Desert Clouds – Nothing Beyond The Cage

It is probably fair to say that we did not make an immediate connection with the new album from UK based rockers Desert Clouds yet there was a certain lure which took us back to its atmospheric embrace with intrigue and enthusiasm. It was an essence which grew richer as band and release, Nothing Beyond The Cage, blossomed by the listen into a fascinating and increasingly persuasive proposition.

Formed in 2008 in Naples, Italy, Desert Clouds relocated to London two years later. It was a time which saw instability in the band’s line-up though things were far more settled by the time 2017 EP, Time Distortions, was released; an encounter which drew strong attention the way of the band, praise carrying interest which was only built upon by subsequent singles in Speed of Light and Under Tons, both unveiled last year. It is easy to imagine that Nothing Beyond The Cage will only increase the reputation and stature of the quartet within the UK rock scene with its multi-flavoured and atmospherically provocative adventure.

Nurtured in a mix of grunge, stoner, doom, psych and alternative rock, the band’s sound is a seductive trespass as forceful and mercurial as it is plaintively intimate and brooding. Often it comes over within Nothing Beyond The Cage like a raw Doors meets a predacious Kyuss aligned to the emotive howls of early Coldplay amidst the soulful winds of Soundgarden but emerging if not boldly unique certainly clearly individual to Desert Clouds.

The album opens up with The Outcast Trail (See you Chris), a sullenly thoughtful ballad built on a web of melodic imagination and vocal emotion which roars like a funeral pyre in fiery crescendos. Unsurprisingly there are thick Soundgarden hues to the outstanding track, a tribute to Chris Cornell, with its sonic and emotive heat evocative and invasive, its enterprise seriously magnetic led by the inescapably compelling vocals.

The following Speed Of Light opens with a just as dark air, the bass of Julius Caesar a portentous throb within the wiry web and earthier riffs of guitarists/vocalists David Land and Val L. Wallace. With every passing note and vocal lure, the song’s intensity and drama increases, brewing up into a controlled yet feral blaze spiked by the predacious beats of Andrea Orabona. Though it lacked the spark of its outstanding predecessor for our appetite, the song enticed and lingered behind its wake before next up Take Off harassed the senses with its moody almost irritable melodic roar. Grooved tendrils vine the track with increasing captivation, their incandescent lures lava-esque within the song’s muggy climate.

The calmer but mercurial balladry of Under Tons tempts next, its tenacious croon as untamed as it is intimately restrained with every moment contrasted within another twist courtesy of craft and imagination before Overmore springs its desert/psych rock exploits on ears. A certain QOTSA lining adds to a swift appeal while its successor The Judgement carries a Coldplay/Muse like spicing which grew more flavoursome by the listen. All three tracks flourished over time whilst equally sharing the, at times understated but certainly not hidden, broad palette of sound the band creates with.

Final track is Whistling In The Rain, an almost bestial encounter in its prowling gait and ursine-esque growl but lava-like in its sonic climate and scorching winds. From vocals to guitar, rhythms to atmospheric conjuring, the song is another mighty highlight to Nothing Beyond The Cage, a release which we might have needed time to take to but have with real eagerness once we clicked.

Nothing Beyond The Cage is released January 18th.

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Pete RingMaster 17/01/2019

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Hails of metal and imagination; talking Shattered

US metallers Shattered have a sound which quite simply made us take notice so with big thanks to guitarist Tony Pettry we explored the band , its beginnings, sound, and plenty more…

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

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it began?

Hello, we are Shattered out of Tampa Bay, Florida. I, Tony Pettry and Tony Weaver decided to put a band together in 2014 because our musical styles of playing fit perfect.

Have you been or are involved in other bands? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing with Shattered?

Yes, I was in a couple different bands in the past and learned something from each one of them which I still carry with me today.

What inspired the band name?

After that we went through a bunch of names and made sure they were available and Shattered stood out above them all.

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

I thrive on being unique and all the different styles of music everyone brings to the table makes us stand out.

As the band has grown and evolved it is the same core intent driving the band?

I still have the drive as when we first started the band. Loosing members from different situations really helped me mature for the most part and I approach things in a different manner.

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

Our music is getting more technical as we grow together for sure.

Is that simply an organic growth or more you deliberately wanting to try new things?

All of us have so much music built up inside so we mix it all together till it moulds into a song.

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?

Every member in the band is different but personally King Diamond has always been my inspiration because of his uniqueness in music and stage performance.

Is there a general process to the band’s songwriting?

We share ideas and it goes forward from there.

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

Our vocalist likes fantasy and storyline type of songs which is always awesome in my book.

Would you give us some background to your latest release?

The last album was named “PRIDE” which was about bullying and standing up for yourself, an aggressive album on not letting people get the better of you and standing your ground. Our new album coming soon is called “SKINWALKER” focusing on stories about werewolves and more. It is going to be out this year.

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?

Yes, we like to walk into the studio fully prepared to record.

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

I love that not only do we have a blast sharing our music but doing crazy stuff during our performances to get the crowd going.

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?

I found that the social media helps a lot promoting. Honestly, it is hard to make an impact in the music scene so our best shot is being unique from other bands so we get noticed.

You mentioned the internet and social media, is it something the band easily embraces?

Social media is a positive 100%. We learn something new every day to get our name out there.

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

I just want to thank you for the interview and Sinister Guitar Picks, Fireball Whisky, From The Depths Entertainment, and Rogue PR for everything.

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Pete RingMaster 17/01/2019

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The RingMaster Review gets together with Spanish hard rockers JJ Friends in interview

Hello and thank you for taking the time to talk with us.

Can you present the band for the first time and give us some background on how everything started?

JJ Friends was born from the idea of Jose Jarque (voice) who after several bands decided to focus efforts on creating a group in which the closest musician friends participated. JJ Friends was born, 11 songs were written and the sound was worked on, a raw sound, pure hard rock with influences from the 70s and mix of 2018, a challenge that I think we have achieved.

Our style is pure hard rock.

How have those previous experiences with bands impacted on your creativity now and in the style and direction of the band’s sound?

All the components come from different backgrounds, with a wide career, between 20 and 25 years in rock. The impact is the power to make our rock more serene, more worked and with everything learned in the scenarios.

Our style is hard rock, we love it, we feel good, why change? No, we will not change; maybe we can play with more metal parts or more pop parts, but always with the hard rock base.

What inspired the name of the band?

Friendship…being able to work with great friends and what better then to translate it into the name directly.

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

Yes, the main thing was to gather those friends with whom we felt the same for rock and from the beginning we wanted to achieve a sound, powerful, seventies but at the same time modern today, I think we achieved it with a mixture of riffs and sounds.

…And now?

The idea of our band is the work, we create the themes, we polish them in the rehearsals and once finished, we continue working on them, re-polishing, until we are ecstatic with the subject.

Since its inception, how would you say its sound has evolved?

The band has little tour at this time, it only has one year of life, but it has evolved giving way to new songs within hard rock, more compact, more real.

Do you let things grow and evolve organically or deliberately look to try new things?

We are rock sound, we must listen to ourselves, and we are completely organic.

Probably throughout the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any that has particularly impacted not only on the music of the band but its member’s personal approach to and ideas about creating music?

Really like everyone we have musical references, ranging from Beatles, Rolling Stone, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Motley Crue, Scorpions, Van Halen, and in what gives us now the music we can name, Inglorious, Black Stone Cherry, The Dead Daisies, Richie Kottzen, and many, many more.

Is there a process in the composition that usually guides the writing of songs?

Previously we started with a riff; from there we composed a base melody and started to work on it, a thousand changes of structure, melody, etc. … until leaving a complete and compact base, then as indicated above, work without rest in the song.

Where do you most often draw inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?

All themes are the product of our experiences, both personal and visual, sentimental etc. … a hard day of work, the feeling for our music, lack of love, love, party, etc. …Even a theme in which we reflect the feeling of the first minutes of being a father.

Are you a band that enters the studio with songs in their final state or do you prefer to develop them while recording?

When we enter the studio we have or try to have everything defined and very worked; really in the studio we go very fast and do not earn too much money with us studies, hahaha.

Tell us about the live side of the band, probably the band’s favourite aspect?

The party, we are a band that has fun on the stage, we try to give the warmth to the public, we want them to enjoy as much as we do; on stage we are partiers, we involve all the public and we want them to sing with us.

It is not easy for a new band to have a regional impact, let alone nationally and farther away. How are you finding it?

We are still in the process, it is a very difficult road, we know it, but we will not stop until the end.

Once again, thank you very much for sharing your time with us; something you want to add or reveal for the readers?

Give them the grace for your work and for including us in your magazine, we are delighted and we want JJ Friends to be heard in all corners of the planet.

Check out JJ Friends further @ https://www.facebook.com/JJ-Friends-969137536525542/

Pete RingMaster 17/01/2019

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