The sign of a really potent introduction is that it is still grabbing new attention and support months after its initial release, and that is exactly what Obscured Misery, the debut from UK thrash metalcore outfit The Redeemed is making a success of. Offering three slices of imposing and magnetic ferocity forged metal, the EP is an ear pleasing, appetite breeding assault from a band swiftly revealing the potential for great things.
The quintet comes from the heartland of Surrey with its seeds sown with the coming together in jam sessions of band founder Anthony Wiseman with fellow guitarist Ben Newton back in 2013. A mutual love for bands such as As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Inflames, and Caliban cemented their creative link, songs soon emerging from the pen of Wiseman and expanded with the lead guitar prowess of Newton. Subsequently after a few misses, a stable full line-up emerged with the addition of bassist Josh Lightfoot and drummer Steve Dun, eventually vocalist, once of Piss Viper, completing the band. Obscured Misery is the band’s first onslaught and one, with its creative web and striking dexterity, relentlessly making an impressive invitation to new attention.
The EP’s title track opens things up, Obscured Misery entangling ears in a maze of Newton’s creative tendrils, his guitar spewing sonic vines with skill and ease as a rhythmic intensity rumbles and then bursts. The throat raw tones of Fletcher are just as quickly surging through ears, growling with discontent as bass and rhythm guitar almost swing in attitude and enterprise. The song’s emerging landscape is a tapestry of twists and turns, never taking a moment to relax as neither can the listener as torrents of imagination loaded textures and eventful dexterity enjoyably impose. Forged on a host of metal bred styles, the track is a striking start displaying the individual and united zeal forged skills of the band but equally a maturely inventive composure.
The Concept follows and equally strikes a chord with ears and appetite in no time especially with Lightfoot revealing his clean vocal strength for a great contrast and complement to the rasping tenacity of Fletcher. As ravenous in character and tone as its predecessor, the song also slips into calmer waters with fluid adventure though never settling there too long before its volcanic heart and creative blaze resurfaces and drives things on again with Newton’s prowess exceptional throughout.
The EP is completed by Last Mistake; itself a skilfully bred maelstrom of craft and creative attributes leaving already impressed ears greedier. Certainly it lacks something indefinable compared to its companions on personal tastes but only accentuates and reinforces the real pleasure of being surrounded by the EP’s creative tempest with only its fade out something to grumble at and that is just a personal bugbear of any song.
Together the trio of tracks declare The Redeemed as a band attention is a forgone conclusion for with the promise of bigger and bolder exploits ahead breeding just as strong anticipation for those things to come. The UK just might have a new major force in the making.
The Obscured Misery EP is out now @ https://theredeemeduk.bandcamp.com/releases
Pete RingMaster 26/07/2017
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