EP Review: MAINES – SPRING

Ever looked for a band that combines a nostalgic taste of alternative rock with the modern sounds of today’s hybrid genre? A sound so carefully crafted that it not only includes a balanced distortion on their riffs, but clean melodies and even a little tease of guitar solos that hasn’t really come up a lot in modern music. Brought to you from Conwy, North Wales, MAINES is built up of four members that create the memorable sounds found in their latest EP, Spring.

Made up of six songs, Spring leaves no area untouched. The EP shows various talents in areas of songwriting, such as the intro to Malkovich, the guitar work in Spider Skull, and the chorus in The Battle of Ventral Pallidum for an example. The EP’s tone shifts through the motions, displaying the musical range that MAINES has.

‘You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming’.

For fans of a plethora of genres, Spring has a lot to offer, with something that will stand out to most listeners. If there’s one thing to say, is that bring the first EP I have listened to from MAINES, it brings an excitement of anticipation for future endeavours, and a need to find out how the band plays live – from the sound, I can guess it’s a spectacle.

Spring is available to stream and purchase from BandCamp for £5.

Keep updated with MAINES via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Alternative

[REVIEW] Colt 48 – Negatives EP

London hard Rock duo, Colt 48 are gearing up for the release of their EP, Negatives this month. Due out on March 29th, the duo released Disconnected last month that has gained a lot of high praise for it’s well structured brilliance, encapsulating hard rock vibes sprinkled with a nostalgic early noughties nu-metal undertones. In anticipation of the release, their EP launch party takes place this week on the 15th to a sold-out crowd at London’s The Hope and Anchor.

With Disconnected already in the spotlight, the 5 track EP was created alongside Colin Richardson, and produced by Chris Clancy, both armored with impressive portfolios including names such as Slipknot, Machine Head, Mutiny Within and Wearing Scars. Discussing the EP, vocalist and guitarist Adam Jerome says “Negatives i s the work we’re most proud of to date.”

Lyrically incorporating personal dealings, Negatives explore their metal influences alongside their previous heavy riffs and stentorian beats. Opening with previously released Disconnected, Negatives has a lot on offer as it moves into its second track, Scapegoat. Instrumentally fused together by distortion, the sound of ricocheting drums takes the center stage as it motions the tracks in fluid movements, changing the overall temperament with ease. Out Of Habit displays it’s huge bass and lyrical mastery on a pedestal, carrying it into The Fire and expanding upon its influence by creating a monumental breakdown. The five track EP holds onto its metal influences throughout, conjuring a plethora of expansions blossoming in originality.

Negatives is due for release on March 29th, currently followed by two shows in Leeds supporting Stand Alone and Black Orchid Empire, and in London supporting Glamour Of The Kill as well as Camden Rocks Festival this June. 

You can keep updated with Colt 48 via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Metalcore

Layover – Your Laughter Never Leaves (EP Review)

This is certainly something you would expect from Layover; melodic chords, sing a long choruses; that will get you humming their tunes all day, every day, and I say this with a smile on my face because; it’s what I have been doing since I have listened to this release!

I was heartbroken when they called it a day for a while, and I wished for the day for them to get back together. Then they announced that they have new music coming out, and my heart skipped a beat because; I missed them on the live music circuit.

The only disadvantage with pop-punk in my eyes, is that most vocalist seem to sound extremely similar. But Layover break out that boundary and turn it into something quite amazing, which their vocalist Luke Rainsford ensures, bringing his own uniqueness in every possible way. They have sing a long choruses, and sad lonely melodies; that truly set the mood within this release; which is just what I’d expect from Layover.

I think easily, my favourite track on this release has to be; ‘Hollow Me Out’ as it just feels perfect in every way, from happy chords, to the absolutely incredible sing a long choruses; of which cater for all crowds within the emo/pop-punk scene.

If you’ve never had the chance to listen to Layover, then I’d recommend checking out this release; then as a must, all of their backlog.

Buy their new EP via: http://foxrecords.limitedrun.com/products/612170-layovers-your-laughter-never-leaves-cd

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/layoverUK

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