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INTRODUCING: Greyhaven

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Greyhaven are a radio and arena ready alt-rock quartet who aren’t afraid to throw in heavier riffs yet can can pull off the more fragile and emotional acoustic numbers. Their energetic performances that have earned them much praise and critical acclaim after their tour last year with As Lions and now the Londoners are celebrating the release of the third EP ‘Breathe’. If you’re after big vocal melodies and nurtured hooks then get your ears into Greyhaven.

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BANDS TO WATCH IN 2018!

“Where are all of the future festival headliners?”, everyone always asks. Well, we’ve highlighted a range of new bands in rock, punk, metal, hardcore, indie, and more for a definitive list of who to keep your eye on in 2018. With hundreds of shows and festivals planned around record releases, this year is already looking hot for new talent, and, although it’ll take a lot to rival the heights that 2017 got to, we here at DEAD PRESS! are confident 2018 has the potential.

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NEW ALBUMS OUT IN 2018!

Whether a band are releasing their first album or their tenth, 2018 will be packed full of major record drops that will form the backbone of the musical calendar. New talent and big comebacks will shape the alternative music scene this year, so we’ve picked out some of the albums that we can expect to see over the next 12 months.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017!

The past 12 months that was 2017 has been one hell of a year for music for so many reasons. Some of those reasons aren’t so great, as we all know, but in terms of new records, this year has delivered in absolute spades, both from bands and artists we’ve known and loved for years, and also shining new talent breaking through from the underground.

It’s always pretty tough (to put it mildly) to narrow down the cream of the crop from the entire year, but we sat down, racked our brains to the absolute limit, and have knocked into shape what we feel are the top ten albums of the year. So, grab a drink, take a seat, get nice and comfortable, and read on.

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INTRODUCING: Steal The City

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Sheffield newcomers Steal The City may only just be starting out but two singles in they’re already fine tuning their guitar driven power rock sound. Their new track ‘Manufactured’ is fast, passionate and exciting and band describe the track as a “fuck you song to the people who try and manipulate or convince you to do what everyone else is doing. Its about saying no to following a basic path or being ‘Manufactured’ into something you don’t want to be. Every so often we come across someone who tells us we can’t do something because it won’t pay very well or you should just settle down, go to college, get a degree and work yourself through life.” Get to know Steal The City with our handy introducing guide.

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GETTING INTO: Australian Music, as chosen by Polaris

There’s got to be something in the water in Australia. Over recent years we’ve seen heavy metal global domination from the likes of Parkway Drive, Airbourne and The Amity Affliction, and we’re seeing Thy Art Is Murder, Northlane and Ocean Grove coming into their own to just name a few.

But who are the newest and best Australian bands that we haven’t been introduced to yet? Sydney five-piece Polaris are ready to continue the Aussie theme of having the best heavy bands to make your ears bleed, and dropped their debut record ‘The Mortal Coil’ in November. The guys took the time to get us up to speed with what’s happening down under right now by highlighting five bands that are well worth your time.

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INTRODUCING: Hail The Sun

We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene.

Although Hail The Sun have been around since 2009 and had a whole bunch of releases, this month sees their first ever tour in the UK. The Californian prog rock band join Silverstein on the road across the country in support of their new EP ‘Secret Wars’ which drummer and singer Donovan Melero said was to “acknowledge all those battles that are kept behind closed doors. There may always be a force working against us, by our chemistry, or by those who supposedly have the public’s best interest in mind.” Catch up with Hail The Sun with our handy introducing guide.

HAIL THE SUN

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Echopraxia – Pumpkin Palace

Nashville guitarist Austin Woodward engineers, tracks and composes music for video games during the day but under the Echopraxia moniker, he creates complex atmospheric music that is haunting, abrasive and dynamically heavy. His second EP ‘Pumpkin Palace’ has five instrumental cinematic tracks that are inspired by composer Danny Elfman’s ‘Halloween’ theme as well as his score for ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. Fans of Dimmu Borgir must get their teeth around the new EP and read what Austin had to say himself in the track by track breakdown of the EP.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Track And Field

Track and Field are pushing indie emo to a new place by throwing in their experience from their old bands The Plight and grindcore outfit The Afternoon Gentlemen Mixing up their punk rock past and their melodic present leaves a band who are mesmerising and cinematic. To celebrate their new albumm ‘Natural Light’, we grabbed the band to each pick an album that has inspired them in someway. Singer and guitarist Mick Grogan had his say on the picks “There’s definitely a lot of common ground amongst the bands influences and our collective passion for punk and hardcore music can’t go without an honourable nod. The bands we have all previously played in have surely had a significant impact on Track and Field’s sound and writing process and these experiences coupled with the appreciation for everything we have listed above I suppose is how we find our music coming together as it does.”

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Core Of iO – Part II: Europa

As part of four EP release cycle, progressive rock crew Core Of iO are back with the second instalment ‘Part II-Europa for a continued onslaught of Deftones meets Oceansize style riffs that stanf up against Sikth for intelligent hooks. The band have delved into some deep topics on the new 3 track EP and use open and honest lyrics to create interesting and deep music for fans of dynamic music. We got Core Of iO to delve into the stories on their brand new release to find out as much as we could about ‘Part II-Europa.

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