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ALBUM: Paramore – After Laughter

Release Date: May 12th 2017
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Website: www.paramore.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/paramore
Twitter: www.twitter.com/paramore

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Change in life, no matter how hard that may be to accept at times, is an inevitability. As we grow as people, so does almost every aspect of what makes us the person that we are. Music is absolutely no different, and, though a change in a band’s style is likely to come as part of their evolution, a distaste and resentment for such a dichotomy in a band’s career is not only needless, but ultimately redundant. One such band who’ve been subject to feedback from creating said unintentional division is Paramore.

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ALBUM: Daisyhead – In Case You Missed It

Release Date: April 28th 2017
Label: No Sleep Records
Website: www.daisyheadtn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/daisyheadtn
Twitter: www.twitter.com/daisyheadtn

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Nashville quartet Daisyhead have had a troublesome couple of years since the release of their debut album ‘The Smallest Light’ in 2015, including a seemingly almost inevitable break-up. Despite this, the band have managed to pull themselves back together from the brink of self-destruction and release an album in 2017 that sounds like it was made for 2007, ‘In Case You Missed It’.

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ALBUM: In Hearts Wake – Ark

Release Date: May 26th 2017
Label: UNFD/Rise Records
Website: www.inheartswake.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/inheartswake
Twitter: www.twitter.com/inheartswake

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Australia has been churning out band after band that has been slaying the heavy music scene for some time now, and one of Aussie’s rising stars is In Hearts Wake. Metalcore can be a stagnant genre at times, plenty of bands merge into one faceless and bland sonic mess, however, especially with ‘Ark’, the band’s fourth album, they show that they’ve carved a real niche sound for themselves.

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EP: Borders – Diagnosed

Release Date: April 21st 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bordersbanduk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bordersbanduk

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‘Diagnosed’ is the newest EP by Lincoln based metalcore outfit, Borders. With a tracklist on the EP that only spans four songs with an approximate run time of only eighteen minutes, this a relatively short release.

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EP: Born Of Osiris – The Eternal Reign

Release Date: February 24th 2017
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bornofosiris
Twitter: www.twitter.com/booofficial

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Bringing technical metal to the forefront, with the sound of metalcore inspired guitars and death metal inspired vocals, comes Chicago’s Born Of Osiris. With influences ranging from Killswitch Engage all the way to Meshuggah, it’s pretty easy to see where the band gets their chops from on their latest output, ‘The Eternal Reign’.

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ALBUM: Blood Command – Cult Drugs

Release Date: April 28th 2017
Label: Fysisk Format
Website: www.bloodcommand.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bloodcommand
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bloodcommand

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It’s been a few years now since the Blood Command crew were last sighted, when they paused briefly in their mini-hiatus to jettison their old vocalist and take on a new one. Finally, the Norwegian melodic punk band have made landfall with yet another fine record.

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LIVE: The One Hundred @ Rebellion, Manchester (13/05/2017)

Date: May 13th 2017
Venue: Rebellion, Manchester
Support: MassMatiks
Website: www.onehundredband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theonehundredband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/onehundredband

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It’s been a long time coming, around three years infact, that London lads The One Hundred put out any new music following their debut EP ‘Subculture’, which dropped way back in the summer of 2014. Since then, it seems the band have been almost consistently touring. Only now, with full-length ‘Chaos + Bliss’ on the way, have the band managed to find time to collect themselves, and head out on the first headline UK tour of their own.

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LIVE: Deftones @ O2 Apollo, Manchester (06/05/2017)

Date: May 6th 2017
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: AFI
Website: www.deftones.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/deftones
Twitter: www.twitter.com/deftones

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Few bands within heavy music receive as much acclaim, and on the flip side have been through as much turmoil over their career, as that of Deftones. Eight albums and nearly 30 years deep, the Californian outfit have managed to maintain their relevance by forever being innovative and refreshing, and, with latest album ‘Gore’ being no different, the band are back in the UK for a quick handful of dates with them now coming towards the end of the album’s cycle.

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ALBUM: Slaughter To Prevail – Misery Sermon

Release Date: May 5th 2017
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: www.slaughtertoprevail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slaughtertoprevailrus
Twitter: None available

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‘Misery Sermon’ is the full-length debut album by Russian deathcore up-and-comers Slaughter To Prevail, hot off the tail of their debut EP ‘Chapters Of Misery’, which was initially released in 2015 and subsequently re-released in 2016.

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ALBUM: The Dollyrots – Whiplash Splash

Release Date: March 24th 2017
Label: Arrested Youth Records
Website: www.dollyrots.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedollyrots
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedollyrots

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Bubblegum-punk duo The Dollyrots are back with an impressive sixth studio album, ‘Whiplash Splash’, a relentlessly upbeat album that manages at once to cast reflective gaze back at a genre all but lost to history, while simultaneously providing enough innovation to keep you fist-pumping the whole way through.

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