2017 was an impressive year for local music, and December was no exception! From Experimental Indie to Metal to Holiday, here’s a recap of some December releases you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to check out our “For Fans Of” section to get an idea of each artist’s sound and influences!


Band: His Dream of Lions

Release: Love Me Like I’m Sick

Release Date: December 6, 2017

Genre: Rock/Alternative

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

FFO: Jimmy Eat World, Queen, My Chemical Romance



Band: Last Night’s Ghost

Release: A Beautiful Night To Be Alive

Release Date: December 28, 2017

Genre: Alternative Rock

Hometown: Richmond, VA

FFO: Neck Deep, Green Day, Modest Mouse



Band: Embracer

Release: NO GOSPEL

Release Date: December 31, 2017

Genre: Indie/Alternative

Hometown: Charleston, WV

FFO: Being As An Ocean, Moving Mountains, Comrades



Band: Set For Tomorrow

Release: Last Christmas

Release Date: December 14, 2017

Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

Hometown: Washington, DC

FFO: Mariah Carey, A Day To Remember, Issues



Band: Exemptus

Release: Sentenced By Delusion

Release Date: December 30, 2017

Genre: Thrash Metal

Hometown: Overlea, MD

FFO: Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Protest the Hero, Iron Maiden



Band: Blue Sky Dream

Release: Prototypes of Robots Pt. 2

Release Date: December 28, 2017

Genre: Hardcore/Pop Punk

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

FFO: A Place In Time, Go Home Freshmen, Animals Make Us Human, The Atlantic Lights



Band: Hearteater

Release: The Means of Letting Go

Release Date: December 8, 2017

Genre: Emo/Indie/Experimental Rock

Hometown: Richmond, VA

FFO: La Dispute, Turnover, Foxing, Pianos Become the Teeth, Julien Baker, Explosions in the Sky



Band: Daniel Heffington

Release: Shipwrecked Souls

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Genre: Acoustic Folk/Rock

Hometown: Round Hill, VA

FFO: U2, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Jon Foreman