Nightblade – Crisis has no Prejudice

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Formed in 2010, it is fair to say that UK‘s Nightblade has been a pungent force of muscular hard rock and NWOBHM inspired tenacity which with its increasingly potent evolution in sound, has been a presence locally and increasingly further afield, commanding keen notice. The tail end of last year saw their finest offering yet in the shape of magnetic EP Crisis Has No Prejudice. Consisting of three tracks that impressively fed an ever broadening spotlight on the band, it is now being reinforced by the release of its title track on February 9th.

The emergence of the Kidderminster hailing Nightblade has been ripe with successful shows alongside the likes of Snakecharmer, Diamond Head, Graham Bonnet(ex-Rainbow, Iron Butterfly), and Uli Jon Roth(ex-Scorpions) amongst many. Alongside that, the quartet has unleashed a clutch of highly persuasive encounters, from debut album Servant To Your Lair in 2011, through its successor Closer To The Threshold two years later to their current temptation Crisis has no Prejudice. All have found an eager welcome not only at home but across the metal world, as well as with its media. The latest EP is another step forward in their ascent and its new single, a big lure into their accomplished and stirring sound.

The track immediately has ears bound in a tangy grooved and crisp rhythmic persuasion, one courted by a just as potent and sturdy bassline. Within a few breaths, a melodic web is adding its thick tempting as the equally magnetic vocals almost prowl with the song’s narrative. There is a great rawness to the certainly melodic tone of the vocals; an edge which matches the predacious stride of Crisis has no Prejudice and its anthemic but stalking presence. It is fair to say the song, and in many ways the band’s sound is not worrying the boundaries of originality, clasping faithfully the essences of their inspirations, but with a fresh breath and creative adventure of classic metal enterprise, sits enjoyably apart from much of the crowd offering similarly sculpted bait.

2015 has the potential to be another big year for the quartet of vocalist Mark Crosby, guitarist Dave Parish, bassist Bill Fitzsimmons, and drummer Eddie Neale; it has certainly got off to a powerful start with Crisis Has No Prejudice.

Crisis Has No Prejudice is released on Feb 9th 2015 via the usual digital outlets with a physical copy of the EP also available @ http://www.nightblade.co.uk/music.php

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Phoenix Calling – Everybody Knows

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Melodically bold, tenaciously muscular, and energetically irresistible, the latest single from UK alternative rockers Phoenix Calling, whilst confirming why a keen spotlight is flaring up around them, makes a rather tasty appetiser for the band’s upcoming debut album. Everybody Knows is a blaze of craft and emotion honed into a fireball of feisty temptation. Though arguably not breaking into new pastures for melodic rock, it does what a great many of similarly sculpted songs do not do, enthrals whilst demanding attention.

Bursting out of the Cambridge/Peterborough in 2012, Phoenix Calling was soon a vibrant and increasingly eagerly followed band on the British live scene, subsequently taking on shows with the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore, White Clouds and Gunfire, and Under The Influence. Similarly numerous festival appearances have only enhanced their presence and reputation, especially when headlining the main stage at Willow Festival 2013 and playing the BBC Introducing stage at Cambridge Rock Fest. 2013 saw the release of the band’s first single Bring the Roof Down, a well-received proposition from fans and media alike. Its success was emulated by their January 2014 released EP Waves, a year which was also marked by Phoenix Calling being invited to play at Mallory Knox’s end of tour party.

Now ahead of as mentioned earlier their album Forget Your Ghosts, and with its equally impressing video, Everybody Knows pounces to awaken potent anticipation for the band’s everybody-knows-cd-artworkupcoming encounter. One resonating swing of drummer Matt Copeland’s stick sparks an instantly gripping web of fiery riffs and enticing rhythms, all bound in an acidic but invitingly spicy melody. The track is soon expanding its sonic prowess and infectious temptation as vocalist Steve Chapman croons with expression and energy across the melodic flames cast by Dominic Greenwood and Martyn Hilliam’s guitars. There is also a darker nature to the track, a courting shadow which lures through the bass lines of Jason Howard as they align with the increasingly anthemic beats of Copeland.

The track emotionally and musically roars with increasing intensity and adventure the deeper into its heart it goes, offering an unpredictable but easily accessible tempest of emotion and creative endeavour. There are some songs which simply seduce and hold thick attention with consummate ease and Everybody Knows is certainly one fine example.

Phoenix Calling have a host of live gigs upcoming, dates are…

Friday 6th March O2 Academy Birmingham

Saturday 14th March Proud Camden

Friday 20th March Esquire’s Bedford

Friday 27th March Voodoo Lounge Stamford

Wednesday 1st April Portland Arms Cambridge

Friday 10th April Met Lounge Peterborough

Saturday 18th April LEWKS Record Store Downham Market Acoustic gig in support of Record Store Day

http://www.phoenixcalling.com

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