Merseyside anthemic rockers ‘GUARDIANS’ release self-titled mini album on 7th January 2013,

North West quartet ‘Guardians’prepare to release their highly impressive self-titled mini-album and brace themselves for a hectic 2013!

With a keen affection for the Foos and Jimmy Eat World, aided by a mutual admiration for the anthemic flair of 30 Seconds to Mars and the Lost Prophets, Guardians offer a striking sound that pitches high voltage rock with edgy melodic blasts. The quartet’s latest offering of their self titled mini-album “Guardians” is a fully fledged rock beast that warrants your attention.

Busting out of Wallasey in Merseyside, and formed during their school days in 2006, the Guardians’ incline has been brisk. From playing biker clubs at the age of 14 to bagging support slots with everyone from legendary rockers Status Quo, through to The Blackout, The Automatic, and Twenty Twenty, and headlining the HUB Festival, the band have certainly cut their teeth on the live circuit. Aided by securing national media exposure from Classic Rock Magazine (where the band were featured on the Cover CD), Kerrang!, and BBC Radio 2, the rising four piece are swiftly making new friends and forging new pathways. Armed with an impressive work ethic and songmanship in abundance, the future is radiantly bright for the burgeoning alt-rocksters.

The record takes flight in fine style with the angsty and supremely catchy ‘An Enemy Of My Enemy’ before the pull of ‘New World Order’ spits out a stomping chorus loaded with fist-pummelling shout-outs. Consistently rich and engaging, the album marches on in the same vein with ‘Follow Your Heart’, a track surely destined for widespread radio play with its monumental refrain and infectious vibe, ‘Make It Out Alive’ showcases the budding foursome’s apt ability to pen a tune that has ample dance-floor groove and a monster hook, and ‘Red Eyes’ closes the mini-album with a diverse slab of atmospheric alt-rock backed with hard-hitting riffage that would fit right into an early Biffy album. Impressive and contagious, Guardians are poised for national recognition.

TRACKLISTING: 1. Intro; 2. An Enemy Of My Enemy; 3. New World Order; 4. Follow Your Heart; 5. Make It Out Alive; 6. Interlude; 7. Red Eyes.

BAND MEMBERS: Brad Doné: lead guitarist & lead vocalist; Craig Henderson: rhythm guitar, vocals; Sean McMinn-Davies: bass guitar, vocals; Mike Priest: drums, vocals.

FOR FANS OF: 30 Seconds To Mars, Foo Fighters, Lost Prophets.



Flaunting speed slabs of melodic metal and riffs as dense as the basaltic layer, Immension have an incessant intensity and are geared to parade their message to everyone within ear shot.

Born out of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, the very original seeds of Immension were sown over five years ago when founding members, vocalist/guitarist Jake Kearsley and lead axeman Tim Dolan, started to trade riffs with one another. For the next few years Immension struggled, largely due to a series of unreliable members serving as their rhythm section. However, all of this changed last year when tub-thumper, Jonni Sowter, and bassist, Hasan Ahmed, entered the fray and everything finally fell into place for the emerging metal crew.

With a solid line-up in place, the band soon began to play a barrage of shows throughout the country, ripping up stages from London to Leeds, and everywhere in between. Now having honed their live sound, Immension hit the studio to lay down tracks for their self-titled debut EP, and it’s a hidden gem.

The EP takes shape with the pounding riffage of ‘Shadow Of Yourself’; a potent opener for the Yorkshire metallers, the track suitably displays the four piece’s impressive dual prong guitar attack and dynamism. Next, the high velocity fret-flurries and Slayer-esque beatings of ‘Lost & Forgotten’ go straight for the throat, while the slow-burning ‘In Vain’ further highlights the quartet’s guile. Armed with a strong and stout EP, it’s evident that the Sheffield metallers are poised for a heady climb next year.

TRACKLISTING: 1. Shadow Of Yourself; 2. Lost & Forgotten; 3. In Vain.

BAND MEMBERS: Jake Kearsley – Vocals / Guitar; Tim Dolan – Lead Guitar; Jonni Sowter – Drums; Hasan Ahmed – Bass Guitar.

FOR FANS OF: In Flames, Metallica, Arch Enemy.

Forever After: Pictures EP

This year has seen many impressive and promising pop punk bands emerge but the majority offer the same conclusion, still to find a distinct personal voice to their sound. These bands share a similarity to each other and those before them to make the moment enjoyable but the future the canvas where hopes of standing out from the crowd, or not will play out. UK band Forever After is one of those rare exceptions, not only does the band ooze great promise ahead with the impressive EP Pictures but already has stepped into a unique place of their very own.

The bio for the Essex quartet states ‘for fans of Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, and The Maccabees. You cannot argue against that but easily can add the likes of Buzzcocks, Undertones, and Hagfish, such the feisty new wave and original punk essences which tantalise and molest the passions wonderfully throughout. Though not quite perfect Pictures is outstanding, an immediately exciting treat to fire up the heart which just gets better and better with every play.

Formed at the beginning of the year, Forever After soon had audiences baying for more with their live shows which included playing alongside bands including Mallory Knox and Ten Second Epic. Released earlier as a free download, Pictures too only excited a crowd looking for something different and with its official appearance November 5th, as the band prepare to record its follow up, a wider recognition seems inevitable once the four tracks thrust their wanton hook smart dance on more and more eager ears.

Touring The Map opens the release up with fiery riffs and thumping beats, as most pop punk songs do. It pulls attention its way without startlingly offering anything new, leaving expectations exactly where they are when being confronted by another pop punk effort. Into its stride the track whips out teasing hooks, beckoning melodic weaves, and the excellent distinct voice of guitarist Dom Littler. Suddenly you realise you are in the midst of a sonic storm of originality and outrageous infectiousness, the beats of drummer Craig Mcqueen persistently probing the ear whilst bassist Harry Stokley prowls the song with throbbing intent whilst adding his own fine vocals to back up Littler. This alone would certainly ensure a fresh sound and experience but with the excellent guitar invention of Sam Byford, his melodic weaves bordering on lustful irreverence, the song is an irresistible piece of aural mischief, the thing sonic wet dreams are made of.  The song is brilliant, one which leaves one breathless whilst in full union with its passion physically and vocally, and the beginning of one of the bigger musical indie thrills this year.

The following (Old) School, is as it says on the tin, well in part as original punk flavours vein this great slab of rock n roll. Slightly grittier than its predecessor but equally as contagious, the song is a kind of mix between Bad Religion, Radio Stars, and Maximo Park but again belongs to no one but Forever After. A more abrasive affair the hooks easily captures the imagination whilst the vocal harmonies and melodic flames from the guitars just ignite further thrills and appetite for much more form the band. Like the first, the song is a shifting beast of pleasure, the rhythms erupting into excited bursts and bass offering a swagger which sets it apart from but perfectly in league with the charge of the guitars.

The third track called Interlude is just that. It is an ok instrumental but out of place on the release and just feels like a filler which is needless on a brief EP. Saying that though it leads perfectly into final track Say It True so maybe just reinventing it and making it a proper intro to another great song would be a rewarding thing to look at. The closing track is a riot of manic guitars, anthemic energy and shouts, and challenging rhythms all wrapped in irresistible invention and magical enterprise. The track just kicks up a storm of pleasure from which escape is impossible and full engagement willing.

Pictures is outstanding, simply as, and Forever After a band destined to make the future one thrilling and explosive punk rock adventure.

RingMaster 04/11/2012

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Fantasy Rainbow: Bos Taurus


From a conceived bedroom recording outfit, Fantasy Rainbow the one man project of UK teenager Oliver Catt has evolved quite remarkably. From a four track demo consisting of songs recorded with the help of friend Jonathan Coddington, things have just brewed and grown for the youngster. Over nine months from that first  release there has been the Teens EP, the Healthy Lung, Dirty Lung cassette, and another EP No Hope. Not Ever, all raising his stock with regular national airplay coming alongside building acclaim. Bos Taurus is the debut full length from Fantasy Rainbow, a release recorded in Nashville at  Jack White’s studio. Produced by  Ed Spear, the Heist Or Hit Records release offers eleven tracks which all grab attention and respect if rather undulating in achieving lasting satisfaction.

Without doubt Bos Taurus is a release which needs a few full listens before its persuasion begins to prove its case, which ultimately it does though for personal tastes it does not ignite any big sparks of ardour. It is a release with an abrasive air and raw voice but equally engages with warm expressive melodies and evocative passion. Initially the release was an album which was top and tailed with its best songs and felt too similar and thus flat in its middle on the ear, but given time and attention that passage evened out to a more consistent and enterprising passage, though those early stand out songs still remain the most potent and satisfying.

The release opens with Soda Scream and does not take long in pulling in interest and having feet tapping. A teasing guitar opens the song before leading into a platter of further inducements and eventually an energetic blend of jangling guitars, synth whispers, and vocal harmonies. There is a lovely discord to it all which  is the best element of the whole album. The song is brief but a great start to ensure a continued focus on the release.

New single Condominium follows with an undemanding but quite infectious presence, the lyrics and vocals of Catt emotive in their individual ways  within at first a gentle stroke shifting to a more distorted rub. You cannot say the song or others provoke deep thoughts or massive reactions but it easily makes its three minutes captivating and enjoyable.

The likes of the fuzzy and coarse Nothing But, the sonic whispering Portra, and the unrefined experience  Bread Biscuit leave one in a flux of delight but at times being unsure. The first two and another in between are strong but too similar to grab headlines whilst the latter is a track which feels out of place yet offers a needed balance to the warmer climes elsewhere, its harsh tones and scorched breath certainly a challenge.

As the home stretch beckons the album moves back into the melodic pop jangles which opened it, the excellent pair of O, Weirdo and Or; Comfort delivering simple sharp pop which is distinct in its squeezed melodies and stretched invention. Both songs are well crafted and full of intrigue as are the closing pair of Golf World and Tooth Ache, the first of the two one of the bigger highlights of the album. Again you can say there is a similarity across the final clutch of songs which only close focus reveals is not quite the fact but all are enjoyable and make for pleasing companions.

Bos Taurus is an album which leaves one content in its company if not hankering for its immediate return as much as with other releases. Fantasy Rainbow is still a project in evolution and one would not be surprised if a classic is unveiled in the future, in fact you almost expect it to happen at some point.

RingMaster 04/11/2012

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