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free musicThis week Sound Sunday explores the dark, loud, and aggressive side of music with a special edition dedicated to metal and hardcore. Mixed with punk and rock, these genres produce explosive as well as surprisingly melodic tunes which are unmistakably loud, yet deep and emotional, revealing massive artistic skill.

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EP: Perspectives – DEMO 2011

Genre: punk, hardcore, melodic hardcore

From their Facebook page: Perspectives is a group of friends playing meaningful music with as much as energy as we can muster. We want to make friends and connect with as many people possible.

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DEMO 2011 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Lost In Kiev – Motions

Genre: rock, post rock, post metal, post hardcore

From their Last.FM profile: Inspired by their travels in the songwriting process, the musicians of Lost in Kiev want to remain as free as possible. Since it is impossible for them to stick only to the label “post-rock” to which they are clearly attached (stretched length of the titles, melancholic tracks), they juggle with various styles, from a foggy groovy trip-hop to a heavy post-hardcore via an epic metal.

Motions is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Boring – Let The Captain Sink

Genre: hardcore, punk, melodic hardcore

From their website: Here are The Boring, a 5 pieces punk-hardcore band from Colmar, eastern France. (…) We play fast, we scream loud and make crappy jokes! And we’re not satisfied of it. We want more ! We’ll do more ! We’re working more !

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Noisefight – Downward Spiral

Genre: punk, hardcore, melodic hardcore

From their Facebook page: The band was formed in February 2010. by young musicians with a desire to develop their ideas and enthusiasm to contribute Croatia and Pula punk-rock scene by their own original arrangements. Noisefight presented themselves to the audience at early beginning, performing on the Festival of “Media Mediteranea” with several other bands. Inspired by music of bands like Bad Religion, Rise Against, Ignite, and similar, are trying to make interesting and creative music and present it to the audience carried by energy and good cheer that are manifested in the texts of original songs.

Downward Spiral is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: The Recovery! – This One’s For The Lovers…

Genre: punk, pop, rock, metal, hardcore

The Recovery! are a heavy rock & Roll band from Glasgow in the UK. The five lads have received rage reviews from several music magazines and radio shows. Tom Aylott (Rock Sound Magazine): Forged from heavy roots, the band manage to intertwine melodic and punk sensibilities under some enviably heavy segments in their stride (…).

This One’s For The Lovers… is a free download from Bandcamp.

polaroids – i still have dreams,

Genre: indie, punk, pop, emo, hardcore, melodic hardcore

New Jersey’s Polaroids play melodic hardcore loaded with energy. The driven sound is contrasted with quieter passages, filled with guitar solos and percussion instruments.

i still have dreams, is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Gatherer – Postcards

Genre: punk, hardcore post hardcore, post punk

Gatherer is a five piece hardcore band from New Jersey. They are presently crowd-funding their debut album Caught Between a Rock and a Sad Place via an indiegogo campaign. Two weeks left to help an independent band self-release their music.

Postcards is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Lay It On The Line – Crowhurst

Genre: punk, rock, hardcore, post-hardcore, melodic hardcore

From their homepage: We are 4 gentlemen who enjoy making music and have done since we did our first show in 2012. We, so far, a demo, an EP and a mini album and a split EP with Arizona from Belgium as of May 2013. We thank anyone massively for taking an interest in our band.

Crowhurst is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Loyalist – Train Tracks EP

Genre: rock, metal, metalcore, hardcore, melodic hardcore, screamo

From their Facebook page: Loyalist is a six piece melodic metalcore group from Toronto, Canada. The band started based on the concept of two guitarists, Adrian Hawryschuk and Connor Robinson. The pair began writing material and recording pre-production which served as the basis for the now ‘Train Tracks EP’. (…) With goals in sight, you can expect big things in the future from Loyalist.

Train Tracks EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Silent Divine – All In On Nothing

Genre: rock, metal, metalcore

From their Facebook page: Arising from the Denver music scene in 2010, The Silent Divine presented to the public their ground-breaking demo; including songs such as Wicked Lies (…) and Fade Away. (…) The Silent Divine has expanded on their sound in every direction, adding life into a genre that has become watered down by carbon copies. The Silent Divine has proved that they are a force to be reckoned with, as their music appeals to metal fans and non-metal fans alike.

All In On Nothing is a free download from Bandcamp.

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  1. macwitty
    May 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Yes, that's my music! Nice to listening to some new bands.

  2. Nikita
    May 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, great music! This genre isn't usually the first one to be mentioned anywhere, really glad that it's gotten a place on MakeUseOf! Thanks for the music.

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