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.”
German rockers Future Palace have honed an exciting alternative rock sound with electronic, post-hardcore, pop and soul influences, led by the delicious vocals of frontwoman Maria.
New Cheltenham-based rockers Neptune Rain have refused to allow these strange times to restrict their creativity and have used it as an opportunity to grow their audience.
California quintet Six Feet Over spent the first five years or so as a band playing cover versions but today launched a debut EP that oozes energetic hard rock goodness.
Estonian rap metal is a phrase that we’re 99.9% certain you’ll never have heard/read about before. But it’s alive and kicking with exciting quintet Everfall, who fuse elements of rock and metal with trap, hip-hop and trumpet solos.
Exciting Birmingham band The SchytëHawkës take the heaviness of hardcore and thrash and supplement them with hip-hop vocals.
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.
Brazilian trio The Damnnation offer up a fast-paced, energetic blast of heavy, thrashy metal that is chocked full of big riffs and whiplash-inducing rhythms.
We’ve not featured too many Portuguese bands on the site over the last few years, but from the sound of Porto’s Three Of Me we’ve definitely been missing out.
Until now, we’ve only ever covered one band from Brazil and no metal bands from the country. However, Ponta Grossa newcomers Hemmera have well and truly put the nation’s scene on our map with their intoxicating fusion of metal, electronica, trance and orchestral elements, plus the contrast of screamed vocals and melodic choruses.
Florida trio Flagman offer up a delicious combination of fun noise rock meets alternative metal laced with all manner of big riffing, cheeky basslines and awesome guitar solos.
Newcastle band Pave The Jungle have honed an intriguing, unusual sound that walks the tightrope between chaos and melody. The band fuse the engaging elements of US indie-rock and the noisiness of post-punk with the power of alternative rock.