Now with her 3rd appearance on the MKULTRASOUND Podcast Heather Wagner is back with an all new song and a surprise guest.
Heather found her love for country music at the early age of five when her parents enrolled her in voice lessons. By the time she was out of high school she had won multiple talent competitions and was booking wedding gigs.
Darkwave/’Neo-Fanfare” Band, Crooniek has just unveiled their new full-length release, Trail Of Time. Thematically, this album reflects on the concept of time. In particular, the inspiration for Trail Of Time is the conflict between the known past and the unwritten future. The future remains hidden and we do not yet know it. But we do know the past.
This album is a nostalgic journey through the past of driving force Gerry Croon, his musical projects (‘Parade of the ‘Funeral Fanfare’) and his relationship with his own birthplace Kampenhout, a small village in Belgium, known for his chicory cultivation.
After all, at a certain age, you realize that time is running out and, without realizing it and you ask yourself, “did I do it right ?” “Could I do better or would I do it differently now?” You realize that you have lost friends & acquaintances along the way, because your life path is going in a different direction.
Although this continues to gnaw, you have to accept this. While in the past, time seems to move slowly, humanity now appears to be driving the world into destruction in an express train.
Several partnerships and new inspiration have resulted in the album, Trail Of Time. It contains brand new songs together with new versions of older material. Neo-classical and neo-fanfare styles are combined with a whiff of gothic/ambient.
Trail Of Time is available on CD and digital formats NOW!
In 2005, Crooniek was founded by accident. An ensemble was put together for a single occasion. Who could have thought that seventeen years later, Crooniek looks back at more than 80 gigs? This band usually plays as a fixed seven strong band, but has also performed with singers, choirs and with other ensembles like Mondolinman and Illuminine. Recently, a number of CDs have been released. The album, Demonen & Dromen came out in 2018 and was followed by ‘Winterstille’ with the well-received ‘Puin van Dromen’ in 2000.
Mike Savage of the award-winning production agency Vision Savage Media has uploaded a music video for David Lee Roth‘s new solo song titled “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”. The track, in which Roth looks back nostalgically on his days in VAN HALEN, was reportedly recorded in 2007 with guitarist John 5 and original Roth solo drummer Gregg Bissonette for an album that has yet to see the light of day.
Back in 2020, Roth included five previously unreleased songs in The Roth Project, an online comic narrated by the legendary VAN HALEN singer, with music from John 5 on guitar and bass, Bissonette on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, and Luis Conte on percussion. The tracks “Giddy-Up!”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill”, “Alligator Pants”, “Lo-Rez Sunset” and “Manda Bala” were recorded more than a decade ago at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
In a recent interview with Darren Paltrowitz — host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” — John 5 stated about “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”: “It’s about VAN HALEN. It’s my favorite song that I’ve ever done with Dave, and it is beautiful. It’s just absolutely wonderful.”
John 5 went on to talk about the recording sessions for the unreleased Roth record, saying: “We had a great time. We had a blast — a lot of laughs, a lot of fun. I’m just so happy that I had that cool working vibe with Dave that we can just jump into the studio anytime and knock out some songs. And I’m very lucky ’cause not a lot of people get a chance to do that with Dave.
He added: “We were all in there together — I remember we were just all in there together. And that’s how it was. We were all just doing it together — kind of like the old days, and he wanted to do it like that. And it really was a lot of fun. We had so much fun doing it. And it’s one of my fondest memories.”
In August 2021, John 5 told AL.com that the rest of the unreleased Roth record is in the same vein as the songs that have come out, which have a singer/songwriter sound. “[Dave] wanted to do this kind of a more California sessions type of thing,” the guitarist explained. “And he’s such an artist, I was, like, ‘Whatever you want to do, I’m there for you.’ So it is that kind of vibe. But there’s a lot of multi tracks and different acoustic parts that all work together. It’s kind of orchestrated, if you will.”
John 5 got his first big break playing on Roth‘s solo album, “DLR Band”, before landing stints with Marilyn Manson and now Rob Zombie. His latest sessions with the iconic VAN HALEN frontman apparently took place at least eight years ago, with John 5 unveiling a snippet of the album during an interview with Masters Of Shred back in May 2019.
Three years ago, Roth was asked by Meltdown of the Detroit radio station WRIF if his LP with John 5 will be made available at some point. He responded: “It will. There’s been a revision of things, and I can start making real plans and start marching into the future. And, of course, you’ll start hearing that material. This is material that we wrote variously for me solo and for VAN HALEN, and it’s quite a bank of stuff.”
Roth, who was promoting his Las Vegas residency at the time, didn’t offer a possible time frame for the release of the record, explaining that his priority was “getting out on the road first. Let’s see the band, let’s show ourselves off, let’s travel all over the world.”
Back in 2015, John 5 told Guitar Player magazine that the sessions for his latest Roth album were remarkably relaxed. “I would just go to his house and I’d write these songs with him, and he would say, ‘Let’s go into the studio,'” John 5 explained. “So he would go to Henson studio and record these songs. They came out… They’re so good. They’re so good. And we’ve got Gregg Bissonette playing drums on it, and I played the bass, and they’re really great songs.”
The guitarist said that Roth‘s vocals on the album sound “like nothing you’ve ever heard. It’s old VAN HALEN — sounds like ‘Could This Be Magic?’ or anything like that. It’s just that sound, that tone.”
In a 2014 interview, John 5 described the LP as “11 of the greatest songs you’ll ever hear, and it’s just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it’s unbelievable,” he said. “You know, just great, great songs.”
The Stockholm-based darkwave band A PROJECTION have just released a new single with the synth flavored post-punk song “Careless,” offering a glimpse of their next full-length Metropolis album. “Careless” is accompanied by a video that was produced in Stockholm this past Spring by the young creative Ukrainian filmmaker Shorkina Valeri. The song “Careless” was recorded in different studios both during and after Covid, reflecting both the restlessness as well as the hope of that time.
After two albums & a reshuffled lineup, The Swedish post-punk/indie band A PROJECTION joins Metropolis to release the album “Section”, combination of the bands legacy & foundation for the future. Stepping out of the oversized shadows of its former Post-punk role models, A PROJECTION creates its own identity, a captivating blend of emotional New Wave, dark Post-Punk, early 90’s Goth & Indie Rock.
The post-punk / indie band A PROJECTION, founded in 2013 in Stockholm, had to rein-vent themselves after their first two releases, “Exit” (2015) and “Framework” (2017), and mastered this Herculean task without denying their sources of musical inspiration coming from the late 70s and early 80s.
First, after the departure of the original singer Isak Erikson, the band had to search for an adequate replacement on the mic who meets the original vibe of the band. Rikard Tengvall, previously active as the bass player of the band, fills this gap without any problems and stylistically ties in with the exploits of the two previous albums.
The songwriting sessions for their third album, “Section”, came at a time when the band was constantly challenged by several changes of members and also health problems, but in the end the band grew – both humanly and musically. The songs on “Section” are bursting with power, garnished with plenty of punk attitude, fast, rough and accustomed dark and emotional.
A Projection, on the other hand, has solved the oversized shadows of their former Post-punk role models, with whom they were initially compared again and again. Over three albums, the five-person team has managed to create their own sound universe and build their own identity, which oscillates between the poles New Wave, Post-Punk, Gothic and Indie Rock. On the other hand, the Stockholm quintet has relied on proven structures and recorded, mixed and mastered the songs for “Section” at Stockholm’s Redmount Studio.
Together with the new label partner Metropolis Records they quickly agreed on “Substitute” as an outstanding, yet trend-setting first single.
This song brings together all the virtues that we find again and again on the eleven-track long player: a catchy hookline, a vocal that transports depth, emotionality and real ’80s spirit and a strong foundation of drifty drums, creaky basses and shimmering guitar sounds that are strong reminiscent of the spearheads of the early ’90s goth rock movement.
With “Section”, the band has delivered a well thought-out, varied and strong third album despite all the crises of the past.
The new release is combination of the bands legacy of their previous works but also as a foundation for the future of congenial Swedes from A Projection
Two-time Grammy nominated guitarist, Sin Quirin, continues to forge epic percussive singles with his new band, SIGLOS. SIGLOS features the transcendent strings of Sin Quirin, former iconic Ministry band member of 15 years, and the demanding vocals of Pedro Sanchez from the band Transtorno. Their latest single, Morir Para Vivir, is a rhythmic, explosive song reminiscent of tribal chants that harken to the band’s Latin heritage. This song ramps up the bloodstream and differs from their first single in the undeniable heaviness it induces in listeners. The song was written by Sin Quirin, with lyrics written by Pedro Sanchez, and was produced, mixed, and mastered by Alex Crescioni at Stygian Sound. The video was directed by Matt Zane, DP/ Colorist James Smith. Cover artwork by Nestor Avalos.
“I am very excited about this new band featuring the remarkably seasoned and talented Sin Quirin! As an ever-evolving artist, Sin never fails to capture an audience with great visuals and musicality, and this new single exemplifies just that.
“Morir Para Vivir” tastefully blends elements of atmosphere, space, darkness, and attitude, combined with a solid and heavy tribalesque foundation. The rhythm guitars, drums, and bass drive the groove, while melodic guitar melodies weave nicely around the commanding guttural vocals
I am really looking forward to hearing the whole album.
-Todd La Torre/ Queensrÿche
“Sin is a singularly unique talent, underrated guitar hero, and a key dynamic member of every project he’s done, and I can’t wait to hear what he does next! I know it’s going to be stellar!”
Gary Holt/ Exodus
“Sin has been a solid backbone to everything he’s been involved in and it’s great to see him stepping out now to do his own thing. He is a true rockstar in every sense of the word”
David Ellefson/ Grammy award winning bassist
Sin Quirin wanted the second single to be different than the first and to showcase the range in the heaviness of the first song. The music video features the band enthralled in the song’s pulsating chords while a Shaman performs a ritualistic cleansing on lead vocalist Pedro Sanchez. “it was a pretty special, unique and enlightening experience for us all…having him perform this sacred ritual right there in front of us,” he says.
Lyricist and vocalist, Pedro Sanchez, revealed that the writing process took place during the loss of a family member and loved one, causing deep introspection and an ability to process things differently, lending a heavy hand to the song’s instant intensity and immediate attention. Pedro says, “The meaning to Morir Para Vivir is when you die, you leave a legacy of new generations and you keep living through them…as well as when you go through an experience and you die and come back, you kill your ego–coming back more alive than ever with great gratitude. We all have this knowledge; we just forget it.”
This sentiment is echoed by producer Alex Crescioni’s recording of the single. He says, “Morir Para Vivir knocks you in the face straight away with heavy industrial riffage, creating the circular mechanical hook of the track…My goal was to bring the mix to an explosive and grandiose level, enchanting the listener into an empire of evil and elegance.” With heavier, faster riffs, Morir Para Vivir creates a percussive groove that vibrates and crushes the listeners’ bones. Experience the uncompromising ardor of SIGLOS in their newest single Morir Para Vivir on Spotify,YouTube, and Bandcamp
SIGLOS continues to work on new music. Expect to hear even more from them soon.
SIGLOS is a heavy metal band combining aspects of Black Metal, Doom Metal, and Industrial Metal. It features Sin Quirin formerly of Ministry, Lords of Acid, American Head Charge and Society 1, and Pedro Sanchez from Transtorno. The pair blend their Mexican and Spanish roots into the lyrics, rhythms, and music, creating a dark atmospheric raw intensity.