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EP: Emarosa – 131 – Reimagined

Release Date: September 15th 2017
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.emarosa.us
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emarosa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/emarosa

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It took quite some time for everything to settle down, but it’s safe to say that after the departure of Jonny Craig and the arrival of Bradley Walden, Emarosa are now in a stable situation, through which they’ve rebuilt and started to regain momentum. Last year’s ‘131’, the band’s fourth full-length, was a very well received sophomore offering for Walden, and, as he and the band did with their last record ‘Versus’, they’ve a reworked a handful of its cuts to deliver a short EP, ‘131 – Reimagined’.

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ALBUM: Stick To Your Guns – True View

Release Date: October 13th 2017
Label: Pure Noise Records
Website: www.sticktoyourguns.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stygoc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stygoc

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Orange County hardcore punks Stick To Your Guns bring all the heaviness and excitement that you’d expect from the genre, but have the star power of band leader and vocalist Jesse Barnett that takes the band to a level above their peers. Their UK presence has even seen Stick To Your Guns take the leap from sweaty club domination to sold out academies during their recent outing with Architects and Parkway Drive.

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ALBUM: Weezer – Pacific Daydream

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Website: www.weezer.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/weezer
Twitter: www.twitter.com/weezer

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Weezer have been around for so long that they’re basically stitched into the fabric of the universe. They’ve partied with Hugh Heffner in their video for their 2005 hit ‘Beverley Hills’, and have outlasted some bands that that cite them as a key inspiration. So, the fact that their eleventh album, ‘Pacific Daydream’, is a pop-heavy, meandering, and ultimately toothless effort won’t trouble them a bit.

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ALBUM: We Came As Romans – Cold Like War

Release Date: October 20th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.coldlikewar.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wecameasromans
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wecameasromans

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Michigan’s We Came As Romans have so far enjoyed what would surely be considered a successful career by anyone’s standards. Having been a band in one way, shape or form since 2005, the band have released five full-length albums to date, as well as touring with some of the biggest names in metalcore, including Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, and Of Mice & Men, to name but a few.

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ALBUM: Skarlett Riot – Regenerate

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Despotz Records
Website: www.skarlettriot.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skarlettriot
Twitter: www.twitter.com/skarlettriot

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Scunthorpe’s Skarlett Riot have been making quite a name for themselves since forming back in 2010. The four piece, consisting of vocalist Skarlett, guitarist Danny Oglesby, bassist Martin Shepherd, and drummer Luke Oglesby, have recently signed to Swedish music label, Despotz Records, and have slowly grown into one of the UK’s most promising hard rock outfits.

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EP: Spiritbox – Spiritbox

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/spiritboxofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/spiritboxband

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Stepping down from their position in quirky and arguably avant-garde metalcore outfit iwrestledabearonce, who notably toned down on their obscurities and refined themselves with 2015’s ‘Hail Mary’, vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Mike Stringer have got themselves hitched in more ways than one, in both a marriage and unveiling their own project together: Spiritbox.

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EP: Cursed Earth – Cycles Of Grief, Volume II: Decay

Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cursedearthwa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cursedperth

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Continuing on with their dread ridden ‘Cycles Of Grief’ series, Australian heavy hitters Cursed Earth have returned with the second instalment, ‘Volume II: Decay’, following-up on the debut helping ‘Volume I: Growth’, which the band put out back in August (you can read our review of that here).

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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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ALBUM: The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Website: www.thedarknesslive.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedarknessofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedarkness

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If you’re anything like me, you won’t have properly listened to The Darkness (save for accidentally turning into a Christmas countdown show) since their debut ‘Permission To Land’ first skyrocketed up the charts in 2003, and brought us such memorable TV moments as a man in a chicken suit on Top Of The Pops, or that same man in a music video having a bath on prime-time TV.

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ALBUM: I The Mighty – Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go

Release Date: October 20th 2017
Label: Equal Vision Records
Website: www.ithemighty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ithemighty
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ithemighty

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Progressive rock, for many people, conjures up images of dreary 12-minute introductions on pretentious concept albums that your bearded friend who drinks imported Pabst Blue Ribbon pretends to understand. If this is how you feel about the genre, then California’s I The Mighty are certainly an interesting prospect.

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