Now here’s an act that we are more than familiar with. Bedford rockers SEASONS first came to our attention in 2016 with the release of their self-titled debut EP that earned them the approval of fans and press across the board, and a similar result was achieved with the follow-up, What Goes Around.
Two years on, the guys are back and better than ever, preparing to make their biggest splash yet with their third record – Chapters.
It takes literally seconds for them to knock the socks off with Getaway. The chief hook is hellishly addictive, and is boosted by a driving bass line, but they are only getting started, as One Last Night keeps the power high with an energetic rhythm and spirited chorus.
The guitars get a hoist in the title number, where the lyrics also make an impression, and there are spots of neat electronics in the midst of it all. The writing again delivers in Feel Alive, and they close out the EP in strong fashion with Consequences, further fueled by passionate harmonies.
No surprises here. Chapters is a top-notch record with a non-stop flow of buzz and staggering fervor throughout the entire duration. SEASONS have been long overdue a break into success, and we feel this is the ideal gateway to exactly that.
“CHAPTERS” IS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 20TH APRIL
Hailing from London, Luis Gotor has plenty of experience as a musician, having been part of several bands and so forth. But following the break-up of his last one and after spending time regaining inspiration for what he does best, he established his own solo project – Coralcrown.
After working hard behind-the-scenes for a long period, he is ready to deliver the results in the form of the Birth EP.
He marks his presence immediately with She Is A Saint. The harmonies are fine and eloquent, the trumpets are utterly slick and the chorus is wonderfully infectious. Between The Lights isn’t too different, albeit with a kick up in tempo and a bouncy melody to boot.
Whoever is distinct for not only the writing clearly influenced by Quentin Tarantino, but also dashing guitar chords and a consistently smooth bass line, plus the drumming takes lead in the closing moments, and soon Luis progresses to a fluid finish with the warm Treehouse.
Birth is a delightful record donning many qualities that will get the listener hooked with ease, and a style that shines as a breath of fresh air. Luis has undisputed talent, and we can only hope that it doesn’t go unnoticed, because he deserves to be reveled in.
“BIRTH” IS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 13TH APRIL
There’s some fresh blood hailing from Essex beginning to make a name for themselves. They are post hardcore five-piece One Last Daybreak, who only just released their debut EP – A Thousand Thoughts.
They dish out bundles of energy from the get-go with According To Pleasure, featuring an engaging, kinetic melody. The Sand In The Hourglass is decent enough, although at times it gets way too crowded and messy with so much thrown in at once, particularly in the closing minute.
They regain their footing in the catchy title track, and improve further with In The Movies, highlighted by a sweet chorus and a sheer force before the vocals. They carry that momentum into the tightly-knit and well-written finale, A Coffin For Two.
An overall solid first effort from One Last Daybreak. A shaky first half with some glaring issues is made up for with a stronger second half that properly reflects the talents of this group.
If they are able to iron out the flaws by the time their next record rolls around, then we could be onto a winner.
It’s been a stressful struggle for the band, and a highly anticipated three year wait for fans, but it’s here at last. Halo Tora are finally back with their new EP – Man Of Stone: First Chapter.
The record is heralded by the lead single, Earth Exit Bloom, and it’s exactly what you would expect, sporting a grand, infectious caliber. They follow that same standard with Always The Last To Know, which is chock full of snazzy riffs; a cornerstone of Halo Tora material.
The guys offer something fresh with Fractured, a low-key tune with a mixture of minimal chords, mature lyrics and a very fine vocal performance; the undisputed highlight of the batch. Unthank starts in a similar vein, before exploding at the two minute mark and emerging as an imposing force of a track, where the guitars just excel and the pace suddenly quickens as they charge towards the finish.
Heart Of War sticks more to the status quo, but that’s not necessarily a negative, as we get an effective combination of pianos, bass lines and drumming, and the dual harmonies are certainly on point. The climatic title number is another different contribution, with a straight forward style featuring spoken word as opposed to singing, and the writing is allowed to take over and pull in the listener right up until the end.
As the successor to what we regarded as the best Scottish album of 2015, Man Of Stone: First Chapter delivers considerably. Each song has their own distinct merits to remember them by, and the interesting direction they have taken in particular ones has showcased the evolution of the group’s craft.
This record is just another reason as to why Halo Tora are one of Scotland’s most distinguished progressive rock acts.
As advocates for supporting and promoting the best up and coming music out there, there is no better feeling than discovering an act that make such an unfathomable impact. Case in point – VNDTA from Hertfordshire, who will soon be launching their brand new EP – Pale Glow.
The title number commences the record in an immense way with its weighty sound, and Megan works double duty at the helm with a mind-blowing performance. They powerfully roll into Excuses, garnished by a cinching hook and staggering riffs.
They hold interest over the six minutes of Swine, with drawing lyrics and vivid bass being the central points of attention. Martyr is straight up catchy, and the vocals again shine so strong.
The writing is the definitive aspect of Rare Breed, Leeches just hammers out with a perpetual aggression – resounding guitars and fiercely rowdy drumming being at the core – and that carries over into the conclusive Virus, which is pushed by a bulky rhythm.
We have honestly been left speechless. Pale Grow is absolutely extraordinary, exceeding in all fronts imaginable and leaving little to no flaws in its wake. It only improves and gets all the better with each respective listen.
Star ratings aren’t usually our forte, but this EP is about as close to a perfect five stars as they come, and has proven that VNDTA are set for a prosperous future as, in our eyes, a cornerstone in the next wave of British metal.
“PALE GLOW” IS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 13TH APRIL
Over the past year, indie quintet Walt Disco have quickly been climbing their way up and arising as one of Glasgow’s brightest prospects, and there’s no more solid proof of that than their recently released EP – No Need For A Curtain.
Beach is a bouncy starter for ten, with its addictive melody and sublime guitars. The title number is pretty similar, with the addition of stand out basslines and drum beats, not to mention an awfully good chorus.
Your Echoes Fall drives forth with an astonishing, big-scale rhythm, and finally, Dream Girl #2 is a polished tune containing the best writing of the lot, and it serves as a sound way to wrap things up.
Well, safe to say that this is a cracking collection of new wave songs on offer here that shines from start to finish, leaving a mark in a short space of time.
It’s clear that Walt Disco have the goods, and it won’t be long before they make themselves a mainstay in the Scottish scene.
Ambient alternative rock outfit Acrylic have been slowly but surely emerging as one of Edinburgh’s most fundamental local acts over the past few years, and they finally have the chance to validate their worth with their much-anticipated EP – All I Am.
Where I Lie establishes the mood with pristine riffs and a rhythm that alternates between smooth in the verses and lofty during the choruses. More of the same is present in In Here / Tonight, with the addition of sublime harmonies, particular towards the ending.
Next is the returning Overrun, and it still remains an infectious number with its sweet, catchy melody. Soon, they finish on the astounding title track which is heavy on atmosphere, and it gradually amplifies as it progresses towards the closure.
This has been a long time coming, and the efforts have proven effective. All I Am is a well-produced and terrifically enjoyable record that demonstrates the potential that Acrylic are clearly capable of. Selling out the prestigious King Tuts is only the beginning…