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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Skywalker

Czech Republic/UK hardcore punk crossover merchants Skywalker are planning for the release of their brand new EP ‘Sugar House’ to showcase their brand of skate punk. The band are tour heavy and sit anywhere from playing shows with NOFX to seeing them with Madball – so take a look at the bands that Skywalker hand picked as their most influential.

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INTRODUCING: Lightscape

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene. Today, we’re looking at Norwich newcomers Lightscape and their brand new single ‘Live In Fear’ that shows off their credentials as a new breed of catchy UK rockers. Look at for their new EP coming this Autumn and take a butchers at our chat with the band about their beginnings and what the future holds for Lightscape.

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TRIBUTE: Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

Yesterday (July 20th 2017), the tragic news broke that Chester Bennington, best known for being the frontman for Linkin Park, had been found dead from an apparent suicide from hanging. The news shook across the world, both within and outside of the rock and metal community, with condolences and tributes from all corners flooding in online.

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TEN YEARS ON: Mayday Parade – A Lesson In Romantics

Floridian pop-punks Mayday Parade emerged back in 2005 with their debut EP, ‘Tales Told By Dead Friends’, which captured the hearts of Fearless Records who picked them up for their debut fell-length, ‘A Lesson In Romantics’. The band have continued to grow in popularity and followed it up with four records through the label, but have always nodded back to their seminal album that created excitement and love for Mayday Parade worldwide.

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FEATURE: Top 10 Things You’ll Find Faultlines Doing On Tour!

Leeds metalcore newcomers Faultlines have just released their latest single ‘Breathe’ which is their first song with a new line up featuring singer Ryan Booth and bassist Lee Horner. They’ve got a run of dates this July to get out there and show off their new material. This means they get to go on tour in their trusty van so we got the guys to give an insight into what they get up to while touring – check out Faultlines‘ top 10 things you’ll find that them doing on tour.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: The One Hundred – Chaos + Bliss

No doubt you’ve heard the rumblings of London nu-metal/grime crossover band The One Hundred from their brilliant debut EP, ‘Subculture’, or their outings at Sonisphere, Download, Reading & Leeds, and even a support slot with Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper.

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FEATURE: Dearly Beloved’s Top 5 Duos!

Canadian garage-punk two-piece Dearly Beloved are channelling old school rock n’ roll through their punk aesthetic and their 2016 record ‘Admission’ showcased how their fuzzy style gives them an edge over their peers. Before the band hit the road with Bash & Pop for a few UK dates, we caught up with Rob Higgins from the band who talked us through his five favourite duos throughout the years and picked a real mixed bag of genres.

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GETTING INTO: Basick Records, As Chosen By A Trust Unclean

Basick Records are consistently and relentlessly throwing some of the best in heavy, heavy and heavy music at us as the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Monuments and FellSilent have all been on the books at one stage and are now harbouring the talents of Create To Inspire, The Arusha Accord and Misery Signals. Now you can add A Trust Unclean to the list as they’ve just released their debut deathcore mini-album ‘Parturition’ and are looking to reciprocate the creative accolades their predecessors have accomplished. The guys in the Bicester tech death metal five piece each picked out their favourite record from Basick Records over the years to invite us to learn more about the label and the bands they’ve showcased.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Create To Inspire – Sickness

Still riding the melodic hardcore success wave since their excellent EP ‘Halfway Home’, Essex boys Create To Inspire have just released their debut full-length record, ‘Sickness’. The aggressive yet emotional innovation on the record is sure to see the band reach heights they’ve never seen, so we wanted to get acquainted with the record early doors. Sean and Dan filled us in with the story behind each song in this new track-by-track guide.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Artificial Language – The Observer

California prog rockers Artificial Language have just released their ambitious debut record ‘The Observer’ that nods to peers such as Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me. Anthemic choruses and technical riffs make this one for the tech metal lovers but the concept story behind the record is enough to intrigue any music fans:

“The Observer is a narrator from the album that looks over various events. Throughout these events he peers into people’s lives through the first and third person. While observing the narrator becomes increasingly frustrated and confused by humanity and the emotions that drive their actions. As the album progresses he starts to understand humanity and understand the feelings and perspectives of the people he’s observing.”

Take a trip through the record with Artificial Language‘s track-by-track guide to their debut release.

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