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ALBUM: Neck Deep – The Peace And The Panic

Release Date: August 18th 2017
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.neckdeepuk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/neckdeepuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/neckdeepuk

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It’s been an absolute roller coaster of a ride for Neck Deep in the past five years. The Wrexham boys have ascended from local band obscurity to pop-punk royalty, and acquired one of the most dedicated fan bases in the scene. With the band’s second album ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’ gaining so much critical and commercial success, the pressure to record and not only match, but succeed it with album number three must’ve been huge, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this album might not live up to the hype. However, you can forget that, because ‘The Peace And The Panic’ is nothing short of huge.

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EP: Sainte – Smile, And Wave

Release Date: June 30th 2017
Label: Good Problems
Website: www.whoissainte.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sainteofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/saintesays

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It was a sad day for the pop-punk scene back in February 2016 when New York quintet We Are The In Crowd announced news of their hiatus, unleashing a wave of disappointment across the scene. Thankfully, there was always the intention to carry on but in a smaller group, and heading in a more pop-influenced direction: Sainte. Their debut EP, ‘Smile, And Wave’, is their introduction into the world, and a very welcome one at that.

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ALBUM: Wage War – Deadweight

Release Date: August 4th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.wagewarband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wagewar
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wagewar

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For the last five years, metalcore has been an over diluted genre. It seems like every new band that was appearing all around the country was some sort of metalcore band with breakdowns galore. It’s a crying shame that a genre so pure and interesting has been diluted down to nothing more than generic. The genre is in need of a breath of fresh air in the form of a band brave enough to question the norm, and, in 2015, Wage War released their debut ‘Blueprints’, and with that there seemed to be hope on the horizon.

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ALBUM: Widowmaker – Widowmaker

Release Date: July 7th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/widowmakeral
Twitter: www.twitter.com/widowmakeral

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Deathcore as a genre is something that has been done to death, reaching its zenith in the mid-2000s with bands such as Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, and Carnifex, so to create a band within this genre is almost a risk few should make. In the case of Alabama’s Widowmaker, however, this seems to have been pulled off successfully.

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ALBUM: Alpha Male Tea Party – Health

Release Date: June 23rd 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alphamaleteaparty
Twitter: www.twitter.com/alphamaletparty

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Even with the surging popularity and emergence of acts within the world of rock and metal, there seems to be a lack of appreciation for instrumental acts, substituting a focus on vocals for an increase in captivation within the instrumentation of their songwriting. Liverpool’s technical/djent metallers Alpha Male Tea Party aim to change this with their latest release, ‘Health’.

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ALBUM: Ded – mis•an•thrope

Release Date: July 21st 2017
Label: Suretone Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dedofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/weareded

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If you were to say “Hey, anybody know any good nu-metal bands?” in 2017, this would be followed by one of two responses; the first being complete silence, and the second would be accompanied by a bit of ridicule, and in most cases with good reason. Though a recent revival of the genre has seen some fresh spins on the dated genre, Ded‘s debut full-length ‘mis•an•thrope’ just doesn’t cut the mustard.

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ALBUM: Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam

Release Date: June 9th 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kamikazegirlsuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kamikazegirls_

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‘Seafoam’ is the debut album from Leeds/London duo Kamikaze Girls, and with it the bar for future releases has already been set very, very high. The album tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and, despite being lyrically focused on such gloomy aspects, this album is fairly upbeat.

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ALBUM: Obey The Brave – Mad Season

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.obeythebrave.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/obeythebrave
Twitter: www.twitter.com/obeythebrave

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Canadian metalcore heavyweights Obey The Brave are back with their third studio full-length, ‘Mad Season’. The album starts off with ‘On Thin Ice’, and automatically you’re thrown into the classic metalcore chugs. Along with the melodic choruses and breakdowns, all seems like business as usual in camp Obey The Brave.

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EP: One More Slice – Post Party Depression

Release Date: June 30th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/onemoresliceband
Twitter: None available

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Brian Storm has spent his career online as a musical journalist with a sharp comedic edge. Titling himself “The Big Booty Daddy”, he went toe-to-toe with big pharma bro Martin Shkreli, and has still made time to tease his musical talents over the years.

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ALBUM: Wintersun – The Forest Seasons

Release Date: July 21st 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wintersun
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wintersun

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Crafting an intricate blend of death metal, prog, folk and power metal comes Wintersun, the side-project of Ensiferum vocalist, Jari Mäenpää, and has only grown to become the all-encompassing group that they are today. With an album as simple yet complex as ‘The Forest Seasons’ to put the seasons of the year as four different tracks, this is a group who showcase a very progressive vision.

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