Brightlight City – Adventures EP

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The Adventures EP is a proposition which might not be going to set the rock world ablaze but with three tracks of virulent alternative/melodic rock, the new release from Brit tunesmiths Brightlight City is still likely to be a greedily devoured feel good encounter. It is one of those incitements easy to turn to for an energetic and feistily contagious time. It is not changing the landscape of rock ‘n’ roll but definitely the release gives it a healthy dose of feisty enterprise.

The Surrey quintet began in 2014, swiftly releasing a trio of songs and embarking on mini tours across the UK. Inspirations come from the likes of Hundred Reasons, Million Dead, Foals, Yourcodenameis:milo, At the Drive-In, Refused, Biffy Clyro, and Jimmy Eat World, spices evident in the band’s debut EP Breaking Straight Lines which was recorded with producer Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Fightstar, We Are The Ocean, Reuben) and released last October. Now the band unveils its successor, Adventures, which was also recorded with Wilson. As its title hints at, the new EP explores new aspects to the band’s sound; the band recently commenting on the release with “Adventures is an EP, as the title suggests, that takes the listener on an adventure; stories of late nights, life, death, love and society all set against the instrumental back drop of a massive alternative rock sound.”

Adventures Artwork iTunes    The release opens with new single The Finish Line, and instantly sparkling guitar bait is sunning itself in the imagination as rhythms provide a sturdy and darker company. The vocals of Jamie Giarraputo similarly are a warm and vibrant invitation, nestling perfectly in the weave of enterprise cast by guitarists Justin Giarraputo and Jono Staunton. The track strolls along with an endearing quality and a catchiness which really sparks in the addictive chorus whilst the resonating bass of Dan Stubberfield adds further potent magnetism alongside the punchy beats of Ben Bell which punctuate all the hooks and melodies with relish.

The following I’m Only Good At Adventures backs up the impressive start to the EP with its own infectious swing and dance on ears. Once more hooks and melodies seduce, though with less impacting bait than found in its predecessor. Nevertheless the song is an easy to consume and get involved with proposal of rock ‘n’ roll warming up ears and appetite for the outstanding closing track.

Reaction is superb, from its opening earthy groove and dirty riffs attention seizing bait which never loosens its grip even when slipping into a slow caress of voice and melodies. It is just the teaser though for the contagion to follow, bass and beats prowling with a glint in their eyes as guitars spin a web of imaginative melody clad temptation. Vocally Jamie Giarraputo is just as magnetic, his delivery carrying a gentle swagger to match the bass groove and sonic devilry seducing ears and imagination. Jimmy Eat World is mentioned as an inspiration and there is no escaping the similar potency of hooks and enterprise within the song to the US band’s greatest moments.

The track is irresistible and brings an excellent release to a masterful close. Listening to the Adventures EP, it does feel like Brightlight City is still searching for their truly unique sound. When it happens though and if songs carry the same qualities discovered on this new encounter, it is hard to imagine anything stopping a global success.

The Adventures EP is out digitally from May 11th and physically on the 15th May.

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RingMaster 11/05/2015

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Phoenix Calling – Forget Your Ghosts

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You may have been recently caught up in the growing buzz around UK rockers Phoenix Calling through the release of the singles Everybody Knows and just recently Wasted. It has been attention brewing up for the Cambridgeshire quintet for a while now thanks to their live performances and the Waves EP of early 2014, and sure to gain new acceleration with the release of the band’s debut album Forget Your Ghosts. A collection of seriously accomplished and captivating melodic rock encounters, the album provides evidence of a band with the talent and potential to make a major mark on the UK rock scene, and itself give it a healthy impressive nudge to start widespread awareness off.

Formed in 2012, the Peterborough band draw on inspirations from the likes of Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, and Fightstar to colour their instinctively infectious sound. With a musicianship as flavoursome as their music, Phoenix Calling able too potently play over fifteen different instruments as a collective unit, the band as mentioned released a pair of eagerly received singles earlier this year, tasters for the album which have alone sparked a fresh and broader appetite for the band’s presence. The first of the two songs alone received airplay on nearly 80 stations across the globe. This has been complimented before and since by a live presence which is just as eagerly praised and supported, the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore, White Clouds and Gunfire, and Under the Influence amongst many sharing stages with Phoenix Calling whilst the band itself has also headlined the main stage at Peterborough’s Willow Festival and played the BBC Introducing Stage at Cambridge Rock Fest. Now it is the turn of Forget Your Ghosts to stir up a fuss, something it will surely do with its thick and open qualities.

The album opens with Ab Initio, and proof that if you are going to make the opening track an instrumental intro it works so much better if it makes some kind of call to arms that lures ears and imagination into eager readiness for the upcoming adventure. That is exactly what Phoenix Calling achieve, guitars alone a tangy seducing which has appetite and intrigue hungry for the appearance of the following Hold Onto Glory which emerges from the sonic wind of the opener. The same flavoured hooks and grooves instantly again come into play as do warm melodies which welcome the vocal prowess of Steve Chapman backed by the also strong tones of guitarist Dom Greenwood. The latter and Martyn Hilliam are just as swift in unveiling fiery tendrils of sonic enterprise and raw riffery within the rhythmically striking encounter too, it all uniting in one strongly enticing and richly satisfying start to the album.

PC-FYG-artwork   Traces steps up next and the thumping beats of drummer Benedict Greenwood straight away mark the song, sinew swung swings and precise timing strong bait within a quickly growing emotive atmosphere. Vocals and guitars spin a colourful incitement to the awakening exploit whilst an emerging dark bassline from Jason Howard lays magnetic shadows in the sonic and melodic blaze skilfully conjured by the band. As its predecessor, there arguably are few real surprises within the song but its freshness and creative vitality brings a gripping persuasion which again floods Awakening, another short potent piece which really is the introduction to the excellent Bring The Roof Down. With an epic feel to its climate and an intimacy to its quieter reflections, the song is a tangle of keenly striding beats, flowing melodies, and spicy hooks, all switching and uniting across the anthemic and dramatic cry of the track.

Hitting a new plateau for the album, it is emulated by the two recent singles which come next, starting with Wasted Life. As the last song there is a skilled and attention grabbing mix of contrasting textures combining for an infectious slice of pop rock, rhythms the aggressive bait within a cloak of harmonic and sonic adventure. Group roars and emotively honed expression only add to the lure of the song, a mix similarly seeded but differently explored in the outstanding Everybody Knows. As contagious as it is melodically raucous, the song ignites ears and emotions with consummate ease with rich flames of impassioned and enthralling enterprise built on technical tenacity.

Both the rhythmically pungent Other Side and the virulently infectious We Were Young keep ears excited and a highly pleasing inventiveness coming; the second of the two especially dramatic in sound and imagination whilst their successor Angel provides a more subdued but emotionally fiery presence. With intensely firm beats and a melancholic bass tone, there is still that emotional energy which almost rumbles within the fiery croon of the song. Mellower it might be but in impact the track is as potent as any on Forget Your Ghosts.

     Still We Wait installs itself as a favourite next with its muscular and rugged landscape of rhythms, and an energy which stokes feet and emotions into action within moments. The most imposing and robust track on the album it does not sell the listener short on rich melodies and spicy imagination either, arguably emerging as the most rounded and potent song on the release.

The closing These Days provides a final creative bluster to devour happily but it is after the blast of stark and haunting sonic wind when the song comes alive, the track returning with new colour and seductive intensity to leave ears and emotions basking.

Though a few times there is some sameness between elements of different songs and the occasional familiarity to outside offerings which keeps the band nearer to the crowd then it could be, Forget Your Ghosts does everything right in providing a fascinating and increasingly pleasing proposition. It feels like this is the start of the true rise of Phoenix Calling, and the perfect place for all to climb on board.

Forget Your Ghosts is available now via The Fort Records on CD and digitally through most online stores.

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RingMaster 28/04/2015

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I, The Lion – Run

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With a creative roar to their music to match the suggestiveness of their name, UK rock band I, The Lion have earned the reputation for not only being one of the hardest working live bands around right now but for creating tracks which increasingly captivate attention. The Cheltenham trio are doing it again with the release of new EP Run, a four-track stomp which pleases on the first listen and continues to impress from thereon in. Tagged as post punk but with a sound more like a raw breed of alternative rock, with a healthy edge and whisper of Reuben to it, band and new release come flushed with potential and a fiery enterprise showing why the strong buzz around the band.

Formed in 2011, I, The Lion as mentioned have made a potent mark on the British rock live scene, undertaking numerous tours and sharing stages with the likes of Gallows, DZ Deathrays, Three Trapped Tigers, Talons, and Emp!re amongst many. Through releases too the band has made a steadily increasing mark, their first single released barely a month after the band emerged, stirring up over a thousand downloads whilst debut EP Tides and Tales emulated and surpassed its success soon after. Now the band is unleashing the Run EP, a proposition recorded with Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Reuben, Fightstar) at Stakeout Studios in London. I, The Lion have already sparked up potent anticipation for its unveiling through lead single Hold Strong, a track debuted it at the 2000 Trees Festival where they it gave out for free, all of its copies going in under 30 seconds after their successful performance.

With song lyrics built around a central theme “of trying to get away and create something new and real”, as marked by the EP’s title, the encounter opens with that recent single. Hold Strong Run EP Cover - FINALswiftly lures in ears and focus through its laid back but jabbing rhythmic opening, increasing the bait as the almost dirty riffs of Elliot Withers add to the broadening shadowed scenery of the song. Vocalist Chris Evans brings his strong tones to the emerging narrative of the song next, as well as a great dark bassline which sparks another twinge of appetite for the already intriguing encounter. Harmonies across the band spread additional spice but cannot help the song find the spark it needs which leaves it a little flat initially. This is resolved once an unexpected lull triggers a new invention in the song though, vocals and melodies a melancholic yet vibrant lure leading to a raging enterprise of aggression and tenacity. From here on in the swinging rhythms of drummer Nathan Priday are virulently contagious as is the delicious hook which repeats with insatiable strength across the remainder of the EPs excellent start.

Not to be outdone, the following Icarus reveals its own addictive lure from its first breath, the hook inescapable bait setting up ears and imagination perfectly for the feisty endeavour of the song. That opening temptation expands its call with a more flouncy enterprise but without losing its potency as a grizzly bassline and expressive vocals joins its magnetic persuasion. Never really relaxing or exploding, though it too offers a tantalising respite mid-way, the song makes a good first impression but simply grows in weight and success with subsequent listens, that Reuben essence mentioned earlier a definite plus.

Man Made of Mice strolls along with a pop punk melodic colouring to its sturdy and imposing stride, bass and guitar aligning for a reserved but voracious proposal within the muscular frame of Priday’s rhythms and the straight talking vocals. Flushed with another infectious groove, the track again is one which maybe does not erupt as it hints at but leaves ears and appetite seriously contented before Bonny Island brings it all to a heftily satisfying close. As with all the songs, its first touch is a decisive and persuasive tempting, riffs and ragged hooks courting a dramatic rhythmic coaxing which immediately holds attention and intrigue. Arguably again the band let the potency of the start slip slightly but are soon building a commanding and fascinating web of sonic and rhythmic adventure with unpredictable and melodically soaked twists.

Bottom-line is, Run is a thoroughly enjoyable and persistently enticing encounter from a band with the potential to light up the British rock scene like a Reuben or Biffy Clyro.

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RingMaster 09/02/2015

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Inherit The Stars – Beyond The Beacons EP

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There is no denying that UK band Inherit The Stars is growing into one seriously compelling and impressive band, but it always helps to be forcibly reminded with releases like Beyond The Beacons. The band’s second EP, it is a gripping slab of melodic and voracious metal aligned to tenacious rock and electronic enterprise. It never gives ears a moment of dull peace or expectations the chance to stake a claim, persistently providing a strikingly diverse and flavoursome incitement. It is not without a few elements which do not quite find the same heights of persuasion as others if we are being picky, but Beyond The Beacons ultimately only grips the imagination and passions whilst reinforcing Inherit The Stars As one of Britain’s brightest prospects.

Hailing from Sheffield, the quartet of vocalist Daniel Jeffery, guitarist Chris Brayshaw, bassist Lewis Wild, and drummer Theo Egginton, have earned a potent reputation for their live performances and sound which has been more than backed up by their first EP and debut album Were Made to Walk the Skies. Both were infested with songs which showed inventive songwriting and vivaciously entwined and diverse essences. Beyond The Beacons is no different yet it seems to have a buoyancy and tenacity which moves the creativity and raw power of Inherit The Stars on to greater heights. The press release with the EP suggests that it brings “the potency of While She Sleeps to the electronic wizardry of Enter Shikari and the melodic fluency of Fightstar,” something hard to go against but there is plenty more which only enthrals and excites.

Latest single Still Alive sets the drama of the release off, though its opening caress of keys does not give a real sense of the raw power to come. It is a potent if unsurprising lure, but only around 946070_788663894538370_8391905149813282513_nfor a few seconds before a gripping rugged groove binds riffs and rhythms for an imposing tempting. It too is a mere breath in the emergence of the song, it sinking into a relaxed embrace as Jeffrey’s tones begin their narrative whilst crystalline melodies wrap the senses. There is always a sense of drama and impending intensity flirting with ears though, its expulsion through additional vocal roars and predatory riffs an intriguing and pleasing counter to the smouldering elegance elsewhere. Every movement of the track enthrals, vocally Jeffrey persistently impressing whilst the spicy craft of Brayshaw is a constant inventive enticing backed by the predatory rhythmic skills of Wild and Egginton. The electronic elements become more pronounced towards the song’s climax too, adding another hue to the fiery blaze of the encounter.

The impressive start is followed by the similarly radiant presence of Flaws, keys again making the initial colour of the developing scenery. Clean and blistering growls switch and entwine as the song grows, the former it has to be said where Jeffrey especially shines, whilst keys continue with their melodic dance and expression within the expanding tempestuous climate of the encounter. Post hardcore seeded, the track is at its best when the band erupts with their additional vocals for an anthemic incitement matched by the thick enticing of the vocals. The track does fail to reach the heights of its predecessor but keeps ears and attention bound with total ease before making way for the hellacious fury of Exit Plan. The third track brawls with and spills animosity over ears from its first breath, aggressive rhythms and raging riffs emulated by raw vocals. Within the turbulence though, tangy grooves flirt with venomous intent before the track spreads its imagination with electronic spicing and another blaze of contagious vocals. Like a mix of Dead Til Friday and Collisions, the track is a simultaneously brutal and seductive romance for senses and emotions, and another lofty peak on the increasingly striking release.

Better Than This rumbles and soars in equal measure next, the song one which also does not hit surrounding heights yet with its weave of electro and sinew encased melodic invention provides a tapestry which is a constant provocateur. The difference between the song and those it is sandwiched between is marginal, just personal tastes adding their commentary for the main, and it is fair to say that Better Than This only adds to the adventure and raw potency of the release, a success given another shot of thrilling quality by the closing On Our Own. The track is simply outstanding, the best of the EP revealing yet more of the skills and imaginative resourcefulness of the band. As pop as it is muscularly anthemic and as imposing as it is melodically and harmonically poetic, the track is the tour-de-force of the EP, easily the next single to awaken attention in newcomers.

Inherit The Stars was already talked of as one of the most promising bands to emerge in recent years on the UK scene but Beyond The Beacons more than suggests that the band has arrived, though still with further potential and depths to be tapped. A prospect hard to keep anticipation and expectations grounded for.

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RingMaster 08/12/2014

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UK ROCKSTERS INHERIT THE STARS NATIONALLY RELEASE NEW VIDEO FROM THEIR LATEST EP!

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By pulling from a range of areas, from the potency of While She Sleeps to the electronic wizardry of Enter Shikari and the melodic fluency of Fightstar, unstoppable and hard hitting UK rock quartet Inherit The Stars are on the rise and set loose their new video single ‘Still Alive’ , a blistering track taken from their new EP ‘Beyond The Beacons’.

 Check it out @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xri4SVeOnno

With an innovative style that’s entirely their own, Inherit The Stars are at the head of the line for the new breed of bands that are rising from the depths of the Sheffield music scene. They bring together memorable guitar riffs, a symphony of strings, drums like a thunderstorm and extra-terrestrial synths, creating a force of sound that grips your ears and demands that you sit up and listen.

Unlike many of their counterparts, Inherit The Stars refuse to be tied down to one genre of music. On both their debut album and their new EP, ‘Beyond The Beacons’, edgy metal cuts stand side by side with classic pop; all facets of the band’s impressive sound are written and recorded with dedicated craftsmanship and genuine guile. The foursome are diverse, yet their songs still carry that unique and signature quality that clearly resonates throughout each track.

Inherit The Stars are now primed to step up with the release of their new EP and spanking new single ‘Still Alive’. The cut is a buoyant slab of modern melodic metal and fuses inventive dynamism with a gargantuan hook. Look out as the band play throughout the country; Inherit The Stars have arrived.

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Through Colour – Somnium

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The first of a concept-based 2 EP release, Somnium is a potent and passionate release from a band who after many years of making good impressions, has seemingly come to that point where impressions have become strong recognition. The five track release from UK rock/pop band Through Colour is a striking and accomplished introduction, though also one which only fleetingly ignites real fire in the passions for its undoubted impressive songwriting and excellent delivery. There is very little to hold up against the release, if anything at all but there is just a lack of that extra spark to make a lingering heart erupting declaration.

Nevertheless Somnium is a formidable release from a band which formed in 2004 in North Wales. Initially called My Turn To Kill until 2009 when they felt a change was needed to suit their style and evolution of sound, Through Colour next released the well-received debut mini album, Dream In Black And White which was recorded with Romesh Dodangoda. Its success and shows alongside the likes of Enter Shikari, Fightstar, We Are The Ocean, and The Misfits only added to the stock of the band. Then in 2011 the Manchester based quintet took a break to work on new songs but now the line-up of vocalist Steve White, guitarists Lee Crimes and Jazzy Bones, bassist Kieran Joyce, and drummer Shaun Humphreys return with Somnium, a release sure to bring further stature and awareness to their potent sound and songwriting.

Opener Daydream immediately takes attention by the hand and carries it and emotions on a vibrant dance of heart bred adventure and20212_10151367174122185_1827981421_n melodic colour. Instantly pleasing with a fresh breath which is coated in the kind of anthemic lure which is impossible to ignore let alone resist, the song thrusts jangly riffs and strong vocals through the ear from its opening second. The temptation is elevated with the fiery chorus and subsequent almost teasing twist before the verse, the rhythmic juggling especially impressive within the strong wind of sonic expertise and lingering hooks. The track makes a stirring start and remains the major pinnacle of the release despite the valiant efforts of the other songs.  Lyrically it has a passion to match the vocals and music, all combining for an infectiously memorable and deeply satisfying entrance into the EP.

The following Lost takes a gentler caress to the ear to open its account, the excellent vocal style and tone of White again a compelling inducement. Into its stride the tugging on the emotions is brought on a more restrained gait compared to its predecessor but one with plenty of sinew sculpted energy and eagerness whilst the rhythms of Humphreys cast a muscular and pleasing frame to the guitar scythes and melodic persuasion. A slow burner of a song in many ways it is a good confirmation of the promise oozing from the opener if without finding the heights of the first song.

Both Ink and Broken hold a seemingly personal aspect, certainly taking the potency and strength of the emotive tone on White’s delivery, and feel linked, not as a two part offering but in tone and emotion. The first is an absorbing encounter, the keys and vocal harmonies delicious hues to the provocative canvas of the track though there are elements which sound too familiar for comfort but from an unrecognisable source to be fair. It makes for a song which ebbs and flows in the passions though like the previous track it is one which makes a stronger call and suasion the more you share its colourful flight. The second of the two tantalises with riveting rhythms and again the excellent harmonies the band bring to their songs so skilfully and effectively. Once more it is a song which at times is pure scintillating mesmerism and in other moments finding things to annoyingly feed expectations. Nevertheless it is an excellent track which like the rest shower the ear and thoughts with a wave of promise and adventure which makes the future of the band one to anticipate hungrily.

The closing Till The End is the weakest on the release but yet again has plenty to feed an awoken appetite for the band. The orchestral embrace of the song makes for a dramatic but thoughtful presence whilst the evocative wash of the song is a magnetic caress but ultimately the track in comparisons to the rest of the EP is lacking the trigger to bring the imagination and emotions to the boil.

Somnium is a fine collection of songs though and a companion which leaves a healthy intrigue and intent towards its forthcoming companion EP. Through Colour has the craft and sound to make big waves in UK rock pop, they just need that final fuse or trigger to make it a long term enthralling one.

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8/10

RingMaster 30/09/2013

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faltered – Fortune Favours

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Not for the first time it seems this year, we are offering a comparison for an emerging band to one of the UK’s finest aggressive rock bands Reuben. Sadly no more, though as so many we still have dreams of that to be reunited announcement, it seems the Surrey trio is inciting and influencing more and more new bands. Northern Wales alternative rock duo faltered is another appearing to reap those seeds for their own distinctive and adventurous idea. Consisting of brothers Daniel (guitars, vocals) and Conor Cahalane (drums, percussion, lead vocals), the band release their new mini-album Fortune Favours September 2nd, a collection of songs which challenge, tease, and at times disappoint, but all come with a depth of promise and imagination which leaves you recruited to and eager to watch their evolution and future creations.

Taking inspirations from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Muse, Hundred Reasons, Vex Red, Fightstar, of course Reuben and more, the pair from deciding to form a band took little time in moving forward by rehearsing, writing, and releasing their debut EP Victorian Post Mortem Photography last year. With its full of promise presence well received as also have been their live performances, a growing fan base was instigated as they began working on new songs which have emerged as Fortune Favours. It is a release which is guaranteed to grab attention, yes it has flaws, some loud in the ear, but there is never a moment that you want slip away quietly from its offering or lose focus.

Opening instrumental Leave It Out makes a potent entrance, crisp beats soon joined by a funk drenched dance of guitar and throaty Faltered-Cover Artworkbass before it is all intensified with a blaze of sinew driven energy and adventure. Courting the senses with its swagger the piece is a magnetic lure to the album and immediately shows the prowess and skill of faltered in creating imaginative and addictive sounds. It’s relatively gentle temptation is then pushed aside by the muscular Fortune Favours The Needy. Again drums lead in the charge with discord lit almost post punk like slashes of guitar and noise rock rapaciousness assaulting the ear. Instantly thoughts of Reuben make their call but the brothers then keep the listener off guard by slipping into a melodic alternative rock restraint which they swiftly shift between and entwine into a pleasing and intriguing emotive narrative. It makes for a strong and rewarding start to the album which has the appetite hungry for the next song.

Worth The Wait coaxes the ear with guitar before expelling a blaze of sonic and acidic might which again only reminds of the previously mention now demised band. With the guitars raising the temperature of the air and the rhythms caging song and thoughts in a provocative mesh, the track is an exciting and perpetually twisting persuasion expanding the already strong pleasure reaped so far.

The following Pulled Over emerges as an intensive emotive reflection which without reaching the heights of the previous songs inspires ear and imagination to embrace its temptation hungrily. Slow tender wraps of melodic caresses intermittently punctuated with hard strikes of rhythmic prodding and scything riffs make a full suasion which is lifted further when the song slips into a delicious reined in stomp which is ingenious and irresistible before subsequently unleashing another furnace of emotional and sonic intensity. Unfortunately for the track to temper its success there are moments where barely hinted at previously, the vocals go astray at times with their notes and quality. The continual changes and erupting fire of sound for the main prevents any real damage but it is a portent of things to come on the album.

     Please Don’t Take This The Wrong Way makes a dramatic and stunning entrance to emphasise the rich talent in songwriting and sound the band has. The almost eighties like, think ABC, guitars are met hand in hand buy a glorious sax croon which takes mere seconds to spark the passions before merging with towering riffs and rhythms. Settling into smouldering intent and melodic warmth with invention and refined enterprise, the song musically paints a colour rich evocation though the vocals again strain against their limits a little. Another good romp of a stroll breaks out to energise things for the fiery finale which simultaneously thrills and deflates appreciation.

Its successor If This Is A Joke Then I’m Not Laughing is another strong moment on the album; caustic guitar swipes and cantankerous riffs initially scorching the senses before a jazzy breath creates another eager vaunt. Once more you think Reuben though as ever faltered twist it into their potent style. The song is an abrasive treat which leaps around with numerous turns and unpredictability but still at times those vocals rub the ear the wrong way, which is openly a problem in the closing Thanks A Million. A soft rock bred track with pressuring intensity giving it depth from the start, the song musically is another accomplished draw on the ear but vocally…well let us just say that the guys seem in a constant quarrel with their notes and the listener’s satisfaction. It is a shame as the song has like the others, the charm and persuasion to light the passions especially with the wonderful addition of strings.

It is hard to resist suggesting the band looks at bringing in a dedicated vocalist and concentrating on the music, which already they are making very impressive waves with. Despite that it has to be said Fortune Favours makes for an enjoyable encounter with some moments of massive quality and incredible promise, so much so that keeping a close eye on faltered is a definite.

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7/10

RingMaster 01/09/2013

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