Monkey Ranch – Alone

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Nestling in what certainly appears to be a potent time in the Italian rock/metal scene right now is Pistoia hailing outfit Monkey Ranch. Fuelled by a multi-flavoured alternative rock styled sound, the band’s debut album Alone is an ear pleasing introduction to a band ready to nudge attention beyond their homeland’s borders.

Monkey Ranch was formed in 2012 by vocalist/guitarist Iacopo Ferrari, bassist Jacopo Geri, and drummer Alessio Petrucci with its current line-up of guitarist Francesco Ceccarelli and drummer Iacopo Sichi alongside Ferrari and Geri in place during the following year. Their sound is a grunge/hard rock based proposal rich in blues nurtured textures and lyrical incitement. It is a captivating mix not always overly unique within Alone but persistently providing plenty to find strong enjoyment in.

The album opens up with The Butcher, grooves instantly winding themselves around ears grabbing attention as they lay the ground for the potent tones of Ferrari. From there the song swiftly reveals the spice in the band’s sound, blues nurtured grooves and plaintive melodies colluding with bold, aggression laced rhythms and a raw grunge bred character. It is a fiery mix with few surprises but much to grab and satisfy ears with.

art_RingMasterReviewWithout Chains follows with a less forceful nature as warm melodies coax attention while vocals again make a strong lure, the track’s emotive heart blossoming with every second. Its magnetism is equal to the first song though, a Pearl Jam like essence only adding to its appeal before Danny Boy and Freedom swing and stroll through ears respectively. The first has grouchiness in its blood which compliments the infectiousness in its gait and fire in its grooves while its successor is a captivating blend of warm harmonies and melodic enterprise also driven by an instinctive catchiness which has hips and imagination swiftly and eagerly involved.

Recent single Renegade steps forward next, a country rock scented twang slipping into melodic endeavour to nicely mix with a feistier grunge growl as its natural swagger easily tempts. It is an instinctively welcomed persuasion matched in its own individual way by Unhappy Stories. The song is a smouldering roar which makes it very easy to find a keen appetite for. With familiarity on its side to add to its stylish presence, the song nurtures a tenacious snarl in bass and riffs; a grouchy edge erupting throughout the encounter but never defusing its emotive angst and melodic seduction.

Picture of You steals best track honours straight after, its punk lined rock ‘n’ roll a thumping arousal of ears and appetite with an irritably delicious bassline which alones demands a lusty reaction. As great as other songs are, it stands for us head and shoulders above all though the country spiced stroll of Dance of the Witch is no light weight in sealing eager attention next, or indeed Remember Me after that with its hard and blues rock flames around punchy rhythms.

The album comes to a potent close with This One, an initially atmospheric lure all the time breeding a tapestry of blues rock which slowly but surely catches flame winy melody by moody rhythm and vocal expression. At over ten minutes, the song does outlast personal preference but there is no escaping the craft and imagination in its depths ensuring Alone ends strongly.

Monkey Ranch will be making their presence known for the first time with a great many through Alone and such its highly enjoyable offering, it is a union destined to be repeated again and again as the band grows from this potent start.

Alone is released February 3rd on Red Cat Records.

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Pete RingMaster 31/01/2017

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Naked Lunch – Glow

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UK electric rock provocateurs Naked Lunch continue their impressive return with another delicious temptation of electronic enterprise and electro punk seduction through new single Glow. Since reforming in 2012, the band renowned as one of the most influential and provocative founders of UK’s electronic rock scene even in their relatively short presence originally, has already stirred up keen nostalgia and ravenous new adventure with their previous singles Alone and Slipping Again, Again earlier this year but Glow takes things up another step as the band’s most potent moment yet.

Consisting of band founder vocalist Tony Mayo with original members Mick Clark and Cliff Chapman alongside Paul Davies who was in one of the band’s earlier line-ups, and newest members Mark Irvine and Jet Noir, Naked Lunch have easily fitted in with the deeper wealth of electronic bred sounds and genres flirting with the ears today. Having been one of the original starting sparks to the scene way back in 1979, it is not unfair to wonder if the London sextet would struggle to rise above the constant flood of bands and numerous deviations spawned from that original eighties seed of electronic imagination. Their first pair of singles certainly dispelled any doubts whilst Glow shows and suggests there is real potential for the band again to inspire thoughts and sounds of those to come after their shadow.

The single opens with a dazzle of electronic spotlights sparkling within a brewing melodic ambience, an opening caress soon joined by pulsating beats and the grizzled tones of Mayo. It is an absorbing collusion of melodic beauty and the sinister menace of vocal expression, an instant recruitment of the imagination which is licked further into life by the seductive backing support of Jet Noir and the expanding exploratory keys and guitar. The song is a web of enticements and enterprise, never veering from its course but colouring the landscape with magnetic and smouldering creative radiance. The scything strokes of guitar and resourceful synth invention entwine to also enslave the senses from start to finish and with loud whispers of Yello and more so Landscape to the unique voice of the song, it is pure addiction making contagion.

The single also comes with two remixes, the first a riveting interpretation from Farmacia bringing a darkly flowing sinister breath to the track and the second an expansive techno version provided by Technomancer. Though neither matches the original, both and the first of the two especially, crafts a new pleasing facet to the songwriting and composition of the song.

Glow is Naked Lunch on a pinnacle, debatably their loftiest since day one many decades ago and another reason why it is easy to assume the band will be again leading new bands and artists into musical temptations to embrace and help fuel their own invention.

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9/10

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Naked Lunch – Slipping Again, Again

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Following their return with the single Alone earlier this year, UK electric rock band Naked Lunch back up its intrigue and success with new release Slipping Again, Again. Building on its predecessor’s potent temptation the new single ups the ante with its magnetic and enthralling shadow clad electronic enterprise and electro punk seduction.

Consisting of band founder vocalist Tony Mayo with original members Mick Clark and Cliff Chapman alongside Paul Davies who was in one of the band’s earlier line-ups, and newest members Mark Irvine and Jet Noir, Naked Lunch has shown that time has enriched their snarl and imaginative depths, and they were never short on those facets when they emerged in 1979. A key influence and driving force in much of the eighties electronic movement, in sound and behind the scenes including the coming together of the important Some Bizarre album via Mute Records, the band had a difficult time with line-up instability and the like, though it did release the single Rabies and contribute the track La Femme to the aforementioned album, two iconic tracks to emerge form that period, before disbanding. Their return in 2012 at the BAS II and the haunting dark caress of comeback single Alone brought the band back to the attention and appetites of fans old and new; a hunger which the new release will only increase you suspect.

Slipping Again, Again is a reworking of the B-side Slipping Again from the 1981 single Rabies. It is a darker, more sinister and intense presence than the original but an encounter which does not lose the essence and heart of the song, instead giving it a fresher breath and stronger intrigue. The opening electronic breeze is soon grasping the spiralling bass fuelled throat of the dark magnetism immediately at work within the song. Guitars scar the air with acidic endeavour whilst the vocals of Mayo, showing age and maturity which is strikingly noticeable when playing both versions of the song side by side, bring further menace and confrontation to the track, his dark croon a provocative incitement within the contagious call of the song. With a delicious rhythmic dance ensnaring the senses and emotions further, the song is an irresistible lure which as good as the original was presents a scintillating new presence.

Hinted at on Alone, there is a stronger undeniable Frank Tovey breath to certainly the darkest edges and depths of Slipping Again, Again, a spice which only increases the temptation of the song. It all adds to a single which leaves full satisfaction and pleasure at large, and as much as the want for new material from Naked Lunch is an open wish, Slipping Again, Again fills the gap with impressive enticement and thrilling suasion.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 14/10/2013

 

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Naked Lunch – Alone

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Receiving the promo for the new single from Naked Lunch instantly raised a tingle as thoughts shot back to our first discovery of them through their appearance of the Some Bizarre compilation album from Mute Records way back in 1981 with the excellent Rabies single coming soon after. Returning after a 30 year break the band shows that maturity and time has not diminished their unique sense of and adventure within electronic music one iota. Alone is an evocative slice of haunting and provoking imagination drenched in the presence fans of the band remember and brought with a fresh and potent, almost destructive dark breath.

Formed in 1979 by vocalist Tony Mayo and guitarist Gary Shepherd as Sons of Perdition, though this name was changed to Naked Lunch after their debut gig, the band underwent a few changes in personnel as well as working out and delivering their sounds live. To condense their story, from a show alongside the likes of DAF, Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget, B Movie, and Clock DVA organised by the band and Stevo, who Tony had DJ’ed with previously, the band undertook the Naked Lunch’s Electronic Indoctrination Tour in 1980 which included a show at Leeds Futurama, which was filmed and eventually broadcast on BBC2. Naked Lunch then set about helping Stevo find artists and recordings to make up the Some Bizarre album, to which the band itself contributed La Femme (a song originally called Le Femme but Phonogram who the Daniel Miller (The Normal) owned Mute released the album through, changed it to grammatically correct French, missing the point of the androgyny of the electronic music scene and that the song was about that). After a parting with Stevo, Naked Lunch became managed by Ramkup with the single Rabies backed by Slipping Again being released, though it suffered from a ban on day time radio play due to the title but did receive good play and support from the likes of John Peel and Nicky Horne on their night time shows. Line-up changes continued t before the band split in 1981 with Mayo retaining the name Naked Lunch, which he registered with Companies House in May 1981. A second version of the band emerged as a live thing until 1985 and though Mayo continued with Naked Lunch projects the band as such was a quiet presence.

2010 saw Mayo link up again with early member Paul Davies and writing new material, with Mick Clark and Cliff Chapman joining in 2011, both in the original line-up. Their first gig for over 30 years came at BAS II with the addition of Mark Irvine coming in early 2012 and Jet Noir linking up in June of this year.

Themed by “Isolation, Loss and Feeling Disconnected from Society”, Alone immediately unleashes a rich beckoning atmosphere upon the ear to dramatically mark the return of the band, its lingering caresses and expansive breath an evocative cloak around the vocals of Mayo, his tones understandably feeling older and authoritative. Keys and guitars bring suggestive hues to the air and thoughts whilst the excellent backing whispered vocal kisses of Black simultaneously chill and seduce the touch of the track. With a more than slight Fad Gadget essence and the vibrant light spots and melodic teasing holding a sense of Yello to their temptation, the song is a mesmeric blend of frosty intent and warm electronic persuasion.

The single is an absorbing pleasure which raises real appetite for future sounds and endeavours of the band. Naked Lunch is as strong and as impacting as ever and electronic music will only benefit from their return.

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8/10

RingMaster 22/08/2013

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Psychogod: Alone

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Infusing and manipulating the best essences of multiple genres, Alone the debut album from Romanian metallers Psychogod, is a strikingly mighty and formidable introduction to a band which you can only assume will become a widely acclaimed name in the future going by this impressive release. Aggressive and accomplished, the eight track album combines the sinews and invention of groove, black, and industrial metal with the abrasive muscle of hardcore and thrash to create a riveting and contagious slab of prime destruction. The fact that you get the sense the band is still evolving their sound into a truly distinct rage makes the release even more staggering and thrilling.

The band was formed in 2009 by guitarist Dank and vocalist Cristina and has since lit up stages alongside bands such as Furnaze, Infected Rain, Code Red, Deadeye Dick, Deliver The God, Vepres, and many more. With their sound evolving to bring a deep mix of styles and flavours into a rapidly impressing result the band garnered plenty of acclaim from media and fans alike and found itself playing the main stage of OST FEST 2012 with Overkill, Exodus, Dimmu Borgir and Motley Crue in 2012, before working on and unleashing their first recorded introduction to the world.

The album thunders through the ear immediately with the rampaging malevolence of Godphobia. It is a pace building avalanche of01 Front carnivorous riffs, senses exploiting rhythms, and rabid pestilence driven growls from Cristina. From predatory prowls to rampant surges of merciless intensity the track shifts and teases wonderfully leaving one breathless and excited throughout the song and for what is to follow. The immense delivery of Christine is outstanding, her voice and attack bringing the best elements of an Otep Shamaya and Krysta Cameron (Iwrestledabearonce) and more. She is sensational on the album matching and driving the equally important sounds to darker corners and deeper ravenous exploits.

From the mighty beginning the album brings its erosive qualities to bear with Against the War. From the pummelling rhythms of drummer Andrei and exhausting basslines of Dragos to the grinding riffs and melodic taunting of guitarists Dank and Mausy, the track captivates and bleeds enterprise all over the ear and beyond. It is a pleasing mix of resourceful emotive weaves and unchained intensity which maybe does not reach the heights of the opener but leaves a deeply appetising taste to devour again and again.

The pinnacles of the album are pushed again and again throughout its length, the excellent Rise just one of many massive highlights in one lofty experience. With energy churning riffs and a viciously growling bass to match the expanse of vocal insidiousness, the track is a devastating squall of noise and intensity to greedily bask within. Cristina offers serpentine squeals to lick the ear with infectious seductive treachery within the pleasingly challenging and contagious sounds, and under its assault only rich pleasure is borne.

Through the title track and the following Blind the band offers something different and intriguing again, the first a winding spire of punchy rhythms and twisted sadistic grooves whilst the second is a brutal and rapacious contention for the ear. Arguably less captivating than other tracks both songs are a fury of imagination and bruising invention which leaves only acclaim on the lips. They also continue to show the good variety within the constant brawl of sound to make each track new and enthralling.

The heavy metal fired We Are Not makes for a fiery companion with its battling breath and pressing intensity to again bring yet another spice to the release whilst the final pair of songs, Inferior and Gunshot, completes an exceptional album with more striking quality and power, the last track especially a corrosive and violent treat.

Alone is an excellent inventive fury which will thrill and intoxicate any extreme metal fan. It shows in Psychogod a band on a steep rise with imagination and power to match, which hopefully the world will soon catch on to starting here.

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RingMaster 07/01/2013

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