"Never Thought This Would Happen" is the first single from the upcoming new record (due out in Summer of 2014) by Canadian rockers Arkells. Upon first play I was immediately caught up in the hypnotic, driving baseline and couldn't help but move to the beat.
The first thought that popped into my mind as "The Gold Room" sparked into life was how similar vocalist Robin Graves was to Sempiternal-era Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). That's where the similarities end though because Red Seas Fire are much more about bludgeoning you with crushing, juddering riffs, if "The Gold Room" is any indication.
Welsh rockers The Dirty Youth have been knocking around the scene for almost six years now and their full-length debut, Red Light Fix, certainly brought them to the attention of the UK rock scene. Moreover, it resulted in them twice being personally invited onto the Download Festival bill at the request of Download head honcho Andy Copping. Well, we're now into 2014 and "Alive" is the first taste of their forthcoming album Gold Dust and what a way to start the ball rolling on a massive year for the band.
Teen Agers' full-length I Hate It is an album of temperate pop-punk anthems lost between the genre's generations of relevance, whose punch neither regains that 90's bubblegum swagger or the crunch of the recent attempts at a reprise. Yet there are moments of consummation on one track, and while it won't redefine an album, it certainly helps define Teen Agers' sound.
"Got It Memorized", the first song on Mothertone's new 6-song EP simply titled IV, opens with a delightfully doomy, Black Sabbath-inspired riff and builds from there into a rather solid mid-tempo hard rocking tune.
"No Model", the debut single from Tunbridge Wells rockers Ugly Love sees them smash together a cocktail of pop, punk and rock to create a rather fun four minutes. With a hook the size of an elephant, their sound is one that will instantly get your foot tapping or, should you catch them live, have you nodding along with your pint.
Fans of Linkin Park are in for a treat with the group's brand new single "Guilty All The Same". Featuring rapper Rakim, the song is the first to drop from the band's upcoming sixth studio album. Clocking in at almost six minutes, the song is a little unconventional from what we've come to expect over the years from Linkin Park. It begins with a huge epic intro, before the familiar vocals of lead singer Chester Bennington come in about a minute and a half in.
Old-school metal heads are going to be salivating like mad when they get a hold of this gem of a tune from UK metalers Neuronspoiler. "Take The Stage", off the album Emergence, is classic metal at its best with driving rhythms, killer riffs, and unbelievable vocal acrobatics that reminded me a lot of bands like Armored Saint, Iron Maiden, and even Judas Priest.
"Execution", the first single off the upcoming release, Wretched, by San Jose-based metalers, Desecrator, is an unbelievably heavy, molten slab of metal. The bone-crushing riffs and steady groove provide the perfect canvass for Sid Frankosky's guttural, at times shrieking, vocals resulting in a tune that is akin to taking a battering ram upside the head.
I must admit that when I heard the name Hemoptysis (which I discover, after a quick visit to Google, means coughing up blood), I expected a bit of an old school, Cannibal Corpse-inspired death metal. Instead, I find myself listening to a bit of razor sharp old school, traditional thrash.
"Goddamn" is the first single to be released from the upcoming album Do It! by Canadian hard rockers Crow Town. This tune has a noisy, extremely raw sort of garage band vibe to it that quite honestly, at least for me as a production purist, is too much.
"Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü" is the newest single from the Canadian rock trio, The Dirty Nil, and clocking in at only 2:33 minutes in length, it has a raw, dirty garage band feel to it that I just totally dig. It is catchy, not too heavy and most importantly begs to be played at super high volumes!
"Themes Amongst Thieves" is the latest single from the Southampton, UK-based alternative rock act Circle Of Reason. Bottom line, I found this song to be quite the enjoyable listen. I don't know much about the band, nor their catalog, but this track has a unique, energetic alternative rock sound that at times also combines elements of metal and indie rock into once surprisingly good package.
"Usurper" is the first single off of Decimatus' forthcoming full-length disc and if the rest of the album is anything like this track, I am fairly certain we will be hearing a lot more about these Australian metal heads in the near future!
Teasing us ahead of the 2014 release of their hugely anticipated new album, Welsh ragga-rockers Skindred have posted the title track and first single taken from Kill The Power online. Let's be honest though, even without hearing a note you know that this is going to be absolutely banging so, let's just say that if this is a taste of what to expect, then Benji and Co are setting the bar high early in 2014.
A collective of well respected hard rock musicians have formed a group called Nikki's Heart and released a terrific remake of the popular Temple of The Dog tune "Hunger Strike". The group was formed in memory of keyboardist Tom Badolato's step-daughter Nicole Marie and 100% of the proceeds from this song will go to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Nicole's Name.
"The Chase" packs a massive one-two punch that is sure to grab your attention. Bursting at the seems with a huge, catchy guitar riff and tons of energy, As Gods' new single instantly forces you to take notice.
Finland's rock legends HIM are back with their eighth studio album Tears on Tape. This is the band's first release since their departure from their long-term record label Sire Records. The single "All Lips Go Blue" demonstrates HIM going back to their signature "love metal" sound that was so prominently displayed on earlier efforts.
There is nothing fluffy to be said about the sixth and upcoming new studio album from American metalcore veterans Norma Jean - it’s simply straight-up, almost radio-friendly metalcore that will not be remembered by posterity. "If You Got It At Five, You Got It At Fifty", the second track off the new record and the first to be released in its entirety on YouTube, is an accurate representation of the record in general: it’s fast, it’s kinda noise-rocky, it has breakdowns, and there are only hoarse screams for vocals. Nothing surprising or aurally breath-taking here.
"SIX, SIX, SIX PARTY WITH THE DEVIL, BITCH!" This is seriously a line that vocalist Chris "Fronz" Fronzak belts out with no shame at all numerous times in this utterly shallow and expletive-ridden song. But this extreme display of shallowness is to be expected, I guess, seeing as how Attila is a rap/metalcore band (That's right; Rap. Metal. Core. Holy sheeeet!!).