Albums/EPs

ALBUM: The Banner – Frailty

Release Date: June 10th, 2008
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thebanner

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A band with a name such as The Banner isn’t one that you’d usually expect to be full of aggression and hate fueled music that speak of violence, or come across in a violent way. One look at the song titles in the album tracklisting will change that perception, such as ‘Welcome Fuckers’, ‘Funerals’, and ‘Ratflesh’ are just a few, and you can anticipate the mood of this record before even placing it into your stereo.

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ALBUM: 36 Crazyfists – The Tide And Its Takers

Release Date: May 27th, 2008
Label: Ferret Music
Website: www.36crazyfists.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/36crazyfists

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One of the more respected and influencial bands on the alternative music market, 36 Crazyfists have always been one to produce a metal sound that sounds aggressive and angry as much as it sounds beautiful and melodic. With their fourth major album release ‘The Tide And Its Takers’, the Alaskan four-piece have simply taken it a step further, proving that they’re not losing their respected position any time in the forseeable future.

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EP: Reuben – TwoByThree

Release Date: March 25th, 2008
Label: Hideous Records
Website: www.wordsfromreuben.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wordsfromreuben

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After just more than ten years at this game, UK alternative rock band Reuben went off on their own way and created their own label, Hideous Records. With the freedom to do what they wanted with their music, what did they go and do? They went and did a split EP with other upcoming acts Baddies and The Ghost Of A Thousand, who contributed two songs each (hence the name TwoByThree). A risky move, but does it work? The answer: Yes it does!

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SINGLE: Alter Bridge – Ties That Bind

Release Date: January 25th, 2008
Label: Universal
Website: www.alterbridge.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/alterbridge

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‘Ties That Bind’ is the new single from Alter Bridge, and to be perfectly honest it’s a great song showing a lot of skill and musical talent from this alternative rock super group.

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EP: Asleep In Panama – Remember This Moment

Release Date: January 4th, 2008
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/asleepinpanamamusic

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Asleep In Panama from Holmes Chapel in the UK, release their demo entitled ‘Remember This Moment’. Their package being heavy and progressive in its dynamics, and showcases musicianship at a decent scale.

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SINGLE: The Black Ghosts – Some Way Through This

Release Date: October 19th, 2007
Label: Southern Fried Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blackghosts

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London electro duo The Black Ghosts bring to the table new single ‘Some Way Through This’, and in ways it’s their same old technique, but they’ve got something else there for this time through. A fairly underground band right now, The Black Ghosts have the sound and the potential to get themselves onto popular radio stations if they keep their hard work up.

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ALBUM: The Blackout – We Are The Dynamite!

Release Date: October 1st, 2007
Label: Fierce Panda Records
Website: www.theblackout.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblackout

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Welsh post-hardcore rockers The Blackout have been rising considerably well for the past year or so. With the help of their fellow welsh friends Lostprophets adding them to some of their tours, The Blackout soon rose from the status of an underground band to a more publicly known band. ‘We Are The Dynamite!’ is their debut full-length release, and is a record that makes you want to talk about this band more than ever, to the point that ‘The Blackout’ is a household name.

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ALBUM: Boltdown – Omnicide

Release Date: September 17th, 2007
Label: Hangman’s Joke Records
Website: www.boltdownmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/boltdown

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Formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2006 by members of local bands to create a regional super-group, metal band Boltdown release debut album ‘Omnicide’ through Hangmans Joke Records (which they’ve recently departed from) which features 10 tracks of metal/thrash attacks. In previous bands the members have collectively toured with the likes of Lostprophets, Dry Kill Logic, and The Gathering to name but a few, which clearly tells us that these guys have the experience to give us the goods.

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EP: Bleached Wail – Stand Up Straight

Release Date: August 30th, 2007
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bleachedwail

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Bleached Wail from Stoke/Manchester describe their sound on their MySpace page as ska/alternative/funk. Do they deliver what they say on the tin? They pretty much do. The vocal work doesn’t seem to be too far off from a younger version of The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland either, which can only be a good thing.

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ALBUM: blessthefall – His Last Walk

Release Date: August 20th, 2007
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blessthefall

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Newcomers onto the metalcore scene blessthefall are from a city named after an invincible mythical creature, Pheonix. Consisting of Christian members, but don’t like to be labelled as a Christian metalcore band, debut full-length release by blessthefall‘His Last Walk’ – is one with a varying and refreshing taste to our normal dose from today’s ever popular alternative music scene.

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