Sibiir – Swallow & Trap Them

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Sibiir is a quintet of experienced musicians from Sigh & Explode, Jack Dalton, Do You Love Melena? and Call:Vega who decided to unite in 2014 to get together and craft some heavy and intense tunes that would reflect their mutual love for the heavier and darker side of music.” It is safe to say on the evidence of their two track debut Swallow & Trap Them, intent has been brewed, explored, and rabidly achieved. A fusion of hardcore ferocity and spite, atmospheric black metal trespass, and murky post metal despondence, the band’s sound and release swarms the senses with carnivorous intent and suffocating malevolence. Yet in its depths there is an instinctive contagion which flirts from within the raw tempest, a compelling lure which just pulls you further into the savagery.

sibiir_cover_RingMaster Review    Swallow & Trap Them is one of those proposals which will alienate as forcibly as it enslaves, not easy to imagine the encounter leaving too many in the middle ground undecided on their take on the fury. That intensity just adds something to a release though, an imposing take it or leave it air virtually demanding a reaction of some sort and certainly the two tracks from the Oslo band enforces that question.

The title track comes first, bestial rhythms and just as feral riffs descending on ears in horde like fashion. Already there is hostility which has the senses withering, even more rapidly once the throat shredding tones of Jimmy Nymoen sear air and song. That initial torrent of barbarous bruising continues throughout but to it guitarists Tobias Gausemel Backe and Steffen Grønneberg spin sinuous sonic enterprise and intrusiveness speared by the predatory call of Kent Nordli’s bass and the quite simply lethal swings of drummer Eivind Kjølstad. It is a maelstrom of energy and rancorous emotion but one unafraid to seed infectious hooks and addictive textures that ebb and flow across the volatile and continually evolving canvas of emotional and physical punishment.

You cannot say that second song These Rats We Deny is a lighter affair but from its first breath it has virulence to its character and smog of noise which just grips from the first second and never releases its hold even as the track throws itself through tortuous scenery and malevolent climates. Bands like Nerv and NVRVD come to mind during the fierce incitement, though it is hard to think of many fuelling their corrosive turbulence with the insidious addiction forging seducing that both tracks carry but These Rats We Deny especially exploits. Finally embalming ears and appetite with the juices of allegiance through a glorious chorus of anthemic band roars, the track and release leaves a big grin on the face and spark for lust in the passions.

You might suspect that Sibiir touched the sweet spot in personal tastes for us and will definitely do so for a great plague of others. These are the first two songs written and recorded by the band and let us hope not the last conjured by the get together of talent, for Swallow & Trap Them is nothing short of violently majestic.

Swallow & Trap Them is available from September 4th via Disiplin Media.

Pete Ringmaster 04/09/2015

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Joykill Collective – Battle Cry

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Emerging from an artistic commune in Northampton and a “dissatisfaction with the prevalent right wing politics and media”, alternative rock band Joykill Collective release debut single Battle Cry, a roar which emotionally and physically lives up to its title. It is not a particularly aggressive incitement on the ear but is certainly a melodically evocative and atmospherically commanding proposition with the same kind of uncompromising intensity, and one potent introduction to the band.

Initially intended as a solo design for vocalist/guitarist Leif, talented friends of the musician skilled in various mediums were soon drawn to the project and its idea. The embracing of local musicians, writers, poets, and filmmakers, many of whom lived and worked in the same commune and shared an angry voice against the devastating political situation that so many find themselves in, were subsequently a vibrant part of the emerging and impassioned project . Now ahead of and taken from their first EP Liberty Taker, which is due for release in December, Battle Cry has been unveiled and fair to say is already whipping up and potently engaging ears and thoughts with its climatic presence and breath.

A lone melancholic strum of guitar engages ears first, though within seconds rhythms, melodies, and the soft mesmeric tones of Leif are also flowing warmly over the senses. It is coaxing which never dissipates but becomes infused with a volatile atmosphere as rhythms and chords grow in dexterity and intensity whilst creative sonic flames enhance the melodic lure of the guitars. Thickening with every passing second, vocals becoming more agitated and imposing too, the track is increasingly a rich blaze of emotion and creative angst which only grows in size and power, again over every fascinating moment. Bands like Doves and Biffy Clyro sort of come to mind during the song but really it is a proposition which whilst not strikingly unique refuses to be clearly referenced to anyone else as it captivates.

It is only one song so probably too early to shout about the big potential and future of the band, we will reserve that opinion until the release of Liberty Taker, but with the band and associates currently exploring roads less travelled in Kazakhstan, China, and Morocco, they might find themselves coming back to a bit of a fuss over their very enjoyable first single.

The self-released Battle Cry is out Now!

Pete RingMaster 02/09/2015

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Tess Of The Circle – Face the Changes

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Fast on the acclaimed heels of Love Is The Drug That You Crave, the first single from their upcoming second album Amplify, British rockers Tess Of The Circle unveil new track Face the Changes to make already intrigued and keen anticipation for their new full-length just that little more impatient. The new single is nothing less than an infection of guitar enterprise and vocal expression which lights up ears and indeed feet.

TOTC cover_RingMaster Review   As its predecessor produced by Gavin Monaghan, Face the Changes gives a slightly different glimpse to the new album and its hinted varied adventure whilst basking in the enterprise which marked out Love Is The Drug That You Crave as an equally rousing proposition bred on the band’s inspiration of 70’s electric rock armed with enterprising acoustic guitar riffs around biographically spawned lyrics. Fresh from 6 triumphant shows at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and strong attention and radio play for the last single, the Oxford hailing collective led by and bringing to life the songs and music of singer/songwriter/guitarist Tess Jones, share another inescapable temptation with Face The Changes.

Guitars and bass have body and imagination engaged straight away with their initial shuffle, that potent lure kept going as firm beats and the expressive tones of Jones add their own enticing to the vibrant mix. There is a kind of Michael Stipe essence to Jones’ voice, his magnetic lilt supported by further R.E.M. like melodies and the emerging dramatic air of the song. It is a much more resourceful character than that though, its bluesy textures through the guitars of Jones and Lee Clifton and a general infectiousness led by the rhythms of bassist Ben Drummond and drummer Paul Stone slightly recalling the John Butler Trio, but overall its body and buoyant enterprise creates a rousing time amidst a contagiously provocative roar which is all Tess Of The Circle.

Acclaimed debut album Thorns whipped up a wave of attention and greedy appetites previously and on the evidence of both Love Is The Drug That You Crave and now the richly enjoyable Face the Changes, the forthcoming Amplify will be doing the same.

Face the Changes is out now through most online stores.

Pete RingMaster 03/09/2015

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B.D. Gottfried – Sociopathic Traffic

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Hailing from Canada and creating bright flames of sound from within his Ontario studio, BD Gottfried has just released his seventh album MotionFever and as a rather tasty little teaser for it, also new single Sociopathic Traffic. The song is a vibrant wind of melodic rock with one foot in the eighties and another in something refreshingly individual to the artist himself. It is one of those songs which almost creeps up on emotions in its depth of quality whilst being an easily accessible and enjoyable introduction on first contact.

B.D. Gottfried has been a touring musician and session player for many years, before and alongside his solo endeavours. He has worked with the likes of Pino Palladino (Pete Townsend, John Mayer Trio), Breen Laboeuf (Celinebio, and April’ Greg Dec ert (Bad Company, and David Gilmour) to just scratch the surface of his CV and played within a dozen plus countries. Latest album MotionFever, as mentioned, is his latest acclaim gathering album, a release produced by Seigfried Meier (Kittie) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).

Taken from it, Sociopathic Traffic offers a “humorous look at a self-indulgent artist looking to get her claws into a non-confrontational guy and how he tries to escape!” It also provides a quickly persuasive blend of melodic keys and guitars which soon embrace the alluring vocals of Gottfried. It is a swift enticement which only grows as progressive tenacity and at times funk lined grooves broaden the song’s creative landscape. That earlier suggested eighties feel is an open colour which dances with thoughts though Gottfried equally explores varied sonic enterprise and melodic imagination to entangle ears.

The track potently reminds of Irish/Italian musician David J Caron, both artists managing to create eighties hued accessible flights of bold sound which easily grab attention. As increasingly enjoyable as it is, Sociopathic Traffic might not quite be the song to set your year and personal playlists alight, though of course it might, but it is one to persistently enjoy as it leads intrigue into potentially as rich and possibly richer exploits within Gottfried’s new album.

Sociopathic Traffic is out now!

Pete RingMaster 03/09/2015

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Orange Vision – Dark Around the Eyes

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Listening to Dark Around the Eyes, the new single from UK quartet Orange Vision, is like delving into a treasure trove of sounds from the past five decades or so. It is a kaleidoscope of flavours bred from sixties psych rock, seventies post punk, eighties new wave/shoegaze, and twenty first century imagination, and one delicious temptation revealing why there is a hoo-hah brewing up around the band.

cover_RingMaster ReviewIt was almost two years to the day that Oxford hailing Orange Vision emerged from the creative bonding of vocalist/guitarist Edmund Quigley and lead guitarist Matthew Holford. Finding a mutual “love of clothes, music and a generally delinquent approach to their depressing surroundings and sapped music scene”, the pair formed the band with its line-up subsequently completed by the addition of bassist Daniel Jones, and drummer/backing vocalist Jacob Mott. The past year has seen Orange Vision impressively support Superfood and Honeyblood on the NME New Breed Tour, earn strong radio attention from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and more recently release the acclaimed How You Feel single. There is a certain feel going round that this is a band going somewhere, especially after Dark Around the Eyes works its compelling charm.

A stroke of jangly guitar is an instant lure, one quickly joined by more stringed bait and bass seduction speared by crisp and equally tempting beats. As soon as the sultry tang of melody breaks out persuasion is in full and relentless flow. The song’s early smouldering acidic charm is soon hugged by rumbling rhythms and spicy enterprise which is almost XTC entangled in Echo and The Bunneymen further embraced in Pulp meets The Cure honesty and pop alchemy. A relentless breeze of sparkling hooks, dark rhythms, and dourly tantalising vocal adventure entangle ears and imagination but all the time a host of other gripping twists and inventive essences enthral within the bewitching mix; a sixties pop shimmer of guitar just one irresistible element in the glorious infestation of dark pop.

Dark Around the Eyes is one half of the new double A-sided single from Orange Vision. Sadly we were not sent Wish You were Orange over to cover too, but if it is half as potent as its companion and the band’s other songs released to date, then it too will be part of possibly the best pop song unleashed this year.

Dark Around the Eyes/ Wish You were Orange is available from August 31st

Pete RingMaster 31/08/2015

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The Great Adventure – Pretty Lies

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Pretty Lies is the new single from Russian gothic metallers The Great Adventure, a band which maybe is unknown to you right now but taking their new offering alone as a suggestion, has the real potential to become a much broadly known and devoured proposition.

Hailing from Omsk and formed in the January of 2014, The Great Adventure consists of vocalist/keyboardist Christina Engels, guitarist Kesha Larionov, and bassist Alexey Danilov. Their sound fuses gothic and symphonic metal in a captivating, if not yet majorly unique, tapestry of resourceful aggression and melodic imagination. Aligned to that is the feistily alluring voice of Engels, a siren-esque tempting which coaxes the theatre and emotion at the heart of lyrics and song into a tempestuous roar of sound equipped with harsher backing vocal incitement. It is a mix which has seen previous singles and the To Begin To See The Truth EP well received; a success sure to be eclipsed by Pretty Lies, the band’s finest offering to date.

Featuring Ilya Sinitski, the vocalist of post-hardcore band Island Of Skylines, Pretty Lies needs mere seconds to stir ears with its swift wall of thick riffs and muscularly swung beats. Keys are a just as early and potent coaxing as they lay a melodic haze upon the attention sparking entrance. With the mellow and rich tones of Engels’ voice matching the lure of her increasingly inventive and resourceful keys, the song poetically swarms over the senses embracing hues of inspirations of bands like Dream Theater and Within Temptation to its creative breast. It is a skilled and potent persuasion which gets bolder and more voracious as it blossoms, the raw tones of Sinitski spilling causticity across the engaging scenery and the guitar of Larionov spinning lattices of sonic craft and enterprise.

Pretty Lies is the maturest songwriting and weave of sound and textures from the band yet and even if major originality is still in the waiting, the thoroughly enjoyable song shows that The Great Adventure is heading in the right impressive direction.

Pretty Lies is available now.

RingMaster 26/08/2015

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Diamond Days – Love Struck Kids/I Rewind

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UK alternative rockers Diamond Days released their new single a matter of days ago and already have its successor eagerly waiting for release in a few short weeks, so we thought we would look at both Love Struck Kids and I Rewind in one clean swoop.

Diamond Days hail from the Northwest of the UK and have already impressed and drawn good praise with their We’ve Come A Long Way EP which came out last November. Even before then debut single, Start It From The End had given a potent introduction to the Liverpool quartet, receiving over 60,000 views on YouTube and sparking over 20,000 followers for Diamond Days across the social media. As mentioned We’ve Come A Long Way ignited even stronger and eager attention from fans and indeed media, as well as a live presence which has seen the band supporting the likes of The Blackout, William Control, and Verses, and now it is the turn of their two new singles to stir up more welcome fuss.

cover_RingMaster Review   First, and released a number of days back, is the Seb Berrios and Arthur Indrikovs (Florence & the Machine, Foxes, Jon Newman, Clean Bandit) produced Love Struck Kids. Immediately hefty rhythms and keenly eager riffs are rapping ears but equally a melody built sonic persuasion is there coaxing ears too before the strong voice of Alex Fearn erupts with equal colour. It is a powerful and thickly enticing start which only grips a little tighter as the guitars of Tom Shepherd and Fearn flirt with open enterprise and the commanding rhythmic bait of bassist Tom Jack Jackson and drummer Mark Highdale sets to work.

The song soon shows a familiarity in its surging stride of sound and energy yet has a freshness and invention which turns that to merely another spice in its resourceful adventure, which subsequently brings in mellow keys around an additional reflective vocal piece portraying a deeper emotion fuelled drama. The track is soon roaring as before though to leave ears and appetite just that little greedier and without doubt more energetically pleasured.

It is an invigorating proposition understandably already getting rave responses; a result forthcoming single I Rewind will surely match. In fact it has already drawn great praise as part of the We’ve Come A Long Way EP from where it comes. Featuring Yashin vocalist Harry Radford, the song ‘tickles’ ears and expectations with an initial lure of smiling guitar, this in turn sparking healthy beats and a throaty bassline as the guitars broaden their tapestry and the vocals of Fearn, backed again impressively across band and guest, unfurl the narrative and its emotion.

With a great vocal ‘spitting’ midway and a greater snarl to its heart and nature compared to the first single, I Rewind is a formidable and anthemic incitement and remains, if not arguably the best Diamond Days song to date, certainly the biggest favourite.

Both singles only reinforce and push the reputation and growing stature of Diamond Days, a band it is easy to suspect as it evolves a richer distinct identity to its right now You Me At Six meets Lower Than Atlantis meets Fall Out Boy sound, will only get bigger and better.

Love Struck Kids is out now with I Rewind released in September 2015.

RingMaster 27/08/2015

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