Sirona launches a MASSIVE playlist showcasing underground artists. (#underground #undergroundmusic #netlabel )

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Sirona Records recently launched a new music player on their website, which features HUNDREDS of tracks from Sirona releases.

When I say hundreds, I mean 228 and counting. This playlist will likely grow massively in the coming weeks.

So do your self a favor, head on over to their website to access the endless showcase of underground talent.

New Sour Milk Theorem song is slow, heavy, and makes you ready to walk into the rain.

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Sour Milk Theorem is a one man melodic metal band I have been following for many years now.

Any time SMT releases new music, IT IS REALLY GOOD.

This new song is no exception. IT IS REALLY GOOD.

Take a listen to “Waking To The Rain” on soundcloud now.

It is slow, heavy, and melodic.

Enjoy ❤

Follow Sour Milk Theorem on FACEBOOK and SOUNDCLOUD

Look for the new Sampler due out soon.

Sirona Records has a new mixtape out, and it’s brutal!

Sirona Records puts out a new Mix Tape every so often. The Mix Tapes are themed, usually with a collection of songs with similar genres. These songs are pulled from Sirona’s massive library of free releases, hand picked by our friend Arnaude (Owner of Sirona)

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Mix Tape #7 features 22 songs that hail from various metal genreS. It even features five tracks from Tunnel to Underground Volumes 2 and 3.
Not to mention, it features a couple tracks from our very own Shovel Bums here in the Tunnel. (MirroriM, No Class Assassins, The Wretched Corpse Anatomy)
So throw it in the player and start punching holes through the wall right away.

To check out Sirona Records collection of Mix Tapes CLICK HERE <-

Juneva: Boston Funkcore? I can dig it.

Juneva, a self-proclaimed “Funkcore” band from the Boston area, have delivered an outstanding debut four-track EP. I’m really digging the sounds on this thing. The instrumentation is excellent and the vocals are utilized with great effect. There is a nice mix of clean singing and some screaming on here and they both sound awesome. Some members of this group were in a band that released one of my favorite EPs last year. Their band Storyteller disbanded to form this band. Check out their EP Sonne Lacuna here!

On to the Juneva release, A Cambiata!

This EP has some really fun guitar work. As a guitarist primarily, it is typically the first thing I listen for when getting into a new band. It didn’t disappoint me at all. Very melodic leads all over these four tracks that sound happy and make me want to move. This EP is littered with excellent chord progressions and it really shows. Despite being very active, I don’t think the guitar is too over-the-top. I really want to know what gear was used on this record, but I’d like to know. I know Tyler Dack, one of the guitarists, runs a 2-Channel Dual Rectifier. If that’s what I’m hearing, it sounds great. Juneva, get at my effects pedal blog and tell me your gear if you read this. fuckyeaheffectspedals.tumblr.com Thanks in advance. hehe

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The drums are fun and really add a lot of dynamic, they change up pretty regularly and are very tasteful. They are a big part of the overall vibe of the EP. I’d love to see them performed live. Now the vocals on this are really great and I think they give the band a good shot at doing pretty well. The clean singing really compliments the music and sounds awesome throughout the entire EP. The screaming is nice, and I can actually make out the lyrics which is always a plus. I really like when the vocals are blended together in spots. The vocals are in front of the mix a little more than I like, but not enough so that it bothers me. More so just a preference thing there. The mix overall is actually pretty solid. Everything is easily distinguishable and sounds clear. Kudos to the engineering and mixing.

Overall, I’m just really stoked that there is a band out there taking some of my favorite elements of bands like Dance Gavin Dance and making it more refined and even cohesive. This EP is super dancey and it’s really refreshing to hear from a small band. I really hope they stick together for a while and make plenty of other releases, I think they could do great things. Don’t sleep on this EP, because it’s fucking great. It’s also name your price, so you have no excuse to check it out!!

Check out Juneva’s pages listed below for more information and stay in contact with them.

Juneva’s Facebook

Juneva’s Twitter

Juneva’s Bandcamp

Thanks for reading!

-Komrade Karebear

Native Wildlife, “A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind”, Full Length Release

Native Wildlife, “A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind”, Full Length Release

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Hey everyone. I’m finally getting around to making my first post now that I am settled in at college and have something I feel is worth the coverage.

Just a few days ago my favorite unsigned band from the East Coast, Native Wildlife, released their first full-length LP, A Simple Life, A Quiet Mind. Let me say, I have been anticipating the release for a long time.

Before I get into talking too much about the album I should introduce you to the band. Native Wildlife are a five-piece post-hardcore outfit from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They are still a relatively new band with two EP releases and this new full length. They deliver what I can only describe as some pretty fucking raw Post-Hardcore with some elements of ambiance and delicate guitar. Their lyrics are translated beautifully through Steve, their vocalist’s, ever-improving and intensely emotive vocal performances. Their sound is really refreshing to me in a genre that very easily blurs together. Partially due to Steve’s vocal style and the rest attributed to the band’s instrumentation.

On with the album! The opener, “An Ending”, starts the album off with a beautifully chill acoustic melody accompanied by some ambiance in the background. The track fades into the first heavy track on the album, “Invocation”. This track doesn’t waste time, getting right into one of my favorite verses of the album lyrically. This track is one of the more straight forward tracks on the album. Though there are some pretty rad lead lines that start around the second verse and I like those a lot. Really great vibes on the track. The bridge to the last verse makes a really cool transition and I love how hard Steve goes for the end of the track.

The next track, “Obsession”, is immense. Rather short, but the track explodes after a single snare hit into some of the heaviest stuff on the record. Steve is going 150% on this track and it’s no wonder why they threw a live single version on the Heads Up Records compilation that was released in March of this year. Just an incredibly heavy track with heavy everything bringing it down heavy as fuck all of the time. It’s excellent. With a little feedback it ends going into another pretty short track that has some of my favorite guitar work. “Progeny” has some cool lead stuff going on and some great lyrics, especially the last verse. Check it outtt.

(I also realize I’m not being very descriptive. Just kinda running down the record. I’m no music reviewer yet.)

The next track, “Nomad”, is very chill with some delayed out guitar and then it crescendos with the drums coming in and leading seamlessly into the next track, “Legacy”. This track features Dave Vitola, the front man of the Boston Hardcore band Deathdealer. This track gives me feels. I like it a whole lot. They also released a very cool music video for these two songs before the album dropped. Erik Rojas put together an awesome video for them. Excellent live shots of the band and some eerily creepy footage of people cutouts and stuff. It’s neat.

Watch it!

The next track, “Unhallowing”, is currently my favorite. It’s got some really cool guitar tones, as does the whole album. Some super gnarly bass tones, especially this gnarly riff that is in the forefront of the track for a few seconds. Steve and John alternate vocals on this track and it sounds awesome. I dig them grooves, brah. The song fades and the next and final track starts…

“Most Times” wraps up the album with a hauntingly beautiful a poem by William James, a poet from Pittsburgh, introducing the longest track on the record. I really like this track. After uncle BillJim’s poem fades out with the melancholic guitar, the track shifts into a powerful song. Tremolo picked ambiance fills the space while everything else just slams down this epic half time beat for a bit. The track picks up before going into a very broken up and terribly heavy hitting riff. It’s almost menacingly uncomfortable. Just as the heaviness subsides, noise from oscillating delays and effect madness bring the record to an end.

Overall I think this record is brilliant and it has a lot going for it from an unsigned and mostly unheard band from the East Coast. The album was recorded and mixed on 2″ tape by Alex-Garcia Rivera at Mystic Valley Recording Studio in Medford, MA and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA. Knowing the amount of time and effort put into this record I highly recommend looking into it and giving it an appropriate listen through. Native Wildlife are some of the nicest guys I’ve had the opportunity to go chill with and see play and they are writing some rad music.

Check out Native Wildlife’s pages, download their records, buy some merch, like their pages, talk about them, support, and spread some love.

“That is a wrap… Start me at the beginning.” -John Snyder

Why it’s okay to use multiple Net-Labels to host your free net release.

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This is a topic I have been pretty adamant about for many years now.

Today we are going to talk about why it is okay for you as an artist to use multiple net labels to host your free music download.

First, I want to make it clear that it is every Net Label’s right to want your release to be exclusive to their label. A Net Label with exclusive releases is one that stands out in a crowd.

However.

Just because a Net Label wants your release to be exclusive to their label doesn’t mean you have to, or that you even should. This is why.

Net Labels do not own the rights to your art. You do.

Normal Record Labels sign law binding contracts with artists and own the rights to most of their artist’s material. In return for this, they provide  the artist with royalties, a very large amount of outreach, hook their artists up with shows, alot of times they will help with expenses such as recording costs and travel costs (but not always) ect.

Point being, they have alot to offer in return. Which is why most artists sign away their rights to these bigger labels. Net Labels typically will not supply any of these benefits whatsoever.

Net Labels are ran by hobbyists and enthusiasts for the most part, for free. Alot of times they use a third party hosting service such as archive.org, bandcamp, or media fire, and put your music out there on the net for everyone to download freely. It’s a beautiful thing really.

Net Labels have a limited out reach. Their outreach usually depends on their networking skills and how much time they have put into their resources and contacts.

Alot of netlabels have a very small outreach, while others have a fairly large outreach. But none of these labels usually have an outreach that compare to a legitimate record label.

Now the outreach thing is key to this topic.

Each Net Label typically has it’s own unique outreach and fan base. Every label you host your release on is targeting a different group of people (for the most part).

This is not ALWAYS the case. There are certainly Net Labels out there that share alot of the same followers. But, there are countless Net Labels in the world, and most of them do in fact have an outreach that they uniquely created over time.

This is the main reason why you as an artist should host your music on as many labels as you see fit. IT FURTHERS YOUR OWN OUTREACH.

As a free artist, it is important for you to know that you always hold the power over your content unless you sign a legal contract stating otherwise.

If you release an album or song on a Net Label that requests exclusive releases and decide later on down the road that you would like to try another avenue THEN DO SO. It is your right. The Net Label has the right to belly ache and maybe even take your release out of it’s free catalog BUT THAT’S IT.

Don’t ever take flack from a Net Label owner who is mad at you for doing whatever you please with your own music.

I do recommend that you keep this in mind when you are shopping for labels to host your work though. I personally research and avoid labels that requests exclusive releases. Like I said before, even though it is an unrealistic expectation for any net label to have exclusive releases, it is still their right to try. It is their label after all.

Let me list the reasons why Net Labels do not deserve exclusive rights to your content.

  1. You own the rights to your music unless a legal agreement has been made.
  2. Net Labels do not supply you with the same benefits as a real Record Label.
  3. Net Labels have limited outreach

Here are the reasons why you SHOULD seek multiple Net Labels to host your release.

  1. It furthers your outreach and allows you to target a more diverse fan base.
  2. You worked hard on your music and are giving it out for free!
  3. It helps you meet and make friends with alot of cool Net Label owners.

I am not writing this to bash Net Label owners. I have a deep respect for people that volunteer their time to help underground artists gain outreach. I ran a net label for three years myself and I know what these guys go through for artists like you and I.

When I was running my Net Label, alot of the artists on my label would contact me and ask me if it was okay that they submit their release to another label. Even though I thought it was kind for them to consider me, I always told them that the best thing to do was to submit their music to as many Net Labels as they possibly could to gain a wider audience.

And that’s the bottom line.

Keep digging that fucking tunnel. ❤

Torn Flesh Records hits us with some Zelophilia, and it’s bittersweet.

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Last night I decided to check out a recently posted release at Torn Flesh Records, and low and behold it turned out to be gold .

Zelophilia can only really be described as an Avant Garde/Mathcore band. But that title really does them little justice, because this album is so much more than that. I haven’t stopped listening to it since the discovery. It’s that good.

It deals in dark themes, most of which are sexual in nature. Between the heavy/raw riffage you get these awesome Sinatra esque vocals.

Every now in then we get some narrative filler, by what sounds like a demented freak the likes of Clown from the Spawn comic books.

The production value is great, we have layers upon layers of interesting sounds. Makes for great atmosphere.

I don’t want to get into it much more, because I am still devouring this thing. But I recommend this to anyone who likes a little experimentation with their heavy.

Fucking A.

Download and Stream Zelophilia’s “Lust, Loathing, & Love.” HERE

Check out the band HERE (Facebook) and HERE (Bandcamp)

And Keep updated with Torn Flesh Records/Netlabel HERE 

Gotta hand it to Torn Flesh for always finding that Diamond in the rough ❤