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June 2014 Laid Bare: Download Festival, King 810, PVRIS And Everything Else That Mattered

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Rock Sound 15 December 2014 at 15.36

Download Festival brought all the surprises (but not King 810). The world was introduced to PVRIS, Brand New started fucking with us and it was the beginning of the end for The Blackout. June had many highs and many lows, but we made it out alive. Just!



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. Here's all the stuff from June you might have missed...


HERE WE GO... LOWER THAN ANNOUNCE ALBUM
After some considerable silence, June saw Lower Than Atlantis spilling everything about their self-titled fourth album, along with the arresting new single / video 'Here We Go'. Altogether now: DUH DUUUH DUH DUHHH DUH DUH DUHHHH. DIDDLY DIDDLY. DIDDLY DIDDLY.


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FOUR YEAR STRONG DON'T GO DOWN IN HISTORY, DO COME BACK WITH A BANG
We'll be honest, we thought Four Year Strong were done and dusted at the start of the year. We'd not heard from them in AGES and the last time they toured the UK it was less than spectacular. As it turns out, the Massachusetts four-piece had spent the last year at home, growing up, laying down family roots and penning a bunch of tracks for new EP 'Go Down In History'. The first cut landed in June, and in three-minutes-and-twenty seconds, 'Tread Lightly' showed the world that Four Year Strong are back in the riff business, and business is booming.


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WEEZER START TEASING NEW MUSIC
It wasn't a song - it was barely even a chorus - but back in June, 30 seconds of new Weezer music landed on the internet, and the band set about drip-feeding us weekly teasers, clues and snippets from their ninth album 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'. We've got the full thing now, but good LORD this was exciting at the time.

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GALLOWS THROW A CURVEBALL WITH 'CHAINS'
Now that they're spread around the globe and have fingers in all sorts of musical pies, we can forgive Gallows for their slack delivery of the follow-up to 2012's self-titled album. We did get a taste of what's to come back in June, though, as the Watford / Toronto hardcore quintet unleashed 'Chains': a song that sounded NOTHING like Gallows as we knew them.


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FRANK TURNER BECOMES A STOP-MOTION CARTOON CHARACTER THING
It's probably the next best thing to actually being in Wallace & Gromit. One Frank Turner fan uploaded this stop-motion video for 'We Shall Not Overcome' back in June, and we were left feeling like we've never achieved anything as cool as this :(


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KING 810 ARRESTED / PULL OUT OF DOWNLOAD
Despite nobody having a clue who they were at the time, King 810 hit the headlines in June as they failed to make it over the UK soil for their scheduled appearance at Download Festival. Why? Because two members of the band (including frontman David Gunn) had been arrested on assault charges (which in Gunn's case were later upgraded to assault with intent to murder). They then posted their arrest papers across their social networks, which made the whole thing stink to high heaven. Seriously, who does that?


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THE WORDS 'ICEMAN' AND 'THESIS' BECOME THE BANE OF EVERYBODY'S DOWNLOAD WEEKEND
Download Festival got off to a roaring start this year, although the second day arrived with a bit of confusion. Billed to kick off two stages at once was an unknown entity called Iceman Thesis. They came, they played literally a song, then they left again. What was the point of all that? We still have no idea, but it definitely wasn't a last-ditch attempt at relevance from long-forgotten hardcore troupe This Is Menace. Oh no. Definitely not. 


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Speaking of Download Festival, let's take a moment to look at the other weekend highlights, shall we? We had We Came As Romans riding around like ponies...
 


We had Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach talking about clouds.
 



 

15 Seconds at @downloadfest with... @killswitchengage #itscloudy

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...or rather not talking about clouds.

Oh, and we also caught up with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump for his #7of30: Festival Edition video. 



(And if you like that, we've got LOADS more of 'em)

Relive all of Download Festival 2014 with our liveblogs: Friday | Saturday | Sunday 


WARPED TOUR STREAMS ENTIRE FIRST DAY, WINS AT INTERNETTING
While we were huddled in the press tent at Download Festival, Vans Warped Tour was kicking off Stateside. And to really start things with a bang, the festival livestreamed a whole bunch of acts that played across the first day in Texas. The best part? You can still watch back all of the action in the playlist below. Well done, Warped Tour. Same again next year, yeah?


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MATT HEAFY TEAMS UP WITH DRAGONFORCE, METAL DEFINITELY PEAKS
Take one fast-riffing, hard-hitting metal band from the south east and one world-famous metal vocalist. What do you get? You get this DragonForce track featuring Matt Heafy, that's what. 


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THE BLACKOUT ANNOUNCE 'WOLVES' CAMPAIGN
We weren't to know it would be the beginning of the end, but it was. Welsh wonders The Blackout announced plans for their self-released 'Wolves' EP back in June, and proceeded to smash their Kickstarter funding goal in just over 24 hours. Excellent work, chaps. 

"If you missed it yesterday, we reached our target to get our E.P. Wolves off the ground in JUST OVER 28 HOURS!" they said. "Thank you so much to everyone who bought something, it means so much that you want us to make more music."

Now guys, if you could just NOT split up, we'd all be really greatful :(


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BRAND NEW START DOING STUFF. MAYBE? PROBABLY.



Before they started getting REALLY fucking weird, Brand New gave a pretty direct hint back in June that yes, there is a new album on the way. 

"A lot had gone on the last few weeks.

Some writing, some recording, some new gear, some studio building.

We will update you more soon."


Six months later, and we're still no closer to knowing what's going on. Or are we?

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'PVRIS' ENTERS OUR DAILY VOCABULARY, ALONG WITH '...ARE FUCKING BRILLIANT, AREN'T THEY?'
We got the first taste of Massachusetts dance rockers PVRIS in June with their certified BANGER 'St. Patrick'.



Tune of the year? Maybe.

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THE SWELLERS CALL IT A DAY, PUNK ROCK MOURNS.
After 12 years, five albums and a whole lot of basement shows, Michigan punk rockers The Swellers called it a day in June. 


That's literally all they said. Way to break hearts, you guys...

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FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS LAUNCH THEIR OWN SOCIAL NETWORK

When we got wind of this, we were equal parts confused and impressed. Fearless Vampire Killers laid out their plans to take on Facebook (sort of) in June, with the news that they'd be launching their own social network called The Obsidian Bond. Say what? We caught up with frontman Kier Kemp to get the full low-down...

So, Kier. You announced this week that Fearless Vampire Killers will be starting their own social network. That's mental. Where and when did the idea for this originally come about?
"It originally came from us trying to think of a place that we could put all the extra stuff we do. We record a lot of podcasts and write a lot of stories and other bits like that, you see? So I was thinking about hosting a new series of podcasts online and having people subscribe... then I thought why stop at podcasts? Lets create an FVK treasure trove! Then our guitarist Barrone got involved. He's our resident computer nerd. Before we knew it, BOOM. He'd started creating this thing."

The name - The Obsidian Bond. What's that about?
"Well we wanted something classy, that sounded like a members club and also encompassed our darker nature. After a long pub session that name seemed to fit!"

Is it a free service?
"No. There is a small subscription fee to cover costs of us running the site and creating the content. As well as the social network side we've spent the last three months filming loads of exclusive content for it. Documentaries, acoustic videos... It's like the ultimate catalogue for any discerning fan."

What exactly will people be able to do on it? 
"Like other social networks you'll have a profile, be able to upload pictures to galleries, make status updates, leave comments for friends, that sort of thing. On top of that we've also built in a gaming aspect. So the more you interact with people around you, the more XP you'll earn. You can go up ranks and even buy things from a shop with an in-house currency!"

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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.

DOWNLOAD RS195 | ORDER A COPY | FIND A UK STOCKIST | SEE WHAT ELSE IS INSIDE | GRAB IT FROM UK STORES RIGHT NOW!



And that's not all that's happening this December. We've got video interviews with over 20 of your favourite bands running on our YouTube channel really soon. So, y'know, go do a subscribe!

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