King Carnage: Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh

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    Having already been seduced by the evocative dark progressive and intense atmospheres of Trillion Red, the avant-garde metal project of Patrick Brown, King Carnage and new album Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh was under pressure to impress and cement the acclaimed thoughts towards the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Death metal savagery at its most compelling and inciting, the first confrontation from the project did not disappoint but left  senses and emotions inspired and in blissful tatters. The carnivorous predator of a release is certainly a very different beast to Trillion Red but just as potently no less absorbing and richly satisfying.

Patrick Brown, a.k.a. The Left Hand has carved a bestial and brutal ravager of sound and emotion in Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh which scars and scores the senses with burning venom and hideously corrosive tones to only lead to a full capitulation and hunger for its malevolence. The album is primal and unforgiving yet carries a carnal beauty and reverence which breeds an instinctive rapture within the violent maelstrom. With death metal seeds sown from around his time in Ligeia which released the 7” EP In Death Overshadow Thee in 1996, Brown has created a release and experience which sonically grinds and emotionally castrates the senses whilst leaving them with a ridiculously lustful hunger for album and band.

Opener Blade Efficacy instantly claws at the ear with razor sharp sonic talons and tumultuous rhythms wrapped in a raptorial intensity. It is barbarous and consumptive in touch and breath, immediately violating thoughts and synapses with incendiary craft and rabid appetite. The vocals of Brown compliment the abrasive approach of the music with equally caustic tone and spite to complete an enthralling proposition which finds a fuller flame to its furnace with sizzling guitar play and primal yet inventive invention.

Following tracks In Death Overshadow Thee, Provakate Evizerate Emasikate, and Lord Sabotage leave their own individual wounds within the continually destructive and intriguing umbrella of sound, the second of the trio an especially potent and compelling violation. The song crackles with a toxic and tartish breath, its sonic intent twisting notes and sounds into a blaze of irresistible hatefulness whilst its successor is a thrilling warzone of lyrical and musical rancor delivered with honed maliciousness and imaginative craft.

The biggest highlight of the album comes from Scions Salvation, a track which initially yawns like a deathly leviathan before exposing the listener to an infectious yet vitriolic expanse of rhythmic animosity and scything guitar barbed ingenuity which rampages with enterprise and stringent intensity. As unpredictable as it is destructive, which applies to the whole of Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh, the punishment is well worth the outstanding rewards.

Completed by the title track and closing duo of songs Archetype Of Evil and Making Angels In Blood, the Badgod Music released Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh is an impressively thrilling and exhausting album. Its stirring and dangerous sounds, confirming thoughts and opinion in league with the other work of brown , that he is one of the most exciting and inventive artists in metal today.


RingMaster 27/03/2013

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Trillion Red: Echo Road EP


    If Trillion Red impacted on you with the impressive album Metaphere and its evocative expanses of dark progressive sound and intense atmospheres, then new EP Echo Road will bring you extra riveting pleasure. The four track release comprises of what multi-instrumentalist and creator of the one man project Patrick Brown calls “4 Dark Asymmetries” which did not quite fit on the album stylistically or time-wise. The new release is despite its contents failure to secure a spot within the album as creative and inspiring as those tracks which make it and sets up another compelling experience for thought, emotions, and senses.

The critically acclaimed 2012 album was a haunting and powerful release with brooding and consuming avant-garde doomscapes which were as heavy as they were enthralling and imaginative. The new EP is no different and such its stature and intensity one suspects they must have been within a thick wash of challenging ambience of being included originally. In press statements it is said that Patrick wanted to release the tracks making up Echo Road so that he could truly start fresh in the writing process for a second full-length LP, for that we can only say thanks  as their dark beauty wraps its oppressive yet majestic breath around the senses for another thrilling encounter from Trillion Red.

The Badgod Music release steps forward through opener Metasphere and as its lumbering punchy rhythms, grilling riffs, and snarling breath takes over the ear thoughts and pleasures gained from the album rush back to re-take their place. The emerging persistent sonic grind and rhythmic insistence is a constant pleasing gnaw which ignites primal juices and emotive shadows for a thoroughly compelling encounter, though within this unrelenting persuasion the track slips into a harsh biting yet distant ambience which is chilling and dangerous. The sonic wash eventually drifts away with its vehemence in tow to allow the towering prowl of the song to return and recapture the passions. It is an immense and incendiary start to the release and its highest pinnacle though challenged closely throughout.

Trillivm Black spills its bludgeoning intensity and corrosive energy next, unleashing further demanding rhythms and shimmering acidic sonics which singe the senses with skill and destructive imagination. Like the first it brings a soundscape which is equally mesmeric and insidious whilst reaching into deep dark shadows to produce a grip and eroding breath upon the emotions which is rife with seductive malice and irresistible craft.

From its departure emerges the distressed sonic voice of Domptre le Monstre, a longing yet distrustful slow voice of sound and expression which could enhance any Asian horror movie or place of desolation whether physical or mental. It is a powerful piece of composing where less is more and overpoweringly merciless.

The closing Memoirs of the Future continues the emotive intensity in another diverse yet connected black souled realm. Opening with a singular acoustic embrace the song gently wraps its melodic arms around the body before the brewing wind of blistering ambience which marked the previous track returns to cloud the skies once more. Into the measure of its stride the track releases its full doom presence to crawl over and invade the listener whilst seducing them with falls of gold covered sonics and melodic teasing. The track also for the first time sees Brown add a vocal element on the release which pushes shadows deeper in to thoughts with a fine heavy predatory delivery. The track is as bleak and darkly elegant as the band has ever been and by its corrosive end has corrupted, calmed, provoked, and ignited both thoughts and emotions.

Echo Road EP maybe unfinished business as Brown suggests for him, but it is undoubtedly an outstanding piece of imagination and craft to compliment and succeed Metasphere and leave us all impatient for where he goes next with Trillion Red.


RingMaster 11/02/2013

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Trillion Red: Metaphere

Termed as dark progressive avant-garde metal, the sounds of San Francisco band Trillion Red is a startling and evocative swarm of sound and atmospheres to lose yourself, and at times lose your way within. It is an enveloping and perpetually shifting journey of striking and questioning soundscapes, an expressive experience which is as accomplished at unsettling the nerves and senses as it is at sending them into rapture.

Following the well received Two Tongues EP of last year the one man project has elevated the stakes and creativity with debut album Metaphere. A fire of ideas and invention borne from the imagination of Patrick Brown, it is a release to engage and rile up senses and thoughts, an album which stands alone from most others in fresh vision and accomplished diversity. Themed by the struggle between darkness and light, it is a conflict played out through shuddering malevolent intrusions and shimmering mesmeric ambiences. Metaphere is destined to connect in different ways and on varied levels with metal and rock fans, but an unforgettable and rewarding bond it will make with most.

Like many artists now, Brown has unleashed an album which transcends genres but is different in that it is not always noticeable without focused attention, the blend instinctive and fluid like the warmth of the sun or the chill of shadows. Metaphere has to be allowed to slowly persuade and immerse the listener into its challenging charms and realms but it gives so much in return. Arguably it is not always the most natural companion but is never one to leave disappointment either, the sounds it intimidates and enchants with an ever compulsive presence.

The release opens with the dramatic and inciteful instrumental Blood Bravado, a piece which clouds the mind and unsettles the senses wonderfully, elements of Killing Joke toning the barbed breath and melodic discord. It is an instant contagion which ensures a full and attentive absorption leading into the four parts of Trichroic starting with Prelude Mira Lore. The sinister whispers within resonating shadowed sounds feel like they spawn from a disentangled reality, sent to ignite chilled thoughts and feelings. The track never delves into the blackest of areas but diminishes light to slight expulsions of crystal droplets within the piece as it opens the way for Part 1: In Ever Loving Shadows.

Carnivorous riffs open the song before again slipping back into the previous atmosphere. They then entwine and wrap the ear in a perpetually evolving hazardous caress of blackened metal and scathing sonics, the vocals of Brown holding desperation to match the sounds. Part II: In Darkness We Cannot Be and Part III: Ephemeral Light continues the twisting bruising and burning, both distinct but organic in the cradling corruption given.

Trichroic is a testing whole in its expansive presence and emotive travel, provocative and rewarding but arguably a challenge. The likes of the following Cuts Come In 3’s, Bug-Id, and Parables And Levitation could be called the same, but in their at times brief violation are a more compact incendiary device to blow synapses and disorientate thoughts. The first is a pulsating thrust of venomous sonic probing and jabbing rhythms, its melodic swipes sharp as knives whilst the second of the three is more of a predator, its feverish aural hunger stalking and eroding the defences of the senses to send them into a further mesmeric provocation. The excellent Parables And Levitation explores more crystalline melodic expulsions within sludge like atmospheres, vocals and sounds adrift from its core like uncertain emotions and devilish prompts.

The hellish Sin Forecasting and the soothing respite to the torment of For Pain wind down the undulating ride leaving the hypnotic Dawn State to close with as many uncertainties as resolutions emotionally. Metaphere is an impressive album once given the chance to fully unveil its dark corners and invention warm heart, a release ensuring a full and satisfying listening experience for not only the ear.

RingMaster 17/10/2012

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