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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Project Silence – One Way To Hell

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    Project Silence is a sonic and invasive scourge from Finland which ignited a lasting passion and hunger in us for their presence through the album 424 which unleashed its extreme toxicity last year. The album was brawl of intense promise which shared a brutality and bewitchment that overwhelmed and seduced the passions. The band now return on December Friday 13th with new single One Way To Hell, a two track creative fury which confirms all of the intensive promise and stature of the previous release whilst stretching the band’s imagination and abrasive qualities even further.

Hailing from Kuopio, the band was formed in 2008 as initially a solo project of Delacroix (vocals, programming, keyboards),  who began brewing up a distinct dark aggressive design from ferocious essences bred in the likes of industrial metal, dark electro, trance, aggrotech, and black metal. A demo emerged soon after the project was unveiled followed to relative success by the single Voices the following year. 2012 saw the line-up of Mr. Sanderz (guitar), J (guitar), Silve R (drums), and Sturmpanzerjäger (bass) alongside Delacroix before debut album 424 was uncaged on the world to strong responses from fans backed by equally enthused critical acclaim from within the underground press alongside radio play on shows like The Bone Orchard at Audioburger.com. The experimental muscular confrontation of the new single takes the heights set by the album not maybe to new plateaus but certainly to intriguingly different and just as impressive corrosive adventures.

One Way to Hell emerges from an enveloping sonic mist; one soaked in menace and brewing industrial toxicity speared by one way to hell coverincreasingly intimidating beats and an asylum bred laugh. As soon as it has comfortably coaxed attention and intrigue from its recipient the band expels a squall of heavy duty rhythms and equally muscular riffs stalked magnetically by the shadow dwelling keys and malevolent vocal growls bred in even darker places. The track does not go for the jugular but instead bears its full weight upon the senses to immerse the whole of the listener and thoughts within a bruising and merciless yet seductive pestilence. With a deceptively contagious chorus and a just as virulently tempting swagger to its stride, the song initially does not make the same immediate impression as many tracks on the album did but with startling imagination and twists, like the excellent full stringed almost folky lure crafted by the guitars, the encounter evolves and increases its persuasion through its first and definitely across multiple returns. It is a slow burner in many ways but soon finds the flint to spark an enthusiastically hungry appetite for its bold adventure.

The track is accompanied by Death and Madness, an onslaught which carves a swifter impact on and submission from the passions to reinforce the thrilling potential and striking evolution of sound as presented in One Way To Hell. Production is less precise and clean on the second track which only adds to the throaty lure offered by the bass and mutually predacious guitar riffs punctured by just as threatening rhythms. Coursing with infection dripping grooves and rabid hooks, as well as dangerously alluring melodic seducing from the keys, the track is an epidemic of incendiary pestilence and destructive enterprise woven with threads of wanton beauty and classical elegance. Masterful and creating an even greater creative alchemy than its impressive co-provocateur, the song is a towering predator and excuse for all newcomers to check out the uncompromising might of Project Silence.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 11/12/2013

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Patriot Rebel – Two Worlds

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We have had a bit of a ‘crush’ on UK rockers Patriot Rebel ever since the band submitted a couple of tracks for our Bone Orchard show at Audioburger.com, songs receiving a persistent airing which is as much down to the greed of the listeners as much of the hosts. This meant anticipation for their debut release, the Two Worlds EP, was high and forcibly rewarded by a heavyweight riff clad storm of passionate breath-taking rock ‘n’ roll. The six track riot is bruising rock at its very best, a direct and virulently contagious confrontation which hits the target dead centre with flaring nostrils, menacingly flexing muscles, and a melodically crafted adventure fuelled by adrenaline.

The Nottingham has been breathing from around 2007 but it was with the coming together of current line-up of vocalist Paul Smith, guitarists Danny Marsh and Dave Gadd, bassist Will Kirk, and drummer Aaron Grainger in 2011 that the band began finding a potency and presence which really began commanding attention. Their sound is a tempestuous mix of alternative rock, grunge, and unpolluted rock ‘n’ roll thrust through the ear with a mountainous energy, drawing references to bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, Alter Bridge, and Shinedown and even more predominantly Black Stone Cherry and Velvet Revolver. With the distinctive tones of Smith and an aggressive sound which is unfussy but concentrated in its craft and effect, their live performances are no strangers to acclaim with the band since forming giving the likes of Tesseract, Jettblack, Skarlett Riot, Cornerstone, Earthtone9, Spirytus, and Violet a tough act to share stages with whilst equally leaving festival crowds aware and eager for their presence. Recorded with producer Matt Elliss (Black Spiders, Terrorvision, Skarlett Riot), Two Worlds is the next Patriot Rebel strike on the country and one you can only see placing the band on the frontline of UK’ s rock scene.

The self-released EP opens up with the imposing Propaganda, sinew driven riffs and equally predatory rhythms consuming the Patriot Rebel Cover Artworkears with intimidation and intrigue as Smith offers the song’s croon. The bass of Kirk is especially rapacious in presence and voice within the encounter adding to the almost oppressive initial breath, an introduction which soon explodes into a fire of sonic infectiousness with the chorus. It is one of those moments where you ‘recognise’ the stranger, the song a previously unheard persuasion which hits like an old friend and enlists an instant companionship from your own voice and neck muscles. The track like the EP is not sculpting brand new adventures it is fair to say but as it firmly proves here it rewrites existing invention into something most bands would seduce your granny for. It is a potent powerful start immediately matched and exceeded as the release rampages.

What Goes Around makes a gentler entrance at first, certainly stripping less flesh from the senses anyway until it erupts into a brawl of hungry riffs and punchy rhythms ridden again by the magnetic vocals. Its rich bait takes little time in laying down its lures, the chorus like calls soon seducing the passions with another epidemic of rioting toxicity. Rippling with melodic persuasion which burns heatedly as the track intensely barracks the senses, the song is a ferocious charge of insatiable energy and skilled temptation designed to grip its recipients by the throat and launch them into a torrent of submissive participation, physically and emotionally.

The following Goodbye is an emotively lined slower track which seduces with an intense almost melancholic embrace, guitars weaving an imaginative and impacting web of enticement around the almost reserved delivery of Smith. The song instantly shows why the band has been spoken of in terms of the likes of Alter Bridge though as it burns brighter and increases its melodic flames and muscular presence, Patriot Rebel go somewhere which for our mind those bands have only flirted with. The song smoulders and sears the air the further into its compelling depths you go, bass and riffs a thick haunted wash of intensity alongside vocals drenched in emotional expression. It probably takes longer than others to make its full declaration but with focus emerges as one of the highlights of the release, amongst a few to be honest.

Both Come Of Age and Holding On are songs we know well from the show and each leaves the already raging appetite with another full meal to devour greedily. The first saws the ear’s cartilage from its first second, carnivorous riffs snarling whilst Smith draws a vocal breath and lets rip with a sonic wail to match the spirals of scorched design from the guitars. The track is a voracious torrent of energy and enterprise, a maze of ideas and enthralling invention veining its stormy mass of intensity and predation whilst again an irrepressible addictive enterprise casts its spell on the passions.  There is a muggy air to the track but it only adds to its weight and intent leaving the listener gasping for air whilst waiting for its successor. The second of the two multiplies the weight and depredation of its predecessor before expanding it into a melody fuelled blaze of hard rock meets heavy metal passion. It is a glorious anthem of sound and intent which resourcefully ignites and enslaves the emotions into their fullest ardour, a track which dares you not to be calling out its finale in a mutual vocal union, a challenge you only will lose.

The release ends with The Storm, a track which in the wake of the previous onslaughts feels at first almost pale in comparison that is until it too corrupts the senses with a dramatic and perfectly sculpted furnace of sonic endeavour and vital melodic invention. It is an absorbing encounter to close off an outstanding release. It maybe their introduction to most but Patriot Rebel has immediately thrust themselves into a vibrant spotlight with Two Worlds, and they can only get better with is simply a mouthwatering proposition.

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10/10

RingMaster 07/12/2013

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Mongrel – Snakes

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The first release since the outstanding Reclamation album of 2012, US punk metallers Mongrel unleash their new single Snakes and continue to set new standards for themselves and aspiring rock/metal bands. Taking from their upcoming Evolution EP which is slated for an early 2014 release, the new track employs all the renowned and expected inventive and addictive aspects of the band but gives them a new fire to burn explosively within further exploration from the band and their songwriting. As anthemic and contagious as you would expect from the Boston quartet, Snakes reinforces the hunger of their fans for their bruising, riotous sounds whilst laying down plenty of bait to recruit new greedy hearts.

Formed in 2003 by guitarist Adam Savage, Mongrel has over the years evolved into a highly sought after live band and a formidably potent studio encounter with a wealth of releases strikingly marking their steady and continual rise. Since forming the band has laid waste to stages alongside the like of GWAR, Korn, Otep, Sepultura, Prong, Halestorm, Wednesday13, Fu Manchu, Dizzy Reed, and the Misfits numerous times as well as touring with others such as FEAR, Blitzkid, Trashlight Vision, and Michale Graves, all the time continually drawing acclaim. Equally from the start their releases have lit up the passions of fans as well as the independent airwaves, the band a regular on the likes of shows at http://www.Audioburger.com and The Bone Orchard podcast, but it is fair to say that the full potency and heart of the band exploded when they enticed vocalist Jessica Sierra into the fold, her snarling vocal beauty igniting something lying dormant in the band with previous frontmen. Through The New Breed of Old School and Declamation EPs on to Reclamation, Mongrel has grown and evolved into an intensive and magnetic force which Snakes only elevates further.

The single wastes no time in tempting the ears as the guitar of Savage skilfully strokes the extremities with his inviting riffs, its call soon a0370760246_2joined by a pulsating bass call from Michael Ariza and the crisp beats provided by drummer Mike Hogan. Settling into an open temptation, the power and thrust of the song is taken up another level as Sierra punches the lyrical intent forcibly and melodically into the imagination. All the while there is a reserved but persistent groove which wages seduction upon the senses throughout the song, it enticing greater passion and hunger from the listener and it is fair to say that at this point the single has submission already in its hands. This is not enough though it seems as the instigator then shifts seamlessly into an evocative and intimidating yet smouldering flame of sonic endeavour and emotive persuasion which has the band pushing their boundaries and ideas without losing their core energy and intensity. The moment is brief but potent and makes for a building step for the final adrenaline lit finale. There is a certain pop punk element to Snakes which arguably has not appeared before with Mongrel and it is a refreshing move brought with craft and adventure which avoids eroding any of the band’s confrontation and  inciting invention.

It is hard not to be excited and full of impatient anticipation for the Evolution EP thanks to Snakes, but the wait will be relatively short and the single ensuring the time is well fed with its incendiary exploits. A name your own price release at Mongrel’s Bandcamp profile, the single is the perfect invitation for those new to one of metal’s best ‘undiscovered secrets’.

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10/10

RingMaster 29/10/2013

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Age of Menace – All Seeing Lie EP

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Since forming in 2010, Australian metallers Age Of Menace has not only carved a formidable and striking presence within the underground scene of their country but also across the internet taking the band in the arms of eager acclaim further afield and numerous radio shows, especially The Bone Orchard at www.Audioburger.com. The quartet from Sydney has always had a snarl and creative rapaciousness which has set them apart from most and a virulent passion within their devouring potent sounds but with the release of their new EP All Seeing Lie, the band has unleashed a new growl and intensity to their songwriting and presence. The four tracks making up the release all prowl and chew the senses like sonic predators, their carnivorous riffs, cantankerous rhythms, and intensity sculpted vocals combining for  blistering slabs of aggressive invention and corrosive imagination. Age Of Menace has, since their previous release, evolved into a new bestial confrontation, one bringing stealth and deceptive contagiousness to the intent of sending senses and thoughts into the jaws of thrilling and scintillating aural danger. It is an exhilarating declaration of a band which is now a real irresistible force.

Consisting of vocalist Rob Smith, guitarists Pete Ross, drummer Adam Breakspear, and bassist Adam Barns who produced the band’s earlier releases and tracks before joining full time last year, Age of Menace merge a vicious vein of metal to equally impacting melodic rock temptation, the results music which chews and savages the ear and beyond whilst seduces them with addiction forming hooks and melodic enterprise to ensure only willing victims. There has always been an attitude and antagonistic edge to their music which you feel comes from the union of its member’s distinct personalities and their potent union and here too All Seeing Lie offers a new depth and intimidation which carves an even more indelible lure within the passions.

Opener My World charges at the ear from a distance, its emerging presence hiding a rabid appetite behind the coaxing guitar until aom002coverstanding eye to ear with the listener and ready to prey on their weaknesses. Once at its full height the song cages the senses with snappy firm rhythms and a deep throaty bass provocation whilst Ross teases with sharp and fiery melodic twists of sonic enterprise. Now in command it settles into an eager but restrained temptation of flaming guitar, moody bass taunting, and rhythmic caging from the drums, whilst all the while the excellent and expressive tones of Smith drive the lyrical heart and shadows of the song into thoughts and psyche with lethal effect. The track is a primal instigator bringing personal dark corners into play with its own evocative shadows yet at the same time is a deeply satisfying epidemic of infectious invention.

It is an impressive start soon matched by the next up Ritual, its imaginative poise and diversity an unrelenting intrigue enflaming another wash of heated ardour. Initially a melodic and dare one say mellow, well in comparison to other moments on the EP, embrace wraps its fingers around an awakening adventure whilst vocals as welcoming and warm as the sounds seduces from within the elegant coaxing. To ensure the sinister air is still there prying and lurking bass and drums rile up the atmosphere with intensive barracking, their voices opening the gate for another explosive stretch of savagery. Expectations assume this is a fury to stay but the schizophrenic will of the song returns to its earlier charm before again twisting it all up into a maelstrom of unpredictable excellence. As they are already renowned for, Age Of Menace craft the songs on the EP with skilled and expressive musicianship bringing the full essence and depths of their songs forward as a vibrant fire but again it is fair to say the release has evolved that texture too.

Creatures Of Habit and Start It Finish It, complete the release taking it to even greater thrilling levels. The first of the two flirts with the ear at its start, drums and bass dancing on its surface whilst the guitar taunts from behind their touch before it is all pulled into an intensive adrenaline fuelled adversarial goading, riffs and sinews searing with venomous energy and vocals sharing coarse whispers and blazing passion across the riveting stimulation. The song is a ferocious triumph which again is unafraid to catch the listener by surprise and shuffle its ingenuity into exhaustingly pleasing ways. It leaves a tall order for its successor to contend with but Start It Finish It does so with ease and aggressive excellence, the more rock toned riot a vehicle of unbridled galvanic energy and passion brewed into a brawling treat. If there is any niggle about the EP it is that it ends here once the song has finished ravaging and accelerated the now raging lustful hunger inside for much more.

    All Seeing Lie EP is outstanding and vigorously thrusts Age Of Menace into the major leagues of metal/rock crafting bands. They will be making impacting noises around the world from this point on one suspects and hopes; whether the world is ready for their fury time will tell.

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9/10

RingMaster 13/06/2013

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Grenouer – Blood On The Face

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Russian metallers Grenouer have been regularly featured and devoured on our podcast The Bone Orchard at www.audioburger.com over the past couple of years so the news and chance to review their new album offered a rapacious hunger to the excitement. The band has left a striking presence with their evolving sound across the years and Blood On The Face continues that accomplished course with ease whilst opening up further suggestions of distinct explorations ahead. The sound is familiar to their fans, their melodic potency and sonic sculpting at its pinnacle, but equally it is a continuation of their now established intent and tempting with an invention and imagination which blends varied flavours and adventure for a deeply impressive encounter.

Released through Mausoleum Records, Blood On The Face combines the five tracks which made up previous acclaimed EP 251139 - Grenouer - CoverComputer Crimes with six new songs and a cover. Initial thoughts were that filling almost half the release with a previous one will disappoint fans but such the strength of those tracks with their new ‘revisited’ arrangements and more so the new compositions, it will be surely merely a passing niggle for most and for newcomers makes the perfect introduction. Produced by the team of Dualized & Eddy Cavazza (Mnemic), Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom), and Joonas Koto, the album is an absorbing and enthralling landscape of distinctive melodic metal. At times thoughts of other bands as inspirations make suggestions but Grenouer have a sound which is theirs alone and Blood On The Face a thrilling vehicle to share it through. Formed in 1992 by vocalist Andrey Ind and guitarist Alexander Motor, the Saint Petersburg based quintet have moved far on from their extreme metal origins, the years and releases since then drawing in and embracing a rich and passionate melodic heart to the precisely and inventively crafted songs. This their seventh album, has the opportunity to make a full declaration to the world of their might thanks to the new link up with Mausoleum, and one suspects their rewards will be just as plentiful.

A brooding intro opens up the release, Thunder Phase a dawning of a warm and provocative ambience filled with drifting vocal calls, before merging into the waiting title track. Thick riffs and sonic flames immediately erupt around the ear whilst the rhythms of drummer Michael Coroner cage it all with punch and strength. The ever impressive vocals of Ind unveil their distinct and impressive flames, his unique melodic and at times soaring range just as pleasingly supported by the backing tones of Motor and fellow guitarist Igor Buzzy. It is an intriguing and riveting blend which envelopes senses and thoughts whilst the throaty bass of Dmitry Daemon persistently adds the shadows and menacing depths which lurk and prowl the hot climate crafted elsewhere. The track is a restrained yet imposing start which opens up the album perfectly if without, in hindsight, reaching the subsequent plateaus breached later.

Both Sands of Silence and Midday Show induce greater involvement from the passions, the first with its plaintive yet seductive breath and vocals wrapped in fiery arms of melodic adventure and atmospheric emotion and the second of the two through vigorous and snarling riffs from bass and guitar which stalk and incite the ear around the again intense and emotive call of the song. It is like its predecessor a masterful expanse of imagination and enterprise with only the rapping insert later on into its persuasion taking a while to convince, the excellent song emerging as a mix of Absolace and Clawfinger.

The impressive quality and enjoyment continues and grows with each temptation masked as songs, the compelling Golden Years and the explosive Rejected igniting further lustful obedience before their creative and adventurous lures, whilst Fix Your Life/A Few Miles from Paradise finds a mix of the familiar and new which is honed into a fascination that is lingering and provocative, the keys exploring deeper invention and textured ambiences.

The most thrilling highlights in nothing but, come with firstly the predatory Brain Fever, one of those truly dangerous hunters which deceitfully lay out a welcome of melodic beauty and seduction before gnawing on senses and thoughts with corrosive riffs and crisp splintering rhythms. It is an outstanding song instantly matched by See No Sun and Last Stop. The first of the pair is a smouldering caress of a song, hazy atmospheres veined by a melodic beauty and sculpting which sways and kisses with every second of its sirenesque grandeur though it holds a carnivorous surprise too whilst the second is a reserved but forceful riot of rippling sinews and ferocious enterprise, simply an irresistible contagion.

Completed by a cover of the Stone Temple Pilots song All in the Suit That You Wear, this should be the album to bring Grenouer the recognition long deserved. Blood On The Face is an outstanding album full of refreshing invention, time for the world to wake up to the band.

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9/10

RingMaster 28/05/2013

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Subjektive: Self Titled

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If you are aware of Australian rock band Subjektive through their excellent My Perception EP of 2010, then you will have a good idea of what to expect from their debut self-titled album which has just been unleashed upon the world, though saying that you will still be blown over by the force of the storm which drives the excellently crafted songs through the ear. If you are new to the Melbourne trio then you are without doubt in for one muscular treat. Fusing the finest sinews and invention of rock to the strongest aggressive intensity and spite within metal, Subjektive creates a sound which leaves the listener bruised, battered and very satisfied.

The band was formed in 2008 by vocalist/bassist/guitarist and songwriter Aaron ‘AzCORE’ Stevenson, a musician who after playing in many successful and respected band wanted to create his own self termed rock driven metal, bringing the melodic textures and bone crushing might of both genres in a fluid and expressive bulldozer of a sound. The line-up was completed by the addition of drummer Luke ‘MasTemA’ Beltramello in 2009 and guitarist Joel ‘Chamber’ Moriss the following year with the band soon laying waste to audiences with their immense live performances and the release of My Perception. The threesome was soon drawing a rapidly growing legion of loyal fans not only in their homeland but around the world as well as receiving with radio play across the globe on the likes of The Bone Orchard. Their new album shows the band has evolved further since the EP, their sound still a merciless rage against the senses but with a further maturity to its textures and acutely crafted facets. The album is like a brawl between the likes of Machine Head, Mudvayne, Devildriver, Sevendust and Bloodsimple, an excellent fusion of sounds which caresses, charms, and lights up the passions with melodic excellence whilst unrelentingly turning the senses into a grateful staggering victim of explosive rhythms, destructive riffs, and combative intensity.

The release opens on insidious whispers as Veins emerges from the chilled mists. Soon tight highly charged riffs crowd the ear 111458whilst the bass prowls within their scorching touch and the drums cages the whole affair. It is not the most aggressive track on the album it emerges but with the continually licking serpentine sonics and ear lashing growls of Stevenson it is an intimidating pleasure. Into its stride the track herds thoughts and emotions into a blissful place whilst snapping the senses into satisfied slithers of primal engagement.

It is a great start soon slapped into its place by the rampaging R.D.M., a track which stomps on the wounds already incurred with heavy booted riffs and leaden rhythms. Throughout the tempest an infectious groove ignites an additional heated pleasure whilst the fiery solo is a delicious topping to an excellent song. The established quality is unrelenting through the likes of Too Far Gone with its stirring and rampant blaze of rock melodic warmth and corrosive metal abrasiveness, the blistering and intense Mental, and the expressive chewing of the ear masquerading as Watch This Space, all crushing riots of towering energy and attitude with honed weaves of melodic grandeur and imagination pouring from their formidable stances.

Further highlights come with the ever impressive Coward, a track which featured on their earlier EP, as do another pair on the album, and still stands as a classic and fully pleasing confrontation matched by the sensational Split From One Source. The first is a powder keg of adrenaline and anger thrust through the ear with crippling rhythms and unbridled creative energy whilst the second is a track which opens and closes on a wonderful emotive wash of just vocals and guitar within a chilling atmosphere. In between the song is a glorious journey of emotion, passion, and enterprise moving through multiple layers of intensity and sound whilst combining the warmth of melodic rock to the malevolence of extreme metal seamlessly and majestically. It is a song with a completely unique presence to the others showing the depths of the songwriting, imagination, and skill of the band. If you had to muster a slight criticism of the album it would be a similarity between some of the tracks in their breath but certainly not here.

Finishing on another sonic and merciless maelstrom in Shattered (Wasted), the album is an outstanding release which will ignite fires in rock and metal fans alike. Subjektive take no prisoners but they treat you right at the same time with one of the finest albums of 2012.

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RingMaster 20/12/2012

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