Wraiths – Hollow EP

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There has been plenty of good words and enthusiasm placed around UK metallers Wraiths over recent times and with their new EP Hollow now ravaging the ears it is easy to see why. Fuelled by a maelstrom of heavy and extreme metal with raging potential veining its every twist and turn, the release is a formidable and gripping protagonist. It is an encounter which makes a slightly underwhelming start but emerges as a titanic fury with potent invention and enthralling enterprise. It is fair to say that the Middlesbrough quartet is nowhere near the finished article yet but has all the promise and armoury to be one compelling and potent force.

Wraiths were conceived in 2012 by four friends with the intent to sculpt and bring something new to deathcore. Swiftly making a strong impression live, supporting the likes of Demoraliser, Brutality Will Prevail, Madball, End Reign, Iced Out, Pay No Respect, Odessa and Destroyer BC since forming, the band also staked a fair claim on attention with their debut self-titled EP in 2012 and a stronger call with the single Hollow Lungs last year. It is easy to suspect that Hollow will open up a greater spotlight and hunger for the band, its bestial body from a decent and concentrated start turning into an adventurous predator with jaws of vitriolic hostility which simply enslaves the imagination.

As mentioned Hollow makes a powerful start but does not start a fire in the belly right away. The first two tracks simmer and definitely light attention but leave an ‘ok that was good but how about impressing me’ feeling, something Wraiths Cover Artworkit undoubtedly does from there on in. Opening track Godslayer rises from a sonic mist to pound ears with vicious swipes of rhythms and carnivorously fired riffs. It is a dramatically imposing start, a stalking crawling pestilential entrance with the vocals of Rae Robinson crawling venomously over every note and percussive incitement. It is certainly a destructively imposing encounter which stands tall and barbaric against the senses, the roaming rhythms of Rick Baker especially enticing against the rugged wall of riffs and spiky grooves conjured by guitarist Daniel Charlton alongside bassist Dale Husband. The track holds focus firm but lacks the spark to ignite emotions or put the band clearly to the side of many other metal/death core propositions.

There is an underlying lure though which ensures thoughts are held rigorously, a successful bait matched in the following Malignation. Its start is similar in many ways to its predecessor but soon casts its own web of predacious provocation and agitated animosity. The two faced guttural squalls of Robinson make a better impression than most frontmen in the scene whilst the lurching rhythms and stalking guitar play of Charlton equally spin an enslaving incitement, yet the track whilst more intriguing than the first again feeds expectations arguably more than defies them. That is something Gravelord soon puts right. The band’s new video single does not move too far from the already familiar start to songs but is soon twisting that canvas into a sinister and almost carnal web of sonic and rhythms animosity coated in a virulent contagion which grips imagination and appetite alike. The vocals find greater ferocity through at times a group delivery whilst the bestial depths and malevolence of the track is like sonic tar, sticking to and inflaming senses and emotions with its burning spite. The track is a brawl to be consumed by and devour greedily, that once missing indefinable element a searing flame of endeavour and inventive rancor.

The impressive track is instantly matched by Devoured, its assault a scything and scornful saw of caustic riffs aligned to vehement rhythms from Baker which in turn are just as acrimoniously assisted by the bile rich tones of Husband’s bass. The track tears chunks from ears before settling into a no less cruel stride but one soaked in an infectiousness which almost makes it seem kinder in manner. The song develops a swagger too which makes the strongest persuasion, deceptively hiding the harsh malignancy of invention and sound at the song’s heart. It is a glorious scourge of torrential savagery, unrelenting in its pillaging and taking of the senses but an embittered tempter too with a deliciously irresistible melodic groove veining its latter flank before a brutal finale.

The release closes with Belial, a track which meanders with composed tenacity through an almost progressive maze of sound and emotive danger within a tsunami of oppressive and addictive violent intensity. The most inventive and diverse track on the Hollow, the track flirts with and gnaws on the psyche from start to finish, its ever increasing malice and bitter enterprise soaking its magnetic again pestilential presence. It is an excellent end to an enthralling and highly pleasing release. Certainly the early enjoyable enticements made a decent impression but from the third track the EP shows itself and the band to be a proposition to get excited about as it rips apart body and soul. There is more to be found within Wraiths to push them into the biggest spotlight but on the evidence of Hollow, they are heading in the right thrilling direction.

The Hollow EP is available now through all digital stores and the Gravelord single as your own chosen price @ http://wraithshc.bandcamp.com/track/gravelord

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8/10

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WRAITHS are ‘Hollow’, in 14th July‏

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THE STUNNING NEW WRAITHS EP RELEASED IN JULY

 

Highly rated Northern Hell Metal crew ‘Wraiths’ release their blistering new EP ‘Hollow’ through all national stores on Monday 14th July.

Forged and fertilized in the putrid cesspool that is Middlesbrough, Wraiths have emerged from a swampy pit of sadness and despair, wielding their self described ‘Hell Metal’ to portray the darkest imaginings of the human conscience. With influences oozing from The Acacia Strain to Black Sabbath, and for fans of heavy, relentless and torturous riffs, they have spawned a unique and hellish sound echoing the dying shriek of a banshee.

 

Wraiths were conceived in 2012 by friends Daniel Charlton (Guitar), Rick Baker (Drums), Rae Robinson (Vocals) and Dale Husband (Bass) who wanted to chisel out a sound that ripped apart the standard formulae of deathcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs. The North East riff-slingers have certainly fulfilled their manifesto. When the four piece hit the road, it wasn’t long before they had a cluster of successful shows under their belts, as well as sharing stages with Demoraliser, Brutality Will Prevail, Madball, End Reign, Iced Out, Pay No Respect, Odessa and Destroyer BC. Wraiths are now set to span their reach even further with European touring penned for the remainder of the year.

 

Word is now starting to spread like wildfire about the northern riff beasts; Metal Hammer Magazine lifted a track from their previous EP for their February 2014 issue and the band will soon be lighting up TV screens with their explosive new video single ‘Gravelord’. This summer also sees the nationwide release of the quartet’s new EP entitled ‘Hollow’. With five ferocious slabs of inventive deathcore, from the viciously snarling riffery of the opener ‘Godslayer’ that hammers deep into your cranium, to the throbbing and earth shattering assault of ‘Malignation’ and the earnest brutality and pounding groove of their new single ’Gravelord’, the EP is a hell of a ride. ‘Devoured’ continues to take the record to deeper depths with its cutting riff attack and full frontal vocal battering of closer ‘Belial’, confirming the band’s place as a true new force to be reckoned with on the deathcore scene.

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-WRAITHS RELEASE ‘HOLLOW’ ON MONDAY 14th JULY THROUGH ALL STORES-

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Heaven Asunder – Among The Damned

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    From their explosive live performances and previous Dead Man’s Waltz  EP, UK metallers Heaven Asunder has bred a very healthy anticipation for their debut album Among The Damned. Now with its unleashing the ten track blaze of melodic passionate metal gives potent evidence as to why there has been such an awaiting appetite. The release may be does not set new markers to fully challenge originality but impressively accomplished and rigorously engaging, the album is soaked in a captivating promise and invigorating strength which marks out the Bristol band as a proposition to eagerly indulge in.

     Formed in 2009 by five guys at University sharing the same flat, the quintet of vocalist Matt Boyd, guitarists Lewis Blake and Ally Roberts, bassist Lewys Ball, and drummer James Whitlock took little time in creating a live presence which seeded the reputation firing up the hunger for their album. Heaven Asunder has ignited stages alongside the likes of 36 Crazyfists, Idiom, Fearless Vampire Killers, When We Were Wolves, Odessa, Shining (Nor), The Smoking Hearts, The Dead Lay Waiting, Crown the Empire, and Issues since forming whilst Dead Man’s Waltz only added to their brewing stature. Thoroughly enjoyable and a powerfully satisfying encounter, Among The Damned expands the rising presence of the band whilst paving the way for stronger expectations of major things ahead from the band.

      The album hits hard right away with opening track Shallow Graves and though in hindsight the song is not the most Heaven Asunder - Cover Artworkgrabbing and gripping on the release it sets things off with hunger and energy. Immediately riffs are greedily stroking the ears whilst the rhythms of Whitlock slap the same from pillar to post. With a great melodically seeded breath wrapping the senses after the aggressive start to allow things to settle, the track is soon back to a keen rampage, the guitars casting well-crafted and alluring sonic patterns which entice and tease whilst the bass of Ball prowls within their bait with menace and depth. The vocals of Boyd backed ably by Roberts are equally as appealing as the sounds and though there is better to come from the release the track is a formidable and appealing blaze of melodic metal.

     Of Coat And Arms keeps up the momentum and potency of the start, the initial melodic coaxing similar to its predecessor but soon expanding with greater growl to the riffs and expressive adventure to vocals and melodies. Admittedly there is little strikingly new going on but there are no doubts about the imagination and skill employed in the use of the previously trodden spicery as the song wraps the listener in something richly appetising and thoroughly accomplished. This is right away built upon by the thumping presence of the excellent Nothing More, the track the most carnivorous and belligerent on the album yet again bringing an impressive and perfectly sculpted merger of violent passion and intent with equally powerful melodic and inventive exploration. Keys add another texture and evocative persuasion to the absorbing encounter whilst the bass, as all aspects, digs into a deeper corner of enticement to help forge the first major pinnacle of the album. The accompanying promo to the release mentions 36 Crazyfists as a reference, and it is hard to disagreed, but to that you can add the better moments of Avenged Sevenfold and the power of Killswitch Engage as well as other essences, all brought into a wholly enjoyable and exciting proposition.

      The likes of the fiery Reviver, a track which flares up and bites at various moments within another pleasing provocative meeting between band and thoughts, and the confrontational Another Broken Soul ensure the album continues to ignite the senses even if both fall slightly before the height set by Nothing More. That plateau is soon seriously challenged though by the next up The Silencer, the track a bruising and challenging treat soaked in rhythmic rabidity and vocal spite whilst driven hard by predacious enterprise and voracious guitar creativity. Its successor, the ravenous Last Rites, is no slouch in seizing and tossing around the senses and passions either. With nagging riffs and a great mixed vocal attack from Boyd laying down irresistible temptation from within the emerging dramatic and merciless aggression, the song is another commanding peak of the album.

     Both Lest We Be Scattered and Stranded provide an appealing closing stretch to Among The Damned, even if neither quite lives up to the previous duo. Despite that it is impossible to pull yourself away from their strong suasions before they make way for the outstanding conclusion to the release, State Of Things To Come. Sinews ripple viciously across the enthralling provocation whilst riffs and hooks saunter and prey upon the senses with rapacious intent and imagination. It is a stirring intensive end to an equally blistering and exhaustive release. Among The Damned is a great full introduction to a band you can only see going from strength to strength. The album does not carve out new adventures but certainly provides a tempestuous and thrilling storm of enjoyment to make Heaven Asunder a band to embrace fully in 2014.

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8/10

RingMaster 06/01/2014

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Embrace The Tide: Distances

An album which needs possibly more attention than most to fully discover and appreciate its qualities, Distances from UK melodic hardcore/metalcore band Embrace The Tide is one formidable and forceful release. With eleven songs ready to bitch slap the senses with a force created from brutality and inventive melodic elegance, the album is a demanding and testing release with deep rewards for perseverance.

Initial impressions and thoughts were of an album which was strong yet relatively generic. Through many confrontations with its destructive energy what emerged was a release which was rife with imagination and intelligent craft to set the band apart from the norm in metalcore. It is probably fair to say the band do not noticeably push boundaries but at the same time they instigate a promise and sure thought that there is something special brewing within them just waiting to take UK metal world by storm.

Formed in 2009, the quintet from Milton Keynes has built a strong and ever growing fan base and reputation for their sound and explosive live shows which have seen them rub shoulders with the likes of Sylosis, Exit Ten, Odessa, Heart of a Coward, It Prevails, Tesseract, and Bury Tomorrow. The self released album Distances is the next step in the band taking their honed and skilfully powerful sound across the country and beyond, and it is hard to imagine anything than acceleration of their stock from its unleashing.

Heartless is a smack between the eyes to start things off, its brewing menace littered with confrontational sounds before erupting into a rage of vocals and riff anger with a droning melodic whisper pervading all. It is brief and unremarkable yet wholly effective as the lead into The Deep End, a song which offers all you need to know about the band. Riffs and intensity storm within the ear with little respect for mercy but are soon tempered by outstanding melodic enterprise from the guitars of Freddie Goli and Elliot Prudence whilst atmospheric synth sounds swell and sweep within any air not yet consumed by the assault. The song is at times almost painful such the ferocity of the attack and immense power generated by the band, but the melodic class and flair keeps one within boundaries of safety. As the album also ultimately emerges to be, it is a song which takes time to fully immerse in but it is well worth the struggle.

Another Time, Another Place takes things to new heights and stakes its claim as best track. From its first breath the song splits atoms and synapses with sonic twisting and ravenous energy. The guitars corrupt the senses with artillery like precision whilst the rhythms of Ollie Bennett alongside bassist Andrew Hickman, have a vindictive belligerence to their imposing presence. As the beats whip the ear to numbness a contemptuous groove teases and taunts alongside the great melodic beckoning and vocal power. Chris Weaver again like the album took time to get on terms with. His clean vocals are instantly exceptional, with a delivery and range which stands out over most vocalists to have emerged in the past couple of years but his guttural shouts offer such a contrast it is wrong footing and initially off putting to be honest. Again though with plenty of interaction between band and ear it all slips into place and becomes a non issue, the extremes overall working well, though preference would still like his smoother  style to reign.

I, The Dreamer offers further diversity with an atmosphere heating symphonic caressing from behind the disrupting energy. Again there is a fully impressive spectrum of vocals from Weaver, one is only more and more impressed song by song by him, and the band as whole it must be added. The emotive class and expanse of the song is open and spreads through to the likes of A Case Of Wait And See and the thrilling (Un)Forgiven just as impressively. Further highlights come with Reflections which features Richard Lardner from Odessa and the brilliant A Path to Follow. Both punch and churn up the guts with unstoppable intensity and malevolence but wrap their passionate and warm arms around the senses with such melodic craft and imagination it is an honour to be assaulted.

     Distance is an impressive and striking release which just needs a little more work than expected before it shares its riches. Embrace The Tide stand at the foot of the ladder to mass recognition, this album the first mighty step onto the first rung.

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In Place Of Hope – Self Titled EP

If of a sensitive disposition than stay clear of the new self titled EP from hardcore/metalcore band In Place Of Hope. Though it does not neglect the melodic and cleaner side of metal it first with no compulsion to be nice obliterates defences and stretches the ear to extremes. It does at times with an out stretched hand offer to pick one up again but only to allow it to knock ten bells out of its victim all over again. The release is a formidable trio of songs which whilst not turning over new rocks for the genre kicks them around the place with impressive skill.

Formed in 2010 down  in Southampton, the quartet of Matt Dennison (Vocals), Russ Barnes (Lead Guitar), Rob Arthur (Vocals/Guitar), Dave Sands (Bass), and Mike Hill (Drums) took an inspiration influenced by the likes of Parkway Drive, Bring Me the Horizon Alexisonfire, and Killswitch Engage and twisted it into their own aggressive and impressive sound. 2011 saw the band matching and upstaging the likes of Evita, Giants, Odessa, Despite My Deepest Fear, and Brotherhood of the Lake in gigs across the South of England, all the while accumulating strong respect and notice further afield. With the release of their EP it is hard to imagine they will not be taking larger and swifter steps up the metal ladder as more fall beneath its thunderous might.

Obviously not a band with an ounce of mercy or desire to take it easy on people within them, In Place of Hope attacks the senses like a tornado from the off with the brilliant Lifelines. The song instantly became a favourite for song of the year with the barrage of violent drums and monstrous riffs that leaves one shell shocked. Many songs do this but once the sinister infectious groove begins to wind itself around the heart, the satanic growls spray venom with every syllable and the clean vocals swarm eagerly all over the debris, the song rises to majestic and impervious to complaint. The drums stomp all over the senses with obvious delight whilst the guitars play with the damaged goods left and it is so satisfying. The song has everything to make it a permanent fixture in all metal hard hearts and sets the band alone ahead of the plethora of emerging metalcore bands.

After such an impressive start there had to be a drop in levels or even intensity. Maybe there is but it is hardly note worthy, the remaining explosions of Bridges and Dark Roads & White Knuckles more than capable of holding their own. The first opens with just clean vocals and guitar to bring a frown but within a few breaths the song erupts into more splintered intense riffs and captivating melodies. The mix of growls and clean vocals favour the latter more in contrast to the opener but the band brings them both together in a defined and seamless mix which many bands struggle to understand or do. The song as does the latter of the two shows the expansive sound and ability within the songwriting and vision of the band and though no song offers anything brand new to leave one awe struck you know it will come, that In Place Of Hope have all the armoury and creativity.

As Bridges closes with sparkling melodic guitars winding down, Dark Roads & White Knuckles muscles its way in with stirring riffs and commanding rhythms. The show is less brutal than the opener despite the bitterly harsh growls, well that is until the band cannot hold back any longer and unleash a thunderous assault bombarding the ear with heavy artillery that breaks knees ability to stand. Once out of their system the band resumes the original intent the song started with, again it is seamless and the switching back and forth exhilarating.

      Lifelines may lead the way and set the pace on the EP but overall it is an impressively solid and deeply satisfying release that ensures In Place of Hope have the attention of everyone.

RingMaster 06/03/2012

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