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EP: Atlases – Upbringing

February 4th, 2014

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Atlases
Upbringing
Self-Released
20 January 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

We may all cringe now at teenagers who write “MUSIC IS MY LIFE!!!!!!!!1!!1!” in their twitter bios, but we all felt like that at one point. At some time in your life some piece of music has meant something to you. The fact that we’re bombarded with more music than ever, and that most of it is merely OK, means that bands should really be striving to really connect with their audience. If you’re a new metalcore band then it should be of paramount importance.

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Album: Earthtone9 – IV

April 17th, 2013

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Earthtone9
IV
Self-released
8 April 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Ask a random selection of UK metal fans aged mid-20s and up which band they thought should have been massive at the turn of the century, and there’s a fair chance that Earthtone9 will be the answer you get. The Nottingham six-piece had a blend of accessible melody, progressive tendencies and sheet-metal fury that was rare at the time, and still proves hard to find now. Splitting in 2002, the band announced in 2010 that they’d be reforming to play a few shows…and then we even got a new EP a few months later…and now 11 years almost to the day since the release of their last EP, (finally!) a new Earthtone9 album has arrived.

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Album: Amplifier – The Octopus

February 16th, 2011

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Amplifier
The Octopus
Self-released
21 February 2011

by Raziq Rauf

Manchester trio Amplifier are without a label for this third album, but have forged ahead with a remarkable independent spirit nonetheless. From first glance, it’s difficult to tell whether this double-disc concept album is the result of a band left to their own devices, or whether they’re a band with nothing left to lose and are giving it their last ounce for you, the listener, to contend with. Scratch the surface even slightly, however, and you will be in no doubt that it’s the latter.

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