Crimson Blue : Innocence


Russian metallers Crimson Blue are tagged as nu art metal, another arguably unnecessary musical label which has popped up in recent times as bands try to find a unique corner of their very own from where they can be noticed. It is not the most inspiring of terms to be honest but if you dismiss the band because of it then you would be making one mighty mistake as the Moscow quintet has released one of the best releases of the past twelve months. Fusing the most essential nu-metal grooves with the dazzling splendour of symphonic metal and the bewitching majesty of art rock, the band has created an album where imagination and inventive originality is a raging passion. It is a sensational release which at times is a familiar heart borne friend and in other moments sheer innovation igniting aural rapture whilst leaving a stirring sonic balm over the senses.

As well just having released their album Innocence the band has signed a management deal with GlobMetal Promotions and you can only feel things are primed to explode into world recognition for a band which has its seeds back in around 2007. Formed by vocalist and keyboard player Dominica “Dani” Hellstrom and guitarist Iggy Hans the band started out under the name Tragic Raven. The band merged the musical interest and passions of the members to forge a new and adventurous style with early songs holding a Tool like sound to their presences. The first couple of years saw instability with many line-up changes until the spring on 2009 where the found that constant to their core and re-emerged as Crimson Blue. As interest in the band grew across the internet and from their strong live performances, the band set about working on debut album Innocence. As a self-released CDR and download, the album came out in the closing eyes of December last year leading the band to even greater interest not only from fans but labels too. Summer of 2012 gave the album a proper CD release as recognition fired up further and with the new management deal in place the band are set to turn 2013 their own shade of hue.

Taking sounds and styles across the seventies through to the nineties with plenty of modern energies and thoughtfulness, the five piece of Dani Hellstrom, Iggy Hans, Stan Lee (guitar), Andrew Barique (drums), and Alex Verge (bass), the band since the recording going through another line-up change, s created a release which echoes the likes of Korn, Devin Townsend, Audioslave, and Nightwish with strong whispers of classic art rock bands. It is a stunning sound which plays in the heart so much more powerfully and enjoyably than it looks in print.

As soon as the cold kisses of Iceland crystalize on the ear soon speared by a dramatic piano, attention is focused in only one 1608197713-1direction and as soon as the melodic flames and immediately jaw dropping bass sound of Verge prowls within the brewing sonic weaves nothing comes between thoughts, emotion, and song. Settling into an emotive breath with the wonderful and potent vocals of Hellstrom covering the still formidable basslines and melodramatic keys, the track just mesmerises whilst caressing tenderly with symphonic beauty and warm melodic elegance. It is an exceptional entrance into what emerges as an unpredictable and eclectic release. The song at times makes muscular suggestions through rhythms and riffs to ensure an air of confrontation is never too far away setting one up perfectly for its successor, especially with its closing Halloween like tingle of keys and inciting acidic guitar rub.

L.M.A. is outstanding; a track which though challenged throughout holds ‘best of’ honours. Its initial scorched rock swagger is soon ripped up into a raptorial encounter of bruising riffs and a groove which gnaws at the senses like those classic ones Korn used to unleash. The vocal storm of expressive vocals and oppressive heavy chewing riffs and thumping rhythms plays like a mix of Animal Alpha and The Faceless for further irresistible flavour to the staggering recipe.

Tracks like the sinew twisting Flax and the masterful Nagual with its progressive enterprise wrapping around the persistently pulsating growl of the song transport one into further thrilling and unpredictable diverse fiery engagements. Each and every song can be acclaimed with those same qualities, the blend of melodic imagination and creative invention breath taking at times and always enthralling. Further pinnacles come with the sinister and hypnotic H.U. Lab, a track bringing the key essences of Meshuggah, Opeth, and Karnivool together for thoroughly compelling rewards, and the epic emotive force that is Haesitatio. Every song deserves a mention though, each rippling with immense craft, inventive songwriting, and pure skill from the surging and glorious vocals of Hellstrom and her senses wrapping keys, the continually adventurous guitars, and the guiding rhythms of drums and that permanently  delicious bass.

Innocence is aural excellence and Crimson Blue only deserving of the fullest acclaim. The recommendation that all should go and discover this triumphant release cannot be shouted loud enough.

RingMaster 17/12/2012

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Embrional: Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors


    Embrional is a Polish death metal band which has built a strong reputation for their corrosive sounds in their homeland and surrounding areas. Wider recognition has escaped them so far but with the release of their debut album Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors you can imagine the stirrings of a wider acknowledgement of their accomplished music. Whether it is an album to ignite fires of mass awareness worldwide is probably unlikely but it is not down to a lack of quality or strong sounds, just arguably the absence of anything startlingly new to set it apart.

The Silesia and Gliwice based quartet of vocalist/guitarist Marcin, guitarist Rychu, bassist Michał, and Camillvs on drums, has certainly made a mark within underground metal in Eastern Europe since forming in 2003. Across their early demos Cusp Of Evil and Annihilation of 2006 and 2007 respectively, and the split release album Spectrum of the Metal Madness with Empheris in 2009, as well as impressive live performances the band has drawn strong and positive acclaim from fans and underground media alike. Now with the release of Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors through Godz of War Productions, their old school death metal driven album should see some elevation to their status further afield and pave the way for future releases to grab more and more success for the band.

The album is immediate in attaching itself to the ear, taking no time to start chewing upon the senses as opening track Possessed 405618_291555634223700_1078159367_nBy Evil rampages from its first seconds. It does offer a tiny respite with a gently coaxing guitar soloing before unleashing a tempest of annilatory riffs, destructive rhythms, and a guttural heavy squall of malevolent vocals on the senses. It is a curse of corrosive intensity and brutal intent which ensnares and intimidates until submission and respectful praise is returned. It is a track which trains the passions, working on them until they become subservient to the skilled and thoughtful structures of the song, and of course the breath of venom it greedily offers.

The first track shows that the band do not offer open grooves and hooks to lure one in but entrap the ear and beyond through impressive technical invention and oppressive violent atmospheres. It is not always a straight forward agreement between song and reception with tracks like the Disgraceful Enslavement with its rabid penetrative assault, the continually twisting title track, and the bedlamic Maniacal Madness, all thrilling sonic compelling infestations, needing and demanding numerous confrontations before igniting a rewarding and lasting union between they and the passions.

Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors is an album which strangely becomes a favourite whilst within its insatiable sonic hunger and spite but not a release which has a massive pull to share its dark nasty corners as frequently as other and maybe often less impressive releases. It is an odd reaction when the likes of the pulsating yet insanity brewing Dismal Symbol with its excellent unrelenting senses branding groove and acidic melodic spears, and the final synapse blistering from Vermin Of The Earth give such pleasure in their painful company.

The album is one with good diversity across its heaving weight of intensity, the surface storm a blackened glaze over the open craft and unable to deny the inventive and imaginative creativity at work. Every aspect of the band leaves one determined to watch every move of the band, from the songwriting and its realisation to the individual talent and provocative flair they combine with to invigorate and scythe down the senses with. As mentioned the band does not break into new avenues but their album is a release which offers more with each play and leaves the feeling of promise given by Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors as a strong spark for anticipation for what they do next. All death metal fans should let Embrional make their persuasive case, you will be well rewarded.

RingMaster 17/12/2012

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Masachist: Scorned


It is impossible not to be impressed and driven by enthusiasm in recommending all to check out the second album from Polish death metallers Masachist. Wearing its influences like proud badges, Scorned is a thrilling vigorous ride of corruptive spite and destructive passion driven through the senses with rabid intensity and skilled violation. The band pulled strong acclaim upon themselves with their outstanding debut album Death March Fury three years ago and has repeated the act with what one assumes will be similar if not further elevated rewards in its wake too.

Formed by ex-Azarath and ex-Yattering guitarist Thrufel, the band slowly took shape as the search for like-minded members for the musician proved less than simple. 2007 though saw a turning point for the project with the addition of drummer Daray (Dimmu Borgir, ex-Vader, Vesania), the pair soon writing two tracks for a promo. Bassist Heinrich (Vesania, ex-Decapitated, ex-UnSun) and guitarist Aro (Shadows Land, Torquemada) were the next additions to the line-up with finally vocalist Pig (Anal Stench, ex-Decapitated) bringing his corrosive and malice dripping tones to the band to complete the compliment before the band surged into making their debut album. Between the two releases Masachist also chose to play three exclusive gigs, two of which were as the support to French band Gojira, and at the beginning of 2012 they were part of Covan Wake the Fuck Up.

Released through Selfmadegod Records digitally and Godz of War Productions physically, Scorned smothers the ears with thick 260469_275856522514837_1225489317_nexhaustive intensity and thunderous rhythms wrapped in atmospheric blackened breath and incisive fiery riffs through opener Drilling The Nerve, a title apt for the effect of the album let alone the song. It is a slowly squeezing expansive weight rather than an outright onslaught with the vocals of Pig scarring flesh with his bile seeping delivery and the compelling bass of Heinrich an ebbing and flowing predator darkening the already oppressive shadows. It is an excellent start which evokes thoughts and emotions whilst one is buckling slightly under the ominous voice of the track. With sizzling guitar play within ever shifting energies and pace let alone intent, it is an immense proposition to start things off but only the beginning of the corrosion.

The following unpredictable and ravenous The Process Of Elimination and its successor Straight And Narrow Path both turn up the sonic heat with accelerated energy and all their muscles focused on thrashing the senses. Throughout though the music twists and turns within the ear and often in on itself, to offer a magnetic and compelling unpredictable dance of brutality. The second of the pair especially is a constantly moving creature, its shifting personality whilst staying within its sinewy frame and directive, a fire of caustic breath veined by a delicious tight groove. The wrong footing break midway is an extra treat of misdirection ensuring you return to the song again and again to fully absorb it and the surrounding infectious abrasion whilst discovering its malevolent intent.

Though some tracks do not quite live up to the high quality of others, the likes of the insatiable and insidious Manifesto (100% D.M.K.M.) and the sonic tsunami Opposing Normality less gripping compared to those mentioned before and others like Higher Authority, they are for the main contagious brutes of accomplished and pleasing power and invention, and all standing heads above many other offerings from other genre bands this year. This combines for an album which just fires up the passions from start to finish, a release which feels like a living ever shifting beast with each caustic endeavour and returning engagement.

The album concludes with firstly the two part Liberation, its first part a sonic predator you cower from whilst beckoning it in further and the second an evocative and distorted blister of sound, and finally the only track which failed to impress, Inner Void. It is a track with a wealth of outstanding features, ideas, and sounds but it does not connect like any of the others with emotions and thoughts. It is a song though which needs time and multiple returns to delve within its heart and one which does emerge with more persuasive results over time.

In a year where there have been many impressive death metal releases there has not been as many which inspire and provoke the depth of pleasure and reactions as Scorned, so all we can suggest is that you too let Masachist loose on your minds and souls.

RingMaster 17/12/2012

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