September Murder: He Who Invokes Decadence

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Though new album He Who Invokes Decadence is the third release from German metallers September Murder, a band which was founded in 2005, it is fair to say for most outside of their homeland underground scene the band is one which is still an unknown proposition. That might soon change though as their excellent eight track release is like a storm, a sonic encounter which is violent and extreme in its presence and touch but veined and stretched by hues of melodic imagination and colour filled invention which sparks the richest captivation. It is an album which still sparks thoughts that the Thale quartet is not the finished article, that things still have scope for evolution and improvement, but on the evidence of He Who Invokes Decadence the band is on the right incendiary path to being one potent and important force.

Formed by guitarist Emanuel Brauer and bassist Guntar Elsaßer, and with a line-up completed by vocalist Oliver Schacke and drummer Stefan Voigtländer, September Murder started making impressions in the local scene and nationally from their live debut in 2007, the year seeing the band play over thirty shows across Germany alone. It also witnessed their self-released EP After Every Setting Sun which aided the band coming to the attention to the media and numerous labels. The signing with Berlin-based Maintain Records, with whom first album Agony in Flesh was unleashed in the February of 2009, came next. In between releases a line-up change was enforced when Voigtländer left the band but September Murder was soon back to full strength though the recruitment of Clemens Frank (ex- Hidden in the Fog). Followed by acclaim for the release, the band played numerous headline, support, and festival performances including appearing with the likes of Entombed, Origin, Illdisposed, Merauder, Hail of Bullets, Disharmonic Orchestra and many more. All the time the members continued to explore and stretch their potent extreme metal sound, experimenting and employing numerous essences like progressive metal which is a vibrant spice to the new album. Work on He Who Invokes Decadence was given the obstacle of the departure of Elsaßer but once Marcus Kühne of Metzgore stepped into the breach, band and album were on full throttle. Self-released the eight track beast of a record is now rampaging across the ears and senses and if you are yet to welcome its brutal but charming delights hopefully we can add some persuasion as to why it is a release which deserves to be heard.

To give an idea of the sound which rages and tempts within the album imagine a loose mix of Cryptopsy and Between the Buried a3678947257_2and Me without than brewing expectations, as from the opening song, September Murder defy any assumptions and predicted thoughts of what is to come. Like the whole of the release, the first track demands full attention and a numerous encounters to reap all of its sonic depth, but the rewards for doing so come thick. The emotive beginning of Under Severed Skies is shaped by a lone guitar but soon expanded by the elevation of intensity brought by the drums and the temperature increase of riffs and chords. It is an intriguing opening narrative which takes a breath before exploding into an inferno of raging riffs, combative rhythms, and guttural grown vocal squalls. It is soon evident that the band does not take it easy on themselves or the listener and each element from the crippling drums and voracious bass to the scorching guitar sonics and fiery imagination come with twists and perpetually shifting presences. It makes for a breathless and continually enthralling onslaught which leaves you dazed and basking in creative ingenuity. Arguably the band does not take it far enough at times here and across the release with more simply approached aspects of songs standing out as pale against the tremendous maelstrom of invention around the, though it is a small discrepancy overall.

Both Two Culprits, One Oath and Among Vultures devour with carnally bred intensity and predacious hunger, the first a savage and merciless turmoil upon the senses and its successor a swooping raptor that grips and chews with sinew driven teeth and unrelenting rabidity. The two also lay a web of sonic adventure and unannounced technical flair and inventiveness which ensures, especially in the second of the pair, that every minute of their encounter is inspiring and magnetic. Though possibly over long, the last of the two leads atmospherically into the outstanding instrumental From Adoration, a glorious weave of melodic paint and sonic testimony which ignites thoughts and imagery with its enriched embrace. Whether an interlude or piece of the story it works and allows a breath to be welcomed before the marching aggressive yet emotionally exploratory …to Deterrence and the carnivorously propelled May Conviction Force Reckoning return the listener in to a torrential field of provocation and virulently violence enterprise.

Both tick all the right boxes before the second steps aside for another melody honed piece of classically pressed instrumental to act as the eye of the storm, a peace that is soon ripped asunder by the barbaric In Celebration of Mankind’s Wretchedness, an excellent vitriolic slice of avenging antagonism and flesh stinging beauty. It also blends in some of the most absorbing and invigorating ideas on the album, teasing and taking the listener down various deceptive musical impasses where the jaws of the band and intensity wait to toss and tear them apart. The best track on the album it is soon challenged by the immense shape of the title track, a song massive in length and depth, and one which ebbs and flows in imagination and sound like a multi-seasoned driven sea.

It is a powerful conclusion to a mighty album. Not quite as perfect as it could have been He Who Invokes Decadence is a masterful challenge which ignites the senses and emotions in every way possible. It is also a grower which just adds vintage and reward to each and every destructive and empowering play. September Murder is a band with the promise to make a big name for itself across world metal and their new album the next potent step.

http://www.septembermurder.de/

9/10

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Life and Death Experiences: an interview with Corey Skowronski of American Standards

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Things are starting to happen for US hardcore band American Standards in awareness and stature, though the Arizona quartet have been brewing up a fine reputation ever since forming a few years back. Their Still Life EP pulled strong attention towards the band with its exciting blend of punk and noise rock within the hardcore intensity whilst their live performances have made the four piece one of the most talked about and thrilling proposition emerging from the US rock underground. Recently signed to Victory Records we thought we should learn more about the band, their music, and their promising to be explosive future. Thankfully bassist Corey Skowronski was more than happy to help our exploration of American Standards and let us in on a secret or two.

Hi Corey and thanks for sparing time to let us find out more about yourselves and the band.

First of all simply introduce the band for us and tell us about the origins of American Standards.

American standards started a few years back in 2010 and in the course of two and a half years we’ve really come along way.

How did you all meet?

With the new line-up we’ve all met through mutual friends and playing shows together.

Was punk and hardcore the music which you grew up to or did you have a wider ‘soundtrack’ to your informative years which your music does suggest?

Growing up punk was a genre of music I was heavily into and other than that just old metal but for the most part I listened to a little bit of everything. If it sounded good to me I’d listen to it.

What was the spark to actually decide to start the band?

For me personally it was always something I wanted to do, to play in a band. I had quit the job I was working at the time in 2010 and was ready for something new that’s when I decided that I would commit to the idea and the dream and begin looking for people to start a band with, and here we are now

You come from Phoenix, Arizonia, apart from the obvious names coming from the city like Jimmy Eat World, The Bled, and Job For A Cowboy, is there a vibrant bed of punk and rock talent in the more underground scene?

Everyone that I know of in bands from here has talent that needs to be heard. There’s all the band that we help with and are close to like Your Young, Sleepwalker, The Last March Of The Ents. Then there’s the old Column III dudes and Lariats of course.

Many bands say their home town/city has influenced or made a big impact on their music, is it the same for American Standards?AS2

Honestly I don’t feel that at all. We write music that we like to play and as far as actually playing here, yeah there are people that are in the scene and care but for the most part it ain’t what it used to be…

Last year you released your excellent Still Life EP how did you find the recording process and what did you learn from it which will impact on future recordings?

Me personally I like to write the song, record it, listen to it, then add or take things out that don’t fit. That’s the time to kind of experiment, in my eyes, with all the ideas you have for that song that you have accumulated over the whole process.

I feel that we did do that for the Still Life EP and with J & M they were totally cool with that. The one thing I think we will try now with the new stuff is to get everyone involved in the experimenting with ideas stage so every song has something from everyone and it shows.

Talking of recordings you are working on your debut album I believe?

Sort of…Geoff and Brennen our drummer and guitarist are stepping down but we are having Mike Cook of Your Young drum and Craig Burch of The Last March of the Ents play bass. I’ll be swinging over from bass to guitar and am very stoked. The songs we have recorded right now are going to be released as an EP titled The Death of Rhythm and Blues and after that we’ll then start on the all new full length.

You are known as a DIY band so how did the link up with Victory Records who will release your next release come about?

We were at a point where we felt ready to take the plunge into looking at possibly teaming up with a label and at the time we had many offers and we decided that Victory and the sub label We Are Triumphant was the most promising.

946270_660704840625239_2035397775_nCan you give us some ideas as what the EP will hold and does Still Life give a good indication of what to expect, more diversity and sonic/noise exploration?

The way I look at it, The Death of Rhythm and Blues is the second half of Still Life.

Have you approached the new songs and EP differently to how Still Life was created?

A little…We definitely worked together more in writing the songs and took our time with it. We didn’t want to pump a song out and call it a day.

When can we expect the EP?

The 14th of September is the date.

Tell us more about the it and what you have developed further in the new songs from those on Still Life.

New songs are great we have worked on a few things in them to give them that cherry on top and their own character and like I mention I feel this is the second half to Still Life. It feels that way at least to me.

How does the writing process within the band work?

We all come together with either a riff, half of a song, or just a little idea and we give it some structure. We jam it out and more ideas come to mind and we try and incorporate those as well.

So it is a democratic process within the band for songs and stuff?

Definitely democratic, we want to give everyone in the band their voice. Every one of us has ideas for songs and good or bad we want to hear them cause who knows what can come from them.

You have a great reputation for your live show, any particularly memorable moments or shows to date?as3

The show we just played in Tucson, InFest, that was a great show. We had a lot of fun. For me a long time ago we played a show in Tucson again, at the old Skrappys. We were getting down and playing and somehow I smashed the head of my bass into my own head and I just started pouring blood. I kept playing, can’t stop the good ole’ boys in American Standards. That story has never been shared with the outside world until now. You are all free now to make fun of me for hitting myself in the face.

Is the live aspect of the band the most thrilling for you or more the creation of new songs and records?

Writing, recording, and hearing the new songs matter. With all the songs we’ve done, once we finish them I’m stoked on them, and when I can play a song that I get stoked on, the energy I pull from it just kicks in and that’s when we can go crazy and let it all out.

Once released the energy from those songs just takes over and that’s what I love. When a song can take you from one point, one mind set and in the course of two and a half minutes it carries you to a completely different one.

Once more thank you to talking with us, anything else you would like to add?

September 14th get the new EP and let us know what you all think.

Lastly would you like to give us the five most influential records on you personally?

The Fall of Troy – Manipulator

Pantera – Reinventing the Steel

Phil Collins – No Jacket Required

Norma Jean – Oh God the Aftermath

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

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Pete RingMaster

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The Pete Flesh Deathtrip – Mortui Vivos Docent

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Mortui Vivos Docent is not an album which set the passions into certain fervour but there is something about its crawling insidious touch and lingering fetid presence which leaves a need to share its venom on a constant basis. The new intrusion from The Pete Flesh Deathtrip, the album teases, taunts, and violates the senses but equally beneath its abhorrent breath there is a contagion of imagination and passion which is hard to deny. It needs time to make its persuasion, numerous plays we suggest, but the reward and enjoyment is there to devour even if the release probably will not make an impression on the year’s top choices.

Mortui Vivos Docent is the fourth release from the solo project of Pete Flesh (ex- Deceiver, Thrown, Maze of Torment), the previous three coming under the name Flesh. Using session musicians, notably here Micke Broberg for some of the vocals and Andreas Jonsson (Tyrant, The Black, Vinertand) for drums, the new album stalks cavernous halls of death metal with additional provocation of black and at times thrash metal. It is a heavy bruising and at times disorientating assault but one which is unafraid to challenge and venture into discord clashing ventures. Released via Pulverised Records and recorded, mixed, and mastered by Peter Bjärgö (Tyrant, Crypt Of Kerberos), who also provided all keyboard and piano on the release, at Studio Beast in Sweden, Mortui Vivos Docent is an album which takes you on the darkest fearful journey. One you will take to or not but one which has to be ventured.

Opener Fallen Bliss goes straight for the throat of the senses; prowling riffs and tightly reined grooves crowd and chase the ear Mortui Vivos Docent Coverwhilst the vocals of Flesh snarl and chew on his prey with strong and expressive spite. It is an immediate hook which only grips tighter the further into the track you are sucked, rhythms rampaging with the guile and might of a battalion of Roman guards and the guitar scoring air and recipient with fine sonic branding and insatiable enterprise. Whether there is anything new going on is debatable but undoubtedly the craft and aural bait offered is impossible to resist.

The following fire of The Eternal Dawn is a varied and adventurous escapade through rhythmic enticement and melodic shadows, its gait reserved yet forceful and presence heavy but seductive. The vocals break some of the almost sirenesque attraction once their serpentine clutches dig into thoughts but the song continues to burn as  sonic ash drifts over the brewing intensity and roaming intrigue. The groove is a great niggling addiction which only goes to lure the emotions deeper into the now fully fledged tempest of sound and provocation as the song continues the strong start, impressively passing the leash to the thrash charged furnace of aural rabidity, Crave the Fire. Bringing more variety to the album, the track has a predatory intent which demands and receives every ounce of attention, and though it does not quite ignite the rich responses as its predecessor it is a bestial swarm of animosity that leaves lasting satisfaction.

The excellent haunting nursery room ambience opening up The Suicide End immediately marks the track as a must submerge within encounter. Doing so will leave you open to inner demons incited by the chilling textures and pit spawned malevolence lurking within every note and imaginative turn of the song, but it is worth the intrusion of the psyche.  Like the album it is a track which needs plenty of attention to truly discover and immerse within but another which drapes pervading fear over thoughts and emotions for a thrilling experience.

The intensively vexatious Burning Darkness and the blackened Ravens Reborn continue to hold attention firmly whilst the ravenous God of the Crawling Whore takes its pound of flesh from the senses with a brutality and sonic web that is inescapable. The trio do fall below the previous high standards, not by much certainly with the last of the trio, but arguably the element of surprise and originality within the album is lost at this point, though all only leave a wealth of satisfaction that is impossible to dismiss. Bleed which features additional vocals from Cecilia Bjärgö (Arcana) does stand out as a pinnacle on the release, its gothic temptation and absorbing presence evocative and thrilling.

Closing with the more than decent thrash sculpted Recycle My Death, the dark themed lyrically and aurally Mortui Vivos Docent makes for a compelling provocateur. It is irrepressible in its hunger and captivating in its imagination, making for a striking confrontation. Maybe not the release to thrust The Pete Flesh Deathtrip firmly on the death/extreme metal map it is one which will raise awareness for sure.

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8/10

RingMaster 25/07/2013

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Rose Redd unveils new video‏

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Rose Redd is a beautiful contradiction. Eighteen years in age but unfathomably older in soul, her music has its roots in darker days, experiences, and stories and finds its bloom in both release and connection.

Equally at home with a stirring acoustic vibe or midnight pop, her poignant verses and explosive choruses let you know that she makes music because she has to.

Following the release of her debut single  “Perfectly Useless” comes its stunning video.

Check out the  visual treat here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GQGOPl41Ok

Born in the sleepy British seaside town of Eastbourne, at six months old Redd relocated with her family to the West Midlands.

She was raised on a varied musical diet of everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Iron Maiden to Kate Bush, greedily consuming it all.

At the tender age of twelve she first found a kindred spirit in Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, whose lyrics spoke to her as a troubled young woman and gave her the inspiration to pick up a guitar for the first time and explore songwriting as a means of expression.

She’s come a long way since portraying a singing sunflower in a kindergarten play. Along with touring and gigging extensively she has been working on her first single with producer Gavin Monaghan, known for his work with Editors, Scott Matthews, and Robert Plant, among others.

Gavin said, “Redd is a rare talent, an artist who effortlessly transcends genres and makes you feel like you’ve known her forever.”

“Perfectly Useless” is a bewitching contrast of radio-friendly pop with lyrical themes of emotional rawness and yearning.

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ALL TO RUIN release spanking new video!‏

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Taking from early FFAF, Killswitch Engage and a slice of August Burns Red, All To Ruin deliver a hearty sound that blends thunderous riffs and contagious hooks; the end result is both dominant and anthemic. The fast-rising five piece ink hearty slabs of melodic metal, penning their music with the earnest intent and real passion that demands and warrants attention. Look out for the band’s debut EP ‘Parables’, out Monday 23rdSeptember and new video for ‘As We Exit’, out now and viewable here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LwpsYK1Z0w .
 
With an impressive CV that boasts an array of support shows with The Gallows, Young Guns, Deaf Havana, This Is Hell, Lower Than Atlantis, The Blackout, Fei Comodo, Funeral For A Friend, Heart Of A Coward, Heights, Exit Ten, Textures, Viatrophy, Continents, Sylosis, The Chariot, Revoker, The Casino Brawl, Twin Zero, Bury Tomorrow and Yashin, All To Ruin are quickly making new friends. Look out for the band’s brand new EP ‘Parables’. From the blistering opener and new video single ‘As We Exit’, to the whiplash riffery and anthemic craft of ‘Vultures’, the quintet have rammed together an engrossing EP that cunningly balances melodic hooks with crushing riffage. The melodic metal crew will now take their killer tuneage to the far reaches of the UK; keep tabs on the band via their Facebook and watch them break later this year!
 
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White Clouds & Gunfire release new video!‏

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HOTLY TIPPED MELODIC ROCK CREW WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE RELEASE NEW VIDEO SINGLE!
Up and coming Punk pop five-some ‘White Clouds & Gunfire’ are braced to stake their claim as one of the break through acts of the year with the release of their brand new video single ‘Poison’, out 22nd July. The single is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘For All The Non Believers’, which drops this September.
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 includes the spanking new single ‘Poison’.
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 five-some 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 poised for national exposure with the release of their new single ‘Poison’, taken from their stunning debut album ‘For All The Non Believers’. ‘Poison’ perfectly illustrates the band’s deft ability to dish up a delectable slice of modern rock marinated with killer hooks, ideally complimented by Marr and Cox’s layered guitar riffs. The energetic rocksters are also touring throughout the summer in support of the record and are primed to break by the end of 2013!
++ WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘POISON’ CAN BE VIEWED NOW AT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHty_6ZQaug ++