Papertowns. – With You In Mind

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Being a simple soul, it has been hard to understand how a band can start with one genre and suddenly change to embrace a distinctly different one. Assumptions would be they start with the style/direction that lights their fires and continues to evolve it to fulfil their potential with the hope of success. There are probably numerous examples of artists doing this that are escaping thoughts as fingers click keys, but undoubtedly Ministry is the most obvious example. You can be sure many do it to chase the success and bucks, though something you cannot accuse the Al Jourgensen band of nor we would suggest Papertowns., a US band according to the press release for their new EP also undertaking that kind of change, though maybe not quite as massive a leap. The Arizonia quintet formed in 2012 as a hardcore provocation but last year after a line-up change “decided to change their genre in hopes of creating a more sharable form of music that not only they could enjoy, but many others could enjoy as well.” How potent their sound was before we cannot say but the band’s new release suggests that with their now emo/angst fuelled rock they are a band to keep an eye on.

Hailing from Phoenix, Papertowns. released their debut release the following year in the shape of Passion/Aggression EP. It was followed and supported by the five-piece going on tour across the southern half of America with Vices and Hotel Books. As mentioned 2014 saw the band undergo a personnel change and subsequently the reassessment of their future leading to the big change in sound. It was not long before they took to the studio to create their new/first offering since the shift. Recorded with engineer/producer Zachary Rippy, the With You In Mind EP has emerged as an attention sparking and flavoursome proposal. How existing fans will have taken to the move only they can say but for newcomers the release, via Famined Records who the band signed with also last year, makes for an intriguing enjoyment.

WYIMFront     Drift Away is the first track from the EP to entice ears, guitar and mellow vocals a gentle, reflective, and slightly sombre initial caress. A brief engagement in length, the track is soon becomes an impassioned roar of vocal anxiety and sonic intensity which subsequently drifts away allowing the following Late Night to step forward with its own mix of melody rich contemplation and tempestuous emotion. Never anything less than stormy, the song still makes a warm and inventive entrance, guitars spinning an engaging and volatile web of sound and expression matched by vocals which at times wander a little but essentially provide another strong emotive flame to the proposition. A great throaty bass line throbs throughout whilst drum rhythms do not intrude with any real venom yet are snappy when needed to be. As the EP eventually emulates, the song is an appealing further introduction to the band, one with a few unsure elements but with far more promise which outweighs their deficiencies whilst sparking an appetite for the band’s enterprise.

Next up is Change, its modest first touch soon a wiry enticing of sonic imagination and spicy melodies courted by a much more forceful rhythmic coaxing. Vocals again are swiftly at the scene and impressively blossoming as they expand to fill the climactic sky of the fuzzily warm and slightly caustic incitement. In no time the track shows a stronger endeavour and imagination than its predecessors, creating enthralling aural scenery around its melancholic narrative and ensuring its three minutes simply fly by.

Empty similarly casts a weave of varied sonic endeavour, the diversely seeded strands entwining around firm rhythms and another vocal display which is especially vibrant when harmonies and multiple voices converge on the senses. The shimmering sultry air of the song is magnetic whilst the turn to a predatory intent through riffs and beats is captivating, though the success is diminished a touch by the closing raw ire hitting voice and sound. Nevertheless there is plenty to be fascinated by and to find keen interest for, reinforced by the spiralling melodic intensity and provocative atmosphere of Dusk which serenades with feisty energy and unpredictable emotion next. It is another song which finds a greater inventiveness and creative intensity, holding ears and thoughts with ease. The warmth of the songs as here, is never given an easy ride by the sonic and emotive turbulence driving each encounter, but again in the penultimate song on the EP makes for a pulsating and potent embrace.

Final song Old Days is a tapestry of guitar enterprise and individual prowess, a showing of rich craft within one last cauldron of emotional unrest. It is an enthralling end to a strong release and though With You In Mind did not have the passions on fire, it is fair to say that as a first glimpse at the new direction of Davy Comyns, Dillon Clinton, Harrison Miller, Jordan Leal, and Jonathan Brown, it makes a healthy and pleasing base for further adventures and enjoyments.

The With You In Mind EP is available now via Famined Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/with-you-in-mind-ep/id982975869

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RingMaster 13/05/2015

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Amber Sea – Infantile Vision

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Alongside the full enjoyment Infantile Vision offers one prominent thought is, if their debut is this good just how impressive and potent can French progressive metallers Amber Sea, become. The furiously gripping EP from the Lille band is not perfect, at times its tsunami of invention and imagination bordering on bedlamic tendencies, but for every minor niggle in its chaotic tenacity there is a maelstrom of appetite igniting ingenuity. The attention grabbing five track fury is mouth-watering, and the band’s future subsequently even more so, but right now with their turbulent take on progressive metalcore, Amber Sea have announced themselves as more than a cut above similar creatively driven bands.

The release opens with White Materia: Sideral, and an enchanting caress of piano within a shadowed ambience. Clean vocals add to the warmth of the song’s entrance, crisper heavier beats only enhancing the atmosphere as the song slowly steels itself for an impending tempest. Soon vocals squalls from Matt Rouland rage and the muscular swipes of drummer Guy Tornel assault, the eruption an instant intimidation. Just as pungent are the throaty tones of Axel Richet’s bass, its grouchy touch the perfect ally to the twisted enterprise and sonic invention of guitarist Kevin Chesnais. It is striking stuff, if not yet majorly surprising, though the already impressive and enjoyable diversity to and mix of vocals, clean and hostile, has thoughts and emotions absorbed by song and its blossoming originality. Comfortable raging and bruising the senses or serenading them, the track entangles djent ferocity and death metal viciousness with progressive and melodic toxicity, the result one heavily engaging and commanding song.

Things only grow bigger inventively and impress more as Deci (Mate) takes over, to be followed by the just as exciting Violette. The first of the two has no need of a gentle persuasion in its AS_infantile_vision_ep_cover (300 DPI)start, thumping beats and squirming sonic acidity surrounding ears as Rouland unleashes his guttural belligerent might. Featuring Chris Barretto of Monuments, the song proceeds to savage and charm with spurts of melodic calm and seduction amidst a hellacious landscape of riffs and rhythms. Enticing grooves and deeply rooting hooks are no strangers to the storm either, both offering tempering persuasion within the corrosive atmosphere. Eventually welcoming a wonderful passage of melodic mystique and eye of the storm beauty, the track emerges as the best of the EP, a destructive beast with at times the warmth and peace of a sunrise. Its outstanding successor also uncages venom dripping snarls and bewitching radiance, all within unpredictable and severely tempestuous scenery. As the previous track, it roars and blusters, smooches and prowls around the listener, coming at them from numerous angles and twists of ideation simultaneously. In the hands of another you imagine things would unravel and fall into that chaotic well of going too far, but Amber Sea hold everything which bursts from their minds and skills with superbly accomplishment and riveting craft.

The song’s at times poetic drama makes way for Shinigami, a serpentine trespass of ears and psyche but prone to lapses of melodic and exotic imagination. As proven by all songs, its deep avenues of ideas, sounds, and ferocious enterprise are not suited to one or two listens, but offers ever massing rewards for a concentrated attention whilst confirming Amber Sea as a band destined to and deserving now of enthused intrigue and full attention.

The release is brought to a close by Black Materia: Meteor. Including a guest appearance of Pierre Dane from Kadinja, the track rages and infests the senses with debilitating noise and vocal spite from its first breath. The ever pleasing vocal depth and diversity shines but is courted by the jagged surface of the riffs and the erosive intensity of the song in general, whilst keys paint a warmer hue to the forceful lyrical narrative and intent.

It is fair to say that every twist and turn, surface and corner of Infantile Vision is forcibly impressive, every listen ironing out more of the pernickety ‘issues’ which could be offered up. Such the pleasure and welcome surprise incited by Amber Sea and their introduction to the world, a full recommendation of they and their excellent debut is all that is left to say, especially to fans of bands such as Architects, Monuments, Periphery, and Gojira.

Infantile Vision is available from February 10th via Famined Records @ http://www.victorymerch.com/merch/packages/56429/amber-sea-infantile-vision-shirt-free-download-package

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RingMaster 10/02/2015

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