Playlist Challenge, Day 736

Shallow Side — “Sound the Alarm”

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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7 Stone Riot Premiere Official Video For “Scratching the Surface”

Birmingham, Alabama-based rock band 7 Stone Riot have released the video for the title track of their 2018 EP, Scratching the Surface. Check out the song below, and read my review of the EP here.

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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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#18)

1. Meka Nism

Metal from Florida. For fans of Arch Enemy, Within Temptation, Nightwish, etc. Meka Nism just released their latest EP, The War Inside, in May and are now booking shows. Check out the title track and “Bring the Sun Back.”

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2. Love The Hate

Rock from Mobile, Alabama. For fans of 10 Years, Tantric, Chevelle, etc. Love The Hate recently opened for From Ashes to New and Bad Wolves at a hometown show. Their latest album, Burn, is available for purchase through various digital outlets. Get a taste of Burn on ReverbNation, and listen to “Bleed the Weak” now!

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3. A Light in the Darkness

Progressive metal from Texas. For fans of Lamb of God, Soilwork, early Trivium, etc. A Light in the Darkness currently has two EPs available — Conspire and Athens to Piraeus — on digital platforms such as iTunes and BandCamp. Here is “Ransom,” from Conspire.

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4. Skynd

Electronic/industrial/dubstep duo that formed in Australia. For fans of Sköld, Die Antwoord, Skrillex, etc. Skynd premiered their video for “Gary Heidnik” recently, which features Korn front man Jonathan Davis. This is my new favorite band. Thus far, their songs and videos have been delving into the minds of murderers, and I love it! Please check out both of their singles, “Elisa Lam” and “Gary Heidnik.”

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5. Hank the Businessman

Folk/progressive rock from Pennsylvania. For fans of Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, etc. Hank the Businessman released the Mountain EP in June. Here are my two favorite songs, “One” and “Tangled.”

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