Radio Mafia – Don’t Think About It EP

An email from band member Dave introduced us to Irish outfit Radio Mafia and a debut EP which offered surprise after surprise. Don’t Think About It springs four tracks upon ears which are openly distinct to each other but united in treating expectations with contempt.

There is little we can tell you about Radio Mafia right now apart from they being a quintet hailing from Drogheda who have been a potent part of the local and Dublin music scene. They also have a debut album set for release later in the summer but first there is the small but seriously potent matter of this first EP to explore and quite likely get excited over.

With a general tag of being a rock band, Radio Mafia swiftly reveal that term covers a canvas of flavours and styles which never left us anything less than fascinated. Don’t Think About It opens with its title track, the song a gentle lure on ears with its instinctive funk pop stroll. The deep tone of the bass swiftly proved thick captivation matched by that urged by the emotive prowess of the vocals, both gaining a fiery energy as the track brews an earthy rock fuelled eruption.

It is a potent start to the release but soon eclipsed by the impressive presence of B.R.S., the second track immediately revealing muscle in its character and infectiousness. With eager riffs and ripe hooks aligning with thick swinging rhythms, the song roars and growls, unapologetic irritability coursing through its veins as electronic intimation adds bold temptation. In time, that energetic aggression turns into a senses crawling predation with a sludge thick appetite, the track only escalating its weight of persuasion and enjoyment with the unforeseen twist.

Glass Soldier is next up and again immediately had attention gripped with its flirtatious bassline, one soon matched by keys and the general swing bred nature of the track’s eager stroll. The bass continues to throw its rhythmic sway as drums set the track’s manipulative shuffle, guitar and keys brewing their own particular melodic captivation around the united vocals of the band. As with its predecessors the song simply hit the spot and as those before it in sharing its own particularly unique sound showed expectations a middle finger and pleasure a warm welcome.

Fit To Die completes the line-up, the track another with a heavier rock heart with just a touch of Therapy? like punk to its rapacious roar. As temptation lines every raw melodic wire intensity wraps each vocal roar just as aggression soaks the rhythmic intimacy of the track. It is a great end to a fine first union with Radio Mafia, an EP which may be thrilled the most with its earthy rock instincts but only lit ears and imagination from start to finish.

Don’t Think About It is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 13/03/2020

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Sixth Dimension – Tabula Rasa

It has been a fair while since we have heard from Czech thrashers Sixth Dimension and time which has seen the band go through a few changes but now they have returned to accost attention with a new EP and a quartet of tracks which we have no reserve in saying are their finest yet.

Based within Most and Teplice, Sixth Dimension emerged in 2002 and swiftly made a strong mark on the local and in turn national metal scene. A quartet of EPs has pushed their presence and reputation further afield with the last pair of Přežít! and Trauma firmly nudging on richer and broader spotlights. Four years after the release of the latter the band is back, now a quartet and with fresh aggressive fertility in their sound and songwriting, it all encapsulated within their striking attention demanding new EP, Tabula Rasa.

Tabula Rasa opens up with Vztek (Rage) and a barrage of barbarous but defined rhythms from drummer Buchy, his heady beats banging on the door of the senses and attention before being joined by a tide of riffs and the heavy grumble of Jenda’s bass. Quickly the bassist’s vocals spring their antipathy and magnetism into the assault, the guitars of Bombo and Špirda continuing to entrap and arouse with voracious riffs and grooves. There has always been a raw feral breath to the band’s thrash metal confrontations and the first song of the EP alone shows it has lost none of its potency even as craft and imagination in songwriting and sound has further grown.

The striking start to the release is only accentuated by next up Soudy (Judgments) and this time riffs from Jenda’s bass ignite ears alongside the bone shaking rapier swings of Buchy. It is another compelling start to a track that only brews greater animosity and temptation as guitars and vocals bring their accusation and dispute. As with the first song there is a richer metal spicing to the band’s individual thrash bred creativity, a composed and skilfully crafted enterprise which already sets the Tabula Rasa apart.

Inspired by the poem Der Ackermann aus Böhmen (Ploughman of Bohemia) by Johannes von Tepl dated 1401 A.D., …A Smrt (…and the Death) is a ravenous indeed malicious affair in heart and attack. Rhythms fly with voracious intent as riffs and grooves sear the senses, Jenda’s tones and indeed the backing calls of the band as spiteful as they are anthemic. Even so the melodic design of the song is raw seduction, the irritability of the track fuelling its nagging before the EP closes out with Závist Navzdory (Despite the Envy (A history of estrangement and dream)), a track which itself is inspired by the literary world, in this case by a book by Z.Kalista on Albrecht von Wallenstein.

The most turbulent and tempestuously hostile track on the release, it also springs some of the most infectious grooves amidst addictive sonic temptation. From start to finish the song defiled and inflamed the ears and appetite, a habit forming assail on the senses which pretty much sums up Tabula Rasa as a whole.

As we said it has been a while since Sixth Dimension stood toe to toe and challenged major recognition and now we know who our money is on thanks to their rather fine new EP.

Tabula Rasa is out now across numerous online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 15/03/2020

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