Music streaming service Pandora is predicting which rock + metal artists will blow up in 2023. Using “sophisticated analysis” of what Pandora’s users are listening to along with “programmer insights,” Pandora says they have come up with what rock bands will make big impacts in the New Year. We think you’ll find a lot to like about what’s in their crystal ball.
Pandora sent out their rising rock “Artists To Watch” in a press release this morning. Many of their picks are metal or hardcore bands that are regularly covered here on Loudwire. One of them even had our Album of the Year pick for 2021. Check ’em out below!
Progressive metal band Architects had a stellar 2022. They landed on both Loudwire’s 50 Best Songs of 2022 list with their banger “When We Were Young” and our 50 Best Albums of the year with The Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit. Pandora says their latest record is “infuse(d) with a blast of energy,” using “layers of electronic and industrial elements… that sets the cinematic moodscape for (an) 11 track ride.” It’s worth nothing that a fan was so obsessed with the band that she listened to one Architects song 32,000 times on Spotify in 2022.
Bad Omens vocalist Noah Sebastian lamented to Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez in August that he wished everyone’s introduction to them was their 2022 album, The Death of Peace of Mind. Sebastian thinks the metalcore artists hadn’t come into their own on their first two records and is only satisfied with their sound now. Pandora gushes about their their latest. “Bad Omens materialize with ghostly atmospherics, striking hooks and sensual high-register harmonies… (they) present an uncompromising and undeniable vision on (their new album.)” The Death of Peace of Mind is also on Loudwire’s Best Albums of 2022 and their hit “Like a Villian” is on the Best Songs list.
Memphis May Fire
Metalcore outfit Memphis May Fire released the well-received Remade in Misery this year. Pandora notes that this is the heaviest MMF record to date, “channeling a generation’s worth of angst (and) frustration with… gigantic melodic hooks and crushing aggression.” They are hitting the road with Parkway Drive and Currents next year.
With last year’s Loudwire Album of the Year selection, Eternal Blue, Spiritbox toured with two of 2022’s hottest bands, Ghost and Mastodon. And the heavy metal act locked up their first ever headlining tour in 2023 as well. Pandora is following the unlikely charting success of Eternal Blue, recognizing that it “topped the Billboard top 200 at No. 13 in the U.S., No. 1 in Canada, broke the Top 10 in Australia and the Top 20 in the U.K. and Germany.”
A mainstay on the U.S. festival circuit this summer, Pandora thinks Swedish electropop metal rockers Solence are one to keep an eye on. Given their “huge international following” and their collaboration with “hit songs from (pop artists) Bebe Rexha and Jason Derulo,” Pandora believes Solence is ready to take over the world. Here’s a link to their standout song “Rain Down.”
Post-hardcore darlings Dayseeker put out their their latest album, Dark Sun, about a month ago (Nov. 4). Pandora feels this one is “set to catapult the band beyond the scene’s stratosphere.” With successful outings at some big summer festivals behind them as well as a supporting slot on Bad Omens summer tour, Dayseeker is also on Loudwire Best 50 Songs of 2022 list with “Neon Grave.”
Eva Under Fire
The brainchild of clinical psychologist/lead singer Eva Marie, Eva Under Fire delivers “a message of hope during these uncertain times,” according to Pandora. They say the Detroit rockers new album Love, Drugs & Misery “combines soaring melodies and relentless riffing” along with impressive vocals from Marie. Marie also has penned some thought-provoking articles for Loudwire on body image and substance abuse.
Fame on Fire
Hybrid hip-hop/metalcore band Fame on Fire is “unpretentious, honest, and boldly brash,” praises Pandora. Take a listen to their growly cover of Paramore’s “Misery Business” here.
Indie-Rock band Loveless built their brand on covers such as Elley Duhe’s “Middle of the Night,” but Pandora believes they are ready to cash in on that cache with their original music and a “sound entirely their own.”
Rain City Drive
With their lead singer (Matt McAndrew) being featured on NBC’s The Voice, Pandora predicts rock band Rain City Drive is poised for a big 2023. Heavy riffs and pop melodies run through their self titled debut, convincing Pandora that RCD is positioned to “make new waves within a genre ready for a shake up.”
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