1. Jet Fuel Soda - American Soda Candy Rock (Philadelphia, PA)
Genre: Indie / Rock
2. Wage War - The Stripped Sessions (Ocala, Florida)
Through an unwavering dedication to progression, Wage War sharpen their patented hybrid of heavy pit-starting technicality and hummable hypnotic melodies with each subsequent evolution. Look no further than the aptly titled third full-length from the Florida quintet, Pressure [Fearless Records]. The band—Briton Bond [lead vocals], Cody Quistad [rhythm guitar, clean vocals], Seth Blake [lead guitar], Chris Gaylord [bass], and Stephen Kluesener [drums]—drove themselves to fully realize their ambition by pushing harder. A whirlwind four years set the foundation for such a statement.
3. Other Half - Soft Action (Norwich, United Kingdom)
Genre: Punk / Noise Rock
Norwich based Other Half met through a mutual love of the UK DIY punk scene, driving a really long way to shout at people and (broadly) vegan slop.The band released their debut album, Big Twenty, via Venn Records (Gallows, Bob Vylan, Marmozets & more) in 2020. A sprawling, violent slice-of-life, the release garnered praise from various outlets, with The Line Of Best Fit calling Big Twenty’s vivid world ‘volatile and dark, but also enthralling to hear’. They are set to release their second album, Soft Action, via Big Scary Monsters (American Football, Cursive, The Get Up Kids, Meat Wave), in December 2022. The album finds Other Half distilling the sneering punk and sardonic storytelling that characterised their first album, whilst amplifying the most melodic and dissonant parts of their sound. The discordant squall of Sonic Youth, the ragged hooks of Pixies and the searing intensity of bands like Converge, all underpinned with the wiry vocal interplay of singers Cal and Soapy. Play it like you mean it.
4. Despite Exile - Wound (Milan, Italy)
Six piece post-deathcore outfit hailing from Northern Italy. Despite Exile is delivering rage and fury, blending technicality and fast riffs with epic melodies.
5. Your Spirit Dies - Our Saints Drown In Ash (Columbia, South Carolina)
Genre: Metallic / Harcdcore
Columbia, South Carolina act Your Spirit Dies is determined to set the record straight on metalcore. Formed in 2019 and making their recorded debut on 2020’s The Process of Grief, they call back to the halcyon days before metalcore was just hardcore’s more popular but markedly less cool younger sibling. Instead of watered down, radio-ready choruses and questionable fashion choices, Your Spirit Dies delivers deft, darkly melodic riffing and surgically precise, crushing breakdowns. Taking cues from Gothenburg melodeath inspired acts like Undying and Arkangel, the band understands the power inherent in the form when it’s done right. There are enough harmonized leads and triplet breakdowns here for even the most rigid metalcore purist to take note. But with modern sensibilities and the power of hindsight in their toolkit, this is a fresh take that is just as likely to attract new fans to the genre as it is to impress old ones. This isn’t a rehash, but a reimagining. A peek into an alternate universe where metalcore went left at the fork instead of right, eschewing commercial appeal in favor of authenticity. Your Spirit Dies is not just what metalcore could’ve been—It’s what it should be.
6. Brojob - A Very Deathcore Christmas With Brojob (Los Angeles, California)
Renowned for having the finest asses in all of Deathcore, BROJOB are a collective of the most devastatingly handsome gentlemen in the metal genre. The band claims to have the smallest dicks in the industry, but they refuse to comment on their balls. BROJOB are known for their incredible composition and muscular figures. Their goal? World domination in the name of eternal sexiness.
7. Art Of Defeat - Nautilus (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Art of Defeat is a post metalcore band hailing from different corners of the continent. They formed early 2019 in the Tampa Bay Area. Five musicians with varying influences, blending different flavors of heavy to create music that hits hard. Kick back, relax, and enjoy what Tampa Bay metalcore has to offer you.
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