1. Envy - Seimei (Tokyo, Japan)
Genre: Post-Hardcore / Screamo
Since forming in the early '90s, Envy have become one of Japan's premier exports to the international post-hardcore scene. Their experimental, cinematic approach to heavy melodic rock has made them a favorite of post-rock and alternative metal fans, and their intense, emotionally direct VOcals and lyrics have wNon them accolades in the emo Screamo worlds as well. Envy have toured with Mogwai, Isis, and Explosions in the Sky, and have released split EPs with Jesu, Thursday, and Yaphet Kotto. The group's lineup has generally consisted of members Tetsuya Fukagawa (vocals/programming), Nobukata Kawai (guitar), Manabu Nakagawa (bass), Masahiro Tobita (guitar), and Dairoku Seki (drums), although other members played drums on the group's earliest recordings.
2. Epica - The Alchemy Project (Reuver, Netherlands)
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Formed by composer Mark Jansen after leaving After Forever back in 2002, Epica quickly gained attention outside their home country, taking big steps towards becoming the leading symphonic metal superpower they have long proven to be. On their past seven records so far, they soared from gothic undertones to a broad, epic and triumphant amalgamation of all things monolithic, establishing their unique brand of Simone Simons’ unparalleled vocal excellence with a band both ready to tear down venues around the globe while at the same time installing orchestral splendour, progressive elegance, oriental enchantment, cinematic soundscapes and colossal fury into their trailblazing bombshell sound.
3. Jordana - I'm Doing Well, Thanks For Asking (EP) (New York, New York)
Genre: Bedroom Pop
On her new EP, I'm Doing Well, Thanks For Asking, Jordana is getting to know herself again. Or more accurately: getting to know her selves. It's fair to say the 22-year-old New York songwriter has shifted shape a few times in her short career. She got her start with homespun indie folk on Classical Notions of Happiness before jumping to the spindly bedroom pop of Something To Say To You. A year later, she was veering into the dreamy haze of her TV Girl collaboration Summer's Over, before eventually giving way to the hi-gloss pop of Face The Wall. It's the kind of omnivorous output the phrase something for everyone was invented for. Along the way she's managed to make fans of Wallows, Local Natives & Remi Wolf, who've each taken her on the road in 2022, landing her in front of crowds that number in the thousands. In many ways, the magic carpet ride of touring that opened up post-pandemic hasn't allowed Jordana the time to fully change forms again. Instead she's synthesized a little bit of everything that came before on this new six song short-player. And while the overall sound pulls from each of her past releases, the songs themselves remain obsessed with love and neuroses, being left and leaving, pitying yourself and learning to stop. “SYT,” the EP’s lead single, is a soaring kiss-off from a jilted lover. "It channels the feelings of empowerment and emotional awareness after a tough breakup," says Jordana. It wouldn’t sound out of place on Face The Wall, and certainly borrows from her most recent album’s logline advice of overcoming hardships. Elsewhere, on "You're In The Way," Jordana reaches back to the leathery indie pop of Something To Say To You's "Reason" & "I Guess This Is Life." It’s a song built around a simple drum loop, guitar strums and Jordana's voice. "It’s about getting to know yourself again after seemingly wasting time investing in someone else," says Jordana. Then, of course, there’s “Careless Mistake,” which updates the hushed folk of Classical Notions, increasing the fidelity and trading in her uke for a piano and a spotlight. It sounds like a song from some future collection of ballads. Which shouldn’t be surprising, the ever shape-shifting Jordana, already aware of some new form still yet to emerge.
4. Chelsea Grin - Suffer In Hell (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Chelsea Grin is an American metal band from Salt Lake City, Utah. Formed in 2007, the group has put out multiple full length albums and toured the world nonstop since their inception. Cheslea Grin is currently neck deep in finalizing the next full length which will be available early 2021. The new single Blind Kings available November 13th and is a glimpse into the future path of the band.
5. He Is Legend - Endless Hallway (Wilmington, North Carolina)
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
North Carolina rock act He Is Legend are renowned for being much of what inspires them, a cult classic. The band formed in 2000, as its members were graduating from high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. Singer Schuylar Croom, lead guitarist Adam Tanbouz, rhythm guitarist McKenzie Bell, bassist Matt Williams, and drummer Steven Bache cycled through a variety of band names and musical approaches before establishing themselves as He Is Legend. After a self-released demo, A Kiss That Killed the One We Love (No One Wins), the band signed with the small indie label Tribunal Records to release their first EP, 91025, in the summer of 2004. Shortly after, He Is Legend signed with the more established Solid State Records to release their critically acclaimed full-length debut, I Am Hollywood, later the same year. After a two-year break, He Is Legend returned with their second full-length, Suck Out the Poison, in the fall of 2006. In May 2009 the band issued the single "The Primarily Blues," in anticipation of the release of their third studio long-player It Hates You. By the end of that summer, the band had gone on an indefinite hiatus. In February 2014, they dropped "Something Witchy," the first single from their next full-length, Heavy Fruit, which arrived later that August via Tragic Hero. Few, the band's entirely crowd-funded fifth long-player, followed in April 2017 after the band signed with Spinefarm Records. Their forthcoming LP White Bat is expected in 2019.
6. Soul Blind - Feel It All Around (New York, New York)
Genre: Alternative / Rock
DEBUT ALBUM "FEEL IT ALL AROUND" OUT 11/11
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