Mutagenocide – Devolve EP

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If UK metallers Mutagenocide have not reached your neck of the woods or gaze yet never fear they are coming with their ferocious and feverishly flavoured sound, certainly if new EP Devolve gets the breaks and attention it deserves. Made up of seven voracious onslaughts which rage and stampede with pure metal aggression, the release unleashes an unpredictability which is as compelling as the invention and array of styles which fuels its adventure. The band has been making a stir across the metal underground in the UK and now Devolve suggests the time is ripe for the quintet to find a wider intensive attention.

Oxford based, Mutagenocide showed their intent and brewing depth of sound with a self-titled debut in 2012, the four track EP a potent reinforcement of their already keenly followed and recognised live performances. Now the line-up of vocalist Jay Taylor, guitarists Pat Scott and Paul Clayton, bassist Tom Greenway, and drummer Ben Wilsker pounce with a provocation which suggests they are ready to stir up a countrywide hunger with the potential to fuel attention much further afield.

From the first swipe of sonic belligerence over a persistently winding flume of guitar, opener Hysteria has ears and appetite wide awake. It is a dramatic entrance which is soon twisted into a tempestuous charge of thrash bred antagonistic DEVOLVE COVERriffing and vicious rhythmic hostility, this ridden by the caustic vocal squalls of Taylor. But as is a constant across the whole release, it is merely a moment in an evolving landscape, grooves and addictive hooks as well as subsequent progressively seeded ideation, veining and working its way into the heart of the fierce and impressive incitement.

The immense start is swiftly emulated and surpassed by the title track, it also an immediate fury and explosive assault through ears. A melodic and progressive teasing plays within the demanding surge before merging into an addictive web of tenacious grooving and venomous melodic metal coaxing. It is a blistering mix which again seems to find a new avenue to investigate and contagious bait to expel within the unrelenting voracity of the song. It is a brilliant encounter which is full of drama and intrigue, incendiary craft and seductive predation, but most of all sheer compelling invention.

     Entombed and Swallowed makes a reserved entrance next, a guitar painting an emotive hue into an evocative atmosphere which carries no threat yet has an air of foreboding to it. It is the same as a melodic wind of progressive rock spicing opens up its narrative, guitars impressing with every expressive note but the darker shadows of the bass ensures a portentous tempering is lurking. That darkness seeps into the growing weight and punch of the rhythms before fuelling a corrosive maelstrom of acidic sonic endeavour, acutely jagged riffery, and an increasing spite to the commanding swings of Wilsker. Like a brawl instigated by Lamb of God and Sybreed with thoughts of Cambion also making their hints, but an aggressor with the poise and exploratory expression of melodic metal and the emprise of post metal, the track is a riveting blaze of adversarial emprise. It is soon outshone though by the similarly cultured but rigorously individual Half-Born, it’s closing seduction before a corrosive finale alone passion firing but as a whole proposition the song is a startling and ruggedly imposing and shifting triumph.

     Remeron Nightmares with its stomping thrash sculpted entrance and Wretched bring the release to a mighty conclusion. The first proceeds to spin a malevolent web of precision crafted inhospitable toxicity encased in a simultaneously intimidating and alluring storm, its presence as primal as it is intensively honed. Equipped with a familiar swagger, a sonic invention which leaves lips licked, and a primal virulence the track is a monstrous treat. The same which can almost be said about its successor, a final enthralling furnace of raw and hellacious enterprise which whilst lacking the stature and uniqueness of its predecessors, is still a mighty end to an outstanding triumph.

There is very little to put up against the Stu Mckay (Malevolence, Desolated, Ingested, Annotations Of An Autopsy, Eternal Lord) recorded and Tim Turan (Nuclear Blast, Candlelight Records) mastered release though a bit more variety to the admittedly excellent vocal delivery of Taylor would be welcome and interesting. It is a minor thing in a big thrilling step from Mutagenocide, a band you can expect to hear and see a lot more of ahead.

The Devolve EP is available now @ http://www.mutagenocide.bandcamp.com

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9/10

RingMaster 15/08/2014

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Set To Break – Redemption

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  Metalcore is one of those genres where it is not stale but it does seem to be under a general umbrella of similarity across certainly emerging bands. One unit which looks like having the sound and potential to buck that trend is Welsh metallers Set To Break. The band with the unleashing of their debut EP Redemption, do not yet stand distinctly apart from the rest but as shown by the six ferocious expulsions masquerading as songs, there is something uniquely compelling brewing within their passion soaked craft and sonic violence. The Imperial Music released fury is an expressive battering ram upon the senses and an encounter which sparks a healthy appetite for the band and their future.

     Hailing from Bridgend, Set To Break was formed last year by five friends who wanted ‘to create music that ripped apart the standard formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs.’ It was not long before the quintet of vocalist George Ross, guitarists Shaun Owens and Craig Owens, bassist Dan Charles, and drummer Rhys Morgan were building a potent reputation across Wales and the south of England, sharing stages with bands such as Crossfaith, Heart Of A Coward, Malevolence, and The Charm The Fury along the way. Infusing inspirations from bands like Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, and Continents into their own inventive premises, Set To Break signed to Imperial Music who got one of their tracks placed on a Metal Hammer Magazine cover mounted CD. The band next entered the studio with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) to record Redemption, a release which easily marks out the band as a target for attention and enthusiastic anticipation towards their horizons.

    The brief opener Lost draws the imagination into the depths of the release, its melodically cast emotive dawning courted by Set To Break Cover Artworkresonating rhythms and intrigue drenched evolving drama. As the piece stretches its height and intensity, an intimidating atmosphere soaks ears and senses, its arms wrapping intimidatingly around thoughts as sonic endeavour veins the dark climes spawning the portentous adventure. The coarse angst drenched squalls of Ross add further corrosive emotion to it all before the track makes way for the excellent Made To Suffer. The new track submerges ears in an expanse of crisply delivered antagonistic rhythms and predatory riffing driven by guttural washes of vocal vehemence. There is also a persistent if understated groove which teases and hints throughout the tempestuous incitement. It all merges for a contagious enveloping of the senses but one enriched with magnetic enterprise and exhausting energy. The song is an excellent draw into the imaginative aggressive world of Set To Break, and immediate suggestion of something different and exciting to this new metallic force.

      The following Paid Pride is a less imposing treat than its predecessor, though it does not skimp on sinew and intense provocation. The track twists and meanders with deliberate restraint and heightened emotive investigation as the sonic guitar sculpting adds rich hues to the gripping canvas of the song. It is not as dramatically gripping as the previous track but still lays down a masterful and enthralling narrative to immerse within. Its position between the excellent second song and the brilliant Ulterior Motives does it no favours either though it fights its corner well and satisfyingly before the next track explodes in the passions. Ulterior Motives has a carnal breath to its bestial intrusiveness, an opening melodic acidity and beauty merging with guttural vocal bruisings and overbearing rhythms. The new provocation then launches into a groove led chorus which has a definite familiarity to it, vocally and musically with Slipknot the most obvious comparison. This only adds to the strength of the track, its consistently shifting and changing attack an unpredictable and riveting onslaught furthering still the uniqueness of the band amongst other metalcore provocateurs.

     The EP is completed by Khan and Bermuda, two pleasing and expertly crafted furies but neither stepping into the distinctively inventive fields of the earlier songs. To be fair the two songs easily captivate and impress but that spark which sets the band apart is not as prominent and gripping within them, though the keys and furious intensity of the first of the two and the group confrontation of the second certainly keeps the hunger for the band alive and greedy.

    Redemption is an excellent debut from a band which we can be certain of hearing plenty more of ahead. Set To Break reek of the promise of greater and more special incitements to be discovered within their already creative quality and voraciousness; watch this space and enjoy is our recommendation.

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8/10

Ringmaster 17/03/2014

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SET TO BREAK poised to show ‘Redemption’, on Monday 17th March‏

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DEBUT EP NATIONALLY RELEASED THIS SPRING!

 

High Flying South Wales metalcore crew Set To Break drop their explosive debut EP Redemption on Monday 17th March, through Imperial Music.

Bridgend bruisers Set To Break were spawned at the foot of 2013 by long-time friends George Ross (Vocals), Rhys Morgan (Percussion), Dan Charles (bass), Shaun Owens (guitar) and Craig Owens (guitar), who wanted to create music that ripped apart the standard formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs. The band soon found their feet, and began to widely play throughout the heart of their native Wales and southern England, landing support slots with the likes of Crossfaith, Heart Of A Coward, Malevolence and The Charm The Fury. With their eclectic leanings straddling many areas, the band pull inspiration from the likes of Parkway Drive, August Burns Red and Continents, while they find their own characteristic voice in the alchemy of creating music.

Set To Break were soon snapped up by Imperial Music, who placed a track of theirs on the cover CD of Metal Hammer Magazine, and subsequently booked the band into Bandit Studios with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) behind the desk. After relentless sessions, the quartet produced their debut EP entitled ‘Redemption’, and it’s purely intoxicating. From the first notes of the progressively textured ‘Lost’, to the breathtaking ‘Made To Suffer’, which pitches gut-wrenching vocals against veracious guitar lines, and on to the low slung pounding groove of ‘Paid Pride’, it’s evident that Set To Break have forged something special. ‘Ulterior Motives’ continues to compound the band’s potency with its sheer power and layered guitar work, while their recent single ‘Khan’ shifts gears, incorporating subtle piano with stunning dynamics. Last up, ‘Bermuda’ closes the EP in style with its blistering riffs and fiery drive. The UK noise tyrants will now head for the road as they prime to break to a national level.

= SET TO BREAK RELEASE ‘REDEMPTION’ ON MONDAY 17TH MARCH THROUGH ALL STORES =

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