New Reviews April & May 2012

Its been a while since I linked any of my reviews so here are a selection from the last couple of months:

Snowing – I Could Do Whatever
Snowing’s debut full length has frenetic upbeat energy bursting from every bar, it’s full of quirky riffs, distorted lo-fi textures and an intense vocal delivery layered over some great little catchy tunes. Admittedly there are a ton of American bands around at the moment peddling a similar sound but Snowing manage to bring everything together in just the right way to deliver a bouncy, scratchy, melodic album that gets under your skin (in a good way).
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Pelican – Ataraxia/Taraxis
Chicago four piece Pelican are described as anything from post-metal to post-instrumental but however you label them they always produce some inspiring atmospheric work and new instrumental four track EP Ataraxia/Taraxis plays to all their strengths perfectly, each track showcasing an aspect of the band’s impressive sound.
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Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living
This is a solid release for the band, one that’s full of memorable, grooveable tunes. It’s great to hear they still aren’t close to running out of ideas yet; here’s hoping there will be many more albums of this quality to come from them.
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Blacklisters – BLKLSTRS
Blacklisters are superbly nasty; jagged riffs and intense untameable vocals, all underlined by the most compulsively danceable, distorted and rumbling bass lines and heavy hitting drums, OK perhaps not danceable but twitchable at the very least, this is a record that commands your attention from the opening bars and relentlessly batters you but it’s never just a wall of noise there is such a lot more going on underneath that scuzzy, hard exterior.
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Sons Of Noel And Adrian – Knots
On their sophomore album, the collective that makes up Sons Of Noel And Adrian have built on the base of finger-picked guitars and dreamy folk that informed their debut, this time making more of the epic, post-rock moments and turning this record into something more orchestral, more experimental, which rewards with huge washes of noise coupled with the delicate, precise touch evident on their debut.
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DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
You need two things to succeed as a two piece: talent (obviously) and charisma in bucketloads, and this Australian duo, like all great duos, have both of these qualities and they also make a huge amount of noise with just guitar, drums and vocals in the bargain. We caught them last October at Swn festival in Cardiff and they make just as much of an impact on this debut full length as they did live.
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Black Moth – The Killing Jar
We first came across the fantastic Leeds based four piece Black Moth on the New Heavy Sounds Volume 2 compilation album late last year and they impressed us then with their moody, noisy rock with heavy duty, nasty riffs and sultry female vocals. This is the band’s debut full length and you have the chance to really sink your teeth into their sound, The Killing Jar is an intense ride of heavy rock with grooveable beats you can move to.
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Tu Fawning – A Monument
Tu Fawning are hard to get a handle on – varied is probably the word or perhaps unpredictable. Their sound is certainly warm and muzzy, like a veil of gauze has been placed over the speakers before you listen, softening the sound. They use some interesting instrumentation along with the expected guitars and drums; old 80s synths and odd samples are used, also in the recording process this holds true with old or partially working equipment (tape recorders and other bits and pieces) used which gives the whole album an interesting atmosphere.
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Cyls – 4 Way Split
This four way split vinyl EP features tracks from Annabel, Empire! Empire!, Joie De Vivre and Reptilian.
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TesseracT – Perspective EP
TesseracT are impressive on record, although I still maintain you need to see them live to really appreciate the intricacies of their sound, anyway that aside this is an interesting release from them with five tracks of mostly acoustic fare that showcases a different side to their prog metal sound.
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