Set To Break – Redemption

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  Metalcore is one of those genres where it is not stale but it does seem to be under a general umbrella of similarity across certainly emerging bands. One unit which looks like having the sound and potential to buck that trend is Welsh metallers Set To Break. The band with the unleashing of their debut EP Redemption, do not yet stand distinctly apart from the rest but as shown by the six ferocious expulsions masquerading as songs, there is something uniquely compelling brewing within their passion soaked craft and sonic violence. The Imperial Music released fury is an expressive battering ram upon the senses and an encounter which sparks a healthy appetite for the band and their future.

     Hailing from Bridgend, Set To Break was formed last year by five friends who wanted ‘to create music that ripped apart the standard formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs.’ It was not long before the quintet of vocalist George Ross, guitarists Shaun Owens and Craig Owens, bassist Dan Charles, and drummer Rhys Morgan were building a potent reputation across Wales and the south of England, sharing stages with bands such as Crossfaith, Heart Of A Coward, Malevolence, and The Charm The Fury along the way. Infusing inspirations from bands like Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, and Continents into their own inventive premises, Set To Break signed to Imperial Music who got one of their tracks placed on a Metal Hammer Magazine cover mounted CD. The band next entered the studio with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) to record Redemption, a release which easily marks out the band as a target for attention and enthusiastic anticipation towards their horizons.

    The brief opener Lost draws the imagination into the depths of the release, its melodically cast emotive dawning courted by Set To Break Cover Artworkresonating rhythms and intrigue drenched evolving drama. As the piece stretches its height and intensity, an intimidating atmosphere soaks ears and senses, its arms wrapping intimidatingly around thoughts as sonic endeavour veins the dark climes spawning the portentous adventure. The coarse angst drenched squalls of Ross add further corrosive emotion to it all before the track makes way for the excellent Made To Suffer. The new track submerges ears in an expanse of crisply delivered antagonistic rhythms and predatory riffing driven by guttural washes of vocal vehemence. There is also a persistent if understated groove which teases and hints throughout the tempestuous incitement. It all merges for a contagious enveloping of the senses but one enriched with magnetic enterprise and exhausting energy. The song is an excellent draw into the imaginative aggressive world of Set To Break, and immediate suggestion of something different and exciting to this new metallic force.

      The following Paid Pride is a less imposing treat than its predecessor, though it does not skimp on sinew and intense provocation. The track twists and meanders with deliberate restraint and heightened emotive investigation as the sonic guitar sculpting adds rich hues to the gripping canvas of the song. It is not as dramatically gripping as the previous track but still lays down a masterful and enthralling narrative to immerse within. Its position between the excellent second song and the brilliant Ulterior Motives does it no favours either though it fights its corner well and satisfyingly before the next track explodes in the passions. Ulterior Motives has a carnal breath to its bestial intrusiveness, an opening melodic acidity and beauty merging with guttural vocal bruisings and overbearing rhythms. The new provocation then launches into a groove led chorus which has a definite familiarity to it, vocally and musically with Slipknot the most obvious comparison. This only adds to the strength of the track, its consistently shifting and changing attack an unpredictable and riveting onslaught furthering still the uniqueness of the band amongst other metalcore provocateurs.

     The EP is completed by Khan and Bermuda, two pleasing and expertly crafted furies but neither stepping into the distinctively inventive fields of the earlier songs. To be fair the two songs easily captivate and impress but that spark which sets the band apart is not as prominent and gripping within them, though the keys and furious intensity of the first of the two and the group confrontation of the second certainly keeps the hunger for the band alive and greedy.

    Redemption is an excellent debut from a band which we can be certain of hearing plenty more of ahead. Set To Break reek of the promise of greater and more special incitements to be discovered within their already creative quality and voraciousness; watch this space and enjoy is our recommendation.

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8/10

Ringmaster 17/03/2014

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SET TO BREAK poised to show ‘Redemption’, on Monday 17th March‏

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DEBUT EP NATIONALLY RELEASED THIS SPRING!

 

High Flying South Wales metalcore crew Set To Break drop their explosive debut EP Redemption on Monday 17th March, through Imperial Music.

Bridgend bruisers Set To Break were spawned at the foot of 2013 by long-time friends George Ross (Vocals), Rhys Morgan (Percussion), Dan Charles (bass), Shaun Owens (guitar) and Craig Owens (guitar), who wanted to create music that ripped apart the standard formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to the band’s influences and beliefs. The band soon found their feet, and began to widely play throughout the heart of their native Wales and southern England, landing support slots with the likes of Crossfaith, Heart Of A Coward, Malevolence and The Charm The Fury. With their eclectic leanings straddling many areas, the band pull inspiration from the likes of Parkway Drive, August Burns Red and Continents, while they find their own characteristic voice in the alchemy of creating music.

Set To Break were soon snapped up by Imperial Music, who placed a track of theirs on the cover CD of Metal Hammer Magazine, and subsequently booked the band into Bandit Studios with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) behind the desk. After relentless sessions, the quartet produced their debut EP entitled ‘Redemption’, and it’s purely intoxicating. From the first notes of the progressively textured ‘Lost’, to the breathtaking ‘Made To Suffer’, which pitches gut-wrenching vocals against veracious guitar lines, and on to the low slung pounding groove of ‘Paid Pride’, it’s evident that Set To Break have forged something special. ‘Ulterior Motives’ continues to compound the band’s potency with its sheer power and layered guitar work, while their recent single ‘Khan’ shifts gears, incorporating subtle piano with stunning dynamics. Last up, ‘Bermuda’ closes the EP in style with its blistering riffs and fiery drive. The UK noise tyrants will now head for the road as they prime to break to a national level.

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The Last Legion: Conspire EP

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Though you cannot say the debut EP from UK metallers The Last Legion is a release which has a distinct voice and presence amongst the numerous metalcore/melodic hardcore bands which have emerged over the past couple of years or so, it certainly offers the promise and evidence within its quartet of impressive tracks that the band is on the right course to find that uniqueness. The Conspire EP is an accomplished and satisfying release from a band that employ existing sounds and ideas in their own inventive way and though the release maybe does not ignite raging fires within for its enterprise and offerings it certainly intrigues and marks the band as one to keep a steady eye and ear upon.

From South London the quintet blend strong technical metal intent with an aggressive metalcore passion whilst inventive progressive and melodic flames add extra heat to the powerful union. Since forming in2010 the band has made steady and potent strides forward with last year their most intensive to date and seeing the band sharing stages alongside the likes of Silent Screams, Against The Flood, Carcer City, The Charm The Fury, Demoraliser and Liferuiner, whilst this year already looks just as active and potent live but with their first release to ignite things further. The Adam Getgood (Periphery) released EP is a vigorous first step to a wider awareness and the initial move towards what it suggests will be a successful future.

First track Guardian emerges from a sonic bristling of guitar and atmosphere to entwine the ear in intimidating rhythm, with the bass of Alex Bramwell immediately grabbing its own corner of focus through a controlled but openly hungry presence, and skilled inventive guitar lures from Ali Marshall and Chris Tierney. The song takes no time in stealing the march on the senses accosting them with melodic and intense energy before they can breathe whilst the diversity of the vocals is a pleasing adventure to come to terms with. Lead vocalist on the EP is Steve Kerr ably supported by Marshall and Bramwell, and between them from impressive clean coaxing of the ear to the squeezing squalls and ravenous belligerent growls the united effect works a treat. Admittedly the clean vocals excel over the other approaches with ease but each attack finds its place in the song and scheme of things given time.

The following BeakBreakers teases and punishes the senses straight from its first gulp of energy, the guitars coaxing with sonic elegance and simultaneously splintering bone with djent malevolence and the thumping impressive drums of Jake Ardley. The musicianship within the band is skilled and keenly sculpted for the strongest effect, this song arguably the band at its strongest and most creative. Mid-way in to the track the progressive heart of the band has its moment to escape the destructive malice and mesmerises the listener with delicious melodies and again superior clean vocals. The track soon reverts to its inciting poison and climaxes with aural spite and thrilling violence with the only niggle coming from the song fading out, just a personal bug-bear though.

Both Standing Like Steel and Angels And Demands continue the great sounds and songwriting, the first wrenching on thoughts and emotions with provocative anger and seducing melodic beckoning whilst the final song on the release chews and gnaws on the ear with enterprise though it is the least successful song on the EP.

As mentioned The Last Legion does not stand apart from the rest quite yet but the Conspire EP is full of an invention and craft which will surely evolve and brew that individual stance within the genre in the future. The release is more than worthy of taking up your time and offers up a rich satisfaction and occasionally an incendiary passion to feast upon.

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7/10

RingMaster 19/03/2013

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The Charm The Fury: The Social Meltdown EP

The debut EP from Dutch metalcore band The Charm The Fury is an immense release that the more you listen the more impressive and satisfying it gets. Initial contact with The Social Meltdown EP is a stirring and aggressive pleasure that awakens the senses but it is with a few more persistent visits that the release fully offers up all its qualities and absorbing strengths. It is an instant treat that is also an increasingly fulfilling experience with each and every subsequent contact. The scary thing is the release easily suggests the band is not close to their creative peak yet to promise even greater and stronger notable moments yet to come.

Formed in 2011, the Amsterdam the quintet has already successfully shared stages with the likes of Textures and While She Sleeps. With a show with Unearth amongst others on the near horizon they have in a short time firmly caught the attention. It is easy to get carried away with debuts and shout out about the future from one release but The Social Meltdown is that impressive without being perfect that it is impossible not to expect and to anticipate some remarkable moments ahead from them. Consisting of vocalist Caroline Westendorp, bassist Lucas Arnoldussen, drummer Mathijs Tieken, and the twin guitars of Mathijs Parent and Rolf Perdok, The Charm The Fury leave one enthralled, breathless, and eager to feel more of their aggressive and creative hard sounds. The band brings a firm understanding and obvious skill in how to combine softer melodic aspects of music to intense and uncompromising sounds without spoiling or depleting either. There are many bands emerging with similar talents and ability but The Charm The Fury offer a striking undefined element as well as one of the more impressive vocalists to excite the ear.

The title track opens up proceedings and with no respect for formalities incites a riot within the ear with raging riffs and rampant rhythms plus the coarse tones of Westendorp blistering the flesh. The song surges with a caustic resonance and antagonistic intent to light up the senses easily. Instantly it is evident that this is metalcore with freshness and vibrancy that is rarely heard, a mesmeric light and dark pulsating swarm upon the person. For all the great sounds from the band behind you cannot move away from the skill and excellent voice of Westendorp, her ability to bring bone scraping venom and intensity in her delivery with a fine clean and radiant alternative is startling. The opener does not fully show her range and diversity concentrating more on her malevolent side but the following songs soon unveil more.

Virtue Of Leadership is a more intricate song with the guitars bringing more involved and diverse directions within its wall whilst still pummelling with commanding drums and a stern bassline. The melodic guitar play is impressive and at times dazzling as it opens up the track even further to make an eager companion rather than alternative to the tumultuous riffs and energy. The fullness of the clean vocals alongside her coarse attack lifts the song further though as with all the songs it is an aspect of and not the overriding thing which is important for its success. Westendorp reminds of Krysta Cameron from Iwrestledabearonce at times though with a stronger control and variation towards the even mix of aggression and smooth delivery.

The rampant Family Values continues the triumphant sounds as the release just gets better and better. The song is outstanding and riles up the emotions further with its intelligent songwriting and intrusive sounds. With the remaining brilliance of Dirty South and Bridges completing the release it is hard not to go overboard in praise but truthfully it is deserved with maybe only a similarity across the surface of the EP despite the inventive diversity beneath, the only thing one could offer up as not quite spot on yet and thus the promise of greater things ahead. Dirty South and Bridges both thrash about like wild stallions, muscular brewing power with a grace and class within that sets the band out from most other metalcore/hardcore bands. Dirty South alongside Family Values is the best track on offer though ask tomorrow and it might be another, The Social Meltdown that even in pleasure.

The Charm The Fury with their debut has announced themselves as a band on a sure rise to becoming a truly notable one. They and the EP are immense and deserve as much attention as they surely will get.

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RingMaster 09/05/2012

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