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These artists are no-one's guilty pleasure.
The world is by no means split into those who like alternative music and those who like pop music, but we can't help but get excited when we see a hugely diverse fanbase for an artist generally considered a chart act. Here are seven artists that bring together some very different music fans.
The alternative crowd are naturally used to turning the other way when a new face hits the charts, but there's something about this moody, quirky teen that has caught everyone's attention. Not only does she come across as a real person we can all relate to, as opposed to another manufactured, vapid popstar, her music has a weirdness and a darkness to it that has the alternative folk enchanted. And yet, her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is still as catchy and accessible as you'd expect from a chart-topping record.
Continue reading: Seven Pop Acts That Alternative People Will Admit They Love
The bands we really want to see play Lolla 2019.
With the announcement of the Lollapalooza 2019 line-up, many are excited to see the likes of Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes topping the bill at the Chicago festival this year. But we've directed our attention to some of the gems further down the list, that certainly warrant just as much excitement.
Continue reading: Seven Non-headliners You'll Be Mad To Miss At Lollapalooza 2019
The English group also announced a tour of Europe, the UK and Australia starting in November.
One of the biggest and most successful British rock acts of the last decade, Bring Me The Horizon have announced details of their next studio album Amo – but it won’t be released until 2019!
The outfit’s sixth studio album, named after the Portuguese word for ‘love’, is going to be released on January 11th next year, and the band released its first single ‘Mantra’ this week. Amo can be pre-ordered online already.
Debuted via Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on Tuesday (August 21st), the brand new track features the lyrics “Do you wanna start a cult with me?”, which previously appeared on a billboard used to tease the possibility of new music that appeared in central London.
Continue reading: Bring Me The Horizon Announce New Album 'Amo'
Bring Me The Horizon performing live in concert at the SSE Hydro, SECC in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Wednesday 9th November 2016
Atmosphere , Bring Me The Horizon - Bring Me The Horizon performing at the Bournemouth International Centre at BIC, Bournemouth International Centre - Bournemouth, United Kingdom - Tuesday 1st November 2016
David Straw picks out his top albums of 2015
10. Counterparts - Tragedy Will Find Us
Staunch defenders of their metalcore tag, Counterparts might have a bit of trouble keeping it, given that Tragedy Will Find Us is at its best when it feels like a pure hardcore record. Stillborn & Thread start the album with style, while the lilting guitar intro Burn bridges the gap between the single and Stranger perfectly.
Collapse is Tragedy.'s finest moment, though. Emotionally charged, it's the most 'metal' track on the album that builds to a fitting crescendo.
They sound excellent live, too. Joining Stick To Your Guns and Stray From The Path (we'll get to them later) for a UK tour in February, it'd be a sin to miss Counterparts, if this record is anything to go by.
9. Vision of Disorder - Razed to the Ground
Over the past couple of years, there's been a definite sense that metalcore is beginning to have run its course. Fortunately, all it needed was for one of the bands who crafted it in the first place to release an album to remind everyone just how good it can be.
That band is Vision of Disorder, and that album is Razed to the Ground.
Heart of Darkness and Red on the Walls are vintage VoD, white hot and delivered hard, while Electric Sky could be VoD covering Pantera covering Black Sabbath. Yeah, really.
Tim Williams' vocals are as strong as ever, and it's his lashings of Layne Staley-esque lines that lift the album even more.
Razed to the Ground is an album that'll pass so many by, while paler imitations shine brighter in the mainstream conscious, and for a record as good as this, that's a crying shame.
Continue reading: David Straw's Top 10 Albums Of 2015
Having spent the best part of a decade in the metal mid-card, Bring Me The Horizon's recently released fifth album 'That's The Spirit' narrowly missed topping the UK album chart. The high placing shouldn't have come as a surprise though, given their Main Stage allocation at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, which will be followed with headline dates here following a run of North American shows.
It is fair to say that each previous record from this Sheffield group has seen a development of their sound, but this is the first on which they have completely cast off their metalcore roots - and they are all the better for it. Promotional tracks 'Happy Song', 'Throne' and 'True Friends' are accurate indicators of the quality of this collection, but crucially, they are not just the pick of the bunch. You could randomly pick any song here and have a genuine single, though particularly of note is the undeniable anthem 'Avalanche', while 'Follow You' is equally brilliant and shows they can work at a lower tempo and dynamic. Whether or not this direction is appreciated by their original followers is questionable, but mainstream success is all but nailed on for Bring Me The Horizon - it may have been unexpected, but they have without doubt produced one of the rock records of the year.
Continue reading: Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit Album Review
Winners included Royal Blood, Alice Cooper and Marmozets.
As the zombie apocalypse took over the Relentless Kerrang! Awards last Thursday, many acts stumbled away with an award or two in tow.
In true rock fashion, the black carpet was laid awaiting the arrival of the bands at the Troxy in London as we eagerly awaited the results of awards such as Kerrang! Legend, Best Single, Best Album, Best British Newcomer and more.
Continue reading: The Zombie Apocalypse Hits London During 2015 Relentless Kerrang! Awards
It's not long until this year's South by Southwest festival and here's 10 acts you wont want to miss in Austin.
Every year, hundreds of bands descend upon Austin, Texas to make the South by Southwest Festival one of the most anticipated of the year. Featuring musical acts from all over the world, the music section of this mammoth festival takes place from March 11th to 16th 2014. This year sees the festival get even bigger and better as a host of new acts showcase alongside some big name veterans to give an awesome lineup of over 2,000 acts. Anyone lucky enough to be making the trip to Austin next month is going to have a hard time deciding which bands to go see, so to help you make up your mind, here’s ten acts that we consider unmissable from this year’s lineup.
London Grammar are heading to this year's SXSW Festival
Continue reading: SXSW 2014: 10 Acts You Cannot Afford To Miss
The first names for SXSW have been released.
The South by Southwest Music Festival has released its first list of artists for the 2014 festival, notably the New Orleans rapper Vockah Redu, indie-trio London Grammar, Drenge, the Texas country singer Rodney Crowell and Swedish rock band INVSN.
The first batch comprises of 183 acts from 27 countries that will play in downtown Austin in the spring. Last year, more than 25,000 people saw 2,278 acts at the six-day festival and music conference.
INVSN is perhaps the most interesting act from the first announcement. Featuring Refused and International Noise Conspiracy frontman Dennis Lyxzen, the band are currently on a U.S tour promoting their self-titled debut album.
Continue reading: SXSW Announces First Performers For 2014 Festival
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