‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge is dramatic punk rock with a clear gothic flair. “With a sound just as distinct as its look,” these guys claim to be “bringing originality back to rock music.” Fusing “metal, goth and alternative,” the band “uses harmonies and keys to add deep atmosphere to its driving grooves.” The group has a soaring, at times orchestral sound that … Continue reading ‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

SVCRED’s ‘Nevermore’ Is a Tight, Clean Take on Goth Rock

SVCRED’s ‘Nevermore’ is a slick, dramatic take on hard rock with a dark, decidedly Gothic approach. These guys say they have “become a regular fixture of the Melbourne metal scene,” and that their “unique blend of groove laden riffs and gothic ambience continues to captivate their audiences.” They say this track, which is “inspired in part by Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’… is about the … Continue reading SVCRED’s ‘Nevermore’ Is a Tight, Clean Take on Goth Rock

‘Wax’ by Night’s Edge Is a Flowery, Gothic Take on Dark Radio Punk

‘Wax’ by Night’s Edge is a sensitive, deeply melodic take on hard rock out of Baltimore. “With a sound just as distinct as its look,” these guys say they are, “bringing originality back to rock music.” They describe their sound as, “a mix of metal, goth and alternative,” that makes use of “harmonies and keys to add deep atmosphere to its driving grooves.” These guys definitely … Continue reading ‘Wax’ by Night’s Edge Is a Flowery, Gothic Take on Dark Radio Punk

Keyhole Company’s ‘Ghost of Ghosts’ Is Creepy, Attitudinal East London Alt Rock

Keyhole Company’s ‘Ghost of Ghosts’ is creepy, attitudinal alt rock from England. “Solid, memorable guitar riffs, punchy choruses and technical proficiency are what this East London brood do best,” the band says. In short, they describe themselves as, “catchy without being lame, and musically versed without making a big deal about it.” After a clinky cinematic intro, the guitar jumps in with a janky, haunting … Continue reading Keyhole Company’s ‘Ghost of Ghosts’ Is Creepy, Attitudinal East London Alt Rock

Tired All the Time’s ‘Little Pieces’ Is Shiny Alt-Rock with a Punk Framework

Tired All the Time’s ‘Little Pieces’ is shiny, popping alternative rock with a full-hearted punk framework. The band has been, “featured on local NPR affiliate WAMU 88.5 FM, and TATT established an exciting new partnership with Flag Day Recordings,” their PR people say. These guys have a running theme, which features heavily in this music video, that the band’s music is some kind of anti-depressant. This … Continue reading Tired All the Time’s ‘Little Pieces’ Is Shiny Alt-Rock with a Punk Framework

‘Dark Haus’ by Solemn Meant Walks Is Gothic, Punky Shoegaze

‘Dark Haus’ by Solemn Meant Walks is fast, reverb-drenched, punky shoegaze with a gothic flair. This Chicago-based duo was “founded in 2011 by Chicago native Ami Gloria. They fuse avant-garde, shoegaze, goth, and post-punk to create their unique sound.” Gloria, who plays everything except the drums on here, is clearly a seasoned multi-instrumentalist. Behind her, the almost robotically consistent drums give the tune an almost … Continue reading ‘Dark Haus’ by Solemn Meant Walks Is Gothic, Punky Shoegaze

Bataar’s ‘Devour’ Is Intensely Melodic Swedish Metalcore with Japanese Flair

Bataar’s ‘Devour’ is some intensely melodic Swedish metalcore. These guys are clearly versed in the Gothenburg melo-death sound, but they take a far more commercial, maybe even global, approach to this kind of music than many of their fellow Scandinavians have. Their extensive use of synths and clean vocals is reminiscent of post-hardcore-influenced metalcore groups like Bring Me The Horizon or Motionless in White. Behind … Continue reading Bataar’s ‘Devour’ Is Intensely Melodic Swedish Metalcore with Japanese Flair

Fluidum’s ‘I Touch Myself’ Is Truly Dark, Piano-Driven Rock

Fluidum’s ‘I Touch Myself’ is some dark, piano-driven esoteric rock music. The band describes, “the experimental sound and words of Fluidum,” as coming in, “simple, equivocal constructions in a universe marked by passion, disease, blood, celebrations and illusions. Be prepared to be torn up and caressed with fluid boundaries!” These guys definitely know how to throw a first-time listener for a curveball. Their music has … Continue reading Fluidum’s ‘I Touch Myself’ Is Truly Dark, Piano-Driven Rock

Medium Talk’s ‘Killing My King’ Is Unglamorous Retro Post-Punk

Medium Talk’s ‘Killing My King’ is well-done, candid post-punk. This New York-based trio has a good grip on the Joy Division sound. In spite of that, they’re a refreshing development in this now middle-aged genre. The rhythm section on here is strong. The drums are timely and pounding. The bassist knows when he needs to stay in the pocket, but he’s also not afraid step … Continue reading Medium Talk’s ‘Killing My King’ Is Unglamorous Retro Post-Punk