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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Rival Bones – Rival Bones

The rise of the eclectic and loud two-piece has seen Death From Above 1979 and Royal Blood find huge success but our attention has shifted to Merseyside newcomers Rival Bones. Full of massive riffs compiling everything from heavy metal to stoner rock and a whole load of balls, the Liverpool duo are ready to be the next band to leave music lovers saying “I can’t believe two of them can make that much noise”. To complete the introductions, we got the band to put together a commentary of each track for their debut self-titled EP in our track-by-track rundown.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Loathe – The Cold Sun

Last year, enigmatic outfit Loathe were the first band to put out a release via the SharpTone Records imprint with the re-issue of their debut EP, ‘Prepare Consume Proceed’, which, over the coming months, managed to build an almost cult following for the band nice and early in their careers. Their blend of crushing metal verging at times into djent territory with the odd subtle sprinkling of electronics and some ambiguous dark concepts proved to be a winning formula.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: All At Sea

If you like the sound of Nasty and Malevolence mixed with Rage Against The Machine then you’ve come to the right place – brand new groove/rap metal/hardcore band All At Sea are dropping their brand new EP ‘Systemised’ on May 12th and it’s crushingly heavy. We grabbed the band and got them to each pick a record that inspired them into becoming the musician they are today.

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5 Bands To Watch At Warped Tour! As Chosen By Silent Planet

If you like La Dispute and Touché Amoré and like the heaviness that the tech metal scene brings then Silent Planet are an essential band for you to check out. The band are back on Warped Tour again this summer and are excited to be back for the full run this time:

“We saw last year as a test, both for us and the festival, to see how Warped Tour and Silent Planet would mesh. If I’m being honest, we were surprised to see how well this all worked and the values we share with the fest. Being able to do this on a new stage (Monster Mutant Stage) is a neat surprise for us.”

We got the the guys to pick out 5 bands they’re looking forward to seeing on Warped Tour this summer.

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INTRODUCING: Weirds

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with a brand new Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene. This time, we’re taking a look at Leeds newcomers Weirds who are preparing for the release of their debut record ‘Swarmculture’, which is out on May 12th via Alcopop! Records. We caught up with guys to talk about their formation, influences and their upcoming tour with The Wytches.

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INTRODUCING: SEASONS

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with a brand new Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene. We’re taking a look at Bedford newcomers SEASONS who are two EPs in and throwing singles out left, right and centre preparing for the year ahead. The band let us know about their plans and what’s happening in their local scene.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: BEAR – ///

Basick Records have a habit of giving us ear crushingly heavy bands, so here we are once again; step up Bear. The Belgian math metallers are back with album number three (hence ‘///’), and are more distorted and demonic than ever before. Fans of Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape should be all over this, and as a sneak peak into the thoughts behind the band, we’ve got a track-by-track rundown of ‘///’ by the dudes themselves.

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INTRODUCING: Faux

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with a brand new Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene. First up, we get acquainted with South coast newcomers Faux who are about to head out on tour in the UK with Counterfeit and are currently writing their follow-up to 2016’s ‘Inhale’ EP. Singer and guitarist Lee gave us the lowdown.

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FEATURE: 50 albums that turn 10 in 2017!

A decade is, especially in the music world, quite a long time, even if it does seem to just flash by and feel like just a month. Ten years ago, back in 2007, things were very different; MySpace was still the kingpin of social media, Bring Me The Horizon were dodging bottles whilst supporting Killswitch Engage night after night, and Give It A Name and Taste Of Chaos were still a thing.

Along with all the nostalgic memories, 2007 was also host to a plethora of great records, some being the first major step for a lot of bands towards the lofty heights of their career that they’re revelling in today.

Of course there are hundreds, but we filtered together 50 great albums that turn 10-years-old this year to remember those modern classics.

NOTE: These albums may bring intense levels and high frequencies of smiles, jumping, involuntary head nodding/banging and limb movements, and uncontrollable happiness.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Monster Truck

We last saw Canadian blues juggernauts Monster Truck hitting arenas with Nickelback but now they’re back with their own headline tour, playing shows throughout Europe and the UK with The Picturebooks. We caught up with singer and bassist Jon Harvey to find out which songs have inspired the band and turned them into what they are today.

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