Bad Solution – The War Within

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A handful of weeks over two years ago, British metallers Bad Solution seriously impressed with their first EP, Self Destruct. A fiery and inventive roar, it seeded a keen anticipation for the London based band’s debut album; a hunger made to wait but now rewarded with a beast of a first full-length not only confirming that early promise but pushing their sound and writing to a whole new level.

That fresh new adventure tempers the slight disappointment of four out of the album’s ten tracks coming from that first release though such their impressive and highly enjoyable impact there is never a negative hearing them again and again. Their infusion within the brand new tracks on The War Within actually brings other previously less noticeable attributes within the quartet out to join those of their newer companions to create a fully rounded and increasingly riveting proposition.

With originally an all Polish line-up, Bad Solution was formed in 2011 by guitarists Trix and Mariusz Chojnowski. By the November of that first year, British vocalist Alex Willox came in with fellow Brit Joe Patterson replacing Mariusz Burzynski on drums two years later. With the current line-up completed by original bassist Wojtek Suberlak, Bad Solution has gone from strength to strength on the UK live scene, also sharing the stage with the likes of Gallows, The Blackout, and Soulfly across numerous festivals. The release of Self Destruct in 2015 thrust the outfit into a new richness of attention which can only be eclipsed by that generated by the outstanding exploits of The War Within.

Drowning starts things off, instantly confronting ears with rapaciously wiry grooves and hard jabbing beats. It pulls back a touch soon after, relaxing into a more controlled stroll as the guitar weaves a melodic web though still the rhythmic incitement of Suberlak and Patterson brings a bite and lively tenacity. The quickly impressing vocals of Willox are potently backed by the roars of Trix as the song develops a Clawfinger like snarl, it in turn evolving into a just as enticing melody rich cry. The carousel of the song continues to turn, increasingly engaging ears and involvement with very round whilst developing a volatility which only adds to its potency.

cover_RingMasterReviewIt is an outstanding start matched by the equally boisterous and aggressive proposal of Nothing (You don’t know me). Like a fusion of Five Finger Death Punch and Bloodsimple, it is a fiery protagonist grabbing and teasing ears with its muscular and melodically seductive enterprise, Willox again a striking and impressive presence within a maelstrom of ravenous and creatively tenacious magnetism.

Demon In My Bed then follows, beckoning the imagination with its initial Middle Eastern flavoured coaxing, a hue continuing to seduce and flourish throughout the track’s beguiling tapestry of sound and flavours. Once more there is a Clawfinger-esque feel to moments within the song but as in its predecessors, the song soon shows its own individual character in sound and writing as mellow passages beget invasive groove stoked dexterity which begets revolving flames of melodic endeavour.

The melancholic caress of the piano amidst sorrowfully ethereal keys brings Self Destruct into view next, Willox laying his plaintive tones in their arms as darker hues simmer and eventually grow. Veining them are spicy tendrils of guitar and a bass snarl which just intensifies as the song eventually erupts into greater aggressiveness bringing a Papa Roach meets Spineshank air to proceedings. Trix and Chojnowski add additional creative flames with their magnetic guitar craft, the track boiling up with every passing twist and turn for an impassioned climax taking a final bite out of the senses before the calmer presence of Echoes Of The Cry steps forward. With captivating elegance to its melodies and atmosphere, Willox similarly restrained in his tone, the track smoulders and simmers but with an increasing edge which sparks thicker flames of intensity across its lively croon. Though a slow burner compared to those around it, the song simply blossoms over time to one of the album’s truly memorable moments.

The chunky invitation of The Last Lie has ears and appetite swiftly on board whilst adding another strain of refreshing flavouring to the release with its echoes of One Minute Silence. Added to the progressive, slight seventies scented journey of the encounter, it makes for a beguiling and seriously virulent persuasion though still not as addictive as the ever manipulative exploits of Desert Rock. The star of the first EP, it seems to grow with every listen even two years on. It’s also Middle Eastern seeded temptations come backed by a rhythmic incitement which has feet bouncing within seconds. As infectious as they are though, they carry an aggressive bent which strikes almost venomously, the snarling bass matching that ferocity as those early evocative melodies continue to seduce around the addiction stoking chorus. Every band has a track which seals the deal with fans more than any other; this is Bad Solution’s and then some.

The swinging stroll of Dear Sarah follows, a flirtatious affair grabbing feet and hips with its first breath as the imagination comes under the magnetism of tangy sonic tendrils and the vocal prowess of Willox. A fusion of alternative metal and hard rock, the song is as rugged as it is graceful ensuring that the album only increases its grip on ears and pleasure; a hold tightened further by the classic/blues rock hued FOD. A fire of sound and intensity equipped with its own contagious kindling, there is no escaping its creative drama.

The War Within is completed by the equally inflamed White Washed, a track with irritability in its veins and a melodic rapacity in its heart. Suberlak’s bass is a delicious grumble within the flames, though not given enough clarity to groan for personal tastes, whilst Patterson masterfully scythes across the hungry tide of riffs and resourceful web of grooves cast by Chojnowski and Trix.

Though maybe not as impacting as those before it, the track is a fine end to a greed inspiring album. Two years back, the Self Destruct EP suggested Bad Solution were knocking on the door of major recognition. Its opening surprisingly never quite came but no worries, the quintet have just kicked it down with The War Within.

The War Within is available now from most online stores.

 

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Pete RingMaster 08/08/2017

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Attack The Day – Felons EP

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Attack The Day is another of those bands with a sound which defeats exact tagging due to its nature and eagerness to weave in a host of diverse flavours. The Northern Ireland hailing quintet, though it might be that they have lost a member since recording their new release,  are generally classed as alternative metal/rock but as Felons shows, they have the snarl of punk, the rousing tenacity of raw metal, the swing of funk, and the unpredictable character of post rock in their invention. The band’s second EP is an ear pleasing, imagination sparking encounter which captivates more and more with every listen.

Formed in Enniskillen in County Fermanagh in early 2012, Attack The Day soon developed a hunger to play live and soon had their local scene won over. Inspirations come from the likes of Sum 41, Mallory Knox, Maximum The Hormone, Slipknot, The Blackout, Gob, and Korn which alone gives you a hint to the variety in their sound. Last year saw debut EP This Is How It Ends released, its singles finding play and support on various radio stations such as IUR FM and RTE 2XM. 2015 also saw the band touring Ireland and play support to Suddenly Human. Now it is Felons poised to stir up further attention, a success easy to assume with its creative step on from its predecessor.

ATD - _RingMasterReviewFrom its opener, the EP shows a new expansion and invention in the Attack The Day sound as We Are The Change grabs ears with a sonic clamour and a tide of group roars. From there the lead vocal of Dáithí Murphy steps forward within a busy hustle of riffs and firmly jabbing rhythms which is part punk, part heavy rock, and quickly infectious. There is no mistaking the appetite sparking attitude soaking the song, but a challenge bound in spicy grooves from guitarist Mark Cadden as Ciaran Fitzpatrick’s bass throatily prowls the intimidating beats of Shane McGovern. Not for the last time, the punkish hue to a song within the EP, hints at a Stiff Little Fingers like growl to add further temptation for ears to embrace.

It is fair to say that the first song is a relatively and enjoyably straight forward slice of raw rock ‘n’ roll, something its successor Bridges I Burn certainly embraces while revealing the more off kilter imagination of the band. Its relatively mellow start is soon a lively funk fest of grooves and energetic rhythms, but a revelry which in turn sparks vocal animosity and imposing metal bred intensity. It is a passage of invention which repeats with increasing potency, every round revealing a fresh essence and spice within the adventurous exploits.

Epidemic follows that compelling proposal, bringing its own creative captivation with elegant melodies and suggestive beauty, the instrumental a warm yet melancholic caress of the imagination and senses before Part To Play springs its irritable metal and post hardcore causticity on ears. The slightly dour tones of Murphy work a treat against the fiery nature of sound and the band’s bullish harmonies, but the unpredictable character of the song soon has ears and thoughts buzzing in other ways. Slips into ska seeded swings and atmospheric caresses are great moments matched by the contrasting and corrosive winds of sound and intent which also wash across the senses, each providing a fascinating and successful piece in the inventive jigsaw of the track.

The EP is concluded by the boisterous rock stomp of Who We Are, a song emulating the first in providing an anthemic punk ‘n’ roll charge which just hits the spot. It is a great end to a thoroughly enjoyable second encounter with Attack The Day. Fiercely agreeable on the ear, the release also highlights the potential within the band, a promise and quality hard not to see making a bigger impact on the British rock scene ahead.

The Felons EP is released 20th May, available @ https://attacktheday.bandcamp.com/releases

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Pete RingMaster 18/05/2016

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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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Diamond Days – People Change

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In the second half of 2015, UK alternative pop/rock band Diamond Days grabbed attention with the release of two singles in quick succession; songs which built upon the potential and success of their previous EP. Now they nudge the bar of their melody rich sound again with new track People Change; a single confirming why good, praise loaded things are constantly being said about the Liverpool band.

DD art_RingMasterReviewFormed in 2014, the quartet soon sparked keen online attention with the release of debut single Start It From The End, its release soon followed by over 60,000 views on YouTube and the luring of over 30,000 followers across social media since. Drawing on inspirations ranging from Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six, and Panic! At The Disco to Foo Fighters, Young Guns, and Lower Than Atlantis, the band’s sound has persistently evolved with each release too starting with their impressing debut EP, We’ve Come A Long Way. Live the band has equally earned a potent reputation, sharing stages with bands such as The Blackout, William Control, Metro Station, Motion City Soundtrack, Fearless Vampire Killers, and Verses along the way. Both the Love Struck Kids and I Rewind singles of last year hinted at further growth in songwriting and sound which now People Change backs with infectious charm.

An opening melodic sigh brings in the punchy beats of Mark Highdale and the enticing lures of guitarists Tom Shepherd and Alex Fearn first, the latter equally as swift in offering his strong voice and expression to the emerging song. It is a rousing start which never explodes but continues to fuel the growing harmonic and melodic roar. Darker textures are provided by the bass of Tom Jack Jackson, giving a great temper to the vibrancy which soaks the song from enterprise and craft through to the potent tones of Fearn.

There is also a great hint of new unpredictability emerging in the band’s songwriting too; a sudden twist into a calmer emotive climate without real warning one great moment in the increasingly magnetic encounter.

With a great video to accompany it, People Change looks like being the start of another strong year for Diamond Days and an enjoyable one for us.

People Change is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 02/03/2016

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MORE THAN MOST UNVEIL THEIR ‘NIGHTMARES’

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Brit alternative rock outfit More Than Most have released their new video single ‘Nightmares’, a track taken from the band’s new EP ‘Impossible Is Temporary’ which was releases on February 5th.
You can check out ‘Nightmares’ right now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVxaRsc7xA&feature=youtu.be

Hailing out of London, the 2014 formed ‘More Than Most’ are a diverse and potent five piece originating from across the globe. The alt-rock combo consist of Leandro Leonardi (guitar) who moved from Brazil to England to pursue music, Mok Saib (bass) who journeyed from Algeria, and Cole Solem (drums) who arrived from the USA. Izzy Stylez (vocals) and Daniel Allan (guitar) are the only original UK based members. With a varied range of influences and life experiences, ‘More Than Most’ tug from their diversity and draw it down to their music. The result is both wholly captivating and all consuming.

It is fair to say that the energetic quintet hit the ground running, playing their first ever show at the start of this year in a sold out O2 Academy Islington 2 Show, supporting ‘Dirt’. From this point, the quintet has not looked back, breeding a dedicated fan-base whilst picking up slots at Takedown Festival and Camden Rocks Festival, and playing with the likes of Mallory Knox, Charlie Simpson, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine, Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Finch and While She Sleeps. More Than Most have gone on to sell-out another O2 Academy show, as well as impressing through a succession of pummelling shows throughout the Southern plains. As well as vigorously working on their live set, the alt rocksters have put out two videos ‘Feed The Fire’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’; both receiving extensive TV airplay with Scuzz.

Now with the release of their new video single ‘Nightmares’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVxaRsc7xA&feature=youtu.be) following one impressive new EP in the Justin Hill (Young Guns, Heart Of A Coward) reorded ‘Impossible Is Temporary’, it is fair to say that More Than Most have arrived.
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More Than Most – Impossible Is Temporary

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Since forming in 2014, More Than Most has become an eagerly followed and appreciated live proposition which has lit up stages alongside bands such as Mallory Knox, Charlie Simpson, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine, Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Finch, and While She Sleeps as well as graced the likes of the Takedown and Camden Rocks Festivals. Now the UK quintet offers their alternative rock with electro tendencies to a broader recognition and attention with the release of debut EP Impossible Is Temporary.

The four-track encounter is a magnetic affair fuelled with passion and open emotion in an resourcefully sculpted body of melody rich sound. It is not an encounter necessarily announcing the London based band as the next big thing yet but it certainly leaves a more than contented appetite for their imaginative and lively offerings. It has a variety to its spices which alone captures ears, a diversity not too surprising given the cultural background and influences of its creators. Guitarist Leandro Leonardi comes from Brazil, moving to England to pursue music, whilst bassist Mok Saib and drummer Cole Solem are respectively Algeria and US bred. With vocalist Izzy Stylez and guitarist Daniel Allan, both UK born, completing the line-up, More Than Most create a colourful creative clamour and emotive tapestry which allows Impossible Is Temporary to shine in potency whilst giving strong enjoyment.

More Than Most Cover Artwork_RingMaster ReviewRecorded with producer Justin Hill (Young Guns, Heart Of A Coward), Impossible is Temporary quickly lures attention with opener You’re Not Alone. Straight away a melancholic keys cast melody tempts as a shadowy ambience brews around it, electronic beats soon adding to the arising drama escalated further by the alluring tones of Stylez. There is something familiar to the song but an essence which you could say is Linkin Park like which only enhances its allure as rhythms and harmonies unite with the fiery and slightly solemn flames of guitar. It is a magnetic start to the EP, a deceptively anthemic cry pungently backed up by Remember Who You Are.

The second track also enters on an electronic coaxing, this time a lively simmer of keys which soon invites bolder rhythms and tenacious sonic enterprise to invigorate an already highly agreeable incitement. There is greater energy and creative drama to the song which only whips up keen attention and a similarly eager appetite for the imagination spawned More Than Most roar. Once more familiarity does rear its tempting head as the track fuels feisty energies in itself and listener, but it only adds to the fun before Save Me From Myself emulates the mix with its own creative and melodically rowdy proposition. There is a darker hue to the shadows which line the walls of the vocally tantalising and rhythmically dynamic proposal though, their emotive tempering to the sonic flames and flowing harmonies as suggestive as the heart felt words and notes uniting in another potent persuasion.

Closing with the imposing contagion of Nightmares, a stirring song built on an irritable bassline and scything beats upon which it boils up a sonic tempest of sizzling melodies guided by the ever impressing vocals led by Stylez, Impossible Is Temporary leaves with its finest moment and impact. All songs entangle the listener in craft and appealing adventure but its finale is a roar above and alone a reason to keep a close eye on More Than Most.

Lacking a major uniqueness in identity of sound, Impossible Is Temporary is maybe not the game changer for the band though it will surely push them into new and keen spotlights. It does though make a strong and thoroughly enjoyable base to leap ahead from, and we for one are looking forward to that next step.

The Impossible Is Temporary EP is available from February 5th.

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Pete RingMaster 04/02/2016

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Go Primitive – 100 Ways EP

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Pic MARIANNE HARRIS

If you are looking for a slice of rousing alternative rock then taking a punt on the new Go Primitive EP would definitely be a good move. Featuring five tracks which seriously stir ears and appetite alike, the release is a sparkling offering from a UK band heading towards strong attention. Admittedly the 100 Ways EP employs many recognisable flavours within its tapestry of creative contagion, but what it lacks in major surprises it heavily makes up for in fresh adventure and creative tenacity.

Hailing from Rugby in Warwickshire, Go Primitive has been making a potent name for themselves locally and further afield, luring in an increasing horde of fans and media attention. Live the quartet of guitarists/vocalists Tomm E Williams and Adam White, bassist Dan Teale, and drummer Ben Goodwin has earned a reputation for adrenaline fuelled live performances, sharing stages with the likes of Mallory Knox, We Are The Ocean, The Subways, Lonely The Brave, Hawthorne Heights, and Yashin along the way. Now they are set to provoke national spotlights and support with the Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses) produced 100 Ways, a success easy to see being within its highly enjoyable persuasion.

It opens up with Breathe In, Bleed Out Go and instantly fires up ears and imagination with a rousing vocal roar against firm beats and the inflamed tempting of guitars. It is a relatively restrained but rich start quickly working on thoughts and emotions, expanding its potency as fiery melodies collude with shadowy rhythms within the persistently provocative vocal cry. References have already been made to bands such as Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox, and Don Broco when talking about Go Primitive, suggestions easy to understand from the opener alone.

100_Ways_RingMaster Review   Its impressive presence is soon eclipsed by the excellent In A Band, a slice of rugged pop rock with a host of addictive hooks and tenacious enterprise around the excellent vocal union of Williams and White. The track is pure temptation; every lick of a riff, swing of a beat, and dance of a syllable virulent incitement impossible to avoid getting physically involved in let alone ignore.

The Sun Will Rise takes over next, its more fiery textures and sonic tone also a swift invitation with inescapable bait laid down by the anthemic craft and jabs of Goodwin. The bass of Teale is a darker coaxing too, it’s throaty prowl less intrusive but just as magnetic in the captivating emotive croon of the track. With a great tempestuousness to its air and touch, the song carries a volatile edge which hints at more than it realises but adds tension and attitude to the stormy music surrounding the excellent vocals.

The EP’s most virulent moment comes in the niggling hook of Save Your Self, it initiating the quickly blossoming slice of sinew crafted and melodically spicy rock ‘n’ roll. The track is another highly persuasive and anthemic stomp tempting feet and emotions with a web of nagging grooves and spidery sonic imagination, perpetually veined by an infection of rhythms and repetitious invention not forgetting that gripping first enticement.

Coming to a more than solid close with the highly flavoursome and emotively honed What You Pay For, an initial seeding of creative prowess which blossoms to greater and more riveting success with every listen, 100 Ways is a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting introduction to Go Primitive. It is hard not to imagine, as the band grows and evolves a more unique sound, that they will further come into their own and truly stand out on the crowded alternative rock landscape. More of the same next time would go down rather well too though.

The 100 Ways EP is out now @ http://goprimitive.bigcartel.com/product/100-ways-e-p

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Pete RingMaster 02/12/2015

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