Music Video’s 10/11/17

It’s time for another round of music videos! That’s ten of the best released in the last week and let’s get right into it with Australian up and comers Polaris with their new track, ‘Lucid’. This is coming off their debut record, ‘The Mortal Coil’ set to drop November 3rd via Sharpton records.

 

Next up is Californian Heavy Metalers Butcher Babies. They dropped their newest record, ‘Lilith’ the other week and now have released a very sensual video for the track, ‘Headspin’.

 

Next we’re turning to Pop-Punk newcomers and America’s favourite passtime in a battle of the genders for A Better Hand’s video. Here’s Rounding Up.

 

We’re going to turn up the creep factor for this video as Travis Barker of Blink 182 has teamed up with BYOS for a drum video which just oozes The Purge.

 

Now for a newer group which is the metal duo known as Spiritbox. This comes from their self-titled EP, ‘ and this video for The Mara Effect, Pt.3 hows how to use milk in a different way.

 

Next we go to a band that needs no introdution; Blood Youth. This video comprimises of live footage and shows how hectic their shows can get.

 

Coming to Scotland, this four piece band shows behind the scenes fun as well as their time on stage. This is their newest single, Bittersweet.

 

Now this isn’t a live video but the closest thing we’re getting for this amazing Neck Deep track. Sam Carter joined them for Radio 1 Rocks in their performance of Don’t Wait.

 

Now we’re taking things to Scotland and this video tops off one massive year for VUKOVI. They released a record, played Slam Dunk Festival and are currently supporting PVRIS on thei EU tour. Here’s And He Lost His Mind by Vukovi.

 

And lastly, we go to the giants that are All Time Low. This sums up how beautiful tracks can be and this is no difference, ladies and gentlemen the final video of this post, Good Times!

 

And that’s it for another week of posts. Don’t forget to check back next week for another ten of the best music videos in the last week

Pvris Announce EU Tour Support

People have been wondering who Pvris are taking with them on their journey throughout Europe next month.

Well, it’s been announced, in the form of Scottish band Vukovi!

Here’s what they sound like.

Here’s where they’ll be supporting Pvris.

Heavy Music Awards Winners Announced!

The first annual and public voted Heavy Music Awards were held at the House of Vans in Waterloo, London last night.

It featured a headline set from Creeper as well as sets from bands such as Vukovi, Dead! and Venom Prison. After all that, the awards got underway. Here are the categories and who won.

BEST ALBUM (presented by EMP):
Architects – ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’

THE H:
Ashley Maile

BEST UK BAND (presented by UPRAWR):
Black Sabbath

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND (presented by PPL):
Gojira

BEST LIVE BAND (presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment):
Enter Shikari

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND (presented by House Of Vans London):
I Prevail

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK (presented by The Pit):
Ghost – ‘Popestar’ (Zbigniew M Bielak)

BEST PRODUCER (presented by Believe):
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER (presented by Olympus):
Ben Gibson

BEST FESTIVAL (presented by Jackson Guitars):
Download Festival

BEST VENUE (presented by Scuzz):
O2 Academy, Brixton

My Top 10 Albums Of 2017 (So Far)

I needed a Top 10 list but I wanted to do something which celebrates some great bands who have put out amazing records (in my eyes) this year. So, without further ado, here’s my picks for the Top 10 Albums of 2017 (so far).

10.Frank Carter – Modern Ruin

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Starting off with a huge record in the world of punk, a band who needs no introduction; Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. What made this stand out for me was its blend of guitars, rhythm and voice that is Frank Carter which if anything is to go by from their last record, is even more distinct than any other projects he’s been involved with in the past. Adding to the fact that this is a quintessential record for the decade, it’s no surprise the band are a highlight for the UK’s Punk scene.

Listen to: Wild Flowers, Vampires

 

9. Paramore – After Laughter

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Well…. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Paramore’s fifth record after hearing the first single, Hard Times because it wasn’t the same sounding Paramore but the record was loveable all the same. There was a bit of backlash to them in comments such as “another band selling out” but the lyrics are always 100% Paramore and that’s what has always drawn me to their music. Nevertheless, the album is different, energetic and an example of what evolving artists do when the band is as ever changing a group that is…. Paramore.

Listen to: Rose-Colored Boy, Grudges

 

8. Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift.

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I honestly wasn’t sure to expect from a Motionless In White album because personally, I’m a new fan of theirs. Nevertheless, I found Graveyard Shift to be a very interesting album. I found parts not as entertaining to my ears as some fans might, but the focus of the album and emotion remained all the same. Especially on tracks such as Necessary Evil, the band are full of tracks to prove to people that they are worth listening to!

Listen to: Necessary Evil, Loud (Fuck It)

7. Linkin Park – One More Light

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Firstly, may I say I hope Chester Bennington is resting peacefully and thank him and the other members of Linkin Park for creating this record. At times, this record felt very emotional. I listen to the lyrics of some tracks such as Heavy (feat. Kiiara) and on that first listen I don;’t think much but when a friend mentions this track later, I read the lyrics again and again and then again with the music playing, following the lyrics as it goes and wonder think it puts a lot into perspective of Chester’s state of mind at that time in his life. What’s more though is the record which is a gift to the fans of Linkin Park and one which will always be with us.

Listen to: Heavy. Invisible

6. Vuokvi

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Scottish? Check. Rock? Check? Female Fronted Band? They might just be one of the best newcomers to the scene at the moment. Starting from their opening track; La Di Da it shows energy, perseverance and above all, a punchy debut for the Scottish rockers. Having been on the music scene since 2011, they’ve learned and learned to make a stand out album and armed with tracks such as Weirdo, it shows the fans just what they can produce from their experience.

Listen to: La Di Da, Weirdo

5. Counterfeit

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So can an actor who has appeared in a Hollywood musical make a great Punk album? The short answer yes! It seems that anything is possible in the world of punk for counterfeit and to be honest, with Frank Carter, they’re up there for another album of the decade. Just take the track For The Thrill Of It as an example. It’s punchy, great vocals and a breakdown the Foo Fighters would kill to have on their music! But as a statement about it being something bigger and better to come from these newcomers? Maybe.

Listen to: For The Thrill Of It, Romeo, As Yet Untitled

4. The Gospel Youth

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Rising rockers, The Gospel Youth are quite high on the list? Why is that? Oh because they made one hell of an album. I had it on repeat for a few days because I couldn’t get enough of it. The lyrics combined with the rhythm of the what the band creates blend together splendidly into all tracks to show England what they’re made of. And with a co-headlining tour alongside Milestones, they’ll show the venue’s of England exactly what this album can do!

Listen to: Wildfire, Gin and Black Coffee, Moods Like English Weather

3. Creeper

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With the weirdness in an almost Blair Witch like disappearance out of the way, Southampton Horror group Creeper release Eternity, In Your Arms. This is a record unlike any other on the list because it’s from a group unlike any other. There are some different approaches which may seem odd in today’s rock world such as the added keyboard element to the track Black Rain. It makes the band in a way sound mysterious in an effort to surpass the expectations of the listener but if one thing’s for certain, the record is anything but ordinary.

Listen to: Black Rain, Suzanne

2. K.Flay

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Possibly the most alternative artist on this list comes from K.Flay who sounds more R’n’B than anything but this is where the heart of the album comes from and it’s because of this, which is what makes it a great album. What makes the record is the blend of lyrics which sound quite confessional and non-restrictive accompanied with the sound on the track of Blood In The Cut to make it an edgy track to match the record which invites us in for more.

Listen to: Blood In The Cut, You Felt Right

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You Me At Six – Night People

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Night people wasn’t the best by some fans standards. Sure it had some great tracks such as Plus One which a few months on is a track I believe will be huge for them looking back on the album as a whole and Give which perfectly played out the album but as a whole it wasn’t a Sinners, it wasn’t Cavelier Youth and some tracks I felt were a bit mismatched in perspective to what the record was as a whole. How it will age though, is an entirely different question but this album just misses out on my top 10.

Listen to: Give, Plus One

1.As It Is – Okay

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For me, this has just been the undeniable album of the year. A really strong sounding album where the lyrics are relatable to fans everywhere along with a concept through it’s driven music videos of “Pretty Little Distance’s” American Dance, as well as the apologetic “Hey Rachel” videos shows that As It Is are a force to be reckoned with only two albums into their musical career. I saw the band perform the title track Okay on what was one or their first shows with the track and their set absolutely transformed the sound of the show where it was probably their most honest lyrically sounding track as well as performance to date.

Check out: Hey Rachel, No Way Out, Okay

Creeper To Headline Heavy Music Awards

The debut of the upcoming inaugural Heavy Music Awards ceremony is being held in London on the 24th August and now the full lineup of performers have been announced.

Performing for the awards are some amazing bands hailing from the furthest reaches of the UK, they are Dead!, Vukovi, Venom Prison and headliners Creeper!

The awards ceremony will be composed of several cagaories including Best UK Band, Best Album, Best Live Band and more which will take place at the House Of Vans in London on August 24th.

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Leeds Festival Adds A Ton Of New Bands, Announce Day Splits

Leeds Festival have announced over 100 more acts for their annual festival in August.

This year Pvris are heading to the main stage!

Lynn Gunn said, “We are excited to see what comes from it this time around and perhaps even play some new tunes *wink wink*”.

More teasing for us fans, while we wait for the album number two announcement.

Also Added to the lineup are Boston Manor, Palisades, Breaking Benjamin, Arcane Roots, Vant and 90+ acts.

Check out the full lineup and stage splits below!

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Slam dunk Festival Announces Breakout Stage & Bands

There’s been another massive Slam Dunk Festival Announcement! This time it’s been in the form of the Rocksound Break Out Stage and the bands who will be playing!

In no particular order the bands are:

 

Casey

Vukovi

Sylar

Ocean Grove

Area 11

Homebound

The Gospel Youth

Makeout

 

Oh and there’s a competition via Rocksound to open the stage! Check out the link!

Here’s the stage post.

 

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Check Out – VUKOVI

Hey everyone, I think everyone needs at least one new band a week to listen to. This is because I always enjoy falling in love with new music, it gives me someone else to listen to, to broaden my own taste and to expand my music knowledge.

Without further ado, my selection for this week will be the band Vukovi.

Hailing from Kilwinning, Scotland, VUKOVI are future Rockstars in the making.  They’ve already had a few great EP’s in the form of Sweet Swears, It Looked So Good On Me… and singles  such as Weirdo and La Di Da, they’re a band who have great things in store for the future.

Adding to this their front woman, Janine Shilstone has this week graced the pages of Kerrang! as one of their 50 Greatest Rock Stars In The World sitting at number 49, stating she’s ‘one of UK rock’s most colourful characters’.  If their past music is anything to go by, then this is all of the band, not just her.

There’s something about this band though, they stand out, not only because of their music but the lyrics as well!. It’s a combination which stands together for a band demanding to be listen to and boy, do they do it well! If you think I’m joking, take a gander at their music video for their lead single, La Di Da which saw Janine get some personal time with a 6ft Boa Constrictor. All I know is if i ever interview this band, that’s something I am absolutely going to ask about!

Looking forward to their album, it’s beginning to be something which they can immediately eject from the likeness of Paramore  and come away from these conventions and similarities of familiar female fronted bands, where they van truly excel and become one of the best Rock exports the UK has ever seen.

Check Out their music video for La Di Da:

 

Their self titled album will be released 10th March next month and you can pre order the album form here.

Check them out on their UK tour next month. Here’s the dates:

March

  • 10 Glasgow, King Tut’s – SOLD OUT
  • 11 Leeds, Key Club
  • 13 Manchester, Sound Control
  • 14 Bristol, The Louisiana 
  • 16 London, Boston Music Room
  • 18 Nottingham, Rock City Basement
  • 19 Aberdeen, Tunnels

The review for the album will be up after I’ve had a chance to listen next month. Happy listening people!

 

Check out their music here!