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The V13 Fix #012 w/ Dååth, Unearthly Rites, maybeshewill and more

From pop to metalcore, experimental grindcore to indie, each week The V13 Fix will bring you a roundup of all the new music worth hearing…

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The V13 Fix

Welcome to the latest The V13 Fix our weekly round-up of some of the best albums, singles and EPs to drop in our laps/inboxes this week. From pop to black metal to experimental pop to punk rock, there is something for everyone in this mix of new music. Check out and support all the bands and labels if you like what you hear and if there is a particular album you like, make sure you head over to Spotify and check out one of our specially curated playlists where there is more great new music added daily.

Alternatively, if you’re in a band or want one of your bands considered for inclusion get in touch. While we can’t guarantee every album or EP we receive will be included, there are still plenty of other ways we can support you.

So, without further ado, sit back, plug in your headphones and get this week’s V13 Fix of new music…

Heavyhex
‘True To You’
Bridge Nine

Where post-hardcore/melodic hardcore really clicks is when a band manages to get that blend between aggression and positivity just right. One of the bands who seems to have just about got that mix down is Long Island crew HEAVYHEX whose Bridge Nine Records debut, True To You strikes that balance. Their ten-song debut tackles the frustration of personal struggles and societal issues with both unbridled frustration but also the encouragement to embrace change. It’s all done with grit, New York attitude and bags of heartfelt passion.

Pick up your copy of True To You online here.

Unearthly Rites
‘Ecdysis’
Prosthetic Records

The word Ecdysis may mean the process of shedding the old skin but there is nothing about the debut album from Finnish death/doom metallers Unearthly Rites which indicates they are shedding off the past. In fact, listening to the band bludgeon through the likes of “Deep Drilling Earth’s Crust” and “Capitalocenic Nightmare” you would go as far as saying the band openly embrace the past. A sludgy, abrasive affair, Ecdysis fits in nicely with the current approach where bands adopt a dirty, slimy production. Themewise the band take on institutional apathy on “Sacrifice Zones” while the blunt “Fuck Ecofacism” sits nicely with the punkish approach the band take to their fury.

Pick up your copy of Ecdysis online here.

The Last Element
‘Act I: Find Me in the Shadows’
Drakkar Entertainment

Amsterdam-based modern metal band The Last Element are already a hit across digital platforms and playlists having amassed 3+ million streams on Spotify alone. It’s easy to see why as their anthemic, polished modern metal certainly has the right balance of grit and earwormy hooks to be a hit with that audience. This album sees the band combine their much acclaimed, digital “Chapter” EP-series, I – IV, into one package with the narrative of the set taking the listener deep into the human soul. They tell this story through a mixed soundtrack of hook-filled, gritty, soaring modern metal that, had they come from California, would surely have seen those streaming figures deservedly quadruple. Arena-sized modern metal for a band who deserve an arena-sized reputation.

Pick up your copy of Act I: Find Me in the Shadows online here.

The Plot In You
‘Don’t Look Away’ [Single]
Fearless Records

Following on from their recent emotion packed single “Closure”, Ohio-based melodic metalcore crew The Plot In You are back with another heartwrenching banger. Now, whereas “Closure” was a more melody-laced affair, “Don’t Look Away” is a completely different kettle of fish. A jarring, electronic-drenched effort, the star of the show on this track is vocalist Landon Tewers who almost rips his throat out with a frustration-filled rage. A three-minute outpouring of tension, “Don’t Look Away” is still emotional but definitely tips heavily towards the more abrasive end of the metalcore scale.

Pick up your copy of Don’t Look Away online here.

Marisa and the Moths
‘What Doesn’t Kill You’
Tonesick Records

The moody tone with which What Doesn’t Kill You, the second album from highly-rated rockers Marisa and the Moths, kicks off not only sets a bar for this album but also shows what an incredible vocal range frontwoman Marisa has. Remeniscence of Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee at her most emotional, the lead track “Cursed” proves itself to be mere tantalising taster for the rest of this huge sixteen track album. The band revisit this more sombre, dramatic style throughout the album but, for the majority of the album, Marisa’s reflection of the last three years is played out to a driving, pulsating, 90s grunge/alt-metal inspired beat. A journey which took her to some dark places, What Doesn’t Kill You is an emotional album where every moment feels as cathartic to listen to as it was to write.

Pick up your copy of online here.

Dååth
‘The Deceivers’
Metal Blade

I have to admit that when The Deceivers dropped into my inbox, there was a little bit of me which got a tad excited. It’s creators, Dååth, were a band who took the extreme metal scene by storm before going on haitus 13 years ago. Reinvented with new members joining Eyal Levi and vocalist Sean Zartorsky, Dååth 2024 sound like a band reborn. Mixing jarring Meshuggah-style tech-metal with almost operatic prog-metal, The Deceivers is slammingly heavy one moment then dramatically epic the next. Having been almost obsessive in his search for new members, time in Septicflesh and Decapitated brought extreme metal experience to the line-up while lead guitarist Rafael Trujillo brought a classical background to the mix. Mixed together, the end result sees Levi’s and Zartorsky’s vision executed flawlessly.

Pick up your copy of The Deceivers online here.

maybeshewill
‘Fair Youth (2024 Mix)’
Century Media

An album which took UK instrumental act maybeshewill around the world when it was released ten years ago, maybeshewill have taken this opportunity to celebrate everything about the album by giving it a freshen up for 2024. Newly remixed & remastered by the bands own Jamie Ward, the album was followed by an extended break for the group but left a special place in the hearts of the band and their fans. Celebrated now, the remixed and remastered version almost takes on a new life with this breath of new life. Even listening through the sonically never perfect digital verion, you can hear every note on this album more clearly with every individual instrument benefitting from modern technology. Now, considering the quality which pours through on the digital version, true audio fans should be literally drooling at what this masterpiece will sound like on vinyl.

Pick up your copy of Fair Youth (2024 Mix) online here.

Deadaudiosaints
‘To Whom It May Concern….’
Self-Release

Yorkshire alt-rock three-piece Deadaudiosaints produce a sound with inspiration rooted heavily in the 90s electronic/alt-rock scene but doesn’t sound dated in the slightest. Listening to their blistering new EP, To Whom It May Concern…, there is flavours of Placebo and Nine Inch Nails when both bands were at their mid 90s peak. Moody, dark, pulasting, tracks like “Jaded” and “Crucify” are drenched with synths and electronics and the kind of hooks that sink in and simply refuse to let go. The whole thing doesn’t feel nostalgic or retro in anyway. Far from it as the band bring electronic/alt-rock swinging into the modern era courtesy of an EP that is very hard to ignore.

Pick up your copy of To Whom It May Concern…. online here.

Contention
‘Artillery From Heaven’
DAZE Style

Those of us who grew up in the 90s will be fully aware of the importance of the scene in Tampa, Florida. Spawning a generation of still vital death metal bands and albums, the groundwork was set for decades to come. Cut to 2024 and when you hear an album like Artillery From Heaven, it’s clear the Florida scene has much more to offer than just swampy death metal. Sitting very much musically in the vein of recent era Slayer and Hatebreed, Artillery From Heaven is what is known in the business as an absolute rager. Unapologetically vicious, the likes of “Lobotomite Bliss” tear along at a breathtaking pace while the grinding stomp at the end of “Nuclear Peace” bring this album crashing to a brutal, destructive conclusion.

Pick up your copy of Artillery From Heaven online here.

Wolves Don’t Sleep
‘Fears and Fractures’ [EP]
Self-Release

With a name like Wolves Don’t Sleep, I was half-expecting Fears and Fractures to be some Bring Me The Horizon-inspired affair. However, hearing the Nottingham band slam into the ferocious House of Glass on this new EP and you instead find a band whose sound is hugely inspired by the 00s metalcore scene. Citing the likes of Killswitch Engage and I Killed The Promo Queen as influences, there is chug, there is melody, there are throat-shredding vocals and there are those huge 00s metalcore breakdowns. It might not be anything new but, when the band add in a sinister air, Fear and Fractures becomes an altogther more ominous piece of work.

Pick up your copy of Fears and Fractures EP online here.

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