Empire Of The Ants – The Watchmen – Video

Empire Of The Ants is an England / Malta split alt-rock duo.

Empire Of The Ants

Empire Of The Ants

Their latest track to surface The Watchmen – is a brooding measure of sound that rumbles through the room akin to a menacing dystopian presence of ill-will.

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of the site that there is not a shred of a possibility that I would not highly recommend this being immediately to the ‘essential songs’ playlist, given the listener gets the sense that they are invited to strum the bass guitar as it is possible to see the strings poking out of the speakers they are that slack, oh and the rest of the track isn’t too bad either.

Empire Of The Ants are a duo I look forward to hearing much more of in short order and trust that they will turn out to be long stayers.

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Haine – This Darkness – Single Review

The Maltese dark-metal quartet Haine released the single This Darkness yesterday.

Haine - This Darkness - artwork

Haine – This Darkness – artwork

If you are a regular reader of the site you will know precisely where the speakers should be turned and why you shouldn’t waste your or the music creators time listening to it other than on a full speaker set up – for those who are new to the site – as soon as the genre ‘metal’ arises – only a minimum five speaker system on full volume through a full player system with volume kicked up to high is basically what that always suggests.

Opening with seemingly innocuous keyboard the audience is lulled in to a sense of quiet security prior to the track (available on bandcamp) evolving to it full majesty and when it does anything not evenly balanced anywhere near the speakers will fall over as the belting fury of vocal and percussion snarl through the room akin to a raging bull charging foe.

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Forsaken – Primal Wound – Video

The Maltese doom-metal quartet Forsaken release the LP Pentateuch on the 13th of October.



Eight years after their last album After The FallForsaken make a welcome return with a studio release.

The first track to surface being the dark clouds of Primal Wound which demonstrates why for the past two decades they have remained an integral part of the Maltese and European metal scene.


Pentateuch is available from Mighty Music.

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The Shh – Too Young – Video

It was back in 2014 that the Maltese / French electro-wave duo The Shh last featured.

The Shh - Too Young - artwork

The Shh – Too Young – artwork

Their latest track – Too Young (available on bandcamp) is of softer brushstrokes than music of theirs previously featured.

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Clandestines from Pembroke in Malta is Daniel Abdilla (Guitar / Vocals), Neil Stafrace (Bass / Vocals) and Samuel Xiberras (Drums).

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There are a few places in the world which seem to have an inordinate number of top quality emerging bands and Malta is one such location. For those of you who have transitioned from the old Indie Bands Blog website will know all to well regular features occur of bands from Malta. Clandestines add to that list with their raw and ready sound which could as-well be at home in the USA as in Europe.

A delightful smattering of reverbed and echoed guitar gives a hint of shoegaze without the material loosing the harsher rock edges. The trio who have been together for about three years now are equally adept at slowing the music down and allowing the shimmering guitars to float majestically to the surface as they are at leaving the percussion to hustle the creations in a flailing of energy.

Their debut nine track LP is set for release on the 6th December – Saturday As Usual – which is a fine testament to their ability.


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