I’ve done a few round-up reviews recently on music from different genres – I consider myself to have quite a wide music taste and I’m also rather into metal music, of most different sub-types. There are a whole host of bands/artists out there from the underground scene that are well worth getting into, some of which can be found in our playlist below.
Review by Jane Howkins
Picture by Flames Of Fire
Rick Drevet – Forever Home.
Rick Drevet is a Southern rock and blues musician with a slightly harder edge to his music than one might expect from those genres – it also contains some elements of metal too. His guitar riffs have that typical Southern blues vibe to them and his vocals suit the style of track well – Forever Home is more on the melodic side of things, so those into their softer metal and rock should enjoy this.
Thirsty Curses – Nothing Really Matters.
Nothing Really Matters is the latest release from Thirsty Curses, a band with quite a range of influences within their music. Whilst the track does have some metal moments to it (such as the guitar riffs), I also felt it had a big punk/hardcore punk sound to it, in part due to the frantic rhythm and the short length of the song. The vocals carry a great weight of emotion in them and sound very unique.
Caleb Caming – Trashy.
Caleb Caming is the frontman of New York band Caleb Caming & The Heat – whilst they’ve been described as being an indie rock band, there is a much heavier feel to their music than one might ordinarily expect – latest song Trashy has elements of punk, metal and old school garage rock in it. Whilst it sounds rather heavy at first, the chorus has a fantastic chord sequence, mixing things up a little. Check out the guitar solo on the bridge!
Flames of Fire – Gloria.
Gloria is possibly the first ‘proper’ metal song on this list, with the track having a classic heavy metal sound, as well as a hint of the new wave of British heavy metal sub-genre to it. Gloria kicks off almost instantly with a galloping rhythm that reminded me somewhat of Iron Maiden’s best work – the riffs sound menacing at times and the vocals are perfect for the genre of music. It’s still quite melodic though – make sure you check out Flames Of Fire in our playlist!
band w/o band – Paranoia.
Paranoia kicks off with an eerie guitar melody that gets even creepier sounding as the song goes on – the slow drums have a tribal feel to them and the slow chugging suits the rest of the music well. The vocals are fairly low and occasionally stop to whisper the words ‘Tick Tock’, really helping to evoke the subject of the song in your mind. band w/o band are doing something really unique – make sure you check out their website here and their socials below.
Michael Sopolidis – My Time Of Misery.
Michael Sopolidis is a musician and singer-songwriter based in Nuremberg with quite a varied taste in music. He creates tracks from different genres – My Time Of Misery is more of an alt rock/hard rock song but it does have some metal elements – I was particularly reminded of the softer style of nu-metal that emerged in the 90s and 2000s. The song is quite soft for most of it before the heavy bit kicks in towards the end – I loved this unexpected change in dynamics.
Fight The Enemy – No Escape.
Fight The Enemy are one of the heaviest bands on this list, making a nice change in pace from some of the more softer songs here. No Escape was released back in December 2021 and features huge, groovy riffs with a djent sound – the vocals are harsh and are screamed most of the time, making the music sound very brutal. This is the perfect song for those into their more extreme forms of metal music.
Riccardo Moccia – Constructive.
Constructive is an extremely intense and brutal sounding death metal song from Riccardo Moccia, an Italian experimental musician with an immense talent for music. The percussion and guitar riffs are very technically impressive and his death metal growl sounds extremely fierce – I was blown away by the heaviness of Constructive and I hope our readers will be too!