Possessor – Dead By Dawn

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Still drawing new attention with their previous offerings, British metallers Possessor unleash new album Dead By Dawn, a mouth-watering threat of their rawest, most voracious sound yet. Continuing to conjure their individual fusion of old school fuelled metal embracing everything from heavy and blackened death metal through to doom/occult and stoner infused thrash the London trio cast a viciously malevolent and addictively compelling infestation of ears and instinctive pleasure with their latest offering.

Formed in 2013, Possessor teased and tempted with the Wings of Fire demo in 2014 before making a far greater impression with their self-titled debut album later that year. Hellacious and demonic in equal enterprise, the band’s reputation and acclaim garnering stature was given another injection of energy with last year’s Stay Dead EP. Its four tracks breached a new level in sound and adventure by the threesome of vocalist/guitarist Graham Bywater, bassist Marc Brereton, and drummer Matthew Radford; one now pushed again by Dead By Dawn.

The album opens with Afterburner and its sinister, cinematic intro. As shadows collude with aural drama, it fades into the ravenous jaws of the opener, a mesh of riffs and rhythms which go straight for the jugular. The meatiest groove aligns to a primal energy and intensity, they soon entwined in a sonic twine of guitar and the effect cloaked tones of Bywater. Previous releases hinted at a Nurse/Troublegum era Therapy? essence in the band’s sound; the first song shows it has become an even more intense flavouring but still without diluting the distinctive tone and invention of the Possessor sound.

Predatory and inescapably infectious with Sabbath meets Electric Wizard overtones also to its body; the excellent start makes way for the similarly immense and thrilling Scorpion Swamp. Straight away the grievous growl of Brereton’s bass has ears gripped and lips licked, the appetite enflamed further by the sorcerous grooves and rabid hooks joining the mix. Again echoes of the Northern Ireland trio are a vibrant spicing as Possessor and track rumble and grumble upon the senses and imagination, the song an ever twisting web of thrash driven, multi-flavoured metal.

art_RingMasterReviewBeneath the Chapel takes over next, an encounter growing in ears with a less forceful character compared to its predecessors but one soon sharing its own captivating net of flesh whipping beats and rapacious grooves to seriously please. Again within an ever tempestuous nature irresistible hooks taunt and tempt, providing rich bait within the rawest roar of sound to come from the band in any offering yet and the same template seeds the following Without Warning, a design breeding another individual treat within the album. A tempest of grooves and antagonistic ferocity it simply blossoms into a psyche infesting avalanche of predacious animosity to leave a hunger for more.

Things take a breath just a touch as Slaughter High enters next upon another evocative bassline from Brereton, its suggestive twang absorbing bait deviously leading the listener into another waiting beast of sound. Arguably the most old school sounding song on the release, it gnaws at the senses as riffs venomously prowl and the swinging beats of Radford flail flesh with rapier like effect. More destructive and gripping with every passing minute the brute of a proposition departs in a cold storm to let Terror Tripping step forward with its own cantankerous and primal rock ‘n’ roll. Taking a touch more time to thickly persuade compared to the other songs before it, the track is soon seeing swinging bodies and eager satisfaction in its rip tide, especially when it shares another ear exciting hook.

A pair of instrumentals comes next, The Creeps another cinematic scene setting piece parading a glorious and voodoo-esque rhythmic enticement before Midnight devours the body and imagination with its blackened heavy metal and feverishly stomping aural necromancy. Both tracks has ears enslaved and thoughts conjuring before the closing drama of The Curse of the Hearse revels in the individual skills and craft of all three Possessor members, aspects uniting in an incendiary provocation bringing Dead By Dawn to an almighty end.

Possessor get bigger, better, and more creatively barbarous with every release and indeed more irresistible. A treat for fans and a thrilling introduction to Possessor for newcomers, Dead By Dawn and its creators are the kind of propositions metal probably does not appreciate or notice enough but would be a much blander place without.

Dead By Dawn is out now @ http://possessor.bandcamp.com/album/dead-by-dawn

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Pete RingMaster 21/08/2016

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Twisting sounds and textures; exploring the sonic roar of Fero Lux

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Casting their own fusion of math and hardcore upon the senses, Fero Lux is a South Florida quartet beginning to spark richer attention. The release of latest album No Rest has played a big part; the raw but addictive sound it shares demands attention as in infests the imagination. Live the Broward County hailing band has similarly earned a formidable reputation so we thought it was high time we got to discover more about the band. With big thanks to vocalist Victor, we look at the heart of Fero Lux, its beginnings, that latest album and more…

Hello Victor and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.

Yo! Thanks for talking TO us.

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started and what brought you all together?

We’re a band called FERO LUX from south Florida. When we started, we all played in other bands. Our guitarist, David, wanted to start a heavy, mathy band. So he recruited us all. I was in something else at the time that I wanted to take seriously, and realized this was more fun. So…over five years later, here we are.

So you have been involved in other bands before so has that had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring style or change of direction?

Oh yeah. We’ve all been playing in bands for 12+ years. I think FERO LUX is a HUGE melting pot of all of those bands combined. Our sound certainly has an overall heavy theme, but we’re all over the place if you listen to our latest record from front to back.

What inspired the band name?

We were huffing the smell of 100 unwashed turtle tanks. And boom…FERO LUX.

art No Rest_RingMasterReviewWas there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

Yeah, like I mentioned we started with a sound in mind, but after half a decade we certainly found what we were aiming for all along. I think it shows on NO REST.

Do the same things still drive the thoughts of band from when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?

I think we’ve become more socially aware. We always wanted to be a band with something to say, and I think we’ve harnessed that a little better over time.

Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?

It’s more refined. The song writing is far more structured, but there are still a lot of riffs you have to hear more than once to kinda fully understand; still heavy, still mathcore. Also, this line-up–myself, Ben, David, and Nick are the most cohesive we’ve had to date.

Has it been more of an organic movement of that sound or plenty of moments where the band deliberately wanted to try new things?

It was certainly organic. We just lock ourselves in our warehouse and jam until new songs come out. We don’t really vocalize how we want them to sound. They just…sound.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

At The Drive-In is one we all say we can agree on musically. They pushed it like no other. They mesh all sorts of ideas and themes into each record…and ALWAYS had something to say. We consider them a very brilliant and selfless band.

Is there a process to the songwriting which generally guides the writing of songs?

Nawh.

Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?

Global strife.

Give us some background to your latest release.

NO REST came out on March 25th, 2016. It’s about a bunch of different things happening all over the world and locally. There’s heavy stuff, and not so heavy stuff. I personally like to think it has something for everyone.

Can you share some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs?

The opening track is called No Insignia. It’s about the war crimes committed on Ukraine and Crimea upon the invasion from Russian soldiers who wore no identifying insignia. People were forced from their homes, people were killed, and we here in America cared more about what was taken off Netflix that month.

Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?

They’re finalized beforehand. I’d say the lyrics are usually 85% done beforehand and I just top it all off whilst in the studio.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?FL_RingMasterReviewn

It’s certainly my favorite. Live, we like to jump on people and have them jump on us. What fun is a live show if everyone is just standing around? And when we’re tuning and whatever, I like to try to make people laugh. We’re a “serious” band who tries to not take ourselves too seriously.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods?

It’s hard in south Florida. We have to drive over 6 hours just to leave the state. We’re always envious of the north eastern states that can cross three or four borders in the time it takes us to get to Georgia. We’ve found the cities we do well in down in Florida, so it’s been cool to revisit them. But we’re planning some longer stuff for Fall and Winter and we’re very excited to share these dates with everyone.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success or is it more that bands struggling with it are lacking the knowledge and desire to keep it working to their advantage?

It’s honestly crazy. Bands that seem to know how to manipulate Tumblr and Instagram get huge. Unfortunately for us, we don’t know how to do either of those things. We also don’t know how to sign unfair record deals. So I feel like we’re destined to remain the size we currently are. But who knows…maybe Myspace will come back?

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?

Thank you again! Check out our music and videos at https://www.facebook.com/feroluxmusic and http://fero-lux.bandcamp.com

As far as a reveal, not yet! But we’re doing a small run in August, so if you’re in the south east, come check us out!

Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 21/08/2016

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Bad Case of Big Mouth – Break It to Build It EP

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New Jersey band Bad Case of Big Mouth creates their sound by bringing the contrasting qualities of pop driven punk and hardcore together and as their new release shows, it makes for one highly enjoyable proposition. The Break It to Build It EP is an infectious and often intrusively commanding fusion of hook-heavy punk rock and metalcore scented voracity, five tracks which tempt and assault with equal measure and craft. It is not maybe the most unique proposal but even by the end of track one it is certainly one of the most rousing.

Formed in late 2010, the East Coast quintet has continued to hone their sound and earn rich support and plaudits around their local scene and beyond. Their acclaimed live presence has seen Bad Case of Big Mouth share stags with the likes of State Champs, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and Hit The Lights as well as making attention grabbing performances at festivals like Skate and Surf, two Bamboozle Fests, and on The Vans’ Warped Tour on four separate occasions. Now with a tour along the East coast with Crunkasaurus Rex coinciding with its release, the Break It to Build It EP is ready to nudge bigger spotlights.

The EP forcibly launches itself with opener We Wasted the Good Surprise on You; riffs and melody thick hooks instantly encouraging attention as rhythms are swung with firm intent. The clean tones of John Price swiftly impress, matching the lively hooks on offer and uniting nicely with band roars and the fiercer vocal scowls that join the affair.  It is infectious stuff with an imagination which constantly keeps the listener on its toes to counter a somewhat familiar character in sound.

CD ART_RingMasterReviewThe great start is continued by What a Save; aggression and raw vocal confrontation leading its initial assault on ears. Even with its hardcore ire and antagonism, there is a certain catchiness to the nature and enterprise building one tempestuous proposal, one which blossoms further as the guitar of James Benedetto helps spin a melodic web around the mellower but equally captivating clean vocal persuasion. Continuing to twist between its primal and seductive extremes with a gorgeous breakdown within, the song hits the spot easily before making way for the robustly raucous roar of Take Off. As virulently poppy as you could wish and as physically angry, the anthemic proposal is another treat on the ear and example of the Bad Case of Big Mouth ability to combine contrasts with skill and imagination.

Growing Distance keeps enjoyment high even if it lacks the punch and inventive spark of its predecessors, though it does show the band’s wish to stretch their songwriting and melodic invention in fresh ways whilst still intruding enjoyable on the senses. There is nothing not to like about the song or the EP’s closing offering, No Guarantee. A foot to the floor slice of pop punk initially, it goes through the gears of energy and ire with charm and invention to bring the release to a rousing close.

It is so easy to like and enjoy the Break It to Build It EP and understand why Bad Case of Big Mouth is beginning to stir greater attention. As they evolve a more unique sound, here is a band looking at much bigger things.

The Break It to Build It EP is out now via Manic Kat Records @ http://www.manickatrecords.com/releases/bad-case-of-big-mouth-break-it-to-build-it/

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Pete RingMaster 21/08/2016

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Stand Alone – Nothing Is Forgotten

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As the band play a host of festival dates with an UK tour to follow, Bradford hailing trio Stand Alone have just rebooted their debut EP, Nothing Is Forgotten. Offering five tracks of lively, meaty rock ‘n’ roll, the EP is a highly enjoyable fusion of anthemic roars and rousing choruses with forceful rhythms and mighty riffs.

Formed in 2013, Stand Alone has been a constant presence on the UK live scene, playing and touring across the country while honing their muscular and infectious sound. Comparisons to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Alter Bridge have come the way of their heavy rock ‘n roll and though it might be fair to say that the band’s sound has yet to find its unique voice, for pleasure and imagination the threesome of lead vocalist/guitarist Gavin Stevenson, bassist Luke Harrison, and drummer Tom Durrans hit the spot.

The EP opens up with False Beginnings, a track which slips in on a fuzzy melody with heavy rhythms close behind. It is a potent start intensified by the strong tones of Stevenson in turn backed by the harmonic voices of Harrison and Durrans. The song continues to tempt as riffs create moments of antagonistic enterprise but never quite ignites, rather smouldering as the craft of the band and a great solo show their prowess.

Stand Alone Cover Artwork_RingMasterReviewIt is a very solid opening to Nothing Is Forgotten quickly eclipsed by This Is Ours with its thicker sinews and grouchy bassline. An easy to embrace hook emerges and leads into a lively chorus with eager voices and melody warm flames which radiate further across the increasingly virulent encounter, every element adding up to a song which alone demands attention and marks the band out as one to watch.

Easier Said Than Done continues the step up in invention and enjoyment, even if it lacks the snap of the last song, though that is to do with the strength of its predecessor than any shortcomings within it. With keys and some enjoyably unpredictable turns within its catchy body, the track captures the imagination with ease, the vocals and melodic invention especially catching the ear.

Things get heavier and more imposing again with Control, the band binding the senses in a web of hooks and spicy grooves around the eagerly muscular swipes of Durrans and another predacious bassline and tone from Harrison. Led by Stevenson, the union of vocals only impresses again before the EP closes on yet another high and the band’s latest single.

Demons is a muscle bound proposal which from an initial rapacious bassline uncages a net of hefty rhythms and growling riffs  which in turn lead to a seductive lure of warm melodies and suggestive whispers. It is a might end to the release and though as all songs there is something firmly familiar to its sound and some of its moments, there is no denying such recognisable hues only add to the rich satisfaction and enjoyment found.

Stand Alone is another band on the rise but yet to discover their individual voice; Nothing Is Forgotten suggests that when they do the British rock scene might have something special on its hands.

The Nothing Is Forgotten EP is out now across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 21/08/2016

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Uncaging the roar: in interview with Fivefold

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Formed in 2007, St Louis, Missouri hailing Fivefold has earned a strong reputation for their melody thick and emotionally rousing rock ‘n’ roll. Taking in a quartet of albums and a host of shared stages with the likes of The Offspring, Buckcherry, Redlight King, 10 Years, Switchfoot, Sick Puppies, Greek Fire, The Urge, Shamans Harvest, Broadway, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Memphis May Fire, Jamies Elsewhere, HURT, Cavo, among many others, the quintet is one of the fresh breaths on the current music scene. We talk to the band to get a feel of their passion and invention…

Can you introduce the band and tell us to how it all started; what brought you all together?

Ryan Cheney – vocals

Matt Amelung – guitar, vocals

Matt Benne – guitar, vocals

Coco – bass

Derrick Huskey – drums

Derrick (drums) and Matt Benne (guitar) met through our late guitar player Jesse. Derrick met Ryan (vocals) at a church camp they were both attending. After a few line-up changes, Derrick, Matt Benne and Ryan met Coco (bass) from playing shows with his Hold On.

Have you been/are involved in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now?

Most of us have played in local St. Louis bands before Fivefold. I think we’ve each taken elements from previous projects and applied them to what we do in Fivefold.

What inspired the band name?

At first we did what every other band does…we looked through dictionaries. Haha! But really, we decided on Fivefold because it essentially means five different units/things that come together to accomplish one goal.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

We just wanted to be “good”…and to promote positivity.

fivefold4_RingMasterReviewHow would you say your sound has evolved over time?

We’ve tried to push ourselves to continually refine our sound. In our case, I think that has meant approaching our music with more pop sensibility.

Has it been more of an organic movement of sound you deliberately setting out to try new things?

A blend of both.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted on the band’s music and your personal approach to creating and playing music?

I don’t think anything one element impacts itself into our music. Rather, all of our inspirations impact our music.

Is there a process to the songwriting which generally guides the writing of songs?

Most of the time we just start jamming on a riff and take it from there.

Where do you, find inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?

Honestly, our lyrics have no bounds. They are about anything and everything, whether it’s something one of us has been through personally or something greater than all of us.

Can you give us some background to your latest release?

Our latest release is Open Letter. We released it in December of last year and it’s the first batch of songs written with Matt Amelung on guitar.

What about its themes and premise.

Open Letter is our response/interpretation of the world around us.

Do you go into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or have looser ideas to develop as you record?

We’ve done both over the course of our 4 albums. Both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?

I think it’s definitely our favorite aspect. We like to make every show bigger and better than the last.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods?Fivefold2

To be honest, we don’t know the answer. We just continue to work extremely hard and push ourselves and our band.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date?

The internet has enabled us to delve deeper into the life of Bruce Willis.

Find out more about Fivefold @ https://www.facebook.com/FivefoldOfficial and http://www.fivefoldband.com/

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Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 19/08/2016

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