Mongrel – Evolution

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Towards the end of last year US punk metallers Mongrel released the single Snakes to provide a very appetising taster for their next EP whilst simultaneously reconfirming themselves as unique and passionate provocateurs of antagonistic punk rock and dirty metal. The band now unleashes that highly anticipated Evolution EP, a release which surely places them on the precipice of a well-deserved intensive world spread spotlight. Sealing a spot on an impending cover mounted CD of the renowned Terrorizer magazine as well, The Boston quartet are poised to make the next big step in recognition. It is an ascent their releases have threatened to spark for the past couple of years but it is easy to feel and expect that Evolution will be the potent fuse that achieves the breakthrough.

Formed in 2003 by guitarist Adam Savage, Mongrel has earned themselves the reputation of one of the hardest working and increasingly acclaimed bands in the underground of metal and punk rock. Each one of their releases has thrust the band on another lofty step though it was the addition of vocalist Jessica Sierra in 2010 where things truly clicked into place and the arguably dormant fire in their already impressive sound and presence erupted. From The New Breed of Old School EP of that year through the following Declamation EP in 2011, there was a new potency and venom on the grooves, hooks, and rhythms which core Mongrels’ invention. Alongside these successes the band live has earned a reputation most bands could only dream of, their sharing of stages with the likes of GWAR, Korn, Otep, Sepultura, Prong, Halestorm, Wednesday13, Fu Manchu, Dizzy Reed, Misfits FEAR, Blitzkid, Trashlight Vision, Michale Graves, Mindset X and hordes more garnering tides of fans and recognition. The Reclamation album of 2012 saw the band ascend to new heights in songwriting and imagination which now Evolution pushes further forward. Recorded with Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Sully Erna), mixed by Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence, Godsmack), and mastered by Howie Weinberg, (Metallica, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pantera), the EP is a stirring anthemic brawl which is as contagious and addictive as it is raw and lyrically uncompromising.

Snakes opens things up and as soon as the initial controlled blaze of guitar from Savage hits the ears there is a sense of impending infection which is soon confirmed by the crisp beats of drummer Mike Hogan and even more so by the riveting vocals of Sierra. With the pulsating bass groan from Michael Ariza added to the mix, the song is rapidly into a potent stride heading towards its virulently compelling chorus. The band takes little time in enslaving the imagination, treating it further with a seamless drift into a smouldering sultry passage with emotive guitar rubs and a glow to the voice of Sierra, a lady who seems to own ears, thoughts, and songs whether she is roaring with antagonism or seducing like a temptress. Building up its energy and passions throughout the lighter flight, the song creates a dramatic crescendo of a finale which leaves appetite licking lips and emotions looking at a lustful hunger.

Mongrel have a certain distinct sound which never deceives its source but within that the band with Evolution seems to be exploring their punk side this time around, the first song giving a major hint which the following Oxygen Mask elaborates on within a still heavily insatiable metal toxicity. An acidic groove hits ears first, though rhythms and a great gritty bassline is courting its coaxing. Pulled together by the commanding vocals, the track twists through a predatory intensity and gait, Savage spearing the air with metallic vines of sonic bait. Persistently turning with singular moments for the bass and guitars to flirt with ears, the song recalls essences of Siouxsie and the Banshees, certainly if they had embraced metal. Imposing but respectfully forceful the track backs up the immense start easily even if without matching its heady heights.

That first plateau is equalled by Consumed; a deliciously abrasive enticement of caustic hooks and senses burrowing grooves. Guitars worm under the skin within seconds with rhythms swinging punches soon after, the combination a hungry platform for the dark hearted bass sounds and rich vocals to colour their canvas. Unleashing a swagger to match the almost brutal energy, the song stomps with epidemic irresistibility, those spiteful grooves especially inescapable whilst sonic hues sculpted by Savage in an engrossing solo provide further rigorous colour to the outstanding incitement.

Best Revenge has the hard task to follow the triumph which it does with a rawer hostile punk enticement, the bass finding a carnivorous throat to its presence and the guitar a combative attitude to its riffs and squalling flames. Once again though it is caged by great controlled rhythm work by Hogan and led by the expressive might of Sierra. The track is not as immediate as others on Evolution but emerges as another pinnacle with punk nostrils flaring and metallic muscles challenging.

The release is concluded with another sizeable success with the riotously catchy Over And Over. An addiction forging bassline sparks ears first before riffs and rhythms cascade upon the lure to build a rampant canter of punk rock. Hooks and grooves from both stringed antagonists grip with a constant temptation whilst Sierra swings syllables and intent into their barbed scenery with the expected but never under-appreciated skill and passion she brews. It is an exhilarating conclusion to a tremendous encounter, leaving ears, thoughts, and passions bursting with greed for more.

Guiding their sound to a side step in many ways from that taking Reclamation to such heights, Evolution stands side by side with its predecessor’s undoubted success and quality, though with a heart for well-crafted punk rock if pushed the EP shades it. What is clear for all though is that Mongrel just goes from strength to strength whilst evolving with a constant flair and voraciously appetising enterprise. It really is about time the band was known worldwide and Evolution might just be the trigger.

Evolution is available on iTunes on May 20th and via all major online retailers and streaming services from June 3rd with physical copies available through Mongrel, Unable Records and Amazon.

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9.5/10

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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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Heavy Hearts Benefit Album

Friday April 6th sees the release of a fundraising album called Heavy Hearts featuring 21 bands and songs in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and also to help musician Lenny Thomas.

     Lenny Thomas (Sorry & The Sinatras/ex-Trashlight Vision drummer) found himself hospitalised due to a serious foot injury earlier in the year with serious complications arising due to his pre-existing diabetes. Though on the road to recovery thankfully, rising medical bills and the possibility that he may not be able to work for the foreseeable future if not worse have made life very difficult.

      Thomas has made a multitude of friends in music and life and they have come together and through contacting further friends in the music community to create this benefit album to help him and raise money for the charity.

The compilation will feature songs from the likes of The Wildhearts, Michael Monroe, Piggy D (Rob Zombie), Steve Conte & the Crazy Truth, Eureka Machines, Sorry & The Sinatras, The Loyalties, and Supercharger and many more with many of the artists donating rare or previously unreleased tracks.

For more information and to get the compilation from April 6th go to http://heavyheartsbenefit.com/

Heavy Hearts track listing:

1.The Wildhearts :City Overture.  The original version can be found on The Wildhearts 2007 self titled release.http://www.thewildhearts.com | http://www.gingerandfriends.com

2. Piggy D : 1975 
Piggy D. The bassist for Rob Zombie has a mouth. And it is a big one! http://www.blackvictorystore.com

3. Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth : The Truth Ain’t Pretty
The former New York Dolls, current Michael Monroe guitarist/singer/songwriter brings you into “his” New York on his eponymously titled debut. (Varese Sarabande Records) ”Genuine rock and roll…” – Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones Producer), “Music to instigate & soundtrack fighting, fucking, speeding, hurling abuse and waking up buck-naked in a stranger’s bathroom…” – Classic Rock Magazine (8 stars) http://www.steveconteandthecrazytruth.com

4. The Loyalties : Whole Lotta Hate (previously unreleased)
Demo mix of a previously unreleased song from the forthcoming album & book Til The Death Of Rock & Roll http://www.facebook.com/TheLoyaltiesSoho

5. Eureka Machines –: The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall
The Eureka Machines latest album Champion The Underdog was described by SPIN magazine as ‘ the sweet spot between 10cc and Green Day’. This track is taken from the Everyone Loves You EP.  http://www.eurekamachines.com/

6. Role Models: Cherry Dear
The ROLE MODELS are a power pop 4 piece based in London. This is off their 12″ vinyl FUCK YOU SEE YOU AT THE TALENT SHOW  that was released by Taken by Surprise (Germany). A new album is in the works as well as a solo EP by frontman Rich Rags (who apparently is quite handsome). Role Models on Facebook

7. Smoker & The Rollers : Cut Me Off
Smoker and the Rollers from Philadelphia play raw, ready and rough rock ‘n’ roll. The three piece line up  are Jay Smoker (bass and vox), Micheal Danger Dunn (drums and vox), and Ryan Moll (guitar).  Check out their debut self-titled release on ITunes and their follow up release in the Summer 2012. http://www.myspace.com/smokerandtherollers

8. The Black Halos : Radio!!
Rare 2001 demo from the upcoming album F.F.T.S. – 1994-2001 on Yeah Right! Records

9. Darlings Of Chelsea : Raise This Flag
Darlings of Chelsea are the amalgamation of Canada’s seediest, most guttural rock/punk masterminds. Culled from legendary mainstays including The Black Halos, Kill Cheerleader, Robin Black, Scratching Post, and more, Darlings of Chelsea are a new chapter in the book of Canadian rock n’ roll. http://www.darlingsofchelsea.net

10. Skag Barons : Come On
Dirty working class rock & roll from London Ontario. Dan Schultz – Guitar Nevada Brown – Drums Sean Farwell – Bass Kris Pageau – Guitar and Vocals http://www.skagbarons.com

11. CC Voltage : Radio Generation (previously unreleased)
Previously unreleased demo from the Spitfires bassists solo album A Touch Of Class… Just a Touch. CC Voltage on Facebook

12. Michael Monroe : Got Blood
Finnish rock’n’roll legend Michael Monroe capped off an amazing 2011 by bagging Classic Rock Magazine Album Of The year award for Sensory Overdrive, from which this track is taken. Still touring the world in support of the album, expect even bigger things from Michael in 2012!http://www.michaelmonroe.com

13. Billy Liar : Is It Me?
Billy Liar is an acoustic folk punk singer from Scotland. He has been touring the UK and Europe relentlessly for the last five years, leading him to be described as ‘the town centre wordsmith and backstreet philosopher…who has played more venues than anyone else of his generation – something most of his peers can only gawp at!’ Billy’s latest EP, It Starts Here, was produced by Acey Slade (Murderdolls/Amen/Trashlight Vision/Joan Jett). http://www.billyliarmusic.com

14.  Sorry & The Sinatras: Valencia (previously unreleased)
A brand-new, previously unreleased song from the upcoming Kings Of Shambles Street EP, coming soon on Bomber Music.http://www.facebook.com/sorryandthesinatras

15. Crazy Arm :Tribes/Animals
Crazy Arm set up camp in mid-2006. Not easy to categorise, and all the better for it, their sound is an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, 60s protest folk/country and classic rock n roll, combined with a grass-roots political overview that embraces anti-war, anti-fascist and pro-community activism. Tribes/Animals is taken from the 2011 album Union City Breath released by Xtra Mile, published by Bomber Music Ltd. http://crazyarm.bandcamp.com/

16. Obsessive Compulsive : Virago 
Dreams Of Death and The Death Of Dreams is one of the most exciting rock albums to emerge from the UK in a long, long time. It’s time to get obsessed – Dom Lawson http://www.obsessivecompulsiveband.com/

17. Brijitte West w/ Jesse Malin : How To Be Good
Former NY Loose front woman teams up with solo troubadour and D Generation frontman for a track from her solo debut album Brijitte West & The Desperate Hopefulshttp://www.lamf.biz

18. Supercharger : Hold It Down
‘upercharger hail from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and feature ex members of Scottish heavyweights The Almighty and Geordie Punk-Poppers Whatever in their lineup. Their sound is a strong cocktail of big fat riffs, catchy melodies and addictive choruses which refuse to exit your head long after the last listen http://www.supercharger666.com

19. Thousand Watt Stare : Lights Out
Members of Dee Dee Ramone’s band and Unwritten Law team up for this heavy hitter. Their debut album Silver Dimes is out now.http://thousandwattstare.com/

20. Von Hertzen Brothers : 21st Century Schizoid Man
Von Hertzen Brothers had a massive year with their Stars Aligned album shooting to the top of the charts and going gold in their native Finland. They’ve generously donated their take on King Crimson’s classic for this compilation. http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com

21. Texas Terri Bomb : Never Shut Up
Raw, rock & roll from our favourite Texan. Special guest guitar on this track by Wayne Kramer. http://www.reverbnation.com/texasterribomb |http://www.facebook.com/texasterribomb