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Alt Metal instrumentalist Jorge Gomez has made his debut with the ‘Beyond Blackened’ EP

Madrid-residing Spanish musician, Jorge Gomez, has made their solo debut with the EP ‘Beyond Blackened’ which serves thrashy furore while fervently stamping down his signature sound on the Metal scene. There’s very little chance his imprint will go unnoticed for much longer.

The 4-track release, which was recorded at the legendary Alex Cappa’s Metal Factory, shows just how much nuance can be packed into a fast-paced offering of blackened instrumental Metal. In the absence of vocals, there’s definitely no absence of feeling as you wrap yourself up in the progressively transfixing soundscapes which are consistently leading you into another facet of Jorge Gomez’s dynamic elemental style.

The build-ups from the melodically tender Rock intro’s, especially with track 3, Hollow, is a journey you’re going to want to take time and time again.

There really is no overstating the level of skill exhibited in Beyond Blackened. It’s so much more than just technical ability. The artist’s talent when it comes to hooking you in from the intro and toying with your emotions and rhythmic pulses and psyche in equal measure right until the outro makes Beyond Blackened one of the most promising debuts we’ve heard in 2020.

You can check out Jorge Gomez’s EP for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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INSiGHT deliver a damning depiction of the socio-political climate with ‘THiS is AMERiCA’

Opening up with the powerful statement that ‘last year, 39,603 people died from gun violence in the USA’, ‘THiS is AMERiCA’ is a powerful indictment of gun culture and bloodshed from the California-based metallers INSiGHT. Once a six-piece, and now effectively the solo-project of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dave, INSiGHT drive hard-hitting, hard-riffing metal in the style of Machine Head, Pantera, Metallica, or the late, great Randy Rhoads.

Grinding and thundering like another sadly-lost guitar hero, Dimebag Darrell, Dave’s guitar tone is all heavily-scooped gain-cascaded chug and grind, the vocals alternately nonchalant and angry, mumbled or growled over rumbling bass and heavy blast-beat drums. It’s a potent mix, the angry, disbelieving message of the track made all the stronger by the stomping grind of the riff, like Pantera’s ‘Walk’ or Machine Head’s stunning ‘Davidian’. Boosted by the potent animated lyric video, ‘THiS is AMERiCA’ is a strong introduction to INSiGHT’s forthcoming album ‘GEMiNi: The Light And The Dark’.

Check out ‘THiS is AMERiCA’ on YouTube, and follow INSiGHT on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Grindcore meets Sludge Metal in XMALCOLMX’s humanity damning single ‘MAN IS THE PREY’

Sludge Metal, Black Metal, Nu Metal and Grindcore all cataclysmically collide in the 2020 album from  XMALCOLMX, ‘MAN IS THE PREY’. Each track exhibits the Stockton, California-hailing artist’s experimental style which has set the benchmark for boundary-pushing within the DIY music scene of Northern California. If you want the best introduction to XMALCOLMX’s addictively visceral sound, hit play on the title single.

The progressive track kicks off with distorted trepidation and hostility before rhythm starts to break through the caustic sonic sludge and punky protestive vocals bounce along with the monumental progressions. With an aural curveball at every turn in the tight instrumentals and the vocals proving to be just as versatile, MAN IS THE PREY quickly entices you through the addictively rhythmic abrasive energy

You can check out MAN IS THE PREY along with the rest of XMALCOLMX’s sludgy masterpiece for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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When Dark – Madness: Stylistically Ensnaring Metalcore

Alt Rock trailblazers When Dark may have only made their inception in June 2020, but the collective of experienced artists brought all of their prowess to the aural table to form one of the most promising powerhouses currently contributing to the airwaves. Yeah, that includes Mr Bungle too.

Their latest single, Madness, perfectly captures that tempestuously frustrative state which you teeter on while on the brink of madness. Trent Holcomb’s vocals offer all the sniping rage you’d want to meet in a feisty high-octane Metal hit. More pertinently, the vocals affirm that their undiluted soul fell into the orchestration of their standout single.

With massive choruses which will catch in your throat alongside colossally visceral instrumental breakdowns, you really couldn’t ask for more from the darkly electrifying track. You hit play and you’re instantly left sharing in the ardent potency of the stylistically ensnaring release.

Any fans of Killswitch Engage, In Flames and As I Lay Dying will definitely appreciate this monstrous Metalcore gem.

You can catch When Dark’s track Madness via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast  

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Chris Mike – Limerence: Theatrically Virtuosic Rock

It’s theatrical, it’s virtuosic, it’s ingeniously intense. It’s Chris Mike’s latest guitar-led instrumental track “Limerence”.

Rock aficionados will be enraptured before the first solo has time to make your jaw drop. But Limerence isn’t solely about Chris Mike’s fretboard wizardry. With symphonic elements amplifying the energy of the electrifying mix, you’re in for a raucously euphoric treat.

We might not be able to go to gigs right now, but even if I found myself front-row for my favourite artist, I’m not entirely sure I could be as blown away as I was when listening to Limerence for the first time.

There’s no amount of acclaim that Limerence is unworthy of. Not only is Chris Mike one of the most talented instrumentalists I’ve heard in 2020, there’s also plenty of distinctive flair around his rhythmically masterful shredding. I think I’ve found a new guitar hero.

Limerence is just one of the tracks which will be featured on the artist’s forthcoming album Socialholic which is due to drop on October 16th. You can pre-save the album via this link.

You can check out the official video to Chris Mike’s single Limerence for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast  

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UK Alt Rock Trailblazers Settlem3nt are Set to Unleash Their Colossal New Hit “CHAMPAGNE”

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Anyone with a penchant for scuzzy biting Alt-Rock won’t want to hang around on jumping on the latest release “CHAMPAGNE” from UK powerhouse Settlem3nt.

After a promising debut, the band had plenty of hype to live up to with CHAMPAGNE. They definitely succeeded with their viscerally charged infusion of Punk, Post-Rock and Metal. With the colossal sound, alchemic riffs and transfixing instrumental breakdowns, Settlem3nt easily set themselves apart from any other emerging artist.

Their high-octane sound would have reminiscences to Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes if Frank Carter went heavier with their sound, and dare I say threw in the same level of ingenuity?

You can check out Settlem3nt’s single CHAMPAGNE for yourselves from August 31st by heading over to Spotify. In the meantime, you can check out their equally as masterfully volatile debut single Visions.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sydney’s Accidental President return with rock-filled antics on video for ”Rotten Child”

Australian Hard Rock band Accidental President are a proudly female fronted Alt-Rock 3 piece straight outta New South Wales. They play their own brash brand of hearty hard rock mixed heavily with goth and metal influences. ”Rotten Child” is their brand new track and this is what we have been waiting for.

Rotten Child” is a swashbuckling hard rock ride with the ever-enthusiastic Bethany Neville on lead vocals, Dave Ben Lee on guitars, and Leon Cadden on drums. Gosh, they make a great team. The video is well-done and shows how tight the band are with their wild riffs and fantastic energy together.

This 3 piece from Australia are full of gosh-infused metal melodies that smash through the speaks and into your soul. The track swirls in your ears and you can’t help but dance a long and let your hair down.

Originally formed in 2015, the group has gone through a bunch of lineup changes and crazy life events that has meant that their have been a few detours. The band chose to use these challenges as motivation to build something meaningful that and get their music out to the world.

Rotten Child” is off their new self-tilted album and this is an essential piece of music in 2020.

Check out the band on their Facebook page to find out more.

Stream this new action-packed track right here on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Trap opera emcee Morgane Matteuzzi ghosts in with ”Nightmare”

Produced expertly by Brian Spencer, this is a song like no other. Swiss singer and composer Morgane Matteuzzi studied vocals at the Royal College of Music in London with the well-respected Sally Burgess. She is currently studying modern singing in Berlin and shows off her hard work with the stunning ”Nightmare”.

Morgane sings opera and metal vocals for Etienne Pelosoff: a project mixing black metal and Jazz. With such a glowing resume, you can see why the world music scene is taking note of this wonderful talent.

Nightmare’‘ is a fantastic fusion between opera vocals, metal vocals and dark electronic sounds. The results are absolutely astounding and my ears can’t believe what they have just heard. I listen again just to make sure and once again I nod my head in approval.

Stream this powerful new song here on Soundcloud.

Find out more about this wonderful talent on her Instagram.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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PLAGUES – Sentinel: It’s Time to Start Getting Excited About Metal Again.

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If any new release has made me miss live music, it’s PLAGUES’ latest single “Sentinel”. The throat-ripping roars and intricately melodic speed of light progressions are just two of the reasons why this genre-melting offering of Metal will leave you as in awe of PLAGUES’ provocative release as we were.

With nuances of Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Post Hardcore and Death Metal all weaved into the atmospheric production, it’s safe to say that PLAGUES have stamped down their signature colossal sound with Sentinel.

You’ll be able to check out the official music video to PLAGUES’ single Sentinel for yourselves from June 26th via their official website.

Keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

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