Seething Akira – Sleepy Skeletor

Since emerging back in 2011 within the sea faring surroundings of Portsmouth, British crossover outfit Seething Akira has been teasing away at rich attention with increasing success. We suggest though that it has been a mere nagging compared to the hunger the band can and should expect with the release of debut album Sleepy Skeletor. It is a web of alternative metal and electro rock imagination with plenty more to entice and ensnare. It is a sleepless affair rousing body and spirit which even in its calmer moments has the body bouncing and imagination feasting.

Created by Charlie Bowes (songwriter/keyboardist/vocalist) and Kit Conrad (lead vocalist), the band has leap from local success to national recognition through their sounds and a dynamic live presence which over the years has seen them shares stages with the likes of Skindred, The Qemists, Hacktivist, Senser, Don Broco, and Pop Will Eat Itself as well as play Bloodstock Festival, Victorious Festival, Breakout Festival, Mammothfest amongst others. This year the band was chosen as one of five upcoming bands, alongside, Saint Apache, Damn Dice, The Rocket Dolls and The Sixpounder, to support Pitchshifter on their first UK tour in ten years. The Incoming Transmission EP of 2012 was when our fascination with Seething Akira began, it becoming so much keener as for so many others through their acclaimed 2015 single Airstrike, a song frequently eclipsed and more than matched by the offerings within Sleepy Skeletor.

Walking a fine balance between alternative metal, industrial rock, and electro punk; never fully committing to any but always entangling the richest traits of all and more, Sleepy Skeletor opens properly with The Monster from Brussels. Instantly the synths of Bowes provide an infectious pulse, the guitar of Harvey Ware swiftly adding its lure before the rest of the band jump in with fevered energy to create a Senser like confrontation. Thick and imposing, it is a captivating wall of temptation creating a grooved stroll alongside a Beastie Boys inspired vocal arousal rather easy to become addicted to, its tenacity interrupted by melodic washes of intimation and seduction.

It is an outstanding start quickly matched by recent single Matching Poles of Magnets. With steelier textures to its electro metal predation, bands like Axis Mundi and Silent Descent coming to mind, the track twists and turns with instinctive and rapacious adventure before Half Empty brings a warm calm to the senses. Immediately vocals echo this mellow breath with their melodic unity but equally a rising discontent in the heart of the song brews as things become more intense and irritable. It never reaches an aggressive state though, revolving through melancholic elegance and emotive exposure as a weave of rich enterprise wraps vocal reflection.

I Am The Devil, another single released earlier this year follows, instantly infests ears with its electro metal rumble and a hook which needs meres seconds to have us lustfully wanting more. Something akin to G.R.I.M meets dirt encrusted Pop Will Eat with the rousing catchiness of Hadouken, the track throbs and snarls as the rhythmic prowess and incitement of bassist Richard Ellis Speaight and drummer Stu Radcliffe manipulate.

Featuring Olly Simmons from Brighton band The Qemists, Backlash is next up and similarly merges heavy almost dissonant attitude and sound with electronic trespass as it prowls the senses. It is a predacious edge which never dissipates across the track’s mercurial but persistently invasive landscape. Another of the songs released prior to the album as a single in 2018 ensuring its anticipation was heightened; the absorbing encounter passes over attention to the outstanding Pack Animals. It too has a whiff of Senser to its emotionally and lyrically charged incitement; synth and guitar weaving an intimation of intrigue and danger around the threat of the rhythms as once again vocals irrepressible entice.

The character of successor Paralysed is similarly natured and conjured but swiftly evolving into a melodic croon and seduction which inspired even greater participation before the cycle repeats with greater volatility but equally greater elegance in its respective moments.

The album ends with firstly Even Angels Break Hearts which sees Dani Uziel guesting and finally Disconnect. The first of the two is a fluid blend of sonic antagonism and melodic beauty with Uziel’s tones simply beguiling, she almost like a siren luring ears into Conrad’s feral attack and the song’s tempestuous depths. The second provides three and a half minutes of electro punk metal thick in attitude and malcontent but equally rich in rousing energy and adventurous imagination.

Major attention upon Seething Akira has been a little overdue to our mind; Sleepy Skeletor should remedy that, arousing a whole new tide of fans to their insatiably and dramatically potent sound.

Sleepy Skeletor is out now; available on all major streaming platforms.

Upcoming shows:

Sleepy Skele-tour:

July 6th – Anvil, Bournemouth (Album release show)

July 7th – The 27 Club, Liverpool

July 8th – Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield

July 9th – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester

July 10th – The Underground, Plymouth

July 11th – Fat Lil’s Bar, Witney

July 12th – The Unicorn, Camden

July 13th – The Junction, Ashford

July 14th – The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells

July 15th – The Joiners, Southampton

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August 25th – Electrowerkz London supporting CUBANATE

August 26th – BYLINE FESTIVAL, Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest with Pussy Riot, Badly Drawn Boy, The Vapors, The Blow Monkeys, John Cleese, Hugh Grant, Alexie Sayle…

November 19th – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth supporting PITCHSHIFTER

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Pete RingMaster 03/07/2018

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Damn Dice – The Great Unknown

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If some new metal infused hard rock ‘n’ roll is on the agenda then checking out the debut album from Damn Dice would not be a bad move. Unleashing twelve tenacious slices of hard rock, a dozen slabs of fiery, adrenaline fuelled stomps, The Great Unknown easily suggests the London based rockers are a band to keep a close eye on. It starts with a bang, ends with another invigorating stretch of songs, and though for personal tastes its middle section ebbs and flows in persuasion a touch too much, the whole album leaves full enjoyment as its prime legacy.

Damn Dice began in 2011 and quickly made a potent impression and impact with a live presence which in no time had a UK and European tour supporting LA Guns on its CV. The next couple of years saw the band reinforce their strong emergence whilst luring increasing acclaim through impressing headline shows and the release of their Wild ‘N’ Ready EP in 2013. It soon had the likes of Classic Rock AOR, Powerplay, Black Velvet, and Music Week offering eager praise whilst the single/video from it, Take The Fight saw the band regulars on Scuzz TV and indeed radio. Now the band is ready to make a hefty nudge on broader attention with The Great Unknown, an encounter as rousing as it is skilfully crafted, as riotous as it is familiarly infectious.

Recently Damn Dice has grown to a quintet with the addition of Diego, but it is the foursome of vocalist Alex, guitarist Wallis, bassist Marco, and drummer Fransoa who has ears ringing with opener Power. From a controlled and sonically suggestive start, the track is soon living up to its name with a charge of bone splitting beats and hungry riffery. Aligned to the quickly impressing tones of Alex, he supported as strongly across the rest of the band, and featuring an already grouchy presence by the bass, band and song is soon a virulent anthemic temptation. Bands such as Skid Row, KISS, and Hardcore Superstar are suggested as references to the Damn Dice sound, and certainly essences of them and others are open hues in the character and energy of the song though it matters little within the rampant fun of the encounter.

Damn Dice Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review   The seriously enticing start to The Great Unknown continues with What Now? and its initial rhythmic coaxing which courtesy of the bass, borders bestial. Its growling is the spark to a great contrast of niggling hooks and infection spewing grooves with vocals and melodies just as magnetic in one of the band’s previous singles. It springs a web of addictive enticement and inventive enterprise though again there is something recognisable to the encounter which fair to say only add to its allure before Driven brings its antagonism lined classic hard rock resourcefulness to court ears. Not as immediate in its persuasion as the first two, the song eventually proves to be just as inescapable for body and voice, as too the following Down, both songs easy to lock on to anthems sure to inflame any hall or speaker over time. The fourth track has an even more old school colouring to its fresh romp but as enjoyable as it proves to be, it is from here that The Great Unknown struggles for a while to match its early prowess.

To be fair though with The Way To Go from a sizzling electro touch going on to offer a bouncing boisterous shuffle of riffs and rhythms whilst Caught In The Ride and Words uncage a snarling catchy canter and evocative flame of emotion respectively, satisfaction is left smiling and the body catching its breath in their wakes. The latter two songs also unveil a spicy sonic enterprise and melodic imagination which only lures ears before Bang Your Head hits the album’s earlier plateau again next, its full throttle charge equipped with commanding rhythms and rip-roaring riffs and enslaving vocals. Once more Damn Dice are not exactly tapping into the hard rock unknown but its weighty slavery of ears and thick tempting is unavoidable before it quickly moves over for the equally dramatic and incendiary rampage of No Fear. As a few songs on the album, its start is thrilling drama but whereas others at times never manage to live up to their entrance in the rest of their bodies, the song continues to build a theatre of craft and adventure, not forgetting an invigorating anthem that only leaves a hunger for more and more you get with the outstanding Take The Fight. Unafraid to throw in a dose of rock pop for its contagious chorus, it takes little time to see why the song raised such enthusiasm and focus when released previously, its potency just as fierce and forceful now.

The album is brought to a close by the sinew built, rhythm swinging Rock (Like You Mean It), a song which arguably feeds expectations a touch too much yet still grows to be a more flavoursome beast with every listen, and lastly the compelling croon and passion of the excellent Home, where musically and vocally Damn Dice just reinforce the diversity of their sound to give a last treat for ears.

The Great Unknown is nothing less than thorough enjoyment from start to finish with certain stretches where it really gets to grips with wants and tastes. Different songs will work for individual appetites but if hard rock and metal infused rock ‘n’ roll hits your sweet spot then Damn Dice and their album is well worthy of an hour of your time at the very least.

The Great Unknown is released August 24th through most stores.

RingMaster 24/08/2015

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DAMN DICE unleash ‘The Great Unknown’, on 24th August

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London-based Hard Rockers DAMN DICE release their explosive debut album, ‘The Great Unknown’ on Monday 24th August.

With their high energy blend of Hard Rock and Metal, DAMN DICE unveil their high octane debut album to the world this summer.

Together since 2011, DAMN DICE started with a flurry of live shows, including a UK and European tour supporting LA Guns. During 2012 and 2013 the band continued playing a number of profile headline shows and released their 6 track EP whose sound was described by Classic Rock AOR magazine as being ‘like a punch in the balls from a spiked glove’.

Their video clip for ‘Take The Fight’ received rotation on Scuzz TV and the band have appeared in various publications including Classic Rock AOR, Music Week, Powerplay and Black Velvet, as well as tracks from the EP having radio airplay.

Damn Dice now return with their blistering new album ‘The Great Unknown’, which contains twelve slabs of hard hitting rock and metal. From the explosive beatings of the aptly named ‘Power’, to the anthemic guile of their past single ‘What Now?’, the colossal drive of ‘The Way To Go’, and the contagious vigour of their current video ‘Take The Fight’, the album is destined to pull in an army of new followers. With a hefty touring schedule planned for the rest of the year, big things lie ahead for Damn Dice.

== DAMN DICE NATIONALLY RELEASE ‘THE GREAT UNKNOWN’ ON MONDAY 24th AUGUST ==

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Emerging Brit Hard Rockers DAMN DICE are back with new video

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London-based Hard Rockers DAMN DICE have just unleashed new video single ‘Driven’, taken from their eagerly awaited debut album, ‘The Great Unknown’ out on Monday 24th August.

With their high energy blend of Hard Rock and Metal, DAMN DICE unveil their high octane debut album to the world this summer with the potent teaser in the shape of their brand new video single which you can check out here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_x3FN3Wsg

Together since 2011, DAMN DICE started with a flurry of live shows, including a UK and European tour supporting LA Guns. During 2012 and 2013 the band continued playing a number of profile headline shows and released their 6 track EP whose sound was described by Classic Rock AOR magazine as being ‘like a punch in the balls from a spiked glove’.

Their video clip for ‘Take The Fight’ received rotation on Scuzz TV and the band have appeared in various publications including Classic Rock AOR, Music Week, Powerplay and Black Velvet, as well as tracks from the EP having radio airplay.

Damn Dice now return with their blistering new album ‘The Great Unknown’, which contains twelve slabs of hard hitting rock and metal. With a hefty touring schedule planned for the rest of the year, and the launch of their new video ‘Driven’; big things lie ahead for Damn Dice.

 

WATCH ‘DRIVEN’ HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_x3FN3Wsg |

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DAMN DICE ‘Take The Fight’‏

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High-Octane London Hard Rockers ‘Damn Dice’ have just released their brand new and riveting video ‘Take The Fight’.

Go Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqPqjLBTSZY

 

Playing a hard-hitting cross of infectious Rock and Metal, Damn Dice are standing poised to unleash their brand of high voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll on the masses.

Based in London  and together since 2011, Damn Dice are: Alex (vocals), Wallis (guitars), Marco (bass), and Fransoa (drums). From the get go, the four piece hit the ground running and it wasn’t long before fans were drawn in by their adrenaline-fuelled performances and larger than life stage shows. After an express invitation, the rising quartet successfully supported US heavyweights LA Guns on their UK and mainland European tour.

 

Throughout 2012 and 2013, the energetic rock n rollers continued to play a series of headline shows. By the end of last year, the band played their biggest show to date supporting Tigertailz at a sell out show at the Camden Underworld.

 

Damn Dice then went on to release their debut EP ‘Wild ‘N’ Ready’, which received critical acclaim from publications including Classic Rock AOR, Music Week, Powerplay and Black Velvet, as well as being well received throughout the underground. The band have also notched up praise and glowing feedback from many big names, most notably Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Beau Hill (producer Ratt, Warrant, Europe), and members of L.A. Guns.

 

Damn Dice are currently in the studio recording their debut album, and with the launch of their banging new video single ‘Take The Fight’, the UK rockers are set for another busy year so don’t miss out, and in the meantime, check out the new video!

 

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