As part of our "Tour Tales" feature, the female-fronted rockers documented their time on the road as their geared up towards the release of 'Beauty&Grace'.
Check out our stream of Jacksonville, Florida pop punk band We Still Dream's take on
The Get Up Kids' 'Valentine'.
With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
Calgary's debut EP 'Fight Fire With Fire' is a bright, warming collection of indie pop songs.
With comparisons to Hellogoodbye and John Mayer, the four tracks showcase a band with pop sensibilities and plenty of potential to breakthrough. We caught up with the band to find out more.
Colt 45 have posted an acoustic session video of 'I'm Drowning, Not Waving' from Gibson Studios London.
The video can be viewed by clicking read more and the track appears on the bands latest album, 'Coughing Up Confessions' which is out now on Visible Noise.
When your influences include Alkaline Trio, At The Drive, The Gaslight Anthem, Glassjaw and Brand New you know that a band has a repertoire of influences that when combined will create something special and COLT 45 do just that.
Playing a mixture of punk infused alt-rock COLT 45 could be lumbered with a whole myriad of similar bands who could simply play linear rock hits that have no real guts to them but this album feels more focused and raw which sets it apart.
‘Coughing Up Confessions’ is a re-release of their last two EPs into the form of a full release, which showcases the journey that the band has taken in regards to their evolution. I wish more bands would do this as it shows they’re proud of their beginnings and the direction which their band has taken.
For the most part the songs are well moulded to create memorable passages, this is aided with guitar hooks, riffs and warming vocals but what really pushes this album forward is the drums. The punk edge really shows in the drumming, disco beats, rolls and over the top fills are scattered throughout the whole of ‘Coughing Up Confessions’ and adds a fun factor and gives the songs an extra layer of depth.
It seems fitting that Liverpool 4-piece and gloom punks Salem Rages release 'Splinters' - a compilation of self-released EPs the week after Halloween. With their recent signing to Visible Noise, and an album due for release next year, it’s a nice nod to their roots, with only one new track it’s a good way of looking back before moving forward. There’s a sense that there’s a real love of the occult and of the b-movie horrors that make film buffs happy at this time of the year in their music. yeah, things are a little bit cheesy and schlocky, but that’s really a thing that makes music like this work. There’s quite clearly a love of old school punk rock, and of bands like the Misfits, AFI, The Independents, and of the simplicity of 70s punk like The Cramps with some dashes of over dramatics.
The thing that Salem Rages have done with this cocktail is to try and strip it to the essentials and make it their own. There are still a lot of nods to their inspirations throughout. There’s a strong sense on tracks like 'Black Rain Falls', 'The 7th Night' and 'Skulldaggery' that Danzig era Misfits are a strong influence. While the vocals of singer Roman Remains aren’t quite there yet, the stories of tortured loves and the macabre are fairly well realised. The organ/keyboards added over the parts in 'The 7th Night' really affect that mood, with an air of Hammer horror, you could imagine Vincent Price in costume with that organ part playing in the background. The tolling bell in 'Territorial' is pulled from a gothic horror film as well, and against the marching rhythm that starts the song, the effect is pretty convincing.
There’s also a sense of drama with tracks like opener 'Curtain Fall', which feels like a hat tip to older AFI (of the 'Black Sails in the Sunset' era), which then doubles back into a driving, toe-tapping drum and guitar part, with a simple chorus with a call to arms of “crucify” being yelled. This is more straight down the line of punk rock, and I really enjoy it. 'Casket' is similarly stripped down Cramps-sounding punk, but that gothic edge remains while talking about death and “seasons missed”. 'Black/White' and 'Skulldaggery' both feel less overtly macabre, and more shouty angular punk, with a bif of a ramones and New York punk influence evident
Warner Music and ADA Distribution have launched a new campaign called Metal Matters which sees them working a range of rock and metal labels; UNFD, UDR, Eleven Seven Music, Earache, Visible Noise, Relapse, Roadrunner, Rise, and Listenable.
Metal Matters offers discounts on a range of titles to independent record stores throughout the UK.
As an added bonus, anyone picking up any of the records in the campaign will receive a free sampler (subject to availability.)
1. Motorhead – Heartbreaker
2. Five Finger Death Punch – Battle Born
3. Trivium – Brave This Storm
4. Red Fang – Blood Like Cream
5. True Widow – hw:r
6. The Charm The Fury – Carte Blanche
7. The Temperance Movement – Midnight Black
8. 77 – Down And Dirty
9. Dead Letter Circus – Lodestar
10. Sleeping With Sirens – Alone
11. Dangerkids – Hostage
12. The Browning – Fifth Kind
13. The Devil Wears Prada – Martyrs
14. Northlane – Quantum Flux
15. We Butter The Bread With Butter – Mein Brille
16. Escape The Fate – One For The Money
17. Scar The Martyr – Blood Host
18. Papa Roach – Silence Is The Enemy
10. Saxon – The Eagle Has Landed
20. Annihilator – Deadlock
Cumbria alt/punk band Colt 45 have joined Visible Noise. The trio are set to re-release their 'Chasing Yesterday and 'Inside The Triangle' EP’s together on November 4th. The release will be titled 'Coughing Up Confessions'.
1. Think For Yourself – Question Authority
2. Everybody Will Let You Down
3. Happiness Is A Dying Art
4. I’m Drowning Not Waving
5. Brick Wall
6. Chasing Yesterday
7. Shit Happens
8. In These Dreams (I’ll Live And Die)
9. These Unspoken Arguments
10. Six Months In Chino
The video for 'Happiness Is A Dying Art' can be viewed after the jump.
Gloom punk/hardcore band Salem Rages have joined Visible Noise and will digitally re-release their EP trilogy, 'Splinters'on 4th November.
1. The Curtain Fall
2. The 7th Night
4. Black Rain Falls
5. Our Halloween
9. Love Is Alive
The Dead Formats have announced an album launch show which will take place at the Camden Barfly, London on September 11th.
The album is entitled ’At Sixes and Sevens’ and is released on September 10th via Visible Noise.
A free song, 'Just What The Doctor Ordered' can be streamed by clicking read more and downloaded from TheDeadFormats.com.