Triverse Massacre – Hades

Taking the listener by the throat down the five rivers encircling its underworld, Hades is the new EP from British metallers Triverse Massacre and the hellacious outpouring of the potential first bred in their previous releases. Back in 2014, the With Bared Teeth And Truths EP suggested that the band had the wares to make a potent impact on the British metal scene; Hades is that mighty trespass but one still hinting of greater things yet to come.

Bursting from the depths of Carlisle in 2010, Triverse Massacre quickly stirred up local support and in turn within the metal underground crowd with the release of debut EP In The Jaws Of Deceit. It was a growing reputation equally fuelled by their ferocious live presence which has gone on to see the band earn strong praise and share stages since with the likes of Skindred, Raging Speedhorn, Aliases, The Sun Explodes, The Colour Line, Reign Of Fury, and Anihilated and play Bloodstock Open Air last year alongside Slayer, Behemoth, Mastodon, and Gojira. With Bared Teeth and Truths provoked more concentrated attention and awareness of the band and their ravenous fusion of death, groove, and thrash metal; an incendiary mix now truly igniting within Hades.

The release opens up with Cocytus, an instrumental of imposing grandeur and looming shadows creating the climate you would expect surrounding the domain and god of the underworld. Guitars eventually encroach on the deceitful grace of the air creating a link to waiting venomous jaws as the track flows into the predacious animosity and corrosive depths of Styx. As the guitars of James Graham and Chris Kelsall gnaw and taunt the senses with riffs and grooves, vocalist Liam Stark descends and invades with his raw and potent mix of attacks, the frontman as the sound around him openly showing a growth in snarl and dexterity since that last EP. The guitars continue to weave a web of creative deceit, lures of infectious and seductive design woven to violate while the biting beats of Mike Collins and the tenebrific lines of bassist Jason McEwan have nothing in mind except merciless trespass.

It is a mighty and increasingly gripping track still slightly outshone though by next up Acheron. With grooves swinging from its first breath and contagious irritability coating every note and raw throated expulsion, the track unleashes the most virulent strain of toxic rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s sound has fully escaped any confines of extreme metal tagging, the third track epitomising its adventure and maturity and especially its rudely addictive quality forcing full submission to its rancor.

Lethe is simply bestial; a vicious harrying of the senses. Every element of its twisted body and intent is delicious harassment, grooves swarming through ears as rhythms advance with horde like barbarity. Within the tempest though, as across all tracks, there is a melodic prowess which accentuates rather than tempers the pernicious infestation but equally spotlights the instinctive craft breeding the envenomed imagination and onslaught on offer.

The EP closes with Phelegethon, arguably the biggest intrusive nagging of the senses of them all and quite possibly our favourite though that honour is consistently shared with its two predecessors. It is a stirring end though with the guitars a viperish incursion and rhythms a bold and numbing incitement as Stark crawls and lurches over the senses and psyche with vocal glands spilling malevolence in varying shades.

With Hades, Triverse Massacre has presented itself to the main table of extreme metal but as the EP thrills you still get the sense that the band is nowhere close to depleting its creative depths. That suggests very potent horizons for the quintet and for our beleaguered ears alongside them.

The Hades EP is released May 26th @ or

Pete RingMaster 25/05/2017

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Bailer – Shaped By The Landscape


There is a new bruiser in town, a creative bully as at ease turning the senses and ears to mush as it is breeding a dervish like reactions in the body. That uncompromising assailant is Irish quartet Bailer and its choice of irresistible weapon, debut EP, Shaped By The Landscape. The band’s striking introduction is a fiercely irritable groove fest of demands and rewards; a caustic fusion of groove metal and hardcore which leaves body and soul wasted and spirit and emotions ignited.

Formed in the January of 2015, Bailer has been a welcome scourge through its local and Irish underground scene, sharing stages with the likes of Red Enemy, Novelists, The Colour Line, Shields and more as well as playing main support to Murdock on tour. Aidan Cunningham from that fellow Irish band recorded, mixed, and mastered the Shaped By The Landscape, and fair to say if describing the distinct Bailer sound, Murdock would be used as a kind of reference as well as maybe Gacys Threads and The Dillinger Escape Plan. There is no escaping the sonic and vocal, let alone emotional, animosity fuelling and shaping the band’s first poke at the broadest attention, or that it is one of the most punishingly thrilling debuts in the hardcore scene for quite a while.

Artwork_RingMasterReviewThe EP opens with Failsafe and immediately has ears enticed with its spicy guitar coaxing and then under siege by a wall of hungry riffs and barbarous rhythms. It is all conducted by the ferocious tones of vocalist Alex O’Leary, his searing squalls almost visibly scarring his throat as they enjoyably abrase ears. There is equally a swing to his delivery, a devilish catchiness which is even stronger in the web of fiery grooves that entangle ears and appetite amidst the rampant aggression of Paul Cashman’s rhythmic swings. The carnivorous growl of David Cleere’s bass is simply delicious in the mix as too the wonderfully nagging tapestry of metal and punk grooves and riffs cast by guitarist Chris Harte. The track is a glorious start to the release, and maybe the most virulently infectious slab of abuse heard in a long time.

It is not a one off though, being swiftly matched by The Binding. It starts off in the same vein as its predecessor but soon reveals its own nefarious twists and turns as O’Leary again shares rancor with the air. Everything about the song is also ridiculously catchy; the body and imagination is soon caught up in its hostile groove almost unaware of being battered and bruised, sonically and emotionally tossed around. Its sensational onslaught is followed by Anti-Venom and its own animus of spite and infectiousness. Grooves squirm with the tempest of noise and irritability, the snarling lure of the bass as seductive as ever whilst vocals rage and almost gloat over the victim, in the shape of the senses, crippled by the rhythmic battering alone. Not that the listener realises when being manipulated by an infestation of grooves and stirring hooks shared with similar zeal and power.

The Benefit Of Doubt is an even darker and more predatory proposal; venom toning every rhythmic strike and scything flash of guitar while all the time the bass adds a grouchy nag linking it all up. Maybe the least openly catchy song on the EP, though not by much, the track is as bold and majestic in craft and invention as it is in highly persuasive animosity. It is a formidable and stirring end to what is simply a killer and monumental debut from Bailer.

The CD version of Shaped By The Landscape actually comes with bonus tracks Call Of The Unknown and Animosity, and the cause of the only issue with the release; the fact that we were not sent those songs to cover too, though it is easy to assume they will live up to the other quartet. Already we are greedy for the Bailer incitement and it is hard to imagine we will be on our own once it is out there playing havoc with ears and the passions.

The self-released Shaped By The Landscape EP is released 29th April digitally and on CD @

Pete RingMaster 27/04/2016

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Anchored By Avarice: Axillion EP


     Encapsulating the listener in a sonic furnace of heat, intensity, and passion, the Axillion EP from UK metallers Anchored By Avarice is a corrosive invigorating fire which extinguishes the air from lungs and replaces it with incendiary promise and awe. To be honest the release is so accomplished and captivating that it is a finished confrontation in its own right but you still feel there is much more to come from the band in imagination and craft, let alone further uniqueness.

The quintet from Wakefield formed in June 2011 and set about creating a tempest of invention and melodic destruction. Primarily you can declare the band a metalcore onslaught but with scorching flames of djent, hardcore, and melodic death metal to their confrontation, it is a sound which has a distinction and imagination which sets the passions ablaze and marks the band as a rising target for attention and acclaim. Already having unleashed live scourges upon stages alongside the likes of Villa Rise, Silent Screams, Our People Versus Yours, The Omega Particle, Carving a Giant and The Colour Line, the band is currently in the midst of a UK tour, dates to be found on their Facebook profile, and on the evidence of Axillion this is one band not to be missed if threatening your town.

Opening track Endless Corruption sidles up to the ear with seductive sonics and mesmeric keys filling a subdued ambience with 1600x1600coverslight agitation and compelling beckoning. It is a brief invitation before a surge of senses buffeting riffs and crisp unforgiving rhythms stretch and ignite their muscles, the initial elegant caress still in place but with a stronger acidic and cutting breath. The vocal squalls of Tom Bellamy immediately grab attention, their almost accusing forceful brawling tone a step above most and with a clarity which ensures the lyrical passion has full reign to impact on the listener. Into its full stride now the djent manipulating riffs from Danny Widdowson and Andy Parkinson ravage the senses whilst their adjacent sonic guitar whispers are loud and compelling throughout the track to perpetually whisk thoughts away from the unrelenting ferocity into evocative climes. It is a song which has little restraint in any aspect but a craft and composure to its creation which balances everything perfectly for an enthralling and unpredictable experience, something which applies to the whole release.

The following Furies of Charbydis instantly bewitches the senses with sonic mastery and sparks whilst chewing the synapses with ravenous raptorial riffs and punishing rhythms, the bass of Jack Bhogal mauling with a rabid hunger and intent whilst the drum beats of Blue Thorn resonate in ear and bone with a resonance and spite which is immeasurable. The song is a stirring blend of melodic persuasion and sinew stretching intimidation woven together with immense thought and skill so that each facet and extreme seamlessly and instinctively flows alongside and within each other. Admittedly whether, like in all songs, there is enough which lingers in the memory after the song has fled the scene is debatable but this is a band still evolving and the remembrance of how impressive tracks and the EP were as they burnt savagely upon the person is in no degree debatable.

Substance For Slumber is a stunning beast of fury and passion with a sonic and melodic embrace that explodes and entices like a siren. Arguably the song has less open temptation than the first pair but replaces it with more drama and emotive intensity to provoke and inspire an equal depth of satisfaction and ardour for its expressive and innovative storm. Because of its continually shifting gait amidst the torrent of breakdowns, crippling rhythms, and melodic intrigue, the song is one track which leaves a longer lasting voice behind, the expanse of ideas and emotion an inciting yet spellbinding brutal tide.

The title track is the fullest triumph of the release, its highest pinnacle. From its math/technical metal beginning hex, the track explores with riveting erosive breath and an equally captivating quarrel through consistently testing and teasing switches of position and sound entwined into one galvanic bruising treat. As elsewhere the vocals leave their stinging mark with quality and belligerence whilst the guitars perform a sonic alchemy to compliment the barrage of lethal richly defined rhythms from bass and drums.

The closing Resentment simply confirms the quality and strength of Anchored By Avarice and the release, its tight and explosive stance a final rousing instigator upon the by now lustful passions. The Axillion EP is an exceptional release which makes a towering declaration of how exciting and creatively powerful the band is and excitingly will be.


RingMaster 02/03/2013

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