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Pandoras shadow – Solo: Powerfully Pioneering Rock

After garnering plenty of acclaim with their previous releases, Hereford, UK-based artist Pandoras shadow has dropped yet another striking Alt Rock single with “Solo”. If BBC Introducing pays attention to an up and coming rock act, that’s an irrefutable affirmation that they’re worth pricking up your ears for.

In the epically lengthed single Solo, the arrestive vocals rest against the sludgy heavily-distorted guitars in the verses which lead up to all-consuming choruses where you’ll get to hear the true power of Kelly G’s dynamically soaring vocals.

The vocals may make your soul feel a little sore, but the experimental instrumental virtuosity will leave you in awe as you listen to the progressive single unfold. Pandoras shadow has covered the full raucous tonal palette with Solo, they may not move too far away from the traditional rock sound, but you’ll find plenty in Solo which you’d be hard-pressed to find from any other artist.

If you’re not already excited about this band, now is the time.

You can check out Pandoras shadow’s latest single Solo for yourselves via Bandcamp.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Keskusta – 5000: Abrasively Magnetic Alt Rock

With plenty of driving distortion on the raucous yet psychedelic guitar licks in the prelude, Keskusta’s latest single “5000” kicks off to a powerful start before the melodicism starts to break through the waves of pure high-octane Rock energy.

Keskusta’s vocals which should appease any fans of the Manic Street Preachers or U2 which create a striking contrast between the harsh gritty dark tones from the instrumentals and the ethereal mesmerism of their choral vocal echoes.

The guitar progressions become more angular throughout the track, but there’s the same amount of disconcertment and despondence which lingers between the notes.

I may have listened to my fair share of underground Alt Rock, but no one quite offers the same abrasive yet magnetically alluring sound as Keskusta. With the same artful edge of Radiohead and the ferocious rhythmic bites which you’d expect from Velvet Revolver, the Helsinki-based artist is definitely one to watch.

You can check out the official music video to Keskusta’s latest single via Vimeo.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Dan Bibby and The Aesthetic Knobs – Mind Over Mind: Punchy Adrenalized Alt Rock

If you’re on the lookout for some punchy adrenalized Alt Rock, look no further than the latest release “Mind over Mind” from up and coming artist Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs.

Instead of narrowly squeezing their sound into a constrictive Alt Rock genre, you’ll be able to pick up on hints of everything from Pop Punk to Old School Anarcho Punk to Garage Rock, and a whole lot more. Mind Over Mind is a supercharged hit which might need a whole lot of convincing to leave your synapses alone after you’ve heard it.

Any fans of Against Me!, Rancid, Rise Against, and Social Distortion will definitely want to check out the contemporary vitriolic raucous earworm.

You can check out the official video to Dan Bibby & The Aesthetic Knobs’ single Mind Over Mind via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


She Burns Red – Take Back Tomorrow: Magnanimously Catchy, Fiercely Candid Hard Rock

After the release of their first single “Copernicus Falls” from their upcoming EP “Take Back Tomorrow”, there’s never been a more opportune time to jump on the indulgently nihilistic rigorously catchy tones of She Burns Red.

Before I start to tell you how the angularly-crafted guitars cut through the anthemically cavernous bouncing instrumentals etc. I should probably tell you that the Edinburgh-based four-piece could never be defined by their sound alone. Instead, they set themselves apart through their magnanimous energy which is infectious enough to let your chest cavities know about it.

While the candidly dark lyrics are busy riling you with resonant all-too-familiar frustrations in life, the melody will be he hard at work burrowing down like one of the most indignant Hard Rock earworms you’ve ever known. With Andy Moore’s whiskey-soaked warmly inviting yet fiercely convictive vocals along with James McCulloch’s clean tensile vocal nuances, there was an insane amount of alchemic chemistry on each track.

Unlike most emotion-driven rock, She Burns Red don’t create evocatively high octane music to leave you in a pit of morose apathy once you’ve ingested the visceral emotion which inspired the tracks. Instead, their music is a not so gentle olive branch to pull you away from self-pity. As well as being a dynamic record in terms of sound, each single will leave you exposed to a new piece of the artist’s souls. From wistful lament to frustrative defiance, Take Back Tomorrow offers it all and more.

I’m not even ashamed to say that tears were shed listening to the second track on the EP “Crosshairs”. Not even the searing technical riffs could offer any consolation. The release was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. And with producer Toby Jepson in charge of production, She Burns Red was able to relay their notorious high-energy live performance style onto the record.

We’re more than blown away. We feel like we’ve been through an aural category 5 hurricane.

You can check out the lyric video to Copernicus Falls via YouTube now.

And you can head on over to Bandcamp to pre-order their EP Take Back Tomorrow which is due for official release on February 1st from Bandcamp.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Columbia – Fall into The Sun: Raucously Volatile Indie Rock

If you’re always on the lookout for the most viscerally explosive Indie Rock, look no further than the latest single “Fall into the Sun” from up and coming artist Columbia.

With all of the unrestrained energy of bands such as Buckcherry and the fraught Indie tones of The Kooks, Fall into the Sun is an instantly captivating hit. Those James Dean Bradfield-style relentless riffs will stay stick to my synapses for quite some time.

Columbia makes enough of an impact you may very well get to the outro feeling slightly aurally bruised for the amount of volatility found in the tensile single. If they can bring that amount of energy to a recording, I’m not going to miss any opportunities to hear them live.

You can check out Fall into the Sun for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ryan Snyder – Some Things Never Change: A Super-Charged Blast of High-Octane Rock

Whatever your sexual orientation, I can guarantee that you’re going to find the riffs in Nashville-based artist Ryan Snyder’s latest single “Some Things Never Change” more than a little bit sexy.

The feisty ode to Rock is a high-octane blast of pure rhythmic wonder. But it isn’t through intensity or speed where Ryan Snyder sets themselves apart (although there’s a lot of that too). It’s how their eclectic array of influences find their way into their sound.  Within Some Things Never Change, you’ll find the mesmerism of Blues along with combined with reminiscences of the likes of Guns n’ Roses, Buckcherry, and Led Zeppelin.

Even if you’ve been plugged into a constant stream of Rock music since the 70s, Ryan Snyder will still give you plenty to get excited about. It’s discovering artists like this that makes you realise just how skewed lists of ‘top guitarists’ truly must be.

You can check out Ryan Snyder’s single Some Things Never Change for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Six Feet To Salvation – Wait for Time: Bitingly Fierce Alt Rock

Six Feet To Salvation’s standout single “Wait for Time” from their debut album “City of Churches” is vicious enough to take the bite out of your favourite Hard Rock artist’s tracks. Pearl Jam may as well be in the same league as Taylor Swift once you get a taste of the caustic energy which lies in this progressive feat of Alt Rock.

From semi-orchestral melodic verses to grungy mesmerism, to high-octane visceral choruses Wait for Time carries an arsenal of tricks to melt your mind and appease your angsty soul.

It isn’t just the instrumental mastery on display in Wait for Time which puts you on the edge of your seat. It’s the sense of raw emotion being fed into the single. Wait for Time hits hard both in terms of the instrumental arrangement and in a way which will leave you aurally bruised.

City of Churches is an unforgettable debut, we can’t help but anticipate good things to come from Six Feet To Salvation in 2020.

You can check out Six Feet To Salvation’s single Wait for Time along with the rest of their album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


70s Rock and 90s Grunge Combine in Dead Spirit Communion’s Debut Album

Dead Spirit Communion created a unique feat of Alt Rock with their single “White Rose (In the Palm of My Hand)” which features on their recently released self-titled debut album. 70s Hard Rock and 90s Grunge combine as if they’ve always fit hand in glove.

The profanity which poured out of my mouth while listening to White Rose for the first time is an exceptional indicator to the level of salacious genius which lingers in the sludgy tones of the single.

There’s no questioning the talent of the up and coming artist. But Dead Spirit Communion moved far beyond a demonstration of instrumental ability and served up an edge-of-your-seat mind-blowingly arrestive track.

White Rose kicks off with a teasingly extended, rhythmically filthy guitar prelude before introducing you to the meltingly magnetic vocals complemented by cavernous drum fills which feed into momentous instrumental synergy. Random thrashings of power metal riffs in between ensure that there’s plenty of diversity in the progressions. Hit play and you might find yourself with a new guitar hero.

You can check out White Rose along with the rest of the album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast



Hard Rock artist Evangelia has made her debut with the sobering stylistic single “Bitter Illness”

Up and coming Hard Rock artist Evangelia has made their debut with the emotively striking single “Bitter Illness”. We all experience it, whether that be personally or to someone we’ve come to feel that we can’t live without. Yet, so few artists are bold enough to confront the pain attached to death in their tracks – especially debut singles. But with Bitter Illness, Evangelia has set herself apart with her fearless lyrics versed through strong, nuanced vocals.

The instrumental arrangement may pack a punch, but there are plenty of melodic increments allowing us to soak up the contemplatively resounding sentiment which Bitter Illness delivers.

There’s a slight Country Pop Rock feel to Evangelia’s vocals, which gives her style plenty of authenticities. But more importantly, there’s the sense that Bitter Illness was born through true, raw passion and it shows.

Evangelia’s debut single Bitter Illness is now available to stream via Spotify.

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