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Apherium To Release New EP, Neoteric

Formed during their college days in 2011 and coming at you from Yeovil, Apherium soon forged a sturdy bond and quickly put out their debut album The Cycle the following year. The album was a steep learning curve for the quartet yet they soon discovered how to better cultivate their sound and reflect on their song writing. The melodic metallers reshaped their set during 2013 and began to spread their wings racking up a series of successful shows in London, Midlands, South Wales and throughout the South West. The band then bunkered down in preparation for their new EP, entitled Neoteric, which is slated for a reboot this September and is rammed with sonic sledgehammer fists-in-the-air choruses and explosive rhythms that promise to melt your ears.

The EP propels to life with the driving opener New Light which boasts duelling guitar lines, magnificently layered vocals and progressive phrasing. The pounding groove and dynamic Silver Tongues then comes over you with soaring riffs and a colossal refrain that will hang in the air for eons. The record soon presses on with Angels Of Our Nature which twists and effortlessly gleams with true potency before the brilliance of their past single Shadows attacks your senses. Lastly, Rise Again closes the EP, balancing melodic hooks with razor sharp riffery, as the cut draws proceedings to a fitting conclusion. With the national launch of the EP lined up for September and the foursome ready to hit the UK with widespread touring, look out for extensive shows soon to be announced for the remainder of the year.

Neoteric is set for release on September 22 2014.

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Introducing…Kerretta

When you want a gentle feather to caress your tired eardrums, before hammering them flat with the force of a rhinoceros, Pirohia by Kerretta is your album. Like an Acme anvil tumbling in slow-motion from a cliff and landing with a thud on your unwary coyote head, the third unnerving album from the cunning Auckland trio will knock you blind. As tweeting cartoon birds circle your smarting brain, a light bulb will flash in your subconscious. Ice-sparkling tunes will restore your mind to order like a frigid mountain stream. There is only one thing left to do: edge up the volume and start again.

Described as the “…the thinking metaller’s rock band”, Kerretta was spawned from the dark and forbidding streets of Kingsland, New Zealand. Their debut album Vilayer was one of the highlights of 2009, gaining praise and glory from fans and critics alike across the globe. In New Zealand it was nominated for the inaugural Taite Music Prize, an honour similar to being nominated for a Mercury prize in the UK.

Five years and another well-received album later, Kerretta are about to release their third LP, Pirohia.

Since the release of Vilayer, Kerretta have relentlessly toured Europe, toured North America and have shared stages with the likes of The Breeders, Explosions In The Sky, Pallbearer, Amen Ra, Mono, Trail of Dead and God Is An Astronaut.

They have performed at festivals such as SXSW (Texas, USA), Big Day Out (NZL), Alerta Antifacista (GER),Pfingfest (GER), Dunk! Festival (BEL), Dude Festival(GER) and are billed to perform at Incubate 2014 (NEL).

Giving a cold shoulder, stony eyed glare and a quiet hiss under their collective breath at the outmoded idea that all bands need lead vocalists, Kerretta revel in their lack thereof and pursue with steadfast glee, the ins and the outs, the ups and the downs of a purely sonic narrative. A narrative that is heavy and dark, twisted with shards of beauty and danger all sitting securely on top of a churning slow burn groove. On one track only does the trio relent and then in an unconventional fashion. The eerie and powerful Kawea Tātou Ki Ngā Hiwi features vocals in Te Reo Maori fashioned along the ancient sun bleached bones of a traditional Maori waiata (song).

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Introducing…Anti Clone

Pulling from a plethora of areas from Marilyn Manson and Slipknot to Mudvayne and Tool, Anti Clone lay down a captivating blend of hard-hitting cutting metal laced with a biting industrial edge. The Brit noise chiefs reboot their new EP Hands Sewn Together out on Monday 25 August and available through all stores.

Bursting out of Boston, Lincolnshire and originally formed in 2011, Anti Clone had a turbulent start due to personnel changeovers, however they finally solidified their line-up with brothers Peter Moore (lead vocals) and Drew Moore (drums & programming), pairing with fellow brothers Conor Richardson (guitar) and Liam Richardson (guitar) and Fraser Burch (bass) rounding up the unit. The five-some soon forged a reputation in their local area for commanding live performances rammed with blistering energy and ferocious riffs. It wasn’t too long before the rising metalheads widened their horizons and undertook their first UK tour in 2013 with their friends, Eridium. The shows were a rampant success and rapidly increased Anti Clone’s national profile. The band have since gone on to play throughout the country and in passing have shared stages with a host of heavyweights from ESO, Lavondyss, RSJ, Sworn Amongst and Bloodshot Dawn to Maplerun, Evil Scarecrow and the legendary, American Head Charge.

The metal newcomers continued their ascent with the release of their debut single 1984 which was produced by the Grammy award winning producer, Matt Hyde (Machine Head, Trivium, Fightstar, As I Lay Dying and Slipknot). The track and accompanying video attracted over 7,000 unique views and led to the band being featured in Terrorizer Magazine as well as securing widespread support from the underground.

The industrialists have just inked a management deal with Black Radar Management who’s stable includes American Head Charge, RSJ and Maplerun. And with the national release of their killer new EP Hands Sewn Together, which boasts five killer tracks, from the explosive past single 1984 to the alluring low-slung groove of Take This Pill and the hammering Tool-esque dynamics of System, the stage is set for Anti Clone to truly soar.

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Second Rate Angels Release Video For New Single, Dragged Out

Drawing from traditional heavy metal as well as taking inspiration from Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium, Second Rate Angels serve up a fresh take on the metal genre. The ascending quartet hit the road this Autumn in support for their new single Dragged Out and current EP, The Lost Days.

Second Rate Angels were born at the end of 2011 and soon began to wow audiences with their high octane live shows. Coming at you from Hemel Hempstead and featuring Chris Lewis (guitars and backing vocals), Matt Clark (guitars and backing vocals), Dave Gobran (vocals and bass) and Andy Doran (drums), the foursome nailed performances at Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and went on to play a string of highly successful shows throughout London and the South, landing supports with the likes of Breed 77, Beholder and Zico Chain along the way.

The lively quartet have just released their debut EP The Lost Days and the record picked up wide praise from national press, radio and key online publications. The band were featured on the cover CD of Metal Hammer as well as notching glowing reviews from Big Cheese Magazine and Powerplay. Second Rate Angels now push on with their new video single Dragged Out which delivers a serious blow to your senses with its alluring dynamics, stout intensity and soaring refrain.

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Gustavo De Beauville Releases Debut Solo Album, Volume I

Gustavo De Beauville is a self-taught artist, musician/guitarist and producer from Airdrie, Alberta. He has contributed to bands, games, film and now, his first venture into the solo world with his debut instrumental CD, Volume 1. This new album is a collection of instrumentals, ranging from epic and atmospheric post-rock to electronic and industrial sounds. You can listen to Volume I in full here.

About his unique musical style, De Beauville said: “I feel most alive when creating music. As a self-taught artist I appreciate the effort and dedication it takes to make technically sound recordings. Since I work best alone, necessity has driven me to embrace multiple instruments. It was through approaching these from my own perspective that forged my sound.”

As one half of the metal/rock duo The Unravelling, he won the 2010 Alberta Metal Award for Best Production as well as a nomination for Best Track for his work on the full-length CD, 13 Arcane Hymns. 13 Arcane Hymns received wide acclaim, receiving nods from Metalsucks, Metal-rules.com, Pure Grain Audio and Scene In The Dark. Gustavo wrote the music and produced the album (with mixing/mastering by Casey Lewis of Echo Base Studios) while Steve Moore contributed lyrics/vocals.

The new album Volume 1 is available at CD Baby and Bandcamp. Gustavo is currently planning a series of follow up solo releases as well as working on new material with The Unravelling.

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