1. Bad Times (Denton)-Power Pop from Denton, catchy, well written and an all around fun band to see. The word that I've heard is that the band formed around the time Star Commander broke up, replacing the guitarist/vocalist with a new guitarist vocalist. I've seen them twice and I wish I could see them so much more.
2. Baring Teeth (Dallas)-Baring Teeth is a technical death metal band formed in 2007 as Soviet, they changed their name to the current moniker in 2009. The band's sound is rooted in later era Gorguts style tech-death and is not for the feint of heart. To date the band has two full lengths out on prestigious metal label Willotip Records. But dear fucking god are these dudes talented musicians.
3. Blank Men (Fort Worth[?])-Blank Men to me sort of came out of left field last year, this band features Alex from Bad Times and is shameless early Devo-worship. My thoughts sitting here right now writing this is why doesn't anyone book this band on more shows? The band's sound is fun and infectiously catchy. Please, NTX put this band on more shows!
4. Bludded Head (Denton)-Is a drone band from Denton, and over the years has had many line-up shifts but with guitarist/vocalist Nevada Hill always remaining at the creative helm of this band. The style can be described as akin to Earth or Burning Witch in it's lurching, screeched out way. The band has always had a very interesting presentation of art work and aesthetic as well.
5. Bukkake Moms (Denton)-Artsy, weird and sexual math rock meets noise rock in a blended, sloppy mess. Bukkake Moms started off being from McKinney before relocating to Denton when members began school. The group almost never plays with the same line-up of musicians from show to show and that adds to the fun of this band. Their musical output has been as relentless as their live shows.
6. Cara Neir (Arlington)-Cara Neir is a duo from Arlington playing a visceral mess of Grindcore, Skramz, and Black Metal with a hint of crust thrown in. The band is a studio only project at the time and has had an insane amount of releases put out, many of which have been met with critical acclaim. There has been talk of the band becoming a live act in the last year with members of Flesh Born volunteering to make it happen, but to date this has been no more developments in this.
7. Cerulean Giallo (Denton)-Cerulean Giallo is a psychedelic rock mess from Denton incorporating elements from Black Metal, Dark Ambient, Prog Rock and Horror Movie soundtracks. Formed with the stagnation of Black Metal band Depths of Denton the duo have been playing ever since taking gradual steps into weirder and weirder territories, in 2013 annexing keyboard player, Sara Ruth into the group. One of the interesting elements of this band is the annual Visceral Cuts project they undergo (something they've kept up for 3 years now)
8. Clear Acid (Fort Worth)-Began in 2013 as an instrumental post rock band akin to This Will Destroy You the band has been drifting into dirtier territories adding hints of sludge metal into the mix. The group tirelessly plays North Texas and is working towards a debut album on Tofu Carnage Records.
9. Cleric (Dallas)-Cleric is a long running Death Metal band from Dallas playing in the style of early 90s Swedish Death/Doom the band is crushing in their performance and riffs. The band formed in 2007, folded in 2009 and reformed 2011 with a new vocalist, and in 2013 released their debut album on Tofu Carnage records.
10. Collick (Denton/Fort Worth)-Collick is another long running North Texas band having just completed their first tour as well as kick starting their own record label. The band's sound is rooted in early DC Emotive Hardcore, and the band does it exceptionally well. Keep an eye out for their debut LP sometime in the next year.
11. Flesh Born (Denton)-Formed in 2013 as Elesh Norn, the band initially sounded a little like a continuation of Miles and Parker's project Father Figure. With 2014 came a name change and a change in sound. The resulting shift took more of a metal direction while keeping the Skramz roots of the group around. Upon the release of their EP "Han" in the spring of 2014 the band was solidified. This band is a mass of energy live an will get you pumped as fuck.
12. Giant of the Mountain (Plano)-Giant of the Mountain is a trio from Plano having been around since approximately 2010. The band has shifted through numerous line-up changes finally having settled in in 2013. The band's style bends progressive rock elements with Sludge, Doom, and Black Metal with a Lovecraftian overtone that drenches the band's atmosphere in a sense of complete dread. The bands' 2014 album, Moon Worship, was one of my favorite releases of the year for it's shifts and movements. This band plays in the area a lot and catch them around.
13. Hanging (Fort Worth)-Hanging is a group of high schoolers from Fort Worth playing 80's influenced punk. The band is the right amount of sloppy and I see a bright future ahead of these youngsters.
14. Innards (Fort Worth)-Innards are a long running, Skramz band out of Fort Worth, while live appearances aren't all that common at this time, when they do happen it goes off. The band holds a regard in my heart as one of the earliest really good "1919" bands I ever found. The energy and emotion the band puts into each set is phenomenal.
15. Lacerations (Dallas)-This band came straight out of left field last spring, and after a year people are keyed into that this band is the real deal. Lacerations plays in a classic US/midwestern style of punk akin to Necros. They produced a demo last summer and are about to go forth on a tour with Slimy Member through the Midwest.
16. Litigators (Fort Worth/Denton)-Litigators formed in 2013 to little fanfare and it took me nearly a year to finally see them. The group plays a strange style of punk, one going as far to call them "progressive". The band has delved into hiatus while Collick has been on tour and cooking up an album.
17. Mimisiku (Denton)-Formed in the Fall of 2014 Mimisiku has been playing relentlessly since their forming. The band has been compared to the likes of Texas Is The Reason and is a good blend of Emo and Indie. Still waiting on the demo to drop but you know it will be fire.
18. Night Crimes (Denton/Fort Worth)-Jokingly described as "Fast Hardcore By Slow Dudes" Night Crimes has been blazing along at light speed since forming in Fall of 2012. The band's members are all spread out in other bands so a performance from the group is rare and generally under 8 minutes. The put a demo out in 2013 and are working towards a second tape.
19. Nite Shadez (Denton)-Nite Shadez is a Electonic/ambient duo having been around for a minute. The band performs what they call a sound collage and no one performance is ever the same. I've caught this band once and was completely blown away by what I heard.
35. Tyrannosorceress (Dallas)-Tyrannosorceress is a ritualistic black metal band from Dallas. The group blends elements of doom into their crushing sound and presence. Their three song demo has been on strong rotation for me since I got it back in 2011. Unfortunately that is their only recorded material to date, they've been teasing of an LP for three years now, I hope it comes to be something soon.
36. What They Lack (Fort Worth)-Formed as Negaduck, then changed to High Anxieties, High Anxieties broke up but 3/4 of the band wanted to continue. The continuation manifested as What They Lack, while High Anxieties was upbeat fast punk What They Lack takes an emotional turn in the Revolution Summer style of punk. They have a demo out and are working towards a 7" in the future.