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Lost Without Cause – Revival EP review

Herts alt-rock trio revived

Herts-based trio Lost Without Cause are back with their new EP (and guitarist), ‘Revival’, their first new material in six years. Having parted ways amicably with former guitarist Andy Holland, they’re now joined by Tony Stead, and are set to get back on the live circuit to play the new tracks soon.

The past few years have seen the trio go through their own ups and downs, and this is reflected in these new tracks; whilst they haven’t lost their bounce and ear for a catchy riff, there’s also dashes of cynicism and introspection, but coupled with a sense of determination. Rather then let the dark times overpower them, LWC have used them to push themselves forward. ‘Depleted’ is the liveliest track here, opening with the sort of punchy riff that longtime fans will appreciate, whilst ‘Teardrops And Cigarettes’ shows them at their most restrained and reflective, a slower track that features a nice solo from Stead.

Tracklisting
1. Breathe
2. Depleted
3. Teardrops and Cigarettes
4. Another End

Lost Without Cause have always been a band with the potential to go far – here’s hoping ‘Revival’ puts them back on the radar.

‘Revival’ will be released on October 10th, available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and other platforms.

If you’re unfamiliar with LWC’s previous material, here’s a couple of examples from the previous release ‘Take Back Everything’ – first, ‘Trigger’, currently sitting on over 217,000 views. Below that, EP highlight ‘You Won’t know’.

For fans of: Fall Out Boy, Less Than Jake, Linkin Park, All American Rejects

Contact:
https://www.lostwithoutcause.com
https://www.facebook.com/LostWithoutCause
https://twitter.com/LWCband

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When Metal Chills Out

Occasionally, we like to understand the words. What?

 

Everyone knows that metal in its various forms is often a dark, angry genre of music, a genre that has often come under fire for allegedly inciting violence and encouraging ‘bad’ behaviour. What many may not though, and perhaps what some within the metal circles may forget, is that metal/heavy rock can often be the complete opposite of what it’s known for; sometimes, it can show some restraint. Sometimes, it wants to grab a drink with friends. Sometimes, it just wants to slow down, relax and chill the hell out. Know what I mean? For those who know, no examples are needed. For those still need further proof, get your ears around these.

A Perfect Circle – Magdalena

Pepper from Tool’s other band, taken from the album ‘Mer De Noms’. Utterly ethereal.

 

Apocalyptica – On The Rooftop With Quasimodo

Possibly my most favourite instrumental of all time. Taken from the album ‘7th Symphony’.

 

Deftones – You’ve Seen The Butcher

It’s no secret that this band have their quieter moments, but this is just one example. Sultry. Taken from the album ‘Koi No Yakan’.

 

Opeth – Face Of Melinda

Taken from the album ‘Still Life’. The perfect song doesn’t exi-

 

Theatre Of Tragedy – Siren

Just utterly relaxing though. Taken from the album ‘Aegis’.

 

Korn – Helmet In The Bush

A trippy moment from their debut album.

 

Fear Factory – Never End (original version)

A version that some might not have heard, as it differs from the version released on ‘Obsolete’.

(Check out the later version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LWsLtceV5Y)

 

Def Leppard – Hysteria

Okay so maybe I’m cheating here as DF are known for having a more radio-friendly vibe, but this is the title track of one of the most ultimate party rock albums ever.

 

Pantera – Planet Caravan

A Black Sabbath cover, but there’s just something special about this version. Taken from the album ‘Far Beyond Driven’.

 

The Gathering – On Most Surfaces

This band had a habit of writing ethereal, lifting music. Taken from the album ‘Nighttime Birds’.

 

Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix

Displaying their more gothic elements, perhaps the first time COF demonstrated their restrained side. Taken from the album ‘Nymphetamine’.

 

Talanas – Beloved Whore

An atmosperic track, taken from the prog/death metallers’ 7″ single.

 

Type O Negative – Christian Woman

A band who influenced many of those listed above. Wine-soaked goth. Taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.

 

Tesseract – April

Could pretty much dive anywhere randomly into their discography for an example. Taken from the album ‘One’.

 

There are plenty of other tracks out there worth investigating (‘My Ruin’ by Sevendust sprang to mind whilst completing this), go listen, enjoy, and chill out!


Introducing…. The Mantis Divine

Punk/metal hybrid with a divine sound

Line-up:
Nadia Maria – vocals
Kim Young – guitar
Lee Warren – bass
Greg Anderson – drums

This is The Mantis Divine, a Herts-based quartet who’ve been gigging around their home county recently and looking to go further. Though the band has been together for less than a year, their members have previously played in bands such as Sink Or Swim, Swamp Pussy and St Stella, so have already got experience behind them. The fact that they only narrowly missed out on proceeding further in the current Metal 2 The Masses competition (for this year’s Bloodstock Festival) speaks volumes about their potential.

Live at Club 85, Hitchin, 26-03-17

TMD have got the whole package – frontwoman Nadia can easily switch from smooth and melodic to call-to-action punk vocals in a heartbeat, guitarist Kim is an incredibly talented player who knows how to write a solid riff, whilst rhythm section Lee and Greg add a groove and punch to the whole thing.

Check out the lyric video for the ‘To Hell’, available on their demo CD. For a reference point – imagine if Atari Teenage Riot went full punk-rock….

 

Here’s what others from the music scene have to say about them:

“An exciting young band with a lot of potential for the future, catchy riffs and powerful vocals.” – Bruce Hamilton, Gevaudan

“A passionate, curiously successful fusion of metal and punk.” – Brad Smith, Nineteensquared Promotions

“With a profusion of low-end tone and deep sounding heavy riffage, MD does a fine job in combining grubby punk rock with a distinctive creepy Melvinsesque sludge sound. Hold onto your heads!” – Gary Payne, Neverworld/The Graven Sign

Live at The Red Lion, Stevenage, 02-02-17

Their demo CD is currently available at live gigs (and whilst stock lasts, you can grab a free t-shirt too). With a tight sound and a professional attitude, The Mantis Divine are worth some attention. For further info/bookings, please get in touch at the links below.

For fans of: L7, Atari Teenage Riot, Kittie, The Unknownn, Babes In Toyland

Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/themantisdivine/
https://www.instagram/themantisdivine/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIFKLrmwyQlOymOKwLY_Cig
https://soundcloud.com/the-mantis-divine


Introducing…. Jackal’s Backbone

Groove-injected extreme metal from North Herts

Line-up:
Nathan Draper – vocals
Becca Swinney – bass
Jake Eaton – drums
Mitch Boost – guitar
Odin Long – guitar

Jackal’s Backbone are a North Herts-based metal act, recently boosted to a five-piece, who have already gone down well with Herts’ metal fans and are looking to go further.

Blending death metal, sludge and grindcore influences, JB have proven themselves to be solid live performers and built a loyal local fanbase, and will be playing their first London date at Camden’s popular Fiddler’s Elbow on April 5th. They currently have one EP available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and other outlets, and are currently working on a follow-up. Extreme metal with a sense of groove, Jackal’s Backbone are recommended to any fans of the various sub-genres.

 

Here’s a handful of opinions about them from other members of the local scene:

“Their new expanded lineup only foresees promising things on the horizon. Faster, heavier and raunchier”. – Mark, Praetorian

“Heavy with a groove, always an energetic show.” – Jim, Skrugg/Phlefonyaar

“Jackal’s Backbone is a band that you have to see live to fully experience the power and intensity they bring to their specific brand of metal. It is surely a thing to behold, with Nathan’s extremely wide vocal range and Jake’s impossibly tight and tasteful blast beats.” – Joe, Dorylus


Jackal’s Backbone are one of four bands set to play at this weekend’s Metal 2 The Masses tournament heat at Club 85, Hitchin, vying for a place at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.

For fans of: Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Discharge

For further information on new releases and live dates, and for booking queries, please get in touch at the links below.

Contact:
https://www.facebook.com/Jackalsbackbone
https://twitter.com/jackalsbackbone
htt://www.instagram.com/jackalsbackbone
https://www.youtube.com/user/jackalsbackbone


The Soundtrack To Your Halloween

Warning: contains blood/gore/nudity/explicit language

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With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, I thought I’d put together an appropriate playlist to set the right atmosphere, featuring the usual suspects, some classics and some upcoming names from the UK (links provided).

Note: some of these videos are unsafe for work.

Cradle of Filth – From The Cradle To Enslave

The title track of that EP – the uncensored version! Definitely NSFW.

Moonspell – I’ll See You In My Dreams

Taken from the film of the same name’s soundtrack, available on Youtube. Also NSFW.

Send More Paramedics – Zombie Crew

Horror punk from the UK.

Misfits – Scream

Taken from the Michael Graves-period album ‘Famous Monsters’.

White Zombie – More Human Than Human

Taken from the classic ‘Astro Creep 2000’ album. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

As featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

Lordi – Devil Is A Loser

The one-time Eurovision winners.

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

The Eurythmics cover that first brought MM to noteriety.

Denigrata – Kyrie Eleison

Taken from the album ‘Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor’, available from Bandcamp at https://denigrata.bandcamp.com/releases.

Cerberus Unchained – Naturom Demonto

Taken from the debut EP ‘Di Inferni’, available at https://cerberusunchained.bandcamp.com/.

Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer of Dust

Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from https://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/album/hobo-chic.

Type O Negative – Black No.1

A classic, taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.

Talanas – The Apostle

Taken from their acoustic EP ‘Asylum’, available from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/asylum.

Skullfucked – Sluts Impaled on Their Own Entrails

Taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Blasphemy’, to be released on November 10th from http://skullfuckedbgka.bandcamp.com/.

Morbid Angel – God Of Emptiness

One of biggest names from the Florida death metal scene.

Nile – Sacrifice Unto Sebek

Love that intro riff.

Fear Factory – Martyr

The opening track of their debut, back when they had a more industrial-death metal sound.

Butcher Babes – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!

Taken from their covers EP ‘Uncovered’.

Bile – In League

Featured on the ‘Strangelands’ soundtrack. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Author & Punisher – Terrorbird

Taken from the album ‘Ursus Americanus’.

Related:
Another playlist from a couple of years ago – https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/atmos-fear/
https://www.facebook.com/Denigrata
https://www.facebook.com/talanasband
https://www.facebook.com/cerberusunchained
https://www.facebook.com/Skullfucked-414048352059522/
https://musikalsin.bandcamp.com/album/musikal-sin-mixtape-vol-3-extremities