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Virginia Post Rock band Cursor claw their way in with ”Reaper”

Based out of Culpeper in Virginia, Cursor have made quite a name out of themselves in such a quick time frame. ”Reaper” is about being noticed and not being shoved out of the way. They are tired of outside influences and believe it’s their time to shine.

This is quite a new band and they have only been around since 2018. They have a tough grungy sound and are raw. With powerful vocals and a style that takes you up for a moment and then down again really fast. The riffs are heavy and prodigious, this band are really going for it and I bet are fantastic live.

With the newest EP out later on in 2020 this is a band that is coming out with a lot of music. Cursor put their foot on the gas and will not be blocked out by anyone. They should be a fixture on the festival circuit in 2021 with their fast and energetic style. ”Reaper” is a good track and I’m highly impressed by this US band and hope to see them live in the face soon.

Click here for the song on Spotify and more from this fantastic band from Virginia.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

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Always Manic – Falling into A Coma: Piercingly Evocative Anthemically-Charged Alt Rock

Any fans of Against Me! will undoubtedly want to check out the anthemically-charged standout single “Falling Into A Coma” from US Alt Rock artist Always Manic.

It has all the anthemic appeal as hits from bands such as the Foo Fighters, yet the striking levels of volatile dynamic emotion take Always Manic’s sound to the next level. Alt Rock tracks don’t often come as evocatively magnetic as Falling into A Coma.

The up and coming artist has proven with Falling into A Coma you can pour all the apathy and angst you like into a track, but if there’s enough euphoric energy and fuzzy guitar-driven electricity weaved into the mix, it can become an extremely effective feel-good hit.

The slight vibrato on the vocals in the first verse stung, but hearing the momentum build and the restraint falling away sweeps you up in the energy of the track until you feel as adrenalized as the track itself.

You can check out Falling Into A Coma for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Post Rock and Art Rock Converge in 8udDha bl0od’s Standout Single “8Arr3n 5k!35”

While there are plenty of transfixing tracks in 8udDha bl0od’s back catalogue, none quite possess the same magnetic allure as their evocatively powerful, genre crumbling single 8Arr3n 5k!35.

If you could imagine a track with the same visceral emotion as found in the Manic Street Preacher’s Gold Against the Soul album paired with gentle nuances of Post Rock and Art Rock, you’ll get an idea of just how emotively bruising 8Arr3n 5k!35 is.

As much as I adore the Brighton-based artist’s moody and experimental tracks which allow 8udDha bl0od to seem like a riddle wrapped enigma, it’s the tracks which offer raw honest emotions and lyrical connections which are the most unforgettable. 8Arr3n 5k!35 is a track which simply demands repeat attention.

You can check out 8Arr3n 5k!35 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blondmodel – WEIGHT: Emotively Warm, Tonally Glacial Alt Indie

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Shoegaze, Post Punk and contemporary Indie converge in the hauntingly sublime standout single WEIGHT from Alt Indie trailblazers Blondmodel.

The experimental mix even finds room to lay down sonically caustic blasting synth notes into the soundscape which offered nothing but accessible accordance up until the track neared the outro.

Despite the palpable authentic creativity which went into the single, there are familiar hooks to ensure that it’s not just an easy track to slip into, it’s a track which wholly consumes your consciousness as you listen to the sheer emotion which doesn’t just come from the absorbingly soft vocals. The pensive yet soft instrumental melodies also possess the ability to crawl under your ribs.

Any fans of the National, Editors, Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild will undoubtedly want to check out WEIGHT for themselves.

WEIGHT is just one of the singles which features on Blondmodel’s 2020 EP “Neon Lights, Lonely Nights” which was released on March 27th. You can check it out by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY

If you missed out on breaking Brighton artist 8udDha bl0od’s frenetically fiery feat of Alt Psych Rock, it’s our pleasure to introduce the sonically chaotic single “D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY”.

If you could imagine what would happen if the Strokes, Marilyn Manson, and Pavement collaborated on a record together, you may be able to have an idea of what awaits you when you hit play on D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY.

Even though there’s a sense of disorder in the punchy single which blends elements of Psych Pop, Indie, Grunge, Garage Rock, and Metal, 8udDha bl0od deftly pulled it together and made the track an aural whirlwind you don’t mind being at the mercy of. I can only imagine how high-octane a live rendition of this track would be.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single D3Af 50ng… CrAzZzY2K 83A7… fR3AKy pHr!DAY via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elitefitrea – Too Late: Caustically Indulgent Post-Industrial Rock

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Post-Industrial fans will definitely want to prick up their ears for the latest release from up and coming Denver-based artist Elitefitrea.

Ministry are great and everything, but we’ve already heard thousands of assimilations of their sound. So thankfully Elitefitrea stamped down their own atmospherically captivating style in their debut album “Lethe”.

While each track is as caustically indulgent as the last, the perfect introduction to Elitefitrea is undoubtedly “Too Late”.

With elements of Hard Rock intertwining with harsh Industrial Electronica, you’ll be able to soak up the virtuosity of the soaring guitar riffs while the entrancing electronic instrumentals ensure that there’s a danceable arrestive rhythm to keep hooked into.

And with vocals which are sure to appease fans of Godsmack, Fear Factory, Nine Inch Nails, and Alice in Chains alike, it’s hard to imagine any faction of the alternative community who wouldn’t want Too Late on their playlists.

You can check out Elitefitrea’s single Too Late for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tiny Tree’s new album ‘Embolism’ is going to be a crazy journey of post rock

If you’re into some chaotic, heavy, post rock madness then the new album ‘‘Embolism’’ by Muskegon-based band Tiny Tree will be one to check out, you’ll be able to listen to the release on April 1st.

Listening to the final track on the anthology Drowning it’s one that summarises the duo and what they’re all about perfectly. Even though it is six minutes long, which to some may seem a bit too much, every part of the song has its own special element.

The electrifying guitar riffs and thunderous drum beats illuminate the background as the vocals begin to cut through. With the gut-wrenching screams from vocalist Addison Eilers, alongside the manic instrumentals from Paul Jensen, the two together blend together in a superb way.

Giving of that aggressive tone, the vocal ranges stay similar throughout until the breakdowns hit and the heaviness collides. This collection is going to be one for those who love a bit of loud post rock, it’ll be the one to have on repeat.

Be sure to check out Tiny Tree’s new album when it releases, you won’t want to give this one a miss.

You can check out the album by heading over to their bandcamp on April 1st.

Review by Karley Myall

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Watchmoore release a single from their album – Chicane: 0 to 100 in less that seven minutes!

At first listen, the new single “Revengicide” from Watchmoore seems like a delicate but slow, almost crawling journey of contemplative introspection. Less than a minute in, you happily realise that the Australian based trio are weaving an intricate, well thought out story, made all the more mesmerising by interesting tempo changes and seamlessly cohesive weaves and bobs, with the most sublime crescendo, that is bound to be a favourite feature of the song.

No matter what your musical tastes are, this track surreptitiously reels you in until you are completely hooked. For the Muso’s and Nerds out there, listen and learn because Watchmoore give us all a real lesson into how to move listeners from the bar to the mosh pit, culminating in all the best things mosh pits have to offer – abandon, reckless interaction, closed eyes, metal pulsating through every bone in your body, being pulled to who knows where by who knows who!

After listening to “Revengicide” on bandcamp, you won’t be able to deny that Watchmoore have a thought evoking, refreshing point of view, a welcome addition to every music connoisseurs playlist.

Review by Susan Harriott

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EVRI – CONGRATULATIONS: Throat-Punchingly-Riotous Garage Rock    

If you were born in the 90s, chances are, you’ll find plenty of nostalgia in the scorching Pop Punk/Post Rock guitar riffs which introduce up and coming artist EVRI’s latest single “CONGRATULATIONS”.

The viscerally charged single may boast a Lo-Fi production. But the gritty Garage Rock feel to the track amplified the angsty cutting catharsis which will definitely be shared as the explosive track progresses.

For me, the trademark for any good track is found in the level of emotion projected into it. And there’s a smorgasbord of undiluted, throat punching riotous energy found in CONGRATULATIONS. It may not be neatly packaged and sugar-coated, but in my not so humble opinion, the best tracks never are.

You can check out EVRI’s single CONGRATULATIONS which was released on December 31st 2019 for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kaleido Bay – Liberation: A Vitriolically Charged Alt Rock Playlist Essential

From the moment you hit play on UK Alt Rock artist Kaleido Bay’s latest single “Liberation” the frenetic energy pulls you in. It’s a high-octane convictive aural force to be reckoned with, but it definitely isn’t without its melodicism.

With juicy choruses, anticipation filled-breakdowns, and mind-blowingly dynamic instrumentals, we can quite honestly say that we’ve never heard anything like this before. They promise to deliver a full tonal palette, and sure enough, there’s a frenzied kaleidoscope of colour in Liberation.

It’s punchy, it’s riotous, and it’s innovative enough to offer little in the way of reminiscences to other artists. Yet there are faint elements of Metal, Rock, Post Punk, Punk, and No Wave all weaved into the mix making Liberation indulgently accessible from the first time you’re fronted with the angsty aural alchemy.

The fact that I wrote this review on the same day which the Manic Street Preacher’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of Masses Against the Classes feels serendipitous. Just as I was mourning the lack of vitriol found in politically-charged music, Kaleido Bay crashed onto my radar.

You can check out Liberation along with Kaleido Bay’s earlier releases via Spotify now.

Follow the band on Facebook to keep up to date with their releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast