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Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation – It’s OK to Wake Up: Hard Rock Meets Post Punk

If you ever wondered how Bauhaus would sound if they dabbled in Hard Rock, you’d get a fair enough idea by hitting play on Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation’s latest single “It’s OK to Wake Up”.

While you’ll still get the heavy chugging guitars resting against snappy convictive percussion, Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation has thrown in iridescently atmospheric lighter effects to bring a nuanced dynamism and depth to their sound. And my God is it refreshing to hear a Hard Rock artist with distinctive vocals. There’s none of the archetypal growls, screeches or wails, just the clever and evocative use of vibrato.

You’ll still get to absorb plenty of arrestingly technical soaring guitar riffs which you’re accustomed to in Hard Rock, but irrefutably Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation are the much-needed antidote to the sterility in the genre.

You can check out Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation’s single It’s OK to Wake Up which was released on November 1st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michael Tyree – All the Time: Timelessly Captivating Folk Rock

Up and coming artist Michael Tyree has recently released their latest orchestration of Bluesy Folk-Rock “All the Time”. And it is exactly the kind of track which is handy to have on your playlists as an aural pick me up.

Michael Tyree’s melodically arrestive approach to Rock is timeless. While the single comes with lashings of nostalgia, his style is nuanced enough to make the vibrant rhythms as potent as they were the first time they stung you.

Yet, I’m fairly certain that a soundscape quite like All the Time has ever been created before. Along with filthy Heavy Rock riffs, you’ll also be ingesting uplifting elements of Folk which aren’t all too dissimilar to what you can expect from the Levellers. The vocals also see plenty of progression in the track from gentle harmonized versing to high-octane Rock vocals. There’s little room to wonder why All the Time feels like such an emotional rollercoaster.

So, if you could imagine a combination of the sounds of the Levellers, Bob Dylan, and Springsteen, you’d get a fairly good idea of what Michael Tyree has to offer with their latest single.

You can check All the Time out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kill Thanatos – Brother Lost: Alchemically Emotive Alt Rock

Alt Rock artist Kill Thanatos has recently released their fourth single “Brother Lost”. If you’ve lost faith in your search for truly distinctive contemporary Rock music, you’ll quickly come to realise that Brother Lost comes with a whole host of restorative powers.

After a doom-laden prelude, the tender, evocative vocals were introduced, if you weren’t already captivated, this is the perfect time to surrender all consciousness to the overwhelmingly atmospheric aural alchemy which Kill Thanatos orchestrated.

Through clean vocals, being transfixed by the lyrical narrative is practically non-optional. The vocals amplify the emotive sting as they rest against Heavy Rock instrumentals while keeping the notes poised and magnetically pensive.

While you’ll find plenty of Rock bands being able to offer a tight arrangement, Kill Thanatos combine their technical skill with true candid expression and a melody which may very well come to be your new melancholic Rock earworm.

You can check out Kill Thanatos’ latest single Brother Lost for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sik Mule – Smile at the Devil: Sultry and Slick Hard Rock

Every so often an Alt Rock artist emerges who makes the painful endeavour of trudging through the assimilative array of unimaginative music worth it. After listening to Sik Mule’s single “Smile at the Devil” we can confirm that they’re one of the rare authentically alluring powerhouses bringing hard-hitting rock into a brand-new era.

There’s still the sultry slick rhythm in the guitars and restraint-less swagger in the vocals. But there are also plenty of other aural treats thrown into Smile at the Devil such as tension building minimalistic blues riffs soaring around slightly ominous vocals and occultist lyrics.

The Houston, Texas-based artist is perceptibly one to watch. There may be plenty of bands which play with spooky themes, but none of them quite do it in the same irresistibly bluesy manner as Sik Mule

You can check out Smile at the Devil along with the rest of the tracks from Sik Mule’s EP “Skeleton Man” by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Chiefgroover & Co – Sunset: Rock Just Found Its New Power Source

Northern Ireland-based artist Chiefgroover & Co has recently released their album “Sunset”. If you’re looking for high-octane riffs your desire for aural filth will be well-sated by each of the gritty whiskey-soaked soundscapes.

With progressions arrestive enough for your breath to fall into rhythm with the soaring guitar licks and infectiously punchy choruses Chiefgroover & Co perceptibly are no average up and coming Rock band.

If there was any justice in the music industry, the sheer talent possessed by Chiefgroover & Co should see them outshine Fontaines DC in no time. They already boast an arena-ready sound, it’s only a matter of time if they persevere with their natural ability to construct euphorically raucous hits.

You can check out Chiefgroover & Co’s album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Rock Trio the Similar Make their Debut with Their Authentically Arrestive Self-Titled EP

Alt Rock Trio The Similar found the perfect balance between familiarity and authenticity with their debut 4-track self-titled EP.

With Indie, Pop, and Rock all coming together in a melodic smorgasbord, The Similar simultaneously offer intimacy, euphoria, and intricately absorbing instrumentals. And vocals don’t come much more harmoniously concordant than what you will hear in this up and coming artist’s succinctly sweet ethereal sound.

The synergy within the instrumentals permits full-bodied atmospheric energy which is rarely heard – especially with a debut EP. The LA-based powerhouse is perceptibly one to watch.

You can check out The Similar’s debut EP which was released in November 2019 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Veronica Eileen proves herself as the queen of creepy Pop with latest single “Hollow”

Singer-Songwriter Veronica Eileen has recently released her latest single “Hollow”. In doing so, she also released one of the sultriest eerie Pop singles we’ve heard this year.

Not that we’ve heard all too many. But there are plenty of artists such as Pale Waves and Billie Eilish who have already infused gothic and Alt Rock sensibilities into their Pop sound. Yet, With Hollow, Veronica Eileen went much darker whilst keeping the soundscape accessible and immersive from the first hit. How that was achieved whilst the instrumentals carried reminiscences in part to Rob Zombie’s Dragula is a feat of alchemy.

It really wouldn’t surprise me if American Horror Story wanted Veronica Eileen on their next soundtrack.

You can check out the official music video to Veronica Eileen’s single which dropped on October 26th by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Illegal NoiZe – Keep it Trill: Darkly Phantasmal Electronic Hip Hop

When it comes to dark Electronic Instrumental Hip Hop, no one quite beats the ominously captivating tones of Illegal NoiZe. Their recently released single “Keep it Trill” is just one of the hauntedly fresh singles which you will find on their debut album “The Black Album 2”.

Instead of producing a lucid Dreamwave soundscape, they’ve used their experimentalism to take you on a journey of chillingly atmospheric aural alchemy in Keep it Trill. Spooky season is over for this year but Keep it Trill is a chilling mix which will keep on giving. It may be a downtempo track, but there’s little chance your attention will falter from the dystopian single.

You can check out Illegal NoiZe’s single Keep it Trill along with the rest of their album via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Billy Mick – Flesh and Bone: Alchemically Euphoric Alt Indie Pop

I may be notoriously hard to please when it comes to feel-good music, but even I couldn’t resist the euphoric alchemy which is contained in up and coming Alt Pop artist Billy Mick’s debut single “Flesh and Bone”.

With elements of Indie infused into the single through Jangle Pop guitar progressions and subtle elements of Rock fed into the momentous choruses, Flesh and Bone is by no means your average Pop hit.

Billy Mick’s naturally magnetic slightly whiskey-soaked vocals are just as efficacious as the EDM Pop beat when it comes to putting the hype behind Flesh and Bone. The single was written as a poignant reminder that the world is far too divisive considering that we’re essentially just walking meat sacks. He’s got a point. And he expressed it much more eloquently than I just did there through clever parables which are perspective-shiftingly powerful.

You can check out Billy Mick’s debut single along with their recent releases by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Patient 0 – Prom Queen: Candidly Magnetic Indie Rock

“Prom Queen” is just one of the singles found on up and coming alternative artist Patient 0’s debut album “Girl Problems”. While each of the singles allows you to appreciate that the maturity of their sound transcends their age as artists. “Prom Queen” still remains the best introduction to their natural, raw, and organic approach to Indie Rock.

Even though there’s a melodious Indie feel behind Prom Queen, the soundscape still shares reminiscences with 90s Grunge bands such as Verruca Salt, The Breeders, and Hole.

I’ll try not to be too bitter about the fact that I didn’t get to revel in the empowering tones of bands such as Patient 0 when I was being deeply confused by my teenage years. It’s one thing to hear produced and plasticised artists creating commercial music, but there is a refreshing intimacy and honesty within Prom Queen which poignantly captures teen anxiety and projected inadequacy.

You can check out Patient 0’s single Prom Queen along with the rest of their album Girl Problems by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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