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100% VOLUME Meet the bands melting your ears on this month’s banging free CD THE BIG PICTURE Bummed out about missing this year's Vans Warped Tour? This won't help VIC FUENTES The Pierce The Veil frontman answers more of your questions. But none of ours. Sad face COREY TAYLOR This month, Corey teaches us to love ourselves while keeping our trousers on SMASH & GRAB Want to win some free Drop Dead Clothing swag? Of course you do! This way, tiger FASHIONABLY LATE Feast your eyes on the latest and greatest from the world of clothing and accessories
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BETRAYING THE MARTYRS The best thing to come out of France since the metric system? KROKODIL Stalwarts of the British hardcore scene, unite! KING 810 Could this be the most angry band in the world? THIS WILD LIFE Proof that music doesn’t have to be loud to be heavy
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SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL We got sunburned again! But who did music the best this time? HALL OF FAME: SOUNDGARDEN We induct ‘Superunknown’ into the Rock Sound Hall Of Fame LIFE LESSONS: RONNIE RADKE The controversial Falling In Reverse frontman talks drugs, jail and redemption MY OBSESSION: ASKING ALEXANDRIA Fancy playing with some balls? Ben Bruce sure does, the dirty bugger IN THE FIRING LINE: YOU ME AT SIX The Surrey boys become the latest mob to step in front of the Rock Sound readers ON THE COVER LINKIN PARK They’re back, and this time they brought their guitars SUICIDE SILENCE After 18 months of grief and graft, the deathcore kings are back in business CROWN THE EMPIRE Have they ﬁnally got what it takes to crack the UK? SONISPHERE FESTIVAL It’s back for the ﬁrst time since 2011, and not a moment too soon REAL FRIENDS Get ready to meet pop-punk’s worst kept secret
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'#8=6GA>:H>BEHDCÈ=6JCI:9É Taken from the album ‘Long Road Home’ The audio equivalent of: Being stroked on the face by a friendly ghost Listen to this song when: Pondering existence over a pitcher of sangria
(#G:6A;G>:C9HÈADDH::C9HÉ Taken from the album ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’ The audio equivalent of: Breaking down in front of your whole school because someone shouted at you Listen to this song when: Writing in a diary that your sister secretly reads every day
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+#B6976AAÈ7DGCHIGDC<É Taken from the album ‘Hardcore Lives’ The audio equivalent of: Smashing rocks at the side of a highway as a punishment Listen to this song when: Lifting weights that are way too heavy for you to impress the ladies
,#LG6>I=HÈ<G6K:ADG9É Taken from the EP ‘Hollow’ The audio equivalent of: Battling the demons that have started climbing out of your fridge Listen to this song when: Geeking out and owning ‘n00bz’ online with your curtains closed
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.#7:IG6N>C<I=:B6GINGH ÈL=:G:I=:LDGA9:C9HÉ Taken from the album ‘Phantom’ The audio equivalent of: Walking in the snow, which quickly turns into hail Listen to this song when: The Frozen soundtrack gets really boring
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&(#L>H:8G68@È=6EENH6>AHÉ Taken from the album ‘Whiskey, No Mixer’ The audio equivalent of: Stumbling across a pub full of chirpy Irish dancers Listen to this song when: Staying at said pub for another pint when you should probably go home
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OEKHCEDJ>BO=K?:; JE9EF?D=M?J>B?<;ÊIM;?H:7D:MED:;H<KBI9;D7H?EI$ I’M ABOUT TO LEAVE HOME TO GO TO UNIVERSITY. I’VE ONLY EVER LIVED IN ONE HOUSE MY ENTIRE LIFE SO I’M TERRIFIED AT THE THOUGHT OF MOVING SUSIE I know the feeling of not really knowing what to expect, or how you’re going to cope with a new environment. I’ve found that moving into a new place can be very invigorating, though, almost therapeutic. It gives you a chance to move on to the next chapter of your life, and gain some new perspective. The more risks you take in life, the more satisﬁed you’ll feel with yourself. That I can promise you.
Sam, I’ve asked myself that same question for years. Some people just aren’t cut out for that grizzly bear look. I tried to grow a moustache once while we were recording, and I just became more and more depressed each time I looked in the mirror. I have heard, however, that if we grow out those pathetic rat hairs of ours, and just keep shaving them, the hair will grow back thicker each time. That’s the only sensible advice I can give you. Good luck with the lady tickler!
THE OTHER NIGHT I SAW A WOMAN WITH A FULL-ON BEARD SINGING ON THE TELEVISION. SO MY QUESTION IS THIS - WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN ON TV? BRIAN Brian, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the music video for ‘Turn Down For What’ by DJ Snake and Lil Jon. It will change your life. A guy breaks things with his boner. Need I say more? It’s by far the strangest, most awesome thing I’ve seen in years.
I’VE BEEN CONFUSED ABOUT THIS FOR SOME TIME, BUT I’M FINALLY READY TO SEEK ADVICE. WHAT IN THE HELL IS UP WITH THIS 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER CRAP?! PETER I’m not sure, but I did hear that Alex from All Time Low is helping them co-write songs, which I think is awesome! They also recorded their album with one of my favorite producers, John Feldmann, of the legendary punk band Goldﬁnger. The other day I listened to their record ﬁve times on repeat while I was in the shower – since their EP only has 4 songs on it – and I could tell that those guys can actually sing really well. Respect, boys, and good luck!
MY FRIEND RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED TO HER BOYFRIEND, BUT I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT HE SLEPT WITH SOMEONE WHILE MY FRIEND WAS ON VACATION. SHOULD I TELL HER? LAUREN This is tough for me to answer without more information, but assuming that they were in an exclusive relationship at the time of the cheating, I’d say that your friend deserves to know the truth. I would personally want to know if something like that had happened to me behind my back. I recently had a girl cheat on me with one of my friends while I was on tour, and luckily someone told me and I was able to end things before I wasted any more of my time. Provide her with the information, and let her decide what to do with it.
I DON’T HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU AS SUCH - I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME THROUGH YOUR MUSIC. I USED TO SUFFER FROM TERRIBLE NIGHT TERRORS THAT WOULD LEAVE ME CRYING IN MY SLEEP, BUT WHEN I STARTED LISTENING TO YOUR MUSIC WHILE TRYING TO SLEEP THEY WENT AWAY. I DO THIS EVERY NIGHT AND I HAVEN’T HAD A BAD DREAM FOR OVER TWO MONTHS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME MY DREAMS BACK CYNTHIA Oh my God, that’s amazing to hear! I am smiling from ear to ear as I’m writing this. Your words are so inspiring to me, especially since we are about to record a new album. So, I wish you the best and hope those night terrors are gone forever. We are very thankful for you, Cynthia. Much love!
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I like the shit I like. I like comic books and comic book movies. I like manic, subversive rock â€˜nâ€™ roll in any form, by any band. I like hot coffee in the morning and cold water at night. I like maintaining a decent ďŹ gure for my healthâ€™s sake, to feel good about myself and so my wife enjoys the sight of me, because who wants to feel like theyâ€™re married to a sack of potatoes? I like playing shows and singing songs and writing lyrics and cooking for my family. I like a lot of different things in my life, but it took me a long time to get there. It took time getting to know myself instead of following the herd and going with the motions. It took looking in the mirror and coming to the conclusion that some shit just doesnâ€™t work for me like it works for other people. This isnâ€™t to put anyone down or say that some stuff isnâ€™t worth your time.
Do I want room for cream in my Americano at Starbucks? Absolutely not. It doesnâ€™t have to be all big stuff â€“ you can start with the small sweats to get a feel for where youâ€™re at in the world. Itâ€™s good practice for when the larger decisions come down the pike. How the fuck are you going to know how to vote if you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re thinking? How are you going to be able to trust another person if you donâ€™t know whatâ€™s acceptable and what is not when it comes to making friends or falling in love? It pays to spend the time in your own head for a little while. You might not like who or what you see in there and thatâ€™s okay. You donâ€™t have to STAY that person and you certainly donâ€™t have to PRETEND to be something youâ€™re not, but if you havenâ€™t taken a look inside, how are you supposed to know where youâ€™re going?
Ă†C>C:I>B:HDJID;&%!>IH7:II:GID @CDLNDJGH:A;6A>IIA:7:II:GI=6C IDI=>C@A>@:6CNDC::AH:#Ă‡ My point is simply that nine times out of 10, itâ€™s better to know yourself a little better than to think like anyone else. The world gets moved by diversity and not by the university of the angles. Thatâ€™s not to say that certain things arenâ€™t worth being on the same pages in the same book. Acceptance and racial equality, tolerance, passion and determination, courage and standing up for one another; all of these things are great examples Iâ€™d love to see the world ďŹ nally put on common ground. Thereâ€™s always going to be room for being better towards one each other. But as much as we have it in ourselves to be together on some things, thereâ€™s also a bit inside that allows for our individuality. Itâ€™s in our nature to dissent and be different. Itâ€™s our right to agree and disagree. People are ultimately going to be and do what they want. Some things are obviously worth doing together. The great thing about freedom is that we can pick and choose what those picks and choices are. This is sentient thought at work; the smarter animals on planet Earth get to do what they want, whether we all back each other up or not. The good thing that comes from a deeper knowledge of oneâ€™s self is that you donâ€™t waste a lot of time ďŹ guring out how you feel. Some shit is a no-brainer; for me, I can get right to the nitty gritty. Tomatoes, onions or pickles on my sandwich: no thank you.
Iâ€™ll admit itâ€™s easier for some people. I had an ideal of who I wanted to be and once I took that long hard look and realised I wasnâ€™t even close to what that was, I started taking the steps to change. Maybe itâ€™s a case of age; I have to be careful because I donâ€™t want to come off as another old prick who doesnâ€™t understand the young. But when youâ€™re older, there are fewer distractions and fewer things pulling your focus in a million directions. I myself didnâ€™t really take stock of my personal real estate until I was older, so it could be as easy as waiting until youâ€™re ready to ďŹ gure it out. Forcing yourself to do anything is a great way to fail on every level. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with being young and running wild when you have the time to do it. It also works both ways: when youâ€™re old enough to know better, you shouldnâ€™t be trying to fuck around. Itâ€™s irresponsible and it creeps out the kids. You look like a massive paedo who might just own a van with no windows. You are the one person who you are going to spend your whole life with. Take the time to get to know that person. If you donâ€™t like what you see, change it. If youâ€™re happy with that person, embellish it. But whoever you are, make sure you know the score. It makes life so much easier in the end.
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Bands we managed to squeeze into our rolling review coverage. Not bad going, we say!
Minutes of MC Lars playing DIRECTLY OUTSIDE the press area we all had to endure in the process at Slam Dunk South.
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Rough number of times we heard him shout “My name is MC Lars!” during his set. DUDE, WE GET IT.
Number of Instagram takeovers we’ve run since the last issue – some mighty ﬁne work from Brendon Urie, Sean Smith, Don Broco and Neck Deep. This picture of ND man Ben Barlow with a MASSIVE sandwich is deﬁnitely the month’s highlight.
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Approximate number of man hours lost to watching the new Within Temptation featuring Xzibit music video. It’s SO silly.
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Full to bursting with pop-punk, metalcore and everything in between, Slam Dunk Festival is one of the most fun-ﬁlled weekends in the calendar. But how did the 2014 event measure up? Team Rock Sound strapped in to ﬁnd out... WORDS: Andy Ritchie, Andy Biddulph, Jack Rogers & Rob Sayce PHOTOS: Carla Mundy & Ben Gibson
I7JKH:7O"C7O(* IB7C:KDADEHJ>"B;;:I 0905 Rock Sound is sat on a train to Leeds at an ungodly hour for a Saturday, and what’s more, it’s belting it down. We’ve packed shorts just in case... 1130 It’s raining in Leeds, too. Pisser. 1330 We’ve arrived! Now, let’s go see some bands, eh? 1435 Blitz Kids are busy treating the main stage like they own it, with a load of big balloons cascading down from the balcony as they swagger their way through ‘On My Own’. Sam from Mallory Knox is side-stage, gazing at Jono the whole time. Obviously.
1536 Decade are busy proving their worth over on the Macbeth stage. Plowing through songs from their debut album ‘Good Luck’, they sound tight, enthusiastic and are noticeably humbled by the hundreds of people singing back at them. 1604 Although their songs are usually backdropped by dingy clubs, Gnarwolves sound like an arena band on the Macbeth stage today. Mixing songs like ‘Coffee’ and ‘Melody Has Big Plans’ with a couple of brand new tunes from their upcoming debut full-length, these Brighton boys are beginning to get well acquainted with rooms of this size.
1455 Main stage compere Sean Smith is looking really sad. Maybe it’s because he’s stuck in his DJ booth all day and is sweating out of every pore. Unfortunate. 1500 Those scamps in Neck Deep have brought a skateboard into the press area, and letlive.’s Jason Butler has swiftly nicked it… only to stumble over a chair moments later. Chin up, chap! 1504 Just spotted: Real Friends singer Dan Lambton watching Modern Baseball from the crowd on the Atticus stage, high-ﬁving stewards and generally being the happiest dude in the world. Not even the rain can bring him down.
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1720 There’s a big-ass queue to get into the Atticus Stage for the triple threat of State Champs, Neck Deep and Real Friends. You know who likes pop-punk? EVERYONE, apparently.
1800 Loads of bands are having A Lovely Time watching Motion City Soundtrack, it’s just a shame that nobody else is. Is heritage pop-punk dying?
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1830 Sean Smith still looks really, really sad. We give him a hug. He looks less sad. 1846 Between selling out venues across the world and prepping themselves for a summer on the Vans Warped Tour, Neck Deep have managed to ﬁt in packing out the Atticus stage and triggering total pop-punk pandemonium.
Sharing the same tourbus for a weekend meant that Jono Yates and Sam Douglas were inseperable at Slam Dunk. LOOK!
1855 That singalong to ‘A Part Of Me’ was a proper hairs-on-the-back-of-yourneck moment. 1859 Finishing with ‘Over And Over’, Neck Deep well and truly justify the hype surrounding them today. 1915 It’s fair to say that We Are The In Crowd have paid their live dues in the UK by now, and tonight it feels like watching something of a homecoming. Despite a lacklustre start, Tay hits an energetic peak in ‘The Best Thing (That Never Happened)’ and doesn’t waiver for the next 30 minutes. 1945 Yep, it’s ofﬁcial. We Are The In Crowd have just put in a headline-worthy performance. Stunning. 1950 Feed The Rhino are just about to hit the Cheer Up stage. Perhaps something dangerous or awesome will happen… 1951 ...a huge piece of the ceiling has just been pulled clean off. Nobody bats an eyelid. Sure. 2010 When Feed The Rhino get going, it’s hard to take your eyes off them. Vocalist Lee Tobin has a glint in his eye throughout and leaves no ledge unclimbed, no corner unexplored and no spectator standing still. Oh, and the band’s riff-heavy assault sounds absolutely huge. 2025 Real Friends’ brand of of sleepyeyed, boney-kneed pop-punk goes down a treat, and the roaring response to the likes of new track ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘Late Nights In My Car’ leaves moustachioed frontman Dan Lambton grinning from ear to ear.
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2120 Mallory Knox just did a WALL OF DEATH. MALLORY KNOX! WALL OF DEATH! Words fail us. That was brutal, outrageous and oh, so fun. 2125 Back at the main stage, Sean Smith is a little miffed. His DJ set gets cut short by the imminent arrival of The All-American Rejects, and we’re all left to endure ABBA before they waltz out on stage.
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2135 The All-American Rejects open with ‘Dirty Little Secret’, and look like they’re about to spend the next 90 minutes sticking up their middle ﬁngers to the naysayers. 2200 It’s all gone a bit weird: Tyson Ritter’s crotch has a mind of its own and watching him thrust relentlessly towards the front row is a little unsettling.
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2230 It’s getting worse - after a strong start, ‘Mona Lisa’ does its very best to murder the mood and a limp ‘It Ends Tonight’ nearly ﬁnishes the job. 2345 A ﬁnale of ‘Gives You Hell’ and ‘The Last Song’ means everything ends on a positive note, but as Tyson himself admits early on in the set, a lot of people here haven’t heard half of these songs in their life. A mixed bag of a headline set from AAR this year, then.
“I am Tay Jardine, hear me roar!”
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1430 …but for the time being, the show must go on. And as it turns out, German metalcore in the sun makes for a surprisingly good start to the day. Caliban bring mosh by the bucketload, and one excitable chap hops onto a bench and does ‘The Motorbike’. Top work.
CA. LI. BAAAAAN! AS AN OPERATION, SLAM DUNK SEEMS TO GET SLICKER EVERY YEAR. HAVE YOU GOT IT NAILED NOW? “Well, we learn something new every year. Any problems we have, we always try to rectify. We want a constant improvement for the public, the artists, the press – everyone. At the end of the day, that’s what will bring people back, both the public buying tickets and the bands!”
1440 Attila’s Fronz reckons it’s him. It isn’t.
ON REFLECTION, HOW DID THIS YEAR’S EVENT TURN OUT? “It’s been good. Obviously the weather is a big factor in the festival and the rain in Leeds didn’t help things, but Leeds is all indoors, so it didn’t ruin the public experience too much. It just made things a bit more difﬁcult for us! Hatﬁeld and Wolverhampton have been okay, no major problems. The atmosphere has been great – there’s been a lot of sunburn!” A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE SKEPTICAL ABOUT WHETHER THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS ARE WORTHY OF HEADLINING. DO YOU THINK THE DECISION PAID OFF? “I think so! Their sets have been amazing – the rooms were packed, everybody loved them. I wasn’t worried, but I was a bit interested to see what was going to happen. I always thought they were a perfect headliner because we always try to get a band with a very broad base. You want a band with a lot of hits that everybody knows. To me, they were the perfect choice.”
1525 Verses look on top of the world today, now that their anthemic rock is beginning to reach a wider audience. Judging by this accomplished showing, it’s easy to see why. 1530 A well-oiled Deaf Havana frontman James Veck-Gilodi is milling around the guest area. Here’s hoping he gets to have a kip and an aspirin before his surprise solo set later. 1640 Hugs and pop-punk! Yep, A Loss For Words have this festival lark sewn up, frontman Matty Arsenault jumping the barricade to get up close and personal with the crowd. 1725 The room is packed for State Champs. We spot Neck Deep frontman Ben Barlow screaming along to the likes of ‘Elevated’. Belt it, lad!
State Champs: elevated
DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE HEADLINERS IN MIND? WE ARE THE IN CROWD LOOK LIKE A POSSIBILITY TO US… “I try to have a band that’s been round for a while. Bands like [We Are The In Crowd] might be ready in a couple of years if they stick around, but it’d be weird if we suddenly got a ‘new’ band to headline. At the end of the day it’s not a massive festival. There are bands like Sleeping With Sirens that have gone from something to nothing in such a short space of time and sold out two nights at Brixton, and ticket-wise that’s the sort of level of band we go for. But if we had someone like that straight away, it wouldn’t feel right.”
1830 Look who’s arrived! The Devil Wears Prada have entered Godzilla mode, tearing through their set with manic gusto. Nearby security look a little fazed. We’re just thankful they made it! 1843 If Mike Hranica screams any harder, he’s liable to combust. Umbrellas at the ready… 1850 The Cheer Up stage is crammed ahead of Marmozets’ entrance... 1855 …and for good reason, Becca Macintyre’s wrecking crew are on unbeatable form. This is pure, unadulterated chaos, and letlive.’s Jason Butler ducks in to give it his seal of approval. 1900 He poses for around 10,000 photos and handshakes in the process. A gent, as per usual. The Ghost Inside: just happy
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1925 It only takes a few minutes for The Ghost Inside to blow open those circle pits, Jonathan Vigil conducting the carnage. To paraphrase MasterChef, “Mosh doesn’t get much better than this.” 1940 The Ghost Inside are making a serious bid for band of the day with ‘This Is What I Know About Sacriﬁce’ and ‘Dark Horse’.
2040 letlive.’s Jason Butler is everywhere tonight, and (not for the ﬁrst time this weekend) ends up going arse over tit. It’s over a fence this time, but he’s pitchperfect throughout his band’s set. What a champ.
2005 Everyone still alive? Smashing. 2010 After downing a few (hundred) pints of water, it’s time to ﬁnd out if The Ataris still have it. 2020 As it turns out, they do. More or less. Putting aside the controversies and disappointments of recent years, they indulge in pure nostalgia: tearing through most of 2003’s ‘So Long Astoria’. 2050 The screamalong that greets ‘Boys Of Summer’ is deafening, and you’ll be pleased to note that the drummer has made it through unscathed. It just goes to show that you never can write a good band off.
2110 Butler continues with the mayhem, and delivers his latest tutorial in climbing shit. The songs are great too, but you already knew that. Jason spends less time on the stage than off it, destroying ﬂags, stagediving and making an ad hoc podium for himself in a nearby guest area. We’ve said it many, many times, but watching letlive. is a special experience, and today is no different.
2210 Also screaming along to the likes of ‘Saturday’ are members of The Blackout, Mallory Knox and Save Your Breath, who can’t seem to decide whether to be happy or sad to be seeing this band for one of the last times ever. 2245 That’s it. A huge ‘Matters At All’ is done, and we’re a show nearer to Kids In Glass Houses’ ﬁnal hurrah. An equal parts tearful and excellent way to end a bloody wonderful weekend. Slam Dunk, you’re beautiful!
“Don't mind me, just popping down here...”
2120 It wouldn’t be Slam Dunk without a little bit of brass, and ska legends Less Than Jake are delivering wind in spades back inside the building. 2140 This is textbook stuff, and stupid amounts of fun. On the other hand, we could live without the dance contest for “large” dudes...
“Phew, much safer.”
2230 All the hits, all the sax, loads of mild embarrassment and dodgy skanking. Nice job, guys. Same time next year? 2155 That man Jason Butler is watching Kids In Glass Houses, too. Has he cloned himself? He’s everywhere this weekend.
Kids In Glass Houses: smart, casual and deeply loved by all
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BETRAYING THE MARTYRS PARISIAN DEATHCORE WITH A LEICESTER SET OF LUNGS
FOR FANS OF: Suicide Silence, Born Of Osiris, Capture The Crown Andy Ritchie
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU PLUCK A GUY FROM LEICESTER and drop him in the middle of France to front one of the most prominent forces in heavy music? A few years ago, Aaron Matts [centre] found out ﬁrst-hand when he was prised away from a lifetime of factory work to join Parisian bruisers Betraying The Martyrs on vocals. Now, ﬁve years down the line and with thousands of road miles under his belt, it’s time to show the world what he’s made of with the band’s second album ‘Phantom’.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CROSS PATHS WITH BETRAYING THE MARTYRS? Says vocalist Aaron Matts: “In 2009, they toured the UK and my old band supported them. About a year later, their singer moved on to do some other stuff and they called me up and said, ‘Do you want to join the band and move to France?’”
THAT’S THE PHONE CALL YOU WAIT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE FOR, ISN’T IT? “Yeah, man. I was tattooed and working in a factory and thought, ‘Maybe I’ve taken the wrong path in life’. Two days later, I quit my job and joined. We started working on the ﬁrst album together and we didn’t really know what to expect. Then we ended up getting picked up by Sumerian. Everything just fell into place after that and we got thrown out on the road pretty fast. We toured non-stop for two years and that’s why this new album has taken so long. We reached a point where we were like, ‘Shit, we really need to write some music now!’”
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“I WAS WORKING IN A FACTORY THINKING, ‘MAYBE I’VE TAKEN THE WRONG PATH IN LIFE’. TWO DAYS LATER, I QUIT MY JOB AND JOINED THE BAND.’” Aaron Matts
WHICH BANDS HAVE YOU LEARNED THE MOST FROM ON THE ROAD? “Carnifex have a really professional attitude towards touring. On our ﬁrst tour with them and Born Of Osiris, we were messing around and acting like kids. We went over our set time one night and the tour manager got all the bands together, put us in the middle of a circle and then kind of whipped our asses and made us look like idiots. You can have a good time, but we were acting like kids and forgetting that the music and the job comes ﬁrst. He just said, ‘Look at the way Carnifex do stuff and you’ll be alright’.”
‘PHANTOM’ IS YOUR FIRST ATTEMPT AT WRITING AN ALBUM’S WORTH OF LYRICS FOR THE BAND. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THEM? “On the ﬁrst album, half of the lyrics were already written by the band when I joined, and I didn’t really feel like it was my place to change them. On this album, I wrote about what I wanted to. We’ve written about experiences that we’ve been through; we try and use those experiences to help other people or give them something to relate to. The passing of Mitch [Lucker, Suicide Silence] was really big for me, we have a song about how far we’ve come as people, songs about ex-girlfriends – it’s all in there! These are the experiences that we’ve actually lived and I’m really excited to show people that. I want people to be able to relate this.”
FROM: Paris, France / Leicester, UK RELEASE: ‘Phantom’ (album, Sumerian. Release July 14) TOUR: Catch them at Ghostfest this month! f|
GALLOWS, SIKTH, CRY FOR SILENCE AND HEXES ALUMNI UNITE. HEADBANG!
FOR FANS OF: Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, Baroness
THE BEST B NEW MUSIC HOW DID KROKODIL COME TOGETHER? Says guitarist Laurent 'Lags' Bernard [second right]: “Basically how most bands come together - we were drunk! I DJ’d with Dan and I brought James [Leach] and V-Man [Alessandro Venturella] along.” Says guitarist Daniel P. Carter [second left]: “A couple of days later I got in contact with everyone when we were sober, to ask if it was a genuine thing and if everyone was still up for it. They were, so that was it.”
AND FOUR SOON BECAME SIX? Lags: “We decided if we would take it seriously we’d get a proper drummer in. Obviously Dan Foord and James Leach are the best heavy metal rhythm section in England. So, Dan joined the band and then a friend recommended Simon [Wright], we tried it out and that was it.”
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT WHEN THE ALBUM DROPS LATER THIS YEAR? Lags: “Something that combines all of the elements we love about heavy metal and rock. Like Queens Of The Stone Age having a ﬁght with Pantera. It’s an amazing record for musicians to listen to.” Dan: “The ﬁrst track [‘Shatter’] gives you an idea of where it is. It’s heavy as shit and crushing, but there are moments where it’s really beautiful as well. There’s a couple of guests on it too. I can reveal one is Simon [Neil] from Biffy. It’s pretty understated, but there’s no confusion as to who it is. It sounds amazing.”
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR KROKODIL? Lags: “When we started the band it was just mates doing stuff, in our eyes. But now the album is done, we’re sitting back and thinking we’ve got something good in our hands.” Dan: “I just wanted to write songs and make an album with my mates. We’ve done that and we’re really proud of it. Our ﬁrst ever show was at the biggest rock and metal festival in the UK [Download], so that’s kind of a big start. I just want to play gigs with bands I love and put out more records I’m stoked on, which sounds really naive, but that’s the core of everything. That’s what it should be about.”
FROM: Watford / London, UK RELEASE: ‘Shatter' / 'Dead Man’s Path’ (single, out now). The band’s debut album will be released on Spinefarm in Autumn. TOUR: Appearances at Bloodstock, Alt-Fest and Sonisphere festivals; see gig guide for dates. f|
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HEART TO HEART
FOR FANS OF: Basement, Senses Fail, The Story So Far
DIY PUNK DUDES DOING IT THE HARD WAY SINCE 2009 Candice Haridimou
WHAT DOES HEART TO HEART MEAN TO YOU? Says vocalist Nick Zoppo [top right]: “It’s my therapy really; my medicine. It’s the thing that keeps me sane and calm, and gives me a way to express myself. We’ve never cared if we made it or not. We’ve always just wanted to be able to say that we gave our everything. We’ve done it all – played churches, hair salons, garages and this summer we’re heading out on Warped Tour! So it’s nice to ﬁnally see some hard work paying off.”
HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE LIVE? “I live for going insane live; that’s the best part about this. I’m everywhere but the stage! I’ll hang upside down and get in people’s faces. I just want to make it really personal for people, and give them something to remember.”
WHAT WERE YOU AIMING FOR ON NEW ALBUM ‘DULCE’? “We just wanted to show off what we can do. I did a lot of different things vocally and we were a little worried because this record is different [from debut ‘Deathproof’]. Basically, we put everything we had into it. Lyrically I don’t like to sugarcoat anything, so I sing about real life experiences that are very painful for me. For someone to be able to relate to that is an incredible feeling.”
FROM: California, USA RELEASE: ‘Dulce’ (album, Pure Noise. Out June 16) TOUR: No UK dates as yet. Sob.
THE ONE HUNDRED
FOR FANS OF: Hacktivist, Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria
ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW WAVE OF… GRIME METAL? Candice Haridimou
“IT DOES SOUND A BIT ARROGANT,” confesses The One Hundred vocalist Jacob Field [bottom right]. He’s talking about his band’s self-assigned, movie-esque tagline: ‘A new breed, a new generation’. The quartet certainly come off like as a conﬁdent bunch when it comes to summing up the potential of their nu metal, dance, hip-hop and grime crossbreed.
But it’s undeniable that The One Hundred have hit upon a unique idea in a scene thirsty for something modern, challenging and fresh. Originally from Woking and with inﬂuences that range from Slipknot to grime artist JME, the four-piece are preparing to drop their ﬁrst EP later this summer, with new single ‘Kingsmen’ giving people a taste of what’s to come. “We always get compared to bands that use politicallyinﬂuenced lyrics but we’re hardly Rage Against The Machine! We direct them more towards social aspects of life and everyday problems but a lot of it is pretty ambiguous, so you can make your own mind up on what they’re about,” explains the frontman.
With slots lined up at several festivals, they’re excited to being playing to thousands, not least because they believe it’s where they ﬁt in best. “We all love playing live," says Jacob, "and I think that was what we were all born to do.” Big words and with an equally big sound to back them up – get involved.
FROM: London, UK RELEASE: 'Kingsmen' (single, self-released. Out now) TOUR: Appearances at Sonisphere, Redfest and Alt-Fest f|
#5: FINDING MANAGEMENT
So you’ve got some songs, you’ve played a few gigs and now you need a manager… or do you? Over to those in the know, to see what they think... “I asked our manager this very question and he replied, ‘Fuck that - just don’t bother!” laughs Brawlers’ Harry George Johns, “and that in itself is why he is the best manager in the universe. Write some great songs and be awesome: the rest will fall into place, I promise.” “The ﬁrst thing about managers is that they will ﬁnd you!” reckons Marmozets’ Sam Macintyre. “By all means send music to managers, but there isn’t a better feeling than when one manager approaches you, because it obviously shows they are proper interested and believe in you as a band. It’s also really important to make sure you get on well and have an awesome relationship, and, of course, trust them!” We Are The Ocean’s Alﬁe Scully has a different perspective. “Don’t get a manager for the sake of it,” he says. “Impressive as it may seem to be the cool cat spouting the old, ‘Speak to my manager!’ line, managers cost a fair bit. If you don’t have the right person for the job, you may be pissing in the wind. You can be self-functioning for a long time before you reach the point of needing a manager, so use that time wisely. Take as many meetings as you can (you might as well get some free meals out of it); hear everyone out and weigh up your options until you ﬁnd someone who shares your passion and perception of the band, and has a vision for your future. A year spent searching for the right manager, is better than wasting ﬁve years with a bungling manager you rushed into business with.”
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MURDER BALLADS AND METAL MAYHEM FROM THE MEAN STREETS OF FLINT, MICHIGAN David McLaughlin
WHEN YOU’RE BORN AND RAISED in a place like Flint, Michigan – surrounded by the unavoidable desperation of poverty and chaos of crime – it tends to leave its mark. David Gunn [pictured second right] bears many scars; physical and psychological, courtesy of the city he calls home. In King 810, those scars manifest in song – the sound of what happens when the American dream turns into a horror-ﬁlled nightmare.
“I wish I could say it wasn’t, but this is all extremely non-ﬁction,” the vocalist says of his lyrics. “It’s my story and my life, to a tee. If anything the details have been downplayed; the names and places have been changed to protect identities. It’s not glamourised or exaggerated. This is all 100 per cent real.”
King 810 is not so much a group of musicians as it is a band of brothers. The quartet have been friends since they were teenagers, helping one another survive the stresses and struggles of life in a city where sirens and gunshots are an everyday reality. “We didn’t hold try-outs for this,” David explains. “If one of us leaves this group, the band’s over with. Flint creates an unusual kind of person. It’s a lawless land; there are no rules or restrictions. We’re products of that environment and we’re stuck here.”
“Crime is a lifestyle,” he continues. “Where we’re from, if someone has a problem with you, they shoot you. I know a bunch of people that have killed a bunch of people. We’ve all been arrested, I’ve done the jail thing… you have no idea what it’s like to live here.” True as that may be, when debut album 'Memoirs Of A Murderer' hits later this summer, the world will get an incredible insight, and a better understanding of what life is like in King 810. This is an album by a band quite unlike any other. Take cover.
“WHERE WE'RE FROM, IF SOMEONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH YOU, THEY SHOOT YOU.” DAVID GUNN FROM: Michigan, USA RELEASE: ‘Proem’ (EP, Roadrunner. Out now) TOUR: The recent Download performance was just a teaser. They will be back… f|
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THIS WILD LIFE
FOR FANS OF: Koji, City And Colour, Dashboard Confessional
POP-PUNK DUDES TURNED ACOUSTIC TROUBADOURS DIAL THINGS DOWN A NOTCH Andy Biddulph
NO MATTER HOW HARD A BAND TRIES, sometimes things just don’t work out. They didn’t for the ﬁrst incarnation of This Wild Life, that’s for sure. After two years of toiling across their home state of California, the pop-punk four-piece were going nowhere. “We just felt like we were spinning our wheels,” shrugs vocalist Kevin Jordan [the one with the beard]. One thing his band did have, though, was a penchant for delicate acoustic tracks. No prizes for guessing what happened next.
The quartet swiftly became an acoustic two-piece, and with the foundations of a band already in place, Kevin and guitarist Anthony Del Grosso headed to Florida to record self-funded debut album ‘Clouded’.
The band’s new featherlight touch belies their tattooed, hirsute exterior, but has restored a sense of pride in a band that not too long ago, looked like they were all but done. And Kevin only gets the occasional pang for the band they used to be, “There’s always a part of me that goes, ‘God, that looks like so much fun!' But those guys deﬁnitely sweat more than I do when I play shows!”
FOR FANS OF: Out Of Sight, Sum 41, State Champs They’ve barely had time to catch breath, having only been a band since the turn of the year but already Herts five-piece Trash Boat are making a splash on the suddenly bloody booming UK pop-punk scene. Coming in at the sunnier end of the spectrum, their debut EP ‘Look Alive’ is like dipping into a bag of pick’n’mix and always scoring a fizzy cola bottle. Assuming you like fizzy cola bottles. Which you do of course, because they are the best. f|
FROM: California, USA RELEASE: ‘Clouded’ (album, Epitaph. Out now) TOUR: Catch them with Tonight Alive in November
FOR FANS OF: The Acacia Strain, Brutality Will Prevail, Suicide Silence They – whoever they are – say it’s grim up North (actually, they say ‘oop Norf’, don’t they?). And if the latest slab of sludge ’n’ spit from this self-styled 'hell metal' mob from Middlesbrough is anything to go by… well, grim is an understatement. Resultantly, Wraiths hate everything, it would seem. Everything apparently, except evil-sounding riffs and throat-shredding screams, anyway. Get on it if you need some darkness in your life this summer. f|
IN HEARTS WAKE
FOR FANS OF: Northlane, Parkway Drive, The Amity Afﬂiction
ECO-FRIENDLY FIRE AND FURY FROM DOWN UNDER
HOW COME IN HEARTS WAKE ARE ENVIRONMENTALLYMINDED? Says vocalist Jake Taylor [furthest left]: “It got to a stage where we had been doing this for eight years, and I was like, ‘What am I doing?’. Then I realised that In Hearts Wake was a vehicle that can carry a message much bigger than I; to preserve a world that is going to be inherited by our children so they can enjoy it.”
DID YOUR UPBRINGING INSPIRE THIS ETHOS? “Growing up [in Byron Bay] has taught us to appreciate its beauty. When you go on tour and play cities, you start to realise how much you cherish it.”
IS MUSIC AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO CONVEY THAT MESSAGE? “In this part of my life, it is deﬁnitely the best way. We want people to feel uplifted and inspired. People describe our music as neither happy nor sad but bittersweet [which] to me it is like life. The journey is bittersweet. You don’t know what is around the corner. I like to think that sums up In Hearts Wake.”
FROM: Byron Bay, Australia RELEASE: 'Earthwalker' (album, UNFD. Out now) TOUR: TBC as things stand *taps watch impatiently* f|
FOR FANS OF: With The Punches, Handguns, A Loss For Words Pure Noise just keep pounding out the good stuff and the latest of their lot to get us all hot and bothered are these chirpy South Carolina pop-punks. Fresh from their adventures Stateside on tour with Hit The Lights, the five-piece have recently released their new EP ‘Crocodile Tears’, which is teasingly short but packed with cracking tunes that leave you wanting more. So let’s be having it chaps. Please? f|
LOCAL FOCUS #5: LINCOLN The region may be famous for its delicious sausages, but Lincoln also has a thriving and enthusiastic rock scene that is dying to break out across the rest of the country. WORDS: Jack Rogers With their riff-heavy bounce and volatile live show, ARCHETYPE (f | wearearchetype) have been pricking up ears around mainland Europe as well the UK. Their long overdue EP ‘Beacons’ is set to tear faces off in the very near future.
For All The Wrong Reasons
Holding it down on the pop-punk front are FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS (f | fatwruk). The quirky lyrics and bittersweet hooks found on latest EP ‘A Change Of Pace’ rightly saw them secure a place in the last 15 of the fiercly-contested Red Bull Studios Live At Download competition.
Knock Out Kaine
Fuelled by a broken heart and a bottle of bourbon, PATRICK BLAKEY (soundcloud | patrickblakeymusic) bashes out rough, passionate acoustic jams that are made to be shouted out with your mates and hark back to the early days of Frank Turner.
FOR FANS OF: Karnivool, Papa Roach, Coheed And Cambria
TEXAN HIGH-FLYERS AIM TO OPEN YOUR MIND... Rob Sayce
“WE’RE COMMITTED TO THIS, AT ANY COST,” notes Nothing More frontman Jonny Hawkins [second left]. “Since seventh grade we’ve been on the road, without any kind of label backing and now everything has changed overnight. It’s surreal.”
Colliding mainstream rock bombast with ambient touches and a progressive mindset, they’ve carved themselves a niche on the US circuit. Drum battles and bass duals are reportedly high on the live agenda, and they’re UK bound...
The Texan four-piece are kicking up quite a storm, with incendiary live performances and a refreshingly eclectic approach to songcraft earning them an ever-growing army of admirers. Inspired by the teachings of cult philosopher Alan Watts, their self-titled record pays testament to some weighty ambitions. What’s more, it’s hardly lacking in the riff department. “Within this band there’s one vision, but many different tastes,” Jonny notes. “This time we experimented a lot, converting our house into a studio to really live and breathe it. If people come away from this and say ‘Wow’, that’s our job done.”
“I did drumline in High School - like in a marching band - and that’s found its way into our shows,” laughs Jonny. “We’re all about stepping outside the box, giving people something amazing.” FROM: Texas, USA RELEASE: ‘Nothing More’ (album, Eleven Seven. Out now) TOUR: They'll be following their recent Download performance with more dates soon. f|
FOR FANS OF: Joy Division, Interpol, Editors
DENNIS FROM REFUSED DOES DARK DISCO. SORT OF. ISH. Andrew Kelham
INVSN IS REALLY DIFFERENT FROM EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE BEFORE – IS THAT A LONG-HELD POP ITCH BEING SCRATCHED? Says vocalist Dennis Lyxzén [second left]: “It was a weird process ﬁnding the movement in this music, especially after a year of doing the Refused reunion where everything was really explosive and the energy was directed outward. With INVSN the energy is more restrained, but I love it. And this is my only active band; this is what I do now. I am not in a rush to take over the world, but I am in a rush for people to see and hear this band live.”
DO YOU THINK AUDIENCES EXPECT ANY BAND YOU ARE PART OF TO BE ENTHRALLING LIVE? “Early on in this, I realised my limitations as a singer and that made me hone my skills as a performer. I treat all shows the same, the Refused reunion shows in front of 5,000 people are the same to me as INVSN shows in front of 50. It is a privilege to perform and you have to make the most of it always.”
While channelling their inner Chuck Ragan, WISECRACK’s (f | wisecrackuk) latest effort ‘Whiskey, No Mixer’ is a rollicking folk affair, built on an "anti-fascist, pro fun" ethos. KNOCK OUT KAINE (f | knockoutkaine), prefer to do things the old fashioned way. Their debut album ‘House Of Sin’ swaggers with so much classic rock and cowbell it’d make even Mötley Crüe take a step back with admiration. Representing the mosh kids are CLIMATES (f | climatesuk). Their brand of fast-paced, emotionally-driven melodic hardcore has scored tours with Backtrack and Trapped Under Ice in the past and the hotly-anticipated follow up to 2013’s two track ‘Reconcile’ release is currently entering the last stages of production. Expect to see that mob playing absolutely everywhere they can, real soon.
THIS IS YOUR THIRD INVSN RECORD BUT FIRST IN ENGLISH – HOW COME? “It’s just been a slow process. What I’ve noticed so far is that people hear the record and like us, but when they come and see us live they really like us. Once we play shows somewhere, we notice a big change in excitement about what we are doing. I don’t mind working hard and seeing this as a long-term investment.”
FROM: Umeå, Sweden RELEASE: 'INVSN' (album, Razor & Tie. Out now) TOUR: Very soon, if Dennis has anything to do with it…
CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM JUNE 16 ‘One of the UK’s most incendiary live band’s… Their best album yet.’
‘ Thrilling and bold…Kent crushers lay down a ga me changer.’ 9/10 - Big Cheese Magazine ‘Feed The Rhino have recorded one of the most energetic, ferocious and crowd-friendly albums of the year.’ Metal Ha mmer 8/10 ‘An all-out attack through controlled chaos and multiple musical avenues.’ 8/10 Rock Sound S I E G E O FA M I D A . N E T CENTURYMEDIA.COM
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With the Seattle sound nearing a commercial peak, Soundgarden suddenly found themselves thrust into the limelight. 1991’s ‘Badmotorfinger’ put them on the map, but all was not well as they approached the task of tackling that all-important follow-up...
Cornell and Co. began to clash with their producer, and the recording process became increasingly frayed. Still, these 15 songs would soon speak for themselves. One in particular seemed destined to light up the airwaves… Chris Cornell: “We’d spend days playing around with mics, trying to ﬁnd this ‘perfect’ guitar sound. We had to wrestle control back. After a while one of us would just go, ‘Fuck you’, and do it the simple way. That drama and conﬂict fed into the record’s darkness.”
Chris Cornell (vocals / guitar): “‘Superunknown’ felt like a natural progression, all four of us pushing the boundaries and trying to find the best version of Soundgarden.” Kim Thayil (guitar): “We’d built our audience from touring in vans and working with fanzines, and in the meantime a lot of attention had turned on the Seattle scene. So much was going on that we withdrew a little; we started working on something that was more intimate and introspective.” Ben Shepherd (bass): “The media had already run Nirvana into the ground, so they wanted to know what else was on offer. At the same time, we knew that we were more than just another grunge band. We were doing something more tripped-out and psychedelic; not stuck in any genre.”
Michael Beinhorn: “Some, if not all of the band, had the idea that the best thing would be to go in fast and knock it all out. I felt that it needed to be dealt with in a more meticulous fashion. There wasn’t much margin for error.” RELEASED: March 08, 1994 LABEL: A&M PRODUCER: Michael Beinhorn PERSONNEL: Chris Cornell (vocals / guitar), Kim Thayil (guitar), Ben Shepherd (bass), Matt Cameron (drums), Artis The Spoonman (percussion) ARTWORK: Kelk, Reyzart
Michael Beinhorn (producer): “Soundgarden hadn’t quite scaled the heights, but it was clear that their next record could be a special one.” Kim Thayil: “Our lives had a kind of sunny melancholy at that point. We were very inward personally, keeping people at arm’s length, and our personal worlds were becoming increasingly chaotic.” Chris Cornell: “In hindsight, it could have been way easier than it was. The recording process became very complicated, more than it needed to be...”
Michael Beinhorn: “It was a very difﬁcult process; the whole thing. Everyone was in a tentative place in their lives. I don’t think the guys were getting along particularly well, but they were also at the height of their creative powers.” Ben Shepherd: “It was as ambitious as we wanted it to be, and we had no idea it would be big at all. In retrospect, it couldn’t have come at a better time. For us it felt like everyone was expecting one thing, but we were doing something completely different.”
Artis The Spoonman (percussion): “Working on ‘Spoonman’ was awesome. I was in my element – hard rock, with pros. They were so strong, and Chris’s voice? Forget it! He held court.” Chris Cornell: “Michael stirred things up, and on some level he gave us a common adversary. It might have actually made the record stronger.” Artis The Spoonman: “We did the video in this decommissioned naval station, and I remember yelling, ‘turn it up!’ for the ﬁrst run-through. It was great, at 45 and change, to tell rockers and recording pros to turn the fucker up!” Kim Thayil: “We’d had a psychedelic element with us from the beginning, but working with Michael Beinhorn helped us expand on that. It’s funny how big that record became, given its nature. It’s anything but a party record. If anything, it’s what you put on when the party’s over and you want people to leave!”
Soundgarden 1994: party on, dudes!
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Kim Thayil: “No one was trying to tell us what to do, but everyone wanted something. Where there’s money to be made, a lot of people have their hands out. When you’re introverted and private people having more commercial success, that can be become difficult.” Ben Shepherd: “When you get to songs like ‘Limo Wreck’ and ‘Mailman’, you can see people thinking, ‘Ah, this is why they weren’t the biggest band of the nineties!’ It’s heavy stuff. Some of it was lots of fun and some of it felt like Thor’s hammer coming down.”
Æ?JÉI>;7LOIJK<<$IEC;E<?JM7I BEJIE<<KD7D:IEC;E<?J<;BJB?A; J>EHÉI>7CC;H9EC?D=:EMDÇ 8;DI>;F>;H: Chris Cornell: “At ﬁrst, ﬁrst I wasn’t even sure if ‘Black Hole Sun’ would work as a Soundgarden song. It became a huge international single of the summer, which was really unusual. In some respects, it actually reﬂects the darkest end of what we do!” Howard Greenhalgh (‘Black Hole Sun’ video director): “I envisioned the video as a kind of horror cartoon. The band who would never smile could have a video full of smiles, but in a way that’s uncomfortable and dark. I wanted to keep the band’s cynical vibe, but turn it towards this weird, ridiculous ‘Happyville’.” Ben Shepherd: “‘Black Hole Sun’ isn’t exactly a happy song. Or is it? I don’t even know what it’s about. It’s certainly not your typical singalong anthem. We proved that you can do these bigger things without getting stuck in a formula.”
Debuting at Number One on the US Billboard chart, ‘Superunknown’ had an immediate and profound impact. However, dealing with this newfound ubiquity would bring challenges of its own... Kim Thayil: “There were advantages, career-wise, and also detriments. Our audience started to expand into people who didn’t necessarily understand our vision. They were different from us personally. It was a strange time.” Howard Greenhalgh: “They weren’t chasing fame at all, especially Chris. They were quiet guys who kept themselves to themselves, so I’m not sure they were comfortable with where the record was taking them.” Ben Shepherd: “The mainstream never really held onto us. We had the best drummer and singer around, and Chris had this sex symbol thing going on, but we were also a seriously dark, heavy band.”
Kim Thayil: “When we played ‘My Wave’, live, with that immediate, visceral groove, the crowd would start jumping. But it’s in 5/4 time, so they’d gradually get out of sync with each other, and it’d look like a wave crashing on the shoreline. I think that says a lot!” Michael Beinhorn: “There was always something a little off-putting about the record, but at the same time there’s a really strong emotional core to it. It has a kind of timeless feel, and I’m very happy about that. I didn’t want it to sound like any other heavy music of the time.” Gregg Keplinger (drum technician): “Everywhere you went, that record was on the radio. It’s the top of the mountain for that era.” Chris Cornell: “We were four headstrong, opinionated people pulling away at the same time. Our combination of melodic and moody – the thing that I was always pushing for – was pretty unique.” Ben Shepherd: “None of us cared about getting famous, we just wanted to make a record that would last; we stuck to our guns.” Kim Thayil: “It’s strong and beautiful, very haunting. People always talk about Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in relation to us, but you can really hear the Pink Floyd there too. It worked out well, after everything.” A deluxe edition 'Superunknown' reissue package is out now on A&M / USM. The band play Hyde Park with Black Sabbath on July 04.
ELEVEN ‘THUNK’ (HOLLYWOOD, '95) Frequently overlooked by posterity, Eleven were an opening act on the US leg of the ‘Superunknown’ tour. This is one of their stronger efforts, exhibiting an undeniable influence. Certain members would later work on Chris Cornell’s debut solo album ‘Euphoria Morning’.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
‘CALCULATING INFINITY’ (RELAPSE, ’99)
‘RATED R’ (INTERSCOPE, ‘00)
Dillinger mastermind Ben Weinman has cited Soundgarden as his greatest musical influence, though it’s not instantly apparent from this brainmelting debut. Both have challenged their audiences and redefined their sound over the years, mind.
In its out-there sensibility and considerable ambition (as well as the occasional trippy psych touch), ‘Rated R’ tipped its hat to ‘Superunknown’. There was a hint of grunge’s darker side to these early efforts.
SUNN O))) AND BORIS
‘ALTAR’ (SOUTHERN LORD, ’06)
‘AB III’ (ROADRUNNER, ’10)
Soundgarden have had an enormous influence on experimental music, particularly through Kim Thayil’s pioneering guitar style. He appears on this collaboration between two of avant-metal’s leading lights - guitarmageddon!
Titanic riffs, dark, introspective themes and a frontman who can belt it out with the best of them; Alter Bridge deal in a far more straightforward take on the Soundgarden formula, but even that still oozes pure power.
FEATURING NEW VOCALIST, CHRIS BARRETTO (EX-PERIPHERY, EVER FORTHRIGHT) RISING PROG-METAL STARS RETURN WITH SECOND ALBUM. MORE EPIC-THAN-BEFORE “THE AMANUENSIS” HITS THE HEAD, MIND AND BODY HARD. OWN IT ON LTD EDITION CD (DIGI PAK) & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
IN STORES EVERYWHERE
FROM JUNE 23rd
available from 30th June 2014 The long-awaited second album arrives at last. Produced by Jag Jago (Your Demise, The Maccabees) Featuring the tracks ‘Lashes’ and ‘Whispers & Choirs’
available as limited CD digipak and digital download
- ON TOUR 24th June Aberdeen, Downstairs | 25th June Dundee, Buskers 26th June York, The Duchess | 27th June Scunthorpe, The Lincoln Imp 28th June Workington, Lounge 41 | 1st July Kingston, Fighting Cocks 2nd July Basingstoke, Sanctuary | 3rd July Norwich, The Owl Sanctuary 4th July Leeds, Cockpit 2 | 5th July Kilmarnock, Bakers Niteclub 6th July Inverness, Madhatters
Pre-order the album from RecordStore.co.uk and receive an exclusive signed postcard
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â€œWhen I went to prison, I had really long hair and this dude came up to me and said, â€˜Hey man, you better shave that off or they're gonna get youâ€™. Iâ€™d seen all these movies about prison rape, so I took a razor and cut my hair because I didnâ€™t want to be that guy. Everybody thinks prison is scary because you are going to get raped, but itâ€™s more about worrying if you are going to get stabbed or not. Thereâ€™s danger all the time. Even the big, buff convicts are scared when you look into their eyes. They just put a faĂ§ade on but you never know, somebody could come up behind you at any time and stab you.â€?
â€œWhen I got out of prison, I was looking at the sky because I wasnâ€™t used to it and seeing that much wide open space freaked me out. It still affects me everyday. Iâ€™m not the same person, literally. I go to therapy two times a week, and some days when I wake up, I canâ€™t even make it. I canâ€™t even sit in a closed room with people I barely know. It freaks me out. Everything I feel today, I felt 100 times when I got out. I was scared, nervous and I would hide in a room and peek out the door. I would pace like I was in my cell. I couldnâ€™t talk to people at all. I could barely do anything.â€?
â€œWhen I was released from prison, I was trying to get a house but the agents Google'd my name and turned me down. I couldnâ€™t get a house, no matter how much money I had. That and trying to get a car for the ďŹ rst time was hard. Even music fans still constantly talk about [prison] now. Itâ€™s a big part of my life. It changed who I am. It changed me completely, but I learned a valuable lesson. Without it, I probably would have been in and out of rehab. I would have overdosed. I probably would have died.â€?
:3AA=<" BEL;OEKH>7J;HI â€œOnline hate doesnâ€™t bother me anymore. I used to reply a lot, now itâ€™s a joke to me. Sometimes if [people] bring up something like my kid or someone I care about, that pisses me off. Itâ€™s usually 100 people posting ďŹ ve times each and it's just street teams of certain record labels, that I wonâ€™t name. Itâ€™s all bullshit and propaganda. Iâ€™m just a way for their bands to sell records. Iâ€™m thankful for it because they care. There was this kid in Denver, in the front row of our show like, â€˜Fight me! I wanna ďŹ ght you!â€™ and I was like, â€˜What? Come here dude. Punch me in the faceâ€™, and he hugged me when he got on stage. Itâ€™s the same thing online. They just want a reaction, for the most part.â€?
:3AA=<# EMDOEKH7::?9J?EDI â€œI never think about doing drugs but some days I think, â€˜What if I did?â€™ If I started, it would all be downhill forever. I donâ€™t ever want to end up like that. Itâ€™s hard being sober because all of your feelings are there. When you do drugs, you donâ€™t have that. It takes that away. You can deal with life easier. Itâ€™s a lot harder to deal with certain things. Like when my brother died; I think, if I didnâ€™t do drugs after my brother died, I never will. That was a very hard time. I donâ€™t want to ever do drugs again.â€?
:3AA=<$ :EDĂ‰J>EB:=HK:=;I â€œLiving well is the best revenge. I emailed Craig Mabbitt one day and was like, â€˜Dude, Iâ€™m sorry for whatever I didâ€™. Then he wrote back and said, â€˜Iâ€™m sorryâ€™. So I was like, â€˜Alright, wanna tour?â€™ and he said, â€˜I thought you would never askâ€™. Heâ€™d been waiting for me to ask that question for a while. When we went on tour together, it was like a huge therapy session. Like, every day. I saw friends who I knew from when I was a kid. To be with them again brought up all these old feelings and memories. It was good. There was no conďŹ‚ict on that tour whatsoever.â€?
:3AA=<% :EDĂ‰JBEEAJEE<7H7>;7: â€œIn ďŹ ve years Iâ€™ll probably be washed up. I wont be like â€˜NSYNC doing a comeback with Justin Timberlake. I will probably just wither away and fade into the background. Then I will just produce loads of music. Thatâ€™s what I want to do. Being 35-years-old and on stage, I just canâ€™t. When I was 25, I couldnâ€™t picture being 30! Thatâ€™s halfway to being 40 - itâ€™s halfway to 70 actually - fuck that!â€?
Ronnie Radke: a colourful character
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Falling In Reverse’s latest album ‘Fashionably Late’ is available now on Epitaph.
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HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO POOL? “It was on a family holiday, when I was about six. Both of my parents love to drink alcohol and I wasn’t old enough, but I was stuck at the bar with them anyway. My dad handed me a pool cue, and I spent the whole holiday playing pool all day, every day. It grew from there, becoming something me and my dad would do together. We became quite competitive, because obviously I got way better than him!”
DID IT COME NATURALLY TO YOU? “I used to play lots of sports, and gave up on all that – it was far too much effort and exercise, especially when it’s easier to just go to a bar and drink. But pool tables are at bars, so there’s no escaping it. It’s great when you’re bored on tour. Cam [Liddell, guitar] and I have a big pool rivalry but the other guys are shit. Danny [Worsnop, vocals] is the worst; a spray and play kind of guy. He justs whacks the balls hoping one goes in.”
DO YOU PLAY BETTER DRUNK, OR SOBER? “When you get drunk you feel like you’re better at absolutely everything. I know I like to get drunk before I have sex, because I feel like a god – and if it only lasts 30 seconds, it doesn’t matter. With pool, I think you genuinely get better after a few drinks. You loosen up and think a little bit less. It comes more naturally. But then again, that could just be me being drunk and thinking I’m badass.”
HAVE YOU EVER HUSTLED ANYONE? “All the time! I always play for money. Me and Cam will go to bars and scout out who’s playing pool, to check out the competition, just looking like two kids from England. We’ll go up and say, ‘Oh, do you fancy a game?’ and do some
doubles. We’ll play a bit shit, and after a few rounds I’ll be like, ‘Do you fancy putting some money on it?’ Then we’ll hustle them. It’s a good way to make some extra cash on the road. A few times people have kicked off, but when you’re on tour, there’s a minimum of 10 dudes with you all the time. Nobody at the bar’s going to fuck with you. It’s kind of like stealing, but whatever. You’ve got to pay for the alcohol somehow.”
Æ?JI8;IJJEFB7O FEEBD7A;:$$$ 8;9EC;ED;M?J> J>;87BBIÇ WHAT’S YOUR BEST TRICK, THEN? “It’s nice to clean the table from the break, just go, go, go and clear it all. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does I like to get my dick out, and slap whoever I’m playing in the face with it! Then they can buy me drinks for the whole night. I’m also great at curving the white ball around the table, which always blows people’s minds. There aren’t many superstitions for me, but when I know I’m going to break, I want the two maroon balls to be in the centre just behind the black, and the spot has to be to the right, with the stripe to the left. I don’t know why. If it’s not like that, I feel doomed from the get-go. It’s probably paranoia from all the alcohol. Anyway, maybe we’ll
make some pool videos when we’re back in the UK, so the whole world can see how fucking badass I am.” C’MON, SURELY YOU MUST LOSE SOMETIMES... “When I get into a losing streak, it’s the worst. If you lose a game it starts messing with your head and before you know it you’re losing the whole night; you get angry, you drink more, break a cue, get thrown out of the bar... it’s very embarrassing. Writers’ block is pretty similar! The longer it goes on, the worse ge That’s the thing when alcohol’s it gets. invo involved: things always get interesting. Tha part and parcel of being British That’s real our curse. Or blessing...” really;
DO Y YOUR SKILLS EXTEND TO SNOOKER OR A ARE YOU STRICTLY A POOL SHARK? “Fuc that! On our last UK headliner “Fuck we actually went to a snooker hall and played a bit, and it was fucking imp impossible. I was awful. All the angles are different, and it’s so much harder. I’m just a drunken idiot who likes to steal people’s money, and that’s completely different. It bruised my ego a little bit, so I got out of there. Who’s got the time to learn all those rules?”
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TAKING UP POOL? “Pool’s a sure way to get laid. If you lose, you can play the sympathy card, and if you win, you’re the king of the pub. It’s a good incentive. For beginners it’s best to play pool naked; really get into the spirit of things. Become one with the balls! That’s how I play. Every hole’s a goal...”
Asking Alexandria's new album 'From Death To Destiny' is out now on Sumerian. The band return to the UK later this year; see gig guide for details.
Ben Bruce: talking balls
Go home Josh, you're drunk!
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SAM: WHO HAS THE SMELLIEST FARTS? Dan Flint (drums): “Chewy’s [Chris] or Josh’s…” Josh Franceschi (vocals): “What?!” Matt Barnes (bass): “No, Josh’s poos smell the worst, but Chewy’s farts are terrible.” Dan: “Don’t you remember when you managed to clear out the entire studio, Josh?” Josh: “Okay, in my defence that was ﬁve years ago and my diet has developed since then! That was probably two baguettes and a pack of Wotsits down. Now, I’m looking after my body a little better.” Matt: “Chewy lives on Pot Noodles and Babybel.” Chris Miller (guitar): “I have been known to clear venues…” TIA: IF YOU COULD BE ANY FEMALE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD YOU BE? Josh: “I’d be Beyoncé. Or I’d go back in time and be all of the Spice Girls combined. I’d be one big old pile of spice!” Chris: “You’d be All Spice.” Max Helyer (guitar): “What’s Barack Obama’s wife called?” Everyone: “Michelle!” Max: “I’d be Michelle for the day. Imagine just being in the Oval Office getting to boss Mr President around!” Josh: “And ultimately, behind every powerful man is an even greater woman. Matt, who would you be?” Matt: “I quite like the idea of being Beyoncé.” Dan: “Just the fact you could hang out with Jay-Z would be pretty cool. Maybe I’d be Scarlett Johansson and I’d just walk around naked.” Chris: “I’d be Britney Spears, probably. Just after she’d gone mental.” CATH:
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CATH: WHICH OF YOU IS THE BEST RAPPER? Max: “MC Matty B!” Josh: “If we could combine my lyrical genius with his rapping skills… Drake who?” Matt: “We should make a rap album and give it away free with Rock Sound.” Rock Sound: "Let’s do it!” JAMIE: WHICH OF YOU GOT INTO THE MOST TROUBLE AT SCHOOL AND WHAT WAS THE NAUGHTIEST THING YOU DID? Josh: “I’m gonna put myself out there and say I fell in with the wrong crowd. I had the best time being a badass, but it wasn’t good. I got suspended quite a lot.” Max: “Please elaborate on the story of what made you nearly get expelled…” Josh: “Nah, I’m not gonna tell that…” Matt: “All you need to know is Josh is a badboy.” Josh: “I was a little shit, basically. I was banned from going to prom which sucked. Everyone went except for me and my two friends. I didn’t do anything terrible, I was just mischievous. I pulled a lot of pranks on people.” Max: “I got caught selling cigarettes a few times. That wasn’t good.” Chris: “I was a little nerd at school. I was every teacher’s favourite kid.” Dan: “I didn’t get a single detention in the whole of school.” Max: “I got a couple, then I’d bunk those days off not to go.” MITCH: WHO LOOKS THE FUNNIEST NAKED? Josh: “Put it this way: none of us look all that good naked!” Matt: “Me and Dan are mostly naked together.” Dan: “We shower together.” Josh: “I think it’d be wrong for us to nominate, so I’m gonna nominate myself.” Chris: “Actually, Max is very comfortable with being naked.”
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MEET THE FIRING SQUAD…
NAME: CATH BADOCK AGE: 15 FROM: SWINDON
NAME: MITCH POTTS AGE: 19 FROM: CIRENCESTER
NAME: JAMIE BAILEY AGE: 17 FROM: GUILDFORD
Max: “Even though I’m not the bestlooking, I’m comfortable with it.” Matt: “He just doesn’t give a shit.” TIA: IF YOU HAD TO HAVE A CHILD WITH ONE OTHER MEMBER OF THE BAND, WHO WOULD IT BE? Josh: “Good question! Dan Flint.” Dan: “I’d probably have it with Max. He’s very anal and very clean. We’d be a good gay couple.” Josh: “There’d be good food on the table every night.” Dan: “Chewy would lose it. He’d be like, ‘Baby? What baby? Ahh, I sold it for ciggies’.”
NAME: SAM DELAMORE AGE: 16 FROM: SOUTHAMPTON
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Josh: "Naked? Ewww...no thanks" Max: "I love being naked!"
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CATH: IF YOU COULD BE ANY SIMPSONS CHARACTER, WHO WOULD YOU BE? Chris: “The guy who drives the bus.” Dan: “Otto! I quite like Moe, though.” Max: “I think I’d be Dr Nick. [puts on Dr Nick voice] ‘Hiiii everybody!’” Matt: “Ned Flanders.” Dan: “Didn’t he marry some country star who’s super ﬁt and rich? And have you seen Ned Flanders when he takes his top off? He’s ripped.” JAMIE: WHAT ARE YOU EACH LIKE DRUNK? Max: “I’m either very hyper and very fun to be around, or very miserable and emotional.” Josh: “I don’t get emotional when I’m drunk.” Max: “You were pretty rowdy the other night when we were in Nottingham!” Josh: “That’s rowdy, not emotional! I jumped on Rob Don Broco’s shoulders and was just going round the club going ‘Oi! Oi! Oi!’ Terrible.” Chris: “I’ll sit in the corner for about half an hour, slowly get drunk, then have about 10 minutes of partying and sneak out the back door.” Dan: “Chewy’s one of those who you can never really tell, then he’s like, ‘Dude, I’m so drunk.” Max: “Barnes is the party animal.” Matt: “I’m deﬁnitely the loud one.” Dan: “It depends what you’re drinking.” Max: "If you’re in a good mood, gin will increase it, but don’t touch it if you’re in a bad mood.” Dan: “You should really check yourself at the bar before you order and be like, ‘What kind of mood am I in?’”
MITCH: IF EACH BAND MEMBER WERE TO HAVE A SLOGAN, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Dan: “Chewy’s is just ‘Oh, dude’.” Matt: “On our last tour with 30 Seconds To Mars, mine to our tour manager was ‘Where’s the gin?!’ Every time.” Dan: “Max’s is ‘Where’s the pizza?’” Josh: “I think mine would be…” Dan: “‘Change my pack!’” Josh: “Yours is ‘Welcome to Flint Town!’ After every show he takes his shirt off and says it. Mine might be ‘I’m not trying to be a dick… but...'" TIA: IF YOU COULD READ ONE PERSON’S MIND FOR A DAY, WHOSE WOULD IT BE? Matt: “Well I wouldn’t want to read any of these guy’s minds. You never knowing what they’re thinking.” Max: “I know who I’d be instantly: Jay-Z. Just thinking, ‘Shall I buy another Maybach today?’” Dan: “You could read Jay-Z’s mind and find out what he’s going to do next, then do it before he does it.” Max: “Or you could read Kanye West's mind and think, ‘What fucking stupid thing will I do today?’”
CATH: WHO PLAYS THE MOST PRANKS ON TOUR? Matt: “We all wind each other up so much. We stole Max’s lucky pound recently. That was good.” Dan: “Max keeps a lucky pound inside his pedal case which he also keeps his in-ears in.” Josh: “We were in Sweden and he was like ‘Guys, my lucky pound’s gone’. We were like ‘What lucky pound?! What’s happened?!’” Max: “I’m biding my time to get you back.” JAMIE: WHICH ONE OF YOU GETS ALL THE GIRLS AND HOW DO YOU DO IT? Josh: “Basically we’re the most boring band of all time. We all have girlfriends. I can’t remember the last time anyone in the band was single.” Dan: “If there is ever a girl on our bus, then it’s not one of us that’s brought her on there!” Josh: “The last girls that we had on our bus was in Milan. It was my mum and my sister!” Max: “We’re not that kind of band. We’re all about the sausage in You Me At Six…” Josh: “And FIFA and gin and dance parties, of course.” Matt: “And rum.” Dan: “Girls just make things messy. Sorry girls!” You Me At Six’s latest album ‘Cavalier Youth’ is out now through BMG Rights. Catch them at Reading & Leeds festivals this August!
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t e g o t g in o g e r a e l p o e “P y e h t r e h t e h w e id r is h on t like it or not!” CHESTER BENNINGTON
After spending the last few years rs y heading down a progressively electronic path, LINKIN PARK K are going back to their riffdriven roots with new album e ‘The Hunting Party’. And as we discovered when we jetted to n Los Angeles to get the lowdown e on their surprisingly aggressive sixth album, being angry has never felt so good. BALLPOINT OF AUTHORITY: Ryan Bird ONE SHOT CLOSER: Kevin Estrada
few months ago,
Chester Bennington found himself in one of the most peculiar and awkward situations he’d ever encountered. Stood in the grounds of a mansion somewhere in the vast, sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles, the Linkin Park frontman stood amongst a sea of people who, despite his fame and fortune, probably had little - if any - idea who he was. Amid the constant din of small talk, waiters darted to and from the main house carrying trays of hors d’oeuvres and champagne, while the air was thick with the smoke of a hundred cigars. But while virtually every other attendee was wrapped up in themselves and those around them, Bennington had eyes and ears for only one thing - the house band. “It was Billy fucking Idol,” he recalls with a chuckle. “I couldn’t believe it. Here were all these people talking out of their asses and drinking champagne without a care in the world, and the whole time Billy Idol is strutting his stuff no more than 20 feet away. It blew my mind - how could people not be watching that?”
“this album is the worst business decision we’ve ever made.” MIKE SHINODA A d th t ’t alone l iin hi As it h happened, the ffrontman wasn’t his confusion. But while he seemed unsure of what to do, one of British rock’s most famous exports had a plan. As he and his band played a rendition of ‘Hot In The City’, one of Idol’s greatest hits, the song reached its anthemic chorus of “Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight”. Today, though, that chorus was ever so slightly different. “Hot in the city, hot in the pussy tonight”. With that one word, Billy Idol suddenly owned the eyes, ears and attention of every person who just a few seconds prior couldn’t have given the slightest shit about his presence. “I cracked up,” recalls Chester, “how could I not? It was fucking genius! I was like, ‘Man, look what one word can do to a whole crowd of people who aren’t paying attention’. It fascinated me. I found myself thinking, ‘I wonder what we could do that would have the same effect on people’.” Fast-forward to the present and Bennington is reliving the events of that fateful day in the plush surroundings of Los Angeles’ Larrabee Sound Studios. With a client list that ranges from Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey to Foo Fighters and Blink-182, Larrabee has seen some of the most important and commercially successful albums in history recorded and mixed under this very roof, and it’s here that Linkin Park have been putting the ﬁnishing touches to their sixth album, ‘The Hunting Party’. On recent evidence, you might think this isn’t much to get too carried away about. After all, this is a band who followed up the incredible onetwo of ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ with the considerably less impressive ‘Minutes To Midnight’ and the electroobsessed ‘A Thousand Suns’; an album that took the idea of Linkin Park being a band interested in the sound of a distorted guitar and put it ﬁrmly in the nearest bin. Although 2012’s ﬁfth album ‘Living Things’ went some way towards addressing the balance, boasting a slightly more guitar-driven sound than its predecessor, it still remains more than a decade since Linkin Park made an out-and-out rock album. That’s about to change. In ‘The Hunting Party’ Linkin Park have not only reconnected
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“That’s the main difference with this record,” continues Chester, “We’re not being little bitches anymore!” When it comes to ‘The Hunting Party’, the word “bitch” plays a genuinely important part. Although Mike and Chester adopt the roles of driving force and focal point respectively, to say that their absent band mates (programmer Joe Hahn, guitarist Brad Delson, drummer Rob Bourdon and bassist Dave Farrell) contribute little to the process would be both unfair and gravely inaccurate. In Delson’s case, his input would prove to be invaluable, but as Mike explains, perhaps not for reasons that automatically spring to mind… “I called him a pussy and that I felt he’d turned into a bitch that is literally what I said to him. When I was a kid one of my best friends lived right across from Brad, and all you could ever hear coming from his bedroom was Metallica, Metallica and more Metallica. If you were lucky you might hear some Exodus, or maybe some Sepultura, but that was it - the guy was an obsessive metalhead. I sat him down and was like, ‘Dude, don’t you want to play guitar anymore?’ You listen to an album like ‘A Thousand Suns’ and although there’s guitar on there, it doesn’tt sound like a guitar. There’s no crunch, no distortion. There’s no balls. On this record, that had to change.”
Speaking about changing that mindset and actually changing it, however, would prove difﬁcult. Throughout the writing sessions for ‘The Hunting Party’, people the pair will refer to only as “the usual suspects” would come in with entire songs that would quickly be thrown out (“we had to humor them, but there was no way any bullshit folk songs were going on this record” laughs Mike), before the process would be slowly and gently moved in a heavier direction. Before long, each and every member was sold on the notion that Linkin Park would once again be a rock band. “For me, one of the most surprising things about this record is just how set every single person was on making it a fucking monster,” says Chester. “Everybody bought into it really quickly and although there was that initial resistance in terms of still trying to go a certain way with some songs, it went away really easily. It was almost as though we had no control. It was like, ‘People are going to get on this ride whether they like it or not’!”
Although the people who make up Linkin Park on the inside might have been sold on the idea of returning to their roots, selling that vision to those on the outside was to prove a more difﬁcult task. As a band with tens of millions of album sales to its name, Linkin Park has long since been a business.
TECHNO(LOGY) FIENDS From hiding USB sticks in the world’s biggest cities to creating their own video games, Linkin Park have never been shy of embracing new ways of showcasing their music. So what exactly is it that keeps them moving with the times? “We always try to ﬁnd interesting ways to engage with our fans,” says Chester. “We’re a band that is about utilising technology, and energising social groups to hang out and meet each other and ﬁnd out cool ways of discovering music. That is how we liked discovering music when we were kids. It’s like, ‘If we were 15, how would we want to ﬁnd a song’? Would we want to ﬁnd it by searching for it on iTunes or Spotify, or would we rather do something like play a really cool video game that unlocks new music as part of the experience? That’s simply the way our minds work, and I’m happy about that. The day we stop trying to ﬁnd cool ways of utilising technology is the day this band is on its knees.”
In 2002 the band launched their own travelling music festival, Projekt Revolution, and throughout its six stints on the road, the event has seen the band headline bills across the globe that have included everyone from rap legends Cypress Hill to the likes of Korn and My Chemical Romance. Some way into ‘The Hunting Party’’s creation, however, Mike put a call into the band’s manager, informing them that the next album would be heading in a much heavier, less commercially viable direction. The response that they received was not good. “Our management basically told us that if we made this record it would not be commercially successful,” Mike explains. “They told us that not only would we be limited to the rock outlets, but we’d be limited to the rock outlets that aren’t even the most mainstream ones. We were basically putting ourselves into the corner of a corner, and they said that on top of that the listenership for rock radio is lower than at any time in the last ﬁve years, if not ever. “But here’s where it got exciting for us,” he continues, “and here’s where I feel a lot of people will be able to relate to what we’re doing. I know what kind of music I lis listened to in the ‘90s; I listened to rap and I listened to heavy rock and if anything was a little too soft or m mainstream then I just wasn’t interested. I feel like ro rock music has gotten so mainstream now that w when I turn on the radio I feel like I’m listening to th the Disney Channel or something. Everything is so safe - you can play with your mummy and da daddy and you can listen to it with the kids and it’s fun. I wouldn’t have listened to that music w when I was a teenager, and I know that part of m me wants something right now that, to put it bl bluntly, is unpopular. I don’t have a problem wi with sticking up for that, and that is who we ar are. I don’t give a shit if it’s not cool right now or if it’s not something that people will buy. Th This album is the worst business decision that th this band has ever made, and I’m ﬁne with th that. I’m happy with that.” It’ It’s a bold and somewhat admirable stance fo for the group to take, but while respect is ce certainly due for Linkin Park having the co courage to stand by their convictions, th they also have the ﬁnancial security to do so so. Although the proﬁt a band makes on re record sales in 2014 is rarely too far from th the number zero, this is a band that made it ac across the bridge before it collapsed. Whether it be from record sales, touring, merchandise or any other revenue stream that lies beneath th the vast LP umbrella, this is a band made up of people who are millionaires many times ov over; people who need never drive their own ca car or ﬂy on a plane belonging to anyone but th themselves ever again, should they so wish. Co Compared to 99 per cent of the bands in this m magazine, Linkin Park can afford to make a re record like this in the most literal of terms. “H “Here’s the reality,” Chester afﬁrms, “selling re records does not matter to our band. Frankly, if this band never sold another album again, I’d ne never know about it. With that in mind, we ﬁnd ou ourselves in a position where pleasing ourselves is th the only thing that matters - period. “T “That said, it would be easy for us to get swept up in ou our own shit and carry on making and releasing music th that we don’t care about, purely to keep the ride going. It could also go the other way - we could stop making m music all together - but we don’t because we love what we do, and I think people don’t always respect that. I’ve co come across people who aren’t a fraction as well-off as we are who couldn’t care less about the quality of their m music, and to me that’s horrible. That straight up sucks. In my opinion, what we’ve achieved and accomplished in m making this record is amazing, and it makes me feel both ha happy and fulﬁlled. To me, that’s where the value is.”
“If this band never sold another album again, I’d never know about it.” CHESTER BENNINGTON
PROJEKT EVOLUTION Linkin Park have certainly never been afraid of changing with the times, but as Mike explains they’re not the only ones willing to push the boundaries of rock in 2014. “There are some really great rock bands coming through at the moment. I feel like a lot of the best ones are bands that are just getting started in terms of evolution, even if they already have a few albums out. Who knows where they will go? Look at the difference between Of Mice & Men’s last record to their newest one, for example, or the difference between the last couple of Sleeping With Sirens records. Those bands are making some really interesting choices, and while some fans may love it, some fans will probably hate it just as much. But they are evolving without fear, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Linkin Park (L-R): Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Dave Farrell, Chester Bennington
Whatever happens on the back
of ‘The Hunting Party’ in terms of commercial success, one thing it’s certain to do is reignite the interest of a lot of people who have spent years wondering whether or not Linkin Park would ever ﬁnd their way back. For every person who has continued to buy albums or tickets throughout their career (and there are a hell of a lot of those people), there are just as many who cling fondly to the LP of old, dreaming that one day the band they once loved would return. They are the people who just a few short days ago erupted in glee as the band took to the Download Festival stage to perform ‘Hybrid Theory’ in its entirety, and as Chester explains, they are the people that ‘The Hunting Party’ is aimed at above anyone else. “I think there is a whole section of our fanbase that has been waiting very patiently for us to make this record. Sometimes those people have been waiting very loudly, particularly on the internet, but their patience has not gone unnoticed. I honestly think that this record is going to be the one where those people are like, ‘Fuck, ﬁnally!’ For me, this is the album that a lot of people deserve.” “We’re putting up the Bat-Signal,” laughs Mike. “This record is us
signalling to everybody who has been screaming at us for years and letting them know that this is their time. Sure, we’re not talking to as many people as we could talk to, but the quality of our message is more worthwhile. This is a call to arms.” No matter which side of the fence you sit on, one thing is for sure: Linkin Park cut a far more honest ﬁgure now than at almost any point in their history. Regardless of what the world at large makes of it, ‘The Hunting Party’ is an album with purely selﬁsh intentions, and whether or not you happen to think it’s any good is largely irrelevant. Because above all else, its approach and audacity alone is worthy of praise. As our conversation comes to a close, we ask our most simple and direct question: why, in one sentence, have Linkin Park made an album like this? Without even a second’s hesitation, Mike gives the most honest answer of all. “We made this record because we wanted to hear something that wasn’t out there, and because we don’t give a shit about what anybody else thinks.” And whatever anyone else may think, one thing that nobody can take away from Linkin Park is the very thing that they’ve rediscovered; their balls. ‘The Hunting Party’ is out now via Warner Bros.
THE TRAGEDY THAT STRUCK SUICIDE SILENCE IN 2012 WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TO FINISH MOST BANDS OFF. THE SUDDEN DEATH OF FRONTMAN MITCH LUCKER LEFT THE SURVIVING MEMBERS DISTRAUGHT AND ALMOST DESTROYED, BUT SUICIDE SILENCE AREN’T MOST BANDS. NOW THEY’VE RETURNED, RENEWED AND READY FOR BATTLE, NOTHING CAN STOP THEM… WORDS: Andrew Kelham R-+TifZbjfle[%km
“I DIDN’T THINK I COULD DEAL WITH ALL THE HATRED THAT WOULD COME MY WAY…BUT IT WAS THE OFFER THAT COULD NOT BE REFUSED.” EDDIE HERMIDA
SUICIDE SILENCE GUITARIST CHRIS GARZA was going to get dinner
when his manager rang with the news. “I remember picking up the call and he just said, ‘Well, it happened’,” he recalls. “He told me that Mitch had got into a wreck and no one knew how bad it was.” Chris immediately drove to the address where the accident had taken place, on the evening of October 31, 2012, and within hours he was dealing with the grim reality that his closest friend had passed away from injuries sustained in the crash. Somewhere in the hours of that night a daughter lost her father, a wife lost her husband and Chris lost the man who had helped him create Suicide Silence. Mitchell Adam Lucker was the adored focal point of the band and a compelling presence on stage. But now he was gone and the quintet’s worldwide fanbase were ﬂooding the internet with sorrow and tribute, as they grieved. “It was like being in a movie or a dream,” the guitarist recalls. “It just did not seem real.” Within days, Chris withdrew from reading any website that wrote about the band. “There were a lot of rumours online and I wondered where people were getting their information from,” he admits. “Mitch was his lyrics, he lived his life to the fullest, but
he was by no means a crazy driver. I truly believe it was an honest accident. When I saw him drive his bike he was always very safe.” What followed was a rock bottom phase that made the guitarist confront his own demons; heavy drinking and drug use. “It takes a very extreme experience to release certain chemicals in your brain that can unlock parts of your mind you have never used before,” he remarks. “That night triggered something, it may not have caught on in that moment, but I knew something had to change. Unfortunately it took my best friend dying for me to realise that.” Over the passing months, he and fellow bandmates Mark Heylmun (guitar), Alex Lopez (drums) and Dan Kenny (bass) experienced an emotional rollercoaster – at times together and at times alone – as they adapted to life in a world without their friend and frontman. Each member was “up and down on a daily basis”, and the future was an extremely touchy subject. What would Suicide Silence look like without Mitch? Would there even be a band without him? Should there be? What would honour his memory best? And what would he have wanted them to do? These were just some of the many questions that constantly occupied their thoughts.
“THE FIRST PERSON WHO CALLED ME was the band’s manager,”
remembers Eddie Hermida. “He asked me to record a song as the guys were really curious to hear what their music sounded like with someone else singing it. He made it clear that they weren’t coming at this as a way to steal me from my other band All Shall Perish. We talked for an hour and I was really happy to help as I was so bummed to see my boys, who had been working so hard for all their careers, potentially have to stop. It was put to me as more of a gift, a gift I was honoured to give.” At the time the request was made, Eddie was a man settled in his creative pursuits. He was fronting All Shall Perish – his pride and joy – and a burgeoning promotions company that put on metal and alternative shows in his San Francisco hometown. Immersed in alternative music, yet able to lead a relatively normal existence away from the public eye, the former club doorman was in a promising position. After the remaining members of Suicide Silence heard his take on their music they asked him the question that would change everything. “For the ﬁrst month I was scared and had all the reservations in the world, I didn’t think I could deal with
all the hatred that would come my way if the band announced me as their new lead singer,” he admits. “Mitch was the perfect ﬁt for Suicide Silence, but ultimately I just couldn’t say no, it was the offer that could not be refused. “Taking the place of somebody is never something you plan on doing in your life. You don't plan on seeing your friend gone,” he continues. But Mitch was gone, and the band needed someone that knew
came from each other. I’m trying to have people not see me as one of the many Mitch replicas out there because I’m not, I was a part of him and he a part of me. That’s why I was chosen. Him or I singing on that stage, in the end we are brothers.” Eddie Hermida was chosen by Suicide Silence to honour the legacy of what was created with Mitch Lucker, while helping them to move forward. Yet, somewhat unsurprisingly, their first statement as a unit dwells heavily on the circumstances that bought them to this point. ‘You Can’t Stop Me’, the band’s fourth album, is a product of their fallen frontman’s lyrics (his words provided the album with its title) and the bereavement caused by his passing. “The whole record is the process of letting go and becoming,” Eddie reasons. “I think that’s what people need to see and hear from me. I did my best to maintain the ideas that Mitch was trying to pass along while processing all those feelings associated with letting someone go. There was pressure in what we were writing about, but that’s the stuff you use, that’s what you turn around and scream into the microphone for.” The band are still using that stuff onstage each night, venting emotions that refuse language, as they reintroduce themselves to an audience dealing with the presence of Mitch’s absence. “The shows are still super intense,” says the new frontman. “There’s a lot of anger and abandonment onstage, we are just venting what you feel when someone close to you dies. From what I have seen, I think that feeling traverses strongly from band to crowd.” And while the future remains fragile for a quintet who will forever remember Mitch, it has become hopeful once more. “To be honest I’ve never really felt so able to share how happy I am right now and how much I am enjoying myself,” says Eddie, summing up the present mood in Suicide Silence. “I really don’t care if people see me smile right now, I know you are not supposed to smile in death metal but I want people to see that this is a decision I made with the truest of hearts and that doing it has made me nothing but happy.”
BEST OF THE GUEST CHRIS EXPLAINS HOW SUICIDE SILENCE PICKED UP THE PIECES, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS… Expectation weighed heavy on the members of Suicide Silence as they created ‘You Can’t Stop Me’. But did it affect them? “It's still a blur,” admits guitarist Chris Garza. “In a way it was the easiest time we had writing a record since ‘The Cleansing’, we knew what we had to do so we took things back to square one, all jammed in a room getting our feelings out. Writing a record was easy as it was ﬂowing out of us all the time.” The ﬁnal product features guest vocal contributions from The Dillinger Escape Plan’s vocalist Greg Puciato [top] and Cannibal Corpse’s frontman George Fisher [left], and according to Garza, their inclusion was similarly meant to be. “Well ﬁrst off, we are a metal band so of course we’re huge fans of Cannibal Corpse, that was a given,” he says. “We’d always wanted George to do something on a record and it just so happened that we asked him and he said yes. With Greg it just made sense, once you hear a song you can hear certain voices that would be perfect for it. We heard him on ‘Monster Within’ before he had ever heard it.”
“YOU AREN’T SUPPOSED TO SMILE IN DEATH METAL BUT JOINING THIS BAND HAS MADE ME NOTHING BUT HAPPY.” EDDIE HERMIDA
him, knew them, knew their audience and knew their music. There was only one candidate. “My whole career, there have been similarities between Mitch and I - in the early days I looked to him for moves and stage banter and he did the same to me,” he adds. “A lot of our early foundation
Suicide Silence's new album 'You Can't Stop Me' is released on July 14 through Nuclear Blast.
WATCH THE THRONE ARMAGEDDON, CONCEPT RECORDS AND ROCK OPERAS. TEXAN TITANS CROWN THE EMPIRE ARE BACK, AND THIS TIME, THEY'RE AIMING TO BECOME NOTHING LESS THAN ROCK ROYALTY. WORDS: Rob Sayce
ROCK ’N’ ROLL HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT ESCAPE. While the music industry chews
up and spits out many a dreamer, a handful succeed in ducking ‘normal’ life’s drudgery, and Crown The Empire are determined to join their ranks. But these Texan up and comers aren’t content with merely carving a niche in this world. They’re determined to build their own. “We’ve always been about creating an experience,” says co-frontman Andy Velasquez [pictured second left], speaking to Rock Sound on the day he celebrates his twentieth birthday. “We’re making something that people can really invest in. The things we have planned are pretty far out there.” You could be forgiven for taking such proclamations with a dash of scepticism – especially as, on paper, Crown The Empire have taken a relatively conventional route. With some members still in high school, they headed out on Warped Tour and recorded 2012 debut album ‘The Fallout’ with Joey Sturgis, building a following off the back of explosive live shows and a pick ‘n’ mix approach to songcraft. What sets them apart is not so much a sound though, as an ethos – which is one of boundless ambition. “Since the very beginning, we’ve always wanted to push things one step further,” Andy explains. “I see us being one of those bands who aren’t tied to a scene or stuck appeasing a certain group of people. ‘The Fallout’ paved the way in more ways than one, establishing our whole post-apocalyptic world. There, we were also drawing directly on the things we were going through: mainly heartbreak and the crumbling of what felt like the whole world. This time it’s more narrative. So many bands slip up on the second album, and doing this record was pretty terrifying, but we kept to our vision.” A full-blooded concept piece, the band's second album 'The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways', relates tales of oppression and conﬂict. And it appears to be just the beginning, with Andy hinting at future cinematic spin-offs, novelisations, and maybe even a rock opera epic in the style of ‘The Black Parade’. Nonetheless this grand follow-up has required a great deal of musical evolution, as songwriting and storytelling developed side-by-side. Producer Dan Korneff [Paramore, Pierce The Veil] was an early convert. “[Dan] told us that this next album could be a game-changer,” laughs Andy. “It’s a fresh spin on heavy music.
“WE’RE MAKING SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE CAN REALLY INVEST IN. THIS NEXT ALBUM COULD BE A GAME-CHANGER.” ANDY VELASQUEZ
INTO THE WASTELAND ANDY PREVIEWS THE CONCEPT BEHIND 'THE RESISTANCE: RISE OF THE RUNAWAYS' “It’s a proper sequel, taking place in the same wasteland as ‘The Fallout’. An oppressive faction is in charge, but a group of survivors are beginning to build a resistance. It’s not all battles and stuff, like ‘I’m running through the forest ﬁghting a guy’, more an overall feeling behind everything. It goes up and down every which way. Growing up, we spent a lot of time immersed in video games and movies, and we took a lot of these ideas away from them. We have the whole, extensive narrative outlined, and you can expect some further big things before too long.”
There are softer, almost pop songs, other songs with just vocals, piano and cello. One of the tracks is a seven-minute epic with a dark cabaret feel to it. It’s a ‘something for everyone’ record, and I’m happy with that concept. You can fit us into any playlist you like – this is completely crazy, and very different to what other bands are doing right now.”
AS BEFITS MEMBERS OF THE ITUNES GENERATION, the band have little interest in
boundaries; willing to harness any element in the service of a strong tune. That approach has seen them draw plenty of ﬂak, some of it justiﬁed and some of it downright vindictive. When you’re in your twenties, that’s not so easy to shrug off. “It’s the worst thing ever,” Andy grimaces. “It deﬁnitely impacted on us when doing the new record. We were pulling our hair out the whole time. I don’t think we’ve ever been more stressed, but somehow we’re holding it together. I’m 20, and I have no back-up plan. There’s nothing else in place, I came straight out of school to do this. It’s too great an opportunity but if it all falls apart tomorrow, I’ll deal with it.” Behind the concepts and grand gestures, Crown The Empire holds a far more personal signiﬁcance for the frontman. In leaving his former life behind, he gained a priceless family connection. “I used to go to private school,” he explains, “where you had to keep your hair neat, and couldn’t get away with skipping bible class. You know the kind of thing. I took a huge chance to do this – as we all did – and it’s given me a whole different take on life. My parents were behind me all the way, and I’m incredibly grateful for that. “Now we go crazy, we go hard, we put on a show,” he continues, “but we’re also like family. I’m an only child, so I never thought I’d be able to have that kind of relationship. Luckily none of us are rockstar types, and we don’t want to end up in a Metallica situation. We’re not interested in being untouchable.” True to the cliché, album two can make or break a band like little else, but this lot are going into everything with their eyes wide open. “We’re conﬁdent in what we’ve achieved,” nods Andy, “and that’s all you can ever say, really. We already have incredibly dedicated fans, but this is our chance to truly break through.” Brace yourselves. Crown The Empire release their new album ‘The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways’ via Rise on July 21.
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THE PRODIGY Who’s in the mood for a good old fashioned rave up? Yes, mate! While London’s own dons of the danceﬂoor have been busy, beavering away in a bunker somewhere recording a whole new set of beats, bloops and bangers to abuse your earholes with of late, they’ll come up for air once – and once only this summer – at Sonisphere! Glow sticks at the ready? Let’s all go bounce around like mad people to ‘Firestarter’ and have a bloody lovely time.
IRON MAIDEN The undisputed kings of the festival scene are as close as humanly possible to a guaranteed good time spent standing in a ﬁeld with your mates, listening to metal masterpieces and hollering along. But how are they gonna top the stunt they pulled at last summer’s Download festival where Spitﬁres performed a ﬂyover before their set? Well, apparently Bruce and a group of his pilot buddies are going to stage a special 12-minute air display, recreating a WWI dogﬁght. No biggie. We were hoping Maiden might traipse through the ﬁeld on unicorns en route to the stage. But this will do. Up the Irons! ©PG Brunelli
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METALLICA If there’s one band that could give Iron Maiden a run for their money and challenge for the honour of being crowned festival kings, it’s this lot. With good reason, too. They’ve graced the biggest stages there are, all over the world, and in the words of the venerable Reverend Jovi, Metallica have "rocked them all". This time, the UK will bear witness to a special ‘By Request’ setlist, so you know that everything they play will be a Grade A certiﬁed classic. Not like that other time when you had time to make a break for the bar or toilet, when they played that one off of ‘Lulu’ that nobody liked. Huzzah!
IMPROMPT-ALLICA Remember Sonisphere 2011 when Metallica played an off-the-cuff warm-up backstage? You don’t! You missed out. Mid-afternoon, hours before their debut UK ‘Big Four’ co-headliner, the thrash titans treated lucky punters and media sorts to an impromptu performance from inside the back of a production truck. Will they attempt something similar this year? See you by the VIP bar and we'll ﬁnd out...
Everyone loves LEGO. If you don’t, then you ain’t no friend of Rock Sound. So imagine our excitement when festival organisers Kilimanjaro sent us these pics of the Sonisphere headliners in Lego form! “Why did we get them done?” says David Harrison, Kilimanjaro Art Director, repeating the question we basically screamed at him with a mix of incredulity, excitement and jealousy. “Why climb Everest? BECAUSE WE CAN! After walking around with ‘Everything Is Awesome’ [from The Lego Movie] in my head for two weeks, I found myself magically wondering what it would look like to get the Sonisphere headliners done in LEGO. I found some nice lady on the internet who did such things for a living, discovering she had already done Maiden and Metallica, so all it took was to custom build The Prodigy. I think Keith is wearing Wolverine’s party wig! I have since asked LEGO if they want to build a full-scale site map, so we can all put our own characters in it. They haven’t replied yet…” Oi! LEGO! Get back to the man already.
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It's not just killer headliners that will rock Knebworth to its foundations, you cannot miss this lot either.
The Atlantan metal powerhouses just put out their new album ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’. It’s an absolute monster. Of course it is. The band slay live, every single time, without fail. You want more reasons than that?
LIMP BIZKIT Question: have you ever seen Limp Bizkit at a festival? If the answer is yes, then you can skip this bit, because you will be watching them again after you had all the fun previously. If the answer was no, then you know what to do. Hint: go see Limp Bizkit, or else a stampede of disco elephants will skin your ass raw. Or something.
Why should you make sure not to miss Slayer at Sonisphere? Because, dude, SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEE EEEERRRR!!!!!!!!
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
:;<JED;I Actually, nah, it’s cool if you miss Deftones at Sonisphere this time. It’s not like this is their only show in the UK or anything. Don’t be a wally, you know Chino and the boys will be one of the highlights of the weekend. ‘Rocket Skates’? ‘Swerve City’? ‘Head Up’? ‘7 Words’? Just. Be. There.
THE BRONX It’s been a while since we’ve had Matt Caughthran and Co. over on these shores. We’ve missed them and their brand of chufﬁng good fun, and their shows never lack for incident or entertainment. Bonus: listening to The Bronx will make you bigger, stronger, wealtheir and more attractive to the opposite sex. They're that potent.
HI BAM! WHAT’S A FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE? Bam: “It’s a cast of my favourite musicians really. It’s fun. We just put out our album, which has four originals, and covers of Viking Skull, Anathema, Turbonegro and Clutch. I’m a huge fan of all those bands, so if I can use my name to help people ﬁnd out about them, that’s awesome. People come to my shows that are so young they’ve never even heard Nirvana before! It’s scary. And makes me feel old as shit.” WHAT SHOULD SONISPHERE PREPARE FOR WHEN YOU PLAY LIVE? “We bring chaos! It’s a good rock show. We might taze each other’s nuts. Who knows? We don’t know what’s gonna happen. The last time we played in the UK, we were given a written warning about our
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behavior because our drummer was aggressively kissing male security guards. No two shows are ever the same. Two dudes superglued their asses together on stage once. It was crazy – industrial strength glue too. Ouch! You never really know what’s gonna happen.” HOW SERIOUSLY SHOULD WE TAKE IT? “I don’t know what people think of this band. If they like it, great. If they don’t, great. I don’t care because I enjoy it either way. I’m 34 now, I don’t give a fuck, I do what the hell I want.” ANY SPECIAL COLLABS PLANNED? “Maybe. My buddy Brent from Mastodon joined Fuckface Unstoppable for a week and played a hometown show with us but bailed when he had to do their new album. So maybe he could get involved. Or maybe I’ll ask the Metallica dudes to join us. ‘Hey James Hetﬁeld, come jam!’”
The Bohemia Stage boasts performances of three ‘classic’ albums at Sonisphere this year. Well, three albums that are well old, anyway. Are they much cop? Rock Sound runs the rule over ‘em to ﬁnd out…
‘AMONG THE LIVING’
‘ALL BORO KINGS’
(MEGAFORCE / ISLAND '87)
BANGERS: All of the bangers! ‘Caught In A Mosh’, ‘Indians’, ‘I Am The Law’… we’ll stop now before we end up just going through the full tracklist. INFLUENCE: Oh, no, it didn’t really have much of an inﬂuence, this album. Just left its mark on a whole genre! Thrash, frankly, wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the release of this seminal 1987 rager. VERDICT: Unless this clashes with a surprise set from a reformed Nirvana, complete with Kurt Cobain coming back from the grave or something, being there for this should be mandatory for anyone with even a passing interest in metal.
Yep, the guy from Jackass has a band. They have a stupid name and frankly, we’re a little scared. Expect the unexpected…
BANGERS: In terms of outright bangers, the evergreen Northern Irish trio probably peaked on 1994’s breakout ‘Troublegum’ album but its lesser-celebrated follow-up 12 months later, has its fair share too. Singles ‘Stories’, ‘Loose’ and their cello-led cover of Hüsker Dü’s ‘Diane’ to name just three. Yes, a cello-led banger. INFLUENCE: They paving the way for bands like Joyrider, Jetplane Landing, Fighting With Wire and probably even Ash, helping them burst out of the Northern Irish scene. VERDICT: Therapy? are always a great live experience. This will deﬁnitely be worth your while popping along to.
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BANGERS: ‘No Fronts’ is still big. But the rest of the album sounds a tad dated, two decades down the line, truth be told. INFLUENCE: Strange as it may seem now, in 1994 hip-hop and metal were still only beginning to cosy up to one another. So credit due, ‘All Boro Kings’ probably spawned at least a few ideas in the minds of those who would later go on to lead the nu metal charge. You can thank or blame them then, depending on whether you think that was a good thing or not. VERDICT: Go for the ﬁrst 20 minutes or so anyway. You’ll get through all their best bits that way.
INTRIGUE! ©Grant Sheridan
WHO THE HELL ARE THE HELL? Satirical punk scamps The Hell make their debut UK festival appearance at Sonisphere, and word on the grapevine is it that the men behind the masks are actually well-known members of other bands, moonlighting for chuckles. Who could it be, though? Rock Sound dons a deerstalker and monocle to investigate… ©Al Overdrive
COULD IT BE GHOST? This mysterious Swedish metal mob, led by Papa Emeritus II and his band of Nameless Ghouls, are also on site elsewhere at Sonisphere this year. Coincidence? Who can be sure? Could all that robey clobber and make-up be little more than a poorly conceived covered up? Flip, what if they’re not even from Sweden either?! Yikea!
WHAT ABOUT WES BORLAND?
ARE CHAS 'N' DAVE INVOLVED?
He loves a bit of dressing up and mystique, does our Wes. Face paint, repurposing old curtains, keeping the papier mâché business afloat singlehandedly... it’s not too much of a stretch of the imagination to think that he might fancy a sideline in cockney punk silliness when not busy breaking stuff with the ‘Bizkit.
Lovable ‘rockney’ duo Chas ‘n’ Dave have been plying their folky pub-friendly wares for many a year now. But have you heard the rumour that they also have a penchant for ‘Bangers And Mosh’ and pranging on about how much they love ‘Dicks’? Probably not, actually. Because we just made it up.
263,839 bands playing…well, something like that, we lost count after 100. Sorry!
174,000 The estimated number of pints of beer and cider that will be consumed over the weekend. Thirsty!
The number of bands on the bill with animalthemed names.
Times you will hear screams of "SLAAAYYYEEERRR!" across the weekend.
of fencing, 8500m2 of Trakway, over 7000m of scaffold tubing and 3km of festoon lighting. Fortress.
stages, 21 marquees and three big tops.
750 Toilets in use around the site, coupled with 65 Portacabins… so wipe, ﬂush and treat them like they’re your own!
That’s the number of times James Hetﬁeld will give a shoutout to the Metallica “famileeeeh”.
600m of food stalls and 500m of markets. Mmm burgers… tasty, burgers!
ONE OF THE GIRLS FROM BABYMETAL? Behave, they’re a bunch of teenage girls. From Japan, no less. Which is probably our cue to say ‘sayonara’ (soz) to all this silliness!
CONCLUSION: It’s probably just four lads from Watford having a bubble, innit?
CAMPING ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST Braving a weekend of kipping in the ﬁelds around Knebworth? You’ll need this handy cut-out-and-keep camping checklist then, won’t you? Good luck. Tent (duh)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Toilet paper (you'll thank us later)
Determination to have the best time ever
Sonisphere Festival will take place at Knebworth Park on July 04-06. To purchase tickets and for more information, simply head over to www.sonisphere.co.uk rocksound.tv 
WOES PANIC ATTACKS, SLEEPY EYES AND BONY KNEES: THE STORY OF HOW REAL FRIENDS BECAME A POP-PUNK SENSATION BEFORE EVEN RELEASING AN ALBUM.
WORDS: Andy Biddulph
REAL FRIENDS VOCALIST Dan Lambton and bassist Kyle Fasel are sat in a London venue a couple of hours before playing a show – one of at least six dates that have sold out on their debut UK headline tour. The Illinois ﬁve-piece have just four EPs to their name, and are as confused as anyone as to how they’ve ended up here. “When we ﬁrst started playing shows it wasn’t a serious thing,” says Kyle. “We never thought we’d be touring at all.” The fresh-faced quintet, who were relative strangers when they got together in their late teens and early twenties, set about doing what most new bands do. They put music online and booked shows at weekends so they didn’t clash with work, but then something occurred that doesn’t happen to the vast majority of bands – people started paying attention. On the back of a surge of online support, the band – completed by drummer Brian Blake and guitarists Dave Knox and Eric Haines – sprung from the Chicago suburbs with a couple of short, sharp, habitually DIY bursts of pop-punk – the latest being last summer’s EP ‘Put Yourself Back Together’.
It was in the most carefree setting, too, where it dawned on them that they might just be good enough to make music their profession. “We played a house show in Cincinnati and there were all these kids packed into this dude’s kitchen,” explains Dan. “When we played they were circle-pitting! We had the best time and then we were like, ‘Maybe we should consider doing this for a living’. That was the last day of the first tour we ever did.” The band set a target for when they’d quit their jobs and do the band full-time. Almost nine months later, project Real Friends was born in earnest and the band set off on their first full US tour. North American, UK and Australian jaunts with pop-punk heavyweights like The Wonder Years cemented their position as one of the most exciting bands in a resurgent scene, and before too long they’d signed to Fearless Records and retreated from sight to work on forthcoming debut album ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’.
“I DON’T WANT TO WORK IN AN OFFICE FOR SOME COMPANY… I’M DOING SOMETHING THAT COULD MAKE AN IMPACT ON SOMEONE’S LIFE.” KYLE FASEL
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BEING THRUST INTO AN ENVIRONMENT where they had to create an album’s worth of songs to a deadline was never going to be easy, but was made even harder by Dan being unable to record vocals until the very last minute thanks to the latest in a long line of respiratory illnesses. Eventually, there came a point when time was ticking and the to-do list was getting out of control. “I had a panic attack in Kyle’s basement,” admits the frontman. “We were getting together to bounce ideas back and forth and I thought I was having a heart attack. I just dropped everything and was like, ‘You need to take me to the hospital’.” “I think Dan just got to the point where everything started coming down,” adds Kyle. “This is a great life, it’s awesome and w we love it, but it’s stressful.” c This crisis of conﬁdence continued when half of the lyrics for the album were accidentally deleted from Kyle’s phone, a misha the lyricist was more and more thankful for as time mishap went by. “It was by accident at ﬁrst, and then the more I thoug about it I was just really glad that happened,” he says. thought fa that he obsessed over every single line of lyrics The fact ‘M on ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same…’ is a reflection of f Kyle and Co. have come from the band who just how far wante to release a couple of EPs and play shows at wanted weeke weekends. But that level of quality control is one of their many calling cards, and one that’s led to them doing the Holy Grail of pop-punk tours. yo “If you’d told 16-year-old me that we were going to be doing Warped Tour, I'd have been like, ‘What the fuck!?’ I would literally have just shit my pants, had a heart attack d and died, then this never would’ve happened,” offers Dan. b This band isn’t just about living out dreams, mind. These cl are clearly five young men with purpose. “I don’t want to sit in an office and just work for some company. No one know anything about me, I’m not helping anyone, I’m knows just watching the clock tick on my life,” says Kyle. “[Here] I’m actually doing something that could make an impact on someone’s life.” Clichéd as that may sound, it’s an attitude that’s seen his band come an awful long way in a very short space of time, and one that means they’re carving out a tight-knit, cathartic niche all of their own in the overcrowded marketplace that is modern pop-punk. “I hate when people ask us, ‘What does Real Friends sound like?’” concludes Dan. “That’s not for me to decide, that’s for you to decide and my opinion shouldn’t mean shit to you. If you like the band, you like the band. “If you think the band is some revolutionary thing, that’s very flattering but we don’t try to go out and say we are the next Fall Out Boy or we’re the next Wonder Years,” he shrugs. “There’s no point, because we’re Real Friends.” ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’ is out on July 21 via Fearless.
ILLUSTRATION: Stephen Kelly
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‘THE BLACK MARKET’ (INTERSCOPE) Rise Against have always stood out from the crowd. Their particular brand of punk rock has always pounded harder, soared higher and lasted longer than the majority of their contemporaries, but it’s their message that really elevates them above and beyond their peers. An acceptance that the world is much bigger than them is something rare for a band of their stature, but ‘The Black Market’ finds Tim McIlrath and Co. still pushing their ecofriendly, democratic agenda. Their lyrics aren’t the only things that haven’t changed much, either. For the most part, their seventh studio effort sounds like an amalgamation of all of their previous albums, which is a blessing as well as a curse. The pressing riffs of ‘The Sufferer & The Witness’ are a dominant force once again, but so is the meek pop-rock that meant followup ‘Appeal To Reason’ failed to pack a punch. It’s a mix that ensures they’re not at their worst, but the middling nature of this album means the Chicago veterans are certainly nowhere near their finest. This feeling isn’t helped by its subject matter. The issues Rise Against push in their lyrics are admirable causes of course, but after 13 years and seven albums, harping on about the same thing – no matter how worthwhile the cause – can become a little… dry. Those who do stick with it, though, will be treated to fleeting glimpses of a side to Rise Against that we’ve never seen before. McIlrath – who puts in a career-best vocal performance – nails the high notes on opener ‘The Great Die-Off’, and the title track (“I need you here, I need you now”) shows a hint of human vulnerability to the frontman that we’ve rarely, if ever, seen before. It’d be nice to hear more from the men behind the message, but this self-indulgence is only a token gesture, as they charge down the ethical warpath once again with the borderline militant call to arms of ‘The EcoTerrorist In Me’ on the very next song. With its “When it all comes down
will you say you did everything you could?” wracked with First World guilt, songs like this make for an uncomfortable listen at times. A dalliance with classic rock riffs on mid-paced dud ‘Zero Visibility’ comes later, and the rollicking ‘Tragedy + Time’ is the closest thing to a radio rock anthem this band has squeezed out for nigh-on a decade, but there’s a distinct feeling that although packed with
"‘THE BLACK MARKET’ SOUNDS LIKE AN AMALGAMATION OF ALL OF THEIR PREVIOUS ALBUMS, WHICH IS A BLESSING AND A CURSE.” lyrical substance, 'The Black Martket' lacks a little style. Familiar and engaging as it is, few of these songs would make it onto a Rise Against greatest hits compilation, meaning ‘The Black Market’ falls into the unfortunate category of being a good album by a great band; a great band that have finished breaking new ground and settled into a solid, but unspectacular groove. If you’ve liked anything Rise Against have done over the past couple of decades, this one is for you. Never been too keen? This isn’t the album that will change your mind. FOR FANS OF: Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Against Me! ANDY BIDDULPH
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‘JADED & FADED’
On the third album from leftfield indie-rocker Algernon Doll, Glaswegian Ewan Grant leads his solo project into new and heavier territory. Totally leaving behind the singersongwriter sound of his debut, ‘Omphalic’ picks up where last year’s ‘Citalo-Pop’ left off, with bursts of morose, drowsy experimental rock that impress, but occasionally lack identity. Tracks like ‘Tamed’ and ‘Goodbye, Blue Jeans’ hint that Grant is onto something that fits somewhere between Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins and Muse, but by the next track the buzz has been lost. While ‘Omphalic’ is emotively conquering, it’s infuriatingly inconsistent.
‘LOWBORN’ (TOOTH & NAIL)
CEREBRAL BALLZY (CULT)
It’s been nigh-on 24 years of mosh for rap legend Ice-T and his band, but are we any closer to taking them 100 per cent seriously? Their fifth album, ‘Manslaughter’ is definitely smattered with its own very special variety of stand-out moments, including lyrics like “Eat a dick” and other masterful, mothereffin’ hip-hop blasts. Diversifying the mix even further is a decidedly 21st century take on Suicidal Tendencies’ classic, ‘Institutionalized’ that will evoke as many chuckles as headbangs, while a cover of Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems’ makes Linkin Park’s mash-up sound like a nursery rhyme. Pure metal it ain’t. Pure fun, it sure is.
You can always count on a band like Cerebral Ballzy to bring a ‘zero fucks given’ attitude to the table. Through unrepentant lyrics, raucous two-minute guitar thrashings and messy production values, you’d expect it all to sound like a horrible car crash. And it does. But this Brooklyn-based mob have stuck to their guns and created a feverish jam of forceful chaos, that’s actually kind of stimulating. ‘Better In Leather’ is filled with catchy Ramones-esque choral slurs, while ‘Fake I.D.’ is bristling with fist pumping potential, making ‘Jaded & Faded’ an album of uncompromising noise that nails the punk mindset to a tee.
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COLDRAIN ‘THE REVELATION’
Having signed to Hopeless just a few months ago, Coldrain’s third effort finally sees the band do what they’ve been threatening to since they surfaced in their native Japan, and cast their net worldwide. With the quality to fuse a mature, melodic approach with their ear for a clean and catchy chorus (‘Given Up On You’), the Nagoya-based quintet make it virtually impossible to simply sit still and listen. Chuck in the more venomous, metalcore-esque sections (the title track), not to mention the odd ripping solo (‘Time Bomb’), and there’s enough variation here to formally introduce Coldrain to the world. FOR FANS OF: Hopes Die Last, Crossfaith, MAX BARRETT Underøath
‘Lowborn’ may be Anberlin’s seventh and final album before they stroll into the sunset later this year, but they’re by no means phoning this one in. Indeed, frantic, punishing opener ‘We Are Destroyer’ is the closest we get to the Anberlin of old, before the likes of the ethereal ‘Velvet Covered Brick’ and the melancholic, slow-burning electronica of final track ‘Harbinger’ push the envelope further than they ever have before. However, it’s telling that the first track is the best, and while their insistence on progression must be applauded, it’s a shame that this band is going out with something less than a bang.
Sixteen years after the release of their classic record ‘Frame & Canvas’, seminal ’90s emo rockers Braid are back with a new full-length. And rather than returning to the all-out angst of their past, this album is a continuation of the slightly more polished, less emotionally wrought band that first surfaced on 2011 comeback EP ‘Closer To Closed’. That’s not to say ‘No Coast’ isn’t worth a look, mind. The urgency behind the chorus of ‘Damages!’ and the intricate vocal interplay between co-frontmen Chris Broach and Bob Nanna are proof enough that they can still mix it with the best of them.
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WHAT MAKES COLDRAIN?
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J-rock? Electronica? Metalcore? Coldrain have it all. Allow us to break things down for you…
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ELECTRONICA “WHILE THEIR INSISTENCE ON PROGRESSION MUST BE APPLAUDED, IT’S A SHAME THAT ANBERLIN ARE GOING OUT WITH SOMETHING LESS THAN A BANG.” BETRAYING THE MARTYRS  ‘PHANTOM’
CHEVELLE ‘LA GÁRGOLA’
Instrumental music is tricky. The dynamics are hard to learn and even harder to master, but the precision exhibited on ‘Artery’ shows how much Brontide have grown in their fiveyear lifespan. While their sound has always been heavy, their second album pares the brunt of their aggression down. It actually makes for something altogether bigger, with fewer, more considered riffs expanding over long instrumentals on the likes of ‘Knives’ and the lithe ‘Red Gold’. They don’t lose the energy that was a hallmark of their earlier material, either, making for a mature, engaging and overall impressive album.
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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY  ‘IX’
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Picking up where ’11’s ‘Breathe In Life’ left off, Betraying The Martyrs continue to mix killer melodies, bilious anger, and wrap it up neatly with dramatic orchestral moments. Although circling the emotional chorus of ‘Walk Away’ and speedy riffing in ‘Lighthouse’ around an enjoyable, but oddly placed cover of ‘Let It Go’ [from Disney’s Frozen] does mean ‘Phantom’ takes a fair few spins to get your bonce around. Once it all sinks in, though, it’s clear that Betraying The Martyrs are one of the bands currently working their way through the ranks who are well worth keeping an eye on.
Chevelle are one of those bands that have been knocking about forever but, despite huge success in the US, have never really taken off on this side of the Atlantic. That might be about to change with the release of ‘La Gárgola’, the trio’s seventh album. Avoiding the typical trend of putting out more ‘safe’ records as they get older and wiser, this lot have gone in the opposite direction and made matters altogether heavier, more experimental, and aggression-fuelled. Their signature chunky riffs are still very much present and correct, (‘Gargoyle’), but tracks like ‘Jawbreaker’ dabble with the mainstream to great effect. FOR FANS OF: Tool, Karnivool, JEN WALKER Five Pointe O
Corrosion Of Conformity have covered a lot of musical ground over the course of their 30-plus year existence, but you’ve got to hand it to these metallers, they’ve got this whole grizzled, hard-rocking power trio thing down. Much like their eponymous 2012 effort, the band’s imaginatively-titled ninth album draws heavily on the bluesy, Sabbathinspired swagger of their major label years, while also allowing their hardcore punk roots to shine through in places (the rabid ‘Denmark Vesey’). Unpolished, unpretentious, and positively overflowing with top-drawer riffmanship, this is the work of a band with nothing left to prove. FOR FANS OF: Black Sabbath, Black Flag, MIKE KEMP Clutch
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5 SECONDS OF SUMMER ‘5 SECONDS OF SUMMER’ (CAPITOL UK)
The ﬁrst taste that many of us had of this Aussie gang was Number One single ‘She Looks So Perfect’, a track that entranced and enraged in equal measure with its irreverent chorus and huge hooks. It also begged a question: are 5 Seconds Of Summer the real deal? A list of co-writers that reads like a who’s who of pop-punk superstardom helps their cause, with All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, Good Charlotte’s Madden brothers, and the producing king that is John Feldmann all mucking in to piece together the quartet’s debut album, which has a foot ﬁrmly planted in both pop and rock. Standout ‘Good Girls’ has heavy
nods to Blink-182’s ‘What’s My Age Again?’ and New Found Glory’s ‘Hit Or Miss’, but boasts bigger ‘woahs’ than anyone in pop-punk will belt out this year. With that said, they do fall into some trappings of the pop world – watery ballad ‘Beside You’ lacks a bit of oomph – but for the most part, this is good, rocking fun, and makes for the most intriguing and downright confusing album that’s touched down in our world for a long, long time.
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YOUR AMERICAN WHAT?!
5SOS’ breakthrough hit ‘She Looks So Perfect’ talks about underwear. A lot. Here are some other bands who wax lyrical about pants.
BLINK-182 ‘WHAT’S MY AGE AGAIN?’ (‘Enema Of The State’, ’99, MCA) Perhaps it’s to be expected from a band who titled their fourth album ‘Take Off Your Pants And Jacket’, but Mssrs Mark, Tom and Travis seem to have a thing for detrousering. ‘What’s My Age Again?’ is no different.
LEMURIA ‘PANTS’ (‘Get Better’, ’08, Asian Man) This New York indie-punk troupe penned a tune about pants on their debut album. Whether it’s about the UK version of ‘pants’ or the disappointing, Americanised meaning of ‘pants’ (i.e. trousers) is yet to be conﬁrmed. Watch this space.
SOMETHING CORPORATE ‘KONSTANTINE’ (‘Songs For Silent Movies’, ’03, Drive-Thru) Pop-rock journeyman Andrew McMahon got a bit amorous on ‘Konstantine’, as he crooned “Doesn’t she look good / Standing in her underwear?”, on his ﬁrst band’s crowning glory. Keep it in your pants, Andrew.
MC LARS ‘HOT TOPIC IS NOT PUNK ROCK’ (The Graduate, ’06, Nettwerk) “Sex Pistols boxer shorts (are not punk rock)”, sang inﬁnitely more credible rapper MC Lars on his 2006 full-length. Also on his list of things that are deﬁnitely not punk rock are ‘AD/DC hair clips’ and ‘Books about Evanescence’. Cool.
THE LONELY ISLAND ‘JIZZ IN MY PANTS’ (‘Incredibad’, ’09, Universal) In a comedy hip hop band? Why not write an intricate, delicately balanced, carefully planned song of 21st century satire about spaffing in your trousers? Their mums must be so proud.
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DEATHSTARS ‘THE PERFECT CULT’ (NUCLEAR BLAST)
Join us as we laugh, cry and cringe at our August 2004 issue.
ROCK SOUND ISSUE 63
‘YOUNG AND RESTLESS’
There have been a couple of line-up shifts for Farnborough’s Freeze The Atlantic since they unleashed their debut fulllength ‘Speakeasy’ in 2012, including the introduction of ex-Laruso man Liv Puente on vocals. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that’s resulted in some stylistic differences from said debut, chiefly in Puente’s gruff delivery and a slightly heavier feel to the band’s overall sound. What’s unchanged is their commitment to crafting crunching riffs and gargantuan, no-nonsense rock tunes like the Hell Is For Heroes-esque ‘The Last Great Train Robbery’, acerbically catchy, frenetic lead single ‘Stompbox’, and the ass-shakingly melodic ‘Like Gravity’.
With not a single track spanning more than three minutes, the first fulllength release from Dutch four-piece Hawser is an unrelenting onslaught of fast-paced, frenetic hardcore with a stoner edge. Brimming with ‘fuck you’ attitude, ‘Young And Restless’ retains the raw energy of previous DIY effort ‘Shallow Earth’, but with a much more selfassured sound. Clocking in at just under two minutes, ‘The Bottle’ is among the strongest tracks on the record – a short, sharp injection of relentless riffs and brash vocals that conveys the band’s work hard, play hard ethos. In short, this is a great bit of uncompromising hardcore from the Netherlands.
FOR FANS OF: Marilyn Manson, Pain, MIKE KEMP Rammstein
FOR FANS OF: Hundred Reasons, Million Dead TIM NEWBOUND Hell Is For Heroes
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‘CONSTRICTING RAGE OF THE MERCILESS’ (BRIDGE NINE)
It may seem like hardcore is forever reinventing itself, but sometimes serving it the old-fashioned way is one of the most refreshing things a band can do. Having captured our attention with 2012 debut ‘Pendulum Swings’, Expire are brutally direct on ‘Pretty Low’, and it’s impossible to listen to its 25-minute assault without constantly envisioning the chaos of colliding bodies that must greet their every live show. A jet-fuelled guitar sound lends these young Midwesterners a curious individuality, and should labelmates Defeater teach them to show just the faintest glimmer of fragility, next time the whole world better look out.
At times richer, deeper and altogether bigger than their five previous records, Goatwhore impress on ‘Constricting Rage Of The Merciless’. While New Orleans’ premier blackened death export don’t always kick rear on their sixth LP (‘Unraveling Paradise’ and others are uneventful thrash-favouring gallops), but with cuts like the powerful ‘Schadenfreude’ and ‘Heaven’s Crumbling Walls Of Pity’, Goatwhore plunge you under their rushing metallic tide. Dazzling dives of juxtaposing discordance and abrasive harmony make you wonder why they don’t break that surface more often, and its varying speeds and influences make ‘Constricting…’ Goatwhore’s most adventurous – and very nearly best – album yet.
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FLOOD OF RED
HEART TO HEART ‘DULCE’
Veering away from the fast, adolescent pop-punk of their debut, the second release from Heart To Heart still has the Californian five-piece’s fun and catchy personality shining through on the likes of ‘Firefly’ and ‘Hellbound’, but there’s a succession of aggressive hardcore right-hooks and darker riff-heavy numbers on ‘Dulce’ that are far more impressive. The moment when vocalist Nick Zoppo lets rip on ‘Backdraft’ and the ferocious post-hardcore of the title-track, for example, are two of many standouts, not least because they offer a gripping window into the frontman’s beguiling sense of anguish. This is progression indeed; a brawny, personal and ballsy sequel. FOR FANS OF: The Story So Far, Defeater, CANDICE HARIDIMOU Stick To Your Guns
HELLYEAH ‘BLOOD FOR BLOOD’
‘LIFE LESSONS’ (SUPERBALL MUSIC)
Also in the magazine, Bowling For Soup gave us the scoop on the recording of their seventh album ‘A Hangover You Don’t Deserve’, and we reviewed Alabama Thunderpussy  (“Not to be missed!”), The Hives  (“Buy it before the hype makes you hate them again”) and Misery Signals’  debut full-length (“There’s an inescapable feeling that this is all slightly embarrassing”).
Five years on from their last full-length ‘Night Electric Night’, Deathstars are back… with exactly the same record! Sure, they’ve altered song titles and penned new lyrics, but other than that, ‘The Perfect Cult’ is damn near indistinguishable from its predecessor. Expect lots of pounding industrial riffs, catchy synth melodies and gothic atmospherics, all topped off by the dark, sardonic tones of vocalist Whiplasher Bernadotte (Andreas Bergh, to his mother). There’s no denying the anthemic appeal of numbers like lead single ‘All The Devil’s Toys’, but the band’s refusal to mix things up – even just a tiny bit – is still immensely frustrating.
Ah, Issue 63. New Found Glory were on the cover, Atreyu featured in Exposure, we reviewed albums from Taking Back Sunday, From First To Last and The Dillinger Escape Plan and we asked Krummi from Icelandic rockers Mínus for style tips. He told us how to pull off the cowboy hat look (nope, us neither). They were simpler times back then, let us tell you.
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(ELEVEN SEVEN) (PURE NOISE)
It’s been a long wait for the second full-length from Flood Of Red, and fans may well be surprised by the Airdrie sextet’s musical direction on their comeback. While there are similarities to their previous work, the post-hardcore crunch of their debut has been traded in for dreamy atmospherics and reverb-heavy post-rock, with only the occasional heavier offering. It’s a brave move, as each track differs from the last; some steer more towards the obscure (the odd electronics in ‘Cutting Limes’), but others are a pleasant revelation (acoustic guitar and organ combo of ‘Ye Die, Ye Die’). File this one under ‘grower’.
Pennsylvania quintet Handguns’ second fulllength is choc-full of blistering, expertly executed pop-punk songs. Ploughing that particular furrow almost inevitably means this album lacks distinction, simply because the huge quantity and quality of bands in modern pop-punk make it tough for anyone to cut the mustard. However, with impassioned, pacy and massively melodic songs like ‘Queens’, ‘Sleep Deprived’ and emotive anthem ‘Heart Vs. Head’, Handguns certainly do just that. So if you’re a fan of unapologetically catchy, effervescent, galloping punk songs and borderline-whiny American vocals, dive right in, because ‘Life Lessons’ shouldn’t disappoint.
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If we didn’t know better, we’d say Hellyeah are metal’s Nickleback. Aside from being derided from pretty much all corners, both bands’ cookiecutter approach means that even those only vaguely familiar with their sound know it when they hear it, and that’s the main problem with this album. There’s the super-processed drum sound that powered Pantera to superstardom, nu metal riffs straight from ’94 and a series of rebellious anthems that are a step away from an old school metaller’s wet dream. Everywhere there’s a driver hauling ass down a freeway somewhere in the Southern States, you can bet ‘Blood For Blood’ album is blasting from the stereo. FOR FANS OF: Pantera, Coal Chamber, KEVIN STEWART-PANKO Nothingface
INVSN ‘INVSN’ (ESSENTIAL)
Elsewhere, the 2004 Vans Warped Tour Compilation  got a glowing review, and offered such delights as Yellowcard’s ‘Breathing’, Motion City Soundtrack’s ‘Capital H’ and, er, Throw Rag’s ‘Space Hump Me’. Finally, Goldie Lookin Chain ’s ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do’ was reviewed in the singles section. We declared it “Safe as fuck.” Oh dear.
“FANS MAY WELL BE SURPRISED BY THE MUSICAL DIRECTION OF FLOOD OF RED’S COMEBACK.”
There’s a certain amount of expectation involved when a band’s pedigree as big as the one that that former Refused vocalist Dennis Lyxzén brings to the table, but it’s worth taking his new project INVSN with a heavy helping of salt. Although it’s no less considered than anything he’s done before, ‘INVSN’ sees Lyxzén lending his voice to an altogether softer sound. ‘Down In The Shadows’ verges on power-pop, while ‘Vasterbotten’ hums along with a clinical atmosphere and melancholic vocals that wouldn’t feel out of place on an Interpol record, and is sure proof that branching out isn’t always a bad thing. FOR FANS OF: Interpol, Editors, Elbow ANDY BIDDULPH
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ISLANDER ‘VIOLENCE & DESTRUCTION’
Despite sounding like the odds are stacked against them, Islander stand a good chance of survival with their 100 per cent accurate nu metal recreations. They’ve exhumed P.O.D.’s corpse (or did it rise from the dead itself?) with forensic precision and mated it with Chino Moreno’s haunting croon. The downside? Their relative lack of fresh ideas means the songs need to be on point, and they aren’t quite there. Their Deftones influence is a little too overbearing and there’s a feeling that it needs to be stripped back before Islander can make any progress on their own.
‘AS YOU ARE’
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‘MÖNGÖL HÖRDE’ (XTRA MILE)
It’d be so easy to compare Lower’s debut album to the furious squall of Sonic Youth – their lurching post-punk seethes impressively amidst clouds of gut-pounding dissonance. It’s vocalist Adrian Toubro’s earnest romanticism that really sets them apart, mind. There’s a turbulent urgency to his delivery that stands heroically at the eye of the band’s destructive storm, but as with Copenhagen contemporaries Iceage, songs like ‘Another Life’ and ‘Soft Option’ feel too immersed in frustration to ever be truly cathartic. Instead, they mesmerize with the slow-burning tension of seven-minute centrepiece ‘Expanding Horizons (Dar Es Salaam)’, daring you to make sense of this addictive chaos.
“A crazy motherfucker named Genghis / Riding on a tiny horse” is one of the first lines on Möngöl Hörde’s self-titled debut album, and is sure proof that Frank Turner’s side project isn’t your run of the mill posthardcore record. It is, however, charmingly offbeat. Vitriolic tracks about a tapeworm that lives in Natalie Portman (of course) fizz with chunky riffs and Turner’s recently rediscovered roar. It’s bracing, raw and menacing throughout, meaning the scream of “Make way for the Möngöl Hörde / Coming back to fuck you up” on ‘Make Way’ is a warning worth heeding.
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LINKIN PARK ‘THE HUNTING PARTY’
Ex-Mayday Parade and Go Radio frontman Jason Lancaster has little to prove in terms of his songwriting ability – the man has a documented history of hooky bangers. Here’s the good news: ‘As You Are’ is largely a continuation of the Go Radio sound (albeit with a little more synth action), but it’s his lyrical focus that’s really shifted here. This is very much an album concerned with his love of the Lord, and while that’s totally fine, the likes of ‘Save Me’ and ‘Shine’ border on uncomfortable, and might prompt the athiests to reach for the skip button. FOR FANS OF: Go Radio, Adam Lambert, ANDY RITCHIE Mayday Parade
PUNK GOES SOLO
Linkin Park sound an awful lot like a rock band again. After leaning heavily towards their more experimental side since 2007 smash ‘Minutes To Midnight’, they’ve turned up their amps for their sixth album. Single ‘Until It’s Gone’ in particular combines electronica and huge guitars in a way we haven’t seen from this band for almost a decade. Meanwhile, an array of guest appearances ranging from the logical (Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian) to the leftfield (rapper Rakim), will see the hordes who dismissed them as a rock band gone soft come crawling back sooner, rather than later. FOR FANS OF: Dangerkids, Fort Minor, ANDY BIDDULPH 30 Seconds To Mars
Ol’ Jason Lancaster is the latest in a long line of pop-punk singers gone solo. Here are ﬁve more who did – or didn’t – make it work.
PATRICK STUMP WHO: Oh, you know, Patrick Stump? Fall Out Boy frontman, proud owner of one of the best voices in rock? Yep, that’s him. He released a solo record back in 2011 called ‘Soul Punk’ that was heavy on the soul, much less so on the punk, but ripped all the same. LISTEN: ‘Soul Punk’ (Island, ’11)
AARON WEST AND THE ROARING TWENTIES WHO: Crashing in like the world’s most sensitive superhero, The Wonder Years frontman Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell recently unveiled his alter-ego. Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties is a subtle, folk-tinged acoustic project that retains all of the feels his main band brings to the table. LISTEN: ‘We Don’t Have Each Other’ (Hopeless, ’14)
SOPHOMORE WHO: Decade are one of the UK’s brightest pop-punk bands, but in vocalist Alex Sears, they have a man who’s equally adept at the sludgier side of things. Sophomore’s ’13 debut EP was a downbeat, dirty slice of Balance And Composureesque misery. The good kind, that is. LISTEN: ‘The Blue EP’ (Self-release, ’13)
CASSADEE POPE WHO: During her time in Hey Monday, Cassadee toured with big hitters like Fall Out Boy and her band were frequently touted as the Next Big Thing. Then she appeared on the US version of The Voice and won the damn thing! An okay-ish solo career is happening right now. LISTEN: ‘Frame By Frame’ (Republic, ’13)
CLASS OF ’92 WHO: Some people are just better at being in a band. A Loss For Words frontman Matty Arsenault broadened his horizons with Class Of ’92, but his take on modern pop and R&B rankled with most, and since then he’s largely stuck to his day job. LISTEN: 3 Song Demo (Self-release, ’13)
Impoverished, crimeridden and reputedly ‘the most dangerous city in America’, Flint, Michigan is obviously a ruthless place. As such, you can assume that local crew King 810’s tales of violence and brutality are drawn from real life (their talent for making enemies seems unmatched). ‘Proem’ is something of a nu metal throwback with its lumpen grooves and don’t-fuck-with-us vocals, and while ‘Fat Around The Heart’ and ‘Desperate Lovers’ paint a convincing picture of hell, they might suffer from comparisons with obvious inspirations Slipknot. Meanwhile, aggro-slam poetry bonus ‘Anatomy 1:1’ is essentially a gravel-throated threat. Real? Probably. Good enough? Just about.
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“MÖNGÖL HÖRDE’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IS SURE PROOF THAT FRANK TURNER’S SIDE PROJECT ISN’T YOUR RUN OF THE MILL POST-HARDCORE RECORD.”
Having first kicked arse onstage with half-brother Roger Miret and Agnostic Front aged just 12, Madball’s Freddy Cricien is a New York hardcore veteran of the purest pedigree. On eighth album ‘Hardcore Lives’, breakdown-heavy, tough guy hardcore from the era when punk and thrash combined continues to be the order of the day. It’s not as dated as might be expected, either. The steel-edged guitars always did forecast metalcore, and Cricien’s vocal delivery will leave you checking you haven’t put The Hell’s new album on by mistake. Another solid, dependable album from one of hardcore’s most solid, dependable bands. FOR FANS OF: Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, GARETH PIERCE Cro-Mags
‘ONCE MORE ’ROUND THE SUN’ (WARNER)
Gathering a head of steam from their debut effort ‘Gnosis’, London-based metallers Monuments continue on in characteristically mind-bending fashion on second effort ‘The Amanuensis’. There is enough riff wizardry here to cast a spell over even the snootiest of musical sorts, with the likes of the opening ‘I The Creator’, ‘The Alchemist’ and ‘I The Destroyer’ ensuring that said spell is maintained throughout the duration of the album. Coupled with a bundle of huge choruses and the power of new vocalist, and former Periphery man Chris Barretto, the five-piece will be looking to blow minds on a global scale with this stripped-back colossus of a sonic statement. FOR FANS OF: Protest The Hero, Glass Cloud, MAX BARRETT After The Burial
MY IRON LUNG
If Mastodon ever made the same album twice, many people would need to go home and have a good, long think about life. Thankfully, there’s no risk of a philosophical crisis this time. While holding onto the lessons of ’11’s hook-writing masterclass ‘The Hunter’, album number six incorporates more of the sludgy, progressive, muscular breeds of metal that Mastodon built their illustrious name on. It’s an hour of meandering exploration, from gleeful hard rock (‘The Motherload’) to textbook riff-smithery (‘Chimes At Midnight’) through precision-engineered anthems (‘Ember City’). Each Mastodon album is a unique jewel in their crown, and ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’ shines in its own brilliant way.
Bands like San Diego four-piece My Iron Lung present something of a conundrum: are they intent on summoning the spirit of the past, or is it just that this sound has taken so long to filter down through the cracks and generations? It’s a poser fit for Stephen Hawking, but ultimately a moot one if the results are always of this quality. On the quartet’s debut full-length, taut bursts of splenetic energy and breathless squawks are the order of the day, showcasing fractured melodies, pianowire guitar lines and deft percussive rattles. It’s all imbued with enough sizzle and dynamism to ensure things remain interesting despite the familiar screamo lines they drive between.
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EVERY TIME I DIE
‘FROM PARTS UNKNOWN’ (EPITAPH)
do is keep pouring petrol on the problem. There’s also an archetypal arty moment in mid-album, moodchanging breather ‘Moor’, which is like a long lost, evil Beatles song, designed to summon Beelzebub. Elsewhere, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon lends his croaky tones to ‘Old Light’, but other than that, this is business as usual, which is to say ‘From Parts Unknown’ is yet another display of excellence from Every Time I Die. Here’s hoping for more of the same in two or three years…
FOR FANS OF: The Chariot, The Blood Brothers, letlive.
Every couple of years or so, Every Time I Die deign to deliver another dose of their ﬁery, recorded ﬁendishness unto the world. Over 15 years and seven albums into the game with ‘From Parts Unknown’, the Buffalo ﬁve-piece have done what they seem to do as a reﬂex now and one-upped their previous record, somehow or other. Here, the vicious punk snarl and warped blues of 2012’s ‘Ex Lives’ gets cranked and spanked to a new, chaotic level, the perfect sonic foil for Keith Buckley’s brilliantly barbed lyrical broadsides. On opener ‘The Great Secret’ and lead single ‘Thirst’, he sounds like a man who has suddenly discovered his body is ablaze and all he can think to
The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon pops up on a track on ‘From Parts Unknown’, and it’s weeeeird. Here are some more collaborations that are just plain odd.
FALL OUT BOY / JAY-Z ‘THRILLER’ “Welcome, it’s here,” declares a mysterious voice on the opening track of Fall Out Boy’s third album. Is it? It can’t be! It bloody well is! They only went and roped rap megastar and sometime Linkin Park collaborator Jay-Z in for a guest spot. Unbelievable. FIND IT: ‘Inﬁnity On High’ (Island, ’07)
WITHIN TEMPTATION / XZIBIT ‘AND WE RUN’ Got a fading career in hip-hop and not sure what to do? The next step was obvious to Xzibit, who gave his mates in Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation a call and featured on 2014 track ‘And We Run’. Of course he did. Also worth checking out is the video, in which he punches through A WALL. FIND IT: ‘Hydra’ (Nuclear Blast, ’14)
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS / MACHINE GUN KELLY ‘ALONE’ Kellin Quinn and MGK in one place? This particular match-up had hearts melting all over the Rock Sound ofﬁce as these two bashed out this seething, skyscraping track. We just want to give them both a hug and tell them it’ll all be okay. FIND IT: ‘Feel’ (Rise, ’13)
KORN / SKRILLEX ‘CHAOS LIVES IN EVERYTHING’ Sparks certainly ﬂew when superstars of nu metal and dubstep collided on Korn’s 10th studio effort. A whole host of big names contributed to this one, including one Sonny Moore (Skrillex, to everyone else), who dropped beats on ‘Chaos Lives In Everything’. FIND IT: ‘The Path Of Totality’ (Roadrunner, ’11)
FALLING IN REVERSE / COOLIO ‘GANGSTA’S PARADISE’ Okay, so he didn’t appear on Radke and Co.’s frankly banging cover of his crowning glory, but everyone’s favourite mid-’90s rapper emerged from spending most of his life living in a gangsta’s paradise to lend even more muscle to the video. FIND IT: ‘Punk Goes ’90s, Vol. II’ (Fearless, ’14)
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‘ISOLATE AND MEDICATE’
COMPILATIONS AND REISSUES SUM 41 ‘DOES THIS LOOK INFECTED?’ / ‘CHUCK’ (SHOPRADIOCAST) ‘Does This Look Infected?’ is a pop-punk classic, whereas its little brother ‘Chuck’ turns 10 this year. Of course, all of that means these vinyl reissues of Sum 41’s second and third studio albums are more than welcome. Want to feel old (like us), ﬁnd out what your favourite bands grew up listening to or help out ailing frontman Deryck Whibley? Look no further. EXTRAS: No extra goodies here, just the bare bones of two great pop-punk albums.
2014 VANS WARPED TOUR COMPILATION (SIDEONEDUMMY) Couldn’t wait for the summer and the Vans Warped Tour? Well, it’s here now, and what better way to wish you were getting hot and sweaty Stateside than grabbing this 50-track (yep, 50) compilation that features the likes of Neck Deep, Beartooth, We Are The In Crowd, Of Mice & Men, Issues, State Champs, Marmozets and more, then listen to it as the rain cascades down your window. Stupid British summer… EXTRAS: In case you missed it, there are 50 songs on this. Come on, demanding more is just greedy.
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 STARS & FLIGHTS
‘RESISTANT TO CHANGE | DESTINED TO FAIL’ (SELF-RELEASE)
Never judge an album by its awful artwork (that’s the saying, right?), because the debut from this UK four-piece is surprisingly good. Fans of modern day Gary Numan and Fear Factory will dig this chug-filled, digi-goth effort. It’s no shock, then, that FF’s Burton C Bell has been something of a muse during the making of ‘Nemesis’, advising on guitar sounds and the like, while Numan features on ‘Redesign’ (Queen’s Roger Taylor plays on ‘Wrath’, too). ‘Pure’, is the highlight here, with its foreboding vocals and an uneasy underlay that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Killing Joke record. ‘Nemesis’ is well worth a listen. FOR FANS OF: Gary Numan, Killing Joke, JEN WALKER Fear Factory
R.A. ‘COLLATERAL DAMAGE’
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‘MORAL COLOUR’ South Wales seems to have become something of a hotbed of post-hardcore in the last decade or so, and although Stars & Flights draw inspiration from the genre, they also boast a more adventurous, progressive edge. The likes of ‘Fairweather’ and ‘Paper Roots’ are replete with angular stop-start riffs, technical guitar work and the kind of widescreen choruses that would surely have Biffy Clyro looking nervously over their collective shoulder. Things occasionally get a tad ponderous when the band show their more melancholic side, but overall, the confidence on display on ‘Moral Colour’ is undoubtedly warranted. FOR FANS OF: Biffy Clyro, Protest The Hero, ALEX GOSMAN Coheed And Cambria
‘YOU CAN’T STOP ME’
Consider this Jonny Craig’s confessional. Somewhat penitent, somewhat defiant; he’s returned to let his show-stopping vocals loose in a shot at redemption... and the big time. With members of Hearts & Hands along for the ride, he draws heavily on past triumphs, shooting dynamic rock songs full of melodic flair and cranking the drama up a notch. Whether exploring childhood trauma on the breathless ‘The Hearts Of Our Young’ or trading hooks with Issues’ Tyler Carter (‘The Young And Beyond Reckless’), Craig’s on phenomenal form and despite the odd déjà vu moment, this makes for a convincing, emotional rollercoaster of a comeback.
It almost seems redundant to point out that ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ is a product of the darkest few years of this band’s life, but if there was ever a group of people who believed in the cathartic quality of music, it’s Suicide Silence. Whether it be on a fraught ‘Monster Within’ or the colossal ‘Sacred Words’, this is equal parts seething and touching throughout. Understandably, their fourth effort isn’t quite a display of this band at their clinical best, but it’s accomplished, gripping work all the same, and turbulent, emotional closer ‘Ouroboros’ caps a true display of the healing power of music.
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Never a man to create an easy listen, the latest effort from Max Bemis’ Say Anything features no less than 16 guest stars (Tom DeLonge and Keith Buckley to name but two) and pretty much no guitar work, instead choosing to fiddle about with string and hornlaced pop-rock in a manner that meanders at times and confuses at others. If your frontal lobe manages to stretch past this, though, the potent influence of Bemis’ journey into fatherhood makes ‘Hebrews’ both a touching and brutally honest listen. This is Max Bemis laid out bare for everyone to dissect, and is as deeply layered as it is enthralling.
Metalcore bands often fall into the trap of valuing aggression over everything, but the best know that without sweetness, brutality has no value. It’s promising that Birmingham sextet Sirens have grasped this philosophy on their debut EP. Having six members allows for a broad spectrum of sounds and while they stick to a metalcore foundation, the songs are full of contrasts and occasionally punctuated by delicate melody. Intriguing instrumental ‘The Void’ soars like a starcruiser, but you’re never too far from a brutal assault and directly afterwards, ‘True Colours’ and ‘Bad Blood’ return us to pummelling bombardment once more.
‘THROUGH ART WE ARE ALL EQUALS’
Clocking in at well under the half hour mark, R.A. (Rude Awakening)’s debut fulllength ‘Collateral Damage’ appears to be a typical blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hardcore record. Closer inspection reveals that there’s little more beneath the surface, with the likes of ‘Progression Through Aggression’ feeling like a poor man’s Comeback Kid. R.A. may write songs with fist-pumping circle pits firmly in mind, but their hardcore-by-numbers approach is a little too one dimensional to have much of an impact. Given a bit of time, luck and experience, though, this Massachusetts gang could develop into a very good hardcore band.
The problem isn’t that Sonic Syndicate are essentially serving up the same melodic metal for the fifth album running, it’s that it’s so average. With nine years of hook-writing practise and a four-year gap since ’10’s rockier and soppier ‘We Rule The Night’, the Swedish quartet still can’t pen a goosebump-worthy riff, let alone a whole album’s worth of them. It means their selftitled effort just can’t end soon enough. ‘Before You Finally Break’ (featuring Soilwork vocalist Björn Strid) is the solitary highlight amongst the sterile production, punchy and aggressive verses and tuneful choruses. Maybe give this one a miss.
‘YOU BLUE IT’ (TOPSHELF) Puns are good. More bands should do puns. Especially good ones, like this gem. The band is called You Blew It!, and they’re releasing an EP of Weezer covers called ‘You Blue It’, after the seminal lot’s 1994 debut, which is affectionately known as ‘The Blue Album’. Classic! Aside from the funnies, this EP boasts covers of timeless tracks like ‘My Name Is Jonas’ by one of the best new emo bands out there. EXTRAS: You want more?! We’re still marveling at that cover…
Following in the wake of nu metal, the so-called nu grunge movement spawned some fairly forgettable bands, but where the Puddle Of Mudds of this world have faded, the likes of Papa Roach have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. South African group Seether were always one of the more reputable bands of that lot, keeping their heads comfortably above water since the turn of the century. ‘Words As Weapons’ has a touch of Tears For Fears about it, with Shaun Morgan’s melancholic vocal taking on a ‘Mad World’-like melody, tempering their usual Alice In Chains-inspired approach that’s seen elsewhere here. It’s a solid album, but nothing more.
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For all of their philosophical preoccupations and inventive live performances, Nothing More aren’t claiming to be turning the world upsidedown. Look past the upsurge of Stateside hype and you’ll find a decent, open-minded rock band with one eye on the radio and another on nudging the envelope. This label debut is mostly adrenalin-fuelled fun, every note of ‘Here’s To The Heartache’ is matched by a cracking, catchy as hell ‘Ballast’ or an intriguing ‘Gyre’. Factor in some ambient and progressive influences, chugging metal guitars – plus emotion, lots of emotion – and you’ve got something worth hearing. Looks like they’re onto a winner.
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THE DEAD RABBITTS  ‘SHAPESHIFTER’
THE HELL ‘GROOVEHAMMER’
Way to upstage the day job, Craig Mabbitt. While the law of diminishing returns has its fun with Escape The Fate, their frontman tries out a new persona on ‘Shapeshifter’, venturing into heavier – and more unstable – territory. Variations on these vicious, bone-crunching grooves and slick choruses have been wheeled out a thousand times before, but the queasily infectious ‘World Of Disaster’ and savage yet melodramatic ‘Bats In The Belfry’ pack an OTT charm, with Mabbitt’s vocals routinely top notch. This is metalcore with a Hollywood sensibility that picks up where The Word Alive’s first incarnation left off, and it’s oodles of (relatively undemanding) fun. FOR FANS OF: Escape The Fate, Chiodos, ROB SAYCE The Word Alive
Thanks for picking up this magazine and reading this review, because we know The Hell sure as shit haven’t. Watford’s nastiest mob of zero-fucks-given bastards have taken time out from purposefully dropping Game Of Thrones spoilers on Facebook to release a most anger-filled second album upon humanity, and they’ve succeeded, too. Chugga-chugga masterclasses like the maturely-titled ‘We Love Dicks’ and ‘Everybody Dies’ are impressive, but you reckon they’re happy about it? Of course not. The only thing you need to know about ‘Groovehammer’ is this: you don’t listen to The Hell, The Hell take a shit down your ears.
Somehow, after the bleak and elegiac sermon that was ‘Path Of Totality,’ Brooklyn’s Tombs have tapped further depths of despondency with their third studio album. If you can hold off from booting the cat and painting your nails, bedroom and lawn black after spinning ‘Thanatos’ or ‘Echoes’, then you deserve a medal. Their mix of atonal, accelerant-doused postpunk and machine gunning black metal means ‘Savage Gold’ is a fully-realised slice of work. Listen to ‘Portraits’ and try to tell us, or anyone, otherwise. This one will slice your guts and use your auditory canal as an axe-sharpening tool.
When it comes to black metal, Wolves In The Throne Room have never been afraid to stray off the beaten path. On this companion record to 2011’s ‘Celestial Lineage’, however, the Weaver brothers have ventured off the map entirely, ditching guitars, drums and vocals in favour of vintage analogue synthesisers, sparse brass and wind instrumentation. The results can be fascinating – take opener ‘Turning Ever Towards The Sun’, which impresses with its warm, cosmic tones and gently coursing rhythms – but ultimately, it’s hard to escape the feeling that these Wolves are at their best when they bare their fangs a little.
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TRASH BOAT ‘LOOK ALIVE’
“THIS IS METALCORE WITH A HOLLYWOOD SENSIBILITY, AND IT’S OODLES OF (RELATIVELY UNDEMANDING) FUN.”
You know that summer isn’t too far away when your parents let you play outside for longer than usual and pop-punk begins to truly come into season. Between the huge, anthemic bounce of ‘Boneless’, the sugar-coated circle pit fuel of ‘Gnarmalade’ and plucky optimism of ‘Lock-In’, St Albans mob Trash Boat have already put in a bold claim to be a part of your seasonal soundtrack with their debut EP. ‘Look Alive’ is both a catchy clutch of songs for those killer days sitting in the sun, and also a sturdy foundation for bigger and brighter things. See you at the beach.
Self-proclaimed Middlesbrough “hell metallers” and riff beasts, Wraiths, serve up a slab of blistering brutality in the form of their ferocious follow-up to 2012’s self-titled EP. With five testy tracks offering an unremitting barrage of snarling riffery and vicious vocals, there’s no let-up from shattering opener ‘Godslayer’ to the final hammer blows of ‘Belial’. New single ‘Gravelord’ drives home the four-piece’s dark and despairing manifesto, and looks set to cement their standing as a contender on the deathcore scene. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but for fans of the hellishy heavy, ‘Hollow’ is a force to be reckoned with.
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HALL OF SHAME Craig Mabbitt may be the reason The Dead Rabbitts can’t spell ‘Rabbit’, but this lot have no excuses!
THE FRONT BOTTOMS
THE STORY SO FAR
‘SONGS OF’ (BAR / NONE)
This New Jersey acousticand-drums duo have created a cult-like following over the course of their last two enduring, bitterly confessional albums, and their new six-track EP is simple testament as to why. Their relatable, undeniably catchy punkgoes-pop-goes-indie is rife with lyrical gold. “I would sleep better on your floor than I would ever in my bed / And if your carpet makes my face itch it would still be heaven in my head,” sings frontman Brian Sella on ‘Jim Bogart’ with true anaesthetic feeling. Short as it is sweet, ‘Rose’ is The Front Bottoms at their joyful, poignant best. FOR FANS OF: Fake Problems, Blink-182, GILES BIDDER Modern Baseball
WRECK & REFERENCE
‘WANT’ (PURE NOISE)
You know on hardcore records when a friend of the band pops in for a guest vocal spot and nine times out of 10 have a really unique, leftfield voice? Vanna singer Davey Muise’s tone puts him in that sonic ballpark, along with Dillinger’s Greg Puciato and an irate cockatoo. His bark certainly works well with the band’s dirty, furious rock on the likes of the raging ‘Personal Cross’, but grates against Joel Pastuszak’s clean vocals on lower key numbers like ‘Digging’. The jury is certainly still out on whether we need another band peddling scuzzy, Every Time I Die-esque hardcore.
Although they’re currently sharing a stage with black metal success story Deafheaven, California twopiece Wreck & Reference are a far less accessible proposition. Bathed in sheets of white noise and heavily processed guitar, the 11 brief tracks that make up ‘Want’ are undoubtedly challenging. Repeat listens begin to not only reveal a certain (warped) logic but also some genuinely celestial moments, such as the queasy ambience of ‘A Tax’ and the searing, bleak vocals of ‘Corpse Museum’, and while the spoken word elements that occasionally emerge from the sonic murk feel like a misstep, this is another intriguing release from a seriously promising band.
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This acoustic EP features stripped back reworkings of three-and-a-bit songs from TSSF’s last album [‘What You Don’t See’], a brand new track, and a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting In Vain’. The latter is a plodding, pedestrian abomination that does nothing worthwhile, but completists will likely find something to savour in the alternative versions of ‘The Glass’, ‘Bad Luck’ and a truncated take on ‘All Wrong’, which, despite lacking the vigour that makes the plugged-in incarnation of this band so great, offer interesting takes on the originals. However, it’s the simple and highly affecting ‘Navy Blue’ that’s the star of the show; shame that’s the lone new effort. FOR FANS OF: Neck Deep, Handguns, TIM NEWBOUND A Loss For Words
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“Mastodon, ourselves and a handful of other bands all began around the turn of the millennium in the same state, and we really look towards our own for inspiration and for creative competition. They were just the most extreme and rocking band we’d seen at that point. It was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is possible’. I still get excited like I did when I was a teenager when they put something new out.”
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(RELAPSE, ’04) The album that cemented them as untouchable in the world of progressive rock, Mastodon’s second studio outing was... uh, a leviathan of an album. This one topped many an album of the decade list, and with good reason – nobody had done anything anywhere near this level for years, and very few have since.
(REPRISE, ’09) A close, close second to ‘Leviathan’, Mastodon’s fourth album was a lesson in invention, then reinvention in the space of 50 glorious minutes. Immaculate production and riffery made for their boldest record yet, and moved them above and beyond pretty much every band in modern metal.
(REPRISE / ROADRUNNER, ’11) A stutter on what up until then had seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut of progression, their ﬁfth effort lacked a little of the band’s trademark ingenuity. Though it was a great album all the same, ‘The Hunter’ melded together everything that had gone before it rather than surging onwards.
(RELAPSE, ’02) Although it’s thought of by many as the essential Mastodon album, their rough and ready 2002 debut was recorded in the days when they didn’t trim the fat from their leftﬁeld, progressive jams. Ever heard a band cram every idea they’ve ever had into 11 tracks? It makes our heads hurt.
(RELAPSE, ’06) This compilation of songs taken from old cuts like debut EP ‘Lifesblood’ is a glimpse into what this band was like before they had ﬁgured out how to balance their mind-bending ingenuity with catchy grooves. As we now know, it wouldn’t be too long before they cracked it…
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Bet he's freezing without a coat on...
“Hands up if you wish you were wearing a raincoat!”
“It’s ridiculous, being in a rock band. It’s over the top,” says Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty. “It’s like a sickly, sickly cake or something like that. It’s so full-on that when you’re doing it and it’s just a couple of hundred people, it magnifies how silly it all is.” In the lead-up to his band’s return to the stage, the frontman is in a pensive mood. Sat in a Covent Garden café nursing a cup of tea, he admits that he’s doing everything he can to take his mind off the band’s new album, ‘Great Divide’ and the intimate run of shows he’s about to embark on. “I just go about doing boring stuff,” he shrugs. “I’ve moved ﬂat, so I’m looking at painting a desk instead of thinking, ‘Are we on the radio?’” His nerves haven’t appeared overnight; Twin Atlantic have been away for a long time. Tonight’s London show – their ﬁrst UK headliner for over a year-and-a-half and their smallest in ages – is essentially in a room above a pub, and presents a prime opportunity to test the water and reacclimatise themselves. “It deﬁnitely adds an extra sense of importance,” agrees the frontman. Here goes nothing… Resplendent in an unseasonably huge coat that’s fast becoming his trademark (this one’s a fetching baby blue, by the way), McTrusty, band and crowd waste no time getting reacquainted through a brooding, rangy ‘Yes, I Was Drunk’. Even from the start, there certainly don’t seem to be many cobwebs to be swept away. Crammed onto a stage chockfull of gear, the band rattle through seething new single ‘I Am An Animal’ before breaking out the ﬁrst completely new song of the night. ‘Actions That Echo’ is met cautiously by the few hundred inside the venue, but by the time that pesky coat has been cast aside on an accomplished triple threat of ‘Apocalyptic Renegade’, ‘Edit Me’ and old favourite ‘What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?’, the crowd is oiled up enough for an appropriately unhinged run of newie ‘Fall Into The Party’, which is little short of breathtaking. A bounce through power-pop earworm ‘Heart And Soul’ into acoustic favourite ‘Crash Land’ shows that frontman and band are in ﬁne fettle both at full steam and when they take things down a gear. It's the mark of a band well and truly on the up, while ‘Free’ teases out a belated ﬁrst crowdsurfer. The ﬁnal, tumultuous rage of ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ – during which a fan makes a dash for the stage and plants a kiss on McTrusty’s cheek – conﬁrms that Twin Atlantic have truly returned, and in a big way. “It’s good to be back out,” grins Sam. “You can’t help but feel the presence of our fans in the room. It’s just really ﬂattering and exciting and makes us feel - do you know what? It’s the cheesiest thing to say, but it deﬁnitely makes us feel alive again.” The after party got wild...
Yep, Ross is wearing a coat inside these days, too
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letlive. and Architects tore across the US last month in a whirlwind of stagedives, circle pits and bro-downs. The bands’ frontmen Jason Butler and Sam Carter report back from the most chaotic Anglo-American tour of the year.
?6HDC7JIA:G A:IA>K:# “It was really cool to see the sense of patronage and people really supporting letlive. in an earnest manner. Essentially it was a headliner, so most people that stayed to watch us were there because they wanted to know or already knew about us. “It’s not even about the numbers of people that show up, just the people that actually enjoy and understand and invest themselves in what we’re doing is really interesting and ﬂattering. That’s insane! “[Architects] had a very foul taste in their mouth regarding America. I was so, so happy and so proud – because I’m a legitimate Architects fan, I actually love the band and have for years before I knew them – to see them doing so well and garnering fans. You could see the kids that were switching, and that was really amazing for me to see as a fan of Architects. “It was just a really good sort of exchange. Every time they’d play I’d get excited. I don’t think I’ve ever felt [when playing a show with someone] that I have to go, ‘Fuck man, we’ve really got to step it up.’ I’ve deﬁnitely gone to shows and thought that, but in a tour scenario I just try to access the energy. “We played our ﬁrst show in Tucson, Arizona, a place we don’t play that often and we’d never headlined there, and it went off. “It just shows that people thought this tour with all the bands was worth it, worth their heard-earned money, worth asking their parents for some money. They felt like it was worth it, and I felt like it was an extreme success. People get it!”
SAM ON JASON “He’s a fucking legend. From the first day of Warped Tour we hit it off straight away and we’ve stayed in contact ever since. We talk on the phone and we’ll text each other. To be able to tour [again] was amazing and he’s such a lovely guy. A lot of people judge him because so many people say he’s a lovely guy [but] he’s just a genuinely fucking good dude, and there’s not many of them nowadays.”
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JASON ON SAM “That’s my boy, man! Especially after last year [on Warped Tour] me and him got pretty close just because we’re similar in many ways. Coincidentally, we’re both singers in bands so we share those sentiments, but as individuals, too. I definitely think that we see things very similarly and I understand him very well and he understands me very well. He’s just a good person. He’s a very, very worthwhile human being.”
“It was the ﬁrst time we’d ever been out there and had singalongs throughout our sets. The difference was massive. Instead of there being one song that goes down well, the whole set was just kicking off. It was really exciting for all of us and we were all so taken back by it. Because we‘d worked so hard out there and it’s a real slog, to actually have some sort of reaction was amazing after all the years we’d put into it. “When [America] was bad, it was fucking awful. I remember the ﬁrst or second time we every played in America, we were supporting Suicide Silence. It was 2007, I think, and when we went onstage I remember a row of kids literally turning around. We were playing and they turned their backs on us. That’s just an example of how bad it has been. “letlive. are their own entity and their own band. I think if I started climbing up things and throwing bins across the room and doing backﬂips, everyone would be like, ‘Hang on a minute, he’s trying to be like Jason’. They’re one of the best live bands I’ve seen, so they’re deﬁnitely an encouragement, but I wouldn’t be able to do it, I’m too old! “It was nice to be on tour with a band that we all like. Everyone in the band loves letlive. We’re snobby fuckers, we turn our noses up at so many bands, so to be on tour with them, it’s like, ‘Fuck yeah, we get to watch this amazing band every night’. “Pomona was letlive.’s hometown show. We were like, ‘We’re just going to be playing to 800 letlive. fans, we’re fucked!’ We went onstage and everyone started screaming. I was genuinely taken back. I remember looking around at Tom [Searle, guitar] and being like, ‘Fucking hell!’ “The difference between the last time we were there to now, it’s like a different band. I don’t understand it, but I’m really happy about it!”
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CHARLIE SIMPSON GOLDEN TANKS OCTOBER LONDON Roundhouse (14) WITH NOW, VOYAGER JULY GLASGOW Audio (07), CHUCK RAGAN WITH NORTHCOTE JUNE BRIGHTON Haunt (24), MANCHESTER Gorilla (25), LEEDS Brudenell Social Club (26)
CITIZEN WITH DIAMOND YOUTH & HEADROOM JULY NORWICH Epic Studios (16), KINGSTON Fighting Cocks (17), LONDON Borderline (18), SOUTHAMPTON Joiners (19), PLYMOUTH Tiki Bar (20), BRISTOL Exchange (22), BIRMINGHAM Flapper (22), DERBY Victoria Inn (23), GLASGOW Audio (24), MANCHESTER Star & Garter (25), LEEDS Cockpit (26)
CONVERGE WITH MARTYRDOD & OKKULTOKRATI AUGUST MANCHESTER Academy (04), GLASGOW Classic Grand (05), LONDON Scala (06)
Whatâ€™s rocking the live DRAGONFORCE circuit this month... SEPTEMBER EDINBURGH A DAY TO REMEMBER AUGUST CARDIFF Arena (26) THE AMITY AFFLICTION WITH BURIED IN VERONA, HEART IN HAND & NAPOLEON NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM Institute (28), GLASGOW Classic Grand (29), MANCHESTER Gorilla (30) DECEMBER CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach (01), LONDON Islington Academy (02)
BEING AS AN OCEAN WITH HUNDREDTH & ROTTING OUT JUNE GLASGOW Cathouse (30) JULY CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach (01), LONDON Underworld (02)
BLACK VEIL BRIDES OCTOBER CARDIFF University
(03), LONDON Brixton Academy (04), SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall (05), BIRMINGHAM Academy (07), NOTTINGHAM Rock City (08), NORWICH UEA (09), EXETER Great ANBERLIN Hall (11), MANCHESTER Apollo (12), AUGUST GLASGOW Cathouse NEWCASTLE Academy (13), DUBLIN (06), MANCHESTER Club Academy (07), Olympia (15), GLASGOW Barrowlands LONDON Electric Ballroom (08) (16), LEEDS Academy (17)
ASKING ALEXANDRIA WITH THE GHOST INSIDE, CROWN THE EMPIRE & SECRETS OCTOBER NORWICH UEA (22), NOTTINGHAM Rock City (23), NEWCASTLE Academy (24), EDINBURGH Picture House (26), GLASGOW Barrowland (27), BELFAST Ulster Hall (28), DUBLIN Olympia (29), MANCHESTER Academy (31) NOVEMBER LEEDS Academy (01), CARDIFF Great Hall (02), BRISTOL Academy (04), SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall (05), LONDON Roundhouse (06), BIRMINGHAM Academy (07), BRIGHTON Centre (09)
WITH NATIVES & VERSES SEPTEMBER PLYMOUTH White Rabbit (30) OCTOBER SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads (01), CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach (02), NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement (03), MANCHESTER Sound Control (04), GLASGOW Cathouse (05), LIVERPOOL East Village Arts Club (06), LEEDS Cockpit (07), LONDON Garage (09), BIRMINGHAM Asylum (10)
Liquid Room (17), ABERDEEN Lemon Tree (18), GLASGOW King Tuts (19), BELFAST Limelight II (20), DUBLIN Whelanâ€™s (21), CARLISLE Brickyard (23), MIDDLESBROUGH Empire (24), MANCHESTER Deaf Institute (25), STOKE Sugarmill (26), BIRMINGHAM Institute (27), BRIGHTON Haunt (30) OCTOBER SOUTHAMPTON Joiners (01), PLYMOUTH White Rabbit (02), BRIDGEND Hoboâ€™s (03), BRISTOL Thekla (04), LEEDS Brudenell (07), NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (08), COLCHESTER Arts Centre (09), NORWICH Waterfront (10), LONDON Bush Hall (11)
NEWCASTLE Think Tank (08), BASINGSTOKE Sanctuary (09), LONDON Black Heart (10), TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum (11), GUILDFORD Boileroom (13)
HACKTIVIST NOVEMBER MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms (14), NORWICH Open (16), HULL Fruit (17), SHEFFIELD Corporation (18), PRESTON 53 Degrees (19), EDINBURGH Electric Circus (20), ABERDEEN Tunnels (21), GLASGOW King Tuts (22), LIVERPOOL Kazimier (24), CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach (25), SWANSEA Sin City (26), EXETER Cavern (27), PLYMOUTH White Rabbit (28), BRIGHTON Audio (29) NOVEMBER BRISTOL Fleece (02), BIRMINGHAM Institute (03), MANCHESTER Roadhouse (04), LEEDS Cockpit (05), SOUTHAMPTON Joiners (07), GUILDFORD Boileroom (08), SOUTHEND Chinnerys (09), LONDON Islington Academy (11) IMPERICON NEVER SAY DIE! TOUR WITH TERROR, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, COMEBACK KID, OBEY THE BRAVE, MORE THAN A THOUSAND, NO BRAGGING RIGHTS & CAPSIZE NOVEMBER WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall (01), LEEDS Cockpit (02), DUBLIN Village (03), GLASGOW Garage (04), LONDON Islington Academy (05)
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS WITH DECADE & YEARBOOK JULY ABERDEEN Tunnels (15), GLAGOW King Tuts (16), NEWCASTLE Cluny (17), YORK Fibbers (18), MANCHESTER Deaf Institute (20), HULL Fruit (21), NOTTINGHAM Rock City (22), STOKE Sugarmill (23), BIRMINGHAM Temple (24), GLOUCESTER Guildhall (25), CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach (27), BRISTOL Fleece (28), PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (29), NORWICH Epic (30), LONDON Dingwalls (31)
MACHINE HEAD JULY NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (29), EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms (31) AUGUST NEWCASTLE University (02), NORWICH Waterfront (03), BRIGHTON Concorde (04)
THE MAINE WITH LYDIA & NICK SANTINO OCTOBER BRIGHTON Haunt (01), GLASGOW Garage (03), NEWCASTLE Academy II (04), LEEDS Cockpit (05), MANCHESTER Academy II (06), BIRMINGHAM Academy (07), LONDON Electric Ballroom (09), BRISTOL Thekla (10), NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (11)
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA WITH KEVIN DEVINE AND THE GODDAMN BAND & BAD BOOKS SEPTEMBER PORTSMOUTH Pyramids (26), BRISTOL Anson Rooms (27), NORWICH Waterfront (28), NOTTINGHAM Rock City (29) OCTOBER MANCHESTER Ritz (01), GLASGOW ABC (02), NEWCASTLE Academy (03), LEEDS Met University (04), CARDIFF Solus (06), LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire (07)
ENTER SHIKARI WITH BABY GODZILLA & ROAM JUNE HERTFORDSHIRE Forum (26)
ESCAPE THE FATE WITH GLAMOUR OF THE KILL OCTOBER WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms (07), NORWICH Waterfront (27), GLASGOW Garage (28), MANCHESTER Academy II (29), LONDON Electric Ballroom (30)
KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES
WITH SAVE YOUR BREATH OCTOBER PLYMOUTH White Rabbit (05), EXETER Phoenix (06), PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms FRAMING HANLEY (07), NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms OCTOBER BELFAST Oh Yeah (09), LIVERPOOL Academy II (10), Centre (24), DUBLIN Academy II (25), MANCHESTER Academy II (11), LEEDS Cockpit (27), GLASGOW King Tuts SHEFFIELD Corporation (12), LEEDS (29), MANCHESTER Roadhouse (30), Cockpit (14), ABERDEEN Tunnels (15), BIRMINGHAM Academy III (31) BRING ME THE GLASGOW Garage (16), CARLISLE NOVEMBER NEWCASTLE HORIZON Brickyard (17), NEWCASTLE Academy DECEMBER LONDON Wembley Academy II (02), CARDIFF Clwb II (18), BIRMINGHAM Institute Ifor Bach (03), LONDON Barfly (05) BABYMETAL Arena (05) (20), COLCHESTER Arts Centre (21), BRIGHTON Bermuda (06) JULY LONDON Electric Ballroom (07) THE BRONX NORWICH Waterfront (23), BATH THE FRONT BOTTOMS Komedia (24), GLOUCESTER Guildhall BALANCE AND JULY LONDON Oslo (08 / 09), WITH PUP (25), OXFORD Academy II (26), COMPOSURE HUDDERSFIELD Paris (10) AUGUST BIRMINGHAM Sunflower READING Sub 89 (27), LONDON Koko OCTOBER LEEDS Brudenell BURY TOMORROW (29), CARDIFF Great Hall (31) Lounge (26), GLASGOW King Tuts Social Club (09), MANCHESTER Sound OCTOBER BIRMINGHAM (27), NEWCASTLE Think Tank (28), Control (10), DUBLIN Fibber Magees (11), KING 810 Institute (18), GLASGOW Garage (19), MANCHESTER Sound Control (29), GLASGOW Audio (12), DERBY Victoria MANCHESTER Academy II (20), LEEDS NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement (30) SEPTEMBER BRISTOL Thekla Inn (14), NORWICH Epic Studios (15), (23), GLASGOW Classic Grand (24), Cockpit (21), BRISTOL Trinity (22), SEPTEMBER NORWICH Epic LONDON Dingwalls (16) BIRMINGHAM Academy II (25), PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (23), Studio (01), BRIGHTON Bermuda LONDON Islington Academy (26), LONDON Koko (24) Triangle (02), SOUTHAMPTON MANCHESTER Academy III (27) Joiners (03)
PARKWAY DRIVE WITH HEAVEN SHALL BURN, CARNIFEX & NORTHLANE DECEMBER LONDON Roundhouse (12), NEWCASTLE Academy (13), GLASGOW Barrowlands (14), NOTTINGHAM Rock City (15), BRISTOL Academy (16), MANCHESTER Academy (17)
SIKTH WITH HEART OF A COWARD & IDIOM OCTOBER MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms (29), PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (30), PLYMOUTH White Rabbit (31) OCTOBER BRISTOL Fleece (01), LIVERPOOL Academy II (03), LEEDS Cockpit (04), GLASGOW Garage (05), NEWCASTLE Academy II (07), MANCHESTER Academy II (08), BIRMINGHAM Academy II (09), NORWICH Waterfront (10), BRIGHTON Concorde II (11), LONDON Koko (12)
SLASH WITH MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS NOVEMBER MANCHESTER Arena (28), LEEDS Arena (29) DECEMBER BIRMINGHAM Arena (01), LONDON Wembley Arena (02), GLASGOW Hydro (04)
WITH THE SMITH STREET BAND & THE HOLY MESS OCTOBER GLASGOW Classic Grand (01), LONDON Electric Ballroom (02), MANCHESTER Gorilla (03), BRISTOL Fleece (04), SOUTHAMPTON Joiners (05)
MARCH MANCHESTER Apollo (06), GLASGOW Academy (09), WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall (12), LONDON Wembley Arena (14)
Pyramids (07), BRISTOL Academy (08), LONDON Roundhouse (09), BIRMINGHAM Institute (11), MANCHESTER Ritz (12), GLASGOW ABC (13), OXFORD Academy (14)
WITH SPRAYNARD SEPTEMBER DERBY Victoria Inn (17), CARDIFF Undertone (18), BIRMINGHAM Asylum (19), DUBLIN Fibber Magees (21), BELFAST Voodoo (22), LEEDS Cockpit (23), GLASGOW Audio (24), MANCHESTER Star & Garter (25), LONDON Old Blue Last (26), KINGSTON Fighting Cocks (27)
MĂ–NGĂ–L HĂ–RDE WITH OXYGEN THIEF & PALEHORSE JUNE BIRMINGHAM Institute (19), NEWCASTLE Academy II (20), LEEDS Cockpit (21), BRISTOL Fleece (22), PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (23), LONDON Garage (25), NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement (27), MANCHESTER Academy III (28), GLASGOW King Tuts (29)
NEW FOUND GLORY WITH THE STORY SO FAR, STATE CHAMPS, CANDY HEARTS & ONLY RIVALS NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM Institute (15), NEWCASTLE Academy (16), GLASGOW ABC (17), NOTTINGHAM Rock City (18), LIVERPOOL Academy (20), MANCHESTER Academy (21), LEEDS Academy (22), CARDIFF University (23), BRISTOL Academy (25), PORTSMOUTH Pyramids (26), LONDON Forum (28 / 29)
TAKING BACK SUNDAY DECEMBER PORTSMOUTH
TONIGHT ALIVE WITH THE SUMMER SET & THIS WILD LIFE NOVEMBER PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (24), LONDON Koko (25 / 26), CARDIFF Solus (27), BIRMINGHAM Institute (28), MANCHESTER Academy (29), GLASGOW Garage (30)
WE ARE THE OCEAN OCTOBER PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (14), BRISTOL Fleece (15), NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (16), BIRMINGHAM Academy II (18), MANCHESTER Academy III (19), LEEDS Cockpit (20), GLASGOW Liquid Rooms (21), LONDON Scala (23), READING Sub 89 (24)
WOVENWAR AUGUST LONDON Barfly (21)
<=DHI;:HI WHEN? June 28 - 29 WHERE? Leeds University WHOâ€™S PLAYING? Bleed From Within, Betraying The Martyrs, Stick To Your Guns, Heart Of A Coward, Hundredth, Being As An Ocean, Palm Reader, Your Demise 2004, Broken Teeth, Breakdown Of Sanity, Dead Harts and many more. WEBSITE? www.facebook.com/ghostfest
WHEN? July 04 - 06 WHERE? Knebworth Park WHOâ€™S PLAYING? The Prodigy, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Deftones, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Mastodon, Airbourne, Ghost, The Bronx, Gojira, Karnivool, Gallows, Chiodos, Anti-Flag, Protest The Hero, Carnifex and loads more. WEBSITE? www.sonisphere.co.uk
WHEN? July 10 - 12 WHERE? Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire WHOâ€™S PLAYING? The Bronx, Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout, Maybeshewill, Jamie Lenman, Cerebral Ballzy, Trash Talk, Blood Red Shoes, Arcane Roots, Frightened Rabbit, Lonely The Brave, Blitz Kids, Baby Godzilla, Canterbury, Palm Reader and more. WEBSITE? www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
7ADD9HID8@ DE:C6>G WHEN? August 07 - 10 WHERE? Catton Hall, Derbyshire WHOâ€™S PLAYING? Megadeth, Down, Hatebreed, Children Of Bodom, Lacuna Coil, Decapitated, Crowbar, Biohazard, Hellyeah, Krokodil, Morgue Orgy, Dimmu Borgir, Sister Sin, Obituary, Graveyard and many more. WEBSITE? www.bloodstock.uk.com
=:KN WHEN? August 15 - 16 WHERE? Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent WHOâ€™S PLAYING? Finch, Devil Sold His Soul, Iwrestledabearonce, Deez Nuts, Nai Harvest, â€™68, Brutality Will Prevail, Texas In July, Kvelertak, TesseracT, Empire, Monuments, Reel Big Fish, TRC, Empress AD, The Hell, Oathbreaker and more to be announced. WEBSITE? www.hevyfest.com
G:69>C< A::9H WHEN? August 22 - 24 WHERE? RichďŹ eld Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds WHOâ€™S PLAYING? Blink-182, Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Gerard Way, Of Mice & Men, A Day To Remember, Architects, Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, Every Time I Die, Basement and others. WEBSITE? www.readingfestival.com www.leedsfestival.com
WAIT, THERE'S MORE... PHEW, WHAT A FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR THAT WAS! YOU ME AT SIX HEADLINED ALEXANDRA PALACE, A DAY TO REMEMBER TOOK THE UK BY STORM AND THOSE SCAMPS IN WE CAME AS ROMANS AND FRIENDS RIPPED IT UP ON OUR EXPOSURE TOUR. BUT THINGS ARE SET TO GET EVEN BETTER. HERE’S A TASTE OF WHAT’S COMING UP IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS…
PHOTO: Ben Gibson
ASKING ALEXANDRIA (OCTOBER / NOVEMBER)
Asking Alexandria’s live show in a word? Explosive. Asking Alexandria’s live show in two words? Abso-fucking-lutely explosive. How are they going to top it later this year? Rumours that Danny Worsnop has been taking a lion taming class are yet to be confirmed, but if that doesn't pan out, a spectacular support bill of The Ghost Inside, Crown The Empire and Secrets should do the trick.
TONIGHT ALIVE (NOVEMBER)
It might just be us, but we get the feeling that Tonight Alive are on the brink of something big. Really big. Their UK headline tour this autumn should be a good indicator, and dates are selling out all over the shop. They’re bringing The Summer Set and our favourite acoustic duo This Wild Life along for the ride, too. YES.
POP-PUNK’S NOT DEAD (NOVEMBER)
Old school pop-punk has always been tonnes of fun, and new-school pop-punk – in case you've missed us harping on about it – is bloody brilliant. So a tour package of: New Found Glory, The Story So Far, State Champs, Candy Hearts and Only Rivals should a) be a blast and b) go a long way to proving once and for all that pop-punk will never kick the bucket.
BRING ME THE HORIZON (DECEMBER)
It’s barely worth pointing out that Bring Me The Horizon have had a huge couple of years. Latest album ‘Sempiternal’ (you might have heard of it) was and is a monster, and the band have been on a runaway train of sold-out shows and gigantic festival slots ever since, meaning their showpiece date at Wembley Arena is close to unmissable.
PARKWAY DRIVE (DECEMBER)
Parkway Drive. Heaven Shall Burn. Northlane. Carnifex. What. A. Tour. This bill boasts the best of Aussie metal, adds a bonus sprinkling of German and American deathcore, and will surely bring all the mosh when it hits the UK just before Christmas. You’re going to want to be in the pit when ‘Carrion’ kicks in, trust us… For a heads up on all tour dates as they’re announced, be sure to keep checking www.rocksound.tv.
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