Venomous Maximus: Beg Upon The Light

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Released in North America last year, Beg Upon The Light the debut album of Texan Dark Occult Metal band Venomous Maximus gets its worldwide unleashing via Napalm Records, and a powerful deep mark it is sure to make. Ten tracks of towering riffs and equally mountainous rhythms alongside a web of potent irresistible grooves and an intensity which sweeps you off your feet, the album is an enthralling leviathan of invading shadows and seriously addictive melodic alchemy wrapped in a classic metal inspired embrace. It and the band stand as a major stoner/doom clad player, their presence sure to be an inspiration to many.

The album follows their EP, The Mission of 2011, a release which set thoughts and appetite in strong motion with its promising start for a band which formed in 2010 and has since risen to be one of the most successful and important metal bands from Houston in recent years. Equally live the quartet has earned an enormous reputation  as they have lit up stages alongside the likes of High on Fire, Down, Guns and Roses, Mastodon, Pentagram, Eyehategod, Fu Manchu, Torche, Black Tusk, Bison BC and many more. Now thrust into the faces of the full expanse of the globe Beg Upon The Light will take little time in persuading, one suspects, that it is one of those classic moments which defines a band and their presence in the ears of the world.

The ominous emotive keys opening up Funeral Queen instantly engage the imagination, the brewing darkly exotic atmosphere a 485 Venomous Maximusspark to devil spawned thoughts and challenging sonic caresses. As it closes the distant but distinct vocals of Gregg Higgins add their corruptive presence though his tones truly stand eye to eye with the listener at the beginning of the next up Path of Doom. His part spoken resonating tones provides here and across every song a glorious unique narrative which invites irresistibly the listener into the heart of the dark realms explored. From its opening crescendo of energy and potent sound the song prowls the senses with scorching flames from the guitars of Higgins and Christian Larson licking at the ear whilst Trevi Biles brings further menace with his bass lures. The track continues to roar and growl through to its thick and provocative conclusion, the band providing a sonic fire to eat at and ignite the senses.

From the immense start things only reach to another depth and plateau with firstly Give Up the Witch and then Father Time, the first of the pair a fresher version of a song from their first EP. Stroking the ear with sinew driven riffs and firm rhythms from drummer Bongo from its opening breath, the track is a primal contagion which incites the imagination and toys with the passions through spires of sonic wind and tumbling cascades of addiction causing rhythms whilst vocally again Higgins pulls us through an invocation of devilish mystique. It is a slice of compelling excellence soon matched by its atmospheric successor. With keys crafting the intriguing ambience a lone guitar colours thoughts with its emotive description whilst Higgins again paints the scene in his unique style. It is only a brief song but quite delicious as its sets up the climate for what is to follow.

Complete with bulbous beats and stalking rhythms the outstanding Dream Again (Hellenbach) is next to inflame the passions, its thick stoner fragrance a sizzling temptation within the uncompromising intensity and power of the track. Another major highlight of the release with grooves and sonic colours wrapping greedily around the listener, the song encapsulates every rich aspect of the individuals within Venomous Maximus, their absorbing songwriting and its invigorating burning realisation, and the union of everything into what surely is a major breakthrough into the echelons of metal for the band.

All through the exhausting Moonchild, the predacious Battle for the Cross, and the dramatic and antagonistic triumph that is Venomous Maximus, the album reinforces its riveting authority over the passions with inventive ease whilst Mother Milk is simply another emotionally conjured delight with strings providing a mesmeric melancholic cradling of the ear whilst quaint keys paint their equally suggestive hues. Quite stunning it is a masterful fascination leading into the final blaze of inventive ravishing, Hell’s Heroes, a lasting confrontation which sears and chews on the senses with rapacious riffs and rhythms veined by sonic radiance and vocal intimidation. Complete with more ridiculously contagious grooves it is a mighty end to a magnificent album.

Though lyrically you can question some of the ‘comic book’ like tales and the band does not break into many new arenas of invention with Beg Upon The Light, you will not have heard it before in the individual and thickly persuasive style as brought by Venomous Maximus. The album is an insatiable treat and one setting the band as a true force in world metal.

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9/10

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Spheron – Ecstasy of God

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Hailing from Ludwigshafen in Germany, technical death metallers Spheron has announced themselves in fine brutal style with their debut album Ecstasy of God. Released via Apostasy Record, the twelve track attack of sadistic and adventurous extreme metal is an imposing and dynamic introduction which leaves no question whilst exciting the passions that the band is one with a rich imposing future ahead of them.

Formed in 2008, the quintet certainly drew strong attention with their previous EP To Dissect Paper in 2010 which followed their demo of two years earlier, but Ecstasy of God finds them ripping into even greater invention and imagination with their diverse blend of technical and death metal loaded with many more flavoursome essences. Though arguably it is not an album to probably challenge best of lists come the twilight of the year it certainly is one of the most thrilling and impressive debut full lengths of recent months which whilst satisfying every want in extreme metal still suggests there is plenty left for the band to explore and develop within themselves.

Produced with Christoph Brandes at Iguana Studios, Ecstasy of God impresses immediately with the instrumental A Means to cdarc011_spheron_eog_300dpian End, its inviting and drama suggesting melodic enterprise a potent persuasion drawing thoughts and senses into its rich embrace before allowing the following predatory The Beheaded Coachman to go for the jugular. Opening with a deliciously menacing and inventive bass stalking from Matthias Minor as the guitar of Tobias Alter sprays irresistible sonics across the sky of the impending storm and Mark Walther employs his contagious riffs, the second song is an instant big hook which once having caught the passions allows a raging tempest of concussive rhythms from Tobias Blach and deep drilling riffs to dance insidiously through the ear. It is a burning and scintillating fury with the guttural rapacious vocals of Daniel Spoor ruling venomously. It is also unafraid to tease and torment with unpredictable and fascinating melodic asides, almost breathers of beauty sent to taunt within the continuing torrent of exhaustive and aggressive invention. It is an outstanding beast which maybe is never quite matched but certainly given a continual close run for its money across the album.

The bestial Prestige of the Mortals savages the senses next, another exceptional bass confrontation coring the heart of the breath stealing avalanche of crushing rhythms and destructive riffing. Once again the band twists into the fire excellent sonic ingenuity and melodic flames which scorch the already bruised flesh of the ear and beyond as the varied vocal onslaught complements the invention with relish. It tenderises senses and thoughts throughout before passing on its victim to Saturnian Satellites and Clasp the Thorns to explore and manipulate even further and deeper. The first is an incessant fevered blaze of sonic colouring within a serpentine dark dwelling intensity whilst its successor smoulders initially with melodic evocation and sonic weaves caged in occasional rhythmic expulsions. Across its length that slow burning engagement is a constant invitation though once more the band infuses it with a constantly enthralling and explosive inventive intent, in sound, imagination, and pace.

The evocative melodic ‘interlude’ Prelude to the Misery is a soothing if sinister kiss within the ferocity though soon a distant memory as the voracious Five Degrees returns the album to a ravenous unpredictable storm. Further major highlights come with the corrosively intense Tragedy of the Clerics and another expertly imaginative melodic escape in Anthropogenic. The second song leads into the closing slow lumbering prowl of From Glint to Crackling, an intensive and air consuming finale which leaves a lingering and potent mark on the senses, just as the album achieves with the passions.

Ecstasy of God is an excellent excursion through destruction bred shadows and merciless malevolence but equally seduces with some of the finest melodic and sonic toxicity heard in extreme metal. Spheron is undoubtedly an emerging force which their debut suggests will be stealing our souls sooner rather than later.

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8.5/10

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NORTHERN ROGUES ‘CODEJAK’ RELEASE NEW VIDEO SINGLE ‘THE BALLAD OF JENNY G’, TAKEN FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM!

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Rattling your eardrums and coming over you like the warped offspring of ‘AC/DC’ tanked up on a vintage batch of whisky handed down by ‘Therapy?’, Codejak will pound your head into compliance with their invigorating blend of Punk-infused Alt-rock.
Taking from everyone from the Foo Fighters, AC/DC and Therapy?, CodeJak come at you all guns blazing with their own blend of edgy alternative rock. The band have the deft ability to expertly manipulate melody and off-kilter riffage, which firmly sets them apart from the glut of many of their counterparts.
Ever since 2009, CodeJak have gigged up and down the country racking up supports with the likes of The Buzzcocks, The Selector, Sham 69 and Fozzy, along the way. The Brit rock beasts also released their debut EP “Hell Yeah” to further enhance their stock and secure them swift elevation to a national level.
The band’s current record, ‘Times Of Conflict’, is the brawling UK riff tyrants’ debut album and it has garnered widespread national coverage from Kerrang!, Big Cheese and Rocksound, through to the likes of Terrorizer. The Northern road warriors now set loose a brand new video for the album’s highlight ‘The Ballad Of Jenny G’. The track is a monstrous slice of sleazy punked-up rock ‘n’ roll, and will blow your head clean off! Look out for tour dates to coincide with the release, and head over to the band’s Facebook for updates – www.facebook.com/codejak
 
–CODEJAK RELEASE ‘THE BALLAD OF JENNY G’ on MONDAY 8th JULY —
 

WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE New ‘For All The Non Believers’, out Monday 2nd Sept‏

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RISING HIGH OCTANE ROCK CREW UNLEASH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM AND PREPARE FOR UK TOURING!
 
White Clouds & Gunfire are rapidly making new friends and fans throughout the UK for their engaging amalgamation of Punk Pop which combines unbridled energy with copious monstrous hooks. The band’s debut album, ‘For All The Non Believers’ is packed with eight slabs of alluring spirited melodic rock and it’s poised to propel the Brit-rockers to the vanguard of the UK scene.
 
Hailing from Peterborough and originally formed in 2009, the first eighteen months of the band’s life was hampered by changes in personnel. However, all of this shifted by the end of 2011, as the band solidified and soon began to prosper. Now with a steady ship consisting of Eveline Verdegaal on vocals, Rob Woods and Lewis Fountain respectively handling the bass and drums, Bryon Marr on guitar and new boy Alex Cox on second guitar, the fivesome have started to make their mark. Support slots with everyone from We Are Fiction, Mallory Knox, Army Of Freshmen, Sonic Boom Six, OPM, MC Lars and The Hype Theory, have followed along with the release of their debut EP ‘Zero To Hero’, which was recorded at Regal House Studios (home to Deaf Havana and Young Guns). The record garnered extensive national praise and the likes of Rocksound and Big Cheese both handed the band widespread acclaim and support.
WC&GF are now braced to stake a claim with their explosive debut album ‘For All The Non Believers’, and it’s a true gem. Eveline Verdegaal’s vocals soar into orbit from the get-go, as opener ‘Bruised Not Broken’ takes flight. ‘You Can’t Bring Me Down’ picks the pace and delivers a beast of a refrain aided by Lewis Fountain’s stout drumming and Rob Wood’s chucky bass work. The forthcoming video single ‘Poison’ is next up, and illustrates the band’s deft ability to dish up a perfect slice of modern rock marinated with killer hooks, ideally complimented by Marr’s and Cox’s layered guitar riffs. The quintet then brings proceedings down a notch with the blissful ‘Reflection’ before attacking your aural senses again with the buoyant energy of ‘Dreams’ and the brisk beatings of the closer ‘Since You Were Gone’. The energetic rocksters are touring throughout the summer in support of the album and are primed to break by the end of 2013!
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PARISIAN DEATHCORE CREW WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE REBOOT THEIR BREATHTAKING EP TO THE UK

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PARISIAN DEATHCORE CREW REBOOT THEIR BREATHTAKING EP TO THE UK
 
Highly acclaimed female-fronted French noise chiefs ‘When Reasons Collapse’ take from the likes of Heaven Shall Burn, All Shall Perish and The Black Dahlia Murder, and manage to firmly impress their own unique imprint on proceedings by delving into multi sub genres. The Euro metal heads spit out their blissfully brutal EP ‘Full Of Lies’, on Monday 26th August through all major digital stores.
Formed five years ago in Paris, When Reasons Collapse are now spanning their formidable reach across the ocean and are set to attack the UK death/metal core scene with their thunderous wall of sound. The band are already firmly established in their homeland for their blistering live shows and dedication to touring. The enthused five-some also have a steady recording output and have released two self-produced EPs to date, both racking up extensive national praise in France. However, the band are now focusing their attention on cracking the UK and ensuring that they deliver an explosive debut album, due out in 2014.
Out in the UK this August, When Reasons Collapse’s present record, ‘Full Of Lies’, is a heady crossover-mix of Metalcore, Deathcore and Melo-Deathcore. The seven cuts on the record are hard edged, gut-busting and superb on all fronts. Tracks such as the mighty ‘Made Of Stone’, ‘Full Of Lies, and the vicious ‘Walkers In The Dark’ meld together pounding beats with shredding riffs, capped with captivating vocal deliveries that will refine your senses. Hit up the band’s Facebook page for show updates and watch the band take flight during the coming months!
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*WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE RELEASE ‘FULL OF LIES’ ON MONDAY 26th AUGUST THROUGH ALL DIGITAL STORES*
 

BRIT METAL MANIACS TORANAGA RETURN TO RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM!

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High Rated Yorkshire riff-slingers ‘Toranaga’ are back with their ferocious new full length album ‘Righteous Retribution’ available through all digital outlets on Monday 2nd September. Look out for tour dates, soon to be announced!
 
‘Toranaga’ were originally formed back in 1988 by Andy Burton (bass), Steve Todd (drums), Mark Duffy (vocals), and Andy Mitchell on guitar. The four piece released their debut album “Bastard Ballads” through independent label Peaceville Records and widespread national reviews and extensive gigging soon followed. The band then played a session for the legendary Tommy Vance on BBC Rock Show, and were invited to open for metal giants Manowar on their UK tour. Soon after Toranaga were snapped up by Chrysalis Records.

The band released their major label debut album ‘God’s Gift’ in the spring of 1990, and again notched up critical acclaim and video airplay with MTV Headbangers Ball and Raw Magazine’s Heavy Metal Channel. Extensive touring throughout the UK and Europe soon followed with the likes of Sabbat, Venom, Saxon, Manowar, Metal Church, Uriah Heep and Annihilator. Regrettably though, the band were not given the chance to develop and grow with Chrysalis, so they parted company at the end of 1991. Internal conflict within the band followed and Andy Burton and Mark Duffy decided to leave the camp and Toranaga disbanded.

However in 2010, Andy Burton decided to pick up the bass again and contacted founding member Steve Todd and Mark Duffy about playing some of the old Toranaga songs, as well as writing and recording new material. With original guitarist Andy Mitchell emigrating to Australia, the band widely auditioned for new guitarists. Shane Haigh and John Rodgers stepped into the fold and have more than filled the void. The chemistry, drive, ambition and friendship is now fully back within the band.

With a renewed vigour and focus, Toranaga marched into the studio to record with Mik Crone at the helm. After eighteen months in the making, the band completed their brand new album, entitled ‘Righteous Retribution’. Twelve songs of colossal heavy metal brilliance flaunting whiplash guitar riffs, commanding vocal lines, and a ballsy rhythm section fill every crevice of the record. The album hits you full force and instantly hammers out frantic drumming and hi-octane powerful riffs to maximum effect. From the mighty ‘Cynical Eyes’ (which is set to be the band’s new video single) to the stomping bite of ‘Prove Me Wrong’ and the engrossing ‘I Play God’, it’s evident that time has only sharpened the band’s creative powers, as they have produced a blistering slice of metal. Now, with no major label to hinder their spark, Toranaga will rise!
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