Artist: 
Jennifer Bowen
Label: 
Self-Released

A great single with great vocals! The song is really catchy and the lyrics are worth listening to. It gave me the vibe of an old disco mix with a little bit of techno. However, the song is not overwhelmed with techno beats at all, it has a pretty good balance with the vocals. Keeping an eye out for this upcoming artist!

Sounds Like: 
Gretta Ray
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
Artist: 
Zeal & Ardor
Label: 
MVKA

Zeal & Ardor is fantastic and Devil is Fine completely blew me away, so as soon as I saw this single I knew it was going to be great. And this song did NOT disappoint! "Gravedigger's Chant" is a beautiful song that incorporates piano, drums, and other instruments to create haunting instrumentals. Haunting is the prime word I use to describe Zeal & Ardor's music. It would be a disservice to not mention the heavy influence of black spirtuals, something I had never seen in metal, or any genre for that matter.

Sounds Like: 
Ilenkus
Sounds Like: 
Avant-Garde Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2018
Artist: 
Underoath
Label: 
Fearless Records

So to begin, I don't really listen to Underoath and don't really know a lot about them so I was not sure what to expect from these singles but I knew that they should be pretty good. These are the two singles from their new comeback album, Erase Me, titled "Rapture" and "On My Teeth". These two singles completely lived up to my expectations!

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me the Horizon (That's the Spirit)
Sounds Like: 
The Almost
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2018
Artist: 
Superchunk
Label: 
Merge Records

Superchunk is a band that has been around for a long 30 years and in those 30 years, they have released 11 full length albums. “What a Time to be Alive” being their latest release and what a time to be alive indeed. A couple years ago, the band had released a few albums (one in 2010 and another in 2013) that have been not so successful. Thankfully they didn’t give up and went on to release this beauty. It features guest appearances from Stephin Merritt, David Baza, Skylar Gudasz, Sabrina Ellis, and Kate Crutchfield.

Sounds Like: 
The Ramones
Sounds Like: 
Talking Heads
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018

Cristal Ramirez of The Aces Interview

KAMP DJ Amanda got to call up lead singer of indie pop band, The Aces, right after their debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, dropped! Listen to Amanda and Cristal's conversation here.

Artist: 
Inferi
Label: 
The Artisan Era

Inferi is tech death/melodic death metal band from Tennessee. I am reviewing two singles from their upcoming album Revenant. They have released 3 albums before this, and I honestly do not see why they do not have more of a following. They have been operating on bandcamp since 2007, and I believe they just recently got signed. I think that this album will be a turning point of their career and help them gain a larger fanbase. In their previous albums, you can often hear that they are bandcamp band; the other albums were very good, but the production was not always great.

Sounds Like: 
Dimmu Borgir but less symphonic and less industrial
Sounds Like: 
slayer mixed with ne obliviscaris??
Sounds Like: 
The Black Dahlia Murder
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
The Aces
Label: 
Red Bull Records

Alt Indie Pop, all-girl band, The Aces, are out with their new album “When My Heart Felt Volcanic” and it is great! I highly recommend.  This Utah originated band totally evades the cliché stigma of an all-female pop band and create a cool, calm, collected and strong image of the band. The music is the type that can relax you but also jam out to while getting ready to go somewhere. You can’t help but at least sway a bit when you listen to it. I love everything about it: the beat, the bass, but especially the guitar and vocals!

Sounds Like: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
DROELOE
Label: 
bitbird

Back in January, DROELOE released a single called "Backbone", a dance track that mixed minimalist beats with a complex chorus, and delivered a "tough love" message. Now DROELOE is back with "Many Words", a new single that takes their music in a different direction than their previous effort, and shows that they are not held down by only one style.

Sounds Like: 
San Holo
Sounds Like: 
WRLD
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Daniel Avery
Label: 
Mute Records

Remember that movie Tron? The one with Jeff Bridges? It had a lot of electronic music by Daft Punk? This album is just like that. The majority of the songs on this album could be the musical score of some movie, it has that vibe to it. Also, it would be ideal music for video games. Some songs have beats that are on a continuous loop and it kind of sounded repetitive because the songs are long, but you might like it. They are nice beats and dreamy beats. Recommend if you want something to listen to to help you fall asleep.

Sounds Like: 
Tron: Legacy Soundtrack by Daft Punk
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Kataklysm
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Canadian Death Metal band Kataklysm returns with a new single off of their upcoming 13th studio album Meditations. The new single Guillotine is already setting a really high bar for the album. This song is just downright dirty and evil. Between the dirty chugging verse riff and the melodic but intense chorus, this song has everything a Melodeath fan would hope for. Maurizio Iacono's vocals are sounding as aggressive as ever, and the guitar and drum work is outstanding.

Sounds Like: 
Hypocracy
Sounds Like: 
As I Lay Dying
Sounds Like: 
Six Feet Under
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
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