Elysium – In Valour EP

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An explosive riot upon the senses, the In Valour EP from Elysium is a striking and impressive debut from a UK band we are destined to hear a lot more of. Consisting of four potent and inventive tracks bred from what is at their core a fusion of post hardcore and alternative rock, the release leaves no doubt about the impressive quality of the quartet whilst firing up the strong feeling that they are just scratching the surface of their depths and imagination. The EP has an instant appeal and a slow burn factor which recruits an even richer engagement and hunger for what they offer now and will in the future.

The Watford quartet of Shaun Taylor (vocals/guitarist), Harley Jones (lead guitarist/vocals), Lewis Crawley (drums), and Ollie Reeve (bassist/harsh vocals,) previously played together in Times Like These, the new venture emerging in the latter months of 2012 from the ashes of their previous project when the vocalist departed the band. Taking on a new direction and sound into the new venture, the foursome spent intense time working on and honing their ideas and sound, the In Valour EP their debut introduction.

The title track sets things off impressively, the open melodic enticement matched by a muscular rhythmic and riff cast wrap to Elysium Cover Artworkinstantly engage and open up attention and intrigue. Resting in a potent gait with the vocals of Taylor offering an immediately tasty surface to his delivery matched throughout by the tones of Jones when in union, the track is an eager and persuasive slice of invention. It comes with moments veined with strong whispers of Avenged Sevenfold which makes a familiar but not overriding spice to the encounter whilst the craft of the band grips with compelling skill. The sinews of the song badger and manipulate the listener with riveting hunger whilst the melodic enterprise leaves a brewing greed for more investigation in its wake, whilst the vocals it has to be said seal the deal. They may not be the best you will hear but there is something about all contributors and their union which enhances and brings another outstanding texture and depth to the songs.

The following I’m A Thief But I Keep What I Steal leaps on the ear with the harsh squalls of Reeve firing from within a sonic tease, all framed by heavy boned riffs and mutually aggressive rhythms. Soon joined by the cleaner vocal delivery and a shifting course of invention within the overall wash of intensity, the song pushes forward further thoughts and realisation of the extent to the band’s imagination and promise. Though it does not rival the contagiousness of its predecessor there is still nothing less than rich creative persuasion offered for the listener.

Scars make a friendlier approach to the ear though do not mistake this for weakness, the song a tower of growling riffs and spine strong basslines in league with further immense vocal harmonies and anthemic temptation. Arguably the track misses the chance to really ignite a fire under the passions, elements which really work not pushed far enough to stretch their limits, and there are times where familiarity to existing weaponry is open but it is hard to deny or dismiss the strength of song and band when it is lighting up the passions whilst in its company.

The closing Boy is in many ways the biggest highlight of the release though always challenged severely by the opener. It is a raw and punk scarred triumph with the vocals snarling wonderfully with emotive excess around the now given great harmonies from the three singers combined. Musically the track is abrasive and seductive, the mix of gnawing intensity from riffs and bass with the sonic simmering of the guitar and almost poetical melodic expression just confrontational majestic. The track shows that the band can and will stand apart from the rest, with the bold adventure and enterprise employed here continued ahead it is hard to see the band being lost in the pack.

Elysium still feels like a band finding their feet in their new venture of sound but with the In Valour EP this impressive you can only see them taking their scintillating creativity to game changing heights, and the anticipation of that is already brewing very nicely.

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8.5/10

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Milestone – Medicate The Night EP

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When you get a release packed with irresistible contagion of sound and passion and still is bursting with stronger promise of much more to come from its conjurers, then you know you have a band worth watching very closely. Such is the case with Welsh band Milestone and their excellent new EP Medicate The Night. The release is an insatiable rampage ignited by what is in some ways a mixed collection of songs, though when they only range from senses igniting irrepressible encounters through to hunger driven essential rock n roll drenched in pure virulence and all lead an awakened appetite into greed, you know you have been hit by passion sparking excellence.

Formed in February 2012 after meeting in college, the Bridgend quartet of vocalist/guitarist Jack Howells, bassist Adam Pain, guitarist Kris Archer, and drummer Lewis Pilling, took varied influences such as The Black Keys, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, and Them Crooked Vultures into their own riff powered invention resulting in an alternative rock sound which growls at and commands the ear whilst seducing it further with a raw voice of blues laced craft. Since emerging as a band Milestone has shared stages with the likes of Exit International, The Dead Famous, Gavin Butler from The Blackout, and Neil Starr from Attack, Attack, continually picking up new fans as they pushed into the UK, and with the new EP and a planned national tour landing their presence into wider recognition, expect explosive results.

     Medicate The Night immediately lights up the ear with Dirty Knees, the bass of Pain standing within a scuzzy mist of guitar to Milestone Cover Artworkspread an epidemic of a grooved riff upon the senses, its tone offering a mischievous invitation coated in an irresistible swagger. Stomping away with glee and enterprise the compelling lure is soon joined by the caustic riffs of Archer and Howells, their wonderfully abrasive yet wholly tempting sister groove recruiting any remaining doubts about the song. Settling into a steady stride as the vocals of Howells next lay another expressive persuasion upon the song, the crisp firm beats of Pilling frame it all with equally incendiary inducement. It is a heavy slice of pure rock n roll which makes no demands apart from subservience to its riff and groove sculpted call, something which is willingly offered within the first minute.

From the scintillating start the following tracks Shoot Me Down and Blame Me have a tall order to make as big an impression and though they slip below the pinnacle set it is not without a massive fight and impressive results. The first of the pair starts with concussive rhythms scything the air before the guitars add sonic flames which burn and imprint upon the senses like sparklers in a jet black sky, their touch lingering and white hot as the vocals begin their strong narrative. There is a busy fiery energy to the song which coats an emotive embrace within the high octane breath of riffs and rhythmic caging whilst the spinal groove is less defined than in the opener but a beckoning which persists with sure success. The second of the two is similarly gaited in its individual blues veined stance, a sinew clad stroll of infectious vocals and harmonies within another wealthy charge of superbly crafted ferocity rife with raw guitar invention and rhythmic punctuation. Both tracks continue the strong grip the band initiated with the opener yet equally suggest there is much more to come from the band as they lack the knock-out blow found on the other songs. Not that they are lacking any punch or leaving anything less than total pleasure and satisfaction behind.

The title track slams in next and rips best song honours from the hands of the other tracks whilst reinforcing the quality and might of the band. Sabre like swipes of crunchy guitar and metallic beats smack the ear to rile up its hunger before bass and riffs romp all over the senses with a snarling addiction causing groove which leaves primal captivation roaming over thoughts and emotions. Even when the song lies back on its predatory ensnaring for the vocals of Howells to embrace lyrics and ear, there is an intimidating edge to the warm coaxing which flames in varied intensity throughout the outstanding piece of invention. It is a stunning song which has everything needed to promote ardour from its classic rock n roll bruising.

The closing Bless Your Soul is a slower emotive endeavour showing another string to the carnivorous bow of the band’s songwriting, its part acoustic and mellow vocal evocation the base for potent impacting sturdier invention. It is a fine finale to an excellent release, the Medicate The Night EP making a declaration that Milestone is destined to make a strong mark on UK rock if not right now certainly in the future.

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8.5/10

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