I, The Writer – The Prisoner’s Dilemma

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    The Prisoner’s Dilemma is one of those releases which you can debate the originality of its contents and how easy it is to place side by side with many other same genre bred bands, but there is something about I, The Writer and their form of melodic metalcore which certainly engages deeper and longer than most. Hailing from London, the sextet with their debut full-length release shows a craft and imagination which leads thoughts and feelings to suggest that there is a real promise and presence within their grasps, an assumption that eventually we will see them forging their own identity. If it does not came to bear, on the evidence of their first album it will still be a pleasing and solidly appetising ride with the band anyway.

Taking wide influences from the likes of Memphis May Fire, August Burns Red, Killswitch Engage, and Linkin Park into their own ideas and invention, I, The Writer made their presence noticed back in the autumn of 2011 with debut EP The Narrow Minded coming the following year. Extremely positively received in the UK and beyond, the release and stature of the band was supported and elevated by performances alongside the likes of Being as an Ocean, With One Last Breath, Napoleon,  Against The Flood, Our People Versus Yours and many more. Signing with Self Made Records earlier this year, the band now make their biggest statement of intent with The Prisoner’s Dilemma and though it does not flatten down existing boundaries for metalcore it undoubtedly tantalises and awakens a strong appetite for their sound.

The album opens up with the decent enough instrumental Forever…, a brief scenery painting which leads into …Falling To Pieces, a itw_albmCVRtrack which seizes its moment and savagely chews on the senses with djent pilfered strikes and voracious rhythmic antagonism whilst melodic atmospheres weave a fire within the intensive engagement. The strong dual vocal attack of John Dudley and Mitch Richards with their corrosive and clean deliveries, though from the promo it is unclear who provides which aspect, makes a potent focal point within the abrasive tempest and as mentioned though the track does not startle against other bands there is an underlying, whispering persuasion that leaves a long term and tempting touch.

Both the following To Be A Man and Chin Up impose their strengths in the strong start of the album, the first an immediate abrasive lure with the guitars of Dan Cuaces and Nejib Kthiri stirring up the air and senses with entangled sonic twisting and evocative play within another confrontational badgering whilst its successor snarls and scuffs up the ear vocally and musically from the off to provide a charge of sonic teeth within a carnivorous jaw that is exceptional. The drum work of Kaine Levy never relents in threatening and challenging the listener whilst the bass of Josh Levy skirts the senses like a rabid beast preying on the victims of the ever scarring riffs and guitar enterprise. The merger of clean and melodic elements to the ravaging breath of the song is impressive though for once such the intensive pleasure gained from the untamed assault it outshone the mellower casts.

The likes of Faith You Breathe and Taken From The Teeth, which features Ricky Armellino of This or the Apocalypse, skilfully reinforce the impact of the album if without reaching the heights of the songs before, whilst This Night Will End tempts and barracks the ear with jagged guitar taunts and a vocal narrative that continually shuffles up its approach to match the simultaneously shifting thought and sound of the song. It is probably fair to say that some tracks on the album hold too much of at least a surface similarity though delving deeper does bring a distinction which cannot be dismissed, something Until The Pendulum Learns To Walk does its inventive best to prove. A resourceful and passion drenched song it makes an unpredictable break in the scheme of things whilst still being firmly aligned to all around, and emerges if not the most explosive track the most inventive on the album.

The release is completed by the more than decent Past The Void and Standing Brave, two once again well designed and defined songs but a pair wrapped in an already established wash on the release. They do emphasise the rich promise and existing craft of I, The Writer with ease and like The Prisoner’s Dilemma as a whole, suggests there is a great band emerging from this strong and satisfying base.

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8/10

RingMaster 19/08/2013

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The Last Legion: Conspire EP

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Though you cannot say the debut EP from UK metallers The Last Legion is a release which has a distinct voice and presence amongst the numerous metalcore/melodic hardcore bands which have emerged over the past couple of years or so, it certainly offers the promise and evidence within its quartet of impressive tracks that the band is on the right course to find that uniqueness. The Conspire EP is an accomplished and satisfying release from a band that employ existing sounds and ideas in their own inventive way and though the release maybe does not ignite raging fires within for its enterprise and offerings it certainly intrigues and marks the band as one to keep a steady eye and ear upon.

From South London the quintet blend strong technical metal intent with an aggressive metalcore passion whilst inventive progressive and melodic flames add extra heat to the powerful union. Since forming in2010 the band has made steady and potent strides forward with last year their most intensive to date and seeing the band sharing stages alongside the likes of Silent Screams, Against The Flood, Carcer City, The Charm The Fury, Demoraliser and Liferuiner, whilst this year already looks just as active and potent live but with their first release to ignite things further. The Adam Getgood (Periphery) released EP is a vigorous first step to a wider awareness and the initial move towards what it suggests will be a successful future.

First track Guardian emerges from a sonic bristling of guitar and atmosphere to entwine the ear in intimidating rhythm, with the bass of Alex Bramwell immediately grabbing its own corner of focus through a controlled but openly hungry presence, and skilled inventive guitar lures from Ali Marshall and Chris Tierney. The song takes no time in stealing the march on the senses accosting them with melodic and intense energy before they can breathe whilst the diversity of the vocals is a pleasing adventure to come to terms with. Lead vocalist on the EP is Steve Kerr ably supported by Marshall and Bramwell, and between them from impressive clean coaxing of the ear to the squeezing squalls and ravenous belligerent growls the united effect works a treat. Admittedly the clean vocals excel over the other approaches with ease but each attack finds its place in the song and scheme of things given time.

The following BeakBreakers teases and punishes the senses straight from its first gulp of energy, the guitars coaxing with sonic elegance and simultaneously splintering bone with djent malevolence and the thumping impressive drums of Jake Ardley. The musicianship within the band is skilled and keenly sculpted for the strongest effect, this song arguably the band at its strongest and most creative. Mid-way in to the track the progressive heart of the band has its moment to escape the destructive malice and mesmerises the listener with delicious melodies and again superior clean vocals. The track soon reverts to its inciting poison and climaxes with aural spite and thrilling violence with the only niggle coming from the song fading out, just a personal bug-bear though.

Both Standing Like Steel and Angels And Demands continue the great sounds and songwriting, the first wrenching on thoughts and emotions with provocative anger and seducing melodic beckoning whilst the final song on the release chews and gnaws on the ear with enterprise though it is the least successful song on the EP.

As mentioned The Last Legion does not stand apart from the rest quite yet but the Conspire EP is full of an invention and craft which will surely evolve and brew that individual stance within the genre in the future. The release is more than worthy of taking up your time and offers up a rich satisfaction and occasionally an incendiary passion to feast upon.

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7/10

RingMaster 19/03/2013

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