VARIALS: Expanding Horizons

Since making their debut with Pain Again in 2017, it’s been quite the ride for the hardcore outfit. For Mitchell Rodgers, there was a time when the vocalist had different visions of what the future of Varials looked like moving forward.


Electric Callboy’s new release Tekkno is the band’s most genuine and fun release to date. For keyboardist and singer Kevin Ratajczak, as he sits in his home in Germany after touring, it’s been a humbling time for the artist over the past few years. 

MUNICIPAL WASTE: Fire Rocket Fueled

When there’s nothing else to do, you write, write, and write some more with the result being Electrified Brain, the Waste’s rip roaring and highly nuanced seventh album. We sat down with guitarist Ryan Waste to discuss the result of the band’s pandemic activity, how things have changed for him at home and on the road, and what else he got up to after putting down the guitar and picking up a pen.

MISS MAY I: The Hardest Time

Miss May I quickly rose through the ranks, blowing away fans for over a decade with their fast, aggressive, thrashy metalcore mixed with powerful lyrics. Levi Benton discusses the band’s new album, Curse of Existence, the recording process, as well as being a new dad and how it has impacted his life.


Dark alternative band The Bellwether Syndicate is anything but conventional when it comes to rock music. Formed by William Faith and wife Sarah Rose Faith—with multi-genre experience in seminal goth acts and the EDM world as a well known DJ and club promoter—the band is one of the most unique dissonant sounds in the scene. 

5 Questions with DIRTY HONEY’s Marc LaBelle and DOROTHY’s Dorothy Martin

Dirty Honey and Dorothy, two bands that have exploded onto the rock scene, are hitting the road together this month on the North American “California Dreaming” tour to prove that rock is absolutely not dead. Before they jumped on their respective tour buses, we got Marc Labelle and Dorothy to answer five questions for Outburn.


The latest album from veteran Canadian metal act Annihilator is Metal II, a quasi-re-recording of the of the 2007 album Metal. Admittedly, it seems like a bit of a random release for the band coming out the pandemic, but in reality Metal II is the culmination of a series of events that had a huge impact on the legacy of the band and brought band leader Jeff Waters to the brink of death.

STICK TO YOUR GUNS: More Than an Island in an Ocean

Stick To Your Guns is a band that has always been confident about the anthemic themes within their music to tell the stories of truths that exist in our lives. Those truths extend beyond the self and into the world around us. “We are the universe experiencing itself,” vocalist Jesse Barnett examines.

FAME ON FIRE: Making It Out of the Chaos 

A lot rides on a band that wants to be more than a talented cover band on YouTube. “Going into the second release, Welcome to the Chaos, we belong to the rock community, are playing the festivals, going on the tours, and meeting all these bands. It all feels real now. I feel now like we have made it,” says vocalist Bryan Kuznitz

ALEXISONFIRE: Largest Step Forward

From the unique presence of three vocalists to their multigenre, aggressive yet honest approach to the band’s latest album, Otherness, their gold and platinum status has led to countless accolades. Vocalist Wade MacNeil reveals that while he appreciates everything they have attained throughout their career, growth is still the most important thing to the band.