Huron – The Dead Stay Dead

Photo by Leigh Drinkwater Photography

Photo by Leigh Drinkwater Photography

It will not be the first time that UK metallers Huron will have majorly stirred up acclaim and attention with a release but their stunning new album, The Dead Stay Dead is surely going to ensure that the band is regarded as one of the big boys from hereon in. As mentioned, previous encounters have all drawn strong support and praise from media and fans alike but their new and easily finest proposal to date is a band reshaping and igniting not only their own creative landscape but the metal scene around them.

Formed towards the end of 2007, Plymouth hailing Huron has worked through many line-ups changes which seem to have only help spark new potency and power in their fusion of progressive, thrash, and melodic metal and the increasingly impressive releases it fuelled. Debut album Cheyne Stoking lured strong praise and focus with its release in 2009, the band’s live reputation only being enhanced as they toured the UK in support. Its successor Mary Celeste whipped up an even feistier storm of acclaim across fans and media in 2011, its success matched a year later by the War Party EP. Performances at the likes of Download, Bulldog Bash, and Bloodstock followed whilst a British tour with Skindred was just one more live triumph to add to shows with bands such as One Machine, Onslaught, Evile, Alestorm, Ill Niño, and Viking Skull over the years. As the outstanding The Dead Stay Dead lights an expected touch paper to the strongest spotlights upon the band yet, this year looks set to emulate and surpass the successful twelve months the band had in 2015 and show Huron to be the new big roar in modern metal.

Mixed and mastered by Justin Hill (SikTh) and produced by guitarist Rimmy Sinclair, The Dead Stay Dead opens with The Ark Of Deucalion. A provocative sonic mist first wraps ears before intensive riffery from Sinclair and Chris Smith descends venomously on the senses driven by the barbarous beats of drummer David Parsons and the predatory throaty lures of Rohan James’ bass. It is a swiftly compelling and anthemic incitement built on the contagion of thrash but quickly showing the hefty weave of textures and styles now in the Huron sound as it evolves under the antagonistic roar of vocalist Sean Palmer, who has since left the band with James taking over the vocal spot. Darkly celestial harmonies only add to the drama within the blazing cauldron of craft and intensity, at times the track almost like a merger of Slayer, Devin Townsend, and now demised UK band Mishkin.

Huron Cover artwork_RingMaster ReviewThe striking start is soon eclipsed by the album’s title track, The Dead Stay Dead a predator quickly stalking ears and imagination with its scything rhythms and sizzling tendrils of sonic spice. Vocals assault and ripen the appetite as the song matches their bait with aggressive kind but it is when the track slips into something more melodically comfortable with clean vocals to match, that a great song opens its full temptation. It is irresistible, an ugly duckling evolving into blooming beauty and back with Jekyll And Hyde frequency for the thickest contagion.

Santa Muerte slips in next with a sinister climate and grievous intent in its rhythms and riffs. As in its predecessors, tortuously swinging grooves bind ears and an already greedy appetite whilst the raw vocal tones collude with the open animosity in the thrash bred and increasingly dynamic ferocity devouring the senses. Exhaustion and joy is the by-product of the blistering encounter, ears basking in the melodic enterprise searing their flesh and the rapacious imagination seducing their depths before both Pyschosis and Murder Hole unleash their venomous rancor and creative rabidity. The first of the two is a thunderous onslaught with a death thrash tendency to its equally tenacious weave of infection loaded flavours and ideation. Infused further by the burning prowess of guitars and solo it makes for one glorious collision between song and lust emulated again in its successor, a song which wraps itself in more recognisable thrash spices a la Metallica and proceeds to twist and re-weave those flavours into something far more primal and inventive with another dose of excellent clean vocal adding to the great diversity.

Managing to be brutish and seductive, the mouth-watering Despina feverishly rampages on ears like a cultured barbarian next whilst Bastard King emerges from atmospheric shadows to infest body and psyche with its sonic trespasses and rhythmic predation like a vampiric temptress taking the imagination on a ride through the darkest fearsome scenery. Both again are individual in their nature and bodies but united in igniting the passion with their invasive and imposingly addictive adventures through they are slightly outshone by the merciless virulence of The Spirit Of Hate & Vengeance. Like Black Dahlia Murder meets System Of A Down with Bloodsimple in close attention, to try and give a hint to its insatiable tempest, the track is manna to the metal feeding passions and for personal tastes the king amongst only great warriors on the album.

With the militant natured Bokanovsky’s Process and the flaming progressive subtlety of Solace, band and album continue to beat and thrill; the cunning twists and resourceful stalking of the senses by the first contrasted by the melodically poetic and cantankerously intrusive might of the second. Again each song has its own creative agenda and voice to keep the rich variety to the album flowing before Fresh & Thorns brings The Dead Stay Dead to a fearsomely rugged and invigoratingly rousing close. There is a hint of Mudvayne to the violent wantonness and canny maze of biting textures of the track, yet as everywhere any hints offered to songs in reference to others are slim hues in something uniquely Huron.

It has been a fair while between albums but the time has seen Huron escalate their craft, imagination, and fiercely flavoured confrontation of sound. The Dead Stay Dead is the proof from a band ready and undoubtedly equipped to take on the world.

The self-released The Dead Stay Dead is available from February 12th through all platforms and outlets.

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Pete RingMaster 11/02/2016

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Dangerego – Special Dreamer

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This month sees the release via Sliptrick Records of Special Dreamer, the latest album from Italian rock band Dangerego. This is a band that has seemingly become a potent presence on the underground scene of their homeland but escaped wider awareness…until now that is as it is easy to see their latest proposal igniting global bred attention. It is an enthralling and increasingly compelling collection of songs fuelled by their “alternative/ post grunge” sound. In fact the band’s music is a tapestry of diverse and flavoursome styles across many genres woven into a proposition which is simply rumbling, fiery rock ‘n’ roll.

Formed in 2005, the Florence bred quintet emerged from a union of musicians from the city already experienced from playing in the likes of Terrametèa, Bleff, Chèquers, and Florence New Grass. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Black Sabbath, Faith No More, and Audioslave, the band soon made a potent impact on the local live scene, playing some of the most prestigious venues of Tuscany such as Viper Theatre, The Cage Club, and Borderline over time, as well as numerous festivals and sharing stages with bands such as Heike Has The Giggles, Calibro 35, and Maniscalco Maldestro. The band self-released their debut album Autopsy in 2011, it finding more success with a re-release two years later through Atomic Stuff. The autumn of 2014 saw Dangerego touring the US and playing Fall Jam Fest with bands such as Otherwise whilst last year they began working on Special Dreamer and linked up with Sliptrick Records for its uncaging.

The album quickly grabs ears and imagination with opener The Death of Thoughts, Pt. 1, an acoustic caress with electronic shadows that instantly reveals the alluring strength of band’s songwriting and the potency of Flavio Angelini’s vocal prowess. It is a mesmeric start which even at a handful of seconds over a minute in length has thoughts and attention firmly gripped and ready for the following tempting of Blackheart Hotel. Riffs straight away entangle ears with a bluesy spicing whilst rhythms forge a punchy welcome, both continuing to impose their weight as vocals and inflamed melodies get bound in fiery grooves and salacious hooks. There is a touch of Soundgarden to the encounter, a scent of Kyuss too, but predominantly here and across the album the one band which most comes to mind is Life of Agony, though undoubtedly Dangerego create something wholly individual to them.

art_RingMaster ReviewBarely a moment passes before the second song becomes the third, Everything Comes to Life a sister temptress to its predecessor but soon exploring its own emotive depths as the infectious rhythms of drummer Massimiliano Innocenti work on hips and the grooves and melodies of guitarists Enrico Francesca and Lorenzo Giusti enslave ears. Once more hooks are in appealing abundance but finely honed to sneakily line the tenacious body and anthemic pull of the song where the moody basslines of Claudio Zucchelli is as much thick bait as anything within the sultry blaze of rock ‘n’ roll.

Special Dream allows a moment to catch a breath, its initial melodic and vocal serenade soaked in reflective emotion and poetic melodies but soon it too is a robustly dynamic and a creatively incendiary offering firing up an even greater hunger for the release in an already easily persuaded appetite. Vocalist Angelini continues to impress and captivate as forcibly as the canvas of evocative and again enjoyably imposing sounds around him, even in the quieter reflective moments mid-way through the song.

I’ll Stand Here tantalises and entices with its melodic amble next, though of course it too has impassioned and sonic outbursts in its stoner/grunge hued and melodic rock coloured presence before Winter’s Come steps up to reveal its boisterous blues rock spiced rock ‘n’ roll. Expectations at this point are for songs to twist and turn through an array of flavours, and the broodingly catchy offering is no exception nor the riveting Red Dawn with its funk bred bassline and the predatory nature of riffs and prowling grooves. The noir lit track is glorious, a canvas for the imagination to run with and an enthused body to get eagerly involved with.

With another moment to relax as the emotive charm of Euphony with its classically aired keys and thick emotions takes over to further captivate, there is no escaping the diversity of sound and resourcefulness of inventive craft across the album, the last trio of songs alone rich proof, and it only continues as the dark hearted and grippingly volatile Black Soul steps forward next. From a haunted, melancholy drenched slow opening, the track erupts into a cauldron of intensive energy and ferocious drama. From the predatory bass to the scything rhythms and the searing grooves to the heart driven vocals, it is a devouring fire of magnetic songwriting and bracing persuasion that only leaves a want for more.

The Road to Stockholm also has a haunting climate to its almost vaudevillian theatre of evolving sound, its great success backed by the roar of A Trail of Tears with its flirtatious hooks and Poets Of The Fall like character. Both songs again inspire full involvement, one of the many potent aspects of the album shown again in the seemingly but indefinably familiar and bewitching Broken Bones with its electronic devilment around another imaginative sonic web sprung from the strings of both guitarists.

Completed by The Death of Thoughts, Pt. 2, the companion bookend to the opener, Special Dreamer is a masterful and thoroughly thrilling encounter which only grows in temptation and stature with every listen. Like us you may not have heard of Dangerego before but the time is ripe to change that and to prevent the secret from being allowed to go on. For stylish and imaginative melodic rock woven from its various guises, there will surely be few releases this year to outshine Special Dreamer.

Special Dreamer is out now via Sliptrick Records.

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Pete RingMaster 11/02/2016

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Day Old Hate – First Light

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Recently Oliver Swift, vocalist of UK alternative rock band Day Old Hate said of their new release, “We wanted to write better songs then we ever had before,” going on to add that “Making brave decisions and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone was a must; it was an intense experience – we pushed ourselves to write the best Rock record we could. Overall, it feels like a more authentic representation of Day Old Hate than anything that’s come before.” It is fair to say that First Light more than backs up his words and the band’s intent with its quintet of rousing and dramatically dynamic songs. The EP simply hits the spot, fulfilling the band’s early potential whilst still suggesting there is plenty more to come and be discovered ahead.

Formed in 2012, the Leeds band made their first attention grabbing proposal with the Distances EP a year later. Recorded with Dan Lancaster (Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox), the encounter was a well-received introduction backed by their potent live presence and subsequently the Dan Mizen (Twin Atlantic, Bring Me The Horizon) recorded single Tides in 2014. Last year saw Day Old Hate release the video to Tides and be premiered as BBC Introducing’s track of the week in the February before going on their first UK headlining tour in April and releasing second video for the single Living Without You, again to strong support. It is easy to sense though that things are going to get far busier for the band with the release of First Light which they recorded late last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead); it an impressive declaration of a band growing fully into their sound and breaking open the imagination to new adventure and creative exploits.

First Light Artwork_RingMaster ReviewFirst Light hits ears with its title track first, enveloping them in a rich spicy guitar coaxing before pungent rhythms and attitude loaded riffs join the affair. It is a potent invitation which only blossoms further as the song relaxes into a muscular stroll graced by the quickly impressing tones of Swift and prowled by the deliciously dark, almost predatory bass line of Josh Flynn. With rapier like strikes from drummer Ed Dennis, there is no escaping the imposing nature of the song yet its forcefulness is tempered perfectly by the melodic and fiery enterprise of guitarists Ben Fletcher and Will Smith, from riffs to hooks and incisive grooves, their imagination as dynamic as rhythms are commanding and vocals highly persuasive.

There is a touch of Mallory Knox to the band’s sound in certainly the opener filtering through the EP and for less obvious reasons a Jimmy Eat World essence but Day Old Hate only allow them to flavour something which though maybe not boldly unique is certainly distinctly theirs, more evidence coming swiftly in second track Secrets. There is a less aggressive nature to the song than in its predecessor but it still provides a mighty punch on the senses and an inflamed roar on ears potently led by the strong vocal strains of Swift. The tapestry of sound and ideation is again unpredictable and skilfully woven whilst providing an easily accessible and boisterous proposal easy to get involved in, just as the following contagious canter that is Fifteen where jabbing hooks and spicy melodies collude in an addictive lure as the vocals add emotive tenacity. The relatively reserved beginning subsequently erupts into a virulently charged bellow before returning to start the brewing success all over again resulting in a thumping anthem of energy and captivation which almost alone makes First Light a must look at.

Minutes, Hours, Days dances on ears next with its driving riffs and eager revelry, coaxing the listener into another healthy involvement before Don’t Chase Me closes the EP with arguably its catchiest offering, though all qualify in some way. With mellow reflections around infectious strolls, the song is a magnetic slice of pop rock easy to see netting a fresh catch of new eager ears on its own.

Day Old Hate has grown as a band, founding new depths in all areas which only command attention as evidenced by First Light. As suggested it feels like the tap has only just been turned on though with the potential of even bolder and richer adventures to come as the band builds on the suspected big success of their latest heftily enjoyable encounter.

First Light is released worldwide on Feb 12th across most online stores.

Upcoming Day Old Hate live dates:

19/02/16 – Black Heart, Camden

20/02/16- The Key Club, Leeds

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Pete RingMaster 11/02/2016

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