Forever Still – Tied Down

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As for a great many, Danish rockers Forever Still has been a persistently impressing pleasure through the release of songs and EPs since emerging with their debut release Breaking Free in 2013. Their sound is a virulent fusion of rousing intensity and seductive melodies fuelled by an emotional exploration unafraid to get into the darkest, disturbing corners of life. The last twelve or so months has seen the band working towards the release of their debut album; the release of two of the three EPs making up its strikingly impressive body ripe with the rich qualities which has drawn strong attention the way of the band. With the third offering in the trilogy making its first entrance as part of the new ten track adventure, Tied Down is one thrilling roar of melodic rock from a band destined to major things.

Hailing from Copenhagen, Forever Still revolves around the creative and songwriting union of vocalist Maja Schønning and multi-instrumentalist Mikkel Haastrup. As mentioned, the band first hit ears with their potent debut Breaking Free, subsequently breaching a broader expanse of attention with the following pair of Scars late 2014 and Save Me last April. Those two EPs were the first in the journey to create the band’s first album, the tracks within the two releases making up the first part of Tied Down with that final unreleased EP providing a quartet of new songs to explore and as it turns out, get equally gripped by.

Forever Still Cover Artwork_RingMaster ReviewTied Down opens with the mighty roar and anthemic insistence of Scars which from the off is a pleasingly unpredictable and ferocious proposal. Additionally featuring Jens Berglid on drums and Dennis Post on guitar, the track immediately presents a grouchy and volatile incitement soaked in the gripping voice and delivery of Schønning. Even having devoured previous releases hungrily, her vocal prowess never fails to impress each and every time and especially shinning and exciting in the album opener backed by the equally dramatic tenacity of Haastrup. Continuing to create an enthralling web of spicy grooves, intensive energy, and a growling resourcefulness as potent as the raw emotion driving the song, the song makes for a formidable start to the album.

The pair of Once Upon A Nightmare and Miss Madness quickly and strongly back it up; the first of the two exploring a slightly mellower landscape but being no less imposing in its emotive flame amidst skilfully evocative textures. Post appears again as bass and guitar collude with a flavoursome electronic enterprise, Schønning standing magnetically astride the tempestuous melodies and dramatic climate escaping song and sound. Almost intrusively majestic, the thick and impassioned encounter makes way for its classically elegant, power balled seeded successor, the song a keys and vocal led beauty skilfully tempered but inflamed further by the moody bass and guitar suggestiveness of Haastrup and Anders Bo Jespersen.

Awake the Fire steps up next, instantly gripping ears and appetite with a tangy groove which in turn sparks an energetic swagger to a boisterous stroll of hefty rock ‘n’ roll cored by a great rolling rhythmic enticement. Post appears again alongside the craft of Haastrup, the pair stirring up air and ears with their almost toxic web of enterprise within a spicy tapestry of melodic incitement and bruising anthem building rhythms. Throughout the album it is easy to suggest Evanescence and Lacuna Coil as hints to what is overall the Forever Still uniqueness in sound, and here Poets Of the Fall also comes to mind briefly as a clue to the melody rich body of the song.

The following Breathe In leaps from a great electronic teasing into a more lively but controlled canter, that early pulsating coaxing still a pungent lure alongside the tempting tones of Schønning and around the tempestuous blazes of sound and energy which erupt to further reward ears. Those rugged squalls also lead to bracing moments of carnivorous aggression with Schønning and band flirting with an Otep like confrontation before the outstanding Save Me takes over. A striking mellow but expectantly inflamed seduction compared to the last song; it is also soaked in emotional turmoil with thunderous tempests of heart and intensity seeded in the poetic melodies and harmonies caressing the imagination. As all tracks, the kaleidoscope of emotion is open; melancholy and despair as ripe as loneliness and hope, love and darkness across Tied Down.

With Anders Bo Jespersen in addition, the first brand new song, Your Light, bounds from a sonic mist with muscular rhythms loaded with punchy beats and a raw edged line of riffs which spark spice heavy grooves and melodic drama. In no time attention and appetite are greedy, especially with the virulent prime hook which connects the calm and more climatic layers of the song. A quick want for more of the band’s new exploits is rife by its end and fed by Alone. Emotively intimate with its first breaths, epically cinematic in a few more, the track continues to impressively entwine both contrasts as an industrial air also invades the thick theatre and sonic beauty of the encounter; the outcome a metal bred Bond theme ready in the waiting.

Break The Glass boldly rumbles as it pulsates next, the bass offering a growling belly to a riveting blend of electronic and melodic expression soon walled by aggravated riffs and speared by whipping beats. Schønning owns the song, as all, from the first second, her tone and presence the puppeteer to the dancing piano crafted melodies and passion rich adventure shaping the increasingly thrilling temptation.

Tied Down is brought to a close by its title track; a song also revealing individual character through a weave of calmly reflective and rigorously forceful endeavour bred in increasingly inventive and infectious ingenuity. It is an epic close to a towering release which even with around half of it strongly familiar through the earlier EPs, makes a major impact reinforced by the creative might of the new tracks.

Forever Still is a giant in waiting with Tied Down the perfect key to force that lock.

Tied Down is available from January 15th through all stores and @ http://www.foreverstill.bigcartel.com/

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Kodiak Jack – Scars EP

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Last year Kodiak Jack thrust themselves firmly on the British rock ‘n’ roll scene with Alhambra, their second and seriously impressive album. It built on the acclaim and success of its predecessor whilst revealing new depths and invention to their instinctive anthemic sound. Whilst not expecting the album to remain their finest moment, it was easy to wonder if they had already reached the point of realising their potential such its impact and thrilling presence on ears. It was a loose thought in a silly moment as the Portsmouth band now return with the Scars EP, a slab of contagion loaded rock ‘n’ roll easily putting the majority of the last album in the shade. With an openly more mature nature in songwriting and sound, and richer in riffs and melodic drama, the four songs making up the new encounter just roar passion and attention gripping adventure.

Since sparking ears with their first album Death: My Glory in 2011, Kodiak Jack has just gone from creative strength to acclaimed strength, quickly whipping up fan and indeed media attention from their early days and not really looking back, even if they have yet to break into the strongest and broadest spotlights. Live the band has equally earned a massive reputation, playing with the likes of Kobra & The Lotus, The Cyborgs, Paul Gilbert, Everything Everything, Elvis Jackson and many more only enhancing their emergence and growing stature within the UK rock landscape. As suggested Alhambra, which Kodiak Jack recorded with Tesla’s Brian Wheat, helped the band whip up a new and bigger buzz around them, though suspicions are it will be surpassed by reactions to the release of Scars.

CDDF-6P1V-001RingMasterReview    The EP starts with what for us is the rock single of the year, Only The Good, a track which has you to your feet in physical and vocal involvement swifter than a trucker leaving Calais. The guitars of Jeff Arnold and Jon Karp ruffle ears before triggering a bigger and bolder flood of ravenous riffs, swinging rhythms, and tangy grooving. Just as swiftly vocalist Bryn Roberts is roaring with his outstanding delivery and presence, backed by the quality tones of Karp, with the song just growing with richer anthemic and dynamic energy at the same time. The chorus is simply insatiable; a viral persuasion which will have all listeners, from those alone in their bedroom right through to those packing out venues, roaring their heads off as the music rigorously and masterfully controls the body like a puppeteer.

The track is simply prime rock ‘n’ roll and alone worth grabbing Scars, though more than backed by the other trio of songs, as shown straight away by its title track. Crafting a more restrained stroll from its first breath, the song is soon binding ears in enterprising hooks and sonic vibrancy, again a gentler first touch blossoming into a fuller embrace of melodic imagination and vocal tenacity. Catchiness is a given and a snarling bellow is never far from another bracing chorus but there is much more to its body of sound and temptation. Rhythms almost dance on ears as they imposingly jab whilst the lines and tone of Kev Farren’s bass just seduce with dark resonance alongside the fiery exploits around it.

Sirens kicks up its own individual muscular storm next, uniting an almost aggressive energy with warmer melodic ingenuity. Addictive hooks bite whilst infectiousness oozes from every bass note and spicy groove, their lures driven on by the guitar’s web of rapacious riffs, sonic scything, and acidic adventure. Inflamed further by the expressive passion and versatility of the vocals, the song lives up to its name, its call inescapable as one mouth-watering proposal swaps places with another and the closing seducing of All I Want. Southern rock laced with a matching lilt to Robert’s croon, the song just immerses ears and thoughts in its sultry embrace of sound and emotion. Everything about the song, indeed the EP, feeds every want and need in a heavy rock incitement, thoughts eventually asking if there has been a finer and more potent slab of rock ‘n’ roll this year.

Listening to Scars again and again it is hard to think of many that rival its power and impact on body and soul. Is it the most original thing you will hear in 2015, probably not but the most thrilling and spirit rousing, hell yeah! Kodiak Jack just gets bigger and better, watch out world they are coming to get you.

The Scars EP is available from August 10th digitally and on CD via Angry Badger Records @ http://angrybadgerrecords.bigcartel.com/product/scars-four-track-cd-ep-exclusive-pre-order-offer-signed-and-numbered-cd

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RingMaster 05/08/2015

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Forever Still – Save Me EP

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Every time we feature Danish rockers Forever Still on our online radio shows, The Bone Orchard and The Ringmaster Review, barely one play goes by without suggesting the band’s time for global recognition is nigh, thoughts seemingly replicated in the minds and responses of the listeners. The Copenhagen trio has yet to receive that deserved break, though every release certainly pushes them closer. Their new EP Save Me, is the most potential and ability equipped proposition from the band to date and if this does not rupture the broadest spotlights with accompanying successes than something is seriously wrong out there. Its three tracks explore the full range of the band’s songwriting and sound, seducing and savaging the senses with an imagination and passion which just leaves you hungry for much more.

The band since forming in 2010 has perpetually infused the music scene at home and increasingly further afield with a fresh breath of creative attitude and sound. In 2013, the band unveiled debut EP Breaking Free, a release seriously acclaimed by fans and media alike and emulated in success by the equally impressive and stature pushing Scars EP of last year. Both encounters lit a fire in the European independent rock scene if not yet quite to the level found in the passions of an increasing fan base. Now it is the turn of the exceptional Save Me EP to have a go at breaching broad horizons, a success impossible to bet against. The encounter flourishes once again from the melodic roar and harmonic seducing of Maja Schønning, and the maturely inventive songwriting of her and Mikkel Haastrup (bass / guitar / keyboards / drums). Backed by the skilled abilities of Dennis Post (guitar), the EP simply ignites ears and thoughts alike from its first breath.

cd-cover Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review    Awake the Fire opens up the release and instantly grips the imagination with its initial tangy grooving. It is irresistible bait continuing intermittently across the song, holding its own against bulging rhythms and hungry riffs unleashed by the band. Once the ever compelling voice of Schønning takes ears in her potent hands, drums seem to elevate in boldness and intensity whilst the guitars cast a sonic tapestry as spicily aggressive as it is virulently imaginative. There feels like there is a new confidence within the song, indeed EP, compared to the band’s previous and seriously impressive offerings, every element of the song from writing to sound bearing a creative swagger and almost volatile passion. The track is a masterful roar of melodic and heavy rock, alone ensuring any old references to bands like Evanescence and Lacuna Coil are now redundant. Forever Still has evolved into something wholly unique, a fact quickly reinforced by the second song on the EP.

Breathe In opens with an electronic teasing before a vocal snarl from Schønning triggers a lively magnetic saunter of eager riffs and bewitching melodic grooves. That electronic coaxing still continues within the blossoming croon of a song, whilst a wiry bassline captivates as a more tempestuous yet still restrained atmosphere fuels the increasingly impressing encounter. The sudden eruption of carnivorous intent in voice and sound seals the deal on another outstanding proposal, an Otep like ferocity expelling its fury before the song relaxes once more ready for one final forceful eruption.

The EP closes with its title track where the band reveals they are just as able and striking at creating mellow but inflamed seductions soaked in emotional turmoil as they are with thunderous tempests. The song is bewitching, Schønning a poetic aural lure in a similar embrace of melodies from guitar and keys. Within its mesmeric textures though, an electronic agitation lurks and a more sombre bassline prowls, their pairing creating riveting shadows within the evocative fire of the melodic serenade. An underlying snarl also brings more depth and potency to the closing persuasion, reminding all again of the range and imagination within the invention of Forever Still.

Save Me is the most powerful and gripping release from Forever Still yet, building on past triumphs and exploring far loftier heights. Hopefully it will mark the moment the world catches on to band and their dramatically thrilling sound. If not now it has to happen some when soon.

The Save Me EP is out now as a name your price download at https://foreverstill.bandcamp.com/album/save-me-ep-name-your-price

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RingMaster 21/05/2015

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FOREVER STILL RELEASE NEW SINGLE “AWAKE THE FIRE” AND LET FANS PAY WHAT THEY WANT FOR IT.

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Independent female fronted rock band Forever Still have released a new single called “Awake the Fire”. The single is the first single from their upcoming EP “Save Me”. The “Save Me” EP is the part two of three digital EPs that will eventually end up as one physical full length album later in 2015. The single can be downloaded directly from the bands website: www.foreverstill.dk where the band lets their fans pay what they want for it.

 

“We believe that music should be available to everyone – both those who are broke, and those who have a little extra to spare in support of the artists they love” Maja explains. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this song, so if people want to give us some help for the time and effort, we are very grateful! But if they don’t have any money right now, they can take it, share it and if they love it, come back and kick in later.

 

The EP is recorded, mixed and mastered in Copenhagen by band member Mikkel Haastrup in the band’s own studio. Mikkel is a trained sound engineer by Flemming ‘Metallica’ Rasmussen. “We like our music and everything surrounding it to be 100% honest and we felt the only way we could achieve that was by doing everything ourselves” says Mikkel.

 

The upcoming EP is Part 2 of the bands debut album which is a concept album about a  suppressed individual struggling through depression, anxiety, and worthlessness and getting stronger in the process. “The songs are all very raw, emotional and somewhat imperfect, because we wanted it to sound like someone falling apart and trying to put the pieces back together” says Maja

 

The first EP in the series “Scars” has been welcomed with open arms by both fans and media:

“Scars is one of the most exciting new releases in the last 12 months and if there is justice in the music world, 2015 has to be the year of Forever Still. 5/5” – PlanetMosh.

“The power in the vocals, the musicianship of every member and even the production is perfection(…)Scars’ is three tracks every rock fan should have. 5/5” – Genius Babble.

“Frontwoman Maja Schønning is the driving force behind the band, bringing powerful vocals in abundance. If we were to place our faith in one female to successfully lead a band to the top of the metal scene, Maja would be it. 4/5” – HD Music Promotions.

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Forever Still – Scars EP

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Having made a striking entrance and impression with debut EP Breaking Free in 2013, Danish rock band Forever Still were one of the eagerly talked of emerging bands with their imaginative and powerful blend of emotive melodies and anthemic muscle. It was a release still luring in new appetites and passions for its gothic and melodic metal infused sounds across the following year, including awakening our attention on the Copenhagen quartet. Now the band has not only reinforced that rich introduction but pushed their presence and creativity to another level with its successor the Scars EP. Released in the final excited throes of 2014, the three track release is a proposition to stir the blood and inflame the senses with songs as soaked in diversity as they are creative drama. It is an encounter which seduces through the siren-esque vocals of Maja Schønning aligned to evocative melodies, and roars with nostrils flared through raging riffs and formidable rhythms. That alone makes for a potent canvas upon which the band spins aural colour and imagination drenched enterprise; quite simply it is a treat of a proposition.

Formed in 2010 by Schønning and Mikkel Haastrup (bass, guitar, keys), Forever Still has seemingly shown little hardship in enticing keen hearts and acclaim from those it has lured in through their previous release and songs as well as their impressive live shows. Playing events like Denmark’s Nordic Noise Festival and M’era Luna Festiva and the unleashing of the Flemming Rasmussen produced Breaking Free has helped push the band into a broader and hungrier spotlight, but ahead of the band’s first album this year, it is easy to feel that Scars is the opening signpost in the road to major things.

That thought is instantly sparked by the EP’s title track which opens things up. Scars is a beast of a song, a sinew driven seduction which is as unpredictable and anthemic as it is bewitchingly coverradiant. As one who always hankers for some kind of snarl in songs, the track is an immediate incitement to the passions. From the first tangy groove and pungent swipe of rhythms, the song stirs up the senses as Haastrup and guitarist Dennis Post cast a spicy coaxing littered by heavy swipes from drummer Jens Berglid. Things relax slightly as the ever alluring tones of Schønning open up the narrative but are soon back growling forcibly as the depth and quality of the lady’s voice adds its own intensity and bellow to the tempest. The song continues to croon and confront with inescapable virulence, every note and syllable coming with its own dramatic and flavoursome adventure. It is a relatively swift encounter, ending far too soon if you ask us, which leaves emotions high and pleasure exhausted.

The following Once Upon A Nightmare explores a mellower though no less imposing landscape. Whereas its predecessor was as metal as it is heavy rock, the second song explores more forgiving scenery with electronic expression and tempestuous melodies thick and provocative alongside the enthralling vocals of Schønning. Lying somewhere between Evanescence and Lacuna Coil, it is a fire of passion and creativity. Guitars and keys spin a riveting tapestry around the vocals whilst Berglid is at times a predator with his aggressive jabs. Admittedly taking longer to tempt than the opener, the song is soon igniting the same rapture with its distinctly different persuasion.

The closing Miss Madness brings a classical charm to its power ballad seeded, the band showing yet another twist to their sound and invention. It is not a song which finds the same heights as the first two for personal tastes, but with emotion binding vocals and intimately immersive sounds it only leaves appetite for the band and its rich varied sounds greedier.

Anticipation for the debut Forever Still album is building into a thick buzz thanks to the band’s two EPs, but you get the feeling even as Scars reveals even greater depth and broadness to their sound that we have seen nothing yet.

The Scars EP is available as a name your price download now @ http://foreverstill.bandcamp.com/album/scars-ep-name-your-price

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RingMaster 06/01/2015

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