Albums/EPs

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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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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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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ALBUM: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

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Release Date: November 18th 2016
Label: Blackened Recordings
Website: www.metallica.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metallica
Twitter: www.twitter.com/metallica

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Well, here we are. After eight long years since the release of previous album, ‘Death Magnetic’, thrash metal icons Metallica have ended 2016 by releasing their hugely anticipated tenth studio record, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’, and what a record it is.

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EP: Lamb Of God – The Duke

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Release Date: November 18th 2016
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.lamb-of-god.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lambofgod
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lambofgod

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It’s been a turbulent few years for Richmond’s Lamb Of God, particularly for vocalist, Randy Blythe. After being arrested in Prague on June 27th 2012, for pushing a fan off the stage who hit his head on the floor and later died of his injuries, the band subsequently incurred a 2 year break from touring and recording.

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ALBUM: Okilly Dokilly – Howdilly Doodilly

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Release Date: November 11th 2016
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.okillydokilly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/okillydokillyband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nedalband

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Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders. Screw Flanders.

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ALBUM: SayWeCanFly – Blessed Are Those

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Release Date: November 4th 2016
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.saywecanfly.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saywecanfly
Twitter: www.twitter.com/saywecanfly

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Since 2009, Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie has been releasing acoustic work under the moniker of SayWeCanFly, with his debut album ‘Between The Roses’ being released in January of last year. Fast-forward to November 2016, and Barrie has returned to the music scene with his sophomore effort, ‘Blessed Are Those’, which keeps in with the alternative acoustic approach of his previous works in a somewhat stereotypical early 00s emo style.

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