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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: SPQR

Liverpool trio SPQR have just launched their new EP ‘The House that Doubt Built’ with 5 dark new songs that take a journey into vocalist and guitarist Peter Harrison‘s troubled psyche. The record is lyrically open to a rare degree of vulnerability that stems from creatively channelling depression to form a fragile and honest listening experience. To find out how Peter shaped his sound, we got the singer to pick five songs that inspired him when writing and recording ‘The House that Doubt Built’.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Siberian Meat Grinder

Moscow-based crossover-hardcore, metal, rap mob Siberian Meat Grinder are back with a brand new record ‘Metal Bear Stomp’ which continues their onslaught of headbanging and breakdown filled tracks. Frontman and founder of the band Vladimir Siberian had to say about the record “It’s our step towards creating an ultimate street-music, mixing everything we love – thrash-metal, hip-hop, hardcore punk, graffiti…”. With such a diverse and interesting mix of genres used by Siberian Meat Grinder, who better to talk to about their influences? Vladimir let us know 5 songs that made the band into what they are today.

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INTRODUCING: Noija

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.

Noija havie spent the last year experimenting and perfecting their sound ready to present their brand new record ‘Colorblind’ to the world. The record shows off the diversity the Swedish band bring to the table with tech metal and alternative rock both at the forefront of 11 emotionally honest songs. Get to know Noija better with our rundown of the band from their formation up to the big release.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Saltlake – Medicate Me

Brighton three piece Saltlake have nailed down a solid rock groove with weighty guitars and massive hook vocals for a mesmerising alternative rock sound reminiscent of Thrice and Highly Suspect. The band blend their rough and ready tone with gargantuan electronic soundscapes on their new EP Medicate Me that is available from November 10th. Saltlake gave us a track by track rundown of the new release in order to give us more information on each song in turn.

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INTRODUCING: Phoxjaw

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.

Despite only forming in Summer of 2016, Bristol rockers Phoxjaw have already formed their own distinctive and destructive sound and have played shows across the UK with Black Foxxes, Black Tusk, and Avon. Phoxjaw have just released their new single ‘Lottery’ with a Mexican wrestling themed video that sees the band rocking out in the middle of the ring. This is a band in their infancy who already sound like they’re 4 albums deep and filling rooms worldwide.

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INTRODUCING: Harbour Sharks

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.

Kingston metal hardcore crossover newcomers Harbour Sharks are already incorporating massive guitar riffs, groovy drum beats and melodic vocals to form their own style on dual vocal hardcore. Their debut record ‘A History Of Violence has just dropped and shows what the guys can do in the harsh/clean singing realm that brings in the fans from different punk and metal alike.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Santa Cruz

Finnish modern hard rockers Santa Cruz are back! Album number three ‘Bad Blood Rising’ is en route from HELLsinki and will be arriving mid November via M-Theory Audio. If you’re into Guns N’ Roses style guitar riffs mixed with punk attitude and a hint of metal, you’ll be chuffed to bits with this young take on the classic rock genre. To find out how much Santa Cruz were influenced by those iconic rock pioneers, we got guitarist Johnny Cruz to choose 5 records that have inspired the band into what they are today.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: 36 Crazyfists – Lanterns

Just a few years ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Alaskan metalcore collective 36 Crazyfists were slowly slipping away; the few years that followed the release of 2010’s ‘Collisions And Castaways’ were vague and uncertain, but, come 2015 with the release of ‘Time And Trauma’, and their first effort with their latest addition to the line-up in the form of drummer Kyle Baltus, they proved with bold defiance that they were far from down and out.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Nomasta

Following the disbanding of CANAYA, Leeds 3-piece Nomasta were born to play riffs to make even the likes of Kvelertak and Mastodon jealous. The experience the band picked up through 13 years of playing shows means they’re a new band that are already approaching their final, perfected form. With debut record ‘House Of The Tiger King’ due early November, we wanted to delve into the minds of Nomasta so we got bassist Kris Allen and guitarist/vocalist Owen Wilson to pick the records that have influenced them in some way.

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INTRODUCING: COPE

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.

London heavy punks Cope have played shows with the who’s who of British underground hardcore including Create To Inspire and Blood Youth but are ready to start catching them up with the release of their sophomore EP ‘Tooth & Nail’. The optimistic energy of the band seeps through into their music for an uplifting yet destructive take on melodic hardcore punk.

Refuse. Resist. Don’t give in to fear.

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