Ex People – Bird [REVIEW]

Mixing the components of stoner and sludge seem on the surface like a match made in heaven, so when Ex People had been releasing tracks combining both genres, it would definitely have a long lasting effect of the fans and with tracks coming one by one off their upcoming release ‘Bird’, the wait is just being more anxious.

The album opens up with ‘Not A Drill’ which gives you an early perspective into the bands sound and musical structure. The lead vocals add a solemn, yet dreamy aspect to the tracks with the booming low tones of the guitar/bass punching its way through to give you a new insight into what to expect from the rest of the record as it moves into ‘Without’ and the bass tone makes more of a presence with its grumbling groove and slow paced riff action that it puts its inspirations more on highlight as well as the vocals having even more of an impact that it did on the previous song. The band are hitting what they need to, but they pick up the pace a little bit more with the track ‘Over’ and give you another entity the the band are able to provide to you with more aggressive tones with the majesty of the singing voice over the top providing the bands own little dark and light blends which no doubt help the band’s momentum moving into the rest of the record.

The band are here pushing more of their sound that they know and they are able to throw other things inside as well. Tracks like ‘You Creep’ invokes a more higher toned melody whilst keeping in that simplistic melody structure that you’ve heard already. The vocals are the biggest enjoyable quality of the record because they stand out so much more due to the overall production. Songs such as ‘Dread’ and ‘Complainer’ help bring the point across, with the latter of the two being more poignant with the tones in the instrumentation with the guitar and bass tones rumbling through nicely. The album closes on the dark and mysterious ‘Crested’ with its 8 minute way of showing you the band are here to make a statement. It’s a track that, played live, would surround you in many sonic waves with the punches that comes through and for the first time, overshadow the vocals with the tonal anger that seems to come through for the entirety of the song.

Overall, this album is a great release for those who love bands such as Electric Wizard and Melvins and need something extra to fill that void. Whilst people who stumble across this record might not see the bigger picture of the record, this band are doing everything they can to give you a slice of stoner and sludge to create a very interesting mark on their career as a band.

 

[8/10]

KYNG – Breathe In The Water [REVIEW]

Keeping it healthy for the heavy metal genre is So Cal trio Kyng who aren’t afraid to shy away from conventional norms. Their latest album ‘Breathe In The Water’ aims to show how they are still smashing their music with crunchy riffs, fast paced action and why they deserved to be on tours with acts such as Black Label Society and Clutch. With this record now being their third instalment into the era of Kyng, they show that they haven’t slowed down and are still able to bring the big guns.

The guitars on this record stay prominent throughout and provide a very powerful punch whilst staying in line with the rest of the band. Hearing the beautiful cleaner sections in intros such as ‘Closer To The End’ and then getting thrown into a southern banger like ‘Follow Blindly’ shows how meticulous they were about creating something special and unworldly. The bass tone as well adds so much depth into the entire record that it helps elevate each of the fourteen tracks that are provided. The acoustic interlude provided in the song ‘The Beginning of What Was’ is another enjoyable element towards the later part of the album and helps split everything up evenly.

As well as the guitars being a strong part of the field, the drums help an awful lot with making this record such a brilliant listen. Not going over the top and trying be its own unique entity is what makes this album that much more well-rounded and helps each track feel special in its own right. A great track that shows this is the opener ‘Pristine Warning’ as its one of the most high-octane tracks on the record.  When it goes to the more toned down and ballad-esque tracks like ‘Show Me Your Love’ which utilises all their past knowledge and they incorporate it very professionally into this song.

Eddie Veliz’s vocals are at one with this record. Within previous one you get the feeling that they were lacking in their punch in the production on the record but this whole record as whole improves that tenfold, especially in the vocal area. ‘Bipolar Schemes’ pushes just the single toned vocals to a newer level than previous record ‘Burn The Serum’ with terms of projection sound. As for harmonies, tracks like ‘Not Enough’ get drenched in them! The mix of tones are tastefully done and even though they sometimes get overpowered by the rest of the instrumentation, its nice to hear them hit different octaves to spread across the bass/treble mixing.

Third time is most definitely the charm when it comes to Kyng. With heartfelt riffs and a powerful selection of songs to get through, they definitely keep you mostly intrigued from start to finish. This will definitely be in a high ranking of your favourite albums if you enjoy throwing the devil horns or even holding up your can of beer. Rock on, Kyng!

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Released: 7th October 2016
For Fans Of: Black Stone Cherry / Metallica
Label: Razor & Tie