The Dead XIII – Creatures Of The Night

The Dead XIII Online Promo Shot

It might not be the most startling introduction this year but there is something compelling and thoroughly enjoyable about Creatures Of The Night, the debut EP from The Dead XIII. Fusing horror punk with captivating traits of carnivorous metal and gothic predation, the band makes a strong and promising entrance. They certainly wear their influences on their sleeves but offer plenty to spark and invite the imagination and appetite to embrace future dark bred propositions.

Hailing from Manchester, The Dead XIII rose in 2013 and swiftly bred and earned a potent reputation for their live performances and raw dark hearted sound. Their influences are plain to see and hear, the likes of Misfits and Murderdolls as well as Defiled adding strong colour to their riveting sound so that as mentioned it is not the most original mix, certainly yet, but it also shows a rich potential and invention which should grow and evolve into something rigorously unique with time. The quintet’s stature has strengthened through sharing stages with the likes of The Fearless Vampire Killers, Ashes To Angels, and Bad Pollyanna since forming and now with the unleashing of Creatures Of The Night it is easy to see the band finding a stronger foothold in the UK metal scene.

From a sinister atmospheric mist opening track Stake My Date makes the first insurgence into ears and thoughts, guitars the initial graze of coaxing. Pushed by the firm beats of drummer Spike Owen and the dark bass tones of Paul The Dead XIII Cover ArtworkRyan, the song is soon striding purposefully with eager and caustic intent as vocalist Kurt Blackshard adds his excellent cold vampiric yet alluring delivery to the mix. His voice has a monotone quality which entices perfectly, especially when surrounded by the fiery guitar scrubs and riffs of Symon Lee and Ste Mahoney, the latter offering a sizzling solo as the track prowls and crawls all over the imagination. It is excellent thrilling bait to set things off, a success not quite matched by its successor it has to be said.

Stage Fright wraps ears in a gothic shadow of melancholic menace and drama initially before from its depths a gallop of hungry riffs and demanding rhythms emerge. Sonic hues spew from the determined stride of the track whilst keys offer a melodic haze of danger to breed an intriguing evocation within the raw canter of the song. To be fair the track is a heavily enticing beast but against its predecessor lacks the same spark, its invention and guitar designs less gripping and potent. Nevertheless the track with its mix of Wednesday 13 and Type O Negative holds attention and hungry appetite firmly in its grasp.

The following Monster Rehab marches in on a blaze of caustic riffs with addictive hooks and commanding rhythms. It again makes for an enthralling temptation but losses some of its potency once settling into a more predacious crawling around the senses. With its once more impressively delivered narrative presented by the almost mesmeric tones of Blackshard, the track is a sizeable offering but as the previous track its depth and its sonic invention comes without the strength and bite which fuelled the first song, though the chorus admittedly is an addictive roar providing an easily pleasing incitement.

The closing Army Of The Dead brings the release back to its opening heights, crawling all over the senses from its first touch and seducing venomously with an enthralling groove and rhythmic hypnotism. Hooks and melodies persist in their infectiousness across the song whilst the vocals again chain attention within the malevolent f bass and drum sculpted caging and its sonic colouring. The best track on the EP, the song brings Creatures Of The Night to an impressive and exciting conclusion, leaving plenty of satisfaction and rich promise stalking thoughts and emotions in its wake.

The Dead XIII has a way to go to find their own distinct presence and sound but with a first step as magnetic and captivating as this their horizons look potent and potentially dynamic. Find their distinct identity and we could be looking at a real pestilential scourge to ignite the British metal/horror punk scene.

The Creatures Of The Night EP is available now @ http://the-dead-xiii.bandcamp.com/album/creatures-of-the-night

http://www.thedeadxiii.com/

8/10

RingMaster 07/07/2014

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright

Listen to the best independent music and artists on The RingMaster Review Radio Show and The Bone Orchard from

http://www.audioburger.com

 

THE DEAD XIII unleash the ‘Creatures Of The Night’, on 7th July‏

The Dead XIII Online Promo Shot

BRIT METAL NEWCOMERS THE DEAD XIII DROP ENTICING DEBUT EP!

 

Rising UK Horror Metal outfit ‘The Dead XIII’ march forward with their mouth-watering mixture of filthy whiskey-soaked riffs, satanically scuzzy solos and contagious choruses. The youthful upstarts continue to sow their seed with a series of UK shows and the release of their spanking new EP ‘’Creatures Of The Night’, out Monday 7th July 2014 through all stores.

 

With a glut of influences stemming from the striking horror-punk of the Misfits and the Murderdolls to the bite of contemporary newcomers The Defiled, The Dead XIII have created an enthralling amalgamation of dirty sizzling metal ‘n’ roll underpinned by blistering guitar work and infectious hooks.

 

Born in the dark and dingy backstreets of Manchester in 2013, The Dead XIII have quickly gained notoriety  throughout the North West for delivering high octane performances complete with stunning imagery dedicated to each and every show. Comprised of Kurt Blackshard (Lead Vocals), Symon Lee (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals), Paul Ryan (Bass), Spike Owen (Drums) and Ste Mahoney (Lead Guitar), the fivesome have spent the past year spreading their venom throughout the UK, sharing stages with The Fearless Vampire Killers, Ashes To Angels, Dead and Bad Pollyanna along the way.

 

The irrepressible metal punks now plan to unleash their devilishly demonic debut EP ‘Creatures Of The Night’, which hits stores this July. With four slabs of unique horror metal, from the stomping refrain and fist-pummelling shout outs of their opener ‘Stake My Date’ to the onslaught pounding riffery and boundless energy of ‘Army Of The Dead’, the EP spews out vigorous vitality and is destined to ensure that the five piece transcend the underground. Be prepared as The Dead XIII hit the road this Summer; stay tuned to their Facebook for updates.

 The Dead XIII Cover Artwork

–THE DEAD XIII RELEASE ‘CREATURES OF THE NIGHT’ THROUGH ALL STORES ON MONDAY 7th JULY–

www.facebook.com/TheDeadXiii

 

 

 

Cambion: Virus

   cambion

    If like us you thought Cambion was the business with their Last Rites EP of 2011, then be prepared to be a whimpering fully bloated with pleasure wreck as their new EP Virus wreaks its havoc on the senses. The UK metallers have left the previous triumph looking almost pale against the new onslaught of technical and progressive metal found on the EP. The Devon quartet has not ventured far from their already established sound on Virus but honed it into an even more lethal and expressive beast which gnaws, chews, and teases the senses for a simply sensational confrontation.

Formed in 2009, the band pulls its influences from the likes of Meshuggah, Fear Factory, and Divine Heresy but has distilled them into their own aggressive and inventive tonic. It is aggressive and corrosive but equally is an incendiary engagement melodically and emotively. The past years have seen Cambion tour with US rockers Fozzy as well as share stages with the likes of The Defiled, Malefice, Blaze Bayley, Fury UK, Revoker, The Fearless Vampire Killers, and The Dead Lay Waiting, and light up festivals like Bloodstock with the line-up of vocalist/guitarist Elliott Alderman-Broom, guitarist Liam Neary, bassist Colin Beale, and drummer Frank Dennis impressing continually. The band has reached into another level of depth in their already expansive and impressive creativity so that where the previous EP had like us many drooling Virus just ignites sheer rapture with its immense presence and sound.

The release opens on the atmospheric and stark corrosion of society through varied news sound bites and a serpentine presence; it 480282_10151163818991971_2129231106_nis a cinematic introduction fitting the theme of the release and pulls Virus Part 1 (Outbreak) into immediate focus. The emergence of the band is a step back, the brewing intensity seemingly another world as a guitar glows with sonic elegance in an open clear sky. Soon though towering rhythms add their sinews for an imposing stature elevated again once the band badger with debilitating riffs and a hungry abrasion. The storm is a building intensity with the great vocals sending warm shards through the tempestuous ambience and eventually erupts into a charged and overwhelming maelstrom of technical violence and enterprise. It is also unpredictable and beautifully surprising, the Latin blush of guitar mesmerism sensational as the riot subsides for brief moments. It is a compelling and stunning start which leaves all previous thoughts of the band as lacklustre praise in comparison to those generated from the first track alone.

Virus Part 2 (Infection) was first featured on the previous EP and was stunning then but within the encasement of the new release feels even more impressive. The song is a caustic ravaging spawn of the industrial metal craft of Fear Factory and the exhausting and ravenous intensity of Static X bled into an electrifying abrasion all Cambion. Like all the songs on the EP, it rewards as deeply as it gnaws away at the listener and their psyche, the melodic fires enflamed and aggressive violation unleashed, metal at its very compulsive best.

The brutal entrance of Virus Part 3 (Death) with sheer malevolence to the squalling vocals and heart stopping beats from the drums, brings the world to a juddering halt such its intimidation and power. It is a mere one minute of physical barbarity which leaves one shell shocked yet ready to face the next part of the Virus in (AfterLife). If you thought moving on from this plain would be all beauty and peace, the erosion of light and expulsion of civil tranquillity let free by the track soon corrects and sends one to their knees. Combining a contagion of acute grooves with crippling rhythms and further technical savagery, the track is a persuasive assailant and one which with its melodic flames hitting mesmeric heights and additional impressive clean vocals and harmonies, one which provokes and evocates the strongest passions and emotions.

Virus Part 5 (Resurrection) continues the sonic viciousness with sheer mastery of sadistic intensity, unforgiving sounds, and glowing melodic beauty. The track scores and depletes the senses until numb but at the same time energises and inflates the heart with a melodic enterprise and touch as magnificent as the quarrelsome ruin surrounding them.

Completed by a hidden track which is as stunning as all the others, Virus is just outstanding, a release which declares Cambion firmly as one of the most important bands in UK metal and a delicious violation all should allow to rampage inside.

http://www.cambionofficial.co.uk

RingMaster 25/01/2013

Copyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyright