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2014 Laid Bare: April Was The Month That…

Andy Ritchie
Andy Ritchie 9 December 2014 at 16.16

You Me At Six threw a party, Emmure made some enemies and Issues went gospel. April 2014, these were your best bits. *cue montage*



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 Horizon, You Me At Six, Gerard Way, Lower Than Atlantis, Architects, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Slipknot, Of Mice & Men, Mallory Knox, Linkin Park, Neck Deep and Suicide Silence. But we couldn't fit EVERYTHING in the mag. Here's all the stuff from April you might have missed...


SOMEBODY POSTS STATEMENT ADDRESSING AS I LAY DYING'S FUTURE...

After Tim Lambesis pled guilty to the murder-for-hire charges against him in February, a statement supposedly on behalf of As I Lay Dying made its way onto the band's social networks in April. Written in the third person, the statement indicated that the band were still effectively active, and would continute to work despite Lambesis' inevitable custodial sentence.

"In terms of music, Tim doesn't want to pursue performing live music full time regardless of what length his sentence ends up being. His sentence certainly won't be forever, but even so, touring full time doesn't seem healthy or practical given his new outlook and goals. Creating new music is the part Tim loves most and he will always continue to release albums. That includes a bunch of stuff he has recorded in the past six months that he will announce a project name for soon as well. As an occasional ear behind the scenes, it is good hear him playing guitar again and writing lots of riffs again like he did across the first five As I Lay Dying releases."

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...WHILE THE OTHER FOUR MEMBERS OF AILD FORM WOVENWAR



Later that day, the band's instrumental members took to their own individal social network pages to distance themselves from the statement.

"This morning an update was posted over at www.asilaydying.com on the current happenings and individual futures of all the bands' members. For Jordan, Josh, Nick, Phil, management, and record label, this was an interesting first time read as all parties were oblivious to its construction, intent, and release.

Though Tim is the only one with access to the As I Lay Dying site, the rest of us have been releasing content through our personal social media accounts to reveal that we are carrying on in a new band. Our truest intentions were to make this unveiling interesting and exciting for anyone who has supported us over the past year. With information so instantaneous and disposable these days, we had hoped to show you how things were coming together rather than simply tell you.

We never want to capture attention dramatically, which is precisely why we've been off the radar for close to a year. Though the third-person statement released earlier compromises a lot of how we had hoped to unroll things, we remain positive in our outlooks and look forward to sharing new music soon.

With love and gratitude,

Jordan, Josh, Phil, Nick"


This tied in with the unveiling of Wovenwar, their new outfit that also included Oh, Sleeper vocalist Shane Blay. The band's first teaser of new music sounded a bit like this...


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YOU ME AT SIX THROW THEIR OWN FESTIVAL

It had been months (possibly even years) in the making, and on April 05 this year, You Me At Six's one-off headline date at Alexandra Palace finally happened. It marked a real milestone in the band's career and for everyone in the room, it was a very special night. Dialling down the pyro and spectacle of their Wembley Arena date a year or so earlier, this time the lads used all sorts of video screens and LED trickery to wow the crowd. 


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EMMURE'S FRANKIE PALMERI MAKES SOME (MORE) ENEMIES



Always one to divide opinion, Emmure's Frankie Palmeri really stepped up his antaganostic ways in the first half of this year. Maybe they should have seen it coming, but when the band announced the tracklisting for new album 'Eternal Enemies', an uproar unfolded around the title of the opening track 'Bring A Gun To School', and Palmeri was forced to defend himself and his actions. The thing was, though, he didn't do the best job of it.

"I am not special," he told us back in April. "The media decided I was. I guess that's because I must of done something of value that people gravitate towards so anything I do or say they will use to try and lessen the value of what I have contributed to the world. So, yes, there is material on the album which is a response to that. I don't mind being under the microscope though it's all fun and games to me. The whole world is talking about something I do or say and I am sitting in my apartment watching Netflix. It's hilarious."

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FALLING IN REVERSE ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST EUROPEAN TRIP... BUT NOT A UK STOP :(



We ALMOST got word of a Falling In Reverse UK show in April. And by almost, we mean not at all. BUT they did announce a show in Amsterdam for June this year, which is the closest they've made it to UK soil yet. OH COME ON, RONNIE.

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DEFTONES PAY TRIBUTE TO CHI CHENG WITH 'SMILE'

To mark a year since his death, Deftones unveiled a track in honour of their dearly departed bassist Chi Cheng. 'Smile' was originally set to appear on the band's 'Eros' album, which was scrapped after Cheng's car accident in 2008 that left him in a coma. 
The track has since disappeared from Deftones' official channels, but you can listen to an unofficial stream of it again below.


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THE SWELLERS' NICK DIENER PAYS HIS RESPECTS TO THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR


We lost another good one in April, as the wrestling world mourned the loss of The Ultimate Warrior. The Swellers' Nick Diener penned a fitting tribute message to the much-loved WWE icon.

"When Warrior passed, everyone had a story to tell or a memory to share. Even to those who haven't been captivated by professional wrestling all their lives, The Ultimate Warrior was an icon. They had the Ultimate Warrior stuffed Wrestling Buddy doll. They had heard rumuors that he'd died two times already and had been replaced. Some of my good friends got the chance to meet him and wrestle alongside him. What was talked about most, however, was the fact that he returned to the WWE for Wrestlemania weekend and was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. Such a great honour for such an important character. He seemed to have buried the hatchet with Vince McMahon and a new chapter in the WWE was about to begin. His speech at the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, along with his promo cut at RAW the following Monday, seemed strangely ominous, but to us, maybe it was just Warrior being Warrior. We got off our seats. We cheered. We chanted. The next day, we lost Warrior. We cried. We remembered.

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ISSUES DROP BY THE ROCK SOUND OFFICE AND GO, LIKE, TOTALLY GOSPEL

Meanwhile, to coincide with their first ever Rock Sound cover, the boys from Issues dropped by the Rock Sound office one afternoon in April. We played darts, we showed them how to make proper tea, and we ever got them to do a live webchat with y'all. The best part, though? The best part was when we got them to do an a cappella cover of the gospel choir bit of 'Remember When'. 



Eight months on, and it's still brilliant. Right?

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TWIN ATLANTIC GET DIVIDED 

After a three-year wait, Twin Atlantic finally announced details of their second album 'Great Divide' in April. And with that news came first single 'Heart And Soul', and this frankly brilliant music video.

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SOME GUY OR OTHER CALLED JONNY CRAIG RESURFACES

Putting his troubles behind him, ex-Dance Gavin Dance / Emarosa man Jonny Craig reappeared in April with details of a new project. Slaves (US) dropped 'The Fire Down Below' as the first taste of what was to come and while we loved the track, even we didn't have a grasp on how fantastic their debut full-length would be...


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MARK HOPPUS GETS CREATIVE



Blink-182 bassist / funnyman / all-round pop-punk champion Mark Hoppus announced he was working on new music in April... but it wasn't for Blink-182. Nothing And Nobody is a project between Hoppus and his long-time friend Chris Holmes, and their first effort was this remix of the Nova Rockafeller track '1990s'. We're still expecting a full-length from the project... at some point.


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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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