Six String Slaughter – Born Unspoiled

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Creating a tempestuous onslaught bred from the pestilential malevolence of death metal and the virulent antagonism of thrash, Danish metallers Six String Slaughter unleash their debut album to reinforce and push into greater attention their emergence as one of the more compelling protagonists within extreme metal. Ten tracks of exhaustingly confrontational and ravenously intensive enterprise, the release is a brutal and riveting protagonist twisting an old school spawned sound with intrusive invention and merciless sonic savagery. It is fair to say that the album is not flooded with striking uniqueness and undiscovered toxicity but with the band members bringing forward two decades of experience and adventure into its ruinous incitement, Born Unspoiled is a ruggedly accomplished aggressor with a hunger and intent which leaves the pack in its wake.

Six String Slaughter was formed in 2007 by ex- Corpus Mortale members Søren Jensen (guitars/bass) and Nicholas Maschøln (drums) who not having played together for many years decided to “collaborate on this new project to see if the original energy was still there.” Spending a year writing songs and searching for the right vocalist, Daniel Wilkens was brought into the band which swiftly led to the release of The World Slaughter EP. Their debut release was eagerly received and met with acclaim as was the Frederikssund trio’s The Next Slaughter EP which was uncaged a year later in 2010. Signing with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions not so long ago, the band now unleash their first full-length and such its corrosive rabidity of sound and intent aligned to pure thrash contagion it would be foolish not to expect similar and stronger attention rising up around the Born Unspoiled as with those earlier encounters.

The album opens with its title track and in no time is running over the senses with nagging riffs and heavily swung rhythms which are soon joined by the bear like growls of Wilkens. It is irresistible bait especially as a hornets nest of riffery frontcoverniggles away before being pushed aside by an intensive heavyweight pressure of vocal and portentous energy. It is a fleeting moment in the persistently turning gait of the song though, the great irritant of riffs returning to re-ignite the senses and imagination whilst Maschøln pounds the former to an inch of their being with inventive and violent beats. Jensen casts an inescapable web with his guitar alongside the deliciously threatening and throaty bass endeavour which adds further to the masterful and pleasingly unpredictable start to the album, though it is soon left standing by the outstanding Holy Lies. The second track from its first breath is swinging grooves and rhythms around like Godzilla throwing buildings, every second a colossal incitement of creative rabidity and toxic enticement honed into one of the year’s best tracks. Managing to lumber with the sheer weight of its intensity but also bounding with voracious enterprise, the song is magnificent, a horned beast driven by the craft and energy many bands dream of and few achieve.

The following Gathering Dust makes a more reserved but concentrated entrance with a winding flame of guitar. It is soon a rampant barbarity but still reins in some of its rancor and intensity to stalk rather than devour ears. Not quite matching its predecessors though, the song still fires up thoughts and emotions potently ready for the challenging maliciousness of Everywhere (There are Prophets). It also prowls the senses but finds a greater concentration of infectiousness to its core hostility whilst brawling group calls add to the persistently gripping guttural baiting of Wilkens. Riffs lash and tease with open rancor whilst rhythmically again the song is a maelstrom of attitude and viciousness, it all making for a thrilling violation.

Both Nothing but Death in the End and I am not at War bring a different colour to the constant pugnacity of the release, the first a corrosive predation of darker toned riffs and bass predation twisted into a virulent and mouth-watering groove of the richest persuasion. A brew for addictiveness but tempering its inescapable bait with a blackened sonic expression which slowly meanders and permeates the senses from within the unrelenting blasting of Maschøln, the track is another pinnacle of the album swiftly backed by its successor. With only the lyrical prowess something to challenge with its at times ‘lazy’ and simplistic repetition, the track is still a forceful and captivating quarrel to sink eager teeth into for strong satisfaction.

Virulent Narcissism is a less dramatic brute of a song but still holds plenty to light ears and appetite with its strenuous riffing and sharp grooves within a cage of pungent rhythms whilst the next up Careless which features Anders Lundemark of Konkhra, is a tangle of waspish grooves and crippling rhythms led by bile splashed snarls. Like the previous song it also fails to reach heights of previous tracks but makes a statement to enhance the album and puts other bands in the shade.

Born Unspoiled is brought to a close by firstly the brawly charms of Building the Monuments and an excellent cover of the Brutal Truth track Birth of Ignorance, each a maelstrom of intensity and sound bringing an outstanding release to a thunderously thrilling conclusion. As said earlier maybe strong originality is a low factor in Six String Slaughter’s album but few death or thrash blended releases have pleased and impressed as powerfully or with the shape of invention the band offers here.

Born Unspoiled is available via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions now @ http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/born-unspoiled

http://www.sixstringslaughter.com

8.5/10

RingMaster 20/08/2014

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Get Stoked – Washington Street EP

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Creating a proposition which simultaneously invites the listener to brawl and party with its feisty mix of pop punk and rawer hardcore aggressiveness, the Washington Street EP is one impressive entrance from US punks Get Stoked. It unleashes five tracks which show an imagination and want to invent something strikingly different yet comes with a familiarity which plays like a returning friend loaded up with devilish intent. It is a highly enjoyable romp which dares to be adventurous and is confident enough to employ those highly flavoursome and recognisable spices.

Hailing from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Get Stoked consists of vocalist Cameron Wheeler, guitarists Ryan Turek and Zach Smith, bassist Ben Jensen, and drummer Jacob Cardona. Other than the quintet citing influences such as The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Set Your Goals, A Day To Remember, and All Time Low upon their music, there is little more we can tell about the band other than they write and craft rather appetising slices of sinew sculpted pop punk.

Released via Imminence Records, Washington Street opens up with the instrumental Intro, a minute and a half of thumping rhythms provoking through infectious riffs and hooks courted by a dark toned bass temptation. It is not an ep_Cover_3explosive piece but one hinting at the potent offerings to come whilst treating feet and imagination to an energetic dance. Its successful beckoning is followed by the imposing presence of Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Starting with the strong tones of Wheeler over swipes of guitar and an increasingly intimidating run of beats, it is an engaging if unsurprising start even with the also appealing backing vocals of Turek building up the lure of the song. It is when the track suddenly twists into a livelier surge of antagonistic beats and scything strikes of guitar that it comes alive, slipping into a melodic flame of expectations feeding and ear refreshing pop punk revelry. From vocals to sonic incitement, heavy rhythms to abrasing riffery, the song is a thrilling stomp which allows its inventive unpredictability to run naked through the track. The song also shows why the band has been compared to some of their inspirations but just as strongly and pleasingly it lights the senses with older essences of Hagfish and Mucky Pup.

The following Hand In Your Demise takes little time in seizing the imagination and appetite, its opening roam of compelling rhythms and an evocative melodic tendril the forerunner to a blaze of sonic endeavour and melodic tenacity ridden by once again impressing vocals and flirtatious energy. The track is soon stamping its rhythmic feet with firm intent too whilst the guitars cast a web of emotive and infectious designs to which Wheeler wraps his pleasing delivery and lyrical narrative. Though not quite matching its predecessor, the track similarly just grows and excels vocally and musically the deeper into its body it goes to provide another exciting proposition.

Forward Progress lacks the spark of the last pair of songs but nevertheless parades a strong mix of ideation and sounds revealing more of the depth and expressive ability of the band whilst shaping another infectious and provocative encounter. It is soon left in the shadow of the closing title track though; a song from its opening crystalline melody embraces a string of styles and inventive exploration. A rugged cage of riffs and beats initially traps ears with a vocal drama from Wheeler captivating the imagination. The track then bursts into another pungent stride of pop punk clad in a hardcore predaciousness before slipping into something melodically comfortable and anthemically contagious. It is an enthralling slab of punk rock which alone provides enough evidence to suggest Get Stoked is a band with the potential to make major strides and create impressive marks on the punk scene.

That suggestion is more than backed up by the rest of the Washington Street EP, a release easy to recommend to those wanting something more substantial and braver in their pop punk.

The Washington Street EP is available now via Imminence Records @ http://imminencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/washington-street

https://www.facebook.com/GetStokedMI

9/10

RingMaster 20/08/2014

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Cardinals Folly – Our Cult Continues!

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It is fair to say that Finnish doom metallers Cardinals Folly is a band you are going to take to or not. Certainly there is a middle ground too where intrigue keeps attention and thoughts embraced in interest and indecision over the band though listening to new album Our Cult Continues!, it seems to demand adoration or avoidance with little in between. Cardinals Folly is not a band to just soundtrack an hour of simple listening pleasure is soon obvious as the band’s second album challenges the senses.

Released via Shadow Kingdom Records, Our Cult Continues! is a dark trespass of ears and thoughts with a generally crawling pestilential persuasion which at times ignites the imagination as forcibly as it violates the senses. It can be a riveting intrusion with imposing heavy riffs and deeply permeating rapacious grooving but also a lingering threat which loses its potency through the length of songs, a seeming aversion to spread its creative wings, and the daunting challenge of the vocals where notes are often dishevelled and squeezed of flavour. As mentioned it is not going to be for all but it must also be said that it left a compulsion to investigate the release again and again and is definitely likely to lure the appetite of those with a passion for bands like Reverend Bizarre and Electric Wizard. For sure it needs time to make its persuasion a full argument, with still no guarantees of success, but if band and album clicks with wants it has the potency to make for a unique test and enjoyment.

Formed in 2004 as The Coven and called Cardinals Folly since 2007, the Helsinki based trio of vocalist/bassist Mikko Kääriäinen, guitarist Juho Kilpelä, and drummer Sebastian Lindberg soon made an impression with their first pair of EPs, 2008’s Heretic’s Hangover and Orthodox Faces the following year. Two years on the band signed with Shadow Kingdom and unleashed debut album Such Power is Dangerous!, again to strong responses which the new release is sure to emulate with those holding a taste for the band’s distinct takes on doom metal.

Opening with the evocative and cinematic Chant of Shadows, the album makes an imagination poking entrance. It is not a hugely dramatic start, but an introduction to the dark realms and sinister devilry of the band which holds enough a2356633421_2coaxing for fans and newcomers to take the plunge into the hellish depths of Our Cult Continues! As its satanic call drifts away the following Morbid Glory steps forward and soon presses ears with acidic grooves and hollow but pushy rhythms. There is an immediate shallowness to the production which takes time to acclimatise to but is not as big a leap to embrace as the vocal tones of Kääriäinen. With a voice which flirts with melodies whilst infusing a monotone lilt equipped with tonal alienation, the bassist croons and serenades throughout the track and album with varying success. It is another aspect to get used to and will of all the things about Cardinals Folly, probably be the biggest test for many, but to be honest it is also something to gradually warm to and embrace in the singers potent moments and hold reservations over in their less momentous turns. The song itself lurches and lumbers with ravenous intensity and labour intensive predation to seduce ears and rile the senses.

The Black Baroness makes a greater impression than its more than decent predecessor with a carnivorous throat to the bass and sonic enterprise from the guitar. There is a punk air to the acidic strokes of Kilpelä, riffs an abrasing antagonism and the meandering chords bleeding whispers of Spizzenergi and The Pack. With a healthier contagion to its bait, it crawls potently through body and mind before passing over to the oppressive rapacity of the title track. A thick web of riffs and blunted rhythms, the track is appealing smog of sound and intent, a sonic cloud veined with an engaging raw groove and a moment of bewitching clarity. Vocally too the song is persuasive, Kääriäinen better in an aural crowd than providing a driving lead in many ways.

The virulent surging of Sighisoaran comes next, the song a torrential abrasion held on a slight rein as it rampages and an even shorter lead in its slow consumptive twist of primal voracity. As most tracks it is a proposition which takes time to explore and come to terms with in many ways but ultimately provides an uncompromising assault enhanced by the great guttural snarl of the bass and a keen repetitious incitement. Like the majority of songs it is also border line on whether outstaying its welcome length wise, though when things begin to labour the band does throw in a timely twist to pull back any negativity a little.

The pair of Walvater Unveiled and The Lover´s Crypt smothers the listener in a sonic causticity and vocal starkness to again challenge and solidly persuade. The first is a lumbering expanse of venomous riffs and demanding rhythms which from an underwhelming opening evolves with scorched grooves and another potently gripping bass temptation to enthral. Its successor brings a more classic heavy metal breath in its melodic toxins and healthy doom swagger on its way to sculpting one of the bigger highlights of the album. The song also invites a richer invention and imagination from the band which in turns flirts with the listener to greater effect as it creates another reason to give Our Cult Continues! time before deciding its fate.

Last track Fallout Ritualist provides, despite its far too long a presence, a highly convincing conclusion to the album, its Sabbath-esque swagger of riffs and incendiary grooves along with the previous track crafting the best part of the album with ease.

Even after numerous visits Our Cult Continues! still leaves us undecided; its raw production defuses as much as it enhances and with a vagueness of imagination at times, the album seems to be an adventure of missed opportunities. Yet it also makes for a compelling proposition to keep considering. Cardinals Folly is one for the individual and to be honest the only way to know if they are for you is to allow them a chance to challenge and convince.

Our Cult Continues! is available via Shadow Kingdom Records now @ http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/our-cult-continues

https://www.facebook.com/cardinalsfolly

7/10

RingMaster 20/08/2014

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