Dead Otter – Bridge Of Weird | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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When a band describe themselves as “Mongolian space jazz”, you simply can’t just gloss them over. That’s exactly what Glasgow quintet Dead Otter claim to be, and they are fresh off releasing their second record – Bridge Of Weird – glazed by an insanely cool cover created by Luke Oram.

They display plenty of diversity between the tracks, mixing it up with the styles and the tempos. Eye Elevator and Waning are relatively smooth rides with heavy flares spread across. In the case of the exciting LV-426, they take it in a wilder, rockier direction, and for the closing title number, they give us a near-14 minute epic that constantly evolves.

Throughout, the partnering guitars dish out a range of superb, intricate riffs in all shapes and sizes. The deep bass lines are neat, and the drums carry the massive rhythms nicely.

With a rich production scale as the cherry on top, Bridge Of Weird is an outstanding concoction that is a vivid and fascinating listen from start to finish. Don’t dare let this one fly under the radar.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

LV-426, Eye Elevator, Bridge Of Weird



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From Inside – When I’m Breathing Without You | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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Suddenly exploding onto the scene in early 2017, Liverpool alternative metal quartet From Inside have established themselves as one of the fastest rising acts in the British underground, and to continue their ongoing success, they are preparing to unleash their sophomore EP to the world – When I’m Breathing Without You.

It’s almost a certainty that listeners will be grabbed in an instant and won’t dare hit the stop button until it ends. The tracks on offer elicit utterly massive sounds fuelled by great riffs and bombastic rhythms, igniting an immense energy further heightened by the sweet electronics, as well as the ballistic drops thrown out now and again.

The vocals are insanely good, being so fiery and seeping with fierce mallice, perfectly conveying the writing which is engrossing through it all; particularly in the closer Tearing At The Seams, where they strip it back and give us a warm, piano-driven number that embraces with the emotive lyrics on show.

When I’m Breathing Without You is simply phenomenal, a record as close to a 5 star classic as it comes, where they go balls to the wall and give it everything they have got to deliver something seriously special; hands down one of the best UK metal records of 2018.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

You / I, Helpless, I Need To Feel Alive



AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 14th SEPTEMBER

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Darkness Divine – Prelude | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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Having only formed last year, Glasgow five-piece Darkness Divine are quickly establishing themselves as one of the hottest new metal bands in the scene, and they face the task of proving their worth with their upcoming debut EP – Prelude.

They waste little time laying straight into the heaviness, with the charge being led by Toni and her intense, rowdy vocals. The packing rhythms provide a rabid rush, being driven by the wild riffs and walloping drumming.

Topped off by solid writing, Prelude is an entertaining and exciting record that is hopefully just a sample of what this promising act are truly capable of.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

Digression, What We Want, A Stronger Dose



AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

Masiro – Geodesics | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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Oxford trio Masiro have been carving a name for themselves as a must-see act under the mathcore banner, having originally made a big statement with their debut release, Technocologist Unknown, back in 2016.

Fast forward to the present day, and the guys are back for another round with their sophomore EP – Geodesics.

A tight mixture of rugged riffs, forcibly crunching bass chords and resounding drum hits result in some bulky, sizable tracks. The tempo regularly switches back and forth between slow and driving, and quick and snappy, and additional accessories help give certain pieces an extra layer; most notably the ensnaring saxophone in K-Ursa.

Although it can suffer from repetitiveness at times, Geodesics is nevertheless a great record that is sure to engross any lover of math rock.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

End Permian, K-Ursa, Grand Trine



AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

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Spoke Too Soon – Standing On The Edge | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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When it comes to Scottish pop punk, Spoke Too Soon are usually one of the first bands that come to mind. The quintet have been going since as far back as 2011, and are well versed in providing some top notch live performances at whatever gig they happen to show up at.

As busy as they are, it’s been quiet on the record-making front for so long, with it being half a decade since the release of their debut EP, but now they are finally back in action and getting ready to launch the much-anticipated follow-up – Standing On The Edge.

Each track on offer boasts a bright, buzzing melody with a zealous energy behind them that repeatedly lend to really catchy choruses. The harmonies are on solid form throughout, the riffs are great, and the bass-laden rhythms are nothing short of absolutely bouncing.

As expected, this is an insanely stimulating joyride that should provide enjoyment to anybody within hearing distance.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

What You Really Want, Yesterday



AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 31st AUGUST

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Black Water Chemistry – Return To Ashes | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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The country of Wales has been making a killing in terms of upcoming music acts over the last few years – Junior, Holding Absence, Dream State; to name a few – and another band are looking to rank themselves along this elite.

Newport metalcore quintet Black Water Chemistry have been running for 4 years and impressing everywhere they go. Now their attention turns to the release of their sophomore EP – Return To Ashes.

What they give us is a collection of seriously whopping, high-impact tracks that punch the wind out of the body. Matt takes charge with relentless, resonating vocals; amplified by the rest of the guys providing back-up in that department.

Completing the tunes are rugged riffs courtesy of Chris and Murph, and persistently fierce rhythms from Gizz and Dan. The writing is blunt, and while slipping down in one or two spots, the energy is intoxicating at its optimum.

Return To Ashes is a cracking second record with a clear amount of effort and passion behind it. Black Water Chemistry may very well be ones to watch.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

Oracles, Return To Ashes



AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 31st AUGUST

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The Survival Code – Hopelessness Of People | SMALL MUSIC SCENE

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It’s been a turbulent past couple of years for long-running London rockers The Survival Code. After a lifetime of internal issues, Gary and Tom have decided to go it as a duo, which would usually be a risky task, but they have pulled it off with not even the slightest hiccup as they get set to deliver their next, highly anticipated album – Hopelessness Of People – which immediately grabs with a cover so simple yet so striking.

Even when limited to two instruments, the guys still manage to produce some large, exciting tracks that are owed to the combination of dynamic riffs from Gary and punchy drum beats from Tom. Adding to these tunes are tenacious vocals and superb choruses, which are more often than not seriously catchy, and the writing tends to hit the mark too.

A great record with a non-stop energy that serves as a return to form for The Survival Code, even if said form is down a head.


***HIGHLIGHTS***

Crawl, Along The Way, This Time Around, Take It As It Is, Not Working, Integrity



AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 31st AUGUST

IN ASSOCIATION WITH SAN PR