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Storm The Shores: Maybe Some Day

Core has become somewhat of a confused terminology of late. Originating from describing terms for the newly burgeoning Metal scene in the USA. Thrash was the term popularised for the west coast metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer. While core was used for the east coast bands like Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and some even count Pantera. These 2 new scenes had stylistic differences too, core leaning more towards groove with a punk influence, and thrash towards a more straight edged fast pace.
Over the years the terminology has been skewed however they are still valid descriptors.
Storm The Shores is definitely a hardcore influenced metal band…

Having previously spoken to the band about their material, I know they are all too aware of being caught in the current labeling war that seems to have beset the local scene as of late, and thus getting placed in the shadows of Aussie giants Parkway Drive. As much as they are conscious of not trying not to fall into this trap, I have to say that for me however, they do to some extent. I say this is not a negative, but a positive. They are the first band I have personally come across locally who actually do stand steadfast in the trail blazed by Aussie hardcore heroes Parkway Drive. To me it comes across as though Storm The Shores have a similar ethic to their song-man-ship. Groove, intensity, power and melody. This is what good hardcore stands for and these are things STS deliver in spades.
I have to say that I have had the pleasure of witnessing the professionalism and intensity of STS‘s live show… but, would this successfully translate to disc?

From the moment this monumental 8 track EP, Maybe Some Day, opens with it’s intro track, you know you are in for the goods! Right away I am struck by the quality of the recording. Jarrad Beavis and Mark James’ guitars sound tight, phat and well defined. Both Michael Matta‘s drums and Mark Yarnold‘s bass are nicely articulated and sit well in the mix. Adrian Piggott‘s vocals sound fantastic on this release. Powerful, commanding, they sound very nice sitting snugly on top of the band. Kudos must go to Matt Gerber at Fat Pig records for pulling a great mix.

Bailout, sets up what you are in for on this disc. The band opening with a fast paced melodic, arpeggio, groove verse, Aido Piggott proclaims ‘I’ve felt the salty air on my skin a thousand times before. Seems like a life ago. With every breath, With every mile that passes by, I know I am heading home.’ with this release I believe he spins a tale of trial and triumph.

By Three Bean Mix, you are clearly aware that while the band provides goods rise and fall, tension and release. There is also always a strong focus on making sure to always keep coming back to those big melodies and uptempo grooves.  In fact as I sit here and listen to this great disc yet again, it dawns upon me the maturity of not only the song writing but also on track arrangement for the disc. It is obvious there was a conscious thought put into the track listing to create sufficient tension and release with the disc as a whole. Three Bean Mix is the tension to Survivalist‘s release. Survivalist is a predominantly very up-beat epic almost positive melodic based track. However the band very cleverly weave their way through it til finally finishing leaving you buy the end of the track and the disc with a feeling of tension again. It is like the ‘….to be continued’ on your favorite TV show. It leaves you wanting more and craving the next release. Very smart decision fellas.

All in all this is a very professional release that is well presented, sounds awesome and as previously stated, leaves you wanting more. For people that like their metal/core hard and heavy, yet melodic and up beat. This is a release definitely worth checking out and a band to keep an eye on.

For more about the band check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Stormtheshores

 

 

The Fall of Man… Enlightenment from the depths of the Perth underground?

Crossover is a term that I hear getting thrown around a lot lately. Typically being used to describe bands that cross two or more musical genres or sub-genres in the creation of their sound. Having heard this term used in relation to fast risers on the local scene, The Fall of Man, I would have to agree with this appraisal upon listening to this debut release from the band. The guys manage to successfully blend elements of rock, core and metal on this record, so perhaps Enlightenment is an apt title.

This Ep opens commandingly with Pathogen. You are greeted with tremolo guitars over a nice breakdown groove, which quickly switches to an up tempo verse, Justin Camilleri blares ‘Like open flesh to flies, Infected by your lies. Played to the masses, By the masters of deceit!‘. The scene is set.

Shoryuken is the party song of this record. Fast paced, up tempo. It sounds as though Cam Butler & Ben Clarke get to have a bit of fun on the back-ups on this track, all while Ben keeps that rockin’ groove. The funky, wah based middle eight is a great moment for me, kudos to Cam Butler & Nick Ballantyne.

I think Redemption would most definitely have to be the stand out track. Opening with a sublime clean intro, that has this lazy, rainy day kind of feel. The guitars then crunch into this early Dysfunction era Staind meets Mastadon style epic pre-verse, I guess you would call it. The break down at the 3.25 mark however, has no hint of Staind or Mastadon I’m afraid to say. But definitely a hint of Meshuggah on the lead tone. Great work on pulling that tone.

Dom Castledine’s bass shines no higher than on the intro to Inferno Ascending I feel. Nice fast guitars with some big fat bass pull-offs, this intro is attention grabbing.

Before I talk about the final track and round up this review, I would like to touch on the production. I know some like a record that is beat corrected and note perfect. But I must say I do like a well produced record, that still sounds like the musicians actually performed it. Botch were the masters of this, and this is what you get here. It is not perfect production, but that is not to say it is bad. No quite the contrary, the production is quite good. I love the rawness that is there. This record sounds great, but you can also hear the musicians playing it. You can hear the strings flapping around on the intro to Fear of A Dying Breed. You can hear the beater attack on the drums. You can hear the room in the vocal mix. This makes you feel like you are right there in the room with the band. Right there at a show with them. It works for me.

All in all, The Fall of Man have produced an intelligent record for their debut release. In Enlightenment you get some well thought out, mature songwriting… even with a little fun thrown in the mix: ‘Oh, You up in my shit, You fucking hypocrite, I’ll fucking beat you down!‘ – opening lines to Shoryuken, case and point. haha
Make sure you grab a copy!! \m/

The Fall Of Man will be launching their debut EP on Thursday the 7th on June @ Wired at Black Betty’s!

For more about the band, check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thefallofmanband