Trivium Summer has arrived unexpectedly early in Manchester, and around the campus of the university students are basking in the sunshine. Meanwhile, outside the Academy there's a sea of black clothing as the queue for tonight's metalfest begins to snake around the block. The Metal Hammer-sponsored 'The Sin And The Sentence' tour has brought a varied line-up to town that includes the new hopes for Death Metal, Venom Prison, Texan thrashers Power Trip, Grammy-nominated hardcore bruisers Code Orange and headliners Trivium for a night of big riffs and plenty of energy. Almost at the end of a nearly 7-week European run, expectations for tonight's show are bound to be high.


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Code Orange Pittsburgh heavier-than-hell hardcore crew Code Orange are undoubtedly the breakthrough band in heavy music of the past year or two. Their third album, Forever, took them onto a major label and astonishingly found them being nominated for a Grammy for the title track. For a band who have been described as "nightmarishly chaotic hardcore”, this is no minor feat.


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Carnifex It's a fiercely cold night in Birmingham and snow is falling outside Mama Roux's as an almost sold-out crowd stays warm inside for something far more brutal in the shape of deathcore royalty with Aversions Crown, Oceano and headliners, Carnifex.


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Lucy Rose Lucy Rose's sweet vocals have found themselves all over 6Music's airwaves over the past few months, not to mention featuring on a couple of Bombay Bicycle Club records. But it's great to see that this talented artist is finally getting the recognition she deserves, and tonight, in front of a packed room at The Institute she more then justifies all the attention.


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Midlands Music Photography Exhibition A fantastic new music photography exhibition is coming to The Custard Factory in Birmingham. It will be taking place this month and features 12 music photographers from all over the Midlands. 6 of the exhibitors have also contributed to Gig Junkies.


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Kings of Leon This week, Kings of Leon brought the festival atmosphere to the capital. Beer in paper cups, indecisive weather and muddy pathways were all present to complete the Glastonbury-esque scene. But who needs Glastonbury when Hyde Park is much more accessible? (I’m not bitter that I didn’t get a ticket… just for the record.)


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The Ghost Of A Thousand Perhaps a torrential downpour is not exactly what you would wish for on your way to a gig in a garden! Thankfully the garden in question belongs to The Rainbow pub in Digbeth with its marquee-style courtyard and I am here to see what I would term a line-up of bands with a neo-punk persuasion – not so much emulating the good old punk of yore but certainly a genre of music having its roots firmly planted there.


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