Noyz?: 12 Jinxes

It has been a long while since we have heard anything from Serbian rock band Noyz? but the wait is over as the band return with their new single 12 Jinxes and what a mighty comeback it is. The single is outstanding, a thrilling brew of alternative metal, rock and grunge wrapped in a heated attitude drenched energy.

Noyz? was formed in 2004 by vocalist/guitarist Stevan ‘Sharkey’ Radoičić and found good success and acclaim for its infectious and well crafted sound, though arguably it was outside of Serbia where people were really connecting with the band, their homeland unable or unwilling to support and give real and full attention to metal and rock, a statement many muscular genre bands from the country make. The band worked hard, constantly gigging around their country and participating in festivals Around Europe to again great if not sustained responses. Around Europe though their music was lighting ears and the band through songs like the outstanding Happy- Hour In A Junkyard, Dreams, and The Sky Is Falling found a strong welcome and prolonged radio play, their music appearing regularly on shows like The Reputation Radio Show.

It is fair to say though disillusion with the scene back home won out and the band split in 2011. Sharkey is never one to stop making music though and finding a determination and resolve not to let the apathy back home win out, he has returned with the excellent 12 Jinxes taken from a forthcoming debut album. With bassist Ana “Anki” Joševski (ex-Synapse, Alhemia, Svartgren, Fandango) alongside him, the songwriter shows his sounds and writing craft is better than ever, the single the first step in the new fighting presence of the band in rock music and a truly impressive tease for the album ahead.

The song immediately shows its muscles with sturdy riffs and heavy probing bass lines. In to its stride the track is soon barging through the ear with a punk metal like presence bringing a mix of the urgency of an NOFX or Mindset X with the aggression of an Anthrax or Bloodsimple, though as ever Noyz?just sound like themselves. As the track explodes with sharp and mischievous lyrics and an irresistible wider fusion of sounds, it stirs up a grungier breath to its charge. The song fuels deeper infection through this further spicery recalling bands like Sick Puppies and Jane’s Addiction, and leaves one with no option but to press play again and again upon each ending note.

The song is a pure enthused pleasure and will ensure the wait for the new album will be impatient and very eager. 12 Jinxes is like the band has never been away and with the luck all bands need it will finally be the spark to trigger deserved wider recognition at home and abroad for the band.

To get your free copy of the track go to and listen out6  and listen out for more sounds from Noyz? on The Bone Orchard podcast from The Reputation Radio Show.

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The Varese’s: Self Titled EP

The debut EP from British indie rock band The Varese’s is one of those sneaky little blighters which upon hearing for the first time sparks keen interest and impressed responses. All the time though it is working away with its tight melodies and vibrant energy, not to mention catchy presence, to return in unexpected moments when one least expects it, to share its heart once again. Listening over the initial times only pleasure and growing respect flies its way but one is not expecting hours later for certainly two of the trio of songs which make up the release, to return in the shadows of night to party in the mind. It is a limited club to belong to when artists are sowing their sounds in these ears day in day out, but The Varese’s are a full and determined member indeed and use their membership to return when they please, not that there is any complaint.

From Liverpool, the quintet is a band still young in its life, their music merging melodic and heart borne sounds with sharp and edgy lyrics carrying the rawness of the streets and lives the band comes from. Their music is a thoughtful and poetic mix of potent soulful lyrics and vocals from Jonny Andrew, heated and irresistible guitar craft from Danny Hayden and Paul Tallant, alongside the emotive rhythms from bassist Adam Murray with the firm attentive beats of Bob Gaul. It is music to evoke images and personal thoughts whilst lighting up the shadows of the day with melodic charm.

Weary Dream is the song which neglected to make extra appearances beyond its aural company but easily marks the band as accomplished and deep in promise. With a slight groan to the bass as it brings the song into view, the track begins to explore its emotion with well lit guitar caresses and sizzling thrusting chords, the two guitarists igniting an emotive air through different approaches linked with craft and thought. The vocals of Andrew weave in and out of the music, finding and adding extra depth to the passion of the song. It is not a song which personally lit major fires but alone easily ensures the band has close attention upon them.

The other two songs on the EP though are eager companions and welcome returnees, both Strangers and Spotlight songs which would be irritating in their persistence if they were not so masterfully created and superbly sounding. The first of the two has a confident swagger brought through crisp jangling guitars and pulsating basslines. Again Andrew is an impressive voice for the lyrics, his delivery impossible not to be captivated by. The track is devilishly infectious, the chorus alone a familiar buddy after only one listen which you cannot resist joining in with. Shadows is indie pop at its best with an air of Oasis to its spark, but do not hold that against them, and a subtle essence of The Loud and Wah in its breath.

Spotlight is a more laidback song with a twang to the guitars with again more than a slight jangle to their flight. It is a reflective piece of passion which tugs on the emotions as much as it fires up the ear. Driven by keen drums and the strolling bass sound, the guitars leave smoking trails in their sonic melodic wake whilst Andrew spreads his range out for all to see and approve, the man a vocalist already of impressive stature and sure to grow into a major voice, as the band itself.

Listening to the EP, one still gets the feeling there is so much more distinct and powerful things to come, their depth still in evolution and discovery by the talented musicians. We for one will be there to reap the rewards as The Varese’s grows into their sound and lights up new realms, our suggestion is you should be there too.

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BlakCan: Dark Daze

Shadowed and uplifting, the new single from UK dark electronic indie pop band BlakCan is a vibrant and enjoyable introduction to the Wolverhampton quartet. Dark Daze is a song which grabs the attention and takes it on a ride of infectious melodies, incisive lyrics, and impassioned emotions from arguably all shades of life and the heart.

Consisting of vocalist/percussionist Ash Bradley, Jon Nash on keys and synths, and Ryan Deakin on guitar and synth, alongside drummer Mudie and bassist Adam hall, BlakCan has created their impossible to ignore sounds for the past eighteen months and drawn strong responses and acclaim for their live performances, which included supporting The Twang at the opening of the new 02 Academy in Birmingham. The band has already firmly began to turn a growing wave of heads their way and the new single, taken from their forthcoming album Flat Pack Nation, will be and is the next big step in their rise.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Twang, Ocean Colour Scene) and released through Big Industry Records, Dark Daze instantly sweeps the senses up in an energetic yet controlled breath. The slowly brewing keys wrapping gently around the ear as the vocals start their emotional questioning, ignite warmth which the track never loses but does test with the chilled ambience and shadowed whispers which make their presence known throughout. It is though a magnetic song overall with hooked melodies which playfully light the heart and guitars which chip away with slight mischief and heated enterprise.

An intriguing mesh of sounds which would have settled nicely in the works of Blancmange, Fad Gadget, early Depeche Mode and Joy Division with more current traits of a Calling All Astronauts or Strangers to flavour things, Dark Daze is a pleasing and infectious treat which not only keeps its too brief a time fully engaging but makes the anticipation for the album strong and keen.

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Cauls: EP2

If you are looking for a band to offer something different, music which is equally challenging and rewarding than look no further than British post hardcore band Cauls. They are a band which has ignited the North East of England and beyond with their inciteful and imaginative sounds, now with the release of their new collection of stunning sounds named EP2, the band is ready to intrude on and ignite the nation.

The bio sheet for the release from the Newcastle quartet states that their sound has evoked comparisons to the likes of At The Drive–In, mewithoutYou, Deftones, and Mars Volta. It really is hard to disagree though you can add essences from others such as Fall of Troy, Sunna, and to a lesser extent The Blood Brothers, such their expansive and impactful sound. The EP is stunning, a thrilling and chilling in the respect of tingles it ignites, release which inspires mental and physical reaction throughout and beyond its leaving of the ear.

Formed in 2009, the line-up of guitarist Graham Morris, bassist Andrew McCaffery, and Chris McManus on drums, impressed and fired up hearts with their impressive live shows and muscular progressive instrumental sounds. The trio though felt something was missing and after a lengthy searched for, found and recruited vocalist Michael Marwood and the rest is glorious if still young history. Their two twin track releases in If Bored, Pull Tab Marked Tab and Crave Divan of last year set ears burning with hungry satisfaction but with the new release the band has emerges as something even more immense and mightier, the music leaping from great songs on the previous releases to extreme quality on EP2.

Released on September 24th through Blank Records, the release is astonishing and thoroughly refreshing; the band creating sounds which leaves one breathless and glowing in its uniqueness and skilled soundscapes. The release opens with Whistler, its atmospheric start emerging from a resonating primal bass twang and plunging rhythms. As the guitars singe the air with their sonic caresses the bass finds a snarl to its watchful brief, holding back its intent as the melodic mini suns and expressive heated vocals light up the haunted ambience. All the time the track is slowly evolving into a storm of blistering energy and passion for a burning climax, and an excellent start.

No Motion is an At The Drive-In/Radiohead flavoured piece of joy equipped with acidic melodies and Joy Division like discord. Maybe less dramatic than the first track it still fires up the imagination and appetite which the following Iris Brickfield eagerly and very successfully feeds. With intimidating whispers and soaring vocals the track is a hypnotic and darkened ambient clasp on the passions, ethereal and raw, warm and shadowed, and quite majestic.

After the brief melancholic instrumental The Durande, the release ends on the towering Ahsonnutli, an eight minute triumph encapsulating the magnificent musicianship, inventive songwriting, and emotional impact of the music in one perpetually evolving slab of sonic grandeur. Its starts as a riot before settling into a reflective soul, though soon it is crusading through an array of seamlessly connected and fiery sounds, the band seeding elements of doom, stoner, ambient, and aggressive rock to their progressive weave. It is startling, glorious, testing and fully rewarding.

EP2 is a masterpiece, a release which marks the band as one of the most talented and inspirational emerging bands in the UK and beyond. Cauls will burn your ears whilst treating them to the best original and gratifying sounds heard in recent years.

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Pteroglyph: Found

One of the deepest loves of The RR has been for Mishkin, the now sadly demised UK alternative metal band, so it was with extra eagerness we turned our attention to the debut EP from Pteroglyph. The band is the solo project of ex-Mishkin vocalist Jimmy MacGregor, the Found EP a towering and impressive slab of destructive yet violently beautiful music. As impressive technically and in its startling structure as it is aggressively rampant and abrasively confusing, the release is a powderkeg of attitude, energy, and keenly crafted intimidation. This is nothing like Mishkin, except in attempting to push and buckle boundaries, but is as attention grabbing.

MacGregor left Mishkin (before its end) in order to pursue his solo work and career, his introduction to the world and his greatly woven sounds with Found only likely to thrill. Released September 24th as a free download, the five track ambush on the senses is an unpredictable and imaginative beast. On the surface a tumultuous and hungry onslaught whilst within its muscular intimidation a shifting and enterprising blend of progressive invention, melodic scorching, and forceful sonic addiction. Mastered by Acle Kahney of Tesseract, with all other aspects from MacGregor, the release backs the senses up into a corner and then blasts, barracks, and seduces them, vigorously.

The release immediately seizes the ear with opener Emerge, its forceful but respectful start stirring things up before the clean vocals turn to rabid growls and the soon deeply rooted groove twists relentlessly amongst crushing riffs. It is not the most destructive assault to ever challenge but it keeps one honest and absorbed by the emerging brew of melodic thought and insistent intensity. It is not always easy blending spiteful intent with mesmeric sonic light but MacGregor has it perfectly honed within his creative armoury.

The first song arguably does not lift the roof off but does sets things off with strength. It is followed by the track Earth, a rampage down the main street of the ear with fully charged malevolence and driven imagination, though the subtle melodic break within a minute of the track offers a surprising and refreshing aside. It has to be said that surprisingly the clean vocals, especially at this particular point, pale in quality against the guttural raw delivery but for the majority of the release is still makes for a pleasing and complimentary if undulating fusion. Back into its rampant stride the song churns and tears up the air with incendiary riffs and shifting ethical prowess to keep things on a high.

It is at the third song that things really take off, Empathy making an impact of barbarous riffing, synapse stretching technical violations, and malevolent bruising feel like an energising tempest. The song is immense, the vocals defying our previous comment to drag the guttural depths and leave blistered trails of harmonic excellence in the sky. The song is merciless, offering no respite or safety net to hide within, its intense weave a ravenous dehabilitating and thoroughly rewarding soundscape.

The final tracks Endeavour and Excess bring further open diversity and enflamed pleasure. The first is a melodically fuelled wrap veined with spiky rhythms, punchy riffs, and primal growls. Around the harsh breath though the song is the ignition to flashes of sonic showers and warm persuasion to offer multiple and rich aural faces. It is a song which gives more with each reunion and though it is not without flaws, as with the EP, it is the giver and receiver of complete and hungry engagement from both directions.

Excess just rips the senses off their hinges, its death dripped metalcored assault an exploratory and brutal exercise in submission and pleasure giving, a song any extreme metal fan would drop what they are doing for. Again the clean vocals challenge the progress of the imaginative attack and rippling body of the song but never to real detriment.

As mentioned Found is not without issues, mainly the already stated uneven clean vocals as well as the ‘manufactured’ drum sounds but the release is nevertheless fully impressive and the cause of only unbridled promise and anticipation of what MacGregor and his Pteroglyph will unleash ahead. We cannot wait!

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