Primitai – The Calling

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PRIMITAI – THE CALLING

Dissonance Productions

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Running Time: 53:59

Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

10/10

 

OK, I’m just going to say it now or I think I will spontaneously combust……. WOW! WHAT A FRIGGIN’ ALBUM!!

So, now, I have got that out of my system, who are Primitai?

Well, for those of you who don’t know (and I admit, I was one of you!) Primitai are a London-based melodic metal band who “draw inspiration from classic heavy metal and combine it with a modern production, intensity and subtle progressive edge.”

Formed in 2003, in Sandhurst, Berkshire, they achieved their breakthrough in 2010 with the release of their second album “Line of Fire.” It was so well received, both by the media and by the public, it led to appearances on UK tours and festivals such as Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest, High Voltage and the Wacken Cruise.

Their incredible career has seen them support the likes of Sepultura and Saxon, and fill slots with bands as diverse as Hell, Sodom, Powerquest, Crazy Lixx and Blayze Bayley. Their highlight came in 2015 when they did a tour with Wolf and the release of the 2016 album “Night Brings Insanity” saw them headline shows all over the UK and Ireland.

Now, in 2018, they have signed with Dissonance Productions, founded by Steve Beatty (director of Plastic Head Media) and Tom Doherty (former Motorhead manager), and their new full-length album “The Calling” will be released on 25th May, with the video for the first single “Overdrive” having been released on April 23rd.

The new album, once again, has been produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer), with vocal recording and production left for Tom Leech and features artwork from the magnificent Claudio Bergamin (Judas Priest, Battlebeast).

This is an album from a band who should be a lot bigger than what they are, but how many times have we heard this? Whether its people not venturing out to see “original” bands or those not wanting to give an unknown (to them) band a listen, we don’t know but bands are struggling to make the impact that a lot of them deserve to. And Primitai are one such band.

Guitarist Sergio’s talents have injected a finesse and a flair to their sound, building on their trademark, no-nonsense riffs, and co-guitarist Srdjan has equally raised his game. Their dual guitar work is simply sublime, adding melodic guitar duelling with chugging riffs. Guy’s vocals are sang with conviction, whether they are soft or snarling and I just adore his voice. He has all the elements that a great heavy metal singer should have and can change his voice at will, at times sounding like Mr Lordi (which is by no means a bad thing!) while at others matching that of the late Ronnie James Dio. The rhythm section is made up of bassist Scott and drummer Jonny, both formerly of the band Dry the River, with whom they have graced the mainstages at Glastonbury and Reading, toured North America and released two UK top 40 albums.

There is no doubt that this bunch of guys have gelled well together and are obviously all very talented, producing music that goes for the throat. Its fast, its meaty and its everything that heavy metal should be. This album has the fresh spontaneity of a debut album but has been complimented by refined song writing that has evolved over time with a progressive edge.

I don’t give 10 out of 10’s easily, and so many albums I have reviewed have fallen just short, but there is nothing I don’t like about this album. It impacted on me right from the very start and I didn’t want it to end. It pulls on so many elements of so many different genres of metal, that it is hard to define it completely. I don’t like to pigeon hole music anyway so to me it’s just HEAVY METAL, pure and simple!

I hope to see these guys on the road somewhere as I have a feeling they would be fantastic in a live setting, and I have already ordered their back albums. This is one band that dodged my radar but thanks to reviewing I have now become a HUGE fan of.

Keep up the great work guys and I’ll see you at a gig somewhere!!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Possess Me
  • 2. Demons Inside
  • 3. Overdrive
  • 4. Curse of Olympus
  • 5. No Survivors
  • 6. Memories Lost
  • 7. Into the Light
  • 8. Into the Dark
  • 9. Tempest Returns
  • 10. The Calling

 

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Shadowkeep – Shadowkeep

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SHADOWKEEP – SHADOWKEEP

Pure Steel Records

Release Date: 30/03/2018

Running Time: 55:01

Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

6.5/10

 

I got excited when the latest album by Shadowkeep dropped into my inbox and, as it had also landed in the Ever Metal inbox, Rick said I might as well be the one to review it.

But, let me tell you a bit about the history of the band before we get to the album.

Shadowkeep are an English heavy metal band from Guildford in Surrey and were formed in 1999 by guitarists Chris Allen (ex-Intense and Sire) and Nikki Robson (also ex-Sire) and Belgian vocalist, Rogue Marechal (ex-Halcyon). They recorded their debut six-track EP at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England, in October 1999, an EP that was produced by fellow English rocker, Threshold’s guitarist and producer, Karl Groom, and a couple of albums followed.

Despite the longevity of the band, there have been numerous line up changes over the years and 2012 saw the appearance of the band’s TENTH incarnation! But now, 2018, sees them striking back with a new album, their 4th studio album and the first for ten years, and a new singer (this is the bit I got excited about!!)

None other than James Rivera, formerly of Seven Witches and currently of Helstar, has joined the quintet after they approached him to sing on their new album. But, with the addition of the 58-year-old Texan, comes a few changes to the band’s sound and dynamics. Previously compared to the more progressive bands, such as Queensryche and Crimson Glory, the new album takes them more in the direction of classic 80’s US metal, with James and his distinctive voice putting their stamp on the 11 new tracks.

So, what of the new album? I have listened to it numerous times and I still can’t make my mind up about it.

Musically, the guys are on top form. The duel guitar harmonies and riff based rhythmic work give the album an obvious aggression that all good metal albums should have, and Rivera’s voice is just as good as it has always been.

BUT……….

Having not really heard much of the band’s past music, I have nothing to compare this to, but what I have read while researching them, is that the previous offering was a lot more subdued than this. Now, I don’t know whether that is due to the introduction of Rivera, or whether the guys have just decided to do things differently this time round, but what it does mean, is that this album is dangerously close to sounding just like “any other Helstar album”.

Speed and power metal aspects are greatly emphasized is this album, the whole theme being Greek mythology and stories of other Mediterranean cultures (typical in the power metal scene). All, that is, except “Never Forgotten” which is a homage to the British soldiers of World War 1.

I have seen reviews of this album state that Rivera dominates while others say that he is nearly obliterated, (how interesting it is to see how differently reviewers see things), but my two pennies worth would be that Rivera has obviously had an influence over the album, although I am not entirely convinced that this is a good thing.

I like variety in metal, but this album sounds just like any other epic power/speed metal album. Although the songs are good, there is nothing on it that stands out from the rest and really grabs you by the balls. I couldn’t tell you my favourite song on it because I don’t really have one. I like and dislike them all just as much as each other.

If you like riff-laden, meaty, speed metal then this album will be right for you, but for those of you who are looking for that little bit extra…..well, you are not going to find it here!

But, I am just one of many and you might have a different opinion to me! Check it out. It’s not one of the best albums out there but it’s still a worthy addition to any metalhead’s collection.

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Atlantis
  • 2. Guardian of The Sea
  • 3. Flight Across the Sand
  • 4. Horse of War
  • 5. Little Lion
  • 6. Angels and Omens
  • 7. Isolation
  • 8. Never Forgotten
  • 9. The Sword of Damocles
  • 10. Immortal Drifter
  • 11. Minotaur

 

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Sonic Prophecy – Savage Gods

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SONIC PROPHECY – SAVAGE GODS

Rockshots Records / AsherMedia Relations

Release Date: 19-01-2018

Running Time: 59:00mins

Reviewer Tsarina Wilson

8.5/10

 

This powerful album is full steam ahead from the first note of the first track. If you want an album full of punch, then this is one for you!

The band, who consist of Shane Provstguard on vocals, Darrin Goodman on guitar, Sebastian Martin on guitar, Ron Zemanek on bass and Matt LeFevre on drums, are one hellava power rock band.

The band, who have been existence since 2008, have released an EP as well as two full length albums and performed on several tours, and have now returned with their third studio album ‘Savage Gods.’

My first thoughts when I heard the album were a Black Sabbath/Manowar crossover with heavy drums, brilliant guitar riffs and some very strong vocals. Even on the slower tracks the range and power of Shane’s voice is just immense.

‘Savage God’ follows their 2015 release ‘Apocalyptic Promenade’ (Maple Metal Records) and their debut album in 2011 ‘A Divine Act of War’, which had its music used in the television series ‘Rock n Lock’, the video game ‘Volgarr The Viking’ and Danny Trejo’s movie ‘Vengeance’. This album covers many topics, lyrically, from quests and medieval wars to the dangers associated with extreme ideologies.

My favourite track is ‘Man the Guns’ but, then again, it’s very difficult to have a favourite. The tracks are all mini stories and each one is so good in its own right. At almost an hour of epic solo vocals, moody and dark songs, but with exciting riffs, this isn’t a “put on and ignore” album. It’s intense and needs to be played loud and proud.

The guys, from Salt Lake City, who have opened for bands such as Cinderella, Tyr and Alestorm, are a joy to listen to. This album isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste but then show me an album that is! If you want chest punching tracks, with a vocalist who can reach notes that would give Mariah Carey a run for her money, drumming that will leave you breathless even though you’re not playing and guitars that talk to you, then this album is for you.

TRACK LISTING

  • Savage Gods
  • Night Terror
  • Unholy Blood
  • Dreaming of The Storm
  • Man the Guns
  • Walk Through the Fire
  • A Prayer Before Battle
  • Iron Clad Heart
  • Man and Machine
  • Chasing the Horizon

 

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Circus Maximus – Havoc in Oslo

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS – HAVOC IN OSLO

Frontiers Music SRL

Release Date: 4th August 2017

Running Time: CD1: 43 mins / CD2: 42 mins

Reviewer Tsarina Wilson

9.5/10

These Norwegian metallers celebrated their fourth studio album, Havoc, on the 4th February 2016 at the Rockerfeller Club in Oslo, with an explosive gig, complete with pyro, sparks, and a massive lighting rig, to make sure the show was as amazing as their songs. They, then, decided they wanted to give some of this atmosphere to those less fortunate who weren’t there by releasing this live album of the gig. Close your eyes, draw the curtains, put this on loud and you are there in the venue with them.

The band, Michael Eriksen on vocals, Mats Haugen on guitar, Glen Mollen on bass, Truls Haugen on drums and, finally, Lase Fribraten on keyboards, have moulded together so amazingly. The guitar riffs, that change from ice clean to pure metal, are a refreshing change and the keyboards leave you wondering if there are other instruments. It really is so good to listen to as it makes you stop and listen intently.

Ever since the band released “Live in Japan” via YouTube, they have wanted to put together a live release in physical format for us all to listen to. With this album, they have got a giant pot, added amazing musicians, clear crisp metal vocals, rock, metal some maturity, strength and love, given it a stir around and this is the result. The vocals by Michael are gritty, mesmerizing but epic and guitars are almost hypnotic.

This band leaves no stone unturned in their expression of music but don’t let the softer songs lead you into a false sense of security. These guys mean business and pack a mighty punch and the synth playing is seriously good listening.

My favourite track is ‘Arrival of Love.’ It’s a ‘sing at the top of your voice song’ (ok maybe that’s just me then!) but I love the guitar riff and the synths in it keep you wanting more. ‘The Abyss’ is just ‘BOOOOM we’re off’ and does not stop from start to finish. It’s just brilliant, although a lot grittier than some of the other tracks.

This album is just raw pleasure from start to finish and they have definitely gained another fan.

CD1 Track Listing

  • Forging
  • Namaste
  • The One
  • The Weight
  • Highest Bitter
  • Architect of Fortune
  • Arrival of Love
  • Loved Ones

CD2 Track Listing

  • Sin
  • Havoc
  • Pages
  • Abyss
  • I Am
  • Chivalry
  • Game of Life

 

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Kaine – A Crisis of Faith

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KAINE

A CRISIS OF FAITH

SELF RELEASED

8 out of 10

Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

 

When I hear the name Kaine, I always think of them as a new band just starting out, full of young guys wanting to make their mark on the metal scene. Now, while the “wanting to make their mark” bit is true, the band, itself, has been around since 2009.

Hailing from East Anglia, Kaine is a four-piece set up with influences from bands such as Iron Maiden and Saxon, which they have mixed with the thrash element I so love and have produced a fresh take on an older genre. Their site states they “combine traditional / NWOBHM with thrash / speed metal” and, despite not being the biggest NWOBHM fan, as you will have come to know by now, this is a combination that I have grown to love.

So, for those of you who don’t know much about the band, and if you don’t where have you been for the past nine years, let me tell you of some of their achievements so far.

They have supported some of the biggest names in current heavy metal, such as Alestorm, Evil Scarecrow, Savage Messiah, I-AM-I (which features ex-Dragonforce and current Skid Row singer ZP Theart), The Wild Lies and Absolva (a band that features members of Iced Earth!) and they have also shared the stage with legends such as Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Tygers of Pan-Tang, Grave Digger, Holocaust, Lawnmower Deth, Annihilated, Tytan (ex-Angel Witch) and Onslaught.

On top of this, they were also voted GMA Breakthrough UK band of 2013 and in 2017, the band’s website was recognised as the 87th top metal blog in the world by Feedspot.

So, what does this band have to offer? Well, in my opinion, absolutely everything! With four fantastic musicians, excellent song writing abilities and a work ethic that’s second to none, this band should be bigger than what they are!

A Crisis of Faith is the band’s third album, officially released on February 1st, 2018, and having reviewed the previous one, The Waystone, I can see how they have grown as a band. I stated in my review then that they had “taken a great, big pot, thrown in some traditional heavy metal and a handful of NWOBHM, while adding a bit of thrash and a pinch of prog.” This album takes it all to the next level and feels a lot more ‘proggy’ to me than the last. This, however, doesn’t take away from the heavy crunching riffs and pounding drums that are still present, but it does show just what this bunch of guys can do.

I have always been an admirer of vocals that stand out from the rest, because let’s face it, who wants to listen to a band whose singer sounds just like any other band? And that, for me, is one of the things that makes this band a bit different to the rest. Rage Sadler’s vocals are somewhat quirky and will maybe not appeal to everyone, but I think they add character to the band. And he can actually sing, a trait that not too many bands deem important these days!

The other thing that stood out on this album for me was the bass playing. Being mum to a budding bass player I am starting to notice the bass lines in songs more and more now but the playing on this album just blew me away. I have seen Kaine live a few times with Stephen Ellis on bass now and he is simply a phenomenon.  I never knew bass player’s fingers could move so fast! And with Saxon Davids on guitar (what a player!) and Chris MacKinnon on drums (and a lot of other stuff!! Versatility, now that’s the name of the game) these guys are everything a band should be!

Stand out songs for me were Fall of Jericho (check out the bass!) which I think is a favourite among a lot of other fans too, and Alone (In My Forgotten Rage) although I don’t think there is a bad song on the album.

I know that the music of Kaine doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I think they have been overlooked by a lot of people. They work extremely hard and endure personal hardships to do what they do, and, for this, I think they should be applauded. If you give just one unsigned band you may have discounted a listen, then let it be this band!

Get yourself a copy of A Crisis of Faith (and at just a couple of quid they are a steal) and see for yourself!

 

Note: Since the recording of this album, drummer Chris Mackinnon has announced he is leaving the band. While this is a mighty blow for the band, here at Ever Metal we appreciate Chris has his own reasons for doing this. We would like to wish him all the very best for his future musical endeavours and hope he achieves what he is looking for.

We would also like to wish incoming replacement Liam Etheridge the best of luck with Kaine and look forward to many more years of music from a great bunch of guys.

On the 3rd May 2018, it was also announced that guitarist, Saxon Davids and bassist Stephen Ellis, were also leaving the band. We at Ever Metal would like to wish them both the very best in what they choose to do and we also hope Rage Sadler can salvage the band and come back bigger than ever!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1 Heaven’s Abandonment
  • 2 Fall of Jericho
  • 3 A Night Meets Death
  • 4 Crisis of Faith
  • 5 Afterlife
  • 6 Frailty of the Blade
  • 7 Voice in Hell
  • 8 Behind the Preacher’s Eyes
  • 9 The Mind is Willing
  • 10 Alone (In My Forgotten Rage)

 

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Chasing Ghosts – These Hollow Gods

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Chasing Ghosts- These Hollow Gods (2018)

Mighty Music

Release Date: 9th February 2018

Running Time: 38.58

Reviewer Tsarina Wilson

8/10

 

This band was formed by Lee Brueton and were influenced by bands such as Paradise, Lost, Moonspell, and, as a personal opinion, I can hear some London After Midnight, with its dark rock, moody yet clean and unhindered.

The band are made up of Nelson Cancini (vocals), Lee Brueton (bass/synth), Ashley Clark (rhythm guitar) and Harry Mitten (lead guitar). They guys were brought together to produce honest and unrelenting rock music. They were winners of Ubeat “Rock Act of the Year” 2016, which is one of the most celebrated emerging music awards. Drums on this album were provided by Gary Fuller.

This album was recorded by “Enter Shikari” engineer, Tim Morris, and has aired on over 50 radio stations worldwide. The track ‘Fallen From Grace’ became the band’s first official video featuring Pixie Le Knot, actress and contortionist from Game of Thrones, and it debuted on Amp’d TV, hosted by Kerrang’s very own Johnny Doom.

Chasing Ghosts have played at venues including The Camden Assembly, Proud Camden, The Craufurd Arms, and headlined the O2 Academy 2 in Liverpool. A European tour is planned for 2018 to coincide with their album launch in Copenhagen and festival dates are to be announced soon.

The title track was written about our role models, idiots and those we ultimately view as gods in family, religion, music and amongst celebrities. Those people we have devoted our lives to but have given nothing but false hope and disappointment back. Everyone has a “hollow god”.

The guitar riffs are sometimes almost haunting, the songs are lyrically very deep, dark and angry yet trying to get a message across and every element of this album, from the art work, production and mixing has been created by the band with no compromise. The songs are the result of blood, sweat and tears; hard work that has very obviously paid off. There are no gimmicks and no razzle dazzle, just pure hard raw rock with a story to tell. We all have dark days, loss in our lives, sadness and pain and times when we feel we are very alone, but this band have shown, in their own way, that we are not, others are there for us, and things can be turned around.

Don’t think just because the songs are quite dark that it’s all doom and gloom. This band really is great listening and, with the title track These Hollow Gods, it really makes you think of those people we put way up on a pedestal and give everything to but get nothing in return. The lyric “at what cost they came to us these hollow gods in which we trust” says it all.

The energy these guys have put into the whole package is just amazing and with the dark rock/goth tones they are well worth going to see. They are very much a dark night, candles on, just float off listening to some decent music, kind of band. They are not to everyone’s taste, but they are very refreshing in this day and age of plastic music that all sounds the same. These guys definitely don’t and that is yet another plus to them.

TRACK LISTING

  • Everything Changes
  • This Fear
  • From Depravity
  • These Hollow Gods
  • Dark Skies
  • Fearless
  • Fallen From Grace
  • One Last Try

 

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Cats in Space – Scarecrow

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Cats In Space-Scarecrow (2017)

Solid Music Management

Running Time 40.42

Release August 25th, 2017

Reviewer Tsarina Wilson

9/10

Here is a brilliant album, full of great harmonies and some great lyrics, my favourite of which, has to be “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” as that has always been my mantra in life.

This 70’s inspired band are definitely not a novelty band, as the title of the album or their name could suggest. These guys mean business and, after their debut album ‘Too Many Gods’, they have come back with this cracking album, including tracks like ‘September Rain’ and ‘Broken Wing’, which has some great riffs.

When you listen to this album you can notice influences such as ELO, Queen and T-Rex, and that’s probably due to the experience they have had from playing with others in the past. Paul Manzi, lead vocals, has played with The Sweet. Greg Hart, guitarist, vocals, songwriter and founder of the Cats, has played with Mike Oldfield. Dean Howard, guitarist, has travelled with bands like T’Pau and Jeff Brown, bass player and vocalist for 15 years with the legendary band The Sweet. Steevi Bacon, drummer and percussion, has played with the UK T-Rex show “Too Rex” while also drumming and working with ‘Queen’ producer, David Richards, in the ‘Heaven & Earth Band’ and Andy Stewart, the final member of the band, plays piano and synthesizers.

The band wowed crowds on legendary UK rockers Thunder’s sell out tour in 2017, they have had their own sell out tour and have already arranged future gigs. I can only imagine there will be more people wowed by this band as they are just as good live as on record.

There is nothing to dislike about this album, it’s rocky, it’s good listening and it’s fun. Imagine a hot summer’s day, windows down in the car and this playing full blast on the stereo. It’s an upbeat, good vibe album, and the track ‘Felix and The Golden Sun’ will have you singing along at the top of your voice. This band could have their music featured on the end credits to a movie, the kind where you watch the film and keep listening to the very end!!

This album has the most amazing harmonies, which then progress into some brilliant rock on tracks like ‘Timebomb.’ This band just has it all, brilliant drumming, ace lyrics, brilliant guitar riffs and vocals you can actually hear but with a little added cheekiness. They are definitely on my bucket list to see, and I absolutely LOVE the album cover, it’s just brilliant and if it’s not on a t-shirt, I wanna know why….!!!?

Track Listing

  • 1, Jupiter Calling.
  • 2, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
  • 3, Clown in Your Nightmare.
  • 4, Scars.
  • 5, September Rain.
  • 6, Broken Wing.
  • 7, Two Fifty Nine.
  • 8, Felix & The Golden Sun.
  • 9, Time Bomb.
  • 10, Scarecrow.

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