It’s the beginning of the month, so you guys know exactly what this is. Our awesome Twitter followers (still you guys) are always sending us your favorite songs, bands, and albums, and we listen to as many as we can and give you a round-up of our favorites of the month.
Let’s do this.
Wonderland Syndrome (@WonderlandMetal)
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Why they rock: Wonderland Syndrome sent us their shit early in the month, but they’ve been rocking the Bay Area with their avant-garde-metal since 2009 formed in 2009. Their latest release, Transfiguration, touches all of the styles of their past albums, from slow, atmospheric sounds, to psychedelic funk, while exploring topics from love & loss to inter-dimensional space travel & tacos.
Location: Washington DC
Why they rock: When we first got this, we thought “A metal band from DC? God this is gonna suck.” Turns out we were so wrong. Thirteen is an awesome metal band. The best analogy we’ve heard is the band being a Frankenstein monster with the body parts of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses. Their latest release, Nightingale was released late last year, to solid 5 star reviews, and we can’t get enough.
Location: Erie, PA
Why they rock: KEVLAR had hit us up with their latest single earlier this month, but we really fell for them when we saw then at SXSW. Their live show overwhelmed us with it’s emotionally-charged, hard, heavy, powerful rock. Their music is brutally-beautiful and extremely relatable to the daily struggles of the human experience. It’s rock for everyone.
Location: Springfield MO
Why they rock: Paralandra was another SXSW discovery. When they took the stage, we were surprised to find out that they were started by a father and daughter, Paul and Casandra Carson. The original family rock affair added a few more members, and has since been on an award-winning warpath. As a hard rock band, their goal has always been to create pure, heartfelt music, and their latest single definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Shinobi Ninja (@ShinobiNinja)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Why they rock: Their energy is out of this world. Their performances and their sound imitate the experience of being struck by lightning. It’s energizing and eclectic, but also somehow familiar. The 6-person band might look familiar, since a lot of them have performed and acted in television shows. Basically, they’re awesome, and their newest album, Bless Up has only just come out, but is already one of our favorites.