Posts Tagged ‘metal’

January 20, 2018

Like you, I’ve been mourning the sudden passing of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan all week long. Songs like Linger, Dreams, Zombie, and so many more are timeless classics, and they’ve inspired so many other artists and bands we love today. Her voice was a blessing, one of the most extraordinary and unique rock voices to have graced our existence. Dolores O’Riordan was about to hit the studio with Los Angeles alt rockers Bad Wolves to re-record a new version of hit single Zombie, but we’ll never get to hear how that would’ve sounded. We do, however, get to listen to Bad Wolves’ cover of Zombie, which they’ve now released in her memory, with all proceeds going to O’Riordan’s three children. 

“It was the greatest honor to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it,” says Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext. “We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids.” Bad Wolves’ electrifying nu-metal styled rock cover emphasizes the original’s sheer power and ferocious strength. Stream/purchase and support the track, here. Bad Wolves will be releasing a debut album later this year. 

July 21, 2016
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Let’s now head our way over to Glasgow, Scotland for some brooding alt rock from a band named Schnarff Schnarff. Cadavers, produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks) is a dark and moody cut from this five piece’s forthcoming album “The evil that we do…”. It draws influence from pop punk, metal, grunge, and emo, reminding me of a fusion of Nine Inch Nails with Nirvana. “How you like me now?” snarls Schnarff Schnarff on this oblique slashing, angular thrusting anthem. I like you plenty. Schnarff Schnarff’s album “The evil that we do…” drops on September 9th via Black Dug Records. 

March 8, 2016
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Thanks to some like minded individuals with superb music taste, I’ve been introduced to an unsigned Finnish quartet named Runaway Zoo. The band hails from a dark, small town, and they allegedly like monkeys, according to their Soundcloud profile. This may help to explain their band name, or perhaps not. In any case, Runaway Zoo’s new song Just To Be Somebody is dark and delicious, a wickedly edgy alt pop song brimming with plentiful melodic goth HIM and some electrifying Depeche Mode. It’s a sound I find irresistibly magnetic.

November 17, 2015

The new Baroness is some sensational stuff, and I highly recommend you dive into their vivid hybrid music and lyric video for Shock Me below. It starts off rather demure for the Georgian band before bursting into the thickly sludgy, riff thrilling metal we’re accustomed to from them. You might recall the news that flooded the music world some time ago when Baroness was involved in a horrible bus accident. Shock Me is their first track since then, and what a glorious return it is. New album Purple will be out December 18th on Abraxan Hymns, 

July 30, 2015
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The Microdance will be releasing their debut single, Making Plans For The End, on September 18th. On the hazy, fleecy song, the London four piece effortlessly blend together multiple genres, creating a concoction made up of nebulous shoegaze, dreamy new wave, dark goth pop, and a death metal rattle that peaks its way through at opportune moments. It’s like a blend of The Naked And Famous, Slowdive, The Raveonettes, and MBV, with a slathering of Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring. The end result is uniquely exhilarating, deeply intoxicating, and sweepingly atmospheric. Making Plans For The End, despite its darker undertones and a rather morbid title, is very much warmly radiant, with a sweetly hooking melody. The song is taken from The Microdance’s forthcoming album, New Waves Of Hope, due for release in September, too.

July 23, 2015
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This one had me grinning like a goof in my seat when I first encountered it earlier today. Not only does this band have a badass name, but the band’s latest track is also pure glorious rock wickedness. Dublin rockers Bitch Falcon offer up plenty of growling guitars and fiery vocals on grungy alt rock song TMJ. It’s a rip roaring, attitude a plenty power slasher, akin to a blend of Savages, Royal Blood, DFA1979, and Wolfmother. Loud, bombastic, and exhilarating, it’s keyed me into the magnificence and coming rise of these Irish newcomers. Purchase TMJ on iTunes, here.

May 1, 2015
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Sacramento’s own gothy folk singer songwriter Chelsea Wolfe goes infinitely dark and ominous on a spectacular new song named Iron Moon. Growling guitars combine with her gossamer vocals on the rip roaring song of burning passion. It’s a grandiose song that borders on goth metal with its booming, lightning bolts of explosive sound. I’m brought to the edge of a perilous, yet magnificent precipice by every flare of the spellbinding song, which is off Chelsea Wolfe’s upcoming album, Abyss, out August 7th.

March 3, 2015
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I’m guessing many of you aren’t too familiar with legendary band Motley Crue’s music, but to put it simply, their music is very glam hair metal. To associate Chelsea Lankes with Motley Crue is an idea I never ever would have even thought to entertain. But, here we are, and the songstress from Los Angeles has offered up a killer cover of Motley Crue classic Too Young To Fall In Love, infusing it with her supple, beautiful electronic pop vibes. The contemporary rendition is blissfully smooth, while Chelsea’s voice is stunningly elegant… It’s the polar opposite of everything the original is. The cover and Chelsea Lankes’ single Down For Whatever are both out today via B3SCI Records on limited edition 7 inch vinyl.

Crystal Shippps – METAL

February 10, 2015

This might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea but it sure is mine. Danish act Crystal Shipsss revealed new single METAL, which is off their upcoming third album I Will See No Moon No Sky. There’s a darkwavey psychedelic aura to METAL that reminds me of Toronto’s TRUST, with a noisy, hazy shoegaze ambiance that reminds me of The Raveonettes. Crystal Shipss is a project by Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt. He teams up with different collaborators on his albums. I Will See No Moon No Sky, out in spring/summer, features William Kudahl Sørensen of Infants, as well as Jens Christian Andersen of Tjaere + Fjer. My only complaint on METAL is that the eerie song is over far too soon.

January 21, 2015
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And now for a rare heavy rock moment on IHM (and I do love my heavy rock music, trust me). For those familiar with Rise To Remain, out of their ashes rise a new British metal band named As Lions. Debut track The Fall is a fierce, roaring, and melodic metal tune, sure to satisfy any hankering for some good old heavy guitars and power house vocals. The five piece have announced their debut show at the Camden Barfly in Britain on February 11th. I bet those attending are in for one energetic, thrilling treat.