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August 13th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 13th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.carcercity.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carcercity
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carcercity

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Carcer City are a progressive metalcore band hailing from Wirral and Liverpool, birthing the self-proclaimed genre ‘scouse metal’. This is possibly a reflection of their earlier sound; well-centred around the brutality and technicality of old Architects and Johnny Truant. With their new, free-to-download album ‘The Road Journals’, Carcer City have shifted from that into a more experimental, less consistent sound, but with some good to show for it.

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August 13th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 13th, 2012
Label: We Are Unified
Website: www.housevshurricane.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/housevshurricane
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hvhofficial

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After a shift in personnel and instrumentation, House Vs. Hurricane are back in the game with their sophomore release, ‘Crooked Teeth’. With songs that move from the down-and-dirty to shimmering highs, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into, with the battle between new frontman Dan Casey‘s growl and guitarist Ryan McLerie‘s polished vocals pushing the contrast in styles even further. Yet, it seems that with album number two, HvH may have bitten off more than they can chew.

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August 13th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 13th, 2012
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefaceless
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thefacelessband

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Californian five-piece technical death metal band The Faceless have well and truly pushed themselves to the top of the game with their latest offering, ‘Authothesim’. The band’s third album is based around a concept derived from the album’s title; Authothesim is defined as as the worship of oneself and the belief of possession of a greater power.

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August 13th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 13th, 2012
Label: Century Media Records
Website: www.fozzyrock.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fozzyrock
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fozzyrock

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Late to class again are we, reader? Well, take a seat while I catch you up on what you’ve missed. Chris Jericho from WWE formed a band, why it was over 10 years ago now, and he plays heavy metal because it turns out he loves Black Sabbath. You’d think it would be shit, but no. It’s actually pretty damn good.

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August 7th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Label: Count Your Lucky Stars
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/certainpeopleiknow
Twitter: None available

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One of the more elusive bands to be featured upon these pages, Certain People I Know make up for their lack of online presence with indie-rock sensibilities and an ear for a sweet melody. Comprised of former Braid/Hey Mercedes members among others, the Illinois 5-piece come into this self-titled affair off of a handful of live shows and a 4-track demo, but with the sound of a band that’s been doing this for years.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.dropbunny.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dropbunny
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dropbunny

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Hailing from a country whose musical exports are limited at best, dropbunny attempt to do something to push the musical boundaries and put Australia on the map to be recognised as a contributor to heavy music. AC/DC I hear you scream? No, firstly, the only talented ones were Scottish; secondly, they’re not actually very good. Let’s face it, for the most part, Australia is struggling. However, I’m not entirely convinced that ‘IO’ is going to help.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.evarose.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/evaroseband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/evaroseband

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All girl UK quartet Evarose have followed up their exciting debut release ‘Creation Divide’ with their new EP, ‘Elements’. It tells of a development in their sound becoming more technical and mature, whilst still maintaining their angst-ridden attitude that grabs your attention and keeps hold of it across the record. If the band manage to keep up to their high levels of music releases in the future, it won’t be long before they make a real name for themselves.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Anticon
Website: www.22newenergymusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/22newenergymusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/22newenergy

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Trying to pin the Norwegian band 22 to a genre is a bit of a nightmare. According to their MySpace, they play ‘prog rock with funk spasms’, but they have also been thrown into other genres such as post rock, math rock, experimental metal and crossover prog. Now, one thing is for sure, 22 certainly don’t fit into any sort of metal vein, but if you’re a genre nazi and have the burning desire to pigeon hole every band you hear than maybe experimental psycodelic prog rock might satisfy your appetite.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Transcend Music
Website: www.planetmonument.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/monumentuk
Twitter: None available

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Does anyone else feel the need for a new ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’? Sounding like contemporaries of the iconic Iron Maiden, Monument‘Rock The Night’ is the band’s d├ębut release and wastes no time with introductions, throwing the listener straight into a tireless 20+ minutes of galloping, head-banging and fearless fret-work.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.mfrurock.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/myfavouriterunnerup
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mfru_rock

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There seems to be something about Wales. For such a relatively small country, it has an uncanny ability to churn out very successful bands from the lighter to the heavier end of the rock spectrum. Hoping to maintain this trend are Aberystwyth based four-piece, My Favourite Runner Up, whose personal brand of upbeat pop-punk is not only more than pleasing, but is really impressive as a second release.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.hollydrummond.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hollydrummondmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/holly_drummond

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In keeping with our current cultural malaise and well overstaying its welcome, acoustic pop is doing pretty well for itself. Try-hard gingers Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulker and Ben Howard command commercial success, if not hampered by their dislike by the critics. It’s in this atmosphere we greet Holly Drummond, another indie act with an acoustic guitar to add to the pile.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Doombox Recordings
Website: www.subsource.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/subsource
Twitter: www.twitter.com/subsource

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Dance music and rock; so often a concoction with all the grim joylessness of a eunuch and a castrato having sex. Combining synths and steel strings, drops and riffs is an equation with the potential to herald the mastery of The Prodigy (who bigged this band’s vocals up), the accessibility of Head Automatica or the turgidity of Pendulum. There tends to be painfully little middle ground in what can be seen to be quite a niche genre. With a listen, ‘Generation Doom’ by Subsource is by far hanging in the lower ranks of the genre; less private club booths and smart-casual suits, more K-hole bass faces and car-boot sale RL.

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