(hed)p.e. – Forever!

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There is no point beating around the bush, (hed)p.e. uncaged arguably their most eclectic and flavoursome proposition to date with previous album Evolution two years ago and have now eclipsed it with their new trespass of the passions that is Forever!. That last album was in many ways a leap into a creative maturity not yet seen in the band, a growth fully come to its peak with this latest collection of thirteen again adventurous and diverse songs which also reap the qualities which made instinctive fans of people in through their early albums. Quite simply Forever! is the band at its most anthemic and biting best while still pushing their boundaries at the same time.

As soon as opener Live seizes ears there is no escaping that familiar sound and air unique to (hed)p.e., or the instinctive awakening of an eager appetite which as big fans of the band here also means greater demands. Its initial smouldering tempting with skittish beats and the twang of off kilter keys skilfully builds anticipation before it all erupts with chunky riffs and whining grooves as the distinctive tones of Jahred Gomes leap on ears and imagination. It is a rousing slab of (hed)p.e. with imposing rhythms from drummer Jeremiah ‘Trauma’ Stratton courted by the groan of Kurtis’ bass as guitarist Gregzilla casts a sonic web.

The outstanding start continues with Pay Me which in turn is soon chewing the senses with rapacious riffs and menacing beats as scything grooves squeal and group snarls roar. Even more so than its predecessor, the song recalls the antagonistic might and essences to be found in the likes of the band’s self-titled debut and successor Broke but fusing it to striking samples and a fresh swath of sound to create something hungrily new, a quality as rampant within next up Closer. A gorgeous slice of rap metal with a striking weave of melodic suggestiveness to its fierce growl, there is more than a touch of Skindred to it and at times vocally it is easy to wonder if that band’s Benji Webbe is guesting such the great blend of vocal style which only adds to the drama and appeal of another outstanding trespass on ears.

hedpe-forevah_RingMasterReviewThree songs in and the demands for something new again from the band after Evolution is satisfied and fed further as first Hurt swaggers in with its southern tinged grooving and rapacious hooks within what is prime magnetically (hed)p.e. rock ‘n’ roll. Its stirring exploits soon whip up involvement and spirit with anthemic mastery before It’s You growls and serenades with matching prowess as guitars and bass collude in a cantankerous and thrilling trespass as thumping beats descend and vocals attack and entice.

The punk driven Waste unloads its ire and raw energy upon the senses next, the track an exhilarating intrusion bringing more variety to the album and pleasure to the heart while the following JahKnow whips up equal satisfaction with its metal and reggae seeded recipe of confrontation and anthemic arousal. The latter essence also flavours next up One of a Kind, dub twisted vocals and gentle, slightly melancholic keys to the fore before Jahred’s vocals spill emotion and subsequently the band uncages a volatile surge of raw sound and aggression. With ragga elements adding to its contrasting calm and savage roars, the song soon has the imagination enthralled as indeed does the prophetic, cosmic seducing of short instrumental The Higher Crown.

Shadowridge takes control next with its own individual reggae spiced persuasion, a tempting elevated by soothing harmonies and a catchiness which oozes from every note. Every listen unveils another twist and layer to the song, keys growing in poise and suggestion every time to help a slow burner compared to other tracks within Forever! being one of its most vital moments.

As with Evolution, (hed)p.e. collect their mellower reggae toned tracks to the rear of the album and whilst there it felt they warranted being interspersed throughout the release, in Forever! it just works with Together offering  next a captivating stroll sharing warm caresses of brass throughout before making way for the livelier but no less warmly seductive and highly infectious Always.

Bonus track Ganja completes Forever!, the song as virulent as anything on the album with its lo-fi nostalgia aired bewitching bringing the superb release to a fine close. (hed)p.e. continue to impress, excite, and indeed surprise with their records, but with Forever! they have hit their finest moment in a long time, maybe ever.

Forever! is out now through Pavement Entertainment across most online stores with a LTD Edition double album containing 15 track bonus disc Family Fresh featuring appearances by Twiztid, Blaze, The Roc, and Playboy The Beast also available for a limited time.

October/November sees (hed)p.e. as special guests on Alien Ant Farm’s UK-IRE Tour with Sumo Cyco and Kaleido.

Dates…

October

18th – WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23

19th – EDINBURGH – La Belle Angele

20th – ABERDEEN – Garage

21st – BELFAST – Voodoo Lounge

22nd – DUBLIN

24th – PRESTON – 53 Degrees

25th – BRISTOL – Marble Factory

26th – CHESTER – Live Rooms

27th – LEAMINGTON SPA – Assembly

28th – SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms

30th – WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms

31st – LONDON – O2 Academy Islington

November

2nd – BARNSTAPLE – Factory

3rd – READING – Sun 89

4th – SOUTHEND – Chinnerys

5th – HULL – The Welly

6th – OXFORD – O2 Academy

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Pete RingMaster 01/09/2016

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Able Archer – Scars

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Offering a flavoursome taster of their debut album, due for release in October, Irish band Able Archer has just released new single Scars. Previously the Dublin quintet band has revealed a strong ability to create tracks which arouse the spirit, emotionally ignite the imagination, and stir the listener with anthemic strength. Now they show a fresh and broader adventure to their sound which, though going by just the one song, suggests it will be a key character of the impending Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro) mixed and produced full-length.

Formed in 2011, Able Archer soon earned a potent local following which branched out as the likes of 2013 debut EP, Bullets, and its successor The Trouble with Strangers two years later, caught ears and imagination alike. Singles like Ghostmaker and The Warden have especially been potent in drawing fan and online radio support and with a live presence to match their adventurous sound Able Archer has established themselves as one of the most exciting propositions to emerge in recent years. It is too early to tell if their album is going to be the trigger to breaching greater attention and spotlights but Scars suggests it is certainly a possibility.

Scars is more of a slow burner compared to the likes of Ghostmaker yet it only needs one listen to leave an imprint, its depths and layers becoming more vocal over subsequent ventures. Rhythms and keys take a hold first, their introduction soon entangled in the melodic suggestiveness of guitar before vocalist Emmet McCaughey shares his distinctive tones. With the infectious stroll of Diarmuid Breathnach’s bass aligning with the equally contagious invention of guitarist Rob McDonnell and the mesmeric lure of Neil Buckley’s keys, the song is soon a magnetic roar with a rising intensity to match the emotional charge of the vocals.

As suggested, the song warrants time to unveil all its strengths but from the first moment with the swinging beats of Seán O’Connor key, Scars captivates while hinting of something to eagerly anticipate in the shape of the band’s upcoming album.

Scars is out digitally now.

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Pete RingMaster 01/09/2016

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Chasing Ghosts – Fearless EP

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Last year British quintet Chasing Ghosts made a potent introduction to themselves with the single Everything Changes; a song soon finding itself featured across fifty radio stations in the UK, US, and Canada, including ‘BBC Radio, ‘Total Rock’ and ‘Metal Nation Radio”. Now the Milton Keynes band is poised to unveil their debut EP Fearless; three shadowed strapped and emotionally charged tracks woven from the heavy throes of dark metal and gothic rock.

Formed by in the final days of 2014 by bassist/keyboardist Lee Brueton, a line-up change since the release of the aforementioned single has seen vocalist Nelson Cancini, lead guitarist Maycon Milani De Matos, rhythm guitarist Ashley Clark, and drummer Gary Fuller linking up with Brueton. Earlier this year, the quintet set about recording the Fearless EP at the renowned Lynchmob Studios in London, subsequently creating an encounter which quickly sparks intrigue and an appetite to hear more of the band.

Current single Fallen From Grace is the lead track from Fearless and already following its predecessor in earning strong radio support and play through again linking up with Pluggin Baby. From its initial caress of melody driven guitar, the song works on the imagination. It dips into an evocative smoulder as darkly toned vocals begin to share the track’s emotive heart. Presumably they being Cancini, there is a plain almost dour element to the voice which ignites to much more impressive heights as an emotive roar sweeps through the atmospheric shadows and heavy textures of the song.  Growing in character and strength with every minute spent with it, the track is magnetic drama continually making a richer seduction of ears and imagination with its Paradise Lost scented proposal.

Alongside the song are the similarly impacting proposals of Dark Skies and the EP’s title track. The first of the pair is bred from the same template as the single and begins in a very similar way but soon, as keys and guitars weave their poetic webs, reveals its own distinct character and emotionally shadowed adventure. Blending low key almost monotone flavours and colours with rousing flames of sound and energy, the track also blossoms with time and attention, invading ears and imagination with its lingering drama and temptation.

The title track swiftly reveals more urgency and an immediate intensity than its companions, a fire which as the band impressively mixes to greater effect the diversity of vocals, creatively blazes away and steals the show from the other two equally enjoyable songs.

As impressive as that earlier single and confirming the potential it suggested, the Fearless EP sees Chasing Ghosts growing into their sound and its own uniqueness with the promise of more to come while reinforcing their stature as a band to watch.

The Fearless EP is released September 2nd on iTunes and Spotify.

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RingMaster 01/09/2016

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