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Come backs from Weeping Silence & Sceptocrypt / Muzika Muzika & Eurovision announcements

Isles Of Lore released online

The day has arrived. Weeping Silence are thrilled to announce that their new album ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜ has now been released via record label ViciSolum Productions. The album is now available on Spotify or in physical Digipak format.

The band are aiming to play the album in its entirety on 12 December when it shall be launched physically during a gig at The Garage.

๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜ is inspired by the timeless allure of Maltese folklore characters, creatures, and legends and exemplifies the current stage in Weeping Silenceโ€™s stylistic evolution (best described as Melodic Metal with influences from Progressive and Death Metal). All tracks are now available on Spotify, but for the full experience, the Digipak includes the physical CD together with a beautifully designed booklet. Featuring the main album art, the booklet also includes lyrics and informative captions about each respective character.

๐—ช๐—˜๐—˜๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ are:

  • ๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ & ๐—Ÿ๐˜†๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€: Dario Pace Taliana

  • ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ: Mario Ellul

  • ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ: Glenn Paul Pace

  • ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€: Manuel Spiteri

  • ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜†๐˜€: Alison Ellul

  • ๐——๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ๐˜€: Julian Mallia (Julinu)

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: David Depasquale | SPINESPLITTER STUDIO |

๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Jens Bogren - Fascination Street Studios

๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: Julian Mallia (Julinu) |

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜: Nick Grima MGT

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น: ViciSolum Productions

There are numerous people who were in some way or another involved in the making of this labor of love, among whom: Orphaned Landโ€™s Kobi Farhi (who features as a guest vocalist in ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜€), their manager Nick Grima, Thomas Hรถrnkvist from record label ViciSolum Productions (Sound Pollution Distribution), Noel Mifsud and Michael Bugeja for their continuous media support, video creator Cedric Vella, photographers Maria Baldacchino and Daniel Dean Marsk, past members for being part of this journey, their families, and their dedicated supporters.

๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜† link

Sceptocrypt returns after twenty four years

On November 25, 2023, Malcolm Callus, the founder of Sceptocrypt in 1992 in Malta, announced the re-launch of the band this year in London. Malcolm, now based in London, reflects on the significance of the band's return after a 24-year absence, choosing to release a requiem titled "Oratorio Mortem 2: The Unwanted Requiem." This decision is deeply personal, as it was inspired by the passing of his mother, Doris Callus, on September 25, 2023. Malcolm expresses gratitude for the opportunity to be with his mother in her final moments and dedicates the song as a thank you, released exactly two months after her passing.

The cover art for the requiem, masterfully crafted by Twan Sibon of, features an angel with a trumpet symbolizing the release of one's grip and surrendering to the currents of life. This imagery resonates with the theme of flowing effortlessly with the cosmic rhythm, a concept inspired by Malcolm's mother's approach to life.

Malcolm fondly recalls his mother's vibrant spirit and individuality, citing a video of her dancing to her own beat among professional dancers. This spirit, embodied in the saying "Dance as if no one is watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last," serves as a guiding principle for Malcolm's life and art.

The process of creating the requiem was cathartic for Malcolm, providing an outlet for his restlessness and lack of sleep during the week of his mother's passing. With the help of a borrowed guitar and the support of friends like Sean from Forsaken and David from Spinesplitter Studios, Malcolm composed, recorded, and produced the song.

Initially titled "The Unwanted Requiem," the song's name was later changed to "Oratorio Mortem 2" as a nod to the band's history of resilience. Sceptocrypt faced the prospect of splitting up in 1996 but found new musicians, recorded "Oratorio Mortem" in 1997, and went on to experience success with a stronger lineup.

Malcolm takes the opportunity to pay homage to his nephew Luca Micallef, who passed away a year ago, and others who are now on the other side, including Pawlu Camilleri and Marcello Scalpello. He dedicates the song "Oratorio Mortem 2: The Unwanted Requiem" to their memory.

The credits for the song go to David Depasquale of Spine Splitter Studios for recording, sound design, mixing, and mastering, Twan Sibon of Brutalism for the artwork, Emvin Mifsud of Ewvin by Me for photography of clocks, and Sean Vukovic of Vukovic Music for lending a guitar for composition and recording purposes. Malcolm expresses gratitude to everyone who has supported the band and invites drummers in London to join Sceptocrypt for live performances.

Link to Oratorio Mortem 2: The Unwanted Requiem on bandcamp.

Muzika Muzika: the last twenty songs announced

Festivals Malta announced the twenty semifinalist songs for the local music festival, Muลผika Muลผika, which will take place between the 14th and 16th of March 2024.

The songs are as follows (in alphabetical order according to the song title plus artist/composer/lyricist ):

3 taโ€™ ฤ unju 2021 - Neville Refalo - Corazon Mizzi - Corazon Mizzi

Dawk l-Gฤงajnejn - Miguel Bonello - Gilbert โ€˜il- Bibiโ€™ Camilleri u Miguel Bonello - Miguel Bonello

Din Gฤงalik - Moira Stafrace - David Cassar Torregiani, Toby Farrugia u Moira Stafrace - Gerard James Borg u Ryan Axisa

Fil-Qrib - Cliff Zammit Stevens - Philip Vella - Joe Julian Farrugia

ฤ enna - Victoria - Cyprian Cassar - Lon Kirkop

ฤ ranet Sbieฤง - Mark Micallef Costa - Mark Micallef Costa, Gabrijel Mansueto, Roderick Borg u Stefan Grech - Mark Micallef Costa

Grazzi - MARA - Philip Vella - Joe Julian Farrugia

ฤฆolma taโ€™ Mument - Dario Bezzina - Dario Bezzina - Philip Vella - Joe Julian Farrugia

Iljun - Andreana DeBattista - Cyprian Cassar - Emil Calleja Bayliss

Imฤงabba Vera - GIADA - Glen Vella - Philip Vella

Imqar Gฤงal-lejla - Megan May - Peter Borg, Megan May, u Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur - Megan May

Kewkba Fโ€™Tarf L-Irdum - Cherylis - Pamela Bezzina - Pamela Bezzina

Kieku Kelli - Thea Aquilina - Cyprian Cassar - Cliff Casha Brincat

Lulju - Karen Debattista - Karen Debattista - Mark Scicluna

Meta Tridni ฤฆdejk - Qalb - Paul Giordimaina - Fleur Balzan

Mhux Tal-Aฤงฤงar - Maxine Pace - Cyprian Cassar - Emil Calleja Bayliss

Mingฤงajr Kliem - Keith Zammit Mintoff - Matthew James - Matthew James

Paradoss - Haley - Cyprian Cassar - Emil Calleja Bayliss

Vjagg Sabiฤง - Kantera - Kantera u Micimago - Joe Julian Farrugia

Waฤงdi - Janice Debattista - Philippa Naudi u Bettina Muchmore - Philippa Naudi u Bettina Muchmore

Frans Agius, the Executive Director of Festivals Malta, affirms that, as is the case each year, Muลผika Muลผika has received a highly positive response. The competition has consistently attracted a considerable number of high-quality entries in previous years, making the task of the independent jury challenging in choosing the 20 semifinalist songs for the upcoming edition.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest: the twelve finalists

The announcement of the twelve finalists for this year's Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on Friday evening.

One of these finalists will go on to represent Malta in the international event, witnessed by millions worldwide, scheduled to be held in Malmรถ, Sweden, in May. This follows Malta's triumph in the esteemed Eurovision Song Contest last year, featuring the singer Loreen and her song "Tattoo."

The twelve finalists emerged from the pool of 36 semifinalists, introducing their songs on the national stage and through social media in recent weeks.

During the Friday evening event, which involved the elimination of 22 contestants, the public will be able to vote for their favorite song via SMS. Each person can cast a vote for the same song once.

The finalists include Miriana Conte, Greta Tude, Haley, the group Erba', the Gozitan duo Denise and Sarah Bonnici, Gail, Janvil, Ryan Hili, Nathan, Matt Blxck, and Lisa Gauci.

Under the updated regulations this year, the twelve finalists will each receive twelve thousand euros to produce a music video, which will be used in the final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Simultaneously, in alignment with the same theme, Yulan Law will represent Malta in the 21st edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Nice, France, on the upcoming Sunday.

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