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Faunshead – Come Wake Me Up: Ethereally Dark Experimental Indie

LA Rock duo Faunshead’s recently released single “Come Wake Me Up” is a salaciously ominous soundscape which any fans of dark Indie Rock will want on their playlists.

If you could imagine what Marilyn Manson would sound like if he adopted a fuzzy, grungy, melodic Indie approach to his music, you’d get a good idea of Faunshead’s nuanced distinctive style.

With Come Wake Me Up, the US artist created a sublime feat of Alt Rock through the use of cavernous drum rolls, growling ethereal vocals and inventive blasts of synth. But around the experimentalism, they weaved in a massive chorus which is extremely efficacious in snaring you into a feat of rhythmic euphoria. Faunshead’s sound feels like it has already has a home on Mike Patton’s Ipecac record label.

You can check out Come Wake Me Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. Or, you can witness the aural alchemy in the making with the live video via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dame Tu Alma – Skeleton Key: Monstrously Cinematic Swiss Alt Rock

If you hadn’t noticed, there was no shortage of ominous Halloween releases this year. Up there with the best of them is the Dark Rock single “Skeleton Key” from Swiss artist Dame Tu Alma.

The single may be packed with chilling atmospherics, but the phantasmal air weaves in-between sharp melodic hooks which pull you right into potently energetic choruses. There’s a unique synergy within the soundscape of Skeleton Key which constantly progresses never allowing you to find a moment’s complacency with the aural alchemy you’re ingesting.

It’s not all too often that we come across Alt Rock earworms, but Dame Tu Alma didn’t fail to deliver with their colossal high-octane stylistic offering to the genre.

You’ll hear a smorgasbord of influences within Skeleton Key, from Black Metal to Post Rock to Nu Metal, it’s all fed into the cinematically monstrous hit which stands as a testament to the artist’s authenticity and ingenuity.

You can check out the official video to Skeleton Key which was released on October 31st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Witchingseason – Queen of the Zoo: Grittily Dark Hard Rock

“Queen of the Zoo” is the latest sonically bewitching track to be dropped by London-based Dark Rock trio Witchingseason. Fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Velvet Revolver, Eagles of Death Metal, and Soundgarden will definitely want to check it out.

While there may be a fair few similarities between the vocals in Queen of the Zoo to Josh Homme’s vocals, Witchingseason has made sure that they’ve made the soundscape well and truly their own. The sultry snaking rhythms possess a grittily mesmeric distinctive allure which you won’t be able to find elsewhere easily on the airwaves – especially not from another UK artist.

If you ever hear anyone say there are no ‘real’ Rock bands around anymore, you’ll be able to aurally slap them in the face with this blisteringly raw stylistic offering.

You can check out Witchingseason’s latest single by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast