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Dean Angelo Lazzara – Generation Dreamer: Expressive Riff-Laden Up-Vibe Alt Garage Rock

If you can let Dean Angelo Lazzara’s single “Generation Dreamer” crash to a close without being warmed by the expressive riff-led endearing defiance it contains, you might want to check if your soul is still functioning.

Any fans of Eagles of Death Metal are sure to instantaneously appreciate Dean Angelo Lazzara’s sunny approach to Rock which strips away the tough exterior and offers an anthem to unite the ‘dreamer generation’.

You can see Generation Dreamer as Dean Angelo Lazzara’s deftly mastered way of saying ‘Okay Boomer’. There’s already enough hate lingering in the atmosphere. So, instead of adding to it, the upbeat hit unifies through resonance instead of anger. If there’s anything that the world needs more of right now, it’s artists like Dean Angelo Lazzara who are ready to spill their vibrant optimism and serve reminders to not let existentialism consume you.

The sticky-sweet choruses carry the perfect amount of Psych colour. And the James Dean Bradfield-style chomping guitar riffs ensured that no matter how playful the single is, it’s still an aural force to be reckoned with.

You can check out Generation Dreamer for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Forest Hills – Introvert: Alchemically Gothic Alt Rock

NYC-based Alt Rock artist Forest Hills dropped an unmissable hit in 2019. If any fans of Gothically alchemic Alt Rock missed it, you’ll thank us later for the introduction to their standout single “Introvert”.

The fuzzy distorted chugging riffs provide the perfect contrast between front-man Zero Surico’s soaring vocals allowing you to appreciate them in all their soaring evocative glory. With subtle hints of Pop and Punk infused into the vocals in Introvert, you’re treated to powerful harmonics which come with plenty of ferocious bite.

Forest Hills are clearly an act who boldly set out to carve out their own sound. And they’ve definitely achieved that with Introvert which resonates as though you’re drinking in pure unbridled emotion.

You can check out the official music video to Forest Hills’ single Introvert via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dreamwave meets Post Punk in Ego Tripping’s latest single “Pleasure Rift”

If Ego Tripping intended to offer a full-body sensory experience with their latest Dreamwave single “Pleasure Rift” they definitely succeeded.

There’s plenty of ambience to be enveloped by. There’s also the infusion of cutting atmospheric tones which will go down a treat with fans of 80s Post Punk such as The Chameleons and Echo and the Bunnymen.

For seven serene minutes, you’ll get to follow the progressive nature of the single which offers a fully rounded tonal palette and vocals which border on hypnotic. The vocals rest above the reverb-soaked instrumentals just enough for the lyrics to resonate. But there’s plenty of synergy between the winding melodicism and the tantalising lucid whispers.

Pleasure Rift was the first single to be released from Ego Tripping’s debut album which is due to be released on January 17th. I’ve got a feeling you won’t want to miss the rest of it.

You can experience the catharsis of Pleasure Rift for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaleido Bay – Liberation: A Vitriolically Charged Alt Rock Playlist Essential

From the moment you hit play on UK Alt Rock artist Kaleido Bay’s latest single “Liberation” the frenetic energy pulls you in. It’s a high-octane convictive aural force to be reckoned with, but it definitely isn’t without its melodicism.

With juicy choruses, anticipation filled-breakdowns, and mind-blowingly dynamic instrumentals, we can quite honestly say that we’ve never heard anything like this before. They promise to deliver a full tonal palette, and sure enough, there’s a frenzied kaleidoscope of colour in Liberation.

It’s punchy, it’s riotous, and it’s innovative enough to offer little in the way of reminiscences to other artists. Yet there are faint elements of Metal, Rock, Post Punk, Punk, and No Wave all weaved into the mix making Liberation indulgently accessible from the first time you’re fronted with the angsty aural alchemy.

The fact that I wrote this review on the same day which the Manic Street Preacher’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of Masses Against the Classes feels serendipitous. Just as I was mourning the lack of vitriol found in politically-charged music, Kaleido Bay crashed onto my radar.

You can check out Liberation along with Kaleido Bay’s earlier releases via Spotify now.

Follow the band on Facebook to keep up to date with their releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vogue Villains – The Arsonist & Gasolina: Psychobilly-Infused Alt Rock

From the first raucous notes of the latest single “The Arsonist & Gasolina” from Vogue Villains, I was hooked. Any fans of Mad Sin, the Meteors, or Tiger Army are sure to appreciate Vogue Villains’ frenetic hit just as much as we did.

The gasoline-soaked soundscape offers chugging thudding basslines alongside guitar riffs which soar just as high as the Punk vocals which laced the track with devious swagger. And I wouldn’t be doing The Arsonist & Gasolina any justice if I didn’t point out that it drips with sex appeal. Vogue Villains perceptibly offer everything you could ask for from a new up and coming Alt Rock artist. We can’t wait to hear what pours from their ingenuity next.

You can check out The Arsonist & Gasolina for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour dates via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Race to Neptune – Will the King?: Progressively Arrestive Melodic Alt Rock

Generally, palpitations are kind of a bad thing. Except when they come as a courtesy of rhythmically hypnotic guitar melodies such as you will find in Race to Neptune’s single “Will the King?”

Will the King? is just one of the absorbing tracks to feature on the Fort Collins’ based Indie Alt Rock powerhouse’s latest EP “Share My Frequency”. While I would have been quite happy to listen to the melodic guitar progressions for the whole duration, the evocative vocals kick in after an extended prelude and the instrumentals amp up the momentum. This is where you’ll find Race to Neptune’s tendency to experiment with plenty of distortion and effects on the guitars turning Will the King from a cathartically ambient single into a caustically cutting one. The lyrics and vocals also bring plenty of bite to the soundscape.

You can check out Will the King? along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I, The Ruin are set to make an unmissable debut with the Prog Indie Rock Single “Blossoms”

I, The Ruin

I, The Ruin are set to make their debut with the captivating Progressive Rock single “Blossoms”. The UK-based artist is already in high demand after receiving BBC airplay. With the way the single makes your jaw drop without any amount of grace or decorum when it hits you with its full momentum, there’s little room to wonder why.

Blossoms may kick off as an ambiently melodic work of Shoegaze Indie Rock. But the riotously progressive single crashes into a high-octane offering of Post-Rock complete with caustic screams and harsh Metal instrumentals. If I hadn’t spoiled the surprise, you never would have anticipated the violent and sharp evolution in the soundscape.

You’ll have to wait until January 24th to check out Blossoms for yourselves. You can pre-save the single here.

Connect with I, The Ruin on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest releases. This is a band you’re going to want on your radar.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Pop artist La Reina is set to release her most sultry track yet with “Divide”

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Pop, Trap, and Alt Rock all merge in the latest experimental release from up and coming artist La Reina’. If you’re one of those people blessed enough to get goosebumps while listening to truly atmospheric music, prepare for the chills which you’ll feel curtesy of this tonally dark but melodically striking track.

The caustic cuts of the instrumentals carve out the perfect platform for La Reina’s poised yet lucid vocals which verse the lyrics which run through like spoken-word poetry. Listening to La Reina’s music allows you to appreciate the alchemy which can pour when artists are brave enough to throw away genre-constraints and take an experimental approach to their sound.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Divide for yourselves. In the meantime, head over to Spotify where you’ll find La Reina’s debut EP “Destined”.

Keep up to date with new releases by following La Reina via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jonathan Care – I Can’t Stand Losin’ U: Absorbingly Alternative Hip Hop

A lot of music may get referred to as arrestive. But Jonathan Care’s latest single “I Can’t Stand Losin’ U will hit you with jaw-to-the-floor captivation right from the prelude.

When you hit play on Hip Hop music, you’ve already got fixed assumptions of what’s going to come your way. Jonathan Care shatters them with their striking Alt Rock vocals which are introduced only after a deceptively archetypal offering of Hip Hop beats. The single is an unashamedly eccentric feat of dynamic alchemy. Expect everything from Jazz to Funk to Rock to be instilled into this warm, soulful mix which is consistently progressive. As a result, I Can’t Stand Losin’ U is a track which demands to be played on repeat.

You can have the experience of being blown away by Jonathan Care’s bold experimental approach to Hip Hop for yourselves by checking out I Can’t Stand Losin’ U on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.) – Slow Fall:

Incubus fans will undoubtedly want to check out the sweet feat of Alt Rock “Slow Fall” from up and coming artist Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.).

The bluesy American Rock sound is switched up with inventive guitar effects along with a potent amount of emotion coming to you through the vocals. Slow Fall packs an emotive punch. But that’s not to say the deftly crafted melodic track is without raucous appeal. It may take a while for the momentum to pick up. But when it does, you’ll get a taste of how much of a powerhouse Electricity Keeping You Alive are.

The sonic guitar blasts, deep bass bends, and tantalising percussion work in perfect synergy with the expressively striking vocals. In short, Slow Fall is an Indie Rock-inclined audiophile’s delight.

You can check out Electricity Keeping You Alive’s latest single Slow Fall for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast