Today, They Are Older – Self Titled

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For some reason it took time to particularly warm to the self-titled EP from UK post-hardcore quintet Today, They Are Older. To be honest there are still elements not quite lighting personal fires, but the five track incitement definitely goes on to prove to be one very solid and skilfully accomplished proposition. Getting a national reboot November 27th via Sunbird Records, the EP also justifies why there is a potent buzz brewing up around the band.

Formed in 2010, the Darwen in Lancashire hailing band soon set about arousing attention and support with first EP, Universal. 2013 saw the uncaging of the band’s debut album The Evergreen Theory, it also waking more appetites to the band’s emerging presence and a sound inspired by the likes of Underoath and Heights. A line-up change followed as the band looked to capture the band’s true sound and raucous energy, always evident on stage, into their recordings. The new line-up seemed to give the band the spark they wanted in that aspect, and following linking up with Sunbird for its release, attempted to find that success on their latest EP.

Today, They Are Older Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review   It is an aim seemingly realised as the EP erupts with Empty Eyes, the track an immediate causticity of sound and emotion littered with enticing hooks and sonic bait driven by the raw throat spewed squalls of vocalist/keyboardist Liam Corran. There is a raw bluster surging through the song but one able to easily embrace an imaginative enterprise and the open craft within the band. For personal tastes, not enough time and space is given over to the unpredictable twists and flirtatious slithers of invention in track and release that emerge as the starter really comes alive for its finale; jagged riffs and discordant spicing majorly igniting proceedings with their bolder adventure.

The strong start continues with A Fool’s Gold Fuel, an instantly bruising and belligerent assault with a touch of Gacys Threads to it. The guitars of Jordan Howard and Adam Turnbull rage and entice with their web of aggression fuelled riffs and inventive sonic endeavour, both aspects backed by the robust swings of drummer Matthieu Woodburn and the primal tone of Thomas Jones’ bass. As its predecessor, the song satisfies and at times sparks greater reactions as the band tries to explore new tenacious ideation within ultimately a more recognisable yet rousing confrontation.

From Finland With Love soon becomes the focal point of the EP as from its first breath it spins a tapestry of off-kilter and unpredictable invention for a still savage but forcibly imaginative exploration. It is an experiment of sound to be honest not really seen elsewhere within the EP and the track simply blossoms because of it. Great female backing vocals and melodic elegance only adds to the strength of the song and the sure fire arousal of ears and imagination, with anticipation of this being the direction the band heads off into now hopeful.

Such the might of the track it gives both Statues and No Guts, No Glory a testing time to live up to its success. Neither manages it yet the first, with its enjoyable rhythmic agitation and the ever fiery and creative prowess of the guitars, leaves plenty to spark a hungrier appetite whilst its successor provides a harsh savaging lit by more enticing rhythmic bait from Woodburn and Jones as a great mix of clean backing vocals aligns to the more regular roar of Corran.

As it started, the EP end on a strong point but the bigger treats are within, especially in the shape of From Finland With Love. The EP still has not lit a big fire in the passions but at certain moments it definitely truly excites as the band suggest they can move out of the crowd to make a bigger impact.

The Today, They Are Older EP is released November 27th via Sunbird Records @

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Everyday Sidekicks – The Things I’ve Seen

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Everyday Sidekicks is another UK band emerging from the hot bed of fresh and exciting music that is Bristol, and another prospect leaving a want to know and hear more in its wake. Their sound is a fiery and gritty post-hardcore proposition and their new EP, The Things I’ve Seen, a potent nudge on national attention. Listening to the six track encounter there is the feeling the band is still on a journey of discovery with their sound, tracks often weaving in recognisable and at times expected flavours and hues to its undoubtedly inventive heart. That familiarity and lack of major uniqueness though, rather than providing a dampener on the EP’s lure, just adds more substance to the release and excitement to the potential of where the band can take their music and imagination.

Formed in 2012, Everyday Sidekicks soon became a keenly followed and supported prospect on the local scene spreading outwards, though it was with the release of the single Hometown Hero in 2014 that they began flirting with national awareness. Live the quintet has shared stages with bands such as Marmozets, Shvpes, and Coldrain; increasing their reputation simultaneously over the past couple of years whilst also drawing attention from new fans and media alike. The Things I’ve Seen is the next potent nudge to awaken thicker and stronger attention, a success easy to see coming as its sextet of tracks tempt and sear the senses.

Everyday Sidekicks Cover Artwork _RingMaster Review    Opener F.T.B is a minute long lure into the release but much more than an intro, its belly of craft and passion a potent roar on ears and indeed and already brewing appetite. Its strong coaxing is quickly matched by the punchy swagger of Mirrors. Straight away the anthemic swings of drummer Mat Capper and the dark alluring tone of Sam Hughes’ bass grip ears as a spiralling of sonic enterprise escapes the guitars of Tim Brown and Josh Pasley. It is a rousing entrance that continues to entice as the enjoyable varied vocal attack of Archie Hatfield blazes away with angst and passion. He shows a diversity and imagination in this song alone which is echoed throughout the band and song, and though Mirrors offers familiar spicery, it makes for a stirring slice of post-hardcore bred rock ‘n’ roll.

It’s All Smiles and Laughter rolls in with a lighter and brighter air, its infectiousness aligned to elegant keys and a cleaner vocal presence to Hatfield. Also embracing a pop rock ingredient, the song soon brews up a more volatile intensity and intent, its eruption stirring and when the track especially hits full potency. Across its length though, imagination and craft is a magnetic lure but it just lacks the same striking spark as its predecessor and indeed the following Pitch Black. It too merges emotive calm and beauty with a tempestuous irritability and angst, this time crafting a more balanced and perpetually stirring proposition with a healthy scent of Billy Talent to it.

The melodic enterprise already lighting tracks is given a full canvas with Rosa where guitars and keys converge in a misty coaxing before uniting for a contagious incitement which punctuates and at times inflames the emotive balladry driving the song. Beats are punchy and the bass a throaty tempting, even as their shadows become bound in the sonic tendrils spun by the guitars. It is a potent affair with moments of gripping adventure and though the clean vocals are not as impacting as they are in other moments in the EP, it is fair to say the raw charm of the song pleases whilst offering more variety to the release with its cleverly aligned textures.

The Things I’ve Seen is closed by How We Survive, a raucous and dynamic onslaught of fierce punk ‘n’ roll. it ensures the EP ends on a high, even if it lets its ferocious roar and in turn creative intensity ebb and flow a touch. Nevertheless it is a great end to a heftily satisfying proper introduction to Everyday Sidekicks. It is early days but the band has plenty going for them in sound and invention and a potential hard to dismiss.

The Things I’ve Seen EP is released November 20th through all stores.

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Dream State – Consequences

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Approaching their first birthday as a band, South Wales post-hardcore band Dream State make a potent introduction of themselves to broader national attention with their debut EP Consequences. The quintet has already offered an enjoyable little teaser in the shape of previous single Burn Them Down, its catchy roar a strong enticing to a great many but fair to say it is the EP which provides real insight into the songwriting and sound of the band. Consequences might not be an encounter to turn the UK rock scene on its head but it does suggest that Dream State is a nicely brewing prospect to take a keen interest in.

Since forming, the band has become a potent live proposition too, shows with the likes of The Dirty Youth and Fearless Vampire Killers only helping their emergence and reputation for rousing slices of alternative rock/post-hardcore incitements. Inspirations include bands such as A Day To Remember, Funeral for a Friend, Bullet for my Valentine, and Alexisonfire; essences which maybe right now colour their songs more than originality but as proven by Consequences, it does not stop them providing thoroughly enjoyable exploits for ears and appetite to indulge in.

Cover _RingMaster Review   The EP opens with Burden, a track growing from an initial sonic mist punctured by firmly swung beats into an energetic and boisterous canter led by the quickly impressing vocals of Charlotte-Jayne Gilpin. Nicely backed by the more raw throated tones of rhythm guitarist Sam Harrison-Little, she is a potent focal point from which the magnetic shuffle of Danny Rayer’s bass and the melodic intrigue rich enterprise of the guitar spring. The track continues to entice and please, its body unsurprising but character and heart dynamic as it provides a thickly satisfying start to Consequences.

Individual craft is also a swift persuasion, the sonic endeavour of lead guitarist Aled Evans at times a fiery proposal always matched across the band, as shown straight away again with Burn Them Down. Opening on a robust stride with the rhythmic swipes of drummer Jamie Lee immediately shaping the entrance, the song slips into an infectious stroll of hungry riffs and melodic prowess with a great hook out of the Billy Idol songbook. Again there is familiarity to the track as it rumbles with aggression and sonic seduction, but once more recognisable hues only work in the song’s favour as Gilpin gives every syllable striking energy and passion.

Consequences is a release which satisfies throughout but gets stronger with every passing track, Try Again continuing that great trait with its reflective bellow and rapacious prowl. The rhythms almost dance with their restrained but open intimidation whilst twists and vocals create a drama between them which has ears and imagination quickly involved. The most inventive song so far, with great moments of unpredictability, it provides a tenacious outpouring of sound and emotion matched by the following Relentless. From its first acidic breath, vocal squalls blow and grooves entwine; Gilpin driving things with vocal flames as predacious rhythms have her back. Maybe it is a more formula offering than its predecessor but the song is a fire of emotive intensity and creative energy which only leaves enjoyment full and a wish for more.

That want is fed straight away by the excellent Rebuild, Recreate; a song soon proving to be our favourite. Initially caressing ears with an acoustic kiss aligned to the tantalising warmly emotive voice of Gilpin, it simmers then boils into a sultrily aired tempest of emotion and angst wrapped in just as impassioned and adventurous sound. Again drama lines every roar and twist, the guitars crafting a web of expression and enterprise to match the vocals whilst bass and drums add further potency to its tempting, especially when they subsequently become more agitated.

The track is a mighty end to a persistently enticing and enjoyable incitement. It is fair to say that Dream State is still working towards finding its own voice as a band but heading in the right direction as proven by Consequences. It is easy to assume that they have a very bright future ahead of them if they can really build on this rewarding first proper glimpse at them.

The Consequences EP is out November 20th through all platforms and stores.

Pete RingMaster 19/11/2015

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Saint[the]Sinner – Masquerades EP

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Starting with the band name, Saint[the]Sinner weaves a thick web of temptation and drama that simply devours ears and imagination from within new EP Masquerades. The UK sextet are beginning to be renowned for casting tapestries woven with theatrical post-hardcore, melodic metal, and contagious pop rock, to simplify their sound. Their reputation in turn has grown by the year since forming in 2011 but after Masquerades it is easy to say that Saint[the]Sinner have stepped onto a new plateau and are ready to embrace the richest spotlights.

The past two to three years has seen the band share stages with the likes of Crossfaith, Bullet for My Valentine, and A Day To Remember amongst great many as well as play the Warped Tour in 2013 and Takedown a year later. 2015 has been no less busy for the band, culminating in the release of Masquerades, which Saint[the]Sinner recorded with and was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Bullet for My Valentine, All Time Low, Bring Me The Horizon). The six track adventure of sound is pure magnetism and though arguably its contents bask more openly in inspirations than the band’s previous songs, it has only resulted in the most unique and exciting offering from the band yet.

Rich in the scent of bands such as My Chemical Romance, Panic at the Disco, Avenged Sevenfold, and Fall Out Boy, Masquerades is a perpetual torrent of creative adventure and imagination soaked in instinctive drama, as shown by the opener Theatre Of Broken Dreams. From its initial music box like melody the song holds court, swiftly throwing open the door to muscular rhythms and ravenous riffs as a two prong vocal attack spreads the emerging narrative. The raw squalls of Lukey Juan are uncompromising but superbly tempered and accentuated by the excellent clean tones of James Laughton, his impressive presence similarly illuminated by the enjoyably rabid delivery of Juan. With that first starting touch of symphonically laced keys still flirting within the intensive blanket of invention and sound, the track relentlessly twists and turns, its volatility seeded in a maze of styles and compelling imagination. Those early references are a vocal colour to the song, but as suggested, clear hues in something original and creatively vaudevillian to Saint[the]Sinner.



The outstanding start is followed by First Blood, another ferocious mesh of rich flavours and varied styles honed into something distinct to the band. Keys appeal early and again get smothered in the thick tide of sound and atmosphere but still continue to lurk as the guitars of Pash Stratton and Billy Muircroft evolve through seduction and predation, matching the vocals simultaneously. Whiffs of Muse and Bullet for My Valentine also drift across the tempestuous wave of multi-coloured sound, as the track creates an enthralling invitation impossible to refuse.

The next up Left For Dead revels in more pop rock scenery for its vibrant if still intimidating start, virulence instantly flowing through the magnetic proposal, especially in its Fall Out Boy like infestation of a chorus. The bass of Tom Bigg is a growl of shadows whilst drummer James Booth scythes through the air with instinctive intensity to match the contrasting grouchiness of Juan’s vocals. Along its thrilling length, the keys spread symphonic evocation whilst the guitars write their own dramatic persuasion within another striking proposition within Masquerades.

She’s a Vampire is the same, every element seeming to have its own story going on within the total play of the track, but all uniting with fluid and resourceful craft for one riveting croon come storm of emotion and sonic adventure. Across the EP, Laughton increasingly impresses with his expressive and potent tones, they the more dominant presence here, but that is something easy to say for all members as each song stirs up ears and appetite with zeal and a prowess of dramatic invention.

The EP comes to an end through the irritably imposing Set It Off and finally the alluring labyrinth of Asylum. Both tracks show another shade of the sound and songwriting of Saint[the]Sinner, the first of the pair entangling metalcore seeded savagery into its blossoming landscape of post hardcore and melodic metal theatre. Its successor also opens, as the first song on the EP, with a haunting melody, quickly casting a cinematic theatre of hooks and enterprise which is soon caught in the claws of rapacious metal and vocal ire, that in turn revolving within a melody honed calm and symphonic mysteriousness; all elements in league with each other from thereon in to masterful and gripping success.

It is a mouth-watering end to an equally mighty release. If the likes of the aforementioned My Chemical Romance, Panic at the Disco, and Avenged Sevenfold do not do it for you than maybe Saint[the]Sinner might be a proposal that lacks something but as said, the band takes all flavours and turn them into their own continuing to grow and impress body of invention so for all they are worthy of a listen. The bottom-line is that this is a band with the potential to go really places, and soon so do you want to miss out?

The Masquerades EP is out now @

Pete RingMaster 10/11/2015

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DREAM STATE ‘Consequences’, out 20th November

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Ascending South Wales post-hardcore crew ‘Dream State’ unleash their enticing debut

EP ‘Consequences’ through all platforms and stores on Friday 20th November.

Sparking glowing comparisons to Emarosa and A Day To Remember, Dream State strike you with hard hitting vocals, powerful guitars, and earnest emotion. The five-some are picking up a plethora of new fans on a daily basis, and many are labelling the energetic combo ‘as one of the breakthrough bands of 2015’.

Formed at the end of 2014 in South Wales, and featuring the impressive collective talents of Charlotte-Jayne Gilpin (lead vocals), Aled Evans (lead guitar), Sam Harrison-Little (rhythm guitar / backing vocals), Danny Rayer (bass guitar) and Jamie Lee (drums), Dream State are already taking flight. The band have released their first single “Burn Them Down’ earlier this year, and it has already chocked up over 10k views in the last six months and was premiered by Blank TV. The alt-rockers have also racked up supports with The Dirty Youth and Fearless Vampire Killers, and other tours are currently in the works.

The post-hardcorers prise open the envelope with the launch of their captivating debut EP ‘Consequences’. The record offers five slabs of hardcore fused alt-rock and draws influence from a slew of areas from ‘A Day To Remember’ and ‘Alexisonfire’, through to fellow South Wales heroes ‘Funeral For A Friend’ and ‘Bullet For My Valentine’. ‘Consequences’ soars in superb fashion with the opener ‘Burden’ which batters a stunning refrain and woven guitar lines deep into your head. Their previous single ‘Burn Them Down’ is next up, and it highlights the band’s agile use of devastating dynamics and alluring edgy riffs. ‘Try Again’ utilises a nifty bass groove which again shows the quintet’s desire to experiment and diversify. ‘Relentless’ and the explosive forthcoming single ‘Rebuild, Recreate’ only further drive home the band’s message to colossal effect; Dream State have arrived — catch the rising rockers now before they explode.


EVERYDAY SIDEKICKS ‘The Things I’ve Seen’, out 20th November.

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Bristol post-hardcore five-some ‘Everyday Sidekicks’ hurl out ferocious energy pitched with melodic passage, all moulded together by raw grit and impassioned delivery. Utilising Archie Hatfield’s distinctive vocals, the rising riff slingers are destined to prove that they are ahead of the pack. The band unleash their new EP ‘The Things I’ve Seen’, out in stores on Friday 20th November.

The earliest beginnings of the band were ignited in 2012 when the crew struck out to their regional area with a host of successful shows. However, it wasn’t until last year, when they dropped their single ‘Hometown Hero’, that things really started to solidify for the quintet. From then on, the band commenced writing for their new EP ‘The Things I’ve Seen’, and played a plethora of shows with everyone from Marmozets and Shvpes to Coldrain, picking up support and coverage along the way from Vents Magazine, Discovered Magazine, Tour Life, Bryan Stars, and Blank TV.

Everyday Sidekicks now charge forward with the official release of their new EP ‘The Things I’ve Seen’. Displaying six tracks of engaging post-hardcore that nod to everyone from A Day To Remember and Of Mice & Men, through to Let Live, this EP is laden with punchy riffs and thumping beats, and is driven by fierce passion and true belief. From the pounding riffage and full frontal delivery of ‘Mirrors’, to the dynamic and hooky refrains of ‘It’s All Smiles and Laughter’, and the captivating ‘Rosa’, the record is infectious and impressively layered, and primed to take the band to the giddy heights of the UK scene.


Athenas Word – Lasting Legacy

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It seems that across 2015, and indeed going back to last year, there has been a tide of highly enjoyable new post and melodic hardcore protagonists leaping on the senses with varying success. There have been some truly impressive debuts and some carrying the real potential of major things to grip attention. As we reflect whilst tapping keys though, few have been a truly lingering proposal with a sound easy to recall at a sniff of a memory, bands which have made a truly inescapable impact. Death Kindly Waits For Me is one band which definitely had that success and now we are eager to add Athenas Word. The Dutch band makes its introduction with the Lasting Legacy EP, a debut that musically captivates ears and imagination, if admittedly without dramatically reshaping the genre with major originality, yet. That alone makes the release a potent confrontation but aligned to a rousing vocal attack which is empowered by various strains of punk; it is a bruising and fiercely exhilarating tempest that just excites.

Athenas Word was officially formed in the Autumn of 2014, though the seeds and some songs in the band’s armoury went back to the previous year when bassist Tjerk Goselink and guitarists Dennis Sjoers and Jerry Klein initially began working on their vision of the project. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of While She Sleeps, Napoleon, Architects, and Heights, a few artists Athenas Word has also been compared too, the band’s full line-up was completed by early 2015 with the addition of vocalist Erik Voestermans last year and drummer Kasper Stap this. The band has been a potent roar on the Dutch live scene since, whilst taking time out to record and release the already well-received Lasting Legacy. Now the EP gets a reboot into broader attention and European markets, a nudge to be quickly supported by the band live as they become a more widely visible proposition.

Athena's Word Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     It opens with Deserved Freedom, an instantly arousing sonic bellow which does take its time setting up the senses before launching a ravenous rhythmic assault within a web of guitar causticity and enterprise. It is an imposing assault which, even in its more even tempered moments, is a ravenous proposal driven by the excellent belligerent roars of Voestermans. Within the first blaze of melodic toxicity and bracing brutality, a contagious quality soaks the varied textures of imagination, some loud and vocal within the tempest and some a fascinating squirm in the belly of the hardcore fuelled storm. It is an outstanding start resonating in ears and thoughts after its departure and whipping up a hungry appetite to hear more in its wake.

Death From Above is the first to feed that fresh greed, its opening also a quickly thick enticement ensuring rich focus is a given. Vocals and rhythms are a carnivorous proposition but find themselves entwined in an acidic tendril of guitar which tempers and enhances the song’s venomous seduction simultaneously. Once more the vocals just hit the spot. They are not spectacular but in grasping an organic mix of punk and grizzly rock rapacity, provide something different and highly flavoursome to song and release. As its predecessor, the track comes to a great abrupt halt; its job done, nothing more to say attitude adding to the power of its drama and success.

The following Wolfpack makes a more ‘conventional’ entrance, melodies wrapping hostile intensity as vocals and rhythms badger. The more adventurous aspects come as the track merges relative emotive calms with the maelstrom of volatility driving the track, the anthemic latter admittedly, for personal tastes, where the song has its most potent elements. It is a rousing incitement making way for another in Honour The Fallen, a similarly structured and creatively shaped rabidity of emotions and sound. In contrast, it is the imaginative ebbs in the fury that impresses most, they coming in varying stages and designs with Athenas Word never getting indulgent or relinquishing its carnivorous and uncompromising intimidation. More of a grower than instant success compared to the first two songs, it blossoms into another rich persuasion to help the EP get emotions and anticipation of future endeavours excited.

Lasting Legacy is brought to a close by This Is How It Ends, another roar of rock ‘n’ roll and post hardcore intrusiveness that grows into its full temptation over numerous plays. It never quite matches its companions in strength, it missing a certain spark of imagination yet leaves satisfaction healthy and enjoyment for the whole sonic tempest of the EP full.

It is going to be interesting to see how Athenas Word develops, and no doubt be highly enjoyable at the same time, but they could not have got off to a stronger and more persuasive start than with Lasting Legacy.

The Lasting Legacy EP is out now @

Pete Ringmaster 28/10/2015

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