1. Cultist - Let Me Feel Everything (California)
Genre: Spirit-filled Beatdown
Their new single ""Let Me Feel Everything"" released on July 7th has everything to satisfy your need for heavy music.
Cultist has also announced their recent signing to Facedown Records!
2. Viagra Boys - Cave World (Stockholm, Sweden)
Some say Viagra Boys is something akin to a mirror for the absurdum of existence and illusions of realness, a twisted and ferociously bass-driven judgement on western society, a distorted 24/7 party on the acid highway going nowhere fast. Or perhaps more like a crude joke on modern masculinity, serving up escapist narratives lacking any form of self-preservation; like an obscure back alley door into the backwaters of the human psyche.
Metaphors aside, Viagra Boys is an unapologetically raw sextet comprised of classically trained jazz musicians, karaoke loving tattoo artists and seasoned hardcore scene veterans, churning out spastic, pulsating sounds from the sub levels of contemporary rock music - a bellowing, unstoppable force majeure of latter-day punk, PTSD disco and synthetically enhanced kraut. And as equal parts Iggy Pop and Hank Williams, singer and frontman Sebastian Murphy embodies all that which Viagra Boys are ultimately about; a fractured, perhaps disillusioned act, wrapped up and held together by inextinguishable bravado, explosive appearances and resourceful songwriting.
3. Organectomy - Nail Below Nail (New Zealand)
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Hailing from Christchurch City, New Zealand, 'Organectomy' have been at the forefront of New Zealand's Slam and Death Metal scenes since first hitting the stage back in 2010.
Hailing as the brainchild of Bassist Tyler Jordan, Drummer Jae Hulbert, Vocalist Alex Paul, and Guitarists Sam McRobert and Ashton Moore, Organectomy's unique brand of 'Slamming Death Metal' incorporates aspects of Old School Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Brutal Death Metal, Atmospheric Death Metal, Technical Death Metal, and Slam into a twisted amalgamation of pure, sickening brutality.
Organectomy released their third album, Nail Below Nail, on July 8th, 2022 through Unique Leader Records. To support the album’s release, the band is embarking on multiple tours globally, including a headlining album release tour of New Zealand and an ambitious EU tour packed with festival appearances.
4. GWAR - The New Dark Ages (Richmond, Virginia)
Thrash metal's answer to the more mainstream satire of Spinal Tap , GWAR is known for its grotesque costumes and blood-soaked, controversy-baiting live performances. Their elaborate mythology describes the group as all-powerful interplanetary warriors who came to Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race. Founded in Richmond, Virginia, in 1984, GWAR utilizes a rotating cast of musicians, artists, and filmmakers, known collectively as Slave Pit Inc.
5. Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Fallen Paradise (Brisbane, Australia)
Vancouver Sleep Clinic is the brainchild of an ambient singer, songwriter, and record producer Tim Bettinson. Starting in 2014, Vancouver Sleep Clinic enjoyed early success with the release of the Winter EP, receiving widespread support, and placements in film & TV. Vancouver Sleep Clinic then released its debut album Revival in 2017, earning recognition from new fans and critics alike. In 2018, the band collaborated with Drew Love (from a grunge duo THEY ) for the highly praised single .
6. Bad Breeding - Human Capital (Stevenage, England)
Genre: Anarcho- Punk
Hailing from Stevenage, England, -- the first new town to be declared under the 1946 New Town Act -- Bad Breeding are an anarcho-punk four-piece that deliver punishing blasts of ferocious punk that draws influence from the original British pioneers of the scene, , , and . Formed in 2013 by Chris Dodd (vocals), Matt Toll (guitar), Charlie Rose (bass), and Ashlea Bennett (drums), the group utilized their sense of anger, Stevenage's isolation, and the political landscape in the U.K. and the world as their starting point. Their first release, Burn This Flag, came the following year via . With their live shows gaining attention for their uncompromising performances, the four-piece also headed out on tour with the likes of , as well as playing their own headline shows. 2014 also saw them move away from labels and self-release their second single, Chains, selling it via online auction sites. They headed to Europe to tour with in 2015, and played numerous dates across the U.K. as they began recording their debut album. The eponymous release appeared in April 2016 and was once again self-released, with the group playing festivals over the summer before heading out on a headline tour. In 2017, Bad Breeding linked up with Hackney-based punk label and U.S.-based for the sophomore album Divide. Continuing with their relentless touring schedule for the rest of the year, the group rolled into 2018 with the announcement that they had signed to . With the label the perfect home for the group -- which was originally set up by members of various first-wave anarcho-punk bands.
7. Plague Years - All Will Suffer (Detroit, Michigan)
Genre: Crossover Death/Thrash metal
PLAGUE YEARS is a band every devotee of thrash, crossover, and death metal should know. Citing the group's Kreator, Sodom, and Slayer vibe with "a touch of evil," tastemaker metal magazine Revolver gushed that PLAGUE YEARS is "genuinely mean." In nuclear-sized fusion with thrash throwbacks like Dark Angel, the unrelentingly crushing quartet pays homage to hardcore-punk Michigan forebearers' Negative Approach in attitude and gritty local gangster rappers in spirit.
Like the beloved neo-thrashers Power Trip, Plague Years mine the glory days of thrash. But their postmodern version adds down-tuned guitars, death metal elements, hardcore vocals, and massively muscular riffage. It's like the noisy rage of classic Sepultura combined with the might of Obituary. The devilish, down-tuned, death-worship of Plague Years serves as a demonic calling card for the Motor City foursome. It's a brutal counterbalance to their otherwise like-minded metal revivalists.
8. The Machinist - All is Not Well (Queens, New York)
Genre: Extreme Metal
Since its inception, this twisted brainchild has embraced all aspects of extreme music. Their eponymous 2016 album rode the wave of groovy and melodic deathcore, but much like that aged whiskey you stole from your pop’s liquor cabinet as a teenager, their sound has since matured. In a time plagued by the monotony of trends, every band must rise to the challenge of originality by painstakingly honing their sound. The Machinist did it with death on the brain. The universal, if not eerie theme presents itself through Lovecraft-inspired album art and the conjuring of a dead language for the album title itself. Nothing is off limits in their writing process. The diverse background of each member builds a creative foundation to address a range of hard-hitting social issues with relevant-and often enraged-perspective. Lyrics about their arrant rejection of systematic racism, the hypocrisy of religious institutions, or reclaiming one’s life in the in the wake of sexual assault, all find a way to circle back to our inevitably fleeting mortality...In Death We Trust.
9. End It - Unpleasant Living (Baltimore, Maryland)
END IT hail from Baltimore, MD and they want you to know it. Formed in 2017, the five-piece have pride for the city and often address the unease mixed with hope that stems from the community they live in. The band came on strong with the release of their self-titled EP the same year they started, and followed it up with 2020’s One Way Track, gaining them notoriety amongst the hardcore scene. END IT are set to release follow-up Unpleasant Living on their label home Flatspot Records this July. Recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations Recording, Unpleasant Living delivers with ferocity and purpose. The message? Mind your business.
The band takes heavy influence from ‘90s hardcore, having already drawn comparsions to acts like , , and . They’ve also shared the stage with a diverse group of artists, ranging from Cro-mags and Life Of Agony to Turnstile and Lil Ugly Mane, and will add to that list this year as they plan to play shows as much as possible. With absolutely no sign of slowing down, END IT is to be liked at face value or not. The choice is yours.
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