Deadend In Venice – See You On The Ground

Since their formation in 2008 Leipzig band Deadend In Venice have steadily grown into their own form of melodic death metal and in the process gained a firm and enthusiastic following. Now with the release of their debut album See You On The Ground that fan base should rapidly grow as their distinctive sound finds many more eager ears.
Combining melodic death metal with the elegant beauty of a female voice has the effect of being not only different but also impressively effective. Of course it needs a voice that can deliver and Annabell Klein certainly possesses one, lighting up each track as well as creating an excellent blend with and being an effective counterpart to the harsh growls of Christian Litzba.
See You On The Ground runs nine tracks that are consistent and satisfying, the mix of regular death metal sound with thrash riffs and engaging melodies being very agreeable. Tracks like the forceful ‘Personal Decay’, ‘Long Way Home’, and the gothic tinged ‘Last Chances’ are bursting with powerful riffs and intuitive melodies, the guitars of Kevin Klein and Tim Schmidtke striking and direct but never indulgent even in the strong solos.  
Though primarily classed as death metal Deadend In Venice musically stay well to the melodic side but that does not mean they are without the power or intensity to rival harder sounding bands. On the aggressive ‘War’ the band hits hard and deep, the driving impressive drums of Frank Koppe and the excellent bass riffs of Andreas Ackermann take no prisoners. The duo excel on most tracks and on the albums best song ‘Brain Execution’ they combine perfectly to create a intimidating framework that allows the guitars and dual vocal attack of Klein and Litzba to create their chemistry.
The German sextet are adventurous in their sound as previously indicated and on ‘Dirty Little Princess’ go a further step with the whole vocals left for Klein and a stunning job she does over the smooth melody flowing and still forceful sound. The track shows not only the ability of the band but also they are not afraid to try new things, something which will see them only grow bigger and better in the future.
Faults on the album are few and far between but if there is one it is a need for a variation in the vocals from Litzba. He is strong and a great counter to Klein, his harsh tones often a big part of the aggressive energy the band creates, but there is a similarity in tracks from his vocal parts. Not a big issue as the music and songs as a whole work so well and he is as much a part for their success as anyone.
Available now on Casket Music, See You On The Ground is a strong and impressive debut, an album from a band full of invention and confidence. Deadend In Venice on this showing is on the right road, a direction that with natural progression should see them break well beyond their homeland.
Pete RingMaster 09/07/2011 Registered & Protected


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We’re No Heroes – Quiet Colours EP

It seems with the emergence of every new band with something just slightly different to their sound yet another sub-genre is created and labelled and then quickly filled by more bands in the same ilk. Math pop is one of the newer examples and Welsh band We’re No Heroes a fine example and exponent of a style that is when simplified a lighter more accessible form of math rock.

Quiet Colours is the new EP from the South Wales band consisting of four tracks which are engaging and intriguing. Despite its recent release it has already garnered much praise and exposure which now upon hearing the release it is not a big surprise. The songs are varied musically and vocally where the band without a main singer has different members taking the lead on tracks backed fully by the others

We’re No Heroes formed in the summer of 2009 in the unlikely place of a derelict downtown Chicago studio. There the sound and form of the band was decided, and upon relocating back to Wales and Cardiff they released their debut EP Crossing Over. A good response followed off the back of that but it is Quiet Colours that has really ignited things even in its short lease of life so far.

The trio of Tom Collins (guitar/vocals), Dewey Owen (bass/vocals) and Luke Llewellyn (drums/vocals) recorded the new EP at the Ripefruit Recordings studio in Cardiff with respected producer Jordan Andrews alongside. Together they produced four songs from an initial eight demos that are strong, creative, and most importantly very enjoyable. ‘Atlantic Hearts’ opens the EP and instantly a notable trait of the track is the neatly crafted guitar play and the deep pulsing bass. Continuation through the songs shows this is a constant pleasure that the band delivers.  The strong and driving drums carry each song firmly but it is the bass that is the highlight throughout.  

It is a definite solid start improves even more with second song ‘Empty Beat’, its jangly guitars and consistent rhythm and its slight disco feel working delightfully. The best track on the EP, ‘Tigers’, goes further to raise the level of the EP with its addictive basslines and inventive hooks creating a sound that is part Baddies/Futureheads part Foals.

Latitudes’ closes up the quality package of songs. Slightly less forceful in pace to the others it carries a post 80’s punk feel, moody and emotive. Though not as instant as the other three slices of indie pop it is a definite grower and after subsequent plays is just as strong as any other song.

Quiet Colours is available now on At Your Own Risk and is definitely worth attention especially from those already enticed by flavours from the likes of Foals, Colour, and Maps & Atlases. With their inviting melodies and enthralling sound We’re No Heroes show they are a band to be watched as they blossom into a name on the majority of music lovers tongues.

RingMaster 09/07/2011 Registered & Protected We’re No Heroes- Empty Beat by Soundandvisionpr


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