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2014 Laid Bare: Deryck Whibley, Tim Lambesis, Slam Dunk and Suicide Silence Hit The Headlines In May

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 11 December 2014 at 16.42

Festival season really kicked in as May rolled around. Elsewhere, some big names tried some new things and a couple of more sombre stories broke, too...



We look back on the year that was in the brand new issue of Rock Sound with Bring Me The HorizonYou Me At SixGerard Way, Lower Than AtlantisArchitects, 5 Seconds Of SummerSlipknotOf Mice & Men, Mallory Knox, Linkin ParkNeck Deep and Suicide Silence, but there's only so much we can fit in one magazine. Here's your rundown of what was big news in May...


DERYCK WHIBLEY CHEATS DEATH, ENTERS HOSPITAL
May was the month Sum 41's Deryck Whibley very nearly died. The (formerly) hard-drinking frontman was rushed to hospital when his liver and kidneys collapsed, before spending time sedated in bed before leaving a few days later. It was a scary time, during which all sorts of people weighed in on his drinking exploits, but we're happy to report that he's sober and doing much better at the time of writing.


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SLAM DUNK. POP-PUNK.
We had live updates, photos and loads of other good stuff from the North and South dates. There was loads and loads (and loads) of stagediving, pizza, pop-punk and mosh, like this chap who was clearly having a great time watching State Champs.



Also, The Blackout's Sean Smith and Neck Deep gave guided tours to the Midlands and Wales days respectively over on our Instagram. Sean Smith did stuff like this...
 

 

...while Neck Deep met a dog and Ben Barlow fell asleep. What a weekend.

 

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TIM LAMBESIS JAILED FOR SIX YEARS
After a saga that ran for years, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis (pictured centre below with his former bandmates) was jailed for six years in May after pleading guilty to attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Now, on with the positive stuff...


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THE MADDEN BROTHERS UNVEIL THE MADDEN BROTHERS... WAIT, WHAT?
Following a long, long silence from their main band Good Charlotte, brothers Joel and Benji Madden announced that they were keeping it in the family for their new project, The Madden Brothers. We'd have to wait a few more weeks to hear some actual music, but anything with those two names on it was enough to get us hot under the collar.


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ANDY BIERSACK ANNOUNCES ANDY BLACK ALTER-EGO
Not content with just singing in one of modern rock's most revered bands, Black Veil Brides man Andy Biersack unveiled his Andy Black solo project with debut track 'They Don't Need To Understand'. He also revealed there was a brand new BVB album coming in October. More on that a little later...


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FALLING IN REVERSE UNVEIL VIDEO FOR 'GANGSTA'S PARADISE'
Ronnie Radke and Falling In Reverse covered Coolio's '90s classic 'Gangsta's Paradise' for the 'Punk Goes '90s - Vol. 2' compilation a while back, and in May they roped in Coolio himself to star in their video for the track. Yep, that's ACTUAL COOLIO. There are no words.

The band also ruled Groezrock Festival towards the end of the month, which you can clearly see from our photos of their set.


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SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE FIRST POST-MITCH LUCKER ALBUM
An Eddie Hermida-led Suicide Silence proved truly unstoppable this month when they announced their fourth album, and their first following vocalist Mitch Lucker's death in 2012. If there was any album the world wanted to be great this year, it was 'You Can't Stop Me'.


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BURY TOMORROW UNLEASH 'RUNES', WE STREAM THE WHOLE DAMN THING
Remember that time Bury Tomorrow released their new album 'Runes' and it was really, really good? No? Well it's a good job there's a stream of one of the metalcore albums of the year right below these words then, isn't it?


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JONNY CRAIG & VIC FUENTES TEAM UP ON SLAVES (US) TRACK
Former Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa man Jonny Craig emerged once again at the beginning of the year, and Slaves (US)' track with Pierce The Veil man Vic Fuentes certainly got the internet (and the Rock Sound office) outrageously excited. Two mighty voices, one song, much anticipation.


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To hear all about 2014 from the bands themselves, grab yourself a copy of RS195.

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