Zedi Forder – Isolation

The musical journey of the members of UK outfit Zedi Forder has left behind a legacy of metal and rock induced captivation under the guises of Tricore, An Entire Legion, and Rind Skank; an adventure we caught upon from its early days and have lustfully devoured thereon in, their previous escapades in Zedi Forder no exception. May sees the trio unleash their second album and yes the slavery of our ears, instincts, and imagination continues through Isolation.

In fact there is not just Isolation to consider as the band has also unveiled twinned project Zedi Forder Superium with its first release, Judgement. Consistently the band’s songs feel like they are itching to venture to other places whilst relishing the landscape they thrill, this alter-ego of sorts pure fascination just as a thought before a sound was heard and which you can explore with us in a separate review on the site. As for Isolation; it is a release not bred by the current challenge upon the whole world, though it feels a perfect soundtrack for current times, but one borne “out of a sense of feeling separate and apart from the various communities and industry elements that dominate most of the music world.” From their first days as Zedi Forder the threesome of guitarist Mark Carstairs, drummer/vocalist and primary song writer Chris Kerley, and bassist Rich Tomsett have musically stood outside of the crowd and too often the richness of attention deserved but with a so what defiance which fuels their invention, power, and imagination. It is a situation and attitude which has wrapped Carstairs and Kerley across their decade long creative union also embracing those previous bands though you can only feel it has also been incitement to their true uniqueness and one of the UK’s finest if yet to be truly recognised songwriters in Kerley.

With Carstairs departing after the release of the Woking band’s first album in 2017, being firstly replaced by April Cox, the band’s current line-up was completed by Wayne Clifford last year, a seamless change which has seen the band spring some of their finest moments yet within Isolation. The instantly intriguing One Hundred Exactly starts things up, gently caressing ears with guitar and bass as breath bred sighs shimmer. Kerley’s distinctive tones and melodic touch is already feeding a waiting appetite which became only greedier once the song erupts in a charge of hungry riffs and carnivorously swung rhythms. Zedi Forder have a wholly unique sound which is as pungent within Isolation but as the opener swiftly insists it does not stop each track caging new and fresh adventures and trespasses. The opener continues to flourish as metal and heavy rock essences collude, again in a sound which defies true tagging as it teases in variety and diversity.

The outstanding start continues through Partaay, waspish grooves instantly seducing our imagination and imagination as the band proceed to harass and encroach on the senses. As with all songs though, things twist in an instant, change in a moment of mischief as unpredictability seeds virulent captivation found within the mercurial encounter before JoJo conjures its own magnetic field of electronic and sonic contemplation around the expressive and animated vocals of Kerley. As it bites it seduces, rhythms skilfully plundering the senses as grooves prove infernal flirtation in another enslaving moment within Isolation.

Through the metal forged and infectious dare we say almost electro poppy antics of The Herder, a glorious slice of viral addictiveness, and Messy Mechanical with its electronicore scented, infection loaded multi-flavoured rock stroll there was an escalation in attention and pleasure which No Taint stalked and added to with its mix of rhythmic predation and melodic seduction. As within all songs, there is plenty more going on to hungrily court the imagination, electronic and alternative textures as prevalent as other funk and metal nurtured aspects.

Shallow Black provides an epic and atmospheric excursion next but as you may now expect one which challenges as it entices, dark almost apocalyptic enterprise merging with invigorating melodic and sonic temptation while straight after Anonymoose springs a web of cosmopolitan temptation and insular trespass as virulent and rousing as anything within this and any album heard so far this year.

The trio continue to devour expectations and grip ears through the diverse combination of Try Your Luck, a track as funky as it is rapacious, the electronically infested cauldron of metal provocation that is We’re All Coloured, and the similarly bred and equally unique Alterway; the trio providing maelstroms of flawed emotion and intimacy aligned to riveting manipulation.

Wake Up is the final track, as in the last Kerley’s rhythms shaping the attack as potently as his tones and here prowling through the darkest shadows and intense emotions as wiry grooves wrap around the senses alongside the tenebrific crawl of the bass. It is a superb end to the release, an almost claustrophobic pleasure and another major highlight among so many within Isolation.

As mentioned we have been hooked on the band’s sound since day one but that brings a greedier and harsher demand for innovation and surprise with every release; once again Zedi Forder has delivered and how…

Isolation is exclusively released May 15th @ https://tricore.bandcamp.com/ with a “PAY WHAT YOU LIKE” pricing.

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Pete RingMaster 14/05/2020

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Tokyo Lungs – Self Titled 7”

It is hard to imagine how James Domestic has time to breath let alone do the things everyday life demands as it seems he is here with a new proposal each and every month but obviously his lungs are still in full order as he is back once more to accost and excite the senses as one half of Tokyo Lungs. Renowned for his part as frontman for The Domestics as well as Pi$$Er/Bring The Drones/Dis-Tank/Cabro he has linked up with fellow Domestic and member of Casual Nausea and Massakree Simon Battery to create the US hardcore inspired Tokyo Lungs who make their debut this month with a violently raucous and addictive self-titled EP.

As all his exploits to date despite the recognisable snarl of his voice, Tokyo Lungs unleash a sound which swiftly uncages commandingly potent individuality within nine songs staying a combined eight minutes give a second or two. With few spare seconds to play with songs have to make true impact character and uniqueness wise and that they inescapably do from the EP’s opener, titled Tokyo Lungs. A sonic line draws intrigue and attention into the waiting maelstrom; one loaded with rampant rhythms and voracious riffs. Domestic’s tones are soon a caustic blaze in its midst as too the visceral spite and the twists of invention spawned here and throughout the release.

It’s Gone devours the air next, the senses withering before its infectious trespass with the combined vocals of the pair a rousing lead before Out Cold sets debilitating rock ‘n’ roll upon the listener. It proved hard to choose a favourite track in the 7” but the track’s virulent assail is always leading thoughts just as its rhythmic agitation incites the body and vocal rousing sparks the throat, guitar enterprise taking on the imagination; success echoed in Showbiz Fucker and its celebrity assassination.

Everything about the EP hit the spot we have to say but the rhythmic baiting within all tracks proved a potent lure as shown again by the lead into next up I’m Weak, beats forging an addictive appetite before voice and guitar ravage, the bass offering its own brutality. Domestic’s declaration are as ravenous as the sounds around him, the track a toxic yet invigorating incitement on ears as it brings side 1 to a close.

Shot Dead opens up the flip side, its ferocity and venom matched in potency by the craft and aggressive invention escaping the duo, a combination just as imposing and thrilling within the voracious almost carnal exploits of Fake Death. As mentioned, the band’s sound is seeded in US hardcore but there is definitely a raw British hardcore/punk edge and lining to it all which makes the songs standout  as much as the invention shaping the furies.

The final pair of (No) Argument and Put me Down savage with individuality too, the first a bruising tirade making for forty seven seconds of exhausting pleasure and its successor, from the delicious and thickly magnetic drama of an entrance, a senses blistering rally of lethal rhythms and sonic invasion wired with searing melodic eruptions.

Both tracks epitomise the feral yet skilfully crafted character of the 7” and its gripping sound with Tokyo Lungs setting down a marker and debut sure to thrill punk appetites everywhere.

The Tokyo Lungs 7” is released 22nd May through Kibou Records (UK), Amok Records (Germany) and Blownout Media (U.S.); pre-ordering available now through their respective Bandcamp profiles.

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Pete RingMaster 09/05/2020

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Zedi Forder Superium – Judgement

As if one Zedi Forder album was not enough to be excited over, the trio has a second to grip attention in the shape of Judgement; though this is an entirely different proposition to explore, a twin project going by the name of Zedi Forder Superium. Self-described as “The sledgehammer to Zedi Forder’s scalpel; two sides of the same coin,” this openly unique alter-ego is a far fiercer trespass on the senses and imagination, a fury of sound and thought which soon proved just as striking and compelling as its counterpart.

Whereas the second Zedi Forder album, Isolation, exposed and explored “a sense of feeling separate and apart from the various communities and industry elements that dominate most of the music world”, Zedi Forder Superium takes on the whole world and its corruptions and toxicity which the Woking, UK hailing trio of drummer/vocalist and primary song writer Chris Kerley, guitarist Wayne Clifford, and bassist Rich Tomsett describe as “a fury from the voice of a calculating arbiter that looks to right the wrongs of the world, of all scopes and sizes, one at a time”.

As a mechanical toned voice casts accusations and lyrical reprisals across Judgement, there is something of The Day the Earth Stood Still meets V for Vendetta to the character of the album while musically it is bred in the varied metal and raw rock instincts of the band. As the opening Anthem Of Justice reveals it is an inclination which does not deter melodic enterprise and bold imagination. Instantly the track is buzzing around ears, its hornet like riffs harrying the senses and a quickly formed appetite as beats jab and its bassline weaves. That machine-like vocal incitement is swiftly in the centre of the creative dispute, staggering its potent challenge as Kerley’s predacious rhythms dance. Equally bass and guitar share certain rapacity in their touch and enterprise, the combination as varied in flavour as it is barbarous in touch.

Wherefore Art Thou follows, its initial attack Skindred like but soon stalking the listener with its own bold intensity, style, and a swing which had us bouncing. Alongside the mechanical proclamation, Kerley aligns his own distinctive melodic tones; that seemingly the spark to increased imagination and diversity within the song which by now bears at times a bit of an Anti-Clone like hue.

Next up is Knock Knock and immediately it nags ears with riff wired temptation, an accompanying trespass tempered by floating harmonies and melody bred grooves though they in turn are preyed upon by a virulence of voracious rhythms and the sonic toxicity of the guitar. The track is as irresistible as those before it, proving even easier to be greedy over while Fight Evil With Intolerance is almost sermon like in its rise and injurious in its intent yet, as within all tracks, proves a supportive and rousing incitement physically and provocatively.

As Slippery Slope entangles ears and imagination in its remorseless intimation and implacable dynamics, only tightening its grip across striking twists and devious turns, and Noisy pushes all the right buttons with barbarous and ruthless prowess, Judgement only confirmed its impressive and addictive presence, Awake backing both up in creative kind. It too prowls and stalks the listener, a sonic predator embroiled in the voracious instincts of groove and alternative metal but wrapped in a progressive veil of fertility.

Completed by the melodic melancholy and shadow escaping sure hand of Quell My Beating Heart, beauty shimmering off every surface it bears, Judgement was total captivation. Easily fans will know its source from the craft and songwriting behind it and Kerley’s distinct tones yet the album and indeed Zedi Forder Superium itself has risen to find uniqueness amidst inescapable dominance.

Judgement exclusively released May 11th @ https://tricore.bandcamp.com/ with a “PAY WHAT YOU LIKE” pricing.

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Pete RingMaster 14/05/2020

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