Seething Akira – Sleepy Skeletor

Since emerging back in 2011 within the sea faring surroundings of Portsmouth, British crossover outfit Seething Akira has been teasing away at rich attention with increasing success. We suggest though that it has been a mere nagging compared to the hunger the band can and should expect with the release of debut album Sleepy Skeletor. It is a web of alternative metal and electro rock imagination with plenty more to entice and ensnare. It is a sleepless affair rousing body and spirit which even in its calmer moments has the body bouncing and imagination feasting.

Created by Charlie Bowes (songwriter/keyboardist/vocalist) and Kit Conrad (lead vocalist), the band has leap from local success to national recognition through their sounds and a dynamic live presence which over the years has seen them shares stages with the likes of Skindred, The Qemists, Hacktivist, Senser, Don Broco, and Pop Will Eat Itself as well as play Bloodstock Festival, Victorious Festival, Breakout Festival, Mammothfest amongst others. This year the band was chosen as one of five upcoming bands, alongside, Saint Apache, Damn Dice, The Rocket Dolls and The Sixpounder, to support Pitchshifter on their first UK tour in ten years. The Incoming Transmission EP of 2012 was when our fascination with Seething Akira began, it becoming so much keener as for so many others through their acclaimed 2015 single Airstrike, a song frequently eclipsed and more than matched by the offerings within Sleepy Skeletor.

Walking a fine balance between alternative metal, industrial rock, and electro punk; never fully committing to any but always entangling the richest traits of all and more, Sleepy Skeletor opens properly with The Monster from Brussels. Instantly the synths of Bowes provide an infectious pulse, the guitar of Harvey Ware swiftly adding its lure before the rest of the band jump in with fevered energy to create a Senser like confrontation. Thick and imposing, it is a captivating wall of temptation creating a grooved stroll alongside a Beastie Boys inspired vocal arousal rather easy to become addicted to, its tenacity interrupted by melodic washes of intimation and seduction.

It is an outstanding start quickly matched by recent single Matching Poles of Magnets. With steelier textures to its electro metal predation, bands like Axis Mundi and Silent Descent coming to mind, the track twists and turns with instinctive and rapacious adventure before Half Empty brings a warm calm to the senses. Immediately vocals echo this mellow breath with their melodic unity but equally a rising discontent in the heart of the song brews as things become more intense and irritable. It never reaches an aggressive state though, revolving through melancholic elegance and emotive exposure as a weave of rich enterprise wraps vocal reflection.

I Am The Devil, another single released earlier this year follows, instantly infests ears with its electro metal rumble and a hook which needs meres seconds to have us lustfully wanting more. Something akin to G.R.I.M meets dirt encrusted Pop Will Eat with the rousing catchiness of Hadouken, the track throbs and snarls as the rhythmic prowess and incitement of bassist Richard Ellis Speaight and drummer Stu Radcliffe manipulate.

Featuring Olly Simmons from Brighton band The Qemists, Backlash is next up and similarly merges heavy almost dissonant attitude and sound with electronic trespass as it prowls the senses. It is a predacious edge which never dissipates across the track’s mercurial but persistently invasive landscape. Another of the songs released prior to the album as a single in 2018 ensuring its anticipation was heightened; the absorbing encounter passes over attention to the outstanding Pack Animals. It too has a whiff of Senser to its emotionally and lyrically charged incitement; synth and guitar weaving an intimation of intrigue and danger around the threat of the rhythms as once again vocals irrepressible entice.

The character of successor Paralysed is similarly natured and conjured but swiftly evolving into a melodic croon and seduction which inspired even greater participation before the cycle repeats with greater volatility but equally greater elegance in its respective moments.

The album ends with firstly Even Angels Break Hearts which sees Dani Uziel guesting and finally Disconnect. The first of the two is a fluid blend of sonic antagonism and melodic beauty with Uziel’s tones simply beguiling, she almost like a siren luring ears into Conrad’s feral attack and the song’s tempestuous depths. The second provides three and a half minutes of electro punk metal thick in attitude and malcontent but equally rich in rousing energy and adventurous imagination.

Major attention upon Seething Akira has been a little overdue to our mind; Sleepy Skeletor should remedy that, arousing a whole new tide of fans to their insatiably and dramatically potent sound.

Sleepy Skeletor is out now; available on all major streaming platforms.

Upcoming shows:

Sleepy Skele-tour:

July 6th – Anvil, Bournemouth (Album release show)

July 7th – The 27 Club, Liverpool

July 8th – Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield

July 9th – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester

July 10th – The Underground, Plymouth

July 11th – Fat Lil’s Bar, Witney

July 12th – The Unicorn, Camden

July 13th – The Junction, Ashford

July 14th – The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells

July 15th – The Joiners, Southampton

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August 25th – Electrowerkz London supporting CUBANATE

August 26th – BYLINE FESTIVAL, Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest with Pussy Riot, Badly Drawn Boy, The Vapors, The Blow Monkeys, John Cleese, Hugh Grant, Alexie Sayle…

November 19th – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth supporting PITCHSHIFTER

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Pete RingMaster 03/07/2018

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Seething Akira: Incoming Transmission EP

Having just released their new Incoming Transmission EP, Seething Akira emerge from its four tracks to stand strong as possibly if not right now certainly in the future, the biggest UK rival to the likes of US bands brokeNCYDE and Hollywood Undead. Combining a blistering brew of electro, rap, dubstep and crunkcore, the Portsmouth band leaves the senses writhing in pleasure with their stark and intrusively blistered trance manipulations. Their EP is a frenzied surge of filthy sonic fingerings and distorted atmospheres thrust forth with a challenging imagination and punk attitude. The Incoming Transmission EP shows that Seething Akira may not be the finished article yet and is itself not quite flawless but the promise and striking pleasure it gives marks the band and their acclaim by the masses as an explosion just waiting to happen.

A trio on the EP but now a duo looking for a guitarist and drummer, Seething Akira forces the ear into attention from the off with a sampled storm and old easy listening radio sounds introducing Come Here****Chickens! Scathing scraping electronics tease and niggle to announce the forceful vocals of Kit Conrad with Charlie Bowes alongside as the band begins to bully the ear, the provocative distortions and disentangled sounds meshing with impressive ease for a startling effect. The track persistently switches and surprises with an aural slight of hand merging dub elements with caressing melodic play and hypnotic trance metal intensity into caustic rap brought with a screamo tint. Like a merger of Enter Shikari and Hollywood Undead without the need to persuade with open hooks and stereotypical rhythms the band waits until the climax to unleash their pent up energy in a rampage of infectious wantonness brought with scorched eastern promise and senses scrambling invention.

The track is the best on the release though closely pushed by the following Dead Rabbits. Another dramatic intro leads the ear into a more expected rap vocals delivery over epic strikes of sound as the atmosphere intensifies. The song is more ordered than the opener though always unpredictable and enterprising and though arguably it lacks the same contagion its oppressive intimidating breath makes it a song just as effective and compulsive.

The EP is completed by Even Angels Break Hearts and Neil Buchanan. The first is a stark social commentary brought with anger and defiance within a mellower yet striking weave of sounds. As the anger rises the track flexes its muscles with a darkening of its now oppressive intensity and ear seizing guitar invention. As with all the songs on the release the band brings an expansive yet concentrated assault on the senses with layers of synths and programming speared by disorientated beats to captivate and unsettle in equal measure, this particular song the most atmospheric and provocative of all. The second of the pair splatters the senses with a dark carnival swell of sound off of a child spoken intro. It then spends its whole four minutes jabbing and pinching nerves and synapses with biting heavy rhythms and snarling bastard intertwined sounds all soundtracked by a soaring electronic swarm of warmth. At times it reminds of Senser  without ever revolting into a fully balanced song, but it is exactly the constant corruptive barracking of unconnected sounds, like a sonic version of walking on hot coals for the ear, which makes the song so exhilarating.

Seething Akira and the Incoming Transmission EP will not be for everyone but if the likes of the aforementioned brokeNCYDE, Hollywood Undead, Enter Shikari and Senser leave you twitching with pleasure then Seething Akira might induce you into a full on meltdown.

Grab the Incoming Transmission EP for free through the link http://bit.ly/KDAbjl

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RingMaster 22/06/2012

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