It Came From Beneath – The Last Sun EP

 pic by Ad Rien

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Formed in 2010, It Came From Beneath is a French band which sparked eager attention with their debut album in 2013. Fuelled with violent yet rousing strains of deathcore, the release quickly incited broader recognition of the Lyon quintet, success backed by the band taking their ferocious live presence further across Europe. Now the band cements their place to the fore of the extreme metal scene with latest EP, and finest moment to date, The Last Sun. It is a five track tempest of swinging virulence and ravenous hostility; a brutal savaging of the senses built on raw power but shaped with imaginative twists and deft touches of infectious invention.

It Came From Beneath showed early signs of the beast within their sound and creativity with their self-titled debut EP that first year but it was the album When No Light Remains which took the band from the eager support of French fans and the country’s underground scene into European pastures. The album was an impressive leap forward from its predecessor as The Last Sun is to it; their third release honing its adventure and sonic dexterity into one contagious assault on the senses and imagination.

The EP opens with its title track, casting a sonic mist which persistently envelopes ears as raw vocal growls add their menace. Subsequently, the track becomes a raging roar in ears with rhythms nagging and biting as riffs snarl around the now fully fledged guttural fury of vocalist Léo Muller. The guitars of Alexis Merle and Etn Lpz create a potent tempest of sonic aggravation and melodic tempting; their every design singularly or in union seeming to incite increasingly hellacious rhythms and the unforgiving heart of the track. It is compelling stuff with, as proven again and again across the release, new twists and layers being found with every subsequent listen; their unveiling only increasing the intensity and pleasure felt.

ART_RingMaster ReviewThe Burden comes in next on the first breeze of a bracing sonic wind; that initial climate alone making the song a formidable proposition though it is only the forerunner to the insatiable ravaging that follows the cocking of a gun. The scything swings of Julien Ropert literally make the body shudder whilst bassist Nico Colère unleashes predatory bait as invasive and seductive as the bedlamic tempest quickly conjured by guitars and vocals. It is nastily delicious to the ear, an intimidating persuasion that grips body and appetite with its thick catchiness and scars the imagination with its psychotic tone.

An unexpected but admittedly highly agreeable cover of the Iggy Azalea song Work is the next to devour ears. Employing engaging melodies, the band soon disarms doubts before uncaging the kind of mercurial provocation now expected of them, entwining both striking textures across an epidemic of stabbing riffs, bestial rhythms, and infectious revelry. The song only leaves rich satisfaction behind though the band’s own compositions are where the might of the EP lies as shown by the final pair of reworked songs.

Originally found on the band’s first EP, Broken End is reassessed and re-ignited with the obvious maturity and craft that has blossomed in the band, the track breaching new ferocious heights and revelling in the sure hands now shaping its mercurial prowess. Still retaining the muggy mayhem of its first outing, it has grown into a predator of a proposal, an unbridled stalking and devouring of the senses demanding lusty attention; a quality also nurtured in the updated rancor of The Answer Remains Unknown. From the band’s album, it too has been twisted into a leaner but keener edged trespass on body and psyche as grooves collude with searing sonic spite and rhythmic barbarity, it all coaxed and inflamed by the excellent vocal assault of Muller and band.

The Last Sun is not re-inventing or reshaping the deathcore wheel but it is more proof, even with a cover and two re-workings of old songs alongside new incitements, that It Came From Beneath is one of the fresh breaths and gripping propositions that lie within extreme metal and deserving of proper attention.

The Last Sun EP is out now @ https://itcamefrombeneath.bandcamp.com/album/the-last-sun-ep

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Pete RingMaster 26/01/2016

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Bad Mary – We Could Have Saved The World EP

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With the Killing Dinosaurs EP still regularly toying with ears, US rockers Bad Mary are poised to release its successor in the tasty shape of We Could Have Saved The World. Providing another half dozen slices of seventies pop punk merged with the broader adventure of alternative rock, the EP is a stirring roar for ears and emotions whilst continuing the band’s emergence as one highly flavoursome rock ‘n’ roll band.

From their early days as a band brought together by Hofstra University’s professor of drama and guitarist David Henderson, Bad Mary has grown into an attention grabbing proposal. In a regular process every semester, Henderson put together a band with students to play a bunch of covers. It was 2010 when vocalist Amanda Mac and bassist/vocalist Mike Staub were those invited to be part, a trio which has stayed together since. Madame X, as it was called then, did see a few changes before Amanda’s father, veteran drummer Bill Mac, linked up to swing sticks. Inspired by bands such as Blondie, The Ramones, Green Day, and No Doubt amongst others, the band then began working on its own material. A name change led to Bad Mary being officially launched in 2012 with debut album Better Days coming two years later to strong acclaim. Its release turned keen local attention into something embracing a broader landscape not only across the US but further afield. Last year’s Killing Dinosaurs EP only cemented and pushed on their breakthrough which We Could Have Saved The World can only ignite further.

art_RingMaster ReviewThe rock ‘n’ roll frenzy starts with Creeper, the track a feisty and energetic burst of punk ‘n’ roll with Amanda’s vocals as direct and alluring as ever. With punchy beats and fiery guitar, the song continues to stomp with attitude loaded feet and a hard rock like aggressiveness; perpetually involving body and appetite whilst setting the listener eagerly up for the excellent roar of Marz Attaqx. Like The Rezillos meets The Objex, it is a contagiously irresistible slab of pop punk, quickly getting full involvement from hips and voice as Amanda again rules the speakers whilst rhythms jab and riffs get under the skin, the track’s hooks digging even deeper to complete the virulent slavery.

The rhythmic coaxing opening up the following Trouble is equally irresistible, its lures leading into the fiery heavy rock throes of winy grooves courted by the melodic caresses of Amanda’s mischievous vocals. As it broadens its lively stroll and magnetic landscape, a rich No Doubt spicing tempts without defusing the Bad Mary character of the song. Again there is a lining of attitude which demands attention whilst the flames of classic rock guitar bring extra flavour before the rapacious rocker makes way for the gentler hug of Cloud 9. Shadow wrapped pulses of bass tempers enticing vocals, whilst firm yet respectful beats align to the sultry glaze of guitar, all uniting for an enjoyable if low key, in comparison to its rowdier companions, proposal.

Meanwhile is back snarling and creating a riotous time with its raw punk air and nature though hooks and rhythms again collude to create the catchiest of times led by the rebellious vocals of Amanda and Mike. Brief and to the point as it continues the bracing potency of the EP, the excellent encounter swaps places with the similarly anthemic and antagonistic When You Think of Me. It is a final punk rock roaring to beat chests and defy the world with, bringing We Could Have Saved The World to a tenacious and galvanic end.

Bad Mary continues to get stronger, bolder, and more essential in the modern realm of punk ‘n’ roll; the evidence is all there within We Could Have Saved The World.

The We Could Have Saved The World EP is released 1st February.

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Pete RingMaster 26/01/2016

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