California metalcore act Silent Planet have always been one of those bands that don’t necessarily reinvent the genre with their music; instead they craft music that not only resonates with you but is also very thought provoking in terms of both lyricism and instrumentation. Whether it’s the band’s ability to convey emotion into music or the juxtaposition of Garrett Russell’s harsh vocals to Thomas Freckleton’s soaring cleans, “When the End Began” is definitely a thought-provoking and interesting album that any fan of the genre should experience.
South Wales alternative rock/post-hardcore newcomers Dream State are, to be perfectly honest, one of the brightest new bands we’ve found in a while. Breakout single “White Lies” was the band’s initial scene breakout, but they’ve followed it up with a solid debut EP on Recovery. While lying somewhere between alternative rock and more metallic-oriented post-hardcore, Dream State’s sound is relentless, melodic, and most of all, evocative.