Sibiir – Swallow & Trap Them

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Sibiir is a quintet of experienced musicians from Sigh & Explode, Jack Dalton, Do You Love Melena? and Call:Vega who decided to unite in 2014 to get together and craft some heavy and intense tunes that would reflect their mutual love for the heavier and darker side of music.” It is safe to say on the evidence of their two track debut Swallow & Trap Them, intent has been brewed, explored, and rabidly achieved. A fusion of hardcore ferocity and spite, atmospheric black metal trespass, and murky post metal despondence, the band’s sound and release swarms the senses with carnivorous intent and suffocating malevolence. Yet in its depths there is an instinctive contagion which flirts from within the raw tempest, a compelling lure which just pulls you further into the savagery.

sibiir_cover_RingMaster Review    Swallow & Trap Them is one of those proposals which will alienate as forcibly as it enslaves, not easy to imagine the encounter leaving too many in the middle ground undecided on their take on the fury. That intensity just adds something to a release though, an imposing take it or leave it air virtually demanding a reaction of some sort and certainly the two tracks from the Oslo band enforces that question.

The title track comes first, bestial rhythms and just as feral riffs descending on ears in horde like fashion. Already there is hostility which has the senses withering, even more rapidly once the throat shredding tones of Jimmy Nymoen sear air and song. That initial torrent of barbarous bruising continues throughout but to it guitarists Tobias Gausemel Backe and Steffen Grønneberg spin sinuous sonic enterprise and intrusiveness speared by the predatory call of Kent Nordli’s bass and the quite simply lethal swings of drummer Eivind Kjølstad. It is a maelstrom of energy and rancorous emotion but one unafraid to seed infectious hooks and addictive textures that ebb and flow across the volatile and continually evolving canvas of emotional and physical punishment.

You cannot say that second song These Rats We Deny is a lighter affair but from its first breath it has virulence to its character and smog of noise which just grips from the first second and never releases its hold even as the track throws itself through tortuous scenery and malevolent climates. Bands like Nerv and NVRVD come to mind during the fierce incitement, though it is hard to think of many fuelling their corrosive turbulence with the insidious addiction forging seducing that both tracks carry but These Rats We Deny especially exploits. Finally embalming ears and appetite with the juices of allegiance through a glorious chorus of anthemic band roars, the track and release leaves a big grin on the face and spark for lust in the passions.

You might suspect that Sibiir touched the sweet spot in personal tastes for us and will definitely do so for a great plague of others. These are the first two songs written and recorded by the band and let us hope not the last conjured by the get together of talent, for Swallow & Trap Them is nothing short of violently majestic.

Swallow & Trap Them is available from September 4th via Disiplin Media.

Pete Ringmaster 04/09/2015

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Opensight – Ulterior Motives EP

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Described as cinematic metallers, London based Opensight take ears and imagination on a drama laced, mystery fuelled adventure with their new EP Ulterior Motives. A collection of tracks which have thoughts running this way and that like a classic noir lit crime thriller and a weave of sounds which manage to be as intimate as they are expansively suggestive, and at times bordering psychotic, Ulterior Motives is a release which simply has the listener lost to the world within its riveting theatre.

Opensight is the brainchild of Colombian guitarist/vocalist Ivan Amaya, an idea which began in his homeland but realised and evolved further once he moved to the UK. Subsequently the band grew with the addition of guitarist Genia Penksik, drummer Redd Reddington, and bassist Danni Stanner. Originally a more concentrated progressive metal project the band’s sound and imagination has blossomed to embrace a vibrant array of genres and cinematic influences, which going by Ulterior Motives seem to embrace visual inspirations as well as soundtrack seeded ones. Debut album Prosthetic Soul was released in 2008 with the well-received The Voice of Nothing EP following two years later. For many though, us included, Ulterior Motives is the first introduction to Opensight and a meeting long overdue.

OPENSIGHT_Ulterior_Motives_RingMaster Review    The release opens with Alibi and a Nintendo-esque dance of electronic shimmer. It is soon clutched by a web of dramatic rhythms and melodic flaming which in turn spawns a sonic shuffle around the instantly striking tones of Amaya. Barely a handful of seconds in and the song is a creative jungle, hooks and grooves colluding with the darker shadows of bass and the lively attitude of drum beats. Atmospheric colour comes from wistful keys whilst the guitars spin a weave of grooves which understandably seem to incite Bond like references from a great many. We would not go quite that specific in their description but imagine Faith No More crafting the soundtrack to a sixties espionage themed show and you get some idea of the visual potency on the imagination and the intricate yet seemingly simple tapestry of sound seducing ears.

Such the persuasion of the track you are almost crouching in secrecy as you move to its instrumental lure, only stepping into bold clearance as the lyrical narrative returns and leads the song to its ripe end and into the waiting funk kissed arms of The Chase. Whereas the first song also had a feel of artists such as 6:33 and Diablo Swing Orchestra to it, its successor takes a more dramatically intensive turn nearer to a mix of Voyager and Native Construct, with at times a whiff of Between the Buried and Me. There is an adrenaline rush and urgency to the track which matches the hinting of its title, whilst seventies flavoured electronic bubbling only adds mystique and flirtatious intrigue to the whole exploration.

Vanishing Point explores more rugged scenery initially, subsequently settling into a sultry climate and evocative persuasion with crescendos of intensity and emotion. Vocally the song is a bit mixed, Amaya’s slow vocal walk not as powerful and impressive as his lung busting roars or anthemic incitements but it does not defuse the fiery blaze of sound and enterprise rippling through the song. All the same, the thoroughly enjoyable and captivating track does not quite spark ears and thoughts as successfully as the songs around it, especially the outstanding Ulterior Motif right after.

The track is a symphony of aural colour and imagination seducing tempting. A first slow caress blooms into a soundscape of exotic beauty and sinister shadows, a canvas inspiring new adventures with every listen and if any track was evidence of the band’s talent at cinematic songwriting alone it is this glorious flight of craft and suggestion.

The EP is finished by Antagonist, an emotional and physical cliff hanger of a finale driven by creatively imposing rhythms, fascinating sonic invention, and a vocal delivery which is part the story teller part the protagonist in it all. With smouldering beauty and jazzy elegance reminiscent of The Chase earlier, the song drifts and erupts with bewitching craft and ingenuity. Sometimes it feels like a celestial flight into the unknown and the broadest emprise and in other moments a close romance wrapped in personal mystique and earthbound theatre; and at all times slavery for body and mind.

It frustrates that it has taken to now to discover the band but better late than never as we suggest all think about immersing into the dark and enthralling world of Opensight.

The Ulterior Motives EP is available from September 4th

Pete RingMaster 04/09/2015

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YORK BORN POST-HARDCORE UNIT AMONGST THIEVES UNLEASH NEW VIDEO SINGLE!

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 The Northern riff slingers AMONGST THIEVES have just released the explosive new video single ‘101’

Check it it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs9uQogo1U4&feature=youtu.be

 

Spawned from the notoriously haunted city of York, Amongst Thieves bring their driving, intense and colossal sound to the winding streets of this ancient landscape. Composed of Josh Nash (Vocals), Alex Morgan (Guitar), Ricky Kwong (Guitar), Jason Bentley (Bass) and Andy Ackroyd (Drums), Amongst Thieves slowly gathered their band members until they all clicked into place to create their own concoction of modern melodic and dynamic music akin to the likes of fellow home-towners ‘Asking Alexandria’, ‘Young Guns’, and Falling In Reverse.

 

Amongst Thieves have sowed their touring seeds in major cities across the UK, as well as co-headlining a tour with Omaha in Leicester, and playing with such established bands as The Colour Morale, The Word Alive, and Like Moths to Flames. A successful 2014 brought the release of their debut EP “Revise. Reform.” which helped garner them a place in the line-up for Slam Dunk Festival as well as media coverage from Rocksound Magazine.

 

The industrious five-some now present a new video single entitled “101”, taken from their brand new EP “March For The Sun”. The EP has already gathered steam, with its first single, “Stay Close” (which features Garret Rapp from The Color Morale), enjoying an exclusive premier on You Tube’s BryanStars’ Channel. The new single alludes to the band’s all over talent to deliver intense and hooky vengeful anthems, epic grandeur, and crafty atmospheric moments that work to orchestrate rich and robust soundscapes in which to house Josh Nash’s astonishingly versatile vocal range. The guys are ready to hit the road good and heavy in support of their new EP, so be sure to catch them before they take flight.

 

– AMONGST THIEVES HAVE JUST RELEASED ‘101’,

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs9uQogo1U4&feature=youtu.be

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SOUTH WALES PUNK ROCKERS, LAST VENDETTA DROP BRAND NEW VIDEO!

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Welsh Punksters Last Vendetta continue their climb with brand new video single ‘Waiting By The Water’

Check it out right here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHQtrIaRWbM&feature=youtu.be

Cardiff born Last Vendetta, although only newly sprung into the music scene earlier this year, are quickly scoring fans and gathering momentum with their highly contagious brand of heavy punk pop. Reminiscent of such bands as A Day To Remember, Tonight Alive, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Four Year Strong and Funeral For A Friend, Last Vendetta punch out catchy hooks, jack hammer riffs and anthemic choruses that abduct the senses and kidnap the brain, infusing one with that pure hypnotic moment where all is lost inside a killer song. Comprised of Danny Sahota (Guitar & Vocals), Vinnie Fiera (Lead Guitar), Tom Williams (Bass) and Max James (Drums & Vocals), Last Vendetta is the culmination of a musical friendship stretching back through the years with their lyrics painting a portrait of careless behaviour, distorted romances and drunken bliss aimed at the youthful ears of today. The band successfully put a razor sharp twist into every tale they tell, and work to skilfully showcase each crew member’s individual strengths whilst maintaining an impressively striking unified sound.

Last Vendetta have played all over the UK and shared stages with The Dirty Youth & As It Is, supporting them both on different occasions in Cardiff. They’ve also played at Glastonbury’s The Godney Gathering festival, where REEF headlined. Most recently, the high flying quartet just launched their debut EP ‘Young Bloods’ across all major platforms, and now release their video single for “Waiting By The Water”, taken from the EP. The track serves up a perfect slice of punk pop with its throbbing rhythmic drive and hooky chorus that are endemic signatures of the band. Catch them soon before their infectious sound spreads out of control.

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Stone Angels – Give In To Temptation

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Give In To Temptation is a great title for the debut album from the Brighton hailing Stone Angels (not to be confused with The Stone Angels from Devon), as that is exactly what you do, inescapably submit to its eventful rock ‘n’ roll roar. Jammed with eleven fresh sounding tracks which brew up rousing exploits from admittedly pretty recognisable sounds and inspirations the album is hefty in anthems and punchy adrenaline charged stomps, and as high on that familiarity to others as it can be at times, Give In To Temptation lets no one down when it comes to thrills and enjoyment.

Stone Angels emerged in 2011 from the ever musically resourceful scene in Brighton, the experienced quartet rising from the ashes of ‘several broken’ bands. Drawing on inspirations from the classic LA rock and legendary UK rock scenes, and bands ramngimng from Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Black Spiders, AC/DC, Massive, and Rival Sons to Five Finger Death Punch, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slash’s Snake Pit, and King’s X, Stone Angels’ hard rock incitement has seen them become one of the UK’s most potent live propositions. Now the band is looking to awaken even broader attention with the national re-release of Give In To Temptation, a prospect you can see gathering rather potent success.

The reason being songs like Misplaced Memories and Devil’s Child, they just the first two tracks on the swiftly persuasive encounter. The opener worries ears with a torrent of hungry riffs and spiky grooves meshed into a rhythmic web cast by drummer Ben Taylor and bassist Chris Wilson. There is grouchiness to the tone of the song and instant contagion on offer with the sonic enterprise of guitarists James Innes and Niall Kersey tempering the growl a touch with melodic enticement, especially the former’s precise grooves. Kersey’s vocals also carry a dusty snarl which only adds to the easily accessible and familiar but refreshing confrontation, a blend exploited enjoyably again in the slower prowl of the second song. Bands such as Black Stone Cherry and Rev Theory get hinted at though the song has a more vintage bluesy hue to it as it backs up the album’s forcibly engaging start.

Stone Angels Album Cover_RingMaster Review   That sultry air and texture becomes richer in the following fiery melancholy of Last Goodbyes where keys deliciously add a psychedelic strain to the increasingly eventful and impressive croon, Stone Angels revealing more good variety to their sound and songwriting. Uniqueness is, as suggested earlier, not a dramatic quality to their sound and indeed the song but it matters little in its persuasive bellow and not at all in Can You? straight after. Again attitude and melodic flames fuel the track, but it is the bewitching sonic hook and easy swagger which grips most prominently, they and the vocal lure of Kersey backed potently by the rest of the band’s calls.

At only two and a half minutes, the track is a swift, bait loaded jab and the relative shortness of most songs within Give In To Temptation does add to the rapier like feel of the album and its thick success on ears and appetite, this proven again by the not much longer body of Fantasy and swiftly after in the slightly lengthier Lines In The Sand. The album is like a heavy weight poking senses and satisfaction, this pair uppercuts of rock ‘n’ roll which has energy reeling and bodies exhausted. Both tracks unveil individual grooves which induce ears and hunger to arousal amidst greedy riffs adding enticing weight to the song’s tenacious grip.

Thousand Years slips into a mellower melodic reflection within a hazy flame of emotive intensity to bring a respite of sorts for adrenaline and energy whilst Falling Down gets funky on the listener whilst unleashing another dose of predatory riffs, wicked rhythms, and spice rich, bordering on salacious, grooves across guitar and bass. The first of the pair takes longer to find the right spot but is perpetually enjoyable nonetheless whilst its successor is an immediate stomp which just has bodies swinging, an anthem no doubt igniting venues for the band and calling out to be a single.

There is a darker almost sinister shade to the imposing blues rock stroll of Devil’s Grip and a lighter glaze of stoner-esque infectiousness to Fine Day, both songs rich with tendrils of sonic imagination and the healthy spices bred by some of the band’s influences. The latter is another single prospect for these ears; its Alter Bridge meets Shinedown character tantalising before Shadows Of The Black Sun is left to bring the album to a close. Again it is ripe with a familiarity which only seems to works in the song’s favour, as indeed for Give In To Temptation’s success.

Future demands might ask for more distinctness to the Stone Angels sound next time around though you are pretty much sure of some stonking songs at the very least anyway, but for an introduction, Give In To Temptation is one enjoyable slab of rock ‘n’ roll you can only have a thoroughly good time with.

Give In To Temptation is nationally released on Friday 4th September on CD and digitally through all stores.

RingMaster 04/09/2015

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Calm For The Restless – Destroyed But Not Defeated

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Roaring out of Hertfordshire, British alternative rockers Calm For The Restless show that the early promise of debut EP We Started A Fire from a couple of years back has, if not yet come to full realisation, been honed, reinforced, and expanded with Destroyed But Not Defeated. The band’s second EP is a roar of sound and passion which persistently grabs the imagination. At times its songs do undulate in success with personal tastes but from start to finish the encounter has ears involved and attention held whilst brewing a want to hear more.

The beginnings of the Stevenage quintet go back to 2007; the band founded by vocalist Don Macauley and rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Mart Bradford. Drummer Mike Westwood was soon enlisted but other line-up and location issues led to the band going on hiatus before returning in 2012. The trio recruited bassist Mark Randall not long after, with lead guitarist Tom Holbrook linking up the following year. We Started A Fire was also recorded and released in 2013 too whilst around it and since, the band has been a hive of live activity across the south of England. Now Calm For The Restless are pushing forward with the national release of the enjoyable Destroyed But Not Defeated EP, an encounter fair to say revealing and revelling in, the open potency of the songwriting and sound of the highly accomplished outfit.

Calm For The Restless Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     Musically Calm For The Restless embrace ears in tenacious rock ‘n’ roll taking inspirations from bands such as InMe, Incubus, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Billy Talent, Brand New, and Foo Fighters, and it is the latter which is most comparable to the rousing After Tonight which opens up the release. Guitar and energetically jabbing beats engages ears first, their inviting bait soon enveloped by but still adding to an infectiously lively stroll of riffs and tangy grooves. The drums sticks of Westwood are a rapid blur of rapier like rapacity from the start and remind as gripping within the now slightly more restrained gait of the song. The expression rich voice of Macauley equally makes a potent impact, his entrance seeming to spark even more eagerness in the melodic and grooved resourcefulness of the band whilst the song’s chorus is thick with Dave Grohl and co flavouring, a spicing which only lures ears deeper into the captivating tapestry of the song. The band’s current single, it is a thrilling welcome to band and release and one reason alone to go check Calm For The Restless out.

The following Shadow Of A Man opens on a warm but almost sombre enticing which soon blooms into an emotive reflection of melodies and voice. Guitars caress and suggest before rhythms incite a more boisterous blaze of intensity and sound for the chorus, though it is a slim crescendo in the mellow impassioned landscape of the song which seems to add just a little more angst and drama each time it erupts. The track fails to make the same impact of its predecessor but across its fascinating body, Calm For The Restless spin a weave of inventive twists and imagination sparking sounds to keep intrigue and interest high.

The excellent Blue comes next, bubbling sound the first beckoning, jabbing riffs, rumbling rhythms, and the ever alluring tones of Macauley the even more gripping second. Billy Talent is listed in influences to the band and though sound wise they are wide apart, the sculpting and thoughtful yet organic use of anthemic hooks and angst fired passion mutual skills. The track just grows within ears, every passing minute more enthralling and tempting than the last until it becomes a fire bursting with sonic flames and burning energy, all the time licking at the senses with just irresistible hooks.

Lost To The Ocean like the second song is missing something compared to those around it but again its catchy tone and creative pop punk like character only leaves a good and persuasive time behind. There is a glimpse and at times a loud whisper of distinctive ideation and uniqueness across Destroyed But Not Defeated, and yes here too but not as openly and vibrantly which is maybe why it lacks the richness of temptation of say Bury Me In The Waves, its predecessor. To balance that though the penultimate song still leaves full contentment in ears and thoughts before the closing encounter slips on sultry acoustic charm to fascinate with. Increasingly more dramatic and intensive as it grows, the song from a good if unsure start brews up into another highly pleasing and provocative roar from Calm For The Restless.

The potential of the band’s first EP is a ripened if not yet fully developed promise in Destroyed But Not Defeated but offering a wider and fuller look into the creative depths and imagination of the band. They feel like a band on a mission musically and emotionally and with more steps as potent as Destroyed But Not Defeated one suggests bright times ahead.

The Destroyed But Not Defeated EP is available digitally from September 4th through all stores.

Pete RingMaster 04/09/2015

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