Jingo – Black Flowers

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Earlier this year, London based Jingo more than impressed with a trio of single released a couple of weeks or so apart from each other. Each was a distinct emotional soundscape with scenery of melodic and colour drenched narratives lyrically and musically capturing the imagination. It is fair to say each of the three left thoughts and emotions eager and happy to declare the promise and an assumed potent horizon of the band. Well it turns out that we were merely on the appetisers for greater things, the songs just hints and temptations of what was to come ahead and certainly with their fourth release. Black Flowers is simply magnificent, a flame of creative mastery which leaves as great as they were, its predecessors well back in the shade. Jingo have truly arrived and in a fire of adventure.

Consisting of husband and wife guitarist/vocalist Jack and vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Katie Buckett, alongside drummer Joseph Reeves, and Sahil Batra on keys/bass/guitar/vocals, the quartet certainly took no time in drawing attention, their first gig as Jingo coming as support for Graham Coxon of Blur in March this year at a sold out charity night at Mother London. That same day saw the release of debut single IQ84 soon after followed by Same Without You and subsequently Matador. Each song left a stronger and increasing appetite and thirst for their descriptive musical narratives and rich lyrical expression, something Black Flowers more than quenches. Comparisons in many ways to bands such as Fleetwood Mac and The Magic Numbers have been mentioned but it is fair to say Jingo have already managed to stand alone, and even more so with the more intensive and formidable single.

As soon as the drone kissed riffs of guitar and bass opened up the air there is a feeling of darker more intensive things afoot. The addition of the glorious vocals of Katie offers an immediate seduction but they cannot dismiss the shadows draping eagerly over the ear. It is a magnetic welcome which only deepens in lure and intensity as the drums flex their forceful sinews and the guitars bring a greater gnarly caress to the encounter. With the keys expanding their richly hued imaginative presence within the veins of doom spawned  corruptive contagion, the blend of light and dark is pure ingenious whilst the exceptional enchanting vocals and harmonies act like a beacon to restrain the musical and lyrical darkness. Other songs maybe have sparked thoughts The Magic Numbers etc. but Black Flowers seem to find a kind of kinship with bands such as Blood Ceremony and Jess & the Ancient Ones.

Black Flowers is outstanding, a track to thrust the band into the heart of British rock music, though you get the inkling that Jingo will never settle in one camp, and that makes them and their new single even the more exhilarating.

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10/10

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Turbocharged – Area 666

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Like being chewed alive by a pack of bestial behemoths whilst multiple jackhammers unrelentingly assault the senses, Area 666, the new album from death punk destructors Turbocharged, is one irresistible carnivorous tempest of unbridled intensity and sonic annihilation. Unleashing fourteen antagonistic predators with the energy and power to not only break down the sound barrier but ravage it with pure inventive spite, the album is pure ruinous intent and mastery. If there has been a hungrier violent fury released this year it is hard to recall but Area 666 is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and invigorating.

Formed in 2000, Turbocharged went from a trio at the start to having increasing and decreasing line-ups for the initial few years before finding itself back to a three piece again. This period also saw a demo recorded but it was unreleased. 2008 saw the band now back to a trio deciding to abandon the search for replacements for the lost members and the release of the Branded Forever demo. Its successor Arrogantus Metallus appeared the following year with the band also appearing at the Thunders over Miriquidi festival in Elterlein with the likes of Törr, Death SS, Kat, Interment, and Tormented. Debut album AntiXtian was recorded in the spring of 2010 though delays meant its release was not until December 24 that year, Lemmy’s birthday which in many ways listening to the new release is more than apt. Released on CD through Chaos Records a short while after, the release was well-received as the band continued to build their reputation with live shows which saw them sharing stages with bands such as Violentor, Sofisticator, Paganizer, Die Hard, Obsessör, Hell (Uk), Hammer, Children Of Technology and many more. The MCD Christ Zero of last year increased their stature again but you can only feel that Area 666 is the trigger to the fullest recognition and awareness. The album is bloodthirsty, nasty and at times plain vicious but it is a war on the ear you just do not want to stop or find mercy within.

The trio of vocalist/bassist Ronnie Ripper, drummer/vocalist Freddie Fister, and guitarist/vocalist Nick Shitstorm a.k.a. Old Nick, do not take Area 666 covera breath before sending a tsunami of riffs and rhythms crashing down on the ear with the title track, the scowling growls of Ripper instantly there to scold the senses. Soon into its stride the track is a punk infested scourge of guitar and drums with the bass adding extra unkind menace to proceedings. Littered with glorious anthemic gang chants and sharp bladed grooves the track also shifts through varied gait and intensity which seamlessly moves from breakneck adrenaline driven rampage to lumbering almost suffocating death throes and back again. It is a staggering start which is occasionally equalled but always challenged across the album.

Swarm does exactly as it says on the tin, just with more vehemence and vitriol than maybe hoped. An incessant scrub of sonic intrusion and rampant rhythms coated in a predacious riffing which leaves the body exhausted and cowering, the track is a blaze of ferocity and compelling maliciousness. Again like its predecessor, the song offers switches in attack and weight not forgetting hungry hooks and sonic imagination which tear at the passions to restrict escape. Standing toe to toe with the opener it is easily backed up by Christian Corpses and Worshipper, the first an almost sing-a-long like blistering where you can imagine Motorhead fans on extreme metal karaoke nights blissfully letting rip whilst the second is a darker rapacious malevolence, though no slouch on the fire searing energy and riff driven maelstrom front either. A scorching solo from Shitstorm sends the appetite into rabid hunger whilst the assault as a whole is pure addictive heavy-duty frenzy.

Through the likes of the brilliant sonic devouring that is Masses, Mortals and Maggots, where submission to its barbarous charms is instant, and the voraciously attentive Godfearings Cunts where senses are under a deluge of either heartless riffs or guitar majesty, Turbocharged pile on the intensity and pleasure whilst the crushing juggernaut of a murderous antagonist Scavengers Of the Light and especially the wonderfully severe Churchfire Commando take those same emotions into overload. The last of these is sheer scintillating toxicity, grooves and riffs make an insidious union to entrap and enflame the listener whilst the pestilent savage throat of the bass and the bone splintering rhythms are inhumanely lethal.

Every track on the album is a welcome bane, the further likes of noxious The Slut and The God and the fearsome closer Christcrawler making potent confirmation. Though across the album there is an open diversity, the surface assault of tracks means if the first couple do not do it for you than a run for the hills is in order as there is no change to the devastation pending. If like for us Turbocharged rip immediate subservience from the passions than Area 666 is a dangerously epidemic treat.

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10/10

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Isolated Atoms – Sex War

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Ladies and Gentlemen we might just have your single of the year, definitely a very serious and potent contender at the very least.  UK rockers Isolated Atoms has arguably been in the background for a great many whilst going about their creative purpose, evolving and honing a sound which manages to be familiar and distinctively new. Live performances and releases have ‘chronicled’ a band exploring and evolving its sound and presence whilst building a loyal and passionate fan-base. Acclaim has been no stranger to the Black Country quartet but you sense as their new single Sex Wars teases and coaxes the largest fires yet out of the passions that their time for full awareness and recognition has come. The single is delicious, a fiery anthemic entrapment which can only be devoured wholeheartedly and without restraint such its bait and lure.

Hailing from Dudley, the foursome of vocalist Grant Leon Ashman, guitarist Mark Neat, bassist David Davies, and drummer Yang first gripped attention with their debut single Tell Me What I Want of 2009 which drew enthusiastic notice from the likes of Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) and Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order). Last year the Illuminate EP expanded their stature with its collection of songs seemingly inspired by the likes of Joy Division and New Order within its rock imagination whilst also whispering bands like Editors and Dommin. It was a potent encounter matched earlier this year by the excellent Hold On single. Though maybe not their finest song at that point it still left thoughts and emotions awash with creative flavour and unmissable promise. Its sound had moved into a more ‘stadium’ rock type expression with flavours which could be compared to a Big Country or Doves in many ways, though still retaining the distinct voice of the band. Now Sex Wars leaves everything before behind and in its shade.

With a lone guitar teasing the air initially the song is soon standing tall with bulging rhythms, surly guitar taunts and exciting vocal harmonies. It is a blaze of a start which settles slightly as the distinctive expressive tones of Ashman take control of the narrative, with an inviting bass swagger and seductive keys skirting his every word. It soon forges a magnetic tempestuous and anthemic stomp through the ear with a seductive blues taste throughout and a chorus which holds a wanton freedom with a more than a hint of glam rock to its mischievous devilry. There is rawness to the track at times which only accelerates the passions whilst its virulent contagion ensures that rapture is bred by its climactic conclusion. Whispers of Simple Minds and Associates at the start move to those of The Black Crowes and The Black Keys by the end of the triumph, but really that is just a loose description of their unique and irrepressible sound.

Sex Wars is easily the finest moment to date in the history of Isolated Atoms and sees them finally out of the shadows and standing as one of the UK’s most impressive and exciting rock bands.

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10/10

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Die No More – Blueprint EP

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With a sound bred from the inspirations of the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath as well as softer essences of a Pearl Jam and Muse, Die No More step forward with a debut which suggests we have a very promising and exciting band on our hands. Consisting of four riotous and impressively sculpted songs, the Blueprint EP gets the job done with accomplished craft and scintillating energy. It is possibly not the most original sound which eagerly accosts the ear but it is an encounter which lights a deep satisfaction and hunger for plenty more.

Formed in 2011 and hailing from Penrith, Cumbria, Die No More consists of four friends with an unmissable passion for classic and modern metal. Originally under the name Dynamo up to just before recording their debut, the band has forged a loyal and enthusiastic fan-base across the north of the UK. The release of Blueprint should see the rest of the country and beyond beginning to stir to a similar awareness and greed for their potent presence. Mutually inviting and confrontational, muscular and melodically charming, the EP is an eventful storm offering familiarity and freshness, but mostly it simply brings inescapable enjoyment.

Opening track Conscious Indecision instantly leans against the ear with enticing riffs soon joined by tempting rhythms. With a swift Die No More Cover Artworkbreath the track erupts into an intensive push of thrash seeded riffs from the guitars of Kev Smith and Marc Farquhar, the latter’s vocals riding confidently and impressively on the crest of the powerful energy now in charge of the song. With a definite Hetfield lilt to his delivery he brings an expressive narrative to the track whilst the bass of Andy Minnett adds extra delicious intimidation, especially when given a space mid-way to drive the track into another transfixing venture. Guitar flames from Smith flare up magnificently at this point and with the sinews of drummer Steve Orchiton framing it all firmly and at times antagonistically, the skill of the band shouts loudly. It is an excellent start which without lingering after its departure ensures the release has a strong grip on the appetite.

The following Council Of War emerges on a wall of menace and building intensity, slow predacious riffs and rhythms caging the ear before the rampaging heart of the song erupts. With an arguably more classic metal feel than its predecessor though that thrash breath is still laying a hand on proceedings, the song is a relentless gnawing of the senses yet merciful enough to allow amidst its rapacious rabidity, melodic and sonic colour to burn brightly with the fullest temptation and imagination. The best track on the release it alone makes Die No More a band that has to be watched closely and with intent.

Nightmares steps up next with a warm blues lacing to its opening guitar beckoning joined swiftly by the heavy anthemic rhythms of Orchiton which build another compelling stage for the full body of the song to explore and ignite upon. Mellower than its predecessor but still bold and big boned in, the track is a pleasing and easily engaging companion, vocals and riffs easy to unite with whilst the sonic flare unveiled by Smith is magnetic. With its successor also a mighty assault on the passions, being sandwiched between two pinnacles does leave the track a little pale in comparison but it more than satisfies any need and has a lure which pulls you in time and time again.

The closing Oblivious is pure metallic tempestuousness with a more than healthy dose of punk attitude to its lyrical and belligerent riffing. With a chorus that commands the voice, rhythms which act like a puppeteer for feet, and riffing that takes care of the neck, the track is another anthemic high spiced with glorious spires of sonic invention. It is an irresistible climax to an equally contagious release, a final enslavement for thoughts and passions.

Certainly the Blueprint EP shows that Die No More has a little way to go to find a unique presence but at the same time it suggests that it is merely a matter of time. Most importantly it entertains from ear to heart and leaves you wishing this had been an album. A band on a rapid rise…

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8.5

RingMaster 07/09/2013

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Skandal – First Step To Nowhere EP

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UK based Skandal has a sound you cannot exactly pin down to offer a definitive description of, such its mix of fluid and diverse flavours which emerge and flow throughout their songs, but it is one which leaves a long lasting full bodied taste. Their debut two track EP, or should that be single as it would be called back in the day, is a masterful blend of appealing toxins so intense that maelstrom is nearer the mark, but a creative tempest the Leeds quartet has complete control of. Reeking of promise as it makes its impressive introduction, First Step To Nowhere easily has the appetite and thoughts primed for whatever emerges next from within the band, with a sharp hunger to match.

Skandal began as a studio project of vocalist/bassist Giorgos Raphael Skandalakis to create and record his own ideas away from the constraints of being in a band. After recording his two songs in Athens, the tracks making up the EP, Skandalakis moved to England where he met guitarist Sam Tom Baker and drummer Sam George Thomason. The band’s first trio of gigs saw them playing in Iceland, Greece, and England whilst soon after the line-up underwent some changes with Paul Daly replacing Thomason. Second guitarist Cris Harisoulis was also enlisted; the musician moving from Greece to Leeds to bring the line-up to a quartet and also to help manage the band. Recorded before the band was fully formed, First Step To Nowhere is an adventurous release with songs you can just imagine leaving venues bristling with enthusiasm coated in eager sweat, something the four-piece is proving through their shows.

Opening on an avalanche of potent rhythms soon accompanied by guitar teases and a throaty bass call, first track King makes no delay in falling into a feisty stride of melodic enterprise and colour drenched riffs framed by an excellent rhythmic tantalising. It is a blaze of classic metal urgency and energy coaxed on by a great stoner bred enterprise and persuasion. Immediately the production on the song stands out, every element of sound and instrumentation allowed space and clarity to breathe whilst unleashing individual flames that unite perfectly for a stirring and captivating encounter.  Admittedly the vocals of Skandalakis are a little smothered at times but not enough to demote his strong tones to the background and hurt the track. It is a breath-taking furnace of craft and energy with the guitars and bass stealing the limelight but pressed firmly by the great rhythmic web being laid down. Once seemingly settled, the song reveals the unpredictable strength of the band and songwriting as it takes a side step into a less rabid but equally as intense and maybe darker turn of imagination. For personal tastes the jagged stops and starts do the song no favours but are soon forgotten as the track twists into another burn of creative inspiration which sizzles and flares through to the end. It is a treat of an encounter which alone spawns great positivity towards the band.

Second track Distance opens with a sultry Mediterranean air and almost sirenesque persuasion of guitar and beckoning percussion, the welcome inviting the imagination and emotions to paint their own ideas before it reveals its own narrative which like its predecessor is related to the concept of time and death.  Once it has unfurled its sinews and muscular intensity there is an overwhelmingly darker presence and passion to the song compared to the opener, a death metal seeded voraciousness driving riffs and drums whilst vocally and melodically the song is wrapped in reflection and heart borne contemplation. As in the first, a continual evolution and shift in the gait and presentation of the track makes for an enthralling and magnetic confrontation, whilst the adventure of the music and its composition leaves surprise rife and satisfaction complete.

A release which also increases its power and depths with each visit, the songs seeming to find new absorbing things unveil each time, the First Step To Nowhere EP is a very impressive first step for a band you can only assume to be hearing and enjoying a lot more of in the future.

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9/10

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