The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ is some emotionally potent, mostly acoustic bluegrass that exists in a hard rock context. The band says this “song takes their sound to a whole new level while still holding true to the stylings of their 2016 EP Thrash Grass.” This is a very well-rounded track. It hits hard without sacrificing its twang. There’s a deep sense of groove on here which … Continue reading The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

Cilver’s ‘Turns Me On’ Is Glamorous Female-Fronted Hard Rock

Cilver’s ‘Turns Me On’ is glamorous, sexy hard rock with a clean, powerful take on the genre’s conventions. These guys aren’t holding back any punches. The honest, destructive nature of the lyrics gives the listener a clear, fully-formed view into this lead singer’s psyche. In a genre broadly dominated by testosterone-fueled chugging and the rhetorical themes that come with that, it’s nice to hear something … Continue reading Cilver’s ‘Turns Me On’ Is Glamorous Female-Fronted Hard Rock

The M. Crane Band’s ‘Live to See It’ Is Atmospheric Southwestern Prog-Rock

The M. Crane Band’s ‘Live to See It’ is some jazzy, atmospherically-oriented progressive rock out of Arizona. The band says they are, “known for their emotive vocals and dreamy soundscapes that have established them as a unique voice in” their regional scene. “Officially forming in 2015,” they say, “the band has allowed the music to speak for itself noting that the release of their first … Continue reading The M. Crane Band’s ‘Live to See It’ Is Atmospheric Southwestern Prog-Rock

Viza’s ‘Pathway’ Is Warring, International Hard Rock

Viza’s ‘Pathway’ is rumbling hard rock with a mysterious world music flair. The group’s singer says for the “final digital release of the Unorthodox Revival EPs, we wanted to do something special. This song blends some of our traditional time signatures with a rock chorus and the result is quite the hybrid that our fans will really love.” The band says they aim to, “captivate the global … Continue reading Viza’s ‘Pathway’ Is Warring, International Hard Rock

Svcred’s ‘Paradise’ Is Glitzy, Cinematic Hard Rock with a Gothic Flair

Svcred’s ‘Paradise’ is clean, dramatic Australian hard rock with a decidedly dusky flair. “Refining their trademark blend of gothic ambience and groove driven guitar work even further,” the band says that on this track they, “are proud to have created something that stands as uniquely their own.” This is a very tight, precise performance, but that doesn’t lead the group to sacrifice on the emotional … Continue reading Svcred’s ‘Paradise’ Is Glitzy, Cinematic Hard Rock with a Gothic Flair

Djunah’s ‘Brother’ is a Truly Powerful Prog Rock Protest Song

Djunah’s ‘Brother’ is a scathing, expansive take on the modern political climate from this Chicago-based, female-driven progressive rock outfit. The band says the song “is dedicated to survivors of sexual assault. It features the voices of Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, and activists Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who became famous during the Brett Kavanaugh judiciary hearings for confronting Republican senator Jeff Flake in … Continue reading Djunah’s ‘Brother’ is a Truly Powerful Prog Rock Protest Song

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