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Hard Rock

Brand New Day: Calgary band Lÿnx look into the shaky mirror and ‘Shout Out Loud’

Formerly known as Lazer Blade and powered by Bullzhorn Records, Lÿnx used this horrific pandemic to reform, refocus and re-energize, and show us what they have been up to on ‘Shout Out Loud‘.

Lÿnx is a fiery Calgary, Canada-based 80’s-inspired hard-rock/glam-metal four-piece band formed by Lazer, Blade, Fangs and Flash. With a rip-roaring sound that is full of that old school fire and ferocious vocals, they make that rare sound that was ridiculously popular back in the day.

The sound is so rampaging and full of impressive energy – as they rip down the mic and shred the speakers off their hinges – they are full-on and smash in hard with a classic vibe throughout.

Shout Out Loud‘ from the uniquely inspiring Calgary, Canada-based glam-metal/hard-rock act Lÿnx, is the vivid story about trying your best to get through the day, as you need so much love from the stresses of life and nasty bills that need to be paid. This is that volume-raised-to-the-max track that needs to be heard on full, so you can get through your day and feel so much better for getting out the inner frustrations.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Fastride are taking us all the way to ‘Sin City’

Fastride cut their teeth on the USA’s East Coast, playing clubs and bars like the Whiskey and the Viper Room alongside such luminaries of the rock scene as Black Star Riders, Jake E Lee, Hookers & Blow, and Michael Graves (The Misfits); formed around lead guitarist Ty Asoudegan, an alumnus of Berkelee College of Music who’s been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and name-checked by none other than Guns n’ Roses’ Slash, new single ‘Sin City’ is down and dirty, gritty, no-frills rock n’ roll. Hard-riffing straight from the off, this is proper LA screaming vocals, overdriven guitars, and thundering drums. There’s touches of ‘Slave To The Grind’-era Seb Bach to the vocals, the obligatory rip-snorting guitar break – all pinched harmonics and staccato muted flurries, trills, and hammer-on/pull-off runs – and a shouty, gang-vocal chorus. It’s the essence of 1980’s debauchery – sleazy, trashy, swathed in bandanas and black leather, and reeking of Marlboro and Jack’n’Cokes. Rock and very much roll.

Check out ‘Sin City’ on YouTube; Find Fastride on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Royal Incest would like to give us an ‘Invitation’

The first single from third album ‘Queen of Drama’ (due for release on 21st May 2021), German alternative five-piece Royal Incest bring us this delightful ‘Invitation’ to their ‘house of gold’, with its exquisite torture chamber of scissors, thumbscrews, and boiling oils. ‘Invitation’ bounces along on a hooky little riff, time changes and stop/starts just in the right places to catch you unawares and add to the sense of foreboding and discomfort. It’s kind of poppy-indie-feeling for the most part, but there’s some cute little ‘metal’ sections that sound a bit like Pantera or Rage, a nice wah-wah driven shredded solo, and some decent staccato drum-led parts, all of which segue nicely together into a mixture of punk, grunge, and indie-tinged rock. Founded in 1992 near Munster, ‘Queen of Drama’ is a fine return for Royal Incest; ‘Invitation’ is a great introduction to the new album, ably added to by the rather shiny official video.

You can see the video for ‘Invitation’ on YouTube. Check out Royal Incest on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Evandale – The Storm: Southern Sleazy Hard Rock

‘The Storm’ was the first single released from Evandale’s debut album, ‘All or Nothing’; it’s safe to say that the hard rock outfit went with the former option with this southern sleazy stormer.

Since forming in 2017, the Midwest powerhouse has opened for iconic acts such as Bowling for Soup, Soul Asylum, Dirty Honey, Wayland and Spin Doctors and won an Omaha Arts and Entertainment award for Best New Artist in 2019. With their enigmatic energy, technical ability and tendency to pack their tracks with enough visceral intensity that they could make the Richter scale quiver; the accolades are only going to get sweeter from here on out.

I can imagine, and hopefully, one day I will be able to discover that Evandale’s live sound delivers the same pit-opening arrestive adrenaline as Godsmack and Sevendust.

You can check out the official lyric video to the Storm via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

No More Misery: New Jersey metal band Strange Authority break confidently from the miserable depths to rise up on ‘Tear Me Apart’

Taken off their latest wildly riveting five-track EP called ‘Bright Side of Nothing‘, Strange Authority rips eagerly through your fragile speakers to give us all a vigorously powerful performance on ‘Tear Me Apart‘.

Strange Authority is a thrilling three-piece hard rock/metal band from New Jersey in the USA, who formulate that hard edged fiery performance that burns into your soul, as they rampage mightily with a stomping sound that will surely wake up your pesky neighbors.

Influenced by bands like Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold and Breaking Benjamin, you feel their rugged energy transmit a high-voltage frequency that lifts the lid on a boiling point for which society has reached, as they smash in your mind with reckless and exciting abandon.

This is about dealing with the lows, as you bring yourself up to never feel like that again despite what the circumstances had you feeling like. The misery must never return again — no matter what — as you look up to the positive light above the smog of the streets, that can treacherously hold you back forever.

Tear Me Apart‘ from the heavy New Jersey hard rockers Strange Authority, is a statement of intent from a band that have a strong core that lifts you up and takes you on a whirlwind of a ride, that will certainly encapsulate your senses awake again.

Stream this new single on Spotify and follow the band on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Shadow of The Moon: The Damn Devils shovel with the wine close by on ‘Gravedigger’

With the night pitch black and the darkness in their eyes, The Damn Devils do what they need to do, so they can pay tribute to the lost ones on their new single called ‘Gravedigger‘.

The Damn Devils are an online indie hard-rock act based all over the USA who have joined forces during the horrific pandemic, to fire in with a strongly performed song about those late nights that most choose to forget ever exist.

This is the shivering story about the ghosts down under, as the night shadows into the still of the time in the early hours of the night, that most sleep through. The ghosts are swaying in the wind and things are getting creepy, as you do the job that you are paid for but probably wish you didn’t have to do it sometimes.

With a catchy sound, they fuse frightfully well together and stomp in as a band that might be far away from each other, but strike a chord win your heart.

Gravedigger‘ from the US online hard rock band The Damn Devils, is a powerful entry into our minds, as they show us the dark moments when those who didn’t make it are put to rest. Life goes too quickly, but we only realize that when its too late.

Stream this new video on YouTube and see more on the bands IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Rise in Veins take us back to the 00s with their sophomore hard rock single, ‘Pieces’

Canadian hard rock powerhouse Rise in Veins followed on from their phenomenal debut single with the equally as captivating sophomore single ‘Pieces’, it’s a nice nod to early 00s rock, but with the trio’s influences scattered across the alt-rock spectrum, you’re treated to a brand-new experience of sonic veracity.

Pieces is a matured, nuanced evolution from what bands like Bullet for My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold contributed to the airwaves. With the massive choruses, vocals that are strong enough to pull you into the soul of the single and the mind-bending guitar solos, Rise in Veins have all it takes to become the next big name in hard rock.

Pieces is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

IN Peril deliver high-calibre catharsis in their thrashy garage rock track, ‘Your Decision’

UK-based hard rock outfit IN Peril made their debut in 2020 with their stormer of a single, ‘Your Decision’, with their visceral mix of garage rock and punk, they made it impossible not to pay attention.

While many people potentially won’t like the reminder that every life problem bemoaned about is a consequence of their decisions, there’s plenty of high-calibre catharsis within the punchy, thrashy hit that is screaming to be played live.

IN Peril may carry newcomer status presently, but the synergy within this sniping earworm wouldn’t allow you to believe it. Now that ‘normal’ life is threatening to make a return, they’re definitely one for the radar.

Your Decision is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

While The Rain Is Falling Down: Schiedam hard rock band Black Nazareth are tremendously electrifying on icy ‘Cold As Stone’

Returning with their fourth rambunctious single, Black Nazareth send our anxious minds into a slippery spin on the chilly roads within the mountains of doom, as they run quickly to get out of the pouring rain and strange darkness with ‘Cold As Stone‘.

Black Nazareth is a vigorous Schiedam, Netherlands-based indie rock n roll four-piece act who always bring the hardness through their powerful soundscapes and driving energy, that shows you their dedication to smashing windows that can’t take the strength, of their movie-like songs.

”The name Black Nazareth comes from the nickname of their hometown Schiedam. Distilled from these grounds, these four rock veterans will bring to you their new band. Black Nazareth stands for a hard workin’, hard partying, and hard rock n rolling pack of dogs soon to crank you speakers with some powerful, melodic, dynamic and pounding heavy tracks to fill your days, and most of all: your nights”.- Black Nazareth

You feel an echo brewing in your apprehensive mind as you transport yourself into their cinematic single with such creepy atmosphere, as they light a fuse to get away from the ghosts of the night, that are coming closer towards you with a freaky energy that is knife-like.

This is a band that swerves into the dark road to grab you away from danger, as their music has you reaching for that asthma pump, your breath shortened and not sure of what to do next.

Cold As Stone‘ by the band from a distillery town that is known for having the biggest windmills in the world, Black Nazareth rage in with a song that has you holding on tight to get out of whatever frosty situation you find yourself in. This is a thundering effort from a band with all the hallmarks of a top class rock outfit, that give it their all on this dynamic new single.

Stream this full-blooded track on their Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Finish Me: Pacific Northwest hard rock band Thirty Seven ask for all the pain to end on ‘Bleed’

With a powerful hard rock sound that rages free as they ask for forgiveness, Thirty Seven wake up the nervous neighbors next door loudly, on their new self-reflective single called ‘Bleed‘.

Pacific Northwest alt-hard rock act Thirty Seven, make that rampaging sound that enters your ear drums at full volume, as they fuse up that daringly electric type of forceful music that wakes you up and inspires you to be better.

This is the story of being at their mercy, you have given them all your cards as you have none left to show, and just want them to forgive you. You feel like this is the only way you can show them how much you actually care, and it might be your last play left.

His voice is so riveting, as the band go at optimum capacity here, and you feel the power like when you are getting smashed by a massive wave in the ocean, as you have no control and simply hope that everything will be okay again when you come up for air.

Bleed‘ from ferocious dark-rock Pacific Northwest outfit Thirty Seven, deafens you if you aren’t ready and leads us into that state where you feel like you have to show the person you love, that you messed up real big, and they can take your soul if they want to. This is an emotionally real song that will make you feel highly reflective, as you remember the times when you treated your true love really badly and wanted to make amends in any way possible.

Turn this one way up on Spotify and check out their IG for future gig news and new music.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen