Here are six of the freshest cuts from rock’s well-stocked deli tray. Please take your time and sample all six of these delicious musical meats.
Listen, enjoy and comment below…
PVRIS – Smoke
Staying true to their dark and gloomy roots – and this song’s title – rising stars PVRIS have made this black and white video for their single. Full of the titular stuff swirling all over the screen, as well as silhouettes of the trio, it’s an appropriately moody visual experience that shows PVRIS have perfected their aesthetic.
HOLY FEVER – Find Your Fame
Made up from members of American Nightmare, The Hope Conspiracy, The Explosion, and Suicide File, Holy Fever certainly have punk credentials, but they’ve also got a fun streak. This video sees them recast as paper bags and attacked by some kind of zombie creature while they play along to this belligerent, bellicose punk anthem.
CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS – A Greater Call
Spanning over eight minutes, and taken from the Swedish post-metallers’ forthcoming collaborative album with Brooklyn musician Julie Christmas, A Greater Call starts serenely enough, but soon explodes into a swirling vortex of brutal – yet oddly soothing – noise and riffs. A very encouraging glimpse into what Mariner will sound like come April.
RIVERSIDE – Time Travellers
Polish prog types Riverside have made a lyric video for this gentle, lilting track, taken from the band’s sixth album, Love, Fear And The Time Machine. Although it stays true to their Porcupine Tree-esque roots, this song nevertheless builds upon the band’s influences, conjuring up their own, unique vision of a world you wish existed but know never could.
GERARD WAY – Superstar
It’s been almost three years since My Chemical Romance called it a day, but singer Gerard Way has just unveiled a cover of The Carpenters’ recorded during the sessions for The Black Parade a decade ago. Apparently, this was the song he would warm up to every day, and they recorded this the same day they recorded Cancer. It’s a surprising cover, but he does it very well.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Worthless
Welsh metal behemoths Bullet For My Valentine released their fifth album in August last year. While Venom harked back to the band’s more thrashy roots, there’s no denying that this is about as epic and accessible a track as the band have ever made. That’s not an insult, by the way. Rather, this is a savage blast of powerful, emotional metal you’ll want to play again and again.