Kayser – Read Your Enemy

 

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    With a sound as cantankerous as it is compelling, Swedish metallers Kayser unleash their third album, Read Your Enemy, an encounter primed to ignite the imagination and emotions. Sculpting a tempest of modern metal with a thrash/heavy metal breeding, the band reaffirms their presence in a land of generally more blackened and deathly exploits. Released via Listenable Records, the album is a thoroughly riveting blaze of rapacious energy and invention which simultaneously sounds familiar and new as it stirs up the passions.

   Kayser was formed in 2004 by vocalist Christian “Spice” Sjöstrand (ex-Spiritual Beggars, ex-The Mushroom River Band), guitarist Mattias Svensson (also The Defaced), drummer Bob Ruben (ex The Mushroom River Band), and guitarist Fredrik Finnander, and were soon grabbing attention with their raucous live performances and equally muscular sound. Their second year saw debut album Kaiserhof followed in 2006 by The Good Citizen EP and second album Frame The World…Hang It On The Wall, all well-received and bringing greater attention upon the band in a time which also saw a change in personnel. With a line-up of guitarist Jokke Pettersson (ex-Poseidon) and bassist Emil “Ewil” Sandin alongside Sjöstrand, Svensson, and Ruben, the Helsingborg quintet has continued to build and expand their reputation and sound, shows with the likes of Volbeat, Blinded Collony and Ektomorph across countries such as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Czech Republic increasing the intensity of the spotlight growing upon them. Read your Enemy is the next formidable venture in their strong ascent, a proposition which cements the band as one exciting provocateur of intensive metal.

    The album takes little time in seizing control of ears and attention, the entrance of opener Bark and Bow an enticing single KayserCoverguitar beckoning soon immersed in a brewing ominous atmosphere. Whilst it is taking hold riffs are revving up their engines to strike from within the embrace in tandem with firm rhythms. Now into its forceful yet restrained stride the track is soon graced by the great grizzled clean tones of Sjöstrand, his delivery expressive and intimidating to complement the similar attentive sounds. This eager charge is insatiable until wonderfully tempered by a breath taking melodic moment wrapped in acidic flames before reasserting its full fire again to mesh with the distinct skill of the guitars. There are many comparisons laid alongside the band but as this and subsequent tracks toy with the imagination thoughts of Bloodsimple are the strongest.

   The excellent start is soon surpassed by the brilliant Bring Out the Clown, an insatiable rampage of thrash and heavy metal with a plethora of groove metal temptation. With rhythms taking chunks out of the senses whilst again Pettersson and Svensson savage and seduce with every note expelled, the encounter ignites body and soul with its contagious toxicity, a virulence shared by the following I’ll Deny You. Again its presence is a towering pressure and presence which baits its weight with infectious grooves, bold hooks, and submission stealing rhythms, all under the leadership of the continuing to impress narrative of Sjöstrand. Unafraid to twist its body with a feminine wantonness, the track easily sets a new plateau for the album from its already lofty heights.

    Dreams Bent Clockwise steps up next, immediately chewing the ear with its hungry riffs and crisp rhythms. A core groove soon has its claw into the psyche and passions, the band using its drilling to wrap melodic endeavour and fiery sonic spite around the imagination and though the track is unable to match its predecessor, it still leaves an awakened appetite for the album hungrier. The mid-way slip into a tender melodic passage does cause eye brows to rise; it is a surprising and accomplished move as well as very enjoyable but the transition does not quite work to leave uncertainties which the song admittedly overcomes with ease.

     The tile track thrusts the album back to its highest peak straight after, its predacious rabidity in riffs and rhythms matched by the vocal assault and the emerging carnivorous throatiness of the guitars and their ravenous presence. The diversity within songs and the eagerness of the band to raise a middle finger to predictability ignites the imagination as well as the songs themselves, this track one prime example as it excels and bloats satisfaction with every scything chord and fascinating idea. It is an enthralling trait which Almost Home employs next to the full too, the blend of melodic flames and bestial intimidation a senses and thought engulfing tempestuous adventure.

      It is unfair to say that Read Your Enemy is an album of two halves but certainly from here on in the release fails to live up to what came before though much is down to the quality of the earlier songs and not the lack of invention and craft in the latter stages, as shown by Where I Belong and He Knows Your Secrets. The first of the pair seduces and plagues the ears alternatively with skilled suasion and animosity but lacks the spark to really turn on the passions whilst its successor lays down appealing grooves and heavy duty aggressive riffery but again is unable to spark the same greedy desires.

    Nevertheless the album continues to feed and hold a keen attentiveness as the likes of the combative Forever in Doubts and the similarly feisty Carve the Stone expel their particular contentious. Using these two as an example, the uniqueness which marks out the earlier songs seems missing whilst the tracks have a relatively similar presence, certainly on the surface layers of their presence. The final two captivating tracks, Roll the Dice and The Fake Rose, are much the same but as all still provide a stormy treat which suffices the hunger, the skill of the band individually and united mouthwatering. To put the difference into context, every part of the album leaves most other recent releases from heavy metal cored bands pale in comparison, just some songs more potently than others.

     Wrapped in fine artwork from Timo Wuerz, Read Your Enemy is a transfixing adventure feeding any wants and though arguably it could have been even better, maybe a modern classic, it is close enough to thrust Kayser to the frontline of modern metal with a traditional heart.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 04/03/2014

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Sapiency – Tomorrow

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Having already been released on CD this past march, Tomorrow the latest album from German metallers Sapiency gets a deserved digital release and distribution through Eclipse Records this month, and thankful we should all be as it is a rather flavoursome and contagious little gem which may have escaped attention otherwise. Not exactly stretching boundaries but having that little indefinable something which sets it apart from the crowd, the eleven track storm of accomplished and passion soaked invention leaves hunger for more and fat satisfaction mutually potent responses to its voracious enterprise and energy.

Hailing from Frankfurt and formed in 2008, Sapiency was soon drawing attention locally and further afield. Their acclaimed debut album Fate’s End in 2010 was just the start of a growing stature and reputation, their own tours as well as support slots to the likes of Sonic Syndicate, W.A.S.P., Dead By April, Tito & Tarantula, Deathstars, Vader, Engel, Onkel Tom (Angelripper), Power Quest, Pathfinder, and many more earning the band greater recognition as has successful performances at festivals such as 70.000 Tons Of Metal 2012 and Metalfest Open Air 2012. It is hard not to develop an eager appetite for the sextet’s sound as shown by second album Tomorrow, and with a wider network for it to spring from you suspect that Sapiency is on a rapid ascendency.

The band is tagged as melodic death metal yet that is only a fraction of the picture, or sound with the band employing a wealth of sapiency_tomorrow_cover_72dpi_rgb_900pixinspirations across the metal spectrum so that within the new album they can bring essences of In Flames or Lamb Of God to bear and at other times Bloodsimple or Livarkahil. It makes for a strikingly resourceful and thrilling encounter which from the opener Prayer For The Pain captures the imagination. From its first breath the track careers through the ear with riffs and grooves carving out their insistent presence whilst the bone splintering rhythms of drummer Kai Voss-Fels cage the tempest raging within their framework. It is a mouth-watering confrontation which never relinquishes its grip on the awoken passions right through to its final strike. The outstanding dual vocal attack of the cleaner grouchy delivery of Lars Bittner and the bestial scowls of Krsto Balic is a forceful magnetism across the whole album and strapped to the carnivorous craft of guitarists René Ritzmann and Holger Wenck, as well as the predacious bass prowl of Sebastian Fix, makes for an exhausting, riveting introduction.

Hungry Again keeps the rapacious intent and rabidity at full throttle whilst interspersing it with a seductive coaxing from the keys and a classic metal orientated temptation from the melodic casting of the guitars. The merger of bordering vindictive riffs and virulent groove metal lures to the expansive melodic adventure is impressively crafted and wholly infectious, leaving ears and emotions basking in demanding and rewarding metal at its best. Arguably there is little strikingly new on show but equally Sapiency present it in a unique and compelling way that it is as fresh and invigorating as you could wish and sets the band apart from most.

Through the likes of Free Within with its electronic tantalising seemingly fuelling an even greater aggressive fervour from band and sound as Avenged Sevenfold like sonic sculpting spears the air, and the enslaving mix of melodic enticing and strenuously robust intensity of the title track, Tomorrow continues to seize the imagination and feisty passions whilst tracks such as the crushing Weight Of The World and the slower smouldering Fight On explore deeper appealing avenues and creative corners within the songwriting and its invention.

To be honest there is not a weak moment upon the album, each track a formidable and impacting persuasion and though occasionally a surface similarity rears its attractive head it is a fleeting wrap soon punctuated and lost with keener focus. Further peaks on Tomorrow are provided by firstly the industrialised irresistible might of Turn The Tide, guitars and vocals once again weaving a rapaciously stalking narrative which is pure addiction, and by the towering presence of Torn Apart. The track is another ferocious antagonist but one just as content to let a melodic acidity and harmonic temper vein its furore.

Completed by the absorbing Dying Illusions, a final raging skilled and esurient assault, Tomorrow is a richly satisfying and exciting confrontation which does not carve out new ventures to contemplate but employs existing invention in its own unique and wholly exhilarating way. Sapiency is a band we are destined to hear much more of ahead and undoubtedly enjoy at even greater heights as the promise also burning brightly across the album suggests.

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8/10

RingMaster 26/11/2013

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Sawthis – Youniverse

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Tagged as modern thrashers and sounding like the exhilarating offspring of Static X meets Bloodsimple, Italian band Sawthis unleash one of the year’s highlights in the corrosive riveting storm of Youniverse. An unrelenting and breath-taking tempest of sonic intensity and exhausting predation, the eleven track release simply leaves the senses and passions raging for its predation.  Not arguably ground-breaking but thoroughly refreshing and explosively incendiary, this is one album that all thrash fans should add to their personal playlists.

Formed in 2000, the Teramo hailing quintet bred their sound on the inspirations of the likes of Soilwork, Machine Head, Slipknot, Metallica, Testament, and Pantera. Debut album Fusion emerged in 2003 receiving very positive responses from media and fans. This was followed by an extensive time of shows which saw the band alongside the likes of Destruction, Anathema, Sybreed, Impaled Nazarene, Extrema, Sadist, Necrodeath, and Assassin. Their live performances consistently added to the stature of and acclaim upon the band; further appearances with Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Shaman, and Konkhr to name a few only cementing their reputation. Second album Egod appeared in 2009 via Scarlet Records, again to strong reception and followed by more intensive gigs and tours, this time with bands such as The Haunted, Primal Fear, Bulldozer, Cattle Decapitation, God Dethroned, and Sepultura last year. Released through Bakerteam Records, Youniverse is the next step to world awareness and domination, its aim you suspect destined to success.

A conceptual album focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder, Youniverse immediately tests thoughts and synapses with SAWTHIS_YOUNIVERSE_COPERTINA HDThe Logical Color. Rhythms splinter bone from the opening second with deep drilling riffs a muscular companion. It is an attention gripping entrance which only explodes to greater heights as the two protagonists extend their rabidity to further heights and the vocals of Alessandro Falà scorch the air with his vocal squalling, every syllable intense and malevolently sculpted but forcibly engaging like the sounds around him. Ensuring escape is futile the song relaxes into a tantalising embrace, the guitars of Adriano Quaranta and Janos Murri gnawing the senses whilst offering new mystique to the blistering encounter whilst the vocals also offer a more respectful and mellow if still an intimidating and commanding lilt. The track is a scintillating introduction, varied and adventurous but deliciously predatory from start to finish.

The following fury of The Waking Up is equally rapacious and magnetic, the beats of Michele Melchiorre building an irrepressible trap whilst his vocals slip perfectly and potently alongside those of Falà, their at times dual attack an exceptional driving force for the riveting inventive sounds. The bass of Gaetano Ettorre also creates a sinew clad prowl which menaces and tempts like a stalking beast within the torrent of intensity and energy surrounding its intent. It is another towering song continuing the immense start and soon matched by both The Voice Falls On Me and The Disturbed. The first has an insidious breath and air certainly around the vocals but tempers it with a melodic fire reminding of In Flames whilst its successor which features Rob Cavestany from Death Angel, simultaneously sears and smoulders within the ear whilst weaving melodic and vocal temptation that leaves the passions alight and guitar enterprise which spawns burning tendrils of sonic enterprise to seduce without mercy.

Through all the tracks the album deepens its hook within the emotions breeding a hunger which dares Youniverse to fail their need. No such realisation is forthcoming as the likes of The Indelible, a track which swings seamlessly from carnivorous intensity to seductive melodic flaming, The Impure Soul with its creeping twisting sonic vines of excellence within a ferocious yet carefully trained consumption, and The Spotlight only increase the dramatic strength and torrential imaginative lure of the release. The last of the three finds an extra growl and rawer presence to its caustic provocation, though melodic and harmonic exploration is only a deep breath away and soon merging into the turmoil with enchanting toxicity.

Before departing the album ensures the listener is left a wasted blissful wreck through the corrosively contagious tempest that is The Mad and the hellacious beauty of The Switch, both tracks stretching the passions and boundaries of the album further. Earlier we said that there was debatably nothing unique about Youniverse which was true except that as tracks like this and the closer, The Walking exploit the rapture seeded, it is hard to remember many others stalking the same routes as Sawthis. The final song is no slouch in whipping up the senses and satisfaction either, its rampaging stomp another blaze of sonic venom and melodic adventure wrapped in creative savagery.

Produced by Paolo Ojetti (Infernal Poetry) with the band, Youniverse is a massive war of pleasure and enthrallment, a release which takes Sawthis to the upper echelons of new metal, and without doubt another album to add to the growing pool of serious contenders for album of the year.

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9.5/10

RingMaster 30/09/2013

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Until Dawn – Horizon

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Containing a fury of passion, aggression, and sheer unbridled power, Horizon the new album from Canadian metallers Until Dawn, is a thrilling riotous introduction of a band with certain craft and unbridled creative energy. Not that the band itself is new on certainly their home metal scene, their debut self-titled album capturing the imagination of a great many in their homeland upon release in 2011, but for most of us on the outside their second full length is the first time the quintet has stepped upon the radar. Going by the quality and strength of the album it will not be the last time either and as they develop into a more distinctly unique presence ahead, you can only feel that Until Dawn will become a potent force of the future.

Hailing from Fort McMurray, Alberta, the line-up of brothers Deke (guitar) and Luke Worrell (drums), Adam Macleod (vocals), Steve White (guitar), and Darren Ehler (bass), forge a tight and hungry mix of melodic and intensive metal with the flames of heavy rock, the result an often bruising and always thoroughly compelling brawl of a sound with fiery depths which has led the band to be compared to the likes of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, and Trivium. The years since forming has seen the band shares stages impressively alongside the likes of Kiss, Korn, Volbeat, Billy Talent, Kiss, A Day To Remember, Hell Yeah, All Else Fails, Fozzy, Ill Scarlett, 3 Inches of Blood and many more, but as their new album steps into view with a flare and confident swagger which oozes promise and maturity you sense the widest recognition is beginning to stir. Their sound, one suspects, is still in evolution as they look to create a distinct space within metal and though the release has not achieved that it suggests it is on the way.

The self-released album stands face to face with the ear from its opening seconds as Roamers And Lurkers prods the senses into Horizon Booklet Coveralertness with scythes of resonating guitar punches cutting across a niggling beckoning of riffs. With bass and drums casting their sinew woven net around the invitation the track charges into an attention grabbing blaze of energy and feisty sound, the excellent vocals of Macleod which fall somewhere between gravelly and clean, offering an expressive rage of narrative and urgency to the equally energetic sound now in full flow. Though those references earlier mentioned are understandable the bands that immediately make an suggestive comparison are Bloodsimple and UK band I-Def-I, the expertly blended mix of styles and imposing intensity a familiar and potent weapon between all three impressive artists.

The following Strings Of The Dammed is less stressful in its attack though no less fierce of heart and presence, the guitars carving out a provocative sonic strewed wash of enterprise aligned to the again tempting varied vocal enticement. It is a formidable slice of inventive persuasion, a virulent contagion to its adventure and cultivated skill to its presentation securing the hunger of the passions early on and only gripping tighter across the expanse of the track, the same attribute you can lie at the feet of both The Red Sun Rises This Day and Third Knee, two lethally addictive tracks which only add greater irresistible toxicity to the release as their compelling barbed offerings continue their creative persistence. It is fair to say that there is a surface similarity which has its say at times, especially between the first two of this trio, but it is never a strong issue though maybe in the future the band will be picked up on it.

The towering This Fallen Fortress ignites further depths of pleasure next; the opening bass crawl over pungent imagination a spark to the unleashing of the most savage premise of the album yet, though equally it merges it with a smouldering melodic entrapment rife with allurement and intrigue. This certain pinnacle of the album seemingly plays like a trigger as Horizon unveils a new wealth of striking and explosively evocative songs to match its opening. The fervent passion of A Conjurer Of Cheap Tricks and the exceptional predatory Time Tested Fortune snatch greater hunger and lust from the body whilst The Trial continues the rapacious greed with another stirring expulsion of uncompromising creative sway and bait to cement the album’s place in the passions, even if amongst them DNR is a weak link in the inspired aural slavery.

Completed by Polar Parallels and its title track, two more fertile canvases for thoughts and passions to immerse within, plus the bonus tracks WM3 and Richard, the first of the two another self-asserting treat on the release, Horizon is a thrilling and imperious assault from a band with a tremendous future. It may not be the most original album this year but with its fire and distinct craft it is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and refreshing.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 06/08/2013

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Blunt Force Trauma: Beyond

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    From the first abrasive riff to its very last raptorial note the Beyond EP from Australian metallers Blunt Force Trauma allows no time for the listener to take a breath or seek refuse in any less intensive opportunities. The release is a furnace of aggressive passion unleashed through a torrent of exhausting enterprise and bruising confrontation and one thrilling adrenaline soaked encounter.

From Perth, the 2009 formed band has garnered a towering reputation for their performances and music, its sound bringing them the tag of “Thor’s love children.” The past few years has seen the quartet leave audiences wasted from performances alongside the likes of Macabre, The Amenta, Truth Corroded, 4arm, Desecrator, and Grotesque and with the release of their new debut EP and tours confirmed in India, Asia, and North America over the year ahead, 2013 is looking a breakthrough period for the band, something which would be a shock if it did not come to pass such the might of their release.

Opening track Whore of Eden gravitates into view with industrial hydraulics before exposing firstly coarse riffs and then an engrossing spine entwining groove. Blunt Force Trauma brings a fusion of groove metal and metalcore with rich veins of numerous other rewarding unique genre inventions and the first track is an immediate explosion the resulting impressive corrosive excellence. As riffs rip flesh with their muscular snarl and sonic sabre cuts the ravenous caustic vocals brawl upon the senses with purpose, viciousness, and contagious effect. Clean vocals add a compelling lure alongside the rabid growls whilst the rhythms of drums and bass prey on the wounds caused with pack like militancy and ferocity. The track is a tempest of confrontation fervour and outstanding craft with loud whispers of Bloodsimple and Killswitch Enagage. It is hard to say the song is offering anything toweringly new sound wise but few bands recently have found the depth and power let alone primal pleasure instigated here.

Closing off its capture of imagination and passions with a sirenesque groove and equally tempting predatory bass flirtation the track is an immense start matched by the following Meat Puzzle. The song initially grazes the ear as if waiting for a reaction before breaking into a stomp equipped with a tight slightly wanton groove and hungry eager heavy riffs. Clean metal vocals burst from the core of the song to instantly bring variation to the whole release, something which each subsequent song reinforces with skill and imagination. Though not the riotous onslaught of its predecessor the track still rampages with an energy and intent which leaves the senses eagerly agitated whilst with its classic metal overtones within the guitar teasing and expressive vocals, a feverish greed is soon driving the appetite for more.

Defiance instantly caresses the ear with a mellow yet sinewy melodic guitar cascade of fiery sound and invention with the again formidable rhythms and muscular bass coaxing its flames higher for further pleasure. It is not long though before the song is charging with the drums calling, the march of their insatiable rapid punches evolved into a rumbling pulse framing another insidious groove manipulation firing the senses with devilish efficiency. The track is a maelstrom of passion, aggression, and thought plundered by superb moments of melodic and emotive clarity, vocally and musically. For the main though it ravages with impossibly infectious enticement from riffs and rhythms, it is not over complicated or dramatically ground breaking but oh it is irresistible.

The closing Eulogy is an explosion of unrestrained metallic revelry, thrash, and punk dished up in an insatiable storm of mayhem and sonic lust. Equipped with waspish grooves, bone splintering rhythms, and savage energy the track is simply rock n roll at its very best…and most inflammatory.

With The Beyond EP, Blunt Force Trauma shows with a vengeance why they are one of the loudest names on the lips of the underground scene and simultaneously declares their intent to infest and enflame the wider world with their towering sound, something it needs and deserves..

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9/10

RingMaster 07/03/2013

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Cancrena: Hidden Depravity

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    Recent months have seen numerous impressive thrash metal assaults unleashed to which Italian metallers Cancrena have added another formidable release with their thunderous predator Hidden Depravity. Whilst the album uses well mined sounds and ventures it turns them into one of the most powerful, destructive, and downright thrilling records to ravage the passions. The album is a brute of an encounter and thoroughly irresistible.

From Bari, Cancrena formed in 2000 reaping essences from influences such as Pantera, Testament, and Sepultura. Loaded with heavy merciless riffs and an even hungrier energy the band became a recognised force on the local live scene spreading outwards across southern Italy through further gigs and festivals. From a two track self-titled demo in 2003 and the self-produced seven track Fears demo of 2005, which included that first duo of songs, Cancrena grew their reputation further to inspire mounting acclaim through their shows and the new EP. Another demo Underneath emerged the following year leading to a signing with Vision Metal Records in 2008 who gave the demo distribution in the US and UK. Shows with the likes of Obituary, Extrema, Pino Scotto (ex-Vanadium), Finntroll, Vomitory, Malevolent Creations, Paw Power and many more followed over the next three years before the band ventured in the studio last year to record Hidden Depravity, a powerhouse of southern thrash metal.

Released through Logic(il)Logic Records, Hidden Depravity takes no prisoners as immediately evident by the beginning of Cover Hidden Depravity - lightopener Serpent Skin. Emerging from within senses gnawing carnal mists, the song steps forward through a bassline with the most compelling snarl and a torrent of tight destructive rhythms and ravenous riffs linked by a groove which scythes through the ear like a sonic sabre.  Soon the vocals of Francesco Morgese unleash passionate scowls with skill and enterprise to match the already riveting guitar play of Francis Farinola. Well into its stride the song is openly soaked in the aggressive malice of Pantera and driven by an insatiable rich creative craft comparable to a Sepultura or Metallica. It is an explosive start to the album which never lets up through to the end.

The following tempest of hungry energy and senses corroding intensity brought by The Pessimist is equally contagious and demanding. At times there is a Dez Fafara venom and growl to the vocals which lay a deeper abrasion upon the listener whilst musically the track fuses annihilatory intent and smouldering melodic flames together for a full on torrent of voracious invention. Nearing its end the song stops as if over then returns with a furnace of a climax which leaves one breathless and delirious.

The bass of Fab Chiarazzo is a perpetual hypnotic joy across the whole album, his deeply rapacious lines as devastating as they are dangerously seductive whilst the rhythms of drummer Ruggiero Ricco feel like a torrent of unpredictable donkey punches upon the senses. Through the tremendous assaults of songs like Pervert Priest, Dark Torment, and Backdraft, the pair unleash a heavy persuasion and brutality which alone leaves the passions aflame but once lock ‘n’ loaded into primal shotguns of songs alongside the burning craft and rich potency of the guitars and vocals, a willing submission is only a matter of crossing the ’i’s and dotting the ‘t’s.

The further in the release one is thrust the more the intensity and pleasure escalates, tracks such as Black Underground with its twisting vehement structure and crushing union of rhythmic ruination and rabidly greedy riffs, the Bloodsimple toned ravaging Ancient Strength, and the staggering title track, all finely honed storms of savagery and sonic mastery. The last of these three is a mighty metallic wrath which consumes and devours the senses with rich rage and violent authority but as across the album, the band tempering it slightly with a wonderful skilful and imaginative melodic warm.

From first note to last the release is a snarling ravager though it unexpectedly and beautifully gives respite nearing its end through the magnetic instrumental To Nerve Oneself, the piece showing the band as able to create colourful melodic pictures as skilfully and easily as they can grievously decimate. Of course it is only a moment of relief as the band end the album with another staggering riot of murderous rampage in the intensive Under The Law. With sonic fires flaming with melodic brilliance within the ferocity it is a mighty end to an outstanding album. Many will suggest there is nothing new going on upon Hidden Depravity and arguably they are right but when it sounds this sensational who cares. Cancrena makes thrash metal which matters and far better than most.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 08/02/2013

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Infernal Poetry: Paraphiliac

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Bakerteam Records has started off the year with a blinding unleashing of irresistible extreme metal. In a twin upper cut of aggressive magnificence the label has released the newest assault of deathcore malice from Straight On Target and on the same day this week let loose the new corruption from Italian psyche grooved death metallers Infernal Poetry. Paraphiliac, their fourth album and first with Bakerteam, is a masterful outpouring of venomous destructive passion through a caustic tempest of contagious compulsion. Like the release from their label mates, the new album does not worry the heart of uncharted territories preferring to use the weaponry available but again like their compatriots has turned it into a sensational and invigorating assault for ear and heart.

With the roar of bands such as Devildriver, Cryptopsy, and Bloodsimple amongst others to its presence, Paraphiliac is an explosive violation of exhausting intensity, impressive technical malefaction, and infection causing imagination. It immediately takes charge of the senses and passions with no thought for subtlety or gentle persuasion, instead ripping the flesh from the ear and force feeding its delicious and virulent energy not to forget enterprise through to the core. Having been formed in 1996 it is surprising and disappointing this is the first time the band has come to our notice but now they have come into view and infected, they and their album hold a tight grip.

Following on from their acclaimed album Nervous System Failure of 2009, Infernal Poetry has forged a release which devours cover_webjpgthe soul. As mentioned it storms paths arguably well-trodden by other bands but turns them into turbulent and erosive journeys newly heard and felt. The album fuses to its sound everything from groove metal and grind to at times a bedlamic melodic teasing which almost touches avant-garde. The album within a recognisable and thrilling tempest of sound and energy is unpredictable and enthralling, each song an incessant maelstrom of intensity and anger which leaves one in lust for the new yet familiar overwhelming brutality.

Off the brief coarse ambience of intro Preliminaries, the album ignites with Stumps, a track which claws at the ear before turning into an insidious brawl of intensive abuse and invention. The vocals of Paolo Ojetti squall and crawl all over the senses with malevolent provocation whilst the rhythms of drummer Alessandro Vagnoni and the ravenous bass of Alessandro Infusini lay aggressive shadows and weight upon the under sieged ear. It is an intimidating presence veined by an impressive melodic intrigue offered by guitarists Daniele Galassi and Christian Morbidoni from within their constant blaze of unforgiving riffs. By mid-way the Ancona hailing quintet has seduced the passions with their turbulent onslaught and from there on in through the rest of the album just work deeper into the psyche and heart.

The irresistible rage continues unrelentingly through the likes of the outstanding In Glorious Orgy and Everything Means “I”. The first is an erosive rub with a sonic groove as persistent and nasty as a swarm of hornets and the continuing great deeply grazing vocals of Ojetti. The song sweeps into less intrusive winds at times, an almost progressive lilt adding potent whispers to the simmering fire of the moment though for the main the track is a flaming furnace of intense and raw intent. The second of the two also takes one on a varied and shifting trip of burning invention and twisted experiences. A feisty inviting groove flares from within the bruising course of the track with a wanton teasing at times to offer extra irresistible invitations to the enveloping abrasion. The track also adds a magnetic sonic aside which lights bolder fires within for its craft and imagination but like its companion both songs as excellent as they are pale against the song which splits them.

Hypertrophic Jellyfish is sensational, a track which fingers every lustful demands you could want from a song for the deepest pleasure. It is a stomping encounter of thumping rhythms, acidic discord, and a fury of schizophrenic grooves and insane melodic wantonness, all fuelled by an insane breath which disturbs as much as it excites. One of the best songs to bless our ears in recent times it is the loftiest pinnacle on the album of constant highlights.

Through songs such as the ruinous Cartilages, the distress touching satyric The Miss-Treated, and the grievous Paraphilias to mention just another three, Paraphiliac continually lays rich ravishing rewards and far reaching satisfaction on the senses. Extreme metal is off to a stunning year and Infernal Poetry to the fore of the reason why.

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RingMaster 15/01/2013

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Subjektive: Self Titled

Subjektive

If you are aware of Australian rock band Subjektive through their excellent My Perception EP of 2010, then you will have a good idea of what to expect from their debut self-titled album which has just been unleashed upon the world, though saying that you will still be blown over by the force of the storm which drives the excellently crafted songs through the ear. If you are new to the Melbourne trio then you are without doubt in for one muscular treat. Fusing the finest sinews and invention of rock to the strongest aggressive intensity and spite within metal, Subjektive creates a sound which leaves the listener bruised, battered and very satisfied.

The band was formed in 2008 by vocalist/bassist/guitarist and songwriter Aaron ‘AzCORE’ Stevenson, a musician who after playing in many successful and respected band wanted to create his own self termed rock driven metal, bringing the melodic textures and bone crushing might of both genres in a fluid and expressive bulldozer of a sound. The line-up was completed by the addition of drummer Luke ‘MasTemA’ Beltramello in 2009 and guitarist Joel ‘Chamber’ Moriss the following year with the band soon laying waste to audiences with their immense live performances and the release of My Perception. The threesome was soon drawing a rapidly growing legion of loyal fans not only in their homeland but around the world as well as receiving with radio play across the globe on the likes of The Bone Orchard. Their new album shows the band has evolved further since the EP, their sound still a merciless rage against the senses but with a further maturity to its textures and acutely crafted facets. The album is like a brawl between the likes of Machine Head, Mudvayne, Devildriver, Sevendust and Bloodsimple, an excellent fusion of sounds which caresses, charms, and lights up the passions with melodic excellence whilst unrelentingly turning the senses into a grateful staggering victim of explosive rhythms, destructive riffs, and combative intensity.

The release opens on insidious whispers as Veins emerges from the chilled mists. Soon tight highly charged riffs crowd the ear 111458whilst the bass prowls within their scorching touch and the drums cages the whole affair. It is not the most aggressive track on the album it emerges but with the continually licking serpentine sonics and ear lashing growls of Stevenson it is an intimidating pleasure. Into its stride the track herds thoughts and emotions into a blissful place whilst snapping the senses into satisfied slithers of primal engagement.

It is a great start soon slapped into its place by the rampaging R.D.M., a track which stomps on the wounds already incurred with heavy booted riffs and leaden rhythms. Throughout the tempest an infectious groove ignites an additional heated pleasure whilst the fiery solo is a delicious topping to an excellent song. The established quality is unrelenting through the likes of Too Far Gone with its stirring and rampant blaze of rock melodic warmth and corrosive metal abrasiveness, the blistering and intense Mental, and the expressive chewing of the ear masquerading as Watch This Space, all crushing riots of towering energy and attitude with honed weaves of melodic grandeur and imagination pouring from their formidable stances.

Further highlights come with the ever impressive Coward, a track which featured on their earlier EP, as do another pair on the album, and still stands as a classic and fully pleasing confrontation matched by the sensational Split From One Source. The first is a powder keg of adrenaline and anger thrust through the ear with crippling rhythms and unbridled creative energy whilst the second is a track which opens and closes on a wonderful emotive wash of just vocals and guitar within a chilling atmosphere. In between the song is a glorious journey of emotion, passion, and enterprise moving through multiple layers of intensity and sound whilst combining the warmth of melodic rock to the malevolence of extreme metal seamlessly and majestically. It is a song with a completely unique presence to the others showing the depths of the songwriting, imagination, and skill of the band. If you had to muster a slight criticism of the album it would be a similarity between some of the tracks in their breath but certainly not here.

Finishing on another sonic and merciless maelstrom in Shattered (Wasted), the album is an outstanding release which will ignite fires in rock and metal fans alike. Subjektive take no prisoners but they treat you right at the same time with one of the finest albums of 2012.

http://www.subjektive.com

RingMaster 20/12/2012

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Silas: World Of Colour

Though aware of Silas, it is fair to say they had not made a major impression with the two or so songs we had heard of theirs, primarily because of numerous distractions at the time stopping a proper assessment of the band. Aware of the growing buzz surrounding them all the same, it was when approached by Tom Ross from the UK quintet that we had the reminder and proper opportunity to get to grips with the band through the chance of reviewing their new EP World Of Colour. All that can be said is that we have been missing out if their previous release and songs were as impressive as this new six track gem. It is a powerful and captivating release of tracks which reap the essential essences of many genres to breed a distinct and inspiring sound. As thunderous and aggressive as a landslide whilst as warm and irresistibly engaging as a smouldering fire, the release is an immense storm of pleasure.

Consisting of the aforementioned Tom Ross (guitar/drums backing vocals), and twin brother Mike (guitar/drums/backing vocals), alongside Dave Runham (vocals), and Matt Drumm (bass guitar), the band has been making steady progress since its formation in 2008. Their To The Ground EP the following year drew strong positive responses the way of the band and was followed by an acclaimed performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in 2010 and airplay on the Friday Night Rock Show presented by Bruce Dickinson. Renowned for their impacting live shows, Silas now unleash an EP which stands as one of the most ferocious and enterprising releases this year in the UK, a record which just gets better and better with each and every listen.

Starting with the senses rifling Cause And Effect, the release rages a riot of metal intensity and brutality alongside irrepressible hard rock grooves and plenty more unexpected but greedily welcomed additives such as progressive and funk rock. The opener snarls within the ear from the off, hungry raptorial riffs chewing at the senses to get the juices flowing. Things take a small step back in intensity to allow the vocals of Runham to step forward side by side with the prowling lines of Drumm. It is a kind of respite though not without its own passion and might which accentuates the melodic craft and invention of the song. Arguably the track does not offer the depth of imagination as the other songs on the release but for a strong and enterprising beginning it is a formidable encounter.

The following Set To Fail is a less forceful but even greater proposition, the track strolling through hard rock and Pearl Jam like emotive invention, whilst engaging just as powerfully. Spined by a magnetic groove which twists around the senses squeezing tighter and tighter as the track progresses, it is an expressive and thrilling expanse of sound. There is a great unpredictability to the song, the band interspersing slower melodic caresses and vigorous metal grinding with seamless fluidity, and with the intrusive and synapse threatening climax driven by the sonic mischief of the guitars, there is nothing less than rapture left in its wake.

What We See and Journey To The End both continue the attention gripping diversity and adrenaline soaked onslaught. The first is a furnace of caustic breath and incendiary riffs veined with precise and dazzling sonic skill, the blues jazz gait of the solo alone a flame which captures emotions and ardour amongst the Bloodsimple like metallic tempest. The second is more predatory; the corrosive seizure of the senses from riffs and squalling vocals framed by combative rhythms, an unholy abrasion which rages like a mix of Devildriver and Life Of Agony with a just as eclectic fury of sounds within the towering sonic storm. It is a titanic track which again is unpredictable in its course and deeply rewarding.

The infectious engagement of Art Of The Cure swaggers in next, its jazz funk swing and deliciously teasing bass fused into the spiralling energy and rising metallic crescendos which switch and dance with the melodic party in full force. The track smoulders with catchy hooks and insatiable mischief like a Faith No More/ Karnivool exploration fuelled by a progressive metal heart which ensures by its end one is breathless and basking in pleasure. From vocals to bass, and guitars to drums, the skill and imagination is faultless and only inspires one to bask in more of the glory.

The closing Negative One continues in the vein of Art Of The Cure, the funky gait in full flow within the claws of the again Bloodsimple spiced ferocity. The song is sensational, evolving and twisting throughout its presence with especially the waspish groove a real joy within the magnificence unleashed. It is hard to pick a favourite but the final slab of excellence makes a strong shout.

World Of Colour is exceptional, its carnage and melodic persuasion a contagion which will never expire. The recommendation is go and check out Silas right now whilst we go and kick ourselves for missing out till now.

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RingMaster 21/11/2012

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Driven – A Breakdown Of Character

A Breakdown Of Character, the debut of UK rock band Driven is a beast of a release, an animal with constantly rippling muscles and howling energy to the fore but sculpted with melodic definition from a skilled touch. The EP is immense, one of the most impressive and thrilling introductions to appear this year. It is a heady fusion of metal and rock, a hard and vibrant brew of sounds and intensity which leaves one breathless and enamoured with songs which are still ringing around the head long after their dust has settled.

Hailing from Harrow, Driven has been building a strong and dedicated following since forming in the early part of 2011. Ever hardworking their live performances have brought strong and growing acclaim with the band exciting audiences alongside bands such as Knuckledust, Painted Smiles (ex Sikth), Mortad, Daken, Skreamer, Sanguine, and Sedulus. Earlier this year they turned to concentrating on recording their first release, going into the studio alongside Phil Kinman to create five irresistible and formidable slabs of rock n roll which have more aggression than a footballer with a Twitter account.

The very first beat and guitar rub of opener The Fool has attention looking in only one direction. It is easily sparks up the juices and as it rattles on the spot before breaking into an eager stomp an immediate grin is in place just knowing something special is in the air. The song is a bruising joy of rampaging riffs, jabbing rhythms, and vocals which are outstanding either clean and firing with expression or as a grizzled growl snapping at the ear. The sound is an incendiary mix of bands such as Pantera, Metallica, and Hell Yeah with a predominant dose of Bloodsimple to its presence. It is a blend which wonderfully burns up the senses and further enflames the wounds with scorches of melodic fire and excellently imagined diversity. There are many sizzling flavours which drip from the sound, all spicing the overall pleasure with impact and invention.

The following track leaps for the throat from the first note but once taking hold intersperses its charge with smouldering enterprise in harmonies and melodies through a wash of irresistible restraint. Like the first track, The Silver Lining writhes through variations and invention to ignite the imagination and primal energies. The vocals of Adam Leader again just impress with their ease of variation and passion whilst the guitars of David Mena Ferrer and Rory Kay leave the senses drooling from either their onslaught of precisely targeted riffing or sonic mesmerism.

Showing further invention in thought and songwriting, Ghosts opens with a gentle and magnetic weave of guitar manipulations and vocals with the bass of Fazz Couri bringing the shadows. As the striking drums of Hov Yardim build up the intensity the song constantly threatens to explode but instead returns to the heated yet reserved croon. Of course with high octane fuel in their veins Driven cannot hold back their instinct for long and eventually the song erupts into a white hot furnace of blistering sonics and intimidating rhythms. It is a beautiful riot which offers a lava like blend of Bloodsimple and old UK band I-Def-I through its spearing veins.

Vacant Thrones brings a southern twang within its fuel, the band adding a Down like abrasion to their music. It is another magnificent track to confirm the release as impressive in its consistency in every aspect of its incendiary body as the sound itself. The song swaggers with confidence and provocation without needing to turn to destructive tendencies to make its mark, guitars and bass strolling with purposeful riffs and delicious melodic strikes whilst the drums persistently barrack the senses giving no rest for the fired up enthused reactions.

Uproar closes the release just as dynamically as it all began the song a surging storm of swerving energies and fluid invention, the song igniting a furnace of joy to leave ears singed and the heart bursting. Leader for the final time just shines throughout the song, immediately placing himself as one of the best emerging vocalists around to match a band which is simply outstanding.

Good things about the band were bandied around before A Breakdown Of Character came into view but they gave no real justice to the truth. Driven is a new and mighty force which will set metal and rock alight, the EP is only the impressive start.

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RingMaster 10/10/2012

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