Scorching Winter – Victim

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They may have started out with a hard rock sound and be tagged as such still but Australian band Scorching Winter confirm on new album Victim that their music works from a much broader palette of flavours. Strands from progressive and heavy rock to gothic and melodic metal are woven into a sound and release which may not always be the most unique but is persistently fresh and marks the Melbourne quintet out from the female-fronted rock crowd.

Formed in 2012, Scorching Winter released their first pair of singles, Leap and One You Left Behind the following year building on their awareness earning success with subsequent single The Change. 2015 saw the release of the band’s first EP Peripheral and the first signs of a broader body and imagination to the Scorching Winter sound, an evolution in full swing within Victim.

Victim is an eight track concept album about “a girl who is raped and beaten by a group of men but was saved by a demon who gives her powers to get revenge. However, nothing ever comes for free as she would later find out.” Divided into eight chapters, it opens up with The Six Headed Beast and an innocence graced keys cast melody. A portentous atmosphere brews around it, perpetually growing as the narrative unfolds and rhythms bring their predatory threat. In full flow as the chase is on, riffs and beats impose and trespass the senses, venomous melodic strands of guitar adding to the fear carrying drama led by those rapacious rhythms amidst which, a bass threateningly grumbles. The swiftly impressing tones of Konstantina Papadimitriou temper the darkness but act as a uncomfortable spotlight on the transgression within the song. Ending as gently as it starts but this time soaked in angelic melancholy and pain, the track is an excellent start to the album, a lingering moment which sets the atmosphere for the whole release.

art_RingMasterReviewOn Hands and Knees follows bringing demonic support as the guitar of Rafael Katigbak casts another suggestive web over ears backed by the dramatic touch and beauty of Natalie Bellio’s keys. The bass of Glenn Treasure adds its heavy emotion to the emerging song as the beats of Nick James land with firm restraint, Papadimitriou’s voice and words echoing the despondency and also the hint of a fight back beginning to be nurtured within the girl. With rising crescendos of rigour and inner anger, the track blossoms into a tapestry of melodic and emotive enterprise, its varied textures bringing new essences to spark the imagination before From the Ashes realises that hinted at defiant heart with tenacious grooves and senses resonating rhythms. The infectious melodic prowess of voice and guitar make an easy recruitment of ears as keys imaginatively sigh and the bass prowls. Light and dark, submissive and aggressive, the track is a snare of creative drama providing a new high point for the album.

Through the predacious cinematic fight back of The Hunt and the reflective repose of Hiding in the Shadows, album and story continues to entice ears and inspire the imagination; the array of inventive textures and flavours involved in the two songs alone as potent and impressing as the instrumentation involved in bringing powerful songwriting to life. The second of the two is especially impressive, almost majestic in its character and composition to eclipse those around it.

Wrath follows, demonic tones opening the piece within another dark climate before the track uncages a consuming surf of riffs and rhythms; venom seeping from every texture within the metal bred tempest as the melodic beauty of Papadimitriou incites the senses. As its protagonist is nagged by the devil, so the senses are by the surging body of the song with its constant tide skilfully ebbing and flowing with variable intensity. As its predecessor, the track is creative theatre as lyrically enthralling as it is musically striking.

The album is completed by firstly Devil in the Mirror, another suggestively cinematic piece with Bond/cold war espionage spiced melodies sold with acoustic beauty, and finally My Gift, My Curse, where acceptance of the girl’s two faced fate is potently cast by keys and guitar alone. With a Celtic touch to its already enthralling character, the song is a fine end to a thoroughly enjoyable encounter.

Though it is a striking proposition on the first couple of listens, Victim only grows and blossoms overtime. It is not the perfect release, what is, but any issues soon pale against its open qualities and an imagination within the band as ripe as the sounds it inspires. Victim is a formidably promising debut album from a band which can only ascend to bigger and bolder heights.

Victim is out now across most online stores and @ https://scorchingwinter.bandcamp.com/album/victim-2

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Check out our interview with guitarist @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/beauty-and-the-thorn-exploring-scorching-winter/

Pete RingMaster 07/12/2016

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Beauty and the thorn: exploring Scorching Winter

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Formed in 2012, Scorching Winter is a female-fronted quintet hailing from Melbourne, Australia. With a hard rock based sound which weaves in an array of flavours, Scorching Winter is beginning to lure proper attention beyond their borders. Ahead of their new album Victim, we were excited to have the chance find out more about the band and that upcoming proposition with guitarist Rafael Katigbak. Subsequently exploring the band’s background, heart, and more…

Hello and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.

My pleasure… Thanks for having me.

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how you came together?

The band started in 2012 when I got together with Nick (drummer) to jam on a few songs I have written. We liked the way it sounded so we decided to put a band together. The band has gone through a few line-up changes since but we’ve had our current line-up for almost two years now and the chemistry is the best it has ever been.

scorching-winter_RingMasterReviewHave you all been involved in other bands before?

We have all been in other bands and music groups previously but nothing serious. I was in an old school heavy metal band before this and there are a couple of songs I had written in while I was on that band that I carried over to Scorching Winter. Although we sound very different now, my time with that band will always have an effect on my playing and writing.

What inspired the band name?

We wanted a name that is ironic because our music and our artworks are somewhat like that. It is heavy music with melodic female vocals, beautiful and evil, brutal and elegant. It also has a bit of medieval / gothic sound to it which we really liked.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

I am a fan of prog metal. I really like the technicality and the freedom to incorporate different styles of music. I think it is important that the music is first and foremost interesting to the musician playing it. But I also love melodic and catchy vocals which are characteristic to mainstream rock and metal bands. So basically the aim is to make music that is both interesting to play but also fun to sing.

Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?

Yes. Making music is still the reason we do what we do. We keep it fresh by constantly pushing ourselves to take things further. Our last EP was a big step up from the single before that, and this album is a step above the EP again. There is a consensus within the band that unless it’s something we haven’t done before, we’re not interested in doing it.

Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?

Our earlier works are probably a bit more hard rock / old school metal. As with a lot of musicians, there will be songs that will always be part of our set list and some songs which we’ll probably never play again. Our new album is heavier, darker, more progressive. When we first heard it we thought that this is the sound we’ve always been going for but we’ll probably say that with the next one as well when we change sound again. Haha.

Has it been an organic movement of sound or has the band deliberately set out to try new things?

Several factors affected the evolution of the music. There is the change in line-ups, maturity as a song writer, exposure to new music and just personal development as musicians. But there is also a conscious decision to change the style a bit to challenge ourselves and keep things interesting.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating music?

While we all have our different subgenres of metal that we are in to, there are bands that are common favorites such as Metallica, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden.

How does the songwriting work within the band?art_RingMasterReview

Our songs normally start out as instrumentals. I write a song and send a demo out to the other guys who then add their bits to it. The singer then writes the lyrics and vocal melody for it.

Where are the lyrical inspirations generally drawn from?

With our previous songs, the lyrics are based on the singers’ own personal experiences. Although the songs start out as instrumentals, the singer interprets what the song sounds like and relates that to her own personal experiences.

Give us some background to your latest release.

The new album is called Victim and it’s an 8-track concept album. The story is about a girl who is raped and beaten by a group of men but was saved by a demon who gives her powers to get revenge. However, nothing ever comes for free as she would later find out.

The album started out with the story line. It was then divided into different chapters which correspond to each song. The music was then written then the lyrics. While it is a concept album, we also made sure that each song is strong on its own so any of them can be listened to as a single.

Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?

Yes. We really like to be sure we are 100% happy with the songs before we book recording time. In saying that, there are still some minor things that you find doesn’t quite work when you get there so you have to make some adjustments.

Tell us about the live side of the band?

I know that the other members love the performing part the most. I personally enjoy the writing part more. Anyway, with regards to our live shows, our set-list is always dynamic. We arrange the songs so we take our audience on a journey from start to finish instead of staying at one level throughout. We like to start with something a bit soft and eerie to get the mood going and then come in loud and heavy to let everyone know this is the start of a rock show. It then goes through different levels throughout the show.

SW_RingMasterReviewIt is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How was it for Scorching Winter?

Unfortunately, it is not an easy path with no certainty of reward. It is a big commitment financially and on your personal life. We’ve all heard of internationally known bands whose members live below minimum wage, or who lose tens of thousands of dollars on tours. If you really love making music and performing, you will keep doing it regardless. If you’re in it because you have ambitions of fame and fortune, you may need to be realistic about your expectations.

How about the internet and social media, what impact has it had on the band to date?

I think it is very positive. Most of the following we have built are overseas and we haven’t even toured there. It provides you an opportunity to reach people in places you wouldn’t normally get to. I remember the first fan mail we received from overseas, I think it was from Canada, that’s when we thought, this is getting real!

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?

Thanks for having me and please check out our new album Victim which is available for pre-order now through bandcamp. Official release date is on the 29th of October. You will not be sorry.

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Pete RingMaster 13/10/2016

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