Archive for January, 2015

Sertraline ‘Bury the Ghosts’ EP

January 23, 2015

Dead Set – Great opening bass line!  Great work and an unusual and memorable track opening.  Lizzie’s fresh and alive vocals bring an exacting and inspired sound to the song.  Liking the melody and Tom’s well placed, seasoned drum rolls just make the track, building the electrically metal vibe within it.

Not Enough – Ace drum beat intro!  Hard-hitting and laying down the heavy feel right at the start. Some fab guitar work in here and Lizzie’s vocals hold a metallic edge, growing better and better throughout.  A very vibrant feel to this!

Mean to Me – Nice high-pitched guitar tones introing this track.  The whole song and particularly the vocals carry a sound that’ll take them far.  It holds such an accomplished yet still fresh sound that belongs on a Classic Rock/Metal Hammer album.  Lizzie is a natural, as are the rest of the band and their combined sound and feel should spell definite success.

Colours – Beginning with a really nice grungy instrumental and beautiful vocal accompaniment, this demonstrates the versatile ability of Sertraline to move fluidly, from hard and heavy to gentle and touching.  Pure and equal passion in both vocals and instrumentals just shines through.  This song probably highlights Lizzie’s unique and naturally skilful vocals the most, but also the way her and the whole band blend together, harmonically.  Love it.

Set the World Alight – Back to unquestionable heaviness).  Rolls really well and should do well and prove very memorable indeed.  The music fits the title perfectly.  The sharpness within it creates a visual image befitting the title.  Good confident and un-hesitant ending.  Never losing its power for one second, this, for me, is the strongest track on the EP.

All Choked Up – Brilliant melody opening this one.  I actually got so into it, I had to re-focus my attentions on reviewing it).  Some growly male vocals accompany Lizzie’s highly tuneful ones and are joined by some fabulous riffs and almost tribal drum beats.  Very catchy, very fun song and all of it pitch perfect.

Overall, a really impressive sound and production quality, filled with great melodies and immense vocals born of extraordinary talent.  An EP with the power to draw you in and haunt you, even.  You won’t forget this in a hurry.  For anyone looking for a new and original sound, with emphatically powerful female vocals, this is it.  Cohesive, strong and captivating.  Bringing to life the wealth of skill behind the band, it’s a fabulous start for Sertraline and speaks volumes for where they’re headed.  Ones to watch for 2015. Check them out on facebook.  EP released 9th February 2015.  10 stars **********

 

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Trivax – ‘The World Is Dead’ EP

January 18, 2015

‘The Dawn of Man’ – Ooh, a very sinister organ intro!  Very horror movie-esque, with a sudden explosion of drums and a ghost train type experience, with echoes of circus activity, slightly reminiscent of Wasp’s song, ‘Welcome to the Electric Circus’.  Short and well, I would say sweet, but, actually, it’s anything but).  Short and scary just about covers it.  Darkness incarnate.

‘Wormwood’ – Retaining the sinister sound of track one, this brings in some very eerie instrumentals and growly vocals.  I see what the band mean about rock ‘n’ roll that sounds like extreme metal!  It creates an impression of being stuck in a cellar, with the cast of the Munsters, the Addams family and Frankenstein, combined.  Just very darkly atmospheric and the sound just fits with that whole feel.  Run. Run for your life, run now!  Ends on a very assertive, definitive drum beat.

‘Of Stone and Flesh’ – Again, continuing with the Halloween -esque style, the percussion element is very prominent within this track.  Vocals increasingly insistent and creepy.  Some very fitting screams, which could have come straight out of a horror film.  A rather nice guitar riff in there somewhere.  A strong sound, for definite.  Capturing the pathos of the moment, towards the end, in the melody.  It has a very consistent theme and feel, with exceedingly dark lyrics.  A nice smooth guitar outro.

Outro – Ah, this begins with rain effects, which is always a bonus for me.  Some very lovely, if haunting, guitar riffs here, which blend in well with the rain.  Rare for a song to continue the rain effects throughout, but in this case, it works well.  I like that plucky string guitar effect here.  This is a case in which considered monotone works well.  Fading out to silence.

To think people used to be scared of early Sabbath!  The devil’s tri-tone’s got nothing on this band!  Overall, very unique and probably carving out a whole new genre of metal for themselves along the lines of dark, Gothic, haunting metal.  An inspired EP and unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.

Difficult to figure out a star rating for this one, as it’s so unique and unusual, but I’ll give it a 7/8 out of 10, for originality if nothing else! *******/******** Check them out on facebook.

 

Skreamer – ‘Photograph’

January 18, 2015

Beautiful acoustic and vocal intro.  Incredibly touching lyrics.  Absolutely perfect harmony, when the full instrumental accompaniment comes in.  Sam’s vocal sound is so heartfelt and matched equally by the instrumental sound.  Strong, cohesive and soulful with both heaviness and softness in parts.  Great melody and I’m just loving Sam’s guitar riffs.  A very characteristic and truly awesome sound that stays with you.  Ending on a gorgeous acoustic vocal harmony, this is one deeply meaningful song that I won’t forget.  I just love it.  It’s got to be another full ten star rating.  ********** Have a listen to it and see the video on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=3pH1jdLXVOU 

 

Die No More ‘Elected Evil’ album review

January 12, 2015

Dark World – Nice mysterious intro, leading into an aggressive rhythm.  Confident, metallic vocals.  Liking the guitar speed and the thrashy melodic vocals.  Just the kind of barrelling sound and pace you want on an opening track.

Soul Destroyer – Good follow-up track.  Some great fretwork and the vocals maintain the same consistent strength throughout.  Some Metallicaesque sudden stops and starts during this one.  It knows exactly where it’s going and ends in a very confident final beat.

Absentia – Fabulous dark intro.  I particularly like the sound of this one.  Something very catchy about it.  Filled with fantastic and fun hooks and hits that part of my soul that all true metalheads relate to.  Probably my favourite track.

Council of War – Ooh, this one reminds me of Rammstein’s ‘Adios’, in style, pace and feel.  Just feeling the strength and emotion in those vocals.  Hard-hitting, no holds barred metal.  Just how I like it.  This is definitely one of those tracks that show you this band means business and have got what it takes.  Yes, Marc does have a very James Hetfieldesque vocal sound, which is particularly prominent in this track, whilst pumping his own sound into it and I love it.

One in the Chamber – Another catchy one.  I found myself repeatedly singing this in the shower recently, till I did my own head in, but that just made me want to listen to it all the more, which I promptly did.  Lots of exciting sexy riffage, determinedly powered vocals and fades out gently with a beautiful acoustic riff at the end.

Connection Lost – An emerging sound about this one.  A nice fresh feel to it.  More lovely penetrating riffs and decent drum rolls, which provide a great metallic backdrop, without being too intrusive – a rare skill to nail.

Blood in the Veins – Filled with angry beats and the drums really come into their own on this one.  A really well placed and very accomplished and vibrant drum solo in the mid-section.  Ooh and a perfect solid ending.  Class!

Oblivious – Oh yeah!  Starts with ferocious speed riffs and drum beats and the vocals to match.  Rolls really well.  Pace keeps momentum and holds an irresistible air guitar impulse within it. Nice pitched ending, with just that final solo guitar note.

Dark World – Radio Edit.  See first paragraph, with edits, obviously.

Intriguing track titles and lyrics.  Bold and catchy.  It’s got everything I want.  I’m giving it a full 10 star rating.

********** Out now on Rocksector Records.  Check them out on facebook and on www.rocksector.com .