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GLYTSH took control of the UK metal scene with their dark vehement aesthetic in Hard(core) Memory

After boldly covering NIN’s most seductive single for their debut and creating a triumphant hit out of it by unveiling the demure holes that were left unfilled, the London-based metal-inclined duo, GLYTSH, have released their sophomore single, Hard(core) Memory.

Hard(core) Memory is Reznor served with Peaches (hold the cream) paired with the fierce provocative metal aesthetic of In This Moment. Reminiscences aside, their projection of autonomy through infectiously unfuckwithable attitude is nothing short of hypnotic around the bite of the industrial beats, scuzzy grungy drums and feral guitars. It stays on the right side of lascivious, while teasingly toeing the line, unapologetically proving that assertive feminine energy has never been about getting dicks hard.

Considering that Hard(core) vindicated me more than Bikini Kill’s I Like Fucking, it’s safe to say the French vocalist, Jennifer Diehl and Swiss guitarist, Claire Genoud, are a fair way along in their mission in reminding us that the Riot Grrrl ethos didn’t end with the dawn of the new millennium.

The official video for Hard(core) Memory premiered on June 1st. Check it out via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

St Louis metal act Split66 slam in hard with a roaring display on, ‘Anhedonia (Here We Go Again)’

Thundering in with much intent that slices briskly through any previous doubt or undesirable indecision, Split66 is in no mood to mess around with their latest meaty single to delve deeply into on, ‘Anhedonia (Here We Go Again)‘.

Split66 is a St Louis, USA-based indie metal band with a swarming style that might sting you like a hungry bee as they buzz through with a soaring new single filled with bite and heart.

After many lineup changes and after going through an enforced hiatus after the tragic loss of their former guitarist and founding member Mike Hohman, Split66 has reformed with meaning and sounds like they going to take this powerful project into a new dimension with a super single that certainly will wake you up.

Anhedonia (Here We Go Again)‘ from St Louis, USA-based indie metal act Split66 is a hardcore experience that is definitely not for anyone too young. The walls creak intensely here as this story about feeling like you are going under buries through the sand, to leave you wondering if everything is going to snap you in half like broken plastic.

With piercing vocals and a hefty metal effect for all fans of this genre to enjoy, this is a smashing track that might shatter fragile windows into smithereens.

Listen up to this heavy song on Soundcloud and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

California metal band Slanderus urge us to grab our own destiny on, ‘Absorbing Infinity’

Smashing our previous mindset into tiny pieces to make sure that no unfavourable energy comes close to our precious souls, Slanderus helps us to see the light that is away from the darkness-packed narrative that is holding so many back from fulfilling their potential on, ‘Absorbing Infinity‘.

Slanderus is an Ontario, California-based progressive metal 4-piece band that makes a heavy but intricate blend of hardcore music to vent out any frustration to the universe.

Showing us that they are the type of band that will scare many and thrill others, Slanderus dominate the speakers with a heavy performance that might leave your eardrums rattling in utter delight with an assertive display of true might.

Absorbing Infinity‘ from Ontario, California-based progressive metal 4-piece band Slanderus is a story about wondering if you will flounder as a mouse stuck into a trap, or find a way to adapt and survive to move on to better times. There is roaring vehemence that lights up the stage here and simmers deeply into your veins, from an outfit that likes to call the shots and dictate what roads they go down. Wondering what could have happened, is definitely not an option.

Slamming the door shut on any potential roadblocks and middlemen with no genuine love for the music game, this is a track that will certainly excite metal fans who have been looking for new heroes to get behind after so much darkness.

Turn up the volume on YouTube and see their stories unfold on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Unwanted Guest morbidly went for baroque in their debut album, Grave Metallum

With an intro consisting of news broadcasters announcing the deaths Cobain and Winehouse, Unwanted Guest certainly knew how to make an instant impression with the title single to their debut album, Grave Metallum.

The morbidly carnivalesque hard rock hit puts a baroque spin on grunge while carrying reminiscences to Fable Cry and Abney Park around percussion that would make Mudhoney dizzy, the frenetic bounce of the basslines and doom-harbingering guitars.

Yet, the true beauty in the title lies in the nuanced way Unwanted Guest present our ‘icons’ as the line-up in a freakshow that we voyeuristically watch in the hope we see their rise AND fall. With the media frenzy that whipped around Taylor Hawkins this month, Unwanted Guest was definitely onto something.

Grave Metallum was officially released on March 21st. It is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Hana Piranha showed their razor-sharp hooks and teeth in ‘Fucked Up Feeling’

Hana Piranha

Hana Piranha showed their razor-sharp teeth in her latest storming slice of alt-rock, Fucked Up Feeling. Their artful approach to rock is shared by few, and their ability to become larger than life through her searing hot pop-rock vocal lines is matchless.

As Fucked Up Feeling unfolds, you’ll break through walls of guitars and synth and use Ryan Brown’s percussion as a guide through the track that is expressly not for the faint of heart. Lyrically, Hana Piranha calls upon your shadow side while forewarning the dangers of hedonistic indulgence. In their own words, “it is a relentless anthem of self-destruction”. It’s worryingly relatable and just as head-bang-able is anything Slipknot have done.

Fucked Up Feeling is due for release on March 11th. You can check it out for yourselves via Bandcamp and Spotify and connect with Hana Piranha via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

LA-based metal band GreenblacK decides to say no to all the fake noise on the powerful ‘Not Today’

With their 3rd single that sizzles the speakers and heats up your emotions, GreenblacK vows to forever ignore those showoff types who are always exhibiting their minimal achievements with ‘Not Today‘.

GreenblacK is a high voltage Los Angeles, California-based metal band that is led by Haifa, Israel-born lead vocalist/guitarist Yohai Portal.

Like every song we’ve written so far, the process was somewhat backwards. We first created the music and song structure, and only then did I start writing lyrics to what inspired me from the tracks we recorded. There are no specific rules on how to do it. It just happened to be how we flow naturally.” ~ Yohai Portal

GreenblacK sends us into a thoughtful place with a thumping track that is all about realizing that you are so tired of those fake jokers who seem to thrive in a social media world that can take you for a fool. The vocals here are rather full-paced and dispatches your whole soul in a dizzy space, with a soundscape that is raw and just a great listen as you nod your head in agreement with the sentiment portrayed.

Not Today‘ from bass-shredding Los Angeles-based metal band GreenblacK, is a fake-slashing effort that gets a topic off their chest that has been burning deep inside for too long. With so many humans trying to impress when they are actually just lying through life to get money and attention out of others, this is an important message that has you feeling so inspired by this extra loud experience.

Knowing what is real and what isn’t, is the vital key that will open so many doors that can lead you in different directions.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

San Diego-based Metal shredder Mike Wilkins knows that no one can stop this brain-crushing journey with, ‘Merchants of Death’ (feat. Tim ”Ripper” Owens)

As they slash the tires and look on in glee as the carnage takes over the streets and spills into the homes of those who least expect it, Mike Wilkins brings the pain on the high-tempo new single that you will either love with all your heart or make you hide away from it all together with, ‘Merchants of Death(feat. Tim ”Ripper” Owens).

Mike Wilkins is a San Diego, California-based indie-Rock/Metal artist and brings in Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (formally of Judas Priest) on this full-throated effort with intention.

Signifying that they mean business and not sugar coating anything for innocent ears, Mike Wilkins rattles our emotions like a plundering earth-mover and sends us into another stratosphere completely here. This is as raw as it can possibly get with glass-shattering vocals and a guitar sound that is reminiscent of those true greats that are ultimately immortal in the eyes of millions.

Merchants of Death(feat. Tim ”Ripper” Owens) from the Californian solo hardcore Rock/Metal artist Mike Wilkins, is a guitar-smashing doom-filled experience from two heavy musicians who have joined forces to devasting effect. They slice the streets down with expert aplomb and send shivers down the spines of us all, with a treacherously explosive presentation that will have parents scared and the youth enthused. Just the way it was intended.

Listen in to this new single on Spotify and see more news on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen