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Southampton artist Hail lays down cutting tones in her Alt Rock hit “A Stain in Time”

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Fans of cutting Post-Punk tones and intense Alt-Rock aural furore will definitely want to immerse themselves in Southampton-based artist Hail’s latest single “A Stain in Time”.

The rhythmically serpentine hit will throw you right back to the roots of Rock n Roll. While the atmospheric production and the sheer amount of talent in the instrumental arrangement gives A Stain in Time plenty of commercial appeal.

If any artist could be thought of this generation’s Joan Jett, it’s Hail. Hail not only possesses the same absorbing energy as the iconic artist, but she also offers the same piercing pioneering allure as Joan Jett did when she first told us that she loved Rock n Roll in 1981.

A Stain in Time will be available to stream via Spotify upon its official release. In the meantime, you can check out Hail’s earlier releases.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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District 13 – Soma: Transfixingly Dark Evocatively Visceral Heavy Alt Rock

We’re always on the lookout for breaking bands who bring brand-new energy to Rock. And District 13 certainly didn’t disappoint with their transfixingly dark, evocatively visceral offering of Alt Rock “Soma”.

The instrumentals may be heavy, but there’s a striking amount of melodicism to ingest as the progressive hit unravels. Each new evolution in sound leaves you with yet another affirmation of District 13’s talent when it comes to fusing elements of Punk and Heavy Metal. You get the snappy riotous energy of Punk, orgasmically sweet guitar riffs, and harsh heavy tones all wrapped up in one sublime aural package.

That’s all without mentioning the vocals. If Jesus himself wept, it wouldn’t be as emotive as what guitarist and vocalist Jon Hartz Wild brought to Soma. The guttural drawn-out jagged whiskey-soaked screams will stay with me quite some time. But despite all of the raw emotion forcibly thrown into Soma, there was still plenty of upbeat energy to ensure that the track comes to a close without leaving you feeling like you’ve been put into an existential hole.

I’d be willing to put money on the London-based trio’s taking the scene by storm in 2020.

You can check out the official music video to District 13’s latest single Soma via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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

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Kill Thanatos – Brother Lost: Alchemically Emotive Alt Rock

Alt Rock artist Kill Thanatos has recently released their fourth single “Brother Lost”. If you’ve lost faith in your search for truly distinctive contemporary Rock music, you’ll quickly come to realise that Brother Lost comes with a whole host of restorative powers.

After a doom-laden prelude, the tender, evocative vocals were introduced, if you weren’t already captivated, this is the perfect time to surrender all consciousness to the overwhelmingly atmospheric aural alchemy which Kill Thanatos orchestrated.

Through clean vocals, being transfixed by the lyrical narrative is practically non-optional. The vocals amplify the emotive sting as they rest against Heavy Rock instrumentals while keeping the notes poised and magnetically pensive.

While you’ll find plenty of Rock bands being able to offer a tight arrangement, Kill Thanatos combine their technical skill with true candid expression and a melody which may very well come to be your new melancholic Rock earworm.

You can check out Kill Thanatos’ latest single Brother Lost for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Follow No One set to release brand new single ‘Fear No Evil’

Heavy Rock is back in the scene with the duo Follow No One who released their last single ‘Fear No Evil’ on 9th August 2019, following ‘Your time of Dying’, released back in March.

The track kicks off with a hard-hitting guitar work that lives up fiercely to the most well known metal structures, until it drops its riff to favour harmonies that develop around powerful vocals. The alternation of heavy and smooth sounds and melodies is in fact the main feature of this single leading to a guitar solo you may want to listen on repeat. 

Inspired by acts such as Dream Theater and Extreme, Follow No One were founded by Rich Hall, an American-born singer song-writer, and Pedro Murino Almeida, a Portugal native guitar virtuoso with roots in Brazil, who put together their musical backgrounds to create a unique version of heavy rock. They have in fact been nominated for Best Rock/Best Rock Song at the 2019 JMA Awards in Nashville for their track ‘Your time of dying’. 

Review By Jim Esposito

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Cosmic Order serves up a Psychedelic Hit of Heavy Rock with “Dancing on the Sun”

Anyone with a penchant for psychedelia fused with caustically hypnotic riffs is going to want to check out Cosmic Order’s standout single “Dancing on the Sun”.

Audiophiles may be hard to please, but with the stylistic maturity of Cosmic Order’s heavy, yet, bouncy, happy, and infectious soundscapes you’ll find it hard to not be instantly enamoured. There aren’t many Rock artists brave enough to get a little playful and charismatic with their tracks, but Cosmic Order seems to disregard any sense of pretence. Frank Zappa would be proud.

The story telling narrative lyrical style of Dancing on the Sun means that your attention is never lost, the unpredictable nature of the instrumental arrangements also makes sure of that.

You can check out Dancing on the Sun for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kerfol – Agido: Prog Rock Just Got Prodigal

Kerfol clearly had little restraint when it came to pushing the experimental boundaries with their latest single Agido which was released as part of his heavy rock project. The New Jersey US-based artist took elements from a myriad of heavier styles and weaved them into a composition of pure mesmeric aural energy. Agido borrowed the vocal talent from an evocatively sweet female vocalist who exuded visceral strength through her style which matched the feverish tempo of the instrumentals which were alive with sonic concordance.

You can stream and download Kerfol’s uniquely inspired single Agido by heading over to BandCamp from September 8th, 2018. Upon release you’ll also be able to enjoy the other two tracks from the Agido EP, the soundscapes are still just as sweet in the absence of the female vocals. With such an emotively momentous style it’s easy to see that this is just the beginning for Kerfol and his indulgently high-octane style.

Review by Amelia Vandergast