Remember Canadian metalcore/deathcore band Blind Witness? We certainly hope so. While the band only released a couple albums, they nonetheless made a big impression in a crowded scene last decade, and while the band hasn’t released an album in more than 5 years, that seems likely to change very soon.
Look, we get it. Progressive metalcore is a hugely crowded subgenre in itself, with young (and really talented) bands popping off all over the place. Bands like Erra, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, and Novelists are pushing the subgenre to new heights, both critically and commercially – but there is, of course, room for more talent. Enter unsigned Arkansas act Levels, whose new single, “Encapsulate”, does a great job of encapsulating their overall sound and talent.
2019 was another great year for music, but you don’t need us to tell you that. It was a year of both startlingly good debuts as well as comeback albums that didn’t seem likely, and Tool’s Fear Inoculum certainly qualified as such. The band’s first album in 13 years, the record set a number of milestones along the way – including becoming the longest song in history to hit the Hot 100. So is it really any surprise that Tool released one of the biggest albums of 2019 in any genre?
Last we checked on Arizona’s Holy Fawn, the shoegaze/post-black metal/what have you outfit had signed with Triple Crown Records, re-issued their debut album Death Spells, and are gaining the attention of bands like Thrice (they’re the opening band on Thrice’s upcoming Vheissu tour). Clearly, the hard work Holy Fawn have put in speaks volumes, but so too does the band’s uncompromising (and stellar!) vision.