Here at Revolver, we pride ourselves in living on the cutting edge of heavy music, from metal and hardcore to industrial and goth, and we try to keep you on the front line, too, by giving you a deep look at the innovative noisemakers poised to shape the sound and the scene. To that end, we've rounded up a handful of musicians who, we think, are on the rise across several different genres. Spanning from O.C. hardcore (Dare) to dark metallic trap (King Yosef), here are five artists you'll want to get on now before everyone else does.
RIYL Early Converge, Botch, Disembodied, Dillinger Escape Plan
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE The metalcore revival is in full swing, and these Tennessee boys take elements from many of the big guns of yesteryear and add a new spin for our high-speed, social media age. Their latest 7-inch is mean, technical without feeling showy and teeth-gnashingly furious.
QUOTE "When Forever Comes Crashing by Converge, Define the Great Line by Underoath and Iowa by Slipknot are the records that were most influential on us when we were first getting into heavy music at younger ages," says the band's Gabe Manuel. "The way those bands blended technical instrumentation with melody definitely appealed to us and still influences the way we write and play today."
RIYL Abigail, Nifelheim, Aura Noir
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE In 2018, black metal and thrash both feel very played out, so the fact that blackened thrash outfit Daeva is making music that sounds fresh and furious within the two styles comes as a near-revelation. The band's live show is somehow even more urgent than its recordings, solidifying the group as a true force to be reckoned with, and its take on Mayhem's "Deathcrush" is something to hear. It takes balls to cover such an underground classic and Daeva clearly have giant, bulbous cojones.
QUOTE "Daeva was initially a studio project formed in late 2016," says guitarist Steve Jansson. "The goal was to create the most pissed, urgent, ugly and relentless black thrash metal with the likes of bands such as Sodom, Darkthrone, Merciless, Aura Noir, Bathory, etc. We didn't set out to change the world but rather just wanted to burn it ... Now with a full band in place, we are ready to conquer and bring total death."
RIYL Ghostemane, Street Sects, Death Grips
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE With a list of production credits that includes XXXTentacion, Craig Xen, Ski Mask and Alice Glass, King Yosef's approach to dark electronic music is positively powerful and utterly original. Part of the larger Red Mirror crew, which has logged more than a billion streams to date, King Yosef bridges rap, dark ambient, black metal, nu-metal and hardcore in one fell swoop.
QUOTE "When I approach making music, I am always trying to push myself forward, and dig my niche even harder," he says. "I'll write and produce 50 things until I randomly stumble across what I've been trying to make the whole time. When I finally reach it, it's this weird balance of being lucid and feeling more tactical than I ever did for the previous 50 things. The dynamics of the instrumentals are very influenced by my years in metal and hardcore and I believe it shows fully. I don't feel part of the new wave of 'rappers that yell' and every song I make is an inch added onto that line between us."
RIYL Turnstile, Chain of Strength, Trapped Under Ice
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE With an irresistible bounce that ties them to the current Nineties-slanted hardcore resurgence, Dare approach their music with an understanding of the past, reinvigorated for the present. Part blasting fury and part groove-leaning machination, the Cali crew is making moves into its own corner of the hardcore universe.
QUOTE "We went into it very open-minded, giving ourselves room to mess around with the sound if that makes sense," Dare's Angel Garcia says of the band's recently released self-titled album. "Everyone had different elements and ideas. And when they were brought to the table, it all mashed together pretty well and wrote the record fairly quick. When it came to the artwork, we wanted to do something different and sorta refreshing. It's funny because we took inspiration from hip-hop groups like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Jungle Brothers — really getting that old school feel with the vibrant colors and everything."
RIYL Killing Joke, the Cure, Grave Pleasures, Cold Cave
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE Take the epic punk approach of early U2, add a dark layer of shadow and fog à la Bauhaus, and inject some of the urgency of classic Killing Joke — Unmaker is remaking gothy post-punk with big choruses and soulful songwriting.
QUOTE "Our main goal with creating [Unmaker's new album] Firmament was exploration and getting out of our respective comfort zones as musicians and people," guitarist Jim Reed says. "Rick Olson who produced and played on the record was very helpful with this. We all came from playing in very loud, pissed bands most of our lives and wanted to try different textures and express other musical interests we've grown up with. We're striving to craft our own identity."