Able Archer – Ghostmaker

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    Bowled over by their debut EP Bullets last year which led to us actively playing the band on our podcasts, Able Archer has returned to give the emotions and passions another shot of adrenaline with new single Ghostmaker. Continuing where their outstanding debut left off but infusing a stronger rapacious energy and rawer breath to the song, the Irish band once again proves themselves to be one of the most exciting and promising, not forgetting accomplished, emerging alternative rock bands around.

     Hailing from Dublin and formed in 2011, the quintet has been extensively gigging and building a fevered fanbase from almost day one, certainly once a settled line-up was in place. Bullets was an exceptional bow into a welcoming spotlight, igniting thoughts and emotions across the underground media and fans alike, its exposure of the band sure to increase in intensity with the release of Ghostmaker. The new track has a fire in its belly and greater causticity in its touch compared to the tracks on the previous release but still does not neglect or lessen the contagious hooks and rhythmic enticement which made them become a rather irresistible proposition.

    A bellowed countdown makes way for an initial tease of guitar from Rob McDonnell; that punctuated by the pumping beats of drummer Seán O’Connor. It is a short but incendiary trigger to the explosive heart of the song, its expulsion bursting as a fiery blaze before settling into an earthy stroll with the ever impressive vocals of Emmet McCaughey and the throaty bass prowl provided Diarmuid Breathnach adding their bait to the already tempting premise. Virulently infectious from start to finish, choppy guitars, predatory basslines, and the immersive if often submerged keys of Neil Buckley combine to infect the imagination with an ingeniously addictive and potently suggestive design of sound and sonic incitement.

   Released ahead of their new EP scheduled for an unveiling this summer, Ghostmaker leaves you exhausted and basking in another irrepressible slice of Able Archer excellence. This is a band unafraid to intrude on and toy with the senses whilst providing a riot of sound and adventure which simply leaves a greedy hunger for more.

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9/10

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Set To Break – Redemption

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  Metalcore is one of those genres where it is not stale but it does seem to be under a general umbrella of similarity across certainly emerging bands. One unit which looks like having the sound and potential to buck that trend is Welsh metallers Set To Break. The band with the unleashing of their debut EP Redemption, do not yet stand distinctly apart from the rest but as shown by the six ferocious expulsions masquerading as songs, there is something uniquely compelling brewing within their passion soaked craft and sonic violence. The Imperial Music released fury is an expressive battering ram upon the senses and an encounter which sparks a healthy appetite for the band and their future.

     Hailing from Bridgend, Set To Break was formed last year by five friends who wanted ‘to create music that ripped apart the standard formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs.’ It was not long before the quintet of vocalist George Ross, guitarists Shaun Owens and Craig Owens, bassist Dan Charles, and drummer Rhys Morgan were building a potent reputation across Wales and the south of England, sharing stages with bands such as Crossfaith, Heart Of A Coward, Malevolence, and The Charm The Fury along the way. Infusing inspirations from bands like Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, and Continents into their own inventive premises, Set To Break signed to Imperial Music who got one of their tracks placed on a Metal Hammer Magazine cover mounted CD. The band next entered the studio with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) to record Redemption, a release which easily marks out the band as a target for attention and enthusiastic anticipation towards their horizons.

    The brief opener Lost draws the imagination into the depths of the release, its melodically cast emotive dawning courted by Set To Break Cover Artworkresonating rhythms and intrigue drenched evolving drama. As the piece stretches its height and intensity, an intimidating atmosphere soaks ears and senses, its arms wrapping intimidatingly around thoughts as sonic endeavour veins the dark climes spawning the portentous adventure. The coarse angst drenched squalls of Ross add further corrosive emotion to it all before the track makes way for the excellent Made To Suffer. The new track submerges ears in an expanse of crisply delivered antagonistic rhythms and predatory riffing driven by guttural washes of vocal vehemence. There is also a persistent if understated groove which teases and hints throughout the tempestuous incitement. It all merges for a contagious enveloping of the senses but one enriched with magnetic enterprise and exhausting energy. The song is an excellent draw into the imaginative aggressive world of Set To Break, and immediate suggestion of something different and exciting to this new metallic force.

      The following Paid Pride is a less imposing treat than its predecessor, though it does not skimp on sinew and intense provocation. The track twists and meanders with deliberate restraint and heightened emotive investigation as the sonic guitar sculpting adds rich hues to the gripping canvas of the song. It is not as dramatically gripping as the previous track but still lays down a masterful and enthralling narrative to immerse within. Its position between the excellent second song and the brilliant Ulterior Motives does it no favours either though it fights its corner well and satisfyingly before the next track explodes in the passions. Ulterior Motives has a carnal breath to its bestial intrusiveness, an opening melodic acidity and beauty merging with guttural vocal bruisings and overbearing rhythms. The new provocation then launches into a groove led chorus which has a definite familiarity to it, vocally and musically with Slipknot the most obvious comparison. This only adds to the strength of the track, its consistently shifting and changing attack an unpredictable and riveting onslaught furthering still the uniqueness of the band amongst other metalcore provocateurs.

     The EP is completed by Khan and Bermuda, two pleasing and expertly crafted furies but neither stepping into the distinctively inventive fields of the earlier songs. To be fair the two songs easily captivate and impress but that spark which sets the band apart is not as prominent and gripping within them, though the keys and furious intensity of the first of the two and the group confrontation of the second certainly keeps the hunger for the band alive and greedy.

    Redemption is an excellent debut from a band which we can be certain of hearing plenty more of ahead. Set To Break reek of the promise of greater and more special incitements to be discovered within their already creative quality and voraciousness; watch this space and enjoy is our recommendation.

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8/10

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Calabrese – Born with a Scorpion’s Touch

 

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    Calabrese has continued to steal the passions of psychobillies and horror punks worldwide since stepping forward in 2003. Album after album, song after song, show after show, they have been a persistent magnet for those infected by their distinct sound and riotous b-movie inspired presence, and we stand amongst the legion infected. So it was with relish we dived into the band’s fifth album Born with a Scorpion’s Touch which receives its UK uncaging this month. Each of the band’s previous albums has impressed and pushed the band’s adventure but with the new contagion, the trio of blood brothers, Bobby, Davey, and Jimmy Calabrese has unlocked a maturity and exploratory enterprise which opens up a new chapter for the band in songwriting and presence. The trademark Calabrese sound is still the potent lure but it is graced and veined with a greater expanse of styles and ingenuity to create quite possibly the pinnacle of the band’s exploits to date.

     The band has always built their sound on the influential breaths of bands such as The Misfits, Black Flag, Samhain, The Damned, Black Sabbath, Danzig, and Ramones, and there is certainly no deviation from that potent well upon Born with a Scorpion’s Touch either but it is infused with a rich incitement of varied metallic and heavy rock essences within their individual sound. It emerges from this dramatic brew as an enthralling and unpredictable encounter, one which continues to make Calabrese a major force and provocation in underground rock ‘n’ roll. Now though they might just become a well-known incitement for world attention thanks to Born with a Scorpion’s Touch.

    Released via Spookshow Records, the album opens with the brief American Rebel Death Riders, a primarily instrumental Calabrese Born With A Scorpion's Touch Album Covertrack which fires up the energy of album and listener with its mix of groove and thrash metal within a juggernaut of rock ‘n’ roll voraciousness. The track rampages down the ears highway igniting imagination and emotions before departing for the following title track. From the first of expected film samples which has always coloured the band’s releases, a ravenous groove breaks free from within a blaze of riffs and thumping rhythms. It is irresistible toxic bait from which the band swings their hooks and infectious chorus to predictably irresistible effect. It is fair to say there is not many bands who can breed the virulence to their barbs and calls as the Phoenix threesome and no chance that the band will lose their lethal touch, as proven by the second track. Again there is a broader hard rock stroke to the song without removing itself from the masterful walls of psychobilly and horror rock.

     I Wanna Be a Vigilante continues the impressive start, its opening wind swept beach reminding a little of the classic Shangri-las’ song, is soon welcoming the croon of Bobby and Jimmy’s vocals and an emotively honed blaze of melodic punk spawned pop balladry with a definite Ramones like aspect to its expanding walls and lures. There is also an element which reminds of The Damned, a gothic glaze that only adds to the depths of the track’s drama. From its commanding presence the snarling bass of Jimmy welcomes in the next up At Night I Am the Warmest, a track which launches at the ears with a feverish appetite and energy once into its full charge. The rhythms from Davey thump and pummel with intimidation whilst grooves and hooks engage and seduce the senses, all held under the rein of the excellent vocal persuasion singularly and dually of Bobby and Jimmy. As epidemically commanding as a voracious fever, the track leaves appetite and emotions aflame before they are taken on another inflammatory ride by the sonic surges and hunger of Loner at Heart. The track burns and sears the sense with a predatory gait and intensity to its antagonism but tempers it with a delicious weave of melodic and addiction forging enterprise.

     Both Mindwarp and Danger leave lingering fingerprints on passions and memory, the first an almost brawling stomp of rock pop with horror rock provocation and its successor a rhythmically menacing encounter courted by sonic beauty and a cache of insidiously compelling barbed grooves and anthemic toxins. It is a brilliant trap living up to its name with ease. Its might is as good as matched by the tarmac smelling heat of Ride with the Living Dead, the song just another which sparks imagery and creative thoughts as powerfully as it does the ardour which only increases its rapture for the release.

    Only the Dead Know My Name moves in on the imagination next, another ambient setting the veil for a track which seduces with more swerves and curvy temptations than a lap dance and just as unhealthily captivating as reality fades away once up against the claws and grip of the song. It is a stylish and impossibly alluring dance with riffs and hooks instinctive protagonists to give full submission to, as are those unleashed by the brilliant I Ride Alone, though brilliance can be draped over every song on this exceptional inspiration as a trait. As with all the songs, there is a wider, richer colour and fermentation to the band’s songwriting and sound which simultaneously feeds all wants and desires for a Calabrese release whilst exceeding those needs with even greater challenging adventure.

   Closing with the rigorously catchy There’s an Evil Inside, a more singularly rockabilly cast treat, Born with a Scorpion’s Touch is a magnificent slab of resourceful and inventive rock ‘n’ roll, one unafraid to push its and the band’s formerly perceived boundaries, though they have never stood still in pressuring limits to be fair. We suggested that the album was possibly the pinnacle of the band’s creativity until now, listening to it again as this is written let us amend that by omitting possibly.

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10/10

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Bill Parton Trio – Self Titled EP

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     It is always a treat and thrill when a release comes from out of nowhere to play with and inspire the imagination and passions. Every year has a few of those moments when a band which has never even been a scent in the nostrils of attentions suddenly steps forward to light up the ears and the Bill Parton Trio is certainly an early one for 2014. With their debut self-titled EP, the trio from Adelaide, South Australia dance with and entice the senses with piano led pop and a passionate endeavour which is virulently catchy and unashamedly tempting. The accompanying press sheet for the release suggests the band is like a merger of The Beatles, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, and Radio Head to which we would suggest a slice of Michael Bublé, none particularly inspiring if we are honest for our personal tastes meaning the encounter struggled to spark any eagerness towards it before a note was heard. It is a false description, though you can understand why comparisons are made, one not to be taken too accurately as the Bill Parton Trio have something quite distinct and memorable to them, a sound irrepressibly engaging.

     Consisting of William Parton (vocals, piano), Jeremy Martin (bass) and Andrew Partington (drums), the band has garnered a fine and increasingly potent name for themselves in their homeland through their insatiable appetite to gig and the successful release of the singles Going Away and Falling For You Again. Numerous festival appearances have also increased the stature of the band with the release of their EP in Australia last August accelerating their presence and success. Recorded with producer Darren Mullan (The Angels, The Beards, John Swan, Russell Morris), the release now gets its UK unveiling and it is hard not to assume it will find the same attention and success again.

     It does not take long for the EP’s opening track to bring appetite and attention to the boil. The initial piano beckoning of Falling for You Again builds to a mini crescendo before relaxing as it embraces the vocals of Parton for the parading of the song’s narrative. Even in its gentle stroll there is an open infectiousness which intensifies as the track swings its hips into a lively chorus clad in a harmonious embrace. A song you can join in easily with by the second return of its irresistible catchy main call, the encounter makes for an absorbing and masterful invitation to band and release.

   The following So Unfair brings a slower sultry glaze to its persuasion which smoulders and entices another flame of pleasure. As with a few of the songs there is something indefinably recognisable to the track, an admittedly appealing but definitely familiar bait which could be a take it or leave it issue for some. As Parton and song croons with expertise and emotive elegance it is something which certainly brought another tasty morsel to the table of the EP for us, a pleasing flavour soon matched and exceeded by Going Away. There is no disguising the Lennon and McCartney aspect to the song here but again it works rather than derails the suasion of the song, its contagion the primary lure to be enslaved and excited by though matched again by the keys and vocal prowess of Parton aligned to the rhythmic call of the rest of the band.

     If You’re Here With Me slows things down just a little next, though still there is a swerve to the body of the evocative tale. The bass of Martin adds its own captivating bait whilst the beats of Partington cast a crisp frame to the melodic resources of Parton, the trio once again leading thoughts into a sultry emotional encounter. That sense of familiarity once more only adds to the lure of the track, helping the EP play more like an old friend rather than an undiscovered new acquaintance, but a returning companion you always hold a full welcome for.

   The closing Stalker Man is more of the same, a familiar but refreshing breeze of melodic piano pop with vivacious harmonies and lyrical poignancy. It brings the release to a fine and enjoyable conclusion if without quite lighting the same depth of reactions as the previous songs. The EP is a thoroughly pleasing and attentive proposition with really only a lack of something mouth-wateringly original to its wares is a slight disappointment. Nevertheless with the quality and sheer infectiousness of its songs there is little to hold back making a full recommendation to check out the release and the Bill Parton Trio.

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8.5/10

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The Mouth Of Ghosts – You Will Go Again From Me EP

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    After the stunning and impressive entrance of UK band The Mouth Of Ghosts through their 2012 debut EP When The Sun Sets it cannot be denied that many like us found a tingle forming at news of the band unveiling their follow-up release. The London quintet is one of those encounters where once bitten their seduction is irresistible, their atmospheric blend of shoegaze, trip-hop, and alternative rock veined by emotive textures and evocative hues, enveloping and infectious. The You Will Go Again From Me EP confirms The Mouth Of Ghosts as one of Britain’s most exciting emerging bands and though the new release does not have a When The Sun Sets on it, the first EP’s title track and one of the most glorious songs of past years, it pushes and expands the striking and imaginative presence of the band to greater heights.

    The Mouth of Ghosts was formed in 2011 by guitarist Simon Langford and bassist Marco Italia, the name taken from a Dillinger Escape Plan song. The pair soon found and recruited vocalist Alla Seydalieva as their distinctive sound began to emerge and evolve. Completed over time by drummer Phil Page and Valerie Deniz on synth and additional vocals, the band ignited a definite hunger for their sound through the When The Sun Sets EP. The release of its title track as a single in October of 2012 also brought eager attention, finding support from the likes of Tom Robinson and numerous radio shows, and the song selected as one of the top songs of that year on BBC Introducing. You Will Go Again From Me is sure to emulate its predecessor with its mesmeric and invigorating contents and also steer the band into an even more intensive spotlight, one deserving of such an inventively expressive and intrusively immersive encounter.

     The gentle opening caress of Winter Song instantly brings a chill to the spine, both from the emotive vocal and guitar beauty 1510406_751512044861607_502384343_nwhich strokes the ear and from emotions being taken back to the first seductive climate the band offered two years ago. They have a touch in sound and the sirenesque tones of Seydalieva which instantly sparks emotions; exploring and taking them on resourceful magnetic journeys as evidence by the first song upon You Will Go Again From Me. The track slowly works its way under the skin, keys joining the initial premise to open up its skies whilst beats and pulses court the brewing temptation of guitar and electronic enticement. Reaching its full height with Seydalieva showing the range and depth of her delivery, the track burns heatedly before ebbing and flowing with a more smouldering intent and embrace. The song reveals along its emotional landscape a greater maturity and adventure to the songwriting and sound, whilst across the whole release a stronger diversity than arguably offered by the band’s debut shows its suasion.

    From the enthralling start the release strolls up another level with the outstanding Wrong, a magical flight through a celestial melodic soundscape with noir kissed edges and sinister shadows. There is also a scalding and rapacious edge to the guitars as the track reaches the height of numerous crescendos, the stimulus enflaming thoughts and pleasures as richly and dramatically as the otherwise angelic gait of the stunning endeavour. It is a masterful slice of sonic alchemy exploring a bolder and darker invention in imagination and craft from The Mouth of Ghosts.

   Right on Time takes the listener on yet another new and alluring soar through an engulfing ambience, provocative harmonies, and heart sparking vocals, all within a web of sonic contortion from Langford. There is a swing and swell to the tide of the emotion and melodic enterprise which plays like Bjork meets Portishead, a sexually enlightened swagger which only fuels another dose of ardour towards the band and their songs. Once again a dark mystique lends it’s tempting to the engrossing dance and drama increasing the weight and depth of the whole experience.

    The closing You Will Go is a melancholic whisper across the senses, brought with a morose gait within an almost funereal temperament and atmosphere. Unlike the other three songs it is a slowly burning suasion though still making a forcible impact from its first touch. As musically poetic as it is lyrically and vocally, the song is an intensive and empowering treat which emerges as a further weighty declaration of a highly promising band, one which is reaching its first pinnacle whilst setting new plateaus to ascend to.

     The You Will Go Again From Me EP is a scintillating and enrapturing proposition from a band which is increasing its position as one of the most innovative and expressive bands in British music. The Mouth Of Ghosts and their new exploration is one sunrise and sunset all should treat themselves to.

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9/10

RingMaster 17/04/2014

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Dumb – Two Bottles Video

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    UK melodic noise makers Dumb is earning a fine and eager reputation for their vivacious and energetically contagious sound, something the new video and song Two Bottles sparks another keen ardour for with its expressive and emotive freshness. The second track on their recently released AA single Supersonic Love Toy/Two Bottles through One Beat Records, it makes another potent and earthy persuasion to the thrilling emergence of this Birmingham band.

    Filmed by James Woods at Viceroy Shoots, the Two Bottles video like the song itself is a relaxed party of freedom and losing inhibitions. It provides an almost fly on the wall like narrative to scenes around the central core of the band as they play the song in an informal manner. Visually too there is a clarity and at times starkness in colour, tone, and scenery which lays suggestions of making adventures from little stimuli and uninspiring climates. The video provides fine seeds and potent imagery for the imagination to interpret and dance with whilst the song provides a weave of melodic jangles and provocative rhythms from its opening seconds which equally flirts with thoughts and emotions, not forgetting inspiring feet to add their keen shuffle to the experience.

   Dumb has already fired up appetites for their sound though the release of debut single Dive and the following Retina as well as their acclaimed live performances which has seen them sharing stages with the likes of The Charlatans, The Vaccines, New Order, Darlia, Skaters, LSA, Superfood, Baby Strange, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs and many more. Recorded with producer Cam Blackwood (Darlia, London Grammar, George Ezra), Super Sonic Love Toy/Two Bottles takes the band’s presence and stature up another level with the new video an additional impressively magnetic enticement into the world of Dumb.

   Musically the band combines inspiration from Pixies and Built To Spill into their own indie/noise alchemy, one with an elevated distinctive twang to its breath and expansive depths to its passionate sonic sculpture. The other song on the single release also has a video already released to match its thrilling sound; Super Sonic Love Toy making an engagingly and evocatively expressive temptation on ears and imagination matched by the monochrome air and beauty of the video merging the band at play, work, and scenic stalking. Whereas plenty of videos just place a band in a set to play out the latest track, both videos and Two Bottles especially, leads the listener into an honest world of lyrical and emotional intent.

    Dumb is a band on a feisty march with Two Bottles its latest irresistible invitation. It is easy to imagine that very few will be unaware of the band over future horizons but as the new video suggests, why wait for it to happen when the gateway to fun and adventure is there already. So we suggest heading over to the band’s website at http://www.werdumb.com to immerse into both songs and videos and catch Dumb on the start of their certain ascent.

Two Bottles song and video 9/10

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