Mothership: Self Titled

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    The bio for the self-titled album from US rock band stated the band Mothership had a sound which ‘satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top’. Now that statement is enough to send an army of classic rock fans across battlefields and sultry deserts to grab an ear full of the promise suggested and in this instance they would not be disappointed upon arrival. The trio from Dallas is a formidable and impressive unit which knows the richest essences of rock n roll and how to brew them into feisty and fiery melodic encounters.

Founded by brothers Kelley (guitar) and Kyle (bass) Juett, the band fuses stirring elements of hard rock, stoner, blues, and classic rock into a thrilling guitar driven sound all of their own. The pair grew up on the seventies record collection of their father John, who they recruited on drums as their rock project emerged in 2010. Creating songs bursting with raucous riffs and melodic flames, the band knowing the contribution of their father was temporary began searching with his help for a permanent replacement who came in the shape of Judge Smith late 2011. The following year saw the band enter the studio to record their debut which was then self-released later in the year. Now given a re-release though Ripple Music, and following a successful end of last year supporting bands such as Prong, Red Fang, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership is set to ignite 2013 for all heavy rock fans.

The album opens with the mesmeric instrumental Hallucination, a track which emerges from a spacey ambience through firm Ripple Music - RPL2188beats and a sultry guitar glaze upon the ear. Its early presence is a slow smouldering enticement of sonic caresses and sinewy rhythms which equally burn and kiss the ear to capture the imagination, a union which goes into overload once the track instantly shifts up a couple of gears to rock the air out of the passions. It is an enthralling encounter to announce the album and ensure only a riveted focus is at play for the rest of the release.

With barely time to lick the lips of the prospects to come the following Cosmic Rain engages the ear with punchy rhythms and spires of sonic persuasion. Within seconds it has feet and emotions in league with its passionate gait and heated expanse. As the fine vocals of Kelley launch from the musical fire to add to the already anthemic stoner swing, the track rampages as a delicious agreement of blues and rock wrapped in heart driven energy. Mid-way the song takes a step into an aside full of bass beckoning to intrigue and elevate the already submissive senses further before returning to its uncomplicated and fully enthralling revelry.

As the songs City Nights and Angel of Death open up their hard rock hearts with craft and eagerness there is a continued variety under the overall pulsating lick and hook raining skies of the album. Though neither song steps onto the same lofty plateau of their predecessor, both crowd the ear with inciting blues guitar mastery and refreshing winds of instinctive and satisfying rock n roll, with the second of the two especially rife with a seventies brilliancy recalling the likes of Thin Lizzy.

Adding another step into new avenues Win Or Lose is a strolling treat of heavy rhythms and unavoidable intensive energy veined by a niggling sonic insistence and melodic elegance. Within its expressive stance the track moves through levels of pace and creative heat whilst offering moments of simmering beauty, rampant guitar crafted pulses, and heavyweight rumblings all delivered with invention and passion. It is a tremendous track which makes way for the equalling spellbinding and explosive Elenin and the towering closer Eagle Soars.

The final track is a masterful treat of lung bursting energy driven by robust rhythms and scintillating sonic seduction. The song rides the passions with majestic ease and accomplished skill as it immerses the senses in searing sonic bait and wickedly tempting melodic glamour. It is a final triumph which directs one straight back into the arms of the album, the lure of diving right back in to the release too irresistible.

Mothership, band and album, are encounters any fan ranging the likes of Red Fang to Orange Goblin and Black Sabbath to Thin Lizzy will find an ardour for as the band primes itself for a massive year.

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8/10

RingMaster 12/02/2013

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Expurgate: Dementia Tremens

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    For all its corrosive and destructive intent and violation of the senses with its blistering assault of brutal death metal, Dementia Tremens, the debut album from Colorado annihilators Expurgate is lock n loaded with some of the most compelling grooves known to captivation. It is a nine track, barely twenty three minute, devouring of the ear brought with accomplished skill and primal intensity which is impossible to fight off as well as have plenty to recommend it for.

Formed in 2010, the quartet of vocalist Jaymes Grundmann, guitarist Fuckin’ Ian, bassist Devin Tauber, and Chris Van Cleave on drums, take influences from the likes of Anal Blast, Disconformity, Brujeria, Dysentery, Disgorge, and Gutrot to create a senses gnawing onslaught which though arguably does not offer anything markedly new undoubtedly leaves one satisfied and emotionally fried. Released on Comatose Records, their debut is a guttural ravishment which slams the body into a submissive position whilst being aurally consumed by effacing enterprise and merciless intensity.

As opener 86 rages against the ear with ravenous riffs whilst the rhythms declare war on bone, the intent of the album and band is an Expurgate - Dementia Tremens 5x5 300dpiopen declaration. The song is unrelenting in its vicious assault, the bass stirring up the passion with its steely countenance whilst the guitar unleashes riffs and sonic grooves which spark up the passions. Vocally Grundmann discharges his riveting guttural smothering to energise the track, his delivery like a pig succumbing to a bestial incursion riles up the intensity further whilst squeezing the lyrical content into a brutal unintelligible bleed.

Through the likes of Viscera Insufflation and Redemption Through Seppuku, the band rampages with unbridled aggression and a compulsive tightly grooved invention which is as instinctively anthemic to the emotions as it is exhausting and corruptive. Despite moments where words or passages vocally gain clarity the overall lyrical abrasion is swamped by the primal delivery of Grundmann to at times leave one unsure of the content and the purpose of having a premise to their driven violation of the ear. Of course the passion and songs unleashed answer that question as further tracks like the vehemently pungent 40oz. Facefuck, with its criminally intrusive ravishing, and the outstanding Repugnant Torso Defilement snarl and fury upon the senses whilst mordantly seducing them with further irresistible barbaric grooves.

The crippling beats of Cleave throughout the album lays a barbed cage around the listener whilst spearing them with pure violence and alongside the continually impressive bass scourge of Tauber, the combination is a devastating joy for the grooves and nasty riffs of Ian to scar and rip the synapses alongside.  Viscous Human Putrilage is one of the pinnacles of their infernal union and with the constant black vocal squalls, and a track which churns over the senses like a rabid juggernaut.

Ending on the twisting malevolence of Disgorging Vomitous Anomalies, the album is a fine and satisfying release which hopefully will trigger the band to a fully active service which apparently right now is not the case. Yes it possibly lacks enough originality to ignite the fullest fires but is easily a worthy addition to brutal death metal and one which fans of bands such as Devourment, Disgorge, and Dysentery especially will find plenty of sickness to admire and enjoy.

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7/10

RingMaster 12/02/2013

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