Song of the Day
Despite Despair, “Hexennacht,” from Hexen (2022)
Intricate, melodic, and abrasive metalcore out of Provo, Utah.
Welcome Strawberry, “You in Your Rare Ugliness” (2022)
Oakland duo blurs the lines between shoegaze, dream pop, and indie/alternative rock.
The Final Agony, “The Altar of Dead” (2022)
A cryptic solo project whose sound owes a major debt to early Integrity...
Pist•on, “Icicles,” from Cold World (2022)
Gloomy Brooklyn metal outfit returns with their first new release in over two decades.
We Are Leaders, “Corners” (2022)
Creative alt./indie rock with connections to Aversionline favorites Atlas Shrugged and Zero Trust.
Bliss Fields, “Satisfy,” from Slowly, Forever (Acrobat Unstable, 2022)
A line-walking blend of shoegaze and dreamy jangle pop, that tends to have more zip 'n' zest to it as a whole.
Roseneath, “By a Thread” (2021)
Hard-hitting and hook-filled "grungegaze" from a new duo that's sure to become a highlight of 2022.
Kollaps\e, “Radiant//Static,” from The Pandemic Sessions (Self-Released, 2021)
Stripped down and organic doom/sludge from Sweden; designated for fans of Breach, Cult of Luna, and Neurosis.
7th Grade Girl Fight, “The Long Way,” from 7th Grade Girl Fight (Self-Released, 2021)
Multifaceted indie rock that sways effortlessly between soft/somber and catchy/high-energy.
Peroxide Blonde, “No Reason to Pretend” (Jetsam-Flotsam, 2021)
NYC/NJ quartet returns with a somber indie/alternative sound that can only be described as their own...
The Mourning, “Mood Swings,” from Time Well Wasted (Self-Released, 2021)
Semi-shoegaze, or dream pop for the dark and depressed?
Eastwood, “Anthropozentrische Kackscheiße,” from Antibiose (Lixiviat/No Time/etc., 2021)
Almost certainly the finest grindcore album of 2021.
Incinerate, “Room 101,” from Back to Reality (Dead by Dawn Records, 2021)
Top-notch death/thrash out of Belgium that effortlessly captures the old school aesthetic.
Man Destroyed Man, “They Lied/Fantastic Fiction” (Self-Released, 2021)
Two more tracks of inventive melodic/metallic hardcore from ex-members of Elements DEC and All Parallels.
Knub, “Stutter,” from Knub (The Ghost is Clear, 2021)
Noise rock/post-hardcore excellence from this new Baltimore group.
Neckscars, “Jarring,” from Don't Panic (Sell the Heart/Engineer, 2021)
For once, the promo text nails it with, "FFO: Hot Water Music, Leatherface, Seaweed, etc."
Olly Steele, “Open” (2021)
Technical and progressive instrumental shred metal with sleek melodies and stellar writing.
ShotClock, “Cross My Heart,” from Side A (Say-10, 2020)
Catchy, no-frills pop-punk that really hits the spot.