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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


Little Us – Something Real: Pioneeringly Innovative Alt Hard Rock

Up and coming Connecticut Hard Rock artist Little Us has recently released their latest melodically captivating single “Something Real”. If you ever wondered what nuanced Hard Rock blended with atmospherically chilling synths sounds like, listening to Something Real is probably the best way to get a taste of that unique alchemy.

While the good majority of Rock bands make the mistake of trying to make the biggest or loudest sound, Little Us constantly switch up the melodies in Something Real, making each new progression as arrestive as the last. Throughout Something Real you’ll still be treated to thunderous drum rolls and searing technical guitar riffs, but there’s also plenty of cutting laid-back increments to make sure your rhythmic pulses are well and truly at the mercy of the soundscape.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Something Real is the most innovative Hard Rock single I’ve heard this year. There, I said it. Given the pioneering intricacy of Something Real, it’s far from hyperbole.

You can check out the official video to Little Us’ latest single Something Real by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


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


Zoey The White Lioness – I Can: Endearingly Upbeat Rock

Tennessee-based Hard Rock artist Zoey The White Lioness (Zoey Baker) released their latest endearingly upbeat track “I Can” on October 13th. With their playfully energetic approach to Rock, the euphoria infectious.

While the artist usually looks to the likes of Trent Reznor and Kurt Cobain for their sound, I Can has the punchy anthemic feel of contemporary Garage Rock artists such as Fidlar with a slight twist of Pop Punk. You’ll even be able to anticipate absorbing Surf Rock riffs in this snappy sticky-sweet hit.

‘Adorable’ may not be what every vocalist goes for, but it’s exactly what Zoey The White Lioness achieved in I Can. We were warned that the single was as loveable as the dog on the cover art. It’s safe to say that they delivered on that promise.

You can check out the latest single from Zoey The White Lioness for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Empty Friend release their latest feat of sludgy Hard Rock “Falter”

Empty Friend

I had the pleasure of seeing London-based fourpiece Empty Friend live before hearing any of their releases. After picking up on Mike Patton vibes and appreciating their high-octane polished approach to Hard Rock, I couldn’t help but get excited about their talent, intellect, and ability to bring something new to the airwaves.

And sure enough, they have delivered with their latest single “Falter”; the first track to be released from their second EP. The instrumentals may remain cold, harsh, and unrelenting, but the personable vocals sit in complete contrast while maintaining perfect synergy.

“Falter” was a track inspired by an imagining of the uprising of those oppressed by abusive Governmental regimes around the globe. The open lyrics allow you to apply the aural angst to a myriad of contexts. This ability to autonomously interpret the lyricism makes the power of the single all the more potent.

You may be able to catch faint glimpses of the 90s sound in Falter, but Empty Friend doesn’t pander to nostalgia. They’ve gripped the contemporary frustration of our modern lives and turned it into a cathartically heavy soundscape complete with the radical grip of overdriven guitars. Thanks to Dave Kirk’s impeccable diction and dynamically captivating vocals in Falter, the catchy lyrics resonate succinctly above the sludgy heavy progressions.

Empty Friend exudes incredible energy. It’s visceral, it’s raw, and each of their tracks offers a candid lyrical introspective which may just help you to shift your own mind’s narrative.

You can check out Empty Friend’s latest single Falter for yourselves by heading over to Spotify from October 26th. In the meantime, you can check out their earlier released singles.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast


Hard Rock Newcomers No Sunshine Release Their Latest Single “Sunshine”

No Sunshine dropped the video to their latest hit “Sunshine” on September 20th, treating Heavy Rock fans to a sonic revival of everything they’ve come to love about the genre through the past few decades.

The single offers effect-laden guitars as they weave through the tight synergy of the Rock instrumentals which also find some room to squeeze in some sludgy doom. From the dual vocals, you get melodic vocals bringing in the big choruses, along with caustic guttural growls which allow you to share in the angsty catharsis.

If you liked Sunshine, chances are, you’re going to want to keep up with all the latest releases from the up and coming artist as they’re preparing to drop their second album in Spring 2020. You can do this by heading over to their official website.

You can check out the official video to Sunshine for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Brake Loose Make Their Debut with the Hard Rock Hit “Midnight Train”

Anyone with a penchant for heavy Rock may want to turn their attention to the debut scuzzy, sleazy and catchy latest single “Midnight Train” from Dublin-based up and coming act Brake Loose.

The riffs feed into a tight arrangement of relentless driving rhythm while the vocals will lay down classic hard vocals which don’t fail to captivate you within the riotous energy of Midnight Train.

Brake Loose shares plenty of similarities with bands such as Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Motorhead, and Judas Priest, and they also exude the same blistering talent in Midnight Train. Midnight Train may not be an exceptionally contemporary track, but riffs like that will be forever timeless.

You can check out Midnight Train from Brake Loose for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Crimson & Clover – Predatoria: A High-Octane Hit of Hard Rock Aural Ingenuity

After the release of their debut EP “The Space Between Us”, Crimson & Clover have followed up with a raw revival of the Rock sound which we came to love in the 90s and early 00s; but this time it comes with a Heavy Metal Post Rock bite.

The dynamic release finds the perfect balance between sticky-sweet melodies and raw, growling vocals which snarl with caustic contempt. Yet, despite the aggression which is laced into Predatoria, the track still fades out leaving you feeling like you’ve just had the pleasure of losing yourself in an energised high-octane mix of aural ingenuity. If you happen to be under the belief that Metal is just noise, just listen to the catchy riffs which ring against the relentless rhythm provided by the roaring bass and the intricate fills from the drums and let the synergy feed you the euphoria.

You can check out the unflinching gritty masterpiece which is Crimson & Clover’s latest single Predatoria for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Cordova – Glass House: Hard Rock Rhythms, and Even Harder Hitting Lyrical Depth

“Glass House” is just one of the bitingly energetic Hard Rock singles from up and coming artist Cordova’s latest album “Stone to Throw”. Expect anything but an archetypal hit from the five ingeniously inventive artists who came together to provide aural affirmation that guitar-led music is far from dead in the water.

The chunky riffs, raw vocals, and the relentlessly rolling rhythms are just three of the reasons why you shouldn’t hang around putting Cordova on your radar. The instrumental progressions within Glass House were anything but predictable, the clever intricacies which they included will no doubt compel fans of bands such as Drowning Pool, Buckcherry and Godsmack in a brand-new way. If the riffs got any meaner, I think I’d be crying.

You can check out Cordova’s latest single Glass House out for yourselves by heading over to the band’s official website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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