Amongst Carrion – We That Should Not Be

The debut EP from UK metalers Amongst Carrion is beast  of staggering might and striking quality that short fuses the ear through unexpected pleasure as much as it does with crippling herds of rampaging riffs and destructive melodic interplay. We That Should Not Be is a deeply impressive release that unveils a band already at great heights in its development but still providing evidence there is so much more to come, a frightening and very pleasing promise.

Formed in 2010 the quintet from Newport, South Wales the band started out as a cover band but with a completely new line-up has since emerged as one of the most promising bands in UK metal today. Consisting of remaining founder member lead guitarist Dan Coppuck alongside vocalist Joshua ‘AJ’ Lewis (ex- Chase The Sunset), rhythm guitarist James Hampson, bassist Dan Pugh,  and drummer Scott Waters, Amongst Carrion discovered a new drive and seriousness that inspired a creative growth resulting in the eruption of might that is We That Should Not Be. From what one could call a fallow start the band has evolved into a brutal force to leave metal staggering under its destructive weight.

As metal as it is metalcore the EP buckles the knees from its very opening refusing to leave one to find their feet until it has finished its intrusive destructive testing of the senses. Influenced by the likes of Parkway Drive, Miss May I, and August Burns Red the band are merciless in their consumption and habitation of the senses, laying waste to their ability to feel and leaving a very satisfying numbness in their wake.

The release opens with an intro promising epic proportions, an ominous warning of what is to come. That is soon realised with Shadows Over Me, the song erupting with bone shaking rhythms and coarse withering vocals from Lewis. The guitars slice through with chunky intermittent riffs as well as razor sharp scorched melodies. Sauntering with eagerness as open as the destructive intention permeating it, the song snarls and rages wonderfully over the keen vein of creativity spearing it.

The title track continues the fine start bringing an insistent badgering of the ear aside from the towering inferno of riffs and raging rhythms. As on most songs the groove that underlines the aggression is firmly mesmeric and a strong counter for the continual onslaught above. At this point it is apparent the vocals of Lewis do not come with a lot of variety but he is strong and appealing at what he does so  for this release the lack of diversity certainly can be overlooked.

The gut churning violations of Painted Red with its In Flames like groove and obliterating rhythms, the strong The Fear in Her Eyes, and the Killswitch Engage flavoured Snowblind, all keep the emotions riled up and body brutalised to great satisfaction. It is fair to say that Amongst Carrion are still finding an uniqueness to their sound to truly take them away from similar flavoured bands but that is just a matter of time and right now they easily lead the pack anyway.

We That Should Not Be is an impressively colossal debut from the band and set to take Amongst Carrion to a prominent position within UK metal.

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Chopstick Suicide – Lost Fathers and Sons

If you ever fancy having your ears blistered and senses twisted inside out and stretched from pillar to post, then Turkish mathcore band Chopstick Suicide are eager and ready to do a very satisfying job with their new album Lost Fathers and Sons. A band that is as new to you as to us I am sure, Chopstick Suicide have come up with a tasty release that intrigues with fine unpredictable invention and pleases with a vibrant vein of dark humour and intent. The band fuse numbing heavy riffs and bulky intensity with jazz infused melodic ingenuity and head spinning discordance. Think Dillinger Escape Plan with a twist of Everytime I Die and Dog Fashion Disco and you get a feel for their distinct manipulations. The eight track album is challenging and a test upon the ear at times but it is thoroughly rewarding given time and room to violate.

From Istanbul the band formed in 2008 releasing their debut EP Recycle Your People in 2008 and first album Loserville two years later. A change that saw the current line-up of vocalist Mert, guitarist Yagiz, bassist Cem, and Alican on drums in place, released the Small People, Broken Glasses EP last year and now follow-up its strongly received  attention with Lost Fathers and Sons via Turkish label Peyote Müzik. One still feels with this release that without a slice of luck they will remain an underground name due to one assumes a limited exposure the label can give the album worldwide but once heard it is hard to imagine many not taken a shine at the very least to the sounds it offers.

The album goes for the jugular from the off with Everyone Sleeps But Me, the track winding up the senses until they snap with an eager groove, disruptive rhythms, and storming stuttering riffs. The guitars grin with a wicked glint as they twist the nerve ends with manic delight then chuckle as they surprise with some inspired jazz flavoured infusions. The vocals from growls to rough group harmonies work wonderfully alongside the decisive nastily hypnotic sounds and though when Mert slips into a cleaner approach there is a loss of strength to his delivery the song is deeply agreeable.

This is a great and powerful start to the release that is soon equalled by the following song The Chalk And The Matter. With even more intensity and mass the track marches through the ear with chugging riffs to evolve into an unrelenting battering of boisterous rhythms entangled with scorched melodic guitar jabs and a mesmeric jazz funk interlude. The maelstrom of sounds as on every track verges on lunacy and what a deeply pleasing wild ride it is.

The likes of the ravenous Shores Are Not For Vacancies, the wonderful barely controlled Television Television, and the belligerent As I Lay Fail, all continue the impressive level and leave one gasping for breath under the pummelling and unique invention the band thrust through the ear. The album will not work for all; those wanting an easy journey will run for cover shaking heads but for those with adventure to their tastes Lost Fathers and Sons is one stirring experience.

The album does not come without flaws though not majorly damaging ones. At times the release hangs almost too far over the ‘throw everything in the pot’ line to diminish the effect a leaner song would have offered but there is nothing that deeply detracts from a great collection of songs. The other aspect that does not quite work is the clean vocals of Mert, as a growling vocalist he is supreme and when he merges that into a smoother grizzled attack he is excellent too but straight clean vocals are not his forte as shown notably on Your Average Hero. Hopefully they will stick with the coarser attack in the future or bring another voice in for any clean elements they infuse into the songs.

The release ends on the wonderful punk riot of Kolpa, a straight punk /hardcore unbridled bomb of fun. It does not really fit with the rest of the album but is simply a bedlamic bundle of eagerness that has one grinning broadly especially the closing electronic repeating of the name Lene Lovich.

Lost Fathers and Sons is great fun and an accomplish work of musicians who have an ingenious and slightly insane creative ability to excite and pleasure. You may not have heard of Chopstick Suicide yet but go change that right now with this excellent album.

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