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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
EditorRyan Bird
Categories Music magazine
Circulation 14,057 [1]
PublisherPatrick Napier
First issue1999
CompanyFreeway Press Inc.
CountryUnited Kingdom
ISSN 1465-0185

Rock Sound is a British magazine that covers rock music. The magazine aims at being more "underground" and less commercial, while also giving coverage to better-known acts. It generally focuses on pop punk, post-hardcore, metalcore, punk, emo, 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.



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 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] 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] 2017 witnessed the first annual Rock Sound Awards where £1 from every magazine bundle sold was donated to the One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. [10]


200916,374 [11]
201015,005 [12]
201114,227 [13]
201313,220 [14]
201513,924 [15]
201614,057 [16]

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. [12] 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. [13] 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.[ citation needed ]

Album of the Year

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

Hall of Fame/Throwback

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. In some of the newer issues this section had been renamed to "Throwback".

AlbumArtistNationalityYearIssueGuest Writer
The Shape of Punk to Come Refused
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27 October 1998#136, June 2010 [27]
Jupiter Cave In
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8 August 2000#138, August 2010 [28] Jacob Bannon of Converge
Weezer Weezer
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10 May 1994#139, September 2010 [29] [30] Gustav Woods of Young Guns
Smash The Offspring
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8 April 1994#140, October 2010 [31] Frank Turner
White Pony Deftones
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20 June 2000#142, December 2010 [32]
Jane Doe Converge
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4 September 2001#145, March 2011 [33] [34] Winston McCall of Parkway Drive
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
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22 September 1998#146, April 2011 [35]
Hello Rockview Less Than Jake
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6 October 1998#149, July 2011 [36]
Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation Funeral for a Friend
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20 October 2003#151, Summer 2011 [37]
Tell All Your Friends Taking Back Sunday
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26 March 2002#152, September 2011 [38]
Relationship of Command At the Drive-In
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12 September 2000#153, October 2011 [39]
From Under the Cork Tree Fall Out Boy
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3 May 2005#155, December 2011 [40]
New Found Glory New Found Glory
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26 September 2000#158, March 2012 [41]
The Artist in the Ambulance Thrice
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22 July 2003#159, April 2012 [42]
Good Mourning Alkaline Trio
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13 May 2003#160, May 2012 [43]
Start Something Lostprophets
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2 February 2004#161, June 2012 [44] [45] Aled Phillips of Kids In Glass Houses
Ideas Above Our Station Hundred Reasons
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20 May 2002#162, July 2012 [46] [47] Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari, Frank Turner
Suicide Season Bring Me the Horizon
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29 September 2008#164, Summer 2012 [48] Sam Carter of Architects
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out Panic! at the Disco
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27 September 2005#165, September 2012 [49] Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy
Mike Ferri of We Are the In Crowd
The Used The Used
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25 June 2002#166, October 2012 [50] Chris Pennells of Deaf Havana
The Young and the Hopeless Good Charlotte
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30 September 2002#167, November 2012 [51]
Alive or Just Breathing Killswitch Engage
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21 May 2002#168, December 2012 [52] Matt Heafy of Trivium
Ascendancy Trivium
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15 March 2005#171, March 2013 [53]
What It Is to Burn Finch
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12 March 2002#172, April 2013 [54]
The Bronx The Bronx
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26 August 2003#173, May 2013 [55]
Love Metal HIM
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14 April 2003#174, June 2013 [56]
Infest Papa Roach
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25 April 2000#175, July 2013 [57]
Tomorrow Come Today Boysetsfire
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1 April 2003#176, August 2013 [58]
As the Palaces Burn Lamb of God
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6 May 2003#177, Summer 2013 [59]
Bleed American Jimmy Eat World
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24 July 2001#178, September 2013 [60]
Take to the Skies Enter Shikari
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19 March 2007#179, October 2013 [61]
Miss Machine The Dillinger Escape Plan
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20 July 2004#180, November 2013 [62]
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness Coheed and Cambria
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20 September 2005#181, December 2013 [63]
Gutter Phenomenon Every Time I Die
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23 August 2005#184, March 2014 [64]
Perseverance Hatebreed
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12 March 2002#185, April 2014 [65]
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water Limp Bizkit
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17 October 2000#186, May 2014 [66]
A Place in the Sun Lit
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23 February 1999#187, June 2014 [67]
The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait for Something Wild Sikth
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18 August 2003#188, July 2014 [68]
Superunknown Soundgarden
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8 March 1994#189, August 2014 [69]
Punk in Drublic NOFX
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19 July 1994#191, September 2014 [70]
Hollow Crown Architects
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26 January 2009#192, October 2014 [71]
Slaughter of the Soul At the Gates
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14 November 1995#193, November 2014 [72]
Get Some Snot
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27 May 1997#197, March 2015 [73]
Follow the Leader KoЯn
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18 August 1998#198, April 2015 [74]
Crisis Alexisonfire
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22 August 2006#202, August 2015 [75]
Nothing Personal All Time Low
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7 July 2009#203, Summer 2015
The Gift of Game Crazy Town
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9 November 1999#204, September 2015
Menace to Sobriety OPM
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15 August 2000#205, October 2015
This War Is Ours Escape the Fate
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21 October 2008#206, November 2015
Anthology Alien Ant Farm
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6 March 2001#207, December 2015
The Best in Town The Blackout
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25 May 2009#210, March 2016
Nightmare Anatomy Aiden
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4 October 2005#211, April 2016
Saosin Saosin
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26 September 2006#212, May 2016
Ocean Avenue Yellowcard
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22 July 2003#213, June 2016
Billy Talent Billy Talent
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16 September 2003#214, July 2016

Rock Sound Records

In 2019, Rock Sound introduced a new venture titled Rock Sound Records, a sub-brand of Rock Sound offering and distributing music in limited physical formats, such as cassette tapes and vinyl records. Generally, this involves the exclusive physical release of a record released by a band that's signed to a different (major) record label. For instance, the first Rock Sound Records release was a cassette tape version of Simple Creatures′ debut EP Strange Love, while the band is currently signed to BMG. [76]


#ArtistTitleRelease dateFormat
1. Simple Creatures Strange Love22 March 2019 [76] Cassette tape
2. PUP Morbid Stuff 27 March 2019 [77] Cassette tape
3. Boston Manor Welcome to the Neighbourhood 10 May 2019 [78] Cassette tape
4. Real Friends Even More Acoustic Songs17 May 2019 [79] Vinyl record
5. Sum 41 Order in Decline 31 May 2019 [80] Cassette tape
6. Crown the Empire Sudden Sky24 June 2019 [81] Vinyl record + magazine
7. Knocked Loose A Different Shade Of Blue7 August 2019 [82] Cassette tape
8. Issues Beautiful Oblivion 12 August 2019 [83] Vinyl record
9. Waterparks Fandom30 August 2019Vinyl record + cassette tape
10. Grayscale Nella Vita3 September 2019Cassette tape

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