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LIVE: Galactic Empire @ Satan’s Hollow, Manchester (10/02/2017)

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Date: February 10th 2017
Venue: Satan’s Hollow, Manchester
Support: EZXP / Sithu Aye
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/galacticempireofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/galacticempire8

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With Star Wars being one of the most popular franchises, hosting one of the biggest and most dedicated fan followings ever, it was only a matter of time until a band came along with both the talent and the willingness to put enough effort into their aesthetics that they look like they came straight from the films. Enter Galactic Empire; the world’s first professional Star Wars themed metal band.

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LIVE: Chelsea Grin @ Sound Control, Manchester (09/02/2017)

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Date: February 9th 2017
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: Void Of Vision / Make Them Suffer / Betraying The Martyrs
Website: www.chelseagrinmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chelseagrinmetal
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chelseagrinut

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It’s been disputed that deathcore as a genre is one that is slowly fading away; recently Scott Lewis of Carnifex even said himself that he feels it’s only them, Whitechapel, and Suicide Silence who are still carrying that flag high in terms of established names. But, what about Utah’s Chelsea Grin? Are they worthy of joining their peers in that same breath?

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ALBUM: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin

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Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: International Death Cult
Website: www.andtherattlesnakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frankcarterandtherattlesnakes
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therattlesnakes

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The resurgence of Frank Carter in hardcore music was arguably the most exciting and unexpected return in recent memory when ‘Blossom’ surprised us all with its hard hitting combination of honest emotion and devastating riffs back in 2015. The Rattlesnakes brought back all of the characteristics that we were used to expecting from the Hemel Hempstead frontman, but with ‘Modern Ruin’, although the lyrics are as dark and raw as the first record, the musical output has taken a rapid turn.

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LIVE: Black Peaks @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (01/02/2017)

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Date: February 1st 2017
Venue: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Support: Employed To Serve / Tigercub
Website: www.blackpeaks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackpeaks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blackpeaks

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Few British bands over the past couple of years have caused waves as crushing and consuming as that of as Brighton’s own Black Peaks. Their debut album ‘Statues’ crashed its way onto top albums lists aplenty at the end of last year, and what better way to close off that remarkable chapter of their career than their own headline tour, playing the record from start-to-finish.

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LIVE: The King Blues @ Academy 3, Manchester (31/01/2017)

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Date: January 31st 2017
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: The Blinders / Louise Distras
Website: www.kingbluesofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thekingblues
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kingbluesband

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With the close of 2016 and turn into 2017, it seems like the topic of politics is hot on everyone’s tongues and social media feeds, especially with the turn of Donald Trump entering office as the US President, and the impending trigger of Article 50 for Brexit in just a few weeks. A pro, however, is a surge in politically driven punk rock coming to the forefront. That’s exactly what’s brought us here tonight.

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ALBUM: The Menzingers – After The Party

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Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.themenzingers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themenzingers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/themenzingers

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I look forward to the opening tracks of The Menzinger‘s albums more than I look forward to pay day. From ‘On The Impossible Past’‘s ‘Good Things’ to ‘Rented World’‘s ‘I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore’, past curtain-raisers have been self-deprecating, punchy, and in total contrast to the songwriting and thematic conventions of the rest of the record.

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ALBUM: Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory

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Release Date: January 6th 2017
Label: Born & Bred
Website: www.dropkickmurphys.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dropkickmurphys
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dropkickmurphys

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When you think Celtic Irish rockers, most think of either Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys, both of which have found their fame through movie and video game soundtracks, as well as a dedicated fanbase. Now, both bands are true to their music and have released many a-record over many a-decade, like many a-band out there today in fact. But, listening to ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ separates the Dropkick Murphys from those who are equally, if not longer in the tooth.

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ALBUM: Saviour – Let Me Leave

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Release Date: January 17th 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saviouraustralia
Twitter: www.twitter.com/saviourperth

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Australian hardcore outfit Saviour are back with their first album since their hiatus in 2013. ‘Let Me Leave’ is an impressive effort, tingling with dynamics that somehow both hit and miss the mark. The album marks a departure from the band’s sound, a work in-progress, and, while it isn’t perfect by any means, it’s a step in the right direction.

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ALBUM: Sepultura – Machine Messiah

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Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.sepultura.com.br
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sepultura
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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Brazilian thrash artists Sepultura can be summarised by two distinct eras: one with Max Cavalera, and one without. While the Cavalera brothers are off touring the 20 year anniversary of seminal sixth record ‘Roots’, whilst the band (fronted by vocalist Derrick Green for the last 19 years) are set to release their 14th studio record, ‘Machine Messiah’.

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ALBUM: AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

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Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Concord Music Group
Website: www.afireinside.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/afireinside
Twitter: www.twitter.com/afi

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The transformation of AFI (short for A Fire Inside, if you didn’t know) from gritty, eccentric punk band to gothic rock arena fillers has been a huge success story for the underground scene. Although some have questioned some of the major label output since 2003’s platinum-selling ‘Sing The Sorrow’, the Californians have maintained their ambition and integrity through an astonishing two decade career that has led to their self-titled tenth full-length release, that will be referred to as ‘The Blood Album’.

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