The Betrayer’s Judgement – Philosopher

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Engulfed in plenty of acclaim and promise, French hardcore/djent quintet The Betrayer’s Judgement unleashes their next slice of carnivorous invention with the Philosopher EP. It is a rampant and predacious force of imagination and enterprise with a hungry energy to match and though it does not always tempt to the same consistent heights across its antagonistic body, the release is an engrossing and excitingly promising encounter.

Formed in 2009, The Betrayer’s Judgement were soon taking a swipe at attention with firstly The Worst Sickness demo of 2010, a metalcore bred encounter, and even more so with debut album Run Out Of Fuel the following year. Shows and festivals have only increased and accelerated the band’s reputation and ascent, the five piece sharing stages with the likes of Caliban, The A.R.R.S, and Betraying the Martyrs along the way. The Twin Peak Records released Philosopher is the next potent and formidable step in their rise, a six track ravishment of the senses and imagination to raise a very healthy appetite for the band’s explosive and bold sound.

Broken Mirrors instantly sets ears and release off in incendiary style, the orchestral sculpted dawning of the song an epic and EP_coverrigorously persuasive invitation which finds greater potency as the intensive riffing and rhythmic barracking explodes into action. It is a breath stealing blast to the senses, the towering rhythmic punches and predatory riffing rabid and the technical craft riveting. With equally rapacious snarling vocals from Cyril Szczepaniak, his delivery a grouchy scowling pleasure, the track is a bestial provocation with an open evolution just waiting to prey on the impressive canvas already cast. The returning stringed emotive flight is a returning temptation which constantly enhances the pleasure whilst the clean vocals of guitarist Jean-Aimé Leclercq make a tempering addition to the storm. His smooth tones are strong and hard to dismiss but for personal tastes the slight defusing of the firestorm of intensity is not as successful as an anticipated all-out ravaging but still enjoyably imaginative.

Both Lights Out and Elapsed Time: Real Life rage against the senses with a skilled and uncompromising enterprise, the first of the two dragging its guttural toxicity to stalk the emotions within a rabid maelstrom of rhythms from drummer Arnaud Lefebvre and the voracious air scorching riffs and sonic pestilence crafted by Leclercq and fellow guitarist Flavian Dutoit. Again the barbarous delivery of Szczepaniak reigns over the clean but the mix is a much stronger and impression union though the outstanding track lacks the spark to match the opening pinnacle. The second of the two features Ryan Kirby from Fit For a King and instantly unleashes a vocal tsunami of malevolent intensity and passion. Strings coax the passions as potently as in the first song and the bass of Raphaël Darras finds a dark resonance which as across all songs just seduces the passions. With great classical and melodic teasing from the keys and a constant oppression aggression to drool over the track is a thunderous furnace of sonic causticity and inventive fire, though again the clean vocals as accomplished and flawless as they are do not really enhance or sell the track, though as mentioned this is just a preference rather than a criticism of Leclercq’s ability.

The title track makes for a dramatic and blustery oppression on the ears, the track a labour intensive listen which rewards with some inspiring intrigue and invention to its design beneath and immersed into its brutal touch and craft which leaves the senses shell-shocked. There are no clean vocals on show and it works a treat, the band and sound suggesting they would benefit by a reduction of its use which is reinforced at times again by the destructively sculpted track The Journey. The track employs spoken vocals aligned to the raucous bile soaked growls alongside a mouth-watering blaze of disorientating rhythms, melodic searing, and a delicious melodramatic discord kissed wantonness to the keys. It is another impressive and intrusively persuasive assault to inspire real suspicion and anticipation that The Betrayer’s Judgement is a potential major force of the future.

Completed by a decent enough remix of Broken Mirrors by The Algorithm, though it is not a patch on the original as it dissipates virtually all of the brutality and rapturous voraciousness, the Philosopher EP is an outstanding violent goading of the passions and a striking marker on the rise of The Betrayer’s Judgement.

Download the Philosopher EP as a buy now name your price release @ http://thebetrayersjudgement.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thebetrayersjudgement

8/10

RingMaster 29/11/2013

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Engulfed in plenty of acclaim and promise, French hardcore/djent quintet The Betrayer’s Judgement unleashes their next slice of carnivorous invention with the Philosopher EP. It is a rampant and predacious force of imagination and enterprise with a hungry energy to match and though it does not always tempt to the same consistent heights across its antagonistic body, the release is an engrossing and excitingly promising encounter.

Formed in 2009, The Betrayer’s Judgement were soon taking a swipe at attention with firstly The Worst Sickness demo of 2010, a metalcore bred encounter, and even more so with debut album Run Out Of Fuel the following year. Shows and festivals have only increased and accelerated the band’s reputation and ascent, the five piece sharing stages with the likes of Caliban, The A.R.R.S, and Betraying the Martyrs along the way. The Twin Peak Records released Philosopher is the next potent and formidable step in their rise, a six track ravishment of the senses and imagination to raise a very healthy appetite for the band’s explosive and bold sound.

Broken Mirrors instantly sets ears and release off in incendiary style, the orchestral sculpted dawning of the song an epic and rigorously persuasive invitation which finds greater potency as the intensive riffing and rhythmic barracking explodes into action. It is a breath stealing blast to the senses, the towering rhythmic punches and predatory riffing rabid and the technical craft riveting. With equally rapacious snarling vocals from Cyril Szczepaniak, his delivery a grouchy scowling pleasure, the track is a bestial provocation with an open evolution just waiting to prey on the impressive canvas already cast. The returning stringed emotive flight is a returning temptation which constantly enhances the pleasure whilst the clean vocals of guitarist Jean-Aimé Leclercq make a tempering addition to the storm. His smooth tones are strong and hard to dismiss but for personal tastes the slight defusing of the firestorm of intensity is not as successful as an anticipated all-out ravaging but still enjoyably imaginative.

Both Lights Out and Elapsed Time: Real Life rage against the senses with a skilled and uncompromising enterprise, the first of the two dragging its guttural toxicity to stalk the emotions within a rabid maelstrom of rhythms from drummer Arnaud Lefebvre and the voracious air scorching riffs and sonic pestilence crafted by Leclercq and fellow guitarist Flavian Dutoit. Again the barbarous delivery of Szczepaniak reigns over the clean but the mix is a much stronger and impression union though the outstanding track lacks the spark to match the opening pinnacle. The second of the two features Ryan Kirby from Fit For a King and instantly unleashes a vocal tsunami of malevolent intensity and passion. Strings coax the passions as potently as in the first song and the bass of Raphaël Darras finds a dark resonance which as across all songs just seduces the passions. With great classical and melodic teasing from the keys and a constant oppression aggression to drool over the track is a thunderous furnace of sonic causticity and inventive fire, though again the clean vocals as accomplished and flawless as they are do not really enhance or sell the track, though as mentioned this is just a preference rather than a criticism of Leclercq’s ability.

The title track makes for a dramatic and blustery oppression on the ears, the track a labour intensive listen which rewards with some inspiring intrigue and invention to its design beneath and immersed into its brutal touch and craft which leaves the senses shell-shocked. There are no clean vocals on show and it works a treat, the band and sound suggesting they would benefit by a reduction of its use which is reinforced at times again by the destructively sculpted track The Journey. The track employs spoken vocals aligned to the raucous bile soaked growls alongside a mouth-watering blaze of disorientating rhythms, melodic searing, and a delicious melodramatic discord kissed wantonness to the keys. It is another impressive and intrusively persuasive assault to inspire real suspicion and anticipation that The Betrayer’s Judgement is a potential major force of the future.

Completed by a decent enough remix of Broken Mirrors by The Algorithm, though it is not a patch on the original as it dissipates virtually all of the brutality and rapturous voraciousness, the Philosopher EP is an outstanding violent goading of the passions and a striking marker on the rise of The Betrayer’s Judgement.

Download the Philosopher EP as a buy now name your price release @ http://thebetrayersjudgement.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thebetrayersjudgement

8/10

RingMaster 29/11/2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0OBY0gJhMM

 

Engulfed in plenty of acclaim and promise, French hardcore/djent quintet The Betrayer’s Judgement unleashes their next slice of carnivorous invention with the Philosopher EP. It is a rampant and predacious force of imagination and enterprise with a hungry energy to match and though it does not always tempt to the same consistent heights across its antagonistic body, the release is an engrossing and excitingly promising encounter.

Formed in 2009, The Betrayer’s Judgement were soon taking a swipe at attention with firstly The Worst Sickness demo of 2010, a metalcore bred encounter, and even more so with debut album Run Out Of Fuel the following year. Shows and festivals have only increased and accelerated the band’s reputation and ascent, the five piece sharing stages with the likes of Caliban, The A.R.R.S, and Betraying the Martyrs along the way. The Twin Peak Records released Philosopher is the next potent and formidable step in their rise, a six track ravishment of the senses and imagination to raise a very healthy appetite for the band’s explosive and bold sound.

Broken Mirrors instantly sets ears and release off in incendiary style, the orchestral sculpted dawning of the song an epic and rigorously persuasive invitation which finds greater potency as the intensive riffing and rhythmic barracking explodes into action. It is a breath stealing blast to the senses, the towering rhythmic punches and predatory riffing rabid and the technical craft riveting. With equally rapacious snarling vocals from Cyril Szczepaniak, his delivery a grouchy scowling pleasure, the track is a bestial provocation with an open evolution just waiting to prey on the impressive canvas already cast. The returning stringed emotive flight is a returning temptation which constantly enhances the pleasure whilst the clean vocals of guitarist Jean-Aimé Leclercq make a tempering addition to the storm. His smooth tones are strong and hard to dismiss but for personal tastes the slight defusing of the firestorm of intensity is not as successful as an anticipated all-out ravaging but still enjoyably imaginative.

Both Lights Out and Elapsed Time: Real Life rage against the senses with a skilled and uncompromising enterprise, the first of the two dragging its guttural toxicity to stalk the emotions within a rabid maelstrom of rhythms from drummer Arnaud Lefebvre and the voracious air scorching riffs and sonic pestilence crafted by Leclercq and fellow guitarist Flavian Dutoit. Again the barbarous delivery of Szczepaniak reigns over the clean but the mix is a much stronger and impression union though the outstanding track lacks the spark to match the opening pinnacle. The second of the two features Ryan Kirby from Fit For a King and instantly unleashes a vocal tsunami of malevolent intensity and passion. Strings coax the passions as potently as in the first song and the bass of Raphaël Darras finds a dark resonance which as across all songs just seduces the passions. With great classical and melodic teasing from the keys and a constant oppression aggression to drool over the track is a thunderous furnace of sonic causticity and inventive fire, though again the clean vocals as accomplished and flawless as they are do not really enhance or sell the track, though as mentioned this is just a preference rather than a criticism of Leclercq’s ability.

The title track makes for a dramatic and blustery oppression on the ears, the track a labour intensive listen which rewards with some inspiring intrigue and invention to its design beneath and immersed into its brutal touch and craft which leaves the senses shell-shocked. There are no clean vocals on show and it works a treat, the band and sound suggesting they would benefit by a reduction of its use which is reinforced at times again by the destructively sculpted track The Journey. The track employs spoken vocals aligned to the raucous bile soaked growls alongside a mouth-watering blaze of disorientating rhythms, melodic searing, and a delicious melodramatic discord kissed wantonness to the keys. It is another impressive and intrusively persuasive assault to inspire real suspicion and anticipation that The Betrayer’s Judgement is a potential major force of the future.

Completed by a decent enough remix of Broken Mirrors by The Algorithm, though it is not a patch on the original as it dissipates virtually all of the brutality and rapturous voraciousness, the Philosopher EP is an outstanding violent goading of the passions and a striking marker on the rise of The Betrayer’s Judgement.

Download the Philosopher EP as a buy now name your price release @ http://thebetrayersjudgement.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thebetrayersjudgement

8/10

RingMaster 29/11/2013

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Kult – Unleashed From Dismal Light

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Italian black metallers Kult have returned with their strongly anticipated second album Unleashed From Dismal Light and as the eight track release savages the senses with its raw and rapacious malevolence you cannot avoid feeling that it is a long overdue violation. The album does not defy expectations, the Como quartet proudly uncaging the resourceful old school black metal they build their sound upon and are known for, the release leaving the genre’s boundaries safe from rupturing into new pastures but with a causticity and vitriol which ignites the senses the album provides a healthy level of satisfaction as the band comes back into focus.

Kult was formed in 2002 by guitarist Kacele and vocalist Werewolf, and within its first year released the Total Devastation demo whilst playing shows across Italy and Switzerland. It was their 2007 released debut album Winds Of War which cast the band to a wider attention around Europe and further afield, the band backing it and their emerging stature with tours and festival appearances. It has been six years between albums but with new vocalist Tumulash replacing Werewolf who left the band earlier this year, alongside Kacele, bassist Davide White, and drummer Gionata Potenti, Kult and Unleashed From Dismal Light looks set to reignite the band’s reputation and presence within black metal.

Released via cult German label Folter Records, the album emerges from a sinister ambience as opener Specter’s Recurrence Kult_UnleashedFromDismalLight_Covercomes into view. The haunting coaxing sets a menacing atmospheric scene, church bells tolling for the impending menace and unbridled ferocity launched by guitars and rhythms, a sonic pestilence ridden by the equally rabid vocal squalls. With acidic melodic lures entwined around the battering of intensive rhythms and venomous delivery of Tumulash, it is an unsurprising but tasty savagery, the bestial bass tones and occasional eruption of addictive hooks sparking an eager appetite for the onslaught.

The intensive examination of the ears continues with Malicious Metamorphosis, the prowling entrance of the track an immediate doom clad embrace given a destructive breath by Tumulash. The bass of White again has a dark voice which grips attention from within the strong persuasion of the song, its stalking potent bait within the winding sonically sculpted melodies wrapped in coarse intensive persistence. The production on song and release is murky, which accentuates the suffocating nature of the immersive sound but also suppresses the clarity of some of the stronger invention and enterprise, leaving thoughts unsure of its success either way. Nevertheless the album continues to satisfy and spark the imagination as the predatory Exercitus Mortorum with its carnivorous intent and swaggering rabidity alongside the merciless To Flagellate Life soon prove.

Unleashed From Dismal Lights at no point sets the passions aflame but certainly has them awoken to its increasingly predacious assault. Raging Curse Upon Man is another stalking beast of a track, sinews and gait concentrated on corruption of the senses whilst rhythms tumble and roam through the ear with a vindictive nature to match the ever voracious vocals. The track exploits the essences of black metal at its original core to make a strong introduction but when turning in a temptation of dirty rock ‘n’ roll loaded with wanton addictive grooves it raises the pinnacle of the album with ease, its most adventurous and exploratory encounter.

The rampant Into Deadly Coils with its bordering on folkish swing is another major highlight of the release, the track an irrepressible almost friendly encounter with its brief but enticing instrumental presence, whilst the following Sons of Nightfall and closing track Senza Pace complete the album with an insidiously taunting yet potently alluring sprawl of blackened malevolence.

Much of the inventive depths of the songs are overwhelmed by the instinctive sonic venom and smothering production of the album it is fair to say but offers enough strength to tempt within the tempest to make Unleashed From Dismal Light a very worthy focus for the attention of old school black metal fans and those with a broader remit. Kult has not reinvented the wheel but appealingly made it roll with raw invention to again mark the band out.

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7/10

RingMaster 29/11/2013

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Vyre – The Initial Frontier Pt. 1

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Driven by an adventure and progressive imagination arguably absent from most other black metal releases, The Initial Frontier Pt. 1 from German metallers Vyre is a mouth-watering and testing journey for senses and emotions. Not a release to lightly listen to as it demands and coaxes an intensive investigation the six track inventive blackened soundscape leaves appetite and thoughts immersed in an extensive examination and sonic narrative which rewards further with each dramatic encounter.

Released via Supreme Chaos Records, The Initial Frontier Pt. 1 is a concept album taking the listener on a “dramatic journey through the haphazard evolution of a little planet in the Solar System, projected at break-necking speed by foolish policies towards an uncertain future dominated by technology at the expense of the human dimension.” It is an incendiary fusion of avant-garde and progressive invention to a black metal clad passion with haunting atmospheres which paint intrusive scenarios and provocative dangers that captivate and at times ravage ears and imagination.

The opening instrumental Small Bang Theory is a brief touch -down of the release’s body, the arrival of the sonic concept’s SCR-CD042 VYRE - The Initial Frontier Pt. 1 Coverfocus on the new undiscovered landscape. The title track immediately seizes control next, riffs storming the atmosphere with predacious rhythms matching their eager stride. Sonic colour and guitar bred enterprise brings the richly hued scenery into view, casting the premise for the rasping malevolent tones of vocalist KG Cypher to unleash the emerging tale. It is a hungry and striking incitement, the crystalline spots and melodic flames throughout expressive beacons and persuasion within an intimidating ambience. The track evolves and proceeds to explore an array of menacing and seductive avenues, the guitars of Hedrykk and Zyan fiery provocateurs whilst the keys of Doc Faruk tempt the imagination into picturesque black hearted beauty.

From the track alone the skill and craft of the songwriting and band is striking, every aspect adding an incendiary ingredient to the theatre whilst the production allows it all to breathe and unite with riveting clarity. Fragile Equilibrium is no different, its enthralling drama merging progressive guitar sculpted ingenuity to a jazz/classical bewitchment from the keys and a black intensity which envelopes from within the depths of the intrigue driven track. The rhythmic conjuring of drummer Android is a commanding cage but equally a rampant instigator of the menacing bordering on suffocating intensity, it matched by the stalking presence and murderous tone of the bass of T. Maximilian. As mentioned the album is not an instant persuasion, though first contact is nothing less than convincing, but as this song proves given time and attention the release has alchemy to its sound and evocation to its lyrical and pushy atmosphere which fills every thought and emotion to the fullest satisfaction and pleasure.

Next up Coil of Pipes is a scintillating eleven minute traverse of elegance and savagery, the track from exceptional melodic beauty turning into a bestial torrent of carnivorous riffs and barbarous rhythms before entwining and igniting both extremes into a compelling and exhaustive spectacle of danger and spellbinding imagination. The irresistible tortured grooves and melodic calms are especially irresistible whilst the electronic/industrial hints which emerge as a progressive flight soars from the darkness sets the listener up for the following Digital Dreams, the track a melodic caress building into epic crescendos with horns and atmospheric heights seducing the senses. It is a breath-taking piece which takes the album into a new dawning in its travel and the listener onto an invigorating and inciting plain of imagination, one where a sinister presence roams with bolder intent as the song progresses.

The release closes with Miasma and its broad and ever shifting terrain, the track again a twisting exploration unafraid to sweep senses and thoughts off their feet with a melodic grandeur and temptation or leave them sprawling with gaping wounds from a malicious creative assault. The song brings The Initial Frontier Pt. 1 to a towering inventive and thrilling conclusion, completing a rather impressive confrontation. On the down side, well it is not really a negative but Vyre does not make the album one which immediately makes it accessible which may mean many might lack the patience and bravery to dive into its demanding textures and oppressive depths, but for those that do it rewards with a thoroughly absorbing and impacting experience igniting strong anticipation for part 2 of the journey.

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8/10

RingMaster 29/11/2013

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Mr. Strange – The Wonderful World Of Weird

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Just to prove that insanity can be the sweetest potent seduction The Wonderful World Of Weird is here to exploit and uncover the darkest secrets of your mind whilst travelling the exotic and dangerous mental halls of its creator Mr. Strange. The former frontman of the UK’s greatest still to be truly discovered musical mutants The Shanklin Freak Show, though he is still healthily involved in the band, Mr. Strange voraciously stalks the senses and emotions with his fourth album. It is a release which soundtracks a bedlam of sound and adventure from a quite maniacal imagination.

The Isle Of Wight hailing songwriter/producer/vocalist/musician began his musical exploration as ‘The Mad DJ’ in 1998 before emerging as Mr. Strange in 2006. He founded circus rock/steampunk band The Shanklin Freak Show in 2003, guiding the band as songwriter and vocalist up until starting an extended break from performing live at the end of 2011. Alongside The Shanklin Freak Show albums including Act II – The Light Fantastic of 2009 and Welcome To The Show of 2011, a few other projects, and producing a couple of albums by Global Citizen, Mr. Strange unleashed his solo musical rapaciousness. Sounds From The Asylum came first to be followed in 2011 by the releases of The Fall and Freakshow, the last a 38 track retrospective album chronicling the songs that he wrote under the Shanklin Freak Show name  which included new, unreleased, and re-recorded or re-mixed tracks. Now the sanity puppeteer steps forward again with the magnificent temptation of The Wonderful World Of Weird, the finest Mr. Strange musical and mental examination yet.

With more flavours than a giant box of Jelly Bellies, the album is a dramatic and exhilarating flight through the darkest yet 555928_584429381594861_1695733989_nmagnetically and vibrantly compelling mind of the fictional character of its creator, employing everything and anything from industrial and steampunk to gothic rock and progressive metal, and that is just scratching the surface. With many of the tracks co-written with Gary ‘Stench’ Mason, The Shanklin Freak Show guitarist and provider of the majority of the guitar invention across the release, the album immediately lures in senses and imagination with the opening spoken narrative leading in the title track. It instantly intrigues as the scene setting premise strolls into the irresistible stomp of the song. Rhythms bounce around with a heavy mischievous gait matched by the electro and bass taunting whilst the guitar casts lines of sonic and melodic bait which is pure infectious toxicity. Best described as Dr. Jekyll meets ICP as early Marilyn Mansion helps Victor Frankenstein create aural life for them to toy with upon a set designed by Willy Wonka, the track is a delicious fascination and the first irresistible hint of the lunacy to come.

Creating the World is an expansion to the landscape previously crafted with a gentle psychedelic ambience washing the dawning scenery. It is a mesmeric, almost meditative soaring of harmonies and guitar elegance with rubs of dub and scratching teasing the riveting flight. The seducing continues right up to the doorway into the Psycho Surfing-A-Go-Go, one of the major pinnacles upon the album. Again as between numerous songs, the narrator lays down an invitation before the surf rock contagion drops its shoulders and swerves through the ear with irrepressible virulence. The grooves enslave the passions within seconds whilst the rhythmic dance only builds a cage for rapture to breed within as fire kissed keys add smouldering lures to the hot and epidemically addictive romp of sonic lava. The song is one of the best heard anywhere this year; a beach party in the mind of Hunter S. Thompson hosted by The Cramps and The Bomboras with Two Wounded Birds, B52s, and The Revillos adding extra entertainment.

From the dark sinister realm of The World’s Dark Heart, Mr. Strange lurks in the steampunk/industrial graced world of Metropolis 2984, a track which equally extends some classic metal and psyche sculpted imagination to its captivating persuasion. There is a swing and energy to the track which infects feet and emotions but equally an underlying dark tone beneath the celestially soaring harmonies which suggest more 1984 than Fritz Lang. Again the album and artist has the listener in a tight grip of pleasure and suasion, though it never slipped from the first breath of the album to be fair, which tightens with firstly Clockwork Man and explodes through Fire. The first of the two stalks the ears with the drama and theatre of a Tim Burton vision sculpted by the melodic ingenuity of Danny Elfman, though it has to be noted that every song despite the references sound like no one but Mr. Strange. This masterful manipulation of the senses and passions is soon left in the shade by its successor, the track another major peak in nothing but highs. The song is the closest to a Shanklin Freak Show tune that the album gets, its sexy tango pulsating mouth-watering foreplay for the beats and funk bred keys to add intoxicating spice to. There is something familiar to the hooks and stomp of the song aside from the earlier comparison, but it is indefinable and wholly galvanic.

Through the noir shadows of Don’t Stay (Where the Dead Ones Lay) with its jazz smooching funk lined temptation and the excellent gothic majesty of White Rabbit, the song reminding of The Damned at times, The Wonderful World Of Weird intensifies its resistance free toxin whilst the electro swing heart of Exile and the psychedelia soaked gothic tempting of Anti-Christ only spark further flames of lustful submission to the call of the release and its psychotic beauty. Every song is a wanton temptress in whatever guise and sonic clothing they frequent, and though admittedly hopes and expectations were of big things from Mr. Strange on past successes, the album left those assumptions insultingly short of the brilliant reality.

Completed by the classically crafted Journeys End, an enchanting epilogue if not to the levels of what came before, The Wonderful World Of Weird is pure certifiable aural manna. The CD version also has a track exclusive to its version, a very enjoyable cover of the Dr. Steel track We Decide. The able shows that there is only one Mr. Strange and his form of weird, one you can charter a sensational cruise through via our favourite album of the year, The Wonderful World Of Weird, that is if you are brave or eccentric enough.

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10/10

RingMaster 28/11/2013

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From Sorrow To Serenity – Antithesis

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As ravenous and barbaric as a tornado but with the passionate insatiability of a tsunami, the Antithesis EP from Scottish metallers From Sorrow To Serenity is a striking ruthless ferocity wrapped in a scorching melodic elegance and rapacious imagination. Consisting of four merciless confrontations, the release is the debut of a band metal we will all be taking intensive attention of, if not now certainly in the near future as the Glasgow quintet build on their powerful and impressive entrance.

Formed in 2010 by the core of vocalist Fraser Smith alongside guitarists Steven Jones and Mark McInch, From Sorrow To Serenity  have earned a formidable reputation for their unbridled mesh of metalcore ripe with flames of progressive, groove, and technical metal; a colossal recipe which has fuelled their intensively impacting live show. Sharing stages with the likes of Memphis May Fire, Bleed From Within, Stray From The Path, The Color Morale and many more across Scotland, the band has continued to impress and strengthen their stature and explosive presence, bassist Andrew Simpson and drummer Matthew Cowie completing the potent line-up challenging and invigorating the senses. Following their recent successful showing at Techabilitation where the band played with the likes of Meta-stasis, Nexilva, Visions, and Aeolist, the Antithesis EP is the next heavy swipe at the nation, one you can only imagine leading the band to the strongest positive responses.

The title track instantly tells you all you need to know about From Sorrow To Serenity, Antithesis emerging from a sonic brew a0430344357_2designed by the guitars to launch a savage and riveting exploitation of the band’s craft and maliciousness. The track is a carnivore, riffs and rhythms a ravaging creative spite cloaked in a sonic seduction which scorches as it tempts. The technical enticement is equally as predacious and addictive, the band coaxing out a rapturous hunger for its towering and erosive presence whilst the vocals of Smith squall with as much animosity as that provided by the rhythms. It is a hypnotic fury completed with twisted grooves which swing with a compelling swagger from within the inventive and exciting maelstrom. The outstanding track never relinquishes being the finest moment on the release though it is constantly challenged by the remaining trio of songs.

The following Synergy approaches the ears with an electro cast ambience, an industrial lilted embrace not long alone as djent splintered rhythms and grooves encroach and prowl around the immersive evocative canvas. Into its full storm the song has less clarity to its individual elements than the first song but spawns intensive sonic smog which consumes and ignites the senses once again. It is a viscous encounter but one which flows with enticing ease as it intertwines aggressive rabidity and emotive suffocation into its exhausting melody stretched torrent.

Dead Reign is another to lend a gentle, in this case crystalline bait to lure the listener into a subsequent voracious furnace of intensity and emotional savagery. The track is a hypnotic and ferocious slab of sonic alchemy, an ever evolving passage of electronic shards and kisses, Middle Eastern promise, and melodic imagination which steals the passions within the similarly infectious violent abrasiveness and straight forward voracity. It is a masterful violation, a stunning and inventive blend of extremes and opposites merged into a sonic narrative which rivals the opener and is debatably the most creative confrontation on the EP.

The release is completed by i9, a track featuring Nexilva vocalist Gaz King. It is a barbarous challenge for the senses, the guitars and bass at their most uncivil yet refined on the release and the rhythms a blur of animosity and skilled intimidation. The track does not neglect the melodic hues the band has already shown they are accomplished at exploring either, the whole result a scintillating provocation for body and mind which backs up the immense promise and presence of the band.

There is little to temper the praise for Antithesis with, a slight lack of diversity from the vocals and a production which does submerge their delivery within the sonic tempest a little too much at times the only thing to be picky about. The EP is a powerful and incredibly weighty persuasion which declares From Sorrow To Serenity as a band to expect and anticipate a dominate future from.

The Antithesis EP is available as a buy now name your price digital release from http://fromsorrowtoserenity.bandcamp.com/album/antithesis-ep

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8/10

RingMaster 28/11/2013

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Jet Pack – Heat Of The Moment

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Reinforcing the success and presence of their recently released Chasing Sunsets EP, UK alternative rock band Jet Pack have added to its impressive persuasion with new single Heat Of The Moment. The second to be taken from their acclaimed EP, the track even away from the wrapping of its initial very potent appearance, leaves appetite and expectations for the band’s presence and future high and eager.

The Cheltenham quartet of vocalist/guitarist Dennis Cook, lead guitarist Paul Roberts, bassist Richard Beattie, and drummer Sam Haskins, came together in university and took little time but plenty of energy in sharing their melodic rock invention, shows alongside bands such as Hype Theory, General Fiasco, Attention Thieves, and Hildamay marking the way as well as acoustic slots supporting Blink 182, City and Colour, and Biffy Clyro. Chasing Sunsets has certainly taken awareness of the band to another level countrywide which you can only assume the single will give another dose of adrenaline to.

Heat Of The Moment makes a restrained yet fiery entrance, guitars coaxing out evocative melodies whilst the beats of Haskins punctuate their narrative with firm punches. The vocals of Cook make a smooth and expressive narrator for the lyrical emotion and with the great throaty tone of Beattie’s bass tempering the elegance and flaming invention of Roberts, it all combines for a smouldering slice of emotive pop which impresses and grows stronger with each impacting caress. Soaked in hungry but respectful intensity and melodic enterprise, the Matt O’Grady [You Me At Six, Deaf Havana] produced song is an appealing simmering temptation.

Accompanied by a directed Ant Thornton video and followed by a string of dates with Conduit, The Heat of the Moment confirms Jet Pack as one of the more promising and exciting melodic rock/pop bands to have emerged in recent times. We await the next unveiling from the band with keen anticipation.

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8/10

RingMaster 28/11/2013

Jet Pack Gig dates in December 2013

Thurs 5th – The Grapes, Stafford

Fri 6th – The Abbey Inn, Oldham

Sat 7th – The Derby, Barrow-in-Furness

Sun 8th – The Asylum 2, Birmingham

Mon 9th – The Golden Cross, Coventry

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Forever Can Wait – Beauty & Grace EP

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Though their sound is not yet burning new grooves in the walls of melodic rock, UK band Forever Can Wait have something about them which suggests that there is a richly promising and even greater presence within the Southampton quintet which will only accelerate on from and build from their impressive debut EP. Beauty & Grace is an enthralling magnet of a release, six fascinating merges of melodic rock and post hardcore which seduces at every twist of its inventive encounter. It does not ignite raging fires in the passions it is fair to say but undoubtedly with a craft and melodic instinctiveness which only persuades strongly, the EP has emotions and satisfaction burning brightly and hungrily for the band and their future horizons.

Formed in 2009, Forever Can Wait has earned a strong reputation for their live performances which has seen them share stages with numerous higher profiled bands and over 2013 with the likes of Press To Meco, Out For Tomorrow, Bad Sign, and Villains. Equally the year has found the band drawing acclaim for their sets at the Butserfest, Takedown, and Download Festivals, the last coming about from the band winning this year’s Red Bull Studios Live At Download competition. With good airplay also following recent singles, it is not hard to imagine and suspect that the Beauty & Grace EP will register the band within a nationwide awareness and spark an even greater ascent for the creative band.

The title track sets things in riveting motion, guitars scoring the air with emotive tones over a firm rhythmic beckoning. It is not a Beauty&Grace Artworkdramatic entrance but one with a potency to light keen appetite for how things will evolve, which they do in fine style with the vocals of Tash Crump taking control. From within a reserved and teasing passage, the lady’s tones make a strong and pleasing caress which only impresses across the song as they more than hold their own as the guitars of Liam Baker and Will Wilson turn in a snarling enticement and heat to the song. As the EP, the track does not quite get the heart fluttering and gasping for breath but definitely awakens keen eager attention.

The following P&Q brings the intensity and contagion which is only simmering within its predecessor and takes little time in securing a rampant greed for its presence. The guitars initially churn up the air with expertise and temptation before stepping in restraint to allow the jabbing beats of drummer Toby Leonard to build a formidable frame which the rapacious growling basslines of Luke Gould deliciously prowl. With caustic hooks and clean grooves weaving within the scorched energy, the song is a feisty encounter if one which never fully ignites as it hints at or one hopes. As in the first, Crump makes for a richly appealing narrator and makes the perfect temper for when the track does unleash a sonic scourge which teases bedlam but pulls away before crossing the lip of tempting chaos.

Rest is a smouldering seduction from its first breath but one stalked wonderfully by the grouchy throat of the bass. With great backing vocals from the guitarists, something arguably there is not enough of on the release, and a brooding atmosphere to the reflection tackling track as well as the ever convincing expression of Crump, the song takes its time but emerges as one of the strongest highlights of the EP alongside its predecessor.

The brief and decent enough piano crafted instrumental Release makes an evocative interruption before leading into the equally emotive Excuses. With a female fronted band like Forever Can Wait, Paramore comparisons always seem second nature but over the length of Beauty & Grace, this track is the one which really only sparks that thought. The track does not match the heights of the previous songs but still holds the listener in a tender but firm grip which the closing Hopes & Dreams matches with an emotionally hued flame of melodic craft and intensive enterprise.

The first half of the EP is certainly the strongest but Forever Can Wait has a strength and potency which makes Beauty & Grace something to enjoy and hanker for from start to finish. There is massive potential within the five piece and using their debut as an impressive base you can only see them becoming a familiar and sought after name on the rock bred lips of the country.

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8/10

RingMaster 27/11/2013

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