Monday, 4 February 2013


So, after countless rumours circulating the internet, Fall Out Boy have officially announced that they're back! Here's what Pete, Patrick, Andy and Joe had to say: 

"when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn't a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.
the future of fall out boy starts now.
save rock and roll..."

Fall Out Boy will be hitting America for their 'Save Rock And Roll Tour' during the months of May and June. Tickets for these dates (full list at will be available on the 8th and 9th of February. However, for everyone in the UK, the focus tips onto Fall Out Boy's one-off date at London's Camden Underworld. Full details on this date are yet to be released, but be sure to check back for more information in the near future. Until then, view Fall Out Boy's new track 'My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)':

Friday, 25 January 2013


The past few weeks have seen some very interesting and amazing announcements for this summer's festival run. This page will constantly be updated with the latest announcements from your favourite festivals this year.

Greg Ginn's iconic band Black Flag have been announced to play their only UK festival appearance this year at Kent's Hevy Fest. This is currently the only band to have been announced, but you can keep up to date and buy tickets at

The awe-inspiring music and arts festival, Coachella, set in the heart of the Coachella, California valley that last year gave us an eye-opening Tupac hologram during headliners Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg has just announced their full line-up. The Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers will take the headline slots, with sets from Modest Mouse, The XX, Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Rap fans will be happy with sets from Pusha T, Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt; Indie kids will enjoy another Two Door Cinema Club set, Biffy Clyro, FOALS, newbies Of Monsters and Men taking a high slot this year, Passion Pit, Alt-J and Ben Howard.

And, also littered with some incredible dance acts to keep the bass-in-fueled atmosphere throughout the weekend: Australia's Knife Party, Major Lazer, London's very own Modestep, Simian Mobile Disco, TNGHT, Jamie XX, the phenomenal new act Baauer, Zane Lowe, and UK sensations, Disclosure, will play throughout the weekend.

Keep checking back for the latest announcements.

Monday, 14 January 2013


Bring Me The Horizon have announced that guitarist and backing vocalist, Jona Weinhofen, is no longer a part of the band. Jordan Fish, formerly of Worship, has taken his place in this new line-up change for 2013.

Bring Me The Horizon's brand spanking new album 'Sempiternal' will be released on 29th April, and is currently available for pre-order on the bands website: Limited edition deluxe album bundles will also be available, along with tickets for their upcoming UK tour 48 hours before they go on general sale.

Tour dates: 

29 - Manchester Academy 2
30 - Newcastle University Student Union

01 - Inverness Ironworks
02 - Glasgow ABC
04 - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
05 - Cardiff University Students Union
06 - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
07 - London KOKO

Friday, 11 January 2013


Mike Reynolds, the guitarist of US Christian metal-core band, For Today, recently shared his narrow minded views about homosexuality and its religious connotations. The following quote was recently shared by Reynolds through his Twitter:
“There IS a state church being formed, there is going to be an exclusive acceptance of preachers who advocate the LGBT. Don’t be deceived, homosexuality is a sin. This sin with all other sins is what Jesus died for. He conquered so that we would be free.
No such thing as a gay Christian, the same as there is no such thing as a Christian who loves his sin. Don’t be fooled by the formation of a state church as though the government is being converted, they only use the name of Jesus for their Progressive liberal agenda.
If you are a Christian then separate yourself from this civil religion that advocates sin. Be true to God.” 

Monday, 7 January 2013


This Spring, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil will be heading out on a co-headline tour of The States with very special guests, Mayday Parade and You Me At Six.

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Tuesday January 8th, whilst general tickets will go on sale Friday January 11th, and can be found here:

The dates are as follows:

April 11 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
April 12 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
April 13 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
April 14 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
April 16 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
April 17 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
April 18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
April 19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
April 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
April 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
April 24 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
April 26 – Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
April 27 – West Long Branch, NJ @ The MAC at Monmouth University
April 28 – Towson, MD @ Towson Center Arena
April 30 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
May 01 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
May 02 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 03 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
May 04 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
May 06 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 08 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
May 09 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
May 10 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 11 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre

Friday, 6 July 2012


With their very iconic full stop that grammatically sums the band up, Polar., have a very unique and a instantly likable style; based in the hardcore genre, but with a much more punky feel and grittier vocals. It can be said they hold a mixture between Every Time I Die, Glassjaw, and Gallows – but that’s not really it. After seeing them live numerous times, supporting a variety of different bands, we assure you that their live shows are very hectic and will definitely get you moving – much like their recent release, Iron Lungs, the band’s debut album that’s full of twangy basslines, roaring hooks, snarling vocals, but still a good balance of melody and atmosphere amongst the chaos around it.

Opening track, K.C.M, has a vigorous rhythm with the compilation of severe and powerful drum beats, guitar chords and slightly fuzzy distorted lyrics from Adam Woodford, giving the piece a bit of a grungy aura. This atmosphere flows nicely into the next song, Sick Old Buzzard, which is a very strong track, gloriously featuring the British gang vocal chants and clever drum fills to keep the song fresh.

First track released from the album, H.E.L.L, packs a real punch with a very effective stylised monochrome video featuring the vocalist being buried alive and spitting his sinister growls from his coffin. This tune feels much more formulaic than others on the album. However, Polar’s loose morals and rioting attitude continues to shine through and aids the creation of the bands reckless and resilient image. After a halt, followed by a drawn out silence, the final angsty breakdown hammers the last nail in the coffin.

The album is broken up perfectly with the ambient and emotional non vocalised title track slips in a contrast to the rest of the album. Although it is the only track on the album that we would class as peaceful, it still fits in, and with a quick tempo change, does pick up into a head banging introduction to the second half of the album, which much like the first, is straight-up, balls-out, kick-ass, thrashy punk hardcore at its best.

Finishing on a screechy Gallows type number, For King and Country, explodes onto the frontline with a banging riff and drum line. With fast paced lyrics about warfare and patriotism, we can imagine that this album live will be an anarchistic and frantic event with fans screaming the words back at Woody, but twice as loud. The album definitely shows the bands incredible hard work and passion behind their music, and where their distinctive sound may not resonate with other hardcore fans, the band has definitely progressed into a frenzied and untamed but comfortable sound. “If you raise Hell, you better be ready to control it”.

Thursday, 10 May 2012



For those who don’t know, Confession are an Australian hardcore/metalcore band originally started up by ex I Killed The Prom Queen vocalist, Michael Crafter, in 2008. The band have recently returned to Australian shores from a tour around Europe with metalcore giants, Parkway Drive, as well as Miss May I and The Ghost Inside. On the morning of Wednesday the 9th May in Melborne, Michael tweeted saying “So I wake up to reading I’ve been kicked out of confession. Without being told. WTF hahahaha”.

Later on in the day, Confession posted a Facebook status reading “It’s Crafter here. I would like to announce that the members who used to play in this band have tried to double cross me. I have now kicked out all members of the band and will be looking for legit friends to play within the band. SO HEY GET FUCKED”. All seems a bit confusing, so we caught up with Crafter to find out the full story:

OATH: “So it’s sad to hear that you and the other members of the band have recently parted ways. Give us the low down on what exactly happened this morning?”
Crafter: “I just read it on Facebook and they said I was out. So, I called one of the guys and told him to change everything back to me as an admin and passwords etc. Then announced the band is now being replaced. So yeah, they didn’t come and chat to me or anything just had this plan that has backfired heavily.”

OATH: “You’ve just returned from a European tour opening for fellow Australian giants Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside and US metalcore sensation, Miss May I. Was there anything that happened on tour that could have spurred hatred from the other band members?”
Crafter: “Nah, nothing, that’s what’s weird. Odd band argument about dude’s not playing amazing and some other stuff but that was them just being idiots and me telling them to pull their heads in. Opening band members don’t need to act like rockstars. So, I told them to stop worrying about getting drunk all the time and care about playing good!”

OATH: “Line-up changes are never easy for a band, how important is it that your next band members are trustworthy, as well as good musicians?”
Crafter: “Yeah, for sure, gotta’ be good people and have fun. My thing with music is fun. There’s good dudes talking to me and we will push forward.”

OATH: “What is your next step? Will your next musical endeavour be a similar style and genre to Confession, or will you be trying something new?”
Crafter: “Confession is going to keep going. This band has labels and booking agents who wanna’ keep working with the band. My supportive friends will either fill in or come on board for us.”

OATH: “You seem to have an incredible following, with countless posts and comments supporting you, rather than the rest of the band. Do you have any words for the fans out there, that even after a lot of confusion and line-up changes are still there to support you and your musical future?”.
Crafter: “People know what to expect when they see us. Heavy shit and having fun. Confession will continue to keep it heavy and melodic. So, thanks for the support.”

OATH: “And finally, one comment from a fan read “CRAFTER FOR FUCKING PRIME MINISTER!”. Do you ever see yourself leaving the music industry for a job in politics?”
Crafter: “Hahahaha. I’m so dumb that it might work. I can’t spell and can’t think right due to my A.D.D, so I’d be perfect to help run our useless country. All governments are lying assholes, so I’d be off it having to work around fuckwits who can’t tell the truth…”

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


After the storm clouds had been blown away; Nottingham was bathed in sunshine. With the incredible success of Nottingham’s first alternative festival last year, headlined by Underoath and The Blackout, Hit The Deck Festival rose again with an even more compelling line up. Kids In Glass Houses, Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, The Wonder Years, and special guests, Young Guns, were only a handful of the bands that played across 5 assorted venues on the day.

By 11:30am, the ticket/wristband exchange queue was curling around buildings down the road, and half inebriated teens were already spilling onto the tramline. As the sombre clouds eased away, it seemed difficult to leave the summer contentment outside and enter the very dimly lit interior of Nottingham’s Rock City venue.

Kicking off the day in Rock City’s main hall was Autumn in Disguise; a youthful and energetic breed of alternative pop rock. Peaceful notes erupted from the mouth of vocalist, Mike Hendo, but didn’t seem to be strong enough to resonate to the back wall. There was slightly less crowd incitement than for the bands to follow, but that was to be expected.
Meanwhile, in the darker resides of the Rescue Rooms, no nonsense hardcore quintet, Dead Harts, were certainly getting the crowd brawling. The recent additions to The Legacy Agency’s roster beat down in style, with a mosh pit breaking out a few songs in and arms swinging throughout. The band didn’t seem to interact with the crowd as much, but with an appreciative and lively audience that they had gained, they didn’t need to.

Hotly tipped Derby seven-piece, Violet, completely packed out the Rock City main room with their ambient pop rock. The band’s double vocalist set-up were in stride with each other sleekly, and Jonny Nelson’s highs definitely reverberated around the hall with lucidity, sometimes too high for the sound guy to control. Their ‘Dance-Gavin-Dance-With-Synths’-esque music is insanely catchy and deeply enjoyed by the Nottingham crowd.

Another band clashing through the heavier scene is Guildford’s, Polar., impressing us by spitting their English charm. They played in the oddly shaped Stealth venue, seeming to have more seated areas than standing, in a packed from wall-to-wall venue – we could hardly get a decent view of the stage. Frontman, Adam Woodford, on top form, was leaping into the swarm of heads seconds after their set commenced. Polar’s loud, thrashy, punk rock seemed to start a riot and suited to the confined venue perfectly. Their talent and crowd presence was crushing, and they will only get bigger and better.

As the heavens opened and cigarette smoke filled the sheltered staircases outside Rock City, hoards of people clambered inside for one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring and emotional bands of the day. It could only be Maryland’s, The Dangerous Summer, playing their heartfelt pop punk to the highest ability. Although their music is more peaceful and didn’t get the crowd jumping up and down, it certainly got fans singing along with AJ Perdomo to the reflective and breathtaking lyrics. The setlist could have had a bit of a swap and change around, with popular songs being played towards the beginning of the set, so as to ignite the audience somewhat more; but nevertheless, hearing the blissful introductory guitar in ‘The Permanent Rain’ and a room full of people singing along was incredible, and did bring a tear to the eye. Midway into their last song, there was a lot of pushing and shoving amidst the crowd in order to get a decent spot for Californian metalcore giants, Of Mice & Men, despite the half an hour changeover time.

Whilst blown up condoms were bounced around the crowd in waiting, the lights were soon enough to fade, and the room was blinded by enigmatic strobe lights and deafened by the beatdown chugs and bass as the band burst into ‘Still Ydg’n’. Like most metalcore icons, Austin Carlile proved he could hold his rugged vocals live, with the complimentary addition of incredible stage presence which had the whole room turning into a sea of violently moving bodies. The setlist proved to be carefully thought out, as it supplied a vast mix of crowd pleasers from both albums, all performed flawlessly with generic and synchronised head banging, which is always fun to see.

We then headed downstairs to the slowly filling Rock City basement for Cambridge’s finest, Mallory Knox – and my God they were good. Vocalist, Mikey Chapman, had to shield his eyes from the harsh incandescent light to see the overwhelming turnout for the pop rock five-piece. The clean cut singing from Mikey acted as a faultless sing-a-long, and sometimes the crowd’s enthusiasm prevented him from continuing to pour out the words, so they willingly did it for him. Joe Savins on guitar achieved deep, gratifying screams, although could have been slightly more self-assured. But, looking at the band’s reaction, the participating crowd must have been the best they’ve had in a while. Take a bow, Nottingham.

Heights set in Stealth brought a high volume of people to the venue, almost too high in fact. It was so chockablock that people were standing in front of the photographer barrier, and even that got knocked over midway into the first song. Heights jumped down the throats of the crowd instantly, punching into ‘Eye For An Eye’. Quite a few technical problems appeared pre-set, which allowed for an up and down sound. Thomas Debaere’s vocals were as tight and malevolent as ever, despite the dodgy sound guy putting them too low in the mix, making it strenuous to hear. However, that didn’t stop him leaping off the stage with vengeance. With only one security guard in the venue, crowdsurfers and moshers outnumbered him within seconds, making it one of the most hectic sets of the day. A personal shoutout to bassist, Alex Monty, is needed – this is only the second time we’ve seen the band play since departure of old bassist Andrew Moulder in July 2011. Alex seemed less buoyant with the set and sizable crowds before, yet for Hit The Deck, he seemed to be one of the most courageous and active members of the band, making evil and angry faces at the fans whilst pretending to hang himself with his guitar strap.

After seeing some familiar faces on our way back to the Rock City main room, and a bloke in a brides dress...Lower Than Atlantis took the stage to an incredible turnout. Opening with their new Radio 1 loved single ‘If The World Was To End’, the audience began to sway to the brand-spanking new tune, but it’s the older and increasingly established tracks that get the crowd bobbing along. ‘(Motor) Way of Life’ and ‘Deadliest Catch’ proved that Lower Than Atlantis were undoubtedly one of the best sing-a-long bands of the day, with fans teetering on each other’s shoulders to yell the words back at frontman, Mike Duce, as he leaves the first few lines of the chorus of ‘Far Q’ for the crowd to shout at him – “Father, you never bothered. About as close as north and south are to eachother”. Mike proceeded to ask the audience to sit on the floor and jump up when ‘Beech Like A Tree’ dropped, and if they didn’t, he threatened to “call you out in front of your friends”. This sheer crowd interaction and witty one liners are why Lower Than Atlantis are so well admired.

We ensued from one level of charismatic British charm to another, as we moved downstairs to the basement. Don Broco. It’s as simple as that. The Bedford four piece cross several genres with an indie-esque alternative pop rock kind of sound, yet their live shows are unquestionably more energetic and crowd pleasing than the majority of slower and melodic bands we’ve seen. After an eerie Crystal Castles sample, the band jumped into ‘Top of the World’ and then straight into ‘Priorities’, a fresh tune in a similar format to their other songs: striking melodies, incredible jolly feel and catchy lyrics mixed with Rob Damiani’s flawless likability as a frontman. With calming riffs and firm vocal power, Rob even changed a few lyrics, asking the audience to “put your hands up if you feel alive” and the crowd went into uproar as they raised their fists into the air. The only problem with their set was the short length of it. Unfortunately, half an hour could not hold all of their brilliant songs, though it’s evident that the band has the stamina to play through their whole discography every gig. Finally, as the biggest crowd pleaser of the day, heavier favourite ‘Thug Workout’ certainly got the ol’ legs, arms and vocal muscles working. Ex Proceed bassist, Tom Doyle, who was recently recruited to the band, had only recently learnt the song and this was the first time live audiences had heard it since his enrolment. Walls of death, crowdsurfing, mosh pits, circle pits, these guys have it all. Rob even moved the pit out and got a few tipsy and budding young body builders to do press-ups midway through their workout as everyone continued to go crazy. Tip top job.

The slightly less physically energetic, but energetic nonetheless, Deaf Havana cracked open to an overflowing main room of which showed how far the band has come as of the departure of screamer, Ryan, and their release of their latest, soft sounding album,‘Fools & Worthless Liars’. It’s safe to say that James Veck-Gelodi’s voice is still stunning and grasps an amazing technique to capture the audience when performing. He had the whole room singing along, especially during ‘Friends Like These’ that had been adjusted to fit without the screams. It was still an intense feeling hearing it live, but we could feel a sense from everyone that they’d prefer Ryan to run back on stage for that one song. From the setlist of honouring older tunes and contrasting new releases, we could see that Deaf Havana are only going to get more talented and well known; and they certainly deserve it.

Down the road, in The Forum, the not-so-secret Young Guns set awaits. As fatigue and hunger sets in, and teenage perspiration fills the air, the High Wycombe old school rockers confidently take the stage, playing a mixture of songs from ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’ and Radio 1’s favourite album, ‘Bones’. On form as always, the lovely Gustav Wood was gazing into the eyes of his female fans as he boastfully bounded about the stage, balancing a perfect combination of the more melodic and calm songs, namely ‘Stitches’ and ‘Dearly Departed’ with the heavier, bouncy songs like ‘Elements’, which still pumps us with energy every time we hear it. Maybe it was the fact that we had only seen them about 3 weeks before Hit The Deck on their club tour with Polar. and Tonight Alive, but things seemed a bit samey – same setlist, same “make some noise, I can’t hear you” crowd interactions, but still a very powerful and highly adored band that are finally getting their way into the mainstream eardrums with devotion and full force.

Unfortunately, our day ended there. A considerable amount of exhaustion had encapsulated us, and we had a long journey ahead of us. But, from watching various videos from both Zebrahead and Kids In Glass Houses, it seemed that they were both notably reputable. Overall, Hit The Deck proved to be a superb day out, despite the scattered showers, and we look forward to another deck hitting next year!