1. Odium Rot - S/T (Tampa, Fl)
Genre: Death Metal/ Deathcore
AEP band Odium Rot is a up and coming 5-Piece Death-core act representing Tampa, Florida. Known for their harsh subject matter, hellacious speed, bone slamming breakdowns and unconventional chaotic riffs, they’ve built an underground following by playing a handful of shows throughout 2021 and releasing their debut EP In August 2022.
2. Epilogue - Hounds (Single) (Tampa, FL)
3. Pintglass - Blood, Sweat, and Stella (Guildford, United Kingdom)
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4. Silent Planet - :Signal: (Single) (Azusa, California)
All creativity is a dialogue. Every song, painting, innovation, poem - is just the latest statement in a conversation that is as old as human civilization. And Silent Planet intends to add to this dialogue. Weaving together topics that range from historical injustice to the existential despair of modern life, Silent Planet has a message that burns with a hardcore indignation, while coupled with progressive instrumentation. Since the their inception in 2009, Silent Planet has never looked for handouts. Initially the band slowly gained traction playing local venues throughout California, subsequently expanding to DIY touring throughout the States. The band first gained prominence due to their vast array of intellectual influences, anchored by Russell’s masters degree in psychology and field experience as a mental health therapist. However, it is their remarkably intimate connection with their listeners (who they often refer to as “Lovers”, eschewing the term “fans”) that has become their trademark in the music scene. Perhaps no single event better speaks to their grassroots base than their surprise, underdog victory of “Underground Band of the Year” at the 2017 APMA awards. Hope doesn’t have to be an abstract concept. It can be an embodied reality.” Perhaps the band’s message is best summed up in their own words: “Trade your certainty for awe.”
5. I AM - Surrender To the Blade (Dallas, Texas)
Genre: Death Metal
Texas death unit I AM will release their Eternal Steel full-length September 9th via MNRK Heavy. Brandishing a unique blend of furious thrash and death metal like a weapon of mass destruction, I AM is purely no-nonsense in their patented “Texas Death” assault. Armed with riffs, speed, and overwhelming power, “I AM writes songs that make you want to move” (Decibel Magazine). Across three full-length slabs of bludgeoning intensity and snarling rage, I AM put a Southern stamp and revitalized swagger into deathcore, a subgenre rarely as raw, energized, and diverse as this band. In the spirit of fellow Southern icons Pantera and newer Texan heroes Power Trip, I AM channels discontent and anger into empowering anthems, as likely to inspire a grueling workout as to incite the pit. Reminiscent of the combination of death metal heaviness and thrash metal speed found in the early catalog of Sepultura, I AM mines the heaviness of Morbid Angel and the dexterity of the Big 4 to create something groundbreaking of their own. Vocalist Andrew Hileman — who started the band in 2011– guitarists Tom Reyes and Chris Burgess, bassist Erik Rodriguez, and drummer Brandon Busa deliver their Texas Death in clubs, theaters, and festivals, with bands like The Acacia Strain and Kublai Khan. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Randy Leboeuf & EQ.
6. Amon Amarth - The Great Heathen Army (Tumba, Sweden)
Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Viking Metal
Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom, a volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Their lyrics mostly deal with Viking mythology and history, and so they have been sometimes erroneously labeled "Viking metal", although the band insists they play melodic death metal.
7. Psycroptic - Divine Council (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Genre: Death Metal/ Black Metal
Hailing from the tiny, frosty, untamed and detached Australian state that is Tasmania, Psycroptic have become an unparalleled act in an enigmatic world wide movement commonly known as death metal. Many years have passed since their formation in 1999, the band having released 6 albums all which show an organic progression along a clandestine path from which they will never stray. Newer elements too can be expected when the new album is finally unleashed - more vocal variation, a heightened handle on instrumental melody, and an overwhelming sense that this act has truly mastered their craft.
8. Kal Marks - My Name Is Hell (Boston, Massachusetts)
Considered veterans of the Boston DIY scene, Kal Marks has been going for over a decade, constantly pushing themselves and growing along the way. Their tireless work ethic keeps them out on the road, throughout the US and most recently their first tour of Europe and the UK. While many bands settle into a comfortable place, Kal Marks take pride in expanding their sound, contorting and reshaping the formula with every album they’ve released. They’ve challenged their audience over the years and its been met with adoration and critical acclaim from outlets like NPR, Pitchfork, Fader, and Stereogum. Known for being one of the loudest and heaviest “indie rock” bands out there, they’ve shared bills with Big Business, Black Midi, The Messthetics, METZ, True Widow, and more. Their explosive live show is built on feedback and cathartic aggression, an outlet to exorcise the weight of the world around us.
9. Demon Hunter - Heaven Don't Cry (Single) (Seattle, Washington)
Demon Hunter is an American metal institution. The band embraces brazenly transcendent melodies, without apology, while maintaining a defiant heaviness reminiscent of the most timeless of metal music. For two decades, Demon Hunter has weathered the changing tides of rock subculture, proving ever resistant to trends, and ever resilient, making music as determined and resolute as the men within the band.Demon Hunter’s body of work is born from unwavering commitment, uncompromising creative determination, and stark recognition of the reality of an often-cold world, tempered in defiant hope. It’s made up of smartly constructed, confessional lyrics; heady and catchy melody; monster riffs; bottom heavy grooves; the collision of meticulous production and urgent raw power; bold imagery and bolder themes.The band's eleventh studio album, EXILE, is available everywhere on September 9, 2022.
10. Royal Hearts - Second & Sebring (OM&M Cover) (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Genre: Metalcore/ Post Hardcore
“I spent the best years of my life, trying to fit in a thousand times,” Ryan Camuto. If there is a more relatable statement for thousands out there, Royal Hearts has yet to say it. Three years in the making, this emotive metalcore band has tied themselves to the idea of emotional honesty, combining personal lyricism with intense, melodic music. Nelson Tran (Bass), Ryan Camuto (Vocals), Michael Summers (Drums) Taking cues from formative core acts like The Ghost Inside, Silverstein, Counterparts and a litany of Hot Topic dominating mainstays, Royal Hearts defines themselves with the idea of being relatable but refreshing. Combining nostalgic riffs and breakdowns with a dual vocal approach (from vocalist Ryan and drummer Michael Summers) and high energy performances, AEP band Royal Hearts is keen on taking the very best of their influences and blending them together to peak nostalgia while offering a new shade of core music. Since their inception they have self released a ritual of 4 singles and in late 2020, their debut EP, Within Reach, with several tracks (Fairweather) being picked up by Spotify editorials and featured on content creators channels such as Rachelle Reacts and FYM. In that same time, they have performed across Florida extensively, sharing the stage with artists.
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