Fascinating Things : Issue 08

With little or no deference to good taste we’ll kick off this time around with a new album from In Defence called “Don’ t Fuck With The Dungeon Master”.  Hailing from Minneapolis, the band aims to meld the styles of Thrash, Hardcore, Punk, and Metal. They have been an underground favourite since 2006. Described as “Witty and satirical, Serious and political”, In Defence seem to have their tongues in their collective cheeks for this new album which was released independently on June 16th.

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Having formed as a more straightforward hardcore act in 2006, the quartet’s volatile brew quickly developed into more of a thrash-inspired crossover attack, the sound they’ve dominated in the studio and live ever since. While steadily pushing for positive societal change and unity, their methodology is heavily party and satire-infiltrated versus taking a preacher’s stance with their views.  The new release melds terrace chant punk with metal guitars to create an enjoyable 33 minutes of heavy fun. Get it here.

Previous releases are available on Bandcamp.

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And onto The Oxford Coma, who have a new release “Paris Is Mine” via Bandcamp out on August 7th.

Originally called “The Pulls”, a recent change of direction resulted in a new cover layout and title for the album.  Through several line-up alterations and sporadic expansions, the usual three-piece of bass, guitar and drums at times expands for live shows to include a second drummer. This time the tactic was applied in the studio setting giving a fuller sound.

Utilizing both a former and current percussionist, and continuing their self-described recording “de-evolution” by continuing to opt for rawer, live, DIY productions with each release has resulted in their most brutal material to date.

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Bent on combining the weirdness and freshness of improvisation with the intensity and honesty of good metal and the lasting impact of innovative rock, the new album was produced with minimal production, the vocals all in one take in order to preserve a natural feel.

Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered by Jalipaz at Audioconfusion in Mesa, Arizona, “Paris Is Mine” delivers forty minutes of cleverly constructed hard rock, as perplexing as it is enthralling, closing out with an improvised jam and a drop-tuned cover of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.”. Sometimes they move into impressive heavy blues rock mode and get quite funky.

“Paris Is Mine” is independently released in digital on August 11th, with a limited physical format to follow.

The ever busy Public Service Broadcasting release a new single from “The Race For Space” album in live favourite “The Other Side”. Whilst it has been gratifying to see the growing popularity of the band I do wonder where they are going to go next musically.

I featured The Creeping Ivies a couple of weeks back, and their new three track EP “The Witch House”, they’ve released a video to accompany the release. Out on August 16th.

The Marks Cartel release their brand new single ‘Take Me Home’ ,produced by Lee House,  their first release since signing to End Of The Trail Records. Released on 24th July 2015 the single is quantum leap forwards for the Swansea band with a sound that is unashamedly commercial. The band areare Matt Turner (vocals & guitar), Kristian Tabram (guitar & vocals), Rhodri Allcock (bassist & vocals) and Emyr Lewis (drums). They formed in 2013 in the tiny Welsh village of Cwmllynfell and took their name from the notorious Welsh cultural icon and his ‘organisation’.

A triumph of dark and protean North American black metal, Predatory Lights and Vorde join forces for a 38 minute excursion into the abyss that solidifies both acts’ ascendancy of contemporary black metal. Following their acclaimed debut EP, the former expands upon their first effort and offers 2 tracks of stygian black metal steeped in murk and gloom. For their side, Vorde contribute a twisting mass of ritual black metal, showcasing an original atmosphere that can only be called their own, improving upon their already stellar 2014 debut.

Psychedelic doom purveyors, Dark Buddha Rising, will be releasing their fifth studio album, “Inversum”, on 25th September, their first release on Neurot Recordings.

The album follows their 2014 European tour with Mr. Peter Hayden, with the Finnish black psychedelic doom 6-piece deservedly garnering further recognition as masters of the art of the hypnotic and dark sonics, which they have been honing for the past 8 years since their inception.

Inversum swallows the listener into an introspective realm of dark psychedelia, menacing mysticism and weighty, trudging riffs.

“Inversum” is the debut of the third line-up of Dark Buddha Rising. It acts as an initiation for the new members V. Vatanen (guitar, vocals), J. Saarivuori (keyboards) and M. Neuman (vocals). The album is released in September.

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Canadian’s In Flight Safety have a new single out on July 24th via Conehead UK.  Called “Destroy” is it  taken from the bands third album “Conversationalist”, released back end of 2014, this is the bands second official single. Comparisons to Foals and Interpol have never been far away from this record which has been synced recently on Vampire Diaries and The Office US. Note the appearance of former WWE superstar The Edge at the end of the video……for the benefit of those with flash photography.

Manchester legends The Things have an EP launch at Tiger Lounge on July 25th, it’s free entry and Bury’s The Disappeared are supporting. The new EP features former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher who was part of the original line-up.

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Ex Death to the Strange man John Lowndes has a new release under the Patchwork Rattlebag name via Bandcamp, an interesting change musically for John, who is better known for his guitar work,

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This weeks incoming

As usual a serious amount of new material has been delivered here at Aural Delights HQ over the last week so there has not been much time for considered reviewing.

Three pre-release tracks from the new Sallie Ford album “Slapback” have arrived and they sound fantastic. The sound is a little more raw and increases the anticipation for the full release on October 13th.

I finally got around to purchasing the excellent album from My Little Brother “If we never came down” which is marvellous. I featured the band on the radio show a couple of years back and i’ve been meaning to get hold of the release – glad I did it’s fantastic.

My appreciation of the new Trojan Horse album “A World Turned Upside Down” is reflected in an interview with Nick Duke from the band on the Studeo Blog. Suffice to say that the quartet have overcome the “difficult second album” hurdle with some ease and have created something genuinely groundbreaking. Links and stuff are in the review in the other place. I also put together a special podcast to celebrate the album launch which features old and new material from the band as well as each band members musical favourites plus a few of my own choices to break up the mix.

Aural Delights Podcast reaches it’s 100th edition in a couple of weeks so I’ve been putting my mind to how I might celebrate that milestone – pending that here is the latest edition

The new metal and garage music keeps flowing and there have been some remarkable releases which I just have not had chance to write about so I’ll let the Sonic Attack Podcast  tell the story – although I will point out the new OHHMS album as a bit of a highlight

And here’s some quick one-lines on the rest of the new material…..all of which should be appearing on future podcasts at some point…..

Cable35 – Coconut Supply (Single) Free Download from Website – Out Now

Taken from the Fungus EP which was out earlier in the year. Fresh neo-grunge sound with a hint of Sonic Youth, Excellent

Roses Never Fade – Devil Dust (Album) Neuropa – Out Now

Remarkable mix of ambient textures and moody acoustic strumming with dark, brooding vocals. Featuring Ancient Wisdom’s Nathan Opposition, The Way To Light’s Austin Rathmell and Pale Creation’s Nick Fiction. Impressive.

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Album) Avalanche Records – 6th October 2014

Slightly disappointing in that there is nothing new of note. The usual industrial metal tropes are here and it’s all delivered very well but I could have done with a bit of development maybe.

Positronik – Better Late Than Never (Album) German Shepherd Records – 17th October 2014

Post split compilation of the majority of their recordings. High quality soul-pop with electronica elements.

Dope Body – Lifer (Album) Drag City – 20th October 2014

Impressive second outing for this Baltimore Quartet. Excellent rock/punk and contender for album of the year.

Annhilated – XIII Steps to ruination (Album) Unique Leader – 28th October 2014

Debut, full length intense and unforgiving death metal with some technical elements

Atomzero – Surface (Single) Analogue Trash – release date unknown

Post punk electronica in an Ultravox and that ilk style, but with a touch of Moroder

Monster Jaw – Monster Jaw (EP) Cobra Kitten Records – 27th October 2014

Pop flecked ear-worm in an indie package – vocals seem a bit low in the mix, but good for all that

Surburban Myth – Crashed and Burned (Single) Self Released – 31st October 2014

One of those tunes which has a great verse but a disappointing chorus. The second single taken from the band’s debut Album ‘Welcome (If Only)’.

Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space (Album) Cargo – 23rd February 2015

A Teaser video for the new album, which is a long way off, looks to continue the work to date, I hope they will have developed some of there elements to freshen up the sound.

and finally a little treat with the new video from Le Butcherettes…..

Public Service Announcement……

Utterly marvellous!

‘Signal 30’ is a notoriously grisly and hard-hitting US road safety film from 1959. Taking inspiration from the original title, and stopping via numerous other American public information driving films including ‘The Bottle and The Throttle’ and ‘None For The Road’, PSB deliver three and a half minutes of pure adrenaline – driving fast so you don’t have to.

‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’ is released on Test Card Recordings on May 6 2013 and features previous singles ‘Spitfire’, ‘ROYGBIV’ and ‘Everest’, three tracks which all won BBC 6Music’s Rebel Playlist in 2012 – a breakthrough year for the band which saw the band selling 13k copies of their debut release ‘The War Room’ EP.

J. Willgoose, Esq. and his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, will embark on a mammoth 46 date tour of the UK in late February, March and May in support of the
single and album – taking care to drive safely along the way, of course.

All tickets available from: publicservicebroadcasting.net

PSB will be releasing a super limited edition 7” vinyl to tie in with Record Store Day on 20 April

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