In The Spotlight: Dangerkids – “blacklist_”

In a perfect world, Dayton, OH-based rock band Dangerkids would have blown up upon their inception almost 5 years ago. In many ways, they did – early tracks like “We’re All In Danger” showcased their adept blend of influences like Linkin Park, Innerpartysystem, electronics, hip-hop, and modern rock. They landed slots on massive tours with Sleeping With Sirens, too. Their debut album, 2013’s Collapse, was also successful as well, garnering great reviews across the board.

Fast forward to 2017, and the music landscape has changed a lot. Bands like Sylar and Out Came The Wolves are garnering success, playing on major festivals, and Dangerkids is set to join them with album #2, blacklist_. It’s been a long time coming, but they’re a band that deserves your attention. Don’t believe me? Check out the songs “Things Could Be Different” and the title track below, and if you’re digging what you hear, preorder the record at It’s out January 27th. This is the blacklist.

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In The Spotlight: The Midnight – “Endless Summer”

The synthwave/retrowave revolution is here. Since the beginning of time, the music world has displayed a reverence for the past, whether it’s the current nu-metal revival trend (Sylar, Afterlife, My Ticket Home), or the scene that worships the 1980’s while still breaking new ground (The 1975, Timecop 1983, FM-84, Gunship). Synthwave duo The Midnight is thoroughly in the latter camp, and their album Endless Summer balances out the aforementioned nostalgia with depth. Don’t believe me? Check out album highlight “Vampires”, which would fit perfectly well on the Top Gun soundtrack. Endless Summer is an album with little discernible filler.

Listen to the whole thing below – if you have even a passing interest in electronic/pop/synth-based music, The Midnight is what you need in your life. Special mention should also be given to their previous EP Days Of Thunder – it’s arguably a prequel of sorts to Endless Summer.

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Rediscovered: Rise Of The Northstar – “Welcame”

Lately, there’s been a legion of bands who are reviving the traditional New York hardcore/metalcore sound in some way. Bands like Madball, E Town Concrete, Hatebreed, Life Of Agony, and Leeway obviously loom large, but so do elements of hip-hop, nu-metal, and more traditional modern metalcore. Enter France’s Rise Of The Northstar.

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Blue 42: Revisiting Haste The Day’s metalcore debut album, ‘Burning Bridges’


Cycle back to the early 2000’s, and you’ll find a completely different music scene thriving. With Myspace being a brand new thing, Facebook being a pipe dream, and album sales still going (somewhat) strong, the burgeoning metalcore scene wasn’t as saturated as it is today. Trustkill, Ferret, and other record labels were putting out some of the freshest metalcore and post-hardcore albums you could imagine, and what’s interesting is most of them are incredibly important today. Without Eighteen Visions, there’s likely no Motionless In White or Asking Alexandria, etc. You can add Haste The Day to the list of early-2000’s metalcore bands who were influential as well.

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