Wasted Sinners – Unleashed And Dangerous

Suffering from a lack of straight from the heart sleazy rock ‘n’ roll? Then fret no longer as UK rockers Wasted Sinners are here to fill the gap with their deeply infectious sounds and attitude derived from influences like Hanoi Rocks and Motley Crue. There is also a strong tinge of Guns ‘N’ Roses to the band’s music but not wanting to give any negativity (though I am sure the band will welcome the comparison) to what is an impressive debut mini-album from Wasted Sinners, that is the last we will mention them.

Unleashed And Dangerous is an extravaganza of honest and exuberant rock music with harder tones in all the right places. It riles up and excites with six tracks that show the strong and varied range of the band from out and out rockers to more defined melodic rock ballads, all destined to please and satisfy all classic and hard rock fans everywhere. To be fair the album does not explode with anything distinctly brand new to add to the genre but instead uses the band’s obvious influences to create a release that pulsates, throbs, and triggers off the juices.

London based Wasted Sinners began in 2008 when long time friends Dude Rock and Pete Sin, bass and drums respectively began rehearsing together. This inspired the realisation that they had to form a band as they began adding lyrics and melodies to their rhythms. After a while vocalist Roxx Hydi linked up and things began to really gel. After going through a few guitarists the talents of Gary Dainty (Dainty Rockstar) was found and added to put everything in place to start their quest to inspire the world with their rock sounds.  The end of 2009 saw the band record Unleashed And Dangerous with producer Bill Gautier and this December 12th sees the unveiling of its irrepressible and addictive sounds. The time between its recording and the album’s release was marked by the departure of Pete Sin in 2010 and his welcome return early this year to bring the original line-up back in force. With work already happening on new songs for imminent recordings Unleashed And Dangerous will pave the way for what one suspects is an unbridled wave of further enthused anticipation and following. 

If you are looking for ear bashing and senses pummelling sounds this is not the release for you, the songs from the opener  ‘Fakeness’ right through to the album’s last note, simply tease and toy with classic rock sounds to eagerly devour. With an added glam rock sensibility and hard rock power every song no matter its form of attack is an exceedingly rewarding experience. Starting on a rampant drum roll the track and its scorching guitars, leap into the ear with a stylish swagger matched by the great bragging tones of Hydi. It is also the first indication of the great throbbing bass from Dude Rock, his skilful lines and play even more prominent on the subsequent songs.

The great start to Unleashed And Dangerous is raised further by the direct and uncompromising ‘One Night’, uncompromising in the fact it just mercilessly leaps into and captures the ear then boastfully parades its trophy around on unrepentant contagious riffs and hypnotic concise guitar strikes. Two rock ballads ‘Questions’ and ‘I’m Fallin’ sandwich the release’s best track in ‘I Want More’, the first an emotive and powerful song that displays the certain writing skills of Wasted Sinners and the band’s ability to slow down their energy without losing its effect. The second of the two is a heavily G’N’R’ (damn that slipped out) flavoured song and maybe explains why though it is a strong and solid song it did not grab as deeply as the others.

As mentioned ‘I Want More’ is the standout song, though closely challenged by ‘One Night’. Making its presence known upon a glorious rumbling bassline soon followed by cutting chugging guitars the song is an instantaneous web of catchy hooks and anthemic chorus. It is the simplest song on offer but it is impossible to find any resistance to the melodic contagion it comes with.

Closing with ‘Drugs And Angels’ and its straightforward heartfelt blast of rock ‘n’ roll, Unleashed And Dangerous is a complete joy which the more one give it access to their ears the deeper it ingrains its charms, even to the point of waking with the chorus and basslines of its best track ringing around the head. There is only one thing to say, go check out Wasted Sinners, now!

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Susie Soho – Twelve Twenty Seven

If you have not yet heard of Irish alternative rock band Susie Soho it will only be a matter of time before their infectious indie rock sounds find and pleasure your ears. Already dripping with strong acclaim and inspiring a rapidly growing fan base the foursome from Celbridge are poised to trigger greater interest with their new EP Twelve Twenty Seven. The release is one of those gems that though it does not necessarily explode new sounds or directions on the listener  it is a wonderfully warming and uplifting release that plays like a familiar friend bursting with a fresh and invigorating character.

Susie Soho, the band name coming from the 2000 jazz album Good Morning Susie Soho by the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, was formed in 2009 by singer/guitarist Tony Fitz who was joined by Jason Maher (bass), Niall Campion (guitar) and Mia Fitzgerald (drums). The same year saw the band make their actual live debut at Oxegen and the release of their first single ‘Spinning Top’. The following year was just as impressive in seeing the band collect more ‘armoury’ in the shape of being nominated for a Meteor Award (The Irish equivalent of The Brits), plus the releases of second single ‘Little Prince’ and debut album Where All The Ladders Start. These were two years of impressive steps for the band even more marked knowing the background to the well received and excellent album and songs.

In contrast to Where All The Ladders Start, new EP Twelve Twenty Seven actually sees the first appearance of material recorded as a band. The previous material and album was recorded at Fitz’s home studio before the band had basically played together. Mixed by renowned Greek electro-acoustic composer and producer Anthony P. (aLfa.P, Stereo Nova, Supermarket) and mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios (Lily Allen, Coldplay, Gorillaz), the album and studio work all happened before the first band rehearsal was arranged. 

The EP opens with ‘Your Way Or Not At All’ to instantly bond with the ear, the fluid melodies and warm harmonies coaxing the senses with lively and wonderful charms. A murmuring bassline veins the song wonderfully whilst Fitz’s vocals smoothly compliment the assertive sounds. It is a strong and inviting start to the release but soon eclipsed by second song ‘Stand To Arms’. Powerful in its defiant lyrics and riffs the song grabs hold with a firmer and very agreeable grip. The Irish accent of Fitz wonderfully expresses itself adding another texture to the politically charged content. Amongst a quartet of fine tunes ‘Stand To Arms’ leads the way with its punchy attack and rock fuelled call to arms.

The EP is completed with ‘Making Taste’ and ‘Eye For An Eye’. The first stomps along with an eager grace that blends wonderfully with the song’s firmer rock veined flow. As with all the songs the track instantly throws up a rapport with the listener which though in some ways means there are little surprises offered there is a vibrant essence and unassuming beckoning attitude that engages and entertains the ear deeply. The latter of the two songs closes Twelve Twenty Seven as powerfully and impressively as the EP began. It drives through the ear with care and easily consumable melodies to lay a feast for the senses to devour happily.

Following up an already strongly praised album, the EP further thrusts Susie Soho into a brighter spotlight.  Since forming the years have seen fast and impacting moments for the band, on the evidence of Twelve Twenty Seven 2012 is going to be very eventful and memorable too.

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Revocation – Chaos of Forms

Every now and then amongst a plethora of great releases there is one album that goes a little further and deeper to pleasure and ignite every sense.  Chaos of Forms from Boston metalers Revocation is one such glorious album, a release that taunts, teases and then delivers the most inspired and satisfying sounds. It does not take too many seconds of the opening track to suggest and instantly prove that the album should go down as one of this year’s most essential and rewarding releases. It is lively, hectic and thoroughly hypnotic with a blissful blend of thrash, death, and technical metal intricacies that mesmerise on every level.

The trio of David Davidson (guitars / vocals), Anthony Buda (bass / vocals), and Phil Dubois (drums) follow up their acclaimed Existence Is Futile of 2009 with all the essences that made that release so impressive. On Chaos of Forms everything is raised to greater heights, the unrelenting flow of intense siren like riffs powerful and instinctively direct with the blistering energy produced consuming and animating every synapse and sense. Intertwined are some of the most elaborate and mesmeric melodies found anywhere, and to finish off such impressive sounds there is a glorious unpredictability and  waves of unexpected diversions oozing out of every song. It is unlikely there can ever be the perfect album but Revocation come very close with Chaos of Forms.  

The one major difference to its predecessor is the addition of guitarist Dan Gargiulo to the ranks, his concise skill and sounds complimenting the undeniable ability and creativity of Davidson to bring an even sharper edge and artistry to the music. Together  they produce stunning sounds and ideas that ripple and pulsate from the heavy thrash/metal riffs to the engaging and catchy melodies, not forgetting some of the most hypnotic and ingenious progressive technical metal wizardry to grace any ear. This even more impressive sound and creativity cannot be put down simply to Gargiulo’s addition as everyone has found another peak from the rhythmic beats produced by Buda’s bass to some of the more impressive drumming display shown anywhere for many years from Dubois, but certainly as a quartet there is an even greater animated vision and stimulus to the music.

From the opening devastation within first track ‘Cretin’ the album simply dictates the next 50 minutes of one’s life. There is so much going on that it is impossible to lose focus or become bored, every song  alive with unexpected elements spawn from high calibre songwriting. The deep growling basslines and eager aggression within next track ‘Cradle Robber’, plus the urgent punk thrust of the straighter thrash fuelled ‘Harlot’ combines with the opener to bring one of the best openings to any album in a long time. Not that the quality or satisfaction slips in any degree across the length of the album.

Though direct and verging on violent the first three songs are more intent than intrigue even though crafted with plenty of wonderful twists and turns. It is with ‘Dissolution Ritual’ and its wonderful prog jazz mid way meandering that the heart of songs are really shuffled up and the imaginative originality they conjure unleashed on eager ears. The black/death metal muscles of ‘Conjuring The Cataclysm’ veined with scorching progressive metal flows and thug harmonies, the wonderful jazz funk excursions of ‘The Watchers’, and the hardcore/metal brutality of ‘Beloved Horrifier’ a song with the  combined might of Brutal Truth and Converge, contain flavours and spices as diverse as they are addictive.

Chaos of Forms is immense, an essential investigation for all who entertain metal sounds in any form. If there is any negative to the album it is still hiding despite complete plays running into the teens. This may well be the album of the year, without doubt  certainly top three.

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