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INTRODUCING: Harbour Sharks

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.

Kingston metal hardcore crossover newcomers Harbour Sharks are already incorporating massive guitar riffs, groovy drum beats and melodic vocals to form their own style on dual vocal hardcore. Their debut record ‘A History Of Violence has just dropped and shows what the guys can do in the harsh/clean singing realm that brings in the fans from different punk and metal alike.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Santa Cruz

Finnish modern hard rockers Santa Cruz are back! Album number three ‘Bad Blood Rising’ is en route from HELLsinki and will be arriving mid November via M-Theory Audio. If you’re into Guns N’ Roses style guitar riffs mixed with punk attitude and a hint of metal, you’ll be chuffed to bits with this young take on the classic rock genre. To find out how much Santa Cruz were influenced by those iconic rock pioneers, we got guitarist Johnny Cruz to choose 5 records that have inspired the band into what they are today.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: 36 Crazyfists – Lanterns

Just a few years ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Alaskan metalcore collective 36 Crazyfists were slowly slipping away; the few years that followed the release of 2010’s ‘Collisions And Castaways’ were vague and uncertain, but, come 2015 with the release of ‘Time And Trauma’, and their first effort with their latest addition to the line-up in the form of drummer Kyle Baltus, they proved with bold defiance that they were far from down and out.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Nomasta

Following the disbanding of CANAYA, Leeds 3-piece Nomasta were born to play riffs to make even the likes of Kvelertak and Mastodon jealous. The experience the band picked up through 13 years of playing shows means they’re a new band that are already approaching their final, perfected form. With debut record ‘House Of The Tiger King’ due early November, we wanted to delve into the minds of Nomasta so we got bassist Kris Allen and guitarist/vocalist Owen Wilson to pick the records that have influenced them in some way.

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INTRODUCING: COPE

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.

London heavy punks Cope have played shows with the who’s who of British underground hardcore including Create To Inspire and Blood Youth but are ready to start catching them up with the release of their sophomore EP ‘Tooth & Nail’. The optimistic energy of the band seeps through into their music for an uplifting yet destructive take on melodic hardcore punk.

Refuse. Resist. Don’t give in to fear.

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INTRODUCING: Lost In Stereo

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.

Scottish newcomers Lost In Stereo have just released their debut EP ‘Famous First Words’ with a much needed rock inspired take on pop-punk that would have fit in perfectly with bands like The Ataris and Attack! Attack!. With 5 energy filled tracks that’ll warm your bones, the Glasgow band are sure to pick up some momentum, especially with their upcoming support slot with Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour. If you like melodies and enthusiastic vocal hooks then get further acquainted with Lost In Stereo.

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GETTING INTO: Pure Noise Records, As Chosen By Seaway

Pure Noise Records seem to have all the best bands. Whether you like your hardcore in the shape of Stick To Your Guns and Vanna, punk with the likes of Less Than Jake and Masked Intruder, or pop-punk with The Story So Far and Boston Manor, the Californian label will have you sorted. Since 2014, Canadian pop-punk sensations Seaway joined the Pure Noise family and have just released their third full-length record ‘Vacation’. To celebrate its arrival, the guys have picked out their favourite records from the label over the years.

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INTRODUCING: Canvas

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.

Emotionally charged post-hardcore lot Canvas are imminently releasing their debut record ‘Worry’ on the ever reliable Basick Records after a massive stint hitting the road in the UK and Europe.

Intricate guitar work and crushing riffs compliment the soft but powerful tone that Canvas implement. Get to know the band before they hit the road soon!

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INTRODUCING: Kill The Ideal

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. Lincolnshire trio Kill The Ideal have just dropped the video for their big new single ‘Dangerous!’ that lyrically battles with bullies of the past. Singer and guitarist Ash Wilson said “the person that gave me the inspiration for this song irritates the hell out of me! ‘Dangerous!’ is about looking your enemies in the face and squaring up to them with a smile. I went through hell and high water and ‘Dangerous!’ was the result… it’s gonna stick to you like a leech”. The single is taken from their upcoming self-titled EP that hits download sites at the end of October so keep your eyes peeled.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Huxtable

Scottish alt rock act Huxtable are about to drop their new EP ‘Change Shape Future’ along with a launch show in Glasgow and a UK tour. The two piece refer to themselves as “riff-rock” and have the fuzzy melodies of Death From Above and Pulled Apart By Horses. For a better introduction, we got the two guys to pick the records that inspired them and made them into the band they are today.

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