Lynchpyn: Drop The Blade/ Can You Speak Now

Young as a band but pulsating with pedigree from its individual members, UK metallers Lynchpyn has made a towering entrance with the release of their first two songs. The tracks declare a band with a power and intensity which is second to no one and a creativity which will make them an intriguing and stirring proposition in the times ahead.

The London based band was formed midway through 2012 by vocalist Justin Lloyd (ex- Smoking Barrels & Maelstrom) and drummer Jay Lawrence (ex-Smoking Barrel). Searching for musicians around the South East to join their project the pair enlisted former songwriter/bassist/manager of The Self-Titled, Steve Saunders. Guitarist Rob Furman (Halo & Vagabond) was added to the already formidable equation on the recommendation of Saunders and the line-up completed with the recruitment of lead guitarist Paul Cook (Rushhole & Red Thirteen).

Having spent the past months writing and now lighting up stages with a flurry of gigs, the band has scheduled February of next year for the recording of their debut album as well as a video. Through the unveiling of their first two slabs of muscle in Can You Speak Now and Drop The Blade, Lynchpyn have ensured the anticipation of what comes out of that creative engagement will be enflamed and impatient.

Can You Speak Now fires up the senses within seconds, its furious rhythms and hungry riffs an immediate enticement of accomplished craft and furious energy. The pulsating start finds a little restraint as the track settles into a prowling watch over the ear, the guitars adding shards of melodic scorching and imaginative enterprise to the smouldering intensity. The vocals of Lloyd scowl and unleash a combative attitude to compliment and reinforce the barracking beats of Lawrence and intimidating riffs of Saunders, whilst throughout Cook sears with sonic expertise, it all combining for an alternating explosion of energy and the predatory brief. It is a rampaging track which is sure to become a fan favourite, its anthemic breath and uncompromising attack a raging infection.

Though not as openly contagious, Drop The Blade is a dirtier and grittier slice of aggression. The bass of Saunders grabs an even bigger slice of the satisfaction with a raptorial gait to its throaty call whilst the guitars rage with a caustic rub and combative energy, the combination a corrosive treat if not quite as towering as its companion. Vocally Lloyd has a guttural growl to his assault, a Lemmy like rasp which only adds to the darker tone and breath of the pleasing confrontation.

There is an overtly raw feel to the production which with the quality sound at work across the sinewy duo again only heightens expectations for their studio results next year. Both tracks with their diverse blend of sounds play like a union of essences from bands such as Killswitch Engage, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Motorhead, and more distilled into something impacting and invigorating, a sound which is all Lynchpyn.

RingMaster 15/11/2012

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CodeJAK: Times Of Conflict


It is hard to not get a little over passionate about Times Of Conflict, the debut album from UK rockers CodeJAK. It is an album which just captivates the imagination and sparks an unbridled enthusiasm to throw off inhibitions and get dirty. Musically the band wonderfully is not that easy to pin down, at its core their sound is hard rock but rifling through its ranks there are vibrant veins of punk, metal, and a flurry of many more flavours. The album carries them all in to a thrilling and raucous explosion of invention; arguably the album does not stretch any existing barriers but it is hard to think of any one creating the same or an equally potent brew as this quartet.

Formed in 2009, CodeJAK is a renowned hard working energy inspiring band who through their first EP Hell Yeah, and impressive live shows which has seen them explode stages alongside the likes of The Buzzcocks, The Selector, Sham 69, light up numerous festivals, and most recently supporting Fozzy across the UK and into Europe, has drawn a robust and strongly growing fan base.

Early 2012 saw the band in the studio to create an album in Times Of Conflict which is as content in bruising the senses as it is triggering the inner devilment in us all with its unpredictable and imaginative mischief. The release is a riot of intrigue and insatiable teasing which leaves the heart as overjoyed as the ears. Right from the opening track The Ballad Of Jenny G one of the great things about the album is immediately to the fore, the unique tones of vocalist and guitarist Dan Turner. His voice drips expression and individualism to add a fiery and rasping depth to the already adventurous sounds. The first song is a thumping exchange of muscular rhythms and strident riffs which engage as firmly as a mantrap, their infectious lures irresistible. The sounds encroach like a union of Therapy?, The Heartbreakers, and The Wildhearts locked into a groove from Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, and leave nothing but a vat of satisfaction in their wake.

The stirring ingenuity is continued through the following Hell Yeah and When I Fall, both rampant slabs of riotous diversity. The first has a stoner vibe to its sinewy charge, the band assaulting with a delicious mix of Kyuss, XII Boar, and Triggermen. The spoken delivery spikes the scorched sounds excellently whilst the furious chorus and further growling outpourings flare with caustic might to fire up the passions which have already been set on full alert by the fine manipulative play from lead guitarist Dan Clark. The second of the two is no less a titan in offering a rampant contagion, the guitars again holding sway over the heart whilst the beats of Dave Turner treat the ear like a punch ball beneath his skilful intent. The song has a seductive swagger to its melodic grooved taunting which makes it in many ways recognisable from the start but distinctly unique too. The ever impressive bass of Dave Fisher groans and pulsates with a shadowed hunger throughout the sensational punk groove confrontation.

Though the album is never less than enthralling and fully pleasing, it does undulate a little with the likes of the grunge gaited Sail Away, the emotive melodic rock coated Pull Out Your Knife, and the blues funk heat that is Serpentine, failing to match the earlier heights or further pinnacles set by songs such as Broken Man, a track which in its uncomplicated yet compulsive hooks and restrained presence just ticks all the right boxes, and the magnificent Sell My Soul. This track unleashes a punk and rock storm which easily shows why the band appeals and captures the passions of the fans of both genres. The track coats the ear in tight angular sonic enterprise and attitude driven riffs whist the vocals and rhythms ignite thought and emotion with their plaintive and firm handling of the senses.

Times Of Conflict is outstanding, an album which just improves with each and every contact. CodeJAK are a breath of fresh air, a band already lighting up British rock with their spicy sounds and set to drive it to new heady heights in the future.

RingMaster 15/11/2012

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