1. Sharkswimmer – ‘Vacant Light’ 

It’s been a while, but I can clearly recall, back in my mid teens (yes it was 1993) being obsessed with Dinosaur Jr.‘s ‘Where You Been‘. Now what has this to do with Brooklyn’s newcomers Sharkswimmer, you may be wondering… Well, the first thing that came in mind listening to the introductory fuzzy guitar riffes, and Justin Buschardt‘s growling vocal performance was the legendary band. This 4 piece punk band has gifted us with a punk, guitar driven dynamite bringing the best of the 90s sound in the forefront, while sounding 100% fresh and loud! God bless Sharkswimmer and…. our durable amplifiers!

Vacant Light‘ is taken from the group’s debut EP ‘Shut In‘.

Christos Doukakis

  1. Hotel – ‘Battle Lines

Battle Lines‘ is the opening song by the Australian trio Hotel‘s just released debut EP ‘The Russian Glasshouse‘. Hotel are from Sydney and make dark folk, mixed with post-punk elements, music which they describe it as devastation pop and grim stuff. The band consists of Alyce Brandner, Loni Cooper and Sonia Zad, while they also have guest members involved. ‘Battle Lines‘ is full of noir and violent lyrics performed with grim vocals, intense percussion keeping the rhythm and some strings that make this gem even more dramatic & profound.

Eleftheria Gesou

  1. Savage Messiah – ‘The Bitter Truth’

The rising Savage Messiah from London, UK have just released (17th May) their fifth album ‘Demons‘ via Century Media. ‘The Bitter Truth‘ is a catchy heavy metal track with melodic thrash/power riffs. The video, which was directed by David Pear, represents the band’s lyrical themes which are death and war.

Mary Kalaitzidou

  1. The Manx – ‘Hateful Goo

Tommy Meehan, Zach Zdziebko, Myke Chilian, Adam Barnes, and Max Winston are The Manx; A kooky LA art collective that sound like nobody else. Oh wait… Almost forgot about Mike Patton! You guessed right this gang creates some utterly unique noise, somewhere in between thrash punk, synth, sleaze metal and experimental noise. Mix this with a decnt dose of sarcasm and you ‘Hateful Goo‘,  which is the first single off the group’s forthcoming album, ‘Malibu Slime‘ recorded and produced by Toshi Kasai (The Melvins, Tool, Foo Fighters) . The video follows “Roiland, as a lovable, scruffy character who is sucked into a menacing arcade game populated by The Manx themselves, and quickly reduced to goo” and is directed by the band’s drummer, Max Winston. This is an ultra progressive blast and among the most revolutionary tracks of 2019!

Christos Doukakis

  1. This Gift Is A Curse – ‘Monuments for Dead Gods’

This Gift Is A Curse return with their deadly new album, ‘A Throne Of Ash‘. The quintet unleash a destructive modern synthesis that pulls from the sub-genres of metallic extremity; the ice-cold veneer of black metal, the cacophonous thunder of noise-core, and the vicious attack of grind/crust. “This Gift Is A Curse are utterly ferocious, and ‘A Throne Of Ash’ is a maelstrom of swirling blackened noise from the gaping mouth of madness.”

The album will be released on June 14th via Season Of Mist.

Mary Kalaitzidou

Compiled by Christos Doukakis, Eleftheria Gesou & Mary Kalaitzidou