Author: aLfie vera mella

Journalist - aLfie vera mella

aLfie vera mella

Born in 1971 in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella immigrated to Canada in 2003. He has since then been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, working fulltime at a health care institution in the city while also serving as the associate contributing editor of a local community newspaper, tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, Music, and Genres. Prior to coming to Canada, he was a registered nurse in the Philippines and worked as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and magazines, handling Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. He was also the frontman and chief songwriter of an Alternative Rock/New Wave band, Half Life Half Death, releasing an album and a handful of singles. In Canada, he formed another band, haLf man haLf eLf; they are currently working on their first album. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books; listening to music; taking care of his eight-year-old son, Evawwen; participating at various community events; and exploring the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever schedule permits him. He has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines and, eventually, websites. He started writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015. In 2016, he published Part One (Literature & Languages) of his essay series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology.

Formed in 1986, in Leeds, England, The Mission is an offshoot of the iconic Gothic-classifiable band The Sisters of Mercy. Apparently, because of internal conflict and issues of creative and artistic control with Lead Vocalist/Lyricist Andrew Eldritch, members Wayne Hussey (vocals/guitar) and Craig Adams (bass)...

Formed in 2003, in West Yorkshire, England, Kaiser Chiefs currently consists of  Ricky Wilson (lead vocals), Andrew White (guitar), Simon Rix (bass), Nick Baines (keyboards, synthesizers), and Vijay Mistry (drums, percussion). To date, the band has released six studio albums, from 2005’s generally frenetic and...

Formed in 2007, in Greenwich, New York, by Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards), Phantogram is an extraordinary young group with a dream-like sound. With three studio albums to their credit - 2010’s Dreampop-sounding debut, Eyelid Movies; 2014’s Shoegaze-laced, Synthpop-dominated Voices; now...

Formed in 2009, in Washington, United States, The Head and the Heart consists of Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, banjo, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums). The Indie Folk band released...