Target: Renegades – [Press Start]

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Heavy, imposing, and rigorously compelling, [Press Start] the debut album from UK rockers Target: Renegades, may not be a ground-breaking offering but it is a release demanding attention and inspiring perpetual returns to its muscular arms. Everything about it snarls and confronts, but with rugged charm and passionate intensity which turns familiarity into a raw asset, the album is a potent and riveting declaration of the accomplished craft and rich potential within its creators.

Hailing from the North-West of England, Target: Renegades has been earning strong attention and acclaim with their ferocious hard rock bred sound, 2012 seeing them voted by music fans as the Unsigned Revolutions Award winners. Alongside the release of their debut release, the Corruption For Beginners EP and the band’s stature as an impressive live proposition, which has seen them play with the likes of The Vibrators and I Am Giant, it has been a powerful emergence which [Press Start] only reinforces and pushes to another level. Produced by Daniel Lovett-Horn of another of the UK’s best formidable underground talents, Promethium, [Press Start] hits hard and with ferocious relish from the start , showing the quartet of vocalist Adam Hulse, guitarist Daniel Fide, and bassist Jack Hamnett, alongside drummer Steven Erskine who has since left to be replaced by Matt, as a thoroughly masterful and thrilling incitement.

The album opens with Once Was Strength and an initial web of sonic enticement from the guitars. It is an imagination awakening start which intrigues without setting a fire, though the addition of a dark throated bassline and crisp percussion certainly enlivens the lure. A great roughly touching groove soon ignites infectiousness in the song, egged on by the great abrasing and potent tones of Hulse, whilst a heavy swagger is soon in charge as the encounter increases its impressive persuasion. Rhythms badger ears with the same composed relish as elsewhere throughout and though it lacks a final spark to explode into an outright storm, the track is an exciting and captivating opening to the album.

The following I’m Not Emotional is more of the same but with an openly distinct character. Contagious and clad in intimidating sinews, the track strides with imposing antagonism and creative tenacity to push the release up another step 1011910_473542209405259_773939138_nright away. Vocally Hulse again impresses whilst rhythms dangle addictive bait before ears, it all glazed with a sonic mist and causticity woven skilfully by Fide. The bass of Hamnett almost stalks everything around it, again its heavy grizzle of a tone magnetic within the sonic smog. The track is riveting and makes a raw tempest to which the following melodic beauty of emotive Wounded offers a superb contrast and companion. Showing more of the vocal depth of Hulse and creative potency of the band, the song plays, as its predecessor in many ways, like a mix of nineties band Skyscraper and Pearl Jam. It is a tantalising and bewitching mix of power balladry and raging passion, which with the last song sets the pinnacle of the album.

Oro provides a swift and muscular kick spawned from scarring riffs and menace drenched rhythms whilst vocally Hulse whips up an anthemic dirt ball of confrontation and antagonism. It is a great addictive track continuing the lofty plateau of the album, and a riot you can only imagine whipping up live audiences in an eager frenzy. Its hostile stomp makes way for the similarly intensive but more restrained Vulture, another song employing recognisable essences but turning them into a flavoursome spice within the band’s own honest and accomplished recipe. Once more a grungy infusion makes its potency known to add further flavour, though ultimately the enjoyable encounter does not manage to rival certainly the trio of excellent triumphs before it, nor the insatiable rampage of These Eyes Judge which follows. Storming ears with fiery riffs and rapier like beats the track roars and charges with merciless intent across its length, merging this rabidity with more restrained moments which lack the spirit and fire of the rest of the nevertheless gripping encounter but certainly does its potency no harm at all.

Its imaginative and stirring finale leaves an enthralling enticement which is immediately taken up by Say Goodnight and its opening dark roaming bass shadows and spicy sonic weave of guitar. The final track of the album stalks ears and thoughts with its persistent heavy footed and evocatively intensive presence, providing an atmospheric landscape unafraid to visit elegant and melodic embraces which in turn explore rawer and more impassioned blazes of adventure and sonic bluster. It is a glorious end to the alum, its most adventurous and sublimely provocative offering leaving the listener basking in the potential it alone offers for the band.

[Press Start] is a striking and exciting debut from a band you can only see growing stronger and more boldly inventive as they evolve and explore. Target: Renegades is the name to watch out for, one as it is easy to assume we will be hearing plenty more of ahead.

[Press Start] is available now digitally and on CD @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/press-start/id890500862 and http://www.targetrenegades.bigcartel.com/product/press-start-album-cd respectively

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Subservience – Upheaval

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Equipped with a noticeably heavier presence and voracity in vocals and sound, metallers Subservience unleash their new EP Upheaval to not only reinforce the band’s reputation as being one of the most exciting extreme metal bands emerging in the UK, but push them towards the fore of British metal in general. Consisting of four savage and unrelenting onslaughts loaded with the insatiable grooving the band is renowned for, the release is a virulent tsunami of brutality and contagious predation. It hits and swings with greater ferocity and energy than a wrecking ball yet assaults ears and passions with an inescapable anthemic and easily accessible binding. It is a glorious rampage which you can maybe argue about its originality but cannot dismiss the skilled and vicious infestation it unleashes on the passions.

Hailing from Brighton and formed in 2010, Subservience has only constantly increased their presence and garnering of fans and support since releasing the Blueprint To Chaos demo in their first year. A well-received split with Sa-da-KO followed in 2011 before the EPs Dystopia and Ripped In Half of 2012 and 2013 respectively, caught a wider imagination and spotlight. Both were furious and intensive slabs of metal but in hindsight just a teaser for the might and fury uncaged by Upheaval. The first with new vocalist Dan Lofthouse, who alone has added a more potent almost bestial essence to the music through his uncompromising and accomplished tones, the EP bares a creatively forceful intensity in sound and craft which surpasses the band’s previous successes and puts up the band’s death metal bred, groove infested malicious emprise as a true attention grabber.

The release opens with its title track and coming from a distant sonic lure is swiftly colliding with the senses, the destructive and merciless riffery of Ryan Jardine and Martin Shouler carnivorous protagonists within the scything swipes of drummer Tom Newland. It is a callous assault but one unafraid to offer small respite with a melodic regrouping before unleashing its full venom again, though it continues to allow very quick breathes to be snatched within its pestilential savagery. It is an outstanding start, Lofthouse an irresistible and intimidating provocateur to sound and ears whilst the brooding but no less vicious bass riffs of Scott Bishop, bring further menacing colour to the corrosive portrait offered. As Subservience Upheaval Artworkthe release, the song is all about the grooves and hostility from its riffery and rhythms but there is no missing and refusing the twists of potent invention spawning all aspects and the infectious bait seducing imagination and passions.

Second track Inhuman Savagery has no shyness in consuming and brutalising ears from the off either, though grooves are quicker to ingrain their toxicity and the overall initial intensity of the song is slightly reined in compared to its predecessor. It is a tempestuous beast of a song, its sonic predation and merciless rhythmic inhospitality more enterprising and reserved in character but still colliding with body and senses like a mountain collapsing under the weight of its malevolence and antagonistic intent.

Slither comes next, stalking the listener’s senses and psyche from its first touch but winding a melodic enticement around its predacious coaxing. Of course it is not long before the song is gnawing and oppressing the senses with its caustic grooves and inflexible intensity but this is tempered by the slight but effective melodic lures which escape across the song. Though overall it lacks the spark of the tracks around it, the torrent of repressive riffs and rhythms which core the song predominantly ignite thoughts and passions, especially with the matching ear grinding guttural tones of Lofthouse on top, and the track another insatiable and irresistible incitement.

The EP is brought to a close by Divine Malevolence, vocals and thumping beats a colossal roar and bruising from its first second and the subsequent furnace of flaming acidic grooves and anthemic barbarity severe addiction. The track is a leviathan of searing grooves through a tar thick climate of cruel rhythms and scarring riffing, all driven and lorded over by the excellent almost tyrannical vocal presence of Lofthouse. It is a brute of a proposition which ensures a scintillating end to a thrilling release.

Subservience has pushed their potent sound in an impressive direction between releases and as suggested is now poised to step into the front line of British extreme metal. They have still a short way to go to forge a truly unique sound but with releases like this it is fun waiting.

The self-released Upheaval EP is available now.

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RingMaster 15/10/2014

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ANOTHER DEAD HERO to release Dystopia on 13th October.‏

BRIT METAL CROSSOVER CREW  ANOTHER DEAD HERO RE-RELEASE THEIR BLISTERING ALBUM ‘DYSTOPIA’ THIS AUTUMN AND PREPARE FOR UK TOURING!
 
Igniting warm comparisons that have likened the quintet to such colossal heavyweights as Korn, Rage Against the Machine and the Deftones, Another Dead Hero also take on board the key fundamentals from NiN, binding it all together to deliver an intoxicating and engrossing sound. The band re-release ‘Dystopia’ on Monday 13th October through all online outlets.
 
Bursting out of Burnley and originally formed in 2003, Another Dead Hero spent many of their formative years honing their sound and crafting a set that would truly grip people. The fivesome have a grave dislike for the manufactured pop side of the music industry, and have always been fiercely independent, rigorously striving to deviate from the norm. Since their incarnation, the band have had some personnel changes, but during the last few years, ADH have solidified and settled into the current line up of Josh Baldwin (Vocals), Daniel Crawshaw (Guitar), Josh Beckwith (Guitar), Gaz Connor  (Drums) and Craig Robertson (Bass). Dedicated touring and shows throughout the North have been a staple for the metal crew, and ever since their formation, the fivesome have played as far South as Cornwall and as far North as Inverness. As well as having a steady diet for hitting small clubs and venues and racking up miles of road, Another Dead Hero also have a hearty appetite for recording, and the riff beats are already onto their fourth album with plans in the making for a brand new EP later this year!
 
The fivesome are now set to re-release their latest offering ‘Dystopia’, supported by UK touring penned for the Autumn. ‘Dystopia’ drops this October and is the band’s fourth full length album. Gathering together 12 slabs of riff-driven crossover metal that calls to mind the guile of Deftones, Limp Bizkit and Rage Against The Machine, Another Dead Hero should not be overlooked.
 
–ANOTHER DEAD HERO RE-RELEASE ‘DYSTOPIA’ ON MONDAY 13th OCTOBER—
 
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Insane Prototype – These Seven Words Do Not Mean Anything

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Hailing out of Pokrov in Russia, Insane Prototype is a band still cloaked by shadows from world attention but if they continue producing releases as enjoyable and potential strapped as their latest album These Seven Words Do Not Mean Anything, it is easy to suspect that a wider recognition is on the horizon. Brimming with creative intrigue and eclectic sounds sculpted into a dark voracious fusion of rock and metal, the release is a potent wake-up call to a band which is still evolving its presence you feel but well on the way to making a loud statement for the wider scene to hear.

Insane Prototype was formed in 2012 by Dmitry Kalinin, the founder of Russian electronic band The Phase, and guitarist Andrei Knyazev. Working on songs written and recorded by Kalinin previously, the pair was soon recording These Seven Words Do Not Mean Anything. Since its release the seven track encounter has drawn strong responses and not only in their homeland, its touch impressing and persuading media and new fans further afield. With a full line-up now in place, the band has been earning similarly strong reactions with their live performances, whilst their album continues to make a potent base camp for the next propositions the band is currently working on.

An ambient haze is soon in the arms of a melancholic caress of dark strings as opener Interlude N3 sets up the release. It is an immediately evocative incitement, violins and cello casting a richly emotive embrace to which short Coverabrasing scrubs of guitar and restrained yet intimidating rhythms add their voice. An emerging epic breath blends with the portentous air of the orchestral incitement, the instrumental making an appealing but deceptive start with bred expectations of a blackened or symphonic proposition swiftly set straight with the appearance of Void Reflection. Keen rhythms rap on ears first, quickly joined by the expressive tones of Kalinin which spear themselves with savage roars simultaneously matched by sound. Soon settling into a controlled stroll with jangling riffs and firm beats, the track lays a canvas of nu-metal and melodic rock to which expulsions of aggression and intensity unleash their welcome bait. The song is a solid and captivating encounter, not one to light a fire but with plenty to hold attention tight whilst coaxing out a keen appetite for the forthcoming tracks.

That eagerness is soon fed a healthy dose of invention with Broken Blues, a track which glides in on a sultry flume of sonic enticement and low mellow vocals. With the black velvet tones of bass and again sinew built rhythms making their own slow seduction, the song provides a humid weave of intrigue with a Palms like emotional resonance within a Helldorado coloured ambience. The track smoulders in presence and persuasion, growing in weight and riveting expression across its length and over each taking of its compelling flight. Adding discord kissed keys, blasts of tainted brass, and cloudy washes of guitar, it is an enthralling investigation.

   Demons Of The Past is a different kind of beast, carnivorous riffs caustically gripping ears from the start as punchy rhythms descend on the senses. The track is soon crowding in with greater ferocity through varied vocal intent aligned to a similarly flavoursome and resourceful sonic web of design and intimidation. The track is a demanding and predacious tempest but also offering a seductive croon which simply ignites the imagination, essences of Korn and Nine Inch Nails spicing up the creative blaze. It is a richly textured weave which is taken to greater success and heights by the next up Prey To Passion. Every flirtatious sonic grimace and rapacious toxin of its predecessor is intensified within the instantly predatory encounter. Grooves entwine venomously around ears from the first second of the song, their irresistible grouchy lure emulated and enhanced by the slow Deftones like crawl of vocals and bass tempting. It is a primal enticement which devours the passions, tightening its grip as flames of melodic hues and mellow breath cross the senses. The best track on the album, it simply bewitches and tantalises with a carnally bred beauty.

Another dip into a Korn like tenacity and invention boils contagiously within Things That Overcome, its combination of bruising voracity and melodically driven sonic fire a magnetic persistence which is unrelenting in its solicitous charm and instinctive consumption of the senses. It is a masterful blend which in some ways never goes far enough in either extreme, the song lacking the bravery to go for the jugular or to truly romance the passions. Nevertheless it is an outstanding trigger for the imagination which is not quite matched by the more regular rock spawned closing song, Great Illusion. As the previous track it twists and flares up with hostile intent and ferocious enterprise around concentrated passages of melodic and merciful sonic temptation, making a thrilling proposition but it lacks the bite and sharpness of other songs to quite grace the same heights.

Overall These Seven Words Do Not Mean Anything is a hugely impressing introduction from a band easy to see at some point becoming a boldly noticeable presence outside of their local landscape. Insane Prototype is a name to watch out for starting with this fine release.

These Seven Words Do Not Mean Anything is available now @ http://insaneprototype.bandcamp.com/album/these-seven-words-do-not-mean-anything

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8/10

RingMaster 10/07/2014

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Overpower – Greatness Within

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Casting a groove infested thrash bred temptation of modern metal Greatness Within makes a potent and intriguing introduction to Croatian metallers Overpower. The band’s debut album does not offer ground-breaking rages or startlingly unique tempests but grips attention with accomplished and enterprising twists on a fusion of sound which instinctively sparks a keen appetite for its recipe. It is a roaring and bruising onslaught of rapacious riffs with matching antagonistic rhythms all bound in a web of grooves and melodic acidity which easily ignites the imagination. Primarily it is an entrance which casts Overpower as a formidable protagonist of flavoursome hostile metal.

The band began in 2006, formed by guitarist Daniel Badanjak, bassist David Vukusic, and drummer Frane Velcic. Playing mainly covers from the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Judas Priest, the band searched for their own direction with original songs over the next couple of years. A few frontmen were tried whilst Velcic left the band, his departure seeing the joining of drummer Hrvoje Dizdar. After the leaving of another vocalist, the band contacted Velcic to come in as frontman for a gig they were playing. Such its success he decided to remain in the band as vocalist before the Zagreb quartet set about recording Greatness Within. With an open vein of inspiration from the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Slayer, and Down to the band and sound, the album boils up a skilled and magnetic storm of voracious metal which may not startle but definitely excites

As soon as the opening steely dark throated tones of bass opens up Paid Trip to Nightmare, attention and swiftly after appetite are caught and ready to embrace the opening song. A heavy swipe of guitar brings drama to the sinister air before casting a captivating web of slightly portentous but enthralling colour to the breath of the song. The kick into a thrash fuelled charge is quick and seamless, the track suddenly a savage rage of destructive rhythms and hungry riffs ridden by the raw and rasping growls of Velcic. Exhaustive and thunderously impacting, the track is an explosive start; a searing solo and anthemic tenacity all adding to the compelling bait.

The following Final Laughter makes a purposeful if reined start, riffs and rhythms again hitting hard with an even paced intent whilst the excellent bass suasion of Vukusic is grizzled in bestial voice and presence. More expectations feeding than its predecessor, the imposing brute of an encounter still draws an eager hunger with its muscular rhythmic punches, stalking riffs, and the excellent coarse tones of the frontman. It keeps the album on a richly satisfying course before being put in the shadows by the outstanding Conqueror. Instantly wrapping ears in a melodic enticement, the track has thoughts engrossed, especially when stretching its sinews with predacious riffs and again controlled yet intimidating rhythms. It is a commanding persuasion which steals greater glories with its step into a groove spiced melody inflamed passage of resourceful design led by the excellent switch into clean vocals. It is a masterful and riveting turn which works perfectly with the entwining voracity of sound and intent around it; the song easily the best thing on the release.

Both Life in a Lie and the title track give it a run for its money though, the first emerging from a haunting atmosphere with a Pantera like swagger to its stroll and savage tone to the bass. Soon aided by bewitching grooves and the continuing to impress vocals, the song lurches like a predator of carnal persuasion across thoughts and imagination, setting a danger bred canvas lit by searing flames of guitar enterprise. As most songs there is a familiarity to its body and heart but nothing to defuse its impact and absorbing call. In a different guise its successor is much the same, brewing up a less than strikingly new proposition but gripping attention with resourceful and imposingly attentive sounds to which the return of clean vocals alongside the dirtier delivery only increases the pleasure.

The grievous bass sound of Roulette again ignites a swift licking of lips to which the furious torrent of crippling rhythms and riff sculpted severity thrust forward by the raucous spit of dual vocals brings a wider grin. The track is a thoroughly agreeable rampage across ears and emotions. Anthemic and hard hitting, as all the songs, the onslaught of predation leaves passions full but ready for much more which Monster soon provides in uncompromising style. With a gentle guitar and vocal croon the song transfixes senses and imagination, its opening tale the fuse to exploratory thoughts which are given another dose of incitement by the heavy crawling bestial weight and intensity straight after. It comes with a net of sonic intrigue and vindictive rabidity, courtesy of the bass, a weave ridiculously gripping and deliciously infecting.

The song is a mighty end to an impressive release though there is the Outro to actually bring the album to a close but it is a decent but nothing piece of music which just sits showing its creative muscles. Greatness Within is a powerful debut which without drenching itself in originality marks out Overpower as a potential clad strikingly enjoyable prospect, with already the skills and sound to make large and potent statements.

Greatness Within is available now via Geenger Records and @ http://overpowerzg.bandcamp.com/album/greatness-within

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8.5/10

RingMaster 09/07/2014

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Across The Swarm – Self Titled

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Hailing from Bologna, Italian extreme metallers Across The Swarm are an emerging force destined to great and major things if their self-titled debut EP is anything to go by. Consisting of five fascinatingly inventive and irresistibly brutal tracks entwining everything from groove and nu-metal, hard core and drum and bass into their persistently evolving and violating landscapes of sound, the release is a towering and gripping onslaught of intrigue drenched ferocity. It is a startling entrance by the band, one clad in an invigorating unpredictability and exhaustive experimental attitude which is seemingly rare to absent in a great many new bands.

Formed in 2013 out of Lacerater, which released a series of demos itself, Across The Swarm set about working on their first release last December. Recording it at Sliver Studios, the quartet of vocalist Francesco A. Flagiello, guitarists Luca Sammartino and Marco Lambertini, and drummer Riccardo Grechi brought in NK and Sygo from Hallucinator for the DnB samples as well as Simone Bertozzi (The Modern Age Slavery, Mnemic) to provide bass for the recordings. The result is the exhilarating torrent of ideation and voracious sound found on their self-titled introduction, a proposition inflaming ears and imagination right through to hungry passions.

     Hang Out is the first pestilential treat, a grievous rhythmic assault and similarly bred riffs flying at the senses within the first second. It is already more than a straight forward confrontation as varied vicious vocal squalls alongside across-the-swarm-300x300vitriolic grooves wreak havoc with toxic intent and craft, whilst the unpredictable drumming of Grechi disorientates as it impresses. The track is from start to finish incendiary to the imagination, torrentially blasting and irrepressibly seducing with mouth-watering enterprise and striking ingenuity as in its successor Just Bodies. Once again first touch is as barbarous as it is heavy, beats and riffs churning up the senses for bass and guitars to offload a venomous bait which itself twists with a breath-taking ideation. Swinging temptation of drum n bass bred invention soon adds its weight to the suasion, though its brief entrance is soon lost under an avalanche of rhythmic hostility and rigorously intensive grooving. Raw and uncompromising yet precise and deliberately structured in its creative fury, the track consumes an already keen appetite for the release with its staggering endeavour, the smile on the face at its departure the sure sign of something special.

That grin is never far away from the EP to be fair, reprising its joy with Cynical Eyes and beaming even more loudly with the outstanding Formless Wreck. The first of the two is sonic and rhythmic savagery driven by vocal and creative predation. The track starts in a rage and boils up into a carnivorous rabidity yet from its first caustic touch it unleashes waves and veins of acidic grooves and invention sculpted twists which enslave the imagination. It is a contagious tempest of malevolent beauty matched and exceeded by the second of the two, bass and guitars coaxing and licking ears with invention beneath a scourging wind of sound before that previously only glancing bait of drum n bass makes a more thrilling and provocative presence on the release. At any point on the EP it is hard to find true comparisons to suggest and here especially difficult, yet essences of The Browning, Bloodsimple, and Dark Tranquillity is some kind of clue.

The release closes with the virulently compelling Like Water, a hellacious inventively twisted slab of extreme maliciousness cast with technical rapaciousness and imagination bred toxicity. It is a colossal closing to an immense and enthralling incitement. Across The Swarm has uncaged one of the best metal debuts certainly this year and last whilst suggesting a potential which if it comes to bear, and you dare not doubt it, could see the Italians setting new levels and templates for extreme storms ahead.

Across The Swarm is available now @ http://acrosstheswarm.bandcamp.com/album/across-the-swarm

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9/10

RingMaster 04/07/2014

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Beneath Dead Waves – Inertia

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There is a storm brewing within UK metal and it comes in the thrilling shape of London based quintet Beneath Dead Waves. The quintet has just unleashed debut album Inertia, a thunderous and magnetically diverse slab of modern antagonism which is one of the most potential soaked exciting introductions to a band in a long time. It is a monster of a release, an encounter mauling and gnawing the senses but equally seducing with a technical craft and striking imagination which ensures swift allegiance to its call. There is also an undefined vein of familiarity to the proposition which brings a kinship to the unpredictable and ruggedly inventive exploits unveiled. Inertia is not the greatest album this year but right on the frontline of the most thrilling.

Beneath Dead Waves was formed in 2007 in Dorset by vocalist Joey Draper, guitarist Doug Cartwright, and drummer Leigh Costanza, the trio bringing the inspirations of band such as Between The Buried And Me and Tool into their creative whirlpool, as well as varied styles from thrash to groove and nu to progressive metal. The result as evidenced by Inertia is a rigorous persuasion which though holding familiar aspects, is still a unique incitement. The band relocated to London spending the next few years writing and recording before finding guitarist Matt Reeves and bassist Chad McCamlie, whose recruitment brought the band a new depth and potency in sound. Last year saw the band igniting stages and playing with the likes of Monuments, Intronaut, and Scale the Summit, and before its end the single Imperfect released to acclaim and eager appetites. Inertia is the next mighty step in the ascent of the band, one impossible to ignore or not find a forceful hunger for as well as what comes next from the five-piece.

The release opens with Nemacyst, the song taking mere moments to intrigue and fire up attention with its initial swirling graze of guitar Beneath Dead Waves Cover Artworkswiftly joined by dramatically textured riffs and demanding rhythms. Setting down its frame, the song erupts into a thrash fuelled rampancy driven by the raw vocal squalls of Draper, his tones an appealing irritant to match the nagging surge and intensity of the guitars. It is a stirring start which only strengthens its lure when Draper switches to clean a delivery, the frontman showing impressive prowess in both his attacks, and a weave of technical resourcefulness from the guitar. Admittedly on first listens the impressively skilled flourishes felt out of place, walking the wrong side of showing off within the rapacious turmoil, but though here it still does not quite convince, across the album the stunning skills and invention only warm a lustful want for more. The song continues to twist and flirt with ears and thoughts as it crosses it’s almost eight minutes of compelling adventure, painting a startling landscape of expressive ingenuity across an aggressive canvas. It is a stunning start straight away backed up by its successor.

Delirium similarly comes out with all guns blazing, riffs and rhythms crowding senses as a sonic toxin coaxes the imagination. Establishing its intent, a step into a slower predatory stalking ensues, guitars and vocals prowling ears whilst bass and drums draw an intimidating bait to further the seduction. As its predecessor the track swerves into unexpected detours and inventive asides, all seamlessly sculpted and each imposing new narratives and textures to contemplate. As all songs those earlier mentioned influences add spice to the maelstrom but equally here and more so through other songs, you can hear slithers of bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Korn, Lamb of God, and Exodus at play, though ultimately it is something individual to Beneath Dead Waves.

Both the compelling Deliriant and the title track grip the tightest hold of attention and appetite, the first a hypnotic mesh of dark seduction and rabid hostility which bewitches and violates simultaneously. It is a glorious and exhaustive tempest of merciless attitude and creative intensity, riffs scything across senses whilst rhythms badger and pummel their walls further. It is a formidable provocation to which the again dual vocal incitement of Draper, alluring shadows, and a searing solo cast rich tempting hues. Its successor soothes the bruising with a gentle opening, guitar and keys a warm caress courted by the darker but no more intrusive tone of the bass. With clean vocals adding their tender touch, the song is an elegant breeze though soon prone to eruptions of expressive causticity and sonic abrasing. Again there is a web of technical resourcefulness holding the imagination, taking the listener deeper into a storm gathering weight and passion within the alluring terrain. Eventually that pressure breaks for an equally tempting flame of thrash bred suasion veined by sonic spires, though one bred with melodic and stoner-esque colouring. It is another forcibly convincing emprise of sound and thoughts, the album growing with every breath and song into a mighty marker for the band.

Next up You Were Nothing pushes into a heavier rock fired premise, the vocals of Draper clean but equipped with a great growl which easily slips into his caustic side whilst the guitars groove and court the passions with a smoothly evolving and changing intent. Not the strongest song on the release compared to its companions, the track still pleasingly shows the potent and richly pleasing diversity of the band in songwriting and sound as it makes way for the outstanding Imperfect. It is easy to see why the single lit fires in so many people and the media. From its first Korn like bait, the track just grows and towers over ears with a bitterness soaked antagonism and harsh smothering of riffs. As always it is just a moment in a constantly moving onslaught, clean vocals and melodic crooning worming in on the persuasion as technical enterprise fires up its invention. It is a scintillating encounter, the band merging styles and flavours with creative alchemy so that the song alone sparks determined interest in its creators whilst within the context of the album it shines like an anthemic beacon within a raging fire.

Inertia is completed by firstly the virulent and emotive hurricane of A Life Worth Taking and lastly the excellent fiercely yet seductively impacting Suppressional. The track brings hints of Josh Homme inventiveness into a melodic rock embrace which itself is encased in an agonizing swamp of metallic and vehement kissed voracity. It is a stunning end to a striking release, a last showing of the already impressive and sure to grow to greater heights, craft and invention of the band. They and their sound can only get better which is a thrilling thought, one you suspect a new army of fans will also have for Beneath Dead Waves from now on.

Inertia is available now via Nemacystem Records through all stores.

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9/10

RingMaster 30/06/2014

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