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Ever gotten the feeling rock music has started to feel a bit… safe? Meet SHVPES: the Birmingham-founded sonic alchemists kicking down doors to drag heavy music out of its comfort zone and into the great beyond. Since emerging from the ashes of Cytota, the group have become leaders of the new guard – forging a chemical wedding of noise that defies all notion of genre and boundary. This year’s debut – entitled Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair. – looks set to challenge the very definition of heavy music in the modern age, eschewing nostalgic odes to yesteryear in favour of the untapped potential of the future. Amazingly, it all began by pure chance, and yet clearly some things were just meant to be…