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August 27, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/27/2014 10:58:00 AM
Philadelphia, PA pop/punk band Could've Been Kings just released the lyric video for their "Waste Of Time" single from their upcoming "Through The Darkness" EP. The release date for the EP is coming soon.
www.facebook.com/couldvebeenkings
www.facebook.com/couldvebeenkings
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Pop/Punk



August 26, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/26/2014 02:50:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA alternative/indie band Sonnder gets their "Thief" EP reviewed. Check out our take on it below.
www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Alternative/Indie Rock



Sonnder is a alternative/indie rock band from Philadelphia, PA. The band incorporates instruments such as a violin, keyboards and percussion in conjunction with the normal guitar, drums and vocalist. Starting off the EP is the track "What Are You?". The track begins with a groovy riff and the introduction to the lead vocals, which showcases quite the vocal range off the bat. The track showcases the opening to the EP quite well. Everything within the song just works and works really well. The next track "The Chase" is a little bit more upbeat and brings to mind early works of Zero 7. Next up is the single "Too Bad You're Not In Love". The single is a perfect example of what Sonnder is all about. The song is a catchy blend of upbeat indie rock that meshes all the talents of the members perfectly. "No Regret" slows things down a bit. The track is a borderline acoustic/symphonic track. The chorus is sure to get stuck in your head as its repetitive. Even though it slows things down a bit, the track is a good transition to the closer and title track "Thief". The track "Thief" is a rocking good time. The hopping chorus and driving instrumentation keeps things at a good pace until the very end. The only issue with this EP is that it ends. Five tracks is not nearly enough.

Verdict:
If you're into indie/alternative rock, go right away and pick up this EP and check them out live. This EP is a testament that showcases the dedication and talent that Sonnder truly has. Radio stations look out, you have new indie darlings to add to your playlists.

August 22, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/22/2014 11:55:00 AM
Philadelphia, PA alternative/indie band Sonnder just released debut EP "Thief". Check it out below.
www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Alternative/Indie Rock



From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/22/2014 05:34:00 AM
Dallas, TX metal band Ashes Of The Forgotten recently talked about their "Dark Aeons" EP as well as their take on the current state of metal.
www.facebook.com/ashesoftheforgotten
www.facebook.com/ashesoftheforgotten
From: Dallas, TX
Sounds like: Metal



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Ashes Of The Forgotten” and is there any meaning behind it?

TJ: The band first started with 3 members back in 2010 and was called simply 'The Forgotten' the band was later changed to Ashes of the Forgotten. The meaning behind the name is pretty self explanatory, it's about all the forgotten dead.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your newest EP "Dark Aeons"?

TJ: As with every release we will do, I hope they can get a sense of how we have grown and how much time we spend creating music that our fans will enjoy.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

TJ: Haha, that's always been a tough one. We have so many styles of metal that influence us and we mix it all in. We are heavy is what I normally say.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

TJ: Lots of energy and mosh pits haha I love interacting with our crowd/fans they can always catch me walking around before and after the show. A lot of people have commented on how I'm a totally different person on stage.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

TJ: The Acacia Strain, I Declare War, The Black Dahlia Murder (substitute any for Babymetal as well haha).


6. Any crazy show stories?

TJ: HA! There are a few... I've broken my hand at a show, nose, we've been flashed, had a drunk guy hit our vehicle once after a show, list can go on.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

TJ: There is a lot of metal bands out there and more popping up everyday. The whole music industry has changed since I first started in the mid 90s and bands can easily DIY over the internet from their bedrooms. It's very hard to stand out because of this.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Texas both locally and state wide?

TJ: Music locally had a little down moment but is picking up, there are a lot of very talented bands in the scene. State wide is the same, there is a lot of metal in Texas.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

TJ: I'm not sure where I stand on that. I know some places have our EP up for download for free and we have it for sale on iTunes, Amazon, etc... There is a lot of illegal downloading and it will never stop. At least (hopefully) they come support us at shows and buy merch, that is where bands really make their money. I'll never get upset at someone if I found out they downloaded our music for free.


10. What’s next for Ashes Of The Forgotten?

TJ: We are currently working on new music which is still evolving. Hopefully we can continue to do so for years. We are always working hard to become better and get our name out there.


11. Any shoutouts?

TJ: Shout out to all our fans/supporters, our friends, family, DMS (Dallas Metal Scene), Arm The Pit, all the venues we've played at, every local band we've share the stage with (way to many to list), All the DJs at Nuclear Rock Radio for jamming us, Raven at KNON 89.3 The Dungeon, Nothing But Metal Radio, Let's Rage/Rageon Clothing & Dino Cazares for the awesome shout out he did for us.

August 17, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/17/2014 01:51:00 PM
Berwick, PA deathcore band Thoughts End Now recently talked about their "Terminus" single as well as new their "Inorganic" EP on the horizon.
www.facebook.com/thoughtsendnow
www.facebook.com/thoughtsendnow
From: Berwick, PA
Sounds like: Deathcore



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Thoughts End Now” and is there any meaning behind it?

We're influenced from bands such as Despised Icon, Miss May I, and As Blood Runs Black. Hunter thought of the name, it originally dealt with suicide, but has since changed.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your newest release "Terminus"? Any release date for new music?

Show listeners the general direction of our music. Mid October if everything if everything goes as planned.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Heavy.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Extreme amounts of stage presence and energy.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Greeley Estates, Lamb Of God and The Dead Rabbitts.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Not as of recent.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal/hardcore?

I think it's becoming generic and we're switching things up.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?

August Burns Red-core.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Everyone wants to say illegal downloading is wrong but we've all done it at some point.


10. What’s next for Thoughts End Now?

Our new album "Inorganic".


11. Any shoutouts?

No.

August 11, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/11/2014 03:33:00 PM
Cambridge, UK alternative metal band Vendetta just released their "Martyr" single. Listen to it below.
www.facebook.com/vendetta.uk
www.facebook.com/vendetta.uk
From: Cambridge, UK
Sounds like: Alternative Metal



From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/11/2014 09:53:00 AM
Washington DC post hardcore band In Your Memory just released their "Breaking Habits" single from their upcoming "Reflections" EP. The release date for the EP is September 10, 2014.
www.facebook.com/iym.official
www.facebook.com/iym.official
From: Washington DC
Sounds like: Post Hardcore



August 10, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/10/2014 10:09:00 AM
Muncie, IN progressive metal band Refractions talks about their recent "Nautilus" EP, and their big upcoming relocation.
www.facebook.com/refractions
www.facebook.com/refractions
From: Muncie, IN
Sounds like: Progressive Metal



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Refractions” and is there any meaning behind it?

We've all been involved with music for quite some time. Our drummer, Jake, has been in the local scene for over 10 years; our bass player Chris and I (Paul, guitar) have been in bands for 8. Most of our starts were in middle school band class.
I guess you could say we develop our sound by writing music we like. We don't constrain ourselves to a genre. No idea is too outlandish for us if we can make it sound good in context with everything else we're doing.
I distinctly remember sitting in a Burger King dining room when we came up with the name. We were brainstorming names we thought would be cool and Refractions just kinda stood out to us. If I remember correctly, Jake suggested it. There's not really any huge meaning behind it.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Nautilus" EP?

We really just want people to enjoy Nautilus because it's music for music's sake. We write music we like playing and want other people to like it too.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

We're a progressive metal band that tries to write unpredictable but still catchy music.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

We try to have a good time on stage and want the audience to reflect that. We want to give audience members great music to listen to and we always try to be the band that drops peoples jaws. For us, it's always been about the music first; there's no choreography or fireworks. Our goal is to draw the listener in and put them in the same state of mind that we are in while enjoying the experience.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

The Contortionist, Between the Buried and Me, Periphery


6. Any crazy show stories?

We played a gig in the basement of a bar in our hometown of Muncie, IN. That day, we got a record-setting amount of rainfall. By the end of our half hour set, there was probably 3 to 4 inches of standing water on the floor. The stage was only a 1 inch rise...The venue team was actually pushing water out the door with big squeegee brooms between bands. While loading out, the water was above the wheel wells on our trailer. We're talking rivers flowing down the gutters in the street. When we were driving home, we hit a patch of water in the road that our truck had trouble pulling through and actually flooded the back half of the trailer. Needless to say we were all pretty panicked. Luckily we all pulled out of it without damaged gear.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

Honestly? Very bland. Lots of copies. It doesn't feel like there's much originality left in metal save a handful of bands. It seems like everyone just wants to sound like another band without making their music their own.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Indiana both locally and state wide?

Locally? It's great if you're into bar metal, metalcore, hardcore, acoustic/indie, or country. Being a prog-metal band in Indiana is like being a D&D kid at the high school basketball after party. We're the odd kids out save a few of our buddy bands. Us weirdos in the Midwest like to stick together. We'll actually get to that in a few questions.
State wide is another story. Prog-metal is a quickly expanding genre in itself. It used to be just all the crazy guys with the metal dudes branching out. Thanks to bands like Periphery, BTBAM, and Dream Theater it's getting much much bigger. Especially The Contortionist blowing up in Indiana, though they're rarely playing here anymore because they're the D&D thing I mentioned earlier.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

For us it's very "demo it" in terms of "illegal downloading". We feel it's really just sharing; if you can't afford our music and torrent it or whatnot, do it! It means you care and we know you're going to share it with other people. We each like to make sure the quality is there before we decide to come to that band's next show in our area and give them money personally. If someone says "check these guys out!," we'll go listen to it on Spotify (which isn't far from torrenting it... right?), torrent it, listen to it on youtube, whatever just to hear it before we put money down. How often do people drive cars without test driving it? Almost never. With the current state of the music industry, artists aren't getting money from music sales anymore; it's all about coming to a live performance and buying merch directly from the band.


10. What’s next for Refractions?

We're making a huge move 2,100 miles west! In January we are moving to Ontario, California. It's about 45 minutes from L.A. Plus it's only an hour and a half from San Diego. We're much more of a West Coast kind of band, we want to be around more people, plus it's a lifestyle change we're looking for. In terms of music the next five months we'll be writing our new album which we have a really good start on. We look forward to seeing all new faces in California!


11. Any shoutouts?

Definitely huge shoutouts to ForeverAtLast, Hail to the King, The Room Colored Charlatan, Inheritors, Mapmaker, Pretending We're Monsters, Vultress (RIP), and The Emerson Theater for making the Indiana scene a better place.


August 7, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/07/2014 09:09:00 AM
Philadelphia, PA alternative/indie band Sonnder gets interviewed and talks about their beginnings, their upcoming "Thief" EP and much more. The release date for the EP is August 22, 2014.
www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Alternative/Indie Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Sonnder” and is there any meaning behind it?

All members of the band were influenced by music at a young age and knew it absolutely had to be something integral to our lives in some way shape or form. Just watching bands like Blink-­182, Death Cab For Cutie, or Alkaline Trio while we were in middle school was a huge thing. They were all doing what they loved and seemed to be having the best time doing it. It was like, “Wow! I want to do that!” All of us were involved with music during school whether it was choir, band, jazz band, or a special club. The majority of us chose music over everything else and decided to study it at the collegiate level. In fact, Sonnder formed from the bonds and friendships we all made while studying music at The University Of The Arts.
We all draw inspiration from so many different genres including Jazz, Country, Folk, Electronic, Classical, and of course Rock. Our iTunes libraries are all over the map. This does nothing more than keep us evolving and ever exploring/redefining ourselves as musicians. We don’t always want to live the same way, and that is how we approach our music. Of course, there is a general consistency to what we do. Sonnder is Sonnder, but it is not likely we will ever want to settle into one thing. That is what keeps our music exciting for us and listeners.
Our bassist Steve first came across the famous meme “Sonder” a few years ago while perusing Reddit. Sonder. A noun describing the realization that everyone in your surrounding world has a life as deep and complex as your own with countless opinions, emotions, relationships, etc. Our lead singer/guitarist Ryan was very drawn to the existential nature of the definition. When it came time to think of a band name a year ago, nothing else seemed to best describe where we wanted to go with it all. Of course, when all good things surface everyone wants a taste. There were many throwaway Bandcamp profiles with the spelling “Sonder.” So instead of being lost in the sauce, we added the extra ‘N” to our spelling to make it our own thing. It really turned out for the best.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your newest release "Thief" EP? How has the response been to the single "Too Bad You're Not In Love"?

We are beyond thrilled to have “Thief” out there in the world. It will be the first collection of songs that truly represent us as a band at this current time. There was an EP that came out last year with different band members and of poorer quality recording wise that has since been removed from the internet because it just wasn’t us. “Thief” will be our first real statement as artists. The single has gotten a lot of great praise over the last month or so. I think a lot of people weren’t expecting such a drastic change from us. Everyone was really taken back by how great the recording sounds. It is funny; we recorded most of it in a bedroom with our mad scientist friend Robby. That dude is an amazing artist/engineer. Wendy Rollins over at Radio 104.5 (Philadelphia) liked it so much she invited us to come into their studio and do a live session/interview. We are really grateful for that song and how it just came along like it did.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Honest. We are creating music and song topics about things we directly relate to; it is all an honest representation of who we are currently as people. It is our own brand of experimental melodic rock.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

What we want to do is bridge almost any gap of silence and eliminate any feeling of awkwardness on stage and provide one continuous show. Not just a set list, but a show for our fans. We organize our lists of songs so that one flows into another through an interlude or continuing off of the other's momentum. People have gone out of their way after our shows to tell us face to face how much they loved watching us, how we all just click together, and how we all create a wall of sound for the entire crowd to absorb. Every time we perform, each of us uses it as a release from the everyday grind of life and when we're on stage, you're seeing us as truly being ourselves. Our shows aren't only just about the music we are playing; they show how each of us really feels about what we are doing together. We really believe in our music and one another. Sharing that passion with everyone is something that is always a priority.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Sonnder thrives from the fact that we are all influenced by so many different types of music, artists, and songwriting techniques. However, at the end of the day there are definitely specific bands we draw a lot of inspiration from. If we ever had the opportunity to tour with bands like Circa Survive, Jimmy Eat World, Brand New, or Coldplay for that matter, our world would be a happy place.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Not so much a specific story but a weird on going tradition or fate depending on how you look at it. We went through a time where we had a plethora of bass subs helping us out for several months. After their first show with us, every single bass player has hooked up with a being of the opposite sex because they played that show with us; even our permanent bass player now. So basically if you need some action, play bass in our band! ;)


7. What’s your take on the current state of alternative/indie rock?

Alt/Indie contains such a vast array of music. It really has become the label for all the music that doesn’t really seem to fit under an easy genre classification. It can be poppy or it could be slow and depressing; there are no limitations. That is why I think we are happy to be a part of this kind of genre. There is no one way to do anything. There is no pressure to sound exactly like this or like that. Currently, this genre has so much to offer to any listener. As a band, we always seem to find something relatable in this vast ocean. Although, none of us really sit down and try to decipher what exact genre is our favorite or analyze the music we are listening to. It is more like, “OOOOO this is rad!” or “Shut that crap off!!” You like what you like, yet you never know what will move you. It is always best to try to keep an open mind and not let a certain genre classification turn you away from some great art.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?

There is a lot of music happening in Philadelphia. Pretty much every genre is represented in some way shape or form. There are a lot of small venues too that cater to helping that small independent artist get on their feet and find themselves as a performer. With all that said, it can be hard to be truly noticed out of all the noise. Some of it is good noise, and some of it is far from it. There is a general overall respect in the local scene though. Everyone has their reasons for doing what they do, so we are not ones to judge and disparage something that might bring joy to someone’s world. Ryan, Mike, and Steve are from the Doylestown area which for some reason is just a hot bed for great original music. Some examples of influential bands/artists from the Doylestown/Bucks County scene are Circa Survive, Pink, Balance and Composure, Good Old War, Title Fight, and so much more. It is just a great scene to be born into. We can’t really speak on behalf of the state though; we only know the areas we know, for now anyway.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

We love music and understand the need for the artist to make a living to continue to make the art we love to consume. Of course we don’t agree with the person who says, “Oh I can’t afford that 5 dollar album, so I’ll just download it.” Then he or she goes and buys a 4 dollar latte. Doesn’t really make much sense. However, that is the reality of our current society. Kids want their music for free, and the realization that it should come at a small cost doesn’t really make sense anymore. I think we are all guilty of it at times. With that said, if someone downloaded our album without paying for it but was jamming on it all the time and spreading the word, that would be amazing! Ultimately it is better that it is being heard and possibly inspiring people.


10. What’s next for Sonnder?

When “Thief” is released we will finally have something we believe in to offer to the world. We plan on working hard to spread it to as many people as possible. In the fall, we will be getting back into the studio to begin a monthly single campaign. We are hoping to release a single each month for a little while starting with the first release on Halloween. Other than that, we will be doing what we always do: staying positive and honest, pushing ourselves as artists, and hoping to make new friends along the way.


11. Any shoutouts?

We would like to recognize all the amazing artists we work with regularly that help make Sonnder more than just the five of us:
Christopher Young: An amazing visual artist and close friend of many years who is responsible for all of our design work including single artwork, final designs on other’s work, our website, and more!
Robby Webb: A remarkable musician, engineer, and friend. He is the man behind all the sound engineering of our new EP “Thief.”
Greg Gardner: This man is an insane photographer and has been so kind to us. He contributed the photographer that has become the album artwork for “Thief.” Make sure to check out all his work at http://www.gregogardner.com/
Jason Bruek: A great mentor, friend, and artist. He is always giving us tips of how to reach people with our art as well as frequently lending his own work to the Sonnder cause. Check out his website: http://alterimages.net/
Allie Coultas: She designed the new Sonnder T-Shirts to shall soon see the light of day. Visit her website to see more of her designs: http://alexandracoultas.weebly.com/

August 3, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  8/03/2014 08:43:00 AM
Bloomington, IL metalcore band The Beauty In Her Eyes's "Shallow Existence" EP is available for streaming/purchasing below.
www.facebook.com/thebeautyinhereyesmetal
www.facebook.com/thebeautyinhereyesmetal
From: Bloomington, IL
Sounds like: Metalcore



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