Sonic Snapshots: further tastes of the fruits from the independent scene.

The RingMaster Review brings further snapshots of some of the best offerings from the independent scene.

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With this past May embracing its unveiling digitally and on CD and June welcoming a vinyl offering on Sounds of the Suburbs Records, Lockdown Breakout is the debut album from UK punksters Seeds Of 77. This is a band and release which unsurprisingly, going by the moniker, seeds its sounds and inspirations in the UK’s punk outbreak back in the seventies but equally takes the potent essences of sixties garage punk and psychedelia as well as other hues to its dextrous body and imagination.

Led by the vocal dexterity and fertility of Vince Mahon and Michi Sinn, Lockdown Breakout leaps from the speakers with a belligerent smile and rebellious heart; roaring like a fusion of The Tuesday Club, The Adicts, The Duel and The Cavemen. Across thirteen tracks it defies expectations and almost taunts with surprises and variety, revolving like a rapacious kaleidoscope.

Completed by guitarist Richard Sheldrake, bassist Finn Panton, keyboardist Simon Daniels and drummer Neil Harris, Seeds Of 77 uncage unscrupulous drama and enterprise along the DIY adventure and dexterity of their album. From start to finish, it is an encounter which leaves a striking mark with personal thickly favourite tracks ranging from the fiery old school canter of Kick It Out, the superb creatively animated antics of The Trickster as well as the romance reflection carrying Lost and Found and the sinisterly swinging Subterranean Homesick Beast. To be honest all songs deserve a mention and a rich moment of your time so go enjoy via the band’s Bandcamp profile.

Pete RingMaster 08/07/2021


The recent release of Lustful Sacraments saw dark electronic weaver Perturbator unleash his first album in five years; an encounter which took waiting anticipation of the British project’s next tenebrific exploration and rewarded it with a compelling demand on attention.

With a sound which has perpetually evolved since breaking through in 2012 within the likes of Terror 404 and I Am the Night, James “Perturbator” Kent embraces the inspirations of eighties post punk and gothic rock to his ever fertile dark electronics instincts for Lustful Sacraments. It is an encounter which is cinematically atmospheric, at times claustrophobic, and emotionally challenging yet reveals moments of stark but infectious melodic temptation with an inherent pop appetite. Each track is a wall of sound and intimation woven with precise and provocative intricacy, every moment an adventure for ears and imagination.

At times there are potent hints of bands such as DAF and Sisters Of Mercy across the release and in certain tracks like the outstanding Excess a rampaging March Violets hue with its melodic hooks and vocal uprising while within the equally striking Secret Devotion, which features the vocals of True Body, an early Mute Records meets Modern English-esque scent. Unsurprisingly, all tracks though simply absorb such essences in Perturbator uniqueness as epitomised by the irresistibly predacious Messalina, Messalina with its Leitmotiv/Crispy Ambulance like nagging, a track taking our top honours.

 Perturbator is back with a bolder and more mature sound and in the Blood Music released Lustful Sacraments, his finest lure on ears, imagination and pleasure.

Pete RingMaster 08/07/2021


Descending on the senses like an infernal plague but one set on inciting bodies and attitudes to kick ass is the debut album from Swedish Death´n´Roll outfit All Wasted. Uncaging thirteen slabs of voracious mayhem and sonic ferocity, Burn With Me is a suitor, predator and killer all rolled into one.

Hailing from Gothenburg, All Wasted features members from We Are The Catalyst, Arise, Reenact and others, the quintet emerging in 2020 after a couple of years jamming and preparing together. Their metal bred sound is just as forceful in its heavy rock and voracious punk instincts, an encounter which can just as easily hint at the likes of Carcass and Six Feet Under as Wednesday Thirteen and Rudimentary Peni as forge its own overriding individuality.

With tracks like opener Passion of Crime and its rapacious manipulation, the album’s carnally imposing title track and the venomously infectious I am the Pain as well as the insidiously contagious Rotten to the Core, a collection of rich incitements capped off by the ravenous war cry of This Means War, the swiftly addictive Burn With Me proved one furious pleasure. From its first breath riffs invade and rhythms harass, all wound in sonic hookery and melodic dexterity and fuelled by individual prowess and with its worldwide digital release via Wormholedeath Records is sure to make All Wasted one attention grabbing assault.

Pete RingMaster 08/07/2021


Portuguese thrashers Prayers of Sanity have become renowned for their old school thrash fuelled sound across three albums which have increasingly lured rich plaudits. Now the band have just set loose their fourth and in Doctrine of Misantropy unleashed their finest most naggingly addictive proposal yet.

Formed in 2005, Prayers of Sanity bred their sound in the 80’s thrash inspirations of bands such as Exodus, Nuclear Assault and Testament. The release of their 2009 debut Religion Blindness inescapably caught the imagination of fans and critics alike and the trio with the same influences continuing to drive their growing and maturing sound have only earned bigger attention and praise since. Doctrine of Misanthropy is fired from the same elements as its predecessors yet is a certain new growth in sound and enterprise as the band draw greater rapacious essences of punk and hardcore into their creativity. It makes the Rastilho Records released offering a proposal that is easily accessible, familiar in many ways but reveals a character and freshness which erupts with fresh prowess and temptation.

Riffs fly and nag as rhythms pounce and bully throughout the album, each track as the vocals a snarling incitement and trespass that proved impossible not to be manipulated by. From the moment its opening title track pounced through to the closing Machiavellian scheming and cunning of Destination: Hell, there was no escaping the esurient appetite and dextrous intrusion of Doctrine of Misanthropy, and through the ear ensnaring likes of Sons of Royal Blood and Path Sin within nothing but a full host of gripping tracks equipped with a craft to match, all attention was the band’s and theirs alone; so to Bandcamp you go we suggest.

Pete RingMaster 08/07/2021


The Never Prick my Pickles EP is our first introduction to French metallers Smokeheads and is sure not to be the last meeting given the captivating and fascinating nature of its four-track body.

The band has a sound unafraid to embrace the imaginative hues of melodic and heavy rock as well as electronic essences and infuse it into their alternative metal forged incitement. It means that their EP alone is an adventure as unpredictable as it is imaginative and as intrusive as it is seductive. The quartet are said to draw on inspirations from bands such as Toto, Gojira, Queen of the Stone Age, Mastodon, System of a Down, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend and many more and that goes some way to explain their release’s tapestry of sound but it is the quartet’s own invention and dexterity which shapes its compelling character and presence.

From the prowling entrance of opener In Between and its subsequent predacious stance through the emotive fire of Nothing is Random and the eclectic seeding and web of One Million Ways, band and EP had ears hooked with melodic and sonic fertility matched by vocal and rhythmic incitement. Each is a trespass and captivation and as unique to each other as their individual sounds are to most offered elsewhere as proven by the closing Hate and Love and its nagging lures and inflamed balladry, a track which may have had less pull than its predecessors but left us only hankering for more as that on offer from the Wormholedeath Records worldwide digital release.

Pete RingMaster 08/07/2021

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