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Uniting boundaries between multiple genres in modern metal, OCEANS ATE ALASKA (Chris Turner [Drums], James Kennedy [Guitar], Mike Stanton [Bass], Adam Zytkiewicz [Guitar], and Jake Noakes [Vocals]) made waves during 2015 with their full-length debut Lost Isles.
Fusing unpredictable polyrhythms and a sporadic partnering of melodic and dissonant passages, Rock Sound and Revolver both pegged Oceans Ate Alaska as a “Band to Watch,” while they landed on Alternative Press’s “100 Bands You Need To Know” list and covered HM Magazine.
The Birmingham, UK, technical metal quintet’s second full-length album, Hikari, translates to “Light” in English and represents their current mindset, illuminating major strides in the group’s sonic vocabulary. Following a lyrical and musical theme rooted in Samurai mythology, the 11-track album blends traditional Japanese instruments with Oceans Ate Alaska’s dynamic flare. Ultimately, Hikari means both a new “light” for Oceans Ate Alaska and heavy music at large.
KINGDOM OF GIANTS then, awesome 6-piece metalcore band from Northern CA. Established in 2011, and relentlessly been touring the world with the likes of Volumes, Fit For A King, Phinehas, and I, The Breather. Their first major album, “Ground Culture” was produced by Andreas Magnusson (Haste The Day, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fit For A King) and released after signing to InVogue Records in the fall of 2014.
And a first time in York for metal/hardcore titans-in-waiting SHIELDS from London – get here early for this…