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ALBUM: The Acacia Strain – Gravebloom

Release Date: June 30th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theacaciastrain
Twitter: www.twitter.com/theacaciastrain

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Massachusetts based quintet The Acacia Strain are titans in the extreme metal community, still going strong over a decade and a half since their inception, are now up to the milestone of the eighth studio album of their careers, ‘Gravebloom’. As with most bands whose careers span such a numerous amount of releases, The Acacia Strain have more than solidified where they stand when it comes to music.

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ALBUM: Currents – The Place I Feel Safest

Release Date: June 16th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.currentsofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/currentsct
Twitter: www.twitter.com/currentsct

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The 2010s have seen a mass uprising of bands blending the same elements of metalcore and electronics together. With ‘The Place I Feel Safest’, Connecticut based outfit Currents attempt to tackle this genre and prove that they’ve got what it takes to compete with their peers.

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ALBUM: SikTh – The Future In Whose Eyes?

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: Millennium Night/Snapper Music
Website: www.sikth.band
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sikthofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sikthofficial

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It’s no secret that SikTh had an incredible run of two acclaimed records in the space of three years. They may not have gained the popularity or recognition that they deserved, but they released two records that were ahead of their time, and laid down a marker and became an influence for almost every progressive metal band to release records after their demise.

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ALBUM: Oaths – Daydreamer

Release Date: May 31st 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oathsuk
Twitter: None available

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Coming at us like a double-edge sword for cause of both celebration and commiseration, ‘Daydreamers’ is both the first and the final studio album to come from the now defunct Mancunian post-hardcore quintet, Oaths.

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ALBUM: Goldfinger – The Knife

Release Date: July 21st 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.goldfingermusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/goldfingermusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/goldfingermusic

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Back in 2015, Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann stated in an interview, “We’ll probably release a song or two, but I don’t know if we’re going to release albums anymore”. Since then, he has produced the latest albums for some of the biggest rock acts in the world, including Biffy Clyro, Blink-182, and All Time Low. Maybe in doing that, Feldmann saw it fit to have a change of heart to step from behind the studio glass, and back into the recording booth.

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ALBUM: House Vs. Hurricane – Filth

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: www.housevshurricane.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/housevshurricane
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hvhofficial

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Returning to give it another run around the block after initially deciding to part ways back in 2013, save for a few one-off reunion shows here and there, Melbourne post-hardcore troupe House Vs. Hurricane are now equipped with their third full-length ‘Filth’, their first offering since 2012’s ‘Crooked Teeth’.

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ALBUM: CKY – The Phoenix

Release Date: June 16th 2017
Label: Entertainment One
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ckyalliance
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ckymusic

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Grab your flare jeans and flip phone, because it’s time to don your nostalgia goggles as we peer back to the pre-financially fucked era of the early 00s where skateboarding dominated the lime-light, being a Jackass was not only fine but actively encouraged, and Big Brother could still claim it was a “social experiment”.

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ALBUM: Falling In Reverse – Coming Home

Release Date: April 6th 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.fallinginreverse.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fallinginreverseofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/firofficial

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Everyone’s favourite bad boy and controversial figure Ronnie Radke is back with Falling In Reverse‘s fourth record, ‘Coming Home’, which sees the Las Vegas based outfit take a step back from the scene that the former Escape The Fate singer claims to have revived.

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ALBUM: Eighteen Visions – XVIII

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: None available
Twitter: www.twitter.com/18v_official

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An awful lot can happen within the space of a decade; some good, some bad, some tragic, and some unexpected. Since Eighteen Visions dissolved back in 2007, after stumbling from the slump disappointment of the hard radio rock direction of their self-titled LP, there’s certainly been a mix of that, not only outside of the band and the members, but within it too.

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LIVE: Blink-182 @ Castlefield Bowl, Manchester (14/07/2017)

Date: July 14th 2017
Venue: Castlefield Bowl, Manchester
Support: The Front Bottoms / Frank Turner
Website: www.blink182.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blink182
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blink182

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It’s not a regular occurrence to attend a gig at an outdoor venue, at least not in the UK. Yet, following the tragic events that took place at the Manchester Arena in May, a number of shows scheduled to be hosted there had been moved, rescheduled, or cancelled for the coming months whilst repairs are carried out. Blink-182 went for the former option, instead occupying the amphitheatre makeshift venue that is the Castlefield Bowl for their first Manchester show in five years.

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