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Release & Promotion History
“Obsessive” album release 2001 Holier Than Thou / Universal
“Absolute morph onto a bruisingly melodic curve, they pen tunes that coil around your scull and take residence without invitation” Kerrang
“Three tracks of Dark Alternative Metal great depth” HBM Magazine
Obsessive CD Album 2001 Holier Than Thou / Plastic Head DistributionFine individual performances, Absolute at their best melodic brooding and heavy. Kerrang
“Incredibly powerful vocal from Izzi the band back her up brilliantly” Rhythm and Booze“This is truly original, a powerful debut” GC Rocks
“Meaty Riffs and Ballsy feline vocals” Metal Hammer
“Lies” featured on the Metal Hammer cover-mount CD “Noise Inc Vol 5 2001 Leading to full UK scale out of the album “Obsessive”
UK tour including the LA2 and Borderline in London
Radio UK ILR, Virgin, Total Rock (album of the week) Radio 1 rock show
Underground shoes releases the “Absolute Boot” give-away comp launched in Kerrang and various ILR.
Shattered CD single (Club Mix) Dark Beat / Holier Than Thou / Dist – Universal
“Really good hard driving techno, will last the test of time and the surety that other bands will copy their style” Cyberage Radio
“Excellent Pumping mix” Mirror Image
“LIve It Up” EP October 2008
‘Holier Than Thou’ labelling another band from who you can hear clear links with the past. The opening sequence is something straight out of a ZZ Top playbook but once the rhythm guitar gets going you realise that this is a slightly different experience all together. The band sing about the hardships of living their day to day lives while being the rock n roll heads they all are – they definitely strike a chord with myself and the masses about ‘Rolling into work at about half past eight’ after a crazy night.. on top of doing the menial jobs they don’t like ‘because they need the cash’.The lead singer Nick Robinson is more then a little reminiscent of ACDC frontman Brian Johnson, his voice almost stretched to breaking point to produce the harrowing vocals that he does. Halfway through the single the music dies down to whispering volume before building itself back up again into what can only be described as an axe solo – something you could expect to hear on many 1980 albums. There are a few bands around nowadays who go for this tried and tested formula of yesteryear but this band really capture the vibe and modernise it enough for it to be good listening even for those who weren’t around to experience ACDC and Aerosmith at the height of their fame. This is definitely a band with a marketable sound and I expect them to have some surefire success over the coming years. Rock 3 Radio
Live It Up- with more than a nod at the likes of AC/DC and Mr Big, this was always going to be awesome. It wears its influences on its sleeves but it does a damn good job. Kube Radio University Of Stafford
CULT OF WHORES & DOGS
“Murder Lane” single 2012
Cult Of Whores and Dogs have moved into unfamiliar territory with ‘Murder Lane’, the new single from Newcastle’s Punk Metallers. Influenced by childhood fears of child-snatching, very relevant in today’s world, the song chillingly focuses on both perspectives; that of angelic innocence, taken by the hand, of broken childhood dreams and the malevolent undertones within the lies of a paedophilic assassin. Structured around haunting pianowork, giving a ‘Twilight Zone’ essence, shows they are not just about grunt and audio damage, but capable of producing a much deeper, richer, more elaborate soundscape from which to portray the most sickening of human behaviours. The focal point here, and throughout the multi-layered arrangements; the piano, dominates in its simplicity, while the interplay between Michael Atherton’s creative guitarwork and the Cello compliment perfectly Jess Hardy’s operatically trained voice, adding power to the big choruses. There is a distinctive underlying ‘Evanescence’ feel to this song, both musically and vocally but that in no way detracts from the overall experience. An interesting if not somewhat disturbing set of arrangements showcasing deeply creative, thoughtful and diverse writing patterns, they elevate the listener to a higher realm of awareness for such a frighteningly heinous subject.
Dominion Magazine April 2012
“Naive” single release May 2008
When I first picked up this CD I suspected some sort of heavy ‘The Kooks’ cover, but I was (sadly, no) happily mistaken! The song starts off with some muted guitar scratching that is slowly joined by the other instruments in a fine introductory instrumental. Then, to my surprise, a female lead singer bursts into song. Izabella Clare definitely suits the music she is singing too and she does so with feeling and haunting grace. The alternative metal band sound like something that could really make an impact on a bigger stage and (forgive the chauvinistic attitude) with an attractive female lead singer, the sky is the limit! Just from the vocals she appeals to me on a basic level, that someone can have that haunting a voice.. you imagine a banshee, a woman with long black flowing hair and pale beauty. Her voice is so striking that you sneakily get the idea that the band are just backing performers for a solo artist but this is quickly nullified as the guitar riff and drum solo comes into effect about three minutes into this 5 minute track. It truly is a brooding song, and the lead guitar solo is backed by some of the darkest, skankiest guitar riffing I’ve heard in a long time. The band play on ‘Holier Than Thou Records’ label and the label name definitely suits the band style… the vocals produces ideas of gothika and darkness. The band succeeds wholly in producing this image and I wish them luck in their future exploits – including Izabella starring in a new thriller which opens the door for the band to really run the rule over the films soundtrack. The band have good prospects and a good future. Rock 3 Radio
“strong female lead vocals, whilst the playing is fairly accomplished with some crisp drumming, whilst never heavy enough to be headache-inducing” CUR1350 Radio Cambridge University
“Nice Track, upbeat catchy song, you can jump up and down and dance too” KCC Live Liverpool
“Vocals are nicely foregrounded, and the driving pacey playing is both supportive and entertaining.”UCA Radio
Izebella has a terrific voice, this band can certainly play, I liked this Instantly Blast 1386 Radio Reading University
“Raping The Reverie ” single release 2008
The Anglo-Irish quartet who make up Exoterik are united by their determination and desire to create hard-edged music without resorting to the tired clichés prevalent in female-fronted rock. Spurning the OTT tendencies of their symphonic metal peers and the sickly sweet derivativeness of pop-rockers, Exoterik create a heady mix of stomping, energetic riffage and ethereal beauty inviting their audiences to join in their cathartic reflections on human nature. Realising the recent changes that the power of the internet has brought to the music industry, Exoterik have retained all copyrights and ownerships of their material, ultimately making them a self-sufficient, self-promoting band on the cusp of this new digital age. Emerging on the scene in late 2003 and spurning a line-up change in 2005, Exoterik toured venues up and down the UK, delivering their music and showcasing their high-powered performances. 2005 saw Exoterik play Gig In The Park, Suffolk followed in 2006 by supporting Epica at Bradford Rio’s as well as performing on the Rock Sound stage at Guilfest two years running with the likes of Therapy? and Reuben amongst others. The band travelled to Finland in late 2006 to record three tracks before venturing to Latvia in the summer of 2007 to record their début album with the multi-platinum producer John Fryefamous for producing the HIM album ‘Razorblade Romance’ in 2000 as well as producing and mixing for artists such as; Cradle of Filth, Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode). The forth-coming album, entitled ‘Don’t Swallow’, is pending a 2008 release date after being mastered by Red Room Studios in Norway.
Raping The Reverie: a deep, powerful lead female vocal, hard but not too hard riffing, and with a slow and purposeful feel about it. Are You Alive goes more for the jugular wiith, after a grinding intro, a higher tempo at which it firmly stays. It’s the more distinctive song of the two, providing an interesting, more textured bridge section CUR1350 Radio Cambridge University
Anneka’s voice is top notch, Raping … is the better of the 2 tracks, a band with huge potential
Blast 1836 Radio Reading University
Raping The Reverie (Single Edit). Atmospheric opening before initial power chords kick in forcefully.Song overall follows the quiet verse, loud chorus format but with a swagger and confidence that lifts it way above the generic. Crystal clear production probably has something to do with this, although the main reason has to be the level of musicianship and quality of the vocals. The bridge section works particularly well, carrying on the Eastern influence, and is reminiscent of “Kashmir”.
This is a well structured song with good dynamics and should work well live. Are You Alive? Current single. Quality opening riff, very catchy. The underlying groove of the song, topped off with the great vocals, will make this one very popular live, especially as the chorus has a great hook. Production is superb, guitars are crisp, drums (especially the snare) sound good and the vocals are strong and clear.Millennium of Blood
This double ‘A’ side EP released on the ‘Holier Than Thou’ label starts with some ethereal keyboard noise in the background while the lead singer Anneka Latta serenades. You wonder what direction this band is looking to go in until the guitars and drums explode into life with gusto. This mournful sound, combined with the clarity of the lyrics, combine and make a strong offering. ethereal keyboard and vocal combo is a running theme throughout the song, with the heaviest instruments saved for the chorus. Latta sings with sorrow and heart but you do feel that there is a limited range that her vocals could excel at – although this is definitely within her range. The instrumental halfway through the song is so deep and slow that you can see this really be the song of choice for people in despair. The lyrics speak of the humbling of someone with a broken heart, thrown down into despair with a broken heart.The single is nice and long so has time to fit a lot of different things in – at about 5:00, another instrumental goes on and the backing transcendence of the despairing Latta on keyboard really captures the mood of darkness. The song ends in this vein, a keyboard whine fading out. The second bonus single taken from their new album ‘Don’t Swallow’ (you wonder how much of a influence Latta had on the album title… hopefully she remained friends with whatever member of the band gave her this idea..) is titled ‘Are you Alive’ and starts with a much more up pace beat and riffery. Anneka has to now change her style slightly to a more fast paced growling style of vocals. The drumming in this song is exceptional and Steve Riley ties the song together with the prodigal skill he expresses. The keyboard use in this single is limited and I feel all the better for it.. even though it’s always there in the background, more impetus is put on the awesome drumming and the flowing bass line of Davey Parry. The chorus really brings out an animalistic sound in Latta and she takes up the role of the manic seamstress with an excellent performance here. Both of these singles definitely have the potential to be brilliantly received by a fan base well into the melodic unhappiness Latta puts into her voice and it’s my hope that we see their forthcoming album out soon – 2008 is the year they’ve set and we’re more or less running out of months! This band have made an excellent effort and we can only wait for more. Rock 3 Radio
Raping the Reverie- A very stately and assured crunching wave of metal. The vocals are stunning; the whole song is a little unexpected. We have some metal and goth shows that will love this! Kube Radio University Of Stafford
“Rock n Roll Sunday” September 2008
This two track EP riffs its way into life and commences the screeching, manic guitar you would associate with someone like ACDC. With their first single, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunday’ the band have obviously been influenced by 80′s and 90′s metal and the vocals are slow and deep, sounding strictly Aerosmith. This song has simple meaning behind it, describing the heavy lives that a rock ‘n’ roll band live. Listening to this song, you would of thought that you’d heard it before just because of its strong links with the rock of yesteryear. The song continues with a slow, melodic style of vocals and to my ear it seems to go through the motions of the tried and tested song… verse, chorus, verse, chorus, guitar solo, and chorus, instrumental to finish. Take nothing away from this song, even though it is a blatant old skool metal on the style of song that the 35+ population will know and adore, it is a well made piece of riffery. The solos are tight and screeching and the only thing missing from the song on the CD is the screaming audience. Definitely a band who will appeal to those who can remember the days when the jukebox was huge, clunky and played vinyl. The EP comes with a bonus track titled ‘Hard Way to Rock’. This starts with some really loud instrument use and then goes on for some really upbeat, high tempo rock.One thing apparent through both songs is the gravely vocals you do associate with the olden day heroin shooting rock star. You can truly imagine this band starting up after meeting one another at an Aerosmith concert, the similarities are endless. The second bonus song is definitely more listenable by my reckoning and both songs are definitely bread and butter rock ‘n’ roll.. but I would hope they expand their sound slightly so their audience isn’t so restricted to rockers who love the golden oldies.
“Back Bone” album release 1997
Hailing from Portsmouth, UK fat B.A.B.E was one of the first and foremost rap metal bands to hit the UK scene.
Formed by long time friends Mark and Steve back in early 1991/2, using a drum machine they started writing tunes that would soon change the Metal scene in Portsmouth. Not long after Mark and Steve started jamming in Marks front room they had a knock on the door. But instead of a neighbor complaining it was a neighbor (Rob) asking if he could come in and listen. After 15 minutes Rob was singing over the top of the music they were playing and fat B.A.B.E was formed.
Not long after they recorded their first demo ‘Gullible’ which featured an impressive picture of Steve’s stomach along with some impressive sounding tunes. A couple of the songs featured on this were ‘You said’ and ‘Shreds’ which would later appear on fat B.A.B.E’s debut album ‘GET A LIFE’.
In early 1993 the band decided that they wanted a real drummer. After much looking and auditions Mark saw an advert in the free ads, it was an ad from a drummer asking for some musicians to form a metal band that was fresh and exciting. Mark called the drummer straight away and spoke to Louis for the first time. After a long and excitable phone call they arranged a jam and Mark brought a demo over so Louis could listen to their songs.
The next week arrived and Louis met Mark, Steve and Rob for the first time at the jamming studio. By the end of the first song they offered Louis the job and by the time they packed up they were playing two songs of the demo along with a brand new song called ‘Out of Control’.
fat B.A.B.E were entered into the prestigious battle of the bands competition at The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. Before fat B.A.B.E went on they carried Louis’ massive rack mounted kit onto the stage. This confused a lot of people as soon afterwards they started their set with only the drum machine kicking into the first tune. Three tunes later Rob announced that they had someone they wanted to bring on stage and from the side of the stage appeared Louis and they played the three tunes they had played together the week before. fat B.A.B.E went on to appear in the grand final of the competition playing to over 400 people and only just missing out to another up and coming band called the ‘Passion Killers’.
In 1994 fat B.A.B.E once again decided to hit the studio and record their first album ‘GET A LIFE’. Whilst recording this fat B.A.B.E was lucky enough to open for ‘Headswim’ who had just played ‘The Monsters of Rock’ at Donnington. This was the start of many opening slots for big touring bands who traveled to Portsmouth, one of the other bands was ‘A’. Having impressed both bands fat B.A.B.E were asked by the bands themselves to open for them again on later tours. fat B.A.B.E also put on their own successful CD launch party at the Wedgewood Rooms.
Also during this time fat B.A.B.E covered a song by a new girl band called ‘The Spice Girls’. This song created a massive hype. It was being played at rock discos up and down the country and it wasn’t long before Virgin records wanted to release it as a single. With all the hype in place and a string of national radio and press interviews fat B.A.B.E were due to play live their cover of ‘Wannabe’ on Chris Evans TFI Friday to celebrate the signing of their single deal. Just as fat B.A.B.E were going to leave for London they recieved a call from none other than Simon Fuller’s lawyer stating that if we went through with the single and the appearance that we would be sued. As four local lads with not much money they decided to wimp out and cancelled their appearance on TFI Friday….
A year passed and after a lot of hard work and constant gigging all over the country fat B.A.B.E were snapped up by record label ‘Holier than thou Records’. Returning to the studio in 1995 they meet Jonny ‘Rocks’ Mitchell of ‘The Outhouse Studios’ in Reading and began recording what would be their last album titled ‘Backbone’. This album featured a new evolved sound which would see keyboards and an awesome DJ scratching his way through ‘Hype the feeling’ to great effect. The launch party at the Wedgewood Rooms for ‘Backbone’ to their surprise was a sell out and it was the first of five shows that fat B.A.B.E did sell out there.
In 2000 Louis decided to concentrate on his new band ‘Boredline’ and parted ways with fat B.A.B.E. With the rest of the guys not wanting to call it a day, D-boy who was a friend of the band was asked to take up the drum position. fat B.A.B.E continued to play gigs and write songs.
fat B.A.B.E eventually called it a day after 10 long and very exciting years, all the guys who were involved with fat B.A.B.E are life long friends.
Mark, Steve and D-boy went on to form MOFO. Louis and Rob formed a Rage against the Machine tribute who now features Rich from fat B.A.B.E on Bass. We hope you enjoyed the shortened version of events over the time we spent together along with a small selection of the many tunes and photos.
Feisty rap metal in the One Minute Silence Vein, the productions great, the songs are good and there’s a cool hip hop flavour”. Metal Hammer
“Inspirita” album release release 2007
Well it’s not often you get the opportunity to review a release from a rock/metal band from Croatia and I’m not sure what I was expecting to be fair, having no real frame of reference other than the Eurovision Song Contest for acts from that part of the world, which is hardly the ideal preparation !!! The first thing that strikes you is the quality of the English of vocalist Mihael Prosen – I think anyone would be pretty hard pressed to realise he is not singing in his native language, which is often a giveaway for many mainland European acts. Style-wise we are talking about the alternative scene, with obvious influences of the likes of Alice In Chains particularly prevalent. This promo release contains the opening two tracks, “Cynosure” and “Machina” from their debut full-length album Inspirita. I was really impressed by the former, certainly preferring it over the more staccato rhythm of the latter, but both tracks were pretty decent if you’re into this particular rock format. Over the last couple of years, Father have played alongside the likes of Anthrax, Max Cavalera, Henry Rollins, Sisters Of Mercy, The Hives as well as the prestigious Lollapalooza Festival. You can see by the quality of the company they keep that Father are a band on the rise on a more international stage, as well as enjoying mass airplay in their native Croatia. The band start their first UK tour (in fact their very first tour outside of their homeland) on 18th October and you could do a lot worse than spend an evening in their company. Hardrockhouse.com
“Tool with the moody pretension replaced by Every Time I Die’s unpredictability. Disturbed with System Of A Down’s sense of sharp, syncopated rhythms and Max Cavalera’s ear for ethnic sounds and rhythms.” Metal Hammer
Progressive Metal 5 piece, Father from the coastal town of Rijeka in Croatia (that’s Eastern Europe for those who weren’t awake in Geography Class), are a band who wear their influences on their sleeves but mixing them in a way that is quite refreshing in the current metal scene. On first listen Inspirita is quite standard metal but after a time their slow burning and dirty sounding grunge metal straight out of the Alice In Chains back catalogue can strike you with some complex and creative sounds. Techno beats and drums accompany driving riffs and hooks, showing that this is a band that have learnt their craft and know how to wield it especially in stand out track and single ‘Emon’. After 5 years of touring with bands including Anthrax and Madball, Father have developed and grown to a level where they have gained a cult fan base across Europe and in the UK, and with a supporting slot to Korn in their homeland coming up in early July followed by a 13 date UK tour their growth can only continue.
“The Feast Of Shadows” album release 2006
The Feast Of Shadows is the follow-up to UK based Flesh Resonance’s The Dark Between The Stars (see AI #25). The band is the quartet of Tony Longworth on vocals, bass and programming, Andy Morris on keyboards, ebow guitar and programming, Melanie Webb on vocals, and Keith Hill on guitars, vocals, programming and percussion. Flesh Resonance describe themselves as Dark Ambient electro-rock, and while the music is certainly dark and includes elements of ambience and electronics, the atmosphere is ultra spacey throughout, with a powerful grooving dance vibe, heavy symphonic keyboards and a haunting Gothic edge. The first moments of the opening track, “Welcome Exile”, took me by surprise, sounding like a freakout moment from the Space Ritual. But the band quickly launch into an industrial metallic rage with kinetic electro rhythms, sympho keyboards and haunting voicings. Like a heavy metal space rave. Other highlights include “Reflections & Shadows”, a beautifully dreamy space-pop tune with gorgeous atmospherics and melodies.”In The Wake Of Eternity” is one of my favorites, being a killer blend of Ozric Tentacles, heavy proggy keyboards and Goth. “Let Go The Soul” and “Spectral Reality” are both short transitional tracks that have an 80′s Hawkwind sound to them. Another favorite is the 8 minute “Worlds Within Worlds”, with its cosmic blend of industrial aggression and seductive melodic dreamscapes. And “Reaper” is yet another standout that sounds like a more rave oriented version of Chrome or Pressurehed. An outstanding set of space rocking, raving,
Jerry Kranitz Aural Innovations.
“Rite Of Refusal” album release 2005 Meltdown / Holier Than Thou
“This band won their regional “battle of the bands” contest, went to the national and won it for all the UK, went on to Europe, and placed in the top 13. The band flew over to the USA to record in the home studio of Tim Bushong (Lovewar, Channelsurfers The outcome is quite solid sounding, capturing the aggression you want from a nu-metal or raprock band. And like their big brothers across the ocean, Gen has crafted many songs and moods that stretch beyond the simple raprock formula of hip hop vocals over straight up crunchy riffs. The P.O.D. Satellite (and specifically Marcos Curiel’s guitar tone) influence is strong and undeniable, but I’ve got to admit I really like many of these songs. “Dead To The World” is a standout track and a perfect example of the fore-mentioned sound. The tune only suffers from a tired chorus. A nice step up for this band. “Hinting @ Nothing” is one of their earlier tunes that received a facelift that broadens its sound”…. HARD MUSIC MAGAZINE USA .
“Virgin On The Ridiculous”album release 2001 (Out Of Stock)
Can actually do the So-Cal-style melodic punk thing…… a host of favourable comparisons with everyone from Good Riddance to Bad Religion. Kerrang
Signed to large indie punk label Golf Records, the label re-releases thealbum and Gash went on to tour with Sponge
“Bleed For The Cause EP release 2007 (Out Of Stock)
The Grinding hardcore onslaught will make you clench your fists and stick your boot in the nearest unfortunate victim. Its rough frantic and utterly intense, with a refreshing anti gloss production that lesser wannabes should take note of. VOID would be proud. Terrorizer
This is as brutal as they come expect a killer live showing from these guys. Sure Radio Metal Show
Frantic rhythm and loads of stamina. ……… British Brutal Metal. Luton FMA Very Promising Future, brutal and precise Dark Place
Well, if the band’s name doesn’t give it away then surely the title of this Hellfire EP, ‘Bleed For The Cause’, will tell you what to expect here; monster metal mayhem that’ll make yer ears bleed! Warn yer neighbours, throw the pets into the street, close all windows and doors and make sure you’ve got adequate building insurance cover before you put this one on – then let it rip!!!!
Hellfire don’t make any excuses and don’t hold back for one single second – Hellfire simply go straight in for the kill, aiming precisely and unerringly for the jugular in an attempt to rip yer throat to pieces with frantically paced hardcore metal that’s in yer face and devastatingly scary shit. Throaty growls vie with screamin’ vocal histrionics amidst the slammin’ drums, thumpin’ bass and howlin’ guitar chords – don’t play this in front of grandma – she’ll bleed to death in her bed and you’ll have some explaining to do!!
‘Bleed For The Cause’, ‘Deceiver Of The Damned’, ‘Insanity’ and ‘Suffer In Silence’ make up this raucous, skull-splitting, aural injection of modern rock’n'shock. Lyrically, well who knows and does it really matter!? Instrumentally Hellfire blaze a trail of brain cell devastation with a massively solid performance – no respite for you the listener – no chance for breath – frighteningly brash and full-on music for the slightly insane or volume challenged. Exactly what you’d expect – nothing more and nothing less – out and out, sense destroying, hearing mutilating slamrock that could wake the dead! What more can I say?
Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk) 7 / 10
HELLFIRE - Bleed For The Cause – Four slices of brutal blasting relentless screaming yelping extreme violent hellnoise metal from the English midlands. Well recorded, professional, locked, loaded and ready to violate the ears of you Raging Speedhorn/Mistress style blistering brutal flower picking cake bakers out there Organ Fanzine
Like has happened many times before, from a small working class town in the UK emerges yet another group of angry young hooligans armed with sharp pieces of metal and wood, ready to take out their anger on society. Well, at least this time it’s the Metallic foursome HELLFIRE who only seem content to unleash their snarling brand of Deathcore mayhem upon the hapless audiences down at their local pub.
Formed in 2004 by brothers Roy (Guitar) and Jay (Vocals), they soon added the hilariously named Big Al on drums as well as bassist Greg to the lineup. With their combination of spastic screamed and low growled vocals supported by the furious drum work of Big Al, these musical “thugs” (who may be perfectly nice people for all I know!) seem intent on leaving no head unbanged .
This four track EP, their second such release, really does show the band at its ultra aggro finest. The tempo of these four bombastic songs is pretty much all on the faster side and their musicianship is unquestionably solid, but the music has little of the variety I would have hoped for from a showcase opportunity like this. Still, this EP should serve them its main purpose of attracting some more rowdy audiences to their live shows as they continue to hone their craft. A good performance from these chaps, Metal Observer.
Four tracks last a total of 13m 21s with a lengthy intro; trust me it seems a lot shorter. The last time I remember being challenged and bludgeoned to this degree was the first time I heard “Reign In Blood” – high praise but listen to this and you will understand why I make the comparison! This CD pummels you senseless, but still has diversity. Can’t wait for the full album and I will recommend it wholeheartedly to any fan of hardcore, death and extreme metal in general. Stunning live too – buy the album and see if I’m wrong! Chop Music and Millennium Of Blood Promotions
I KILLED PHAROAH
Demo Promotions signed to Lackjaw 2008
Sounding like nothing so much as QOTSA, Amen, The Wildhearts and Faith No More all queuing up to slap your chops, you could be forgiven for thinking that I Killed Pharaoh intend to unleash a veritable tide of tumultuous rock, with a vicious undertow of melody, all over this very land. You’d be right, of course.
Coming from a town where there is nothing else to do other than immerse yourself in music, IKP came to being in late 2005 as the culmination of a long musical journey for four friends: vocalist Ven Wellington, guitarist Luka Van Drake, bassist Marcos DeVias and drummer Havarde Collins. Driven by the desire to create music that crackled with the excitement of the bands they had been raised with- namely Primus, Rocket from the Crypt, Tom Waits, Rage Against the Machine and 3 Colours Red, to name a small portion- the Pharaohs set about writing like never before, and came up with a sound that was completely unlike any of their formative influences, yet was also so very similar. Crashing guitars and soaring vocals, on a rock-solid bed of groove, was the order of the day.
Since those heady days, IKP have been exposing audiences to their own unique blend of aural narcotics, all the while developing their repertoire and creating the kind of songs that may one day rid the world of many of its chief ills. They beg of you to join them on their singular path, and hope you enjoy the inevitable results.
Signed to Lock Jaw and releases their debut May 2008
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Space Station album release 2005
I listen and I cant get that idiotic smile off me face” Melodic Net SWEDEN
“A band with a depth of songwriting skills and melodic flare equalled only be JELINER’S British counterpart QUEEN” Hardrox
“Soaring vocals remain unmistakable, surrounded by piano centric metal and supersise harmonies” Salt Lake City Music (USA).
MARVIN B NAYLOR
‘The Last Flight Of Billy Balloon’ 2009
“I’m really quite stuck as to where to place this intriguing work; Marvin B Naylor is a dynamic coming together of sound and style that’s almost impossible to pigeonhole.
Typically British, bordering on pop, hinting at folk, leaning towards electro-experimental, a positive juxtaposition of modern popular styles that’s as charming as it is unusual. Naylor, so the story goes, writes most of his songs around a twelve-string guitar and sure, I can see that but, there’s more to this than a jangly guitar and string-driven harmonics! Marvin B Naylor is quite an musical anomaly; here we have beautifully separated sounds coming from all side of the ‘room’ to join as one exquisite ‘play on the senses’ in your ears with Naylor’s soft vocal renderings skipping lightly over and through the ensuing ‘overture’. The result is stunning if somewhat strangely strange but oddly normal! ‘The Last Flight Of Billy Balloon’ is like nothing else I can think of; Naylor’s quirky take on things ‘popular’ is pretty unique and rather compelling. This is one of those albums that will grow with time, it’ll keep pulling you back, it’ll beg you to revisit and re-assess, it’ll grind you down in all the nicest possible ways – charming – yes, commercial – I don’t know!! Marvin B Naylor is definitely offering you something removed from the norm, he’s slipping you a slow acting drug for the mind, a tranquil but vibrant outing that’s unusual but quite special. Naylor’s vocal work is worthy of mention – a slight vibrato, a mellow and smooth delivery, a gentle and intoxicating style that’s descriptive, evocative and rich in charm. He uses his voice brilliantly to bring the words to life as his dextrous fingers play out an expressive and very appealing ‘string’ backdrop that’s enriched with ‘other’ sounds and textures. Do I like it? Well, yes actually but, I’m not sure quite how I feel about it all! Certainly Naylor has put oodles of work into this project and his time and attention to detail have paid dividends in making this a very special sounding album. My main problem is with where this fits into the general scheme of things – I can see Marvin B Naylor being quite a decent ‘cult’ success but maybe struggling to make his mark in the bigger marketplace. But there again, with some decent radio play and good promotion, Marvin B Naylor and his ‘The Last Flight Of Billy Balloon’ could just prove to be a surprise package. ‘The Last Flight Of Billy Balloon’ by Marvin B Naylor is charming, refreshing and absorbing – how will it feel to the masses out there? I’m not too sure – time will tell – Marvin B Naylor might just turn out to be the new ‘kid’ on the block – who knows?”
“Hard to pigeon hole, a wonderful blend of styles, great melody, a hint of fun.Very easy to listen to. A nice ray of musical sunshine on a cloudy day” Paul Baker ARFM
Chainsaw Art album release 2001
‘Meretto mix the verbose vitriol of early Manics, the taut energy of At The Drive-in, add a slug of pop sensibilities and shake it all up with their own secret ingredient to give us something new and tasty. With a dual vocal onslaught from Messrs Bell and Burgess, the aptly named Sonic Incendary Device is propelled along by snaking bass, guitars that chime and lacerate, and adrenalised drums.’ — Independent Sound UK —
Jaunty energetic spiky prog-edged indie rock that views life through a whole world window. Warm passages of clever melodic adventure, a slightly more indie more traditional and perversely, more rocky Oceansize with quite a few slices of It Bites or more recent Marillion or Jadis – little bit more dirt under their nails though, that dirt gives then an edge (Jadis and Marillion are just boring these days) . Worth checking out if you’re in the mood…….Organ Magazine
Meretto are a art rock/power pop three piece hailing from Reading. The self proclaimed children of the 80’s draw in influences from such music genres as prog rock, Britpop, classical and metal. The by-product of these influences is Chainsaw Art, Meretto’s latest release. The opening track ‘OK, Hello, Now!’ provides a strong introduction to the album and instantly breaks down the formal musician/audience barrier, that often separates bands from their audience. This is achieved by the lyrics being sung directly to the audience and placed over a perfectly tuned bass line. The idea of the broken formal musician/audience barrier is carried on and furthered in the subsequent songs. Tracks such as ‘Chainsaw Art’ (sharing its name with the album.) and the single ‘My T.V’ particularly stand out. This album is a sure fire winner. Providing reason after reason to follow this up and coming art rock/power pop three piece-Meretto. — Review by Charlotte Antczak GET READY TO ROCK
With a dual vocal onslaught from Messrs Bell and Burgess, the aptly named Sonic Incendary Device is propelled along by snaking bass, guitars that chime and lacerate, and adrenalised drums. —Indiesounds UK–
Really like this up tempo indie punk style Excellent” Bedford Esquires venue club UK
“FAN – BLOODY – TASTIC 10 out of 10 drags you straight In” Hobgobiln Rock Night Aylesbury UK
…this is more like it spikey melodic punk / rock Subculture Birmingham rock club UK
..great drumming and good vocals huge potential toward the younger rockers Stairways venue /club UK
catchy and topical went down a storm…. floor filler Chemistry rock club UK
“Huge sound high energy band a favourite here” The Garage London (Mean Fiddler) UK
“Soul For Sinners” EP release 2001 Melodic Death Metal
Mindlapse formed in 1996 by Karina (vocalist) and Gaz (guitarist) after the fall of heavy rock/doom band Neutral Shade. An EP “Myself and I” was sent to HTT Records and soon enough the band signed amanagement deal with the company. During the years 1999 – 2002, Mindlapse recorded a variety of single demos with various musicians as a basis of experimentation during their evolution process. They received a KKKK review in Kerrang magazine among other features such as a “Check Em Out” release in Metal Hammer. They supported bands such as Napalm Death, Kill II This, Skindred, Labrat, Brutal Deluxe, In Me, in venues around the country such as
Nottingham’s Rock City and London’s Dublin Castle. Nish also became the third consistant member of Mindlapse and added the use of keyboards and samples to create atmospheres in the music to develop it further, hence the birth of death/doom EP Souls For Sinners. This EP was rated 9/10 and described as “Arch Enemy meets Lacuna Coil – a welcome addition to the family of mood metal” from Metal Blaze USA.After a stunning performance at The Rock & Blues Festival, the band took time out for further writing and to find a new drummer due to the departure of Adrian McGlennon. In May 2005, death guitarist Nathan (Lordaeron) and death/doom drummer Davydd (Anaemic, Vat Of Fat) joined the band on a temporary basis adding a more harder death sound to the music.
In six weeks, Mindlapse wrote four new death/doom orientated songs, “The Wake”, “The Prophecy”, “Haunted” and “Exile”, ready for the July “Under The Earth UK Tour 2005″ with Cancer, Insomnium, Gutworm and Cruel Humanity. Mindlapse perfomed in high standard venues across the country including the last day of the tour which was in Camden’s Koko (formerly known as Camden Palace) along with Napalm Death Diecast, 25 Ta Life, Cataract and Descent. As a result of the tour, Mindlapse signed a new deal with HTT Records. They also welcomed Davydd (drums) as permanent members to the Mindlapse family. As a result, the Mindlapse debut album is scheduled to be released in 2006 followed by a UK/European tour. In the words of Ashley Byrd from
Kerrang Magazine, “the future is looking very exciting indeed”.
“Soul For Sinners” EP release 2001 Melodic Death Metal
Tight riffing underpin a viscous female vocal attack” Kerrang .
Mindlapse the other Leicester band have been around for a while and put on a very impressive performance, their brand of Death Metal with a touch of gothic thrown in for good measure and the female vocalist sang and screamed her heart out not to mention the rest of the band who were tight, inventive and impressive, if you see one of their home made CD singles around, grab it, it will be good.Justin Case Rock Review
Open Your Mind (album 2011)
Songs such as “Mine Tonight” and “All Fades Away” showcase beautifully what the band are all about, huge riffs tighter than a ducks bottom groove laden rhythm section. NG26 are well placed to make an impact on the UK scene.Powerplay Magazine Modern metal done with class! Nottinghams new kings of metal
When it comes to modern melodic metal you really have to cast your eyes with envy across the Atlantic to get a feel for what is really hot in this scene where bands like Alter Bridge, Papa Roach, Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch enjoy massive success. We are yet to really see a British band of the same ilk really make their mark in this genre, in fact Bush are the only ones that spring to mind, but that could all be about to change… Holier Than Thou have unearthed a real gem with Nottingham’s NG26 who deal in massive monster riffs, stadium sized chorus’s and tunes as catchy as an STD during Fresher’s Week at the School Of Rock!Taking massive influence from the bands mentioned above, they have managed to weld it all together with superb musicianship and a real English vibe to create a masterclass in modern guitar rock. Everything works to it’s maximum – great vocals, superb drumming, classy guitar skills and beastly bass work and the production values are to die for!As far as debut albums go you will have to look far and wide to find a more impressive effort and if you are all about hooks with your power than you will discover more barbed weapons in these 10 tracks than you would in a fisherman’s tackle box! NG26 have nailed it – hook, line and rocking sinker!9/10Best Track(s)Bring Back The Day, Look To The Sky & One More Road From Home.
TheRocks I was pretty excited about hearing this album from Nottinghams NG26 largely due to being impressed a few years ago when seeing them supporting KILL 2 THIS but they have really dragged their feet in getting this release out.The wait for this album has been a while then but it’s obvious from the off that the time has been really well spent honing and crafting a massive and tight guitar sound to accompany and compliment the impressive vocals offered up by front man Chris Topley. I can honestly see this album splitting metal fans right down the middle in respect to views – many are much more interested in the all out heaviness of acts like Mastodon and Slayer but flip the coin and the other camp are suckers for a more accessible melodic vocal lead sound and this is where NG26 sit. In a nutshell if you are a fan of bands like Shine Down, Papa Roach and Alter Bridge then this is a band that will turn your crank in the right direction.Bring Back The Day kicks things off in ear shredding fashion and by the time we hit the 5th track Look To The Sky the catchiness rating is already hitting the high numbers – they are able throw a hook into proceedings almost at will and in this business thats no bad thing. All Fades Away is my favourite track and if I was to suggest just one track to judge this bands merits on I would choose this one – killer guitar licks, powerful drums and a chorus to die for! Keeping up this high standard is a pretty tall order for any band and inevitably the last 2 tracks are fillers in comparison to the rest of the album but a solid 8 good tunes out of 10 is a damn good hit rate in anyones books and for a debut its even more impressive. I would be lying if I said this was anything better than a really good first album – they will need to offer something more original for sure going forward if they wish to really make a real mark on the scene but that said it really is a good first album and certainly hints at a promising and exciting future.
Whisperin & Hollerin I’m going to keep this short and sweet: NG26 rock and I mean Soundgarden/AlterBridge/Papa Roach style rock!Massive riffs, huge sounding drums, intricate and impressive guitar work and some great vocals make for an album that is packed to the rafters with tunes. It is amazing that this is the bands first album – I really wasnt sure what to expect upon settings eyes on this but as soon as I had it playing I was blown away – this literally sounds as big as a jumbo jets engine on take-off!I really didn’t think that British bands sounded like this anymore and that we had long since sold our souls to the American rockers but this really can be held up as an example of what can be achieved with the right amount of ambition and vision.NG26 are surely one of the Uk’s best new bands and I really would be suprised if they don’t kick on and become stars of the future. One thing is for sure – if they can pull this off live then they are really going to make some friends on their upcoming tour! Outstanding! 9/10 www.discollective.com October 2010 One band that you simply must keep an eye on.” komodorock.comOne hell of a debut album, from one hell of a set of musicians! I might even go so far as to say this is just what modern metal needs right now.” Bubblegum Sluts Magazine NG26 specilise in full-throttle in your face alternative rock and with the release of ‘Open Your Mind’ they have delivered a belter of a debut album!
The Nottingham based noise-merchants have taken a leaf directly from the book of rock as written by such luminaries as Creed, Alter Bridge and Shinedown, managing to weld some awesomely memorable chorus’s with very powerful and melodic verses. The vocals are impressive, Chris Topley the bands front man, has a huge set of lungs on him that compliments the classy guitar work superbly. Musically speaking the hard rock vibe of this band owes as much to older classic bands as it does to the new kids on the block mentioned above but they still have a clearly developed sound of their own. My 3 favorite songs on the album are the blistering opener ‘Bring Back The Day’, the video accompanied ‘One More Road From Home’ and the belting ‘Look To The Sky’. In all honesty though you could put this album on and let oy play from start to finish and you wouldnt skip a track – the quality is ace.This in an album of top notch alternative anthems and I cannot recommend it highly enough – what a band NG26 could turn out to be. www.buzzjack.com October 2010
“Heaven Sin” album release 2005 (Dark Wave/ Electro Rock)
Rather decent lush restrained intelligent dark wave electro goth rock for people who like things like Inaura or maybe a not so hard nine Inch Nails – they do it rather well. Nice artwork toooooooo — ORGAN MAGAZINE –
Heaven Sin is a lavishly packaged 12 song album that revels in the technology that was used to create it. there is a solid sense of power behind each of these songs, and a depth and complexity of sound which is mesmerising….a vast slab of development and evocative soundscapes..– SANDMAN UK –
Heaven Sin has a lot going for it, a kind of indie industrial. Neon Zoo play with maturity and a multitude of influences and their apply their samples with a freshness not so often herd in these days of perfecto programming. –ROCK SOUND UK — “
Heaven Sin ‘The brand new Neon Zoo CD sounds… grrrrreat! Or should I say “even better than that!” An album full of quality songs. Good job boys. Must listen more.’ DJ Heidi – Schatten ClubÂ ‘
A brilliant debut album, one of the best upcoming bands for a long time’ — FUNERAL NATION
A new and exciting band from the Midlands (UK). This is the title track from the band’s debut album, and one which is bound to become one of the alternative anthems of 2005. Be among the first to visit the Neon Zoo and indulge in a little Heaven Sin.’ — Kaleidoscope magazine (review of cover mounted track, Heaven Sin) –
‘It’s about time we heard a decent industrial rock band. There haven’t been any good new ones to tear the world apart in quite a while. But now Neon Zoo have been unleashed and come with an album in the works entitled Heaven Sin, chockful of electronic samples, fuzzy pumping beats and a ghostly, gothic air.’ — Black Velvet magazine
‘Finally a new, bright light shines from the black cloud that has been the UK scene for so long. This band WILL make a difference.’ — DJ CT (UK alternative club DJ)–
Good stuff , very playable, yet still has that delicious dark edge without being to far out there. The production is very polished. “Darkest Dance” has the edge entering in our playlist chart at number 18.UCA Radio University Campus Ayr
“Much preferred “Heaven Sin” lots of attitude this is the kind of music I listen to and will be plugging both tracks” B1000 Radio Brunel Uxbridge
“Darkest Dance is cool and funky” Bailrigg FM Lancaster University
Great sound, takes me back to the 1980’s with the keyboards and psychedelic tints ate night chilling music. Surge Southampton University
There is something appealing about Darkest Dance very addictive Club Evol Edinburgh
“We really like this, its funk yet dark and very different” Raw University Of Warwick.
“Acoustic” album release 2005
Takes in a wide spectrum of influences the most prominent are Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Nelson is an accomplished blues musician "Acoustic" showcases Nelson at his best. Born and growing up in Brighton, Nelson’s first contact with musicians was when the Shadows bass player, Brian Locking came to stay. One of Nelson’s strongest memories is of Brian and a fellow musician creating music with his mother’s saucepans. Nelson began writing songs when, at 16, he joined his first band, Parsley. The bass player he replaced, Julian Scott later went on to have a number one record ‘Pop Music’ with his brother Robin under the name of ‘M’. Nelson always had a great interest in recording and turned to record production.Nelson produced various singles and albums for fledgling independent labels. The first single, for a band called Carnage featured the artist Jake Chapman of the Chapman Brothers on lead guitar. Jake also designed the picture sleeve. The band signed a P&D deal with Rough Trade and made two albums. A track was included on a Christmas compilation, reaching number 1 in the independent chart. Nelson also produced a single for the band Onslaught achieving number 5 in the NME chart. TRACK LISTING Can It Hurt Face The Sun I Can Roll House On Fire I’ll Fall For You Blow Me Away You Don’t Have To Say Would You Carry Me.
NEVER THE BRIDE
“Suprise” album release promotion 2004
Never the Bride’s Nikki Lamborn and Catherine Feeney first met on stage at a jam session in a London pub. nstant rapport and a similar taste in music and direction, lead to more jamming before Nikki from Bristol and Catherine, better known as Been, from Glasgow, formed a song writing collaboration.
Nikki commuted to write, gig and busk in Covent Garden. Never the Bride was born and the duo built up a core following around the capital. Their live reputation went from strength to strength and big support slots followed from The Who, ZZ TOP and The Pretenders. After successfully supporting The Who, a personal call from Roger Daltrey lead to Nikki and Been joining Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, Peter Frampton and a few more rock gods on The British Rock Symphony Tour. The band toured the UK, Europe and Australia with the Orchestra, making a huge impression with their interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and Stairway to Heaven.
Their first performance at The Royal Albert Hall is a key moment in Nikki and Beens’ lives. Roger held up both their arms and said to the audience who were going crazy, “What d’ya reckon then? Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis.”
“After The Rock Symphony Tour ended in Australia, we decided to stay awhile and write some songs,” explains Been. “We did a Thelma and Louise, rented a car and drove across the country drinking tequila in small bottles.
“The money had run out by the time we reached Sydney, but luckily it was around the time of The Olympics and there were lots of people to entertain. Our busking skills paid for the song-writing trip and some of those songs are on our latest album, Surprise!”
Nikki’s powerful presence and strong vocals has been described as Tina Turner and Robert Plant rolled into one. Her incredible voice came under the spotlight while coaching a Cambridge choir girl in the ways of rock for Channel 4′s Faking It series.
Been, keyboard player and occasional guitarist, is the main composer behind the songs that together with Nikki’s voice, make Never the Bride unique.
Other band members include Murray Gould on guitar, who has played with Elton John, Dido and Faithless, and David Levy on bass, who has backed Rory Gallagher and Bonnie Tyler amongst others. Drummer Richie Newman’s previous gigs have included Steve Marriott, Rory Gallagher, Alvin Lee and Sam Brown.
As a response to their growing fanbase worldwide, the band have recorded a DVD rockumentary, entitled For Richer For Poorer, highlighting life for a rock band on the road both at home and abroad.
The band are playing selected dates across the UK.
“Take One For The Scene” Single and EP August 2008
Take One For The Scene- This is not only ballsy and original, but pretty friendly on the ear, so I’m going to have it on our playlist. Kube Radio University Of Stafford
Banbury four-piece indie-rocksters Outraze, judging by this EP, are very much akin to Oasis in their gutsy approach to indie/rock. That same big, hard-driven rockin’, almost timeless, stylee that always goes down so well – anywhere and anytime! Big guitar chords, great use of riffs and licks, tub-t’umpin drums and pile-driver bass all contrive to drive, support and energise the excellent vocal out-pourings. Pretty full-on rock is what this is!! Burstin’ with energy, fat on rockin’ drive, full to overflowin’ on attitudinal thrust; a bloody great sound and a stonkin’ good vibe! Outraze seem to have it all sorted and know exactly what to do to bring the best out of themselves; this is a crackin’ good EP and a great introduction to an outfit that sound incredibly professional and totally competent.
Ok, so the Outraze sound is somewhat Oasis-esque; nowt wrong with that – at least they’ve got some great original songs to blast out – and believe me they really do blast out!! Turn this baby up to max and marvel at the dynamics within – Outraze have crafted the songs here beautifully and the mix and production gives a really crisp but thunderous sound. Impressive all-round or what?? Outraze sound like a really mature bunch of rockers; total unity and stunningly tight, I don’t think the guys couldn’t have done any better than this. Outraze just nail it, on the button, stone dead! Great work!!
‘Take One For The Scene’ is due to be released November 2008) and I can see no reason whatsoever why it shouldn’t do extremely well if it’s promoted with the same sort of commitment and professionalism that the band demonstrate here. Outraze have a big bold sound; theirs is hefty indie/rock, great moshin’ stuff, radio friendly, anthemic – what more can I say? Outraze have done a bloody fine job here and truly deserve to succeed with their ballsy high-octane rock – excellent EP, massive sound, great band!! Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)
An intro that catches your ear straight away and leads you into a driving verse. One of the catchiest chorus’s I have heard in a while. This band deserve to go onto big things. URB University Radio Bath
RED LETTER DAY
“Lethal” CD original released 1999 (Punk Rock)
At their best in high gear thrashing out the locomotive melodies of “Insomnia” and “Parallel Suburbia” with a vigour reminiscent of The Damned” KERRANG.
“What’s Up With You” EP October 2012
“Nothing” single release October 2012
This is the best record of the 21st century. A monster. A-list Jeff Cooper Radio 2XS
“Nothing Changes”CD release 2000 (out of stock)
“Glorious thick edged riffs, double bass drum rhythms and the standard throaty vocals mingle effortlessly and morph onto a monstrously heavy modern groove”. Hard Roxx – .
…best metal of the nineties Terrorizer Signed to Copro with a re-release of the album Second Chance from Nothing Changes went to number 5 in the overall UK downloads charts. Having been downloaded on average two thousand times per month they were positioned at number 12 in the Global mp3 charts …. Now Signed to Copro
“I Believe In You” album release 2008
This album takes things back to the early days of alternative music. mixing goth vocals with psychedelic rhythms works well.one of those days captures the trippy innocence of psych perfectly and is my favourite.some powerful songs that make for a really enjoyable. DJ Ian Punter @ Opium
Dark powerful vocal, nice songs Radio 2XS
Love “These Wounds” More Than Just Radio
Symptom was originally formed in the early 90s from the remnants of a psychedelic punk-ska outfit called ‘The Crowd’. The early part of the 90s experienced a multi-dimensional sounding Symptom consisting of pianists, synthesizers, several guitarists, many backing singers, drummers and percussionists producing an eclectic mix of reggae-funk-metal-prog rock once likened to a Bad Brains meets Pink Floyd. 1995 was a turning point for Symptom. It was a time for going back to the basics of a four-piece and a harder edged and more defined rock sound.
ABOUT SYMPTOM’S FIRST ALBUM It started with a debut album of live recordings titled TEPMORARY ALIEN RESIDENTS originally recorded in 1995 and distributed on the band’s own ‘Little Fish’ label. The album was later taken up and officially released in August 1997 by Total / BMG with distribution in UK by Pinnacle. The album consisted of 10 songs recorded live in just two afternoon sessions in the basement of a friend’s house in Hitchin Herts England using seven mics and an 8-track recorder. The band played without separation in one room, hence the natural spill-over ‘wall of sound’ type of effect. No over-tracking or post-production techniques were used. Amazingly, the first 9 songs featured on the album were all ‘first takes’. On the last song the drummer makes a false start by dropping his sticks on the intro and the band fall about laughing, the genuine feel and the light hearted banter had become a talking point among fans and so was included also in the major release. With its no-frills and no post-production, but just a pure raw valve energy of sound captured straight onto disc, it was the record that really introduced Symptom onto the world’s music scene to an almost overnight unexpected level of critical acclaim both in the UK and around the world.
“Picture this, Robert Smith on stage with Bono, Jimmy Page and that bloke with the funny voice from Crash Test Dummies…The lead vocalist has a deep incredibly powerful voice that sticks with you after the last wail of electric guitar has faded…Symptom are literally electric” – Karen Cloudesley (Apr 96) THE PAGE
TEPMORARY ALIEN RESIDENTS Reviews Re-release TBC
“It rocks like a diesel powered juggernaut” – Martin James (21 Jun 97) MELODY MAKER
“Attacking guitar work and psychedelic lyrics” – Liam Sheils (5 Jul 97) KERRANG!
“A rarely unearthed quality vocal” – James Sherry (9 Aug 97) METAL HAMMER
“The raw energy of the band’s sound with Roman’s earth-moving voice is just awesome. A must have album. Go get!” – Baz Ashcroft (Nov 98) ROCKAGE UK“
‘It’s Raining’…Roman Kozlowski possesses the gift…to write killer tunes…anthemic…atmospheric…the sort of voice to kill for” – Andrea Thorn (Apr 2000) MAKING MUSIC
ABOUT THIS THEIR SECOND ALBUM This is Symptom’s second album which was recorded in 1998. Of its 12 songs, 5 were recorded in Hartlepool and 7 in Nottingham. Again, all main foundation tracks of drums and the three guitars (with a guide vocal) were recorded live in the studios. Main vocals, and harmonies, some percussion and keyed strings, and post-production were added later. It took 6 days to complete (4 days recording and 2 days to mix down). The only song that didn’t receive any post-production is ‘Conscience’ which has been added as a bonus track at the end of the album. It was recorded live with the guide vocal complete in its lyrics so left on. At the end of 1998 the whole album was ready and planned for release in autumn of 1999.
Throughout 1998 and early 1999 Symptom gigged the UK promoting their first album. They were voted “Best of the New” by NME at end of 1998 and chosen to headline the start of the NME Carling Premier Tour during 12th–20th January 1999. Unfortunately, soon after the tour Symptom broke-up and the album was shelved and never released. Only two songs from the second album were released as special limited edition singles for fans and promos for radio play: “I Believe in You” in 1999 and “It’s Raining (Down on Me)” in 2000.
“Just received an advance copy of “I Believe in You”. I can’t stop playing it! It’s gut-wrenchingly beautiful…his voice is for real! Moodier than the Verve…more passion than Pearl Jam. Who the hell are SYMPTOM? In my book, with this single alone, they can f***ing rule the world” – JJ Brenner (Jan-Feb 99) JAMMARAMMA ZINE
“Whats Up With You”
This is the best record of the 21st century. A monster. A-list Jeff Cooper Radio 2XS Jan 2012
“Vade FIre Session EP” May 2008 (Indie Rock)
“Absolutely brilliant EP, had my head moshin good and proper! Get them releasing singles soon! ” KCC Live Radio (live session)
“Power pop/rock featuring prominent guitar riffs, sounds not unlike Tim Burgess fronting a U2 tribute band. Good guitar sound” UCA Radio
“Excellent Band” 2XS Radio UK and USA (Live session 23rd May 2008
2XS Radio Session summer 2008
“Modern Life Virus” EP 2004 Now signed to EMI (Indie Prog mix)
“typically British rock diffusing through the fine atmospheres created by this band from Turin, with a 4 tracks EP completely written in English listen to the 2nd track “What should have been” and you’ll immediately feel their rock nature, then go to “Decalogue” and you’ll get a melancholic evolution of the sound. The last track “The same” is quiet and meditating while “Journey” gives their EP a very professional touch When we get the CDs to review, we normally need several listenens to perceive the artists message: in this EP the impact is immediate, and we clearly understood their intense musical message. Citymusic.it (Italy)
The Afterglow give us an EP that, altogether with some demos, tell us lots of the big number of their music skills and possibilities, with the band always swinging between a guitar rock of great breathe, and acoustic atmospheres of touching intensity … the refinement of an episode such as “Decalogue” cannot be ignored, thanks to the freshness of their song writing they give us the important sign of a providential change in indie music and a moment of great freedom Rockerilla (Italy) Half British and half Italian …. clean and harmonic arrangements in a pure British style, with that up and down in their music intensity that always captures the listener. Their sound is powerful and rock, with that southern America rock voice, rough and deep at the right point. The Afterglow show us very good song writing skill, a clear and strong sound, very communicating Newsic.it (Italy)
melodic tunes with with some great stirring atmospheric moments SUBCULTURE rock night The Academy Birmingham UK
A very good selection of songs well produced , an example of excellent song writing Bedford Esquires UK
“great songs” Burst Radio University Of Bristol UK
Brit-pop intro which leans toward the classic sound of Ocean Colour Scene atmospheric and soothing URN University Of Nottingingham UK
Guitars and melodies sound like The Verve a cool melodic song
Bailrigg FM University Of Lancaster UK
2007 UK RELEASE – CD – Decalogue Of Modern Life
EMI 2006 – Holier Than Thou promotion (Indie Prog mix)
The Afterglow, it has to be said, remind me just a tad of U2; with their worldly, poetic lyrics set to soaring, rockin’ riffs and superbly rounded balladic rock and everything done to a turn. The U2 comparison is meant to be a guide rather than pure fact as The Afterglow are very much their own musical beast with very much their own way of doin’ things. Those things, they do extremely well; ‘Decalogue Of Modern Life’ is a t’riffic, gentle romp through contemporary, meaningful rock music of the not too heavy variety. The Afterglow show finesse in every department – they have a great sound that draws you gently in and then caresses your senses into submission. The Afterglow write and perform mature rock music for the 21st century. There’s some ‘big’ songs here with anthemic tendencies but there’s also an over-riding commerciality with the coming together of solid rock attitude and ‘pop’ sensibility. The Afterglow have a knack of bringing ‘proper’ rock home and making it accessible and friendly without once selling out to banality.
Not content with simply writing good songs, The Afterglow’s musical arrangements are awesome and add so much to the overall appeal and listenability of this excellent album. These are damn cool and clever dudes! The title of this superb album, ‘Decalogue Of Modern Life’, is clever and pretty self explanatory – so you can no doubt work out for yourself how many tracks it contains and have a pretty good idea about its lyrical content too.
The Afterglow have set very high standards for themselves here. With precision and attention to detail The Afterglow ‘pull out all the stops’ – the album is beautifully packaged and presented – and lets face it, if you’re gonna buy one apple from a basket you’re gonna choose the one that looks most appealing and tasty – so it is with ‘Decalogue Of Modern Life’ – first impressions and all that!! Very professional and very well crafted from start to finish.
‘Decalogue Of Modern Life’ by The Afterglow is pretty much as good as it gets within its massively appealing genre. Flawless, ripe, shiny, juicy and damn tasty. Impressive stuff this, well worth a looksee, and I wish the lads well with it. Peter J Brown aka toxic pete
“Chameleon” EP release 2006
Excellent … these guys are fantastic” Subcity Radio University Of Glasgow (playlisted
“Very Catchy and easy to listen to” Rare FM University Of London (Chameleon) Playlisted)
First track reminds me of Kular Shaker, Chameleon is a strong slightly more mature song Queens Radio University Of Belfast (playlisted)
Chameleon, good tune like the guitar much prefer the first track Sin Radio University Of Belfast
Chameleon Playlisted UCR University Campus Radio Ayr
Catchy, moveable and very clear Quality and strong vocal , definitely stands out from a lot of other records ( playlisted ) URY University Of York
This is good – but even after a few plays I haven’t quite pinned it down yet Club Evol Edinburgh
“Cool sound, good tunes” The Cat 12 51 University Of Chester
THE SPACE BETWEEN
“I Need You More” single release 2007
“Full of tunes and grooves that drill little holes in your head and get stuck in your brain.” XFM
“Fresh and exiting… is sexy, groovy, sleazy, dark at times and unashamedly pop at others …Debbie Harryand Robert Smith ‘s would be lovechild”. Msn.com
“Great grooves & songs. recomended gig.” Time out London
The Tripdown Project
Nothing But Envy,EP 2011
My Condition EP 2012
Bodyhammer EP 2013
Just discovered these guys and have to say the opening track is killer and makes me want to jump around and into things!!! Second track Shimmer has a great chorus and bounces along very nicely and the final track bleeding is a fantastic musical ride with lots of different sections – all great guitar driven rock! Really look forward to hearing some more stuff by these guys!
ITUNES BUYER REVIEW
THUNDERCLAP (formally Thunderclap Numan)
“Something In The Air” 2006
Pete Goodall (Thunderclap Numan) latest album is the anthology of a historical journey from the music maker’s first foray into the industry, through to modern day.
“It’s my Lonely Planet guide to the early 1960s onwards and is a total retrospective,” explains the man who played guitar in the original Thunderclap Newman from 1970 -71, and who performed with the Troggs from 1972-73. “It’s basically my journey through the music business as player, booker, producer, writer, publisher and everything else.
Five stars — This is the first album for years and years that I have listened to over and over again. I loved the new version of ‘Something in the air’. Difficult to decide on a favourite track with so many brilliant ones to choose from, if pushed it would be ‘Thunder’. Well worth buying. Virgin Radio
“I fondly remember the original. this was a welcome item in the postbag. While different in style to the original, it has been appropriately re-phased musically to fit in with current tastes. It’s a good track and will get lots of airplay here.”
Head of music, UCA Radio University Campus Ayr.
“Still a great song”. DJ Evol, The liquid room Edinburgh.
“A cool song”. Bailrigg FM University of Lancaster.
“I really like this track, good production… a feel good summer track. ACE!!!” DJ Paul Bedford, Esquires rock night.
“Great remake of a classic, went down well with my classic rock set, had comments like I hadn’t heard in years”.
DJ Bonzi King n Bill Rock Night Northampton.
“Huge party summer track. Sounds good played late”. Rock City
“Instant floor puller nice new version feel good song”. Krazy House Liverpool
“Stalemate EP” 2012
“On The Inside 2 EP” 2012
Thirteen Seven are a rock trio based in Edinburgh, Scotland. On the Inside is their debut EP. After a first listen to this record it is clear that the title track is outstanding. On their website the band cites many influences but the one that comes up most and is most apparent in the music is Alice in Chains. It is especially borne out in the title track. The song is so strong that you are left thinking how will the rest of the EP live up to it? The answer is: pretty good. There are many influences at work here and most are American. This band is playing in the long tradition of Scottish bands and artists who sound like and are influenced by American rock and pop music, a tradition begun in the early to mid 80s with the likes of Simple Minds and Sheena Easton. These bands and artists went on to have success in the States and it would be no surprise if it happens for Thirteen Seven as well. However, there is also the influence of British bands such as Radiohead and Muse and, the band may be surprised to hear, the vocalist sounds like Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, another powerful voice from the 80s.
One of the best things about this band is its attitude. They talk and sound like a band who have already made it and this is important if you want to get noticed. The band exudes confidence and ability. But are they as good live as they are in the studio? How do they fill out the space live? Hopefully, the author will get a chance to decide but, for now, if the band tries to top the success of this EP, especially its opening track, and if they keep listening to good music then they should go places. MRU Magazine
The music of Edinburgh’s Thirteenseven is a chewy, nutty candy bar of hooks and riffs that calls Muse to mind as much as it does Stone Temple Pilots. This power trio released their first recording earlier this year and are currently riding a wave of great reviews. Hear them now on the band of the week’ MOJO’S ARMY – PICK OF THE WEEK (mojosarmy.com)
‘Sharp, fast alternative rock from Thirteenseven…’THE LIST / BANNERMANS
“Thirteenseven cite their influences as Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Muse, so I think it is safe to say that their music – will be an aural rollercoaster ride, and indeed it is. The Edinburgh three-piece major on bone crunching riffs and soaring choruses. Guitarist/Singer Kenny is not afraid to show his feelings as the emotive lyrics aver. The bassist, Stephen, likes to dabble in distorted and clean sound textures in equal measure and drummer Simon builds the sound on the rockiest of foundations. Gigs and BBC Alba, what the hell! Where? When? How? – continue as I write, and they are already working on that difficult second album. Reviews talk of “epic seas of riffs and leads.” Hmmmm. Biffy Clyro spring to mind not, you’ll be surprised to note, necessarily a bad thing. Good luck to (and look out for) them, says The Leither.”THE LEITHER MAGAZINE
“Rock seems a bit of a niche market right now but if there’s room for Biffy Clyro there’s room for this lot! I think they will go far. Check them out on Myspace.”MAD MACKEREL BLOG
“This band takes the time-honoured, traditional approach to ensuring that you’re gonna fall under its spell and the first thing that involves is an opening track to make you go “wow!!!”. There’s a huge chorus that flows from the verses almost imperceptibly as the whole thing drives headlong into your heart with all guns blazing. There’s simply not a less than excellent track here – fantastic guitars, driving, solid rhythms, emotive and strong sounding vocals, all delivering well arranged and superbly written songs that you want to hear again and again.” DEAD EARNEST
“Set against a cohesive, tight, driving rhythm section, the guitarist blew you away with this epic sea of riffs and leads, a vocalist who can really deliver the songs with passion and conviction… the band gave a stunning performance – hopefully it won’t be too long before they’re back” DUNDEE HUSTLERS
“Take Or Leave It” EP release 2008
Thunderbird 13 are a hard hitting rock’n'roll band based in the south west of England. Formed from the remnants of several other bands, frontman Goffzilla fuses each members love of all things rock’n'roll to produce a sound that hasnt been heard since the good old days.
Starting life as a studio project back in 2006, Thunderbird 13 soon became more than that as soon as it was proven that groupies arent found in the studio, they are found at gigs….. that and the more than pleasing response to the finnished tracks gave them a thirst for more. Turning a by-product of being sick of listening to fads and trends and an aminalistic hunger for volume and guitar solos into a musical experience, they are grabbing genres of the past by the balls and punching modern music in the face. 2007 is set to be quite a year for the band, so if your down with Thunderbird 13 and ready for a rock’n'roll revolution get onboard cause the wreckin balls a rollin.
“Take or Leave It rolls a steady driving beat. I like all five songs on the CD,
but this one stands out for its energy and originality”. HFM Leic
“Rock as it should be with a good hard edge supported by a pumping bass and bashing drums “More Than Just Radio
“Big riffed Meaty meaty rock, not for the faint hearted“ Barfly Birmingham
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“Disturbance In The Equilibrium” album release May 2008
Torn are a 3-piece experimental, groove based rock band from the UK… The conception of 3 musicians, who have worked together over the years, in various bands & recording projects… TORN represents the melting pot that is their combined musical characters… Elements of funk, Rock, weirdness.
“intricate, stylish, classy, sophisticated …having may layers experimental, funky – reminds me quite a lot of early Incubus … but at the same time very unique.” Kerrang Radio
Torn are Jules Reason (guitar and voice), Dave Savage (bass) and Steve Parsons (drums); an experimental, groove based rock three-piece. For just three these guys make a pretty sumptuous sound! I like the way they use the word voice rather than vocal; voice somehow suggests more than just vocals, voice suggests something of more depth, something more abstract, something more refined – Reason has a talent for using his voice to extract much more from the words, something much more convincing and more rounded!
With music that hints at prog rock but also leans heavily towards soft rock, Torn seem to have got it all pretty much sorted. ‘Disturbance In The Equilibrium’ is a very tasty work with much to admire. I love Torn’s ability to make a big ‘noise’ without ever over-doing the mixing; Torn balance the instrumentation beautifully – there’s no sign of clutter or over-playing and the vocals are pitched superbly within the mix. Reason has an unusual voice which straight away gives these guys an edge coz they’re instantly recognisable. Reason’s precise delivery, at times, acts like an extra instrument – somewhat reminiscent of Thom Yorke at his best and most lucid!
‘Disturbance in The Equilibrium’ by Torn is an exciting piece of work; Torn inject jazzy vibes to lift the rock thing just a tad higher. Their attention to detail is exceptional which helps make this album the monster it is. Torn don’t take the easy route of straight indie rock, Torn tour genre and employ nuances from everywhichway to create their signature sound. This is very classy stuff indeed! And extremely clever!
Funk meets rock, jazz meets pop – Torn’s wonderfully creative streak ensures that every track has a life of its own, every track has something fresh and new to offer. Reason’s guitar work is particularly interesting; Reason explores dynamics and time signatures as he very carefully soaks space with vibrant guitar passages, fills and riffs – nothing in the guitar department is lost to showmanship, nothing is allowed to drift into self-indulgent guitar histrionics – great stuff. Savage an Parsons offer Reason an absolutely bespoke rhythmic backdrop, everything fits beautifully, everything’s just so, everything is similarly controlled and proportioned – great work here too! Torn’s songs border on epic; lyrically there seems to be a penchant for the slightly darker aspects of descriptive story-telling, nothing dismal, nothing drab, just wonderfully balanced words with music shaped and proportioned to match and enhance.
‘Disturbance In The Equilibrium’ by Torn is an exceptional album; from conception, through execution, to final delivery Torn have gone flat out to ensure that ‘Disturbance In The Equilibrium’ is a quality release. So, Torn’s songs are massively impressive and Torn deliver their songs with total unity, professionalism and finesse. ‘Disturbance In The Equilibrium’ is stunningly package and comes complete with lyrics – you can sing along from the first play if only you can master and pre-empt Torn’s masterfully creative timings and melodies. ‘Disturbance In The Equilibrium’ by Torn is a wonderful album that deserves time spending with it to fully appreciate the musical art of this great band. Stunning album, fantastic band!! Quality indeed!! Follow this one then you Torn guys – that’s not gonna be easy!! Peter J Brown aka toxic pete
This three piece band go with a very favourable sound, keeping things simple with just a guitar, a bass and a set of drums with which to craft magic. The band are signed on the Holier Than Thou record company and one must say that they do have a habit of unearthing some decent talent. The band name is the only thing I can find to criticise – you cannot guess at the funky rock they produced from such a disparate band name! However, I put it on you to dislike their first single ‘Sideways’. It sounds like something that people would make at a jam session and it’s all the more better for it. For any groove-rock to sound good, especially in a three piece, you need to have exceptional bass work and this criteria is definitely fufilled by Dave Savage. Savage’s pacey bass line keeps the song ticking along in an excellent manner, the thread that ties verse, chorus and bridges together. The drumming is exactly right for this song, a well crafted beat that WILL have you tapping your toes. Don’t bother resisting it either, you won’t hear a much funkier song then this. The press release with this single describes a ‘melting pot’ of talent and musical vision and you do feel that way – I reiterate that the jam-like quality of this song is something only accomplished by a true harmony between the band members. The vocals flick between husky melodic singing and gritty shouting during the chorus. The first song is definitely worth a listen. The second track, ‘Kiss Of Life’, starts off in a much tenser way and indeed, the song feels alot more serious then the first one and talks of winter and an experience devoid of happiness.
The vocals are almost spoken in this song for large chunks so you can clearly follow the direction and the mood that Jules Reason is heading in. Alot more impetus is put on Reason’s guitar in this song and he bashes out some awesome riffery halfway through the song that is nicely accentuated by some highhat tinkling by Parsons. This song is definitely alot less funky but it picks it up in raw mood and eccentric darkness. Definitely a band to listen too, so go and download their album ‘Disturbance In The Equilibrium’ as quick as you can – it’s worth the bandwidth and the money it demands!
Rock 3 Radio
Rats-It’s not what I expected from the artwork! Mellow and sultry, and full of colour; its been put on our playlist.
Sideways- this has also had a bit of airplay, its very anthemic and swinging and seems to have been popular. Kube Radio University Of Stafford
Sounds perfect altogether with distant, Morricone-sound-like guitars….. dark, heavy, grim, extremely distinct and suggestive. Subsity Radio Glasgow
EP demo 2001 (demo promotion)
“Dragging Me Down” CD single (3 Tracks) “Drummers are like buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along together. Which explains why pound for pound, you get more pounding from Torsohorse with the stereo assault of Lil and G.D. To experience what it’s like to get hit by two buses, the unholy, pulsating and shredding assault of their three track E.P.” Kerrang
“The songs thunder along with with doubled up drums of Lil and G.D, whilst main man Adam peels out charred riffage and black metal hollers. There is a cohesion and musicality on here which definitely points to a bright future.” PowerPlay Rock and Metal Magazine.
“Torsohorse are a four headed, two drummered speed metal monolith playing tortured songs, which deal in pain, rejection and revenge. A maelstrom sound, which is huge and brutal, yet fiercely disciplined. More than just music, this is huge, overpowering and utterly irresistable. Radar Magazine, Japan
“I’ve known and seriously respected Torsohorse for a while now. And in that time they’ve traversed light years in terms of their musical direction and all encompassing entertainment value. Since Nu-Metal stamped to the forefront of the alternative music scene, dungeonfuls of bands have come and gone, having crashed and burned in their own lack of originality. But Torsohorse have the potential, if they continue to experiment and usher themselves in multiple musical directions, to do themselves, their county and then their country, seriously proud.” Juxta Fanzine
“Distrurbing Joy”album release 1997
Source from- Copro Records website.
Formed in September 1996 after the demise of Suicide Bride. Violet Ultra are a 4 piece band from Boston, Lincolnshire, U.K. Their debut CD “Disturbing Joy” was recorded for Holier Than Thou Records in September 1996 at The Outhouse Studios in Reading and was released in April 1997. A copy was sent to Kerrang and reads as follows:
“Disturbing Joy” is a barbed combination of rock power and punk pace. Violet Ultra rise above comparisons with Therapy? The Almighty & Stiff Little Fingers, by displaying fine songwriting nous with the likes of “Blow me Away”, more infectious than a dip in the sea at Blackpool. And the Celtic overtones of “A Quiet Day” showing a more thoughtful restrained side. KKK – Paul Travers KERRANG!
Since releasing the Album, the band have played with Whatever, U.K. Subs, Snuff, The Vibrators, Goober Patrol, King Prawn, Dog Toffee and most recently The Jellys. The band have gigged afar afield as Inverness(Scotland) to Yeovil(England) & Cardiff(Wales).Signed to Copro Rcds last year the band have since recorded “Psychobabble”; a 13 track album produced and engineered by Dave Chang (Earthtone9, Orange Goblin). The material being a lot darker but still as catchy as FUCK, the band have been described as a lying somewhere in between Therapy? & Offspring.
“3-D” CD single promotion 1999 (out of stock)
“energetic hybrid……breaks down barriers of age and musical genre.. powerful modern rock” Dryslope Magazine .
A cool twist of powerful rock ,….stunning vocals Indiesounds.
“Dada” album album 2007 Now signed to Universal Italy
Signed to OXYD Universal Italy lst Jan 07
Every so often new music falls into our hands that we’re so blown away by we just have to share. Such is the case with Colin Waterson, the Glasgow born, blue-eyed soul singer whose debut album Dada is pure electro-heaven. Think Annie Lennox or Billie Ray Martin’s younger brother. Think Boy George and Alison Goldfrapp’s love child. The album is dramatic, both high BPMs and low. First single “Fa Fa Feel,” reminiscent of Goldfrapp, bounces along while his filtered vocals slowly build. On “Cool Connection” he sings “walk down the street, feel the heat, I’m electric.” Indeed he You’ll want to dance. Trust us. He’s part disco belter and part glam rocker. He’s also a torch singer. Although the upbeat, electro-pop gems on Dada are near perfect, it’s the slower parts of the record that truly show Waterson’s vocal prowess. Sad love songs are a dime a dozen, but they rarely sound this freaking cool. “Every Shade of Wrong” and “Can’t Go Back Again” are slow, moody, and complete with heartbreaking lyrics. You can hear the hurt in his voice and it’s a wonderful contrast to the over-produced pop and soulless dance music we gays consume in mass amounts.Very rarely does an artist’s style equally match his substance. Waterson’s accomplished just that. Dada delivers musically, lyrically, stylistically, and vocally. He looks goods and sounds even better. The album is now available in the US via iTunes. If you buy it, we’ll forgive you when you grab Paris Hilton’s album next month. Well, maybe we will. Queerty.com USA
A mixture of hip hop beats and electronic, the more you play it the more you like it Fa Fa Feel is excellent IBFM University of Burnley UK
mix of styles, Bowie like vocal and electro playing UCA RADIO University of Ayrshire
“Great track” White Whisper on playlist Smoke Radio University of Harrow UK
“Very cool funky .. very different” Bailrigg FM University of Lancaster UK
“Original and interesting” XPRESSION FM Exeter University UK
“Big mix of electro pop” spot plays for White Whisper KCC Live University of Liverpool Liverpool
“White Whisper, cool track” Luton FM Luton University UK
Signed to OXYD Universal Italy lst Jan 07
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YES MY NINJAS?
“Snowy Owl ep” 2007
Quite unlike anything else currently doin’ the rounds; genre blurring, boundary pushing, a pick-and-mix, Heinz 57 Varieties, all-sorts kinda thing that’s as brash as it is innovative.Taking in influences that seem to be as far-reaching as New Order to Frank Zappa, Yes My Ninjas? take no prisoners and make no apologies! Yes My Ninja? actually don’t just blur genre, they contort, they squeeze, they totally destroy whatever boundaries they come across and truly find a niche that’s scarily original and pretty mind-blowin’!! Yes My Ninjas?’ press pack tells of, “…music that is at times electro-pop and at other times crushingly heavy hardcore or intensely techy drum and bass.”!!!!! And that doesn’t tell half the story! Yes My Ninja? go to places that most artists wouldn’t even dream of visiting let alone dare to go to! And, the end result is remarkably compelling and quite amazing. This quite strangely titled, self-released album, ‘Snowy Owl’, is a total mind-fuck of aural surprises that test the imagination, challenge musical normality and push back frontiers of composition. Yes My Ninja? make a mockery of ‘pigeon-holing! This outfit really do defy ‘rhyme and reason’ but still manage to make this album something very special indeed. Ok, ‘Snowy Owl’ aint gonna be to everyone’s taste and I’m sure Yes My Ninja? are well aware of their limited market-place. But, they throw caution to the wind and stick two fingers up at pop banality to re-invent musical experimentation twenty-first century style – they put a new meaning to ‘innovation’ and simply go for it – big style! And, it’s absolutely superb!! ‘Snowy Owl’ from Yes My Ninja? is as different as it is wholesome. It’s a wondrous outing of modern music that’s full of twists and turns, a positive cacophony of inventive sound, texture and experience – remarkable in its audacity, stunning in its guile, suggestive, evocative, brazen, extremely challenging but massively entertaining – a real gem of contemporary musical experimentation and just fantastic all round!
Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk) 10 / 10
“Alive and Well”UK promo track from their S/T album release October 2007
The indie rock stylings of yuca are an enjoyable listen.different layers in the track combine to produce a rich and interesting sound. Burst Radio Bristol University
“A very solid, radio-friendly track with effective soaring vocals and good, supportive playing” UCA Radio University of Ayr
CD promotion 1998 (out of stock)
“This is my favourite album of the year so far, and worth 5 stars in anyone’s book. Highly Recommended” Powerplay . “This album defies the norm and sets new bounderies for the future”……”slaps you in the face like a can of Tango” GC Rocks .
“This is a truly original work, and a must for all darkwave techno fans” Hard Wired. .
“Pleasing thick and crunchy industrial thrash …..wouldn’t be out of place on Satan’s dance floor” Metal Hammer. .
“Zonei are leading lights of the impeding goth revival ” “….dark statement of intent, all wrapped up in mystical imagery” Rock Sounds.
“Zonei have all the right ingrediants” Kerrang.