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Alaya – Thrones

Armed with sincerity, spirit and their own unique structure, Alaya carry the listener from first chord to last. They let off only when they've played their fill, with the full intent of pulling you back in for another listen. And another. And another.
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Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun

There is usually an inverse relation between energy and longevity. Some bands burn bright and turn to a crisp in the process and end up rehashing their original releases. Some bands need time to take off, preferring a long culmination of style that might be hard to keep track with. The rare bands, those we'll take with us into the rest of our lives, are those that can produce intense emotion and keep their pace at the same time. Junius are quickly turning out to be of the latter, rarer breed. Their fifth EP, alongside two full albums, is nothing short of a near perfect creation. It knows when to be harsh, when to be epic, and when to be still.
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The Kindred – Life in Lucidity

Life In Lucidity carries an aura of kaleidoscopic folk, with various keyboards, acoustic guitars, and soulful if-not-flamboyantly soaring vocals to create an atmosphere that is nearly unparalleled in their genre. If there's one way to sum up Life in Lucidity, it would be: intelligent, yet with a heart that beats.