In Process
This in-your-face metal band reminds me of the Fear Factory album Obsolete. The guitar sound quality is raw and ecstatic with simple yet open and first metal power chords. Good message but has one swear word. (Daniel Garcia)

Could easily fit on a tour with Underoath and The Devil Wears Prada. Switches back and forth with singing and screaming to a hard alternative sound. (DG)

Counterfeit i
Very experimental program-sounding beats mixed with single guitar-string melodies. Imagine NIN and Deftones being tossed in a blender. (DG)

Texas Casket Co.
Old-school California punk sound. The Ramones with some edge. (DG)

Don’t Wake Aislin
Catchy alternative melodies with relaxing female vocals. Can be compared to Flyleaf and newer Project 86. (DG)

Rob Johnson
Insane guitar solo work. It’s like going on a roller coaster of every major, minor, harmonic and melodic scale known to man. (DG)

Ryan Costello
Chilled relaxing acoustic folk music. Slight hints of Southern twang and electric organ. (DG)

The Shiny Darks
Fast and hyper punk rock. Circle-pit drumming and classic repetitive punk riffs. (DG)

Etched In Red
Heavy nu-metal with exciting vocals on the hard and soft side. Some lyrics may be sensitive for some listeners. (DG)

I Am The Messenger
Solid hardcore rock with a The Devil Wears Prada influence. Breakdowns reminded me of older Norma Jean. (DG)

Ghost of the Machine
Amazing well-structured metalcore harmonizing with Haste The Day and As I Lay Dying guitar and drum work. (DG)

Post-hardcore with a steady uptempo beat. A band with an important message and heartfelt attitude. (DG)

Writ On Water
Hip and relaxed ambient tracks. Vocals have a misty reverb sound effect that goes well with the music. (DG)

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