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With many genres so over saturated, it’s almost too easy to confuse one five piece from Bristol with another quintet from Newcastle, making distinguishing yourself from the pack is the first hurdle for any band. Luckily for Guildford’s Elephantis their brand of melody driven hardcore is allowing them to stand a little taller than their peers.

Emerging from the practice room in late 2010 and with one fully fledged EP already under their belts, the Surrey five piece are already showing signs of success with lead single “Believe In Me” racking up 24k views on YouTube through the established FaithLoveHope channel. Through sheer hard work and determination the band have gradually established a cult following with crowds throughout the UK and even across the channel banding together in raucous syncretic choruses. A real testament to the band’s appeal, landing them supporting slots for the likes of Liferuiner, Gideon and Napoleon.

The quintet’s latest offering, Pining, will be available both digitally and physically through Dream Atlantic Records this Sunday, August 18th. It coincides with the recent release of a brand new video for new single ‘Rosette’.

Pining is an 18-minute showcase of Elephantis’ musical craftsmanship, delicately intertwining intelligently constructed melodies with the coarse and gravely vocals of Angus Robertson. The recent introduction of guitarist Rory Bevis allowed the band to expand their sound a little further with some incredible clean vocals. Tracks “Counting Stars” and “Rosette” are fine examples of a band willing to adapt their already popular musical vision in an attempt to better themselves. Bevis and Robertson compliment each other beautifully with Bevis’ delectable cleans providing a textured sheen to the rough roars of Robertson.

Speaking about the new material, guitarist Connor Jackson had this to say: “Pining is definitely a lot more mature to me, we're much more relaxed with the writing and general sound, which allows us to keep it raw and natural. The songs are more focused, which draws attention to the individual aspects of each one.”

“Personally I think the lyrics have significantly improved, they're far more personal and honest, which is what lyrics should be. Angus had time to get all his thoughts together and onto these songs, particularly 'Rosette' which is a very heartfelt account of the struggles within his family, I think people will really be able to relate. He really stepped up for this EP.”

Pining was released on August 18th via Dream Atlantic Records.

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The Cold Harbour

Emotive hardcore band The Cold Harbour released their latest EP, Seasons, through newly founded Dream Atlantic Records on the 9th of August. Seasons is be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and for physical CD through the Dream Atlantic Records webstore.

The EP follows a busy 2012 for the boys from Wiltshire as they tirelessly toured mainland Europe making appearances at both Crash Doubt Festival (UK) and Leper Festival (BE) along the way. Over the last 6 months the band have embarked upon a number of UK weekenders in order to get their sound heard by the British public and Seasons will see the first new material released since 2011’s debut offering Homebound and also the first featuring new guitarist Antonio Gamez.

Seasons is charming blend of post rock infused hardcore that delivers as much aggression as it does melody. The gritty vocals of Dan Edngton are draped over a bed of layered guitars and percussion with each track building to a rhythmic climax in true post rock fashion. On more than one occasion TCH have been commended for their ability to manipulate the tempo of a track exquisitely, a regular occurrence on the new EP with many tracks shifting from soft and delectable to harsh and abrasive in a heartbeat.

After several tours through the UK and Europe they have already made a name for themselves within the hardcore scene. The band’s work ethic has paid dividends in being handed support slots to the likes of genre heavyweights Verse, Soul Control and More Than Life along with others including Landscapes, Dance Gavin Dance and Gnarwolves.

Seasons wass released on August 9th via Dream Atlantic Records.

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