Fight The Dice – Oh Me, Oh My


Following up their enjoyable and successful debut album Your Wisest Choice and Your Worst One Yet and its two singles Bad Decision and L.O.V., UK alternative rock band Fight The Dice return with brand new song/single Oh Me, Oh My to confirm the promise and appeal already set in motion by the Shropshire based quintet. Accomplished and quietly infectious whilst being wholly persuasive, the track  leaves the appetite tantalised and eager for more, making it the perfect confirmation for those aware of the group and introduction for newcomers.

Formed in 2011, the five piece consisting of vocalist Ben Jackson, guitarists Jack Turner and Tom Worrall, bassist Sam Jackson, and drummer Phil Beauchamp has built a strong presence for themselves through not only the mentioned releases but their live performances which has led them to venues such as O2 Academy 2 and the NEC Birmingham, The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, Bedford Corn Exchange, Bristol O2 Academy main stage and booked shows at the likes of the O2 Academy Islington and the Cavern Liverpool. Their sound finds inspiration in the likes of All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blink-182 but defines its own breath and persuasion through well-crafted and shapely slices of unfussy rock, of which the new single is a richly pleasing example.

Oh Me, Oh My opens with inviting rhythms from Beauchamp aligned to respectful but hungry riffs and melodic grooves laid down by the guitars. It is an instantly calling start which embraces the vocals of Jackson which from a slightly weak start set down a strong and expressive stance for the band to fill the air around with melodic colour and open passion. The song does not have the infectiousness of their first single it is fair to say but instead shows the expanse of the songwriting and evolution in sound of the band since that initial emergence from the shadows.

The single nevertheless lures in ears and thoughts to secure their appetite whilst the subsequent washes of keys entice extra hunger for its additional caresses within the inventive passion fuelled evocation. Oh Me, Oh My is a pleasing and skilful piece of rock that only goes to reinforce the rising opinion and success of Fight The Dice.


RingMaster 14/08/2013

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Avastera:The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long


On the eve of making a big splash across the globe with the release of their debut The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long EP, to emulate its success in homeland Australian earlier in the year, Avastera is set to be a noisy whisper of the lips of a great many. This is a band which defies pigeon holing such the eclectic flavours and styles veining the exciting sounds created within striking and compelling songs. The music is not arguably unique, the spices making up the aural recipes openly familiar but no one else is brewing up the same kind of stirring encounters as the band.

Starting out in the early weeks of this year, the Perth quintet has made a major impression in a very short time. From recording and releasing the EP to great acclaim and success in Australian a few months back, the band has shared stages with the likes of Silverstein and The Getaway Plan whilst lighting up a festival as a chosen headline act alongside Mayday Parade, The Pretty Reckless, The Wonder Years, A Skylit Drive, The Maine, Forever The Sickest Kids and Marinas Trench. Press attention has also been keen and led to the band featuring on cover CDs for Blunt and Big Cheese magazines. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Dangerous Summer). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is set to grab the world by the scruff of the neck and make a very persuasive argument for the band, as though as stated it may not be the most ground breaking or even original release it is without doubt one which is very enjoyable.

Avastera cleverly and seamlessly infuse strong essences of alternative rock, melodic post-hardcore, and metal into a pop punk core avastera_coverleading to engaging and appealing songs with plenty of passion, energy, and invention. The music is certainly distinct to the band if at times familiar from the multi-flavoured essences employed but without question the EP is a continually intriguing and pleasing encounter right through to its very end from the opening treat Hear Me Out. The track alone tells you all you need to know about the band and their imaginative intent. The song is an immediate compulsive encounter of forceful rhythms and pop punk urgency completed by sturdy riffs and angular sonic guitar invention which offers an Avenged Sevenfold like heat to the melodic coaxing. The guitar work of Chris Crole and Chris Hanssen is exceptional whilst the rhythms of bassist Dave Thoomes and drummer Jamie Savage are unrelenting in strength and inventive composure. It is clear to hear that the band has a musicianship equalling their imagination which undoubtedly allows the songs to fuse so many potent flavours into an immense creation of their own, with vocalist Mike Lang the striking and impressive pinnacle to spear the songs forth.

It is a mighty start followed up just as strongly by As The Tables Turn and December Sun. The first of the two is veined by wonderful bright keys amongst the muscular riffs and thumping rhythms to start the diversity which marks the release. With extra metalcore tendencies and symphonic caresses to captivate, the track is magnificent and the best on the release. As it plays one band comes to mind, The Urgency though they do not arguably have the same palate of sound which Avastera work from or the Atreyu like muscle which the Australians also infuse. The second is a slower emotive wash of passion and thoughtful ambition further unveiling the expanse to the sound of the band.

Next up This Beautiful Nightmare continues the dynamic start though the song is a close mix of the previous two songs without finding their heights, but with the persistently skilled guitar enterprise and perpetually evolving landscape of the song it is a more than welcome companion. As the song and the following pair dance with the ear and thoughts the feeling that the band will soon emerge with a unique guitar sound, like the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold has, is rife such the distinct style of the band. Highways From Home is another to match the earlier songs and an energetic partner to the senses which one would assume is a crowd favourite whilst Ms. Conception is another to engage fully without lighting the same fires as elsewhere. All the tracks reveal a band which is as powerful in sound as it is in constructing the canvasses their play works with, the songs unmistakably finely crafted and composed. Add the accomplished artistry of each member and you have a release which only catches the imagination.

Completed by a fine acoustic version of December Sun, one can only recommend The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long and Avastera to all melodic rock fans especially those of groups previously mentioned and others like All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and A Day To Remember. The Aussies are coming feel free to enjoy.

RingMaster 01/12/2012

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Fight The Dice: Bad Decisions

Taking their inspiration from the likes of All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blink-182, UK alternative rock band Fight The Dice make their introduction with debut single Bad Decisions, a release which to be honest does not have you thinking of those influences but stands as a strong and intriguing first taster of a band which has been gaining strong support and reactions over recent months. The Birmingham quintet is touted as a band to watch, something the single does little to alter though it is hard to always tell from a single song.

The Birmingham based band certainly give food for thought with Bad Decisions, it is a track which leaves a good base of promise and intrigue for future releases whilst making for a more than decent first taste of their carefully crafted rock sounds. The song opens with a lone guitar stirring up the air before it joins a brief blaze of abrasive riffs, guitarists Jack Turner and Tom Worrall instantly lighting up the ear. Vocalist Ben Jackson steps forward with a delivery which is as expressive as the guitars emotive play within their now reserved gait, whilst the impressive bass manipulations of his brother Sam Jackson prowl and growl with skill and magnetic enterprise. His presence is a highlight of the song though all from the fiery guitars to the jabbing rhythms of Phil Beauchamp and the plaintive vocals only impressive in their individual places.

The song is powerful without tearing a strip off the senses, its aggression more a snarl than a growl which compliments the lyrical bite. It would be wrong to say the song lit any fires with its obvious quality and intelligent structure, the track and band failing to stand out amongst similarly driven bands, but it certainly ensured focus would go the way of their Gavin Monaghan (Kings Of Leon, Robert Plant and Nizlopi) produced first album which they are currently working on when it has its release. For a first single, Bad Decisions gives enough to please the ear and plenty to find promise for the future within.

RingMaster 10/11/2012

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MaloKai – Heartbeats EP


Whether you class them as power pop or pop punk UK band MaloKai as they show with their new EP, know how to blend insatiable melodies with energised riffs and pulse racing urgency. Neither threateningly aggressive nor a band simply plumping for easy options their music is an uplifting rip-roaring thrust of fun and enjoyment.

Formed in 2007 the band is a multi nationality band with members coming from England, Ireland, Wales, Bolivia and the US. Through the years despite many line-up changes suggesting an unstable beginning, the band has steadily built up an eager underground fan base with live shows and recordings.  Their debut album Perception Of Reality drew in firm critical acclaim and even though the band members changed it set in motion an increased attention and rise for the band. Now with the solid line-up of Alex Greig (vocals/guitar), Andy Bell (guitar), Dack Powell (guitar), G Suaznabar (bass) and Dave Williams (drums), their new Heartbeats EP will add fuel to and ignite the band’s climb and recognition.

The EP released February 13th via Nameless/Faceless Records, explodes after an opening intro with the welcoming catchy melodies and hooks of ‘Rumours’. Chunky guitars and riffs flood the track alongside flowing and insightful melodies showing the band’s skill. Grieg’s vocals mellow yet forceful melt all over the music to great effect and though the track to be fair does not offer anything particularly new it is an infectious bundle.

The title track delivers a similar formula but with a more serious emotive tone that grabs attention easily. ‘Heartbeatsas does the whole EP dangles tantalising hooks, punchy riffs and contagious melodies that shout pop more than punk though there is nothing lightweight about the release or its components.

The release takes a step up with the following two tracks, a cover of Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Young And Dumb’. Though a simple interpretation of the original, ‘Price Tag’ leaps across the ear with energy and most of all shows the band’s ease at not always taking themselves too seriously. The second of the two is a stoked burst of intense and distinct creativity.  The track drips passion and emotion veined by stirring riffs and tempered guitar play.

Remaining tracks ‘You’ and the rampant ‘What’s Inside’ carry on the attack with blistering guitars and irresistible melodies, the closer probably the best track on the EP and certainly these two with ‘Young And Dumb’ give all the evidence that MaloKai are a band with immense promise, With a sound that is in the area of the likes of All Time Low and You And Me At Six the band still feel as if they are a few steps from their true sound but have all the tools and engaging elements in place to see healthy and productive musical years ahead.

With a tour of the UK in support of the Heartbeats EP planned for the year the time to taste their pop punk with the emphasis on pop is now and if their live shows are as powerful and enjoyable as the EP there is no reasonable case for not catching the band as their rise continues.

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