Invoker – Cursed To Feel EP

As thick in emotional intensity as sonic ferocity, Cursed To Feel is the new EP from Swiss hardcore outfit Invoker. It is the successor to the band’s acclaimed debut album of 2017, Four Wall Nightmare, and a tempest taking the uncompromising intensity of the band’s previous offering as well as its sweeping post rock turbulence and soaking it in a whole new squall of heart and imagination. The result is a physical and emotive trespass which is unpredictable, impassioned, and mercilessly compelling.

Since emerging in 2012, the Lucerne quintet has increasingly made their mark and built a potent reputation with their release and hardcore/post hardcore fusion. As Cursed To Feel proves there is plenty other hues to a proposition which they honed and have evolved since their first release, the Loose Lips, Sink Ships EP of 2013. Similarly their hungry and rousingly intensive live presence has grown and flourished, Invoker sharing stages with the likes of Landscapes, Being As An Ocean, Counterparts, Napoleon, and Break Even amongst so many along the way. Through each release Invoker has pushed their songwriting and sound, it all leading to their new triumph.

Cursed To Feel stirs into life with a single guitar lure, a melodic string which barely has time to breathe before the storm inside Black and Blue violently erupts. The throat raw fury of David Lukas sears ears and air as a maelstrom of sonic animosity ignites around him, guitars nagging but equally inciting the senses as rhythms pounce with little restraint. It is a potent mix yet the track really blossoms as small but strong ebbs in the maelstrom intrude, that attention grabbing enterprise subsequently sparking further imagination bred twists and creative insertions drawing diversity in sound and voice.

The excellent start is surpassed by the emotion charnel house of Cursed though in no time the song aligns melodic elegance and infectious grooves to devouring angst bursting hostility. As all tracks, it swings through moments of unsettled calm and ferociously harsh expulsions of heart and noise to intrude and beguile before The Novel unveils its own collusion of raw and harmonic dexterity drenched in pain and corroded but certain hope.

With Cease To Exist a brief but ravenous and invasively captivating onslaught and End Me providing the EP’s darkest and for us its most poignant not forgetting emotionally relatable and quarrelsome moment, Cursed To Feel continues to expose scars and understanding within a pleasure  inspiring tempest.

Invoker already has a fervour driven fan base but it is simple to expect Cursed To Feel to spark its bold growth and thrust the band towards major recognition.

Cursed To Feel is out now via Grim Reality Records and available @

Pete RingMaster 20/10/2018

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UK rockers Circle Of Reason announce new UK tour

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CIRCLE OF REASON – Announce ‘Whatever’s Clever’ March UK Tour

Having stormed into 2014 with the release of their video single Themes Amongst Thieves, Southampton’s alternative rock sculpters Circle Of Reason announce live dates for their forthcoming Whatever’s Clever Tour.

With further UK tours and festival appearances still to be announced for this summer, Circle Of Reason will be bringing their rock show to northern England and Scotland this March. Frequently compared to musical giants such as QOTSA, Biffy Clyro, The Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed and Cambria and Deftones, Circle Of Reason’s prog-tinged hard rock riffs, intricate song dynamics and melodic vocals are gaining the band loyal followers world-wide. Building upon their reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting emerging new rock acts, Circle Of Reason have garnered early support from the likes of Kerrang! TV, Scuzz TV, Power Play & Big Cheese Magazine. With numerous UK Festivals and tours already under their belt, the South West UK quartet have previously earned their place on stage supporting the likes of InMe, Feed The Rhino, Landscapes, Neck Deep and many more

Catch them live at … Mon March 17th – Mink Rocks, Middlesbrough Tues March 18th – South Sea Live, Sheffield Thurs 20th March – Grand Central, Manchester Fri 21st March – The Black Bull, Castleford Sat 22nd March – Vintage Rock Bar, Doncaster Sun 23rd March – The Towler, Bury Wed 26th March – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh Fri 28th March – Monty’s Bar, Dunfermline Sat 29th March – The Box, Glasgow

Taken from the 2013 EP release ‘These Hands & This Mind’- check out their video single for ‘Themes Amongst Thieves’

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Bleak Falls – The Grass Gets No Greener EP

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If ever a name suited a band’s sound then Bleak Falls has it, one which sums them and their music up perfectly. The UK melodic hardcore band creates and passionately expels a stark and dramatically textured expanse of gloom soaked melancholic aggressiveness which permeates senses and thoughts with ease. It is a provocative and at times smothering encounter but one which continues the promise of the band set with their debut EP Another Rainy Day of last year. The Grass Gets No Greener EP is a strong successor, one to keep the band on track as they evolve and emerge further, if arguably without leaping major steps on from its predecessor.

Formed in 2011, The Worthing quintet has earned strong attention and praise for their first release and live performances which has seen them share stages with the likes of Landscapes, The Long Haul, Isolated, Honour Is Dead, If Heroes Should Fail, and Set Your Sails. With the inspiration of bands such as Cancer Bats, Deftones, and Nirvana adding thought to their invention, Bleak Falls offers a sound which brings potent flavours from other styles into their mix though still not enough to yet give them the separate pedestal of originality which you still feel is bubbling away awaiting realisation. Like the band’s first release the EP is not an instant persuasion though it makes a strong impressive straight off but with patient attention emerges as another richly promising and provocative confrontation from the band.

     Forever / Always starts things off, its emotive atmospheric embrace an angst fuelled consumption crafted by the imaginativeBleak Falls Cover Artwork and precise guitar play of Chris Shane and Luke Marshall. Punctuated by the intimidating beats of drummer Ben Vaughan aligned to the excellent dark snarling tone from the bass of Don Wainwright, it is a potent and imagination inspiring introduction. The raw caustic vocals of Rudi Ridgewell wrings out in fine style every ounce of emotion from every syllable to add extra drama and intensity to that already brewed within the song, though with limitations. On the earlier EP Ridgewell was a convincing ingredient to the sound but did distract from some of the inventiveness and subtle imagination around him with a singular form of attack, a one dimensional corrosive assault and it is predominantly no different upon The Grass Gets No Greener and with the same results. Nevertheless the track is a strong start soon matched by its successor.

The following ’95 has a more energetic stride to its narrative and a more intensive aggression as marked by the again excellent rapacious bass prowl and crisp rhythms. With richly appealing melodies and exacting riffs filling the menacing framework and the vocals scowling with rigorous intent, the song is another good if less than startling persuasion just as A Taste Of Change. The third song on the EP has the shifting drama and building intensity of the opener but also a want to explode into a charge of energy and excitement, which ultimately it does resist in the end. It sounds negative but actually the restraint brings an emotional exploration which only sparks senses and thoughts into a positive response.

A high point of the release comes with Deadlock, a dark shadow engulfed encounter which intrudes on ears right through to emotions with its intensive evocation. A slow exhausting intensive weave of sound invades for the majority of the track before ending on an elevated blaze of energy and intent which provides more evidence of the thought and imagination in the songwriting and its interpretation. The same applies to the closing Put Me To Sleep, it a heavily dark bordering depressive engagement but one which lifts the passions and satisfaction superbly to take best song honours on the EP. A stylish merger of an emotionally bleeding ballad and passion drenched, riotous defiance the track is an excellent inciting provocateur which pushes the promise and depth of the band further to reinforce the thought that Bleak Falls is a band destined to something majorly impressive ahead. The vocals debatably let the song down a little, that lack of diversity again defusing the heights it could have soared to but the final emotive fire is still a thoroughly compelling and enjoyable testing.

Bleak Falls is definitely moving in the right direction as The Grass Gets No Greener EP easily shows though expectations probably assumed the evolution would be greater or certainly swifter than it seems to be so far. The band though is one which has to be watched closely and their journey enjoyed which will not be a problem as the EP proves.


RingMaster 16/11/2013

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BLEAK FALLS set loose new EP’The Grass Gets No Greener’, on 18th November‏

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Southern riff monsters ‘Bleak Falls’ lay assault to the UK with their new EP ‘The Grass Gets No Greener’, out Monday 18th November through all digital stores.

Encouraged by the likes of Cancer Bats, Deftones and Nirvana, Bleak Falls can be placed within the bracket of Alternative Metal/Melodic Hardcore with their barbarous and aggressive sound. Yet their ability to cleverly maneuver melody and mood set them apart from bands more captured by the genre.

Born at the end of 2011, the Sussex melodic hardcore crew express a sound that pitches sincere emotion and broody atmosphere bonded with ferocious power and unbridled energy; their songs will undoubtedly sweep you along for a belter of a ride.

During the past eighteen months, the south-coast five-some have steadily made waves through the UK scene. Along the way, they’ve been highly praised by Front Magazine and have shared stages with Landscapes, The Long Haul, Isolated, Honour Is Dead, If Heroes Should Fail, and Set Your Sails. Bleak Falls also nationally released their debut EP ‘Another Rainy Day’, which acquired strong national press coverage from Big Cheese Magazine and Powerplay, as well as extensive underground support.

The quintet now press on with their brand new EP ‘The Grass Gets No Greener’. The record starts with the moody groove of ‘Forever/Always’ before shifting gears and delivering an assault of hammering beats and immersing vocals to spectacular effect. The stomping punky sway of ‘95’ is next up, and it duly bashes your eardrums, before ‘A Taste of Change’ switches lanes, displaying the quintet’s increasing diversity and growing maturity with a superb slab of heartrending alt-rock. ‘Deadlock’ picks up dealings again with a gut-wrenching piece of ball-busting low-tuned skuzzy metal, and as the closer ‘Put Me to Sleep’ comes over you, you are left in no doubt that the five-piece have the energy, tunes and rage to be one of the chosen bands to break from the shackles of the underground this year, just watch them take off…..

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TRACKLISTING: 1. Forever / Always; 2. ‘95; 3. A Taste Of Change; 4. Deadlock; 5. Put Me To Sleep.
BAND MEMBERS: Rudi Ridgewell (Vocals); Chris Shane (Guitar); Don Wainwright (Bass); Luke Marshall (Guitar); Ben Vaughan (Drums).
FOR FANS OF: Deftones, Cancer Bats, Terror.

Circle Of Reason – These Hands And This Mind EP

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If like us you were excited by the debut A Favour For A Stranger EP from UK alternative rock band Circle Of Reason, you are going to be grinning from ear to ear with their new release, the These Hands And This Mind EP. The five track EP realises all the promise of its predecessor and more. It is a release which aligns itself with thoughts and emotions with reflective and evocative potency whilst coaxing the passions further with sounds which caress, rumble through, and energise the ear with a maturer imagination capturing craft. Hopes of greater things from the band in the wake of their previous EP were inevitable and rich but the Southampton quartet now makes it feel like we short changed their potential with the outstanding release.

Since forming the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Simon Osman, guitarist Gary Slade, bassist Sam Cogher, and drummer Andy Milwain, have earned a strong reputation through their live performances alone which has seen them play with the likes of Feed The Rhino, Marmozets, Girlschool, Lafaro, Fighting With Wire, The Smoking Hearts, Landscapes, Inme, Zico Chain, Attention Thieves, and more. Their video singles and the A Favour For A Stranger EP equally built up their stance, garnering acclaim and widespread national coverage from the underground media to the likes of Big Cheese Magazine, Scuzz TV, Kerrang TV, and Lava. Already having earned comparisons to the likes of Coheed and Cambria, Soundgarden, and The Smashing Pumpkins, Circle of Reason are now ready to step onto higher levels and with These Hands And This Mind they have made an impressive first step.

Released Monday 29th July, the EP steps forward first with the single from the release Don’t Be Still. It is an instantly appealing cover_240mix of punchy rhythms and fiery guitar caresses around the ear, the air soon heated and thick from the sonic and passionate endeavour. As the again impressive tones of Osman stand astride the creative sounds with rich expression and emotive potency aided with the equally notable backing vocals of Cogher, the song wraps its sinewy intensity and melodic flames tightly around thoughts and passions. With only the disjointed break midway a minor niggle the song leaves a starting to stir ardour smouldering in its wash though it takes the following pair of songs to truly ignite its hunger.

Next up Home is a slowly burning triumph; its initial vocal and guitar welcome a glorious tender lure which only suggests you should share its company, though this persuasion is soon heightened as the bass of Cogher offers darker shadows and the beats of Milwain frame it all with rhythmic concentration.  It is when the track erupts and expels its fullest sinews of energy and passion though, subsequently merging both aspects into a scintillating progressive adventure, that the song rips full submission from the heart. It is a mountain of a piece which alone shows how far the band has come and evolved in sound and songwriting whilst still offering a promise of much more. As with the first EP, there is a strong feel of eighties band The Mighty Lemon Drops to Circle of Reason, vocally and emotionally which is most apparent in the equally stunning Themes Amongst Thieves. Riffs and rhythms carve out a terrific flight of metallic excellence which leaves lungs breathless whilst vocally once more Osman swoops across the rugged landscape with a grace hand in hand with the melodic elegance that permeates every breath the song takes. The two songs easily steal top honours on the EP and do not be surprised if they, and especially the second of the pair, turn up as the next single.

The following Novel also has a vigorous presence to its structure with guitars coarse flames across the cage of rhythmic demands but equally it explores its heart and emotive depths with a melodic and progressive adventure which is mesmeric and passion driven. Like all songs and the EP as a whole, the track just gets better and better with each dramatic engagement and leaves the appetite for the band verging on feverish.

The closing Sleep is a slow croon which captivates musically and vocally. It does not quite spark the passions as powerfully as other tracks but still leaves the richest flavour on the appetite and provides further evidence of the evolution of the band already and ahead.

These Hands And This Mind has marked Circle Of Reason as one of the most thrilling emerging bands in UK rock and with you feel so much more to come. Really it is hard not to be excited about this band.


RingMaster 21/07/2013

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Circle Of Reason – Don’t Be Still – Official HD Music Video

‘These Hands And This Mind’, from CIRCLE OF REASON out 29th July‏

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Bursting out of the South West of England, Circle of Reason cunningly weave together their own brand of Prog-infused Alternative rock that is unmistakably unique and individual. Intensely merging considerate, visceral guitar parts, ear-shattering drums, and warm, alluring vocals, they create something sweepingly fast-paced and melodic that is at once compelling and supremely appealing. Their highly engaging sound is very much their own, though they have received affectionate comparisons to the likes of ‘Coheed and Cambria’, ‘Soundgarden’ and ‘The Smashing Pumpkins’.
   Circle of Reason have a genuine affinity for touring and performing live, and have already played alongside bands such as: Feed The Rhino,  Marmozets, Girlschool, Lafaro, Fighting With Wire, The Smoking Hearts, Landscapes, Inme, Attention Thieves and Steak Number Eight. Besides a hefty touring schedule, the four-piece are also amassing a solid release output. Last year, the rising quartet’s debut EP ‘A Favour For A Stranger’ racked up impressive underground acclaim and national magazine coverage, with Big Cheese Magazine praising the band: “This is truly hard hitting material for a debut EP”. The EP also spawned a series of music videos which all garnered TV coverage from the likes of Scuzz TV, Kerrang TV and Lava.
   The band stride forward once more with the release of their killer new EP ‘These Hands And This Mind’, out this July. The EP is loaded to the maximum with diverse guitar riffs and glowing vocal lines that truly soar, from the pounding riffery and stomping groove of their forthcoming single ‘Themes Amongst Thieves’, to the anthemic guile and craft of their current single ‘Don’t Be Still’. The foursome’s indisputable talent prominently shines throughout the whole of the EP, with each track dispatching its own unique feel, drive and vigour.

    Before then check out their brand new video for the track Don’t Be Still below.

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TRACKLISTING: 1. Don’t Be Still; 2. Home; 3. Themes Amongst Thieves; 4. Novel; 5. Sleep.
BAND MEMBERS: Gary – Guitar; Simon – Singer/Guitar; Sam – Bass/Backing vocals; Andy – Drums.
FOR FANS OF: Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed and Cambria, Soundgarden.

Bleak Falls: Another Rainy Day EP

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    Admittedly it took a few listens to be ultimately persuaded but the Another Rainy Day EP, the debut release from UK melodic hardcore band Bleak Falls, is a rather decent outrage upon the ear. The first encounter with the release certainly was not one which led to great negativity or disinterest but did leave one unsure, the collection of songs almost needing a kind of deciphering by the senses. In the end though Another Rainy Day argues its case and it emerges as a release which leaves one satisfied and looking forward to their future creativity.

It is fair to say on the evidence of the EP that the Worthing quintet are still finding their sound so that right now they do not have a place distant from the rest but there is plenty to suggest it will come within the six tracks making up the release.  It at times brawls with the senses and in others moments takes them on a creative insight into the imagination of the band. It is a thoughtfully crafted record which tries to be adventurous and in varying degrees succeeds without finding that unique breath. The release also raises an issue with the vocals where though frontman Ridgewell is a fine deliverer of venomous and passionate squalls, his bruising and raw confrontation an impacting element, his lack of deviation from a single stance abrasion does at times negate some of the invention and subtle creativity going on. It is something which will work itself out no doubt ahead but does prevent the EP finding the strongest depths of appeal.

For their debut though it is hard not to be the right side of  impressed overall despite that grievance and from the opening instrumental the release, Bleak Falls Cover Artworkgiven the time, emerges as a pleasing and promising proposition. The enticing intro does not give a full picture of what is to come though the tight groove and expansive and acidic melodic surge does give a brief whisper musically of the intent of the band. As soon as Morning Light unleashes its muscles though the game is on and the senses in for a battering lined with inviting sonic caresses. The track is a fury of intimidating rhythms from the drums of Ben Vaughan and the predatory bass of Donald Wainwright whilst the sonic stinging and raptorial riffs from guitarists Christopher Shane-Chan and Paden Vaughan make powerful adversaries for the senses, the whole union offering a blistering engagement which captures the imagination and aligned to the song’s unpredictable switches in pace, intensity, and ideas is deeply contagious. It is a great song and arguably the moment where everything works perfectly together and shows why the band has garnered strong expectations of them ahead and live performance recognition whilst supporting the likes of Landscapes, The Long Haul, Isolated, Honour Is Dead, If Heroes Should Fail, and Set Your Sails.

The following Chapter Eighteen opens with a wonderful gnarly bass crawl from Wainwright and outstanding beats which recall the Killing Joke debut so many years ago, before erupting into a furnace of vocal malevolence, charged riffs, and engaging ideas. It is a song bringing good unpredictability to its sinewy presence with the senses chewing metallic riffs a mighty enticement spearing further sonic thought. It is a brief threat in length but one which again elevates the anticipation of much more from the band in the future.

Rollin’ On 60’s and Dear Brother do not manage to draw the same reactions, the concussive mix of caustic vocals over classic metal glancing melodic endeavours more formula than before but both are brought with skill and accomplished heart. The first of the two is another very brief riot, barely touching the two minute mark which works in its favour to be honest, leaving on a high before the raw onslaught exceeds its sell by date. The second is initially a pleasing weave of red hot guitar play and emotive melodic textures, the skills on show impressive and magnetic. After two minutes of molten enterprise the vocal scowls of Ridgewell enter and disrupt the affection earned. The track is calling out for another approach from him and one hopes they will reassess the vocals a touch in the future to match the acutely shaped sounds as open on the track.

Closing Pass A Promise is a track which returns to chewing up the senses and feeding the ear crunching riffs and searing sonic shapes of sound and emotion. It is a strong and again adventurous end to what is a generally pleasing release continues to inspire the belief that this is an impressive band in the making. For their first introduction Bleak Falls has through the far from flawless Another Rainy Day, still opened up a door of opportunities for their creativity and presence as a band.

RingMaster 06/12/2012

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