Semitt Falls – I Know Bear Heads

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Like a great many we were impressed and excited by Monkey See, Monkey Do Doo, the debut album from UK band Semitt Falls. It was an unpredictable and inventive twisting of flavours and imagination which marked out a band with the potential to rise to major things. It also set a high benchmark for the band to follow but for the only time they meet expectations the Stockport quartet easily take that plateau and lose it in the wake of their scintillating new EP I Know Bear Heads. The four track release is a tremendous weave of captivating invention and busily flavoured enterprise which makes the earlier album look like mere foreplay to the main event. Fusing electro metal with more of its muscular cousins and then aligning them with a breath-taking web of genres such as drum and bass, hip-hop, dub, reggae, and dubstep, the band conjures a kaleidoscope of sound which tantalises and seduces whilst sparking a riot in the passions.

Semitt Falls was formed in 2012 by Paul Kendrick (guitar, vocals and programming) and Jay Kane (vocals, synths) after the demise of their previous band Halt Under Heavy Fire. Linking up with ex-Fortune Favours Nothing member Danny Houghton (drums) who since the EP release has left the band, and subsequently ex- Son of Shinobi Craig Gilroy (bass , vocals) after a few line-up changes, the quartet evolved an initially post-hardcore sound into a more electronic rock sculpted persuasion, a sound which has continued to move and change with every song and release. The release of Monkey See, Monkey Do Doo in May of last year thrust the band into a wider focus of attention with its intensive diversity and mouthwatering adventure but as mentioned it now seems just an appetiser for greater things from the band, a mightier exploration starting to confidently flex its muscle and invention upon I Know Bear Heads. With a line-up for the EP seeing bassist Sidge Rushton replacing the departed Gilroy, Semitt Falls have unveiled a riotous temptation which just will not take no for an answer.

The EP seizes ears, imagination, and passion right away with opener FIRE!FIRE!FIRE!, a track also featuring G.R.I.M. Folderfrontman Lance Hargreaves. Funnelling through a distantly starting corridor, riffs and vocals emerge in a flood of energy and transfixing sonic confrontation. Once fully exposed and immediately into its rampant stride the song sees mixed vocal squalls igniting the senses whilst resourceful riffery and a rhythmic cage sculpt compelling narratives to secure a swiftly brewed appetite for the song’s presence. Ripe with swipes of hip hop vocals, dubstep conjuring, and a metal bred antagonism the track is an irresistible rampage merging the electronic addictiveness of Pendulum with the punk metal of The Prodigy and Skindred. It is a thrilling introduction to the release breeding a keen hunger and greed for what is to come.

The following We Be Dinosaur takes little time in offering something different, a quality repeated from their previous album, every song a unique and individual character and proposition to the next. Opening with an evocative electronic caress with shards of crystalline causticity, the track at first has an Enter Shikari like coaxing to its offering though it is soon evolved into a stomp of ska and reggae fusion guided by excellent darker vocals and a delicious trombone croon from Rushton and Andy Jones. Adding some punk rapaciousness and electronic teasing to the impressive spread of vocals and exhilarating invention, the track roams and incites the passions like a mix of King Prawn, Hadouken, and Daft Punk with adding essences of Dizraeli and the Small Gods. It a glorious landscape of pleasure and imagination which takes the impressive start of the release up another notch or two in thought and creative wantonness.

The title track brings a less urgent presence to tempt the senses, vocals and guitars showing a more deliberate restraint to their enticement which the keys and vocals wrap in an evocation of sound and absorbing soak of emotion. With samples also adding their unique touch to the flowing musical narrative it is a strong and engaging encounter but one just failing to match the heady heights and quality of its predecessors. Nevertheless the song embraces focus and appetite tightly warming them up for the closing exploits of Global Warning. The final track retains the smouldering charms of the previous song whilst inviting the more predacious energy and snarl of the first two tracks, the result another incitement to launch a fresh breath of ardour for band and release even if again despite its glowing elegance and magnetic craft it just misses hitting those early plateaus.

Immediately a gripping and entrancing tempest of imaginative excitement, the EP just gets better and stronger with every traverse of its easily impressive body. Semitt Falls has all the potential and promise to be the next big thing in electro rock experimentation, something rigorously confirmed by I Know Bear Heads.

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9/10

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Gutslit – Skewered in the Sewer

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Like having your brain cells exposed to a carnally fuelled attack from a horde of carnivorous boars, Skewered in the Sewer impressively gnaws and tears the synapses with a forcibly impressive pestilence of brutal death grind. Unleashed by an intensive scourge going under the name of Gutslit, the debut album from the Mumbai, India quartet is a scintillating primal fury sculpted with technical excellence and passionate violence, not forgetting  packs of riffs and hooks which just infect the passions. Though the release is not offering anything strikingly new it is fair to say, with a mouthwatering craft and riveting enterprise to its triumph it easily stands out from the crowd and rigorously ignites the imagination.

Formed in 2007 and for the album consisting of original founder member and bassist Gurdip Singh Narang, vocalist Aditya Barve, drummer Aaron Pinto, and guitarist Dynell Bangera who has since left to be replaced by Prateek Rajagopal, Gutslit is poised to ignite an international appetite for their lethal sounds. Since forming certainly they have made a rich impression at home in what one assumes is a limited audience and just as potently further afield, the split release Contorted Mutilation with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2009 alerting attention beyond their borders though without lighting any major fires. Skewered in the Sewer with luck and support should be the trigger to greater things and with its careering spite and insidious charm the album deserves all the attention it gets.

As mentioned the nine track release is not bursting with originality and at times easily sparks thoughts of bands such as Dying coverFetus, Disgorge, Goratory, and Devourment but it is never an issue as the refreshing and annihilatory voraciousness of the songwriting and savagery  unleashes its unrelenting skill and creativeness upon the senses. It is a gripping and thoroughly thrilling violation which mercilessly ravages the listener as soon as the opening intro, Prelude To Putrification sets the scene, the short piece a spoken demonic narrative over an atmospheric evocation. Pustulated Phallic Enthrallment emerges from a cyber-clad violation to seize the ears with a torrent of intensive riffing aligned to an exhaustive tempest of rhythms and bestial growls, the guttural spewing of Barve instantly magnetic with enough variation to lift the narrative without reducing any of his intimidation and primitive malevolence. Sonic invention and acidic grooves make varying degrees of intervention in the maelstrom, each additive igniting the track and passions which are opening their arms towards the exceptional track.

Offal Barter takes the throat in its vicious grip next, again riffs and rhythms a predatory summons for the imagination earning an easy submission before their carnivorous intent and rapaciousness. The production on the album is a big factor in the album’s success as much as the sounds, its willingness to give full clarity and space for the individual elements of the band and songs whilst accentuating the united tsunami of sonic pestilence and creative venom outstanding and on this fury of a track it allows hooks and melodic toxicity to charm and infect the imagination as potently as the violence which pillages the senses.

Both Circumcised With A Chainsaw and Atrophic Cranial Disintegration take things to another level. The first is a maelstrom of breath-taking energy and adventure veined with a technical manipulation and persuasion which stalks the senses with the same instinctive rabidity as the torrential force around them whilst the second track through a discharge of addictive grooves and crippling rhythmic invention leaves senses and brain wasted but blissful in subservience to the demanding provocation.  It sculpts bait and lingering contagion which is virulently exhilarating even when it drops to a crouch and slowly devours as it prowls around its victim. It is the best track on the album though constantly challenged by those before it with each play and the likes of the treacherously seductive Haemorrhoidal Brain Custard which follows with its consuming cascade of jagged riffery and a similarly ragged rhythmic excellence.

Pulp Face has body and emotions staggering under its intensive sonic malefaction, every instrument and member of the band bringing a transgression against sanity and emotional safety through a glorious sonic cyclone crafted in the finest detail to scavenge senses and synapses for the last vestige of refusal and defiance before the album’s noxious depths.  Its successor Maze Of Entrails is as equally an overwhelming scourge of invention and sound, the guitar design and mix of swinish and pit borne vocals leading the track’s grievous predation.  Though neither song can quite climb the heights of earlier tracks both leave a hunger and addiction for more of the sanguinary onslaught.

The album is completed by its sadistic title track, another wind of ferocity which scars and erodes the senses like an aural sandstorm haunted by a demon cast bedlam. It is the perfect ending to a hostile and inhumane assault which enthrals and inflames the passions. Skewered In The Sewer is a more than accomplished sonic malignancy which instantly thrusts Gutslit towards the fore of extreme metal. With a confirmed extensive European tour and slot on Obscene Extreme fest in 2014, this is a band all with an appetite for sadistic pleasures should pay attention to right now.

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9/10

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The Twin Dracula – Introducing

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Making their entrance with a rather tasty and raucous release, UK punk rockers The Twin Dracula instantly set themselves as a band rich in potential and strong on antagonistic craft. Their debut EP, Introducing is a brawl of contagious enterprise and belligerent passion cast within a hardcore animosity. It is an aggressive and confronting encounter but also one unafraid to throw in a captivating hook or rhythmic seduction and a host of melodic creativity which only accentuates and compliments the riotous heart of the songs. The EP is maybe not quite stretching borders or sculpting new heights but certainly is providing a potent breath and promising fire to thrust the band firmly on the punk rock radar.

Formed in 2012, the quartet takes inspirations from the likes of Kid Dynamite, Propagandhi, and The Bronx into a proposition coverwhich grabs attention with ease. Comprised of four eager and bold tracks with a raw energy and similarly uncompromising intent, Introducing takes mere moments to enclose the ears in an intimidating and fully persuasive encounter. Opener Check Mate is choice punk rock from start to finish; it’s first touch a rapping of rhythms and last a lingering toxicity which draws you back time and time again. It takes mere seconds for the track to hit full stride, riffs and rhythms stomping with attitude and intensity whilst the vocals scowl and challenge thoughts with a semi clean scowl of a delivery enjoyably reinforced by group shouts and barracking. The rhythmic core is a constant temptation throughout the song and keeps the pressure going perfectly even when the song impressively dips into a restrained and melodic detour before returning with nostrils flaring for an anthemic finale. It is a striking and thrilling start to the release and as a first engagement with the band, a song drenched in promise providing unbridled satisfaction.

The following Guts has a heavier imposing intensity and gait compared to its predecessor, one skirted by a sonic enterprise which lights its darkest corners. The almost lumbering entrance holds a menace to temper the melodic design searing its edges and combined the elements give the song an intriguing lure, especially when the sounds come to a halt and an excellent expressive lone vocal expels the first calls of the narrative which in turn coaxes out a fiery return of striding riffs and imaginative flames framed in a rampant rhythmic temptation. It is a smouldering slice of rich enticement which shows a depth to the band’s songwriting and their ability to stretch it further again with sound and imagination.

The next up All The Fours brings an immediate swagger and enticement to its initial scrub of riffs to confirm the potential and quality shown in its predecessor. The addictive tone and jagged edge of the guitar brings thoughts of Rocket From The Crypt to mind whilst the subsequent abrasive and compelling fury has the marks of fellow emerging Brits Dead Retinas to its caustic presence. Like the opener the track is an addictive anthem of rhythmic pugnacity and sonic rascality forged into an infectious charge which stirs up the senses and passions with aggressive revelry. A punk stomp with muscular heavy rock intensity, it is a formidable incitement to again easily hang the passions upon.

The closing Woodley Swine is a hardcore bred slice of punk ferocity, a direct and scathing lashing of sound and vocal hostility which without matching earlier heights riles up the emotions and imagination in strong and hoarsely rowdy style. It is a fine conclusion to an excellent debut from The Twin Dracula; Introducing the first impressive step of a band with the fire and potential to make a deep mark certainly on the evidence of this entrance.

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8.5/10

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