Monday, 15 September 2014

Review of "Confessions" by Ocasan Released 22nd September 2014

Ocasan have been together for over a decade relentlessly touring spreading their own brand of pop rock. The band consists of Nick Burns (vocals), Luke Mcdonnell (Drums) and Nathan Naidoo (Bass). "Confessions" marks the end of a trilogy of EPs forming an album titled "Elixir".

The EP kicks off with title track "Confessions" which lyrically is told from the point of view of a wealthy woman has been seduced by the caretaker of her home (bit weird); Musically its Mallory Knox-esque pop rock with chugging riffs, melodic vocals with driving drums and a big bass-line.

The second tracks is "Dark Cloud" a multi-layered track with heavier riffing in verses which relents for a soaring chorus. Nick's vocals shine through the dense mix making this track the standout track on the EP. "Invincible" builds on the formula of the album but packs in more riffs, more drums and a tighter bass line.

The EP ends on "Parasite" with its You Me At Six rock stomp and cabaret style backing vocals. The hooky guitar work adds to the fun of the track and Nick's vocals take on an almost punky edge.

This short but sweet EP is packed full of big hooks, catchy quirky songs, which may appeal to fans of Mallory Knox, Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco.

"Confessions" is released on 21st September 2014 and will be available here where you can also buy the bands two previous EPs

Monday, 18 August 2014

Embers of Eden - The Hub , Plymouth 17th August 2014

Embers of Eden are a Plymouth based female fronted hard rock band formed by two ex-members of Carnival of Crows:- Alex Dumbiotis (Vocals ,Guitar) and Oli White (Guitar); they are joined by Matt Avery (bass) and Chris Harding(drums).

The set kicked off with "Let Us Burn", lead singer, Alex's voice sounding stronger than ever with Oli's intricate guitar work served over a beefy bass line provide by Matt. The band have a unique style which borrows from bands such as Sevendust, Halestorm, Bullet for My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold to create a sound of their own.

For the second song of the set "Pull Me Under", Alex had picked up her guitar providing a bed of heavy chugging riffs to counterpoint Oli's complex guitar parts.The song featured the catchiest chorus of the set; "If my time runs out don't you be the one to pull me under." which is guaranteed to go round your head for days.

The award for most complex guitar work goes to "Bleed" with Oli's crazy mesmerising fret hopping antics leading to an epic breakdown before settling in to a groove with all band members locked in together. Special mention goes to drummer Chris for some quick fire machine gun drumming propelling the song.

The set ended on "Decay" starting with a slow atmospheric introduction before seguing into a full on aural assault, the band bludgeoning the listener with pounding drums and massive riffs right to the end. The shouts of "one more song" rang out, only to be denied by a less than rock and roll punctuality obsessed sound man. Embers of Eden came, played and conquered the Hub.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Review of "Trial Period" by 5/5.8 (single)

5/5.8 are a hard rock band from Eastbourne / London and Trial Period (8.5/10) is the first single off a forthcoming EP (and hopefully album). Having heard the band live we singled out “Trial Period “ as a highlight of their short set and here it is in studio recorded form (well almost - released on the 26th June 2014).

The track kicks off with a wall of metalcore-esque riffing before being joined by lead singers, Luke’s melodic grunge tinged vocals making for a heavy but accessible listen. The song has everything crunchy metallic guitars, insistent drumming, gang backing vocals, catchy lyrics (yeah this one is going to be stuck in your head for a while) and even a short breakdown. 

It is clear that a lot of work has gone in to this track and it feature superb production.This single is a very good omen for a forthcoming release and if the young band can keep the same quality for 4/5 tracks this upcoming release will strong contender for debut EP of the year.  

(now guys make a video so this can be on permanent repeat on Scuzz/Kerrang TV)

Trial Period is released for FREE on 26th June 2014 from  5/5.8's Facebook page 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Natives w/ support from Cousin Buzz and Last One Out - White Rabbit, Plymouth - 3rd June 2014

Liskeard based Cousin Buzz(7/10) launched straight in to a Red Hot Chili Pepper inspired number "Travan-core Cochin" which featured interesting guitar work, Kiedis-esque vocals and funky slap bass. As the set progressed the sound of the band morphed in to more grunge inspired songs but retained the funky basslines. The majority of the songs played were off their new EP which is released on the 12th June 2014. The band ended on the curiously named "Nigel Playton" with the song threatening to descend in to chaos before being reined in to original groove. Definitely an interesting and entertaining band to catch live.

Up next were Plymouth locals, Last One Out (7/10) who had taken the support slot the very same day. The band play post hardcore rock similar to Funeral For A Friend circa 2005 with chugging guitars, clean sung vocals and some technical guitar work. They played mainly songs from their new EP "Ten Years Too Late" which was actually recorded in the White Rabbit. The highlight of the set was "There's Always One" with a memorable melodic verse, gang vocals, shredding guitars and tight drumming.The set was enjoyable but sometimes the vocals got lost in a wall of guitars noise, but that was not the bands fault. The band had a great sense of humour suggesting that the audience could purchase their album even if was just to burn it. The set ended on the new EP's title track showcasing the bands solid song wirting skills and technical profficiency. Overall if you long for fresh new music in a similar vein as Story Of The Year or Funeral For A Friend then pick up their EP "Ten Years Too Late"or see them live.

Even before the band started playing the first thing that was noticeable about Natives (9/10) was they did not use any physical amps as their instruments were directly inputted to the PA system and the band used in-ear monitors leading to the quietest sound check. 

The band kick off their set with "Big Plans" and it was clear the band had the sound balance perfect with the crowd being able clearly hear every instrument and Jim Thomas' outstanding vocals. The band play indie rock /punk pop tunes with bright shiny guitar work, bouncy funk infused bass lines, interesting percussion and silky smooth vocals. The second song of the evening was the stand out single "Can't Say No" which had a Paramore feel to it with a dance-able beat, repeated string bending lead riff and another epic chorus

The highlight of the set was a rousing rendition of "Stand For Something" which incidentally was the only song not off their current album. The song's chorus of "I'm gonna let the light in, I wanna stand for something, it feels good, when you know why you're alive." is one of the most catchy and uplifting choruses ever committed to records.

The band consistently shined with songs like the soaring "Going In Alone"; the echo laden "Let Go" and the highly polished "The Island" showing the band can write consistent big hooks and huge choruses.The final song of the set was "For Everything" which is also last song on their album featuring heavier guitar work and lyrically more reflective themes. The band ended on an drum session with most band members taking to percussion. 

In a live setting the bands perfectly blended indie / punk pop was heavier than on record which hopefully will find it way on to later albums. This is a band that you need to see live before everyone catches on how good they are. Pop punk, indie and rock fans of Plymouth you missed an amazing young band who played and sang flawlessly.

Natives album "Indoor War" is availiable now from Itunes

Last One Out's EP "Ten Years Too Late is availiable here -

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Preview - Natives - UK Tour incl White Rabbit, Plymouth 3rd June 2014

Natives are a rock band from the New Forest Hampshire who are are currently on tour now and appearing at the White Rabbit on the 3rd June 2014 and The Cavern, Exeter on the 5th June 2014.

The band are touring in support of their 2014 release 'Indoor War' which is recommended for fans of Jimmy Eat Word, Mallory Knox and Blitz Kids.

Check Out their insanely catch track "Can't Say No" :-

The tour dates are as follows:-

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Review of "Enter The Lexicon" by Enter The Lexicon

Enter the Lexicon (8/10) are a three piece hard rock band from Newcastle and consist of Mykl Barton (Guitar & Vocals), Ben Hardy (Drums) and Danny Pitson (Bass & Backing Vocals). Their latest EP is self titled.

The EP starts with a short burst of controlled feedback at the start of "Do You Feel The Same" ; massive riffs, meaty bass lines and stomping drums are the order of the day. Mykl's vocals simmer and seethe before he finally lets loose on the soaring chorus.

Comparison to Nirvana are inevitable but Mykl's voice is unique and he does not try to mimic Kurt's vocal stylings like other singers do in the same genre; bass player Danny has a strong distorted bass tone, which fills out the sound in much the same way that Krist Novaselic's bass playing did for Nirvana.

Up next is "I Am Not You" which has a rock and roll swagger with both clean and shouted vocals and fast paced driving riffs. The sound is reminiscent of nu-grunge band, Seether with choice use of language during the chorus.

The band throw a curved ball on the Kings of Leon-esque "Full Moon" which replaces the grunge soaked guitars with alternative rock melodic sensibilities. The chorus of "I could be wrong or I could be right, I could go down or I could fight". has a catchy familiar quality, which will have you humming long after the EP has ended.

The EP ends on the cryptically titled "Enantiodromia" with its echo drenched vocals and insistent riffing; the whole track is stripped to bass, vocals and drums before Mykl's guitar hits overdrive along with some very effective call and refrain vocals.

The band have a refreshing take on the grunge meets metal sound with mountain sized riffs, hefty distorted bass and seething vocals.The EP is recommended for fans of Bush, Seether, Reuben, Silverchair and Nirvana.

Enter The Lexicon is released on 3rd June 2014.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

5/5.8 , White Rabbit , Plymouth, 2nd May 2014

5/5.8 are a hard rock band from Eastbourne / London and are formed of  Gio (Drums), James (Guitar), John (Bass), Luke (Vocals) and Danny (Guitar). The support slot at the White Rabbit was their first performance as a band.

After short instrumental the band kicked off the set with a cover of "City Lights" by Motionless In White, (their version was preferable to the original) showcasing some fleet fingered fretwork and some excellent vocals from James, Luke and Danny.

The first original song was “Love & Cobain” a heavy punk infused song which lyrically about fractious relationship of the Nirvana front man, next up was “Overcast March” a stomping rock and roll influenced mosh worthy number with intricate guitar work by James and superbly unpredictable vocals from Luke.

The highlight of the set was the song “Trial Period” which starts with epic catchy metal riff played by James and grungy vocals with an extremely memorable chorus. The audience could tell that this was the song that the band really meant and the passion shone through.

Each member had their own aesthetic which they brought to their performance; the melting pot of metal, grunge, punk, hard rock and post hardcore was fused together to form the bands unique hybrid sound. Because of their diversity the band is likely to appeal to wide range of rock fans. So expect unpredictable vocals, chugging riffs, intricate guitar work, quick drumming and dirty bass lines.

The set closed on a cover of Bring Me The Horizons "Shadow Moses" which was breathtakingly good, aided by the crowd shouts at appropriate points. It was a brave move playing such a highly regarded song for a cover and it paid off showing the bands heavier side.

Special mention has to made of Gio's pounding drumming and John's relentless bass playing on the Bring Me The Horizon cover. 

The crowd were suitably impressed with what they witnessed and the band were a perfect opener for the evening ahead; expect big things from this young band.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Plymouth's Rock Scene Part 5 (Six Sins Till Sunday, Pseudomorph)

Here in Plymouth we have been treated to many international and British rock bands gracing our venues whether at the White Rabbit, The Junction , Tiki Bar or Plymouth Pavilions.

We also have a clutch of home grown talent who have been busy gigging night after night in our City and the surrounding area.

This week we focus on two heavy bands from Plymouth, one an established name and one young upstart, if you see either name on a poster you know the gig will be loud!

Six Sins Till Sunday

Six Sins Till Sunday are a 5 piece hard rock band from Plymouth forged in 2011 and consists of Chris (Vocals), Pete (Guitar),  Andy (Bass), Paul (Drums) and Colin(Guitar). The band have accomplished a lot in their relatively short existence including countless gigs and an EP called "Nex Ratio" which is available through Itunes.

The band are currently finishing off the remaining tracks to be included on their debut album, which they will be recording later this year.In 2015 they will do a tour supporting the release of the new album. Unlike many of their peers in their genre the band have wry sense of humour, and they strive to put on great live shows to please their ever expanding fan-base and new fans alike.

What Do They Sound Like?

The band mixes old school metal values with modern metal techniques to produce a sound that is both cutting edge but familiar. They combine heavy as lead riffs, epic solos and shouted/ half sung vocals all topped of with hammering drums. Their influences are Pantera, Rob Zombie and Tool(they have been known to throw in a mean cover of Bodies by Drowning Pool).

Find out more about the band at
Buy their Ep at
Follow on twitter :-
The band are playing the Tiki Bar 21st June 2014


Pseudomorph are a 5 piece hard rock band from Plymouth founded in 2013 and consists of Jack (Guitar) , Joseph (Drums), Matt(Bass), Mark (Vocals) and Jason (Guitar). The band was the idea of Jack Wiggins (there is a beanie related story) who is the chief writer and assembled the crack team* of musicians in the band.

The band have recorded a clutch of tracks available on their Facebook page and busy playing to as many people as possible around Plymouth. The band promise energetic rock to bounce, fist pump and headbang to.

What Do They Sound Like?

The band draws on the influences of all their members to create a melting pot of loud guitars, pounding drums, driving riffs, complex bass-lines and grungy vocals . They have diverse influences of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tool, Alter Bridge and Soundgarden

Find out more about the band here:-
Follow on Twitter here:-

*A-Team reference