The lovely Stoke lads in up-and-coming alt rock outfit The Hiding Place have kindly offered us a free exclusive stream of their brilliant ‘EP 2′ for a limited time right here. If you’re a fan of Circa Survive, Twin Atlantic, The Xcerts and all that lot then be sure to get this in your ears, and make sure your friends get a load of it too:
With a new album on its way in a few short months, Emmure have released the first peek into their new material with this live performance music video for the record’s debut single, ‘Drug Dealer Friend’. Check it out:
Date: February 4th, 2012
Venue: White Rabbit, Plymouth
Support: Claim The Throne, Darkest Era, Huron
Plymouth appears to be the only place in the UK that isn’t snowed under, and that actually turns out to be lucky for the first date of Alestorm‘s “Useless Drunken Bastards” tour. Now on their third album of pirate themed folky power metal, they are renowned for their party atmosphere at gigs. As it is, everyone loves dressing up as a pirate for some reason, so they’ve managed to build on a niché that is always gonna be successful. Luckily, they can back it up with good song writing skills and catchy drinking anthems that are easy to sing along to. Even if every song pretty much sounds the same.
It’s that time of year again folks: Reel Big Fish are back in town. Leaving behind the warm California sun to brave the harsh British winter yet again, I hope they know that we really appreciate it. They are renowned for bringing over some amazing support bands, such as Big D And The Kids Table and Suburban Legends, so there are a lot of ska-punk fans eager to see who they brought this time around.
Date: January 31st, 2012
Venue: Castle Hotel, Manchester
Support: Richie Syrett, Greg Larkin, New Century Soul Club
So, if you don’t know who Dave McPherson is, no question about it, you should go look him up. When he’s not fronting his band InMe, he’s filling his time with touring or writing more music for his solo career. Last year, he did an almighty 163(ish) shows. Think that’s amazing? He did 189 shows the year before. So, in an ongoing quest to out-do himself, he’s squeezing in a small solo tour before embarking on a 50 date tour with InMe, as you do.
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It’s always exciting to hear a record from some fresh new faces on the scene, but when this new arrival offers little in the form of a fresh and exciting sound, it can be slightly disappointing. However, when a record as catchy as ‘Leave The Last Man Behind’ is produced, the predictability of its sound can be overlooked.
Release Date: February 4th, 2012
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When I think Switzerland, I think of Lindt chocolate, being neutral and fancy bank accounts. The last thing I think of is some brutal metal band tearing things up on the lush green hillsides of Sion. However, I, The Deceiver have been hard at work over the last few years and have worked up this angry little ball of hate in the form of their new EP, ‘The Strength’.
Let’s face it, Germany isn’t the first country on your lips when it comes to naming countries with a big export of metalcore. Even the more knowledgeable fans would struggle to name more than the big three: Heaven Shall Burn, Neaera and Caliban. Their take on metalcore is very much influenced by the gothenburg metal scene; taking more from melodic death metal than it does hardcore. Caliban have always been a champion of this style, that is until their eighth full-length, ‘I Am Nemesis’.
When Dead Swans released ‘Sleepwalkers’ back in 2009, it was a turning point in UK hardcore which laid down a benchmark for metallic hardcore within the scene. Dead Swans preceded to shy away from the scene before returning in late 2011, with the news that they would be dropping a new EP on US hardcore label Bridge 9 in early 2012.
Quickly becoming one of Italy’s hottest new exports, post-hardcore quintet Hopes Die Last are at the doorstep of releasing their sophomore full-length effort, ‘Trust No One’, via Standby Records. Bringing a far more finely-tuned sound and refining themselves strongly after the band’s debut ‘Six Years Home’, we caught up with frontman Daniele Tofani to talk us through the album track-by-track, discussing lyrical ideas and more:
Having heard exciting things about The Long Haul from friends and music enthusiasts alike, it was only natural to be rife with anticipation to be asked to review their forthcoming release, ‘Debtors’. The aforementioned record is due for release via Tangled Talk, and after hearing said EP, things can only progress for the Southampton quartet.