On January 20th, As Lions released their debut album Selfish Age, following their debut EP Aftermath, released via Better Noise Records.
Selfish Age opens with Aftermath, launching straight into a catchy riff that will immediately get the listener hooked. The track is heavy, with keyboards filling out the sound and taking some of the edge off so it’s not too heavy. Aftermath is immediately followed by The Suffering, another heavy riff based track. The two tracks are very different; Aftermath sounds more like Lostprophets whereas The Suffering sounds more like Foo Fighters, however As Lions have their own unique brand that makes these tracks fill a gap in the rock scene that the listener didn’t even know existed.
In contrast, Bury My Dead begins with just piano and vocals, however the build up throughout the first verse and release of the full band at the chorus makes for an addictive song that the listener will surely return to time and time again. Bury My Dead stops unexpectedly, but seamlessly blends into Deathless.
The title track, Selfish Age, comes around halfway through. The listener can imagine As Lions playing this live, with a great live show and an intense mosh pit, suddenly slowing down at the bridge and the crowd flicking their lighters, before going crazy again.
The latter half of the album, particularly World On Fire, starts to introduce influences from classic rock, although the solo in World On Fire is reminiscent of Evanescence‘s debut album Fallen. There are also aspects of pop-punk in there, such as One By One and The Fall, which sound like A Day To Remember but with different vocals.
As Lions have more of a Lostprophets quality to them, which is alt rock with a Kill Hannah feel. Since Lostprophets disbanded, there has been a gap in the market, which the remaining members of Lostprophets tried to fill with No Devotion, but they seem to have been quiet for a while. As Lions could easily fill this gap in the market. Selfish Age as an album is polished, well performed and catchy. Each track is musically different in its own way which provides the listener with variety and stops them getting bored. Listeners will also be tempted to see As Lions live, just based on the first half of the album alone.
Right from the first listen, Vancouver prog metallers Omnisight share the classic sound of their metal predecessors such as Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, etc. Opening with Shift The Paradigm, Power Of One is an insanely powerful EP full of riff based melodies, harmonies, and intriguing patterns. The guitar solo in Shift The Paradigm is worthy of the most legendary of guitarists. It is interesting to listen to, musically complex, and immediately afterwards, Omnisight has a slower verse in comparison to the rest of the track.
After the very melodic introduction to Power Of One, Omnisight get heavier with Resistance. More musically complicated than the previous track, Resistance uses different rhythms throughout the track, switching from different time signatures as is typical of prog metal.
Seven Sisters follows along the same vein as Resistance, but having two similar tracks next to each other in the track listing make the listener switch off a little bit. Seven Sisters gradually speeds up throughout sections, and it would be interesting to see how Omnisight pull this off in a live performance. Power Of One is an EP which shows their immense musical talent.
The penultimate track, Fall Of The Empire, is a 7 minute instrumental track which starts off with a broken chord introduction, played on acoustic guitars with effects added to make an eery sound, before the introduction of the electric guitars, bass and drums, which play a completely different riff. By 2 minutes in, the listener hasn’t realised that the time has passed, because of the introduction of different melodies for different sections. This variation in the track keeps the listener interested, and is totally typical of prog metal. Some of the themes are repeated throughout the track, keeping the listener hooked. There is even some clean electric guitar in this track!
The final track, Power Of One is another 7 minute track. However, at around the two minute mark, lyrics come in. Having two long tracks next to each other is probably not a good idea for the listener, the only thing that stops the listener giving up on this track is the changing sections, and the different feel of the track.
Perhaps a reshuffle of the track listing would make this EP shine the way it deserves.
Omnisight, the four piece metal core group from Vancouver, have released their latest EP Power Of One.
“The Power Of One is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders. Guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists will all have something in-store for them here with this EP. We are excited to get this out to the prog/rock/metal masses both musically and lyrically. Speaking of lyrically, the album will come with a PDF booklet exclusive to our Bandcamp supporters. We took a “more is more” approach with this one and it will be a real challenge, but a welcome challenge; to take it to the stage. A local Vancouver EP release party/show is in the works and TBA. We want to keep the musicianship in the music, that has been our agenda since day one!” – Drummer Chris Warunki
Burnt Out Wreck, featuring ex Heavy Pettin’s Gary Moat, have released a lyric video for their debut single Swallow, which was officially released yesterday. The debut album of the same name is due for release on 10th February via Cherry Red Records.
Calum Scott, nominated for BRIT award Best British Single for Dancing On My Own, has released a video for his latest single Rhythm Inside. Dancing On My Own gave Scott the legendary title of Bestselling British Breakthrough Solo Artist 2016.