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Chicago alt-metal originators, Dust Biters, expose their bleeding post-hardcore heart in ‘Progeny’

With a tumultuously rapturous sound that could only have stemmed from Chicago, Dust Biters’ lead single, Progeny, from their album, Guilt, is a viscerally maniacal feat of tightly off-kilter ingenuity.

As Nick Kinsley dynamically volleys between hitting all the right vocal notes, he throws plenty of evocative punches along the way. In the same vein as Against Me! Dust Biters heighten their sound to the nth degree through a combination of instrumental prowess and bleeding post-hardcore heart.

In the space of three minutes, Progeny moves through as many tonal shifts as some bands do in an entire LP. Yet, with the way that the uninhibitedly wild progressions bind together with melodic adhesion, it’s always easy to follow their raw groove-led lead.

If they make it to the UK, I will be the one with a near-broken neck at the front.

Check out the Radio Cut of Progeny on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

BackIVBlood – Cuts: Cowboys from Cwmbran

The recently forged South Wales metal three-piece, BackIVBlood, is laceratingly sharp in their debut single, Cuts. With elements of Pantera, Drowning Pool and Static X all legible in the adrenalized off-kilter ride through their progressive furore, it’s impossible not to get sucked into their grungy alt-metal antagonistically cathartic antics.

The caustically sharp vocals rail across the consistently evolving instrumentals that lustfully flirt with nu-metal in the rhythm section, stylise the ferocity with dynamic hard rock guitar licks and add nuanced layers of industrial metal to the fresh production, which unravels as an amalgam you’ve never tested the capacity of your neck with before.

Based on this exceptionally promising debut alone, the juggernautical powerhouse can count on me to be at the front row on their future tour dates.

Listen to Cuts on Spotify and YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Luna Falling – The End: Bio-Mechanical Post-Hardcore

If Blue October hailed from 100 years in the future, their fervid firestorms would resound with the same pioneering panache as the hits from the Ohio-based outfit, Luna Falling.

The End relatably signifies the collective state of discontent in a time when we’re all sick of the threat that the curtains could close at any given moment. The futuristically thunderous drum sequences rail across the synths that give this feat of post-hardcore a potent shot of bio-mechanical flair while creating a glitchy platform for the cascades of aching emotion that are all too easy to resonate with.

Will Carlson notably knows how to pull a massive production together. Hit play, and you will be consumed by the tightly melodic kaleidoscopic furore.

The End is now available to stream on Spotify. Follow Luna Falling via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

London Alt-Metal duo Glytsh unfurl their fury in an interview with A&R Factory

Following the release of their latest scathing stormer of a single, [email protected], A&R Factory caught up with the Swiss guitarist, Hella Sin, & the French singer, Luna Blake, from the London-based Alt-Metal duo Glytsh to discuss the motivation behind the momentous hit and their plans to encourage inclusivity in the music industry.

Your latest single, [email protected], is a massive hit of vindication for anyone that has ever voiced a valid opinion only to be dismissed as hysterical and too emotional. Was there a particular facet of misogynistic culture that inspired your new release?

Luna: As a woman you have to face misogynistic behaviours everywhere from an early age. Like a curse from the womb that begins with IT’S A GIRL!

In my case I’ve experienced misogyny within my family, friends, at school, from strangers and in the music scene. Misogyny is the closest cousin to racism, it’s a vicious, underlying disease rooted in education and society. Not only men are to blame, but many women are also conditioned to think this way. Most of the time it expresses itself in the most sneaky and passive way dressed as an advice, a joke, or a compliment.

Hella: As a female guitar player, one of the questions that comes up the most is sexism in the scene. What I always reply is that it’s not really a music industry issue specifically, but more like a recurring issue in any male-dominated field. Our music is mostly inspired by our personal lives and experiences, so writing an angry song about the frustration of navigating the music industry as women is something that comes quite naturally to us, as we’ve both been professional musicians for many years and have a book worth of stories. Although it is important to talk about them, I sometimes feel focusing on them too much instead of the music makes the problem even bigger. I see myself more as a musician in music than a female in music, but I understand the reality is what it is!

It is clear you are intent on making your legacy more than just a music discography; where does that drive come from? 

Luna: Music has played a big part in my education therefore my first motive was purely for the love of it. I’ve realised quickly that I had to fight for it and earn the respect I deserved as a musician and not only as a female musician. I’ve never been scared of voicing my opinions, but I did feel not taken seriously and diminished many times as if my point of view had no value. If anything, it made me stronger, it has fueled my fire and has given me a good reason to scream louder!

Hella: For me, it comes from the fact that I have put limitations on myself when I didn’t have to. This is on a musical level but also in my personal life. If there’s one thing I want more than anything is inspire people to go for what they really want, no matter how much self-doubt you feel. I put off writing my own music for a long time because I didn’t think I was capable of creating my own project from scratch. And now, even at a very early stage, the fulfillment I am feeling when working on this band really improves my life on a daily basis and pushes me to keep going.

In a time when wokeism’ is a trending buzzword to dismiss social justice, and political chaos is driving liberal-minded people who dont align with the ideals’ of a conservative society further towards apathy, how does it feel to be a force against it?

Luna: Our first motive was and still is to write good music for everyone. I won’t describe Glytsh as political but for the reasons we’ve mentioned above, the need to fight for our place as women in music has become very intertwined with the creative process. We are trying to maintain a balance as we’d like to be seen first as musicians who also happen to have a great message to deliver instead of a political party that voices its great conviction through music.

Hella: To be honest, I don’t think we have an intentional political message in our music. I get why people think we do, but this is not something I can really answer as I’m just trying to come up with great music and inspire people to go for what they want in life and stand for themselves.

In addition to speaking for the marginalized through your music, youre also striving to make your future shows more inclusive for members of the LGBTQ+ community; can you tell us about your plans? 

Luna: Our main goal is for people to recognise themselves in our music, whether it’s for the sound, the message, or the image. I also want young girls and women to feel empowered when they listen to Glytsh and finally book this boxing class or guitar lesson they’ve been dreaming of taking.

Men are more than welcome too in our adventure. Fortunately many of them have been really supportive and respectful, seeing us as peers. We’ve been working with truly kind and talented ones, and it creates a great balance and dynamic. We’d like our gigs to be a safe space, where everyone can be themselves regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, background, and ethnicity.

Hella: The best way to fight for something is to lead by example in my opinion, rather than shouting aggressively about it. As a member of the community myself, I try as much as possible to be a voice in the scene and hopefully show our fans they can be themselves at our show without any fear or concern.

In your view, what are the biggest barriers for marginalised communities in the music industry, and beyond your efforts for inclusivity, what changes would you like to see implemented?

Luna: Standards! that in my opinion are completely dated and defined by people who should either retire or accept changes. Like with Black Lives Matter, so many big brands have started promoting their products with more black people than they’ve ever done, same with movies which is a true evolution. Everyone deserves to be able to relate and identify themselves to something or someone they like, that they are part of the society like everyone else. Now saying that, I wonder where the line is between the hypocrisy  and the real desire to change. When you know that around the meeting table only white people were having this conversation about how to save their image and don’t discuss how to make a real change from the inside by hiring more people of colour for key roles too. Same with the music industry, giving power to the marginalised communities in the music industry would be a huge progress.

Your timely new single dropped at the same time as the ISM report, which declared sexual harassment and racism endemic in the music industry, with 66% of professional musicians experiencing discrimination, a substantial increase from a previous 2018 report. Can you tell us about your own experiences and observations? 

Luna: The music industry is mainly a white male owned business and the metal scene is too. I’ve been to metal gigs with and seen black musicians being called terrible names in the crowd or a black female singer being judged on the type of music ‘she should be singing’ instead of being in a metal band… this makes me cringe!

Sexual harassment is way too familiar, even more with social media. Some guys still think you breath and exist for their enjoyment and have no shame voicing their sexual needs or making sexual comments to you.

 Hella: First, there isn’t much I can say about racism as this is not something I’ve personally experienced. Having heard some of my friends’ stories it is very clear there’s a massive issue in the metal scene for sure, and coming from a family with different roots, this is an important topic for me, but I don’t want to pretend like I understand it fully because I don’t. However, sexual harassment is something I am very familiar with, but again I see it more as a universal issue rather than just a music industry issue. I am trying to not focus on it and again, dedicate myself to be the best band we can be and show we don’t need a separate category such as “female-fronted bands” for our music.

 Off the back of your own success and protective resilience, if you could give one piece of advice to women or members of marginalized communities looking to get into the music industry, what would it be?

Luna: Do what you love, defend your convictions, surround yourself with people that matter and don’t give up!

Hella: Honestly, don’t focus on it. If you have a desire to make music and all you can think about is riffs and melodies, don’t wait until you find the perfect role model. I know it sounds weird, but you don’t need to look up to anyone if you can’t find anyone who you can relate to. Instead, become a role model!

Watch the official music video for [email protected] on YouTube, or add it to your Spotify playlists.

Follow Glytsh on Facebook & Instagram. 

Purge yourselves via District 13’s post-hardcore stormer, Step into the Fire

There was little chance of forgetting the mesmeric furore of District 13, which we were introduced to via their 2019 single, Soma. The Exeter-hailing virtuosic sons have driven even more frenetic finesse into their sound over lockdown if their latest single, Step into the Fire, is anything to go by.

Between the old-school Black Sabbath vibes and the hints of post-hardcore, their own darkly maniacal alt-metal signature sound had plenty of room to breathe. For 5 and a half minutes, District 13 prove the dynamism in their influence and talent as you are shunted through the unpredictably gratifying progressions. From hooky choruses to theatrical interludes to thrash metal breakdowns, Step into the Fire offers it all. We highly recommend any alt-metal fan with an open mind instead of a petulant fixation on the past purges themselves within Step into the Fire.

The official video for District 13’s single, Step Into the Fire, is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Speaking up on mental health: French alt-metal band ODC roar in with the demon-destroyer ‘I Don’t Know You’

Headed up by lead singer Celia Do, ODC fire their way to our hearts with lots of heavy 8 string guitars, fast-paced electronic sounds and moody melodic vocals that will leave you feeling inspired again.

The electric shock of a start is like a medic doing CPR on a passed out patient. You will feel almost breathless and a few sips of fluid will be needed.

This is all about trying your best to stay above water during this horrific time as the world bends into an unrealistic Rick & Morty type of world that was unimaginable a few years ago. There are so many temptations out there to hold onto and some are good but so many more are bad for you, and only sinks you further into the sinkhole of the downward spiral.

Her voice is so powerful and the spectacular synergy is forcefully dynamic; you can see the sparks flying off the guitar strings. The vocals are lit with a fuse and these make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up to attention as she weaves her way with her band’s full backing.

ODC speak up about real issues which are an admirable characteristic in anyone’s book. ‘I Don’t Know You’ is about wanting to know yourself again and what your dreams and goals really are. In a world full of mistrust and innuendos, the French alt-metal outfit pull the blanket off the self-doubt and show us that it’s okay to feel pain. If you talk about it and ask for help, there will be a kind face to help you no matter what. You can destroy your demons if you believe you can.

Turn the voltage up on the Spotify link and find out more via the band’s IG and Facebook.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Heavy Metal Rockers Six Feet To Salvation rips out with powerful ”Take It Away”

Six Feet To Salvation is an Alt-Rock and Heavy Metal band straight outta of Fort Wayne in Indiana. The band combine the hard hitting riffs of metal with the energy of punk, Six Feet to Salvation certainly bring a unique sound to the crowded US rock music scene.

Take It Away” is a high-energy swing for the fences and the band really grips on hard here. This is a smashing single that pushes the boundaries here. Indiana’s Six Feet To Salvation are a band that appeal to so many different fans due to their punk, metal and alt rock influences. They give 100% effort and mix in the new and old school.

Influenced by God Smack, Green Day, Blink 182, Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold, Six Feet To Salvation are a terrific band with a massive future. We look forward to more music from the Fort Wayne act who rock out with ”Take It Away”.

Stream this new track via the Soundcloud page.

Head through to Facebook for more info on live shows.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Icarus has released their aural juggernaut of an Alt Metal EP “Bleeding Out”

Breaking Alt Metal 5-piece Icarus cooked up a cataclysmic storm with their debut EP “Undivided Attention”.

Rather than trying to find their sound within the constraints of a metal sub-genre, you’ll find everything from Thrash to Hardcore Punk to Groove Metal to Nu Metal in the four blisteringly mind-bending tracks.

Each track is an aural juggernaut which will demand repeat attention at max volume. Track 1 “Bleeding Out” is the best introduction to Icarus’ expansive sound. Their sound may be heavy, dark and brutal, but you’ll still be able to expect massive choruses and sharp lyrical hooks in the high-octane super-charged Metal perennial earworm.

The gutturally fierce vocals use a clear enough diction to enable the angst-driven lyrics to resonate in a way in which could unite fans of punk pioneers Napalm Death and fans of Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes alike. If Download 2020 was going ahead, Icarus would deserve a mainstage spot.

You can check out Icarus’ EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY

If you missed out on breaking Brighton artist 8udDha bl0od’s frenetically fiery feat of Alt Psych Rock, it’s our pleasure to introduce the sonically chaotic single “D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY”.

If you could imagine what would happen if the Strokes, Marilyn Manson, and Pavement collaborated on a record together, you may be able to have an idea of what awaits you when you hit play on D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY.

Even though there’s a sense of disorder in the punchy single which blends elements of Psych Pop, Indie, Grunge, Garage Rock, and Metal, 8udDha bl0od deftly pulled it together and made the track an aural whirlwind you don’t mind being at the mercy of. I can only imagine how high-octane a live rendition of this track would be.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast