Salt -The Greenman EP

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With every note and twist of invention soaked in drama and unpredictability, The Greenman EP from New Zealanders Salt provides one of the more fascinating and thrilling encounters of the year. Richly flavoursome and drawing on a vat of varied rock essences, with a just as tasty spicing of new wave and alternative rock, release and sound invite ears and imagination into a mischievous devilry which persuades like a mix of Wall Of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, and Midnight Oil but with its own unique character. It is an adventure to light ears and thoughts, feet and emotions, and quite mouth-watering.

Formed in the latter part of 2010, Salt consists of vocalist/bassist/songwriter Brett McGuigan, keyboardist Rachael Jane, and guitarist Mike Nelson. The Christchurch trio awoke keen attention for their imaginative sound and presence through debut album Radio Station in 2012, a release also diverse in flavour and with rawer punkish tenacity to its creativity. Recorded with Thom O’Connor, The Greenman finds the band exploring more expansive and inventive pastures but still retaining the energy and vivacity which its predecessor expelled to fine effect.

Going to the Moon opens up the EP, a song which has already been heavily devoured around the internet from its initial unveiling. A sonic coaxing intrigues before making way for a feisty Salt - The Greenman - Album artwork front coverswagger of riffs and spicy keys, all within a punchy web of rhythms. The core temptation is soon completed by the appealing tones of McGuigan and accentuated by the tangy grooves and potent hooks which frequent the contagious encounter. Not quite space rock but with a definite spatial breath to its fluid melodies and inescapable catchiness, the song is a vibrant and captivating start to the EP.

The following Indiana Melancholy has a dour but no less riveting air to its prowl through ears. Slowly making its way across the senses with dramatic textures and expression vocally and musically, the track has the imagination absorbed and then inflamed with its inventive shadows and sonic exploration. Guitars and keys again provide thick colour to a powerful rhythmic canvas whilst extra theatre comes from the mystique fuelled grooves and sultry mix of lead and backing vocals across the band.

The EP’s title track takes over next, instantly bringing eighties new wave and melodic punk flavouring to an invigorating modern rock recipe. Insatiably addictive and fuelled by a slightly repetitive nature, the song swiftly draws an already greedy appetite into its seducing bait, tightening its grip with every anthemic call of vocals and virulence. Its commanding persuasion is matched by the outstanding Mad Situation, a track with a rhythmic enticing and carnivorous bassline to sell your soul for. As the second song, a darker landscape is explored but with an infectious toxicity just as habit forming as anything on the release. An infusion of post punk only adds to the strength and richest of narrative and sound, whilst the melodic poetry of guitars and keys highlight and shine upon the inimitable theatrical dark of the song.

The EP is concluded with the similarly sensational, Crossing the Highway, a creatively tenacious journey entwining wiry grooves around rhythmic sinews as flowing evocative melodies cast by the keys spread their curvaceous charm and seduction. The track is breath-taking, edging the others for best on show though all leave hunger for more and blissful satisfaction in their wake.

Salt is a band destined to steal hearts and spark imaginations, certainly on the evidence of the strikingly impressive and delicious exploits of The Greenman.

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BRIT ROCK COMBO CASINO THIEVES RELEASE NEW EP THIS WINTER!

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“They’ve got what it takes to hit the big time. Ones to watch out for, for sure.”Black Velvet Magazine.

“Casino Thieves are definitely ones to watch.”Soundscape Magazine.

South Wales alt-rockers Casino Thieves up the ante with their killer new EP ‘The Quiet Road Home’, which is re-released to a national audience and is available from all outlets from Monday 8th December.

Hailing from the South Wales valleys, alternative rock trio Casino Thieves feature Jeremy Dessent (Vocals & Guitar), Adam Kerslake (Drums) and Leon Jones (Bass) and come armed with a glut of superb, melodic, dynamic tracks that are destined to leave their mark on your aural senses. These ascending tunesmiths should definitely not be missed.

Following the seemingly habitual personnel and name changes that many bands endure, Casino Thieves have consciously taken their time to perfect their sound and build a distinguished and accomplished set list that will truly ignite. The release of their debut EP ‘Russian Courage’ helped them on their way and it garnered strong praise from many quarters, capturing the imagination of fans. The trio extensively gigged to support the record, and in doing so, have acquired a hefty army of followers.

The rock combo now stride forward with a revitalised line up and the national release of their sophomore EP ‘The Quiet Road Home’, which was recorded at Todd Campbell’s Stompbox Studios in Pontyclun, South Wales. Already, the record has picked up strong radio support from BBC Radio, Amazing Radio and acclaim from Black Velvet Magazine, and one can see why. ‘Halogen Eyes’ springs from the traps with adrenaline-fuelled riffery and a stomping refrain and is equally matched by the angsty grit of ‘Licence To Kill’. The spiky groove of ‘Exit Or Entrance’ is next up, and showcases the threesome’s dynamics and uncanny ability to unleash a colossal hook. ‘Crash’ continues to highlight the band’s quality before ‘Beautiful Lenses’ concludes the record, offering the listener an insight to the softer and more majestic side of Casino Thieves. The EP is unleashed this December and the band will be widely touring to support the record; stay glued to their social sites for announcements and details.

– CASINO THIEVES RELEASE ‘THE QUIET ROAD HOME’ ON MONDAY 8th DECEMBER THROUGH ALL DIGITAL OUTLETS –

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HELLBENT & HAMMERED SERVE UP STUNNING NEW EP !

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After a prolonged battle with personnel changes, UK groove metallers Hellbent & Hammered’ nationally release their ‘Death Rattle’ EP on Monday 15th December through all stores.

With whiplash riffs, a Lamb Of God and Down honed groove and riot starting vocals from frontman Ryan Le Roux, you’ll want to be in Hellbent & Hammered’s gang. Established in 2004, Hellbent & Hammered have garnered a reputation as one of the South’s premier groove metal bands. However, the fiery foursome also possess a strong bluesy vigour that tips its hat to Clutch. Whatever category Hellbent & Hammered fall under, the scuzzy Londoners will without doubt grab your attention.

Throughout the band’s ten year history, Hellbent & Hammered have persevered through walk-outs, line-up changes and several unreleased EPs before finally re-inventing themselves with their forthcoming new EP “Death Rattle”. This record is their second with guitarist, Junior, who joined in 2011 after founding member Julien sought fairer climates somewhere in the South Pacific. Besides Le Roux and Junior, Dr. Jon Casey and Simon Bullock handle the band’s burly rhythm section, with Bullock hitting the tubs and Dr Jon supplying the bass.

Already known for their face-fracturing live performances, the band have ripped apart a series of UK venues, playing alongside everyone from Feed The Rhino, Godsmack, Canadian metallers ANVIL, through to Godsized, Thunderhorse (Raging Speedhorn & Viking Skull), Head-On, Sons of Merrick and StoneGhost (Snakebite).

The riff beasts’ forthcoming four track EP “Death Rattle” is released this December, and it’s a pedal to the metal, full throttle collection of power metal anthems. The EP’s name sake ‘Death Rattle’ melts your ear drums straight from the get-go with its blistering riffage handed to you by newcomer Junior Gouch, who’s aided and abated by Simon Bullock’s driving beats. The irrepressible ‘Hung, Drawn & Quartered’ just does not let up; imagine Pantera having a knife fight with Mastodon—its sheer brutality. While ‘All Consuming’ flaunts the bottom end groove of Bassist Dr Jon Casey to stunning effect and ‘Built That Way’ brings down the curtain on the record, there’ll be no doubt that your senses have been well and truly battered into oblivion. Hellbent & Hammered do what they say and say what they do. So come on in and join the party….

Hellbent & Hammered release ‘Death Rattle’ on Monday 15th December through all major online distribution platforms

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Concrete Lung – Tolerance & Dependency

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If fans of Concrete Lung thought their uncompromising sound could not get any more corrosive and emotionally destructive then new EP Tolerance & Dependency is going to leave them shell-shocked and blissful. The six track provocation is a scourge of sonic voracity and imaginative violation, the duo of Ed Oxime (vocals/guitars) and William Riever (bass) finding new imagination and despair in their creativity and music to explore. As ever a Concrete Lung encounter is not for the faint hearted but for a tempest of industrial grindcore and death metal veined hardcore, it is pure ruinous manna.

Since signing with independent label Armalyte Records in 2010, a year also seeing the Manchester, UK hailing band’s debut EP Waste Of Flesh, Concrete Lung swiftly garnered critical and fan acclaim with their Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and early Pitchshifter inspired provocation. Live too the band only impressed and ignited the passions, the sharing of stages with the likes of The Young Gods, Funker Vogt, Leæther Strip, Grendel, Agonoize, and Front Line Assembly gracing their first few years. First album Versions Of Hell in 2011 reinforced and accelerated the band’s emerging presence whilst the Die Dreaming single the following year, and the Subtract Nerve in 2013 put the band under a fiercer spotlight and into the nightmares of an increasing fan base. As suggested, Tolerance & Dependency is the band corrupting another level in their sound and extreme aural hostilities generally, a continuation of its predecessor in theme and intent but reaching into the darkest corners of their rage, animosity, and merciless creativity.

Though both its members are now located wide apart, Australia and Sweden to be exact, Concrete Lung feel even more bonded and vindictive in sound and emotional rancor, opener Engine CL_TD_Cover_ArtVein swiftly stirring up ears and attention with its initial sonic lure and lead into a heavy handed prowl of ravenous yet seductive enterprise amidst predatory rhythms. The first impacting move in evidence is the live drums on the song and release which replace their until now ever present drum machine. It gives the track a spite and intensity, which was never lacking in the band’s sound previously, more bite and bad blooded ferocity. Soon the prowl slips into a just as menacing stroll, beats and riffs as imposing as ever and Oxime’s vocals raw and compelling venom. As it plays with its assault and expels a horde of inescapable hooks, the track has ears ringing and psyche cowering, its black heart exuding pained expression and emotion.

It is a pungent and striking start but just the appetiser for the dual brilliance of Die Dreaming Pt. II and Chemical Muzzle. The first crawls over the senses with an opening guitar snarl and a scuzzy bassline which has a flavour of early Wire to its very dirty temptation, the first of a torrent of baits band and track ensnare the passions with. The death seeded scourge of the Concrete Lung sound has the main voice as the song smothers and oppresses thoughts and senses, yet a nagging groove and barbarous baiting equally ignites lustful hunger for the infestation of sonic and impassioned malevolence. It is a brute of a proposition, primal and insatiable, as well as simple addiction, whilst its successor from a similar canvas of intent and maliciousness casts its own distinctive violation. It is arguably the track with the thickest toxin of punk to it, vocals and bass bruising the senses with a wall of intimidation from its first breath but with a contagiousness which only has the listener embracing it with willing submission, the track is a rabid seducing of jaundiced tempting.

   Self-Shriek (Self Murder) with its sonic and emotional detestation keep thoughts and feelings ruffled and engrossed. The crawling demonic tone of the vocals play with post punk shadows and doom soaked ambience within a unrelenting suffocation of sound and intensity. It is a riveting, hypnotic drama and trespass of the senses as well as further thick evidence of the band’s bold exploration of themselves and sound. Its erosive smog seeps into the portentous and cavernous depths of the following Plastic Mind too, but rapidly immersed into an industrial swamp of abrasing enterprise. As the last, the exceptional track is a slow smother of ears and beyond, its serpentine breath and sonic acidity a hope swallowing animus creeping note by note, syllable by syllable.

     Tolerance & Dependency is brought to a close by Closed Mouth, a track with the kind of infectious simplicity which historically has bred nursery rhythms at the heart of another unstoppable oncoming of an emotionally loathing and aurally consumptive wave. The track is quite simply an unavoidable intrusive seduction for those with a penchant for cruel invention.

Concrete Lung leaves every emotion ransacked and sound twisted upon their new violation, their most potent and violently compelling triumph yet. They just get better and nastier with each release, which after this makes the next equally as appetising and fearsome.

Tolerance & Dependency is released via Armalyte Industries @ 12am UK time Sunday 30th November and will be exclusive at http://concretelung.bandcamp.com/

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Suzerain – Good Day EP

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Ever since being tempted by a four track sampler in 2011 for their soon after released debut album Midnight In The Drawn City, UK alternative/electro rock quintet Suzerain has increasingly impressed and seduced as their invention and sound continually evolved into new imagination igniting explorations. Their album was a striking incitement of adventurous creativity and ingenious temptation which the following 2012 EP A Mirror Now pushed further. The recent release of the single Dark Dark/ Manhattan single suggested there was a new inventive drama and ingenuity emerging in the band’s music, something the Good Day EP now more than confirms and stretches again. The new encounter is an inescapable web of addiction forging endeavour, a majestic temptress of ears and emotions cloaked in dark shadows and evocative cinematic persuasion, and quite irresistible.

London based Suzerain linked up with double Grammy Award winning producer Steve Lyon (Depeche Mode, Siouxsie Sioux, The Cure) for the recording of Good Day, a release which is bred revelling in the expansive depths and varied originality of their music. Fresh from a German tour with Livingston and in the process of completing their new album for a 2015 release, Suzerain take little time seducing thoughts and appetite on Good Day as its title track fizzes in ears first. Keys caustically simmer first as the jabbing beats of Ben Howe rattle the senses, their union swiftly joined by the ever impressive vocals of Thomas Pether. It is a wholly magnetic proposition, especially as the guitar of Rich Summers places coaxing melodies within the sonic web cast by keyboardist Matt Constantine. As is so often the case with the band’s songs, there is a familiarity toying with the passions but from no definable source other than Suzerain having a distinctive

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sound and presence. The similarly enticing velvety bassline from Mike Smith adds shadowed drama which the keys stoke further with their pungent colours. The song is stunning, every twist a stroking visual and emotions intrusion which Constantine’s cello craft only accentuates, whilst the at times seemingly scathing or sarcastic tones of the vocals and the enslaving rhythms culture an inescapable anthemic bait.

As exhilarating as the song ends its successor Try Your Best starts, the cello of Constantine flirting with raw expression and riveting drama to excite the imagination before bass and guitars add their similarly provocative textures to the delicious weave. As Pether opens up his rich croon, the initial elements continue to nag magnetically, their repetitious toxicity pure virulence around the coaxing call of the vocals. There is an open whiff of Trent Reznor to the song at times but again it is another track which radiates uniqueness and melancholic ingenuity.

Third track is a remix from Touchy Subject of Manhattan, a haunting version of one half of the last single which is as brooding in its tone and emotion as it is resonating in electronic exploration. At times Numan-esque like, the song is a fascinating proposition which may not light the passion as the previous songs but has ears and imagination fully bound in its provocative landscape.

Final track is the acoustically sculpted Hell Of A Way To Go, an emotive stroll of melancholic strings and skittish beats providing an elegant canvas for the vocals to shed their dark reflection and radiant prowess over. As well as making a mesmeric end to an outstanding release, the song casts another enthralling aspect to the enterprising songwriting and creative emprise of Suzerain.

Suzerain is one of the UK’s most exciting and adventurous bands, and after the release of Good Day, it would not be a surprise if also one of its most talked about.

The Good Day EP is released on November 30th @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/good-day-ep/id929071856?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Panzerbastard/Tenebrae Split – Sons Of Belial

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Record Store Day is seeing some rigorously compelling releases this year including the mouth-watering Sons Of Belial split featuring Bostonians Panzerbastard and Tenebrae. Consisting of six tracks forged from an animosity driven union of hardcore and imposing dark metal, the release is a rugged and bruising slab of uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll. Fierce sounds collude with lyrical and vocal antagonism as the two protagonists unleash not the year’s greatest moment but certainly one of its imposingly memorable propositions.

The first three songs on the split come from Panzerbastard, the quartet acclaimed for their impressive Gods, Thugs and Madmen album which came out in 2012 via Patac Records. They open things up with a cover of the GBH track Drugs Party In 526, a track instantly prowling ears and imagination with scorching hooks and a thick throaty bassline. It is a potent lure leading into a brawl of punk rock infused with metallic sinews and incitement. As the raw vocals engagingly court the antagonism fuelling every corner of sound, the band unveils a web of melodic temptation and sonic enterprise which simply lights up ears and appetite. It all adds up for a bracing and anthemic captivation getting the release off to a thrilling and intimidating start.

Workhorse is next and flies from the blocks with sonic turbulence behind voracious rhythms and ferocious riffery. Vocals virtually brawl with the senses from its first breath yet there is a swagger and virulence to the encounter which for not much over a minute drags the passions to their feet with ravenous tenacity. Whereas its predecessor enticed, especially towards its end, with a hostile dance of beats, the second song is an unbridled onslaught and just as irresistible.

The band’s offering is completed by another cover, this time of Motorhead’s Iron Fist. Severely caustic merciless rock ‘n’ roll from the first rub of sound, the track roars with the power and snarl of the song’s creators but is given a contagious punk make-over veined with spicy Panzerbastard invention. The song might not quite rival the original but certainly it gives it a run for its money.

Tenebrae steps up next, the quintet the striking union of hardcore talent including vocalist Mark Civitarese (The Unseen), drummer Rob Falzano (Ramallah, Blood for Blood), and guitarist Craig Silverman (Blood for Blood, Agnostic Front, Ramallah, Slapshot). Completed by Dominic Dibenedetto (guitar/vocals) and Ryan Packer (bass), Tenebrae come to the split fresh from the recent release of their self-titled EP, which is also available on Jailhouse Records. First track Wake Up swiftly fills ears with muscle driven beats and turbulent intensity encased in punk blooded riff aggression and squalling vocals. The track is a gripping blend of punk and metal, the former providing the heart and the latter the hostility. Threatening and openly infectious, the track has ears and appetite hungry, a want fed resourcefully by the heavy metal bred Ways Of The Black next. The track is the reverse of the previous in many ways, classic metal its canvas and punk its colourful chorus and addictive nature, which body and voice cannot resist engaging in.

The band’s final track Norse Tribe is their best, though all leave greed for more rampant. Predatory and savage in equal measure, with bludgeoning rhythms punctuating a scarring riff coloured fury, the track stalks and stomps with bestial intent and vitriolic charm as it brings the whole release to an incendiary and exhilarating close.

Sons Of Belial is a treat and the perfect way to celebrate Record Store Day but also in gaining entry into the intimidating and exhilarating confrontations of both Panzerbastard and Tenebrae.

The Sons Of Belial Split is available from November 28th via Jailhouse Records as a limited to 500 12” vinyl @ http://jailhouserecords3.bandcamp.com/album/sons-of-belial-panzerbastard-tenebrae-split

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Krum Bums – Smoke 12″ EP

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Angry, antagonistic, and some of the best punk rock you will have heard this year, the Smoke EP from Krum Bums celebrates Record Store Day/ Black Friday in sublimely belligerent style. Made up of four rages jammed packed with essential hooks and unique antagonism, EP and band brawl and roar with insatiable passion and intensity. Quite simply street punk has never sounded better.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Krum Bums was formed in 2000 by vocalist Dave Tejas and guitarist Trae Martinez. The years has seen numerous line-up changes but equally a continuing evolution and impressive growth of sound, a charge coming to a peak with previous and fourth album Cut The Noose in 2011.The band now though has unleashed their finest ferocity yet with Smoke, incendiary punk at its virulent best.

The EPs title track sets the rampage off, riffs and raw chords from guitarists Martinez and Josh Stiffs exploding on the senses alongside the staggered rallies of beats from drummer Nika Bennet. It is an imposing and attention grabbing start, but just a teaser as the track swings into fierce action with a riveting groove and heavy throated bass tempting from Zach Volta. It is the distinctive and gripping scaly vocal tones of Tejas which completes and seals the deal, his coarse persuasion complimented perfectly by the backing calls of the band. Grooves proceed to wind around ears and imagination with addictive potency whilst the sheer tenacity and energy of the song is a blaze which withers the senses and ignites the passions.

The stunning start is swiftly emulated by Nightmares, its sonic lure the first touch to the subsequent furnace of lyrical and vocal spite within a sonic web of searing enterprise and merciless rhythms. Again hooks provide inescapable bait whilst the heavy swings of Bennett only stir up the body with dangerous anthemic tempting. Added to the rasping might of Tejas and predatory tones of the bass, it all colludes to harass and bruise thoughts and senses into willing submission.

The broader melodic hard rock scenery of Falling Down whips up a frenzy in release and listener next, the song a punk anthem demanding the assistance of its victim but also unafraid to flirt with flavoursome rock and horror punk essences. Actually the ‘weakest ‘of the four songs but outstanding aggressive drama and contagion all the same, it makes way for the closing might of Plastic Bomb, arguably the strongest track on Smoke. To be honest there is little between all of the protagonists but with tangy grooves, a tsunami of beats, and ravenous urgency, the track just has the edge. A raging furnace of enterprise and stalking predation within a torrential outpouring, the encounter is sheer slavery of ears and emotions.

We have constantly suggested that punk rock is having a new heyday right now, and with releases like this from bands like Krum Bums, who only get better and more essential with every maturing year, there is no chance of doubting our claim.

The Smoke EP is available via Jailhouse Records from November 28th on 12“coloured vinyl limited to 500 copies and digitally @ http://jailhouserecords3.bandcamp.com/album/krum-bums-smoke-12-e-p with a re-release with different packaging and artwork due in 2015.

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