REVIEW | Servant Sun: Hundred Waves

When introduced to Servant Sun back in 2014, we were quite impressed with their talents – as evident by their self-titled debut EP – and believed there was plenty of potential lurking underneath.

Fast forward 2 years later, and the Glasgow metal quintet have proved us right and realised their potential with a new record – Hundred Waves.

The title track gets things started nicely with sweet riffs to be had and frontman Andrew’s vocals that are favourably comparable to those of Myles Kennedy on full display. Afterwards we have Misgiver which is driven by a vivid, progressive rhythm.

They drop down the tempo for Taste Of Silver, building and further accelerating before escalating to a furious, full-frontal gallop. But it does not end there, as they charge into a rocking finale with Cold House Collapse, loaded with booming bass tones, blazing guitar work and great lyrics.

If they continue to deliver material of this standard, there is no reason why Servant Sun cannot go on to grow into one of Scotland’s top metal acts further down the road.

REVIEW | Banshee: Say My Name

Earlier this year, Greenock’s finest music act Life On Standby made the transition to Banshee and vowed to take their craft to grand new heights. It is now time to put that testimony to the test with the first record under this new chapter titled Say My Name.

The quartet surpassed our already lofty expectations for this and blew us away with exhilarating electronic rock numbers that captivated with a massive, out-of-this-world sound and a pulsating velocity that generates goosebumps every time without fail; aspects that blatantly come to light with the likes of the astonishing eponymous lead single and the invigorating Secret.

Front and centre throughout all this is Erin Donnachie who, in our humble opinion, is the best vocalist in all of Scotland’s underground scene right now. The sheer, blistering power of her harmonies are truly something to behold, and they only add to the supreme gravity of each number dished out.

With this EP, Banshee have truly cemented their talents and proved they are ready to take their game to another level.

REVIEW | Rory Indiana: Ruling Class Crooks

Here is a record we have been highly anticipating for a while now. As touched on before, we discovered Brighton alternative rockers Rory Indiana not too long ago, but they were swift to make an impact and turn us into outright fanboys.

And now, after much impatient waiting, their sophomore EP – Ruling Class Crooks – has arrived, and we could not have asked for a better product.

Mere seconds in, we are hooked courtesy of a dynamic opener featuring intoxicating riffs, strong vocals and a breathtaking rhythm; qualities that remain consistent in the ferociously addictive Leave Me, which is hands down our favourite rock track of 2016 thus far.

The band’s writing abilities are showcased in full bloom with the forceful Burnout Behaviour, in which afterwards they wind up with the emotion-fuelled Self Sabotage.

This is about as flawless as it gets, quite frankly. Rory Indiana have absolutely nailed it in every aspect, from the instrumentation, to the lyrics, to the passionate performances.

These guys have all the tools available to break it big and become one of the front-runners of British rock in the following years to come.

REVIEW | Rory Indiana: Ruling Class Crooks

Here is a record we have been highly anticipating for a while now. As touched on before, we discovered Brighton alternative rockers Rory Indiana not too long ago, but they were swift to make an impact and turn us into outright fanboys.

And now, after much impatient waiting, their sophomore EP – Ruling Class Crooks – has arrived, and we could not have asked for a better product.

Mere seconds in, we are hooked courtesy of a dynamic opener featuring intoxicating riffs, strong vocals and a breathtaking rhythm; qualities that remain consistent in the ferociously addictive Leave Me, which is hands down our favourite rock track of 2016 thus far.

The band’s writing abilities are showcased in full bloom with the forceful Burnout Behaviour, in which afterwards they wind up with the emotion-fuelled Self Sabotage.

This is about as flawless as it gets, quite frankly. Rory Indiana have absolutely nailed it in every aspect, from the instrumentation, to the lyrics, to the passionate performances.

These guys have all the tools available to break it big and become one of the front-runners of British rock in the following years to come.

REVIEW | Ask For Joy: New Private Window

It has been quite some time since we indulged in shoegaze, but luckily someone came under our radar and put an end to the drought. That particular someone is Arron Rossetto, better known as Ask For Joy, who has just added another record to his flourishing repertoire – New Private Window.

This LP can be best described as a heck of a euphoric experience that mesmirises with warm vocals and an appeasing, goosebump-induce ambience that is spine-tingling and never extinguished at any moment throughout the half hour duration.

Slow Kiss features some transcendent guitar work, lead single Pinprick Eyes is unforgettable, Cherry Popsicle fascinates with some imaginative writing and When Your Heart Stops Beating serves as a catchy finish.

It really is astonishing how an artist can completely reignite our interest in a whole genre, but that is exactly the case here with Aaron and our love for shoegaze.

This guy is insanely talented, and it boggles our mind as to why he has yet to receive any proper major recognition.

REVIEW | Phil Cooper: Things I’ll Never Say

An artist by the name of Phil Cooper popped up on our news feed the other day. Intrigued and keen to discover something new, as per usual, we took the time to check out his new album, Things I’ll Never Say.

Time (and money) well spent, it proved to be, as over its course the record establishes Phil as a great singer, awfully adept with the guitar and able to produce an array of songs with not only a little bit of everything thrown in – such as pop, folk and blues – but also splendid writing.

The broad range of highlights include the likes of the very catchy Let It Fall, the waltzing Cold Day In Hell and the brass-heavy Old Wounds.

An entertaining listening affair from a charming and clearly talented fellow.

REVIEW | Painting Rockets: Happiness In Measures

Just recently, Edinburgh alternative rock band Painting Rockets were brought to our attention. After spending many months in the shadows due to several issues, they are now looking to get back in the game with a new EP – Happiness In Measures.

With an atmospheric intro in the form of Aeris, our ears were fixated immediately and our curiosity grew. It all then gets going with the title track, where their talents truly come to light as they deliver some stunning singing, driving bass chords and a frenzied chorus.

After a quick break, they move onto If Hate Wasn’t A Word, where the guitars really shine through, before easing off for a smooth finish with You’ll Never Know.

Well, colour us impressed. We were expecting something good but they have definitely proven to be something much more. We sense a lot of promise from this trio.