Saffire – Where The Monsters Dwell

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SAFFIRE – WHERE THE MONSTERS DWELL
Perris Records
Release Date: 20/04/2018
Running Time: 49:23
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Next on my list of albums to review was another Swedish rock band. This time, it was the turn of Saffire, another Gothenburg based hard rock band, and what a band they are.
Formed in 2005 when Victor Olsson and Dino Zuzic were still at school, their idea was to form a band based on old school hard rock and metal, but with a modern twist to it. They claim to be for fans of “80’s melodic hard rock bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow” and, although I can see where this label comes from (at times the singer has more than a resemblance to the late, great Ronnie James Dio!) I would compare them more to power metal bands Firewind and Evergrey.

The band underwent several personnel changes before settling on their final line up of Victor Olsson on guitars, Tobias Jansson (former singer with fellow Swedish band Evil Masquerade) on vocals, Dino Zuzic on keyboards, Magnus Karlsson on bass and Anton Roos on drums in 2010 and a self-titled EP was recorded and released the same year.

The band played a lot of live shows and in 2013 they signed with Inner Wound Recordings for the release of their debut full length album “From Ashes To Fire.” The album was highly praised all over the world and Rocknytt.net, Sweden’s biggest rock website, placed the album in their top 10 list of best albums of 2013.

They toured all over Scandinavia, playing some of the biggest festivals like Sabaton Open Air and the Ton of Rock Gothenburg Sound Festival, alongside bands such as Slayer, Steel Panther, At The Gates and Sabaton.

November 2015 saw them release their second album “For The Greater Good” and, like its predecessor, was highly praised worldwide, leading to a sold-out release show in Gothenburg in January 2016, and many festival appearances that year including the Sweden Rock Festival, Metallsvenskan, Skogsröjet and Rock In Lisch, with bands such as Queen, Ghost, Twisted Sister and The Hellacopters.

“Where The Monsters Dwell” is the band’s third release and is nearly fifty minutes of real quality. This is a band who have mastered the art of song writing and are all superb musicians, two of the most important elements of being a band.

I love rock and metal bands that have strong vocals, whether that’s just in the power and intensity of the singing or whether the vocals have something different or special about them, and Tobias Jansson certainly pulls this off. From the very first note of the very first song I knew he was special. As I previously mentioned he wouldn’t be out of place singing for the likes of Firewind or Evergrey, two other bands I absolutely adore.

It’s not just the vocals that make this album though. The four other members are simply outstanding musicians. The guitar work is almost flawless, with fantastic solos and riffs that will get your head banging, even if you don’t want it to! The drumming is tight and energetic, and I would love to see Anton, the drummer, in action in a live setting. I can imagine him hitting those skins as if his life depended on it.

The album, as a whole, is straightforward, down to earth heavy rock/metal. I don’t like to pigeon hole bands so whether you consider these guys heavy rock or metal, I don’t really care. All I know is this album will have you dancing around the living room, strumming your air guitar and banging away on those air drums like a loon.

I had been listening to the album in my car until today when I decided to buy a set of external speakers for my laptop! And I must say, the louder you play this album, the better it sounds. I thought it was awesome anyway but coming through those speakers, it just blew me away.

It combines elements of a whole range of genre, from heavy, traditional metal to power metal, and there are even some funky grooves thrown in too. Of course, there is the obligatory ballad in Fortress, but it certainly doesn’t sound out of place on this album.

I am rather ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of this band before reviewing this album, but for a relatively young band still, they have produced something that is mature and, I’ll say it again, of real quality. I will certainly be checking out their previous albums and am definitely a fan since listening to this.

If you have never heard of Saffire then you are missing out in a big way! Go grab yourself a copy of this album and see for yourself.

I just have one question for the band…………. WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO LONDON????
Simply awesome!!

 

TRACK LISTING
1. Wolf Among The Sheep
2. Hard To Keep, Hard To Find
3. Valley Of The Damned
4. Broken Crown
5. Where The Monsters Dwell
6. How Cold Is Your Blood
7. Road To Paradise
8. Perfectly Worthless
9. Dark Horizon
10. Fortress
11. The Rainmaker

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http://saffire.se/
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Baleful Creed – Baleful Creed

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BALEFUL CREED – BALEFUL CREED
Self Released
Release Date: 01/09/2013
Running Time 46:40
Review by Rick Tilley
8/10

I have been so busy in recent months there are certain reviews I should have done that I still haven’t got around to. “Seismic Shifter”, the excellent second album from Baleful Creed, being one of them so I thought the least I could do was re-publish (courtesy of Brutiful Metal Radio and for the first time on Ever Metal) my review of their self-titled debut which was first put online in 2014.

Rick Tilley 31/05/2018

Before settling down to write this review I was having a conversation about the price, or rip off as I call it, that some bands are charging for gig tickets. Bow your heads in shame Pearl Jam! £145 for a ticket plus £15 for parking. That is taking the piss and I’m not even a fan of the band! Why do I mention that? Well it’s precisely the reason I try to focus on good up and coming bands, firstly because we need to stop stroking the egos of some larger bands and their managers, secondly because we have to find the next generation of bands to carry the torch and thirdly when a band as assured and steeped in proper rock sensibilities, as Baleful Creed are, come along they need to get some much deserved publicity!

Baleful Creed hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland and were founded in 2009. This self titled debut album, released at the tail end of 2013, is actually comprised of remixed and remastered versions of songs from two of their previous EP’s but as I hadn’t heard any of them before that wasn’t an issue. What I can say after spinning this on numerous occasions is that it is an excellent and honest slab of Heavy Rock!

I have seen it mentioned elsewhere but you cannot get away from the Glenn Danzig sounding vocals, although I think Baleful Creed’s vocalist/guitarist ‘Fin’ Finlay is actually the better singer. Danzig aside there are elements of Alice In Chains and a bit of Sabbath contained within combined with a dirty, low slung, southern US intensity. Baleful Creed certainly don’t sound like they come from Belfast!

‘Baleful Creed’ the track opens up the album and from the off you are presented with some great riffs and melodies, it’s bass heavy, which I personally love, and all four members of the band play out of their skins with special mention going to the guitar playing of Finlay and John Allen. Backed up superbly by bassist Stephen Fleming and drummer Mark Stewart, Baleful Creed are a proper band, playing their own instruments, without the need for triggers, tricks or a 72 piece orchestra and choir! This is just how Rock N Roll should be played and if you don’t believe me then check out ‘Autumn Leaves’ or ‘Illuminati’!

Baleful Creed…great songs, great band and proof positive that you don’t need a second mortgage to enjoy rock music!

Tracklist

  • 01. Baleful Creed
    02. Autumn Leaves
    03. Illuminati
    04. Crazy Man
    05. Misanthrope
    06. Double F.S.
    07. Hex
    08. Her Promise
    09. Thorazine
    10. Suffer In Silence

 

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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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Apparition – The Awakening

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Apparition-The Awakening (2018)
WormholeDeath Records
Running Time 52.55
Release Date 02/02/2018
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Apparition are a band from the UK and their music is a mix of so many things. It’s rock, it’s operatic, it’s haunting but one thing it is, is brilliant.

This metal rock band formed in 1997 and David Homer (Bass) first started the band as a female voice project. In 2014 there was the addition of guitarist Amy Lewis and drummer Ashley Guest, also of Benediction and Besieged, followed by returning vocalist Fiona Creaby, also of Fallen Arise, who reunited with the band after 5 years away.

They began writing the material for The Awakening to follow on from various studio projects, including Drowned in Questions (2006), their previous successful EP The Salvation, which was released in 2008, and For Vengeance and For Love (2011).

They have travelled all over the UK and Europe as support band for well-known acts such as Septic, Revamp, The Agonist, Delain, and have appeared at festivals such as The Dames of Darkness festival (UK), Metal Over Malta (Malta) and the Kraken Festival (Belgium)

The 2011 album “For Vengeance and For Love” was well received and it was David’s idea was to record, mix, and master it all at Hertz Studio in Bialystok in Poland, with the well-known Wielawski Bros who have also worked with Hate, Vader, and The Foreshadowing, to name a few.

In 2015, guitarist Paul “Kull” Culley joined the band as co-writer, alongside David and Fiona. With mixing and mastering completed in 2016, planning the release became priority in 2017, when Apparition signed to WormHole Death Records (Italy). This coincided with 20 years of Apparition history and the release was due for early 2018.

Arranged and produced by Fiona and Kull, this album is just brilliant. The first track, The Awakening, being an instrumental, gives the listener a false sense of security, making you think it’s an ok opening for a great film track, then, boom, takes you straight into track two, Hold Back the Night and you certainly know you’re in for something special. The vocals are crisp and spine chilling, with drumming that will almost have you out of breath, and the guitar riffs are truly amazing. The songs take you on a ride of emotions, bringing you up, then calming you down, speaking of love, passion and loss but they are energetically put together and there is a great passion in the vocals.

The lineup of Ashley Guest (Drums), Fiona Creaby (Vocals), David Homer (Bass), Amy Lewis (guitars) Paul “Kull” Culley (guitars/sequencing) works so well together.

I love the artwork on the cover. After all, they say that the eye is the window to the soul and this band certainly gets to your soul. It doesn’t matter where you listen to this, it will give you goosebumps.

Track 8 “Home” is my favorite, as you can just close your eyes and melt away into it, making you grateful for what you have. Fiona’s voice is so gentle yet so strong, and the range of her vocals is out of this world. Although the tracks vary from soft and gentle to more rockier ones, the clarity of the vocals is never lost. The guitar riffs are wow, Ashley on drums is brilliant and the whole package just works so well together.

One thing I will say is you won’t get bored of listening to this album. It just keeps giving.

This album will very much be one I’ll be playing over and over.

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1-The Awakening (intro)
  • 2-Hold Back the Night
  • 3-The Ames Of Darkness
  • 4-The Other Side
  • 5-Reasonance
  • 6-The Night an Angel Died
  • 7-Eternity
  • 8-Home
  • 9-Break the Chains
  • 10-Our Story Lives On
  • 11-Twilight
  • 12-As Shadows Play

 

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