Jesse Sprinkle (along with vocalist Alexandra Wendt and guitarist Kurt Schmidt) is back in music, drumming for The Resonance, and they’ve posted their first single online. (Stream it below, or head to the site and purchase it for $1.) Sprinkle, most popularly known for his earlier work in Demon Hunter and Dead Poetic, describes it to HM as:

It’s melodic and moody rock from Rochester, NY. Dark and powerful. Get out of life and search for freedom.

To me, it (refreshingly) doesn’t sound like a knock-off metalcore, and (never thought I would say this) refreshingly emo. The band is currently preparing for their debut album (to be produced by Terry Taylor). The band will be launching a Kickstarter project in August.

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HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.

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Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.

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Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.

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