Papertowns. – With You In Mind

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Being a simple soul, it has been hard to understand how a band can start with one genre and suddenly change to embrace a distinctly different one. Assumptions would be they start with the style/direction that lights their fires and continues to evolve it to fulfil their potential with the hope of success. There are probably numerous examples of artists doing this that are escaping thoughts as fingers click keys, but undoubtedly Ministry is the most obvious example. You can be sure many do it to chase the success and bucks, though something you cannot accuse the Al Jourgensen band of nor we would suggest Papertowns., a US band according to the press release for their new EP also undertaking that kind of change, though maybe not quite as massive a leap. The Arizonia quintet formed in 2012 as a hardcore provocation but last year after a line-up change “decided to change their genre in hopes of creating a more sharable form of music that not only they could enjoy, but many others could enjoy as well.” How potent their sound was before we cannot say but the band’s new release suggests that with their now emo/angst fuelled rock they are a band to keep an eye on.

Hailing from Phoenix, Papertowns. released their debut release the following year in the shape of Passion/Aggression EP. It was followed and supported by the five-piece going on tour across the southern half of America with Vices and Hotel Books. As mentioned 2014 saw the band undergo a personnel change and subsequently the reassessment of their future leading to the big change in sound. It was not long before they took to the studio to create their new/first offering since the shift. Recorded with engineer/producer Zachary Rippy, the With You In Mind EP has emerged as an attention sparking and flavoursome proposal. How existing fans will have taken to the move only they can say but for newcomers the release, via Famined Records who the band signed with also last year, makes for an intriguing enjoyment.

WYIMFront     Drift Away is the first track from the EP to entice ears, guitar and mellow vocals a gentle, reflective, and slightly sombre initial caress. A brief engagement in length, the track is soon becomes an impassioned roar of vocal anxiety and sonic intensity which subsequently drifts away allowing the following Late Night to step forward with its own mix of melody rich contemplation and tempestuous emotion. Never anything less than stormy, the song still makes a warm and inventive entrance, guitars spinning an engaging and volatile web of sound and expression matched by vocals which at times wander a little but essentially provide another strong emotive flame to the proposition. A great throaty bass line throbs throughout whilst drum rhythms do not intrude with any real venom yet are snappy when needed to be. As the EP eventually emulates, the song is an appealing further introduction to the band, one with a few unsure elements but with far more promise which outweighs their deficiencies whilst sparking an appetite for the band’s enterprise.

Next up is Change, its modest first touch soon a wiry enticing of sonic imagination and spicy melodies courted by a much more forceful rhythmic coaxing. Vocals again are swiftly at the scene and impressively blossoming as they expand to fill the climactic sky of the fuzzily warm and slightly caustic incitement. In no time the track shows a stronger endeavour and imagination than its predecessors, creating enthralling aural scenery around its melancholic narrative and ensuring its three minutes simply fly by.

Empty similarly casts a weave of varied sonic endeavour, the diversely seeded strands entwining around firm rhythms and another vocal display which is especially vibrant when harmonies and multiple voices converge on the senses. The shimmering sultry air of the song is magnetic whilst the turn to a predatory intent through riffs and beats is captivating, though the success is diminished a touch by the closing raw ire hitting voice and sound. Nevertheless there is plenty to be fascinated by and to find keen interest for, reinforced by the spiralling melodic intensity and provocative atmosphere of Dusk which serenades with feisty energy and unpredictable emotion next. It is another song which finds a greater inventiveness and creative intensity, holding ears and thoughts with ease. The warmth of the songs as here, is never given an easy ride by the sonic and emotive turbulence driving each encounter, but again in the penultimate song on the EP makes for a pulsating and potent embrace.

Final song Old Days is a tapestry of guitar enterprise and individual prowess, a showing of rich craft within one last cauldron of emotional unrest. It is an enthralling end to a strong release and though With You In Mind did not have the passions on fire, it is fair to say that as a first glimpse at the new direction of Davy Comyns, Dillon Clinton, Harrison Miller, Jordan Leal, and Jonathan Brown, it makes a healthy and pleasing base for further adventures and enjoyments.

The With You In Mind EP is available now via Famined Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/with-you-in-mind-ep/id982975869

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RingMaster 13/05/2015

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CONDUIT put ‘Life On Repeat’ from 1st June

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Coventry post-hardcore crew ‘Conduit’ are set to break with their ear-shattering debut album ‘Life On Repeat’, which is out through all stores on Monday 1st June.

Born in the West Midlands in 2009, Conduit are comprised of Dave Boyle working on bass & guitar, Ian Harris dishing out the riffs, Steve Hodge providing rhythm guitar and Dave Roberts hammering at the drums. Far from possessing the typical CVs you’d associate with many of today’s up-and-coming melodic hardcorers, two of the band members helped create a floor that appeared in a James Bond film, another volunteered for work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and their lead singer used to spend his days working in a giant freezer. There is certainly something oft-kilter about Conduit, and it makes the ascending quartet even more intriguing.

The four-piece have a strong bond and friendship, and this solidarity seeps from their music. The Midlanders have a clear philosophy and have grafted diligently for the past seven years on shaping their sound and spreading their manifesto. With influences ranging from Underoath, Haste The Day and Rise Against, Conduit have fashioned a brand of post-hardcore that will batter its way through your skull, tug at your heartstrings, and genuinely make you think. The foursome maintain an earnest approach to song-writing united with meaningful lyrical content, rhythmic refrains, and thoughtful arrangements.

The band have also clocked up the mileage on the road and after a successful run of shows throughout the UK supporting everyone from War Of Ages, As Cities Burn, Listener, Continents, Heights, Oh Sleeper, Hacktivist, Through Solace, Max Raptor and Fathoms, to name a few, the foursome squirreled away, bracing themselves for a lengthy stint in the recording studio. They soon began work on their debut album, ‘Life On Repeat’, and emerged from the studio in 2015 with an absolute gem of a record.

‘Life On Repeat’ showcases the band at their best, casting a brilliant light on their shrewd ability to fuse and unify genres, despatching intoxicating songs that contort and wrap themselves around your ears. Opener ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ blows the roof off with its hi-octane vigour and full frontal assault, while ‘The Road’ displays the combo’s deft knack for delivering a contagious hook that will bed down with you for a spell. Their forthcoming single, ‘Others’, again highlights the quartet’s guile and astute use of dynamics to dramatic effect. Their previous single ‘Outstretched Arms’ further cements the unit’s unbridled quality as the track draws you in with its powerful hook and explosive rhythms, leaving you craving for more.

-CONDUIT RELEASE ‘LIFE IN REPEAT’ ON MONDAY 1st JUNE FROM ALL STORES & OUTLETS-

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Kill The Silence – Self Titled

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Inspirations to UK band Kill The Silence are said to include the likes of Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon, and Reuben and it is the latter which most comes to mind as the band’s debut release sets about inciting an excited appetite for their sounds. The self-titled EP from the Leeds quartet is an explosive roar of imagination and fierce energy with potential oozing from every idea and twist whilst an already nurtured enterprise simply floods the four-track rampage. Release and band straight away stirred up a bloom of pleasure in ears and emotions but now after numerous excursions across its raging sonic rapids it is fair to say that responses offered now come with a healthy dose of lust.

Kill The Silence emerged in mid-2013 and it was not long before their ferocious mix of alternative rock, post-hardcore, and melodic metal was earning invites to play shows and appearances at festivals. The time since forming has seen the foursome of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jason Walsh, lead guitarist Sam Rickerby, bassist Jack Townend, and drummer Reece Cockayne play with bands such as Fearless Vampire Killers, Blitz Kids, Max Raptor, The Family Ruin, Attention Thieves, Ashestoangels, Yashin, Mallory Knox, The Defiled, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Rolo Tomassi across the north of the UK. Now the whole of Britain is their target and it is easy to suggest that their first EP just might be all it needs to push the band into the broadest national spotlight.

Kill The Silence Cover Art     The EP opens up with the band’s current single Get Out, Get Out! and swiftly has ears engaged in a blend of riffs and melodies. It is a raw introduction mellowing out with the clean vocals of Walsh who in turn reveals his prowess at offering raucous throat bred squalls and angst hued harmonies. His delivery is nothing less than impressive, something applying to all elements of the band to be fair. Bleeding addictive citric grooves and disorientating rhythms, the track continues to explore a widening expanse of rock music for a potent start to the EP, though the song is the ‘weakest’ on the EP for personal tastes with the major excitement and might of Kill The Silence coming in the following trio of tracks.

Darling is next and from a muffled rhythmic shuffle explodes into an intimidating blaze of sonic ferocity and vocal hostility, both soaked in instant anthemic persuasion. The track proceeds to lurch and scythe through the senses with its volatile animosity and virulent contagion, that Reuben spicing a loud whisper in the tempest of punk and metal with melodically lined rock ‘n’ roll. The searing and psyche seeded hooks of the song are irresistible on top of this whilst the sheer energy and passion of the band is fuel to its voracious fire and indeed ire.

The major inciting of ears and emotions continues just as forcibly with S.S.D.D, its opening prowl of low key but suggestive riffs courted by a nagging single-minded bait of beats. There is a menace and intensity to the track from its first breath too, one slowly brewing up a storm which erupts in a web of riffs and cantankerous rhythms driven by rawer but no less magnetic vocals. The muscularly swinging beats of Cockayne dominate the sound in some ways, a very small niggle over the production there, but it only adds to the confrontation and explosive character of the outstanding song. Though again openly infectious, the song is a predator, from voice to beats, riffs to barbarous hooks, it looks to challenge the senses as it takes the EP up another level.

It is a step soon outshone by the best song on the release in Chapter II. A waspish groove almost instantly emerges to seduce and bind ears and appetite, springing from a bracing bluster of guitar and bass aligned to again wickedly swung beats. It is a toxic and intoxicating lure buffeted by another strong variety of vocals and the tempestuous heart of the dirty and ravenous song. Drawing on the most metal honed and carnivorous aspects of the band’s sound, the track equally entangles catchy pop rock and melodic ferocity into its tempest, creating a song the Reuben boys would have been more than proud of.

The EP is a seriously exciting and attention stealing introduction to Kill The Silence, the first of many impressive and incendiary offerings ahead we suspect as they do indeed spark a pungent nationwide spotlight on their blistering sound and presence.

The Kill The Silence EP is available from April 20th through all stores.

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Come The Spring – Revive EP

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   Come The Spring, come the roar, certainly on the evidence of the UK band’s new EP Revive, a creative bellow which simply ignites ears and emotions. The six track encounter is a tempest of alternative and punk rock, a feisty and impassioned encounter which from a decent but strong start emerges as one fiery and memorable proposition. The EP comes with a snarling attitude and aggressive nature but around its confrontational jaws, band and songs unveil a resourceful and melodic tenacity which is as alluring as the intensity within both is ferocious.

Brighton bred Come The Spring formed in 2012, its line-up including previous members of bands like Rydell. It was not long before locally and subsequently across the UK, that the band’s live presence was earning them a potent reputation and loyal following, The sharing of stages with artists such as Hot Water Music, Green Day, Braid, Texas is the Reason, Appleseed Cast, Piebald, No FX, Samiam and numerous more only accelerated their ascent and reinforced their reputation for having a striking and uncompromisingly stirring sound. Released via Engineer Records, Revive is the band’s new assault on a broader attention, an encounter easy to see earning rewarding success.

EP opener 24 makes an ear pleasing and imaginative introduction to the release, its initial stroke of guitar the prelude to an emotive melodic caress and potent rhythmic enticement. It is welcoming coaxing also carrying a rawer edge, a provocative texture just as keen in the swiftly impressing tones of vocalist Sam Craddock. The song slips into an increasingly rigorous stroll whilst a volatile energy and causticity brews in the heart of vocals and the expanding sound. The snarling bassline is a constant intimidation in this but it is the following blaze of angst in Craddock’s delivery which finally ignites the air, expelling agonized tones against the magnetically radiate enterprise of guitarists David Gamage and Simon Goodrick. The track provides a highly satisfying incitement, the bass of Mark Wilkinson almost persistently carnivorous as it backs the rampantly skilled swings of drummer Jamie Donbroski, but lacks that final spark which would turn an undoubted impressive proposal into a great one.

The brief chilled ambience and sonic ire of the following Winterlude is the same, an accomplished and intriguing offering but pleasing rather than exciting before things really kick up a gear in CTS.Revive.CDcoverappeal and invention. Memory and Resonance is next, launching another deliciously throaty bassline and fiercely expressive vocals at the listener from its first breath. To this guitars swiftly add their vibrant and spirited endeavour to the shadowed heart of the increasingly gripping post hardcore seeded track too. It all breeds an anthemic potency which was less pronounced in the first pair of songs and gains even greater contagion from the next up Air That I’m Breathing onwards. The fourth track of Revive is a wonderfully turbulent yet melodically engrossing tempest of emotion and craft, a tempting fusion of alternative and melodic rock with punk antagonism, and another rich roar that inescapably gets under the skin and into the passions. The EP started in fine fettle but by this point is really revelling in a fresh creative prowess and the potential of one increasingly impressing band.

Maps comes next and from a charmingly subdued and melodically evocative start, courted by great bass sculpted shadows, explores an intimate and increasingly expansive bellow of emotion and sound. The guitars flame with sonic flair and inventive enterprise whilst vocally once more Craddock shows the power of his voice and expression. It is hard to day that the track allows a breath between the more voracious characters of the songs around it such its intense passion, but it is fair to say that it is a less agitated storm amidst its predecessor and the closing might of Home, Sick and Tired. The final track has the biggest punk heart and hostility of all the songs but is still unafraid to exploit the rich hues of searing melodies as it provides a dramatic and thrilling, fully rounded creative storm.

It and Air That I’m Breathing steal the show, suggesting the future capability of the band to create inspirational songs and templates for fierce rock ‘n’ roll is ripening nicely. They are tracks strongly backed by the rest of the collection of highly enjoyable songs though, so much so that Revive leaves only excited and impressed thoughts on Come The Spring.

The Revive EP is available digitally now and on CD from on 22nd March 2015 via Engineer Records

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RingMaster 13/03/2015

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Not Tonight Josephine – Self Titled EP

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Released the same week as the new self-titled EP from Not Tonight Josephine, the debut release from UK band Death Kindly Waits For Me ignited a fresh breath in the post hardcore scene. It set down, even in its raw but potential drenched proposition, a new adventure for the genre which for us made a marker all other offerings would now have to match up against. The Florida hailing quintet are the unfortunate ones to step up next and within hours of that striking release, the first to have to impress new demands and hopes. It is fair to say that Not Tonight Josephine do a fine job, their six track encounter might not have that special ingredient we found so thrilling but it out crafts and out shines most other post hardcore proposals over recent months to leave thick pleasure in its wake.

The band has been working on the new release since mid-2014, creating songs to push their sound on again from its acclaimed successor, the Common Gold EP released the previous year. With a more aggressive and voracious character to it, the band has certainly achieved that with the EP and it is right to suggest the release is their finest moment yet. Not Tonight Josephine formed in 2008 and has consistently lured in praising attention locally and across broader spotlights leading up to that previous EP. Live too they have earned a potent reputation, shows with the likes of A Day To Remember, Underoath, Ice Nine Kills, Rise Against, New Found Glory, and The Colour Morale only adding to that. Common Gold followed a line-up change and seemed to find that flush of heavier and arguably rawer adventure which now roars from within the Not Tonight Josephine EP. As mentioned at the start, for us the bar has been raised recently, but it is all relative to personal tastes and definitely this new protagonist leaves only the fullest satisfaction and impressed reactions.

Recorded with From First To Last duo Taylor Larsen and Spencer Sotelo, the EP opens with brief instrumental ;) . It is an atmospheric forty seconds which intrigues but is really the intro to the following ReEmerge. Why it has its own track listing it is hard to know but it is soon a thought of the past as the new track erupts with thumping beats and aggressive riffs bound in an instantly inviting melodic enterprise. Even as the song settles in to its tempestuous stride, the swings of drummer Christian Turt show no mercy, only impressing with their weight and tenacity. The raging image005vocal squalls of frontman Danny Garry and bassist Evan Foley also have a potent angst and attitude to them but it is the clean delivery of Garry that really impresses and steals the attention. It is fair to say that post hardcore bands have been predominantly impressing and grabbing our plaudits through the melodic side of their attack vocally, maybe too much of the same caustic shouting talking its toll on our patience and simply feeding expectations, and there is no doubting the might of that area in Not Tonight Josephine matched by the creative enterprise evolving round them. The use of strings and production twists only add to the drama and increasing success of the song, unpredictability an open weapon in the great start.

The following Nothing To Show is a brawl of vocal hostility and antagonistic sounds from the off, riffs and beats a delicious baiting as they intimidate and lead the listener into a maelstrom of vocal deliveries and twang lit grooves under a thunderous sky of attitude and sound. Not quite having the individuality of its predecessor or the imaginative punch, the song still intrigues and persuades with its mix of almost metalcore hostility, djent bred ferocity, and melodic expression woven by the skills of guitarists Scott Vallina and James Purcell. Whereas the last song broke ranks, this feeds expectations for the post hardcore sound, something you can say about Eyes which follows. Featuring a guest performance from Spencer Sotelo too, the track bellows and revolves with ear seizing adventure and satisfaction breeding pugnacity. It is wholly enjoyable but again does not surprise which is a real want in our admittedly demanding tastes.

Don’t Hold Your Tongue though is another matter, a fairer and mellower croon, it is bewitching. It is melodic rock at its captivating best, the balladry of sound and Garry’s outstanding vocals spellbinding and another excuse for us to say less caustic styling ahead please; save just for textural use. Song and band reveal a fresh charm to their songwriting and composing through it, with only the ever fiery beats of Turt offering dark and complimenting intensity.

The final song finds the band back in turbulent mood. Barefaced also shows the band to have the kind of invention and skill to help drive their genre on to new heights. The song is sensational, the EP’s top temptation where even the aggressive squalls work perfectly within the unbridled animosity and inventive spite of the encounter. It is a predator of a song but also an inescapable seduction, tearing the senses asunder then soothing the wounds with a vocal and harmonic caress. It has something special, a heavy dosage of startling and exciting imagination in thought and sound which reignites, what are becoming, tired ears for the standard post hardcore template.

Not Tonight Josephine band and EP is a highly enjoyable and impressing encounter; yes we know we have become picky and did pick here, but we come away from the release with satisfaction full and hopes for new creative blood in this genre re-energised a little more.

The Not Tonight Josephine EP is available from March 3rd

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RingMaster 03/03/2015

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Death Kindly Waits For Me – Wire Iron Blood

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Let us cut to the chase right away and suggest that Wire Iron Blood might just be the best and certainly one of the most exciting post hardcore debut in recent times. An introduction to UK quartet Death Kindly Waits For Me, the three track release is a striking and dramatically captivating protagonist for ears and imagination, and the fact that it suggests there is plenty more in the creative tank of the band yet to be explored and developed only increases its impact. Expressively provocative with a sound coming from the At The Drive In/Fall Of Troy end of an ever broadening genre, Death Kindly Waits For Me is a dramatic fresh breath in the British post hardcore scene.

Northamptonshire bred, Death Kindly Waits For Me began towards the beginning of 2014, taking inspirations from the likes of Thursday, Being As An Ocean, Finch, and Taking Back Sunday into their emerging invention. Their melody rich and aggressive sound was soon drawing potent attention locally and even further afield as their increasing live presence saw the foursome sharing stages with bands such as Decade, Light You Up, Devil Sold His Soul, Terraform, Emp!re, Our Hollow Our Home, Hey Vanity, Attention Thieves and Flood Of Red. Now a national attention is on the radar as Wire Iron Blood is uncaged, and it is fair to say that expectations are already confident in the band’s success in luring a wider spotlight.

The EP opens with the outstanding Cutting Room Floor, a sonic lure swiftly thrusting ears into the impassioned vocals of Adam Fitch, his clean and earnest tones instantly magnetic. Alongside him the guitar of Max Freeston slowly spreads a coarsely melodic lure whilst the heavy bass tones of Adam Cator, just as quickly adds dark haunting shadows. Pierced by the controlled and reserved but rapier like strikes of drummer Josh Miller, it is not a dramatic start yet thoroughly intriguing and awakening an appetite to hear more. Soon into a steady stride and still employing the creative weave which set things off, the song increasingly impresses as it expands its presence musically and vocally, Fitch superb with his distinctive angst fuelled tones whilst the DEath KIndly...more punkish offering of Freeston is a potent backing and the raw roars of Cator nicely caustic. An additional anthemic strength emerges in the song and though musically maybe it does not blaze with startling originality there is nothing but freshness and adventure to the opener.

The same strengths flows though the following Best Friends. It character is shadowed and emotionally dark yet it flames with a contagious energy and a rigorously exciting imagination. Vocally once more the track shines whilst riffs and melodies create an infectious proposal which, as the EP, becomes more addictively enjoyable over time. That Fall Of Troy feel is a bright whisper across the song, whilst other elements hint at the more experimental adventure of The Mai Shi at times, but as the song evolves from a raging stomp into a melancholic croon in its finale, the track is thrillingly individual to Death Kindly Waits For Me.

The closing Decade Of War continues the excellent temptation, its emotionally sober but energetically impassioned heart a canvas for great rhythmic enterprise and colourful guitar endeavour to wrap with craft and tenacity. Vocally of course the song continues a weighty persuasion amidst impressive sonic imagination and by its end it is hard not to sigh in disappointment that there is no more and to swiftly go back to the beginning again and ensure there is.

As mentioned at the beginning, Wire Iron Blood is a starting point for the band which shows that they have plenty to discover and push within themselves. There is little nothing to shade the potency of the release though, with no reflection on Cator, personal tastes would like to see a diminishing or loss of the aggressive vocal squalls as they often feel at odds with the rest of the vocal delivery and at times songs. It is a very minor thing of course in a potential drenched start by Death Kindly Waits For Me, a band hard not to get rather excited over.

Wire Iron Blood will be available from 2nd March through all digital stores.

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Concepts – Transitions

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Quite simply Transitions is the post-hardcore equivalent of popping candy; place it in the ears and it can seduce with a melodic calm and elegance which whets the appetite and then erupt in a tempestuous carnage of aggressive flavours and raucous temptation. The debut EP of US band Concepts, the release is a fascinating and compelling encounter, swiftly offering the evidence as to why there is a feisty buzz around the band right now but bursting with a potential suggesting we are only at the beginning of big things from and for the Houston quintet. Certainly the release is not flawless but there is barely a whisper to any ‘issues’ to temper any real enthusiasm for EP and band.

Concepts was formed in 2011 by Aaron Isbell and Jory Nunn, and despite undergoing a fair few line-up changes soon built up a thick following and potent reputation for a live presence which has seen the band play with the likes of Emery, Of Mice & Men, and Memphis May Fire, and indeed their inventive sound. Overcoming various hardships and financial difficulties which all emerging bands suffer to varying extents, the current line-up of Blake Williams, Cruz Stuart, and Barrett Powers alongside Isbell and Nunn, are ready to stir up real attention and fervour with their imaginative sound, and the Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Alesana, Issues) mastered Transitions, the spark hoping to open new spotlights.

We labelled Concepts as post-hardcore early on but to be honest and straight away shown by EP opener Posthumous, the band’s sound is bred from a rawer voracious metalcore seeding, though the song also just as rapidly reveals there is plenty of flavoursome styles and scope within songs. Its opening is a portentous ambience with apocalyptic shadows which are soon splintered by ragged riffery and sonic toxicity. The mix of guttural spite and soaring melodic vocals is striking, superbly pitched and stealing attention though so too is the spiny rhythmic animosity and scarring djent sparked enterprise unleashed. Though the track does not quite light a major fire it leaves on a quite bewitching conclusion which lifts a good song into being a great one.

The following Mirrors caresses ears with a gentle stroking of keys cupped in a harmonic vocal hug. Of course the raw and instinctively aggressive character of the song has to emerge, which it yoyoepcoveryodoes with a rugged and unpredictable savaging of the senses. The song carries on twisting between charmed melodic temptation and jaundiced belligerence, all driven by violent creativity. It is enthralling and pleases with ease if again not quite finding that final spark to ignite the passions.

Both tracks have a fluid and seamless maelstrom to them which continues across the whole release in varying ways, starting with the tantalising Vultures which from its first breath seems an easier going and more restrained slice of invention. It still holds an intimidating essence though which is given moments to uncage its rhythmic teeth and predatory hostility; scarring and ravenous expulsions which almost flirt with deathcore as well as a metalcore spawned barbarousness. Just as potent though is the harmonic croon and intimate melodies aligning the primal side of the song, they equally magnetic and unpredictable in imagination and tenacity.

The EP’s title track lays down its own unique landscape of virulent vicious rancor and melodic intrigue next; the former inciting ears and energies for the latter to swarm all over with harmonic passion. Keys and strings provide the additional lift to the song, their brief but opportune appearances a riveting texture to the ferocious snarl of the song.

The EP just gets better with every song and it is by its midway point that ardour is really aroused though the finest hour of Transitions comes with the closing Abomination. A grouchy vocal scowl sets things in motion with almost instantly heftily driven jagged riffs and pungently aggressive rhythms also lending their antagonistic hand to proceedings. It is a gripping and attention grabbing entrance by the encounter, which is soon expanding horizons and enterprise with great flames of clean vocals across a more melodically even tempered fury. It is a brewing storm though as both aspects of the track’s character entwine and flirt alternatively with its imposing narrative. From within dramatic keys and the increasingly impressive harmonies seduce too, giving slight respite from the increasingly carnivorous tempest around and beside them. It is a tremendous end to a thrilling release.

There are times where things, intricacies and nuances, get lost in the thick melee but never enough to defuse the invention and creative potency of songs and EP. Concepts is being talked of very highly right now, but expect bigger claims as Transitions lures in more and greater attention with its Betraying The Martyrs meets We Are the Ocean like, to give some idea, adventure.

The Transitions EP is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/transitions-ep/id956146009

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RingMaster 18/02/2015

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