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July 2014 Laid Bare: Violence, Confessions And… Fake Kidnappings?

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 17 December at 15.37

Oli Sykes came clean. The Story So Far got in a scuffle. Upon A Burning Body did something really, really silly. July was a month of scandal, but there were lighter moments, too...



In the new issue of Rock Sound, we relive the last 12 months in vivid detail with a little help from our friends in Bring Me The HorizonYou Me At SixGerard Way, Lower Than AtlantisArchitects5 Seconds Of SummerSlipknot, Of Mice & MenMallory KnoxLinkin ParkNeck Deep and Suicide Silence. But we couldn't fit EVERYTHING in the mag. July, these were your best bits.


5 SECONDS OF SUMMER HIT THE COVER OF ROCK SOUND
Recognise these guys? Yeah, we thought you might. Pop-punk phenomenon 5 Seconds Of Summer graced our cover(s) back in July, and whether you thought they belonged there or not, they quickly set about explaining exactly why they're right at home in the pages of Rock Sound. And you know what? We're inclined to agree with them.


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NO DEVOTION IS BORN
In one of the year's most heartwarming comebacks, former Lostprophets members Jamie Oliver, Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis and Stuart Richardson recruited Thursday man Geoff Rickly and formed brand new band No Devotion. Whatever it'd have sounded like, it was just nice to have them back around. The bonus? It turns out, they're really quite good. 



The band played their first ever shows in July, too. What's more, we were there to witness their debut London show, write some words about it and take some photos.


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ATREYU ARE A BAND AGAIN
At different points over the past couple of years, we've all turned to a mate and said, "It'd sure be nice if Atreyu came back!" haven't we? Which means we were all truly stoked when the Orange County metallers announced that they were writing new music and touring again. In December, they even announced a teeny tiny London show. Colour us excited.


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JAY FROM JAY AND SILENT BOB TURNS UP IN SUICIDE SILENCE VIDEO. THERE'S A PUN THERE SOMEWHERE.
This was baffling. The video for 'You Can't Stop Me' was pretty serious. Suicide Silence were hanging out in a dungeon and almost got squashed when the walls quite literally started closing in. Okay. Why not? That's a perfectly good visual metaphor. Well done, Suicide Silence.

Then, Jay from '00s stoner comedy duo Jay And Silent Bob turned up, shouted a bit and we're pretty sure he tried to join Suicide Silence. Why? Well, we're still trying to work that one out...


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UPON A BURNING BODY DO A SILLY
Sometimes, you just need to stand back and marvel at some top class stupidity. In a move than must have required at least seven seconds of planning, Upon A Burning Body pretended that frontman Danny Leal (pictured below, probably not celebrating a successful viral marketing campaign) had been kidnapped in a hamfisted attempt to promote their (actually quite good) new album, 'The World Is My Enemy Now'.

Everyone panicked, then it came to light that the whole thing was a big, irresponsible hoax. Even the CEO of their own label said, "If you need to resort to that, then you have lost the plot." when he found out about it all. Ouch.

Common Sense: 1
Boneheaded Publicity Stunts: 0


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THE STORY SO FAR GO POSTAL ON SECURITY
The story is a familiar one: security is heavy-handed with fan, band sees, band wades in, brawl breaks out. This time, it was The Story So Far's Parker Cannon who saw a crowdsurfer pushed to the ground and stood up for the little guy in a fracas that saw Alan Day from Four Year Strong get involved, too. And because it's 2014, the whole thing got captured on video.



Even Warped Tour head honcho Kevin Lyman appeared to come out in support of Parker's actions after the fact.

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ROB LYNCH DOES A WARPED TOUR
London singer-songwriter and all-round nice guy Rob Lynch fulfilled all of our dreams and spent a whole summer on Warped Tour this year. Aside from getting a bit sunburnt and going bowling with Front Porch Step, our Rob told all about his experiences with snakes, alcohol and metalcore in the blog he wrote for us. It's an eye-opener.


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BETRAYING THE MARTYRS GET FROZEN
That Frozen song. You know the one we're talking about. Yes, the one you sing in the shower. Well, Parisian metallers Betraying The Martyrs covered 'Let It Go' on their second album 'Phantom', and it sounded... well, good. And what's the world coming to if you can't belt out "THE COLD NEVER BOTHERED ME ANYWAY" with several hairy Frenchmen, anyway?


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SLIPKNOT DO THINGS. EXCITING THINGS.
After a long, long (long) period of silence, Slipknot came bursting back into our lives with a dizzying, menacing clip that left us confused, excited and absolutely terrified before we'd even had a sniff of their new album. Classic Slipknot.


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HYDRA FEST IS PLANNED... FOR A LITTLE WHILE
Back in the summer, those Fall Out Boy chaps announced Hydra Fest, a great big festival / holiday in Mexico where they'd play a couple of shows with the likes of Panic! At The Disco and New Politics, do Q&A sessions and generally hang out.

Sounds good, right? Wrong, because the festival was mysteriously postponed and ticketholders given refunds shortly afterwards. Some say Pete Wentz is stood by himself on a festival stage somewhere in Mexico, others say there was an admin issue and it had to be cancelled.

Either way, (Fall Out Boy + Mexico) - (Fall Out Boy + Mexico) = Sad Fall Out Boy fans.


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OLI SYKES COMES CLEAN
The Bring Me The Horizon frontman had hinted at it in the past, but in July he told all about his ketamine addiction, rehab and recovery in an emotional speech, which you can read below. Fair play, Oli. Fair play.



"I want to say something that I never thought I'd actually talk about: before we wrote 'Sempiternal' I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine, I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me, my fucking brother wanted to kill me, everyone wanted to kill me. They wanted to fucking to take me to hell, but they didn't. They stood by me, they supported me through all that shit and we wrote 'Sempiternal' because of it.

No one fucking knows this but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you had no idea that I was in rehab but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails and when I got out of rehab I didn't want to fucking scream any more, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. It's all thanks to you, so thank you very much."


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TAYLOR MOSH. MOSHLER SWIFT. MOSHY SWIFT. MOSH MOSH MOSH.
Sweden's Abandoned By Bears put together the cover the world didn't know it needed this summer. You've heard Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', and now you can listen to that track through mosh-tinted earphones, much like we've been doing for the past five months.


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FALL OUT BOY TAKE A HIGH SCHOOL TO, UMM, SCHOOL
The marching band of Garden Spot High School in Pennsylvania weren't allowed to cover Fall Out Boy's 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' in July because the school board didn't like the lyrics. The news was a little daft - the band don't even sing, after all - but it was Fall Out Boy's response that really hit the headlines.

In a speech onstage, Pete Wentz said his band "Stand on the side of creativity", offered to come to the school and play with the band and marked themselves out as Really Nice Guys in the process. Who saw that coming? Oh, everyone...


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For our full review of 2014 and to relive it in the words of all of your favourite bands, grab yourself a copy of RS195 today.

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