Sandness – Higher & Higher

We cannot say that seventies/eighties metal and hard rock are flavours which light our fires too often but it is fair to say that Higher & Higher, the new album from Italian outfit Sandness ticked many boxes of enjoyment whilst embracing exactly those styles. It is a release which initially struggled to spark the imagination but song by song, listen by listen, grew to be a thoroughly engaging and pleasurable affair; not without flaws but inciting an appetite to hear more from and follow the band as they realise the open potential within the release ahead.

Hailing from Rovereto in southern Trento, Sandness started out in 2008; formed by teenage friends, bassist/vocalist Mark Denkley and drummer/vocalist Metyou ToMeatyou. Inspired by the likes of Mötley Crüe, Crashdiet, Poison, Hanoi Rocks, W.A.S.P., The Ramones, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and the likes, the band soon honed its eighties toned sound. A few line-up changes ensued before the current line-up was secured with the addition of guitarist/vocalist Robby Luckets in 2009. Subsequent years has seen the trio support the likes of Adam Bomb, L.A. Guns, and Tygers Of Pan Tang, play across their homeland as well as undertake several European tours and take the stage at the renowned Glam Fest in France. Two demos, Return To Decadence in 2010 and especially Life Without Control the following year, lured strong attention though it was debut album Like An Addiction in 2013 which really sparked a more global awareness of their sound. Now Higher & Higher, released as its predecessor by Sleaszy Rider Records, is stoking up a new wave of fans and though we might not be leading the surge, reasons are readily apparent as to why its fresh success in persuasion .

The album opens with You Gotta Lose, a track which failed to tempt the first time and still labours trying to convince. Opening with a blast of group vocals and predictable eighties riffery, the song soon reveals a snarl which grabs attention but one as quickly tempered by the again familiar harmonic wash of voices.  It is hard to pin down exactly what is lacking within the track other than it just does not appeal to personal tastes but it is a decent start swiftly left sounding pale as the album takes off starting with next up Street Animals. The second song similarly offers a recognisable melodic welcome but is soon spinning its own web of hooks and twists; some unique some familiar but a great fusion creating flavoursome rock ‘n’ roll. Without reading the influences on Sandness, they are easy to guess from this song alone and as suggested eagerly employed by the band in their blossoming character of sound.

The individual prowess of each member is just as open in the track and equally next up Hollywood. Prowling ears initially, it soon whips out some Billy Idol spiced hooks and other moments which are vaguely System Of A Down like in nature. As the album, it is a song which grows and seduces more and more with every listen, its increasingly imaginative nature richly engaging before the melodic croon of Promises in turn captivates. With an increasing fire in its belly inciting a great bass grumble, the song quickly establishes itself as a major highlight of the release, musically and vocally hitting a high.

Through the vocally unstable but ultimately enjoyable Sunny Again and the boisterous hard rock of One Life there is little not too like even if neither can live up to their predecessor while the short poetic instrumental of Light In The Dark captivates before Heat lives up to its name with some quite irresistible fiery grooves against another great grouchy mix of bass and drums, the former the persistent provider of potent bait across the whole of Higher & Higher. With its blues scented flames, the song is another peak in the album as too the power pop rock romp of its successor Perfect Machine. There are no major surprises but a stream of hooks and flirtatious tempting which has body and voice quickly involved and enjoying every second.

The album is at its best by this point, Monster Inside Me backing up the previous two with its own tenacious glam/heavy metal stomp and mix of imaginative features and matched in potency by the groove woven Play With Fire, its prime lures striking as the band revels in its eighties inspirations once again.

Closing with the hearty and increasingly volatile balladry of Will You Ever, a song like the opener it was hard to connect with personally, Higher & Higher provides an increasingly compelling proposition easy to suggest fans of eighties metal and rock especially take a close look at. Sandness is never going to be the first thought when choosing the soundtrack for our day but with Higher & Higher they are going to be considered more than many others bands, for others they will be a long term involvement.

Higher & Higher is available now through Sleaszy Rider Records @ http://www.sandnessofficial.com/shop/ and other online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 19/04/2017

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Waste Pipes – Fake Mistake

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According to bassist Lava, “Our history is in this record; the story of five kids who become adults unwittingly, beating harder and harder on their instruments.” Going by new album Fake Mistake, it is a history which has seen Italian rockers Waste Pipes embrace a web of varied inspirations and flavours in their own hard rock bred rock ‘n’ roll. Their ear grabbing full-length is a tenacious proposition in sound and energy, an encounter which will not be the most unique proposal heard this year but will be one of the most enjoyable.

Formed in 2003, the Rivoli hailing Waste Pipes soon began drawing attention and support with their live presence which over the years has seen the quintet share stages with the likes of Elio E Le Storie Tese, D-A-D, Meganoidi, Perturbazione, Thunder Express (ex The Hellacopters), Adam Bomb, Octopus, and Fabio Treves Blues Band amongst many more. A trio of EPs starting with Begin To Grow in 2004 also invited attention; Let Blood Boil in 2006 and Make A Move four years later pushing the band into broader spotlights within the Italian and European rock scene. With shows and tours across the likes of France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Slovenia now also under their belts, and the recent signing with Atomic Stuff Promotion for the promotion and distribution of their new album, Waste Pipes is ready to break even bigger spotlights with the pleasure giving rock ‘n’ roll of Fake Mistake.

Co-produced by Federico Puttilli (Nadar Solo) and mixed by Gianni Condina, Fake Mistake opens up with Headstrong. Straight away riffs and a throbbing bassline has ears attentive, their bait swiftly supported by the potent tones of vocalist Chris and the jabbing beats of Boe. The appetite igniting start relaxes into a more familiar hard rock stroll eventually, a presence equipped with enticing hooks and melodies though it is the eruptions of explosive energy and sonic confrontation which especially brings the song alive.

WP_Fake Mistake_cover_RingMasterReviewIt is a potent beginning to Fake Mistake more than backed by Fire Below, a track veined with the sonic and melodic enterprise of guitarists Kina and Guarro. Embracing blues and classic hues in its hard rock canter, it also slips into unpredictable moments of imagination to add further appealing spice to its body before Stay The Night provides a seventies scented melodic rock shuffle. Highly infectious in no time, the song swings and seduces with increasing adventure and individual craft, Lava’s great dark basslines the thick constant veining it all.

Three tracks in and the album is already showing track by track growing steps in adventure and variety, as well as impressiveness. The Loser Song is no exception; its magnetic body a weave of punk hooks, grunge melodies, and richly varied rock ‘n’ roll imagination. At times it seems to touch on Cheap Trick/ZZ Top like essences, in other moments more Houston/ The Cult flavoured mixes; it all colouring another inescapably highly satisfying encounter.

Chaos comes next, offering a melody strong tapestry of temptation over an anthemic rhythmic spine. As its flavours are broad, the song’s energy and aggression is a vibrant mix of intensity too, the song as at ease seducing ears as it is invading them with a physical hunger. It is captivating stuff instantly matched by For All The Time We Waste, a rousing stomp of blues and heavy rock with a spikiness as indie and punk as it is raw rock ‘n’ roll. Between them, the pair are the pinnacle of the album with the latter stealing the biggest plaudits.

The compelling Not Enough opens with a melancholy spiced coaxing before building up into feisty passages of energy and emotion, switching between the two contrasts throughout whilst adding further imaginative twists and turns with keys a great additive. Its healthy array of styles and creative spices is matched and eclipsed by the excellent Little Devils Scratched My Ears, another spirit and imagination rousing proposal whipping up eager involvement from the body too. Proving a creative buffet of blues grooves and sonic tendrils around catchy hooks and rhythms as Chris continues to vocally entice, the track hits the sweet spot for another highly memorable moment within Fake Mistake.

The album closes on the emotive flame of Bad Growing, a potent croon which might not have the same dramatic spark of other tracks but soon reveals its own dynamic canvas of imagination and adventure to fascinate and strongly please.

The song is a potent end to one highly enjoyable album; a release which only leaves pleasure strong and ears wanting more. A success anyone can take a shine to.

Fake Mistake is out now with promotion and distribution on all major digital platforms through Atomic Stuff Promotion and physical distribution by Andromeda Dischi.

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Pete RingMaster 04/05/20156

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Beggarz Fixx – Rouse The Rabble

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Brewing up an accomplished and fiery proposition with a dirtily rowdy nature, UK rockers Beggarz Fixx unleashes their debut EP this week for a healthy stomp of rock ‘n’ roll which should find a welcome in the ears of glam metal/hard rock fans. Rouse The Rabble is a feisty encounter which romps with the recognisable inspirations of Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, and Aerosmith ringing through its six riots of energy and sound. It is not offering anything ground-breaking or re-inventing the genre wheel but instead pulls the listener, even those without a real taste for its style of music, into a pleasing and contagious exploit which only satisfies.

Swaggering out of Brighton, Beggarz Fixx has built up strong support and reputation locally and across the south of England since emerging in 2011. A few line-up changes has led to the quintet of vocalist Chazza B. Bennett, guitarists Mykki Felyxx and Danni Oakheart, bassist Zakky Redloxx, and drummer Billy Kidd coming together whilst the years since forming has seen the band share stages with the likes of Love/Hate, Attica Rage, Adam Bomb, Reckless Love, and Mallory Knox. Rouse The Rabble is the band’s first release and nationwide attention grabber and it is hard not to expect it to emulate across the rest of the UK its success in London and below.

….And The Devil You Know sets the release in motion, its slow rhythmic coaxing and simmering flames of guitar an attention prodding entrance. The track continues in that nature, accentuating its sonic heat throughout with the 10616344_669858903083407_6433403193299458609_npredominantly spoken vocals which offer a raw edge to the climactic texture of the song. It is a potent if not startling start which flows straight into Outta Control, a track instantly raising the temperate and energy levels. Beats are punchy and riffs raw, whilst the vocals of Bennett provide a nicely varied flavour to their presence. There are no real surprises with the song but plenty of fresh ideas and a highly agreeable persuasion of sound and craft.

The strong start is matched by the following Gimme Some. Drizzled with a bluesy temperament in the flair and stringed enticement of Felyxx and Oakheart, the track is an immediate party with infectious bait for feet, imagination, and passions alike. Hooks flirt, and rhythms entice with similar success whilst again the guitars cast a weave of melodic and sonic tenacity to match the vocal enterprise. Old school and proud, yet providing a modern fire to its attitude, the track again holds little to shock or surprise but plenty to rouse body and emotions for a thoroughly pleasing encounter.

Burn It Down is an anthem primed to recruit the listener within its first touch, hooks and chords an easy and stormy mix which breeds familiar seeds into its own antagonistic riot. With some potent twists and ideation, the song is another to awaken the spirit, and limbs, but lacks the stamp and spark of other tracks, and especially its predecessor. The next up Sick N’ Tired has a stronger and far more lingering presence and adventure to its tempest. Aerosmith meets Skid Row with a touch of Turbonegro to its aggressive breath; the song shows another side to the invention of the band, its progressively spawned melodies and intriguing turn of imagination bringing richer promise and endeavour to the track and release.

The EP is brought to a close by the impressive Walking, a smouldering croon which expels a blues twang in its climate and emotive heat to its reflective narrative. Guitars and vocals fuel the imagination whilst both Redloxx and Kidd provide an imposing yet respectful frame which cages ears impressively. Along with Gimme Some, the track brings the biggest thrill to an easily enjoyable and potent release.

Rouse The Rabble is a sonic orgy of fire bred rock ‘n’ roll which has the swagger and qualities to leave a host of new fans very happy.

The Rouse The Rabble EP is available now through all stores.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 08/09/2014

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