Sober Truth – Psychosis

Less than a handful of months in and 2019 is already looking like it could go down as a major year for startling releases. Adding to the growing reasons why we are suggesting that possibility is the new album from German metallers Sober Truth. It is a snarling, writhing tempest of the band’s already individual progressive groove metal but has breached a whole new expanse of varied sound driven by an imagination living a up to its title; in short Psychosis is one dramatically thrilling engagement.

Formed in 2007, Siegburg hailing Sober Truth has established themselves as one of Europe’s most intriguing propositions across a trio of previous albums starting with Riven in 2009. The quartet has grown and nurtured their presence and reputation release by release but fair to say major spotlights and recognition are set to be stirred given the required opportunity with Psychosis. The successor to their previous well-received full-length Locust ▼  Lunatic Asylum, there is no escaping a new maturity and bolder imagination to the band’s songwriting and sound within Psychosis or the richer fusion of flavours making up its boisterous canvas.

The release opens with Solitude, the song initially brewing its attack in the background before crowding ears in a rapacious but controlled swirl of riffs and rhythms. A potent coaxing, it in turn soon centres its trespass and drives across the senses as eager grooves align with hungry riffs, the vocal antagonism of guitarist Torsten Schramm soon in league with the ferocious incitement. Instantly contagious and increasingly unpredictable as melodic strands and invention entangle in the fury while variety enhances the magnetism of vocals, the song just blossoms by the second. Already hints of different styles and spicing are at play, stronger in some moments than others but all adding to the track’s potent imagination and character.

It is a stirring rousing start easily backed by the sonic tapestry that is Akardos. Classic metal lined progressive wiring initiates the temptation, a great slim but rich prowling gait emerging before those early hues inflame the melodic enterprise of Schramm and lead guitarist Aaron Vogelsberg. Darker, heavier shadows soon infest the contagion, the esurient beats of Sam Baw uniting with the magnetic pulsation and lure of Jules RoCkwell’s bass. New threads of sound and styles continue to be keenly woven into the magnetic web before Dark Valley takes over the enslaving of ears and appetite. There is a bedlamic edge to Schramm’s vocals which quickly captured the imagination, one which only escalates across the song as musically too it nurtures an anarchic pandemonium within its skilfully bred infestation; the result which is maybe something akin to Dog Fashion Disco and Mudvayne meets The New Jacobin Club but is truly unique to Sober Truth.

The brief atmospheric ally portentous instrument of Ode To Reality leads to the authoritative bait of Riven which subsequently embraces thrash metal bred enticement and blackened shadows to its creative breast. As all tracks though, it evolves and spreads into a diversity of flavours and endeavour, the song as the band’s sound, wonderfully difficult to truly pin down though there is something of a Fear Factory tint to it.

The progressively flamed, death metal flushed Horizon and the nu/groove metal webbing of Utopia only cement the album’s potency and temptation; both unforgettable escapades forged in the diverse furore of sound and imaginative craft from across the whole band before Sober (ReArranged) reveals a whole new side and character to a song previously found on the last album. As catchy in temperament and intent as the original, the song flourishes in the fresh creative winds which race through the band’s growth in sound.

Dying Dreams follows bringing tenebrific clouds over melodic and harmonic intimation before the album’s title track seduced ears with its enthralling mesh of voracious metal and gothic rock equipped with almost malevolent grooves and post punk starkness. At times the song sparks thoughts of The Mission and Sisters Of Mercy, in other moments erupts in an insatiable squall of dissonance and instability. The track is superb, and one of the album’s biggest highlights.

The album concludes with an Unplugged rendition of Collapse, it too a song first introduced on Locust ▼ Lunatic Asylum. Whether intended as a mere bonus slice of Sober Truth goodness or not it provides a wonderful conclusion to Psychosis which is very easy to be greedy over.

Sober Truth may have still been an unnoticed proposition to many but surely that will change thanks to Psychosis. Quite simply the album is a real pleasure of originality and heterogeneity which deserves all the attention and plaudits it will hopefully get.

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Pete RingMaster 14/03/2019

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All She Wrote – Riven

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Hailing from London, melodic rock band All She Wrote release their debut EP Riven hoping to build upon and accelerate the buzz going around the city for the band from their live performances and across the UK after their previous single Weathered. The earlier song certainly made attention stand up and thoughts take the promise offered into a suspicion that the quartet was a band to keep an eye on. The new release is still promoting that same reaction and thought even though it manages to disappoint and please in equal strength.

Formed in the closing weeks of 2011, the foursome of Connor Crooks (vocals/guitar), Marc Smith (drums), Jonny Page (guitar) and Tommy Shillibeer (bass), took little time in building a potent fanbase across London on into the south of England through their shows. Weathered only increased their reputation and the awareness around them, the song a pleasing evocative persuasion which marked out the band. Riven continues in the same vein and approach even though it falls short of the same impressive and captivating levels of the single. Across its body there is a spark and almost a passion missing. Certainly the songs are accomplished and crafted with style whilst presentation and the skill of the band is impossible to doubt but something is missing to ignites songs, though the promise of the band is still more than a latent whisper.

The opening Prinicipio is an atmospheric instrumental which is beautifully composed and realised, its evocative narrative and soaring All She Wrote Cover Artworkbeauty the perfect lead into the EP and one to send tingles of excitement through to an eager appetite. It leads anticipation straight into the following Unjust which fires up its engines with fiery riffs and thumping rhythms, all designed and succeeding in igniting the senses. Once the vocals enter though something flat happens to the song and it is not just because of Crooks. The pilot light of the song just seems to go out and despite the alluring sounds there is a sense of anti-climax to the moment.

The following title track equally fails to hit the spot though the evocative tones of Crooks and the brewing drama of the song musically sparks stronger involvement for the passions and hopes. The track never exploits its most potent elements though to really punch through the heart and intensity of the narrative. It is a magnetic song which keeps that promise and suggestion of big things from the band ahead going and given closer attention and time reveals some impressive and imaginative ideas within the structure and its body.

Weathered makes its appearance on the EP next and stands as strong and persuasive as ever, combining a post hardcore muscularity to a melodic rock invention for a pleasing evocative adventure. From enticing guitar caresses to sinew clad riffs and firm imposing rhythms ridden by emotive vocals, the track is a deeply appetising encounter which shows you why there is a strength of excitement around the band, something next up Persona also promotes with its fire bred guitar snarl and rhythmic badgering wrapped in melodic flames and equally heated vocals. Combined with its predecessor the song makes All She Wrote a healthy prospect and reignites the thoughts which earlier tracks doubted.

The closing elegant Finis Principio completes a release which from not doing itself and the band justice in its earlier suasion manages to reassert All She Wrote as a band well worth keeping on the radar. Riven is a little hit and miss and maybe should have been stronger but it ultimately only cements earlier thoughts and appetite for the band, though the next release will need to have that fire in the belly or spark to continue the appetite one suspects. Reminding of bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, The Blackout, and Biffy Clyro in varying degrees, All She Wrote have some way to go to reach their potential but Riven makes you think they are still on course.


RingMaster 05/10/2013


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