Archive for October 2017

Motherslug – ‘The Electric Dunes Of Titan’   1 comment

The Electric Dunes Of Titan Downriver – Reverb intro, melting fluidly, into a smooth, almost ambient riff section, at once, slow bluesy stoner sludge and heavily melodic. Pleasantly positive energy characterises this and vocals are kept to a minimum, background concern, giving the instrumentals space to take centre stage. Corrosion Of Conformity fans will savour the ‘Albatross’ reference. Generally, this is a refreshingly pleasing diversion from much of the generic stoner sludge out there and takes its time building a noticeably uplifting sound, with plenty of creative breathing space.

Followers Of The Sun – A more doom based approach here, but still carrying an uplifting overtone. Gradually moving through initially slower, duller tones, to higher, more exultant pitches, already it’s versatile and even catchy, in its latter, higher end pitches. A cleverly constructed arrangement of unpredictable varied tones and techniques. Eventually returning to a slower closing rhythm, fading out on a touch of reverb, it’s an enlivening listen.

Stoned By The Light – Drumming intro, with slide guitar and a real blues emphasis. Melody coming to the fore, bringing the catchiness with it. Vocals taking a more significant role here, increasing the liveliness, overall, there’s a clear higher energy at play here. It’s just unusually light, for a stoner/sludge track, yet still doesn’t lose its doomy foundations. An intriguing multiplicity of styles, making for a memorably energising experience.

Serpents – Suitably creeping, serpent-like intro, injecting mystery and curiosity. Lots of percussion focus and a seemingly effortless darkness added to the vocals, growing steadily heavier. A slight, controlled lightness to the instrumentals, whilst always retaining that thudding, solid, lead like heaviness. A general Doors-esque theme, throughout, adding to the general mystique and vague familiarity.

Staring At The Sun – Taking a gentler line now, with an acoustic opening, moving, into an electric, yet softer performance. Spoken word format, this time, with an easily detectable Turisas type lyrical form. From there, changing up, to a passionately voiced sung section, wrapped up within an ecstatic riff section. Ending on a heavier, bass focused section, it’s a well combined mix of forms and textures.

Tied To The Mast – Booming intro, with tribal-esque undertones. Moving straight into a classic stoner blues rock section, loaded with catch, it’s a brief one this time, but no matter, since it’s perfectly formed and sounds immense. It’s the accomplished confident ease of the vocals that really stand out.

Cave Of The Last God – Slow, still, slithering bass opens, leading into an explosive instrumental, seguing, so easily, into an incredibly delicate, light section, for the briefest time, before the stable strength of the reliable heaviness takes over once more. Giving those consummate vocals the chance to shine, as the energy emanates from them again, the accompaniments constantly weave between solidly heavy and careful gentility. Eventually, moving outwards, in a perfect ripple of pleasure, after emulating the sense of a fairground revolution, constantly gaining in speed, till it’s features blur, along with your senses, this is one effective demo of a highly functional band, with proven, solid capabilities of marrying theory with practice, walking the talk and doing so with genuine passion.

Overall – A highly enjoyable and deeply refreshing listening experience. Motherslug are a band with rare ability to move beyond expectations and genre limitations and ‘TEDOT’ shows their lack of inhibitions in doing so. As an album, it’s unafraid, versatile and positively fun, with new treats and twists around every corner. An outstanding example of stoner sludge doom metal, with heart, soul and unique individuality. Highly recommended listen.

9/10 *********

For fans of Corrosion Of Conformity, Down, Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, psychedelic Doors-esque rock and heavy folk influenced rock, such as Turisas and Tyr.

Posted October 12, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Devilspeak – ‘Unearth Hell’   Leave a comment

Devilspeak is a 5 piece thrash death metal band, from Cape Town, South Africa. Formed August 2014, from unique and genuine chemistry. The band name originates from wordplay on the Devil’s Peak Mountain, in Cape Town and therefore, identifies their roots. Their live debut was performed on March 20th, 2015, after 7 months practice, to perfect their 6 track album. The debut single, ‘Violently Leading The Blind’, was produced by engineer Jethro Harris, on 18th and 19th April 2015, at Milestone Studios. This recording was done live, in order to capture their individuality. It was released on September 1st, 2015 and aired globally, soon after.

2016 saw Devilspeak chosen for and awarded ‘Best Newcomer’, at the South African Metal Music Awards. Devilspeak have played a significant number of high-profile shows, including opening for Rotting Christ, in their home town, in July 2016. They also won ‘Best Thrash Metal Band’, at the South African Music Awards. A 3 track EP was produced in September 2016, mastered by Kelsey Mastering. The single ‘Unearth Hell’, from the EP, was launched on September 12th 2017. The EP’s, entitled ‘See Evil Hear Evil Speak Evil’, for which the planned release is towards the end of 2017.

Unearth Hell – Solid heavy intro, hard as steel). Sharp edged instrumentals, evil vocals and an underlying darkness. Exactly what’s expected from the thrash death genre; the consistency’s maintained throughout and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. An acute feel, with a generous helping of gory sludge – it may be brief, but a lot of power resides within it. Equal parts thrash and death, it’s a successful track, oozing atmosphere.

8/10 ********

For fans of high-quality death/thrash metal.

Artwork by Writhe Creations.

‘Unearth Hell’ streaming sites:-

Posted October 10, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Samarkind – ‘Fire And Blood’   5 comments

Introducing ‘Fire And Blood’, premiere track from Samarkind’s debut self titled album, released on November 24th 2017. Coming after their successful debut single, ‘Sunstroke Heart’, ‘Samarkind’ features 8 songs and is expected to win fans over, with its direct, sincere and diligent approach.
Preceding the album launch was Samarkind’s Dublin Academy gig, on October 4th, as guest support to INGLORIOUS.
Samarkind comprises the smooth vocals of David Paul Byrne (ex-Assassin), extraordinary guitarist Michal Kalbaky, bassist Mark Dempsey and Marius Appelgryn, on drums. David Paul Byrne’s Assassin days included tours with Def Leppard, Status Quo, WASP, Manowar and his vocals also featured on 80’s cult film, ‘Trick Or Treat’, with Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.
Produced at Westland Studio, Dublin, by Alwyn Walker, ‘Samarkind’ is a high octane production, complete with memorable audio and striking catchiness.
The guys have aimed to produce an album with plenty of visually evocative material, interweaving a variety of accessible feelings, on a multi-sensory level, with the energy of true rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a thorough, intricate and comprehensive album, for which, a multitude of guitars were used, in an attempt to engage and enthrall.

Fire And Blood – True class intro, with instant bluesy catch and evident passion shining through, exploding into a thoughtfully constructed hard rock blues chorus. Delivering on all levels, it’s an immediate stunner. Gorgeous riffs, melting into your veins and just filled with heart, embodying and depicting the track title perfectly. Here is a song you could listen to endlessly and still find enjoyment, every time. This really is fire and blood and you will love it.

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

For fans of all classic, high-level blues rock, with old school twang and feel. Specifically, Joe Bonnamassa, Black Country Communion, BlackBerry Smoke, Black Crowes, Black Stone Cherry, John 5 and Heaven’s Basement. (‘Fire And Blood’ official stream). (Sunstroke Heart).

Posted October 9, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Art Block – ‘Angel’   5 comments

Introducing ‘Angel’, the latest release from Art Block, London based alt folk rock singer/songwriter. His debut EP, ‘Los Feliz’, was influenced by L.A. It features Ed Seed, of La Roux, Dua Lipa and has now been re-mastered by Mike Hillier. Subsequent releases: ‘Borderline’ EP, (Produced by Ben Walker) and ‘Warzone’ EP – a piano based sound. All music available on bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.

Angel – Unusual light percussive bongo type gentle intro, with lots of rhythm and a very memorable vocal, Smiths-esque sound. More alt rock than anything else, with a slight folky edge, its’ biggest draw is its’ consistent rhythm and visual evocations. As a solo effort, ‘Angel”s a decent tune, carrying a hint of haunting reassurance about it. There’s a sense of time-warp about this song, perhaps stemming from those early alt-rock vocals, transporting you back to that era of social struggle and Smiths-esque atmosphere. Ultimately, it’s a brief, but pleasantly comforting way to pass the time.

6/10 ******


Posted October 8, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Bulletback – ‘The Quest For New Horizons’   6 comments

Bulletback are a 3-piece Brazilian heavy-metal band, formed in 2013, by former members of Pastore. Since this time, they’ve been prepping and producing new material, for this, their debut album. Released independently, it’s available to buy now. The band is composed of Raphael Gazal, on vocals and guitars, Alexis Galluci, on bass and Fabio Buitvidas on drums. The album was produced and written by Raphael, drums recorded by Fabio, at Studio 82, bass, guitars and vocals recorded by Alexis and Raphael, at Stage Dive Studio.

Down And Out – Great, powerful, rumbling intro, taken over by a full force mega explosion of metal, stronger than hell. Surges of massively energy fuelled riffs, with drum hits to match and enormous vocals. Exciting, energising and uplifting. There’s no escape from the sheer metallic love this’ll drive into you.

The Quest For New Horizons – Thunderous intro, with lightning effects and a fortress-like powerhouse of strength. You know these guys mean business and it’s everything you’d expect to hear on a new wave, power based, classic metal production, for the likes of CR/MH. Enough force to kill a rhino.

Battlefield – Fuck me, it’s so hard, it almost hurts! These drums’ll break down your door, while the riffs shatter your windows and the vocals penetrate your soul. Then throw you on the floor and keep you there, while the magnitude of the song’s extraordinary power hits you and refuses to stop.

Holy Words – No sign of any let-up; if anything, it’s getting even stronger and heavier, every minute. A cataclysmic impact of energy, these arrangements just astound your senses and knock you down, with their ultra-magnified effects. Pull up your drawbridge now, before your protective castle is shaken, to its foundations. Or alternatively, open it out and let the metal insurgents decimate it. (I’d choose the latter).

Scream It Out – Expressive, loud and delightful. Loads of very fitting catchiness to this and melody galore. It’s a dream. Epically metal guitar fests, a truly affecting, solidly integrated bass line, hugely tuneful drum rhythms and vocals which scream passion. An exceedingly vibrant example of a band who genuinely love what they do. Just a joy to hear.

Faking – Hitting you full in the chest, with absolute truth and insistent maximum power. That’s how it continues. The perfect track title, since everything within the track embodies it, fully. Right here is the sound of truth and it’s catchy as hell and there’s no alternative, but to love it. ‘Faking’ is a precise demo of what it means to have the courage of your convictions. Need to find the impetus to make your next move? To quash any residing doubts? Listen to ‘Faking’.

Rust – Drumming heaven intro’s, transporting you straight to mosher’s paradise. Total steel immensity and loaded, throughout, with all the melody, catch and heavy, cathartic vibrations that make true metal great. There’s so much to love here and love it, you will.

Running Away – Yummy bass intro there, setting the smooth, hard-line tone for the rest of the song. You’re gonna be singing along in no time. This track’s great strength is its’ ability to pull you in instantly and addictively. Oh and constantly, till the end. Another humongous tasty, involving slice of truly passionate metal.

Fire In The Hole – Thoroughly powerful speed metal is alive and well. Filled to the rafters with hugely colourful riffs and a general sense and sound of top-level, high octane metal, of the classiest and most pleasurable calibre. A feast of enjoyment, from start to finish.

Where Are The Angels – I’d suggest they’re right here, in this music. A rolling, power infused boulder of metal therapy. Electrically charged anthemic catharsis, which rips out all the bad stuff, blows away the cobwebs and lifts you higher. An aural tattoo.

Here I Stand – Ploughing right into your solar plexus, with palpable physicality, the whole thing’s the biggest power fest imaginable and it just rocks damn hard. Impossible not to love.

Overall – Rarely do I hear anything so immensely powerful as this. ‘TQFNH’ is like a ray of honest, outright strength, straight from metal heaven. A sheer joy, from start to finish and 1 which has etched itself on my brain, for eternity. Every track’s a thrilling ride of endless pleasure and metallic gold. Literally gold star material.

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

For fans of all top tier power, speed, hard, heavy metal.

Posted October 3, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized