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Billy Corgan: “A True Chicagoan”

One of the hottest new television shows to hit the air this year (and really there aren’t a lot of them) is the Fox network’s The Chicago Code. Filmed on location in Chicago, The Chicago Code is a crime drama that follows the lives and work of Chicago police officers as they battle crime in the city. So far the show has received some excellent critical reviews and has become a primetime hit.



One of the hottest new television shows to hit the air this year (and really there aren’t a lot of them) is the Fox network’s The Chicago Code. Filmed on location in Chicago, The Chicago Code is a crime drama that follows the lives and work of Chicago police officers as they battle crime in the city. So far the show has received some excellent critical reviews and has become a primetime hit.

So why you ask are we talking about a crime drama TV show when you’ve come to read and learn about the latest in rock and heavy metal? Well the reason is quite simple really. It’s because ’90s alternative rock superstar Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins sings and performs the opening theme song to this hit show about his hometown.

Unlike a lot of shows set in a popular city, The Chicago Code is actually filmed entirely on location in Chicago and it even uses Chicago police officers as extras. In keeping with the Chicago theme, the producers of the show were only interested in finding a singer or performer from Chicago to do the intro theme music. In wanting a Chicago-based singer there really was no better choice than Corgan, arguably the most popular rock n’ roll musician to ever come from Chicago.

Despite his immense song writing talents, Corgan actually did not write the theme. That credit must go to composer Robert Duncan who wrote the music and the lyrics, but there is certainly no mistaking the effect Billy has on the theme. His signature voice and vocal style are what makes the song work which would have been a lot more difficult with an unknown singer.

The only downside to the intro is that it’s only thirty-five seconds long when it sounds like it has the potential to be a great full-fledged song. Even though he didn’t write it, Corgan makes the theme work well and it could mark the beginning of a new dimension to his storied musical career. Let’s hope more television shows put more thought into their theme music and start employing more of the great talent in the rock n’ roll world.

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Track-by-Track: Beyond Unbroken Discuss Some of Their Greatest Hits

Hard rock/metal band Beyond Unbroken join us for a special track-by-track rundown of some of their most notable and significant songs.



Beyond Unbroken
Beyond Unbroken

Beyond Unbroken has proudly unleashed “The Madness” via FiXT Music. It’s a fitting title for the metal quartet’s brand-new single, released with an accompanying music video earlier this month. The clip matches the song’s intensity, a deep dive into the small pockets of our minds where our demons lurk. “The Madness” depicts a psychological struggle where the mind succumbs to manic thoughts. The prison in the video is a metaphor for this struggle and the fact that one’s mind can become its prison. With “The Madness,” the message that the band is trying to convey is that you are not alone. Pain comes, and it’s often only temporary. Facing obstacles is a part of life, and we derive strength from these experiences. We’re all in this together, and Beyond Broken wants to emphasize that.

Beyond Unbroken celebrated their tenth year together last year, originally formed between Monte and Michael Money after leaving Escape the Fate. Although “The Madness” is a very aggressive metal song, the band is not defined by one genre. They enjoy trying new sounds, mixing genres, and, in doing so, defying expectations. The Money brothers and their bandmates derive inspiration from all of life’s experiences, culminating in a hard-hitting sound widely appealing to fans of both rock and metal.

With the recent release of “The Madness,” Beyond Unbroken joins us today for a special track-by-track feature in which they expand on the stories and meanings behind some of their most notable songs.

1. “The Madness”

“Lyrically, the song deals with the negative thought patterns we sometimes find ourselves in when facing struggles such as depression and anxiety, which can have negative impacts on our mental health. The song is about finally facing and breaking through those barriers. We wanted the music to greatly relate to the impact on the potential of the mind’s destruction, from heavy, ground-shattering guitar riffs and high-octane scream vocals from Michael Money, until you are met with the blissful vocals of Monte Money on the chorus to tie it all in. We literally couldn’t be happier with how this track turned out. It’s so great we had to do it justice by complementing it with an equally crazy music video.”

2. “Blood On My Hands”

“This was the first song to debut the dynamic we wanted for Beyond Unbroken and its future sound going forward in correlation with our label FiXT. The song truly resonates with a dark nuance of a tale of the aftermath of murder, demons, drowning, and blood, literally losing one’s mind and the regret of the aftermath of it all, begging for forgiveness only to be faced and judged as the criminal at hand hears the words ringing ‘Burn It, Burn It, Down, This Is Your Hell!’ as the embodiment of the victim finally gets payback. The song’s breakdown is truly unique and heavy and does the story justice in this dark, sinister world.”

3. “Running Out of Time” (Remaster)

“The official first single off the album debut. The song defines the band’s growth with modern originality, depicting as we age how little time we truly have and how we shape our destiny. We wanted to bring up the track with a slightly new touch to signify our signature sound as a remastered version with intense drums and big, booming guitars that complement the vocals. The song is a staple of our sound.”

4. Andromida – “Break the Cycle” (feat. Beyond Unbroken)

“With ‘Break the Cycle,’ we wanted to vocalize the effect the routine of everyday life has on us. Doing the same routine day after day becomes a monotony that you never even question, but are left just sitting in silence and suffering with all these thoughts in your head. The song is about finally breaking that vicious cycle of repetitiveness. The music defies all natural law and order of the world with big, chunky guitars, screaming verses and breakdowns, and a mind-bending chorus met with a screaming metal vocal choir to really kick you out of your seat and inspire you to take action.”

5. “With or Without Me”

“In ‘With or Without Me,’ we took you into a digital world influenced by big blockbuster movies like Blade Runner 2049 and TRON: Legacy, and games like Cyberpunk 2077. We wanted the touch of mechanical machines and digital sounds to meet heavy guitar-driven choruses to really bring a big impact to today’s music. We absolutely love the track and how it resonates with all our listeners.”

6. “Falling Down + Heathens”

“2020 was the year of lockdowns and COVID-19, with everyone staying inside. We noticed a significant increase in at-home quarantine-type cover songs that began to take social media by storm. With ‘Falling Down + Heathens,’ we wanted to do more than just a cover. We aimed to create a mashup consisting of two entirely different genres of music, putting them together to make something new. The result is this masterpiece, a song that truly unleashes Monte Money and Michael Money’s capabilities without any restrictions. The monstrous dueling guitar solos leave listeners hitting the repeat button. We never imagined that the song would end up being one of Beyond Unbroken’s greatest releases to date. We are truly thankful for every one of you who contributed to its success.”

Beyond Unbroken “The Madness” single artwork

Beyond Unbroken “The Madness” single artwork

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Salah Bachir Publishes Titillating Memoir ‘First To Leave The Party’

Salah Bachir recently released his titillating memoir, ‘First To Leave The Party,’ offering intimate details about the rich and famous and Bachir’s gusto and lust for life.



Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel
Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel

Author, entrepreneur, art collector, movie industry insider, and philanthropist Salah Bachir recently released his memoir, First To Leave The Party: My Life with Ordinary People…Who Happen to be Famous, a collection of stories revealing his joie de vivre, his love of human interaction, and his altruism.

After immigrating to Canada from Lebanon in the 1960s, Bachir started Videomania, Canada’s first video magazine, followed by establishing Premiere, a trade publication for video distributors and retailers.

For more than a decade and a half, Bachir was the president of Cineplex Media and boss of Cineplex Magazine, Canada’s wildly popular and widely read magazine, serving more than four million readers per issue.

Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel

Salah Bachir, photo by George Pimentel

A fixture in the world of film for decades, Bachir naturally met Hollywood’s superstars. Yet what sets him apart is his charisma, compassion, his personal style – chic hats, diamonds, pearls, brooches, and elegant scarves – and his full-blown zest for life and people.

First To Leave The Party recounts his relationships with a literal who’s who of Hollywood: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Joan Rivers, Mary Tyler Moore, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Edward Albee, Orson Welles, Aretha Franklin, Norman Jewison, and Elizabeth Taylor — although it’s true that Katharine Hepburn once turned him down, very nicely.

There are also stories about Marlon Brando, Princess Diana, Muhammad Ali, Princess Margaret, Sean Connery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Doris Day.

Co-written with film critic Jami Bernard of the New York Post and Daily News, a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the LGBTQ+ rights program at Human Rights Watch.

Salah Bachir ‘First To Leave The Party’ book cover

Salah Bachir ‘First To Leave The Party’ book cover

Featured in numerous publications, including The Globe & Mail, Playback Magazine, Dolce, and Toronto Life, Bachir has received five honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Alberta, Ryerson University, York University, OCAD University, and Wilfrid Laurier University in recognition of his business expertise and philanthropic work.

Along with a long list of deserved awards, Bachir, because of his entrepreneurial spirit and advocacy of the arts and social justice, is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, as well as a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and two-time Grand Marshal of the Toronto Pride Parade.

The stories related in First To Leave The Party not only provide a parade of intimate detail about the lives of the rich and famous, the entertainment industry’s elite, but also bare Salah Bachir’s gusto and lust for life.

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The V13 Fix #003 w/ Profiler, Ihsahn, Carpark and more

From pop to metalcore, experimental grindcore to indie, each week The V13 Fix will bring you a roundup of all the new music worth hearing…



The V13 Fix

Welcome to the latest The V13 Fix our weekly round-up of some of the best albums, singles and EPs to drop in our laps/inboxes this week. From pop to black metal to experimental pop to punk rock, there is something for everyone in this mix of new music. Check out and support all the bands and labels if you like what you hear and if there is a particular album you like, make sure you head over to Spotify and check out one of our specially curated playlists where there is more great new music added daily.

Alternatively, if you’re in a band or want one of your bands considered for inclusion get in touch. While we can’t guarantee every album or EP we receive will be included, there are still plenty of other ways we can support you.

So, without further ado, sit back, plug in your headphones and get this week’s V13 Fix of new music…

The Mess We Seem To Make
Polydor Records

I remember crossing paths with Liverpool alt-rock newcomers Crawlers when they opened from My Chemical Romance on their UK stadium tour a couple of years ago. I also remember thinking that this band were heading in the right direction and, in vocalist Holly Minto, the band had a star in the making. Well, now the band are about to drop their eagerly-awaited debut album and, for the legions of fans who’ve taken Crawlers to their hearts, The Mess We Seem To Make won’t disappoint. Addressing, amongst others, themes of sexuality, racism, and social media through Minto’s emotionally charged lyrics, these slices of alt-rock meets pop meets stadium-friendly anthems show that, while TikTok may have brought the band to our attention, this album shows that the UK band are very much the real deal.

Pick up your copy of The Mess We Seem To Make here.

See You Next Tuesday
Good Fight Music

The beauty of extreme music is when artists flip their music on its head spinning off into an entirely new direction while still retaining the core brutality of their sound. Experimental crew See You Next Tuesday are the latest to push their boundary-smashing sound into new worlds. Taking their 2023 album Distractions, band multi-instrumentalist and producer Drew Slavik has ripped up their blueprint aided by a group of collaborators including Bodysnatcher, The Sawtooth Grin, Thotcrime, ZOMBIESHARK!, John Cxnnor, Black Magnet. The result is brain-frying and, while it took 15 years to release Distractions, with the release of Relapses, SYNT have not waited as long to continue to annihilate the boundaries of extreme music.

Pick up your copy of Relapses here.

Candlelight Records

In extreme metal circles, Ihsahn will be familiar as the frontman of Nordic black metal legends Emperor. However, away from the epic fury of his main band, the vocalist has forged a solid career as a solo artist in his own right. With a solo career spanning now eight albums, this self-titled release sees him push his creativity to even greater heights. A grandiose, epic composition of work, the self-titled offering mixes more traditional heavy metal, progressive passages and classical tones all finished off with a dash of that black metal rage. Combined with his stunning range of vocals, this self-titled album is a powerful, dramatic piece of work which ebbs and flows throughout the 11 tracks. Completing this double album, an orchestral almost movie-like score provides an altogether different perspective to the stunning work of one of the most influential characters in heavy music.

Pick up your copy of Ihsahn here.

Every Hell
The Watcher

Featuring former members of Black Peaks among their ranks, UK newcomers Every Hell are already making a noise in all the right rock circles with their dirty brand of “doom pop”. Only two singles in, the second of them is a slow-burning, brooding offering which builds into a galloping, thundering rocker. Packed with filth-covered guitar riffs and vocals straight out of the gutter, “The Watcher” is the sound of a band who have now comfortably found their groove. Two tracks down and an EP due to follow later this year, if big, dirty, anthemic rock stacked with hulking great grooves is your bag, Every Hell are soon about to become your new favourite band… if they aren’t already.

Pick up your copy of “The Watcher” here.

Pet Needs
Intermittent Fast Living
Xtra Mile Recordings

If you’ve already heard the recent single “Sleep When I’m Dead” by Essex punks Pet Needs, you’ll be fully versed in their live life to the max energy. You’ll also be pleased to hear that the rest of their third album follows a similar path all frantic guitars, breathtaking energy and loads of massive singalong sections. Inspired by a lifestyle which races along at a million miles an hour or, as they put it, “Sex, drugs, booze, snooze.”, frontman Johnny Marriot also talks about sitting constantly at home with his wife, his new puppy, and a beer. The reality of their life crashes between the two as the Essex lads hurtle around the dives of this world with Intermittent Fast Living documenting that world in gloriously drunken, frantic and punchy punk rock style.

Pick up your copy of Intermittent Fast Living here.

Paloma Faith
The Glorification of Sadness
RCA Records

One of the most glamorous women in British pop, Paloma Faith’s sixth album, The Glorification of Sadness is the tale of one woman’s experiences of a long-term relationship break-up. Played out in chronological order, The Glorification of Sadness kicks off with the acoustic “Sweatpants” where Faith offers up the line “Nobody is perfect. Least of all me” while further down the album, “God In A Dress” finds the British pop superstar in unapologetic mode. A journey to empowerment and controlling your happiness, “The Glorification of Sadness” is an honest, unfiltered exploration into her experiences and, as the likes of the blunt “Eat Shit and Die” demonstrates, Paloma Faith may be scarred and heartbroken but she has come out of the other side ready to take on the world.

Pick up your copy of The Glorification of Sadness here.

Blackberry Smoke
Be Right Here
3 Legged Records

Georgia band Blackberry Smoke are back with their latest slice of authentic, straight-from-the-heart Southern rock. Be Right Here wears its roots proudly on its sleeve like a badge of honour as every single moment on this album bleeds tradition. A simple, uncomplicated listen, Be Right Here is a delicious blend of rock and roll, Americana and straight-up Southern rock. Aiding in the authenticity of the ten tracks, Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb has coated each track in a raw, organic production while frontman Charlie Starr’s Southern twang is the cherry on this particular cake. Tracks like opener “Dig A Hole” are soaked in smoky bar room haze while “Little Bit Crazy” further down the album is a wonderful country-tinged romp. In an era where TikTok followers trump talent, its albums like Be Right Here make you realise there is still some hope left for fans of real music.

Pick up your copy of Be Right Here here.

Born To Be Average
Saviour Music

It’s been a whirlwind three years for indie three-piece Carpark since they performed their first gig in a friend’s garage. Since then the band have gone on to support the likes of Lauren Hibberd, Kelsy Karter and Beth McCarthy, and, following the release of this EP, will be opening for indie stars The Libertines. Listening to the EP, it’s easy to see why the three-piece is quickly becoming everyone’s favourite new band. Their blend of indie, dream-pop and a bit of dance make for a more than palatable musical dish. Amidst this collection of hypnotic earworms, the current single “Happy On Mars” is described by the band as “a rock ballad and Elon Musk diss track all-in-one” which, even if the rest of the EP didn’t match up, is more than enough of a reason to love Carpark. Thankfully though, the group are promising to rewrite the rock band rulebook with this impressive EP making a decent effort of it.

Pick up your copy of Born to be Average here.

Maybe In Another Life
Pure Noise Records

As Maybe In Another Life slams from the dreamy intro into the title track, it quickly becomes obvious what Aussie melodic metalcore/hardcore quintet Bloom is all about. Now, while it would probably be fair to highlight that there isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking on their new album, what the five-piece has in their favour is that they write a banging set of songs. All of the melodic metalcore traits are there and packed into each song. Harsh/guttural/clean vocals? Check. Galloping guitars? Check. Big soaring melodies? Check. Elsewhere, lyrically the band explore themes of anxiety and loss but they do so with emotion and passion. Melded together, you find yourself listening to an album which, musically, comes from a similar place to many other albums however, emotionally, Maybe In Another Life comes straight from the heart.

Pick up your copy of Maybe In Another Lifehere.

Twin Flame
Sumerian Records

Have to admit I was expecting some Lorna Shore type deathcore malarky for this one but was presently surprised to find an album that took me right back to my days frequenting dodgy Goth clubs in the late 90s. Inspired by the likes of Sisters of Mercy and Bahaus amongst others, the mysterious GVLLOW mixes post-punk, new-wave and goth together slapping in a few well-placed creepy samples. Tracks like “Pray To God” are pure 90s goth, the likes of which would have packed out those sticky, smoky dancefloors in the 90s. GVLLOW’s voice adds a sombre air to the whole album, and while the pace picks up on tracks like “Die By Your Hand”, along with the claim of a SoCal punk rock influence, it’s hard to see this as anything other than sombre, black eyeliner and a tonne of hairspray Friday night fodder for the goth rock undead.

Pick up your copy of Twin Flame here.

Far Beyond
The End of My Road
Prosthetic Records

Hailing from Germany there is something wonderfully over the top about the third album from Far Beyond, the German solo project of Eugen Dodenhoeft. Gloriously pompous, The End of My Road is littered with moments which could have been lifted from any fantasy movie score. Those are woven around some galloping heavy metal to create a sound that is equally parts fantasy and muscle-loosening melodeath. With the four tracks on offer weighing in at over eight minutes each, the aim of The End of My Road is to take the listener on a journey. Racing along at a breakneck pace that journey is peppered with dramatic interludes, soaring symphonics and, at times, just pure unadulterated pomp. The musicianship is outstanding, the songs are wonderfully crafted and the execution is simply flawless.

Pick up your copy of The End of My Road here.

A Digital Nowhere
SharpTone Records

For those of us who grew up in the middle of the early 00s UK grunge/nu-metal scene, the sounds of Bristol three-piece Profiler will sound very familiar. Abrasive as fuck, there were plenty of bands doing this kind of thing back in the 00s scene but very few of them executed this quite as well as Profiler do. Crafted from the mind of vocalist and guitarist Mike Evans, A Digital Nowhere is an album which, underneath the melodic vocals, pulses with an almost twitching energy. However, it’s when the Bristol band channels that energy and drops in those turntables that they come alive. Displaying the rage and frustration that comes from living in Britain in 2024, when Profiler let loose and lose their shit, step back because things get truly explosive.

Pick up your copy of A Digital Nowhere here.

Kris Barras Band
Earache Records

Sometimes you just need a good slice of balls-to-the-wall rock in your life so when this new single from the Kris Barras Band dropped into the inbox, that box got ticked. With a chorus that could fill every nook and cranny of even the most soulless arena, “Savages” is a super slice of fist-pumping, foot-stomping arena rock. Taken from their upcoming new album, Halo Effect, set to drop in April, “Savages” is a booming rock anthem which perfectly packs the right amount of grit and melody much of which comes from Barras’ own heartfelt, powerful vocals. Dripped into the mix the band have added a few electronic elements here and there but, far from sounding out of place, they give the whole thing a nice modern feel and leave you hoping that the rest of the album can keep up the pace with this appetiser.

Pick up your copy of Halo Effect here.

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