1. Invalids - Permanence (New Jersey)
Genre: Indie / Math-Rock
Invalids started as the bedroom project of Pete Davis (with remote internet-based collaboration with other musicians). As of March 2015, it has grown to a proper four-piece band with the addition of Joe Scala, Raymond Bonanno, and Brock Benzel.
2. The Smith Street Band - Life After Football (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Genre: Emo Rock
"Our new album Life After Football is out November 25. It’s been a long time coming, trying to record around lockdowns and shut downs and everything else was tough but we’re so happy with what we’ve made and are very excited to show you! This album is more defiant than depressed, more upbeat than down trodden and is inspired by a search for meaning and what’s next. We’ve all lived through a once in a lifetime event, some of us have lived through multiple once in a lifetime events, and it can be hard to come to terms with what we’ve been through and what comes next. But hopefully this summer feels like summers past and this album helps with that feeling a little."
3. High Command - Eclipse Of The Dual Moons (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Genre: Thrash Metal
Metal forged in Worcester Massachusetts
4. SpiritWorld - Deathwestern (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Genre: Metal / Death Metal / Punk / Thrash Metal
South of Heaven, West of Hell
Set in singer and multi-instrumentalist Stu Folsom’s apocalyptic, vision of the American West, SpiritWorld is metal at its most rustic and blood drenched. Think Slayer and Pantera getting into a bar fight while gunslingers battle demonic entities amidst tomahawk like riffs. SpiritWorld emerged in 2017 as a musical outlet for Folsom’s love of punk, outlaw country and metal, taking a decidedly outlaw roots punk bent. Yet, it was with the full-metal direction of the initially self-released Pagan Rhythms, (re-released in 2021 through SpiritWorld's new label home, Century Media) that won the band international acclaim. Daniel Carter, BBC 1 DJ and curator of The Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, as well as the likes of Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt and former Sepultura/current Soulfly leader Max Cavalera sang the album’s praises on their social media, discovering the band on word-of-mouth alone. Folsom and his gang debuted their live show at Decibel magazine’s Los Angeles Metal and Beer Festival in December 2021, and immediately followed it up with a run in the States with Obituary, Municipal Waste, Gatecreeper and Enforced. In 2022 SpiritWorld’s dusty trail of riffs and murder ballads continued to Seattle’s Northwest Terror Fest, the UK’s Bloodstock Open Air, Czech’s Brutal Assault and Psycho Las Vegas ripping apart stages and saloons at every turn. Unrepentant and unforgiven is putting it mildly.
5. Humour - Pure Misery (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
Genre: Alternative Rock / Post-Hardcore
Humour live together in Glasgow and formed across the 2021 lockdowns, writing and recording their material at home, with the music intended as a backdrop to Andreas' lyrics. Sometimes they’re about letting people down, sometimes they’re about pets dying, sometimes they’re about trying to say something when you don’t have anything worth saying.
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