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Split 7-inch: Is the UK Hardcore scene a divided place?

November 28th, 2013

The battle between culture and commerce is something that’s always on the agenda, whether we’re actively talking about it or not. The UK Hardcore scene is one that has been enjoying a surge in popularity over the past few years but why is that? Tomas Doyle talks to prominent figures in the scene to try to discover whether the divide that appears to be growing is really there and if it is, what we can do about it…

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Few scenes, if any, have enjoyed such a leap to mainstream popularity as hardcore has in the last ten years. The rise and rise of its sister genre, post-hardcore, package tours both domestic and foreign and a proliferation of the niche as a lifestyle package have all played their part in making the counter culture a big deal but has this move overground diluted what hardcore once stood for and is the UK scene in particular splitting in two? One side more underground, the other sprawling into more public consciousness. What does it mean to be in a hardcore band, either under the radar or more high profile in 2013 and does it even matter anyway?

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Sunday Slaylist: Ghostfest 2013

June 30th, 2013

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We’re not at Ghostfest 2013. It started yesterday. It’s happening even more today. We were going to go and write a massive sarcastic article about the m0shbros and m0shwags and all that, but then then car we were going to hustle up there failed its MOT and the floor we were going to crash on got flooded by a broken washing machine, and we’re too cheap to buy a train ticket and book a hotel room.

It’s not going to stop us enjoying the line-up this weekend though, even if it’s just through our Sunday Spotify Slaylist.

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Interview: Empress AD talk new album and touring with Cancer Bats + Bring Me The Horizon

April 24th, 2013

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We’ve been fans of Empress for a while now. We saw their fourth ever gig or something like that and even then, we could see their potential. We even put them on our own gig in November. Now, however, they’ve got a debut album recorded and ready to be released AND they’re going out on tour with Bring Me The Horizon. We chatted to bassist, Alex Loring about stuff and things.

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Live: Cancer Bats, Turbowolf + Brutality Will Prevail @ London KOKO – 15 March 2013

March 18th, 2013

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If you don’t like  Cancer Bats, we’re not sure we can stay friends. If you also don’t like Turbowolf, well…let’d not even talk about that. If you don’t like Brutality Will Prevail…okay, we;ll let that one pass. Anyhow, all three of them packed out London’s KOKO on Friday night for Cancer Bats’ largest UK headline show to date. That’s why we’re going on about them in a spurious intro paragraph, obviously. We sent Gavin Lloyd along to see if the Bats were up to the challenge. (HINT: they were).

Six things we learnt watching Cancer Bats play their biggest UK headline show to date:

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Live: Brutality Will Prevail @ Manchester Star & Garter – 11 January 2012

January 16th, 2012

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Samuel Breen to Raziq Rauf:

“Hey Raz,
I’m thinking about going to Brutality Will Prevail tonight in Manchester. Would you like a review? Guess it’s up Thrash Hits street.
xoxo”

Raziq Rauf to Samuel Breen

“hey Sam
that’s funny because I literally just finished reviewing the London show for Metal Hammer this minute! yes I’d love a review. check out Harm’s Way as well – they are excellent.
razx”

Apart from Raziq’s impressive refusal to start sentences with an upper case character, you may notice how ignorant/casj (delete as appropriate) I was, WRT Brutality Will Prevail. Having now seen them live I’m ashamed of such apathy.

@samuelbreen: @raziqrauf …I couldn’t be more confused
@raziqrauf: @samuelbreen: Can not wait for this review.

It’s worth noting how bewildered I was throughout the whole gig. Something which came to a head during Harm’s Way. In fear that I was having a breakdown, I left half way through their set.

Six things I discovered when Brutality Will Prevail came to Manchester:

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