Idols Of Apathy – Life Lessons

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Truly standing out in the vast horde of metal bands with a hellacious bully of a sound seems to get harder and harder with every passing year and diversely brutal release. Originality is a premium numerous touch upon, often impressively, and few rarely blossom to something which really does stand alone and become the inspirer rather than the inspired. British extreme /tech metallers Idols Of Apathy fall into the former with their sound, but equally strongly impress with their five track tempest of fury and raw ingenuity, the Life Lessons EP. The release is a volatile and skilfully invasive proposition which never leaves a moment dulled by a lack of imagination and passion, qualities woven in with recognisable hues to suggest that influences breed as much of the band’s invention as their own explorations. At the same time though, the highly enjoyable Life Lessons leaves ears and appetite fiercely attentive as a rich fuel of potential hints of even bigger and individually bolder things ahead as Idols Of Apathy evolve.

Idols Of Apathy Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review   Bursting from the Essex landscape in 2013, Idols Of Apathy were soon stirring up a potent local fan base, spreading further afield once they swiftly released debut single Deceiver. Its success was backed by first EP Unheard Words, which was recorded by Dan Keer. Picking up strong national and media recognition, it was the spark to the band sharing stages, to continuing acclaim, alongside the likes of Climates, Canvas, Lock & Key, Shields, Sworn In, Continents, Create to Inspire, Carcer City, and Falling With Style amongst many more. It is easy to see similar and bigger responses to the release and persuasion of Life Lessons coming up, and though it might not roar from that plateau of major originality it powerfully gives the already strong reputation of the band a new shot in the arm.

The release opens with Bipolar, a song inspired by vocalist Jack Dervish’s own condition and living up to its title in sound and character from its first evocative breath. In no time the inviting coaxing is an anger driven and heart spawned tearing of the senses, with a sound seemingly drawing on the savage intensity and hues of a Slipknot, Devil Driver, or As I Lay Dying. The lethal swings of drummer Stuart Roche resonate like masonry through ears and bone whilst the raw vocal invasion of Dervish, backed as strongly by guitarist Dean Chignell especially with his eventful clean tones, abrase and entice simultaneously. It is the web of invasive grooves and technical imagination from Chignell and fellow guitarists Tom Johnston and Joe Gregory that majorly helps turn a very decent track become a striking offering, their entwining enterprise helping the EP get off to an immense and impressive start.

The great creative irritability and hostile dynamics of the first song continues in the following Addiction, its trespass an insatiable incursion into the senses but bolder in its embrace of provocative ambiences and ‘mellower’ textures led again by clean vocals. The song itself jerks around at times like it has creative Saint Vitus Dance, twisting and lurching from idea to carnivorous intent with seamless and eventful prowess. The bass of Elliott Black is a predator in the mix, his lines and lures bestial, and though not always as open in the mix as in the first song are always there tempering or inciting the calmer and fiercer moments.

Once A Cheat / Always comes next, smothering ears in an atmospheric angst around similarly driven vocals before spilling its own animus of sound and emotion. The scything strokes of one guitar collude with a net of off-kilter sonic from another as the track blossoms a turbulence which merges moments of rich catchiness with winds of blustery causticity; the technical craft and ideation of the band from all angles ensuring predictability is an unused issue.

The scent of Whitechapel meets Revocation of the track merges with the rancorous intensity of the following Backstabber too, lining the melodic expression lighting up a track which maybe does not make the same initial impact as earlier propositions within Life Lessons but comes into its thrilling own over time and listens. It is an increasingly virulent tapestry of crippling rhythms and spiky guitar intrusiveness bursting with resourceful vitality and physical tenacity from across the board before leaving Lessons Learnt to bring the EP to an imposing like-minded and pleasing close. As well as essences which savage as old friends, there is an element of similarity between songs in certain areas but always saved from dominating things by the turbulent adventure the band builds each track upon. Whereas its predecessor’s assault was sonic and lyrical venom, the final track feels like it is an understanding incitement, melodic and harmonic essences a hug around the shoulder giving a reassurance echoing the words shared, though it still snarls and bites like a rabid beast too.

Idols Of Apathy is a band destined to more and greater attention, a suggestion hard to resist making on the evidence of the excellent Life Lessons, and if they can find that real element of originality too, the real potential of big things ahead.

The Life Lessons EP is available from December 4th.

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Pete RingMaster 04/12/2015

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From Her Eyes – Demons

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From Her Eyes may be young in age, its members just slipping out of their teens, but there is a maturity to their sound which instantly impresses as it belies their youth and ensures the Welsh metalcore band is a thoroughly captivating proposition. The release of their debut EP Demons reinforces an already keen buzz for the band whilst taking their presence to a national level to, it is easy to expect, similarly eager but ultimately wider attention growing up around them.

Formed in 2012, the Bridgend consists of school friends Tom Owen (vocals), James Kearle (guitar), Jesse Simmonds (bass) and Gary Holley (drums). From Her Eyes since day one has been a rigorously active proposition, sharing stages with the likes of One Last Breath, Red Seas Fire, Continents, When We Were Wolves, Set to Break, and Reaper in Sicily amongst hordes of shows before settling down to create their first release. That saw the band linking up with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) at Bandit Studios to record Demons with the resulting EP a compelling and gripping slice of voracious angst fuelled metal.

The EP opens up with brief instrumental Decay, a haunting piece with elegant guitar craft coaxing ears and imagination within a brooding air of portentous persuasion. More subtle than dramatic and beautifully crafted, the track is a From Her Eyes Cover Artworkmagnet into the release and the following Comatose. From its first breath the vocal delivery and narrative of Owen is an impassioned presence which roars within an immediately enticing web of sonic and rhythmic enterprise. There is ruggedness to the beats of Holley and riffs of Kearle whilst Simmonds unveils a heavy throated lure from his bass which only adds to the weight and presence of the track. To that muscular intent though the acidic melodies and sonic weaving brings a vibrant colour and strained charm which exposes the strength and invention of the band in songwriting and sound impressively.

From that mighty proposition the releaser grows another level with Porcelain, its gentle initial coaxing where again melodies seduce and intrigue with their emotive hues, leading into a tempestuous storm of heavily descending rhythms and abrasing riffs. An additional squall of anger to that offered by Owen makes an imposing and pleasing pressure whilst the song almost flirts with the antagonism that rages with every beat and chord. As in its predecessor though, in the wall of confrontation there is elegant veining which is as dramatic in its evocative presence as the brawling endeavours surrounding its beauty. The track is outstanding, easily the best on the release and another potent reason why From Her Eyes is being touted as a big event waiting to happen.

The next up Disillusionist is a rawer abrasion than the previous tracks, though it too is equipped with intelligent and intricate sonic suasion. It does lack the spark of those earlier songs with its hostile breath overpowering the previously perfect blend of rage and elegance but it still makes for a stirring and riveting incitement to keep the release firmly entrenched in attention and appetite.

Elysium with its post hardcore resonance is a brief respite from the rage of the last song but it too is lacking something to make it spark in the passions. Despite that its masterful sculpting is a draw in its own right to ready ears and emotions for the final evocative tide of the title track. The last song’s first touch is a controlled but turbulent wash of heavy swiping rhythms and vivacious sonic enticing which swiftly enslaves the senses before its finds a sturdier antipathy. It is a powerful and robust finale infused with the richly appealing melodic lacing and sonic colouring which sets the band apart from the majority of the metalcore crowd, though still not quite enough for the band to find its own distinct corner. The song also features Lucas Woodland, the vocalist from Falling With Style. His presence and excellent clean tones highlights the only wish to be had with the EP, a bolder variety to the vocals. Owen is impressive but as with seemingly the majority of metalcore seeded bands there is an aversion to temper or fuse the raging single minded roars of passion with something openly different. If there is one band which could do it to striking success though, on the evidence of the last song, it is From Her Eyes.

The song is an excellent end to a similarly impressive release. Demons will push From Her Eyes into a richer attentive spotlight and the country will embrace their debut with relish, that is surely a given so now it is up to the band to take it to the next highly anticipated level.

The Demons EP is available now @ https://fromhereyes.bandcamp.com/

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8.5/10

RingMaster 26/08/2014

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