The Fall of Eden – Memoirs

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Scottish metalcore band The Fall of Eden, certainly on the evidence of their debut EP Memoirs, is an emerging force which could and should be a regular spot on the radar. Still relatively young as a proposition, the Glasgow quintet have made their introduction with a release seeping promise at every corner whilst providing an enterprising and enjoyable fury. It is fair to say that this is a force still in evolution and that the EP lacks a truly standalone distinction to other strong and hungry genre bands out there, but there is definitely something compelling and inviting about their invention and imagination which ignites eager anticipation for their future.

Consisting of vocalist Kevin Blaney, guitarists Matt McLeod and Kieran Ward, bassist Sean Breslin, and Hamish McGowan on drums, The Fall of Eden formed in early 2012 and took little time in crafting and honing their first blaze of songs. Taking inspirations from the likes of Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Bring Me The Horizon, Oceano, and Lamb Of God into their antagonistic sound and invention, the band began igniting stages locally and beyond with their powerful live performances and across the past year or so have played with the likes of Night Verses, Flood of Red, Surrender the Coast, Truth and It’s Burden, Martyr Defiled, Demoraliser, Heart In Hand, Here Comes The Kraken and Thy Art Is Murder. Their reputation has risen alongside their live energy and attack which debut release Memoirs can only accelerate and take to a wider awareness.

The release shows that the band’s sound stretches beyond simply metalcore, though it is the core to creative the furnaces posing as coversongs. With a melodic flame licking at the heart of the tracks and an adventurous imagination equally coaxing out bravery in the songwriting, Memoirs opens with The Fall and instantly pushes the imagination and thoughts into action. An atmospheric brew raises its breath first, an ambience already being worried by the impending vocals of Blaney. As he and the intensity reaches forward to confront the ear, the track explodes into an invitingly textured provocation, the first rage quick and blunt before stepping into a more predatory stalking of ears and senses. The guitars wind sonic endeavour around the muscular core and rhythmic testing to push the breath of unpredictability and keep the listener’s expectations challenged throughout, and though debatably some of the changes and shifts are not as fluid as possibly they could be it matters little within a track which is unafraid to try things and take the listener on an adventurous ride.

The following Broken Lullaby takes a more deliberate stalking of the senses, riffs and rhythms caging off any escape with sinew clad rapaciousness whilst a melodic cast of craft and intrigue marks the way for the vocal scowls of Blaney to enjoyably bruise the air.  One of the more straight forward and expected tracks on the EP, it still forges a hold and satisfaction which cannot be dismissed or taken lightly. It maybe lacks the imagination of its predecessor and thus the potency and success but nevertheless easily continues the strong and pleasing introduction.

Both Pressure and A Poet, A Bard and a Baron keeps things boiling, the first scowling heavily with a hardcore aspect to the attack, a flavour which has already had moments of success in the opening pair, whilst its successor through a ‘gentler’ melodic embrace shows the expanse and depth of the songwriting and sound already seeded within the band. The pair of songs forms the pinnacle of Memoirs, their aggressive and uncompromising but enterprising tirade and inventive drama respectively,  major reasons why The Fall of Eden raises a hunger and assumption that the band has a bright future and plenty to offer UK intensive metal.

The closing Pavor Nocturnus is a decent enough conclusion but does feed the expectations which seemingly come with any new metalcore band. With a fire bred passion and undoubted thoughtful craft though, the track avoids feeling like an anti-climax after the quality of the previous two tracks and keeps that keen appetite fully engaged with release and band.

Expect to hear more of The Fall of Eden as they appear to have all the tools to emerge as something fresh and incendiary within metalcore, those whispers vibrant and potently brewing within the Memoirs EP. It is a release well worth checking out especially as it comes as a Name Your Price download at http://thefallofeden.bandcamp.com/

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7.5/10

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inSeverance – Veritas

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It may be raw and at times spiteful but Veritas, the debut EP from inSeverance is like its creators, an unpolished gem which ignites real enthusiasm and hunger for the band’s future. Creating an evocative brawl from a mix of punk, rock, and metal, the Canadian quartet makes a convincing introduction with their six track release. It is as said green in presence and comes with a production which casts a sink or swim touch over the songs to deal with, but ultimately they and the EP do overcome that to leave a rather satisfying and very promising confrontation from this confidently emerging band.

Formed in 2009 and hailing from Toronto, inSeverance has a stature and sound which is honest and unafraid to wear its passion on its sleeve musically and lyrically. Consisting of vocalist Leigh Oxide, guitarist Kyle Layton Thomas, bassist Mike Dynamite, and drummer Dickey, the band instantly wakes up attention through the opening track upon Veritas. A lone guitar strokes the ears initially as Gaslight comes into view; it a teasing bait soon aided by sinew cloaked rhythms and feisty riff rubs. Settling into a purposeful gait with the vocals of Oxide a magnetic lure to add a sultry tension to the encounter, the track prowls and tempts the ear like a mix of The Distillers, The Objek, and early No Doubt. The song has a fiery breath and rapacious snarl which constantly provokes the passions whilst its imagination and invention persistently inflames further the already greedy appetite devouring the song. Production wise the song is unable to ignite its fullest fire, the sadly bland coating preventing  the track’s pilot light from sparking, but despite that it still emerges as a riveting and impressive start which secures a full hunger towards the rest of the release.

Seething follows with a more reserved and considered attack, it’s haunting start drawing in thoughts before the band opens up another 4039766embrace of crisp rhythms and fine guitar craft all prowled by the menace of the bass. That evocative threat emerges in the fine vocals too, Oxide like in the first treating the song to gentle and raucous variations which all comes with passion and a ready snarl. Not as exploratory as its predecessor the track still offers plenty to get excited over, the great choppy guitar and vocal blend across the band especially potent.

Next up Erosion shows the band has the ability to dig deep into their emotive depths and wardrobe of intensive evocative persuasion, the song a blaze of impacting and raging emotion. It suffers from the production again and fails to grip as intently as earlier tracks anyway but as it smoulders and gets stronger with each encounter, it still leaves a very palatable impression. An impress soon reinforced by the punk riot of Contusion, a song which leaps at the jugular whilst soothing the wounds with seductive vocal harmonies and contagion soaked hooks. A muscular storm of punk ‘n’ roll which takes no prisoners but treats them with a modicum of respect as it entices out their passions, the song is an outstanding slice of adventure rivalling the opening tempest for top honours upon Veritas.

The EP is concluded by firstly Skylines and lastly Admired. The first of the pair is an intensive scorching of the senses and thoughts without igniting real fire in the passions, but again it shows plenty to sculpt suggestions and promise of greater things to come from the band whilst the final song is a sultry piece of pop rock with fine temptation and melodic endeavour, as well as some blues kissed guitar play going towards creating  a strong engaging finale.

Ripe with imagination and inventive intent, inSeverance is a band in the early stages of forging a big presence and imprint with their punk fused rock ‘n’ roll. Veritas shows that there is a great deal to be excited by whilst breeding strong expectations that given the opportunity the band has something major waiting to emerge inside. Time will tell but it would be foolish to bet against it.

http://www.inseverance.com

8/10

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Emphatic – Another Life

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Nestling potently and comfortably amongst the likes of Three Days Grace, Alterbridge, Chevelle, and Creed, US rock band Emphatic step forward once again to light up ears and thoughts with their new album Another Life. It is not a release which exactly sets down new markers or offers dramatically unique ventures within its eleven emotively powerful offerings but certainly it is one which leaves a strong canvas of infectious and richly rewarding musical narratives for senses and imagination to eagerly indulge in. The successor to the acclaimed Damage of 2011, the new album provides an appealing dose of heart sculpted highly accomplished rock intensity and passion.

Formed in 2004 by guitarist Justin McCain, Emphatic has had a steady and constantly ascending emergence, first leaving strong marks through their self-titled debut album of 2005 and three years later the Goodbye Girl EP. It was the release of Damage though which triggered a new depth of attention and awareness, not forgetting acclaim around the band. Live too with the sharing of stages with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Flyleaf, Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Adelitas Way, the band’s reputation has grown and brought an enthused audience to their excellently crafted and energetically honed sounds.

The release of the last album was followed by the departure of vocalist Patrick Wilson who suffered a career halting injury when he fractured his larynx, and with also rhythm guitarist Lance Dowdle and bassist Alan Larson leaving, Emphatic was facing uncertain times. Eventually though McCain and drummer Patrick Mussack enlisted Jesse Saint (Scum of the Earth/The Autumn Offering) on bass and Bill Hudson (Cellador) on guitar whilst the frontman spot was taken by Toryn Green, the former vocalist of Fuel and touring lead vocalist for Apocalyptica. The new blood and energy gave a new lease of life to the band it is fair to say and certainly has combined to create in Another Life, their finest moment yet and a thoroughly enjoyable and persistently satisfying encounter.

The Omaha, Nebraska based band immediately works on the senses with the opening persuasion of Life After Anger. The song is a keen Album Coverand emotional caress with the vocals of Green taking little time to impress amongst sturdy beats and sinew driven riffs. The melodic heat and expressive voice of the track equally lays a reflective enticing lure and with an element of Seether to it, the song makes an excellent lead into the heart of the release which is straight away backed up by Time is Running Out. Again there is a familiarity to the track, something which applies to the album as a whole, but equally there is a flourish and intensity which marks it as Emphatic bred. The addictive sonic groove and continuing to impress vocals and supportive harmonies capture the imagination alongside a solid resource of invention and enterprise which parades across the song to bring forth a strong appetite for album and band.

The following Lights makes a gentle coaxing with its first breath before adding a little more urgency to its still restrained and emotional beckoning. The song than settles into a provocative and intensive narrative which without matching the heights just set still draws thoughts and emotions into its embrace whilst stretching the variety within the album, a melodic diversity given another flame by next up Some Things Never Die. The song similarly misses previous plateaus set but with a melodramatic touch of keys and tenderly preying call of riffs and bass, emerges to give its share of strong satisfaction and another string to the album’s aural bow.

Both The Choice and the title track bring the album up to its earlier heights, the first with an expectation feeding slice of rock but one which ensures they have a skilled and potent meal whilst the second entwines a delicious groove around an imaginative and fiery melodic painting of contagious adventure and evocative craft. The best song on Another Life, it leads passions by the hand into a sweltering dance of reflection bred, melody soaked colour within captivating passionate scenery.

As tracks like the stylish I Don’t Need You and the ballad Louder Than Love unveil their varying temptations and the fevered Forbidden You provokes the imagination, Emphatic continue to provide a thoroughly engaging presence. The three songs again are slightly adrift of the biggest highlights of the release whilst being soaked in a sound which arguably many bands have explored previously, but each nevertheless creates a persuasion and invitation that is hard to refuse or not want to accompany again.

Closing with the greatly pleasing Take Your Place, a track like many with an anthemic lure to its chorus and skilled bait to its melodic craft, and the lead single from Another Life in the shape of the adrenaline fuelled Remember Me, the album at the end of the day is an absorbing and openly enjoyable encounter. Superbly crafted and impressively delivered, Emphatic has brought a proposition which leaves you fully satisfied and with an increased appetite for their offering, a meal you know and feel safe with but also one filled with little spices of invention that keeps it fresh and daring.

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7.5/10

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