Show of Bedlam – Roont

Photo by Renaud Sakelaris.

Photo by Renaud Sakelaris.

We were hearing very good things about Canadian doomers Show of Bedlam because of a split with Jucifer in 2009, the band’s only release up to this point, and were told that we should take an interest in the band’s debut album Roont, released this week. This we did and discovered a release best described as a creative cauldron of sonic and emotional intensity filtered through howling atmospheric turbulence, i.e. one of the most exhilarating albums so far this year. It is as fiercely seductive as it is corrosively demonic, as virulently contagious as it is toxically inhospitable, and quite simply irresistible.

Hailing from Montreal, Show Of Bedlam’s sound is certainly doom metal bred but it is equally as sludgy as it is hardcore, as punk as it is noise and occult spiced rock ‘n’ roll. Influences are said to include the likes of Neurosis, Electric Wizard, The Swans, UFOMammut, Babes in Toyland, and Sonic Youth. The reality is for all references and inspirations cited and probably deserved, Show of Bedlam brew up a hellacious and thoroughly gripping mix ultimately distinct to them.

SHOW_OF_BEDLAM-Roont300x300    The album’s title track sets things off, a cold and harsh ambience looming in from afar, quickly joined by portentous rhythms and a maelstrom of sonic and noise bred provocation. It is an embrace of sound and incitement to match the band name, no coherent unity obvious yet a concussive invitation with control and instinctive enmity. From its thickening smog, acidic grooves and heavy senses roaming rhythms emerge, their imposing presence matched by a dark bass tone and the instantly engaging tones of vocalist Paulina Richards. Attitude and intensity drips from every syllable she expels, her delivery managing to be part croon, roar, and threat simultaneously. Hers is a soaring fury matched by the sounds around her, guitars spinning a caustic yet beguiling web whilst rhythms pummel and craft anthemic bait for every one of the song’s hellacious seconds. The track is fascinating, uncompromising textures and unpredictable imagination entangling every twist and turn in the passage and creation of the song, all those flavours earlier mentioned and more aligning to craft nine minutes of feral, bordering on satanic beauty.

An interlude comes next in the shape of 19, though contrary to most similar moments there is no escape into calm and safe waters here, the track an unrelenting harsh sonic wind with fleeting glimpses of another evocatively melodic realm. You can almost touch those elements as they are smothered in sound but always to no avail as the track insidiously escorts ears and emotions towards the following Vermin. Show of Bedlam have already shown themselves adept at using samples, opening up this track with another before binding the passions in addictive hooks, dramatic grooves, and a punk bred infectiousness. It all entices from within a tempest of swarthy stoner-esque sonic psychosis with occult rock like flavouring. The track is outstanding, an emotional and intimidating turmoil to get lustful over casting a maelstrom of styles and ingenuity which just ignites the imagination. The song never lingers on one aspect for long but is equally unafraid to return to those choice essences and involve and twist them into fresher incitements again. At one point the song had a feel of L7 meets Blood Ceremony to it, then in the next it was something else again, and constantly spellbinding.

Next up, Dress for sale slips into darker and colder climes, its darkly shimmering countenance mesmeric as basslines and riffs crawl with menace through ears. It is a track soon ablaze though, acidic guitar enterprise and fierce vocal expression roaring with searing flames of energy whilst carrying just a hint of venomous intent. Once more the band has ears and imagination enthralled; abrasing and seducing both with ingenuity and simple but ingeniously woven creative aggression.

There is poetry to the sound and lyrical premise of all songs upon Roont, an almost corrosively romantic essence which especially floods the epic exploit of Itamu. The track is pure inventive drama, a journey through unforgiving yet intoxicating climates of sonic and emotional exploration. As everywhere, the track’s narrative is as engrossing as the music sound-tracking its story and predominantly because of the diverse and ever shifting delivery of Richards. She can brawl with ears as perfectly as she can seduce them, spark with aggression as potently as she can lure unbridled attention with a croon. With the rest of the band conjuring sounds of the same creative and effective dark majesty, the result is a track and release which borders on perfect.

With a bonus demo version of Vermin adding an extra treat, Roont is something all doom, sludge, heavy metal, and even hardcore fans should not be without. Very special is a description not easily offered in music these days but we tell you now, Show of Bedlam is that with the potential of being much more.

Roont is available now on CD via PRC Music @ http://www.prcmusic.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1317 and digitally @ https://showofbedlam.bandcamp.com/

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Vulcano – Wholly Wicked

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Considered the first Brazilian extreme metal band, and by others the first South American one, Vulcano has earned their legendary stature on much more than that alone. Their ferocious mix of thrash and death metal embracing plenty of old school heavy metal essences, has ensured the band has been a constantly and eagerly devoured protagonist across eight variously successful and generally acclaimed albums since forming in 1981. Now they unleash their ninth full-length in the blistering shape of Wholly Wicked, a rampant unrelenting blaze of contagious aggression which predominantly feeds expectations but not as wholesomely as it breeds total enjoyment. The album puts skilled and anthemically voracious rock ‘n’ roll before originality, and in doing so provides a metal rampage hard to get enough of.

As mentioned Vulcano began in the early part of the eighties, and from their first single Om Pushne Namah, the band was luring potent attention and support. A demo and live album followed before Bloody Vengeance in 1986 began awakening even richer responses and awareness, the release tagged as Brazil’s first black metal album. The next three years saw a trio of albums uncaged before the band underwent a quiet period following a series of band problems and tragedies. They returned to action in 2003 with fifth studio album Tales from the Black Book released the following year. A split with Nifelheim followed in 2006 whilst their next album Five Skulls and One Chalice arrived three years later, a period leading to Vulcano hitting Europe with their live presence for the first time. Plenty of line-up shuffles have spiced up the band, as has another two albums, a live full-length, and another split EP on a growing recognition and acclaim of their music, retrospective and current. Now the quartet of last remaining band founder and guitarist Zhema Rodero, vocalist Luiz Carlos Louzada, bassist Ivan The Darkestt, and drummer Arthur Von Barbarian have expelled Wholly Wicked on the world. Like so many also not fully aware of the band’s earlier work, it is hard for us to say how the album stands up to what has come before, but on the modern landscape of thrash/death incitement, it is one maybe unremarkable but seriously exhilarating proposition.

VOLCANO_Whollywcked_300x300     With a low key release last year via Renegados Records, Wholly Wicked is getting its deserved global spotlight through PRC Music and goes straight for the jugular with opener The Tenth Writing. Riffs and rhythms instantly savage ears whilst hooks and mini grooves grip attention and appetite before the song bursts into a furious ear nagging charge. Guitars and bass provide a hungry web of provocation and enticing, the former also adding flirtatious shards of melodic intrigue and imaginative twists as the excellent vocals spew grouchy aggression. With the drums punching the heck out of it all, the track is a storming tempestuous start, not forgetting irresistible one, which swiftly matched in potency and attraction by Pentagram. A glam metal tinged start looms up on ears first, twisting on arrival into a barbarous and addictively compelling tempest of aggravated riffery and spicy sonic revelry, matched in spite by the rhythms. As suggested there is little brand new to mull over in the album and this song, but there is no escaping the imaginative and riveting weave the recognisable aspects are creatively woven into as once more little unpredictable twists and fluid changes in gait impress.

Both Daughters of Pagan Rituals and Infusion of Hatred keep ears and satisfaction ablaze, the first as virulently alluring as it is bracingly intensive. Every hellacious beat, torrent of antagonistic riffing, and tangy groove is incendiary to feet, neck muscles, and enjoyment. The track is irresistible, extreme metal hitting the sweet spot, here to not forge new boundaries but turn what exists into a blur of anthemic devilry with accompanying glory. Its successor reins in the undiluted attack of the previous song but emulates its raw and imposing hostility with a battery of brutal beats and carnivorous riffs bound in squirming sonic enterprise. The track is brief and unfussy, lacking creative glamour and pure addiction for ears.

There are some similarities between a few songs on the album, the niggling riffing of The Return of a Long Night already exposed and coloured well on Wholly Wicked yet entangled in fresh vitriolic and inventive exploits through subsequent songs, basking in the craft and maturity of its creators so it is never anything more than a passing thought as attention and appetite closes in on the next captivating proposal. Thirst for Vengeance offers familiar hues but from its initial groove alone, the song flirts with best of honours whilst growing diversity through things like magnetic throaty bass bait and greatly flavoursome vocals only pushes the excellent encounter into being a firm favourite on the album. For these ears, the best thrash is healthily punk, and the most gripping death, thrash seeded in its heart and this song has it all.

The crawling entrance of the album’s title track offers a new twist next, though it cannot contain the need to decimate ears and senses and is soon an insatiable and frequently twisting onslaught rich in classic metal enterprise and rabid anthemic war cries. By this point in the album, the body is already breathless but it gives no respite as first Tormented careers through ears and stomps all over the senses in infectious primal fashion followed by the even heavier barbarous savaging offered by Malevolent Mind. Each of the pair simply inflames thoughts and emotions, their essences of familiarity and unsurprising natures only adding to the thrills.

The album closes with the anthemic and hostile rampancy of Blowing Death, a mighty carnivorous end to one non-stop explosive ride. Wholly Wicked is like a roller coaster, thrill ridden and devilishly exhausting. Like such rides you also know what you are going to get but it does not stop the enjoyment and hunger for more growing with every trip. It might not be bursting with originality but Vulcano have provided one start to finish favourite.

Wholly Wicked is available now on CD via PRC Music @ http://www.prcmusic.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1314

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Hogslayer – Defacer

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As primal and consuming as any physical grudge the earth expels, the sound of Welsh fury Hogslayer is an inescapable savaging but equally a predatory incitement which sparks only a greedy appetite for more. Certainly that is the success found in the band’s first album, and taken to new heights in their new and second full-length Defacer. The release is a brutal monolithic tide of sludge rich, tar thick sonic malevolence, a proposition as oppressively destructive as it is perversely invigorating and ultimately fiercely compelling.

The Cardiff quintet first emerged in 2012, rising from the ashes of Shaped By Fate and Zonderhoof. Instantly there was no mercy given by their crawling toxic blend of sludge, doom, and every rabid essence of noise to be found, a heavily persuasive confrontation evidenced by the band’s 2013 self-titled debut album. Now they have intensified every aspect of sound and emotional turbulence within their invention to create and unleash Defacer, as magnetic a violation as you are likely to meet this year.

The first trespass of senses and psyche comes with Slowhawk, a raw vocal rant from Lord Bastard the trigger to a tsunami of bestial bass predation and equally vicious guitar stalking, it all punctuated by the slow uncompromising swings of drummer Max Von Beek. The creeping groove of the assault is as immediate in its lure too, the primitive growls of bass cast by Grym Av Skugga and Damek Ômsk irresistible intimidation loaded with an instinctively seductive swagger. The guitar of Barron Drakk provides its own incendiary tempting to add to the mix, entwining the dark imposing incitement alongside with a mix of caustic riffs and piercingly spicy hooks. The track is an unrelenting mass of uncompromising contagion; raw rock ‘n’ roll at its hellacious best setting the album off to a mighty start.

11025783_788660491214134_3070821753561557583_n   The album’s following title track reveals an even more barbarous presence and intent from its first few breaths, riffs and grooves almost Neanderthal in tone yet quickly showing they are prepared to twist in infectious enterprise and sonic unpredictability too as they potently colour the almost hypnotic repetitious core of the song. Throat scarring vocals spill furiously from the front man, providing a potent abrasion from within the smothering web of sound and hostility around him. Once again an addictive essence is at large before the ruinous presence of the song makes way for the similarly intensive and vehement Wülfbaanger. Its body of central riffs and rhythmic prowling is not far removed from that of its predecessor, a comment which can be raised across the album as a minor niggle with some grooves and heavy riffery often showing a lack of distinction from others though it is usually compensated by the sonic invention and unpredictable adventure also revealed, if at times understated.

Bludgeon is as its name implies a heavy-duty and antagonistic confrontation of noise and energy as viscous and black hearted as it is groove catchy whilst next up Burn Them Out sets down another pinnacle to match the opening pair. It is sonically fairer than previous songs but still offering a syrupy toxicity through the senses lapping grooves. It is the hardcore essences though which rage within vocals and the twisted imagination of the guitars that gives something extra to take a great song to the plateau of major incitement. Rhythmically too there is a fresh impetus, an anthemic quality to Von Beek’s enterprise courting grooves and hooks which flirt back with fiery stoner-esque hues. The track is still as inhospitable as anything else upon Defacer but tapping into an open diversity which is not always as keen as elsewhere.

The truculent Warcries is as gladiatorial as you would imagine but within its argumentative brawl of sound and intent, Hogslayer explore an out of the blue and thrilling melodic detour which only adds to and emphasises the overall intensity and impact of the song. Once more bolder imagination and invention is freed to impressive results and without defusing the weight and force of sound around it.

Bastards Of Reality comes next, its doom fuelled carriage of malicious sound and emotion taking the listener into dark, suffocating, and cavernous depths where more striking and riveting strands of sonic endeavour lights up ears and imagination. For seven minutes the track excites as it roams and infests the senses, spilling sonic venom and grievous animosity musically and emotionally, before being emulated in length and impact by This Spiteful Cycle. The new song is simultaneously tortuous and deliciously hypnotic, though its addictive character allows no chance of an easy ride. A favourite element of the band’s sound is the entangled hostility and creativity of guitar and bass, both ripe with their volatile natures, and arguably they are at their most psychotic in the closing song driven on by ever merciless drum provocation. Probably the most testing listen on the album it is a richly satisfying final challenge, though not the last song as there is the hidden bonus of Mealworm for the patient to enjoy, an outstanding slab of psychotic sludge bred, senses corroding rock ‘n’ roll.

Hogslayer has risen to a new level and stature with Despiser, but with the potential for even bigger, fiercer things ahead you feel. The album is excellent but with room for its ideas to be taken further meaning pleasure is rich now but excitement for the future easily as potent.

Despiser is available now via Undergroove Records on CD @ http://undergroove.bigcartel.com/product/hogslayer-defacer-cd and digitally at most online stores.

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ISLASORNA REVEAL THEIR E.D.E.N’ ON 1st JUNE

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SCOTTISH PROGRESSIVE METAL OUTFIT ‘ISLASORNA’ NATIONALLY RELEASE THEIR DEBUT EP ‘E.D.E.N’ ON 1st JUNE, THROUGH ALL STORES.

Spawned from the depths of Edinburgh, and conceived at the start of 2014, Scottish experimental metal crew ‘Islasorna’ have picked up a legion of fans throughout the far North. And through dedicated and rampant gigging, word is beginning to spread about the band’s high octane live shows further afield in the UK. Adding more fuel to their fiery cause, the progressive metallers have supported the likes of Bleed From Within, Carcer City, Demoraliser, Martyr Defiled and Continents.

Consisting of vocalist Justin Dilworth, Guitarists Jamie Mcarthur & Dean Watson, bassist Mark Brunton and drummer Michael Devlin, Islasorna fuse together colossal riffs, tech playability and even hints of jazz to the melting pot. With inspiration coming from everyone from The Devil Wears Prada, Northlane, Whitechapel, Sikth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Animals as Leaders to Metallica, the band offer a sound that is inherently steeped in metal, but undoubtedly pushes the envelope.

Islasorna are set to break out to the UK with the official release of their earth shattering debut EP, ‘E.D.E.N.’. The opening track ‘Obliteration’ pulls you in with its haunting atmospherics and pummelling drop beats. The five-some then crank it up with the sludgy riff assault of ‘Achluophobia’, which immediately grabs you by the nether regions. The band showcase their astute use of dynamics for the hypnotic track ‘Judas’, while the guttural attack of ‘Choices’ slams your eardrums, and the craft of ‘4-2-8’, framed by blistering guitars and jagged rhythms, is just pure intensity. The metallers draw the record to a close with the EP’s namesake ‘E.D.E.N.’, and it’s an eerie slab of moody heavy electronica which displays the band’s growing maturity. With shows in the can for this Summer, Islasorna are bursting to rise.

-ISLASORNA RELEASE ‘E.D.E.N.’ ON 1st JUNE THROUGH ALL DIGITAL OUTLETS-

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CONDUIT put ‘Life On Repeat’ from 1st June

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Coventry post-hardcore crew ‘Conduit’ are set to break with their ear-shattering debut album ‘Life On Repeat’, which is out through all stores on Monday 1st June.

Born in the West Midlands in 2009, Conduit are comprised of Dave Boyle working on bass & guitar, Ian Harris dishing out the riffs, Steve Hodge providing rhythm guitar and Dave Roberts hammering at the drums. Far from possessing the typical CVs you’d associate with many of today’s up-and-coming melodic hardcorers, two of the band members helped create a floor that appeared in a James Bond film, another volunteered for work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and their lead singer used to spend his days working in a giant freezer. There is certainly something oft-kilter about Conduit, and it makes the ascending quartet even more intriguing.

The four-piece have a strong bond and friendship, and this solidarity seeps from their music. The Midlanders have a clear philosophy and have grafted diligently for the past seven years on shaping their sound and spreading their manifesto. With influences ranging from Underoath, Haste The Day and Rise Against, Conduit have fashioned a brand of post-hardcore that will batter its way through your skull, tug at your heartstrings, and genuinely make you think. The foursome maintain an earnest approach to song-writing united with meaningful lyrical content, rhythmic refrains, and thoughtful arrangements.

The band have also clocked up the mileage on the road and after a successful run of shows throughout the UK supporting everyone from War Of Ages, As Cities Burn, Listener, Continents, Heights, Oh Sleeper, Hacktivist, Through Solace, Max Raptor and Fathoms, to name a few, the foursome squirreled away, bracing themselves for a lengthy stint in the recording studio. They soon began work on their debut album, ‘Life On Repeat’, and emerged from the studio in 2015 with an absolute gem of a record.

‘Life On Repeat’ showcases the band at their best, casting a brilliant light on their shrewd ability to fuse and unify genres, despatching intoxicating songs that contort and wrap themselves around your ears. Opener ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ blows the roof off with its hi-octane vigour and full frontal assault, while ‘The Road’ displays the combo’s deft knack for delivering a contagious hook that will bed down with you for a spell. Their forthcoming single, ‘Others’, again highlights the quartet’s guile and astute use of dynamics to dramatic effect. Their previous single ‘Outstretched Arms’ further cements the unit’s unbridled quality as the track draws you in with its powerful hook and explosive rhythms, leaving you craving for more.

-CONDUIT RELEASE ‘LIFE IN REPEAT’ ON MONDAY 1st JUNE FROM ALL STORES & OUTLETS-

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MASAMUNE reveal ‘Tension & Resolution’, on 25th May

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MASAMUNE RELEASE NEW EP WITH TOUR DATES IN THE PIPELINE!

“Masamune bring all the rock you need to the places you need it most” – Al Murray (Planet Rock DJ / Comedian)

Masamune are prime to release their own stamp of Alt-rock to the masses this Spring, in the shape of their blistering new EP ‘Tension & Resolution’, out everywhere from Monday, 25th May.

Sparking glowing comparisons to Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens Of The Stone Age, Masamune hail from Sunderland and unleash a barrage of explosive riffs, a powerful rhythm section, and memorable vocals that infectiously burrow through your cranium.

Consisting of Neil Anthony (vocals), Steven Kane (guitar), Jack Johnson (drums) and James Wallace (bass and backing vocals), Masamune have shaped an original sound which brings together a pool of both modern and contemporary influences, from the dynamics and intricacies of Muse, to the crossover groove of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and right through to the contemporary cool of Queens Of The Stone Age.

Although originally conceived in 2009, it wasn’t until 2012 that Masamune really solidified as a unit. The band soon set about playing shows. They have now extensively gigged throughout the North, and along the way they have snagged supports with ‘Fearless Vampire Killers’, ‘Fort Hope’ and ‘Ashestoangels’. The alt-rockers have also appeared in the Local Heroes section of Kerrang! Magazine, as well as taking part in a Channel 4 television show with comedian Al Murray as their roadie.

The quartet’s stunning debut EP ‘Tension & Resolution’ boasts five hearty cuts of groove tinged alt-rock, from the pounding rhythms of opener ‘The Bloodlines’, to the crafty RHCP/Incubus-inspired guile of ‘Run & Hide’. This debut record needs to be heard and will command your attention. With shows and festivals waiting in the wings during the summer months, this year promises to be a very busy one for Masamune.

– MASAMUNE RELEASE ‘TENSION & RESOLUTION’ ON MONDAY 25th MAY THROUGH ALL STORES –

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ELESSAR show ‘Arrogance’

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Spanking new energetic Punk pop crew Elessar nationally release their brand new video for ‘Arrogance’, out now and viewable at…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RErpG6UC5k&feature=youtu.be .

 

Gloucestershire new guns, Elessar, are braced to stamp their own imprint on the currently buoyant Brit-rock scene with their stunning brand of contagious punk rock. By pulling from the powers of Kids In Glass Houses, Blink182 and Taking Back Sunday, the South-West crew unleash a captivating sound that warrants attention.

 

Formed in 2015 by school friends, Ricky Powell (Vocals and Guitar), Alex Evans (Guitar and Vocals), Jack Gambling (Bass) and Dan James (Drums), the four piece melodic punk rock outfit have wasted no time in hitting the live circuit. Already, the band have been praised for delivering energetic live performances and have wooed audiences from Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and London to Exeter and beyond.

 

The ascending tunesmiths have now just finished working on tracks with esteemed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses) and the first of which, ‘Arrogance’, will be nationally released this May. ‘Arrogance’ showcases the band perfectly with a truly delectable hook that is duly supported by weaving riffs. These punk rockers wield a sharp knack for killer melody, and with key management now in place courtesy of UAC, big things will happen this year. Stay glued to Elessar’s sites for announcements.

 

Watch ‘Arrogance’ right now at

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