MiXE1 – Don’t Break Apart

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It has been a fair while since the release of their debut album Starlit Skin, two and a half to be more accurate, but MiXE1 has leapt back into view with an ear grabbing roar of a new single which just demands attention. Showing an even greater meatier edge to the band’s emotionally fuelled melodic and electronic beauty, a fusion of textures which has been already explored to great success by them previously, the release is an imposingly stirring and provocative proposal with a B-side just as equipped and likely to draw a new wealth of ears and fans the way of the band.

Formed by Mike Evans (vocals/synths) in 2010 as a solo project, MiXE1 began heading towards being a full band with the addition of Lee Towson (guitar/bass/synth/vocals) two years later, today’s line-up completed with the subsequent addition of Lee O’Brien (drums/synth/samples). Singles and EPs along the way have all lured new spotlights and greater attention to match the growth in the band’s sound and Evan’s evocative songwriting. Starlit Skin was an acclaimed result of that on-going evolution with its lead single Talking In Our Sleep alone exciting new appetites. It has been a publicly quiet time since the excitement of their release died down but as Don’t Break Apart swiftly reveals it has not been a creatively infertile time or seen a lull in their sound’s development.

Don’t Break Apart instantly pulsates upon the senses, its golden harmonic touch laying on jabbing rhythmic pulses. Evans’ swiftly engaging tones step forward soon after, his ever expressive tones courted by synth bred caresses whilst that initial rhythmic coaxing persists. It is a gentle yet commanding lure with an underlying intensity which erupts as the chorus in time envelops the senses, warm and harsher textures united in infectious enterprise. That snarl infects the following twists and emotive throes of the track, the union of contrasting essences a magnetic web around an openly inflamed heart. Metal and heavy rock spices only add to the drama and adventure of the dark and rapacious incitement, the song showing the fresh move in the MiXE1 sound.

Accompanying the song is Meteor, a fireball of a proposition descending on ears with predacious intent from its first breath. A flame of guitars incites a wall of industrial toned synth bred intensity within which Evan’s warmer expressive vocals glow, backed by the similarly alluring tones of Towson who simultaneously offers a lively brooding bassline to get greedy over. With scything beats and bracing riffs building an industrial metal collusion with the synth rock endeavours of the synths, the track is a glorious blaze of sound and energy matching and occasionally over shadowing its companion.

With the release completed by the increasingly engaging remix of Don’t Break Apart by Ruinizer and featuring guest vocals from Richard K of Machine Rox, Erlend Eilertsen from Essence of Mind, and Roman Marisak out of Professional Murder Music/Spacetime along the way and extra synths from Studio-X, MiXE1 has returned brighter and bolder than ever before. Don’t Break Apart also provides a powerful teaser for the band’s second album due later this year, something we are already getting a touch impatient for.

Don’t Break Apart is available now @ https://mixe1.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 22/02/2017

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Gravves – Rattle

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There is no foreplay involved with Rattle the debut EP of British noise inciters Gravves. It is a release which, certainly for us, careered straight to lustful instincts from its very first roar of breath and sound, thereon in proceeding to entwine us around its little creative finger. Having an already well-established love for The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, an open inspiration to the North West hailing trio, certainly helped its persuasion but the four tracks making up Rattle soon established the band and its sound as something individual, unique, and quite irresistible.

Since forming, the threesome of bassist/vocalist Adam Hughes, guitarist/vocalist Dave Thomas, and drummer Tom Williams have persistently lured attention and a fine reputation with a stage show seeing Gravves play with bands such as Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, DZ Deathrays, God Damn, Heck, and Misty Miller, as well as impress with festival appearances at the likes of Focus Wales, Tramlines, and Threshold Festival. Radio has also eagerly embraced the band and its striking sound, a success easy to see expanding as Rattle takes the band towards a new broad tide of ears and fans.

gravves-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewRecorded with Michael Whalley (Mums, Kong, Bipolar Sunshine), Rattle simply explodes on the senses as opener My Pet Rihanna unleashes its sonic tirade. Within the clamour though, a virulent groove is forming, escaping and driving the song from thereon in as vocals clash and collude in noisy emotion while guitars and bass flare up and seductively groan respectively alongside each other. There is an inner calm in the turbulence too, a magnetic lure which breeds monotone vocals alongside the established outcry in a reflection of the dark touch of bass. There is no escaping the air of the previously mention Brighton band and at times there is a touch of fellow Brit up ‘n’ comers like The Droppers Neck and The St Pierre Snake Invasion too, but the track swiftly breeds its own identity.

Heartbeats is just as impressive as it reveals another aspect to the Gravves character. It has a controlled hand on its tempest of noise; still offering a fuzzy infestation of ears but with a dark composed gait echoed in the vocals and rhythms. Thomas’ guitar certainly sears air and flesh, its scorching touch infused with sharp hooks and abrasive grooves which trap the passions with their intrusive infection. There is a slight scent of The Birthday Party to the song and of Mclusky too in some ways while Future of the Left also comes to mind but again as its predecessor what emerges is all Gravves.

From its opening rhythmic enticement aligned to melodic acidity which has a bit of early U2 to it, Tribes storms the barricades next; subsequently sonically and vocally raging around that persistently infectious first hook and another great blend of vocal persuasion. It is a virulent blaze as catchy and imposing as anything around right now, manna for hungry senses and appetites as too the following Hollow Bones.

The closing track also has a more stable energy and storm to its heart, its body prowling almost stalking the listener as melodic vocals and keys entwine with harsher textures. Though it hints at fiercer eruptions, the song retains its control to fine effect, providing a thrilling end to a stunning release.

Rattle is an introduction to stir things up and Gravves one of those propositions which quite simply re-ignites a lust for music.

Rattle is out now across most stores through Loner Noise Records.

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Pete RingMaster 21/02/2017

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Fragile Things – Broken Sun

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Formed last year, British rockers Fragile Things have already began luring close attention and are intent on making 2017 a big year with a full UK tour for starters. They kick it off before that though with a reboot of their debut EP Broken Sun; four tracks of heavy rock bred in the inspirations of bands such as Alice In Chains, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Black Stone Cherry, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave, and Pearl Jam.  It presents a sound as familiar as it is refreshing; a proposition proud in its influences but showing signs and potential of its own individual character.

fragile-things-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewFeaturing former members of Heaven’s Basement and Endless Mile, Milton Keynes based Fragile Things have recently completed a host of dates alongside the excellent Slam Cartel and are now, as suggested, concentrating on breaking national exposure starting with Broken Sun, a proposal getting straight down to action with its opener Enemy Is I. With acidic riffs and robust rhythms, the song bounds in from a distance with vocalist Richie Hevanz leading the charge, his tones impressive and expressive. Once in full view, it settles into a feisty stroll with tangy grooves from Mark Hanlon lighting up crunchy beats and steely riffs, all subsequently entwined in fiery melodies. Group vocals are the rousing icing on the infectious enticement, the track not particularly surprising but richly satisfying to start things off.

Its striking traits are just as potent within the following Open Cage; its body heavier and darker though as the grumbling bass of Steve Lathwell colludes with the hefty swiping beats of Hugo Bowman. With a snarl in its heart and touch, the song swiftly has body and spirit involved; its anthemic prowess inescapable as it brings both to the boil ready for the EP’s title track. Showing another slight shift in the style and design of the band’s sound, the track is a web of hooks and mouth-watering grooves around less forceful but commanding rhythms; vocals again striking a chord in word and touch. As those around it, those earlier mentioned influences are easy to pick out but again flavouring adding to the potency of song and release.

Closing with So Cold, a track which takes longer to persuade as fully as its companions but only ever satisfies, the Broken Sun EP is a strong and highly enjoyable introduction to Fragile Things.  It is easy to hear why the foursome is persistently grabbing new fans and spotlights and if they can build on this strong start that broader recognition should be a given.

Broken Sun is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 22/02/2017

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King Colobus – Self Titled EP

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There are times when something just clicks with ears and imagination, instincts instantly seizing the day and directing responses with almost lustful energy. That is what happened to The RR when facing the self-titled debut EP from UK rockers King Colobus. From virtually its first breath on the opening listen, the four-track theatre of blues and alternative rock trespassed and seduced the imagination and passions. It is pure drama, creative adventure as bold and ballsy as it is imaginatively intricate and sinisterly persuasive.

With its seeds sown in 2013, King Colobus officially stepped forward two years later. Vocalist/guitarist Stewart MacPherson and bassist James Bailes had already collaborated on ideas and songs for a future project when independently they both relocated to Devon. There they linked up with Plymouth based guitarist Gavin Huck and drummer Simon Marsh, uniting as King Colobus.

There is no escaping inspirations found in the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden, Johnny Cash, and Interpol in the band’s sound but equally they have a personality and character to their music and songwriting which is sure to intrigue fans of others like Japanese Fighting Fish, Damn Vandals, and Inca Babies. There is uniqueness to their sound though which is most vocal and suggests why the quartet has already earned a potent live reputation whilst taking in shows supporting artists such as Sea Sick Steve, Band Of Skulls, De Staat, and Crazy Arm.

king-colobus-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewRe-released this past week, the first King Colobus EP is a majestic introduction to the band and needs mere seconds to grip attention and appetite through opener Get Up. From its initial dark minatory melody, its texture wiry and tone ominous yet pure enticement, the track bounds in with swinging rhythms and a growling bassline supported by just as primal riffs. MacPherson instantly engages and recruits already persuaded ears, the song itself bluesy in air but pure virulent rock ‘n’ roll with an underlying punk snarl. It is a controlled web though, teasing and taunting rather than assaulting and only increasing its grip as a shimmer of guitar around alluring vocals breaks the tenacious trespass before breaking into an even bolder compelling incitement.

It is a stunning start swiftly reinforced by the song King Colobus, it too opening with a juicy lure before uncaging its heavy blues rock saunter. Bass and vocals stand individual in tone but equal in temptation as beats jab with relish at the senses, the song’s flames waiting to erupt in a sizzling blaze before settling down again until further incendiary expulsions throughout its compelling body. Showing an array of flavours making up their sound, at times the track reminds thoughts of Josh Homme and co and indeed The Doors but again the result is individual to the foursome.

Tits and Teeth steals its fine share of the passions next, its dark vaudevillian devilry carrying an air of sadly demised circus punks The Shanklin Freak Show, further evidence of the host of spices in the King Colobus invention. The song as good as stalks its victim but relishing its creative invasion of ears and imagination with energy eager to consume its prey whilst, with virulent catchiness, recruiting their participation.

Final track Wait immediately reminds of nineties band Skyscraper, having their instinctive rock ‘n’ roll infectiousness and tenacity to command attention; invention and imagination blossoming in its success. Grooves and hooks tangle the senses as rhythms ground out an easily given submission to their insistent prowess, vocals leading it all with their own rousing presence.

It is a glorious end to a must hear release not only bringing King Colobus to wider attention for the first time but suggesting there is really something major brewing down on the south coast.

The King Colobus EP is out now through all stores.

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Pete RingMaster 07/02/2017

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.bipolar. – Seven EP

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Consisting of four emotionally intrusive and sonically bracing tracks, the Seven EP marks and continues the growth of sound and invention unleashed by Las Vegas based metallers .bipolar. across previous releases. It is an irritable and creatively imposing affair bred from various strains of metal with a healthy dose of punk hostility. It merges familiar essences with the band’s own distinct inventive character, creating an onslaught as provocative and intriguing as it is ferocious.

Emerging in Northern California in 2003, .bipolar. was recognized within a year as Best Metal band by the Sacramento News & Review. Since then they have played hundreds of shows, honing their sound and reaping praise all the time, exploration backed by a handful of well-received releases. 2008 saw vocalist Charlie and drummer Brian Hanks relocating to Las Vegas and it is fair to say the band’s creativity and reputation really blossomed from that point on as guitarists Jaisen Hinds and Kevin Lemus, and bassist Chris Kmit subsequently joined to establish the current line-up.

Seven sees the band at its most adventurous yet, confronting and pleasing ears with a new sense of development and maturity without losing the raw energy and aggression, lyrically and musically which has already marked them out. Latest single Ernest leads the way, the opener building a wall of stabbing riffs and similarly invasive beats as Charlie prowls the landscape. Her tones are caustic and full of the irritancy lining the sounds around her, but equally magnetic and bewitching as she begins showing her range of melodic serenading. Spicy hooks and winy melodies tease and flirt within the tempestuous climate, not always as freely open as they might be but a reward for closer and longer inspection as the track makes a fiercely enjoyable and impressive introduction to the EP.

sevenepdigicover_RingMasterReviewPyrite follows uncaging its full punk metal roar straight away. It rips into the senses, Charlie the ringleader with her attention grabbing presence and delivery but just as potently matched by the tide of antagonistic riffs and biting rhythms. There is a touch of Boston metallers Mongrel about the song but a scent generally lost in the combative and rousing blaze.

The predator of the EP is Habitual, the song stalking the senses with its barbarous riffs and vicious rhythms as Charlie creatively and expressively vents. Every swipe is decisive, every groaning groove enslaving whilst every word escaping Charlie’s throat is empowered with spite and energy. Seriously igniting the passions, the song takes best track honours, its raw qualities and exciting prowess though still offering the potential of bigger triumphs to come as the band grows again.

Overnighter brings the EP to a close in potent style if lacking the final spark to rival those before it. Nevertheless it leaves ears more than satisfied and appetite eager for more; wiry melodies with a tinge of Avenged Sevenfold and the like to them bringing additional ingredients to embrace in the strong encounter.

The Seven EP shows that .bipolar. is really coming into their own, musically and as a force, and will surely nudge bigger spotlights towards their seriously enjoyable roar.

The Seven EP is out now digitally and on CD.

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Pete RingMaster 01/02/2017

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Kilkovec – Plunge

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Following up their eagerly praised EP, Sick Of This, British trio Kilkovec make an even louder knock on real attention with its successor Plunge. Again built on the band’s feisty mix of alternative and punk rock, the new EP takes the band’s sound, imagination, and presence to a new level, one demanding that people take notice.

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Daniel Wilson, bassist/vocalist Matt Stroud, and drummer Tom Longwater, Hampshire hailing Kilkovec emerged in 2012. Hitting the local live scene with relish, they released debut EP Name Your Place to good reactions in the underground scene though it was Sick Of This last year which sparked critical and broader fan acclaim the way of the threesome. As Plunge roars and twists around in ears it is easy to suggest and suspect even greater plaudits hitting the band’s creative shores, praise to match the rich reputation earned by their live prowess which over the years has seen the sharing of stages with the likes of Yearbook, Seething Akira, Flood of Red, Bad Sign, Press to Meco, Black Foxxes, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

The EP’s brief title track kicks things off, its atmospheric instrumental setting a schizophrenic scene from which the following Change whips out an initial provocative guitar groove swiftly joined by portentous beats and in turn predatory bassline. As much as it carries dark danger, the coaxing has spicy warmth drawing the imagination further into its depths and the potent waiting tones of Wilson. As it develops, raw infectiousness brews and blossoms within the track’s tempestuous punk ‘n’ roll making its irritable charms even more compelling and its unpredictable enterprise pure magnetism.

kilkovec-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewIt is a great start to the release setting the agenda for the adventure and invention shaping Plunge and next up Just Get Better. Rolling in on great rhythmic agitation with just as alluring tides of riffery, the track quickly grips ears and appetite, throwing itself rhythmically around with muscle and attitude as vocals roar and grooves entangle the senses. Its fiery rock ‘n’ roll takes no prisoners though again its virulent catchiness perfectly tempers the raw aggression.

Somerset Cottage brings a mellower proposal straight after though it’s underlying steel and angst is soon flowing through the song’s creative veins as both sides of its character interact with imagination around the impassioned vocals of Wilson. Again there is nothing predictable about the song and its twists; even if the chorus has a familiar feel ensuring participation with it is easy. Littered with groaning grooves, the track is an increasingly captivating spectacle matched by the more straightforward punk infused rock of 40,000 Leagues and Counting. It may not have the boldness of its predecessors but the track only satisfies with its growling nature, anthemic heart, and melodic acidity.

Constructive Criticism is another short instrumental, creative doodling before the outstanding Go On (and on and on) brings its Fatima Mansions meets letlive. like creative drama to bear on ears and thoughts. At times it is a suggestive croon, in others a caustic brawl and increasingly an inescapable lure for the imagination leaving Here’s to You to close things off with its tenacious mix of engaging melodies, rousing vocals, and barbarous rhythms.

It is a thoroughly enjoyable end to a similarly agreeable release suggesting that Kilkovec are not too far away from getting their hooks into nationwide recognition, if not even bigger spotlights.

Plunge is released 27th January.

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Pete RingMaster 25/02/2017

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Heavy Temple – Chassit

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Listening to Chassit from US trio Heavy Temple is like staring into a fire. At the heart of both, there is a siren like lure transfixing and drawing closer attention; a physical and imagination sparking coaxing soaked in danger and magnetism as suggestive images dance in its flames. Heavy Temple’s creative pyre is an aural blaze of psych/doom with a blues fuelled roar within a fuzz loaded proposal; a dark realm sizzling with warm sonic seduction and heavy visceral trespasses on body and psyche. It is also behind a rather fine quartet of tracks making up the attention demanding Chassit.

Formed at the rear of 2012, the latest line-up of Heavy Temple sees founding member and vocalist/bassist High Priestess Nighthawk joined by guitarist Arch Bishop Barghest and drummer SirenTempestas. 2014 saw the well-received release of the band’s self-titled debut EP, a release marking the cards of a great many to the quality and potential of Heavy Temple. The current threesome have realised that promise and more with Chassit, calling on mind and spirit with its fiery and imposing furnace of sound.

Opener Key and Bone swiftly lays a raw fuzzy hand on the senses, backing it up with just as muggy scuzzy grooves as High Priestess Nighthawk’s voice melodically roars. With the weight of song and emotion packing the leviathan crawl of the rhythms, the track is as captivating as it is intrusive even when slipping into a low key oasis of intensity, that the prelude to a rousing surge of stoner inflamed rock ‘n’ roll. Built on open strands of individual prowess and craft, the song is a weighty proposition full of ravenous intent mixing searing beauty and bestial rapacity.

heavy-temple-art_RingMasterReviewThe following Ursa Machina is an even more imposing and tempestuous affair. Its doom bred heart instantly crawls over the listener yet in its air a smouldering melodic heat resonates with suggestive, devilish eroticism. That siren like comparison is no more apt than here with High Priestess Nighthawk’s tones the beacon coaxing ears from within the track’s haze lit predatory rocks. From its bewitching start, the song lumbers with a raw seductive swing, its carnivorous creative bones prowling the senses and imagination as vocals heartily croon. As with its predecessor, the song’s landscape is an evolving adventure, uncaging new energies and inventive gaits to match its fuzzily flickering canvas of sound.

Pink Glass provides sludgy throat searing liquor next, sharing intoxicating melodies and woozy grooves as bass and drums swagger with irritable intent through ears. That alone is enough to ignite the passions but only a taster as lustier reactions meet the surf rock lined lure of calm and suggestion which rises midway. As minimalistic as it is, the passage has thoughts and appetite aflame with its sultry noir lit blues croon before, from its simmer, the track flares up again, catching ablaze with scorching grooves and attitude clad bass grooves aligned to SirenTempestas’s swinging beats.

Closing track In the Court of the Bastard King is instinctive rock ‘n’ roll clad in Heavy Temple’s fervid scuzz blessed sound. The instrumental is a rousing, spirit sparking stoner/psych dripping stomp which just hits the spot on every level while providing a glorious end to an increasingly enjoyable release.

There is freshness about Heavy Temple which alone picks them out from the crowd and with their inventive craft and the heartiness of their music; they are a band destined for major attention.

Chassit is released January 27th via Van Records with its cassette version out through Tridroid Records.

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Pete RingMaster 25/02/2017

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