Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

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Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf
Self-Released
Release date: 09/04/2019
Running Time: 33:52
Review by: Alun Jones
9.5/10

I’ve never been to Australia. Don’t need to go there really; I know exactly what it’s like. It’s like that David Bowie video where he’s inside a big concrete block in the middle of nowhere. ‘Let’s Dance’ – that’s the one. Or it’s like Mad Max 2: all arid desert, people surviving on dog food and a struggle to exist without civilisation.

So, it’s quite apt that such a barren, isolated place has decided to gift us with an album that is, quite frankly, a masterpiece of desert rock. Or outback rock, if you will.

This is “Giant Dwarf”, by the band Giant Dwarf, who hail from somewhere called Perth in Western Australia.

Right from the start, with opener ‘Golden Walrus’, the album bursts from the speakers like Gandalf after a month-long Charles Atlas course. The songs are tough and uncompromising, yet cerebral. ‘Black Thumb’ and ‘Kepler’ in particular will make you put your foot down on the accelerator and bang your head – whilst absorbing the intricate tapestry of the universe.

It’s all pounding rhythms and hypnotic, repeating riffs. On first encounter, the album seems very – shall we say, inspired by – Kyuss and the first Queens of the Stone Age album. Aaron Soppo (vocals) can even do a pretty convincing Josh Homme impersonation. Which is no bad thing, in my book – in fact, it’s a sure fired recipe for success.

Further investigation reveals far more than this obvious comparison, however. As well as a more fuzzed-up guitar sound – not unlike a particularly fried Fu Manchu – there’s a trippy, psychedelic sheen to the muscular groove. There’s even sitar and didgeridoo on here, in wave after wave of glorious chunky riff and rolling beats.

‘The Deluge’ illustrates this breadth of feeling with a six minute plus track that undulates between exuberant rocker and introspective meander in just one epic song.

If I have one small criticism, I’d like to hear a track like ‘Strange Wool’ – a mind melting instrumental track that’s quite brilliant – dragged out to three times its two-minute length. Even more development and experimentation would really push Giant Dwarf further into a new dimension. But keep the edge-of-the-seat rockers too, OK guys?

“Giant Dwarf” comes within a koala’s cock of perfection. Powerful like the venom of a Death Adder, yet enticing like Natalie Imbruglia. It really is that good: from out of nowhere, an album that will surely be in my end of year Top Five.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Golden Walrus
02. Black Thumb
03. Disco Void
04. Kepler
05. Repeat After Defeat
06. Strange Wool
07. High Tide Blues
08. The Deluge

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Giantdwarfmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/giantdwarf.australia/
https://giantdwarf.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NCOEWQFyTA&t=1901s (Full Album Stream)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTTjfWArtJEGUsrrXuU1ew

 

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Legacy of Kain – Paralelo XI

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Legacy of Kain – Paralelo XI
Self-Released
Release Date: 16/05/2019
Running Time: 45:23
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

One of the memories I want to keep in my mind while I still have my sanity is the day I heard this album for the first time. How I felt that day? First, let me tell you some things about the band. I reviewed their previous album “I.N.V.E.R.S.O.” (2017) when the band was relatively new, and they used Portuguese lyrics and sung about political and human issues. The music itself was more oriented to Metalcore although they already had the Groove and Thrash, but now things have changed for the Brazilian Band Legacy of Kain.

The album title is a reference to a massacre that slaughtered a Brazilian Indian tribe (“Cinta Larga” tribe), in 1963, by people who were interested in their territory. As usual in Brazil, they were strongly motivated by political greed and money. This chapter in their history is so shameful that is hard to find details about the days of killing even with the few survivors from this tribe. The band didn’t record a concept album, but the main idea is get the feeling and hate from this genocide and put it inside the music.

The sound of happy kids playing in the intro song ‘The Nightmare’ comes with calm and clean notes that open the great track ‘This Pain Is For Me And You’. It all turns into a dense vibe when guitarist Karim Serri strikes your speakers with visceral and killer riffs followed by the strong drum beats of Tiago Rodrigues. Markos Franzmann deep voice completes the team and he makes heavy vocals parts with different tempos.

The furious Thrash comes with fast songs like ‘Worse Days Will Come’ and ‘The Throne’ showing the idea of what is coming. Tracks like ‘Indigenous Pride’ start to enter deep into the bloodshed that the tribe suffered, same as in ‘Split In Half’, but this one begins with a short depressive intro and also has Fernanda Lira (Nervosa) as a special guest.

Fernanda’s screams are like Chuck Schuldiner in style and it is a good contrast with Markos. She increases the anger of the lyrical theme. ‘The Genocide’ is a kind of intro of typical Indigenous music that suddenly changes to a sound of airplanes, shotguns and terror screams. Of course there are many others killer songs like ‘The Promises You Made’ and ‘Disease’ that don’t flee from the main subject, but talk about it in a different way.

The answer to the question I made before is: Amazed!!! Yes, amazed is how I felt when I heard this album for the first time. This album is like a multi chaptered movie where the soundtrack is enough to bring the feeling of anger and sadness from those who survived this tragic episode. Somehow the band made a political protest about problems that still happen nowadays. It shows how the battle between politics and people can bring pain for us all. “Paralelo XI” shows a more powerful and experienced band that is going to amaze all of you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Nightmare
02. This Pain Is For Me And You
03. Worse Days Will Come
04. The Throne
05. Indigenous Pride
06. Split in Half (Feat. Fernanda Lira)
07. Beneath The Mud
08. The Genocide
09. Paralelo XI
10. Silent Ground
11. The Promises You Made
12. This Means War
13. Disease

LINE-UP:
Markos Franzmann- Vocals
Karim Serri – Guitars
Tiago Rodrigues – Drums
João Lavinas – Bass

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/legacyofkainbrazil/
https://www.instagram.com/legacyofkainbrazil/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wep2AOJt5YzM41toDCiqg

 

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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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Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)

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Casket Robbery – The Ascension EP (Expanded Bonus Edition)
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/09/2019
Running Time: 26:00
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Since I became an album reviewer I have been lucky to discover many incredible bands. Some bands don’t care about my reviews, but other bands care a lot. In some cases, they not only care a lot, but create a good connection and friendship when we feel that we have the same spirit and love for Heavy Metal. What the hell am I talking about? What I mean is when both sides really want to do the best to promote Heavy Metal; you will probably have an awesome connection, as I have with Casket Robbery.

When I first heard Casket Robbery, I was an inexperienced writer trying to find the words to define them and today I still think how impressive and different they are from the typical Death Metal bands. Their music consists of a strong Metal that will rapidly explode your head. Riffs and catchy short solos create a different sonority. Cory Scheider adds some distorted melodies to increase the horror spirit from the lyrics and Megan Orvold has an insane vocal. I bet you cannot hear her screams without imagining her big eyes staring into you at a concert. The drum parts are incredibly fast, but have many different variations which mean it is not repetitive.

This EP was originally released in 2017 and this extended version has added the newest single ‘From Hell’ (2019) that has an interesting history. The members had a contest called “Evil Laugh” and their fans sent a recorded laugh to be part of this track. A few days ago I discovered that MY LAUGH is on it too. Yes, my friends! I sent my evil laugh as a fan and it is there with many other crazy people’s laugh!

The other three bonus tracks are just Megan and Cory talking about the compositions and recording process while the songs play in a background. ‘Pockets Lined With Flowers’ is still my favourite song with a killer scream from Megan opening the musical destruction. The rhythmical changes across the EP are awesome. There is a morbid atmosphere created by backing vocals or short guitar melodies similar to the keyboard and synths from Fear Factory.

“The Ascension” shows how powerful a band Casket Robbery is. It is a mix of heaviness from good Death Metal, Groove and horror stories played with huge anger, by experienced musicians.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Pockets Lined With Flowers
02. From Hell (BONUS TRACK)
03. The Ascension
04. Lilith
05. Pockets Lined With Flowers – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
06. From Hell – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
07. The Ascension – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)
08. Lilith – Commentary (BONUS TRACK)

LINE-UP:
Megan Orvold – Vocals
Cory Scheider – Guitars
Jeremy Kohnmann- Guitars
Alex Simpson – Drums

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

https://www.instagram.com/casketrobbery/

https://www.youtube.com/user/casketrobbery

 

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Control The Storm – Forevermore

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Control The Storm – Forevermore
Self-Released
Release Date: 25/07/2019
Running Time: 54:41
Review by Tammy Lomax
8/10

Control The Storm are a Melodic Power Metal band from Bristol UK and were formed in 2010. They are also one of our Ever Metal bands to watch out for. In their press release they state they have “gone from strength to strength” and they have hit the nail completely on the head Their debut album “Beast Inside” was released in 2015 and “Forevermore is the follow up!

They are an incredibly hardworking band on the live circuit and as a unit they gel really well and that reflects in their studio output because they are so well-rehearsed.
So the battle begins with their new album “Forevermore” the start of a new chapter. Get your marching shoes and get in line and let us be strong and united.

The album opens with ‘Darkest Fantasy’ and this is why I said go and get them marching shoes on, because that is how this track makes you feel, its catchy and prepares you for battle. Firouzeh’s vocals are great, she just floats. Sometimes the high notes reached are a personal no for me and feel a touch strained but those guitar solos are just so beautiful, warm and brilliant.

‘New Era’ takes you on a little journey and the emotions are familiar. It’s pleasant on the ears but it is the perfect track to blast really loud. It is anthemic and has such a catchy chorus I find myself singing the words! It’s very well written, the guitars are poignant as they are throughout the album. Guitarists Matt Smith and Rich Shillitoe work very well together, in fact it’s almost like they are both playing on the same guitar at points.

‘Follow Me’ is also really cool and they have a video out for this track. It is my favourite on the album, mainly because of the lyrics as they mean a lot to me, as well as the memorable chorus and those beautiful guitars again.

Final, title, track ‘Forevermore’ is a complete ‘WOW’ as it comes in at just over 13 mins long, but what a 13 minutes it is!. It’s Control The Storm’s journey in a song. It’s almost like you are reading their book, pulling you in, and picturing your own personal scenario to their story. I could see this being the perfect song for a fairy-tale. You are consumed to know what the next chapter is, it is so victorious and determined, Personally, I keep feeling a little Pink Floyd here but whatever you hear it’s an absolutely epic way to finish the album

When I last spoke to Rae (Keyboard player Raedon Mac) Control The Storm were playing the Metalheart Promotions All Dayer 2019 and he explained how pumped up the band were to be playing Bloodstock this year. I understand it was their first time running through the complete set in one go. They were so tight and well glued together, it was bloody awesome. And to be honest they were one of the best bands for me on the day.
Now, even though on occasion I prefer my metal like my coffee, mean and extreme with a massive kick, I have an open mind to listen to anything. Control The Storm put me in a real happy place, I feel motivated and lifted.

While listening to the album in full for the first time properly and seeing them work as a team on stage I am excited for the journey ahead. I feel elated and beat up listening to “Forevermore”. This is the new Control The Storm. Don’t stop moving guys. It’s time for them to shine and reap the rewards from their hard work and dedication.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Darkest Fantasy
02. Strike To Defend
03. New Era
04. Follow Me
05. In The Night
06. Chaotic Mind
07. Hidden Wonder
08. Curse Of The Voiceless
09. Forevermore

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ControlTheStorm/
https://www.instagram.com/controlthestormofficial/?
https://controlthestorm.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/controlthestorm

 

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The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships

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The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships
Self-Released
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Let’s get the important stuff covered off first. For any of you who thought this band were something to do with that lot from the Seventies who sang ‘Tiger Feet’, you’re wrong. The Electric Mud have very little in common with their Glam Rock similar-namesakes. Of course, a professional such as myself would never make a mistake like that.

The Electric Mud hail from Fort Myers, Florida – and specialise in making a steaming hot gumbo of stoner rock and dense, swampy blues.

“Burn the Ships” is The Electric Mud’s second album. Through the course of seven songs, the listener travels from the sweltering everglades through time and space – as vintage sounds melt with modern.

Opening track ‘Call The Judge’ oozes an irresistible Southern rock ’n’ roll groove, starting proceedings with a triumphant swagger. Grab a beer and a whiskey chaser, you know it’s going to be a lively night in the Roadhouse.

The Electric Mud show their stoner credentials on tracks like ‘Priestess’, which melds inventive riffs with pace and dynamics. ‘Good Monster’ weaves funky, head bobbing grooves and ‘Reptile’ lunges out of the depths, attacking like a gator whose mother’s been made into a pair of shoes.

There’s some stunning musicianship on display here; the guitars of Constantine Grim and Pete Kolter are crunchy yet nimble when required. Tommy Scott’s bass rumbles and glides perfectly. Pierson Whicker’s drums can smash and bang yet can be refined when necessary. Kolter’s voice, smoky yet soulful, is an addictive asset in itself.

Songs range from rocking brawlers to heartfelt blues with awesome proficiency. ‘Black Wool’ and ‘Terrestrial Birds’ showcase these slower moments really well, allowing the music to breathe and worm its way under your skin.

The variety of sound – together with the confident delivery and clever song writing – is what makes “Burn the Ships” engaging and successful. In the best tradition of stoner rock, The Electric Mud can combine old and new, fast and smooth, dirty and graceful. Their Southern charm, marinated in the blues, give this band their unique identity.
Although it feels maybe one song too short, “Burn the Ships” is full of character and demands repeat listens.

By the way, I used to see quite a bit of Mud – and lots of other glam rock bands – in the early seventies. Mud used to take a paddling pool everywhere with them, to do some backstage mud wrestling. Hence the name, you see? Though it never worked! Not once did they persuade lovely dance troupe Pan’s People to get involved, or Suzi Quattro. It usually just ended with the band in the mud bath, drunk on Babycham and fighting with Slade.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Call The Judge
02. Priestess
03. Good Monster
04. Reptile
05. Black Wool
06. Stone Hands
07. Terrestrial Birds

LINKS:
http://theelectricmud.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheElectricMud/

https://www.instagram.com/theelectricmud/
https://theelectricmud1.bandcamp.com/album/burn-the-ships
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBs_Uu6yNKF1jFHI4rDSm_A

 

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP

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Scrollkeeper – Path To Glory EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/09/2018
Running Time: 19:55
Review by Dawn King
8/10

Ok, so I have been out of the loop where the actual reviewing of things is concerned for a while and, technically, this review should have been written months ago. So, I apologise to the band Scrollkeeper for the delay with this. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait though.

Scrollkeeper are a band from Houston in Texas, formed in 2016, who specialise in high-energy, anthemic, original material that is “reminiscent of metal’s halcyon days!” – TRADITIONAL heavy metal to you and me!

The band consists of Simon Marfleet on drums, Justin McKittrick on vocals, Alexander K on lead/rhythm guitars, John Morris also on lead/rhythm guitars and Will Sullivan on the bass and “Path To Glory” is their latest four track EP.

With influences cited as (deep breath here!) Les Warner, Ken Owen, Bruce Dickinson, Leather Leone, Geddy Lee, Andy Laroque, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Geezer Butler, the band’s debut show was as support for Delain and Hammerfall in 2017 and they have since shared the stage with the likes of Manilla Road, Dirkschneider, Angra and Cloven Hoof. They have also kept a busy show schedule in the Houston area with some out of town festivals as well as being scheduled to open for British heavy metal veterans, Saxon, in 2019.

The self-released EP “Path To Glory” was recorded at Sound Arts Studio and Nocturnal Sound Studios in Houston, Texas and was engineered by Brian Baker and the band’s guitarist, Alexander K. It was mixed and mastered by Ricardo Camargo at Tidalwar Studios in Queens, New York and the artwork was done by German illustrator, Helge C Balzer.

So, now you know a bit of the history of the band and some background to the music, what of the EP?

Well, this really has everything that all great traditional heavy metal albums should have. The drums are galloping, and the riffs are crunching. Justin’s voice is well suited to this type of metal, being powerful and strong and the guitar solos are fantastic.
There is such a high energy throughout the EP that if you are not headbanging with your sword held high by the end of track one then something is wrong with you! I had this on repeat for more than half a dozen runs through and I was banging my head whilst cooking my chili con carne!

The pace throughout the EP hardly seems to let up (slowing down slightly for the track ‘Surrender’) and the choruses are anthemic (just as the band promised!) Scrollkeeper, as a whole, are tight and concise and although I find the vocals a little ‘flat’ at times, there really isn’t anything to dislike about this EP. The only drawback I could find is that it just wasn’t long enough. I would love to have seen what these guys could do for a whole album, and I wait with bated breath until one is released!

Did I like this EP? Hell, yes! Do I recommend you go and give it a listen? Again, hell, yes!
I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next, and if this is anything to go by, it’s bound to go down a storm!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Not Of This Earth
02. Path To Glory
03. Surrender
04. Fortune Favors The Bold

LINKS:
https://facebook.com/scrollkeeper

https://www.instagram.com/scrollkeeperhm/
https://scrollkeeper.bandcamp.com/


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoZ6aSK0QOAqGEgxNO_Xhmw

 

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Heist 2-11 – Heist 2-11 EP

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Heist 2-11 – Heist 2-11 EP
Self-Released
Running Time: 19:47
Reviewed by Tammy Lomax
8/10

Heist 2-11 are a four-piece masked band from Newcastle.

Their new, self-titled, EP has recently been released and it is available on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer etc.

If you like Nickelback and Korn then you will love these guys. With strong vocals and smashing riffs, you’ll want to get up and head bang.

Out of the four tracks I have been given, ‘Take Everything’ has to be my favourite. You are pulled into an assumption of how the track will play but then, out of nowhere, you are thrown backwards. You are heaved straight into that chunky Korn sound, it pulls you in, hitting you hard and fast. The vocals throughout the track are a high for me, you can feel the drop of every word and the range is very impressive. My favourite part, the well fashioned riffs and the thrash like thuds come as a surprise, eventually easing you back to reality. That beefy bass sound works great with the stocky guitar sound throughout all their tracks.

Heist 2-11 take me back to when I first started to listen to Metal, bringing back that original sound but with an edge. They are currently working with a producer in New York on a video so keep your eyes peeled. I am excited to see what these fellas bring, with The Haunting UK Tour now in full-swing, they are making some noise. I highly recommend you go check them out.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fight
02. Take Everything
03. Save Me
04. I Am Alive

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/heist211/
https://www.instagram.com/heist211official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PEJHRm9bIVhkLfTO10bug

 

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Forlorn Hope – Over The Hills

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Forlorn Hope – Over The Hills
Self-Released
Release Date 26/07/2019
Running Time: 49:00
Review by Tsarina Wilson
10/10

I happen to come across Forlorn Hope on a certain social network site and was instantly hooked so when I had the opportunity to review the album “Over The Hills” I jumped at it. I couldn’t wait to hear the entire album and I was not disappointed. In fact, I haven’t stopped listening to it since.

The five-piece metal band from Merseyside combines history and metal with amazing results. The band members consist of Chris Simpson on vocals/rhythm guitars, Alexander Bishop on lead guitar/additional vocals, Jade Mckenna on keyboards, Danny Kell on drums and John Roughly on bass guitar and together they are out of this world.

Ok I have to say, as a fan of the drama series Sharpe, if they ever did a stage play these guys would have to do the music as they would blow the roof off. Chris has a turbo voice and an immense range which can go from pure rock with songs like ‘Rifles’ and ‘War in the Shadows’ to one of my favourites ‘Over The Hills and Far Away’. And not only are the guitar riffs powerful, the drumming is enough to make even the listener shattered, let alone poor Danny who plays them.

This is Forlorn Hope’s debut album and is a collection of stories of horror and heroism from the Peninsular War of 1807-1814. Chris remarks about the album: “This is a blazing, heavy metal tribute to one of the most fascinating chapters in military history, it represents the realisation of a concept several years in the making and the culmination of countless hours of work To see it finally complete is an absolute joy” and I can understand why.

Each song gives an account of a different part of the war, and maybe if this is how they taught it in schools, history would be much more fun. ‘Badajoz’ slows things down for a bit, but not for long as two minutes in and we are back to metal riffs united with crazy drumming. It’s so intense, you will be breathless.

In March 2018, Forlorn Hope released their self-titled debut EP, and throughout that year the band played a series of stand out sets, performing at the “Northern Symphony Festival” and in the Merseyside heat of the national Metal 2 The Masses competition. The quintet also went on to support NWOBHM legends and Swedish symphonic heavyweights “Eleine.

There is so much going on in this album. ‘Man Of Secrets, Man Of War’ shows just what varied vocals Chris’s voice can achieve. Jade’s keyboard throughout is such a powerful bonus and adds just that little something else to the mix and the track ‘Over The Hills and Far Away’ proves this.

The final track ‘Forlorn Hope’ is a stomping track and I was sad it was the last song, I could have just carried on listening for hours. These guys are talented, giving metal a whole new direction and have been an absolute joy to listen to and review.

Their music is infectious, and you will want to hear more.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Introduction
02. Vive L’Empereur
03. Rifles
04. Talavera
05. War In The Shadows
06. The Eagle Hunters
07. Die Hard
08. Badajoz
09. Man Of Secrets, Man Of Honour
10. Masterstrike
11. Vitoria
12. Over The Hills And Far Away
13. Forlorn Hope

LINKS:
https://forlornhope.uk/home
https://facebook.com/OfficalForlornHope/
https://twitter.comForlornHopeBand
https://Instagram.com/ForlornHopeBand/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBDf-Mu7bo0NcsYE1ebeXw

 

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Chasing Dragons – Faction

Faction Cover

Chasing Dragons – Faction
Self-Released
Release Date: 5/10/2018
Running Time: 46:14
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

We are a little late to the party with this review, but better late than never eh! Seeing the formidable figure of Chasing Dragons lead singer, Tank, sitting on the bar of the ‘G’s Bar Stage’, performing a breathtakingly beautiful and emotive song that moved me to tears, was one of my stand out moments of last years Amplified Festival, so having the chance to review debut album “Faction” is making me very happy. Now, there are those who would say I’m an emotional old sausage who cries at everything! Whilst in some contexts that is true, where it comes to music, it takes something special to move me to that point.

Hailing from Leeds and delivering a brilliant cross over of Heavy Metal and Rock with a really fresh feel about it, Chasing Dragons are made up of Tank on lead vocals, Adam on guitar and vocals, Murf on bass and vocals, and Kate on drums. If you haven’t heard of them yet, trust me you need to. This album is their first release since second EP “Faction: Prologue” in 2016. It is so current, but also has such a great mix of classic styles, that will be one of those albums that will come to be classed as timeless. It could quite easily cross over into mainstream with its sound, all be it at the heavier end of mainstream, with something in there for everyone to like.

Musically, it is punchy and crunchy, but not over the top. It is very precise, and fast paced, but Tank’s vocals take it to a whole new level. She has an absolutely astonishing voice, which is immensely powerful and immensely beautiful in equal measures. It soars above the music, but she has the ability to bring it down in an instant and deliver tender passages with poise and elegance. I am so unbelievably jealous! In a couple of songs, ‘Bareknuckle Lover’ and ‘Whitehorse’ in particular, her voice reminds me of one of my idols; Skunk Anansie front lady, Skin. But musically, the whole band sound has more about it than Skunk Anansie ever did, which I find incredibly exciting, considering in the late 90’s they were my go-to band when I needed to get my head straight! It draws influence from bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Nothing More and New Years Day, and melds every element together perfectly. The whole album is emotive and intense, pulling you in to every note, every chord progression, every rhythm, every word. I love it. Simple as that.

Production wise, it is also an absolute triumph. Everything is balanced, and nothing is out of place, even down to the tiniest differences in the amount of reverb or effects used, it is all spot on.

I wanted to pick a ‘favourite track to talk about’, but I couldn’t narrow it down to less than four! Firstly ‘Parasite’. It is a real angry track! Starting with frenetic staccato guitar, it rip-roars through three minutes of venomous lyrics of hatred bourn of a toxic relationship. It is powerful in every way, and relatable for every one of us – a brilliant succinct three-dimensional description of the angry bubbling of hopeless hatred that we have all felt at some point in our lives.

‘Devil In Her Eyes’ is another of my picks, but this time for more musical reasons. It is full of cross rhythms, rhythm changes, interesting chord progressions, and a ridiculously catchy hook in the chorus, and again amazing vocals. It also has a proper guitar solo in the middle of it, as well as lots of little intricate bits from every instrument, making it a great all-round track. It ends abruptly, leading into my next pick – ‘The Connection’.

Starting with a solitary piano note, with a touch of reverb, then a pause (silence speaks so much louder sometimes, don’t you think?) then another solitary note and pause leads into a minor chord, and crystal-clear mournful vocals that reach into your soul. Then in come the drums, not too much, but you can feel it building, and as the vocals sore, everything kicks in and bam, there are the goose bumps. It just makes me want to shout out with the pleasure and pain and joy and sadness and every other emotion that this record instils in me. Ok, so I actually think on reflection, this is my favourite song on the album, but the other three are very close!

My last pick is penultimate track ‘Whitehorse’. It starts with a nice bit of synth, and then the whole thing kicks in, in real headbanging fashion, again with brilliant little riffs and hooks popping up all over the place, and those same damn awesome vocals that just slay me they are so good. I’m sorry, I’m rambling. That’s it, I’m done.

There is one word to describe this album – passion. Complete and utter passion oozes through the whole thing – passion for the music, passion for the craft, passion for the storytelling of the subject matter. By far the most emotive album I have listened to in a long time, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get their heart racing or get lost in a perfect storm. I feel invigorated! I’m going for a lie down!!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. We Are The Wall
02. How The World Went Black
03. Parasite
04. Like Gravity
05. Bareknuckle Lover
06. For Kingdom For Glory
07. This Time Is Ours
08. Devil In Her Eyes
09. The Connection
10. I’m No Devil (I’m Just A Girl)
11. Whitehorse

LINKS:
https://www.chasingdragons.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/chasingdragonsuk

https://www.instagram.com/chasingdragonsuk/
https://chasingdragons.bigcartel.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ChasingDragonsUK

 

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