Crown The Empire – Bloodline

Did everyone have a good Halloween? I was out rocking my 15 year-old self’s battered goth boots and fishnets (both felt surprisingly comfy) and generally screaming the house down with some low-budget horror flicks.

Moving on, here’s a new tune that’ll rock your stripey socks off, the furiously relentless ‘Bloodline’ from Texan metalcore quartet Crown The Empire. The track is taken from the band’s second album ‘The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways‘.

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Hands Like Houses – Revive

Bank holiday or not, its been a pretty long week here under the grey London skies. If you’re still struggling in the last few hours though, here’s a track to ease you through, ‘Revive‘ from Aussie rockers Hands Like Houses. This heartfelt little tune is taken from the band’s upcoming ‘Reimagine‘ EP, out on September 16th.

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AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget form hardcore band: XTRMST

Some people say punk is dead. Whoever these hypothetical people are though, they’re clearly not AFI‘s members, Davey Havok and Jade Puget. The pair have formed a straight-edge hardcore band, XTRMST and this week released four tracks, available to stream from the band’s recently created website.

Have a listen here..

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Royal Blood – Little Monster

If you haven’t heard this one yet, then you’ve either been hiding under a rock for the last month, or just haven’t been anywhere near a radio (or blasting out Slipknot on your headphones, also optional). Brighton two-piece Royal Blood have really taken off with their second single, ‘Little Monster‘, an Arctic Monkeys-esque, sleazy piece of distorted rock. No suprises that they’ve been picked to support said band at their Finsbury Park shows this May. If this track is anything to go by, they’ll be headlining their own massive London shows soon enough..

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Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed

Hey, its (just about) the weekend! Get ready to switch off that computer, but first, check out Orange County metallers Of Mice & Men taking their new single’s name quite literally in their new video for ‘Bones Exposed‘. And remember kids, no matter how bad your week has been, its nothing compared to what the guy in this clip is going through..

Bones Exposed‘ is taken from the band’s new album, ‘Restoring Force‘, which is out now.

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Introducing: Hagana

‘Haganah’, according to a quick Google search, refers to a Jewish para-military organisation which began in the early 1900s. I’m not entirely sure of the relevance of this to the band of nearly-the-same name, but in musical terms, Hagana refers to a grungy three-piece from Edinburgh who make tunes that sound like a less experimental, early Biffy Clyro (and no, I’m not geographically stereotyping).

The band are taking their first steps to rock stardom, or just simply, more national awareness, with the release of their debut album ‘One Year‘, out on March 3. In the meantime, they’ve picked up some great feedback from regional press and the general rock blogosphere as well as releasing this nifty little video for ‘Fuzzy Punch‘, which features on their upcoming record.

Have a listen below..

RC xx

Canterbury – Think It Over

Just in case you missed it, Surrey rockers Canterbury have just released their third album, ‘Dark Days’, securing the number 1 rock album slot in the official charts last week. Its great news for a band that have really worked hard to build their fanbase and develop their music style over the past nine years.

Having seen them more than a few times back in my old local scene, it makes me proud that they’re doing so well now!

Give them a bit of support by checking out their new video for ‘Think It Over’..

RC xx

Introducing: Twenty One Pilots

Its hard to think of rap-rock without immediately picturing Linkin Park (its not just me, right?). If that is the case, Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots will certainly prove you wrong.

Blending catchy electro-beats, insightful lyrics and a handful of piano-led melodies, these two cleverly avoid any obvious categorisation. The group, made up of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have just released their  third album, ‘Vessel’, which embraces a darker side to their sound, mixing in heavier drum and bass beats with sharp edged vocals. Its not all angst though, there’s more than a few upbeat tunes, ending with the beautifully soft ‘Truce’.

Have a listen below..

RC xx