5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#29)

1. Dyne Side

Alternative post-hardcore from Florida. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, At the Drive-In, Armor For Sleep, etc. Dyne Side is currently booking shows for the summer. Here is their latest single, “Sink or Swim.”

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2. Akadia

Steampunk rock from Louisiana. For fans of Hinder, Seether, 12 Stones, etc. Akadia has a headlining show on May 25th at Southport Hall in NOLA. Check out “Turn Away.”

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3. The Amatory Murder

Alternative rock from the East Coast/NYC. For fans of Sisters of Mercy, The Birthday Massacre, Joy Division, etc. The Amatory Murder has a few shows lined up (you can find the dates here), and they will be doing a new stage show! Listen to “U & I” now!

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4. The Spacesuit Junkies

Urban House Music from Georgia. For fans of Bastille, The Chainsmokers, Akon, etc. The Spacesuit Junkies are hard at work building their brand, and they have promised more to come in 2019.

“It’s Your Life”

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5. The Royal

Melodic metalcore from The Netherlands. For fans of August Burns Red, Northlane, Parkway Drive, etc. The Royal just released Deathwatch in March and will be touring in support of the album throughout the year! You can purchase the record here.

“Savages”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#28)

1. The Weight

Rock from Vienna, Austria. For fans of Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Rival Sons, etc. The Weight is currently on tour and they released a live version of “Hammer, Cross, & Nail” in March (which you can view below).

“Trouble”

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2. Danger Escape

Alternative rock from California. For fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Thrice, Nothing More, etc. Danger Escape recently played Emo Night at Strummer’s in Fresno, and they will be at Whiskey A Go-Go with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus in May. The band released its latest single, “Dead To Me,” at the end of 2018.

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3. Hail the Hatter

Rock/Metal from Trinidad. For fans of Guns N Roses, Slash/Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Megadeth, etc. Hail the Hatter will be playing Grunge 3 in May, and they were a part of Dead Sea Records’ “Metal Six Pack” back in February. You can download their full album free on their website! Check out “Bone Grin” and a live version of “A.o.a.U.”

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4. Against the Waves

Melodic metalcore from Spain. For fans of early Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, All That Remains, etc. Against the Waves is about to hit the road on the “Fight or Flee” Spanish Tour. You can visit any of their socials for dates!

“Inside”

“Radiate”

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5. House of Curses

Rock/metal from Alabama. For fans of Deftones, In Flames, Sevendust, etc. House of Curses has released their self-titled EP and are currently getting a lot of positive feedback on their song, “Lucky Stars.” They will be playing with Sons of Texas in Huntsville, AL., on May 19th.

“Lucky Stars”

“Hex’d”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#27)

1. receiver

Alternative rock from California. For fans of 311, Incubus, At the Drive-In, etc. receiver has begun recording their first full-length album. You can hear their Channels E.P. on Soundcloud.

“Fake Woke (’98)”

“Become”

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2. DEADTHRONE

Melodic metalcore from the UK. For fans of Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, Bullet For My Valentine, etc. Deadthrone signed with Arising Empire earlier this month and released the single, “Feel.” Check it and “Our Legacy” out below.

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3. A Scent Like Wolves

Metal/Alternative from Pennsylvania. For fans of A Skylit Drive, While She Sleeps, Attila, etc. A Scent Like Wolves plans to record a new LP this year!

“American Winter”

“Hands of Porcelain”

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4. DK-Zero

Industrial/Electronic music with members hailing from Wales and Washington. For fans of Nyxx, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, etc. DK-Zero will be releasing a new EP this summer. They just posted their next single, “Boom Boom,” to their Patreon. Here are two other tracks: “iFeel” and “Turn Up the Hate.”

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5. For a Life Unburdened

Metalcore from Canada. For fans of Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, etc. For a Life Unburdened has promised a lot of new content in 2019! For now, listen to two songs from their debut album, Contempt/Clarity: “Run Away” and “Clarity.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#26)

1. Shallowpoint

Rock/metal from Tennessee. For fans of Devour the Day, Sevendust, Gemini Syndrome, etc. Shallowpoint has been recording new music and is booking shows (check out their official site for more). Here is the band’s latest lyric video, “Dislocate,” and for those with a heavier preference, check out “Fractured.”

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2. Landmvrks

Metal from France. For fans of early Bring Me The Horizon, Soilwork, Atreyu, etc. Landmvrks’ latest album, Fantasy, was released in November 2018 and they are currently touring to promote it. Listen to “Endless Paradox” and “Blistering.”

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3. Saint Slumber

Indie rock/alternative pop “forged in the suburban sprawl between Philadelphia and NYC.” For fans of The Chainsmokers, The 1975, twenty one pilots, etc. Saint Slumber will begin their new record cycle this spring and have been reworking their live performance for the upcoming shows. I listened to quite a few tracks while writing this. My favorites (so far) are “Youth,” “Cool,” and “Human.”

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4. Wild Root

Soul music with a rock interpretation (hard soul) from Florida. For fans of Steely Dan, Government Mule, Dave Matthews Band, etc. Wild Root is playing shows all over Florida, bringing their particular brand of bluesy, soul-touching rock with them. Kick off your Wild Root education with “More Than I Can See” and “Jungle.”

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5. All the Colours

Alternative rock from Australia. For fans of Beck, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, etc. All the Colours is set to release their third album this year! Here is ATC’s latest single, “You Know, I Don’t,” and this track from 2015, “So High.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#25)

1. Here’s To Fightin’

Indie folk music from Colorado. For fans of Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, etc. Here’s To Fightin’ is currently playing shows to promote their unique style of folk. You can listen to them here and download 2016’s Becoming Native for free. In the meantime, here is “Ghosts.”

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2. Fira

Fantasy metal from California. For fans of The Pretty Reckless, Nightwish, In This Moment, etc. Fira released their first music video in January and have been booking shows while searching for a touring drummer. Check out “beLIEve.”

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3. Terra

Alternative rock from Italy. For fans of Tool, Thrice, Seether, etc. Terra recently surpassed 200,000 plays of their song “Close Enough” on Spotify. Listen to it and their latest single, “Create, Mutate, Erase,” below.

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4. DiveboTTomhell

EDM/synthwave/trip hop from Kazakhstan. For fans of Suicidewave, Univ3rses, Skynd, etc. DiveboTTomhell released Every back in February, which you can stream on Soundcloud or his YouTube page. Here is “With Me.”

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5. Ravenscry

Rock from Italy. For fans of Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Temperance, etc. Ravenscry is currently working on a new album, but you can hear “Missing Words” and “Oscillation” now.

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#24)

1. Lyrx

Country/rock from Tennessee. For fans of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, etc. Lyrx just released her first single, “Take the Money.” Check it out!

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2. 3teeth

Industrial music from California. For fans of KMFDM, Bile, Nine Inch Nails, etc. 3teeth will be releasing a new album this year. For now, here’s “Atrophy” and “Pit of Fire.”

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3. Thieves and Lovers

Alternative rock from Maryland. For fans of Gin Blossoms, Tom Petty, Goo Goo Dolls, etc. Thieves and Lovers just announced that there will be a new EP released this year. Listen to “Underneath” and my personal favorite, “Long Goodnight.”

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4. NoSelf

Nu metal/alternative metal from Florida. For fans of Spineshank, Deftones, Mudvayne, etc. NoSelf is set to hit the studio soon and work on tracks from their upcoming release, Human Cyborg Relations, Ep. 2. Check out their latest videos, “Frisco” and “Casting Stones.”

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5. CLLCTV

Alternative rock from California. For fans of the softer, more melodic side of Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Incubus, etc. CLLCTV’s latest EP, Seasons, was released in February 2018. Enjoy the first single, “Summer.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#23)

Carousel Kings

Pop/punk from Pennsylvania. For fans of A Day to Remember, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, etc. Carousel Kings are currently in the studio working on a new record. For now, check out “Grey Goose” and “Bad Habit,” both from the album Charm City.

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2. Of Virtue

Melodic metal from Michigan. For fans of Slipknot, Atreyu, Sevendust, etc. Of Virtue will be busy touring for the remainder of 2018; their last show of the year will be December 8th at The Loft in Lansing, Michigan. Here are “Torn Apart” and “Ghost Town,” two of my personal favorites.

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3. Era 9

Self-proclaimed “trap rock” from Canada. For fans of In This Moment, Lacuna Coil, The Chainsmokers, Papa Roach, etc. Era 9 just released their newest video for “Black Widow (Tick Tock),” which can be found here. In addition, listen to “Hero” and “Scripture.”

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4. Eclipsica

Hard rock from California. For fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Bad Wolves, Danny Worsnop, etc. Eclipsica just released the video for “Reflections,” and their debut EP, Transcend, is available now!

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5. Boze

Rap/hip-hop from Georgia. For fans of G-Eazy, Eminem, NF, etc. Boze has finished recording his debut album, Donut Try This at Home, which will be released this fall. He will finish 2018 with his band Almost Kings, opening for Sevendust during their three day Home stint in Atlanta. Check out the first two singles from Boze, “Savagery” and “Loud.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#22)

1. 7 Stone Riot

Rock music from Alabama. For fans of Pearl Jam, Fuel, Like a Storm, etc. 7 Stone Riot released their Scratching the Surface EP earlier this year (read my review), and they have since been playing shows in support of the album. Check out “Buried” and “Talking in Circles.”

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2. Aboleth

Stoner/blues/desert/dirt metal from California. For fans of Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin (if they had a female vocalist), Queens of the Stone Age, The Pretty Reckless, etc. Aboleth released their debut album Benthos back in May. Here are two tracks I’m rather fond of: “No Good” and “Wovenloaf.”

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3. Zombiesuckers

Horror punk from Sweden. For fans of The Misfits, The Murderdolls, Rancid, etc. Zombiesuckers have not been very active lately. However, they did post from their Facebook that there might be new music in 2018. Fingers crossed! For now, though, enjoy “I Turned Into a Monster” and “Endless Sleep” (ft. Michale Graves).

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4. Salems Lott

Shock metal from Hollywood, California. For fans of X Japan, Black Veil Brides, Mötley Crüe, etc. Salems Lott released Mask of Morality this year and have since enjoyed quite a bit of favorable press in regard to the album. Listen to “Shattered to Pieces” and “Royal Desperado,” both from this latest record.

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5. Famous Last Words

Post-hardcore/metal from Michigan. For fans of Falling in Reverse, Pierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, etc. Famous Last Words is touring with Escape the Fate and Slaves, and they are also busy in the studio! Check out “The Show Must Go On” and “Pretty in Porcelain.”

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Bands You Should Know: Common Rarity

Last weekend, I went to 11th Frame Live to see Common Rarity. I was excited because I had familiarized myself with the Tuscaloosa-based band while writing the Alabama edition of “5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following.” Now that I have been to a show and heard their debut EP in full, I have plenty more to say.

First and foremost, I really really enjoyed Common Rarity’s performance. A balanced combination of talent and image, the band had a lot of energy, and their set list consisted mostly of covers meant to encourage crowd participation: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “School’s Out,” “Rebel Yell,” etc. Singer/guitarist Bailey Rollins was a less exuberant showman than his band mates, particularly bassist JD Smalley and drummer Jaxon Hubbard, but it fit the vibe of their show. There was never a dull moment, the audience was definitely feeling it, and I had more fun with Common Rarity than I’ve had in a while.

Needless to say, I immediately bought their self-titled EP after their set. A mix of alternative, progressive, grunge, and the theatrical, Common Rarity has plenty to work with. The quartet channels Alice in Chains, The Cure, REM, and others while injecting their own flair, putting a more current spin on that late 80’s/early 90’s sound. Bailey is often reminiscent of Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), yet he can use his voice in a variety of ways, lending to that unique something that is simply Common Rarity.

Their standout tracks, thus far, are “Meteorite,” “The Fine Print,” and “Astray.”

In addition to this so-called review, I have to say that there is a lot going on for Common Rarity. The current lineup has been together for three years and are already very proficient at their craft. Talented, driven, and young, there seems to be nothing holding them back from achieving their goals. The members are also sweet and extremely fan-oriented, traits that — along with the music, of course — will draw even more people in.

After chatting with JD and Jaxon at the show, it is apparent the band have a pretty clear idea of what they are doing and what they want to do in the future. I have little doubt Common Rarity will become even more amazing, as they have been on an upward trajectory for a while now. I can’t wait to see what’s next for them!

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#21)

1. Kempo Slice

Hip hop/alternative from Alabama. For fans of Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, Logic, etc. Kempo recently released Kempin’ Ain’t Easy (download available here), and he has been hinting that new music is on the way! Check out “Gumptown Blues,” which features Mike Bama, and “They Say.”

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2. Shallow Side

Rock from Alabama. For fans of Default, Tantric, Theory of a Deadman, etc. Shallow Side released their Origins EP in July and are currently touring; you can visit their Facebook for dates. Since I’ve been a fan for a while, I am going to share two of my favorites from Shallow Side: “My Addiction” and “Out of Reach.”

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3. Firmament

Progressive/alternative rock from Ohio. For fans of The Mars Volta, Coheed & Cambria, A Perfect Circle, etc. Firmament’s first full-length album, Spirit of Place, is available on such outlets as Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. Hear “Bilateral” and “As One Watches the Rain” now!

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4. YOU!

Alternative rock/”gunk” from London. For fans of Blur, Green Day, Radiohead, etc. YOU! is booking shows and have upcoming dates in Warwickshire and Camden. Visit their official site for a full list and updates from the band. YOU! shared their first official music video for a track entitled “Selfish” back in June. Listen to it and “A Bird’s Prey” below.

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5. State of Illusion

Rock music from South Carolina. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, 10 Years, Cold, etc. State of Illusion will be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend. Their album Aphelion is available through the official page and most digital retailers. Check out “Blind” and “Find Yourself.”

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