Peaceless | Local Music Scene: Issue #6

Lock & KeyPeaceless | OUT NOW

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2 years ago, a certain hardcore band hailing from Birmingham by the name of Lock & Key were very swift to take both the UK – and even mainland Europe – by storm as they gained a following in no time flat, and based on their talents, it should come as no surprise.

Their initial EP, The Divide, gave us only a taste of what the mighty quintet had to offer, but it was not until the recent release of their debut full-length album, Peaceless, that they truly cemented themselves as one of the best the British underground metal scene has to offer.

Vocalist Rich Lardner is quick to signal the start of Hostile, which serves as a formidable opening track and just like that, they are off to the races.

Hand-picking highlights from this tight compilation proves to be quite a challenge, with only some of the focal points including The LegacyUnclear State Of Mind and the seriously catchy No Acceptance which features a memorable chorus.

The poignant writing is among the strongest we have heard lately, notable in the likes of Burning Bridges, Vultures and No Justice; the latter where Sean Midson’s much welcomed guest appearance makes a hell of an impact.

The aforementioned writing is delivered to us courtesy of not only Rich’s intense, deeply fervent performance, but also his demanding presence. The galloping drum work packs a punch and the melodic guitar riffs only add a whole other level of vigor to the record.

If this album does not convince you that Lock & Key will grow into one of the UK’s premier hardcore acts within the next few years, then frankly nothing will.

 


FaultlinesAll We’ve Ever Known | OUT NOW

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It has been so long since we have seen a band burst onto the scene and be so quick to make their mark, but that is exactly the case with Leeds metal band, who have turned many heads in just a mere couple of months.

Wasting little time, they have treated us to an EP titled All We’ve Ever Known, and trust us when we say, it is incredible stuff.

One key attribute of the record is leading lady Christina Rotondo – formerly of Searching Alaska and a notable face on YouTube as of late – who confirms our belief that she ranks among the elite of British underground vocalists, as she showcases magnificent harmonies throughout, whilst being perfectly matched by Jake Noakes who brings to the table some fierce scream work.

This first becomes abundantly clear with the opener Buried. Afterwards, the immense lead single Drowning delivers a colossal chorus, as well as some outstanding lyrics.

Weathered Bones entertains with impressive riffs, and the two closing tracks – Call Me Home and Voices – blow out the ear drums with vast, pulsating rhythms.

No bones about it, this is simply a stellar debut. These guys are already making good progress in their climb up the ladder to success, and this EP will only skyrocket them even further, and deservedly so.


Summer City – Reprobates | 22.4.16

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Following an upbeat intro we have Signals which is a fiercely catchy tune that hooks in the listener right out of the gates. I’m A Wreck is highlighted by an addictve melody steered courtesy of bulky bass chords, in which afterwards they crank up the dial with the highly energetic, swift paced There’s Only Chemistry Here.

Burn It Down delivers blazing work on the synths, and the title track is headed up by a passionate chorus. Soon they close with what is a strong, low-key number driven by emotion, Sound Of The Crowd.

 


Hershel’s Head – Degenerate Art | 27.5.16

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From beginning to end throughout this EP, it is clear the trio have come well-equipped with all the essential ingredients needed to produce the ideal rock album – a throng of mammoth riffs, catchy choruses, adrenaline-amplifying rhythms, dynamic drumming and intense vocals; the stand out highlights being the hair-raising Deathclock and the demanding Rosenberg.

With such a cracking concoction, it is obvious that Hershel’s Head are more than capable of growing into one of Scotland’s most prominent alternative acts in the years to come.

 


Supa & Da KryptonitesKryptonium | OUT NOW

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This sizzling EP succeeds in blending together the likes of grimy hip hop, reggae and ska, among others, and as we kick off with A Jar To A Butterfly, we can clearly see that lead man Jay Supa’s lightning fast vocals are the driving force of the music, accompanied by the graceful harmonies of Sarah Knowles.

Euphoric bass lines are the highlight of Funk’s The Only Time, the polished brass section make their presence felt in Blindside, and Fallin’ Into Positive brings us earthy guitars and a catchy drum beat.

Afterlife progresses rather calmly before suddenly picking up for an exciting endingand to finish, Dance In The Rain serves as a bouncing and rather snappy final track.


Errant Boy – A Wayward Mirror | 22.4.16

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There is a new indie pop band on the horizon. Their name is Errant Boy, they hail from Edinburgh, and their upcoming debut album A Wayward Mirror is a must buy.

Among this great compilation of stirring songs, a few immediately jump out at us. The primary single Hey Columbus is a highly memorable and catchy low-key track which we could listen to for days on end.

Lustrous guitars and entertaining writing are components that are regularly present throughout, as demonstrated in Black Dress Black CabMonochrome and Burning Chair, whilst the likes of Doubts and Imaginary Song are distinct with chipper melodies.

 


James Holt – Sanguine On The Rocks | 29.4.16

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Our attention is immediately devoted courtesy of the bombastic The Mirror, and it only gets better from there, with examples including the eponymous number which continues to display James’ tremendously eloquent vocal capabilities, and the catchy and sleek Tears Aren’t Enough where underlying elements of psych rock are showcased.

Meanwhile, Contemplations features cracking guitar work, and the melancholy And Then I Awoke enamors with potent writing.

James has done more than enough to prove that he is talented, as he provides us with one of the most outstanding solo efforts we have had the pleasure of listening to in recent memory.


My Cruel GoroStuff | OUT NOW

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Last year, we discovered Italian-Icelandic trio My Cruel Goro, and they earned themselves an International Record Of The Year nomination with a superb self-titled debut EP. And guess what? They are back with their sophomore release – Stuff.

From the get go with It’s Fake, they deliver their brand of deliciously grimy alternative punk that would have been right at home back in the 90’s, and it continues into Lost E, a high tempo, foot-tapping track chock full of gritty riffs.

Great lyrics are the defining factor of Black Trash Dog; likewise with Loverdose, where the guitars continue to shine in slick style. And soon, they cap off with an exciting bass-driven climax in the form of I’m Not From This World.

REVIEW | AshesToAngels: How To Bleed

For a while now, we have been keeping a close eye on a certain Bristol band by the name of AshesToAngels, the reason being the huge and dedicated fan base they have amassed in that time, in addition to recognition for being one of the forerunners for the revolutionary “new grave” genre which has swept the nation and risen to prominence over the last few years.

Now that is a pair of remarkable accomplishments, to put it lightly. Despite all that, while impressed with what they had achieved, for whatever reason their music had never clicked with us. That was until we were given the opportunity to listen to their impending fourth album – How To Bleed – and everything changed.

The entire record is nothing short of a high-adrenaline rollercoaster with a thrilling energy that has all hairs on end courtesy of an electrifying combination of rousing melodies, unforgettable lyrics and a passionate performance from each member of the quartet, with the hot points including the ridiculously catchy Find Hell, the heartstopping Nothing Lasts Forever and the emotionally-charged Something To Believe.

With just one listen, we have made the transition from curious onlookers in the distance to hooked fans. That alone speaks levels of the impact this made. We are looking at a significiant game-changer with this album here and it appears only imminent now that AshesToAngels are set to surge even further and make momentous waves in British rock music.


How To Bleed is released on Friday 15th April, and the band head out on a UK tour later this month in support of the album.

April Headline Tour

 

REVIEW | Left Ahead: Dancing In Hell

Hailing from Hull, Left Ahead are one of the UK’s most dynamic punk rocks act going right now, and we can thoroughly recommend their new EP –Dancing In Hell.

First up, the rugged title track is driven by gritty bass lines and provocative writing – a theme that is very apparent throughout, including with GOOwhich is essentially a short and to the point middle finger in musical form to a certain chancellor.

They keep the frantic pace going and leave us breathless with Stand And Speak, before bringing it all to an end with the pounding Kicking The Walls In.

REVIEW | The Holy Smokes: No Romance

Looking for some sweet indie music this side of the border? Look no further, as Edinburgh duo have you covered with an entertaining EP by the name of No Romance.

Disenchanted and Deceived are personified by chipper, toe-tapping rhythms and snazzy riffs. The engaging 3 Words stands out as the highlight with a smooth and somewhat eerie sound, which leads into what is a smashing final track with Liar.

REVIEW | Seasons (Self-Titled EP)

This year has already seen quite the inflation of talented new acts that are just fresh on the scene but already showing lots of long-term promise, and here we have yet another – Bedfordshire rock group Seasons with what is a superb debut record.

In this EP, they deliver a batch of exciting, high-tempo anthems that provide a snappy rush of energy, solid lyrics and spirited performances across the board.

With a first impression as great as this one, expect the name Seasons to be a notable one in British music sooner than later.

REVIEW | Animal Noise: Sink Or Swim

Since their debut several years ago, Colchester indie rock trio have seen a swift rise in popularity and been awarded with a wide array of opportunities, and after listening to their latest offering – Sink Or Swim – it is abundantly clear why that is the case.

Starting quiet from the offset, they suddenly pick up for what is an immensely catchy opening number. Following that, tremendous, impeccable acoustic chords and an addictive drum beat carry forth the melody of How Can You Love Me.

They proceed through Alright at a smooth rate, soon building towards an explosive finale, before eventually capping off with the thrilling Bag Of Bones, and if you somehow resist the dire urge to tap your foot to this bouncy ditty, you have unnaturally tenacious restraint.

Make no bones about it, this is a damn near perfect EP we have on our hands here that will most definitely go down as of 2016’s best.

REVIEW | Create To Inspire: Home Is Where My Heart Dies

Truth be told, we have underestimated Essex melodic hardcore band for so long, but with the release of their new EP – Home Is Where My Heart Dies – we are kicking ourselves for not jumping on the bandwagon much sooner.

It goes without saying, but this is a mighty heavy record with a lot of animosity and fury emitting from the provoking writing and an immense performance from frontman Sean; facets most glaring in the bombastic Counting Days.

Add some meteoric drumming and intense guitar-driven sequences to the mix, and we have ourselves a short but tasty record from one of the best acts to emerge from the East of England.