The Drop – Turning Around EP

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As their debut album nears completion and subsequently it’s unveiling, UK reggae band The Drop are releasing the Turning Around EP as a free download.  Consisting of five tracks to entrance and ignite the imagination it is a quite seductive tempting for the forthcoming full-length and a thrilling gift to help end the year.

The nine piece band from London and Reading began at the beginning of 2009 and was soon grabbing attention with their distinct fusion of reggae with refreshing elements of dub and rock. Their first year saw The Drop become a regular on stages across the festival circuit as their contagious and skilled employment of virulent hooks and virulent melodies within heavy reggae based imagination worked its addictive toxicity upon those before them. Since forming the band has played with the likes of as Toots and the Maytals, Lee Perry, Zion Train, Don Letts, and The Dub Pistols, supported The Skints on their 2012 sell-out UK tour, appeared at Glastonbury, Soundwave in Croatia, Secret Garden Party, and Boomtown Fair, and received strong radio play. It has led to a strong anticipation of the band’s first album which Turning Around will not exactly appease but certainly bring a temporary halt to the impatient wait though equally it could just accelerate the hunger.

As soon as the opening tease of prowling bass licks at the ears from the title track you sense something magnetic is brewing, an coverassumption soon confirmed and elevated as the song seduces with a virulence which is just irresistible. With a knowing swagger to the riffs, precise bait from the rhythms, and a warm coaxing from the trumpet the song enslaves the imagination and emotions, and it has not yet got into full stride. A collaboration between The Drop and long-standing roots reggae producer and promoter Satchi Dubworks, the track is soon pouncing with greater allure with the pumped rips of guitar and tantalising keys ably backed by brass kisses, but it is the riveting vocals of Dandelion which seal the already destined to linger deal, his vocals a smooch on the ear with delicious expression coating every syllable he shares. With an eager tempo to its rocksteady romp and energy the song is sheer manna for the senses and imagination.

Up next comes CCTV, a track bred by the band from a track originally written by Dandelion and Hyperdub’s well-established production quartet LV in dubstep form. Washed in an absorbing ambience and smouldering keys crafted radiance the track slowly burns away at the passions for the fullest reception, its magnetic roots seeded breath mesmeric in touch and charm. In many ways the track feels like a mix of By The Rivers and Ruts DC, thoroughly captivating and wholly seductive.

The following Waiting For unveils a similarly transfixing offering, its bewitching weave of vocal harmonies, elegant keys, and mouthwatering trumpet heat a scintillating warmth to beguile thoughts and emotions, like a mix of UB40 with the indie incitement of a Bedouin Soundclash. Imagination floats over and through the song as it gently entices emotions and thoughts to play with its aural and vocal fascination, the song another infection dripping piece of melodic emotive alchemy.

Completed by a great dramatic yet restrained dub version of CCTV by roots veteran Nick Manasseh and a radio mix of Waiting For, the Turning Around EP is pure inventive temptation which makes The Drop’s impending album a must check out. Our impatience for it is already brewing agitation.

Get the Turning Around EP  as a name your own price release @ http://thedropmusic.bandcamp.com/album/turning-around-ep

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9/10

RingMaster 20/12/2013

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Rainwill – Zer0ed By Pr0gress

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Bringing an absorbing and accomplished tapestry of melodic death metal to bear on the imagination, Zer0ed By Pr0gress the new album from Russian band Rainwill provides a wealth of satisfaction which matches an eager creative adventure. Though not ground-breaking as such the eleven track release is ripe with an invention and exploration which sets it apart from similarly sculpted releases. Evocative and unafraid to push ideas, the band and album make for a deeply appetising triumph to treat the ears and more.

Rainwill began in the October of 2000, formed by vocalist Sergey “Sclep” Grebenkov, guitarist Alexander Krylov, and Alexey Gunenko to explore their desire to create melodic-death metal. The first few years saw the band build a sturdy presence through their live performances and appearances at festivals, the band sharing stages with the likes of Rossomahaar, Kruger, Necropsy, Little Dead Bertha, Skyfall, and Non Immemor Mei. 2003 saw their debut demo Will Of Rain appear to be followed five years later by a three track promo. Debut album Canvas escaped Rainwill’s imagination in 2009 to eager responses as was a tour across the Ukraine with Ambivalence. From 2011 the band worked on creating Zer0ed By Pr0gress over the next couple of years, and with a line-up of guitarist Kirill “Dr. Horror” Mashkov, bassist Dmitry Ponomarenko, and drummer Dmitry “Kain” Grinenkov alongside Grebenkov and Krylov, the Fono Ltd released album is poised to wake up a wider enthusiastic attention for the band.

The Voronezh based quintet immediately stretch and ignite the senses with the album’s title track, guitars expelling spirals of 1420514_729467937081305_618408450_nsonic heat and acidic persuasion whilst rhythms rampage with the hunger of the devil through the ear, their touch punchy and commanding. Intimidating vocal growls frequent the battlements of the song built by menacing riffery and rhythmic predation but aligned to this tempest  is a melodic endeavour which coaxes out greater adventure as it reveals its persuasive hand through impressive harmonies and keys to continually tempt with the twisting sonic sculpting by the guitars. It is a very strong starter, not strikingly setting new borders for the genre but a full captivation which is immediately surpassed by its successor.

Pleasure from Amusement instantly launches its carnivorous jaw lined with senses tearing riffs and a rhythmic breath of rapacious intent. Bestial with a great djent seeded stutter to its riffery, the track soon expands its melodic arms with excellent clean vocals persistently switching with impressive heavy growling; musically melodies and enticing grooves similarly sharing temptation with the track’s predatory instinct. A scintillating testing seduction of the senses making the first pinnacle of the release it is soon matched by the alluring Value of Life, the song taking the mixture of its predecessor to richer appealing heights, and the electro induced Slipstream. The second of the two has an industrial essence to its presence, a feel of Fear Factory pervading the savage intensity and creative dark rabidity which marks the band’s sound and invention.  It sculpts another peak on the album and confirms the strong appetite already in place for the album.

From the delicious evocative melodic instrumental Starving the album seems to stretch its creative legs even further, the likes of Hatred Rises with a vibrant progressive appetite fused into another raptorial heart and the powerful One Word with its soaring vocals and destructive intent, firing up greater bouts of pleasure and enterprise. As mentioned there is plenty which is familiar or certainly has been trodden by the genre over the years but it is fair to say that Rainwill takes it into a new and exhaustingly enthralling domain.

Every track on the album uncages a voracious provocation and a craving for creative adventure, Self-Deception Progress a prime example of the addictive proposition with its scorching melodic embrace within a ravenous bordering brutal storm. Completed by the spellbinding key spawned, melody soaked emotive caress of Model2 and the final intensive examination of the psyche Last Man Who Saw The Day, the album is a magnificent release which earns greater reactions and acclaim over each traverse of its magnetic glory.

Rainwill must surely become a more recognisable name and presence in the wake of Zeroed by Progress, the album an unreserved recommendation for genre fans and especially fans of bands like Soilwork, At the Gates, and Sonic Syndicate.

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8.5/10

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R & M – Manekeni

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Hailing from Mogilev, Belarus, R & M (Rose and Milk)  is an alternative rock band who, on the evidence of first EP  Manekeni, knows how to write and craft deeply enticing melodically soaked songs. The seven track release embraces the ears with refined melodic persuasion and potent emotive textures which linger and lure out the imagination and passions, and though arguably the EP does not venture into being something truly unique from other similarly sound clad bands it sets its creators out as an encounter worthy of greater intensive attention.

Formed in 2009 the band from their debut gig supporting Pilot a year later has earned a well-respected presence within their homeland and further afield. The next couple of years saw the release of a maxi single and an internet album as well as shows across in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia to great success. Recently releasing Manekeni and since signing with GlobMetal Promotion, the band is poised to carve a big impression further afield and on the showing of the EP you would not bet against that happening.

The release opens with Исключение Из Правил and instantly there is a coaxing of the ears and emotions through richly tempting melodic tenderness, its lure skirted by keen rhythms and an atmospheric breath. As the great clean vocals add expression and dramatic texture to the musical narrative there is seemingly an increase in intensity from every element, riffs and rhythms finding extra snarl and punch whilst melodies reach into stronger emotive temptation. With not for the first time an excellent sudden stop to the song which works so well it is a potently striking start and introduction to the band though the track does throw up one slight issue. The lyrics are presented in the band’s native tongue and though that is not usually a problem you feel unless a countryman of the band you are missing out on the emotional depths and strength of the lyrical content, their certain call and power diminished by the lack of knowing their intent.

Both Пеплом По Ветру and Ночь-День continue the impressive start, the first with descriptive keys stroking the imagination as a great bass snarl stalks the again skilled guitar play and striking vocals. Its successor merges slower reflective passages with a sinew borne provocation, though the former makes the fuller suasion across the song. Once more the craft and passion of the band is undeniable and unmissable and though neither song manages to match the first they both strike another infectious mark in thoughts for the band. Tagged as alternative rock, the song alongside those before show that there is much more to the band’s sound, Rose & Milk unafraid to mix in sturdy melodic metal and dirtier grunge like flavours into their creative well.

Manekeni continues to engage and grip as the likes of …из Календарей with its mouth-watering rhythmic enticement leading the emotions into the melodically soaked expressive heart of the song where another great bass temptation lies in wait to seduce the imagination, and the predominantly vocal and guitar seeded croon that is Отпускаю add more tempting before the ears whilst Манекены without quite rising to the same heights reinforces the presence of the release with an accomplished fire of emotion and aural endeavour.

The closing track Мой Мир has a similar presence and stature to the previous track bringing the EP to a strong conclusion if without sparking the fullest appetite bred by earlier songs. Nevertheless it is an openly satisfying end to a thoroughly engaging release which sets R & M as a band very worthy of a wider attention and focus. Expect to hear more of R & M if not through this great slice of pleasing rock ‘n’ roll then certainly some time in their musical ascent.

7.5/10

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