Ghost Iris – Blind World Album Review

Ghost Iris is one of the most underrated bands that I have had the fortune of coming across and this album is the perfect example of how a band that really cares about their music portrays themselves.

Every record on this from the subs to the drums and melodic riffs play a huge part in this release that really sticks out for me. The vocals themselves have the perfect melody for the cleans and the aggression needed for the harsh vocals when it drops.

The song that really sticks out for me definitely would have to be Save Yourself as it’s just got a perfect melody which I feel is missing in every band that I have come across. The aggressive harsh vocals blend perfectly with the guitars and drums while also keeping a bitter edge against the clean vocals that come into play and boy must I say these are some extremely powerful lungs on their vocalist.

This album will always have a special place in my heart and will always appear on my most played releases just because of how unique and melodic this release actually is.  I urge anyone who’s on the fence about checking this release out to do so as you’ll understand easily why they’re one of the most underrated bands on the scene at this moment in time.

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A Room Swept White – Taught To Fall Album Review

A Room Swept White are certainly an exceptional band and listening to their album is no different from what you’d hear from them live. Melodic chords that really make you get on the edge of your seat and bang your head along with them.

Their live performance I can will be mental because they seem to really care about the music and the vocals which compliment each other perfectly from start to finish on this entire release.

The vocalist surely shows a melodic side of the screams which isn’t what you’d usually hear in metal so it’s refreshing to hear it alongside the clean vocals which seem to go perfectly in time with the harsh vocals.

My favourite release I feel would most definitely have to be Adversity as it just sticks out to me more than any of the other songs on the release but I am not knocking the songs as they’re all exceptionally good songs. If you’d have a chance to catch these live I believe they’d be an incredible band with a unique sound that would make them stick in your head and you’d be bugged if you couldn’t remember who they were.

If you’re after something that is a bit different to the rest then A Room Swept White is for you. Melding eerie orchestral stuff with a really riffy melody and even the vocals show a lot of emotion as if the vocalist is in pain from all the stuff he sings about.  

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Dead Crown – Come Hell EP Review

Dead Crown straight from the get-go on this EP shows that they’re here to bring heavy but melodic metal to the masses and they certainly succeed with their first track called Southside which has the perfect follow on to their second track The Seven which I feel is incredibly heavy and I can hear the punchy sub drops that hit beneath the drop at the start of the song.

 

Kendall Johns sure shows that he has lungs of a god with some of the vocals that really are aggressive while keeping some form of raspy rap screams which go perfectly over some of the songs brutally assaulting riffs.

 

I wasn’t sure what to think of this band when I heard the name but once I sunk my teeth into it I can’t stop listening to it as it’s like a brutal assault to my ears but in the way that I’d imagine a band to actually do it. This band could clearly hit it with the big guns so once this EP drops I can well believe them to actually be making a huge name for themselves which you can tell they deserve because they’ve put a lot of thought into the songwriting on this EP.

 

Definitely think my favourite song off this EP would have to be Home as it’s just super heavy from the get-go and once you’ve heard the first drop in the song it really builds the atmosphere for the whole song which I feel would be incredibly heavy and the crowd would kick off live which I know I would.

 

This band would go down well in the UK scene as they’re after something that’s just straight out heavy while keeping a punch to their riffs so that they’re not just a boring band live. The stage presence I’d expect from a band of this talent would be run around and entice the crowd into a frenzy which I would most certainly get involved in.

 

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[REVIEW] Scream Blue Murder ‘Hollow Stories’

Coventry based four-piece, Scream Blue Murder released their debut album Hollow Stories in 2016, starting the band on the right foot where they continue to grow in the industry. The full length, ten-track album is a display of the band’s energy for atmospheric, enticing music. First track, ‘Unbreakable’ shares the importance and talent for each instrument in slow rendition but introduces the band in such a heavy impact way. With a plethora of influences from bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Asking Alexandria and Cancer Bats, the four-piece have truly come together to combine their interests and efforts into one epic metal-rendition.
27657519_1660006100709909_2528635643748235799_nWith ‘Restart, Rewind, Reset,’ heavy from the get-go, the heavy bass and distorted guitars come to life. One of the most stand-out elements of Scream Blue Murder is their modern twang on the metal genre, as the track moves in and out of heavy, combative attitude into anthemic. The tumultuous relationship between the instruments and the way they ricochet off each other in such a dynamic way gives a surge of power to each track. ‘No Hope,’ for example is a charming track that’s almost magnetic, and definitely a favourite of the album. With heavy riffs and an impressive display of fret and string control, the underlying accent of a porcine-like bass, the third-track is Scream Blue Murder’s ingenuity and talent when it comes to songwriting. As it moves forth into ‘Escape Plan,’ the band’s passion intensifies massively, where breakdowns become even more epic and their songs fluctuate in frequencies. It’s a must to mention and give kudos to drummer Jamie Bloomer for his pugnacious drums that brings much of the weight to each track on the Hollow Stories album.

‘We Are Survivors’ takes a slightly different approach to its predecessors, offering a very surreal atmosphere in a very visual manner. It’s like envisioning the band in their surroundings as the intro ceases into the song – and the track becomes the most infectious of the album. With very anthemic potential as the echoed vocals sing the words ‘we are survivors, we will survive,’ the fifth track nearly steals the show. While the song runs at just short of three and a half minutes, it’s a very moreish track but their subtle change in tone for the halfway mark of the album continues into ‘Dying Breed,’ where the hypnagogic atmosphere laces through the instruments. Being the most authentic metal track on the album, ‘Dying Breed’ brings the essence of nostalgia to their music, rejoicing and enforcing their influences of bands such as Suicide Silence and pre-That’s The Spirit BMTH.
But the talent and exploration of Scream Blue Murder go further than their turbulence, as ‘Let’s Do Coke… I’ll Have A Diet’ proves. Combining their metal genre with the like of party anthems, ‘Let’s Do Coke…’ is like the band’s way of rebelling against the usual rules surrounding the metal genre. It’s definitely boundary pushing, but it works well, taking headbanging into finger guns with eminent use of breakdowns to combine them. ‘Personal Message,’ is colossal in sound, bringing the sheer strength and power of vocalist Aaron Bloomer to the forefront. The militant vocals add to the overall attitude of the song, channelling the aggressive energy that makes it truculent. Second to last track ‘Flatline’ is brilliant. Using clean vocals to compliment the bellicose, the track falls together perfectly in timing and highlights the potential that Scream Blue Murder has in various areas. Last song, ‘Hollow Stories’ is practically like the conclusion to the album, combining each of the stand-out points that each track holds to create the ultimate track, and is a such a concise, wholesome ending to the album. Hollow Stories is an epic album written by Scream Blue Murder, promoting how exciting it is for metal fans to be following the band at this time.

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7eventh Sea Release Teaser Trailer For Upcoming EP AS THE CANDLELIGHT DIES

Metalcore band 7eventh Sea from Portsmouth has just released a teaser for their upcoming EP As The Candlelight Dies set to be released April 4th this year. The five-piece band has influences such as Beartooth, Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction. The teaser, including references to the 2004 Horror/Comesy Shaun Of The Dead, the teaser is building a huge buzz and gaining a lot of reactions.

Their previous release of Narcissist in 2017 flung the band in the spotlight within the scene, with heavy, cadenced and pugnacious tones that really made 7eventh Sea special. Their first ever release of Mind Frame was clearly the start of a brilliant journey for the Portsmouth five-piece, and their most recent teaser trailer for their upcoming EP is another stepping stone for 7eventh Sea into the industry. The EP will be available on all major platforms, including Spotify and iTunes.

 

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LifeLust Release New Single NADIR

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Cardiff based four-piece, LifeLust are an alternative metal-based band focusing on melodic ambience and gruelling breakdowns. Already showing signs of being a well-established band with clear indication of their direction, LifeLust is more than a little intriguing. Releasing their debut single recently, it’s easy to see that LifeLust has put their heads together and worked hard to create the image that we see today – and it’s paid off.

NADIR is intense in energy, packing that punch that metal has in seconds on the track starting. The production of the track is immaculate, with clear, unrelenting sound that really brings every instrument into play to make this insane, epic sounding track. There are many appeals to LifeLust, including the way that the vocals are passionate and tense, although not too harsh to give the music a hostile emotion; the way that the guitar and drums work together with chemistry to bounce off of each other with ease; the way that the heavy tempo is cadenced and rhythmic, straying from the mismatched instrumental metal sound that has recently taken the scene by storm. The track is full of depth, anthemic moments and more importantly incorporating harmonics, heavy basslines that compliment the profoundness of the overall track atmosphere.

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Putting in plans for a 2018 release, LifeLust is in full swing to show the world what they can give. Already showing massive talent and distinctive sound for their desired genre, the four-piece are bringing excitement to the local scene and beyond.

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Fissure Of Riddles – Nemea [REVIEW]

23519227_1185511991583108_2954110375646456975_nDriven by passion, creativity and inspiration, Fissure of Riddles recently released their first debut album, Nemea. The quartet, originating from the shores of Dorset have extensively toured the UK since their becoming in December 2012. With two previously released EP’s under their belts, Fissure of Riddles have shared the stage with names such as The Lotus, Psycroptic and Kobra and have cemented themselves into the UK metal scene.

Nemea, released on January 20th, is a combination of talent and creativity that brings a fresh and new perspective to the metal genre. Describing themselves as melodic riff conjurers setting out to combine elements of progressive metal with southern and sludge, Fissure of Riddles have put themselves in the spotlight with their unusual take on the norm – and Nemea is the perfect exhibition to show off their style. There’s a lot to be admired about their most recent release, including the dark atmosphere that they introduce with the introductory track ‘Glacial Retention.’ It’s an early example of the eerie feeling that F.O.R can bring into a track, showing that their combined instrumental talents can really give depth to a song. They aren’t at a loss for energy though, as second track ‘Ignorance Is Blessed’ proves. The fast-paced track is anthemic and is almost Zeus-like in the sense of its epic sound. With heavy instrumentals and topped off with pugnacious vocals, each element combined compliments each other, letting the track fall perfectly into place. There is a lot to be said about the way the track shifts into changes, but easily shortened to a summary of brilliant breakdowns and guitar solos. Kudos to the finger muscles of bassist Dan Challinor and both guitarists, Matt Wyzzy and Mark Taylor.

At first glance, Fissure of Riddles aren’t scared about packing their songs full to the brim, with longest track ‘Flensing the Dragon’ running close to twelve and a half minutes long. While lengthy, it’s a track that doesn’t lack in intensity. With a lengthy intro, the drummer Lee Biles kicks the track into gear and takes on a classic metal-esque style – much like the ‘Drown Our Bilge’ style, with insane drum rhythm, heavy bass and heavy guitar riffs – but with sections perfectly falling into places and a steady rhythm (although, still very energetic.) This track is one that really brings out that melodic side, with heavy emphasis on the use of guitar layered over the top to really bring the track to life. The mood does switch though, keeping the long track fresh at every point. The way that vocalist Matt Wyzzy projects his voice in a variety of manners during one song is impressive, even more so the switch from antagonistic vocals to hypnagogic. Midway point of the song, it definitely feels like a Pink Floyd and Cradle of Filth love-child, offering a gothic surreality. In the best way, it’s a very intense track bringing ambience to their heavy style.

‘Scrumps’ is a song that carries on with that ambience, although brings the heavy element into the atmosphere created by their music. It’s a track that really shines for the drums throughout with Biles’ stand-out performance. Whereas ‘Paleozoic’ shows the depth that the bass has on the overall track, and how much an emphasised bassline can really add towards the aura surrounding it. All in all, at only fifth track in, Nemea is a hypnotic album – one that can’t be turned off midway. It’s the kind of album that sucks you in from the get-go. ‘Grid Your Lions’ brings a little turning point to the Nemea album, but despite the track lacking in run-time compared to its track-family, it’s a quiet marching kind of track. Almost like an intermission before the chaos kicks back off – and it sure does. The rhythm is the same, but the sound is escalated and amplified for ‘Edos’ where the intensity once again rises. The refreshing thing about F.O.R is their understanding that metal doesn’t have to be about fast-paced, insane playing style to get across to their listeners, but create atmospheres that bring to life each song. They use their talents in a variety of ways, instead of down-tuning everything to create that dark sound that the genre has become accustomed to – and F.O.R have still gained momentum through their touring. While ‘Hauling’ is the last track on the album, it certainly isn’t the last that F.O.R have to offer in terms of creativity. The band have an admirable knack of how to combine their talents in creative ways in order to convey their ideas. There is not one member that shines more than the other on Nemea, and that just proves how much chemistry F.O.R have together, and how their talents combined compliment each other.

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Black Tree Vultures – Debut E.P Review

written by Owen Jeffreys

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The Black Tree Vultures who began their journey in 2017 is debuting their first E.P Sanity Isn’t Perfect next month, although after gigging around their local and surrounding area, The Black Tree Vultures has been accumulating excitement ever since. The metal genre really strikes out with the opening notes on the first song ‘Overrule Me’. The guitars feature a heavy distorted crunchy effect, with a slight electronic feel to it whilst the reverb effect really stands out in the opening. The vocals featured on Sanity Isn’t Perfect are well suited to the music, offering hints of Metallica and Pearl Jam through the use of instruments combined. ‘Overrule Me’ has great diversity with breakdowns, guitar solos, and intense build up points. It’s one of the most stand out song that the EP has on offer showing that correlation and cohesion are needed to make a song flow. The main appeal that really keeps jumping out is the use of Celyn Beynon’s vocals, showcasing talent and massive diversity using his voice to change the pitch and so well done, it could be considered perfection.

‘Holy Vultures Daydream’ kicks in with what sounds like a live performance which then kicks into a nice clean catchy guitar riff. The transitions in the song flow fluently, emphasising the drum fill in the song. ‘Doom Of Malakai’ shows similarities by jumping in with a few guitar slides although takes a moderately slow tempo, although really emphasises the depth that bassist Coner Stace adds to the track. After an instrumental minute of head bopping, the lyrics come in that brings a sense of influences to life. Being a band influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Black Sabbath, their sound has managed to combine an element from all, bringing the world a modern twist on the old-skool. Yet again the singing technique of the lyrics are not boring or repetitive, they are given uniqueness and are short and snappy just before the chorus. The song increases in tempo and the ear-catching guitar melody is complemented by a fast-paced drum beat by Jonno Smyth. The songs tempo transition is done superbly and the “Doom Of Malakai” is a great record on the E.P.BTV1

On the song ‘My Filthy Redhead’, the guitar solos really prove the skill of lead guitarist, Aaron Hammersley. The harmonic squeals are brilliant and the instruments really come together at certain points, proving that Black Tree Vultures know what they’re doing. ‘Thanks For The Memories’ hits out with a neat build-up, introducing the noticeable, combative drum beat. Contending for the most stand out song that Sanity Isn’t Perfect has to offer, it has a great chorus and a lot of originality to the song. While Black Tree Vultures have proven how their musical influences have come alive in their work, the band are quite clear in showing the direction in which they want to take and how they plan on doing so. ‘Thanks For The Memories’ is a song that is constantly changing little things subtly, keeping it fresh throughout. A perfect example is the guitar picking that changes into strong chords, and then a riff during the chorus.

The E.P is very well produced, and the talent of the band means they are capable of going as far as they want. Showing off their talents on each of the instruments, and each member having to stand out moments throughout, Black Tree Vultures have proved their hard-work and construction have paid off, making them one of the most stand-out metal bands in the UK.

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