Archive for June 2016

Kinnefret – ‘The Coming Of Age’   1 comment

Kinnefret (English translation – ‘Hate Grudge’) are a Persian American melo-death band from Oakland, California, formed July 2011. Their demo, ‘A Far Cry From Freedom’, released early 2012, was influenced by old Iranian music, Sepultura, Death and Lamb of God.  After several line-up changes, the new current sound of Kinnefret is hugely influenced by female vocalist Chelsea Rocha.  Their first full-length album was released in May 2016, followed by a Californian tour.

The Awakening – very Dioesque wind breeze intro, which could have come straight from ‘Holy Diver’, but differentiated from that, by mysterious closing beats and indecipherable background two-way radio chat, echoing Leppard’s ‘Rocket’; all wrapped up in a way guaranteed to keep you guessing.

Victim Eyes – Fucking hell, that was one suitably angry intro!  Well there’s no denying from the start that this is melo death.  Only a fool would argue that screamingly obvious fact.  Lots of growly roars, screams and generally, evident rage.  Some interesting arrangements towards the closing section and a rather beautiful acoustic riff, right at the end, which is just a bit abrupt.  On the whole, a decent blend of instrumental melody and vocal aggression.

Losing Grips To Gain Grips – Wow!  Now that’s unusual for a melo death track, to begin acoustically and so mysteriously gently.  Of course, the characteristic anger soon surfaces, but it’s a very clever arrangement, which makes it stand out from your average melo death band.  I like the way they’ve broken the song up, with various styles, sounds and beats.  It makes a refreshing change.  There’s so much experimental musicianship played around with here, it’s difficult to articulate, verbally.  Listen and draw your own conclusions.

The Warrior – Oh yes!  Very nice slide riff intro there.  The Slayer style’s down immediately.  Lightning fast riffs and already, it’s obvious that this band like to employ each track to focus on one or two specific elements; a format with a lot to be said for it.  This song’s where the melodic angle’s been focused and it’s a welcome break from standard melo death fare.  No bland sameness to be found here).

Salvation – Bang!  Now, the drums come to life, in an unmistakably hammering fashion.  It’s just a blast of pure drumming heaven.  Great mix of vocal power and intense drum rolls.  The pace is relentless and ear shattering quality is the result.

A Far Cry From Freedom – Another beautiful acoustic intro, with a strong taste of flamenco this time, going down well – soon followed with a brain bursting round of pure venomous attack.  Vocals and accompaniments blend perfectly here, showcasing the absolute depths to which these guys are in tune with each other.  Pure musical intuition, pouring out, in a vengeful, hate filled stream of death.

Bleed Out The Sickness – Crashing in there, with no hesitation and positively vomiting blood.  As in the title, the performance really does bleed forth bile.  Just what melo death’s meant to do.  At that point, I doubt I can pay them a bigger compliment, so I’ll leave it at that.  See the title.  What you see is what you get.

Eternal Damnation – Racing right up to the starting line, launching an onslaught of so much deathly intent, you’d think the well was running dry.  For comparison’s sake, imagine Arch Enemy and you’re there.

Death Instrumental – Opening with the sound of the bleeps on a life-support machine, accompanied by some rather lovely, though mournful guitar riffs.  From the mid-section onwards, the riffs become livelier and more vibrant, alternating back to the more sombre tone, towards the end.  A statement of some kind?  Almost certainly and very carefully done.

The Prophets – Ooh, hammering, brain shattering intro, of epic proportions.  Yet, it still manages to inject so much melody, you can sink into it, enjoyably.  Loud, distinctive and slightly reminiscent of Skeletonwitch, in places.  The vocals really come in to their own and scream, quite literally, for well earned recognition here.  Another abrupt finish, but there really isn’t much else to complain about otherwise.

Coming Of Age – Booming title track opening, aptly placed, with a gorgeous, clearly melodic thread running through it.  Leaves breathing space, fading out gently.

Overall – Variety is this album’s buzzword and really, its central theme.  More like an amalgamation of various metal styles and genres than solely melo death.  Rather than attempting to isolate itself from the crowd, by maintaining a pure melo death ethos, it actually stands out, for its unabashed use of eclectic techniques, which, combined as they are, create something more vibrant and fascinating, making for a fuller and more sensory listening experience.

10/10 **********

For fans of Skreamer, Arch Enemy, melo death and eclectic metal. 


Posted June 29, 2016 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Le Lizard Royale – ‘Hotel’   2 comments

Welcome to the debut album, ‘Hotel’, from Le Lizard Royale, formed in Southampton, in 2015, by members of Lo-Fi Poet Band, The Spiraltones and Zen Juddhism. Incorporating hard rock, indie grooves, punk and psychedelia into their music, Le Lizard Royale are a highly unusual and surreal addition to the scene.

Guilty Conscience – Very punky intro.  More spoken than sung lyrical form.  Some nice riffs in there.  A short track, with an intriguing format, which could just do with a bit of explanation re: its influences.  It does leave you wondering, but perhaps that’s a good thing.

Le Lizard Royale – Very Doorsesque!  That’s a good thing, IMHO.  Lots of very controversial themes and a downbeat, melancholy tone, with a lot of bass emphasis.  Steady beat, good sound quality, with a clear psychedelic leaning, but the socio-political content tends to distract from the music.

The Song Remains The Same – Not a Led Zep cover!  A more upbeat, rocky opening, with a very traditional 50s/60s slant.  Definitely catching and more melodic.  Increasingly alternative in its sound and greater capacity for visual imagery.  Dance halls spring to mind, but actually, this would work well at this year’s Glastonbury.

Human Sponge (acoustic)- Now, here’s a folkier, funkier feel, which slides down nicely).  Liking the rhythm.  Unusual style of constant background vocals, at the same time as main vocals.  It definitely has something about it, though the overriding melancholia may just defeat the object.  Meaningful, if nothing else.

On The Graft – Good punchy start.  Cohesive and collectively, going places.  This particular track actually has classic hit written all over it.  All the right stuff, in all the right order, to be memorable and successful.  More bass than is usual, which works well for this specific style of rock and I can already hear it on a Classic Rock magazine album.

Dirty Noise – Stars – Is that a wobble board I hear at the intro?  Nice touch, if so.  This has just moved right to the other end of the scale and entered noise rock/punk/anarchic arena.  Is it just me or do they seem totally at home here in this genre?) Forgive me for this, guys, but for some reason, I’m imagining a load of market traders, yelling at each other and indulging in dodgy dealing, ‘Only Fools And Horses’ style).  Wacky, weird and somehow, wonderful.

St Mary’s Woman Ft Issa – Great opening riff, reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz’s ‘American Woman’.  Oh, such nice lyrics lol!  This is one which has to be heard to be grasped.  It lies beyond description.  Retaining that same Kravitzesque beat throughout, it’s certainly imagery provoking.  Bluesy and filled with gangster type bluster.

Overall – I’ve never heard anything like it before in my life!  If nothing else, it has to win points for sheer originality, diversity and fearlessness.  It goes places most other albums don’t and reaches beyond experimentation, to outright assertive anarchy.  Each track offers something different and draws you in, with its heightened level of bizarre intrigue.  Authentic and extremely odd; like an altered sense of reality.

7/10 *******

For fans of surreal, alt, psych rock, with punky anarchy and bluesy intonations.

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Posted June 25, 2016 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Dan Trigger – ‘Promised Land’   Leave a comment

Opening with the characteristic rocky blast we’ve now come to expect from Dan Trigger, this new track rolls along, with all the right ingredients of uplifting vibes, catchy hooks, consummate riffs, accomplished steady drum beats and a generally superb feel. The video itself is the perfect chilled out beach scene accompaniment to the lyrics and that latter sand castle building and subsequent destruction scene , contrasting with the opening scene of the tide crashing on to the rocks seems to say it all, without any more need for words, though the gentle female vocals at the end create the ideal closing effect.

Overall – An effecting piece of work, providing plenty of listening pleasure and one to relax with after a long, hard day.

8/10 ********

Released 2nd July, with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.



Posted June 23, 2016 by jennytate in Uncategorized