Grindstore Advent Calendar Day 3 Winner Announced!

Day 3: Mr. Gugu & Miss Go Competition

For Day 3 of our Advent Calendar, we asked you to dress up your pets and send us the pictures, with the winner receiving some awesome Mr. Gugu & Miss Go merch!

The winner is Kirsty Steel & her dog Moon…who is clearly ready for winter!

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Here’s a selection of our favourite entries!

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Taylor-Anne Walker

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Emilia Johnson

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Alison King

Thank you to everyone (and your pets) for entering!

Day 5: Grindstore Advent Calendar

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Neck Deep

If you love a bit of pop punk in your life then this awesome Neck Deep competition will be right up your street!

Prizes

Zoltar 11×17″ Screen Printed Poster

Merch Bundle

How to Enter

Simply answer the following question:

Which film inspired Neck Deep’s Zoltar Speaks track?

Email your answer to social@grindstore.com along with your name and telephone number

Closing Date

This competition will end at Midnight tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow.

Check out our full range of Neck Deep merch here!

Enter any competition and be automatically entered in the mega draw on Christmas Eve.

Grindstore Advent Calendar Day: 1 & 2 Winners Announced!

Day 1: Nightmare Before Christmas Competition

On Day 1 of the Grindstore Advent Calendar we asked you to transform our mascot Skully into The King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington!

The winner of the competition is Liam K Hamilton!

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Here’s a selection of our favourite entries!

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Day 2: A Day To Remember Competition

On Day 2 of the Grindstore Advent Calendar we asked you to let us know what you wanted for Christmas by starting with the lyrics from A Day To Remember’s huge hit ‘All I Want…’

The winner is Cameron Ewer who tweeted us with…

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Thanks to everyone that entered! Keep checking back daily until the 24th to be in with a chance of winning daily prizes!

Day 4: Grindstore Advent Calendar

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Psycho Penguin

Our Psycho Penguin range is Exclusive to Grindstore and features a super cute little penguin who just happens to be a little bit psychotic!

Prizes –

Sweater

T-Shirt

Mug

Poster

How to Enter

We are always on the lookout for inspiration when it comes to Psycho Penguin, so we are asking you to send in your ideas for his next role, whether it be a slogan, film character or something as simple as a new outfit, we want to hear your ideas! The winner will not only receive the awesome goodie bag, they will also see their idea come to life!

Email your entry as an attachment to social@grindstore.com along with your name and telephone number.

Closing Date

This competition will end at Midnight on the 5th and the winner will be announced on the 6th

Check out our Exclusive Psycho Penguin range here!

Enter any competition and be automatically entered in the mega draw on Christmas Eve.

Day 3: Grindstore Advent Calendar

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Mr.Gugu & Miss Go

If you are a fan of alternative clothing then our brilliant range from Mr.Gugu & Miss Go is sure to be a hit! Get your hands on some freebies by entering this fun competition today.

Prizes –

Swimwear x 2

Sweatshirt

T-Shirt

How to Enter

Mr.Gugu & Miss Go love using animal imagery in their designs so we thought we would get your pets involved in this one, dress them up in the cutest fancy dress outfit you can find and send us a photograph.

Email your entry as an attachment to social@grindstore.com along with your name and telephone number.

Closing Date

This competition will end at Midnight on the 4th and the winner will be announced on the 5th

Check out our Mr.Gugu & Miss Go collection here!

Enter any competition and be automatically entered in the mega draw on Christmas Eve

Day 2: Grindstore Advent Calendar

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A Day to Remember

Our biggest chart climbers in 2014, A Day to Remember have certainly become a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock! If you love the unique sound of the American band, make sure you enter this brilliant competition!

Prizes

1 x Owl Tank

1 x Tee

1 x Eagle Patch

1 x Signed Poster

How to Enter

Taking inspiration from the bands track ‘All I Want’, we would like to hear exactly what it is you would like for Christmas this year.

Enter via Twitter. Start your tweet with ‘All I Want…’ and remember to include #grindstore so that we can see it!

Closing Date

This competition will end today at Midnight and the winner will be announced during the afternoon of the 3rd.

Check out our awesome A Day to Remember merch here!

Enter any competition and be automatically entered in the mega draw on Christmas Eve.

Day 1: Grindstore Advent Calendar

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Competition

Take a trip to Halloweentown and spend some time with Jack Skellington and friends with our awesome NBC competition.

Prizes

1 x The Nightmare Before Christmas bathrobe
1 x 2015 Calendar

How to Enter

We want to see our Grindstore mascot Skully turned into the King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington! Here is what you need to do!…

  • Download the outline of Skully
  • Create your Jack Skellington Skully! (Paint, Draw, or whatever takes your fancy!)
  • Email your entry to social@grindstore.com
  • Don’t forget to add your name & telephone number to the email!

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Closing Date

This competition will end at Midnight on 2nd December and the winner will be announced on the 3rd.

Check out our brilliant range of Nightmare Before Christmas merch here!

Enter any competition and be automatically entered in the mega draw on Christmas Eve.

Black Veil Brides Blog Winners Announced!

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Congratulations To Our Winners! Your Goodie Bags Are On Their Way!

We set you guys the challenge of reviewing the awesome new Black Veil Brides IV album and you did a great job, so much so that we could not decide on just one winner and instead have picked two! All of the reviews we received were brilliant but these two really stood out. Enjoy!

When frontman Andy Biersack and bassist Ashley Purdy sat down with Charged.fm to talk about their fourth self- titled studio album, both referred to it as ‘genuine’.

Upon listening to the first release since their heavily based concept album ‘Wretched and Divine’ in 2013, it’s easy to see where the two are coming from.

Here, there is little in the way of a story line or ideas that the band have had to adhere to throughout the writing and recording process. These are honest, open, hard- rock songs that immediately strike a chord with listeners.

With ‘Black Veil Brides’, the band have essentially shied away from the concepts of theatricality that they’ve become known for and gone onto produce what can only be described as a great and compelling rock n’ roll album.

‘Heart of Fire’ and ‘Faithless’ were the first tracks to be released in October and from Biersack’s gritty vocals to the indescribable talent of guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts, it’s everything you could expect from a Black Veil Brides song- powerful, engaging and anthemic in many respects.

Throughout the album, the bands consistent progress is visible and it quickly becomes apparent just how beautifully dynamic Black Veil Brides can be.

Where the vocal style in ‘Stolen Omen’ is more reminiscent of the band’s first release, ‘We Stitch These Wounds’ (2010), the integration of strings and piano in ‘Walk Away’ provides a stark contrast with a sound that’s closer to a ballad.

Lyrically, the band remain as eloquent and defiant as ever in the way they write, examples of which are found in every track on the record. ‘Devil In The Mirror’ is particularly hard- hitting, seemingly written with critics of the band in mind. ‘Screaming that my heart is strong. I’m never gonna let you win’ exudes the pride, courage and resilience to adversity that has stayed with BVB (and their fan-base) since their beginning.

Similarly, you can imagine the striking gang vocals heralding the beginning of ‘Drag Me To The Grave’ being a instant crowd- pleaser. ‘Rising up I’m a fighter, young and loud with desire’, seems to be an apt description of the BVB army.

Overall, everything is bigger. The drums are heavier, the guitars more visceral and all blend seamlessly with Biersack’s smooth, baritone vocals.
With the inclusion of orchestras and choirs, the album is constructed in such a way that it wouldn’t be out of place in arenas, compared to the smaller rock venues BVB performed in on their recent UK tour.

Going through Black Veil Brides’ back catalogue, there has been a massive progression since their debut in 2010. No matter how much BVB push themselves on every album, they always seem to go that bit further on the next release. Their sheer talent and drive has taken them to dizzying heights and fans and critics alike are equally excited and intrigued to see what they’ll come up with next.

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Being the creator of your own future is an ethos Andy Biersack has always held close. Since beginning Black Veil Brides in 2006 the band has worked hard, amassing a following of dedicated fans by standing up for those who feel outcasted. Often put down for expressing their own taste BVB continue to grow an army, or legion, of supporters encouraging them to face the fear of existence head on and embrace their own uniqueness. Holding onto the idea that you should believe in yourself because being happy comes from doing the things you love, is exactly the individual spirit and pure rock joy that new self titled album Black Veil Brides IV represents.

Although each Black Veil Brides record has shown changes in sound and style, no band would want to sit still, IV is Black Veil Brides at their technical best. They’re writing has grown in confidence as much as their fan base. Having faced their demons they’re charging forwards together. IV is the sound of true friendship; often dark and heavy but equally blindingly bright and wonderfully exuberant. Black Veil Brides are a force of nature that just can’t be resisted. Once you give their infectious metal the time it deserves you’ll be hooked; proved by the band’s merch becoming Grindstore’s biggest seller of 2014!

Continuing the stripped back makeup of 2013’s ‘Wretched and Divine’ IV takes a step away from the mask of characters. With no strong storyline to cling to it feels even more personal. Filled with emotionally open lyrics, and Andy’s religious imagery, which relates to picking yourself up from pain and moving on, the album has an honesty and vulnerability bound to resonate. Tracks like the slower tempo ‘Walk Away’ will break hearts with survival sentiment just as much as pure BVB energising with a bitter tongue: ‘Drag me to the grave’ and ‘Devil in the Mirror’s dark yet uplifting pounding drums, mixed with delicately sharp guitar solos, will rock the foundations of every house on your road.

Yes there are the expected empowering singles in the form of ‘Heart of Fire’, a bolt of lightning charged with everything the new album stands for, and ‘Faithless’, which begins with a Metallica style ghostly bell toll slapping across your ears bringing CC’s drums and Ashley Purdy’s bass into blood pressure raising anthemic euphoria, but these are not absent-mindedly shoved into a weak mix of album filler. IV is meant to be listened to from start to finish. A mix of stomping rock classics in songs like, the strong air of Billy Idol, ‘Last Rites’ and faster passed ‘World of Sacrifice’ laced with beautifully poignant tracks reminiscent of Wretched and Divine like the rumbling hope of ‘Goodbye Agony’. These are songs that burn into you like a smouldering fire, erupting in places spitting hot embers deep into your heart. The skill in CC’s drumming and Jinxx and Jake Pitt’s guitar has never had this kind of clarity. With driving arena ready drum clashes and ceaseless rock hooks this is music that will lift you away from worries that are burdening you, stealing you from clouded thoughts and reforming you into a positive reflection of yourself.

All this may seem grandiose but Black Veil Brides have achieved sincerity within IV that is captivatingly addictive. Lovingly crafted with expert hands this album is inescapably, unashamedly good. Working with the legendary Bob Rock has pushed BVB to realize their dream of producing their very own Black Album. Stripping away a little of the bands theatrics could have left some fans dazed and confused but these songs lack none of Black Veils Bride’s heartfelt grit and determination.

IV is threaded with an accepting devotion that will allow it to remain a firm favourite. Although I could cry with how much I love this album IV is Black Veil Brides continuing the fight with smiles on their faces.

by Hayley Miller

Asking Alexandria UK Tour

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Asking Alexandria @ Norwich UEA

Grindstore rocked up to the UEA in Norwich on Wednesday to see the first date of Asking Alexandria’s UK Tour with their American buddies Secrets, Crown The Empire & The Ghost Inside.

We met with the bands management prior to the gig to get some merch signed for future competitions – so watch this space to find out how you can win signed Asking Alexandria goodies very soon! We had to disturb the boys for signatures as they were getting inked…it doesn’t get much more rock n’roll than a quick pre-show tattoo!

We entered the venue as Secrets were ending unfortunately, but the crowd gave them a big send off so they must have made an impression on the Norwich crowd.

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Crown The Empire roared on stage next with dual singer-shouter combo Andrew & David, they smashed through the first few songs before asking if anyone had heard of Crown The Empire, to which they were blown away by screams from the packed out UEA crowd.

As they ended an impactful set on ‘Rise Of The Runaways’ and ‘The Fallout’, it was clear that they had made a lasting impression in Norwich and are sure to pick up many new fans over the next two weeks.

Whilst wrapping up their set, Andrew and David let the fans know they would be hanging out at the merch stand so we went to ambush them for some video footage. Unfortunately, before he even made it to the merch area, David broke his thumb and spent the next hour with the doctors, so we waited for the line of excited teenagers to die down before going for a chat with Andrew.

Exclusive Video Message

Luckily Andrew was more than happy to have a private chat with us and was excited to hear we had new Crown The Empire merch at Grindstore! He recorded a little message for us which you can check out here! http://instagram.com/p/ud8PONl0nE/?modal=true

Asking Alexandria Are Back!

It’s easy to forget that Asking Alexandria are born and bred Englishmen, seeing as they spend most of their time living stateside, but the England flag wrapped around Danny Worsnop’s mic stand suggests that the boys are enjoying being home.

Danny, who seemed to be dressed from the same wardrobe as Axl Rose – but working it better than the Guns N Roses frontman, was in great spirits as he swayed through opening tracks ‘Don’t Pray For Me’ and ‘Run Free’. Though his past reputation may sometimes over shadow his true talent, his voice was on exceptional form. This guy can scream, shout and throw his voice about with ease through melodic tracks such as ‘Moving On’ to heavy hitters like ‘The Final Episode’.

Throwing in snippets of Pantera’s ‘Walk’ and Linkin Park’s ‘One Step Closer’, Danny and Bruce worked the crowd effortlessly, even when jokingly claiming that Asking Alexandria was just a stepping stone for their promising and fictional Stand Up Comedy act.

Before charming the Norwich crowd some more (mainly the females in the front row), Asking Alexandria concluded their opening night in the UK with a triple dose of songs from their ‘From Death to Destiny’ album with ‘Killing You’, ‘The Death Of Me’ & ‘Poison’ before departing for round two in Nottingham.

Don’t forget to check out our awesome Asking Alexandria and Crown The Empire merch, available now!

 

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Black Veil Brides Are Back!

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BVB and Friends @ Norwich UEA

As Black Veil Brides have been our best-selling band on Grindstore throughout 2014, we thought we would pop down to see them perform to their army of fans in Norwich. Before we saw the guys, we had three support acts to check out from the ‘Black Mass’ UK tour. Up first were the eccentric duo ‘Drama Club’ who brought head banging, heavy dubstep and an impressive visual screen display to the UEA.

Technically the closest venue to their home town of Beccles – ‘Fearless Vampire Killers’ appeared to a good reception as they proclaimed it was “good to be home”. Initially there were some sound issues but as the singers traded places, things picked up and they played through their crowd favourites, signing off on a triumphant high with ‘At War With the Thirst’.

With an audience of mostly teens and their parents, it was interesting to see how Chris from Attila would go down with the Norwich crowd as he dropped the F-Bombs and middle fingers but the Atlanta natives smashed through some huge riffs in ‘Shots for the Boys’ and ‘Party With The Devil’. Thankfully it seemed his tongue was firmly in his cheek, grinning from ear to ear as he took in the awesome response from the crowd. Frontman Chris must also be admired for his ridiculously fast rapping skills and his questionable dress sense (leggings and leather shorts).

As the crowd waited patiently, everything and everyone was getting a nervously excited cheer from the crowd – the sound technician, the lighting being tested, the screen being turned on, even the guy placing water bottles around the stage – any movement was mistaken for the boys in black appearing on stage. When Black Veil Brides did finally appear, the deafening sound of screams drowned out the opening riff to brand new single ‘Heart of Fire.’ The band in comparison to when we saw them back in 2013 have definitely upped their game and are a real force to be reckoned with! An impressive stage set, smoke cannons, screens and an atmospheric light show added to the catchy hooks of every song on the set list. Before a single song encore, Andy recalled a memory of their last appearance in Norwich when the fans managed to break the door off their tour bus! Chaos was controlled on the floor as they smashed through a mostly fan-sung rendition of ‘In the End’ before disappearing.

Black Veil Brides are growing to dizzy heights and the next time we see them could potentially be in an arena if the packed out Norwich show was anything to go by!

For all your merchandise needs, don’t forget to head over to our BVB page for all our New and Best-Selling products!

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