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The Artist Method has compiled a list of their favorite hard rock and metal bands that are sure to satisfy your craving for aggressive, uplifting and energetic music. Leading artists in this ongoing heavy rock streak include San Antonio, TX-based progressive rock band “Nothing More”, Longview, TX-based “Post Profit”, and Chicago’s “Russian Circles”.
1. “Go To War” by Nothing More from San Antonio, TX – Listen now on Spotify
Employing a potent mix of meandering prog rock, explosive heavy metal and soaring radio-ready alt-rock, San Antonio’s hard-hitting, forward-thinking quartet Nothing More invoke names like System Of A Down, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Incubus, Mars Volta and Killswitch Engage. Formed around the talents of longtime friends Jonny Hawkins, Daniel Oliver, Mark Vollelunga and Ben Anderson, the band have spent years honing their sound and skills, and honing their worldview on the road, embracing an ethic strict DIY and releasing his music independently. In 2013, they signed a deal with the Eleven Seven Label Group, home of acts like Five Finger Death Punch, Sixx:AM., Papa Roach and HELLYEAH, and released their self-titled debut album for the label, as well as the fiery debut single “This Is the Time (Ballast)”, the following year. It proved to be a breakout release for the veteran band, charting well and introducing them to a much wider audience. Led by the single “Go to War”, Nothing More returned with their follow-up, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, in September 2017.
2. “Smother” by Post Profit from Longview, TX – Listen now on Spotify
Post Profit is an uplifting, energetic and aggressive alternative rock band formed in 2017 from Longview, Texas. The band draws from many influences including Editors, Converge, Glassjaw, Big Spring, Starset, Lamb of God, IDLES, Russian Circles, Northlane, Nothing More, Of Mice & Men, Deftones, Incubus, Foo Fighters and Failure among many others. . notable artists. Post Profit had the pleasure of playing with well known artists such as Filter, Candlebox, Adelitas way, Blacktop Mojo, Saliva, Gemini Syndrome, Drowning Pool, Zebra, Smile Empty Soul and Sons Of Texas. The band recently performed at the host of Rockville 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida after winning the Danny Wimmer Presents Twitch livestream contest where they supported Lynyrd Skynyrd and Metallica. Post Profit also joined Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Escape The Fate on tour in 2022.
The ETX Music Awards also crowned Post Profit as “Metal Artist Of The Year” in 2018 and “Rock Band Of The Year” in 2019, which shows the band’s ability to blend different genres seamlessly. It allows them to fit in with so many big acts, and not be so easily stuck in a niche or a fanbase – and all the time, do it right.
Post Profit is currently recording a follow-up EP due out later this year and is produced by legendary Rock & Metal producer MACHINE who has produced award-winning records for Lamb of God, CLUTCH, Crobot among many other notable artists.
Their debut album “When You Think It’s Right It’s Always Wrong” was released earlier this year and can be streamed on Spotify for the curious.
3. “Enter” by Russian Circles from Chicago, IL – Listen now on Spotify
With their latest album Blood Year, Russian Circles abandons the sonic crossroads of divergent musical paths found on albums like Guidance and Memorial to deliver the most direct and powerful collection of songs in their discography. Sullivan, Turncrantz, and Cook all residing in different states, Russian Circles typically crafted their albums by assembling song fragments and home recordings into meticulous, texture-rich studio productions. But after seven tours of North America and five trips to Europe in support of Guidance in 2016, the band made a conscious effort to approach Blood Year’s songs with the same organic feel of a live show. While retaining the dexterity, multi-faceted techniques and dramatic compositions that have been a hallmark of Russian circles since day one, Blood Year fully embraces the most powerful aspects of the band’s repertoire. The Chicago trio have always explored the dynamics of volume and timbre, their albums often oscillating between caustic attacks and blissful respites. From the riff-fueled assaults of Mike Sullivan, to the rack and floor toms of Dave Turncrantz and the bass lines of Brian Cook, the sound of Blood Year is that of a band that is not afraid to flaunt its hard-earned feats. Russian Circles returned to the studio with Kurt Ballou to record Blood Year, but this time they followed him to Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio where previous albums Enter, Geneva and Memorial were recorded.
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