Machine Rox – Activate Your Anger

Machine Rox

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After struggling to catch a breath after the riotous, energetic and overwhelmingly exhausting Activate Your Anger EP from UK industrial/electro band Machine Rox, you can only sit back with a satiated hungry appetite and contemplate basking immediately again in the feast of satisfying sounds. Like that favourite meal you may constantly choose in a restaurant, the release is a familiar and arguably unadventurous encounter for the palate, but one which brings the deepest and fullest senses ravaging pleasure.

Machine Rox began in 2007 as the solo project of Richard Kaltenhauser (aka Richard K), a member of industrial bands Meat Machine and Global Noise Attack (who supported the likes of Rammstein, Napalm Death, and Covenant). His ideas and sounds blended the potent essences of electro, industrial, and ebm with a corrosive metallic guitar bred attack for as subsequent releases show an impacting and incendiary brawl of a magnetic encounter. The arrival of Aga in 2010 on backing vocals and keyboards brought the project into a band stance with two years later joining Aga and Richard (electronics, vocals, guitars), drummer Nuj Farrow and guitarist Valerian Oproiu added their presence for the live aspect of the band. Since then Machine Rox has supported bands such as Leaetherstrip, V2A, and Deviant UK, and played numerous successful and acclaimed shows and festivals. Activate Your Anger follows a quartet of well received EPs which has increased their stature rapidly but with the new Static Distortion Label EP and its increased aggression, intensity, and contagious energy, expectations are of this being a trigger point to even greater awareness.

The London based band immediately coats the ear in a static cursed electro rub instantly joined by heavy caustic riffs, predatory 175430660-1beats, and burning sonics as opener Move Your Body (Until You Die) winds up its lethal dance. A thumping pulse driven rampage with devilment and rhythmic belligerence in tow is an easy persuasion especially with the dual vocals of Richard and Aga offering a devil and angel seduction. Whether from the acidic melodic venom of the guitar or the bewitching wantonness of the electro spotlights and their spearing shafts of warmth, the track is an unrelenting tempest which incites a full engagement and compliance to its irresistible call.

The following Night Riots is not just content to follow in the wake of its compelling predecessor without making its own contagious declaration on the ear which it does by initially provoking and caging the senses in commanding and synapse resonating throaty beats. Hitting the primal target which leads again to capitulation before the forceful and greedy energy as well as the infectious temptation beckoning and grinning from every note and corner of the track, the band without quite matching the potency of the first track holds the passions in its grasp and takes them on an invigorating irresistible ride.

Next Nothing steps up to offer a snarl to the release which reminds of Ghost In The Static, its bruising and scuzzy sound and intensive sinews the most imposing and threatening part of the EP. It like all the songs has hooks which deep root themselves in the listener for the most potent contagion though up against the following Where You Are still looks like a novice in that department. Taking centre stage with an instantaneous swagger and impossibly catchy lure, the new song is an intoxicating hypnotist with sparking crystalline seduction and an authoritative cogent rhythmic web which enslaves the senses and passions. Virulently infectious with a presence which is like Dead Or Alive meets Hanzel und Gretyl with Marilyn Manson and Angelspit in close attention, the track is electro manna for which there is no defence.

Bringing the release to an equally riveting and explosive conclusion is firstly Time To Survive, the track bringing back a thicker muscular wall of sound to further tease and exploit the now brewed ardour towards it with insidiously entrancing sonic enticement and ravenous heavy duty rapaciousness, and finally a remixed version of Next Nothing. Though Activate Your Anger does not offer anything dramatically new, it and Machine Rox unleash a tempestuous energy exploding experience which few recently have rivalled.

http://www.machinerox.com/

8.5/10

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Hello Lazarus – Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter

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You know you are onto something special when a release makes an impressive first statement in its initial persuasion upon the ear and then just gets better and more potent with each subsequent encounter. Such is the case with Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter, the new EP from UK alternative rock band Hello Lazarus. The first of three EPs scheduled for the year, the four track triumph is a scintillating and gloriously expressive ignition for the passions and the declaration of a band destined to stretch the lines for and reshape British melodic rock on this evidence.

From Bristol, the trio of Adam Hooper, Luke Taylor, and Sean Shirwan-Begie, creates songs which breed punk pop infectiousness from within a deep reservoir of finely sculpted melodic rock. The resulting sound is one which can wrap tender emotive arms or more hungry urgently driven confrontation around the ear and from the proof of the EP alone, has the imagination and power to bring a consistently enthralling and provocative experience with a diversity of unique rewards from across every second of their expansive ideas. Equally grabbing attention with their live show which has seen the band alongside the likes of The Xcerts, Tellison, Flood of Red, Tubelord, and Vessels, Hello Lazarus brings a fresh presence and creativity to the ear. Their Scylla Records released as mentioned first of three scheduled EPs, is the initial step of a massively suggestive promise of greater things for the band ahead. One which provokes the notion of a nationwide awareness waking up to the band from if not to this Jake Robbins (Natives, Sharks) produced release, somewhere along the line of the subsequent unveilings if they are anything like Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter.

The EP opens up with new video single When In Rome, a song which boldly barges through the ear with a muscular bass snarl and ImageProxycrisp rhythms from within a gently abrasing rash of sharp guitar lashes. Once the excellent vocals step up with their expressive narrative things settle into a slightly restrained air with voice, harmonies, and the ever provocative bass sharing attention whilst the guitars and drums frame their potency. The wholly infectious chorus is excellent its contagion not borne from obvious and easy hooks but pure passion and invention, and instantly recruits the listener into its emotive charge and catchy stroll. Arguably there is nothing which alone makes a lingering capture of passion and memory, no richly barbed hook or element which stands out, but the song is just a whole of immensely seductive and deeply penetrating elements with a mutual depth of quality and excellence combining for that impacting and long lasting temptation. It is a striking and emotively inciting song which by itself gives all the reasons why the band is causing a stir.

The following Get An Axe brings sterner sinews into play from the intimidating drums and again deliciously grumpy basslines, for another insatiable melodic escapade of near virulent contagion and energy soaking enterprise. With a stronger punk lilt than its predecessor, the track is an incendiary recruitment drive for heart borne melodic expression and eager air igniting energy, all moulded and bred through thoughtfully crafted and imaginatively enhanced ingenuity. The song leaves breathlessness behind, it’s again hard to ignore or refuse lure to join its cause exploiting and feeding on the now full greed devouring the release and its enslaving rewards.

Stallions is a gentler temptress, the instantly consuming breeze of harmonies and cascading sonic elegance offering a warm hand whilst the bass adds its own shadows to temper the blaze of light elsewhere. It is a crystalline glow within the release, its shimmering sonic kisses outshining the prowling bass and senses tripping drums strikes yet never dousing the fire of the darker elements and the threatening to escape brew of feisty intensity. The track shows the range and invention of band and songwriting, as does in its individual way the closing I Am No Explorer. It is another emotively sculpted piece of beauty with corners of darkness adding their haunting temptation. It is a stunning song, and though maybe not the top personal favourite upon the EP it is undoubtedly the most involved and involving treat.

Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter is an excellent instigator of the passions as well as thoughts and emotions, a release which suggests Hello Lazarus can be as essential as the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, and Lower Than Atlantis, and even Biffy Clyro.

http://hellolazarus.com/

9/10

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Black Market Serotonin – Something From Nothing

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The release of their first EP DeadByFiveOClock, UK progressive trio Black Market Serotonin stirred up the appetite of the online media, fans, and genre, their thoughtful and thought provoking sounds and openly intricate yet smoothly flowing songwriting drawing comparisons to the likes of Tool, Porcupine Tree, and Deftones. It also bred a keen anticipation for their debut album Something From Nothing, which the release easily feeds and satisfies with eleven tracks of evocative and finely cultured invention.

Formed in 2010 by vocalist/guitarist Andrew Pimblott after the demise of the band The Airstrip One, the initial solo project saw the musician record an album’s worth of demos entitled Something From Nothing. The work, a chilling commentary on modern life and philosophy, drew good attention online and with fans leading to Pimblott expanding the band with the addition of drummer Michael Colman, also ex- The Airstrip One, and eventually bassist Lee Campbell (ex-Laeka). After a series of successful shows the Manchester band recorded and unveiled the DeadByFiveOClock EP and lead single of the same name in the September of 2011, as mentioned its reception ad success the breeding ground for a rich appetite for the new album. Released as a Free Download and CD through Superstar Destroyer Records, Something From Nothing is set to fire up further ardour and acclamation, certainly within progressive/post rock circles but also within any melodic atmospheric rock shaped heart.

The yawning caustic shadows of Singularity opens up the album, its initial sinister call soon joined by thumping rhythms with Black Market Seotonin Cover Artworkresonating claws which invade the senses as potently as the erupting sonic wave of immediately engaging guitars caresses and firm bass leers. The track is an instrumental which wraps around the ear with persistence sinews as well as dipping into expressive melodic elegance for an intriguing and evocative introduction. The following Deadbyfiveoclock instantly for those new to it shows why the track sparked such hunger when it first appeared, the song a vibrant and fiery instigator to inner energy and greedy satisfaction with sharp and acidic flames of sonic enterprise and passionate vocals coated in fuzzy effect to sizzle as the sounds around them. As with all tracks, the song evolves and moves its stance throughout, its gait and energy shifting with expertise, muscular urgency swapping places with provocative whispers and vice versa, whilst the guitar of Pimblott sears and persuades by intense and thrilling imagination.

The following The End Of History builds on the impressive start, the song emerging from a distressed electro ambience with strong evocative keys carving out an emotive canvas for the following bulging riffs and mutually intensive rhythms to cast their tall walls, before seductive vocals and gentler melodic caresses paint their passionate narrative. The song is dripping consumptive shadows and dramatic emotion, the continuing to lament keys and charged muscle bound pillars of sound combining for an enthralling and inciting confrontation of melancholic light and immense provocation. The outstanding track then makes way for another impacting encounter in Irons In The Fire, its individual blend of light and dark through gentle and intensive sounds equally magnetic and adventurous. As with most tracks and the release as a whole, it takes more than a couple of listens to fully explore and grasp all on offer and the creative intent but rewards fully with each escapade within its stirring hungry embrace.

After the haunting Purity, a piece of music and vocals which wraps dreamy shoegaze whispers around its progressive seduction for a mesmeric if less impacting and thrilling companion as previous tracks, the band unveil the title track, a five part piece of ingenuity which grabs the attention with ease. Admittedly it is a little like the tide, ebbing and flowing in the passions though persistently leaving thoughts and emotions in contemplation and enjoyment. From an emotively descriptive Part I which is akin to the start of the album itself, major highlights come in Part II and IV, their presence igniting greater ardour and involvement within the wonderfully composed and delivered journey. Again the whole of Something From Nothing, the track, offers more and more with each exploration and though pieces can work aside from the others it is a soundscape to only truly appreciate and enjoy in one full movement, over many encounters.

Closing on the acoustic led Hours; a track which settles the senses and emotions after the previous five part intensive excursion, Something From Nothing is an impressive and deeply engaging album which fires up the imagination. Black Market Serotonin will have that earlier acclaim around them roasting now.

http://www.blackmarketserotonin.com

8.5/10

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Steve Folk – Urban Fox

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Urban Fox is the new single from Steve Folk (AKA Steve Thompson of Blabbermouth), a song which travels the senses and emotions whilst transporting them on a peaceful stroll through descriptive warm embraces. The track like its author’s lifestyle, he and his wife travelling the waterways on their roaming canal boat, is a picturesque and passionate narrative with a simplicity which seduces and plays with the affections.

With a trio of albums behind him, two via Hobgoblin Records and the third a self-release on his own Blabbermouth Records, Folk has graced countless festivals such as the Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Crawley Folk Festival, and Wadebridge Folk Festival, played across the UK as well as performed in the US and many European countries, and supported artists such as Seth Lakeman, Sam Carter, The Magic Numbers, and Show of Hands to name a few. He is also a renowned busker only playing his own material which on the evidence of Urban Folk will be a pleasing attention stealer for all encountering him on the streets.

The single celebrates city life and the need for a retreat, its gentle and infectious descriptive waltz upon the ear painting a beauty which one suspects a great many are blind to these days. Then again that is what people like Steve Folk are here for as well as to excite and ignite the emotions. The song sways with a smiling energy whilst the guitar crafts its own visual paint box of emotive colours for the listener to casts their own individual imagery from the lyrical palette box offered. It is a lovely little embrace which becomes more contagious with each inspiring hug.

Accompanying the song is a track called Home, a sequel to the lead track which takes the story on with a returning walk to the beginnings of the release, the sultry strings providing a tempting sunset to the guitar and vocals of the artists and its predecessor. The single as a whole is like a day in the smouldering arms of summer, the first song offering the first spring of day moving through its heated afternoon whilst the second brings a closing evening reflection of what came before and appreciation of what the day and narrator has in his heart.

Urban Fox is a great release which will deservedly find a place in the affections of most given the chance.

http://www.stevefolk.com/

7.5/10

RingMaster 28/04/2013

 

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