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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Fearless Vampire Killers – Bruises

In a world where there is no more My Chemical Romance, Aiden are on the brink of calling it a day, and The Used have long ditched their more gothic inspired aesthetic, there are few bands still championing stories of vampires, zombies and all things ghoulish whilst dressed to the nines. However, London’s Fearless Vampire Killers are at the forefront of this revival, and have continued to push their style into the airwaves with their latest effort, ‘Bruises’. We spoke with the guys shortly after its released to flesh out the record more, learn what its all about, and get an inside look into the mini-album.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Audio Poets – Make A Scene

If My Chemical Romance and Zebrahead formed a Rage Against The Machine cover band together, they’d more than likely sound like LA newcomers Audio Poets. The synth-heavy alt rockers hit the studio with producer Geoff Rockwell for their debut album ‘Make A Scene’ earlier this year, and they’ve given us the lowdown with a track-by-track guide ahead of it’s worldwide digital release on November 14th.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: She Must Burn – She Must Burn

London has been the setting for a hell of a lot of macabre and ghoulish stuff over the course of history; for one, it was the home to the murders caused by none other than the infamous Jack the Ripper himself. It seems one of the latest sinister spawnings from the capital of England comes in the form of She Must Burn, who recently delivered the darkness contained on their 6-track debut EP upon the world. We spoke with the band’s frontman Joe Sinclair to give us a bit more insight into the effort, and what each track is all about.

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Vocals – Joe Sinclair (She Must Burn)

All of us who are into heavy music know more than just a handful of pretty dominant and established vocalists who can scream like any demonic force you find in any horror made to date. However, there’s always emerging acts equipped with talent of a similar calibre just waiting to burst onto the scene. One of which comes from London’s She Must Burn, lead by frontman Joe Sinclair who are currently tearing venues across the UK in support of extreme metal tyrants, Cradle Of Filth.

We had a little chat for some pointers from Sinclair to see what bands pushed him into becoming a vocalist, tips and tricks he’s learned along the way, how he’s healed from any damage, and more.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Daylight – One More Fight

After touring in all four corners of the world over the last few years, Barcelona pop-punks Daylight are finally back with brand new album ‘One More Fight’ for another round of uptempo fun and infectious choruses. Singer and bassist Olek Burek filled us in with a track-by-track guide of the new release before you’re able to get your teeth into it on October 23rd.

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Vocals – CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder)

There are few advocates of death metal out there who are as hell born or downright scornful as the Australian monoliths that are Thy Art Is Murder. A few days away from dropping their third full-length ‘Holy War’, which carries an original artwork packaging that alone opts to hit you on the head with a sledgehammer for attention rather than tap you on the shoulder, it seems like they’re setting up to take their reputation to higher accolades. Known for also teaching people how to perform unclean vocals properly, we spoke with frontman CJ McMahon for some of his own tips on how we can sound more demonic too.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Employed To Serve – Greyer Than You Remember

Few bands can make as much welcomed riotous noise as Woking’s Employed To Serve, delivered shot by shot across EP after EP. However, the outfit took it to a whole new level when they finally dropped their debut full-length, ‘Greyer Than You Remember’, constructing and executing some of the closest post-apocalyptic sounds you’re likely to hear. To get a bit more insight into the record and its creation, the troupe gave us a track-by-track overview of the release:

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Of Allies – Fragments EP

Yorkshire four-piece Of Allies are a young band blazing away on the campaign trail to make themselves superstars. 11th May saw the release of second EP ‘Fragments‘ which has been welcomed with open arms among the alternative rock scene. To celebrate its release, we talked to vocalist/guitarist Rich Nichols about the meaning behind each track on ‘Fragments‘.

01.) FRAGMENTS
This song kind of came out of nowhere. I wrote the main intro riff at home on an acoustic guitar just by fiddling around really. I took that to the band and we fleshed out the rest around it. I wanted the contrast between heavy and light to be severe which I think we achieved. The lyrics, as always, came after the music although I already had a topic I wanted to write about which suited the song.

02.) 0NE19
ONE19‘ came about from wanting to write something a bit faster and hard hitting that would also be quite short. The intro and verse where again written on acoustic guitar at home and was then taken to the band. As soon as Dan (drums) started playing along to it, we all knew we had something special. We pretty much finished it during one practice but chopped and edited for about a month. The vocal part was really tricky to write as I wanted something staccato and catchy in the verse and sing along in the chorus. I think it fits in nicely with the current British rock sound and it’s a song we’re all really proud of.

03.) TEMPERS
The main riff to ‘Tempers‘ was actually one of the first things I wrote for Of Allies. It was a fun song to put together at practice because we had so many ideas on where we could take it. It was significantly heavier than anything else we where doing at the time so we didn’t include it on the first EP. It’s always been a live favourite though. Definitely some Deftones influences in this one.

04.) OLD BONES
Old Bones‘ was the first song we wrote for the ‘Fragments‘ EP. It was written at band practice and had a lot of changes made to it before we where happy. I really like the guitar interplay in the verses and the dynamics and structure of the song.

05.) CALL IT HOME
I was thinking about what sounds defined us as a band and what it was that made us sound like us. The song really only comprises of two parts; a verse and chorus. I’d been playing with delays and reverbs and played the parts to the band. They loved it and jumped on it immediately. Tom (vocals/guitar) added a great hook, Dan worked out the dynamics and Nick (bass) pulled it all together. We pretty much instinctively wrote it by going round and round jamming over it and trying different things. Once we had the parts sounding right, we structured it and played it. We where all pretty surprised we’d come up with it actually!

‘Fragments’ is out now. You can buy the album on iTunes, Google Play, or hear it on Spotify.

You can follow Of Allies online on Facebook.

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FEATURE: Slam Dunk Festival 2015 – Setlist Preview

Slam Dunk festival seems to be constantly pulling it out of the bag when it comes to stellar lineups. Every year it goes from strength to strength, and 2015 proves to be no different with Wembley-botherers You Me at Six headlining main stage. There are plenty more bands on show though, and very little time to learn all of their songs. That’s where we come in, providing this handy guide to what each band is gonna play. Check out the individual Spotify playlists or scroll to the bottom for a full rundown.

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GETTING INTO: Sunn O)))

The purpose of our GETTING INTO features is to help give readers a place to get into bands you may have missed out on or bands who are less accessible. Well Sunn O))) (often stylised as just Sunn) are definitely the later. It’s almost easier to get into a secret society than it is to get into these drone metal pioneers. Much like its brother subgenre stoner metal, drone is all about slowing it down but bands like Sunn O))) and their influences like fellow Washington experimentalists Earth push the boundaries of drone metal to levels of avant-garde.

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