Dioramic – Supra

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There is a clutch of bands with the imagination and mastery to combine mouth-watering beauty and voracious aggression in one heavily imposing proposition but few able to conjure the mesmeric seduction and creative ferocity as found on Supra, the new album from German metallers Dioramic. The bands third full-length release is an extraordinary exploration of light and dark textures, technical and feral ingenuity, and breath-taking invention. One of the most scintillating, awe inspiring encounters in recent years.

The quartet from Kaiserslautern is no strangers to making jaws drop in response to their craft and adventure, previous albums Phase Of Perplexity and Technicolor in 2004 and 2010 respectively, greedily received but Supra finds the band at a whole new plateau of sonic alchemy. The album was begun in 2011 but a line-up change due to drummer Anton Zaslavski’s success with his own Grammy award winning project Zedd, meaning he had little time to devote to Dioramic, halted the recording of the Supra. Paul Seidel (War From A Harlot’s Mouth, The Ocean) was recruited to take up the sticks in the band, with the album subsequently completed last year. Released via Pelagic Records, it now makes its stunning entrance into the world and is set to draw a new template for others to be inspired by through its multi genre embracing fury of progressive rock and metal.

Describing the sound of band and album is an on-going task as each track takes ears and emotions down a new richly flavoursome avenue in the general riveting landscape of the release. Imagine a mix of Muse, The Ocean, Between The Buried And Me, and Australian band Voyager and you get a glimpse of the invention of Dioramic. From its first moments Supra is gripping attention and imagination, the opening seconds of Xibalban a tempting lure which expands rapidly into a tempest of muscular intimidation from riffs and rhythms alongside a sumptuous beauty from vocals and expressive melodies. The track manages to cast a hazy warmth and radiance within a voracious wall of sound and intimidation, keeping both wrapped in a clarity which astounds and spellbinds. At times it is seeded in progressive metal, in others a metalcore rage, whilst throughout there is a melodic sun of enterprise and provocative intrigue, and we have not mentioned the thrash and groove metal twists which amongst many enter the bewitching narrative of the track.

The stunning start is straight away matched by the slightly more merciful but no less gripping Carpets On The Walls. It opens with a gentle melodic caress which in no time turns into Meshuggah like voracity and technical emprise clad Bildschirmfoto 2014-07-20 um 21.16.10in whispers of theatrical drama and sublime imagination. It is a riveting start which evolves into a glorious melodic soar of vocals from guitarist Arkadi Zaslavski and sonic endeavour from him and fellow string exploiter Alexander Mauch, the encounter taking ears on yet another unexpected and unpredictable flight.

Two tracks in and the release is a breath-taking encounter, one not prepared to take its foot off the pedal of creative tenacity as shown by the following The Calm Before and The Storm. The first as suspected from its title is a gentler glide than its predecessors, a restrained glaze of melody enriched vocals within a portentous atmosphere. In that provocative temptation though, the track explodes into climactic and turbulent roars which stirs up the hostility in rhythms and senses searing riffs, not forgetting the gloriously carnivorous tone of Max Nicklas’ bass, before relaxing back into the ambient poetry of the song’s breath. It is a bewitching encounter setting up its successor perfectly, though the following track does not quite go for the jugular musically as expected. Vocally though it is initially an uncompromising fury, antagonistic squalls prowling the psyche as stabbing riffs and fiercely imposing rhythms set a commanding cage. Opposites and extremes again toy with ears and thoughts, a sublime wash of vocal harmonies and melodic elegance finding their potent place in the tempest.

Even greater heights are breached by Worth and Big Pump, each a new torrent of technical vivacity and passion igniting invention. From its opening breath, the first of the two breeds a blistering contagion to soak ears and emotions, expressive clean vocals aligned to deeply gripping hooks and rhythms binding ears in their infectious suasion. Zaslavski finds a Matt Bellamy like presence to his voice which is supported just as magnetically by the tones of the rest of the band within the cradle of spikey riffs and radiant melodies. Muse meets Palms with Periphery looking on; it is a sublime piece of songwriting and its sultry realisation, matched by the more predatory second of the two. Riffs snarl and challenge from the first swipe of similarly aggressive rhythms, their bordering on hostile presence taken into rawer confrontation by the aggression driven vocals. The track proceeds to roar and seduce the senses, the intricate spirals of sonic endeavour and rhythmic agitation a fascinating and thrilling canvas for the corrosive vocals to bellow from. As expected the track evolves and twists before ears for yet one more absorbing and exhilarating provocation.

Melancholia offers exactly what is says on the tin, its evocative coaxing covered in emotive shadows and vocal elegance as keys spread their equally passion washed narrative. It is an engrossing basking for senses and thoughts before the inventive maelstrom of Logbook comes in, once more vocal harmonies and melodic flames encased in rugged rhythmic walls and scarring riffery for an astonishing drama fuelled emprise.

The album ends with Vortex Reflex, a further smouldering immersion into the vocal mellowness and irresistible melodic charm which seduces across the whole album, within the rhythmic ingenuity and sonic fire which equally makes Supra one of the pinnacles of the year. The album is quite simply an illustrious encounter with Dioramic setting new plateaus for others to aspire to.

Supra is available through Pelagic Records now digitally, on limited coloured vinyl edition, and CD which comes with an extra DVD with live material, studio reports and interviews @ http://pelagic-records.com/cds/

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10/10

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Glenn Hodge Banned – Iconoclast EP

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With a sound you could describe as punk folk, certainly a proposition which casts a striking and bold adventure which hits home lyrically and musically with an inescapable honesty, the Glenn Hodge Banned provides one rigorously riveting encounter with the Iconoclast EP. It is an irresistible stroll of lyrical and vocal incitement which captivates from start to finish in an embrace of equally entrancing sounds. The band offers five tracks which whether addictively catchy or emotively gentle, spark imagination and feelings with relish to spark a greedy hunger for more.

Based in London, Glenn Hodge began life in Ashford, Kent, being raised in East Anglia before moving to the capital. There he found further inspirations to the folk seeded musical canvas his compelling lyrical and vocal talents colour. Musically too Hodge breeds provocative scenery as evidenced by the new release whilst onstage whether solo or alongside other like-minded musicians, he has earned a fine reputation on the London music scene. Earlier this year debut single Faces on Tables caught the imagination of many leading to potent anticipation for the Iconoclast EP. The new release builds on that rich start with a handful of explorations which focus on city life, personal relationships, and honest social commentary, all with a tinge of mischief and resonating veracity.

The EP immediately grips attention with opener Ignoramus, an initial throaty strum soon standing side by side with the distinctive and compelling vocals of Hodge. His voice has a quirky lilt to its tone which only adds to the lure and drama of songs. Voice and a lone riff continue to seduce the senses for the bulk of song as its lyrical painting sparks the imagination, before guitars and strings bring their own increasing revelry to the growing captivation. Vigorously infectious, the song enlisting listener participation with sublime ease, it is a colourful portrait of a city’s social landscape, melodies and strings bringing evocative hues to the enthralling insight.

The following Intrepid Thing saunters in with its own contagious sway of chords and vibrant melodies. Strings make a swifter entrance this time, instantly adding depth to the engaging entrance of the song. There is a Celtic whisper to the folk bred beauty of the music which holds attention as firmly as the ever impressing vocals, but it is the contagion sculpted chorus which ignites the passions most potently, again a moment which has feet and voice unable to avoid joining in with the anthemic persuasion. Maybe hard to imagine, but the song comes over like a mix of Kirsty MacColl and Frank Turner, and as its predecessor is just exceptional.

Wasted Labour keeps the outstanding level of the EP going; its sultry melodies and stringed incitement a resourceful caress on ears as Hodge shows further expanse and vivacity to his voice, almost breaking into a roar for the chorus which is another ridiculously addictive and anthemic moment on the EP, as the stunning song as a whole.

The final two songs do not quite match the first trio but each with their distinctive characters still leave a want and need to hear more. English Folk brings a slight country twang to its rich tapestry of strings, smouldering Irish seeded melodies, and vocal union which engrosses as it deeply pleases. As the rest of the encounters, it is impossible to leave the proposition alone with voice and toes, the song another organic anthem mentally and physically which is emulated by the closing C U Next Tuesday. A little spikey and ridiculously addictive, the track is a magnetic union of guitar and voice which takes its time to employ other spices, saving them for a rousing finale.

Glenn Hodge Banned is a proposition to set ears and thoughts alight, and push passions towards a tenacious greed. The Iconoclast EP is an exceptional incitement providing the fullest of pleasure and enterprise whilst suggesting you should expect to hear plenty more triumphs from Glenn Hodge and his band ahead.

The Iconoclast EP is available on September 22nd

http://www.glennhodge.com/

9/10

RingMaster 15/09/2014

Kiwi – State of Alert EP

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As fascinating as it is tantalising, the debut EP from Kiwi is a mesmeric adventure which flirts with the imagination whilst seducing ears. State Of Alert is an enthralling embrace on the senses, a collection of songs which are as elegant as they are quirkily colourful, and a proposition which swiftly reveals why Kiwi has become a keenly praised prospect.

Kiwi, better known to her parents as Mariachiara Terragin, is an Italian born musician/vocalist who with her riveting haunting tones has drawn comparisons to the likes of Björk, Kate Bush, Saint Saviour, and Annie Lennox. Already making potent impressions with her live shows, it was the collaboration with multi-instrumentalist producer Maxime Raguideau-Obadia which has been the spark to a new wash of attention and the creation of State of Alert. With guitarist Sean Worral and drummer Andrea Rapisarda alongside Kiwi and Raguideau-Obadia, the band has unveiled a startling debut which marks a new refreshing presence in alternative pop.

The transfixing affair is opened by Dolls House, piano keys coaxing ears initially before the instantly potent voice of Kiwi adds its seduction, enhanced by glorious harmonies soon after. With a darker bass tone emerging from keys too, there is an engrossing shadow to the radiance of the song, one given richer hue by the strong whisper of melancholic strings. It is a powerfully evocative proposition, vocals filling its air with an array of melodic colour whilst electronic twists from keys flirt just as warmly.

It is an excellent start which is followed by the sultry Fearless with its climate of melodic flames over a gentle yet action packed vocal weave. The electronic beats and percussive elements apart, their punchiness an imposing distraction, the song proceeds to dance tenderly and vivaciously over ears, expelling washes of energy for its chorus which in turn incites a fiery vocal croon from Kiwi. Though the song does not match its predecessor it still provides a captivating glide of synth pop to increase appetite for the release which the title track feeds to greater potency. The third song is a smouldering haunting and seducing, a climactic twang of guitar veining another sublime and picturesque narrative of vocals and melodies.

Make Me Happy is a jazzy temptress of an encounter, vocal flirtation aligned to a bordering on sinister hug of sound with strings and melodies wrapped in tension and drama throughout whilst a noir seeded shadow lies temptingly over the whole swirl of intrigue and radiant beauty. It is a delicious tapestry of emotion and imagination, a further example as to why Kiwi has brewed up a very healthy buzz around her.

The EP closes with Crystal Clear, a song which vocally kisses like a mix of Bjork and fellow Italian songstress Francesca Corradini formerly of The Cellophane Flowers. It is a masterfully magnetic end to a thrilling introduction to an artist with the potential to set the pop world alight. State of Alert is a breath-taking adventure of sound and invention, and vocally one of the most striking and exciting encounters to come our way this year.

The State of Alert EP is available September 2014.

http://www.kiwiofficial.com

8.5/10

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The Slow Readers Club – Don’t Mind

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The successor to the exceptional single Start Again which was re-released a few short weeks back, UK band The Slow Readers Club bring another absorbing treat with Don’t Mind, a song reinforcing all the temptation and qualities offered by the previous release. The new proposition is a fascinating persuasion, a melodic embrace coloured by an emotive lyrical narrative and just as potently expressive vocals.

The Manchester indie/electro band is certainly no stranger to acclaim and eager support, their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album finding attention from radio and TV shows alike, whilst their striking videos have equally garnered enthused responses with Block Out The Sun being highlighted on Coldplay’s website. With endorsement from Peter Hook coming this year as well as the reboot of the impressive Start Again, The Slow Readers Club is striding towards an even more potent spotlight, a lure set to be drawn closer by the magnetic persuasion of Don’t Mind.Picture 33

Themed by the end of a relationship and the void left in the world of the one left behind, the single instantly casts an evocative caress of melodies alongside warm expressive vocals from Aaron Starkie. It is a gentle and mesmeric opening, the intricate touch of guitar from Kurtis Starkie blending twin strains of sonically poetic ideation to enhance the swiftly settled and elegant balladry of the song. The bass of James Ryan adds a similarly magnetic shadow to the radiant canvas of the encounter whilst the crisp and unassuming beats of drummer David Whitworth make a firm yet unimposing frame for the tantalising colours elsewhere to entwine around. Thoughts of Black/ Colin Vearncombe come to mind at times as Don’t Mind serenades the senses whilst lyrically there is an intimacy which is easy to relate to, much as the tantalising sounds.

A simmering and more reserved song than its predecessor, the single leaves a warm and vivacious glow in ears and imagination, coaxing body and emotions to hungrily share its enterprise. The Slow Readers Club is one of the UK’s brightest propositions and songs like Don’t Mind only suggest that they have the potential to make that a worldwide recognition.

Don’t Mind is available September 22nd @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-mind-single/id913241698

http://www.theslowreadersclub.co.uk

9/10

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Syren City – Escape EP

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Seemingly labelled as post hardcore, UK rockers Syren City has a sound which almost defies tagging as it employs a wealth of rich flavours such as punk and metal through to alternative and hard rock, and that is still only scratching the surface. It makes for a rousing incitement as evidence by their new EP Escape, a release which is best described as one almighty roar. Consisting of five tracks which twist with the flair of a pole dancer and has more moves than a senses ravaging roller coaster, the band’s new proposition is quite simply a ferociously compelling and thrilling adventure.

Hailing from Bristol and formed in 2011, Syren City took little time to light up venues around Wales and England, supporting the likes of Turbowolf, The Alarm, Max Raptor, Futures, Young Legionnaire, Attack Attack, and Blitz Kids, whilst festival appearances has seen them share stages with bands such as Brand New, Don Broco, We Are the Ocean, Mallory Knox, Kids in Glass Houses, and Feed The Rhino. Their live performances and their impressive portion of a split EP with fellow Bristolians and metalcore band Koshiro, has led to keen anticipation for Escape, an appetite fully fed by the impressive collection of contagious anthems.

The band hits top gear straight away with opener Bleed. It is a rampage of a song, heavy hitting and rigorously coaxing rhythms from drummer Louis Catlett aligned to the throaty lure of Adam Armour’s bass, an irresistible entrance soon PromoImageenhanced by the scything riffs and chords provided by guitarists Ian Chadderton and Adam Hopton. Instantly there is a feel of Foo Fighters to the muscular persuasion which increases as vocalist Simon Roach reveals his strengths. With gripping backing vocals and shouts adding to the incendiary array of hooks lining the charge, there is also an essence of Max Raptor and the now defunct Always The Quiet Ones to the stomp though all mere spices to something openly distinctive to Syren City. The track continues to set a fire in ears and emotions, its unpredictable invention and side steps in its imaginative emprise as swiftly addictive as the face on tempest of aggression and melodic enterprise.

The stunning start is followed by Our Disease, another track taking mere seconds to seduce senses and passion with its vocal bellow. This bait leads into a punkish antagonism in voice and sound before it in turn evolves into a hard rock stride. As it predecessor, the song mixes up gait and attack with seamless and skilled resourcefulness, never relinquishing its grip on ears and imagination with its increasingly catchy and enterprising temptation. It does not quite match the opening triumph, due to the majesty of that song, but easily ensures that the EP continues to inflame body and emotions as does its successor Fire In Your Name. The third song unveils an enticing sonic groove straight away which rapidly makes way for the potent lead and backing vocal mix, before returning to bind a stroll of punchy beats and raw riffs. As with most songs, that earlier mentioned post hardcore essence is a rich colour to the canvas of the track, but as with all it comes soaked in variety and diversity, melodic hues and a metallic sonic veining adding to the pop punk seeded emotive howl of the song.

The treats keep coming as Long Way Down enters the affair next. The blend of raw and aggressive confrontation within Roach’s predominantly melodic coloured vocals alone make a rigorously enticing offering whilst grooves and hooks in the heavily swinging tempest of the song, only add to its addiction sparking tendencies. The track shows a more savage side to the band’s sound and songwriting whilst still embracing their melodic natures; providing yet another highlight before final song Asphodel brings it all to an infectious close. Revelling in a hard and melodic rock web of enterprise, the song bulges with rhythmic sinews and fiery sonic endeavour whilst vocally Roach impresses once more as does the contributions of the band in the same department. At times raging with nostrils flaring and in others an evocative croon, the track is a mighty end to a similarly impacting release.

Escape is a riveting encounter from a band easily living up to the buzz around them whilst even in its impressive presence and success, revealing the potential for much more in Syren City.

The Escape EP is available now @ http://syrencitymerch.bigcartel.com/

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9/10

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APHERIUM uncage ‘Neoteric’, on 22nd Sept‏

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UK METAL CREW  APHERIUM PREPARE TO STRIKE OUT TO THE NATION!
Brit metal newcomers ‘Apherium’ are set to break with the national reboot of their new EP ‘Neoteric’, which drops in stores on Monday 22nd September.
Sounding like the backwater cousins of Bring Me The Horizon, Biffy Clyro and Midgar, Apherium have engineered a sound that merges hooky choruses with expansive and inventive guitar work, and a beefy rhythm section that will blow the roof right off. The South West riff slingers are braced to hit the road this Summer in support of their killer new record ‘Neoteric’.
 
Formed during their college days in 2011 and coming at you from Yeovil, Apherium soon forged a sturdy bond and quickly put out their debut album ‘The Cycle’ the following year. The album was a steep learning curve for the quartet, yet they soon discovered how to better cultivate their sound and reflect on their song writing. The melodic metallers reshaped their set during 2013 and began to spread their wings racking up a series of successful shows in London, Midlands, South Wales and throughout the South West. The band then bunkered down in preparation for their new EP, entitled ‘Neoteric’, which is slated for a reboot this September and is rammed with sonic sledgehammer fists-in-the-air choruses and explosive rhythms that promise to melt your ears.
The EP propels to life with the driving opener ‘New Light’, which boasts duelling guitar lines, magnificently layered vocals and progressive phrasing. The pounding groove and dynamic ‘Silver Tongues’ then comes over you with soaring riffs and a colossal refrain that will hang in the air for eons. The record soon presses on with ‘Angels Of Our Nature’, which twists and effortlessly gleams with true potency, before the brilliance of their past single ‘Shadows’ attacks your senses. Lastly, ‘Rise Again’ closes the EP, balancing melodic hooks with razor sharp riffery, as the cut draws proceedings to a fitting conclusion. With the national launch of the EP lined up for September, and the foursome ready to hit the UK with widespread touring, look out for extensive shows soon to be announced for the remainder of the year.
– APHERIUM RELEASE ‘NEOTERIC’ ON MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER THROUGH ALL STORES –
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WHEN WE WERE WOLVES reveal their ‘Heartless’, on 22nd September‏

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 ‘The Welsh quintet hold nothing back here, ensuring that their heavy parts are scathingly so and imbuing their melodies with heart-rending ethereal grace’ KKKK Kerrang!
Impressive South Wales Post-Hardcore quintet ‘When We Were Wolves’ unleash their explosive new EP ‘Heartless’, through all stores on Monday 22nd September. The rising bruisers will also tour throughout the UK this September.
Reared on a healthy diet of A Day To Remember, Slipknot and Parkway Drive, and adding to that genuine craft and an imaginative approach to penning highly engaging slabs of post-hardcore, ‘When We Were Wolves’ have sculpted a sound that is whole-hearted, progressive, and above all, utterly gripping.
Born during the middle part of 2011 and hailing from Bridgend, South Wales, the band soon set themselves on a course for playing as many shows as possible, which saw the five-some quickly amass a strong and loyal following. Their unbridled determination to deliver a ferocious, dynamic live performance at every show has earned them a glowing reputation, and in turn, has led the band to share stages with the likes of Bury Tomorrow,Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Betraying The Martyrs, Bleed from Within, Heights, The Blackout, Devil Sold His Soul, Malefice and The Amity Affliction, to name a few! As well as being a growing force on the live scene, the band have worked diligently on recording, witnessed by last year’s ‘The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same’ EP, which secured widespread national praise from Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Big Cheese and Rocksound, through to radio airplay with XFM, Totalrock and Kerrang! Radio. The record also racked up a stunning KKKK in Kerrang!, as well as a new band featurette in the magazine. Further UK and widespread European touring followed in support of the record before the troupe decided to hit Bandit Studios (home to Devil Sold His Soul) to commence work on their new record, soon to be titled ‘Heartless’.
The band’s follow up EP certainly delivers on all fronts, exploding with innovate ideas and cut-throat riffs. The first track and lead single, ‘Dying On the Inside’, soon slams you in the gut with its infectious groove that stomps and sways before a killer refrain blows you over. The menacingly brilliant and adrenaline-fuelled ‘The Devil You Know’ pounds it ways into your head before ‘Blind’ continues to batter you into submission. ‘Confession’ is further evidence that When We Were Wolves knows how to execute an engaging slab of exhilarating post hardcore, packed with sheer intensity and gripping dynamics. Lastly, the EP’s namesake, ‘Heartless’, rounds off the record with a captivating and passionate vocal performance by Mitch Bock, who really pulls it out of the bag. ‘Heartless’ is an EP that is destined to be heard, and with a UK tour confirmed for September, there’s nothing stopping the band’s swift rise.
WHEN WE WERE WOLVES LIVE W/ Valiant – SEPTEMBER 18 – BRISTOL, The Gryphon; SEPTEMBER 19 – PLYMOUTH, Tiki Bar; SEPTEMBER 20 – WORKINGTON, Lounge Bar; SEPTEMBER 21 – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank; SEPTEMBER 22 – HULL, O’Rileys; SEPTEMBER 23 – STAFFORD, Grapes; SEPTEMBER 24 – SOUTHAMPTON, Unit; SEPTEMBER 25 – ADDLESTONE, The Cave; SEPTEMBER 26 – BRIDGEWATER, White Hart Hotel; SEPTEMBER 27 – CHELTENHAM, Two Pigs.
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