Happy ROCKtober, music lovers! Just because it’s cooling down outside and festival season is wrapping up doesn’t mean that we can’t still rock out to killer tunes while loving and celebrating life. Our monthly social roundup features finds from the states, the UK, Tokyo, and even HELL for a diverse bag of tasty musical treats to please your earholes. You may be bundling up to go outside, but trust us when we say your speakers will be hotter than ever.
Fallen Breed (@FALLENBREED)
Location: Dallas, TX
We’re always intrigued when we read descriptions of “electronica” being infused into any genre of music. To be honest, it’s either REALLY good or REALLY bad. We’re happy to report that Fallen Breed does an incredible job of infusing synthesizers and electronic elements into their well-crafted brand of hard rock. The band’s latest song aptly entitled “An Absolute Tragedy” pays tribute to the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting as well as those who have been affected by past violent tragedies. You can hear touches of nostalgia, anger, and hope strewn throughout the song which is an accurate reflection of the current state of the world. It looks like the band is slated to release an album on Halloween, so follow them and stay tuned.
Location: Bristol, UK
There is a TON of good music coming out of the UK. Upon hearing Highlives’ latest single “Nothing Left,” we want to hop on a plane across the pond to catch a live show. The energy depicted in the video is beyond infectious. Although the intro and guitar riffs are bright, “Nothing Left” is a song full of sorrow, loss, and letting time slip away. In a recent write-up in Vents Magazine, the band explains, ““The track explores how a negative mind-set can push someone away in a romantic relationship whilst reflecting on the feelings that come with the absence of a loved one.” There is true depth to those words and they serve as a reminder that we have total power to reframe our mindset as it not only affects us, but everyone around us. We’re looking forward to checking out their full EP ‘Misguided Youth’ ASAP.
What’s NOT to draw us in about Hexenkraft? From the description of “High-octane, diabolical darksynth from the deepest pits of the abyss” to listing their origin as Hell, we were eager to listen. This music is really, really good. The second you press play on the video for “The Infernal Schism,” it looks like you’re taken into the creepiest, coolest Super NES game ever. The synth tones are perfectly layered with heavy bass tones, drones, arpeggiators, leads, and a soaring guitar solo. Our only questions are 1.) When is the actual video game coming out? and 2.) Can we have Satan’s autograph? (Note: On the Facebook page, it lists Satan as their only member).
Daytime Hooker (@DTHTunes)
Location: Chicago, IL
We received a suggestion from an awesome electronic producer Kid Kaos (@str1ngcha0s) to check these guys out. And another killer band name to add to our already stellar lineup for the month? Sign us up. 😉 The first song we’re greeted with on their YouTube channel was a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” To us, this is the PERFECT cover. You still recognize the song, but the band has taken their own approach to make it their own and fit their style with their originally-crafted arrangement. The screaming chorus is ON POINT! Sorry Tay, but this version is definitely better. 😉 We look forward to checking out more covers from their arsenal as well as their original, genre-bending music.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
What kind of social roundup is it if we don’t get a heavy helping of metalcore? Here’s a #ProTip: If you find yourself dragging ass or falling asleep at your desk this week, turn up “Ethereal” and you’re back in business. The drums, guitars, vocals, and bass are thrashing to the max and it’s apparent that every musician has spent those coveted 10,000 hours honing their craft. Those unison thirty second notes—DAMN! Follow/bookmark these guys and prepare to have your mind blown.
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Join us in our quest to discover new music on our social channels. We have followers who pimp their friends’ bands, bands sharing their own tracks, and we stumble upon some good shit on our own. To share your music or your latest favorites, make sure to tweet at us @zrockmusic or drop us a line on Facebook.