SORROWSEED Announce Sophomore Album Release on October 31st, 2013

387523Boston, MA – After nearly two years of work, Sorrowseed, New England’s premier female fronted extreme metal band, have announced the release date, track list, and artwork for their second full length studio release, Nemesis Engine. The album will be released on October 31st, Halloween day, of this year for both physical and digital distribution by CD Baby and on iTunes & Bandcamp. The album was recorded in Williamsburg, Massachusetts by Clay Neely (Black Pyramid) and mixed & mastered in Mastic, New York by Vipen Studios (Cradle of Filth, World Under Blood, System Divide, et al.)

This will be the first album by the band to feature new drummer Prometheus B. Subrick (Rick Lowell of Blacksoul Seraphim), who joined the band in January 2012. The album will also feature a variety of guest guitar soloists, including current live guitarist for the band Eric Pellegrini, Chris Adamcek, Funeris of Sin Origin, and, most notably, Andy LaRocque of King Diamond. The album’s artwork was created by Doyle Daigle II (Hildor Anduv of Dethlehem).

The release show for Nemesis Engine will take place on Wednesday, October 30th at the South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, Massachusetts. The band will perform a special set consisting of the entire new album, followed by familiar live staples from their first album, the 2CD double record The Extinction Prophecies. Also featured on this show will be fellow New England bands Scourge, Forevers’ Fallen Grace, and Devil’s Feedback (featuring Justin Sane of Joint Damage).

 

Track Listing:

1. Phylactery

2. Arcana (of the Lich Queen)

3. Nemesis Engine

4. The Sepulcher Legionnaires (featuring Andy LaRocque of King Diamond)

5. Scourge of the Hierophant

6. Divine Submission

7. Corpse Colossus

8. Stygian Athenaeum

9. Artillery Ghosts

10. The Apostle Thrall

11. Necropolis March

Sorrowseed’s debut album, the aforementioned The Extinction Prophecies, was released in March 2011. Remixed and remastered editions of both discs were released simultaneously on December 21st, 2012

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Sorrowseed

Alexia from ESTK on Women of Metal

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Jack’s at it again, this time he interviews Alexia Rodriguez of the American post-hardcore band Eyes Set to Kill. This interview is so awesome it wouldn’t fit it in just one show. Jayson Shell welcomes Jack Antonio back to the Women of Metal show on Saturday October 26th at 8PM CST, and then tune in Tuesday October 29th at 8PM CST to catch part two on The Metal Factory. Be sure to check out both shows to experience two completely unique interviews!
At some point or another, everybody wears a mask. That façade doesn’t just hide imperfections or insecurities either. It allows its wearer to assume a different face. Sometimes, that’s a dangerous proposition. Other times, it’s the only way to find oneself. Eyes Set To Kill uncovered their identity within Masks, their fifth full-length album and first for Century Media Records.In 2012, the band found itself mired in the search for a new label. That proved to be a rather daunting and frustrating undertaking where every meeting yielded a conflicting third-party perception of who Eyes Set To Kill should be.”I felt like we were wearing a bunch of masks to impress people during those meetings,” admits singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alexia Rodriguez. “At one point, I had a bit of a revelation. We had gone through so many changes over the years. It wasn’t about anybody else though. It was about us. We really found the band’s face at that point. We weren’t wearing masks anymore.”

Instead of pandering or worrying about expectations, the band—Alexia, her sister Anissa [bass], Caleb Clifton [drums], and Cisko Miranda [screams]—hunkered down and demoed two of its strongest songs to date, the irresistibly incendiary “True Colors” and “Nothing Left to Say”. Both merged anthemic scope and jarring metallic elegance, making for some of the group’s catchiest fare. As a result, Century Media immediately signed them.
“Those two songs served as a blueprint for the entire record,” explains Alexia. “When we were writing, I didn’t try to do what everybody else does. We didn’t need to throw a ton of riffs into one song or get overly technical. I wanted to make music that was catchy.”With that mindset, the group retreated to a Southern California studio with producer Steve Evetts [The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura]. In the process, Alexia evolved immensely as the band’s songwriter, and the band’s patented sound expanded. For the first time, Cisko added staggering screams, building the harmonies. Everything became amplified from the heaviness to the hooks.”I was never really an underground kind of girl,” says Alexia. “I grew up on bands like Nirvana and more alternative rock, but I also related to metal and post-hard-core at the same time. Melody makes music relatable. I want people to remember the songs and relate to them.”
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The first single “Infected” certainly upholds that. A battering guitar groove gives way to a soaring refrain from Alexia. It’s an unforgettable and unshakable introduction to the next phase of Eyes Set To Kill.
She goes on, “Sometimes, in relationships, people get manipulated into thinking that they’re the insane one or they have something wrong with them. They get portrayed like they’re ‘infected’, but they’re really not. They’re just being manipulated. It hits hard, and it’s got a lot of anger. At the same time, it shows listeners they’re not alone.”

Eyes Set To Kill have been providing fans that outlet since they first emerged from Phoenix, AZ in 2003. Since then, they have amassed over 1.17 million Facebook likes, covered USA Today, and landed on Alternative Press’s coveted “100 Bands You Need to Know List”. On the road, they’ve developed into a veritable whirlwind, sharing stages with everyone from Papa Roach to Black Veil Brides. They’ve crossed the globe four times on tour and even headlined a festival in Jakarta in front of 8,000-plus fans.

Now, with the Masks off, Eyes Set To Kill stand primed to be heard louder than ever before. “I feel like we’ve been working towards this record for our whole career,” concludes Alexia. “There were times I was almost going to give up. I’m glad I didn’t. I’d love for this music to inspire everyone to keep going. It’s always worth it to hold on to your dreams.”

Alexia- Vocals, guitar & keyboards
Anissa- Bass
Cisko – Screams, live guitar
Caleb – Drums & samples

Stolen Babies Bio

Los Angeles-based experimental rock, post-everything unit StolenBabies are as crunchy as they are curious, glamorous as they are gothic and diabolical as they are transcendentally dynamic. With Dominique Lenore Persi (vocals, accordion) and twin brothers Gil and Rani Sharone (drums and bass, respectively) at its core, Stolen Babies are genuinely raising the bar with their wild synergy of math-metal power, opiate atmospheres and colorful vocals. Descriptions of their sound often end up heavily hyphenated and although they might a square peg in a round hole, Stolen Babies have made a cozy nook for themselves.

Dominque Lenore Persi
Dominque Lenore Persi

The Stolen Babies’ mythology began back in 1997 when in high school, the Sharones and Persi were part of a 12-member-strong ensemble called the Fratellis. The group’s shows included puppets, costumes, narratives, and a stellar level of musicianship. But when the scheduling and economic realities of maintaining a large group became unmanageable, the Fratellis belonged to history and the group played their final gig in 1999 at the birthday party of Oingo Boingo frontman/film composer, Danny Elfman.

Around 2002, Persi and the Sharone brothers began to form the next thing: a smaller band that would distill the breadth of the Fratellis’ musical worldview, while leaning towards a more rock-based sound without the full horn section and theatrical aspects. They named the new project “Stolen Babies” after a song cycle from the Fratellis’ shows, as an homage to their roots.

Stolen Babies’ debut album, There Be Squabbles Ahead, arrived in 2006, and it seems none of the genres they traipsed through would ever recover. Heavy-metal mazurkas buttressed against funhouse film scores and laudanum-punk rave-ups, while Persi conjured everyone from Edith Piaf to Judy Garland to the shrieking turbines of a Boeing 747. Produced by Dan Rathbun of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Squabbles was technical, but not self absorbed; cartoonish, but not jokey; urgent, but not mindless. They were garnering rave notices for Persi’s scorching schizophrenic vocal prowess and the band’s towering metal-meets-musical theater velocity, powered by the Sharone brothers’ sibling mind-meld intuition. Critics and bloggers were making themselves arthritic trying to bang out an all-encompassing reduction of the Stolen Babies’ raison d’être.

And in a move that’s just as unpredictable as their sound, Stolen Babies celebrated the attention they received with Squabbles in a most unusual way—by disappearing. A dark period with Persi moving away from Los Angeles to Oakland resulted in an unplanned hiatus. And while each member pursued other endeavors (such as Gil playing drums for Dillinger Escape Plan and Rani scoring films) during the interim, their hearts were always entrenched in Stolen Babies.

In September of 2012, Stolen Babies released Naught. Recorded patchwork style from different studios in L.A. and Oakland, this album shows a retooling of the Babies’ vision, influenced by all of their individual experiences during their break while raising the level of the group’s virtuosity. Producer Ulrich Wild gave Naught a greater sense of clarity, allowing many of the subtleties (especially Rani’s genre-hopscotching and Persi’s come-hither-so-I-may-stab-you delivery) to shine like halogen searchlights across a night sky. Crunching hard rock (“Splatter”), foreboding sound-design (“I Woke Up”), anabolic dance rock (“Prankster”), quirky new-wave rock (“Birthday Song”) and bluesy gothic vibes (“Dried Moat”) coexist like the best playlist you’ve never heard. (And in the case of “Mousefood,” it could be all of those genres in 165 seconds.) It’s to Stolen Babies’ credit such advantageous sonic pursuits don’t come off as contrived or clever. The fury, psychosis and musicianship come from the heart—not method acting.

Since the release of Naught, Stolen Babies have thrown themselves into hyper-touring mode, hitting the road with acts such as The Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Lacuna Coil, Coal Chamber, Turisas, Sevendust, and Paradise Lost. They are ready to share their live energy with crowds and are currently working on two music videos and new material.

Current members

  • Dominique Lenore Persi – Lead Vocals, Accordion
  • Rani Sharone – Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Gil Sharone – Drums, Percussion
  • Ben Rico – Keyboards, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Former members

  • Davin Givhan – Guitar
  • Darling Freakhead – Guitar

Discography

Albums

  • 2002: Stolen Babies EP
  • 2004: 4 Song Demo (Out of Print)
  • 2006: There Be Squabbles Ahead 
  • 2012: Naught

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Nightwish Make Floor Jansen Permanent Vocalist, Troy Donockley Full Member Of Band

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Finnish symphonic metal band has officially named Floor Jansen (ReVamp) permanent vocalist of the band. In addition, Troy Donockley – the purveyor of uilleann pipes on the latest tour – has now been made an official full time member. Jansen was the fill in vocalist following the departure of Anette Olzon just weeks into the band’s North American tour with Kamelot in the Fall of 2012.

The statement from the band reads:

“Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.

“Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.

“Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.

“Tuomas, Marco, Jukka, Emppu”

Floor Jansen commented: “Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!”

Troy Donockley added: “`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is Nightwish has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! ”

The new line-up can be seen on the live/tour documentary DVD “Showtime, Storytime,” which is scheduled for release November 29th. The DVD captures the band’s performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this past summer.

The track list for the 2CD/2DVD/Blu Ray release is:

1. Dark Chest Of Wonders
2. Wish I Had An Angel
3. She Is My Sin
4. Ghost River
5. Ever Dream
6. Storytime
7. I Want My Tears Back
8. Nemo
9. Last Of The Wilds
10. Bless The Child
11. Romanticide
12. Amaranth
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Song Of Myself
15. Last Ride Of The Day
16. Outro (Imaginaerum)

Check out the latest trailer for the release here:

 

Louna (Profile)

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Louna

No other rock group in Russia has exploded onto the music scene quite as rapidly as Louna.  Formed in 2008 by Tracktor Bowling lead singer Lousine Gevorkian and bassist Vitaly Demidenko, the idea behind Louna was to pursue wider musical ideas that didn’t fit in with their original band. They recruited guitarists Rouben Kazariyan and Sergey Ponkratiev, and drummer Leonid Kinzbursky.

After the release of their first EP which lyrically focused on the many modern social problems that exist, they were quickly named the 2009 Best New Artist of the Year at the annual Russian Alternative Music Prize (RAMP) awards.

They released their first album, “Let’s Get Louder” in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour supporting the album. Two singles, “Fight Club” and “Let’s Get Louder” reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with “Fight Club” remaining in the top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and also winning Rock Song of the Year at the 2012 Nashe Awards. Along with this, Louna was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Solo Performance of the year. Their second album, “The Time of X,” released in February of 2012 has already produced a #1 single, “Mama,” and their most recent single “People Looking Up” entered the top 10.  In January of 2013, their album “The Time of X” was nominated for Album of the Year and Lousine Gevorkian was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the 2013 Nashe Awards.  In February 2013 at the Nashe Awards Ceremony in Moscow, Russia, Lousine Gevorkian was named the 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year for Russia.

Louna has played every major festival throughout Russia, and always on the main stage. In late 2012, they were invited to perform as one of the main headliners at the 50th anniversary concert festival honoring Russian rock legend Victor Tsoi of the band Kino, playing to audiences of over 15,000 people in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Louna’s reputation extends beyond their musicality to include the focus of their personal passions as found in their lyrics and actions.  They are the most commercially successful rock band of the modern protest movement (of which Pussy Riot has become the most internationally renowned). They donated their song “The Time of X” to the White Album project raising funds for Pussy Riot’s support and defense.  MTV USA came to Moscow in October of 2012 and featured Louna in an upcoming multi-part Rockumentary about protest musicians around the world called “Rebel Music” which will air on MTVU in the Fall of 2013.

Their debut international CD, “Behind A Mask,” features 10 of the band’s best songs from their first two albums and have been painstakingly adapted into English by American producer and lyricist Travis Leake (the SLoT). The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, The Pretty Reckless, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) and mastering duties were handled by the legendary Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, New York.

Lou Gevorkian (Louna) on The Women of Metal Show 10/10/2013

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Lousine (Lou) Gevorkian

Perhaps the most explosive female rock vocalist in all of Russia. Lousine Gevorkian is known for her emotional vocal performances and her ability to truly connect with the audience.

Born in Soviet controlled Armenia, her parents moved to a small town near Moscow when she was 7 years old where she began studying music. After high school she knew she needed to get to Moscow and the only way she could afford it was to enroll in a state run college–any college–to take advantage of the opportunity to live in the dorms.

Shortly thereafter, she started singing in a local rock band and soon was invited to front the long-established legendary underground rock band Tracktor Bowling. After joining Tracktor Bowling the band won the 2006 RAMP Award for Best Alternative Band.

In 2008, Lou, along with Tracktor Bowling bassist Vit Demidenko, decided to create a new side-project to explore a different style of music and lyrics which didn’t fit with the established style and character of their current band, and thus Louna was born.

Lou devotes a great deal of her time teaching upcoming vocalists to improve their craft by giving lessons to nearly anyone who seems serious in their intentions to learn, and even features a great many of them in her videos and arranges for their bands to tour with them throughout Russia to help them get their starts. Over the last year Lou has performed numerous charity benefit concerts to support Russia’s innumerable orphans and other children in dire need of medical care which is otherwise not available from the state run health care system.

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Louna

Louna is an Alternative/Punk rock band, formed in Moscow in 2008 by Tracktor Bowling musicians Lousine (Lou) Gevorkian and Vitaly Demidenko.

Their debut album, Sdelay Gromche!, was released in 2010. In total, the group has released three albums and six singles to date.

The band is best known for its socially conscious songs criticizing Russian political elitesand religion. Louna’s songs are frequently found on Russian radio and rock charts.

Louna is composed of members Lousine Gevorkian (vocals), Vitaly Demidenko (bass), Sergey Ponkratiev(guitars), Rouben Kazariyan (guitar) and Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums).

Russia’s LOUNA Teams Up with VEVO to Release Eye-Opening New Music Video for ‘Up There’ Today

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Louna

Female-fronted Russian hard rockers LOUNA are proud to team up with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, to bring fans their brand new, eye-opening music video for the track ‘Up There’, cut from their most recent full-length release, Behind a Mask. The music video is directed by Svyatoslav Podgaevsky with STG Cinema. Take a look at the video here: http://vevo.ly/oGRIwL. LOUNA is the first ever Russian rock band to have a VEVO channel.

‘Up There’ is intended to enlighten the listener, inviting them to question their surroundings and society. The lyrics of the track mirror the imagery in the video—people of all classes, ages and backgrounds—staring at the sky while nothing but rain pours down on them. People just waiting for a sign, a change, an answer—looking to the clouded sky for help, for light. But sadly, there is no answer. No one there to answer their calls and their cries. The people dream of a better day, but there is no end in sight to the constant oppression, violence, manipulation and deceit being fed to them by those who wish to control them.

This message is clearly conveyed in the lyrics to ‘Up There’, which perfectly describe the bleak, yet hopeful images portrayed in the music video.

“When we look up there prison walls feel cold
From this faceless fear silence all we’re told
Dreams of golden streets slowly tear at me
There has got to be something else somewhere
We want to believe.

So we look up there
For the millionth year
A whispered cry, a whispered lie
So we look up there
But now I know why unfortunately there is nothing there
There is no one there.”

Last week, Noisecreep.com released a new lyric video for LOUNA’s new track ‘Fight Club’. Noisecreep also released a humorous and eye-opening Top 10 list of the reasons “Why You’re Probably Not Taking Louna Seriously”. Check it out! The lyric video includes exclusive live performance footage of the band at Milk in Moscow, Russia, giving all they’ve got to a massive crowd of fans (this also happens to be the shoot location of the band’s Live Concert DVD Box Set and MTV’s upcoming documentary “Rebel Music”, which LOUNA is featured in). The lyric video was edited by Alex Yelagin of Headshot Video and directed by Travis Leake.

LOUNA is currently out on their first U.S. tour with The Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement! LOUNA is pleased to be here in the states to show American fans that outside of all of the oppression and discrimination going on in Russia right now, there are good, real people that want to spread a message of peace and bring people together.

See below for all confirmed tour dates:
LOUNA On Tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS & HEAVEN’S BASEMENT

10/07 – Scottsdale, AZ, Pub Rock Live
10/09 – San Diego, CA, House of Blues
10/10 – Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues
10/12 – San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
10/14 – Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
10/15 – Seattle, WA, El Corazon
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre
10/25 – Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
10/26 – Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at ONC
10/27 – Chicago, IL, House of Blues
10/29 – Columbus, OH, A&R Music Bar
10/30 – Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
10/31 – Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/01 – Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
11/03 – Washington DC, The Fillmore

No other rock group from Russia has exploded onto the music scene quite as rapidly as LOUNA. Their first English language album, Behind A Mask, was released on April 30, 2013 via Red Decade Records and MEG/RED. Frontwoman Lousine Gevorkian was named the best female rock vocalist in Russia in February of 2013 at the annual Nashe Awards, the closest award show in Russia to the Grammy’s or American Music Awards for rock musicians. She was nominated for the same award the year before.

LOUNA are the most commercially successful rock band of the modern protest movement (of which Pussy Riot has become the most internationally renowned). They donated their song “The Time of X” to the White Album project raising funds for Pussy Riot’s support and defense. MTV USA came to Moscow in the Fall of 2012 and will feature LOUNA in an upcoming documentary about protest musicians around the world called “Rebel Music” airing in October on MTV.

After the release of their first EP, which lyrically focused on the many modern social problems that exist, they were quickly named the 2009 Best New Artist of the Year at the annual Russian Alternative Music Prize (RAMP) awards. They released their first album, “Let’s Get Louder” in December of 2010, selling out every venue during their first national tour of Russia supporting the album. Two singles, “Fight Club” and “Let’s Get Louder” reached #1 on the Russian radio charts, with “Fight Club” remaining in the top 10 for a record-breaking 16 weeks and also being named the 2011 Rock Song of the Year at the annual Nashe Awards. Along with this, LOUNA was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Solo Performance of the year. “Mama,” their first single from their February 2012 album, “The Time of X”, went straight to #1 on the Russian radio charts.

LOUNA has performed on the main stage as a headliner at every major festival throughout Russia, and is almost universally considered the most in demand young rock band in all of the Russian world. They have played in Russia with numerous international artists such as Limp Bizkit, Billy Talent, Paramore, The Killers, Bullet for My Valentine and many others. In early 2012, they were invited to perform as one of the main headliners at the 50th-birthday concert festival honoring Russian rock legend Victor Tsoi of the band KINO, playing to audiences of over 15,000 people in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

LOUNA is:
Lou Gevorkian (vocals)
Vitaly Demidenko (bass)
Rouben Kazariyan (guitar)
Sergey Ponkratiev (guitar)
Leonid “Pilot” Kinzbursky (drums)

For more information on LOUNA, please visit these websites:
www.lounarocks.com
www.reddecaderecords.com

LOUNA’s Touring Van ROBBED Today in Dallax, TX – Nearly ALL Personal Belongings Gone

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Louna

Russian Band LOUNA Robbed During Second Week of Tour in Dallas, TX

Russian hard rock band LOUNA is currently on tour in the United States with The Pretty Reckless and Heaven’s Basement. Friday, in Dallas, TX, the band’s touring van was unfortunately robbed of passports, unique DVD merchandise, MP3 players, computers (one of the SILVER Macbook serial numbers is SW89521YF66D, if found), cash, and many other personal belongings by a currently unknown individual. The band and crew are missing nearly all of their personal items that they came to America with. The only things that weren’t stolen were items actually attached to the vehicle.

This incident occurred between 12:30PM and 1:00PM FRIDAY, October 4, 2013 in the parking lot outside of a restaurant in Caruth Plaza in Dallas, just yards from where the band was standing.

LOUNA is relying on American law enforcement to assist them in locating the individual that robbed them of their much-needed items. As a band from another country, it is even more of a struggle to be without their personal belongings with weeks of touring left to complete. The band is charging on, but they need assistance of law enforcement and fans in order to bring down the individual that committed this crime.

PLEASE NOTE: If anyone finds any of the 28 live DVD’s that were stolen from LOUNA in a pawn shop or sold on the street, it was stolen in this robbery and should be reported to the authorities.

If there is any possibility that anyone has any information on the whereabouts of this person, or anyone saw anything suspicious in the aforementioned area, please contact us to pass information to the band.

Thank you.

Editor Note: Louna is accepting donations through Paypal. You can donate at lounarocks@gmail.com … Any amount will go towards helping Louna replace items that were taken in this horrible crime.