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AJ John invites listeners on a progressive journey with their Alt Rock single “Waste My Time”

If you like your smooth Bluesy accordant Rock with a side serving of raw emotion, you’ll be as captivated by up and coming artist AJ John’s progressive Rock Ballad Waste My Time (The Laze) as we were.

With the Jazz infusion in Waste My Time, Time Signatures have been disregarded in the extended soundscape which could only be described as epic. The instrumental textures and tempo may be light for the most part, but each progression will leave you more immersed in AJ John’s ingenuity. The momentum gradually builds throughout the soundscape until Waste My Time becomes a colossal offering of Anthemic Rock. We definitely didn’t see that coming.

Waste My Time is just one of the singles which you’ll find on the artist’s 2020 album “Till the End of Time” which shatters Rock archetypes and constructs a brand-new Alt-Rock experience.

You can check out AJ John’s single Waste My Time along with the rest of their album Till the End of Time by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sidetrack Walker – Will to Leave: Viscerally Atmospheric Progressive Neo-Classical

https://sidetrackwalker.bandcamp.com/track/will-to-leave

Berlin-based artist Sidetrack Walker has released their most captivating soundscape to date. Expect the human psyche to stare back at you when you hit play on Will to Leave which is just one of the tracks found on their latest album The Art of Starvation.

The Neo-Classical melodies perfectly capture tense, fraught and honest emotion. Under Sidetrack Walker’s deft orchestration, the progressions spill more resonance than even the most meta of lyrics ever could.

But what blew me away the most about Will to Leave was the sheer distinction. Sidetrack Walker’s tendency to pull from a myriad of genres such as Neo-Classical, Dark Folk and Prog Rock allowed their sound to spill an alchemic amount of atmospheric intensity.

You can stream and download Sidetrack Walker’s single Will to Leave along with the rest of their album which was released on April 24th for yourselves via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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Dark World Carousel – Einhander: Ensnaringly Progressive Alt Rock

If you are under the impression that there are no new avenues to take Alt Rock in, Dark World Carousel’s standout single Einhander will smash those perceptions into oblivion.

Einhander kicks off with a Dark-Alt-Folk-style prelude before the progressive track picks up rhythmic momentum and transforms into an electrifyingly serpentine feat of Alt Rock complete with volatile ensnaring vocals.

Yet, Dark World Carousel doesn’t stop there. There’s yet another seismic shift in the soundscape which allows Einhander to experiment with the chaotic insanity of Symphonic Death Metal.

It’s a monster of a track which doesn’t just depend on sheer speed and intensity to leave you gripped. I never thought I’d have the pleasure of indulging in a track which offers reminiscences of Soundgarden and Nekrogoblikon. Dark World Carousel offers a dynamically adrenalizing sound which is all too easy to get obsessed with. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Dark World Carousel’s single Einhander for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Alt Indie Rock quartet SOHLER made their debut with the jaw-dropper of a single “Computer”

When was the last time you hit play on an Indie Rock track and felt genuine excitement for what was being poured into your ears? If it has been a while, indulge yourself in the electrifying ingenuity contained in the debut single Computer by Alternative artist SOHLER.

It’s even better than finding a forgotten tenner in your pocket. Because who can put a price on discovering an aural cocktail of sounds you’ve come to love from the likes of Elliott Smith, Radiohead, The Calling, Arctic Monkeys and Muse all in one tight perfectly produced package?

The progressive single kicks off with an artfully pensive Indie Rock prelude and allows the rhythmic momentum to slowly build while Wil Harvey’s sticky-sweet vocals become increasingly more adrenalizing.

Before you know it, you’re immersed in an anthemic earworm with massive Indie Rock choruses and you’ll be at the mercy of SOHLER who aren’t shy about throwing curveballs your way in the form of explosive instrumental breakdowns.

SOHLER is a rare up and coming act you can quite easily get obsessed with.

You can check out SOHLER’s single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Keep up to date with new releases from the UK-based artist via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Layabout – Party Man: Consumingly Alchemic Post-Punk-Laced Prog Rock

Up and coming Jamaican Alt Rock act Layabout created the ultimate teaser of a prelude in their latest single. “Party Man” is exactly how a progressive track should make you feel. It locks you into the constantly evolving rhythms leaving you with a sense of palpitating anticipation right up until you’re consumed by the crescendo you’ve been waiting for.

And Layabout definitely didn’t disappoint with Party Man which allowed Blues, Rock, and Post Punk to converge in the gorgeously immersive single.

As the sweet 80s Rock guitar notes introduce the Peter Hook-style bassline the cymbal heavy percussion follows suit and creates a rhythm as tight and dynamic as the chorus in Teenage Kicks by the Undertones. Yet, all reminiscences are incredibly fleeting in Party Man. You’ll be pulled from bouncy high vibe punk tones to glacially angular guitar work in the space of three and half minutes. Music doesn’t come much more alchemic than this.

You can check out the official video to Layabout’s single Party Man which premiered on March 1st for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

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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8udDha bl0od – 17’ll N3<3r 83 0<3r

There will never be another underground UK artist who will blow us away with their versatility the way in which Brighton-based Alternative artist 8udDha bl0od has.

Their aurally chameleonic releases share just a handful of commonalities. If we had to allude to the most tangible, we’d have to pick the kaleidoscopically mellifluous layers of Psych and their tendency to let their creative expression take the lead.

17’ll N3<3r 83 0<3r is one of 8udDha bl0od’s earlier releases which incorporates nuances of Funk and Sleaze Rock, Art Rock and Blues. You’ll pick up influences from Black Sabbath, Radiohead and even Bowie in the progressively magnetic soundscape. I think it’s safe to say that no artist has ever pulled off an influential infusion quite like that before.

You can check out 17’ll N3<3r 83 0<3r along with the artist’s latest releases for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Thomas Bradley Project – Eternal Sea: Progressive Melodic Rock

Folk meets Rock in Thomas Bradley Project’s stunning new progressive melodic Rock single Eternal Sea.

While there are plenty of tonal transgressions in the epic 7-minute long track, each is as beguilingly immersive as the last. The seamlessly captivating progressions offer ample amounts of cathartic escapism as the deftly arranged instrumentals work in complete synergy. So, even though we’re on lockdown right now, we can still allow our minds to explore aurally arcane soundscapes.

With the Folk-Rock vocals, violin strings offering a pensive sting, the acoustic guitar and bass bringing the rhythm and Thomas Bradley’s Stratocaster setting up sweet Blues Rock riffs, don’t be surprised if your consciousness is consumed entirely once you hit play on Eternal Sea.

You can check out the official video to Eternal Sea which was released on March 8th via YouTube.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from Thomas Bradley Project via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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WD-HAN – Icarus: Sultry Rhythmic Blues Meets Anthemic Alt Indie

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Alchemy is bound to spill when a nuanced band set their mind to creating an aural earworm out of Indie, Blues, and Rock. WD-HAN definitely succeeded with their first single to be released in 2020 “Icarus”.

The single dropped on January 17th giving us yet another affirmation that the Tampa Bay-based artist is one to watch.

With a prelude offering reminiscences to Daughter, the sudden switch to anthemic Alt Rock in Icarus will have you on the edge of your proverbial seat. When in full swing, Icarus is a monster of a track full of rhythmic sultry Blues, yet those bluesy licks come with plenty of bite.

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

Follow WD-Han on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast