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Microcosms – Omnipotence: An Astral Amalgamation of Post Punk and Grunge

On September 5th, the up and coming Chicago Alt Rock band Microcosms treated us to four whole minutes of rhythmically unadulterated reverberant energy with their latest single Omnipotence. It’s rare that I’ll find myself find myself so encompassed by a track the first time I hit play, yet, considering Omnipotence takes influence from sludgy, spectacular modern icons of Alternative such as Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice and Cage the Elephant, it leaves little room to wonder why.

Just how they managed to project such astral energy into the soundscape is nothing short of aural alchemy. The way the bass drives the beat over the sporadic blaring of the electric guitar builds the atmospheric tension of the track before the hooks start to sink their teeth in shows that Microcosms aren’t just your average garage band.

You can check out Microcosms’ latest single Omnipotence for yourself now by heading over to YouTube, because sometimes, words really don’t do the sound justice.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kwolek – Miscellaneous People: Intelligently Curated Alt Rock

‘Miscellaneous People’ is just one of the singles from the alternatively styled, resoundingly gifted Alternative artist Kwolek’s latest album ‘Masks’. You know when you can practically tell an artist’s IQ when you listen to their music? Well, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Boulder, Colorado-based artist was a card carrying member of MENSA. There’s just as much essence packed into the spaces around the sound as in the rhythmically relentless, yet quaintly lucid acoustic progressions. With an extended duration at 7-minutes long, it’s impossible not to be drawn in by the constantly twisting, seamless fluidity of the tight instrumentals. If the instrumentals aren’t enough to move you, then Kwolek’s sensually light Indie-styled vocals are bound to resound around the relentless weaving of the acoustic guitar around the classical strings and drums.

You can check out Miscellaneous People along with the rest of the tracks from the artist’s latest album by heading over to Spotify, there’s a whole 53 minutes of intelligently curated mixes as the ultimate offering of authentic aural pleasure.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Steve Buzzotta – Conscious Surrender: Sublimely Eclectic Alt Rock

Conscious Surrender is just one of the stellar singles from Steve Buzzotta’s latest album ‘Out of Order. If you’re a fan of Queens of the Stone Age or Iggy Pop you’re going to want to tune into the sublimely eclectic Alt Rock anthem. The riff heavy composition kicks off with a concordant cymbal thrashing before progressing into verse where you’re treated to an almost classic styling of Rock. Yet whilst Steve Buzzotta has roots in the classical his own unique brand of raucous energy carries a charismatic edge which is palpable right up until the fade out of the track. With the extended instrumental breakdowns Conscious Surrender is an audiophile’s treat. That’s without mentioning the seamless switch to the Industrial EDM arrangement which draws Conscious Surrender to a close. Some artists need an entire album to display their diversity, Steve Buzzotta only needed one track.

You can check out Steve Buzzotta’s latest single Conscious Surrender for yourselves by heading over to Reverbnation now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aaron Orbit – ‘Heavy Bones’: The Alt Rock Track All Muse Fans Need on Their Playlists

Within the first ten seconds of Aaron Orbit’s latest single ‘Heavy Bones’ it was evident that the up and coming artist is offering something delectably refreshing to the table.

Whilst Heavy Bones has the alluring grinding rhythm of any self-respecting Alt Rock track, the artist’s latest single was also amplified under digital effect which is sure to appeal to any fans of Nine Inch Nails or Muse. On top of that aurally alchemic energy you’re also treated to Aaron Orbit’s piercingly beautiful vocal style which flows with a harmonious affect and emotive momentum. As if that wasn’t enough, no review would be complete without a notable mention to the poetically poised, emotionally scarring lyricism which won’t fail to resonate.

You can check out the official video to Heavy Bones which was released September 4th by heading over to YouTube. You’ll be able to download the album ‘Monolith’ in full from September 25th, 2018. I’m already stoked.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Distant Edge – Maybe: Tentatively Sonic Alt Rock

Maybe is just one of the progressively blinding singles from Distant Edge’s self-titled EP. I can say with all certainty that there are no other Alt Rock artists making the same concordant noise as the 4-piece powerhouse of emerging artists. With a debut drop as resounding as this, it’s hard not to anticipate a short rise up from the underground ranks.

The track starts with a tentative progression, before leading you into a seamlessly fluid weaving of sonic guitars around lush synth and some of the most concordant cymbal work I’ve heard in a long time. The guitars lead the way into the vocal segments which grip you in their Alt Rock ecstasy, if you could imagine Shinedown with a more progressive, Indie edge, you’d be half way there to imagining how stunning Maybe is.

You can check out Distant Edge’s otherworldly anthem Maybe for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zach Sean – Breathe: A Sonically Anthemic Alt Rock Debut

Breathe is the debut track from the one man powerhouse which is Zach Sean. Just where the Nashville, US based artist has been hiding that sonically anthemic energy I’m not sure. Yet, what I can be sure of is that it more than deserves a spot on the radio waves. Muse fans are sure to be in heaven with the concordant crashing progression of the track which is further amplified by some of the rawest vocals you’ve ever heard. Whilst Breathe isn’t the most prodigal new release this year, anyone who appreciated the explosion of Alt Rock in the early 00’s curtesy of InMe, Nine Black Alps and Cute is What We Aim For, is sure to feel right at home with Breathe. If you’ll excuse the pun, it’s as easy to listen to as breathing.

You can check out Zach Sean’s cataclysmically raucous single for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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G H O S T S – Shadows: Alt Rock Just Took a Dark Twist

There aren’t many artists with the ability to captivate me within the first thirty seconds of a track, yet, G H O S T S had me in awe of their anthemically gothic aurally alchemic approach to Alt Rock before the prelude had seamlessly slipped into the verse.

It should come as no surprise that an up and coming act taking influence from bands such as Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction and Depeche Mode created a melancholically beguiling hit. The resonance carried in the soundwaves was beyond anything I’ve heard coming from the underground this year. The Birmingham UK-based pensive powerhouse of artists may just be the act to revive the gothic Industrial style which dominated the soundwaves in the 80’s and 90’s.

You can check out the official video to Shadows by heading over to the band’s YouTube channel from September 1st, or head on over to the official website and download your free copy of the single.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Franklins Fox – Shame: Emotively Volatile Alt Rock

Shame is the debut single from the Hampshire, UK powerhouse trio Franklins Fox. Their high-octane Alt Rock sound will make sure they’re not swimming against the tide when it comes to rising up from the underground.

Franklins Fox vocalist Calum Newbiggin has an innocent, quintessential aura which in parts loses all restraint, the end result is an emotively volatile anthem, which, thanks to the progressive instrumental sections, you can quite easily get lost within. Midway through, you’re treated to a seamless progression of the electric guitar, you anticipate a cataclysmic breakdown, yet you’re treated once more to concordantly sonorous vocals. With Shame, the up and coming band strived to create an authentic sound, I’m willing to go right ahead and say they nailed it. There are very few Alt Rock artists out there to date with the same magnetised power of captivation.

So, if you’re looking for something sweet yet raucous you can check out Shame for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Get Caught by the Hooks of Take the Black’s Latest Single Alive in the Moonlight

I’ll be honest, from an Alt Rock band named Take the Black, I was kinda hoping for a Game of Thrones themed band. But, when I checked out their single Alive in the Moonlight they didn’t fail to impress me with their non-Game of Thrones related soundscapes.

The single from their latest album War for Your Mind is guaranteed to appeal to fans of Van Halen and R.E.M alike thanks to the band’s bouncy yet riff-driven style with accessibly sweet vocals. The intro fools you into believing you’re in for a Classic Rock progression, yet by the time the chorus hits you’re treated to one of the punchiest, sticky melodies that you can’t help getting caught in. What’s more, the production is absolutely stunning, with their already radio-ready sound I wouldn’t say it’s going to be long before we hear a lot more from Take the Black.

You can check out Alive in the Moonlight and the rest of their diversely enthralling studio album for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Lazy Universe – The New Clan: Alt Rock Just Took A Pioneering Twist

The powerhouse trio of musicians The Lazy Universe have recently released their latest single The New Clan for your aural pleasure, and what a treat they have in store for fans of Alt Rock.

The New Clan was written by vocalist and guitarist Stacey Tolle, which ultimately proved she’s the triple threat when it comes to creating a progressive masterpiece of bluesy yet cataclysmically-heavy melodies. What amazed me most about the Lazy Universe was their ability to construct a new sound out of a genre that many people believe that has been done to death. But, I can’t say I’ve ever stumbled across a track inspired about men not cleaning their facial hair off the bathroom sink, naturally listen to the narrative of angst unfold was an absolute delight. We can all resonate with the emotion which Stacey poured into the track. Any fans of Sleater Kinney and Courtney Barnett shouldn’t hesitate before hitting play on the single.  No review of the New Clan would be complete without mentioning the tight synergy from the drums and the bass, the instrumental components are barely separable from one another.

You can check out The Lazy Universe’s latest single The New Clan for yourselves by heading over to the band’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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