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LIQUID SKY first gained attention with their early self-released EPs “Adrenochrome” (2001) and “Nightfall” (2003) and album “Bloodline” (2004). Displaying a completely new approach to the ‘female vocals in metal’ genre and featuring songs that showcased a never-before-heard mix of metal ferocity and beautiful melody, these releases helped the band develop and solidify a reputation as Britain’s best-kept metal secret.
In recent years, the band’s reputation has grown considerably, mixing regular support slots with bands such as Skyclad, Skindred, Xandria and Octavia Sperati with incendiary headlining shows, winning them a loyal and constantly expanding army of fans. A particular highlight during this time was a blistering performance at the 2004 Bloodstock Festival (alongside such luminaries as Children of Bodom, Threshold, Gamma Ray and Sonata Arctica).
Building on the success of their previous releases and a wave of popular support, 2008 saw the band unleash a brand new album “Identity” (their first on the INSOMNIA MEDIA label). Mixed by Threshold’s Karl Groom, the album shows all of the trademarks of great metal anthems – massive riffs, instantly memorable melodies and emotive solos, all blending together to create a heavy, dynamic and accessible metal sound. The album was released to widespread acclaim and the band undertook a headlining <country-regionw:ston><placew:ston>UK tour in February and March 2008 to support it. The band also made a triumphant appearance headlining the Lava Stage at Bloodstock Open Air festival in 2008, along with appearances at Rock Of Ages Festival and Metieval Festival. They completed another highly successful headlining <country-regionw:ston><placew:ston>UK tour at the end of 2008 and will be performing at European festival shows in 2009.
The band are currently in the studio writing material for the follow-up album to “Identity”, with an early-2010 release date already pencilled in. They will be playing selected shows in the <country-regionw:ston>UK and <placew:ston>Europe over the summer to debut new material.
With a sound more akin to Swedish metal than European operatic metal bands, LIQUID SKY are at the cutting-edge and embody the new breed of metal musicians; intense, powerful and ready to make music you'll always remember.
Liquid Sky offer a more assured alternative to the shortlived faces and fads you’re often challenged with. KKKK Kerrang!, Issue 1245
Liquid Sky push the boundaries of the goth-metal stereotype. Dream Theater epicness adds an edge to their set. London Rock Daily
Liquid Sky are superb [at Bloodstock Open Air]. KKKK Kerrang!, Issue 1227
Liquid Sky took to the stage and whipped up a storm with a stunning display of musical ferocity. Twin guitars threatened to bring the roof down. The song ‘Titan’ rounded things off with the Liquid Sky faithful shouting out the chorus line “stronger than ever before”. Never has a band written something so self-prophetic.Fireworks Magazine, Issue 22
Liquid Sky manage to carry the symphonic metal in a way that most bands would fail.RoomThirteen.com
Liquid Sky were nothing short of amazing. When they took to the stage they instantly made their presence heard and felt. [They] are a well polished band who opened up with a barrage of dark heavy chugging rock style riffs and took no time what so ever to get bodies moving in the audience. Rockbeast
Liquid Sky were the best band on the side stage [at Bloodstock] this year. Fireworks Magazine, Issue 18
Liquid Sky leave this reviewer speechless. The crowd are engrossed in minutes. They both look and sound great on stage, and will go far. Ultimate Metal
Liquid Sky turn in a very impressive performance. Zero Tolerance, Issue 2
Liquid Sky are simply stunning. KKKK Kerrang!, Issue 1024
The band came onstage with little fanfare but it was clear to me they were going to be something special. Tiffeny Joyce’s vocals were just magnificent; she powered through the songs with such grace, it was a joy to listen to. “Dreamstate” is probably the band’s finest song so far; it's just superb. This band are bound for international stardom and don’t be surprised if they feature at European festivals next year when word gets around. The band impress with one of the sets of the day. Mayfair Mall Zine
Harry Peach – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
James Borland – Bass, Backing Vocals
Daniel Thomas – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Martin Holmes – Rhythm Guitar
Ian Venton - Drums
MyElement are a five piece indie/ rock band based in East and West Sussex. The band formed at University in 2006 when having to record an EP for a Music Production degree. Harry came in with a couple of songs to record, with the other band members coming in as ‘session musicians’. The chemistry between them all was such that they decided to give playing and writing as a band a go and became MyElement.
Since these very early days, the band has had time to develop their sound and stage show to a point where they are a truly unique unsigned band. Their broad range of influences and backgrounds mean that their songs vary in style - one minute calming you with their melodic four part harmonies, the next uplifting you and making you want to dance around the room!
Henry's Funeral Shoe Rock/Blues/Roots Music
Henry's Funeral Shoe Myspace
Henry’s Funeral Shoe is a two piece Rock/Blues band consisting of brothers from the South Wales valleys. The Band was formed in late 2007 and since then the band has been touring Wales and the UK whilst recording they’re debut E.P which will be available at the end of October 2008.
“To everyone who comes to see us, we hope you enjoy the music, all we ask is that you dance a long and have fun. Heres to late nights and later mornings!”
Sumerian Eden Metal/Experimental
Kage – Vocals
Richard – Guitar
Lee – Guitar
Dane – Bass
Grant – Drums
The general public has been swarmed of late by sub-standard mediocre alternative heavy music. Five people have got together collectively with one thing in mind to make great uncompromising music.
Music that is written by this band has to be the best, whether it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, or make you want to go on a blood thirsty rampage, it’s all good.
In January 2007 Sumerian Eden was formed and has developed into a well oiled machine. Throughout a live set Sumerian Eden have a genuine hunger about them which is so lacking in live performance today. Never content to ramble on through a show giving 110% is always the way and this attitude is contagious to anyone who has had the opportunity to see them in battle.
"Best band I’ve heard in 5 years" Luke Biddle, LOKI, Vocalist.
"Why aren’t you guys signed?" Jay, Bullet for My Valentine, Bass.
"Head and shoulders above the competition" Ben, Losing Sun, Vocalist.
With countless live shows and a very well received demo under their belts, Eden are hungry for the full 10 yards. A band that are clearly more suited to larger size venues and are prepared to push and work their way to the top.
Macellarius are a 4-piece metal band, near Cardiff located in the South Wales region with an average age of 16. The band was formed in early 2008 and has been on going from a passion and love of expressing music. The word Macellarius is Latin for "slaughterhouse" and this describes the fast heavy style which is created with much pride. We are a metal protest band which is an original sound as the the lyrics are aimed more politically and against topics such as war, racism and corruption rather than following in the footsteps of many metal bands by lyrically writing about death and gore. We have a wide range of inspirations ranging from Rage against the machine to Machine Head and from Bob Dylan to Metallica. Our music can be seen as quite controversial as it is new and has a pure "in your face" type of sound with a variety of views that we are not afraid to speak about aloud. We have played the likes of TJ’s bar Newport, Cardiff Barfly and many others which range from Bridgend, Cardiff and Pontypridd. We are constantly pushing ourselves to write fresh new music with different styles and will have an EP out by the end of this year which will be available to hear by everyone through our Myspace page
Sharing the hometowns of Funeral For a Friend, The Automatic and BFMV with whom they have spent enough time performing alongside, ASF have risen up and out of the thriving South Welsh music scene.
Absorbing the best of their previous E.P and fusing it with a new wave of influences from the likes of Mars Volta, Minus the Bear, Steely Dan and others, ASF have created a radical merger of major/minor harmonies and heartfelt chord progressions that surge with purity. With a single and video set for release, followed by an album soon, you can expect a true impact from a band hungry for more success.
“An emotive and unrestrained band”- God Is In The TV
“World class, starting a new music religion”- Plugged In Magazine
Authority and command are two things bands rarely achieve in a short space of time. Yet Pontypridd based Indie Pop Rockers BenSem have all of this and more. Beginning where it is always best to, the seeds of BenSem were planted when an 18 year old Sem was given a guitar by his friend; an act that would ignite the flame of a life of music making. Later followed Pete Rawbone lead guitar an old school friend of Sem, Ads Jones a bassist from Blackwood, and finally Stevie Allen a very diverse drummer from Pontypridd.
In 2006 a series of events unfolded, that by a twist of fate, created the band BenSem. Their first EP was well received and made waves throughout the UK music scene. Wanting more and craving improved production than that of their first release, BenSem retreated to the secluded Twin Peaks Studio in the Brecon Beacons where, working alongside producer Adam Feust, their debut album, Western Lights was created. Mastered by Howie Weinberg, Western Lights is a captivating and powerful debut, selling out on both Amazon UK and US, as well as selling over 3000 copies on the bands website.
BenSem regularly gig to jam packed venues, pleasing the crowds with Sem’s emotive lyrics and alluring melodies. BenSem continue to go from strength to strength stopping at nothing to inspire their ever growing fan base. Sem’s status as a master wordsmith is cemented in the strength of his music and lyrics. In a music industry that works on fads and short-lived trends, BenSem are masters and commanders of their own world, creating absorbing and mesmeric music that defies genres and boundaries. Concerned only by what they can achieve, and not what others do, BenSem live in the moment when performing, offering a glimpse into the bold and introspective world that strives to produce honest music that offers a potent dose of inspiration to their listeners.
Introduced as „Saarland’s finest skacore“ Greedy Bees are hitting the european stages with their own mixture of punkrock, ska, jazz and hardcore since 2001.
With the self-produced demo “mission: top secret” (2003) and the upfollowing debut- release “a lifetime for the disappointment” (2004) Greedy Bees made it on Swiss record label 808 RECORDS which is a sub-division of LEECH RECORDS. Within the following years the guys toured throughout Germany, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to promote the album as best as possible.
Inspired by all the touring experience the guys went to studio again in august 2006 to record their second album. Together with producer Phil Hillen they recorded 14 new tracks containing the hard though melodic elements mixed with smooth sing-along tunes which create the typical sound of the band. On the new record though the band integrated far more new elements and managed to let “makeshift wings to the stars” sound more mature and experimental than its predecessor.
That very own sound hand in hand with their live performance allowed the band to support shows for well-known acts such as “the bouncing souls” (US), “flogging molly” (US), “the planet smashers” (CAN), “streetlight manifesto” (US), “kings of nuthin’” (US), “the movement” (DK), ”skarface” (FRA), “biffy clyro” (UK) or “Wir sind Helden” (GER).
Sons of Beaches are an original rock outfit from Kidderminster. The first incantation of Sons of Beaches was a four piece covers band which lasted around 2 years but was nothing more than a hobby. In mid 2007 all that was left of the original line up was drummer Richie Milton and vocalist Carl Wilkes. They decided if they were to continue they would do it their way with their own original material influenced by their peers. However, to pull this off they needed to rebuild the band. So Carl approached local guitarist Dan Holloway a seasoned player who had played in many bands within the local area. With Dan onboard they now needed a bass player. After chasing around to no avail the boys brought in Adam Farley, a lifelong friend of Carl's who could play but had no live experience. As a four piece the new S.O.B quickly got to work on their new sound and songs. After playing some great gigs supporting bands such as Aura, the Who tribute and Rule no1, the boys decided to record their first E.P. It was to be a 3 track collection spanning completely different songs to showcase all that the band had done so far. The title track 'Never be the same again' is still a mainstay of the S.O.B set and opener 'who I am' is a great rock crowd pleaser. The E.P. received a fantastic review from theultimatereviewer.co.uk and Nick Townsend. Joe Parkes was hired to join the boys shortly after the release and he and Dan formed a fantastic energy on stage. In August of 2008 the band headlined the Loaded 08 rock festival in aid of the proton effect. In late October 2008 the boys new songs were rocking venue's all over the county and the band started to record their 2nd E.P. Since the 1st cd the band's song writing has moved on emphatically and so the next natural step was to put these songs onto the next collection. 'Plague' was launched at the Tap House in Kidderminster on the 15th of feb and features the very best of the band so far. It includes: Mine o' mine, Can't rain all the time, Sticks n' stones, A plague on both your houses (title track), Don't worry 'bout me, and crowd favourite I.O.U. There is a link to the review on the plague blog. Shortly after the release of "Plague" Joe Parkes parted company with the band due to personal reasons. Mark Hughes has been brought in as Joe's replacement as the band go from strength to strength. The band are playing the Surface Unsigned Festival and are also playing at the legendary Glastonbudget festival. The band are now booking far and wide and an extensive touring project to promote plague is in motion, with a date confirmed at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club to stamp their name amongst acts such as The Beatles, Bo Diddley, The Arctic Monkeys and Travis. Have a listen to just a few of the tracks uploaded. However to fully enjoy Sons of Beaches view them in their natural habitat, the live concert stage!
Taking out tomorrow formed in January, 2007. with their musical influences varying from punk rock to heavy metal, stew (lead vocals), Phil (guitar/key's - synth), Chris (drums), Joe (bass) and Mark (guitar) came together to form a band...
After rehearsing together, it was obvious that they had unfolded an exciting, passion fueled style of music, though not breaking any musical barriers, the band's live performances and endless energy have impressed people all over the country...
They proudly try to develop their sound, regardless of what other people think of them. As a band they don't label themselves, they just play what feel's right at the time...
Taking Out Tomorrow are definitely a band not to be overlooked...
Taking Out Tomorrow recording of The Fight --5/5 “If Bullet For My Valentine and Fightstar joined forces…these guys would be the result. With explosive riffs and soft (almost eerie) melodies, this band are a breath of fresh multi-talented air. This song is intense and you really get a feel of what these guys are made of.. And all this in just one song. I must admit, I am impressed” -George Garner, Kerrang reviewer
A 3 piece pop-punk-rock band from <country-regionw:ston>Wales (Porth and <placew:ston><cityw:ston>Cardiff areas) formed in 2003
By Mike Smith, Matt Doyle and Ducklin(Nathan Thomas)
But was then joined by drummer Matt O’Brien in 2006 who took Ducklins place, started to practise again and were soon back on there feet , pumping new life into there older songs with more passion and energy. It then came to writing a new record so they started, producing two new singles ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Moving On’. Which were going down a storm playing in such venues as Cardiff Barfly, Buffalo Bar Cardiff, Muni Pontypridd, Newport TJs, Clwb y Bont Pontypridd, The New Breed Festival, Toms Bar Trefforest, Parchall Cwmparc, Pontypridd BarINC, The Point Cardiff, Pop Factory in Porth, Rhondda Hotel, Ystrad Mynach Whammy Bar, and recording demos in Stir Studios Cardiff, Atruim Cardiff.
Live reviews from Xpressradio and Plugged In Mag
With air play, live sessions and interviews on Xpressradio and GTFM
Doing most of there own merch, videos and promotions, we’ve seen 2 sets of merch, 3 videos 2 eps and an upcoming full album, with a growing fan base, Nothing-New are heading for the top and plan on staying there.
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