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TRACK-BY-TRACK: The One Hundred – Chaos + Bliss

No doubt you’ve heard the rumblings of London nu-metal/grime crossover band The One Hundred from their brilliant debut EP, ‘Subculture’, or their outings at Sonisphere, Download, Reading & Leeds, and even a support slot with Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper.

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FEATURE: Dearly Beloved’s Top 5 Duos!

Canadian garage-punk two-piece Dearly Beloved are channelling old school rock n’ roll through their punk aesthetic and their 2016 record ‘Admission’ showcased how their fuzzy style gives them an edge over their peers. Before the band hit the road with Bash & Pop for a few UK dates, we caught up with Rob Higgins from the band who talked us through his five favourite duos throughout the years and picked a real mixed bag of genres.

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GETTING INTO: Basick Records, As Chosen By A Trust Unclean

Basick Records are consistently and relentlessly throwing some of the best in heavy, heavy and heavy music at us as the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Monuments and FellSilent have all been on the books at one stage and are now harbouring the talents of Create To Inspire, The Arusha Accord and Misery Signals. Now you can add A Trust Unclean to the list as they’ve just released their debut deathcore mini-album ‘Parturition’ and are looking to reciprocate the creative accolades their predecessors have accomplished. The guys in the Bicester tech death metal five piece each picked out their favourite record from Basick Records over the years to invite us to learn more about the label and the bands they’ve showcased.


ION DISSONANCE – CURSED


As Chosen By Steven

I just really like how this CD sounds, everything is so gritty and low and intense. It’s so nice when you finally get a nice breakdown section after all that tension too and it’s hits so much harder than it normally would. I remember first hearing this and having no idea what to think, this stuff is all way ahead of it’s time and has served as a huge influence to me!


INTERVALS – A VOICE WITHIN


As Chosen By Mikey

I absolutely love Intervals and have done for a while, but when I heard about a record with vocals I was somewhat sceptical. However, having listened to it through, I loved it. The song writing is a little different on this CD and leaves way more space for the vocals while still keeping all the sick guitar parts intact – that taught me loads about adapting my own playing and writing!


CHIMP SPANNER – DARK AGE OF TECHNOLOGY


As Chosen By Bobby

Even though this was released way back in 2012, this remains an important part of my collection. I was absolutely blown away when I saw Chimp Spanner perform in Oxford, and I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this on vinyl! The eclectic mix of swirling down tuned riffs, mind bending solos and electronic elements all contribute to a jaw dropping album which has a great deal of replay value and the kind of musicianship on show that could almost have you convinced that Chimp Spanner are extra terrestrial.


NAPOLEON – NEWBORN MIND


As Chosen By Noah

I love this record because it’s a fresh take on melodic hardcore. It has the perfect blend of punchy, technical drums and complex leads that lock in perfectly with the drums and rhythm guitar. Not to mention the hard-hitting vocals that are the cherry on top of this masterpiece! The writing style of this record really makes the listener feel as if the band are all working as one unit, they all follow each other, thus creating one of the tightest, most-melodic records in their genre.


DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL – BELONG=BETRAY


As Chosen By Kyle

One of my favourite things about this release is its shorter running time than your average album, Devil Sold His Soul‘s music carries such emotional weight behind it that at times there’s only so much I can listen to in one sitting and the format of this record perfectly fits for me. I love how this the band always seems to marry aggression and melody so uniquely and so well that you’re never quite sure what turn the song will take next and for me that’s always a good thing. Last but not least the vocals are always on point, there is never a questionable note sung nor a misplaced scream.


The band’s new mini-album, ‘Parturition’, is available now through Basick Records, and can be ordered from iTunes (here) or their official site (here).

You can follow the band via their official Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Create To Inspire – Sickness

Still riding the melodic hardcore success wave since their excellent EP ‘Halfway Home’, Essex boys Create To Inspire have just released their debut full-length record, ‘Sickness’. The aggressive yet emotional innovation on the record is sure to see the band reach heights they’ve never seen, so we wanted to get acquainted with the record early doors. Sean and Dan filled us in with the story behind each song in this new track-by-track guide.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Artificial Language – The Observer

California prog rockers Artificial Language have just released their ambitious debut record ‘The Observer’ that nods to peers such as Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me. Anthemic choruses and technical riffs make this one for the tech metal lovers but the concept story behind the record is enough to intrigue any music fans:

“The Observer is a narrator from the album that looks over various events. Throughout these events he peers into people’s lives through the first and third person. While observing the narrator becomes increasingly frustrated and confused by humanity and the emotions that drive their actions. As the album progresses he starts to understand humanity and understand the feelings and perspectives of the people he’s observing.”

Take a trip through the record with Artificial Language‘s track-by-track guide to their debut release.

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FEATURE: One Love Manchester proves how vital and important music is!

Normally, we very rarely cover pop acts and performances, with us generally sticking to the areas of rock, punk, and metal and anything that may fall into those genre classifications. But, due to the nature of the event, what it symbolises, and why it came to be, we felt it necessary to write a little something about last night’s One Love Manchester event.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Death Remains

London metalcore mob Death Remains are back with their brand new record ‘Destroy/Rebuild’ and have brought with them a whole load of inspirations; everything from August Burns Red to Killswitch Engage is covered and even the likes of Korn and Deftones are thrown in. But don’t listen to us – we got each member of the band to pick just one record that inspired them into the band they are today.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Rival Bones – Rival Bones

The rise of the eclectic and loud two-piece has seen Death From Above 1979 and Royal Blood find huge success but our attention has shifted to Merseyside newcomers Rival Bones. Full of massive riffs compiling everything from heavy metal to stoner rock and a whole load of balls, the Liverpool duo are ready to be the next band to leave music lovers saying “I can’t believe two of them can make that much noise”. To complete the introductions, we got the band to put together a commentary of each track for their debut self-titled EP in our track-by-track rundown.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Loathe – The Cold Sun

Last year, enigmatic outfit Loathe were the first band to put out a release via the SharpTone Records imprint with the re-issue of their debut EP, ‘Prepare Consume Proceed’, which, over the coming months, managed to build an almost cult following for the band nice and early in their careers. Their blend of crushing metal verging at times into djent territory with the odd subtle sprinkling of electronics and some ambiguous dark concepts proved to be a winning formula.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: All At Sea

If you like the sound of Nasty and Malevolence mixed with Rage Against The Machine then you’ve come to the right place – brand new groove/rap metal/hardcore band All At Sea are dropping their brand new EP ‘Systemised’ on May 12th and it’s crushingly heavy. We grabbed the band and got them to each pick a record that inspired them into becoming the musician they are today.

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