Sister – Disguised Vultures

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    It is easy to declare that on Disguised Vultures, the new album from Swedish metallers Sister, there is very little new going on but you can just as comfortably announce that the album is a refreshing and imagination teasing slab of sleaze punk inspired metal which for the main thrills and ignites satisfying urges within feet and emotions. Raw and contagious, seducing like Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 meets Crashdiet in a glam cast pit of degenerate rioting, band and album create a provocative brawl where wantonness and salacious attitudes are encouraged and sonic bruising recommended.

    The ten track release follows debut album Hated which like its successor was unleashed on Metal Blade Records. Since forming in 2006, Sister’s sound has certainly evolved, if not dramatically, since first EP Deadboys Making Noise in 2009. Even more so their craft and adventure has spread from just horror punk type scenarios to maturer enterprises taking on greater conciseness and potency on the way as evidenced enjoyably by Disguised Vultures. Tours and shows with the likes of Hardcore Superstar, Wednesday 13, Crashdiet, Fozzy, and U.D.O. as well as festival appearances between albums has only strengthened the stature and awareness for the Stockholm based quartet’s sound whilst earning them a reputation as one impressive irrepressible live encounter but you feel that Disguised Vultures just might be the key to turn the lock of greater recognition even if it leaves expectations fed rather than starved predominantly.

    The band go straight for the jugular with opener My Enemy, its first breath a roaring blaze of punk infested scuzz which Coverthough immediately hitting full on between the eyes suddenly steps into what could have been its intro. A sudden chilled ambience littered with samples intercepts the imagination at this point whilst a ravenous heavy bass tone prowls inviting in rampant predatory rhythms which soon add their menace to the emprise. It is an intriguing and inspired start which arguably song and album never replicates again preferring to reinvent and twist existing flames of invention. As bass and rhythms enslave the ears and a sonic wind from the guitar shapes the landscape as the song hits full gear again, vocals and sounds slip into a more regular and predictable encounter. Nevertheless it is a rousing and compelling confrontation which uncages the same antagonistic belligerence and contagion found in Murderdolls and even more so the early and solo work of Wednesday 13.

    The impressive start makes way for the first single from the album Sick. With heavy metal melodic taunting and sinew driven rhythmic barracking leading to one of those anthemic choruses which you fight but always succumb, the song is an easily accessible and pleasing stomp offering nothing to be slack jawed over but providing a full and tasty meal for the appetite to eagerly embrace. Combined with its predecessor the album has already taken a tight grip which is sustained by both the title track and the next up Arise. The first of the two lacks the spark of the first two but romps with a juicy groove coring fiery riffs and melodic enticement whilst more restrained rhythms frame good group vocals and the rasping lead of Jamie. It is a decent enough track to settle down with but soon surpassed by its successor. Loaded with addictive barbed hooks which dig deeply and an infection soaked chorus driven home by again vocalised anthemic temptation, the song is three minutes of insatiable horror punk wrapped in sleaze rock, not ground breaking but quite irresistible.

     Another pinnacle of the album arrives with We Salute ‘Em, a heavy duty rapacious brute of a song which from its intensive weighty entrance steers the senses through a volcanic and quarrelsome tempest of scarring riffs and spiteful rhythms under a melodically cast sonic sky. Adding little twists and sparks of imagination to its absorbing body of sound, the track is another to seize and hold the imagination long past the departure of the album, something not all songs such as Naked and DMN can boast. Before them though Sister sets free Slay Yourself, a punk infused treat with a causticity which is as inciting and magnetic as the sonic storm around it. The next up Naked is a power ballad which though well-crafted just does not spark any hunger for itself unlike other songs. It is strong and skilfully presented though making a break from the rioting but soon has thoughts looking at what is next.

   From the again okay DMN, a predictable yet enthused growling fury, (Stop the) Revolution pulls the album back to its earlier heights. A rhythmic enticement opens up the persuasion and instantly has focus glued to its bait, a trap which never relents right through the whole of the song. A gnarly carnivorous bass predation is equally as seductive, combining with the drums for a dramatic canvas upon which sonic endeavour and melodic flames provide more potent adventure. The best track on the album it is punk metal at its best and the perfect lure into the band.

    The album closes with Please Kill Me, a song which feels like a filler more than anything. Certainly it does not live up to the strengths and exciting toxicity which marks the rest of the release but it cannot deter Disguised Vultures from being a fun album to play with. It is not going to provide you with anything startlingly new but for strong, pleasing, and enduring anthems of horror punk sleaze you could do a lot worse than Sister’s new tease.

Disguised Vultures is available now in North America and on the 24th of January in Europe.

www.sisterofficial.com

7.5/10

RingMaster 21/01/2014

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Superhorrorfuck: Gore-Geous Dead

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    The story goes that on October 31st 2005, a band known as Morphina was supposed to play a Halloween party in a dirty pub but disappeared after a mysterious car accident. In their place stepped forward four fresh corpses under the name Superhorrorfuck, and a trail of death and mayhem began from that night forth.

With that dark tale you can feel the essences which inspire the Italian shock rockers and give a rich mayhem to their insatiable and infectious sound. The quintet creates a tomb spawn noise heavily loaded with the loud whispers of Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 and Wednesday Friday, with further glam and heavy metal spicery to their horror rock eruptions. This rich mixture makes the band and their new EP Gore-Geous Dead, a delicious riotous party with a daring mischief and tongue in cheek irreverence, though it might be your cheek more than theirs which is ventured within.

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dr. Freak, bassist Mr. 4, guitarist Paghalloween, and Littlebomb on drums, Superhorrorfuck opened their recorded mayhem account in 2008 with debut album Horrorchy to a notable response within their local graveyard. The following year saw the addition of guitarist/vocalist Sgt. Anubys which allowed Mr Freak to concentrate on vocal duties and in 2010 the quintet unleashed second album Livingdeadstars, a release which showed the band with a stronger more defined sound as they grew into their death soaked craft. Across the years the band has shared their notable live decaying presence with the likes of Wednesday 13, Torpedohead, Vain, Sister, Buggirl, and Hardcore Superstar, the band continually gaining increasing acclaim. The Gore-Geous Dead EP is  without arguably breaking new ground but using already mined flavouring, the thrilling result from a band who has evolved into its most skilled and imaginative stature to date with a fusion of punk, metal, and wantonness which is sheer horror sleaze rioting.

Released via logic(il)logic Records, the release opens with the bruising encounter Death Becomes Us, a track which hits all the 205614_10151259604859250_893431619_nright spots without quite igniting any strong fire for its wares. It does and goes where you expect the song to venture but with a fiery attitude and sound which is wholly contagious and a spark for limbs and head to join its encounter. Maybe not a track to linger in the memory it is still a good bruising start to proceedings.

Things soon fire up from beneath the earth with the following Voodoo Holiday, the first single from the EP. Opening with a roll of heavy roll of beats and a compelling bassline the song is an instant irresistible tease with the coarse inciting vocals of Dr. Freak bringing the perfect growl to the sweltering seduction elsewhere. Into its stride the song wraps familiar yet refreshing melodic and anthemic flames around the ear alongside a sultry brass caress which just adds to the infection which has now a firm hold. It is a glorious brawl of rock n roll with marked invention and devilish imagination which leads one into a definite rapture for its easy to consume and be invigorated by aural virus.

Down At The Graveyard steps from the Alice Cooper crypt of sound with its own sonic interpretation and passion, another impressive track which declares punk and metal as two willing and compatible bedfellows. Like all the songs it uses existing tools to sculpt its own character and presence, its sonic scything and provocative melodic enterprise leaving an agitated and full pleasure within its victims. The same can also be said of the final track Ante Mortem Pictures, a song bulging with sturdy riffs, uncompromising rhythms, and once more an unrestrained revelry which is just addictive.

Gore-Geous Dead is a wonderful slab of aural debauchery, a release you just cannot stop from finding a passion for. Yes it and Superhorrorfuck are not bringing you anything particularly new but they are offering a blatantly thrilling and irresistible confrontation.

http://www.superhorrorfuck.net/

RingMaster 31/01/2013

8/10

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ToxicRose – Self Titled

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The self-titled debut EP from Swedish rockers ToxicRose may not hold many surprises but it does offer plenty of bruising fun and sleaze soaked enterprise. Combining an energetic blend of hard rock and melodic metal the band unleashes a sound which parties with the essences of Crashdiet, Alice Cooper, W.A.S.P., and Motley Crue to the fore.

Formed in 2010, the Stockholm quartet of vocalist Andy and drummer Michael (both ex- Lipstixx ‘n’ Bulletz), guitarist Tom (ex-Gemini Five), and bassist Goran (ex-Sexydeath), took no time in combining their ‘veteran’ experience to create sounds drenched in eighties hard and glam rock, bringing it all up to date for a full and vibrant encounter.  They have garnered quite a buzz around their presence since which their first release can only enhance and drive forward. Admittedly their chosen genre is not one which excites our hearts here but it is hard not to find enough to be enthused about with the EP and find richly pleasurable.

Released via City Of Lights Records, the EP opens with the powerful and magnetic A Song For The Weak. Big thumping rhythms ToxicRose_cover_12and striking riffs  soon capture attention whilst the whispers of keys brings a warm and gentler caress from within the muscular engagement. The vocals of Andy are aggressive yet welcoming to match the array of guitar skill from Tom, his sinewy riffs and melodic invention impressive and engaging. The band look the part for a glam/hard rock band and as this song proves they sound the part too. There is nothing openly adventurous to discover but it is an infectious riot of accomplished invention and invigorating sound which can only be enjoyed and applauded.

From the strong start the following Set Me Free takes a similar path to its predecessor whilst matching in appeal and quality. The striding rhythms and towering riffs command the ear whilst the melodic wash of the keys and sonic teasing of the guitars leave their contagious mark on the senses. The bass of Goran is a pulsating shadow to the song bringing extra flavoursome to its compelling presence. Arguably the track is too much like the first to reach the same heights but still makes for a satisfying companion which gets the job done.

Follow Me offers a slight symphonic breeze from the keys, the track allowing them a more noticeable place in the energetic storm. It is a pleasing difference and adds something extra to a song which brings diversity to the previous tracks. Again the musicianship and songwriting is spot on ensuring another song of epic melodic stature and heated craft. Whilst not igniting the same depth of pleasure as the first pair its open originality to those same songs makes it probably the more rewarding on the record.

The release is completed by Black Bile and Fear Lingers On, two songs which are less accessible and immediate but with deeper depths and surprisingly more anthemic appeal. It is unclear who provides them but again the keys make a great feature on the pair whilst the heavy and intense rhythmic and melodic aspects of the songs share front spot throughout, the track switching focus between the two attacks seamlessly. The second of the two is the heaviest most formidable song on the EP and for that is our favourite especially with its scorched sonic flaring and ear chewing riffing and hungry energy.

As mentioned glam/hard rock is not the genre to bring great pleasure here but we would be lying if we declared that ToxicRose made the time with their release not enjoyable or unworthy. It may not ever be used in the same sentence as best or favourite by us but the EP will certainly find a happy acceptance whenever it finds itself before our more brutal personal tastes.

For fans of the bands mentioned and the likes of Hardcore Superstar, Crazy Lixx, and Faster Pussycat for sure.

http://www.toxicrose.org

RingMaster 11/01/2013

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