It has been over a couple of years since the English alt-rock band Terminal Gods last featured and I have no idea why it has taken me long to get to an update.
Terminal Gods – Road Of The Law – artwork
The tightly packed rippling muscle that strides out of the speakers in Road Of The Law makes it only of greater sadness that I haven’t revisited the band more recently. A congress of dark clouds gather in the room as bass is joined by thumping percussion with a scratched guitar adding to the sense of foreboding over which the vocal sets off the menacing tone and the audience is left to enjoy the music that they can feel pulsing into their veins.
Road Of The Law is the A side of a two track single of the same name released last month (available on bandcamp) and with the synthesized brooding of the B side – Movement, well worth grabbing hold of and putting on loop.
The indie-rock band Cherri Fosphate from Glasgow in Scotland, comprises Jonny Sharpe (Vocals / Guitar), Alan Robinson (Lead Guitar), Jordan Lannigan (Bass) and Sonny Kainth (Drums).
Formed back in 2012 Cherri Fosphate have spent much of their time on the live circuit in Scotland, to some considerable success, which has meant those of us further afield have had scant material to hear. Soon to be rectified, with a ten track LP – We Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye due for release on the 20th, as a follow up to the four track EP Burning Youth, which came out in 2013.
Cherri Fosphate deliver music that has the listener quickly energised as the flailing sounds burst into the room. Combining punchy percussion, gangly guitar, blistering bass and vituperative vocal the quartet are able to unify the melodious with the minacious, leaving the audience feeling they have been been belted by a velvet camouflaged glove.
Having served their apprenticeship, I can only hope that the release of We Didn’t Come Here To Say Goodbye will enable Cherri Fosphate to deservedly broaden their reach.
The last of the dozen tracks, Edgeless is a gradually evolving almost eight minutes of progressive metal that contains both stuttering guitar and bullet point percussion as well as reflective passages in which Chaos are able to demonstrate both energy and theatre.
Despite the prodigious length of the track, Edgeless, does not find the listener drifting off with wandering mind, rather maintaining engagement as the piece develops.
It was in May of last year that the English psychedelic-rock band Déjà Vega last featured.
Having spent time developing their sound rather than rushing out material Déjà Vega make a welcome return with Skeletons In The Florist.
A slight shift in emphasis to heavier echo in the guitar and marginal decrease in tempo has given the Déjà Vega a whole new dimension of sound as the trio deliver just under three and a half minutes of music that fills the room with wafts of mellowing smoke. Whilst there is a relaxed spaciousness to the six stringer, the bass and percussion furiously push forward the track with a clarity that superbly shines the spotlight on the guitar, as the vocal drifts in and out of focus.
Although Skeletons In The Florist has a dreamlike quality, Déjà Vega shock the listener out of their reverie with crashing bridges which suddenly stir unexpectedly, giving the whole track a sense of the menacing, before concluding as quickly as arrived, leaving the listener more intrigued than they were on first alighted upon, resulting in an immediate replay.
The Finnish electro-metal sextet, Vorna, are set to release the LP – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa – on the 4th of December.
Vorna – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa – artwork
A symphonic composition flows around the room as Yskin, the penultimate of the seven tracks on Ei Valo Minua Seuraa magisterially floats into earshot. The graceful sounds of – synthesised-violin, chorale, bowed double-bass and pianoforte are torn asunder by the demanding mewling vocal which spits invective at all in proximity and as the track builds so does the fulminating metal waiting to be unsheathed.
Vorna is able to achieve all of this without becoming a parody of themselves. There is nothing to do other than settle back and enjoy the spectacle of six highly talented musicians who understand precisely how to pitch their creative juices in best order, leaving the listener with nothing more to do than malinger from other activity to take pleasure in the the stunning creativity that unfolds.
The CD for Ei Valo Minua Seurra is available directly from the label – Inverse Records. Having had the opportunity to take a spin around the album, if you enjoy a bit of melodrama with your cup of coffee, well worth grabbing hold of and holding tightly.