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Camp Marshy – ‘Baby Are You Ready For Some Fun’   Leave a comment

Swedish punk rockers Camp Marshy are prepping to release their 2nd EP, ‘Baby Are You Ready For Some Fun’, scheduled for spring 2020, from which, the title track and single is taken. It follows their March 2019 debut. Comprising ex-members of PAKK, Souldivider and Infernal Gates, CM have played alongside Askvader, (https://jennytate.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/askvader-askvader/) Highride, etc. Their sound’s all about groove, upbeat rhythms and catchy, memorable melodies.

Baby Are You Ready For Some Fun – Good punchy intro! That’s got the driving rhythm, straight away. Catchy drum beats, a clear rocky groove and enthused, infectious lyrics. Quite old school, in its way, melodic all the way, with underlying bluesy zing. Lots of hooks in here. Classy production, consistently impressive audio values and full of bounce. Capable and assured, it’d make good party rock.

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

For fans of Uriah Heep, The Cult, Free, Boston, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

https://instagram.com/campmarshy?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=dpao02pgek34
https://m.facebook.com/home.php?_rdr#!CampMarshyl?ref=bookmarks
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MKhab8Tl49FglNMjk4Guw?si=lNyXRW5uRue5ggdUjGkcUw

‘Lullaby’ – https://youtu.be/jtf_WymEiB0
‘Inside Of Me’ – https://youtu.be/U_bta_FcOao
‘The Smoker’ – https://youtu.be/XoSjMo7_EK0
‘President’ – https://youtu.be/BGE0WDYEMts

Posted January 24, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Alloy – ‘Through Hell, Prison Of The Mind, Free Spirit’.   Leave a comment

Alloy formed in Uppsala, Sweden, during the latter half of 2018. Each member bringing their own musical backgrounds to the band, the 5 piece were founded as a result of a Facebook group post by Joel (guitar/bass), about wanting to start a band. The rest of Alloy are Suvi (vocals), Gael (drums), Nils (guitar/bass) and Victor (guitar). Influenced by a mixture of heavy thrash and gentle alt/indie, their sound is consequently, unique.

Signed to CRS Records, their singles so far include: ‘Through Hell’, ‘Prison Of The Mind’ and ‘Free Spirit’. ‘Through Hell’ can be accessed on YouTube.

Through Hell – Good creeping steady intro. Very capable, Blondie-esque feminine vocals. This production’s a little low in volume, but it’s got all the right ingredients. Well handled riffs, decently spaced out drum hits, allowing the song to breathe and the melody’s catchy and upbeat enough to be memorable and warrant further listens. Ending on some carefully plucked riffs. A good sound and an enjoyable, laid-back feel, with a clear rocky essence.

7/10 *******

Prison Of The Mind – Great bluesy intro. Very classy feel to the vocals. A strong old school blues rock sound, with a psychedelic edge. Quite compelling riffs, with a lot of stop-start action. Staying on the same route, throughout, it’s a focused track, with room for contemplation. All in all, a pleasant, relaxed listen.

6/10 ******

Free Spirit – Opening with a warm, inviting riff and bass line, like a slowed down, chilled out AC/DC. Speeding up, this holds the same psychedelic tinge as the previous tracks. Good harmonies. Well paced. A lot of consistency in those vocals and something of an airy edge to them, whilst still retaining the deft handling. Again, there’s a breath in the track and a strategically positioned blues uplift, giving it that extra twist. The male backing vocals come in at just the right point and there’s a noticeable twang to the riffs. Another good listen.

7/10 *******

Overall – As separate singles, these are fairly impressive, with a decent grasp of listenability and a good blues streak within each. Together, they’re slightly stronger, with a psychedelic feel in common, creating a nostalgia of their own. The audio values do need increasing slightly, but generally, the melodies work and the energy’s upbeat, with potential hooks.

7/10 *******

For fans of Blondie, Purson, Pentangle, Arapacis, Blue Oyster Cult.

‘Free Spirit’ will be released on 31st January 2020.
‘Prison Of The Mind’ is scheduled for release on 18th February 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/alloybandswe/
https://www.instagram.com/alloybandswe

‘Through Hell’ video: https://youtu.be/YJxy_0_o7t4

Posted January 22, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Torpedo – ‘Mechanic Tyrants’   Leave a comment

A 6 track re-issue of Germany’s Torpedo’s debut demo, ‘Mechanic Tyrants’ now comes complete with brand-new cover art. Entirely independently produced, from scratch, in a basement, after its initial release in June 2019, the first copies sold out immediately, hence the re-issue.

The energetic speed metallers only formed in November 2018, as a side project, intended mainly as a tribute band, throwing in some originals. Their band name came from guitarist Alex Starbreaker’s original band, years before, which didn’t prove destined to succeed, so the name was used for this band instead. It was decided on as the best bet, as it’s simple, memorable, metallic and explosive.

‘Mechanic Tyrants’ was influenced by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Terminator’ films. Specifically, to symbolise the man v machine theme. Tank and Raven are also strong inspirations. The music on ‘MT’ is mostly improvised, during recording, contributing to the sincerity of the sound, combining old school speed and NWOBHM.

Already, new material is in production.

Maniac – Straight into a classic speed riff! Attention-grabbing, from the start. This is raw, edgy and passionate, with all the glorious roughness of the self-production it is). Right away, the old school feel’s audible, with an original twist and it’s enlivening and hugely enthused, throughout! Great closing power scream. Truly catchy and impossibly addictive.

Mechanic Tyrants – Contagious riff intro, with that rough around the edges feel, adding to the upbeat atmosphere. Once more, that trad influence is there, with hookey riffs, forever familiar, with their own unique spins. Climbing up the scales, emitting crackling explosions of enthused power screams. Very Metallica-esque, carrying ‘Kill ‘Em All’ echoes of ‘Motorbreath’, especially.

Victim Of Desire – Punchy drum intro, setting the scene for thrashy speed riffs and screams to match. A little more gravelly, in a Lemmy-esque way. Built to last, this holds a great balance of old school and new wave, with all the catch and rhythm to complete it. Constructed around a simple riff, ending with a ‘Master Of Puppets’-esque evil laugh, it’s something approaching a resurrected Motorhead, for the modern age.

Sons Of Evil – Now it heats up, with a powerful drum intro, bashing out the rhythm, accompanied by equally heavy riffs. Really sexy hard-edged stuff in here! Another catchy pace and melody to lose yourself in. Delightfully metallic and plausibly steel. Combining derivations of ‘Ride The Lightning’ era Metallica and classic ‘Aces’ era Motorhead, with a signature flourish, growing into itself, with an ever-increasing confidence. Loving those riffs and the generally sexy atmosphere). Perfectly placed drum beats and a hugely cohesive sound, closing on another elegantly executed power scream.

Wrath Of God – Speeding it up again, this returns to the ‘Kill ‘Em All’ Metallica era, with a complimentary Diamond Head-esque flavour. Some brilliant twiddly para-diddles in here and it’s just so engaging. A few more of those ace screams and a final ‘Black Betty’ type Ram Jam flourish, adding the perfect finishing touch.

Idiocracy – Opening on a more reflective riff, gradually building it up, into a beautiful, serene melody and a steadily emerging, heavier rhythm, with pure precision. Picking up the pace, to a faster rattle. Still something slightly sombre about the melody, in parts, but for the most part, it’s driven, rapid and uplifting. Easing into the flow and topping it off, with crazed riffs, gritty vocals and a huge helping of fun. It’s a riff finale that steers, sexily, into the skid.

Overall – If ever there was a stark reminder of how to do metal, from the ground up, it’s ‘Mechanic Tyrants’. Yes, it may be derivative, but it’s a pure joy to hear and it has all the right elements nailed. In need of some care-free, exhilarating speed metal, to rip away all the cares of the day and remind you where the fun lies? Give this a spin.

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

For fans of Metallica, Diamond Head, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Ram Jam, Focus.

Cover art by Flo Flait – Vocals
Alex Starbreaker – Guitar
Danny Kek – Bass
Phil Stresey – Drums

‘Mechanic Tyrants’ can be pre-ordered on LP – black vinyl, insert, as part of a limited edition 400 run, or on CD, as one of a limited run of 500. Pre-order on:

https://tinyurl.com/tszj6td

https://www.facebook.com/torpedometal/
https://torpedo-band.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.gatesofhellrecords.com/

Posted January 21, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf – ‘Sordid Songs For A Cold Grey Sun’   Leave a comment

‘Sordid Songs For A Cold Grey Sun’, new release from Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf follows his previous launches, ‘Clef Doom’ (2015), the self titled ‘Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf (2017), on Soman Records and ‘Shadow In The Well/Lilith Crimson Deep’, on Black Doomba Records, who have now launched ‘SSFACGS’.

Eric Vogt was subsequently replaced by Dennis Reid (Bludy Gyres, Negative Wall), following numerous mini-tours of West and mid-North America.

Also known from Hallows Eve (Metal Blade Records), Tommy produces at Blue Ogre Noise Lab and TSD frequently plays live doom perspectives of Hallows Eve.

This 3rd EP, ‘SSFACGS’ launched on 6th December 2019 and the next scheduled release, a full double album, will arrive this year.

Wheels Of Confusion – Brilliant whooshing sound intro’s, onto a sci-fi-esque, doom backdrop. Low vocals, down-tuned bass and slow pace further entrenches the dark doom flavour. Gentle cymbal touches and fading background drums add an aura of mystery. As the pace picks, the sound folds in on itself, like a spiral coil maze. Experimenting with pace and tempo alternations, becoming increasingly percussive, eventually fading out, slowly, it’s a rumbling track, with meditative, mesmeric qualities.

Thy Graveless Soul – Deep, rumbling bass riff opens. Sharper vocals this time and an easier, looser flow. A popping sensation accompanies the melody, evocative of bubbles bursting, in a dark, dank cave. This doesn’t veer much from the rhythm or pace and delivers like a vortex, slowly sucking you in.

Hollow Heart – Now a new, intriguing angle intro’s, very bass led, with an ominous sense creeping forward. Keep all the lights on for this. A touch of feedback creates more atmosphere and the pure instrumental nature leaves much to the imagination. The sameness and stillness just exudes darkness.

Sad Stormy Sunday – Opening on a low-key riff, vocals peaking, joined by backing vocals. Getting into its stride, with a steady rhythm and a clearer melody. It’s a little jivier than the rest, climbing up to a higher pitch, with more involved accompaniments, but the doomy depths are still stark. The vocals dip and fade out, at the end.

Overall – Still as doomy as ever, but this is darker and lacking variation, in contrast to previous releases. It can certainly be said to have retained the cautious delivery and the vocal timbre’s a tad more experimental, with perhaps more focus on the lighter end of the scale. However, this production’s just a little too samey, dark and slow-paced, with very few tonal changes and needs more melody injected into it, to bring the mood up, slightly.

8/10 ********

For fans of Bludy Gyres, Mourning Glory, Motherslug, Bong Cauldron, Terrible Old Man, Gravehuffer.

https://www.facebook.com/tommystewartsdyerwulf/
https://tommystewartsdyerwulf.bandcamp.com/album/sordid-songs-for-a-cold-grey-sun

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Posted January 20, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Blissful Stream – ‘When The Wolves Start To Circle’   Leave a comment

Blissful Stream now present their long-awaited album, ‘When The Wolves Start To Circle’. Eight tracks of soulful crossover metal, blended with black, punk, death and gothic rock, inspired by dark folk legends.

For those who struggle through the darkness of life’s realities and need the anchor such powerful metal provides, this album returns to the essence of early metal and rock, with all the catchy simplicity inherent. In contrast to Martin Sallstrom’s 2016 debut EP, ‘Ascending Demons’ and his previous black metal project, Pest, BS swings to the opposite, more contemplative style.

Following on from 2017’s ‘Devils Night To All Souls’ split EP, with Sweden’s Lightsabres and 2018’s ‘Dead Religious’, both successful, in their own right, ‘WTWSTC’ moves into altogether different, more enrapturing territory. It’s due for release on Valentine’s Day 2020, digitally and on limited-edition audio cassette and CD.

Music and layout by M.S.
Recorded and mixed at Studio Sinnesfrid.
Mastered at Audiosiege, by Brad Boatright.
Logo designed by Magnus Ohrn, at 6hirts 6f 6atan.

We See The Light – Straight in there, with a very Motorhead-esque intro! That’s got the catch and the rock, from the start. Definitely more shouty than vocally melodic, but the accompaniments compensate. Short, but very hooky and very engaging.

When The Wolves Start To Circle – Great zesty riffage opens. Getting right into a catchy chorus, with a mystical quality. Intriguing echoed lyrics. Blending well with the accompaniments. A clear soulful edge, with bluesy flavour. That’s one infectious riff. Expertly delivered. Very much centred around that riff, it just works.

Sow The Seeds Of Discontent – Bass line opening, along a perfected continuum. A slower, looser rhythm, with a trad melody and a sinister aura. Steadily taking its time to grind the message out, it’s a dark track, with a basic back beat. Well structured, retaining its mystery, throughout, it’s consistent and ominous.

Covenant Of Decay – Good sharp riff intro, slightly faster, but similar, in construction. Not in any rush, it glides, smoothly along. Again, very dark, trapping the blackened atmosphere within its structure. Carefully executed, there’s a steel within it and a deadened tone, edging towards Nick Cave arenas. Gravehuffer fans’ll get off on this. Very visual material, evoking graveyard imagery, ending on more thoughtfully plucked notes.

Once Alive – Heating things back up again now, this takes it back to Motorhead-esque realms, if slightly darker. More bounce and freedom to the riffs, even amongst those creepy lyrics. Strongly atmospheric, it’s a track that transports you to the scene of the crime, as it were. Sliding into the outro.

Old Wounds – Another bass intro, deep, long and sensual. Once more, that Nick Cave sense returns to the vocals. This is one to relax with, in a darkened room. An ambient thread almost edges it towards relaxation music, if not for the black themes. Not going anywhere fast, that steady tempo stays, inviting you into its lair.

War Of The Righteous – Higher vibe to that opening riff, echoing through the darkness. Here, the light’s in a constant battle, to shine through the darkness. It’s equal parts light and dark, with some good slide melodies, growing stronger, as it continues.

City Of Dead Souls – Faster paced intro, with a little cymbal action and a slightly stronger drum presence, but still very much riff and vocal led. Plucky spin on the riffs, from the second bar and some sexy fret-bending going on. Towards the end, the accompaniments just take a very slight step back, as the vocals come forward, a bit, before returning to form. Something of a stoner essence, but generally, staying true to form. Baleful Creed fans of ‘The Killing’ may relate to the echoes of ‘Forgiven’.

Overall – A very competently, skilfully handled album, with consistent rhythms, featuring various twists and turns and a presiding blues-edged smoothness, etched into the inherent darkness. Well worth a spin.

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

For fans of Gravehuffer, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Baleful Creed, Motorhead.

http://www.blissfulstream.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/blissfulstream

http://www.medusacrushrecordings.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/medusacrushrecordings
http://www.instagram.com/medusacrushrecordings

Posted January 19, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Frederik Cornelius – ‘This Ain’t Love’   Leave a comment

‘This Ain’t Love’ is the latest offering from Frederik Cornelius, from Denmark. Independent, award-winning singer-songwriter, playing indie folk, his influences include Paul McCartney, Father John Misty and Lukas Graham. FC is a very real artist, with a wide fan base, having played alongside some renowned Denmark bands. Characteristic of Frederik’s energised, uplifting style, ‘TAL’ is a simply produced, but notably powerful, hook laden track, destined to catch you, with its direct message and memorability.

This Ain’t Love – Opening with a straightforward, loosely strummed chord, revealing itself, as a laid-back old-fashioned melody, with a strong R&B tinge and a hint of reggae rock in its sound, incorporating a light brass section. Sweetly honest lyrics, with a basic message and a relaxed drawl to the delivery. Pleasant, if tame listen. One for gentle moods.

5/10 *****

For fans of Jon Tessier, James Blunt, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Aswad.

https://www.facebook.com/corneliusrocks
https://www.instagram.com/cornelius_frederik/?hl=en

Posted January 19, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Marco ‘Markbag’ Laudata – ‘This Love’   Leave a comment

Introducing Marco ‘Markbag’ Laudata’s video tribute of Pantera’s ‘This Love’, in memorial of the late great Dimebag Darrel and Vinnie Paul. The cover is a testament to Marco’s determination to overcome his own disability, through music and in respect of the positive effects of Pantera’s music, in encouraging him, in this aim.

Supported by Alberto Castano, lead singer of Spanish Pantera tribute band Display Of Power. Represented by Alpha Omega Records and Management.

This Love – Introing with such precision, it’s actually hard to believe this is a tribute. All the quiescence, gradually emerging into the well timed explosions of power inherent in the original. The same can be said for the vocals, beginning the same way and eventually evolving into the crackle of pointed anger so plausibly performed by Pantera. Great chemistry going on between vocals and guitar. Both working off each other, comfortably, throughout. Simultaneously gentle, fragile and aggressive. Nothing to fault and everything to praise. Does true justice to the original.

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

For fans of Pantera.

https://www.facebook.com/Display.Of.Power.Pantera.Tribute
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzwhV9yX_yVZhWwBrxkY6YQ
https://www.instagram.com/markbag_33
https://www.facebook.com/marco.laudata.18
http://nuke.dimebagforlife.com/

Posted January 14, 2020 by jennytate in Uncategorized