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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.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Race to Neptune – Will the King?: Progressively Arrestive Melodic Alt Rock

Generally, palpitations are kind of a bad thing. Except when they come as a courtesy of rhythmically hypnotic guitar melodies such as you will find in Race to Neptune’s single “Will the King?”

Will the King? is just one of the absorbing tracks to feature on the Fort Collins’ based Indie Alt Rock powerhouse’s latest EP “Share My Frequency”. While I would have been quite happy to listen to the melodic guitar progressions for the whole duration, the evocative vocals kick in after an extended prelude and the instrumentals amp up the momentum. This is where you’ll find Race to Neptune’s tendency to experiment with plenty of distortion and effects on the guitars turning Will the King from a cathartically ambient single into a caustically cutting one. The lyrics and vocals also bring plenty of bite to the soundscape.

You can check out Will the King? along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D.Ni.L – Drop: Evocatively Progressive Alt Rock

“Drop” is the first progressively captivating Alt Rock track to be released from up and coming artist D.Ni.L’s new album.

I made the mistake of assuming that the scuzzy angsty prelude would set the tone for the duration. There was no way of anticipating the evolution into a track reminiscent of Radiohead and Placebo. Yet, D.Ni.L made going from biting grungy Garage Rock to lighter artful melodicism sound seem like an easy stretch.

Usually, the vocals and the instrumentals work in synergy with one another in progressive tracks. But as Drop made its way to the outro, it became a melting pot of raw energy and sweet mellifluous concordance.

We’re now officially hyped to hear the rest of the album.

You can check out Drop for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Faunshead – Come Wake Me Up: Ethereally Dark Experimental Indie

LA Rock duo Faunshead’s recently released single “Come Wake Me Up” is a salaciously ominous soundscape which any fans of dark Indie Rock will want on their playlists.

If you could imagine what Marilyn Manson would sound like if he adopted a fuzzy, grungy, melodic Indie approach to his music, you’d get a good idea of Faunshead’s nuanced distinctive style.

With Come Wake Me Up, the US artist created a sublime feat of Alt Rock through the use of cavernous drum rolls, growling ethereal vocals and inventive blasts of synth. But around the experimentalism, they weaved in a massive chorus which is extremely efficacious in snaring you into a feat of rhythmic euphoria. Faunshead’s sound feels like it has already has a home on Mike Patton’s Ipecac record label.

You can check out Come Wake Me Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. Or, you can witness the aural alchemy in the making with the live video via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hard Rock artist Evangelia has made her debut with the sobering stylistic single “Bitter Illness”

Up and coming Hard Rock artist Evangelia has made their debut with the emotively striking single “Bitter Illness”. We all experience it, whether that be personally or to someone we’ve come to feel that we can’t live without. Yet, so few artists are bold enough to confront the pain attached to death in their tracks – especially debut singles. But with Bitter Illness, Evangelia has set herself apart with her fearless lyrics versed through strong, nuanced vocals.

The instrumental arrangement may pack a punch, but there are plenty of melodic increments allowing us to soak up the contemplatively resounding sentiment which Bitter Illness delivers.

There’s a slight Country Pop Rock feel to Evangelia’s vocals, which gives her style plenty of authenticities. But more importantly, there’s the sense that Bitter Illness was born through true, raw passion and it shows.

Evangelia’s debut single Bitter Illness is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pandoras Shadow Have Recently Dropped Their Latest Progressive Hit “7 hurts”

https://pandorasshadow1.bandcamp.com/track/7-hurts

Hereford, UK Rock artist Pandoras shadow released their latest single “7 hurts” on October 29th adding to their collection of ominously immersive tracks which any fans of Prog Rock are sure to appreciate.

Kicking off with a droning doom-laden Sweet Dreams (Marilyn Manson) style prelude, the single evolves into a feat of tight, driving, eclectic Rock where each new evolution is unpredictable yet seamlessly executed. There was no preparing for the absorbingly epic guitar solo where the true instrumental talent in Pandoras came into crystal clear view.

When you think about Prog Rock, the first thing which comes to mind isn’t striking dynamic vocals, but that’s exactly how Pandoras shadow sets themselves apart. You’d be hard-pressed to find more nuanced vocals which soar just as high as the guitar notes. If anyone ever tells you that everything has been done with Rock, slap them in the face with this single.

You can stream and download Pandoras shadow’s latest single 7 hurts by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Halcyon Fields – Black Maps of Light: Intricately Arrestive Alt Rock

“Black Maps of Light” is the intricately arrestive latest single from up and coming Columbia, US Alt Rock artist Halcyon Fields.

There are very few ways to aptly allude to how much catharsis spills as you listen to the technical guitar progressions as they weave their way through the snappy unpredictable time signatures. But my own rhythmic pulses felt the relief to being handed over to the command of Black Maps of Light.

The momentum deftly ebbs and flows, but the immersive exhilaration of listening to a powerhouse carve a brand-new sound by using a smorgasbord of heavy vintage elements remains a constant. And if that weren’t enough, the lack of restraint in the vocals and the way the passionate artistic expression bleeds through brings yet another captivating element to Black Maps of Light.

You can check out Halcyon Fields’ latest single Black Maps of Light for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Project Vela has released their latest progressively powerful Alt Rock single “Watch You Leave”

https://projectvela.bandcamp.com/track/watch-you-leave

There’s little room to wonder why so many people have jumped on the pioneering work of Colorado-based up and coming Alt Rock duo Project Vela.

If you haven’t already been introduced to their sound, their latest single “Watch You Leave” is the perfect introduction. The single kicks off with a contemporary yet cinematic Synth Pop prelude before introducing arrestive layers of stylistic Alt Rock complete with semi-orchestral swells.

Project Vela made the momentum of Watch You Leave constantly in flux, so you’ll get plenty of rhythmic reminders of just how immersive the soundscape is.  The instrumental melodicism and vocal harmonies switch to high-octane riffs in a chaotically concordant style which you definitely won’t be accustomed to.

Fans of Linkin Park, Bring Me the Horizon, Enter Shikari, and Incubus will all find plenty to love about Watch You Leave.

You can check out Project Vela’s single Watch You Leave for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AXIOM – Slumber: Because There’s More to Prog Rock than Tool

Instrumental Prog Rock artist AXIOM are set to release their debut EP “Metathesis” at the end of 2019. The demo recording of the standout single “Slumber” is going to get you sharing in the same anticipation as those who have been blown away by AXIOM’s melodically momentous energy live.

On record the progressions are mesmeric, I can only imagine how transfixing the tight rhythms become when they’re blasting out of monitors in venues such as Birmingham’s O2 Institute and HRH Prog Festival’s main stage. Clearly, the release of their debut EP is just the beginning for the Birmingham-based Alt Rock artist. Get them on your radar before your mates ask you if you’ve checked them out and you’ll have to feel a little bit stupid.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the EP which will drop later this year. In the meantime, you can head on over to AXIOM’s YouTube channel and delve into the demo recording of Slumber.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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| HORLA |Follow Up Their Debut Single with the Cinematic Hit “Lifeblood”

https://soundcloud.com/h-o-r-l-a/lifeblood-radio-edit-mix-230719-l2/s-6PJUK

With their second single “Lifeblood”, up and coming Manchester-based powerhouse | HORLA | has made my job feel slightly redundant. There’s simply no alluding to the deftly rhythmic ferocity which is included in the follow-up to their debut single “Into the Void”.

Lifeblood kicks off with an intensely cinematic prelude which Ramin Djawadi himself may as well have composed. Lifeblood then evolves into overwhelmingly dynamic Alt Rock which will throw you right back to the 00s when Indie Rock still had teeth which would clamp down on you and compel you to scream the lyrics in whichever sticky venue you happened to find yourself in. But despite the raw, unadulterated power of Lifeblood, | HORLA | has still allowed the single to run through under captivating, melodious choruses.

You can check out | HORLA |’s single Lifeblood for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast