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SINGLE: Ane Brun – The Puzzle

Release Date: May 18th, 2009
Label: Determine Records
Website: www.anebrun.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/anebrun

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Mainly subjected to a radio broadcasting a brimful of acts from either the UK or the US, it’s always refreshing to have acts from different parts of the world heard. It’s a shame that Ane Brun‘s recent single release ‘The Puzzle’ doesn’t set a good example for Norway and their popular music culture.

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SINGLE: Black Lips – I’ll Be With You

Release Date: May 18th, 2009
Label: Vice Music
Website: www.black-lips.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblacklips

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There are millions of acts out there with silly names, one of which is Black Lips. But names aside, the name of a performer or band shouldn’t determine the quality of their music – in this case however though it does gauge the quality of their latest single ‘I’ll Be With You’. The dreary vocal work and intended old radio quality recording just backfires entirely on their intention to create a sense of nostalgia; clearly taking the fact that the 80’s and 90’s culture is becoming popular once more.

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ALBUM: Black President – Black President

Release Date: May 11th, 2009
Label: I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison Records
Website: www.blackpresidentmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blackpresident

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What do you get if you take Christian Martucci of The Chelsea Smiles, Charlie Paulson of Goldfinger, Dave Raun of Lagwagon and Jason Christopher of New Dead Radio? Punk genius in the form of Black President – that’s what! I would love to say that their name is in support of newly elected US President Barack Obama, but the band insists it was “intended to be a middle finger to the redneck bush administration”. In true punk form, the quartet believes that the world is ugly, greedy and angry – so I must admit I did have a fixed idea in my head as to what their debut-album would sound like.

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ALBUM: Daath – The Concealers

Release Date: April 20th, 2009
Label: Century Media
Website: www.daathmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/daath

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Daath follow up their self-released 2004 debut ‘Futility’ and their first release for Roadrunner Records, 2007’s ‘The Hinderers’ with their latest – ‘The Concealers’. From their start, the band have taken on a new singer, hit Ozzfest, teamed up with ex-Chimaira drummer Kevin Talley as well as playing support slots with fellows in guitar virtuosity Dragonforce. Couple all this with their name being taken from a concept in media stung school of Jewish thought, Kabbalah, and you have a potent combination. The band’s third record is a more guitar focused effort, but how will it stand up as an album?

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LIVE: Papa Roach @ Academy 1, Manchester (16/04/2009)

Date: April 16th, 2009
Venue: Academy 1, Manchester
Support: Dear Superstar, Filter
Website: www.paparoach.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/paparoach

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Ever since their huge change of sound and style from their third album ‘Getting Away With Murder’ and onwards, Papa Roach have been one band that have lost a lot of respect and admiration – mainly from their fans of the debut ‘Infest’. Still, with five studio albums under their belts and still signed to a major lable, they soldier on with a tour promoting their latest effort, ‘Metamorphosis’. But, does this mean that as their music has arguably suffered, does that mean their live performance has too?

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LIVE: 36 Crazyfists @ Academy 2, Manchester (10/03/2009)

Date: March 10th, 2009
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Gwen Stacy, Poison The Well
Website: www.36crazyfists.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/36crazyfists

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Approaching almost a year since the release of their latest album ‘The Tide And Its Takers’, 36 Crazyfists finally bring their Alaskan metalcore dominance across to the UK. Surely the long-awaited anticipation for the boys to come back here will set promise for an explosive set response.

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ALBUM: A Day To Remember – Homesick

Release Date: February 3rd, 2009
Label: Victory Records
Website: www.adtrrock.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/adaytoremember

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Having the weight on your shoulders of pulling out one of the most anticipated albums of 2009 is one hell of a burden to hold on a band’s shoulders, with it being releases right at the beginning of the year isn’t a big help either. A Day To Remember aren’t phased though, and with the turnout and their third full-length release ‘Homesick’, there’s no reason they should worry about the final turnout of the record at all.

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ALBUM: Architects – Hollow Crown

Release Date: January 26th, 2009
Label: Century Media
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/architectsuk

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It’s annoying when a band you love and enjoy don’t get even half as much attention or praise for their work as other bands do who don’t even put as much effort in. Architects are one such band that have in recent years been scraping their way to the surface of the scene, and with latest full-length release ‘Hollow Crown’ that could all be a thing of the past.

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LIVE: Architects @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (24/01/2009)

Date: January 24th, 2009
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: A Textbook Tragedy, Misery Signals
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/architectsuk

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Metal has many different subgenres, crossovers, genre blends, etc. which has grown over the years, offering something new and refreshing whilst providing variety at the same time. But at the end of the day as with any other type of genre, if it’s good then what does it matter? Architects provide a hardcore and technical approach to the metal market, which generally makes for a good live show.

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LIVE: The Blackout @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (29/12/2008)

Date: December 29th, 2008
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: SaidMike, Attack! Attack!
Website: www.theblackout.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblackout

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This date is a special one for The Blackout‘s calendar for one, arguably two reasons; one being that it’s the birthday of vocalist Sean Smith, and the arguable second being that it’s the second time the band have played in Stoke in their career. However, the band are back at The Sugarmill during their short after Christmas tour, and have brought along another two Welsh bands for their support.

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