Lockjaw – Deadlights
Starting us off today we have Lockjaw and their track ‘Deadlights’. Released at the back end of last year, the song has had a while to bed in and has done it well. Lockjaw have been plying their trade now for more than 20 years and you can feel the influence of those years. Killswitch, Parkway Drive, you can hear the influences but without them being all you can hear. The vocals especially have a uniqueness to them that makes Lockjaw an interesting proposition. The softer, cleaner singing doesn’t focus on being perfect, instead it elevates the music with those imperfections. This is a band showing their experience and doing it well.
Maerzfeld – Zorn
Heading to a more recently released track we have ‘Zorn’ from German industrial rockers Maerzfeld. This track has all the hallmarks of that German rock sound made infamous by one specific band, but Maerzfeld are doing their best to carve out their own sound and, for the most part, are succeeding. The electronic elements are prevalent for sure, but it is the vocals that feel like they raise the track up. The German lyrics combined with raw vocals give the track a fun feel to it that will have you coming back for more.
Gyroscope – 4YRLV
Another band with a myriad of experience are Aussie rockers Gyroscope. Their track ‘4YRLV’ came out this week and is continuing a fine legacy that has seen the band touring with some huge names and hitting the top of their local charts. The raw, unrefined energy that Gyroscope manage to pour into their music is unrivalled and creates a unique listening experience. Vocally gritty and emotive, musically interesting and not repetitive. This is a track not to miss and a great time to go delving.
The Golden Leaves – Rebel
If you liked bands like Heaven’s Basement then The Golden Leaves are likely right up your street. The Norwegian rockers have today released their new track ‘Rebel’, a short sharp and funky track that sets out their stall if their debut single didn’t already do that. Clocking up under two and a half minutes, this may be the perfect track length. It doesn’t get repetitive, it powers through, drops a solo and then gets out of there. The perfect track for the modern world?
Clients – Moth King
Finally today we have Danish metal mob Clients with the heaviest track featured today by some distance. Pounding out of the blocks, ‘Moth King’ pulls no punches for the better part of four minutes with a barrage of drums backing powerful riffs and booming vocals. This is not a track for the feint hearted, but it is a track that builds and builds as the layers of the track become more intense throughout the song. Despite all of that it has a groove to it that makes it accessible to those not normally ‘into’ the darker sides of metal. A impressive end.
That’s all for this edition, thanks for reading! Don’t forget you can check out all the tracks we’ve reviewed this year on the playlist below: