Since 2008, the Canadian three-piece noise rockers, Metz, have been tearing up concerts with their all-out sound. Listening to Metz feels like throwing your body down the stairs, hitting the bottom, looking back up to the top and saying, “Let’s do that again.”
Most people have a lot of pent-up anxiety in this day and age and they want to let it out. And this is a great excuse to do that. In the crowd and on the stage. I’ve been drawn to wrong notes, clashy notes my whole life. I can say for myself that there has always been a real passion in that style of music.
Alex Edkins, NBHAP
Metz has four albums to their name, the most recent of which being 2019’s Automat. That album is a compilation consisting of some of their “rare” tracks. If that is not enough to satisfy your cathartic needs, they had an EP come out near the end last month, titled M.E. If that, still, doesn’t have you wiped out, head to their official website for tour dates so you can thrash with them in person.
Metz do a number on their Ernie Ball Super Long Scale Slinky bass strings.
Check out the latest from Metz, M.E. down below.
Horror punk? Goth rock? Whatever you want to call it, Creeper makes heavy, yet melodic music with aptly haunting themes. Hailing from Southampton, England, the sextet has burst out of the scene and into our ears with their tracks. The band was featured on the cover of Kerrang! for their literal resurrection — after disbanding on-stage over a year ago, they have reemerged from the dead. Their latest single, Born Cold, is the first music they have released since, and they used it to announce their return.
This song is the introduction of one of the more villainous characters from our new story. Creeper was always about theatrics and cinema; as much about the aesthetic as the music. So we took it to Hollywood and made it in the shadow of some of our favourite films, where some classic records have been made, and let it become something else. In “Born Cold,” you can hear the DNA of the band and listen to it be transformed with the addition of some of the new elements that we’ve added to the process.
Will Gould, Kerrang!
If you want to see what Creeper is up to next, be sure to head over to their official website and keep an eye out for new music, news, and tour dates.
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Fire From The Gods
The metalcore crew from Austin, Texas, Fire From The Gods, are not afraid to speak their minds. Their music has spread like wildfire, and their versatility allows them to switch up from the shackles of genre. Listening to their music is exciting because you can never let your guard down with Fire From The Gods.
For some artists making music isn’t a choice, it’s fueled by something larger than themselves. This is undoubtedly true of Fire From The Gods whose second full-length American Sun sees them adopting the tagline ‘In Us We Trust’ meaning ‘we the people’ are responsible for change; a unifying statement in order to try to prevent society from succumbing to the growing malaise brought on by soul-sucking technology, divisive politics and environmental destruction.
Fire From The Gods Official Bio
If you want to hear just how much Fire From The Gods can do, be sure to check out their latest album, American Sun. It released at on the first of the month and has already gained traction, catapulting their name into the front of our minds. To hear them live, check out their official website for more information.
Fire From The Gods use Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinky Cobalt electric guitar strings, Power Slinky 5-string nickel wound bass strings, and guitarist Drew Walker plays the Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Majesty Monarchy and the StingRay5 Special HH bass.
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Let’s wrap up this week’s Follow Friday with two warm welcomes to the Ernie Ball family, with the first being Tropa Magica! The Pacheco brothers founded the band, combining elements of cumbia with surf and psychedelic rock into their own genre that they dub “psychedelic cumbia punk.”
This is feel-good music, but it’s not fluffy feel-good music: there’s enough subversion, mischief, and magic simmering below the surface to keep any misfit dancing.
Chicago Reader on Tropa Magica
Tropa Magica is irresistibly fun. They encapsulate a culture of East Los Angeles and put it in your face as some of the best music you could ever ask to dance to. Of course, it is fun for them too — the band would be remiss without their humorous stage presence and enthusiasm. If you want to see what we’re talking about for yourself, check out their official website for tour dates near you.
Tropa Magica use Power Slinky Classic Rock n Roll pure nickel strings and Regular Slinky Flatwound bass strings.
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Ed The Dog
Our second welcome to the family for the week is British alternative four-piece, Ed The Dog! Dressed in Oxford cotton button downs and ties, Ed The Dog might give off the wrong first impression. They know how to rock. Their debut album opens with the track “Funny Turns,” which will sucker punch you if you aren’t ready for it. As soon as you hear that first explosion, you’ll be hooked.
[We sound] like someone cried in their attic for a year and then uploaded it to Spotify.
Ed Wetenhall, Hidden Herd
With only an album under their belt, Ed The Dog has already made a lasting impression on the High Wycombe scene and beyond. Just like their song structure, their career path is off to an abrupt start that will make you want to stick around. To keep up with where Ed The Dog is headed next, be sure to keep an eye on their official website.
Ed The Dog use Ernie Ball Paradigm Power Slinky and Paradigm Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinky on electric. On acoustic, they go for Paradigm Light Phosphor Bronze. When it comes to the bass, they use Regular Slinky Flatwound Cobalts.
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