Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Hundred Suns – The Prestaliis

Release Date: August 11th 2017
Label: Dine Alone Records/New Damage Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hundredsuns
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hundredsuns

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Hundred Suns, a 3-piece made amalgam of Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, and Dead & Divine, have finally dropped their eagerly-anticipated debut album. ‘The Prestaliis’ is a cryptic, worthy attempt. It’s one that breaks free of the overshadowing roots and provides a few good barnstormers, but allows a dose of monotony to set in too quickly.

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ALBUM: InVisions – Never Nothing

Release Date: August 18th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/invisionsofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/invisionstweets

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York based metalcore outfit InVisions have only been around since last year, but they’ve created a big name for themselves in a short space of time. The band have gone full in and released their debut album ‘Never Nothing’ independently, however, perhaps it might’ve been better to take their time on this one.

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ALBUM: PVRIS – All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell

Release Date: August 25th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.pvris.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pvrisbandma
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thisispvris

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Since the release of their debut ‘White Noise’ in 2014, PVRIS have received worldwide acclaim and toured non-stop for the past three years. As always when a band causes such a magnificent stir with a debut release, the question on everybody’s lips when the follow-up comes around is always: will they be able to top that?

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ALBUM: Dayseeker – Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising

Release Date: July 14th 2017
Label: Spinefarm Records
Website: www.dayseekerband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dayseeker
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dayseekerband

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In the last five years or so, there’s been an overwhelming amount of copy and paste metalcore bands doing the same thing over and over with each progressing album, and sadly, California’s Dayseeker are one that follow this trend almost systematically.

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EP: Crossfaith – Freedom

Release Date: August 4th 2017
Label: Sony Records/UNFD
Website: www.crossfaith.jp
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crossfaithofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/crossfaithjapan

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Japan has recently been churning out some decent metal bands over the past few years, and one of the leaders in this surge of emerging talent is EDM/metal mob, Crossfaith. Since unleashing 2012’s ‘Zion’ EP, the band have garnered a pretty hefty fanbase, and to keep our attention until they finally drop album four next year, they’ve now delivered a new EP, ‘Freedom’.

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ALBUM: Authority Zero – Broadcasting To The Nations

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: Bird Attack Records
Website: www.authorityzero.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorityzero
Twitter: www.twitter.com/authority_zero

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Arizona based skate punks Authority Zero have been flying the flag for fast-paced ska influenced punk rock for the best part of twenty years, and ‘Broadcasting To The Nations’ continues the consistency of the Mesa band’s back catalogue.

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ALBUM: Bad Sign – Live & Learn

Release Date: July 14th 2017
Label: Basick Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/badsignband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/badsignband

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There’s an irrepressible kinetic energy running through the opening parts of ‘Live & Learn’, the debut album from Croydon three-piece, Bad Sign. Listening as the band shifts through riffs, one feels bodily compelled to move (always difficult to do on a crowded train).

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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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