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Arsenic Addiction
Echoes in Mourning - Communion with the Damned
10 Track Album
Rose Petal Records
Released 22nd December 2012

Arsenic Addiction – Salt Lake City - Utah

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/DoseOfArsenic

Discography:
Requiem for the Fallen - E.P 2009        
An Undertaker's Lament - Full-length 2010 
Recorded mixed and mastered at Boho Digit alia Recording Studios
Engineered by Bruce Rigsby
Cover Art Layout & Design: Abuse of Reason Art & Design

Genre: Gothic Metal

Biography:
“Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Arsenic Addiction was formed in 2006. With powerful, explosive beats, menacing and melodic strings, soaring vocals and demonic howls, Arsenic Addictioninjects something unique into today’s metal scene. “Music resembles life,” they say, “and such as life, no one influence shapes who we are today, and who we will be tomorrow." The bandArsenic Addiction is dedicated to the dead as opposed to the living and merges the funereal with Metal - aiming to awaken the darker side in each of us and to evoke the spirit of times past.Arsenic Addiction released their first E.P, “Requiem of the Fallen” in 2009 and received extensive radio play and features in local media. “The most important thing about these songs,” according to SLUG MAGAZINE, “is they’re all backed with real emotion because in the end, who really wants to listen to a band pretend to be angry and sorrowful when you can get the real deal.” They then toured widely in Utah and neighbouring States, sharing the stage with bands such as The Birthday Massacre, Dommin, Flaw and KREEP”

There are quite a few deep ravines of nothingness since the band first started out in 2006 making their first E.P ‘Requium for the Fallen’ recording in 2009 and then an even bigger chasm noted since their last full length album ‘An Undertaker’s Lament’ in 2010.  That’s a four year gaping void – but despite that, this album more than makes up for the gaps.

Aphotic Rite Feat. Elisabeth Anderson on violin
A meandering rich encounter with some deep textured passages that are of the quite ‘epic’ variety with orchestral patterns weaving a tantalising feature and a great start to the album.

Crown of Glass
This is where it gets quite ‘Gothicy’ with plenty of deep melody with Lady Arsenic going from deep demonic gruffness to clean rich haunting vocal – what a spectacular voice she has. This is just an amazing track full of rich pickings.

Death’s Embrace
Ambient and dream-like structure with a beautiful vocal and equally engaging rhythms that just simply captivate. The keyboard notes serve to enhance the track by adding depth to its passages.

NecRomance
Rather a scathing infectious track that forcibly explores passionate rhythms and hosts a dark evil vocal. Emerging as feisty and rapacious with tormenting consequence.

Redemption Diaboli
‘Resistance is futile’ rhythmically coaxing with sinister approach – Lady Arsenic intrigues with a spoken voice and predatory mood in this dark malevolent offing.

Signatum in Sanguinem
Heavier and offers a swell of plumped rhythms that wrap themselves greedily around a harsh and gnarly vocal reflection. The mood swings are very temperamental moving from ambient to rhythmic.

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“The abrasive tempered dark side is mesmerising as it sweeps you up into a frenzy of grand epic taunting!”
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Sonnet 33 As
Primeval and lustful this rhythm is gripping in a frenzied kind of way. Unwavering in approach with a potent swathe of resounding drum beats. Further on it ignites with a flourish and is unrelenting in its dramatic mix.

White Rabbit (Reborn) (Jefferson Airplane)
Strong bass hooks and a regiment drum beat kick off with a formidable keyboard presence. Enticed with a melodic seducing deep Cataclysmic rhythm and strong pit born gruff growl make its presence felt.

Falling Reign
A creative and seductive masterpiece that scales the heights with a sonically charged electric guitar exploding with an extreme passionate groove.

Patient No 21881
Offers some grand piano moments with flourishing passages of yet more sultry seductiveness. The doom filled aura of an encompassing torrent of melodic shadows hang over the track like a rabbit caught in the headlights and leaves a lingering impression on which to end the album.

Summary
The seeds have been sown and as they grow they produce some of the most tantalising bites of musical grandeur – is a good way of describing Arsenic Addiction.

In a pure brutal yet beautiful swathe of sometimes melancholy and other times downright melodic ambiance – switching with ease so the listener has a lot to grasp at as they fight the suffocating encounter.

The fight between the throaty punches of a harsh vocal to the sweet lilting and haunting vocal is massive and all executed by the tremendous Lady Arsenic! Energy pumps from all angles.  Despite the Gothic embraces of death and destruction the album holds some delicate and complex patterns that you simply have to warm to, whilst on the other hand there is that cold like steel side that brings you down to earth with a bang.

The abrasive tempered dark side is mesmerising as it sweeps you up into a frenzy of grand epic taunting.

This album is to be taken very seriously. The addiction is more than a little arsenic - it is downright venomous!

Tread carefully!

9½/10

Track List:
Aphotic Rite Feat. Elisabeth Anderson
Crown of Glass
Death’s Embrace
NecRomance
Redemption Diaboli
Signatum in Sanguinem
Sonnet 33 As
White Rabbit (Reborn)
Falling Reign
Patient No 21881

Members:
Lady Arsenic - Vocals/Keys
Ripper - Lead Guitar
Plague - Rhythm Guitar
Butcher - Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
The Professor - Drums



Trust Divided
Welcome to the Fight
Single
Released 1st June 2014

 

Out now! It is Phenomenal!

Trust Divided - Louisville, KY

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/trustdivided

Watch/Listen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqGEJFYhaK0

Genre: Hard Rock

Biography:
“Formed in the summer of 2009 in Louisville, KY, Trust Divided is a hard rock band built on the hard work and dedication of its members. In Louisville, via Craigslist and sheer luck on the military moving people to the same town – Trust Divided was formed, David [drums] found Bryan "Brutal" Alford [bass], Jamie Robbins [guitar], and Bradford Clark [vocals/guitar]. The band’s name comes from founding member David’s [drums] struggle with the divided trust he experienced in his own marriage (they are going strong now, don’t worry) and this was a way to move forward. Individually, the members all have reasons for the name fitting, but as a whole it was chosen because of how much the music is based on trust, effort, and reliability each individual put towards the band. “As a band we felt that so many could relate to this name in their own way.


Trust Divided

With its new members secured and ready to rock, Trust Dividedhas been steadily back at it in the studio and in practise. Their latest single, “Welcome to the Fight,” can be found online to stream, purchase, and download. The band are currently in collaboration with producer Dustin Kirkendell of PopGun Entertainment in Nashville, who is producing, mixing, and mastering the latest offerings from the band. No release date has been set, but the band plans to tour in the spring of 2014. So, keep an eye out there’s definitely more to come...”

The build up to this strenuous track will most definitely have the pulse racing and the heart quickly pumping!! It really itches the scratch and will reward with overwhelming satisfaction.


It reels you in, luring you into its fleshy melodic bites with constant ripples of pure flourishing intervention. It holds plenty of catchy thrilling moments that present themselves across the body of the track, whilst the guitar plays a key role in cementing the track together with larger than life textured rhythms.

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It has kind of derailed me a bit in the fact that the track is so finely polished and therefore very pleasing on the ear. It comes in kicking and screaming, grabs the senses and leaves the appetite hungry for more!
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Soaked in an emotive and urgent breath – the vocals are clean and masterful as the predatory scarring rips vehemently at the aural. The bass is fused with passion whilst the drums hold a greedy hunger.

This is one track that will immediately incite a firm addiction for the listener, as it is well executed and deserves the potential to be explored further.

It has kind of derailed me a bit in the fact that the track is so finely polished and therefore very pleasing on the ear. It comes in kicking and screaming, devours the senses and leaves with the appetite hungry for more!

One very inventive and superbly presented single that has already been played to death since it was sent over – This will leave you aghast! If this is just a single think of what a full-length album will do?? Hurry up guys and put out an album – it will certainly be better than any drug on the market!!

The nearest band I can compare Trust Divided to, are the superb Blue Origin from Stoke, UK who too have that raw energy and fiery potent irresistibility.

Check them out!! – We all have problems with trust from time to time but nothing is divided where this band are concerned – Trust me! Superb!!! Definitely “Band of the Year!”

10/10

Members
Vic - Vocals,
Chase - Lead Guitar,
David - Drums,
Bryan - Bass Guitar

Protokult
No Beer in Heaven
14 Track Album
To be released 8th August 2014

                                                Featured track Get Me Beer!!!

01 Get Me a Beer!
Protokult (No Beer In Heaven)
-3:05

BROTAL!! Out soon!

Protokult – Toronto, Canada

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/Protokult

Listen here:
http://protokultmetal.bandcamp.com/

Recorded at Spectre Sound Studios

Genre: Folk metal, Black metal, Thrash, Ambient

Biography:
“Although PROTOKULT is a Canadian-based group, the members come from various backgrounds (Polish, Irish, Russian, Czech) and the result is a marvellous mix of Canadian and international forces. The goal is to unite these cultures into one sound, balancing tradition and folklore with heavy, thrash and black metal for head-bangers everywhere.


Go on get me a beer!

With a beauty and the beast-like contrast between Ekaterina’s haunting vocals and the band’s metal onslaught, whether they are reinventing the wheel or carrying down the torch high,PROTOKULT has an exhilarating, fresh sound for the 21st century.

From the studio to the stage, PROTOKULT puts on a live show that can be best described as engaging, energetic and, in essence, a live ritual — ‘A must-see act’, according to the Emergenza festival.”

Protokult

Quite confusing but in a cool way, with the mention of haunting vocals from Ekaterina I was expecting an all-female vocal naturally but it’s a shared vocal between Martin and Ekaterina and it’s superb! Soaked in folk flavour but with a harsher elements this really works! Along the lines of Alestorm and Finntroll which we all know and love, and the band name reminds me of more industrial cyber leaning so yes confusing but still easily enjoyable.

Get me a Beer
Already on its second play the track ‘Get me a Beer’ engages and seduces with its melodic feel and rough round the edges vocal from Martin and powerful vocal by Ekaterina with a few Hoi Hoi Hoi’s thrown in. Its anthemic hue is catchy and upbeat and I defy anyone not wanting to grab a beer and rock the fuck out to this!

Get me a Beer! Lyrics

We come from afar in search of beer
We’re only here to drink.
If you’re down with the kult then gather around,
And lift another mug.
They tell you how to live,
Yet never see the sun.
And the seas have not quite risen
So raise another round!

GET ME A BEER
DARK, ALE OR CLEAR
GET ME A BEER
DON’T BE AN - Hoi, hoi, hoi!

So you met a lass with a nice, firm ass-
A pity if she’s boring.
The second she comes with a round in hand
Up it goes again!
We welcome you to join us-
You’re drinking with the best!
Gather around everybody at once
And raise another round!
So you came to see the show,
But Protokult are drunks!
If you offer a round and pass it around,
Then they’ll be your friends
Forgive me if I drink,
This world can bring you down.
One more chance to get in her pants
Raise another round!
Drink beer!

Heaven cast me out
Uplifting with a grand all out melodic bait to its mighty structure, although I think the wailing is a bit unnecessary at the beginning, but as the track grows it provides a kind of spellbinding magic and Martin’s vocal turns deeper and gruffer which makes this track for me.

My Father’s Word
Ekaterina has a chance to shine on this track that hosts a very aboriginal feel along with some strong and rigorous rhythms to back it up. Martin then takes over mid-way and Ekaterina’s impressive haunting lilt then overtakes so quite an unusual mix.

Flight of the Winged Hussar
Dramatically flirtatious with a fast rampaging rhythmic connotation and again a mixed vocal. The guitars also run away with themselves as the solo is engaging whilst the woodwind introduction is sheer beauty.

Sole Intention
This track has an ambient beginning and some sparse uncomplicated stringed arrangement follows. The sound then takes on a more rambunctious flavour with a ripple of keyboard notes.

Edge of Time
This runs a tirade of metal drama awash with thickening rhythm and deep grooves. The operatic haunting voice of Ekaterina and the dulcet tones of Martin blend together at what is a quite a strange composition.

Sanctuaries
Dream-like strings begin with a soft but still prominent bass and caressing lilt until the most stupendous riff rips through the whole track but it’s not for long as once again it is shrouded in its own mysterious magic.

Desert Scourge
This is quite dark and eerie, well to begin with anyway, asProtokult love to throw one off balance. That gruff impressive guttural vocal commands the attention whilst not far behind is Ekaterina’s seductive lilt.

Gorale
Another ‘steeped in ambient’ and dark textured track, throws out a myriad of unusual sounds with a beautiful woodwind accompaniment and soulful strings.

Summer’s Ode
A very creative track that is awash with thick rhythms and crisp beats. The guitars once again have their time to shine and produce a rich palette of colour. The harmonies are superb on this.

Razbival Okovi Perun
Holds a very ‘eastern’ feel to it – so much so you can literally feel your flesh turn into small Goosebumps – the track is only a short one but it just whet’s the appetite enough to fully appreciate it.

Water of Life
Igniting a spark that soon catches fire with enticing woodwind and strings and gives a good battering of drums creating a tenacious track.

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“Each track holds something innovative and a welcome surprise. It is not all out thrash, folk or black but a condensed mixture of everything combined into an absorbing encounter of melodic flirtation combining plenty of groove and unusual slants on ambient structures!”
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Brotokult – Hidden Track
Oh I am adoring this track for the simple reason it just explodes into a frenzy of cyberesque beauty with jagged choppy keyboard rhythms that are so catchy – this is so unexpected and very diverse – hard to think it is the same band.

We Smoke the Ganja – Hidden Track
Again very different – oil drums at the ready and silly lyrics but with an overall encompassing sound.

Summary
So what can I say here other than one of the most diverse bands I have heard in a long time, as the Protokult name would suggest cyber, and a complete surprise as at the end they do have a slight cyber feel to one of their tracks ‘Brotokult’ At times they have that Alestorm’ feel – just grab a beer and fuck it attitude.  Then there’s the Jamaican feel – just gimme the weed and chill man factor! The guttural growls are just immense – in just give me more or I shall exterminate you kind of way, whilst the haunting lilt from Ekaterina casts a shadowy hue over the tracks and then there is the music which can be at times brutal and then dream like.

Protokult are the ‘Push me – Pull you’ of the metal world seemingly going in one direction only to back track and take a different route, which makes listening fun!

Making more than just a lingering impression Protokult go out and shock unveiling a masterful craft that is so well put together and portrayed in an array of full on mixed emotions from ambience to tongue in cheek!

Starting out like Alestorm and ends up becoming a diverse mass of keyboard melodies and cyber sonic potency – intriguingly mesmerising.

Each track holds something innovative and a welcome surprise. It is not all out thrash, folk or black but a condensed mixture of everything combined into an absorbing encounter of melodic flirtation combining plenty of groove and unusual slants on ambient structures.

Definitely check them out on the link above. It’s all you could ask for and more!

9/10

Track List:
Get me a beer
Heaven cast me out
My Father’s Word
Flight of the Winged Hussar
Sole Intention
Edge of Time
Sanctuaries
Desert Scourge
Gorale
Summer’s Ode
Razbival Okovi Perun
Water of Life
Brotokult – Hidden Track
We Smoke the Ganja – Hidden Track

Members:
Martin D – Vocals/Guitars
Misha M - Drums
Ekaterina – Vocals/Woodwind
Dawid Slowiak - Bass
Vodnik - Guitars

Expain
Just the Tip
11 Track Album
Self-Released
To be released 24th June 2014

Out soon!

Written for Demented Magazine

Expain – Vancouver, B. C. Canada

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/Expainmetal

Discography:
2012 - E.P (formerly known as The Almighty Excruciating Pain)

Album Credits:
All Songs performed & written by – Expain
Produced & Mixed by – Matthew Roach
Available on – CD +Digital
Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Biography:
Mixing thrash with jazzier elements and everything in between, the band delivers music that’s energetic, diverse and thoughtful in every sense of the word. “Our music tends to be very melodic and we put a big emphasis on the song writing, as well as the individual riffs,” says guitarist Eric Morrison.

Expain - L-R - Top - Eric Morrison – Guitar, Nikko Whitworth – Bass, Pat Peeve – Guitar, Daniel Brand – Vocals, Ryan Idris – Drums

The band’s debut album, ‘Just the Tip’, plays to its sense of humour, but also represents the beginning of a musical journey that’s not bound to stop or slow down any time soon. Writing about everything from overcoming adversity to partying hard, living in an ever-changing city and the state of today’s society as a whole, Expain has captured its true identity on record.

As Morrison explains, “We go through many different concepts on this album but I think throughout all of it there is an attempt to stay hopeful and make something positive out of difficult or unpleasant situations.”
Bacchus 
Rather a glide into the first track with sweeping guitar that has a kind of Spanish feel about it. Once the drums take over it moves up a notch to reveal its progressive flavour. However this is just a taster of what is about to manifest itself.

Aggressions Progression
As the title would suggest it does have its aggressive moments and mainly with the growling vocals that accentuate the track superbly. The faster moments are welcomed with open arms.

Phoenix Writhing
Harder edged the track holds some meatier moments of chugging, grisly vocal and good solid bass hooks that are wholesome.

The King
Expanding through the maelstrom the guitars pour out a delightful array of grandeur.  The vocal kicks in and adds a good chaotic feel to the mix making it a very masterful and emotional journey.

Don’t Worry the Worst Is Yet To Come
Perhaps the heaviest of tracks so far – vengeful and dynamic. This is where the thrash element is most prominent. It is a venomously injected track that embraces its savagery whilst inflicting a rhythmic rampage on the ears. The guitars are simply mesmerising.

Idol Worship
The ferocity is all consuming, however the rhythmic sway produces a balanced feel, primarily seducing the senses with lustful and insatiable grooves. Vocally immense it doesn’t feature prominent in the track and overshadow the other instruments but works alongside them, making this a superb track.

Allegiance to Pain
Clever! This track explores its landscape and leaves nothing unturned. The progressive guitars twist and turn making it an all-round well balanced track with plenty of vocal savagery.

Manatee
Another unusual start to a track that makes it interesting. The spitefulness is present but the surrounding instruments again balance it out and indeed another startling unexpected onslaught, with hellish thrash elements that blend superbly to the mix.

“The more I listen to this baby the more pleasing it gets and for me normally I can’t be arsed with the jazzier concepts butExpain seem to know all the right buttons to press to keep you hooked. It is one ravenous album that consumes with a tempered fever of progression and in places pushes its own boundaries!”

Head bang Your Head off
How could anyone not head bang their heads off to this? Although it may cause serious whiplash! The rhythms are buoyant and strong, whilst the vocal adds to its thrilling toxicity. – The only problem for me here is that the track just doesn’t last long enough, but not the shortest track on the album.

A.T.M.
Here you can feel the vocal range change from high pitch screech to a low pitched growl, although it is only experienced at the start of the track. Its appetite is hunger driven and succeeds in its mission to strike the senses with malice.

Eating a Beating Heart
This track runs off on a quirky tangent of rhythms and blistering guitar, begging the pleasing responses of the listener. The impact is fierce and hearty, housing slower more precise moments but quickening to embrace phenomenal riffs.

To Sum up:
Not the usual run of the mill progressive thrash metal band. The more I listen to this baby the more pleasing it gets and for me normally I can’t be arsed with the jazzier concepts but Expainseem to know all the right buttons to press to keep you hooked. It is one ravenous album that consumes with a tempered fever of progression and in places pushes its own boundaries.

The thrash elements for me don’t kick in straight away leaving the listener in some form of anguish and gripped ready for the storm to hit and when it does, it certainly delights and rewards.

Just something to note here – Expain’s photos are quite tongue in cheek however their music says different, with the most indulgent of riffs, and rhythms, Expain have ticked all the boxes for me.

Prog stuff can at times be a tad boring - but not Expain as they add their intriguing elements over each track so you never know what is going to hit you next. It is indeed a powerful album that plays host to melodic riffs, vengeful beats and impressive vocal. All in all the time chugged by with just over half an hour (36 minutes and 14 seconds to be precise) and is certainly an album that doesn’t out stay its welcome.

9/10
Track List:
Bacchus (1:05)
Aggressions Progression (3:40)
Phoenix Writhing (3:19)
The King (5:04)
Don’t Worry the Worst Is Yet To Come (3:33)
Idol Worship (5:23)
Allegiance to Pain (2:18)
Manatee (4:58)
Head bang Your Head off (2:31)
A.T.M. (3:44)
Eating a Beating Heart (4:57)

Total Length: 40:37

Members:
Album + Live line-up:
Daniel Brand – Vocals
Pat Peeve – Guitar
Eric Morrison – Guitar
Nikko Whitworth – Bass

Ryan Idris – Drums 

Solitary Confinement
Skyline E.P Single
Released 25th April 2014

Out now!

Solitary Confinement – Wallasey, Merseyside

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Solitary-Confinement

Listen here:

Genre: Progressive Metal Djent

In depth Biography:
All of the original members went to school with one another. They met up at their local (and current) rehearsal space and started jamming out various covers. It was in the spring of 2011, when they were in year 10 that they decided to form a legitimate band under the name 'Solitary Confinement'.

They began gigging in the summer of 2011, debuting as the opening act at a small open air fest in their hometown. Not before long they familiarized themselves with smaller Liverpool venues such as the Zanzibar and the Masque and throughout the autumn and winter of that same year, exposed themselves to a broader fan base across the pond and to promoters alike. Nine times out of ten with them being the youngest band to perform at showcases as most of them were just 15 years of age at the time.

Solitary Confinement adapted to new styles throughout 2012, taking on board a far more progressive, experimental approach to songs than previously with their progressive debut 'The Blackened' featuring extensive acoustic section transitions and articulation, reaching a play time of roughly eight minutes. After performing this song live only on a few occasions, they soon realized its high physical demand for performance and difficulty to execute live, so decided not to perform the song live but to continue writing in the same style regardless.

With the Summer of 2012 drawing to a close and the members soon leaving school, they marked their one year anniversary performing at the same open air festival of their debut, however this year, the festival was magnitudes greater than the previous year, much larger stage/area and far more people.

The autumn and winter months of 2012 saw them gigging extensively around Liverpool, playing with bands such as Oceanis, Grind Horizon, Immortal Conspiracy and Lazarus Syndrome, their fan base growing by every performance. This time also marked the era of them incorporating one of their signature traits, 'Djent'. With bands such as Hacktivist, TesseracT and Carcer City inspiring them to combine progressive metal with Djent. They have stayed with this hybrid genre ever since. Debuting their first song to combine these two musical elements 'Parasites', being the first.

Shortly after Christmas, the band were discovered by Promotion Company 'I Love Live Events', who gave them their Picket debut in mid-January. Ticket sales went well, making a good impression of them to the promoters, and as a result were given The Picket headliner just a few months after.

The next few months, they wrote an EP's worth of material for recording. Booking two sessions at Vulcan Industries, recorded a three track EP entitled 'Crack the Sky' featuring the single of the same name. All of which happened just in time for the headliner. Come the day, they had the honour of playing with acts such as 'Arcane Addiction' and 'Beneath the Depths' who the band have kept in close contact with ever since.

After following a few gigs post-headliner, they decided to change their name to something more fitting for the Prog/djent style, settling on 'Skyline'. In the summer of 2013, they decided to take out a multi-month interval from gigging to construct their very own recording studio and to write a further EP. The now completed studio resides under the name 'Solitary HQ', of which they plan all of their future recordings to take place.

Following into the autumn months of 2013, a combination of band issues and in-differences drove to the and to an unfortunate break-up. They did however, all remain friends throughout this period regardless of the band situation, but putting an end to a career of three years. This however was only a short-lived event, February 1st, 2014 marked a brighter time for the band as they decided to put their differences aside and having time (five month interval) to clear their heads, they reformed, back under the nameSolitary Confinement, to continue from exactly where they left off.

Shortly after reforming, the band page jumped 250 likes in a matter of days, which say the band - astonished them all, but no surprise – people know good metal when they hear it!

The band are currently writing/preparing material for the studio, featuring studio session Vlogs and teaser demos coming soon, with other bright aspirations on the none-too distant horizon.

Solitary Confinement did at one point change their name to Skyline but since then decided to revert back to their old name.

“The single is powerful and shows great imagination with meaty anthemic lures, the elements working perfectly well together - it just goes to show that you are never quite alone where Solitary Confinement are concerned!”

‘Skyline’
This is one highly exciting track that has breathed new life into the lungs of a band that I have certainly missed seeing live. The mesmerising weighty grooves of metal riffery, can still be experienced through-out the track by Lash and Pat as well as a captivating vocal from Ryan.

It comes together exceptionally well and highlighting the changes the band have gone through since its hay day and humble beginnings.

This sound is meatier and hosts a more imposing musical texture with stronger bass hooks from Connor and offering a good slab of robust drumming from Lewis into the mix too!

To Sum up:
Solitary Confinement have really blossomed since performing live as young kids at my Helrazer event back in 2011, and they were pretty epic then! Now just as the band have matured, so has their music, but without losing the raw side of what makes them an interesting band to experience.

Solitary Confinement have experimented with sounds such as thrash, metal core, hard core, and groove and finally decided that with the bands maturity and varying musical tastes to settle on progressive with hints of Djent.

It has proved to be the right direction for them and will no doubt gain the band further recognition as they start gigging again and get out there once more.

The single is powerful and shows great imagination with meaty anthemic lures, the elements working perfectly well together - it just goes to show that you are never quite alone where Solitary Confinement are concerned.

I can thoroughly recommend this band and if you have never seen them live before then that treat awaits you. It’s all for the taking and Solitary Confinement know just how far to take it and that’s all the way! Superb!

A comeback gig is in the offing for the summer, so I am informed – Can’t effing wait!

10/10

Members:
Ryan Merrall - Vocalist
Lewis Murphy - Drums
Danny 'TheLash' Lashbrooke - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Patrick Ruddy - Lead Guitar
Connor Smith - Bass


Bad Universe
Taken from the forthcoming 4 Track E.P
Contraption II
ex1t Music
To be released 19th September 2014

Out September 19th
Contraption – Liverpool

Links:

Discography:

Contraption I – 12th Feb 2007
Listen to Contraption I here:
http://www.purevolume.com/contraptionuk

A.M.T.Y – (A moment to yourself) 30th June 2007

Genre: Electronic

Biography:
CONTRAPTION is a one-man-army of Kneil. This digitally based project is an ongoing experiment in fusing moods through varying styles of electronica...from electro to drum n bass...and industrial to break beat...always with a sleazy swagger, dirty beat and a passion for the inventive. Driven by the power of a tight, often complex, rhythm arrangement; supplemented by hook line leads, sharp-edged synths and emotive piano, these tracks lend themselves to both the dance floor and ipod.

You may or may not know that Knl is also behind the bandCentral Dense another electronica and industrial project.

Contraption I" is the name of the debut album released through his own label - "ex1t music" and is available to purchase now! Alongside this is "A.M.T.Y": The "A moment to yourself" E.P. A piano-based, genre-blurring collection of emotive work.

CONTRAPTION is now taking on the live electronics circuit to bring you the best possible performance of these tracks and more...the format is still changing and probably will continue to do so.

“First impressions of Bad Universe: is the effects are deeply embracing, and expressed individually through strong meticulous beats and rabid rhythms that find their way out of the hazy distortion, and forge a solid backbone to a really positive track”

The scene definitely is short of some electronica and so what Knl has produced here is highly welcome and one step nearer to get this under rated genre out there. On speaking to Knl about the forthcoming release he had this to say:

The track has at least 8 layers of guitar at the end of it, which after multiple listens all the layers finally came out, and it counts in 5 rather than 4.

When asked what his influences were Knl answered:

I'd say, Faith no More, Squarepusher, Godflesh, NIN, and Aphex Twin ... That kinda thing.

What are the ideas behind Contraption and how did they come about?

It's an exercise in craftsmanship, essentially. Central Dense has been such an event, in terms of concepts that it's nice to have this, where it's not like that, not part of a massive narrative. Just tunes that exist on their own.

First impressions of Bad Universe: is the effects are deeply embracing, and expressed individually through strong meticulous beats and rabid rhythms that find their way out of the hazy distortion, and forge a solid backbone to a really positive track.

The passion on this literally spills over the sides as with all good electronic tracks, although I would like to see some vocals laid down, which I think would really give it some identity rather than just a faceless instrumental.

It is a rather mind bending provocation though and most definitely whet’s the appetite for more of the same. Whipping up some strong emotions it digs deep into the psyche which is always a good factor for any track to possess and I think Knl has nailed it with Bad Universe.

Now all we need is to see him get out there and force feed the scene with an electronic injection as more diversity is needed within the narrow field that exists out there.

As a big fan of electronica and industrial I can definitely recommend Contraption and feel that Knl’s efforts won’t go unnoticed and is attention grabbing to say the least although with this track it won’t get you dancing but it has a kind of chillax factor, which is just as good!

8½/10

Member:
Kneil Jones - Everything



Reverted
Sputter the Worms
12 Track Album
Released 2013

Interesting album cover!

Reverted – Camden Town, London

Links:

Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

Biography:
“Reverted, a Metal band from London UK, came together in 2010 introducing their unique style into the genre.

On the back of a worldwide release of their debut album “Sputter the Worms” alongside their two singles “Tolerance” and “Die my Saint” Reverted reached number 1 slot on Reverbnation UK Metal Charts and today Reverted are looking towards a promising future which will involve the video release of Die my Saint, a UK tour and a place in some of the most prestigious Rock and Metal Festivals in Europe later this year.



With their sound being described as “In your face Metal with the ferocity of Metallica, combined with the melody yet crushing rock of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden”, Reverted ensure that the roaring rage of Hard Rock never let’s go and certainly, never disappoints”

******

No grey areas here: Reverted know exactly where they are going with a certain rebellious kick! On this track ‘Splutter the Worms – The Always Forgiven’ from the band’s debut album, all the instruments are well handled, although the vocals sometimes don’t hit top note but on what they miss the music more than makes up for it! Magledonia (Harvest of Sin) shows another side to Tony as his vocals redeem themselves with resounding effect. Musically it’s compelling and hard edged with plenty of groove. Don’t try to steal me from the inside – is not only an interesting title but also an unarguably devious little track as it bristles with several musical elements the drums being really prominent with great guitar riffs.

Reverted Live - Don't steal me from the inside

“The guitar and bass work well together to produce ample grooves and the drumming has plenty of meat on its muscular bones – so all in all not a bad album at all!”

Reverted

Dispose of Heartaches is a real chugger with great lyrics to boot – this has to be a favourite, it just explodes with thrilling rhythms. Die my Saint is an emotional and emotive journey that is compelling, bristling with ferocious energy and the vocals are pretty damned amazing! Pulse is another track that rocks with pulsating hooks and riffs. Tolerance is a serious rampaging and kicking of beats, with some tasty rhythmic prowess. Stained Soul is a deep heavy bruising of bass and fresh strings with good vocal harmonies. Insanity holds a classical element until it rips into a heavy metal chugging. Forsaken is an acoustic track, but still holds power and depth, with poignant vocal singing equally poignant lyrics. Stairs of Guilt Edgy, slow and meandering it possesses some great chords, but rather too meandering with slightly off key notes, which is a tad disappointing. Time is a shrill wake-up call of timely strings, be them quite sparse, however still striking and dramatic as it weaves continually through a diverse and interesting track – this is another personal favourite.

To Sum up:
Quite an unusual album that holds heaps of interest. Not sure about Tony’s vocals in places as it does stray slightly from its course, but it is certainly gravel bound.

The guitar and bass work well together to produce ample grooves and the drumming has plenty of meat on its muscular bones – so all in all not a bad album at all.

It has its rapacious moments and also its slower more classical themes and at times has so many deep grooves in it that it totally overwhelms, so what it does possess is a good diversity, energy and plenty of twists weaved solidly into their fabric. 

7½/10

Track List:
Splutter the Worms – The Always Forgiven
Magledonia (Harvest of Sin)
Don’t try to steal me from the inside
Dispose of Heartaches
Die my Saint
Pulse
Tolerance
Stained Soul
Insanity
Forsaken
Stairs of Guilt
Time

Members:
Tony Vega - Vocals
Lui Valle - Bass
Danny Ruiz - Guitar
Ozzy Preciado - Drums

Schwarzblut
2 tracks taken from Gebeyn aller Verdammten
Alfa Matrix
Released 26th April 2014

One superb album!

Schwarzblut – Netherlands

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/Schwarzblutband

Listen and buy here:

Discography:
Das Mausoleum -Alfa Matrix 2010               
Maschinenwesen - Alfa Matrix   2012          
Gebeyn Aller Verdammten - Alfa Matrix 2014
Singles & EPs
Sehlenwolf - Not On Label (Schwarzblut Self-released)      2008           
Bis Aufs Blut EP ‎Alfa Matrix

Genre: Electro / Industrial / Gothic / Alternative

Biography:
Schwarzblut is a 5-piece band who blend romantic melancholic Weimar poetry with danceable dark electronic music. An eclectic style diversity that accentuates a beautiful duality between male and female vocalists. The band was founded in 2007 and signed with Alfa Matrix in 2009. Through Alfa Matrix the band released the EP 'Sehlenwolf' (2009) and their full-length debut 'Das Mausoleum' (2010). In 2012 Schwarzblut released their second full-length album 'Maschinenwesen'. On this album the band explores German poetry from the age of industrial revolution in word, sound and visuals. Schwarzblut surprises the listener by mixing pounding electro rhythms with dark romanticism and German lyrical poetry. Their music is strongly recommended for fans of German speaking dark artists from Goethes Erben to Das Ich to Blutengel, Plastic Noise Experience and Heimataerde.Schwarzblut is well known for their energetic live performances including live drums, bass, electronic percussion, video art, male and female vocalists and a shipload of electronics. The band shared bills with Diorama (D), Faith & the Muse (USA), Gothminister (NO), Sigue Sigue Sputnik (UK), Absolute Body Control (B) and many others.


Scwarzblut

Zur Hölle – Angels & Agony Remix
Just one of the compelling tracks taken from the new album and it really raises dust from the ground as its rabid beats take hold in such an addictive way you will probably play it over and over again as it has that addictive quality. Great production with formidable dance structure. Blackblood is an apt name for this band as its scathing rhythms turn the blood with a resounding smack from its tempestuousness. Great track!

“This album is seriously rigorous in its intent to woo the listener into some hypnotic trance like state, so much so it is damned near impossible to stop listening to it!”


Death Toll Rising
Infection Legacy
9 Track Album
Self-Released
Released 22nd October 2013

Death Toll Rising – Edmonton Alberta Canada

Links:

Discography:
2013 – Infection Legacy
2010 – Defecation Suffocation
2008 – Spontaneous Decapitation
2004 - Demo

Genre: Death/Thrash/Metal

Biography:
Featuring a combination of Death and Thrash metal, Edmonton-based Death Toll Rising (formed in March 2003) are known to devastate their audiences with their high octane, energetic performances, having shared the stage with high profile names such as KATAKLYSM, CRYPTOPSY, THE HAUNTED, and ABORTED (to name a few).

After a successful string of shows and tours throughout 2010 and 2011, in support of their first full length album “Defecation Suffocation”, Death Toll Rising went back to the studio to record their follow up sophomore release ‘Infection Legacy’, released October 2013.

Death Toll Rising!

Infection Legacy
Zombie attack! Be prepared for some urgent samples and a race against time to finish the track! Although I do like this, it does feel somewhat restrained musically, I am sure it could have a bigger oomph factor, however the vocal content is breath-taking.

Judas Cradle
Now this is more like it, the momentous build-up is spearheaded by some strong drumming and crisp guitar work that holds a melodic vein, solidly running through its core. The vocals take on an expressive intensity spewing out some amazing gruffness!

Scorched Earth
This is a frenzy of nimble fingered playing and so far my favourite track! If this don’t get you moving nothing will. The addictive groove is not restricted in any way, shape or form and goes straight for the jugular – Awesome!

Born to Defile
Gurgling and growling this track really holds a lot to savour.  It is again upbeat, fast, frenzied and emotionally charged. The run of riffs are simply spell binding!

Malice Incarnate
This is a very expressive track of highly potent drumming satisfaction, coupled with urgent edged guitar riffs that strike unmercifully. Saying that the melodic factor is truly mesmerising as are the pit-borne growls to balance it out. Superb track!

Crack open a cold one
Some literally cracking drumming here (every pun intended!) Such a very inventive track that is not short on urgency and feverish riffing, with a rich swagger of rhythms.  It smoulders and then explodes into a relentlessly high energy fire, so much for the cold one?

Slaughter to Survive
If you want something to caress you think again, although this track is very therapeutic to the trained death metal ear and brings its rewards in abundance. The climatic build-up is nothing short of genius.

Revelation Despair
Heavy and in your face, all-encompassing sound, with nothing left to chance.  It simply ravishes the senses, holding perfect tempos to move your bonce to and tremendous vocal range!  What more could a death metal addict wish for?

Septic Entity
A crisper sound on this track, and a chugger with such well-balanced drumming. Immensely heavy and slower in pace it possesses dark ambient tones, but not totally without a power packed punch to the face! Great use of samples with superb guitar sophistication.

To Sum up:
I wasn’t convinced on hearing the first track which sounded quite restrained, but on listening to the whole album, I have changed my tune to one of “Yes please gimme more!”

Finding lots to like about this album, the good use of the samples and the guitar work that accompanies them, the totally powerful drumming, harsh bass lines and whirlwind vocals, there indeed isn’t a lot to dislike.

‘Judas Cradle’ ‘Scorched Earth’ ‘Malice Incarnate’ ‘Slaughter to Survive’ and well most of the tracks are quite addictive and warrant further replays which they will get in abundance, some may be replayed more than others, but still, it is a really strong album that holds a lot of irresistible and dramatic moments.

“Rhythmic, adrenalin fuelled and infectious, with seductive vocal content.  It holds bags of brutal energy! This band has proved they are worthy skilled musicians capable of creating a monster. Canada better watch out!”

9/10

Track List:
Infection Legacy
Judas Cradle
Scorched Earth
Born to Defile
Malice Incarnate
Crack open a cold one
Slaughter to Survive
Revelation Despair
Septic Entity

Members:
Jesse Berube - Vocals
Drew Copland - Guitar
Tylor Dory - Guitar
Mike Puff - Bass
Bryan Newbury - Drums

Mutant Zombie Foetus
λ - Lamba
4 Track E.P
Released 1st April 2014


Mutant Zombie Foetus – Reading, Berkshire

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MUTANT-ZOMBIE-FOETUS

Listen Here:
https://mutantzombiefoetus.bandcamp.com

Genre: Thrash/Speed/Punk metal

Biography:
"Formed in Reading, Berkshire at the tail end of 2007, and inspired by their love of Metal, Punk and cult 80's films, MZF combined infectious riffs and dark humour into the beast that is Mutant Zombie Foetus"

The final MZF EP - an artistic homage to Half Life 2 and the hero that is Gordon Freeman.

En masse it’s a punk fuelled injection. Time to brush off the cobwebs of a genre that is not dead and buried, at least whereMutant Zombie Foetus are concerned. On looking at the band and logo you would think they were a Death Metal outfit, but you would be total wrong to think that.

The title tracks again lull you into a false sense of security, although the thrash, speed element is rife especially on the final track. The third track in all lasts but 14 seconds implying it could be a grind track, - again you would be very wrong and nothing like the element of surprise!

Warning: User Death Imminent
Eerie samples fade into oblivion as the punk influences becomes apparent. Equally bruising and antagonistic, it is a voracious track that gives rise to the blood being pumped around the body at a rate of knots.

Rise of the Antlions,
Thundering mercilessly and infesting the aural, quite an intensive concoction of speed, thrash punk infusion – that works extremely well. Consistently stripping the senses with shrill addictive guitar work and a brutal punk vocal.

Holy Shit is that a Crowbar?
Not enough time to enjoy this brief track as it is over before it has begun.

The Combine March through the void to the resonance cascade.
This is one superb track from start to finish. Boasting a deathly dual vocal with strong gruff growls, interesting samples and indeed the longest track on the E.P being 4 amazing minutes and 10 seconds long.

With the bands punk influences not far away, it races into a blind fury again mixing thrash with speed, and twisting in some glorious fusion that grows stronger through-out, boasting some great harsh vocal too, so enjoy!

“It’s a very lively E.P but also the band have managed to infuse metal with ambient – it’s cleverly injected into the bloodstream and allows you to embrace its vicious and brutal attack”

To Sum up:
The band are indeed what they say they are on the label, however, the label is somewhat unexpected, with the logo being death metal orientated - nothing punk about it! The filler track makes you think it could be grind orientated but without a doubt the punk shines through, revealing the bands true qualities. So you get a lot more than you bargained for here.

It’s a very lively E.P but also the band have managed to infuse metal with ambient – it’s cleverly injected into the bloodstream and allows you to embrace its vicious and brutal attack!

8½/10

Track List
Warning: user Death Imminent
Rise of the Antlions,
Holy Shit is that a Crowbar?
The Combine March through the void to the resonance cascade.

Members:
Sam Gardner - Bass/Vocals
Toby Gibbons, Guitar/Vocals
Ed Radcliffe- Lead Guitar
Magnus Kraken Drums/Vocals.

Iskalde Morket
The Reincarnation
13 Track Album
Released 15th March 2014

The newly released album by Iskalde Morket

Iskalde Morket – Norfolk

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iskalde-Morket

Listen Here:

Genre: Ambient Black disease ridden Metal with punk doom influences!

John Rogers is a total enigma.  From darkest Norfolk he keeps pushing boundaries until you think they cannot be pushed any further and then throws a thirteen track album out that surpasses expectations.

With the help of fellow musicians Tim Burden and Mark Thaxter, I can’t help but think this is one superbly mixed up genre, so everyone gets something!

In pursuit of pleasure the album kicks off with The Precipice – a dark ambient little number with fuzzy distortion and whispered voices, enough to give anyone a nice stark chill down the spine and lasting over six minutes.

Wolf Phallus holds a more textured layer of guitar and drums with a chugging effect of doom although a little more up tempo than one would expect from a black metal genre, however the vocals, ah yes the vocals, without a doubt are superbly gnarly.

Now to the tongue in cheek title Sinking Ships and Hardships. Never far away from the distortion and chugging guitars with the harsh whispered growls it certainly makes for a good listen.

The highly delightful samples on Isildurs Bane, are fiery and extreme with a lot of powerful edged drumming to accompany the vocal ensemble.

Like a punch to the groin I am Vesuvius kicks off with a more punk vocal and exploding drum beats lasting for a meagre one minute and two seconds.

Bludgeoning beats and harshness abound for Anak Krakatau.  Exploring once more the vocal dexterity of John Rogers, who I am amazed has not ruptured his spleen!

Another interesting title Straight Edge Fucks and Krewsh Cunts – brutality at its best! Fast and ferocious, it will have you salivating from the attack as it rampages through the speakers and right into the aural.

The Troo Kvilt Elite – A mix of gnarliness and clean vocal with a battering of drums that again lasts so little time, to fully bask in its splendour.

Stoners Pot Palace – my favourite title and track on the album.  This bristles with twisting and alluring sounds that have me reaching for the replay button on my now wilting computer. It holds a supreme rhythm and is antagonistic to its stunning end. Back to repeat!

Post F2A Blues – again with a vocal change to a more punk influence this fires on all gas cylinders and rampages through the entirety of its one minute twenty seven seconds.

This track is also genius with Tim on vocals. We Hate the Humans - Another raucous and vicious onslaught is to be experienced as the fast pace catches you and wipes you into oblivion. Pay particular attention to the drumming that hard beat is just so mesmerising!

The title track The Reincarnation starts off with some intriguing beguiling beats and distorted guitar, but for me the gruesome vocals from John rein the track back to its black metal roots, and yet I can hear the early Sabbath influence on this and yes it is another favourite! – but maybe because it lasts longer than just over a minute! Rhythmically sweet!

The final track The 13th Desecration of Golgotha is doom laden with ambiance in abundance. Slow and winding it reminds me of a snake. Unveiling a fiendish side with its harsh in your face drum beat and in the background the gargling can be heard, although Tim is back with his urgent frenzied vocal and suddenly the pace hot’s up – this is a wicked track to finish on as it just taunts and sticks two fingers up at mankind.  They do indeed hate the humans!

To Sum up:
This album really does surpass expectations. Its gnarly mass of vocals embed themselves in the psyche never to be forgotten with the clever addition of clean but urgent punk vocal, all washed down with black ambiance and metal chugs enriched with ferocious rhythms and slow plodding doom.

A very entertaining ritual of madness can be experienced when listening to Iskalde Morket.  It is indeed the brain child of John Rogers nobody else could produce such hard core mastery.

Really basking in this one! So for lovers of black metal, hints of punk and stoner doom this is definitely worth a listen or six.

5/5

Track List:
The Precipice
Wolf Phallus ft. Tim Burden & Mark Thaxter
Sinking Ships and Hardships
Isildurs Bane
I am Vesuvius ft. Mark Thaxter
Anak Krakatau
Straight Edge Fucks and Krewsh Cunts
The Troo Kvilt Elite ft. Tim Burden
Stoners Pot Palace
Post F2A Blues ft. Mark Thaxter
We Hate the Humans ft. Tim Burden
The Reincarnation ft. Tim Burden
The 13th Desecration of Golgotha ft. Tim Burden & Mark Thaxter

Member:
John Rogers- Vocals, Guitars, Drum Programing, Bass, and Ambience.


Guest appearances by Tim Burden and Mark Thaxter

Beneath the Depths
Chapters
5 Track E.P
Released 15th February 2014

Bursting with metal goodness
"Chapters"

Beneath the Depth – Runcorn, Liverpool

Links:

Listen here: (You won’t regret it)

Genre: Hard Core/Metal Core

Biography:
Beneath the Depths are a five piece Hard core/Metal core outfit, unsigned and formed in July 2012. Hailing from the small town of Runcorn situated next to Liverpool, UK. Blurring the lines between Melodic Hard core & Metal core the quintet continue to pave way through the local scene bringing with them fast, groovy riffs tied with blisteringly heavy chugs and catchy melodic parts.

Their determined nature and unrivalled desire has allowed the band to share the stage with key bands such as Dead By April, With One Last Breath, Silent Screams, Heart Of A Coward & more. Providing nothing less than a fast paced, energetic, enjoyable show for fans and newcomers alike.

Crushingly powerful: Beneath the Depths

Beneath the Depths strive to create powerful music to please both band members and fans alike with music that promotes an emotional bond to the instrumentation and lyrics that relate to the listener.

If you're into fast, energetic live shows with total interaction between band and crowd tied with heavy yet melodic & groovy instrumentation with loud, powerful vocals then Beneath the Depths are for you!

Committed, Enthusiastic & Determined, the band intend to emerge from Beneath the Depths to grab a hold of and conquer their aspirations and milestones.

Reflection
From the start of this track the frenzy of beats and ferocity of musical prowess can be experienced.  The intensity only increases, taunting and teasing the senses of its malevolent body. Compelling vocals simply scathe and breathe with their rhythmic addiction. Superb track!

Perseverance Feat. Simon Mora of Arcane Addiction
The potency increases further. Badgering with a bludgeoning of antagonistic riffs the track holds significant ferociousness and explosive in delivery, so much so the after effects supposedly wear off, they can still be felt bristling under the skin. The keyboard melody is simply breath-taking and adds extremity to an already overwhelming track.

Revelation
The urgent guitar and battering of drums is prevalent here. The intensity, as if it could increase any further?  Has indeed, turned to extreme urgency. The dynamics of this track holds plenty of ambience of the dark kind and will leave a taste that is highly satisfying.

Consequences
With a powerful tortuous hunger Beneath the Depths launch into another spellbinding track that holds a deep melodic vein that runs mesmeric through its core. Its essence is pure magic.  It is a raw beauty that is the hard core - metal core element of harsh mastery. The stunted strings ripple with metal madness and leaves one feeling refreshed by its pleasures and shaking in your boots!

Chapters
The diversity flourishes on this track, allowing a glimpse of sleek sophistication. Offering a gentle opening that outlines a fantastic E.P. Although the vocals still hold their scathing toxicity and make the track interesting. As it furthers, twisting and shifting in tone, the enigma of Beneath the Depths continues, with harmonious and yet emotionally charged superiority, leading the listener through a momentous unrelenting journey through a paradox – hearing is believing.

To Sum up:
This E.P has been an absolute pleasure to listen to and experience. It is clear to witness the superior tempestuous rhythms and obnoxious beats contained within its simple, but effective cover.

Highly corrosive and addictive metal played at it utmost best. The music digs its way into the aural and remains there long after it has finished. Rampant with creative and caustic vibrancy that will no doubt garner the band further followers as their musical career flourishes.

One superb E.P from start to finish – metal played at its absolute finest! Chunky chugs filled with melodic expression and solid bass, all washed down with a caustic vocal onslaught – highly impacting!

My only bug bear with this E.P is that it doesn’t last as long as I would like, so an albums worth of Beneath the Depths, would be most welcome, but for now there is always the repeat button, which will be getting a hammering!

10/10

Track List:
Reflection
Perseverance Feat. Simon Mora of Arcane Addiction
Revelation
Consequences
Chapters

Members:
Lew Jones - Vocals
James Harrison - Guitar
Danny Jones - Guitar
Jordan Clein - Bass
Callum Thomas - Drums

Mortad

The Myth of Purity
10 track CD

(Metal Hammer)
2012

Mortad – London

Links:

Genre: Metal

Well I first clicked on LIKE when I heard Mortad sometime ago in 2010, when they had about 300 fans now that figure reaches well past 42,000.  42,447 (and counting) to be precise. But nothing less than Somi and her band of metal heads deserve.  They have worked tirelessly in the past two years and now reaping the benefits of their labour.

When I first clicked on that link I was amazed at the brutality that ushered forth and was even more astounded that a woman could sing with such grit and ferocity. Since then I have seen for myself that women can do just as good a job as any man.

Somi also writes the lyrics that aim toward hypocrisy of religion and government in the face of oppression – and what an amazing job she done!

The Mortad Biog is impressive to say the least and the band is rubbing shoulders with not only Metal Hammer, but Bloodstock, Hammerfest and Alchemy and gaining recognition wherever they perform.

The drive and determination of Somi Arian is really astounding. Hailing from Iran where it states within the pages of Metal Hammer that in her country you can be arrested for owning a guitar. I personally am glad that Somi is in the UK and doing what she is doing, and hope one day to be able to congratulate her in person for her superb offerings to the metal scene – That will be a proud day for me.

Somi battles the English language each time she writes lyrics – something I find totally amazing not just from Somi but every foreign band that has to do this – languages are my bag so to speak, but writing a song in another language – well that is just superb in my book.  Although I would love to hear Somi produce something in her own language – now, that really would be Metal! Although if you listen carefully to the "The Voice" you will hear what Persian sounds like and this is a really good start!

Whenever I hear the name MORTAD – I get a tingle down my spine because I know that whatever they produce is from the heart and will be in the brutal genre – a genre that I am truly at home in. So going out and getting my copy of Metal Hammer was a must! Maybe one day I will get my copy signed by the quartet – here’s hoping!!

All that’s born musty be destroyed
A fantastic opening on this track!  The blast beats are just incredible.  Somi sounds like a tormented soul. You can feel the metal flowing through the veins as the music unfolds. There is great melody to this track too! The guitars are powerful with a strong bass line and really carve a powerful path along the metal road!

Waste of my rage
Beautiful ambient strings open this track and then the gut wrenching power unleashes through the speakers as Somi’s mighty voice kicks into action. The shrill kick ass guitar wails at intervals giving it that unusual twist, and again the beats are powerful and relentless.

The Heights
A plundering of beats usher forth along with some more dynamic screeches from Somi. A good melody in there too that carries the listener to greater heights. No escaping from the raucous and malicious beats that this track has to offer.

Mirage
This is very unusual as at the beginning of the track Somi actually sings in a soft key that sounds distorted – this is a great twist! Although she does kick in with more ferocious offerings a little further into the track and the guitars spew out some powerful ripping chords along to some more awesome blast beats.

Feels like Suffocation
Somi tightens her grip around the throat and throttles you to death on this track. The melodic twist is fantastic – superb musicianship! A full sound with delicious drum beats and wailing guitars, I love this track to death!!!!!

The Myth of Purity
Wow can this CD get more dynamic? Yes it can! A chant like vocal with some superb guitar and blast beats galore of course, and a mean bass line. This is a great track!

I’m not interested in being interesting
Some awesome vocals from Somi on this track, it’s blindingly brilliant! I am very interested in being interested in this track – for sure! A very unusual song and most welcome on the cd.

By Default
Superb opening that gets the heart racing and the blood raging! That beat is to die for! Guitars are immense! Somi is like a rabid banshee about to eat her pray with very sharp teeth! It has another nice twist - Relentless ferocity and staggered guitars. So enjoy this track!

The Voice
The voice has indeed spoken and it says...  this is amazing! It sounds like we are in the deepest bowels of metal underground hell. Somi has excelled herself vocally on this track.  Her anger and aggression, becomes more apparent than on the previous track.  Fast becoming my favourite on the CD and there are so many tracks to like on it!  It has gigantic proportions of intensity and delivers to the end! I know why I like this track, not only because it is the most severe and savage, but because Somi actually screams some Persian on it! :D 

That which is humane
A brilliant opening yet again, fast, furious and delivers in all the right places. Firing up to immense proportions! Another track, that has found a place in my heart.  Kick ass and stupendous guitars a nasty bass line and more beats than a heart attack! Let the dynamite explode and make your ears bleed.

If you are one of the lucky people to have witnessed MORTAD live – I am jealous! If not and the band are playing near you – go check ‘em out and witness this LIVE.  I plan on seeing if I can get them up North so that I too can witness this amazing quartet and feed off the delicious unrelenting metal that they portray!

Fantastic CD – go and buy Metal Hammer now! At just 4.75 it’s well worth it for the CD alone – 10 tracks of pure genius!!! The lyrics are below.

Track list:

All that’s born musty be destroyed
Waste of my rage
The Heights
Mirage
Feels like Suffocation
The Myth of Purity
I’m not interested in being interesting
By Default
The Voice
That which is humane

Members: 
Somi Arian - Vocals
Jonathan Hughes - Guitar
Joseph Perumal - Bass
Szymek Lawik – Drums


Barishi
Barishi
8 Track Album
Self-Released
Released 2nd December 2013

Barishi – Vermont
Links:
Artwork by Samuel McCabe Art Studio
Genre: Heavy Psychedelic Music
Biog:
Barishi is making their mark in the New England metal scene and beyond. Formed in 2010 as an instrumental three piece know as Atlatl they began writing songs influenced by fusion and progressive music. Their style quickly started getting heavier and darker while retaining some progressive influence, thus forging their own style of heavy psychedelic metal. In 2012 they found a wayward vocalist wandering the streets of Keene New Hampshire. Bringing him into the fold they found that his sound melded excellently with theirs. Thus, Barishi was born! Earth shattering grooves combined with savage vocals completed the sound that could only be born in the verdant mountains of Southern Vermont. With their debut self-titled album on the way, Barishi is truly a force to be reckoned with. Prepare yourself to be pummelled and thunderstruck with ecstatic metal from the ancient hills of New England.

Sky Burial
The start to this album is tempered with resonating sounds that breathe fire from its highly intense core. Quite a dramatic entrance for this quintet with their steely, shrill disorientating rhythms gathering momentum with an impressive opulence.
Holy Mountain
Employing an engaging twist of melodic rapture, encompassing smooth vocal harmonies, suddenly with the wave of more vocal intervention, raucous scathing growling’s emerge from nowhere and the dramatic strings bring forth a frenzy of intrigue.
The Rider
Harder edged, this track shows immediate diversity with superb seething vocal style that doesn’t just singe but burns ferociously and is one formidable track showcasing the bands sheer thirst for diversity but not moving from their roots – cleverly structured.
Exhibisch
Ambient noises and lots of bass make this a strange track but as it opens out it bursts into a melodic wash housing a lot of enterprise and ravishing bold rhythms that will leave the senses mesmerised.
Through Mountains through plains
An intrusive encounter into yet more melodic and dramatic goading that teases with interesting and potent pleasure. Further on in the track the sensational vocal snarling returns and really gives the track some punch and kick. Definitely a great track, that hasn’t strayed from its psychedelic roots and gives out a pummelling force of drums that will knock you into next week!
The Waves
Quite awash with dramatic power, very impressive and absorbing using some neato riffs and blistering vocals. It really awakens the senses and altogether a very thrilling listen.
A Place that swallows all Rivers
A word of warning don’t have the volume on 11 for this as it will pulverise your ear drums. It explores a phenomenal depth of sound with shrill riffs and solid drum beats. Its core is one of pure exhilaration with no vocals - so sit back and enjoy the infectious groove in its entirety.
Jaguar Sacrification Ritual
Very spacey vocal shenanigans and crazy off the scale drumming with equally quirky riffage, altogether holding persistent energy. Clean and fluidly it engages with colourful imagery and musical prowess.
To Sum up:
A very unusual blend of what seemingly is a strong black metal vocal coupled with psychedelic progressive rock and more importantly it works! In places it is seductive and charming and the rest of the time the nooks and crannies are filled with unstifled energy. A very rewarding listen for the psychedelic rock fiends among us. Highly skilled and carved with outstanding rhythms that will enthral and seduce. In the scheme of things strong, resourceful and energetic with vocals that display acid like venom. Definitely a good strong combination that blends the two unusual partners together and a beast with wings has been born!
9/10
Track List:
Sky Burial
Holy Mountain
The Rider
Exhibisch
Through Mountains through plains
The Waves
A Place that swallows all Rivers
Jaguar Sacrification Ritual
Members:
Sascha Simms-Vocals
Graham Brooks-Guitar
Justin Elbourn-Guitar
Jonathan Kelley-Bass
Dylan Blake-Drums

Rain May Fall
Where it began
4 Track EP
Released
8.2.14


Rain may Fall – Liverpool


Links:


Genre: Rock/Metal


Biography
Rain May Fall are a Liverpool (UK) based Rock/Metal band formed in 2012 consisting of former members of Zuprowski Connection & Under God Fury. After a few line-up changes the definitive incarnation settled in late 2012 and went on to destroy venues across the northwest, achieving support slots for legendary Uli Jon Roth, & metal titans Diamondhead among others.
Torn Apart
The beginning of this track reminds me slightly of ‘She sells Sanctuary’ by The Cult but that’s where the similarity ends as the tempestuous rhythms then go into hyper active mode and eagerly expresses an immense melody. The vocals have a clear reign and mould themselves around a commanding force field of ravenous grooves that can only ignite further to fuelling an already intense heat.
Remember Everything
Swarming over the ears and leaving them blistered this track weaves a highly imaginable rhythm around a venomous core of ambient intensity and stakes its claim to insatiably reward its listeners with marauding energy of the heaviest kind.
No Second Chances
A rather passionate track that explodes into turbulent ferocity planting the seed of creativity into their own world of resourceful and colourful imagery, chewing on the muscle bound waves of energy that indulge and assault the listener with striking confrontation.
I won’t be told
This is the best track on the EP, due to the overwhelming man sized grooves of intensity that flourish through the entirety of its powerful body. Unrelenting and punishing it drives with a vivid imagination and try as you might you will not be able to contain your head movements as they catch time with the corrosive beats and full on bass hooks. Rhythmically antagonising, not only is it thrilling and satisfying it gives the fullest impact on listening.
To Sum up:
Incredible four track EP that will see it getting played over and over again. It stirs up passionate emotions that you will want to experience for that ‘satisfying’ feeling. Why I particularly love “I won’t be told” is mainly down to the feisty groove content that is an incendiary device exploding into a wall of penetrating sound, holding particularly infectious emotive forces and impacting immediately as it speeds up at the end is one dramatic blatant teasing.
So if you love biting grooves and deep rhythms you are going to love this EP. I can personally recommend you all run out and buy it! Although you may find it difficult getting it out of your CD player due to the severity of its pure addictive nature.
10/10

Track List:
Torn Apart
Remember Everything
No Second Chances
I won’t be told

Members:
Tim Cunningham – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Mark Smith – Vocals
Luke Mullins – Bass/Backing Vocals
John Hodson – Guitars
Dave Larkin - Drums 

Delta Doom
Half Alive
Gridiron Records
4 Track Live E.P
Released 1st December 2013

 Delta Doom - out now!

Delta Doom  - Nashville Tennasse

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/kyleturleymusic?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite
https://www.facebook.com/rob.ogles
https://www.facebook.com/DeltaDoom

Genre: Southern Doom/Gothic/Viking/Blues/Hypno/Sludge

Biography
“DELTA DOOM is a southern-doom, gothic-groove, Viking-blues, stoner-riff, hypnotic-sludge duo from Tennessee formed by local East Nashville rocker Big Rob Ogles (guitar) and ex NFL all-pro lineman Kyle Turley (drums/vocals) in early 2013. The two first got together in 2009 by the way of a phone call from Hank Williams III as Turley was working on his outlaw country/southern rock outfit simply named TURLEY. The two found they were they were huge metal/Goth/stoner/doom fans and just started jamming around 'to kill time' while not touring with the country project. As they continued collaborating, a sound developed, as it should... organically. With influences that range from Sabbath to Bauhaus, Jimi Hendrix to Muddy Waters and Electric Wizard to Type-O Negative, the perfectly named, DELTA DOOM are poised to reach their goal of being the John Lee Hooker of stoner/doom metal”

If there was one such time as feeling frustrated not being able to see a band play live, it sure as hell must be this time! The pond is far too bigger expanse to deal with, although with the aid of soundcloud at least you can have them play in your living room! But if Delta Doom do venture across the pond to more accessible places I will definitely have to be in attendance.

Delta Doom are now touring with non-other than Crowbar – yes you heard right and with a good mish mash of blended genres are, on all accounts smashing it up in true stoner/doom style.

Throne
Deep ravenous riffs open this track and go on to fester in the darkest recesses of the mind. With plenty of rhythmic provocation it winds its way on an intense emotive and rabid journey. The vocal is slow and burns with a caustic teasing helped along with a rhythmic drum beat.

Delta Doom
This is somewhat more powerful than the previous track and possesses a more serious towering rhythmic groove. Showing a constant impression of solid intensity. Doom laden and carved to perfection it assaults the senses without question.

Goliath
Starts off slow and meanders into a melodic rhythmic swathe of oppression that would make even Sabbath proud. Reinforced with spell-binding passion and sonic soaring. Inviting, ravishing and immense – this is one track that devours with intent.

Tear you apart
This is a track that you can feel in the gut as it festers at an incredible level with slow and crushing doom. Provocation is had as it pokes the senses but not before ravishing them on a colossal and powerful scale.

To sum up:
As striking as it is and full of bold swagger Delta Doom is indeed a deadly force to encounter and if you survive there is more of the same to follow.  This is a live E.P although you can only tell at the end of the tracks when the whistling is prevalent, as no doubtDelta Doom have without any doubt encapsulated the madding crowd with their towering engaging riffs and carnivorous beats of doom.

It is a menacing listen, intimidating and explores the imagination on a sonic level of energy. Considering Delta Doom are just a two man band they make enough deep ravenous, rhythmic riffs (try saying that after a skinfull of liquor!) for a band of six members!

For the ones lucky enough to see the band live and experience the impending doom for themselves – lap it up and enjoy, for the rest of us we still have soundcloud!

9/10

Track List:
Throne
Delta Doom
Goliath
Tear you apart

Members:
Rob Ogles – Guitar
Kyle Turley – Vocals and Drums



Aura
Rain
6 Track E.P
Released 2013

Immensely intriguing!

Aura – Malaga, Spain

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/Auraabm

Genre: Ambient, Depressive Black Metal

Trying to find out anything about Aura begs the old ‘needle in the proverbial haystack’ syndrome, so do forgive the lack of information, although it all adds to Aura’s intrigue and mystique.

Darkmoon
This is without a doubt drenched in ambiance – the low rumbles distort sending chills down the spine and goose bumps will closely follow. The keyboard notes resonate powerfully, so powerfully in fact that they can be felt in your gut, spawning a sinister presence of dark devilish mystique. Although there are no vocals this does not need any words to portray what Aura have done with this track, the proof is in the listening – it is haunting and dark, giving way to corruptive frequencies that make their presence well and truly heartfelt. An out and out favorite track that has clocked up several listens already! Superb!

Into that Darkness
The fingers touch the keys with a simple run of sparse notes but behind it is a dark malevolent force that licks the ears, sparking a certain intrigue as the track climbs – eerily menacing it will creep you out make no mistake. There is no roaring or surging to be had here but it just breeds atmospheric plaguing and bewilderment that in turn holds a lot of passion deep inside its core.

Rain
Inventive and seductive this is one track that uses strange noises to accentuate its triumph. It is an emotional track that possesses quite a cordial atmosphere despite being labelled depressive, although I believe it is what the listener hears in each note that can turn this from depressive into something more comforting, or maybe I am depressed and not realize it?

Stardust
This track again holds a haunting ambiance.  The notes prey literally on the aural with enveloping and caressing tendencies. It is dramatic without anything voracious being attached to it. I find this absolutely ingenious, no words no raucous rhythms it just provokes a certain feeling that lures you with a beckoning finger.

Tears
This is emotionally pressuring the title alone, may just in some cases in still a melancholy and the keyboards play out like tears, but I can imagine so much more to this than just tears of sadness – maybe tears of joy! Who knows? – Aura will keep you guessing, which is what makes this track such a personal journey. It is stunningly impressive as I have found all of Aura’s tracks – simple and yet so revealing, it speaks volumes.

Through the Unknown
Startling and intense another track that allows the listener breathing space to blossom and grow with it. It richly aspires and again provokes the thoughts and emotions that go with such a timepiece.  The detail is so finely intricate it is like breathing in something fresh and new.

To Sum up:
This E.P is just as superb as Aura’s full length album Lake of Despair. Thought provoking, most definitely ambient and so much more besides. It is well-crafted and produced. Let’s say you could think up new colours then this E.P would be at the heart of them. There is heaps of promise with this band, steeped with constant mesmeric keyboard embrace, the rewards one gets from listening to this is endless.

It isn't just the notes of passion that come into play here, but the way in which they are portrayed like when the music slightly fades or gets slightly louder, it simply removes the breath from ones lungs in a second.

Make no mistake it conjours up moods you never thought you could possess. It does at times pose darker moods and atmospherics, but it is written in such a way that you can fill in the gaps and make it what you will, which as I mentioned before is rather ingenious. One thing is for sure, you will feel the hair stand up on the back of your neck when listening – embrace it and make the most of it – this is music for the black metal connoisseur!

10/10
Track List:
Darkmoon
Into that Darkness
Rain
Stardust
Tears
Through the Unknown

Members:
Trollkopf, - Aura ABM, - Maximiliano Serratosa Obladen
N. Werewolf/ Tenebris Terra - Salvador Gómez
Fog/Necropolis – David Marcos

But still shrouded in mystery as to who really plays on this too!

Kaine
Rock the Castle Live 2013
12 Track Album
MGR Records
Released 6th September 2013

Kaine - Rock the Castle Live 2013

Kaine – Essex

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/kaineband

Recorded by Jaz Powell at Short Stack Studios 13th April 2013

Releases:
Kaine 'self-titled' EP - 2010 (Remastered: 2011)
Falling Through Freedom - March 2012
Rock the Castle Live - September 2013

Genre: Heavy Metal

Biography:
“Kaine is a British Heavy Metal Revival band formed in 2009 and hail from Essex and who have since had their track Valnir included on a 28 track Underground Compilation album from IICJZII Metal Promotions for Deathcore bands released recently on the 16thDecember 2013” Listen here:
https://iicjzii.bandcamp.com/album/underground-compilation-1 and also voted ‘Breakthrough Band’ at the GMA Awards this year.”

Entropy – Unrelenting Chaos
In no uncertain terms Kaine have withstood the test of time with their NWOBHM signature stamped all over it. They have indeed come from nowhere and produced some spellbinding tracks such as this track Entropy which festers with steely prowess and hard edged guitar.

Helpless Salvation
A very distinct track with anthemic qualities however some of the production seems a little sparse here which is a shame as it is a superb track in its own right housing monumental riffs.

Violent Metal
Taken from the bands original E.P and one of my favourite tracks by Kaine. Again the distinct sound Kaine possess is prominent with an inferno of riffs and savage rhythms.

Lies of the Forsaken
My all out and out favourite track by Kaine.  I remember playing this over and over again when I first heard it, as it is really catchy, energetic and holds resonating tones of menace.

Champion
A much heavier feel to it and more superb drumming as I mentioned in a previous review this track does lead off into a slightly different direction but the beats and rhythms contained within it are thickly persuasive and offers up a chanting vocal.

Lost Sages Tower
Taken from the bands ‘Falling through Freedom’ album – the guitars are so focused here with the Maiden influences shining through. Powerful and raw as it is engaging

Kaine - LtoR: Ant, Rage, Chris and Dan

Drum Solo & Jam
This is one mighty array of drumming, bass and guitar – very involved and turbulent as you would expect it to be and Kaine do not disappoint on that score!

Quality of Madness
The feverish guitars start and a malevolent rampaging follows.  Rage’s vocals scathing, raw and harsh just as the music surrounding the vocals prowls with intent and teases the senses is highly invigorating with all round cascading heaviness.

Valnir
The track submitted to the underground compilation album starts with a sonic guitar that turns into further igniting promise. The bass is deep and prominent through-out the track possessing a thickly provocative vocal stance.

Waking Dead
Simply slices with an emotionally charged fascination conjuring up scathing rhythms with a veined hard edged drum beat.

Ending Jam
Sonically charged with a brisk drum beat and melodic rhythm that fades out far too quickly for my liking, but production at the end of this track is far from perfect.

Reverence
An acoustic number showing the bands more diverse side weaving some intricate chords and bringing this full-length album to a close.

To Sum up:
The production on this CD isn’t polished to perfection, is a little sparse in places and loses some intensity on track 11, however, what this CD does do is bring a live gig into your living room.

The covers for the band’s albums have taken on a life of their own with vivid colourful picturesque scenes that could only be described as ‘Kainesque’ (Covers by Silencer8) and are another distinct feature of Kaine who have indeed come a long way from their first outing simply entitled Kaine, although I have to say I was impressed from the very beginning.

Kaine are a really hardworking band who have emerged through some turbulent times only to be stronger than ever before with untimely departures from previous band members an all too familiar story. But the line-up now is a robust one with the members gelling fully and can be witnessed at any live gig.

Sadly this live album doesn’t do the band the full justice they deserve. I have never really been a lover of live albums as they are not as polished as the studio albums, however Kaine will always remain one of my favourite underground bands as they have done since forming in 2009 because of their sheer determination and ability to turn negatives into positives.

7/10

Track List:
Entropy – Unrelenting Chaos
Helpless Salvation
Violent Metal
Lies of the Forsaken
Champion
Lost Sages Tower
Drum Solo & Jam
Quality of Madness
Valnir
Waking Dead
Ending Jam
Reverence

Members:
Rage Sadler – Rhythm/Lead Guitar & Vocals
Dan Mailer – Bass/Vocals
Anthony Murch – Lead/Rhythm Guitar & backing Vocals
Chris MacKinnon - Drums

Eciton
A Scent of Veracity
11 Track Album
Mighty Music
Released 26th April 2010

Eciton – Copenhagen, Denmark

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eciton

Genre: Death Metal

Thoughts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toJr864y02Y

A powerful and frenzied onslaught of rabidity and harsh gruesome growls kicks off here.  The intensive rhythms shower through the speakers, your ears awash with a bristling and malicious endeavour. This is a lot more sonically suffocating than the previous album and shows that the band have indeed moved in the right direction.

Social Pacifier
Again another scathing and torturous melee of rabid ecstasy prevails and offers a more concentrated and coarse persistence of malevolence, this is just one voracious track that deals the blows unmercifully.

Eciton 

Believe
Another dramatic journey spawned with pure hate and tempestuous rhythm together with the darkest of brutal vocal that seizes control in an instant. Intimidating and predatory, hued in a sonic and menacing embrace – this is the real deal.

To Sum Up:
The jump from 2010 to now is just huge. Eciton have clearly shown a darker, harsher gait, inciting sinister overtones and are larger than life itself in absorbing confrontation – this newish album although nearly a year old now, should be in every death metal fans collection without a doubt, everyone who loves death metal will realise that this is one album that should not be overlooked. Packed full of eager anticipation, epic riffs and downright cruel vocal scathing, has to be an all-round winner! Roll on the next onslaught from death metallers Eciton. Being Danish I can even forgive them for the spelling mistakes on the E.P.

10/10

Track List:
Thoughts
Social Pacifier
Believe

Members:
Jesper Bøeck - Vocals
Bo Frandsen - Guitar
Peter Wolf Frandsen - Bass
Jesper Jensen - Drums
Thomas Berg - Guitar


 

Karhu
Survival of the Richest
13 Track CD
Released June 1st 2012

Survival of the Richest - Karhu

Karhu –Cinderford, Gloucestershire & Siilinjärvi, Finland

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/TheKarhuGroove
http://www.thekarhugroove.com/home.html

Members Biog's:



Genre: Progressive Groove Metal




Forming in 2006 founder members Joseph Parry and Oliver Davis-Gower met in college and formed the band under the name of Sijkmotiv3.  After 5 years of struggling along as a duo they eventually stumbled upon Osku Kinnunen from Finland of all places and then Matthew Morris appeared soon after which completed the line-up.  Osku is the only member of the band from Finland and so as you would expect there is a lot of toing and froingover the internet with files as the band records their albums in the UK.

Osku, the band say changed their musical direction as he was at a higher technical level than the other members and this helped them to create the new and more exciting sound, and not only did the sound change but the name changed as well to a more professional sounding Karhu which means “Bear” in Finnish and indeed signifies the roaring power of the music the band has created today.  To be honest I would rather say Karhu than Sijkmotiv3 any day! Thanks Osku!

Lambent
Slow building and beautifully strung together. Vocally soft, intriguing and holds a great brooding melody.

Reality 2.0
Stupendously groovy and memorable for the vocals alone – this track will burn the grooves into your brain and you will never be able to break free with the indelible in print it leaves. This is very haunting with plenty of appeal and likability.

B-Vera
Nothing to do with the band Bludvera and not thrash either but it carves a good beat, none the less – the melodic frequencies build, to a very high summit and will leave you speechless as you get to the top.

KERpasser
The snarling vocal continues and is unrepentant coupled with a subsonic bubbling flurry of sounds that are harsh and uncompromising. Good solid drum beats and a bass hook to be proud of this again is spectacular. The breakdown sounds melodic and gives the vocalist a respite as some deftly played strings do a bit of meandering.

Survival of the Richest
Same name as the title of this amazing album rip-roaring riffs and vocals raise the temperature with a surging of sound that surrounds the listener. It will guide you to a place where it is compulsory to use head “ology” and raise the horns.

Ignorance
Fast and ferocious this will and I know sounds like an old cliche - rip your face off and devour it! But not apologizing!! With its manic drumming, gnarly vocal and huge sonic riffs; that sound shrill and fast, will bring you that tasty groove element.

The Dream
As expected by the title this starts off very dreamlike and then a sneaky beat starts up and right on cue a more menacing growl can be heard amid the fiery riffs that drive the track. A frenzy of blast beats materialize from nowhere and a rumbling from the bass it slowly turns the track on its head so from the dream to the nightmare and back to the dream with beautiful strings to the less frightening scenario with superb guitar to soothe the fevered brow!

D-44
Back to the fire and brimstone this will carve you up and bury the remains! The vocal onslaught will enthrall and captivate with the fiercest power that emanates from the trembling speakers. A plodding little bass line holds a good tempo as the strings flurry and fill the spaces left so that every corner of this track has something good and solid for the listener to get their teeth into and it never loses sight of that tasty and elegant groove laden proficiency.

Isä
With a mighty howl this track comes alive and then the tempo suddenly changes and a clean vocal takes over. Good harmonic qualities take charge but it still possesses a driving force not to be messed with. It has brooding superiority and amazing attributes that when coming together are nothing less than excellent.

Darker Days
The onslaught continues and like a firing range the guitar produces bullet like riffs that will tear you to pieces. However the clean vocals sound slightly weak in places but the heavy gnarly scathing vocal balances the track superbly which is its redeeming feature.  Musically every note is covered in sumptuous rhythm it is still a compelling listen.

Feeder
Choppy drum beats murder the ear drums relentlessly with a powerful dynamic melody, the scourging vocal will ambush you into submission! It's fast and reckless with unwavering quality consistent metal riffs will never lose sight of the groove! Tighter than a ducks backside!

Solipsist
Extinction Protocol
2012

Solipsist – Cleveland, Ohio

Links:

Genre:  Metal

Solipsist formed on the 1st April 2006 and is from Cleveland Ohio and you would think that forming on April Fool’s day would have put the band off but six years later the band are still together proving they are no clowns and serious about their brand of metal. Although trying to say the band's name is somewhat of a conundrum! 

In 2007 saw Solipsist produce their first offering to the privileged metal community entitled “Medicate the Masses” and since then worked on producing a further CD entitled “The Human Equation” and later still “Extinction Protocol” the new six-track E.P.

The band have shared a stage with underground legends such as Chimaira and Mushroomhead in their hometown of Ohio - and headlined venues in and around NE Ohio.

The cover is just as ominous as the music and what it contains. (Not for girls unless they are into this kind of thing) and are into extreme macabre settings and grisly lyrics exploring the decaying desolate surroundings and displayed neatly on the inside cover amid war torn scenes of warfare.

The band’s brand of brutality has indeed got them noticed and been responsible for getting them featured on national music media sites as Metalsucks.net and blogs nationwide. “The Human Equation” starts off in tender mode but it is short lived as the brutality takes effect but now we have the band’s latest offering “Extinction Protocol” which takes the band further up the brutal metal scale.

Save me a place in Hell
Very aptly titled and sounds just as grotesque as the title, this just scathing as it is macabre – it oozes pure evil – it’s twisting devilish riffs and beats are extremely biting and raw leaving caustic scars on the brain. It holds a blistering melodic tone and there’s a lot going on in this track. Made for being played loud!

Steal the Sun
There’s no let up from the menacing evil beat on this track either. The evil still blights as the vocal content comes into play. The blast beats are cruel and unyielding and leaves an imprint beating the listener into submission. Feel the pulsating chords and tormenting bass hooks as this takes hold and literally sucks the life force from your body leaving an empty carcass. It has progressive moments where the guitar just pulls away from the track and seems possessed but it never leaves the track for long and sweeps back in. A highly mesmerizing track indeed.

The Bringers of Eternal Sleep
Intriguing as it is interesting start with chanting voices and deadly chords mixed with fiery beats. The structure is superb with lots going on in it to keep the listener engaged. However just a short master-piece.

Extinction Protocol
The title track is melodious and yet still manages to be harsh to the extreme and still oozes with evil that the band just know how to bring to life with scourging extreme vocals and a cacophony of amazing riffs to boot that melt into one metal fest that reach dizzying heights that will never lose appeal.

Trenches
Starts off briefly in a battlefield surrounding and well... carries on the theme. Epic in sound and encourages images of war to mind, so this track works extremely well. As you would expect it still sounds grisly and macabre in its setting. There seems more than a few bullets flying around here although the subtle harmonies give it another dimension altogether and is very cleverly thought out and produced. Definitely my favourite track on the E.P.

Ghost of Remembrance
The band takes a swift exit left and produces something totally different here. They really get into the feel of what the track is about not only musically but vocally too. Slower in pace and a lot more eerie with no scathing vocals but replaced with poignant lyrics that reach out and grab the attention of the listener with ease. The harmonies blend so perfect and the chords appear ghostly and sinister yet the harshness is still there lurking in the background and another cleverly produced track is born within the sound of Solipsist. Indeed one does not simply “listen” to Solipsist one literally lives out the tracks and then replays the memory back and forth.

Never a truer word spoken!

To sum up this band know exactly in what direction they are planning on getting to and have produced a really great quality E.P. here. You definitely live each track like an actor in a horror movie.  It has sinister twists and plays out eerily through each riff and beat produced.

Track six has something extra that materializes as you think the track has ended giving a definite surprise but not quite, it isn’t over until the skeleton’s hand suddenly and without warning bursts through the soil and grabs you around the throat then it’s over!    

How can you make a deranged mind sane again? “You know perfectly well what the matter is with you Winston” But you fort against the knowledge you are mentally deranged – you suffer from a defective memory, only the discipline of your mind can see reality Winston, it needs an act of self-destruction” the voice then trails off and the Spanish sounding strings and harmonic vocals spin you into what Winston is feeling – “I know now a terrible thing is coming!” “What do you mean?” “The field – it’s covered in blood!”

This is a superb E.P. that allows the listener to live out the tunes not just listen to them.  The band paint terrifying pictures within their cleverly thought out lyrics and play them back to you.  The images will be shocking as they will be thought provoking but only maybe, a handful of bands could do this and Solipsist is one such band.

This is more than just an E.P. of vengeful beauty it is also a well drafted and structured piece of art as well as an extremely sophisticated movie that you can re live with each press of the play button. Outstanding and very memorable.

10/10

Track Listing:
Save me a place in Hell
Steal the Sun
The Bringers of Eternal Sleep
Extinction Protocol
Trenches
Ghost of Remembrance

The demons that are Solipsist

Members:
Noah Buchanan – Vocals
Dave Chojnacki – Drums
Steve Sinko – Guitar/Vocals
Dave Vezdos – Bass
Mark Witherspoon – Guitar/Vocals


Revocation
A Life Once Lost
Relapse Records
Released 16 August 2011

Revocation - A life once lost!

Revocation – Boston, USA

Links:

Genre: Tech Death Metal

Founded 2006 and originally known as “Cryptic Warning,” and part of the technical death metal sub genre, otherwise known as tech-death. Hitting the scenes in the year 2000, the band is now recognized with the name “Revocation,” and was founded by childhood friends guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne. The bands coarse, abrasive vocals paired with complex drumbeats and shredding guitar solos, pulled their influence from iconic bands, such as Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. They are here to remind fans just how hard they can still slash your speakers.

Signed to Relapse Records in 2009 and released Existence is Futile – their Relapse Debut album and then 2010 Chaos of Forms – the bands brutality is more than apparent and they are moving further up the metal ladder at full scale proportion Revocation logged miles in Japan supporting Behemoth, Europe supporting Dying Fetus, and the US and Canada playing alongside the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Misery Index, Veil of Maya, and many more. All in all, the band covered 13 countries with over 150 shows and to top it all have over 36,000 likes on Facebook! 


The Grip Tightens
The chunky beats and subsonic riffage here is really tremendous. The scathing and unrelenting vocals will simply pulverize the audial canal and your head will explode with ferocity as the shredding gets underway. You can’t head bang to this it’s so fast! The technical side becomes apparent as this is not just death metal alone it has complex twists and turns and gives you a lot to digest!

Spurn the outstretched hand
More nice little complexities to behold here with crushing vocals that will leave your head in pulp status mode! Hammering drum beats and choppy bass hooks compelling listening indeed! Be ready for total annihilation.
Manically Unleashed
Very apt title for a track that literally does what it says on the label and not only unleashed but will destroy in the process with its choppy little blast beats and cutting vocals that will blister as they forge deep into your head with scalding results.

Teratogenisis
And yet another caustic track that bites deep into the penetrable mind. Scornful vocals will bury themselves into the core of your very being and leave you wounded with metal perplexity. Superb rhythms that if you head bang too will cause a brain haemorrhage!

Bound by Desire
Last track on the CD and it does not let up there it just goes even more criminally insane with its biting rhythms and ear splitting vocals swathed in pure icy metal riffs and leaves a stinging resonance as it literally bounces from the trembling speakers.

Absolutely superb listening! With Revocation the passion shines through from the band with each riff and rhythmic beat and leaves one in the holy cow state of wtf!! You get some awesome metal magic from these tracks but beware very addictive – we are going to need rehab after listening!

9½/10

Track Listing:
The Grip Tightens
Spurn the outstretched hand
Manically Unleashed
Teratogenisis
Bound by Desire

Members:
David Davidson – Guitar/Vocals
Anthony Buda – Vocals/Bass
Phil Dubois-Coyne – Drums



Killaflaw
EP Launch Night
Zanzibar
22.11.13

Killaflaw - Liverpool

Links:

Official Killaflaw Website:

Killaflaw's ‘Broken Idol EP’ is out now, released 4.11.13. The video, made by Will Hutchinson and Leo Whetter, with costumes by Chloe Brucie Willis is linked below.  "We are the Furry Furballs - come and dance with us!"

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Genre: Electro/Bass/Rock/Blues

Liverpool duo Benn and Andy otherwise known as Killaflaw are now signed to ‘Wall of Sound’ and with tensions mounting high, (and that was just me!) Killaflaw prepared to do battle with the Zanzi once again.

To describe Killaflaw I would say raw rock with crossover rave and a dash of blues. Their more sombre tracks portray the blues vibe nicely, but mainly Killaflaw just explode with bouncy killa electro beats that are just too ‘in your face’ to ignore!

Howling Wolf produced a track called ‘Killing Floor’ which is whereKillaflaw’s name derived from and also worth noting is thatKillaflaw have done their own interpretation of Killing Floor in their own unusual style, certainly making it unique.

Killaflaw are catchy, bouncy and everything in between. They capture the imagination superbly well, and relive their music live on stage with sublime energy.

Killaflaw have just returned from Camden and Reading and soon off to Manchester to promote their highly delicious ‘Broken Idol EP’ but last night was Liverpool’s turn to get a dose of Killa love and Andy commented just before the gig “We are rough and ready!” I think he was meaning Benn’s unfortunate throat infection, however, the set was as dynamic as it was on first seeing them live and it made me wonder just where they get their energy from.

Andy sliced the atmosphere with his hand in time to some chunky beats as the sound fell on the hungry horde of people crammed into the place, whilst Benn danced around the stage, hair flying to some infused beats and mighty rock driven anthems. It is clear to see that Killaflaw are at home on stage and enjoy producing some of the most unique sounds you are ever likely to hear.

It is hard to know which part of the body to move in time to the strenuous rhythms and classy beats that in the end, you just have to move the whole of your body and frustration certainly sets in when you are trying to take pics! - Although I think I got a few good ones!

Forty-Five minutes of sheer bliss exhumed everyone last night.  Looking around the Zanzibar the faces of the people were exuberant and made even better with the Zanzi atmos and tremendous sound from Pat.

‘Holy Funk’ was absolutely riveting in all sense of the word as the rhythms fused together with thunderous beats – the crowd all moving in time to the raucous frenzy – it was fantastic to be a part of that special night!

Best I have ever seen Killaflaw play! They put over 100% into their unique performance and made a lot of people very sweaty indeed!

I get chills running down my spine when I hear the start of ‘Set me on Fire’ and immediately succumb to the crazy beats that reign down, body spasming at the ready! The concentration from Andy told a story as he was surrounded by a bank of knobs and dials, his expertly executed keys were struck savagely to produce a wall of sound like no other!

**Special mentions to: Tony, Totty and Paul. Pat for tremendous sound. Anneka for her dance moves, Chris for his excellent company and to Benn and Andy of Killaflaw for such an amazing night’s entertainment – Thank you for the Killa love all of you!!

Ten Foot Wizard - Return to the Infinite - 10 Track Album - Beard of Zeus Records - Released 2nd May 2013

Artwork by Gary Wizard


Ten Foot Wizard – Manchester

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/tenfootwizard

Listen here:

Genre: Stoner/Rock/Blues

Biography:
“Ten Foot Wizard initially formed in Manchester, England as a side-project by members of ‘Bisonhammer’ in 2009. Since then the band have played just a handful of gigs each year but have garnered a reputation for putting on an incendiary live show, recently supporting Karma to Burn and Witch Mountain.

Seddy

                                                                    Adam

The band play their own brand of heavy blues rock that owes as much too classic bands such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin as to more modern bands such as Clutch, Queens of the Stone Age and Fu Manchu”

Ten Foot Wizard first seen at Metro Fest recently in Liverpool have certainly made their mark. It’s very professional sounding stuff that grabs your ears and throttles you with its addictive qualities.

I was introduced to Stoner back in 2012 at the live Bach Fest on Infernal Rock Radio which was broadcast Live from Wisconsin and managed the all night listen with the time difference finishing around 6am UK time... a lot of bleary eyes were had that day I can tell you!

There is certainly a lack of Stoner/Blues bands around Liverpool so finally catching one – bliss! A big thanks to the amazing Saul Godman from Metro Manila Aide for that!

Rise from Your Grave
Thunderous riffs and penetrating groove leave one mesmerised by its powerful thrust! The deep cavernous qualities have resonating tones of energy. A gritty vocal compliments the sound – a very provocative track that is laced with contagious intensity.

Vulture Bitches
Stupendous drum beats are ripe with rapacious riffing and deadly rhythms. One insatiable treat for the ears that will stalk you through the entire track!

Real Love
My ultimate favourite on the album for sure with its emotional riffs and catchy vocal that ploughs into inspiring thoughts and deep imagery blended with the heavy sonic electric vibe that has been repeated more than several times over and likely to be repeated several times more!

Medicine
Whilst engaging the imagination this track challenges with irresistible charm of rich and mesmerising ample groove. The primal rhythms keep coming at you with relentless abandon especially further on in the track when it reaches its climax.

Six Feet Rising
This will not only lick the ears but suck them into oblivion. Those bass lures smother and engulf with a thick provocation and passion whilst the rhythms incite with a powerful intensity.

Saturnalia
Another depth charge of a track, with compelling riffs and deep strong drumming. The track holds its own right up till the end and is awash with invigoration.

Fuck!
If this don’t have you joining in nothing will. The tempestuousness of the track surges into a fierce and addictive beat that will eat you alive.

The Storm
Very apt for this time of year, however this Storm is only cataclysmic in the sense of ravenous rhythms and crazy riffs with a chasm of strong beats that in their own way will leave their devastating mark.

End of the Line
This track houses a bluesy feel coupled with its stoner counterpart that the body may feel the need to move to. It will no doubt stalk you right up to its primal end with not only fast but a slower pace that in turn is contagious and will nibble ferociously on the senses.

Return to the Infinite
A thickly persuasive track that winds into a snake like rhythm encapsulating its victim with sinister consequences. Slow and winding but with passionate qualities that are drenched in dark ambiance.

To Sum up:
Totally mind blowing album from start to finish with full on emotion and driven intensity. Blossoming into a dark and prominent stance that in more than one way leaves its mark. Definitely gripping as it spirals and winds into a malevolent dark force of ambient groove, richly aspiring to create a full on explosion of devouring assault.

Stoner/blues rock has its slow and cumbersome moments but they are however fuelled with intensity and just as important as the faster moments. It paints a collage of intrigue – not knowing what is coming next apart from a deep ravenous groove that is not afraid to pounce on its victim which is what makes the Stoner genre so gripping and pleasing to many and this is one such album.

Ten Foot Wizard is most definitely a live experience but the album also possesses good strength and definitely a band to keep your eye on in the future! And as I said before "More bite than a hungry snake!"

10/10

Set List:
Rise from Your Grave 03:40
Vulture Bitches 05:01
Real Love 02:40
Medicine 04:17
Six Feet Rising 08:19
Saturnalia 02:56
Fuck! 04:43
The Storm 06:21
End of the Line 07:04
Return to the Infinite 09:09

Members:
Adam Hendry - Guitar/Vocals
Gary Harkin - Vocals/Guitar/Theramin
Jonny Banyard - Drums/Percussion
Seddy - Bass Guitar

Fallen Sons
MMXIII
6 Track E.P
 Released 25th September 2013

Out Now!

Fallen Sons - Liverpool

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/FallenSonsUk

Genre: Groove Metal/Technical Metal

Additional Info:
Recorded mixed and Mastered by Dan Woodward at Whitewood Studios in May 2013

Fallen Sons who debuted at the Zanzi Fest 23.8.13 have now released their 6 track E.P entitled MMXIII.  Inside the E.P cover you will find lyrics and photos, all in all a very tasteful E.P to own.

Feast for Crows
A classic moment opens this track that then bursts into an addictive chasm of beats to once more return to its primal lust. The sinewy riffs possess a caustic charm with bulbous beats and fiery energy that all fuse together around a very sparse vocal thus creating a lot of atmosphere.

Ride
A thunderous start for the next track as it greedily wraps venom around its listener. Harsher vocal pulls us into a sizzling fascination which chews on the aural and inspires throughout, with blistering riffs that give it a mind bending ambiance.

As I Fall
Quite a doom laden track at least at the beginning until it simply explodes into an angry backlash of striking rhythm. The caustic breath melts into a meandering river of steely riffs that plunge the listener into a hypnotic wall of sound that further captures a myriad of fiery frenzy.

Fallen Sons

Switchblade
Superb chug fires up and engulfs you with its open jaws. Vocally stupendous as it switches from clean to gristle in seconds. Enthralling and emotional this track will leave a lasting imprint. One of my favourites on the E.P for sure!

Gone
Sounding like a weak track until the mighty vocals rip into the heart of it and beckoning with a gnarled finger at the compelling weaves and rhythms that suddenly gush from nowhere. Powerfully strong and enticing – this is not weak at all but sure gives that surprise element.

Fallen Sun
Edgy and ambient this track merges into the light with a marching drum beat and again a thunderous mighty vocal that will simply rip the ears from the head in one fell swoop!

To Sum up:
This E.P impacts in places you don’t expect it to, driven with a dark passion eager to entice and satisfy. Its melancholic moments are short lived but present throughout the E.P and offers clear diversity. Spiteful rawness pervades in the shadows and there is nowhere to hide when it comes into the light! Some of the tracks engage straight away whilst others you may have to listen a couple of times, but after seeing the band live, I realise that the E.P does not fully, do the guys justice.

Live they are criminally phenomenal and are fuelled live wires that have no limits. Yes seeing is believing! However, this E.P in places is also richly inspiring and bound to bring rewards that the band so truly deserves.

9/10

Track List:
Feast for Crows
Ride
As I Fall
Switchblade
Gone
Fallen Sun

Members:
Callum Hughes – Vocals
Sam Cooper - Rhythm Guitar
Tony Mcloughlin – Bass
Lee Mulvaney - Lead Guitar
Alex Ashton - Drums


Impasse upon Fate
What Lies Within
 3-Track EP
Released 19th October 2013

Scorching new EP out now!

Impasse upon Fate – Liverpool

Links:

Genre: Metalcore

Metallers Impasse upon Fate last seen at the Shabhoc Event20.09.13 at Head of Steam who I might say were damned impressive to say the very least, have now released their 3-track EP ‘What Lies Within’ so be prepared for a lot of carnage and debauchery contained or (actually, I should say, bursting out of this EP) because that is what you are going to get!

I am your God
From start to finish this track is so hot it should come with a warning! It bubbles like a raging volcano and leaves just as much, if not more devastation in its wake. It has an aggressive groove that is powerful and voracious in delivery. The grave and ghoulish growls are passionate and hungry for destruction, whilst the guitar savagely oozes a shrill and infectious tone. On listening to this it will burn the audial canal from the inside out!

No Fucks
As the title suggest ‘No Fucks’ were given when the band produced this as its incendiary ravaging continues near on the entire length of the track. It holds a deep vibrancy and is energising and will no doubt overwhelm the listener with its strength and magnitude of skill and predatory onslaught.

Torn Apart
Starts with ambient strings amid a glorious distortion that thunderously goes on to taunt with a blistering catchy groove of powerful and enthralling stance. The track is hungry for attention you cannot dismiss.

Deadly! Impasse upon Fate

To Sum up:
Impasse upon Fate have unleashed a ‘monster’ in all three of these superb tracks that fuses every essence of the vastness that is metal into one EP, erupting into a powerful and deadly force of brutality right down to its evil core of existence! It is an emotional and savage ride that will take the listener to new boundaries and on finishing the ride will have their victims hooked and wanting more like an addicted junkie! The vocals leap between pure evil and dramatic, cemented by hard bass hooks and malevolent drumming – it is near on genius!

This band has the ammunition to destroy and make no bones, they have used it well to insight what could well become world war III! Highly charged and very satisfying, persuasive in its fierce delivery – this is one band you do not want to mess with, let’s just say an encounter with Impasse upon Fate will seal yours!

10/10

Set List:
I am your God
No Fucks
Torn Apart

Members:
James Langton: Lead Vocals
Jack Murphy: Bass
Anthony Longworth: Drums
Lewis Sanderson: Guitar
Callum Cavanagh: Guitar/Backing Vocals


Widows - Death Valley Duchess - 10 Track Album - Bad News Records -                                                             Released 27th April 2012

Widows Peak?

Widows - Nottingham

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/widows666

Debut EP – Raise the Monolith July 2010
Death Valley Duchess – April 2012

Artwork: Michael Cowell

Genre: Stoner Rock

Biography:
“Formed in 2008 in the troubled UK town of Nottingham.WIDOWS play music you can raise a beer and swing a fist to and they do it hard fast and loud, with bone crushing grooves and undeniable swagger!

Influenced by the likes of Down, Kyuss, and Clutch, WIDOWShave spent the two years since the release of their debut EP (2010’s Raise the Monolith) building up an ever more impressive live set as they chewed up, spat out, and pounded venue after venue into submission, adding weight to their sets with regular new tracks and building the collection of songs that would later become their debut full length CD, Death Valley Duchess”

Green Tsunami
Oh hell this so raw it oozes from every orifice known to man! Guaranteed to make your body twitch into a spasm that will leave you twisted beyond recognition! I am blown away by the deep infested grooves – I shall never be the same again! Stirring up a dust trail Widows are hell bent on forging ahead with their debilitating rhythms that bite so hard it hurts!

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHYi8FdK3qo

Goat Lab
Throat punch with a meat cleaver! – The towering riffs are thick and meaty with more meat than a Butcher's shop! Expanding into blistering madness that intensifies and more than engages the imagination. Scathing, contagious and insatiably hungry to devour the soul, Widows have unleashed totally carnivorous thoughts along with mind blowing rhythms and by doing so have created an evil monster.

Fuck Knuckle
More crevices than a large ravine – the pulsating, swelling riffs and contagious beats will have you hook, line and sinker. I can’t help but move to the subsonic sound that has found its way deep into the aural cavities. Menacing with brutal intent and fires on all cylinders.

Whether yellow or white these guys are still damned badass!

Truckules
Resonating bass lures and meaty drumming with more grit than spit, this is emotive and rhythmic and certainly sizzles in all directions. Absorbing as it is invigorating, those bouncy rhythms will stalk you into submission!

Kiss of Failure
I can hardly keep pace with these guys! They rivet the tracks together with some ridiculously contagious grooves that compel the body to move and you must obey their rules.  Another insatiable track that is ripe for feasting and feast on it you must.

Whores of Babylon
More compulsive listening coming up, this literally takes your breath away with utter abandon. Unleashing a torrent of mesmeric grooves that wrap themselves around the aural and will squeeze the delicate bones of the ear until they explode!

Something for Deities
Slower in tempo at the start and as it grows so does the rhythm, empowering its victims with relish and intensity. No corner is safe in which to hide as the blistering crescendo reaches climax – it is unmerciful in delivery and will eat you alive!

Parentheses
Deliciously savage it is a real concoction of potency that is bristling with passion igniting a sonic presence of madness contained within every beat and rhythm that is lavish with intensity. This will go a long way to fuel the fire somewhat, although slowing to an even tempo further on in the track it still manages to punch you in the gut!

Death Valley Duchess
Eerie with great use of vocal effects giving off a radiant ambiance that is vibrant and dark with sinister overtones and lurid bass – this is most definitely a mind numbing experience – Widows is an intense band that have well and truly made their mark with oppressive riffs and doom laden rhythms – and gives the listener a chance to recover from the point of no return.

To Sum up:
More bounce than a rubber ball Widows have unleashed a monster of an album from the very start of this mega pumped incendiary device to the very end of its doom laden stoner days. Widows has delivered with the intent, not just to kill but also devour its victims with a full on force of rapacious grooves that explode like a nuclear bomb. Unmerciful, spiteful and full of hate fuelled aggression this is powerful stuff that holds a clear command of who is in charge.

Highly addictive and densely populated with sonic pull that sucks you rapidly into their challenging and energetic world. Devouring and cataclysmic it will awaken the senses and embroil you into its savage glory and at the same time will swathe you in its fiery rhythms.

Widows has the ability to make highly charged dark edged grooves with head splitting momentum and fiercely strong rhythms that take charge on listening – be warned your encounter with this band will have you highly addicted!

I can guarantee that at the end of this mighty onslaught your ears will be crying for more! Highly recommended listening and steeped in head banging spicery! Keep an eye on these guys!!

S-u-p-e-r-b!!!

10/10

Track List:
Green Tsunami
Goat Lab
Fuck Knuckle
Truckules
Whores of Babylon
Something for Deities
Parentheses
Death Valley Duchess

Members:
James Kidd - Guitars and some Bass
Adam Jolliffe - Vocals
Rob Stringer - Bass
Ste Mellor - Drums
(Ste Birch played bass on some of the tracks on this album)
John Eley - Backing vocals on Green Tsunami 

Clamor of Existence
Fatal Redemption
7 Track Album
Released 1st August 2013

Clamor of Existence - Greece

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/ClamorOfExistence
http://clamorofexistence.bandcamp.com/

Genre: Heavy Metal

Biography:
Clamor of Existence was formed in 2011 by four university students in Patras. They started covering some songs but eventually they ended up writing their own music, with many influences from many bands.

Darkness in my Soul
A bit of a dirge to begin with, however there are some catchy hooks on this track that are highly addictive with good strong vocals, which save it from becoming stagnant. Further on it bristles with a good solid vibrancy and at the finish of this track you will find it is worthy of repeating.

Vae Victis
This track bursts into a raging fiery passionate embrace of strong melodies and ravaging riffs. The rabidity grows with the track and no doubt leave its mark as it will be in your head for days after - so deliciously catchy, whilst gnawing at the senses at the same time.

Enjoy Your Nothingness
As the title would suggest this track does not really do much for me but maybe a few more listens and it could grow on me... it seems to taunt the listener as if it is going to turn into a mega track but just falls short of the mark, however it does have some catchy moments amongst its amblings.

Exiled In Dark
Quite an intriguing little track that works its way quite quickly to a strong conclusion and offers some good melodic rhythms and riffs.  An urgent sounding vocal twists and stalks its victims with a good predatory stance. It weaves a passionate and solid embrace of energy. Liking this a lot!

Heil Your King
A good strong resounding chug powerfully comes into existence here and tempers with more melodies whilst the guitars offer some interesting moments of purity. It creeps and twists with a deep energy and offers good lyrics.


Clamor of Existence 2013 - with Panagiotis Poulakidas, Giorikernes Delionimous, John Sarris and Vaios Sven


Dominus Tyrannus
A rather adventurous start to this track that ploughs fiercely and prowls with an intent to surround and engulf its listeners. It gnaws at the ears and has a good intensity that envelops and seduces, but it is carefully tempered so as to keep the fire burning within the track, very cleverly produced by the band.

In Bowels of Vanity
Another extremely urgent sounding track that scales the heights with utter abandon whilst also taking you to the murky depths of confrontation. It edges again towards a catchy melodic tendency and wraps its riffs around the aural make no mistake



To Sum up:
You tend not to hear a lot of bands play and sing in this vein of urgency, but its energy cannot be denied. The catchy hooks and monumental vocal ravaging serves to create a certain intrigue.  The album is not to the extreme and yet it is powerful in its own right.

I don’t think it will win any awards for being unique as this style has been done before but I am not dismissing Clamor of Existence as those catchy hooks are superbly crafted and they lift the tracks, so much so, I think they need further investigation.

With only one uninteresting track on this 7 Track Album I would say it is worthy of several listens and in that time no doubtClamor of Existence will have sneaked into your head and planted that tiny spark of intrigue into it.

Track List:
Darkness in my Soul 04:37
Vae Victis 04:58
Enjoy Your Nothingness 04:26
Exiled In Dark 03:58
Heil Your King 04:38
Dominus Tyrannus 04:56
In Bowels of Vanity 05:08

Members:
Panagiotis Poulakidas – Bass/Vocals
Vaios Sven - Drums/Vocals
George Delios - Guitars
John Sarris - Guitars


 

Eibon La Furies
The Immoral Compass
12 Track Album
Code 666 Records
Released 2nd September 2013

Eibon La Furies - Lincolnshire

Links:

Discography:
Something Wicked This Way Comes     Demo 2006   
Yours Truly... Eibon la Furies ... from Hell     EP 2007
The New Golden Dawn     Single 2009  
The Blood of the Realm    Full-length   2010 
The Immoral Compass     Full-length   2013

Genre: Avant-garde Black Metal/Dark Rock/Cinematic ambiance

Biography:
Eibon La Furies formed back in 2006 in Lincolnshire as a singular project by Lord Eibon.  Described as Avant-garde black metal with the occult/spiritual thrown in – this sounds right up my street!

Their promotional material was sent to me back in September but I was unable to review it then due to personal issues and now feel “partly” ready to continue.

The band have really gone to town on their promotional package and it comes in A5 book form with the disc enclosed, something quite unique in its own right.

Eibon La Furies started work on this epic album back in 2012 the same year they recruited Neil Purdy on Lead Guitar.

The band is inspired by -”The shadows in humanity” so the inside cover has us believe and goes on to say, The Immoral Compass preaches that whatever our choices, moral, immoral, or amoral, they should be bold.  “The balance of greatness can be tipped either way” As black as this sounds Eibon La Furies is indeed a force turning negative into positivity and just what I need in my life to stop me from sinking to the depths as like the band I seek to regain control and do not plan on being drowned by a cascading crush!

The Compass Awakes
The sinister strings ambiently flow to a resounding drum beat that quickly gains a steady rhythm – this however is just the beginning and a nice little filler track to pave the way on what is to come.

Immoral Compass to the World
The gravelly whispers flow to a crisp guitar and sonic bass hook whilst the drums hold that forceful rhythm together. This is not your usual black metal and like it says on the tin is avant-garde with all the trimmings. Good tempos surround a blackening vocal with rock stamped all over it and I would say quite an epic track.

Astronomy in Absences
The chilling ambient presence of a haunting keyboard fills the air with sinister undertones as the track unfolds. It is deliberate and steadily works its way forward morphing into a blackening vocal growl. The guitar sounds harsh and foreboding suddenly turning into a mesmeric array of fast strings that deliciously wrap themselves around the aural, giving the listener a lot of food for thought. It is neither one thing, nor another, so adding that surprise element.

Imperial Jackal's Head
More ambient sinister leanings that once again turn into a rhythmic array of strings with a resounding chug effect, adding spice to the track.  Vocally evil and damming, spitting forth venom in a blackened haze with superb effects. The guitar takes on a mind blowing savage attack of strings whilst the keyboards add a sprinkling of haunting melody.

Flames 1918
A superb opening of opulent keyboards and a slow demonic edgy vocal. Whilst the drums take on a marching beat. Powerfully haunting and has you gripped as each track unfolds its eerie but surprisingly uplifting tones thanks to a deftly played keyboard.

An Enigma in Space and Time
A beautiful cascading stringed opening to this track with solid sporadic beats as it edges slowly to its conclusion. An unusual track that boasts a euphoric stance of fast and fiery fret work that comes from nowhere. It will no doubt leave you wondering what will happen next. The harmonies present themselves with a resounding burst of pulsating energy.

Eibon La Furies

Who Watches the Watchers?
Eerie Raven calls turn into a bludgeoning blast beat but yet the tempo is slow and unyielding. The now familiar tones of rippling gravelled demonic growling begins and displays their blackened tones to an unending haunting presence of crisp, clean strings. If this doesn’t send a chill down your spine then nothing will!

Conjure Me
Superb rhythmic guitar chugs out to some shrill harmonies that give depth to the other added and cleverly produced effects. The chill has now turned to inflamed ravaging as the track builds to its conclusion of evil whispers and solid drum beats that offer no hiding place for the weary or faint of heart. Superb track!

Ascending Through Darkness
Again eerily haunting with clever use of sound effects that work well within the tempos and darkened edge of utter blackness. The harmonies offer a glimpse in the background as the drums swell and the vocals come into play once more offering their ever damming presence of evil.

The Vanguard;
You can almost see the men standing in a cave with the flames flickering, dancing on the aged walls of time. The guitars work extremely well with the drums adding more intensity to an already intense track.

The End of Everything
Hardened and evil the sound of this track is like a predator stalking its prey. Vocally Lord Eibon growls out some severe lyrics to a doom laden ambiance, whilst the strings offer some light to the proceedings and simply lick the ears as they play out.

The Compass Remains
A beautiful end to what has been an intense and magical listen. The icy strings glide effortlessly around an unyielding tempo of darkness.

To Sum up:
One intense album from start to finish with glimpses of haunting melodies and evil demonic vocal prowess that works extremely well within its surroundings. Beautiful keyboard arrangements and strong bass hooks with solid beats that feasts on occasional rhythms, this is a very unique listen.

It is not an album that you can listen to willy nilly – it must be savoured and digested in a way that rewards the listener. The ambient fluctuations and the superb sound effects melt into sheer perfection as track after track holds something new and ignites the listener to feed off its findings.

The doom laden feel along with the eerie ambiance is quite astonishing and no doubt fans will already have picked out a favourite track or three to play again – For me personally, my highlights have to be ‘Immoral Compass to the World’ ‘Conjure me’ and ‘the Vanguard’ as they hold certain irresistible imagery, although no doubt, I shall find others that grow on me as I listen again to the album.

The energy this album sums up is mighty powerful and adds menace to its contagious mystique.  Eibon La Furies have certainly paved the way with this 12 track of uncompromising, inventive and passionate booty that for me, has been a good haul!

9½/10

Track List:
The Compass Awakes
Immoral Compass to the World
Astronomy in Absences
Imperial Jackal's Head
Flames 1918
An Enigma in Space and Time
Who Watches the Watchers?
Conjure Me
Ascending Through Darkness
The Vanguard;
The End of Everything
The Compass Remains

Members:
Paul D Sims – (Lord Eibon) – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard
Jamie Batt – (Battalion) – Drums and Percussion
Matt Cook – (The Furious Host) – Bass
Neil Purdy – Lead Guitar 

     Hamerex - IX - 10 Track Album - IX Music - Released 7th October 2013

Stunning new album from Hamerex out today!

Hamerex – Wakefield, North Yorkshire

Links:

Pre order from here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ix-Hamerex/dp/B00EZM32U
http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/51834513/IX/Product.html
http://www.code7music.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_749&products_id=5760
www.actionrecords.co.uk/buy/ix_442928.htm

Discography
Demo – 2005
Best of Live – 2005
Gates of Hades
If it’s too Loud, You’re too old
Into War – EP
The Wicker Man
The Lycan EP
Rites of Passage – Studio Album
IX


Genre: Heavy Metal

Brief Biography:
“Hamerex are a Heavy Metal band that formed on 14th August 2004. The band are an energetic and entertaining live band with a large catalogue of catchy and melodic songs”

A very apt name for the title of Hamerex’s new album IX as this is exactly how many years Hamerex have been producing and slamming out the best in metal.

IX Circles
A soft but evil whisper taunts and turns into a sway of deftly carved rhythms with haunting synth tones that send shivers down your spine. This is one powerful track that deserves attention and will no doubt get it as it is a very unique track and shows the diverse side of Hamerex.

The Life of Death
Hard edged beats forge an uncompromising level of captivation and thrust a powerfully strong vocal of cleverly thought out lyrics right in the metal face, with this igniting an emotive track, holding some excitable rhythms that ripple with a catchy strenuous embrace.

Inferno
Is hard hitting and heavy without a doubt, with an amazing beat that will have your head moving and your feet tapping along to that edgy rhythm in no uncertain terms! It’s as catchy as hell and I think you may find yourself reaching for the replay once the track comes to an end – I have not only done this but also cranked it up another few more notches for full on face melting effect! The guitar solo spot is superb so listen out for that!

Edge of Madness
Chunkier than a Yorkie bar! Its groove laden rhythms will simply devour you on listening. It spans with a hard edged vocal and quickly gains tempo with a thrash theme and fast fretwork which is mouth-watering.

The Extremist
This is also a rather chunky track that has thrashy elements. Quite early on in the track it slows and then forges back to the thrash theme. Andy – rather the extremist here I feel (and who plays guitar as well as bass) has just simply gone to town on the fret-work with Darren not far behind literally giving the drums a good workout!



The jaw-dropping Hamerex in action

Mortuary
Shrill guitar work opens this track along with a resounding punch on the skins. Again catchy lyrics and holding superb rhythm, brilliant vocal scathing with supersonic bass hooks.

The Stranger
Quite a provocative track in its own right, the catchiness never far away and lingering. The more I listen, the more that chug bites and holds some deep thought provoking moments of stringed pleasure that give it a hard edged feel and simply embraces what is quite an abrasive and inspiring track with plenty of added clout to boot!

Descent of Angels
This track is thoroughly spring loaded and bounces just as durably as a rubber ball. If you don’t reach for the volume on this track there’s no hope for you! Although it does slow down for a guitar outing a bit further on to let you gather your thoughts, and then grabs the throat for a final onslaught of brutality, with excellent echo at the end.

The Night of Samhain
I have been informed on good authority that I was the inspiration for this 11 minute track, which is an honour indeed. It is a moody track with a cheeky bass line running through it and a sharp stringed arrangement. It bursts forth with an ambient quality and holds an 80’s sound to it. You have to listen to when the track supposedly stops and then a progressive moment can be savoured which happens half way through. The harmonies are composed in a chanting vein, giving the track plenty of added depth and vocally very strong, definitely gives it a Pagan feel to the proceedings.

Still the Wall Remains
A rather stunning track of sumptuous chords and wondrous beats all melting effortlessly into a mesmeric track, that I feel is like Japanese Knotwood – once it takes hold it isn’t letting go! The harmonies are interesting as they are unique. The vocals are soft and dreamlike until the guitar takes over with a spiky rhythm just adding to this complex piece of writing. Definitely another of my favourites on the album. Steve does the main vocals for this track and both he and Andy share their expertise on the synth. Absolutely stunning!

To Sum up:
Hamerex for me will never lose their allure and appeal. The slow, dark, heavy melodies are compelling and intriguing with strong rhythms that really add depth to their quirky and unique sound.Hamerex have their own trademark of superb artwork by Mel Wales and James Mullet and mesmerising, as they are diverse, with catchy and memorable lyrics that you can dry your hair to!  This certainly is one of the most outstanding albums of 2013.

The mere fact that Hamerex are multi-talented changing instruments and swapping vocals give them something more to work with in my opinion and they sure as hell have put a lot of thought and ideas into making this album spectacular! 

As I actually got to hear the album quite early on and did a review for three of the tracks which I was not allowed to publish at the time and gave them 9/10 – but on hearing the whole album, feel that a ten is much more deserved. 

Hamerex have well and truly upped their game with this superb album and it makes me wonder just where they will go with the next one!

On the 19th October Hamerex are teaming up with Kaine andPromethium at The Snooty Fox – not long to wait now! - So this should be one hell of a gig.

10/10

Track List:
IX Circles
The Life of Death
Inferno
Edge of Madness
The Extremist
Mortuary
The Stranger
Descent of Angels
The Night of Samhain
Still the Wall Remains

Members:
Chris Moules – Vocals
Steve Blower – Guitar/Synth/Backing Vocals
Darren Kelsall – Drums
Andy Firth - Bass/Guitar 
 

Bornbroken
The Healing Powers of Hate
10 Track Debut Album
Self-Released
Released 4th June 2013

 

Out now!


Born Broken – Montreal, Canada


Genre: Thrash

Biography:
Montreal’s BornBroken was formed in 2008 with one simple mission in mind: Help the masses find a voice, a face, an “X” that marks the spot through the sounds of beating skins, metal strings and broken chords.

After months of writing and hours spent in the studio,BornBroken managed to take every emotion they felt, put it to music, build off of past battle scars and create a record where listeners will feel they are part of the storyline.

On their debut album, The Healing Powers of Hate, which is set for a June 4 release, BornBroken play out not only what life has given them but also what they want to give back: truth, integrity, perseverance, loyalty and faith in humanity’s struggle for equality.

“We try to keep with tradition on this release and bring back a true dry metal sound, upfront loud guitars, drums in your face and a singer that can be distinguished from the rest,” says guitarist Mike Decker of The Healing Powers of Hate.

“BornBroken is the beaten and the fallen overcoming their outlook of a blackened tomorrow,” he explains of the band’s vision and goals. “Taking sorrow and anger and rising up from the ashes to rebuild and heal a new world from one that’s crumbling down around us now.”

It’s a truly powerful message delivered by one of the metal world’s most powerful new bands. Get ready to experience the magic moment when, finally, the broken shall rise.

Bornbroken


Can’t Quiet the Riot

The sound of sirens wailing in the background and then with a thud this track breaks the sound barrier. Compelling and vengeful with perfect balance, protruding rhythms and damming riffs – it will eat you alive! FFS don’t Quiet the Riot let it happen is what I say!


Old News

Stirring up another thrilling moment – a total power trip! Insatiable hunger spews from every pore within this track and it will awaken the senses with a resounding thumbs up! Vocally immense, the same goes for the climaxing riffs that hungrily bore into your head.


Anger of the Day

“Today is the day I love to Hate!” although I am loving this track... it has rapacious riffs and a far reaching persuasion that is addictive and mesmeric with a superb emotive force.


I will rise

The thick vibrant rhythms are destructive and meaty, and eagerly ride on a bed of thrashing awesomeness! So far each track has delivered the goods and this one is no exception!


Control

Drenched with insatiability and captivation it means business and will command everyone who listens. It has a certain presence that is highly addictive listening. This rigorous melodic track is highly alluring with a sonic vocal and skilfully adapted music to back it up.


It has begun

Bornbroken employ a good strong tempestuous flair for all things chaotic and savage. The insidious low vocal barrage will no doubt make the heart skip a beat as it rampages through the track whilst the music seriously carves you up.


Birth of the Broken

More sampled voice shouting havoc and you know what comes next... or do you? This track shows the diverse side of Bornbroken with its meaty bass lures and employs a slower rhythm than previous, but still harsh and mesmerising it twists into another sonic eruption of pure turbulence.


Bleed the Sky

Literally chewing on savagery, the vocals doing turbulent somersaults on the aural, there is no let up as it speeds hungrily and possesses that enthralling listenability.


Reborn from the Ashes

Thrash or be thrashed! Highly supercharged and now reaching total chaotic frenzy mode – one colourful track that paints its mark on society as well as the aural as it launches its brutality both vocally and musically.


The Healing Powers of Hate

Fantastic drumming on this track although through-out I haven’t been able to fault any of the tracks. Triumphantly alluring this unleashes its power ridden chaos within a deep and brutal assault.


To Sum up:

This is one album that really needs attention. It opens the cage and releases a beast! The potency is toxic, and everything you could wish for in a thrash album. I cannot believe it has taken Bornbroken 5 long years to release their debut album but one thing is for sure they have perfected their craft with precise precision, probing intensity, rampant, infectious rhythms and insatiable vocals this is one hell of an album, if you don’t listen you will be missing out on a treat of the year, and a captivating release!


10/10


Track List:

Can’t quiet the riot

Old News

Anger of the Day

I will rise

Control

It has begun

Birth of the Broken

Bleed the Sky

Reborn from the Ash

The Healing Powers of Hate


Members:

Simon Savard- Guitar

Mike Decker- Guitar

Tommy Vaillancourt - Bass

Joe Menard - Drums

Jesus Salazar-Vocals

 
 

Deals Death - Point Zero Solution - 11 Track Album - Spinefarm Records/Universal Music - To be released 13th September 2013

Out very soon - Point Zero Solution


Deals Death – Gothenburg, Sweden


Links:

www.facebook.com/dealsdeath


Discography

Internal Demons - Full-length    2009   

Elite - Full-length 2012   

Point Zero Solution -Full-length 2013


Genre: Melodic Death Metal


Biography:

“The story of melodic death metallers Deals Death began in a music college called Boomtown, where guitarist Erik Jacobson met a couple of other students. With some further twists to the story, with which we need not bother, the band released their self-financed debut ‘Internal Demons’ in 2009 to raving reviews.


In 2009 Deals Death recruited new members in Gothenburg and made the city their base. The second album, ‘Elite’, was recorded in May 2010 in Gothenburg and mixed by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry). ‘Elite’ was released in March 2012 via Finland's metal powerhouse Spinefarm Records became their label debut. A promo video was shot for the song ‘Fortified’ and released in April 2011. The clip made waves on the metal scene (surpassing already half a million views) and then, a fortuitous bounce launched Deals Death to a larger than just metal audience, when vocalist Olle Ekman's ‘Death Metal Vocal Exercises’ video became a surprise YouTube hit.


Now, after five years of hard work and dedication, Deals Death has earned their name in the world of metal with tours in Sweden, Finland, Japan and the UK and having shared stages with bands such as Scar Symmetry, Hypocrisy, Dark Tranquillity and making appearances at numerous festivals such as House Of Metal, Rockstad Falun & Sweden Rock; Deals Death have just started to reveal the tip of the iceberg to their potential.


The new album, ‘Point Zero Solution’, was forged in the deep woods of Grangärde, Sweden and here is band`s statement of the record:


Deals Death brings good news!

The world is not going to end; it’s only becoming a horrific and gruesome place to inhabit. On September 13th Deals Death will give you the details of this event as they release their third album via Universal/Spinefarm.  Follow this step-by-step description of the process, which breaks down the systems of nature and society. This album contains 11 songs packed with a lyrical edge, delivered with all their blood, sweat and toil!


Having introduced themselves to a wider audience with last year's ‘Elite’, the new album ‘Point Zero Solution’ shows Deals Death's staying power and musical evolution with lush arrangements, deadlier output through and through and melodic hooks catchier than ever before”

Deals Death


Point Zero Solution

The sonic imagery this band conjures up is phenomenal.  It is powerful as it stretches its tendrils of finely tuned and exciting rhythmic swagger to its limits and as you would expect is immense in delivery. Everything about Deals Death is precise and professional.  This is a promising start but no less than you would expect for a band of this calibre and well worthy of their reputation.


Facing the Echoes

With a flexible hand the notes come raining down in quick succession – it stands proud on its solid foundation of melodic grooves, and does not need much persuasion to be caught up in what the band have to offer. Vocally stunning, it sends ice cold chills down the spine and is a classic Deals Death moment – it may be some time before the goose-bumps subside as a torrent of melody surrounds you, so be warned!


Escalation

Deals Death are on a mission and they are the kind of band that will not stop until it has been fulfilled and this track bares proof of that as it more than ‘Escalates’ to another finely tuned track of excellence. It holds plenty for the listener to absorb. With a roaring quality that is rarely witnessed it possesses high reaching moments of absolute intrigue, with the band all working together to perfection and it shows this as it incites a pure spark of immense imagination.


Flatline

This track rages under the skin and races around leaving scorch marks – it is like scabies it leaves its mark and apart from that it gets into the brain and provoke involuntary head movements, you will not be able to help yourself – and I wondered why it was getting difficult to type! Forgetting to breathe is another effect this band has over the listener as the track soars to far reaching heights, mesmerising and offers superb fascination.


Passion for Infinity

Haunting, just as it intriguing Deals Death reign down another blow on humanity with sheer and utter abandon. A slower track that gives you something to feast upon with a ravaging vocal and jagged melodies that are so sharp they will draw blood. Antagonistic with uncompromising temptation this track offers a deep and memorable radiance.


The Separation

Atmospheric, with far reaching melodies that will ignite interest with vocal intimidation that will strike the fear of wrath into every soul that listens. The melancholic rhythms send one into a dream like stance whilst once again sending the perpetual goose bumps down the spine.  There is so much going on in this track it is an insatiable force to be reckoned with.


Paramount Authority

This is a track that bounces with a spiteful brutality and brings with it imagery that in turn sparks deep thoughts as it thunders past your ears, extreme and imposing it conquers with a truly unique experience of mesmeric quality and seductive as it spirals and swirls with sheer abandon through the thought process leaving one exhausted at what they have just bared witness to.


Beyond Reason

A really distinct track that takes you on personal journey of dark contemplation and drives rugged emotions to a startling conclusion – it simply enslaves you in its powerfully extreme embrace rewarding the listener with a brutally immense pleasure of rich and fulfilling sounds that will satisfy in abundance.


Dark Dream Dawn

Dark and sinister, yet bright and airy it possesses the soul quickly with tempestuous rhythmic swagger and engrossing perplexities but it comes as no shock as people who have and are following Deals Death will be expecting that and they do not disappoint on that level or any level.


Back to Consciousness

With fierce melodies, powerful rhythms and a vocal scathing like no other, giving attention to the finest detail, this track is openly impressive and provokes the listener with a ferocious and unbridled passion with the ability to make all who listen succumb to its wildly charms.


Author of Arts

Quite a dominating track with its untamed vocal flexibility that niggles the ears with a vicious tongue and showcases Deals Death with their extreme skillful capability producing some fantastic mastery.


To Sum up:

This is one highly intense album that I have had the pleasure and opportunity of reviewing in its entirety and really grateful for that. It prods the senses and leaves one thoroughly satisfied.  It simply bristles with clever precision, and is a raucous breath that when fused together gives out 100% perfection.  Its insatiable appetite serves to feed the hungry masses and delivers a powerful message – Deals Death is a force to be reckoned with and masters of their finely tuned craft – long may they reign supreme.


I cannot find anything negative to say about this album except perhaps it is too short – eleven tracks are just not enough for me, but then again 20 tracks would never be enough. The whole album is magnetic as it pulls you into its seductive creations and wraps you in a blanket of melodic swathe that cannot be rivalled.


If you have not yet heard Deals Death then what are you waiting for? I urge you to go out and get this album, if you like your metal perfected, finely tuned and skillful then this album will be right up your street. Buy it, listen to it and submerge yourself in its extremities of sheer indulgence – you cannot fail to be impressed from start to finish.  It is really hard to pinpoint a favourite track as they all hold something special, but for the extra touches check out ‘Flatline’ and ‘Beyond Reason’ if ever an album paints a picture – this one is the bio tapestry of the metal world.


10/10


Track List:

Point Zero Solution

Facing the Echoes

Escalation

Flatline

Passion for Infinity

The Separation

Paramount Authority

Beyond Reason

Dark Dream Dawn

Back to Consciousness

Author of Arts


Members:

Erik Jacobson - Guitars

Olle Ekman - Vocals

Janne Jaloma - Drums

Sebastian Myrèn - Guitars

Kammo Olayvar - Bass

Heaven shall Fall
Beneath the Waves
5 Track E.P
Released 11th May 2013

Out Now!

Written for Incendia Management

Heaven Shall Fall – Andover, Southampton

Links:

Listen here:

Genre: Metal Core/Post Hard Core

Biography:
Heaven Shall Fall is a five piece metal-core/post-hard core band based around Andover and Southampton! You like energetic music and crazy shows, this is the band for you!

Not a Knight in shining armour, just a man with a gun
It would be a fair assumption to make that this band as young as they are know how to impress with their barrage of metal core.  They are absolutely merciless on this track cleverly titled, framed with an urgent clean vocal and guttural intensity that together with their instruments it is safe to say have created a monster.

Welcome to Hell, sweetheart
With rabid intensity this fires on all cylinders and holds serious brutality within its gnarled creativity. Vocally amazing, it will leave blisters on blisters, with a good strong bass lure courtesy of Chelsey – the only female in the band. This track is a sonic assault and battery on the senses make no mistake.

I stole the Stage
This will have you cowering in shock as it plunges to the murkiest depths of depravity.  It’s savage and bruising and the dual vocals really compliment the track superbly well and I can imagine them stealing the stage with this one!

 

From L to R - Jordan Twigg, Scott Connor, Adrian Rendell, Chelsey Goddard &  Martin Moore 


Beneath the Waves

The bands title track of the E.P is dark and twisting, it burrows vehemently with an invigorating complexity, ravaging all the senses, whilst holding a seductive malevolence. Scintillating and engaging it weaves a certain magic that contains passion and hunger. The guitars are simply mouth-watering and will leave you salivating for more!


Broken Home

Is a sinister and formidable track with stark riffs and bulbous beats that entwine dreamily around a clean vocal and a harsh guttural secretion that Satan himself would be proud of, pushing their boundaries Heaven shall Fall also employ some amazing full orchestral sounds that have far reaching impressions and paint pictures in vivid reality.


To Sum up:

Absolutely outstanding! For such a young band to engage in such brutal, yet mesmeric sounds, holding turbulent vocals, clean vocals, balanced harmonies, bludgeoning beats, tempestuous rhythms and powerful riffs infused with solid bass hooks leaves me speechless! This is one power packed, dynamic E.P that deserves your attention!


The titles do not point towards a metal core/post hard core image but rather that of maybe a melodic rock band, so it is an eye opener if you do not know the genre of the band, to hear such brutal savagery with powerful effect is quite something unique. There is nothing subtle about this E.P it literally goes for the jugular and forgets to loosen its grip – it should come with a health warning!!


A video for ‘Broken Home’ will be released on the 6th September 2013 so be sure to look out for it.


10/10


Track List:

Not a Knight in shining armour, just a man with a gun

Welcome to Hell, sweetheart

I stole the Stage

Beneath the Waves

Broken Home


Members:

Jordan Twigg - Guitar

Scott Connor - Drums

Adrian Rendell - Vocals

Chelsey Goddard - Bass

Martin Moore - Guitar

ZaRRaZa
Cutting Meat Fast & Loud
5 Track E.P
Released 5th August 2013

 

ZaRRaZa – Almaty, Kazakhstan


Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ZaRRaZakz

Listen here:

http://zarraza.bandcamp.com/


Discography

Bullets and Beliefs – Debut E.P 3rd March 2012

Cutting Meat Fast & Loud – 5th Aug 2013


Genre: Thrash/Death Metal


Biography:

Formed in 2009 from the darkest recesses of Kazakhstan, which incidentally is the world's largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world - comes ZaRRaZa who apparently play too fast and far too loud, that it even prompted the police to intervene. 

Live at Shymkent, August, 10, 2013


Raw brutality is their speciality and it goes with a unique talent of incorporating strange musical objects into their musical creations. 


Zombie Kids

The thick infectious grooves prove they are not to be messed with, as wave after wave of sizzling and impacting riffs cascade down on the ears with biting intensity. Vocally damming the gruff guttural tones embed themselves into the brain with surging consequences.


The Grudge (Instrumental)

Sinister, just as its name suggests, bristling with a dark ambiance and a mesmeric groove that eats corrosively into your head with far reaching and impacting slithers it offers a fierce portrayal of evil.

Get a slab of this!


If I was Satan

A swamp of menacing grooves and feisty rhythms surround themselves with one sic mutha of a spiteful vocal that would scare the shit out of Satan – no doubt! The riffs soar into an immensely destructive rampage of pure hate. The tempestuous rhythms wrap themselves around you unmercifully and will feed off the flesh – quite literally.


Chaos

The sound of children can be heard at the beginning of the track and then it explodes into a gutsy onslaught of brooding unsympathetic gravelly growls. The music is quite simply ‘chaotic’ and power ridden - however quite satisfying.


Breed to Breathe (Napalm Death Cover)

Not too far removed from the original version, however this version sees the extra talents of Ardak Balgarash on the Kobyz * see below. 

Playing in Öskemen, East Kazakhstan

Looking forward to hearing more from ZaRRaZa!!!! It is one experience I will not forget in a hurry!

10/10

Track List:
Zombie Kids
The Grudge (Instrumental)
If I was Satan
Chaos
Breed to Breathe (Napalm Death Cover)

Members:
Nick Khalabuzar - Guitars/Vocals
Alex Filatov - Bass
Damir Yunussov - Guitars/ Backing Vocals
Ruslan Alpissov - Drums


*Ardak Balgarash - Kobyz (A traditional Kazakh stringed instrument, something between cello & viola) Guest appearance on the cover version for Napalm Death song - "Breed to Breathe".


                      Demented Magazine Interview with ZaRRaZa Email interview

Demented Email Interview 

Describe ZaRRaZa in a single sentence.

Spreading sarcasm and rebelliousness through music

What got you into this unusual blend of music?

Noises in my head I was hearing since childhood. When I heard Metallica’s “Justice for All” it helped me understand what shape that noises will take.

Who are your main influences?

Sepultura, Slayer, Megadeth, Napalm Death

Describe the reality of being in a band.

It’s like iceberg – 10% of fun and 90% of hard work. The harder you work the more fun you have during performances.

What would you say makes ZaRRaZa unique?

It’s hard to say because different people see us in a different ways… Maybe inner conflict makes us sound a little different from other bands. Conflict between my vision of music and ways our drummer Ruslan Konon hears it. Sometimes we have hard discussions between us but finally we work it out. It’s no easy but… It’s not about compromise – most of the times we just add his and my variations to songs. You can hear it on “If I were Satan” – initially it was short 2-minute track but finally it evolved into something different.

How did the band settle on ZaRRaZa as a name?

Here is the story. I like ANTHRAX so I thought it would be cool to name a band after some infection or disease. I had different names and tried to figure out what would be the best one. I didn’t want be too serious about name and decided to add some irony or sarcasm to it. So I ended up with ZARRAZA but just added one more R (originally it spelled ZARAZA – it’s old Russian word for infection but nowadays you can call almost anything with it – your bad girlfriend or bad luck situation). So after we ended with ZARRAZA name I understood that I stole the name. Back in the day there was a metal magazine in Russia called ZARRAZA. It was published through 1990-1993. I used to read it when I was a kid – it was cool magazine and first of a kind, pioneer for a metal press in ex-USSR countries. So as I see now that the name was hiding in my subconscious mind and showed up when time has come. As you may know there is one big metal band who stole its name from magazine also so… I think it’s cool. 

Where does the inspiration for the band’s lyrics come from?

It’s reaction to growing religious and political propaganda here in Kazakhstan and Russia. And another source is my belief in theory that human subconscious mind hides demons and angels. Religion is a form to control it mostly through fear, politics is a way to use it and art is a form to free it with no harm and for good.   

Speaking from experience what is your best way to conquer pre-gig nerves?

You have to let it flow. About an hour or more before stage I’m going into a bad mood but I know I have to be silent and keep shaking. When time has come to go on stage I just grab my guitar and rip off first few cords. All of my nerves turn into energy in a blink of an eye. 

When traveling to out of town gigs, what do you find is the best way of dealing with what can be tedious journeys?

Few beers or tequila and a lot of stories help us to fight with boredom. Or help us to make new stories.


What are the highlights of your time with ZaRRaZa so far, and what would you change if anything?
Oh, that’s simple – live shows and moment at rehearsal when noise from your head transform into fast & furious song! I wish my relatives would have more patience.

Out of all the gigs you’ve played which is your favourite?

Gig in Shymkent which took place at 10th of August, 2013. Just about an hour after our performance we were asked to play set again. Crowd was almost boiling – as far as I know we were the most extreme band they heard for years, so they were hungry for it. The only problem to play again was the fact we got drunk during that after-show hour… We came up on stage again and screaming and ripping our strings out. Crowd went crazy – you couldn’t expect stagediving and slam at such traditional and almost most Islamic city in Kazakhstan like Shymkent but they did it! Show was interrupted by police – we were too noisy and it was too late… Policemen asked us to stop the show – very politely I must confess. As you understand we had no other option. There was a totally drunk guy who yelled at me: “Keep playing and I will fight the police!!!” But we stopped and maybe saved his life. Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t drama with the drunk guy – it was a comic situation. It seems he considered himself as a Superman because of alcohol. 

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with new bands?

So many people answer this question with something like “Never give up! Keep going!” That’s right but you have to understand more than that. Your band is your full-time job with no salary. You have to work for it to keep it going on so… Be ready to work hard. Your dream to hit the stages worthy of it!

Favourite established bands you’ve played with and why?

We never played with really established bands. One of most successful bands we share stage with was “Vzryvnie ustroystva” (Explosive mechanics) from Novosibirsk, Russia. It’s hardcore band in a best meaning of a term – they put a lot of energy into their shows. We did a live cover together for Suicidal Tendencies “War inside My Head” and it was cool.

What do you think of the state of your local scene, and how would you improve it?

The scene is being developed but too slowly. We have few cool bands here but most of them need to be more consistent. Some people expect to earn money on metal music but it is the wrong conception here. If you want to make money on music here in Kazakhstan you have to be a cover band. Metal music is total different conception. I hope we can show the local bands the way they can go and put themselves as international acts. 

Thoughts on your local scene?

I believe it will spawn few cool releases in two or three years – because we have a few really cool bands here. 

Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Travel a lot. My and I spent a lot of money on it. As far as I am concerned my band mates are dedicated to their families and career.

What three albums would you take to the afterlife?

Megadeth “Rust in Peace”, Sepultura “Beneath the Remains” and Slayer “Reign in Blood”. 

What kind of equipment do you use?

I will speak for the whole band: Jackson Ke-1 guitar, Ibanez RG guitar equipped with Seymour Duncan pickups, Spector bass, Trigmic trigger. On stage we prefer to play through Marshall & Mesaboogie amps. About month ago we ordered amps to local craftsmen who promised to make Marshall & Mesa preamps copies but cheaper than original. Let see what happens. 

What can we expect from the new album/EP?

It’s already started to shape – we began to write it. It will be fast songs sometimes with two guitar harmonies. We are under big influence from the recent Decapitated album “Carnival is forever” so maybe it will be reflex on our new effort. 

If you could recruit into your band one famous person who would they be and why?
It was long hard way to put this line-up together and I won’t think about changes. I want to go on the road, crush scenes and release new music. We are on our way and nobody from outside could help us to achieve our goals. 

What genre(s) influence you? Which bands give you the most inspiration?

Sepultura and Slayer with their classics is most inspiration for me. And few more names from modern age: Decapitated, Revocation, Besieged from Canada. But we listen to different genres and looking for different recipes to put energy into music. 

What’s happening in the next 12 months? Any plans for new releases or tour dates?

We want to release one single in December and another one in February’2014 and distribute it for free through our Bandcamp page – zarraza.bandcamp.com. At the same time we will work on material for new album which is different from songs already written for singles. Right now we try to organize mini-tour to Eastern Kazakhstan (Semey, Oskemen). We have plans to come back to Southern Kazakhstan in winter. We hope to release video for songs from released EP. We will be touring and recording at the same time. I hope we will release the new album in the end of 2014. 

Where do you see the band in 5 Years-time?
Its dreams but... I hope after 5 years we will hit European scenes and make some tours to Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea with our third album. 

What makes you different from the rest? 

Question sounds like a compliment like we really establish ourselves as a unique band J you know - we don’t try to copy anyone. Of course you can hear influences in our music but - some people have told us: “Are you a thrash band or death metal band? Why you screaming like a hard core singer instead of traditional growl?” Some people compare us to SLIPKNOT which I totally don’t’ understand. Other people compare us to German SODOM – it’s bizarre too. But that’s cool because it means we have some unidentified element inside of our music. 

Why should people come and see you live, or buy your albums?

I believe that live performance is our best side. Some people listen to our recordings and don’t like it for some reason. But there are no people who have told me: “your show was bad or boring” We put a lot of energy into it, so even people who don’t like metal at all pay attention to our performances. I remember one girl – a glamorous chick with jewellery and she looked lost at our show. She was in a first row and screamed to me: “Please, play my favourite song” and it was a pop song! But after we started to play she started to head bang immediately and did it until the show was finished. Finally she liked it despite the fact we didn’t play her favourite pop tunes. 

I think we capture some of our live energy on the new EP, “Cutting meat. Fast & Loud” – it’s raw and unpolished and you have only two options – love it or hate it. It’s full of emotion (anger mostly) and it can help you to release some of your demons J Do you want reason to buy it? It’s simple – our music will help you to annoy your parents, neighbours or whoever you want. And your money will help us to go on tour and spread metal and sarcasm around. Spread the ZARRAZA.

Thanks guys brilliant interview, hope to catch your third album and see where it takes you. Just make sure you make it to the UK and the USA as – well isn’t it obvious – WE LOVE YOU!!!

Downfall 2012 - Everyman for Himself issue 2 - 6 Track E.P - Released July 2013

Out now! - Everyman for Himself - Issue 2

Written for www.Dementedmagazine.com

Downfall 2012 – Texas

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/DF2012
http://www.reverbnation.com/downfall2012

Genre: Metal/Punk

In the band’s own words:
"Everyman For Himself: Issue 2" is the second part of a concept record created by Houston metal/punk trio Downfall 2012. All three band members play giant vocal roles while pounding hard technical musical licks, riffs, and rhythms on each of the 6 songs.  The story has been broken into three separate releases. Each part comes with a comic book to illustrate its position in this broad and vibrant story.  Issue 2 is technically the climactic point and is charged with an overall "driving" and "aggressive" feel with moments of quiet and melodic pieces that tie this sonic landscape together.  It is a great 23 minute straight listen that will leave you wanting more!  Vote Mr Everyman!

Downfall 2012 has shared the stage with Hed (pe), The Hunger, Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper, The Damned Things, and Fair to Midland, Dirty Wormz, and numerous other national acts. The band has won metal band of the year from Houston’s Radio station 94.5, and has been nominated for multiple categories yearly from The Houston Press Music Awards.

The first single from "Everyman for Himself", “Divinity”, is currently in rotation across the US and Canada, on FM, satellite, college and Internet radio stations with the video for "Divinity" already out middle of March 2013”

The cover of this superb E.P is as colourful as the lyrics and music contained within in it and sums up the bands efforts to the max!

Gone for Now
Showing their obvious strengths Downfall 2012 kick off with this all- encompassing track, supporting a chanted vocal that is carried by strong harmonies and a good solid metal beat. Whilst basking in their particular brand of metal just sit back and enjoy the ride.


Divinity - no need for ear syringing!

Quicksand
Quite a quirky track vocal wise but as the track unfolds it becomes more extreme showing a superb range from clean vocal to predatory growls together with a weaving, twisting riff and a melodic rhythm – this is one track that oozes with passion!

Heckler
Lively and vibrant this track comes screaming into the world kicking and screaming its intentions. The vocals are simply mesmeric in delivery, and wrapped in a blanket of subsonic riffs, beats and hooks. Great lyrics too! This track gets 10 out of 10 on its own for being powerful, savage and quirky all at the same time.

Downfall 2012 - Photo courtesy of steveshoots.com

Behind the Mirror
Beautiful stringed arrangement begins and a soft whispered voice lies over the top with incidental little tweaks adding intrigue and interest. Further on the track is awash with a sea of voices all adding their bit. Again the word quirky springs to mind and very diverse in approach.

Transformed
Is there no end to Downfall 2012’s diversity? Answer – obviously not as this track holds a bubbly rhythm that is catchy and addictive. It swaggers with a certain pride and rightly so. Again the harmonies come into play and give a solid depth to what is another infectious winner from the band.

Picture Perfect
A strong rhythmic beat ushers forth with some superb scathing vocals from all the members of the band as they complement each other superbly well. Musically fast paced and strong with cheeky bass hooks.

To Sum up:
Versatile, alternative, quirky and heavy with it – these three guys don’t just play they simply explode! They have produced some of the most amazing tracks that are extremely diverse and interesting to listen to, in fact thoroughly captivating and leave one inspired.

There are some scathing moments and also some more mellow offerings as well as the surprises in between that you do not expect at all like in “Picture Perfect” I am sure that is a sax playing...

Listen to “Heckler” this is one badass beauty that has been repeated... and repeated – although a lot more within my comfort zone (and I do love the vocals so it helps)

It has its punk elements, but I would say they were more metal orientated, although the softer elements blow that theory out the water, but no matter the whole of this E.P is steeped in diversity and will no doubt be favoured by everyone who listens.

Whatever your mood this E.P will lighten the load, it’s sultry, precise, diverse, manic and energising. Yes it is a metal orientated E.P but the added extras that are slightly warped, really give this a boost and shows all sides of the dice at the same time. A well rewarding listen and one I can thoroughly recommend.

10/10

Track List:
Gone for Now
Quicksand
Heckler
Behind the Mirror
Transformed
Picture Perfect

Members:
Danny Gil- Vocals/Guitar
Boo Rogers – Bass/Vocals
Casey Bowen – Drums/Vocals

 
 

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