10 Bands You Should Be Jamming!

As a company, we love discovering new bands. Below is a list that our team thinks you should check out!

Hounds – Atlanta, GA – Hardcore – Facebook

The South East has always had a reputation for heavy music, and this Georgia band is no exception to that standard. With grinding riffs and ruthless breakdowns, Hounds is forging a powerful presence in the undergound scene. If you’re in the mood for an emotional onslaught, Hounds has you covered. Jam them here.

Grieve – Orlando, Fl – Metalcore – Spotify

The band Grieve embodies the new age of heavy music, specifically metalcore. Grieve brings those juicy dropped tunes riffs and brutal breakdowns with Nu-Metal and Industrial sounds sprinkled throughout each track. The use of eerie swells and dissonant samples keeps the music charging forward into whatever skull-shattering part comes next. Overall, their style are reminiscent of bands like VCTMS and Lordis, both Nu-inspired metalcore bands and none to be sneezed at. Keep an eye out for Grieve’s EP “The Product of Self Hatred” releasing later this year.

No Gods – Allentown, PA – Thrash Metal – Facebook

In my experience, Thrash Metal bands are generally a one trick pony with nothing but fast riffs and heavy breakdowns. No Gods definitely breaks that mold. Flowing seamlessly between screaming riffs and subtle jams, No Gods adds a bit of flare not typically found in the genre, creating a enjoyable and entertaining balance throughout their compositions. Check out their latest release on Spotify here!

8 Vacant Graves – Asheville, NC – Metal – Facebook

If you are a fan of metal bands like Slipknot and Devildriver, 8 Vacant Graves will be your new favorite up and coming project. Founded in 2016, the band has released a single called “Lucid Nightmare” which takes the listener on a melodic metal journey through riffy verses and open emotional choruses eventually ending in chugging breakdown that is sure to please. On August 11th, 8 Vacant Graves will be releasing their EP “Grave 1: Root Origin.” If you are in the Asheville area, make sure to show up for their EP release show at The Odditorium. It’s sure to be a banger!

War Brides – Chicago, IL – Noise Rock/Sludge – Facebook

Hailing from the land of Punk Rock, War Brides has put a new spin on the world of Punk and Sludge. Combining a unique blend of aggressive genres, War Brides creates an intriguing and energetic listening experience. With creative composition and unique vocal stylings, this band is definitely set apart from the rest of the pack. Bang your head to their latest release here.

HumanForm – Minneapolis, MN – Post-Hardcore – Facebook

Blending heavy Southern Rock riffage with the emotional stylings of post-hardcore, HumanForm creates an endless flow of headbanging vibes. Dealing heavily with the concept of death, their latest release “Deadmen Tell Cautionary Tales,” explores the depth of our mortality. If you are looking for some thoughtful bangers, HumanForm should definitely be on your playlist. Peep their jams on Bandcamp now.

Self Inflicted – New Hampshire – Metalcore – Facebook

Self Inflicted is for the heavy music lover in all of us. Reminiscent of some of your favorites like Kublai Khan and Boundaries, Self Inflicted is sure to make it on to your list of top favorites. Their latest single, “No Devotion” hits hard front to back, with a really tasty melodic part sandwiched right in the middle. The mix of this latest single is extremely tight, showing the bands dedication to not only composing really well, but also sparing no expense in production to create a professional final product. You can jam “No Devotion” here.

Stem Cells – Sioux Falls, SD – Surf Rock/Punk – Facebook

Sporting a Surf Rock, Punk vibe Stem Cells is a high energy outfit from South Dakota. When you’re in the mood for good vibes and summer fun, Stem Cells is a perfect choice. Flowing between slow jams and high octane chord progression, Stem Cells provides listeners with a stellar listening experience. With classic punk vocals and passionate musicianship, this band is definitely a step above the rest. Check out their “Medium Well EP” on bandcamp and let the vibes career you away.

West View – Milwaukee, WI – Progressive Metal/Metalcore – Facebook

Falling somewhere between progressive metal and metalcore, West View is in a unique position to appeal to a wide variety of tastes, but if you like more melodic metalcore bands like Erra or Northlane, West View should definitely make it onto your playlist. Their EP “Lapse” perfectly captures the essence of the band with soaring leads, choppy riffs, and heavy breakdowns that flow perfectly throughout the album. The vocals are perfectly suited to the music; the singing parts somber and emotional. West View certainly has a lot going for them and you should check them out on Spotify today!

American Bandit – Milwaukee, WI – Post-Hardcore – Facebook

This band is an instant classic. Brilliantly combining sounds of old post hardcore like Chasing Safety era Underoath and riffing hard like they mean it, they have cultivated their own unique sound that is sure to get you moving and have you hooked instantly. In their song “Wasted Time” (my personal favorite) they kick it off with a “southern metalcore” vibe then immediately move into an addicting riff verse and gang vocal driven chorus. Just recently they released an album called “Loser’s Club” which you can jam right here. This band has lots of potential to blow you away and rumor has it they are a crazy live show too. Don’t blink, you just might miss American Bandit’s climb to the top!  

Photo Cred: Ryan Pugh

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9 Astounding Artists at Raleigh SuperCon!

1. Artness! by Justin Brown – G6 

Specializing in scratchboards so detailed your eyes water and acrylic paintings to leave your mouth hanging for ten minutes, “Artness! by Justin Brown” is humble bragging at SuperCon again.

“A pop of color, the recognition of a character they love, a painstaking attention to detail, or my attempts at a joke, I want my art to be positive and to comfort.”

He said, caressing a needle to scratch a single, soft hair on Captain America’s Portrait.

Grab a magnifying glass and head to his booth to drool at all the detail!

2. Doug Hoppes Studio LLC – Booth 835

Mixing abstract and realistic detail, this dark fantasy artist will astound, unnerve, and empty your wallet with a macabre twist of his paintbrush.

You will wish this was a realistic rendering, but Doug Hoppes gives no such mercy. He invites your nightmares to slaughter and waltz in his paintings with a pallet of ash grey, sacrificial crimson, and the yellowish off-white of brittle skeletons. Broke people, beware, you will leave with SuperCon with his paintings.

Visit his booth in a hushed voice: the paintings may actually eat your soul. Or check out his Patreon!

 

3. Antler Hill Arts, LLC – F6

Neil “The Scarecrow” and Jessica “alittlemessi” Griffin are coming to SuperCon with rustic folk rock, film scores, and paintings.

Antler Hill is Folk Rock with a sense of humor. Their new single, “Daises”, features a fedora tipping zombie looking for love in a small town.

“We use the Scarecrow to raise awareness of stuttering. A scarecrow cannot walk or talk, but their steady, planted presence is a form of wisdom.” Check out their folk-rock at table F6!

 

4. Pulsar Event – I1

Get ready to flip tables. This game is so addictive you’ll unblock your gaming group from the last time you lost at Catan! Pulsar Event is a Strategic Card Game with an engrossing art style and smooth mechanics.

Adam Buccafusco is a Durham based illustrator, writer, and designer, and the owner of Binks Games Publishing.

“Games inspire, invoke passionate emotions, and challenge folks to engage. My goal was to develop a game of such depth, the players would immerse themselves for two hours while I watched Buffy with my wife.”

Check out his booth at SuperCon to play a round of Pulsar Event.

 

5. NecoNomiCards – F1

From the beak-wearing horseman of pestilence to the half-zombie of Schrodinger’s Cat, NecronomiCards is a Lovecraftian horror card game. Kickstarted twice over, featured both at PAX West and PAX Unplugged, it’s distributed by Cards Against Humanity’s boring business company Black Box.

“NecronomiCards combines my lifetime obsessions with horror  mythology and tabletop games.” Said Andy Hunt, who designed NecronomiCards on his breaks and weekends from his job as 2D artist for Epic Games.

Forget Ouija Boards and matches, this game of symbol matching and demon summoning will invoke dark curses from your buddies. Pick up a copy, if you’re brave enough…

6. Akachi Comics and Books – J9

Matthew Jones is developing “Void Beast,” a short novel, into a Manga. It’s about Takeo Johnson, or “TJ”, a towering African-American martial artist and werewolf. Fearing a loss of control, he trained to harness the strength of the wolf without the teeth and madness. However, a string of kidnappings forces him to take action. All the training becomes meaningless. It’s either face the wolf or face the abyss. Check out his short novel at http://www.akachicomics.com/

 

7. Rumble and Roar Wandmakers – C1

Since 2011, Rumble and Roar Wandmakers has handcrafted wands from over 100 types of woods.

Taking inspiration from Harry Potter’s “Olivanders” and never using a lathe, their proprietary method of wand making yields a contoured, sleek profile. “Our shop has whisked around the country to share our craft with witches, wizards, and fans of the wizarding schools.”

Check them out at SuperCon to get your custom wand!

 

8. The Art of Shawn Durington – J6

In High School, Shawn enjoyed doodling when he should have been paying attention. In 2013 he earned a Master’s in Fine Arts in Animation and Visual Effects from Academy of Art University. “I’ve always found monsters fascinating. Sesame Street, The Muppets, Labyrinth, and the Dark Crystal were huge impacts. So now I create my own monsters and stories to share with the world. In the words of Peter Pan ‘I’ll never grow up! Why should you?'” Shawn said as he scanned a sketch into Adobe Photoshop. He is also working on getting his children’s book put together: “The Adventures of Melvin and Me.” Check out his inspiring booth, or visit him online!  

 

9. Michele Altenkirch – C12

Michele Altenkirch loved coloring growing up. “I would draw on everything as a kid, unfortunately for my mom and dad.” She said, holding a fine tipped paint brush made of eyelashes. “Thankfully I’ve upgraded from walls to paper and canvas.” She said with a grin as she applied fine strokes of aquamarine to an energy blast. “I found my path as a colorist.”

Her work is the testament to the claim! From Wonder Woman in the thick of battle to an angel’s soft blue eyes, her grasp of color will mesmerize you from across the Vendor Hall.

 

About the Author

Ian is a Vendor Coordinator and Programmer for DCNoise and Convicted Printing. He is pursuing a Masters in Philosophy, and writes poetry and Sci-Fi Fantasy in his spare time. He is driven by a passion to help microbusiness owners succeed in a changing economy. Check out his poetry and snippets of his next novel on Patreon!

10 Bands That You Need On Your Playlist!

Here at Convicted Printing we love checking out new bands. Below we have compiled a list of bands that we think you should have on you playlist!

Fractured Frames – Asheville, NC – Progressive/Djent/Metalcore – Facebook

Hailing from North Carolina, this band is not to be ignored. If you are a fan of genre blending and talented musicianship, this band is for you. Fractured Frames seamless blends music from a variety of innovative influences to create a truly unique listening experience. Their self-titled six song EP is available now on bandcamp. Give it a listen, you will not be disappointed!

VCTMS – Streamwood, IL – Groove/Metalcore – Facebook

The independent success of the band VCTMS cannot be denied. This band marries groove and heavy in the absolute best way possible. Featuring groovy riffs, heavy breakdowns, and dissonant leads, their music is sure to keep you banging your head with their tracks on repeat. Their first LP, “Vol. II Inside The Mind” featured killer guest vocals such as Darius Tehrani (Spite) and members of Last Ten Seconds of Life and was a huge success. Make sure you go check out their latest release, “Vol. III Halfway Happy” available now on their bandcamp.

Neymeyer & Co. – Minneapolis, MN – Indie/Folk – Facebook

When you are in the mood for some passionate jams, throw on some Neymeyer & Co. and let the sounds sweep you away. With an emotional, yet uplifting tone, this band is sure to leave a smile on your face. If we had to put a moniker on this band, we would have to go with, “Happy music, for sad people.” Neymeyer & Co. should definitely have your attention. Check out their latest album here. Rumor has it they also have a new single coming out soon, so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

Looming – Springfield, IL – Indie Rock – Facebook

The indie rock genre is often hit or miss, but the beauty of the genre is that artists have the freedom to create some of the most inspiring music that can be produced. Looming has definitely hit that mark. With thoughtful and sophisticated composition, this band produces a sound that can bring the listener into a unique and uplifting experience that is hard to come by. With relaxed yet passionate and complex style, Looming is a testament to the power of human creativity. Make sure you give them a listen on bandcamp.

La Diabla – San Diego/Tijuana – Cumbia Sabanera – Facebook

A fusion blend of sounds from Columbia and Tijuana, La Diabla is sure to get you off your feet and moving to their intoxicating beats. La Diabla is an experimental band, with influences ranging from hip-hop to tropical, yet they always expertly maintain their core Cumbia (Rhythm & Dance from Colombia) and Vallenato (Colombian Folk) sound. When you feel like dancing, go to La Diabla’s soundcloud and start jamming!

Kept On Hold – Westland, MI – Power Pop/Pop Punk – Facebook

Sporting a pop-emo vibe, Kept On Hold is the perfect soundtrack to your next disappointing crush. If you are dying for some nostalgic pop-punk break-up ballads, Kept On Hold is definitely worth checking out. With comforting vocals and passionate acoustic guitar, the College Ruled B-Sides is sure to get you through the toughest bout of unrequited love. Check it out here.

Harm – Greensboro, NC – Post Hardcore – Facebook

It’s not often that a bands that describes their influence as Underoath lives up to the expectations created by that association, but Harm is definitely a great of example of a band that does it right. Blending passionate riffs with melodic progressions, Harm captures the heart of post hardcore. If you’re in the mood for creativity and passion, Harm is definitely a good choice! Jam them on spotify today!

Otzi – Oakland, CA – Dark Post-Punk – Facebook

This California three piece has a unique sound; like surf-punk and dark, ethereal goth had a baby and named it Otzi. It’s not always easy to find a band that does a fantastic job of blending sounds like these, but Otzi is one of them. Just last year they released their first full length record called Ghosts and it is full of pleasing atmospheric synths and low gain guitar tones. Don’t hesitate to visit their bandcamp and pick up their record today!

Wolf Skin – Sioux Falls, SD – Metalcore – Facebook

If you enjoy bands like Convictions and Wage War, you are in for a real treat. Wolf Skin brings heavy riffage and breakdowns and they bring em hard. The flow of their latest album, ‘The Fifth Circle’ is a pleasing blend of atmospheric breaks and holdovers scattered between heavy breakdowns and sweeping choruses. ‘The Fifth Circle’ is Wolf Skins first full length record, and is sure to have you singing along in no time. Make sure to check out their music video for the song ‘Carnivore’ now!  

Regime – Brockton, MA – Metal – Facebook

Smashing riffs and brutal breakdowns are Regime’s specialty. With that fat, clanky bass and those scary fight riffs, you will be moshing no matter where you might be at. At the airport? The TSA will be tackling you down for spin kicking an old lady. It’s not your fault, Regime just got into your head. Handle with care. Regime 2018.

Photo Cred: Ryan Pugh

About Convicted Printing:

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide quality branding and apparel products that efficiently and effectively reflect the statements our clients want to make.

Vision Statement:

Our vision is to create a reintegration program for survivors of Human Trafficking that we can use to help combat the recursion rate of this dark and unjust industry. 

For more about us, please click here.

REQUEST A QUOTE

If your band is interested in getting discounts on screen printing services, check out our Artist Endorsement Project.

AEP Info!

Be sure to check out our clothing line, at IAmConvicted.com, which is our exclusive clothing line designed to brand our mission to help fight Human Trafficking. Every shirt purchase helps us develop a reintegration program that we are going to be creating for survivors of Human Trafficking. Save 25% on your purchase today with code: ENDIT

iamconvicted.com

10 Artists you CAN’T MISS at SuperCon!

 

1. Loquacious Literature – Artist Alley B11

Specialising in comic strips of forgotten Harry Potter scenes and lesser-known fandoms, Loquacious Literature by Katie is a mystical combination of both color and line. Books are her passion and muse, almost all of her artwork stems from something she’s read. If your favorite moment from a book never made it to the silver screen, stop by Loquacious Literature to have it commissioned! Or support her on Patreon to get all the feels Hollywood left on the cutting room floor!

 

2. Cos A Commotion – 208 Hall A

Cos A Commotion is bringing their Infinity War set to Florida Supercon 2018! A Setplay group based in Orlando, Cos A Commotion travels the country with TV/movie reproduction sets and a cast of hand-picked, screen accurate cosplayers. Guests are totally immersed in the movie experience, posing with the cosplayers, even holding movie props to make it more authentic and personal. And they even leave with a 6×8 glossy photo and digital pics to share on social media!

 

3. Seaside Cactus – Artist Alley K3

Caro Alpi is a Cuban American artist who enjoys a cafecito and mighty fine sketch in the morning. She’s so dedicated, she can’t leave home without a sketchbook and sturdy pencil! Pulling inspiration from countless animators and artists, her style focuses on storytelling and exquisite contouring. If you like portraits of shy demons and astrology signs personified, you’ll love the Art of Caro Alpi. Commission her cosmic portraits at the Artist Alley at Booth K3!

 

4. ECao Art – Artist Alley A11

Evelyn Cao is a freelance illustrator based in Miami, Fl. Her work is inspired by the detailed elegance of Bleach’s Hugo Mundo Arc, and the color pallet of No Game No Life. If you’d feel inspired by Azien-sama’s arrogant gaze challenging you to defeat the day, get a badass print ECao Art or commission her at the Artist Alley!

 

5. Rey Acevedo Art – Artist Alley J1

A staggeringly talented illustrator, Rey Acevedo has done work with Creature Entertainment on their titles Ravenous and Cyber Heros. Ever since 7 years old, he’s been in love with superhero illustration. His style emphasizes line and shadows, giving depth and realism to his imaginative designs of desperate peril and dark resolve. If you’re at SuperCon, don’t miss his table!

 

6. Gabo -Artist Alley J3

From watercolor comic books the size of a Quarter to post-apocalyptic robots in lavish greenery, GABO is coming to Supercon! Gabriel Bautista is a Wisconsin based Illustrator who has worked for Oni Press, DC Comics and Image Comic, and an avid Twitch Streamer.  “If I see a dog across the street, I imagine what kind of equipment that dog wear in a thousand years when the Earth is covered in an opaque haze of pollution.” If you like having your draw drop at an artist flexing his creative muscles like he’s Goku, check out his Patreon, or visit his booth at SuperCon!

 

7. drexNINE studios – Vendor Hall 1813

Somewhere between stained glass windows and family portraits, your favorite heroes, villains, and monsters pose against grandma’s 1970’s wallpaper like an awkward family portrait. After attending MegaCon in 2011, Jason Selezinka was inspired to return to his lifelong dream of painting, and wow is he back with flair! If you have space on your wall for The Best Dad in the Galaxy, Dad Vader’s portrait can be found at dredNINE Studios, alongside everyone from Jason to the Hulk. Check out his website at or visit his table at SuperCon 2018!

 

8. Cloverkin – Artist Alley J6

From Wizard Owls casting spells and Corgis in full plate armor with halberds, Cloverkin takes your pets or favorite animals and transforms them into an RPG Character. She takes her inspiration from fanciful old children’s books by Beatrix Potter and Brian Froud, and nature itself. If you are enchanted by miniature woodlands and whimsical worlds, be on the lookout for a tree trunk topped with leaves and a cheery elf within!

 

9. Crochet Cosplay – Artist Alley H10

From a crocheted Joker cosplay to Mario Stars and Power Ups, Rachel Millin has shown herself to be the consummate crochet artist. She even crocheted a Black Panther bodysuit on a bet! She’s been crocheting since she was eight and has yet to find a cosplay she couldn’t crochet. If you happen to be in the State of Florida, you should probably check out her handmade plushies, bags, hats, and full-blown cosplays while supplies last. She will sell out if you’re not careful!

 

10. Keke Illustrations – Artist Alley G9

A fascination for color and light drives the Art of Dominique “Keke” Sandoval, a Miami native. Her illustrations of childlike robots that are kind and are curious have fascinated thousands at conventions across the state. These WALL-E like mischievous little bots join your favorite characters in a resplendent display of color and contrast. Get one of a kind prints from Keke Illustrations, and support Dominique as she pursues a Master’s in Fine Art!

 

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About the Author

Ian is a Vendor Coordinator and Programmer for DCNoise and Convicted Printing. He is pursuing a Masters in Philosophy, and writes poetry and Sci-Fi Fantasy in his spare time. He is driven by a passion to help microbusiness owners succeed in a changing economy. Check out his poetry and snippets of his next novel on Patreon!