Seratones – Power

 

We will admit when reading the press release for new album Power, that US outfit Seratones had set about “trading in the brash proto-punk of their critically acclaimed debut for a timeless brand of gritty soul, one that takes its cues from vintage Motown and Stax even as it flirts with modern synthesizers and experimental arrangements” we had the beginning of a sinking feeling as Get Gone was one vigorously thrilling and addictive encounter. Dipping into its successor though, we quite simply found something even more glorious and irresistible; that casual perusal becoming a rapacious devouring in swift time.

The melodic and soulful prowess of the Shreveport quintet was certainly no secret within their debut album but has just been set alight through the band’s classic inspirations for their hungrily evolving sound and second full-length. The vocals of AJ Haynes again grips attention, within Power her presence and delivery a siren drawing ears and appetite eagerly into the melodic and soulful rock ‘n’ roll of the release. She seems to hungrily relish the new direction in the band’s sound while alongside the major shift in its evolution has led to original guitarist Connor Davis leaving and guitarist Travis Stewart and keyboardist Tyran Coker enlisted to join Haynes, drummer Jesse Gabriel, and bassist Adam Davis; a union which from start to finish had the body grooving and passions racing within Power.

Produced by Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz, the album instantly lays down the richest bait with the rhythmic lure of Fear, the opener an enticing prowl before slipping into a rapacious stroll with melodic crystals breaking upon its immediate contagion. Haynes just as quickly embraces eager ears with her seductive lures, the tapestry of sixties temptation inciting swinging hips and feet to be as boisterous as the appetite for the song’s sweltering temptation. The first irresistible moment of the release, the song sets the tone and adventure of Power whilst hinting at its diverse web of temptation.

The throaty lure of Davis’ bass is just as manipulative within the album’s following title track, with the animation of Gabriel’s beats rousing an eager canter awash with the caresses of Coker’s keys. Instincts again are quickly sparked by the song, the body bouncing to its enthused energy and movement as vocals and melodies rise with matching persuasion and shimmering heat. If the first track had the listener physically doing its bidding, its successor is pure slavery with creative devilment roaring with a blend of The Crystals bred pop and the power soul of Chantal Claret (Morning wood) and living up to its name in strength, roar, and heart.

Heart Attack follows with a just as enslaving sound and character, Haynes alluring voice an immediate persuasion amongst oriental spiced melodic teasing before another insatiable surge of pop ‘n’ soul flavoured rock ‘n’ roll breaks out. There is a relatively more controlled urgency to its stride compared to those before it even with the hint of power pop insistency with the keys a beguiling shimmer of intimation, one which effortlessly seduced before Lie To My Face brings its own individual temptation and presence forward. It too found no resistance to its slow compelling saunter and heated melodies as subtle but piercing hooks line voice and sound with inescapable resourcefulness.

An echo of the band’s earlier proto-punk styled sound sizzles within next up Gotta Get To Know Ya, lurking around even as the track erupts with spiky R&B revelry. The song’s funk swing gets under the skin within a host of further seconds; its pop instincts just as vocal within the punk breath escaping its lungs while Over You deviously provoked and received full involvement with a seduction akin to a fusion of Aretha Franklin and Mari Wilson.

The array of flavours within the core funk/soul heart of Power is as tantalising as its songs, a gospel-esque undertone to the tantalising croon of Permission with the following Sad Boi bringing a more eighties spiced electronic pop ‘n’ roll to tease and tempt adding to its wealth. Both songs beguiled as they aroused though each are slightly eclipsed by the rapturous enterprise of Who Are You Now, a slice of irresistibility with a great Asa feel to it.

Power is brought to a close by the heart bred magnetism of Crossfire, the rich prowess and call of Haynes’ vocals hugged by the intimacy of keys as dark hues resonate; it all building up to a fire of creative drama for one spellbinding end to a simply magnificent release.

Seratones has taken a bold step with their sound and we can only say we have all been blessed as one of the year’s most essential moments has been born.

Power is out now through New West Records; available @ https://seratones.bandcamp.com/album/power

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Pete RingMaster 05/09/2019

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Promethium – Revisions

Exploring the acoustic soul of their songs is a venture which few metal bands undertake or at least publically share but one that UK metallers Promethium has embraced. The spark to that exploration came in 2017 when the band was asked to play an acoustic slot at SOS Festival. Such the enjoyment band and fans shared it led to enquiries about an acoustic album and now two years on we have the seriously captivating Revisions.

The album features a collection of reworked tracks from the Lancaster quintet’s three albums and two EPs; songs which have shed heavy metal bodies to unveil their acoustic hearts through the prowess of vocalist Steven Graham and guitarist Daniel Lovett-Horn. Those familiar to a sound bred on inspirations ranging from Black Sabbath and Pantera to Metallica and Megadeth know it is a redoubtable and rousing proposition but one Promethium reveal a new depth and a fresh voice and power to tracks which have already left a potent impact.

Revisions opens with Tribute To The Fallen and as Lovett-Horn’s guitar coaxes ears and attention already there is a new sense of drama and intimacy to one of Promethium’s most compelling songs. Once Graham’s earnest tones join in, the track resonates in craft and emotion simultaneously revealing a new strength and depth of melancholy to immerse in.

Further new shades and aspects in the familiar characters of songs continue to be unveiled as the likes of Shellshock and Enemies Fate step forwards to equally enthral; the melodic hearts of all beacons in the dramatic arms of sorrow and reflection as echoed by the touchingly relatable intimacy of Nothing and the broader apocalyptic reflection of 20, 21, 15.

The following Visions features the guest vocals of Hannah Morris, her siren tones easily luring ears and imagination onto the mournful rocks of Graham’s voice and words. It is another gripping and powerful moment within Revisions joining every song in providing a majorly absorbing moment as shown again and again by the addictive likes of Murder Inc, Crashing Down Pt2. Reflections and Rain.

Sons Revenge completes the release, it too a piece of fascination as the craft and emotion of Graham and Daniel Lovett-Horn further highlights the strength and power of the band’s songwriting  whilst bringing new aspects of fear, heart, drama, and potency to tracks which have generally already proved striking propositions.

Revisions is for sure a must for all Promethium fans but equally a real pleasure for all with the appetite for powerful songwriting, melodic and emotional intensity, and creative dexterity.

Grab your copy of Revisions now @ https://www.promethiumband.com/shop

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Pete RingMaster 05/09/2019

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