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Little Us – Something Real: Pioneeringly Innovative Alt Hard Rock

Up and coming Connecticut Hard Rock artist Little Us has recently released their latest melodically captivating single “Something Real”. If you ever wondered what nuanced Hard Rock blended with atmospherically chilling synths sounds like, listening to Something Real is probably the best way to get a taste of that unique alchemy.

While the good majority of Rock bands make the mistake of trying to make the biggest or loudest sound, Little Us constantly switch up the melodies in Something Real, making each new progression as arrestive as the last. Throughout Something Real you’ll still be treated to thunderous drum rolls and searing technical guitar riffs, but there’s also plenty of cutting laid-back increments to make sure your rhythmic pulses are well and truly at the mercy of the soundscape.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Something Real is the most innovative Hard Rock single I’ve heard this year. There, I said it. Given the pioneering intricacy of Something Real, it’s far from hyperbole.

You can check out the official video to Little Us’ latest single Something Real by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation – It’s OK to Wake Up: Hard Rock Meets Post Punk

If you ever wondered how Bauhaus would sound if they dabbled in Hard Rock, you’d get a fair enough idea by hitting play on Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation’s latest single “It’s OK to Wake Up”.

While you’ll still get the heavy chugging guitars resting against snappy convictive percussion, Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation has thrown in iridescently atmospheric lighter effects to bring a nuanced dynamism and depth to their sound. And my God is it refreshing to hear a Hard Rock artist with distinctive vocals. There’s none of the archetypal growls, screeches or wails, just the clever and evocative use of vibrato.

You’ll still get to absorb plenty of arrestingly technical soaring guitar riffs which you’re accustomed to in Hard Rock, but irrefutably Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation are the much-needed antidote to the sterility in the genre.

You can check out Kaiser and the Machines Of Creation’s single It’s OK to Wake Up which was released on November 1st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hard Rock Newcomers No Sunshine Release Their Latest Single “Sunshine”

No Sunshine dropped the video to their latest hit “Sunshine” on September 20th, treating Heavy Rock fans to a sonic revival of everything they’ve come to love about the genre through the past few decades.

The single offers effect-laden guitars as they weave through the tight synergy of the Rock instrumentals which also find some room to squeeze in some sludgy doom. From the dual vocals, you get melodic vocals bringing in the big choruses, along with caustic guttural growls which allow you to share in the angsty catharsis.

If you liked Sunshine, chances are, you’re going to want to keep up with all the latest releases from the up and coming artist as they’re preparing to drop their second album in Spring 2020. You can do this by heading over to their official website.

You can check out the official video to Sunshine for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brake Loose Make Their Debut with the Hard Rock Hit “Midnight Train”

Anyone with a penchant for heavy Rock may want to turn their attention to the debut scuzzy, sleazy and catchy latest single “Midnight Train” from Dublin-based up and coming act Brake Loose.

The riffs feed into a tight arrangement of relentless driving rhythm while the vocals will lay down classic hard vocals which don’t fail to captivate you within the riotous energy of Midnight Train.

Brake Loose shares plenty of similarities with bands such as Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Motorhead, and Judas Priest, and they also exude the same blistering talent in Midnight Train. Midnight Train may not be an exceptionally contemporary track, but riffs like that will be forever timeless.

You can check out Midnight Train from Brake Loose for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Abandon The Fall Release Their Second Hit of High-Octane Alt Rock with “This Hurt”

Following on from the success of their debut single “Enemy”, Abandon The Fall has orchestrated yet another masterfully dark Alt Rock single with “This Hurt”.

The progressive single kicks off with melodiously atmospheric energy before steadily picking up emotive momentum. You’d expect to be immersed in an explosive chorus when it hits, yet, Abandon The Fall seem to be in the habit of subverting your aural expectations.

What I will always admire most about Abandon The Fall is their commitment to creating music which doesn’t assimilate what has already been done to death a million times before. The raw and strained vocals run through with distinction and actually offer real human intrinsic emotion instead of reaching for the perfect polished screams.

You can check out Abandon The Fall’s latest single This Hurt by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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HAWXX Release Yet Another Riotously Sublime Rock Single to the Airwaves with “You’re No God”

“You’re No God” is the third single to be released from the up and coming UK Rock powerhouse HAWXX who haven’t failed to make their mark on the Rock scene this year.

Expect plenty of scuzz, powerful riffs and equally as powerful vocals from Anna Papadimitriou. Flawless vocals aren’t a requirement in Rock, but when they’re as captivatingly unflinching as Anna’s it’s all but impossible not to be floored by the vocal dynamic which verses the lyrics with palpable conviction. HAWXX share similar energy to bands such as Babes in Toyland, but even ‘SLAYERRRRRR’ fans couldn’t turn their noses up at Hannah Staphnill’s guitar shredding.

The single has already been spun on BBC Introducing, it’s not often Heavy Rock tracks pique the interest of BBC DJs, so that should tell you all you need to know about what HAWXX are bringing to the airwaves. It’s fresh, it’s raw, and it deserves a spot on your playlists too.

You can check out the latest single from HAWXX for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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