Her Dying Regret – Legacy

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Sometimes whilst listening to a band you just sense and get a hint of something special, even if the release or track you are in companionship with has yet to discover that unique element. That is definitely the case with UK metalcore band Her Dying Regret, though as their new Legacy EP shows that suggestion is much more than a hint or mild whisper. The second release from the Reading sextet is a stirring and exciting encounter which declares the band as one still in evolution but with such promise in their impressive release that you cannot stop thinking and assuming that this is a band poised to break into something quite magnificent.

Legacy follows an equally impressive debut in The Siren EP which came out last year. Its successor though shows a big step forward in maturity and invention whilst as mentioned showing this is still just a step in their progression rather than a statement of content. Consisting of vocalists Scott London and Tom Melville, coarse and clean respectively, guitarists Craig Mayor and Dan Osborne, bassist Ed Bujakowski, and drummer Tom Cox, Her Dying Regret has equally impressed since their first release with their live performances earning themselves a strong reputation and eager following, the sharing of stages with the likes of Entropic Tide, If Heroes Shall Fail and Fight For Tonight only enhancing their reputation. Undoubtedly Legacy is their finest moment to date and you can only assume the trigger to another influx of acclaim and passionate new followers.

From the evocative and nicely composed and sculpted if slightly underwhelming instrumental of Intro, the EP bursts into stirring life with Her Dying Regret - Legacy ArtworkAshes. The track immediately falls upon the ear with thumping rhythms and eagerly enticing riffs and sonic caresses whilst the vocals of London squall with passionate intent and might across their bows. Another shift of intensity beckons as the track finds a more savage eye balling for the senses, gruelling riffs and scything beats compelling and the melodic persuasion emerging around the caustic attack magnetically tempting. The chorus has a certain familiarity to it as the melodic charms of Melville add their appealing narrative, but not a flavour which dismisses or defuses the potency of the song. It is a striking and riveting full start to the EP which has an appetite grinning greedily for what is to come, and a hunger which is only accelerated by the djent twisted guitar stabs and richly hued vocals of both extremes..

The following All Judge, No Jury takes a run at the ear from a distance, building up its intensity to unveil a tempest of vocal ferocity and rhythmic maliciousness upon again impressively enterprising guitar work. Holding a definitely more rapacious attitude than its predecessor with ‘gang’ chants raging in its background at times, the track has a serpentine malice to it but wrapped in an absorbing and infectious melodic venture which evokes the imagination and emotions. Not as virulently gripping as the previous song it still draws in strong and keen attention even with the slightly clunky switch to a tender melodic aside at its close.

    The Shallow takes little prompting to ignite those earlier and still alive passions, its start a restrained stroll which waits for ear and thoughts to settle before swiping their peace with deliciously twisted grooves and torrentially brawling acidic vocals. The return of clean vocals, absent on the song before, adds another dimension to the track and it has to be said the union of both impressive vocalists is as major a lure as the skill and sounds of the rest of the band. The track leaps from idea to idea with craft and fluidity; intrigue a constant leash to keep expectations at bay. It is probably fair to say that there is not much strikingly new at large on song and EP but in the hands of the band and their imagination, familiar charms and weapons are given a new and invigorating lease of life.

The title track next sparks the passions, antagonistic breath coated vocals and virulent grooves raging but tempered by the ever excellent clean attack of Melville. The song only confirms that this is one of the most impressive vocal pairings around today, not only in presentation but use of where and when they stand and rub off each other’s strengths. Musically the song has a menace and dramatic adventure which once more triggers the imagination to add its own premise and flavouring to the extensively hued narrative of the sounds.

The Last Lie is an instant flow on from the previous song Legacy, another confrontation which lashes the ear with insidiously venomous vocals and threatening riffs skirted by equally merciless rhythms. It is a tremendous challenge but one which only excels further as the melodic and clean vocals explore shadows before subsequently those dark aspects fight back with a predatory and stylishly addictive rabidity. To its end the song is like a battle between both extremes, but a bruising union where both know they need and feed on each other.

The release is concluded by The Filthy Truth, a song which is more of the pleasing same in its creative and aggressive intentions but just fails to get a grip on the levels previously set, though it is still leaves hunger for the band raging. Legacy is an excellent release, a provocation which gets better with each listen as you discover more within its thoughtful textures, and the next impressive marker on the rise of a very promising and exciting band.

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9/10

RingMaster 20/09/2013

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The Morning After – Legacy

Before second and new album Legacy, UK Rock band The Morning After had already excited and drawn enthused acclaim and a fervent following from fans to the media, but with this release they will surely take classic rock/AOR to new heights amongst rock listening audiences. With sure exuberance, blatant teasing showmanship, and a definite confidence that their sounds will light up anyone’s day, the band and their album have rounded off a strong year of rock in distinctly fine style.

Fusing classic 80’s metal, melodic hard rock, and NWOBHM with shards of harsher metal and pop the Essex quartet create a sound that is buoyant, energetic and intriguing to any ear. For rock fans Legacy will be manna from heaven and even for the blacker more violently veined tastes as here there is more than enough substantial quality and dark veins running through much of the album to ensure solid attention and satisfaction.

Since their debut album of 2009 You Can’t Hurt Steel, the band has demanded and received impressive attention and support from the UK to even more immediate adulation in Japan. The UK was slower but in determined fashion caught on to the band too thanks to the release and the band’s explosive performances on tours and shows with the likes of Viking Skull and Blessed By A Broken Heart throughout the UK and Europe, plus a scorching performance at Download in 2010. Legacy released via Rising Records will thrust the band even further into the hearts of fans new and old as they take the melodic rock sounds that they have become known for and matured them with songwriting that is intelligent, engaging and captivating. 

The brief title track leads in the album with a glorious and immediately mesmerising harmony of voices before handing over to ‘Into The Fire’ and its vibrant classic rock/hair metal sounds. Addictive choruses, lively melodies and irrepressible energy thrust the song happily into the ear and though the song is not bursting with anything particularly unexpected the stabs of metal/hardcore intensity and coarse supporting vocals add substance that lifts the track. ‘Limit’ carries on in the same mould though stays firmly on the side of melodies with scorching guitar play and solo from Phil Maher and Sam Ryder. Vocally the blend of voices from the guitarists and bassist Gary Stone are a seamless union with the lead vocals of Ryder never less than impressive and of high quality.

The single from the album ‘America’ is another straight forward slice of melodic rock and though understandable why it is the lead track to draw people in it is probably the weakest and most predictable song on the Legacy. It certainly is not bad just a little dull, especially when in the context of the album against the likes of ‘The Witch Is In My Back’ with its creative variety and wonderful additional strings, the meaty and aggressive ‘Rest In Pieces’ and ‘These Hills Have Eyes’, plus by far the album’s best song ‘Stream Of Stars’. The last of these is worth checking out the album for alone, it being easily one of if not the best song to arise this year from anyone. Incisive guitars, probing basslines from Stone, and with drummer Jake Booth skilfully directing the affair this ten minute epic glory of metal and hypnotic melodies reveals there is so much more to the band creatively and in their ability to write stunning songs. In some ways it leaves a little taste of disappointment for the other songs on Legacy, in that though they are all fine and impressive creations they could have been much more on the evidence of ‘Stream Of Stars’.

Legacy is a joyful first rate album with a proud unbridled desire to bring rampant, verging on overblown, controlled glorious melodic rock to the senses. Even ears that crave intrusive pummelling will fall into its charms. The Morning After have created a masterpiece for classic/melodic rock fans that will have them drooling, and for the rest of us they have given one of the more agreeable and intriguing albums this year.

RingMaster 08/12/2011

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