Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Dreamshade – Vibrant

Release Date: December 9th 2016
Label: Artery Recordings
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dreamshadeband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dreamshade

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When you think of a melodic hardcore album, you think lots of layered melodic guitars, vocals with lots of reverb, and a big drop into the ‘hardcore’. ‘Vibrant’, the new full-length offering from Swiss outfit Dreamshade is full of all of the above.

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ALBUM: Steven Battelle – Exit Brain Left

Release Date: December 2nd 2016
Label: Suffer For My Art
Website: www.stevenbattelle.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stevenbattelleofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stevenjbattelle

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Since Derby based trio LostAlone split back in October 2014, frontman Steven Battelle has found himself at a bit of a loose end, with no touring or shows with the band. Yet, sat away at home, keeping his craft of songwriting consistently active, he’s resurfaced again with his debut solo album, ‘Exit Brain Left’.

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EP: Up River – If There Is A God That Is Judging Me Constantly

Release Date: November 25th 2016
Label: Holy Roar Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/upriverhc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/upriverhc

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Some bands are game-changers. Brighton’s Up River are not one of those bands. Instead, they’re game dominators. Past releases have prominently featured gorgeous melodic post-hardcore drenched in ethereal reverb that seamlessly immersed you into their sound, akin to the likes of La Dispute.

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EP: badXchannels – WHYDFML

Release Date: November 18th 2016
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.badxchannels.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/badxchannels
Twitter: www.twitter.com/craigowens

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A lot of successful musicians are fond of side-projects, but potentially none more than Craig Owens, renowned for his work with Chiodos but far from limited to that. In fact, he’s close to having more side-projects than Daenarys Targaryn has titles.

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ALBUM: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Release Date: November 18th 2016
Label: Blackened Recordings
Website: www.metallica.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metallica
Twitter: www.twitter.com/metallica

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Well, here we are. After eight long years since the release of previous album, ‘Death Magnetic’, thrash metal icons Metallica have ended 2016 by releasing their hugely anticipated tenth studio record, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’, and what a record it is.

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EP: Lamb Of God – The Duke

Release Date: November 18th 2016
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.lamb-of-god.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lambofgod
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lambofgod

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It’s been a turbulent few years for Richmond’s Lamb Of God, particularly for vocalist, Randy Blythe. After being arrested in Prague on June 27th 2012, for pushing a fan off the stage who hit his head on the floor and later died of his injuries, the band subsequently incurred a 2 year break from touring and recording.

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ALBUM: Okilly Dokilly – Howdilly Doodilly

Release Date: November 11th 2016
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.okillydokilly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/okillydokillyband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nedalband

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Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders.

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ALBUM: SayWeCanFly – Blessed Are Those

Release Date: November 4th 2016
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.saywecanfly.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saywecanfly
Twitter: www.twitter.com/saywecanfly

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Since 2009, Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie has been releasing acoustic work under the moniker of SayWeCanFly, with his debut album ‘Between The Roses’ being released in January of last year. Fast-forward to November 2016, and Barrie has returned to the music scene with his sophomore effort, ‘Blessed Are Those’, which keeps in with the alternative acoustic approach of his previous works in a somewhat stereotypical early 00s emo style.

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ALBUM: Waterparks – Double Dare

Release Date: November 4th 2016
Label: Equal Vision Records
Website: www.waterparksband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/waterparks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/waterparks

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Waterparks have burst onto the scene with their debut album, ‘Double Dare’, a record as catchy as it is hollow. In paying musical homage to some of their favourite bands of pop-punk past, they’ve found it difficult to create their own distinctive sound, instead delivering an assorted chocolate box of sugary sweet songs that rattle off one after the other with almost no threads linking them.

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ALBUM: Balance & Composure – Light We Made

Release Date: November 4th 2016
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Website: www.lightwemade.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/balanceandcomposure
Twitter: www.twitter.com/balanceandcomp

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Pennsylvania ambient and alternative rockers Balance & Composure found brief success with their sophomore record ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’ back in 2013, as their fuzzy and moody sound excelled with the layered song structures that came with it. Skip three years, and the band caught the eyes of Vagrant Records in the States, and have now returned with ‘Light We Made’: a polished and cleaner version of their previous self that drifts and drifts, but never finds itself.

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