Being As An Ocean – Self Titled

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Unleashing the successor to their acclaimed album How We Both Wondrously Perish of 2014, US melodic hardcore band Being As An Ocean, easily reinforce their already potent reputation with a new self-titled proposition. Building on what fuelled the last release whilst pushing its boundaries and imagination that little bit more, the new album is a captivating and fiercely accomplished offering, and though it did not consistently set our ears ablaze, it is one of the most refreshing encounters heard this year which at its heights is seriously rousing and in its less dramatic moments simply thorough enjoyment.

Creating emotive and tempestuous incitements from a fusion of melodic hardcore, post-hardcore, and metalcore, to condense the veins of flavours running through their sound, the Californian bred Being As An Ocean swiftly engages attention and imagination with the opening to first track Little Richie. Mellow keys and vocals unite for the initial atmospheric coaxing though that tender lure is soon engulfed in crisp beats and caustic vocals aligned to more merciful flames of guitar. It is a striking proposal which evolves with every emerging passage of ideation, continually revealing fresh invention whilst remaining as imposing and provocative as possible.

The strong start is quickly eclipsed by the following Ain’t Nobody Perfect where the ear gripping vocals of Joel Quartuccio reveal strong emotive textures in a varied delivery, an emotional success matched by the powerful clean tones of Michael McGough. Personal tastes mean the latter’s cleaner range is the one which sparks the appetite most but there is no escaping the strength and quality of Quartuccio’s aggressive squalls and spoken expression, and the way he masterfully uses them. The guitars of Tyler Ross and McGough similarly abrase and seduce across this and each track, their raw base an inflammatory persuasion on ears and individual imagination at times a spellbinding emprise to anticipate and devour.

IMP006_RingMaster Review The Zealot’s Blindfold spills angst and ire with every turn in its thick emotive landscape, vocals the rigorous vehicle for their narrative. Their expulsions of emotional fire are tempered and inspired by the eventful lines from Ralph Sica’s bass whilst drummer Connor Denis muscularly punctuates every expression offered. The track is another slice of seriously resourceful songwriting with an interpretation which is barely anything less than venomous. With the guitars and McGough’s soaring melodic tones the biggest thrills, the impressing encounter makes way for the excellent Sleeping Sicarii which has ears and appetite hooked from its opening of an almost senses grinding torrent of repetitive grooves. It is a stirring start which slips a touch as a spoken delivery aligns to a more relaxed enticement, though the bass seizes another chance to throatily seduce at the same time. The song comes vivaciously alive again when intensity and virulence breaks out to raise the temperature and thrills, a potency matched by a tremendous flight of choral harmonies later in the song amidst McGough’s rich croon.

A similar template feeds the heart and ferocity of Judas, Our Brother next, again Being As An Ocean masterly moving through melodic and predacious scenery within constantly varying climates. The song also reinforces that each track needs close attention and time to reveal all the nooks and creative crannies within, greater rewards as thrillingly shown here and proven again by the fascinating Saint Peter always the result from immersing under the surface tempest. Melancholic yet elegant keys hug the spoken narrative of Quartuccio to open up the subsequent song, guitars a quickly joining enticing within a brooding atmospheric charm. In no time though, Being As An Ocean expels crescendos of creative theatre and emotional energy, again the lead vocalist a gripping unchained protagonist within a rich and expansive web of sound.

Though not quite sparking as consistently as its outstanding predecessor, the emotional fire that is Forgetting Is Forgiving The I still provides moments which simply bewitch whilst only arousing thick satisfaction whilst The World As A Stage merges a celestial melodic shimmer with the raw Quartuccio antagonism to create a compelling storm of heart driven reflection and turmoil. As much as it is forcibly abrasive and caustic, the song is melodically turbulent, once more an intensive tapestry crafted and unveiled by the band.

The closing pair of first Sins Of The Father and lastly …And Their Consequence bring the album to an enthralling close. Both tracks twist through fiercely voracious and emotionally subdued drama across their dynamic proposals, the first almost burning with passion and sonic anxiety whilst its successor is even more emotionally apprehensive and musically incendiary with it’s searing anthemic blaze led by Quartuccio in full passion backed just as potently by McGough’s impressive voice.

The tracks are again evolving adventures providing a great end to an impressive release. As suggested earlier personal tastes waned in some aspects of songs, certainly over initial listens, but the fact that a constant returning to the release and a lingering persuasion bred by individual songs is a persistent outcome from every listen, provides the evidence to the success of Being As An Ocean, band and album.

Being As An Ocean is released in Europe and the UK on 6th July via Impericon Records and available in the US now through InVogue Records

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RingMaster 06/07/2015

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Tvivler – Negativ Psykologi #1

photo by Mads Ogstrup Nielsen

photo by Mads Ogstrup Nielsen

A rousing of the passions like no other; that is probably the best description of the effect the debut EP from Danish noise punks Tvivler had on our tender ears. Bristling with four tracks of something between post hardcore, noise rock, and sonic ferocity, Negativ Psykologi #1 is a blistering trespass of rabid virulence, an addiction in the making for fans of anyone from At The Drive-In and KEN mode to Kabul Golf Club and Coilguns. Band and release has a sound and presence though which is equally unique from those suggestions, a personality and freshness of its own which translates as one of the most exciting debuts in recent times.

Formed last year, Tvivler (Danish for doubter) hails from Copenhagen and comprises the united talent from numerous other Scandinavian bands. Vocalist Thomas Burø is a member of Lack whilst bassist Morten Ogstrup Nielsen is part of instrumental progressive metallers Town Portal. Completing the line is guitarist Thomas Feltheim from Obstacles and drummer Morten Clausen, the pair also part of hardcore band Children Of Fall. The quartet bring an eclectic mix of styles from their other projects into Tvivler but yet again the band emerges with something wholly distinct from those spices and other propositions breeding a similar assault of sound.

front coverReputation Radio/RingMaster Review   The first instalment in a 7″ trilogy, Negativ Psykologi #1 simply explodes in ears with the first breath of opener Almanak, guitars spreading a sonic rub quickly joined by raw and catchy riffs amidst scything rhythms as well as the scorching tones of Burø. There is an immediate contagion to the encounter, hooks and grooves uniting in a web of irresistible sonic flirtation whilst vocals squall with a just as gripping persuasion. UK band The Gaa Gaas spring to mind at times as the tones of Burø climb over the wiry strands of guitar, his magnetic pull the perfect temper to the carnivorous enticing from the throat of the bass and the emerging dance of surf and post punk imagination.

At two minutes it is far too short but in its brief presence an inescapable slavery of ears and emotions making it easy for the following Tænder to turn up the heat and passions. It too has no interest in offering a gentle entrance, bundling itself through ears in a ball of antagonistic bass and jangly guitar temptation courted by Clausen’s concussive beats. It is a thick assault of busy sound but with a clear centre from which Burø unveils the narrative with acidic prowess. Living up to its title, the song switches around with striking invention and rhythmic agitation, guitars and drum sticks a maelstrom of unpredictability to which the bass provides its own twisted grudge. With a whiff of bands like The Mai Shi to it, the tempest is an anthem to the primal and disorientated amongst us and quite scintillating.

Træfælder opens on a portentous ambience wrapping church bells, but an atmosphere taking less than a second to become a cauldron of unsettling suggestiveness leading to a furnace of guitar causticity and raw vocal bewitchment. As imposing and abrasive as the delivery of Burø and in turn the backing of the band are, they expel a ringing harmonious lure which is as seductive and disturbing as the kaleidoscope of psyche sucking adventure around them. The song’s title means traps and there is indeed no escaping the addictive hold of the song, another living up to its name and keeping ears with a greedy appetite chained.

The EP finishes with Tyndhudet, the harshest, most disorientating fury on the release. Each track within Negativ Psykologi #1 gets progressively rawer and violent, the closer bringing the release to a hellacious and abrasing finale. It is not all raw confrontation though, Tvivler again spinning a weave of infectious hooks and addictive grooves which just light body and imagination. Drums and bass are bestial it is fair to say against that alluring tempting but even they have moments where lust gets the best of them and they ease off a whisper to add fresh flirtation.

The track is a glorious end to a stunning encounter. Tvivler and their sound is not going to be for everyone of course but if those hints earlier get the juices bubbling and indeed post and neat hardcore as well as noise and punk rock too, then Negativ Psykologi #1 is going to bring some ecstasy to your lives.

Negativ Psykologi #1 is out now @ http://tvivler.bandcamp.com/releases

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RingMaster 23/06/2015

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Conduit – Life On Repeat

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‘All things come to he who waits’ they say and certainly that is the case for fans of UK band Conduit as they release debut album Life On Repeat six years since emerging upon the melodic hardcore scene. Since stepping forth in 2009, the West Midlands quintet has encouraged a rich and loyal fan base alongside earning a rich reputation for their live presence. Now national attention is under potent persuasion through Life On Repeat, and from someone having their first introduction to Conduit through the album, it is a fine quest bound for success.

The Coventry band consists of vocalist/bassist Dave Boyle, lead guitarist Ian Harris, rhythms guitarist Steve Hodge, and drummer Dave Roberts, a foursome taking inspirations from the likes of Underoath, Haste The Day, and Rise Against into their thick mix of sound within a post/melodic hardcore template. Lyrically there is a seeding in the band’s faith which never imposes yet has clarity within the bustling sounds around them. As mentioned, live Conduit has earned their spurs and rich praise, the sharing of stages with bands such as War Of Ages, As Cities Burn, Listener, Continents, Heights, Oh Sleeper, Hacktivist, Through Solace, Max Raptor, and Fathoms acclaimed moments on their CV. There is open energy and dynamism to Life On Repeat which can only echo the band’s stage vivacity, and though for personal tastes the release ebbs and flows in its demands on ears and emotions, from start to finish Conduit offer a thoroughly magnetic proposition.

Eyes Wide Shut sets things rolling, a blaze of guitar amidst a sonic wind an immediate coaxing soon evolving into a vivacious tempest of sound and vocal intensity. Boyle offers a duel attack, at times his delivery a raw squalling enticement and in others a strong clean roar. Riffs and hooks align to keep ears under intensive encouragement and hostility too, whilst rhythms demand attention as they frame the creative turbulence within. It is a striking start to the album continued with equal success by Sovereign. A sonic jangle awakens ears first, its lure quickly joined by eager rolling rhythms, and in turn another web of vocals. A lot of attention is given to the vocals by the band, not to the detriment of anything else but to provide a varied and just as energetic offering as the music. It is an on-going side to the album which works a treat with the melodic tones of Boyle the scene stealer against his coarser incitements. As the opener, the track bellows and entices with invention and craft, even if it uses existing genre templates rather than crafts its own.

Conduit cover_Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review    The lighter and warm infectiousness of The Road swiftly shows there is more to the songwriting and imagination of the band than vociferous intensity. An electro bubbling lies in the belly of the proposal, whilst the melodies cast spring emotion and warmth in song and ears. The harsh assaults of vocals are not as successful for personal tastes against the excellent clean delivery of Boyle and the flow of the encounter, but do not prevent ears and satisfaction being captivated before making way for the bands new single, Others. The song is a lively, emotive stroll of pop rock with dramatic shadows and a fiery enterprise leaving only satisfaction in its wake.

The reflective throaty melody bringing next up Pulled From The Water is a mouth-watering entrance backed up by leaner but no less enthralling lures of guitar and bass. The raw vocals again do not quite work with ears, at this point the realisation that the draw for us is definitely the cleaner side of Boyle’s vocal presence coming through, though once the song erupts within its balladry with a caustic climate the growling tones make a pleasing hue. The song smoulders for the main though, making stronger proposals with every listen as does Let Your Breath Become Your Sound, after the brief intro presence of Interlude leading into it. The song is a tempest of angst cured calm and volatile emotion drenched atmospheres, an unpredictable and gripping landscape of sound and creative tenacity.

Previous single Outstretched Arms makes a telling hook for the senses and appetite, its voracious flaming and contagious catchiness combining for an encounter which intimidates and seduces simultaneously. The prime groove and rhythms are addictive bait whilst melodies and vocals create anthemic potency even with agitated and unsettled emotion coating their every move. It is no surprise the song alone raised additional anticipation amongst newcomers to Conduit for the album, such its forceful but endearing tempest.

Endearing is a great description for the closing We Were Kings too, the song a masterful tapestry of all the key and potent essences of the Conduit songwriting and sound. Light and dark essences court each other’s strengths whilst aggression and warm radiance almost battle as they align within the outstanding end to the album. The best song on Life On Repeat brings it to an end and ensures the release is a lingering memory.

It is fair to say that the admittedly increasingly enjoyable Life On Repeat did not ignite a fire inside as often as we would have hoped but only down to personal wants than any real deficiencies found within what is a thoroughly enjoyable and appetite awakening release. We watch the next step of Conduit with keen interest, and if it is more of the same then there will still be few particularly disappointed.

Life On Repeat is available from June 1st through all stores.

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RingMaster 01/06/2015

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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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RingMaster 20/04/2015

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