44 Fires – The False Flag Agenda EP

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     44 Fires has brought a confrontation of bruising rock n roll to London and the UK for a while now, the band which just gets better and better with each year and new song they unleash, earning a strong reputation and loyal fanbase for their fusion of metal, alternative rock, and grunge. The release of their new EP, The False Flag Agenda shows that their rise and increasing presence within UK rock is not going to be slowing down any time soon, in fact with the release being as impressive as it is they might just be leading the scene very soon.

The three tracks making up The False Flag Agenda grip the ear and thoughts with skill and invention from the very first second of all their individual declarations, each a snarling and provocative encounter lyrically and sonically leaving long lasting impact and pleasure. That ability to make a lingering mark has been a trait of the quartet since it first formed though the new EP is undoubtedly their finest moment to date. Emerging from ‘a collective desire to return to the musical roots of each of our band members’, 44 Fires took shape in 2011 with the union of guitarist Jay Franklin (War Criminals/The Final Hour/The Duvets & Big Twin) and drummer Aaron Beard (The Final Hour/Latch/HOYB). They were soon joined by vocalist Brian Small who joined from No Silent Order and bassist Dan Turton, since left before the recording of the EP. Infusing a mix of essence from inspirations such as Clutch, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Alice in Chains into their own distinct ideas, uncompromising politics, and invention, the four piece was soon riling and inspiring audiences and fans whilst earning a growing positive response from the underground media. It has been a rolling brawl of a rise for the band which has grown with each year and will surely explode once The False Flag Agenda rampages through the senses of the country.

Previous songs have always had a hook and eyeball to eyeball intent which has gripped and recruited strong attention but as opener Army Besides Me alone shows, the band has honed it into a potent weapon and persuasion which compares with anyone. The song lays a blaze of guitar across the ear first before the throaty bass of new member Tony Hampton dances slowly upon the grazing. It is an instantaneously inviting embrace soon employing greater sinews through the challenging narrative of Small, his forceful and expressive delivery the perfect vehicle for the intent of the song’s attack, and the ear snapping rhythms of Beard. Not so much in sound but in stance and construct, the song reminds of One Minute Silence and the band easily rival the Americans with this scintillating start. The bass is a persistent incitement throughout the song too, the spine to which the guitar and sonic imagination inflame their enterprise around, all combining for a powerful and enthralling encounter.

The following Idiot unveils an accelerated hunger to its press upon the ear, riffs and rhythms snarling and biting with elevated aggression and intensity soon matched by the vocals of Small. With a contagion soaked chorus making its play not long into the song too, the track stomps with insatiable appetite upon the listener to spark a mutually greedy response in return, the blend of rock and metal with a shifting and unpredictable blaze of enterprise and virulence, ensuring full involvement. Not content with succeeding in seducing the passions to its anthemic cause the song also sneaks in a spicy groove at one point which offers scything discord and delicious venom to brand the connection is permanent.

The band follow up the best track on the release with one which decides rather than stand toe to toe to win the affections it will offer a smouldering lure  with an incendiary potency to its call. Merging a slow suasion of melodic rock and grunge enticement with a spine of metal entrapment, Freedom is the most intense and provocative track on the EP resulting in a presence as distinctly different and equally impressive as the other more direct finger poking riff loaded songs. It is a stirring fire for thoughts and emotions completing an outstanding release which places 44 Fires to the front line of not only underground but we suggest UK metal in general but do not take our word for it check the band out @

http://www.44fires.com

9/10

RingMaster 22/05/2013

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Satan – Life Sentence

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We must come clean and say that heavy metallers Satan escaped our attention when they came around the first time in the early eighties. They were a less noticeable entrant at the time when the explosion of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal erupted in the UK, a period which lit no fire or thrill personally it has to be said so understandable our miss, and it is only over the years since that their position and importance to fans of the era has been recognised. Now they return with new album Life Sentence and such its impressive and rich invitation a retrospective investigation of the band might well be in order if still not finding a hunger to embrace the movement they frequented back then. The album of all new material is certainly not breaking free anything not heard before or re-inventing aspects of heavy metal but boy is it fun and enjoyable.

As said the Newcastle quintet made their mark at the beginning of the eighties after forming in 1979. Debut album Court In The Act in 1983 made an impact, if reserved compared to the heavyweights at the time, which helped inspire the considered thought over the years since that the band was influential for following bands with their a form of proto-thrash metal. Still relatively obscure though the band went through many line-up changes and band names, Satan becoming Blind Fury and then Pariah for subsequent releases up to 1990 when Pariah disbanded. A one off gig at Germany’s Wacken Open Air in 2004 brought Satan back together before the original line-up of vocalist Brian Ross, guitarists Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins, bassist Graeme English, and drummer Sean Taylor came together for the 2011 Keep It True festival. In the period from Pariah and the reunion of Satan, Ramsey and English had formed folk metal band Skyclad whilst Ross had reformed his original band Blitzkrieg as well as starting new project Metalizer. From their return at the second festival though Satan performed at several  other festivals across Europe in 2011 and 2012 and now on the 30th anniversary of Court In The Act they unveil their brand new and it has to be said thoroughly enjoyable album.

Time to Die opens up the new release and instantly lures in attention with a waspish sonic beckoning from the guitar before cover_lstretching sinews and energy in to a rampant excitable stomp of crisp rhythms and badgering riffs. It is an immediately infectious declaration enhanced by the clean vocals of Ross. To be honest a desire for more snarl to the vocal attack does rear its head across the album but there is nothing you can give as valid reason to dismiss the great tone and delivery of the man and their impact on the rigorously tempting songs. With impressive guitar invention veining the track it is a pleasing start to the album soon backed up by the following slices of rock n roll.

     Twenty Twenty Five with its shadowed lyrics and pressing intensity wrapping melodic enterprise and evocative basslines continues the strong start whilst the likes of Cenotaph with its muscular hooks and contagious rhythmic inducement and the fiery insatiable energy driven Siege Mentality ignite an even stronger persuasion. Both songs are impossibly addictive and a refreshing adventure in the current metal aggression coursed scene, which applies to Life Sentence as a whole. It is an album which demands nothing and threatens even less for an easy ride but creatively and inventively its gives any current/new heavy and classic metal band or release a course on how to make instinctive and irresistible classic metal.

Songs like Incantations and Tears Of Blood offer up their distinct temptations to push on the appeal of the album with further pinnacles coming with the outstanding title track and closing song Another Universe. The first is a riot of sonic riffing and barbed rhythms with an anthemic chorus and breath, whilst the final song is an intriguing mix of ideas which evolve from a slow melodic temperance to a feisty stomp of incendiary guitar and smouldering vocals veined with precise invention.

Putting doubting expectations in their place with a sure command, the Listenable Records released Life Sentence is a richly satisfying and thrilling release which goes against all personal tastes for its genre seeds to leave a very welcome pleasure in their place. We cannot say if Satan has returned better than ever until exploring their first coming but they certainly have brought a new treat for the year.

http://www.satanmusic.com/

8/10

RingMaster 22/05/2013

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Svart Crown – Profane

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Exhausting and demanding, Profane the new album from French extreme metallers Svart Crown is also a rewardingly riveting confrontation, a release which feeds on fears and anxiety to create an intensive ravenous expanse of sound extinguishing light and escape. It is a sonic predator which devours and corrupts thoughts and emotions but equally sends them into a realm of provoked and fired up imagination.

Formed in 2005 by vocalist/guitarist J.B Le Bail, Svart Crown make their first impacting mark with the EP Bloody Crown and then debut album Ages of Decay of 2008, but it was its acclaimed successor, Witnessing the Fall two years later which ignited a strong hunger and recognition for the band. Bleak and rapacious the album made a striking inventive mark within extreme metal like very few others, soon backed up by an onslaught of live shows  ever since. New album Profane immerses the listener in a sonic desolation which seizes every pore and thought through skilled and voracious malevolence, its theme of the sickness of humanity reeking and breeding corrosive unrelenting caustic enterprise through music. It continues the sounds already discovered on the previous album but sets them out with a fresh breath and new adventurous declaration which leaves full satisfaction and fascination.

With a line-up completed by guitarist C.Flandrois, bassist L.Veyssiere, and drummer N.Muller, Svart Crown open up their Listenablecover_l Records released album with the insidious charm of Manifestatio Symptoms. The track, from setting a sinister ambience, stretches its sinews through a resonating atmosphere of sonic temptation which charges with eagerness through the ear, its brief instrumental presence impacting whilst opening up the senses for the character laden onslaught of Genesis Architect. Lurching over the ear with muscular rhythms and guitar scorching wrapped in an abrasive embrace, the second track proceeds to intimidate and test with a wealth of toxic sound and equally intrusive invention all guided by the guttural yet enterprising vocals of Bail. As with most of the tracks there is nothing which openly lingers within the song, a hook or groove which you can hang your memory on to but the whole experience is a long lasting and compelling confrontation which stays deep within far beyond the passing on of the sonic furnace.

The following blackened squall of Intern.Virus.Human and the mutually corrosive bedlam which comes in the shape of In Utero : A place of Hatred and Threat continue the impressive start, the first admittedly not quite touching the same heights of the opener but the second setting its own plateau of a maelstrom, deranged rhythms and sonic ingenuity flailing the ear for a rich pleasure. The album never settles into an expected rhythm or course of provocation but is constantly challenging and igniting the psyche and emotions with uncompromising vehemence as in the previous pair of songs and the likes of the lumbering Until the last Breath as well as the rampaging title track, both unleashing their passion drenched spite in a diverse and individual uncomfortable furies.

The album truly reaches its greatest height in its closing stretch of sonic antagonism where songs like the primal instrumental Venomous Ritual, a track with a virulent toxicant seeded in the great bass snarl and repetitious riffing prowling the greedy tempest of sound, and the bestial Ascetic Purification which employs a scathing abrase of hardcore within its savage distortion, rip any remaining thought of safety from the listener.

Closing track Revelatio : Down here Stillborn emerges immediately from the grip of Ascetic Purification to push further the rabid sonic persuasion and invention violence rifling ear and senses. It is a final and arguably the most devastating statement of quality of album and band, a track where grooves and melodic enticement carry the same poison as the brutal rhythms and barbaric riffing. It is an outstanding conclusion to an album which stands on the frontline of recent extreme metal offerings. It carries the flag for invention, passion, and imagination and though you can also say it might fail to be as memorable as other less deep releases, it is easy to hear which is the most rewarding.

http://www.svartcrown.net

8/10

RingMaster 22/05/2013

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