Zebras -The City Of Sun

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If you could sum up the rage and discontent burning through the world right now it would be in the same kind of angry roar to be found in The City Of Sun, the new album from US punk metallers Zebras. The release is a brawl on the senses, a violent incitement for the emotions, and simply the best thing to come out of the band and arguably hardcore fuelled metal this year.

There is no surprise to the potency and hostility drenching the release, Zebras’ self-titled debut album of 2012 and subsequent release and songs, have all been virulent animosity equipped with the ability to stir addictive tendencies through fearsome hooks, wild rhythms, and searching grooves. The City Of Sun is exactly the same but the trio of guitarist/vocalist Vincent Presley, keyboardist Lacey Smith, and drummer Shane Hochstetler have taken and stretched everything to new benchmark setting levels.

Again like the uncontrollable bastard son of Lard and Dead Kennedys, but with its own ever increasing identity, the Zebra sound instantly burns as opener Hollow Earth brings The City Of Sun to dynamic life. An initial spicily grained groove pierced by thick rhythmic jabs grips ears and attention first, that lure within a few breaths unleashing antagonistic tension and weight as riffs and swinging beats descend with great zeal around the raw tones of Presley. An already in place appetite for the band through past successes explodes with greed as the song continues to twist and rage, the trio spinning a lethal yet contagious web of violence and doom bred turbulence.

cover_RingMaster Review   It is an invigorating and addictive start continued by The Turning Of The Bones, where again the toxic invitation of grooves binds and enslaves as Hochstetler batters and Lacey’s keys stroke the senses. The repetitious nagging quality of riffs and grooves is also easily devoured manna, an essence which enhances every track upon the album as Presley’s ire shapes and colours the confrontational energy and heart of each incitement further like in the outstanding death shuffle of My Apocalypse and the corrosive majesty of The Bell. The first of these two bounces along throwing sonic spears and bone splitting beats out whilst ingraining the imagination with a hook lined groove carrying a Biafra and Co breeding. From one peak to another as its successor seamlessly escapes from its companion with its own hypnotically debilitating rancor and seriously catchy tirade of guitar and bass enterprise. Ministry at their corrosively niggling best comes to mind as the song continues to bind and scar but again the face and character of the song is all Zebras.

Baalbek is a rather similar tempest next, its body and lures closely matched to the previous track though with admittedly equal success, but in the only ‘issue’ with The City Of Sun there is certainly a kind of surface similarity to the tracks, and between others, which less bold and determined listeners might be fooled into thinking the album lacks strong variety. As The Garden swiftly shows it is not the case even though the template for songs is a constant seed. Expelling a thrash like urgency and tenacity, the song goes for the jugular straight away, uncaging more of the prime ravenous riffs and infesting grooves Zebras are already and set to be further acclaimed for. Swarming over the listener from every angle as vocals and drums create a hellacious and addictive beating, the track has ears ringing and emotions lusty, both more than ready for the barbarous tango of Levitation where punk and metal collude in engagingly oppressive conflict.

There is no let-up in the emotional fire and physical ferocity, or indeed the pleasure as firstly Solomon shares its exhaustive ill will and synth led exoticism and then Vitrified which comes forward with a sultry climate around a predacious turbulence of word, voice, and sound. The track is a spellbinding proposal, another fresh spark for the imagination with arguably the album’s most inventive and experimental song, and nectar for the instinctive desire for twisted tapestries of noise.

Closing with the sonic blaze and rhythmic grudge of Filled With Fire, Zebras leave the body shattered, senses drained, and emotions aflame. With only a wish for the synth craft of Lacey to be a little more forward in the overall production of the fabulous turmoil, Zebras has crafted another stunning release but more so their greatest triumph yet. They are a band come of creative age and with recent times seeing the band supporting the likes of Jello Biafra, Black Flag, Negative Approach, Melt Banana, High On Fire, Goatwhore, and Die Kreuzen, The City Of Sun offers inescapable reasons as to why Zebras should be spoken of in the same kind of acclaiming breath.

The City Of Sun is out now @ http://zebras.bandcamp.com/ digitally, on vinyl, and Ltd Ed CD.

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Deep Desolation – Possession

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Living up to its name in so many ways, Possession is an occultist waltz with the devil, black metal fuelled rock ‘n’ roll which just gets more compelling and adventurous track by track. The latest album from Polish metallers Deep Desolation, the release offers five tracks which devours ears and in turn imagination as black and doom metal gets entangled in psychedelic and progressive enterprise, all around blasphemous and challenging intent.

Deep Desolation hails from Łódź, emerging in 2009 with their debut album Subliminal Visions coming at the beginning of 2011. That same year saw the band unite with Primal and Iugulatus for the split release Chapel Of Fear with a year later second album Rites of Blasphemy was unleashed. Well-received it showed the growth and evolution running through the band’s sound which continues and blossoms in Possession. At times the new release is not an easy listen, making no compromises for the senses with its barbarous rancor and intensity, but from start to finish, and as suggested with stronger persuasion song by song, it is one seriously fascinating and enjoyable encounter.

The quartet of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Meriat, lead guitarist Markiz, bassist Piorun, and drummer Wilku begin their insidious incantation of pestilential temptation with Bestial Mind. Opening on an almost shamanic rhythmic invitation, the track is soon a brewing tempest of sonic agitation and thickly landing beats with guitars and bass entangling in tempestuous manner and creativity as they await crawling vocals squalls. The song continues to prowl with a doom rich breath, before unlocking a canter of spicy groves and melodic hooks which soon have ears and the imagination enthralled. Never unleashing its full venomous urgency, the track continues to stroll and prowl, malevolence an oozing hue across atmosphere and voice with a leaning towards progressively honed groove metal an additional magnetic texture.

Each listen reveals a little more going on within the quickly enticing animus of sound and intent, potency echoed throughout the album and certainly in the rabid depths and intrusive endeavours within Place Of The Darkest Thoughts. No reins shackle the energy and intensity of this track, its instinct to rock ‘n’ roll feeding the cancerous intent, creative adventure, and pure ferocity within it. In time bass and guitars spill a cascade of hook loaded bait as sonic and rhythmic savagery prevails around them whilst an almost schizophrenic passage of off kilter classic metal enterprise wrong foots and thrills simultaneously.

Both Demonic Elation and The Wizard Of Overdose keep ears enthralled, thoughts intrigued, and pleasure full. The first is an intensive dark trespass of sound and heart which truly comes to life when the psychedelic imagination of the band starts to wrap and infuse its black metal canvas. Before then it is a solid encounter but once the mystical imagination invades, it becomes another impressive beast before making way for its successor and its similarly persuasive tempest ignited by melodic and psych rock invention. The core groove is pure addictiveness and as confirmed by the final song on the album, Deep Desolation is at its most striking and unique when bringing their psychedelic and often deranged imagination into the mix, something hopefully they will explore and exploit much more ahead because we will then get more triumphs like Divine Dance.

The closing track is epic; eighteen minutes plus of heavy rock ‘n’ roll blackened and twisted for a glorious escapade of extreme metal irreverence. It is easily the best track on Possession, the realisation of all the band’s attributes in craft and sound in one extensive doom leaden, sludge thick, creatively carnal rampage of fierce and compelling metal and such a success because this time it is a groove and melody rich endeavour being given a black metal and doom infusion rather than the other way round.

As mentioned Possession gets bigger and better with each passing track, its finale the major treat which alone suggests that if Deep Desolation continue down this route they have the potential to intrude on the broadest metal spotlights.

Possession is out now via Old Temple / The End Of Time Records.

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Zephyr – An Odyssey For The Living

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There has been a wave of metalcore seeded releases to cover recently and joining that relatively strong list is the debut EP from UK quartet Zephyr. The band’s sound is a little different to the rest though with its fierce roar aligning with progressive metal imagination and post rock ambience. Fair to say it is a blend which swiftly engages ears and makes the An Odyssey For The Living EP one fascinating potential loaded enticement.

London bred Zephyr only emerged earlier this year with the foursome of vocalist Cameron Alexander Thomson, guitarist Jacob Gudge, bassist Attila Tashi, and drummer Gideon Waxman quickly unveiling video single The High Road. Its viral online success sparked a live presence which in little time was also soon gaining strong support and praise. Now a full introduction comes the way of An Odyssey For The Living, five compelling and tempestuous tracks recorded with Kelly Pinchin and Ollie Dow from In Archives and produced by Julian Rodriguez from Elitist.

Zephyr Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     The release is opened up by Familiar Spirit, a track instantly wrapping ears in an atmospheric guitar melody before thick bass groans and firm beats collude with raw vocals squalls. All the time the fingers of Gudge are weaving sonic and evocative tendrils around which keys lay their tantalising hues, the song as ethereal as it is viciously uncompromising. It is an enjoyably busy track with new corners and layers being unveiled through subsequent listens, a quality applying to the whole EP, and a personal want of diversity in vocals within a genre generally seeming to lack adventure in that department, nicely satisfied by Thompson.

The strong start is potently backed by Little Lamplight where again a warm melody honed coaxing brings the track into view before cruel riffs and rhythms bruise whilst being entwined in a provocative and perpetually shifting web of progressive leaning guitar enterprise united with suggestive keys. Further variety to the vocal incitement from Thompson and the band equally adds to the alluring but dangerous nature of the song to leave ears and thoughts firmly involved.

Cloud Spires opens in similar style to its predecessors whilst creating its own persuasive design of open technical craft and jagged riffery soaked in melancholic and emotionally reflective ambience. Those evocative textures are matched in potency by the mix of scarring and clean harmony wrapped vocals and though there does seem to be a kind of common template to Zephyr songs each creative canvas is coloured and twisted into individual characters that, as here, hold ears and imagination firmly in their intrigue lit tempests.

Next up is Gemini where, with Rodriguez guesting, a mariachi like vocal lure leads the listener into a maelstrom of jazzy guitar tempting, vocal ire, and a sonic painting of evocative endeavour and textures. Enthralling with its unpredictable imagination and great diversity, the song emerges as the strongest highlight of the release before Black Luster brings it all to an invasive and tantalising close. It is an outpouring of physical and atmospheric emotion, an undulating wave of intensity and creative tempting which like the sea has fierce under currents below a shimmering surface beauty.

An Odyssey For The Living is an impressive and thickly enjoyable debut from Zephyr, the band’s potential as rich as the flavours in their sound. There is for personal tastes that final spark missing to really inflame thickly satisfied reactions and emotions to the release but easy to sense that will come as the band grows, matures, and evolves in all aspects. Certainly they are ones to watch ahead and enjoy now.

An Odyssey For The Living is available from October 9th through all digital platforms.

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Nishe – Lose Control

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Having missed their debut EP a couple years back, Lose Control is our first acquaintance with UK rock band Nishe, a long overdue one if their new single is the kind of thing we have been missing. Without turning the alternative/indie rock world on its head, the track is a sizzling temptation on ears and imagination but equally a lingering draw which hangs around like a brooding lover luring attention again and again. In a never ceasing torrent of tracks wanting to seduce your attention, it is a quality when aligned to impressive craft that does the band no harm at all.

cover_RingMaster Review   Hailing from London, Nishe consists of Giovanni Zappa (lead vocals, guitar, electronics), Harold Wilson (bass, backing vocals), and Thomas Romer-Smith (drums). It is a trio uniting their individual influences for a sound which fuses guitar led snarl and adventure with evocative and similarly infectious electronics. The This is Nishe EP was quick proof of that, its creation coming three months after the band emerged in the August of 2013. It was acclaimed and supported by quickly grouping fans as well as online press and radio shows, including BBC Introducing, on both sides of the Atlantic, many marking Nishe out as the band to watch closely.

Earlier this year, they visited New York where new inspirations struck the band’s songwriting and imagination, Lose Control the first slice of magnetic evidence to its effect. From the opening lure of synths, the song is in command, the rhythmic swing which follows increasing its potency as too the confident vocals of Zappa. Continuing to stroll with an infectiously smiling swagger, the track draws in richer flames of guitar, emotive tenacity, and simply more intensive enterprise from all aspects.

Increasingly compelling with every listen, the track is a tenacious blaze of guitar and electro rock, a contagion which may not be the best song heard this year but it will be one of those most remembered once it infects the psyche.

Lose Control is out on October 9th

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Raising Jupiter – Give Me The News

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Taken from the band’s recently released EP Chrome, new single Give Me The News tells you all you need to know about the accomplished and inventively enticing heart of the Raising Jupiter sound. It is straight forward rock ‘n’ roll with an infectious lining of skilled hooks and fiery melodies that makes no demands yet provides, certainly in the case of their single and indeed EP, a lingering tempting which like an itch you just have to go back and indulge in with another scratch or two.

Raising Jupiter is a band from Cork in Ireland formed by vocalist/guitarist Dave Aitken, drummer John McGrath, and bassist Sean Scott Baird. 2014 saw their self-financed and released debut album A Better Balance, a well-received step in the emergence of the band, its success backing up a strong live reputation already courted by the trio. The singles Riding on a Wave in the August of 2014 and Tight Rope in the February of this year has brought fresh and new attention the way of Raising Jupiter, with their first live show in the UK at Camden Underworld another sign of things beginning to stir for the band. Now it is the turn of the Chrome EP and Give Me The News to keep things running towards broader spotlights.

The single straight away offers ears a spicy bassline, firm beats, and fuzzy riffs, all of which do not impose but easily ensure attention is enticed. A quick appetite for what is on offer arises too, the vocals of Aitken again not confrontational in any form but lined with tempting expression leading the listener, as the catchy sounds, into one addictively infectious chorus. With the bass a particular enjoyment to match the lure of that rousing crescendo, the track continues to weave captivation with melodic enterprise which at times maybe is a touch understated but always a potent lure. It is a highly enjoyable encounter and though big surprises are scarce and familiarity is open, it all adds to the charm and easy tempting of the song and the kind of irresistible coaxing any single should give for its parent release.

If you want strong and thoroughly satisfying rock ‘n’ roll, then Give Me The News and Raising Jupiter are well worth checking out.

The single Give Me The News and the Chrome EP are out now through iTunes and Amazon.

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