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ALBUM: Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oceangrovemelbourne
Twitter: www.twitter.com/oceangrovemelb

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‘The Rhapsody Tapes’ shows Ocean Grove as a ballsy group that have come to shake things up. An eclectic sound, especially for a debut full-length, the band weave various elements into their sound, heavily being influenced by a nostalgic nu/alt metal vibe as well as plenty of metalcore elements.

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ALBUM: Dangerkids – blacklist_

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Paid Vacation Records
Website: www.wearedangerkids.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearedangerkids
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dangerkids

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After three and a half years, Dangerkids return with ‘blacklist_’, which, from the array of influences, seems to be the band’s shot at creating a unique metalcore release, combining classic metalcore elements with electronic instrumentation complimenting the heavy side to the album, featuring nods to far more melodic genres, and rap.

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EP: As The Sun Sleeps – As Good As Gold

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/asthesunsleeps
Twitter: www.twitter.com/asthesunsleepss

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Swindon based pop-punk outfit As The Sun Sleeps have returned with their EP, ‘As Good As Gold’, which follows-up their offering ‘Never Stars’ from last year. ‘As Good As Gold’ is a relatively short 5-track affair which doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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EP: Acres – In Sickness & Health

Release Date: February 24th 2017
Label: Dream Atlantic Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acresband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/acresuk

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South Coast post-hardcore quintet Acres are back with their new vocalist Ben Lumber to offer up five tracks on their new EP, titled ‘In Sickness & Health’, through which they continue to carry forth with their tagline of creating “sad songs for sad dudes”.

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ALBUM: A Will Away – Here Again

Release Date: March 7th 2017
Label: Triple Crown Records
Website: www.awillaway.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/awillawayct
Twitter: www.twitter.com/awillawayct

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Connecticut foursome A Will Away are relatively unknown on our British shores, but in America, however, they’re starting to make quite a name for themselves. Their first two EPs, 2013’s ‘Cold Weather’ and 2015’s ‘Bliss’, gained rave reviews from critics on both sides of the Atlantic, and gave them a solid foundation to build upon.

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ALBUM: Energy – Apparition Sound

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Monster Party Records
Website: www.thisenergy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebandenergy
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thisenergy

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For more than ten years, Energy have been perfecting their sound, and, in that time, they’ve shared the stage with a number of well known names along with releasing two EPs and their debut album ‘Punch The Clock’ in 2008. They’ve created a sound not unfamiliar with US bands, mixing the introvert melancholy with more upbeat hooks and tunes.

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EP: Provoker – The Long Defeat

Release Date: March 6th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/provokeruk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/provokeruk

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South Coast newbies Provoker have just put out an EP, ‘The Long Defeat’. It’s a 5-track long assault on the ears from beginning-to-end. Hailing from the Portsmouth area, they certainly like to be heard, with a vocal sound like singing in the bath full to the brim with acid.

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EP: Hometruths – Open Your Eyes

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Label: CI Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hometruthsuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hometruthsuk

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Mancunian metalcore quintet Hometruths have dropped their much anticipated, politically charged EP, ‘Open Your Eyes’. At just over a quarter-of-an-hour long, this thing rushes by like a protest past an office window, hoping to deliver a brief, effective, and cohesive political message to any bystanders who happen to be glancing out. It’s a great record, spilling over with talented fury and boatloads of rhythm, all recorded with a curious low-fi quality.

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LIVE: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Academy 2, Manchester (17/03/2017)

Date: March 17th 2017
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Yonaka / Strange Bones
Website: www.andtherattlesnakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frankcarter
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therattlesnakes

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Ever since his initial burst onto the scene ten years ago, fronting hardcore punk outfit Gallows, Watford lad Frank Carter quickly became revered as one of the most lively and aggressive vocalists in the genre. A decade later, with a few years of life under his belt, his new project with The Rattlesnakes channels that aggression in equal measure with the hard rock takings of his other former project Pure Love, and ultimately results in Carter at the prime of his career.

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LIVE: Vukovi @ Sound Control, Manchester (13/03/2017)

Date: March 13th 2017
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: Jekyll / Critics
Website: www.vukovi.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vukoviband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/vukoviband

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Some say that timing is everything, and in the case of Scottish noisy pop-rockers Vukovi, that saying certainly holds some notable weight to it. Though the band certainly haven’t been quiet over the years, dropping a couple of EPs and making a few tour support and festival appearances here and there, it’s not until now with the release of their debut album that the quartet are standing up for everyone to take notice, and nothing celebrates that more than a headline tour.

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