Pteroglyph – The Great Unseen EP

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The excellent Found EP of last year made a striking introduction and formidable base for UK metal project Pteroglyph to stretch its evolution of invention and power from, which it surely has with The Great Unseen EP. The new release is a riveting expanse of technical art, fervour fuelled imagination, and finely crafted textures which go from chewing upon to seducing the senses within the time a breath takes to release its hunger, and back again continually. It is a masterful giant soundscape, a three part emotive adventure merged into one long rewarding excursion through shadows and blazing light wrapped in an evocative potency.

Pteroglyph is the one man project of multi-instrumentalist Jimmy MacGregor, once of one of the UK’s finest bands Mishkin. Setting out on his own to explore his unique musical premises and sculpt multi-layered technical structures within a torrent of sonic incitement, MacGregor chiselled a debut in the Found EP which was as emotionally colourful as it was metallically confrontational. Pulling acclaim from the underground media and offering a track to a cover mounted Metal Hammer CD, the release set up strong anticipation for future compositions from the man, an appetite fully satisfied by The Great Unseen.

Part One of The Great Unseen instantly unleashes a concentration of stabbing riffs with swarming sonic persistence as its companion, thePteroglyph Cover Artwork immediately riveting introduction soon joined by the hoarse growls of MacGregor and an acidic melodic wash. An intensive brew of rapier like jagged guitar spite and perpetually shifting vocal and enterprising invention, the track brings a suspicious and intimidating landscape to engage the listener whilst setting it ablaze with the excellent skill and progressively layered cutting sonic narrative. The promo accompanying the release suggests the EP is for fans of the likes of Devin Townsend, Sylosis, and Gojira, an impossible to argue with statement which can be stretched to include The First, Tesseract, and similarly inspired artists on evidence of this stretch of creativity alone.

The second part merges from an evocative mist to bring a singular guitar coaxing against the brewing storm with vocal harmonies flanking its suasion. Soon though the track has sinews and teeth coveting and assaulting the ear with pure rapaciousness whilst the vocal croon of MacGregor glides through the attack at times breaking into a rabid delivery to match the carnivorous side of the piece as melodic and atmospheric layers weave a concurrent evocative and resourceful flame to shape further tantalising depths within the track.

With the third part of the EP a tender and gentle plain of melodic and emotionally charged reflective imagination, The Great Unseen leaves thoughts and feelings soaring as high as the skies the final part ventures with its warm and evocative charms, though the outstanding heavy tones of the bass provides a dark anchor ensuring the piece of music never loses its shadowed footing as it brings an impressive release to a potent close.

Released through Red Tower Records The Great Unseen is a formidable step forward for Pteroglyph yet still suggesting there are more layers and depths to explore, which is one very exciting proposition.

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8.5/10

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When Reasons Collapse – Full Of Lies

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Hailing from Paris, When Reasons Collapse brings their own inventive take on deathcore with the release in the UK of their Full Of Lies EP. Aligning melodic death metal and metal core into a potent enterprise, the French quintet through the seven tracks making up the release, whilst not standing as a unique presence in the genre and the wealth of new metalcore cored bands around, bring more than enough to suggest it is only a matter of time before they step into that type of stature whilst simultaneously raising strong appetite for their debut album due in 2014.

Formed five years ago, When Reasons Collapse has built a strong presence and reputation at home, a pair of two self-produced EPs earning critical and fan acclaim alongside as their explosive live performances. Now the band has its sights on the British metalcore scene and it is fair to say you would not bet against them making the same strong impression even amongst the amount of similarly clad bands already trying to seduce the passions here. With a sound seeded from the likes of Heaven Shall Burn, All Shall Perish, and The Black Dahlia Murder, and fronted by the great squalling tones of Christina, it makes for an instantly intriguing and satisfyingly rewarding proposition.

It is unlikely that Full Of Lies has enough to truly set the band apart right now even as good as it is, but as the septet of brutally When Reasons Collpase - Cover Artworkconfrontational and imaginative songs take their swipe at the senses it sparks the suggestion that their album has potential to if it evolves the strong and pleasing groundwork found on the EP. Starting with Another Beginning the release teases at first, the opening instrumental not really true indication of things to come for newcomers but certainly an accomplished and hue soaked welcome that awakens the senses and imagination ready for the following onslaught firstly brought by Another End. The track takes a mere moment to offload testy riffs and antagonistic rhythms all primed to welcome the emerging carnivorous core of the song and the caustic vocals of Christina. Her tones have a Krysta Cameron (ex-Iwrestledabearonce) persuasion about them and lie perfectly within the metallic malevolent tempest crafted by the excellent guitar work and bass predation. It is a striking start if not exactly a full enslavement of the passions but one which already marks the band as one to offer full attention to.

The following Wounded seizes the brief pause between tracks to brew up a similar but individual enough torrent of raging riffs and barbarous rhythms again ridden roughshod by the excellent vocals. Like its predecessor the track also finds nothing to lift it above its companion or other creatively like-minded bands yet with the fine guitar craft and venomous intensity there is nothing to lose hunger over or dismiss. That wanted uniqueness is found in its successor though, the exceptional Made Of Stone. Pissed off from its first second with vocals and rhythms searing and punishing the senses respectively and the guitars bringing their own corrosive fascination, the song just draws on greater strength and accelerates its qualities with each passing press of time. Contagious and demanding the track slips into a midway lumbering gait which with a weight as greedy as the rapacious attack seems to ignite something deep within band and song with the sound finding even greater maliciousness amid a richer blaze of vocals from Christina and band that is enthralling and diverse.

Will To Die and the title track rip into the ear with crippling drum provocation and sonic entanglement stalked by the strong if not jaw-dropping bass sound. The first of the two never settles into a single or determined intent instead pleasingly leaping around with inventive and unpredictable imagination whilst the second casts a vindictive and ravenous expanse of vitriolic fascination around the riff and rhythmically sculpted savagery leading to even stronger assumptions about the promise and future of the band, though the pair of songs still fall below that central pinnacle of the release.

The scathing barbarous fury of Walkers In The Dark completes the EP in red-blooded style as the band unveils more scalding sonic craft and belligerent attitude. It seals the confirmation that When Reasons Collapse is a real force in the making and Full Of Lies despite not pushing the band to heights above others, one thrilling and promising release.

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8/10

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Warehouse Riots – Skimming Stones

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The musical loves of the four members making up UK band Warehouse Riots is as distinctly varied as the flavoursome sound of their new single Skimming Stones. From electro/dance through metal and onto jazz/blues and indie, their likes and influences are wide and though not all spices are openly evident on the song there is a brew conjured that is diverse and irrepressibly invigorating.

From Manchester, the foursome of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Maclean, bassist Andrew Maclean, drummer John Maclean, and guitarist/vocalist Anthony Critchley linked up in 2011. The band itself comes with strong experience from its previous incarnation Francis and Master, a band which won the Streetwaves Unsigned competition in 2009 and got to the final of Live And Unsigned 2010. With a band name inspired by the abandoned building in Wigan where they practised and honed their sound, Warehouse Riots has earned good acclaim for their live shows which recently included supporting American rock band Jeff The Brotherhood on their UK tour. Currently completing their provisionally called Uncomfortable Polar Bear Face debut album with producer Mark Wainwright, the band have unveiled a real temptress for the release with their new single.

Swinging in with its hips swerving to a dance of drum beats and a funk clad bassline, the song instantly beckons full attention and when the guitars add their tease lips are licked in anticipation. The vocals of Mark soon add to the infectiously pleasing sound being unveiled and as the song saunters with warm inviting caresses upon the ear and melodic kisses upon the senses the encounter just gets more exciting and contagious. There is a slight indefinable familiarity to the track which only adds to its appeal and temptation whilst the imaginative enterprise which has the song bringing further unpredictable and magnetic persuasion fuels a real sense of immense promise and future heights for the band.

Irresistible and raucously invigorating with its blend of indie and pop rock with a funk breath, Skimming Stones declares that Warehouse Riots’ album cannot come soon enough.

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9/10

RingMaster 24/08/2013

 

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