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My Dream Festival: Comeback Kid

After a long cold winter, it’s time to start thinking about festival season! And as always, this year kicks off with Slam Dunk Festival. The event takes place on Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, and will once again be held one day after the other in Leeds, Hatfield, and Birmingham. At the helm this year sees Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World battling it out for the headline slot with Goldfinger, Every Time I Die and State Champs being just some of the big highlights.

As we miss the summer delight of festivals so much, we’ve grabbed a whole bunch of bands playing Slam Dunk this year to talk us through what would make up their dream festival, from location to bands and food. Canadian hardcore punks Comeback Kid released their sixth full length ‘Outsider’ last year and are preparing for a year of touring Europe and Australia. The band spared us a few minutes to talk about what their ideal festival setting would consist of.

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INTRODUCING: VNDTA

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Hertfordshire metal newcomers VNDTA are ready to drop their debut EP ‘Pale Glowthat immediately smacks you in the face with a generous helping of ridiculously heavy but then retracts with the surprisingly melodic clean vocals from Megan Targett, providing a juxtaposition of insane proportion. The new band are hitting the road soon so get your ears around their new track ‘Martyr’ to get in the mood.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Perception – Monolith

Perception are all over the place when it comes to their metal influences. We’re talking everything from Underoath to Monuments but the Oxfordshire band still maintain that fresh and exciting unique sound that we hope for from all bands. Having released their debut EP ‘Collapse last year and playing shows with Create To Inspire, While She Sleeps and the rest of the UK hardcore scene, Perception are ready to unveil their sophomore effort Monolith. We caught up with the band for a track by track rundown of what to expect from their new release.

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INTRODUCING: Bearfoot Beware

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Leeds punk/noise-rock outfit Bearfoot Beware are preparing to release ‘Sea Magnolia’ on 16th March which should attract fans of raw English bands like Future Of The Left and Million Dead. The band are part of the DIY rehearsal studio/music venue/art space Chunk collective which has spawned the likes of ZoZo, Esper Scout, Beige Palace, Thank, and Cattle. The authenticity of the hard hitting record is a joy to listen to and is a great alternative to the mainstream desires of the corporate world.

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My Dream Festival: ROAM

After a long cold winter, it’s time to start thinking about festival season! And as always, this year kicks off with Slam Dunk Festival. The event takes place on Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, and will once again be held one day after the other in Leeds, Hatfield, and Birmingham. At the helm this year sees Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World battling it out for the headline slot with PVRIS, Reel Big Fish and Creeper being just some of the big highlights.

As we miss the summer delight of festivals so much, we’ve grabbed a whole bunch of bands playing Slam Dunk this year to talk us through what would make up their dream festival, from location to bands and food. First up is Eastbourne pop-punks ROAM who are just packing their bags to hit the road with Tonight Alive throughout the UK this March. Bassist Matt Roskilly spared us a few minutes to talk about his ideal festival setting.

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INTRODUCING: Counterpoint

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Counterpoint have just released their new first ever EP in the form of the exciting ‘If Not Now, When?’ that isn’t afraid to throw around metal influenced riffs with the melodies of radio rock and vocal hooks for days. The Manchester band are just getting started but the 5 track album is the perfect platform to project themselves into a exciting career. Ideal for everyone who likes the lighter side of heavy music and the heavier side of the lighter stuff.

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GETTING INTO: Japanese Music, as chosen by Man With A Mission

Japanese rockers Man With A Mission experiment with heavy rock, electro-pop riffs and nu-metal for an unpredictable and exciting mould and have a monstrous following in their native country that saw them headline two nights at the 36,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo last year. The wolf mask wearing five piece are just one example of the weird and wonderful variation of music that is a huge success in Japan which is starting to filter into the British underground scene. Man With A Mission have helped us out by introducing us to some of the best and most important bands from Japanese music over the last couple of decades, check out the bands they picked and which of their tracks to check out.

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INTRODUCING: Funeral Shakes

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Funeral Shakes are Watford’s answer to the classic punk fuelled rock that the likes of Against Me! and Rocket From The Crypt have introduced us to before. Forming from the ashes of The Smoking Hearts, Calvin Roffey (bass/vocals) and Simon Barker (guitar), the duo got together with Em Foster (guitar/vocals) from Nervus and Lee Barratt (drums) of Gallows fame. Funeral Shakes are pretty different to the rest of the pack in 2018 and are worth getting your ears around for guitar soaked singalongs and gelled back hair rock n’ roll.

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INTRODUCING: Arcaeon

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

ARCAEON are a bunch of young UK musicians who are ravenous for riffs and are looking to take a bite out of the UK tech metal scene. Fans of Northlane, SikTh, Intervals and Polyphia must get their hands on the Reading band’s debut EP ‘Balance’ as soon as possible. Shows are incoming so get prepped up with the prog fuelled metalcore that hits the creative end of the spectrum as well as deadly and aggressive explosions of power that should have you salivating just at the thought of it.

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INTRODUCING: Vicious.

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.
Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Vicious. are as aggressively combining everything from punk, to grunge and heavy metal for an exciting and dangerous breath of fresh air. Former I Am King frontman Sam Sky had the following to say about his new band’s brand new track ‘S.O.O’:

“I feel like there are only two polarized viewpoints of people, especially in the media, that are propagated for the sake of a disingenuous agenda. There is a whole middle of the argument not represented, a whole silent majority that has common sense, that knows violence is not the answer, yet has drawn the line against the evils of post modernism and intersectionality. I’d like to think that’s what this song is all about.”

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