The RingMaster Review picks its favourite metal, rock and noise releases of 2018

Across its busy year 2018 unleashed a horde of gripping and rousing metal, rock, and noise driven releases. Here we pluck out those covered by The RingMaster Review which had the juices flowing most lustfully of all…

1. Black Space Riders – Amoretum Vol. 2

2. Coilguns – Millennials

3. KEN mode – Loved

4. VNDTA – Pale Glow

5. Mammüth – Outlander

6. Black Space Riders – Amoretum Vol. 1

7. Eryn Non Dae. – Abandon Of The Self 

8. The Great Sabatini – Goodbye Audio

9. U-Foes – No More No More

10. Dead Register – Captive

11. Naberus – Hollow

12. Bailer – Self Titled

13. Hostile Array – Self Titled 

14. In Vain – Currents

15. Vantablack Warship – Abrasive Pulmonic Speak

16. Skulk, The Hulking – Afterbirth Of A Nation

17. The Ugly Kings – Darkness Is My Home

18. Spookshow Inc. – Visions Of The Blinded World pt I & II

19. The Castor Troys – Legends Never Die

20. Owl Company – Iris

21. Deville – Pigs with Gods

22. Arcaeon – Balance EP

23. Maudlin – Sassuma Arnaa

24. The Senton Bombs – Outsiders

25. Verni – Barricade 

Bailer – Self Titled

Currently in the midst of a tour across Russia, Irish metallic hardcore quartet Bailer recently unleashed their new creative tirade in the shape of a self-titled EP. The five track fury is a brash and uncompromising slab of rapacious hardcore; the kind of trespass in sound and emotion the band has already drawn thick plaudits for yet everything about it is richer, bolder, and creatively more mature than their previous successes.

We got hooked on the Bailer trespass back with the Shaped By The Landscape EP of 2016, the PTSD EP a year later only cementing their lure on personal tastes. It has to be said though they were just appetisers to the thick goodness of the band’s latest offering. Whether the band’s sound has come of age time will tell but certainly it has breached a new plateau as Bailer continue to prove themselves one of the most exciting and imaginative prospects within the hardcore scene.

Lying For A Living sets things off, its initial scene setting interrupted by the vocal blast of Alex O’Leary amidst a concussive surge of sound. Featuring guest vocals of Xander Coughlan from Emigra, the track invades with an infectious swing and irritable attitude, the creative clamour of Chris Harte’s guitar uniting with the cantankerous throat of David Cleere’s bass and the vicious swings of drummer Sean Conway. It is a gripping affair, imaginative twists adding to the adventure with craft and composure rather than force and only escalating the temptation.

Tuesday Blues follows, the track also leaping head first upon the senses as guitar and rhythms crowd the hostile attack of the vocals. The heavy snarl of bass is simply irresistible, its enmity as catchy as it is imposing and matched by the song overall as sonic endeavour and emotive discontent collude with a headstrong but composed intent. As within those around it, every second brings intrigue and drama, both aspects embroiled in ferocity and adventure.

That imagination again fuels the feral exploits of Long Gone, a song from its first moments almost dancing in ears with invention and unpredictability within the familiar Bailer insurgency. With Adam Carroll from Zoax guesting, the song flirts and captivates with striking enterprise which never seems to settle in the moment but is always looking for a new twist to explore. As carnal as it is captivating, the track infests the psyche before Feel It More brings its capricious but skilfully nurtured antics to bear upon the senses. There is an almost progressive wind to the Bailer sound which especially teases and flirts with the imagination here as ears are accosted and the senses chewed.

Closing track is Death Is A Reminder, a rousing slice of rock ‘n’ roll which has the body bouncing from its first breath as rhythms entice as senses cower from its predatory character. With another guest in the shape of Red Enemy’s Kevin ‘Lefty’ Letford, the track prowls and subsequently trespasses with sonic volatility, its mercurial nature voracious but with a seriously infectious intent.

The new Bailer EP is one of the year’s early treats; a triumph from a band which just grows from bold exploits to greater adventure by the release and will surely be one of those guiding the hardcore scene over coming years.

The Bailer EP is out now @ https://bailerofficial.bandcamp.com/

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 Pete RingMaster 20/02/2018

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Bailer – Shaped By The Landscape

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There is a new bruiser in town, a creative bully as at ease turning the senses and ears to mush as it is breeding a dervish like reactions in the body. That uncompromising assailant is Irish quartet Bailer and its choice of irresistible weapon, debut EP, Shaped By The Landscape. The band’s striking introduction is a fiercely irritable groove fest of demands and rewards; a caustic fusion of groove metal and hardcore which leaves body and soul wasted and spirit and emotions ignited.

Formed in the January of 2015, Bailer has been a welcome scourge through its local and Irish underground scene, sharing stages with the likes of Red Enemy, Novelists, The Colour Line, Shields and more as well as playing main support to Murdock on tour. Aidan Cunningham from that fellow Irish band recorded, mixed, and mastered the Shaped By The Landscape, and fair to say if describing the distinct Bailer sound, Murdock would be used as a kind of reference as well as maybe Gacys Threads and The Dillinger Escape Plan. There is no escaping the sonic and vocal, let alone emotional, animosity fuelling and shaping the band’s first poke at the broadest attention, or that it is one of the most punishingly thrilling debuts in the hardcore scene for quite a while.

Artwork_RingMasterReviewThe EP opens with Failsafe and immediately has ears enticed with its spicy guitar coaxing and then under siege by a wall of hungry riffs and barbarous rhythms. It is all conducted by the ferocious tones of vocalist Alex O’Leary, his searing squalls almost visibly scarring his throat as they enjoyably abrase ears. There is equally a swing to his delivery, a devilish catchiness which is even stronger in the web of fiery grooves that entangle ears and appetite amidst the rampant aggression of Paul Cashman’s rhythmic swings. The carnivorous growl of David Cleere’s bass is simply delicious in the mix as too the wonderfully nagging tapestry of metal and punk grooves and riffs cast by guitarist Chris Harte. The track is a glorious start to the release, and maybe the most virulently infectious slab of abuse heard in a long time.

It is not a one off though, being swiftly matched by The Binding. It starts off in the same vein as its predecessor but soon reveals its own nefarious twists and turns as O’Leary again shares rancor with the air. Everything about the song is also ridiculously catchy; the body and imagination is soon caught up in its hostile groove almost unaware of being battered and bruised, sonically and emotionally tossed around. Its sensational onslaught is followed by Anti-Venom and its own animus of spite and infectiousness. Grooves squirm with the tempest of noise and irritability, the snarling lure of the bass as seductive as ever whilst vocals rage and almost gloat over the victim, in the shape of the senses, crippled by the rhythmic battering alone. Not that the listener realises when being manipulated by an infestation of grooves and stirring hooks shared with similar zeal and power.

The Benefit Of Doubt is an even darker and more predatory proposal; venom toning every rhythmic strike and scything flash of guitar while all the time the bass adds a grouchy nag linking it all up. Maybe the least openly catchy song on the EP, though not by much, the track is as bold and majestic in craft and invention as it is in highly persuasive animosity. It is a formidable and stirring end to what is simply a killer and monumental debut from Bailer.

The CD version of Shaped By The Landscape actually comes with bonus tracks Call Of The Unknown and Animosity, and the cause of the only issue with the release; the fact that we were not sent those songs to cover too, though it is easy to assume they will live up to the other quartet. Already we are greedy for the Bailer incitement and it is hard to imagine we will be on our own once it is out there playing havoc with ears and the passions.

The self-released Shaped By The Landscape EP is released 29th April digitally and on CD @ https://bailerofficial.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 27/04/2016

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