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FESTIVAL: SONISPHERE 2014
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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: JACOB ROUND (PURE NOISE RECORDS)
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Architects, Devil Sold His Soul, AIHN and More Contribute to Sea Shepherd Benefit Compilation

A new compilation featuring tracks by Architects, Devil Sold His Soul, Apologies, I Have None, Goodtime Boys and several others is set to be released on August 12th.

The compilation is called 'Raise The Mast' and will see proceeds go to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

1. Astpai – 2000 Pills
2. Apologies, I Have None – Long Gone
3. Devil Sold His Soul – Time
4. Architects – Naysayer
5. Test of Time – Riptide
6. Woahnows – Painfully Safe
7. Doe – Oh, Nostalgia!
8. The Smith Street Band – Bigger Than Us
9. Liberation Service – Drifters
10. Luke Godwin – Grinding Gears
11. Elway – Ariel
12. Luca Brasi – Borders & Statelines
13. Goodtime Boys – Moral Decay
14. Freak Wave – Falling Apart

Devil Sold His Soul, Fearless Vampire Killers and More Added to Camden Rocks 2014

The latest acts for the Camden Rocks Festival has been announced with the likes of Devil Sold His Soul, Fearless Vampire Killers, A Plastic Rose, Zoax and Mixhell.

Other names announced today are Johnny Borrell and Zazou, Toseland, Little Barrie, Rubylux, Empress, Longy, Money For Rope, Vuvuvultures, Under The Influence, Flagship, The Carnabys, Tax The Heat, The Ratells, The RPM’s, Audio Whores, Adam French, Shooting Suns and Remote View.

Camden Rocks Festival takes place on May 31st and sees 200 bands playing in twenty different venues for just £25.

Further information can be found at camdenrocksfestival.com.

View the full line-up by clicking read more.

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Hevy Fest Announces 2014 Dates and First 20 Bands

The Hevy Fest has confirmed it will make its full return this summer. The festival will take place Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August in the grounds of Port Lympne in Kent.

Although headliners are yet to be announced, the first 20 bands have been confirmed with over 40 more to be announced in the coming months.

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Brutality Will Prevail
The Catharsis
Deez Nuts
Devil Sold His Soul
Empire
Empress AD
The Hell
Iwrestledabearonce
Monuments
Nai Harvest
Oathbreaker
The One Hundred
Palm Reader
Polar
Reel Big Fish
The Safety Fire
Stampin’ Ground
TesseracT
Texas in July

A limited allocation of Tier 1 tickets will be on sale tomorrow (Thursday 1st May) at 7pm for £59.

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Devil Sold His Soul, Martyr Defiled, Now, Voyager and More Added to UK Tech-Fest

The second announcement for the 2014 UK Tech-Fest has been made and sees the likes of Devil Sold His Soul, Chimp Spanner, The Algorithm,, and Martyr Defiled being added to the 4 day festival.

Other names announced today are Destiny Potato, Alaya, David Maxim Micic, Eumeria, Now, Voyager, Shields, No Sin Evades His Gaze, Noise Trail Immersion and Doomed From Day One.

UK Tech-Fest takes place at the Showground in Newark, Nottinghamshire from July 10th to 14th.

Weekend tickets cost £59.99 (+£20 for camping) and are on sale now from Ticket Script.

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Devil Sold His Soul Join Basick Records

Basick Records have announced the signing of Devil Sold His Soul . The deal will see the label re-release 'Darkness Prevails' and 'A Fragile Hope', as well as unveil new material from the band, currently pencilled for Spring 2014.

Basick Records' Barley commented on the signing:

"I’ve been a Devil Sold His Soul fan ever since I felt the first chords of Darkness Prevails crunching through my skull back in 2005. When I got the recent news that my good friend Paul Green was taking up vocal duties for the band, I just knew that the result would be something that I would have to try and work with in any way I could. Enormous songwriting coupled with a ridiculous vocal talent; DSHS just achieved a Level-Up!"

The bands new music video for current single, 'Time' has also been premiered and can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Devil Sold His Soul Give Away First Song with New Vocalist (‘Time’)

Devil Sold His Soul have premiered a new track called 'Time'. The track is available to download for free here, and is the bands first material with new vocalist Paul Green.

October (Support from We Butter The Bread With Butter and Palm Reader)
2nd Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
3rd Manchester NQ Live
4th Sheffield Corporation
5th Nottingham Rock City Basement
6th Glasgow Ivory Blacks
7th Newcastle Reds
9th Leeds Cockpit
10th Norwich Waterfront Studio
11th Brighton Audio
12th Bristol Exchange
13th Exeter The Cavern
15th Cardiff Moon Club
16th Southampton The Cellar
17th London Borderline
18th Margate West Coast Bar

The lyric video for 'Time' can be viewed after the jump below.

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Palm Reader Added to Devil Sold His Soul UK Tour

Palm Reader have been added as support for Devil Sold His Soul's October UK tour.

We Butter The Bread With Butter will also be supporting.

October
2nd Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
3rd Manchester NQ Live
4th Sheffield Corporation
5th Nottingham Rock City Basement
6th Glasgow Ivory Blacks
7th Newcastle Reds
9th Leeds Cockpit
10th Norwich Waterfront Studio
11th Brighton Audio
12th Bristol Exchange
13th Exeter The Cavern
15th Cardiff Moon Club
16th Southampton The Cellar
17th London Borderline
18th Margate West Coast Bar

Devil Sold His Soul Announce UK Tour with We Butter The Bread With Butter

Devil Sold His Soul will embark on thei first UK headline tour with new vocalist Paul Green in October.

Support comes from We Butter The Bread With Butter.

October
2nd Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
3rd Manchester NQ Live
4th Sheffield Corporation
5th Nottingham Rock City Basement
6th Glasgow Ivory Blacks
7th Newcastle Reds
9th Leeds Cockpit
10th Norwich Waterfront Studio
11th Brighton Audio
12th Bristol Exchange
13th Exeter The Cavern
15th Cardiff Moon Club
16th Southampton The Cellar
17th London Borderline
18th Margate West Coast Bar

Live Review & Photos: Hit The Deck 2013 - Nottingham - 21/04/2013

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Back for a third year running and back in it’s home of Nottingham, Hit The Deck once again produced a superb showing of rock, punk, metal, hardcore and everything in between even if the line up looked lacklusture on paper.

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View on Flickr. Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

The day starts in the Stealth venue where, unfortunately, California shoegazer’s Whirr have the task of kicking off the festival, however at half 12 on a Sunday the bands atmospheric, drawn out approach isn’t quite the ideal opening for a festival like Hit The Deck. (2/5) Thankfully Northern metalcore band Black Dogs get things going with their aggressive and ferocious energy as tracks like ‘Savages’ leave a good impression and makes them a band to keep an eye on in the coming months. (3/5) (SR)

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View on Flickr. Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Over at the Rescue Rooms The Front Bottoms make a welcomed appearance with their brand of acousitc indie-folk-punk. Brian Sella’s nasally voice fits the bands light, upbeat sound with recent additions Tom Warren and Ciaran O’Donnel giving the band a more well-rounded sound. New songs like ‘Au Revoir (Adios)’ and ‘Twin Size Mattress’ showcase the bands forthcoming album in a strong light and sit along well next to older numbers ‘Swimming Pool’ and ‘Maps.’ (4/5) (SR)

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Festival Preview: Hit The Deck 2013 - 10 Must-See Bands

The 2013 festival season rolls out this weekend with Hit The Deck 2013. Now in it’s third year, 2013 sees the one-day indoor festival expand for the first time with an additional taking place in Bristol on Saturday before returning to it’s natural home of Nottingham on Sunday.

As always the festival promises a great mix of exciting bands and a wealth of familiar acts such as headliners Don Broco, We Are The In Crowd, Title Fight, Bleeding Through, We Are The Ocean and Pure Love.

While there is an abundance of up and coming bands from The Front Bottoms, Great Cynics, Mallory Knox, Attention Thieves, Natives and many more.

To give you a little taster of what to expect, we’ve picked out 10 must-see bands to check out at Hit The Deck 2013.

Title Fight
The perfect amalgamation of punk and hardcore, Title Fight’s sophomore record ‘Floral Green,’was released to rave reviews at the back end of last year and it’s not hard to see why.

Spiky riffs laden with feedback provide the backing for vocal talents Jamie Rhoden and Ned Russin to shine, and tunes like ‘Secret Society’ provide the perfect opportunity to hoist yourself up above the crowd and sing yourself hoarse.

A split release with Touche Amore has recently surfaced online and yet Hit the Deck marks the beginning of the Fight’s first European tour since 'Floral Green'’s release so you can expect the boys to be on fighting form. (CS)

When & Where: 21:00 on the Big Deal Clothing Stage (Both Bristol and Nottingham)

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Vocalist Ed Gibbs Set to Leave Devil Sold His Soul

Vocalist Ed Gibbs has announced he will be leaving Devil Sold His Soul following the bands upcoming festival appearences at Hit The Deck and Slam Dunk.

Gibbs posted the following message:

“This is the hardest and saddest decision that I have ever had to make, but I am parting ways with Devil Sold His Soul. This has nothing to do with any lack of love for the music or my brothers in the band, but I just don’t feel that I can commit 100% to our band anymore and that I need to start looking to the future. This band has been the biggest and most important thing to happen in my life and I wouldn’t be the same person right now if it wasn’t for it. Over my 9 years in the band we have overcome so many hurdles and hardships together that these guys truly feel like family to me and it really does hurt to know that I won’t be playing shows with them again, but I know that we will always be close. I would like to thank everyone that has ever supported our band along the way and helped us do all of the things we have achieved so far, without you we could never have made it this far. I wish the guys the best of luck for the future and whatever it throws at them! I have had some of the most incredible experiences over the years and I wouldn’t change a thing. Peace out! Ed”

In addition Devil Sold His Soul posted the following message:

“Today we have to announce that our friend and brother, Ed Gibbs, has decided to leave Devil Sold His Soul to pursue a career outside of the band.

Like many of you, we are shocked by the decision but we understand that it is not an easy one to make. We fully understand and support the reasons why Ed has decided to leave and although we are saddened by it, we are happy and grateful to have been able to share almost 9 years with Ed in the band. He will always be a huge part of this band, no matter what. We have shared some of the best times of our lives together and we will never forget that. And of course he has given so much to this band, we are sure you will not forget it either. We hope that you will all share our feelings about this and realise that sometimes these things happen and that everything happens for a reason. We still have the same outlook and we will keep moving forward.

So now we look to the future. We are extremely happy to say that we have already found a new vocalist. Paul Green, whom many of you will know from The Arusha Accord, will be taking over vocal duties and we feel very lucky to have found someone who we deem to have an amazing voice and energy that will add a new dimension to DSHS. We hope that you will all welcome him into the band with the same positive and open-minded spirit that we have.

We are extremely optimistic about the future. We have already started writing new material and we will have more news about that very soon.

But for the immediate future, Ed’s last shows with us will be:

Hit The Deck – Nottingham – April 21st
Slam Dunk Festival – Leeds, Hatfield, Wolverhampton – May 25, 26 & 27th

We hope that loads of you will come out and support him and us at these shows, it is going to mean a lot to us!

Thank you for your support, it means the world to us.
See you in the pit!

Rick, Leks, Jonny, Jozef, Paul
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL”

Final Bands Announced For Slam Dunk 2013

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The final two bands for Slam Dunk 2013 have been announced with Itch and Devil Sold His Soul joining the line-up. 

Whilst the likes of Gavin Butler (The Blackout), William Beckett, Ace Enders and more have been announced for the acoustic stage. 

Gavin Butler (The Blackout)
William Beckett (The Academy Is)
Ace Enders (The Early November / I Can Make A Mess)
Chas Palmer-Williams (Lightyear)
Class Of 92 (Matty from A Loss For Words)
Sophomore (Alex from Decade)
Marc Halls (Hey Vanity)

The dates are as follows:

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Friday 24th Slam Dunk Scotland O2 ABC Glasgow
Saturday 25th Slam Dunk Festival North Leeds University
Sunday 26th Slam Dunk Festival South Herts Uni, Hatfield
Monday 27th Slam Dunk Festival Midlands Wolverhampton Civic
Tuesday 28th Slam Dunk Wales Cardiff University
Wednesday 29th Slam Dunk Ireland The Academy Dublin

Click read more below to see the final line up poster.

Visit slamdunkmusic.com for full information on all Slam Dunk 2013 events.

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Heights, Devil Sold His Soul, Hawk Eyes Announced as Support for Jägermeister Music UK Tour (Select Dates Only)

imageThe local supports for the forthcoming Jägermeister Music UK Tour headlined by Ghost have been announced, with the likes of HeightsDevil Sold His SoulHawk Eyes, and Feed The Rhino being announced as support on select dates.

Dead Till Friday and Revoker will also be supporting on certain dates.

Gojira and The Defiled will be supporting on all dates.

March 
Monday 18th – Sheffield O2 Academy w/ Heights
Tuesday 19th – Glasgow O2 Academy w/ Dead Till Friday
Wednesday 20th – Bristol O2 Academy w/ Revoker
Friday 22nd – Bournemouth O2 Academy w/ Devil Sold His Soul
Saturday 23rd – Birmingham O2 Academy w/ Hawk Eyes
Sunday 24th – Brixton O2 Academy w/ Feed The Rhino

Each show will cost £5.00 per person - thanks to Jägermeister subsidising admission.

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Bury Tomorrow, Yashin, Devil Sold His Soul and More Announced for Manchester’s SummerJam

imageThe initial line-up for Manchester’s Summerjam has been announced with the headliners being Bury Tomorrow and Yashin.

Bury Tomorrow
Yashin
Devil Sold his Soul
Feed the Rhino
TRC
Pay No Respect
Azriel
Napoleon
No Consequence
This Is Turin
Continents
The Catharsis

SummerJam 2013 takes place over two days (July 20th and 21st) at Sound Control in Manchester.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Devil Sold His Soul Reveal ‘XIII’ Video

After receiving widespread praise for last year’s 'Empire of Light,' progressive metallers Devil Sold His Soul have released their new music video for 'VIII.'

Click read more to view the video.

'Empire of Light' is available now on Small Town Records.

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