Seattle-based duo Lux are gearing up to release their debut album We Are Not The Same on April 3rd. Thankfully they're are also offering the lead-off single "The Window" for free download. Teaming with fuzzy guitars, vocal duets and synthy elements, Lux offer a nifty combo of indie and shoegaze. Citing influcens such as Velvet Underground, Magnetic Fields and Jesus & Mary Chain it's hard to avoid this fresh sonic sensation.
Teethmarks is a hot new Toronto-based band that offers a fresh crossover sound that combines elements of metal, punk and thrash to form their own deranged wall of awesome sounds. Or as the group puts it, they're: "inexplicably fueled by a love of cats, Randy Quaid and 'green room beers'" and boasts a "breed of unhinged, overdriven hardcore that indebts itself as equally to the groove-laden charms of 70s rock as it does the menacing, unchecked aggression of bands like The Bronx, Coliseum and Zeke."
Welcome to Ever After. A fairytale and a single, 54 minute track stitched from 12 discrete songs - the most audacious songs Marianas Trench has ever crafted. Ever After is constructed around a story written by Ramsay himself and then finessed into an accompanying booklet. It’s an actual physical experience; a warm throwback to the album era when your music was more than a bunch of orphaned songs sitting on an endless iPod playlist.
This blackened thrash metal group is back at it and in better form then ever! Ohio based band Dismemberment self-released their first EP, The Condemned, on March 13, 2011 and since then have been honing their chops and getting even more brutal. After tirelessly recording through the Winter of 2011 with Bobby Leonard at Paper Tiger Studios, Dismemberment are more than pleased to have announced a March 17 release for their latest album, Denied Salvation.
Berlin, Germany by way of Canada duo Rooftop Runners offer what can only be called alternative indie trip-pop (with dark lyrics). With a fresh, funky sound this group best resembles artists the likes of Jeff Buckley, Dubstep, Radiohead and Massive Attack. Their 4 song EP, We Are Here, is slated for release on April 3, 2012, and so the band is currently building hype in their new home town as well as around the globe. In celebration of the new album, we're pleased to offer this free download of the band's song "Streets". Download, share and enjoy!
Alberta, Canada is the place this heavy, melodic hardcore group calls home. That said, there must be something in Alberta's water 'cause As Bold as Lions are teeming with raw, positive energy.
This West Palm Beach, Florida based group offers some refreshing shoegaze a.k.a. noisy pop. Sure the scene is riddled with bands doing the same thing, but how many of them do it well and unique enough to really stand out against the heard? Not many!
They call themselves a "hood metal" band and by mixing elements of hard rock, metal and of course hip-hop, they pretty much sound just like that. Of course purists may label this nu metal, but hey, to each their own. Citing Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, System of a Down, Linkin Park and Jay-Z as some of their major their influences the band brings to their music tremendous experience and passion.
Though Brasov, Romania grindcore band Coins as Portraits have been together since late 2006, they didn't release their first full recording until 2011. Fans will absolutely agree; however, that the Fading Halo Records and Asiluum release, Form and Structure. Storm and Fracture, was worth the wait. Chock full of fast, pounding tunes, the disc is an awesome, proper debut.
This alternative rock group was formed in 2008 when Brooklyn, New York natives (and brother and sister) Sal and Sarah decided to start making music under the moniker Die Pretty. Success came quickly as their debut effort, Bittersweet, was released in 2009 via Frankfurt, Germany's Unconform Records. Rave reviews would follow as well as a global iTunes release thanks to InGroove distribution.
Of all the places in the world, Brasov, Romania is where you'll find hardcore band I Stared Into the Forest rehearsing, writing and playing shows. Sonically the group takes elements of screamo, math and bits of death metal to create their own brand of brazen hardcore. As with their label, Fading Halo Records, I Stared Into the Forest is built on pure DIY ethics, a powerful anti-discrimination stance and a love of freedom.
Even though grind metal foursome Buried at Birth call sunny San Jose, California home, that doesn't mean their music is happy, poppy or upbeat. Quite the opposite in fact. Their tunes are an eery concoction of fast, spiteful grind interlaced with grooving thrash that really packs a punch!
Christchurch, New Zealand four-piece pop/rock band Ashei share a passion for honest songwriting and a thumping live show all of which caters to rock fans looking for something fresh. With influences ranging from pop to jazz, Liam Muir, Emma Cameron, and Dan Perry each bring a unique musical approach to the group and their sound.
Four Nights Gone is a very fresh group having formed as recently as the Summer of 2010. Newness aside, this Staten Island, New York-based band offers a cool alternative/hard rock sound that embodies their passion for both the music itself, and to take the group to the next level. With hard rock influences that include Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle to name but a couple, Four Nights Gone take their varying influences and carefully craft their own original rock sound.
Around since 2002 and with influences such as To Kill, Nasum, Cataract, Hatebreed, Comeback Kid and Full Blown Chaos, the five piece group known as Explicit Silence offers nothing but brutal hardcore.
Detroit, MI metal trio Nurse Ratched is a small band with a monster sound. Citing a wide range of influences, this is one group that is not messing around. Sonically they take elements of grind, thrash, doom and death metal and layer on top their own experimentation to create a maddening cacophony of awesome.
In 2009, following the devastating fires that swept through Greece, as well as many other places around the world, the concept for the Earth Is calling Us EP was devised, and the need to take action and help reforestation was fully realised In December 2010, the EP was released as Katerina's first solo project with friend Gina playing the guitar, Maria Roka on bass and Tolis Toleas on drums.
Hailing from St. Albans, England, Enter Shikari, the critically acclaimed, electronically influenced post hardcore band, has already found much success in the UK with both their debut and sophomore albums entering the UK chart in the top 20 and being nominated for "Best British Band" at the 2010 Kerrang! Awards.
Putrified is based in Stockholm, Sweden and is comprised of one man and one man only. This dude, simply referred to as A. Death (also known for his work in Infuneral), birthed Putrified in the Fall of 2010 in an effort to explore his own conception of "necrotic metal of death & decay." With a new album, Neurotic Necrotic, set for release in 2012 via Hellthrasher Productions, the future looks bright for this sinister act.
Their debut EP, Saw You There, dropped in September of 2011 and has fared very well since. While the site is hosting a free download of the Radio version of "You Don't Belong", we're now also pleased to present a stream of the entire EP. Enjoy!