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Red Temple Pray – Can It Get Any Worse?

Columbus, Ohio is the home base for the Alternative Rock quartet Red Temple Pray. Musically, they stay on the Rock end of the spectrum, not getting too heavy or fast. Lyrically, they go for some of the darker subjects, exploring personal struggles and issues the world is facing. They ask, Can It Get Any Worse? This is a dangerous question because society has a very habit of responding with, “Challenge Accepted.”

Mega Colossus – Showdown

Mega Colossus is a five-piece Hard Rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Showdown is their fourth full-length LP. Displaying influences from the past, they bring a modern sound to an old-school style of music. You can hear the 70s and 80s in some of the song structures, but the overall sound is much more complex than that.

Xephyr – No Signal

Xephyr formed in 2010 on the outskirts of Toronto, a.k.a. The Badlands, eh. They’ve been a trio and a quartet and had several different formations. They’ve also worked to establish themselves as a hard-working band that can put out both great records and take those songs on tour to rock the fans through the night.  Continue Reading »

DownShift – One In The Chamber

Indiana-based DownShift is a five-piece Hard Rock band that likes to blend Rock with Blues rhythms and Groove riffs to fill the soundscape with a glorious noise. Catchy hooks and easy-to-sing choruses round out the music portion while gritty lead vocals and well-placed backing vocals bring the songs full circle, rounding out the tracks with a nice full sound.

Becoming The Lion – Turning Point

Becoming The Lion began as a solo project and has returned to those roots. This newest EP sees the project reimagined as more of a Hard Rock/Alternative band than the previous Post-Hardcore stylings. Sometimes, you just have to change direction and see where it leads. That is exactly what Ross has done and it is quite easy to hear that he has some major influences from those two genres.

Blade – Joker And Clown

Blade is a five-piece Finnish Hard Rock band formed in 2020. Joker And Clowns is a 10-song album filled with catchy hooks and big riffs. Intricate guitar work pairs beautifully with the rhythms to create a quirky, fun set of songs. Blade brings a modern sensibility to some of the Classic Hard Rock sounds, bringing to mind the heyday of the 80s.

Miss Vain – Crocus Biflorus

Hailing from Tampere, Finland, Miss Vain is a Five-piece Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band with a penchant for melodic styling. The vocals are delivered with grit and determination over shifting rhythms. Originally formed as a Pop Rock act, the first two members recruited members with different ideas, creating what you hear now, a heavier tone with  Continue Reading »

Ex Aegis – Ex Aegis

Ex Aegis is a Power/Prog Metal band with Hard Rock sensibilities mixed in. Hailing from Sacramento, California, they blend beautifully into the West Coast Metal scene. You can hear the 80s influences and the new production and recording qualities, giving this album a timeless feel.

Applehead – The Light Side Of The Apple

Harkening back to a time when Hard Rock was melodic, Applehead is a throwback to a long-lost era. The Light Side Of The Apple wanders through musical genres while exploring personal themes and searching for answers to eternal questions. Applehead shifts from eerie, mournful phrases to high-energy rockers without missing a beat, shifting gears like  Continue Reading »



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