The Exposure section of our latest issue is brimming with all the best new bands you need to hear. And, with Sleepwave, Code Orange, Muncie Girls, Lock & Key, Dead Harts and more stuffed between the pages, there's something for everyone.
FROM: Florida, USA
RELEASE: 'Broken Compass' (Album, Epitaph. Out September 15)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: Does the guy on the right look familiar to you? Sleepwave is the new project from ex-Underøath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, and to put it simply, they're awesome. Sleepwave are a whole different beast to his previous outfit - it's less post-hardcore fury and more pensive soundscapes - but that's with good reason. If he created another band with the same sound, Spencer tells us, "I'd feel like I was cheating on my wife!"
2. CODE ORANGE
FROM: Pennsylvania, USA
RELEASE: 'I Am King' (album, Deathwish Inc. Out September 01)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: "This record really has no beauty whatsoever", says drummer and vocalist Jami Morgan. He's full of shit though, because we awarded their new album 'I Am King' a massive 9/10. Heavy, raw and intense, these guys are like nothing else out there right now.
FROM: Melbourne, Australia
RELEASE: 'Full Throttle' (album, Earache. Out now)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: "It’s high energy, high octane Aussie rock ‘n’ roll," vocalist Brad Marr tells us and we couldn’t sum it up better ourselves. Crack open the beers, and watch out: these guys look to be after the AC/DC crown.
4. MUNCIE GIRLS
FROM: Exeter, UK
RELEASE: 'The Real You' (split EP with Great Cynics, Specialist Subject. Out now)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: This is solid indie rock with a strong female voice, both literally and figuratively. "I don't preach about it in my lyrics or on stage, but just being in a band can help other girls to see that it's easy," says vocalist and bassist Lande.
5. LOCK & KEY
FROM: Birmingham, UK
RELEASE: 'The Divide' (EP, Small Town. Out September 01)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: Fronted by ex-Odessa vocalist Rich Lardner, Lock & Key are a new breed of melodic hardcore. "Our first songs were written during a very scary time in my life", Rich tells us and that's evident in the hard-hitting messages of their EP 'The Divide'.
6. EMPIRE! EMPIRE! (I WAS A LONELY ESTATE)
FROM: Michigan, USA
RELEASE: 'You Will Eventually Be Forgotten' (album, Topshelf / Count Your Lucky Stars. Out August 18)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: You could say Keith and Cathy Latinen are partly responsible for the emo revival through their Count Your Lucky Stars label, and now their long-awaited album is here to offer you a dose of sugary sadness.
7. DEAD HARTS
FROM: Sheffield, UK
RELEASE: 'Cult For The Haggard Youth' (album, Transcend. Out now)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: Sheffield has given birth to some of the best new UK hardcore bands in recent times, and Dead Harts are one of the next solid offerings. Guitarist Matt Pask tells, 'there is a sense of the working class versus the man in the suit' in their music, and that manifests itself as some fast-paced, riff-filled metal that confirms The North stands for everything.
8. PAY NO RESPECT
FROM: Kent, UK
RELEASE: 'Hope For The Hopeless' (EP, In At The Deep End. Out August 25)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: Having toured relentlessly since 2007, the Medway metallers (how rare is that term!?) have managed to find time to crank out another EP and it's just as fierce as their tour schedule. Aggressive, beefy and downright heavy, Pay No Respect are here to prove that The South can kick up just as much of a fuss.
FROM: Merseyside, UK
RELEASE: 'The Future's Mine To Make' (album, self-release. Out now)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: "We're all in it for the fun but we can't half-arse it, so we put everything into it," vocalist Tezz Roberts tells us in the mag. And that approach is paying off: they've already managed to snag a guest vocal spot from Jonny Craig (Slaves) on their debut album. This is precise, melodic post-hardcore of the best kind.
10. IRON REAGAN
FROM: Virginia, USA
RELEASE: 'The Tyranny Of Will' (album, Relapse. Out September 15)
WHY WE LIKE THEM: Featuring members of Municipal Waste, Darkest Hour and Cannibal Corpse and having songs the likes of 'Your Kid's An Asshole,' Iron Reagan speak for themselves. This is punk-meets-thrash-meets-general insanity.