Helestios blend musical cultures in new heavy metal album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’

Proving themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting metal bands, Helestios prepare for the release of their upcoming album ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’, which will be available to the world on December 18th.

Helestios hail from Latvia, Greece and Netherlands but are now based in Basingstone, England. The metal powerhouse is made up of Henrijs Leja (vocals/guitar); Stelios Aggelis (lead guitar); Ian den Boer (drums) and Agnis Aldiņš (bass). Blending all of their musical backgrounds and culture into one, Helestios’ sound is quite something, and probably different to the metal bands you’ve heard before.

The most intriguing quality of the album is the many mediums used to grab the attention of the listener. The album begins with distorted synth and unique throat singing, before the introduction of furious riffs.

Lebanese prayer is also incorporated in the introduction to the album’s final track, ‘Return to Baalbek’, which was recorded by Henrijs during mass protests against the Government in the Lebanese city.

The extreme vocals that tell the story of the album pulls all these elements of their sound together into a metal explosion you won’t want to miss.

If you listen beyond the intense, gripping vocals, you’ll hear that Helestios use their lyrics to encourage listeners to stay true to themselves and to use their inner power to battle through any struggles they may be having.

The album is an accessible introduction to the world of metal and is perfect if you’re looking to be empowered by their power and fury, let off some steam by head-banging in your bedroom, or for imagining being in the middle of a mosh pit.

“We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones. Not to mention the fact we live in an era when individual human rights are noticeably reduced. We’re looking to stand together with everyone, brothers and sisters and friends through metal – stand together for what is right!”

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Make sure to follow Helestios on social media to be the first to hear ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’ on December 18th!

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England’s live music industry responds to sale of alcohol being allowed at gigs: “We have been listened to”

As reported by NME, England’s live music industry has responded to the decision that grassroots venues will be able to sell alcohol post-lockdown.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/englands-live-music-industry-responds-to-sale-of-alcohol-being-allowed-at-gigs-we-have-been-listened-to-2828598

Initially, post-lockdown restrictions included a ban on selling alcohol, something the Music Venue Trust (MVT) warned would prevent grassroots music venues being able to put on economically viable events being as 65% of their income comes from wet sales.

Those guidelines stated that alcohol could only be served as part of a “substantial” meal, but the MVT argued that 92% of grassroots music venues do not have the necessary facilities to fulfil that criteria.

Today (November 30), the government announced that grassroots music venues in England will be allowed to sell alcohol at ticketed live shows from Wednesday (December 2).

This new decision to allow alcohol sales identifies the purchase of a ticket as having equivalent intention by the consumer to the purchase of a meal.

A number of companies from the live music sector have since responded to the new guidelines, including MVT, who alongside Live Music Industry Venues and Entertainment Group (LIVE) worked with the government to make the case that the consumption of culture and the consumption of food should be treated equally.

“We are delighted that we have been listened to and that guidance has been issued that makes it clear that ticketed events at grassroots music venues can go ahead in Tier 2 with alcohol on sale,” said MVT CEO Mark Dayvd.

He added: “It makes a direct difference to the number of shows that can be delivered and is a significant step forward in the campaign to Revive Live Music and Reopen Every Venue Safely.”

Phil Bowdery, Chair of The Concert Promoters Association said: “LIVE is delighted that the government has listened to our calls to allow alcohol to be sold at live music venues under the new Tier 2 restrictions. This announcement is hugely important for our industry as stopping the sale of alcohol was going to mean that even if venues were technically able to open under Tier 2, they wouldn’t have been able to financially.

“There’s still a long way to go for the live music industry to recover, and the new situation is extremely challenging for those in Tier 3, but we’re grateful to all those involved, in the industry and in Government, for securing this sensible step.”

Nathan Clark, a board member for the Association of Independent Promoters said the decision “represents a significant opportunity to all in the music industry to economically work on events, and to also utilise the Culture Recovery Fund.”

“It gives a potential lifeline opportunity to both grassroots venues and promoters that simply wouldn’t have been possible without this amendment,” he added. “A huge step in the right direction for music.”

Earlier this month, the Music Venue Trust launched the #SaveThe30 campaign to highlight the plight of the spaces left in the cold from the government’s £1.57billion Cultural Recovery Fund, in a bid to raise money and awareness to stop them from being lost forever.

Organisers last week said that support has been overwhelming as they edge closer to their £1,750,000 target, while urging music fans to donate to the cause if they can or write to their councillor or MP to ask for their help in saving their local venue.

This weekend, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) accused the UK government of intentionally destroying the night life sector through the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions.

The sector argues it will be among the hardest hit through Boris Johnson’s revised three-tier system, which he outlined in a virtual statement to the Commons last week.

Meanwhile, pubs in Wales are set to close from Friday (December 4) as the country enters a new coronavirus lockdown.

The country’s First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed the new restrictions today (November 30).