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Leeds-based Alt Rock act Lords of Power leave us endeared with latest single “The Devil Wears Shoes”

With a name such as Lords of Power, the expectation is pretty much already set for what you can expect from the artist’s sound. But it is safe to say that they didn’t fail to deliver with their single “The Devil Wears Shoes”; – although it doesn’t hit quite in the same way as you would expect.

The single which featured on Lords of Power’s self-tired EP shows the friendlier, more charismatic side of Alt Rock. I’m sure we can all agree that there are already plenty of self-aggrandised vanity project artists around. Which is what makes Lords of Power so infinitely refreshing. I’m not entirely certain why I found lyrics such as “the devil wears shoes and he plays in a band but he only plays in minor chords” so endearing, but I can imagine that is just part of the unfathomable appeal of the up and coming artist.

You can check out the Lords of Power EP including The Devil Wears Shoes for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blue Mesa Return with their Latest Single “Blindside”

Blue Mesa are the Denver, Colorado-based Alt Rock band who haven’t failed to make waves with their unapologetically visceral style which pairs female Pop Rock vocals with an anthemic guitar-led instrumental arrangement.

Around the crunching textures carved out by the rhythm guitars you will appreciate the light tonality of the lead guitarist’s ability to bring a vibrancy and infinite amount of energy to the soundscape. The commercial potential which is surrounding this powerhouse of artists was palpable from the very first verse. They may be relatively fresh from their inception, but their ability to write stellar tracks has already matured past the point most artists could only hope to achieve.

Make sure you never miss another release by following the band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Final Stair – End of Love: Alt Rock Has A New Iconic Act

Ahead of their debut album which will be dropped later in 2019 (you should probably start getting excited about that right about now) Final Stair have released their ethereally powerful single “End of Love”.

From the first melancholic notes of the guitar, the single immerses you in the sticky-sweet pensive resonance of this single which is amplified by the classical strings and devastatingly visceral vocals. Of course, the dark imagery written within the lyricism has a lot to do with how hard this single hits. Because that’s exactly what it is, the up and coming artists have created the ultimate Alt Rock hit with the same level of emotivity as you could expect from Incubus, Placebo and Muse. But I’d have to argue that the vocals from Final Stair transcend the arrestive capacity of any of the aforementioned artists.

You can check out Final Stair’s latest single End of Love for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kilnsey Green Put the Soul Back in Alt Rock with Latest Single “Indigo”

“Indigo” is the upcoming single from Kilnsey Green, which may just be one of the most soulfully evoking singles which will drop in 2019. Through the progressive nature of the slightly extended single, you’re treated to a prelude of soft acoustic indie which steadily builds in momentum until Indigo is well and truly within the Alt Rock arena. The soft, neo-soul ambience which is poured into the start of the single could never prepare you for the veracity of the riff-driven outro where vocalist Oliver James completely loses mellifluous restraint and treats you to raw, unbridled passion.

The Bradford, UK-based quartet set out with the intention of creating a sound which fresh and unique. But that barely even captures the ingenuity which has gone into this deftly stylised single which proves that whether they’re creating soft Folk or cataclysmic Alt Rock they’re a force to be reckoned with.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Indigo for yourselves, in the meantime, you can check out their debut single Anxious via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Them Fantasies – Nothing But the Screen: The Energetic Alt Rock Evolution of Shoegaze

With their single “Nothing But the Screen” the Alt Rock trio Them Fantasies didn’t fail to create a track which resonated with melancholic poignancy. We can’t be sure if they had the intention of creating a tear-jerker, but if you’re having a delicate day, you better grab the tissues before you hit play.

Straight from the haunting atmospherics of the prelude you are captivated in the compelling layers of gentle guitar progressions which introduce the morosely indulgent vocals which pull you further into the soundscape.

With the progressive single they steadily amplified the energy which is being poured into Nothing But the Screen, you’re led up to cutting guitars, primal drum beats and reverberant effects which will enamour any fans of Shoegaze. Yet, the vocals never bleed into the instrumental layers, they maintain their power throughout the mix with the same striking energy as you would hear from Radiohead with the vocal power of bands such as Incubus and Blue October.

You can check out Nothing But the Screen for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kjell feat. Orion´s Shadow – Bag of Bones: Ominously, Devastatingly Arrestive Alt Rock

Whether Kjell designed the prelude to their single “Bag of Bones” to make the listener’s stomach lining reel like it has been replaced with rocks it’s hard to say. But what is perceptibly evident is the fact that Kjell has an alchemic approach when it comes to creating eerie Alt Rock.

The soundscape was never built to sit comfortably in any genre, instead it was created to disturb. But let’s face it, the current societal structure is abhorrent -no matter where you happen to be in the world right now. We should be disturbed – and Bag of Bones is the perfect reminder of the fact that we’d rather be apathetic to.

Kjell teamed up with Orion’s Shadow to create the single which any fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are sure to appreciate. If you don’t get chills by the time this track fades out, you might want to check if you have a pulse.

You can check out Bag of Bones for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Auto Pilot Brings the Atmospherics to Alt Rock with Latest Single “White Noise”

“White Noise” is the latest single to be released by the up and coming Alt Rock powerhouse Auto Pilot which could be most accurately defined as a Progressive Rock Masterpiece.

You may start off with a Shoegaze/Post Punk hauntingly atmospheric prelude, but by the time you get to the bridge, you’re left with an aural treat which any fans of artists such as Incubus are sure to appreciate. However, it’s not long before the reverb-drenched guitars kick off once more and create the perfect platform for the arrestive vocals to rise above. The amount of power in the vocal harmonics amplifies the caustically raw sentiment in the lyricism which allows you to become more intrinsically combined with the energy of the single.

In short, White Noise is a single which hits hard without ever having to rely on excessively heavy instrumentals. Instead, the emotivity can be found within each seamlessly intricate progression.

You can check out Auto Pilot’s magnetically resonant latest single White Noise for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Edge of Desire – Explicit: An Unadulterated Serving of Salaciously Captivating Alt Rock

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With an artist title as salacious as Edge of Desire, the up and coming act definitely set the same expectation for their sound. With their debut single “Explicit”, it’s safe to say that the Guildford, UK-based Alt Rock trio hit the nail on the head.

While there are slight reminiscences to bands such as Muse, there’s no denying that Edge of Desire carry plenty of their own distinctive appeal; for a start Matt Bellamy has never quite laid down riffs which will cut through you with the same veracity. Seriously, they resonate like searing heat. In the very same way violin strings cut through an orchestral composition the guitar cuts through the layers of raucous, and dirty concordance. There’s also plenty of mesmerism to be found within Daniel Fraser’s vocals.

Keep up to date with all the latest releases from the artist via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Doc Snipp Allows Garage Rock to Meet Psychobilly with Latest Single “Strada Trans”

There aren’t many contortions of sound that will ever be as raucously filthy, rhythmic and salacious as you will find in Psychobilly soundscapes. And it will always be a damn shame that there’s not more on the airwaves; but thankfully there are artists such as Doc Snipp taking charge of the revival and adding their own contemporary distinction to the sound.

Doc Snipp’s latest single “Strada Trans” pairs the punk energy with plenty of distortion allowing the track to also offer plenty of Garage Rock appeal. While the new generations may not be all too aware of the Psychobilly artists such as Mad Sin, Meteors, Mad Sin, and Tiger Army, it is bands such as Doc Snipp who have the responsibility of ensuring that the indulgence of immersive, greasy, raw Rock n’ Roll doesn’t die.

With their extended track, Doc Snipp created a progressive single, which despite the levels of distortion which bleeds from the guitars is all too easy to slip into and appreciate the clever intricacies of the soundscape. Strada Trans also has a lot to offer vocally; especially if you have soft spot for the eerie magnetism of the likes of Nick Cave & Lux Interior.

You can check out Doc Snipp’s latest single Strada Trans for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fox Jaw Carve a Contemporary Alt Rock Groove with their Latest Single “Madeline”

It’s Irish vocalists such as Ronan Mitchell from Fox Jaw who make for an incredibly unfair playing field for every other Indie outfit from other corners of the globe. The magnetism in his vocals dynamics which were displayed with Fox Jaw’s latest track “Madeline” couldn’t get much more potent. There’s a lot to be said for the atmospherics which were cooked up in the grooves of the tight instrumental arrangement too.

So, if you’re looking for hypnotically velvety vocals which accompany an Indie Rock soundscape which carries layers of Post Punk, look no further than the salacious mix that the 5-piece powerhouse cooked up. It isn’t everyday you stumble across an up and coming band which can rival the likes of Interpol, Editors, the Black Keys, and Black Rebel Motorcycle club at the same time as carrying an undeniably contemporary fever in their sound.

You can check out the official video to Fox Jaw’s latest single Madeline for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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