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Below is our complete Awake news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Awake Comments On Upcoming Hometown Show

Awake has issued the following statement about playing an upcoming hometown show and making an appearance at the Fused Festival:

"It's been far too long since our last hometown gig so we have booked The Portland Arms for Saturday 31st March. We are talking about the set list, lots of new album tracks and the odd surprise in store! We really would love to sell out again as we did for our anniversary gig, the crowd were seriously nuts that night, just the way it should be, Cambridge rocks!!

"We can't wait to be playing back in Cambridge before heading off to the Fused Festival in May. Fused is going to be massive this year with lots of bands coming across the water, confirmed to date are Leprous, Stream of Passion, Andromeda, Manticora and a whole bunch more TBC. Tickets are on sale now and once again are selling fast.

"For our hometown gig we thought we would do something a little different this time around, we've decided to bring with us THREE great out of town bands. Travelling around as much as we have over the last 11 years we know how difficult it can be for bands to break out and play gigs in new areas. Some promoters just won't take a chance on out of town bands. So, now we've booked you three new bands, giving you metal heads of Cambridge a chance to enjoy some new material on your doorstep we better tell you a bit about them! More...

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Awake Comments On Upcoming Album Release

Awake has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming new album release:

"It is just over two weeks until the long awaited album is released via Lion Music! Big thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered 'Forever More.' For those of you that are about to paid who yet have not joined the frenzy here are some links to get it dropping through your letter box soon: Amazon, Play.com, Hmv.com, and Lion Music.

"We are also very pleased to announce we shall be joining Seventh Wonder and Andromeda from Sweden plus many other great bands for the Fused Festival 2012. Fused Festival 2012 will be held May 25-27 2012 Lydney Town Hall, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 5JW

"Confirmed as of 18.09.2011: Seventh Wonder (SWE) ... Andromeda (SWE) ... Manticora (DEN) ... 69 Chambers (Switz) ... Lost in Thought (Wales) ... Awake (UK) ... Exoterik (UK) PLUS lots more to come! Fused - the new home of progressive and symphonic metal in the UK and we are very proud to be a part of it in 2012."

You can also check out a teaser trailer for "Forever More" by heading over to this location.

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Awake Posts Teaser Video For "Forever More

UK progressive metal band Awake posted a video teaser for the forthcoming release "Forever More" due out on October 14, 2011 through Lion Music. More information on the album can be found at this location.

"Forever More" track listing:

1. Intro - Into the Storm
2. Out of Control
3. Release Me
4. Drift Away
5. Taken
6. Closing the Doors
7. Bleed from You
8. For the Moment
9. Hold on
10. One Wish
11. King
12. Forever More

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Awake Posts "Forever More" Artwork

U.K. act Awake recently announced the band's new album "Forever More" will drop via Lion Music on October 14th, 2011. Awake has now revealed the cover artwork for the album, which can be viewed below.

For additional details on "Forever More" and to see the band's comments on the album, head over to this location.

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Awake Announces New Album Details

Back four years after the band's label debut, U.K. act Awake return with a brand new album titled "Forever More" via Lion Music on October 14th, 2011. You can check out the new song "Bleed For You" after the jump, and the band also commented on the upcoming album:

"Taking a step onwards from their debut 'Illumination', Awake have delivered a heavier grittier sound second time round that retains the melodies and depth of its critically acclaimed predecessor. 'Forever More' also marks the first album recorded with new guitar duo, the brothers Andy and Steven Coles who have brought stability to the band not to mention bringing a new dimension to heavier sound heard on the new album.

"The journey for this album started around a year after 'Illumination' was released. The bands former guitarist left (Richard Hall) and the group were keen to move on with new members when writing the new album. After thorough and extensive auditioning Andy Coles joined around June 2008 and the early ideas for the new album were formed. 'Release Me' was the first song written and came from a keyboard 'riff' that Craig came in with. Steven Coles joined the band by February 2009 and a break in writing was taken for the band to go out on the road with Magnum again. After this writing resumed and the album took shape over the next year or so. Pre-production took place in February 2010, final adjustments were made (including the inclusion of female backing vocals-Jennifer Hardy), and full recording took place April/May 2010."

On the "Forever More" lyrical slant the band states, "We wanted to convey our own personal experiences with love and loss and the hardships you face when you lose someone close to you. We hope that this is something people in general can relate to and we hope they can find meaning within the songs. More...

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Awake Comments On Recent Shows

U.K. band Awake has checked in with the following recap of recent festival appearances and announcement about upcoming live shows:

"We had an amazing response at Cambridge Rock Festival on Thursday. We headlined the BBC Introducing stage and had a huge crowd that loved and rocked out with us every minute of the performance. We played some new tracks from our forth coming album with Lion Music and they were really well received, we are very excited about the new album.

"We would like to thank everyone who works and volunteers at the fest as it is very well organized and the people are very helpful, friendly and professional. A huge huge thank you if you came along and watched, you were a great crowd and we appreciate it.

"Friday night we headlined at Club Revolution in Peterborough at Art & Souls club night. Big thanks to Mel and everyone involved. The next gig for us will be on Saturday 27th August at 5pm at CAMRA's Peterborough beer Festival. Once again this sould be undercover so no excuse to come along to drink and be merry!"

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Awake Announces New Live Shows

U.K. based act Awake has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows:

"Hey all, we have started to announce a few dates for this year. The next two shows are in just 4 weeks time.

"After the great response we had in November at our 10th Anniversary gig we are returning to Cambridge on Friday June 3rd at The Portland arms. We are bringing with us the very lively, A Deeper Dreed, great guys with great riffs. We are also pleased to have Mastema join us from the coast. These guys are making waves on local metal radio stations around the UK with some top reviews. It's going to be the best way to start the weekend. Doors at 7:45pm and Mastema on at 8pm, do not miss them! Entry is just £4, adv tickets can be purchased through our shop.

"On Sunday 5th June we are returning to Wisbech for the annual Wisbech rock festival. Some excellent bands are on the bill this year, it's a family day out and best of all it's FREE!! Would be great to see you at one of them. Stay AWAKE and see ya down the front Peace."

Details on the band's shows are as follows:

Jun 3 The Portland Arms Cambridge, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 20 The Portland Arms Cambridge, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Jun 5 Wisbech rock Festival Wisbech, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 5 Club Revolution Peterborough, UK
Oct 22 The Tramway Gorleston, East, GB
Oct 29 The Portland Arms Cambridge, UK

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Awake Comments On Upcoming Album

Awake has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows and releasing a new album:

"Hi there! For those of you who have not yet joined us over on Facebook you may have missed that our next gig is this Saturday 12th February. We are taking over The Portland arms in Cambridge with support from the high energy A Deeper Dreed and Smokescreen. Get there early, do not miss a thing. Doors are at 8pm.

"After this gig we will be concentrating on getting our new album 'Into the Storm' released, more news on that and the year ahead to follow soon. Don't forget you can join our mailing list on our main page, be sure to get all the news first. As always a huge thanks for the support & see some of you Saturday."

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Awake Checks In With Year-End Recap

Awake has checked in with the following end-of-year recap and update about upcoming activity:

"Hi, we can't believe that's another crazy year gone by already! We spent the first half of the year getting the new album finished. Feb/March we went to half-ton studios. A huge thanks to Neil for making the whole process a big success and a fun few days. April/May we went off to Parlour studios with Neil Haynes ( Immicus, The Fallen) Massive thanks to Neil, the guy is a true professional.

"The summer took us out to various festivals and some great gigs in London and the East. The final gig of the year for us was very special, its was our 10th Anniversary gig in November. Massive massive thanks to everyone who came and rocked the place with us! It was so great to see everyone going wild and singing along with us. It was great to meet up with some of you again that have been with us since the beginning, you blow us away with the support you give.

"Late this year we released an album teaser 'Bleed from you' for press and radio review. A really big thanks to Bruce Dickinson, ( BBC6 music) Kerry Devine, ( BBC radio) Neil Jones ( Star radio) and all the radio stations that have played our tracks and had us in the studio with them in the UK and Europe this year. Also huge thanks to Dave Evans @ Midlands Rocks and all the magazines and newspapers. The feedback and reviews we received have been so positive and encouraging. It's made us really excited about the release of the album in 2011.

"We just wanted to thank everyone involved in making our year a very positive and enjoyable one.
Have a very Merry Christmas and here's to a busy loud year of keeping it metal. We'll see you in February when we headline the Rocksoc gig in Cambridge. It's going to be a huge night. Thanks again and stay AWAKE!"

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Awake To Play Live On BBC Radio

Awake has issued the following update about playing songs live tonight on BBC Radio:

"Live at the BBC tonight. We wanted to let you know that tonight ( Fri 3rd Dec ) we are playing a few songs LIVE on air on BBC radio Cambridgeshire from 7pm - 8pm. We shall also be chatting with the very lovely Kerry Devine. It would be awesome to have you listening in."

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Awake Issues 10th Anniversary Show Recap

Awake has issued the following recap of the band's recent 10th anniversary live show:

"Hi there! Big thanks to everyone who came to the 10th Anniversary gig. It was a very special night for us, we were so pleased to see so many fans, friends & family to support us and have a great time We are delighted with the huge support we have received over the past 10 years. Your support has given us the opportunity to do the best job in the world, making and playing music. We have been fortunate to play with some outstanding metal/rock acts from the music world, complete hero's of ours. Your support means everything to us and we can't thank you enough!

"Please check out our website for footage from the night and some great pictures, you may even spot yourselves! More videos to follow. Over the next couple of months we will be working hard on getting the album released. The new songs have received amazing comments from fans at the gigs, radio plays and also in magazines. We are so excited about the new album and getting the album out on the shelves and possibly to a venue near you!

"In the mean time you can still hear our tracks on the radio along with us popping in some studios for a chat. This Sunday (21/11/10) our Bassist, Chris Le Motte will be joining Jon Wisbey on the Sunday rock show for a live chat. Join Chris as he talks to Jon about the past, present and future of AWAKE from 10:15pm. Links will be posted on the FB page. More...

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Awake Comments On Anniversary Show

U.K. based act Awake has issued the following update about playing an anniversary show:

"Hi everyone, a few bits of news for you from the Awake camp. The anniversary gig is happening this Saturday 13th November in our home town of Cambridge. We have 2 great support bands and a few surprises through the night. The evening kicks off at 7:30pm, entry is just £4, Get involved and party the metal way.

"This Thursday ( 11/11/10) we feature in the Cambridge news, so don't forget to grab yourself a copy! Friday (12/11/10) BBC radio Cambridge will be playing our album teaser track, Bleed from you. Tune in from 7pm. See you down the front."

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Awake Announces New Album Title

Awake has issued the following update about working on a new album and performing a 10th anniversary show:

"Hello all, Awake is very proud to announce tomorrow, (8/10/10) a new track from the forth coming album will have it's very first radio play. We can now reveal the new album will be officially titled 'Into the storm.' This will be the first album recorded with Peterborough's finest guitarists Andy & Steven Coles. Due to demand, Awake has released one track from the new album for radio play. You can hear the very first exclusive radio play of 'Bleed from you' tomorrow night on Overloaded Rock show between 8pm - 10pm. Listen live at this location.

"You will also be able to hear 'Bleed from you' on: 9/10/10 - Saturday rocks 1-3pm listen live, 10/10/10 - Sunday rock show 10pm -12am Listen live, 11/10/10- Metal gods rock show 7pm-9pm Listen live

"Awake is celebrating 10 years in November and is hosting a gig in the home town of Cambridge where it all began. A night of metal through the 10 years including some of the new tracks. It would be great to see you there, tickets are just £4. We have support from the fantastic London based band The Mariana Hollow. Also pencil in Saturday 6th November where the lads will be live in the studio with Jenny on Saturday rocks for a whole 2 hours of chat and metal. Stay AWAKE!" More...

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Awake Posts 10 Year Anniversary Promo Video

Awake has posted a promo video for the band's upcoming 10 year anniversary show, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Hiya all. Chris & Alex have taken time out to give you all an insight to the up coming 10 year anniversary gig on November 13th 2010, Cambridge. Take a look and if that gets your taste buds drooling for more, tickets are still available in our shop for just £4. Lots of surprises in store and support from our special guests from London town, The Mariana Hollow. Stay AWAKE for more updates!"

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Awake Announces 10th Anniversary Show

Awake has issued the following announcement about a special 10th anniversary show:

"Hi there, we have been very busy behind the scenes here and have some very exciting news for you. We are celebrating our 10th year in November and would really like you all to get involved. We have had the most amazing time and have the best of times playing gigs and tours with some top metal bands along the way in the UK @ Europe. In celebration of this we are holding a very special anniversary show. It will be held in our home town of Cambridge where it all began in 2000. Expect a trip down memory lane and then being brought right up to the present time, where you can hear some tracks from our 3rd new album. We are holding it at The Haymakers in Cambridge on Saturday 13th November 2010 with support from The Mariana Hollow. Tickets will be on sale soon at just £4 from our shop

"While your in the shop, you may want to take the chance to grab yourselves the very exclusive and very limited edition 10th anniversary bundles. Once they are gone, they are gone forever! It would mean so much to us to see you all there and help us celebrate this great occasion. Thanks for all the great support you have shown us and heres to the next 10 years! Stay AWAKE."

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Awake Answers Fan Questions

U.K. metallers Awake have issued the following response to a series of fan-submitted questions:

"Hi there! Hope you have been enjoying the good weather we have been having. It's been great to see a lot of you at the gigs and festivals the band has played recently. Awesome support from you guys. While AWAKE are putting the finishing touches to the album, I thought it was time to have a bit of fun.

"I have been receiving a few questions from you asking, well, a whole range of random things really. So, mixed in with one or two of my own, I have put them to a few band members. Chris Le Mottée very kindly went first, up for almost anything this one! So for part one, I started with some of your very random questions. More...

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Awake Comments On Wisbech Festival

U.K. metallers Awake have checked in with the following statement about their appearance at the Wisbech festival:

"Hello, we would like to thank you to everybody that made it down to the rather wet Wisbech rock festival yesterday (6.6.10). We were very disappointed to only play four songs out of a planned hour and a half set. This was totally out of our control. The festival was in running late due to power problems earlier in the day and just before going on we were told that the power would be cut early regardless of our protests.

"In fact, the plug was literally pulled a minute after we finished. Regardless of the short set, we did enjoy ourselves and were very pleased to see the people of Wisbech banging their heads to AWAKE! See you at our next festival, Riverside, Stamford July 3rd."

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Awake Comments On Upcoming Shows

U.K. metallers Awake have issued the following statement about their upcoming appearance at the Wisbech Rock festival:

"Hello. We just wanted to take a minute to remind you all that this Sunday ( 06/06/10 ) we are headlining Wisbech rock festival in Wisbech park, as advertised in Kerrang! this week. First band on at 11am and we hit the stage around 7.30pm. The weather is looking great so far and its FREE! So it would be great to see everyone there. Looking forward to playing new songs from the album along with some well loved tracks from 'Illumination' Take it steady & see you there."

The upcoming Awake tour dates are as follows:

7/3 2010 RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL stamford, uk
7/16 2010 The Underworld Camden LONDON, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
7/17 2010 East Riding Rock Festival Beverley, Northeast , GB

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Awake Checks In With Band Update

Awake has checked in with the following update about new tour dates and an upcoming album:

"Hello there all! First things first, we have added yet another date to our calendar where you can get down the front and mosh until your heart’s content! Saturday July 3rd on the Marquee stage, at Riverside Festival, Stamford. Lots of great bands playing that day, so put it in your diaries.

"Not long until Wisbech rock fest now, Sunday 6th June. We are headlining this year and hit the stage around 7:30, the bands start at 11am, so get yourselves down there. Along with select tracks from our Illumination album, we shall be treating you to lots of new tracks from the forth coming album. It is our first album with our guitarists, Andy & Steven Coles.

"Andy has worked with ex-prodigy & well respected Gizz Butt, so expect some thunderous new riffs on this album. The tracks are really something to get your teeth into, while still holding on to the melodies & hooks that AWAKE are respected for. Save some energy for when we get on stage, as Al Barrow (Magnum bass player) once put it, 'A force to be reckoned with when the stage lights go on, playing it live and loud. The only way.' More...

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Awake Posts More Studio Footage

Awake has posted the final studio video clip online from their recent recording sessions, which can be viewed below. The band also checked in with the following recording update:

"Hello there, quick update for you. Studio time has come to an end, recording and mixing all done. It went extremely well, far better than was ever thought possible. Recording was finished days ahead of schedule, which left some extra time for the mixing. Awake would like to thank Neil at Parlour studios, Kettering UK, for all his outstanding work, a true professional. A new date for your diaries has been added. Awake will be playing at The Underworld Camden, July 16th as To-mera’s special guests, come down and hear a new track or two. This week Chris has made a video blog for you, a teaser of what’s to come. Sit back and enjoy!"

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