My formative years of rock and metal were largely shaped by bands that emerged from the Welsh valleys in the early 2000s. Exciting quartet Raiders are a band that’s well and truly taking on the mantle some 20 years later, having also been a part of that original Welsh scene.
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How would you feel about revisiting songs or even things you thought or ranted about 21 years ago? Personally, I think it’s best not to even contemplate visit 15-year-old me’s thoughts. However, that’s exactly what brilliantly named Los Angeles rock band Flammable Animal (try saying that three times) are doing with their recently released debut EP that transports us back to our formative music days of the 1990s.
Atlanta duo Breakthrough Even may have been unlikely candidates to become a hard-hitting metal band. Twins Josh and Zach Turner freely admit to being “massive nerds playing video games all the time” as kids, but the discovery of Linkin Park’s debut album changed all of that.
Parisian band ODC have honed a diverse rock sound that draws on modern metal and alternative metal influences. Led by the superb vocals of frontwoman Celia Do, the band complements them with booming riffs, powerful drums and an almost industrial instrumental sound.
Liverpool five-piece Oceanis have honed an experimental metal sound that’s equally crushingly heavy as it is intense and melodic.
We love a Scandinavian band here at GigRadar, but Norwegian band Frostbite offer up something they describe as “significantly different” to most new bands from their homeland.
Swiss death metal band Mnemocide describe the experience of listening to their music as “being hit by a tank” due to its heavy groove and pounding intensity.
Boston band Major Moment have honed an intriguingly intense cinematic rock sound that fuses big riffs and synths with the melodic vocals of their two Russian-born singers.
Finnish metal six-piece Archares have honed a fascinating sound that’s “very Nordic” with big catchy melodies and engaging vocals supported by a cello, synths and orchestral elements.
Oxfordshire band LASTELLE offer up a cacophony of post-hardcore meets post-rock goodness in their delicious fusion of ambient and atmospheric instrumentals with powerful dual vocals.
Portuguese punk and rock is not something we’ve discovered too much of in our time scouring the world for the latest new rock and metal talent. However, Zebra Libra offer up a fun and catchy sound that they refuse to allow to be tied to one musical genre, ranging from lively punky tracks to more groovy hard rock.
There are few things we love more than discovering an exciting new Swedish rock band, and we’ve got a cracker for you in Gothenburg newcomers Banned In G.B.G.