1. Mourning - Disenlightenment (United kingdom)
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
UK metallic hardcore band Mourning have unleashed Disenlightenment, their new album out today on Streets of Hate. Mourning’s mix of influences shine throughout the eight tracks on the album, drawing from ‘90s upstate New York metallic hardcore, UK death metal and Scandanavian black metal. There’s plenty of heavy moments fixated on the band’s substantial guitar work, but also moment’s on reprieve that lean into more haunting territory. Tracks like “Cancer Incarnate” and “Desert Of The Spirit” are begging for some serious headbanging, while closer “Grievance Ascends” showcases the band’s more technical abilities. Disenlightenment itself comes as a concept album as a commentary of the society we live in. Connor expands:“The overarching theme of ‘Disenlightenment’ is of distrust, exhaustion and contempt of living in the modern western world. The debate of the west being in decline is a centuries old concept but it feels an entirely relevant concept right now when you want to talk about modern politics, culture, environment, social norms etc. Whether that’s the constant economic downturns, waning tolerance of opposing ideas, an unrepresentative political system, lack of cultural significance in the endless streams of content, an increasingly inhospitable environment, ideological fanaticism and zealotry etc. To put it simply, it feels like the sun is setting on the western empire.” Disenlightenment was self-recorded and produced by the band at Audiolounge studios in Glasgow, UK, and was then mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, IL and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, OR.
2. Trophy Wife - Voyeur (Boston, Massachusetts)
Trophy Wife -the twenty-two year old Newtown, Connecticut native McKenzie Iazzetta- is an indie rock artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Started in Allston, MA in 2018, she has been growing and evolving her sound while reinforcing her role as a staple in the Boston DIY scene she released her second EP “Bruiser” recorded at Ashlawn Farms in Lyme, CT. This is not too far from where she grew up. Inspired by the women of Lilith Fair and a heavy dose of grunge, Trophy Wife has put into words the ugly feelings of growing up. She has been featured on local Boston radio stations like WERS and WTBU and has also been featured in the same publications as artists like Lala Lala and Indigo De Souza. Recently, she has received press from The Boston Hassle, HerCampus, Penny Magazine, and Groupie Mag. “…without fail a neon sign is pitched above us that reads: ‘Tender Heart Cares A Lot.” -Groupie Mag
3. Elephant Jake - Goodness to Honest (Orange County, New York)
Elephant Jake is an Indie-Punk band from Orange County NY.
4. Noveliss - Vagabond (Detroit, Michigan)
Formerly known as J-Roc, Jarred Douglas of Detroit Hip Hop collective, Clear Soul Forces, takes on new solo moniker, Noveliss. After accomplishing certain milestones with CSF, Noveliss decided he wanted to give fans a piece of himself that they didn’t get to hear in the group. Having invested nearly eight years into his craft, and career, Noveliss is certainly no novice. Influenced by the greats such as Eminem, Black Thought, MF Doom, Nas, and Redman it’s no wonder the anime loving, video game playing, comic book reading, and pro wrestling emcee is well equipped with rhymes. His diverse taste, and unique hobbies, fused with his experiences living in the Motor City, surrounded by Hip hop makes Noveliss one-of-a-kind.
5. Phoebe Bridgers - So Much Wine (Los Angeles, California)
Genre: Indie Rock
Phoebe Bridgers wrote her first song at age 11, spent her adolescence at open mic nights, and busked through her teenage years at farmers markets in her native Los Angeles.
She's here to make you cry.
6. Wolves At The Gate - Lowborn (Cedarville, Ohio)
Unrestricted by genre conventions and determined to raise the bar with each successive album, WOLVES AT THE GATE deliver music and a message with a firm commitment to passion and authenticity. Tirelessly seeking out the light in seemingly overwhelming darkness, the Midwestern post-hardcore group balances soaring melodies with unrelenting metal and emotional heaviness. The band’s fifth album, Eulogies, arrives with confidence and forward motion born from reflection, introspection, and isolation. The small-town Ohio-based five-piece band built the foundations for the album’s 13 songs during the pandemic shutdown, shaping diverse tracks like “Shadows,” “Peace That Starts The War,” and “No Tomorrow” into stunning confessional epics. Wolves At The Gate’s audience treasures each of the band’s best-known songs for the emotional depth, passionate catharsis, and evocative power contained in them, as evidenced by the millions of streams for WATG anthems. These include “Counterfeit,” “A Voice in the Violence,” and “Drifter” (from 2019’s Eclipse); “Asleep,” “Flickering Flame,” and “War in the Time of Peace” (from 2016’s Types & Shadows); “Relief,” and “The Bird and the Snake” (from 2014’ VxV); “Dead Man,” “The Harvest,” and “Slaves” (from 2012’s Captors), and “Heralds” (from 2011’s We Are The Ones). Wolves At The Gate blaze a path combining seemingly disparate elements into a singular, cohesive identity.
7. Gladie - Don't Know What You're In Until You're Out (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre: Indie Rock
Don’t Know What You’re In Until You’re Out marks the first Gladie production with a set band lineup, a feature which was previously hampered by the pandemic. As a result, the LP leans into Gladie’s live energy and dynamics, moving away from the home-recorded keys and drum machines of their 2020 debut Safe Sins.Koch recorded Don’t Know What You’re In Until You’re Out at The Bunk in early 2022 with Matt Schimelfenig (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Pat Conaboy (guitar), Dennis Mishko (bass), and Miles Ziskind (drums). Schimelfenig also recorded and mixed the record, while Ryan Schwabe mastered. Mark Glick (cello), Mike Park (saxophone), and Brian Lockerm (trumpet) guest across four tracks.
8. Gatherers - ( mutilator. ) (Bayonne, New Jersey)
Genre: Melodic Hardcore / Post-Hardcore
That there’s light at the end of the tunnel is a cliché often rolled out to those going through a bad time. But what if that’s not true? What if the darkness of that tunnel just stretches on forever and there is no light, no salvation, no hope? Because those are the circumstances of We Are Alive Beyond Repair, the third full-length album from New Jersey’s Gatherers – sonically and lyrically, it’s a bleak, brutal, nihilistic record that’s shrouded in such despair and anguish that there’s no chance whatsoever for escape. And that’s just how the five-piece like it. “We wanted this album to be as ugly and as horribly truthful as possible,” explains vocalist Rich Weinberger. “It has this very human but flawed connotation to it. It’s very pessimistic. I was reading a lot of Sylvia Plath at the time we were writing this record and I just like that the fabric of our existence is very meek and it’s dull and, no matter what, nothing will ever get better. That was the angle I wanted to explore with this record. It’s the idea of being just being completely unfulfilled, that no matter how much time we put into this band it’ll never be self-fulfilling.”
9. Soft Blue Shimmer - Love Lives in the Body (Los Angeles, California)
Genre: Indie Rock / Shoegaze
Soft Blue Shimmer is an alt-band from SFV, CA. Charlie + Kenzo + Meredith
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