Mordecai – Valour

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London based Mordecai are no strangers to stirring up the British rock scene with their rich and rousing sound, they have worked their charms on the other side of the Atlantic at times too, but fair to say they have outdone themselves with the thrilling Valour EP. Released a few weeks back, it is an anthemically dramatic and compelling collection of songs showing the diversity of the band’s songwriting and sound whilst forcibly pushing both on again from past triumphs. Quite simply it is one of the finest slabs of heavy rock/metal the band has unleashed to date and one of the essential explorations this year for all.

Though formed in 2006, Mordecai really began making a major impression from 2010 when the band’s line-up settled and solidified. They had already released a couple of EPs which were well-received by fans, but it was at this point that their Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, and Black Label Society inspired sound found the spark to ignite itself and bigger attention. The band was soon exploding on stage at festivals such as Bloodstock, Bull Dog Bash, and Hammerfest over the subsequent twelve months or so and sharing stages with bands such as Black Light Burns, Bam Margera’s FFU, and Fightstar. 2012/13 saw Mordecai playing Download, one of the few unsigned bands to have ever been given two consecutive years, being invited to be part of Mark Tremonti’s (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti Project), Fret12 Artist Development Program in the summer of 2012, and releasing debut album Undaunted the following year. The encounter lured keener and bolder attention from media and new floods of ears, something it is easy to assume that Valour will eclipse; to be honest it already is since it’s unveiling.

Cover   As soon as the opener to the John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Architects and Alter Bridge) recorded Valour erupts in ears, you can see why it has been kicking up dust. Fight Fire With Fire opens with a lusty roar from vocalist/guitarist Dan M Hicks and spicy licks of guitar across thick riffs. Rhythmically too, the track does not hold back, meaty beats from drummer Alex Gooders immediately landing with purpose and intensity as the bass of Mickey C grooves offloads predation and infectious bait. The contagion only increases as lead guitarist Andy Short spills hooks and grooves with craft and relish across the brawling rock ‘n’ roll being woven. Backed impressively by the band, the grisly and alluring tones of Hicks continue to hold ears whilst appetite and imagination is stolen by the sizzling tapestry of sonic enterprise and aggressive rebel rousing coursing through the exceptional start to the EP.

Latest single Just One Life, which also features John Mitchell, comes next and quickly the band reveals a mellower though no less potent side to their music and presence. There is a feel of bands like Seether and Shinedown to the song, spicy essences in a song which invites involvement rather than demands it like its predecessor. In its individual way, it also spreads a web of smart twists and catchy hooks throughout its melodic croon and though admittedly it does not emerge as one of our favourites on the EP it is fair to say it only leaves a smile of enjoyment before the metal fuelled All Wrong strides in and takes over with heavier rapacious attitude and armoury. A rolling rhythmic enticing lays down the first gripping coaxing before the song twists itself into a grouchy collusion of carnivorous riffs, toxic grooves, and another refreshing growl of vocal incitement, it all uniting in a thrilling tempest enticing body and soul to punch the air and snarl at the world.

Circles slips into another calmer landscape of invention and energy next, its initial tempting hinting at bands like Life of Agony before creating rhythm sculpted crescendos that blaze in ears with a sense of nineties band Skyscraper to them. Maybe taking a little longer to take a firm grip compared to those around it, the song emerges as another major highlight with a chorus impossible not to get involved with and a presence which lingers long past its departure.

Valour is brought to an explosive end by Rise where once more the band is casting lines of addictive grooves and deeply delving hooks, sonically and rhythmically, whilst building an incendiary wall of vocal and emotive intensity that just seduces with imagination and, again have to use the word, anthemic prowess. The song is a mighty end to a magnificent release, as suggested earlier easily the best thing Mordecai have created. It will be one the best things you are likely to hear in the muscular rock ‘n’ roll scene this year so go spoil yourselves.

Valour is out now.

RingMaster 13/08/2015

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Amber Sea – Infantile Vision

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Alongside the full enjoyment Infantile Vision offers one prominent thought is, if their debut is this good just how impressive and potent can French progressive metallers Amber Sea, become. The furiously gripping EP from the Lille band is not perfect, at times its tsunami of invention and imagination bordering on bedlamic tendencies, but for every minor niggle in its chaotic tenacity there is a maelstrom of appetite igniting ingenuity. The attention grabbing five track fury is mouth-watering, and the band’s future subsequently even more so, but right now with their turbulent take on progressive metalcore, Amber Sea have announced themselves as more than a cut above similar creatively driven bands.

The release opens with White Materia: Sideral, and an enchanting caress of piano within a shadowed ambience. Clean vocals add to the warmth of the song’s entrance, crisper heavier beats only enhancing the atmosphere as the song slowly steels itself for an impending tempest. Soon vocals squalls from Matt Rouland rage and the muscular swipes of drummer Guy Tornel assault, the eruption an instant intimidation. Just as pungent are the throaty tones of Axel Richet’s bass, its grouchy touch the perfect ally to the twisted enterprise and sonic invention of guitarist Kevin Chesnais. It is striking stuff, if not yet majorly surprising, though the already impressive and enjoyable diversity to and mix of vocals, clean and hostile, has thoughts and emotions absorbed by song and its blossoming originality. Comfortable raging and bruising the senses or serenading them, the track entangles djent ferocity and death metal viciousness with progressive and melodic toxicity, the result one heavily engaging and commanding song.

Things only grow bigger inventively and impress more as Deci (Mate) takes over, to be followed by the just as exciting Violette. The first of the two has no need of a gentle persuasion in its AS_infantile_vision_ep_cover (300 DPI)start, thumping beats and squirming sonic acidity surrounding ears as Rouland unleashes his guttural belligerent might. Featuring Chris Barretto of Monuments, the song proceeds to savage and charm with spurts of melodic calm and seduction amidst a hellacious landscape of riffs and rhythms. Enticing grooves and deeply rooting hooks are no strangers to the storm either, both offering tempering persuasion within the corrosive atmosphere. Eventually welcoming a wonderful passage of melodic mystique and eye of the storm beauty, the track emerges as the best of the EP, a destructive beast with at times the warmth and peace of a sunrise. Its outstanding successor also uncages venom dripping snarls and bewitching radiance, all within unpredictable and severely tempestuous scenery. As the previous track, it roars and blusters, smooches and prowls around the listener, coming at them from numerous angles and twists of ideation simultaneously. In the hands of another you imagine things would unravel and fall into that chaotic well of going too far, but Amber Sea hold everything which bursts from their minds and skills with superbly accomplishment and riveting craft.

The song’s at times poetic drama makes way for Shinigami, a serpentine trespass of ears and psyche but prone to lapses of melodic and exotic imagination. As proven by all songs, its deep avenues of ideas, sounds, and ferocious enterprise are not suited to one or two listens, but offers ever massing rewards for a concentrated attention whilst confirming Amber Sea as a band destined to and deserving now of enthused intrigue and full attention.

The release is brought to a close by Black Materia: Meteor. Including a guest appearance of Pierre Dane from Kadinja, the track rages and infests the senses with debilitating noise and vocal spite from its first breath. The ever pleasing vocal depth and diversity shines but is courted by the jagged surface of the riffs and the erosive intensity of the song in general, whilst keys paint a warmer hue to the forceful lyrical narrative and intent.

It is fair to say that every twist and turn, surface and corner of Infantile Vision is forcibly impressive, every listen ironing out more of the pernickety ‘issues’ which could be offered up. Such the pleasure and welcome surprise incited by Amber Sea and their introduction to the world, a full recommendation of they and their excellent debut is all that is left to say, especially to fans of bands such as Architects, Monuments, Periphery, and Gojira.

Infantile Vision is available from February 10th via Famined Records @ http://www.victorymerch.com/merch/packages/56429/amber-sea-infantile-vision-shirt-free-download-package

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RingMaster 10/02/2015

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Alone With Wolves – The End of Nothing EP

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Fusing an impressive and striking fusion of heavy rock with a voracious metal intensity, UK band Alone With Wolves has a sound which sits easily within the varied shades of metalcore and post-hardcore as well as quite simply rock and metal. The proof is in the band’s new The End of Nothing EP, a five track collision of flavours which combine for a passion drenched and thoroughly captivating tempest of sound and emotion. The band on the evidence of their impressive second release, fuse the strongest essences of those previously mentioned styles into something which has a familiarity to its angst and presentation but an individual freshness which sets the Hertfordshire sextet apart from most of the crowd.

Formed in 2011, Alone With Wolves were swiftly into a charge of shows across the South of the UK, including sharing stages with the likes of Hildamay and Mallory Knox. The band was soon recruiting a passionate fan base and following, which their self-titled EP of 2012 only reinforced and pushed on. Their sound is simultaneously melodic and ferocious, as mentioned combining a varied weave of flavours inspiring comparisons to bands such as Alterbridge, Architects, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Deaf Havana. Alone With Wolves has certainly been brewing up potent attention to date which the new EP has the potential and power to take to a nationwide spotlight.

It launches itself with a sonic enticement as Cutting Ties sizes up ears before expanding into an imposing but inviting mix of raw riffs and melodic enterprise driven by sinew swinging rhythms and a great throaty bass sound. It is not a 13606_925710967443706_5848660365238708299_ndramatic but certainly appetite awakening start which the combined persuasion of vocal roars from guitarist Lewis Watson and the clean magnetic melodic tones of Danilo Fiocco are soon colouring with emotion. The track is as antagonistic as it is enticing, two sides merging for a fiercely potent and adventurous blaze of sound which ebbs and flows in its rage and intensity. It never settles into a less than voracious stance though, the rhythms of drummer James Noble and bassist Mark Stanford fuelling a creative hostility whilst guitarists Watson and Kieron Baker craft an enthralling narrative of riffs and melodic endeavour.

The strong start is followed by the raw opening brawl of the title track which is soon sharing the suasion of a great contagious and melodic weave aligned to Fiocco’s impressive delivery backed by Stanford and rivalled by the squalling tones of Watson. The song is an appetising encounter which feeds expectations at first but a sudden shift into rugged metal territory and subsequently a seductive flight of expressive melodies soon has intrigue and unpredictability as vocal as the passion and enterprise drenching the track.

My Life In Your Hands has a more metalcore cored explosiveness to its presence but again the at times almost duelling vocals and emotive ideation of guitars takes the song to a powerfully satisfying adventure. The least dramatic of all the tracks, it still potently feeds an open hunger inspired by its predecessors, the invention of Baker impressing especially, before the outstanding enticement of The Change takes over. A more tempered and melodic hug from the start but with a sturdy intent to the muscular rhythms framing the impassioned drive of the expressive hues and vocals, the song croons with an intimacy which is arguably less open in other tracks. It is no lightweight though, jagged riffs and thumping beats a demanding proposition caging the raw beauty within. With only the fade out of a quite climactic finale annoying, it is the biggest highlight of the encounter.

The closing With You In Mind is an intensively imposing onslaught of rhythmic provocation and senses bruising aggressiveness which still embraces a mouth-watering flame of sonic and melodic invention. It is as mesmeric as it is challenging and an enthralling tempest of invention and passion to bring The End of Nothing to a climactic conclusion.

It is fair to say that The End of Nothing EP did not ignite a raging fire in the belly for it but it is one of the most invigorating metalcore/post hardcore releases this year and the spark to a real hunger to hear more from a band with a very healthy future ahead.

The End of Nothing EP is available from September 1st and available through all good digital outlets.

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8.5/10

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ALONE WITH WOLVES find the ‘End Of Nothing’ on 1st September.‏

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ALONE WITH WOLVES ANNOUNCE NEW EP

Hertfordshire metal outfit ‘Alone With Wolves’ are rapidly carving a prominent name for themselves, as they launch out of the underground and aim for the jugular of the UK scene, loaded with their brand new EP ‘The End Of Nothing’, out 1st September.

Hailing from the depths of Hertfordshire and North London, ‘Alone With Wolves’ were born in 2011 and despatch a sound that tips its hat to everyone from Alterbridge and Architects, to 30 Seconds to Mars and Deaf Havana. With aggressive and bouncy riffs that contrast the rich and gentle sections of their songs, Alone With Wolves produce music that is accessible, yet original. Fronted by Danilo Fiocco, who shows off his beautiful Brazilian flair with infectious melodies that will cling to you for eons, and pitched against Lewis Watson’s raw and brutal screams, they have unearthed a stunning partnership.

The rising post-hardcorers have a strong work ethic and have gigged extensively throughout the South playing with the likes of Hildamay and Mallory Knox along the way. The quintet also recently won the M2TM battle of the bands contest, and as such, earned themselves a slot at this year’s Bloodstock Festival. Now the band is geared up to take the masses by storm, with the irresistible weaponry of their sound and brand new EP ‘The End Of Nothing’.

‘The End Of Nothing’ is rammed with cut throat riffery, thoughtful phrasing, and explosive and engaging vocal lines. From the blistering opening of the stunning ‘Cutting Ties’ and the pounding full-throttle hammerings of the EP’s namesake ‘The End Of Nothing’, to the dynamic and majestic ‘The Change’, and the explosive unbridled vigour of ‘My Life In Your Hands’, ‘The End Of Nothing’ is proof that Alone With Wolves are sure to be a prominent force in the UK scene for many years to come.

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FROM HER EYES offer their ‘Demons’, on 25th August‏

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FROM HER EYES HAVE THEIR EXPLOSIVE DEBUT EP NATIONALLY RELEASED!

Up-and-comers ‘From Her Eyes’ are poised for a brisk climb with the national release of their rousing debut record ‘Demons’, which hits outlets on Monday 25th August.

Born in 2012 and hailing from Bridgend, Wales, ‘From Her Eyes’ carry the potential to follow in the footsteps of fellow home-towners ‘Funeral For A Friend’ and ‘Bullet For My Valentine’. Consisting of old school friends Tom Owen (Vocals), James Kearle (Guitar), Jesse Simmonds (Bass) and Gary Holley (Drums), the metalcore quartet have a formidable and mature sound that certainly defies the fact that they are all just out of their late teens.

By drawing power from the Architects, While She Sleeps, Devil Sold His Soul and post-rock heroes, Touche Amore, the band has cultivated a sound that is direct, hard-hitting, and all consuming.

Despite their lean years, the band have been actively hitting the road since the end of 2012, and during this time have chalked up a plethora of fiery live shows, including igniting stages whilst supporting the likes of With One Last Breath, Red Seas Fire, Continents, When We Were Wolves, Set to Break and Reaper in Sicily. After winning souls with their live set, the post-hardcore seeded band soon turned their attention to their first record, and earlier this year bunkered down at Bandit Studios with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) to record their forthcoming new EP ‘Demons’; the resulting fury nothing short of breathtaking.

‘Demons’ starts off with the hypnotic and atmospheric ‘Decay’, which lulls you into a faux state of calm before the monstrous ‘Comatose’ hits you right between the eyes. The juggernaut groove of ‘Porcelain’ also works its way into your grey matter with devastating conviction, while the fantastically frantic ‘Disillusionist’ further displays the band’s arsenal of hefty riffs at their disposal. The haunting ‘Elsyuim’ is next and it highlights the combo’s impressive maturity and guile. Finally, the EP’s namesake ‘Demons’ completes the record, crowning a striking piece of work that proves the rising riff tyrants are ripe for national recognition.

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Surviving The Charade – We’re Never Coming Home

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First impressions of We’re Never Coming Home, the debut album from Swedish melodic metallers Surviving The Charade, went from being slightly underwhelmed to inexcusably captivated as it revealed more about the qualities and imagination of the band with each and every track. Given numerous excursions through the ears, the ten track encounter has become a rigorously impressive and exciting proposition for imagination and emotions. Certainly it still has thoughts questioning and succumbing to occasional reservations, but with the voracious inventiveness and surging potential which soaks the band both Surviving The Charade and We’re Never Coming Home have emerged as incitements to get increasingly excited about.

Formed in 2008, the Stockholm sextet took little time in awakening a potent fanbase and attention with first EP Your Breath Smells Like Ben & Jerry’s. Its strong presence was more than matched by the band’s live performances which continued to draw eager followers towards their striking emergence. The following We Refuse To Stand In EP continued their rising success as did the band’s appearances at prominent festivals and supporting metalcore greats Adept. 2013 saw Surviving The Charade drop in on England to record We’re Never Coming Home with producer John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios (Architects, Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, etc.). Infusing inspirations from the likes of Asking Alexandria and Architects into their sound, Surviving The Charade provide an intriguing weave of textures and flavours within their first album, a web which as mentioned impresses and at times has you wondering but persistently leaves ears and attention captivated.

The title track starts things off and this is where that initial felling of being underwhelmed initiated. Certainly the opening of crystalline DVDAXXX2XX.pdfkey cast melodies set before vocals squalls from a distant ledge is an enticing lead into the accomplished and skilfully crafted song but subsequently it is a formulaic encounter which barely hints at the real adventure to come. Nevertheless with punchy rhythms from drummer Sebastian Brydniak framing the evocative narrative impressively led by the clean vocals of Simon Brantklev, the track is an imposing introduction which with its brief length is the right way to look at it even though it kind of gives the wrong impression of the album ahead.

Classically bred keys grasp the ears first as Shout, Walls, Shout! erupts, a startling unexpected grab of the imagination which soars over the hostile raw squalls of the band’s other vocalist Daniel Rotstam. It is a pungently dramatic and creative entrance to the song though some of that potency is lost as it then relaxes into a more straight forward melodic metal stride. To temper that though the bass of Fredric Fji Johansson gnaws at the senses whilst the guitars of Fredrik Brollin and Viktor Lundberg grind, whine, and croon with acute devilry. It is a formidable suasion which leaves its predecessor quite pale in comparison, though as skilled and commanding as the music is, it is the vocals which steal the show, the clean tones of Brantklev a transfixing caress and the roars in great variety from Rotstam carnivorously appealing if not always fully successful.

The following Above The Skyline stomps and seduces with a blend of classically bred elegance and ferocious antagonism vocally and musically, hooks and melodies in as much abundance and strength as heavily swiping rhythms and savage riffs. It is a riveting encounter which lurches at and romps with the senses in an evolving gait but lacks the spark which lit up its predecessor. It does give another flavoursome taste to an already established appetite for the release though which is soon enriched by the outstanding Shotgun Wedding Bride. From its first breath the song is ripping at the jugular with sinewed sculpted riffs and rhythms courted by caustic vocals whilst a haunting melody teases above the ravenous persuasion. The body of the track has a post hardcore hostility to its rabidity which takes on another depth of angst and ferociousness behind the clean seducing of Brantklev which in also seems to inspire a creative rapaciousness from the stabs of Brydniak and the varied snarls from Rotstam. It is a tremendous brawl which reveals the rich promise of the band ahead and their quality now.

The initial voracious intensity and Meshuggah like blaze The Diary Of Frosty Jack keeps ears and passions feverish with its truculent sonic and rhythmic intent, though the cleaner passages whilst adding further poetic toxicity defuse the breath-taking intimidation a tad. It is another immensely satisfying onslaught though, which as across the album, for every moment where things lack certain potency or success in their twists there is a horde of highly inventive, captivating sounds and ideation to enthral thoughts and emotions.

The vivaciously anthemic Here We Stand where emotive melodies and fiery harmonies stake their lingering claim on the imagination within a maelstrom of predacious intensity leaves imagination and attention exhausted next. Of. It is a tremendous fire enticing creative thought with a dramatic presence which leaves the next up Broken Glass a real test to emulate, which it almost does with its robust and blistering contagion within a continually shifting storm of emotive melodic grace and adversarial spite.

The predatory metalcore spawned sound of Dance For Messiah brings another inventive tempest to explore though it fails to enslave the passions with either the lingering vitriol or infectiousness of other songs. It is full of great and skilfully executed twists and turns but feels too familiar in its overall body of sound ultimately, thus feeding expectations somewhat. It also suffers lying between the previous pair of songs and Like Animals. Virulently infectious and strikingly inventive, the track is a relentlessly evolving dervish of argumentative seduction and amicable ingenuity, a song which if human would be classed as schizophrenic for many thrilling reasons. It is an outstanding slab of captivation, everything about it sensational and the best thing on the album.

The closing The Night We All Forgot is a song which may be should not work but does. Its opening chorus of vocals and throaty basslines is so obvious that you feel the band is just going for an easy exit, but then things turn into a threatening stretch of savagery vocally and musically that you swiftly reassess. The song continues to change and bewilder, its melodic almost pop infused moments an unsure success and its vicious inhospitable pillaging irresistible, whilst combined they ebb and flow in persuasion. It is whole though the song is a fixture in mind and emotions long after its departure so that like the album no matter any doubts it is an undeniable triumph.

It is hard not to get excited about the future of Surviving The Charade and to cast a keen anticipation for their next releases on the back of We’re Never Coming Home, a reaction we expect a great many to find through this gripping encounter.

We’re Never Coming Home is available from Monday 2nd June through all digital stores.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 01/06/2014

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Icons – Lifesigns EP

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Crafting their own very appetising take on metalcore, UK band Icons certainly on the evidence of their latest EP Lifesigns, has a potentially rich and potent future ahead of them. Consisting of four tracks which rage at, coax in, and invigorate the senses, the release is a sizeable introduction to the Leicester hailing metallers. It is fair to say that there is not a major expulsion of genre shaking invention or sounds from band on the release but plenty to suggest that the quintet is capable of such feats in the future as they evolve and hone their songwriting.

Formed in 2011, Icons has earned a strong reputation with their live performances alongside bands such as Bleed From Within, Hacktivist, Martyr Defiled, Continents, Giants and Napoleon. With a collective blend of inspirations from the likes of The Ghost Inside, Architects, Parkway Drive, Periphery, Northlane, Bleed From Within and Heart of a Coward, the five piece conjure up propositions which certainly do not slip past ears and attention easily. Their songs provide a skilfully layered alignment of sounds and textures; hooks and rhythms spearing the creative landscape with equal purpose and passion to the voracious vocals. It is a raw and uncompromising endeavour but one with a wealth of enticements to seduce and transfix the imagination.

Opener Cataclysm strides into view with jack booted rhythms and a caustic sonic haze, its infectious enticing soon permeating ears and Icons Lifesigns EP Covereagers thoughts. Taking a breath to establish its intent, the track then winds its sinewed riffs around the senses as the beats of Alan Forrest punch with a sure antagonistic touch. It is fiery bait which is soon under the squalling vocals attack of Neil Vernon, his coarse roars a scathing incitement within the emergence of sonic enterprise cast by guitarists Nick Toutjiaris and Joe Newman. Clean vocals join the picture next to bring a warm temperance to the still blustery gruff narrative, the union of both within the creative tempest of sound stalked by the great throaty bass provocation of bassist Chris Riley, magnetic in the least and thrilling in its strongest moments. As proven across the whole release though the ‘weakest’ elements are those vocals, both clean and raw deliveries undeniably potent instigators of the lyrical climate but at times landing wide of the levels musically the track elevates to.

Though the next up Fall of Avarice offers a similar scenario, it is not as big an issue as it might suggest with both styles working well enough but a further honing to rest easier within the maelstrom of inventive sound whilst still achieving their intensive aims would seem a wise move. The second track twists and flirts with the senses through intensive riffs, muscular rhythms, and a rigorously designed entanglement of sonic enterprise which holds the imagination capture from its opening play. The cleaner group vocal calls work perfectly it has to be said providing an anthemic pull which further entices the appetite to reconfirm that those vocal nags are minor for the main.

The latest single, Helios steps up next with viciously shaped grooves and melodic shards of adventure, the combination another easily accessible lure to immerse bravely within. The track creates scenery of emotive reserve and ravenous spite, both evocative propositions which merge fluidly together as the sounds expand their resourceful premises. It is not as striking and imposing as the previous songs with the vocals again raising small questions but still a song sparking keen attention and a lingering success for itself and band which is very easy to often return to.

The closing Hitch 22 opens on a rugged storm of strictly invasive riffs, deeply barbed hooks, and a contagious rabidity which instantly secures focus and hunger. Stretching its muscle flexing arms around the ears, the song proceeds to jab and scythe its way into the passions whilst simultaneously lighting the imagination with gentle but evocative short melodies and again superb group vocals, something they should definitely employ much more. The best track on the EP, it is a skilled cantankerous maelstrom which engrosses from start to finish and almost alone reveals all the promise within Icons to indicate that they are a real prospect as an emerging force.

There is plenty more within Icons to come, a continued evolution needed to see the band find a spotlight outside of the crowd but Lifesigns indicates that all the weaponry and craft is there waiting to be bred into something unique as it provides a very satisfying and enjoyable base to start from.

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8/10

RingMaster 15/05/2014

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