All 20 of the finalists for the No Label Needed Contest and Series were great bands, and while Iron Thrones ultimately triumphed, the runners-up aren’t sitting still. In fact, 2011 will bring new music from at least two of the bands in the contest.
San Francisco Bay Area quartet Scorched Earth Policy have released a sampler track of their forthcoming 2011 album. Their album will be mixed in January for a Spring 2011 release. On first listen, we want to hear more. It’s full of riffs and melodies that remind us of their Bay Area brothers Testament, with some Anthrax mixed in – basically, solid thrash that old school and new school metalheads should appreciate. The album sampler is also available for download at the band’s website.
Also, Phoenix band Hemoptysis have just finished recording their full length debut album as well. They recently got out of the studio with Grammy-winning producer Ryan Greene, who’s worked with Megadeth, NOFX and MXPX among others. They’re offering up a new song, “Misanthropic Slaughter,” on their MySpace page. The new song is heavier and thrashier than “Shadow of Death,” their submission for No Label Needed.
Either way, Metal Insider is psyched to have helped bring these bands to your attention, and now that they’ve got new music out, support them by listening!