Thunderous Proposals: Exploring Endrah With Vocalist Relentless.

Endrah_RingMaster Review

We all know that there have been some mighty and fiercely inspiring bands which have emerged out of the Brazilian metal over past decades but its underground scene is no lightweight either. It is a seriously thriving landscape bubbling with an array of impressive bands across the whole array of metal based styles. One such proposition is Sao Paulo Deathrashcore quartet ENDRAH, a band which formed in 2002. Since then they have become one of the major roars with the Brazilian underground, one increasingly nudging thicker and broader attention. Just becoming aware of them ourselves now, we seized on the chance to learn more about Endrah and future plans with vocalist Ryan Raes (Relentless).

Hello and many thanks for sparring your time to talk with us.

Can you first give us some background to how it all started and when you got involved?

ENDRAH is based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The band was formed by several Brazilian pro musicians and American Billy Graziadei of BIOHAZARD fame. My name is Relentless and I am the vocalist since 2005. I travel to Brazil for tours yearly, and we meet up at other locations around the world to tour.

I first heard of the band Endrah on a Blabbermouth.net post saying Project of Biohazard member looking for new vocalist. I checked it out and was blown away by the raw heavy sound. The band formed when several Brazilian members were playing together and Billy Graziadei married a Brazilian lady and they all got to jamming; things became Endrah eventually.

Have you been or are involved in other bands outside of Endrah?

Yes, I have been in California based metal band, VENGINCE for 21 years now. The band started in school, and we still play to this day. The band is more melodic than Endrah though still tough and heavy.

What inspired the name Endrah?

Endrah is a sort of twist of The Hindu God Indra and a person’s name from what I gather. I was not in the band or present during that time of the name process but each guy references Indra when asked.

endrah2_RingMaster ReviewSince the early days, how would you say the band’s sound has evolved?

Our sound has become less desperate than the beginning, but Endrah is a very heavy and technical. We still bring our trademark sound to the new songs being recorded today and I think we have grown as musicians and song writers and still have a lot to show people.

Has it been more of an organic evolution of sound or has the band deliberately tried to bring in new things?

The bands recordings have become more polished, but I know we are letting it happen and not forcing anything. The band is not “commercially viable” to most people and we have spent most of our time in the underground hardcore and metal scenes.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

Life is a journey and we have learned a lot while walking down these dirty streets. We have similar goals as humans and musicians even though we are living a half a world away most of the time. Endrah is very good at we do and we deserve good things to happen. We have had all sorts of behind the scenes adversity to overcome already.

What things drive the voice of the band in its early days and now?

The band has a strong political and social voice, along with very thought provoking lyrics that deal with revenge.

So this is the main inspiration to the lyrical side of your songs?

I always write song idea notes whenever something comes up. Watching the news, and reading American Free Press Newspaper will get enough and then visits to Brazil’s poverty stricken areas inspires social change and awareness.

Is there a process to the songwriting which generally guides the writing of songs?endrah art_RingMaster Review

Covero the guitarist writes the riffs and then the bassist, Adriano, and drummer, Bruno add their parts and they tweak the song arrangements until it all flows good. Then they send to me videos of the rehearsals and demos to guide me for the lyrics and vocal mapping process which I do in my home studio in California. After that, the guys record their parts in Brazil, I do my vocals in the USA and then we mix and master somewhere. It’s all thanks to the internet that Endrah can truly thrive and communicate properly for a band.

Please give us some background to your latest release.

We are recording now for a May 2016 Release. The latest is a single titled Cadaver Na Barragem available online, and we did that for a Brazilian Compilation album. It rips! Give it a spin.

Can you give us some insight to the premise behind it?

This song is about our buddy Felipe who was stand up boarding on a reservoir in Brazil and he saw a bag floating on the water with tons of insects all over it. The smell apparently was horrific. He opened the bag and inside was a dead woman chopped in pieces. We wrote a song about what may have happened to her. It’s brutal!

You mentioned the writing process and with band members being so far apart presumably songs are pretty much finished going into the recording itself?

We try to be close as possible when entering the studio. We don’t have the luxury to pussy-foot around and waste money like the biggest bands do.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?

I am all about the live show. I thrive when it is live. I prefer touring over studio work. Endrah makes people go crazy and our crowds are wild and violent. It is a total pleasure to perform for our fans. You got to see an Endrah show yourself. Check us out!!

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact nationally let alone further afield. How has Endrah found it and are there the opportunities to make a mark if the determination is there?

Yes. In fact I think there are more “pro” Brazilian bands now than ever before in the metal genre. They have a couple dozen amazing heavy bands that are well known on social media and draw good [support]. Endrah knows most of them personally, including members of the biggest Brazilian heavy bands like Sepultura, Krisiun, Angra, etc.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to be a negative or a positive as a band grows and hopefully gets increasing success?

The fact that Facebook charges bands money to post to all our fans is total bullshit! They can make money in other ways, but now that they are a public company, they got to pull in more money every quarter. So, I see bands like our friends Biohazard who are only getting 10% of their audience reach when they post and it is apparently about 10% for any level band over 1,000 likes. So you have got to pay hundreds just to have your fans that follow you to all see the post. It’s some shit.

Endrah had to change our profile page when we switched record labels and we restarted the likes count, so it is not nearly as high as it should be, and it is difficult to grow the social media numbers when the companies want more and more money for artists who already have 90% of their music listeners illegally downloading the music to boot. That only leaves us with a few limited means of income and yet we are artists so we are not going away.

Once again Sir, thank you for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add?

Please check out ENDRAH and give us a like, drop us a comment, and share our pages. Also of course, please come to see us when we tour through your city next!!

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Pete RingMaster

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Third Sovereign – Perversion Swallowing Sanity

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The Asian metal scene is still a relatively untapped and certainly unrecognised landscape in the awareness of the majority on the outside, this despite the impressive bands and releases springing from it over the years. Through the fine efforts and passions of bands and labels/PR companies like Transcending Obscurity, a few things deservedly escape the shadows to earn strong attention and draw new ears and appetite to the region’s mighty underground scene. One such offering is the striking new album, Perversion Swallowing Sanity, from Indian death metallers Third Sovereign. It is an explosive thrash fuelled incitement bred from old school seeds of death metal blossomed into something as intensely fresh as it is enjoyably nostalgic, and another example of the potency within India’s metal scene as Third Sovereign back up to the legendary status they carry in their homeland and surrounding areas.

Formed in 2003 by a trio of musicians from Aizawl, the capital of the state of Mizoram, after they moved to Delhi “in order to expand their horizons”, Third Sovereign quickly earned a reputation for their bold and pungent take on death metal. Inspiration to their sound comes from the time bands such as Sepultura, Monstrosity, Cannibal Corpse, and Vader were the prime death metal driven scourges on the senses. 2006 saw the release of debut EP Horrified Visions with their acclaimed first album, Destined To Suffer uncaged the following year, as its predecessor upon Demonstealer Records. The Deprived Serenity EP continued the attention capturing success of the album with its release in 2008, whilst the single Sarcophaga was nominated in the Best Metal Song category at the Rolling Stones Metal Awards a year later. Leaping on to the now and the band is ready to unveil second album Perversion Swallowing Sanity, a release sure to ignite the most potent range of acclaim and spotlights on the band yet.

art_RingMaster ReviewAizawl based again, Third Sovereign intrigue the imagination with opening introduction Sakei Ai Hla, voices in threat or calling, hard to know, leading the listener towards and into the brewing tempest of Grave of Humanity and an irritable climate of intimidating riffs and towering intensity. A few moments more and the track is rampaging with thick spicy grooves entwining thumping rhythms and rabid riffs. As vocalist Vedant prowls proceedings with his grizzly guttural tones, thrash bred fuel flows to incite and power the increasingly gripping provocation masterly coloured by guitarist Benjamin and given compelling bulk by bassist Jonah within Reuben’s skeletal rhythmic frame.

Demonic and fiercely enticing, the excellent opener makes way for the incessant violation and nagging persuasion of Sarcophaga; the track a tempestuous onslaught as bestial as it is creatively endearing. Spiralling grooves and sonic imagination light the smothering weight of heavy riffs and brutal rhythms, their union a vicious contagion unafraid to spew toxically bracing tendrils of melodic enterprise.

Both Living This Hate and Slaughtered Mankind descend on the senses with nostril flared and muscles merciless; the first a barbarous consumption of ears littered with psyche gripping hooks and fiery grooves carrying as much venom as the bruising menacing around them. Addiction is as swift as an appetite for the quartet’s intrusive rabidity of sound and ideation, its successor showing this an achievement working across the board of Perversion Swallowing Sanity with its fierce animus of sound and hungry intensity.

From the waspish and predatory trespass of Devolution of Mortality and the more controlled predation guided prowl of Spawned with Guilt, band and album squeeze their grip on ears and thoughts tighter. Through their own individually truculent designs, the pair find a mutual savage beauty and character to threaten and enthral, theirs a murderous seduction emulated in the skilfully sculpted and emotionally untamed Holocaust of Preaching. The track is outstanding with its grooves, as in its predecessors, essential lures backed by the nimble and scorching prowess of the guitar and the merciless uncompromising tempting of rhythms and vocals.

There is no denying that Third Sovereign songs are as anthemic as they are vehemently hellacious; captivating incitements as ready to tear out your soul as incite an uprising. The insidiously hued Dark Black is crawling pervasive proof, working its way under the skin to ignite the passions into a greedy lusting for more before the military seeded rhythmic emergence of Burnt Epitome draws the listener into one final invigorating storm of raw malice and virulent death metal tenacity.

It is an immense end to an outstanding release from a band deserving the fullest attention. Third Sovereign is prime example of the depth within Indian metal alone; one of the leading forces we all need in our metal lives.

Perversion Swallowing Sanity is released January 15th via Transcending Obscurity India @ https://transcendingobscurityindia.bandcamp.com/album/perversion-swallowing-sanity-death-metal or http://tometal.com/

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Cold Night For Alligators – Course Of Events

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Course Of Events has been a highly anticipated debut album for a great many fans and followers of Danish metallers Cold Night For Alligators, a release off the back of an impressive live presence and reputation which no doubt was also facing a lot of expectations. A mighty slab of inventive sound to get teeth and the imagination into, it is easy to suspect that those awaiting its arrival will now be basking in thick pleasure whilst newcomers to the Copenhagen quintet, well we will be eagerly exploring with intensive attention.

The Cold Night For Alligators is described as a fusion of progressive death metal with brutal technical hardcore. That is apt enough to some extent but ultimately does not come to close to really covering the rich adventure and thick diversity fuelling the album’s tracks. The release is a creative kaleidoscope of fierce and seductive textures aligned to fluid unpredictable twists and flavours as much seeded in djent animosity and atmospheric ventures as they are in that initial description and the broad expanse of melody honed progressive metal. At times the album simply ignites in an open inventive blaze and in other moments entices with a fascinating tapestry of sound and thought which benefits further from even closer attention, but from start to end it only lures ears into wanting more of the album’s striking exploration.

Artwork__RingMaster Review     Starting with Considering Catastrophy, the Daniel Braunstein [Volumes, Fall in Archaea] produced album swiftly entangles the senses in a web of djent spiked riffs and melodic psychosis, this surrounding the forceful and potent roar of the vocals. Straight away there is a heart fuelled mania to that vocal delivery which, whether clean, harsh, or gutturally spawned, comes as an outpouring of raw emotion. Musically the song lurches and flies at the senses or comes in an ambling coaxing with just as strong enterprise to it as metal and rock strains unite in an invigorating and intensely fascinating proposal. As becomes apparent across the rest of the album, a mere listen or two only deprives ears of the underlying depths and imagination building up the layers of the song, that intensive attention mentioned earlier only breeding potent rewards.

There is a familiarity to the album just as there is something uniquely fresh about it; the likes of Periphery and Opeth springing out at times and there is no escaping a Meshuggah spice or two nor moments of Mars Volta meets The Dillinger Escape Plan. As shown by latest single Followers though, Cold Night For Alligators weave it all into their own distinct design. The second track is a formidable blend of sonic contagion and vicious aural antagonism, evolving from one compelling beast into another exciting unforgiving brute veined with psyche invading grooves and avant-garde seeded imagination. The track scars and exhilarates the senses, igniting body and imagination with each raw and inventive moment before the just as thrilling Calculated Accident provides its own animus of metallic hardcore built sound infused with melodic enterprise.

That earlier mentioned vocal mania is emulated in sound across Course Of Events, each track a raging roar but able to skilfully slip into just as emotively fiery but mellower confrontations at will. Inconsistent is easy evidence, its opening hug of jazzy spiced guitar invention and harmonic vocals an engaging but volatile seducing which increasingly brews rousing animosity and fire to lead the song into just as magnetic new directions, subsequently fusing all its roads into a one drama of sound and persuasion.

Both Art and Retrogress keep ears and appetite greedy, the first with its skittish djent lined, progressively psychotic emprise and the second through a more barbarous and volatile bellow of emotion and sound led by the ever impressing array of vocals. Both tracks grow in the ear, each making a strong first impression but blossoming further over time, again something applying to the album as a whole and to be taken on board when checking out Course Of Events.

From the strong caress of short instrumental Eunoia, more flavours are woven into the proposition through Querencia where vocals are especially potent as melodic tendrils invade the body of uncompromising intensity and at times almost rancorous fury which steers the encounter. With exotic flirtations and jazzy smiles, the song is an enthralling and again increasingly powerful and enjoyable offering matched by the infectious rabidity of the exhausting Daydream; another creative maelstrom to bravely sink into.

Completed by Brother and its alluring and rousing emotion, Course Of Events is a powerful and so often beguiling encounter. It is unique yet recognisable, inventively ravenous but similarly melodically endearing, and when given time to make its persuasion helps get the metal year off to a great start.

Course Of Events is released January 11th through Prime Collective.

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Affliction Gate – Dying Alone

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Three and a half years after unleashing the Shattered Ante Mortem Illusions EP, French death metallers Affliction Gate return with their most evil and gripping offering yet in the ruinous shape of Dying Alone. The four-track EP is a brutal and ravenous affair, but equally a compelling and at times contagious violation of old school death metal expanded with Affliction Gate imagination. The band is as vicious and uncompromising as ever but to that expected proposition adding a new exploration of bold textures, insidious emotion, and raw sonic trespasses.

Formed in 2006 with inspirations from the likes of Unleashed, Massacre, Bolt Thrower, and Asphyx sparking their ideas, Affliction Gate began proving themselves a formidable and potent force in the French metal underground with their first EP Severance (Dead to This World) in 2008 and more potently debut album Aeon of Nox (From Darkness Comes Liberation) a year later. Its release saw the band share their live presence across and beyond France into countries such as Germany, Spain, Holland, and Belgium, whilst the list of bands sharing stages with the quintet have come to include Pentacle, Mercyless, Svart Crown, Loudblast, Benighted and many more. Shattered Ante Mortem Illusions was an acclaimed proposition upon it’s uncaging in 2012 but already is being eclipsed by the response to Dying Alone.

artwork_RingMaster Review   Negative Lucidity leaps at the senses from its first breath; the opener a torrent of barbarous rhythms and toxic riffery twisted into a nagging groove that instantly has ears and appetite alert. The raw, bestial tones of vocalist Herostratos quickly lead the track’s animus of sound and intent, his intrusive delivery backed by the throaty threat of bass and entwined in the sonic trespass of guitar. Melancholy clings to the sonic suggestiveness expelled whilst despair clouds the air of the heavily satisfying incitement, those essences and hues just as rich and expressive in the following pestilential assault of Devising Our Own Chains. As its predecessor, the encounter is a challenging yet openly catchy violation bounding into the psyche on boisterously intrusive rhythms as guitars spin an acidic and virulent tapestry of rancorous bewitchment.

The EP’s title track comes next, flirting with the senses as it crawls closer and closer with cancerous intent. Led by the cantankerous tone of bass, the song subsequently grows into more volatile and eager infectiousness but still keeping its murderous breath and nature to the fore as its energy ebbs and flows in a consumption of the senses. Again a host of flavours collude within the song, more classic hues adding to the death bred malignancy.

The EP concludes with the misanthropic Manicheism Inertia, bad blood and rabid sound fuelling the contemptuous body and soul of the aural ravishing. The first two tracks within Dying Alone steal the show in many ways yet, as the song before, Manicheism Inertia has a nasty grandeur and incessant rabidity to its design which simply hits the spot.

Enjoyable on first listens and only growing to bigger success over time, Dying Alone is evidence that Affliction Gate is one of old school death metal’s emerging triumphs. Their new EP sees the band hit new heights, or should that be low corrosive depths, to get extreme metal off to a seriously strong start in 2016.

The Dying Alone EP is out now via Transcending Obscurity @ https://transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com/album/dying-alone-death-metal

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91 Allstars – Retour vers la Lumière

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Not convinced by their name but having no problem breeding a healthy appetite for their ferocious sound, 91 Allstars quickly show themselves to be another voraciously rousing proposition within the French metal scene with new album Retour vers la Lumière. The first encounter from the band since a change in line-up, their second album is a thickly enticing assault of death inspired metal aligned to melodic hardcore and plenty of other ripe spices. It roars and brawls with the senses, grips the imagination, and provides plenty to get excited over as 91 Allstars show themselves ready to take on broader spotlights.

Formed in 2005, the Paris quintet has perpetually drawn praise and support with their releases and a live presence which has seen them over the years share stages with the likes of Sick of it all, Gojira, Do Or Die , 25 ta life, Born From Pain, Mass Hysteria, and Knuckledust. Their first year saw the release of a self-titled debut EP and two years later the band teamed up with Danforth for the split release Destroy The Past. Acclaim grabbed debut album Telle Est la Loi in 2010, its success though already being eclipsed by the dynamic and hellacious enterprise of Retour vers la Lumière since its recent release.

91AS_front_RingMaster Review     The atmospheric Intro starts things off, its portentous air full of drama and suggestiveness which is taken on by the tempestuous nature and body of Omniscience. Immediately grooves and hooks are swinging with zeal as raw gruff vocals incite and rhythms batter the senses from the second track. It is a rousing confrontation, one as magnetic as it is hostile with the track’s death metal canvas coated in thrash inspired animosity and hardcore cultured dexterity.

Across both Mon bien, mon mal and Opprimés, band and ears collide as tenacious and antagonistic elements collude to spring a creative animus as appealing as it is threatening. The first of the two songs lines its assault with gripping hooks and spicy grooves as snarling vocals leads its anthemic nature. There is definitely some familiarity to parts of its textures and air but that only adds to the magnetic pull whilst its successor similarly impresses as it stalks the senses with its rumbling bass cored predation and stabbing riffery. As across the album, certain essences remind of bands such as Black Dahlia Murder and Gojira whereas the hardcore spices offer up thoughts of others like Pigs and Every Time I Die, but it all gets woven into something relatively distinctive to and constantly appealing from the French quintet.

Richesse humaine provides a raw bluster of voice and virulent sound next, its body entwined in wiry grooves and viciously anthemic tendencies whilst Les ombres de la perdition stomps along spilling acidic sonic tendrils from its bulging intensity. Epitomising the whole of Retour vers la Lumière, the pair also explore catchy exploits and melodic incitements, each spinning a tapestry of inventive lures which temper yet accentuate the unbridled force of the propositions.

The impressive intent and heart of the album continues through the ravenous animus of Eclipse éternelle and escalates in the primal trespass offered by L’ère du verseau; both songs fierce contagion with plenty to defuse expectations and further ignite a hungry appetite. Their success is matched by that of L’aube des princes, an aurally rancorous intrusion again leaving a want for more by the final note of its masterful and imaginative violation. With the songs sung in French lyrically we floundered but as shown by the encounter there is no mistaking the emotion and heart of each encounter.

Completed by the incessant infiltration of the senses that is Un sombre destin and lastly the album’s rapacious imagination enveloping title track, Retour vers la lumière is a seriously accomplished and enjoyable proposal. Certainly there is a bit of a similarity between tracks at times which defuses some of its immediate potency but songs and the album as a whole only grows to be challenge which impresses again and again.

Retour vers la lumière is out now via Dooweet Records @ http://shop.season-of-mist.com/91-all-stars-retour-vers-la-lumiere-cd-digipack

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TankrusT – The Fast Of Solace

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There is no compromising when it comes to attitude and intent within French metallers TankrusT, certainly creatively going by their new album The Fast Of Solace. The debut full-length from the Parisian bred quintet, it is a barbarous and dynamically textured onslaught of ears and senses, but one unafraid to weave a web of diversity and adventure within its merciless ferocity. It is also an encounter which impresses first time around but reveals its strongest assets over subsequent plays to grow into an even more stirring and heftily satisfying proposition. Whether The Fast Of Solace has enough uniqueness to set the metal world ablaze time will tell but certainly it is going to savage it until attention is strongly given the way of the band.

Formed towards the end of 2006 initially under the name Eleusis, TankrusT has drawn on its members varied backgrounds in varied extreme metal and hardcore for its sound, merging those essences with a death and thrash seeded roar of their own. As shown by The Fast Of Solace, it is a debilitating tempest with a wealth of invention and enterprise within its depths. Live the band has earned a potent name for themselves, the sharing of stages with bands such as M:Pire of Evil, Septicfelsh, and Debauchery adding to their own shows over the years, a success backed in 2013 by the release of the four-track Beyond Thresholds EP. It whipped up certain attention in their homeland and online but nothing to that expected to be ignited by The Fast Of Solace.

DMZ is the first mighty trespass from the album, the track looming in on a sonic swirl only gaining more impact and hostility as it nears and explodes into a volatile bellow of heavily swiping rhythms, rabid riffs, and a great mix of vocal confrontation driven by the ravenous tones of KooTôh. Spidery grooves are a just as swift enticement within the turbulence, the invention of lead and rhythm guitarists Garth and Will respectively, creating an increasingly magnetic web to get hooked up in.

couv-FoS-HD_RingMaster Review   It is a pungent and increasingly gripping start to the album matched in kind and hostility by Draw the Line. Instantly rugged with bruising rhythms from drummer Schuff leading the forage into the senses, the hardcore aspects in the band’s breeding come to the fore, vocals and a raw punk virulence entwining and festering within the death metal blossomed raging to magnetic effect. The track is superb, eclipsing the great opener with its own tirade of violent variety and fierce imagination before Apollo Is Dead throws it’s cantankerously abrasing animus into the persuasion ring. Vocally KooTôh, with presumable backing across the band, fluidly spreads vocal diversity as blackened as it is death bred or hardcore seeded, a blend matched by the groove veined metal enmity in its varied shades.

Autonomy steps forward with purpose and rancor next, intrusive beats and a rally of riffs its frontline before the great carnal tones of Jule’s bass offers a toxic flirtation and lead into a swinish vocal infesting of song and senses. That sparks a filth coated rock ‘n’ roll stroll with barbarous twists and cancerous turns to its resourceful persuasion but as expected by now, voice and sound always comes with evolving turbulence and invention, many familiar essences woven into a tempest as fresh to the ear as it is dramatically hostile.

Both Improvisation 28, with its raw bitterness and again expectations defeating landscape of invasive but seriously contagious ideation, and the creatively mercurial Dead Pools keep ears and appetite greedy whilst Barbarians is a feud on the senses. Unrelenting in its barbarity and similarly full on in imagination, the track is a weave of contrasting and adventurous textures and enterprise. Each only leave a want for more; something the hellacious Grow Some Balls can immediately satisfy with its hardcore honed stalking and violating of ears, adding another distinct twist to the character of the album at the same time.

Through the similarly honed and bad blooded rock ‘n’ roll of 10:22 and the enticingly uncomfortable yet enthralling soundscape of Cleaver, TankrusT ensures The Fast Of Solace departs as potently as its ferocious animosity was launched, and in the closing song with maybe the most imaginative incursion on the listener within the release.

It is fair to say that at times there is a surface familiarity and intensity which smothers the individuality of moments and tracks but the rewards for time spent digging deeper and close attention given are irresistible. The Fast Of Solace continues to impress and thrill with every listen suggesting at the same time that TankrusT has the qualities and imagination to make an even bigger impact ahead.

The Fast Of Solace is out now.

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Markradonn – The Serpentine Deception

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Whether calling the Markradonn sound experimental death metal, brass death metal, progressive death metal or any other variation of its invention you wish to describe it as, and all potently applicable terms, the broad brush is that it is one truly unique proposition igniting ears and the imagination. Real and bold originality is a relatively scarce commodity in the music world let alone metal scene right now it seems but the Florida hailing Markradonn is one of those creative protagonists wearing uniqueness as openly as craft and invention. The band’s acclaimed 2013 debut EP Final Dying Breath revealed the rich potential and fiercely imaginative songwriting/composing fuelling the conspicuous sound of the band and now its successor The Serpentine Deception takes it all to another striking and mouth-watering level.

Markradonn is a death/extreme metal band, that is their heart but with its live brass section and similarly bold timpani temptation to simplify the rich flavours and textures woven into their music, they create an emotively dramatic and creatively dynamic proposal unlike anything else out there. As suggested, The Serpentine Deception finds the band exploring their most imaginative work yet. The EP’s tracks reveal more intricacy in their design and sound, a fiercer roar in their bracing confrontation, and thicker intensity in their atmospheric lures, a new evolution in an already fluid sound making a thick impact straight away.

Initiation Through Torment opens up The Serpentine Deception; a cinematic/vocal sample coaxing ears and attention as a portentous whisper skirts the background. In a matter of a few more breaths, the stirring resonance of rhythms and warm swipes of brass unite as a similarly potent predation is uncaged by guitars and the dark rasping tones of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Haniel Adhar. The blend instantly swamps ears in drama and intrigue, their contrasts colluding in an inviting yet ravenous consumption of the senses. It is a stirring and compelling incitement, the light and almost celebratory blaze of brass, as well as the timpani led rhythmic swing, merging with the dark predatory blackened death honed textures cast through guitar, bass, and voice. There is a feeling of coming of age in the tone of the track too, its protagonist journeying through the song’s title with celebration and tempestuousness around them.

Already hooked, body and imagination is swiftly and fully engaged again as the rhythmic entrance of NIN.GISH.ZI.DA God Of The Tree Of Life draws the listener into a jazzy web sculpted in the embrace of a primal and deviously tempestuous sound. The tapestry crafted is fascinating, a seamlessly and inspired fusion of conflicting elements which leave thoughts as bewildered as they are bewitched and ears eagerly trapped within the hellacious waltz.

The EP’s title track is equally spellbinding; the instrumental a shamanic visitation upon body and emotions as tribal rhythms and the raw tonal call of a didgeridoo magnetically involve the listener in atmospheric adventure. There is a great essence of shadow hued distortion to the track too which shows its ingenuity in brief but masterful glimpses. As meditative as it is evocatively invasive, the outstanding track makes way for The Veil Of Negative Existence Part 1- Ain, Nothingness; an instinctively infectious trespass with its own individual bedlam of resourcefulness and dramatic virulence. There is a touch of Trepalium to the track, a vague scent in the cosmopolitan yet melodically intimate weave conjured by Markradonn, which in turn is walled in by a blackened causticity soaked in rancorous imagination and veined by Adhar’s enticingly cancerous tones. The track is a labyrinth of simultaneous seductive and venom, an invigorating intrusion leaving bodies swinging and appetite inflamed.

Closing instrumental Stillness, Silence Of The Primal Mind is a gentler tantalising of the senses, a sonic travelogue of emotive scenery in an aural landscape painted by melodic guitar and melancholic brass. An immersive flight to which thoughts are given the freedom to cast their own poetic narrative, it brings the release to an enthralling end, well until pressing that play button again which is the instinctive next move.

Working towards the release of their debut album Ceremonial Abnegation Part 1: Excoriation Of The Flesh, Markradonn is one of the true fresh breaths in metal, from its underground to its broadest landscape. As for The Serpentine Deception, that is simply a must investigation for all with the heart for real and rewarding adventure.

The Serpentine Deception EP is available in association with Bluntface Records from December 15th through the band’s GoFundMe page where news of the album and details of a DVD, which will have a collection of performances, a full show with multiple camera angles, and clips from production videos and practices can also be found.

Recording Line-up for The Serpentine Deception:

Haniel Adhar: All Guitars; Vocals

Tim Carter: Drums and Percussion

Jonathan Gabriel Katz: Timani and Concert Percussion; Drums

Richard Blankenship: Principle Trombone and Brass

Dennis Bottaro: 6 string bass, Didgeridoo , Hand Percussion, Guitar

Drew Prichard: Cimbasso; Tuba

Robin Sisk: Tuba

Danny Rowland: Tuba; Euphonium

Austin Kinard: Trumpet and Brass

Gavin Pritchard: Hand Percussion

Nicholas Weaver: Fretless bass, French Horn, and Trumpet (Live)

Beka West: Euphonium, Trombone (Live)

Allen C Raia: Rhythm Guitar (Live)

Jesse Hudson: Vocals and Trombone (Live)

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Pete RingMaster 15/12/2015

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