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 https://www.facebook.com/SixSinstillSunday
Buy their Ep at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/six-sins-till-sunday/id833521717
Follow on twitter :- https://twitter.com/6SinsTillSunday
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:- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pseudomorph/537954239602694
Follow on Twitter here:- https://twitter.com/pseudomorphuk

*A-Team reference

Friday, 2 May 2014

Run Against The Crowd - Varsity - 13th April 2014

Run Against The Crowd are a hard rock band from Plymouth, consisting of Chelsea Smile (Vocals), David Gibson(Guitar), Tim Gulliver (Bass) and Carl Matthews (Drums).

The band kicked off with “Thank You” and despite being a four piece the band have a huge sound with massive riffs.  Chelsea Smile’s voice is quite delicate, like an English accented Taylor Jardine(lead singer of WATIC) backed by the bands swirling guitars, complex bass lines and thunderous drums.

Highlights of the set were aforementioned “Thank You” ; “Cheers ‘en” with its “Come As You Are - Nirvana" lyrically infused chorus/last verse accompanied by massive wall of guitar noise and the incredibly grungy sounding “Brand New”.

The band has grunge inspired rawness about their sound, mixed with an undertow of heavy riffed atmospherics reminiscent of Deftones or Far. Definitely a band to see live if you get a chance.