The Ocean is a German progressive metal band that began in 2000 and steadily built up a reputation on the strength of their creative experimentation on early albums like Fluxion, Aeolian and Precambrian. Subsequently, they took upon the task of a massive double concept album, released in two parts as Heliocentric and Anthropocentric in 2010.
Based out of Vancouver, Canada, Anciients play a blend of soothing acoustic rock melodies and crushing heavy metal. The band released their debut album, Heart Of Oak, April 16 via Season Of Mist Records and hit the road on the Death To All tour.
Based out of Houston, Texas, occult rock band Venomous Maximus started out in 2010 and self-released their debut album, Beg Upon The Light, on their own label, Occulture Records, late last year. The album is set to get a bigger release via Napalm Records this summer.
German thrash veterans Destruction celebrated their 30th anniversary last year with some special shows played around the world and the European release of their latest album, Spiritual Genocide, in November. The album saw its North American release in February.
Danko Jones is a Toronto-based hard rock trio comprising of vocalist/guitarist Danko Jones, bassist John Calabrese and drummer Atom Willard. The band released their sixth studio album, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue, late last year, and are now hard at work on a North American tour with Danish rockers Volbeat.
Maryland rockers Clutch released their long-awaited 10th studio album, Earth Rocker, March 19. The album, the followup to 2009's Strange Cousins From The West, was produced by Machine, who worked with the band on their Blast Tyrant album in 2004.
Portland-based musician Melynda Jackson has been a part of the heavy rock realm for a while now. Her previous band, SubArachnoid Space, released 10 studio albums over the past 15 years before disbanding in 2011.
Seattle-based musician Thom Beckman has released his instrumental solo heavy metal project, Shroud Of Spiders. Beckman plays all the lead parts on an electric mandolin — as well as the bass and drums. Beckman recently released a self-titled EP to launch this project, which you can hear in its entirety right here.
Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy, led by vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Peter Tägtgren, have been going strong for more than two decades. Even among the plethora of extreme metal bands coming out of Europe, specially Sweden, Hypocrisy continue to maintain a steady fan base. They are now set to release their 12th album, End Of Disclosure, and will follow it up with a North American headline tour.
Canadian theatrical hard rockers Incura released their self-titled debut album February 26 via Coalition Music and Warner Music Canada. As is evident from the lyric video of the song "Turning Blue" and the music video for “Who You Are,” the band brings a refreshing element of theatricality, which isn't common among rock bands. Their execution of the style makes it more than a mere gimmick.