The Test Drive (Early Album Previews)

    The Test Drive: Papertowns – With you In Mind

    Papertowns. is a 5-piece rock band that stems from all types of musical background's. Formed in 2012, originally as a hardcore band, they released one EP titled, Passion/Aggression in May of 2013. They toured...

    The Test Drive: Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener – Universal Road

    Universal Road is the new album by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Mark Gardener (Ride). Their former bands' work ought to give hints as to where a collaboration between the pair might lead, but...

    The Test Drive: Sanctum – Rot

    In 2008 Sanctum released their critically acclaimed debut album "In Harm's Way" (Metalcast Records) in Europe, U.S.A. and Canada, produced by Grammy award winning recording engineer Carl Vikman. The opening track “Dead Inside” got...

    The Test Drive: Rodney Cromwell – Age of Anxiety

    Rodney Cromwell is releasing his debut LP 'Age of Anxiety' on Happy Robots Records, introducing the modern electronic lover to some epic retro future synth music. Strongly influenced by artists such as OMD, New...

    The Test Drive: Mardi Belle – Beautiful Tuesday

    This is the debut EP from Indiana alternative rock band Mardi Belle. The album was recorded in 2014 at Arkbarn with Ryan Koch at the console. The album features a garage rock tinged alternative...

    The Test Drive: Malkasian – Malkasian

    This album features 8 studio tracks and two live acoustic cuts. Recorded in a bedroom with two mics by Malkasian with help from Nick Gray, frontman of Florida alternative rock band Noiseheads. The album...

    The Test Drive: Rum Thief – Reach For the Weatherman

    Rum Thief is solo artist Jot Green with support from his band, based in Chorlton, Manchester. The project began when Green, after playing as a drummer in bands for over ten years, decided to...

    The Test Drive: Joe Symes and the Loving Kind – Joe Symes and the...

    If you want to take an infectious musical ride of the loving kind then give the eponymous album by Joe Symes and the Loving Kind a listen. These guys are musical historians with a...

    The Test Drive: Strains – Redefine[d]

      Strains are a brand new modern metal / hardcore act hailing from Opglabbeek, Belgium. Although the group consists of really young members (most of them born in 1993), they’ve already toured Europe multiple times...

    The Test Drive: Lunar Twin – Champagne (Remixes)

    Dream-wave band Lunar Twin presents their new EP on German boutique label Emerald & Doreen Recordings. This release features two tracks from their debut Lunar Twin EP - a new edit of their breathtaking...

    The Test Drive: Various – REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival

    "Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival" is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation, involving underground artists from all over the world, who are virtually united under one revolutionary flag – that of a shoegaze revival....

    The Test Drive: Los and the Deadlines – Perfect Holiday

    "The seedy underbelly of any major city spawns some of the most depraved and morally reprehensible dregs of society who seek one another out to join in a range of dubious behaviours, making music...

    The Test Drive: From Another Planet – An Ever Changing Perspective

    From Another Planet is a progressive metal band based in central Ohio. Founded by Jesse Mitten (drums), Marcus White (bass) and Nick Davisson (guitar) in 2009, the trio already had a substantial amount of...

    The Test Drive: Tony Volker – Break and Reshape

    Tony Volker is a South London songwriter who makes artfully produced electro-folk, showcased perfectly by the tracks on his new EP 'Break & Reshape' released on 12" vinyl and as a digital download. Volker’s mellifluous...

    The Test Drive: Jerrico – Machine Made The Animal

    Melbourne's Jericco are a new flagship for heavy rock in Australia - a bastion of hard work, of amazing live shows, of passionate songwriting and a genuine need to explore new sounds in rock...

    The Test Drive: Infidel – Infidel

    Imminence Records is pleased to announce that they have signed Detroit hardcore punk outfit Infidel. Vocalist and Navy veteran Andrew Thomas had this to say, “We are stoked to be signed by Imminence Records,...

    The Test Drive: Old House Playground – The Great Escape EP

    Old House Playground is a three piece contemporary blues/alt-rock band with roots in the songwriting culture of traditional Greek folk music. In 2009, Tryfon Lazos (vocals, guitars) and Andreas Venetantes (drums, percussion) together with bass...

    The Test Drive: Shooze – Classified

    'Classified' is the new EP from Shooze, a three-piece ska-punk band from Redditch, West Midlands, UK. Members Jon Kings (lead vocals/guitar), Ryan Kings (vocals/bass), and Ricky-Lee Cooper (drums) describe their music a hybrid of...

    The Test Drive: Calling Apollo – HUNTER | GATHERER

    Calling Apollo are Christian Neale, Kevin Williams, Dan Hughes, Luke Walters and Daniel Rees. The Cardiff based five piece produce riffy/ambient/rock, channeling a broad range of influences from Deftones, The Cure, Funeral for a...

    The Test Drive: Shark Tape – Marathon

    "So you say this is your final chance" ...the opening line of Shark Tape's 'Marathon' speaks of the desperation of a band ready to take off. Shark Tape, a three piece rock band from Philadelphia...

    The Test Drive: Follow the Lion – The Candy and Gravity Motel

    Follow the Lion are a Leeds based alternative rock band who formed in 2013, quickly gaining a strong following thanks to their energetic and infectious live sets. The band have played a range of...

    The Test Drive: À L’aube Fluorescente – Taking My Youth

    À L’Aube Fluorescente are an alternative rock band based in Abruzzi,Italy and born at the beginning of 2012. Their first EP, called “Soar”, was recorded at Acme Recording Studios in May 2013, under the...

    The Test Drive: Static Fiction – All In…

    They say "you only live once" and four boys from Huntington Beach California took those words to heart. Static Fiction formed in late 2011 with the intention to record the best pop punk album...

    The Test Drive: Transience – Temple

    Australia has it's own flavor when it comes to it's progressive rock/metal sound. There is a brand new wave of this unique brand of progressive music and firmly among those innovators in Australia is...

    The Test Drive: Radiodrone – The Truth Syndicate Diaries

    Hailing from Orange Country California created in the 1st quarter of 2014, RadioDrone is part schizoid Five Finger Death Punch on the heavy edge, part Foo Fighters rock with the commercial aspects and part...