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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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TOUR DIARY: I Set My Friends On Fire (Dec 26th-31st 2016)

We’re currently on the way back home after wrapping up our first US tour of 2017! Some of the guys have already been dropped off at the airport and are on their flights back to Miami, but Connor (bassist), Chris (drummer), and I (Nate) are headed back to my parents house in Western New York where we store our van, trailer, gear, and merch when we’re not on tour.

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FEATURE: 35 Bands To Look Out For In 2017!

Whether a band are releasing their first album or their tenth, we’ve covered them in our definitive list of bands to keep your eye on in 2017. With hundreds of shows and festivals planned around record releases, this year is already looking hot for new talent and big comebacks alike and, although it will take a lot to rival the heights that 2016 got to, we here at DEAD PRESS! are quietly confident.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: AWOOGA – Alpha

If you like your metal grungy and grimy then you’ll need to get ahold of AWOOGA‘s debut EP ‘Alpha’ that sludges between sounds of Tool and Deftones. The Sheffield band have already hit the road with Amplifier and Knifeworld and are looking ahead to a strong year in 2017, with their first show of the year at Corporation in their hometown. We caught up with the band for a run through of ‘Alpha’, to get a full understanding of how the record came together.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2016!

It’s been unquestionable that 2016 has been, if we’re going to put it very mildly, a whirlwind of a year across several areas of the world. What’s also just as unquestionable is how fantastic of a year it has been for new music and releases, with newborn classic after newborn classic hitting our inboxes and our ears far more often than we’re used to, and we’ve been absolutely loving it.

Consequently, it’s been pretty tough to pull our brains together, split the opinions, define our true loves and hates, but we’ve done it. So, here we have what we collectively feel have been the top 10 best albums to have come out across the past 12 months. If you haven’t heard any of these yet, get that sorted out. Immediately.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: A Sense Of Gravity

Whether you’re into tech, prog or black metal, there’s going to be something you’ll love on A Sense of Gravity‘s new record ‘Atrament’. The Seattle band channel Between The Buried And Me and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum with eccentric harsh vocals from CJ Jenkins that extend into powerful singing melodies with ease. To introduce us all to A Sense Of Gravity, we got the band to each pick an album that has inspired and impacted them musically.

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FEATURE: Aaron Keylock’s Top 5 Songs for Guitarists

Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock is about to take over the rock world with the big riffs he has in store for his upcoming debut record ‘Cut Against The Grain’ next January. Astonishingly just 18 years old, Aaron has already hit the road with Blackberry Smoke, The Graveltones and Wilko Johnson, and just released tracks ‘Against The Grain’ and ‘All The Right Moves’. To see where he picked up his knowledge from, we got Aaron to choose his top 5 tracks for guitar players:

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