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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

In Dantes Eclipse - Ashes in The Rain EP

In Dantes Eclipse, from Wolverhampton, are one of the many new Birmingham bands I've had the pleasure to work with in the last 12 months, doing BritRockArmy. Albeit the only live experience I have with them is, and I'm sure all parties would admit, one that they would rather forget due to the technical issues at the venue on the date in question. I'm more than happy to say that BritRockArmy in no way jinxed IDE and they have gone on to much better things including support slots with their heroes, The Defiled, and Fearless Vampire Killers. In fact, the continue to go from strength to strength. And on the back of their debut EP, Ashes in The Rain, it's easy to see why this is the case.

With an image and sound most bands their age wouldn't dream of entering into, Hal, Ant, Ben, Georgie, and the recently added Danny Delta on keyboards, have built up quite a following in the relatively short time they've been together. The reasons for this, partly down to the guidance of Ian Marshall from Freaky Pug PR and Records, partly down to the band still being in the early stages of a massive journey for them all, but mainly down to the undeniable talent the 5 of them have. And they have it in spades!! 

With Ashes In The Rain, what you have is 4 original tracks, all of which are worthy of release as singles. Enemy kicks things off, and when Hal's vocal starts, you could so easily be listening to Marilyn Manson, Sisters of Mercy, etc. His vocal tone is awesome, making the transition from smooth deep tones to harsh rasping emotion seem effortless. Ant's lead guitar work is amazing and throughout the EP, there are some brilliant solo's. Cadaver, and Swallow follow in the same vein. My personal favourite track on the EP is the closing Gravediggers Wife. It's a great showcase for the whole bands talents and finishes of a brilliantly crafted piece of work from such a young band, work that they should all be incredibly proud of. They have a sound that far surpasses their youth, and I have a feeling they're going to be around for some time to come.

I've been hearing great things about their new sound since Danny joined the fold, and I'm looking forward to hearing the new material very soon.

In Dantes Eclipse are:-
Ben Jogee (Flizz) - Drums
Hal Lows Deadman - Vocals and guitar
Anthony Birch (Scissors) - Guitar
Georgie Demona - Bass
Danny Jones (Delta) - Keyboard

Full track list for Ashes in The Rain:-
1 Enemy
2 Cadaver
3 Swallow
4 Gravediggers Wife

Monday, 22 July 2013

Brand New Machine - The Devil Made Me Do It

The new album from US rockers Brand New Machine is released on July 23rd 2013. It's 11 tracks of great classic rock 'n' roll that transport the listener back in time. Like a combination of everything good about rock and roll music from the last 20 years, with some Dave Lee Roth and Axl Rose in their. The album is filled with awesome riffs, relentless drums, and truly killer guitar solo's, with the addition of raspy vocals, more gravely than Joe Cocker with a throat infection.

The opening track Here I Am (Party), sets the stall out perfectly with great riffs, a power vocal, and the sort of chorus that should have crowds singing along in no time. It's followed closely by new single Girls Like You, which is a real throwback to DLR, Axl, and classic rock of the late eighties/early nineties, it's also packed full of awesome riffs and some great, albeit brief, guitar solo's. Next up is the albums title track, Devil Made Me Do It, another smash mouth, relentless assault, (in the best sense of the word), on the ear drums.

The whole album is an absolute cracker! It's a real shame the guys are all the way in Dallas, Texas, or I'd be booking them in a heartbeat. Dust in The Sky takes me back to days of listening to British rockers Def Leppard, albeit at a slightly faster tempo, lol. Now I know I keep making reference to days gone by, and how like some classic bands Brand New Machine sound, but make no mistake, these guys are no rock n roll wannabe's, because although their influences maybe classics, they create a sound that is completely their own. Awesome riffs, tight solo's, and amazing vocals bring a whole new vibe to their style. Brantly Thompson brings both soulful tones, and rocky rasps to a vocal that not many singers could pull off. Michael Thomas' guitar work is at times breathtaking, whilst bassist Wiley IV and drummer Kenny Sizelove both play their parts in creating something that is pretty damn close to as good as it gets!!

Devil Made Me Do It is available tomorrow from all the usual outlets.

Brand New Machine are:-
Brantly Thompson - Vocals
Kenny Sizelove - Drums/Vocals
Wiley IV - Bass/Vocals
Michael Thomas - Guitars/Vocals

Full Track List for Devil Made Me Do It
1 Here I Am (Party)
2 Girls Like You
3 Devil Made Me Do It
4 Dust In The Sky
5 Here And Gone Today
6 Living For Another Day
7 Always on The Run
8 Blackout Overdose
9 Letting It Roll
10 What Do I Gotta Do
11 Let Me Go
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