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AVATAR GET FOSSIL NAMED AFTER THEM; GO #1 IN USA
  The Swedish madcap visionaries known as AVATAR, have had a fossil named after them. Discovered by Dr. Ben Thuy, a​​ paleontologist at the Luxembourg Natural History Museum, this fossil is now known as Ophiocoma avatar. They’ve also had their first #1 single in the US with the track ‘The Dirt I’m Buried In’, taken from their latest album Dance Devil Dance.
More info here.

LIL LOTUS RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘MILLIONAIRE (FT. KENNEDYXOXO)’ 

  Known for blending confessional lyrics, pop-punk melodies, and trap production throughout his genre-defying music career, Los Angeles artist LIL LOTUS shares his latest alternative banger, ‘Millionaire’, produced by Matt Malpass (Blink 182, MGK). 
Featuring collaborator kennedyxoxo, ‘Millionaire’ is led by a finger picked guitar melody as LIL LOTUS blends alt-pop synths and glittering hi-hats, melding a dynamic soundscape with glitched out vocals.
Watch the visualiser for ‘Millionaire (Ft. kennedyxoxo)’ here.
Stream ‘Millionaire (Ft. kennedyxoxo)’ here

AMORPHIS GUITARIST LAUNCHES SOLO PROJECT WITH DEBUT SINGLE AND ALBUM
  Today, Amorphis guitarist Tomi Koivusaari has announced his long-awaited solo project BJØRKØ, which features an array of stellar guest vocals and collaborations, including the debut single ‘The Heartroot Rots’ which features Carcass‘ Jeff Walker. A journey 15 years in the making, ‘The Heartroot Rots’ is taken from the debut upcoming album Heartrot, due December 2023 via Svart Records.
Watch the music video to ‘The Heartroot Rots’ here.
Stream ‘The Heartroot Rots’ here.

INSOMNIUM RELEASE ‘SONG OF THE DUSK’ AND ANNOUNCE EP
  Today, Finnish metal melancholists INSOMNIUM have released their new single and music video for ‘Song of the Dusk’. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming EP Songs of the Dusk, due 3rd November via Century Media. Make sure to watch the majestic video from Riivata for the epic, 10 minute long saga.

Watch the music video to ‘Song of the Dusk’ here.
Stream ‘Song of the Dusk’ here.
Pre-order Songs of the Dusk here.

BRAVE LIAISON RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘SPIKE’ AND ANNOUNCE EP
  Cambridge four-piece Brave Liaison have dropped their new single ‘Spike’, recorded with Adrian Bushby (MuseFoo Fighters) at Otterhead Studios. The track is taken from their newly announced EP Will This Hold Together?, due 6th October via Fort Records. 
Listen to ‘Spike’ on YouTube here.
Stream ‘Spike’ on Spotify here.

SiM RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR ‘SAD SONG’
  Today, genre-blending Japanese metal, punk, and reggae outfit SiM have dropped their latest offering ‘Sad Song’, which can be found on SiM‘s upcoming new album PLAYDEAD out on Wednesday, 27th September (via UNFD).
Watch the music video for ‘Sad Song’ here.
Stream ‘Sad Song’ here.
Pre-save PLAYDEAD here.

UPCOMING RELEASE SCHEDULE
22.09 – StarbendersTake Back the Night (Sumerian Records)
22.09 – Guilt TripSeverance (MLVLTD)
27.09 – SiMPLAYDEAD (Unified Music)
29.09 – AtenaSubway Anthem (Indie Recordings)
29.09 – Of VirtueOmen (Arising Empire)
06.10 – Brave LiaisonWill This Hold Together? (Fort Records)
20.10 – Catch Your BreathShame On Me (Thriller Records)
03.11 – HAWXXEarth, Spit, Blood and Bones (Self-release)
03.11 – InsomniumSongs of the Dusk (Century Media)

UPCOMING TOURS

September
OF VIRTUE (supporting Being As An Ocean)
05.09 – The Loft, Southampton
06.09 – O2 Academy 2, Leicester
07.09 – The Studio, Sheffield
08.09 – The Dome, London
09.09 – Devil’s Dog, Birmingham
10.09 – Sin City, Swansea

CASKET FEEDER
15.09 – The B2, Norwich
16.09 – Devil’s Dog, Birmingham
17.09 – Retro, Manchester
22.09 – 229, London
23.09 – Smokehouse, Ipswitch
24.09 – Six-Six Bar, Cambridge

JAWW (new date)
21.09 – Sebright Arms, London

THE SISTERS OF MERCY
22.09 – Camden Roundhouse, London
23.09 – Camden Roundhouse, London

October
SCENE QUEEN
02.10 – SWG3, Glasgow *upgraded
03.10 – Stylus, Leeds *upgraded
04.10 – The Waterfront Studio, Norwich *upgraded
06.10 – O2 Academy, Birmingham *upgraded
08.10 – SWX, Bristol *upgraded
09.10 – O2 Academy Islington, London  *sold out
10.10 – O2 Academy Islington, London  *extra date