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“Hearts Of Cold”, the new video from Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Eric Richter in Chicago, Illinois and “packs a ferocious punch in a span of four minutes and sixteen seconds that will have your adrenaline rushing with your fist held high,” according to a press release. The song is loosely based on characters Mikey and Mallory from the 1994 movie “Natural Born Killers” and mirrors the Finnish, real-life version of them — Juha Veikko Valjakkala and Marita Routalammi — who crossed the border over to Sweden and killed a family of three.

“Hearts Of Cold” comes off SISTER SIN‘s third album, “Now And Forever”, which entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 44. Released on October 23, 2012 via Victory Records, the CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder and was mixed by Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEADSOCIAL DISTORTIONDANZIG).

SISTER SIN singer Liv Jagrell underwent surgery in November to remove nodules on her vocal cords. As a result, the band was forced to cancel all of its previously announced shows for the remainder of 2012.

Issues: Ignore them at your peril

“There’s no band that’s ever meant anything that hasn’t started out by upsetting people,” says Tyler Carter, frontman with Issues and former Woe, Is Me vocalist. You can hear the joy in his voice as he says this, and he’s right; there are a shitload lot of people that are about to be angered by Issues and their unique take on heavy music. Their Black Diamonds EP opens with a 90-second banging dubstep instrumental. Tyler’s melodic vocals have more in common with the slick r’n’b of Drake and Rhianna and even the smooth-as-butter licks of Michael Jackson than it does with anything in Metal Hammer’s traditional world. The guitars are a cross between modern day crushers like Of Mice & Men and Memphis May Fire and the irrepressible bounce of nu metal. Most importantly of all, they are true originals in a world where it feels like everything’s been done before and a serious contender to be the breakthrough band of 2013.

“I’m not afraid of saying that I’ve been inspired by Chris Brown and top 40 music,” Tyler shrugs. “Our keyboardist, who I wrote the songs with, has engineered with Skrillex and Cee Lo Green and written songs for Cody Simpson, so we’re not afraid of venturing into pop music, but we’re still a harder sounding band. It’s blending the two worlds that defines our sound.”


The best of urban and metal cultures have shone before when nu metal owned the globe, but Issues are a different beast altogether. Tyler’s smooth vocal hooks cover r’n’b flavours with a know-how previously unseen in heavy music and his fellow former Woe, Is Me vocalist Michael Bohn’s screams have a flow to them that’s as close to the Young Money alumini as it is any of the throat-shredding growlers in contemporary metal. Hell, even Atilla vocalist Fonz appears in the vein of a guest rapper on the awesomely titled Love Sex Riot.


“The EP came together really quickly and we managed to fit so many of our different ideas in 6 songs that we’re super proud of,” says Tyler. “We’ve already begun writing for our full-length and, I don’t want to give anything away, but we’re already looking to push the envelope of our sound. I can’t wait to see what we come up with when we start writing that!”

If you’re the kind of person that wants metal to adhere to a militant rulebook that was written over 30 years ago, Issues will not be for you. If you love the idea of a band taking the freshest aspects of modern popular music and using it to flip heavy music on its head, Issues are your new favourite band. The choice is yours.

Black Diamonds is out now via Rise


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