The LaFontaines – Class

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Tagged as Scotland’s biggest independent band, there is no doubting that anticipation for The LaFontaines’ debut album has been in full swing on the back of acclaimed releases and a live presence seeing the band headline shows in New York, tour the UK and Europe with Watsky, and play their biggest headline sold out show to date at Glasgow’s ABC amongst numerous successes. The majority of that happened in a triumphant 2014 for the band but it is easy to expect bigger, more forceful spotlights upon the band in this with the release of the thrilling and fascinating Class.

static1.squarespace.com_ Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   Formed in 2010, the Motherwell hailing quintet first snatched attention with the All She Knows EP in 2013, following its success the following year with the similarly eagerly received Under The Storm EP. The absorbing diversity and sounds of the Matt O’Grady (You Me At Six/Don Broco) produced Class now blends the qualities of those previous releases with a new adventure of invention and enterprise. It is at times a startling release, persistently a striking one, and even when its persuasive energy slips a touch, album and indeed band just enthral as they brew up an impassioned and tenacious incitement. The words of frontman Kerr Okan probably describes it best when he says, “We’ve spent the past 3 to 4 years leading up to this point. Everything we’ve seen on the road or experienced together as a band has finally made its way onto record. It’s guaranteed to shock those who assume we’re simply just the best live band in Scotland. There’s so much depth to these songs, a load of pain and struggle, but underlying throughout all of the writing, is some real grit and determination.

There can be few albums this year with as rousing a start as Class offers through Slow Elvis. From a distance the song looms on ears, hitting them on arrival with pungent anthemic rhythms and fiery riffs. It is not particularly aggressive or explosive yet within seconds the opener has ears and appetite seriously aroused and hanging onto its swing. Spatial sonic endeavour fills air quickly too, surrounding the swaggering vocal rap of Okan as bass and drums intensify their bait with a snarl and punchy attitude. Additional vocal calls and melodic revelry only adds to the incendiary brew, the track evolving into a Rage Against The Machine meets Lazy Habits encounter wrapped in the sultry hues of Muse.

The sensational start is quickly backed by the similarly electrifying Under The Storm, a burst of guitar sparking handclaps and melodic vocals with fire in their breath. The track is soon shrugging off any restraint and with sinews flexing, it strides resourcefully through ears behind scythes of guitar and bass which in turn are led by the stirring mix of clean and rap cast vocals from bassist John Gerard and Okan respectively. Though openly unique compared to its predecessor, that description of references again applies, and like the first song is twisted into something unique to The LaFontaines. Unpredictability also is a ripe asset to both songs, and indeed the album, that and the great Scottish lilt fuelling the jabbing potency of the rapping.

     The album’s title track comes next, a gentle caress of melodic temptation crooning over the senses as rhythms fling their enticement around in a robust dance. Once more the mix of vocals is a magnetic tempting in the indie seeded and lively serenade of the song, the melodic lure of Gerard as potent as the creative jangle of guitar from Iain Findlay and Darren McCaughey. Revealing more of the depth and imagination in the band’s songwriting and sound alone, it is replaced and emulated by Castles. This too has a reserved touch yet its heart is a blaze of sonic expression and evocative intensity. A sizzling start slips into a mellower embrace around Okan’s delivery, both taking ears and thoughts by the hand and leading them into new eruptions of emotional drama. Without quite matching the plateau of the first few tracks, the song easily steals full attention with its Biffy Clyro meets The Kennedy Soundtrack like canvas evolved into something distinct to this new breed of Scottish rock ‘n roll.

King steps up next, its great bluesy guitar twang an immediate tasty enticing to which a throaty bass groan from Gerard and the punchy spits of Okan bring their own irresistible tempting. Featuring guests Luke Prebble and Michael Sparks, the song whilst wrapped in the tangy keys of McCaughey and vocal harmonies prowls rhythmically and emotionally. Gospel like in ambience, mischievous in imagination, the track has ears and appetite hungry, their need fulfilled by Junior Dragon. Not for the first or last time, drummer Jamie Keenan stirs up body and emotions with his skilled incitement from which the song exposes an even grittier and volatile side to the band’s sound. Arctic Monkeys like in devilry, Freeze The Atlantic like in energy, and Able Archer like in creative grandeur, the track grows into a rich bellow of voice and sound for another major highlight of Class.

A fiercely shimmering persuasion comes with All Gone next, another with a predacious edge to its rhythms and character backed by a great rapping stroll from Okan but maybe for the only time on the album a strong impact slips as the melodic and harmonic side of the song flows. Nevertheless the track captivates and solidly pleases if without finding the spark which ignited earlier songs, an ingredient the outstanding Window Seat has in strength. A more smouldering persuasion, it takes time to reveal all its rich levels and qualities but over time becomes a mighty peak of the album. It is an intense slice of emotional balladry built on a muscular frame, this draped in quite superb and mesmeric vocal strengths. It might be ballad like but there is a tempest at its heart which makes the song a volcanic croon and just irresistible.

Enjoyable but less dramatically engrossing is All She Knows, an easy going and arguably formula song in respect to the band’s songwriting. It is relatively unique to outside references but finds it difficult to stand out in the richness around it, though again to be fair the track is only enjoyment for ears, something which again applies to Paper Chase. Its eighties indie pop essences definitely add something fresh but once more the track struggles to linger like the insatiable successes elsewhere upon Class.

The album closes with the thick and shadow enriched caress of Pull Me Back, keys a melancholic but dramatic expression against the anthemic beats of McCaughey. They are a mere moment in the ever evolving landscape of the excellent song of course, every second, note, and syllable from across the band just inventive theatre.

It is a fine end to a thoroughly exciting release. Certainly there are moments when Class slips from its loftiest perch but it is generally down to the brilliance of some songs in comparison than the failures of others. As suggested, the first album from The LaFontaines has been long and greedily awaited and now here it undoubtedly lets no one down.

Class is available now via 889 Records from most online stores

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Ringmaster 17/06/2015

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Sanzu – Painless

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With a sound as tempestuous and unforgiving as the dragon-infested rapids swallowing those of evil trying to cross the River of Three Crossings (The Sanzu River) in Japanese Buddhist tradition, Australian death metallers Sanzu make a potent introduction of themselves to the wider metal scene with debut EP Painless. Whether there is a link between band name and the way to the afterlife above we will have to find out, but certainly the Perth quintet provides a journey for ears and emotions with their release just as provocative and compelling.

Formed in early 2013, the Western Australia and subsequently the country’s metal scene have known about Sanzu and their technically ferocious, groove infested turbulence for a while now, but the unleashing of Painless gives the rest of us the opportunity to devour just as greedily their imposingly striking sound. The band is the creation of drummer Ben Stanley and guitarist Century, both former members of Malignant Monster. The addition of vocalist Zachary Andrews and bassist Fatima Curley took the band into the local live scene, their old-school death metal inspired by the likes of Morbid Angel infused with modern metal imagination recalling bands such as Gojira, quickly whipping up fans and attention. After the line-up was completed by second guitarist Mikey Hart, Sanzu ventured into the studio with producer George Lever to record their five track debut. The result was Painless, an uncompromising and gripping fury announcing the band as one seriously exciting newcomer hitting extreme metal.

The EP is instantly stalking and ravaging ears through opener 18 Days of Rain, riffs and rhythms ravenous predators bound in wiry sonic tempting. The track makes a gripping and impressive entrance, continuing that potency as grooves begin winding their way around the hostile spine of the song and the equally intensive examination of Andrews’ vocals. As inhospitable and enraged as it is, the raw tempest is ripe with spearing sonic intrigue, rabid unpredictability, and a web of tech and progressive tenacity, the song rigorously seducing the listener as it tears strips from their senses and psyche.

sanzu_painless_ Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   The immense start just keeps going in the individual animus of For All, vocals and grooves instantly searing air and ears whilst just as swiftly the song’s landscape twists and turns in on itself to persistently wrong-foot and enthral. Though it is hard to say the band’s sound is majorly original, there is an ingenuity and freshness to its creative malevolence and craft which announces Sanzu as no run of the mill or expectations feeding incitement. The encounter is the perfect example with anything familiar quickly woven into an unrelenting and almost psychotically tenacious maelstrom of ideas and imagination.

The following Defamer brings a swarm of waspish coaxing from its first breath, eventually employing them in a rhythmically sadistic and sonically antagonistic prowl governed by the outstanding squalling tones of Andrews. Every aspect of the band is at the top of its game though, the bold and carnivorous swings and bass groans from Stanley and Curley respectively imposing and inescapably addictive against the savagery and magnetic exploration sculpted and released by the guitars of Century and Hart. This collusion applies across the whole of Painless in varying forms, but arguably is given the biggest pedestal to shine from through the gloriously malicious terrain of the third track.

Intensity and rabidity takes an even more voracious spin with Variant Red next, the track a tempestuous tsunami with less defined textures and scenery than in previous songs but replacing them with emotional turbulence and unbridled bitterness in air and intent. Into its depths though, the storm does clear enough for the guitars to openly spin a tapestry of imagination and inventive dexterity, a lure matched rhythmically and vocally. The provocation is superb, though that again applies to virtually every moment within the EP, but here, ears and thoughts are just spellbound whilst being twisted inside out.

The release is completed by Lunar Crush, a song which from a gentle melodic enticement brews and intensifies a jaundiced antipathy between it and the listener. Usually the oasis in the storm is in the middle of the song, but here it starts the evolution of venomous invention and despoiling intent, every passing minute, indeed second, leading into the jaws of carnal temptation and vicious adventure.

Painless certainly does not describe the experience of listening to the EP but for every nerve turned raw and emotion ripped asunder, the deepest instinctive pleasure emerges. Death metal has a new merciless provocateur in town and Sanzu is its name.

The self-released Painless EP is out now @ https://sanzu.bandcamp.com/album/painless-ep

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RingMaster 16/06/2015

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Project Silence – Flesh Of The God

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Though less than two years since Finnish industrial metallers released the rousing and impressive single One Way to Hell, time seems to have gone particularly slow waiting for the next instalment of their creative ravishing of ears and imagination. The wait is now over as the band unleashes new single Flesh Of The God, a track building on the potential and gripping qualities of its predecessor and those bred in the band’s previous debut album, and with ease revealing itself as the Kuopio quintet’s finest moment yet.

cover\- Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   Project Silence began as 2008 opened its eyes, originally as a dark electro /aggrotech seeded solo project for founder and vocalist/programmer/keyboardist Delacroix. Towards the end of that first year drummer Silve_R alongside guitarists J and Mr. Sanderz were brought into the project with the following summer seeing the band begin work on their first album. Its creation and songs saw a stronger industrial and melodic metal flavouring evolving in the band’s sound, one reinforced by the rabid throaty tones conjured by new bassist Sturmpanzerjäger who joined up at the start of 2012. 424 was released in the winter of that year, its sprawling brawl of intense promise within a conviction of brutality and rabid enterprise soon awakening attention and acclaim. The album was as diverse as it was uncompromisingly contagious, a potent base from which One Way to Hell grew its own fresh and creative fury across two songs. It was a new stretching of the band’s imagination and bracing sound but now shown as also one step towards the fiercer and more skilfully incendiary design of Flesh Of The God.

The new single makes a low key yet ominous arrival around ears, keys brewing a sonic mist and warning from which the song erupts with rampant riffs, rousing rhythms, and rugged creative terrain. The keys continue to weave an alluring atmospheric coating around song and imagination, within which the vocals of Delacroix, aligned to equally volatile sounds, pounces with emotive growls and venomous expression. Melodic persuasion is just as potent and persuasive in the tempest too, bringing a warmer climate and tempering to the hostile emprise trespassing and thrilling the senses but simultaneously emphasizing its power and uncompromising attitude.

Electro, metal, industrial, symphonic and more are textures and spices all entwined within the creative maelstrom of Flesh Of The God, the result Project Silence’s most inventive, explosive, and virulent offering to date.

Flesh Of The God is out now @ http://projectsilence.bandcamp.com/album/flesh-of-the-god

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RingMaster 16/06/2015

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Tess Of The Circle – Love Is The Drug That You Crave

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Ahead of their new album Amplify due this coming September, UK band Tess Of The Circle release new single Love Is The Drug That You Crave, and a finer temptation to explore the band’s impending full-length you could not wish for. The song shows just why acclaim and potent attention has been given to the band through its previous releases but with a sound hinting at brand new adventures ahead.

Tess Of The Circle is a British Independent Collective based around the songs and music of singer/songwriter/guitarist Tess Jones and his circle of friends, a group of live and album musicians. The project began in 2013 and quickly released debut album Thorns, a collection of songs from Jones bred from a mix of 70’s electric rock with acoustic guitar riffs and enterprise around biographical lyrics. The release was quickly embraced and praised from fans and media alike, seven of its tracks played on BBC RADIO 2 amongst many national stations, leading to 11 BBC RADIO sessions last year. If the Gavin Monaghan produced Love Is The Drug That You Crave is an example of the wares within Amplify, the band can expect more of the same we suggest upon its release, certainly plenty of close and eager attention.

Tess of the Circle artwork_ Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review     Love Is The Drug That You Crave is themed by “how we often mistake temporary objects and fixations for love. It suggests that we just see these things for what they are; a wish to feel connected” and straight away the great tones of Jones are gripping ears within swathes of guitar and percussive coaxing. Swiftly though, the song twists into a blazing stroll of fiery rock, that seventies breeding a rampant essence within guitars and keys yet equally there is a feel of varied decades within its spicy grooves and flirtatious hooks. The bass of Ben Drummond is a great shadow and grounding to the roaring flames of guitar from Jones and Lee Clifton, but never dulls their incitement with his string’s resonating throaty tones; it all provoked and stirred up further by the rapier like swings of drummer Paul Stone and the potent vocal incitement of Jones.

Hints of bands like The Cars and The Motors nudge thoughts alongside those of Steve Miller Band and the John Butler Trio, but ultimately the roast of a hot rock ‘n’ roll is something pretty much distinct to Tess Of The Circle.

Love Is The Drug That You Crave is a song which simply rocks the listener with an irresistible swagger and passion to which you can only say roll on Amplify.

Love Is The Drug That You Crave is out now on most online stores with Amplify scheduled to be released September 2015.

Upcoming live dates:

June 19th – Acoustic Festival, Uttoxeter

June 25th – 28th – Glastonbury Festival.

July 11th – Bodfest, Horse & Jockey, Bodicote

August 14 – 16th – Pandora Festival, Buckinghamshire

http://www.tessofthecircle.com/   https://www.facebook.com/TessOfTheCircle

RingMaster 16/06/2015

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