Inanimate Existence – “Underneath A Melting Sky”
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Arisen from the sunny Bay Area of California, INANIMATE EXISTENCE continues to prove to the world that they are one of the most diverse, innovative, and productive acts to come from the death metal scene in many years. With 3 studio albums since 2012 and the 4th to be released via THE ARTISAN ERA RECORDS entitled, “Underneath A Melting Sky” – Their sound continues to evolve using the varying attributes of many sub genres that build a truly one of a kind discography. From the relentless beat down of BDM, to the soft spacey feel of jazz fusion, into the evil strumming triads of black metal intertwined with acoustic and instrumental tracks, every album creates an atmosphere all its own…
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TRACE MOUNTAINS is the project of songwriter Dave Benton (also in LVL UP, Yours Are The Only Ears) founded in 2013. While the band has been around for a few years, releasing songs here and there, “A Partner to Lean On” is TRACE MOUNTAINS’ first proper full length release. The record is out 2018 on Benton’s newly founded record label, FIGURE 2 RC.
SCANDROID, the modern Synthwave project from Detroit based artist/producer Klayton. The debut, self-titled SCANDROID album features 14 original tracks, ranging from the driving instrumental energy of “Destination Unknown,” to melodic vocal tracks like “Awakening With You,” rounded out with the cinematic epics “2517” & “Singularity.” As a child of the 80s, Klayton has also included a cover of the classic Tears For Fears song “Shout,” that he has been patiently waiting to cover since he first heard the song on U.S. radio in 1985. The 67 minute album depicts themes of a cyberpunk future where humans and sentient robots struggle to find a connection in their dystopian world.
DEATH, the heavy metal institution founded, realized, and helmed by legendary guitarist Chuck Schuldiner, released its legendary fourth studio album “Human” (’91) to massive worldwide critical acclaim. The album’s complex and progressive music and introspective lyrics marked a massive stylistic change away from the more primitive early material for the group, and “Human” went on to become one of the most influential metal records in the history of the genre. Now remixed under the watchful eye of longtime DEATH producer Jim Morris, “Human 2011” represents the fully-realized version of this epic album. Now remixed, remastered, repackaged and featuring over an hour of newly unearthed and previously unreleased early demo tracks, “Human 2011” is the definitive edition of this true metal classic.
BAND NAME: DEATH
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records
RIPPLE MUSIC’S ongoing award-winning series, “Second Coming of Heavy”, split 12″ with two underground bands of heavy stoner/doom. Chapter 7 featuring SWITCHBLADE JESUS and FUZZ EVIL, two bands of southwestern, desert-addled heavy. This Vinyl only release is available in three versions, the Ascension, The Risen OBI, and the Resurrection Limited Editions. Get some at RIPPLE!
This is the fourth EP of original music and the third vinyl release in as many years from GOODBYE NOVA, one of Utah’s most-viewed bands on YouTube. With songs ranging from edgy pop/rock to chill beach vibes, “The Show” stands as a showcase of the writing ability of singer/songwriter Brock Bentley.
GAME: Goodbye Nova
After almost a year of writing, UNFAIR FIGHT has finished their latest, darkest and easily their best album to date. A “Hardcore Punk Concept Record” that has been meticulously arranged to coincide with vocalist Dan45’s short story that appeared in his Social Coma Fanzine. Based out of Las Vegas, NV, UNFAIR FIGHT and their own “Crucial 45” record label have been actively playing and putting out music for the better part of 6 years. Aggressive yet positive hardcore – Short, angry bursts follow more technical metallic flourishes. “False Walls” is out now!!!