Gacy’s Thread – The Ignorance Of Purity

With more abrasive qualities than an industrial sander, comes the new EP from Belfast metalcore band Gacy’s Threads, the five track explosive bringing more damage to the senses than any release so far this year.  The Ignorance Of Purity released November 1st is a monster of a release verging on a monstrosity as its angry aggressive tendencies rip apart all before and stomp all over on them for good measure. With Red Enemy and label mates By Any Means, Gacy’s Threads shows that Irish metal/hardcore is a force to be reckoned with, an energy that is coming into its prime right now with the band is leading the way.

Consisting of fierce vocalist Aaron Vance, backed by the astringent guitar devastation of Blane Doherty, the chastising lines of bassist Ryan McGonagle, and the merciless pummelling beats of Stephen Currie, the Irish quartet have been damaging senses since they formed in 2007. Along the way to this new release the band has supported the likes of Fear Factory, Parkway Drive, Cancer Bats, Rolo Tomassi, Fucked Up, August Burns Red, Horse the Band, Today is the Day, and IWRESTLEDABEARONCE bringing Ireland to its knees as well as ventures into Hungary and soon Germany. Wider attention has come from their self produced demo, ‘Eunuch’ in 2008, a 4 track E.P, ‘Savour Your Scars’ in 2009, and a 4 track Live EP ‘Wolf Brigade’ 2010, each showing the bands marked progression and bringing more and more acclaim their way.  

The Ignorance of Purity will take that praise and following to greater heights as its triumphant brutality reaches far and wide via their new label Savour Your Scene Records. The EP is the label’s virgin release, the small indie newly set up to bring the best hard sounds Ireland has hidden to the world, and they could not have started with a better release, and with an album from By Any Means due late November the label is too going to make  a big name for themselves.

The tracks within The Ignorance of Purity have taken the band’s music to yet another level, influenced by the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, and Converge the foursome instil their own unique tones and flavours to create something that is unique and rippling with pedigree sounds. The songs are uncompromising bringing everything the band can muster musically, creatively and energetically, but they are not all about raw power. Certainly they are unrelenting and barbaric at times but throughout there are melodic intricacies and perfectly harmonically structured elements that reveal a band who understand and can write strong intelligent music. You would not call them tuneful as in the sense of progressive or melodic death metal but they use melodies equally well but in less obvious and more inventive ways.

Hope Bleeds Into Despair’ and ‘To The Death’ are the perfect examples, both combining blistering and abrasive aggression and intricate scorching melodies and expressive sounds. The first of the two is the highlight of the EP, it is an epic in intensity that engages at every intriguing turn never giving what one expects and always proving the band knows best. None of the tracks are anthemic but the hooks and riffs within this track linger longer than most and echo constantly in later thoughts. The latter of the two has a deliciously taunting riff that beckons from amidst the bludgeoning, inviting one into more violence and punishment. With the emotive near instrumental title track, short but the perfect base for the EP, and the rampaging beasts of ‘Blackheart’ and ‘Weight Of The Wretched’ completing the line-up The Ignorance of Purity is an excellent and stunning release.

Gacy’s Threads had already given fair warning through their earlier releases of what they can do and to you; with their new EP they have truly delivered. Time to go check them out and take what they know you deserve.

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Miniature Dinosaurs – Alligator

From October 31st be aware as released that day there is a new single that will be snapping at your ears with an undeniable eagerness and intent. ‘Alligator’ is the latest addictive song from Scottish pop-rockers Miniature Dinosaurs and a single that reinforces an already firm and growing infatuation with a band that makes pop music that inspires and attracts, seemingly a rare thing right now.

Alligator’ released through Saraseto Records is a fan favourite at the Stirling quartet’s live shows, gigs that have gone just as far as their releases to garner a strong and growing swell of attention and form a vibrant fan base. Regarding the track vocalist and guitarist Barry MacLean commented “Alligator is a song that always goes down well at the live shows, which means two things; it is an obvious choice for a single, and we’re also having a lot of fun touring it around the UK. It’s a good introduction to the band for anyone who hasn’t heard of us before.”  The song is the perfect entry point to a band that creates songs with teasing hooks, soaring melodies, anthemic tendencies, and infectious fun. 

Support slots with the likes of Fenech Soler, Twin Atlantic and Johnny Foreigner as well as their previous single ‘Fight or Flight’ has won over their home territory and with shows in the foreign climes of England they are starting to do the same there, something ‘Alligator’ will increase upon tenfold. The single and the sound across all their other songs recalls in many ways the early Postcard Records days with elements of the melodic prowess of Orange Juice in their armoury as well as the discordant charms of Fire Engines and even more so the disarming/engaging quirkiness of Josef K, but all wrapped up in the harmonic and melodic skills a XTC would be proud of. The band do not sound like another post-punk pop band from the 80’s though, their vibrant sound and instinctive diverse ideas come from today and maybe a little of tomorrow.

Alligator’ throws in the anthemic element from the first note building into a pulsating fuzzy bass sound joined by hypnotic keys and Maclean’s distinctive and expressive vocals. The rhythms from bassist Alban Dickson and drummer Sam Waller push the song forward with hypnotic effect allowing the guitars of Maclean and Craig Ferrie to play with ease and mischief, Ferrie bringing keys that swoop and wind around the song as well.

The track has no pretence to it, the song is going to play with you and dance around your ear, the track showing its intent from the opening chord and not letting go until it parts the scene. This is indie pop at its best, no delusions of grandeur and no dreams of doing anything more than entertain, and that is why ‘Alligators’ is a big tune that will find mass appeal.

   Miniature Dinosaurs deserve your attention and they will make it worth your while once you give it.

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