Patriot Rebel – Cynics Playground

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With their first new slabs of muscle bound rock ‘n roll since the Two Worlds EP in 2013, UK quintet Patriot Rebel take another attention grabbing and impressive step to the fore of the British rock scene. Quite simply the Cynics Playground is a thumping collection of rousing incitements, a multi-flavoured EP that stirs up the spirit.

Formed in 2011, the Nottingham hard rockers have constantly honed their sound and lured greater focus the way of their ear pleasing creative roar. Drawing on inspirations ranging from Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, and Avenged Sevenfold, Patriot Rebel poked at acclaiming attention with the aforementioned Matt Elliss (Black Spiders, Terrorvision, Skarlett Riot) produced Two Worlds. Live the band equally earned a potent reputation, taking in shows with the likes of Y&T, Tesseract, The Treatment, Jettblack, and Skarlett Riot along the way. Last year saw the release of the similarly striking video single Propaganda, a track taken from their first EP. Now with Ellis again at the helm, the band returns with Cynics Playground and a sound which has noticeably grown in maturity, power, and downright magnetism.

Patriot Rebel Cover Artwork_RingMasterReviewOpening up with Digital Mannequin, the EP hits the ground running. Led by the most irritably growling bassline to get an appetite for, the song is soon driving through ears with the riffs of guitarists Danny Marsh and Dave Gadd stirring the senses as vocalist Paul Smith roars. It is a thick and almost muggy assault with every element crisp and precise within the infectious tempest, throughout Marsh’s grooves entwining the imagination, binding the sinew swung beats of Aaron Grainger and the persistently grouchy tone of Will Kirk’s bass.

It is an outstanding start, with at times a whiff of System Of A Down to it, which leaves a lingering impression and pleasure before being matched in creative kind and potency by Self Hate. The second track similarly has ears and eagerness devouring its robust throes of riffs and rhythms, presenting another imposing yet inviting entrance which commands attention and enjoyment with swift success. Smith again stands magnetic within the boisterous energy and aggression offered, his delivery a fiery snarl with contagious prowess to match the virulent enterprise of the guitars and rhythms, which in turn means one stirring encounter.

Two songs in and the Patriot Rebel sound while never afraid to reveal some of its influences, shows itself to be at its most unique and individual yet, the emotive power balladry of Dying Breed continuing that welcome trend as it ebbs and flows with emotional and physical intensity amidst sonic invention. More a smouldering success than its predecessors, the track emerges as another highlight within Cynics Playground, being quickly equalled by the rhythm swinging, antagonistically riffed All I Wanted. It is a beast of a proposal, that irritability of bass in the opener fuelling every aspect of the mighty incitement. The song takes no prisoners, guitars and beats biting as they entice and land alongside the predatory nature of the bass which in turn courts the catchy lead of the vocals and the infection sharing instincts of the track itself. Equally though, there is room for some sonic and exotic melodic imagination to be seriously tempted by.

The EP closes with Miss-Guided, a song which reveals all the Patriot Rebel attributes with consummate ease while sharing the new depth and adventure in the band’s sound. Though it might not quite live up to those before it, the song is an impressing finale to a thrilling release. Cynics Playground is Patriot Rebel on a new plateau yet the feeling is that the band is still working towards their true creative heights; so happy days for UK rock ‘n’ roll ahead we suggest.

The Cynics Playground EP is out now through all stores.

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Pete RingMaster 24/06/2016

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Voodoo Vegas – Hypnotise EP

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A rock ‘n’ roll holler to reinforce their growing reputation as one energy rousing proposition, UK stompers Voodoo Vegas release the Hypnotise EP offering four songs that bellow and tenaciously stomp through ears from start to finish. Instantly it is a thickly enjoyable encounter which just hits the spot time and time again to give body and satisfaction a very healthy workout.

The successor to their well-received 2013 debut album The Rise Of Jimmy Silver, the Hypnotise EP is a potent build on its success and introduction to those new to the Voodoo Vegas roar. There are no major surprises unearthed by band and encounter but with the accomplished craft and open imagination of the band coursing songwriting and sound, the EP is more than just a solid proposition to support their rich live stature earned over the past couple of years or so. 2014 saw the quintet play a special guest slot for Status Quo in Holland, share the stage with Y&T on their UK/European Tour, and play a host of their own shows across the UK and Europe, as well as play a host of festivals. This year Voodoo Vegas played an acclaimed performance at the Camden Rocks Festival 2015 amongst many shows and with producer Will Maya (The Answer, Breed 77) record Hypnotise. It has been a busy time for the band east to expect being matched as their EP does the rounds tempting fans and newcomers alike.

VV2-cover-flattened_RingMaster Review   Hypnotise opens with its title track, swiftly creating a blaze of tangy grooves around antagonistic riffs and spiky rhythms driven by the strong vocals of Lawrence Case. Almost as quickly the song slips into a less imposing but no less magnetic stroll around an early entering chorus, undulating its intensity and attitude thereon in with fluid and pleasing prowess. The guitars of Merylina Hamilton and Jon Dawson provide a constant web of enterprise throughout the song which keeps ears happily fed whilst the bass of Ash Moulton brings its own throatily seductive groove.

It is a potent start with numerous rewards for the appetite and imagination to get hold of but soon eclipsed by its successor, Tied Up. From its first breath as a blaze of guitar, the track strolls with a predatory nature and tone, entwining it with fiery and feisty endeavour from across the band whipped up into extra zeal by the rapier swings of drummer Jonno Smyth. Hard and glam rock ‘n’ roll but with plenty more essences boiling in its belly, the song is a perpetually magnetic captivation with a simultaneous snarl and creative glint in the eye.

From one highlight to another in the blues seeded shape of Round & Round, a swagger of a stomp that just gets stronger and more inventive with each passing minute and rewarding listen. The harmonica skills of Case bring new intoxication to the song around midway, though bass and guitars had already whipped up a greedy lick of the lips for their devilish imagination by that point anyway.

The two songs offer the peak of the release but closing track Killing Joke has plenty in sound and anthemic imagination within its more intimidating canter to leave ears and pleasure ripe. As throughout Hypnotise hooks and grooves are forcibly appealing, being perfectly backed by feisty riffs as vocals alongside rhythms expose the pungent heart in a fine end to the EP.

As suggested, the Hypnotise EP is open in its inspirations, most likely Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and AC/DC amongst them, and does not venture into the unknown but for thick invigorating rock ‘n roll it, and Voodoo Vegas, leave no one wanting.

The Hypnotise EP is out now on iTunes

Upcoming Live Shows:

23rd Oct – WESTBURY, UK – Charlies Bar

24th Oct – EVESHAM, UK – Iron Road

21st Nov – BOURNEMOUTH, UK – The Cellar Bar

28th Nov – POOLE, UK – Mr Kyps

12th Dec – IPSWICH, UK – The Music Room (with Gilby Clarke)

13th Dec – LONDON, UK – The Underworld (with Gilby Clarke)

14th Dec – BILSTON, UK – The Robin (with Gilby Clarke)

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Pete RingMaster 14/10/2015

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