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ALBUM: Boltdown – Omnicide

Release Date: September 17th, 2007
Label: Hangman’s Joke Records
Website: www.boltdownmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/boltdown

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Formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2006 by members of local bands to create a regional super-group, metal band Boltdown release debut album ‘Omnicide’ through Hangmans Joke Records (which they’ve recently departed from) which features 10 tracks of metal/thrash attacks. In previous bands the members have collectively toured with the likes of Lostprophets, Dry Kill Logic, and The Gathering to name but a few, which clearly tells us that these guys have the experience to give us the goods.

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EP: Bleached Wail – Stand Up Straight

Release Date: August 30th, 2007
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bleachedwail

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Bleached Wail from Stoke/Manchester describe their sound on their MySpace page as ska/alternative/funk. Do they deliver what they say on the tin? They pretty much do. The vocal work doesn’t seem to be too far off from a younger version of The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland either, which can only be a good thing.

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ALBUM: blessthefall – His Last Walk

Release Date: August 20th, 2007
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blessthefall

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Newcomers onto the metalcore scene blessthefall are from a city named after an invincible mythical creature, Pheonix. Consisting of Christian members, but don’t like to be labelled as a Christian metalcore band, debut full-length release by blessthefall‘His Last Walk’ – is one with a varying and refreshing taste to our normal dose from today’s ever popular alternative music scene.

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SINGLE: Against Me! – White People For Peace

Release Date: July 2nd, 2007
Label: Sire Records
Website: www.againstme.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/againstme

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Hardcore and political punk at its (almost) best. Catchy yet angry, like an addictive opinionated juggernaught, ‘White People For Peace’ is the newest single release from Against Me!. The band show they’ve taken inspiration and influences from various punk bands, including The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Anti-Flag, and perhaps even a little of Rise Against.

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ALBUM: The Confession – Requiem

Release Date: June 19th, 2007
Label: Science
Website: www.theconfessionmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theconfession

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Upon putting on ‘Requiem’ you can clearly identify influences from bands such as Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. With their songs combining harmonising guitar work, fast drum beats, and vocals ranging from high pitched harmony to low pitched grunts, The Confession sure show their talent in this offering right here.

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LIVE: Banned! Night @ Winnington Rec, Northwich (15/06/2007)

Date: June 15th, 2007
Venue: Winnington Rec, Northwich
Headliners: Backwash
Support: Red Element, Abigail’s Mercy
Website: www.bannedinnorthwich.org
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bannedinnorthwich

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It’s another Friday night in Northwich, and that means another Banned! gig at Winnington Rec. Tonight two of the three bands on show are fronted by female vocalists, some people may be wondering if this will change anything in the atmosphere.

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LIVE: Banned! Night @ Winnington Rec, Northwich (09/06/2007)

Date: June 9th, 2007
Venue: Winnington Rec, Northwich
Headliners: Chaos Undivided
Support: Secrets Of The Dead, The Roughneck Riot
Website: www.bannedinnorthwich.org
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bannedinnorthwich

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Winnington Rec, a venue known locally for its weekend showing of local unsigned bands. Kids gather from around the local areas of Northwich, Winsford, Crewe and more to come and see acts like those on tonight.

The first band up is Secrets Of The Dead (***), the first metal band of the night. Their set is full of rampaging riffs, and shrieking vocals – they’re clearly not for the light hearted. The kids seem to be getting into it, with a group of about 10 of them swinging their arms and getting involved in the night’s first mosh pit. With a set of just about half an hour, give or take a few minutes, Secrets Of The Dead are done, leaving the crowd pumped up and ready for the next act on tonight’s bill.

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SINGLE: Cute Is What We Aim For – The Curse Of Curves

Release Date: April 30th, 2007
Label: Fueled By Ramen / Decaydance
Website: www.cuteiswhatweaimfor.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/cuteiswhatweaimfor

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Signed to Fueled By Ramen, you can already guess what sort of sound Cute Is What We Aim For produce. Home to Panic! At The Disco, Paramore and Cobra Starship, each band sounds somewhat similar and delivers a package of pop-punk with their own signature sound to make it their own. ‘The Curse Of Curves’ is no exception, but that doesn’t mean to say that this new single isn’t good.

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LIVE: The All-American Rejects @ NIA, Birmingham (29/04/2007)

Date: April 29th, 2007
Venue: NIA, Birmingham
Website: www.allamericanrejects.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/allamericanrejects

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As headliners Brand New played in Saosin‘s slot, due to Saosin‘s lead singer being sent ill to hospital the previous day, The All-American Rejects have become tonight’s headlining act – an opportunity not to be squandered at any cost.

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LIVE: Brand New @ NIA, Birmingham (29/04/2007)

Date: April 29th, 2007
Venue: NIA, Birmingham
Website: www.fightoffyourdemons.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/brandnew

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Brand New are on a tad earlier tonight than originally scheduled, and much of the Birmingham audience seems rather confused with this change, but they arrive to the stage early for a good reason. Unfortunately the lead singer of the band Saosin had been sent to the hospital due to an illness. However, Brand New have stepped in till fill their slot, and are in a way the heroes of Give It A Name in Birmingham this year.

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