Anchored By Avarice: Axillion EP

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     Encapsulating the listener in a sonic furnace of heat, intensity, and passion, the Axillion EP from UK metallers Anchored By Avarice is a corrosive invigorating fire which extinguishes the air from lungs and replaces it with incendiary promise and awe. To be honest the release is so accomplished and captivating that it is a finished confrontation in its own right but you still feel there is much more to come from the band in imagination and craft, let alone further uniqueness.

The quintet from Wakefield formed in June 2011 and set about creating a tempest of invention and melodic destruction. Primarily you can declare the band a metalcore onslaught but with scorching flames of djent, hardcore, and melodic death metal to their confrontation, it is a sound which has a distinction and imagination which sets the passions ablaze and marks the band as a rising target for attention and acclaim. Already having unleashed live scourges upon stages alongside the likes of Villa Rise, Silent Screams, Our People Versus Yours, The Omega Particle, Carving a Giant and The Colour Line, the band is currently in the midst of a UK tour, dates to be found on their Facebook profile, and on the evidence of Axillion this is one band not to be missed if threatening your town.

Opening track Endless Corruption sidles up to the ear with seductive sonics and mesmeric keys filling a subdued ambience with 1600x1600coverslight agitation and compelling beckoning. It is a brief invitation before a surge of senses buffeting riffs and crisp unforgiving rhythms stretch and ignite their muscles, the initial elegant caress still in place but with a stronger acidic and cutting breath. The vocal squalls of Tom Bellamy immediately grab attention, their almost accusing forceful brawling tone a step above most and with a clarity which ensures the lyrical passion has full reign to impact on the listener. Into its full stride now the djent manipulating riffs from Danny Widdowson and Andy Parkinson ravage the senses whilst their adjacent sonic guitar whispers are loud and compelling throughout the track to perpetually whisk thoughts away from the unrelenting ferocity into evocative climes. It is a song which has little restraint in any aspect but a craft and composure to its creation which balances everything perfectly for an enthralling and unpredictable experience, something which applies to the whole release.

The following Furies of Charbydis instantly bewitches the senses with sonic mastery and sparks whilst chewing the synapses with ravenous raptorial riffs and punishing rhythms, the bass of Jack Bhogal mauling with a rabid hunger and intent whilst the drum beats of Blue Thorn resonate in ear and bone with a resonance and spite which is immeasurable. The song is a stirring blend of melodic persuasion and sinew stretching intimidation woven together with immense thought and skill so that each facet and extreme seamlessly and instinctively flows alongside and within each other. Admittedly whether, like in all songs, there is enough which lingers in the memory after the song has fled the scene is debatable but this is a band still evolving and the remembrance of how impressive tracks and the EP were as they burnt savagely upon the person is in no degree debatable.

Substance For Slumber is a stunning beast of fury and passion with a sonic and melodic embrace that explodes and entices like a siren. Arguably the song has less open temptation than the first pair but replaces it with more drama and emotive intensity to provoke and inspire an equal depth of satisfaction and ardour for its expressive and innovative storm. Because of its continually shifting gait amidst the torrent of breakdowns, crippling rhythms, and melodic intrigue, the song is one track which leaves a longer lasting voice behind, the expanse of ideas and emotion an inciting yet spellbinding brutal tide.

The title track is the fullest triumph of the release, its highest pinnacle. From its math/technical metal beginning hex, the track explores with riveting erosive breath and an equally captivating quarrel through consistently testing and teasing switches of position and sound entwined into one galvanic bruising treat. As elsewhere the vocals leave their stinging mark with quality and belligerence whilst the guitars perform a sonic alchemy to compliment the barrage of lethal richly defined rhythms from bass and drums.

The closing Resentment simply confirms the quality and strength of Anchored By Avarice and the release, its tight and explosive stance a final rousing instigator upon the by now lustful passions. The Axillion EP is an exceptional release which makes a towering declaration of how exciting and creatively powerful the band is and excitingly will be.

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9/10

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Everthrone: Gilded Throat

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    Once there was a band called Merzah, a group of musicians from York County, South Carolina who from forming in 2005 earned a fine reputation for their muscular and aggressive form of progressive metal sculpted with a magnetic melodic imagination. Two EPs, In the Trenches of 2006 and especially Existence Denied released in 2009, as well as impressive live performances marked the band as having one of the more inventive enterprising sounds to be inspired by. Now the musicians who made up a very promising band have stepped forward as Everthrone, an evolution of the former guise which has emerged as something even more impressive and creatively intriguing, and even more thrilling.

The now McConnells, SC based band consisting of vocalist Russell Plyler, guitarist Nevin McKeown, bassist Chris Carland, drummer Jeremy McKeown, and Dustin McDaniel on keys, has just released their first official track as Everthrone, a song which stands tall as a striking piece of invention.

Gilded Throat is a dramatic blaze of progressive and melodic metal fused with loud whispers of symphonic metal, the malevolence of black metal, and an infectious energy reaped from power metal brewed together for a startling and forceful encounter. The earlier sound of the band in hindsight hinted and was working towards this new flavoursome confrontation but as Everthrone, the band has reaped those seeds for the finest bloom. The track opens with dramatic and emotive piano evocation to brew up a sense of something epic on the near horizon. After its opening breath the song draws in sharp dangerous rhythms and sturdily chopping riffs to add menace to the still brewing symphonic grandeur and once the excellent melodic tones of Plyler bring their persuasion into play, the song has attention firmly within its tender grasp. Like all great metal songs though that grip tightens and becomes more intensive, following coarse growls disrupting the clear air with spite and insidious venom as the sounds unveil further muscle. Thoughts are left further intrigued by an electro additive to the vocals and keys stepping forward to bring another compelling twist in the enthralling journey of the song. To be honest this constant shift and twisting of style and gait within a song should not work and for many does not, but they are not Everthrone who achieve glorious results through thoughtful songwriting and skilled realisation of their imaginative and innovative ideas.

Continuing its immense stroll of invention, Gilded Throat continues to reward with greater melodic caresses, symphonic kisses, and powerful enterprise and intensity, with only the fact the track drifts away rather than finds a real ending a niggle, but just a personal dislike hard to shake off in regard to any song. The track is openly impressive and a thoroughly exciting introduction to this new stage of a rising force in melodic metal. The wait for their next release and song is going to be impatient for a great many.

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8/10

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Sebastopol: The Hateful Mob

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    Taken from their critically acclaimed debut album Hello All Stations, This is Zero, the new single from UK band Sebastopol is an infectious little treat of a song which requires little effort to immerse within its melodic cinematic charms. The Hateful Mob slowly and seductively coaxes the passions into a vibrant stroll of warm temptation and visual evocation to leave a certain energy and lust to further investigate band, and if not an already had meeting, the album.

The 2011 formed London band consists of vocalist and bassist Nick Powell, guitarist Phil Richards, and drummer Tom Standage, a trio who grabbed strong eager attention with the previously mentioned album and first single from it, Send The Boats last year. Released via Warm Fuzz, the independent label run by award winning producer Ian Shaw, The Hateful Mob was recorded like the album at Drop Out Studios in Camberwell and mixed by legendary post punk producer Mick Glossop (Van Morrison, Magazine, Public Image, The Wonder Stuff). The band has been described as a modern, darker reboot of The Police and the new single is evidence to why though just as rightfully you could suggest the likes of XTC, Teardrop Explodes, and The Divine Comedy, certainly in regards to the new single, its enticing strong whispers throughout suggesting these further comparisons.

The single engages the ear immediately with beckoning melodic caresses of guitar soon accompanied by firm inviting basslines, crisp rhythms, and gentle vocal expression. It takes no time in captivating thoughts and senses with a delicious melodic hook linking the temptation of each declaration of passion driven verse and the subsequent chorus of simmering shadows behind shiny sonics and a golden contagion of melodic infection. Between the riveting summer of the chorus the verses smoulder emotively and musically, the bass of Powell especially inciting to the visuals instigated within thoughts by the song. It is an upbeat song which ignites a measured sense of loneliness, regret, and lost joy skilfully despite its continually catchy and bright gait, the songwriting a sculpted treat to inspire the sounds it bears.

If Sebastopol has yet to glow upon your ear than The Hateful Mob is an irresistible gateway to their accomplished and instinctively crafted addictive sound and equally impressive album.

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8/10

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Showbizheroes: 21

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    21 is the new single from UK indie rockers Showbizheroes, a band who has already earned strong acclaim and following through their previous trio of releases. Taken from their forthcoming debut album, Tales From Behind The Curtain, the new single is an engaging and inviting encounter to ensure their album is a release which will gain plenty of interest.

The fresh helping of alternative rock which the band has served up as led to the likes of early Muse, Queens of the Stoneage and Mansun being spoken as comparisons, something which 21 does suggest is fair in varying degrees but there is a distinct singularity about their sound which equally defies those references almost as much. This makes for music which intrigues and satisfies with a vibrant breath and creative imagination, a sound also very easy to return to.

The dulled jangle of melodies from the discord dripping keys opens up the song wonderfully with the soon following expressive vocals and resonating slow plod of the bass as well as tight drum snaps expanding the instant lure of the track. Soon settling into an energetic stride with a sense of urgency, the song spreads its contagion around the ear like a warm wind to draw the listener deeper into its persuasive breath. Arguably once into its full sail of sound and intent the song loses some of the temptation unearthed at its start and through selected restrained moments, but its incessant pull is never diminished enough to exhaust the want to stay within, and the pleasure gained from, its company.

21 leaves no other option than but to further check out Tales From Behind The Curtain and to keep a close hungry ear upon Showbizheroes as they continue to create magnetic appealing indie rock pop.

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7/10

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