Khaidian – Penumbra

The release of the debut album from UK metallers Khaidian has been long time coming, seemingly expected and all geared up to be unleashed in 2016. But as ears and the passions are finally being infested, those patient many will feel it has been more than worth the wait and can assume they will soon be joined by tides of new hungrily impressed and lustful hearts. Penumbra is quite simply superb; a cauldron of imagination and intensity wrapped in a rainbow of melodic enterprise amidst a tempest of technical and multi-flavoured dexterity.

Listening to Penumbra, there is no surprise at the rising reputation and stature of the London based outfit; both recently given boost by a trio of lead tracks to the album. Weaving a web of rich intrigue and thick persuasion bred from a fusion of progressive and technical metal, the band’s sound is just as inventive and tempting with its alignment to eager strains of electronic cunning. It is something akin to a fusion of the voracious flavours and touch of Gojira, Sikth and The Browning with the ravenous/melodic adventuring of Tricore/An Entire Legion; even so Khaidian pull it all to a proposition which is as unapologetically unique as it is greedily captivating as Penumbra forcibly proves.

Founded in 2010 by guitarist/programmer John Tyrell (ex-Interlock), Khaidian found its first few years as much a difficult journey to find the right mix and line-up of people as an adventure in nurturing and breeding their vision and sound. In fact, the perfect mix of personnel only really appeared once drummer Paul Fowler (ex Dragnerve) was enlisted to join Tyrell, vocalist Andy Hutton (ex-Stoopi/Dragnerve), and bassist Joseph Perumal (Mortad/ex-Almamorta). It was Fowlers departure leading up to the original release date of Penumbra which he plays upon which played a big part in its delay it seems but the band has since found the equally striking and agile percussionist in Kris Perrin (Gravil, ex-One Fell Down, Faux Fighters), he completing the current line-up last year.

Now with everything firmly in place Penumbra has been unveiled and we for one can only suggest it is the first leap in a massive and surely certain ascent for the band into the broadest spotlights. The album opens with Pearls Before Swine and immediately had ears pricked and appetite keenly intrigued as sonic and electronic enticement colluded with already stirring rhythmic lures. Just as swiftly the equally potent and enticing vocals of Hutton step forward; his clean, calm yet emotive tones an alluring bridge between the band’s sides of physical trespass and suggestive melody, their indeed their technical hunger and electronic intimation. The track continues to stomp and dance with the senses, a mix of the familiar and boldly fresh creating a whole new vehicle for ears and imagination to ride with.

The striking start is only reinforced by the band’s outstanding new video/single Dominion. Its entrance is even more rapacious but almost instantly wears a portentous calm before its predacious instincts unite with inventive and somatic catchiness. Pure persuasion with increasing enslavement of the senses, the track embraces further hues resembling those cast by Voyager and Fear Factory as it twists and turns with relish but never breaking its fluidity or charm carrying rapacity.

The following Trigger The Landslide glides in on electronic shadows around a slim but copious melodic insinuation; all the while its air brewing an intensity and threat which turns into a senses harrying stroll. Still the menace is part anger, part seduction; the song never choosing sides even as its body and imagination boils across another devilish landscape of thought, emotion, and craft. As with all tracks some kind of participation is inevitable with the increasingly blossoming and thrilling encounter, a manipulation just as potent within next up Thrive and in turn Sense Of The Spherical. A Korn-esque scent pervades the first of the outstanding two, its carnivorous breath colluding with the skittish flirtation and bite of rhythms and the tantalising yet voracious almost rabid lures of guitars. Hutton again is a matching magnet in its midst as the track creatively and vocally writhes while its successor similarly draws dark and esurient strains of sound and intent with melodic and flirtatious enterprise to tempt, seduce, and infest ears and imagination in tandem with the body.

The album concludes with the pair of Evasion and Dramatic Professions Of Martyrdom, the band getting under the skin with relish in the first where again whiffs of Korn meets Fear Factory share its own inescapable  individuality, and through the second’s musical irritability, melodic and electronic espionage, and simply unique prowess. Both tracks enslaved as heartily and strenuously as those before, the bounce of bodies enough to suggest eager submission, the following lust unbridled confirmation.

No release is going to win over all but with its thick mix of flavours including at times spices of grunge, alternative metal and more alongside sheer invention, Penumbra is one which is going to conquer far more than most and with ease we suggest. Though in theory three years late it is one of the freshest most thrilling things heard here in a long time and Khaidian one of the most exciting propositions.

Penumbra is out now through Armalyte Industries; available @ https://armalyte.bandcamp.com/album/khaidian-penumbra

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Pete RingMaster 30/01/2019

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In Search of Sun – The World is Yours

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In 2012 UK rockers Driven released the outstanding A Breakdown Of Character EP, an introduction which lit ears with a combined skilled invention and explosive potential leading to declarations of major success for the band ahead. Then they fell quiet and off the map, or so we thought here at The RR. In fact what happened was the band took on the name of In Search of Sun, an event and realisation lost as wave upon wave of propositions elsewhere persistently continued to grab attention. So it was a surprise and thrill to receive The World is Yours from Emma at Pluggin’ Baby, the new single from the London hailing In Search of Sun, and find ourselves accosted by a familiar but seriously fresh and impressive presence. Taken from the band’s 2014 album with the same name as the single, something else we annoyingly missed, The World is Yours is a blaze of contagious and tempestuous strains of metal and rock feeding the appetite and inciting the passions as the quintet get to work on their new songs and release.

The beginnings of the band were cast in a fiercer, uncompromising seeding of sound but even then the music never lacking insistent grooving and open diversity. In no time Driven/ In Search of Sun was an attention grabbing proposition live, the sharing of stages with the likes of Evil Scarecrow, Knuckledust, Absolva, Mortad, Painted Smiles, IKILLYA, Skreamer, Second Rate Angels, Stormbringer, Sacred Mother Tongue, Cypher 16, Cambion, The More I See and many more on their CV to date. September of last year saw the release of The World is Yours through Raging Demon Entertainment, a seriously well-received encounter now spawning its title track as the band’s new single.

In Search of Sun band pic 1   Produced by Phil Kinman (Deadly Circus Fire/Tank/Paul Di’Anno) and mastered by Harry Hess (Cancer Bats), the single quickly grips attention with its opening flame of sound. Guitars stroke ears as a lovely dark bass tone resonates amidst the more percussive rhythms. The first few seconds gives no hint to the direction of the song though, its opening bait suggesting anything from a raging riot of sound, to a ska kissed saunter, or indeed a rock pop escapade. Once a spicy groove emerges all bets are on a fiery proposal of rock ‘n’ roll, anticipation confirmed as the excellent sandy vocals of Adam Leader step forward. He is instantly recognisable for these ears as too the flavoursome craft of guitarists Rory Kay and David Mena Ferrer who are soon spinning a web of enterprise and sonic imagination. The rigorous rhythms of drummer Sean Gorman and pulsating bass lures of Faz Couri provide another irresistible enticing of contagious bait, thoughts of that first EP there but in the background as everything align to impressive and roar like the devilish offspring of a union between Bloodsimple, P.O.D., and Nonpoint.

Hooks and grooves spring from every direction as the track continues to create an irresistible anthemic tempting on ears and emotions, and it is easy to suggest the band has realised all the promise from that first encounter way back whilst opening the lid to a vat of even more exciting potential. In Search of Sun rigorously impressed back in 2012 and three years later, well they have lit a new major fire with The World is Yours.

New single The World is Yours is out now on iTunes and the album available via http://www.insearchofsun.bigcartel.com/

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RingMaster 02/06/2015

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Driven – A Breakdown Of Character

A Breakdown Of Character, the debut of UK rock band Driven is a beast of a release, an animal with constantly rippling muscles and howling energy to the fore but sculpted with melodic definition from a skilled touch. The EP is immense, one of the most impressive and thrilling introductions to appear this year. It is a heady fusion of metal and rock, a hard and vibrant brew of sounds and intensity which leaves one breathless and enamoured with songs which are still ringing around the head long after their dust has settled.

Hailing from Harrow, Driven has been building a strong and dedicated following since forming in the early part of 2011. Ever hardworking their live performances have brought strong and growing acclaim with the band exciting audiences alongside bands such as Knuckledust, Painted Smiles (ex Sikth), Mortad, Daken, Skreamer, Sanguine, and Sedulus. Earlier this year they turned to concentrating on recording their first release, going into the studio alongside Phil Kinman to create five irresistible and formidable slabs of rock n roll which have more aggression than a footballer with a Twitter account.

The very first beat and guitar rub of opener The Fool has attention looking in only one direction. It is easily sparks up the juices and as it rattles on the spot before breaking into an eager stomp an immediate grin is in place just knowing something special is in the air. The song is a bruising joy of rampaging riffs, jabbing rhythms, and vocals which are outstanding either clean and firing with expression or as a grizzled growl snapping at the ear. The sound is an incendiary mix of bands such as Pantera, Metallica, and Hell Yeah with a predominant dose of Bloodsimple to its presence. It is a blend which wonderfully burns up the senses and further enflames the wounds with scorches of melodic fire and excellently imagined diversity. There are many sizzling flavours which drip from the sound, all spicing the overall pleasure with impact and invention.

The following track leaps for the throat from the first note but once taking hold intersperses its charge with smouldering enterprise in harmonies and melodies through a wash of irresistible restraint. Like the first track, The Silver Lining writhes through variations and invention to ignite the imagination and primal energies. The vocals of Adam Leader again just impress with their ease of variation and passion whilst the guitars of David Mena Ferrer and Rory Kay leave the senses drooling from either their onslaught of precisely targeted riffing or sonic mesmerism.

Showing further invention in thought and songwriting, Ghosts opens with a gentle and magnetic weave of guitar manipulations and vocals with the bass of Fazz Couri bringing the shadows. As the striking drums of Hov Yardim build up the intensity the song constantly threatens to explode but instead returns to the heated yet reserved croon. Of course with high octane fuel in their veins Driven cannot hold back their instinct for long and eventually the song erupts into a white hot furnace of blistering sonics and intimidating rhythms. It is a beautiful riot which offers a lava like blend of Bloodsimple and old UK band I-Def-I through its spearing veins.

Vacant Thrones brings a southern twang within its fuel, the band adding a Down like abrasion to their music. It is another magnificent track to confirm the release as impressive in its consistency in every aspect of its incendiary body as the sound itself. The song swaggers with confidence and provocation without needing to turn to destructive tendencies to make its mark, guitars and bass strolling with purposeful riffs and delicious melodic strikes whilst the drums persistently barrack the senses giving no rest for the fired up enthused reactions.

Uproar closes the release just as dynamically as it all began the song a surging storm of swerving energies and fluid invention, the song igniting a furnace of joy to leave ears singed and the heart bursting. Leader for the final time just shines throughout the song, immediately placing himself as one of the best emerging vocalists around to match a band which is simply outstanding.

Good things about the band were bandied around before A Breakdown Of Character came into view but they gave no real justice to the truth. Driven is a new and mighty force which will set metal and rock alight, the EP is only the impressive start.

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RingMaster 10/10/2012

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