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Ravenwood has smashed every Alt Rock archetype in their latest single “We’re All in This Together”

Ravenwood released their unifying Industrial-infused Hard Rock hit “We’re All in This Together” on March 26th. It’s probably the most inspiring Rock hit I’ve heard in 2020. They obliterated the illusion that Rock lyrics need to be steeped in nihilism and anger to be ‘cool’.

Existentialism has been even more attractive than ever in recent months; it has become an act of rebellion to refuse to fall in a despondent line. We’re All in This Together is the perfect example of that. The last thing we need right now is Rock artists finding edgy ways to tell us the world sucks.  I live in hope that Ravenwood will start a trend.

Any fans of Powerman 5000, Rob Zombie, Static-X, Spineshank, Drowning Pool, Hed PE and Orgy will definitely want We’re All in This Together in their ears.

You can check out the official music video to We’re All in This Together by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abakas – Runaway: Alchemically Anthemic Alt Rock

If you could use some grungy, raucous aural escapism, take a journey with Norwegian breaking artist Abakas’ high-octane debut single “Runaway”.

I don’t make Eddie Vedder vocal comparisons lightly, yet, Abakas vocalist achieved the very same evocative sing as Pearl Jam’s frontman as he projected the powerful imagery from the lyrics into the anthemic hit.

Instrumentally, Abakas are well and truly in a league of their own thanks to the eclectic array of influences weaved into the supersonic rhythmic hit. Anthemic Rock converges with Hard Rock and Sleaze to orchestrate an alchemic feat of Alt-Rock which you’ll want to give repeat attention.

Any fans of Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam Queens of the Stone Age and Iron Maiden will be just as enamoured with Runaway as we were.

You can check out Abakas’ single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify, where you’ll also be able to delve into the artist’s debut EP “Marauders”.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wandering Lies blew the cobwebs off Washington D.C.’s Hard Rock scene with their latest single “Break Me”

https://wanderinglies.bandcamp.com/track/break-me

Washington D.C. Alt Rock 5-piece powerhouse Wandering Lies dropped their captivatingly authentic album The Last Goodbye” featuring the standout single “Break Me” on May 29th. If you want a reason to get excited about Rock again, hitting play will ensure that you’re suitably exhilarated by the blistering licks, Angie Pepa’s raucously fierce vocals and the adrenalizing energy poured into the progressive hit.

With subtle hints of Psych Rock and nuances of the Alt 90s sound wrapped around effects-laden Hard Rock instrumentals, it’s safe to say that Wandering Lies have found their signature sound and if you aren’t moved by the resounding aural storm, it’s quite likely that you’re dead inside.

You can stream and download Wandering Lies’ single Break Me along with the rest of their 2020 album via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Spar Marta – Let It Go: An Anthemically Fresh Infusion of Hard Rock, Reggae and Metal

If your playlists are sounding a little stale, Spar Marta’s genre-crumbling third single “Let It Go” will make for a sonically juicy addition.

The progressive soundscape blends blisteringly fierce increments of Metal along with the raucous grind of heavily distorted guitars for the Hard Rock nuances. The cherry on this rhythmic cake is the infusion of Reggae which ensures you’ve never quite heard a track like this before.

The feisty vocals easily match the adrenalized frenzy of the instrumentals, yet, when the momentum is turned down the vocals seamlessly evolve with them to offer sultrily hypnotic harmonics.

Let It Go is visceral, it’s pioneering, and you’d probably need a significant brain injury to completely wipe this monster of an anthemic earworm from your memory.

You can check out Let It Go along with their other singles by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s The Lightness Of Being shred through the speakers with ”Red Summer”

With hard-hitting lyrics plus a raw and distorted sound with experimental riffs- this is London Hard Rockers The Lightness Of Being time to shine. They have just released their moody single, the ominous ”Red Summer” and it’s a song to play with the volume up very high to capture the band at their best.

With a song that could be the theme track out of a Hollywood action movie, they remind us the perils of the current dark days we are in.

With a frenetic start, ”Red Summer” wakes you up and puts you into a strange kind of mood. You are a bit paranoid and the haunting background noises of doom sparks up your imagination to a dark and lonely place. The Lightness Of Being have been a rock band since 2009 and their experience shows. The band are easily able to toy with our souls, grabbing our attention, before exploding into a fury of high impact rock that is sure to light up any stage. A quality band with a ferocious sound that doesn’t get too much, ”Red Summer” is launched into our ears with devastatingly effective results.

Stream this experimental London band’s new track on SoundCloud and check out the whole collection.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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‘’Stand up’’ is Pittsburgh Metal Rockers ‘Changing Tymz’ new smashing single with positive message

Didn’t you hear the voices crying out?

Changing Tymz’ are an American Hard Rock/Metal band, from Pittsburgh, the home of ice-hockey in the USA. A loud band, with lots of solo’s, they are really going for it at the moment and clearly love playing together.

The band brings a mix of power metal, and today’s modern metal riffs for the younger fans enjoyment. This is an act with a lot of passion and you can see from their music that they give it all while on stage.

They officially released their 5 track EP in February of 2020 and are now in the pre-production stage of their full-length debut album. I’m keen to see how the album sounds but for now, let’s enjoy ‘’Stand Up’’ for what it is. This is a united song about being together during dark times, a poignant message while living in 2020. 

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Aliens in Bowties have made their Alt Rock debut with their fiercely authentic EP “Take Me to Your Tailor”

Up and coming Alt Rock 3-piece powerhouse Aliens in Bowties dropped their genre-defying debut EP Take Me to Your Tailor on May the 5th. Soundgarden, Metallica, She Wants Revenge, and Shinedown fans alike are going to want to hear it.

Each of the seismic shifts in tone and style in the four progressively fierce tracks is as viscerally captivating as the last. There’s a rare sense of urgency found in both the vocals and the tight instrumental arrangement. So, whether you’re enjoying Aliens in Bowties ability to spin intricate mellifluous melodicism or you’re caught in the frenzied electrifying doom-laden breakdowns, you’ll be equally as arrested.

One thing which remains as a constant is the mesmerism which spills from Mitch Rector’s vocals. In the slower track on the EP Mystery, he doesn’t hold back on the soul-bearing sultry romanticism. Yet in the first track “Hesitate” you’re treated to his uniquely volatile charisma which sets Alien in Bowties leagues apart from your average Alt Rock newcomer. Pair that with their prowess on a fretboard, and you’ve got a second reason to put Aliens in Bowties on your radar.

You can check out the EP for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Topjaw has dropped a new single ‘The Flood’

Topjaw has dropped their killer single ‘The Flood’. It’s everything a lover of Rock and Roll will have on repeat, bringing their own modernised style to the popular genre.

Starting off with the harsh riff on the guitar and the tap on the drum coming together to create that manic instrumentation to give it that real Rock infused sound. Making sure that it’s kept loud and crazy and the instrumentation flows steadily with the rest.

Creating that suspenseful feeling as you listen, with the way the instrumental builds up to let the heavier sound come out. With the vocals they tend to have that more rough texture, keeping that pitch fairly low but reaching high if they need too.

Now it wouldn’t be a Rock song without a heavy guitar solo to draw your attention too as the electrifying riffs shine and the hard-hitting drum beats clash as the vocals come back in full swing.

A fantastic piece of music by Topjaw, we’re looking forward to what they get up to next!

Check out Topjaw’s The Flood by heading on over to Spotify now.

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Jetronator releases dark and strange single Distance

Jetronator has dropped single ‘Distance’ delving into that Hard Rock and Nu Metal sound through this peculiar and dark track.

This piece is fairly mysterious in many ways, starting off with the low-pitch rough vocals, adding in the instrumentation of the piano keys and the tap on the cymbal, as the voice goes into an eerie whisper.

Then entering a more high-pitched melodic tune, as the drum beats pick up their pace creating a more suspenseful beat. Then kicking off into a heavier note, amping up the volume and adding in the manic instrumentation.

Making sure to keep going back and forth with each style that is portrayed throughout, nearing the end the guitar has it’s time to shine, with the incredible shred, that gives of this hardcore sound.

Head on over to YouTube now to listen to Jetronator’s track Distance.

Review by Karley Myall

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American Jetset – 1000 Ghosts: Sunset Strip Sleaze At Its Finest

American Jetset created an aural monster with their latest album Saloon Rock Whiskey Pop. While each of the high-octane full-throttle feats of Hard Rock are as adrenalizing as the last, 1000 Ghosts serves as the perfect introduction to their contemporary take on Hair Metal.

The raunchy rhythms will throw you right back to the golden era of Sunset Strip sleaze while simultaneously offering a brand-new raucous twist on the anthemic hooks and soaring solos.

The wit-soaked lyrics hook you in from the first verse while the tight nuanced instrumental breakdowns will make sure you remain truly transfixed. If utter aural filth is what you look for in your Hard Rock, the Baltimore-based act who made their debut in 2018 are more than happy to be the purveyors.

1000 Ghosts is available to stream and download with the rest of American Jetset’s sophomore 2020 album via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast