A Silent Escape – Black Heart

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     Building on their potent and promise fuelled debut album, Swedish melodic metallers A Silent Escape return with its successor Black Heart to make another pleasing punch on the senses. Merging magnetically persuasive metal with hardcore abrasiveness, the Falkenberg quintet continue to be a band seemingly destined to close and eager attention whilst still on the road to finding their fullest potential. On the surface the new album does not seem a massive leap on from its strong predecessor but time and patience allows the songs making up the emerging impressive release to unveil a much maturer and poised invention alongside a greater hunger to the songwriting and its expressive realisation.

     Formed in 2010 out of the demise of Union Square, which featured three fifths of A Silent Escape in its ranks, the band was soon grabbing attention with their live performances and subsequently first album. Receiving good acclaim and response from the critical media the five-piece of vocalist Patrick Stenborg, vocalist/guitarist Joel Nilsson, guitarist Eddie Hanlsa, bassist Martin Karlsson, and drummer Per Qvarnström are primed to exceed its success with the self-released Black Heart, nine tracks of still not fully distinctive antagonism but certainly an accomplished and dynamic A Silent Escape provocation.

     The album opens with a bang through opener Gone. From its first breath rhythms are jabbing a hole in the senses whilst guitar A Silent Escape Cover Artworkflames singe and light the imagination with enthralling craft and magnetism. The intensive squalling vocal attack of Stenborg brings a caustic rabidity to the protest before making a strong union with the clean voice of guitarist Nilsson, their occasional combination across song and album a continually impressive suasion. There is an unmissable In Flames assault to the song and admittedly the whole of Black Heart which prevents the release from standing fully alone amongst similarly sculpted bands or reaching its fullest promise. It also in some ways undermines the deeper qualities of the songs with the ultimately familiar surface, but still the first thrilling track makes a powerful invitation into the album which cannot be dismissed.

   Both Frozen Blood and the following title track reinforce and continue the strong entrance of the album, even if failing to create the same spark in the passions as their predecessor. The first of the pair builds a melodic web of temptation and emotive intensity to its reserved yet inciting tempestuous sonic heat whilst the second prowls the senses with a challenging and intimidating air through its predacious intent. It tempers this with a seductive melodic coaxing, a singular strand of seduction which has any fault is too far back in the bulging maelstrom of energy and rhythmic probing to realise its full potency. Nevertheless it again shows a pleasing imagination and adventure to the songwriting which arguably was missing in the band’s earlier release.

     When The Last Song canters in with a melodic wind to its initial vivacious sails to make an engaging coaxing, but it is when a tightly acidic groove offers a contagious lure matched by the again thrilling union of clean and grazing vocals that the song ignites into one of the real pinnacles of the release. Aggressive bordering carnivorous and seductive leading into melodic elegance, the song is an ingenious brew of enterprise and rapacious enmity fused into a fiery and enthralling triumph. Without doubt the lead song on the album the band back it up with the verging on vicious storm of The Light, a song where the great rhythms of Qvarnström bruise and make intensive demands on the senses alongside the ferocious hardcore bred punk vocals, alongside the ravenous, emotionally and physically, Gagball. Once more finding a riveting mix of clean and demanding vocals across a melodically infused and threateningly aggressive sound the song, without quite matching the previous peak of the album, boldly twists and turns back on itself with invention and bold explorations.

    The following Speed Of Light and also Seeker bring two more enjoyable if underwhelming encounters, both undeniably skilfully crafted but without the spark of individuality to set them aside from assuming expectations, whilst the closing Still Commanding unleashes a final summit to the album with a mouthwatering play of emotive melodics and angst clad aggression steered into the passions by the excellence mix of vocals. It absorbingly completes a fine album from a band still proving strong evidence that they are a force in the making. Possibly Black Heart disappoints in the fact it is not as big an evolution from A Silent Escape’s debut as hopes and assumptions imagined but it pleases and satisfies from start to finish and that is the first requirement of any strong release.

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8/10

RingMaster 27/01/2014

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A SILENT ESCAPE’S Black Heart out 27th January, 2014‏

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COMMANDING QUINTET, A SILENT ESCAPE UNLEASH THEIR SOPHOMORE ALBUM THIS JANUARY!
A Silent Escape nationally release their spanking new album ‘Black Heart’ on Monday 27th January through all digital outlets.
Blending the potent prowess and hardcore edge of ‘Comeback Kid’ and ‘In Flames’ with the melodic fluency of ‘Millencolin’, A Silent Escape have formed a devastating sound that is ball-bustlingly heavy, abundantly tuneful and utterly engaging.
Born in 2010 and hailing from Falkenberg, Sweden (which is also home to the likes of Sonic Syndicate, Venerea, and The Unguided, amongst others), A Silent Escape are compromised of vocalist Patrick Stenborg, Martin Karlsson on bass, Joel Nilsson on Vocals/Lead Guitar, Eddie Hanlsa on Guitars and Per Qvarnström on drums(temporarily). Wanting to put the fun back into music after splitting from their previous bands, the rejuvenated combo began to write and soon amassed enough material for a stellar live set and debut album.
The energetic outfit soon toured extensively and released their self-titled album to the UK, garnering high praise from widespread national publications such as Rocksound, Big Cheese and Powerplay Magazine. The melodic hardcore crew will step up again with the national release of their sophomore album ‘Black Heart’. The album immediately grapples with your aural senses as ‘Gone’ ferociously bursts out of your speakers with pulsating beats and cut-throat riffery; and the pace doesn’t let up there. ‘Black Heart’ continues in a hearty vein, hammering your head into oblivion with a perfect assault of high velocity infused metallic punk-rock. The quartet shifts dynamics on ‘When The Last Song’ and unleashes an alluring cut that is blessed with an elephantine refrain. The album then strides forward with the monstrous ‘Gagball’, which again displays the band’s deft ability to merge blistering riffs with killer hooks, before closing with the immensely powerful and captivating ‘Still Commanding’. Look out as the band lay siege on the UK this year and next!
-A SILENT ESCAPE RELEASE ‘BLACK HEART’ ON MONDAY 27th JANUARY THROUGH ALL MAJOR STORES-
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A SILENT ESCAPE release ‘Black Heart’ on 27th January 2014

A Silent Escape Online Promo Shot
 
COMMANDING QUINTET  A SILENT ESCAPE UNLEASH THEIR SOPHOMORE ALBUM THIS JANUARY!
A Silent Escape nationally release their spanking new album ‘Black Heart’ on Monday 27th January through all digital outlets.
Blending the potent prowess and hardcore edge of ‘Comeback Kid’ and ‘In Flames’ with the melodic fluency of ‘Millencolin’, A Silent Escape have formed a devastating sound that is ball-bustlingly heavy, abundantly tuneful and utterly engaging.
Born in 2010 and hailing from Falkenberg, Sweden (which is also home to the likes of Sonic Syndicate, Venerea, and The Unguided, amongst others), A Silent Escape are compromised of vocalist Patrick Stenborg, Martin Karlsson on bass, Joel Nilsson on Vocals/Lead Guitar, Eddie Hanlsa on Guitars and Per Qvarnström on drums(temporarily). Wanting to put the fun back into music after splitting from their previous bands, the rejuvenated combo began to write and soon amassed enough material for a stellar live set and debut album.
The energetic outfit soon toured extensively and released their self-titled album to the UK, garnering high praise from widespread national publications such as Rocksound, Big Cheese and Powerplay Magazine. The melodic hardcore crew will step up again with the national release of their sophomore album ‘Black Heart’. The album immediately grapples with your aural senses as ‘Gone’ ferociously bursts out of your speakers with pulsating beats and cut-throat riffery; and the pace doesn’t let up there. ‘Black Heart’ continues in a hearty vein, hammering your head into oblivion with a perfect assault of high velocity infused metallic punk-rock. The quartet shifts dynamics on ‘When The Last Song’ and unleashes an alluring cut that is blessed with an elephantine refrain. The album then strides forward with the monstrous ‘Gagball’, which again displays the band’s deft ability to merge blistering riffs with killer hooks, before closing with the immensely powerful and captivating ‘Still Commanding’. Look out as the band lay siege on the UK this year and next!
-A SILENT ESCAPE RELEASE ‘BLACK HEART’ ON MONDAY 27th JANUARY THROUGH ALL MAJOR STORES-
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Chronolyth – Sovereign

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An insatiable turbine standing eye to eye with its victims whilst forcing them to undergo an intensive sonic examination, Sovereign the debut album from Australian metallers Chronolyth is a heavy duty adrenaline attack on the senses and passions. Unleashing a tsunami of violent riffery and equally destructive rhythmic antagonism, the eleven track goliath is a bestial storm of melodic death and groove metal which thrusts the passions into an intensive cacophony of skilled and predacious savagery but one brought with thoughtful craft and hungry imagination. Whether the album from the Brisbane quintet is offering anything new can be debated but certainly what they do reward the ears with is captivating and riotous anthemic temptation which is impossible to refuse or leave alone.

Formed in 2011 by guitarist Alex Nisiriou and vocalist Hamish McSorley as Stigmartyr, the band soon changed the name due to copyright issues, whilst its initial sound took on a heavier rapacious entity as the line-up went through major changes, arriving at that of bassist Jimmy Barrett, guitarist Ben Constable, and drummer Michael Gee alongside McSorley and Nisiriou. First single Bitter Reflection was uncaged in the November of 2012, drawing acclaim and strong attention from not only their homeland but within Europe too. An Australian tour earlier this year as well as a successful appearance at the Ye Gods of Metal ‘13 Festival has furthered their stature but the release of Sovereign is the key you suspect to an elevation of awareness  for the powerhouse of a band. Recorded with producer/engineer Nik Carpenter and mastered by the legendary Zeuss, it is dominate evidence of an emerging fury we will be hearing a lot more of and placing greedy attention upon.

The album opens with a smouldering orchestral bred charm as The Heresy (Crucify Your God) drifts into view, its body calm Chronolyth - 'Sovereign' HQand elegant until ready. Once settled it explodes through a gateway of punching rhythms and sonic stroking from the guitars into a furious rampage of serpentine grooves and annihilistic riffery matched by the voracious drumming of Gee.  It is an uncompromising fury but one sculpted with a weave of irresistible sonic hooks and intensive enterprise which instantly ignites a raging hunger for its sound. As is proven across the album there is no breaking into brand new fields going on but simply a virulently contagious tearing up of existing fields and invention into something primal and all Chronolyth.

From the first track alone thoughts of the likes of In Flames, Lamb Of God, and Devildriver flirt with thoughts which remain across the album, only flavouring but a strong spice which does  Sovereign no harm but does add that essence of familiarity which challenges originality. Nevertheless as the next up I Am Wrath and Condemned In The Throes Of Remorse shows it cannot prevent Chronolyth igniting the ears and emotions with its destructive invention. The first of the two grips from its first breath, chewing the senses into submission with a blaze of intensive rabidity from sound and vocals raging over a crippling network of rhythmic venom. Its air is muggy; the squalling delivery of McSorley matched by the viscous energy of the guitars and their caustic sonic wash but with a twisted appetite guiding grooves and melodic fire, the track is an irresistible and riveting spite. Its successor is also fuelled with a voracity which leaves the listener breathless even if certainly on the surface it is a little too close in sound to its predecessor to stand out clearly, and a couple of times listening to the album the pair has merged without notice until the later part of the second. That is a small niggle about the album, a similarity between some tracks without a certain concentration but again nothing to diminish the pleasure of the confrontation.

The first of the major peaks comes next with Whips And The Scorns, the instant the rabid throaty tones of the bass courted by the rampaging drums hit the ears it triggers a surge in the passions, one which is rewarded as the track finds the darkest devilry and addiction forging invention to oppress the eager senses within. Grooves and melodic sculpting are the purest primal seduction as is the barbarous rhythmic exploit which veins it, the song a prize in rancorous metal alchemy.

    Bitter Reflection follows to keep the album at its new plateau, a melodic invitation erupting into another merciless acrimonious foraging of its recipients but one unafraid to let the guitars cast a sonic fire of skill and imagination from Nisiriou and Constable, a heavy metal inspiration colouring their resourceful tempting. Its heights are not quite found with the likes of Age Of Fear and Defiling The Soul though both continue to increase the powerful persuasion of the album as does latest single Behold The Tyrant’s Fall, it an absorbing meeting of aggression and beauty where the band almost reins in their hostility, well in certain moments anyway.

Sovereign’s finest moments bring up the rear to stand toe to toe with Whips And The Scorns for top honours, Fallen Saviour eventually stealing the award with its scintillating ferociousness and inventive hunger. From the shadows it launches an epidemic of exhausting energy and rhythmic pugnaciousness woven together by a delicious pestilence of grooves and sonic seducing. Vocals as always stand astride the diverse causticity, spewing out the narrative with passion and eagerly devoured inhospitable truculence. The song is a brutal incitement which takes the album that extra small step into being one of the year’s best, the icing on the mountainous cake assisted right after by Silent Eyes, the track a relentless provocateur which burns slower than most in the passions but evolves into another of the release’s biggest triumphs.

Completed by the title track, one final bait of perfectly designed irresistible violent frenzy, Sovereign is an outstanding debut from a band we are destined to hear and feel much more from. Chronolyth has yet to find that unique sound and design but when they do it is hard to see what will stop their rise to the frontline of metal dominance.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 05/12/2013

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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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Immension – The Enemy Within EP

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Taking the promise offered on their debut self-titled EP, UK melodic thrashers Immension explore and take things to another level with new release The Enemy Within EP. Consisting of four accomplished and captivating slabs of thrash fuelled melodic metal enterprise, the release is a richly pleasing and thrilling further indication of one rather potent band emerging with UK metal.

Whereas previous EP had the strong scent of Bullet For My Valentine to its enjoyable bulk, The Enemy Within comes with a late eighties Metallica breath wrapped in flames from the likes of In Flames and Avenged Sevenfold. Like its predecessor the release has a familiarity which is unavoidable but again like the debut it works in only a positive and invigorating way with the Sheffield quartet putting plenty of their own twists and imagination into its presentation. Formed in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist Jake Kearsley and lead guitarist Tim Dolan, the band like so many endured early times of instability in the line-up but once bassist Hasan Ahmed and drummer Jonni Sowter were recruited there years later things clicked into place and Immension began making their imprint into an awakening awareness for their sound. Pulling good critical acclaim their first EP put the metal community in the UK on alert and now with the new EP it is fair to say the band has set themselves up in a sure spotlight.

The self-released EP opens with its title track and instantly has the guitars creating hot melodic flames to warm the ear as strong rhythms Immension Cover Artworkfrom Sowter offers strong provocation. As the intensity steels itself and breaks out greater sinews, the track charges into an intensive romp of scarring riffs coated in a toxic tonic of melodic adventure matched by the excellent vocals of Kearsley which are just as impressively backed by additional tones from the band. It is a contagious anthemic call bringing extra addictiveness to the already compelling sounds where the guitar of Dolan stretches itself and the passions with excellent inventive craft and sonic persuasion.

It is a striking start from band and release which continues in the following Forevermore which seamlessly takes over. The only criticism here though is that the song is so similar in pattern and sound to the first that it is easy with less concentration to miss the fact that this is a new venture within the release. Despite that it is still a thumping encounter with the rhythms of Sowter and the throaty charm unleashed by the bass of Ahmed enslaving the ear for the vocals and once more scintillating guitar work to rise up and impress further within.

All That Remains takes top honours on the EP as it steps up next, the song stepping from a brewing emotive ambience cast by keys and guitar into a fiery expanse of melodic intensity courted by a muscular yet restrained breath. Steeped in Metallica like suasion and littered with at times metalcore bred vocals and sonic sculpting, the track is a masterful piece of songwriting and temptation stirred into a provocative wash of imagination and poetic melodies. Like elsewhere the fact that the song takes thoughts straight to an open source with ease is not an issue such the quality and skill presented within but it may be a problem ahead on future releases, though you also get the feeling that the band are evolving towards a truly distinctive voice anyway.

The closing In The Dead Of Winter returns to a similar appearance and presentation as the first two songs on the EP, but intensifies its rhythmic cage and melodic enticements to stand as another impressive and exciting confrontation of craft and passion. The mix of vocal deliveries is dramatic and outstanding as is the similarly blended sturdier and mellower essences of the sound, both aspects enrolled into a blaze of creative pulse racing, near riotous imagining.

The Enemy Within EP leaves you only wanting more from Immension and it is impossible not to return to it at least once more after any completion of its great offerings.  Though debatably we are still waiting for something truly original from the band, such the quality and inventive craft driving the EP, patience for that to emerge stance is steadfast and eager. Immension has all the tools to be a big presence in UK metal, just a matter of when if they continue to produce releases like this.

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8/10

RingMaster 12/08/2013

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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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All Else Fails – Fucktropolis

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As Canadian metallers All Else Fails escorts the passions on a hungry and richly satisfying trip through new EP Fucktropolis, you soon realise that the eclectic R.I.Y.L. in the promo for the record was not merely casting a wide net to pull people in but actually an accurate call on the diverse sounds parading their sinews upon the release. Listed are the likes of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Cancer Bats, and Five Finger Death Punch, and in the EP all those essences can be heard as rich spices within something which is not exactly drenched in originality but offers an intensively riveting encounter setting thoughts and emotions aflame.

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, All Else Fails has carved out a big reputation certainly in North America for their constantly evolving and vibrant sound and live performances which has seen the band alongside the likes of Protest the Hero, Cancer Bats, Dayglo Abortions, 3 Inches of Blood, Fear Factory, Threat Signal, Decapitated, Suffocation, and many more as well as numerous festivals. Their previous releases, especially 2011 album The Oracle, What Was, Is And Could Have Been, have equally earned strong acclaim whilst the band itself has garnered nominations at the Edmonton Music Awards for the past two years. Now the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Barrett Klesko, bassist/backing vocals Seedy Mitchell, guitarist Mike Sands, and drummer Shane Tym, return with was is claimed to be their heaviest and most expansive release yet. The Suicidal Bride Records released Fucktropolis is a tremendous proposition, one which though not quite flawless leaves a determined hunger to keep band and their releases entrenched within future horizons, with some retrospective investigation too.

First track AntiMartyr emerges from behind a vocal sample wrapped in musical drama. It is not long before riffs and rhythms add their Fucktropolis Cover High Resmenace to spark a smothering rise in intensity and immediately enterprise and temptation grip thoughts and senses. Soon the track takes full hold as guitars carve out a weave of sonic manipulation and a fury of riffs driven by ravenous basslines and now fully imposing drum volleys take aim. The harsh vocals growl and scowl with excellent lure and expression, reaping the aggressive sounds for further intent. It is not all about ravaging the ear though as equally excellent clean vocals and acidic melodies spiral around the muscular hulk of the song to offer a full range of rich flavour and variety. The technical strikes of the guitars jar and crack on bone with riveting relentlessness locked in compelling craft whilst the array of vocal delivery keeps things moving and evolving within song and thoughts.

The following Better Left Undead unravels a precise groove from the off, additional melodic flames searing the surrounding air before holding sway as the gruff vocals graze the surface of the lyrical narrative, soon replaced by again accomplished clean persuasion. They are a moving target which never settles in to a singular gait, much like the music, and it all adds to a continually intriguing and appetising proposition. The song itself is strongest when its rage is lit but the mellower and sultry washes within still leave hunger greedy to immerse its teeth into the emotive meal. As the intensive face of the song returns with a Bloodsimple feel to its caustic breath the song leaves the flight of the release as potent and enthralling as its predecessor started it.

     La Demencia Violenta  with its sultry mystique swirling behind the again rigid framed rhythms and steely riffs is a provocative wash of metallic bite and sonic colour, the smouldering heat of the vocals initially swapped for a full fire of sizzling syllables and spite coated words. There is an underlying lure to the song which calls persistently even when the track savagely bites at the ear, imagine Palms meets Five Finger Death Punch, and though arguably it is in the shadow of the rest of the EP, the track burns and lingers perfectly, especially its jabbing compelling riffs.

The final two songs are simply the pinnacles of the release. Firstly Obedience At The Altar of Sacrifice steps up face to face with the listener, its passion brewing from behind a mesh of brightly hued guitar sculpting and rhythmic building. Limbs and neck are soon in eager union with its rapacious energy and torrential gait, though again melodies and harmonies as well as descriptive keys all have a defined place in the brawling storm. It is a scintillating blaze of heavy and corrosive, one which simultaneously scars and seduces with skilful majesty, but one instantly challenged by the following triumph A Most Unwanted Reprieve. The track is just anthemic metal at its very best, group calls roping in the passions as riffs and drums set addictive trap after trap in the unbridled charge of howling invention and sinew clad imagination. The best track on Fucktropolis with its almost schizophrenic avidity, it is the perfect end to an outstanding release. Actually it is not quite the finish as there is the hidden track The Deep Roads, but as it is just a brief schizo reprise of the opening to the previous song, it is not really something to be discussed, though it did raise a grin.

Fucktropolis is simply great, a release which has limbs, senses, and passions leaping in tandem with its metallic adventure. If this is the direction and future ahead of All Else Fails, there will be exciting times as the band places themselves on the front line of world metal.

http://allelsefails.ca/

9/10

RingMaster 30/07/2013

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IMMENSION unleash ‘The Enemy Within’, on 12th August.‏

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RISING METAL HEADS IMMENSION UNLEASH SPANKING NEW EP!

 
Emerging Metal Crew ‘Immension’ stake a claim with the national release of their sophomore EP ‘The Enemy Within’, out in stores from Monday 12th August.
 
With influences spanning from ‘Metallica’, ‘ In Flames’ and ‘Arch Enemy’, Immension have forged an extremely attractive and inventive take on the metal genre.
Coming at you from Sheffield, Immension were born back in 2008 by founding members vocalist/guitarist Jake Kearsley and lead axe-man Tim Dolan. The early days of Immension were plighted due to a series of unreliable members serving as their rhythm section. All of this changed though when the duo recruited bea-tmaster, Jonni Sowter, and bassist, Hasan Ahmed, who both came into the fold in 2011. Since then, everything has finally fallen into place for the ascending metal combo.
The aspiring metallers proceeded to play a number of shows throughout the whole of the UK, and in passing, gathered an impressive underground following before releasing their self-titled debut EP which racked up critical acclaim in Terrorizer Magazine and Rocksound, as well as notching up widespread radio airplay from Total Rock Radio and extensive online coverage.
Now after the successful release for their self-titled EP, the band are set to release their new EP ‘The Enemy Within’. The record is a mighty impressive piece of modern metal that is captivating and original —no easy task given the current climate. The EP oozes four spanking new tracks of galloping metal merged with melodic passages and inter-woven guitar lines. Immension drop ‘The Enemy Within’ this summer and it’s destined to drop you to the floor.
Look out too for the band live throughout May and June.
IMMENSION LIVE: 31/05/13 – Regents Bar – BARNSLEY; 21/06/13 – The Dove & Rainbow – SHEFFIELD; 27/06/13 – Pit & Pendulum – NOTTINGHAM; 29/06/13 – The Maze – NOTTINGHAM; 27/07/13 – Coalfields Festival – BARNSLEY
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GraViL – Thoughts Of A Rising Sun

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Having already raised a certain appetite for their immense and imaginative sound through previous EPs and the single Enemy Within, UK metallers GraViL have raised the bar for themselves and arguably extreme/melodic metal with the release of their strikingly impressive debut album Thoughts Of A Rising Sun. The self-released brute of enterprise and invention ignites if not a new realm for intense and evocative metal it certainly pushes and sculpts new corners and roads within the existing boundaries.

Having already found awareness through the pages of Kerrang, Terrorizer and Rock Sound, and potent radio play, the London quintet have risen to yet another plateau with Thoughts Of A Rising Sun. Recorded in the closing weeks of last year with acclaimed producer Dan Abela (Gallows, Bleed From Within, Voices, Silent Descent), the album infuses the widest range of metal flavours and essences to their melodic deathcore spine, emerging as unpredictable and as diverse a ravishing of the senses as you could wish for.

The first couple of tracks alone leave no doubt that the album is an immense and startling proposition, as well as suggesting that 3there is still plenty of depths for the band to explore ahead, a frightening and threatening thought to get excited about. Structurally Unsound steps forward on a lone melodic breeze, the bright inviting beckoning a devious lure as it leads the ear into the immediately exploding maelstrom of sound and intensity. The track roars with venom and cavernous strength before gnawing and chewing viciously upon the senses with rabid riffs, crisp rhythms and scowling vocal squalls from Grant Stacey. As the knees buckle under the extreme assault, the band breaks into a breath-taking melodic aside with clean vocal harmonies to lap up with greed. The progressive toned tease is a mere breath in the control regaining fury but then reappears again with the guitars of Tony Dando and Andy Slade parading a skilled and expressive fire of sonic and melodic enslavement for the passions. Throughout the drums of Conor Harkness cage and punish the senses without diminishing the potency of the seduction also at play whilst the bass of Nathan Lamb prowls within its own shadows to add further depth, even if its presence is a little lost in the production and needing concentrated focus to fully feel its compelling breath.

The following Enemy Within, the first single form the album, opens with a rain of electro rock and industrial enticement as its stretches its sinews to their fullest limits, their final positioning the canvas for a technical ear plundering carved from heavy sabre like persistent strokes and a brewing carnivorous intensity. As its exposes more of its inciting landscape there is a merger of sounds which plays like a storm of The Browning, In Flames, and Meshuggah yet stands alone from all three and any other reference you care to throw at it.

The stunning start to the album is easily continued through the offensive savagery of Beyond Reprieve, a track which even with its bestial hunger is not short of irresistible grooves, addictive riffs, and blistering caustic vocals to capture the imagination. Again the sonic intrigue and invention of the guitars is magnetic and the bass finding better clarity in the mix a rapacious intimidation alongside the outstanding stick abuse of Harkness.

The next up treat, The Wanderer unveils an exhausting soundscape of rabid energy and malevolence all matched and tempered by the thrilling vocal harmonies backing up the richly pleasing harsh lead vocals. As upon every song the fusion and thought of the contrasting aspects is inspired and outstandingly realised, their mutual qualities and temptations given full rein to flow and make the most dramatic persuasions whilst working perfectly alongside every other stirring intense facet.

From Something Worth Chasing with its great key led intro, through the violently emotive title track and the barbarous song The Struggle, to the enthralling Bottle Of Shadows with is constantly shifting battle lines, Thoughts Of A Rising Sun charges up the passions and pulse rate with intensive creativity and explosive imagination. Though arguably the first part of the album outshines the latter, the last of the songs just mentioned easily makes a scintillating and demanding claim for best song.

With the epic and excellent riff driving March Of The Titans closing up the album, it is impossible not to drool over GraViL and their future. On the evidence of Thoughts Of A Rising Sun expect a real classic from the band in the future whilst right now they have given up a possible contender for best of 2013.

http://www.gravilmetal.com.

9/10

RingMaster 02/05/2013

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