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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Harbinger – Paroxysm

Introduce yourself to the heaviest new band in tech metal, Harbinger; London’s brand new attack on the world of melodic death metal. The talented prowess of the guitar work combines with the ferocious vocals to pile-up the impact, but the meaning behind the songs are all set in the lyrics. We caught up with the band to talk about each track on their new EP ‘Paroxysm’ to find out what fuels their songwriting.

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Slam Dunk Festival 2016: Bands Not To Miss

As if there was any actual doubt, Slam Dunk has cemented itself as the quintessential festival for fans of all kinds of alternative music. The multi-stage May weekender consistently boasts the best line-up for all things punk rock, hardcore, metalcore, and everything inbetween. This year marks the tenth anniversary and a brand new venue at the NEC, Birmingham for the midlands leg of the Bank Holiday event. Panic! At The Disco top the bill for their very first appearance at Slam Dunk Festival, but there’s no less than 8 different stages filled with international bands to keep you entertained all day.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the artists playing that you should keep an eye out for, and even grabbed them for a chat about the festival and which of the bands they’ll be checking out themselves.

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TOUR DIARY: Griever

Bournemouth newcomers Griever have played shows with the best the world has to offer metalcore, and it’s rare that you’ll see them off of a stage these days with relentless touring around the continent. The band are gearing up to release their brand new EP ‘Soul Searcher’ at the end of the month, but naturally managed to squeeze in a tour of the UK beforehand, and we got front dude David Seymour to full us in what went on throughout.

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Vocals – Telle Smith (The Word Alive)

One sign of a good vocalist within the heavier fields of music is versatility. Being able to interchange between singing and screaming with such an effortless manner is not something that comes easily or quickly, but is one that Telle Smith, frontman for The Word Alive, has managed to showcase throughout the entirety of the band’s career. Latest full-length, ‘Dark Matter’, displays another step into improvement for the vocalist, and regardless of your opinion on any artist, constant improvement of their craft should be respected.

We had a little talk with Smith to see if he could share with us what made him want to become a vocalist (previously being a bassist for Greeley Estates), his inspirations, tips for warming up, as well as what to do if you sustain any vocal damage.

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GETTING INTO: Northern Irish Music, As Chosen By Making Monsters

Northern Island has been essential for British music over the years, from The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers shaping 70s punk rock to 90s alternative rock and metal powerhouses Ash and Therapy?, but it’s been an influx of radio indie bands that have made headlines more recently, with Snow Patrol and Two Door Cinema Club leading the way.

It’s time for us to take back the Northern Irish crown with Derry based alt rockers Making Monsters who release their brand new EP ‘Bad Blood’ on May 13th and wowed the UK supporting Fightstar in 2015. The ‘Better’ singers have highlighted some of their country’s most exciting bands and invite you to get a head of the curve by getting them into your ears now.

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GETTING INTO: French Music, As Chosen By Fire At Will

The biggest French exports our country has seen of late have found their success in the electronic market, with Daft Punk, Air and Justice all cementing themselves as household names – but the recent surge of heavy metal favourites, Gojira, has restored faith in the alternative music scene in France. So where do we look to find the new Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! or Betraying The Martyrs? Who will fly the Tricolour for the years to come? Hardcore punks Fire At Will play passionate and intense music, leading with a fast tempo and emotional shouting/singing vocals, and are ready to set Europe alight when they hit the road this Autumn.

We got the band to run us through some of the most exciting new bands that France has to offer, starting with themselves and 3 tracks from their brand new album ‘Life Goes On’.

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FEATURE: Remembering Give It A Name Festival!

Even if you know just a little bit about the music industry, you’ll know that it’s a ruthless machine that sees acts, labels, and pretty much anything else that lives and breathes as a part of it going as fast as it came to fruition. Festivals are no different; just this year Hevy Fest announced their already announced 2016 plans weren’t going ahead, and they were calling it quits for good.

Another once high-profile touring festival that bit the dust is Give It A Name. Named after an At The Drive-In song of the same name, the event originally came to the forefront in 2005 as a one-day festival to promote post-hardcore and punk rock bands, headlined that year by Funeral For A Friend.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Bailer – Shaped By The Landscape

If you like your metal aggressive and in your face, then you need to get some Bailer down your throat. The new Irish band are already drawing in similarities to The Dillinger Escape Plan and Norma Jean, despite only starting their career in 2015. We managed to catch up with the band to discuss each track on the record and find out what these songs mean to them.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: From Sorrow To Serenity – Remnant Of Humanity

Since their successful debut EP ‘Antithesis’ back in 2013, From Sorrow To Serenity have been touring the UK and making friends as the track listing for brand new record testifies, with guest vocals from CJ McMahon, Aaron Matts and Scott Kennedy. We caught up with the Scottish tech metal newcomers to take us through each track on ‘Remnant Of Humanity’ to find out what their first full-length album is all about.

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Starting A Band – Black Coast

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Ever thought about starting a band? Don’t know how to get people to hear your music and can’t find anyone to book you? As Black Coast have put out their self-released debut EP ‘Crows of The North’ despite forming just last year, we got the melodic hardcore newcomers to dish out some advice on how to get started in the industry.

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