This Legend – It’s In The Streets


With the pedigree of its members, expectations for the debut album from This Legend were demanding but also wanting to be seriously surprised. After a strong but underwhelming start, the LA quartet not only fed all wants whilst utilising familiar pop punk ingredients in a series of relentlessly contagious encounters, but sculpted a continuous adventure of unique and gripping twists across the release. The result is an album which, like an old friend instinctively and continually ignites the sweet spot of desires of the genre whilst creating brand new and captivating temptations. It’s In The Streets is a gem of a proposition which does surprise and find its own character but also provides that recognisable essence which turns every song into an instantaneously bordering on anthemic lure.

Formed by ex- Yellowcard members Longineu Parsons III (drums) and Ben Harper (guitar), the former leaving the band earlier this year and reuniting with his friend who left their former outfit nine years earlier, This Legend was soon bulging with experience and talent as the pair brought in vocalist/guitarist Chris Castillo (Stanley and the Search), and bassist Steven Neufeld (Hey Mike!) to complete the line-up. Signing with Cyber Tracks, an LA based record label owned by El Hefe (of NOFX) and his wife Jen Abeyta, the band soon set about recording their debut with producer Sam Pura (The Story So Far, State Champs). In what has already been a busy year for the new band, This Legend now unveil its opening shot and you can only surmised that the attention and workload is only going to get more hectic as its virulent charms spreads their pleasure.

As mentioned the album did not exactly blow ears and thoughts away at first though opener Lyrics With My Pen certainly strides in on a rhythmic temptation which instantly grips attention. It is a dramatic start which loses its potency ruffas the song relaxes into an accomplished and confident stroll of warm riffs and spicy hooks stroked by the excellent vocals of Castillo. The track does little wrong to be fair but equally just provides what so many other genre offerings seem to, something enjoyable and engaging but nothing out of the ordinary, even with the impressive craft of Parsons III pounding away throughout. Subsequently though the track turns out to be an appetiser for greater things which are hinted at by the following Feeling Like I Should and fully triggered from Holiday From Crazy onwards. The first of the pair is a warm and radiant persuasion, a lively croon where vocals and guitar provide a colourful emotive portrait from which the chorus finds a rich infection to spark the imagination. It is the little twists of chords and hooks though which intrigue and ignite the song; elements explored even more from hereon in as its successor takes over. The third song flies at ears with melodies and rhythms pumped and creative tenacity aflame. There is a spicy mix of early Green Day and Simple Plan to the song but the rich hues of sonic adventure and rhythmic drama are the riveting and ear exciting endeavour which makes a great song into something special.

The album’s title track with its emotive depth and vocal expression thrills next, rhythms intimidating bait within the rawer but no less seductive landscape of the energetic and controlled blaze. Again there is a dramatic edge to vocals and sound which elevates every syllable and note into something unpredictable, fresh, and exhilarating; the track a swift peak emulating its predecessor but in turn matched and exceeded by the volatile stomp that is My City. Wonderfully exhausting and inescapably contagious, the track is a highly charged punk antagonist flooded with fiery melodic hooks and teases within another knee weakening, passions lighting rhythmic assault. To seal its dominance on the album, it also provides a mouth-watering change of gait and hook clad predation, a twist which actually rings a bell of undefined influences but puts the icing on a flavoursome chunk of pop punk.

     Skin & Bones comes next and provides an impassioned stroll within bracing riff laced scenery speared by again perfectly barbed hooks, Castillo especially impressive and engrossing vocally, whilst Life Pushes Hard dances with ears through tangy melodies over a feisty shuffle of rhythms and bass temptation. Both tracks keep ears and appetite greedy, the first especially raising a new hunger before the pair of I Deserve Better and Moving On add their creative spoils to the feverish revelry. The first of the two excels with its spiky riffs and wiry grooves and the second through its tantalising weave of emotive melodies and vocal reflection. Though it lacks the extra something to flirt with the passions, the song’s fresh enterprise and skilled structure only leaves satisfaction grinning.

A highly agreeable if safe offering comes next with Regrets, a song which does not venture too far from pop punk limits, unlike other songs on the album, but with vocals and rhythms especially finding essences of the distinct hues veining previous songs it unreservedly pleases before the urgently catchy Get Fast takes over to cast its own feet inciting contagion. Its rawer tone makes a tasty complement to the breezier breath of the previous song and sets up the aural theatre of final track Josh Lights A Fire perfectly, the closing song if not quite in sound definitely having that dramatic essence which Fall Out Boy embrace.

The song is a terrific end to an excellent encounter, a release which stands fully alone from the past adventures of This Legend’s personnel. Actually It’s In The Streets suggests that the band has the potential to eclipse their band’s previous endeavours, time will tell but more treats like this will go down nicely.

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RingMaster 20/11/2014

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Avastera:The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long


On the eve of making a big splash across the globe with the release of their debut The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long EP, to emulate its success in homeland Australian earlier in the year, Avastera is set to be a noisy whisper of the lips of a great many. This is a band which defies pigeon holing such the eclectic flavours and styles veining the exciting sounds created within striking and compelling songs. The music is not arguably unique, the spices making up the aural recipes openly familiar but no one else is brewing up the same kind of stirring encounters as the band.

Starting out in the early weeks of this year, the Perth quintet has made a major impression in a very short time. From recording and releasing the EP to great acclaim and success in Australian a few months back, the band has shared stages with the likes of Silverstein and The Getaway Plan whilst lighting up a festival as a chosen headline act alongside Mayday Parade, The Pretty Reckless, The Wonder Years, A Skylit Drive, The Maine, Forever The Sickest Kids and Marinas Trench. Press attention has also been keen and led to the band featuring on cover CDs for Blunt and Big Cheese magazines. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Dangerous Summer). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is set to grab the world by the scruff of the neck and make a very persuasive argument for the band, as though as stated it may not be the most ground breaking or even original release it is without doubt one which is very enjoyable.

Avastera cleverly and seamlessly infuse strong essences of alternative rock, melodic post-hardcore, and metal into a pop punk core avastera_coverleading to engaging and appealing songs with plenty of passion, energy, and invention. The music is certainly distinct to the band if at times familiar from the multi-flavoured essences employed but without question the EP is a continually intriguing and pleasing encounter right through to its very end from the opening treat Hear Me Out. The track alone tells you all you need to know about the band and their imaginative intent. The song is an immediate compulsive encounter of forceful rhythms and pop punk urgency completed by sturdy riffs and angular sonic guitar invention which offers an Avenged Sevenfold like heat to the melodic coaxing. The guitar work of Chris Crole and Chris Hanssen is exceptional whilst the rhythms of bassist Dave Thoomes and drummer Jamie Savage are unrelenting in strength and inventive composure. It is clear to hear that the band has a musicianship equalling their imagination which undoubtedly allows the songs to fuse so many potent flavours into an immense creation of their own, with vocalist Mike Lang the striking and impressive pinnacle to spear the songs forth.

It is a mighty start followed up just as strongly by As The Tables Turn and December Sun. The first of the two is veined by wonderful bright keys amongst the muscular riffs and thumping rhythms to start the diversity which marks the release. With extra metalcore tendencies and symphonic caresses to captivate, the track is magnificent and the best on the release. As it plays one band comes to mind, The Urgency though they do not arguably have the same palate of sound which Avastera work from or the Atreyu like muscle which the Australians also infuse. The second is a slower emotive wash of passion and thoughtful ambition further unveiling the expanse to the sound of the band.

Next up This Beautiful Nightmare continues the dynamic start though the song is a close mix of the previous two songs without finding their heights, but with the persistently skilled guitar enterprise and perpetually evolving landscape of the song it is a more than welcome companion. As the song and the following pair dance with the ear and thoughts the feeling that the band will soon emerge with a unique guitar sound, like the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold has, is rife such the distinct style of the band. Highways From Home is another to match the earlier songs and an energetic partner to the senses which one would assume is a crowd favourite whilst Ms. Conception is another to engage fully without lighting the same fires as elsewhere. All the tracks reveal a band which is as powerful in sound as it is in constructing the canvasses their play works with, the songs unmistakably finely crafted and composed. Add the accomplished artistry of each member and you have a release which only catches the imagination.

Completed by a fine acoustic version of December Sun, one can only recommend The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long and Avastera to all melodic rock fans especially those of groups previously mentioned and others like All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and A Day To Remember. The Aussies are coming feel free to enjoy.

RingMaster 01/12/2012

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States of Matter: The Scheme of Things

If you are looking for some new and exciting rock sounds then maybe head over to the debut album from UK band States of Matter. With a flavoursome mix of classic and hard rock with extra spices from far and wide The Scheme of Things will more than feed the demands and senses of rock fans everywhere. Eight tracks of enthusiastic and finely crafted rock n roll it is hard to imagine many that will not be wrapped up within its energised eagerness immediately and permanently. To be honest classic and hard rock with very few exceptions fly by our tastes only receiving a cursory glance at best but this little enthused piece of sound has had a few secretive and furtive returns on top of just around the review.

Formed in September 2011, the quintet from Bournemouth is as new as the sounds they rustle up with skill and strength. Taking influences from the likes of and as wide as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Yellowcard, Ray Charles, and Kids In Glass Houses, they have taken no time in grabbing attention with live shows around the south of England and their debut video for opening song on the album Skyline. Filmed at Bristol Filton Airport earlier in the year it offers all you need to know about States of Matter and The Scheme of Things.

Skyline emerges on a wave of electronic atmosphere as a sizzling guitar lights up its skies with a fine display of melodic invention. The song builds up its elevated presence before reaching a plateau of powerful riffs and boisterous energy which finds an even more enthused intensity within the excellent infectious chorus. The track is an immediate hook from the album, an invitation into its arms that is impossible to resist. The vocals of George Holloway are impressive and easily fit the stylish sounds surrounding him, backed by great group vocals throughout the song.

As indicated in the opener the guitars of Harrison Perks and Richard Couchman are another element of the songs which one cannot fail to be impressed with, the following Jeez Louise sealing the opinion with some fine and imaginative play from both. The song is a definite favourite on the album, another irresistible slice of strong songwriting and its contagious unleashing. Though not always as openly heard as one would like on the more raucous tracks, the bass of Iain Sheppard is a brooding growl behind the song, his obvious ability adding a groove behind the scorched guitar sounds.

The album as it progresses reveals a diversity of sound and intent which is to be admired especially as the band pulls it off each and every time. The power ballad Cassiopeia is an emotive feast for the ear of passion fuelled piano and guitar majesty, the track rising and dipping in intensity like a heavy hearted chest. The power and reach of the song explores beyond the ear to wrap tightly around senses and emotions, a masterful piece of composing brought forth with further passion.

The eighties rock flavouring of Hot Of The Press adds another taste to the album and though it is not as striking as the trio of songs before it, classic rock fans will love its easy and anthemic sounds. The track, alongside Shotaway and the closing Hit For Six, did not quite find the appeal as elsewhere here but that is down to personal taste only and the dislike of the genre that spines them. They are like the medicine that you know is good for you but has a taste that makes one reluctant to take it, for those that love older rock sounds they will drool over them.

The remaining two songs on the album are the soulful Only Lovers Left Alive with a great southern twang to its provocative charms and the excellent The Casual Company. With a splatter of sleaze to its bluesy rock stance it has a splash of Wasted Sinners to it that draws one in eagerly. The rhythms of Lloydi Gee Pearson throw the ear into a frenzied state as the bass and guitars twist and turn with exuberance and ingenuity. The track is real rock n roll brought by real rock n rollers and pure pleasure.

If you love your classic and hard rock you will adore States of Matter and if not you will still find more than enough satisfying and imaginative things within The Scheme of Things to have a great time in its company, we did.

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