In this day and age of free music downloads, one website gives you some great music that is cutting edge and ahead of release dates. Indievisionmusic.com just put out two new downloadable compilations this week. Songs to Slay the Dragons, Vol. 2 is forty-four tracks of some of the best up and coming hardcore and metal. It includes bands such as Messengers, Close Your Eyes, Hundredth, The Gun Show, Thin Ice, Dependency, Sovereign Strength, I Am Alpha and Omega, Before There was Rosalyn, Saving Grace, Debtor, and Strengthen What Remains, witch was one of the Pick of The Litter bands in our Sep/Oct issue. You can download this “FREE Digital Sampler” at the link below.

http://www.indievisionmusic.com/2010/09/25/songs-to-slay-the-dragons-vol-2-free-digital-sampler/

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