Luxembourg Based Progressive Metal Mob Scarred Stirring things up onthePsycroptic Tour

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Luxembourg Based Progressive Metal Mob Scarred Added To Psycroptic Tour

Announced as main support of Australian mentalists Psycroptic’s UK tour, off the back of their stunning slot at Bloodstock Festival, Luxembourgian metallers Scarred are set with their companions to leave England aflame on the last dates of the successful rampage around the UK.

Final date son the tour are at…

Oct 08 – Star & Garter, Manchester

Oct 09 – The Shed, Leicester

Oct 10 – The Exchange, Bristol

Scarred is a Death Metal Band from Luxembourg formed in 2003. Initially they started out as a Thrash Metal Project which released an E.P. called “Inner Scars” in 2004. However, through the years and after various line-up changes, they evolved towards a heavier and more brutal sound. In 2009 their first full-length album “New Filth Order” was released. Since then, Scarred has performed alongside many great artists and on major stages such as Wacken Open Air and Metalcamp. Due to many different influences, Scarred’s precise genre is hard to define and should be discovered.

On May 10 2013, Scarred has released their new album entitled “Gaia/Medea” under the banner of Klonosphere / Season of Mist Distribution. This Opus was mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) at Split Second Sound Studio and features a guest solo by Attila Vörös (Nevermore, Leander Rising).

EofE – Self Titled

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Earlier this year UK rockers EofE uncaged a rigorously captivating slice of muscular rock ‘n’ roll in the shape of Stars In Hollywood, the fiercely enticing single also a potent lure to the band’s forthcoming full-length. The same song roars just as mightily in the now arrived debut album from the West Midlands quintet, and around it are ten other inescapable rock pop anthems which prove the potential talked of in the band’s previous encounters is now a thrilling reality.

Formed in 2012, EofE has become an increasingly talked of and attention given prospect over the past couple of years with 2014 a highly eventful and potent time for the band. Fair to say it has in turn been eclipsed by this year’s success through the release of the aforementioned acclaimed single, touring the UK in support of Glamour Of The Kill, a highly praised performance as Download, and now one beaut of a first album.

EofE-Cover_RingMaster Review   Get Caught gets album and listener off to a rousing start, its dirty opening riff alone rich coaxing but quickly built upon by grouchy guitar play, rolling beats, and the instantly impressive vocals of Tom Harris. His warm melodic tones and quality are a perfect blend with the more agitated nature of the song led by the scything swings of drummer Nicky Waters and great groaning bass bait offered by the strings of Luke Bradley. As predatory as the song is, it is equally a blaze of melodic enterprise and catchy endeavour as guitarists Dan Bremner and Reece Luke spin their individual webs of seduction and fierce energy in superb unity.

It is an outstanding start to the album powerfully backed by both Wake Up and Bridges. The first is the band’s latest video single, another contagion of thumping beats and a gleefully prowling bassline colluding with fiery craft and guitar attitude. Working on body and imagination from its first breath, the song becomes an anthemic arousal of stadium rock meets virulent pop led superbly by the ever strong and enticing prowess in voice and expression of Harris. Its successor draws in some hard rock tenacity to drive its melodic hues towards a more enveloping catchiness, hooks and grooves a ripe temptation as it takes the listener on a feisty and invigorating ride.

A mellower but no less impassioned and magnetic draw is offered by Save the Night, it’s easy going indie croon further proof of the vocal strength of Harris and imaginative songwriting in the band. For sure the track does not imposingly grip as its predecessors but holds attention and satisfaction firmly in its creative, slight Fall Out Boy like hands before Waiting for Olivia also flows with emotive and simmering energy; though an earthy bassline and rigorous veins of intensity are perpetual fuel to the dramatic roar of the song.

Drifting on a sea of melodic and vocal reflection Lifeboat slips into view next, its opening elegance soon immersed in a thick tide of sonic fire and rhythmic badgering with both contrast subsequently blended in the tempestuous heart and resonance of one increasingly impressive incitement. The likes of You Me At Six, Young Guns, and Mallory Knox are often offered as reference to the EofE sound and more than most this track offers reasons why whilst providing its own identity, the same applying to Close to Me with its tapestry of tangy grooving, swiping rhythms, and vocal flames.

As stated before Stars in Hollywood steals its hefty slice of the plaudits building for the album, the track bounding in on a sonic lace around controlled but keen rhythms before everything swiftly stirs into a hungry blaze. Though things settle down around a stirring deeply throated bass lure and vocals, crescendos continue to brew, erupting in compelling choruses before the delicious cycle is repeated with further invention and imagination in tow across the irresistible anthem. The song alone shows all the attributes and ideation which makes EofE such an exciting proposal with Harris at the same time offering evidence that he is one of the most natural and captivating vocalist in British rock right now.

Both the fascinating Only Get Better and the Y.O.U keeps ears and a greedy appetite happy, the first with its fluid mix of melodic craft within sinewy aggressiveness, their companionship woven into an increasingly volcanic landscape in turn emulated by its successor though it at times brings a more punk like vociferousness to its dynamics. Each of the pair provides a lingering involvement before Ruins closes up the album with a thick rock pop roar which maybe does not match earlier conquests but leaves only the urge to go again.

EofE has announced themselves on the UK rock scene in big style with their outstanding album; they were already forcibly nudging it but now there is certainly no ignoring them.

The EofE album is released October 9th via Cream Records digitally via iTunes and on CD.


Pete RingMaster 08/10/2015

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Dutch Melodic Hardcorers ‘Athena’s Word’ release their jaw dropping debut EP ‘Lasting Legacy’ on Saturday 24th October. Pulling from the drive and potency of While She Sleeps and Heights, and adding their own engaging dynamics and footprint, the five-some have created an intriguing amalgamation of modern hardcore.

Officially born during the Autumn of 2014 in Holland and featuring Erik Voestermans (Vocals), Dennis Sjoers (Guitar), Tjerk Goselink (Bass), Jerry Klein (Guitar), and Kasper Stap (Drums), Athena’s Word have been relentless in their pursuit of progression and have carefully cultivated a sound spurred on by intense rehearsals and whole-hearted writing sessions. With glowing comparisons to Architects, Napoleon, and Blood Youth, the quintet are now braced to take their music out to the masses.

The band have persistently toured throughout their homeland, and the riff slingers are now set to span their wings out to mainland Europe this Winter with a cluster of prominent dates on the horizon. Besides focusing on their live reputation, Athena’s Word have also been holed up in the studio working on their new EP ‘Lasting Legacy’. The record is a true marker in the sand, kicking off with ‘Deserved Freedom’, which is stacked with breakneck riffage, full frontal vocals and ample groove. The EP continues to entice with the delivery of ‘Wolfpack’; this track is something special with its poignant phrasing and earnest exaction. With five glorious slabs of melodic metalcore, the EP is sure to propel the band to the frontline of the European scene and beyond.

One Year Delay – Deep Breath

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Turning a jumble of varied metal/rock styles into an unpredictable sound which eagerly romps in the ears and captures the imagination, Greek Hard Rockers One Year Delay make their full introduction with debut album Deep Breath. Offering seven songs which entwine flavours from nu and alternative metal with grunge and punk rock in rock ‘n’ roll also unafraid to embrace more classic/hard rock hues, the release is a roller coaster of invention and undulating but perpetual success.

One Year Delay began in early 2012, coming out of the Greek city Kalamata with a sound which through numerous line-ups, the current in place earlier this year, has evolved into the tapestry of adventure which potently marks Deep Breath. The album was recorded in 2014 with Toby Wright, the band travelling to the Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville to make it, with the release finally mastered by Andrew Mendelson. Unveiled through Pavement Entertainment, Deep Breath is an ear catching proposition fuelled with a potential suggesting a bright and for us all a rewarding horizon ahead of the sextet.

deep_breath_oyd_RingMaster Review   The album opens up with Gunpoint and badgering bursts of sound and energy which soon merge into a predatory stroll with intimidating riffs and threatening rhythms prowled by the instantly appealing vocals from Orestis Alimonos. As grooves spring their bait and intensity darkens, the song growls and lurches from one antagonistic twist and roar to another, but within this brews a melodic lure of clean vocals and keys seeded enterprise. The song has the unpredictability and imagination of a System Of A Down, if not the sound which is closer to the alternative metal prowess of Israeli band Onoma. Increasingly addictive the track gets the album off to a rousing start.

Headhunters steps up next and again riffs and beats make a potent invitation to which Alimonos once more adds vocal drama and energy backed by the equally strong tones of Steve Tsotras. Striding with an antagonistic swagger, the snarl and lure of the song is accentuated by short scything grooves and fiery sonic enticement through guitarists Nick Koumoundouros and Nick Trimandlilis, the former enticing with individual flames of hard rock enterprise across the metal bred proposal. A continuation of the riveting start to the release, the track makes way for the melodic rock meets groove metal triumph of Truth, Dare, Despair. The song dances on ears with a swirling web of riffs and rhythms, bait as much punk as it is metal and rock ‘n’ roll, to forge its own familiar but personal character; though imagining Drowning Pool meets Finger Eleven gives you an idea to another quickly persuasive encounter by One Year Delay

A sludgy air and gait comes with the following Water Under the Bridge, its slow movement and enticing croon stoner-esque but equally grunge coloured with a whiff of doom rapacity. Though not as immediate on ears and thoughts as its predecessors, or ultimately as dynamic, time allows the song to tempt and unveil intoxicating attributes which in turn gives a keen appetite for the album another reason to indulge often, the same applying to the Nirvana toned Miss You which takes over next. Its gentle voice and guitar entrance is a good welcome but it is when the song picks up its energy with the beats of Sotiris Papadeas a shuddering impact and the bass of George Manesiotis a highly agreeable heavy shadow that it comes into its own. Still the track lacks the same rich and inventive spark of earlier songs but satisfaction is nothing less than strong as it swings through ears.

The band is back spitting aggression with Try to Stay Alive but also entering a raw rap /groove metal crossover with warm rock melodies and Korn like boldness in ideas and unpredictability. It is a great adventure in idea which at times simply enthrals and thrills and in other moments loses its grip with unfulfilled promises, but again a want to hear it again is never far from thoughts after each venture into its potential.

For personal tastes the first half of Deep Breath easily outshines the second but as proven by the closing blues rock call of 5m, 9k, there is always plenty to seriously engage thoughts and have enjoyment fully on board. The last song is a potent weave of heavy riffs and provocative rhythms within scenery of spicy grooves and vocal tempting bringing the album to a rich and persuasive close.

You sense it is early creative days in the growth of One Year Delay but Deep Breath, as a first album, suggests things are definitely heading towards very exciting places. They are already there in many ways with their first full outing but when maturity and natural evolution comes to the fore too, keeping a close eye on One Year Delay might be a clever move.

Deep Breath is out now via Pavement Music through major online stores.

Pete RingMaster 08/10/2015

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