Shaving The Werewolf – The Pissing Link

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Always partial to a dose of bracing noise rock, it did not take Shaving The Werewolf long to spark our attention with new EP The Pissing Link; subsequent listens only inciting a greedy appetite for the four track animus of sound and hostility. It provides a psychotic and experimental fusion of noise rock and hardcore belligerence with a healthy metallic ferocity to it all. Simply the Norwegian band’s sound is a savage roar with the potential and antagonism to leave ears and thoughts the worse for wear but with the more involved glory of deranged imagination to further ignite the senses.

Formed in 2010, the quintet of Snorre, Kenneth, Ottar, Vegard, and Alexander have released two previous EPs in the shapes of Your Head is a Toilet and You Say Tomato, I Say Fuck Off, the first released in 2012 and its successor earlier this year. Now they go for the mental and physical jugular with The Pissing Link, a release with its Kunz meets Shevils like rancor surely destined to awaken a great many more hungry appetites for the band and their fearsome violations.

The-Pissing-Link-EP_RingMaster Review   It opens with Death of the Dying Corpses of Death, a track certainly for newcomers offering a deception of sound with its fizzy electronic opening. Soon scythes of fierce guitar splinter the by now equally tempestuous coaxing, raw vocals a step behind before rhythms prowl and grooves entwine ears and the increasing vocal hostility with venomous intent. It is compelling stuff from the off but growing darker and more inviting as flirtatious bass bait entices within a song simultaneously becoming harsher and more blisteringly bracing. That rhythmic flirtation is part of the core catchiness which only adds to the full captivation of the song, the swagger of the vocals and hooks raw infection playing their keen part in the sonic trespass.

The excellent start is matched but with unexpected success by Do Mind if I Don’t. The track is a collage of pulsating, discord honed noise and bent rhythms around a warped vocal not too far removed from that Crazy Frog thing which went viral a few years back. It should not work yet after multiple plays the track still fascinates and makes a highly enjoyable persuasion, so it must be doing something right.

Doing something right is certainly what Earth Song achieves, the track an instant explosion of barbarous rhythms, vocal raging, and toxic sonic rapacity which twists into a keener and more dynamic protagonist of body and pleasure with every hellacious minute of its tempest. Again electronic and raw sounds clash and collude in a primal yet virulently captivating stalking of the senses before the EP’s title track brings the wonderful torment to a close.

The Pissing Link flexes its metal muscle and fury from its first breath, the hostility merging with punk raging and again off kilter ingenuity which wraps and warps every flavour and addictive twisting emerging from within the cancerous and irresistible beauty of the sonic war swallowing the senses.

There is also a touch of Coilguns and Pigs to The Pissing Link EP, all great spices dissected and part of the Shaving the Werewolf uniqueness. This is a great release from a great band, not much more to say…

The Pissing Link EP is out now via Negative Vibe Records.

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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Lithium Dawn – Tearing Back The Veil I: Ascension

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Whether people describe Lithium Dawn as progressive rock or progressive metal, the Californian band’s sound somewhere in between, neither suitably describes the sonic kaleidoscope that turns new album Tearing Back The Veil I: Ascension into one of the year’s major treats. Creating an emprise of aural imagination built upon a vast array of styles and flavours, band and album fascinate and enthral throughout their second full-length. The album’s canvas is certainly seeded in progressive adventure but from there it blossoms into an evolving adventure sure to excite fans of anyone from Karnivool and Tool to TesseracT and Opeth to Circles and Voyager, and that still barely covers all of the lures laid by the outstanding Tearing Back The Veil I: Ascension.

The successor to debut album AION of 2012, Tearing Back The Veil I: Ascension is the result of new growth and bolder invention fuelling the Lithium Dawn sound. Formed by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Ondrej Tvarozek and drummer/programmer Matt Benoit, a pair who first met way back in 2004 on an online message board, the band released their first album to eager praise, it recorded with the help of new member bassist/guitarist Jens Marcelis. It was a potent start from which the band has impressively blossomed further, all the thick evidence there within their stunning new release.

The album opens with the track Tearing Back the Veil and instantly wraps ears in djent inspired predation aligned to flowing and suggestive keys spun by Aaron Gage. There is immediate drama to the start which never abates even as the track’s atmosphere becomes mellower yet cloudier and its air more sultry and exotic around the impressing tones of Tvarozek. That theatre also comes with a classic rock toning, a scent colluding with Porcupine Tree like elegance and Periphery like technical ferocity as the track evolves within the ears.

LD DIGI COVER FULL_RingMaster Review   It is an enthralling and gripping opening to the album matched by the tantalising majesty of Ascension. Emerging straight out of the alluring breath of its predecessor, the song is quickly weaving into its creative agenda reggae spiced melodic and rhythmic temptation with pulsating echoes of dub ingenuity. Potently backed by the voice of Gage, Tvarozek quickly has ears bending the way of his inviting delivery whilst the senses become enveloped by the intimately haunting yet celestial ambience of keys and guitars. The track is an engrossing endeavour with creative snarls making another seriously enticing aspect to the crystalline character of the track.

The individual craft of the band is as stirring and impressive as the sonic poetry they cast and welcoming to additional enterprise like that of guest guitarist Sithu Aye who brings a gripping solo to Point of No Return. The song twists and turns as it seduces ears and imagination, the great volatility of its jagged scenery and imposing attitude perfectly merged with its harmonic heart and melodic tempting. Confrontational and seductively immersive in equal measure, the track is a tapestry of creative imagination and emotive exploration spun in a web of diverse flavours and tones. At times it is jazzy, in other moments an emotive croon, and at times even an aggressively imposing incitement, but from start to finish it simply beguiles.

An already happy appetite for the release is made greedier still by the following Decimator, a primal but majestic involvement of the senses which flows seamlessly through again contrasts in texture and sonic attitude to entice and thrill. Throughout it can be as bestial as a Meshuggah offering and as warmly seductive as an instrumental flight with Heights, and with another guest in Plini providing a potent solo, it powerfully intrigues and pleases before making way for the darker shadows and emotion of Selfcollapse. Immediately a hue of turbulence lines its opening tempting, gaining thicker persuasion as guitars and bass sculpt a tempestuous canvas for vocal flames and the mesmeric lure of keys to share the track’s evocative narrative upon. Again there is the sense of a predator to the nature and tone of the outstanding track, prowling and urging with invasive bait as a melodic haunting permeates thoughts and emotions.

The pair of Synchronicity, with its otherworldly serenade, and the lively lapping of the senses that is Tidal keep ears and pleasure full with their unique natures and imaginative portraits in sound whilst Spires cradles the listener in melodic arms and inviting melancholic strings within another multi-coloured immersion of sound and ethereal temptation. All three absorb and transfix, successes matched by the mazy entangling of contrasting yet fluidly aligning textures and sonic colours that is Labyrinthian and after that by the mystique charged, sonically fiery B’ak’tun, which is set up firstly by the shamanic coaxing of short piece Incantation. As proven here and time and time again across the album, words only give a glimpse of the richness in sound and invention making up the tracks within Tearing Back The Veil I: Ascension, and as shown by B’ak’tun too, just when you think you have it all, another listen unveils a little more to the alchemy conjuring such intensively immersive incitements.

The album is brought to a close by the gentle romance on ears of Horizon and finally the brief atmospheric grumble of Edge of the Earth, confrontation and beauty merged for a closing instrumental exploration. It sums up the whole album, contrasting tones and layers wrapped in evocative expression to spark mind and body into full involvement.

To simplify it all, Tearing Back the Veil I: Ascension is a gorgeous album; one demanding of your time and concentration but rewarding with one of the year’s biggest triumphs.

Tearing Back the Veil I: Ascension is out now @ http://lithiumdawn.bandcamp.com

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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Soundscapism Inc. – Self Titled EP

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As for so many, a definite loss was felt when Portuguese / Finnish project Vertigo Steps went on a ‘hiatus’ with no indication of whether it would ever return. This was band which never quite hit the spotlights it deserved but was no stranger to acclaim across a trio of albums alone taking the listener on impressive progressive/ambient nurtured melodic metal adventures. It seemed like the band founder, Berlin based Portuguese musician Bruno A., needed to take time out to regroup and reflect, but whatever the reason for the band being put on ‘hold’, the wait for new immersive adventure is now at an end as the musician returns with his new solo project Soundscapism Inc. and a fascinating self-titled debut EP.

In many ways, the project is a natural progression to Vertigo Steps, the music within the EP seeded in the mellower atmospheric moments of that band. The new seven track encounter is an evolution of that swiftly honing its own individual character though, revealing new exploration in songwriting and sound through bolder and even more suggestive and intimately instrumental landscapes. Similarly an even more potent cinematic air emerges across the rich emotively hued and electronically/acoustically honed proposals making up the release too. Being the creation of Bruno A. unsurprisingly there is a definite Vertigo Steps breath to the music seducing ears but employed in a proposition revealing thicker uniqueness of its own.

Soundscapism Inc. EP_RingMaster Review     The EP opens with The Breath Of Life And All Things The Sky Looked Upon, a song instantly cradling ears in the gentle smile of keys and as quickly the intriguing coaxing of guitar. Straight away an emotional suggestiveness washes over the imagination, the dreamy air of the song blessed with celestial harmonies and angelic keys as a dark stringed romance adds to its spatial. It is a merger of shadows and warmth which suggests a personal reflection being shared, and in the imagination sparks thoughts and feelings of a lone soul beneath an expansive heaven reaching sky.

It is a mesmeric start continued by The Quiet Grand and its more earth bound atmosphere around perpetually evolving scenery of spicy blues rock flames, shoegaze calm, and post rock ambience, to slim down the creative countryside on offer. With transfixing ingredients such as the ebow, mellotron, and celesta amongst more expected instrumentation the release is a tapestry of sound and temptation; a weave sublimely blossomed in the second track and again in its successor Tomorrow´s Yesterdays. There is an introspective feel to the melancholic charm and elegant embrace of the song, keys and acoustic prowess alone like a knowing nod at the kind of emotions and thoughts inspired by lonely surroundings and experiences all have felt in some form or other.

Sommerregen is next, its initial firm rhythms the lead to a refreshing emotional stroll through a summers caress; like a jaunt through warm rain and subsequent sultry rays of sun as thoughts contemplate the beauty of it all. The craft and imagination of Bruno A. again lays like a knowledgeable hand on ears and appetite, his invention building a lazy rewarding day into a festival of energy and enticement blessed, amongst many things, by a brooding bassline and Pretenders-esque melodic enterprise.

The darker shadows and ethereal flight of Planetary Dirt is equally as bewitching, its mix of melodic radiance and more portentous hues a skilful persuasion woven through an array of flavoursome elements. The vocal sample for personal tastes does not quite work but in its brief appearance makes no impact on the glory of the piece. Another masterful element of song and all tracks is how none are cluttered or over busy, yet Bruno A. involves strikingly intricate and tenacious resourcefulness in all, the emotion and poetry of the sounds doing the story telling rather than the technical craft others might over indulge in.

With the flirtatious beauty and comforting radiant wash of Eucaliptus Song (Lullabye For Summer´s End) and the blues scented and sentiment fuelled Alone In Every Crowd, the EP comes to a captivating and enthralling close. Again the pair offers a kaleidoscope of sound and creative hints which provides the imagination with a new tale to conjure with every listen but equally an emotional tempting that instantly bares the honest heart of the song.

With guest contributions from violinist Sharalalanda Laya and double-bassist Aki Heikinheimo, Bruno A. has returned as inventive as ever. Soundscapism Inc. is not a substitute for Vertigo Steps but a brand new protagonist for ears and emotions to contemplate and deeply immerse within. Certainly fans of his previous proposal will be thrilled by the new EP but so too all fans of ambience built, cinematically coloured, and emotionally cultured rock music.

The Soundscapism Inc. EP is out now @

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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Conquer Rio – Be My Lady

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Taken from their recently released self-titled EP, Be My Lady is a stirring and magnetic lure into the melodic prowess of UK band Conquer Rio. The new single is a blaze of pop rock as infectious as it is evocatively impassioned in sound and voice, the kind of back-up to an initial introduction sure to round up another horde of eager and happy fans.

Conquer Rio artwork_RingMaster Review     The seeds of the band in many ways go back to “a pair of children meeting in nursery for the first time.” They were Tom Jordan and Lewis Melia who linked up years later to form Conquer Rio in 2011. Taking inspirations from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic, The Script, The Killers, Foo Fighters, and Arcade Fire into their own invention, the Warrington hailing band has increasingly drawn attention and support over the past years. The playing of the Etihad Stadium Magic Weekend twice, the Old Trafford Super League Grand Final in 2013, and supporting Scouting for Girls at the Warrington Music Festival are amongst their highlights to date; the release of their EP and now new single sure to rank up there as moments sparking new spotlights upon the band.

With a line-up of Jake Bate, Dan Cobley, and Ben Roberts alongside Jordan and Melia, Conquer Rio swiftly have ears enticed through a great opening bassline, its throaty lure soon joined by a spicy blues web cast by guitars and emotively strong vocals. The potent start only intensifies through a quickly upon ears rousing chorus, its infectiousness spreading to other elements of the song as things blossom into  familiar yet unpredictable temptation. From a gentle but inviting start the track continues to grow and build towards a tenaciously anthemic roar of a climax, and fair to say if early on only ears are involved in the song by its end Be My Lady has the whole body rocking and roaring along.

It is true that there are no major surprises within Be My Lady but also that Conquer Rio offer a track which has their creative character all over it, attributes only confirmed by the EP spawning the single. This is a band heading towards another busy year in 2016 and with songs like Be My Lady a very successful one.

Be My Lady is out now with the Conquer Rio EP available @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/conquer-rio-ep/id1041643121

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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An Elegy unveil new “Ghost” Video

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UK metalcore band An Elegy have unveiled the new video for their track Ghost. The song comes from the band’s debut EP, Embrace The Rain which is available now through their Bandcamp account.

The quintet are certainly causing some serious waves within the British metal underground, backing up an increasing reputation and stature with a live hunger which has seen An Elegy living on the road over past months and drawing further acclaim their way.

They are a band on the march with new single/video Ghost a potent weapon in their armoury.

Check out the video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhIYYf5TdOM and current news about the band @ https://www.facebook.com/ANELEGY

An Elegy will be hitting the UK with a series of dates in 2016.

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