Borg 64: Anywhere But Here EP

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    It has to be said few bands manage to ignite that primal passion and excitement which borders on lust but to the list of those who have for us here, we can eagerly add Swedish noise twisters Borg 64. The band and their Anywhere But Here EP are just sensational, a tour de force which captures, chains up, and smashes the senses and heart with furious rampant psychotic ingenuity.

From Luleå, the trio of Sven Engdahl Hamilton, Fredrik Johansson, and Markus Wanler conjure antagonistic confrontations which devour the listener with rabid hunger whilst searing them with delicious addictive sonic invention and startling imagination. Originally a political drum n bass act which began in the late 90s, Borg 64 evolved into their own unique furnace of hardcore punk and electronic whipping. The band had two critically acclaimed releases on the now defunct Codebreaker Records but now return after a seven year hiatus stronger, more violent, and irresistibly virulent than ever before.

Released on Discouraged Records, Anywhere But Here snarls and chews on the senses and world through a quartet of borg_64_10_inch_outer_sleeve_4uncompromising annihilatory blistering furies. From the initial electro fizz of opener Death To False Power Chords soon accompanied by a hellacious attack of crippling beats, the track is an immediate hook which has thoughts and emotions secured upon its vicious barbs. Into its stride the song is an unbridled abrasion of squalling vocals, deeply rummaging riffs, and intrusive incendiary electronics as contagious as they are wantonly seductive. The track, as the whole release, is a schizophrenic riot of vision and passion, its course twisting and winding tighter around the ear with delicious predatory basslines, caustic electro spite, and ruinous vocal fervour.

Late Nights At Quarks takes over from the stunning start to trash out greater heights and compulsive insidiousness, its vindictive rhythms and bass savagery complimented by sinister venomous sonic lashes and malevolence. The song is an exquisite but ferocious spear of inciting and intrusive invention which leaves greedy rapture in its aggressive wash. The following Judge Jury Executioner Talkshow Host is an equally intensive continuation of intent and sonic mastery with just as rich rewards and results for the listener. Once more the electro and viciousness of the band combine for a tsunami of rampaging invention and corrosive magnificence.

The staggering EP is completed by Luleå, a track surging with mischievous addiction forming hooks and synapse burning melodic poison which leaves one basking in its irrepressible heart and magnetic invention. The track is merciless as it erodes and enflames the passions whilst chewing with raptorial fervidness on the senses from first nasty and wonderful note to last.

Imagine a crazed mix of Converge, Enter Shikari, Kabul Golf Club, and Coilguns and you come near to the excellence of Borg 64 and their Anywhere But Here EP, though all suggestions are still off from their quite triumphant skilled and distinct discordance.

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10/10

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System Annihilated: Furor

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    Swedish metallers System Annihilated have announced themselves through debut album Furor, as a band capable of already providing a formidable and thrilling encounter but also one rippling with an undeniable promise of even greater things ahead. Their first release is remarkably impressive considering the age of the band and one destined to place them immediately many rungs up the extreme metal ladder of recognition.

The band from Umeå was formed in 2009 when its members were only 13/14. The subsequent four years has seen the band establish themselves as one of the most powerful in sound and invention emerging bands in Sweden with the further reaches of the globe about to have their first rewarding taste of the aggressive corrosive riches of System Annihilated. Their sound is a senses stripping fire of death metal and hardcore equipped with progressive flames and ill-tempered technical metal, a blend which is exhausting and invigorating in equal measure.

Released via Discouraged Records and recorded with legendary metal producer Ronnie Björnström (Aeon, Zonaria, Ghamorean), coverFuror immediately scars the synapses with opener This Apocalypse, its entrance a fire of ravenous squalls from vocalist Christoffer Jonsson within thumping rhythms from drummer Joel Widengren Lundström and the caustic riffs of guitarists Petter Adsten and Kalle Kjellberg. It is a startling fury completed by the predatory rumblings of bassist Viktor Kröger, the combination a furnace of unbridled intensity and grievous aggression. Instantly the passion and energy of the band and album pounces on the senses whilst their musicianship leaves the listener transfixed as firmly as the expansive violating sounds. There are loud whispers of the likes of Meshuggah, Periphery, and Gojira alongside winds of Sybreed and Cryptopsy to stretch further the undoubted invention and accomplish craft of the band.

The first track is an immense start soon left in the wake of the title track and further songs like The Bitter End and Let The Rain Tear It Down. The first of these is a tsunami of rabid grooves and senses depleting riffs again driven by rhythms which venomously splinter bone. It is a brutal and intense affair which ravages with primal energy and skilled malevolence brought through the striking and impactful musicianship of the band. The second of the trio pushes further the open diversity within the songs on the album though all crush resistance with a similar intent and creative template. With an initial persuasion coming through a piercing resonating sonic embrace and nastily jabbing beats, the track is a bruising treat of exploitive irresistible grooves and heinously debilitating rhythms, and one very irresistible violator whilst Let The Rain Tear It Down slowly absorbs and seeps within the body through a seductively insidious sonic wrap and voracious riffs once more caged by unrelenting barbarous rhythms.

Alongside The Bitter End the biggest triumph on the album comes through the virulent spite of Seven, a track speared by an antagonistic groove and a malicious craving to consume and fracture the senses. It is a delicious assault of perfectly structured aural spite and unbridled inflamed rapacious passion.

Furor ends as mightily as it began with the twin chewing of the ear from Parasite and We Stand Alone, another two songs which confirm System Annihilated as a potently powerful band with a maturity and potential to become much more. It is almost frightening how good this band could become based on their first release and we as we suspect every other person to stand before their skilled tempest will agree, cannot wait.

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8.5/10

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Raven Lord: Descent To The Underworld

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    Looking at the line-up of Raven Lord it is impossible not to imagine and expect their debut album to be a rather accomplished and imaginative slab of creativity, and Descent To The Underworld certainly does not disappoint. It is a thunderous expanse of riffs fired by a furnace of melodic might and invention, an explosion of classic metal all fans of the genre will expel a full passion for.

The sextet consists of the fiery vocals of Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency), guitarist George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X), bassist Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath), keyboardist Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway), drummer Lawrence Paterson (Blaze Baley, Iron Knights), and newest member lead guitarist Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign of Terror). Together they have ignited a sound which combines power metal and neo classical influences to their core heavy metal heart for a towering encounter which commands the ear. Released via Mausoleum Records, the Zvekan produced and Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil and Opeth) mixed Descent To The Underworld is a continually enthralling album which offers plenty to reward anyone with a taste for melodic metal if not the genre it is settled in. It is a muscular confrontation at times which sparks as much enthusiasm as the sonic and melodic flames which sear and engross the senses throughout.

The album opens with the compelling charge of pulsating bassline, tightly grasping riffs, and warm mesmeric caresses from the keys CD ArtWork - Descent To The Underworldof The Rebel. The track is soon blazing with the expansive vocals of Zvekan who rings the emotion and sound from every note with skill and passion to match the guitar play of Stump. It is an impressive start to the release which immediately confirms expectations and more which were in place over the formidable line-up.

Through the likes of Attila the Hun with its Middle Eastern kiss from the keys and surging sonic enterprise, the mesmeric Seal Of The Cross with its symphonic gait, and the rampant hunger and energy of Promised Land, the album persistently offers variety and smouldering imagination to keep a strong intrigue and unpredictability within the umbrella of classic metal electricity. The latter of the trio is an outstanding brawl of seductive mysterious keys, ravenous riffs, and evocative solo mastery from Stump which leaves one breathless.

Further greater highlights come with the majestic yet corrosive Black Friar and the riveting Metal Knights, another song where the keys wash the senses with a golden glow of Eastern promise from within an exhausting drive of devouring riffs and caging rhythms. Both tracks show the band at its best creatively and musically with the vocals of Zvekan certainly in the latter of the two, scorching the small hairs from the surface of the ear with his sonic squalls which run the fine line between pain and bliss for great results.

Descent To The Underworld is an album fans of the likes of Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath will find a rich home within but it also has plenty to keep those of us who do not necessarily find the deepest of riches in classic metal more than satisfied. Raven Lord is a band destined to lead their chosen genre in the near future.

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7/10

RingMaster 20/02/2013

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Zagar: Space Medusa

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   From Budapest, Zagar is a five piece band which has been making great waves with their experimental electronica. There is great anticipation for their forthcoming album Light Leaks, but before then the band is releasing a taster with their first single from the album, Space Medusa via Mole Listening Pearls, a track sure to confirm the thoughts and appetite of fans and media.

The band which creates a sound based on wave rock, electronica and psychedelic soundscapes, began as three-fifths of the Yonderboi Quintet, a unit which found some acclaim and critical success. Moving on to make their own unique sounds keyboardist Balázs Zságer and scratcher Dj Bootsie began exploring and experimenting with their ideas. Recruiting drummer Tibor Lázár, guitarist George Ligeti, and bassist Ákos Zságer-Varga, Zagar stepped forward to evolve into a provocative and significant force on the Eastern European music scene. Their previous album Cannot Walk, Fly Instead won two nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards as well as winning numerous awards elsewhere. The band is also earning keen attention worldwide through their releases and performances across Europe, including an acclaimed show alongside Depeche Mode on their Budapest leg of their Tour of the Universe. This just adds to the expectations upon their new album but first is the loud whisper from it in the mesmeric shape of Space Medusa.

From its first breath the song is a wash of pulsating deeply driven rhythms and warm expressive keys tiled with electro pokes and seductive persuasion first musically and then expanding into the teasing impassioned and smouldering vocals. It is an immediate soft and engaging temptation which sparkles and soothes across its tantalising expanse.  Musically the sound is as cosmically alluring as the lyrical journey into a dreamy magnetic realm far beyond the real world, its charms enabling thoughts and imagination to drift off into similarly flavoured places and visions. It is an entrancing swirl upon the ear and a release to raise the temperature of the wait for Light Leaks.

Released as a free download @ http://soundcloud.com/zagarmusic, Space Medusa is a treat all fans of artists such as Errol Alkan, Aeroplane, and Kitsune will be fully enamoured by.

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7/10

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