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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HIT THE DECK 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
FIVES: MUST BUY RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
INTERVIEW: THE MENZINGERS
Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: NEW CITY KINGS
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.
VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
POP-PUNK A&R: BOSTON MANOR
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: EMPLOYED TO SERVE
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
ALREADY HEARD TOUR TALES: HORNETS - MARCH 2014 UK TOUR
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: WALLEATER - WALLEATER
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.


Grayscale Stream New EP (‘The Thoughts That Linger’)

London heavy emo band Grayscale have launched a stream of their new EP.

'The Thoughts That Linger' can be heard over at Punktastic or by clicking read more.

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Violet Premier New Single and Video

Derbyshire band Violet have revealed the video for their new single - 'The Lust'.

The track is taken from the bands forthcoming debut album, which is expected later this year. However fans can download the song for free here.

May (with One Last Breath, Hopes Die Last and Me In A Million)
03 Manchester Satan’s Hollow
05 Southampton Joiners
06 Leeds Cockpit
07 Nottingham Rock City
08 London Barfly

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Album Review: Donovan Wolfington - Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark

The latest release from Donovan Wolfington isn’t really an EP, more a collection of unrelated tracks, clustered together like awkward guests at a party. While you’d expect this disjointed nature to be off-putting, it all seems to come together after a few listens, resulting in an EP that is both fresh and familiar – a wonderful juxtaposition of opposites.

‘Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark’ is undoubtedly a chameleon record. Opening track ‘Sleeping’ leads you to believe you’re listening to a Front Bottoms-esque indie release, with a slick intro and lulling, muddy male and female vocals, before your sense of security is ripped away by ‘Qutting’, a track reminiscent of later Brand New,  with screaming vocals, amazing guitar work and a strong post-hardcore sound. Donovan Wolfington are not a band with a comfort zone, and this is what makes them great. ‘Keef Ripper’ switches styles again with up-tempo pop rock, yet despite this none of the styles seem forced; in fact their fluidity makes each song interesting in its own right.

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Album Review: Walleater - Walleater EP

imageWe’ve been fans of Leeds’ Walleater for quite some time now here at Already Heard, so you’ll probably guess we’ll be giving their new self-titled effort a glowing review right? Well nearly.

Don’t get me wrong, 'Walleater' certainly backs up any hype or momentum the quartet have. Throughout the band’s use of effect pedals giveaway to a sonic-sized soundscapes that are throughly pleasing. Opening track 'Give In To Me' is downtrodden in its delivery with a synth-like chorus giving the track resonance.

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Album Review: With One Last Breath - The Fearless Ones

Having built up a veritable who’s who of former tour mates from the cream of British and International metal, and played Download all before releasing their debut album, Yorkshire’s With One Last Breath look set to finally be considered major players in their own right with hugely accomplished first long player ‘The Fearless Ones’.

The album title is certainly an apt one. ‘TFO’ brims with confidence and self-belief, and see’s the band come out all guns blazing from start to finish. Capturing just the right blend of brash, energetic passion and melodic awareness that a metal act hoping for major success needs to achieve, With One Last Breath have clearly learnt plenty from spending time on the road with such esteemed company.

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Album Review: Nexilva - Eschatologies

imageNo matter how oversaturated the scene gets, no matter how tired the tropes of the genre become, deathcore, it seems, steadfastly refuses to die. It may be a different beast now than it was back in 2006 when it was little more than ridiculous MySpace profile photos, chugs and pig squeals - it has had to relentlessly evolve and become more and more extreme to stand out from the competition. Deathcore doesn’t get much more extreme than Sunderland’s Nexilva, whose new record ‘Eschatologies’ is a monolithically crushing work, encompassing elements of djent and progressive metal into their bruising maelstrom of harsh vocals, monumental riffs and pounding blastbeats. However, for all its technical proficiency, and my personal pangs of jealousy at the otherworldly skills of the band at an age range of 20-22 (I’ve wasted my life…), the music feels a little soulless - besides “Wow, you’re really good at your chosen instruments”, it won’t make you feel much of anything.

After a brief intro track, the album gets underway with 'The Misdirection Of God', a tour-de-force of brutality played at an unrelentingly blistering pace. It becomes very apparent very quickly, though, that this album cannot be called out for particular high or low points - it’s all a dazzling spectacle in punishing technicality, like all the fireworks in a display going off at once, but no big bonfire afterwards to warm your cockles, thereby leaving one colder than an early November evening. Nexilva do occasionally temper their constant assault with some “ooky shpooky” synth parts borrowed from black metal, and while they do provide the occasional respite from the constant pummelling 'Eschathologies' doles out, they only serve to add a slight scent of Gorgonzola to proceedings.

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Album Review: The Afterparty - Distances

imageFairly recently, through a series of bizarre events, I found myself at an extremely nostalgic Panic! At The Disco gig. Upon arrival I was instantly taken back by a) the amount of people there, and b) the size of the room that the band were still filling, even with their newer material. Call me ignorant, but I thought that most of Fueled By Ramen bands had largely disappeared into the ether. It seems though that the genre the label patented, you know the one, that so-sweet-it-makes-you-sick-pop-rock, is alive and well. It seems that we might even be leading the revival (probably too soon to call it a revival) with the UK’s own, The Afterparty.

To anyone of a similar age (23) and who followed a similar sort of scene, The Afterparty’s sound will remind you of being around 15/16 years old, it might not be entirely coincidental that during ‘Cover Up’’, lead singer, Nic Matthew, amongst almost signature delayed guitars, references the tender age. ‘Distances’ in itself can come across a little cliched in these type of signatures, but by this point in the mini-album, if you don’t like it you never will. The Afterparty don’t disguise what they are, they do what they do and they do it pretty well, and if it has got you by this point, then the only problem with the mini-album ,for you, is that it only has six tracks.

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Album Review: I Divide - Last One Standing

imageFor anyone who knows the story behind I Divide, will know this debut full-length has been a long time coming. Two years removed from winning the nationwide Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition, the Exeter quintet have toured relentlessly along with appearing at a range of major festivals; Reading and Leeds Festival, Download, and Slam Dunk.

Now I Divide are set to unleash 'Last One Standing', a record that has to potential the open new doors for them. From the start you’re welcomed by the band’s brand of anthemic alt-rock that easily puts them in the same category of the likes of Mallory Knox and Young Guns. 'Follow Me' is a bold, grandiose number that captures just what I Divide are about; massive hooks with the lyrics that wear their heart on their sleeves.

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Amaryllis Reveal New EP and UK Tour Details

London-based rockers Amaryllis have announced their new EP, ‘The Revolt’ will be released on 12th May.

1. Kings
2. Stand Down
3. Prophecies
4. Goodbye
5. Strangers In August

The EP release will be followed by a UK headline tour in June.

June
4th London, Surya
5th Cardiff, Fuel
6th Birmingham, Scruffy Murphy’s
7th Leicester, The Shed
8th Norwich, B2 
9th Manchester, Retro Bar
10th Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
11th Newcastle, Think Tank

Released This Week (14/04/2014)

This week sees releases from the likes of I Divide, Banner Pilot, Walleater, Emmure, Breathe Carolina, Hawthorne Heights and more.

More Than Life - What’s Left Of Me
With One Last Breath - The Fearless Ones
I Divide - Last One Standing
Iced Out - Jukai
Limp - Eternal Psalm Pt 2’
Walleater - Walleater
Plague Vendor - Free To Eat
We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket’s Well
Breathe Carolina - Savages
Battle Lines - Colonies 7”
Banner Pilot - Souvenir
Emmure - Eternal Enemies
Dead Ending - DE III EP
Sledding Tigers - A Necessary Bummer
Hawthorne Heights - The Silence In Black And White (Acoustic)

Weekly US News Roundup (13/04/2014)

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Even though we love our Stateside friends, our main goal here at Already Heard to showcase and highlight the best in established and emerging UK bands, news, videos, tours, and more.

Because of this each week we bring you a concise roundup of news from America.

This week we have details of new releases from Linkin Park, The Word Alive, Madball, This Wild Life and Expire.

We also have new videos from Queens of the Stone Age, Pentimento, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Summer Set, Secrets and Black Label Society. Whilst the likes of Spraynard, 7Seconds, Plague Vendor, For The Fallen Dreams, Cheap Girls and Sledding With Tigers have all released new music.

Lastly we have details of a new band involving members of The Mars Volta and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the latest signings to Topshelf Records and much more.

If you have any news to contribute to future US News Roundups, e-mail us at info@alreadyheard.com.

Linkin Park's new album will be titled 'The Hunting Party' and will be released on June 16th.

Queens of the Stone Age have released their new video for 'Smooth Sailing'.

Mastodon have revealed their new album will be titled 'Once More Round The Sun'.

Spraynard have released their first new song since their two-year hiatus. Stream 'Internet May Mays' below.

Daylight have changed their name to Superheaven for legal reasons.

Pentimento has released a new music video for 'Just Friends'.

The Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea have formed a new band called Antemasque. They are joined by former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch.

7Seconds have revealed the first song from their new album 'Leave A Light On'. Listen to 'I Have Faith In You' here. The album is released on May 27th through Rise Records.

The Word Alive will release their new album, 'Real', on June 9th via Fearless Records.

1. Play The Victim
2. Never Forget
3. Broken Circuit
4. Light House
5. The Fortune Teller
6. Glass Castle
7. 94th St.
8. Your Mirage
9. Terminal
10. The Runaway
11. To Struggle And Claw My Way
12. Collapsing

The Dillinger Escape Plan have released a new song titled 'Happiness Is A Smile'.

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Album Review: For the Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts

imageDespite it being almost two years since their last release, For The Fallen Dreams have not missed a step returning with one of the most brutal records I have heard in 2014 so far.

Straight from the off 'Heavy Hearts' gets underway with a bang. The opening guitar riff and scream from vocalist Chad Ruhlig on 'Emerald Blue' sets the tone for the rest of the album. It is just balls out brutal, filled with great riffs, insane drum fills and one of the best voices in metalcore at the moment.

Even though this is For The Fallen Dreams' fifth full length record, there isn't a whole lot of progression. The band are clearly fans of the saying 'If it isn’t broke, why fix it', and it is this tired and tested method that makes them such an incredible band to listen to.

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Album Review: Scouts - Bloom EP

imageIt doesn’t seem 5 minutes since North-West punk/hardcore band released their 'Why Do My Friends Have To Live Around Here' EP last September. Nevertheless, the quartet are clearly eager to follow it up and have done so with 'Bloom'.

Whilst the band’s last release took an abrasive hardcore approach, on 'Bloom' Scouts opt for emo/grunge sound that could be compared to the likes of Basement and Title Fight. Opening with 'Stay', soaring guitars serve as the background to Bobby Pook’s aggressive-yet-melodic vocals. It’s a good but not great start, yet marks the transition from the band’s last release to 'Bloom'.

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Album Review: Red Seas Fire - Confrontation

Clocking in at just over 20 minutes long, Red Seas Fire's EP 'Confrontation' is an education in brutal, unrelenting music that borders on Industrial in places, but on the whole is a crunching metal experience. This is the second EP in a set of three (‘Exposition’ being the first, ‘Resolution’ being the as of yet unreleased third) which will combine to become the band’s next full length LP.

In the space of 4 tracks, this Bristolian trio lay down a unique sound of thick, chugging guitars alongside some fierce, pronounced, thumping drums and raw, growling vocals that flip from aggressive screams to reverb happy sung lines in an instant. Opening track ‘Tyrants’ starts off with a deceivingly mellow, ambient intro before the band crash in will an all out metal-come-industrial assault. Most impressive on this release is the drum sound and production. Now, they are hyper produced and in places i’m guessing triggered, but it adds to the tone and obviously is a part of their playing style. They are in your face from the off and not buried under layers of guitars, bass and vocals. You can hear this best I think in track 3 ‘The Grand Escape’, which involves some intricate bass drum and tom work that would usually be buried in the mix, but is brought to the fore for this band.

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F.O.E.S. Announce Co-Headline Tour Atlas:Empire

F.O.E.S. have announced a co-headline UK tour with Scottish prog-alt outfit Atlas:Empire.

June
21 Aberdeen Downstairs
22 Dundee Non Zero’s
23 Glasgow 13th Note
24 Liverpool Maguires
25 London Old Blue Last
26 Exeter Cavern
27 Basingstoke Sanctuary
28 Workington Lounge 41