Heavier rock/hardcore music with more intense vocalizing, and more progressive leanings. Fast tempos, screaming, and breakdowns can all find their place here. Example artists: At The Drive-In, Underoath, The Used.

All The Way Rider – The Eagle’s Revenge

I hate to write reviews using common colloquialisms, but I have to say that All The Way Rider keeps it real. This is great straight-ahead grungy rock music with an edge. There’s definitely some Foo Fighters influence here, along with a touch of At The Drive In, Fugazi,¬†and a dash of Sunny Day Real Estate. […] ... Read more

Cloudkicker – The Map Is Not The Territory

Here’s another epic release from the instrumental beast that is Cloudkicker. As far as quality, this music speaks for itself. Unpredictability, tension, atmosphere, extreme heaviness…it’s all here. Wish I had more to say, but if I tried, it would just be a bunch of redundant adulation. Enjoy. [wp_bandcamp_player type=”album” id=”571811591″ size=”grande2″ bg_color=”#333333″ link_color=”#4285BB”] ... Read more

Cloudkicker – Portmanteau

If you’re like me, then you get a significant thrill when you find an amazing artist you’ve never heard. Especially when that music is FREE! Yeah, I still get giddy when I find the good ones. Be assured, CLOUDKICKER is a good one. Through epic, dark, heavy instrumentals in the vein of Russian Circles, Mogwai, […] ... Read more

Compilation – The Revolushun

Thanks to John Clements for submitting this compilation to us. He assembled this epic 40-song (yes 40) compilation using songs from his favorite independent metal/hardcore bands. A couple of our previously featured bands have tracks on here, namely “Duck. Little Brother, Duck!” and “The Speed Of Sound In Seawater.” There is a lot of angst, […] ... Read more

Crash Of Rhinos – Distal

Heavy, grungy, beautiful music out of Derby, UK. Post-hardcore-esque without the whininess that plagues too many bands. This album sounds exactly how this style of music should: dirty, loud, but most of all, real. It sounds as though the band recorded everything together in a room all at one time, feeding off each other’s energy, […] ... Read more

Duck, Little Brother, Duck! – Survival Is Not A Workout

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, DLBD has one debut album available, and it is a noble effort. FIFTEEN tracks in total, the intensity bursts out of the speakers from the start. Intertwining guitar and bass parts, less-than-usual time signatures and unconventional song structures are the name of the game here. The only weakness here is that […] ... Read more

Girlfriends – Self-Titled

This is a very cool album. If you like the quirky rhythmic leanings of bands like Foals, then Girlfriends will be right up your alley. Mathematical, choppy, super clean guitars, little to no reverb…the music will get your feet tapping. Not a lot of variance in the mostly-shouted vocals, but it fits. Not a lot […] ... Read more

Compilation – Either/Or And More Vol. 3

Ok, compilation albums are all about hit-or-miss, and seeing as this comp has 30 (yes 30) tracks by different indie artists, that means there’s 30 chances to find a great song. For the most part, the artists featured are pretty run-of-the-mill punk/pop/emo/post-hardcore groups (don’t worry, there are a lot of other genres represented here as […] ... Read more

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