Greyhaven – Breathe EP

A year and a handful of months ago, British alt-rock quintet Greyhaven aroused rich praise and attention with their EP, State Of Mind. It suggested a band with the potential to become a rich part of the British heavy rock scene. Now the London hailing outfit are ready to release its successor in Breathe, an EP which maybe does not quite realise its predecessor’s promise as anticipated but only confirms thoughts that the quintet has a potent future.

Emerging in either the autumn of 2014 or early 2015 depending where you read, Greyhaven quickly whipped up local support and following through their live shows and debut EP, The Flood. The following State Of Mind, produced by Daniel Kerr (Shields, Create To Inspire, Despite my Deepest Fear), was the moment broader attention was lit, the release sparking praise and coverage with the likes of Scuzz TV and Kerrang, as well as finding a place on one of Metal Hammer’s front cover CD. Since then the band has experienced changes in its line-up and as a momentary foursome uniting once again with Kerr to record Breathe.

Truth opens the release up and quickly has attention in its grasp with a tempting shuffle of beats and a rapacious lure of riffs. It is an opening hinting at a furious expulsion but instead is followed by a calmer if still slightly volatile breath allowing the strong vocals of Sam Paterson to step forward into the already woven web of melodies. Harmonies soon wrap the frontman’s potent tones, the rhythms of drummer Connor Tate and brooding texture of Jack Hudson’s bass a dark almost portentous echo of the song’s emotional heart fuelled angst. With the guitar of Alex Hills as suggestive as it is sonically wiry, the song makes a fine introduction to the EP though for personal tastes is soon eclipsed by its companions.

When We Divide is next, bringing its own tempestuous air and drama to bear on ears and imagination. Great nagging riffs accompany Paterson’s ever tempting voice, rhythms just as thick a welcome trespass as the song mixes sharp hooks and sonic enterprise with emotive energy. Whereas its predecessor, though sounding fresh, held few surprises, the second track is rich with twists and unexpected turns which if anything it does not fully exploit.

Nevertheless, the track is a magnetic persuasion soon matched in almost similar success by the following Crows. There is rawness at its core which enjoyably contrasts the lively shimmer of keys and melody, the song evolving through mellow and crystalline climes but always one sigh away from its tempestuous instincts.

The EP’s title track brings things to an end, the song rising on a caress of keys with a jangle of guitar flanking its move into poppier rock exploits. Temptingly catchy and vocally alone magnetic, Breathe strolls along with a confident smile, its inner fire catching further along to flame with increasing intensity and attraction.

It is hard to say that the Breathe EP has managed to be as richly memorable as State Of Mind before it but it is more of a grower and with every listen impresses and increasingly satisfies and if you have an appetite for bands such as 30 Seconds To Mars, Don Broco, and Alexisonfire, it is an encounter which really should be checked out.

The Breathe EP is released January 12th through Outsider Records.

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Pete RingMaster 10/01/2017

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From Rust – Lost Sense Of Life

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British metalcore outfit From Rust have just unleashed debut EP Lost Sense Of Life, a release which makes up for what it lacks in real surprises by breeding an attention luring character bound in a ferocious tempest of sound.  Fair to say it is a promising, potential loaded introduction to the Somerset hailing quintet which has installed itself as one of our current persistent listens.

Created in 2014 by long-time friends, vocalist Jake Searle and lead guitarist Camden Gibson, From Rust has taken their time to emerge. With a line-up finally completed by rhythms guitarist Tom Waters, bassist Sam Elswood, and drummer Sam Kellaway, the band spent numerous months creating and honing their sound, its raw and pungent creative roar making a potent impact once the band hit the live stage towards the end of 2015. Since then they have shared stages with the likes of Despite My Deepest Fear, Thrones, Values, and Materia while hitting the studio earlier this year to uncage the fury fuelled Lost Sense Of Life.

Inspirations to the band are said to include bands such as Parkway Drive, Northlane, and All That Remains; essences which do not hide within the EP and opener Whispers but it is fair to say adds to the storm rather than drives it. The first track coaxes with a fiery groove initially as rhythms and riffs collect in the background before consuming the senses and shaping the blossoming assault. They align to rather than devour that initial enterprise, melodic flames and scything sonic spears joining the potent ire and variety in Searle’s vocal trespass. As atmospheric throughout as it is venomously fierce and relentlessly vicious, the track is a strong and engaging start but soon outshone by its successor.

from-rust-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewInside Out is superb, from the sonic web slung out there by the guitars at the start exposing itself as a ravenous beast of raw and inventive temptation which burrows itself into the imagination and psyche. There is a swagger to that initial tapestry of guitar matched in the prowling beats and threat loaded bassline of Elswood; all luring and baiting the senses before entangling in a rabid onslaught. Twisting through those varied attacks and more across its inventive body, suggestive intrigue soaked melodies and varied metal strains circling ears, the track grips and enthrals taking best track honours whilst uncapping the potential of real uniqueness within the band to hopefully emerge ahead.

If the previous track is predatory, Predictable Pain is bestial as it stalks the listener, all the time jabbing away with its salacious rhythms as guitars and bass weave a mercurial tapestry of sound and imposing emotion further shaped by the raw throated intrusions of Searle. With senses wilting breakdowns and rapacious vocal squalls within the net of sonic enterprise, the track is certainly a centre of attention if lacking the final elements which ignites its predecessor and indeed the following Grey World. With Searle using his range of attacks, to great effect, the track is a cancerous yet infectious abuse cast with an invention and imaginative boldness hinting at greater things ahead as the band develops in sound and songwriting.

Final track Gone Forever is just as intensive and enjoyable, epitomising the release in many ways as recognisable essences are embraced by the band own keen invention and readiness to be bold and try to be different. It is that element which really helps Lost Sense Of Life command the senses and suggests that once From Rust really go for it, they could be one of those taking British metal boldly forward.

Lost Sense Of Life is out now on iTunes.

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Pete RingMaster 29/11/2016

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Eujenics – Far Stranger

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The first release from the band since a slight line-up change, British alternative rock quartet Eujenics show things are just as potent as ever in songwriting and sound. To be truthful, Far Stranger suggests that the Sunderland hailing band has hit a new plateau in both as it provides a powerful and magnetic slice of fiery rock ‘n’ roll.

No strangers to increasing acclaim through previous releases, especially the Humanism EP and following single Alec Guinness earlier this year, and live exploits over the past year which have seen successful shows with the likes of Dead!, Despite My Deepest Fear, Edenthorn, Massa Confusa, and Deadfire, the 2015 formed Eujenics are ready to take things to the next level in creativity and attention sparked.

Far Stranger soon reveals a new depth and intensity to the band’s creativity and imagination and also answers in quick time how new member, vocalist/guitarist Sam Avery will fit the band’s distinctive sound. With sublime ease is the rapid realisation, his melodic tones and harmonious expression the perfect and natural replacement to previous singer Nic Wood. Equally though, as the song finishes coaxing ears with its sinewy entrance led by the heavy swings of drummer Adam Hay, Avery establishes his own vocal character and dynamism backed by the band and matched by the flirtatious bassline cast by David Scott and Chris Hanna’s just as virulent grooves.

Hooks and rhythms continue to collude as the song reveals itself the band’s most virulent and feistily catchy proposal yet; teasing with essences surely Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss seeded throughout yet quickly breeding its own identity and individual adventure.

Big and bold, ballsy and boisterous, Far Stranger is Eujenics scaling new heights to unavoidably ignite the spirit of fans and newcomers alike.

Far Stranger is to be released 30th September.

Upcoming Shows

September 17th 2016 – Lounge 41, Workington

September 22nd 2016 – The Three Tuns, Gateshead

September 23rd 2016 – Crescent Vaults, Manchester

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Pete RingMaster 14/09/2016

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Greyhaven – State Of Mind

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Finding an inventive and commanding middle ground between the raw intensity of metal and the anthemic infectiousness of alternative rock with a firm dash of post hardcore involved, British quintet Greyhaven recently uncaged their new EP State Of Mind. It is an encounter which roars and serenades ears and imagination in equal measure; bullying and seducing the senses with seven explosive and imposingly compelling proposals.

London based, Greyhaven formed early 2015 and soon earned a potent reputation for a live presence which has seen the band play alongside the likes of Create To Inspire, Idols Of Apathy, Vera Grace, and The Afterparty. Their first year also the release of debut EP The Flood, a well-received introduction which solidly set the band out as one to watch. State Of Mind suggests much more as it reveals Greyhaven taking new strides in songwriting and sound with riveting results.

Recorded with Dan Kerr (Shields, Create To Inspire, Despite my Deepest Fear), State Of Mind is a tempest of anthemic intensity and sound aligned to mellower moments of melodic intimacy. From opening suggestive instrumental Sinners a sense of creative and emotive drama blossoms in ears, the track growing in predacious shadows and poetic charm before it eventually drifts into the waiting jaws and rousing tempestuousness of Hexes. As guitarists Alex Hills and Jim White weave a tapestry of descriptive riffs and melodic tendrils in tandem with similarly potent keys, the raw throated growl of bassist Edd Kerton explodes to be subsequently replaced by the impressive clean and emotive tones of vocalist Sam Paterson. Tapestry is the best word for the song, so many elements across the band bred with imagination and interwoven in a proposal which never stops revealing new essences and shades of tone in every listen.

greyhaven_cover_artworkCopyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyrightIt is a craft and prowess which applies to all songs within the release to be fair, the following Darkest Hour swift confirmation as a great growling bassline from Kerton and the merciless swings of drummer Connor Tate link up with the harmonious delivery of Paterson and the emotive melodies which embrace ears. A fiery solo only adds to the imposing yet captivating drama shaping the song, again each minute a cauldron of enterprise breeding new adventures with every encounter.

There are familiar elements to the Greyhaven sound which suggest inspirations from the likes of Architects and Alexisonfire, and maybe are most openly apparent within the excellent On & On, though they are spices quickly engulfed in the band’s own eager imagination. The source of the band’s new video, the track leaps around and burns like a sonic fire, the guitars licking at the senses with melodic heat as rhythms crackle at the core amidst vocally coloured flames.

From one powerful persuasion to another as the highly infectious Our Stand steps forward next, its proposal bruising and magnetic as Paterson shines within another storm of metallic predation and emotionally inflamed contagion as savage as it is rousing as it is pop lined infectious. That lighter air also frequents successor Brother, though again Greyhaven infuse it into a creative and musical ferocity which almost venomously snarls. The song adds another shade to the sound and songwriting of the band, its catchiness an inescapable lure perfectly courted by a barbarous intent headed by Kerton’s toxically grouchy growls.

Closed by a thoroughly enjoyable acoustic version of The Flood, the title track of that first EP, State Of Mind proves and further suggests that Greyhaven is heading towards becoming a potent part of the British heavy rock scene. Already they have provided two releases no one should ignore.

State Of Mind is out now via Outsider Records across most online stores.

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Eujenics – Alec Guinness

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Having already given the year a striking event with the release of their acclaimed debut EP, Humanism, British alternative rock band Eujenics have quickly backed it up with new single Alec Guinness. Their most forceful and dynamic track yet, which is going some such the quality of said EP and previous singles, the release is a rousing and fiery slice of rock ‘n’ roll from a band it is becoming increasingly easy to suggest real success lies ahead for.

Hailing from Sunderland, Eujenics formed in 2015 and quickly stirred up eager attention with their first pair of singles. Together the September and December respectively released Meniscus and Kalashnikov provided a potent and attention grabbing introduction to the quartet, though it was as part of the four-track Humanism EP uncaged this past February , that they really helped ignite a new wave of eager acclaim and new fans. Live too, Eujenics has become an eagerly praised and sought proposition, sharing stages with bands such as Dead!, Despite My Deepest Fear, Edenthorn, Massa Confusa, and Deadfire over the past months.

Now it is Alec Guinness ready to make a striking impact and follow its predecessors in luring strong radio play around the country. Straight away it has ears and imagination lured as vocalist Nic Wood melancholically sighs alone. His emotive coaxing is soon engulfed with pungent rhythms and growling riffs though, his expression continuing to ooze emotive angst as the tenaciously anthemic beats of Adam Hay grip and tendrils of bluesy guitar entwine the senses. In the belly of it all as the song shares its roar, there is also a virulent rumble with the pulsating resonance of David Scott’s  prowling bass in prime position as guitarist Chris Hanna weaves an evocative and often incendiary tapestry of blues, stoner, and psych rock imagination.

The first single from a new upcoming EP, the track is quite irresistible; as antagonistic as it is seductive, as ferocious as it is dramatically flirtatious and as suggested a track to really put Eujenics on the radar of many more. Alec Guinness, man and song, continues to be one mighty inspiration.

Alec Guinness is available now @ https://eujenics.bandcamp.com/track/alec-guinness

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Pete RingMaster 13/04/2016

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Eujenics – Humanism EP

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Two singles last year alerted ears to the creative prowess and imagination feeding adventure of UK alternative rockers Eujenics, songs which laid the seeds to eager attention upon the newly formed Sunderland band. Now together with a pair of new offerings they form debut EP Humanism, a powerful confirmation of the potential in those early tracks further charged with a greater fire of sound and impassioned intensity.

Formed in 2015, Eujenics quickly made an impact last September with debut single Meniscus, a mark quickly reinforced by its successor Kalashnikov two months later and a potent live presence which has seen them already share stages with the likes of Dead!, Despite My Deepest Fear, Edenthorn, Massa Confusa, and Deadfire. From Humanism alone it is easy to sense and suspect that 2016 is going to be a big year for the striking band, a time of big steps and rewards and an increase in expectations upon them such the impressive broad introduction to the band for a great many more by their EP.

art_RingMaster ReviewLooking at those two aforementioned singles alone within Humanism, it provides a powerful and rousing proposal to get the teeth into. Meniscus immediately entwines ears in a strand of sonic temptation with guitarist Chris Hanna’s bait a spicy coaxing on its own but becoming even more powerful once aligned to the gnarly tone of David Scott’s bass and the rapier like swipes of drummer Adam Hay. The early grooves only seem to escalate in enticement and alluring drama as the climate of the song becomes sonically muggier, vocalist Nic Wood lighting it with his angst soaked tones and expression. There is an air of bands like Manic Street Preachers and Mind Museum to the increasingly eventful and dynamic roar of the song and release, and a contagion to its heart and character which is inescapable. The track is superb and very easy to see why it made such a potent impact last year.

Kalashnikov is an even darker and more rapaciously intensive offering which starts with the predacious growl of the bass as it steps into view. Beats soon begin to stalk the senses too as a sonic mist brews and subsequently erupts in a blaze of acidic tendrils and melodic magnetism. As emotion oozes from the delivery of Woods, things relax a touch but boil again as a tempestuous climate and presence emerges. For all its volatile nature though, catchiness flirts from its gait and the grouchy but inviting hooks which line the outstanding explosive roar of sound and emotion.

Both tracks hint at stoner-esque hues which certainly come to the surface of Culled. It is a fiery canter revelling in a heavy rock ‘n’ roll breeding though in no time it provides its own individual emotion drenched drama through masterfully blending evocative melodies and aggressive angst into its striking sound and body. The further into its creative bellow the more virulently infectious and resourcefully unpredictable it becomes, ending on a finale which leaps at the listener to get the body physically involved.

The last song to explore on the EP is Eviscerate, a track seemingly nurtured from the same seeds as Kalashnikov such its dark intensive bass led start but quickly revealing its own swampy smog of sonic enticement with a touch of fellow Brits, Morass Of Molasses to it. As compelling as anything upon Humanism, it is also the most intimidating in weight and intensity without defusing the strength of the sonic tempting and melodic tenacity which as much as anything sears songs in to the psyche.

If you have already been greedy with Eujenic’s first pair of songs then the EP will only elevate the excitement and enjoyment so far felt whilst for newcomers, Humanism is a major alert to one of the most exciting bands to emerge in British rock ‘n’ roll this past year or so.

The Humanism EP is released February 13th at a launch show at the Independent in Sunderland. Also playing will be Waste Of Space, Grayce., and PussyWillowFurryVenus. Tickets are £4 and available from the bands or at http://eujenics.bigcartel.com/

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Pete RingMaster 03/02/2016

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Despite My Deepest Fear – Selfish Generation

It has been two years since UK melodic metalcore sextet Despite My Deepest Fear released their very well-received Make Or Break EP; time which, on the evidence of its successor Selfish Generation, has seen the band dig deeper into their imagination, uncap bolder adventure in their songwriting, and hone their sound into one fiercely enjoyable incitement. Their new EP is an attention grabbing protagonist, a carnivorous beast with a seductive heart as able to chew up and spit out the senses as it is uncaging an enthralment of melody rich temptation. With maybe major originality arguably not as potent as all its other aspects, the six track involvement suggests there is still the big potential of richer and more unique treats to be come from the band off of the back of this impressive encounter, that alone exciting to be honest such the impressiveness of Selfish Generation.

Formed in 2010, London hailing Despite My Deepest Fear drew on inspiration from the likes of We Came As Romans and The Devil Wears Prada in the creating of their dramatic and enjoyably invasive sound. The Make Or Break EP awoke a host of new fans and appetites for its flavoursome confrontation, its success emulating and stretched again by a live presence which has seen the band make acclaimed appearances at festivals like Breakout in 2014 and Camden Rocks this year, undertake a UK headline tour and a series of dates across Europe with Italians Hopes Die Last. Fair to say Selfish Generation has been an eagerly awaited and anticipated proposal which now here, is sure only to stir up stronger spotlights and greedy attention upon the band.

DMDF SG Front Cover_RingMaster Review     Selfish Generation opens up with its title track and indeed new single/video, immediately cupping ears in a rich emotive melody and a slightly portentous atmosphere, within which guitars weave a web of intrigue in league with the drama of keys. In no time the hostile nature of the track erupts, the stabbing riffs and spicy grooves sprung by Arron Yarrow and Olly Meager laying welcome siege to the senses along with the grouchy rhythms and harsh vocal squalls. There is a familiarity to the tempestuousness of the song but equally a fresh and individual character too which is more accentuated by the clean vocals and developing swinging gait of the track. We cannot say which of Ryan Endacott and Nick Nowak provide the coarse and mellow vocal persuasions but each is swiftly impressive and a striking texture in the roar of the track and indeed release.

The following F.Y.F continues with the shadowed air and noir toned ambience of its predecessor but sculpting its own furious and rousing incitement aligned again to flowing melodies and evocative contagion. The barbarous beats of drummer Toby Barnswarda take no prisoners to match the primal attitude of riffs, whilst bassist Julian Murray conjures an alluring shadowing to it all which perpetually grips ears and sparks further predation within the tempest. As across all proposals within Selfish Generation, it is a superbly bred and blended collusion of contrasts, the savagery intricately and seamlessly merged with creative and impassioned brutality; Stranded instant back-up of that success with its initial electronic shimmer within elegant keys subsequently overwhelmed by caustic assaults from riffs and rhythms led by the blaze of raw vocals. Nevertheless the calmer and beauteous elements are still working away, springing through the ebbs and flows of the antagonism to breathe heart spawned reflection and air into the turbulence. The track is constantly a revolving proposition, its body sweeping fluidly through its weave of emotions and enterprise to continue the mighty start of the EP.

The Repressed follows suit in design whilst creating its own insatiable theatre of power, craft, and increasing drama. It does not quite match up to the earlier successes on the release yet is a mighty lure in its inventive brutality and resourceful enticing through the melodic maze which emerges whilst its successor Infinite, unleashes a hellacious brawl with the capability of opening up moments of virulently catchy temptation. Where it wins though is in the full diversity making up these opposites, the invention blurring their lines and skilfully uniting them in one of the major peaks within the EP.

The release is brought to a formidable close by Long Way Home; Despite My Deepest Fear as now expected invading the listener with rabid energy and hostile craft, unveiling a fascinating weave of melodic and sonic imagination throughout, here with a deep rooted exotic hue and seduction to its imagination. The track provides a tremendous conclusion to Selfish Generation, a final thrilling and skilled slab of ferocity and craft.

Despite My Deepest Fear have returned with a bang, with a release which suggests they are heading towards being one of those doing the inspiring whilst providing this year with one of its most enjoyable metalcore offerings.

The self-released Selfish Generation EP is out now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/selfish-generation-ep/id1048897037

January 2016 Tour dates:

15.01.15 Northampton – The Racehorse

16.01.15 Manchester – AATMA

17.01.15 Glasgow – Audio

18.01.15 Newcastle – Think Tank

19.01.15 Birmingham – The Rainbow

20.01.15 Basingstoke – Sanctuary

21.01.15 Plymouth – Underground

22.01.15 Swansea – The Scene 2

23.01.15 Bridgwater – Cobblestones

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Pete RingMaster 03/12/2015

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