Push! – Dark Dive

Exploring music is the most rewarding adventure but equally a truly frustrating one when discovering a band or sound which has been around for a fair if not long time but only now coming to personal attention. Portuguese hardcore outfit Push! is one such proposition; a band which has been viciously roaring away for a handful of years and drawing potent acclaim along the way but only crossing our radar now with new album Dark Dive, a rousing beast of sonic ferocity and unbridled rage.

Hailing from Lisbon, Push! has forged a strong reputation and lured rich praise from their live presence alone which over time has seen them share stages with the likes of  Madball, Strife, Backtrack, Brutality Will Prevail, Sworn Enemy, Devil In Me, and For The Glory as well as play several major festivals in Portugal. 2014 saw the release of debut album Breathe In The Future Breathe Out The Past, a release making a strong introduction to the young band and laying the seeds for its stronger well-received voracious successor, This Is Cruel. This Is Life. two years later. Now the Stu Mckay (Malevolence, Brutality Will Prevail) mastered Dark Dive sees the band’s sound and songwriting at a whole new maturity, prowess, and indeed ferocity as greater and richer metal, groove and thrash amongst them, and punk flavours infest their hardcore instincts.

A compelling Intro sees the album rising to its predacious feet, the instrumental an untamed yet controlled, indeed devious web of grooves and riffs leading listener into the waiting scourge of Free At Last. Instantly the irascible throat of vocalist Nuno Cruz unleashes its ire whilst heading the equally choleric strains and riffs of the united guitars of Ricardo Servo and Roberto Cebolas. Just as swiftly an infectious strain of intent grips sound and emotion, a riling up of both which got under the skin with viral efficiency and trespass.

The great start is quickly backed up by Denial And Envy, a track led through ears by the senses clipping beats of Ricardo Aleixo before unleashing a tide of sonic and emotional irritability. Imaginative hooks and grooves line the cantankerous sounds exploring the speakers, Push! already showing themselves as dab and imaginative hands at spinning the most devious and persuasive kind, while gang and individual vocals only incited keener attention as the bass of André Paiva enticingly groans and menacingly growls alongside it all.

Through the album’s resourcefully fractious title track and the following carnivorous prowl of Pitfall, the increasingly addictive Dark Dive reveals greater unpredictability and invention. Both tracks are as feral as they are imaginatively and zealously grumpy, neither sharing a moment which does not keep you on your toes, nothing  expected or uneventful shared before a breath is allowed through Left With Memories, an instrumental thick in intrigue and intimation woven by guitars.

Paiva’s bass provides a bestial lure to the following With Love; classic metal flavours wrapping the instant predatory tone and motion of the song before all traits expand in a cross-grained punk metal incursion. In some ways it is not as immediate a real temptation as others around it but in just as many it is one of the most magnetic moments within Dark Dive. It then makes way for the senses stalking exploits of Cuffed To Yourself, a voracious pursuit of the senses and appetite which in turn departs to allow the similarly predatory touch and inclinations of Ground Floor to bare irresistible enterprise.

It is hard to honestly pick out a true favourite from the eleven tracks making up Dark Dive such the prowess and devious antics of all but next up Keep Silent offers plenty to be considered with regularity, the track a barbarous but anthemic call impossible to ignore specially when it too turns to hounding the listener like a bloodthirsty beast.

The album closes up with Procrastinate, a final slice of ruthless incitement and emotive ire unafraid to embrace old school metal wiring, thrash rapacity, and punk causticity to its hardcore raging. It is a potent end to a simply outstanding release from Push!, the kind of record to thrust the band into much bigger spotlights we expect and hope; Dark Dive certainly deserves that success.

Dark Dive is out now; available @ https://pushhc.bigcartel.com/ and https://pushhc.bandcamp.com/album/dark-dive

 

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Pete RingMaster 08/03/2019

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Wraiths – Hollow EP

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There has been plenty of good words and enthusiasm placed around UK metallers Wraiths over recent times and with their new EP Hollow now ravaging the ears it is easy to see why. Fuelled by a maelstrom of heavy and extreme metal with raging potential veining its every twist and turn, the release is a formidable and gripping protagonist. It is an encounter which makes a slightly underwhelming start but emerges as a titanic fury with potent invention and enthralling enterprise. It is fair to say that the Middlesbrough quartet is nowhere near the finished article yet but has all the promise and armoury to be one compelling and potent force.

Wraiths were conceived in 2012 by four friends with the intent to sculpt and bring something new to deathcore. Swiftly making a strong impression live, supporting the likes of Demoraliser, Brutality Will Prevail, Madball, End Reign, Iced Out, Pay No Respect, Odessa and Destroyer BC since forming, the band also staked a fair claim on attention with their debut self-titled EP in 2012 and a stronger call with the single Hollow Lungs last year. It is easy to suspect that Hollow will open up a greater spotlight and hunger for the band, its bestial body from a decent and concentrated start turning into an adventurous predator with jaws of vitriolic hostility which simply enslaves the imagination.

As mentioned Hollow makes a powerful start but does not start a fire in the belly right away. The first two tracks simmer and definitely light attention but leave an ‘ok that was good but how about impressing me’ feeling, something Wraiths Cover Artworkit undoubtedly does from there on in. Opening track Godslayer rises from a sonic mist to pound ears with vicious swipes of rhythms and carnivorously fired riffs. It is a dramatically imposing start, a stalking crawling pestilential entrance with the vocals of Rae Robinson crawling venomously over every note and percussive incitement. It is certainly a destructively imposing encounter which stands tall and barbaric against the senses, the roaming rhythms of Rick Baker especially enticing against the rugged wall of riffs and spiky grooves conjured by guitarist Daniel Charlton alongside bassist Dale Husband. The track holds focus firm but lacks the spark to ignite emotions or put the band clearly to the side of many other metal/death core propositions.

There is an underlying lure though which ensures thoughts are held rigorously, a successful bait matched in the following Malignation. Its start is similar in many ways to its predecessor but soon casts its own web of predacious provocation and agitated animosity. The two faced guttural squalls of Robinson make a better impression than most frontmen in the scene whilst the lurching rhythms and stalking guitar play of Charlton equally spin an enslaving incitement, yet the track whilst more intriguing than the first again feeds expectations arguably more than defies them. That is something Gravelord soon puts right. The band’s new video single does not move too far from the already familiar start to songs but is soon twisting that canvas into a sinister and almost carnal web of sonic and rhythms animosity coated in a virulent contagion which grips imagination and appetite alike. The vocals find greater ferocity through at times a group delivery whilst the bestial depths and malevolence of the track is like sonic tar, sticking to and inflaming senses and emotions with its burning spite. The track is a brawl to be consumed by and devour greedily, that once missing indefinable element a searing flame of endeavour and inventive rancor.

The impressive track is instantly matched by Devoured, its assault a scything and scornful saw of caustic riffs aligned to vehement rhythms from Baker which in turn are just as acrimoniously assisted by the bile rich tones of Husband’s bass. The track tears chunks from ears before settling into a no less cruel stride but one soaked in an infectiousness which almost makes it seem kinder in manner. The song develops a swagger too which makes the strongest persuasion, deceptively hiding the harsh malignancy of invention and sound at the song’s heart. It is a glorious scourge of torrential savagery, unrelenting in its pillaging and taking of the senses but an embittered tempter too with a deliciously irresistible melodic groove veining its latter flank before a brutal finale.

The release closes with Belial, a track which meanders with composed tenacity through an almost progressive maze of sound and emotive danger within a tsunami of oppressive and addictive violent intensity. The most inventive and diverse track on the Hollow, the track flirts with and gnaws on the psyche from start to finish, its ever increasing malice and bitter enterprise soaking its magnetic again pestilential presence. It is an excellent end to an enthralling and highly pleasing release. Certainly the early enjoyable enticements made a decent impression but from the third track the EP shows itself and the band to be a proposition to get excited about as it rips apart body and soul. There is more to be found within Wraiths to push them into the biggest spotlight but on the evidence of Hollow, they are heading in the right thrilling direction.

The Hollow EP is available now through all digital stores and the Gravelord single as your own chosen price @ http://wraithshc.bandcamp.com/track/gravelord

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RingMaster 14/07/2014

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WRAITHS are ‘Hollow’, in 14th July‏

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THE STUNNING NEW WRAITHS EP RELEASED IN JULY

 

Highly rated Northern Hell Metal crew ‘Wraiths’ release their blistering new EP ‘Hollow’ through all national stores on Monday 14th July.

Forged and fertilized in the putrid cesspool that is Middlesbrough, Wraiths have emerged from a swampy pit of sadness and despair, wielding their self described ‘Hell Metal’ to portray the darkest imaginings of the human conscience. With influences oozing from The Acacia Strain to Black Sabbath, and for fans of heavy, relentless and torturous riffs, they have spawned a unique and hellish sound echoing the dying shriek of a banshee.

 

Wraiths were conceived in 2012 by friends Daniel Charlton (Guitar), Rick Baker (Drums), Rae Robinson (Vocals) and Dale Husband (Bass) who wanted to chisel out a sound that ripped apart the standard formulae of deathcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs. The North East riff-slingers have certainly fulfilled their manifesto. When the four piece hit the road, it wasn’t long before they had a cluster of successful shows under their belts, as well as sharing stages with Demoraliser, Brutality Will Prevail, Madball, End Reign, Iced Out, Pay No Respect, Odessa and Destroyer BC. Wraiths are now set to span their reach even further with European touring penned for the remainder of the year.

 

Word is now starting to spread like wildfire about the northern riff beasts; Metal Hammer Magazine lifted a track from their previous EP for their February 2014 issue and the band will soon be lighting up TV screens with their explosive new video single ‘Gravelord’. This summer also sees the nationwide release of the quartet’s new EP entitled ‘Hollow’. With five ferocious slabs of inventive deathcore, from the viciously snarling riffery of the opener ‘Godslayer’ that hammers deep into your cranium, to the throbbing and earth shattering assault of ‘Malignation’ and the earnest brutality and pounding groove of their new single ’Gravelord’, the EP is a hell of a ride. ‘Devoured’ continues to take the record to deeper depths with its cutting riff attack and full frontal vocal battering of closer ‘Belial’, confirming the band’s place as a true new force to be reckoned with on the deathcore scene.

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-WRAITHS RELEASE ‘HOLLOW’ ON MONDAY 14th JULY THROUGH ALL STORES-

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