Tondo, Manila is a place where people struggle on a daily basis. It is well known as one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. Born and raised here, singer/songwriter Otan Vargas spent his formative years surrounded mostly by poverty and despair. It is this humble background which helps motivate him to this very day. Vargas’ music is a powerfully simplistic combination of melancholy vocals accompanied by a brooding acoustic guitar. He writes songs about man’s struggle, sorrow and pain and finding the strength to continue on. What started out simply as a means of personal therapy for himself has transformed into an inspirational beacon for adoring fans worldwide.
Nutshell (AIC) - Otan Vargas live at The Grand Theater in Foxwoods
Merging massive dueling guitars and epic lyrics infused with Norse mythology, LAST LEGION melds technical melodic riffs with the primal aggression of Scandinavian metal. When the war horn sounds, these New World Vikings gather from the far corners of the earth
From Trinidad to Europe, Puerto Rico to the Far East, New York City to the beyond, when these men assemble, their true might begins to shine, and their hearts pump only pure Nordic valor! The ferocious mighty hymn will rise above the din of battles just begun. A sound of thunder leads the charge, and all who hear these epic beasts of war shall be compelled to follow. Loyal to fans as fans are to them, CROSS THE LEGION AND YOU WILL NOT LAST!
CHARETTA is a female-fronted modern rock band based out of New York City. Their sound can be described as aggressive, groove heavy rock topped with in your face, passionate vocals. Their 2016 release “Fate Strikes Twice” was recorded at VuDu Studios in Port Jefferson, New York and produced by Mike Watts (Story of the Year, Theory of a Deadman). The twelve song LP includes two new songs recorded in 2016 and ten remastered tracks from the band’s two previous EP’s “Apocalypse” and “A Nation Distracted”. Overall, the album displays the bands growing maturity as recording artists and features some of their most memorable work. “Great grooves, monster riffs and killer vocals,” describes Watts.
The band formed in 2007 when Angelina moved from her hometown of Kansas City to New York City. Soon after, she met Pablo and Adonis who were searching for a singer to front their new project. “She sang on our demos and just blew us away. One audition was all we needed to hear,” says Adonis. The three immediately sparked a chemistry and began writing music together. Several months later they added Rich as their bassist and the band’s core foundation was born. Once the pieces were in place, they traveled to Orlando, Florida to record their debut self-titled EP “Charetta” with producer Brett Hestla (Tantric, Framing Hanley). It was released in 2008 and was later followed by a full length album in 2009 entitled “Defying the Inevitable”, also produced by Brett Hestla. That same year, they filmed their first music video for the song “It Runs in the Blood”. The video was featured in the independent film “5th of a Degree,” which won awards at both the Miami and Las Vegas film festivals.
In 2010, the band made a creative decision to expand their sound and added Chris as their second guitarist. “Chris and I have very similar styles, so it was a pretty natural fit and easy transition for us,” shares Pablo. Later that year, the band began recording music with producer Mike Watts for the first time and would later release their “A Nation Distracted” EP in 2011. Coinciding with the release was a new video for the song “Lights Out” which featured Angelina in a girl vs. girl “Fight Club” type scene. “I was trained to do stage combat in college, so when the opportunity came up to assemble a storyline, it was an obvious decision to include some fighting,” adds Angelina. CHARETTA returned to VuDu studios in 2013 to record their “Apocalypse” EP. Soon after, the band would host a sold-out CD release show at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre.
Over the past decade, CHARETTA has opened for such national acts as Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Hinder & Red, and have clocked in over 200 live performances. They are now setting their sights on new heights and are poised to make a significant impact with their latest offering.