Aratic – To The Early Grave


Bred from an open passion for old school thrash metal, To The Early Grave the debut album from Finnish metallers Aratic takes no time in barging the listener onto a bruising and riotous ride of ravenous riffs, squalling vocals, and hook loaded grooves which wrap around the senses and passions like a sonic python. The release is honest and proud in its declaration of its inspiration with the thoughts of Venom, Slayer, and Exodus unavoidable as the quartet from Pori chews up the ear with accomplished and ridiculously addictive sounds. Admittedly there is nothing new being unleashed or even skirted but for unbridled destructive pleasure and incendiary passion igniting enterprise you will not be left hungry by this uncompromising confrontation.

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Henri Virolainen, bassist Antti Hurmerinta, guitarist Teemu Täckman, and Mika Uusivirta on drums, Aratic leap on the ear from the first note of opener Residents Of Evil and does not resist and show mercy right through to its final punch on the senses with the closing title track. As the first song stomps with belligerent riffs and quarrelsome vocals you know exactly what the band offers and will provide across the album, the track a fury of caustic energy and spiteful intensity framed by malevolent rhythms crafted and unleashed by Uusivirta. Though the song feeds expectations it equally takes small but pleasing adventurous side tracks within its charge, a hardcore edge adding extra fire to the verbal assault and guitars teasing with devious grooves away from the core temptation.

The strong start continues with Satan’s Witnesses and the excellent I Am The Night, the first another in the face altercation Aratic_-_To_The_Early_Grave_Front_600cast by exhausting riffs and vocal searing whilst its successor raises the game of the album with hungry rhythms amongst niggling sonic persuasion clad in toxic grooves which lead the passions into a greedier appetite. There is a punk grazing to the vocals which leads to whispers of Municipal Waste and Suicidal Tendencies, though the song is firmly entrenched in the seeds of bands like those we mentioned previously, and with a sudden brief guttural expulsion there is equally an extra vapour of death metal to the imagination.

The best song, and easily the top scrap on the album, comes next in the epidemically infectious Ninth Gate. Rife with insidiously addictive grooves and blistering sonic tempests of energy the track stands astride the senses and chews their skin with carnivorous intensity and corrosive drenched rhythmic teeth, It is a violently persuasive thrill which captures imagination and heart, a tempestuous agitator crafted with skill and vitriolic enterprise.

Through the likes of Destructing The Light, Shrooms, and Lobotomy Christianus, the band keep the grievous please coming with strength and raging aggression, and though the tracks pale a little behind the might of the likes of Ninth Gate, there is a heightened need to devour their individual conflicts earned.  The first of the three ignites another belt of voraciousness through its impressive sonic solo and rapacious appetite, and the following two with predatory and intensive riff guided gnawing and blackened rapacity respectively. There is very little to temper the enthusiasm for the weaponry raised by the album and even though originality takes a step back on the album such the rich satisfaction and thrill ignited by songs and release the issue does not ride any thought at any point during its potent company.

With the title track offering a final brutal treat, To The Early Grave is a thoroughly enjoyable and breath-taking slab of primal compulsion. Aratic has provided an introduction which will undoubtedly and deservedly find a home with all thrash fans especially those also inspired by the origins of the genre.


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Imagination bred caresses: an introduction to Jingo

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It is always a strong pleasure to be introduced to a band who impress beyond hopes and without warning. Such is the situation with London based band Jingo, a quartet who dances with the passions as they wrap the senses in colour rich melodic embraces and emotive landscapes. Consisting of members originating from both sides of the pond, Jingo creates flames of riveting pop expanses which tenderly or feistily whatever is their want at the time, takes the listener by the hand into vivid emotion packed scenarios sound-tracked by seductive aural tangos.

Jingo is guitarist/vocalist Jack Buckett, his American wife vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Katie, drummer Joseph Reeves, and newest member Sahil Batra on keys/bass/guitar/vocals. The quartet of musicians have been playing and creating music in bands in Brooklyn, New York and London for many years before coming together as Jingo but once formed they took no time in making their mark, their first gig seeing the band supporting Graham Coxon of Blur in March of this year at a sold out charity night at Mother London. The day of the show also saw the band release their debut single IQ84, followed within a couple of weeks by second track Same Without You and in the same time gap again by third release The Matador, all available as free downloads from their Soundcloud profile. The three distinctly unique and individual tracks show a band which is already skirting the precipice of truly great things with songs which are adventurously and gloriously sculpted, employing equally scintillating textures, imagination, and beauty in their striking presences. It is impossible not to be excited by the band as their sounds coax thought and emotion to play within their descriptive musical narratives and potent lyrical expression, and hungry to hear so much more from the foursome.

Debut track IQ84 instantly has ears and attention rigidly alert and it is no surprise the track has received heavy traffic in its direction. Opening with choppy riffs soaked in pop mischief and reminding of Oingo Boingo in many ways, the song soon soars from its impressive opening stance into a greater temptation through the outstanding vocals of Katie Buckett. Her voice is drenched in captivating lures, a melodic pull which is strong and firm in its hold on the listener whilst making a mesmeric call which initially distracts such her quality. All the time the song is unveiling a wealth of respectful yet eager to impact rhythms and sonic whispers which almost sneak up on the listener, though once into its stride with the drums of Reeves adding more throat to their thumping presence and the guitar toying with a mix of riveting hooks and flames, everything is in the open. The song goes on to further enthral with flumes conveying suggestive atmospheres as the persuasive lyrical and visual craft ado their work with the result an excellent and exciting first taste of the band.jingo 2

    Same Without You was the next song unveiled and stood openly distinct from its predecessor yet seemingly part of its core story. The gentle piano touch of the ear is soon joined by the again strikingly emotive temptress that is Katie’s voice, their melancholic union an irresistible beckoning into the emerging guitar resonance and brooding bass line. All coming together with energy lifting its keen head into a bolder stance, the smouldering burn of the song brews little fires of elegance and classical tones through keys and harmonies whilst rhythms ensure there is a fever constantly waiting to break out, which it does in small climatic expulsions of invention and intrigue across the length of the incendiary seduction. A track which reveals more glorious depths with each encounter whilst leading the passions into inescapable lust, it is a sensational enticement and thrilling dive into fascinating emotive hues.

Their third song The Matador instantly stands proud with a Latin American coaxing from the guitar and mutually sultry vocal cry grabbing the ear before a sultry sway of melodic kisses and narrative casting vocals tread brightly but gently across thoughts. They cannot retain their restraint for long though and soon erupt in a blaze of sizzling heat and sound before repeating the course again with additional harmonies raising the temperature of the ambience enveloping the senses. There is a folk lilt to the Spanish caressed pop rock voice of the track, a blend which lifts the imagination into a cabaña hailing heart and its emotive tale and once more leaves a blissful pleasure in its wake.

Jingo, through just three songs, leave a lasting and inspiring allurement in their wake, an aural taste which the lips of passion can never get enough of. The band has given themselves a strong plateau to build upon with a very potent horizon safely in their own hands and we for one will be impatiently awaiting their next melodic alchemy.

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Check out the Jake Strunk created video for Same With Out You below as well as upcoming live dates.

Fri 19/07 – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

Sat 20/07 – IYAF Festival, Kingston, London

Thu 29/08 – Northern monkey, Leeds

Fri 30/08 – The Green Room, Stockton

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