Playlist Challenge, Day 745

Lacuna Coil — “Heaven’s A Lie”

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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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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 (#7)

This installment could get rather lengthy. I saw three of the featured bands a few weeks ago, so I have a lot to say.

1. Locust Grove

A hard rock band from Oklahoma. These guys put on a kick ass live show, and they mean it when they say they’re bringing heavy guitar riffs back to rock. Lots of hair, gritty yet melodic vocals, and riffs reminiscent of Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust, etc., Locust Grove could easily be your new favorite band. Check out the tracks “Monster” and “Menace of Society” below.

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2. Joyous Wolf

A rock band from California. These guys have been setting the world on fire this spring, being signed to a major label and playing such festivals as Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma. Joyous Wolf puts on one of the most energetic performances I’ve ever seen, in addition to their raw talent. I will not compare them to anyone else, but I will tell you they blend rock-n-roll, blues, and southern rock masterfully. The guys have currently left the road to record their first album. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.

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3. Blacktop Mojo

A hard rock/Southern rock band from Texas. You may have heard their cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” thanks to Sirius XM Octane. Blacktop Mojo employs all the best elements of classic rock, rock-n-roll, and Southern rock to bring fans a sound that is pure joy to the ears. They put on a fantastic show, doing whatever it takes and giving 110% every time. It’s no wonder they have already cultivated quite the following. You can look at their tour dates on Facebook…and if you’re going to Louder Than Life in September, you will see them there!

4. Icon For Hire

A pop/rock/alternative band from Tennessee. For fans of Paramore, Pink, PVRIS, etc. Icon For Hire just finished a spring tour. Listen to them below and keep your eyes open for updates/announcements!

5. Dead Like Juliet

A hard rock/metal band from Italy. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, The Amity Affliction, early Asking Alexandria, etc. You can get Dead Like Juliet’s latest album, Stranger Shores, now! Here is the most recent single, “Unwanted.”

And just because I like it…

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