Introducing: Shading

Italian prog metallers Shading are proof that anyone who puts their mind to it can transform themselves into a rockstar. The band first formed ten years ago, with all five of them – then 13 or 14 years old – totally incapable of playing an instrument, yet they’ve evolved into masters of the art of prog…

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Introducing: Death of Youth

South-east London newcomers Death of Youth provide a nostalgic nod to emo and post-hardcore of the not too distant past, with their self-confessed “sad and shouty” approach. The band started out as a solo project of frontman Rob Horrocks, who set out with the intention of playing music a la Touche Amore, Departures and La…

Introducing: The Haunting

New York-based The Haunting‘s dedication to doing things their own way is embodied by their intriguing fusion of post-hardcore meets trap rock meets dubstep meets pop. The quartet of Tom Opiela (vocals), Craig Belesi Jr. (guitar), Colin Scarpino (bass) and John Von Braunsburg (drums) are keen to impress their individuality at every opportunity. As Tom explains:…

Introducing: Set Before Us

Stockholm outfit Set Before Us have honed a diverse sound that fuses full-on hardcore metal with delicious melody. Their sound may not have pleased some of the more “hardcore core” lovers out there – whose main beef seemed to be the band’s clothes – but their debut album smashed 100,000 streams on Spotify within two weeks,…

Introducing: Midnight Embargo

A chance discovery of a man selling a second-hand Korg synthesiser on a street corner has inspired the synthy rock sound of East London newcomers Midnight Embargo. Indeed, as frontman Rob MacPherson reflects: “God knows what this EP would have sounded like that guy had been selling a ukulele instead?” The trio first began with…

Introducing: Wave Break

Boston rockers Wave Break are aptly named, given the metaphorical theme of overcoming adversity – also known as a ‘wave break’ – dominates their lyrics. The quartet, founded by lead vocalist Kelly Barber last year, fuse elements of post-hardcore with pop rock and emo rock alongside lyrics that focus on standing up to societal and…

Introducing: Rozu

Living in a world of readily available music across a multitude of digital platforms it goes without saying that it can be difficult to stand out. Denver, Colorado rockers Rozu – the Japanese word for ‘rose’ – believe that standing out is reliant on the mantra of ‘content is king’ and have honed an exciting…

Introducing: Darker Days

You’ll likely have heard of the city of Salem in Massachusetts, and it’s probably not because it’s one of America’s most significant seaports or being the birthplace of the US National Guard. Oh no, you’re much likely to recognise the name for the country’s most deadly witchhunt, in which at least 20 people were executed,…

Introducing: GigRadar Playlists

This is the 498th article to be written on GigRadar since I launched the blog/magazine to celebrate the latest and greatest new rock, metal and punk bands two years ago. We’ve met some amazing bands, been to some brilliant gigs and generally loved discovering the wealth of fantastic up and coming musicians creating great music…

Introducing: LEONTAS

They may only be two in number but London bluesy rock duo LEONTAS reveal they “sound like five, sweat like ten and sing from the heart” in their mission to loudly and aggressively express their social and personal beliefs. Guitarist Alex Munteanu grew up in Athens and played in several bands while experimenting with a…

Introducing: Vertical Noise

Nottingham noise rock trio Vertical Noise are on a mission to resurrect unpredictability as they remove the mundane and predictable aspects of modern pop music. The trio of Jay Moreton (guitar and vocals), Dan Titterton (bass) and Sarah Kerry (drums) formed when Jay, who had been recording his own music for years, moved to Nottingham and decided…

Introducing: Crooked Royals

We’re ticking another country off the map today by introducing you to an awesome new metalcore band out of New Zealand, Crooked Royals. The Auckland five-piece are everything you could want from a metalcore band – a combination of screamed and clean vocals, huge crushing riffs, and a generally delightful combination of intense heaviness and…