Calling All Astronauts – Anti-Social Network

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It is easy to have an on-going appetite for a band but not always as simple to keep the fervour of the enthusiasm for their work burning just as brightly, especially as they evolve and move away from the things which first beguiled ears and imagination. With British electro rockers Calling All Astronauts no such problem has existed to date; with each release as they have grown and experimented, they seem to have sparked even more vivacious praise and greed; a success which will only continue with their new album Anti-Social Network.

The eleven track incitement is the CAA sound at its most rounded and mature yet and equally at its most adventurous and diverse. Recently talking about Anti-Social Network, band vocalist and album producer David Bury revealed, “We wanted to make an album we would buy ourselves, that pays homage to our heroes and many influences whilst still sounding like us. I think we’ve just about got there” Get there they did with tracks with harken back to seventies/eighties gothic and electro pop influences whilst uncaging a modern snarl of rock ‘n’ roll with a political and emotional bite as forceful as the virulence which ensures feet and hips are as eager and voracious as ears.

The successor to heavily acclaimed debut album Post Modern Conspiracy, and in turn the singles and EP which followed it, the band’s eagerly awaited second album is the outcome of “20 months of insane creativity that saw the guys locked in their studio for days on end as they wrote, engineered and produced an album that stretched their creativity like never before.” Straight away it makes a potent impact, Living the Dream bringing the album to ears with a poppy yet shadow kissed invitation. Within it, the dark bass lure cast by Paul McCrudden almost prowls ears as a melodic and infectious swing brightly entices around the distinctive stony vocals of Bury. Feet are tapping within the first round of electronic beats whilst hips soon get involved with J Browning’s spicy grooves, the body seduced by the lively contagion which is slightly reminiscent of bands like Modern English and B-Movie.

art_RingMasterReviewIt is a great start quickly eclipsed by the even more addictive Empire. Released as a greedily devoured single towards the end of last year, it immediately runs its tempting fingers across the senses with the moody bait of McCrudden bass and the mouth-watering hooks of Browning, all within an equally captivating electronic climate. Punkish with an alluring irritability to its twists and a scent of aggravation to Bury’s expressive vocals, Empire beguiles body and thoughts, inciting thick involvement from each before making way for the spiky electro punk defiance of Time to Fight Back. With the additional agitated tenacity to spark any dance-floor, the song has the body bouncing as emotions raise a middle-finger to surrounding ills, a touch of Sigue Sigue Sputnik meets Pop Will Eat Itself doing its successful persuasion no harm.

The already familiar Hands Up Who Wants To Die? is the provider of more energetic and contagious exploits, ripe hooks and flaming guitar enterprise lighting ears as rhythms back the punch of vocals and words with skittish boisterousness. It too has an imposing charm and vivacious resourcefulness hard to resist, as too Life as We Know It which follows with a mellower but no less fascinating and arresting romancing of hips and ears. CAA might take swipes at establishments and worldly corruptions but barely a song goes by without the trio leading the listener into physical collusion with its inescapable dance-ability.

Through the heavier air and rock ‘n’ roll of The American Dream, a track which gives a hint to what Iggy Pop would sound like it he went down the electro/industrial route, and the fiery God Is Dead with its bubbly scathing, attention and thick enjoyment is again firmly taken care of, even if neither quite live up to those before them, whilst Always Be True hugs ears with a synth pop laced reflection. It too might miss the last spark of other tracks for our ears but with Bury adding a great Tom Waits like texture to his enticing tones as the electronic atmospherics of the song come loaded with their own suggestiveness, the Fad Gadget tinged track is a compelling and increasingly potent proposal.

The outstanding Look in Your Eye has ardour blazing again with its conspicuous gothic punk and post punk imagination. Touches of bands like Play Dead and March Violets emerge across the thrilling encounter, but as everywhere, familiar essences and textures are mere strands in something unmistakably Calling All Astronauts. As mentioned earlier, the band wanted to pay homage to their inspirations without losing their own individuality, this track on its own proving their success.

Anti-Social Network is completed by firstly the predacious and again insatiably alluring Black World where a Sister Of Mercy/The Mission like courtship of ears and imagination instantly beguiles and only becomes more intoxicating over time. Finally the band unleashes Divisive upon the passions; its attitude loaded presence spawned from electro punk/metal irritability and infested with devious and rebellious strains of funk and electronic devilment.

It is a mighty close to another powerful and galvanic release from Calling all Astronauts, and the sign that the band is ready to step out of the underground scene and stir up the biggest attention.

Anti-Social Network is released March 11th via Supersonic Media across most online stores.

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Sixth Dimension – Trauma

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The successor to their well-received EP, Přežít! in 2013, Sixth Dimension unleash another mighty slab of attention provoking thrash metal this month, in the fierce shape of Trauma. Building upon the irritable ferocity and raw sound of the Czech Republic quintet’s last proposal, their new EP shows another step forward in the substance and maturity of the Most/Teplice based band’s songwriting and sound without losing any of the bracing causticity and abrasive prowess which has already made them a keenly supported proposition at home and further afield.

Formed in 2002, Sixth Dimension soon became a potent live proposition on their local and subsequently country’s underground scene. The release of Respekt in 2006 and more so Nikdy nevíš kdy (You Never Know When) six years later awoke stronger awareness of them, though it is fair to say that Přežít! (Survive!) has been the most potent and successful nudge on broad attention to date. Now it is the turn of Trauma to poke away at more unsuspecting ears and recognition.

The EP’s opening Intro provides an industrial landscape around a thickly pulsing heartbeat. There is an autonomous air to the brief piece and a brewing of portentous pressure which finally erupts in cinematic warfare just before its dark moment feed into the jaws of the EP’s following title track. It is a swift assault of thrash bred animosity led by the scowling vocals of Paul Wieden, art_RingMasterReviewbehind who the thumping beats of drummer Peter Buchner show little mercy. That intent is forcibly backed by the predatory bassline of Jan Hirsch and the senses searing riffs and individual antagonistic ferocity cast by guitarists Peter Špiroch and Filip Skoumal. A great break in the full-on attack escapes midway, the band taking their foot off the pedal in intensity but pushing down the clutch to fresh and magnetic enterprise which only continues to entice within the storm.

The track is a great proper start to the release, a song already showing the new twists of adventure colouring the band’s invention and arguably an even more grievous intent to their lyrical exploration and defiance aligned to creative hostility. Otroci Prohnilosti Systému (The Slaves Of The System´s Rotting) matches its success straight after, going for the jugular whilst guitars flame and lead ears into a web of melody rich classic metal endeavour within a death metal scented climate.

Šest Stop Pod Zem (Six Feet Under (Ground)) is no less imposing or inventive in its eventful landscape of thrash confrontation and unpredictable shifts in gait next, its unrelenting intensity matched in kind by Černá Díra (The Black Hole), an even more resourceful and adventurous protagonist with varied metallic hues colliding within its invasive prowl and increasingly suffocating tempest. Emerging along with Trauma as the favourite track on the EP, it roars with creative aggravation while inciting a fresh greed for the Sixth Dimension sound, a hunger nicely satisfied by the closing Praporučík Kotrmeletz (Proto-Priomordial Lieutenant Zomersault). Unveiling a swing which alone has body and ears gripped, the song is more like mischievous fun for band and listener than the raw hostility of its predecessors but provides a slice of riotous, senses shaking rock ‘n’ roll to enjoyably complete another highly pleasing offering from Sixth Dimension.

The Trauma EP will probably not make a major ripple across the metal world on its own but it certainly adds a pleasing beast to get teeth into if given the chance; an opportunity band and release deserves.

The Trauma EP is released March 11th; for more info go to https://www.facebook.com/sixthdimensionthrash

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Anger As Art – Ad Mortem Festinamus

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Listening to and basking in the furious unbridled thrash spawned onslaught of Hubris, Inc. back in 2013, there was a moment where thoughts wondered where Anger As Art could go from there to eclipse the might of their acclaimed release. Quite simply it seems, the Californian quartet racked every element of their sound, from aggression and creative tenacity to adrenaline and individual imagination and come up with another inevitable crowd pleaser in Ad Mortem Festinamus.

Formed in 2004 by vocalist/guitarist Steve Gaines (Abattoir, Bloodlust, Tactics, Bitch, Dreams of Damnation, Pagan War Machine), Anger Of Art is a band unafraid of showing its roots whilst savaging ears with its own individual collusion of raw thrash and insatiable speed metal. The years and releases have seen the band becomes more creatively bestial and gripping, as proven by 2013 album Hubris, Inc. and even more imposingly now within its ravenous successor Ad Mortem Festinamus. Equally, the band’s melodic and sonic enterprise, which springs as effortlessly from the band as senses crushing ferocity, has also evolved into something as insatiable and creatively virulent to captivate like a high class hooker within a war driven landscape within their new offering. In Ad Mortem Festinamus every element of the band has hit new heights to emerge a psyche twisting irreverence of vicious rock ‘n’ roll which for us Anger As Art’s finest moment yet.

It all starts with the album’s title track, a relatively brief incantation of voice and portentous ambience which soon breeds an imposing sinister lit tapestry of intrigue laced with a pent up hostility which is just waiting to erupt, something it does in Pissing On Your Grave. The second track initially lays down a bed of rhythmic and sonic traps before bursting with unrestrained animosity through ears, in turn marauding through emotions and sparking the imagination. Gaines’ vocals leads the looting of the senses amidst a torrent of crushing riffs and searing grooves offered by his and Dan Oliverio’s craft upon guitar strings. Rhythmically the swings of drummer Rob Alaniz are welcomingly intensive whilst the bass of Eric Bryan incites primal instincts, each adding to a tremendous and spirit rousing encounter more than matched by the following Aim For The Heart. Just as predacious and uncompromising, the track rhythmically picks at the already placed bruises whilst sizzling on the senses with sonic imagination and a great blend of vocal rapacity across the band.

art_RingMasterReviewAs expected, the pair of Tombward and L.A. State Of Mind show no mercy next, the first the most grievously enticing and volatile tempest so far upon the album whilst its successor is barbarous punk infused metal out to devour and annihilate anything in its way. Both tracks find a fresh gear for the album in their individual ways, the twists of imagination in the first a rival for the sheer irresistible and brutal rock ‘n’ roll of the second, though even so, the pair do get a touch over shaded by the similarly frenzied and venomous Unknowing, Undead. The great physically and emotionally caustic vocal pairing of Gaines and Bryan roar spitefully within the song’s blistering storm but just as easily wear the web of sonic invention which escapes the guitars to magnetic effect around them.

The album is nothing left than a series of highs but an inescapable pinnacle is the rousing anthem of Hammer, Blade, and Twisting Fire. It is a sure fire call to arms for spirit and energy driven by a relentless and deliciously nagging bassline. The track is like a brawling celebration on the eve of battle, with liquor like hooks and grooves extra intoxication before We Hurry Into Death becomes the vehicle for ears and imagination to dive headlong into a barrage of adversarial thrash fuelled rancor.

Anger As Art barely gives time for a breath to be swallowed let alone calm to approach body and emotions, Two Minutes Hate living up to an extended version of its title with its unsympathetic and combative animus of sound and intent. A moment to regroup is given by Praise Of The Firehead as it opens with a great melodic caress of guitar aligned to an earnest lure of clean vocals. In time though, its heart and underlying intensity bursts free in a mighty bellow with the song continuing to merge mellower reflective moments with angst soaked crescendos thereafter. Wrapped in volcanic melodic flames, the song, if without quite lighting personal tastes as forcibly as many of its predecessors, easily captivates as the band reveal further inventive exploration of ideas.

A final trespass of tumultuous energy and imaginative adventure is uncaged by Dim Carcosa; the track the link between the band’s unrestrained thrash intrusions and the more tenacious imagination of the last song, and ultimately another pinnacle of Ad Mortem Festinamus.

In many ways, fans know what they will get with Anger As Art, but with each release the band always surprises and provides a fresh encounter as they push themselves. There are many reasons why thrash metal excites so many of us and now Ad Mortem Festinamus provides yet another unopposed excuse to express that ardour.

Ad Mortem Festinamus is released March 11th via Old School Metal Records across most online stores.

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CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS UNVEIL THEIR “ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK”

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UK goth punks ‘Calling All Astronauts’ have just released their hotly tipped second album ‘Anti-Social Network’ through Supersonic Media.

Calling All Astronauts are a London based, politically charged three-piece who rose from the ashes of ‘US:UK’. Featuring vocalist/programmer/producer David B, ex-Caffeine guitarist J Browning and Marionettes bassist Paul McCrudden, Calling All Astronauts blend electro, rock, post-punk and even dubstep to a sound that ignites and engulfs.

Since their incarnation in 2012, the trio have racked up a slew of accolades including four Number One’s in the Twitter Music Charts (knocking Adele from the top spot), having their latest single “Empire” notch up a three-month stint in the ‘Official European Indie Chart’ peeking at Number 2, and sharing stages with the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, PWEI, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and A Place To Bury Strangers. The band have also headlined and sold out ‘Alan Magee’s Death2Disco’ at Notting Hill Arts Club.

The electro punks have a prolific output, releasing seven singles to date; this has helped the band pick up a swell of support from all four corners of the globe with numerous rock and alternative radio shows taking the band into their hearts by putting them on heavy rotation. The threesome have been featured on BBC Introducing, and were invited into the studio by Tom Robinson for his BBC 6 Music show. Their underground attitude to video production has also received great praise from many, including Irvine Welsh, who, after viewing the video for ‘What’s So Good About’, proclaimed it as ‘Brilliant’.

Calling All Astronauts now press on with the release of their blistering new second album ‘Anti-Social Network’, which is out now in stores via Supersonic Media and rammed with eleven killer cuts. Look out for festival and summer shows later this year.

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Safe, So Simple – Too Close To Closure

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Hailing from Arizona and increasingly inviting ears with their mix of easycore/pop punk energy and tenacity, Safe, So Simple is ready to take big steps into stronger attention with the release of new EP, Too Close To Closure. It offers five bold and lively tracks rich in swinging melodies and boisterous energy but also carry a volatility which adds a great shade of unpredictability to a sound unafraid to openly wear its inspirations. In short it is an attention grabbing proposal from a band many feel is heading towards big things.

Hailing from Benson, Safe, So Simple weave essences of bands such as Chunk! No, Captain Chunk, These Hearts, A Day to Remember, Blink- 182, Taking Back Sunday, and New Found Glory into their feisty sound. They are spices, as suggested earlier, which are easy to pick out but only add to something which, if not yet majorly unique, is certainly a potent lure on ears as shown by the band’s previous releases and now Too Close To Closure.

The Cameron Mizell (Sleeping with Sirens, Hands Like Houses) and Matt Good (of From First to Last) produced EP opens with the short and fiery Within Reach, a track which picks and jabs at the senses as the band creates a raw and bracing introduction. It awakens ears and imagination with its brief tenure before Ghost In My Backseat whips up body and spirit with its frenetic but composed revelry. Featuring Joe Candelaria, the song is a swift stirring built on the bruising rhythms of drummer Derek Ausseresses and a rapacious bassline from Benny Garcia and further shaped by the wiry and at times ferocious hooks and grooves of guitarists Josh Striffolino and Derrick Fenn. For those influences previously mentioned, there is also a touch of Hagfish meets CIV to the song, a scent only aided by the great blend of vocals from across the band which equally drive the song.

art_RingMasterReviewTeeth Like Sharks is a matching collision of flavoursome and varied textures to its predecessor, one casting an arguably even more virulent line in melodic and harmonic enterprise. The busyness of songs in voice and sound bring that enjoyable unpredictability which gives Safe, So Simple something a little different to other like sounding propositions, the band’s new single/video vibrant evidence of its potency.

The aggressive bounce of Welp, Better Luck Next Year is next, band and song creating a tempestuous incitement for body and appetite which again crafts a great mix of concussive and seductive resourcefulness to grip the imagination as firmly as its wilful sounds grabs ears.

Closing with the inescapably infectious Do Or Do Not, There Is No Try and another roar of pop and hardcore punk involvement that challenges as pleasingly as it captivates with an unbridled catchiness, Too Close To Closure is an encounter which simply grows with every listen, only blossoming further in presence and its persuasion of thoughts and appetite over time.

Too Close To Closure might not be the most unique release you will come across this year but, given time, it will become a slice of punk devilry you are likely to strap on and enjoy more often than most.

The Too Close To Closure EP is released March 11th across most online stores and physically @ http://www.safesosimple.bigcartel.com/

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