Earth Groans is a hardcore band from South Dakota. The group’s two previous EP’s, Renovate and Rahab, introduced then cemented them as a band worthy of distinction. Their play on song structure and metaphor not only illustrates their creativity, but it also illuminates their passion for the genre. Their talent and ingenuity earned them a spot on Solid State’s roster in 2017 and they’re set to release their third project with the label in March. The band—made up of Jeremy Schaeffer, Zachariah Mayfield, Kaden Burton, and Brady Mueller—has been innovative since their conception in 2015. Their latest endeavor has them swinging the creative pendulum hard in both directions, splintering what could be a full-length record into two distinct but united EP’s. The first pursues a softer, more melodic side to the usually aggressive sound the group is known for, while the second hits with more force and dissonance than ever before. The duality of the two-part project showcases the band’s ability to corral chaos, and then unleash it.
From playing their local date of Warped Tour, to Milwaukee’s own Rave, the animals are no strangers to the stage and after taking over their local metal scene, After Hour Animals are more than ready to take the next step in their career. This six-piece band hailing from the urban streets of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin is sure to get you talking, and if you thought there was nothing new to be done in Rock/Metal think again. A mixture of catchy melodies, passionate screams, spoken word, and driving riffs really help to set them apart from the pack. Their latest single “High Strung” is a testament to that, and it’ll have you singing along after only one listen. FFO: the Plot in You, I Prevail & Bring Me The Horizon.