As it’s been a few weeks since the last Rock Sins video of the week contest (the Download Festival special which saw Ashestoangels come out as winners) due to things being manic here at Rock Sins HQ, we thought we’d have a slightly bigger edition this week than usual. Rather than the usual five videos, there are 8 to choose from this week, with a real assortment of sights and sounds for our readers.
First up there is fine slice of horror metal from the depths of Manchester. Daemons sees The Dead XIII in particularly develish form, reminding everyone just why they’ve gained armies of fans over the last eighteen months or so and graced the pages of certain UK rock magazines several times in the process. Will this weeks’ video of the week contest see The Dead XIII add another “trophy” to their collection? That’s up to our readers.
With lyrics that almost anyone could relate to, MassMatiks could have a sleeper hit on their hands with 4am. With a style that’s likely to appeal to fans of bands such as Enter Shikari, The Wonder Years and their soon-to-be touring buddies Allusondrugs, we’re finding Massmatiks anything but boring (if you don’t get the reference, you haven’t watched the video).
Another new band to Rock Sins’ ears are The Brave, who are launching their debut album “Epoch” next month. Searchlights is the first single to be drawn from that, and is a very personal song focusing on The Brave’s singer Nathan Toussaint dealing with the loss of his cousin Ryan in 2007. One for fans of bands like Bring Me The Horizon and Northlane for sure – you might find a new favourite band in the form of The Brave.
Next up this time are US indie punks The Front Bottoms, a band who have been quietly amassing a huge fanbase on both sides of the Atlantic. A brand new tour this November will see them play their biggest venues in the UK yet, and they’ll be doing it with songs like Ginger, which is a very good introduction to anyone new to The Front Bottoms unique sound.
With a brand new album (“Upside Down”) set for release in October, US pop rockers Set It Off have unveiled another new song (and typically entertaining video to go with it) titled Something New. They’ve got a long way to go to live up to their smash hit album Duality, so it will be very interesting to see how fans react to Something New and the other tracks. Want Something New as your video of the week? You know what to do.
Another new band for us are British pop punkers Eat Defeat, who come with a welcome freshness and positivity to their sound. Playing pop punk in the upbeat, energetic spirit it was always meant to be played in, their video for Shortcuts is also pretty damn funny. We would advise you to watch and listen, immediately.
A band very much on the comeback trail this year have been Sum 41. The band (singer Deryck Whibley in particular) have had their well documented problems but now seem to be very much back on track, as this meme filled video for Fake My Own Death shows. See how many Internet comedy moments you can count along the way!
It’s not a secret that the team here at Rock Sins love Gojira. We’re still processing what we truly make of their huge new album, Magma, which came out last month, but our favourite French metal export are wasting no time with another new single from Magma. You can consider the video for Low Lands at your leisure, and if Gojira are your thing, then vote for them to win this weeks’ video of the week!
Who will win? The choice is yours. The vote closes at Midday on Wednesday 20th July (UK time).Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.