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ALBUM: Novelists – Noir

Release Date: September 8th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.novelistsofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/novelistsmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/novelistsmusic

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The difficult second album. It’s often talked about. A stumbling block for most bands is whether to stick with what worked on the first release and build upon it, or to change the tune, and experiment with a different sound. For Parisian metalcorers Novelists, the second record syndrome, unfortunately, has struck.

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ALBUM: Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now

Release Date: September 8th 2017
Label: Last Gang Records
Website: www.deathfromabove1979.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/deathfromabove1979
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dfa1979

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With the climate of the world today, the word “outrage” would be a pretty brief and direct, yet nonetheless apt word to describe what an awful lot of people are feeling and indeed witnessing all too often.

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EP: End – From The Unforgiving Arms Of God

Release Date: September 8th 2017
Label: Good Fight Music
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/listentoend
Twitter: None available

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You may be asking yourself, “Who are End?” Well, End are a stupidly heavy supergroup. Vocals are covered by Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), guitars are taken up by Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy) and Greg Thomas (Misery Signals), bass duties are provided by Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), and completed with drums from Andrew McEnaney (Structures). Not a bad line-up, eh?

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LIVE: Loathe @ Satan’s Hollow, Manchester (07/09/2017)

Date: September 7th 2017
Venue: Satan’s Hollow, Manchester
Support: Storm Of Aura / Only The Righteous / Lotus Eater
Website: www.loatheasone.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/loatheasone
Twitter: www.twitter.com/loatheasone

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Well, 2017 has been one hell of a year for Loathe. Just last year they signed with SharpTone Records, having only been a band for about a year at the time, and then this April dropped their debut album, ‘The Cold Sun’. With acclaim both inside and outside of the UK, they’ve been turning heads, and now, they’re beginning to portray their concepts and vision on their own tours, and tonight headlining Manchester for the second time.

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LIVE: Cattle Decapitation @ Rebellion, Manchester (04/09/2017)

Date: September 4th 2017
Venue: Rebellion, Manchester
Support: Gloryhole Guillotine / Hideous Divinity / Broken Hope
Website: www.cattledecapitation.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cattledecap

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It’s rare to see a band continue to soar and yet to peak more than 20 years into their career, especially when they reside in a genre that’s as abrasive and an acquired of a taste as extreme metal. Yet, come the release of seventh album ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’ in 2015, Cattle Decapitation put out their most successful record to date, and are back in the UK once again heading up the Hell On Earth tour.

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ALBUM: Alazka – Phoenix

Release Date: September 1st 2017
Label: SharpTone Records/Arising Empire
Website: www.alazkaofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alazkaofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/alazkaband

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German metalcore band Burning Down Alaska had been making a name for themselves in their scene, having shared stages with Being As An Ocean and Parkway Drive, and gathering for themselves a sizeable following. After announcing their break-up earlier this year, the band are now back under the moniker Alazka, and have undergone some line-up changes and a new, huge sound to boot.

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ALBUM: Across The Atlantic – Works Of Progress

Release Date: September 1st 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.acrosstheatlanticband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acrosstheatlanticband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/atabandtx

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Ever since bands like A Day To Remember jumped onto the scene, there has been an ever present bandwagon of bands to produce a combination of pop-punk and metalcore together in a mix that’s been dubbed as ‘easycore’. This fusion is still around with bands like such as Across The Atlantic, who are back with their second studio album, ‘Works Of Progress’.

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ALBUM: Blindwish – Good Excuses

Release Date: September 1st 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blindwishband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blindwishband

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Dallas, Texas outfit Blindwish are one of the latest signees to Rise Records, and, in sharing a label with the likes of PVRIS, Knuckle Puck, and Of Mice & Men, who have all been gearing up for new releases over the past few months, there’s a chance a smaller band like Blindwish could be overlooked.

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ALBUM: Skies In Motion – Life Lessons

Release Date: September 1st 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.skiesinmotion.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skiesinmotion
Twitter: www.twitter.com/skiesinmotion

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Since the likes of Asking Alexandria and co. have made it to the big time, there seems to have been an influx in the number of smaller and new emerging metal bands coming from all parts of the UK. This is no different with Derby up-and-comers Skies In Motion, who after years of touring finally have a debut full-length to offer.

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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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