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HERIOT RELEASE NEW VIDEO

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Brit bruisers Heriot are preparing their assault of the UK.

The band exclusively premiered the video for ‘China Lake’ last week via Metal Hammer.

You can now watch the video at youtube.com and look out too for their new EP ‘World Collapse’, out on the 28th October.

Raised on a diverse diet of metal and hardcore, Heriot are a multi-faceted animal.

With a hearty appetite for Black Sabbath’s darkly groove, the Deftones’ dynamism and phrasing, and Code Orange’s vigour, Heriot have a unique and undisputable appeal.

Formed during the middle part of 2014, vocalist and bassist Jake Packer and guitarist Erhan Alman joined forces with drummer Julian Gage, and the result was immediately rewarding.

The trio, being hugely dedicated, spent the next six months writing and rehearsing before undertaking their very first show.

Last year, Heriot began to impact the scene with the release of their debut and free EP, ‘Violence’.

The record received glowing support from Kerrang!, who covered the riff beasts with a Local Heroes feature, and it also spawned two DIY videos, one of which premiered exclusively on BlankTV.

The EP’s success enabled the threesome to hit the country’s highways and byways, as they began their live assault for the remainder of 2015.

With an ever expanding army of followers, an explosive performance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival, a spanking new record on the way and their new video, a higher plane beckons for Heriot.

The band’s forthcoming new EP, entitled ‘World Collapse’, is a statement which cannot be ignored.

Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios, with G1 Productions (Burials, Chronographs, The Soulless), the record is both the heaviest and most expansive piece of work the band has so far produced.

Heriot have also just premiered the stunning new video for ‘China Lake’ with Metal Hammer.

The track is stocked with stout riffery and webbed layering that will hammer your senses beyond repair.

With shows planned for this autumn, Heriot are destined to be heard.

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STU WHISTON NEW SINGLE

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Stu Whiston is an indie artist from Stoke-on-Trent.

His influences include Neil Young, The Beatles, Stone Roses, Nick Cave, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & the Bunnymen, Oasis, The Verve, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac.

Following up from 2015’s debut ‘Take a Stride’ EP co-produced with Rich Turvey (Blossoms), Stu has being very busy forming a live band and touring his debut EP up and down the UK including a hometown headline show at The Sugarmill, Stoke and festival slots at Tramlines 2016 and Rec Rock Festival 2016.

Quickly turning heads both on the live scene and in the media. Buzzfeed featured the Stu Whiston Band as one of ‘Stoke-on-Trent’s Must See Live Acts’ as well as Artrocker Magazine proclaiming the ‘Take a Stride’ EP “A stunning debut. Echoes of The Beatles, Neil Young and early Oasis. Catchy as hell.”

Brand new single ‘The Ones’ was recorded at The Big Red Studios in Macclesfield and co-produced with New Order/Doves guitarist and solo artist Jake Evans. Additional production and mixing duties were done by Gethin Pearson who’s credits include The Enemy, Clay, Jaws and The Hearts.

STU WHISTON – ‘THE ONES’ IS SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON iTUNES, AMAZON AND SPOTIFY ON 28TH OCTOBER.

YOU CAN ALSO LISTEN TO IT NOW AT STU WHISTON’S OFFICIAL SOUNDCLOUD PAGE soundcloud.com/stuwhiston, FACEBOOK PAGE facebook.com/stuwhistonmusic AND ON YOUTUBE AT youtube.com

 

ALTERED SKY RELEASE NEW VIDEO ‘LIVEWIRE’

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UK rising rockers Altered Sky continue their climb with the release of their
spanking new video single ‘Livewire’.

Already famed for producing intoxicating up-tempo pop punk fused with alluring college rock, Altered Sky take another step forward to the upper echelons of the Brit Rock scene with this striking cut.

Hailing from Glasgow, and possessing a hearty appetite for hard work and
sheer dedication to their craft, Altered Sky already have a vast range of
impressive accolades to their name, including sharing stages with We Are In
The Crowd, Wonder Years, Decade, State Champs, A Loss For Words and Neck
Deep, as well as playing Slam Dunk Scotland in 2014.

The quintet have also headlined shows at The Garage in Glasgow and London’s famous 100 Club.

With a strong DIY mentality embedded in their DNA, Altered Sky released ‘In
This World’, their self-financed debut EP.

The five-some followed this debut offering with their critically acclaimed ‘Stop and Live’ EP, which continued to charter the band’s growth and further enhanced their budding reputation.

In 2015, the emerging rockers released their self-funded debut album,
‘Without Wonderland’, with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Bullet For
My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon) at the controls.

The album was received with open arms by fans and industry tastemakers alike, with Kerrang! magazine bestowing the record with an impressive KKKK review.

Altered Sky went on to reveal the video single ‘Waves’ from the album, which secured praise from broadcasting legend ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, as well as notching up
widespread radio airplay from Kerrang! Radio, TeamRock and BBC Radio 2.

The alt-rockers have since gone on to pick up further acclaim from Apple Music
and the Huffington Post, as well as increasing their ever expanding fan-base.

This summer, the band dropped their latest single ‘Stupid In The Dark’, with the
video quickly gaining heavy rotation on both Kerrang! TV and Scuzz TV, as
well as being playlisted by Kerrang! Radio for their K Nights with Johnny Doom, and pinning down widespread online coverage.

Now, Altered Sky press on again with the release of their brand new video single
‘Livewire’, this cut will be the fourth and final single lifted from the
band’s current album, ‘Without Wonderland’.

With a school tour underway, combined with a mammoth headline show at the Garage in Glasgow on 15th October, there’s nothing stopping Altered Sky’s continued ascent.

YOU CAN VIEW THE VIDEO TO ‘LIVEWIRE’ AT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jcEUM5RLXE .

MACMILLAN FEST 2016 PREVIEW

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by ZAK SLOMAN

On the surface, Macmillan Fest, taking place in Nottingham on the 3rd September, looks like any other UK music festival.

However, there is one crucial difference.

Almost seventy rock bands, both established and emerging, will be playing on seven stages in three of the city’s music venues, and all for a good cause.

The proceeds will go towards raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity that helps cancer sufferers in their time of need, and also raises awareness of a horrible disease that currently affects around 2.5 million people in the UK alone.

In the last seven years, the festival has grown rapidly, and has raised an amount in the region of £200,000, a figure the organisers are confident of adding to this year.

With a stellar line-up, including SikTh, InMe (playing a special setlist chosen by fans), The Qemists and many other bands, Macmillan Fest promises to be a great day for a worthwhile cause.

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WELCOME TO MUZAK!

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Muzak is a new website and publication covering all aspects of rock!

It will have honest album & EP reviews, interviews with up-and-coming bands on the  scene, and reviews of gigs by both established and emerging talent.

So, sit back, relax and have a good look around!

ZAK SLOMAN

Editor, Muzak Review