Your weekend just got awesomer. That’s right…it’s time to choose MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week !
This is a round-up of five of the best global bands we found this week. You have until Monday night at 11:59 p.m. USA Eastern Standard Time to vote for your favorite new artist on MTV Iggy, using the bottom poll!
On Tuesday morning, the band with the most votes will be featured on the MTV Iggy homepage marquee along with a tell-all interview.
Beijing’s Tengger Cavalry incorporates these elements into black metal and then really makes it make sense. The slightly mysterious (and press photo-less) one-man band isn’t the first to bring things like Tibetan/Mongolian throat singing into heavy metal. But Tengger Cavalry’s take on folk metal makes the case that ancient chanting and guttural lowing were always meant to be interwoven with ragged metal vocals and blast beats. The artist does this by making songs that totally rule.
All for a Vision
One of Hong Kong’s most refreshing new bands, All for A Vision takes the electronicore tactics of a heavily tattooed group like Asking Alexandria and retools them in the service of a more innocent perspective. Their recently released self-produced EP Reasons and Devices consists of four earnest yet vibrant and energetic songs that breath some fresh life into well-worn styles. It’s a bit like the sweet (and resolutely emo) synth stylings of Matt and Kim souped up with electronic beats and a little screaming.
Rapper YAS is Iran’s Persian hip hop laureate. A disciple of Tupac and Rumi, YAS uses uplifting poetic imagery delivered through an impassioned, at times ferocious, flow to communicate uplifting rhymes about his culture and people. YAS’s slow-burning, impassioned delivery does bear a strong resemblance to Tupac so much so that he’s even been dubbed “The Persian Tupac.” YAS rightly sees himself and his hip-hop peers as the torchbearers of Rumi’s legacy. ”Hip-hop began in America, but Iran has had one of the longest traditions of poetry of any in the world. Poetry is in our blood.”
Adam Olenius, the main songwriter, singer and guitarist for the Shout Out Louds, has teamed up with Markus Krunegard of Laakso, and the super-duo Serenades has produced an ecstatic, polished EP. Markus and Adam have carved out a niche somewhere between indie pop, electro, and 80s rock that’s musical, cogent, and sincere. The sweeping violin arrangements and choirboy harmonies ground the rock rhythms, as opposed to burying them, and “Oceans” is a shiny take on 2011′s wash of sound that sticks.
Amycanbe hails from the beautiful coastal region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy — home to palaces, cobblestones, and cascading cliffs that drop onto white sands. Yet their folk pop, which spans two albums and half a decade, sounds spawned from urban melancholy — as if the fivesome actually draws inspiration from those sad, slow, puddle-soaked noir days in New York that leave your shoes filthy and force you to ponder the one who got away….