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I Prevail - Lifelines Since their formation in 2013 this American post-hardcore band have been making a name for themselves, releasing their debut EP, ‘Heart Vs Mind’ in January 2015 and receiving good press, signing to Fearless Records and their popularity is only increasing following an unlikely cover of ‘Blank Space’ by pop star Taylor Swift. Now they are ready to cement their spot in their hardcore scene with their anticipated debut album. Opener and first single is the scorching, ‘Scars’ which has heaps of ambience and atmosphere, aided largely by electronic sounds and varied effective vocals, both clean and fierce screams, all wrapped around in a consuming melody, giving it a huge sound and leaving massive expectations for what lies ahead to keep up the momentum. Also released as a single up next is, ‘Stuck In Your Head’ which is more upbeat and infectiously catchy, being more mainstream sounding than the opener, it has a great anthemic feel and ironically this will most likely be “stuck in your head” due to this. Title track ‘Lifelines’ features some of the best vocals so far, from the clean variations Brian Burkheiser offers, and the contradictory harsh powerful vocals from Eric Vanlerberghe. The whole song is tangled in strong rhythms and far reaching melodies. This is one lifeline that you will want in your life. Another single, ‘Come And Get It’ has strong driving heavy riffs and sees Eric truly shine with his fierce vocals, the overall sound and structure of this song has nu metal roots – a great mosh worthy one to let loose too. ‘Alone’ shows a different and more emotional stripped back sound to what we have seen throughout and helps change pace and pull at the heart strings, whereas the extremely bouncy and atmospheric tension building, ‘Pull The Plug’ is a hard hitting track in another sense. This debut shines with its melodical depth which will pleasantly surprise all, and this makes it irresistible. With a solid and exciting debut under their belts, they have a very strong future ahead. I’m not sure hardcore should be quite this catchy, but that’s what makes it stand out, and through the great use of electronics it really lifts the songs to an extra depth. It is also very well crafted and beaming with energy and hope, something which can be lacking in this genre. Their reputation and success is surely set to soar after this! CL

Tiebreaker - Death Tunes This Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll act have earnt quite the reputation since forming in 2011 and releasing their first LP ‘We Come From The Mountains’ which went down a storm and showed off their fine mastered sound, now they are back to stun with their sophomore album, ominously titled, ‘Death Tunes’… First we are greeted by ‘Hell’ which breaks us in lightly and charms with vibrant sounds and slick bluesy riffs. The effects such as sirens help add extra character and depth before the strong gravelly vocals come in. ‘Hell’ has never seemed so tempting. Vocalist Thomas Karlsen has the perfect vocal tones and demeanour to sing classic rock n roll and this is especially evident in the dynamic ‘Pan American Grindstore’, whilst ‘Cannonball’ swings straight to it with a great upbeat swagger and sweet melodies and guitar riffs that are memorable throughout. ‘The Deep’ has a more serious tone with all-consuming emotive and impressive vocals with the perfect musical backdrop for the right effect and drama. This has exceptional composition and skill running through it…‘Killer’ screams into action with sonic charged riffs which drive it before a chilled stripped back raw drum track accompanies and gravelly soulful vocals caress the powerful instruments. This has an interesting organic energy and innovative drums, something which translates well on the entire album. To close we have the epic and melancholic ‘Heavy Lifting’, although it is sombre, it is beautiful and vulnerable with minimal instruments for the most part, highlighting the brilliant vocals more so, which have you hanging on to every note and drifting off with the melodies. This is seriously groovy Norwegian rock ‘n’ roll that you need in your life, which is simply outstanding. It is a diverse and fiery offering, aided with soulful hard and southern rock tones running through it. It features delicate emotive moments to extremely gritty - there is a hell of a lot of passion and talent displayed here, with such precision and flair, this is a crushing release which must be heard. CL

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Issue 40 of Stencil Mag!  

Features interviews from the following: Bring Me The Horizon, Jimmy Eat World, Silverstein, Memphis May Fire, Silversun Pickups, I Prevail,...

Issue 40 of Stencil Mag!  

Features interviews from the following: Bring Me The Horizon, Jimmy Eat World, Silverstein, Memphis May Fire, Silversun Pickups, I Prevail,...

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