Pelugion – I

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Pelugion – I
Self-Released
Release Date: 04/08/2018
Running Time: 37:26
Review by Dawn King
9/10

On 27th July 2018, Ever Metal had the privilege and the honour to premier Pelugion’s video for the track ‘Bane Of Humanity’ and now we are proud to review their debut EP “I”.

Pelugion are a three-piece rock/metal outfit from Coventry, England and the trio, Andy Sweeney, John Pittaway and Brandon Balou, first met at college in September 2012 while they were studying music performance. They started off by doing Black Sabbath and Metallica covers at college gigs, but once the college days were over, they found new rehearsal rooms and wrote their first original track.

It was then that Pelugion was born!

The threesome gigged heavily around England, they won a slot playing the Godiva Festival, which is the UK’s biggest free family festival, and signed a management deal with FATangel Management and PR, as well as releasing a music video for the track ‘Serpent’s Mistress’. This extensive gigging gained them recognition for their energetic performances and massive sound.

In 2016, they released the song ‘Bide My Time’, which was produced, mixed and mastered at Woodworm Studio by Mike Exeter, who has worked with legends such as Black Sabbath, Dio and Judas Priest, and this grabbed the attention of Wildfire Festival in Scotland, where they performed later that year.

2017 was a busy year for them. They played the sold-out HRH Metal at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, were a special guest performer at the Mosh Against Cancer in Coventry, performed their first acoustic set at Uprising Festival in Leicester (which we also had the pleasure of reviewing) and embarked on a tour with Welsh heavyweights, Lifer!

2018 saw them head back to Wales for the popular Dementia Aware Fest and they once again appeared on the bill at Uprising. They also gained a spot at Bloodstock Festival in Derby after winning the Coventry Metal 2 The Masses and receiving worldwide radio airplay is helping them on their way to becoming an international band!

So, what of this fantastic EP? Well, I think I just said it. It’s fantastic! From the opening basslines of first track ‘Monster’ I knew this was going to be a killer EP. With influences such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Soundgarden, Alterbridge, Black Label Society, Kyuss and Down, they have added their own unique twist on things to produce what can only be described as a stonking sound. Heavy, sometimes sludgy yet melodic and upbeat, if this EP doesn’t have you banging your head and throwing the horns then nothing will.

The EP is a collection of the band’s recordings to date, put together over a period of three years! Some of it has never been heard before, while some of it had only been available on digital format, but now for the first time it has all come together on CD, and really is a must for fans old and new.

This has everything a great EP should. Groove-laden, chunky riffs, melodic, powerful vocals with just the right amount of grit, funky bass lines and frantic drumming. Pelugion can seemingly turn their hand to anything, from the slow-tempo Sabbathesque type tracks to speedy and more thrash numbers.

We recently set up a page on the Ever Metal site showcasing bands we support and Pelugion were one of the first to be added to the list. This was due to their extreme capabilities, talent and hardworking ethic.

It may have taken three years to get this EP out, but if this is an indication of what is to come from this group of lads, then we all should be very excited about the future of metal.

Just don’t let it take three years for the follow up!

TRACKLIST:
1. Monster
2. Bide My Time
3. Desire
4. Bane Of Humanity
5. Remedy
6. Bury Me
7. Serpent’s Mistress
8. Believe

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/pelugion/
https://pelugion.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBqeFH9qFFkcu35PAQWVXxQ

https://www.instagram.com/pelugion/

 

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Charming Liars – Thought, Flesh & Bone

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Charming Liars – Thought, Flesh & Bone
Chartmaker Inc. (CDF)
Release Date: 01/03/2019
Running Time: 34:05
Review by Stephanie Stevens
8/10

When music catches your ear certain things stand out that make you intrigued. For me, an alluring and satisfying vocalist that has an interesting flair sets my heart ablaze. If you then add passionate lyrics you have me sold.

Charming Liars were first introduced to me on a Spotify playlist. The bands single ‘Soul’ played and within the first 30 seconds the voice had me hooked. The words being sung and that soothing and beautiful vocal pattern made me want to know more. Then the chorus just explodes and wants to showcase a positive and inviting happiness, one that we are all losing in this day and age. Once that song had played out it was easy for me to follow the London and now Los Angeles based band Charming Liars.

The band set out to release single songs over the past year but with “Thought, Flesh & Bone; they have collected and integrated all those singles and some new tracks into a powerful Alternative, Pop, Rock, Electronic piece of artistry.

‘Like A Drug is probably my second favourite track because, yet again, the voice of Kiliyan Maguire just engulfs your soul. This track is more daring, seductive and alluring but the song overall is just catchy as hell, moody and intriguing.

‘Ocean’ delves into a more dance electric type ambience. It has higher energy, is real poppy and also a fun song. ‘Spiral Out’ keeps with the more techy electronic engagement but, very definitely has a rock sounding backbone keeping the song protected and multi levelled.

‘Deeper’ is just captivating and, once again showcases the vocal side of things.

Novacaine’ has the flair of 90’s soundscapes but then slowly segues into a more melodic, sweet style track with a lullaby like feeling.

‘Insomnia’ is purely fascinating from its combo of rock and synth like pop flair but, yet again, showcases that voice which is just so smooth and captivating. ‘Something Dark’ is a force of nature. I’m not sure how to explain the alluring qualities of the mood shifts on this track. It might just be a case of clicking the button to listen because it has me hooked.

All in all if you love the feeling of eclectic sounds with uplifting pop elements and alternative rock roots which make it all come together like perfection then “Thought, Flesh & Bone” is the album for you and Charming Liars the band for you.

TRACKLISTING:
01 Alive
02 Like A Drug
03 Ocean
04 Something Dark
05 Insomnia
06 Soul
07 Running Away
08 Deeper
09 Spiral Out
10 Time To Start
11 Novacaine

LINKS:
https://www.charmingliars.com
https://www.facebook.com/charmingliars

https://www.instagram.com/charmingliars/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr7xMoyX3bXd-mY-LhUu6Kw

 

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Electric Revolution – Burn It Down

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Electric Revolution – Burn It Down
Self-Released
Running Time: 35:00
Release Date: 01/01/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Recently I was approached by American based Hard Rock band Electric Revolution about the possibility of reviewing their brand new album “Burn It Down” I went on their Bandcamp page made an account and bought the album and I have listened to it ever since and I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity. When I listen to these guys it’s like when you wake up and have that first coffee in the morning and it gives you the feeling that the day can only get better.

In previous weeks I have listened to and reviewed some awesome bands who are heavier than these guys yet with Electric Revolution I don’t have to worry about injuries to my neck from headbanging. Instead I sit back in my computer chair, press play, close my eyes and let the music take me away. For the last three weeks my physical health hasn’t been the best and I have been bed bound for most of it but through all the sneezing, watering eyes and pain throughout my body, this album has taken my mind away from all of that and put me in a state of relaxation where none of that matters and I can just rest and try and recover which has been a huge help! Until I was approached about reviewing the album I hadn’t heard of the band but now I definitely won’t forget them.

Electric Revolution and “Burn It Down” remind me of AC/DC but I will say this! In my personal opinion, and as someone who likes AC/DC, this album is on the same level as them and even though it may sound bad I would pick this album to listen to over AC/DC.

As I’ve said in previous reviews I love discovering new bands that will replace the old guard! Only formed in 2014 Electric Revolution, just from this album, sound like they have been together much longer but just because they haven’t been doesn’t mean they aren’t definitely a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see what they bring out next!

With Billie Pulera on Drums/Vocals, Chad Imler on Bass, Brock Betz on Lead Guitar and Dave Lawson on Vocals it makes for an amazing combination, band and music are so well balanced and such a joy to listen to! After listening to “Burn It Down” as much as I have I do have a favourite song and that is ‘God And The Devil. All the songs are good to listen to but this song is proper old school hard rock song similar to that of the 70’s and 80’s and it gives me chills to listen to.

Now it comes to rating the album and the toughest part of the whole review. “Burn It Down” is such a top album to listen to whether you’re having the best day, or like me, have been really down from being ill and for that reason I rate album 9/10, but the track ‘God And The Devil’ gets a 10/10! It is by far one of the best songs I have listened to as a reviewer.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Billie Pulera, who is also the bands General Manager, for getting in touch about reviewing this awesome album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prelude: Rise Of The Revolution (Part 1)
02. Tempted
03. God And The Devil
04. Burn It Down
05. Surrender
06. Cookie Jar
07. Runnin’ Away
08 No Time For Love (CODA)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/electricrevolution/

https://electricrevolution2.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/revolutionelectric/

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CAGE9 – Hypesthesia

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CAGE9 – Hypesthesia
Self-Released
Release Date: 22/01/2019
Running Time: 43:18
Review by Stephanie Stevens
9/10

In 2016 I was introduced to a mastermind. Evan Rodaniche has a craft for making creative alluring music with his band CAGE9. The band was introduced to me with their album “Illuminator”. An experimental, ambitious, gut driven rock induced album.

Now 2019 is upon us and all the quietness from the band had me worried but with one listen to the bands newest album “Hypesthesia” I know all the downtime the band had was put to good use.

With CAGE9 having 15 plus years in the business, 8 albums and over 100 songs released the guys never cease to amaze me. This album, start to finish, is even more defining and illuminating than in the past.

“Hypesthesia” hits you hard with a sonically diverse rundown of tracks. ‘3arthquake’, the opening track and platform single/video, has a lullaby introduction which smoothly takes you into the adventure of heavier driven ambience of rock. The allure of the transitions just makes you feel alive!

‘The Vertigo’ brings thought of being lost in an asylum and trying to find your way out. With driving rhythmic guitar work it will be appealing to anyone into a modern rock sound.

‘Dance The Macabre is moody, dark and electrifying! The chorus pops because the verses are more subdued and eerie yet it brilliantly meshes. It is probably one of my top songs on the album.

‘Monsters +Vultures’ just warms my heart because this is one of the bands heavier tracks. Add that uplifting energy in the chorus and you have a piece of beauty in my eyes.

‘Ice Aege’ and ‘Hypesthesia’ are unforgettable due to the vocal patterns which take both songs to new heights.

‘Parallel Universe’ lays out that modern alternative rock vibe. Truthful lyrics and easy progression from verse to chorus makes it bleed with beauty.

‘Wasteland’ has a more punk ‘n’ metal attitude. It is a nice change of pace and shows the versatility of the band as creators.

Their rendition of ‘Rooster’ by Alice in Chains is dark, captivating and has elegance to it.
They finish the album with the unbelievable ‘Expectations’, a six minute song full of monotony but one that is so hypnotic, beautifully laid out and seductively alluring that you just fall into the mood and vibe of it!

CAGE9, in my opinion, have an amazing, most talented and creative passion for making art and I am honoured to be able to be a part of it with this new listen to “Hypesthesia”!

TRACKLISTING:
01. 3arthquake
02. Monsters + Vultures
03. The Vertigo
04. Hypesthesia
05. Dance The Macabre
06. 1984
07. Ice Aege
08. Parallel Universe
09. Wasteland
10. Rooster
11. Expectations

LINKS:
https://cage9.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Cage9/

https://www.instagram.com/cage9official/
https://cage9.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/cage9

 

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Solitary – Nothing Changes: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Solitary – Nothing Changes: 20th Anniversary Edition
DOC Records
Release Date: 20/08/2018
Running Time: 56:44
Review by Dawn King
9/10

It was the mid-90’s, thrash metal was dying and the heady days of “The Big Four” were fast becoming fading memories. But, one man in the north of England wasn’t prepared to sit around and reminisce about the good old days.

Rich Sherrington had always had a dream to follow in the footsteps of his heroes, Xentrix, and in 1994, he formed his own band, Solitary, and against all reason and sense, started the thrash comeback!

The first Solitary album “Nothing Changes” was released in 1998 on Holier Than Thou Records and bristling with its snarling riffs and ready to fight attitude, even the press couldn’t deny the intensity and integrity of the album. They received positive reviews from major magazines such as Terrorizer, and they hit the road for two UK tours. The rest, as they say, is history!

In 2008 they released the album “Requiem” and in 2017, they released “The Diseased Heart of Society”, which was harder, faster and more focussed, and was welcomed with open arms by a society that was much more tolerant of thrash metal.

Now, twenty years later, they have re-released the album that originally set them on their road. There is new artwork, a host of bonus tracks, and a little injection of modern-day studio wizardry, to give the album a heavier and more aggressive sound and it is only available on CD, with NO digital platform whatsoever, so get your copy while you can!

For those of us who weren’t around the first time this was released, there are five bonus demo tracks tagged onto the end of the album, showing just how their sound has changed. Maybe they included these to tempt newer fans to their music or maybe it was just to give older fans a taste of what was, only the band will know that, but either way, I think they are a great addition to an already awesome album.

From the opening bass lines of first track ‘Within Temptation’ it’s obvious this band is not messing around. With chunky riffs and snarling, menacing vocals, these guys are every bit as good as the original thrash bands of the 80’s. With the likes of Metallica, Machinehead, Pantera, Testament and Slayer as influences, they should have been the forefathers of a new wave of UK thrash, so why do they only have just over 4,000 likes on Facebook? (and yes, I do know that Facebook likes is NOT an indicator of how good a band is, before anyone jumps on this comment!)

This no-frills album is fantastic from start to finish, just the type I could listen to repeatedly and still not be bored with it. If this album was their debut back in 1998, then what a debut! There are very few bands that crash onto the scene with a gem of a premier, but these guys should have done just that!

Being a thrash girl at heart, this album gives me everything that I need. The riffs are heavy and meaty, hitting you right in the belly, the trembling basslines and galloping drums are, in a word, superb, and the vocals have just the right amount of grit to give a gruff sound without descending into the dirty vocals that I so hate!

Stand out tracks for me would have to be ‘A Second Chance’ with its hints of Metallica and Pantera and ‘The Downward Spiral’ a brutal groove track that will have you banging your head from the very first note but, in all fairness, there is not a bad track on this album.

It was the advance of the Seattle ‘grunge’ sound that originally contributed to the downfall of thrash in the 90’s and, at the time, I was a huge fan of the grunge scene, thrash not really hitting my radar until later (I was in my late teens so don’t hate me!)

Looking back, I wish I was that little bit older so I could have appreciated this when it was first released. I am, however, now a huge fan and will definitely be buying anything else they have done.

Ever Metal recently reviewed a gig they did in Wrexham and I so wish I could have been there for that! But any time they hit the South East now, I will be in attendance!

These guys are simply awesome!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Within Temptation
02. The Downward Spiral
03. A Second Chance
04. Bitterness
05. Nothing Changes
06. Clutching Straws
07. No Reason
08. Twisted
09. Fear
10. A Second Chance (1996 Demo)
11. The Bottom Line (1996 Demo)
12. What Price (1996 Demo)
13. No Reason (1996 Demo)
14. Fear (1996 Demo)

LINKS:
http://www.solitary.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/Official.Solitary/

https://solitary94.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/solitarypreston?feature=watch

 

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Elyose – Reconnexion

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Elyose – Reconnexion
Elyose Records
Running Time: 46:18
Release Date: 27/09/2018
Review by Paul Monkhouse
9/10

Female fronted rock has been a real mainstay of the European metal scene with Scandinavian countries seemingly having the monopoly on the symphonic and epic sound. French band Elyose have decided to go their own path and mix all the best elements of Lacuna Coil along with elements of both Rammstein and (whisper it) the heavier moments of Baby Metal but with their very own Gallic twist (most of the vocals are in French). Their new album “Reconnexion” is truly one of the best albums I have heard this year and puts them in the same league as their more widely known neighbours.

Opening with a driving drum and bass attack ‘Un Autre E’Te’ kicks off the album in fine style, Justine Daaé’s desperate and aching vocals leading into an epic chorus. With the industrial heaviness of the aforementioned Rammstein and the melody of Ghost, the music really motors along and the guitar break hits like a punch hard in the face. This song would be absolutely massive live.

In a switch, ‘Psychosis’ is sung in English and is the first to feature a guest vocalist, in the case Mark Jansen (Epica) whose growls add a truly brutal edge and a brilliant contrast. Okay, this mix of sweeter female vocals matched against the rough, hewn caveman like tones of a male has been done many times before but rarely this well and shows a real growth of the band into heavier territory than previous releases. More furious fretwork accompanied by washing synths into a punchy and powerful chorus lift ‘De Tout La-Haut’ past the normal third track slump that some albums suffer from and a gentle piano and vocal breakdown comes as a welcome left field move in the song.

More guest vocals come during later tracks in the album and there are so many nice touches and twists that makes this album an utter joy to sit and PROPERLY listen to. Any potential language barrier is totally forgotten as the music crushes and excites whilst the synths and vocals sweep you along over the top of the adrenaline-soaked riffing and pounding rhythm. ‘Mes 100 Ciels’ mixes industrial metal with an almost nursery rhyme pop chorus that Tobias Forge would be happy with, showing how they have been listening and taking in other influences whilst percolating their own unique brew.

‘La Veuve Noire’ is all dirty rock ‘n’ roll and would have been the most straightforward rocker of the album if it hadn’t been for the rampaging fury lithely evolving into what could be easily imagined as the soundtrack for a sci-fi film trailer whilst losing none of its excitement or heaviness. Closing the album with ‘Contretemps’, an acoustic gem that features just guitar and vocals lets the latter shine and is a typically brave move that brings another brilliant colour to their sound palette.

Far from your straight-ahead metal album, this one will grow and grow on you. If you are willing to take a chance on something just a little different “Reconnexion” will repay your investment many times over. Utterly magnifique!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Un autre été
02. Psychosis
03. De tout là-haut
04. Asymétrie
05. Folle alliée
06. Mes 100 ciels
07. À coeur perdant
08. La veuve noire
09. Les mots qui me viennent
10. Contretemps (Acoustic)

LINKS:
http://www.elyose.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ElyoseOfficial

https://www.instagram.com/elyoseband/
https://elyose.tumblr.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Ellyosevideo

 

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Powderhead – Don’t Let Them Win

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Powderhead – Don’t Let Them Win
Self-Released
Running Time: 40:10
Release Date: 14/04/2018
Review by Paul Monkhouse
7/10

One of the great things about writing for a site like this very one is that we absolutely love supporting the many underground bands in the country alongside the many established bands. It’s seems as though every week a new talent pops up and is ready and raring to compete with the big boys. Far from rock being dead (as some naysayers have it) I believe that the scene has some incredible bands coming through. Sure, things have changed seismically over the past few years but that hasn’t stopped the hungry young guns hitting their local pubs, clubs and festivals forging a name for themselves the hard way. Every town in the country has some incredible new artists absolutely ripping it up on the live scene and vying for that one big breakthrough. Social media might have killed record sales as they were known but it’s such a force for good as by the click of a mouse you can discover amazing talent on your own doorstep. Such is the case with Powderhead…

Formed in Cambridge, Powderhead have just released their first album “Don’t Let Them Win” and it’s a rough-edged gem full of snotty attitude and firey riffs. Reminding me of some of the more D.I.Y. releases of the NWOBHM (but with better production) it snaps and snarls through ten tracks of hard rock that is given a bit of a punk feel by lead singer Helen Johnson. Like the brilliant Pearler, here is another band that has a very ‘street’ feel to it that takes the best elements of primal hard rock and mixes with it with a real swagger.

Opening track ‘Mad Phil’ sets out their intent from the off with its punk feel that changes just before the chorus as it throws into the mix some classic rock guitar that has a touch of Metallica. The sinewy twists in the tracks are a thread that runs through the album as each track throws in the odd tempo change which shows more of a freewheeling style of writing rather than a contrived attempt to do something different. Admittedly some of the little turns don’t pay off in the way they should, particularly in a couple of the chorus’s where it tends to lean heavily of melodies that are meant to catch the ear but rather seem a little out of place but it’s a small criticism. ‘Take It’ starts off with a hook laden chant before ripping into some furious fretwork accompanied by a banshee scream as it charges into a confrontational statement that takes no prisoners.

Much of the album features some terrific hard rock that takes elements from the 80’s and 90’s bands like Saxon, Pantera and Megadeth and injects it with the venom of 70’s punk. It’s not all fury though as one of the outstanding tracks happens half way through the album giving a real change of pace in ‘Forgotten Line’, the album’s sole ballad. Far from being something that is thrown in just for the sake of it, the track is a welcome change from the full-on tempos and adds some real colour to the CD. Not only does it really let Helen’s vocals shine but contains an epic and soaring guitar solo by Jack Lawson.

The album finishes in fine style with the real ‘one two punch’ of ‘Kick and Scream’ and ‘The Butcher’ that are powered by some sterling work on the drums and bass topped by some more vicious fretwork and grab you by the throat vocals. As a debut it’s not perfect but time will mean the band continue to grow in their song writing and arranging skills, adding more razor-sharp edges to their material as indicated by what is an impressive full-length debut.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mad Phil
02. Take It or Leave It
03. Cut it Loose
04. Super-Sized Stoner
05. Toxicate
06. Forgotten Line
07. Sycophant
08. Wrapped
09. Kick and Scream
10. The Butcher

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/powderheadband

https://www.instagram.com/powderheadband/
https://powderhead.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzKELbhkUMSem1KmsPk6BQ

 

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