Islander has been having an incredible year, seeing success on the critical level and commercially, with their songs lighting up the radio. The band has toured with a number of heavyweights (including P.O.D., RED and Papa Roach) and major festivals like the Mayhem, Welcome to Rockville and Rock on the Range, but the band is currently on one of the most sought-after tickets of the year: Opening alongside Suicide Silence for Korn, who is playing their 20-year-old debut self-titled album in its entirety.

HM Magazine’s Johnny Bravo met with Islander vocalist Mikey Carvajal last week to take some inventory after the Greenville, S.C. band performed at Stubb’s in Austin, TX. Carvajal shares some early insight into his band as he opens up about his first show ever (and how it made him fall in love with music), what some of his favorite lyrics he likes to perform are and an inspirational story about birds.


Top 25 Albums of 2020

The Top 25 Albums of 2020

When the going gets tough, artists create art. Despite a world reckoning outside our quarantined doors, musicians relentlessly created new music giving birth to genre-defining releases and, despite a year spent indoors, a marked 2020 full of passion and fervor. Here are our Top 25 albums of 2020.


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Droning On

The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."


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