Rock Sound

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Rock Sound
Rock Sound 2014 edition.jpg
Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park on the cover of June 2014 edition.
Editor Ryan Bird
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 13,220[1]
Publisher Freeway Press Inc.
First issue 1999
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website www.rocksound.tv
ISSN 1465-0185

Rock Sound is a British magazine which champions rock music. The magazine aims at being more "underground" and less commercial, while also giving coverage to more well-known acts. It generally focuses on the pop, punk, pop-punk, emo, hardcore, post-hardcore, heavy metal and extreme metal genres of rock music, rarely covering indie rock music at all. The tag-line "For those who like their music loud, extreme and non-conformist" is sometimes used. Although primarily aimed at the British market, the magazine is also sold in Australia, Canada and the United States.

History[edit]

The British edition of Rock Sound was launched in March 1999 by the French publisher Editions Freeway. The magazine was bought out by its director, Patrick Napier, in December 2004. The magazines offices are in London. Separate titles with the same name have been published under the same umbrella company in France since 1993,[2][3][4] and in Spain since 1998.[5][6]

The magazine is well known for including a free CD in most issues, which has tracks from bands' new albums that have not been released as singles. These are now normally called '100% Volume' or 'The Volumes', but in the past compilations were also called 'Music With Attitude', 'Bugging Your Ears!', 'Sound Check' and 'Punk Rawk Explosion'.[7] Buyer reaction has been very negative when there has been talk of turning the CD compilation into a digital compilation. Sometimes whole albums are included with the magazine, particularly from bands wanting to gain exposure, including Futures' debut album The Holiday in March 2010, and Burn The Fleet's debut album The Modern Shape in May 2012.[8]

The first issue was published in April 1999. Issue 2 featured British band Reef on the front cover, and later issues 3 and 8 featured Terrorvision and Foo Fighters respectively. In July 2011 a host of "Through The Years" articles were written to celebrate the 150th issue of the magazine.[9]

Audience[edit]

Year Circulation
2009 16,374[10]
2010 15,005[11]
2011 14,227[12]

The magazine had a circulation figure of 15,005 from January to December 2010 auditored by ABC. This includes 10,162 sales in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and 4,843 from Other Countries.[11] The same auditing body said the magazine had a slightly lower circulation figure of 14,227 from January to December 2011, with sales of 10,053 from the United Kingdom and Ireland, and 4,174 from Other Countries.[12] The majority of sales come from newstrade, with some coming from subscriptions.

The main rival to the magazine in Britain is Kerrang! because of the similar types of music both magazines cover. However Kerrang is released weekly and doesn't tend to provide as much coverage to more alternative bands, to new and upcoming bands, nor to the British rock scene.

Album of the Year[edit]

At the end of every year the magazine lists their favourite 75 albums released in the previous twelve months.

Hall Of Fame[edit]

Occasionally Rock Sound adds a new album to its Hall Of Fame. The main criteria is thought to be influence - even within a particular genre - and for that reason many of the albums have been commercially successful as well as critically successful because they have then gone on to influence large numbers of bands or the music scene. Thus this differs from the Yearly Top Albums lists which do not take influence into account. In each article there is normally an interview with band members, a commentary on the album's release, a look at its initial success, and reaction from other musicians as well.

Album Artist Nationality Year Issue Guest Writer
The Shape Of Punk To Come Refused
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27 October 1998 #136, June 2010[21]
Jupiter Cave In
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8 August 2000 #138, August 2010[22]
Weezer Weezer
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10 May 1994 #139, September 2010[23][24]
Smash The Offspring
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8 April 1994 #140, October 2010[25]
White Pony Deftones
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20 June 2000 #142, December 2010[26]
Jane Doe Converge
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4 September 2001 #145, March 2011[27][28]
Queens Of The Stone Age Queens Of The Stone Age
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22 September 1998 #146, April 2011[29]
Hello Rockview Less Than Jake
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6 October 1998 #149, July 2011[30]
Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation Funeral For A Friend
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20 October 2003 #151, Summer 2011[31]
Tell All Your Friends Taking Back Sunday
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26 March 2002 #152, September 2011[32]
Relationship Of Command At The Drive-In
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12 September 2000 #153, October 2011[33]
From Under The Cork Tree Fall Out Boy
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3 May 2005 #155, December 2011[34]
New Found Glory New Found Glory
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26 September 2000 #158, March 2012[35]
The Artist In The Ambulance Thrice
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22 July 2003 #159, April 2012[36]
Good Mourning Alkaline Trio
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13 May 2003 #160, May 2012[37]
Start Something Lostprophets
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2 February 2004 #161, June 2012[38][39]
Ideas Above Our Station Hundred Reasons
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20 May 2002 #162, July 2012[40][41]
Suicide Season Bring Me The Horizon
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29 September 2008 #164, Summer 2012[42]
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out Panic! At The Disco
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27 September 2005 #165, September 2012[43]
The Used The Used
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25 June 2002 #166, October 2012[44]
The Young And The Hopeless Good Charlotte
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30 September 2002 #167, November 2012[45]
  • None
Alive Or Just Breathing Killswitch Engage
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21 May 2002 #168, December 2012[46]
Ascendancy Trivium
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15 March 2005 #171, March 2013[47]
What It Is To Burn Finch
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12 March 2002 #172, April 2013[48]
The Bronx The Bronx
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26 August 2003 #173, May 2013[49]
Love Metal HIM
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14 April 2003 #174, June 2013[50]
Infest Papa Roach
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25 April 2000 #175, July 2013[51]
Tomorrow Come Today Boysetsfire
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1 April 2003 #176, August 2013[52]
As The Palaces Burn Lamb Of God
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6 May 2003 #177, Summer 2013[53]
Take To The Skies Enter Shikari
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19 March 2007 #179, October 2013[54]
Miss Machine The Dillinger Escape Plan
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20 July 2004 #180, November 2013[55]
Good Apollo, Volume One Coheed And Cambria
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20 September 2005 #181, December 2013[56]
Gutter Phenomenon Every Time I Die
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23 August 2005 #184, March 2014[57]
Perseverance Hatebreed
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12 March 2002 #185, April 2014[58]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Consumer Magazines Combined Total Circulation Certificate: January to December 2013" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Rock Sound France - Oasis Cover
  3. ^ Rock Sound France - Marilyn Manson
  4. ^ Rock Sound France - Choix Des Critiques
  5. ^ Rock Sound Spain - Foo Fighters
  6. ^ Rock Sound Spain - Rammstein
  7. ^ Discogs - Rock Sound
  8. ^ Rock Sound - Digital Compilation
  9. ^ Rock Sound - Covers 150
  10. ^ "Standard Certificate of Circulation: Rock Sound" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Standard Certificate of Circulation: Rock Sound" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Standard Certificate of Circulation: Rock Sound" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Rockmusiclists RS 1999-2006
  14. ^ RS MySpace Top 75 2006
  15. ^ Reuben Forum RS Top 75 2007
  16. ^ RS Top 75 2008
  17. ^ RS Top 75 2009
  18. ^ RS Top 75 2010
  19. ^ RS Album of the Year Countdown 2011
  20. ^ "The 50 Best Albums Of 2013 Part Five: 10 - 1". Rock Sound. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Rock Sound - June 2010
  22. ^ Jupiter Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
  23. ^ Rock Sound - September 2010
  24. ^ Rock Sound - Blue Album Indicted Into Hall Of Fame
  25. ^ Rock Sound - Smash Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
  26. ^ Rock Sound - December 2010
  27. ^ Rock Sound - March 2011
  28. ^ Rock Sound - Jane Doe Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
  29. ^ Rock Sound - April 2011
  30. ^ Rock Sound - July 2011
  31. ^ Rock Sound - Summer 2011
  32. ^ Rock Sound - September 2011
  33. ^ Rock Sound - October 2011
  34. ^ Rock Sound - December 2011
  35. ^ Rock Sound - March 2012
  36. ^ Rock Sound - April 2012
  37. ^ Rock Sound - May 2012
  38. ^ Rock Sound Issue 161
  39. ^ Rock Sound - June 2012
  40. ^ Rock Sound Issue 162
  41. ^ Rock Sound - July 2012
  42. ^ Rock Sound Issue 164, p.54-57
  43. ^ Rock Sound Issue 165, p.54-57
  44. ^ Rock Sound Issue 166, p.48-51
  45. ^ Rock Sound Issue 167, p.54-56
  46. ^ Rock Sound Issue 168, p.46-49
  47. ^ Rock Sound - March 2013
  48. ^ Rock Sound - April 2013
  49. ^ Rock Sound - May 2013
  50. ^ Rock Sound - June 2013
  51. ^ Rock Sound - July 2013
  52. ^ Rock Sound - August 2013
  53. ^ Rock Sound - Summer 2013
  54. ^ Rock Sound - October 2013
  55. ^ Rock Sound - November 2013
  56. ^ Rock Sound - December 2013
  57. ^ Rock Sound - March 2014
  58. ^ Rock Sound - April 2014

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