REVIEW | Poor Frisco: Sheep’s Clothing

We only scratched the surface with East Kilbride rock band Poor Frisco this past May when we reviewed their single, Take What You Want. But now it’s time to take a look at their debut album, Sheep’s Clothing, and see what the guys truly have to offer.

After a neat little intro, we kick off with You’re Not My Love, a smooth song with very memorable lyrics that are futile to resist getting stuck in your head. From there, the band bring us plenty of energetic, fast-paced tunes such as Carry On, Brothers Grimm and Ghosts.

Weird In The Suburbs is undoubtedly the highlight of the record, with it’s addictive rhythm and a unique sound that separates it from the rest of the tracks. A Tick Ahead also stands out as a passionate tune with invested writing, and Running Ahead serves as a satisfying conclusion.

All in all, a delightfully entertaining album that presents a collection of engaging indie numbers, each with their own distinctive qualities.

REVIEW | Animus: Men Into Memories

After building their craft for the past 5 years in their hometown of Dundee and further beyond, progressive metal band Animus are set to release their debut album by the name of Men Into Memories.

Following a brief intro, they get going with Influence, which prepares the audience perfectly for what to expect from this record. Immensely ferocious screams – among the most powerful we’ve heard in quite a while – blistering riffs, forceful drumming, a captivating rhythm; all these qualities are accounted for here and they get the blood pumping like nothing else.

But they are only just getting started, as throughout the rest of the record the band dish out more tracks of this magnitude.

The guitars continue to shine and make their presence felt in the likes of Traitors Odyssey, Bloodstains and Pressure, whilst Slaughter The Suits erupts with a relentless melody. Sawing Of Bones is a ridiculously catchy number where the drum work is off the charts and guest vocalist Liam of Neshiima fame gets the job done; working off frontman Aaron very well.

Reflecting The Abyss is a tenacious tune that continues to lay down the heaviness, before suddenly taking it down for a quiet, bass-driven section; in time picking it back up again with more rocking riffs. At last, Storm serves as a rip-roaring finale to bring the album to a close.

To say we’ve been blown away by Animus’ inaugural full-length release would be quite the understatement. An insane adrenaline rush with a sheer vigor that is sure to have the moshers circling and the hardcore dancers flailing wildly to their heart’s content.

We have a serious candidate for Scottish metal record of the year on our hands, people.

REVIEW | Aleks Grey: Souls

Originally hailing from Norway, Aleks Grey upped sticks and moved to Liverpool in the hopes of establishing a name for himself, and he hasn’t done a bad job so far, with his singles garnering international airplay and acclaim from reviewers.

His current goal in mind is to make his first big impact with his upcoming debut EP, Souls, and based on what we’ve heard, that will surely be a certainty.

Feel Alive is a thrilling opener where we get our first taste of Aleks’ sharp, well-pitched vocals; a quality that is consistently present throughout the rest of the record, including the intoxicating Unstoppable, which features a stirring melody and great backing riffs.

House begins as a calm, smooth number before launching into an impassioned chorus that displays fantastic writing. Save Me is a wonderful gentle tune where Aleks sucks in the listener with his captivating lyrics and enticing harmonies, accompanied with some lovely piano work.

And soon, we finish the same way we started, as he provides an exciting finale with the blistering Storm.

Aleks has delivered something nothing short of special with this one; an impressive EP that showcases his musicial abilities perfectly to a tee, and one that justifies the hype that precedes him. No need to sign up for The X Factor for this gentleman, as he is more than capable and talented enough to break out on his own accord.

REVIEW | The Cut Throat Razors: Motown’s Lost It Soul

Sometimes you just need to take a break from the throng of rock and metal bands in the Scottish scene and search for something new. That’s where ska outfit The Cut Throat Razors come into the picture.

It’s a genre we’ve not often tackled, but having experienced their upcoming EP – Motown’s Lost Its Soul – it’s one that we need to explore more indeed, for we could have the opportunity to discover more fun-filled groups like these guys.

The opening title track is a guaranteed hook-in, with it’s immensely funky rhythm and intoxicating guitar stylings, but the highlight of the record comes in the form of Lose My Mind, due to the enjoyable synths and top-notch lyrical work.

She’s My Baby brings us a memorable brass section, before the very catchy A Beautiful Day sends us out with one last big hurrah.

An awfully entertaining EP from an equally entertaining entourage that provide us with a spiffing collection of four tunes formed from a strong blend of soul, blues and a little hint of jazz.

REVIEW | Sithu Aye: Senpai

The Senpai EP. So yeah, on the surface this looks a tad silly. I mean, who in their right mind would combine djent with anime? Well, if there’s one man that could pull this feat of merging two polar opposites off, it’s Glasgow progressive metal artist Sithu Aye, and what do you know, he miraculously accomplished just that.

Oh Shit, I’m Late For School is an upbeat opener, where Sithu demonstrates his trademark high-quality guitar skills in conjunction with J-pop inspired synths, and they actually make for a surprisingly effective combo.

He steps it up further with the very addictive Senpai, Please Notice Me; as the tempo escalates, he dishes out a range of red-hot, energetic riffs.

As the track ends, we get a nice, slow piano piece, before heavy bass tones signal the final tune – The Power Of Love And Friendship – which serves as a really rocking finale with a dynamic rhythm, spirited melody and a brisk back-and-forth pace.

A curious musical experiment that should have been doomed from the start turned out to be something pretty damn good in the end, but hey, it only goes to prove why Sithu Aye is among the finest of his genre that the UK has to offer.

A much welcome addition to his already impressive library of work.

REVIEW | Niamh Crowther: Little By Little

Until now, we had never heard of Irish musician Niamh Crowther, but boy it didn’t take long at all for us to turn into a fan of hers, as we were presented with her new single entitled Little By Little.

Her vocal harmonies are tremendous, as she nails every note flawlessly, in particular the higher ones, not to mention her great acoustic skills have to be simply admired.

The tune also features fantastic lyrics that grab the listener’s attention without fail, as well as an enjoyable melody with the slightest Celtic touch.

One of the most outstanding tracks that we have heard from any solo artist all year. Niamh is certainly a talent that should not go by unnoticed, for she has all the potential in the world to become Ireland’s next big breakout singer-songwriter, and we’ll be there to support her all the way.

REVIEW | Rising Pacific: Naked

In amidst the massive ocean of young rock bands in the Scottish scene, Rising Pacific from Falkirk have our attention with their genuine passion, stunning live performances (as they proved to us back in January of this year) and of course, their talents, and the trio are looking to make a real impact with their new single Naked.

Among the many good qualities are the tight guitar riffs, sharp vocal work, lively drum beats and a catchy, dynamic rhythm that picks up towards the end to cap off what is ultimately an impressive tune with a bang.

With songs like this, expect the 3-piece to make a name for themselves within the next few years…