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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
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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
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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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August 6th, 2012 by admin

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

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Pop-punk and pop-metal have seen a steady rise in popularity in the last few years and although the market is grossly over saturated, its radio friendly lyrics and crushing beatdowns means it’s a genre that can be embraced by almost any music fan. Love it or hate it, the newest boy band moshers to splice pop and metal together are Hertfordshire lads, The City Divided.

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August 6th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 6th, 2012
Label: Monarch Records
Website: www.laysiegeuk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/laysiege
Twitter: www.twitter.com/laysiege

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Northampton is a pretty unhappy little town. Surrounded by awful places like Milton Keynes and Coventry, it’s the chewy, month old meat in a rotten sandwich. Hailing from this part of the world are Lay Siege, who reek of imprisonment and play like they’re trying to force their way out of solid rock.

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August 4th, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 4th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.takinghayley.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/takinghayleyuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/takinghayley

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Pop-rock quartet Taking Hayley have just recently released their debut album, ‘Tricks And Games’, an album that will no doubt please anyone who is a fan of the genre and set the band in good stead for the future. The only criticism being that there’s a lack of urgency across the record that leaves the listener wanting some intensity. However, with such a clean, polished sound, this can most definitely be forgiven.

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August 3rd, 2012 by admin

Release Date: August 3rd, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.musicisdead.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dischorduk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dischorduk

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After releasing just one EP (‘Your Father’s Mustache’), Blackpool based punk rockers Dischord have jumped right into the deep end and produced a stunning debut album, ‘The Wakes’. Clocking in at just over 35 minutes and spread over 12 tracks, Dischord have their sound nailed, a modern punk rock style with heavy influence from the classic punk greats such as The Clash and Sex Pistols.

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