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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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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Alter Eden – Tigers & Lambs

Stoke On Trent rockers Alter Eden are preparing for the release of their sophomore EP ‘Tigers & Lambs’ that sees the band have progressed since their debut back in 2015. Vocalist Nick Pilgrim said “We’ve thrown everything into this EP, creatively, practically and figuratively. As all good records should, it lays bare where our lives are at the moment – in an “all or nothing” stage- we’ll give everything for what we do, and hopefully this comes across in our music. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it and get out playing it around the UK in 2017″. We caught up with the band for a run through of ‘Tigers & Lambs’, to get a full understanding of how the record came together.

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GETTING INTO: Hassle Records, As Chosen By Brutus

Independent label Hassle Records has homed some of the most exciting UK bands over the last few years, boasting the likes of Turbowolf, Rolo Tomassi and The James Cleaver Quintet as some of the names to grace their roster and also provide a platform for the big hitting North American bands of Cancer Bats and Alexisonfire to release records over here. Enter Belgian three-piece Brutus, a heavy yet atmospheric band that are preparing to release their debut record ‘Burst’ via Hassle. To celebrate the newcomers arrival at the label, we caught up with guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden who has picked his top 5 favourite releases from Hassle Records over the years.

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TOUR DIARY: I Set My Friends On Fire (Jan 5th-7th 2017)

For the past two weeks, we’ve had an insight into life on the road with the Floridian experimental post-hardcore band I Set My Friends On Fire, documenting a diary of their most recent headline tour of the US, and their first since signing a deal with Tragic Hero Records.

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TOUR DIARY: I Set My Friends On Fire (Jan 1st-4th 2017)

Last week, the guys in experimental post-hardcore outfit I Set My Friends On Fire shared with us, and we then shared with you, the first part of the diary from their latest headline tour across the US (you can read it here), which all kicked off at a High School.

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