Midnight Mob – Honest Brutal Glorious EP

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Showing even more broadness to their rock ‘n’ roll incitement, New York’s Midnight Mob unleash their new rousing proposal this month in the fiery shape of the Honest Brutal Glorious EP. Offering six tracks of multi-flavoured hard rock based persuasion, the release shows another twist in the evolution of the band’s sound and yet another reason to give high praise to the US quintet.

Formed in 2009, Midnight Mob quickly sparked attention with their music and presence, both changing and evolving over time as line-up changes have occurred alongside an organic shift in the band’s sound. A self-titled debut EP in 2011 and its successor Black Moon Rising two years later woke up eager North American appetites for their punk ‘n’ roll proposals, whilst the album These Days in 2014, courtesy of STP Records in the UK, was the spark to stronger global recognition and attention of the band. Funded by fans through PledgeMusic, Honest Brutal Glorious is the next potent step in the band’s ascent into worldwide awareness. Within it, Midnight Mob has blossomed tracks from the hard rock and classic rock ‘n’ roll inventiveness of their sound but still hungrily infuse thick strains of punk and metal  into its attention grabbing and natural sounding progression from earlier releases.

Honest Brutal Glorious opens with the glorious roar of Song for the Damned; a punk ‘n’ roll anthem with the expected defiant attitude and antagonistic growl of the band fuelling its tenacious contagion. The swinging beats of drummer Chris Beatz provide the punchy skeletal frame for the sonic flames and cutting riffs of Mickey Squeeze to leap through ears from. With the distinctive and persistently impressing tones of Blackey Deathproof driving the narrative backed by band roars, the track uncages an unbridled rock ‘n’ roll bellow which has the spirit as inescapably engaged as ears.

Honest Brutal Glorious Artwork_RingMasterReviewThe outstanding start is quickly matched by Run for Your Life. From its first breath bluesy guitar caresses hit the spot, their coaxing soon taken up a notch by the throbbing lure of Carly Quinn’s bass which in turn sparks a fresh wave of agitation in guitar and rhythms. The song’s prime hook has the imagination ensnared just as swiftly, its devilment carrying a great Rocket From The Crypt air to it. Soon though, Blackey is standing centre stage with her great contentious expression and sandy throated tones, as around her melodies infuse an increasing scent of the blues into their and the song’s feistily infectious rock ‘n’ roll endeavour.

Ghosts is just as rhythmically irritable and melodically magnetic, the bass especially grouchy within the quarrelsome mix of punk and hard rock. What takes a strong and highly enjoyable song into being a great one is the surf rock flavoured twists of guitar and the kaleidoscopic colours of invention in the array of gripping hooks and grooves. As with its predecessors, the song simply hits the spot anthemically and creatively; casting rock ‘n’ roll to raise ‘armies’ to.

The second half of the EP sees Midnight Mob pushing their diversity even further with Black Mamba the first to show new areas of diversity to their sound. Reminding a touch of Danish band Forever Still, the song embraces a classic rock seeding with melodic metal scenery. They still uncage their instinctive ability to create a catchy proposal with a raw and grouchy lining, but it is one of many bold colours in the new shade of their emotively driven rock ‘n’ roll.

The same can be said of Swing On, the band again weaving a seriously engaging tapestry from a broad web of multi genre, decades crossing rock ‘n’ roll lorded over by the striking voice and ability of Blackey. As the music is at its most colourful across the final trio of songs so her voice shows its greatest range and potency; her blues soaked tones here irresistible and stealing the show as they do in the glorious acoustic balladry of Stay, a slice of bewitchment to end the EP.

Honest Brutal Glorious is a powerful and thrilling new step from Midnight Mob and though personal tastes continue to greedily devour the band’s punk heavy exploits most, their album still one of the most played here, the band’s new expansion of songwriting and sound is one riveting and thrilling stirring of body and emotions.

The Honest Brutal Glorious EP is released Match 25th across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 21/03/2016

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Falconer – Black Moon Rising

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Sure to please long-time fans of the band, Swedish folk power metallers Falconer return with their eight album and an embracing of the sound which bred their earliest presence. It is not as clear cut as it sounds though because the quintet also craft a compelling web of modern metal tenacity and at times hostility to create a varied, often unpredictable, and constantly rewarding proposition. Falconer has always been a band which either clicked with or missed our preferences up to this point but despite still elements which fall on our stony ground, Black Moon Rising surpasses all that came before and has little trouble leaving rich satisfaction in its wake to temper our difficult demands.

Formed in 1999 as a solo project by guitarist Stefan Weinerhall (ex-Mithotyn) with Mathias Blad stepping in as session vocalist, Falconer soon become a full band with the addition of drummer Karsten Larsson. From their self-titled debut album in 2001, the band had attention and passions falling over themselves as well as a wealth of acclaim. Its successor Chapters From A Vale Forlorn a year later marked another step forward for the band, though the year also saw Blad leave the band. With Kristoffer Göbel enlisted as the new singer, third album Sceptre of Deception in 2003 was unveiled to again strong reception whilst a year later another line-up change saw guitarist Jimmy Hedlund and bassist Magnus Linhardt joining Weinerhall, Larsson, and Göbel. A twist in style accompanied the next album before a more recognisable, and arguably wanted by fans, flavour returned as the next trio of albums lit up an ever increasing fanbase starting with Grime vs. Grandeur which marked the return of Blad. Recorded with Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios, Black Moon Rising follows the entirely sung in Swedish Armod of 2011, taking those earlier ventures and sounds of the band on a brand new and rigorously captivating emprise.

Riffs and attention seeking rhythms open up first track Locust Swarm, which in turn awakens attention and an early appetite through Falconer - Black Moon Risingthe following energetic rabidity and deeply rooting hooks across a blazing sonic canvas. Soon settling into steady stroll as the narrative and Blad unveil their expressive tales, the song is swarming around and within the imagination whilst rhythms buffet ears. The song is a mix bag, the ravenous and predatory aspects of the track exhilarating and the mellower passages around the vocals slightly underwhelming in comparison. Nevertheless with the individual skills and combined enterprise, the track is a more than solid entrance into the emerging power metal landscape, setting up the listener nicely for the following Halls and Chambers. The haunting whispers within a cavernous hall is a great portentous introduction but not exploited fully as the song goes on a similar charge as in its predecessor. What emerges to take it another step forward though is an indefinable but open familiarity to the chorus and melodic tempting which flows as courageously as the breath and anthemic riffery through the track. Again it is not a song to lose full ardour to but with the delicious sculpting of guitar and a nagging persuasion it is an encounter to immerse in often, especially its great hard rock/folk metal finale, the beauty of melodies and vocals hand in hand with the beast of the bass.

The album truly erupts with the title track next, the song a muscular warrior of rapacious rhythms and eagerly roving grooves carrying the colours of infectious melodies and riveting imagination. By the first round of its anthemic chorus the track easily outweighs and outstrips its predecessors, enslaving thoughts and passions with a continually shifting aural scenery but never straying from the potent core which stole the plaudits within its opening breaths. Larsson impresses from first swiping jab to the last whilst the guitar ingenuity of Weinerhall perfectly assisted by Hedlund, bewitch and ignite a greater greedy appetite for the album.

The enchanting coaxing of folk stroll Scoundrel and the Squire has the misfortune of following such an epic but from its gentle initial caress builds a persistently expanding and tempting landscape of unpredictable beats and fiery guitar wrapped in poetic and melodic hues. Like its music its success and appeal grows and enriches ears the further it explores its premise before making way for the scintillating Wasteland, a track which attacks ears with a scourge mentality from the off before, and without losing its agile intimidation, grabbing its sonic steeds and galloping magnetically across the senses with rhythmic nostrils flaring and antagonistic riffs baring teeth. It is another major pinnacle within the album, feet and neck muscles as soon devoted to its suasion as ears and emotions.

Both In Ruins and At the Jester’s Ball keep things boiling nicely, even if they miss the lip of the previous plateau cast. The first borders on rock pop even within a tirade of blasting beats and exhaustive riffing, the song forging a great and enthralling mix of vivacious invention and raucous intensity, whilst its successor is a satisfying romp suiting the artistic revelry imagined by its title. Neither leaves thoughts awe struck but undeniably both add to the pleasure and fun being devoured by this point of the album before being shown the way by There’s a Crow on the Barrow, another insatiable gallop with melodic flanks over thunderous hoofs of rhythmic intent and heavily enticing riffs.

Dawning of a Sombre Age despite is open invention and masterful presentation leaves established heights alone though sculpting its own definitely pleasing level before the album concludes with the voracious and fascinating Age of Runes and the jubilant dance of The Priory. Each song brings the album to an impressive end, the first an absorbing proposition which never leaves expectations anything to truly feast upon whilst the last is just Falconer and their distinctive sound at their creative best.

Black Moon Rising has moments of brilliance and others where it merely pleases without much more but makes for an exciting and enthralling encounter overall proving Falconer have plenty left in their fire keep on setting power and folk metal new adventures to eagerly anticipate.

Black Moon Rising is available via Metal Blade Records now!

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7.5/10

RingMaster 11/02/201

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