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EP: Chapel – Sunday Brunch

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chapelusa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chapelusa

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Indie-pop duo Chapel, comprised of vocalist Carter Hardin (ex-Nightmares) and drummer Courtney Grinwis (ex-Favorite Weapon), unleashed their colourful infectious sound into the world with their debut single ‘Caught Up’ last October. Despite their poppier sound, the two-piece are beginning to make waves in the alternative rock scene.

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LIVE: Normandie @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (06/12/2017)

Date: December 6th 2017
Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Support: William Ryan Key / Grumble Bee
Website: www.normandieofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/normandieofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wearenormandie

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It’s very rare that a supporting act is causing more excitement than a headliner, but that’s exactly what we have tonight. Despite Normandie‘s ever growing stature, there’s no doubt that tonight’s excitement all centres around the performance of William Ryan Key. This is the first time the ex-Yellowcard frontman is playing shows on this shore, and no-one knows what to expect.

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LIVE: Bayside @ The Garage, London (06/12/2017)

Date: December 6th 2017
Venue: The Garage, London
Support: I The Mighty
Website: www.baysideband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bayside
Twitter: www.twitter.com/baysideband

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Standing outside of The Garage in North London, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Victoria line train you came in on was actually a time machine to 2007; the billboard outside listing upcoming gigs shows that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Silverstein, and [spunge] will all be playing here this month.

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LIVE: Creeper @ Trinity, Bristol (05/12/2017)

Date: December 5th 2017
Venue: Trinity, Bristol
Support: Nervus / Can’t Swim / Microwave
Website: www.creepercult.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/creepercult
Twitter: www.twitter.com/creepercultuk

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If there were a band that epitomised the music scene in 2017, it would be Creeper. The band have absolutely exploded unlike any other band in the last decade or so, and have managed to amass such a dedicated cult-like fanbase which could be compare to My Chemical Romance‘s early days. Tonight, the band are at the tail-end of their Theatre Of Fear tour, with the band promising an ambitious show and a brand-new stage production.

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LIVE: Marilyn Manson @ O2 Apollo, Manchester (04/12/2017)

Date: December 4th 2017
Venue: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Support: The Amazonica
Website: www.marilynmanson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marilynmanson
Twitter: www.twitter.com/marilynmanson

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We’re approaching almost 30 years now since the inception of Marilyn Manson; one of the most controversial and headline grabbing public figures in the world of rock and metal. It wasn’t too long ago that The God of Fuck almost became The God of Fuck All, but managed to clamber his way out of obscurity, and reinvigorated his stance and relevance in the world throughout his latest three records.

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LIVE: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (03/12/2017)

Date: December 3rd 2017
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: Ecca Vandal / Basement
Website: www.andtherattlesnakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/therattlesnakes
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therattlesnakes

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With a CV that already boasts once fronting hardcore punks Gallows and hard rockers Pure Love, Frank Carter already garnered a hugely respectable musical pedigree before he went on to form his current project alongside his fellow Rattlesnakes.

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ALBUM: Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes – Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Bad Timing Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/speakthetruthca
Twitter: www.twitter.com/speakthetruthca

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California based super group Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes was founded by Senses Fail vocalist Buddy Nielsen and ex-Finch members Alex Linares (guitar), Daniel Wonacroft (guitar), and Alex Pappas (drums) back in the spring of last year. The band offered a first taste of this new venture with the release of their debut single ‘Crash My Car’ in the Autumn. Now, almost a year on, Speak The Truth are back with their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You’.

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ALBUM: Ghost Atlas – All Is In Sync And There Is Nothing Left To Sing About

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ghostatlasofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jessethomascash

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Alabama metalcore outfit ERRA have been generating a lot of buzz for themselves over the years, touring with the likes of Northlane and August Burns Red, and releasing their critically acclaimed album ‘Dirt’ on Sumerian Records last year. All that’s not enough for singer and guitarist Jesse Cash, however, who has undertaken an ambitious solo side-project, Ghost Atlas. Having released two EPs under this alias, Cash is now back with his debut full-length, the impressively titled ‘All Is In Sync And There Is Nothing Left To Sing About’.

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EP: Valliers – Lost In Familiarity

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Dream Atlantic Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/valliersuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/valliersuk

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Debut EPs like Valliers‘Lost In Familiarity’ are a rarity. Yet, this is as clear a reminder as you could wish for of just how good underground bands can be. The London four-piece are starting their music careers very strongly with this EP being a great marker to build off.

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LIVE: Stick To Your Guns @ Club Academy, Manchester (29/11/2017)

Date: November 29th 2017
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: First Blood / Silent Planet / Being As An Ocean
Website: www.sticktoyourguns.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stygoc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stygoc

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One thing that hardcore and alternative acts offer in their material far more often and in far more depth than today’s pop landscape are messages more about the world, society, and more global and widespread struggles. One band that has been waving that banner long and proud are Orange County’s Stick To Your Guns, and with freshly released sixth record ‘True View’, they still have an awful lot to say and showcase on their tours, including tonight in Manchester.

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