In The Spotlight: Signs Of The Swarm – “The Disfigurement Of Existence”

Much like the city they hail from (the Steel City, Pittsburgh PA), recent Unique Leader signees Signs Of The Swarm are, well, swarming the masses with their destructive blend of deathcore, slam, hardcore, and blistering death metal. Not nearly content to be just a pigeonholed deathcore band, what Signs Of The Swarm are doing on The Disfigurement Of Existence is worth noticing and listening to.

If you don’t believe me, their video for “Cesspool Of Ignorance” (which you can stream below) captures everything the band does well – technical drumming, bone-breaking guitars, and certainly a pretty insane vocal performance. If you’re a fan of death metal, deathcore, slam, or almost any extreme metal genre, SOTS needs to be on your radar. Don’t sleep. The Disfigurement Of Existence drops November 3rd.

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Into The Synapse: Guitarist Angel Vivaldi stars in “Shred Side Story: The Musical”

I wish I could take credit for such a witty title, but I can’t – it’s courtesy of a Youtube commenter. That being said, famed guitarist Angel Vivaldi and his new concept album, Synapse, are both just dandy. One of the press releases supporting the album describes it much better than I possibly could – The album consists of eight songs, each written for a specific brain chemical, which incites a different emotion. For full immersion, the studio was painted 8 times during the writing of each individual song in its associated color.

Having seen Angel Vivaldi live just last year with Gus G (who also guests on Synapse), I can tell you that he’s one of the best guitarists you’ll ever see live. This isn’t just ear service. When Angel plays live, it’s a true experience with lights, crowd interaction, and of course, shredding. It’s almost mind-numbing how gifted he is. Don’t believe me? Peep the recently released video for “Seratonin” (which features Nina Strauss) below, and try not to have your mind changed. He’s also heading on tour with Scale The Summit and Andy James, so go see them. Seriously.

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Stream the debut album from Swedish alt-metal newcomers, Noija

Reminiscent of compatriots Northlane, Sempiternal-era Bring Me The Horizon, and Bad Omens, Swedish band Noija have released their debut album, Colorblind. The album, which can be streamed in full below, straddles the line between modern rock, post-hardcore, and lush, atmospheric metalcore. And while Noija aren’t necessarily breaking new ground that previous bands haven’t stepped on before, they do have a bright future. Vocalist Nick Serlsted seems almost effortless behind the microphone, and given some time, he could be a major force in the music scene.

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