Son of Boar – Stoned Wail Single Self-Released Release Date: 26/06/2020 Running Time: 17:39 Review by Alun Jones 9/10
Singles don’t often get reviewed here at Ever Metal, purely because there’s so damn many of them. They just can’t compete with the album reviews. But rules are made to be broken, and this release from Son of Boar demanded some attention. Having witnessed the live onslaught of this band at Pentre Fest earlier this year, Son of Boar have risen on to my personal favourites list, and I’m damn near rabid for any new material.
Waves crash as a mesmeric bass begins to chime, creating a deceptively ambient vibe. Guitars and drums warm the sound as the band slowly build momentum. They’re in no rush, but when the main riff kicks in, it’s worth the wait. Luke’s vocals roar and the song rises like a leviathan from the depths. ‘Stoned Wail’ is 9 minutes of powerful, groove laden doom rhythms: thundering bass, churning guitars and crashing drums. This fisherman’s tale is indeed a whopper of humungous proportions.
With two additional live tracks (‘Outlet’ and the boogie influenced ‘The Weekend’), this is a great introductory package to a band destined for big things. ‘Stoned Wail’ is taken from the forthcoming debut album, which, to be honest, I’m shitting my shoes off in anticipation for. TUSKS UP!
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Ramage Inc. and Friends – A Quiet Earth (Charity Single) Self-Released Release Date: 26/06/2020 Review by Beth Jones 10/10
There’s no denying that in many, many ways this lockdown has been shit. However, amongst all the fear, anger, and sadness, there have been some silver linings. Our subject here is one of those, and while we don’t usually do single reviews, with Ramage Inc. being a firm favourite in this house, it was a must for us on many levels.
Firstly, the band, and the 30+ ‘friends’ that join them on this project are all superbly talented musicians, who live for playing music, so coming together to create this has been a great outlet for them in these weird times, where supporting each other is paramount.
Secondly, they have all given up their time to do this in support of a brilliant charity – Doctors Without Borders. Founded to save lives and speak out, the selfless Doctors Without Borders staff have helped tens of millions of people since 1971. The 13 founders have grown to over 36,000 staff on the frontline of emergency medical aid globally. At this time of global medical crisis, this could not be a more fitting charity.
But the reason at the forefront of me wanting to write about this single is its sheer magnificence, both conceptually and musically. I can almost guarantee that you won’t hear a better song than this in 2020.
The project started with an appeal to their fans on social media, early on in lockdown, to help them write some lyrics for a song. Many people suggested potential ‘next lines’, and these suggestions were formulated into the final lyrics. The music video beautifully illustrates this, with the lyric suggestions appearing on screen in the style of a social media comment, showing the name of the commenter.
The band then enlisted the help of an array of musicians from around the world to collaborate with. As well as the standard instrumentation that you would expect to see, the collaboration also added new depth, with an exciting array of instruments including Cuatro, Oil Drums, Timpani and a Lyre.
Ramage Inc. are a band known for taking on ambitious projects, but even for them, this was a grand-scale undertaking. They said about the project: “Quiet Earth explores a distillation and the emotional impact of the isolation experienced by the world in lockdown. We wanted to bring a collective of talent together who are currently experiencing their own version of isolation, as well as the direct connection and input from the fans, who have been incredible themselves in this project too”.
Musically, this composition is simply stunning. I have no other words suitable to describe it. Not only is it poignant and so, so relevant, but it’s huge in its sound, it’s diverse in its instrumentation, it’s masterfully performed, and it’s incredibly produced, to the point of moving me to tears with its magnitude. That’s not something that happens to me often. The last song that did that was Queen, ‘Mother Love’. It’s an immense meld of heavy progressive metal, with overtones of symphonic classical music, and undertones of darker, down-tuned blackened metal.
It would be spectacular to see this performed one day with all the collaborators together, and a full classical orchestra – idea for the future guys?! But for now, turn up the stereo, turn the lights down low, and just enjoy this wonderful, moving, and epically expansive tune, and if you can, give to the cause. The single is available via the bands bandcamp page. I implore anyone who appreciates musical achievement to check it out: https://ramageinc.bandcamp.com/track/a-quiet-earth
RAMAGE INC. LINE-UP:
Bryan Ramage – vocals and guitar Allan Forsyth – guitar Marcin Buczek – bass Paul Hameed – drums
SINGLE PERFORMED BY:
Abraham Sarache, Adam Peeroo (Kvilla), Al Douglas (Storm of Embers), Alan Ross Van Downie (DoNpHoBiA), Anabelle Iratni (Devilment), Bea García García (Silentvice), Bob Anderson, Bryan Ramage (Ramage Inc), Callum Stevenson, Colin MacGregor (Catalysis), Darren Callaghan, Jim Shemilt (RumRunners), Jason Rebel, Jay Stewart (41Divinators), Jim Marten (Hedra), Laura Gilchrist (King Witch), Mateusz Głuszniewski (Guchy Music), Marcin Buczek (Ramage Inc), Marcin Durmaj (Ashborn), Romain Jeuniaux (Omnerod), Stuart McLeod (Storm of Embers), Tom De Wit (Dreamwalkers Inc) and David Stott (Ward XVI).
Bryan Ramage, Howard Toshman, Jess Taylor, Neil McLaughlin, Jason Rebel, Darren Callaghan, Anne MacGregor, Callum Stevenson, Jackie Frank Russel, Tobias Schmuecking, Michael Martin, James McBay, Simon Patchett, Fraser Macintosh, Al Douglas
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Ashen Reach – Tear It Down Single/Video Release Date: 18/11/2019 Review by Rick Tilley
So this is a review for a single and…yes…I know we don’t usually do single reviews (so don’t all rush asking for one) but there are a couple of reasons why I wanted to write this. Firstly, Merseyside Hard Rock/Metal band Ashen Reach are going to be the next band added to our ‘Bands We Support/Bands To Look Out For’ page and secondly they’ve been through a very up and down year!
In 2018 they won the Merseyside M2TM competition leading to a slot at Bloodstock Festival. We first saw them gig last December, supporting Twisted Illusion in Manchester at the Academy 3 (which was the last gig under their previous band name Equinox), and we were VERY impressed with them. Then came the name change to Ashen Reach, the release of two new songs at the beginning of 2019 and then the wonderful news that they would be supporting Bullet For My Valentine for two dates in Russia. Those gigs, in April, went down a storm and just as things looked like they were taking off the band announced that vocalist Dan and guitarist Ian were leaving the band for various reasons. That news would have sent many bands spiralling in the wrong direction, and I will admit I was a little concerned for a while, but drummer Jess Stanley, guitarist Paddy Cummings and bassist Mike McCarroll are made of sterner things and begun the arduous task of finding replacements. In June guitarist Joe O’sullivan joined and in August new vocalist Kyle Martyn Stanley was announced. Since then the new line-up have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get ready for new gigs and ‘Tear It Down’, the first single from their debut album which is due in Spring 2020.
If anyone out there is worried about how Ashen Reach now sound then banish that thought from your head immediately because ‘Tear It Down’ is an absolute barnstormer of a track. Cracking riff, soulful verse, catchy and heavy as thunder chorus, perfect middle eight, wonderful guitar solo, a superb vocal performance and stunning production with everyone clearly heard in the mix. It immediately gets stuck in your head and you’ll find yourself humming it without realising. The accompanying video is a standard performance one but well filmed and it is clear every member of the band put their all into making it!
As far as I’m concerned this is a clear ‘statement of intent’ from Ashen Reach. They’ve learnt from the events of this year and have hit the ground running. 2020 is going to be a huge year for them!
‘Tear it Down’ is released on 18th November and the band are playing a ‘Single Launch Show’ at the Alchemy Bar, Runcorn on 23rd November which I heartily suggest you get to if you can. I’m certainly going!
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