Exorcism – I Am God

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Considering the people involved in heavy metallers Exorcism, it is no real surprise that debut album I Am God is an impressive blaze of highly skilled and riveting adventure. It is a fiery encounter with a collection of tracks which for the main bring the imagination and emotions intensive satisfaction whilst taking them on incendiary explorations. The only uncertainty is why band and album are being classed as doom/heavy metal as though there are melancholic themes, slow and dark inciting shadows, and weighty emotional textures at work within the release, its sound is dramatically heavy melodic metal.

Exorcism was formed in 2006 by Csaba Zvekan of Raven Lord and Zvekan with many of the tracks on the album written in that period by the vocalist. Originally set to be part of his solo album, the songs were set aside as the always busy Zvekan explored and emerged with other projects across the years. Resurrecting the tracks last year after his management company Rock’N Growl and Zyx Records/ GoldenCore Records took an interest in the songs, Zvekan has filled out Exorcism with the addition of guitarist Joe Stump (Raven Lord, Holy Hell, Reign Of Terror), bassist Lucio Manca (Raven Lord, Solid Vision), and drummer Garry King (Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Beck, Achillea). It is a mighty line-up bringing their experiences rigorously to bear on the album.

The album needs mere seconds to impose its stature and potential on attention and senses, opener End Of Days stretching over the ExorcismIAmGodCoverlistener with stern rhythms and wiry melodic teasing whilst riffs and bass offer bestial textures to their sound which grips the imagination as much as the sonic enterprise. It is a potent and intriguing start increasing its suasion with the ever impressive vocals of Zvekan. As the track expands its narrative and shadows it is probably fair to say that you can concede the doom reference though it is more a spicy flavour than an imposing presence within the heavy metal consumption. In many ways the album is like the song, making strong and captivating first impressions but evolving into long term compelling triumph over time.

The guitar craft of Stump veins and flares within the track, repeating the act time and time again as proven by the following title track, its dark canvas a provocative wrap stalked by bass and rhythms and subsequently ignited by Stump’s prowess alongside the ever rich vocal flames of Zvekan. The track is a weightier proposition than the first, its gait a lumbering instigation but with the gritty vocals aligned to melodically driven keys and guitars, there is more of a thick stoner/grunge feel to the scenery. It is a powerfully satisfying track though not as potent as the previous track and the brilliant Voodoo Jesus which steps up next.

The song is a bewitching mix of rich styles, enslaving textures, and enthralling invention, easily the best track on the album. From its first second, grooves and sonic lures squirm through ears on the way to slipping right under the skin, their intent skirted by crisp rhythms and the again carnivorously toned bass. The bait and toxicity that Manca brews with his string plucking is pure addiction across the album, a definite highlight and here making an irresistible allurement. The track rumbles and twists like a demonic temptress; a metallic medusa with rippling riffs and sonic snakes mesmerising the imagination whilst that persistent warped groove and imposing hypnotic rhythms chain the passions tightly. It is a glorious slab of melodic metal with the sinews of a bear and poise of a robust gazelle, coloured by mouthwatering malevolence and demonic seduction.

The pair of Last Rock N Roll and Master Of Evil are given a hard task following such a triumph but both make a formidable attempt, the first with blustery sonic weaves clad in a pleasing acidity as rhythms and riffs ravage the air around them and the second with transfixing flirtation and muscular enticements. A shimmering glaze soaks ears first before the bass once again steals focus with its rapacious almost portentous appearance. Both aspects continue to coax potently as scarring riffs and the expressive tones of Zvekan explore the corners of the song. The unpredictable turns and avenues taken by the track greedily hold appetite and thoughts gripped but it is the bursts of ingenious invention which spear the song and the anthemic lure of the Zvekan which lights the fuse for a lustful devouring of the passions. It is another scintillating pinnacle upon the loftily peaked release taking the listener on an incredible journey through dark innovative climates.

In some ways the album never finds the same plateau again but certainly never leaves satisfaction and enjoyment looking for their next meals, though the song Exorcism admittedly does not stir up much more than approval when it steps up next. It is nicely crafted vocally and musically though but too deep into classic heavy metal for personal tastes. Things lift again with the blues kindled furnace of Higher as it roars and stomps eagerly, again a grunge essence joining the blazing melodic metal fuelled charge, before Stay In Hell merges a cinematically seeded wash of sinister yet elegant keys with enveloping emotive melodies and scorching sonic enterprise for an absorbing flight through climactic skies and a sultrily flamed emotional landscape.

The album comes to a close with firstly the vigorously smouldering and intensively heated Fade The Day before the old school metal surge that is Zero G brings a thrilling finale. Striding with heavy rabid Sabbath-esque rhythms and riffs the track simply cages the passions, inflaming their ardour with sonic exploits from Stump which send tingles down the spine and an imaginative adventure which reaffirms the aggressively inventive and exploratory realms the album continually offers. It is a breath-taking close to a raucously exciting release, though there are moments when you feel the band do not go far or often enough into the vat of ingenuity which sculpted the major moments of the album such as Voodoo Jesus. Nevertheless I Am God is a real treat and the marker which suggests Exorcism could be Csaba Zvekan’s most important project yet.

I Am God is available via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music now!

http://www.exorcism13.com

9/10

RingMaster 25/04/2014

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Kaunis Kuolematon – Kylmä Kaunis Maailma

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Wringing every dramatic provocative texture and imposing emotion out of their dark creative depths, melodic death metallers Kaunis Kuolematon have unleashed a thoroughly compelling and intimidating debut album in the tempestuous shape of Kylmä Kaunis Maailma. It is a startling release, one bred in menacing atmospheres and thick emotive climates. It consumes and captivates without mercy though it is not always the easiest of journeys for senses and thoughts to explore, landscapes harsh and drenched in intensive causticity which permeates and scores everything from ears to psyche. It is a persistent danger which once undertaken rewards with continually strengthening potency.

The Hamina hailing Finnish band began in 2012 with vocalist/guitarist Mikko Heikkilä (Black Sun Aeon, Routasielu, Sinamore) forming the band to take his songs to the world. The first year saw the release of a self-titled EP to strong responses but it was the single En Ole Mitään last year which raised a definite appetite and anticipation for the band’s first full-length, a hunger which it impressively feeds. Recorded with Saku Moilanen (Red Moon Architect) and mixed and mastered by Saku Moilanen and by Juho Räihä (Before The Dawn, Gloria Morti) respectively, Kylmä Kaunis Maailma takes the listener into the darkest intrusive levels of life, almost welcoming death as a destined friend. It is frightening, intimidating, and impossibly seductive, a narrative to bravely embrace for the surest of pleasures.

Opening track Pimeyden Valtakunta emerges from a portentous sonic mist, its ominous breath a dark hum which is soon veined by a KK- Front_800riveting melodic design of guitar and a vocal sample seemingly seeded in negative events. By its entrance rhythms are rigorously casting heavy imprints, soon to be towering incitements, on the scenery as rapacious vocal roars spill across the air. It is a dramatically evocative experience, imagination running with the descriptive hues and vocal scowling, interpreting sounds and the Finnish language used for their own haunting and imposing visions. It is an immensely dramatic start to the album, a malevolent rapture which finds greater seduction with the clean vocals and melodic graces which colour the formidable soundscape surrounding them.

     Itsestään Kuollut follows with an electro coaxing at first though it is soon suffocated by the ravenous strides of antagonistic rhythms, savage riffery, and bestial vocals squalls. Predacious grooves only accentuate the weight and glorious toxicity of the track as it twists and tightly seduces the psyche, senses abused and caressed with pulsating keys which still hold that electro suasion, and a rampant urgency to the ravaging. It is a masterful slavery of the passions that increases its virulence with even more intensive repetitious grooving and a web of serpentine and varied vocals, the fade-out the only minor annoyance.

Both Kivisydän and Kuolematon seize their own unique grips on attention and thoughts. The first brings a swamp of emotive shadows over pestilential intensity, though it also washes the senses in a beauteous caress of keys and solemn melodies, whilst the second bursts from within a radio search with bulging rhythmic muscles and sinewed bred riffs, both caging the appetite as expressive keys and drifting angelic harmonies add their glancing touches before carnivorous intent brings its voracity to bear over body and imagination. As with the album, both tracks need plenty of time to truly reveal their full persuasions but start with a thoroughly compelling and lingering base, the second of the two an intriguing presence especially with its outstanding sirenesque female vocal calls.

The earlier mentioned first single from the album, En Ole Mitään steps in next, clean vocals wrapping the senses soothingly before coarse tones enter the scene. The music is equally restrained at first before inviting its malicious side to join the affair, the guitars of Heikkilä and Ville Mussalo entrancing and enticing before becoming sonic predators led by the intensive rhythmic examination provided by bassist Jarno Uski and drummer Miika Hostikka. The track expands across its beautiful but rugged terrain with enthralling skill and invention though arguably is less predacious and certainly more merciful than other tracks, such as the next up Sieluni Sirpaleet, though it too is unafraid to allow a delicious weave of keys and the ever impressive and welcome clean vocals within the band to radiate potently from within the stark and aggressive causticity climbing all over the senses.

The album continues to ignite thoughts and emotions as the likes of the spellbinding Pahan Kasvot, a track which manages to seduce an ardour and tear layers from the senses with its raw voraciousness within the less than four bestial minutes of its body, and the enchanting Aamu seize ears and imagination. The second of the two with melancholic strings and emotionally reflective vocals mesmerises across its extensive flight, the stormy passages and vocal tempests only enhancing its elegance stance and emotive beauty. The song is irresistible, setting the listener up for the final exhausting adventure of Haudasta Hautaan, an encounter as abrasing as it is sonically bracing and as rabidly emotive as it is blisteringly seductive.

Kylmä Kaunis Maailma is a striking debut from Kaunis Kuolematon and though it is a touch frustrating in not being able to fully understand each track’s theme because of language restrictions, that small aspect cannot hide the feelings raging within each encounter or stop the album from impressing intensely.

Kylmä Kaunis Maailma is available through Violent Journey Records now!

http://www.kauniskuolematon.com

http://www.facebook.com/KaunisKuolematon

8.5/10

RingMaster 25/04/2014

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LIV. – Be The Change

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A release which bruises just as heavily with its passion as its sounds, Be The Change is a direct and formidable swipe of hardcore provocation. The debut album of Los Angeles band LIV., the release thrusts nine unfussy and aggressive punk songs at ears but they are encounters which potently offer twists of invention and angst drenched hooks to further capture the imagination and make the band stand out. Bursting from the South Bay section of their home city, the quartet of Matthew Salamante (vocals), Jason Diaz (bass), Ace Esguerra (guitar), and Tony Esquivel (drums) hit hard and true with their emotive anthems; as the accompanying promo says, ‘LIV. are Hardcore that embodies the love, the passion, the sorrow, the anger, the pain, the struggle, and the promise of life.’

Their songs also come with a rich vein of hope and defiance which fires up the dramatic and infectious narratives lyrically and musically. The 2012 formed band produce encounters which are well seeded in the tradition of the genre, holding familiar traits which keep major surprises at bay, but there is plenty of those earlier mentioned hooks and stimulating twists to seize strong attention and make a keen appetite hungrier. There is a sense of Gorilla Biscuits to the LIV. sound but just as healthily within the album essences of CIV and in less open ways Shelter also push the depths and colour of the band’s confrontation. Opening track Livin’ In Victory is immediate bold and thick evidence of the flavoursome incitement to come, a deliciously earthy dark bass snarl wrapping around ears first before the guitars join rhythms in a fiery evocation of eager energy and rapidly brewing intensity which explodes with the raw abrasive tones of Salamante. The track turns into a swagger at his entrance whilst the guitars cast metal bloomed sonic bait as the song works feistily and successfully on thoughts.

It is a tremendous start backed up forcibly by Make Moves, a more instant pressuring of senses and emotions with vocals and riffs LIV.-Be-The-Change-Covergrazing air whilst bass and drums provoke with rapacious intrusiveness. More straightforward than its predecessor, the song still plays with vocal delivery and sonic expression to provide something easy to get the teeth fully into before ‘Till Next Time fires up its turbo for a caustic blaze of scarring aggression and uncompromising intensity, its mid-way stop and emerging prowl an additional highlight.

Roots strolls in on a rhythmic coaxing next, the raw vocals soon stirring things up before riffs spill their contagious enticement over the scene. The restrained entrance and guitar urgency share time before the song digs out an anthemic vocal call from the band to enliven further the senses. Across its magnetic body, the track continues to flow through a shifting landscape keeping expectations empty and intrigue as well as its emotive flame high.

Both A Standard Issue and Rise provide incendiary climates and appealing tempests to get heavily involved in, the first a more formula yet thrilling blaze whilst the second almost stalks the senses as its vocal and sonic storm grows in pressure and incitement before exploding into a virulent ravaging, rhythms an addictive stomp and riffs a coarse yet inviting turmoil to embrace before joining the group shouts. The following Miles is a similar trap to lean into with greed and energy, its catchy hooks and antagonistic rhythms courted by sonic endeavour and vocal causticity.

The title track arguably provides the widest proof of the invention and still to be explored potential of the band, its masterful slavery of rhythms just the appetiser to a union of carnivorous bass lines, prowling riffs, and vocal abrading. It has a more resourceful enterprise and deliberately menacing breath to its intent than the other tracks, a presence which is predator like sharing an impacting voice in its emotive narrative.

The release closes with The New Liberation, a final compelling brawl to wrap yourself tightly up in, imagination and passions feeding on its old school punk breeding and modern hardcore voracity. It is a thrilling end to an impressive debut from LIV. with Be The Change looking like being the start of a very promising and potent ascent for the band.

Be The Change is available now via OnTheAttack Records.

https://ontheattackrecords.bandcamp.com/album/be-the-change

https://www.facebook.com/livsbhc

8/10

RingMaster 25/04/2014

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