Six Time Champion – Expecting Honesty

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Packed to the gills with creative adrenaline and healthy attitude driven by a fiery heart, the new release from and sound of UK pop punks Six Time Champion swiftly seizes attention before taking the listener on a dramatic and seriously compelling ride. The band’s five-track encounter is a tempest of energy and emotion showing that melodic hook driven contagion does not mean there has to be an absence of imposing muscle and confrontational intensity.

Bursting out of Brighton last year, Six Time Champion drew on inspirations from band such as A Day To Remember, Set Your Goals, and Such Gold in their sound and was soon raising keen attention for themselves around the south coast. Debut EP Old Friends, Loose Ends a year ago did the band’s emerging reputation no harm but it is with Expecting Honesty that it is easy to expect real movement in gaining nationwide attention.

Recorded as its predecessor with Lewis Johns, Expecting Honesty stands bold and tall before ears from its first breath. Opener Running Dry rises on a sonic wind and swiftly has the excellent vocals of James Dagg magnetically enticing ears with his delivery whilst the guitars of Simon Glover and Will Smithers sculpt a web of sonic enterprise speared by bulging riffs and similarly intense strikes of bass bait from Steve Isted. It is soon a voracious blaze punctuated by the punches of drummer Richard Titheradge, the track striding with sinews and confidence to the fore but courting a virulent infectiousness which ignites the imagination. The first two of the earlier mentioned influences seem to be raised up as comparisons to the band predominantly but as track and especially EP continues, there is a definite air to early CIV to the sound.6TC EP Artwork

The following Happiness in Emptiness takes the striking start and pushes it on with a musky atmosphere of sonic and rhythmic incitement bound in melodic causticity. As its predecessor the track swings with a catchiness which is inescapable and a formidable intensity which makes every note, syllable, and swing hard hitting and lingering. It is probably fair to say that Six Time Champion does not have that truly unique sound yet but it has a freshness and character which leaves much of the pack watching their wake. The tenacious slice of robust rock ‘n’ roll is matched by the EPs title track, Expecting Honesty striding purposefully with its lyrical and vocal drama encased in an intrusive frame of fierce jabs from Titheradge. The song roars and challenges, almost brawls with ears and thoughts at times, but again lures with an infectiousness which tempers the underlying hostility of the provocation.

Dragging My Feet saunters in next, its initial muggy flame soon relaxing into a feisty canter of probing rhythms and riffs to which Dagg croons with expression and passion ably backed by the rest of the band in voice and endeavour. Like the last song, neither quite finds the spark of those before them but both raise another twang of hunger in the appetite ready for the outstanding closer Separation. The final track sums up the band perfectly, its volatile energy and rhythmic ferocity the challenge and guitar invention the seduction, the extremes conspiring to create inescapable contagion of sound all sparked again by the increasingly pleasing vocals and tantalising invention in the songwriting.

Six Time Champion may not be a fully unique proposition yet but thanks to Expecting Honesty, in quality and potential, it is hard to doubt that this will be their successful destination. Anticipation for highly flavoursome times ahead is also unavoidable via the impressive EP.

Expecting Honesty is available as a name your price download now @ http://www.sixtimechampion.bandcamp.com/

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Fire At Dawn – Self Titled

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UK hard rock band Fire At Dawn has already been earning a potent reputation for their live performances since forming in 2013, but now have national attention in their sights with a self-titled debut EP. The five track release is a rather captivating introduction to the band, not one to declare the band as the future next big thing in British rock, but definitely a potential fuelled and feistily charming base for the band to spring from ahead.

Hailing from Southend, the quintet was swiftly drawing comparisons to bands such as Alter Bridge, Evanescence, and Muse with their sound. The EP shows there is more to their creativity than that though, an individual flavouring which may not yet be loudly showing but showing there is plenty more to come from Fire At Dawn as they evolve and one suspects subsequently sets themselves apart from the crowd. It is all there on parade from the first track of the release as a familiarity works with a just as magnetic invention to spark senses and appetite to want more.

   Bad Trip is first, and as soon as the sultry wash of keys wraps ears, attention and intrigue are awoken. There is a fizz to the melodic opening, a strong coaxing which only benefits from the pungent rhythms and blaze of guitar which are soon adding their temptation. The strong lure slips a little as the song relaxes for the beginning of its lyrical narrative but nicely compensates with the seductive tones of Victoria Walker presenting them. The guitars of Brad Winter and Ross Turbz court her delivery with a spicy weave of melodies and riffs, the pair swiftly impressing with their enterprise and craft and increasingly so over the whole release. The song never explodes as its small crescendos suggest but firmly engages imagination and emotions from start to finish for a strong opening to the encounter.

The following Choose Me has a gentler start but like a sparkling wine has lively flavour to its acidic lure too. There is a definite eighties feel to the song as it unleashes infectious energy and fiery Fire At Dawngrooves, an essence which colours the whole song which also slips into something more reserved for the start of Walker’s vocals. Its catchiness is never far from the surface though especially with the bouncy beats of drummer Roman Drummond and dark basslines of Lloyd Entwistle making sure feet and thoughts are easily engaged across the song’s vibrant presence.

From the liveliness of two songs, Light explores a more restrained and shadow wrapped adventure. Emotive harmonies slip from Walker’s throat with impressive ease and potency whilst guitars and keys cast a radiance which caresses the senses with smouldering temptation. There is a melancholic but tenacious heart to the song which again threatens to erupt into more intimidating pastures, but it also finds itself on a constant rein even with the flame of sonic invention which drives a gripping solo. The track enthrals as it unveils its canvas and creative expression, subsequently making way for the closing pair of On Me and Run. Neither quite matches the previous songs as a whole, but each has moments of delicious endeavour and imagination. The first travels progressive scenery sculpted by again superb guitar work whilst its successor opens with a tangy twang to its chords and tempting which ignites a certain melodic mystique across the whole song musically and vocally. It is a fine end to the release, every part sizzling in ears without finding that key spark to ignite the roaring blaze you feel is there in the song and EP’s depths.

Fire At Dawn certainly inspires a hunger to know and hear more with their debut. It is lacking as mentioned a certain element and a snarl vocally and rhythmically to bring it fully to life, but such the quality and enjoyment the band do provide, that can be a question to address in future encounters whilst happily enjoying their introduction.

Fire At Dawn is available through all digital outlets on Monday 1st December.

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Forged In Black – The Exodus

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Though UK heavy metallers Forged In Black is far from being a new band, they have found a new shift and exploration in their sound and thoughts which has led to a relatively recent name change, a renaming which reflects line-up changes and this progression in sound. Their new encounter is The Exodus EP, a release consisting of one brand new track and a couple of early demos of older songs. It is sure to be a tonic for all fans of adventurous classic metal, imposing riffs, and flesh scoring vocals, whilst for the rest it still has enough to stir attention.

The band began in 2009 under the name Merciless Fail, emerging with the intent to merge traditional heavy metal with a unique contemporary essence. The band swiftly earned a strong reputation for their live performances, playing both Bloodstock Festival and the main stage at Red Roar Festival in 2012 and going on to win Metal to the Masses and Band Quest competitions. 2013 was the band’s most successful to date, playing Metal Gods Festival 2013 alongside the likes of Beholder and Savage Messiah, supporting Skreamer and again Beholder, and re- releasing acclaimed debut album Forged in Black. As the following and similarly well-received The Tide EP, the album came out last year for its second outing, two years after the first appearance and under the new band name. It was the four-track EP which showed a suggestion of a twist in the band’s sound, something far more pronounced and exploratory now with the Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Sylosis, Bullet For My Valentine) recorded The Exodus.

The opening melody of the title track is simple bewitchment, a potent lure reinforced by the emerging stride of imposing rhythms and climatic swipes of guitar. There is a definite thrash breath coverto the track once fully in view, an early Metallica essence to ignite imagination and appetite. It is swiftly infused with heavily toned riffs and the rich vocals of Chris Storozynski, his classic style standing eye to eye with the rugged elements of the track but matching the acidic sonic flames around him. A great bruising vocal backing from bassist Kieron Rochester badgers the fiery tones of Storozynski as they lie on the skilled weave set by guitarists Tim Chandler and Andy Songhurst. The track ebbs and flows with its driving torrents and dramatic crescendos, providing a fascinating encounter offering something for thrash, classic, and heavy metal fans and as suggested previously enough for even those not as enamoured in the genres to find intrigue in.

A 2013 demo of Accusations Of The Innocent is next, the original track having previously featured on album and last EP. Once again a thrash invention helps open up ears and focus before the track spreads into more classical metal scenery wrapped with a creative web of guitars and spicily delivered vocals. Again there is plenty to get your teeth into even if the track feels a little reined in compared to its predecessor. With a cauldron of impressing guitar craft and invention courted by the excellent punching rhythms of Joshua Moreton, the song before it makes way for the 2011 demo of the song Forged In Black, shows exactly why the band has inspired such a potent fan base and reputation. Its successor instantly reveals the rich seeds and bait which has been persistent within the band from their start. Comparisons to the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Black Sabbath come with the mention of the band’s name and it is easy to see why with the closing song. Muscular and sonically sultry, it has feet and neck muscles pumped whilst the operatic calls of Storozynski finds a welcome home in the rich melodies veining the incitement.

The Exodus is a release to put a smile on all heavy metal fans but as shown especially by its lead song, it also has the potential to awaken strong appetites in those less taken with its core breeding, a potency shown by it persuading our less than enthused tastes for classic metal and its vocal styling.

The Exodus is available through all stores from December 1st.

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The Slow Readers Club – Forever In Your Debt

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With two imagination and emotion gripping singles already thrilling 2014 and being inspired by the fevered success of the last Don’t Mind, UK indie/electro rock band The Slow Readers Club keep the persuasion intensive with the re-release of fan favourite Forever In Your Debt. It is a darkly evocative and relentlessly tempting proposition, cinematic in its air and engrossingly flirtatious in its drama, and alongside live album Live at Central Library also released this week, superbly reinforces the potent emergence and rise of the band.

The Manchester quartet of vocalist/keyboardist Aaron Starkie, vocalist/guitarist Kurtis Starkie, bassist James Ryan, and drummer David Whitworth, take little time in gripping hunger and emotion with Forever In Your Debt. An opening noir clad bassline alongside expressive vocals is the first virulent bait, a lure soaked in great eighties indie/post punk enticing but equally as Picture 31fresh and seductive as the bubbling notes of the guitar which join the dark persuasion. Firm beats frame it all whilst provocatively visual keys colour the immersive atmosphere before providing a broader texture and emotive depth to their drama. For all its almost sinister seduction, the song is also sublimely catchy and energetic which ensures that the body is as engaged as thoughts and emotions.

The Slow Readers Club are showing themselves to be masters at creating songs thick with emotional shadows and reflective depths but also as contagious and addictive as a first kiss, the proof is right here with Forever In Your Debt and it’s also masterful accompanying track Days Like This Will Break Your Heart.

The Slow Readers Club with songs like this make it so easy to declare them one of the great breakthroughs of 2014 and you sense we have till only scratched their surface.

Forever In Your Debt is available now digitally at most stores and on vinyl @ http://theslowreadersclub.bandcamp.com/album/forever-in-your-debt

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Sylvia – Wolvey, Ansty

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Ahead of their highly anticipated new album, British trio Sylvia release new single Wolvey, Ansty, and it is hard to imagine a more potent and irresistible lure to raise the appetite for their next full-length. The song is a seductive glaze of melodic enchantment and provocative drama impossible to ignore and easy to devour greedily.

From Moseley, Birmingham, the trio of Daniel Sweeney, Phill Ward, and Russell Collins drew decent attention critically and with fans through their self-produced debut album Rathea in 2011. It is a release still earning new appetites for the band, a lure which new single Wolvey, Ansty should kick up numerous gears as the band leads into its next album.

The single sidles up to ears with a melodic jangle and swiftly eager rhythms, the chattering melody of keys offering a southern air to their temptation and expressive colour to the emergence of the song. It is a provocative lure accentuated by a glorious soar of harmony soaked vocals, their delivery ethereal but also slightly haunting. Around the delicious radiance guitars and rhythms are constantly building up their potency and drama, erupting in a contagious crescendo before magnetically starting the process all over again.

There is thickness and richness to the song which belies the slimmer but vivaciously persuasive textures, it all aligning to create the elegant winds blowing across the senses. As it nears its climax, the track seems to get busier and creatively concussive, voice and sound entangling for a melodic roar and emotive blaze.

Wolvey, Ansty suggests that the impending album from Sylvia is going to be striking in the very least and we suspect, thanks to the single, that anticipations around the country are soon going to shift into hunger mode.

Wolvey, Ansty is available now via Regent Street Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wolvey-ansty-radio-edit/id931592367?i=931592368

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UK ROCKSTERS INHERIT THE STARS NATIONALLY RELEASE NEW VIDEO FROM THEIR LATEST EP!

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By pulling from a range of areas, from the potency of While She Sleeps to the electronic wizardry of Enter Shikari and the melodic fluency of Fightstar, unstoppable and hard hitting UK rock quartet Inherit The Stars are on the rise and set loose their new video single ‘Still Alive’ , a blistering track taken from their new EP ‘Beyond The Beacons’.

 Check it out @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xri4SVeOnno

With an innovative style that’s entirely their own, Inherit The Stars are at the head of the line for the new breed of bands that are rising from the depths of the Sheffield music scene. They bring together memorable guitar riffs, a symphony of strings, drums like a thunderstorm and extra-terrestrial synths, creating a force of sound that grips your ears and demands that you sit up and listen.

Unlike many of their counterparts, Inherit The Stars refuse to be tied down to one genre of music. On both their debut album and their new EP, ‘Beyond The Beacons’, edgy metal cuts stand side by side with classic pop; all facets of the band’s impressive sound are written and recorded with dedicated craftsmanship and genuine guile. The foursome are diverse, yet their songs still carry that unique and signature quality that clearly resonates throughout each track.

Inherit The Stars are now primed to step up with the release of their new EP and spanking new single ‘Still Alive’. The cut is a buoyant slab of modern melodic metal and fuses inventive dynamism with a gargantuan hook. Look out as the band play throughout the country; Inherit The Stars have arrived.

-INHERIT THE STARS HAVE RELEASED ‘STILL ALIVE’, VIEW IT HERE

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