Of Allies – Night Sky

As release by release they have realised and pushed on the promise which came with their first steps into the UK rock scene, Of Allies has similarly step by step grown into one of the most riveting and exciting prospects within its grasp. Because of the potential and craft shared through their previous EPs, and enjoyment found, anticipation for their first album has been patient and increasingly eager with the reward being one rather wonderful encounter going by the name of Night Sky.

Emerging in 2013, Of Allies soon had intrigue and pleasure stoked with the release of their first EP, Tempers the following year. It was a beyond solid and skilfully accomplished introduction which suggested bigger and bolder things to come, that suggestion part realised and supported by its successor, the Fragments EP in 2015. Everything has now come together within Night Sky, all the promise and craft uniting with adventurous enterprise for a kaleidoscope of sound and imagination where you know there is still a tease of even bigger, bolder things to come.

Night Sky opens with its title track, an atmospheric invitation cast by the guitars of Tom Hewson and Rich Nichols against an electronic fizz. The latter’s ever impressive vocals soon intensify the lure; a Voyager meets An Entire Legion like hue soaking the blossoming encounter. Soon the vigorous muscle and stroll of the song takes hold, a rich grip of sound never quite let of the leash and all the more impacting because of it.

It is a striking start swiftly rivalled by the following 17, its calm equally as magnetic and subsequently fevered as the energies and emotions boiling up around the swinging rhythms of drummer Danny Barrick and the alluring groan of Nick Tyldsley’s bass. Controlled yet tempestuous, the song is a rising infectious blaze of invention and captivation before making way for the equally compelling presence of Collapse. Its grumble is heavier, more rapacious, but superbly tempered by its melodic dexterity and the instinctive catchiness which runs through the Of Allies sound. Like Breaking Benjamin meets Shattered Skies, attention and appetite are quickly enslaved.

The haunting beauty and melancholic grace of brief instrumental Apparition leads the imagination into the waiting harmonic drama of Run. As guitars spin a beguiling web, Nichols croons with organic temptation being just as potently backed by the vocal chords of Hewson as the song flows evocatively through ears. It is a caress of aural sunlight with emotive shadowing which only draws the listener deeper into the heart and emotion of the album; a prowess as deftly conjured within the celestially warm and increasingly volcanic Waiting For You where progressive and melodic textures collude with metallic trespasses. With a capricious character and mercurial climate, the track is nothing less than thick enticement for ears and plaudits.

The steelier Lost Not Found has a firm grasp on rock pop boisterousness in its similarly skittish gait and eventful body while the lapping waves of scenic seduction and undercurrents of gloom clad aural thoughts within the suggestive slither that is Drifting leads the imagination into the spatial and immersive fineness and deceptive calm of Open Sea. It too has a dark edge and underlining predaciousness which perfectly aligns with the heated drama of voice and sonic enterprise.

The warm atmospheric succour of Solace lifts emotions up from those darker hues, the instrumental piece as provocative as it is manipulative before passing an open imagination over to easily the best track within Night Sky. The open ingenuity of all songs frames the sheer magnificence of CMD-Q. Straight away post punk instincts are gnawing on the passions, guitars and bass linking up in agitated discord and melodic trespass as beats scythe across their glory and vocals skilfully wrap their addictive throes. The track is just majestic but so frustrating when it just leaves lust hanging at two minutes.

It is a hunger soon satisfied though by the robust but graceful exploits of Glass House, Of Allies showing how inventive and artful they at aligning contrasting elements. It is a quality never far from the surface of their music even the slim moments of atmospheric instrumental haunting as shown once again in Stranded.

The album finishes with In Low Light, an echo of all the diversity and craft across the release in its own individual theatre of adventure and imagination with a bite to its nature and dynamic drama to its breath.

Night Sky is superb, easily one of the most captivating propositions this year and most importantly, one of the most enjoyable; both aspects only increasing listen by listen.

Night Sky is out now on iTunes.

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Pete RingMaster 30/11/2017

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Of Allies – Fragments EP

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Last year UK rockers Of Allies made their entrance with the excellent and ultimately acclaimed Tempers EP, a release riddled with impacting flavours and the potential of major things ahead. Now the Hull based quartet return with its successor Fragments, an encounter releasing much of the promise offered previously, breeding even more seeds for loftier ventures, and confirming the band as one of Britain’s most exciting emerging alternative/melodic rock propositions.

The band’s first EP for the main lit up ears and the imagination with its vivacious energy and skilled enterprise, revealing the early prowess and invention of songwriting and sound. Fragments leaps on from there whilst embracing all the qualities which made Tempers shine. The melodies and dramatic intensity are still flourishing but now woven into tracks which pulsate with new maturity and greater creative colour. The release also explores a wider expanse of sound whilst whipping up an even greater anthemic and fiery, not forgetting irresistible proposal. Inspirations come from bands such as Deaf Havana and Deftones but Fragments declares Of Allies as having their own unique presence now.

Fragments opens with its title track first and is instantly filling ears with thumping rhythms and a full, bold tempest of riffs and sonic persuasion. The guitars of Rich Nichols and Tom Hewson swallow the senses with imposing yet warm endeavour, invigorating the appetite whilst the song establishes a foot hold in the imagination. It relaxes into a less intensive stroll soon after, the dark tones of bass from Nick Tyldsley a potent temper and compliment to the expressive melodies and impressive vocals of Nichols. Bursts of muscular energy and sound driven by the precise and heavily impacting beats of Danny Barrick erupt as a chorus to gripping effect whilst the drummer’s restrained rhythms only enhance the mellower caresses between stormier moments. There is plenty more to the song though, a fascinating if sometimes understated invention flirting with attention throughout the song, their little twists and sparks of unpredictability adding to the creative theatre of the excellent starter.

FragmentsDigitalCoverFINAL     As impressive though the song is though, it is quickly outshine by its outstanding successor ONE19. The band’s new single, the irresistible incitement launches from a forceful caress into a prowling and anthemic, heavy stride of vocal temptation amidst a rousing tenacity of sound and energy. Reminding of the now demised Always The Quiet Ones, band and song create a rugged and invigorating tirade of riffs and rampantly rolling rhythms but equally explores explosive melodic enticement and vocal crusading. If anyone is looking for a doorway in EP and Of Allies, there is definitely no finer compelling way than through this blistering invitation.

The following Old Bones has a similarly climatic atmosphere to its more restrained presence, the song spilling powerful and pungent surges of passion and skilful endeavour alongside just as superbly crafted and magnetic melodies and flowing harmonies from across the band. Another strong aspect to all songs is their length, all barely exceeding three minutes, the final track being the only exception, but within that relatively short period creating a busy and unrelenting exploration of imagination and craft which borders on finishing too soon but leaves the band exploiting the old adage, “leave them wanting more”, beautifully.

Fourth track Tempers is a snarling encounter from its first breath, a sonic breeze sparking agile riffs and barbarous rhythms, though all converges for an inviting rather than hostile bait which continues to excite and coax within the subsequent croon of impassioned vocals and seducing melodies. The song is a maelstrom of diverse and riveting exploits though, at times a gentle evocative smooch and in others a raging torrent of boisterous and passion riling intensity. Once more everything from the predatory bass sounds to the slightly psychotic adventure of the guitars, the reserved and concussive might of drums to the ever captivating vocals, comes together superbly for another thrilling provocation.

The EP ends with the bewitching Call It Home, an entrancing flight of melodic rock which has an essence of bands like Heights and Shattered Skies to it whilst painting its own unique canvas of ingenuity. The passion in the heart of the song sees it eventually brewing up an intensive and explosive finale, thoughts and emotions left breathless and by the final note wishing the release was longer.

The Fragments EP is the coming of age Of Allies in songwriting and musically, whilst also suggesting this is still only the beginning of their rise, which is seriously exciting such the excellence on offer here.

The Fragments EP is available now through most online stores

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RingMaster 12/05/2015

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