HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: Devil Sold His Soul

London ambient metal kings Devil Sold His Soul are playing the We The Brave Clothing stage in the Stealth venue as sub-headliners, just below Sylosis. With their full-length ‘Blessed & Cursed’ receiving the number 1 position in our top albums of 2010 charts, these guys are highly recommended to catch of at Hit The Deck if you can. We had a little interview with Paul Kitney (synth) in the run-up to the show:

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SICK SWAG!: Big Deal Clothing

Everyone knows that after the huge surge in popularity with Drop Dead Clothing, the amount of people trying to recreate the company’s success by setting up and running their own alternative clothing companies. Needless to say, most of these were complete flops and failed within the first few months of their existence, but some perservered much longer, and even a slight few managed to survive and are still running strong today. One of these success stories is Michael Douglass (or Dougie if he’s your mate) and his line, Big Deal Clothing.

With 2010 consisting of the brand setting up stalls and selling at high profile festivals like Ghostfest and Hevy, and tours alongside sponsored bands Bury Tomorrow and Shadows Chasing Ghosts, constant shoots from Marianne Harris, and not to mention features in magazines like FRONT and the brand being sold in stores around Europe, we wanted to learn more about the story with Big Deal and where it all began. We caught up with founder and main man Dougie to find out his story, his plan for success, and where he hopes 2011 is going to take the company:

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2011 is undoubtedly going to be bringing us lots of new exciting bands and artists, aswell as bringing some already existing acts into the light of recognition that they so rightfully deserve with all their hardwork and upcoming releases. Here’s just a select few acts we think are going to play a significant part this year:

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ALBUMS OF 2010: Matt Jones’ (Martyr Defiled) top 15!

Nottingham’s Martyr Defiled released their debut full-length ‘Collusion’ in September this year, and it’s an absolute stormer. We thought that so much so that it made it into our site’s official top 15 albums of the year, and we also thought we’d ask vocalist Matt Jones to share with us what music has made his 2010 so brilliant:

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ALBUMS OF 2010: Harry Radford’s (Yashin) top 10!

Glasgow six-piece Yashin had a pretty hectic year. The band finally released their debut full-length record ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’ which received great feedback from both fans and critics, played several support and headline tours, made an appearance at the Vans “Off The Wall” Music Night in Manchester, and finished it all off supporting Emarosa across the UK. The only non-Scottish member Harry Radford decided to share with us what he felt were the 10 best releases of the year which gave their band their first solid steps; 2010:

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ALBUMS OF 2010: Trey Tremain (Shadows Chasing Ghosts) top 15!

With a great album in ‘The Golden Ratio’ coming from London post-hardcore outfit Shadows Chasing Ghosts, we got a hold of vocalist Trey Tremain to see if he thought 2010 had been a good year for music. Turns out he did, so much so that with his list of top 15 albums he didn’t know how to rank them, so here they are in alphabeticaly order instead:

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ALBUMS OF 2010: Marianne Harris’ top 15!

Photographer Marianne Harris shoots bands on an almost daily basis, whether that be for promo shoots or during some live shows. With this in mind she’s always open to new music as it comes, so we thought we’d find out what has been rocking her 2010, so here’s her list of her 15 favourite albums of the year. She couldn’t quite decide which one deserves which position though, so here they are in alphabetical order of the artist/band name instead:

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2010 has brought us hundreds and hundreds of release; some amazing, and some terrible. It’s been hard, but we’ve managed to crack and narrow down what we feel have been the best 15 albums released over the past 12 months, from the big established acts to bands just getting their name out there. You may agree or disagree with some, and maybe even all of the albums and their positions on the chart, but everyone has their own opinion:

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EVENT: Bizarre Ball 2010 (Manchester)

Bizarre Magazine; a magazine known for its outlandish content and features, and even if the publication is unknown to you the name pretty much says it all. With common topics featuring fetishes, bondage, burlesque, gothic culture, injuries and mutilation to name but a few, you can rest assure that their annual ball celebrations aren’t going to be your normal night out. Winter 2010 marks its first visit outside of London, with a second date in the UK’s Northern capital, Manchester.

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EXCLUSIVE: My Passion Tour Blog – Week #1: Irishland

After weeks of rehearsing with the new line-up Ireland is finally upon us. We’ve been sitting in practice rooms for the last few weeks working as the new five piece with Jonathan taking up live synths and showing off some superb guitar shredding. Jamie has come in on drums dramatically increasing our buff and tattooed percentage! Things are feeling really fresh again and we’re playing lots of the new tracks from the forthcoming album. Jonathan‘s done a mega job bringing older tracks like ‘Crazy & Me’, ‘Day Of The Bees’ and ‘Thanks For Nothing’ up to the level of sound found in new tracks. These songs have had a new lease of life and I think they will have people bouncing off the walls live.

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