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In The A.M. – My Sins: Palpitatingly Caustic Metal

Slipknot recently made the promise that with their new track they had gone back to their Iowa sound, to be honest, In The A.M. are closer to the mark with their latest single “My Sins”.

Around the volatile energy of the single which was released on May 9th, 2019, you’ll find a solid structure offering rhythmic fury which won’t give you much of a choice whether or not it creeps into your bloodstream.

The growls of the bass sit neatly along with the searing guitar progressions and thunderously intricate drum rolls. Yet, what will undoubtedly leave you will leave you captivated is the vocal range of what has to be one of the most talented Rock Metal vocalists I’ve heard in a long time. The energy which is fed into My Sins through the big choruses and following verses where all restraint is lost will never be something that can be depicted through words. My Sins is a full-body experience.

Very few contemporary Metal artists have the same ability to leave you cathartically enamoured by caustic resonance found within a track. If you were waiting for a time to start getting excited by In the AM, it’s now.

You can check out the official video to the latest single from In The A.M. for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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HAWXX – The Lie: It’s Time to Start Getting Excited about the UK Metal Scene Again

Just when I was starting to fear that the UK Metal Scene was starting to sound a little sterile, I’m treated to the potent and perfected energy contained within HAWXX latest single “the Lie”.

Right from the prelude you’re treated to caustic hit of reverb-heavy guitar riffs, yet, no matter how heavy the instrumentals get throughout The Lie, Anna’s vocals don’t fail to dominate the track.

In all honesty, I’m still a little stumped that the huge, polished sound came out of South London – I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to hear a commandingly strong female vocal presence in Metal which has come from this side of the pond. We’re not really knowing for going big with our sound, but that may be about to change thanks to the well-directed anger pouring from HAWXX’s lyrics.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out The Lie for yourselves, but in the meantime, you can check out their debut single via SoundCloud.

Keep up to date with all the latest releases from HAWXX via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Convictions of Leon – Become the Paradigm: Cathartically Progressive Metal for the Existential

Seattle-based bedroom Metal pioneers Convictions of Leon have recently released their latest single “Become the Paradigm”.

With the single you get the rare impulse when listening to an artist for the first time to crank it up as loud as possible to truly appreciate every intricately placed texture which has been weaved into the futuristic multi-layered mix.

It almost feels criminal to dissect the track for how well each stylist element feeds into the perceptible pain of the single. Whether you get hit by the lyrics and vocals, or the overwhelmingly crushing instrumental progressions the hardest, there’s no denying that Become the Paradigm is a bruising work of aural alchemy. The harrowed screams on the outro were nothing short of perfection.

You can stream and download Become the Paradigm for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Texas Cut Throat – Silence the Mute: The Ultimate Metal Playlist Essential

Not many Metal artists ever find a way to add that essential element of authenticity and experimentalism to their sound. One up and coming artist who perceptibly didn’t struggle was Texas Cut Throat, which they demonstrated with their latest single “Silence the Mute”.

To treat you to a compelling contemporary offering of Metal which is sure to blow the cobwebs off your playlists, Texas Cut Throat add elements of punk into their otherwise unadulteratedly Metal soundscape. Any fans of IDLES are sure to appreciate the caustic Punk energy which is fed into the Heavy Metal instrumental arrangement. The vocals are left clean enough for you to appreciate the angst which is written into the lyrics, while the lack of vocal restraint will guarantee you’re offered a high-octane hit which you’re almost certainly going to want to add to your playlists.

You can check out Texas Cut Throat’s latest single Silence the Mute for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Our Harbour – Rupture: Raucously Resonant Angst-Driven Metal

Whilst the prelude to Our Harbour’s stand out single “Rupture” from their latest EP “Through These Eyes” may kick the track off and leave you under the impression that you’re going to hear an assimilation of Slipknot’s sound, it only takes the next progression to show you how wrong you are.

The up and coming band have laced their Heavy Metal sound with elements of Screamo and Pop Punk for a prodigal hit of raucously resonant angst-driven catharsis. So, even though you get the sweet harmonious choruses which let the poignancy of the lyricism hit you, you’re also treated to screamo vocals which would give Job For a Cowboy a run for their money. Each of the instrumentals sat in a tight arrangement throughout the progressive single, yet it’s the bends of the bass which really takes Rupture to the next level.

You can check out Our Harbours cataclysmically raw EP out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I, Valiance: Welcome the Ragingly Heavy New Contenders to the Metal Scene

When’s the last time you checked out a track so chaotically beautiful the prelude made you smile? Can’t say it’s an all too common recurrence for myself, neither is cranking the volume up to the max to get a maximum hit of the raging aural delight. But holy fuck, the energy, the double bass pedals, the screeching winding guitars, and the guttural growling, they all come together to create one of the most high-octane metal tracks I’ve ever heard.

If you could imagine a convergence of the experimentalism of Mr Bungle and the extremism of Grindcore heavyweights such as the Berzerker, Pig Destroyer Cannibal Corpse and Nepalm Death that’s what you get with I, Valiance’s latest single ‘I the Enemy / Crave Death PT. 1’. Just as you think it couldn’t get much better, I, Valiance throw in a Hip Hop Rap segment curtesy of FLU3ENT which should be enough to show a whole bunch of SoundCloud rappers how It’s done.

You can check out the official video to I, Valiance’s single by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Balance Factor – KILLAFORNIA: The Metal Takeover We’ve All Been Waiting For

As someone that has always been partial to filthy, heavy, raucous Metal, it was only natural for me to develop an affinity for The Balance Factor’s sound. With their latest single KILLAFORNIA they not only created an awesome play on words, they also orchestrated what could only be described as a cataclysmically heavy anthem of pure angst which will dredge up all that sweet nostalgia for a time when decent Metal was actually still produced.

Any fans of Soil, Pantera, Mud Honey, Rob Zombie, and Tool are going to have to check out this explosively concordant track on their playlists. With drum rolls and a double bass pedal which will leave you weak at the knees, vocals that Marilyn Manson always wished he had and soul-shattering guitar solo’s it is easy to envisage a world where The Balance Factor dominate the Metal festival headline spots.

You can check out the latest single KILLAFORNIA from The Balance Factor

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Insp!te – We’re Fuckin’ Sick: The Most Alchemic Rap-Metal Crossover Yet?

Well, Insp!te has already said it himself hasn’t he? What more could I possibly add? Because God damn; nothing, I mean nothing I could tell you could prepare you for how insanely on fire this track is. To create his mixes such as We’re Fuckin’ Sick Insp!te mixes together a bitter-sweet cocktail of Rap, Metal and Grunge. If you could imagine Marilyn Manson laying down vocals in a Rap Metal mix, you’d probably get close to having an idea how aggressively sensational We’re Fuckin’ Sick is. The Screamo vocals are harsh enough to leave acts such as Enter Shikari & Bring Me the Horizon audibly quaking.

Alchemic distortion pours over the Industrially inclined electronica mix in a way that is almost comparable to the beats lay down by the Prodigy. Yet, it’s with his latest track Insp!te proves that he may be one of the most prodigal artists to dabble in Rap Metal yet.

You can check out Insp!te’s latest track We’re Fuckin’ Sick and get blown away yourself by heading over to SoundCloud.

We’re Fuckin’ Sick is just one of the macabrely magnificent tracks from Insp!te’s latest 2018 album Bad Human. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to stop at listening to one of his antagonistically beautiful tracks.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zero Day – Skeletons: The Band Who Proves Metal Does Have a Soul

God damn. Zero Day’s latest single Skeleton’s is sexy. I’m not sure if that’s the effect they were looking to achieve with their raucously heavy Hardcore metal anthem. But I thought being brutally honest was fitting to describe the bands less than delicate sound.

In parts of their track Skeletons I could have sworn I was listening to Chris Cornell busting out his timelessly ethereal vocals, which tells you just how sexy (there’s that word again) Zero Day’s vocalist is. There’s a synergetic balance between Metal and Rock within Zero Day’s pioneering sound allowing you to really resonate with the evocative vocals and heartfelt lyrics behind Skeletons. Instrumentally you can expect a captivatingly heavy, progressive, riff driven sound that will translate like no other Hardcore sound you’ve experienced before. So, if you like your instrumentals heavy whilst actually being able to make out the lyrics, you really don’t want to miss out on Zero Day’s sound.

You can check out Zero Day’s latest track Skeletons on Reverb Nation now which is just one of the tracks which was released as part of their 2018 EP ‘Out of the Ashes’. For any fans of Staind, Pantera, Incubus and Tool you’re in for a treat.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NORDFLØW – Black Owl: A Seamless Progression of Melodically Gothic Metal

Black Owl is just one of the standout singles from Ukraine based 4-piece band NORDFLØW’s debut album Iced Fantasy. Their classical, faultless approach to their hard yet succinctly harmonious metal sound is something that fans of Nightwish, Evanessence and Within Temptation won’t want to miss out on as they bring the genre into modernity.

The ethereally charming female vocals, have a contemporary operatic pop feel over the heavy reverb of the instrumentally heavy track. Yet the keys dance above the dredge of the sound to create a cacophony of heavy yet empyreal sound for a thoroughly beguiling sound. However, I couldn’t help feel that the lyrics and even the concept of Black Owl stuck too close to the confines of the aesthetic of the genre. I’d like to hear what sets NORDFLØW apart from the rest of the acts on the metal scene today. If you’re a fan of female fronted symphonic Metal you can check out NORDFLØW’s debut single Black Owl on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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