Severenth – Reveal

UK metal band Severenth since forming in early 2007 has built a strong and continually increasing reputation and following in the UK though they still have yet to make the big break through.  It surely is only a matter of time as they create sounds which are powerful and stirring with strong invention and imaginative enterprise as shown with their excellent album Reveal. Though released last year another look at it for new comers to the Chester based quintet is definitely in order as we try to do our little bit in sharing not only a strong and impressive band but one with immense promise within their skilled hands.

Over the past few years the combination of vocalist Peet Bailey, guitarists Ste Ensall and Adam Sidor, bassist Ben Jones, and drummer Dave Roberts, has made a definite and impressive mark on UK underground metal with their 2009 debut album The Age Of Paranoia and the blitzing of stages around the UK with their cluster bombs of aggressive and sharply melodic sounds. The year of their first release saw the band also winning the Playmusic UK best unsigned metal act whilst across the years to date they have shared and lit up shows alongside the likes of Skindred, Il Nino, Kittie, Soil, Hed p.e., Bring Me The Horizon, 3 Inches of Blood, Biomechanical, Trigger The Bloodshed, and Panic Cell to name just a mere few. America buckled under their assault in 2010 where the band played the likes of Hells Kitchen and the Cedarwood Dome and last year saw Severenth hitting up and devastating Hammerfest Prestatyn, HRH Ibiza Roadtrip and Wacken Open Air. It also was the time of an even more important event in the release of Reveal, an album which shows there is a fresh wind waiting to create a storm within the metal scene in the UK.

The album opens with the thunderous track The Question to lay down its intention to ignite the senses with explosive and well crafted metal. A growling cry introduces the onslaught to be followed by sumptuous demanding riffs and ear spattering rhythms. It is the vocals though which grab the attention at first, the twin caustic and clean attack of Bailey exceptional and dripping spite drenched attitude. The song takes breathers with unexpected but outstanding melodic asides but as a whole the track is a driven and towering opener which excites deeply.

Often such a strong start finds a dip in its wake but Cover Your Mouth easily maintains the high octane start with its collective storm of riling riffs and inescapable intensity. Stalking melodic surges from the guitars fire up the air whilst the vocals offer a more overall smooth approach though plenty of the great scowling elements prowl the song too. Slightly less contagious than the first track it continues the excellence with accomplished songwriting and stature.

The following caustic predator called Taken The Fall and its equally ravenous companion In Air They Dawn rampage across and through the ear with skill and might. Both songs with a tumultuous series of oppressive rhythms and knee weakening riffs with little mercy in their intent though the near brutal combative consumption is  tempered by the stunning heated guitar solos and scorching melodic invention. Again the vocals are striking and though preference prefers the harsher and distinct delivery there is no question Bailey is adept and effective with his rounded range and style.

The best track on the album is Not Worthy, a song with classic written through its core. From an excellent opening throaty bass presence the track accompanied by instantly mesmeric melodic play, expands its arms with an electrified unveiling of its weapons before exploding into a hypnotic stomp of addiction forming grooves and battering rhythms. Further irresistible guitar play and irrepressible energy drives the track deeper into the heart and provides more evidence of a band on the verge of something special.

Two Mirrors and Born To Suffer simply leave one drooling in contentment as the album to its last note provides melodic metal in its finest form. To be extra critical there is not a remarkable uniqueness about the band yet though one can say that about plenty of the ‘giants’ to be fair, but as the album proves the band are still a distance from their full potential yet which with the great quality and sounds within Reveal, is a truly exciting prospect. Severenth will be a major force ahead, if it is sooner or later is the only question.

RingMaster 31/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.

Arcana Imperia – Новые миры

There is a hotbed of metal excellence within Eastern Europe which though beginning to find a wider attention in recent times thanks to the internet as much as anything, it is still an area relatively unknown to far too many. It is a shame because some of the most innovative and impressive sounds and bands are to be found from this part of the world, of which another fine example comes in the shape of Arcana Imperia. The Russian trio are a powerful band full of invention and imagination as proven with their new album Новые миры (Novii Miri which if translations I have found are to go by means New Worlds). It shows the band make its own rules and forges its own directions within the melodic/symphonic death metal realm to leave nothing but full intrigue, pleasure and deep satisfaction in its wake.

From Moscow the band was formed in 2005 and started with a more melodic death metal sound. Despite many line-up changes the band continued to draw stronger attention and following within their country and surrounding areas with each release and live event. 2008 saw their debut album Hymns of Infinite Decay released as well as impressive live performances which included the Global East Open Air in 2009 headlined by Motorhead. The following year saw second album Better Than Now emerge to once more a great response. Another small line-up change occurred in the third quarter of 2011 following the release of the single Reality. The change brought bassist Ivan Dzyubinsky into the fold alongside guitarist Alex Arcana and vocalist Darvit. The year also marked the shift in direction seeing the band expand their melodic intent to explore more symphonic and black metal areas the result being the excellent sounds on Новые мирыas well as returning to their own language for the vocal future.

Released with the might of GlobMetal Productions behind it in a recent link up with the band, the album feels destined to find and light up further afield with its at times mesmeric and in other moments unsettling but always enthralling content. From the very first note one is drawn into the heart of the release. Opener Второе рождение (Vtoroe Rozhdenie… The Rebirth) is a stirring piano piece of controlled drama and stirring passion. It pulls in thoughts and emotions whilst inspiring a reticence to the whisper of unsettling intrigue within its beauty. That slight ominous air is soon realised with the storm of intensity which follows with Мегаломания (Megalomania). Whilst the synths offer a teasing melody to captivate within the maelstrom of power the track ruptures blood vessels with dehabilitating rhythms and ear buffering riffs. It is a raging power hungry brute with inspired variants within intent on playing with the senses.

It is a strong start which explodes with easily the best track on the album in 10 жизней (10 Zhiznei…10 Lives). The piece is a glorious piece of composing fusing mesmeric elegance and flaming spots of melody with a predatory bass presence and consuming intensity. As it progresses the guitars venture into dazzling sonic manipulations to wrong foot the senses which go into overload with the stunning wanton discord brought by the inspired strings. The track is unpredictable and ingenious, a perpetually evolving masterpiece of blistering and scorched imagination.

From its hellish triumph it is arguable whether the album manages to come close to that height again but with outstanding songs like the bulging orchestral hearted  rock driven Дом тараканов (Dom Tarakanov …House Cockroaches), a song with a contagious breath which wraps itself around the senses like a magnetic glove and the shadow prowling Все лгут! (Vse Lguti… Everybody lies!), the album is a constant flow of unique ideas and bewitching creativity. So many albums no matter their quality offer up variations and reinventions of expectations in sound but that is something one cannot lay before the feet of Arcana Imperia, the band though not always as successfully in some parts as in others bringing a continual wealth of new and provocative incursions into originality.

     Новые миры probably will still be an album which you will have to go looking for rather than it come into your view but we urge you do as it and Arcana Imperia make for a breathtaking and very gratifying time.

RingMaster 31/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.

King of Asgard – …to North

Following up their acclaimed debut album Fi’mbulvintr, Swedish metalers King of Asgard return with an even more impressive and irresistible release in …to North. Once more bringing a potent blend of pagan/folk metal steeped in Norse mythology and blackened melodic death metal, the band treat the ear to sounds which at worst leave one truly satisfied and at its height fired up with hot blood surging through the veins.

The great thing about King of Asgard and …to North is that the sounds are more controlled in comparison to other similar cored bands, the music letting its craft and imagination shine and infect the senses rather than relying on flamboyant and exaggerated chest beating charges to capture the imagination. Not that the release is lacking that aspect, at times it is a musical call to arms for the passions and delivers some delicious melodic hooks to trigger a fuller contagion but it is for want of a better word restrained and a element of the great songwriting rather than the focal point.

Formed in 2008 by vocalist and guitarist Karl Beckman, the band soon expanded with the addition of drummer Karsten Larsson who had played with Beckman in the Viking metalers Mithotyn. The following year saw the recording and release of seven track demo Prince of Märings which was well received and the addition of ex-Thy Primordial bassist Jonas Albrektsson in November. The twilight weeks of 2009 also saw the band sign with Metal Blade Records who were as so many impressed by the demo. Fi’mbulvintr was recorded and released in 2010, its thirteen striking songs recorded with Andy LaRocque who returned to work with the band on …to North. The trio as they prepared for taking the album live to the world by bringing in guitarist Lars Tängmark to expand to a quartet, pulled in a growing and eager acclaim for the album and first video of the opening song Einhärjar with Rickard Moneus from the production company 1897. The beginning of this year saw the band complete the songwriting for their second album and what a mighty result they have come up with.

From a heralding intro the album ignites with the outstanding The Nine Worlds Burn, a song which paces through the ear with strength and confidence before unleashing a storm of caustically scouring vocals and thumping riffs. It plunges the senses over cliffs of towering rhythms and heartily driven energy to concoct an infectious and heart pumping intensity. The song immediately shows the album is continuing where its predecessor left off but with an evolved invention and intent. The song has the body breathless by midway but then throws in a glorious curveball with the stunning vocals of Heléne Blad, her beautiful tones sending wings of fiery elegance across the atmosphere to which the music bows with a tender understanding. Ending on the feisty attack once more it is a great start to the album and lays down the perfect foundation for songs like the following The Dispossessed to unleash their wealth of invention upon, the track a thunderous beast to back up the impressive start.

The next song Gap of Ginnungs features another guest with guitarist Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer, Supreme Majesty) adding a couple of incendiary solos. The track is a part dirge part chant joy which lays a satisfactory plateau in the album soon elevated from by Band To Reunite and the excellent Nordvegr. The first is a brewing cluster of melodic enterprise and ear rippling rhythms which has one surrendering to its class within seconds. Offering another incisive and addictive groove within the intense and growling energy, the track charges up the senses fully in preparation for further songs like Nordvegr, a controlled and bruising stomp which intrigues as much as it lights up the ear.

Plague-ridden Rebirth, a black beast of a song with its dark festering melodies and the warm positive breath of Harvest (The End), ensures a heightened climax whilst the closing instrumental title track is an evocative piece of bristling aggression and melodic wonder. They complete what is a powerful and rewarding release which steps away from similar styled bands with its craft and intelligent composition. Maybe more blood boiling charges would have been nice but really it brings no real complaints before its door and shows King of Asgard as one of the more thoughtful and keen bands out there.

Ringmaster 31/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.

Blood of the Black Owl – Light the Fires

“I began to journey this sound as a conduit of personal ritual and growth, spiritually woven within this artistic expression.”

The words of Chet W. Scott, the man behind Blood of the Black Owl who release new album Light the Fires this week. There is no doubt through previous releases and into this new album that he and the project has grown and explored deeper into its premise and heart. Formed in 2004 the band has through the previous three albums been a vehicle for the spirit and exploratory instinct of Scott which has worked deeper and evolved into a startling wealth of creativity resulting in the impressive climax of Light the Fires. Acclaimed for his ritualistic musical exploration with his solo project Cycle of the Raven Talons and drone folk duo The Elemental Chrysalis, Scott brings even more of himself as well as our and the spirit of the world and the instinctive breath of everything into a remarkable aural focus. The album is possibly not the most accessible release and will work on multiple levels and to varying degrees for each individual, but it is one which makes the listener look and reflect within and most of all discover, given the time and opportunity.

Caller Of Spirits is a stunning opening, a heralding of emotions and passion through a primal ritualistic drone. Drenched in discord and dark beauty the piece resonates through every pore to ignite the deepest responses and shadows. It is hypnotic and chilling at times whilst lingering far beyond its departure and even though its thirteen minute consumption pushed personal limits a touch it sets and opens one up for what is to come with its blackened meditative intensity. It connects the inner being to the natural energy of life wonderfully and leaves a unveiled canvas within to be discovered and explored.

As the following elegantly droning Wind Eye with its reflective ambience and the gently and firmly caressing Rise And Shine lay their light and shadows over the senses one finds themselves at one with the release and drifting into thoughts and imagery instigated by the restrained yet sumptuous weaves. At times the album reminds of the recent Horseback release and though they are almost chalk and cheese aurally both transport the listener into places once dormant.

The first three tracks which remain the most impressive by the end of the album offer a more ambience driven investigation and experience whereas the remainder of the release starting with Sundrojan instil darker energies and unleash the blackest shadows to blend with the mesmeric beauty. This track is a more doom driven call with the vocals from a relatively smooth approach turning into a grizzled scraping element. The song brings a crafted mix of light and dark to lead one through the imposing aspects of its intent and theme which you can only be impressed by.

Two Ravens At The Tree Line merges the funereal presence of its predecessor with the heated breaths of the early tracks whilst the closing pair of Soil Magicians and the more death metal toned Disgust And The Horrible Realization Of Apathy opens doors to multiple energies and emotions across the whole spectrum of passions, thoughts, and the light inside.

Light the Fires whose title really does declare what the album achieves is not going to be for everyone, especially those who have no wish or patience to let it reveal its qualities and power slowly and through many visits. At times some tracks maybe stay just too long and before their end the itch to discover the next instalment of the experience becomes too intense but to change them in any way would arguably distil their effect and purpose. The release though is an imposing and enlightening pleasure from Blood Of The Black Owl which all should dip their thoughts and emotions into.

RingMaster 31/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.

The Horror Vacui – Scissor Crystal Eyes

Established in their home state of Tennessee, alternative rock band The Horror Vacui seem ready to take the next step into a wider recognition and spotlight. That is certainly the impression one gets from their new EP Scissor Crystal Eyes. Following up their well received debut album, the new release is an impressive and expressive collection of songs which shows a band accomplished in sound and songwriting.

The Nashville quartet of Kyle Kelly (vocals, guitars, synth, percussion), Ted Fox (guitars, piano, percussion), Rico Whitfield (bass, synth, vocals), and Jonathan Parrish (drums), from the EP alone seem a quartet with firm sights and intent on their direction musically and as a band. The impression one gets from the four songs on show here is that the band is still evolving into their own distinct sound but possess already craft and invention to create striking and fully enjoyable songs.

Formed in 2010 with their first album coming the same year, the band immediately after the release of their debut won the Ditto Music Live Battle of the Bands, a prestigious event which saw them beat 42 other established acts in Nashville. A flow of live shows and first single Melete Thanatou followed, all gathering more and more acclaim which with the release of Scissor Crystal Eyes which was recorded with Lloyd Aur Norman and Jonathan Paul Parrish at Villain Place, should only grow and grow.

The Horror Vacui, pronounced vac-u-eye, open up the release with the best song Futile Arrangements. With an immediate hypnotic hook and pulsating bass the track brings an instant heated presence before the ear. The vocals of Kelly have an expressive emotive tone and combined with the electrified atmosphere brought by the synths and guitars there is a Placebo/At The Drive In feel to the track as well as flavouring which reminds of the likes of Post Adolescence and Mind Museum. The song has an almost bristling intensity throughout which ruffles the senses whilst exposing them to excellent melodic caresses and sonic invention. As it makes its journey the song opens its slightly discordant charms to even greater effect and emerges as certainly one of the most infectious but fully rounded songs this year.

The following Million Gunshots enters on a more restrained though no less passionate swagger. Another great riff and sound from the bass fuels the song alongside incisive guitar play and firm and punchy rhythms. It has a more fluid flow than the opener though maybe lacks the jabbing intensity, but is an equally impressive piece of songwriting and realisation. It almost stalks the ear with an intimidating energy whilst distracting it with excellent melodic and sparking invention, and continues the excellent start to the release.

All In My Mind and Time To Die show a variation in the release and sound of the band. The first is an emotive ballad which coaxes the ear with crystalline melodies and crooning guitar designs. From personal preference it lacks the power and thrill of the previous song but there is no denying the beauty and passion which lights up the air within the song. The second is a similar heart borne track which tugs on the emotions with a needy plea and outstanding grace. It is rare for a ballad to have an anthemic feel but the song certainly gathers up ones thoughts and emotions to bring them into play through its ambient and feistier moments. It is a glorious song which grows and grows on the heart through each visit and finds a definite place in ones affections.

The EP closes with Ink Spills, a song which with its almost grouchy bass sounds adds further variety to the release. It has a strong and full atmosphere with again a heart spawn passion and instinctive energy. The heaviest and most intense of the songs power wise it is an excellent slice of rock which only lacks a lingering presence after its departure to truly ignite fires.

Scissor Crystal Eyes will be an introduction for a great many people to The Horror Vacui and it could not be a finer welcome to their natural and striking sounds. The band are well on the way to finding and exploring the markets further afield they seek with this excellent EP, now it is up to you to welcome them.

Ringmaster 30/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright


The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.

Torpedo – Black Chronicles Vol.3

Having been previously impressed by the first two releases in the series the anticipation for Black Chronicles Vol.3 from Torpedo was keen upon news of its release. Once more bringing the dramatic instrumental sounds of Torpedo Beatz into a union with the rhyming and MC skills of varied rappers the release continues the impressive levels and inventive sounds as found on the first pair of instalments.

Serbian musician and composer Torpedo Beatz has a distinct almost cinematic style to his composing, his pieces bringing an often haunting and always enthralling feel and emotion to the songs. The new collection of tracks is no different, his music bursting with tension and magnetic melodic invention to compliment and explore the hard hitting expression of  emerging lyrical and rapping talents from around the world.

Some of the highlights of previous volumes of Black Chronicles has come with the pairing of the composer with the excellent and always powerful American rapper Wrath. The new album sees the track Requiem For A Sell Out repeat the team up and success with the featured addition of Maniak. Off of a slowly dawning opening with the words as belligerent and combative as you could wish, the duel vocal attack punches forth intent and strong views whilst the music wraps around them with a glowing and tight grip. With a slight Twizted feel to the piece Wrath and Torpedo still leave most in the shade when they combine.

Another impressive artist who is introduced on the album for the first time is Dark Guerrilla Chato and his Dark Guerrilla Chat crew. From Orange County, Southern California, they bring four powerful standout songs to the album. The first Wicked Violenze with a Halloween tinted horror sound pulsating behind the aggressive and angry attack is a strong first meet without lighting any flames of passion but it does not take the following Revenge, Dark Melody, and Barbarious long to hit the deepest spot. The first of the three immediately offers a growing menacing atmosphere from the music to encompass the malice spitting rapping and intimidation within every syllable. It like the first song from the crew is a notable entry without leaving deep scars but the remaining duo fix that aspect with sure intent. Dark Melody the best track on the whole album, bitch slaps the senses with concise and malicious rapping whilst the music scythes through the ear with dramatic breath and sonic borne melodies whilst Barbarious bruises with further hardcore lyrical directness and almost niggling melodic enterprise from Torpedo. Like the team up with Wrath this is a union one hopes to hear a lot more from in the future.

The three tracks with Lemmy MC, a crew from Rottenburg am Neckar in Germany, are a lighter affair than those with Dark Guerrilla Chat, though still with an abrasive attitude to leave a good antagonistic taste in the ear. Musically the songs Hard 2 Da Core, Horrorcrunk, and Battle Continue are shaped to the distinct rapping and vocal attack bringing a blackened carnival like feel, its air and energy dangerous and caustic. The tracks though not quite finding the strength of those already mentioned, leave one eager to hear more and fully satisfied.

The release is completed by Pali Andjeo with Serbian crew 2B4 Time who also featured on the previous volume of the series, and instrumental pieces from Torpedo which as always seem to light up parts of the senses and thoughts which most bands and artists fail to discover.  The 2B4 Time track is a slowly enveloping brew of distressed ambience veined with good vocals skills and imaginative sounds whilst the solo compositions could grace and soundtrack any dark hearted cinema treat or intensity driven emotion.

Continuing the established quality of previous releases, Black Chronicles Vol.3 is an excellent album which shows some of the best of the underground rap talent around the world alongside the inventive imagination of composer Torpedo. If you are looking for some fresh and different from rap and hip hop flavoured music than this album is an essential investigation.

Free download of Black Chronicles Vol. 3 @

RingMaster 30/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.

The Apples – Fly On It

The best apple is always a crisp and juicy one which is exactly how you can describe the new album from a band with the same name. Israeli post-funk nine-piece instrumental band The Apples simply light up the senses with latest album Fly On It, which is unleashed on August 6th. It is a collection of instrumental based tracks which twist and turn with relish whilst carrying a wicked glint in their eye to y thrill consistently.

The band and album brings sounds which are a hybrid fusion of jazz and funk with an enormous squeeze of multi flavoured essences veined with Middle Eastern influences. To be honest we do not have a great knowledge of this area of music but at times The Apples takes our thoughts and ears back to bands like Pigbag and Rip Rig and Panic whilst also bringing tints of the likes of De Staat, Les Negresses Vertes, and Mano Negra into view. The release is perpetually intriguing and exhilarating throughout to leave a permanent grin in the heart.

Released through Audio Montage, Fly On It was originally commissioned by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios for Bowers & Wilkins’ Society of Sound and was recorded over two days in Wiltshire at legendary studios Big Room. The setting and resulting tracks saw The Apples able to bring their explosive live sound and feel into the recordings bringing an irresistible energy to the album. Since forming in 2002 the band has gathered increasing acclaim with their albums Attention! (2006), Buzzin’ About (2008), and Kings (2010), not to mention their singles, EP, and a critically acclaimed version of the Rage Against the Machine track Killing In The Name. The new release is set to draw an even greater response one feels, its invention and vibrant creativity it is hard to imagine many not falling for.

The album opens with the stomping funk sounds of Preserve. Tribal with feisty rhythms and mischievous horns, the track teases and excites the ear with flickering melodies and beckoning near wantonness. Excitable and intent on exploding in every corner of the senses the song ignites a heated infection to set the release off to a great start.

The following title track ruffles the air with a sinister flicking of its tongue seemingly inspired by the trade mark Rage Against The Machine sound before opening up into an enveloping melodic atmosphere. All the time though the track winds up the senses taking them through darkened features and offshoots within the overall breath of the track which glows like a full sunset. It is another stunning irrepressible piece of music which leads into the vast soundscape of Sixth Stream.

This track is a musical world of its own bringing a slow prowl lit by Eastern promise and glowing fires of melodic imagination. Its journey is a fully contained episode to inspire evolving imagery and thoughts, a cinematic experience with an eccentricity which warms every pore. Nothing is expected or predicted on the album but this song especially is a wonderful mystery which reveals its heart note by note yet still able to offer more with each visit to its mesmeric terrain.

The brooding and pulsating funk soaked Thang and the fractious Rhinocerize keep things fully absorbing whilst the provocatively attitude dripping Looking For Trouble with its carefree belligerence, sets the heart racing with even more enthusiasm. It is the closing duo of Powder and Do The Car Horn which add extra heightened highlights to the release. The first is a swaggering weave of soulful beauty, the bass and keys prompting full engagement whilst the horns once more help build an atmosphere to fire up the passions.  The second of the two is the clear favourite from the album here, the busy, frantic, and at times niggling drive of the song overwhelmingly contagious. As the title suggests it is an industrious brew of heated mayhem and unrelenting energy brought with a wonderful cartoon/psychotic ambience to leave the most lingering pleasure on the album.

Fly On It is just wonderful and without doubt The Apples has created one of the great soundtracks for the summer if not the year.

Ringmaster 30/07/2012

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

The best and easiest way to get your music on iTunes, Amazon and lots more. Click below for details.