Fresh Faces in Music: 8 New Bands You Must Hear

What's your favorite new band?

Fresh Faces in Music: 8 New Bands You Must Hear
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A lot of music fans claim that rock and metal are very much dead, but would you agree? Can you think of any awesome new faces to prove this theory wrong? And we don't mean just the ground-breakers and trend-setters, any plain cool band would do for a start. We noted down a few of our picks, check them out and then share your favorites in the comments.

Royal Blood

Formed in early 2012, Royal Blood are a rock duo consisting of Michael Kerr on bass and vocals and Ben Thatcher on drums. The guys pack quite a punch with their riff-based approach, drawing comparisons to such class acts as the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. Definitely check them out.

Haken

If you're a prog fan, Haken's latest album "The Mountain" is a record you cannot allow yourself to miss. You could confidently say that London-based prog metallers delivered one of the genre's best and most underrated efforts in 2013. Founded in 2007, they'll be performing at 2014's Progressive Nation at Sea, definitely give them a listen.

Phantogram

Founded in 2007, electro rock duo Phantogram features Josh Carter on vocals and guitars and Sarah Barthel on vocals and keyboards. The band scored their first hit with "When I'm Small" track off their 2009 debut record "Eyelid Movies." Give it a listen below.

Black Crown Initiate

Switching into the more extreme metal domain, Black Crown Initiate describe themselves as "the sound of a sentient being at war with itself and everything else." Founded in 2012, the band drew comparisons to the Opeth vibe influenced by various extreme styles. They'll be out on Metal Alliance Tour this spring with Behemoth and Goatwhore, make sure to check them out.

Radkey

Punk rock act Radkey consists of three young brothers - Dee, Isaiah and Solomon. The boys are clearly talented, check them out as they rip it up on Jools Holland with "Out Here in My Head."

Pellek

A high-pitched treat for all the power metal fans, Pellek are a Norwegian band whose singer you might know from his YouTube cover videos. Check out their "Northern Wayfarer" tune below.

Meg Myers

Alt rock singer and former Jehovah's Witness Meg Myers kicked off her musical career in 2011 and is already drawing comparisons to such esteemed artists as Patti Smith, Sinead O'Connor and Fiona Apple. Make sure to give her "Heart Heart Head" single a listen or two.

Caligula's Horse

We'll round it up with another dose of prog, this time around coming from Australian progressive alt rockers Caligula's Horse. Active since 2011, the band lists Devin Townsend, Opeth, Steely Dan and Jeff Buckley among top influences. Check out their "The Tide, the Thief & River's End" record below.


Is there still hope for rock and metal? And have you got any new bands to single out? Share your thoughts and support in the comments.

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    johanaw91
    I don't think Haken made "one of the genre's best and most underrated efforts in 2013", I think it's the new record from Karnivool. In my oppinion Asymmetry is far more of a unique sounding record, to me Haken sounds like Dream Theater...
    crazysam23_Atax
    Karnivool aren't new though; Asymmetry is their 3rd album. And I don't see Dream Theater influence in Haken as a bad thing. Nor should any prog metal fan.
    johanaw91
    True, Karnivool isn't new, but still underrated. I don't like DT that much anymore, so Haken sounding like DT is a bad thing for me. Although Haken and DT make great music, I don't like it.
    sideslick
    Beware of Darkness aren't a bad band at all. They formed in 2011, and they just released their first album in 2013. Straight-up rock and roll.
    Momo320
    I have some really unknown bands to check out Anavae (Alternative Rock | They actually become famous at the moment) Any Given Day (Metalcore) Blunt (Nu Metal - They sound like Korn) Church Hill (Djent | really sick screamer) Kinetik (Djent, Progressive Metal | Really sick songs) Kosslowski (Hardcore, Rock'n'Roll | Only can found on Bandcamp) Lavatch (Hardcore) Raein (Screamo, Punk | awesome guitarsound) Seven Ways Gone (Hard Rock, Postcore | mixturen between Bullet for my Valentine, A7x and Black Stone Cherry) Shake The Pagoda Tree (Deathcore, Trancecore | really strange sound but awesome too) VITJA (Djent, Groove Metal | Ex singer from Shake The Pagoda Tree) Have fun
    Bazz22
    Nice to see Haken getting some recognition, The Mountain is absolutely insane.
    crosskip
    The Mountain is just brilliant. My personal aoty 2013 and one of the best prog rock records in years.
    leo4sf
    Check out Mammoth Salmon, stoner rock out of Portland Oregon. There are tons of great stoner bands coming out of Portland, and they are all better than the crap posted in this article!
    RGallagherFan
    Reignwolf for heavy Hendrixy rock Vikesh Kapoor for early Dylan-ish folk Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats for psych stoner rock The Strypes for early 60's R&B Temples for psych stuff
    kingjames123
    Check out Beyond Creation. Best tech/progressive death metal I've heard. Their first album, "The Aura," is one of my favorites from 2012. Also The Safety Fire is pretty good. They have a Periphery vibe but with some punk and more progressive elements. And Haken gave me goosebumps the first time I listened to them... like the first time I heard Dream Theater.
    Stalk027
    Guys, check ATMOSPHERES out. It's one the best porgressive band out there, coming straight from FRANCE.
    binadra1234
    Kadavar and Orchid beat all these bands. I will also add Sungrazer,Serpent Venom, Highway Child, Highway Child, Free Fall, conan, Brutus, Dead Lord, Noctum and many more.
    Thermon
    Phantomgram and Royal Blood were awesome, all good bands/artists in their own rights though.
    Elfy310
    Check out Caligula's Horse, in my top 5 albums of the year above Dream Theater, Mutiny Within, Vengeance Falls, ...yea even 13.
    alekswolo
    Caligula's Horse is my most shocking discovery of this year so far. It's beyond awsome.
    JelloCrust
    Radkey were tight, reminded me of Bad Brains, but better because they probably aren't homophobic tools who later changed their ways, apologized and then made lame music. . . actually, Radkey is better than early Bad Brains even. As an aside, has nobody ever actually listened to Patti Smith, because Meg Myers sounds nothing like her.