The Cottonettes – DEMO 1

The Cottonettes

With the same instinctive infectiousness of early Undertones and the hook ability of Buzzcocks, DEMO 1 the debut EP from UK punks The Cottonettes is one of the most refreshing and invigorating genre releases this year. Grasped by a potent breath of nostalgia too, the four track stomp feeds all the needs and wants of any punk hunger whilst teasing with a pop contagion which is virulent and unashamedly anthemic. Sound wise the band transports you back to the likes of Television Personalities, The Shapes, and Swell Maps with a dose of the pop punkness of The Buzzards and The Lurkers to its charm, whilst equally carving out a presence set firmly in the audacious invention of the now. The result is a release and sound which is raw and honest, mischievous, and a wholly irresistible mayhem.

Formed in February 2012 by Guildford guitarist Ben Madle who soon recruited bassist Josh Young from Fleet into his master plan with Basingstoke based drummer Marty Dixon being brought in by the four string slapper, The Cottonettes has built a potent reputation and following around their immediate locale through their energetic live devilry and a series of cheek slapping singles. It is a presence which is stretching further afield and with the EP, and luck, will soon be igniting nationwide awareness and hunger for their unpolished gem of a sound.

Won’t Ya opens up the release and is instantly barracking the ears with thumping rhythms and antagonistic riffs. It is a magnetic a3850943094_2introduction soon driven by the unpolished vocals and a prime punk probing of the senses; simplicity and a genuine intent to unleash pure fun fuelling the track whilst translating it all to a riveting and addictive persuasion which soon has feet and voice joining its brawl. With an oi whisper loudly showing its sinews, an essence of bands like Serious Drinking adding to the mix, the track is a delicious incitement of old school glories and memories alongside a modern day bruising.

It is followed by the exceptional For The Boys, a sure fire anthem which will have venues, terraces, and passions reaping its seeds. Senses bashing beats rile up the air first before the guitar starts slashing any remaining peace with discord clad riffs and ridiculously addictive hooks. Like a riot instigated by Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Suburban Studs, the track is an infestation of epidemic punk antagonism and raucous seduction which recruits the fullest enjoyment and wholehearted participation.

Entering on a confident swagger, Happy For You takes up the reins left by the previous song to stomp through the ear straight to the passions, big swinging rhythms and jangle coated guitars skirting vocal chants and a boisterous energy. It is a full-on punk persuasion which leads thoughts and emotions into nefarious anarchic ways before the closing Oh No! Yoko finishes the release off in a blaze of melodically rubbed pop punk. Catchy grooves and hooks make welcome bait amongst the caustic riffs and commanding rhythms, the mix especially with the more melody soaked voice of the song reminiscent of The Freshies.

     DEMO 1 is an excellent slice of essential punk rock and The Cottonettes a band who carve out a thrilling stance through distilling old school British punk with a more devious modern version which teases with varied flavours. This is a band and release which deserves the fullest attention and recognition within the genre and you suspect they will soon be getting it.

http://www.thecottonettes.com/

9/10

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Unzucht – Rosenkreuzer

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Unleashing their second album on a generally unsuspecting world, German band Unzucht take little time in showing themselves to be a formidable and robust provocation, and more importantly a thoroughly captivating one. Creating a rapacious brew of industrial and gothic metal which as easily seduces as it can chew upon the senses, the Lower Saxony based quartet with Rosenkreuzer, have primed themselves to be an undiscovered presence for a great many no longer. Consisting of thirteen songs which romance and invigorate the passions, the release is a fiery and magnetic tempest of sonic causticity and metallic antagonism wrapped in a smouldering electro glaze which soaked in enthralling temptation makes band and album one of the must listen escapades of 2013.

Formed by De Clercq (guitar, electronics, vocals) and emerging around 2009 with the line-up of vocalist Der Schulz, bassist Blaschke, and drummer Fuhrmann alongside its founder, Unzucht unleashed debut EP Engel der Vernichtung the same year. Numerous appearances on a wide array of compilations followed before the release of the Deine Zeit läuft ab EP in 2012. Bringing a strong attention and reputation their way simultaneously, the band in September of last year uncaged their debut album, Todsünde 8 , a record which went hand in hand with an intensive length of time touring which saw Unzucht on the road firstly with Mono Inc., followed by Megaherz and then a eager participant at the Dark End Festivals 2012. Their album drew good acclaim, stretching the recognition of the band to greater lengths which Rosenkreuzer will ignite further. With a very successful co-headlining tour alongside Lord Of The Lost under the belt this year, Unzucht stand poised to truly explode a full awareness around them with their album an irresistible weapon.

The NoCut Entertainment released Rosenkreuzer takes mere moments to have attention and anticipation alert with its title track. Unzucht - Rosenkreuzer - ArtworkOpening up the adventure with instantly contagious electro grooves and an enticing atmosphere, the track is soon teasing and dancing around the ears with unchecked energy and a brewing rapacious intensity which ebbs and flows pleasingly around the excellent vocals, theirs a clean delivery with scowling and melodic harmonies alternatingly taunting the imagination further.  It is a compelling introduction to the album, a fiery mix of industrial and gothic endeavour which is soon matched by Kind von Traurigkeit. Less forward at the start but more intimidating in its breath than its predecessor, the track roams senses and thoughts with an accomplished and engaging prowl, the vocals an emotive narrative which as in all songs defies its German language delivery to paint an evocative picture upon the enticingly crafted canvas of the song.

Triebwerk stalks the ear next, its opening predation soon accelerated into a dark hearted crowding of the senses with raw riffs and caging rhythms. With menace and danger continuing to guide the track, and pop kissed flames exploding across its bow to increase the potency of the resourceful evocation throughout, the song keeps the thrilling presence of the album going before passing the baton on to the absorbing Nur die Ewigkeit. There is a seemingly familiar presence to this track from the start, the vocals again inviting full attention to the Numanesque sounds which stroll with respect and inciting success around the imagination. It does not quite live up to the heady levels set but leaves the appetite for the album boiling nicely.

Through the feisty Feuersturm with its incendiary electronic stimulation and metallic aggravation, and the smouldering croon of Zwischen den Welten, the album continues to grip purposely and effectively, the second of the pair a seductive and sinisterly inventive treaty for the passions to submit to. There are at times elements which bring thoughts of Rammstein into play though they are fleeting moments to be fair, except on the outstanding Angst which is very much in their countrymen’s territory, and though there is an easy to access and commit to feel to the songs it is all distinctly Unzucht.

There is not one track where you find yourself looking forward or reluctant to indulge in numerous time but further pinnacles come through the excellent Das dunkle Tier, a track which dares to involve a delicious stoner/hard rock groove into its expressive tantalising, and the wonderfully inventive and powerful Der Untergang where the band again draw out a call which is pure contagion whilst sealing it in an emotionally blazing pool of sublime beauty.

An impressive cover of the Héroes Del Silencio track Entre Dos Tierras also stands out with its inventive and melodic head held high before the album provides a deliciously sculpted ballad in the shape of Nymphonie and finishes with the exhausting electro/metal stomp of Mit Dir oder ohne Dich. Coursing with a rhythmic rabidity which often has to relinquish its grip throughout to the equally fascinating hues of the keys and electronic weaves which eventually take the song into stronger evocative depths, the track is a melancholic sunset to close Rosenkreuzer. The album is a refreshing incitation from a band you can expect to be on a great many more lips and exploring a greater well of eagerly attentive ears here on in.

http://www.unzucht-music.com/

8/10

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Dead End Finland – Season Of Withering

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Parading an enterprising expanse of melodic metal with an undeniably infectious essence of pop to its body, Season Of Withering the new album from Finnish metallers Dead End Finland is a deceptively addictive slice of work. Equally ripe with symphonic and carnivorous traits, the release makes an appealing and satisfying encounter but all the time works away at breeding an addiction which lingers and makes both band and album a very easy to return to proposition. The ten track release could not be classed as ground-breaking and at times offers songs which arguably should be bigger than they are, but all the time its charm and craft makes a rich persuasion which convinces and holds attention throughout.

The Helsinki band follows up their self-released debut album Stain of Disgrace, with a release which takes the power and qualities of its predecessor into a more vibrant, rounded, and certainly rapacious confrontation.  The Inverse Records released Season Of Withering engages the ears with a sound which is like a blend of Dommin and The Kovenant with a spillage of Livarkahil and Die En Grey to it. It is an intriguing and constantly provocative challenge which awakens a very healthy appetite for its dramatic textures and soaring melodic voice even if at occasional moments it borders on sappy.

The release opens with the title track, a blaze of industrial coaxed metal explored by keys which soar through the air whilst beneath riffs def_seasonofwithering_coverand rhythms cage the senses in a predacious and spiteful caustic temptation. The vocals of Mikko Virtanen equally offer a raw scowling delivery at first but as the intensity and melodic flames of the track grow and consume, their presence takes on a more harmonic and generously rewarding suasion which accelerates along with the sounds into an infectious lure which especially grips during the chorus. Dramatic and potently alluring, the track is a powerful introduction which may not forge new avenues but triggers a keen hunger for what is on offer with Season Of Withering.

The following An Unfair Order opens similarly to its predecessor, Jarno Hänninen’s keys making an initial pleasing beckoning before a clean vocal delivery opens up the narrative. With snatches of intensity and vocal growling adding their shadows, the song is a melodic canvas of evocative craft and accomplished enterprise which makes a convincing palate of sound and endeavour to work with, if falling below the heights of the excellent opener. Its successor Paranoia launches its attempt to emulate the early pinnacle with a snarling near on malicious start which is soon sharing space with further magnetic melodic suasion. It also fails to reach its target but with impressive vocals and a savage bass tone prowling its flank, the track is certainly another contagious hook for the album.

Zero Hour creates a web of industrial and death coated metal which is soon wrapped in an excellent melodic and pop caress, the warmer element making a keen and tempering companion to the exhaustive corrosive heart of the track. With the drums of Miska Rajasuo framing the intense mix with commanding skill and the bass/guitar invention of Santtu Rosén sculpting expressive textures beneath the vast tapestry of synth imagination, another pinnacle of the album is crafted and enjoyed. Season Of Withering is a release which definitely needs numerous entries to explore its depths and nuances, and this song is a prime example as below the at times overbearing presence of the keys there is a wealth of imagination and thrilling adventure being played out by Rosén.

Through the likes of the antagonistically consuming Hypocrite Declaim and the intensive Silent Passage with its tempestuous rhythmic assault and fiery sonic ravaging, Dead End Finland continue to recruit attention and emotional engagement with ease whilst Sinister Dream unloads an aggressive  and voracious rage of metallic fury which has the appetite licking its lips. As in all songs, the merger of savagery and melodic elegance is impressively crafted and brought to bear on the imagination, the track ensuring that it’s and the album’s company is thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed.

The album closes with firstly the excellent Shape Of The Mind, its opening orchestral seeded welcome a sultry beckon into the jaws of the track, its aural lips in a constant snarl and waiting to pounce even when the deep melodic hues and the melancholic piano led haunting ambience has centre stage. It is followed by Dreamlike Silence, a final expansive and chilling yet poetic fire of imaginative and thought provoking emotive excellence. It is an impressive closure to a release which makes a stirring job at igniting an enthusiasm and hunger for its tantalising sounds. Season Of Withering does not bring anything truly new to the table but undoubtedly leaves a lasting and predominantly satisfying impression which is well worth exploring.

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7/10

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