Introductions from emerging bands obviously come in many shapes, sizes, and with varying success, but few leave as rich a hunger and lustful an ardour as inspired by UK metallers No Sin Evades His Gaze and their debut album Age Of Sedation. A riveting maelstrom of styles and flavours honed into a dramatically imposing and scintillating tempest, their release is an extraordinary entrance from a band young in years but mature in creativity and craft. There has been a loud buzz brewing around the quintet for a few months now and it is obvious as to why now.
No Sin Evades His Gaze was founded in the middle of 2013 by vocalist James Denton (ex-Ravenface). Completed by guitarists Kevin Pearson and Dan Thornton, bassist Matthew “Moat” Lowe (ex- Bleeding Oath), and drummer Theo Harvey (ex-Ravenface), the band gripped attention with the release of the single Age Of Sedation in May of this year, the track soon earning critical acclaim and media attention to match the appetite of the band’s growing fans. It was a potent hint of things to come, a rich suggestion of their new album but still merely a teaser to its blistering presence and might. Forging a ravenous and fluid web of everything from metalcore to technical and groove metal, progressive to death metal, the album is a raw and brutal hostility brought with the most elegant of touches and intensity of adventure. Not all songs startle as rigorously as others but each dramatically impresses with insatiable aggressive invention and rapier like imagination. Age Of Sedation may not top best album lists come December but it will be high in the majority of candidates.
A Crack In The Looking Glass is the opening intro to the album; it’s coaxing a thought challenging vocal sample surrounded by a melodic fanfare fuelled by a portentous breath. It is not a dramatic entrance but certainly awakens attention and intrigue which the following title track swiftly exploits with its masterful provocation. Continuing the brewing almost epic ambience of the first piece, riffs are immediately rubbing on the senses as a climate of change and volatile intent boils up around them. Percussive incitement and heavy bass tempting soon add to the fascination embracing ears with the guttural growl of Denton a savage provocation in their midst. The track in full stride is a beast, tight melodic veining and caustic riffery aligning to violently antagonistic rhythms from Harvey and the ravenous intensity of the basslines. There is also an intimidating swagger to it with teasing grooves simply igniting the senses. It is obvious to see why the song set greedy anticipation in motion for the band’s album and it is only the start of something special.
Motionless In Obedience instantly sets out its own contagious bait as drums and guitars unite for an initial canvas of temptation which brews up into a magnetically layered and impressively textured weave of ideation and sound. Orchestral whispers and sultry melodic colours permeate the intensive pressure and intent of the track whilst grooves and hooks offer a barbed lure which slips comfortably into the agitated depths of the encounter. As with all songs, each moment is a passing twist in a growing picture, the aggressive growls of Denton evolving into an outstanding clean delivery with the frontman impressive in each extreme, and the overcast menace of the song finding a clearer melodic air to seduce through. Like a mix of Meshuggah and TesseracT merged into another of Between the Buried and Me and Sepultura, but still only part of the sound, the track continues the immense start of the album.
The sonic enticement of Filth makes a transfixing lure to a bordering on carnivorous onslaught, essences of Korn and Mudvayne flirting with the industrial hints and barbarous maze of the song’s invention. It is an addictively compelling provocation, much like the album, which uses every note, chord, and pestilential syllable to assault and inspire. Its apocalyptic presence evolves into a sense of awakening as it fades away with crystalline charm before air and ears are baited by another unpredictable threat of tenacious riffing and rhythmic athleticism which sizzles with spite and ingenuity. Vocally as its predecessor, the blend of roaring rancor and melodic enticing is as masterful and rewarding as the seamless merging of vicious intensity and creative rabidity.
Both the predatory Roll Up The Royalty and Debris strikingly feed a hungry appetite. The first is a bruising fury of raptorial grooves and scarring riffs caged by inventively pounding rhythms off set by the again excellent vocal mix courted by the cantankerous charm of the bass and a mystique wrapped sonic exploration. Its successor sees the bass of Lowe offering another predacious character of sound and rugged contempt whilst over him vocals scowl and croon entwining venom and harmonious enticement. At its heart the track is a toxic treat with scything beats and scorched grooves sculpting a scintillating net of creative resources and bewitching imagination.
Age Of Sedation continues to abuse and ignite the senses with its enthralling tapestry of sound and inventiveness, The Cycle Resets an incendiary blaze of sonic poise courted by a twisted fight of rhythmic brilliance whilst the next up Biometric Alchemy laces its vigorous terrain with industrial strains of tempting and potently evocative flames of sinister melodic radiance. It is another glorious pinnacle in the album; the song’s first half a towering oppression of carnal malevolence which evolves into a stunning progressively seeded fire of melodic expression and vocal brilliance. Think Soilwork meets Fates Warning to give some kind of idea to its excellence.
The release is completed by firstly the infection dripping enmity of The Guillotine Blade, a creative war for the senses and template for the imagination to immerse in. Its every turn oozes ingenious challenges and stirring provocation cored by an infestation of enslaving grooves and sonic tempting. Its triumph is matched by closing track Affinity, the most aggressively mellow proposition on the album but still littered with rhythmic animosity and stabbing riffs. It is the swarming flames of melodies and warm vocals which steal the passions though, their beauty an absorbing caress in the final creative and ravenous blitz of the release.
The song is a richly flavoursome end to a stunning debut from No Sin Evades His Gaze. The fact that Age Of Sedation just gets more powerful and enthralling with each listen, not forgetting exciting, suggest that the UK has a band to set the metal world ablaze if not now within near horizons.
Age Of Sedation is available digitally and on Ltd Ed CD now @ http://nosinevadeshisgaze.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-sedation-2014
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