Nearly three years after debut release ‘Dead/sleep’, Utah rockers HOLLOW I AM are back with brand new release ‘Neverwake’.
With first single ‘Bloodletting’ setting an overall tone for the EP, the band truly “wanted to showcase a song that brings immediate chaos and energy when playing the first few notes.” – David Blake (Vocalist)
Make sure to listen to the track below and download their new EP available now!
Primordial Swarm, one of Manchester’s growing underground slam bands are ready to spread gore across Metal 2 The Masses. Having lost two members in early February and the arrival of a new bassist, the dynamics of the band have been altered. Drawing the chance to headline and win the heat, PS are clearly ready to show you their new side.
First of all, slam in a Metal 2 The Masses competition heat isn’t exactly what one would expect to see. Prog, alt-rock crossovers? Yes. Brutal slam? Not so much. Despite a 10 minute late start, opener ‘Xenophile’ instantly rocked Rebellion’s crowd, inflicting either fear or enjoyment into the unsuspecting audience. Even by the end of the first track, PS opened a pathway for a plethora of new fans. Even for older fans, fan favourites ‘Apply Directly to Rectal Fissures’ and ‘Precision Mutilation’ also gave way for new bassist Alex Arrowsmith to debut his contributions to the band. Throughout both tracks, timing was exactly on point with minimal faults throughout. Even with so much movement and vocalist Joe Willis slamming his head off a guitar, there is a clear correlation between practice and near perfection.
If there’s any criticisms for the set, it would be the communication between songs. The set did have to be rushed due to the late start, in turn meaning any between song talk was cut out. Circumstances mainly out of their control, but something that is still a point for working on. Improvising through this by hyping up the crowd during vocal breaks in the song helped, perhaps something to incorporate more into future sets.
However, debut track ‘Scaphism’ is what truly brought out the best performance. Altering their genre with the addition of slamming fight riffs and heavier instrumentals than ever, the new music expected soon will be one to look out for. Yet, it’s also noticeable the change in persona during the newly written track. Yes, the majority of the set was flowing with a high-level impact of energy, but through new track and the re-written version of ‘Synthetic Cannibalistic Infusion’, these are clearly songs the band WANTS to play and produce. A final push for the band in their set and placed well in their set.
A rather impressive performance with the odd fault, but nothing that can’t be improved. Primordial Swarm has an incredible stage performance, as well as audience reaction, ultimately earning them the chance to progress into the semi-finals. Want to see them? Check them out at Rebellion – Metal 2 The Masses Semi Final Heat 1 on 5th May!
Avenoir have changed. With their original vocalist/bassist departing and two new members joining the party, there is a lot on the line for the Leeds quartet. ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’, named from the Greek myth tragedy (well the majority were tragedies) is the next step for the group. How does the story end?
A consistant buildup of intensity shrouds the track in a fuzzy, yet slightly distorted manner, bringing the power of the lyrics to light. Guitar solo? Not entirely necessary, but fits well enough that it isn’t too isolated, but adds some extra length and change to the track. The track is fairly similar throughout, but the slow build saves what could have ended up as a constant repetition. It isn’t bad, in fact, the melancholic guitar tones help bring a gloomy atmosphere to the track, similarly seen in their EP ‘3027‘.
However, there is an obvious change from their previous releases. This is always the risk when changing members, especially vocalists. The vocals aren’t mixed as well into the track, but with their distorted grunge style, this could be attributed towards their gritty, raw genre. Yet, what does come through is that the vocal tone is less fitting. Slightly off at points, and too separate from the rest of the track. As the track builds the vocals do become more fitting, clearly seen through in the lead-up to the tracks guitar-solo bridge. This helps settle the tracks flow creating more balance, but gaining this through the tracks entirety is the next step.
Avenoir have the musical potential as seen in their previous releases. With two lineup changes now in place, Avenoir could go down a completely different route. Finding the balance as a band is the next step and only time will tell if they will reach it.
Nearly three years since the release of ‘Dreamless‘, Fallujah are back on track to present what could be their biggest risk yet. An altered line-up and adapted sound, the band are going forward to release their new album ‘Undying Light‘, starting with their new single ‘Ultraviolet’.
As a comparison to their older material from ‘Dreamless’, this is a change. With new vocalist Antonio Palermo taking the reins, there is a noticeable difference in the raspy screams of Ultraviolet compared to Alex’s harsh lows featured over their past material. While Palermo is a good vocalist, his accentuated screams don’t fit over the track. Perhaps more tuned to a post-hardcore styled band over atmospheric metal, the vocal difference contrasts a little too much for the track.
The interesting lead guitar work still holds strong in the track, lifting the track upwards with the clean cutting solos. It seems that while every instrumental has its place, the guitars are almost drowned out by the vocal layers of the track. At points, it almost becomes a battle as to which aspect takes the lead, instead of a balanced flow. Midway through the track is where a balance is almost reached, and just needs to be tweaked and spread through the track to balance it. Despite the differences the track brings, the lyrical content is still up to a high standard, even with Palermo taking the lead on song writing. With the whole album based around a ‘snapshot of a disillusioned, narcissistic society’ (Scott, guitar) hopefully we can continue to see this high standard highlighted through the full album.
The main point is, this is most definitely a change for Fallujah. Taking a turn into a new route is inevitable, even if their first attempt does seem a little generic amongst their discography. One point is clear – this is not the old Fallujah and probably will never be. From a single, it’s hard to judge the upcoming albums potential, but the single is not bad. From a standalone viewpoint, the release is good, however it has and will cause a few issues for older fans of the metal quartet. Their new album is to be released on March 15th, then we can truly see where they are going.
Following on from debut EP ‘From Day One’, Hungarian metal band Harmed have dropped their newest single Jester.
Commenting on the release, Levi (vocals) explains “Jester” is a song about hate for those who ridiculed us in the past. It serves as a source of revenge.” The groups brutal take on their music shows a definite improvement in their musical abilities, despite the song being shorter than usual. Make sure to check out the video below!