MeMe Detroit’s ‘Churchside Inn’ Is Scuzzy, High-Spirited Hard Rock

MeMe Detroit’s ‘Churchside Inn’ is distorted, punky hard rock with a straightforward, fuzzy approach. “Oozing scuzzy hooks and MeMe’s gritty, impassioned vocals,” this artist describes this opening track from their new EP Life in the Now as, “an ode to her favorite pub, The Actress & Bishop in Birmingham.” This project “became the alias for singer/multi-instrumentalist Maria Rodriguez in 2014.” She sees “going solo as like a … Continue reading MeMe Detroit’s ‘Churchside Inn’ Is Scuzzy, High-Spirited Hard Rock

‘Awakening’ by Spiral Skies Is Soaring, Intense Dio-Oriented Hard Rock

‘Awakening’ by Spiral Skies is soaring, high-energy seventies-style hard rock. The band says they have “created a sound based on the late seventies music scene.” Featuring “the charismatic singer Frida, an original musical image and a unique visual performance, the band gained a lot of interest with their debut album Blues for A Dying Planet.” Continue reading ‘Awakening’ by Spiral Skies Is Soaring, Intense Dio-Oriented Hard Rock

Eckman Dredge’s ‘Get Away Closer’ Is Immersive Space Rock with a Sludgy Edge

Eckman Dredge’s ‘Get Away Closer’ is sludgy, melodic alternative that takes a lot cues from the hard rock and metal worlds. The band says this song “enters the mysterious mind of Eckman, following a lone astronaut careening through the void. Able to show their knowledge of what an alt-rock, post-grunge song should sound like, the single calls back to the rock of the nineties with a modern twist.” Continue reading Eckman Dredge’s ‘Get Away Closer’ Is Immersive Space Rock with a Sludgy Edge

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ is an angsty, poppy take on nu metal out of Stockholm. The band describes itself as fusing, “an ambient sound with progressive undertones and catchy melodies. Kerbera is too hard for the soft and too soft for the hard, too dark for the bright and too bright for the dark,” they say. Continue reading Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

‘Empty Mirrors’ by Everyone Loves a Villain Is Slick Electronically-Oriented Metalcore

‘Empty Mirrors’ by Everyone Loves a Villain is slick metalcore with notable electro-pop influences. These guys say they are, “an aggressive and cinematic rock band comprised of known and respected members of the Pacific Northwest music scene.” The group is looking “to quickly move beyond its regional scene and make every bit of the impact it is capable of.” Unlike a lot of bands in … Continue reading ‘Empty Mirrors’ by Everyone Loves a Villain Is Slick Electronically-Oriented Metalcore

Third and Delware’s ‘Roads in Antarctica’ Is Glitzy, Atmospheric Modern Metalcore

Third and Delaware’s ‘Roads In Antarctica’ is a glitzy, atmospheric take on modern metalcore. This crew make significant use of “heavy influences while incorporating other genres to bring a unique yet familiar sound to the scene.” Their new EP, Generations, is out now. This group definitely takes a lot from what already exists in the scene, but at the same time they deliver it with an … Continue reading Third and Delware’s ‘Roads in Antarctica’ Is Glitzy, Atmospheric Modern Metalcore

Coalescer’s ‘Destroying the Planet’ Is Atmospheric Heavy Music with an Isolated Tone

Coalescer’s ‘Destroying the Planet’ is deeply atmospheric heavy music with a creepy, isolated tone. These guys describe themselves as, “an electro-rock-experimental-industrial band from Switzerland founded in 2018. The first album,” which this track is on, follows “a man, afraid of the town and living in the forest.” This song, which in a lot of ways is disarmingly formless, really does have the cold and rocky, … Continue reading Coalescer’s ‘Destroying the Planet’ Is Atmospheric Heavy Music with an Isolated Tone

Vazum’s ‘Wait’ Is Gritty Hard Rock with a Dark Metallic Tone

Vazum’s ‘Wait’ is gritty hard rock with a dark, almost metallic tone. “The song is about the power everyone has to choose their own reality,” this artist says. “One can ignore the things that burden them and embrace the things they love and enjoy, which involves discipline,” he continues. “Otherwise, one can find themselves dependent on the wants and needs of others.” Painted on top … Continue reading Vazum’s ‘Wait’ Is Gritty Hard Rock with a Dark Metallic Tone

The Matter of China’s ‘Black Heart’ Is Traditionally Melodic German Metalcore

The Matter of China’s ‘Black Heart’ is traditionally melodic metalcore from Germany. Although they don’t stray terribly far from the traditional bounds of their self-proclaimed genre, they do bring some cool things to the table. They start off with pretty basic Killswitch-style chugging, but towards the middle of the song they go into a short, clearly black metal-oriented dirge. This feeds into a slow clean … Continue reading The Matter of China’s ‘Black Heart’ Is Traditionally Melodic German Metalcore

Against Himself’s ‘Currents’ Is Slick Hard Rock with an Anxious Radio Edge

Against Himself’s ‘Currents’ is slick, melodic hard rock with an anxious radio edge. “Does hard, heavy, powerful, and catchy music appeal to you?” the band asks. “If so, Against Himself is the band you’ve been looking for!” These guys have a very unique groove. It’s fast and anxious, but at the same time it captures some of the same bassy energy present in groups like … Continue reading Against Himself’s ‘Currents’ Is Slick Hard Rock with an Anxious Radio Edge