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:- 
https://www.facebook.com/northseasonsuk/timeline

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Review of "Renaissance (EP)" by Antoinette Released 24th November 2014



Antoinette are a South West metalcore band formed of Benjamin Jones(Vocals), Joe Duxberry (Guitar & Vocals), Andrew Wilson (Guitar), Sam Sara (Bass) and Thomas Shrimpton (Drums).  This is review of their second EP Renaissance.

The EP start with a comic telephone message on track "0.0.0.0" before "Machines (ft Justin Hill)" grabs the listener by the throat with sledgehammer metal riffs, cookie monster vocals and a clean sung hook that ties the song together. "Machines" features the vocals of the extremely talented Justin Hill of Sixth which adds another dimension to the song.


Up next is "Conform/Control" which has a guitar tone that could blister paintwork and features the strongest chorus on the album; The band take their foot slightly off the throttle for "Misanthropist" which whilst still being heavy has a more relaxed pace showcasing the guitar work.

The band have built on the foundations of their first EP showing tighter song craft and catchier hooks.The album ends on "Avalanche" which keeps up the relentless heaviness of the EP right to the end leaving listener wanting more.  This EP is a must for those who like Devils Wear Prada, Bury Tomorrow and Alexisonfire.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Review of "Journeys" by Lancaster Released 17th November 2014


Lancaster are an alternative rock band from Spain and consist of Anth Alonso (Vocals), Rubén Gómez (Guitar), Nacho Larraza (Guitar), Adru García (Bass) and Miguel Vera (Drums) . This is a review of their album Journeys.

Journeys kicks off with "Die Young" with a swirling guitar riff before a wall of fuzzed guitars and Anth's vocals kick in. Anth (who sings in English) has a distinctive phrasing style and singing voice which really works soaring over the top of the layers of guitar work.

Songs like "Bridges" with its catchy chorus and the short but dance-able "Deadly Sins" solidify this as a consistently enjoyable record. The album takes a breather for the beautiful poignant acoustic guitar instrumental interlude "Hallelujah".

The second half the album is more relaxed with songs like electronic backed "The Beast In Me"  and the orchestral flourished "Thorns" showing the band understand dynamics and keep the album interesting engaging listen.

The band reach full power of the overdriven "Young Blood(Take Me Higher)" with its massive bass line and rock and roll guitars. The album ends on "Love Is A War We Have Lost" an echo drenched song with simple but effective guitars; the track is reminiscent of Incubus at their most melodic.

This is a captivating, often exhilarating puzzle of an album with big powerful guitars, great atmospheric instrumentation and lead singers Anth brilliant vocals. Recommended for fans of Incubus, Thrice, 30 Seconds To Mars and Mallory Knox.

The album is release on 17th November 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Review of "Tex-Mexiconomy (EP)" by We Are Carnivores Released 10th November 2014


We Are Carnivores are a Post-Hardcore band from Hull consisting of Harry Christopher (Vocals, Guitar), James Pickersgill (Guitar, Vocals), Beu Smith (Drums) and Alex Gower (Bass, Vocals). This is a review of their quirky titled EP Tex-Mexiconomy. The band is currently touring and played The Underground, Plymouth on Sunday 19th.

The EP kicks off with "Checkout Girl" with its sneering vocals, indie meets punk flavoured guitars. "Quick Questions Can't Stay Long" show the band are not afraid of dissonant chords to create a  jarring feeling in the intro. The album has its own energy which keeps the listener guessing what will come next.

The highlight of the album is the catchy "T.O.W.I.C.S" with its straightforward pop punk vibe with lyrics referencing selfies, Made in Chelsea, hashtag and Jordie Shore. Lead singer Harry spits his lyrics with rapid fire venom and distaste for the subject matter combined by the relentless pace of the track mean this is sure to be a live favourite.

"Iron Me" is a heartfelt disconcerting acoustic which explodes into a wall of guitar noise and feedback at the climax. The EP ends on politically charged "Are We Allowed To Just Live?" which which uses contrasting melodic phrases with discordant nirvana-esque breaks to great effect.

The EP is veritable banquet of politically charged lyrics, quirky humour,half sung / spoken / shouted vocals, quick fire riffs, big hooks, punk attitude and a keen sense of melody. For fans of Don Broco, The JCQ, Reuben, Mallory Knox and Lower Than Atlantis.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review of "The Hunter, The Gatherer" by Arizona Released 20th October 2014


Arizona are a metalcore band from Essex formed in 2011 consisting of Jacob Scroggs-Parris (Vocals), George Southernwood (Drums), Brad Laurence (Guitar), Benjamin Wyckes(Guitar) and Jordan Swan (Bass). The band release "The Hunter, The Gatherer" on 20th October 2014.

It is clear from the very second of "Black Hart" that it is going to be a heavy affair, with downtuned chugging riffage, rapid drums and lead singers Jacob's vocals reminiscent of the lead singer of Spineshank.  "The Hunted" and the notch heavier "The Gathering" are structurally and sonically similar; clearly the two tracks are meant to be companion pieces, reflective of each other.

The EP ends on the strongest track "Preacher" which starts with a slow creepy halloween-esque intro before stabbing guitar riffs and a catchy repeating lead riff kick in, topped off with Jacob spitting his lyrics like his life depends on it. If this track does not get your head banging you are possibly dead.

The Hunted is a take no prisoners romp through a riff strewn landscape, complete with machine gun drumming, thumping bass and half screamed/ half shouted vocals. The EP would appeal to fans of Bury Tomorrow, early Spineshank, Hatebreed and Chimaira.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Review of "Faultlines" by Road To Horizon Released 20th October 2014



Road To Horizon are a five piece post hardcore band hailing from the depths of Yorkshire consisting of Ben Flockton(Vocal), Chris McIntosh (Guitar/Vocals), Benji Wilson (Guitars), Oli Parkinson (Bass) and Sie Gordon(Drums).

The album artwork for "Faultlines" has a passing resemblance to Bury Tomorrow's latest album "Runes" and from the start of the title track the similarities continue; the band play a similar post hardcore blend of crunchy guitars, blastbeat drumming with mix of unclean and clean vocals. What sets the band apart from the more metalcore Bury Tomorrow is their keen sense of melody which runs through their songs.

Up next is "Tonight Is Our Night" which has a Yashin feel to the track, Ben's vocals leaning further towards melodic singing and a catchy soaring guitar lead;"Victimised" is as heavy as sledgehammer from start to finish, reminiscent of ADTR's heavier efforts with dual attack vocals.

Faultlines ends on the track "Sirens" which keeps up the frantic pace of the EP having a sense of urgency that pulls the listener through.The track features a more Godsmack-esque riff and lyrics that you will be singing long after the songs ends.

This EP is full of vibrant songs packed with big riffs, memorable hooks and strong vocals to keep even the most jaded post hardcore / metalcore fan happy. Recommended for fans of Yashin, Funeral For A Friend, A Day To Remember and Bury Tomorrow.

The is release on the 20th October 2014 and is available here


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