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A year after their debut album, The Bunny The Bear returned with their sophomore effort, The Stomach For It. In case you’ve never seen TBTB live, you should know that the group revolves around two members: Matthew Tybor (Bunny) who handles the shouted vocals, and high pitch singer Chris Hutka (Bear). When these dueling vocalists perform they don animal masks affording their shows a unique feel.

The masters of groove-infused dance metal are back and better than ever. With the release of Urban Warfare, Klank once again dishes out one heck of an album that was well worth the wait. The trademark synthy arrangements and meaty chords that we have come to expect from a Klank record are all accounted for on Urban Warfare and many of the songs are so hypnotic and mesmerizing that they burrowed into my head and remained with me throughout the day.

This record caught me completely off guard and nearly blew my socks off. The Island is an amazing, innovative blending of metal and dub step, and while I am by no means a fan of the dub step genre on its own, the way that Censura creatively combine it with some serious groove-driven metal is quite stunning. “Boom” hit me like a ton of bricks and honestly I spent the remainder of the nearly twenty minutes trying to recover.

Alternative-electronica rockers Awaken the Empire recently premiered their new single “Cross My Heart” with Alternative Press, and now we’re pleased to offer a free download as well. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2010 Damien Lawson (vocals, guitar, programming), Jaymz Marcc (bass), Daryl Falconer (drums) and Shivan Somaratne (guitar) came together with the same goal in mind – to make awesome music. Through rigorous work the quartet self-produced and released their debut EP, The Awakening in early 2011 and was fortunate enough to work with producer Erik Ron (Panic at the Disco, Versa Emerge, Get Scared) on their latest release.

Well known for her voice in Mary and The Black Lamb, Lindz Riot is taking the reins yet again in her first ever solo effort “Schoolcraft”. Native to Canada, the classically trained vocalist and pianist draws new inspiration from nature, fantasy, trip hop beats, and symphonic orchestration. All while keeping the simplicity of piano driven pop ballads.

This will probably appeal to fans of Fear Factory, a band that Logical Terror obviously worships, but be prepared to hear the occasional injection of melodic guitar solos and plenty of Jon Howard-ish clean singing instead of stoning to syncopated beats and raspy shouts all the way.

Since 2010 MaQLu has released three EP’s entitled Blood, Black and Haze. To make things easier for their fans, MaQLu has since combined the EP’s to make Blood.Black.Haze, a cheap and efficient way to own all three releases in once compact disc (pun intended). Now that is a space saver of an idea!

Although Norwegian band Ulver began its recording career as a black metal band, the outfit has evolved so much since its 1995 debut album, Bergtatt—Et eeventyr i 5 capitler, that the only accurate way to classify it would be if there was a genre called “chameleon.” Its sound defies description, not just because it doesn’t fit neatly within musical boundaries, but because Ulver’s albums are meant to be experienced, not just listened to.

For years now the industrial metal act Klank has been pounding out molten metal and deeply infectious grooves. Their music splices the mosh pit with the dance hall and really packs a punch. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with drummer Eric Wilkins to discuss the gear he uses to obtain and maintain the grooving beat that is the backbone of the band’s sound.

The Prodigy are back with their 5th studio album entitled Invaders Must Die. Their steady decline in popularity has been said to have stopped with this new album probably because it’s the first time since 1997’s The Fat of the Land that all three members, Keith Flint, Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality have all taken part in making an album. This point is crucial as this record really is The Prodigy’s last chance to show that they are still relevant in today’s rave genre. The previous album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned written solely by Liam was very poor in comparison to the rest of the band’s discography and many people started labeling the band as “past it”.