Rising Artist : A Fight At Daybreak

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When you talk about up and coming bands and rising stars, A Fight At Daybreak seems to fit the bill. With their first "real" shows and 2009 and a breakout performance at Las Vegas, Nevada's Extreme Thing, this band is well on their way to metal fame. Vicious breakdowns, tight vocals, and a unique look make these guys a must hear.

For Fans Of : Memphis May Fire, August Burns Red, Enter Shikari

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Artist Spotlight : Bring Me the Horizon

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If I'm not mistaken, this would be our first British band to make the posts. This Metalcore band is from Yorkshire, England, and formed in 2004. Currently working on their third studio album, the band has been through some hard times and line up changes to get where they are. No less, they have an album coming out in roughly Summer 2010.

Associated Bands : Pierce the Veil, I Killed the Prom Queen, Suicide Silence.

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Artist Spotlight : Protest The Hero

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Protest The Hero is a Canadian "Mathcore" band (essentially Metalcore with odd rhythms and such) working on a new album for 2010. In an interview with one of the guitarists, (Luke Hoskin) he actually complained that some of the guitar leads he writes are almost too difficult for him to play. Few bands reach such a level of technical guitar as these guys do, but their vocals, rhythms, and overall sound do their best to keep up.

Associated Bands : Chiodos, Bullet for My Valentine, Between the Buried and Me.

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Artist Spotlight : A Day To Remember

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Though perhaps not the most tradationally "metal" of the bands thus far, A Day To Remember maintains a tough and fast sound with solid breakdowns and vocals. Most interesting to me is the combination of traditionally Metal guitar work and screaming mixed with more punk/alternative singing. Perhaps not hard enough for some, based on the guitar, screaming, and overall anti-establishment feel, A Day To Remember is pretty awesome.

Associated Bands : Atreyu, The Devil Wears Prada, Suicide Silence.

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Artist Spotlight : Parkway Drive

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With a new album coming out later this year, Parkway Drive is the youngest band on the list so far. Formed in 2003, this Australian Metalcore band is looking forward to Warped Tour this year and intends to play at every stop. The music is fast and heavy, and the guitars are all tuned down to Drop B, and for guitarists, that's pretty low. Thus, the guitar is heavy, fast, and overall - metal. So, check 'em out!

Associated Bands : I Killed the Prom Queen, Killswitch Engage, Bury Your Dead

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Artist Spotlight : As I Lay Dying

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Another of my personal favorites, As I Lay Dying is a Metalcore band from San Diego founded in 2000. With their fifth album coming out in a little over a month, As I Lay Dying has a mighty future in front of them. The band focuses on a mixture of screaming, singing, and intense breakdowns to create a pretty interesting sound.

Associated Bands : Trivium, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains

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