Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Bleed From Within – Era

Release Date: April 6th 2018
Label: Century Media Records
Website: www.bleedfromwithin.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bleedfromwithin

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Where have Bleed From Within been?! The Glaswegian bruisers seemed to enjoy a steady rise since the release of their debut album ‘Humanity’ back in 2009. Relentless touring and support slots with just about every big name on the circuit had them pinned as potential frontrunners in UK metalcore, until they practically dropped off the radar after their last EP ‘Death Walk’ a whole four years ago.

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EP: Bronnie – Get A Grip

Release Date: March 27th 2018
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.bronniemusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bronniemusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bronniemusic

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British pop-punk Bronnie has been growing in popularity after winning Ryan Seacrest‘s contest for her cover of ‘Amnesia’ by 5 Seconds Of Summer back in 2014. Flash forward four years, and Bronnie has a second EP called ‘Get A Grip’ to call her own.

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ALBUM: Press To MECO – Here’s To The Fatigue

Release Date: March 30th 2018
Label: Marshall Records
Website: www.presstomeco.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/presstomeco
Twitter: www.twitter.com/presstomeco

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For fans of Croydon three-piece Press To MECO, it might have felt as if a second album has taken an age to be released. The band’s last release was their debut LP ‘Good Intent’, which dropped back in 2015 and received a critical reception for its intricate riffs and alternative take on the hardcore genre. Snap forward three years and the band have for us ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’, but how does it fare as a follow-up and sophomore record?

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EP: Bad Wolves – False Flags: Volume One

Release Date: March 23rd 2018
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Website: www.badwolvesnation.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/badwolvesofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/badwolves_band

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There has a been a lot of experimentation with the rise of the digital market as the new platform for releasing music. It’s also true that there’s no real formula for success, with routes for release taken being your standard planned album drop, to being a free add-on with a magazine, and even the undeniable rise of tools like BandCamp and also crowdfunding campaigns. True success to get through the fog of music is the hardest thing of all with bands pressing to be the next visionaries of their genres.

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ALBUM: Black Foxxes – Reiði

Release Date: March 16th 2018
Label: Spinefarm Records
Website: www.blackfoxxes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackfoxxesuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blackfoxxes

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Hailing from Exeter and offering a comprehensive and depressing take on modern rock, Black Foxxes write music that sets itself aside from a lot of other bands, and, as a follow-up to their debut ‘I’m Not Well’ in 2016, ‘Reiði’ is no exception. The title means “rage” in Icelandic, yet the album isn’t all-guns-blazing aggressive progressive rock at all. In fact, the album is so carefully orchestrated and wound together that it almost feels like it’s telling a story through a collection of ten melancholic and deep cuts.

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ALBUM: Slaves – Beautiful Death

Release Date: February 16th 2018
Label: The Orchard/SBG Records
Website: www.slavesband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialslaves
Twitter: www.twitter.com/slavesofficial

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It’s hard to think of a record that Jonny Craig has been a fixed member of that hasn’t been overcast in varying levels of drama since he was first ejected from Dance Gavin Dance back in 2007. Indeed, over the years it has been argued whether the controversies that have surrounded Craig have become more of a focus and talking point than his talent as a singer.

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ALBUM: Cane Hill – Too Far Gone

Release Date: January 19th 2018
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.wearecanehill.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearecanehill
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cane_hill

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By the end of the 2000s, it was pretty much unanimously agreed that nu-metal – arguably the genre to see the biggest mainstream boom from the metal and heavy music world to date – was dead. Sure, there have been many bands since championing the sound and, most notably there seemed to be a surge to revive the rap meets teen angst driven frankenstein in the past five years, but there’s still never been a resurrection.

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ALBUM: Winchester – Life Begins At These Dead Ends

Release Date: February 9th 2018
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.winchester.band
Facebook: www.facebook.com/winchesteruk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/winchukband

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Comprised solely of music students, Winchester are an fresh-faced alternative rock trio who are diving straight into the scene with their debut, ‘Life Begins At These Dead Ends’. The nine-tracks that it encompasses blends catchy melodies, music technicalities, and unclean vocals normally associated with progressive metal.

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EP: Remo Drive – Pop Music

Release Date: March 9th 2018
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.remodriveband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/remodrive
Twitter: www.twitter.com/remodrive

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Pop-rock duo Remo Drive have certainly had a year of success. Having released their debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ last year, they’ve been on a constant stream of touring. Hailing from Bloomington, Minnesota, they’re now following up with more material in their EP, ‘Pop Music’.

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ALBUM: Conjurer – Mire

Release Date: March 9th 2018
Label: Holy Roar Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/conjureruk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/conjureruk

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With heavyweights Architects headlining the 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace earlier this year, and underground bands like Employed To Serve and Venom Prison going from strength-to-strength, you could say that the UK metal scene is having a moment.

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