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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

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Caplaz – Ars Moriendi featuring Gabriele Lazzerini: Archaically Arcane Progressive Alt Rock

If your playlists are waiting for their next taste-breaker, it is our pleasure to introduce the obscurely indulgent latest single “Ars Moriendi” from Alternative artist Calpaz featuring Gabriele Lazzerini.

It’s easy to think you’ve heard it all when it comes to Progressive Rock and Metal. Then, a feat of raw ingenuity such as Ars Moriendi bleeds through your speakers. Any fans of Finntroll will undoubtedly approve.

The turbulent nature of the soundscape which blends everything from Folk Rock to Industrial Rock to Black Metal to Baroque Alt Pop may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but thanks to the archaically arcane feel of the track, we can’t help but get excited about Caplaz.

You can check out Caplaz’s single Ars Moriendi which was released on April 30th for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘Set Me Free’ throws shade on ex with personal ‘’Charissa’s Karma’’ video

Give back to her as she has given / pay her back double for what she has done / Pour her a double portion from her own cup.

Dusty Brogdon is the main man of ‘Set Me Free’. He is a songwriter, music producer, video editor, and a certified audio engineer. Dusty served in the U.S. Army for 6 years as an Infantry Soldier. You don’t want to mess with a guy like this. Clearly his ex has and she pays the price on this powerful Metal Rock track. 

Heart blacker than the plague/I tried but I cannot change her/She just made me colder. 

Trying to help someone that you care about can be a rewarding but frustratingly futile experience if you feel you are going nowhere. ‘Set Me Free’ is angry on this song. He has been let down and the passion shows from the start to the end of this fiery output.

Let’s see if there are any further releases in the rest of 2020, this one is full of heart and Dusty doesn’t mess around on ‘’Charissa’s Karma’’. Stream the new song right here on YouTube.

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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Oklahoma Rap/Rock artist 3Mind Blight smashes through the speakers with ‘’Breaking Down’’

‘3Mind Blight’- also the frontman for Alt Rock band DeadEyeChokeHold- is back with his breakthrough single and makes a big point with this effort. With a heavy start, you know he means business here after a short break from the music game. 

Blending Rap, Metal and Rock, ‘3Mind Blight’ doesn’t fit into any specific box which is refreshing to see, as there are so many bands and solo acts that sound the same in this genre. With stomping beats, this is a powerful song that is surely destined for major attention.

Going full pace through barriers is a hard thing to do and I feel like ‘’Breaking Down’’ does that all the way and pulls it off with a massive jack-hammer to your face. The real genius in this track is when he slows things down and I wish this song had more of this build up. Nevertheless, this is a strong effort for the full 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

If you like RapCore then this one is definitely for you as long as your speakers are up to scratch. I would sound-proof the room for this and look out for more from this creative artist in 2020.

Stream more from 3Mind Blight here on SoundCloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Leese – Say Goodbye: Meet Your New Guitar Hero

If it’s been a while since you’ve heard guitar licks slick enough to make your jaw-drop, delve into the arrestive debut single Say Goodbye by breaking Alt Rock artist Leese.

From Thrash to Speed Metal, to Melodic Rock which any fans of Incubus would appreciate, there’s no telling what kind of aural curveball Leese will throw at you next. But each of the seamless seismic shifts in style is as fixating as the last. The grungy Lo-Fi vocals are also an incredibly welcome addition to the perpetually evolving track.

Say Goodbye would have been a hit even if Leese only relied on their technical guitar ability, but there’s so much more in the dynamic mix. With the growling basslines around the ethereal Cradle of Filth-style atmospheric layers, and solos which would give Herman Lee a run for his money Leese is a magnetically absorbing track which you will undoubtedly want on your playlists.

It’s safe to say that we’re pretty stoked to hear what comes next.

You can check out Say Goodbye for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Neurosurgery drop a real brutal metal bomb with their release Brain Scavanger

Powerful, aggressive, energetic, Neurosurgery drop a real metal bomb with their new track Brain Scavanger.

The song builds up on a huge wall of bass and heavily distorted guitars, letting the drums obsessively punch in, in a half tempo beat, that amplifies the bulkiness of the whole sound.

Screaming and growling in a high- then low-pitched loop for most of the song, the vocals are an essential trigger for this type of brutal metal and serve the purpose of the band’s “quest to spread their daily madness all over the world with passion to do what they want, the way they want.” A hefty statement that gains validation from the savage nature of the song.

Formed in Helsinki in 2019, Neurosurgery are a classic example of what Finnish metal stands for, as it’s clear they’re aiming to become an essential part of it.

You can listen to Brain Scavanger for yourself on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito

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Vile A Sin’s darkly inspired ‘Carnival Of Souls’ is a window into face-punching, carnivalesque horror-punk metal

LA’s ‘premier horrorcore outfit’ Vile A Sin’s track ‘Carnival of Souls’ pulls no punches in, well, immediately punching you in the face with a fist made of furious satanic riffery. 

With a video featuring Naomi Grossman of American Horror Story, ‘Carnival of Souls’ is, in a number of ways, the upcoming metal group’s most refined work to date. Put in words that extravagant metal lovers may understand best: this track encapsulates the sound of a band that doesn’t like to stay away from tightly chugged, discordant riffs served alongside a 5-piece meal of blast beats and carnivalesque keys. 

If power metal-inspired solos on top of keyed melodies that wouldn’t be out of place in an evil ring toss game are your thing, “Carnival of Souls” will satisfy any lover of wildly in-your-face guitar riffing – and satanic carnivals. This attraction is definitely worth a visit. 

Watch Vile A Sin’s “Carnival of Souls” official music video on their YouTube Channel now

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CHANGING TYMZ has dropped single Stand Up

Hailing from Pittsburgh, five-piece band CHANGING TYMZ has released their single ‘Stand Up’ infusing that rock/metal style through thunderous instrumentals and raucous vocals.

Kicking off with a bang, and the electrifying shred on the guitar adding in that powerful bang on the drum to create this loud and intense instrumental.

The instrumentation is insane and this band isn’t afraid to kick it up a notch and make sure to bring it louder whilst getting heavier. With the vocal ranges, they’re always at heightened volume, with that gravelly texture to them. When the instrumentation and the vocals combine together is what gives this track that suspenseful feeling that intensifies as the song goes on.

Always giving the instrumentation their time to shine, towards the end letting the guitar and the drums completely take over and illuminate the background. Completely smashing the shred on the electric guitar and adding in that hard-hitting drum beat as they come together and create this heavy and powerful instrumentation.

Listen to CHANGING TYMZ Stand Up by heading on over to YouTube now.

Review by Karley Myall