Despyre – Rise Up

The sound of Long Island, NY metallers Despyre is another which seems openly bred in familiar strains and flavours of sound but emerges as something boldly individual to its creators; all the proof within the band’s striking new album, Rise Up. Each of its tracks makes like a mix of old friend and adventurous new protagonist and all provide one fiercely enjoyable encounter arousing the senses and spirit alike.

The classic and the fresh collude across Rise Up for a multi-flavoured proposal which demands attention. There is a punch to the release which often left us breathless but equally a comforting reassurance in a world of madness from those recognisable inspirations to its character. Produced by Life of Agony’s Joey Zampella, the album assaults and incites, harasses and inflames body and senses from start to finish leaving plenty for the imagination to play with too.

Rise Up immediately hit the spot with opener Liberate, the song emerging from chaos through the melodic threads of guitarists Dennis Gaudio and Brad Maestro, voracious riffs swiftly following as rhythms descend with ruthless intent. Rob Malvagnos’ potent tones add to the immediately compelling incitement, his attack and texturing as rousing as the tempestuous and skilfully conjured sounds around him. Thrash and extreme metal hues collude with classic/melodic metal enterprise as the song ignites ears and an album which from start to finish only compounds its impressive incitement.

Only slightly less insatiable, Regret follows casting a melodically wired tempting with irritability in its lining. The alluring vocals of Malvagnos are potently backed by the rawer throated roars of Maestro as they add to the stirring heart of the song before DRU eclipses it with its dirt encrusted rock ‘n’ roll. The swinging rhythms of drummer Dave Riggins set the tone, the attitude sparked by the brooding throatiness of Kevin Cassidy’s bass as well as the group calls inclinations as imaginatively adopted by the rest of the band in their exploits.

Our favourite track is next up, Evil Inside an irresistible sing-a long moment sprung from seductive enterprise and heart bred drama. It was impossible not to be wrapped up in the writhing melodic threads of guitar or the earnest feel of the vocals and enslaved to the rich roar of an intimate chorus which just demanded participation.

Even though Complicated could not quite live up to its predecessor, the track had the body bouncing with the dark groan of the bass inflaming personal appetite while Twisted equally had the imagination hooked with its sinister keys cast opening before the suggested almost demonic darkness consumes the subsequent ravening sound and the discontent fuelling it. Both tracks simply added to the raw pleasure of Rise Up with the second especially manipulative with its thrash nurtured essences before Hell Freezes Over shares even deeper corners of darkness within its apocalyptic fringed tempest with just as rousing enterprise from all sides of the quintet.

A riveting version of the classic Life Of Agony track, Underground, follows; Despyre rather than re-inventing it casting their own predacious metallic imagination over its indisputable glory to create another mighty moment within the release.

The album closes up with Blue Sky (Reborn), a stripped down version of a track from the band’s debut EP. With radiant female vocals to the side of Malvagnos captivating tones within the acoustic laced embrace of guitars, the song brings the release to a truly magnetic conclusion.

Rise Up is not exactly unique yet stands as individual to Despyre as you could wish leaving us only with a hunger for much more from a band surely set to face far greater attention.

Rise Up is out now via Pavement Entertainment; available across most stores and through https://www.pavementmusic.com/product/despyre-rise-up/

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 Pete RingMaster 25/06/2019

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St. Christopher Medal – Hoof!

Hoof! sees the return of a particularly firm captivation going by the name of St. Christopher Medal. It was four years back that the Scotland hailing outfit bewitched attention and praise with debut album Sunny Day Machine and can look forward to much more of the same with its successor.

In many ways simply taking up the persuasive enterprise their first album left us with, Hoof! takes the listener deeper into the imagination and evocative fusion of country rock and Perthshire bred Americana which marked its predecessor. It brings a realm of melancholic poetry and melodic intimacy to the bracing remote isolation of the highlands but hope embracing songs which for the main effortlessly nestled under the skin as they ignited the imagination amidst personal associations.

Hoof! opens up with its first single, Fallen Angel rising up from a stark breeze to magnetically head through ears. In moments the spirited sounds of the track embraced ears, the earnest tones and words of Alistair Mathieson riding the bold stroll of rhythms as the evocative tapestry of Andrew Jeffries’ keys and the piano of Liam Cassidy weaved its suggestion. It is an immediately infectious affair with a tenacious rock heart aflame with the almost searing enterprise of guitarist Kenny Mathieson and a great start to a quickly compelling release.

The sensitive hug of Country Music follows, the song wrapping its melancholic reflection with the familiar essences of the wrapping its title suggests. It is a flavouring which does not generally spark our fires here yet in the craft of St. Christopher Medal only enticed as its in-depth experiences echoed before Wayne, Moon Pilot emerged from its spatial poetry aligned flight with its own expressive saunter, melodies and heart sharing voice again simply relaxing into one magnetic union with just a tinge of Bowie to its cosmic glide. Once more the band equip beauty and elegance with a sturdy rock ‘n’ roll spine, the rhythms of drummer David Mack and bassist Billy Nisbet almost imposing as they fire up the heat of the spiral of melodic fire escaping guitars.

From the dark shadows and sorrow of Baseball Jacket with the vocals of Steph Fraser a radiant companion to the more homely tones of Mathieson, and across the expansive landscape of the ultimately insular exploration of The Desert Wind & The Jazz Wolf, band and album only continued to seize attention and appetite with the latter especially commanding though soon outshone a touch by the Americana poppiness of Family Tent with its thick swing and contagious energy.

There is no lessening of temptation as Silver Lake and The Ties That Bind share their individual consternations, the first sharing a downcast examination before the second reflects on life within a bolder country rock canter with a certain wild west romancing to it, the easily enticing pair though eclipsed by the simply bewitching Diablo, a song which just kissed personal likes with its smiling melodies and virulent hook.

The album closes out upon the ripe sunset of Those Nights and its title track, each easy but inescapable temptation which sparked thoughts as firmly as attention, the last especially irresistible whilst epitomising the craft, imagination, and soul-stirring heart-rending prowess of St. Christopher Medal.

Whether Hoof! will cheer you up when truly down is debateable but it makes for an understanding companion whilst providing music which just captures the imagination; what better reason to immerse in the melancholia rich world of St. Christopher Medal.

Hoof! is out now via Stereogram Recordings; available @ https://stereogramrecordings.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 02/07/2019

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