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EP: Beyond Recall – Selfish Scars

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Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: Go With Me Records
Website: www.beyondrecall.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beyondrecall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/beyondrecall

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Bristol based Beyond Recall ignite the fuse on a second EP that fizzles out half-way through. ‘Selfish Scars’ gets so bogged down in tween-centric, ‘he said/she said’ politics that it misses a chance to shine a spotlight adolescent vulnerability, and instead falls prey to its own vanity.

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ALBUM: You Me At Six – Night People

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Release Date: January 6th 2017
Label: Infectious Music/BMG
Website: www.youmeatsix.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/youmeatsix
Twitter: www.twitter.com/youmeatsix

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You Me At Six were great servants to British pop-punk/pop-rock, with three giant records that culminated with The Final Night Of Sin at Wembley Arena in December 2012, which represented a huge victory for the scene and cemented a huge future for the Surrey boys. What followed was a transformation to a radio ready rock band that peaked at the top of the charts with their fourth full-length, ‘Cavalier Youth’. Yet, follow-up ‘Night People’ takes them even further from their roots as they work with indie rock specialist producer Jacquire King to create a solid pop album to appeal to the masses.

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ALBUM: Betraying The Martyrs – The Resilient

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Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: www.betrayingthemartyrs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearebetrayingthemartyrs
Twitter: www.twitter.com/martyrstweets

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French metalcore crew Betraying The Martyrs may be best known for covering THAT song from the Disney flick Frozen (its almost hit 6 million views on YouTube), but what you might not know is that they’re actually a credible metal band in their own right, having formed almost ten years ago.

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ALBUM: Firewind – Immortals

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Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Century Media Records
Website: www.firewind.gr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/firewindofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/firewindmusic

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Coming into the same power metal scene as bands like DragonForce and Blind Guardian, and featuring former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, Firewind hold quite a heavy hitting sound. In the case of ‘Immortals’, the band’s eighth record, Gus G really comes into play, giving a thrash built complexity and technicality that makes heavier inspired power metal as great a genre as it is.

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EP: Nine Inch Nails – Not The Actual Events

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Release Date: December 22nd 2016
Label: The Null Corporation
Website: www.nin.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ninofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nineinchnails

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It’s been a while since Nine Inch Nails, everyone’s favourite gateway band into industrial metal, has released anything of note (2014’s remix EP ‘Seed Eight’ sure as shit doesn’t count as a release in my books). It’s not surprising. After all, Oscar-Winning frontman Trent Reznor has been providing scores for The Social Network, Gone Girl, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – basically anything by David Fincher.

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LIVE: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Arena, Manchester (14/12/2016)

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Date: December 14th 2016
Venue: Arena, Manchester
Support: Babymetal
Website: www.redhotchilipeppers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chilipeppers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chilipeppers

Rating:

Anyone who is over the age of 12 and doesn’t know of Red Hot Chili Peppers, or can at least recognise three or four of their songs at a minimum, needs to seriously give themselves a long hard look in the mirror, then spend the next week at home listening to nothing but. Even though their output of material has been far from their peak for at least a decade, RHCP are iconic. Now, with new album ‘The Getaway’ out, it seems like they’re finally heading in the right direction, and hitting arenas to ensure we know the extent of their impact.

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EP: Better Than Never – Head Under Water

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Release Date: December 2nd 2016
Label: Fox Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/btnband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/btn_uk

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It can be hard to get excited about listening to a new pop-punk EP, especially as it’s a genre which isn’t exactly known for its originality. England has an ever-expanding pop-punk scene, with many new bands popping up weekly. It can be hard to wade through the masses, but every once in a while you’ll find a band that will help to reinstall your faith in the genre.

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ALBUM: Dreamshade – Vibrant

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Release Date: December 9th 2016
Label: Artery Recordings
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dreamshadeband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dreamshade

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When you think of a melodic hardcore album, you think lots of layered melodic guitars, vocals with lots of reverb, and a big drop into the ‘hardcore’. ‘Vibrant’, the new full-length offering from Swiss outfit Dreamshade is full of all of the above.

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LIVE: Bullet For My Valentine @ Academy, Manchester (04/12/2016)

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Date: December 4th 2016
Venue: Academy, Manchester
Support: Cane Hill / Killswitch Engage
Website: www.bulletformyvalentine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bulletformyvalentine
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bfmvofficial

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Back in 2005, Bullet For My Valentine released their debut album ‘The Poison’, a record that, put simply, catapulted them forward several ranks in the scenes of modern British metal, and has changed their lives ever since. As is the trend in recent years, to celebrate milestone releases and to also treat fans of those eras, the Welsh outfit are interchanging dates of their UK tour to hark back to this breakthrough release, and the nostalgia tonight is very much present.

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EP: Up River – If There Is A God That Is Judging Me Constantly

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Release Date: November 25th 2016
Label: Holy Roar Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/upriverhc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/upriverhc

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Some bands are game-changers. Brighton’s Up River are not one of those bands. Instead, they’re game dominators. Past releases have prominently featured gorgeous melodic post-hardcore drenched in ethereal reverb that seamlessly immersed you into their sound, akin to the likes of La Dispute.

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