Smiling Assassin – Plight Of The Millennial

As the issues and injustices of society and politics seem no closer to be squashed and resolved, UK punks Smiling Assassin bring a new holler to highlight and attack such corruption, suppression, and iniquity. The Yorkshire band also presents punk rock with an openly fresh breath, a trespass of punk and hardcore with a ska tinge that we for one are greedily devouring.

Hailing from Hull, Smiling Assassin formed in early 2019, its name “inspired by the collective’s experiences and frustrations around, and with the current economic and socio-political climate.” The past nine months or so has seen the band a rousing live presence breeding a potent and loyal fan base and, as their album reveals, a sound and message which demands attention.

Plight Of The Millennial opens with Prologue, where within an atmospheric uprising a vocal warning of a time of change baits the world; a call to arms for those to change it before the album’s title track unleashes ten seconds of sonic and vocal challenge.

From there Psycho-Apathy taunts the senses, riffs an immediate enticing bait as rhythms barbarously leap across the invitation. Uniting in an intensive surge, it subsequently springs a hook swinging stroll led by the potent tones of vocalist George Garnett. The tenacious beats of drummer Robbie Johnson continue to violently pound but manipulation echoed in the groove of Casey Stead’s bass and the wiry web cast by guitarist Josh Rogerson. The track is superb, an invasive yet virulently catchy and ferocious punk incitement with much more to its almost devious exploits.

Divide And Conquer quickly follows, its intrusive attack again as infectious as it is vicious. Relentless in its blitz, vocals singular and united driving the uprising, the track is a clamorous summons for action wrapped in just as an instinctively provoking sound while next up Coping, emerging from the sonic wash of its predecessor, is an equally enjoyable nagging fuelled by word and esurient rhythmic tenacity. Rogerson’s riffs and grooves escalate the temptation and drama, an intimacy entwining their enterprise echoed in the vocal holler of Garnett equally reflecting the pressures we have all dealt with in current isolation.

There was no escaping physically emulating the bounce of the ska coated News Corp. Monopoly, the track as virulent as anything around right now whilst devouring news media before National Pride unleashes its feral jaws and voracious sounds on race discrimination for another seriously rousing inducement.

Both tracks epitomise the individuality of the Smiling Assassin sound and it’s sometimes understated but always open imagination with plenty to hook ears and attention to the motivation within, With All Due Respect similarly striking and stirring. From its Vincent Price sample to the splintering beats of Johnson and the spiral of grooves and riffs to the belligerent throb of Stead’s bass as well as Garnett’s ever goading vocal strikes, the track is a cauldron of enterprise and provocation.

Completed by the panic and violent mayhem of The Aftermath, reaction to the previous incitement, Plight Of The Millennial proved one of the most thrilling and impressive things heard so far this year; Smiling Assassin a band easy to feel is destined to major attention if they demand it and with their first album they are doing just that.

Plight Of The Millennial is out now via Warren Records; available @ https://smilingassassin.bandcamp.com/releases

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Pete RingMaster 02/06/2020

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Dirty Danzig: Horror Vibes From Nowhere

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    If you have the feeling in the dead of night that someone, something is watching with a dark lust in their eyes, then feel yourself very lucky if it is the crypt stalking horror rock conjurors Dirty Danzig. Not that you will be safe in their company or escape a horrendous fate but whilst committing their heinous deeds they might just treat you to a healthy dose of musical sensation to be found on their demo, Horror Vibes From Nowhere. The release from the Italian trio is a delicious mortuary of cinematic mayhem and thunderous ground shaking menace which ignites the fullest fire deep inside.

Formed on Halloween in 2010, the Grottammare threesome of mayhem in the persuasive shape of vocalist/guitarist Christina Deth, bassist Kellen Deth, and drummer Markus Carpenter, with no surprise bring the heavy influence of Glen Danzig into their creativity, from both Misfits and Danzig eras. Despite that obvious spice the songs which make up the EP stand as their own aural death dealing card with a presence which stands the band away from and to the fore of most. The release is also inspired by horror movies with film soundbites relating to the songs they inspire, a potent introduction to what are unreservedly compelling songs.

Voodoo Death opens up the all-consuming horror, a track which within seconds has the senses dancing through its raucous riffs, 300 (1)punchy rhythms, and the excellent vocals of Christina, her delivery a biting yet seductively melodic instigator of pleasure and intimidation. Her vocals snap at the ear as well as harmonically caressing them to add extra menace to the predatory basslines of Kellen, the merciless beats of Markus, and her own insatiable guitar abrasion. It is an excellent song which is pure infection and total magnetism, a storm of Misfits, Mongrel, and Calabrese like splendour.

The following House on The Hill with its sample of Vincent Price from the film House On Haunted Hill has attention riveted before a note is lit but when the track explodes into vindictive action the addiction is pure and torrential. Like the first it is prime horror anthem as catchy as a fever and energetically a brawling irresistible burn upon the senses. It is a rawer assault than its predecessor but leaves just as rich and potent a satisfaction through its unrelenting growl and predacious riffs framed by bone splintering rhythms.

With already a full submission to its terrific confrontation the band seal the deal with the ferocious Vampire, a track which goes for the jugular, naturally, and dances on its victim with a fiery groove spearing a tempest of uncompromising rhythms and gnawing riffs, whilst the vocals just tear at the senses with bloodlust. It is another simply outstanding encounter to end the release but…the band has not finished with its prey yet. As the final note leaves its glorious scar keep patient and wait within the silent shadows of the release as the band have one hidden unnamed treat to enjoy. The mystery song is a furnace of intensity and energy, a bear of a track with more muscle and hunger than before and just as much majestic malice.

Horror Vibes from Nowhere is quite brilliant; a hellacious ride from a band in Dirty Danzig which has one drooling in anticipation for what is next and breathless from what they have just inflamed the heart with.

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9/10

RingMaster 16/02/2013

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