Inlaze – Shallow

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Still fresh around the gills, having formed in the last weeks off 2013, UK rock band Inlaze lay down a rather compelling introduction with new single Shallow. A feisty stomp of alternative rock and grunge with a just as healthy dose of punk and fuzz revelry, the song is a virulently contagious and riotously addictive brawl of sound with a temptress like seduction at its core. Like a cross between Feud and early Foo Fighters with a veining of Reuben-esque aggression and sultry Allusondrugs temptation, the band’s sound flames voraciously around ears on the single, sparking a just as keen fire in the passions.

Hailing from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, Inlaze consists of vocalist/guitarist Cauley Pritchard, guitarist Ollie O’Brien, bassist Joe Tabz, and Tom Whiting on drums. March this year saw the release of their debut two-track release Waste​/​Fall, a pair of songs which explored a more shoegaze mesmerism upon the band’s firmer rock canvas of sound. Both songs made a potent attention coaxing declaration to spark intrigued interest but it is Shallow which really ignites a hungry appetite for itself and the band ahead.

Riffs and rhythms cascade down on ears within the song’s first breath, jangling over and jabbing the senses for a feisty opening. The bass of Tabz is an instant lure too, its throaty growl contagious bait over which the chords and a3560078570_2melodies of Pritchard and O’Brien cast their acidic yet richly appetising colour. Pritchard’s smooth and energetic vocals equally flourish over the commanding rhythmic spine with the whole riveting mix forming a virulent persuasion for feet and emotions to climb upon. The song also has a raw breath to not only its production but its scuzz spiced touch which only accentuates the infectiousness of its presence, especially within the incendiary finale, it a riot of call to arms vocals and voracious urgency.

Shallow suggests that Inlaze is a band we should all be paying attention to, and we for one are not going to deny its insistence as we wait impatiently for the band’s next foray into ears.

Shallow is available now as a buy now name your price release @ http://inlaze.bandcamp.com/track/shallow

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8.5/10

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Juggling Wolves – Mercury

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Ahead of their debut album, UK rock band Juggling Wolves unveil first single Mercury to spice up a definite anticipation for its full-length source. A merger of alternative and progressive rock with experimental hues and striking ambient colours, the track is a captivating proposition which alone ensures that How To Salvage A Failing Butterfly upon its release in October will get keen attention.

Hailing from Ireland, Juggling Wolves is the creative alternative experimental adventure of Jimmy Deface from folk/blues rockers Rufus Coates & the Blackened Trees and Johno Leader of acoustic indie rock band The Radioactive Grandma. It is a very different proposition from the pair’s other exploits but just as rich with earthy melodies and organic breath. In late 2012, the duo united in The Beast-Suite Studios in Co Cavan, combining their skills and ideas for what would become How to Salvage a Failing Butterfly. One track does not make an album but taking Mercury as evidence and a potent teaser, the album is destined to be a provocateur for the imagination and seduction to the ears.

The single opens with a distant caress of keys and radiant yet fiery harmonies, the song drifting in keenly but with restraint as a guitar circles ears with its resourceful coaxing. It is not long though before rigorous stabs of sound break through, sinew crafted rhythms and sturdy strokes of guitar splicing the air. The union of both calm and fire entwine as an atmospheric wind of melodic expression and percussive agitation unite for a milder but no less pungent flight of endeavour. With keys bringing an emotive drama as bass shadows surround the slow vocals tones with a melancholic hug, the song evocatively glides across senses and thoughts. It is a masterful incitement, a waltz which seamlessly either flirts with emotional intensity or dances with vivacious appetite whilst leading the imagination into a poetic landscape of suggestion and reflection.

As unpredictable as it is enthrallingly mesmeric, Mercury is a thick yet smoothly flowing sunset of emotions and sound. The track constantly surprises as it relentlessly wraps inspirationally textured ingenuity around ears. If this is a hint to what we should expect with the band’s first album then roll on the short weeks to its arrival.

The self-released How to Salvage a Failing Butterfly is available worldwide from mid-October and Mercury on August 7th.

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9/10

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Spellcaster – Self Titled

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Rife with rich potential and imagination as well as quality to easily satisfy the most demanding heavy metal wants, the new self-titled album from US band Spellcaster is a formidable next step in their potent emergence. Certainly it is not a release to set fires blazing within the genre or one veined with startling originality, but for enjoyable and contagious exploits the ten-track encounter is right on target.

The Oregon band began life in 2009 and already by the uncaging of their first demo Spells of Speed in the February of the following year was drawing strong attention. That online release caught the eye of Heavy Artillery Records who presented the band with a subsequent record deal and the re-release of their demo. Following their first North American tour towards the end of 2010, Spellcaster unleashed debut album Under the Spell in 2011 which in turn was followed by further heavy gigging and tours. 2012 saw a line-up change with guitarist Bryce R. VanHoosen and drummer Colin Vranizan joining up with vocalist Tyler Loney, who had moved from guitar at the time of the change, bassist Gabriel Franco, and guitarist Cory Boyd. Work on their second album was soon in progress with the band hitting the studio with Toxic Holocaust front man Joel Grind who co-produced and engineered the new release. Released via Lone Fir Records, Spellcaster emerges as a promise drenched slab of metal excitement and skilled enterprise, not one to shake the scene but undoubtedly an encounter to get neck muscles and emotions fully engaged.

The brief crystalline instrumental The Fading Light opens up the release, keys sparkling as a heavy stride of pungent rhythms and acidic sonic coaxing emerges. Not a particularly dramatic entrance but one to awaken attention, the piece is succeeded by the potent stroll and flames of As Darkness Falls. Forceful riffs and rhythms drive the track from its first second laying down powerful bait over which the guitars burn brightly with resourceful designs and the vocals with clean cut enticement. The track swiftly provides a fluid if expectation stroking endeavour but one with the keen intent to slip into something more intriguing within its expanding trap of alluring invention.

From the thrash kissed success of the opener, the Portland quintet finds an even deeper shade of aggression and shadow with Bound. The track also saunters with an eager gait through the ear on the reins of punchy rhythms and ALBUM COVERcommanding riffery as the vocals easily wash across the senses. The heavy drum slaps and throaty bass lure provoke a stronger wave of hunger to an increasingly pleased appetite for the album, with the skills of both guitarists spicing up the offering through their open creative tenacity. Like its predecessor, the track does not leave ears and emotions breathless but certainly highly satisfied as does the following Ghost Of My Memory. Throughout the at times quiet but unmistakably individual emprise of sound and craft, the rhythms of Vranizan grip attention as tightly as do the ever impressing play of both VanHoosen and Boyd, both creating another web of enthralling textures to greedily consume.

The atmospheric and dark aired short instrumental Premonition leads into the outstanding drama and evocative exploration of Haunted. From its first breath the track is casting scenery of melodic hues and sonic narration which sparks the imagination to embrace the impending lyrical and musical adventure. Arguably the first track on the album to delve into new avenues compared to previous tracks, the song wraps a melodic croon and eventful intrigue around even keener ears with its heavily brooding bass tone and persistently evolving guitar enterprise especially. It is a striking track throwing off the surface familiarity which washes over some of the other tracks to bring another rich vein of pleasure to the release.

Both Run Away and Eyes Of Black keep things careering along pleasingly, the first employing a great nagging groove and anthemic rhythms as its gripping core whilst guitars and vocals paint a colour drenched adventure over the canvas whilst its successor rises to its formidable feet with a sinister toxin to its melodic enticement and a portentous weight to its rhythms. Both tracks again try to bring something unique and effectively different to their bodies, and though they do not make as big a statement as Haunted, each provides another compelling proposition.

The album is closed up by the more than decent Clockwork though it labours to impress against certainly the last trio of songs, and finally the dark epic journey of Voyage. The last song has a blackened sky to its poetic exploit and makes a fine conclusion to an equally potent release. Spellcaster, band and album, is not a release to leave you slack jawed, mainly because of a lack of anything strikingly new or bordering on original, but in providing an undeniably rewarding and enjoyable encounter it is easy to let it pass this time in exchange for the pure heavy metal fun it gives.

Spellcaster is available via Lone Fir Records now and @ https://spellcasterpdx.bandcamp.com/album/spellcaster

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8/10

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Pop Evil – Onyx

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Though its veins are not exactly bursting with originality, Onyx the new album from US rockers Pop Evil is without doubt a rigorously compelling and invigorating slab of fiery melodic rock. Every shrug of its sinews and each melodic flame exhaled soak ears with an open familiarity whilst every muscular blaze of emotion and searing of sonic enterprise leaves thoughts and passions greedily content. It is may be not going to set the year on fire but the band’s third album is definitely bringing it a thoroughly enjoyable stomp of aural temptation.

Still under a keen spotlight after touring across Europe supporting Five Finger Death Punch, the band hits the European market and ears with a mighty slab of potent contagion. Released via Eleven Seven Records, the album has a voracity and tempestuous passion to its body which along with inciting melodies and perfectly barbed hooks, simple enthrals the senses and imagination. Having already established themselves on their side of The Pond with their rich tempting sound and albums War of Angels and even more so Lipstick on the Mirror, as well as a clutch of attention grabbing singles, the Michigan quintet are setting their sights on a wider audience and it is hard not to expect a healthy success through Onyx alone. Having also impressively shared stages with the likes of Three Doors Down, Papa Roach, Puddle Of Mudd, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Judas Priest, Black Stone Cherry, and Seether since forming, as well as going through the obstacles music throws up including line-up changes, Pop Evil have found a fresh and determined tenacity which shines across their new release as powerfully as the craft and passion soaking it. Produced by Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Megadeth), Onyx is an encounter which does not herald a torrent of surprises but does ensure satisfaction is fat to bursting.

The album gets off to a flyer with opener Goodbye My Friend, an instant attention grabbing encounter which from its initial guitar and bass coaxing awakens a potent appetite for what is to come. Nick Fuelling and Dave Grahs take little time casting a web of riffs and grooves to snare the imagination whilst bassist Matt DiRito brings a predatory growl to the mix to accentuate the immediate potency of the song. It is an enthralling mix to which vocalist Leigh Kakaty adds his impressive tones as the rhythms of drummer Josh Marunde punctuate and frame the thrilling enticement. The track also offers the comparisons which stand across the whole album, its sounds like a mix of Seether and Sevendust with the metallic rapaciousness of Spineshank, the emotive angst of Three Days Grace, and the anthemic craft of Drowning Pool. To be fair though that still only gives part of the picture as shown by the second song on the album.

Bringing a rich colour of Alice In Chains to its striking canvas of sound and gripping narrative, Deal with the Devil prowls and strolls around the senses like a warrior, the guitars and bass crowding ears with forceful intensity and ravenous intent whilst rhythms punch with weighty persuasion. The latest single is a stirring and climactic incitement, ablaze at times with infection soaked melodies and senses entwining grooves for a thoroughly exciting temptation. One not quite matched but certainly thrillingly backed up by previous single Trenches. Holding a defiant air to its body of sound and lyrical call, there is an air of antagonism to the song which only urges the sonic warfare of the guitars to blaze with brighter flames and virulence as additional keys and electronic bait bring extra charm.

The riotous charge of the album takes a break with power ballad Torn To Pieces, a magnetic song which goes exactly where expectations assume but still leaves a lingering and increasingly potent lure in its wake. Kakaty is a powerful and controlled vocalist throughout the album and shows his depth of expression and emotional quality masterfully here to match the strengths of the sounds caressing and at times scorching his words. It is a glorious emotive encounter which leaves the following Divide looking a little pale in comparison. To be fair the song is a feisty and vivaciously striding suasion but lacks the extra guile of say its predecessor or the punchy invention of other songs on the release. Nevertheless it makes a pleasing play upon the ears as does its successor Beautiful, another song which just misses the potency and success of others, but still leaves a flavoursome offering for a hungry appetite to devour.

Things return to the opening plateau with the outstanding Silence & Scars, a song which seduces and pressurises thoughts and emotions simultaneously with imaginative and emotion driven invention. There is a touch of Bush to the song, its grunge spice and melodic weaves absorbing whilst a cathartic essence to its whole picture offers a magnetic radiance. The track is bewitching as is next up Sick Sense, a furnace of a song which is as raw as it is mesmeric, as caustically charged as it is a resourceful seducing. Again it is like an instant friend, that familiar seeding inescapable bait but with a voracious fuel to the backing vocal roars and a nu-metal menace to the ingenious twists within the song, again that Spineshank reference coming forth, the track is an exhilarating proposition.

Fly Away and Behind Closed Doors keep the album burning brightly and at times ferociously, the first an eagerly striding charge of pop rock urgency across evocative textures whilst the second steps into a more formula yet forcibly appealing canter of melodic fire and vocal enticement. Both songs leave a smoking long term bait working away even after their departure, their heat and passion enough to override a slightly predictable design, before the more aggressive and excellent Welcome To Reality has it moment to ignite the senses. It again confirms that Pop Evil are masters at creating songs which might not break away from existing trodden paths but bind the listener up in feverishly addictive and irresistible anthems.

The album closes with Flawed, a striking dramatic and impressive end to Onyx which simply underlines the quality and exciting presence of band and release. Pop Evil is not inventing the wheel, or arguably even redesigning it, but it is giving it a breath-taking and often scintillating soak of explosive colour.

Onyx is available now through Eleven Seven Music with the standard European version holding 3 additional tracks whilst the deluxe version features an extra 5.

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8.5/10

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