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ALBUM: Silverstein – Dead Reflection

Release Date: July 14th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.silversteinmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/silversteinmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/silverstein

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Canadian post-hardcore perennials Silverstein are back to claim more territory on a map that at this stage is mostly theirs. ‘Dead Reflection’, their astonishing ninth album, is a safe bet that still somehow feels a little loose.

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EP: Bellevue Days – Rosehill

Release Date: July 4th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellevuedays
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bellevuedays

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Croydon quartet Bellevue Days have been making a noise for quite a while now. The band released their second EP ‘Sad Boy’ last year to a great response, which definitely set the base for them to build upon. Countless tours and festival appearances later, the band have another release ready for the taking.

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ALBUM: Sonic Boom Six – Cardiac Address

Release Date: June 19th 2017
Label: PledgeMusic
Website: www.sonicboomsix.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sonicboomsix
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sonicboomsix

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If you’re a fan of ska punk and have been to see any of the like of Reel Big Fish, Random Hand, or Less Than Jake over the last couple of decades, chances are that you’ll have come across Sonic Boom Six in one form or another. Now a five-piece, these guys have been a staple of the underground scene for many a year now, during which they’ve accumulated a dedicated fan base, all of whom will have no doubt given something towards their latest PledgeMusic campaign.

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EP: Tigress – Like It Is

Release Date: May 12th 2017
Label: LAB Records
Website: www.tigressofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tigressofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tigressofficial

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It’s been a long time since the days of the pop-punk band The Hype Theory, who moved in a steadily darker direction that culminated in a re-brand to Tigress. This solidified their change to a more well-rounded approach to rock music, and their first release ‘Human’ was a welcome introduction to the band’s new direction. ‘Like It Is’ follows-up nicely, and is a release which shows just how much Tigress have matured in this new venture, becoming confident, impressive performers that aren’t afraid to push their own boundaries that little bit further.

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EP: Best Ex – Ice Cream Anti Social

Release Date: July 14th 2017
Label: Alcopop! Records
Website: www.bestexnj.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestexnj
Twitter: www.twitter.com/candyheartsband

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Best Ex (formerly Candy Hearts) have arrived on the scene with a new name and new songs that somehow feel simultaneously old. ‘Ice Cream Anti Social’ is a bouncy, honest EP that makes for an easy listen, but one that doesn’t inspire the audience to repeat the experience. The clearly formed, straight-forward narratives guiding the lyrics don’t save the whole thing from melting into a bland puddle.

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ALBUM: In This Moment – Ritual

Release Date: July 21st 2017
Label: Atlantic Records/Roadrunner Records
Website: www.inthismomentofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialinthismoment
Twitter: www.twitter.com/officialitm

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Taking the gothic influence to almost its breaking point comes Californians In This Moment, who mix the perfect blend of stage theatrics, Marilyn Manson, and horror imagery. Their new and sixth album ‘Ritual’ should only go to push their sound forward.

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ALBUM: Dying Fetus – Wrong One To Fuck With

Release Date: June 23rd 2017
Label: Relapse Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dyingfetus
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dyingfetusband

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How direct can you get with a name as in your face as Dying Fetus, and with an album so threatening to be called ‘Wrong One To Fuck With’? The unknowing person can expect a purely brutal assault of noise, but with creative intricate guitar work.

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ALBUM: Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension

Release Date: June 23rd 2017
Label: Metal Blade Records
Website: www.goatwhore.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegoat666
Twitter: www.twitter.com/goatwhorenola

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Taking elements of black metal, crust punk, and thrash comes Goatwhore, a band who have been terrorising the underground of extreme metal for years now, and one which needs to be taken more notice of as we’re now seven albums deep into their career with ‘Vengeful Ascension’.

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ALBUM: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

Release Date: June 16th 2017
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Website: www.royalbloodband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/royalblooduk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/royalblooduk

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After a wee break to re-charge their creative juices following the monster success of their debut full-length eponymous offering, Brighton based rock duo Royal Blood have now stormed back onto the scene with their sophomore album, ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’.

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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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