London-based Meantime is formed of a Slovakian and a South African, neither of which are your traditional punk rock powerhouses. The duo of Stefan Klein and Adam Stanley have defied backgrounds that, in their words, deprived them of access to first-world media to craft an intriguing sound that they describe to us as “a little bit prog, a bit melodic grunge and a lot heavy.”
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.
Florida quartet The ProblemAddictsfl offer up the perfect fix of infectious skater pop punk meets punk rock. The band, who come from Deltona but are now based in Orlando, fuse engaging, fast-paced vocals with lively punky guitars and driving drums.
What better way to kick off your weekend than some deliciously brooding and exciting instrumental post-mathcore. Salt Lake City band BLACKSHAPE describe their latest track as a “barrage of riffs, shifting time signatures, and carefully constructured textures” our interest was well and truly piqued.
Exciting Norwegian newcomers King Romeo have honed an infectious brand of anthemic, big riffing rock that we’re immediately hooked on.
Norwegian band Once Alive describe their intoxicating metal sound as “fast, groovy and brutal,” which sounds awesome but doesn’t even come close to doing justice to how good this band is.
Harnessing the high energy of hair metal and groove metal, Pittsburgh band A Common Crown have honed a catchy yet heavy sound led by engaging vocals and plenty of big riffing.
St. Louis five-piece This Is Falling have honed an intriguing sound that tows the line between metal and post-hardcore with elements of industrial, electronic sounds and 80s influences. And they’re definitely the first band to reference Top Gun as a musical influence to us.
If, like us, you’re looking for a bit of fun punk rock to liven up the endless days of sitting at home in lockdown then Drama Dolls may be just the band for you. The Los Angeles trio fuse popiness with punkiness in a lively, high energy and highly enjoyable punk rock sound.
Calm, melodic ambience meets dark, aggressive progressive rock with the intriguing, intoxicating sound of Michigan duo Tiny Tree.
A marching band is probably an unlikely foundation for a group of lads playing hard-hitting thrash. But that’s the case with Pennsylvania quartet UltraViolent – which is one of the best band names we’ve come across while writing this blog.
London newcomers Break Fate have honed a warm and engaging sound that effortlessly jumps between moments of mellow melancholy and hard-hitting rock.