The Unsigned Stage

A place to check out new blood for the up and coming bands out there, we give them a place here

XII Boar, by Dj Rex

This is a band I’ve had the pleasure to put shows on for a number of times.

Now, a lot of people have heard of the genre stoner rock, but XII Boar could easily be defined as stoner metal, still keeping that strong stoner edge, but this is more likely to drive a musical fist down your throat, rip out your insides and make you throw your hair around in an uncontrollable fashion.

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Dynamo Hum, Review from the Unsigned Stage

Cast your mind back to the 1970’s. Yes, yes it’s 2012, but play along will you? (And for those who weren’t born then – it’s imagination time children)

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Incidium, by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Sometimes you have to wonder just how much exposure it takes to get some real recognition? Certainly it’s a question that Manchester neck-crackers Incidium could be forgiven for having cross their minds every now and then….

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Ninjaspy – Pi Nature, by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Line up:
Joel Parent – lead vocals, guitar
Tim Parent – bass guitar, back-up vocals
Adam Parent – drums, back-up vocals

In much the same way that Skindred have shot to fame with their own unique blend, so do Ninjaspy ignore any sort of convention and instead seem to have an enviable ear for stuff that just goes together. They call it ‘skankore’ – if they’d wanted to they could have stuck genius in there somewhere.

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Aonia, by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

For any female-fronted metal band with an above average vocal range, there are unfortunately always going to be comparisons with the front-runners of this genre, namely Nightwish. Tarja Turunen era if you want to be precise.

So with that out of the way, we can delve a little deeper into the world of Aonia, which is apparently a land held sacred to the muses of Greek mythology. Whilst the band themselves admit that its past has been as unexpectedly volatile as said mythology, as the above allusion suggests, Aonia have thrown a thunderbolt to earth in the form of their EP of power-charged operatic metal.

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Lewis Clay, by Kirsty Birkett Stubbs

Some of the best songs in the world tell a story. Some of them tap into hidden places. Some just manage to articulate all the stuff that gives you lockjaw. They all make you feel something. …Something About You does all of the above, with a kind of stripped back honesty that many would envy in a third or fourth album, let alone their debut.

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