Incendiary beginnings: introducing Blast Bomb

This past December saw the release of the debut single from German rockers Blast Bomb, a band with friend of The RingMaster Review and owner of the great independent label Undead Artists, Johnny Rose as its vocalist. The whole of the band though has a pedigree which matches their passion and craft, all in potent evidence within Born To Lose. With thanks to the whole band we grabbed the chance to find out more about Bomb Blast and their first single…

 

Hello guys and big thanks for taking time to chat with us.

Kein Problem, Danke fur dein helfen!

Can you first introduce the band?

Johnny: Singer

Torben: Guitar

Klaus: Guitar

Kai: Bass

Tobi: Drums

When did the band come together and what are your individual musical histories before Blast Bomb?

Torben – The Band comes together in the beginning of 2017 (January). I make music together with Tobi since school. Must be since 1995 or something like that, a long time. Klaus always says we know each other so well if someone does a fart the other reacts from the music view. Our first real band was High Gain District. A few years ago I played together with Klaus at Skull Harvest, so there comes the connection.

Kai: Skull Harvest 1999 – 2005 / Spezialangriff 2010 – 2012 / This One Goes To Eleven 2006 – 2016

Johnny – Torben and Tobi played together in bands for many years! Torben and Klaus played together in bands for many years….. Kai, Torben and Klaus played in bands together for many years…. are you sensing a pattern????

We already know Johnny from his exploits with Thirteen Shots and his label Undead Artists, how did you Johnny meet the rest of the band and what sparked your addition to its line-up?

Torben – the band posted an advertisement on a local band platform that they are searching a singer. At the same time Johnny makes a post that he searches for a band. So he receives the handy recordings from the last practice and in the next weeks some rehearsals was arranged. The rest is history…

Johnny – The guys have all been friends and playing music together for many years, ok in different bands but that chemistry was very obvious for me from hearing the live demo’s, so I was delighted when I got the chance to audition…..

Was there a deliberate direction you wanted to take Blast Bomb or has that and your sound just organically come together?

Torben – The sound comes automatically together from the single members. So we formed our own sound, every member of the band has his influences. Tobi has a Jazz and Alternative background, Kai has a stoner source, Klaus comes from Metal, Torben is more Rock orientated and Johnny …

Johnny – My music taste is superb! Who doesn’t love Chris De Burgh???

Torben – But all members are very open to ALL kinds of music, they have the same opinion about music … If it is good, it is good!!!

How would you describe the band’s sound to newcomers?

Torben – The band sound is something between Punk Rock, Rock, Metal, Stoner and Alternative… The term Crossover is a bit dusted but could maybe fit in another context than in the 90’s.

Johnny – I think the sound is more Punk ‘N’ Roll, we are certainly a crossover but we have this raw energy that runs through every song…..that to me is Punk ‘N’ Roll. But we need you guys to help us?? Who are we? What are we? haha

Can you give a flavour of some of the inspirations which may have made an impact on the band but certainly on your personal tastes and approach to making music?

Johnny -Well for me The Beatles, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd are my biggest influences! But the older Crossover punk bands are the reason I make the music I do…Misfits, Amen, Snot, Turbonegro. I am fascinated by concept bands too, something I would love day love to try, I like the attention to detail in the concepts.

Torben- Guns N Roses (Appetite For Destruction and Lies, when the Illusions came out I throw everything in the garbage), Pantera , Rage against the Machine, Suicidal Tendencies, Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Klaus- My First contact with Rock was Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath; I found the records from my stepfather. But later I found love for grunge Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden… I am also a big fan of Elvis, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis

Torben – Klaus ALSO LOVES Judas Priest and Iron Maiden…

Kai – Don’t forget Adriano Celentano Klaus

Klaus-oh and Jimi Hendrix….

Kai- For me its 80s Metal and Bay-Area Thrash to Stoner bands and the explosive Scandinavian Rock scene in the 90s; there’s too many to mention…

Tobi -NO MEANS NO, Primus, NO MEANS NO and of course NO MEANS NO

You have just released your debut single, Born To Lose; a three track feral punk ‘n’ roll attack showing creative irritability, ferocity, and attitude. It also reveals the variety of flavours in your sound. Is the single a full echo of your music or a teaser to an even broader tapestry?

Torben – It’s more a teaser, the band just in the forming process of their own style. The band creates a dozen songs since January; all have the same direction but are very different. The direction is forward …

Johnny – Absolutely, we are still finding our direction, The songs we are writing have so much power and purpose.  Born To Lose felt like the correct single to record as it was the first song I heard and realised I wanted to join this band; I actually wrote the lyrics on the train to my audition, not much has changed from my original lyric idea!

We all work together to encourage us to achieve our best.  Wait till you hear the full length

Can you give us a look into its themes?

Torben – Just wait for the Long Player… Till then we fix our sound…

Johnny – We keep working, Writing, Fine tuning, maybe we won’t rush the full length, better to focus on quality. We only want to put out the best, we are not kids anymore!

I assume you have a host of other songs in your arsenal. What was it about that trio which you felt made the best introduction to the band to the world?

Torben – We thought that it was a good idea to give a wide selection of our sound and don’t pick the most equal sounds.

Johnny – Yes we always knew that Maiden Hero and Born To Lose [would be on it] but we was unsure on the third option, we had another song in mind, But we played a show two days before we recorded and the feedback from friends and people at the gig made us re-think the third option…. that’s why we chose You’re Going Down… it was chosen kinda by fans.

The single is released through Italian label Archetype Records; how did that link up come about?

Torben – It just a friendship, so we help them and they help us. So it was a good opportunity for all of us.

Johnny – Yes these guys are trying to build something unique, we are trying the same, felt like a good agreement

On the live side of the band, you have already been successful supports to the likes of Honeymoon Disease, Conan, and Monolord, earning plaudits at the same time. When starting out did you suspect your sound would make a potent fit with bands and audiences of different genres?

Torben – No not really but we hope regarding our different sources and it seems that the idea works out well.

Johnny – To be honest I was incredibly nervous playing the show with Conan and Monolord. We are in NO WAY doomy but the crowd was more open than I expected, we got a really positive reception. We didn’t change our approach for the show so to see these doom fans getting down to some punk rock was quite amusing for me….

From the outside, The Hamburg music scene seems to be boiling up, how is it on the inside?

Torben – Curse and blessing at the same time. In Hamburg the scene is really big, so you can catch up a lot of influences. Furthermore you have the option to see a lot of bands, local and international, in the small and big clubs.

But regarding that it is hard to get a good gig and bring the people to the concerts. In Hamburg you can go to minimum 5 concerts every day. So it’s hard to get notified by the people but that makes us proud that we get that attention only after the first shows.

Johnny – Yes we just played our first headline show and the venue was pretty much sold out, it was certainly cosy. The Conan and Monolord show was just outside Hamburg, a Tuesday night and SOLD OUT… that to me was crazy.

I lose a lot of money a month in going to gigs, Some fantastic local bands too, in so many different styles.

What is next for Blast Bomb?

Torben – To rule the world 😉 …We are planning our first Italian tour, during the summer we want to play a few festivals and still searching for a good support slot. Furthermore we are looking to Johnny’s homeland to get a few shows there.

During the next year we want to do some more recordings, we think about a few small releases, nowadays we have no need to bring out a whole record… We bomb the world with a lot of, lot of small releases.

Johnny – haha Blast Bomb the world…..it will be explosive

Again many thanks for sharing your time; any last words you would like to add?

Torben – Better be aware the next bomb could be next to you …

Check out our review of Born To Lose @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/blast-bomb-born-to-lose/

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Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 10/01/2017

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Battlesword – Banners Of Destruction

As the band look forward to a potent 2018, appearances at the MetalDays Open Air Festival and Metal Inferno in Paderborn as support for Grave and Holy Moses already confirmed and in the midst of writing a new album, we look back at second full-length, Banners Of Destruction from German outfit Battlesword. Having missed it upon its release a fair while back and urged by the keen encouragement of our friend Markus Eck at Metal Message, we thought checking out what the fuss was about would be a smart move. This it proved to be, the release an imaginative and intense tempest of melodic death metal making a long overdue introduction for us to the Lower Rhine hailing quintet.

Formed in 1999, Battlesword has earned a rich reputation for their live presence and sound within the German metal scene, their 2003 debut album Failing in Triumph making a powerful statement in presence and sound. The years have seen the outfit earn plaudits sharing stages with the likes of Moonsorrow, Thyrfing, Suidakra, Warpath, Debauchery and many more alongside playing events like the Indoor Festival Battle of Otzenhausen and Slovenian festival MetalDays Open Air. It is also fair to say that Battlesword is a band which gives the time and effort needed to each step they make, a trait easily heard in their second album with its skilfully nurtured dynamics and enterprising textures. It is a sound which maybe evades true uniqueness, Amon Amarth easily coming to mind at times, but has its own character amidst enterprising adventure.

Banners Of Destruction is an album which simply grows in impressiveness and dexterity over time, each listen revealing fresh layers and dynamics maybe veiled upon initial visits. The same can be said for our ears about the tones of vocalist Axel Müller, his ursine delivery raw and centred on one attack to unsettle and scar ears yet with each listen his presence persuades that the album would not be as potent without his organic growl or indeed the specific craft of his companions.

The release opens with Spirit to the Flesh and an invasive yet enticing assault of heavy rhythms entangled in spidery tendrils of guitar. It is a strong invitation which soon breaks into an infectious saunter with a barbarous edge especially once Müller growls from its midst. The guitars of Christian Schmitz and Béla continue to encase the senses with predacious riffs and melodically lined grooves, the rolling beats of Andreas Klingen rousing and the grumble of Ben Bays’ bass taunting.

As the opener grabs attention, The Unnamed Magic similarly is a robust lure with its suggestive drama and portentous air around individual craft. It does not have the spark of its predecessor or seemingly the boldness but backs it up purposefully before the album’s title track winds rapacious grooves around the senses as rhythms pounce with matching character. The guitars continue to weave a melodic web as a great repetitious tinge lines their grooves, each adding to a suggestive tapestry of sound. Swiftly and firmly it eclipses the previous pair but itself is outshone by the prowling and imaginative presence of Grave New World. Müller’s almost corrosive style is a potent temper to the melodic spicing cast by the guitars, their union an effective conflict adding to the depth of song and sound.

The Silence of Victory continues the trend, one of the album’s very best moments an atmospheric instrumental which dances with the imagination as melodies seduce over a dark heartbeat while Tongues of Hatred brings carnivorous breath to the album’s experience with its intimidating air and touch. It is a trespass hungrily driven by the tenacious exploits of drums and bass but magnetically tempered by the spider’s web of animated melodies and venom lined but beckoning grooves. The track takes best song honours but soon equalled by successor Circle of Witches, a hip swinging, bone rattling stroll as flirtatious as it is predatory. Together they create the pinnacle of Banners of Destruction, a height prolonged if not quite to the same loftiness by the melodically mazy Bloodlust Symphony. It too is simultaneously a threat and enticement, Battlesword proving again they are adept at aligning contrasts.

Through the excellent Left for the Vultures where not for the first time on the album classic metal hues keenly lure ears and appetite and the tenaciously infectious and invasive There Will Be Blood, band and album hold attention with a firm hand, each of the two and especially the latter springing their own adventurous but enjoyably fierce and quarrelsome enterprise, aspects just as prevalent within the infernal temptation of Where Demons Awake, its charms woven by the ever alluring craft of the guitars.

Closed by the intensive examination sent across the senses by Enemy Divine and its hellish beauty, Banners of Destruction leaves pleasure rife. It maybe does not realise all of the bold adventure and individualism it persistently hints at but grabs the imagination from start to finish and nurtures a real anticipation for its successor.

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Pete RingMaster 09/01/2018

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Jane Allison – Methylene Blue

As 2017 went through its final handful of rewarding weeks, it is fair to say it produced some of its biggest musical treats, one of which was the new album from singer songwriter Jane Allison. The follow-up to her hypnotic debut album Just Another Girl three years earlier, Methylene Blue is a tantalisingly magnetic affair in its own right deserving of all the praise carrying attention it can muster.

The former vocalist of indie outfit KarmaDeva, Jane Allison Stanness to give her full name is one of those talents and voices which almost haunt the imagination. Her songwriting is an embrace of observation and intimacy, her fusion of folk and Americana a warm melancholic hug on the senses which carries you away in thought and creative seduction. Proof came with Just Another Girl and its bewitchment of emotive shadows and personal angst, attributes all the richer within the breath-taking thought courting adventure of Methylene Blue which confirms Jane Allison as one of Britain’s finest modern day troubadours, or should that be trobairitz.

Unveiling tales of “dereliction, salvation, obsession and allure, with its title track inspired in parts by the breath-taking love letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West”, all providing an “homage to triumph, defiance, the heroine, the daughter, and the muse”, Methylene Blue was recorded in fits and starts during Kula Shaker’s 2016 20th anniversary and K2.0 world tour. Blessed with the backing vocals of Audrey Evans from Mediæval Bæbes, the album arose at a time of great personal loss and during the devastating attack on Brussels. There is sadness at its heart but equally defiance and hope thick warmth which brews a melancholy so easy to immerse within.

The album opens up with Ain’t Wreckin’ Me, a country fuelled canter with the rich familiar twang the style often brews; its lure wrapping Allison’s enticing tones soon backed by equally beguiling harmonies. Rising from the ashes of a lost relationship, the track is a bouncy self-affirming affair getting the album off to a very potent start.

The outstanding Another Prayer follows, its mellow sighs riding a captivating swing as Allison again lures total attention with her bewitching voice and keys bred melodies. The darker pulse of bass is as compelling; its lurking presence engaging as the song with a certain Kirsty MacColl hue to it sublimely seduces ears and appetite before Hollow Rock slips in on a vibrant shuffle, growing second by second into a similarly absorbing proposal. Harmonica and guitar weave their own Americana spawned temptation but there is no denying that it is Allison’s voice and craft which takes the tightest grip.

Oh Girl is next, caressing ears with its gentle but determinedly infectious and lively serenade while its successor, For What It’s Worth shares a heart spilling ballad. From its initial breath, the first of the two is working away building towards a galvanic crescendo, Allison the fascination at its core while in contrast the second strolls along with reflection and brewing affirmation for company. Both songs simply charm in their individual ways as too the album’s title track, another skilfully catchy and soulful croon upon the ears hard to get too much of.

That is something which applies to all tracks within Methylene Blue, as the charismatic saunter of Forgotten Son and the brooding drama of Outlaw Valentine prove. The pair seizes ears and imagination with unstoppable ease, the first arresting ears with its expression and emotion, the body with its bounce while its companion takes the listener into a spellbinding landscape of long shadows and dark romance with a delicious carnival-esque hued undercurrent. The track, the best or not on the album, is undoubtedly the most enthralling.

The smiling invitation of Texas Baby blends the country joy of its named state with Nashvillian flavours before Unknown Soldier bring things to an alluring and haunting close. It is a fascinating and highly enjoyable end to an album which commands regular attention. It is fair to say that the genres at the heart of Allison’s music do not generally induce our passions but in her hands they combine to truly pleasure our ears and enrich our days.

An accomplished actress in her own right and soon to be seen in the film Slaughter House Rulez, a Simon Pegg / Nick Frost comedy horror movie directed by Crispian Mills and surely basking in plaudits for Methylene Blue, Jane Allison could find 2018 a very big year.

Methylene Blue is available now @ https://janeallison.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 10/01/2017

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