10 Albums from 2017 that need to be in your collection right now!

2017 was another great year for music. Several well known established bands put out some really good albums to add to their already strong libraries. This list however is dedicated to the albums and EP’s that you may have missed from some up and coming bands that deserve to be heard. Honest Brutality has made a concerted effort to bring these bands to light and share them with an audience which may not be familiar with their work. So here they are in no particular order.

1) In Search of Sun: Virgin Funk Mother

Do you like catchy songs that you can sing along to? You’re in luck. These guys from London have delivered an album packed full of songs that you will want to listen to over and over. It has a little bit of everything from straight up rockers to full on funk as well as prog and metal. This is truly one of the best albums of the year.

2) 7 Mazes: Stronger in the End

Coming in from Germany is this powerful offering of hard rocking excellence. Every song on this album could be a hit on any radio station if given the chance. Superb song writing mixed with some of the best hooks that you will ever hear combine to make one hell of an album. I have probably played this album more than any other this past year. It’s hard to believe that these guys are unsigned.

3) Kill the Kong: Juggernaut 

Heavy duty metal from Sweden. This band is unique in a lot of ways. Not the least of which is the use of 2 singers as well as 2 drummers. All working together in harmonious bliss. Every song is built to kick your ass in an orderly fashion. These guys bring a lot of craziness to the stage as well.

4) Silius: Hell Awakening

Once again Austria has produced a metal band that can not only write excellent metal tunes but can drink you under the table with their beer consuming abilities. This is metal the way you want it. In your face, loud, aggressive and angry. There’s no fluff here. These guys know how to get to the core of a metal tune and exploit it for all it’s worth.

5) SEA: The Grip of Time

These rockers from Denmark have found a way to take a classic rock sound and give it a modern sensibility. With one hard rocking song to the next throughout the entire album you will find yourself wanting to listen to it over and over again. This is truly one of the great albums of the year that deserves your attention. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

6) Kill For Company: This Sadness Lasts Forever (EP)

This is probably the heaviest music on the list. This foursome from the London area have managed to harness some of the most aggressive metal that you will ever hear and make you want to mosh your ass off. Since it is an EP there are only 4 songs but they are 4 very strong songs that will wear you down in short order. Warning: if you listen in your car you may be tempted to start a vehicular mosh pit.

7) Chasing Desolation: Malice (EP)

Another EP that is well worth you time and attention is Malice from Southern California rockers Chasing Desolation. With a sense for song writing that is second to none these guys have managed to put together 6 songs that will not only rock you to the core but leave you wanting more. The musicianship here is spectacular and the energy that is captured in every song is hard to replicate.

8) Backwordz: Veracity

Edgy, controversial, powerful, politically charged. All of these descriptions are true. These Texas based Rap/Rockers have put together an 18 song powerhouse. Whether or not you agree with their politics, the passion and aggressive nature of this album can not be denied. One catchy song after the other will blister your eardrums and cause you to erupt into rock n roll ecstasy.

9) Murkocet: Digging Mercy’s Grave

You want heavy, in your face, unadulterated powerful metal? Here it is. Arizona has once again proved to be the new breeding ground for some of the best metal on the planet. This groove metal ass kicker makes no apologies for it’s angst and vigor. Packed full of mosh pit monsters from top to bottom the energy provided by these guys could fuel a small town in Iowa for the entire winter.

10) Heirs of Isildur: The Crossroads Conundrum

You want different and unique? You got it! HOI has taken a different approach to the entire process of producing an album. These guys have created concept album that coincides with it’s own comic book and we as the listeners get to come along for the ride. This is a huge undertaking for any band to take on and when you consider it’s all self produced from music to comic with no help from any large corporate backing it’s that much more impressive.

Column by:

Rich “Big Sloppy” Markum




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Win Tickets To Aftershock!!!

Are you ready for California’s premiere concert event?! Join Honest Brutality October 21st and 22nd in Sacramento’s Discovery Park for two days of metal and mayhem. We will be there shaking hands, handing out swag, kissing babies, and rocking the f%$k out with you! Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win tickets, and come party with us this year at Aftershock!

Bands Against Bullying : The New Midwest RockFest

    Bands Against Bullying is the new rock festival springing up in Neosho, Missouri focused on bullying awareness and suicide prevention. It will be hosted by Darkside Music Group (DMG) Productions, Rock Rage Radio, and Honest Brutality; and draws sponsorship from Bikers Against Bullies – Tulsa, CYCLOPS Brotherhood, and many other local businesses in the Neosho area. Bands Against Bullies will feature at least eight rock music acts in an all day festival on June 10th, 2017. All proceeds of the event will go to benefit the community of Neosho, Missouri; including funding to the Restoring Hope Counseling Center of Neosho for outreach services.

    Bands performing at this event are several budding, nationally acclaimed acts. Currently confirmed bands are Caliber Theory, Severmind, Switchbach, Machine in the Mountain, Forsaken Few, One Nation Under, Crane Technique, and Under the Radar. All of these bands believe deeply in the cause that this event stands for. More bands will be announced as they are confirmed leading up to event itself.

    This festival is hosted by DMG Productions, Rock Rage Radio and Honest Brutality to raise awareness of bullying and suicide prevention. This will be a non-profit event that will benefit the community of Neosho, Missouri directly. Organizations sponsoring the the event are Bikers Against Bullies – Tulsa, CYCLOPS Brotherhood, Ogles Mobile Truck Repair, Best Western Neosho, and Family Market Neosho. Money raised by this event will go to the Restoring Hope Counseling Center in Neosho, to help fund new outreach programs by the facility to foster awareness to schools throughout the area, as well as provide support to victims of bullying.

    Honest Brutality, Rock Rage Radio, and DMG productions are proud to bring this new festival to the Midwestern United States, and to help spread awareness of the impacts of bullying that affect all of us. Join us on June 10th, 2017 to raise your horns and raise awareness as we showcase fantastic live music and give to a worthy cause.  


What the F@%$ is Bands Against Bullying?

Hello, loyal followers and curious newcomers! You may have seen the poster for a new, unique, Midwestern festival dotting your media feeds lately. While looking at this poster, you may find your inner voice asking “What the f*** is this?” Well, here at Honest Brutality, we feel strongly about the idiocy that is bullying. So strongly, that we decided it was time to involve ourselves in an event that paints exactly how we feel through our favorite medium of all time, music! That event, is the Bands Against Bullying festival!

The question still stands though, what exactly is this Bands Against Bullying festival? Well, good reader, it’s a culmination of the efforts of Rock Rage Radio and DMG Productions to bring you a few simple things:

  • Amazing rock & metal Music from talented, budding acts.
  • A chance to meet (and party with) the Honest Brutality Crew, and
  • A new, charitable event right in the US heartland.

Who are these talented acts, who might ask? Well to start, we have Caliber Theory, Severmind, Switchbach, Machine in the Mountain, One Nation Under, Under the Radar, and Crane Technique.

We will have more to announce so be sure you’re following Honest Brutality, Rock Rage Radio, and DMG Productions on all your various media outlets to keep up to date on all the news we have to bring you  on this exciting and charitable event. Be ready to party with the Honest Brutality Crew in Neosho, Missouri on June 10th, 2017 as we enjoy kick ass music and shout F*** Bullies! We hope to see you all there this summer! Most of all, disciples, never forget to STAY METAL!!