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Fight Like Sin: The Band Proving Rock Metal Still Has a Place in 2018

Within the first five seconds of hearing the filthy amount of guitar reverb, I knew that Fight Like Sin’s latest Rock Metal single “Save You” was one I wouldn’t forget in a hurry.  Yet, around the archetypal crunchy guitars, Fight Like Sin incorporated some intricately glitchy instrumental effect to add an infinite amount of depth to their sound before the verse fully kicked into gear.

With all of the aggression of Nu-Metal yet the melodicism of Rock Save You unfolds as an anthemically assertive metal anthem. The single is driven by the raw, uncompromised vocals which soared above the instrumental mix. Yet when it came to the solo’s it became clear that each of the five members contributed to the essence-packed synergy of their sound.

You can check out Fight Like Sin’s latest single Save You from their upcoming album “Identity” by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ananda Luna – Play Dough: A Hypnotically Vibrant Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Ananda Luna didn’t make defining her sound all too easy with their single “Play Dough”. The single is just one of the masterfully mesmeric pieces from her latest project “Ananda Luna” which includes elements of cross-generational, cultural and spontaneous collaboration. The Northampton, Massachusetts-based solo artist teamed up with a selection of other female artists who all brought their uniquely cathartic yet simultaneously vibrant different styles.

If you need any more motivation to sink into the soulfully composed Indie orchestration, there is plenty to be said for the harmonious synergy between the fluid vocals and melodic instrumental progressions. Whilst the drums provide an almost primal beat the piano and classical strings offer a Jazz and funk infused elements which carry a uniquely hypnotic energy.

You can check out Ananda Luna’s latest single Play Dough for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DJ Snyder – Forest Fires: Seamlessly Hyped Progressive House

Up and coming artist DJ Snyder has recently dropped his latest mix “Forest Fires”- Progressive House fans, you should start getting excited right about now.

Under his deft command Forest Fires became a seamlessly hyped Progressive House mix with elements of Pop and R&B to ensure that a completely prodigal soundscape was offered. Whilst his sound does carry a reminiscence to Avicii and Tame Impala and will be sure to appeal to fans DJ Snyder has his own resonantly sun-soaked style which puts him in a league of his own. So, if you’re looking for the perfect Pop hit, you can’t go far wrong thanks to the lush synths beside the melodic kicking of the 808’s. As you’d come to expect from a perfect Pop track the lyrics to the chorus also have a way of sticking in your head after the mix has faded out.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Axel Jansson – Everything I Crave: A Contemporary Kick for the Roots of Rock

London-based singer songwriter Axel Jansson has recently released his latest single “Everything I Crave” – prepare for it to floor you. Whilst the instrumentals may be soft and melodic, the weight behind the lyrics and vocals is something else entirely.

Vocalists with such veraciously expressive talent don’t tend to pop up all too often, yet with Axel Jansson it’s almost too easy to imagine a stadium crowd singing his lyrics back at him. His unique Alternative Rock progresses through rhythmic Americana Blues melodies which are enough to make you nostalgic about the first time you listened to Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams or Bruce Springsteen. Yet, let it never be said that Axel Jansson has revived an archaic sound. His latest single packs in plenty of contemporary appeal, inviting new generations to enjoy the unadulterated, unrestrained raw essence of Rock. And that’s without mentioning the jaw-droppingly resounding guitar riffs.

You can check out Everything I Crave for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SEPRONA: The Unflinchingly Captivating Self-Titled EP Alt Rock Fans Should Be Getting Excited About

There are very few acts who I will positively compare to the Manic Street Preachers. Yet as soon as I heard “Who Won the War” from SEPRONA’s self-titled EP the reminiscence hit me like a tonne of bricks. I realised that SEPRONA aren’t just your average ‘up and coming band’ they’re something else entirely. The Liverpool based powerhouse of melodically blessed musicians have that rare ability to instantaneously arrest you with the first few lines in the first verse. Instrumentally, their sound couldn’t get any tighter, there’s no use in pulling apart the individual instrumental offerings when they sit in such tight synergy with each other. There’s an overwhelming ethereal presence to their sound, especially with tracks such as “Fragile”. Then there’s “Heat in the Moment” and “You Know You’re Wrong” which really turns up the eccentricity of their alchemic style as they veer over to a Rock n Roll grinding vibe which is nothing short of anthemic.

Each of the five-tracks on the EP are flawless, and it takes quite a lot for me to get excitable about a band’s potential given that the industry serves to screw most independent artists. But if any Northern Indie band are going to make it, my money is on SEPRONA.

You can check out the SEPRONA EP via Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ocean Flaws – Cosmic Tropics EP: Uniquely Transient Neo-Psychedelic Indie Pop

With their unique psychedelic melodies up and coming Essex-based act Ocean Flaws have orchestrated a debut EP worth getting excited over. The way that the four-piece have reimagined a tried Indie Pop sound is nothing short of prodigal with “Cosmic Tropics”

Whilst there’s plenty of acts replicating the sound of M83, Ocean Flaws add even more intricacy to the instrumentals especially when it comes to the jangly guitar progressions whilst the vocals rest comfortably in between haunting Post Punk and anthemic Indie. The band have already received attention from BBC Introducing and it doesn’t take any stretch of the imagination to see why they’ve already bagged themselves air time. Their seamlessly arresting rhythmic approach to sound offers a uniquely transient aural experience alongside poignantly poised lyricism.

You can stream and download the Cosmic Tropics EP for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paraphine – “Higher Lies”: Alchemically Anthemic Alt-Electro

“Higher Lies” is the latest track to be released by St. Petersburg Alt-Electronica duo Paraphine after the success of their second single “Good Times”. They may have created a storm with Good Times, but they’ve taken Electro Pop to the next level with their electrifying, genre-defying infusion of sound in Higher Lies. There aren’t many Electro acts brave and bold enough to play around with elements that you’d be used to hearing in a Nine Inch Nails or Skrillex track but Paraphine songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dean Korso knocked it out of the park with the aurally alchemic energy he’s able to muster in his compositions. As a fan of heavier industrial pioneers such as Skinny Puppy, KMFDM and Caustic it’s refreshing to hear a convergence of harmonious melody around the heavier reverb-soaked effects and dizzying dubbed drops.

No one ever quite expects to hear a sax in an Electro Pop hit before the outro, yet Paraphine has made quite the name for themselves with their experimental approach to full and visceral sound, and I have no doubt that this is just the beginning for the duo. The depth and the weight of the bass in Higher Lies is one thing, but the vocals from the renowned vocalist Elena Korso is quite another. Her ability to hit soaring heights with her vocals allows the poignantly penned sentiment behind the lyrics to truly resonate for an anthemically alive effect. All too often in Electro, the vocals are defiled under heavy effects, yet Elena’s vocals are already pitch perfect and run through the track unadulterated offering nothing but pure, soulful expression.

You can check out Higher Lies for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Golden Vessel – “BIGBRIGHT”: A Potent Mix of Lucidly Layered, Intricately Weaved Electronica

Golden Vessel (AKA Max Byrne) is back with his latest single “BIGBRIGHT” and this time he hasn’t come alone. He’s teamed up with three vocalists all renowned for their standout styles in their own arenas to tell four different stories within the lyrics. It’s probably safe to say that there aren’t many lyricists who can pull that off. With Rap bars curtesy of DUCKWRTH; an artist who is already receiving high acclaim from Pitchfork, alongside the sensationally poised vocalists Elkkle and E^AST your treated to a smorgasbord of vocal harmony.

The production and mastering to BIGBRIGHT ensured that the polished product was more than fit for radio, which was probably easier said than done when it came to seamlessly blending elements of Pop, Hip Hop, Rap and Electronica. During the bridges the track almost veered into the Dream Wave arena, yet there was plenty of anthemic momentum spilling from the kicks of the 808’s to ensure that the hype was kept alive around the lucidity.

You can listen to BIGBRIGHT which was released September 26th, 2018 via SoundCloud or watch the official music video by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PIXEL – Aquí: Pensively Expressive Post Punk

Whilst you don’t quite come to expect a Factory Record sound from an up and coming artist from Mexico, when those anthemic reverb-heavy notes are allowed to hit, my God. It’s quite a treat for a Joy Division. As a Mancunian myself, I can only tell you how amazing it is to hear bands on the other side of the world such as PIXEL creating singles such as Aquí which carries so much of that iconic Manchester sound.

Whilst my unilingual brain sadly couldn’t translate the Spanish lyrics, that took nothing away from the emotivity of the track. The resounding melancholy of the instrumentals alongside the raw expressive capacity of the vocals were more than enough to hook me into PIXEL’s track Aquí.

Aquí is just one of the singles from PIXEL’s second self-titled album which you can check out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Evan Petruzzi – Breathe: Expressively Soulful Acoustic Pop

Breathe is the debut single from Singer Songwriter Evan Petruzzi. The Long Island, NY-based up and coming performer uses acoustic instrumentals as the perfect platform for her raw and beguilingly sonorous vocal capacity. Her vocal talent shines through the lack of effects on the track, whilst it may be perfectly produced, her sound is kept honest and raw to allow the lyrics to truly resonate.

To describe her style as captivating almost feels like an understatement thanks to her expressively soulful style. The 5-minute duration of the track gives plenty of room for progressive experimentation, which Evan uses to infuse anthemic rock instrumental build ups into the track. There really Is no wonder why her music appeals to such a wide audience.

You can check out Evan Petruzzi’s latest single Breathe for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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