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Finnish Rioghan released her debut EP Blackened Sky!

Promo picture: Heini Ylä-Vannesluoma. Hair & makeup by Viivi Kiilunen

Finnish songstress Rioghan released her debut EP Blackened Sky on March 10th 2021 via Inverse Records. 

Listen to Blackened Sky EP: Youtube: https://youtu.be/UKRgA-TtCJY
Bandcamp: https://rioghan.bandcamp.com
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/3ceEIdi
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/192689962
Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/album/165838288
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2OzJGZQ
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3qyDMWe

“This was the hardest song for us to finish. We edited it multiple times and even re-did the whole song once. After all the trouble, somehow it became the one for introducing this project to the world. The lyrics were made from one of my older poems and adding some wider perspective around it. This particular poem was very personal to me, but somehow it was refreshing to update it now when my own mindset has changed a bit from the time it was made.”

“This was the first song we did together and after this one the whole concept became much lighter. Originally we were supposed to do ”only” this kind of songs, but then we threw all genres to trash and decided to do what we wanted instead. I really had to go through a lot of practicing for the rough vocals, as I hadn’t recorded that kind of singing before. Also for that reason, waiting to finish this song in the studio was nerve racking for me as I was really insecure about my technique before the session, but somehow just a few weeks before, something clicked and I just started doing it right. All in all, I am super pleased with the outcome and can’t thank Jonne Soidinaho enough for making this one possible and giving me thoughts and teaching for different vocal skills.”

“This song was supposed to become a love song, but somehow it (too) ended up being a sad story. We started making this instruments first and picked a lyric after some of the instrumental visions had already been recorded to the demo. In the lyric the love is obviously present, but also strong feelings about fear of rejection and looking up from depths before surrendering to completely new phases in life. This was also the only lyric where the original poem ended up completely unedited, just a little repetition here and there.”

“This song will be the last song on the EP. It is a calm but a bit unnerving (in a good way of course) setting with more organic tones, acoustic guitar and I get to use the lower range of my voice. Lyric wise, it tells the story of self development and kind of self appreciation, when you find yourself in the lowest point of your road, you have to choose between destroying yourself by just laying in the fire or saving yourself by letting go of everything you know even though it will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.”

Enough music video: https://youtu.be/Bn1K2q_XcAQ

Hollowness music video: https://youtu.be/abfGtYVXTVc

Wither music video: https://youtu.be/ngWLqd4tEtw

Rioghan is a solo project performed by singer Rioghan Darcy. Rioghan was founded in 2019 and is based on Lapua, Finland. Rooted deeply in both gothic and progressive metal scenes, she sure should bring something interesting on the table. She started off in 2010 as a poetry and lyric writer, but in 2019 she finally wanted to add some more to the mix and decided to fleshen up some of her words with music. She teamed up with a few skilled songwriters and together they came up with a 4 song EP “Blackened Sky”.



(review) Krav Boca-City Hackers


This is an interesting band. Krav Boca are French-Greek-Moroccan group made of 8 people, meaning 3 singers, 1 performer and 4 musicians. These guys did more than 300 concerts diy touring Europe and are releasing their brand new record. This one contains intro plus eight songs. After pretty harsh and almost metalised intro, Souterrain shows the street side of the band, with music being combination of punk, metal, rap and folk elements meaning mandoline incorporated cleverly in the song arrangements. The lyrics are in French, since I don´t speak that one, I can´t really understand what is being sung about, but it sounds great nonetheless. Three vocals fulfill themselves perfectly creating and bursting with energy. I expected some ethno folk punkrock, but I got hardcore rap with metal and punk elements, not unlike Moscow Death Brigade. The songs that I recommend as highlights of this album are Crust Riot, Gas Mask and the title song. Check this one, it is interesting.



(record review)The Rumjacks-Saints Preserve Us!

The Rumjacks recently released their new, fourth album and I listened and reviewed the album for our zine. Read on!

2018 - Saints Preserve Us!

I didn´t know for this band until 2016.and their show at Punk Rock Holiday, which made me listen to the albums and keep an eye and ear open for this band. Usually, I am not too keen for all the celtic punk and folk punk bands out there, but this album is just somehow made for my ears. These Australians  deliver mighty set with 12 songs of celtic folk punkrock with a lot of melody, sing along choruses, fun and emotion. There are reggae and ska influences in Fare Evader, the title track and A Dozen Good Reasons To Weep which is one of my favorite songs on this record. Also, I love The Foreman O´Rourke with the guest performance by Paul McKenzie of The Real McKenzies delivering nice vocal guest lines. This is a very good album which even non celtic folk punkrock fans like me dig good.