Matt Pryor – Wrist Slitter

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With a title like Wrist Slitter anticipation was of the darkest emotional and imposing persuasion but as the new album from Matt Pryor unveils its persuasion expectations were soon thrown a curve ball. There is certainly rich shadows and at times keen melancholia to the release but for the main it is an upbeat and vibrant romp of energy, emotive light, and thoroughly enjoyable enterprise. The album took a couple of songs for thoughts and satisfaction to get a hold and find an understanding for the refreshing offering but once connected the release provides a unfussy yet resourcefully crafted imaginative romp.

Renowned as the frontman for The Get Up Kids, Pryor has garnered just as eager acclaim for folk-tinged group The New Amsterdams, his children’s music project Terrible Twos, and indie-rock super group Lasorda which also features Nate Harold (fun.), Mike Standberg (Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band), and Dustin Kinsey (The New Amsterdams). His own releases have also bred strong responses and respect but Wrist Slitter takes it to another level as Pryor’s finest solo moment. Released via Alcopop! Records in the UK, it is a magnetic feast of creatively flavoured rock pop leaving a healthy smile on the face and in the passions.

The album opens as if set in a jazz driven twenties speakeasy, excited echoes of the past awakening the imagination before Pryor ARR048_Matt_Pryor_Wrist_Slitter_Cover-kleinthrusts his sounds through the door to send them down an expanse of melodic pop rock in the accomplished guise of The House Hears Everything. Guitars and rhythms make an instant appeal to the emotions and without sparking major reactions wins their attention whilst the vocals of their sculptor equally lays down a strong start. As mentioned the song and the following Kinda Go To Pieces do not light a fire inside but certainly spark a decent appetite for their declarations, the second song like its predecessor providing an easy to access catchy stroll with hooks and melodies infectious if not startling in their ingenuity, a healthy enticement.

It is from the title track that Wrist Slitter suddenly turns on a distinctive and irresistible charm. The brief track complete with Cajun twang and invasive drone is a delicious and unexpected twist from which the album only expands and excels starting with the outstanding Words Get In the Way, the best track on the album. From its first breath rhythms make a firm frame for the dark throated bass and guitar swipes to grip and enthral the senses, whilst vocally the mix of Pryor and guest Steve Soboslai of Punchline makes a mouthwatering invitation into the heart and swagger of the song. There is an Everclear essence to the track which only adds to its immense lure whilst its contagious melodic coaxing and potent hooks creates an aural dance which is impossible to resist; only its briefness a slight niggle.

The acoustic folk opening to Before My Tongue Becomes a Sword makes a gentle entrance after a breath into another impressive and energetic prowl of the passions. The two parts do not seem connected, certainly in sound but work well as the subsequent romping blaze of pop punk seduces attention and imagination. With again guest vocals, this time from Chris Conley of Saves The Day and Braid’s Bob Nanna, and Bontempi like keys the song is a lo-key high appealing slice of melodic adventure immediately equalled by the bouncy If I Wear a Disguise. An eighties new wave feel coats the melodies whilst vocally Pryor has an earnest upbeat energy and emotional depth to his delivery to match the enthusiastic sounds around him.

The evocation of As Perfect As We’ll Ever Be is soon slowly burning its mark in thoughts and emotions, its strings a melancholic caress alongside an acoustic guitar kiss and the vocal narrative, before the Squeeze like Foolish Kids, with Pryor finding a definite Glenn Tilbrook lilt to his voice to match the UK band’s melodic prowess, weaves a pleasing embrace over the ears. Say What You’re Gonna Say also has potency and appeal seemingly sparked by the Deptford band, a thrilling hook laded melodic call instantly acquiring the passion’s support with again its short length of a few breaths over one minute again the only irritant.

The slower emotive walk of So Many Questions like the two before carries that Squeeze tone whilst the addictive hope wrapped emotive ramble of There Is No Us recalls the Everclear comparison in a merger with The Super Happy Fun Club. Both bring the listener into a relaxed state ready for the closing energetic saunter of the punkier Won’t Speak To Me which eventually leads the listener into a reprise of the opening scenery. It is an excellent conclusion to a richly pleasing and enthralling release, one which to be honest strongly exceeds what were maybe low expectations, those assumptions soon shoved back to their source with a creative craft and smiling adventure which leaves satisfaction very happy.

Wrist Slitter is available now on CD and 150 ltd edition blue marble vinyl and will be supported by a 9-date headline tour around the UK (with support from Allison Weiss) early next year.

UK TOUR DATES: February 2014:

14 – Southampton, Joiners

15 – Kingston, Fighting Cocks

16 – Nottingham, Bodega

17 – Newcastle, Cluny

18 – Glasgow, Cathouse

20 – Manchester, Sound Control

21 – Bristol, The Exchange

22 – London, The Borderline

23 – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum

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8/10

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Brain Dead – Menace From The Sickness

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Rupturing the air with an exhausting fury of old school bred thrash, Italian metallers Brain Dead uncages second album Menace From The Sickness to escort the senses into a more than decent if arguably expectations filling aggressive escapade. Inspired by eighties Bay Area thrash metal, their name coming in homage to Exodus, band and sound incinerate the ears in a rage of intensively predacious riffing and uncompromising sonic rabidity. Invention and originality is subtle at best but across the eleven track charge it is hard not to be swept up in the passion and adrenaline of the band.

Hailing from Ivrea, a small town near Turin, the quintet formed in 2000 and from the release of their first demo, Rage of Thrash in the September of 2001 were soon making an impression beyond a local fanbase. Two years later second demo Double Face made an even bigger impression soon built upon as the band played the biggest Italian metal festival Gods Of Metal after winning a national competition, the band earning the chance to share a stage with Slayer, Testament, Carcass and many more. Debut album The Deep Of Vortex was unleashed in 2008 with Brain Dead flourishing at an array of festivals such as Hellbrigade Fest, Zone Fest, and Metal Thrashing Mad Fest from then on. The new album released via Punishment 18 Records as its predecessor, sees a line-up of band founding members vocalist Felix Liuni, guitarist Daniele Vitello, and drummer Daniel Giovanetto, alongside guitarist Davide Ricca who joined last year and bassist Alberto Rossetti who stepped into the band earlier this year, sculpting an album with the armoury to take the band to another level of awareness. Menace From The Sickness will not thrust the band to the frontline of thrash metal but should at the very least make their name a recognisable enjoyment.

The Fallout starts things off, the intro a dawning warzone providing an apocalyptic explosion which is becoming a regular BD_Coverbeckoning in metal it seems, before being thrust aside by the outstanding Land Of Cunning. Riffs and rhythms are assaulting the ears from its first seconds whilst a stringent groove twists the senses around its bony fingers. A persistent repetitive lure marks the track deliciously whilst the vocals of Liuni make a compelling varied persuasion with a snarl and twang to his delivery that only draws in further an already emerging appetite to match the strength of the charging sounds around him. There is little which is unsurprising or new to the attack but it matters little as the track niggles and erodes defences with skill and venomous intent. As anthemic as a stripper leading karaoke night, it is a mighty start with only its quite hefty length being a slight complaint, something which does grows to more of annoyance across other song as some feel unnecessarily stretched.

The following Eye Of The Cyclone continues the impressive start, intensive energy and imposing weight accompanying the surge of rhythmic rapaciousness and carnivorous riffing. Brain Dead was inspired originally by bands such as Exodus, Annihilator, Testament, and Slayer, bands you would expect and imagine from the ferocious and skilled storms of the first two tracks and from that maybe unsurprisingly the second song again offers nothing which is ground breaking but instead supplies a predation which is fully contagious. Throughout guitars weave an impressive and incendiary blaze of adventure within the tempest to add variety and resourceful suasion whilst the drums and bass have neck and limbs on a rhythmic string from start to finish leaving them exhausted and content.

A great bass enticement opens up Another Way, its menace and seduction soon wrapped in an equally thrilling thick wash of guitar enterprise and rhythmic caging. From the magnetic opening the song settles into a more restrained yet virulently aggressive infectiousness sculpted with great craft and beefy hunger. Though the song never manages to recreate the strength of its striking start it again it makes a full enslavement of the imagination and passions before handing over to Evil Dead. From this point on the album loses the potency it holds to this moment, tracks though still voracious and skilfully crafted beginning to merge into each other without an intensive focus. There is a slight punk breath to this again over long track which catches some attention whilst the gripping drum attack of Giovanetto marks the next up Razor’s Edge before the more than decent melodic instrumental The Mission makes way for Pay For A Better Life to be able to rummage through the ears with another skilfully crafted predatory fire but with creative flames which avoid scorching the emotions.

Though they do not inspire the same heights of enjoyment as the early songs on the album, which is a disappointment which cannot be ignored, every track upon Menace From The Sickness as shown by the title track, as well as the final raucous pair of Final Truth and Total Despair, are sizeable slabs of vigorous lusty squalls of thrash metal to find satisfaction in. Brain Dead have plenty of promise if seemingly not wanting to carve new depths for the genre and their album definitely makes a pleasing confrontation if without igniting any fire, well after the first trio of impressive songs, but in the end you are thinking there is much more to come which was missed upon this album whilst admittedly still fully enjoying its rampage.

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7/10

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The Black Ink – Tangerine

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There is a sublime essence to Tangerine the new single from UK rock pop band The Black Keys which continues to seduce long after the song has left the senses, a spellbinding breath that lingers as it engulfs thoughts and emotions. It is a potent weapon for any song to have and within a track as impressively sculpted as this from the London quintet it is a mesmeric enticement matching the equally riveting sounds.

Consisting of the elegant falsetto vocals of Nik Ledgard and the darker tones of Matt Lintott, the band instantly captures the imagination as the two balances and immerses their voices within a sound with more flavours and textures than one of the capital’s Michelin starred restaurants. The recipe is expanded by blues guitarist Mark Thorne (ex-Hares, Babeshadow), bassist Dave Wademan, and drummer Pete Bembridge, the five piece conjuring a presence and caress which leaves a hunger and lustful want for much more, certainly on the evidence of Tangerine.

The single tantalises from its opening note, the guitar teasing as it beckons the listener into an emerging stroll framed by sturdy rhythms and a great dark sexy bassline. The vocals instantly take a hold, both deliveries living up to the build-up on the accompanying promo sheet and then laying down an even greater persuasion as the song wraps its tender yet sinewy arms around ears and imagination. There is a definite Queens of the Stone Age feel to the song but also at certain moments it inspires thoughts of Spirits of the Dead and Beck amongst others within a sound ultimately unique to the band.

Tangerine is an exceptional seducing of the emotions from a band on a definite accelerated rise. With The Black Ink providing two songs for the soundtrack of new British comedy Almost Married which is due for release early 2014 and features Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners) and Philip McGinley (Game of Thrones, Prometheus), as well as the video for Tangerine to be on the credits of the film, this band is swiftly earning vibrant and keen attention from a great many which you suspect will continue for a long time to come.

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9/10

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