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 (#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 (#20)

1. Greyhaven (UK)

Alternative/modern rock from London. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, Walk the Moon, etc. Back in May, Greyhaven was featured on a Metal Hammer tribute to Avenged Sevenfold. They covered “Hail to the King.” Here are two originals from the band: “Breathe” and “Truth”.

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2. Playing Savage

Funk/soul/rock with a hint of hip-hop, based in Vienna. For fans of Res, Michael Jackson, Alabama Shakes, etc. Playing Savage is busy writing and recording new music! In the meantime, check out the Spotify page, as well as these two songs from the YouTube page, “This Is Love” and “Get Off of My Back.”

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3. Moonfall

Alternative/pop/rock band from New York. For fans of Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots, Panic! At The Disco, etc. According to their Instagram, Moonfall has “so much in the works” but “so little we can say.” You can, however, check out the lyric video for “Windswept,” and the video for the first song I heard, “Lost.”

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4. Dare Defy

Hard rock/metal music from Florida. For fans of Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Finch, etc. (with a touch of Slipknot). Dare Defy’s first EP is available via Spotify. They are currently booking shows and Labor Day weekend, they will be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Fest alongside such acts as Puddle of Mudd, Orgy, Lamb of God, and Jonathan Davis. Listen to the songs “Love Sick” and “Burn.”

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5. Indogen

Melodic progressive rock from Arizona. For fans of Tool, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, etc. Indogen is working on new music and playing live in and around the Phoenix area, so if you’re anywhere nearby, check out their Facebook page and get to a show! Crank up the volume and jam “Autopilot” and “Implosion.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#16)

1. Maybe If You Hit It

A hard rock band from Florida. For fans of Pop Evil, Theory of a Deadman, Shinedown, etc. Maybe If You Hit It has recently returned to the scene and is ready to give their fans something new. In the meantime, check out “No Regrets” and “Texas Swagger.”

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2. Prescription Happiness

Industrial/dark ambient music from the UK. For fans of Nine Inch Nails, Orgy, Deftones, etc. Prescription Happiness is currently booking shows and has just gotten their merch store up and running. Listen to “Hide and Seek” and “Still Breathing.”

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3. In Vein

Hard rock/metal from Indiana. For fans of Escape the Fate, The Used, Motionless In White, etc. In Vein just released a cover of Rob Zombie’s “Meet the Creeper,” and their single “Haunt Me” can be streamed on Spotify. Here are two of my favorites, “Death Of Me” and “Behind the Curtain.”

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4. Romance & Rebellion

Alternative/pop/rock from California. For fans of early Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, 5 Seconds of Summer, etc. Romance & Rebellion is currently promoting the Amps & Anthems EP. Crank up “For a Moment” and “Boys Don’t Cry (BDC).”

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5. Lindsy Says

Rock & roll from Georgia. For fans of Lynam, My Darkest Days, Sixx AM, etc. Lindsy Says is touring to promote their first CD. Here is their first single, “Hold On Me,” and a live video of them playing “Headlights.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#11)

1. KAATO

A rock band hailing from Australia and Tennessee. For fans of classic rock such as Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, The Black Crowes, etc. Check out “High Time” from KAATO’s self-titled album.

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2. Awake At Last

A dark pop/hard rock/post-hardcore band from Delaware. For fans of Crown the Empire, Ice Nine Kills, Get Scared, etc. Awake At Last will be hitting the road in early July, including a few dates on Vans Warped Tour. Here are “King of the World” and “Never Be A Memory.”

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3. Relapse Symphony

A rock band from Washington DC. For fans of Black Veil Brides, Vampires Everywhere!, I Prevail, etc. Relapse Symphony is busy working on new things; meanwhile, vocalist Bret Von Dehl has released an EP with his side project, Heathens. Listen to “One More Yesterday” and “Born To Burn.”

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4. Betrayer (UK)

A hardcore band from England. For fans of Slipknot, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, etc. Betrayer’s EP, Body of Integrity, will be released on June 28th. Check out the first two singles from the EP, “Integrity” and “Embodiment.”

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5. Badflower

A rock band from California. For fans of Led Zeppelin, Greta Van Fleet, The Band, etc. Badflower is currently on the road. Listen to their latest single, “Ghost,” and my favorite of their songs, “The Jester.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#10)

I can’t believe this is the tenth installment! Thank you to the fans and the bands for the response!

1. American Grim

Rock band from New Jersey. For fans of The Murderdolls, Marilyn Manson, etc. American Grim is currently on the Beauty and the Beast Tour with Hail Sagan. Check out “Freakshow,” from the album of the same name, and “Burn Hollywood.”

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2. Davey Suicide

Goth rock from California. For fans of Wednesday 13, Deadstar Assembly, Dope, etc. Davey Suicide will be touring this winter in support of their latest record, Made From Fire. Here is the third single, “No Angel,” along with my favorite Davey Suicide song, “Hustler Queen.”

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3. Throw the Fight

A rock/metal/alternative band from Minnesota. For fans of Thrice, early Black Veil Brides, Nonpoint, etc. Throw the Fight is playing the Music Fights Back Festival in Wisconsin on June 23rd. Listen to “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Bury Me Alive.”

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4. TrueHeights

An alternative rock band from the UK. For fans of You Me At Six, 30 Seconds to Mars, I Prevail, etc. TrueHeights just released their second EP, Days We Found, in April. Here are the tracks “Exit Route” and “Still Moving Colour.”

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5. Bitch Queens

A punk rock band from Switzerland. For fans of Turbonegro, The Stooges, the Ramones, etc. Bitch Queens will be playing Marina Basel in July, then they’re heading to the UK in September. Enjoy their latest single, “Techno is Dead,” featuring David Baguetta!

And “Anti-Social,” the first song by Bitch Queens I heard:

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