midway point, with the guitar line providing some tone to the loud, huge bass and drum work that keeps the pace right up to the very end of the track.
Look: Wait doesn’t provide any breathing space afterwards though, leaping straight into a vicious instrumental. The unclean vocals come in very, very strongly again straight over the top, and in true punk style the track is over nearly as soon as it has started…just 1 minute 10 seconds to be precise. 
The final track Painted Blue starts a lot more calmly with creepy minor variation chords. It continues to build and grow, getting more heavily played until it becomes almost transforms into a groove. As would be expected, the track then grows messier with a guitar solo towards the end with more feedback and harmonic sounds to bring the depth to the vocals, which brings out the dark under layer of the “devil painted blue can go fuck himself” lyrics.
Overall, not a clean listen but an enjoyable listen; (Gallows-owned) Venn Records have done themselves well yet again by picking up Youth Man.
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Metal Keyboard Overtakes Bieber’s Justmoji On App Store

Is it payback for his habit of wearing metal band tees or are metalheads just really into emojis? Either way, Keyluminati’s Heavy Metal Emoji Keyboard has overtaken Justin Bieber‘s Justmoji’s in the iOS App Store!

The Heavy Metal Emoji Keyboard is currently lodged at #7 on the Top Paid Entertainment Apps chart, with the Biebs’ app trailing behind at #13. Beating the reigning king of pop in the emoji game is so metal!

The latest in third-party apps for adding visual flair to text messages. HMEK is the ONLY emoji keyboard designed exclusively for heavy metal music fans.

Extreme music fans may now express themselves in utmost brutality using over 175 brand new and unique images. Created by Mark Mosley, a long-time concert promoter on the Nashville heavy metal music scene, in collaboration with Ryan Clark of Seattle design/illustration studio, Invisible Creature, The Heavy Metal Emoji Keyboard offers page after page of bloody, boozy and downright sinister emoji fun!

Not only is HMEK a breath of whiskey-scented air for metalheads everywhere, it contains the latest features in emoji customization. To scale an emoji, long-press on that emoji which was foretold in ancient prophecy and a slider pops up, giving the user full control over the emoji’s size when pasted into the convo. Say it at a normal volume – or turn it all the way up to 11!

HMEK even has an option to easily change the background of an emoji from transparent to white for texting with lesser beings using Android devices! Send the message loud and clear across multiple platforms!

Fans of HMEK will be stoked to learn there are plenty more heavy metal emojis headed for the keyboard, including expansion packs personally overseen by some of the greatest metal bands on the scene today!

Those who wish to receive updates on these and other developments may sign up for the HMEK Mailing List at

Get the HMEK in the iOS App Store here: emoji-keyboard/id1089003380

Rock on!

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Night Verses Stream ‘Drift’ & Announce Album

Night Verses are streaming another new song – ‘Drift’ – from their forthcoming second album Into The Vanishing Light, which will be released on July 8 via Graphic Nature Records, an Equal Vision Records imprint founded by producer Will Putney (Northlane, Stray From The Path, Counterparts).

Into The Vanishing Light was recorded in Venice Beach, CA with legendary producer Ross Robinson (Glassjaw, At The Drive In, The Cure). The album puts a newfound emphasis on utilising their instruments in unique and innovative ways to create a dense, atmospheric sound and experience for listeners. Pre-orders are available now via digital retailers and here – where a music video preview for A Dialogue In Cataplexy can also be found. All pre-orders come with an instant download of A Dialogue In Cataplexy and Drift.

Watch the video below:



letlive. w/Seahaven, Silver Snakes, and Night Verses 

Jun 17 Odessa, TX @ Club Patron

Jun 18 Dallas, TX @ The Door

Jun 19 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard

Jun 21 San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box

Jun 22 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Jun 24 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)

Jun 25 Orlando, FL @ The Social

Jun 26 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

Jun 28 Jacksonville, FL @ 1094 Music Hall

Jun 29 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s

Jun 30 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle^

Jul 05 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Jul 06 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Jul 08 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s

Jul 09 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Jul 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

Jul 12 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom

Jul 13 Toronto, CAN @ The Opera House

Jul 15 Columbus, OH @ Park Street Salon

Jul 16 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

Jul 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater

Jul 20 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

Jul 21 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater

Jul 22 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall

Jul 23 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Jul 25 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom – Social Club (Upstairs)

Jul 26 Vancouver, CAN @ Rickshaw Theater

Jul 27 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Jul 29 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk

Jul 30 San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF

Jul 31 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

^ Night Verses and Silver Snakes only

SayWeCanFly Debuts ‘When I Come Home’ Video

Braden Barrie (AKA SayWeCanFly) has released a new video for his latest track When I Come Home from his new EP Darling which came out Wednesday 15th June.

The concept for the clip came to Barrie while in the middle of a 10-hour drive between tour stops: “It was a beautiful moonlit night in Arizona. My phone was dead, so all I could do was stare out the window and think. That’s when the universe gave me the idea for this music video,” he said. “I’ve always felt that contrast tells my stories in the most powerful way. I wanted to dive a little deeper into the darkness within. The skeleton character I play in this video is the continuation of the character in my previous video for ‘Driftwood Heart.’ He has transcended the pain and become part of it. He accepts it. Just like we all have to at some point.”

Watch the video below:


Blink-182 Release ‘Bored To Death’ Video

The new-look Blink-182 have released their first official video of their new lineup, in the shape of a music video for their first single since recruiting Matt Skiba in Bored To Death.

The track has gone straight to the hearts of the fanbase and many will be thrilled to watch the live-style video for it, with many yet to see Skiba’s Blink live (with the first UK full-band dates promised for early next year).

See the video below: