The Lumberjack Feedback – Blackened Visions

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As debut albums go, Blackened Visions from French instrumental progressive doomsters The Lumberjack Feedback is a colossus, though maybe that is not so much a surprise given the impressive and intensive tempest of their earlier offerings. The new album though sees the band exploring even more darkly provocative depths and uncompromisingly invasive textures in their sound and sonic suggestiveness. Blackened Visions lives up to its name with physically invasive ease; providing an inventive playground for the imagination and emotions to eagerly conjure within whilst at the same time luring ears into dramatic landscapes.

The band’s first acclaimed EP Hand of Glory in 2013 set the template and intent of The Lumberjack Feedback exploration in composing and sound, it offering a highly ravenous and intrusive adventure which has only grown more compelling and creatively dynamic, not forgetting experimentally bold within Blackened Visions. Between these releases, the Lille quintet drew potent reactions with Ausstellung, a split release with We All Die (Laughing) and the live EP Noise in the Church, both in 2014. Fair to say though, that Blackened Visions sees the twin guitar craft and imagination of Simon Herbaut and Arnaud Silvert, the predacious bass trespass of Sebastien Tarridec, and the united and often duelling enterprise of drummers Nicolas Tarridec and Virgil Chaize, sculpting their most stimulating and immersive proposals yet.

Artwork_RingMaster ReviewThe band’s fusion of crushing doom metal with progressive and post rock explorations, all infused with tar like sludge and intensively fiery stoner-esque fascination, swiftly seduces and devours body and senses with the initial heavy throws of its opener No Cure (For The Fools). The track is a predator, laying down a sonic trail as menacing riffs lurk in the background before bringing it all to the intimidating fore led by the bestial instincts of bass and the united grouchy twang of the guitars. The track continues to crawl over and invade ears as it develops an equally gripping anthemic devilment to the combined but individual rapacity of the drums. There is a touch of Morkobot to the piece and equally in its raw character and volatile intensity, the scent of bands like Neurosis and Pelican, but whereas maybe in previous encounters they would be an overriding presence straight away Blackened Visions reveals a distinction solely from The Lumberjack Feedback.

The excellent start continues with the album’s title track. The melodic first touch and stormy air is an engaging but portentous melancholy fuelled invitation which only intensifies as guitars and bass entwine and creep around firm rhythmic pokes. There is a fearsome romance to the lure of the music too, even as things intrusively erupt and grooves become more sinewy as rhythms forcibly make their trespass. Darkness and invasive shadows always come equipped with a certain lure and so it is with the increasingly fiery and vitriolic landscape and indeed heart of Blackened Visions, song and album.

I, Mere Mortal steps forward next, another sonic coaxing the first contact from within which a rousing rhythmic incitement grabs the imagination and appetite. The anthemic potency of the drums is matched by a throaty bait of bass whilst a repetitive nagging from the guitars adds to the raw almost monolithic tempting enveloping the listener before spreading broader pestilential and ravenous sonic antipathy. The track is irresistible; a gloriously bruising call to arms led by, to simplify things, the thumping drama of rhythms and niggling persistence of guitar.

Karma to Burn like spicing lines Salvation next, melodic acidity which burns on the senses but sweetly entices ears and heart to its cancerous rock ‘n roll leading to intensely viscous doom and post rock spawned exploration. It is a flight into the beauty and hopeful calm found within acceptances of dark and merciless emotional and physical climates, and another song which leaves the body invigorated, thoughts stretched, and emotions exhausted.

A tapestry of drama and creative enmity follows with Dra Till Helvete, the track an addictive and mercurial beckoning turned sonic devourer leading body and imagination into the hellish depths of the underworld with rhythmic magnetism. As through all tracks, thoughts paint a picture and emotions flirt with more intimate realisation, every intrusive note and swinging beat a powerfully impacting and rabidly lingering incitement to be entangled in.

Mah Song (Horses Of God) completes the album, it a rumbling and lumbering beast merging expulsions of rock ‘n’ roll with psyche twisting post rock winds infused with danger lit melodic veins. It is a dramatic and compelling end to a demandingly impressive proposition. The Lumberjack Feedback has unlocked their most destructive and invigorating depths yet with Blackened Visions and it feels like it is just the beginning too; happy days!

Blackened Visions is out now via Kaotoxin Records digitally @ http://listen.kaotoxin.com/album/blackened-visions and as limited edition 500 copy DigiSLeeve CD with 100 copy collector edition 12″ LP on clear vinyl and 400 copy limited edition 12″ LP regular versions will be released during 2016’s second quarter at the Kaotoxin Shop.

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Eyemouth – The Flood

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The final day of 2015 saw the release of The Flood, the new EP from Swedish band Eyemouth, and the final instalment of their intent to release a quartet of EPs across last year. As its predecessors, the five track proposition is an electronic adventure for ears and imagination spun in a tapestry as raw as it is melodically seductive and as emotionally magnetic as it is thematically tempestuous. Our introduction to Eyemouth came with their excellent previous encounter Noera Genesis and there is nothing about The Flood to dampen our appetite for their compelling sound and invention.

The origins of the Göteborg hailing Eyemouth begin in 2011 with synth band Estrange and a collection of songs bred from and with a different approach to previous tracks from the Swedish band. Later that year Estrange became Eyemouth as the music continued to evolve, the likes of shaman drumming, vibraphone, tuba, and trombone being added to the expanding exploration within the band’s “more organic and instrumental direction.” It was March 2015 though, when the band’s debut release was unveiled, the Black and Blue Latitudes EP soon sparking keen attention escalated further by its successor Non Compos Mentis in June and the following Noera Genesis last September. As mentioned the final breath of last year gave up The Flood, a fourth creative tempting of light and dark textures which simply grows in ears and emotions with every passing listen.

As its predecessors, The Flood is a fusion of varied rock imagination and post rock ambience upon an electronic landscape, and as those before, a release hard to truly pin down in sound but easy to be enthralled by and lost within as shamanic rhythms alongside haunting melodies and vocals shape a tapestry of contrasting and increasingly alluring textures. It begins with I Am Never and an electronic web of pulses and punchy beats covered in welcoming yet dark lures of brass. Swiftly the quartet of Marcus Lilja, David Lilja, Tove Ekman, and Joakim Åberg has ears stirred and attention drawn, the first tempting of vocals rich enticement within the eighties hued scenery building the expanding landscape of the song. A noir colouring and expression to the encounter equally grows, especially as the quaint yet dramatic suggestiveness of the mellotron spreads across the still minimalistic but increasingly volatile exploration.

The track makes for a gripping start which only blossoms further in ears with each listen, a quality all tracks carry as shown by Pendulum. The second song also makes a low key entrance but is quick with its creative and provocative drama as that ever present tribal underbelly of rhythms and percussion cores a spreading charm of melodic and harmonic warmth aligned to melancholic beauty. Things only get richer and more unpredictable too of course; grainy industrial essences colluding with poetic folkishness and poppy rock bred imagination within the absorbing flight of sound and word.

The mellotron led visual curiousness of brief instrumental Necessitarianism follows before Away serenades the senses and thoughts with its classical keys and organic shanty like shuffle of voice and reflective melodies. An exotic air also pervades the song, a breeze blowing in varying strengths throughout the whole album where santur and accordion amongst other elements colour the unique hearts and characters of tracks and themes.

From one riveting offering to another as To Go brings The Flood to a potent close, its bewitching presence another aural fascination which is part folk song, part sea shanty, and all impressive imagination where finding new nuances and pleasures is a perpetual reward with every listen.

As Noera Genesis there is a cinematic quality to The Flood too and a ghostly air across its creative and evocative exploits which only adds to its rich and increasingly potent lure. Eyemouth are inventive drama and dark beauty for the eyes and one of Europe’s exciting emerging adventures.

The Flood EP is out now via most major online stores.

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Soundscapism Inc. – Self Titled EP

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As for so many, a definite loss was felt when Portuguese / Finnish project Vertigo Steps went on a ‘hiatus’ with no indication of whether it would ever return. This was band which never quite hit the spotlights it deserved but was no stranger to acclaim across a trio of albums alone taking the listener on impressive progressive/ambient nurtured melodic metal adventures. It seemed like the band founder, Berlin based Portuguese musician Bruno A., needed to take time out to regroup and reflect, but whatever the reason for the band being put on ‘hold’, the wait for new immersive adventure is now at an end as the musician returns with his new solo project Soundscapism Inc. and a fascinating self-titled debut EP.

In many ways, the project is a natural progression to Vertigo Steps, the music within the EP seeded in the mellower atmospheric moments of that band. The new seven track encounter is an evolution of that swiftly honing its own individual character though, revealing new exploration in songwriting and sound through bolder and even more suggestive and intimately instrumental landscapes. Similarly an even more potent cinematic air emerges across the rich emotively hued and electronically/acoustically honed proposals making up the release too. Being the creation of Bruno A. unsurprisingly there is a definite Vertigo Steps breath to the music seducing ears but employed in a proposition revealing thicker uniqueness of its own.

Soundscapism Inc. EP_RingMaster Review     The EP opens with The Breath Of Life And All Things The Sky Looked Upon, a song instantly cradling ears in the gentle smile of keys and as quickly the intriguing coaxing of guitar. Straight away an emotional suggestiveness washes over the imagination, the dreamy air of the song blessed with celestial harmonies and angelic keys as a dark stringed romance adds to its spatial. It is a merger of shadows and warmth which suggests a personal reflection being shared, and in the imagination sparks thoughts and feelings of a lone soul beneath an expansive heaven reaching sky.

It is a mesmeric start continued by The Quiet Grand and its more earth bound atmosphere around perpetually evolving scenery of spicy blues rock flames, shoegaze calm, and post rock ambience, to slim down the creative countryside on offer. With transfixing ingredients such as the ebow, mellotron, and celesta amongst more expected instrumentation the release is a tapestry of sound and temptation; a weave sublimely blossomed in the second track and again in its successor Tomorrow´s Yesterdays. There is an introspective feel to the melancholic charm and elegant embrace of the song, keys and acoustic prowess alone like a knowing nod at the kind of emotions and thoughts inspired by lonely surroundings and experiences all have felt in some form or other.

Sommerregen is next, its initial firm rhythms the lead to a refreshing emotional stroll through a summers caress; like a jaunt through warm rain and subsequent sultry rays of sun as thoughts contemplate the beauty of it all. The craft and imagination of Bruno A. again lays like a knowledgeable hand on ears and appetite, his invention building a lazy rewarding day into a festival of energy and enticement blessed, amongst many things, by a brooding bassline and Pretenders-esque melodic enterprise.

The darker shadows and ethereal flight of Planetary Dirt is equally as bewitching, its mix of melodic radiance and more portentous hues a skilful persuasion woven through an array of flavoursome elements. The vocal sample for personal tastes does not quite work but in its brief appearance makes no impact on the glory of the piece. Another masterful element of song and all tracks is how none are cluttered or over busy, yet Bruno A. involves strikingly intricate and tenacious resourcefulness in all, the emotion and poetry of the sounds doing the story telling rather than the technical craft others might over indulge in.

With the flirtatious beauty and comforting radiant wash of Eucaliptus Song (Lullabye For Summer´s End) and the blues scented and sentiment fuelled Alone In Every Crowd, the EP comes to a captivating and enthralling close. Again the pair offers a kaleidoscope of sound and creative hints which provides the imagination with a new tale to conjure with every listen but equally an emotional tempting that instantly bares the honest heart of the song.

With guest contributions from violinist Sharalalanda Laya and double-bassist Aki Heikinheimo, Bruno A. has returned as inventive as ever. Soundscapism Inc. is not a substitute for Vertigo Steps but a brand new protagonist for ears and emotions to contemplate and deeply immerse within. Certainly fans of his previous proposal will be thrilled by the new EP but so too all fans of ambience built, cinematically coloured, and emotionally cultured rock music.

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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Arcade Messiah – II

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Though time wise it has been around a year between releases, it feels like a mere breath in sound and relationship between the self-titled debut Arcade Messiah album and its successor II. Continuing in adventure where its acclaimed progressive rock predecessor left off, the new encounter is an emprise of instrumental majesty and incitement reconfirming John Bassett as one of Europe’s finest songwriters, composers, and musicians.

An artist no stranger to garnering thick attention and praise through his band KingBathmat and acoustic offerings under own his name, Bassett’s solo instrumental project Arcade Messiah is another unique proposition from him. Weaving strands of highly varied styles from metal to math rock, stoner to post rock with further diverse and progressive flavours soaked in stirring ambience, the first Arcade Messiah album was a riveting exploration of sound and emotion through individual incitements. Each song worked on the listener’s senses and imagination and as mentioned, II carries on in the same vein but further experiments with textures whilst stretching the fusion of styles and essences to richer and deeper extent. Basset himself neatly sums up II, saying “after the surprise success of last year’s original Arcade Messiah album and after receiving feedback from fans of that album I decided to make a sequel, a continuation of that album, that is hopefully bigger, better, more refined and more dramatic, but which didn’t lose the vibe and atmosphere that was created on the original album“.

Arcade-Messiah-II-Cover_RingMaster Review   II opens with Moon Signal and straight away thoughts drift on the breeze of melodic and atmospheric coaxing. Keys whisper suggestively with their calm caress whilst a guitar emotively entices before sparking a broadening into a thicker and more volatile landscape. The celestial air which painted the start continues to ebb and flow within the spatial yet tightly woven invitation of the track, its journey hinting at vastness and intimacy simultaneously whilst twisting through varied realms as the song explores new avenues of calm, tempestuousness, and imagination.

As expected, Bassett bewitches and provokes ears and emotions with his writing and craft, each piece of music a tapestry of clues and persuasion for the imagination to run with greedily, Red Widow another swift example and success. The second track has a more sinister air to its tone and presence which starting from a sonic mist is soon opening up layers of equally intimidating and seductive expression. The arousal of ear and thought also evolves through many guises within the full umbrella of sonic temptation, a creative travelogue shaping all tracks with the compelling Black Dice Maze a prime example as it glides through sonic intrigue and emotive calm as well as tenacious rock ‘n’ roll and ravenous volatility within its gripping theatre of sound and invention.

The next up Gallows Way seduces from its first touch. Initially it is a surf rock infused ambient hug on the senses, soon spreading out with evocative melodies and reflective sonic shimmers as guitars and keys align with shadowy but restrained rhythms. The skills and invention of Bassett across the instrumentation is a perpetual doorway into the heart of the music, guitars especially descriptive and suggestive across the album but just as potent are the rhythmic contrasts and darker hues that can either ripple or erupt in more forceful intent to temper or enhance the adventure around them. In the fourth song beauty dominates though whereas Fourth Quarter involves rugged scenery of riffs and dynamics within a sonic radiance which immerses the listener with a climate of invitational sultriness and tempting danger. The track is a gripping fascination and rich aural temptation matched in might by the sultry mystique of Via Occulta. The short piece is a maze of shadows, a lure into secrets and hidden depths, and a spellbinding flight even with its brevity.

Across both Read The Sky and Start Missing Everybody, artist and album continue to be a kaleidoscope of aural ingenuity and temptation; each of them evocations which transfix and incite the senses and imagination into unique interpretation of the sonic palette on offer. The closing pair of the two is a melancholic kiss but just as potently fuelled by hope and energy to create something emotionally anthemic.

The CD version also includes the bonus track The Four Horsemen, a striking cover of the Aphrodite’s Child song which was also Arcade Messiah’s contribution to the recently vinyl released compilation album by Fruit De Mer Records called Side Effects. Alone it is worth the purchase of a CD, Bassett giving the track fresh life and suggestiveness, though the cream of II is undoubtedly his original and thrilling tracks.

John Bassett as mentioned is for us one of the UK’s most potent and stirring songwriters, let alone musicians, and II another thick slice of pleasure.

Arcade Messiah II is out now digitally as a name your price download @ https://arcademessiah.bandcamp.com via Stereohead Records and on CD from November 27th.

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Pete RingMaster 23/11/2015

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Bauda – Sporelights

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Sporelights, the new album from progressive/post rock band Bauda, is certainly not a difficulty proposition to get closely familiar with but it does need time to reveal the myriad of layers and creative colours within its compelling body. Consisting of seven immersive encounters, the release is a flight of temptation which has major moments of creative seduction but equally from start to finish only keeps ears and imagination eagerly and increasingly greedily involved.

The fascinating Sporelights is the third album from Bauda, a band which emerged in 2006 as the solo project of guitarist/vocalist/chief-lyricist-songwriter César Márquez. Inspired musically and lyrically by the great landscapes of their homeland Chile, the project released the Del Mar Al Aire EP in its first year with debut album Oniirica appearing in 2009. As things evolved and grew, Márquez recruited drummer Nikolas Recabarren and bassist Juan Díaz into the band in 2012, the trio’s creative collusion giving birth to second album Euphoria…Of Flesh, Men and the Great Escape that same year. In 2013 the line-up was added to by keyboardist Edgardo González with Bauda soon working on its next release, Sporelights. Produced by René Rutten of Dutch alternative rock band The Gathering, the album takes its themes from “the perpetual struggles of men against the enslaving nature of modern societies”, and swiftly lays an immersive ambience on the senses as a sign of things to come.

bauda-cover_RingMaster Review   That coaxing is through opener Aurora, an instrumental of sonic suggestion and rhythmic incitement which is as portentous as it is gripping revelry for ears and thoughts to contemplate. The keys of González weave a radiant, kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound and suggestiveness as a more tempestuous atmosphere brews, rhythms in turn aligning to the more caustic creativity of Márquez’s guitar. Subsequently as cold and sinister as it is warmly inviting, the piece flows and evolves right into Vigil, the post punk air and textures of the former continuing but soon wrapped in enticing vocals and the melodic seducing of keys and harmonies. Magnetism drips from the track, its eighties spiced air offering essences seemingly inspired by a Porcupine Tree or The Pineapple Thief whilst the orchestral wind of the song rises and lifts the senses over an underbelly of rugged and compelling rhythms, a blend which alone fully involves attention and appetite.

The album’s title track steps forward next, Sporelights entwining guitar bred melodies with a thickly alluring and inventive prowess; eighties band Modern English coming to mind before a relative calm gains great volatility urged on by the predatory tone of the bass as steely hooks litter the absorbing web spun by Márquez’s guitar. Once more an evocative atmosphere lays an inescapably captivating tempting in collusion with the increasingly impressive individual and united craft of Bauda, the result a glorious, almost smothering hug of lively adventure.

A slightly calmer but more shadow honed proposal comes through War next, its melancholic breath and darkly soaked air simultaneously mesmeric and imposing. Military inspired beats skirt the smouldering beauty of melodies and vocals as thicker haunted hues courting the almost fiery atmosphere and radiance embracing ears and thoughts. As its predecessor, the track is sheer captivation and matched by Tectonic Cells in its own individual drama. Rhythmically an adventure alone, beats and bass swiping and grumbling in a multi textured waltz, the song blossoms into a sunspot of sonic suggestion through keys and guitar. The instrumental bewitches as it incites, seduces with an emotive and physical trespass leaving a greed for more, a hunger then sated by the rock pop festivity of Asleep In Layers, another song coloured with a more eighties post punk/new wave seeding amidst a theatre of progressive and melody soaked imagination.

Completed by Dawn Of Ages, arguably the least impacting but no less enticing song on the album with its crystalline melodic kisses, electronic drama, and tempestuous ambiences around ever impressing vocals, Sporelights is a masterful pleasure. Being our introduction to Bauda, how it compares to previous releases in sound and growth we have yet to learn but if they are half as enthralling and enjoyable as Sporelights, they are a future must check out too.

Sporelights is released October 19th digitally and on CD via Temple of Torturous @ https://templeoftorturous.bandcamp.com/album/sporelights

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Pete RingMaster 19/10/2015

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Zephyr – An Odyssey For The Living

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There has been a wave of metalcore seeded releases to cover recently and joining that relatively strong list is the debut EP from UK quartet Zephyr. The band’s sound is a little different to the rest though with its fierce roar aligning with progressive metal imagination and post rock ambience. Fair to say it is a blend which swiftly engages ears and makes the An Odyssey For The Living EP one fascinating potential loaded enticement.

London bred Zephyr only emerged earlier this year with the foursome of vocalist Cameron Alexander Thomson, guitarist Jacob Gudge, bassist Attila Tashi, and drummer Gideon Waxman quickly unveiling video single The High Road. Its viral online success sparked a live presence which in little time was also soon gaining strong support and praise. Now a full introduction comes the way of An Odyssey For The Living, five compelling and tempestuous tracks recorded with Kelly Pinchin and Ollie Dow from In Archives and produced by Julian Rodriguez from Elitist.

Zephyr Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     The release is opened up by Familiar Spirit, a track instantly wrapping ears in an atmospheric guitar melody before thick bass groans and firm beats collude with raw vocals squalls. All the time the fingers of Gudge are weaving sonic and evocative tendrils around which keys lay their tantalising hues, the song as ethereal as it is viciously uncompromising. It is an enjoyably busy track with new corners and layers being unveiled through subsequent listens, a quality applying to the whole EP, and a personal want of diversity in vocals within a genre generally seeming to lack adventure in that department, nicely satisfied by Thompson.

The strong start is potently backed by Little Lamplight where again a warm melody honed coaxing brings the track into view before cruel riffs and rhythms bruise whilst being entwined in a provocative and perpetually shifting web of progressive leaning guitar enterprise united with suggestive keys. Further variety to the vocal incitement from Thompson and the band equally adds to the alluring but dangerous nature of the song to leave ears and thoughts firmly involved.

Cloud Spires opens in similar style to its predecessors whilst creating its own persuasive design of open technical craft and jagged riffery soaked in melancholic and emotionally reflective ambience. Those evocative textures are matched in potency by the mix of scarring and clean harmony wrapped vocals and though there does seem to be a kind of common template to Zephyr songs each creative canvas is coloured and twisted into individual characters that, as here, hold ears and imagination firmly in their intrigue lit tempests.

Next up is Gemini where, with Rodriguez guesting, a mariachi like vocal lure leads the listener into a maelstrom of jazzy guitar tempting, vocal ire, and a sonic painting of evocative endeavour and textures. Enthralling with its unpredictable imagination and great diversity, the song emerges as the strongest highlight of the release before Black Luster brings it all to an invasive and tantalising close. It is an outpouring of physical and atmospheric emotion, an undulating wave of intensity and creative tempting which like the sea has fierce under currents below a shimmering surface beauty.

An Odyssey For The Living is an impressive and thickly enjoyable debut from Zephyr, the band’s potential as rich as the flavours in their sound. There is for personal tastes that final spark missing to really inflame thickly satisfied reactions and emotions to the release but easy to sense that will come as the band grows, matures, and evolves in all aspects. Certainly they are ones to watch ahead and enjoy now.

An Odyssey For The Living is available from October 9th through all digital platforms.

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Eyemouth – Noera Genesis

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It is impossible for anyone to discover every band unleashing their imagination and musical prowess on the world alone so it is always with great gratitude when something simply falls into the lap whether as a by-product of doing something else, through recommendations, or simply by an artist introducing themselves personally. That gratitude is especially intense when it leads to something which truly excites and stirs up the imagination. So it is with thanks to Marcus Lilja that we can now enthuse about his band’s latest release and fascinating sound.

A member of Swedish band Eyemouth, Marcus alongside David Lilja, Tove Ekman, and Joakim Åberg, have already sparked great attention and eager appetite with previous EPs, Black and Blue Latitudes and Non Compos Mentis, both out earlier this year. In an intent to bring ears a quartet of EPs in 2015, they now unveil the third in the enthralling shape of Noera Genesis, a theatre of sound and imagination which is as bewitching as it is wonderfully challenging. Formed in 2011, the Eyemouth sound defies pinning down, their original synth led endeavours having evolved over the ears to what captivates within their latest proposal. Merging industrial and post rock ambiences with shamanic rhythms, electro rock intrigue, and darker as well as heavier rock incitement, the Göteborg band had bred a tantalising and unpredictable tapestry which is cinematic, at times sinister, and thoroughly compelling.

noera-genesis-_RingMaster Review     It opens with Come This Far, and a haunting ambience littered with portentously dulled bell tolls in a cavernous landscape. An equally ‘flat’ but alluring bass adds further peculiar bait to the brewing enticement before stepping away again as synths and vocals begin their individual and colluding narratives. Soon, the track slips into an electronic canter awash with the expressive melodies and atmospheric hues of the keys and littered with rawer guitar and bass tempting. Ears and imagination are gripped early on, a hungry appetite soon following suit as the song with its Ghost In The Static crossed with Celldweller like stroll explores more of its imagination whilst simultaneously opening up provocative depths amidst roars of contagious enterprise.

That cinematic essence we mentioned is quickly bringing a suggestiveness across the EP; a gothic/industrial drama with 1984 meets Lovecraftian occultism growing in thoughts during the first song separate from its actually premise whilst the dark bowels of a sea bed leviathan explored and corrupted by the Victorian trespass of someone like Captain Nemo echoes the dystopian siren call seeping out of The Rise Of You. This is just the power of the music triggering such dark adventures, the band lyrically opening up doors to more ideas through its broad yet equally intimate theatre of word and premises. It is gripping stuff which reveals more with every listen and pleasingly confuses the imagination with each turn too as thoughts and ears try to work out the heart of the impressive song and release.

In My Mouth has a lighter soundscape but that leads to a more bedlamic and psychotic playroom for the listener’s thoughts. It is aural madness sublimely sculpted and organically uncaged as deranged keys, haunting harmonies, and demonic textures slim down to inventive smog, this toying with the listener for just under two absorbing minutes. The fact it ends too soon is a brief frustration, a short lived moan though as soon all focus is on the initially just as disquieting Sometimes. We say initially, in fact the song never stops being a disturbing magnetism as it evolves with every passing breath, more shamanic drums and lures aligning with whispered vocals which alone almost taunt the psyche with their tone. Subsequently synths build walls of tempestuous oppressiveness coated in discord laced melodic captivation, that in turn twisting into an instrumental finale of melodic rock infested with rasping and erosive textures.

It is impossible to provide a truly clear idea of what Eyemouth brings to bear on body and mind with Noera Genesis, so much going on as they additionally spark personal thoughts to run wild in grand ideas as you have just read, but every listen is full mouth-watering joy. We have yet to investigate the previous pair of EPs from the band, but you can only assume they too offer an experience rare to the ear and most others going by the invasive beauty of Noera Genesis.

Noera Genesis is available from September 30th via most online stores.

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