First wave of bands for Download Festival announced!

The first wave of bands have been announced for 2017’s Download Festival! Amongst the running are headliners System Of A Down (Friday), Biffy Clyro (Saturday) and Aerosmith (Sunday). Amongst all this you have thrash icons Slayer, hardcore titans in Every Time I Die, heavy metal bashers Five Finger Death Punch and metalcore juggernauts Of Mice & Men amongst many others. Check out the full list below!

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Hands Like Houses announce two UK shows!

If you read up earlier, you would have known that Hands Like Houses were planning to do a few makeup shows for the Of Mice & Men UK/EU tour being cancelled. They have now announced the dates as London and Southampton! They will be playing later this month performing their latest album ‘Dissonants‘ in full and you can check out the posters for them below, whilst also listening to them.


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Hands Like Houses are planning some UK ‘make up’ dates!

Following the sudden cancellation of the entire Of Mice & Men UK/EU tour due to Austin Carlile’s health, Hands Like Houses released a video update regarding the change of plans and what they are doing to combat that.  They are planning to do a few ‘make up’ shows in the UK which are still in the process of being pencilled in. You can check out their video by following the link below explaining the circumstances.

https://www.facebook.com/handslikehouses/videos/1462074503807485/

They are also planning on writing some new music, which could also lead to a new album sometime next year, but don’t let us get your hopes up just yet.

Everyone Dies In Utah – Self Titled [REVIEW]

Being a veteran band in the more modernised metalcore that a lot of new fans are a part of now, Everyone Dies In Utah have been a mid-card mainstay for many years with their albums featuring strong electronic influences and chugging riffs and the ‘by the book’ screams/cleans you’ve probably heard a dozen times before. With every album they’ve been maturing and growing a lot and whilst their music has always been a ‘hit and miss’ between audiences, their latest self titled record is a surefire way of bringing something new from the EDIU camp that will please their old fans as well as turning a few heads of new fans.

Opening the record with ‘Relentless’ flows into a more aggressive post-hardcore regime that already shows a more structured flow to the bands music compared to the years gone by. The synth elements still play a major part in the bands repertoire, but its a much more solidified and less garish for the most part. The next few tracks give off the same similarities as the opening track but incorporate a bit more from their past. The high-octave electronics don’t overpower the rest of the band and actually help boost up the rest of the instrumentation. Danny Martinez’s vocals are a nice fit in to this new age of EDIU and have truly improved since 2011’s ‘Seeing Clearly’.

As soon as you get used to hearing the first few songs on the new record, you start to notice a trend in their writing for most of their music on this self titled. One thing they don’t emphasise a lot on the record is that their breakdowns are a more prominent feature. Even with them throwing in a fraction more of what was considered a crucial part of metalcore/post-hardcore back in 2008-2010, it doesn’t completely dampen down the sound and actually shows more of their aggression within their guitar riffs and their beautifully monikered chord progressions in their choruses. ‘Simply Free’ shows this off perfectly from start to finish and could be considered to be the more ‘standout’ track.

The second half of the album sadly doesn’t have much left that you haven’t heard time and time again. ‘Three Pointer’ brings you more chugging guitars / tremolo picking which the electronics adding a lot more to the simplistic sections of the record, which the tracks following suit feeling more and more like filler than anything. This puts a dampener on the first 50%, as with this newly defined era of the band and having moderately changed their sound, they are still somewhat closed off with a new found look on the genre. With that being said, one of the final tracks on the record ‘Dr Fishy, No!’ feels like such a blast from the past you will almost certainly feel like you’re wearing those colourful Asking Alexandra shirts browsing MySpace once again.

With everything the band has brought to this record they have definitely found something new and improved that makes them more flavourful. Unfortunately this seems to be the starting point as with most of the album being an enjoyable listen, there are a few songs that aren’t gripping enough after a few listens. This is Everyone Dies In Utah 2.0, but this model needs a few more upgrades before it reaches its full capacity.

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Released: October 7th 2016
For Fans Of: Like Moths To Flames / Crown The Empire
Label: InVogue Records

Hands Like Houses Reveal New Video

Australia’s Hands Like Houses have premiered a new video this week. The video, first launched on the Red Bull site is for the track Perspectives, taken from their latest record Dissonants, produced by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional). The Canberra rockers are set to head out of a North American tour, but not before hitting the UK for a series of dates with Of Mice & Men, which kicks off this week.

Dissonants is out now via Rise Records and you can catch the band’s UK tour at any of the below dates.

30th September –  O2 Academy Birmingham
1st October –  O2 Apollo Manchester
3rd October –  Rock City Nottingham
4th October –  O2 Academy Newcastle
5th October –  O2 Academy Glasgow
7th October –  O2 Forum London
8th October –  Pyramids, Portsmouth
9th October –  The Great Hall Cardiff