1. Nordicwinter - Beneath The Fleeting Light (Quebec, Canada)
Genre: Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal band
Nordicwinter is an atmospheric/depressive black metal band from Quebec, Canada. Upon Canada’s frozen winds; Nordicwinter was spawned in August 2006 by a single entity known as evillair. Laden with haunting melodies and cryptic vocals, Nordicwinter sets out to drive back into the wombs from whence they came from, those false souls who today haunt the black metals scene like paint by numbers specters. There, within their bloody sepulchers, they will die; screaming silent screams that none will deign to hear.
2. Bunny - ARTIFICIAL BLOOD (Japan)
Genre: Future Bass/ Hip Hop /House/ EDM / Dance Music
Currently 23 years old, BUNNY started DJing at the young age of 17. In the 4th year of his musical career and only 2 months into his journey in music production, his remix "BTS - Fake Love (BUNNY Remix)", uploaded to SoundCloud, was played by Zedd at Ultra Korea 2018, making him an international sensation overnight and leading to his “Billboard Best BTS Remixer” award.
Attracting interest in the past on social media as Japan’s rising "high-school student DJ", he commands a loyal following from a younger crowd---the connections he has built up with them is like no others in his generation---while at the same time, earning a strong reputation amongst professionals in the music industry for his strong ability to produce the most in-demand and innovative sounds. His sound is heavily influenced by 2000’s emo/pop punk rock, emo rap and metal, infusing these elements into throbbing future bass and club-ready electro anthems. Using his background as a former guitarist/bass player in a rock band, he has established a style that seamlessly incorporates these elements into his music. His most recent collaborations include global features by Italian singer Becko on “Sick Hearted”, American singer Max Landry on “Our Love”, and Canadian singer SayWeCanFly on his most recent single “Embrace”, and he hopes to engage with a wider and more global audience through his refined and edgy sound.
3. Soft Kill - Canary Yellow (Portland, Oregon)
Genre: Alternative / Indie
One of the bands defining the sound of 2010s post-punk, Portland's Soft Kill began as standard-bearers before taking their music to anthemic heights. Soft Kill formed in San Diego in 2010 as an extension of Sinclair's previous project, the gothy, lo-fi one-man band Blessure Grave.
4. The Sawtooth Grin - Good. (Montrose, New York)
Chaotic New York grinders The Sawtooth Grin released just one album during their initial 1999-2004 run, 2001's Cuddlemonster, along with some other miscellaneous stuff, and though their existence was brief and relatively obscure, they've influenced a lot of the weirdo heavy shit that's come out over the past few years, especially the stuff that's usually associated with the mathcore and "sasscore" genres. This makes the timing perfect for what The Sawtooth Grin have just done: they've just released their first new album in 21 years! It's called Good., and it is indeed good. They're pretty much doing the same thing they were doing back in the day, but they sound sharper and tighter now than they did back then. And that we're getting this three days after the first Dr. Acula album in three years? What a time to be alive.
5. Second to Sun - Nocturnal Philosophy (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Genre: Black Metal
Second To Sun is a melodic black metal band, originally formed by Vladimir Lehtinen. Recently the band released their new album called "Leviathan".
6. Cavetown - worm food (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Genre: singer-songwriter/ Indie
Since the age of 14, Cavetown has created self-produced songs both intensely diaristic and touched with offbeat imagination. Now 23, the Cambridge-based artist, otherwise known as Robin Skinner, has emerged as one of the preeminent voices in the DIY bedroom pop scene, with more than 1 billion global streams to date, including nearly 8 million monthly Spotify listeners and over 2 million YouTube subscribers. He did so without a viral hit or easy gimmicks, but rather pure heart, filling his YouTube channel and Bandcamp with a mix of covers and original music he wrote and self-recorded in his bedroom. With the release of his 2018 breakthrough album Lemon Boy, Skinner’s unassuming yet captivating personality took the internet by storm, catapulting him become a go-to collaborator for bedroom pop mainstays mxmtoon, Chloe Moriondo, and Tessa Violet, plus selling out major venues across the U.S. and U.K. as well as taking the stage at leading festivals like Lollapalooza and Reading & Leeds. In 2020, he unveiled his major label debut album, SLEEPYHEAD, followed by his most critically-acclaimed EP to date, Man’s Best Friend, which earned global praise from the likes of The New York Times, The FADER, Rolling Stone, Billboard, CLASH Magazine, and many more upon its release earlier this year.
7. Turnover - Myself in the Way (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
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8. Dayseeker - Dark Sun (Orange County, California)
Casting off the conventions of the post-hardcore genre, Dayseeker offers up their expansive fourth LP, Sleeptalk. After several years of hard-nosed touring throughout North America and Europe (including impressive showings on the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour) the Southern California natives returned to home and establish their new sound in familiar territory. Entering the studio with budding producer and close personal friend, Daniel Braunstein, the band embraces a uniquely Los Angeles sound - showcasing decades of influence all wrapped within the band’s core identity. From opening track to closing note, it’s clear that the band has discarded what may have been expected and instead chosen to embrace something most artists struggle to ever find: themselves. - Garrett Russell
9. Ingested - Ashes Lie Still (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Genre: Death Metal
UK death metal titans Ingested have been churning out bilious anti-anthems for more than a decade and a half, dropping a string of releases that have helped shape the genre. In 2022, they return with Ashes Lie Still, their most dynamic, inventive and daring release to date, holding nothing back, the band describing it as “A modern essential. If you like heavy music, it will be nigh on impossible for you to not find something you like about this record. It still has the core Ingested elements of groovy slamming riffs, quick drumming, and guttural vocals but there's also atmosphere, ethereal moments and some raw old school aggression.” Over the course of ten tracks they hack, slash and steamroll through everything in their path, and it easily stands as the highpoint of an already impressive career.
10. Black Anvil - Regenesis (New York, New York)
Genre: Black Metal
New York City has always served as a cultural epicentre for musical innovation. Even more so than incubating genres in their infancy such as hardcore and even glam metal, for which bands like Twisted Sister and KISS long set the stage before the Sunset Strip took the reigns, the empire state has a storied and unique history of taking genres whose roots lie elsewhere and making them its own; whether it be Anthrax reinventing Bay Area thrash, Suffocation and Immolation planting their flag as death metal purveyors at a time when it was a primary export of Florida, or bands like Blondie and the Ramones rivalling the British punk scene, the city has always been at the forefront of musical excellence. And when it comes to New York’s answer to black metal, Black Anvil have not only been a driving force for USBM, but have taken the black metal genre as a whole and made it entirely their own. Now, with full-length number five, the band has once again levelled up their game, presenting a “Regenesis” of black metal. Now, nearly six years after As Was made its mark, Black Anvil is returning with its aptly titled fifth full-length, “Regenesis”. With a new record label, a new album, and a newfound exploration of dark and black metal, “Regenesis” represents a new dawn for the New York City collective.
11. Fleshwater - We're Not Here to Be Loved (Georgetown, Massachusetts)
Fleshwater, the grunge-gaze band with members of Vein.fm, will follow their 2020 demo with their Kurt Ballou-recorded debut album, We're Not Here To Be Loved, via Closed Casket Activities. Its nine songs include "Linda Claire" from the demo, as well as the just-released lead single "Kiss The Ladder." Compared to the slower Deftones/Hum vibes of the demo, this new song's a much punchier, poppier take on the genre and kinda feels like Swervedriver or Catherine Wheel at their catchiest, but with Fleshwater's own, modern twist.
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