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18 Bands Have Been Announced For 2000 Trees Festival

Sunday March 19th, 2017 10:00:00 PM

Loads more bands have been announced for 2000 Trees Festival.

Lower Than Atlantis and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will co-headline a day each alongside Slaves (UK) and Nothing But Thieves respectively, while the likes of Mallory Knox and ROAM have also been added to the 2000 Trees line-up.

That means the headliners for all three days look like this...

Thursday - Mallory Knox
Friday - Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes + Nothing But Thieves
Saturday - Lower Than Atlantis + Nothing But Thieves

The other 16 bands announced for the 2000 Trees 2017 line-up are...

Mallory Knox
The Menzingers
Honeyblood
Skinny Lister
Young Guns

Will Varley
Kevin Devine
ROAM
Rolo Tomassi
Tall Ships

Brutus
Puppy
Decade
Big Spring
Kamikaze Girls
Ducking Punches


This year's 2000 Trees Festival takes place at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham from July 06 - 08. Check out the line-up so far below.


Listen To A New Linkin Park Song

Friday March 17th, 2017 05:33:00 PM

'Battle Symphony'.



Linkin Park have released a new song, 'Battle Symphony'.

It sounds like this:

 
Whoa.

They released another new song, 'Heavy', not long ago. Here's that one too:



The band's new album 'One More Light' is released October May 19.


Hear PVRIS’ Lynn Gunn Sing On A Circa Waves Song

Friday March 17th, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Lynn Gunn guest vocals > pretty much any other guest vocal anywhere.

PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn features on a new version of Circa Waves' 'Fire That Burns'.

The song originally featured on the band's new album 'Different Creatures', but Lynn bursts in around 1:30 into the new song to sprinkle some PVRIS-shaped goodness all over the place, and it sounds awesome.

Listen below.



'Different Creatures' is out now via Virgin EMI, while PVRIS recently finished recording their new album - the follow-up to 2014's 'White Noise'.

"This next record will not sound hopeful or optimistic, at least in a blatantly obvious manner, and I’m not quite sure if our music ever fully will," Lynn told Rock Sound.

"I think it will always possess some sort of pensive and melancholy undertones, they just might take different forms and themes."

PVRIS have two UK shows on the horizon, too!

MAY

04 - LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire
05 - LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire


Volumes Member Breaks Leg, Continues Tour

Friday March 17th, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Ouch.



Volumes bassist Raad Soudani has broken his leg, but is carrying on with the band's US tour.

He initially thought that he'd sprained his ankle, but later discovered that he'd broken his fibula.
 

 

Sprained my ankle! $hit hurts!! Still can rock a fur coat and wheelchair like a mofo. #Ouch UPDATE: It's BROKEN!

A post shared by Raad Soudani (@raadsoudani) on


Ouch.
 


Vocalist Myke Terry was briefly hospitalised recently after cutting his eyeball in a freak accident.

Here's hoping their luck improves over the rest of the tour.

The band's new album 'Different Animals' is out June 08 via Fearless Records. Check out new single 'On Her Mind' below.


Suicide Silence Smashed Their Gear On Stage This Week

Friday March 17th, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Mayhem.



It's been an interesting few weeks for Suicide Silence.

From branding Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon a "sellout" to responding to their critics in no uncertain terms ("every shot that tries to get fired at me just makes me a stronger person," insisted vocalist Eddie Hermida), they've rarely been away from the headlines.

Now, video has emerged of the band destroying their instruments onstage in Moscow. Here's how it went down:



Okaaaaaay...

Suicide Silence will tour the UK VERY soon, with Deez Nuts and Venom Prison. Those dates are:

MARCH

19 - SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
20 - MANCHESTER Club Academy
21 - GLASGOW Garage
22 - BIRMINGHAM Academy II
23 - BRISTOL Marble Factory
24 - LONDON Koko

Eddie Hermida gives his take on deathcore, the music industry and more in the latest Rock Sound. Here's how you can get it:
 

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Here’s A New Knuckle Puck Song

Friday March 17th, 2017 02:50:00 PM

'Calendar Days'.



Knuckle Puck have unveiled another new song!

The band are releasing a new 7-inch, 'Calendar Days'/'Indecisive', which will be available physically on June 09 and digitally March 17.

You can hear 'Calendar Days' right here:



Aaand here's 'Indecisive':

 

The band will play Download Festival this summer and have also announced some intimate UK shows around it. See the dates below.

JUNE

07 - LONDON Old Blue Last
09 - KINGSTON Fighting Cocks
11 - MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
12 - GLASGOW Audio
13 - BRISTOL Exchange


Listen To An Unreleased Green Day Song

Friday March 17th, 2017 02:23:00 PM

Nice!



A previously unreleased Green Day song has been discovered!

It was found by Green Day Authority, hidden in a bonus chapter of '¡CUATRO!', the band's 2013 documentary DVD. 

The track has been unofficially titled 'That Just Happened', after the scene from the film featuring it. It sounds like this:



The documentary followed the making of Green Day's 'trilogy' ('¡UNO!', '¡DOS!', '¡TRÉ!'), so the song likely dates from the same time as those records.

Green Day will return to the UK later this year.

They'll hit Sheffield Arena on July 03, joined by Rancid.

They're also headlining a massive show in London's Hyde Park on July 01, joined by:

Rancid
Gogol Bordello
The Hives
The Living End
Beach Slang
SWMRS


Aaand more.

They'll also be headlining Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on July 04, also supported by Rancid.


August Burns Red Have Announced Another Anniversary Show

Friday March 17th, 2017 01:52:00 PM

'Messengers' turns 10.



August Burns Red have announced another 'Messengers' 10 year anniversary show.

They'll now be playing London's Underworld on both July 28 and July 31.

Here's a taster of what to expect:



And you can hear the full album here:



Heavy.


Wage War Have An Awesome New Video For ‘Stitch’

Friday March 17th, 2017 01:35:00 PM

Ooft.

Wage War have released a dramatic new video for 'Stitch'.

It features lots of falling, lots of water, and some massive riffs.

Brace for impact:

 
The song will appear on their upcoming second album, expected at some point this year.


We Came As Romans Vocalist On New Album: ‘This Record Is Going To Be So Much Different…’”

Friday March 17th, 2017 11:07:00 AM

WCAR 5 is coming.



We Came As Romans vocalist Kyle Pavone has described the band's upcoming fifth album as "so much different".

"Went to Bring Me [The Horizon] last night," he tweeted.

"Was overwhelmed with all the love from fans and the excitement for the new record. Detroit fans are the best!!!"

"It seriously means so much to me. This record is going to be so much different cause we're all putting so much heart into every single song."

"O
ur new record is fast. Our new record is heavy. And I'm back doing production and keys. This is gonna slam."

"It will be the perfect We Came As Romans record."

"If you liked 'Wasted Age' buckle up."

The band unleashed an intense standalone song, 'Wasted Age', last year.


 

 

 


Weezer Announce Tour + Drop New Song, ‘Feels Like Summer’

Thursday March 16th, 2017 05:10:00 PM

YES. 

Weezer have released a breezy new song, 'Feels Like Summer'.

It's... well, summery. Oh, and they've announced a UK tour, too!

Grab a cold beverage and relax:

 
Here's where you'll be able to catch the band later this year:

OCTOBER

23 - LEEDS Academy
24 - GLASGOW Academy
25 - MANCHESTER Apollo
27 - BIRMINGHAM Academy
28 - LONDON Wembley Arena

Nice!


Danny Worsnop Talks About The Change In His Pre-Show Routine

Thursday March 16th, 2017 04:53:00 PM

All change.


Danny Worsnop has written about how his pre-show routine has changed over the years.

The Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot frontman explained that:

"It's funny how times change... A few years ago I'd be a bottle deep, snorting cocaine out of a stripper's butthole, thinking of outrageous things to say on stage, and trying to remember the words to my own songs... Now here I am sat in my dressing room, bundled up in my comfies, stuffing my face with chocolate and waiting for the Mrs to call for our pre-show loveathon."

"This life is far less exhausting, and much more enjoyable! My past may not be pretty, but it is mine and it made me the man I am today."

"Still can't figure out how to watch my home DVR from here though... So at least I have that to complain about. I'm 3 weeks behind on "The Mick"... Pretty pissed about it."


Well then.
 


Asking Alexandria will tour the UK soon, with Parkway Drive and Stick To Your Guns. Those dates are:

APRIL

08 - LONDON Brixton Academy
09 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
10 - LEEDS Academy
11 - CARDIFF University Great Hall


Blink-182 Announce Deluxe Edition Of ‘California’, Drop New Song ‘Parking Lot’

Thursday March 16th, 2017 03:56:00 PM

It's coming!

Blink-182 have announced the deluxe edition of their latest album 'California'.

The original album - which was new vocalist / guitarist Matt Skiba's first with the band - was released last year, but this new version includes an extra CD featuring 11 (eleven!) new songs, plus an acoustic performance of 'Bored To Death'.

And you can hear new song 'Parking Lot' below.



The tracklisting for the additional tracks looks like this...

01. Parking Lot
02. Misery
03. Good Old Days
04. Don't Mean Anything
05. Hey I'm Sorry
06. Last Train Home
07. Wildfire
08. 6/8
09. Long Lost Feeling
10. Bottom of the Ocean
11. Can't Get You More Pregnant
12. Bored to Death (Acoustic)

The deluxe edition of 'California' is out on May 19, and Blink-182 tour the UK this summer.

JULY

03 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
04 - NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena
05 - LEEDS First Direct Arena
07 - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
09 - NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
11 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
12 - ABERDEEN GE Oil & Gas Arena
14 - MANCHESTER Arena
15 - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
17 - BOURNEMOUTH Int Centre
19 - LONDON O2
20 - LONDON O2


Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida Calls Thy Art Is Murder Vocalist A “Sellout”

Thursday March 16th, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Yikes.

Suicide Silence frontman Eddie Hermida has branded Thy Art Is Murder vocalist CJ McMahon a "sellout" in a new interview.

Eddie had criticised the band in previous interviews, when talking about the state of deathcore. 

"'You, know, nothing else is selling, so I quit the band to begin with.'" said Eddie (referring to CJ leaving and subsequently rejoining TAIM). 

"'There’s no money in it, so let me write this long-ass fuckin’ expose about how band members don’t make any money, then later come right back and basically say I’m not a sellout.'” 

"And at the end of the day, that is a sell-out. A person who is looking for money and a person who talks about money and focuses on money when they’re making music is a complete sell-out. 

"I would say that straight to his face, and I would say that to any band member in this genre that isn’t challenging anybody. Anybody that’s going out there for the sake of making money and for the sake of being in a huge band for selling albums are out of their minds. They’re completely backwards."

He also commented on TAIM's humourous response to Eddie's previous comments - in the form of a 'Make Deathcore Great Again' hat. This one.

 "Thy Art is Murder absolutely saw an opportunity and ran with it," said the Suicide Silence frontman.

"Honestly, they did the silliest thing you could ever do in mimicking somebody like Trump and say that they are not selling out. They are literally going, 'Hey, we’re not sell-outs, but please buy this hat. You need to buy this hat.' It’s completely backwards thinking. They’re looking for their fans to feed into the chaos."

"They’re looking for the attention, and that’s fine. It goes exactly with what I said—we don’t need that kind of attention anymore. I praise them for jumping on an opportunity just like they should."

Well.

Suicide Silence's self-titled album is out now via Nuclear Blast and you can read more about the record inside this month's magazine.
 

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Here’s A Taste Of BABYMETAL’s ‘Live At Tokyo Dome’ DVD

Thursday March 16th, 2017 03:11:00 PM

Huge.

BABYMETAL have released a trailer for their 'Live At Tokyo Dome' DVD, and it's pretty mindblowing.

It captures their two sold-out shows at the huge, 55,000-capacity arena, and will be available from April 12.

Here's a sneak preview:



Whoa.

Here's the tracklisting:

Disc 1 - Red Night

1. Road of Resistance
2. Yava!
3. Iine!
4. Syncopation
5. Amore
6. GJ!
7. Akumu No Rondo
8. Song 4
9. Catch Me If You Can
10. Gimme Chocolate
11. Karate
12. Tales of The Destinies
13. The One (English version)

Disc 2 - Black Night

1,Babymetal Death
2. Awadama Fever
3. Uki Uki Midnight
4. Meta! Taro
5. Sis. Anger
6. Akatsuki
7. Onedari Daisakusen
8. No Rain, No Rainbow
9. Doki Doki Morning
10. Meigitsune
11. Head Bangya
12. Ijime, Dame, Zettai


Meet The Band Supporting PVRIS This Year

Thursday March 16th, 2017 02:45:00 PM

Oh hi there.



Fickle Friends will support PVRIS at their upcoming UK shows.

They're an indie pop band from Brighton, and they sound like this:

 
Cool.

Those dates are:

MAY

04 - LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire
05 - LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire

You can see footage of PVRIS's set at South By Southwest right here.
 


Hayley Williams: “Two Years Ago I Was Ready To Quit”

Thursday March 16th, 2017 12:05:00 PM

This is interesting. 

Hayley Williams has appeared on web series Behind The Brand, talking about Paramore, her life and her company goodDYEyoung.

"We've had so many successes and these great achievements, but that shouldn't be the fuel to keep going," she said.

"To be really honest, two years ago I was ready to quit. I'd been through a lot personally, the band had been through a lot, and I doubted if I could write a record that I loved as much as our self-titled record."

"I just thought, I've been stressing this for 13 years. I've been working my ass off for 13 years, since before I had a car...anything that I was mine. The only thing that was mine was this music." 

"I really felt like maybe it was time to hang it up and find out what other things I could be good at, whether that's starting a family, doing hair dye... whatever it was."

"My dad always said 'If you're not happy, just hang it up.' But, I have been unhappy, and I didn't hang it up, and I'm so glad that I didn't."

"Now I look back at the last two years and...the songs we've written for the album that's upcoming, and I just think 'I've pushed myself to a place where I could still hang it up if I wanted to.' It's a choice.

"It's good to see what you're made of. I have been finding that out more recently, I think."


You can watch the interview just below:



Elsewhere in the interview, Hayley spoke in more detail about working on Paramore's upcoming fifth album.

"I've never really struggled with anxiety until these past two years," she explained.

"I felt like... 'What if our fourth album is our last album?' There was even a moment where I thought it should be our last album, because I don't to make a fifth album and it suck."

"I don't want to disappoint myself, more than I don't want to disappoint however many people might buy it. I never made a fifth record before, until me and my friends wrote it and recorded it."

She also said that:

"We're on our fifth album, we've been a band since I was 13, I'm 28 now and I'm still alive." 

"I've been through a lot of pain, I'm still alive, I started a new company which was really scary, I'm still alive. I think that it's because I value [my] gut feeling."

"You'll know if [something] is worth going after or not... you'll know when it's time to try something new. But it's not going to kill you."

Hayley also talked about her hair dye company, goodDYEyoung. In case you're unfamiliar, here's a taster of what it's about.



"To me, the most important part is the community that's built around it," she commented.

"It's great quality, but I feel like the mission around it is even more important. That social mission of just trying to give... young people a place to be weird and try new things."

"It's this healthy way they can learn to express themselves... in way they've never tried to before. It certainly gave me an outlet outside of writing. It was something that I needed, and I'm excited to watch this community grow."

We're a year in right now, and I'm loving how I get to witness it every day, the community online."


So, so cool.


Twenty One Pilots Have A Song In The New Power Rangers Movie

Thursday March 16th, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Mighty.



Twenty One Pilots have a song in the new Power Rangers movie!

'We Don't Believe What's On TV' will feature in the film itself, which hits UK cinemas on March 24.

The music of everyone from Social Distortion and Explosions In The Sky to Destiny's Child will also appear.

Good excuse to play this again, (did we need one? Actually, no), right?



You can hear a stripped-back version in the first episode of Tyler and Josh's video series, Sleepers:


Light Years Have Released The Least Spooky Horror-Themed Video In History

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Whut.

Light Years have released a terrifying new video for 'The Summer She Broke My Heart'.

Well okay, it's more likely to make you laugh than scream, but it's still pretty great.

Enjoy: 



Amazing.


Blink-182 Have Added Another Band To Their European Tour

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Would go.



Lower Than Atlantis will join Blink-182 on their German tour!

Oh, and A Day To Remember and SWMRS are also on the bill.

So good.

Expect some of this:



A bit of this:



A whole lot of this:



Aaaand of course, this:



YES.


Frank Iero Asks Fans To Consider His Band’s Privacy: “I Hope You… Can Respect These Boundaries”

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 02:35:00 PM

This is important.



Frank Iero has appealed to fans to respect he and his band The Patience's privacy on the road.

"I truly appreciate your love & enthusiasm for The Patience coming to tour your cities," he wrote, "please know we are excited too!"

"However high speed taxi chases to our hotels & following us to train stations where we have to load & account for gear in a small amount of time is not only extremely unsafe, it adds an incredible amount of stress to our work & travel, & strips us of the small amount of privacy we so desperately need in order to put on the best show possible for you."

"I hope you can understand this request or can at least can respect these boundaries as I believe it will benefit all of us and the performances."

"I look forward to seeing you all at the shows!"

 


Frank Iero and The Patience will play this year's Slam Dunk. Those dates are:

MAY

27 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 - SLAM DUNK NORTH - LEEDS City Centre
29 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH - HATFIELD Forum


Watch Will From Creeper Do Guest Vocals With Waterparks

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 11:21:00 AM

So good.



Will from Creeper joined Waterparks on stage and it was everything.

Waterparks are currently on a UK tour with All Time Low and when they stopped by Creeper's home town of Southampton recently, Will jumped on stage for a guest appearance during 'Royal'.
 
Watch it all happen below.


Will also shared this cute but creepy photo of him and Awsten, too.



Creeper head out on a headline UK tour this month, see the dates below.

MARCH

25 – MANCHESTER Academy II
26 – GLASGOW Garage
27 – NEWCASTLE University
28 – LEEDS Stylus
30 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
31 – SOUTHAMPTON 1865

APRIL

01 – BIRMINGHAM Institute II
02 – CARDIFF Tramshed


Download Festival Just Got Bigger

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Yep.



Download Festival have reunited with WWE NXT Live! for this year's event.

Wrestlers like Bobby Roode, Aleister Black, Tye Dillinger, Kassius Ohno, Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross will be facing off in a ring in the main festival arena.

“[Last year's] Download was my very first show in NXT," NXT champion Bobby Roode has commented.

"The combination of NXT Superstars and massive musical acts, entertaining tens of thousands of passionate fans makes Download a unique experience. Returning to Download as NXT Champion will make this an extra special moment for me as a performer."

You can find out more about NXT here

Everyone from System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro to Good Charlotte and Sleeping With Sirens will be appearing at this year's festival. Here's the line-up as it stands:


11 Bands Have Been Announced For Slam Dunk Festival

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 07:49:00 AM

New Slam Dunk Festival line-up announcement!

Even more bands have been confirmed for Slam Dunk Festival 2017.

Announced today are With ConfidenceWaterparks and nine more awesome bands.

These ones.

With Confidence
Waterparks
Crossfaith
Decade
Counterfeit.
Milk Teeth
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Black Foxxes
Fort Hope
SHVPES
Puppy


And yes, there are EVEN MORE bands still to be added to the line-up, plus stage splits, stage times and all of that good stuff.

This year's Slam Dunk Festival takes place at the end of May in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield (which has already sold out)...

MAY

27 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 - SLAM DUNK NORTH - LEEDS City Centre
29 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH - HATFIELD Forum (SOLD OUT)

But for the time being, you can check the list of bands playing Slam Dunk Festival 2017 (so far) below.


Watch PVRIS Play Live At SXSW

Tuesday March 14th, 2017 07:51:00 PM

This is amazing.



PVRIS played a free show for SXSW at the weekend.

It was in aid of Planned Parenthood and by the looks of these videos, they killed it.




PVRIS have also released a new charity shirt, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and ACLU



They'll play two UK shows in May, the dates are...

04 - LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire
05 - LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire


OPINION: Why Rock’s Sense Of Community Might Matter More Than Anything

Sunday July 31st, 2016 02:55:00 PM

A wise man once said, ‘without music, life would be a mistake.’ But that’s as much about the people we meet through songs as the songs themselves... 

Hello, my name is Tomas Doyle, I am the Deputy Editor of Rock Sound magazine and to quote the mighty Less Than Jake, ‘All My Best Friends Are Metalheads’.

Well, okay, that isn’t quite true but it is a point of fact that virtually every person I care about, or have any sort of meaningful relationship with, I have come to know through a mutual interest in rock music. 

Think about that for second. An entire life that has been shaped and carved in a very real way through a series of noises that come out of a speaker.

Except rock music isn’t just about the sounds that we fire into our ears – not really. The true beauty of the records we share a love for is that they have always been a catalyst for some of the most strongly forged communities imaginable.

It’s about the pals you make at school through sneakily listening to your favourite albums in the back of class. It’s the kid you see in town rocking a T-shirt of a band you know so start talking to. It’s the frantic half hours you spend sweating other people’s sweat at the front of packed-out gigs and the days you spend afterwards making those nights in to the stuff of collective legend. Hell, eventually it might be the band you start with your mates (where you rip off those musicians you idolise and can’t play nearly as well as, but it doesn’t matter because you have all of the fun doing it).

And the reason rock music of all creeds has long been a hotbed for such tight-knit companionship is, when it comes to it, pretty simple: we are all, at some level, outsiders. Whether you’re a gang of punks in 1977 being spat at in the street for having three foot high mohawks or a Marilyn Manson fan being berated for the ‘satanic’ (yeah, right) content of your favourite tunes, we’ve have always been the kids who don’t quite resonate with what the mainstream deems ‘reasonable’. Even the biggest, most successful rock acts of the last 10 years have risen to the top on an wave of acclaim from us freaks and weirdos: whether you belong to the MCR or BVB armies, the chances are that in those fandoms you have found people who understand you and what makes you tick more than the average Joe in the street ever could.

When Rock Sound interviewed AFI frontman and all-round straight-thinker Davey Havok recently he explained the concept with laser-guided clarity.  

“You can find a community you connect with and make that your family. Family is about so much more than just DNA.”

He couldn’t be more right. The music we hold dear, at its best, expresses our deepest fears, galvanises our greatest hopes and helps us realise that even life’s most imposing mountains are conquerable: why wouldn’t you want to hang out with people who connect to those big, life-altering emotions in the same way as you?

But like any good, self-policing community, the rock scene runs off mutual respect and an ethos of helping one another. Of course even under our big, black-clad umbrella we’re sub-divided in lots of ways (death metal to emo and right back again) and there will always be people who like the exact same records as you who you don’t want to be mates with because, frankly, they are thunderous dicksplashes – we get that. 

It’s important to remember though, that in a pop-culture that is measured in light years, the person who doesn’t like the same era of Panic! At The Disco as you probably shouldn’t be a target for your ire. 

Against a backdrop of ultra-processed X-factor gruel, shallow-as-an-ants-paddling-pool reality TV and music that denigrates women, poor people and anybody with the audacity to express their emotions in anything beyond the most basic terms we must always remain an enclave for acceptance, not elitism.

After all, what happens when the misfits feel like even the people who no one understands don’t understand them? How would you have felt if when you first started dipping your foot into the rock, punk or metal scenes you were told you were doing it wrong. 

Quite aside from the fact that there is, obviously, no objectively correct way to enjoy music, it’s an unspoken responsibility of established members of our subculture to welcome in those who are just finding their way, rather than deriding them for not liking the ‘cool’ albums. 

Remember that band you started with your mates and how much you sucked? Exactly. And since when was any of this about being cool anyway?

Too often, misguided efforts to ‘protect’ rock culture leads certain among our number pushing away the people who need its support the most. 

Think about all the joy this music brings you – why would you ever want to deny someone else that pleasure?

The truth is that we live in a hard, treacherous world and the more people we have who understand and can look after us, the better. Rock music provides the platform for connection for us all, we should revel in the strength of those bonds, not seek to tear them down. 

If you’re a little older and have already made your mates in the scene, be sure to make an effort to talk to that kid at school you see with band patches on their bag or the newbie at the gig on their own. And if you’re just finding your way in, welcome, there is something even more amazing than music here for you – there is friendship for life. 

As for me and my mates – they are, as Mr Havok rightly points out, like family to me. But if you read this magazine and  care about those notes coming out of your speakers as much as we do, then as far as I’m concerned me and you are family too. 

Continue reading on Rock Sound »


Is Access To Everything Eroding The Emotional Connection We Once Felt To Music?

Thursday April 7th, 2016 09:31:00 PM

Just something to think about.

Nearly 15 years ago, the late, great David Bowie was asked by the New York Times how he thought the role of the musician would change in the near future.

“Music is going to become like running water or electricity,” he replied, with a shrug.

And while your taps and plug sockets might not be full of jazz and funk just yet, The Thin White Duke was certainly right – music has become an abundant, free-flowing commodity in our modern lives. Whether you use YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Deezer or (don’t laugh) Tidal, the chances are you have access to a universe of music at your fingertips whenever you so desire.

You’ve woken up this morning with a hankering for some Romanian proto-djent played on spoons? Sure, here’s three albums of it and six playlists recommending similar music performed using other bits of cutlery, should it turn out that you prefer knives and forks.

On the one hand this is obviously a great thing - music is great and more music can only be better, right? Access to the widest possible spectrum of art expands our horizons and lets us explore the edges of our taste in a way previously unthinkable. Certainly a world away from the high-cash-for-limited-access days of CD and vinyl shopping that Mr Bowie knew.

But is more always more? Is access to everything eroding the emotional connection we once felt to a few things?

Forget about the financial implications of the demise of physical media on artists (although they are hugely significant). What about the impact on us, the consumers?

The opportunity cost, in real terms, of investigating a new band is so low that the incentive to be truly invested in what you are consuming is reduced to the point of insignificance.

If you have had to save up for three weeks to buy a CD then you will listen to that record – whether you really love it or not – until you can recite every note on that shiny disc from memory. When, truthfully, was the last time you listened to an entire album all the way through on Spotify and then decided to repeat it again. And again. And again.

This might seem like a relatively minor point, but the means through which we digest art are intrinsically linked to what we end up thinking about the art itself. The sense of kinship for, and ownership of, a musician that you have to work hard to seek out is, for the most part at least, greater. You ordered the vinyl from the record shop, you went to the show and picked up the support band’s first album at the merch stand, you earned it, in the same way that the musicians earned the right to be in your ears with their hours of practice and hard work.

The respect is more mutual, the connection both physical and more profound.

Having vast swathes of music placed tantalizingly in front of us - and there is so much these days - not only reduces the perceived value of what we’re listening to (when was the last time you were amazed at the water spewing from your tap?) but also abbreviates our reactions to music to the most basic responses.

With Your New Favourite Band only one motion of your index finger away, the inclination to rate music in the most black and white terms is often overwhelming. Singles are seemingly now always either ‘Brilliant!’ or ‘Terrible!’ with precious little room given to the middle ground between. Music is a vessel for emotion, and emotions are, as anyone who has ever felt one will know, often confusing and <always> painted in varying shades of grey. Kneejerk responses do not make you a careful or considered listener and having the strongest opinion first doesn’t win you any prizes.

Not everything you hear will be great, not everything you hear will be terrible, the vast majority of it will fall somewhere in the middle ground between those two furious bookends. Oh, and it’s okay to listen to an album for six months before deciding you enjoy it. Or not.

But perhaps the most damaging facet of million-songs-in-your-pocket culture, for the rock scene at least, is the divisive, fragmenting impact it has had on our community.

Sure, the joy of talking to the person behind the counter at the record store for hot recommendations is now a distant memory for most, but the extent to which genre sub-divisions are prepared to go to war with each other is an every day reality which almost beggars belief. ‘What do you mean you don’t know about <insert metalcore band I only heard for the first time five minutes ago here>? You are such an idiot.’

So what can be done about the streaming model’s propensity to devalue music in the eyes of the consumer? Well, the answer, as Bowie rightly pointed out in that same New York Times interview, is absolutely nothing.

The floodgates are open, and no amount of trying to stick Pandora back in the box will change that.

The responsibility lies with us, the fans. The revival of vinyl sales suggests that people do still remember the thrill of physical media, albeit with a hefty dose of online streaming on the side.

So how about a challenge? This week, why not try limiting your music consumption to three albums? In Rock Sound this month we are revisiting Saosin’s debut self-titled album, why not make that one of them? We’ll let you pick the other two ‘cos we’re nice like that.

Get under their skin. Listen to them front to back and then back to front. Learn the words. Pore over the artwork and research the music and the people who made it as much as you can. At the end of the week you can go back to your normal listening habits, but we bet you won’t see those select few albums you wore down to the bone the same way ever again. 

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West From Neck Deep’s Guide To Gaming On Tour

Friday March 11th, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Meet our new video games columnist.



Alright. I'm West and I play guitar in the band Neck Deep. When I'm not banging my head and spinning up an F5 tornado on stage, I'm usually sat on me arse playing video games.

I've been sat in front on a TV getting square eyes way longer than I've been attempting to play any form of music, and gaming is one of my biggest passions. From this point forward you'll see my hairy mug on a regular basis, where I'll be giving you the lowdown on my various adventures in the wide world of gaming.

Seeing as I'm away from home a lot it can be difficult to game a lot of the time, here are my top six tips for gaming on the road...

JUST BRING YOUR CONSOLE
We have the luxury nowadays of being able to tour in what is basically a house on wheels, (which usually has a telly in it), so a lot of the time I'll just bubble wrap me PS4 and cradle it among a ton of clothes in my suitcase, hoping that an airline doesn't do a David Seaman and boot it down the runway.

HANDHELD IS THE WAY FORWARD
The obvious choice for gaming on tour would be to bring a handheld console with you, I rarely leave my house without my 3DS or Ps Vita.

USE YOUR PHONE
Nowadays, your phone is basically a computer in your pocket, so it makes sense to use it to play games with! Loads of console exclusive indie games have been ported over to the App Store and Google Play, a long with a lot of classics including the Final Fantasy series.

REGION FREE CONSOLES
With the latest generation of consoles (Xbox One and PS4), you're pretty much set to buy and import games from any country as they're region free. This is great when touring the US as you'll be able to buy games on the cheap whilst overseas.

STAY UP TO DATE
I'm always checking Kotaku to keep up to date on the latest gaming news and release dates, but it's also good to do a bit of research yourself. For example Yokai Watch on 3DS still hasn't been released in the UK or Europe, but it's out in Australia and they have the same region code as us in terms of handhelds.

PARTY GAMES
Sharing a bus with 11 other people often means fighting for TV time. The best way to counteract this is to bring some games everyone can have a crack at. A recent favourite of ours has been Rocket League, it's basically FIFA but in rocket-powered supercars. Matches only last 5 minutes so everybody gets a go pretty quickly, it's also hilarious to place bets on.

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A Love Letter To Crunkcore

Sunday February 14th, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Yes, really.

brokeNCYDE's new album 'All Grown Up' is out today. It's also Valentine's Day, so it seemed like the perfect time for Rock Sound's resident crunkcore superfan / apologist Gav Lloyd to explain why he loves crunkcore so much.


I’m part of a very small, often ridiculed group of people. I am a loud, proud fan of crunkcore.

No subgenre has really copped it quite as hard as crunkcore, with many rock fans treating the genre with nothing but malice. Birthed out of the glory years of MySpace where friendships could be made or broken by Top 8 positioning, crunkcore barged its way into the alternative scene in a whirlwind of glowsticks, red cups filled with Four Loko, all-over print hoodies and shutter shades. Sonically, it took the crunk sound that was dominating U.S. clubs and airwaves courtesy of artists such as professional shouting lad Lil Jon and combined it with screams.

Although it had its fair share of naysayers from day one, the genre’s demise was never more apparent than last year, when the crunkcore's spiritual forefathers and pioneers brokeNCYDE launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund their new album which saw only 33 people in the whole world make pledges, raising $1,421 of their $30,000 target.

But crunkcore is now making a hostile comeback. Brokencyde’s fourth full-length ‘All Grown Up’ boasts 23 tracks and is out today, so if you’re struggling to think of something to get that special someone in your life, you may have just found the perfect present.


Listen to 'All Grown Up' in full right here.



The title of brokeNCYDE’s debut album ‘I’m Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It!’ perfectly sums up what was great about them. While older people were looking confused at something they couldn’t get their heads around, a younger generation was indulging in something fresh and exciting. Sure, it may not sound like Iron Maiden or what your dad is into, but that band stuck up an obnoxious middle finger to everyone while doing shots of Sambuca and necking strangers. Their ‘fuck you’ attitude of doing things their way regardless of what anybody else thought made them more 'punk' than 90% of your favourite punk bands.

But brokeNCYDE aren’t the only crunkcore band who are back. The end of last year saw Millionaires release their brand new song ‘When I’m Single’. Sisters Melissa Marie Green and Allison Maria Green made a reputation out of being two girls who loved to party, get drunk, spend money and not give a flying fuck about what you thought about it.

The world of alternative music has been a boys club for far too long, and although the tides are changing, Millionaires were leading the charge for women years ago and were largely met with ridicule rather than the respect they deserved. Sure, they might not have been ideal role models, but rock stars aren’t meant to be. For years we’ve had to endure men brazenly bragging about their sex lives. Millionaires turned the tables on that ideology while making any slut-shamers look very silly indeed. They were the sort of girls that the likes of Taking Back Sunday were writing songs about, who were too busy releasing songs like ‘Drinks On Me’ to worry about anyone’s feelings.

That doesn’t only make them unique, it makes them very cool.


Watch the video for 'When I'm Single' below.



If you’re thinking that these acts are far too niche and this genre is best left forgotten, I’d like to point you in the direction of 3OH!3. The Colorado two-piece proved just what crunkcore was capable of. They went from tearing up the stages of Warped Tour to gatecrashing charts all over the world with ‘Don’t Trust Me’, and it wasn’t long before they were collaborating with massive pop-stars like Katy Perry and Ke$ha and proving that music doesn’t need to have guitars to rock.

Right now one of the biggest and best bands in rock music are this month’s cover stars Twenty One Pilots, and while they don’t necessarily have much in common with 3OH!3, they do share their bold attitude towards blurring lines and proving that rock is as much a state of mind as it is a specific sound. Coincidently, 3OH!3 have recently returned with new single ‘My Dick’. Which, truth be told, isn’t the best. Even as far as songs about willies go. But hopefully they’ve got some more serious crunkcore up their sleeves when the new album rolls around. Yep, serious crunkcore.


Watch the (very NSFW) video for 'My Dick' below.



It wasn’t all great. Not even I can defend Blood On The Dancefloor. But hey, they shouldn’t bring the whole genre down. For all the abuse these artists have had to endure their influence has been massive, whether you want to admit it or not.

Look at the how electronics have slowly seeped into the riffs and breakdowns. Scene leaders like Asking Alexandria probably wouldn’t sound the way they currently do if crunkcore never happened. Neither would the party metal mayhem of Attila or Falling In Reverse’s delightfully excessive sound. When all the cool kids decided it wasn’t alright to like nu metal any more, rap and metal pretty much went their separate ways. Crunkcore opened the doors for everyone to be friends again, and now we have the likes of Issues and Hacktivist.

But more than just the sonic side of things, crunkcore carried - and still carries - the rock & roll spirit the way so few bands do these days. Your average band looks like your cousin and his mates have just finished their shift at Waitrose and have picked up some guitars. Crunkcore was genuinely exciting; it was music your parents would shake their heads at and call you a wally for listening to. It embodied the sex, drugs and rock & roll spirit.

And in a rock scene that often begins to feel a little beige, we need the neon colours that the likes of Brokencyde, Millionaires and 3OH!3 provide to brighten it up.

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Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds: “Governance 101. Create Fear. Fear, Fear, Fear.”

Thursday December 3rd, 2015 05:47:00 PM

This is important.



UK MPs voted in favour of joining coalition air strikes against IS militants in Syria last night. Millions of people reacted, both from within the rock world and far, far outside it.

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds has written a powerful opinion piece on the matter for Rock Sound. You can read it in full below.



"Look, if we bomb ISIS there's an even bigger chance they'll bomb us and we couldn't have that could we? So, to stop (but also increase) the chances of them bombing us we need to bomb them, now. You get me?"

That's not a million miles from one of David Cameron's arguments on why we need airstrikes in Syria. Here though, it's been translated to simpler language, highlighting the state of complete confusion and contradiction this 'argument' is built upon.

Yesterday the UK government voted in favour of dropping bombs in Syria with the attempt of targeting ISIL / ISIS / Da'esh whatever the fuck you choose to call them. 

Syria is a beautiful country with a rich history. It has over the last few years been reduced to a chaotic mess of facism, extremism, intergroup conflicts and civil wars wrapped up in civil wars. A month ago airstrikes against ISIL were proposed and later withdrawn through lack of support, but everything has changed since Paris. Now, powerful emotions have been allowed to cloud vision and we're going in balls out, bombs away.

It's hard to imagine people more gruesome, psychopathic and disgusting than ISIL. If evil had a physical embodiment, like, say, a "Mr Evil", ISIL would be his pathetic little tag along, the ugly little prick that tries to desperately win the attention and approval of the disinterested "Mr Evil" by committing increasingly extreme acts.

No one denies that these people need to be destroyed. But with airstrikes, you kill innocent people, you destroy infrastructure, homes, hospitals, schools. You create more extremists, the very thing you are attempting to rid the world of.

I don't have a car but on the occasions I do drive, if you've been unfortunate enough to be a passenger you may have witnessed me looping round a roundabout four times after missing my exit. "The sat nav didn't load in time! It looked like it was the next exit!" I cry. "Oh which lane should I be in now? Fuck I just missed it again.” ETC.

Well, THAT is what this ol' 'war on terror' feels like. It started 14 years years ago, this ol' 'war on terror' thing did. 

14 years of invasions, airstrikes, lots of dead civilians, which created lots of new extremists...
Which meant more invasions, airstrikes, lots of dead civilians, which created lots of new extremists… 
Repeat ad nauseam (that's just a fancy latin phrase for "repeat to the point of causing nausea” - I use it to look all intellectualisty).

We couldn't have aided in the creation of ISIS more if we worked out how to create terrorists in a Petri dish.

Without a clear and well geographically defined enemy, civilians often feel the brunt of our military might. Modern military weaponry has improved in terms of its accuracy over the years, but we still inevitably cause "collateral damage". This is a clever euphemism that sounds like the extra interest you have to cough up when your bank account goes into the red. Instead, it's what happens when our bombs colour the streets of far away places red with the blood of innocent children.

How this is going to make us safer I'm very unsure. France was already bombing in Syria before Paris. Many commentators say that’s the reason it was targeted.

The problem for the UK's immediate safety is we have a Tory government that is increasing poverty and inequality, underfunding and ruining our healthcare and public services whilst telling us "we CAN afford to spend millions on airstrikes." And that’s millions a day we're talking here!

Governance 101. Create fear. 
Fear, fear, fear. 
Fear at every corner. That will then be all your population can think about. 

We pay extra attention to fear, and rightly so, remembering where that sabre tooth tiger den was is one of the reasons our species has been so prosperous. But fear can be exploited. And if your people are worrying about ISIS, they're no longer worrying about how you're dismantling everything that's good about the country and selling it off to the super-rich.

Cameron has no strategy, no endgame, no long term plan, in 2013 he wanted us to go after Assad (president of Syria). Now, he's after ISIL, he just wants to bust in like a bloodthirsty cowboy into a saloon in a vintage western. The UK is gonna add to the dropping of explosives already being dropped by the U.S., France, and others and hope we get the bad guys. It's like we're Jägermeister and being added to a Long Island Iced Tea.

There's already many different sects fighting each other in Syria - Assad’s government forces, tequila, vodka, the western forces, light rum, religious fruitcakes, triple sec, and gin. Adding Jägermeister ain't gonna do anyone any FLAVOURS. Flavours, see what I did there?
(Not trying to make light of a horrific situation but half of you would have stopped reading by the next sentence if I hadn't thrown a joke there. There hadn't been a chuckle inducer for at least a few paragraphs).

It's mental that we can go into another war when the Chilcot Inquiry (the inquiry that is looking into whether the UK's war in Iraq was criminal) hasn't even been released! 
Airstrikes may kill some of ISIL. But they will also undoubtedly kill children at schools, people in hospitals, normal folk trying to make a living. 

We should be going after those who fund and arm ISIL, we should go after those who buy their oil.

But calm logic isn't as fashionable as rushed fervour and passion.

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Why We Needed The King Blues To Reunite Now More Than Ever

Wednesday November 25th, 2015 05:29:00 PM

The King Blues announced their reunion today. Rock Sound Deputy Editor Tomas Doyle explains why in 2015 more than ever, that is a very, very good thing.



One of the most well-worn criticisms of modern rock music from those on the outside is that there are no bands who "Really stand for anything these days, y’know?" Yet the accusation that we, as a generation, have failed to produce bands blessed with the sort of politicised vigour that the ’70s, ’80s and even ’90s all seemed to have in spades is one levelled by people who, frankly, haven’t been looking hard enough.

Formed in 2004 as a ragtag bunch of Camden Town punks with little more than a couple of wonky acoustic guitars and a fiercely burning social conscience to their name, The King Blues took their self-proclaimed "conscious rude boi ska" and cut their teeth across the UK’s burgeoning DIY punk scene. They built themselves from the ground up; blue collar, working-class kids who took the ethos and spirit of Two Tone forefathers like The Specials – anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-government violence, for-the-people-by-the-people song writing – and made it speak to a new generation. That they hauled ska, a genre long in the doldrums in terms of commercial popularity, back to the brink of a mainstream breakthrough is testament to their prophetic, poetic abilities.

At the centre of all of this was frontman Itch, a diminutive genius whose skills with a pen, pad and microphone at times bordered on the supernatural. Even the most cursory listen to the band’s second album ‘Save The World. Get The Girl’ (still their finest hour) reveals layers of deftly weaved personal narrative and political commentary that most writers could only ever dream of, all delivered with a fangs-bared passion that you cannot fake. Even more than that though, he and his bandmates flew their flag at marches, rallies and protests, practising what they preached in a way that precious few musicians ever authentically do. Truly, they were a lightning rod for British punk...

...which made the band’s sudden split in 2012 feel all the more cruel and untimely. In the years that have gone by since, the world has become a much, much darker place. We live in times where more and more homeless freeze and starve on our streets, planes are blown out of the sky and fanatics run into music venues and gun people down in the name of religion. Meanwhile, government and big business are in cahoots, slicing up our health services and education for astronomic profit at all of our expense. We need a band like The King Blues – who stand for unity, togetherness and social justice – more than we ever have before. That they have chosen this moment to return is a cause for real celebration.

The stark reality is that music, as much as we might want it to, cannot save the world. But it can bring us together in a way that very, very few other things on this lonely planet of ours can. One of the most important British bands of the last 10 years are back and it’s time to listen, talk, think, get inspired and activate yourselves in whatever way you are able to. Long live The King Blues.
 


The King Blues hit the road with Enter Shikari and The Wonder Years early next year.

FEBRUARY

18 - GLASGOW Academy
19 - EDINBURGH Corn Exchange
20 - NOTTINGHAM Arena
22 - BOURNEMOUTH International Centre
23 - CARDIFF Arena
25 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
27 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

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Rock Sound On Lloyd Roberts: “We Must Ensure That This Is NEVER Again Allowed To Happen”

Tuesday October 13th, 2015 05:52:00 PM

This is important.


Today was an important day in the life of Lloyd Roberts.

Nearly two months after allegations of illegal and inappropriate behaviour swept across the internet, the former Neck Deep guitarist has today been cleared of all wrongdoing by North Wales Police.

As far as the authorities are concerned, Lloyd has no case to answer. As far as the authorities are concerned, Lloyd has done nothing illegal. As far as the authorities are concerned, that’s the end of it.

Sadly, it’s not. As a direct result of these allegations, Lloyd Roberts has seen a huge chunk of his life disappear. He’s left a job that he loved and worked hard for, he’s had to sit and watch as thousands of complete strangers dragged his reputation through the mud based on mere hearsay, and he’s had to do it all while trying to raise a child and support a family that depended on his work in Neck Deep to keep a roof over their heads and food in their mouths.

Before we go any further, it’s perhaps worth pointing out that only Lloyd and his accuser will ever know what truly happened. There are two sides to every story, after all. However, what this does all seem to point to is that the process by which somebody was accused, in turn judged and quite possibly slandered without any evidence being presented whatsoever, is wrong.

It’s also worth pointing out that the police were only involved in the matter because Lloyd requested they step in. He wasn’t accused of anything in court by a lawyer, but on social media, arguably the most dangerous, unchecked and frankly uncontrollable platform available.

This was a campaign spread solely online – in public – and with no evidence submitted to the police to support it. It’s a dangerous process that is becoming incredibly frequent. Even if you hate somebody’s band, these are real people and these are serious accusations. These need to be treated as such, because the damage done by them can in some cases never be undone.

Let’s also not forget that in recent years some unspeakable things have happened. We have seen crimes and behaviour exposed from within music that make grown adults cry. Sick, evil, unfathomable acts have come to light, and we must collectively ensure that these are NEVER again allowed to happen. 

We at Rock Sound feel that responsibility stronger than most. We take our position very seriously – one of influence and example – and we will never shy away from it. It is our duty to stand up for you, to listen to you, to support you, and to take a stand alongside you when any wrongdoing is exposed to the proper authorities.

But it’s up to you to handle things the right way, and to consider exactly what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.

It’s not our job to tell anybody how to feel. Some victims of abuse don’t feel that they can stand up and say, ‘I am a victim.’ We understand and appreciate that. However, if you feel that you can speak out, go to the police, go to somebody you can trust, and deal with the issue in a manner that makes you feel safe and comfortable. That is how people truly see justice.

Furthermore, it is a reality that some people in various positions of fame and influence – be it music or anything else – abuse their positions. This is undeniable, and it is unacceptable. We will not tolerate or protect any human being who does this. We will help bring them to justice in any way we can.

However, we will also not sit by and watch people ruin the lives and careers of others for the whole world to see. We as a species spent centuries burning people at the stake amid nothing more than accusations of witchcraft. In 2015, we must not adopt modern ways of doing this same thing.

It is too late for Lloyd, but perhaps there are positives to be taken from this situation, namely that in future we as a community will not be so rash in our judgement, nor in the ways in which we accuse and judge people of incredibly serious crimes and activities.

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other, but also be very, very careful how you see fit to act and accuse those you believe have done wrong. Because if you get it wrong, there is very often no undoing the damage.

We must ensure that we never, ever allow the same thing that's unfolded in this case to happen again.


As ever Samaritans are here to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

All queries are strictly confidential and there is no religious affiliation whatsoever.

If you need guidance, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or contact them on email at jo@samaritans.org.

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Fashionably Great: Get Ready For The End Of Festival Season With Impericon

Sunday August 9th, 2015 09:47:00 AM


PROMOTED POST: IT’S STILL FESTIVAL SEASON. Which bands do you watch? Where did you put your tent? Do your wellies have holes? Which clothes do you wear? Well, Impericon.com can help you with that last bit…




Bring Me The Horizon shirt? Check. Skinny jeans? Check. Sunglasses? Check. You're ready to throw down and look cool.

Bring Me The Horizon SC T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now
Ironnail skinny jeans | £39.99 | Buy now
Beartooth sunglasses | £8.99 | Buy now



Legging it from stage to stage? These Air Max will do the trick nicely. Combine them with this ADTR top and HUF cap and you're onto a winner.

A Day To Remember tank | £14.99 | Buy now
Nike Air Max Tavas Essential | £99.99 | Buy now
HUF cap | £33.99 | Buy now



Disney Princess shoes > pretty much everything else. Apart from these Obey socks and a The Story So Far shirt, obviously.

Obey socks | £10.99 | Buy now
Vans slip-on Belle / True white shows | £51.99 | Buy now
The Story So Far T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now



That Lord Of The Rings Neck Deep shirt, though. And the Jimmy Eat World and Northlane stuff doesn't look bad either...

Northlane longsleeve | £22.99 | Buy now
Neck Deep LOTR T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now
Jimmy Eat World T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now

Impericon.com stocks an unrivalled selection of merch and streetwear designs. We recommend checking out their full range right here.

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Fashionably Great: Spend Some Bank Holiday Cash At Impericon This Weekend

Friday May 1st, 2015 01:08:00 PM


PROMOTED POST: This weekend is the first of TWO Bank Holidays in the space of a few weeks, and everyone at RS HQ is pretty pumped about it. What's more, Impericon have stocked up on some amazing pieces for the occasion, and we felt the urge to share them with you. Like these…




No wardrobe will ever be complete without a Slayer dress. And guys, at least one person in our office is adamant that pairing that Beartooth tank with the red Parkway Drive shorts will make you THE head turning sensation at Slam Dunk in a few weeks. So get on it.

Iron Fist Slayer dress | BUY NOW
£55.99

Beartooth tank  | BUY NOW
£15.99

Parkway Drive Shorts | BUY NOW
£24.99



The All Time Low guys nail both pop-punk and baseball looks to perfection with this slick design. And if you’re after shoes, then you might like to know that when you order any pair of Vans from Impericon right now, they’ll hook you up with a free pair of Vans socks. Just use the code ‘vansocks’ at the checkout.

All Time Low Raglan | BUY NOW
£22.99

Hype Sweater | BUY NOW
£49.99

Vans | BUY NOW
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As a Rock Sound reader, you’ll know by now how blooming amazing PVRIS are, so rep them now and you’ll be able to roll your eyes when everybody else is doing it in 2017. Hype’s eye-catching designs continue to blow our minds, as does Afends’ rise from the underground of hardcore. Both brands with strong ties to rock breaking through into the mainstream. Awesome to see!

PVRIS tee | BUY NOW
£14.99

Hype cap | BUY NOW
£23.99

Afends tank | BUY NOW
£24.99

Impericon.co.uk stocks an incredible range of band merch and streetwear brands that it would be impossible to fit into a single page. When you’re in the spending mood we wholeheartedly recommend checking out the entire store.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday, you fabulous people!

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Fashionably Great: Spend Some Payday Cash At Impericon This Weekend

Friday February 27th, 2015 04:18:00 PM


#PROMOTED POST:
We’ve had it circled on the office calendar for about three weeks, but, finally, pay day is here! So we figured we’d help you spend some of those hard earned pennies, because we’re proper nice like that. Whether you’re on the hunt for new band merch or updating your street wear, the guys over at Impericon have you covered. Here are our top picks from the store this month.

In Hearts Wake Tee | BUY NOW
£14.99

Adidas ZX Flux Sneakers | BUY NOW
£71.99


Neff Daily Glow In The Dark Sunglasses | BUY NOW
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Mi-Pac Strawberries Backpack | BUY NOW
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Of Mice & Men Baseball Cap | BUY NOW
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Stick To Your Guns Tee | BUY NOW
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Carhartt Hoody | BUY NOW
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Herschel Retreat Backpack | BUY NOW
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Carhartt Jeans | BUY NOW
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To see what else Impericon have lined up for the new season, head over to their store and take a look at the full range.

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Seminal Nirvana Photographer Collaborates With Streetwear Pioneers

Friday February 13th, 2015 11:19:00 AM


Famed for capturing the most influential grunge bands of the '80s and '90s including Nirvana, Mudhoney and Pearl Jam, seminal photographer Charles Peterson and streetwear pioneers KR3W have teamed up to create the 'Rights Refused' collaboration. Take a look at this.

Peterson once said, "amidst the chaos of a live show, I wanted to find that sense of grace. I wanted people to experience what it was like being there; the sweat, the noise, being pushed against each other”. Moments captured by the photographer include Kurt Cobain's infamous stage dive in Seattle, 1990, as seen above.

Now appearing across a range of tees, wovens, cut and sew thanks to KR3W, Peterson's works tell their own story of a snapshot of time that changed the face of music forever. 

Rad stuff.

The KR3W x Charles Peterson collaboration is in store now, available at Slam City Skate and other select retailers.

KR3W x Charles Peterson Exhibition is open to the public for a limited time only. You can catch it at:
MANCHESTER –13th February, launch event from 7pm - NOTE Skate Shop, 61 Thomas Street M4 1NA
LONDON– 19th-21st February (launch event, 19th Feb from 7pm),  Parlour Skate Shop, 59 Hackney Road 

You can also find out a whole lot more about Charles Peterson in this awesome film:

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Exclusive First Look: The New One Love Apparel Range

Thursday February 12th, 2015 11:20:00 AM


You'll already be well aware of JJ Peters and Ahren Stringer from their mosh duties with Deez Nuts and The Amity Affliction, respectively. You might also have noticed the Aussie duo's hardcore-infused clothing label, One Love Apparel, regularly graces the pages of our magazine. Here's a sneek peak at their new range.

The new line of One Love Apparel launches this Saturday (Valentine's Day. See what they've done there?). To get you buzzing, Rock Sound has the exclusive first look at some of the choice cuts from their brand new look book. Cop a load!

The full range will be available from the One Love Apparel webstore from Saturday, February 14.

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I Travelled 4,000 Miles For Pop-Punk. Here’s Why.

Wednesday February 11th, 2015 01:42:00 PM


The Wonder Years have long been my favourite band. I've loved everything they've done - from the early days of the ignorant breakdowns and synth on 'Get Stoked On It!', all the way through to '13’s magnum opus ‘The Greatest Generation’. So when they announced a string of three shows to celebrate their 10-year anniversary in Philadelphia, I grabbed tickets, booked flights and found myself in the city of brotherly love before you could say "I’m Not Sad Anymore". You may think I’m mad, but there are plenty of good reasons why I would travel half way round the world for these six dudes from the Keystone State. 

I GOT TO SEE THE SIGHTS 
The Wonder Years love their hometown and their songs are peppered with references to local landmarks. Heading to Philly was a pilgrimage of sorts and there were plenty of places to tick off the list; Washington Square Park to see if the tides would turn for me? Yeah, I went there. Melrose Diner - the dingy eatery on Snyder  Avenue that inspired, err, 'Melrose Diner' but according to Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell is pretty awful in reality? Did that, too. Hit up Logan Circle to see if the fountain was on or not? You bet I did (and for the record, it wasn't).


"All I’ve got left are these handfuls of fuck you"

BECAUSE CHEESESTEAKS 
The food in Philadelphia is pretty special. From pretzels to ice cream to mental roasted meats, the city has it all. But there's nothing like grabbing a traditional Philly Cheesesteak from Pat’s King Of Steaks. It's pretty much made any other food stuff taste like cardboard since. Thanks for the tip, Matty from A Loss For Words!


"I’m staying in eating take-out food by TV light"

BECAUSE THERE'S NO ATMOSPHERE LIKE A HOMETOWN ATMOSPHERE
At each one of The Wonder Years' three album shows, an energy filled the room that only exists when a band plays in their hometown. Bodies flew over the barrier, fists pumped the air and singalongs rang out for three nights solid; be it for ‘The Upsides’, ‘Surburbia...’ or ‘The Greatest Generation’, nothing beats a reaction like this in your own town.


"For the first time this year I feel whole, because I've been so afraid of being alone"

BECAUSE MATES
In some way, shape, or form, The Wonder Years' mean a whole lot to every single person that came to these shows, and I wasn't the only one who travelled halfway across the globe for them, either. And that common ground meant that for three nights, I was in a room full of people I'd never met who could easily be my best friends. These shows were a platform for this community to say thank you in the only way they know how. It was a matey weekend of supports too, as TWY roped in their friends in Fireworks, Koji, A Loss For Words and Modern Baseball to back them up. Even Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. fame brought his old band The Progress out of retirement for the occasion. 


"I don't need to pump my fists to look sweet"

BECAUSE 10 YEARS IS A KILLER ACHIEVEMENT
The Wonder Years started at the bottom playing to 15 people in basements and school gyms singing songs about pirates and astronauts. They never took anything for granted and scratched and clawed to get where they are today. Where many bands would give up and clean the slate, The Wonder Years pushed on and stuck to their guns. Their reward was selling out 3,600 tickets to their 10-year party in 10 minutes, and the shows were a true celebration of what the band has achieved over the last decade. From where I was standing, it looked as special a weekend for the men on the stage as it was for us in the pit. Here's to 10 more years of The Wonder Years.

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I Went To Paris To Watch Falling In Reverse And This Is What I Learned

Monday February 9th, 2015 08:59:00 PM



Our Deputy Editor David McLaughlin hopped over to the French capital last week to catch this month's coverstar Ronnie Radke in action with Falling In Reverse. Here's what he found out.

COOLIO DIDN’T SHOW UP 🙁
Despite crossing our fingers and toes and wishing really, really hard, legendary '90s hip-hop don Coolio was a no show. There were even rumours doing the rounds before the gig that he might make a surprise appearance, too. Rumours that we definitely didn't start. *ahem*

THERE'S SOMEONE ELSE PLAYING BASS FOR FALLING IN REVERSE NOW
That’s Zakk Sandler. Who’s Zakk Sandler, you ask? Zakk Sandler is the dude who used to play bass in Black Tide, that’s who Zakk Sandler is.

He played his first live gig with Falling In Reverse here, but you would never have guessed it. Could he be the man to permanently take up the mantle? Time will tell, but with this audition he’s done his chances no harm.




YOU DON’T MESS WITH B.LAY
Who? At the side of the stage you’ll spot Ronnie’s right hand dude and man mountain MC B.Lay – but you should probably call him Mr. Lay just to be polite.

He’s on the road with Falling In Reverse on this 12-date European run and even joins the five-piece on stage to add a little flavour to the hip-hop breakdown on ‘Alone’. He gave us his card after the show, too. Which means we are now best friends.


NOT THAT RON NEEDS THE HELP…
Proving that he’s no slouch on the mic himself, Ronnie Radke rolls words off his tongue on the likes of ‘Rolling Stone’ with impressive speed and skill. In his own words, he really does have “that white boy swagger rapping right down to a T”.


You're reading about our 24 hours with Falling In Reverse, but have you watched the video yet? It contains Ronnie searching for McDonald's and "the wooden dick store", so there's no reason why you shouldn't watch it.



Moving on...


'ALONE' IS A MOMENT
And what a moment. Though nothing will ever top the open-mouthed reactions we had when we heard the song and saw that video for the first time, seeing this performed live comes damn close to matching the excitement.

Every part is perfect, whether it’s the swirling techno build up, hip-hop verses, the pit-inciting chug-a-chug breakdowns or the whole room singing along on the chorus. Big tune is big.


'BAD GIRLS CLUB' IS ANOTHER MOMENT
The cheer squad-style, sugar rush pop metal brilliance of ‘Bad Girls Club’ is still claiming victims all over the place. It’s a cold, hard heart that isn’t swept up in its tidal wave of tongue-in-cheek fun. In the city of love, Falling In Reverse turn hearts gooey.


Ronnie Radke is on the cover of our new issue, but that's not all that's going on in there. Pick up Rock Sound 197 for all this and more...


RONNIE HAS HIS OWN VERSION OF THE METAL CLAW
Wait, what? Stray observation this one, but when Ronnie twists his fist into a metal claw and stares mournfully into the rafters, it somewhat resembles the famous skull scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet...

Well it does to us, anyway. We could totally see Ronnie doing Hamlet at the RSC.
“To be, or not to be, motherfucker?


HE ALSO STEALS PHONES (FOR A LITTLE BIT)
Because if you’re in the front row and taking pics of the show on your phone, Ronnie Radke might just grab it off you, run around the stage and take mid-song selfies with it before handing it back.



RONNIE STILL <3 ESCAPE THE FATE
The setlist is pretty much perfectly split between ‘The Drug In Me Is You’ and ‘Fashionably Late’ material, with only ‘God, If You Are Above’ being aired from new album, ‘Just Like You’. But it’s good to see Ronnie still giving a nod to his past with huge Escape The Fate bangers ‘Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché’ and ‘Situations’, both of which are greeted by the Parisian fans like they are the BEST. SONGS. EVER.

IT'S STILL PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE UK ANY TIME SOON
Sadly, despite how much fun the whole experience of watching Falling In Reverse tear it up in Europe is, it’s hard not to get bummed out that this isn’t looking likely to happen on home soil any time soon.

We want to watch them again TONIGHT, dammit…


Ronnie Radke is on the cover of the new issue of Rock Sound. In the issue - which is in UK stores now - he opens up and talks love, loss and acceptance.

Not in the UK or can't find the magazine in stores? No problem, we can deliver the thing to your door or you can go online and check out the digital edition.

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Fashionably Great: Our Picks From The New Impericon Range

Friday January 30th, 2015 05:37:00 PM


#PROMOTEDPOST: 
Do you know what's great? Pay day! Pay day is absolutely superb. Do you 
know what's also great? The fact that thanks to the guys at Impericonwe're now able to buy all the best band merch AND streetwear from the same place. Battling your way through the high street on a Saturday afternoon is now a thing of the past, because you can shop til you drop from the comfort of your sofa! We've selected our favourite new items, and they're all available right now in the Impericon store


A Day To Remember Sweater (left) | BUY NOW
£29.99 
It's freezing out. Keep warm, OK? 

Emmure Sweater (centre) | BUY NOW
£29.99 
Seriously, it's proper brass monkeys. Stick a jumper on. 

Parkway Drive Sweater (right) | BUY NOW
£29.99 
Look, we won't bang on. But FFS you'll catch pneumonia! 

Capsize Tee (left) | BUY NOW
£14.99 
We're well into sleeve rolling. Buy a size or two up and go wild! 

La Dispute Tee (centre) | BUY NOW
£14.99 
Oh, you thought that Impericon worshipped exclusively at the altar of mosh? Think again... 

Fall Out Boy Long Sleeve (right) | BUY NOW
£22.99 
Hell, who ISN'T a sucker for 'Sugar, We're Going Down' at two in the morning? We're only human! 


Heaven Shall Burn Tee (left) | BUY NOW
£14.99 
Pay homage to the best intro in all of metalcore. Altogether now: "We are the final RESIIISSTAAAANCCE!"

Ironnail Tee (centre) | BUY NOW
£19.99 
Well worth checking out the entire Ironnail range whilst you're there. It's ssick they should see a doctor. 

One Love Apparel Tee (right) | BUY NOW
£23.99 
We've been big fans of One Love for a long time now. Expect more awesomeness in 2015. 

To see what else Impericon have lined up for the new season, head over to their store and take a look at the full range.

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An Analysis Of The Blink-182 Saga: Who Holds The Power Now?

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 10:59:00 AM



Rock Sound Digital Editor Andy Ritchie has been up all night keeping tabs on the events unfurling in the Blink-182 camp. Here’s what he makes of it all.

Something something Tom Delonge.
Something something quit the band.
Something something stay together for the kids.

In the last 24 hours, what we've all quietly thought for some time has become public: all is not well in Blink-182.

Whether you're a lifelong fan or have just paid a passing interest in their on-off existence over the past decade, you'll know that since Blink came off hiatus in 2009, things haven't been quite the same as they were before. Reunited after drummer Travis Barker narrowly survived a plane crash, there’s long been this nagging feeling that only two of the three of them really got back into this for the right reasons.

We’ve all heard the stories: they're a band with three separate managers. Their last record 'Neighborhoods' was recorded in three separate studios across the world. The three of them haven’t spent any time together offstage in a decade. Some of it’s true, some of it’s not. But it all paints a very dark picture of the band that used to run around naked together in music videos, making dick jokes and riding the crest of a pop-punk wave into the mainstream.


'Stay Together For The Kids' music video, 2001

Yesterday, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker said "that's enough". The gloves have come off and two punishing blows have been struck in Tom DeLonge’s direction - the first that "sanctioned statement" and the second, that explosive Rolling Stone interview.

It’s easy to think that the decent thing for them to do now - for the fans and for their legacy - would be to call it quits. As a lifelong Blink fan I wish they'd done this years ago. Truth be told I wish they’d never come off that initial hiatus. ‘Neighborhoods’ doesn’t hold a candle to ‘Enema Of The State’ or ‘Take Off Your Pants And Jacket’ (and even their pre-hiatus self-titled effort showed a band uncomfortable in its own skin), and their live shows have deteriorated as the years have gone on. Had they called it quits a decade ago, Tom could have continued to work with Angels And Airwaves and his other outside projects and we'd probably all resent him a little less for it, but it's not all that simple. In a legal sense Blink-182 IS the three of them. It's why they've been billed as ‘Blink-182 with Matt Skiba’ at the Musink Festival in California as opposed to just ‘Blink-182’, and it's why it's never been an option for Mark and Travis to simply just kick Tom out of the band. Tom owns the name and the rights to the band as much as the other two, and he's not out of it unless he says so. He's playing it wisely, and he's far more intelligent than we're all giving him credit for. Tom is the one in control here, he’s the one with the power. And for whatever reason - money, pride or just the simple fact that somewhere deep down he still cares for the other two or the band’s legacy - he's keeping that door ajar for as long as possible.

Or at least that was the case. But things have changed now. Mark and Travis have bitten their tongues for years about their relationship with Tom, carefully constructing their words in interviews to assure fans and the world at large that sure, they're a dysfunctional bunch, but they're still all in it together. The Rolling Stone interview is the last card they have to play - one that says "this is how ugly it is. This is how unreasonable Tom's being".

And, judging by that now-deleted Tweet Tom posted (see inset picture) following the publication of the interview, it looks to be working. They've gotten under his skin and his usually cool composure seems to be cracking. What we do know for sure is that Mark and Travis still want a part of Blink-182. The very fact that Travis - who usually shuns any sort of Blink press - is so open in the Rolling Stone piece shows just how desperate they’re getting to keep their dream and the Blink-182 name alive.

As the dust settles over the next few days and weeks, the question we'll all be looking to answer is this: who holds the power now?


 

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How To Fix Your Broken Motionless In White Poster In Six Easy Steps

Friday December 5th, 2014 01:57:00 PM

A few people have noticed there's a teeny, tiny error on the Motionless In White poster that comes with the new issue of Rock Sound. There was a production error, things got a little bit crazy, and somehow we managed to print 'Of Mice & Men' on the poster as well as the correct band name. We're really sorry about that, we truly are. But while we spend the rest of the month bowing our heads in shame, here's a handy guide on how you can fix it.

1. Take your Motionless In White poster out of the magazine. Go on, just pop those staples open and pull it out. 



2. Take a big, fat black permanent marker. The biggest one you've got. 


(The only ones in our office are really skinny ones. You can probably do better.)

3. You see where it says 'Of Mice & Men'? 



4. Take your permanent marker and JUST. GO NUTS.


4. Seriously, scribble like there's no tomorrow. And if you need to, give it a second coat. Just to be sure.

5. Hang your newly-fixed poster up on the wall for all to see.

6. You're done! 

The new issue of Rock Sound is available now. Who knows - it might fetch a few quid on eBay in a few years' time. Collector's item and all that. Click on the cover below to order a copy or find your nearest stockist.


 



 

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SO what EXACTLY Could You Win If You Enter The Rock Sound Readers’ Poll 2014?

Monday November 24th, 2014 03:53:00 PM

One person who votes in this year's Rock Sound Readers' Poll will win over £1,500-worth of shit-hot goodies. Here's a breakdown of the prizes...

1. This Jim Root Signature Orange Head And Cab (RRP £808)

A new year calls for new riffs. And this thing will make sure you're penning beatdowns in your bedroom until December 2015 at the earliest.
Visit Orange Amplification online


2. This FLY53 Winterton Parka (RRP £80)


Phwoar, bit nippy out, isn't it? Good thing we've got this FLY53 parka to give away so you can keep warm in the winter months, eh?
Visit FLY53 online


3. This Vinyl To MP3 Turntable (RRP £39.99)

 



Okay, don't be the guy/girl that takes it on a bus or whips it out in a Shoreditch cafe. But DO be the guy/girl that uses it to convert all those high-quality records you have to MP3 so you can take THEM on the bus.
Find this at Maplin


4. This pair of Vans Sk8-Hi MTE shoes (RRP £70)

 


It's not exactly kickflip season, but wear these babies in before the sun comes out again (around August, we guess) and they'll be nice and tender for you to get back on that board.
Visit Vans online


5. This Melting Rockstar desk thingy (RRP £7.55 - 8.94)

 



What on earth is this? Shape and mould your man into whatever you like, and let nature do the rest.
Find this online at Amazon


6. A load of Beard products from Percy Nobleman (RRP £10 - 19.99 each)

 



Is your face feeling a little dry under that neckbeard? Or is your boyfriend / brother / dad's face cutting up your chin when he gets close? Don't worry - Percy Nobleman will sort that right out.
Visit Percy Nobleman online


7. A £30 Voucer To Spend On Heavy Wax Vinyl



Heavy Wax do exactly what they say on the tin - they repress your favourite HEAVY records onto vinyl so you can hear them at their best. A £30 voucher is yours if you win the big haul!
Visit Heavy Wax online


8. This Hate No Hate Child Of Lucifer T-Shirt (RRP £16.66)

 


It's probably not the most Christmas-friendly item on the list, but it still looks bad ass.
Find Hate No Hate online


9. These Blue Foundation Jason Jesse Socks (RRP £12.99)

 



Why? Because Christmas and socks go hand-in-hand (or foot-in-foot, we guess)
Find these online at Impericon.co.uk


10. This '47Brand Bobble Hat (RRP £24.99)


Because it's cold. And also because hats.
Visit 47Brand online


11. This One Love Apparel cap (RRP £20)

 

 

 





Because it won't be cold forever. And also because hats.
Visit One Love Apparel online


12. This Black Sails Clothing Mandela Wallet (RRP £20)


Sure, you might not have anything left to put in it once you've bought all your Christmas presents, but it's still a sweet-as-hell way of carrying around that cash you don't have.
Visit Black Sails Clothing online


13. These Light Up Drumsticks (RRP £19.99)

Whether you're an actual drummer or really good at air drumming (it's a real thing, honest), these light up drumsticks will make sure you can a) see what you're hitting with precision and b) show everyone else you're the real deal.
Find these online at Maplin


14. This Antique Scarab T-shirt (RRP £21.99)

Antique are one of our favourite lifestyle brands, and they always churn out the good stuff. Their latest line is influenced by Egyptian imagery and graphics, and this T-shirt will make you want the whole damn range
Visit Antique online
 


Want all of that? Then get voting in the Rock Sound Readers Poll 2014 at smarturl.it/rsreaderspoll2014.

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Chris Motionless On Slipknot: “They Became A Huge Influence On Motionless In White”

Wednesday November 12th, 2014 01:57:00 PM

The Motionless In White frontman tells us about his first exposure to Slipknot, and how they went from being a band he just didn't get, to one of his biggest influences.

“The first time that I ever heard and saw Slipknot, I was not a fan. I was raised on the idea of this traditional five-piece band, that’s just what my dad and my uncle (who were my sources of musical discovery) instilled in me. When I saw this band that had two members that seemingly just fought each other on stage and didn’t do anything musically I was like ‘this is wrong!’”

"I don’t understand why I had that mentality other than I was just bred to believe in this five-piece band. It didn’t take long though. I don’t really know what changed, but I soon realised how amazing what they do is: it’s scary, it’s aggressive and I guess I was hooked. I like it when you come from not liking a band, to having them win you over. It just proves they’re a great band that can do that to somebody who didn’t want to like them.

"I think your opinion changing shows a progression of your interests and your maturity. People change over time, and it’s a cool thing to observe about yourself. Slipknot were a band I wasn’t really into, then they became one of my favourite bands and a huge influence on Motionless In White. It’s really cool to have that."


Slipknot are on the cover of the new issue of Rock Sound, which is available now. You can download it, order a copy anywhere in the world, or pick it up from UK stores today!

Motionless In White are on tour in Europe now, alongside Lacuna Coil. We caught the band's London show and you can view a whole gallery from the evening by clicking on the pic below.

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The 5 New Bring Me The Horizon Merch Items We Want Right Now

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Have you taken a look at Bring Me The Horizon's new clothing line yet? 

You may have noticed that BMTH launched horizonsupply.co last week, and with it, a brand new range of BMTH-branded clothing. 

Now we get excited when any band brings out a new range of goodies, but when you consider BMTH man Oli Sykes owns Drop Dead Clothing and just take a look at how good all this stuff looks, this one feels extra special. Here's what we'll be spending all of our money on come payday.

1. This House Of Wolves T-Shirt

WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because WOLVES, obviously. Everybody loves wolves, and when you've got a whole T-shirt covered in them, no one's gonna question your fashion choices. Right?
PRICE: £30.00 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK


2. This Antivist Flag Sleeveless vest




WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because that new BMTH logo looks great emblazoned aross the black-and-white flag, and black-and-white goes with everything, right? Also, you can see the Horizon Supply tag nice and clear on the front there (that appears on every item in the new range, so you know it's the real deal).
PRICE: £25 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK


3. This Bring Me The Horzion Saved My Life T-Shirt


WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because simple statements are the best. And that font is cool as hell.  
PRICE: £25 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK



4. This Middle Fingers Up Crew Neck

 

 

WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because just THINK about how great it'll be screaming along to "Middle fingers up! If you don't give a fuck!" in 'Antivist' at Wembley, when you've got actual middle fingers on your actual sweatshirt. 
PRICE: £45 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK


5. This Camo Trucker Cap

WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because the irony of a camouflaged Trucker cap emblazoned with "WE'RE GOING NOWHERE" is just too much to pass up.
PRICE: £25 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK



To take a look at the full new range, head over to horizonsupply.co now. 

Bring Me The Horizon play London's Wembley Arena on December 05, with support from Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave

 

 

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Why Slipknot Are My Favourite Band, By Rock Sound Editor Ryan Bird

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Slipknot have been our Editor's favourite band for over 15 years. Here's why.

There are few things that annoy me more in life than the words, "They're my favourite band".

It's a term used far too frequently, quite often by people of so-called authority who are keen to convince anyone willing to listen that they 'understand' the matter at hand. It's become a term of supreme hyperbole, and one which on a bad day can annoy me to no end.

But despite what I've just said, please believe me when I say this: Slipknot are my favourite band.

They have been since 1999, when at the age of 12 my older brother temporarily moved back into my parents' house, bringing with him a CD belonging to his former housemate. It was scratched, beaten and had no case. All it had in terms of identity was an unusual 'S' logo and the numbers 0 - 8, printed on the reflective silver top of the disc. It was, obviously, 'Slipknot', the band's eponymous debut, and to say that it changed my life would be an understatement.


Slipknot at Knotfest 2014

At the time, I was experiencing extreme bullying, not at the hands of people my age but at the hands of a teacher. Psychologically, the situation had left me a mess, and despite my young age I can honestly say that I felt life was a pointless, hopeless exercise. I won't reel out the cliche and say that the record saved my life, but it most certainly changed it for the better. It was raw, visceral and as it remains to this day, completely unique. It picked me up and held me in a way that I never thought music could. It reduced me to tears, releasing every drop of pain and distress I'd endured in the process. After a while I even started to feel as though, maybe, life could be something positive.

Throughout my youth and well into my adult life, Slipknot was more than just a band - it was my therapy. I remember catching the bus into Oxford city centre and waiting outside HMV at 6am so that I could get 'Iowa' the second it became available. I remember picking up 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' from Tesco Metro near the old London Astoria at 11pm, minutes after seeing the band play a one-off show there on the day of the album's release. A year later, in what remains one of the most surreal moments of my life, I remember standing in the band's dressing room in Philadelphia while the sorely-missed Paul Gray led a room full of people in singing 'Happy Birthday' to me. 

By now you're probably wondering what the point of this blog is, other than for me to ramble on like a self-indulgent idiot who happens to have access to a website. In one sense you're right, that's exactly what I'm doing, but in another I suppose I'm simply trying to point out that despite the bullshit that surrounds the topic these days, some bands really can change lives. For all the liars and the frauds shovelling shit down the throats of desperate children while simultaneously shovelling money into their bank accounts, there are still a rare few who can touch people's souls. They can give hope, they can inspire, and in a very real way they can change the world. 

Slipknot are one of those bands, and not only am I delighted on a personal level that they're back in business, I'm also thrilled for each and every person out there who may be about to connect with them in the way I once did. As extreme as it may sound, the world needs bands like Slipknot. More importantly, people need bands like Slipknot. In terms of overcoming adversity and turning overtly negative situations into something overwhelmingly positive, there isn't another band in the world with the power to affect lives in quite the same way, and that makes the fact that they're still with us something worth celebrating. That makes them important. That makes them invaluable.

And, ultimately, that's what makes them my favourite band.

To read Ryan's eye-opening cover feature on Slipknot's return, grab yourself the new issue of Rock Sound today:

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Fashionably Great: This New Line Of Deftones Merch Is Pure Class

Friday October 3rd, 2014 12:30:00 PM

We like Deftones. You like Deftones. Deftones have a new merch line, and it's cool as fuck. Behold! Our favourite items after the jump...

Right, first up, click play on this. Because every bit of light reading needs a soundtrack. 

So here's the story: Deftones have long been one of Team RS' favourite bands, and they've always had the merch to match their class of their alternative metal. Last week they dropped a whole new range, and we think it's work shouting about. 

First up, there's this Black Troopers Tee ($30). Check that red tab on each of the tops. A sign of the band's attention to detail, we reckon!

Next, there's this owl-emblazoned 'Diamond Eyes' Tank ($40). It's brilliant, because owls are great, vests are great, and owls on vests are just too great to even comprehend right now.

This Old English Hoody ($60) could come in useful over the winter. Chilly neck? The 'Tones have thought of EVERYTHING!

And for the true Deftones fan, what better way is there to show your love than wearing the release date of every Deftones album ever across your heart / chest? Answer: there isn't one!
 

Finally, our favourite piece from the range is this slick 'White Pony' button-up shirt (£60). Got a party / wedding / job interview / fancy night out coming up? Deftones have you covered. No wasting an entire Saturday in Debenhams for you!  
 

If you like what you see here, head over to the band's merch store for more classy-as-fuck items.

What band merch have you been wearing recently? Seen something that's worth shouting about? Tell us, and it might make it into a future Fashionably Great feature! Don't forget, we dedicate two pages of merch, stuff and gear in every issue of Rock Sound Magazine. Download the latest issue NOW to see what else we've been sporting around RS Towers this month.

 

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Shit We Want Right Now #8: HYPE’s 7 Wonders Of The World Collection

Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Here at Rock Sound good clothing collabs get us proper excited, and the new hook-up between HYPE and ASOS is inspired. With seven pieces, each takes influence from one of the 7 Wonders Of The World and the results are pretty damn beautiful.

LOOK!














The HYPE 7 Wonders Of The World collection is available now from ASOS

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Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders: My Favourite Pop-Punk Album Of All Time Is…

Monday September 1st, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Is Taking Back Sunday's debut a pop-punk album? Derek Sanders reckons so and he's sticking with it!

"I would say my favourite pop-punk album is Taking Back Sunday's ‘Tell All Your Friends’ if that fits in the category of pop-punk. I’d kind of started to dabble into bands like Saves The Day, New Found Glory, The Juliana Theory. This kind of sound. And then when I first heard TBS ‘Tell All Your Friends’ it just kinda like fully threw me into this is the kind of music I love. I’d been in bands before that and it changed a lot of the style of the music I was playing and everything. And it’s just one of the best albums of all time in my opinion."

To find out what we think are the 101 most essential pop-punk albums of all time, pick up the new issue of Rock Sound. You can download it digitally, order a copy to your door or grab a copy from all good newsagents, supermarkets and WH Smiths in the UK and Ireland today.

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The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell: My Favourite Pop-Punk Album Of All Time Is…

Monday September 1st, 2014 08:50:00 AM

Because we've come over all pop-punk this month, we've got a few of our favourite artists to pick their favourite pop-punk album of all time. According to Dan Campbell, The Get Up Kids' 'Something To Write Home About' is "fucking Everest"!

"The easy and first and correct answer for me is ‘Something To Write Home About’ by The Get Up Kids, so if you’re counting that as pop-punk, that is fucking Everest. That’s the top of it -  that’s the best it’s going to get. The genre will never get to that level again. They are the pinnacle.

"How did I first get into it? You know it was about a girl! I was in like 8th or 9th grade and a girl was wearing a The Get Up Kids T-shirt and I was like ‘I need to find out what the motherfucking Get Up Kids are, I gotta make sure I know this'. There wasn’t really a record store near my house but when we would go vacation there’d be a record store in the beach town and I went and I bought ‘Something To Write Home About’, spun it 'til it didn’t work, then I bought it again, spun it 'til it didn’t work. It’s a record that I still play today."

To find out what we think are the 101 most essential pop-punk albums of all time, pick up the new issue of Rock Sound. You can download it digitally, order a copy to your door or grab a copy from all good newsagents, supermarkets and WH Smiths in the UK and Ireland today.

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Win A Pair Of Gig Tickets + Meet Parkway Drive

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 03:08:00 PM

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Win A Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth Speaker

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Vote NOW In The Rock Sound Readers’ Poll 2016!

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 03:13:00 PM

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Win A Merch Package From The Front Bottoms

Thursday November 17th, 2016 12:50:00 PM

So much merch!


Win A HUGE Twenty One Pilots Merch Bundle

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 11:48:00 AM

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Win A Bass + The Chance To Meet Pierce The Veil With The Rock Sound Survey!

Wednesday October 12th, 2016 11:31:00 AM

It’s time to help shape Rock Sound into what you want it to be.

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The 6 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Sunday March 19th, 2017 04:31:00 PM

Welcome to the internet.

A grim start.


No but seriously, look at the dog.


So gross.


How does that even happen?


Would do the same tbh.


*blushes*


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Watch Black Breath’s Outrageously Heavy Waiting Room Session

Thursday March 16th, 2017 05:55:00 PM

Today, we're bringing you the latest in Sam Pura / The Panda Studios' The Waiting Room series.

It's a shift from their previous session with Like Pacific to something altogether heavier.

Scroll down to see hardcore-metal-and-some-more-stuff gang Black Breath performing 'The Flame' and 'Slaves Beyond Death' in front of camera.



Aaaand check out Like Pacific's session right here.


Watch The Debut Video From Inklings (Ex-FVK)

Tuesday March 14th, 2017 09:57:00 AM

Today, we're teaming up with Inklings (former FVK vocalist / guitarist Kier Kemp and Michael Lane) to debut their first ever music video.

It's for their song 'Let It Out', and its pressure-filled, claustrophobic video looks like this.



"We wanted to put across the pressure that builds when you don't let out your feelings," says Michael Lane.

"So a passive-aggressive couple living together but never really communicating seemed to be the obvious choice, as it's a familiar situation to most people.

"The idea of picking out items in striking red then having them break as the relationship does, that was as much for the visual as anything else. Everyone likes to see things explode."


"Our biggest challenge was actually trying to get what we wanted to say across in the time we had," adds Kier.

"When making music videos, it's important to ask yourself what you're really trying to say."

Inklings play Camden Rocks Festival on June 03.


Chrissy Costanza: “I Could Personally Do Much Better”

Sunday March 12th, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Against The Current's Chrissy Costanza talks about the column she writes for Rock Sound, striving to be a better person and more in this month's Rock Sound.

“I’ve tried to be as candid as possible with [the column],” she says, back in the UK again with drummer Will Ferri and guitarist Dan Gow, rehearsing for the New York trio’s latest round of touring.

“I could filter out the bits I don’t like, but I’ve treated the column like a journal, and tried to be completely honest. It would be easier to simply plug the band, but Rock Sound already does a good job of that.”

And so each issue, we’ve grown to have a better understanding of who Chrissy Costanza really is.

We’ve learned that she’s not just the girl on stage with a huge voice. She’s also someone who struggles with loneliness. She’s someone who experiences a lot of the same doubts and anxieties as the people she performs for.

She’s someone who wants to put something positive into the world; someone who used to volunteer her free time in nursing homes, who used to babysit for struggling single mothers, who worked at food drives, handed out meals to homeless people, and donated gifts to underprivileged kids at Christmas.

Well, she used to do that stuff. But then the band took off…

“I want to find my way back to being that person,” she admits.

“I was raised to appreciate that I am blessed. As long as you have more than another person has, you should be giving to that other person. I don’t regret the trade-off, because there are always going to be sacrifices [with musical success], but I think that I could personally do much better – it’s easy to get wrapped up in yourself.”

It’s a noble quest, and truthfully one that very few people, let alone stars in our world, have the desire to pursue. But it’s Chrissy’s background that has instilled that sense of selflessness.

“I’m not particularly religious, but my parents are,” she explains.

“My mum and dad do charity work in the city with these sisters who were mentored by Mother Teresa. They run a place that’s a home for people who are like modern-day lepers; people who are cast out. I’ve been involved in that kind of thing in the past, but I want to do much more.”


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The 10 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday March 10th, 2017 10:44:00 AM

Top form everyone, top form.

Someone get Alex a coffee.


NEED to see this happen.


uhhhhhhh


Always support your other half.


That time Enter Shikari's Rou got starstruck by a Spice Girl.


Pretty weird looking suitcase...


We wanna be included please.


Not sure which is better, Awsten's tweet or Elijah's reply.


Never change, Alex.


Totally bringing this phrase back.


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State Champs + As It Is Talk The Pop-Punk Tour Of The Year

Thursday March 9th, 2017 09:41:00 PM

An extract from State Champs and As It Is' feature in Rock Sound this month!

It’s certainly true that State Champs and As It Is fit together as naturally as jelly and ice cream, but just why exactly is that the case? Well, Patty has a theory.

“We’re two bands who have a disregard for forcing a sense of being cool,” he offers.

“We’re both only interested in being true to ourselves and not listening to what the critics think. I admire any musician who defies convention in some way and I definitely see that with State Champs.”

“There’s a real mutual respect for each others’ work,” affirms Derek.

Away from musical matters though, how do the guys think their two bands are going to blend together on a personal level over the course of their first stint on the road?

“I think an extended period of time together is going to be bad news in a good way or good news in a good way!” laughs the State Champs vocalist.

“Our tour bus or van is always a really open place that anyone is welcome into,” adds Patty. “I think that’s a super important thing for any bands on tour together. It’s about being inclusive and we’ll definitely be extending that to Derek and the guys.”

“With State Champs we’re this band who are all best friends, but each of us has something totally different about their personality which helps us get on with different types of people,” chips back Derek.

“We’ve got someone in our group who is going to be your best friend: we’ve got nerdy guys, we’ve got party guys, we’ve got guys who like to do yoga and we’ve got guys who like to work out all the time… we’re always down to do whatever.”

“Well, I’m the most difficult one in my band to get to know because I’m so shy and such an introvert,” laughs Patty. “But getting to know our drummer Patrick [Foley], yeah, you won’t have any trouble there at all!”

And with that the two descend into further fits of giggles about their respective tour playlists and favourite on-bus movies.

They’re going to have a blast.


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All Time Low: “Everything Is So Blurred Right Now”

Thursday March 9th, 2017 08:11:00 PM

All Time Low talk about their new era in this month's Rock Sound. Here's a taste...

“When we recorded ‘Dirty Laundry’, I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this could give a whole new face to our band’” remembers Alex Gaskarth.

“There’s not that bombardment of energy that people associate with us, it’s more introverted and thoughtful, but with the big pay-off at the end. We even went out and bought old school analogue keyboards to get that nostalgic feel; something that ties in with the themes of the record.

"Maybe it’s just ’cause I watched too much Stranger Things, who knows! But it’s the start of us traveling down a whole new road [and] signing to Fueled By Ramen was part of that. It’s less about parting ways with Hopeless, and more about opening a brand new chapter.”

Seeing how the last time All Time Low left Hopeless Records and signed to Interscope, results were mixed to say the least (the uber-slick ‘Dirty Work’, still the black sheep of the band’s catalogue) it’s not quite the no-brainer move it might seem.

Yet according to the four-piece, it’s all part of them drawing a line under the past, and breaking free from any boxes you might want to put them in."

“We’ve had issues with ‘guidance’ from labels in the past,” acknowledges Rian, “so we’re cautious. It can be tough to tune that stuff out when the record company are wooing you. But Fueled By Ramen have basically just been like, ‘Cool, go make a record. Do what you do!’”

“When you look at bands like Twenty One Pilots, Paramore and Panic! At The Disco, you can tell that the label’s allowed them to be themselves,” nods Alex.

“That’s what’s made them so successful, and why we want to work with them. It’s such a cool time in music, because everything is so blurred right now, and artists can work a little more freely with their sounds. Growing up, if you listened to punk but you also liked Backstreet Boys, people would think you were crazy.

"Now you can listen to Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low and Backstreet Boys, and it’s not weird at all. It can all be on one playlist, and it’s all good. It’s a positive thing for us to mix things up, to try ideas we’ve never gone with before.

"We always want to keep moving up, so if these songs put us in stadiums, then bring on the stadiums!”


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5 Awesome Oli Sykes Guest Vocals

Tuesday March 7th, 2017 07:31:00 PM

Oli Sykes - aside from stomping, screaming and singing his way through Bring Me The Horizon's incredible career so far, has appeared on a bunch of songs with friends in bands.

Like a couple of weeks back, and While She Sleeps' 'Silence Speaks'.



And who could forget that entrance and guest vocal spot on 'Bite My Tongue' by You Me At Six?



Speaking of complete and utter ferocity, here's Oli's turn on Architects' spiky 'Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat'.



And from the earlier days, here's raw, robust 'Dawn Of The New Age' by Admiral's Arms.

All together now... "It's time to turn this around!"



You'll recognise Oli's unmistakeable scream in the maelstrom of 'If You Don't Know, Now You Know' by Deez Nuts, too!



And while it's not quite guest vocal territory, Oli and the BMTH boys pop up in A Day To Remember's video for 'All I Want' alongside pretty much everyone else in the world.

Look!



Bring Me The Horizon tour the US alongside Underoath and Beartooth from tomorrow (March 08).


Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida: “The Record Industry Is Dying”

Sunday March 5th, 2017 07:48:00 PM

Eddie goes in.



“The record industry is dying,” spits Suicide Silence's Eddie Hermida.

“It’s becoming stale because the higher-ups and the people that run things put too much value into what people say on the internet and forget that there are a plethora of people out there who are not being catered to.

"We’re going to show the industry that this online world we’ve been putting so many of our fears and anxieties into isn’t actually real."

It’s a mightily brave stance to take, but let’s face it, this isn’t the first time Suicide Silence, and especially Eddie, have felt the slings and arrows of the comments section.

When the 33-year-old joined the band in 2013, he did so as the replacement of Mitch Lucker, the band’s iconic former frontman who died tragically young in a motorbike accident and is considered a hero by metal fans the globe over.

Those were some big shoes to fill, and plenty of longtime fans made their distaste for the new frontman known. Only a year later the five-piece released the genre-defining ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ though, laying the smackdown on more than a few haters.

“When I joined I believed that it was still 100 per cent Mitch’s band,” notes Eddie.

“The fanbase I stepped into, the songs I was playing, they were Mitch’s. On ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ I had Mitch’s spirit with me onstage; in the recording studio I felt his presence.

"But in these four years I’ve gotten the chance to put on the Suicide Silence coat and make it mine, put my own patches on it, style it out in my way."


Suicide Silence's self-titled album is out now, and you can read Eddie' full interview in this month's Rock Sound!

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All Time Low: “It’s The Right Time To Do Something New, Different And Fresh”

Saturday March 4th, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Below is an extract from All Time Low's interview in this month's Rock Sound magazine.

The story of Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack’s new record doesn’t begin under the blinding flare of stage lights, or even on the cramped, sweaty home-away-from-home of their tourbus.

Though they were sketching out song ideas as far back as 2015, ‘Last Young Renegade’ really started to take shape back in early 2016, as Alex headed home to Baltimore to marry his high school sweetheart, Lisa.

“I came straight off tour, flew home and then, ‘Hey, it’s my wedding!’” he recalls.

“That’s one of the biggest things you ever do in life, and the two of us have been on an incredible journey together. I remember being aware of the possibility when we were making ‘Future Hearts’ – that we might get married soon – but I hadn’t yet proposed.

"There are so many stories about how we met, all the things we’ve been through, and after the wedding I reached a point where I was ready to share them publicly: how our relationship got to where it is now. A lot of that has made its way onto the new album."

Like the first day of college or when you move away from home – those moments that make you realise you’re just not a kid any more – a wedding day is, certainly, one of life’s biggest milestones.

In Alex’s case, it prompted a reflection on the choices that had led him to that point, the forks in the road and gut decisions that had shaped the person he’d become… and the experiences of the people around him, too. Nowhere is that clearer than on the song ‘Dirty Laundry’ itself.

“A lot of ‘Future Hearts’ was written from the perspective of my younger self,” explains the frontman, “looking forward to the future. So quite a few of the songs were about my hopes and dreams, what I wanted to get out of this journey. ‘Dirty Laundry’ marks the beginning of a more reflective outlook.

"It’s more from where I am now looking back; dealing with the fact that, sometimes, in getting to where you want to go, you have to get your hands dirty. You have to learn to live with and accept life’s ups and downs.

“A lot of that is about accepting yourself flaws and all, and accepting those of the people in your life,” he continues.

“It’s just part of growing up. All four of us have learned a lot of hard lessons, especially over the last 10 years, and we’re not 18-year-old kids any more. There have been missteps along the way, but creatively and personally, we’re more comfortable and confident in ourselves than ever.

"Knowing what’s right for us, what works as an All Time Low song and what doesn’t, we’ve been able to push the boundaries of what this band can be. It’s the right time to do something new, different and fresh. I needed a new challenge.”
 


Read All Time Low's full, huge interview and get all of their new photoshoot and posters inside this month's Rock Sound.

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Listen To Lakeshore (Ex-Emmure)‘s Epic New Song

Friday March 3rd, 2017 05:55:00 PM

Who here likes epic, melodic rock with meaning, history and huge hooks?



Yeah, us too. That's why we've teamed up with Lakeshore to premiere the video for their new single, 'History'.

This one.



The song is taken from the band's new EP '41', which is out this month.

"'History' is about Joe and I's history in music and really an ode to Emmure," says guitarist Ben Lionetti, who's brother Joe was also a founding member of Emmure.

"It is a very personal song. We wanted to be very direct in what we said about the past as well as take a strong stand on what we intend for the future.

"We try to be positive and meaningful when we write music, yet have each and every listener be able to apply it to their own life, if it can help in anyway."


The 10 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday March 3rd, 2017 11:17:00 AM

We have so many questions for these tweets.

Well that's unfortunate.


It's the simple things that keeps James from Mallory Knox happy.


Your mind is FILTHY Jordan


The most useful of phrases to know in any language tbh


Now this is a photo worthy of a frame.


YES PLEASE.


Can't even imagine what Don Broco and One OK Rock got up to on tour.


#relationshipgoals


So many questions, none of which we want to know the answer to.


He's got a point.


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Watch Like Pacific Play Live In Their Waiting Room Session

Thursday March 2nd, 2017 05:55:00 PM

What a band.

Today, we're pleased to be bringing you Like Pacific's The Waiting Room session.

You can watch them rip through 'Worthless Case' and 'Distant' at Sam Pura's Panda Studios below.



Like Pacific hit the road with Senses FailCounterparts and Movements from tomorrow.


Here Are All Of The Times Brendon Urie And Dogs Reminded Us True Love DOES Exist

Thursday March 2nd, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Just because.

In case you hadn't noticed, Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie loves dogs. He has two himself - Penny Lane and Bogart - and, well, every time we see him with a dog it warms our cold, dead hearts a little.

Like this.


And this.


Crying.

 

#flashbackfriday Around the time @sarahurie and I got Penny in 2010. Just a couple of babies chillin' on the couch.

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Sometimes, Brendon does things like this.


And sometimes he sings for them.



...or with them.



...or at them.



And now it feels like everything might be okay.

 

Dogsled pals.

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Go behind the scenes of Panic! At The Disco's latest tour (complete with dogs, clearly) below.


#TBT: This Is Where Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heavydirtysoul’ Came From

Thursday March 2nd, 2017 01:33:00 PM

IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.



Back in 2013, Tyler from this month's coverstars Twenty One Pilots did some street poetry on camera in London. It went like this.



"This is not rap, this is not hip-hop..."? "Death inspires me like a dog inspires a rabbit"? Where have we heard those before?

OH YEAH, they're some of the lyrics from 'HeavyDirtySoul', which is on the band's new album 'Blurryface'.



And now you know.


See Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco + Jared Leto Made Out Of Pancakes

Tuesday February 28th, 2017 04:42:00 PM

It's Pancake day (Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / whatever else you want to call it), and to mark the day, people across the world will be eating pancakes.

So what better way to celebrate than to watch Dancakes create some bands using only pancake batter.

First, there's Twenty One Pilots.



And Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco...



Thirty Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto as The Joker, anyone?



Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil.



And just because, here is some pancake art of a stack of pancakes.



Majestic, isn't it?


Watch The Dead Rabbitts’ Video For ‘Burn It Down’

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:55:00 PM

"I'm good without you."

Today, we've teamed up with The Dead Rabbitts and Tragic Hero Records to bring you the new video from Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate)'s side-project.

This is the furious, anthemic 'Burn It Down'.



The Dead Rabbitts' new album 'This Emptiness' is out on April 14 via Tragic Hero Records.


The 10 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday February 24th, 2017 11:42:00 AM

This is why Twitter exists.

Josh had a really good time at his own concert


Sometimes we remember we're not in As It Is and cry forever


Still a bargain though, right?


YES WE DID LYNN FFS


Sassy Frank is back


What's happening in March? Please tell us. Pretty please?


HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL STAR


Well that's awkward


We miss you too ❤️


But why aren't you playing Jupiter?


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Watch Loathe’s Crushing Video For New Song ‘Dance On My Skin’

Friday February 24th, 2017 09:57:00 AM

Start your Friday with something disgustingly heavy.



Meet Loathe. They're from Liverpool, they're ludicrously heavy, and their hobbies include moshing, being good at riffs and fucking shit up.

With that in mind, we've teamed up with them to premiere their atmospheric (and heavy. Did we mention that they're heavy?) new song and video, 'Dance On My Skin'.



The song is taken from their debut album 'The Cold Sun', which is due out on April 14 via Sharptone Records and can be pre-ordered here.

They recorded 'The Cold Sun' with Underoath / The Devil Wears Prada producer Matt McClellan, so you can bet it's worth getting excited about.

You can also see Loathe live and do a mosh when they support Blood Youth alongside labelmates Holding Absence in April.

APRIL

08 - GLASGOW Garage
09 - LEEDS Key Club
10 - LONDON Boston Music Room


#TBT To That Time Hayley Williams Joined You Me At Six On Stage

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 05:30:00 PM

This was great.



Let's relive the moment that Paramore's Hayley Williams jumped in on You Me At Six's performance at Reading festival in 2010, shall we? Because it's great.

Both bands were playing the main stage on the Sunday of the festival, alongside All Time Low, Blink-182 and Limp Bizkit (!!) and during You Me At Six's performance of 'Stay With Me' Hayley came in for the second verse and everyone pretty much lost their minds.

Watch it happen below.


Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley: “It Doesn’t Feel Like It’s A Battle…”

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 04:22:00 PM

Sum 41's Deryck Whibley dishes out some Life Lessons in this month's magazine. Here's a taste.

THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN GETTING WASTED
“When I broke my life down, drinking was not that high of a priority. Sure, it was great fun, but in a list of priorities it doesn’t make the top ten.

"I don’t feel like [quitting has] been a battle for me yet, it has been very simple. They said, ‘This is bad for you, and if you continue this way you’re going to die,’ so okay, I’ll stop doing that, I’ll move on. I guess the biggest surprise is that I discovered that life is actually more enjoyable without drinking.

"There are other things that I find exciting in life; just living and doing everything I do on a daily basis is gratifying and satisfying. I used to think, ‘Man, it would be so fucking boring if I didn’t drink, what the hell would I do?’ But I’m having a blast.

"It doesn’t feel like it’s a battle because every day is great, sure there are shitty things about each day and things that get me down, but I come back pretty quick, I don’t get bummed out easily.”


BEING IN A BAND IS MORE EXCITING THAN ANYTHING ELSE
“In my life, even when I was drinking, there wasn’t a lot of spare time. I was doing most of my drinking while I was doing the same things I’m doing now, which is mainly music, work and travel.

"Doing what I do with Sum 41 was always accompanied with alcohol, but now it’s not, so my life is still the same, I’m just more present for it all. I can take everything in and enjoy it for what it is, not because I’m buzzed and having a few drinks. What I do is such a naturally fulfilling thing, my life is already great.

"I used to think my life was so exciting because I was always partying, but it’s not. You’re already in a naturally high lifestyle, you’re performing every night, you’re doing all these great things – you’re living the dream.”



Read the whole feature in this month's Rock Sound magazine!

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Listen To The New Decade Album In Full

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 03:55:00 PM

'Pleasantries'. Here.



Today, we've teamed up with Decade to stream their vulnerable, savvy, catchy-as-fuck new album, 'Pleasantries'.

Dive in.



Into it? Need a little convincing? Either way, allow Alex Sears and Connor Fathers to take you through the whole album, track by track.

The record opens with 'Human Being', a song about the human condition; how we are all born curious, a little bit weird and unpredictable, and sometimes we’ll say and do things that we don’t really mean, but of course that’s what it means to be human. We can be so radically different on an individual level yet we all have these basic traits in common.

'Daisy May' is about that one person you can’t get out of your head, no matter what you try. Whether it’s someone that you love or someone that deeply wronged you, you still can’t stop thinking of them and it pretty much swallows you whole.

'Turn Off Your TV' is loosely based on how technology has come to shape our lives in the information age and how obsessed people can be with it. There are all these great places to go and things to experience yet we allow ourselves to sit indoors and procrastinate on an unhealthy level, mindlessly binging TV shows and scrolling through social media. We are all guilty of this on some level.

'Anaemia' is about an episode in my life when I was diagnosed with a hole in my heart, along with a heart murmur. I can actually remember having all the blood tests then going home and watching FRIENDS and thinking, ‘I had better enjoy this episode because I could be dead soon’ - I was very dramatic at 14! Not much has changed.

'Wasted' is about attempting to deal with your problems through drink and substance abuse. Not knowing where your life is going and what your purpose is when you reach adulthood must affect almost everyone at some point, and drinking or using to forget is all too common; I see it in a lot of my friends.

You have to confront your problems head on, but sometimes it’s easier to get fucked up with your mates and forget all about it. This is admittedly a pretty enjoyable short term fix but in the end you have to look inwards and figure out why you’re acting this way and how you can fix yourself.

'Sunbeam' is the filling of a narrative sandwich (5. Wasted, 6. Sunbeam, 7. Brand New Again) and is about the people/person that is there for you when you’re at your lowest. It’s about accepting the mistakes you’ve made in the past, accepting that you cannot change them, but also looking forward and getting your shit together with the help of those around you.

'Brand New Again' is about that feeling when you’ve hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere left to go, then the sudden motivation to change hits you and you know it’s all uphill from thereon out. It’s about telling yourself that you’re no longer that person from before and that you’re ready to rid yourself of all the bad vibes in your life. It’s a cathartic song for me personally and it’s about keeping your chin up and looking forward to the future rather than dreading it.

'Peach Milk' is about falling so hopelessly in love with someone that it can almost be dangerous, like you would do anything for them without consequence. The hook ‘drag me to the sea, hold me underneath’ is almost me saying that I am drowning in that overwhelming feeling of being with someone that you care about that much, and knowing that you could potentially ruin it because of the way you tend to be as a person.

'Can’t Figure You Out' is a song about the way we interact as human beings; how somebody can seem so mysterious until you get to know them. You find yourself wondering what they are thinking about and hoping that it’s you.

It’s strange because when you meet someone new, all you want is to know everything about them, and that air of mystery and intrigue is often overlooked in a hurry to feel comfortable, which is weird to me because that early stage is probably the most exciting part of a relationship.

'Geist' is about being bored and thinking about the past, like when you go to bed and suddenly your brain is like ‘Hey! Remember that dumb thing you did 12 years ago? How embarrassing was THAT.’ The hook ‘Alice, what’re you waiting for? Come around when I am bored’ is about that moment you’re laying in bed with nothing to distract you and the negative thoughts start creeping in.

The record comes to a close with 'Capsules', a song about everybody’s favourite subject; existential dread. It attempts to deal with those feelings of hopelessness when you don’t know why you are where you are or what your purpose is in the grand scheme.

"I’ll never get this right, and fucking everything up makes me feel alive" is about how life is just a series of trials and errors and that making mistakes is inevitable but will ultimately teach you the biggest lessons. We must use our experiences of failure and bad judgement to help us grow.



'Pleasantries' is out on Friday (February 24) through Rude Records, and you can catch the band on tour with Big Spring and Wallflower next month.

MARCH

03 - BIRMINGHAM Asylum
04 - LEICESTER Cookie
05 - NEWCASTLE Think Tank
06 - GLASGOW Audio
07 - LEEDS Key Club
08 - MANCHESTER Star & Garter
09 - LONDON Boston Music Room
10 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement
11 - BATH Moles


Patty Walters Talks Writing Lyrics + As It Is’ Future Country Album

Monday February 20th, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Here's a taste of the question-and-answer column As It Is' Patty Walters writes for Rock Sound each and every month!



I’M TRYING TO WRITE LYRICS BUT I CAN’T PIECE THEM TOGETHER AT ALL, I HAVE OVER 200 PAGES AND NONE OF THEM SEEM TO FIT TOGETHER, PLEASE HELP…
AESC

"Start by highlighting your strongest lyrics and scrapping your weakest. Next, from one or several of your strongest, decide on the core message, perspective, or story that your lyrics will convey.

"Fitting thoughts to catchy melodies without losing their sentiment or meaning is a delicate procedure. On the other hand, you could always just use all two-hundred pages of lyrics to create one really epic song."


IF YOUR BAND MADE MUSIC FROM ANY GENRE OTHER THAN POP-PUNK, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
KIERA

"This may come as a surprise, but all five of us really enjoy country music. I admit it can be a super polarising genre, and I’m by no means saying that all country music is good, but we blast playlists pretty regularly on tour.

"We even have future plans to write a country album under the band name Ain’t It Is. You’d better brace yourselves."



You can read more of Patty's column in Rock Sound, and if you have a question for Patty, send it to patty@rocksound.tv

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The 8 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday February 17th, 2017 10:55:00 AM

They never fail to make us laugh.

We'll go straight in with this gross, but genuine question from Lower Than Atlantis' Mike Duce...


ROAM's Alex Adam should probably be kept away from your nan.


Josh Dun, always looking out for people's feelings.


BMTH's Jordan is literally all of us right now.


This makes us feel so many things.


Cane Hill's Elijah Witt being brutally honest as always.


Some may call it stupid, others call it incredibly smart.


Oh hi again Josh. Turns out you didn't keep that suit on for long, because you ACCEPTED A GRAMMY IN YOUR PANTS.


Speaking of the Grammys, Brendon Urie won the best prize of them all.


Why not get yourself a copy of this month's magazine this weekend?

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Listen To Lullaby Versions Of Neck Deep Songs c/o Sparrow Sleeps

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 07:55:00 PM

*stagedives quietly*

When we grow up (like, properly grow up), we want our kids to love pop-punk.

And what better way to get them started than with a lullaby album full to the brim with awesome pop-punk?

We can only assume that's why Sparrow Sleeps have taken on a bunch of classic Neck Deep songs and turned them into baby-friendly anthems.

Get a taste of all 10 reimagined ND tracks below.



You can check out the tracklist for the superbly titled 'Night's Not Out To Get You' below, and get the full album at Sparrow Sleeps' website NOW!

01. Lime St.
02. Kali Ma
03. Can't Kick Up the Roots
04. Serpents
05. Threat Level Midnight
06. Silver Lining
07. Gold Steps
08. A Part of Me
09. Smooth Seas Don't Make Good Sailors
10. December


This Is What A Day To Remember’s Awesome Hometown Show Looked Like

Sunday March 19th, 2017 03:11:00 PM

A Day To Remember were awarded the key to the city of Ocala, Florida at a HUGE hometown show last night.

Andrew Wendowski was there to see ADTR and Wage War do their thing.


20 Photos Of State Champs, As It Is + Northbound Ruling Pop-Punk In London

Sunday March 19th, 2017 03:02:00 PM

State ChampsAs It Is and Northbound hit London's Kentish Town Forum for an evening of complete and utter mayhem on March 18, 2017.

Ben Gibson was there to capture these photos.

State Champs and As It Is feature in the latest Rock Sound magazine, too!

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This Is What Against The Current’s Stunning Stripped-Back Show Looked Like

Saturday March 18th, 2017 07:15:00 PM

This is what Against The Current's stripped-back London show (complete with string quartet!) looked like.

Corinne Cumming was there to capture ATC and Hunger in action.


19 Photos Of Lower Than Atlantis’ Biggest Ever Headline Show

Saturday March 18th, 2017 07:08:00 PM

Lower Than AtlantisYoung GunsHands Like HousesROAM. London Brixton Academy, 2017.

Ben Gibson's photos.


21 Photos Of All Time Low, Waterparks + SWMRS In London

Saturday March 11th, 2017 05:22:00 PM

All Time LowSWMRSWaterparks. London Eventim Apollo, 2017. Ben Gibson's photos.

All Time Low are on the cover of Rock Sound this month!

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This Is What A Secret All Time Low Show Looks Like

Friday March 10th, 2017 12:40:00 PM

Photographer Ben Gibson saw the Young Renegades... er, All Time Low play a teeny, tiny show at London's Bush Hall last night (March 09).

Here's what he saw at the least secret secret show ever.

Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack are on the cover of this month's Rock Sound! Grab a copy WORLDWIDE to check out new photos, ATL posters and a brand new interview where the band talk growing up, 'Last Young Renegade' and so much more.

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18 Photos Of Sum 41 Tearing It Up In The UK

Monday March 6th, 2017 05:40:00 PM

Sum 41. London Brixton Academy. March 2017.

Ben Gibson was there to get these photos.


13 Photos Of With Confidence, Safe To Say + Broadside In The UK

Sunday March 5th, 2017 06:23:00 PM

Go on and offstage with With ConfidenceSafe To Say and Broadside courtesy of Carla Mundy.


Take A Look Behind The Scenes Of While She Sleeps’ New Video

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:36:00 PM

So, so, so cool.

While She Sleeps premiered their video for new song 'Silence Speaks' (featuring Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes) this week, and you can take a look behind the scenes of the video shoot right here courtesty of Marcia Richards.

Oh, and the video itself looks like this.



While She Sleeps' new album 'You Are We' is out on April 21, and will tour the UK that same month.

A lot.

APRIL

14 - LONDON Old Blue Last
15 - KINGSTON Hippodrome
20 - YORK Fibbers
21 - SHEFFIELD Plug
22 - LONDON Dome
23 - LONDON Dome
25 - BRIGHTON Concorde II
26 - SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads
27 - OXFORD Academy II
28 - BRISTOL Fleece
29 - MANCHESTER Academy II

MAY

01 - DUBLIN Academy
02 - BELFAST Oh Yeah Centre
03 - LIVERPOOL Arts Club
05 - STOKE Sugarmill
06 - NORWICH Waterfront
08 - NEWCASTLE Riverside
09 - GLASGOW Garage
10 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
12 - BIRMINGHAM Asylum
13 - LEEDS Stylus

AUGUST

25 -27 - READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL


This Is What It Looks Like When Taking Back Sunday + Frank Iero Play Shows Together

Saturday February 18th, 2017 08:37:00 PM

Just legends being legends.

Carla Mundy caught Taking Back Sunday and Frank Iero And The Patience at Nottingham Rock City on February 17. This is what she saw.


This Is What A Green Day Show Looks Like In 2017

Thursday February 9th, 2017 02:45:00 PM

Ben Gibson caught Green Day and The Interrupters doing their thing at London's O2 Arena last night (February 08).

Check out his photos of both bands right here.


Witness The Mayhem Of A Seaway Show

Monday February 6th, 2017 01:48:00 PM

So. Many. Crowdsurfers.

Ben Gibson caught SeawayWSTRThe Gospel Youth and Tigress doing their thing this week. This is what it looked like.


This Is What A Day To Remember, New Found Glory, Neck Deep + Moose Blood Looked Like In London

Monday January 30th, 2017 04:22:00 PM

Now THAT is a bill.

Ben Gibson headed to London Wembley Arena to see A Day To Remember, New Found GloryNeck Deep and Moose Blood do their thing. These are his photos.


13 Photos Of Yellowcard’s Last Ever UK Show

Tuesday December 27th, 2016 11:51:00 AM

Yellowcard. London's Brooklyn Bowl. Their last ever show in the UK.

Ben Gibson was there to capture it all.


10 Photos Of Area 11’s Biggest Ever Headline Show

Saturday December 17th, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Area 11. Biggest ever headline show. London Islington Academy.

Corinne Cumming was there to capture Area 11's set, plus Fort Hope and Boy Jumps Ship.


This Is What It Looked Like When The Amity Affliction Hit The UK

Sunday December 11th, 2016 10:59:00 PM

The Amity AfflictionNorthlaneStray From The PathWage War. Birmingham.

Carla Mundy's photos.


Scream, Aim, Set Everything On Fire - This Was Bullet For My Valentine In London

Saturday December 10th, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Three bands, one heavy show.

Ben Gibson hit London's Brixton Academy to see Bullet For My ValentineKillswitch Engage and Cane Hill do their thing.


16 Photos Of A Big, Big Beartooth Show

Saturday December 10th, 2016 07:03:00 PM

BeartoothVanna and Trash Boat. London Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Photos by Corinne Cumming.


This Is What It Looked Like When You Me At Six Played A Tiny London Venue

Tuesday November 29th, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Rowdy.

You Me At Six and Dead! hit London's Dingwalls as part of the Dr. Martens Stand For Something tour this week. Ben Gibson was there to capture the mayhem.


32 Photos Of Pierce The Veil, letlive. & Creeper In London

Monday November 28th, 2016 06:11:00 PM

What. A. Show.

Ben Gibson was there to capture the moment.


15 Photos Of Melanie Martinez In London

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 03:28:00 PM

Melanie Martinez. London Hammersmith Apollo. November 2016.

Ben Gibson was there to see Melanie and Alvarez Kings do their thing.


Just 16 Photos Of Panic! At The Disco Ruling London, NBD

Sunday November 20th, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Panic! At The Disco. London Alexandra Palace, night one.

Corinne Cumming's photos.


29 Photos Of Architects’ Breathtaking Brixton Show

Saturday November 19th, 2016 11:57:00 AM

ArchitectsBury TomorrowStick To Your Guns. London Brixton Academy. Breathtaking.

Photos by Ben Gibson for Rock Sound.


22 Photos Of Twenty One Pilots Bringing The Emøtiønal Røadshøw To London

Saturday November 12th, 2016 01:46:00 PM

Twenty One Pilots hit London's Alexandra Palace last night.

And Ben Gibson was there to capture a truly special night with Tyler, Josh and Bry.

Tyler and Josh are on the cover(s) of the latest Rock Sound magazine, available now!

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Take A Peek At The New (Old)-Look Asking Alexandria

Thursday November 3rd, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Danny's back.

Savannah Bright got these shots of Danny Worsnop's return to Asking Alexandria.


Brutality Will Prevail - ‘In Dark Places’

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 04:34:00 PM

MOSH.

Three years have passed since this lot’s last full-length, ‘Suspension Of Consciousness’ tore us a new one, and now they’re returning as grizzled veterans.

The Welsh mob have certainly grown and matured as songwriters, delivering a mesh of sledgehammer riffs and expansive, dynamic touches.

Like a wild animal toying with its prey, they prefer to slash and bite at listeners, rather than devouring us whole. Nothing feels forced; the air of brooding menace offset by relentless, chugging guitars and Louis Gauthier’s truly barbaric vocals, perfectly showcased on closer ‘Elegy’.

Welcome back, lads.


Counterfeit. - ‘Together We Are Stronger’

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 04:30:00 PM

 A powerful debut.

It doesn’t matter if you were in Twilight, Harry Potter or Dora The Explorer. It’s not about who you know or where you’ve been, but what you know. And as it happens, actor-turned-vocalist Jamie Campbell Bower and his gang of leather jacket-clad mates know how to pen a fiery rock ‘n’ roll song or two.

Oh, and Jamie has the voice and attitude to back most of it up. So much on ‘Together We Are Stronger’ harks back to a time when bands were gods and riffs felt dangerous, but it doesn’t always work.

‘Romeo’ feels like one big rock ‘n’ roll cliche, while sleazy, scuzzy ‘For The Thrill Of It’ is your mum’s idea of, ‘That loud rock music you’re always listening to’ – complete with not-at-all-sexy “ughs” from the frontman – but when they get it right, it’s really right.

Mournful, bluesy closer ‘Letters To The Lost’ brings on goosebumps and will surely slay live, while ‘Enough’ is plain furious and features some impressive, lightning-fast lyrical gymnastics from Jamie.

When you factor the soaring Twin Atlantic-isms of ‘Lost Everything’ and a shedload of riffs into the mix, ‘Together We Are Stronger’ ought to silence the band’s doubters.


Great Cynics - ‘POSI’

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Good vibes only.

Great Cynics have made their name crafting songs that prove, no matter how downtrodden you may feel, there’s always something to smile about.

Brimming with feel-good punk sensibilities and delving into very British anxieties, the band’s follow-up to ’15’s ‘I Feel Weird’ is another concise, honest and heartwarming collection of thoughts and feelings.

Taking in the sun-drenched ‘Happiness’, defiant ‘Don’t Buy The Sun’ and brilliantly exuberant ‘Butterfly Net’, ‘Posi’ proves to be jaunty, rough around the edges and relatable in every sense of the word.  


Creeper - ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 04:19:00 PM

It's here!

And here it is. After three years, as many EPs, countless miles, sweat-filled shows and sing-alongs, the debut full-length from Creeper is finally upon us.

They’ve nailed their aesthetic, conjured an intriguing mystique, and repeatedly shown that they can be damn near faultless across a handful of tunes. Now it’s down to these 11 songs to prove that the high hopes they’ve stirred since swooping in like a fresh breeze across the UK, haven’t been for naught…

Luckily, the sextet have never been ones to stand still. Long charged with the promise of great things, they’ve shone brighter still since the canny, full-time addition of Hannah Greenwood on keys and backing vocals in 2015. In fact, she almost steals the show across ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’, even taking centre stage on the gothic country-folk lament of ‘Crickets’ in its final strait. And yet that’s merely a hint at where the six-piece may one day go, bristling as this album is with admirable, fearless creativity. 

At heart though, this is a punk rock record given to dramatic flourishes and rooted in an almost graphic novel-like world of fantasy, horror and romance. In the margins there are flashes of Misfits, Meat Loaf, Alkaline Trio and young adult life on the South Coast of England; all adding up to a kind of metaphorical, conceptual medium for sentiments of universal emotion and experience. Has any UK debut rock album ever aimed quite so high? It’s doubtful, and again, the songs soar in unison with the band’s grand vision. 

Those songs are a riot, too. By now you’ve heard the adrenalized lead singles ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Hiding With Boys’. ‘Misery’ is present again too, but given a fresh lick of paint, rendering it somehow capable of crushing hearts once more with its desolate, devastating melancholy.

But there are a whole new bunch of anthemic gems – the swaying sea shanty of ‘Down Below’, the heart-swelling head-rush of ‘Winona Forever’, the pin-drop delicacy of emotional curtain closer ‘I Choose To Live’ – ready-made for true believers, and destined for ever expanding live spaces. 

If there’s one criticism, it’s that ‘Darling’ is shamelessly indebted to its influences (chiefly the aforementioned ’Trio), but at least Creeper are cribbing from the very best. Besides, there’s enough imagination packed into every other crevice to forgive such indiscretions.

Although its skeleton may be classic three-chord punk, the band’s expanse of thoughts, ideas and inspirations give the album an ebb, a flow, and bundles of character, with Will Gould’s siren-like voice piercing through: making it distinctively, unmistakably them. Impressive, for a first shot at something on this scale.

Sadly, outsiders and underdogs don’t often get the opportunity to express themselves so freely these days. Such creative giddiness is usually focus-grouped and conference-roomed into smithereens. But Creeper aren’t wasting the chance they’ve been given by their step up to big boy label Roadrunner Records – running with every flight of fancy and living up to their billing as one of the UK rock scene’s most compelling prospects.

Cherish them, buy in and rejoice that we still have bands out there daring to be different, daring to dream.


All Time Low In London: “‘Last Young Renegade’ Is Go!”

Monday March 13th, 2017 05:24:00 PM

All Time Low hit London Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith to start their huge tour on Friday (March 10). Here's what we learned.

ALL TIME LOW ARE STILL A VERY GOOD BAND
Y'know, in case you were wondering.

After shaking off the cobwebs at a super-secret smaller show as the Young Renegades a night earlier, they're back flexing their muscles in the big rooms tonight. From a super-slick setlist to a blinding light show, it feels like they're picking up where they left off at their last show over six months ago - making this pretty much their longest ever break from tour.

ALL TIME LOW ARE STILL A VERY, VERY GOOD BAND
Masters of the change of pace, they go from a raucous full-band 'Kids In The Dark' to 'Therapy' (where Alex takes the spotlight while Jack Snapchats from the side of stage, obviously) to the thump of 'A Love Like War', proving what we've known for a while now - Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack have become a versatile, accomplished rock band.

The X-rated stage banter is a little less X-rated than usual owing to the fact that Jack's extended family is sat on the front row of the balcony, but aside from that this is a normal All Time Low show - meaning it's a great All Time Low show.



THE NEW SONGS RULE
'Dirty Laundry' and 'Future Hearts'-era standalone song 'Take Cover' mark a slight change in direction for All Time Low, but a truly interesting one. Is this a sign of what's coming next? Because if it is, their fans like it, the band seem to love it and it sounds absolutely stunning.

SO WHAT IS NEXT?
In this month's Rock Sound, the band say, "Bring on the stadiums!". On this showing, it could well happen in the next couple of years.

The one thing that is for sure? 'Last Young Renegade' is go.


All Time Low are on the cover of Rock Sound magazine this month! Get yours...

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The Raven Age - ‘Darkness Will Rise’

Thursday March 9th, 2017 01:03:00 PM

A debut to be proud of.

It goes without saying that any band’s debut album is pretty important. Thankfully for The Raven Age, they don’t disappoint on ‘Darkness Will Rise’.

The fiery ‘Salem’s Fate’ is about the infamous 1692 witch trials, and comes complete with truckloads of heavy riffs and slashing snare hits.

Elsewhere, ‘Trapped Within The Shadows’ offers a similar vibe with spiralling, larger-than-life guitar solos.

The album’s a lengthy, grand affair and although at times this can cause the listener’s attention to drift, everything the band have been working towards for the past three years has led to this moment. It’s a solid start.


Stolas - ‘Stolas’

Thursday March 9th, 2017 12:56:00 PM

A bold statement.

Mind-bending rhythms overlaid with bold melodies is the name of the game on this third album from Las Vegas residents Stolas; hints of everything from Circa Survive to Panic! At The Disco going in the sonic blender.

Opener ‘Anhedonia’ soars with this airy mix of styles, ‘Maximiser’ has a real neon swing to it and ‘Euphoria’ even throws in an unexpected hair-flowing guitar solo.

At times things do veer out of focus – any memorable hooks swiftly whisked away on ‘Bellweather’ and the lengthy ‘Cold & Unmanageable’ – but for anyone with a flair for the eccentric, this is absorbing stuff.


The Obsessives - ‘The Obsessives’

Thursday March 9th, 2017 12:24:00 PM

Full of feelings.

For their second record, Philadelphia duo The Obsessives – guitarist/vocalist Nick Bairatchnyi and drummer Jackson Mansfield – channel their disaffection into 14 songs that feel both jaunty and lethargic, despondent yet hopeful.

Much like those of The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball, these compositions are full of sad but quirky lyrical details that dig deep into your heart.

At the same time, due to their deadpan delivery, they lack the emotional gravitas of those bands. It’s still an enjoyable listen, but falls short of greatness.


The Charm The Fury - ‘The Sick, Dumb & Happy’

Thursday March 9th, 2017 12:19:00 PM

They've got some work to do.

The second album from Amsterdam’s The Charm The Fury is akin to a metal jukebox – taking in both old and new – and while this makes for an occasionally fun listen, it also leaves the band without a solid identity.

Built around the versatile vocal talents of Caroline Westendorp, they dip in and out of Lamb Of God-aping grooves (‘The Hell In Me’), Bring Me The Horizon’s slam and swing (‘No End In Sight’), Machine Head’s crushing harmonics (‘The Future Feed Us Not’) and straight-up Avenged Sevenfold balladry (‘Silent War’).

The tools and passion are there; transforming them into a distinct sound is the task now.


Sorority Noise - ‘You’re Not As _ As You Think’

Thursday March 9th, 2017 12:14:00 PM

Melancholy at its finest.

Cam Boucher has experienced some tough times over the last few years, and the smothering, grief-inspired intensity of last year’s ‘It Kindly Stopped For Me’ EP saw him attempting to find a way out of that darkness.

Sadly, its musical left turn into quieter, more gothic folk territory made it pale in comparison to the boisterous promise and punch of full-length predecessor ‘Joy, Departed’.

Third album ‘You’re Not As ____ As You Think’ tends to hop, skip and jump between both styles, with Cam again bleeding issues and insecurities onto every track.

It’s hard, raw, unflinching and heavy stuff, and a sometimes uncomfortable listen, yet starts off on sonically feisty ground with the twin delights of ‘No Halo’ and ‘A Portrait Of’. But the black dog is never far away; “I’ve been feeling suicidal” begins the latter, and the creativity-as-catharsis mood is set.

Problems arise though when things get overly slow and sad, falling into the trap of alienating coldness. Boucher’s pain is evident for all to hear, but it’s rarely inviting.

There’s lyrical lip service paid to hope and optimism across these songs, but the clouds are so prevalent, it can sometimes make for a stifling experience.


Vukovi - ‘Vukovi’

Friday March 3rd, 2017 10:41:00 AM

It's just so much fun.

Having refined their sound over the last seven years, Vukovi live up to everything their EPs promised on this debut album.

Packed with more fizz and colour than a bath bomb in a vat of Irn-Bru, it’s a showcase of the Scots’ brilliantly original take on pop-rock.

From the biting ‘La Di Da’ to misfit anthem ‘Weirdo’, their frenzy is infectious.

Even vulnerable moments (‘Wander’) still land as strongly as their sharper-edged siblings (‘Animal’) with Janine Shilstone’s unique voice an integral ingredient.

2017 could be the year that Vukovi truly make their mark. 


Point North - ‘A Light In A Dark Place’

Friday March 3rd, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Put this band on your radar.

A passion, a home, an escape. Music is many things to many people, and for the four Californians who make up Point North, it’s the perfect way to sift through the turmoil raging in their heads.

From the sadness and loss that colours ‘Dearly Beloved’ to the bittersweet bounce of ‘Blameless’, this EP represents pop-punk at its most candid and troubled – yet it’s anything but a miserable listen.

Actually, whether it’s the gorgeous, life-affirming chorus of ‘Conditions’, the pitch-perfect ’00s throwback of ‘Godspeed’ or the winningly brittle, mostly acoustic ‘Everybody Fades’, this feels more like the start of a thrilling new chapter.

You’ll want to keep an eye on these guys, trust us.


Can’t Swim - ‘Fail You Again’

Friday March 3rd, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Riffs & feels.

Picking up where last year’s excellent ‘Death Deserves A Name’ EP left off, Can’t Swim’s debut album finds them in caustic, heart-on-sleeve territory.

Frontman (and former Trash Talk drummer) Chris LoPorto remains on similarly combative form here, too. With his distinctive nasal tone, he takes aim at the world and those who have wronged him: friends, former lovers, lady luck and many more besides.

In the end though, these attacks always circle back to the self-loathing that permeates every second of this record. As much as Chris finds plenty to despair of in the outside world, it’s his internal monologue that seems to trouble him the most.

Fortunately these reflections never feel too self-indulgent, as they’re dished out – in the main, at least – over pleasingly chunky riffs and choruses that, while rough ‘n’ ready, ably weave their way into your memory.

But perhaps the best thing about this album is the sense that Can’t Swim are still refining their sound – and have several gears to go through in the near future. If they can combine the desperate urgency demonstrated on that first EP (which is a little diminished here) with the more finely-crafted songwriting they’re moving towards, they will be swimming onward, rather than sinking, for a long while to come.


Mallory Knox - ‘Wired’

Friday March 3rd, 2017 10:11:00 AM

Is this a new era for Mallory Knox?

Nice guys, as Billie Joe Armstrong once pointed out, finish last.

Sure, Mallory Knox are hardly at the back of the pack right now, but there does seem to have been an acknowledgment in their camp, in recent times, that maybe they’re a bit too sweet and middle-of-the road for their own good.  

I want to prove that Mallory Knox are more than just nice guys,” bassist / vocalist Sam Douglas exclaimed to Rock Sound recently, hinting that ‘Wired’, the band’s third album, would be a departure both sonically and in terms of attitude. So we can expect something full of musical left turns, innovations and the dawn of Mallory 2.0, right?

Things start off decently enough. Lead single ‘Giving It Up’ sees the quintet on more aggressive, confrontational form than ever before, frontman Mikey Chapman’s vocals rising into a crackling rasp amidst squalls of falsetto.

Indeed, Mallory are at their best here when they’re truly throwing caution to the wind, whether instrumentally or lyrically. ‘For You’, for example, reads as an open letter confession about the shame, anxiety and medical malaise that struggles with mental health can bring (“I’m sorry but it won’t work / These pills that make my head hurt” leaves little to the imagination). That it isn’t the only song on the album to make reference to antidepressants – track six, entitled ‘Better Off Without You’, is inspired from a medication Sam was offered by a doctor to patch up his anxiety – tells you a lot about the depth of the well Mallory are drawing from in places.

Elsewhere, ‘Falling In Love’ sees the five-piece playing around with sonic light and shade to outstanding effect, magicking up a fittingly heart-on-sleeve centerpiece to these 11 tracks. Some of the best moments the band have ever produced are lurking on this album.

But while they should be applauded for the risk-taking and focus they demonstrate across large parts of ‘Wired’, if anything, there’s a niggling feeling that they haven’t quite gone far enough.  The likes of ‘Midnight’ see the Cambridgeshire lads falling back into the habits they apparently want to escape: catchy, neatly written and extremely nice, but not exactly pulse-raising. 

The reality is that ‘Wired’ is at its strongest when the people who penned are cracking themselves open and letting what’s inside spill out, regardless of the consequences. It’s when they forget about the expectations people have of a band in the British rock scene and go their own way.

These songs might not be the complete, finished product yet, but as signals of intent go, they’re a crystal clear demonstration that Mallory have what it takes to break through the glass ceiling – to make truly exceptional music of soul-stirring quality.

Though not quite frontrunners yet, Mallory Knox aren’t prepared to just run with the nice guys any more. 


VITJA - ‘Digital Love’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 03:09:00 PM

It's heavy.

On their 2015 EP ‘Your Kingdom’, Vitja distanced themselves from their former tech-metal sound. With ‘Digital Love’ they continue to blunt their sharp edges, focusing instead on mammoth grooves and anthemic choruses; and sometimes it works.

‘SCUM’ does compelling things with nu metal bounce, electronic ambience and sweeping choruses, for example.

Elsewhere though, tracks like ‘The Golden Shot’ sound like the Germans are doing a Bring Me The Horizon impression with eight-string guitars and, as a result, striding a less interesting path.


Villain Of The Story - ‘Wrapped In Vines, Covered In Thorns’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 02:59:00 PM

Our take on their debut album.

Oh look, another bunch of tattooed American dudes playing scorching, wreck-your-neck metalcore.

Why should you care? Well, Villain Of The Story throw in more atmospheric undertones and electronic curveballs than most, for one thing, walking a tightrope between barnstorming melody (the heart-stopping drama of ‘Powerless’) and flat-out brutality (‘A Message For Mr. Rascal’).

The results occasionally grate, as on the irritatingly gimmicky ‘Dragon Sickness’, but hammer all sorts of emotional buttons when vocalists/stepbrothers Logan Bartholomew and Christian Grey lock in for a blockbuster chorus.

There’s an impressive sense of scope, vision and unremitting passion here, making ‘Wrapped…’ a promising debut 


Our Hollow Our Home - ‘Hartsick’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 02:54:00 PM

FFO: Breakdowns.

Southampton’s Our Hollow, Our Home proved they could deliver quality over mere quantity with 2015’s thunderous ‘//Redefine’ EP. The metalcore upstarts’ debut album follows in a similar vein, but there’s a renewed sense of ferocity ripping through all 13 tracks.

Hook-laden choruses (‘Karmadillo’, ‘Pride: Lieoness’) collide with hefty breakdowns (‘Feast For The Crows’) striking an apt balance between melody and wanton belligerence.

From the bludgeoning fury of ‘Pride: Of Might And Mane’ to bruising first single ‘Worms Wood’, there’s an intriguing natural world theme, too.

There might just be enough here to set them apart from the masses.


Suicide Silence - ‘Suicide Silence’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 02:42:00 PM

A disappointing album.

Following the loss of frontman Mitch Lucker in 2012 and 2014’s barnstorming, bittersweet renewal ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ with new vocalist Eddie Hermida at the helm, it’s understandable that these Californian firebrands are opening a new chapter.

Yet by suppressing their deathcore roots and embracing a ragged, raw and downright messy nu metal-esque sound, they’ve shed the very thing that made them great.

From the lethargic, dragged-out meanderings of ‘Conformity’ to the disjointed sludge of ‘Silence’ and Korn-esque gloom of ‘Run’ – Eddie’s wail-to-a-roar vocals wobbling all over the place – this record falls short in almost every respect. 


Power Trip - Nightmare Logic

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:30:00 PM

Start the circle-pit.

Hardcore kids playing thrash metal have always been on shaky ground, because for every band hitting the mark, another batch of chancers crumble beneath limp riffing, cornball humour and a dire lack of intensity.

Power Trip truly nail it though, and this eight-song effort serves as a breathless, panic-inducing assault on the senses; delivering A-grade riffs, punch-in-the-throat immediacy and more ass-kicking per second than many will be able to withstand.

No wonder then that they’re as at home touring with Lamb Of God as tearing up dive venues in front of spinkicking genre purists. Stick this on, turn it up, and turn your room into a circle-pit.


Decade - ‘Pleasantries’

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:14:00 PM

This band.

With ‘Pleasantries’, Decade prove that their 2014 debut ‘Good Luck’ was no fluke.

These 11 songs represent a confident step forward, the band catapulting their spiky, distinctive take on UK pop-punk into even more exciting pastures.

‘Human Being’ and ‘Daisy May’ are angular, sharp-tongued anthems, boasting buoyant melodies and ultra-catchy hooks, facing off against the bittersweet ruminations of ‘Peach Milk’ and strangely cheerful ’90s vibes of ‘Turn Off Your TV’.

Here’s an infectious follow-up that cements Decade as one of the scene’s brightest hopes. 


Acres - ‘In Sickness & Health’

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:11:00 PM

Post-hardcore's newest talent.

Forget about who can riff the fastest or sing the ‘best’; when it comes to making music, emotion is all.

But it does take skill to channel your innermost feelings with real, meaningful resonance. To that end, Acres are… almost there.

These five tracks are dripping with a passion, spite, fire and soul that can’t be faked. It’s a raw document of a band embroiled in the pain of coming of age, beginning to to flex their creative muscles.

If they can refine their embryonic post-hardcore into something with more focus, kick and insight then they’ll really be onto a winner.


Acceptance - ‘Colliding By Design’

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:03:00 PM

They're back.

The phrase, ‘Your favourite band’s favourite band’ was practically invented for Acceptance. Everyone from All Time Low and Lower Than Atlantis to A Day To Remember have declared this underappreciated (by the general public at least) Seattle quintet among their most-loved.

Back with their first album in 12 years after a near-decade hiatus, ‘Colliding By Design’ finds them picking up right where they left off. Skillfully sketched melodies are their calling card and, while it has virtually no bite or cutting edge to speak of, there is enough craft and subtle depth here to warrant repeat listens.


Green Day In London: “The World Needs This Band”

Friday February 10th, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Green Day. London O2 Arena. These are our thoughts.

THIS FEELS LIKE A REAL MOMENT
From the very beginning, there’s an electricity about the O2 Arena – with only a handful of empty seats and the crowd in fine voice. After all the trials and struggles that Green Day have faced over the past few years, it feels like a victory before they’ve even played a note.

When California’s finest do take the stage and rip through ‘Know Your Enemy’, the place erupts.

NO ONE PUTS ON A BETTER SHOW
Though Billie Joe Armstrong still has a severe case of “Hey-ohhh”-itis (if you took a drink every time he said it, you’d be unconscious within 30 minutes) and the stage show hits a lot of familiar beats, it’s still an unbelievably fun experience.

Fire, explosions, T-shirt cannons and Tré Cool falling over a lot don’t ever get old, and when the frontman invites a girl from the audience up to play Operation Ivy’s ‘Knowledge’ before telling her, “You can keep the guitar”, there’s hardly a dry eye in the house.



THEY HAVE ALL THE SONGS…
No seriously, all of them. From ‘Dookie’-era anthems like ‘Basket Case’, ‘Longview’ and ‘When I Come Around’ to a haunting ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Are We The Waiting’, this set is stuffed with spine-tingling moments. They even play some less frequently-heard cuts like ‘Scattered’ and ‘Christie Road’ in a nod to their old-school fans.

‘HITCHIN’ A RIDE’ IS BRILLIANT
We all agreed? Cool, let’s move on.

… AND THE NEW STUFF SOUNDS HUGE
Whether it’s the blistering one-two punch of ‘Bang Bang’ (with chants of “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA” sweeping across the arena) and ‘Revolution Radio’ or a soulful, life-affirming run through ‘Still Breathing’, tonight is anything but a nostalgia-fest.

These are some of the most powerful and incendiary songs of the trio’s 30-plus year careers, with ‘Forever Now’ emerging as a barnstorming epic to rival ‘Jesus Of Suburbia.’ They played that too, and it was great. Obviously.



THE WORLD NEEDS THIS BAND
Love, equality, freedom, tolerance. Green Day have always worn their values on their sleeves, and tonight is no exception; whether that’s Billie Joe encouraging us “weirdos” in the audience to chase our dreams or performing ‘King For A Day’ – as well as the usual cover song medley – draped in a rainbow flag.

By the time ‘American Idiot’ rolls around (“Fuck Donald Trump”, he screams) and gives way to the stripped-back ‘Ordinary World’ and ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’, it’s obvious just how vital this band have been, and – by the looks of it – will remain for a long time yet.

Here’s to Hyde Park in the summer.


Eisley - ‘I’m Only Dreaming’

Friday February 10th, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Prepare your emotions.

Eisley have always had a knack for plucking at the heartstrings, but their first album in three years, and first with Sherri Dupree-Bemis on lead vocal duties, is on a different level.

Like the warmth of the sun on the back of your neck, the gorgeously glitchy ‘Sparking’, engrossing acoustic cut ‘Rabbit Hole’ and touching ‘A Song For The Birds’ demonstrate songwriting and emotional honesty of an impressive calibre.

The Texas crew have created a piece of art that probes into what it means to love and be loved with real intent and passion. If you’ve slept on this band up until now, it’s time to change that. 


Vant - ‘Dumb Blood’

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:18:00 PM

Music with a message.

Bandleader Mattie Vant has plenty to get off his chest on debut album ‘Dumb Blood’.

He’s known for crafting lyrics that demand discussion, exploring the horrors of the world before a backdrop of swaggering indie-punk. ‘Parking Lot’ discusses horrific sexual assault cases across U.S. college campuses, while ‘The Answer’ is a hard-hitting response to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Mattie aims to start conversations, change minds and make a difference, and with a collection of tracks that are as catchy as they are provocative, he’s on his way.


Hear The Stories Behind All Time Low’s Lyrics

Thursday March 9th, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Get the stories behind All Time Low's lyrics.

ATL are on the cover of this month's Rock Sound! Get yours...

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All Time Low On Working With Blake Harnage, Fueled By Ramen, ‘Last Young Renegade’ + More

Monday March 6th, 2017 01:35:00 PM

All Time Low spill some details on 'Last Young Renegade'.

Who produced the album? Why work with Fueled By Ramen? Did 'Last Young Renegade' turn out how they thought it would?

Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat answer all of those questions and more in this video.

Aaaand Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack are on the cover of this month's Rock Sound magazine!

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All Time Low - Remember That Time I…

Thursday March 2nd, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Alex and Jack from All Time Low have some stories to tell.

All Time Low are on the cover of this month's Rock Sound magazine! You can...

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Go Behind The Scenes Of One OK Rock’s Rock Sound Photoshoot

Tuesday February 14th, 2017 10:51:00 AM

Take a look at how we made this month's One OK Rock magazine.

 

Intrigued? Get your copies below!

ONE OK ROCK + TWENTY ONE PILOTS POSTERS (ALSO AVAILABLE IN UK STORES NOW!)
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The New You Me At Six Album Was Influenced By The Who And… J. Cole?!

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 12:27:00 PM

"Progression is always good."

You Me At Six feature in this month's Rock Sound magazine, available to order worldwide NOW!

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How You Me At Six Remembered Why They Love Music

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 12:27:00 PM

Josh and Max speak.

You Me At Six feature in this month's Rock Sound magazine, available to order worldwide NOW!

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Remember That Time Enter Shikari Felt Like Proper Rock Stars?

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 12:26:00 PM

What a story.

Enter Shikari headline next year's Slam Dunk Festival. Read all about their plans in the latest issue of Rock Sound, out now!

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A Message From A Band Called Twenty One Pilots

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 12:26:00 PM

A message from Tyler and Josh.

Twenty One Pilots are on the cover(s) of Rock Sound magazine this month, available worldwide!

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Bury Tomorrow - Remember That Time I… Interview

Thursday November 10th, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Remember that time Bury Tomorrow...?

Bury Tomorrow hit the UK with Crossfaith in tow in 2017!

APRIL

14 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
15 - MANCHESTER Ritz
16 - GLASGOW Garage
17 - NEWCASTLE Riverside
19 - LEEDS Stylus
20 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
21 - CARDIFF Yplas
22 - LONDON Forum


5 Things Nobody Knows About Attila

Friday November 4th, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Five things you never knew about Attila.

Courtesy of the one and only Fronz.

Attila's new album 'Chaos' is out now via Sharptone Records.


With Confidence - Remember That Time I…

Friday July 1st, 2016 04:42:00 PM

Now these guys have some stories.



With Confidence feature in the latest Rock Sound magazine. Find out why they might just be your new favourite band...

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Pierce The Veil - Remember That Time I… Interview

Friday June 17th, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Remember that time Vic and Jaime...


 

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Get The Story Behind ‘Misadventures’

Friday June 17th, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Vic and Jaime speak.



Get the full story behind 'Misadventures' in this month's Rock Sound magazine.

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Behind The Scenes At Brendon Urie’s House

Sunday May 15th, 2016 12:01:00 PM

So cool.



We headed to Panic! At The Disco man Brendon Urie's house for this month's Rock Sound magazine, and you can take a look behind the scenes of his photoshoot above.

Cool, huh? Check out the photos (and a candid, revealing interview) in this month's magazine, available worldwide at...

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Remember That Time I… Patty Walters (As It Is) Interview

Saturday May 14th, 2016 10:59:00 AM

So many stories.



Remember That Time As It Is' Patty Walters laughed until he cried? He does.

As It Is are currently on tour in the UK with Jule Vera and With Confidence. Check out the dates below.

MAY

14 - SOUTHAMPTON 1865
16 - PLYMOUTH Hub
17 - BRISTOL Fleece
18 - SWANSEA Scene
19 - CARLISLE Brickyard
20 - NEWCASTLE Academy II
21 - ABERDEEN Tunnels
22 - GLASGOW King Tut's
23 - SHEFFIELD Leadmill
24 - MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
25 - LIVERPOOL Arts Club
27 - NOTTINGHAM Basement

Patty takes our Would You Rather challenge in this month's magazine, available worldwide!

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Watch Brendon Urie Play ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ At Home

Thursday May 12th, 2016 05:44:00 PM

So good.



We took a trip to Brendon Urie's house for Panic! At The Disco's Rock Sound magazine, and of course, Brendon sat himself down at the piano and started playing 'Death Of A Bachelor'.

(It was so amazing in fact, that the audio just couldn't handle it).

Awesome, huh?

Take a trip to Brendon's house this month.

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The Moments That Made Panic! At The Disco

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Here's how Brendon got here.

Hang out at home with Brendon Urie in the latest Rock Sound magazine!

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At Home With Panic! At The Disco

Thursday April 28th, 2016 04:02:00 PM


Take a tour of Brendon's house.

Brendon Urie is on the cover of the latest Rock Sound. Want a copy? It's available worldwide!

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Remember That Time I… With Good Charlotte

Monday March 14th, 2016 02:03:00 PM

They got wild.

We recently sat down with Joel and Benji Madden from this month's cover stars Good Charlotte to talk about the times they caused most damage, were proudest of their band and more.

It got interesting. Very interesting.



Good Charlotte are on the cover of the latest Rock Sound magazine!

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Remember That Time I… With Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 03:19:00 PM

Remember that time Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! almost quit?

They do, and now they're so glad they didn't.

Bert and Paul from the band tell some stories in the latest edition of Remember That Time I... and begin their UK tour tonight!

DECEMBER

02 - LONDON Underworld
03 - BIRMINGHAM The Temple @ The Institute
04 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega
05 - LEEDS Key Club
06 -NEWCASTLE Think Tank
07 - GLASGOW The Cathouse
08 - MANCHESTER Sound Control
09 - CARDIFF The Globe


Here Are Some Things You Didn’t Know About Bring Me The Horizon

Friday October 2nd, 2015 02:55:00 PM

Bet you didn't know this lot...



Oli and Jordan from Bring Me The Horizon opened up to us recently, and we were there to get all of their untold stories.

BMTH are on the cover of our new magazine, and inside we talk rehab, rebirth and redemption in an 
essential interview.

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Oli Sykes: “We’re Good Now…”

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 04:06:00 PM

BMTH reveal some stuff in this new video...



See Oli and Jordan from Bring Me The Horizon talk about the times they caused the most damage, were most scared on tour... all sorts of stuff. Right ^up there^

BMTH are on the cover of our new magazine, and inside we talk rehab, rebirth and redemption in an essential interview.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Twenty One Pilots - Part 1

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 02:48:00 PM

Well, three things. There are two more coming in the second part of this video later this week...

Twenty One Pilots are on the cover of Rock Sound magazine this month.

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Don Broco Talk Touring, Vans And Biffy Clyro With Vauxhall

Friday June 26th, 2015 09:20:00 AM

ROCK SOUND PROMOTION: We hopped in the van with those Don Broco lads to talk everything touring. The way they cross the Scottish border is pretty special...

Don Broco play London's Brixton Academy in December.



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Watch Lower Than Atlantis Play The Smallest Show Ever (Probably)

Friday June 19th, 2015 02:31:00 PM

We teamed up with Lower Than Atlantis and Monster Energy for an extra-special competition a while back. The winners headed to LTA's studio to hang out and watch them play a teeny tiny show. Here's how it all went down...

Don't forget, LTA head out on a huge UK headline tour at the end of the year.

DECEMBER

07 - MIDDLESBROUGH Empire
08 - LEEDS Beckett SU
10 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
11 - BRISTOL Academy
12 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
14 - LONDON Roundhouse
15 - MANCHESTER Ritz


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 224 - April 2017

Monday February 27th, 2017 05:55:00 PM

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Please welcome All Time Low back to the cover of Rock Sound magazine!

We speak to Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack all about 'Last Young Renegade', the story behind the album and growing up, PLUS there's an all-new (awesome) photoshoot and eight All Time Low posters inside!


So that's 23 pages accounted for - here's what else is in your Rock Sound this month...

- Hang out with Derek and Patty from State Champs and As It Is ahead of what might be the pop-punk tour of the year.
- Meet Hey Violet as they take a run at superstardom.
- Take a look back at My Chemical Romance's 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge'. *sniffs*



- Chrissy Costanza gets brutally honest with herself ahead of Against The Current's UK tour.
Suicide Silence's Eddie Hermida comes out fighting.
- Jenna from Tonight Alive drops some wisdom about life.



- Want more? There's StarsetAttilaMoose Blood, more new bands than you can possibly count, plus the weirdest interview Mike from Lower Than Atlantis has ever done.

And you can get this month's Rock Sound WORLDWIDE below!

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 223 - March 2017

Monday January 30th, 2017 05:28:00 PM

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Hang out with One OK Rock as they start their bid for world domination in this month's Rock Sound magazine!

There are THREE different versions available to order at SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV, alongside GIANT Twenty One Pilots and One OK Rock posters. Click the links to order worldwide...

ONE OK ROCK (FULL BAND) + TWO GIANT TWENTY ONE PILOTS POSTERS (ALSO AVAILABLE IN UK STORES NOW!)
ONE OK ROCK (FULL BAND) + TWO GIANT ONE OK ROCK POSTERS
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READ THE DIGITAL EDITION

Each and every copy features a 14-page One OK Rock feature with all-new photos and a new interview, plus the GIANT posters!

These are the Twenty One Pilots ones...



And the One OK Rock posters...



If you're based in Japan, please head to Amazon Japan to order.

ALSO INSIDE
- Bry meets a real live panda (sort of)
- Get the lowdown on Sainte
- Meet SO many new bands
- Find out why Lower Than Atlantis are "taking shit more seriously"

PLUS
- Read features on Danny WorsnopWith ConfidenceDeaf HavanaWaterparksSum 41, Betraying The Martyrs and more.
- Get these awesome illustrated posters of Bring Me The HorizonPVRIS, Panic! At The Disco and Green Day!



Subscribers will receive the version with the Twenty One Pilots posters.

ONE OK ROCK (FULL BAND) + TWO GIANT TWENTY ONE PILOTS POSTERS (ALSO AVAILABLE IN UK STORES NOW!)
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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 222 - February 2017

Monday January 2nd, 2017 05:50:00 PM

116 pages. 20 posters. The ultimate 2017 preview.



Read all about new albums from All Time LowPVRISParamoreState ChampsEnter Shikari, Black Veil Brides and SO MANY MORE as we look forward to an amazing year in rock.

Oh, and there are 20 (TWENTY) posters inside every issue! Including this one...

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 221 - January 2017

Monday December 5th, 2016 05:28:00 PM

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Get the ULTIMATE review of 2016, with 12 personal diary entries from the bands who lived it, including those guys^^^

There's also a FREE 2017 calendar with every physical issue. This one.



ELSEWHERE
- We count down our Top 50 releases of the year.
- Get 16 (SIXTEEN) free band posters.
- Dive inside Melanie Martinez' triumphant London takeover.


ALSO INSIDE
- Read all about new albums from You Me At SixOne OK RockAs It IsPalisades and more.
- Get guest writers Chrissy Costanza and Patty Waltersawesome columns.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 220 - December 2016

Monday November 7th, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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We hung out with Twenty One Pilots to talk about their legacy and what comes next for this month's magazine. And to celebrate, we've gone all out.

Tyler and Josh have their very own covers of the magazines in stores, while subscribers, digital readers and online shoppers can get an exclusive cover with both Tyler and Josh on it.

And you can get all three covers WORLDWIDE right here, and get the exclusive digital cover for just 79p / 99c here.

This is Twenty One Pilots' most in-depth, revealing interview, and it sits alongside some stunning new photos.



Want more Twenty One Pilots? We've teamed up with some of the Clique's most talented artists to make 10 awesome Clique Art posters for your wall.



ELSEWHERE
- Get Life Lessons from the one and only Pete Wentz.
- Catch up with You Me At Six as they prepare to take over once again.
- Hang out with some of the best new bands on the planet, from Out Came The Wolves to Area 11 and Palisades.



- Find Pierce The Veil back on the road and happier than they've been for a long time.
- Dive inside Real Friends' Dan Lambton's music collection.
- Meet fresh faces like BryCruisr and Vesperteen.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 219 - November 2016

Monday October 10th, 2016 04:55:00 PM

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Green Day return to the cover of Rock Sound this month to talk rehab and rebirth in the incredible story of new album 'Revolution Radio'.

But that's not all, oh no.

Each physical copy comes with a HUGE free sticker sheet featuring 32 brand new stickers...

And how about an awesome Bring Me The Horizon poster special?



As for features, join us as we...
- Have a candid, revealing chat with the one and only Frank Iero
- Take a look back at Black Veil Brides' 'Set The World On Fire'
- Learn exactly what the big deal is with Waterparks



And elsewhere inside, there's an opportunity to meet Pierce The Veil, a catch-up with Of Mice & Men, a look ahead to Twenty One Pilots' HUGE UK dates and, well...

THERE'S SO. MUCH. MORE. We're talking ROAM, Sum 41Boston ManorMemphis May FireIce Nine Kills and Twin Atlantic. Trust us when we say that's not the half of it.

It's a great one this month, and the magazine is in UK stores from Wednesday, October 12 and available to order worldwide NOW!

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you can get a FREE copy of letlive.'s 'If I'm The Devil'.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 218 - October 2016

Monday September 12th, 2016 04:55:00 PM

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My Chemical Romance's 'The Black Parade' was a once in a lifetime album, and ten years on from its release, it deserves a once in a lifetime celebration.



This is the essential history of rock's finest hour, as told by Gerard, Mikey, Frank, Ray and Bob to the man who was with them every step of the way.



Every physical copy comes with a 'Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade' CD, featuring covers of that album by the likes of Twenty One PilotsAsking AlexandriaState Champs + more.

Here's just some of what's going on across 27 pages of MCR, including other bands' thoughts on the album, the cover CD and so much more.



...and these awesome 'The Black Parade'-era posters.



Elsewhere? There's Avenged SevenfoldYou Me At Six, Set It OffAgainst Me!With Confidence and so, so much more.

But for now, this is about paying tribute to 'The Black Parade'.


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Subscribe this month and you can get a £20 voucher to spend at impericon.co.uk!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 217 - September 2016

Monday August 15th, 2016 04:45:00 PM

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Go Access All Areas on Vans Warped Tour this month - with the hottest band on the tour!

Rock Sound hopped on Against The Current's bus and hung out with them in the heat so you can find out what the band and the tour are really like.

ALSO INSIDE
Get a GIANT Twenty One Pilots & Hayley Williams poster FREE with every physical copy of the magazine.



And speaking of Vans Warped Tour, how do you fancy these Warped posters?



FEATURES
Andy Black faces the Firing Line, take a look back at Green Day's 'American Idiot', there's The Amity AfflictionMoose BloodCrown The EmpireTwin AtlanticTonight AliveState Champs...

*takes a breath*

...HellionsWes BorlandTaking Back Sunday, Of Mice & MenAgainst Me! and SO MANY MORE bands are inside.

EXPOSURE
Meet your new favourite band. They're in there, promise.

COLUMNS
Chrissy Costanza and Patty Walters are back with fun, wisdom and weirdness in equal measure.

And that's not even the half of it.

Want a copy? You can order WORLDWIDE, read on your phone or pick one up in UK stores from August 17.

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ALSO if you subscribe this month, you can get a copy of 'Headspace' by Issues FREE!

NOTE: The 'Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade' CD comes with the next issue of Rock Sound magazine, out September 14.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 216 - Summer 2016

Thursday July 14th, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Meet The Rock Sound 50.
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This month, we put together a list of the most influential, inspirational, important people in today's scene - The Rock Sound 50.

There's a huge, WORLD EXCLUSIVE interview with Paramore's Hayley Williams, plus new interviews and photos with so many awesome people who make this awesome modern rock scene what it is, whether that's the biggest bands, promoters, YouTubers or photographers.



Expect to see the likes of Bring Me The HorizonTwenty One PilotsAll Time Low, PVRIS and SO MUCH MORE in there, too!


Want more? We have more....

MEET NEW BANDS
Including Ash from New Years Day's new project - The Haxans - plus MilestonesHeart Of GoldFrom Ashes To New and more! If you love new music, you're bound to find your new favourite band in Exposure.



REVIEWS
Read all about that A Day To Remember album, plus newbies from Crown The EmpireMoose BloodFrank Iero's 'Death Spells', The Amity Affliction and more.

PATTY + CHRISSY
Our ace columnists are back for another round. Check out Patty's advice and Chrissy's everything-under-the-sun column this month!



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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 215 - August 2016

Monday June 20th, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Welcome To The Mark, Matt And Travis Show!

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Please welcome Blink-182 back to the cover of Rock Sound magazine!

Inside, we get the full story - from Tom's departure and Matt's first rehearsal right through to their spectacular new album, 'California'.



But that's not all...

MEET OUR NEW COLUMNISTS
Welcome As It Is' Patty Walters and Against The Current's Chrissy Costanza!



A DAY TO REMEMBER
Talk writer's block, legal troubles and pushing forward.

PARAMORE
Join us as we take a look at the masterpiece that is 'Riot!'.



BIFFY CLYRO
One of Britain's biggest bands return as brilliant and bold as ever.

PVRIS
Face their fans, defend the city of Gotham and take on Donald Trump's alien army. Sure.



MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE POP-PUNK AND METAL BANDS

That's With Confidence and Cane Hill!

AND HOW ABOUT TEAM UK?
Milk Teeth? They're in there. So are Trash Boat!



AND MORE!

Get Life Lessons from Twin Atlantic, play Would You Rather? with Kevin Ghost Town and take a look inside Will Creeper's iPod.

THE ALBUMS
Read all about new ones from Good CharlotteBlink-182I See StarsBiffy Clyro and more.

THE POSTERS
Get ready for Vans Warped Tour the only way we know how... by sticking bands on your wall.



MORE NEW BANDS
Say hello to the likes of Silent PlanetStory UntoldDead!Black FoxxesMy Enemies & I, Making Monsters and more in our HUGE Exposure section!

DOES THAT SOUND GOOD TO YOU?
Because it does to us. Remember, you can order your copy worldwide NOW!

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you can get the AWESOME Like Pacific album FREE!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 214 - July 2016

Monday May 23rd, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Get the real story behind the year's hottest album.



Pierce The Veil are back with a new album, new outlook and new Rock Sound cover.

Find out what happened when we joined the band at home in San Diego in this month's magazine!
 

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ELSEWHERE
- NEW interviews with IssuesReal FriendsBeartoothletlive. and more!
- Read Vic Fuentes' last ever Rock Sound column.
- Get 8 awesome hand drawn band posters.



THERE'S MORE
- Go inside what might just be the show of the year - Bring Me The Horizon's breathtaking Royal Albert Hall gig!
- Take a look around The Amity Affliction man Joel Birch's iPod.
- Get some super honest Life Lessons from Frank Carter.
- Read all about a classic Billy Talent album.
- Play 'Would You Rather?' with Don Broco's Rob Damiani.



EXPOSURE
Meet your new favourite band! But will they be Avion RoeNormandieCold CollectiveCold FrontOcean GroveBethan LeadleyGrove Street Families or someone else?

REVIEWS
Read about new albums from Architects, With ConfidenceThriceBeartoothTrash Boatletlive., Real Friends + more!

...and that's without even mentioning the cool stuff we have with PupNapoleon and a bunch more rad bands. It's a big one this month!

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 213 - June 2016

Monday April 25th, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Step inside the home of Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie in this month's Rock Sound!



We headed to the Panic! main man's house to find out what it's really like being Brendon Urie (and try to convince him to let us in his pool).

Turns out we got a really revealing, intimate portrait of the man himself while we were at it, too.


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We have so much more going on, too! Like...

- The FIRST review of the new Pierce The Veil album.
- A FREE sticker sheet featuring the entire Slam Dunk line-up, meaning you can create your very own festival line-up!
- Speaking of Slam Dunk, we have the ONLY festival preview you need to read this year, too!



ELSWHERE...
Against The Current face their fans in a very *ahem* unique interview.
Andy Black talks growing up and going big on his debut solo album.
- The likes of ArchitectsWeezerModern Baseball open up about a bunch of great new albums.



IS THAT ALL?
Not even slightly.

- There are posters featuring As It IsWe Came As RomansMayday Parade, Memphis May FireMoose Blood and more.
Yellowcard take a look back at 'Ocean Avenue'.
Davey Havok dishes out some cold, hard Life Lessons.
Lights talks about the song that she listens to when she pictures herself on a beach swinging a sword. So, uh, yeah.



EXPOSURE
Looking for a new favourite band? We have a bunch of fresh faces to check out, including The White NoiseCreate To Inspire and Greywind.

REVIEWS
We run the rule over new releases from PTV, Issues, Andy BlackAgainst The CurrentLonely The BraveSaosin and so many more.

Want in? Remember, you can..

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You can get Seaway's excellent 'Colour Blind' FREE if you subscribe this month, too!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 212 - May 2016

Monday March 28th, 2016 08:57:00 AM

BABYMETAL are on the cover of this month's magazine.
PLUS! Get a giant BABYMETAL poster, digital-exclusive cover and more!

CLICK HERE to order the physical magazine + a huge double-sided poster WORLDWIDE.

CLICK HERE to read the digital edition on your phone or tablet, complete with a digital-exclusive cover!

  Digital-only cover



There's so, so much more in this month's magazine, too! Here's what else is going on.

- COREY TAYLOR's last ever Rock Sound column.
- A huge double-sided BABYMETAL wall poster (did we mention that already?)
- Life Lessons from PVRIS' Lynn Gunn.
- A new band poster special featuring SAYWECANFLY, CREEPER, MILK TEETH + MORE!

FEATURES
- FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND talk legacy, Axl Rose and everything in between ahead of their last ever shows.
- THE SUMMER SET take us inside the album that almost broke them.
- NECK DEEP'S Ben Barlow tells us a truly heroic vomit / toenail story.
PLUS SUPER SICK RECORDS, BLACK PEAKS, LANDSCAPES, SAOSIN + MORE!

EXPOSURE
Say hello to the very best new bands, including WITH CONFIDENCE, WATERPARKS, HESITATION WOUNDS + FAULTLINES.

REVIEWS
We rate albums from
- WEEZER
- BABYMETAL
- ONCE UPON A DEAD MAN
- THE READY SET
+ MORE!

REGULARS
- VIC FUENTES is back for another advice column.
- SOUNDING OFF asks why we see so many girls at shows, but so few on stage.
- YOUR letters, art and rants.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 211 - April 2016

Monday February 29th, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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Good Charlotte are back, and how?! Read all about the comeback of the year in their WORLD EXCLUSIVE Rock Sound feature.

Oh, and we have FREE STICKERS this month. Just look at them!


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WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
- Get the scoop on Simple Plan's return.
- Read how everything almost ended in tragedy for The Word Alive.
- We take a look inside Chrissy from Against The Current's iPod. Spoiler: it contains Disney.



WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
- Get features ranging from gripping (After The Burial) to inspiring (Stick To Your Guns) through to downright exciting (Blood Youth Hacktivist).
Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach dishes out some Life Lessons.
- Read how Aiden's explosive 'Nightmare Anatomy' came together.

THE BEST, MOST TRUSTWORTHY REVIEWS
- Aside from that Asking Alexandria album, we have give our verdict on new releases from Brian FallonHeckKillswitch EngageThe Word AliveGiants and more.
 


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THE REGULARS
- Vic Fuentes' column is gross in the most hilarious way this month.
- Corey Taylor takes on the world in his latest column.
- Get the ultimate guide to this month's gigs, featuring Funeral For A FriendBABYMETALPVRIS and more.

MEET SOME NEW BANDS
- Say hello to Like PacificFrameworksMusketsCan't Swim and more in Exposure.

DID WE MENTION GOOD CHARLOTTE?
We are so, so stoked they're back.

AND THE STICKERS
Just look at them.



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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 210 - March 2016

Monday February 1st, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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We hit the road with the phenomenon that is Twenty One Pilots this month and there's a free Twenty One Pilots wristband with each and every issue, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And can we talk about rock pets for a second? There are twelve posters of stars hanging out with their furry friends inside the magazine this month!


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INSIDE THE MAGAZINE
Twenty One Pilots take us behind the scenes of yet another sold out show.
All Time Low's Jack Barakat dishes out some cold, hard life lessons.
The King Bluereveal how on Earth they got back in the same room together, let alone reformed their band.
Sleeping With Sirens' Kellin Quinn gives us a glimpse inside his iPod.



Creeper hang out in an amusement park and talk about how they're not taking their second chance lightly.
Sum 41's Deryck Whibley discusses the long, hard road back from the brink of death.
- The Blackout (R.I.P.) talk us through the making of their best and craziest album, 'The Best In Town'.

THAT'S NOT ALL
Slipknot's Corey Taylor writes a letter to one of his loves - movies.
State Champs face their fans (it gets weird. Fast.)
Vic Fuentes talks pee, saxophones and having no chill whatsoever in his advice column.



- In our new Sounding Off section, we find out why so many bands are shouting about Sea Shepherd.

IN EXPOSURE
- Say hello to the likes of Away DaysFarroHave Mercy and Beach Weather.

IN REVIEWS
- Get our verdict on new releases from Tonight AliveSimple PlanHands Like Houses, The Starting Line and more.


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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 209 - February 2016

Monday January 4th, 2016 05:37:00 PM

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We have Andy BlackAsking AlexandriaTonight Alive and Against The Current on four collectable covers this month, but that's not all!

There are free ParamoreYou Me At SixPierce The VeilAsking AlexandriaAndy Black and Tonight Alive badges with every physical copy.

And some awesome, exclusive Pierce The Veil posters!


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In addition to brand new interviews with our cover stars, we talk about what's going on in the camps of Of Mice & Men, ParamoreGreen DayPVRISPanic! At The Disco and so many more.



THERE'S MORE
- Get the ultimate guide to Good Charlotte.
- Look ahead to Enter Shikari's biggest tour ever.
- Vic Fuentes and Corey Taylor return for their exclusive columns.

WE GAVE SOME OPINIONS ON SOME STUFF
- Find out what we made of new releases from Basement, Brand NewBury Tomorrow and Milk Teeth.
- Catch Don BrocoRefused and Lower Than Atlantis live.

Remember, there are four covers to collect. And we have FREE badges.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 208 - January 2016

Monday December 7th, 2015 05:45:00 PM

free calendar, our huge 2015 review and the top 50 releases of the year. Nice.

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The year is almost over, so we got the biggest names to tell us the biggest stories in our biggest issue of the year.

Pretty big, huh?

Aside from Bring Me The HorizonTwenty One PilotsPVRIS and Enter Shikari, we have the likes of Asking AlexandriaTonight Alive and All Time Low opening up in our tell-all diary feature.

And did we mention we got We Are HarlotSleeping WIth Sirens, Motionless In WhiteNeck Deep and Don Broco to do the same thing?

Well, we did. It looks like this.



THE CALENDAR
One free 2016 calendar, 12 months, a whole bunch of bands and the dates you need to handle the next year, featuring My Chemical RomanceIssuesAndy Black and LOADS more.



THE TOP 50 RELEASES OF THE YEAR
Music ruled this year, so we made a list of the bands, albums and EPs that ruled hardest. Who hit #1 spot? Pick up the magazine to find out...

THE ROCK SOUND READERS' POLL 2015
We've told you what we thought ruled this year, now it's your turn...

POSTERS
How about posters? We have our biggest poster giveaway EVER this month, with the likes of A Day To Remember5 Seconds Of SummerFalling In Reverse and 13 more bands ready to decorate your walls.



ELSEWHERE THIS MONTH
- Pierce The Veil's Vic Fuentes and Slipknot man Corey Taylor are back with their regular columns.
- We review new albums from Panic! At The DiscoBaronessROAM and Secrets.
- Plus we witness Twenty One PilotsEvery Time I Die and the Impericon Never Say Die! tour live!

Want in? You can...

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 207 - December 2015

Monday November 9th, 2015 05:55:00 PM

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Go inside the year that pop-punk ruled the world this issue, with help from All Time Low, Neck DeepState ChampsThe Wonder Years and As It Is.

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And pop-punk isn't all we have going on this month. There's...

- FOUR FREE CHRISTMAS CARDS featuring Twenty One Pilots, Pierce The VeilAll Time Low and Bring Me The Horizon.



- Awesome classic pop-punk posters, featuring A Day To RememberThe Offspring, Sum 41, +44 and more!

POP-PUNK
We chat to All Time LowNeck DeepState ChampsThe Wonder Years and As It Is to find out how and why their scene is producing Number One albums, selling out arenas and in its best shape for a decade.



THAT'S NOT ALL
- We take a look through PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn's iPod... and find out she loves Bieber!
Fightstar and Charlie Simpson talk their comeback, being heavy and those Busted rumours.
- Dive headfirst into the phenomenon that is 'Badlands' and Halsey.



...THAT'S STILL NOT ALL
- Read what happened when Young Guns faced their fans.
- Get the full, ridiculous story behind Alien Ant Farm's most celebrated album.
- In Exposure, we say hello to the likes of Hey VioletOne OK RockArea 11 and more.



WE REVIEWED SOME STUFF
Lots of stuff, like...
Vans Warped Tour UK.
- New albums from One OK RockDevil You KnowHandguns and more.
All Time Low and Sleeping With Sirens' HUGE US tour.
- Fall Out Boy's bold return to the UK.



So... do you like the sound of that?

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 206 - November 2015

Monday October 12th, 2015 04:49:00 PM

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Ashton, Luke, Michael and Calum are about to make 5 Seconds Of Summer one of the most important bands in modern music.

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But this exclusive, extensive, essential 5SOS cover feature isn't all we have on offer! There are...

- 13 FREE glow in the dark Halloween stickers featuring Bring Me The HorizonParamoreMy Chemical Romance and All Time Low.



- 11 FREE Twenty One Pilots posters!



5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
You've marched in The Black Parade, you've hung out with St. Jimmy in Suburbia, and now it's time to embrace The New Broken Scene.

We went Stateside to catch up with one of modern rock's biggest phenomenons and find out why things are only set to get bigger from here.



THAT'S NOT ALL
- We caught Halsey's heroic UK debut - and got some awesome photos, too!
- Find out why Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce scribbled Slipknot lyrics all over his mum's car.
- Catch up with State Champs and find them shooting for the stars.



WAIT, THERE'S MORE
- Relive the Ronnie Radke vs Craig Mabbitt drama that unfolded with Escape The Fate.
- Get some valuable life advice from Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley.
- Read what happened when Fearless Vampire Killers took on their fans' weird and wonderful questions.
- Read all about why Against The Current are fighting for outsiders everywhere.



DID WE MENTION THE STICKERS?
13 (THIRTEEN) of them. They glow in the dark (because Halloween) and they're FREE!



IN REVIEWS...
- We run the rule over new releases from Fightstar, New Years DayArcane RootsCounting DaysThe Hell and more.
- Plus we have words and awesome photos from that Halsey show, the Vans Warped Tour UK warm-up party and Brand New's UK return.

HOW ABOUT SOME NEW BANDS?
- In Exposure we meet one-man acoustic sensation SayWeCanFly, old-school punks Beach Slang, genre-hopping crusaders Palisades and many more.

BUT HOW DO YOU GET ONE?
WELL...

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 205 - October 2015

Thursday September 10th, 2015 04:58:00 PM

We have the essential Bring Me The Horizon interview this month. But that's not all...

Welcome back, Bring Me The Horizon. It's good to have you.

We have the essential BMTH interview this month. Want the magazine? You can...


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INSIDE...
- We talk rehab, rebirth and the road to redemption with Bring Me The Horizon in a revealing, touching interview.
- There's the WORLD FIRST review of 5 Seconds Of Summer's new album 'Sounds Good Feels Good'.
- Get the ultimate guide to Vans Warped Tour UK featuring Black Veil BridesAsking AlexandriaYoung Guns + more...



THAT'S NOT ALL
- Check out how awesome Reading & Leeds Festival was with a little help from All Time LowPierce The VeilPanic! At The Disco and loads more familiar faces.
- Find out why Parkway Drive are changing the world, say hi to the lovely lot that are Blessthefall and catch up with Atreyu after their comeback.
Vic Fuentes and Corey Taylor are back to talk racism, anxiety and more in their columns.



AND POSTERS. DON'T FORGET THE POSTERS
This year's been a good one, so it felt like a good time to present the Kings And Queens Of 2015.
That means... PVRIS, Sleeping With Sirens, HalseyYou Me At SixAgainst The Current, Pierce The Veil, Echosmith and As It Is could all be on your walls very soon.



OH, WE'RE NOT DONE YET
Attila hang out with their fans and say some outrageous stuff - surprise!
- Cody Set It Off talks about jazz hands a lot.
- Remember OPM? We do. Get the drug-fuelled story behind their greatest album.

REVIEWS
- Get the lowdown on that 5SOS album, plus find out what we make of new releases from CreeperCrossfaithMotion City SoundtrackNo Devotion and more in our new-look albums section.
- Live, we jumped in the pit with The Offspring and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. One was more lively than the other.

MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE BAND
- Chat to MAX about hanging with Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder, find out why Cane Hill are nu metal's brightest hopes and say a hearty "hello" to Great CollapseHECK and more.

Interested? We understand. Allow us to help...
 

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 204 - September 2015

Thursday August 13th, 2015 04:58:00 PM

This month, we have PVRIS' first ever full-band magazine cover. And we're so, so excited about it.

You can...

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WELL, THEN...
- We find out what makes Vans Warped Tour's breakout band tick as we join PVRIS to talk sunshine, sandwiches and superstardom.
- There's a WORLD FIRST review of Bring Me The Horizon's astonishing new album 'That's The Spirit'.
- Grab a FREE stick-on tattoo sheet stuffed full of ink from Pierce The VeilBlack Veil BridesAsking Alexandria and more.




AND THERE'S MORE
- Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco talks about his funeral and naked wrestling. Uh.
- There are revealing features on the likes of Bullet For My ValentineEnter Shikai and The Wonder Years.
Disturbed frontman David Draiman stops caring.

WHAT ABOUT THE POSTERS?
OH, THE POSTERS. There's a Vans Warped Tour UK special in this issue, meaning there are snaps of Black Veil BridesAsking AlexandriaAttilaYoung GunsMemphis May Fire and more just waiting to go on your walls.



THERE'S STILL MORE
- Things go from 0-to-weird extremely quickly when While She Sleeps meet the fans.
- We get the uncensored story behind Crazy Town's epic 'The Gift Of Game' (yeah, the one with 'Butterfly' on it).
State Champs broaden their horizons ahead of their UK tour next month.
- There's an ultimate guide to Funeral For A Friend's long, long career.

REVIEWS
- As well as that world-first BMTH review, we run the rule over new ones from SlayerDefeaterAgainst Me! and more.
- Live, we witnesses Korn hit London and got sweaty with Less Than Jake.

MORE COOL STUFF
- We say a big hello to Nothing But ThievesWSTRBeautiful Bodies and Nekokat.

AND THE FREE TEMPORARY TATTOOS
LOOK AT THEM.


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YES.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 203 - Summer 2015

Thursday July 16th, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Hello there, Neck Deep *throws frisbee*



THAT'S RIGHT. The pop-punk phenomenon that is Neck Deep are on our cover this month, and each physical magazine comes with a FREE FRISBEE.

YES. ONE THAT YOU THROW.

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FREE WITH RS203
- THAT FRISBEE
- Eight Bring Me The Horizon vs Of Mice & Men posters

Dive inside the phenomenon that is (still) Neck Deep in our new issue. The UK pop-punk heroes are only just getting started.

ELSEWHERE...

- We get the full, untold story behind All Time Low's 'Nothing Personal'.
- Hit Vans Warped Tour to check out the hottest tour going this summer (literally and figuratively).
- Join Don Broco as they prepare to go into overdrive.
- Take a trip down memory lane in our ultimate guide to Sum 41.
- Get some Life Lessons from Lamb Of God.
- Did we mention the free frisbee?



POSTERS
JUST LOOK AT THEM.



IN EXPOSURE
- Say hello to Conquer DivideMicrowaveAlvarez Kings and loads more sweet new bands.

IN REVIEWS + LIVES
- Get our verdict on new albums from Bullet For My ValentineNew PoliticsStray From The Path and - of course - Neck Deep.
- Hop on Vans Warped Tour with Pierce The VeilPVRISAsking AlexandriaBlack Veil Brides + more!



AND A FREE FRISBEE
Never forget the free frisbee.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 202 - August 2015

Thursday June 18th, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Welcome, Twenty One Pilots. |-/



The revolution is on, and Twenty One Pilots are leading it.

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FREE WITH RS202
- 32 AWESOME stickers featuring the likes of You Me At Six, PVRIS, Black Veil Brides, Green Day, Against The Current + MORE!
- Eight Rock Sound <3 Paramore posters. EIGHT.



World, meet Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots, world. We get up close and personal with the biggest underground phenomenon in music this month.

ELSEWHERE IN THE MAG
- We get the scoop on everything that’s going on in camp Asking Alexandria.
- Find out why Patrick Stump doesn’t like listening to Fall Out Boy songs.
- Hit Slam Dunk Festival to find out what happened when You Me At Six, PVRIS, Neck Deep et al took over for a weekend.
- Say a proper hello to Babymetal. Because Babymetal.
- Go inside Alexisonfire’s finest album.
- Find out why Thy Art Is Murder have an escape plan.
- PLUS there’s As It Is, We Came As Romans, Man Overboard, Senses Fail and more.

STICKERS
THESE ONES. STICK THEM ON THINGS. THEY'RE FREE, TOO.



POSTERS
So. Much. Paramore. And they’re all FREE!



IN EXPOSURE

We say hello to New Found Glory side-project What’s Eating Gilbert, stadium conquerers-in-waiting Black Peaks, Jule Vera and Fronzilla Attila vocalist Fronz’ rap project. Yep.

IN REVIEWS + LIVES
Get the verdict on albums from Don Broco, Refused and Between The Buried And Me, witness Bullet For My Valentine’s return to the stage and see what happened when 5 Seconds Of Summer hit the UK.

THAT’S NOT ALL
We have two more columns from Slipknot man Corey Taylor and Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes, plus LOADS more inside – so pick one up, will you?

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 201 - July 2015

Thursday May 21st, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Welcome Sleeping With Sirens back to the cover of Rock Sound!



We join Sleeping With Sirens just as things are really starting to hot up in the new issue, plus all of this...

FREE WITH THE MAG:
A HUGE CD filled with tracks from the likes of Four Year StrongThe Story So FarAugust Burns Red and more.
Festival Fever posters to get you right in the mood for summer.

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you get a FREE copy of The Xcerts' astonishing latest album 'There Is Only You'.



Aside from all of the saucy SWS action, we find out why Twenty One Pilots might just be your new favourite band, learn how The Story So Far are staying young at heart and why EZ revivalists Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! reckon they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

Elsewhere, 
Clown from Slipknot dishes out some typically unadulterated life lessons, while Mikey from Mallory Knox tells us which song makes him feel like an “Intergalactic Space Jesus”. Yes. Really.

Things get messy (really messy) when Neck Deep meet their fans, while we find out all about Don Broco’s ‘Automatic' and Young Guns’ third album ‘Ones And Zeros’ before getting sad (real sad) with nu grungers Superheaven.




Regular columnists Vic Fuentes and Corey Taylor also strut their stuff, while elsewhere...

LIVE
We hit Impericon Festival to witness Suicide Silence, The Ghost Inside and more mosh the living daylights out of Manchester, hit – uh, Hit The Deck – and get nostalgic with Hoobastank, P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm of early-’00s nu metal fame.

ON THE CD
There's goodness from Four Year StrongChunk! No, Captain Chunk!The Story So FarAugust Burns Red and many more. And it's free!

POSTERS
We have awesome festival posters from the likes of Bring Me The HorizonTonight AliveYou Me At Six and more. You're going to want to put these on your walls.



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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 200 - June 2015

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Rock Sound 200 and the exclusive, FREE covers CD are here. We've been dying to tell you about this one.



It's been a long old ride, but we made it.

FREE WITH THE MAG: A 14-track CD of loads of massive bands covering loads of massive songs (which you can get a taste of in the player above).

It's only right that we thank you for 200 issues of support properly, eh?

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To celebrate our two hundredth issue, we've put together a big ol' list of the 200 moments that defined our lifetime, featuring the greatest photos and interviews with the biggest names about the stories, the albums and the gigs that mattered most.

Starring: My Chemical RomanceAll Time LowYou Me At Six, Bring Me The HorizonParamoreBlack Veil BridesGreen Day and LOADS more.


IN REVIEWS:
We give our verdict on The Story So Far's self-titled effort, take on Faith No More's first album in 18 years and take a look at Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface'.

IN LIVES:
Get the lowdown on Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens' World Tour as it hit the UK, plus System Of A Down's Wembley blowout and Of Mice & Men's seemingly never-ending rise to the top.

POSTERS. LOTS AND LOTS OF POSTERS.
Posters this month are some of our favourite ever covers. You probably recognise this lot...




AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT THAT CD
Seriously, it's great (even if we do say so ourselves).

The tracklisting looks like this:
YOU ME AT SIX 'Kings And Queens' 
ENTER SHIKARI 'Chop Suey!' 
ARCHITECTS 'Wait And Bleed' 
TWIN ATLANTIC 'Beverly Hills' 
NECK DEEP 'Juneau' 
BURY TOMORROW 'Bring Me To Life' 
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS 'Everything Is Alright' 
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND 'I Can Climb Mountains' 
WE ARE THE OCEAN 'The Pretender' 
AS IT IS 'The Only Exception' 
THE DEFILED 'It Never Ends' 
STRAY FROM THE PATH 'Back To School' 
HACKTIVIST '(Rock) Superstar' 
ROAM 'Someday'

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Icy Enceladus’s tiger stripes are a window on its watery depths

Monday April 24th, 2017 11:00:00 AM
The moon of Saturn is best known for its watery plumes, which make it a good place to seek life – and the cracks that release the plumes may tell us more

Earth’s greatest hits: Six of the biggest meteorites in history

Friday April 21st, 2017 04:00:00 PM
From the mysterious Tunguska event to the fossilised Morokweng space rock, when whopper meteorites come along they make a big impact

Rocks of ages: How meteorites reveal the solar system’s history

Thursday April 20th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Clever ways to find more space debris, and pinpoint where it came from, will help us rewrite what we know about the solar system's turbulent youth

The five best exoplanets in the galaxy to check for alien life

Wednesday April 19th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The announcement of a new habitable, “Earth-like” planet made us wonder – where should we look first?

Fleet of CubeSats launches to study the neglected ‘ignorosphere’

Tuesday April 18th, 2017 04:50:00 PM
Today 28 boxy satellites blasted off for the International Space Station, on a mission to study a stubbornly inaccessible region of Earth's atmosphere

Satellite swarms could increase space junk risk by 50 per cent

Tuesday April 18th, 2017 11:47:00 AM
Space-flight firms hope to democratise global internet access with thousands of new satellites, but that could catastrophically overcrowd low Earth orbit

NASA rockets leave blistering record of human space flight

Monday April 17th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
Until recently, a flame trench under launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida bore the scorch marks of decades of rocket launches

Many tiny galaxies could host mammoth black holes

Monday April 17th, 2017 09:00:00 AM
The discovery of the second and third known ultra-compact dwarf galaxies with gargantuan black holes at their cores suggests such a mass mismatch may be common

Saturn’s flying saucer moon Atlas has a smooth fluffy edge

Thursday April 13th, 2017 10:55:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft just made its final flyby of the small moon Atlas, grabbing the best pictures yet and showing a surprising softness

Cassini finds final ingredient for alien life in Enceladus’s sea

Thursday April 13th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The Cassini spacecraft has found molecular hydrogen spurting in the watery plumes from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, an energy source for anything that might live there

Quantum effects cloak impossible singularities with black holes

Thursday April 13th, 2017 03:30:00 PM
Theoretical points in space-time that destroy the laws of physics may not be a threat in the real world thanks to quantum mechanics

Mars’s atmosphere hosts metal layers that shouldn’t exist

Thursday April 13th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Earth’s magnetic field provokes layers of iron and magnesium in the atmosphere, but Mars has no such field - so finding similar layers is a surprise

EVE Online gamers will seek real exoplanets in virtual universe

Thursday April 13th, 2017 10:45:00 AM
A new citizen science initiative within the EVE Online game will ask players to find distant worlds lurking in data from space observatory missions

Water telescope uses gamma rays to track new kind of pulsar

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 06:19:00 PM
We may have found a fresh way to spot the spinning corpses of massive stars, using the glow of interstellar gas – and maybe a new class of pulsar too

Volunteers spot four super-Earths orbiting sun-like star

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Zooniverse’s Exoplanet Explorers project invites citizen scientists to scour data from the Kepler spacecraft - within two days they found a planetary system

New approach to dark energy might explain our cooling universe

Tuesday April 11th, 2017 02:30:00 PM
We thought dark energy was behind the accelerated expansion of the universe to its cold, dark end state, but it might be a supporting actor in a quantum plot

NASA funds radical Pluto hopper and cosmic echolocation concepts

Friday April 7th, 2017 09:18:00 PM
The space agency just announced the recipients of its Innovative Advanced Concepts programme, which kickstarts researchers’ so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas

Mars is so small because Jupiter shook up its formation

Friday April 7th, 2017 04:16:00 PM
Models suggest Mars should be up to twice the mass of Earth, but it’s only one-tenth that, and Jupiter’s effects on the nascent solar system could be to blame

Earth-sized telescope set to snap first picture of a black hole

Friday April 7th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The Event Horizon Telescope will take images of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and could reveal how relativity and quantum mechanics mesh

Atmosphere containing water detected around rocky exoplanet

Thursday April 6th, 2017 06:10:00 PM
An exoplanet just 1.4 times the size of Earth has an atmosphere containing water and methane, new observations show

Go at throttle up: The secret world of NASA’s mission control

Thursday April 6th, 2017 10:37:00 AM
A striking documentary movie, Mission Control: The unsung heroes of Apollo, shines a spotlight behind the scenes of NASA’s Apollo moon missions

Oldest dust ever spotted in the universe seen in distant galaxy

Monday April 3rd, 2017 02:06:00 PM
We’ve spotted dust in a galaxy whose light reaches us from when the universe was only 600 million years old – a game changer for studying the earliest galaxies

Gravitational waves slow the spin of shape-shifting neutron star

Friday March 31st, 2017 02:28:00 PM
A tiny bump on a star could change how it rotates and possibly explain why there seems to be a speed limit for spinning neutron stars

Watching SpaceX’s historic relaunch and landing of a used rocket

Friday March 31st, 2017 01:52:00 PM
Hundreds gathered last night to watch SpaceX attempt to launch and land an orbital rocket that had already been used – a first in space history. Amy Thompson joined the crowds

NASA orbiter shows Mars lost 90 per cent of its CO2 to space

Thursday March 30th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The MAVEN spacecraft has completed the key part of its mission: to track down how much argon Mars’s atmosphere is giving up as a proxy for carbon dioxide loss

The coldest place in the universe marks a double stellar grave

Wednesday March 29th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
New observations finally reveal why an odd planetary nebula is so chilly: two stars met their end in close quarters

Backwards asteroid shares an orbit with Jupiter without crashing

Wednesday March 29th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
A rare retrograde asteroid has been spotted in Jupiter's orbital zone - and nudges from the giant planet may have kept it stable there for a million years

Electrified sand could explain Titan’s odd backward-facing dunes

Monday March 27th, 2017 03:00:00 PM
Saturn’s largest moon is similar to Earth in many ways – but its dunes face the wrong direction. It could be because static electricity has greater clout there

Stray supermassive black hole flung away by gravitational waves

Friday March 24th, 2017 06:57:00 PM
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a one-billion solar mass black hole fleeing its galaxy, showing supermassive black holes can probably merge

Enigmatic plumes from Saturn’s moon caused by cosmic collision

Friday March 24th, 2017 04:43:00 PM
Saturn’s icy moon spews water and heat into space, but only from its south pole. A new model suggests that’s because it suffered a hit-and-run long ago

Win a pair of signed books by Lawrence M. Krauss

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 01:29:00 PM
Enter our competition and expand your knowledge of the universe with two books that ask why we're here - and where we're going

Oddball star could be home to long-sought superheavy elements

Thursday March 23rd, 2017 10:49:00 AM
One of the most chemically strange stars we know could chart a path to the so-called "island of stability", where massive yet relatively stable atoms exist

A little less ET, a little more astrophysics, if you please

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The role of science is to rule out the boring and tedious before we embrace the extraordinary, like alien signals or "megastructures", says Geraint Lewis

The many-tentacled galaxy that could drive a physics revolution

Monday March 20th, 2017 04:08:13 PM
Weirdo galaxy NGC 4258 has extra tentacles protruding from its middle, which make it surprisingly useful for testing theories of the universe evolved

Mysterious water-like streaks on Mars might be sand flows instead

Monday March 20th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
We thought the dark lines that appear on Martian slopes each summer were flowing salt water, but tumbling dust might be to blame

How the sun abducted dwarf planets from an alien solar system

Monday March 20th, 2017 10:50:21 AM
The weird orbits of some bodies in the outer solar system reveal they are booty from an interstellar smash and grab raid, says astronomer Simon Portegies Zwart

Gentle breeze may help Venus’s atmosphere spin like crazy

Friday March 17th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
The atmosphere of Venus rotates much faster than the planet itself. A newly detected wind could be spreading the energy needed to power it

Cosmological ruler could help us get the measure of dark energy

Friday March 17th, 2017 11:08:00 AM
Measuring how the distance between galaxies changes is key to working out how dark energy drives the universe’s accelerating expansion – now a new ruler may help

Asteroid clay is a better space radiation shield than aluminium

Thursday March 16th, 2017 08:00:00 PM
Cosmic radiation poses one of the biggest health risks for astronauts on long space missions, but clay extracted from space rocks could protect them

Dark matter took its time to wrap around early galaxies

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Large spiral galaxies today rotate more quickly than they should, but was it always that way? New maps of ancient galaxies suggest a dark secret

TRAPPIST-1 worlds are close enough for life to hop between them

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 04:40:00 PM
Some think life came to Earth from Mars on a meteorite. If this sort of thing can happen, it’s 1000 times more likely on TRAPPIST-1’s three habitable worlds

The night: When lights go out, the sky comes alive

Tuesday March 14th, 2017 10:25:00 AM
The sky has stars and galaxies galore to offer, if you can just get away from those city lights, says Valerie Jamieson

Could fast radio bursts really be powering alien space ships?

Friday March 10th, 2017 05:42:00 PM
Two researchers have suggested that mysterious bursts of energy could propel alien spaceships around the universe – if such alien travellers happen to exist

SpaceX follows Jules Verne – with one exception

Friday March 10th, 2017 09:00:00 AM
Jules Verne predicted many technical features of the Apollo moon missions – did he’s get the politics of SpaceX’s moonshot right too?

NASA’s new budget is big on other worlds but ignores our own

Thursday March 9th, 2017 08:42:00 PM
The NASA Transition and Authorization Act instructs the space agency to send humans to Mars, robots to Europa and look for life - but not to study Earth

Discovery of tiny moon completes the set for worlds past Neptune

Thursday March 9th, 2017 03:34:00 PM
The third-largest dwarf planet has a small satellite, meaning every object bigger than 1000 kilometres across in the outer solar system has a moon of its own

Moon billionaires: how Elon Musk is taking us back to the future

Wednesday March 8th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Space tourists will offset the costs of SpaceX R&D. And they herald a return to when rich benefactors not governments funded art, exploration and science

Oldest, biggest black holes may have come from enormous stars

Tuesday March 7th, 2017 05:32:00 PM
Big black holes from just after the big bang couldn't have formed the way modern ones do - but they could come from the collapse of the largest stars ever

Signal-tracking satellite would build its own antenna in space

Tuesday March 7th, 2017 12:52:00 PM
A British company is working on manufacturing parts in space using pultrusion technology. It plans to use it on satellites designed to track radio signals

Moon’s hidden craters detected by gravity mapper

Monday March 6th, 2017 03:07:00 PM
Astronomers have long suspected the existence of lunar craters filled in by ancient lava flows. A new approach could help us find all such impacts

You are here: A spectacular poster of our place in the Milky Way

Monday March 6th, 2017 10:52:00 AM
Our ultimate map of our home galaxy – all on one stunning poster for you to download for free

Musk’s moon trip ‘tourists’ should be praised as pioneers

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 06:32:00 PM
Fee-paying astronauts are pioneers in helping create a revolution in commercial space flight that will benefit us all, says Richard Garriott de Cayeux

How we’re already seeking life on TRAPPIST-1’s rocky planets

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 06:00:00 PM
The dim star TRAPPIST-1 hosts seven rocky worlds, at least three of which may have liquid water and atmospheres. Here’s how we’re going to find out if anyone lives there

Cosmic popcorn effect helps space dust survive our atmosphere

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 10:54:00 AM
Water inside micrometeorites boils when they plunge to Earth, creating a protective parachute that helps them land intact

If an asteroid hit London only 3% of deaths would be from impact

Tuesday February 28th, 2017 06:01:00 PM
If an asteroid hits a major city, only 3 per cent of the casualties will be from the crater it forms – most will be from overheated air and high winds

Reality guide: Six problems physics can’t explain

Tuesday February 28th, 2017 05:01:00 PM
From the dark energy ripping the cosmos apart to the part consciousness plays in creating reality, quantum physics and cosmology retain many mysteries

SpaceX plans to send two civilians around the moon next year

Monday February 27th, 2017 10:15:00 PM
The private space flight company has already received a deposit from two would-be space tourists who hope to fly in late 2018 – if the spacecraft is ready

Reality guide: A poster of how everything fits together

Monday February 27th, 2017 10:31:00 AM
Our ultimate user’s guide to fundamental physics – all on one spectacular poster for you to download for free

Voyager 1 might have seen Enceladus’ icy plumes 25 years early

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 03:59:00 PM
A space image-processing enthusiast claims that he’s found signs of Saturn’s moon’s majestic plumes from 1980 – decades before they were discovered

Exoplanet discovery: Seven Earth-size exoplanets may have water

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 10:15:00 AM
The small, cool star TRAPPIST-1 is one of the best places to look for life in the Milky Way: its seven rocky planets might all have water and atmospheres

Pluto is still an ex-planet, no matter what its fans think

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 03:48:00 PM
A fresh attempt to revive full planet status for Pluto is a non-starter. Astronomer Michael Brown explains why hopes of a comeback are futile

Successful Russian launch re-paves the way to space station

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 03:37:00 PM
Russia's Soyuz rocket - currently the only way to get to the International Space Station - has had its first successful trip since a failed launch in December, restoring astronauts' ability to get to space

Reality guide: Six radical ideas to change physics

Tuesday February 21st, 2017 08:00:00 PM
Is all the universe vibrating strings? Or is information the most essential thing? All is up for grabs as we seek solutions for a fuller understanding of reality

Reality guide: The essential laws of quantum physics

Tuesday February 21st, 2017 02:01:00 PM
The theory that governs the workings of subatomic particles and forces is notoriously inscrutable – but what principles make it look like it does?

Reality guide: The essential laws of cosmology

Tuesday February 21st, 2017 11:21:00 AM
Our expanding universe began in a big bang 13.8 billion years ago. But what underlying laws of nature shape our vision of time and space?

The upstart asteroid who showed rings are for everybody

Monday February 20th, 2017 04:40:00 PM
Rings were thought to belong only to an exclusive celestial club including flashy giants like Saturn – but then Chariklo crashed the party

Family tree of stars helps reconstruct Milky Way’s formation

Monday February 20th, 2017 03:56:00 PM
Using an array of chemical elements detected in stars as proxies for their “DNA”, stellar histories can be tracked around the galaxy, mapping a family tree

A space travel guide for your first holiday off-planet

Sunday February 19th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
The journey won't smell good, but there'll be great sex and a terrific view, so don't leave Earth without The Traveler's Guide to Space

Connecting us all: How satellites remade the world

Saturday February 18th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
From cold wars to hot junk, a new book about satellites shows how thousands of satellites extend humans' reach in every possible way

New NASA teams will make human Mars missions light and efficient

Friday February 17th, 2017 07:07:00 PM
NASA just funded two new institutes to develop technology for future space missions: one to make lighter materials, one to help build with the resources on Mars itself

Mars might already be building rings from its moons

Friday February 17th, 2017 06:01:00 PM
Simulations show that Mars will rip its moon Phobos into a ring in a few million years – but proto-rings may already exist

Dwarf planet Ceres hosts home-grown organic material

Thursday February 16th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The first evidence of organic material on Ceres opens the door to the possibility that other asteroids harbour precursors to primitive life

Far-off asteroid caught cohabiting with Uranus around the sun

Thursday February 16th, 2017 11:45:00 AM
The second Trojan asteroid of Uranus ever found suggests there could be hundreds more associated with the planet

Turn satellites into sparkling fireworks to burn up space junk

Thursday February 16th, 2017 10:32:00 AM
Satellite debris that falls to Earth could be deadly, but pellets made of a heat-generating mixture could help them burn up safely in the atmosphere

The Mars paradox: Why we still don’t understand water on Mars

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
A 40-year quest to resolve discrepancies between climate models and observations just got another false start. Are we missing something more fundamental?

Mars landing sites for 2020 NASA mission down to the final three

Monday February 13th, 2017 06:06:00 PM
At a meeting in California, NASA scientists whittled down the landing sites for its next rover - which will search for signs of life

Starlight test shows quantum world has been weird for 600 years

Thursday February 9th, 2017 10:00:00 PM
Unknown physics that could undermine quantum theory has been ruled out in a measurement guided by starlight emitted at least six centuries ago

Magnetic meteorites narrow down solar system’s birthdate

Thursday February 9th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Magnetic fields in 4-billion-year-old rocks suggest the dust and gas cloud that spawned the solar system had gone by 3.8 million years after the sun formed

NASA wants to put a lander on Europa’s surface to look for life

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:22:00 PM
If it goes ahead, the proposed lander mission would be NASA’s first search for life on the surface of another planet since the Mars Viking missions in the late seventies

Primitive plants survive almost two years in outer space

Thursday February 9th, 2017 09:30:00 AM
Searing temperatures, radiation and lack of air didn't kill algae kept outside the International Space Station – so maybe life from space could colonise worlds

Glass from nuclear test site shows the moon was born dry

Wednesday February 8th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Examining residue from the first detonation of a nuclear weapon has helped explain why the moon seems to have so few volatile elements like water and methane

Rare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star cluster

Wednesday February 8th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Intermediate-mass black holes – weighing a few hundred to a few thousand solar masses – are the Bigfoot of astronomy, but now we may have seen one in our galaxy

Sun’s rotation is slowed down by its own photons

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 02:37:00 PM
The sun's layers slow the escape of photons of sunlight, and when they finally stream away they return the favour by slowing the rotation of its outer layer

Tweet me, I’m about to die in space

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan weigh in on the space junk problem in the online Project Adrift – combining film, soundscape and Twitter feeds

Gravitational wave detector prepares to peer into bizarre stars

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 10:04:00 AM
It has already made the discovery of the decade – next LIGO aims to model weird events so we can recognise them when they arrive

How we found them: Inside a giant gravitational wave detector

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
It took decades of work to prove that gravitational waves are real. New Scientist goes inside the story – and the awesome tool that did it, LIGO

Space junk collector burns up after hitting snag in first test

Monday February 6th, 2017 05:16:00 PM
A JAXA spacecraft designed to clear Earth's neighbourhood of debris with an electrified cable re-entered the atmosphere this morning after a failed mission

Old Scientist: Into the twilight zone of dubious causation

Sunday February 5th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
Learn in your sleep! Believe your horoscope! It’s not our fault, the window blew in! New Scientist has reported some shaky inferences in Februaries past

Mystery radiation ‘clouds’ may pose risk to air travellers

Friday February 3rd, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Newly discovered aerial zones where radiation levels inexplicably spike could in future require flight diversions to avoid health risks

Have we found evidence that we live in a holographic universe?

Friday February 3rd, 2017 10:43:00 AM
A new analysis has prompted claims of significant evidence having been discovered that our universe is a hologram. Is it really, wonders Geraint Lewis

Your explosive guide to the end of the universe

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Our sun will swell, our galaxy will collide with its neighbour and the universe could suddenly be swallowed by a vacuum bubble

Time to make sure Europe’s troubled satnav system really flies

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 04:37:00 PM
Europe's costly Galileo satnav network has been branded a vanity project. In an isolationist world, it now seems a wise insurance policy, says Paul Marks

Water spotted in the atmosphere of nearby hot Jupiter exoplanet

Wednesday February 1st, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Astronomers have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of 51 Pegasi b – which lies just 50 light years away

Tiny spacecraft could brake at exoplanet using alien starlight

Wednesday February 1st, 2017 09:11:00 AM
Lightweight solar sails could bring spacecraft to the nearest star in just 20 years – but hitting the brakes will be challenging. A new paper suggests using the stars themselves to park around their planets

Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Tuesday January 31st, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Computer simulation confirms that water can form within our planet rather than arriving from space, and the process may explain mysterious deep quakes

No room for complacency over threats from space

Tuesday January 31st, 2017 09:00:00 AM
Asteroid impacts pose a perennial threat to Earth, so we should be alarmed that two planned missions to study asteroids' make-up face the axe

Oxygen ions sent from Earth have been spotted on the moon

Monday January 30th, 2017 04:48:00 PM
Earth’s magnetic field sends streams of oxygen ions towards the moon every month – and that could give us clues to our planet’s early atmosphere

Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Our best theory said meteorites brought water to Earth 4.5 billion years ago, now it seems they struck far earlier, while our planet’s core was still forming

Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Our best theory said meteorites brought water to Earth 4.5 billion years ago, now it seems they struck far earlier, while our planet’s core was still forming

Dried-up slime could help microbes survive briny waters on Mars

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Colonies of bacteria called biofilms live longer in Mars-like waters – especially if they were dried out first, as they would be after hitching a ride through space


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Thank you

Monday November 12th, 2012 05:16:04 PM Phil Plait

This is my last post for the Bad Astronomy Blog on Discover Magazine. As of today – Monday, November 12, 2012 – the blog has a new home at Slate magazine. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a Discover blogger for more than four years. Still, I remember my science teacher in […]

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Revealed: My tattoo

Monday November 12th, 2012 01:00:09 PM Phil Plait

Folks, it’s time. And an appropriate time: for my penultimate post here at Discover Magazine, I’ve decided to show you my tattoo. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but there were a lot of behind-the-scenes issues getting permissions I won’t bore you with. But by the time I was able to post […]

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A refreshing Shasta

Sunday November 11th, 2012 02:00:37 PM Phil Plait

The Cascade range of volcanoes is pretty impressive to see from the ground. Stretching from California up to Washington, it includes famous mountains like Saint Helens, Hood, and Rainier. I’ve seen many of these while driving in the area, and they’re even cooler from an airplane. But I have to say, the view from the […]

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Nerd deGrasse Tyson

Saturday November 10th, 2012 02:00:22 PM Phil Plait

Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you’re a fan of his you’ll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and it reaches a lot of folks. The new […]

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Astronomy podcast for kids

Friday November 9th, 2012 07:00:47 PM Phil Plait

I love it when kids get excited enough about science to go out and do something about it. That’s why I’m digging Jeffrey Tang – who’s 10 – because he created the Astronomy For Kids podcast, where he talks about different astronomical things. The first podcast went up in February 2012 ("The Solar System") and […]

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Repost: Carl Sagan Day

Friday November 9th, 2012 04:30:07 PM Phil Plait

[Today is Carl Sagan’s birthday, celebrated by lovers of science and rationality around the planet. I wrote the following post last year, but I think it’s still appropriate (and I updated his age). Happy birthday, Carl. It’s a darker cosmos without you, but we still walk with the candle you lit for us.] If Carl […]

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Moon bounce

Friday November 9th, 2012 02:00:23 PM Phil Plait

Of all the amazing pictures returned from the moon by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – and I may include the Apollo landing sites among them – I think my favorites are the ones showing boulders that rolled down slopes. Did I say rolled? I mean bounced! [Click to enselenate.] This shot from LRO shows the […]

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Uwingu wants you to submit names for their planetary baby book

Thursday November 8th, 2012 04:38:26 PM Phil Plait

Astronomers are discovering a lot of planets these days. The official count is 800+, with thousands of more candidates (unconfirmed but suspiciously planet-like). Right now we give them alphabet soup names. Alpha Centauri Bb. HR 8799b (through HR8799 e). And of course, everyone’s favorite, 2MASS J04414489+2301513b. These catalog names are useful, but less than public […]

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Getting closer: Super-Earth found in a star’s habitable zone

Thursday November 8th, 2012 01:39:26 PM Phil Plait

Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it! Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is […]

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Back to work

Wednesday November 7th, 2012 07:07:11 PM Phil Plait

A few people – including my pal Deric Hughes – put together this non-partisan and nicely done video in honor of democracy: If you like it, give it a thumbs-up on YouTube and Like it on FB. And they’re right. As I wrote last night, there is much work to be done. I don’t think […]

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Variety



Last feed update: Monday April 24th, 2017 07:50:14 PM

Scott Baio on ‘Happy Days’ Co-Star Erin Moran’s Death: ‘For Me, You Do Drugs or Drink, You’re Gonna Die’

Monday April 24th, 2017 07:21:19 PM JD Knapp
It’s been two days since “Happy Days” star Erin Moran was found dead in her New Salisbury, Indiana home, and her former co-star Scott Baio is already questioning what really killed the 56-year-old actress. Monday morning, the Harrison County Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Department issued a joint statement saying Moran passed due to complications with her stage 4 cancer. The statement added... Read more »

‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival

Monday April 24th, 2017 07:19:16 PM John Hopewell
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,” China, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” look set to figure among highlights at June’s 2017 edition of France’s thriving Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, a Mecca for animation companies and creatives from Hollywood and the world over. In one sign of still continued growth at Annecy,... Read more »

Tom Hanks Jokes That His Character in ‘The Circle’ Was Based on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (Video)

Monday April 24th, 2017 07:12:12 PM Janko Roettgers
Tom Hanks’ role of a surveillance-loving CEO in the new tech thriller “The Circle” was based on tech executives like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, he joked during an interview with none other than Dorsey himself Monday. “I played you! I played you,” Hanks said during a panel at Twitter’s office in San Francisco that also... Read more »

Biz Holds Breath as WGA, AMPTP Return to Bargaining Table on Tuesday

Monday April 24th, 2017 07:09:36 PM Cynthia Littleton
As the industry awaits the results of the WGA’s strike authorization vote, the real test of whether the biz should brace for labor unrest will come on Tuesday when the guild and the major studios return to the bargaining table. In the week since the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and... Read more »

‘Fox & Friends’ Anchor Heather Nauert Named State Department Spokesperson

Monday April 24th, 2017 07:05:04 PM Ted Johnson
Heather Nauert, news anchor on “Fox & Friends,” has been named spokesperson at the State Department. Nauert has been on “Fox & Friends” since 2012 and also co-anchored other programs and served as correspondent. The State Department noted that she has reported on the 9/11 terror attacks, the war in Iraq and the genocide in... Read more »

Blink-182, AFI-No Doubt Supergroup Dreamcar, De La Soul Set for Life Is Beautiful Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

Monday April 24th, 2017 07:00:48 PM Shirley Halperin
Blink-182, Dreamcar (the collaboration featuring AFI frontman Davey Havok and Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont of No Doubt), De La Soul, and Vince Staples are four of the more than 90 bands that will be joining previously announced headliners Gorillaz at the Life Is Beautiful festival in Downtown Las Vegas September 22 to... Read more »

France’s Presidential Election Puts Entertainment Industry at Crossroads

Monday April 24th, 2017 06:38:17 PM elskes
PARIS – Many voters in France liken their upcoming presidential runoff to choosing between “the plague or cholera.” But within the country’s film and TV industries, the young centrist Emmanuel Macron is the clear favorite over far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose victory would have damaging consequences for France’s vibrant cultural sector, figures in the... Read more »

Everything You Missed at Coachella Weekend 2

Monday April 24th, 2017 06:38:17 PM Maane Khatchatourian
If Weekend One of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was all about the surprise guests and surprise song debuts, Weekend Two was characterized by more polished sets. The second frame of the desert celebration may have generated less buzz, but the performances spoke for themselves. Below is a breakdown of what you missed — from... Read more »

Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw to Receive City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award

Monday April 24th, 2017 06:24:08 PM Variety Staff
Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw will be honored by City of Hope with the annual Spirit of Life Award at a gala dinner in Los Angeles on Nov. 2, 2017. The veteran manager and entrepreneur, whose company’s roster includes Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Tiësto, Enrique Iglesias, Lionel... Read more »

Taissa Farmiga to Play Titular Role in Horror Movie ‘The Nun’

Monday April 24th, 2017 06:20:50 PM Dave McNary
New Line has tapped Taissa Farmiga to star as the title character in the horror-thriller “The Nun,” opposite Demian Bichir. “The Nun” is a spinoff based on the demonic character in “The Conjuring 2” with British director Corin Hardy on board. The studio began developing “The Nun” last June, shortly after “The Conjuring 2” opened.... Read more »



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