Khasm – Fenris

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Hailing from Colmar in France, it is fair to say that French metallers Khasm have introduced themselves in fine style with debut EP, Fenris. Consisting of four tracks sculpted from the emotional rancor and creative hostilities of old school thrash and death metal, with additional caustic essences, the recently released tempest is a compelling and increasingly rousing incitement for ears and the band’s already growing reputation.

A quartet made up of vocalist Christophe, guitarist Philippe, bassist Matt, and drummer Laurent, Khasm draw on inspirations which include the likes of Feared, Hatesphere, Six Feet Under, and Hatebreed for their own uncompromising sonic trespasses. As swiftly shown by Fenris, there is rawness to their sound which fits their lyrical confrontations but equally an inescapable if punishing virulence bred in the instinctive thrash side of their creative character.

They are essences which instantly grab ears in the Jocke Skog (Feared, Clawfinger) produced EP and its title track. Opening up the release with a great throbbing bassline, the song is soon backing up its coaxing with a tide of inviting riffs and biting beats. Almost as swiftly it hits its thrash driven stride, badgering and snarling at the senses with a repetitive wave of riffs and Christophe’s vocal hostility. There are no surprises with the track but plenty to get eager teeth into and find a hungry appetite for.

FENRIS COVER_RingMasterReviewIt is the same with No More Justice, the song needing mere seconds to whet ears and the imagination with its opening bait of Clawfinger-esque riffery. That passing lure is soon lost in the predatory prowl and rhythmic stalking of the song, an intimidating invitation in its own right which in turn twists and turns into a web of sonic enterprise and galvanic hooks within the track’s open discontent.

The already impressing nature of the EP continues with Nightwatch, a track featuring the guest sonic prowess of Scar Symmetry’s Per Nilsson. It is probably the most inventive and boldly diverse track on the EP without losing the hellacious nature fuelling those around it. The song savages and seduces across its brazen sonic landscape but does miss the final spark as found its predecessors. Nevertheless, satisfaction is thick and another aspect to the Khasm sound and character welcomed before the outstanding Turmoil brings it all to a thunderous end.

The closer opens on a lone reflective vocal, which soon provides the trigger to a senses harrying pressure of rapacious riffs and irritable rhythms, they matched in tone and presence by vocal rabidity and rebel rousing. Subsequent grooves only add to the thrilling drama and assaultive tenacity of band and track. It is a final addictive roar of punk ‘n’ thrash, the pinnacle of the EP and Khasm showing they can rock ‘n’ roll with the best of them.

Fenris is a powerful and memorable base for Khasm to spring forward from with anticipation for their next step already impatient.

The Fenris EP is out now on CD and digitally @ https://khasm.bandcamp.com/releases

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Pete RingMaster 05/05/2016

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Fallen Eight – Rise & Grow

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Fallen Eight is a Paris based quintet reminding all of the strength of the French underground metal scene right now. The band recently released debut EP Rise & Grow, a collection of songs gripping ears whilst being fuelled by attention grabbing potential. It offers six tracks which at times ignite the passions and in other moments leaves ears merely richly satisfied with the band’s unsurprising yet refreshing metal bred exploits, but from its opening second to its rousing last it only sparks a want to hear more.

Formed towards the rear of 2011 in Seine et Marne, Fallen Eight quickly set to writing and honing a sound merging the rousing essences of extreme and melodic metal with those of heavy rock. Within a year, they had the Paris music scene in their sights as locally they continued to be a potent live presence. Playing their first shows in the capital from 2013, Fallen Eight has gone from strength to strength in sound and support found, getting to the final stage of FallenFest that same year. The next year saw the band work on their first demo and open up for Black Bomb A while 2015 saw a line-up change within the band; vocalist Clément, lead guitarist Medy, and drummer JP joined by guitarist Florian and bassist Joffrey. That year ended with Fallen Eight having supported The Arrs and preparing for the release of Rise & Grow, which now is sparking a keen fuss and its initial teaser in the shape of the single Final Shot.

The EP opens with a bang, the band setting its stall out in sound and quality straight away with Reborn. From an initial vocal cry, quickly surrounded by feisty riffs and senses whipping rhythms, the track rumbles and growls; attitude and ferocity swift hues to the early Skindred like air of the song.  Almost as quickly its character evolves and expands as the band sweep across the senses with melodic tenacity without defusing their almost post hardcore meets melodic metalcore confrontation. Clément’s vocals impress as much as the musical craft and imagination revealed by the band, all combining for a powerful and thickly engaging opening to Rise & Grow.

EP Rise & Grow_RingMasterReviewThere is certainly some very familiar textures and essences to the song and indeed EP, but something to embrace as another flavour rather than admonish a song for as shown with Come From The Sky. Initially the second song caustically bellows with raw throated vocals to the fore but is soon in the process of weaving in clean harmonics and melodic imagination, subsequently alternating the contrasts thereon in. Whether the coarse vocals attack is also from Clément we cannot tell, the diversity suggests not, but whatever it is a major part of the band’s success and the enthralling tapestry of songs.

Leaving a Linkin Park feel in its wake, the excellent track is soon eclipsed by the EP’s best track, Final Shot. Its rhythms and riffs border the carnivorous, grooves and sonic enterprise the seductive, and all orchestrated by the outstanding and rousing vocal incitement of all involved. Listening to the track, you can visualise audiences swelling and rising as one to the track’s incendiary chorus alone, and especially the anthemic line incorporating the its title.

In some ways the EP is a proposal of two parts, the first trio of songs inciting the biggest reactions in personal tastes though that does not stop Breath Of The Ages making a powerful impact and keeping enjoyment on a lofty plateau. It just seems like the uniqueness of ideas are slimmer and less striking in the final trio, a spark missing, but as the fourth track reveals as it comes close to matching its predecessors, creative drama is as open and fascinating as ever. The irritability in sound and nature of the song is another virulent lure too with the vocals and individual prowess of all shining through.

Light prowls the senses next, its first riffs and grooves predatory before being reined in by a bluesy spicing to grooves and hooks as the band share some Avenged Sevenfold flavoured classic and heavy metal resourcefulness. It too has ears and appetite hooked before Worst Nightmare brings the release to a raw and ravenous close. The most aggressive and tempestuous track on the EP, its shows that Fallen Eight can savage the senses as skilfully and eagerly as they can seduce them with melodic imagination.

It is a fine end to a richly pleasing encounter from a band with the potential to indeed Rise & Grow to big things.

Rise & Grow is out now through most online stores.

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Harmonic Generator – Flesh EP

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Providing the second part in the Heart, Flesh, Skull and Bones concept, 4 EPs uniting to form one whole album, the Flesh EP is another rather tasty slice of rock ‘n’ roll from French band Harmonic Generator. Offering four lively and creatively dynamic tracks, something now pretty much expected from the hard rockers, the release is also a fresh step in the maturity of the Marseille quintet’s songwriting and sound.

Taking their name from a single by The Datsuns, Harmonic Generator emerged in 2005. They potently awoke attention to their presence with their debut EP three years later and even more so with their well-received first album When the Sun Goes Down in 2013. Since their first days, Harmonic Generator has had a live hunger taking in hundreds of shows across the years including European tours with Girlschool, Jeff Scott Soto, and Skintrade alongside their own ventures. The December of 2014 saw the first part of the Heart, Flesh, Skull and Bones project unveiled to strong praise. Recently the follow-up to the Heart EP was uncaged; Flesh like its predecessor recorded with Julien Liphard and mastered Logan Mader (Gojira, Dagoba) and showing the rich steps and evolution fuelling the second decade of the band.

art_RingMasterReviewOpening up with Dance On Your Grave, the EP quickly has ears attentive with the opening challenge of vocalist Quentin Barthes-Villegas within a controlled mesh of sound. There is a sense that things are itching to erupt even in those first seconds, and so they do as swinging grooves and rhythms unite with feisty riffs and the thick beats of Alex Roussel. Like a punk infused mix of Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver, the song snarls and bites with its virulent catchiness and Barthes-Villegas’ rousing vocal delivery around which guitarists Charl’ Roussel and Renaud Satre cast an infectious web of hooks and grooves perfectly tempered by the throbbing strings of bassist Nico Helinger.

It is an irresistible anthemic start to the EP, a spirit and appetite rousing proposition eagerly backed by Secret Garden. The band’s latest single; it makes a more restrained start though vocals again stand bold in the midst of reserved riffs and crisp beats. Things never quite erupt as in the first track yet the song quickly shows itself a forcibly infectious incitement  with harmonies and melodic enticement warm addictive lures in old school hued classic rock ‘n’ heavy roll.

Something You Need To Know is next, it also a tempered surge into ears with the alluring bassline of Helinger a potent coaxing as guitars almost teasingly dangle their melodies and sonic enterprise for keen consumption. The beats of Alex Roussel equally have a rein on them matching that of the vocal incitement, it all working though as an increasingly tempting proposal. A slow burner in many ways to those before, the song certainly develops a drama which blossoms with every minute, engaging and richly satisfying ears and imagination especially as strings and bluesy endeavour provide a final layer of temptation to eagerly embrace.

Bringing the EP to a close, Flesh top and tailed by its best tracks, The End is another blues rock scented proposition which easily slips through ears as the track expands and reveals its multi-flavoured rock ‘n’ roll landscape. As with the first song, everything about the encounter has a contagious and adventurous air to its creative mischief. Certainly, as in all songs, there are many familiar hues and textures involved but all honed into something tenaciously and refreshingly Harmonic Generator.

The Harmonic Generator sound has come a long way over the past ten years or so with plenty of potential for even greater exploits to outshine what are thoroughly enjoyable temptations of the Flesh.

The Flesh EP is out now across most online stores.

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Scolopendra – Cycles

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Showing themselves another welcome creative fury of sound and adventure from the French metal scene, Paris hailing Scolopendra release their debut album this month. Their ravenous incitement comes in the shape of Cycles, a maelstrom of varied metal flavours and hostilities creating an increasingly enthralling tempest as brutal as it is galvanic.

Formed in 2007, Scolopendra is cored by the brothers, vocalist Maxime “Pantin” L’hoir and guitarist Thomas “Lord Noué” L’hoir, and also bassist Olivier “Capitaine” Le Lin. Initially their sound was thrash and hardcore based before embracing a more black metal fuelled direction. By the time of first EP Apostasy Beyond Sanity in 2011, the band had developed a heavier more voracious blend of extreme and death metal in their sound. Those early essences still emerge in the confrontations making up Cycles with plenty of new spices included, the band’s sound in many ways having found its true character whilst hinting at the potential of even more to explore and come too.

Cycles opens with the industrial toned instrumental Dream Sequences; an aural hallucinogenic immersion for ears and imagination with haunting ambiences and portentous shadows. It transports the listener into the waiting storm of Purity and its initial thrash bred tide of hungry riffs and merciless rhythms. Quickly the track hits its infectious stride and almost as swiftly turns into a bedlamic assault of nagging hooks, irritable grooves, and bruising rhythmic predation. As the music, Maxime’s raw vocal tones grate and allure in equal measure, prowling the emerging web of sonic and melodic dexterity flanking the grouchy beast.

It is a great full start to the album compellingly backed by Awake Nightmare. A less forceful but just as intimidating proposal, the track initially entices with melodic hooks and gentle temptation before uncaging its own creative animus of intent and animosity shaped with more virulent riffs and toxic grooves. Cycles is another encounter this month which maybe is not creating something majorly new yet as this song alone proves, Scolopendra create raw and seriously enticing incitements which are bursting with fresh and distinctly imaginative character.

Spartan Killer Instinct skirts the senses next, before rushing venomously at them with thrash and death metal endeavour to the fore. As all tracks though, it soon reveals an individual web of intriguing and unpredictable creative rancor, ultimately arriving at a moment of swinging violent flirtation which has its victim gleefully enraptured before the barbarity consumes all over again. It is sweet punishment matched by that of Morbid Psychosis. From a ravenous atmospheric bridging the two songs, a glimpse into the turmoil infesting the world today, the new track bristles with hardcore ire and death metal pestilence. It is a mercurial proposition though; at times an infectious flirtation with great repetitive treads to its tempting and in other times a nasty but riveting nest of sonic discord snaking through song and ears.

SCOLOPENDRA ARTWORK _RingMasterReviewFrom one great track to another as Mental Torture takes over with its brutish nostrils flared as scything beats mercilessly lead the way. The hellacious invasion only escalates as another horde of savage riffs and belligerent rhythms join the corrosive surge of vocal discontent. Though not as open as the sounds around them, there is potent variety to the vocal trespasses across the album which cleverly tempers the general abrasiveness of their aggressive texture. Here it is irresistibly contagious despite its viciousness before the track departs for the emotional and physical jaundice of Psychic Paralysis and in turn the brief atmospheric drama and turbulence of End of Tunnels. Both entice and spark the imagination but are soon overshadowed by the two parts of Pinhole of Diffraction. Part One is a bestial corrosion of the senses, rampaging rhythms and niggling riffs courting the antipathy of the vocals. It soon shows a bold and schizophrenic imagination though which simply ignites an already keen appetite for the release. The track is an off-kilter shuffle of enterprise and barbarity emulated with fresh zeal and rigour by the similarly psychotic and creatively maniacal Part Two.

The album is concluded by firstly Psychotic Mass Murderer, a body of sound echoing thoughts the imagination comes up with from the title alone. Its magnetic swagger and Pantera-esque swing fits perfectly with the loathing fuelled heart of the track, grooves an insatiable devilment received with matching hunger while vocals are the imposing rein on the track’s virulent side. Its successor, Soul Dissolution completes the release with an ambient trespass of static and darkly emotive suggestiveness for a low key but evocative end to an increasingly gripping encounter.

Cycles leaves ears and thoughts throbbing and keen to know more about a band which is heading the right way to become a voracious devourer of global spotlights at some point in their ascent.

Cycles is released 20th May across most online stores.

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