Who Are They: Lawrence Taylor (vocals), Sean Long (guitar), Mat Welsh (guitar), Aaran McKenzie (bass), Adam Savage (drums)
Where Are They From: Sheffield, England
What Do They Sound Like: Blood curdling rasps combine with vicious riffs that toe the line between metal and hardcore, to create a sound that’s both anthemic and terrifying. Don’t expect room to breathe, these boys only take their foot off the gas to bellow something addictive or to institute a crafty timing change.
Why They Rock: Debut album This Is The Six might just be the most impressive metal/hardcore debut since Gallows unleashed Orchestra Of Wolves on an unsuspecting United Kingdom back in 2006. It’s not all vitriol however, While She Sleeps deliver top end hooks to rival their blistering assault.
The Essential Track: “Death Toll”
What Next: Debut album This Is The Six does not disappoint.
Who Are They: David Draiman (vocals), Geno Lenardo (guitar)
Where Are They From: Austin, Texas
What Do They Sound Like: Device attempt to blend grand-grinding-anthemic industrial with Disturbed’s patented, jagged, (and implausibly catchy), vocal blurts. The result is a synth-metal sound that’s surprisingly melodic. Geno’s guitar and Draiman’s not-quite-rapped verses provide bursts of aggression without trampling all-over the seething industrial grooves.
Why They Rock: The idea of combining David Draiman of Disturbed with Geno Lenardo of Filter will either fill you with dread or have you foaming at the mouth with anticipation. Disturbed were always a marmite band and the infectious Device are no different.
The Essential Track: “Villify”
What Next: Check out their self-titled debut.
Enter Shikari renew their archly political assault while expanding their sonic horizons on The Mindsweep.
Brutish, brazen and ungodly satisfying, Royal Blood rode a barrage of chugging bass grooves all the way to the top of the charts in 2014.
Opeth may preach exclusively to the converted, but to overlook the Swedes’ staggeringly consistent brilliance is foolhardy.
Soothing and sorrow-laden in equal measure, Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs left Guitar Planet speechless.
Guitar Planet has had a love/hate relationship with Slash since Velvet Revolver split, but it remains impossible to deny his freewheeling riffs and slippery solos.