Quella – Donor Fatigue

Though not their first offering, we will admit that Donor Fatigue is our introduction to UK outfit Quella and the beginning of close attention such its striking persuasion on ears. Offering four slices of the band’s progressive punk/metal which truly embraces much more than that tag suggests, the EP provides a gripping landscape of imagination and noise which demands and devours attention.

Coming out of London and Brighton, Quella have built a potent fan base through their previous releases including the Fantastischen! EP of last year and a live presence which has seen them share stages with the likes of Sumer, Core of iO, In Search of Sun, Black Orchid Empire, Gold Key, and Dirty Sound Magnet. Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Lewis Johns (Conjurer, Rolo Tomassi, Gnarwolves, Employed to Serve), Donor Fatigue would spark no surprise if it drew even greater attention and a new horde of ears the way of the band, indeed such its riveting adventure we expect it.

The EP opens with Crown Of Flies and immediately lured intrigue with its cinematic sample and sparked eager attention with the tempest of sound which swiftly follows. It in turn breeds a punchy and lyrically pungent canter as infectious as it is barbarous. The striking tones and imaginative words of vocalist Stefano Sebastianelli stand at the core of the captivation, the voracious rhythms of drummer Adam Parker and bassist Lee Davidson predacious temptation alongside breeding the drama as the guitar of Bean sonically shapes he song’s adventure. A fusion of punk, noise rock, and metallic dexterity, the song is simply superb and more compelling by the rock induced twist and imagination flooded turn.

Though it remained our favourite moment within the EP, it is regularly challenged if not dethroned within Donor Fatigue, with Smalltown Eiderdown the first to stake its suggestive claim. Instantly accosting ears with a dirty tide of riffs and senses swiping beats, the song just as quickly reveals spiky hooks and melodic taunting within its contagious and volatile body. Southern tinged grooves only add to the appetite nagging stoner lined lure of the song, its persuasion multi-faceted and all-consuming in voice and sound.

Loyal To The Lie teases with hard rock stranded enticement initially but no surprise as a thickly and varied flavoured web of sound and imagination grows from it, the band’s progressive instincts  entangling punk and anthemic rock dexterity before its brief but potent presence makes way for the groove punk riot of Them Apples. Entering with a similar melodic involvement to that its predecessor left in, the track keenly uncages its rapacious rock ‘n’ roll wolfishness amidst a feral but composed breath. It is a galvanic mix which is likely to arouse the spirit of punk and hard rocker alike.

That last suggestion applies to Donor Fatigue as a whole, a release which has brought a new and already eagerly devoured pleasure in the shape of Quella to us at The RR

Donor Fatigue is released 22nd November with pre-ordering available now @ https://quella.bandcamp.com/album/donor-fatigue

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Pete RingMaster 19/11/2019

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Core of iO – Part II: Europa

The next part in their cycle of four EPs, Part II: Europa is the latest encounter with British outfit Core of iO. Their new three track adventure is also further proof to the highly magnetic nature of their technical metal meets progressive rock bred sound and a great end to a successful year for the band which has already been marked by their acclaimed appearances at 2017’s UK-Tech Fest and Mammothfest.

Formed in 2014, Core of iO has been referenced to the likes of Sikth, Fall of Troy, The Mars Volta, and Deftones; especially with the release of their last two EPs in Part IV: Callisto in 2015 and earlier this year, Part III: Ganymede. Each has hooked the imagination in diverse ways, a success Europa emulates from its first breath.

It opens up with the outstanding Stuck, guitars instantly webbing ears with their lively enterprise and suggestive tones. As the leads vocals of rhythm guitarist Bob Tett begin their flavoursome declaration, the bass of Gareth Sidwell energetically strolls as it moodily grumbles; the song‘s broadening textures and invention blossoming around it. Lead guitarist Luke Stenlake casts a tapestry of threads as funky and infectious as they are magnetically melodic within it, Tett’s and Sidwell’s strings similarly boisterous and imaginative as Rich Carter’s beats bite with rousing incitement.  It is a transfixing and addictive kaleidoscope of sound and a mighty start to the EP.

Hit The River Hard follows, its tale inspired by one of the band’s grandfather’s exploits in WW2, having been shot down over Holland in 1944 in his MK IV Sterling bomber. The track immediately springs drama and emotively cloaked enterprise upon ears, rhythms entangled by the guitars as Tett expressively roars. Musically alone, the danger and risk for the song’s protagonist is suggested, lyrics further colouring the historic painting unravelling in the ears. As its predecessor, the track is a persistently and increasingly enthralling engagement.

From its opening tender melodic caress with its haunting grace, its successor and closing track Lenuta brews a tempestuous air and tone which note by note, second by second builds into a cauldron of emotive angst and creative dexterity. The track never quite ignites into the raging fire it hints at but every melodic tendril and imposing rhythm has an invasive edge and volatility matched in the vocal prowess of Tett and though not quite sparking the passions as rigorously as its companions, it makes an absorbing end to a highly enjoyable release and further confirmation of the compelling proposition that is Core of iO.

Part II: Europa is released December 1st and available @ https://coreofio1.bandcamp.com/album/part-ii-europa-ep

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Pete RingMaster 30/11/2017

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