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Sage Morei – Spin: Futuristic Darkwave EDM Alt Rock

Up and coming Alt Rock artist Sage Morei made their darkly mesmeric debut on February 2nd with their single “Spin”. Someone may want to tell Peter Murphy that there’s a new contender for goth supreme.

With futuristic darkwave beats along with a seductively ominous vocal prowess, it’s all too easy to get pulled into the murky depths of Spin which has given the evolution of Rock a brand-new trajectory.

Spin fuses Traditional Rock components with the modernity of hard-hitting atmospheric electronica which any fans of Nine Inch Nails and Celldweller will definitely appreciate. There may be reminiscences to other artists, but the distinction will hit you harder than any similarity.

There’ll be plenty more to come from Sage Morei in 2020, they’re well worth placing on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to Sage Morei’s track Spin via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Keskusta – 5000: Abrasively Magnetic Alt Rock

With plenty of driving distortion on the raucous yet psychedelic guitar licks in the prelude, Keskusta’s latest single “5000” kicks off to a powerful start before the melodicism starts to break through the waves of pure high-octane Rock energy.

Keskusta’s vocals which should appease any fans of the Manic Street Preachers or U2 which create a striking contrast between the harsh gritty dark tones from the instrumentals and the ethereal mesmerism of their choral vocal echoes.

The guitar progressions become more angular throughout the track, but there’s the same amount of disconcertment and despondence which lingers between the notes.

I may have listened to my fair share of underground Alt Rock, but no one quite offers the same abrasive yet magnetically alluring sound as Keskusta. With the same artful edge of Radiohead and the ferocious rhythmic bites which you’d expect from Velvet Revolver, the Helsinki-based artist is definitely one to watch.

You can check out the official music video to Keskusta’s latest single via Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Furlong – Hate Girls: Riotously Fierce Grunge Pop


Any fans of Veruca Salt, Garbage and The Breeders are definitely going to want to check out the latest single “Hate Girls” from up and coming Melbourne-based Alt Rock artist Furlong.

Furlong has well and truly revived the Alt 90s riotously grungy tone. Yet, with the dynamic energy which has been thrown into the infectiously frenzied track, they’ve stamped down their signature sound through Hate Girls. And with the cuttingly angular guitar riffs, there’s no doubt that Furlong is an absolute Alt Rock powerhouse.

It’s impossible not to share in the hype of Furlong once you’ve got a taste of their commercial potential. You can get excited about their monstrous sound yourselves by checking out Hate Girls via Spotify which is due for release on March 4th.

Keep up to date with all their latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Dan Bibby and The Aesthetic Knobs – Mind Over Mind: Punchy Adrenalized Alt Rock

If you’re on the lookout for some punchy adrenalized Alt Rock, look no further than the latest release “Mind over Mind” from up and coming artist Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs.

Instead of narrowly squeezing their sound into a constrictive Alt Rock genre, you’ll be able to pick up on hints of everything from Pop Punk to Old School Anarcho Punk to Garage Rock, and a whole lot more. Mind Over Mind is a supercharged hit which might need a whole lot of convincing to leave your synapses alone after you’ve heard it.

Any fans of Against Me!, Rancid, Rise Against, and Social Distortion will definitely want to check out the contemporary vitriolic raucous earworm.

You can check out the official video to Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs’ single Mind Over Mind via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Guy – Breaking Down: Cinematically Raw, Progressively Immersive Alt Pop Rock

In just under a month since the release of their cinematically raw, progressively immersive debut single “Breaking Down” singer-songwriter Guy has been able to amass over two million streams on YouTube alone.

If that’s not an impressive debut, I don’t know what is. Yet, it’s all too perceptible why so many have been drawn to Guy’s dynamic genre-transcending sound.

While the prelude carries plenty of reminiscences to your typical Pop ballad, the soundscape undergoes a myriad of evolutions. Expect seamless yet seismic shifts from the calm and pensive Pop prelude to guitar-driven Rock increments complete with intricately arrestive riffs with EDM and Funk thrown in in-between.

With a debut album due for release in 2020, you’re going to want Guy on your radars.

You can check out the official video to Breaking Down for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hide Your Mother – Attention Needed: Rhythmically High-Octane Eccentrically Frenetic Rock

“Attention Needed” is the explosively energetic latest single from up and coming London-based Rock powerhouse Hide Your Mother.

Through the serpentine rhythms which offer plenty of grinding friction Attention Needed carries plenty of accessibility to fans of Classic Rock and Glam Rock. Yet, they set themselves apart with the eccentric personability thrown into the high-octane genre-mashing soundscape.

If you could imagine what Steel Panther would sound like if they had a bit more nuance behind their sound, you’ll be able to get an idea of what will tantalise your eardrums when you hit play on Attention Needed. It’s a Party Rock playlist essential which is sure to be appreciated by fans of Guns n’ Roses, Muse, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Eagles of Death Metal alike. Good luck getting that raucous chorus out of your heads.

You can check out the official music video to Attention Needed for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Adult Programming – YR FAULT: Riotously Exhilarating Post-Punk

Adult Programming

If you can imagine what Interpol would sound like if they had a riotous sense of humour, you’ll be able to hazard a guess what will greet your ears when you hit play on the upcoming track “YR FAULT” by Adult Programming.

The explosively energetic feat of Post-Punk carries frenzied momentum while simultaneously exuding the dark and despondent stylistic nature of the genre. In short, you’re treated to the atmospherics with none of the pretension. Just pure unbridled exhilarating aural chaos.

If you’ve ever used the expression ‘I don’t want to adult today’ you’re sure to find resonance in the relentlessly fast-paced lyricism penned by the Miami-based artist.

You’ll be able to check out YR FAULT for yourselves from February 14th. Even if you don’t have valentine’s day plans, you’ve got something to be excited about with YR FAULT

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Bad Luv – Liquid Love: An Infectiously Raucous Feat of Scuzzy Indie Rock n Roll.

Bad Luv found the perfect mix of raucous rhythms and anthemic energy with their latest single release “Liquid Love”. There’s also a nuanced infusion of Rock n’ Roll sleaze which resonates through the throbbing basslines and serpentine guitar licks while the Bad Luv vocalist throws plenty of abrasive swaggering charm into the single.

In short, Liquid Love contains the visceral ingenuity which you’d hope to hear when hitting play on an up and coming Alt Rock artist’s latest release. Even though all of the cornerstones of Rock n Roll can be found in the scuzzy frenetic hit, each new progression leaves you more assured that Bad Luv is a band which are worth putting on your radar. Especially if you already have a penchant for the likes of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Foals, and Nothing But Thieves.

You can check out Liquid Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


She Burns Red – Take Back Tomorrow: Magnanimously Catchy, Fiercely Candid Hard Rock

After the release of their first single “Copernicus Falls” from their upcoming EP “Take Back Tomorrow”, there’s never been a more opportune time to jump on the indulgently nihilistic rigorously catchy tones of She Burns Red.

Before I start to tell you how the angularly-crafted guitars cut through the anthemically cavernous bouncing instrumentals etc. I should probably tell you that the Edinburgh-based four-piece could never be defined by their sound alone. Instead, they set themselves apart through their magnanimous energy which is infectious enough to let your chest cavities know about it.

While the candidly dark lyrics are busy riling you with resonant all-too-familiar frustrations in life, the melody will be he hard at work burrowing down like one of the most indignant Hard Rock earworms you’ve ever known. With Andy Moore’s whiskey-soaked warmly inviting yet fiercely convictive vocals along with James McCulloch’s clean tensile vocal nuances, there was an insane amount of alchemic chemistry on each track.

Unlike most emotion-driven rock, She Burns Red don’t create evocatively high octane music to leave you in a pit of morose apathy once you’ve ingested the visceral emotion which inspired the tracks. Instead, their music is a not so gentle olive branch to pull you away from self-pity. As well as being a dynamic record in terms of sound, each single will leave you exposed to a new piece of the artist’s souls. From wistful lament to frustrative defiance, Take Back Tomorrow offers it all and more.

I’m not even ashamed to say that tears were shed listening to the second track on the EP “Crosshairs”. Not even the searing technical riffs could offer any consolation. The release was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. And with producer Toby Jepson in charge of production, She Burns Red was able to relay their notorious high-energy live performance style onto the record.

We’re more than blown away. We feel like we’ve been through an aural category 5 hurricane.

You can check out the lyric video to Copernicus Falls via YouTube now.

And you can head on over to Bandcamp to pre-order their EP Take Back Tomorrow which is due for official release on February 1st from Bandcamp.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Gus McArthur – Both Eyes Closed: Intellectually Visceral Symphonic Metal

Gus McArthur’s latest Symphonic Death Metal single is about as effective as a cattle prod when it comes to getting your attention. Straight from the prelude, you’re locked into a frenziedly magnetic hit.

After recently becoming overly enamoured with Nekrogoblikon, I’ve been on a constant search for other artists offering a similar sound. The San Diego-based fourpiece Gus McArthur not only do this through their latest single “Both Eyes Closed”, but they set themselves apart with an intellectual amount of distinction.

With each member bringing different styles and energies to the mix, their music transcends the usual thrashing and pounding monotony. Yes, it’s heavy, yes, it’s monstrous, but it’s no mere cacophony. It’s a melodic emotive masterpiece born through the infusion of everything from Hip Hop, Classical strings, Thrash, and Metal.

Yelawolf himself may have been spitting the Rap bars which sit against the insanely emotive Matt Belamy style vocal harmonies and fiercely guttural screams. And there are just as many switch-ups in the instrumental progressions. Hearing Both Eyes Closed may have marked the start of an aural obsession. Long may it continue.

You’ll have to wait until January 31st to check out the phenomenal single. In the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud and check out their earlier releases.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast