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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

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