Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Review of "Where I Belong" Ep by Elasea released 3rd August 2015

On the 3rd of August Berkshire based alternative rock quartet Elasea release their debut EP "Where I Belong". The band consists of  Andy Bradford  (rhythm guitar & vocals), Olivia Jones (bass guitar), Calum Radmore (lead guitar) and Jevon Smith (drums).

The EP kicks off with "Glass Heart" with lead singer Andy leading the track front and centre backed by chunky fuzzed guitar riffs reminiscent of  Mallory Knox track. The EP keeps up the pace with "Where I Belong" which has a darker guitar tone and a Fall Out Boy / New Found Glory punk pop feel with a soaring chorus and abundant energy.

The band have a pleasing sound that is engaging and somehow familiar as if you have heard the songs before (and you want to hear them again). Songs like the slow burn "Lost In The Dark" and the rousing "Time is Against Us" are sure to be live favorites showing the band can shift dynamics to keep the listener interested.

The EP ends of the chilled out acoustic ballad "On The Line" a beautiful track featuring complimentary male and female vocals before the distorted guitars kick in providing a perfect ending to a solid EP. 

This EP is recommended for fans of Mallory Knox,You Me At Six, Lower Than Atlantis and We Are Ocean. 

Go visit their facebook page is here

Friday, 22 May 2015

Review of "The Calm, The Storm" by The Sun Explodes

The Sun Explodes are a Progressive Metal band from Carlisle formed of Dave Maclachlan(Vocals), Jamie Harris (Drums), Alex Adamson (Guitar), Mike Walker (Bass) and Alex Harris (Guitar).

The first track “The Calm” starts with a haunting delay ladened guitar work before lead singer Dave Maclachan's smooth vocals kick in, the track explodes with stabbing guitar riffs contrasting with the calm of the opening; the opener morphs into “The Unatural” which continues the light and dark formula coasting on a wave of floating vocals before the band steps on the gas with guitar led mayhem.

The band are consistently engaging whether it be the QOTSA stomp of “The Grand Design” or the straight ahead rocker “I Walk Alone” which features the catchiest hook of the records.

The EP ends on “Storm of Light” with Dave’s vocals gliding over a piano led atmospheric landscape before the song peaks with full on driving riffage before ending on the serene piano and vocals. The album is veritable banquet of riffs, interesting vocals, harmonies and different sonic texture.

This EP would appeal to fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, Thrice, The Mars Volta, Queens of The Stone Age and Tool.

Interested check out their facebook site here
The Calm, The Storm is available on Itunes here
or purchase physically here

Monday, 18 May 2015

Annisokay - The Hub, Plymouth - 6th May 2015

Annisokay are 5 piece post hardcore band from Halle, Germany who were the main support for Fearless Vampire Killers on their tour of England. After a quite trippy drum and bass style intro the band hit the stage with their first song “Monstercrazy”.

The first thing noticeable about the band is the immense presence that is singer Dave Grunewald (pictured left) who towers like a monolith over the audience barking out shouted vocals like he is possessed. Although hailing from Germany the band perform songs in fluent English although you would not know they were not native English speakers.

Musically the band pumped out big chugging riffs weaving round intricate melodies with pounding drums like a well-oiled machine. What provided the heart to the performance was Christoph Wieczorek's (pictured right) silky smooth clean vocals providing the perfect counterpoint to Dave’s powerful guttural barks.

The heaviest track of the set was “Fame” which was hypnotic and reminiscent of something by Slipknot. Further highlights were the extremely catchy anthemic “Day to Day Tragedy” and “Wasted & Useful” which had the audience at full sway.The set ended with “Sky” which had incredibly hook leaving the audience wanting more.

Annisokay put on an exciting energetic performance which warmed the audience up for the main act showing that Germany have more to contribute to the hard rock scene than Rammstein and Scorpions. This band is must for fans of Bury Tomorrow, We Came As Romans and Atreyu.

Find out more about the band on their Facebook page here
Buy their music on iTunes here

Check out their video below

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Review of "Darkness of an Age (Deluxe Edition)" by Exist Immortal Available now

On 25th April 2014 we wrote about Exist Immortal's album "Darkness of an Age "

"The band have fused technical metal riffs, driving rhythms, epic solos with vocals that go from all out aggression to melodic clean singing. This album is recommended for fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Memphis May Fire, Fear Factory, Machine Head and Killswitch Engage."

See the full review here 

The band have now revisited the album and released a Deluxe Edition including 4 new tracks, we believe that it should be listed as the "Complete Edition" as the tracks expand the album rather than the usual b-sides tacked on the end, such as normally the case.

The first of the new tracks "Delirium" should be released as a single alone with soaring vocals which float over a bed of pummeling riffs in sync with machine gun drumming;"The Void" is a heavy affair with vocals alternating between full bore roar and melodic singing keeping the listener on their toes. This is perfect song for a rock crowd to get moshing; "Fractured" turns everything up further notch with glitchy riffs and an awesome bassline.

The album ends on "Insanity Project Pt 2" an almost Tool-esque piece showcasing lead singers, Myyricks melodic vocals, a fitting ending to a great album.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Review of "Heritage(EP)" by Kill The Ideal Released 30th March 2015

Kill The Ideal are an Alternative rock band from Boston, Lincolnshire consisting of Ash (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Ross (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Luke (Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals) and Jordan (Drums/Backing Vocals).

The EP kicks off with the lead track "Heritage" with a wall of fuzzed out guitar noise before the ocean sized riff kicks in followed by Ash's soulful crooning.

Up next is"Higher" which starts with Ash's massive vocals accompanied by a single higher register riff before the pounding drums and main riff kick the song into overdrive;the track is very reminiscent of We Are The Ocean; "The Fire" is a more laid back track but does not sacrifice a soaring chorus.

The band take their foot off the gas for "My Friends" a track that whilst not as immediate as the preceding three tracks is no less enjoyable showing that they can maintain the quality.

This is a must for those who enjoy big choruses, catchy riffs and constantly shifting dynamics . For fans of Decade, Lower Than Atlantis and We are the Ocean.

Check them out on Facebook here : Check out their video for "Higher" below

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Demons of Old Metal, Tiki Bar, Plymouth 25th February 2015

Demons of Old Metal hail from Torbay and were forged from the fires of hell in 2010 the band consists of Tombstone Cowboy (vocals, guitar), Babyface Stephens (bass), Psycho Wing (guitar), Dr Doom (Drum) and Digital Death(back up vocals, actions and loops), Although we have our doubts that the band were born with these names.

When the band hit the stage, it was apparent the band were aiming for a horror-show/ Halloween aesthetic in a similar vein as Rob Zombie. After a spooky introduction the band fired up their aural assault of their opener "No I am Not Insane", they combine the riffs of Pantera, the pounding drums of Machine Head and the swagger of Hell Yeah to form an intoxicating sound which is both influenced by old school metal and more modern bands.

The band kept the interaction with the crowd throughout the performance making sure everyone was enjoying the set. Highlights were "100 Year Crime Spree" a Metallica inspired anthem with a pounding beat and the Machine Head inspired "Psycho Wing" which was the heaviest song they played this night.

The band ended on the insanely catchy "Murdercycle" which had actions for the crowd to perform during the chorus . A song so catchy that you will find yourself chanting the chorus days after the gig.

The band proved a perfect antidote to the po-faced metalcore bands who take themselves way to seriously that they even believe their inept screaming and generic riffs are art. They effortlessly combined catchy songs with some big riffs and including some amazing guitar technique especially the two handed tapping solos. Definitely a great band to see if you want to hear good music and have a fun night out.

The band are set to appear at the The Junction, Mutley, Plymouth on Friday 13th March 2015.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Embers Of Eden, Tiki Bar, Plymouth 25th February 2015

It was brave move by Alex Dumbiotis (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Oli White (lead guitar) leaving local twin guitar blues band, Six Shooter to form Embers of Eden; which with its downtuned guitars and metal sensibilities is on a whole different musical spectrum to their previous band. Completed by talented bassist Matt Avery and drummer Chris Harding the band are a force to be reckoned with.

This has already been a big year for Embers of Eden with the release of their new EP and an album on the way, their performance tonight contributes further to their reputation as one of the most talented and ambition female fronted rock band in the UK.

One major thing sets apart this band from other bands in the genre is catchy hooks without comprising the raw heaviness and musicianship. The band were versatile enough to make the best out of the raw gritty surroundings of the Tiki Bar ;a venue so authentic it lives and breathes rock, the kind of venue you would find underground in Seattle in the 90s. Because of the mix, lead singer, Alex's vocal occasionally got buried under the dual guitar attack but she came out fighting, singing every word with passion despite barely being able to hear herself think let alone sing.

The band showcased tracks from their new EP including "Decay", "Let Us Burn" and their catchiest track "Pull Me Under", they also played one new track "Survival" which had a Flyleaf kind of feel to it before ending with an epic breakdown.

Lead guitarist, Oli (pictured left), was his usual shy retiring self showboating his amazing guitar playing skills while standing above the crowd; bassist Matt (pictured below), showed that he can contribute to the melody line as well as providing the ground shaking low end.

The set ended on "Rise" a heavy track which got the crowd amped up for the rest of the evening ahead.

Hopefully we will be seeing more headlining gigs from the Plymouth four piece and the success they deserve.

Check out their Facebook page here

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Review of "Eyes For The Blind (EP)" by North Seasons Released 21st January 2015

North Seasons are a 5 piece melodic hardcore band from Newcastle whose aim with  "Eyes For The Blind "(EP), is to bring heavy music back into the heart of the mainstream without compromise. 

The video for their lead single, “Silhouettes” has been tearing up Scuzz TV after its release via Kerrang.com a few months back. The EP was released on the 21st January 2015 therefore is available right now for your delectation.

The EP start off with an ominous broody atmospheric introduction before seguing into “Silhouettes” with its bouncy metal riffs, mixing brutal shouted vocals and catchy clean sung chorus. The production is quite sparse giving the instruments room to breathe, although you would never guess the album was recorded in a bedroom and not a studio.

The EP continue in a similar vein with the brutally heavy “New World Order” ; an odd excursion with “Bitter” with its almost spoken word poetic introduction and wall of guitars.

The band takes their foot of the gas for the melodic “Good News” which is reminiscent of We Are The Ocean (circa Cutting Our Teeth) or Deaf Havana and provides a nice break from the pummeling riffs. If they release this as a single they may just complete their lofty ambition.

The EP closes on the title track which has 36 Crazyfists kinda vibe with heavy multi layered vocals and searing guitars separated with lighter instrumental interludes between verses. The song gets heavier until we are in doom or sludge metal territory at the very end.

Eyes For The Blind strikes the right balance between all out aggressive metalcore and hooky melodic hardcore and no 
component part has been compromised. 

Check out their facebook page for more details:-