Ghost Of The Avalanche

Nick Wiltone (Bass / Vocals) and Miles Per-Hour (Drums / Vocals) from Bath in England form the rage-rock band Ghost Of The Avalanche.

Ghost Of The Avalanche - rage-rock from England

Ghost Of The Avalanche

A fury of sounds hurtle their way round the room as Ghost Of The Avalanche unfurl their combinations of bulldozer bass and pneumatic drum-kit. The duo are however far more than raging temper and loudness, as they are able to introduce moments of tenderness (do bear in mind that is a relative to the sheer brutality of the over-all sound) and given all they have to hand are two loud pieces of kit, that is some mean feat. The vocals are what allows them to inflect varying emotional draw to the music.

There would be little doubt that a drum / bass combination would lead me to suggest you spend time with the material, but despite this being able to be served at full volume, there is also plenty to get your ears to grapple with as Ghost Of The Avalanche deliver music which can be enjoyed in quieter mode.

Ghost Of The Avalanche are another example of musicians who are able to create more by stripping away the fat from the sounds add to which tracks, which rarely last more than three minutes, frequently not even making sixty seconds.

A new EP, the five track This Is Earth, is set for release on the 18th September.

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Muerto Rico

Muerto Rico from Belgrade in Serbia is the angst-rock trio of Kosta (Bass / Vocals), Filip (Guitar) and Stefan (Drums).

Muerto Rico - rage-rock from Serbia

Muerto Rico

Only formed in May Muerto Rico do not have a great deal of music I can yet hear, but what I have has already helped to make my tinnitus even worse as the reeling roar rages across the room and the louder the volume, the better it sounds.

The members of the band are all experienced musicians who have whetted their appetite prior to getting together and are beginning to secure a live touring circuit with their mutations of blazing guitar, frenetic percussion and raucous vocal. This isn’t a sound to take with a cup of Horlicks – as far from drifting into malted sleep, you will find yourself impaled by tracks, which typically manage to get all the fury packed up in around two and a half minutes of explosive energy.

To my mind, Muerto Rico, don’t need to improve as the sounds are exactly as they should be, merely add tracks to help my ears bleed further and I look forward to hearing much more over the coming months.

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Rafael Silva (Vocals), Igor Tavares (Drums), Luis Maia (Guitar) and Filipe Soares (Bass) combine to form Rocha a rage rock band from Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.

Rocha - rage rock from Brazil


The sincerity of a band steeped in the merciless violence of the favelas of Rio is immediately evidenced as the protective seal of aggression and conflict thunders out of the speakers. There is no gentle pandering to assimilate, as Rocha lay out the realities of their existence in stark and confrontational flashes of bared teeth and it is a delight to be able to introduce them to a wider world.

I often speak to people about the surprise that I have that so few bands actually engage and remonstrate to report on the reality of life and it is with some great pleasure that I have found a band who strip away the asinine conformity to challenge the normalcy with a diatribe of sound that drips blood, sweat and tears around the room and regardless of whether you speak Portuguese or not, the evident dissociation can’t help but register.

This is not music for those of gentle disposition as the very reflection of the violence and aggression meted out in the reality of living in Brazil is hurled back at the audience. It is perhaps somewhat apposite that I have had their music drawn in my direction as the riots in Brazil calm and the world looks forward to the upcoming Football tournament as though all is well in the country and it is the fault of the builders that it is descending into chaos.

Welcome to the reality of Brazil and thank you Rocha for stripping away the paint-shopped images of The Rio Carnival to head up to the shanty towns and remind us all of the realities of life.


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