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Spires–Lucid Abstractions

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 21st July 2012 by Nico Davidson

Spires
Lucid Abstrctions
Released: July 2012
Acoustic
Self-Released

Hailing from the rich and diverse metal scene of Manchester, come the progressive metal quarter Spires, a band who have received critical acclaim from radio, printed and online media since their debut release of Spiral Of Ascension, back in 2010. Following their recent tour of Ireland and a busy 2011, where they toured with Incassum and two slots at the UK’s biggest metal festival Bloodstock, Spires have released their highly anticipated acoustic EP.

The grimly titled Under Bloodstained Skies opens the EP under with calm riff and intense set of vocals that add that eerie touch to the lyrics. The title track Lucid Abstractions follows next, in three parts. The track begins rather mystically with almost jazz-like musicianship that leads into the more progressive styling of the band. The main vocals are soothing, whilst the guest vocals, provided by Talena Cuthbert, add a certain warmth to the song.

Perception takes a subtle approach to the music but keeping true to the progressive spirit of the band’s sound. The vocals really stand out yet blend in well at the same time. The cello sections, provided by Jacqueline Wilson, adds a unique touch to the song. The melodic riffs of Inevitability bring a very enchanting aspect to the EP. The final track is none other than Sprial Of Ascension, which does take some getting used to when listening to this version if you’ve already heard the original version on the album of the same name. However, the acoustic version does really capture the essence of the song and project across quite brilliantly, though when I listen to it, I can’t help but epect to start hearing some major extreme metal styled riffs.

Acoustic music isn’t really my thing, save for a few artists, but Spires really have proven to be a band with a diverse and unique style. Each track contains its own unique sound and spirit without betraying the band’s sound.

5/5

Nico Davidson

ATHEL Signs With Mortal Music For The Release of Open Your Eyes to Society: Tour Dates Announced

Posted in News with tags , , , on 28th April 2012 by markssonofjorvik

Windy City alt-rock trio ATHEL has hooked up with Mortal Music for the release of their full-length debut album, entitled Open Your Eyes to Society. The album, which was mastered by CKY’s Chad Ginsburg, is scheduled for release on May 8th of this year and the band has a string of tour dates booked in support of its release.
For a taste of things to come, ATHEL has posted the track “Radio” online at this location and is putting the finishing touches on a music video for the song “These Are The Times,” which will debut later this Spring. Details on the video and more to come.

ATHEL On Tour:
May 12 @ The Game Emporium – La Porte, IN May 13 @ Al’s Bar 601 – Lexington, KY May 15 @ The Nick – Birmingham, AL May 16 @ The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL May 18 @ Neptunes Lounge – Tarpon Springs, FL May 20 @ The Local 662 – St Petersburg, FL May 23 @ The Money – Rock Hill, SC May 24 @ Live Bar – Simpson, NC May 25 @ Live Bar – Simpson, NC Jun 02 @ Miramar Theater – Milwaukee, WI Jun 07 @ Beale Street Tavern – Austin, TX

The work you put into a band can often outweigh the benefits and rewards of the work itself but when all else fails there are always the few strong bands that pull through and end staying the course. Such is true of Chicago’s power rock trio  Athel. The band continues to meet that standard and raise the bar. The group is comprised of singer and guitarist Justin
King, bass player Comron Fouladi, and drummer Christian Navarro. With the release of two eps, coast to coast self booked tours, sold out hometown crowds, and a work ethic like no other,  Athel continues to show their unmatched level of commitment and poise within this dog eat dog music business.  “In 2011 we stayed on the road for a total of 310 out of 365 days driving from town to town to town and playing for anyone who would listen to us” states bassist Comron. “We lived off McDonalds and sleeping in a car for a year to promote this band.”
Returning to the midwest after this grueling schedule and the release of two EP’s entitled Open Your Eyes and To Society respectively  , Athel soon began rehearsals and recording sessions for their upcoming LP. Their hard work and self promotion caught the eye of industry veteran and SOiL bassist Tim King.  Tim and his label partner Rob Such quickly signed the band to their co-owned label Mortal Music, distributed worldwide by MVD Distribution  “I’ve been in this business a long time” states Tim  “It is very rare to see a band with such passion and self motivated determination. I knew we had to give them a shot and bring them to the next level.”
The band finished recording their debut full length album titled Open Your Eyes to Societyin January 2012 and prepare for its May 8, 2012 worldwide release. Songs like the opening track “Radio” have become a new stamp of the bands sound. The song delves into the uncharted territory of the common person’s mind. It has a strong hook and melody line that begs the question of the afterlife’s mysteries. “I had a dream that I died and went to heaven and the melody I heard in the dream stuck with me until I woke up,” Justin says.  “It was so interesting and had a feeling to it that I hadn’t heard before so what you hear essentially is the song from my dream.”
The group is planning it’s biggest statement to date with the release of Open Your Eyes to Society. It promises to be the strongest piece of music the band has ever written. Having Chad Ginsburg of popular rock band CKY master the tracks was the final finishing touch the record needed. Athel will continue to tour constantly in support of the new album and build upon the strong foundation they have already built  with music consisting of a better message and an inspired tomorrow.

Nya – Self-Titled

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 4th March 2012 by Nico Davidson

Band: Nya
Album: Nya (Self-Titled)
Genre: Alt. Metal
Release Date: 2011
Label: Self Released

Nya’s self-titled EP has been sitting in my office for a while, waiting to be reviewed and I’m finally getting round to it. The band, according to the several reviews I’ve read of them, are a mix of modern metal, alternative and rock. Sadly, I’ve not found much in terms of the band’s history – unless you include the fact that this British quintet hail from South East England.

Beginning the EP comes the alternative-meets-nu-metal riffs of Face The Music. The vocals of frontwoman Anezka Piska sound eerily familiar, though I’m unable to place where I may heard them. The drums provide a soft, industrialesque flavour to the music, reinforcing the alternative sound of the well crafted riffs. The chorus is quite catchy and will stay with you like a timeless melody. Better Off This Way tears through the speakers with a very alternative flare to the riffs and keyboards. The vocals take up a slight Lacuna Coil sound in the verses, bringing to mind some seriously Gothic metal sounds.

The semi-death metal riffs of The Beckoning tear their through next like scissors cutting through paper with a powerful use of male and female vocals, creating some memorable verses. The guitars in the latter half sound too alternative for the song, especially compared to vicious riffs that screamed with a certain power in the beginning. The EP ends with Fall Of Man, a track that has a certain hint of Slipknot-meets-Korn to the riffs while the drums, in certain sections, sound quite tribal. The awe-inspiring use of male and female vocals echo quite well through the song, adding a quite unique sound to the track while some of the guitar parts lay down some catchy, melodic riffs.

I’m always a skeptic when it comes to alternative music being mixed with metal but Nya are a band I can quite easily forgive for what I normally consider an unholy union of genres. Nya did more than just a good job of mixing two different genres. The riffs have been clearly crafted with both talent and musical genius while the vocals offer up a powerful sound. If melodic yet aggressive riffs, insane drumming and larger than life vocals are what you crave in your daily diet of metal, look no further than Nya.

4.6/5

Nico Davidson

Skarlett Riot- Villain [EP]

Posted in Review with tags , , on 23rd February 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Skarlett Riot
Album: Villain
Release Date: March 2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Self-released

‘Villain’ is the new EP from the British rock band Skarlett Riot.

“Party Hard” offers a promising start to the EP with its well executed guitar riffs and the female vocals which cement it position as radio-friendly rock. Nothing super-heavy but at least they’re good at what they do. “Read My Lips” is a catchy track which sounds like an anthem for teenage girls who like to sing in front of the mirror. And let’s face it, the chorus is so catchy who wouldn’t want to do that!

“You’re The Enemy” features some good guitar solos whilst the title track “Villain” offers more catchy melodies and well executed female vocals. The vocal parts in “Take It Away” remind me of “Celebrity Skin”-era Hole, whilst the music is infused with a healthy dose of classic rock.

Just when I thought there’s no point paying attention to female fronted rock bands ‘cos they all sound the same’, a band like Skarlett Riot shows up to prove me wrong!

4/5

Iza Raittila

Interview: The Colour Line [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 14th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

2011 saw the birth and sudden rise of Hull’s east coast party tech quintet The Colour Line, who have gone to support bands like Shadows Chasing Ghosts and Massacre on Broadway. Their live shows have being described as pure chaos and legitimately dangerous. Recently they replaced Chris Acaster on vocals, leading to upset from several fans. Since their first show in August of 2011, The Colour Line have reached heights that most unsigned bands take months to reach. Nico sits down for a bit of friendly Q&A with the band.

Nico: The first and generally most obvious question, what are The Colour Line’s plans for the year?

The Colour Line: Recording and touring as an absolute priority. We haven’t really had the time or money to do either for the last few months as we’ve been pretty much constantly playing shows since we first started, so we sat down and figured out some tour dates for March (which you can find on our Facebook page). As for recording we are hitting the studio mid-March and will have an EP available for free download, hopefully by early to mid-February.

N: What is the biggest influence on the band’s music?

TCL: Considering we’re a metal band, it’s very rare that we actually listen to any metal, and we’re proud of the fact that a lot of our outside and individual influences can be heard in our music. They range from gypsy jazz to dance music, and even though we don’t incorporate dance music or dubstep into our songs, the styles are still a huge influence on our music. It also wouldn’t be too far off the mark to say that our biggest influence is ourselves as the whole point of creating this band was to force ourselves and each other past our comfort zones and push us to play faster and tighter than we have done before, which is why each song we write is crazier and harder to play than the last. It definitely works; we’re all better musicians now than we were six months ago.

N: How would describe the band’s music to potential new listeners?

TCL: We’re fast, frenetic and fun, a healthy dose of everyone’s favourite bands in one bitesize chunk. For fans of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Chariot and SikTh.

N: Since forming, the band have gone onto support some of the rising stars in the underground scene. Which band has ben your favourite, so far, to share the stage with?

TCL: Definitely Dead Harts and Veils. They are two of the most unique bands in the UK at the minute, both of them really are doing something different with their music and we are incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to support them. We have also played with Red XIII from Blackpool, another incredible band who get tighter and tighter every time we see them play or share the stage up to the point where it’s almost like listening to a CD through a sound system when they play live. A few weeks ago we headlined above an American hip-hop artist called Raine Wilder who absolutely blew us away, if any readers are fans of Professor Green or Eminem he is well worth checking out.

N: You recently replaced Chris on vocals, is there any specific reasoning for this?

TCL: We haven’t been happy for a long time with the sound and style of his vocals, we all felt they weren’t progressing as fast as the rest of us were on our respective instruments and eventually push just came to shove and we had to do something about it. We had confronted him about it several times and he just didn’t seem willing to change as the rest of us were so we parted ways. We want this band to be the best it can possibly be and if the only way we could improve the vocals was to replace them, then that was what we had to do.

N: Following the announcement, of replacing Chris, you received several negative comments and messages, do you have anything to say to the naysayers?

TCL: If people only came to our shows to support Chris, it’s fairly obvious that they weren’t fans of the band to begin with so there’s absolutely no reason for us to lose sleep over negative comments from people who weren’t into the band in the first place. In any case we’d rather have five fans that enjoy our music and come to check us out as a band than a room full of kids who only turn up for the frontman! We never have been and never will be a band that is about one person, a band is (by definition) a group of musicians, not just a vocalist, or a guitarist, or any single member and a lot of people can’t seem to grasp that. As far as we’re concerned we made the right choice and we’re more than happy with Sam’s sound and we can’t wait to show people our new material with him. One last thing we will say is that Chris is now concentrating on his tattooing career, so if people still want to support him (as we hope they do) then they should do so by booking in with him at Twisted Image Custom Tattoos in Hull.

N: How does the song writing process, for you guys, progress?

TCL: One of us will come up with an idea for a riff or will start humming a melody, and once a foundation pattern or order is set we slowly add a basic drum rhythm, more guitars and bass, and then try and fit it together with some other ideas that may be floating around. Once the basics are down we will experiment with lead parts and offbeat drum patterns until we’re completely happy with every part, and then we’ll add the vocals and set out lyric placement to each section. Vocals are always last to add as there is a lot of arguing involved in our writing process, and more often than not someone will come up with a better idea at the last minute which completely changes half of the song, which is probably why it takes us so long to write!

N: When can we expect an EP or album release?

TCL: As we said earlier, we are hoping to have an EP ready for early March, until then there will be regular updates on our YouTube channel with various riffs and new material we’re writing for it, so keep your eyes peeled for those videos.

N: Are there any bands you’d suggest our readers check out?

TCL: Everyone should check out all the bands we have mentioned up to now, as well as Gratitude, who are an incredibly tight band from our hometown of Hull. There are too many to mention but we occasionally tag bands we think are great so keep an eye out on our page for those posts on our Facebook page.

Outcast Launch Exclusive EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 6th February 2012 by Nico Davidson

Although their new album Awaken The Reason will be available via Listenable Records, Outcast are now giving away a FREE EP entitled Circles of Motion available via French webzine: Violent Solutions.

Circles of Motion features two brand new tracks off Awaken the Reason, Allegiance from the band’s second album Self-Injected Reality which features guest Jochem Jacobs of Textures, a Gojira cover recorded live in 2005, and a far fletched sounding studio instrumental David Winkle’s Terrible Adventure.

The latter track is pushing the idea of an instrumental Wagnerian alike composition to its limits as no musical idea is repeated twice, yet building up a story with a standard beginning, its developing stage and an ending. It’s going against the usual and common song structure. As the band  says “It’s a track that you have to accept as it plays by,  without much thought, it tells about  David’ s growth, often mentioned as ‘Commander Winky’ into a sort of Jackass hero (could also be a character in an X file series). This track was written with Frank Zappa’s trademark songwriting in mind, yet obviously displaying more violent and progressive sounds.”

Track listing is as followed:

1. Abysmal (from upcoming LP ‘Awaken the Reason’)
2. Remembrance (Exclusive EP track – Live GOJIRA cover)
3. Elements (from upcoming LP ‘Awaken the Reason’)
4. David Winkle’s Terrible Adventure (Exclusive EP track)
5. Allegiance (from ‘Self-Injected Reality’ – feat. Jochem Jacobs de TEXTURES)

Dawn of Ashes – Farewell To The Flesh

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 1st February 2012 by izaforestspirit

Band: Dawn of Ashes
Album: Farewell To The Flesh
Release date: February 2012
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Label: Metal Blade

‘Farewell to the Flesh’ is the new EP from the American melodic black metal band Dawn of Ashes. This is also the band’s third release since changing their style from industrial/EBM to black metal back in 2008.

The intro to the title track ‘Farewell to the Flesh’ features Fear Factory -style drums mixed in with Dimmu Borgir-esque symphonic elements and the odd guitar riff. The atmospheric keyboard sounds and the vocal style reminds me of ‘Chapter III’ -era Agathodaimon.

There’s quite a few remixes on this EP, most of which are re-worked versions of songs from the previous album ‘Genocide Chapters’. The first of these is K. Bathory’s mix of ‘Transformation Within Fictional Mutation’ which offers a very confusing atmosphere featuring the eerie ambience and the guitar sounds of the original version along with some very odd sounding distorted vocals.

The next three tracks are all remixes of the same song ‘Carnal Consummation in the Empty Space’. The different versions range from: the bizarre electronic mix by Falling Skies, which would only work as a soundtrack to a videogame, the dance-floor -orientated, re-vocalized version by Die Sektor to the blackened electronica version by To Mega Therion which reminds me of ‘Inri’-era Psyclon Nine. The latter is by far the most enjoyable remix.

The last remix is the Juggernaut version of ‘Seething the Flesh in the River ov Phlegethon’ which is confusing at best. Then it’s back to good old symphonic black metal for the last two tracks. The main highlight is ‘Torture Device Part 2’ which invokes an eerie atmosphere akin to that of a Gothic style horror film.
3/5
Iza Raittila

Sleepless Swans – My Life Lived In Reverse [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 14th January 2012 by Nico Davidson

Band: Sleepless Swans
Album: My Life Lived In Reverse EP
Release year: 2010
Genre: Blackened Doom Metal/Yorkshire Metal


Sleepless Swans is the blackened doom project of Elliot Vernon [Windrider, Ravenage]. The debut release “My Life Lived In Reverse” was released back in 2010 and is available for free download via the band’s Facebook page.

The EP begins with the soberly named “The Light Will Blind Us All”. The song takes on a very doom metalesque sound with a good use of cold, sobering vocals – Much like that of Swallow The Sun. The solid use of slow, haunting and melodic riffs help create a dark mood through the music while the use of clean vocals sound like the droning of some of the vocal work on a My Dying Bride release (A good thing, I assure you of that). “Birdsong” picks up the tempo a bit but keeps true to the solemn sound echoing throughout the EP. While the guitars seem more full of life due to the tempo, they still blast out a certain sadness, mixing well with Elliot’s vocal work.

The EP takes a turn down a darker forest of musical goodness that is “Veiled In Black And White”. The guitars ring out a tune of dismay and desolation whilst the vocals belt out blackened torment adding to the brooding sound of both the EP and the song. The EP comes to a grim and daunting end with “The Blue Hour”, a song that shows a lot of doom metal influence in the bass and drum work as well as the guitars. One thing I noticed with this last song was the feeling of emptiness it can cause to the listener along with the lack of vocal work. I’ve never been a fan of instrumentals but “The Blue Door” is definitely a masterpiece. The varying riffs just seem to merge together like goldshlager and jagermeister to make a sweet mixture – Only in this case, a sweet musical mixture.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been one for doom metal – except for the occasional listen to Paradise Lost or My Dying Bride – but “My Life Lived In Reverse” has surprised me and it’s definitely one worth getting. The guitar riffs seem like they reach into the soul and pluck one’s darkest emotions and fears. Hopefully, we’ll all be hearing more from Sleepless Swans in the future – and maybe even see them play a few shows as well.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Lost Effect – Salvation Of One

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on 20th December 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Lost Effect
Album: Salvation Of One EP
Release year: N/A
Genre: Melodic Metal/Femme Metal/Yorkshire Metal

Hailing from the historic city of York (well, near York), come female fronted melodic metallers Lost Effect. Formed in 2008, the Yorkshire quintet have grown to fame in the North Yorkshire area, supporting acts such as Cryptic Age and Morpheus Rising. Following the departure of former frontwoman Beth Parkinson, Emily Burt joined the band in September. Since then, Lost Effect have gone to record their new upcoming EP “Salvation Of One”.

The first track of the EP is none other than the title track “Salvation Of One”. While Lost Effect have a modern sound, I was surprised to hear a hint of classic metal influences in Steven’s guitar work. The keyboard melodies by Dave work wonders alongside the guitar riffs. The biggest shock I found with this track was the eerie similarities between Emily’s vocals and those of Cristina Scabbia. Dave’s vocal work reinforces the Lacuna Coil-like sound of the vocal sections.

“Whispers” is the longest track of the EP, featuring a very symphonic sounding introduction, similar to that of bands such as Epica and After Forever. The bass work is damn powerful with its strength being reinforced by the hypnotic drum work of Pete. The ‘beauty and the beast’ vocals create a very Gothic sound but the song retains its metal sound. The EP comes to its grand finale with “Martyr”, bringing the thunder back after the softer melodic intro section. Though being a heavier track, there is still a sweet use of melodic riffs that blend well with Emily’s vocals. However, I will admit that I found some of the guitar work towards the end a tad bland.

It’s always nice to see more female fronted metal bands appearing on the metal scene, especially in the UK. Though I don’t think “nice” is the correct word to use for Lost Effect. “Salvation Of One” is one of the best releases to come out of the British metal scene. Though the vocal work is similar to that of Lacuna Coil, Lost effect have done well retain their own unique sound considering how many influences the members have. Epica, Lacuna Coil and maybe Within Temptation fans should definitely give “Salvation Of One” a listen.

4.8/5

Nico Davidson

Don’t forget, Lost Effect are playing the Valkyrian Music Birthday Bash 25th February @ Hollywood & Vine, Hull. Entry is free.

Ravenage w/Support @ Hollywood & Vine, Hull [Live Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , , on 12th December 2011 by Nico Davidson

Bands: Ravenage, Infernal Creation, Windrider
Location: Hollywood & Vine, Kingston Upon Hull
Date: 10th December

All things come in threes as the saying goes and that was certainly true on the cold Saturday night as three of Hull’ finest metal bands were ready blow the proverbial roof off of Hollywood & Vine. It was also the third time that I would be seeing Infernal Creation, Windrider and Ravenage so the buzz of excitement that was in the air certainly added to my excitement as well.

Windrider opened the proceedings though frontman Elliot was absent from the stage at the beginning of the first songIMG_0007 but he did make himself known when he took to the stage in time for the first vocal section. The bassist Hallam was also absent but a replacement bassist called Greig had took his place for the night – Or at least that’s what I’m assuming anyway. As usual, Windrider performed a tight and mighty sounding set though one parts the fierce roar of the guitars and the keyboard samples did sound to be quite drowned out by the vocals but fortunately it wasn’t the case for the full set. The drum and bass work definitely deserve praise as well. “The Hall Of The Slain” was definitely one of the stronger sounding songs in Windrider’s set. Windrider are definitely a band to see if you’re a fan of the likes of Amon Amarth, Ensiferum and Turisas.

Windrider – The Hall Of The Slain

in  (21)Infernal Creation soon took to the stage after Windrider, bringing their fierce and violent brand of British black metal with them. The tempestuous roar of guitars blasted through the amps like a hurricane as the vocal work of Neiph did much to savagely entertain the crowd. The vehement performance of “The Angel Of Endless Hunger” was definitely a treat to listen to as well, along with the feral sounds of “The Insidious Gospel”. Infernal Creation definitely proved themselves to be one of the finest black metal bands in the abyss that is the British metal underground.

IMG_0151And so then it came to the headlining act for the night, none other than Hull’s very own Ravenage, who earlier this year toured with Nothgard, Celtachor and Infernal Creation as part of the Warhorns Over Aengland tour. Taking to the stage in their Viking outfits, they performed a mighty sounding set, most of which was dominated by majestic IMG_0224sounding songs such as “Winter Ternia”, “Let Vengeance Quell My Agony” and “More Beer” from the new album “Fresh From Fields Of Victory” all of which were simply fantastic. The frontman Glyn did much to show what a great showman he is, including bringing out the old sword – Something which I’d only witnessed once before at a show Ravenage played a few years back in Bridlington. Of course the fun didn’t end there as Ravenage performed a fine rendition of “Viking Dream” from their EP “Hardrada’s Fall” and a fun, folk metal version of “Drunken Sailor” that had everyone dancing. Much to my surprise, they finished the show off with a performance of my favourite Ravenage track “Ravenser”, which sounds better live than the recorded version – The recorded version is still epic though.

The crowd certainly seemed to enjoy the show and so did I. If Ravenage, Infernal Creation or Windrider ever come to your town (or city or village or house or farm), you better make sure you see them because all three put on a damn good show and when they’re all on the same bill, “epic” would be an understatement.

Nico Davidson

Ravenage will be supporting Tyr at Fibbers in York on 18th February. To order your tickets, go to: http://asgardonline.co.uk/asgard_events.html

Sworn To Oath – Leave You For Dead [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on 25th November 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Sworn To Oath
Album: Leave You For Dead EP
Release year: 2011
Genre: Metal

Sworn To Oath are one of the UK’s most talked about live bands since their formation two years ago with their sound being compared to bands such as Pantera, Audioslave and 36 Crazy Fists. Their hard work ethic has seen them play over 300 shows and festivals including their current UK tour – one of which brought them to my town of Bridlington. They’ve supported acts such as Hatebreed, Meshuggah and Young Guns. After handing the band my contact details at the Brid show, I was quite surprised when their new EP arrived through the post, courtesy of their management Skratch The Surface.

The EP begins with the fierce snarling guitars of “Last Call”, a track that features some seriously thunderous drum sections. The vocals are like a mixture of hard rock and power metal. The song pretty much slams itself into the listener’s ears like a door to the face – Only it being much easier on the face and ears. “(Everything) Reminds Me Of You” might sound like the name of some whiney emo song about heartache but I assure you, it doesn’t even come within a mile of being emo. The drums pound their way through each section like Thor’s hammer cracking a jotun’s skull. The guitar riffs throw in a powerful, raw sound full of pure aggression while the bass creates a happy medium of the two. Vocally, the song is mighty, adding a “36 Crazy Fists”-like element to the music. “(Everything) Reminds Me Of You” finishes with a very destructive sounding verse with back-up from some very angry gang vocals.

”False Promise” focuses more on the bass, drums and vocals for a lot of the time. Fear not though, the guitars do still bring the metaphorical thunder in an Olympianesque style, adding the power of an earthquake to the music and vocals. The distorted bass stylings introduce the final track “Leave You For Dead”, taking the tempo down several notches but increasing the strength like steroids being injected into a muscle-bound weight lifter. The bass riffs feel somewhat very-Pantera styled along with some of the guitar riffs in the second half. The vocals border on a thrash-stylised snarl in a similar vein to Mustaine or Hetfield [Before the St. Anger release].

Not only do Sworn To Oath put on an exciting live performance, they also make their recorded material just as exciting. Listening to the “Leave You For Dead” EP felt like being back in the underground venue that is Shades in Bridlington. If you like riffs that would tear the face apart of the average Joe, drums that could easily topple the Walls of Jericho and vocals that can toe-to-toe with the of Dickinson [Iron Maiden] and Hetfield [Metallica], then this is an EP for you. I see big things for these guys in the near future. Sworn To Oath could be the next Iron Maiden minus the skeleton mascot.

Interview: Will Brookes [2011]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 3rd November 2011 by Nico Davidson

Following their recent rise in exposure on Facebook – as well as the recently cancelled BOTM voting – Nico sits down with Her Dark Embrace frontman and co-founder Will to talk about the band, the music and the music scene in Will’s area.

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Nico: How did the idea for Her Dark Embrace come about?

Will: Her Dark Embrace all started back in February of this year. I actually put an advert out online years previously, when I first moved to Bristol, looking for a band, but I had given up on waiting. I was busying myself writing lyrics when I got an email from Mike. He’d found my advert, and liked what he heard in my demos. We agreed to meet for a drink, and the chemistry was as immediate as it was obvious. We began to infuse his musical sensibilities with the music I had been writing to create what you have heard to date. With the additions of Maddox & Superhans to the line up this summer, we have now began work on an all new EP which should be making it’s way to people soon!

N: Where do you get inspiration for your song writing from?

W: All my lyrics are personal to me really. I would be lying if I said that I made up experiences to write lyrics, although sometimes I do wish that were the case. Every time I come to write a song, I tend to find myself looking back through my past, trying to pick out moments in time that hold enough emotional significance to me to draw them out into several verses and the occasional chorus! I should work on writing from a more fictional stand point, before I just become some depressed recluse!

N: How would you describe the band’s music, if someone asked you to?

W: I am actually asked this a lot, and I have to admit, I struggle! It’s not "rock", but it’s certainly not "metal" in any traditional sense. There is a pop sensibility to it, but it’s not by any means pop either. It’s a hybrid, a bastard child of genres if you will. We have some clever fans. Maybe they will be smart enough to coin a phrase to describe what it is we’re doing?

N: Tell me a bit about the music scene in your area.

W: Bristol has a pretty good music scene really. There isn’t a night where live music isn’t being played somewhere, normally in more than one place. Bristol has produced some big bands in the past, and we can only hope to follow in their footsteps. I don’t see myself as a Bristolian, but I certainly have no problem with flying the musical flag for the city.

N: Do you feel that the band’s music differ from other bands of the same style and genre? If so, why?

W: I certainly feel like we’re doing things differently. I’m very much of the mindset that if we’re sounding different, we’re doing something right. I have never wanted to be in a covers band, and for the same reasons, I wouldn’t want to be in a band people could very easily group with other bands. Obviously, I am aware of certain musical similarities between HDE and other bands out there, but we are all big fans of a diverse range of music, there are going to be certain sounds that influence our own.

N: How is the search for a full line-up going?

W: The search for a full line up is a constant ache for me. I really do feel like what we’re doing is worthwhile, but the fact that we can’t find certain musicians that feel the same is a bore. I know in my heart that there is a drummer and a bassist out there that want to play our music, they just don’t know it yet. Just as I met Mike, just as we met Maddox and Superhans, it all comes down to timing. When the time is right, we will complete the line up. Let’s just hope the time is right soon!

N: Are there any plans for an EP or an album from Her Dark Embrace? If so, when?

W: There certainly are plans, and they are in motion as we speak. I don’t want to go into to much detail about the EP yet, but you can expect to get your hands on it soon! After we get that out of the way, then the work begins on the album! Exciting to think about it all really.

N: Does the band have any plans for 2012?

W: I have always said that for me, 2012 is THE year for us. I really do hope that next year see’s the EP being received well. Obviously we want to get the line up issues resolved, and get our music out there on the stage! Then there is the afore mentioned album to think about. I just hope we have enough time for all I have planned next year!

N: In your opinion, what is the best time of the year and why?

W: For me, the best time of year is winter. I love the night, so when the nights come early, I am happier. Of course, it’s not much fun sitting in a beer garden at night when your beer is beginning to ice over, so there are parts of me that long for the summer nights to return whilst in the dark, but I am still happier there. When I was younger, I used to frequent a pub with a large glass window at the front. In the colder months, I used to sit there for hours on end, as the nights drew in, just watching the world move on the other side of the steamed up glass, and I was happy there. Winters always make me nostalgic of that moment, and it brings with it a sense of inner calm that relaxes me.

N: Last but not least, Her Dark Embrace have slowly being gaining recognition over the past several months, is there anyone who you’d like to attribute this to?

W: I can’t believe the amount of interest we have gotten in such a short amount of time. We have been together less than 10 months, yet we’ve racked up 3,000 fans on Facebook alone. I’m amazed by it really, and filled with hope for the future! I can only hope we continue to gain a following the way we have until now! I am definitely aware of several media outlets that deserve some thanks from us. Firstly, Rogue-Tomato.com. They have been amazing from the word go. They’ve featured us in many news stories, helped promote us via their Facebook page and just generally been very supportive since we started out. Then there’s the fans! Some of them have just gone out of their way to promote us, and it’s great to see people who really care about what we’re doing. This last month or so, it’s been great to see the support we have been getting from you guys at Valkyrian too. It’s awesome to feel like we have the support of people who really have a passion for music, so thanks to you as well!

For more information on Her Dark Embrace, you can visit their official website: http://herdarkembrace.com
To interact with the mind, you can sign up to their forums: http://herdarkembrace.com/forums/ or you can visit their official Facebook: http://facebook.com/herdarkembrace

Sea Of Giants – To The Deepest Depths [2011]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 31st October 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Sea Of Giants
Album: To The Deepest Depths EP
Release year: 2011
Genre: Metalcore/Deathcore

Sea Of Giants are fairly new to the British metalcore scene but have already proven their worth by supporting Shadows Chasing Ghosts at Home From Home Fest back in August as well as playing a number of other gig as well. “To The Deepest Depths” is their first release which was recorded and produced by Lee Rule [Windrider, Ravenage, Obsolete Tomorrow] who also produced the recent release by Collisions.

”See You In Court” starts off with a surprisingly catchy and melodic riff. The track progresses into a more in-your-face brutal styled piece. The vocals show quite the range, going from death metal grunts to hardcore screams and everything in between. The drums fit their part pretty well, adding to the energy of the music. “This Is To Death” takes no prisoners as it ravages its way on next like a bull that’s just seen red. The vocals are on top form though its the guitars that are the most entertaining aspect of the song.

Coming into the second half of the EP is “Filthy Animal”. The intro is a sound sample which sounds to be taken from a movie. The section that follows after feels weak in comparison to the previous two songs though the vocals keep the track going enough to keep the attention of the listener. The break down is an interesting part of the song as well as it leads into a more powerful part. The one thing that is truly a shock is the melodic guitar section about half way through which probably would sound more solid with a second guitar. Fortunately the drums and vocals save it.

The EP finishes with “Bloodshot Eyes” – Otherwise known as the most violent and aggressive part of the EP. The vocals literally border on the line of being black metal styled screams and the guitars are like the bloodthirsty howls of the damned. The drums are barbaric and savage but intelligently played at the same time. The section towards the end that features no guitars, leaving only the drums, vocals and bass is definitely one of the highlights of the EP.

For a debut release, “To The Deepest Depths” is good. There’s clear signs of hardcore, metalcore and deathcore influences in the music but the band keep their own sound. The EP has a strong start and a strong finish. The sound is clean and polished without ruining the raw aggression of the music or the vocals. The only negative thing about the EP is the third track which is mediocre at best.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Ben Parcell – Painted By Numbers [2011]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 25th September 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Ben Parcell
Album: Painted By Numbers
Release year: 2011
Genre: Folk/Pop-Punk
Ben Parcell has been on the rise in the British acoustic scene since the recording and release of his debut album “Humble Beginnings” though he had already established a name for himself with his old band “The Trailers”. His song “The Only One” is featured on the benefit compilation ‘Unity’ by Engineer Records which features mainstream acts such as ‘The Gaslight Anthem’ ‘Fightstar’, ‘Funeral For a Friend’ and ‘Luke Pickett’. “Painted By Numbers” is his latest release.

The title track “Painted By Numbers” starts the album with a brilliantly composed guitar section with a slight use of percussion. The vocals soon follow adding a mellow sound on top of the soothing acoustic riffs. The song has a soulful flow, enchanting the listener. The backing vocals, provided by Edwina Hayes, are powerful yet subtle, adding emphasis to the lead vocals, giving the song a certain warmth in the sound. The small use of piano is unexpected and surprising but a brilliant addition to the song. “Too Late To Say Goodbye” follows after with a solemn sound in both the vocals and music. The track is slower compared to “Painted By Numbers”, capturing the essence of Ben’s talent and musical style in a deep, emotional way. The lyrics help bring a certain touch of emotion to the song as well bringing a tear to the eyes of the listener. The vocals are very distinct and strong throughout “Too Late To Say Goodbye”, helping add to its sound and masterful composition.

“Stay In Touch” picks up the pace though staying slow and steady during in the introduction. The vocals adapt well to the changed tempo, working well with the acoustic riffs. Parts of the song make the listener feel like having a small jig along to the music. The tempo changes add character to the music as well, giving it a very original edge. The EP finishes with “Love Song” which brings back the slow pace combined with awe-inspiring vocals and well-written lyrics. The calmness of the music could easily ease the listener into a relaxed state of mind. The combination of lead and backing vocals brings about a very soothing atmosphere and the use of keyboards throughout the song add a touch of brilliance.

After hearing “Painted By Numbers”, the listener will no doubt know why Ben Parcell has been doing so well. Each track is composed in such a way that it would be near enough impossible to try replicate the sound that Ben creates with his talent. “Painted By Numbers” is certainly an EP that one could listen to over and over again without growing bored of it. Even if you’re not a fan of acoustic music, this is a brilliant EP with a happy medium of pop-punk and folk music. The only downside to it is that it’s not a full-length release, though no doubt Ben will have a full-length release somewhere in the pipelines.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Blodravn – Words Of The High One [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 27th August 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Blodravn
Album: Sayings Of The High One
Release year: 2011
Genre: True Texan Folk Metal


”Blodravn” is the project of Texas-based musician Anthony Riddle. The lyrics are described as “Asatru belief inspired” while Anthony himself takes musical influence from bands such as “Falkenbach” and “Ensiferum”. The debut release of Blodravn is “Words Of The High One”, the English name of the Eddic poem “Havamal”.

The first track, generically named “Intro”, begins with the sound of roaring thunder and rain. The thunder is soon accompanied by a solemn orchestrated section. Though the orchestration dominated the rest of the track, the sound of thunder can be heard occasionally, adding a very divine atmosphere. “Of Swords And Honour” starts with a cheery, folk-like section – almost sounding like a song that should have been played during Lord Of The Rings. When the guitars turn heavy, the music doesn’t seem to gel well together after a while. The vocals seem to switch between aggressive-like screams and grunts to clean vocals far too quickly. ”Væringjar” starts with a mixture of acoustic guitar and vocals, making for a superb folk-like introduction. The use of heavier guitars does come into play after a while, mixing well with the flute and acoustic guitar. The vocals later on in the track are a mixture of black metal-like screams and folk-sounding clean vocals, giving the song a very tame Ensiferum-meets-Tyr type of sound. The drums don’t seem to really grab the attention of the listener. The only thing that really sticks out about this track is the chorus.

The title track, “Words Of The High One”, starts with the sound of running water followed by a folk-influenced introduction. When the track turns heavy, it sounds similar to a track from Bathory’s “Hammerheart” album. The screams add a dark yet angry touch to the song, though it does seem the symbols are used a bit too much in sections. The folky section about half away through is both a good break and a great composition. The track does return to its Bathory-like sound, which is somewhat eerie and brilliant. “The Golden Hall” begins with the heaviest introduction on the whole album, mixed in with some epic symphonic riffs. The vocals, despite being raw and powerful, seems quiet compared to the music. The choir sections inject a very epic sound to the song.

”A Spell for Chameleon” begins with the sounds of birds and other animals before being drowned out the acoustic guitars. The guitars do turn heavy for a short while before going back to their soft, acoustic medleys. The acoustic medleys and heavy riffs work together through part of the track, creating a beautiful sound. The orchestration through parts of the song is just beautifully mesmerising. The album finishes with a bonus track which is a cover of the main medley for the legendary game series “Legend Of Zelda”. The cover is done in a very metal way, though the vocals would have sounded better either clean or as screams as opposed low guttural growls. None-the-less, it’s a good cover.

Whilst the first few tracks of “Words Of The High One” leave a lot of be desired, the rest of the album is great. With enough hard work and determinations, Blodravn could easily become America’s answer to Windrider, Ensiferum and Tyr.

3.5/5

Nico Davidson

Old Corpse Road – The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 4th August 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Old Corpse Road
Album: The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal/Folk Metal


Old Corpse Road are a blackened folk metal band hailing from Darlington located in the north-east of England. Throughout the years they’ve been together, they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Windrider, Skyclad and Hecate Enthroned as well as creating musical history by being one of the first British black metal bands to do produce a spilt with another black metal band [The Meads of Asphodel]. Their most recent release, “The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless”, is the first part of the previously mentioned spilt.

The eerie and dramatic piano medley of “Hob Headless Rises” comes first which is slowly replaced by the shredding guitars. The vocals are strong and raw, with a hint of a Cradle of Filth sound in them. The keyboard sections are beautifully played and add a very tense atmosphere to the music. The drums are masterfully and intelligently played but retain a certain ruthless aggression at the same time. The guitars are impressive, being both shredding and heavy. The acoustic sections brings a very folk-like element to the track which works well with the rest of the track. The clean vocals also help bring about a folk-like element.

“The Devil’s Footprints”, named after an incident in 1855, begins with sound of fast-faced guitars fading in before the introduction of the drums. The spoken vocals add a very archaic and epic feel to the song whilst the screams and grunts bring the aggressive element to the track. The keyboards, blending well with the guitars, bring a certain mystique to the track whilst the drums slowly become more rage-fuelled in their playing. The keyboard sections are both enchantingly and beautifully played, add a dash of calm of the furious metal storm within the song. The softer played guitar and drum sections also bring a touch of calm to the song as well.

The final track is “The Witch Of Wookey Hole”, named after the infamous witch. The song begins with a dark, haunting synth intro which is gradually accompanied by the sound of acoustic guitars and drums. The track turns brutal with the introduction of the feral guitar riffs and the beast-like vocals. The drums are almost machine-like in their playing, very precise yet savage at the same time. The synth sections bring an immense eerie sound to the track as well, helping the music fit in with the lyrical theme of the song. The vocal-keyboard-drum section is simply brilliant, adding a fresh sound to the sound. The narration, which quotes the words spoken by the priest who confronted the Witch of Wookey Hole, adds a very epic and sagaic sound and feel to the song. the choir-like vocals that follow place emphasis on the epic feel.

“The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless” may only be three tracks but it lasts long enough to make it feel more like an EP. The way that Old Corpse Road mix narration with screams and grunts is amazing and the music is masterfully composed. “The Bones Of This Land Are Not Speechless” greatly demonstrates the talent and ability of Old Corpse Road. the production values are astounding as well. It’s certainly a release that fans of folk and black metal should get their hands on.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Broken Mirrors – Strong Enough [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on 27th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Broken Mirrors
Album: Strong Enough
Release year: 2010
Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Thrash Metal

Broken Mirrors, whom formed back in 2007, are apart of the unsung French metal scene. Combining melodic death metal with thrash metal, the band have been on a roll since forming, despite line-up changes. 2010 saw the release of their EP “Strong Enough”, which features two original tracks that are due to appear on their next full-length album and two punk covers.

The first track of the EP is the title track “Strong Enough”. The intro is completely synth orientated until the sound of eerie, melodic guitars with soft drums, which isn’t the kind of intro that is expected – Already ruining the atmosphere and EP. The track, luckily, does become heavier though staying slow-paced with the synth section reappearing which sounds like something heard on a Zelda game. The tempo does increase a fair bit later in the track though the song does keep switching between synth medleys and guitar riffs, which takes some getting used to. The vocals sound to be leaning more towards a black metal or metalcore effect as opposed to a death metal style. The guitar solo is mediocre though does show potential for the track to improve though the synth solo that follows doesn’t give the track much justice. Already, the EP is off to a, at most, mediocre start.

”Holding The Trigger” is melodic and average paced to begin with though brilliantly composed and beasty. The vocals have more bite to them and the synth sections do well to bring a different sound to the song. The drums are beefy and heavy. “Holding The Trigger” feels and sounds so much more aggressive, the way a thrash/death metal track should be. The voice overs in the middle with the sci-fi sounding synth add a very unique sound to the EP as well. The listener can certainly hear the death metal and thrash influences and elements on this track. The guitar solo is melodic and gentle yet like a raging lion at the same time. “Holding The Trigger” is certainly an improvement.

The last two songs on the EP are the previously mentioned punk covers. The first of these covers is “The Kids Aren’t Alright”, originally performed by The Offspring. It contains an old-skool punk feel to it yet bringing in a modern, beck-breaking metal sound, brilliantly mixing old and new together. The vocals are raw and full of angst, pretty much dominating the track. Broken Mirrors have certainly made this one sound like one of their own songs. The second cover and last song on the EP is “Anarchy In The UK” – A song originally performed by the infamous punk pioneers known as Sex Pistols. The synth parts don’t seem to fit in well with the other instruments. The vocals have a very punk touch to them, which would make the occasional listener to metal mistake this song for a punk version of the cover. The guitars have a lot of bite to them, whilst the drums just seem typically punk.

Despite the mediocre beginning and some dodgy synth riffs, “Strong Enough” is a decent release and a good example of what can be expected of the French metal scene. Broken Mirrors do show quite a bit of potential to be well-known on the international metal scene, they just need to work on the synth sections mainly.

3.5/5

Nico Davidson

Concept Of Time – Breathe [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Concept Of Time
Album: Breathe
Release year: 2011
Genre: Dark Symphonic Metal

Scotland, a land merged in folklore, Celtic heritage and the history of the bloody politics of the clans is home to a quite varied metal scene. Scotland is probably more known, in terms of metal, for the pirate metal band “Alestorm” than any other band. However, deep in it’s metal underground likes a dark, symphonic metal band called “Concept Of Time” who have been slowly but gradually establishing a fan base in the Scottish underground, gaining interest from webzines and magazines alike. “Concept Of Time” have gone onto support the likes of former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley, Serenity, Kamelot and have even gone as far as playing at Bloodstock, sahring the stage with well-known bands such as Nightwish, Alestorm, Opeth and Iced Earth. “Concept Of Time” returned to the studio for the making of their digital release “Breathe”.

The EP begins with “The End Is Just The Beginning” which starts with radio voiceovers and a faded air raid siren. As the radio voice overs end, the song truly begins with a symphonic-heavy section and a driving guitar riff with precise to the beat drum work. The vocals are how they usually are styled in symphonic metal – operatic sounding and powerful. The symphonic sections are certainly well-composed, giving the track extra energy.

“Breathe” the title track, makes its way next with an immense symphonic-stylised intro which makes the song feel tragic and dramatic. The drum and guitar work adds a certain element to “Breathe” as well, making it that more enjoyable. The guitar solo however feels as if it has occurred too soon, leaving the listener expecting some epic to happen straight after it. Later on, the drum work seems to be lacking a little bit in comparison to the orchestration.
The slow and haunting introduction of “Visions” can be heard next before the tempo and heaviness increases while retaining a certain softness. The lack of guitar in some sections is disappointing though the piano and bass combination make up for that, fortunately enough. The guitar solo appears later on in the song, creating a sagaic sound for the track. The EP finishes with “A Dream Of Dystopia”, a track that has more bite, aggression and darkness than the previous three tracks. The vocals sound slightly more ruthless as well but still remain operatic and calm. The orchestration certainly brings with it a very grim, intense and dramatic atmosphere whilst the guitar solo seems to add to the aggression of the song. “A Dream Of Dystopia” finishes on a very solemn note.

It’s not hard to see why Concept Of Time have become a successful and domineering force in Scotland’s (and the UK’s) underground metal scene. The band is clearly made up of talented musicians, each of whom bring something different to the songs. “Breathe” is definitely a release worth adding to any symphonic metal fan’s collection.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Disaster Plan – Disaster Plan EP [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 21st July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Disaster Plan
Album: Disaster Plan EP
Release year: 2010
Genre: Post-Hardcore

Australia is a nation best known for it’s poisonous spiders and kangaroos. Unbeknown to most people, there is a fast-growing hardcore scene within Australia and Adelaide-based Disaster Plan have been a part of said scene since mid-2010.

”Pestilence” begins with a heavy but slightly choppy intro, which is straight away a let-down for the listener. The vocals sound like a mixture of black metal and hardcore screams whilst the cleaner, less harsh vocals sound of key. There are some good melodic licks throughout the track and the drums are precise to the beat. Some of the guitar work is great in sections but overall choppy. Clearly there is clearly a lot of work that needs to be done to improve this track.

”The Shark Didn’t Bite Me, He Raped Me” starts with a more consistent, melodic intro section combined with the spoken words of “Game over”, which is a pretty cool effect. The screams sound more hardcore-orientated though the clean vocals still sound out of key. Most of the sections have a decent flow them to them though there are a few choppy sections that could do with improvement. The solo is quite unexpected yet it certainly makes up for the not-so-impressive guitar riffs earlier in the song. The only other issue with “The Shark Didn’t Bite Me, He Raped Me” is that it’s too long and this could be quite irritating and unentertaining for a casual listener of hardcore and post-hardcore.

The third track is “Love Lost At Sea”, beginning with a bass and drums introduction. Overall, this one isn’t particularly interesting or great. It seems to lack the heaviness, brutality and passion of the previous two tracks – Even though the riffs seem more consistent and flow better. The poorly composed introduction of “The Ramifications Of Skydiving Without A Parachute” follows after. The track does gradually improve, however. Both the screams and clean vocals sound and feel stronger, while the guitars and drums become more violent and barbaric whilst retaining a hint of intelligence.

The final track, also the bonus track, “Alcoholic” is different to the rest of the EP as it begins with a very soft intro and increases only by a bit in terms of heaviness. The guitars don’t seem to really work well with the screams on this track and in parts the drums sound to be drowned out by everything else. This track really just leaves the listener thinking “So what?”.

Disaster Plan’s self-titled EP is not impressive but it isn’t terribly bad either. It lays somewhere in the middle. Whilst some sections do need a considerable about of work other sections show that Disaster Plan have potential to become a household name in the international hardcore scene.

3/5

Nico Davidson

Raeven Irata [Band Review]

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 19th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Raeven Irata [Crimson Eden]
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Electronica/Classical/Folk
Site:
http://www.crimsoncreatives.com/

Yorkshire is known amongst many for its rich and diverse music scene, in which many great bands and musicians have appeared and risen to the top. A part of this diverse music scene is the multi-talented solo artist and composer Raeven Irata who has three different musical projects: An electronica project, a classical project and a traditional folk project.

The electronica project is different to how many people would perceive it to be. While having the typical beats and synth sounds found in said genre, Raeven Irata adds a twist which features the use of both haunting male vocals and dark yet angelic soprano vocals along with some eerie sounding sections. “Not Destroyed” and “I Sow In Sorrow” are perfect examples of this, though the latter features only the female vocals. “The Zombies Are Coming”, however, has a different sound to “Not Destroyed” and “I Sow In Sorrow”. The track seems to have more of a cyber-industrial feel and sound to it, as opposed to the haunting Gothic effect of the other two tracks, though it is still a brilliant composition.

Raeven’s classical compositions are certainly not what a new listener to classical music would expect them to be. Rather than containing the stereotypical “grand and majestic” sound, they are more solemn, sorrowful and melancholy. “The Forbidden Forest” is both a testament to Raeven’s skills and talents as well as a piece of music that many can enjoy. “Waltz Of The Shadow Fae” is a brilliant strings-orientated composition combining an epic feel with a sorrowful sound and atmosphere topped off with a hint of gloom. Whilst the previous two seem sorrowful, “Vaults Of Heaven” is perhaps the more grand-sounding though it still brings that sadness with it, making it a most enjoyable track as it seems to capture real feeling and certainly brings a tear to the eyes.

The folk project is an interesting one to listen to. “My Young Love” is composed entirely of Raeven’s strong, powerful and emotional soprano vocals. The only issue with the song is that it’s too short though it does seem to last an eternity, it is a let down when it ends. “She’s Like The Swallow” is another one featuring only Raeven’s vocals. It has a very warm and welcoming sound to it, bringing a small smile to the listener’s face. “All Things Are Quite Silent” is slightly more fast than the previous two tracks, bringing the warm feeling with it. Raeven’s vocals are certainly very impressive when singing “All Things Are Quite Silent”.

Raeven Irata is clearly one of the most talented individuals in the Yorkshire music scene at the moment and perhaps one of the most talented in the UK. Each of her projects bring something new to their designated genres, containing emotion and intelligence that one won’t find in the mainstream music of today. Good things are ahead for this talented individual.

Nico Davidson

The official name of Raeven Irata’s music projects is “Crimson Eden”.

Raeven Irata is currently looking for paid composition work. Raeven is also looking for a producer and a sound engineer for her musical projects. Anyone interested in enquiring about this, e-mail Raeven at: raevenirata@crimsoncreatives.com