If like us you were gripped by the Blueprint EP from UK metallers Die No More, then get ready for an even greater riot of Bay Area inspired thrash from the Cumbria band in the voracious shape of debut album Elected Evil. Again the band wears its influences on its muscular sleeve with a sound which rings with the loud echoes of certainly Metallica and Megadeth, but for newcomers to the band rest assured neither of those bands has released a tempest in recent times as hungry and richly enjoyable as Die No More’s first full-length.
Formed in 2011 and hailing out of Penrith, Die No More consists of four friends with the single aim of creating modern metal seeded in classic designs. Aggressively heavy and melodically fiery, the band’s sound uses familiarity to their inspirations as another texture in their not exactly startlingly original but certainly vivaciously fresh and furiously virulent endeavours. The Blueprint EP alongside the band’s live performances awoke a sturdy and attentive spotlight from fans and media alike upon the band. Potential drenched and passionate, the release made a potent declaration of a band on the march, a creative attack which finds greater depths and character within Elected Evil. Recently signed with Rocksector Records, Die No More is a band heading towards the frontline of British metal and the album, which they recorded with producer Matt Elllis (Black Spiders, Absolva and Massive Wagons), the creative sledgehammer to lay the foundations.
Sinister portentous scenery opens up album and first track Dark World, sonic wind with an apocalyptic undercurrent immersing ears and imagination. Its coaxing is then rudely interrupted by a thunderous slam of beats from drummer Steve Orchiton and a torrent of heavy predatory riffs from guitarists Marc Farquhar and Kev Smith. Within a few breaths the intimidating avalanche settles into a just as formidable stride of rabid rhythms and menacingly prowling riffs. There are no real surprises to the song but loaded with an inescapably anthemic persuasion driven by the excellent vocals of Farquhar, it roars and seduces with virulent thrash bred hostility. The bass of Martyn Simpson is almost bestial in tone and touch which adds to the threat and lure of the song whilst Smith provides plenty of melodic flame and intrigue to bring extra mouth-watering temptation to every raw snarl of enterprise.
It is a virulent and outstanding opening to the album, a commanding entrance continued by the even more impressive Soul Destroyer. Stalking ears and imagination with scowling riffs and thunderous rhythms, the outstanding provocation immediately binds the passions in its antagonistic proposal. Grooves flirt with and sear the senses whilst beats and basslines impose further intimidation, all converging on thoughts with resourceful and ravenous intent. To that though inventive sparks, melodic invention, and the continually contagious vocals add greater colour and imagination to the song. There is again something persistently recognisable to the song but not in the weave and feverish way that Die No More cast songs.
The following Absentia offers a darker sultry climate to explore, the increasingly addictive throaty tone of bass veining a canter of predacious guitar suasion and punchy beats which in turn surrounds the sandy tones of Farquhar. Whereas its predecessors rampaged across and forcibly stalked the senses, the third song takes a more restrained approach to its grudge, instead exploring a broader and richer tapestry of sonic craft draped in evocative hues. Not as swift in enslaving thoughts and passions as previous songs, it emerges just as potent over time though it is straight away surpassed by a beast of a track in Council Of War. Another slowly asserting its menace and intensity initially, it is soon careering through ears with unrelenting energy and ferocity. It is a perpetual gnawing on ears, simultaneously nagging body and emotions whilst binding them in a masterful sonic web as psyche scorching creativity from Smith blazes away.
The peaks keep coming as the album moves through its tracks, next up One In The Chamber as content and accomplished in bruising the senses as it is in lighting the imagination with a melodic and evocative beauty. The two sides are more often than not side by side across the tempestuous and emotionally agitated incitement, the song in its individual way another epidemic of contagious and aggression fuelled drama making appetite and ears hungrier for more. It is a greed swiftly fed by the arguably unremarkable but seriously thrilling Connection Lost. The track has a rein on its riffery and controlled yet imposing rhythms and in many ways feeds expectations from start to finish yet equally it confronts them in something invigorating and ultimately fresh. Hindsight says it provides a strong and satisfying encounter but constantly in its presence the track is another riotous treat.
As soon as a heavy grizzled bassline hits ears to start Blood In The Veins off, emotions are ready to leap upon the song, especially when it is joined by a single minded and paced bait of beats. Guitars are not far behind, adding to the irresistible tempting with their corrosive and similarly predatory endeavour. With a swagger which is as testy and threatening as the nature of bass and riffery, and a swing to the rhythms that almost has you ducking with every swipe, the track easily seduces the passions. It feels at times as if it is more improv than predetermined and makes scintillating company before passing the thrills loaded baton onto closer Oblivious. The final track is pure thrash ferociousness speared with melodic intrigue and punk brewed belligerence. The listener is grabbed and drawn deep into its anthem early on, feet and voice eager partners in crime under the lure of the excellent nostrils flaring stomp.
It is fair to say that anticipation for Elected Evil because of the band’s EP was hungry and demanding but Die No More not only feeds every want but provides additional promise fuelled adventure revealing their mature and creative growth. Yes the band still comes with a healthy dose of Metallica and Exodus flavouring but as stated earlier certainly in the case of the former, they have not come up with anything in recent times to breed the level of satisfaction and pleasure as spawned by Die No More.
Elected Evil is available now via Rocksector Records, details at http://www.mwaweb.com/rocksectorbands_dienomore.htm
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