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Being musician is very hard thing. It takes years of practice and dedication to become master of your instrument and I don’t even need to mention how hard is to become full time musician. I wanted to shout out few independent bands that are worthy of more recognition.

Destiny Potato

Yes, their name is Destiny Potato. Even though their name is pretty silly, their music is outstanding. It’s very hard to describe their music. They took sound that PeripheryMeshuggah and SikTh pioneered. Destiny Potato have released only one album so far, titled LUN. Even on this album they tend to shift their sound. Very clean production, great hooks, very complex guitar and very melodic vocal parts characterize their sound greatly.

Red Handed Denial

Red Handed Denial is progressive metal/djent band from Toronto. So far they have released 2 EPs and one full length album and have a new album coming out this year. With every new release they have set the bar for themselves very high. Their debut album saw them combining multiple genres from pop punk to post-hardcore and mixing them into one unique sound. The amazing Lauren Babic fronts the band and  has proven that she can do both clean and screaming vocals very well. The two guitar players, Chris and Aleksei, lay down some very complex but great guitar work. Overall, Red Handed Denial is one of the most promising independent bands at this moment and I would like to see them gaining more attention because the totally deserve it.

David Maxim Micic

Remember Destiny Potato?  Well, it is time to talk about solo project of a man behind Destiny Potato – David Maxim Micic. His solo stuff does not sound that much different from Destiny Potato, although there are some minor differences with the guitar has much more presence. David sometimes incorporates bits of jazz like on his BILO III EP. In my opinion, this EP is his best so far and it’s an absolute masterpiece when it comes to instrumental music.

Marcela Bovio

Marcela Alejandra Bovio García (born October 17, 1979 in MonterreyNuevo León) is a Mexican soprano singersongwriter and violinist. She was one of the founding members of the Mexican band Elfonía. She appeared on two Ayreon albums (The Human Equation and The Final Experiment) and fronted another Arjen Lucassen project called Stream of Passion, where she played violin. Marcela sang backing vocals on two Epica albums (The Quantum Enigma and The Holographic), and some songs on The Gentle Storm. All in all she is a well respected vocalist in the music industry.

In September 2016, she released her first solo album, Unprecedented. It’s a classical inspired album where all instrumentation is performed by a string quartet. Marcela’s operatic vocals fit the sound in such an amazing way. Unprecedented is easily one of the best albums I have ever heard in my life and I would definitely recommend you to check it out. 

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VISTA

Allegiance


Released: May 18, 2017

VISTA is an American rock band consisting of frontwoman Hope Vista and guitarist Greg Almeida. They combine long-loved arena influences to create and define a new, modern-day sub-genre in the alternative scene: anthem rock.

Before this song, the duo had released their Versus EP and new single “Henchman”. Listening through their catalog, I realized how much potential this band has. All the songs are very memorable and on “On The Brink,” Greg Almeida showed us that he can write fantastic guitar solos. Hope’s vocal performances are borderline amazing; on some parts of  “Mansions,” she even reminds me of Floor Jansen (lead vocalist of Finnish metal band Nightwish).

Last week, VISTA released their new single, “Allegiance”. So is “Allegiance” any good?

“Allegiance” isn’t good, “Allegiance” is amazing. Easily their best song so far.

Right from the start, this song has something not many rock songs do – though they should – and that “something” is cello. It sets up the perfect mood for this song with its dark tones.

The guitar work on this song is nothing complex and mind-blowing, but it serves the song in the best way possible, especially during the first minute and later parts where it has more presence in the mix.

Hope’s performance on this track is better than anything else in their catalog. Her vocals are charismatic and her performance in the chorus is amazing.  She sounds really commanding and carries the chorus, which is easily the best part of the song. It’s very catchy and it gets stuck in your head very easily.

Overall this song is outstanding. Definitely worth putting on repeat, just like the rest of VISTA’s catalogue. Here’s hoping we see them become a household name in the alternative scene because they totally deserve it.

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Flipturn

Heavy Colors


With the right promotion and little bit of luck, these guys will be household name in a few short years.

“Upbeat, high energy, and feel-good” sums up Flipturn to a T.

Hailing from Fernandina Beach, Florida, Flipturn is a rock band that brings on the good times, and their debut EP Heavy Colors shows us a great time.

I love when an EP starts off with the right song. In this case, that song is “Beep”. This is probably the second best song off the EP, just after “Vanilla”. All of the songs are great, so it’s really difficult to choose the “best ones”.

There is one thing that matters to me when it comes to rock music (or any music that uses guitar), and that is guitar tone. The tone on this EP is fantastic. It is absolutely the right kind of guitar tone that this kind of music needs. It is clean, but not “too clean”, and it perfectly matches with the rest of the instrumentation. This is especially true with the singer’s voice.

I swear, with the right promotion and little bit of luck, these guys will be a household name in a few short years. Let’s not forget the drummer, though. This guy is absolutely great. Just listen to his drumming on the outro of the song “Beep” and you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s like when a sprinter is giving everything in last few meters to finish in first place. It’s that kind of energy this drummer gives. 

As I already mentioned, “Vanilla” is the best song on this EP and there is only one reason for that – everything sounds amazing. The intro’s palm-muted riff sets up the foundation for a very clean, jumpy and melodic guitar riff. The rhythm guitar, just like the whole instrumentation during the verses, is fairly simple. This is great, though, because it opens up lot of “space” for the singer to show off his skills, and you know what? He uses this “space” well. 

Remember how I said that drummer did a good job on “Beep”? On the song “Cold”, he did an even better job, if that’s even possible. His drumming on this song is so complex that I had a feeling I was listening to a progressive rock song. Seriously, this band is full of very talented people, and the drummer is probably the most talented one. His drumming single-handedly carries this song giving it a very nice groove.

The EP closes with the song “Hypoxia”, and it is a perfect song to bring the album to an end. It makes me think of that moment when you say goodbye to someone, but you know that you will see him/her again.

So, when I said that the guitar tone of this EP is really good and is really “clean”, the same can be said for the production as well. It is very clean, which fits this type of sound pretty well. It is very polished but it’s not overproduced.

Overall, Heavy Colors is absolutely great and you should absolutely check it out!

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I have been listening to music since I was seven years old. I vividly remember the first song I ever heard, it was “Kad Bi Bio Bijelo Dugme” by Bijelo Dugme. It is 70’s prog-rock masterpiece. From that day, I fell in love with music. Do you know what the best thing is about music? When you stumble upon something that you have never heard of before; something special done only by that artist. Today I will show you five bands that pass as a certain genre, but can be considered “outsiders” of that genre. Basically, they are their own sub-genre. This list is in no particular order.

Alestorm

Alestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Now you are probably wondering, what is weird about this band? Their style of metal is called “pirate metal”. Yes, you read that right! And yes, it is absolutely amazing. Their music is type of music you would expect from Jack Sparrow if he formed heavy metal band. Everything they sing about is pirate-themed. Sometimes it’s about drinking, sometimes keelhauling. They are performing on Warped Tour this year. These guys are amazing live. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Hevisaurus

If you want your future children to grow up metal heads, then Hevisaurus is perfect band for you. Hevisaurus is Finnish heavy metal band whose music is aimed at children. The band members typically wear dinosaur costumes, which is totally metal. Their sound is not as heavy as generic metal, so it is perfect for younger music listeners.

Van Canto

While reading this article, I assume you may have come to the conclusion that heavy metal is very weird genre. Well, it’s about to get weirder. Up next is a metal band where everything is done by only vocals and drums. Meet Van Canto, a German a-cappella band. They were formed in 2006 and at this moment, are composed of five singers and one drummer.  Two out of five vocalists perform lead vocals while the other three use their voices to imitate the sound of guitars, drums etc. Guitar solos are even imitated with the voices of three singers, which is pretty killer. At first listen, their sound may come off as funny, but believe me when I say I had same reaction. Once you give them honest listen you will realize how talented these guys are.

Before I start talking about last two bands I need to explain a few things so you can fully understand what they’re about. To get started, let’s go back to the Ottoman Empire. It ruled over a big part of Southeast Europe for long period of time. Their influence can be found in almost everything, especially in music.  What electric guitar is for rock music, accordion is for traditional music of most of Southeast Europe.  Traditional music of Southeast Europe, if described in more technical ways, is music where a lot of melodies are written in thirds. Now that you have a basic understanding of how the music of Southeast Europe sounds, we can get back to last two bands.

Brkovi

Brkovi are a Croatian punk band from Zagreb, formed in 2004. They call themselves Turbo punk folk wellness and spa because their music at its core is punk but mixed with turbo folk, while wellness and spa is because of their live shows. Their live shows are very energetic, and once you go there you can be 100% you will feel like you spent two hours in very exclusive spa because you will be covered in sweat. Believe me, I saw them live a few weeks ago and that is exactly what happened. It was totally worth it because they are amazing live. 

Dubioza Kolektiv

Dubioza kolektiv, also known as Dubioza, is a band from Bosnia and Herzegovina known for their fresh take on hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. So far in their career they have released seven albums. Some of their albums are in Bosnian, while othere are in English (Wild Wild East and Happy Machine.) In 2008 they released their politically-charged breakthrough album Firma Ilegal, which made them household name in the Bosnian music scene. Fun fact, Firma Ilegal was first album I have ever bought and to this day it is one of my favorite albums of all time. Their sound not only changes from song to song, but sometimes it even changes during the same song. “Take No Escape” is a great example for this, having elements of punk,ska and Bosnian traditional music incorporated. On paper this combination should not work, but for some reason it works very well. 

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