A MONTH IN REVIEW: February 2015

Hello and welcome to the DEAD PRESS! February edition of A Month In Review. The shortest month of the year has seen some fantastic career reviving albums and stunning side projects too. Take a read below to find out February’s essential listening.

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EXCLUSIVE AUDIO & TRACK-BY-TRACK: Born From Ashes – Lifelearner (EP)

Northampton’s very own Born From Ashes have kindly partnered up with us to bring you an exclusive full stream of new EP ‘Lifelearner‘, out today. We also talked to the band about what each track meant to them. Check it out below:

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FEATURE: 50 Bands To Look Out For In 2015!

2014 was a good year for music, but 2015 promises so much more. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the globe to compile a list of the bands that you should be paying attention to this year. Be it a new album release, an upcoming tour, or something completely new, here’s who to look out for in 2015.

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READER AWARDS 2014: The Results

Coming back for what is now its third consecutive year, our annual Reader Awards is your chance as the reader to cast your votes and opinions and to let us all know exactly what has been so great for you in the world of music these past 12 months. It’s also a chance for those of you in bands, running labels and managing live music venues to get your fanbase to let us know just why we should all take notice of you.

We asked you what you feel have been the best releases, most noteworthy bands, notable record labels, the best venues the UK has to offer and even to help give us all a heads up into what are going to be some notable names throughout 2015.

Now, the results for 2014 have been compiled and are all listed with the top five results for each category based on the amount of votes received below. Remember, if you’re not happy with the results, they’re all down to what you readers have provided us. If you didn’t take part too, you have only yourself to blame. Feel free to discuss and let us know your thoughts in the comments below:

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Another 12 months, another plethora of albums that have been providing us with aural pleasure for the whole year. With literally hundreds of albums flooding into our email inboxes, being shared over the web and through our doors to listen to, this part of the year is no easy task for any us.

However, we put our brave faces on, put our thinking caps on, knuckled down, pulled all of our opinions together and managed to finalise what are our absolute top 10 albums of 2014. Take a look below at what we thought has made 2014 such a fantastic year for music and undoubtedly has made it an arduous task for whatever 2015 has in store for us to even match up to, nevermind top:

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014: Musicians, Labels & Publicists

Before we unleash upon you what we think has made 2014 such an awesome year for music, we asked around the industry to musicians, bands, labels, managers and publicists to see what exactly has rocked their world for the past 12 months. You can find all the contributions listed below, ordered A-Z from the name of the contributor (and what they do for music), with lists from members of bands such as Defeater, San Cisco, He Is Legend, Fireworks and more:

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Vocals – Matthew Jones (Martyr Defiled)

Having been stomping their way across the UK deathcore/death metal scene for the past few years, including multiple appearances at Ghostfest and their debut at Download Festival earlier this year, Lincoln based eardrum bludgeoners Martyr Defiled have certainly obtained quite a humble and dedicated following behind them to drag through the depths of their hell bourne craft. We spoke with frontman and spokesman of the LVCIFER enthusiasts Matthew Jones about his near demonic vocal work, what made him want to be a vocalist, tips for up-and-comers to the trade and more.

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TOUR PREVIEW: Maybeshewill “Fair Youth” Tour 2014

The ever-touring Maybeshewill are without a doubt one of the best bands in post-rock right now. It’s been scientifically proven that it’s impossible to not enjoy yourself at one of their shows. Currently in the middle of a world tour, the Leicester lads will end by travelling these shores once more, bringing along Scotland’s Flood of Red with them. If ever there was a band that you need to see live, it is this one.

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Vocals – Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence)

It’s never an easy task filling the boots of a member of band who has passed away, especially when that member was an undeniably strong presence in the outfit in question. This was a task that fell into the hands of Eddie Hermida, picking up the microphone from where the late Mitch Lucker left off following a tragic accident in 2012. Stepping away from All Shall Perish to take this great opporunity with both hands, Suicide Silence dropped their latest album ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ earlier this year, and evidently the title is more than apt. Currently on a headline run across the UK to support this release, we spoke with the powerhouse vocalist himself to learn more about his craft.

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FEATURE: Essential Halloween Playlist – Top Scariest Bands!

Halloween is upon us, and what better way to celebrate by blasting out the spookiest tunes by the scariest bands on the planet? We’ve scoured every graveyard on the globe to find the nastiest, creepiest bands who make a living playing songs that would bring even the most mutated of corpses back to life. This is Halloween!

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