Creepy and satisfying is the noise rock of Manchester, New Hampshire’s Willzyx. For metal aficionados, the group’s latest effort, The Raw Congenital Complex, is jam-packed with tracks that ooze with rage and demolish melodic structures. Take the furiously-paced track "Cauterized Eye" as a prime example of the band’s tendency for bursts of distorted vocals, synthesized strains of doom, and eerie overtures. Other songs like "Cast Off" drift into more serene territories, and with patience and a hypnotizing guitar riff bubble into thick, steely-cold compositions. The band is a year-long Halloween special that is too damn creepy and good to pass up. The band’s next gig is booked at Koto in Salem, Massachusetts, on November 13th. Listen to the mechanic bassline that leads "Calloused and Cynical" streaming below and drown in the math-rock madness. – Rene Cobar, photo by Selena Barker
Scottish gloom-metal band Lotus Eater enlisted our very own Freddie Sunshine for a new track called “Freaks”. Freddie has release a couple of outstanding track this year, “Sun and The Moon” and “Simple Lie”, but this is a whole new sound for the emcee.
Freddie has a couple of local house shows coming up in early November and an appearance at The Iron Well in Grand Rapids.
Back with their indie folk style and infectious tunes, The Morning Sea have a new record called Half Keys set for release on November 1st. The past year included big accomplishments for the band; their song "Listen Love" won two 2019 Independent Music Awards, and countless publications continued to praise their work on their past albums. Half Keys took shape entirely in band member Sonny Ratcliff’s Brooklyn apartment, using all acoustic instruments and it mostly consists of first or second takes. The result is an honest and passion-filled compilation of songwriter and frontman Adam Cohen’s tracks, which deals with lost love and all of the heartbreak and healing that comes with it. The Morning Sea will celebrate the release of Half Keys with a show at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 3 on November 2nd. Take a look at the music video for the single "Mad In Berlin", and the entire LP Half Keys, below. – Will Sisskind
Experimental Noise Collective 2% recently released two collections of music. Black Sight Demo is an ominous collections of 17 tracks of ambient drone pieces that will leave you equally relaxed and terrified. This could be your perfect haunted house soundtrack, or maybe we are just in the spirit today.
The band, consisting of Jack Kuglich, Adam Strumberger, Anthony Vassmer, Frank Alagna & Dave Swanson, also released a noisier album called “Norse”. This is two extended tracks filled with sounds we are sure you’ve never heard before.
The promise of a "forever" can seem unattainable. It’s a concept that alternative rock four-piece Sonic Acrylic attempts to understand on their latest single, "Forever," drawn by the connectedness that keeps us together—both in time and in energy. It may seem like a highbrow endeavor for a three-minute song, but the raw, neo-psychedelic single unravels in simpler, aurally pleasurable means. "I’ll give you what you want/have more power than I planned," songwriter/producer Ben Kernion sings in his rough-hewn voice, centered around a slick torrent of guitar textures reminiscent of Sweet Oblivion-era Screaming Trees.
"Forever" is one of the many musical detours Sonic Acrylic take on their debut album full-length album Alternates, which came out October 25 on all streaming platforms. – Juan Rodríguez
Meldrvm originally hails from Scarborough, Ontario. This eclectic new artist has an album on the way at the end of this year with one single already released. “For Me” is an electronic based tune with many different layers involved. It contains some slacker influences not too far away from Mac Demarco but with less sloppy guitar and some wilder synthesizer work. If you are looking for something different; this might be it. – Kris Gies
Boston’s Rachel Sumner‘s 2019 has been quite eventful: April, June, August, and October single releases all worthy of recognition. The latest of these singles "Between The Bars" displays the singer-songwriter’s trademark vocal melodies, known to haunt the mind with their atmospheric nature, giving way to graceful acoustic guitar solos tinged in a bluegrass spirit. The newest track from Sumner balances both light and dark sonic colors that elicit from the listener both hope and despair; the experience is all up to you. Perhaps perfect for the chilly and spirited night ahead, Rachel will be performing her haunting tracks at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on October 31st. Stream "Between The Bars" by Rachel Sumner below. – Rene Cobar
Jessica Risker has released a beautiful and honest new single called “The Waves”. The is the first new music we have received from Jessica since the release of her debut solo album, I See You Among The Stars, last year.
You can catch Jesica tonight, October 30th, at Slate Arts (3203 W. North Ave) as the musical guest for the comedy show Cocaine Murder Jam. She will also be performing at Downstairs at Subterranean on November 8th with Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club) and Tenci.