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
Malharan the Skald! Chris the dark elf and his Six-string Bow! Dübek wielding Sword of Steel! Mollo on the War Hammer of Doom! and Adam Bauch ov Thunder and Lightning!
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!
For more info, visit www.LastLegionBand.com
LAST LEGION - God Ov Chaos (Official Music Video)
Last Legion- Betrayer (Official Music Video)
Last Legion - War Upon the Celestial Kingdoms
New York based powerhouse; SINARO was launched by Brazilian-born guitarist GUS SINARO (Vocals/Lead guitar).
After a successful run fronting the heavy hitting metallic thrash act SYMPHONY OF MALICE, Gus and his band are creating palpable buzz within the heavy music landscape! Gus has again assembled a top-notch current lineup, featuring STEVEN RICCIO on Guitars, JEFF HINZ on Bass and ZAKI ALI on drums
Building upon the whiplash-inducing drive of Symphony of Malice, SINARO infuses that sound with an even more melodic and anthemic sheen as showcased on their debut release, “No Salvation” a Hard Rock album with heavy guitar riffs, tons of melodies and relatable lyrics.
“Bullet Through Your Head” is the first single & showcases a very sensitive subject (Suicide) that was written based on a true story and sends a powerful message for prevention. “Bleed Your Sins” is a phenomenal second single with great visuals, story and sound. The single premiered on Revolver Magazine. “The Sun Burns In Disbelief is the latest auditory and visual onslaught from this release which brings a more controversial and Political side of SINARO. The video premiered on Guitar World Magazine
The Band is quickly gaining the reputation as a must see live act and has most recently Collaborated with OLI HERBERT (ALL THAT REMAINS) and UK shredder ANDY JAMES for some of SINARO’s upcoming singles. The Band has shared the stage with acts like Flotsam & Jetsam, Saving Abel, Angel Vivaldi, Revocation, Rhapsody, Primal Fear, Gus G.( Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind) and others.
SINARO is currently playing select regional dates and prepping for a busy year and new album on the horizon. Catch the band live and discover what the others already know!
SINARO is proudly endorsed by ESP Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Hughes & Kettner and KHDK pedals.
SINARO - Break The Paradigm Feat. Oli Herbert (Official Music Video)
SINARO -The Sun Burns In Disbelief (Official Music Video)
SINARO- BLEED YOUR SINS OFFICIAL VIDEO (REMASTERED)
From the death metal capital of the world Tampa, FL comes SHATTERED. Formed in 2014 by guitarist Tony Pettry, the band has recently released its debut EP entitled “Pride”. Their style is a complex blend of metal genres with varied influences ranging from the 80’s to modern day. Over the past couple years, they have opened for the likes of Overkill, Hate Eternal, Nile, Pro-Pain & Prong. Shattered is sponsored by Sinister Guitar Picks and Fireball Whiskey. A lyric video for the title track “Pride” is now available for viewing on their official website.
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.
Charetta - It Runs In The Blood (Official Video - 2009)
MAGNA LIBRA is a rock music project based in the New York City area. Roughly interpreted as “The Great Balance”, Magna Libra features a tasteful blend of melodic, soulful vocals accompanied by gritty, hard rock instrumentation. Their debut single "Ground' will be released by Gravel Entertainment in March 2017 as a taste of future offerings to follow. The group is a musical collaboration featuring Otan Vargas on vocals, Rich Mollo (Charetta, Last Legion) on bass, Steve Seigerman (Tenpoint) on guitar and special guest Sal G (Staind) on drums. The group is currently working on new music for an EP release later this year, with a live performance schedule to follow.
For more info, visit www.MagnaLibra.com
Magna Libra - Ground (Official Lyric Video)
Formed in 2016, FAINITES have wasted no time establishing themselves on the fertile South Coast rock scene in the United Kingdom. Their debut gig in October was at the legendary Joiners in Southampton, where they were invited to support rising rockers Blackfoxxes. A sold-out December hometown show in Portsmouth followed, and their 2017 started with a bang with a stellar performance at Icebreaker festival in February.
The band creates anthemic, intelligent, hardcore-tinged alternative rock. Their debut EP ‘Battle Scars’ will be released on April 17th, 2017. The lead track ‘Geraldine’ - a storming piece of alternative rock, welding chunky guitar riffs to yearning vocals and pounding drums - is set for radio and press exposure, with a video to accompany.
For more info, visit www.fainites.com
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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.
Vargas grew up immersed in music from an early age. His father is an accomplished international entertainer and his siblings all sing and play musical instruments. But it wasn’t until the age of 17 that Otan would start playing the acoustic guitar. Around that time, he also began to follow his father to his shows in the Philippines. It was a great experience for him to see his dad perform live and learn how he handled business matters. But ironically, the family discouraged Otan from pursuing a career in music knowing firsthand how difficult the industry could be. In 2006, Vargas travelled to the United States for the first time and would soon settle in with family members in New York. With no serious intentions of becoming a musician at the time, he recorded some videos of himself playing guitar and singing at a friend’s house and uploaded them to YouTube for fun. By a strange twist of fate, the videos gained some popularity on YouTube and eventually ended up being viewed by Aaron Lewis – vocalist of the rock band Staind.
Otan’s big break came in 2009 when Aaron Lewis unexpectedly invited him on stage to play a song at the Borgata Hotel and Casinos in Atlantic City, NJ. His somewhat nervous, yet captivating rendition of Staind’s hit song “It’s Been Awhile” elicited a standing ovation from the crowd. The video of that performance also spread quickly on YouTube. Shortly after, Otan would release his full-length debut album “Alone” in which he sings about enduring suffering, battling the voices within and trying to find a constant peace for his soul. The album was recorded mainly in one live take with an acoustic guitar and a single vocal microphone, a rarity in this digital age of multitrack recording. Otan describes his genre of music as “Organic Rock”. The songs are focused more on the emotional content and lyrical meaning than the skill or technique involved. He says, “when I write, I always follow where the song wants to go rather than following a certain structure or formula.”
In 2010, Vargas would perform his original songs for the first time in front of a huge audience of 5,000+ at the Jones Beach Bandshell in New York. And in 2011, he shared the stage with Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Lo Pro and Tesla for the “It Takes a Community Charity Concert” at the Pines Theater in Northampton, MA.
In 2012, Otan released a new EP entitled “Selected Sorrow.” The EP contained the song “Hollow Destination” which was featured in the documentary film “Battlefield of the Mind.” Produced by renowned videographer Fran Strine, the documentary touches on the plight of neglected US veterans who suffer from PTSD and homelessness. It offered a soundtrack which included well known artists such as Mike Mushok of Staind, Pete Murray of Lo Pro and several others including Otan Vargas. The following year, Vargas would travel across country by train from his New York residence to perform at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA for the world premiere of the documentary. Others performing on the same stage, were members of the bands Megadeth, Staind, Evanescence and Eye Empire.
In 2014, Vargas would record a second EP “Origins” with producer Johnny April of Staind. The recording exhibited Vargas’ growing range as a musical artist and included several guest musicians to create more of a rock band feel. He followed up the album with a two-week tour of the Northeast U.S., performing 13 shows in 15 nights.
In 2015, Otan would again take the stage alongside Aaron Lewis of Staind. This time in Oklahoma for the Boot Campaign Foundation, an organization that supports US troops and their families. Then in 2016, Vargas would continue his charitable concert appearances with a performance at the Grand Theatre in Foxwoods Resort and Casinos for the Reach Foundation. The concert featured members of the bands Seether, Staind, Three Days Grace and Saint Asonia.
Most recently, Vargas’ has recorded a new single called “Ground” which features some veteran New York rock musicians including drummer Sal G. of Staind. Vargas experimented with a new formula for this heavy rock project. For the first time, he recorded only the vocal parts and did not include any acoustic guitar. Look for an official release in early 2017.
It’s been a long, unexpected journey, but all these experiences have developed Otan into a well-respected musician in the rock world and beyond. His story reminds us that if you dream something, no matter who you are or where you come from, it can come true if you work hard and your intentions are pure.
For more info, visit www.OtanVargas.com
Nutshell (AIC) - Otan Vargas live at The Grand Theater in Foxwoods