Idols Of Apathy – Life Lessons

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Truly standing out in the vast horde of metal bands with a hellacious bully of a sound seems to get harder and harder with every passing year and diversely brutal release. Originality is a premium numerous touch upon, often impressively, and few rarely blossom to something which really does stand alone and become the inspirer rather than the inspired. British extreme /tech metallers Idols Of Apathy fall into the former with their sound, but equally strongly impress with their five track tempest of fury and raw ingenuity, the Life Lessons EP. The release is a volatile and skilfully invasive proposition which never leaves a moment dulled by a lack of imagination and passion, qualities woven in with recognisable hues to suggest that influences breed as much of the band’s invention as their own explorations. At the same time though, the highly enjoyable Life Lessons leaves ears and appetite fiercely attentive as a rich fuel of potential hints of even bigger and individually bolder things ahead as Idols Of Apathy evolve.

Idols Of Apathy Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review   Bursting from the Essex landscape in 2013, Idols Of Apathy were soon stirring up a potent local fan base, spreading further afield once they swiftly released debut single Deceiver. Its success was backed by first EP Unheard Words, which was recorded by Dan Keer. Picking up strong national and media recognition, it was the spark to the band sharing stages, to continuing acclaim, alongside the likes of Climates, Canvas, Lock & Key, Shields, Sworn In, Continents, Create to Inspire, Carcer City, and Falling With Style amongst many more. It is easy to see similar and bigger responses to the release and persuasion of Life Lessons coming up, and though it might not roar from that plateau of major originality it powerfully gives the already strong reputation of the band a new shot in the arm.

The release opens with Bipolar, a song inspired by vocalist Jack Dervish’s own condition and living up to its title in sound and character from its first evocative breath. In no time the inviting coaxing is an anger driven and heart spawned tearing of the senses, with a sound seemingly drawing on the savage intensity and hues of a Slipknot, Devil Driver, or As I Lay Dying. The lethal swings of drummer Stuart Roche resonate like masonry through ears and bone whilst the raw vocal invasion of Dervish, backed as strongly by guitarist Dean Chignell especially with his eventful clean tones, abrase and entice simultaneously. It is the web of invasive grooves and technical imagination from Chignell and fellow guitarists Tom Johnston and Joe Gregory that majorly helps turn a very decent track become a striking offering, their entwining enterprise helping the EP get off to an immense and impressive start.

The great creative irritability and hostile dynamics of the first song continues in the following Addiction, its trespass an insatiable incursion into the senses but bolder in its embrace of provocative ambiences and ‘mellower’ textures led again by clean vocals. The song itself jerks around at times like it has creative Saint Vitus Dance, twisting and lurching from idea to carnivorous intent with seamless and eventful prowess. The bass of Elliott Black is a predator in the mix, his lines and lures bestial, and though not always as open in the mix as in the first song are always there tempering or inciting the calmer and fiercer moments.

Once A Cheat / Always comes next, smothering ears in an atmospheric angst around similarly driven vocals before spilling its own animus of sound and emotion. The scything strokes of one guitar collude with a net of off-kilter sonic from another as the track blossoms a turbulence which merges moments of rich catchiness with winds of blustery causticity; the technical craft and ideation of the band from all angles ensuring predictability is an unused issue.

The scent of Whitechapel meets Revocation of the track merges with the rancorous intensity of the following Backstabber too, lining the melodic expression lighting up a track which maybe does not make the same initial impact as earlier propositions within Life Lessons but comes into its thrilling own over time and listens. It is an increasingly virulent tapestry of crippling rhythms and spiky guitar intrusiveness bursting with resourceful vitality and physical tenacity from across the board before leaving Lessons Learnt to bring the EP to an imposing like-minded and pleasing close. As well as essences which savage as old friends, there is an element of similarity between songs in certain areas but always saved from dominating things by the turbulent adventure the band builds each track upon. Whereas its predecessor’s assault was sonic and lyrical venom, the final track feels like it is an understanding incitement, melodic and harmonic essences a hug around the shoulder giving a reassurance echoing the words shared, though it still snarls and bites like a rabid beast too.

Idols Of Apathy is a band destined to more and greater attention, a suggestion hard to resist making on the evidence of the excellent Life Lessons, and if they can find that real element of originality too, the real potential of big things ahead.

The Life Lessons EP is available from December 4th.

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Pete RingMaster 04/12/2015

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Kill The Ideal – Heritage

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Ferociously melodic and raucously captivating, it is fair to say that our introduction to UK alternative rockers Kill The Ideal has been a fiercely enjoyable infestation of ears and appetite. It came through the band’s debut EP Heritage, an invigorating four song ride of anthemic proportions cast with intimate passion and explosive energy. It is an encounter which roars and croons with equal tenacity, very often simultaneously, and leaves a real hunger for more of its fresh invention and warm familiarity.

Formed in 2010, the Boston quartet release Heritage off a highly successful 2014 which saw the band light up stages alongside the likes of Lost Alone, Lonely The Brave, and Hawthorne Heights, shows adding to their CV of playing with bands such as Nine Black Alps, The First, Climates, and Emp!re. The foursome also left a mark on BBC Introducing in East Midlands before heading into the studio to create their first EP. Recorded with producer Lee Batiuk (Deaf Havana), Heritage is the potential spark to broader national awareness, and such its impressive body there is no doubting fires will be lit in a great many.

The EP’s title track stokes attention first, a raw stroke of guitar licking at ears initially before it all boils up into a pleasingly fiery stroll littered by the jabbing beats of drummer Jordan Bell and veined with a great dark bassline from Luke Farmer. Though the edge to the riffs is still slightly caustic there is a sharper and spicier tone to the subsequent melodies and hooks of guitarists Ross Gallagher and Ash Wilson hereon in, whilst the latter’s vocals bring an expressive and potent heart to the increasingly compelling encounter. The track is seemingly always on the precipice of a riot yet manages to bind its unbridled passion for a controlled yet incendiary anthem of a proposition. The song is a gem of a start to the release, an offering unleashing the addictive lure of a Lower Than Atlantis with the melodic fire of a Thirty Seconds to Mars and the impassioned angst of a Billy Talent.

Kill The Ideal - Heritage (EP Artwork)   There is no lessening of pleasure with its successor either. Higher again enters on a single caress of guitar though this time Wilson is there with the first breath to begin unveiling the song’s narrative. Once more it is an engaging start which swiftly becomes a contagion as Bell’s swings thump away with addictive bait whilst hooks and harmonies flame within the striking frame of his incitement. Fluid moments of melodic seducing only accentuate the potency and aggression of the band’s explosive tenacity, the anthemic virulence reminding of Always The Quiet Ones as the ability of Kill The Ideal to entwine tempestuous musical bellowing with gentle melody rich reflections simply impresses.

It would be fair to say that after two tracks the band had thoughts and emotions won over, leaving the remaining temptations of The Fire and My Friend an easier persuasion to make. Both though take nothing for granted and uncage their own individual inventive storms of sound and imagination. The first of the two probably feels the most recognisable of all the songs, offering more expected elements but still forcibly convinces with great jagged riffs and an excellent vocal union across the band whilst its successor is a slice of seriously catchy and similarly impassioned melody soaked rock ‘n’ roll with a roar to its heart and ruggedness to its energy.

Both tracks complete in fine and riveting style one outstanding release; in fact it is hard to imagine that Kill The Ideal could have made a better entrance into the wider spotlight of the British music scene than Heritage but easy to suggest even bigger and bolder things are destined to come from the exciting band.

The Heritage EP is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/heritage-ep-ep/id967280243

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Ringmaster 31/03/2015

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