Crimson Star – Bay View

There is something very clever about the Bay View EP and the sounds it eagerly shares. Certainly the new outing from UK rockers Crimson Star sounds rather good from the off with a blaze of rock ‘n’ roll which may not dramatically impress but leaves a definite appetite for more. But like all relentless fires, it leaves little cinders in the shape of persuasive hooks and grooves which continue to catch in the imagination even in its absence. You could say the five track encounter is a slow burner in many ways despite its sizeable impact first time around and that is a success as potent as anything in our eyes.

Hailing from Birmingham, the threesome emerged in 2012 and since then has earned a rich reputation for their live presence and weighty alternative/melodic rock sound. 2016 saw the release of the Driven EP with the line-up of vocalist/guitarist James Shaw, bassist Roger Ash, and drummer Ross Edgington together. That well-received offering was recorded with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend), a successful union repeated with Bay View.

The EP opens with recent single The Pragmatist and straight away riffs and vocals lure attention, the increasingly grooved invitation of the guitar aligning with the equally potent scowling tones of Edgington. As it establishes its eager stroll, the song ebbs and flows in intensity without losing its instinctively infectious nature whilst always looking to evolve as melodies and the ever captivating grooves share their imagination. More addictive than it seemingly appears at the time, the song is a masterful slice of rock ‘n’ roll setting the release off to a great heavy and rousing start.

The following La Prom carries the same intent, instantly pushing through ears with a bold touch but soon revealing an atmospheric breath around crystalline melodies. Its calm has an underlying volatility which subsequently erupts as fiery grooves and raw riffs join an already laid bait of coaxing rhythms. With great fuzz to its tone and an edge to its energy, they aligning to further melodic enterprise, the song simply hits the spot.

Desert rock grooves fire up within next up Once, their spice leading to a grunge/alternative rock scowl which again is always looking to spring an unpredictable and imaginative adventure. Like its predecessor, the track does not have the immediate sparks of the opener yet grips from start to finish sowing that earlier mentioned niggle in its own way to return at will in the memory; a trait just as successful within Euthanise Me. The muscle of its grooves and rhythmic incitement courts a fine blues rock hue, a flavouring which blossoms within the following dark lit stroll the voice and bass take the imagination on. Like a blend of Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam with a slight touch of Kyuss, the song is unbridled captivation rivalling the first for best song honours.

The release is concluded by Gimme Some, another slice of intriguing rock ‘n’ roll which like the EP just grows and impresses with every listen. Grooves need little time to wrap their persuasion around ears though, melodic shadows and radiance working away on the imagination, as it brings Bay View to a magnetic close.

With double figure listens under our belt, it is fair to say that Bay View has become a keenly devoured and praised proposal. It took its time with us despite its potent start and we can only say share some of your time with Crimson Star to discover some prime heavy rock; it is hard to imagine you will be disappointed.

Bay View is released January 19th

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Pete RingMaster 17/01/2018

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Witterquick – Fire & Ice

With a sound which sits rather nicely yet individually among the likes of Brand New, Young Guns, and Mallory Knox, UK outfit Witterquick has been stirring up plenty of praise carrying attention their way over the past year or so which new EP Fire & Ice can only re-energise. Offering four slices of their melody rich, emotion thick, forceful rock ‘n’ roll, the release confirms the band’s rising presence in the British music rock scene.

With success and acclaim already stoked by their debut EP, Beneath the Spinning Lights, and a sold-out UK tour with Nothing But Thieves among their own shows, Witterquick linked up with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Lower Than Atlantis, Twin Atlantic) for Fire & Ice. Straight away it hints at the reasons for the increased attention upon the band, opener Shattered Suns skipping in on a summery breeze before rhythms pounce and the voice of Will Alford impressively grabs ears. The simmer of keys flirt among the tide of riffs and rhythms, guitarists Ben Chanter and Sean Davey creating a web of melody and hooks which tempt infectiously within the invitingly imposing strikes of Andy Lewis’ drums and the brooding tones of Ollie Chanter’s bass. Swiftly infectious and increasingly so as Alford impressively leads the way with his potent voice, the song grips attention and appetite.

A single which has already earned the band eager radio play, Lie To Me follows with its gentle but catchy swing and warm melodic embrace. There is a more caustic edge to the song which swarms its shadows to add further depth to its presence, but it is the emotive tide and melodic dexterity of the band and songwriting which fuels its character to great effect. Though for these ears its predecessor is a mightier lure into the EP, there is no denying the track gets under the skin and into the hips with its accomplished heat and tenacious catchiness.

Hiding Place brings a rockier swagger with its robust presence next, rhythms almost assaulting the senses with their forceful nature. It is a pleasure emulated in the fiery textures erupting from the guitars as the harmonic strengths of Alford are matched by his enterprise on keys. Emotionally and musically anthemic, the track really hits the spot in swift time, it too a perfect lure into the creative heart of Witterquick.

The release is closed up by the gentle fires of I Need A Friend Tonight, a melancholic reflection with crescendos of intensity and emotion which really blossoms over listen. It epitomises the band’s intelligent songwriting and layered sounds, over time breeding the same kind of infectiousness its rowdier companions generate more quickly.

It would be wrong to say that Fire & Ice blew us off out feet yet every moment with it has brought thick pleasure and an intrigue flooded hunger for more and there is nothing wrong with that at all.

Fire & Ice is out now and available @ http://witterquick.bigcartel.com/

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Pete RingMaster 17/10/2017

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Elessar – Reflections EP

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With a spring tour around the UK mere days away, British alternative/pop punk band Elessar set the scene and tone with their debut EP, Reflections. It offers five tracks of infectiously appetising and thoroughly enjoyable rock ‘n’ roll which might not be bursting with major originality but certainly gives the listener a fun and rousing time; a success never to be sniffed at.

Formed last year, the Gloucestershire-based Elessar soon invited attention with video/single Arrogance that May. Its line-up consists of school friends in Ricky Powell (vocals/guitar), Alex Evans (guitar/vocals), Jack Gambling (bass) and Dan James (drums), and it is fair to say that the quartet took little time to hit and earn a potent reputation on the local live scene swiftly expanding outwards from their first steps as a band. The Reflections EP is the outcome from the band working and recording last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses), a release seemingly a long time in the unveiling from that first single but soon revealing the rich potential of Elessar.

art_RingMasterReviewIt opens with that first single, and straight away Arrogance has ears welcoming a sturdy wall of hungry riffs and swinging rhythms. Things relax a touch as the vocals step forward though grooves still engagingly flicker and hooks bite through the guitars as those initial rhythms continue to command attention with their tenacious and weighty persuasion.  Hitting its stride in no time, the song soon offers a contagiously rousing chorus and an enticing mix of varying intensity and eventful twists; all fine elements in the anthemic proposal that body and voice cannot resist getting involved in. It is a great start and easy to see why the track made people look up last year, and a success potently backed by the following likes of My Skin and Holding Back.

The first of the two shares a more melodically tempting lead into its proposition though again bass and drums unite to create a formidable spine and thumping drive for what becomes an increasingly fiery encounter unafraid to ebb and flow in attack and raw energy. Holding Back, in comparison to the almost imposing drama of the previous track, unveils a pop catchy character to its vivacious dance with ears and imagination. Hooks and melodies leap and lure like flames in the track’s robust fire, licking at the senses rather than burning them but asking and earning attention with every enjoyable twist and turn.

On the surface a casual listen finds a similarity between the songs on the EP, but deserved focus provides the window to some stylish and emotively fired individuality. Empty Frames is a song though which needs no extra effort to see its uniqueness; punchy beats and a brooding bassline the lure into inflamed melodic enterprise and spirit arousing energy accentuated by a subsequent drop into minimalistic moments of vocal caresses within an evocative ambience.

Goodwill completes the EP with its strong and captivating presence, though it does not have the same kind of effect on personal tastes or the same level of creative drama as its predecessors even in a certainly dynamic body. All the same, the song is a fine end to a release which suggests that Elessar warrants real attention, certainly if bands such as Taking Back Sunday, You Me At Six, and Lower Than Atlantis ring your bell.

The self-released Reflections EP is out on CD and Digital Download April 22nd via iTunes and other stores.

Elessar Spring Tour:

 27.04 – Manchester, Factory

28.04 – York, Fulford Arms

29.04 – Newcastle, Space Bar

30.04 – Leeds, Eiger Studios

01.05 – Stoke, Underground

02.05 – London, Nambucca

05.05 – Cheltenham, 2 Pigs

06.05 – Cardiff, Undertone

07.05 – Truro, Charlies Bar

08.05 – Exeter, Cavern

09.05 – Birmingham, The Rainbow

10.05 – Bristol – The Louisiana

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Pete RingMaster 22/10/2016

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Dead Winter – My Only Home

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The early weeks of 2014, saw UK post hardcore band Dead Winter make a rather potent introduction to themselves with debut EP Erasing Glaciers. It was a magnetic six track fury of melodic metal and hardcore ferocity soaked with open potential which had already aroused attention with its first outing a few months earlier. Its re-release four years ago though, sparked a more national awareness which the band fed with their impressive live presence. The past couple of years or so have seen the band seemingly quiet. Things were happening though with ideas and directions breeding line-up changes as the band headed into their next steps now marked by new single My Only Home.

Formed in 2011, the Blackpool hailing band soon lured loyal support and ears with their sound and in turn the successful Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral for A Friend, Twin Atlantic) produced Erasing Glaciers. Weaving inspirations from bands such as Bury Tomorrow, Bring Me The Horizon, and A Day To Remember into their sound, Dead Winter and EP were soon drawing acclaim from the likes of Rock Sound, Powerplay, and Big Cheese Magazine. That regrouping and defining of direction and intent followed but now, and ahead of their first album also called My Only Home, set for release this summer, Dead Winter ‘return’ with a bang in the shape of its title track and an equally gripping video.

With Dodangoda at the helm of album and single again, My Only Home swiftly descends on ears with rapier like rhythms and badgering riffs which soon reveal their own predacious intent and snarl. There is a great metalcore edge to the trespass but a hue soon matched by the melodic enterprise and warmth increasingly aflame in the song. In the first minute alone, the band shows themselves to have tapped into a new contagious and virulent quality in their music without defusing the emotive intensity and fire that marked out their earlier exploits.

As pop punk in many ways as it is melodic metal and post hardcore crafted, the song continues to stir up appetite and pleasure, It provides a compelling and at times almost hostile anthemic proposal further shaped by the guitar craft of Jamie Townsend and Adam Roberts whilst driven by Danny Dawkins’s addictive beats and led by Ant Jones’ outstanding clean and melodic tones. There is a real maturity to the song which hopefully is a big teaser to the heart of the album to come, and a bold adventure which simply whips up attention.

My Only Home, single, video, and album looks like the moment when Dead Winter reassert themselves as one of Britain’s most exciting and seriously promising propositions.

The single, My Only Home is out April 15th. Check out the video on our Video Selector page.

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Pete RingMaster 15/04/2016

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Banshee – Say My Name

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Formed in 2011 as Life on Standby, Scottish quartet Banshee has re-launched themselves for 2016 with a new twist in their alternative rock sound to go with the new band name. Embracing electronic imagination and textures within their already recognised rousing melodic rock sound, the Greenock hailing outfit has equally found a new flame to their creative fire; it all in captivating evidence in new EP, Say My Name.

The foursome of vocalist Erin Donnachie, guitarist/keyboardist Gavin Williams, bassist Liam Walker, and drummer Gianluca Demelas have already potent successes like playing Download and supporting the likes of Fearless Vampire Killers and Marmozets under their belts. 2015 though was not as lively a time for the band. In a recent interview with Contact Music, Demelas admitted, “Last year things were so slow, at one point it felt like we had hit a brick wall and we were struggling to move forward.“ From the outside it looked like a spark went out of the ascent and subsequently emotional energy of the band. But Banshee is obviously a band never willing to give up without a fight and so they have burst back into ears and attention with their new name, EP, and going by its energy and hungry sounds, re-ignited energy.

art_RingMasterReviewTaking inspirations from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Enter Shikari, PVRIS, and Marmozets into their electronic fuelled alternative rock, Banshee open up Say My Name with the brief and atmospheric Intro before uncaging its title track. The opener quickly entices ears with its suggestive keys and the vocal potency of Donnachie before the band’s new single, from a similarly low key opening, spins a dramatic and feisty tapestry of sound and voice for the imagination to play with. In full flow, song and Donnachie swiftly reveal their tenacious qualities, riffs and grooves a fiery haze around crisp and brooding rhythms as synths cast an emotive mist.

It is a pungent ‘introduction’ to Banshee and the Bruce Rintoul and Romesh Dodangoda produced EP; one quickly backed up by the highly enjoyable Eagles. Less intensive and slightly calmer in its touch, the song unveils a landscape of evolving sonic adventure and aggressive energy; all the time springing imaginative twists and feisty endeavour from its transfixing scenery. As all the band’s tracks, subsequent listens to its busy creative exploit brings something more in texture and enterprise to grab eager ears.

One Step Behind is another dramatic tale of sound and craft; its mellow entrance the lead into fretful sonic suggestiveness and rhythmic trespasses held in check and simultaneously sparked by the rousing presence of Donnachie. The track grips ears and imagination, again as all within the releases equally inspiring the body to get involved in varying degrees; a success even more firmly spun by closing track Landing Strip. Increasingly contagious and robustly combative without losing its melodic and synth bred elegance, the track, whilst taking best track honours, is a compelling close to a thoroughly enjoyable encounter.

Whether the band would have been just effective and potent in their next release under the old name we can only mull upon, but Say My Name certainly hints at a new forceful spirit in their music and creative heart to reflex the new moniker…one also hard to see allowing Banshee to be ignored.

The Say My Name EP is out now via iTunes and @ http://bansheeofficial.bigcartel.com/

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Pete Ringmaster 25/03/2016

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Martyr De Mona – Siege Mentality

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Eager to keep the momentum going of the past couple of years, especially since the release of their acclaimed second album Impera, UK band Martyr De Mona are poised to release new video single Siege Mentality. Taken from the band’s highly successful release, which itself built upon the band’s well-received and eagerly devoured self-titled debut album of 2011; the single is a roar of intent built upon another magnetic fusion of rock and metal from the Stourbridge hailing quartet.

Martyr De Mona Cover Artwork_RingMaster ReviewSince forming in 2010, Martyr De Mona has drawn full praise and an ever increasing horde of fans with their dramatic weave of sound. They have shared stages with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Slash, Black Stone Cherry, Skillet, and Alter Bridge, won a Best British Band of the Year award, lit up Bloodstock, and had numerous tracks added to the rotation of national UK and US radio stations and shows. Fair to say that the Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral For A Friend) produced Impera has made the biggest impact on the music scene for the band; one powerfully backed up by its clutch of singles which now includes the rousing Siege Mentality.

Opening with hefty grooves and just as commanding rhythms, the song fires up ears and appetite within seconds with the vocals of guitarist Louis Hale standing powerfully in the midst. From there, the riffs and grooves from he and fellow guitarist Joshua Jones only increase in virulence, aligning with a melodic prowess from them which equally is no lightweight in persuasion either, especially when colouring a calmer passage within the weave of alternative metal and boisterous, grunge lined rock ‘n’ roll. With the scything swings of drummer Ashley Leatherland a more volatile support, the bass of Josh Wooldridge adds a darker temperament and shadowing to the emotive heart of the song, that melancholic hue a potent wash in the keys lit close of the song.

Technically and emotionally, the song is masterful but equally it provides an anthemic persuasion which Martyr De Mona has proven to be so adept at nurturing across their music to date. It looks like being another busy and successful year for the band in 2016, especially if Siege Mentality has its way.

Siege Mentality is released on Friday 19th February through Eagle Two Records.

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Pete RingMaster 18/02/2016

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Day Old Hate – First Light

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Recently Oliver Swift, vocalist of UK alternative rock band Day Old Hate said of their new release, “We wanted to write better songs then we ever had before,” going on to add that “Making brave decisions and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone was a must; it was an intense experience – we pushed ourselves to write the best Rock record we could. Overall, it feels like a more authentic representation of Day Old Hate than anything that’s come before.” It is fair to say that First Light more than backs up his words and the band’s intent with its quintet of rousing and dramatically dynamic songs. The EP simply hits the spot, fulfilling the band’s early potential whilst still suggesting there is plenty more to come and be discovered ahead.

Formed in 2012, the Leeds band made their first attention grabbing proposal with the Distances EP a year later. Recorded with Dan Lancaster (Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox), the encounter was a well-received introduction backed by their potent live presence and subsequently the Dan Mizen (Twin Atlantic, Bring Me The Horizon) recorded single Tides in 2014. Last year saw Day Old Hate release the video to Tides and be premiered as BBC Introducing’s track of the week in the February before going on their first UK headlining tour in April and releasing second video for the single Living Without You, again to strong support. It is easy to sense though that things are going to get far busier for the band with the release of First Light which they recorded late last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead); it an impressive declaration of a band growing fully into their sound and breaking open the imagination to new adventure and creative exploits.

First Light Artwork_RingMaster ReviewFirst Light hits ears with its title track first, enveloping them in a rich spicy guitar coaxing before pungent rhythms and attitude loaded riffs join the affair. It is a potent invitation which only blossoms further as the song relaxes into a muscular stroll graced by the quickly impressing tones of Swift and prowled by the deliciously dark, almost predatory bass line of Josh Flynn. With rapier like strikes from drummer Ed Dennis, there is no escaping the imposing nature of the song yet its forcefulness is tempered perfectly by the melodic and fiery enterprise of guitarists Ben Fletcher and Will Smith, from riffs to hooks and incisive grooves, their imagination as dynamic as rhythms are commanding and vocals highly persuasive.

There is a touch of Mallory Knox to the band’s sound in certainly the opener filtering through the EP and for less obvious reasons a Jimmy Eat World essence but Day Old Hate only allow them to flavour something which though maybe not boldly unique is certainly distinctly theirs, more evidence coming swiftly in second track Secrets. There is a less aggressive nature to the song than in its predecessor but it still provides a mighty punch on the senses and an inflamed roar on ears potently led by the strong vocal strains of Swift. The tapestry of sound and ideation is again unpredictable and skilfully woven whilst providing an easily accessible and boisterous proposal easy to get involved in, just as the following contagious canter that is Fifteen where jabbing hooks and spicy melodies collude in an addictive lure as the vocals add emotive tenacity. The relatively reserved beginning subsequently erupts into a virulently charged bellow before returning to start the brewing success all over again resulting in a thumping anthem of energy and captivation which almost alone makes First Light a must look at.

Minutes, Hours, Days dances on ears next with its driving riffs and eager revelry, coaxing the listener into another healthy involvement before Don’t Chase Me closes the EP with arguably its catchiest offering, though all qualify in some way. With mellow reflections around infectious strolls, the song is a magnetic slice of pop rock easy to see netting a fresh catch of new eager ears on its own.

Day Old Hate has grown as a band, founding new depths in all areas which only command attention as evidenced by First Light. As suggested it feels like the tap has only just been turned on though with the potential of even bolder and richer adventures to come as the band builds on the suspected big success of their latest heftily enjoyable encounter.

First Light is released worldwide on Feb 12th across most online stores.

Upcoming Day Old Hate live dates:

19/02/16 – Black Heart, Camden

20/02/16- The Key Club, Leeds

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Pete RingMaster 11/02/2016

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