WINDRUNNER is a progressive metalcore quintet hailing from Hanoi, Vietnam. Founded
in early 2015 from the merger of two renowned Vietnamese metalcore bands: Epione
and Alive In Sight, WINDRUNNER quickly made a name for themselves with their
unique blend of rhythm and melodies, groovy yet intricate riffs, soothing ambience,
melodic guitar lines, coupled with catchy vocal choruses from female vocalist Duong
Bui. Their debut EP “VUI” was released in June 2015 and received positive acclaims
from around the world. Since then, WINDRUNNER has actively toured
around Vietnam, South East Asia and South Korea, supporting bands such as
Attila, Secrets, Benighted, Hiss From The Moat, Coldburn, King Ly Chee, Born From Pain, Earthists, and many others. The bands debut, ‘Mai” will be released 11/30/2018 via Famined Records and can be pre-ordered here. Check the band out on Facebook and if you get the chance, check out the little interview I had with the band, which you can read below!
Formed in 2010, the boys in Mycelia already have quite an impressive resume: 2 EP’s and 3 LP’s. Mycelia have continuously strived to defy the traditional boundaries between metal’s various subgenres, while still keeping their sound fresh and engaging. Drawing on influences ranging from hardcore, metal and djent to jazz and classic film scores, the Swiss six-piece has continually baffled both critics and fans with their complex, heavy-yet-catchy arrangements. The band’s signature sound pairs groovy, crushing rhythmic sections with subtle, intricate melodies, on top of surgically precise drumming and vocal arrangements that range from soaring clean vocals to utterly brutal screams and growls. Their newest outing, Apex, is due out October 12th via Eclipse Records. I had a chance to chat with the band about some various topics like the origin of their name, where their roots lie in terms of influences, and plenty of other interesting topics. For more information on Mycelia, please visit them on Facebook, Twitter, or Eclipse Records, and follow them on Spotify. Preorders for the album can be found here.
New Music Friday is a weekly post that highlights the best new music of the week. This week’s edition features both well-known and under the radar bands we think deserve a spin (or three), so give them all a listen. Whether you like pop-punk, progressive metal, indie rock, or anything in between, we think there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here. Especially that new Boston Manor record – a real stunner. Oh, and we’re including some exceptional new singles, too.
Hot off the release of their debut album ‘Hollow Earth’ Canada’s The Healing are busy taking in all the positive feedback they have received since the release. Being progressive metalcore, fans already know to expect a mixture of harsh and clean vocals, some bouncy riffs and some breakdowns throughout, but the question is: what separates The Healing from their contemporaries? Quite simply, it’s the talent these guys have combined with how well everything is executed. For a debut record, these guys did one hell of a job and definitely need some more recognition, hence why we decided to chat with them. Give them a like on Facebook and pick up the album or some merch on Bandcamp!