Hangatyr – Elemente

 

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     Oppressive, stark, and cold hearted, Elemente the new album from German pagan black metallers Hangatyr provides a landscape to be feared and enthralled by. It is a demanding and intrusive adventure emotionally and aurally which takes the listener through intensive and intimidating climes but one which expands a melody shaped temptation and sonic allurement which is hard to stay away from. Though not the easiest of listens at times with prevalence to a surface similarity in its intensity, bravery to the chilling Nordic riffery and caustic embrace aligned to melodic acidity only results in an absorbing and evocative proposition to recommend out.

     Founded in 2006 and taking inspiration from ‘the mythology of the band members’, Hangatyr made themselves a compelling presence through firstly their 2007 self-titled demo but more so through debut album Helwege which was released in 2010 via German label Nocturnal Empire. It was well-received pushing the band into a stronger spotlight which Elemente can only intensify. The Thuringia quintet began working on their second full-length in the April of 2012, entering The Unholy Studio with producer Christo who had previously worked with the band on the first album and also provided bass on the new record when regular and since returned member Marco could not commit time to the recordings.

     Mastered by Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn, Chemical Burn Studios), the self-released Elemente consumes and takes Hangatyr_Elemente_Coverover the senses from the start, leading its victim through an unrelenting and punishing yet magnetic tempestuous exploration, one which dramatically and corrosively infests and ignites the imagination. The brief scene setting instrumental title track brings everything directly into view; the mountainous terrains with yawning beauty and overpowering vastness all openly displayed before the following Die Sprache der Zwölf intensifies on one aspect and draws the ears into its aggressive narrative. Musically the song, and subsequently the album, works on the imagination right away, sparking thoughts of a rampant flight through skin buffeting and emotion stretching terrain. With the lyrical and mythology being investigated presented in German for us less able linguists, the music is the key to the emerging canvas and it is hard not to feel thoughts and visions erupting as the track evokes with melodic expression within the torturous soundscape around their folkish beauty.

    It is an impressive start which is not quite matched by the following pair of Eisenwald and Zwischen den Ufern, though both again are skilled and eager in their impact. The first of the two nags and coaxes with an excellent unrelenting groove and rhythmic battering, both aspects further repeated and adjusted across the album but like an intensive wind with shifts in energy and tone constantly if not as varied in design. It is a positive rather than an issue within what is varied and descriptive scenery within each song but occasionally the repetition, more so rhythmically, can antagonise. Like with its successor there is a spark missing which lit up the opener and many of the subsequent tracks, the second of the pair arguably even more devoid of that essential bait, but both with the rasping serpentine vocals and creative sonic causticity bring a strong enticement to enjoy rather than endure.

     Zersetzung next brings an emotional potency to its sonic colour, the guitars casting inciting mercurial patterns soaked in elegant yet uncompromising hues whilst rhythmically the song borders abuse but still lies within the weave of pestilential enterprise to compliment rather than overpower the song’s intent. The next up excellent Grimmfrost expels even greater dramatic investigation, drums and riffs carnivorous in their rabidity whilst the sonic craft and invention of the guitars paint an emotive turmoil to spark again the already over worked imagination. The best track on the album it is a masterful contagion.

    The pair of Gelobt und gejagt and Sie vergessen nicht without quite remaining on the new plateau impress and engage thoughts with ease, the first offering a more hopeful tone to its darkened skies whilst the second courts a virulent rapaciousness which feeds on the senses and the air around its insidious presence. It is the darkest threatening track on the album though the closing Rückzug stalks the same climactic and intensive black depths of its premise and the listener’s thoughts to rival its malevolence. It is a thrilling end to a very satisfying confrontation, if one admittedly losing out to the fact that the lyrical secrecy prevents it making the fullest impact. Hangatyr has undoubtedly matured and grown as a band and through the enjoyable Elemente look set to increase their stature and success around the world.

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8/10

RingMaster 31/01/2014

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When Reasons Collapse – Full Of Lies

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Hailing from Paris, When Reasons Collapse brings their own inventive take on deathcore with the release in the UK of their Full Of Lies EP. Aligning melodic death metal and metal core into a potent enterprise, the French quintet through the seven tracks making up the release, whilst not standing as a unique presence in the genre and the wealth of new metalcore cored bands around, bring more than enough to suggest it is only a matter of time before they step into that type of stature whilst simultaneously raising strong appetite for their debut album due in 2014.

Formed five years ago, When Reasons Collapse has built a strong presence and reputation at home, a pair of two self-produced EPs earning critical and fan acclaim alongside as their explosive live performances. Now the band has its sights on the British metalcore scene and it is fair to say you would not bet against them making the same strong impression even amongst the amount of similarly clad bands already trying to seduce the passions here. With a sound seeded from the likes of Heaven Shall Burn, All Shall Perish, and The Black Dahlia Murder, and fronted by the great squalling tones of Christina, it makes for an instantly intriguing and satisfyingly rewarding proposition.

It is unlikely that Full Of Lies has enough to truly set the band apart right now even as good as it is, but as the septet of brutally When Reasons Collpase - Cover Artworkconfrontational and imaginative songs take their swipe at the senses it sparks the suggestion that their album has potential to if it evolves the strong and pleasing groundwork found on the EP. Starting with Another Beginning the release teases at first, the opening instrumental not really true indication of things to come for newcomers but certainly an accomplished and hue soaked welcome that awakens the senses and imagination ready for the following onslaught firstly brought by Another End. The track takes a mere moment to offload testy riffs and antagonistic rhythms all primed to welcome the emerging carnivorous core of the song and the caustic vocals of Christina. Her tones have a Krysta Cameron (ex-Iwrestledabearonce) persuasion about them and lie perfectly within the metallic malevolent tempest crafted by the excellent guitar work and bass predation. It is a striking start if not exactly a full enslavement of the passions but one which already marks the band as one to offer full attention to.

The following Wounded seizes the brief pause between tracks to brew up a similar but individual enough torrent of raging riffs and barbarous rhythms again ridden roughshod by the excellent vocals. Like its predecessor the track also finds nothing to lift it above its companion or other creatively like-minded bands yet with the fine guitar craft and venomous intensity there is nothing to lose hunger over or dismiss. That wanted uniqueness is found in its successor though, the exceptional Made Of Stone. Pissed off from its first second with vocals and rhythms searing and punishing the senses respectively and the guitars bringing their own corrosive fascination, the song just draws on greater strength and accelerates its qualities with each passing press of time. Contagious and demanding the track slips into a midway lumbering gait which with a weight as greedy as the rapacious attack seems to ignite something deep within band and song with the sound finding even greater maliciousness amid a richer blaze of vocals from Christina and band that is enthralling and diverse.

Will To Die and the title track rip into the ear with crippling drum provocation and sonic entanglement stalked by the strong if not jaw-dropping bass sound. The first of the two never settles into a single or determined intent instead pleasingly leaping around with inventive and unpredictable imagination whilst the second casts a vindictive and ravenous expanse of vitriolic fascination around the riff and rhythmically sculpted savagery leading to even stronger assumptions about the promise and future of the band, though the pair of songs still fall below that central pinnacle of the release.

The scathing barbarous fury of Walkers In The Dark completes the EP in red-blooded style as the band unveils more scalding sonic craft and belligerent attitude. It seals the confirmation that When Reasons Collapse is a real force in the making and Full Of Lies despite not pushing the band to heights above others, one thrilling and promising release.

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8/10

RingMaster 24/08/2013

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PARISIAN DEATHCORE CREW WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE REBOOT THEIR BREATHTAKING EP TO THE UK

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PARISIAN DEATHCORE CREW REBOOT THEIR BREATHTAKING EP TO THE UK
 
Highly acclaimed female-fronted French noise chiefs ‘When Reasons Collapse’ take from the likes of Heaven Shall Burn, All Shall Perish and The Black Dahlia Murder, and manage to firmly impress their own unique imprint on proceedings by delving into multi sub genres. The Euro metal heads spit out their blissfully brutal EP ‘Full Of Lies’, on Monday 26th August through all major digital stores.
Formed five years ago in Paris, When Reasons Collapse are now spanning their formidable reach across the ocean and are set to attack the UK death/metal core scene with their thunderous wall of sound. The band are already firmly established in their homeland for their blistering live shows and dedication to touring. The enthused five-some also have a steady recording output and have released two self-produced EPs to date, both racking up extensive national praise in France. However, the band are now focusing their attention on cracking the UK and ensuring that they deliver an explosive debut album, due out in 2014.
Out in the UK this August, When Reasons Collapse’s present record, ‘Full Of Lies’, is a heady crossover-mix of Metalcore, Deathcore and Melo-Deathcore. The seven cuts on the record are hard edged, gut-busting and superb on all fronts. Tracks such as the mighty ‘Made Of Stone’, ‘Full Of Lies, and the vicious ‘Walkers In The Dark’ meld together pounding beats with shredding riffs, capped with captivating vocal deliveries that will refine your senses. Hit up the band’s Facebook page for show updates and watch the band take flight during the coming months!
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*WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE RELEASE ‘FULL OF LIES’ ON MONDAY 26th AUGUST THROUGH ALL DIGITAL STORES*
 

Dew-Scented – Icarus

In the 20-year anniversary of its formation, German thrash metal band Dew-Scented return with a new line-up and their ninth studio album Icarus. One of the established European heavyweights of the genre, the new release shows the band has lost none of its hunger or ability to create thunderous and impressive sounds.  The album does not see the band smashing through walls of originality but still easily and satisfyingly defends their position as one of the most accomplished and influential thrash bands this side of the big pond.

Following on from previous album Invocation of 2010, Dew-Scented continued their renowned work ethic with numerous European tours alongside the likes of Nile, Melechesh, Heaven Shall Burn, As I Lay Dying and Suicide Silence, Bolt Thrower and Rotting Christ, as well as their own headlining shows again all over Europe and appearances at festivals such as Hellfest, Wacken, Neurotic Deathfest, and Brutal Assault to name just a few of many. This period also saw the entire back-catalog of the band reissued as limited-edition Digipaks by Metal Mind Productions leading to further intense focus and intensive work for the band. This proved too much for some members and late 2011 saw a drastic line-up change in the band. Remaining founder vocalist Leif Jensen teamed up once again with guitarist Marvin Vriesde (Severe Torture, Blo.Torch) who had previously stepped in as a replacement live guitarist for tours in 1996, 2002 and 2005, as well as featuring as a guest on the Issue VI album. Vriesde was given the landscape to assume full songwriting duties and assemble the rest of the band which was brought with the addition of drummer Koen Herfst, bassist Joost van der Graaf (ex- Creepmime and Sinister), and after the album was recorded second guitarist Rory Hansen ( ex- Blo.Torch), all three also performing together in I Chaos. This immediate and already established tight understanding is easily apparent on Icarus, the band a thrusting and tumultuous force with a power and control only able to be brought by a unit fully integrated and as one.

From the opening full track Sworn To Obey the album makes blood vessels bulge and the pulse rate fly. It is a thumping mix of raucous vocals, destructive rhythms and riffs which whip the air and ear like leather straps, their effect continual immense slaps on the senses. The song is a persistent and forceful slab of metal with the growls of Jensen filled with vehemence as deep as ever whilst the guitar of Vriesde lights up the senses with some fine acute melodic play within the driving ear rupturing riffs of he and van der Graaf.

From that excellent start the following Thrown To The Lions with its busy grinding riffs and the outstanding Storm Within raise the game even higher. The first of the pair finds grooves and melodic enterprise to explode the already incendiary intensity the track brings whilst the second with its insistent niggle of an opening flexes heavyweight muscles to deliver a stomp of belligerent riffs and punchy rhythms. It too has a groove to lick ones lips at whilst its bruising energy leaves nothing but full satisfaction.

Only halfway in and the album is a winner but following songs like Gleaming Like Silver, the stunning Reawakening with its slowly tenderising assault, and the chugging feast which is A Final Procession let alone arguably the best song on the album The Fall Of Man, only enforce and enhance what went before for the greatest enjoyment.

To be picky at times there is a similarity across some of the songs and ideas but as it is so good anyway it is easily forgivable and not really an issue. Produced by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studios (God Dethroned, Suicidal Angels, Sinister) and featuring guest appearances from Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath) on Reawakening and Sacrifice vocalist Rob Urbinati on Gleaming Like Silver, as well as guitarist Dennis Schneider (Retaliation, Final Breath), Icarus is an excellent return which even with the disruption the band went though shows Dew-Scented still head the fore of European thrash with skill and determination.

RingMaster 30/07/2012

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