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Kayati's ‘Happy Birthday’/ New singer for Align The Tide / Kylo's dream/ Hellcommander debuts single


Kayati sings ‘Happy Birthday’


'Happy Birthday' carries a deeply personal significance for Kayati, evoking a tender moment on a particularly special day.

For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one or are no longer in contact with someone, it's crucial to acknowledge that even on their birthday—a day usually filled with joy and warm wishes—they may still long to hear that person's voice saying "Happy Birthday."

Kayati, a sister singer-songwriter duo with a Maltese/Arabic background, has been crafting music collaboratively for numerous years, refining their art to create a unique blend of contemporary pop and soulful ballads. Their musical compositions primarily draw inspiration from personal experiences, offering relatable narratives that transport listeners to different moments in life.

'Happy Birthday' was written by the duo and recorded and produced at The Insynk Collective. Kayati explains, stating, "Working on 'Happy Birthday' was incredibly comforting; it felt like we were opening a new dimension of our style and the type of music we wanted to create. The song came together just days apart from our birthdays, both falling within the same month. One night, in our bedroom with our guitar, the song seamlessly fell into place. You could say that 'Happy Birthday' became our way of finding closure."

The song is positioned to make a significant impact in an industry that thrives on innovation and fresh perspectives. The single was released on January 29th and is now available on major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Instagram Music, TikTok, Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer, and more.


Align The Tide news: Matthew Cilia leaves band, enter Sol Pearson


On Monday, January 29th, Align The Tide shared the following announcement on their Facebook page:

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the departure of our former vocalist, Matthew Cilia. Playing alongside him has been a pleasure, and we deeply appreciate and respect his dedication to the band. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Moving forward, we are excited to introduce our new vocalist to the lineup. Hailing from Zimbabwe, please join us in welcoming Sol Pearson. He has seamlessly embraced the challenges and is showcasing his resilience each day."

Currently, the band is in rehearsal mode for upcoming shows, with the first one being a supporting slot for Suicide Silence in London on Monday, February 12th. Joining them on the bill for the night is the 5-piece Brighton hardcore band, Glower.


Kylo unveils 'close to heart' dream.


After a year marked by unwavering dedication and boundless patience, Kyle Drakard is excited to finally unveil a dream close to his heart – the creation of his first self-titled album, "KYLO."

Regrettably, covering all the associated costs independently seems a bit beyond his reach. Kyle's goal is to raise €3,500 to make this endeavor possible, and your assistance is crucial. Contributions can be directed to Kyle's Revolut account at +356 79585482 or through https://revolut.me/kylewr4gf. (provide your name and phone number when making your contribution!)

In appreciation of your support, exclusive perks await those who contribute specific amounts:

💿 €15: Signed CD and heartfelt thanks

🎸 €25: Personalized 1-on-1 lesson (guitar/bass or drums) - Online sessions are also available! 🎓 €65: Group masterclass for your friends or band

🎥 €100: All perks + behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making process


Beyond the realm of music, 15% of the funds collected will go towards supporting Beldi Refuge Morocco, an organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs in the wild Rif mountains. Kyle has personally witnessed their heart-wrenching plight, and together, we can make a positive impact on their lives.

Your kindness not only fuels Kyle's musical aspirations but also contributes to a cause dear to his heart. Let's create something beautiful, aiming for international acclaim while making a meaningful difference in the lives of these dogs!

About the album:

This musical journey takes a unique turn as Kyle steps into the roles of a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist, and even masters the Indian instrument, "Sitar."

To ensure the utmost quality, Kyle has secured a spot at the prestigious Temple Studio for recording, promising an unforgettable auditory experience.

Collaborating with immensely talented musicians such as Nadine Axisa, El Iza, Joel Mugen Baldacchino, Varijashree Venugopal, Josh Short, James Wade-Sired, Mike Annings, Dean Montanaro, and Asaph Kolakale, the aim is to create magic that resonates globally.


Meanwhile, Kyle shared a brief message on his social media platform expressing gratitude to everyone who has contributed thus far. He also mentioned that he has reached the halfway mark in gathering contributions.


Hellcommander debuts 'Fantoft Fires'


It appears to be a bustling year ahead for Hellcommander Vargblod, (Mark Azzopardi). Many may recall his remarkable guitar skills and dedication from his time with X-Vandals and Martyrium while residing on the island, as well as his involvement in projects such as Draugul, Khaospath, and Myronath since 2019. Despite currently living in Sweden, it was revealed in the last months of 2023 that he would be collaborating with Horned Majesty.

Horned Majesty is a collective effort featuring seasoned Maltese musicians. In addition to Mark on bass, the lineup includes Clint Aquilina (ex Putrid Birth) on vocals, Clayton Cini (Animamortua, Thy Legion, ex-Angel Blade, ex-Relicuia, ex-Shadowborne) on drums, and Zain Gauci (Saint Vermin, Pilgrimage, Chaotic Remains, Halcyon). Their debut single, 'Bringer Of Light,' was released in October.

Furthermore, in October, Mark announced the upcoming release of an EP under the alias Hellcommander, titled ‘Year Of The Goat,’ with the single ‘Fantoft Fires’ set to be released in the coming days.


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