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Battle Of The Bands: Round 1, Week 3

So after a busy week and a host of technical difficulties we do have some fresh results from last week. Advancing to Round 2 are:

Enter Shikari

Billy Talent


Random Hand

Crystal Castles


Tribes Kaiser Cheifs

Jaguar Skills

Bullet For My Valentine vs. Gaslight Anthem

Welsh metal Goliaths Bullet For My Valentine surprisingly took Radio One by storm with their most recent album Fever. Huge dates at Wembley Arena followed as the band built on the early success of albums¬†Scream Aim Fire and The Poison. Expect the usual insanity when they let rip “Your Betrayal”, “Tears Don’t Fall” and “Scream Aim Fire”.

The Essential Album: Scream Aim Fire

New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem are famed for taking the everyday romance of Bruce Springsteen and setting it against addictive up tempo post-hardcore rhythms. The band have earned plaudits for all three of their albums but it was The ’59 Sound that made the world sit up and take notice, with it’s mix of poignant songwriting (“The Patient Ferris Wheel”, “Here’s Looking At You Kid”) and bristling anthems (“High And Lonesome”, “Great Expectations”).

The Essential Album: The ’59 Sound

SBTRKT vs. The Joy Formidable

A curious match up from the NME Stage sees post-dub step wizard SBTRKT entering the fray. The masked superstar stolehearts and packed out dancefloors with his self-title album. The star is famed for blending British soul with ominous beats. Expect “Wildfire”, “Hold On” and “Trials Of The Past” to go down a treat.

The Essential Album: SBTRKT

Alternative rockers The Joy Formidable have been defying description for a good few years now. Famed for their fusion sound and their intense but engaging live performances, the trio have had no problem winning over the Reading faithful. After all, who can resist the allure of “Whirring” and “Austere”.

The Essential Album: The Big Roar

Turbonegro vs. Polar Bear Club

The insane Norwegians Turbonegro return to Reading in 2012 with, well, pretty much the same sound they’ve always had. It’s inane doom-glam punk played loose and ragged with maximum party starting swagger. “Fuck The World” and “All My Friends Are Dead” should set it off.

The Essential Album: Apocalypse Dudes

Polar Bear Club have a less storied history but are setting about turning themselves into festival favourties across the hard rock spectrum. Already beloved at Sonisphere expect “Killing It” and “Living Saints” to win over the Reading crowd.

The Essential Album: Sometimes Things Just Disappear 

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