It’s natural that up and coming bands want to earn their keep and cement themselves as the next big thing of their respective genre, and Ayr metal outfit Deadeyes are no different, keen to make a notable impression with their eponymous debut EP.
The classy Droon The C*** has a fine buildup in the first 2 minutes, eventually kicking off into a good opener with a cool rhythm. They keep the energy rolling along in Hell Home, where the guitars and drums are given an extra boost.
They then crank it up to another degree with the memorable Ashes, which is hoisted by an unadulterated power, the vocal game is top notch, and it leaves a resonating effect. A booming, bass-ridden prelude makes way for Burn The Witch, a fast and frantic banger that caps off the record in the most insane style possible.
Overall, a worthwhile EP that starts off solid, but gradually improves and ultimately makes an impact through an awesome second half that we can’t get enough of. Consider this an impression well made.
There’s no doubt about it, the French punk rock scene is rich with talent, and our latest discovery comes as an ultimate example of what said scene has to offer – Fall Flavored from Lille, who are fresh off releasing their debut album, 180.
Epic & Colegram spews tonne of energy from the offset and is guaranteed to pump up the listener in no time flat, and they continue the impetus with the catchy Mountain Of Rage, where the vocals bolster some fierce power behind them.
Nonsense is a good, solid number, after which a left-field choir opening signals the lyrically strong Character In A Role Play, with a marvelous guitar solo thrown in the middle for an added bonus.
They do little to hold back, keeping the pace flowing with the short yet rampant Runaway, the riffs are pretty cool in Sleep, where the verses have a hell of a beat to them, and the brash Can’t Be Beaten is swift in tempo and the writing leaves a mark.
Stuck In Life is another wild breath-taker, Courtesy Of Boris is hauled by off-the-wall drumming and the final track Jump has a decent hook to it.
An immensely exciting album from to start to finish that excels in so many ways; above all giving us a whopping flux of adrenaline and leaving us dying for me once it wraps up. This is a cracking gem that cannot go unheard, it deserves to be experienced by a wider audience.
The members of Brighton alternative rock band Come The Spring already had a fair amount of experience in their pockets by the time they formed back in 2012, and now after a lengthy 6 years together and a pair of EPs under their belt, they are ready to take it to the next level with their debut full-length release – Echoes.
They dish out the goods from the beginning with 13 Months, where the riffs are great and there’s a mix of power and passion behind the harmonies; likewise with Better Now, with the addition of vivid bass lines in the calmer sections.
SJO is a nice, chilled out interlude, but it’s not long before they come swinging back with the catchy For What It’s Worth. Brighton And The Blues is the apex of the record, with plenty of emotion running through and connectable writing.
A cool drum-drawn intro leads into the energetic title number, and the guitars prove to be quite the driving force in the climatic Boys Of Summer.
A pleasing collection of tracks that provide a fun rush, unless in a case when they take it down and spill out their sentiments in effective fashion. We can easily justify sticking this one on for a satisfying half hour’s listen.
For the better part of the last decade, Dante from Perthshire have undoubtedly established themselves as one of the most noteworthy folk ensembles in the Scottish scene, and following a long period of silence, they made their empathetic return to form with their brand new album – I Wear Your Weight With Mine.
Beachcomber eases us in nicely, before taking off at the 90 second mark. They properly get running with the excellent Boy And The Telephone, highlighted by an infectious chorus. In the same vein, Rose has an addictive melody and is driven by an elating energy.
Alarm is warm and ambient, and the writing does really well to pull in the listener; the same case with the grand Detachment Souvenir. The guitars really shine in Song, and again, the lyrics are the stand out feature of Sermons.
Stirring strings help generate an entrancing atmosphere in Everywhere, Crow is awfully catchy and Wolves ultimately makes for a pleasant conclusion.
Dante reinforce themselves as one of the country’s premier folk acts with what is an outstanding album made with a mixture of professional prowess, a tight production and an indisputable passion to create the best possible product. A staggering effort, through and through.
If you are looking for an act that are the embodiment of rawness and pure tangibility, one who are focused on their craft and not on fabricating any kind of image or following trends, then do not pass up on Screech Bats from London, who are gearing up for the release of their second record – Wish You Were Her.
Blood In My Hair serves as a cracking starter for ten, opening up in a traditional punk manner, building towards a great in-your-face chorus, with spots of cool bass thrown in there too. Lead single Get Better gives us some hooking lyrics steered by Esme’s piercing vocals.
The writing is the prominent factor in Every Good Thing, which is further highlighted by a sizable conclusion. They pick the pace back up for Just Like You, with the bustling drumming contributing to that, and we get a brilliant finale with That Valentine Song, defined by a blunt tone, freaking sweet riffs and a strong performance from Esme.
A quality record that is dripping with palpable attitude from a quartet who are legitimate in every sense of the word and are sure to make an evident mark in the alternative scene over the coming months.
“WISH YOU WERE HER” IS AVAILABLE FRIDAY 30TH MARCH
SCREECH BATS HOST A LAUNCH SHOW IN ASSOCIATION WITH CAMDEN ROCKS AT THE MONARCH ON WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL
Black Dog Days from West Lothian have been quietly working their way up since forming in 2013 and going through several changes. Following much exertion over the past few years, the guys are ready to show to the world what they are capable of with their self-titled debut EP.
Amy makes for an ideal starter, especially with a catchy chorus that has a nice hook to it. The wonderful Coming Home has a solemn tone that pulls in the listener until they let loose towards the end. Angel Smile features a catchy rhythm, and the riffs are tasty.
They crank up the energy for the superb high-tempo Good Enough, which somehow only escalates from there as they take the breath away with the brisk and lively Everything’s Changed, before wrapping up with the triumphal Fame.
A damn fine effort that we feel is a more than lucrative addition to our ever expanding music collection.
We have been following Scottish quartet Bloodlines practically from day one, and over the course for nearly 5 years, they have grown into one of the country’s most respectable rock acts.
We enjoyed their debut record Love The Taste back in 2015, and from there they began to take their sound in a heavier direction; the outcome being two blistering singles – Skeletons and Mother’s Misery – both of which we gushed over. It was clear they had found a niche, and with that in tow, they have delivered their sophomore EP – Primal Cuts – and we are liking the results.
They charge in with Choked, exciting with a fast pace and aggressive riffs; aspects that remain constant in the catchy Blood In Your Arms, where the vocals are also a big plus, and I’m Breaking Up is driven by a belligerent rhythm.
Following that is the concluding Bleed It Out, which switches back and forth in tone, one moment being low and smooth, where they exhibit some nice bass lines, and the next exploding in a fury with hostile screams, frantic guitars and fierce drumming. They truly saved the best for last in this case.
Although a tad repetitive in areas and perhaps not featuring as much memorable as previous works, Primal Cuts still does it job in proving a whopping flurry of energy that thrills in a short time span, while showcasing the continuous evolution of the band’s craft.
BLOODLINES KICK OFF THEIR UK TOUR LATER THIS MONTH, WITH SUPPORT FROM HASTING ROCKERS KID KAPICHI!