Review for the forthcoming album “Until My Heart Stops”
(RocknRoll Circus Radio)
NG26 is a four piece rock / metal band formed by two sets of brothers that come screaming out of Heanor, Derbyshire in the UK. Formed in 2009, NG26 have worked tirelessly to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with within the metal community and in 2010 / 2011, the band had their first commercial album release with “Open Your Mind”. This critically acclaimed debut release resulted in three massive singles, “One More Road From Home”, “Bring Back The Day” and “Open Your Mind”, who’s promotional videos spent 9 months collectively being shown on Kerrang! TV!, with “Bring Back The Day” being championed by the legendary Malcolm Dome, as single of the week and featured on the Classic Rock Magazine cover-mount CD!. NG26 have toured tirelessly up and down the UK and after the huge success of “Bring Back The Day”, the band embarked on a short UK tour with Girlschool. NG26 have also toured with bands such as :- top Swedish band – Sparzanza, Kill2This, Cyclefly and Area 54 to name but a few. 2012 and the band release the single, “If We Fall Tonight”, which raced up the Amazon Rock Chart to reach top spot!. The band then decided to build their own studio, “Otherside”, so that they could write, record and produce more efficiently. Two more singles and an EP were produced in the early days of the studio, spanning the next 18 months, with EP, “Devil’s Kiss”, storming into the Amazon Rock Chart Top 10!. 2014 and the band embark on a full album recording and have produced, “Until My Heart Stops”, which is due for release 27th April 2015 through independent label, Holier Than Thou Records.
Chris Topley – Lead Vocals,
Jon Topley – Drums & Percussion,
Rich Shaw – Guitar,
Rob Shaw – Bass & Bass Bvox
Guitarist, Rich, is now a full time member of, “Cradle Of Filth”, switching his duties between the two bands and in 2015 will be heard playing guitar on album releases from both bands. Here we have NG26’s highly anticipated new release, “Until My Heart Stops” so, let’s check it out!.
Never Enough – With a majestic guitar entrance, this soon breaks down into a full on antagonistic grind of deep chugging guitar, swaggering vocals and really sweeps you along with its addictive anthemic rhythm. This is an antsy track that fires up the senses and gets the mood brooding to launch yourself into the pit and get your mosh on!. This is defiant and angry yet melodic. One hell of a track to stomp about to and gets more addictive every time you play it.
Daylight Breaks – Straight off with a wicked guitar hook and tom tom beats before the drums inject some insane attitude with the bass grinding alongside. This track waxes and wanes between reflective lyrics, with a softer edge to the guitars and drums, and a defiant lyrical determination that fires up the rhythm section and guitars into a glorious melodic grind that again sweeps you along with its wicked energy and addictive riffs. The bass throughout this track is monumental and adds one hell of a punch to this tracks defiance.
Save It For Me – Bit of an off key opener on the guitar that sort of works but seems a bit unsure of itself alongside the lyrics. This track feels like it wants to swagger about with an anger that breaks into an anthemic chorus but just seems slightly disjointed and the high end vocals don’t really empower the angst that’s trying to break through. The guitar and drum breakdown at the bridge seriously redeems the track and the track really comes together afterwards.
Barely Breathe – A glorious anthemic track with another wicked guitar hook running through it, but one which tends to overpower the lyrics slightly and needs to settle into the background a little. In all, this track is empowering, reflective and sure to get everyone singing along and enjoying themselves with its lighter in the air empathy.
Afterlife – This is a serious heavy grinder that grabs you by the throat and slams its energy straight at you!. This is angry, fired up and taking no prisoners with its thunderous rolls on the drums, aggressive bass stabs and guitars that scream like a runaway freight train!. One to certainly ignite any rocker into a frenzy to slam that pit into oblivion!. Epic stuff!.
Cease Fire – Opening with a wicked little flurry on the drums, the guitars roll in with a seriously addictive riff that instantly gets you foot tapping and thinking, hell yeah!. I can’t express how addictive this track is as its anthemic melodies whisk you away into a rockers Utopian paradise. The reflective lyrics and the superb guitar work just gives this track a class all of its own. I seriously can’t stop playing this and it’s a wicked track to play in the car during the sunshine so get those windows down and blast this one down the highway!.
Out Of My Life – A glorious bounce in the tempo gets this one rolling and the senses excited but then the dark, angry and brooding lyrics send this spiralling into a dark abyss. It’s hard to pin this one down as the bounce in tempo is addictive but the repeating guitar riff and darkness of this whole track takes an edge off as it swaggers around with its middle finger in the air.
Little Indiscretions – The opening guitar chugs and military style snare drum ignite the touch paper to this track before it erupts into a fantastic rolling grind of heavy bass lines, sublime cymbals and addictive riffs. This swaggers around, getting right up in your face and is pure mosh pit heaven to get you stomping about and raising those horns at the bridge as the stunningly beautiful fretwork of the lead guitar rises to a crescendo and takes you away with its bluesy edge and wails.
You Sold Me Lies – Alluring tom tom and snare beats lead in the strumming guitar and bass lines. The lyrics swagger around with a defiance to reflect the disappointment and torment as the guitars brood alongside with their grinding darkness and authority. This is brooding and anthemic and really gets under your skin with its dark energy. The guitar solo at the bridge is pure perfection with some seriously epic fretwork on display.
Song For Mozaz – This is a beautifully reflective ballad of remembrance that really hits you hard with its stunningly alluring piano and acoustic guitar. This is so beautiful, emotionally, lyrically and acoustically. Reflective, empowering and seriously heartfelt.
NG26 have seriously impressed me with their latest release, Until My Heart Stops. There are some wickedly addictive tracks contained in this album that come thundering at you like an enraged bull in a narrow street full of nutters wearing red onesies. There is everything you could ever want contained in this album, hard and heavy grinders, feel good rock, dark, reflective rock and a beautiful ballad, all thrown into this diverse mix that really satisfies. I may have been over critical with a few tracks but they are just blips in my opinion as the band matures in their sound, as does every band over time. This is addictively melodic and the musicianship on show here is immense. NG26 deserve to be massive and for those that like Shinedown, Bullet For My Valentine, Five Finger Death Punch and Alter Bridge, seriously check out NG26 and show them some appreciation.