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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

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Icarus has released their aural juggernaut of an Alt Metal EP “Bleeding Out”

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Breaking Alt Metal 5-piece Icarus cooked up a cataclysmic storm with their debut EP “Undivided Attention”.

Rather than trying to find their sound within the constraints of a metal sub-genre, you’ll find everything from Thrash to Hardcore Punk to Groove Metal to Nu Metal in the four blisteringly mind-bending tracks.

Each track is an aural juggernaut which will demand repeat attention at max volume. Track 1 “Bleeding Out” is the best introduction to Icarus’ expansive sound. Their sound may be heavy, dark and brutal, but you’ll still be able to expect massive choruses and sharp lyrical hooks in the high-octane super-charged Metal perennial earworm.

The gutturally fierce vocals use a clear enough diction to enable the angst-driven lyrics to resonate in a way in which could unite fans of punk pioneers Napalm Death and fans of Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes alike. If Download 2020 was going ahead, Icarus would deserve a mainstage spot.

You can check out Icarus’ EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hide Your Mother – Attention Needed: Rhythmically High-Octane Eccentrically Frenetic Rock

“Attention Needed” is the explosively energetic latest single from up and coming London-based Rock powerhouse Hide Your Mother.

Through the serpentine rhythms which offer plenty of grinding friction Attention Needed carries plenty of accessibility to fans of Classic Rock and Glam Rock. Yet, they set themselves apart with the eccentric personability thrown into the high-octane genre-mashing soundscape.

If you could imagine what Steel Panther would sound like if they had a bit more nuance behind their sound, you’ll be able to get an idea of what will tantalise your eardrums when you hit play on Attention Needed. It’s a Party Rock playlist essential which is sure to be appreciated by fans of Guns n’ Roses, Muse, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Eagles of Death Metal alike. Good luck getting that raucous chorus out of your heads.

You can check out the official music video to Attention Needed for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Conduit – Declaration: Unmissably Immersive Progressive Metal

“Declaration” is just one of the standout singles off the unmissably immersive Prog Metal album “ABRAXAS SHRINE” from The Conduit.

The term ‘powerhouse’ may get thrown around a lot in metal. But The Conduit’s ability to start off with a mellow Post Punk Indie Rock prelude and devilishly tease their way up to blast beats, caustic pig squeals and insanely technical guitar progressions makes them more than worthy of the accolade.

Declaration not only demands to be played at full volume so that you can drink in the full veracious energy of the track. But it also demands repeat attention to experience those seamless progressions once more.

At over eight minutes long, you may feel like you’re in it for the long haul when you hit play. But you’ll be more than happy with where their pioneering guttural ingenuity takes you with the symphonically transfixing outro.

You can check out Declaration for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gus McArthur – Both Eyes Closed: Intellectually Visceral Symphonic Metal

Gus McArthur’s latest Symphonic Death Metal single is about as effective as a cattle prod when it comes to getting your attention. Straight from the prelude, you’re locked into a frenziedly magnetic hit.

After recently becoming overly enamoured with Nekrogoblikon, I’ve been on a constant search for other artists offering a similar sound. The San Diego-based fourpiece Gus McArthur not only do this through their latest single “Both Eyes Closed”, but they set themselves apart with an intellectual amount of distinction.

With each member bringing different styles and energies to the mix, their music transcends the usual thrashing and pounding monotony. Yes, it’s heavy, yes, it’s monstrous, but it’s no mere cacophony. It’s a melodic emotive masterpiece born through the infusion of everything from Hip Hop, Classical strings, Thrash, and Metal.

Yelawolf himself may have been spitting the Rap bars which sit against the insanely emotive Matt Belamy style vocal harmonies and fiercely guttural screams. And there are just as many switch-ups in the instrumental progressions. Hearing Both Eyes Closed may have marked the start of an aural obsession. Long may it continue.

You’ll have to wait until January 31st to check out the phenomenal single. In the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud and check out their earlier releases.

Keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook.

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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Forest Hills – Introvert: Alchemically Gothic Alt Rock

NYC-based Alt Rock artist Forest Hills dropped an unmissable hit in 2019. If any fans of Gothically alchemic Alt Rock missed it, you’ll thank us later for the introduction to their standout single “Introvert”.

The fuzzy distorted chugging riffs provide the perfect contrast between front-man Zero Surico’s soaring vocals allowing you to appreciate them in all their soaring evocative glory. With subtle hints of Pop and Punk infused into the vocals in Introvert, you’re treated to powerful harmonics which come with plenty of ferocious bite.

Forest Hills are clearly an act who boldly set out to carve out their own sound. And they’ve definitely achieved that with Introvert which resonates as though you’re drinking in pure unbridled emotion.

You can check out the official music video to Forest Hills’ single Introvert via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nekrogoblikon Live Review: Rebellion Bar, Manchester, January 12th

I’m no great fan of Metal, but I am a moth to the flame of ingenuity and Nekrogoblikon and For I Am King were on fire last night.

Rebellion Bar hosted Manchester leg of the Californian Symphonic Power Metal band’s UK and European tour where they were joined by an eclectic array of angsty talent including Footprints in the Custard, For I Am King and Harbinger.

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I ambled in just as Party Metal trailblazers Footprints in the Custard started their set. The procession may as well have been started by Andrew WK himself. Footprints in the Custard may have warmed up the room, but the following act For I Am King absolutely dominated it. The Amsterdam-based Metal band fronted by the ferociously talented vocalist Alma Alizadeh not only has a larynx of pure metal. She’s also an artist who you immediately warm to. You’d have to have a soul made of steel not to be endeared by her on-stage wit. For I Am King’s melodic, atmospherically momentous take on Metal carries a vicious amount of distinction. If you get a chance to catch them live, take it.

After London-based Deathcore band Harbinger laid down embolism-inducing technical Metal, Nekrogoblikon took to the stage and kicked off their set with their jauntily carnivalesque track The Many Faces of Dr. Hubert Malbec. The symphonically-euphoric aural delight may just contain the catchiest chorus found in Death Metal.

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With the help of John Goblikon, the rest of the band made light work of feeding the crowd pure unrelenting insanity. Which proved too much for one person who found themselves on-stage and divebombed from side stage. After checking that they were okay to carry on after a crowd member had probably broken their leg, their one hour set contained their ingeniously frenetic hits such as Bears, We Need a Gimmick, Dressed as Goblins, Goblins and concluded with Powercore.

Nekrogoblikon prove that fantasy and comedy have just as much of a place in music as they do in fiction and film. Their gory goblin-inspired light-hearted escapism allows you to forget the more odious insanity which you’ll see if you’re masochistic enough to turn on the news in our apocalypse-obsessed decade. Each member of Nekrogoblikon’s talent is only matched by their charisma. I could attempt to put their virtuosity into words. But you’ve got ears, use them.

Admitting to liking a band such as Nekrogoblikon may deplete your stash of pretentious points, but you’ll find that they aren’t worth all that much anyway.

Artist links:

Nekrogoblikon: Facebook, Spotify,
For I Am King: Facebook, Spotify
Harbinger: Facebook, Spotify
Footprints in the Custard: Facebook, Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast