I Divide – Last One Standing

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Expect the healthy buzz around UK melodic rock band I Divide to take on a stronger accelerated urgency as the band unleash their debut album Last One Standing. Containing eleven impassioned anthems crafted upon poetic melodies and stirring emotionally driven energy, the album lights up ears and imagination with consummate and accomplished ease. Whether the band is providing anything new to digest can be debated, comparisons to the likes of You Me At Six, Mallory Knox, and Deaf Havana very apt, but they create a thoroughly compelling and imaginative persuasion which cannot be denied or for the most resisted. It is an album destined to thrust the band into an intensive spotlight and recruit a fervour soaked increase in fans.

Out of Exeter and formed in 2011, the band first drew attention with their nine track release What’s Worth More that same year before pushing it wider by winning of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam in 2012. This led to numerous festival appearances at the likes of Download, Slam Dunk, and Hevy soon followed by a second Download appearance and playing the Reading and Leeds Festivals. It has been an impressive emergence helped further by touring with Funeral for a Friend and their own successful headline run. The release of the single Follow Me last year helped raise a strong anticipation for the band’s album, hopes and expectations now rewarded with a masterful collection of songs and imaginative enterprise.

The aforementioned single opens up the album; the emotive vocal cries of Tom Kavanagh, ably backed by those of guitarist Josh Wreford, LOS Packshotmoving in from a distance whilst keys caress the ears around them. It is a tempered but potent coaxing which soon launches its full energy through broad rhythmic punches from Dave Mooney and the increasing tempting sonic suasion of Wreford and Henry Selley. There is little time taken by Follow Me in hooking its contagious bait into the imagination, the dark bass of tones from Kristen Hughes more reserved in their presence but an equally dramatic colour to the impressive track. As is proven by all the songs, you need to settle and really dive into the track to fully unveil all of its mature and skilful essences with the surface gloss and attractive craft only half the story.

The following Tell Me Something has a similar feel and initial premise to its predecessor and if there is any nagging thing about the album it is the closeness some tracks are to each other in sound and structure, though again a closer detailed look reveals much more. The song wraps the ears in a finely textured and smoothly flowing breeze but against that there is a great snarl to the riffs and rhythmic intent which pleasingly complements and challenges the clean blaze of vocals and sonic endeavour. Once more the infectiousness of the track commands whilst the emotive expression of the vocals and guitar designs fully engage before making way for the new single from the album, I’m Not Leaving. Opening with a ballad kissed vocal and classical like keys, the song slowly bewitches the senses until bursting with a great chorus. There is something very familiar to the virulently catchy moment, whether from having heard the song previously and not realising, its closeness to other songs, or just evidence that the band is yet to find a unique voice for itself, but it is a magnetically captivating tempting which makes the whole song.

The sturdier Monster in Me shows the variety to the band’s invention , its sinews and towering rhythmic confrontation a welcome twist in the album though with the smooth and impressive vocal delivery, the track was going nowhere else than into another thoroughly pleasing melodic rock enticement. Arguably the first really open song of inventive adventure in its songwriting it is a major highlight on the album instantly matched by the rampant Cold at the Bottom, the song another to slowly unwind its body from an emotional slow caress before charging with purpose and colourful enticement across the passions. Again there is a richer adventurous invention to the song, marked by the swift and scorching solo which only pushes the album deeper into appreciation and the rather keen appetite sparked by the album.

Living in a Hurricane keeps heat and attraction from the album high, even if it slips back into that very agreeable but more familiar stance of songs before 27 Down, featuring the excellent tones of Rebecca Need-Menear from Anavae, explores another distractive variation. In many ways it is the vocal union which seals the honours but the song is a superbly crafted and creatively presented tempting from start to finish egging a hungry licking of the lips before both  Run Away and Say It Isn’t So take over and provide a feisty emotive anthem and mellow croon respectively.

The album comes to a close with firstly the bouncy energy and eagerness of Let Go, a track which brings another virulent lure to seduce feet and passions with, and lastly the excellent Look at Me Now. The final track is thick in drama, bass and guitars uncaging shadows for the melancholic tones of Kavanagh to lay his potent narrative. Tension builds across the song, rhythms adding their haunted drive before the song rather than exploding as expected relaxes into a stable continuation of that initial portentous enveloping. The climax of the song does increase in intensity and dramatic atmospheres, its closing hand almost early Cure like. It is a tremendous end to the release which almost alone shows the depths the band can still explore and its rich potential.

Last One Standing is an album you feel you already know and have heard before but it cannot stop itself and the band being one highly enjoyable and impressive proposition… and something to firmly recommend.

Last One Standing is out now via Destroy Everything Records

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8.5/10

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Jet Pack – Heat Of The Moment

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Reinforcing the success and presence of their recently released Chasing Sunsets EP, UK alternative rock band Jet Pack have added to its impressive persuasion with new single Heat Of The Moment. The second to be taken from their acclaimed EP, the track even away from the wrapping of its initial very potent appearance, leaves appetite and expectations for the band’s presence and future high and eager.

The Cheltenham quartet of vocalist/guitarist Dennis Cook, lead guitarist Paul Roberts, bassist Richard Beattie, and drummer Sam Haskins, came together in university and took little time but plenty of energy in sharing their melodic rock invention, shows alongside bands such as Hype Theory, General Fiasco, Attention Thieves, and Hildamay marking the way as well as acoustic slots supporting Blink 182, City and Colour, and Biffy Clyro. Chasing Sunsets has certainly taken awareness of the band to another level countrywide which you can only assume the single will give another dose of adrenaline to.

Heat Of The Moment makes a restrained yet fiery entrance, guitars coaxing out evocative melodies whilst the beats of Haskins punctuate their narrative with firm punches. The vocals of Cook make a smooth and expressive narrator for the lyrical emotion and with the great throaty tone of Beattie’s bass tempering the elegance and flaming invention of Roberts, it all combines for a smouldering slice of emotive pop which impresses and grows stronger with each impacting caress. Soaked in hungry but respectful intensity and melodic enterprise, the Matt O’Grady [You Me At Six, Deaf Havana] produced song is an appealing simmering temptation.

Accompanied by a directed Ant Thornton video and followed by a string of dates with Conduit, The Heat of the Moment confirms Jet Pack as one of the more promising and exciting melodic rock/pop bands to have emerged in recent times. We await the next unveiling from the band with keen anticipation.

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8/10

RingMaster 28/11/2013

Jet Pack Gig dates in December 2013

Thurs 5th – The Grapes, Stafford

Fri 6th – The Abbey Inn, Oldham

Sat 7th – The Derby, Barrow-in-Furness

Sun 8th – The Asylum 2, Birmingham

Mon 9th – The Golden Cross, Coventry

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City Of Ashes – All We Left Behind

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Alternative rock band City Of Ashes started off the year in fine style with their debut EP, a release rich in promise and accomplished craft to suggest the UK band as a bright emerging spark in British rock. Now the Sussex quartet are seeing out the other end of 2013 with an equally attention grabbing release in first album All We Left Behind. Consisting of twelve vibrantly emotive and melodically potent tracks, the release is a continuation of the introduction made through the Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness EP. It may be a small expansion of the impressive starter but makes a firm confirmation of the band’s strengths whilst providing an engaging presence.

Formed in 2009, the Eastbourne band took little time in honing their sound and taking it to stages across the South East and subsequently the country. Simultaneously their fanbase rose as the band shared stages with bands such as Skindred, Exit Ten, Polar, Shadows Chasing Ghosts, Fei Comodo, Hildamay, Young Guns and many more. The Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness EP brought Orion Powell (vocals), James Macdonald (guitar), Dan Frederick (bass), and Dan Russell (drums) into sharper focus within a brewing awareness of their expressively impacting sounds as paraded on the release and you can only suspect that the returning Matt O’Grady (Deaf Havana, You Me At Six, Don Broco) produced album will reinforce and push further that recognition.

It is fair to say that All We Left Behind has not made a major leap on from its impressive predecessor but certainly shows that City Of Ashes Cover Artworkthe band has a range of songwriting depths and songs which have a wide high quality base to spring from. From the short intro instrumental Initia, the album flows into the dramatic Ode To Innocence. Guitars coax the ears in sonic angst from the start whilst the compelling bass line seeds strong intrigue into the emotive narrative of the song musically and vocally. There is a Placebo edge to the sound and voice of Powell, as well as a feel of Mind Museum and Funeral For A Friend which adds spice to the strong voice and design of the song. It is a smouldering enticement with fiery bursts of passion which only accentuates its persuasion and makes a deeply satisfying start.

Next up Falling Star takes things up another level, the guitar coaxing which starts things off immediately riveting and soon given extra potency as persistent beats and the continually engaging vocals of Powell join the tempting. The first stretch of the song reminds of Waiting For The Weekend by The Vapors but soon finds its distinct character as the guitars expands their melodic arms and intensity unveils its weight and emotion. The song never explodes into dramatic action but offers a persistent almost nagging declaration which is very easy to devour and want more of.

Both Recovery and In Retrospect present a lingering enticement, the first a gently building slice of hard/alternative rock with a slight Manic Street Preachers essence to its evocative flavouring and the second a reserved stroll of provocative melodic textures and emotional bait. Neither matches the opening pair of songs but still continues the album’s weighty call upon thoughts and appetite whilst The Highest Point Of Living provides a tender ballad of fine vocals and chilled guitar suasion which from a decent start grows bigger and more impressive, especially through melancholic strings and the excellent tones of Powell, alongside band harmonies. It is a song which inspires tingles in its latter climactic parts and leaves the senses and emotions ignited in appreciation and pleasure. The song seeps into next up Brand New World where the band creates another healthy slice of alternative rock with a melodic pop glaze. It does not set fires in the passions but still adds to the flavoursome richness flowing through the release.

Across the likes of Decay and Dorian Gray, City Of Ashes keeps attention firmly locked in their direction even if the album has lost some of the potency found in its first half, the skill of the band and the craft of songs an attractive constant. Alongside those though the rhythmic tantalising of Masks and Waves, with its dark prowling shadows provided by the bass a conflicting yet complimenting union with the sonic breeze and melodic stream of invention, bring All We Left Behind to a formidable closure. The album leaves a strong taste for City Of Ashes and their inventive sound even if maybe it does not have that spark or ingredient yet to send the passions into full ardour. The feeling that this trigger is waiting within the band’s horizons is impossible to dismiss and something to add spice to the suspected rise of one very promising band.

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7/10

RingMaster 11/11/2013

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All To Ruin – Parables EP

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Unleashing melodic metal which has essences seeded in the likes of Friend For A Friend and Protest The Hero and a snarl and venomous aspect which you might find in an August Burns, UK band All To Ruin unveil their debut EP Parables. It is a release rife with potent promise and explosive craft, a record which maybe is low on offering something to right now set the bad truly apart from numerous other emerging bands stalking the same genre of sound, but a collection of impressive tracks which undoubtedly grab attention and stoke an appetite to see where the band go from their strong and pleasing debut.

Hailing from Port Talbot, South Wales, the quintet of vocalist Aaron Roberts, guitarists Luke Curran and Rhodri Williams, bassist Andrew Pope, and drummer Tom Richardson first drew attention with not only their live shows around their local area but a demo recorded in 2011 with Martyn ‘Ginge’ Ford and Matt Bond who have earned a big reputation for their work with the likes of Slipknot, Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine, the pair also handling the new EP. Shows alongside the likes of The Gallows, Young Guns, Deaf Havana, This Is Hell, Lower Than Atlantis, The Blackout, Fei Comodo, Funeral For A Friend, Heart Of A Coward, Heights, Sylosis, Revoker, Bury Tomorrow and many more has only enhanced their reputation of a young fired up and creatively striking band. Recorded early last year, Parables is the next thrust forward for the band and one which though still searching for that unique voice you only suspect will take All To Ruin up another rung or three.

Opener As We Exit takes little time to take a grip on ear and thoughts, searing melodic grooves and thumping rhythms instantly makingAll To Ruin - Parables Cover Artwork a potent persuasion aided by the raw caustic riffs and throaty menacing basslines, it all ridden by the excellent clean yet fiery vocals of Roberts. Before assumptions can be made that this is possibly nothing new the band and song unleash a lethally addictive groove and unbridled intensive passion to its sound and vocals. It is a striking and rampant start but one with thought and emotive craft which ensures an intriguing and enterprising ride. Each listen sees the song make a louder stronger declaration which leaves a lingering claw in passions and hunger.

The following A Part Of the Line certainly has fire in its belly but a less intimidating presence to start things off, guitars and vocals making an almost desperate emotive plea with their heart coloured narratives. Speared by the ever impressing beats and rhythmic caging of Richardson, the track is a strong if paler successor to the first though that is also left in the shade of the best offering on the EP, The King Is Dead. This is a song which shows that time could very well deliver a distinct standalone presence for the band, soaring vocals and raging rhythms within exhaustingly enticing grooves a rapaciously addictive and enthralling flood of expression and aggressive emotion. Virulently contagious without losing its stirring inventive potency, the track is a blaze of niggling burrowing beneath the skin riffs and sonic teases framed in another rhythmic trap by Richardson who also adds some strong melody tempering growls.

     Under The Shade steps forward next with what is arguably the most expansive sound and flavour of all the tracks on Parables. There is a definite familiarity across the chorus though the exact reference to whom eludes recognition, but then again all tracks for their only real issues have a breath and voice which is similar to others. Nevertheless the song is another burning fire of craft and melodic flame which impresses before allowing the grouchy Vultures to conclude the release. The most destructively aggressive and antagonistic of all the songs it still makes room for the continuing to impress vocals and inventive guitar weaves to bring their rich adventures and feelings. Without the same clarity as in other songs, the brawling atmosphere and the compact thickness of its sound only enhances the intensity and effective assault.

Parables is an impressive debut which only lacks that standout element or presence to step aside many other equally strong bands. That is not always the easiest thing to achieve but the promise offered by All To Ruin suggests it is within their imagination, though as ever time will tell.

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8/10

RingMaster 22/09/2013

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ALL TO RUIN Debut EP ‘Parables’, out 23rd Sept

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FAST RISING MELODIC METAL OUTFIT ALL TO RUIN RELEASE DEBUT EP!

Pulling from early FFAF, Killswitch Engage and a sliver of August Burns Red, All To Ruin deliver a potent sound that merges thunderous riffs and contagious hooks; the end result is both dominant and anthemic. The hotly-tipped five piece ink hearty slabs of melodic metal, penning their music with the earnest intent and real passion that demands and warrants attention. Look out for the band’s debut EP ‘Parables’, out Monday 23rd September.
Born in the blue collar steel works town of Port Talbot, South Wales, All To Ruin were formed during the summer of 2011 with Aaron Roberts on vocals, Luke Curran serving up lead guitar, Rhodri Williams handling rhythm guitar, Andrew Pope pounding on the bass and Tom Richardson hammering the drums. Coming from a close kit community, all five members had known each other from time served in previous bands, and quick to forge a strong bond, they soon began to rattle out tunes in their rehearsal room.
After a series of successful regional shows, the band went into the studio at the tail-end of 2011 to record their first demo at Newport’s Nottin’ Pill Studio with Martyn ‘Ginge’ Ford and Matt Bond, who’s previous credits include Slipknot, Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine. The demo pushed the metallic tunesmiths out of their local area and also secured national coverage in Kerrang! magazine, as well as helping the five-some play a host of shows throughout the country. To date, the bands’ career spanning accolades include shows with The Gallows, Young Guns, Deaf Havana, This Is Hell, Lower Than Atlantis, The Blackout, Fei Comodo, Funeral For A Friend, Heart Of A Coward, Heights, Exit Ten, Textures, Viatrophy, Continents, Sylosis, The Chariot, Revoker, The Casino Brawl, Twin Zero, Bury Tomorrow and Yashin.

At the start of 2012, ATR headed into the recording studio, again with ‘Ginge’ and Matt Bond at the controls, to begin work on their first official release. The band came out of the studio with their brand new EP ‘Parables’, and it’s mighty impressive. From the blistering opener and new video single ‘As We Exit’, to the whiplash riffery and anthemic craft of ‘Vultures’, the quintet have rammed together an engrossing EP that cunningly balances melodic hooks with crushing riffage. The melodic metal crew will now take their killer tuneage to the far reaches of the UK; keep tabs on the band via their Facebook and watch them break later this year!
FOR FANS OF: Funeral For A Friend, Protest The Hero, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red.
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ALL TO RUIN release spanking new video!‏

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Taking from early FFAF, Killswitch Engage and a slice of August Burns Red, All To Ruin deliver a hearty sound that blends thunderous riffs and contagious hooks; the end result is both dominant and anthemic. The fast-rising five piece ink hearty slabs of melodic metal, penning their music with the earnest intent and real passion that demands and warrants attention. Look out for the band’s debut EP ‘Parables’, out Monday 23rdSeptember and new video for ‘As We Exit’, out now and viewable here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LwpsYK1Z0w .
 
With an impressive CV that boasts an array of support shows with The Gallows, Young Guns, Deaf Havana, This Is Hell, Lower Than Atlantis, The Blackout, Fei Comodo, Funeral For A Friend, Heart Of A Coward, Heights, Exit Ten, Textures, Viatrophy, Continents, Sylosis, The Chariot, Revoker, The Casino Brawl, Twin Zero, Bury Tomorrow and Yashin, All To Ruin are quickly making new friends. Look out for the band’s brand new EP ‘Parables’. From the blistering opener and new video single ‘As We Exit’, to the whiplash riffery and anthemic craft of ‘Vultures’, the quintet have rammed together an engrossing EP that cunningly balances melodic hooks with crushing riffage. The melodic metal crew will now take their killer tuneage to the far reaches of the UK; keep tabs on the band via their Facebook and watch them break later this year!
 
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FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS announce debut ‘We’re Not Losing….’, to be released on 26th August.‏

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HIGH OCTANE POWER PUNKS FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP!
 
‘For All The Wrong Reasons’ release their debut record ‘We’re Not Losing, We’re Just Not Winning’ on Monday 26th August, through all digital sources.
 
UK Melodic Punksters ‘For All The Wrong Reasons’ come at you with slamming power-pop thrusts and snarly melodic blasts that nod towards ‘The Story So Far’ and Brit tunesmiths ‘Deaf Havana’; the result is distinctly contagious and altogether alluring.
Freshly formed at the start of the year, ‘For All the Wrong Reasons’ are comprised of Alex Statham (Vocals), Jacob Pointing (Guitar & Vocals), Chris Dunn (Guitar), Aiden De Ruiter (Bass) and Lou Coe (Drums). Hailing from Lincoln, the emerging quintet have wasted no time and have ploughed themselves head first into intense rehearsals and have already penned an onslaught of songs.
The irrepressible five-some have just come out of Regal House Recording Studios (whose previous work includes While She Sleeps, Paige and Deaf Havana) with their debut EP ‘We’re Not Losing, We’re Just Not Winning’ which boasts five killer tracks crammed with upbeat guitar parts and melody drenched choruses so contagious they’ll require an exorcist to release them from your head. From the insanely catchy ‘These Past Few Years Haven’t Been So Kind,’ through to the anthemic ‘Worn Out’, For All The Wrong Reasons have produced a supremely tuneful debut that is laced with delectable hooks delivered with gritty twists and rampant live energy. The band are currently putting the finishing touches on their new video single ‘These Past Few Years Haven’t Been So Kind’ and will hit the road extensively in support of the record throughout the remainder of the year.
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Evanstar: I Won’t Regret

   I Won’t Regret is the stunning debut release from UK alternative rock band Evanstar, a single which despite the band being together barely long enough to raise a whisper let alone the riot of compulsive sound within their first introduction, is a strikingly impressive and enthralling feast of creative pleasure.

Only formed in September of this year, the Leicester based quartet of vocalist and rhythms guitarist Stuart James, lead guitarist Gary Yeates, bassist Mikey Yeates, and drummer Dan Farnell, instantly captivate thoughts and musical appetite with their rich and vibrant sounds. It is music which evokes emotions and passion, the band showing a refined craft to their blending of passion driven and boisterous energies with emotive and tender melodic imagination. Their influences are cited as the likes of Young Guns, You Me At Six, Deaf Havana, Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge, Stone Sour and more, that eclectic mix certainly offering a flavour of the sound the band bring but it is merely an expanse of spices which  the quartet merge into their own unique recipe.

I Won’t Regret announces itself with a glowing electronic sun, its crystalline radiance soaking the ear from the warm dazzling keys. As it soaks the senses the guitars begin to shape the song with scythes of riffs and sonic caresses. The initial gentle touch evolves into a stirring incitement as the beats become a forceful confrontation and the bass of Mikey brings a snarl to proceedings. Into the thick of its intensity the impressive vocals of Gary are expressive as the strong and passionate lyrics find a voice to share their heart. The thumping rhythms of Dan hold the senses tightly with their hypnotic strength whilst the guitars fire up the heart with a passion which is as unmistakable and invigorating as the energy and lyrical core of the song. As the track unleashes more of its smouldering emotive grandeur the track offers a mix of the inciting invention of Manic Street Preachers and the melodic washes of My Passion with the intense emotive depth of Mind Museum. It is a masterful and fiery experience which leaves one glowing in satisfaction and pleasure.

The single is completed by Living Nightmares, a song which shows Evan star can be just as mightily aggressive and direct as they were masterful in weaving skilful and impressive melodic sensations in the first track. Not that the track is lacking in provocative and heightened colourful harmonies and enflaming melodies, the song as heated and explosive in instinctive emotive force as in its predecessor, but here the raw and charged intensity with enslaves the appetite is a muscular and impacting show of the diversity within the band. It may only be two songs but already you feel Evanstar has much yet inside to unleash and great heights to rise to from an opening base which is immense and irresistible.

With I Won’t Regret, Evanstar has brought one of the most stunning debuts and introductions to ignite 2012, and for us their next release cannot come quick enough.

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RingMaster 09/11/2012

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Forever After: Pictures EP

This year has seen many impressive and promising pop punk bands emerge but the majority offer the same conclusion, still to find a distinct personal voice to their sound. These bands share a similarity to each other and those before them to make the moment enjoyable but the future the canvas where hopes of standing out from the crowd, or not will play out. UK band Forever After is one of those rare exceptions, not only does the band ooze great promise ahead with the impressive EP Pictures but already has stepped into a unique place of their very own.

The bio for the Essex quartet states ‘for fans of Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, and The Maccabees. You cannot argue against that but easily can add the likes of Buzzcocks, Undertones, and Hagfish, such the feisty new wave and original punk essences which tantalise and molest the passions wonderfully throughout. Though not quite perfect Pictures is outstanding, an immediately exciting treat to fire up the heart which just gets better and better with every play.

Formed at the beginning of the year, Forever After soon had audiences baying for more with their live shows which included playing alongside bands including Mallory Knox and Ten Second Epic. Released earlier as a free download, Pictures too only excited a crowd looking for something different and with its official appearance November 5th, as the band prepare to record its follow up, a wider recognition seems inevitable once the four tracks thrust their wanton hook smart dance on more and more eager ears.

Touring The Map opens the release up with fiery riffs and thumping beats, as most pop punk songs do. It pulls attention its way without startlingly offering anything new, leaving expectations exactly where they are when being confronted by another pop punk effort. Into its stride the track whips out teasing hooks, beckoning melodic weaves, and the excellent distinct voice of guitarist Dom Littler. Suddenly you realise you are in the midst of a sonic storm of originality and outrageous infectiousness, the beats of drummer Craig Mcqueen persistently probing the ear whilst bassist Harry Stokley prowls the song with throbbing intent whilst adding his own fine vocals to back up Littler. This alone would certainly ensure a fresh sound and experience but with the excellent guitar invention of Sam Byford, his melodic weaves bordering on lustful irreverence, the song is an irresistible piece of aural mischief, the thing sonic wet dreams are made of.  The song is brilliant, one which leaves one breathless whilst in full union with its passion physically and vocally, and the beginning of one of the bigger musical indie thrills this year.

The following (Old) School, is as it says on the tin, well in part as original punk flavours vein this great slab of rock n roll. Slightly grittier than its predecessor but equally as contagious, the song is a kind of mix between Bad Religion, Radio Stars, and Maximo Park but again belongs to no one but Forever After. A more abrasive affair the hooks easily captures the imagination whilst the vocal harmonies and melodic flames from the guitars just ignite further thrills and appetite for much more form the band. Like the first, the song is a shifting beast of pleasure, the rhythms erupting into excited bursts and bass offering a swagger which sets it apart from but perfectly in league with the charge of the guitars.

The third track called Interlude is just that. It is an ok instrumental but out of place on the release and just feels like a filler which is needless on a brief EP. Saying that though it leads perfectly into final track Say It True so maybe just reinventing it and making it a proper intro to another great song would be a rewarding thing to look at. The closing track is a riot of manic guitars, anthemic energy and shouts, and challenging rhythms all wrapped in irresistible invention and magical enterprise. The track just kicks up a storm of pleasure from which escape is impossible and full engagement willing.

Pictures is outstanding, simply as, and Forever After a band destined to make the future one thrilling and explosive punk rock adventure.

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RingMaster 04/11/2012

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A Tale Of Two Cities: New Horizons EP

Afire with passion and rife with emotive atmospheres the new EP from UK alternative rock band A Tale Of Two Cities is a powerful and impressive release which grabs hold from beginning to end. The New Horizons EP is a release which could and should elevate the band to the frontline of British rock and another step in their firm rise.

Formed in 2008, the Bristol quintet has built a formidable fan base not only locally but further afield with the new release set to widen their recognition nationwide. Live they have shared stages with bands such as Deaf Havana, Yashin, Sonic Boom Six, and Attack! Attack!, again to the enhancement of their reputation with the name A Tale Of Two Cities one of the loudest whispers on the lips of the underground scene. Produced by Kevin Peters at Anemic Studios, New Horizons should be the spark to take them further and deeper in to the musical heart of the country, its four tracks attention grabbing and the providers of great satisfaction.

The release opens with the lead single Four Words, a song whose video has already caught the imagination receiving almost 10,000 hits on Blank TV and forthcoming inclusion to Scuzz and Kerrang! TV. The song smacks against the ear in its first seconds with heated guitar play and jabbing rhythms. It is instantly aflame with sonic sparks from guitarists Nicholas Coombes and Joe Marsh which scorch the senses whilst mesmerising them with skilled melodic invention. The vocals of Karl Ficarotta ride and stretch the song to greater emotive heights backed by the harsher tones of Marsh. Ficarotta has a voice which drips heart and expression, his voice painting feelings with the lyrics within the mind of the listener. It is a thumping song which is unafraid to step back into a restraint of impactful elegance, and offers a blend which reminds of Funeral For A Friend and fellow Bristol band Mind Museum, another group on the verge of big things.

From a great start the band raise the temperature and quality with Familiar Traits, a song which wraps itself tightly around the ear and envelops the senses with striking sounds and unbridled passionate energy. The drums of Steve Elvin pound a forceful route for the song and again the guitars sizzle with craft and sonic effect. It is the skilled structure of the song and vocals which really fire up the adoration for its presence and the excellent bass of Paul Taylor-Clinch which seals it as a permanent deal, his outstanding sound surly and hungry, no predatory. The track seizes control of the moment, ensuring nothing else is relevant during its time in the ear such its might and inciteful effect.

Third song Fire Burning Through Our Wings is another exercise in great songwriting and its interpretation through impressive individual skill. The bass and vocals again lead its crusade to the heart and as with the all the songs on the release, offers a big sound with infection flooding its veins. Of the four songs this one is the least striking though only positive things can be laid at its door but it just does not ignite the same fires as elsewhere despite its obvious qualities.

The release closes with Machine, a post hardcore veined track complete with venomous beats and defiant vocals scowls alongside squalls of backing screaming. It has an abrasive texture not as obvious on previous songs and shows the width of invention and sound within the band.  It completes the EP perfectly, leaving a bruising breath but the same depth of emotion as fuels the whole of New Horizons.

A Tale Of Two Cities is a band one can expect to hear big things from and for in the future and on the evidence of their new EP, it will be on the near rather than far horizon.

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RingMaster 14/10/2012

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