Jul 30, 2012

OSI

OSI is an American progressive rock band, originally formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2002. Chroma Key keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore is the only other full-time member of the band. The collaboration may be considered a studio project, as its members and contributors write and track most of their material independently, sharing and developing tracks long-distance, only coming together at the end of the process for mixing and additional tracking. The band’s name is a reference to the Office of Strategic Influence, a short-lived American government agency formed in 2001 to support the War on Terror through propaganda. The band has featured a number of guest musicians on its albums, including Steven Wilson, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Sean Malone, Joey Vera and Gavin Harrison.


Matheos recruited Moore and Dream Theater’s then-drummer Mike Portnoy to perform on what was originally planned to be a Matheos solo album. Matheos and Portnoy originally planned to produce a progressive metal album similar in style to Matheos’ work in Fates Warning. Moore changed the music’s direction, incorporating electronica into the original progressive metal sound. The band’s debut album was released by InsideOut Music in 2003.






OSI was originally intended to be a one-off project, but Matheos and Moore found they both had gaps in their schedules so produced a follow-up. Free was released in 2006, with Portnoy returning to play drums as a session musician rather than a full band member, due to personal and musical differences between him and Moore. Blood was released in 2009, with Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison replacing Portnoy. The fourth album Fire Make Thunder was released in 2012 by Metal Blade Records, with Harrison once again on drums.



Jul 25, 2012

DEMIANS

Demians is a French alternative rock band started by Nicolas Chapel in 2007.


Chapel’s inspiration for the name Demians came from the novel Demian by author Hermann Hesse, and his musical inspiration came from a variety of artists and sources, ranging from Radiohead to Tori Amos to ambient music.
Chapel plays all instruments and performs all vocals on the first two Demians studio albums, though he performs live with a full band. All Demians releases have been self-produced and recorded in Chapel’s home studios, the locations of which have changed from album to album.






Demians’ first studio album Building an Empire was released on May 19, 2008 to positive reviews. The success of Building an Empire led Chapel to assemble a live band with Gaël Hallier (drums) and Antoine Pohu (bass), and they subsequently were granted opening slots for several well-known rock and metal bands, including Oceansize, Anathema, Aviv Geffen, and Jonathan Davis of Korn. They toured throughout Europe, playing more than 40 shows in more than 12 countries.


The follow-up entitled “Mute” came out on June 28th, 2010. Chapel once again performed all instruments and vocals on the album, with two guests, Gaël Hallier playing drums on “Swing Of The Airwaves” and “Hesitation Waltz”, and Lepolair playing electronics on the song “Porcelain”.
Very different from its predecessor, the album once again gathered excellent reviews worldwide, and brought the band’s music to a wider audience.

Jul 20, 2012

10 YEARS

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States (1999 – present)
10 Years is a rock band which formed in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States in 1999. The band consists of Jesse Hasek (vocals), Ryan Johnson (guitar), Lewis Cosby (bass) and Brian Vodinh (drums, guitar). The band is currently augmented live by Matt Brown (drums).






The band has released five albums in their career: “Into the Half Moon” (2001), “Killing All that Holds You” (2004), “The Autumn Effect” (2005), “Division” (2008), “Feeding the Wolves” (2010) and “Minus the Machine” (2012). Their biggest hit is their 2005 single “Wasteland”, which reached #1 on Billboard Alternative Songs, #2 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and #94 on the Billboard Hot 100.





Jul 15, 2012

TAME IMPALA




PerthAustralia (2008 – present)
Tame Impala are a four piece psychedelic rock band from Perth, Australia. The band consists of Kevin Parker (lead guitar and vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar) and Jay Watson (drums and backing vocals, synths), and touring member Nick Albrook becoming full time on bass in 2010 (he played guitar in most shows from late 2008 through 2009, swapping guitar for bass with Dom in 2010). 

Their name refers to the impala, a medium sized antelope. Their musical sound draws from a wide range of influences (most notably Cream and Germany’sColour Haze) and they like to see themselves as “a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody.”
The band signed a worldwide deal with boutique label Modular Recordings in mid 2008, releasing the self titled EP in late 2008, the single Sundown Syndrome/Remember Me in 2009. Their debut album, “Innerspeaker” was released in 2010, with lead single Solitude is Bliss and second single Lucidity. Their second album has also been reported to be in production with rumors of a release late in 2011.









Jul 9, 2012

SEETHER

Seether is a post-grunge/alternative metal band which formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999. The band currently consists of Shaun Morgan (vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass, vocals) and John Humphrey (drums). The band has released six albums and is currently signed to Wind-Up Records in the United States.





Current Members

* Shaun Morgan – lead vocals, rhythm & lead guitars (1999–present)
* Troy McLaughlin – lead guitars, backing vocals (2008–present)
* Dale Stewart – bass, acoustic guitars, backing vocals (2000–present)
* John Humphrey – drums, percussion (2004–present)










Jul 1, 2012

PRINCESS CHELSEA





Chelsea Nikkel from Auckland, New Zealand is the lady behind Princess Chelsea. Her debut album Lil’ Golden Book, released in May 2011, tells the tale of life growing up as a teenager and young adult in New Zealand. 

Deeply entrenched in the fantastical yet grounded with a somewhat sardonic wit, her musical fairy tale draws as much influence from Dr Dre as it does from Edvard Grieg.

Her song Cigarette Duet became a viral hit on Youtube.