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