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Memoreve – Insignia [EP]

Memoreve – Insignia
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: 21st October 2016

Featuring former members of Power Quest and Dreamcatcher, Memoreve come out the gates with their intense yet beautiful sense of progressive metal. Taking into account groups like Symphony X and Dream Theatre, the band have a sense of creativity to their music which few other bands have after years of performing together.

The most standout instrument for this release is the bass from Matt Hudson which adds some Meshuggah-inspired chug into the band’s sound. For the most part this is the only really conventional heavy instrument but on tracks such as Alleviate, this adds some pure intensity to the band’s style which would otherwise be lacking.

The other instrumentalist who shows their creative side is Adele Pease on keyboards and synthesisers. Her role seems to make the album stick together as a whole. In every sense this is done exceptionally well as with the intros coming at the end of the songs, the album flows into each other like a sprawling epic. This is perfect for the style of atmosphere the group wishes to create and makes the need for a full release to see what they can do with a larger budget that much stronger.

Leaving out the guitar to much of an after-thought is weird. This isn’t due to the fact it has a lack of quality but rather the quality of the other instruments are at that much of a high level they take precedence in the ears of listeners. However, on album closer Alleviate the two guitarists Anthony Quinn and Alexander Green get a chance to shine especially as the play what can only be described as a beautiful lament to close the album. Pure bliss to conclude this release and one which makes for this band to feel that much more important.

The vocalist Colin Callanan makes for a very powerful and emotive sound across the release especially with lyrics on These Reflections with lyrics like “I need the words to carry me to the open ends of serenity”, his style is also of a power metal sounding nature (little surprising as the band features one of the great underground bands in the genre Power Quest) to give this album the perfect level of power and pure bliss. This is a singer who understands how to construct the perfect lyric and to give the best sounding line.

Finally, drummer Ross Lavery does best on title track Insignia as he adds the intensity to the song after the atmospheric build-up of the keyboards. His role within the album as a whole isn’t that noticeable other than to be a control to the pure progression and to control the group to a direction that isn’t just a sprawling creative mess. Their needs to be a control on a group as powerful and creative as this, and thankfully his job is well achieved.

This is either a group who will be massive or tiny, a full record will need to decide. What they will definitely be from this release is a creative and amazing outlet, and thankfully, this EP demonstrates, why this band should definitely be an act to watch in the next few years.

doing something

Dead! are busy doing something

“Your favourite boy band” Dead! are busy doing something, if their social media is anything to go by.

They posted a photo with the caption “YOUR BOYS ARE WORKING X”, which could mean new music around the tour time or even a full album at some stage.

Make of it what you will, they’re keeping the details of their actions under wraps for the time being.

See the Tweet below:

Islander Premier ‘Bad Guy’ Video

Supergroup Islander have premiered their new video for latest single Bad Guy.

The track is taken from their upcoming second album titled Power Under Control which will be released on August 5th as they go off on tour.

Bad Guy is a song about speaking the truth, telling someone something that they need to hear even though it may not be what that person wants to hear,” explains vocalist Mikey Carvajal. “This song is the response to (previously released track) Darkness

Watch the video and see the tour dates below:

 

ISLANDER ON TOUR

July 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (Open Air Pre-Party)

July 16 – Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park (Rock USA Festival)

September 10 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green (High Elevation Festival)

Real Friends – The Home Inside My Head

Pop punk prodigies Real Friends are back with their second angsty full-length, The Home Inside My Head.

The release comes as the follow-up to July 2014 album Maybe This Place Is The Same… and 2015 EP More Acoustic Songs and marks their third piece of output coming from Fearless Records after signing in December 2013.

The record follows more or less the same path they were following; it has a seriously emotional lyric style from bassist/lyricist Kyle Fasel yet an upbeat and energetic instrumental and vocal melody which brings out a meaning in the words being sung that may not be explored in another manner.

Lead singles Colder QuickerScared To Be Alone and Mess were the best possible options for single releases as they summed up perfectly what the record is about with their distinctive style to let the fans know this record wasn’t going to be the typical “average second” produced by a lot of pop punk bands in the modern market. By no means are they the most technical band ever, they still have that rough-around-the-edges feel that keeps their identity so seperate from anyone else, and these guys really are at the pioneering end of the new wave emo/pop punk revival.

Vocally, second single Scared To Be Alone is the most revealing with its dropping Dan in at the deep end from 0:22-0:33 which even includes a falsetto, which is relatively rare in their past discography but shows the frontman isn’t only talented in shouting and jumping about as he demonstrates most of the rest of the time.

“I’m writing the same song over and over again” (from fifth track Mokena) seems to play true really in terms of repeating the sound of their other records directly but frankly, if it isn’t failing them there’s surely no need to change! They use this to their advantage as they have since the very first EP back in 2011 with their roughness and emotive lyrics, although they have clearly gotten better musicians (noticable through their improved mixing and slightly more polished sound) which plays for the same type of record as their others within their catalogue.

Top picks are Mokena for it’s breaking the fourth wall and the slowed tempo while staying catchy (quite possibly a new encore/set-closer), Mess for its true-to-style writing more than any other on the record and Colder Quicker for adding the perfect close to the record which by no means tails off.

The best video of the tracks released so far though has to go to Mess which was recorded on the $5 US tour they did recently to prove bands can do tiny shows for tiny prices to say thank you, however big they may be:

Finally for those of you wondering, there is not a single mention of “boney knees” anywhere within the 12 tracks!

Overall, the album is a fantastic follow-up to Maybe This Place Is The Same… and keeps them definitely on the road to superstardom within the music industry.

The Home Inside My Head hits stores this Friday (27/05/16)

 

And, of course, catch the band as Slam Dunk Festival this weekend, it should be a stunner of a set…