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Sphere of influence: Vildhjarta

18's been around for over five years now, and the scene has grown immensely in that time - both in size and influence. A lot of new bands are drawing influence from some of the big names that started it all. Others are developing new styles, combining various genres with elements of djent.

In this new series titled Sphere of influence, we'll be showcasing artists with common influences and similar styles. For our first post, we'll look artists whose music is heavily influenced by Vildhjarta. If you dig their unique sound, have a listen!

Jakub Żytecki: debut album 'Wishful Lotus Proof' released


The album features guest appearances by Plini, Misha Mansoor a.k.a. Bulb, David Maxim Micic and others. It is available for streaming and purchase from Bandcamp (digital) as well as BigCartel (physical).

Clément Belio: new song 'Baltringue'


New song 'Baltringue' available for free download on Soundcloud.

Veil Of Maya: music video for new song 'Mikasa'


Taken from the band's upcoming album Matriarch, due for release on May 12th via Sumerian Records.

Vola: 'Emily' music video's editors' picks of 2014: part 2


Which are the best djent releases of 2014?

The moderation team goes through a lot of music in a year. Last year, we concluded our "favourite albums of 2013" series of posts with a number of editors' picks: releases that we felt didn't get the attention they deserve. We are once again continuing this tradition for 2014.

The moderators are pitching a couple of albums to you that they feel are worth hearing, but didn't make the 'favourite releases of 2014' list. Contrary to our poll, which was based on site users' votes, the list presented below is based on the opinions of individual staff members, and it is important to be aware that it does not represent the opinion of as a whole. Since it is one of our main goals to be a neutral community platform, we feel that this disclaimer is appropriate and indeed necessary.

Our picks will be split across two posts. Today, we're publishing part 2, with recommendations for 9 albums, as well as streaming, downloading and purchasing options where applicable. If a free download link is provided, that means the album was released for free by the artist(s). All free downloads are 100% legal.

Also check out part 1 if you haven't.

Jakub Zytecki: new song 'The Sea's Only Gifts Are Harsh Blows'


Taken from Jakub's upcoming solo album 'Wishful Lotus Proof', due for release on March 26th.