Scream Blue Murder – Rock Bottom

Certainly with their debut album three years back, metallers Scream Blue Murder more than teased our attention; a release which coaxed strong praise around the metalcore scene. Now the band has just uncaged its predecessor and the teasing upon our personal attention is over, replaced by a forceful grip from an encounter which confirms the Coventry quartet one as one of the UK’s most striking proposition.

Formed in 2014, Scream Blue Murder quickly gained eager support through their first EP, a release leading to the band signing with Stay Sick Recordings. It was that debut full-length two years later which really stirred things up, Hollow Stories a collection of imagination soaked and boldly delivered songs. Since its success, the band has toured the USA three times and cross EU/UK countless times sharing stages with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Crossfaith, Of Mice And Men, We Are The Ocean, Cancer Bats, The Defiled, I, The Breather, With One Last Breath, The Red Chord and so many more. Rock Bottom though is a whole new ball game, the new strength and maturity in songwriting matched by the new depth of adventure and imagination fuelled its tracks.

The album opens with Death Sentence, Aaron Bloomer‘s easily engaging vocals kissed by a warm melody in the song’s shadows. It is a potent invitation which soon catches light as the song looms nearer and erupts in a fiery melodic metal roar. Intensity and aggression soon joins the growing tempest, but one which ebbs and flows in its assault as the band’s melodic and harmonic prowess entangles the core volatility of the encounter.  As it expands its landscape atmospheric intimation brings another compelling exploration within the already infectious proposition, the guitar of Jack Roddy constantly shaping and entangling the inescapable tempting with rich enterprise.

Inside follows and immediately confronts and trespasses the senses, the hefty swings of drummer Jamie Bloomer driving its incursion. Even so, the invasive proposal is infectiously wired, again raw and clean vocals to the core of a virulence embracing the untamed nature of some of the surrounding sounds. Jacob Houghton’s bass adds a thick moodiness as well as its own rousing endeavour, the song all the while, as its predecessor, aligning mellow and melodic intimation with metal irritability and creative hostility.

The album’s title track and new single lays out its own particular magnetism next, Rock Bottom eventually seeing its opening melancholic sea bubbling up with harsher emotion and intensity. Every wave crashes in with instinctive catchiness amidst intimate self-reflection, drama soaking every note and syllable before recent single Bury Me eclipses its haunting success with unbridled virulence. Bass and guitar collude in a swiftly tempting web of riffs and grooves but a mere twist in the emerging landscape of imagination and enterprise creating one of the album’s major highlights. Every angle of the song is devious in its captivation and incitement, anxiety and angst soaking the fluid union of prickly attitude, spirited aggression, and calm repose.

Light It Up is just as dramatic and potent straight after, it too equipped with inescapable hooks and delicious grooves within a tapestry of texture varied adventure. Easily the most infectious moment within the release despite the contagious might of so many others, the song just manipulated and enslaved participation from body and throat whilst relishing the band’s open imagination does miss the target yet with its tetchy air and keys bred melodic climate offering plenty to become engaged in, striding rhythms and vocal contemplation adding to its persuasive fuel, it leaves thick satisfaction in its wake before The Anchor offers up its own inventive web, rancor and splenetic emotion lining its harsher threads alongside causticity less catchiness. It too took a touch longer to fully tempt but with a rousing chorus and individual flair constantly uniting for a rich recipe of sound it left little else to be desired.

A new harshness and irascibility soaks the latter part of the album, Friends Like Judas ear grabbing proof yet that fractious increasing does nothing to diminish the instinctive catchiness of songs and choruses which just light up the senses. Another big highpoint within Rock Bottom, it leaves a hunger for more in its wake as it makes way for the equally imposing and spitefully enticing Over the Line where every dynamic breath and inventive turn left another layer of praised for release and band.

Victims of Violence completes the line-up of pleasures, its haunting intimation and threat soon a fertile tempest of craft and emotive volatility whilst providing a striking and thrilling end to a just as potent release.

There is something familiar about the Scream Blue Murder sound at times across Rock Bottom yet it is hard to define and is more than tempered by the bold uniqueness which surrounds it. From their more metalcore beginnings, the band has evolved a rich multi-flavoured sound which inspires as it thrills. The fact that it feels like Scream Blue Murder are still to fully tap into their potential means it is hard not to be rather excited for times ahead whilst enjoying this triumph of a release.

Rock Bottom is out now via Stay Sick Recordings; available @ https://screambluemurderofficial.bigcartel.com/

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May 17th – Coventry – Kasbah (Hometown show)

May 18th – Kingston – Fighting Cocks

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Pete RingMaster 01/05/2019

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Escape The Justice – Abscond EP

Escape The Justice

We cannot claim that post hardcore band Escape The Justice is exposing yet anything startlingly new for the genre on their debut EP Abscond, there is something invigorating and fresh about the Manchester quintet which makes them stand out whilst entrenching a promise and expectation that they will evolve into something unique and intensely potent. The six track EP is a striking and passionate affair which captivates from start to finish as it explores the band’s creativity. It uses existing armoury for sure but strips it down and rebuilds it with a heart and aggression that slaps the listener strongly on the senses for a richly pleasing and dramatic confrontation.

The band was formed in January of this year by vocalist James Holman, guitarist Tom Crane, and drummer John ‘Jay Kay’ Kendrick, all three formerly in Our Innocence Lost. Bringing in bassist Abe Shimmin and guitarist Jonny Gill, the band took no time in attacking their passionate and aggressive intent with a sound which initially was suggested at in the latter part of the founding three’s last band but has now  been expanded and taken to new boundaries. Recorded at Patron Sound and produced by Elliot Middleton (guitarist of I’ll Stay in Memphis) and then mastered by Joey Sturgis of Foundation Recording Studio, Connersville, Indiana, Abscond makes no pretence of its will and hunger and takes no time in engaging, seducing, and then ravaging thoughts and emotions.

The release opens with warm but senses alerting atmospheres as first track Ascension brews into view. Once settled in the ear 400726_474142499317563_1163921761_nkeys and guitars gently place their narrative on the table as the mellow tones of Holman tenderly make their embrace. It is not long though before his tones turn to a rapacious squall within the still smouldering invitation, beats and bass adding melancholic resonance around him. Turning up their intensive heat the band unleash sinewy textures to provoke further emotion before simmering again into a magnetic melodic seduction. It is a strong start which it is hard to say if a full track or introduction; truly it is neither but a compelling beckoning somewhere in between.

The following Austerity is bred from a short sonic lancing before turning into a corrosive blaze of rhythmic tenderising from Kendrick and acidic guitar fire from Crane and Gill, both taking their bite at the senses with intrusive twisted riffs and flesh sculpting sonic searing. It is an imaginative and violent piece of inventive confrontation with the great blend of clean and scowling coarse vocals as enterprising and impacting as the maelstrom of sounds.

Aegis takes its turn on the senses next, the song a torrent of predatory vocal deliverance and malicious sonic artistry. Like its predecessors it is also a thoughtfully composed and deliciously delivered blend of melodic temptation and aggressive rabidity but takes things further in its inventive shifting and shuffling of ideas and directions. Unpredictable and continually riveting it is an outstanding track which alongside Austerity stands as best on the release whilst again sparking the expectation of even greater things ahead on the band’s horizon.

The next up Addicted also steals the march on most other genre released songs, certainly this year, with its esurient energy and hunger, not forgetting accomplished musicianship and craft. Though not a song which stands out on the release itself as much as others, it is a fluid and unrelenting grit fuelled fury with a djent tendency to its attack and ferocity to its passion.

From the short ambience soaked instrumental Abeyance, the Abscond EP ends with the brutal Anoesia, a track which tears at the senses and chews vigorously at thoughts from its opening seconds. Like the others though it is not one to settle in a single guise or stance and expands into an excellence tempest of outstanding varied vocals, barbed guttural scrubs, and melodic alchemy within caustic maliciousness. It is a scintillating finale to an impressively striking release.

You still feel there is a way to go before the band find their truly unique voice but Abscond suggests it is just a formality. For fans of the likes of Memphis May Fire, Heart of a Coward, and Of Mice and Men, Escape The Justice has all the potential and skills to become a major presence in UK rock, and with the Abscond EP being offered for free Download for just twenty four hours from 12 Noon on Saturday June 22nd it would be stupid no to join their rise from its very first steps. Find out more at http://www.escapethejustice.com

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8.5/10

RingMaster 21/06/2013

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