The Australian heavy-metal quartet Envenomed release the EP Reckoning on the 5th of February.
Envenomed – Reckoning – artwork
In advance of the EP – the title track which finds Envenomed launching the first new material since their introduction a couple of years ago that is a showcase of their ability to combine powerful driving metal and at the same time compose surprisingly melodic sequences.
The Australian rock band Arcane Saints were introduced last year.
Cellophane Eyes, the penultimate of the half-dozen tracks on the LP In The Shade Of The Juniper allows Arcane Saints to reveal a more emotionally expressive side to their creativity as a lone acoustic guitar and doleful vocal opens the just under four minute ballad, before reverting to electronic instruments along with what sounds like a wurlitzler providing a warming backdrop.
The slow pace of Cellophane Eyes gives it further sorrow and is a well delivered composition that illustrates the abilities that lay within Arcane Saints.
Whilst still maintaining a full diary of live performance I hope Arcane Saints can find time to step back into the studio for a follow-up release to The Shade Of The Juniper.
The Australian alt-rock band Third Ear release the EP Rise Up on the 16th.
Third Ear – Rise Up – artwork
The first of the four tracks – The Ghost Road washes around the room in luxurious silken threads. Calling references of the likes of The Doors and Bowie, Third Ear avoid sounding like a pale pastiche as they add their own dreamily engaging touches which calmly stream around the ears.
Nothing is over-played, yet there is much happening in The Ghost Road as the guitar sparkles dust over the listener, whilst almost indiscernible keys creates the soft pillow from which bass / percussion evolve the changes of pace and inference. A superb vocal inflects the emotional context as it weaves its way into the audience.
The Tasmanian electro-grunge creator Zoe Zac releases the EP Maximum on the 1st of February.
Zoe Zac – Maximum
The title and opening track of the five is a sound that spirals inside itself as Zoe Zac brings grunge to grunge in a fuzzy flurry of material that, like a cat’s whiskers gently brushing spaces, tickles as it explores the timpani.
There is no volume at which you can play this that ever sounds loud enough as the muffled furriness gently weaves it magical spell, fixating the audience, as the sounds shred gold leaf over the listener.
It is always a pleasure to head back to Zoe Zac and if you are wondering where to spend your left over festive season money – bandcamp is where you will find Maximum.