Introducing: HighView

Fusing high-energy progressive rock with more anthemic elements and intense synth sounds, Australia’s HighView are keen to test the boundaries of the rock genre. The Canberra rockers formed out of various tribute bands covering the likes of The Prodigy, Rage Against the Machine and Garbage. Vocalist Matt Faulkner had been working on songs for several…

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Introducing: Naga Siren

Norway and hardcore music are becoming almost synonymous with one another, and the latest exciting new band to join the revolution is Oslo’s Naga Siren. The hardcore punk / screamo quartet of Emil Solbakken, Jompi Myren, Tarjei Kristoffersen and Oliver David Kimmell may well be the most exciting thing to emerge from Norway since, well erm,…

Introducing: Heptaedium

Combining elements of djent and metal with electro, Parisian one-man band Heptaedium has created an eclectic sound that he has interestingly termed “Baguettecore.” The tech-metal project is the brainchild of Florent Lambert, who tells us the idea for the unique music fusion came to him way back in 2011: “I was listening to Motionless Battle…

Introducing: Mudlark

I bet you’ve never thought of combining metal with spoken word and poetry. Have you? Well, now is the time to imagine just that as Caerphilly’s Mudlark merge these two seemingly alien concepts with consummate, brilliant ease. The quintet of vocalist Luke, guitarists Wes and Ben, bassist Nick and drummer Jac grew up together in…

Introducing: The Capital

I recently had an urge to delve back a few years and have a listen to Failsafe’s awesome album The Truth Is. I noticed they hadn’t recorded any new music since 2012 but, being at work, my curiosity didn’t get the best of me. A couple of days later I received a press release revealing…

Introducing: MSRY release awesome second EP this week

Inspired by “a need to rage harder and faster than anyone else,” Oxford’s MSRY are one of the most exciting bands emerging from the UK’s underground hardcore scene. The trio of Kial Churcher (vocals), Charlie Bishop (guitar) and Keir French (drums) formed in late 2016 from the embers of various previous projects but united in their…

Introducing: Just Like Fruit

Every Monday morning my office receives a basket colourfully filled with a mass of all kinds of tasty fruit, from strawberries, oranges and grapes through to plums and lychees. Embodying that eclectic mix in a musical sense is Brighton blues-infused alt-rockers Just Like Fruit. The quintet of Dion Mason-Poole (vocals), Taran Pring (lead guitar), Kieran Matthews (rhythm guitar), Ryan Melbourne-Hurley…

Introducing: Pagan

Dust off your spellbook, start researching your rituals and prepare to be enchanted by Melbourne rock cult Pagan‘s brand of ‘very heavy, gloomy rock and roll.’ The self-monikered ‘real-life/pretend vampires playing real-life/pretend rock and roll’ will bring you under their spell with Nikki Brumen’s engaging howled vocals alongside huge riffs from Xavier Santilli, booming basslines from…

Introducing: Tim Brooks

London solo artist Tim Brooks is far from your bog standard singer-songwriter, bringing a heavy focus on lyrics and wordplay alongside a much rockier approach than you might expect. Having started out on the more typical acoustic route he’s gradually evolved towards a sound that merges the boundaries of folk, rock and pop-punk that. As…

Introducing: Dividium

Hull tech metal quartet Dividium are quite the metal melting pot, fusing huge mathy guitars and delicious solos with a kaleidoscope of vocal offerings, from classic metal vocals through to intense screams. Dividium began life as a project between vocalist Neil Bailey and guitarist Peter Delaney, who later added drummer James Coggin and bassist Joel…

Introducing: In The Cards

Rock newcomers In The Cards have come a long way from their days as school friends in the Midlands town of Stoke-on-Trent. Their delicious combination of soaring melodies, energetic choruses and moments of heaviness is now just weeks away from being unleashed upon the ears of the world with their debut EP. The quartet of Amy…

Introducing: Slay Duggee

For every epic theme song to kids’ TV shows like The Hurricanes, Animals of Farthing Wood, The Raccoons and The Moomins, there’s a whole host of absolute dross teaching the next generation bad musical habits. And this is an issue that’s not been lost on Slay Duggee, who’ve come up with a game-changing concept of ‘metal…