5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#31)

1. Alive

Glam rock from Italy. For fans of Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Poison, etc. Alive released their debut album, Lookin’ for a Future, in March. Check out the first single, “Money & Control.”

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2. Ivory Picture Story

Rock/punk/pop from Kentucky. For fans of The Runaways, Blondie, The Donnas, etc. Ivory Picture Story announced on Halloween that their video for “E.V.I.L.” is coming soon! In the meantime, here is my personal favorite (so far), “Big Star.”

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3. Sweet Fever

Rock & roll from Nashville, Tennessee. For fans of Stealers Wheel, Jet, Jack White, etc. Sweet Fever released their sophomore EP, Ale Lounge, back in October. It is available on all streaming platforms. These guys are amazing in any form, so here is the acoustic version of “Escapin’ the Grind.”

And, just because, listen to “Roll On.”

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4. Victorius

Power metal from Germany. For fans of Dragonforce, Gloryhammer, Hammerfall, etc. Victorius recently released the wonderfully cheesy video for “Super Sonic Samurai” and have been announcing a slew of tour dates for 2020!

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5. Jet Setting

Alternative/rock from Tennessee. For fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, etc. Jet Setting has been working nonstop on new music, playing shows, doing interviews, and just generally trying to spread the word. The band released its debut EP, Lacey, earlier this year.

“Come Around”

“Pictures of Fame”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#30)

1. Pacific Radio

Rock from California. For fans of Noah and the Whale, Beware of Darkness, Beck, etc. Pacific Radio recently released the official video for “Katie.” The first single from their new album will be out soon!

“Katie”

“Camaro”

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2. Stage of Reality

Modern groove metal from Italy. For fans of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Dio, etc. Stage of Reality has been playing shows in support of their self-titled album! Check out two of the tracks from that record, “Spectral Drum Down” and “Not In Vain.”

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3. EGGVN

Industrial metal from Mexico. For fans of Ministry, Psyclon Nine, Godflesh, etc. Eggvn released their first full-length album, Solve Et Coagula, earlier this year!

“A.A.S.B.”

“Let the Devil Shine”

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4. The Silencer

Metal from New York. For fans of In Flames, early Killswitch Engage, Machine Head, etc. The Silencer just released a video for the track “I, Archaic,” and they are playing a hometown show in November!

“I, Archaic”

“Atonement”

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5. Behind the Horror

Metal from Brazil. For fans of Sepultura, Metallica, Pantera, etc. Behind the Horror recently wrapped up their summer tour and are now focusing their energy on new music!

“Wrath”

“Prisoner”

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Bands You Should Know: Echo Black

I have actually written about Echo Black before, but now that I’ve seen and met them, I have more to say.

First and foremost, Echo Black is definitely meant to be experienced live. I have rarely had more fun during a band’s set. The music made you want to dance — which vocalist Danny Blu did, a few times — and their level of enthusiasm was contagious. The quartet knew how to work a crowd, the interaction between band and audience creating that connected feeling that is best shared through music. The highlights for me were “Poison Apple” and the sing-along chorus of “Teach Me,” which seemed to get even the most reluctant people in the room to participate.

For those who don’t know, Echo Black hails from New York. They label themselves “dance rock” on Facebook and while accurate, their music blends multiple styles — including pop, rock, and electronica — into an eclectic mix that is super catchy and ridiculously pleasing to the ear. I stand by my comparison of Echo Black to Blutengel, Blaqk Audio, and Kill Hannah.

I can’t close this post without mentioning how sweet the guys were. I talked to bassist Rob Gnarly before the show, as well as Danny and drummer Billy Long. My mom actually ended up in a conversation with Billy after he commented on her Beatles shirt and honestly, if you’re nice to my mom, you win about 1000 points with me. I went to the merch table at the end of the night to finally buy a physical copy of Dawn, and Danny was only too happy to pose for a picture (and discuss contouring). A lasting impression was made, and I will definitely see Echo Black every chance I get.

As always, here are three of my favorite songs from the featured band! And you know I’m gonna urge you to stalk their various social media/music streaming accounts: official site, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, etc.

“Dawn”

“Poison Apple”

“Reckless Heart”

Bands You Should Know: Optic Oppression

I went to see Sköld in Atlanta last Sunday. Their opening acts were Optic Oppression and Echo Black. Both bands deserve to be gushed over, but this post is for Optic Oppression.

I didn’t have the chance to check out Optic Oppression prior to the show (because I fail at life). However, one song into their set, I was already sold. The band was highly energetic and as interactive as possible. Front man Kendall Cage was an absolutely mesmerizing performer. My mom was with me and as far as she was concerned, Kendall stole the show. I had the chance to speak to all three of the members throughout the night and they were very gracious, which is always a plus.

Pairing mostly clean vocals with a mix of electronic rock, synth rock, and industrial rock/metal, Optic Oppression has a sound reminiscent of Godhead, Orgy, and the earlier incarnations of Finger Eleven and Marilyn Manson. There is also a hint of Deftones and Crosses in some cases, the music having that moody, dark, slightly surreal vibe that I adore.

I am still familiarizing myself with Optic Oppression, but I can say with certainty that they are one of my new favorite bands. My fingers are crossed that they will play relatively close by again. If you ever find them listed on a bill, get your ass to that show! Don’t be like me, though: go ahead and listen to them right now.

Below, I am sharing three of the tracks that have stood out to me (so far). Be sure to head over to their official site, where you can score a free download of their Find a Way EP, and like/follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Apple Music, etc.

“Sparks 3.33”

“Big Boys Don’t Cry”

“Broken Doll”

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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