Fragile Things – Broken Sun

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Formed last year, British rockers Fragile Things have already began luring close attention and are intent on making 2017 a big year with a full UK tour for starters. They kick it off before that though with a reboot of their debut EP Broken Sun; four tracks of heavy rock bred in the inspirations of bands such as Alice In Chains, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Black Stone Cherry, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave, and Pearl Jam.  It presents a sound as familiar as it is refreshing; a proposition proud in its influences but showing signs and potential of its own individual character.

fragile-things-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewFeaturing former members of Heaven’s Basement and Endless Mile, Milton Keynes based Fragile Things have recently completed a host of dates alongside the excellent Slam Cartel and are now, as suggested, concentrating on breaking national exposure starting with Broken Sun, a proposal getting straight down to action with its opener Enemy Is I. With acidic riffs and robust rhythms, the song bounds in from a distance with vocalist Richie Hevanz leading the charge, his tones impressive and expressive. Once in full view, it settles into a feisty stroll with tangy grooves from Mark Hanlon lighting up crunchy beats and steely riffs, all subsequently entwined in fiery melodies. Group vocals are the rousing icing on the infectious enticement, the track not particularly surprising but richly satisfying to start things off.

Its striking traits are just as potent within the following Open Cage; its body heavier and darker though as the grumbling bass of Steve Lathwell colludes with the hefty swiping beats of Hugo Bowman. With a snarl in its heart and touch, the song swiftly has body and spirit involved; its anthemic prowess inescapable as it brings both to the boil ready for the EP’s title track. Showing another slight shift in the style and design of the band’s sound, the track is a web of hooks and mouth-watering grooves around less forceful but commanding rhythms; vocals again striking a chord in word and touch. As those around it, those earlier mentioned influences are easy to pick out but again flavouring adding to the potency of song and release.

Closing with So Cold, a track which takes longer to persuade as fully as its companions but only ever satisfies, the Broken Sun EP is a strong and highly enjoyable introduction to Fragile Things.  It is easy to hear why the foursome is persistently grabbing new fans and spotlights and if they can build on this strong start that broader recognition should be a given.

Broken Sun is out now.

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Harmonic Generator – Flesh EP

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Providing the second part in the Heart, Flesh, Skull and Bones concept, 4 EPs uniting to form one whole album, the Flesh EP is another rather tasty slice of rock ‘n’ roll from French band Harmonic Generator. Offering four lively and creatively dynamic tracks, something now pretty much expected from the hard rockers, the release is also a fresh step in the maturity of the Marseille quintet’s songwriting and sound.

Taking their name from a single by The Datsuns, Harmonic Generator emerged in 2005. They potently awoke attention to their presence with their debut EP three years later and even more so with their well-received first album When the Sun Goes Down in 2013. Since their first days, Harmonic Generator has had a live hunger taking in hundreds of shows across the years including European tours with Girlschool, Jeff Scott Soto, and Skintrade alongside their own ventures. The December of 2014 saw the first part of the Heart, Flesh, Skull and Bones project unveiled to strong praise. Recently the follow-up to the Heart EP was uncaged; Flesh like its predecessor recorded with Julien Liphard and mastered Logan Mader (Gojira, Dagoba) and showing the rich steps and evolution fuelling the second decade of the band.

art_RingMasterReviewOpening up with Dance On Your Grave, the EP quickly has ears attentive with the opening challenge of vocalist Quentin Barthes-Villegas within a controlled mesh of sound. There is a sense that things are itching to erupt even in those first seconds, and so they do as swinging grooves and rhythms unite with feisty riffs and the thick beats of Alex Roussel. Like a punk infused mix of Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver, the song snarls and bites with its virulent catchiness and Barthes-Villegas’ rousing vocal delivery around which guitarists Charl’ Roussel and Renaud Satre cast an infectious web of hooks and grooves perfectly tempered by the throbbing strings of bassist Nico Helinger.

It is an irresistible anthemic start to the EP, a spirit and appetite rousing proposition eagerly backed by Secret Garden. The band’s latest single; it makes a more restrained start though vocals again stand bold in the midst of reserved riffs and crisp beats. Things never quite erupt as in the first track yet the song quickly shows itself a forcibly infectious incitement  with harmonies and melodic enticement warm addictive lures in old school hued classic rock ‘n’ heavy roll.

Something You Need To Know is next, it also a tempered surge into ears with the alluring bassline of Helinger a potent coaxing as guitars almost teasingly dangle their melodies and sonic enterprise for keen consumption. The beats of Alex Roussel equally have a rein on them matching that of the vocal incitement, it all working though as an increasingly tempting proposal. A slow burner in many ways to those before, the song certainly develops a drama which blossoms with every minute, engaging and richly satisfying ears and imagination especially as strings and bluesy endeavour provide a final layer of temptation to eagerly embrace.

Bringing the EP to a close, Flesh top and tailed by its best tracks, The End is another blues rock scented proposition which easily slips through ears as the track expands and reveals its multi-flavoured rock ‘n’ roll landscape. As with the first song, everything about the encounter has a contagious and adventurous air to its creative mischief. Certainly, as in all songs, there are many familiar hues and textures involved but all honed into something tenaciously and refreshingly Harmonic Generator.

The Harmonic Generator sound has come a long way over the past ten years or so with plenty of potential for even greater exploits to outshine what are thoroughly enjoyable temptations of the Flesh.

The Flesh EP is out now across most online stores.

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Bear Bone Company – Self Titled

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We are always up for an artist letting their music do all the talking compared to others which spew suggestions of being the next best thing then bringing disappointment with a formula or uneventful sound, but there are some who go too far the other way and do themselves no favours by being as secretive about themselves as an orgy in a vicarage. One such band is Swedish rockers Bear Bone Company, an outfit with a sound which takes ears and body on an invigorating ride but keeps pretty much silent when it comes to self-promotion. With a stonking self-titled debut album recently unleashed via Sliptrick Records making a rich roar though things hopefully will become livelier for and with the band, a result the powerhouse of tenacious rock ‘n’ roll certainly deserves.

What we can tell you about Bear Bone Company is that they come from the Örebro area of their homeland, were formed in 2012, and now have a line-up of guitarist/vocalist B.K., bassist/backing vocalist J.Martin, and drummer Knauz. Their sound is a healthy blend of classic and modern heavy rock with spices of metal, and their first album is produced by Ronny Milianowicz (Dionysus, Sinergy, Saint Demon). More we cannot say but that is fine as the album is worthy of all the attention anyway.

bearbone-_RingMaster Review     It opens with Fade and instantly has ears entangled in a tasty groove within firmly probing rhythms. Bass and guitar only increase their individual lures as the song expands to embrace the impressive tones of B.K. and the rousing air of the song. As to be heard across the album, there is something familiar to the band’s sound, the likes of Theory Of A Deadman and Black Stone Cherry amongst a few brought to mind, yet as the song shows there is a fresh and rich edge which is distinctive Bear Bone Company, the outstanding Kiss N Tell swift confirmation. The second song enters on a grouchy rhythmic and spicily sonic stride, relaxing into a more recognisable prowl soon after whilst still retaining its initial irritated nature. The band crooned chorus offers additional Poison meets Velvet Revolver like revelry but it is the antagonistic side of the mighty song and its searing flames of guitar which stirs the imagination most.

Both the excellent Don’t Belong and the rigorously enticing Burkitt Lymphoma hold ears and attention tight, the first with a more controlled and even tempered hard rock character wrapped in fiery textures and enterprise and its successor through a steamy wash of guitar and again fearsome riffs. The latter though also slips into a more comfortable melodic prowess and catchy endeavour to keep its body unpredictable and fascinating. Once more major surprises are scarce but there is no escaping the sound is gripping and all Bear Bone Company.

The anthemic blaze of Down In Flames provides a stirring incitement next, B.K. as vocally strong and impressive as ever as the song stalks the senses and treats the ears with its bluesy intoxication whilst Bear Bone rocks like a predator in heat, grooves and riffs casting a primal rock ‘n’ roll swing as the bass venomously snarls. Both tracks hit the sweet spot before the predacious allure and presence of Way Back Home casts its sonic web over the imagination and by now a fully eager appetite for the release. Every track upon the album is in some ay a fire of anthemic tendencies, this one more of a smouldering pyre of enterprise which burns its way into the memory and a lingering appreciation.

Drinkin’ Time stomps with zeal loaded rock ‘n’ roll next, its easy presence not living up to what has come before yet still leaving satisfaction keen whilst Hangin’, another maybe promising more than delivering for personal tastes, strolls along with an infectious nature and accomplished body to easily please. Neither quite catches the imagination, though it again is just individual tastes involved, and both overshadowed by the emotive weight and call of Fallin’ Down. Its tangy grooves and persistent riffery is simply flavoursome bait alongside a similarly weighty lure of vocals, all spun around the potent rhythms of Knauz to strong success.

The final pair of songs upon the album add further tinder to its fire, Life’s About engagingly tangling classic rock and metal with soaring vocals and prowling rhythms whilst Suicide canters through ears with attitude soaking its intent and an inner fire fuelling its punk/heavy rock ‘n’ roll predation. It is a tremendous close to a rather potent and thoroughly agreeable encounter, an album easy to keep returning to and roaring along with to the neglect of others.

Hopefully the release and assumes success of the album will inspire Bear Bone Company to reveal more of themselves and even more so push their presence into the faces of potential fans as there are surely plenty of unaware heavy rock appetites waiting to be fired up by the Swedish trio.

The Bear Bone Company album is out now through most online stores via Sliptrick Records.

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Chainflower – The Broken & Lovely

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Earlier this year, we found ourselves treated to one ferocious blaze of compelling psyche twisting rock ‘n’ roll from US duo Chainflower, and now we have another from the same protagonist to sets ears and passions ablaze. The band’s new scorching persuasion is The Broken & Lovely EP, a thrilling successor to their outstanding and acclaimed self-titled debut EP. It is a two track offering just as impacting and gripping in its blend of varied rock flavours but has something extra to out shine its impressive predecessor. It is an indefinable essence that makes The Broken & Lovely EP eclipse a release whose songs we suspect might have been possibly written and also recorded at the same time as the new EP, but something to help Chainflower’s latest offering reach up to another plateau in songwriting and sound, not forgetting temptation.

S02_5x5.125_Sleeve.eps_RingMaster Review     Chainflower is the creation of guitarist and songwriter Kelly Wheeler, a veteran of the L.A. music scene who as well as having played with members of Jane’s Addiction and Tool in his career, uncaged his highly praised and supported bands SexTapes and Ultraject, the first which is now on hiatus, featuring long time Guns N’ Roses member Chris Pitman on lead vocals. Uniting with vocalist Erika Renee, who had ‘applied’ for the newly vacant vocalist spot in Ultraject at the time, the pair emerged as Chainflower and quickly got to work on the local live scene whilst joining producer and engineer Doug Grean (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper) to record that first EP.

A few months on and also recorded with Grean, The Broken & Lovely opens up with Lewd Blues which is instantly bewitching ears with its bluesy, almost intoxicated haze of guitar. Things only get spicier and more gripping as the distinctive tones of Renee unveil their lures and the song’s narrative, punchy beats, and a great grizzled bass tempting provided by Eliot Lorango add to the increasingly magnetic and sizzling seduction on offer. The grooves of Wheeler relentlessly wind around the senses and imagination, perpetually teasing the passions even when switching from a delta blues lined coaxing to seventies psych rock imagination, Renee all the time riding his weaves and sways like a surfer with her delivery.

Second song on the EP is Hell’s Roll; a more predatory stroll again coursing a fuzzy maze of guitar prowess covered by darker shadows conducted by the hefty but controlled swings of guest drummer Brandon Pertzborn. Never elevating from its riveting prowl, the track spins dark rock ‘n’ roll and dirty blues textures into its mystique kissed adventure of sound and vision, firmly holding ears and attention as enthralled as the imagination.

Like an endearingly twisted mix of My Baby, Karn8, and at times Morass of Molasses, both tracks just excite and inspire whilst reinforcing Chainflower as one rather thrilling proposition.

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Patriot Rebel – Propaganda

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British alternative/hard rockers Patriot Rebel provide raw and rousing rock ‘n’ roll as virulent as it is ravenously aggressive. They proved it with their outstanding Two Worlds EP in 2013 and do so again with new single Propaganda. The song is a raw and explosive confrontation, an anthem to get fully involved in straight away but emerging even stronger and more impressive with every listen.

Though formed around 2007, it was arguably when the current line-up of vocalist Paul Smith, guitarists Danny Marsh and Dave Gadd, bassist Will Kirk, and drummer Aaron Grainger came together that the Nottingham hailing Patriot Rebel found the truly potent spark to their sound and in awakening eager attention. Inspired by the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Velvet Revolver, the quintet created a musical proposal which was soon invigorating ears and appetites, shows with bands such as Tesseract, Jettblack, Skarlett Riot, Cornerstone, Earthtone9, Spirytus and Violet over the years the live proof and Two Worlds the potent studio evidence. The Matt Elliss (Black Spiders, Terrorvision, Skarlett Riot) produced EP certainly drew acclaim and keen focus from old and new fans as well as the media upon its uncaging, which the band’s live presence has only driven on and now Propaganda can only kick into greater reaction again.

Patriot Rebel Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     The single is taken from that earlier EP but manages to hold a fresh breath and character now standing alone as the band’s new protagonist. It is also a teaser of sorts for things to come, Patriot Rebel most likely in the studio, again with Ellis, as you read this. Sometimes tracks show a new light upon their depths and presence when taken away from an album or EP, and fair to say Propaganda, for whatever reason, manages to do the same as it roars from its opening second through to its last. From an initial sonic lure of a second of two, thumping rhythms prowl and riffs stalk the senses; their intimidation crouched over by the distinctive tones of Smith. The predatory start of the song and his croon subsequently triggers the embedded contagious might and stride of the encounter, grooves and melodies entangling in an irresistible tempting still graced by the formidable and throaty nature of bass and drums.

The song is a blaze of anthemic rock ‘n’ roll, luring the listener with its verse and leads into the irresistible chorus where full involvement from band and listener is a given. There are no truly major surprises within the song, the band’s influences open spices, yet it has a resourcefulness and enterprise which leaves expectations empty and enjoyment full to bursting.

Patriot Rebel continues to impress and though Propaganda is taken from their previous release it only thrills and ensures anticipation for the band’s next exploit will be greedy. Completed by a great acoustic version of Propaganda too, and accompanied by one equally enjoyable video, this is one single for new and old fans to spend a riotous summer with.

Propaganda is available from 3rd August.

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Chainflower – Self Titled EP

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There is a blaze brewing in alternative rock, an incendiary storm even if their self-titled debut EP is anything to go by, and it goes by the name of Chainflower. How intensive their assault on the rock ‘n’ roll scene will be we will see as it seems more a side project tight now than an on-going rampage, but with offerings like the two songs making up their first provocation, we are in for a gloriously uncompromising ride however things pan out.

Chainflower features guitarist and songwriter Kelly Wheeler, a veteran of the L.A. music scene who has played with members of Jane’s Addiction and Tool. He has also lit ears and appetites with his bands SexTapes and Ultraject, the first which featured long time Guns N’ Roses member Chris Pitman on lead vocals now on hiatus. Also bringing the Chainflower roar is vocalist Erika Renee who had previously performed with previous musical partner, A.H.M.A.D. The pair united when Renee sent Wheeler a video clip of her performing at the Whisky a Go Go, the guitarist looking for a singer after Ultraject’s previous frontman left the band. Though he was looking for a male voice, Renee more than impressed and a meeting/audition was set up. The rest is history and Chainflower the outcome.

Chainflower     Swiftly a powerful live protagonist, the band entered the studio with producer and engineer Doug Grean (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper) to record the tracks making up the new EP, and the outcome is one ferocious blaze of compelling rock ‘n’ roll which straight away stirs up ears and appetite through its first track, The Fever. A spicy stroking of guitar sets the song in motion, quickly followed by a thick explosive air and the vocal might of Renee. There is an immediate intensity to the sound and weight of the song, as well as a dirty seduction which flows through every riff and enticing bassline. Punchy rhythms make their potent impact across the song too but it is the gripping and powerful tones of Renee which steal the ears and passions. As much as its verses come in a heavy smog of sonic enterprise and energy, the chorus of the song expels a swagger and virulence which easily induces a physical involvement from the listener, its lures like a mix of Spinerette and Stone Temple Pilots with an infectious dash of Eagles of Death Metal. The song is an irresistible proposal, intimidating and invigorating in equal measure and equipped with a healthy dose of antagonistic seducing.

The same description applies to outstanding second track Dissolve In The Sky, though its body has a more welcoming energy until the raw crescendos and expulsions of brawling riffs and bracing intensity. Blues rock flames across the encounter worm under the skin of the song and into the imagination too but not as deeply as the soaring roars of Renee or the addictive enticing of clanging guitar, piercing hooks, and forceful rhythms. Essences of darker rock bands Jess and the Ancient Ones hint away during the track, another appealing additive in the simultaneously caustic and contagiously enticing encounter.

We can only hope that Chainflower is a more active proposal than an interim between other exploits because introductions like their debut release only breed a real hunger for more.

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RingMaster 28/04/2015

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Patriot Rebel – Two Worlds

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We have had a bit of a ‘crush’ on UK rockers Patriot Rebel ever since the band submitted a couple of tracks for our Bone Orchard show at Audioburger.com, songs receiving a persistent airing which is as much down to the greed of the listeners as much of the hosts. This meant anticipation for their debut release, the Two Worlds EP, was high and forcibly rewarded by a heavyweight riff clad storm of passionate breath-taking rock ‘n’ roll. The six track riot is bruising rock at its very best, a direct and virulently contagious confrontation which hits the target dead centre with flaring nostrils, menacingly flexing muscles, and a melodically crafted adventure fuelled by adrenaline.

The Nottingham has been breathing from around 2007 but it was with the coming together of current line-up of vocalist Paul Smith, guitarists Danny Marsh and Dave Gadd, bassist Will Kirk, and drummer Aaron Grainger in 2011 that the band began finding a potency and presence which really began commanding attention. Their sound is a tempestuous mix of alternative rock, grunge, and unpolluted rock ‘n’ roll thrust through the ear with a mountainous energy, drawing references to bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, Alter Bridge, and Shinedown and even more predominantly Black Stone Cherry and Velvet Revolver. With the distinctive tones of Smith and an aggressive sound which is unfussy but concentrated in its craft and effect, their live performances are no strangers to acclaim with the band since forming giving the likes of Tesseract, Jettblack, Skarlett Riot, Cornerstone, Earthtone9, Spirytus, and Violet a tough act to share stages with whilst equally leaving festival crowds aware and eager for their presence. Recorded with producer Matt Elliss (Black Spiders, Terrorvision, Skarlett Riot), Two Worlds is the next Patriot Rebel strike on the country and one you can only see placing the band on the frontline of UK’ s rock scene.

The self-released EP opens up with the imposing Propaganda, sinew driven riffs and equally predatory rhythms consuming the Patriot Rebel Cover Artworkears with intimidation and intrigue as Smith offers the song’s croon. The bass of Kirk is especially rapacious in presence and voice within the encounter adding to the almost oppressive initial breath, an introduction which soon explodes into a fire of sonic infectiousness with the chorus. It is one of those moments where you ‘recognise’ the stranger, the song a previously unheard persuasion which hits like an old friend and enlists an instant companionship from your own voice and neck muscles. The track like the EP is not sculpting brand new adventures it is fair to say but as it firmly proves here it rewrites existing invention into something most bands would seduce your granny for. It is a potent powerful start immediately matched and exceeded as the release rampages.

What Goes Around makes a gentler entrance at first, certainly stripping less flesh from the senses anyway until it erupts into a brawl of hungry riffs and punchy rhythms ridden again by the magnetic vocals. Its rich bait takes little time in laying down its lures, the chorus like calls soon seducing the passions with another epidemic of rioting toxicity. Rippling with melodic persuasion which burns heatedly as the track intensely barracks the senses, the song is a ferocious charge of insatiable energy and skilled temptation designed to grip its recipients by the throat and launch them into a torrent of submissive participation, physically and emotionally.

The following Goodbye is an emotively lined slower track which seduces with an intense almost melancholic embrace, guitars weaving an imaginative and impacting web of enticement around the almost reserved delivery of Smith. The song instantly shows why the band has been spoken of in terms of the likes of Alter Bridge though as it burns brighter and increases its melodic flames and muscular presence, Patriot Rebel go somewhere which for our mind those bands have only flirted with. The song smoulders and sears the air the further into its compelling depths you go, bass and riffs a thick haunted wash of intensity alongside vocals drenched in emotional expression. It probably takes longer than others to make its full declaration but with focus emerges as one of the highlights of the release, amongst a few to be honest.

Both Come Of Age and Holding On are songs we know well from the show and each leaves the already raging appetite with another full meal to devour greedily. The first saws the ear’s cartilage from its first second, carnivorous riffs snarling whilst Smith draws a vocal breath and lets rip with a sonic wail to match the spirals of scorched design from the guitars. The track is a voracious torrent of energy and enterprise, a maze of ideas and enthralling invention veining its stormy mass of intensity and predation whilst again an irrepressible addictive enterprise casts its spell on the passions.  There is a muggy air to the track but it only adds to its weight and intent leaving the listener gasping for air whilst waiting for its successor. The second of the two multiplies the weight and depredation of its predecessor before expanding it into a melody fuelled blaze of hard rock meets heavy metal passion. It is a glorious anthem of sound and intent which resourcefully ignites and enslaves the emotions into their fullest ardour, a track which dares you not to be calling out its finale in a mutual vocal union, a challenge you only will lose.

The release ends with The Storm, a track which in the wake of the previous onslaughts feels at first almost pale in comparison that is until it too corrupts the senses with a dramatic and perfectly sculpted furnace of sonic endeavour and vital melodic invention. It is an absorbing encounter to close off an outstanding release. It maybe their introduction to most but Patriot Rebel has immediately thrust themselves into a vibrant spotlight with Two Worlds, and they can only get better with is simply a mouthwatering proposition.

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