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LIVE: Never Say Die! Tour @ Club Academy, Manchester (06/11/2017)

Date: November 6th 2017
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: Polaris / Lorna Shore / Kublai Khan / Sworn In / Chelsea Grin / Deez Nuts
Website: www.emmurecult.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmure
Twitter: www.twitter.com/emmuremusic

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Doing their part as much as they can to promote and give back to the scene, and to be much more than just an international merchandise and clothing store, Impericon not only having their annual touring festival, but also their smaller tour run named the Never Say Die! Tour across Europe to end off their year. For the 2018 edition, New York breakdown devotees Emmure are enlisted for headline duties.

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ALBUM: Evanescence – Synthesis

Release Date: November 10th 2017
Label: BMG
Website: www.evanescence.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/evanescence
Twitter: www.twitter.com/evanescence

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Arkansas based rockers Evanescence first formed back in 1995, and released their highly acclaimed debut full-length album ‘Fallen’ back in 2003, which, alongside the injection of their lead single ‘Bring Me To Life’ onto mainstream radio catapulted them into supernova stardom. Since this, they’ve become one of the most recognised rock bands to date. Flash forward fourteen years later, and Evanescence are back with their first studio album since 2011, ‘Synthesis’, which also marks the band’s first offering since parting ways with Wind-Up Records.

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ALBUM: Quicksand – Interiors

Release Date: November 10th 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.quicksandnyc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/quicksandnyc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/quicksandnyc

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After 22 years, there is another Quicksand album. ‘Interiors’ is the New Yorkers’ follow-up to 1995’s ‘Manic Compression’. This being my first Quicksand listen (I was 4 years old at the time they last breached the surface of the music industry, my ears attuned to only the finest pop music, unknowingly awaiting the ascent of Steps and S Club 7), it’s easy to disentangle oneself from decades of anticipation that must’ve plagued more venerable enthusiasts of the genre, and take it on the merits of what is, rather than what was.

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ALBUM: Track And Field – Natural Light

Release Date: November 10th 2017
Label: Beth Shalom Records
Website: www.trackandfieldband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tracknfieldmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hitrackandfield

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Leeds based indie/emo band Track And Field‘s debut album ‘Natural Light’ is an exercise in juxtaposition. It’s compulsive listening that demands your attention, but also slots neatly into the background noise of life. It has a neat flow that hums along without standing out, but whose hooks will somehow stay with you for days.

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ALBUM: Sleep On It – Overexposed

Release Date: November 3rd 2017
Label: Equal Vision Records
Website: www.sleeponitband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sleeponitband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sleeponitband

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Billed as Chicago’s hottest pop-punk band, Sleep On It are back with a vengeance with their second album, ‘Overexposed’. Having toured with the likes of Hit The Lights, Transit, and Conditions, as well as performing on the Vans Warped Tour and Riot Fest, the band certainly aren’t sleeping on it in the scene.

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ALBUM: Polaris – The Mortal Coil

Release Date: November 3rd 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.polarisaus.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/polarisaus
Twitter: www.twitter.com/polarisaus

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Sydney’s Polaris are the latest in a long line of Australian bands to make their mark on metalcore. Having released two EPs on Aussie label Resist Records and toured with heavyweights Parkway Drive, the five-piece have been pulling out all the stops to make a name for themselves in their home country.

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ALBUM: Gold Key – Hello Phantom

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Venn Records
Website: www.goldkeymusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/goldkeymusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/goldkeyband

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For a band that consists of members from Blackhole, Gallows, SikTh, and Spycatcher, it’s fair to say that there’s a lot to be expected of Gold Key‘s debut album, so, you’ll be happy to hear that ‘Hello Phantom’ doesn’t disappoint.

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ALBUM: Jamie Lenman – Devolver

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Website: www.jamielenman.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamielenman
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jamielenman

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To put it bluntly, and to cut to the chase straight out of the gate, there are seldom singer/songwriters and artists out there who can with ease, finesse, and great aplomb pull out pretty much any genre, sound, or style quite like Jamie Lenman.

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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: 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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