Athenas Word – Lasting Legacy

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It seems that across 2015, and indeed going back to last year, there has been a tide of highly enjoyable new post and melodic hardcore protagonists leaping on the senses with varying success. There have been some truly impressive debuts and some carrying the real potential of major things to grip attention. As we reflect whilst tapping keys though, few have been a truly lingering proposal with a sound easy to recall at a sniff of a memory, bands which have made a truly inescapable impact. Death Kindly Waits For Me is one band which definitely had that success and now we are eager to add Athenas Word. The Dutch band makes its introduction with the Lasting Legacy EP, a debut that musically captivates ears and imagination, if admittedly without dramatically reshaping the genre with major originality, yet. That alone makes the release a potent confrontation but aligned to a rousing vocal attack which is empowered by various strains of punk; it is a bruising and fiercely exhilarating tempest that just excites.

Athenas Word was officially formed in the Autumn of 2014, though the seeds and some songs in the band’s armoury went back to the previous year when bassist Tjerk Goselink and guitarists Dennis Sjoers and Jerry Klein initially began working on their vision of the project. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of While She Sleeps, Napoleon, Architects, and Heights, a few artists Athenas Word has also been compared too, the band’s full line-up was completed by early 2015 with the addition of vocalist Erik Voestermans last year and drummer Kasper Stap this. The band has been a potent roar on the Dutch live scene since, whilst taking time out to record and release the already well-received Lasting Legacy. Now the EP gets a reboot into broader attention and European markets, a nudge to be quickly supported by the band live as they become a more widely visible proposition.

Athena's Word Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     It opens with Deserved Freedom, an instantly arousing sonic bellow which does take its time setting up the senses before launching a ravenous rhythmic assault within a web of guitar causticity and enterprise. It is an imposing assault which, even in its more even tempered moments, is a ravenous proposal driven by the excellent belligerent roars of Voestermans. Within the first blaze of melodic toxicity and bracing brutality, a contagious quality soaks the varied textures of imagination, some loud and vocal within the tempest and some a fascinating squirm in the belly of the hardcore fuelled storm. It is an outstanding start resonating in ears and thoughts after its departure and whipping up a hungry appetite to hear more in its wake.

Death From Above is the first to feed that fresh greed, its opening also a quickly thick enticement ensuring rich focus is a given. Vocals and rhythms are a carnivorous proposition but find themselves entwined in an acidic tendril of guitar which tempers and enhances the song’s venomous seduction simultaneously. Once more the vocals just hit the spot. They are not spectacular but in grasping an organic mix of punk and grizzly rock rapacity, provide something different and highly flavoursome to song and release. As its predecessor, the track comes to a great abrupt halt; its job done, nothing more to say attitude adding to the power of its drama and success.

The following Wolfpack makes a more ‘conventional’ entrance, melodies wrapping hostile intensity as vocals and rhythms badger. The more adventurous aspects come as the track merges relative emotive calms with the maelstrom of volatility driving the track, the anthemic latter admittedly, for personal tastes, where the song has its most potent elements. It is a rousing incitement making way for another in Honour The Fallen, a similarly structured and creatively shaped rabidity of emotions and sound. In contrast, it is the imaginative ebbs in the fury that impresses most, they coming in varying stages and designs with Athenas Word never getting indulgent or relinquishing its carnivorous and uncompromising intimidation. More of a grower than instant success compared to the first two songs, it blossoms into another rich persuasion to help the EP get emotions and anticipation of future endeavours excited.

Lasting Legacy is brought to a close by This Is How It Ends, another roar of rock ‘n’ roll and post hardcore intrusiveness that grows into its full temptation over numerous plays. It never quite matches its companions in strength, it missing a certain spark of imagination yet leaves satisfaction healthy and enjoyment for the whole sonic tempest of the EP full.

It is going to be interesting to see how Athenas Word develops, and no doubt be highly enjoyable at the same time, but they could not have got off to a stronger and more persuasive start than with Lasting Legacy.

The Lasting Legacy EP is out now @ http://athenasword.bigcartel.com/

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Pete Ringmaster 28/10/2015

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Not Tonight Josephine – Self Titled EP

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Released the same week as the new self-titled EP from Not Tonight Josephine, the debut release from UK band Death Kindly Waits For Me ignited a fresh breath in the post hardcore scene. It set down, even in its raw but potential drenched proposition, a new adventure for the genre which for us made a marker all other offerings would now have to match up against. The Florida hailing quintet are the unfortunate ones to step up next and within hours of that striking release, the first to have to impress new demands and hopes. It is fair to say that Not Tonight Josephine do a fine job, their six track encounter might not have that special ingredient we found so thrilling but it out crafts and out shines most other post hardcore proposals over recent months to leave thick pleasure in its wake.

The band has been working on the new release since mid-2014, creating songs to push their sound on again from its acclaimed successor, the Common Gold EP released the previous year. With a more aggressive and voracious character to it, the band has certainly achieved that with the EP and it is right to suggest the release is their finest moment yet. Not Tonight Josephine formed in 2008 and has consistently lured in praising attention locally and across broader spotlights leading up to that previous EP. Live too they have earned a potent reputation, shows with the likes of A Day To Remember, Underoath, Ice Nine Kills, Rise Against, New Found Glory, and The Colour Morale only adding to that. Common Gold followed a line-up change and seemed to find that flush of heavier and arguably rawer adventure which now roars from within the Not Tonight Josephine EP. As mentioned at the start, for us the bar has been raised recently, but it is all relative to personal tastes and definitely this new protagonist leaves only the fullest satisfaction and impressed reactions.

Recorded with From First To Last duo Taylor Larsen and Spencer Sotelo, the EP opens with brief instrumental 😉 . It is an atmospheric forty seconds which intrigues but is really the intro to the following ReEmerge. Why it has its own track listing it is hard to know but it is soon a thought of the past as the new track erupts with thumping beats and aggressive riffs bound in an instantly inviting melodic enterprise. Even as the song settles in to its tempestuous stride, the swings of drummer Christian Turt show no mercy, only impressing with their weight and tenacity. The raging image005vocal squalls of frontman Danny Garry and bassist Evan Foley also have a potent angst and attitude to them but it is the clean delivery of Garry that really impresses and steals the attention. It is fair to say that post hardcore bands have been predominantly impressing and grabbing our plaudits through the melodic side of their attack vocally, maybe too much of the same caustic shouting talking its toll on our patience and simply feeding expectations, and there is no doubting the might of that area in Not Tonight Josephine matched by the creative enterprise evolving round them. The use of strings and production twists only add to the drama and increasing success of the song, unpredictability an open weapon in the great start.

The following Nothing To Show is a brawl of vocal hostility and antagonistic sounds from the off, riffs and beats a delicious baiting as they intimidate and lead the listener into a maelstrom of vocal deliveries and twang lit grooves under a thunderous sky of attitude and sound. Not quite having the individuality of its predecessor or the imaginative punch, the song still intrigues and persuades with its mix of almost metalcore hostility, djent bred ferocity, and melodic expression woven by the skills of guitarists Scott Vallina and James Purcell. Whereas the last song broke ranks, this feeds expectations for the post hardcore sound, something you can say about Eyes which follows. Featuring a guest performance from Spencer Sotelo too, the track bellows and revolves with ear seizing adventure and satisfaction breeding pugnacity. It is wholly enjoyable but again does not surprise which is a real want in our admittedly demanding tastes.

Don’t Hold Your Tongue though is another matter, a fairer and mellower croon, it is bewitching. It is melodic rock at its captivating best, the balladry of sound and Garry’s outstanding vocals spellbinding and another excuse for us to say less caustic styling ahead please; save just for textural use. Song and band reveal a fresh charm to their songwriting and composing through it, with only the ever fiery beats of Turt offering dark and complimenting intensity.

The final song finds the band back in turbulent mood. Barefaced also shows the band to have the kind of invention and skill to help drive their genre on to new heights. The song is sensational, the EP’s top temptation where even the aggressive squalls work perfectly within the unbridled animosity and inventive spite of the encounter. It is a predator of a song but also an inescapable seduction, tearing the senses asunder then soothing the wounds with a vocal and harmonic caress. It has something special, a heavy dosage of startling and exciting imagination in thought and sound which reignites, what are becoming, tired ears for the standard post hardcore template.

Not Tonight Josephine band and EP is a highly enjoyable and impressing encounter; yes we know we have become picky and did pick here, but we come away from the release with satisfaction full and hopes for new creative blood in this genre re-energised a little more.

The Not Tonight Josephine EP is available from March 3rd

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RingMaster 03/03/2015

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Death Kindly Waits For Me – Wire Iron Blood

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Let us cut to the chase right away and suggest that Wire Iron Blood might just be the best and certainly one of the most exciting post hardcore debut in recent times. An introduction to UK quartet Death Kindly Waits For Me, the three track release is a striking and dramatically captivating protagonist for ears and imagination, and the fact that it suggests there is plenty more in the creative tank of the band yet to be explored and developed only increases its impact. Expressively provocative with a sound coming from the At The Drive In/Fall Of Troy end of an ever broadening genre, Death Kindly Waits For Me is a dramatic fresh breath in the British post hardcore scene.

Northamptonshire bred, Death Kindly Waits For Me began towards the beginning of 2014, taking inspirations from the likes of Thursday, Being As An Ocean, Finch, and Taking Back Sunday into their emerging invention. Their melody rich and aggressive sound was soon drawing potent attention locally and even further afield as their increasing live presence saw the foursome sharing stages with bands such as Decade, Light You Up, Devil Sold His Soul, Terraform, Emp!re, Our Hollow Our Home, Hey Vanity, Attention Thieves and Flood Of Red. Now a national attention is on the radar as Wire Iron Blood is uncaged, and it is fair to say that expectations are already confident in the band’s success in luring a wider spotlight.

The EP opens with the outstanding Cutting Room Floor, a sonic lure swiftly thrusting ears into the impassioned vocals of Adam Fitch, his clean and earnest tones instantly magnetic. Alongside him the guitar of Max Freeston slowly spreads a coarsely melodic lure whilst the heavy bass tones of Adam Cator, just as quickly adds dark haunting shadows. Pierced by the controlled and reserved but rapier like strikes of drummer Josh Miller, it is not a dramatic start yet thoroughly intriguing and awakening an appetite to hear more. Soon into a steady stride and still employing the creative weave which set things off, the song increasingly impresses as it expands its presence musically and vocally, Fitch superb with his distinctive angst fuelled tones whilst the DEath KIndly...more punkish offering of Freeston is a potent backing and the raw roars of Cator nicely caustic. An additional anthemic strength emerges in the song and though musically maybe it does not blaze with startling originality there is nothing but freshness and adventure to the opener.

The same strengths flows though the following Best Friends. It character is shadowed and emotionally dark yet it flames with a contagious energy and a rigorously exciting imagination. Vocally once more the track shines whilst riffs and melodies create an infectious proposal which, as the EP, becomes more addictively enjoyable over time. That Fall Of Troy feel is a bright whisper across the song, whilst other elements hint at the more experimental adventure of The Mai Shi at times, but as the song evolves from a raging stomp into a melancholic croon in its finale, the track is thrillingly individual to Death Kindly Waits For Me.

The closing Decade Of War continues the excellent temptation, its emotionally sober but energetically impassioned heart a canvas for great rhythmic enterprise and colourful guitar endeavour to wrap with craft and tenacity. Vocally of course the song continues a weighty persuasion amidst impressive sonic imagination and by its end it is hard not to sigh in disappointment that there is no more and to swiftly go back to the beginning again and ensure there is.

As mentioned at the beginning, Wire Iron Blood is a starting point for the band which shows that they have plenty to discover and push within themselves. There is little nothing to shade the potency of the release though, with no reflection on Cator, personal tastes would like to see a diminishing or loss of the aggressive vocal squalls as they often feel at odds with the rest of the vocal delivery and at times songs. It is a very minor thing of course in a potential drenched start by Death Kindly Waits For Me, a band hard not to get rather excited over.

Wire Iron Blood will be available from 2nd March through all digital stores.

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RingMaster 02/03/2015

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‘DEATH KINDLY WAITS FOR ME’ to unveil their ‘Wire Iron Blood’ from 2nd March

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“Nothing short of amazing, perfectly executed noise wrapped in an emotive blanket…top stuff!”

BBC Introducing.

 

Post Hardcore crew ‘Death Kindly Waits For Me’ express a sound that packs concise riffery and energetic beats with pop sensibilities. The rising quartet unleash their spanking new EP ‘Wire//Iron//Blood’ on Monday 2nd March, from all digital stores.

 

With a slew of inspiration stemming from Thursday, Being As An Ocean, Finch and Taking Back Sunday, Death Kindly Waits For Me have absorbed their predecessors’ influences and added their own imposing stamp. In doing so, they now despatch an engrossing sound that is accessible and earnest.

Coming at you from Northamptonshire and featuring Adam Fitch (Vocals), Max Freeston (Guitar/Vocals), Adam Cator (Bass/Screams) and Josh Miller (Drums), Death Kindly Waits For Me pull from the fundamentals of emo and hardcore and harvest a sound that is both fast and slow, and altogether heavy yet melodic. The foursome give their all to an audience and have even played shows with broken bones and bloodied hands. DKWFM push the barriers and deliver passionate, emotive, and energetic live shows that truly captivate. Since their formation at the start of 2014, the melodic hardcorers have racked up shows with a host of bands such as Decade, Light You Up, Devil Sold His Soul, Terraform, Emp!re, Our Hollow Our Home, Hey Vanity, Attention Thieves and Flood Of Red.

The four piece are now set to drop their debut EP ‘Wires//Iron//Blood’ on Monday 2nd March. The EP is an engaging piece of post-hardcore. Right from the opening lines of ‘Cutting Room Floor’, which firmly displays the band’s deft ability to pull in the listener with a hook that will need to be prised from your inside, to the stinging bite of ‘Best Friends’, which goes for the jugular but still manages to unleash a killer refrain, and to the closing track ‘Decade Of War’, as it flaunts their nimble use of dynamics, this record is sure to reinforce the band’s credentials as one to watch for the coming year and beyond.

 

-DEATH KINDLY WAITS FOR ME ‘WIRES//IRON//BLOOD’ MONDAY 2nd MARCH 2015 THROUGH ALL STORES-

 

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