BoneHawk – Albino Rhino

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Having already been gobbled up in as a limited vinyl release through Hornacious Wax Records in 2014, Albino Rhino from US heavy rockers BoneHawk gets its official CD release via Ripple Music, who the band recently signed with, this month. Already preceded by single/video Los Vientos, as part of the label’s Second Coming Of Heavy series but not actually on the album, the band’s returning debut album is an invitation and wake call to those yet to discover the melodic and groove woven rock ‘n’ roll of the Michigan quartet.

With its seeds already sown when guitarist/vocalist Matt Helt and guitarist Chad Houts first met and bonded in third grade at school in Kalamazoo, BoneHawk emerged in 2011 after the pair played together in various projects over the years. With bassist Chris Voss alongside Houts and Helt who also provided drums, the trio set about recording Albino Rhino with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. In less than two months the first run of vinyl was sold out whilst, with drummer Jay Rylander and bassist Taylor Wallace by now alongside the founding duo, BoneHawk was being devoured on their local live scene. A second ‘Ultraviolet Purple’ pressing of the album followed and either sparked the attention or came about through the attention of Ripple Music boss Todd Severin. Whichever the line of events, it has led to the CD availability of Albino Rhino, a release which maybe did not blow us away but certainly has sparked persistence in returning for more helpings of the band’s riff loaded and groove strapped persuasion.

Inspirations for the band seem to stem from the likes of Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath; the latter certainly and quickly an open influence and hue to Albino Rhino. It opens with Argenia and straight away grooves are enjoyably entangling ears as the bass almost dances on the ear with its throaty tempting. Beats have a hefty swipe to their touch too whilst riffs and the harmonic tone of the vocals, singular and as a pair, bring further magnetism to a quickly and highly infectious song. The blend of dark and melodic, heavy and light grabs the imagination with ease, contrasting as potently with the more intensive touch of the rhythms as the song continues to captivate and impress.

art_RingMasterReviewThe following Sexy Beast is just as swift a persuasion; its sizzling air immediately coating the senses with an appetising coaxing, almost echoing the fiery textures which coloured its predecessor before casting its own spicy flames in a prowling gait. There is a great delta blues like tone to the track and especially its rich melodies and emotive tone, but as shown in the first track and becomes repeated throughout Albino Rhino, things never seem to hang around in one shade of sound or imagination for long. Hot Mary is the same; the song evolving an initial heavy stroll with a juicy blues scent to its grooves through catchy swings of beats and riffs matched in infectiousness by the ever engaging vocals of Helt.

Weaving a seventies heavy rock vibe, Tonight We Ride steps up next, keeping the listener’s physical and vocal involvement as busy as ever whilst Warchild is like a net of appetite trapping grooves and stoner-esque temptation. Sometimes it takes a band like BoneHawk to make ears remember how close many genres are to each other, how they are a one-step evolution from another and the relative pointlessness of tags in so many ways. The song is a festival of flavour even in its generally reserved and slim body; a paint box of rock ‘n’ roll colours especially vibrant in its furnace of a chorus and additional crescendos.

Ulysses puts in its claim for best track honours next, the song a feisty and ears blistering stomp of individual craft and anthemic tempting quickly followed by the dirtier, almost sludgy theatre of Desert Run. Its rugged landscape is sultry and almost imposing but with its cow bell and searing tendrils of melodic acidity alone, its creative body is just as welcoming as anything on offer by the album.

There is a whiff of Pentagram to Nomad which next takes over and envelops ears in a tangy melodic smoulder with again grooves which seem to writhe and entangle with snake like dexterity as rhythms cage and provoke even stronger physical engagement. There is an instinctive bond between song and listener which is never absent from any track within the album and certainly not the closing pair of the virulently swinging Going Over The High Side and the closing title track of Albino Rhino. For almost eight minutes, the final encounter fascinates and enthrals with its individual drama of sound and accomplished craft sculpted with stirring imagination. In many ways it is the most unique song on the album and a potent end to the spirit rousing encounter.

We look eagerly forward to what comes next from BoneHawk; going by Albino Rhino it is likely to be weighty and seriously alluring. Add a little more originality and the band could kick up a real storm of attention around themselves to build on what will assumedly arise from this highly enjoyable re-release.

Albino Rhino is released on CD on April 22nd via Ripple Music across most stores and downloadable now @ https://bonehawk.bandcamp.com/album/albino-rhino-2

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Pete RingMaster 22/04/2016

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Elessar – Reflections EP

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With a spring tour around the UK mere days away, British alternative/pop punk band Elessar set the scene and tone with their debut EP, Reflections. It offers five tracks of infectiously appetising and thoroughly enjoyable rock ‘n’ roll which might not be bursting with major originality but certainly gives the listener a fun and rousing time; a success never to be sniffed at.

Formed last year, the Gloucestershire-based Elessar soon invited attention with video/single Arrogance that May. Its line-up consists of school friends in Ricky Powell (vocals/guitar), Alex Evans (guitar/vocals), Jack Gambling (bass) and Dan James (drums), and it is fair to say that the quartet took little time to hit and earn a potent reputation on the local live scene swiftly expanding outwards from their first steps as a band. The Reflections EP is the outcome from the band working and recording last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses), a release seemingly a long time in the unveiling from that first single but soon revealing the rich potential of Elessar.

art_RingMasterReviewIt opens with that first single, and straight away Arrogance has ears welcoming a sturdy wall of hungry riffs and swinging rhythms. Things relax a touch as the vocals step forward though grooves still engagingly flicker and hooks bite through the guitars as those initial rhythms continue to command attention with their tenacious and weighty persuasion.  Hitting its stride in no time, the song soon offers a contagiously rousing chorus and an enticing mix of varying intensity and eventful twists; all fine elements in the anthemic proposal that body and voice cannot resist getting involved in. It is a great start and easy to see why the track made people look up last year, and a success potently backed by the following likes of My Skin and Holding Back.

The first of the two shares a more melodically tempting lead into its proposition though again bass and drums unite to create a formidable spine and thumping drive for what becomes an increasingly fiery encounter unafraid to ebb and flow in attack and raw energy. Holding Back, in comparison to the almost imposing drama of the previous track, unveils a pop catchy character to its vivacious dance with ears and imagination. Hooks and melodies leap and lure like flames in the track’s robust fire, licking at the senses rather than burning them but asking and earning attention with every enjoyable twist and turn.

On the surface a casual listen finds a similarity between the songs on the EP, but deserved focus provides the window to some stylish and emotively fired individuality. Empty Frames is a song though which needs no extra effort to see its uniqueness; punchy beats and a brooding bassline the lure into inflamed melodic enterprise and spirit arousing energy accentuated by a subsequent drop into minimalistic moments of vocal caresses within an evocative ambience.

Goodwill completes the EP with its strong and captivating presence, though it does not have the same kind of effect on personal tastes or the same level of creative drama as its predecessors even in a certainly dynamic body. All the same, the song is a fine end to a release which suggests that Elessar warrants real attention, certainly if bands such as Taking Back Sunday, You Me At Six, and Lower Than Atlantis ring your bell.

The self-released Reflections EP is out on CD and Digital Download April 22nd via iTunes and other stores.

Elessar Spring Tour:

 27.04 – Manchester, Factory

28.04 – York, Fulford Arms

29.04 – Newcastle, Space Bar

30.04 – Leeds, Eiger Studios

01.05 – Stoke, Underground

02.05 – London, Nambucca

05.05 – Cheltenham, 2 Pigs

06.05 – Cardiff, Undertone

07.05 – Truro, Charlies Bar

08.05 – Exeter, Cavern

09.05 – Birmingham, The Rainbow

10.05 – Bristol – The Louisiana

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Pete RingMaster 22/10/2016

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Dominhate – Emissaries of Morning

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According to their new EP’s press release, “Dominhate present the new face of death metal – contemporary without losing the ancient morbid touch, forward-thinking while paying tribute to the pillars of the genre.” It is a statement easy to debate and argue for and against whilst listening to Emissaries of Morning; what is straightforward though, is that the encounter and indeed the Italian death metaller’s sound simply stalks the senses and emotions every step of its invasive way.

The successor to their well-received debut album Towards The Light which was uncaged in 2014 via The Spew Records, Emissaries of Morning certainly pushes the band’s already established pestilential death metal encroachment to new voracious and compelling heights.  Whether its uniqueness is as strong as suggested can be discussed but there is no denying that escape from its punishing assault is futile and subsequent captivation from that same trespass is easy.

Released via the critically acclaimed Czech Republic based label, Lavadome Productions, Emissaries of Morning sonically infests ears and imagination with intro/opener Saturn Rising. It is a harshly celestial and fiercely provocative confrontation of senses wilting sound which lures the listener into the waiting predatory jaws of Awakening Confessiones. Straight away drama spills from scything riffs and beats, intensifying as the sounds breeding it create their own increasingly invasive and ravenous animus of spite. The guitars of Alex and Jesus proceed to spin a web of thickening intrigue and caustic enterprise, grooves as tantalising as the bracing tirade of riffs. Their addictive imagination is tempered yet driven by the barbarous intent of Slippy’s beats and bestial basslines from Steve in collusion with his prowling vocal growls. The track simply grips ears and appetite with moments of almost jazz noir imagination highlighting the great adventurous twists in the song’s storm.

Dominhate-EmissariesofMorning_RingMasterReviewFaith Delirius Imago continues the impressive start with its deceptively and openly primal yet skilfully woven tapestry of rancor and sonic infestation. Rhythms again swipe like the claw of a bear whilst grooves infiltrate ears and psyche like a serpentine predator, yet both show an addictive character with their contagious and swinging viciousness which alone incite and feed hungry ears becoming even greedier for the subsequent twists and turns of sound and intensity that writhe within the tempest.

Led by a greedily welcomed nagging tide of riffs, Immolation Carmen Astri binds and invades like sonic ivy, though thundering rather than creeping into the darkest places of mind and emotion whilst sharing its own in blistering and carnivorous fashion. Soon emerging as favourite track, it is a cauldron of venom and furnace of addictiveness; death metal as fresh as it is old school bred.

The EP closes with the warlike predation of Creation Quies Monumenti, another protagonist prowling and crawling through ears and thoughts like a demonic barbarian with all the craft and knowledge to entice submission rather than demand it. It is a gripping end to a release which just gets stronger and more enjoyably threatening with every listen. Sound wise, the likes of Incantation, early Morbid Angel, and Lvcifyre come to mind, and again you can debate its uniqueness but when it sounds this good and devours so enjoyably, it is easy not to care.

The Emissaries of Morning EP is released 22nd April via Lavadome Productions @ https://lavadome.bandcamp.com/album/emissaries-of-morning

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Pete RingMaster 22/04/2016

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Hung Like Jack – She’s Not Dead

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A band sows its seeds with their introduction and debut songs from whence you hope to see their qualities grow into bigger and bolder blossoms. That is exactly what has happened with British rock ‘n’ roll bruisers Hung Like Jack. Last year the Darlington quartet tempted attention with the AA-sided single Fire beneath me/ Life’s first sign of rage, a pair of songs which, though actually not their first offerings by a long way, grabbed a fresh horde of eager ears with a new spark in their sound and invention. The two tracks were raw and intrusively confrontational slices of punk ‘n’ roll carrying the suggestion of bolder things to come. That promise has now blossomed and more in new single She’s Not Dead, a seriously rousing and stirring slab of incitement hard to tear ears away from.

HLJ2_RingMasterReviewLast year’s offering seem to mark a turning point in the adventure and stature of the band who had already uncaged a trio of EPs and in 2014 the seven-track White Powder mini-album. Formed in 2007, Hung Like Jack quickly put their mark on the local live scene under the drive of John, Tim, and Hakim. Their current line-up was completed by the recruitment of drummer Denz, a union in place before the release of last year’s potent pair of tracks.

As suggested, as good and highly enjoyable as that last single was, She’s Not Dead is in another league and quickly gets a grip on ears and appetite with its opening shuffle of beats and the great lure of the growling bass. That early tempting only increases as raw swipes of riffs show their face within a few more seconds; it all colluding and creating a boisterous almost cantankerous stroll of sound as Johns vocals add further infectious confrontation. Without a lull, riffs and that glorious bass hook continue to entice and enslave as lead and backing vocals emphasise the anthemic pull of a track still taking bites at the senses with Denz’s uncompromising swings.

A great old school punk/new waver essence escapes moments of relative calm which inventively show themselves whilst fiery grooves reveal the heavy rock ‘n’ roll aspect of the band’s sound and invention; hues joined by a definite early Therapy? like roar. It is striking and invigorating stuff from a band which, even if using just one song as evidence, seems to have creatively come of age. The hints were there last year and now makes a hearty roar within She’s Not Dead, the kind of song that incites mass celebration.

She’s Not Dead is out now. Check it out @ https://soundcloud.com/hung-like-jack

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Pete RingMaster 22/04/2016

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