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Nightvision

There are at least two bands of the same name: 1) A four piece hard rock band from Lincolnshire, UK. They formed in 2003. Nightvision have played with bands like Diamond Head, Fozzy, The Imperial Vipers, IwasACubScout, New Generation Superstars, Sweet Seduction, Patchwork Grace, Forever Never, From Almost the End, Kid Ego, Disarm and many more. Nightvision, now signed with Manchester label, Rocksector Records released their debut album ‘As The Lights Go Down’ on 6th April 2009 followed by a series of gigs across the UK to promote the album and raise the profile of the band.

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Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band, who released their debut single "Kept Between Trees" in 1990. Rolling Stone describes their sound as: "Super heavy and bass happy Detroit rock 'n' roll is totally deep-fried, fuzzed out, window breakin', pot sellin', sleepin-in-the-van, skater metal." Fu Manchu lyrics tend to focus on pinball, muscle cars, UFOs/Bigfoot, and skateboarding. They have featured on compilations from Tony Hawk and ESPN's X Games...

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Test

Test:
Danish/German duo (previously Kikkert) consisting of 2/3 of the Danish/German Trio 18th Dye.
'Test' play experimental and playful post-rock with a mixed instrumentation of electronic and acoustic equipment. The group is consisted of Piet Breinholm Bendtsen and Sebastian Büttrich. Guest performers as Signe Høirup Wille-Jørgensen (Speaker Bite Me and Jomi Massage) and Thomas Knak (Opiate / Future 3) feature on the album 'Milk in my language' which was released on the label Auditorium in 2003.

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Pilgrim Fathers

Pilgrim Fathers hail from the middle of England and play "music for astronauts to die to". Shelf {vocals), Feg (guitars), Sam (bass), Kev (drums) and Rafe ("cosmic guitar sounds") are currently working on a follow up album to their full-length debut, 'Short Circular Walks In The Hope Valley,' which was released on Undergroove Records on 28th April 2008. EP Dr. Niall Bombast and His Tight Minded Scope Trooper was released in 2009.

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Guns N Roses

The correct tag is "Guns N' Roses". Guns N' Roses are an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since their formation.

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Monotonix

Monotonix are a 3-piece of vocals, guitar and drums hailing from Tel-Aviv, Israel. Monotonix have performed across the world and their performances are very energetic, verging on performance art. From lighting drums on fire, to hanging from ceiling fixtures, often heavily crowd-involved, no performance in the same city is like the last. On their American tour, Monotonix opened for the Silver Jews in the west coast playing to thousands of people in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is a band formed in 1976 from Gainesville, Florida, USA and led by Tom Petty. Petty has been supported by his band, The Heartbreakers, for the majority of his career. He has occasionally released solo work, as was the case with his 2006 album Highway Companion on which he performed most of the backing instrumentation himself. However, members of The Heartbreakers have played on each of his solo albums and the band has always backed him when touring in support of those albums.

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Atlantic & Lion

Very little is publicly known about Atlantic & Lion at present, other than their members are drawn from Sheffield, Preston, and London, and that the band have made three tracks available to stream, and to download for free, on their bandcamp. Without a band facebook page, the social media anchor for most bands, Atlantic & Lion are certainly not giving too many secrets away, however their latest track ‘I Forgot to Say’ should quickly distract any pangs of curiosity and plunge your attentions into a blissful sea of reverb drenched garage rock.

As Atlantic & Lion currently have no official releases, ‘I Forgot to Say’ stands as the band’s most recent, and most developed, demo. However the track doesn’t suffer from the usual pitfalls that demos are notoriously known for, and instead 'I Forgot to Say' actually benefits from the lo-fi nature of its recording. Fuzzy vocals are balanced upon the jaunty swathes of guitars and echoing percussion, which allows the lyrical nature of the track to retain a resonance without overshadowing the instrumentation. What’s more, while the track could easily be cropped to the more recognizable four minute mark, the final two minutes provide a blistering period of guitar shredding that propels the record from engaging and pleasant, to an experience I’m craving to see live. It is this epic outro that not only cements this track as a well crafted piece of music, but also displays the exciting potential Atlantic & Lion possess in developing their sound further. With rumours the band are currently booking shows for early 2012, I’m certainly keeping my eyes peeled for any dates within a 100 mile radius of wherever I happen to be come the new year.

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