Piston – Piston

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Piston – Piston
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/09/2019
Running Time: 32:44
Review by Paul Monkhouse
9/10

It seems that the Midlands have a bit of a monopoly on great rock bands and the area’s history is blessed with names such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Magnum and Judas Priest amongst many others. You can now add Piston to that proud list as this, their self-titled debut, is a heavyweight contender for the big league. Having already played shows with some major hitters in the scene, it’s now their turn in the spotlight and the results are dazzling.

The aptly named ‘Dynamite’ is an incendiary start to the album with its irresistibly punchy riffs and gang vocals dealing a knockout blow straight out of the gate. There is absolutely no messing with this, and the flick-knife wielding attitude takes no prisoners, Rob Angelico’s vocals roaring above the twin guitar carnage of Jack Edwards and Luke Allatt whilst Stuart Egan and Brad Newlands provide the bedrock on which this monster stands. Already playlisted by several radio stations, ‘Rainmaker’ is the glorious offspring of Led Zep and AC/DC in its balance of power, dynamics and guts, highlighting the strength of intelligent songwriting here-in. ‘Go Now’ struts like Gene Simmons at his most confident and the brilliant ‘Carry Me Home’ stomps with a rootsy blues style that sounds earthy and towering at the same time.

Promising to be an absolute killer live, ‘One More Day’ glories in cascading guitars and a rip snorting, punky hard rock feel that can blister you from a mile away. Whilst the prowling ‘Beyond Repair’ is arguably the weakest song on the release, it’s quality is such that it would be the strongest track on many other bands albums and the gold standard writing on ‘Piston’ is a high watermark to produce ten faultless songs that hit the spot every time. Other people may declare it their favourite track. You pay your money; you take your choice. ‘Leave if You Dare’ is Southern Rock mixed with the best of British and has some phenomenal guitar playing by Edwards and Allatt, the band cranking things up another notch with ‘Blow it Away’. This is a song built for foot to the floor driving and full of the joyous feeling of leaving work on a Friday night to go to a gig, adrenaline sky high.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Stones on steroids having a beer with Extreme would sound like, look no further than ‘Let Us Rise’, a song so packed with sparks and a kaleidoscope of colour that you may never get tired of listening to it. Throughout, Angelico and the Piston boys are really firing on all cylinders, never afraid to stretch their muscles in both the performances and writing. ‘Into the Night’ finishes the album and it’s another twist in an already compelling patchwork that makes this such a vital addition to the collection of all self-respecting rock fans. Utterly fascinating, this eschews the more hard-rocking whole of the album and goes into a territory of chiming U2 like guitars and vocals that are more akin to Peter Gabriel than the style before and it works brilliantly. Remixes of ‘One More Day’ and ‘Rainmaker’ have been added as bonus tracks and are a welcome, if somewhat unnecessary, addition to an already almost perfect debut.

Overall, this is music that captures the groove and feel of natural talent and chemistry of the five band members while harnessing that to something that is so full of colour and heft that sets Piston apart from a lot of their contemporaries. The band prove once and for all that the British rock scene is worth supporting and, given the talent and hard work they obviously put in, can take on anyone on the World. Move over Ozzy, Jimmy and Rob, there are new kids in town with their sights firmly on your crowns and, do you know what, they might just take them one day. You need this album.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dynamite
02. Rainmaker
03. Go Now
04. Carry Us Home
05. One More Day
06. Beyond Repair
07. Leave If You Dare
08. Blow It Away
09. Let Us Rise
10. Into The Night
11. One More Day (Remix Bonus Track)
12. Rainmaker (Remix Bonus Track)

LINKS:
https://www.pistonuk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/PistonUK

http://www.instagram.com/PistonMusic

http://www.youtube.com/PistonBand

 

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Inglorious – Ride To Nowhere

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Inglorious – Ride To Nowhere
Frontiers Music
Running time: 43:00
Release Date 25/01/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

To those who say rock is dead clearly haven’t given Hard Rock outfit Inglorious a spin. Over the past couple of years, their presence has become well known amongst the music sphere. They have quite rightly been hailed the future of British Rock by Classic Rock Magazine and the belters on their latest album “Ride To Nowhere” provide concrete evidence of this statement.

The band spent most of 2018 locked away creating and recording the album. It was mixed by Kevin Shirley. With credits such as Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith on his portfolio, the album could not have been in better hands in terms of mixing. It’s clear from listening to the record that the band are a strong team, you can hear the music working well together which is what is great to listen to.

It starts off with a great number in the form of ‘Where Are You Now?’ One of the elements that strikes you first is the clean, crisp vocal work that also packs a punch. Alongside the slick riffs and infectious rhythm, this makes for an excellent album opening. To be honest, to say this ‘sets up a tone for the rest of the album’ would be a cliché but in this case this cliché rings true. It’s the opening act that paves the way for an excellent portfolio of Hard Rock mayhem.

Another given cliché that applies to this record is that no song sounds the same. Each song has a story to tell and will suit different moods.

The second track ‘Freak Show’ demonstrates that instantly. This track packs a punch and will encourage you to let out that inner doppelganger. That side of you that you wish to show but can’t.

The beginning of the track ‘Liar’ shows an interesting guitar riff. It sounds messy, but it’s done on purpose so in this case it works. Given that lying creates mess and destruction to people’s lives, that guitar technique is perfect. The lyrical content provides an inciteful layer, particularly the ending of the chorus about the truth setting you free. This pumping track will get audiences going at live shows.

Even the ballads ‘I Don’t Know You’ and ‘Glory Days’ contain the same amount of passion and sass as previous, faster tracks. The first song that comes to mind is Alter Bridge’s ‘Blackbird’. It contains the same impact and power. It’s a sweeping track that is deep and profound.

It ends on a beautiful note with ‘Glory Days’. It’s been stated before that tracks stripped of the distortion and heaviness showcase the vocals at their best. In this case that is certainly true. The prominent vocal work was a highlight of this record. It’s worth waiting for the ending track to hear these at their best. You can hear the full range.

If this album is anything to go by, it’s no wonder Inglorious have earnt a sterling reputation over the past couple of years. It’s an eclectic portfolio of songs that will bring forth a range of emotions. For Hard Rock fans, this is a gem you ought to find and never let go.

TRACKLISTING:
01 Where Are You Now?
02 Freak Show
03 Never Alone
04 Tomorrow
05 Queen
06 Liar
07 Time To Go
08 I Don’t Know You
09 While She Sleeps
10 Ride To Nowhere
11 Glory Days

LINKS:
http://inglorious.com/
https://www.facebook.com/weareinglorious

http://instagram.com/weareinglorious
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZrGK18u1LyvOL1Vo_hhAA

 

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Ten – Gothica

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Ten – Gothica
Running time 58:00
Released on 07/07/2017
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

British hard rockers Ten are turning out to be stalwarts of the melodic rock scene; in a career spanning over 22 years, “Gothica” is their thirteenth studio album and their history reads like a novel – far too many twists and turns in the plot to go into here!  Suffice to say that “Gothica”, mixed by Ten favourite Dennis Ward, is described as, “A web of musically elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination.”  I don’t know about that, but feel free to read on for my humble opinion …

Whether by coincidence, design or happy fluke, there are ten tracks on this album.  I was looking forward to listening to it, but I did find the whole thing, well … slightly odd.  It kicked off innocently enough, with a little bit of incantation and some sterling, power guitar chords on the opening track, “The Grail”. This is a vaguely cinematic-sounding track, not surprising then that the accompanying bio states that, “Gothica is cinematic in every sense”.  I tend to agree, I think.

“Jekyll and Hyde” contains some sweet little tricks to give it a ‘spooky’ feel and again, there are some power chords in evidence, running through the track.  “A Man For All Seasons” has a folky feel to the start of the song which is proof of how diverse Ten are; make sure you check out “La Luna Dra-Cu-La” for a bit of fun laced drama.

There is a more rocky feel on most of the tracks, but they all have a vaguely cheesy feel to them; that’s not to say that they aren’t good songs, but I think you have to like a certain type of music (not that we like to pigeon-hole, once again) to fully appreciate Ten’s work.  I understand the concept of the album and for the most part, I think it’s very good musically; in places it sounds a little dated, like something you would find on an 80s movie soundtrack (see “Travellers” as exhibit ‘A’).

Having said that, Ten are all the richer for utilising so many different musical talents – there are eight vocalists and musicians that feature on this album.  It’s not really for me, but it’s an interesting one that has cross-genre appeal.  Ten have many fans around the globe and I’m confident that they will adore “Gothica” just as much as the other albums that Ten have produced, as “Gothica” is a feel good, bouncy offering that is a little dark in places, featuring some superb skill and musical talent.  I’ll leave you to make your own minds up – let us know if you agree!

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Track List – 

  • The Grail
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Travellers
  • A Man For All Seasons
  • In My Dreams
  • The Wild King Of Winter
  • Paragon
  • Welcome To The Freak Show
  • La Luna Dra-Cu-La
  • Into Darkness

Stand out tracks:  Jekyll and Hyde, The Wild King of Winter, Welcome To The Freak Show

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