Reviews

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: Brand New – Science Fiction

Release Date: August 17th 2017
Label: Procrastinate! Music Traitors
Website: www.fightoffyourdemons.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brandnew
Twitter: www.twitter.com/brandnewrock

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If you’re a fan who is even remotely invested in Brand New, especially over the past few years, you’ll be more than familiar with the smoke and mirrors that has surrounded the eventual release of ‘Science Fiction’, the enigmatic and emotive alternative rockers’ fifth opus and declaration of finality.

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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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LIVE: The Number 12 Looks Like You @ The Flapper, Birmingham (21/08/2017)

Date: August 21st 2017
Venue: The Flapper, Birmingham
Support: Dead Hands / Hexis
Website: www.thenumber12lookslikeyou.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thenum12llu
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thenum12llu

Rating:

The last time that The Number 12 Looks Like You were performing on UK shores was back in 2009, whilst supporting Misery Signals. Unquestionably things behind-the-scenes were a little rocky for the avant-garde metal unit back then; co-vocalist Justin Pendrick stepped down, and eventually the band called it a day after one last farewell show in their hometown of New Jersey a few weeks into 2010.

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