Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O – Are You Land or Water

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Are You Land or Water is like a colouring book for the imagination; the template is there in its inspiration and themes but each track within the new album from Norwegian band Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, is as much an adventure to self conjure as an atmospheric and evocative landscape to explore. The six track incitement immerses the senses then grows in thoughts; each of its proposals a unique art rock seducing awash with warmly invasive ambiences and when united a release which has body and emotions enraptured.

Part of Are You Land or Water was inspired by the Barbarossa Cave in the Kyffhäuser region of Germany and behind it the myth of Frederick Barbarossa – former German monarch and Roman Emperor of the twelfth century – who is said to slumber within these caverns in a palace beneath the Kyffhäuser hills where his beard grows in circles around the table at which he rests. He is said to be waiting until either he can reign once more over a unified Germany or till the end of the world; whichever arrives first. Its beauty made a potent impact upon the band’s main creative force, Alexander Kloster-Jensen (Alex K), his visit coinciding with the fermentation period of ideas for the album to come. Talking about its theme, Alex said of the album “Are You Land or Water is about tension, and describes the states of passive and active. You cannot be the two at the same time, but the two states are equally important.” They are dynamics which play skilfully throughout the release, and again essences which simply spark ears and imagination into creative responses.

The album opens with Barbarossa (Fire Birth) and its swift compulsive lure of rhythms. Metronomic beats and a heavy dark bassline instantly enslave attention and an ever ready appetite for brooding post punk, steely eyed temptation. In the shadows slithers of sound and percussive skittishness also play, their often tribal flirtation bringing a scent of eighties bands like King Trigger to mind before the rapacious sonic trespass of guitars electrifies the compelling jungle of sound with their intimidating breath. The track is irresistible; its instrumental canvas inescapably gripping and raw sonic air scintillating.

KKKMO_Gatefold_RingMaster ReviewThe following Saleph (The Voyage) pulls the listener into a magnetic electronic stroll with melodic guitar ripples and the seductive tempering of rhythms. Once more electro imagination brews a host of provocative spots of noise across the track’s suggestive sea, each adding more colour and intrigue for the imagination to play with. As with its predecessor and songs to come, there is a great repetitive coaxing working on the psyche, a polite nagging that holds an already greedier appetite fast as rhythms dance and guitars cast their sail in the besetting sonic flight.

Going Forth By Day is the first to offer a vocal texture and narrative to the release, the track another with eighties hues which engage like a blend of The The and David Byrne. Instantly infectious with a great cast of shadows to its atmosphere and broody rhythms, the frequently evolving song is instinctively mesmeric with its celestial harmonies within a sultry climate. It provides a persistent sparking of thoughts with its fresh reflective excursion before Are You Land Or Water (The Deluge) invites feet and hips into its funk ‘n’ roll shuffle with again resonating beats and stirring dynamics colluding with vibrant yet melancholy laced emotion and lively enterprise.

Another inspired by those aforementioned caves and legend, Kyffhäuser (The Path) is a psych rock infused instrumental with again that grounding of sublime repetition and mythical drama; all low key but potent in their capture of ears and adventure forging thoughts. The track tantalises from first to last breath, its slightly predacious bassline within an intoxicating warm sonic mystery making for another masterful collusion of contrasts to become deeply involved in and linger in contemplation with.

The album is completed by the expansive spatial delving of Europa (First Light), the track like a celestial dawning and examination within a subdued yet tempestuous ethereal flight drawing the listener towards an introspective single hearted croon. The vastness of the contrasts and extremes is fascinating, their bewitching and surprising merger a darkly tranquil and hugely stimulating proposition.

Are You Land or Water is one of those encounters providing new adventure with every listen; it’s often minimalistic landscapes as powerful and persuasive as its involved atmospheres and poetic ambiences. Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O has provided the year with an early treat, now we suggest you do the same for your imagination and ears.

Are You Land or Water is out now via House of Mythology @ http://houseofmythology.com/releases/view/kkkmo-are-you-land-or-water

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Pete RingMaster 25/01/2016

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Wolfhorde – Towards The Gate Of North

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Like a warrior bold in its conflicts and proud of its beauty loaded landscape, the debut album from Finnish folk metallers Wolfhorde is an attention grabbing and imagination sparking confrontation. Towards The Gate Of North is a weave of melodic elegance and impassioned folk bred charm aligned to contrasting Viking roars and dark trespasses in word and sound. Fair to say band and album stride the familiar inspirations of Nordic and Viking mythology but twisted into adventures and creative lures which are forcibly fresh and individual to Wolfhorde.

Hailing from Keuruu, Wolfhorde formed around the year 2000 as a quartet and after a couple of demos or so, began majorly sparking intrigue and broader fan support with the EPs Deathknot and Nyvinland in 2010 and 2012 respectively. It is fair to say that the band’s first album has been a bit of a highly anticipated offering for a great many, and the trio of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Werihukka, drummer/vocalist Hukkapätkä, and bassist Nuoskajalka are about to put themselves on the metal map with their voracious release.

Themed from “sad and gruesome stories about the end of the world in the Viking heritage and mythology”, Towards The Gates of North begins its journey from “the beginning of the end on to the beginning of a new world” with the instrumental Vegvísir. From its first touch, warm acoustic caresses collude with pulsating beats in a seductive call; traditional and melodically poetic essences emerging to paint a portrait of a vast beauty soaked landscape coloured with warm and cold climates with matching emotions. It is an inviting yet shadow kissed introduction to the album’s emprise potently awakening appetite and imagination ready for the more tempestuous Fimbulvetr. Swiftly it is rhythmically bolder and firmer, Hukkapätkä and Nuoskajalka unveiling an anthemic yet intimidating web around which the keys and guitars of Werihukka share their suggestiveness. Things darken again as Hukkapätkä’s bearish throat scarring vocals add their uncompromising impact yet melodies and a shamanic tempting radiate and evolve in response as the track immerses ears in a transfixing incitement.

Wolfhorde_-_Towards_The_Gates_of_North_RingMaster ReviewThe creative and evocative drama of the first pair continues through Taivaankappaleiden Kato next, the track arguably a more expected folk metal charge with TÝR and Ensiferum like textures adding rugged hues to again alluring melodic and traditional qualities which from start to finish help give the album a rousingly celebratory yet unpredictable and enjoyable deceitful character. It is a great quality which, even in more familiar sounding songs like this, offers something individual to Wolfhorde, as proven again by the outstanding Death Long-Due and its mix of clanging iron like textures and mischievously appealing melodies sculpted from another great blend of traditional and electric enterprise.

Through the theatrical pomp and boisterous roar of The Retribution and the dark invasive charm of Unyielding, the album has hips and imagination enslaved. The first is a rousing revelry swiftly inciting feisty bodies and energy to get fully involved whilst its successor provides a melancholy aired saunter through dark scenery with prowling shadows linked to turns of galvanic revelling in turn bonded to ferocious provocation. The song in many ways epitomises the album, its twists and turns defying expectations whilst sculpting an adventure keeping ears and thoughts on their eager toes.

Boundless Agony is no exception, the raw delivery of Hukkapätkä’s vocals the strongest contrast to the swinging merriment of melodies and devilish hooks as feistier urgency and antagonistic elements bond with the band roar and the increasingly volatile nature of the exotically hued song in general. Another major highlight within Towards The Gate Of North, it catches the breath before the kicky exploits of the superb Lycomania run wild with rhythmic rabidity and sonic devilment. As all tracks within the album, it is a fiery contagion of sound and creative tempting, and as all only rewards repeated listens with its gripping invention and innovative contrasting of textures and flavours.

The finest moment of the album also confirms the potency of each member singularly and together, the trio then revealing their richest exploration in the creative trail of closing epic The Gates of North. The nine minute stroll is a full adventure on its own; a provocative and dramatic narrative of sound and tone that twists the imagination with its progressively tinged flight.

With maybe just a small want for more diversity in the vocals to suit personal taste, Towards The Gate Of North leaves ears enriched and pleasure full. It is a striking offering sure to push Wolfhorde into the broadest gaze of folk metal and indeed the metal scene generally; and seriously easy to recommend.

Towards The Gate Of North is out now via Inverse Records.

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Pete RingMaster 25/01/2016

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One Morning Left – Metalcore Superstars

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Metalcore Superstars is the new album from Finnish melodic metalcore band One Morning Left, and our introduction to a sound which quickly you get the marmite factor feeling about in, it breeding love or eager dislike with little in between. As the eleven rousing tracks of the encounter run riot through ears with their bedlamic burst of styles and flavours, we quickly fell into the former opinion and keenly embraced its ferocious mayhem.

It has been three years since the quintet released their seemingly well-received second album Our Sceneration; it’s uncaging in 2013 quickly followed by the band increasing their live presence and hitting stages alongside the likes of like Adept, F*ckface Unstoppable (Bam Margera), Protest The Hero, and We Butter The Bread With Butter and more across Europe. 2014 saw the band begin working on Metalcore Superstars, its creation an extensive affair as the band honed their new ideas into its slightly psychotic character until arriving at the seriously eventful confrontation grabbing ears today.

Maybe the best way to generalise the One Morning Left sound is ravenous metalcore with the punk contagion of Billy Talent, the techno adventure of Silent Descent, and the mischievous prowess of Hollywood Undead; it coming with a hardcore/avant-garde surge of attitude. The result is a full-on and enjoyably unpredictable protagonist, even if one that flirts with a loss of control at times.

art_RingMaster ReviewOpener OML_KVLT sees the band announcing themselves in anthemic style, the vocals of Mika Lahti a busy and tenacious mix backed by those of guitarist Leevi Luoto. Checking out tracks from previous releases, there seems a lighter tone to the creative devilment of One Morning Left this time around with Metalcore Superstars but equally a more rabid snarl to their sonic and lyrical warfare amidst bolder drama to their imagination. The first track continues to stir ears and appetite with its fiery nature and pungent tapestry of flavours, subsequently creating a virulently infectious incitement that chews on the senses.

The following Heavy Metal Finland flirts with nintendocore like bait initially, it’s tempting aligned to vicious growling and broody dynamics which erupt further within the emergence of the tempestuous proposition. Without the constant spark of its predecessor, the track pleases as it toys vocally with heavy and death metal spices as well as similarly varied textures musically; enjoyably backing up the strong start without quite making the same impact.

The guitars of Luoto and Ari Levola aggressively dance with sonic attitude within ¡Derailed! next, but also they are unafraid to unleash some funk seeded flirtation whilst keys engage in a kaleidoscope of electro flavours and atmospheric suggestiveness. All the time moving towards a bruising confrontation, the track provides a galvanic finale within a formidable rhythmic web cast by drummer Niko Hyttinen before the outstanding You’re Dead! Let’s Disco! has body and energies fully involved in thumping aural devilry. Like Hadouken! meets The Browning, the track is a chest beating slab of sonic and vocal defiance again lit by the off-kilter imagination of keys and programming from Veli-Matti Kananen and bracingly driven by his bass lines and the swinging scythes of Hyttinen. Careering on the precipice of psychotic chaos, the track leaves body and emotions bursting with lust, a success matched by The Recipe, it a more controlled but no less forcibly resourceful and deranged web of concussive textures and fascinating theatre.

Kings and Queens throbs and pulsates straight after, its opening a haunted cascade of electronic splatters leading to a warmer toned but more punk bred aggressor as melodically engaging as it is infectiously cantankerous. That Billy Talent air is at its strongest here in a song with an inventive weave maybe less exploratory than others on the album but is still sculpted from a heftily flavoursome torrent of ideas. Its lean take on that thick diversity elsewhere works a treat, providing one more major highlight.

A muggy collage of metal and punk ‘n’ roll colours Fast and Furious 6.66 next, its electronic calms only bringing more intrigue loaded variety to ultimately an enraged bluster of the song whilst Devil’s Nest rumbles and grumbles from a sinister melodic entrance into an exotically hued adventure with duelling contrasts against aligning radiances and hostilities. A dogged but invitingly invigorating swamp of noise and flavour, the track grips attention and eager involvement with its theatre of enterprise leaving the album’s title track to bully and harry senses next, though it too is unafraid to seduce with the beckoning fingers of melodies and harmonies.

A great carnival-esque air comes with the riveting Eternity; the penultimate treat playing with a My Chemical Romance meets AFI hand within its just as potent murderous traits to ingeniously nag and thrill ears before making way for the closing turbulence of Sticks and Stones. Like being rabidly assaulted by a seductive temptress bound with irritable intent and wrapped in orchestral grandeur, the track is one enthralling end to an inescapably magnetic release.

For some, the creative turmoil and bordering on insatiable imagination of Metalcore Superstars may not hit the spot for ears or desires, but it only left us exhaustively wanting more. So be brave and take on the adventure One Morning Left offers with their latest proposal we suggest; it just might ignite your day.

Metalcore Superstars is out now in Finland via Inverse Records with full release from February 22nd in central Europe through Bleeding Nose Records, and across America and Oceania on Imminence Records.

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Pete RingMaster 25/01/2016

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