SPANKTHENUN – Initial Decay Control

Everything about electro/industrial outfit SPANKTHENUN is unorthodox; from sound to imagination, from craft to the way it releases its art, the project is an anomalous protagonist of tradition and expectations. They are old school, bootlegs and unauthorised remixes boldly standing amongst the project’s equally unpredictable releasing of their own work. It all makes for an intriguing proposition with, more importantly, sounds which infest and manipulate like a glorious virus; it all and more in evidence within debut album, Initial Decay Control.

Dallas based SPANKTHENUN is the creation of Eric Hanes with regular collaboration and link up with brother and long-time band mate Jeremy Hanes. Collaboration is at the heart of the project, Eric also working with a host of bands and artists, Initial Decay Control itself seeing the likes of Claus Larsen (Leæther Strip, Klutæ, AM Tierpark), Colin Allrich (Slighter), Jay Ruin (Ruinizer ), and Zoog Von Rock (Angelspit) involved on certain tracks. With Scott Fox of iVardensphere linking up with SPANKTHENUN to produce and mix the majority of the album, it all makes for an encounter which stalked the senses and ignited the imagination.

Across its twelve tracks, Initial Decay Control springs a kaleidoscope of flavours and a web of entangled styles yet it is all united by a nagging pulse which even in its numerous individual characters burrows through ears into the psyche with hypnotic success. Lead track Glitch opens up the release, a distant march of disturbance gathering in the background before inciting a controlled but infectious rhythmic stride. Devo-esque electronics break the evolving lure of the song, thought preying vocals with a Fad Gadget like darkness to them walking through the shadows. The track continues to twist and turn; every move whether bold or a moment of calm subterfuge a magnet for ears as a revolving web of styles across the decades make up its irresistibility.

Burn follows, its first breath a darker coaxing with an ominous air coating every brewing aspect of its challenge and seduction. Like an electronic incubus it lies upon the senses, writhing across their defences to tempt and steal the listener’s faith and safety rather than its body though that is soon lost to the tracks rhythmic swing and spiky hooks anyway. Submission was quick and confirmed by a chorus impossible to resist while Carbon Responder enslaved the same addiction through its energetic concussive percussion and a just as eager vocal fertility and delivery. As persuasive and captivating as the first pair were, the track breached a whole new level of ardour as the album for us uncaged its finest moments.

Both Swallow and Sometimes proceeded to have us dangling on and dancing to its temptation wired threads, the first a contagion of big intrepid beats and flesh searing electro hooks. As ever voice and lyrics bring threat and provocation with viral seduction, combined it all evoking energy to have the body zealously bouncing before its successor unveils its predatory instincts and heart after a deceitful melody lined invitation. An aberrant romance entangled in its own turbulence of thought the track is superb, the trio our pinnacle moments of the album.

Even so Sin straight after was nothing less than compelling with its taught distortion bearing drama while Slow Suicide with its rhythmic concussion and collision of imposing multi-styled textures around sinisterly borne vocals trapped attention and imagination with the following Killx3 pure toxic venom and barbarous catchiness within its industrial EBM scented predation; itself another prime moment within Initial Decay Control.

Altered Carbon equally provided a riveting and increasingly gripping moment, its cyborg cold march and electronic chill perfectly aligning with a melodic sizzling and vocal fingering as fearsome as it was twistedly mesmeric; its addictive gyration and success matched in the similarly outstanding Dance Fight Or Die which needed mere seconds to worm under the skin and have body and spirit pulsating to its contagious oscillation.

The album closes up with another pair of its finest protagonists, the incongruous drive and melodic flaming of Beautiful undiluted feral manna to these ears and the prowling menacing of Rotting Meat which niggles away as it entices until it instinctively commanded body and greedy attention. Both tracks epitomise the variety and creative prowess of the album and its almost infernal fascination and touch.

Up till now SPANKTHENUN may have been an undiscovered encounter for a great many but hard to see that being the case after the release of the seriously rousing trespass that is Initial Decay Control.

Initial Decay Control is out now, available @ https://spankthenun.bandcamp.com/album/initial-decay-control

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Pete RingMaster 06/02/2020

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King Zero – Sonic

What can we tell you about US outfit King Zero? Well very little actually apart from it is a quintet from Dallas which recently released the very appetising Sonic EP and offers a bluesy melody rich sound which has drawn comparisons to the likes of Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Tom Petty, Eagles, and Black Oak Arkansas. Anything other than that we have yet to discover but quite honestly their latest release does all the talking for them whilst casting plenty of reasons why to give them continued attention.

Made up of four tracks which suggest a brewing broadness to their sound, the Sonic EP swiftly grabbed eager ears starting with opener Black Stoned Heart. Straight away the senses are wrapped in inviting sonic strains of guitar, a groove springing lure soon joined by an eager rhythmic swing. The potent tones of vocalist Paul Renna step into the growing blues fuelled enterprise soon after, his earnest croon aligning with the melodic craft of guitarists Dave Self and Chris Jackson. As further shown by the release in general, there is an open familiarity to the band’s sound and certainly they are not reinventing the sonic wheel but as the first track alone proves, King Zero is definitely giving it a new fresh lick of craft and imagination.

It is a great start to the EP quickly backed and eclipsed by In Your Eyes. Straight away spicy hooks are cast around ears, arousing a greedy appetite as they continue to nag and seduce as vocals and rhythms collude. A stoner-esque hue adds to the song’s magnetic character and holler, the swinging beats of Todd Hatchett inciting further captivation in league with the similarly alluring dark breath of Chris Ivey’s bass. Emerging as our favourite of the four through its rapacious grooving alone, the track highlights all the essences which are beginning to draw richer attention upon the band.

 Into the Light follows with a calmer touch to its southern laced croon within a melodically flaming classic rock breath and though we cannot say that it grabbed us as richly and firmly as its companions, from vocals to melody, united to individual craft, the track more than pleased whilst adding another hue to the band’s colourful sound.

Final track, Fuel the Fire, needed little time to get under the skin in comparison, the time it took Ivey’s bass to move through its first rumbling riff enough to reel us in. The trap is soon firmly shut by grunge lined grooves which just spill temptation and a vocal prowess that lures; an attention demanding end to a release which commands the same depth of fixation.

Sonic is also an offering which blossoms further by the listen. Musically it is not particularly unique but everything about it is creatively magnetic and as fresh sounding as you could wish; as we intimated earlier they reasons enough to keep King Zero on the radar.

The Sonic EP is out now on Spotify and @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sonic-ep/1434199784

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Pete RingMaster 16/10/2018

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