(hed)p.e. – Forever!

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There is no point beating around the bush, (hed)p.e. uncaged arguably their most eclectic and flavoursome proposition to date with previous album Evolution two years ago and have now eclipsed it with their new trespass of the passions that is Forever!. That last album was in many ways a leap into a creative maturity not yet seen in the band, a growth fully come to its peak with this latest collection of thirteen again adventurous and diverse songs which also reap the qualities which made instinctive fans of people in through their early albums. Quite simply Forever! is the band at its most anthemic and biting best while still pushing their boundaries at the same time.

As soon as opener Live seizes ears there is no escaping that familiar sound and air unique to (hed)p.e., or the instinctive awakening of an eager appetite which as big fans of the band here also means greater demands. Its initial smouldering tempting with skittish beats and the twang of off kilter keys skilfully builds anticipation before it all erupts with chunky riffs and whining grooves as the distinctive tones of Jahred Gomes leap on ears and imagination. It is a rousing slab of (hed)p.e. with imposing rhythms from drummer Jeremiah ‘Trauma’ Stratton courted by the groan of Kurtis’ bass as guitarist Gregzilla casts a sonic web.

The outstanding start continues with Pay Me which in turn is soon chewing the senses with rapacious riffs and menacing beats as scything grooves squeal and group snarls roar. Even more so than its predecessor, the song recalls the antagonistic might and essences to be found in the likes of the band’s self-titled debut and successor Broke but fusing it to striking samples and a fresh swath of sound to create something hungrily new, a quality as rampant within next up Closer. A gorgeous slice of rap metal with a striking weave of melodic suggestiveness to its fierce growl, there is more than a touch of Skindred to it and at times vocally it is easy to wonder if that band’s Benji Webbe is guesting such the great blend of vocal style which only adds to the drama and appeal of another outstanding trespass on ears.

hedpe-forevah_RingMasterReviewThree songs in and the demands for something new again from the band after Evolution is satisfied and fed further as first Hurt swaggers in with its southern tinged grooving and rapacious hooks within what is prime magnetically (hed)p.e. rock ‘n’ roll. Its stirring exploits soon whip up involvement and spirit with anthemic mastery before It’s You growls and serenades with matching prowess as guitars and bass collude in a cantankerous and thrilling trespass as thumping beats descend and vocals attack and entice.

The punk driven Waste unloads its ire and raw energy upon the senses next, the track an exhilarating intrusion bringing more variety to the album and pleasure to the heart while the following JahKnow whips up equal satisfaction with its metal and reggae seeded recipe of confrontation and anthemic arousal. The latter essence also flavours next up One of a Kind, dub twisted vocals and gentle, slightly melancholic keys to the fore before Jahred’s vocals spill emotion and subsequently the band uncages a volatile surge of raw sound and aggression. With ragga elements adding to its contrasting calm and savage roars, the song soon has the imagination enthralled as indeed does the prophetic, cosmic seducing of short instrumental The Higher Crown.

Shadowridge takes control next with its own individual reggae spiced persuasion, a tempting elevated by soothing harmonies and a catchiness which oozes from every note. Every listen unveils another twist and layer to the song, keys growing in poise and suggestion every time to help a slow burner compared to other tracks within Forever! being one of its most vital moments.

As with Evolution, (hed)p.e. collect their mellower reggae toned tracks to the rear of the album and whilst there it felt they warranted being interspersed throughout the release, in Forever! it just works with Together offering  next a captivating stroll sharing warm caresses of brass throughout before making way for the livelier but no less warmly seductive and highly infectious Always.

Bonus track Ganja completes Forever!, the song as virulent as anything on the album with its lo-fi nostalgia aired bewitching bringing the superb release to a fine close. (hed)p.e. continue to impress, excite, and indeed surprise with their records, but with Forever! they have hit their finest moment in a long time, maybe ever.

Forever! is out now through Pavement Entertainment across most online stores with a LTD Edition double album containing 15 track bonus disc Family Fresh featuring appearances by Twiztid, Blaze, The Roc, and Playboy The Beast also available for a limited time.

October/November sees (hed)p.e. as special guests on Alien Ant Farm’s UK-IRE Tour with Sumo Cyco and Kaleido.

Dates…

October

18th – WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23

19th – EDINBURGH – La Belle Angele

20th – ABERDEEN – Garage

21st – BELFAST – Voodoo Lounge

22nd – DUBLIN

24th – PRESTON – 53 Degrees

25th – BRISTOL – Marble Factory

26th – CHESTER – Live Rooms

27th – LEAMINGTON SPA – Assembly

28th – SOUTHAMPTON – Engine Rooms

30th – WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms

31st – LONDON – O2 Academy Islington

November

2nd – BARNSTAPLE – Factory

3rd – READING – Sun 89

4th – SOUTHEND – Chinnerys

5th – HULL – The Welly

6th – OXFORD – O2 Academy

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Pete RingMaster 01/09/2016

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H2NY – Tremor

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It has been almost four years since Halfway To New York made an impressive introduction to themselves with the Treading Water EP; a highly enjoyable encounter which only grew in stature and persuasion over time. Since then, apart from the occasional listen of the release, the band has been lost to the shadows of thoughts as a swarm of other encounters have stolen attention.  The band now returns to reclaim ears with first album Tremor and having shortened the name to H2NY, the British quartet show the time between offerings has been well spent breeding new maturity and adventure in their melodic rock.

Formed as 2012 opened its eyes, H2NY have backed up the success of the acclaimed Treading Water EP over time with tours across the UK and performances at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park and headlining Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Paralympic Celebrations. The band has successfully invaded the US too; supporting Fuel and then Alien Ant Farm whilst playing shows in 38 US States involving the covering of more than 24,000 miles in the process. As mentioned the past couple of years have seen the band slip from focus and personal radar somewhat but fair to say, they have reappeared with a bang with Tremor.

The album opens with the first single taken from it, Bleed. Straight away a muscular wall of riffs and rhythms encase ears, H2NY swiftly showing the power in their sound and equally the harmonic prowess of vocalist Sam Burkey. It is a magnetic entrance only blossoming further as the melodic and sonic enterprise of guitarist Scott De Jongh courts the darker rumbling tones of Daniel Mount’s bass. The great undemanding yet potent band harmonies simply bring richer colour to the captivation; mischievous hooks and a rousing tenacity similarly as persuasive as band and release get off to a masterful start.

art_RingMasterReviewOn the Run follows with its own sinewy strength and presence, and like its predecessor an infectious swagger and imagination which steers every groove and hook straight into a waiting greedy appetite. With the jabbing beats of Martin Griffith framing its resourceful blaze, the track recalls the great essences which made the first EP an easy draw on ears whilst revealing the new dynamics and bold creativity shaping album and songs like Little Piece of Everything which comes next. The band’s latest single makes a less forceful entrance but soon brews its own anthemically nurtured and energetic tempting which has feet and voice in eager participation with its rousing endeavour. Emotively hued with seamless variation in its cry and intensity, the song keeps the spirit already stirred up by the first pair, in full swing.

The melodic croon of Love Behind You firmly engages ears and thoughts with another side to the band’s sound where pulsating beats align with a melancholic caress of guitar as Burkey’s voice shines with emotive expression. There is an underlying tempestuousness led by the great prowling throb of bass to the song too, a volatility which threatens to erupt and at times almost breaks through but always finds itself reined in by the reflective heart of song and word; a design equally soaking Slide By straight after. Elegant and sombre, the track is a serenade of acoustic and melodic flames which also builds more aurally dramatic points in its contemplation.

Both songs keep ears eager and enjoyment ripe but swiftly find them eclipsed by the outstanding pair of Every Inch a King and Caught in the Middle. The first of the two begins as a brooding tempting with dark rhythms and sultry melodic suggestiveness prowling and veining song and ears respectively before uncaging a virulent contagion posing as a chorus. It is glorious stuff, vocals a gripping protagonist as strong and persuasive as the climactic air and sonic invention at work. As its breath dissipates, the track slips into the thicker shadows of its successor. Simultaneously emotionally dark and addictively catchy, the song is a thrilling emotional maze of bold vocals and fiery textures around an almost predatory rhythmic spine. The track is majestic, an ingenious blend of textures and emotive shades taking best song honours.

The following Blue Eyes has a thankless task backing up two major pinnacles of the release yet with its melancholy lined character and body of alternative/melodic rock it has ears and satisfaction on side with ease. Carrying a tinge of Sick Puppies meets Adelitas Way, the outstanding song beguiles before making way for the explosive dynamics of Over and Out which soon has body and soul keenly bouncing. As many of the songs, it has an old friend familiarity and like most uses it as an easily engaging spice to the unpredictability and anthem like vivacity of its unique character.

More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows lays a strongly alluring and feverishly tenacious hand on ears next before the album’s title track soothes, by this point, an admittedly exhausted body and imagination with its heart bred hug and melodic romancing subsequently leading to its own particular blaze of sound and emotion. Each entices and heavily pleases before leaving Counting Sheep to bring Tremor to a fine end with its intimate balladry sculpted on folkish melodies, mesmeric harmonies, and impassioned emotion.

Tremor is a superb ‘return’ from H2NY; an attention and spotlight grabbing proposal which, whilst igniting ears and pleasure, reminds that the prime thought after Treading Water, that the band had a big future ahead of them, is still the undeniable case.

Tremor is released April 15th via iTunes and other stores.

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Pete RingMaster 14/04/2016

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SevenDaze – Self Titled EP

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UK band SevenDaze does not make an introduction with their debut self-titled EP which inspires a shouting from the rooftops about their emerging presence but they certainly grab plenty of attention with their six track entrance. Merging flavoursome essences of nu-metal and melodic rock with a punk causticity, the release tantalises and awakens an appetite for the band’s partly familiar and partly original sound. Formed in 2009, the Midlands quartet has earned a potent fanbase and reputation and it is easy to hear why through their first release, especially when songs like The Doubt stir up ears and emotions with a contagious and feisty weave of intensive riffs and rhythms aligned to virulent melodies and hooks.

Hailing from Birmingham, SevenDaze began with three school friends Kenny Jones (vocals), Brett Hill (bass), and Mike Cook (guitar). With Jamie Price Gould (drums) completing the line-up, the band was soon casting a keenly devoured live presence locally, moving out across the UK, with their Deftones, Linkin Park, and Finch inspired sound. Last year saw the four-piece hit the studio to record their debut, a striking and weighty slab of metal infused rock ‘n’ roll which is hard to ignore. Soaked in a raw production which does not give the songs the fullness they deserve but allows the songwriting and craft of the band to stand out and make its compelling declaration, the EP is a compelling entrance from a band you feel you have to keep a close ear upon.

Opener Unforgiven provides an immediate blaze of cantankerous rhythms and rapacious riffs entwined with acidic grooves and sonic bait. Soon joined by the solid tones of Jones, the track takes little time in filling ears and thoughts with a sizeable weight and pungent wall of intriguing sound. As mentioned earlier, it is not forging new discoveries but it is a sound and release which has little difficulty engaging with imagination and emotions through a captivating tempest of passion driven enterprise. There is a small but agreeable feeling of Rueben to the first track too as it flexes sinews and melodic ideation to give the release a very potent start.

That strong beginning is soon cemented by All About You and its rich temptation of seductive melodic coaxing and vocal incitement. SevenDaze Cover ArtworkSoon filling its walls with a lure of fiery sonics, commanding rhythms, and adventurous endeavour, the track sets down another impressive enticement. The mix of throaty bass tempting and guitar imagination sets keen ears whilst a sense of Spineshank spices up the not exactly dramatically gripping but indeed thoroughly enjoyable proposition before the rawer Crash Learn Burn adds its almost brawling incitement to the experience. Not quite matching the success of its predecessor, the track blends a predominantly understated roar with a melodic and lyrically persuasive coaxing which easily occupies attention.

The release hits its pinnacle with The Doubt, a track which from its initial sway of sonic colour and rhythmic patience makes a mesmeric suasion to seduce attention and a raise a greedy hunger. Like a mix of Alien Ant Farm and Papa Roach with strong whisper of Mudvayne, band and song twist and flirt with thoughts and passions relentlessly. The stalking rhythms of Price Gould frame the abrasing yet seducing invention of Cook whilst the dark predacious tones of Hill’s stringed prowl provide an evocative canvas to the unfussy but expressive delivery of Jones, he aided by some great raucous growls. It is an excellent track which though suffering a less explosive lull midway, reveals plenty more of the invention and potential of Seven Daze before making way for the just as persuasive Hard. More restrained in many ways than other tracks but with a melodic flaming which potently lights up ears and thoughts, the song brews an emotive balladry courted by a fiery energy, to further the intrigue and increasingly growing appetite towards the EP.

Ending with a more than decent cover of Adele’s song Set Fire To Rain, the EP is a dynamic and enthralling prelude to a suspected strong and successful career for SevenDaze. It does not quite bust into life as at times expected or hoped, apart from that one track, but is persistent in its magnetic and highly pleasing first enticement to warrant plenty of attention now and for the band ahead.

The self-released SevenDaze EP is available now.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 23/06/2014

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FireFallDown: These Wounds

Excitable and bursting with a plethora of things to share and as many sounds to pleasure with, the debut album from UK funk punk band FireFallDown is an infectious and thrilling treat. These Wounds has an insatiable hunger to leave everyone partying and broadly grinning, taking them into an elevated emotional state and fulfilled in heart and thoughts. With a passion and an impressively crafted collection of songs the album is a refreshing and vibrant dynamo of great imaginative sounds and unbridled boisterous energy.

London based Filipino-British trio FireFallDown began in 2006and took no time in inciting attention with a relentless and persistent touring of the UK, Philippines, Poland, and the U.S., building on the immediate attraction and lure their expressive and tightly melodic fusion of pop punk, high energy rock  and jazzy funk has upon the ear. Two singles garnered them further concentrated acclaim whilst support slots for Coheed and Cambria only raised their profile further. Now with the release of These Wounds as well as the band headlining the 150 Fest UK-wide tour next spring there is a sense they are about to explode and draw in a great many more to their sonic mission.

Released through the newly formed Small Town Records sub-label Love Music Movement on May 21st, These Wounds immediately introduces itself to the ear with the roisterous energy of Mr. Rockstar. A pop punk song with irresistible funk tendencies it riles up the senses with open and honest addictive melodies and stirring riffs.  It is a song that refuses to be ignored, exhilarating with persuasive and impossible to deny energy veined with fun warm melodic hooks and passion driven lyrical and musical intent. The band openly state their influences as the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blink 182 and at times throughout the album that is easy to hear but another predominate flavour that comes through here is Alien Ant Farm, though FireFallDown have a tighter and more defined infection than the Americans ever cultivated.

The album from a strong start just gets better and better as each track teases and pleases. From the following Jimmy Eats World meets NOFX like punk sounds of Commissioned, through the excellent rampaging single and title track from the album, to the mesmeric Dear Mom And Dad with its Green Day spicery, the album ignites and sparks welcomed emotions. The trio know how to captivate their audience through a combined intelligence of songwriting and thoroughly intriguing and surprising array of sounds. No song is alike but always distinctly FireFallDown and though it carries many tastes that one can find as seeds from other bands all is twisted into their own recipe of impressive and expressive funkcore.

These Wounds is exceptional and an album which works itself deeper into the heart the more it is allowed to wrap its enthusiastic creativity and incessant charms around the senses. Without a weak track or an ounce of predictability the release is a consistent gift to the senses. Strong and giving throughout there is a trio of consecutive tracks where it reaches its fullest height and satisfaction. I Am The Way races in on mischievous rhythms from Andrew to lead one straight into the incendiary guitar of Jon who lights things up further into the song with an explosive solo. His vocals as throughout the album are excellent and welcoming with a bite and edge ensuring one pays attention to his words. The bass of Joel is a prowling brooding creature which again as with the other two enhances each song with well crafted lines and play. Another Alien Ant Farm like song with traces of Sugar Ray it is immediately followed by the equally immense Stand Tall. This is an aggressive rock track recalling the Red Hot Chili Peppers when they were at their best with a punk intensity that kicks open the way for the song to release its raucous muscular energy.

Logic and Fallacy completes the three exceptional peaks with another heavier rock driven power and sturdy spine. It further shows the diversity within the band and their creativity offering a fuller Incubus/ Bad Religion lined slice of punk rock. It is triumphant and as with every song on These Wounds sets FireFallDown out as a band that inspires and lights up all who welcome it into their individual worlds.

These Wounds is excellent; a release that the more you allow it to entertain incites thrills that go deeper and deeper. Simply FireFallDown are the future of UK pop punk with their inspiring multifaceted sound.

FireFallDown have donated all the proceeds from the album launch, Heal These Wounds towards the medical expenses of their close friend Brittany Kamruddin in her fight against Lyme disease, for more info go to their website www.firefalldown.com    

RingMaster 10/05/2012

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