Mercury Underground, Waking Theo, City Of Ashes, When We Were Wolves

MERCURY UNDERGROUND – Mercury Underground EP

Anchorage Records (Release Date – Out Now)

Mercury Underground are a three piece from Glasgow. The guys play a blues infused hard rock which has a lot to commend it. There are three tracks on offer on the EP and all are of a high standard, bringing together elements of Led Zep, Sabbath and the more modern sounds of the Foo Fighters and Black Country Communion.

Track of the EP for me is the closing track ‘The Great Escape’ which really shows a Zep influence and has a memorable chorus.

A good effort from the band that leaves you wanting to hear more.

***1/2

David Wilson

 

WAKING THEO – Reborn

Self Release (Release date – 11th Feb 2013)

Waking Theo are a band that are loud enough to wake the dead. Majoring in melodic death metal and metalcore, they set out to bludgeon the senses and leave the listener bruised and battered. The EP contains three tracks which aren’t groundbreaking in the genre but are of a high standard with some solid playing throughout. New vocalist Craig Gordon acquits himself well adopting a death metal growl that fits in well with the oh so heavy backing track.

The guys are planning a full album for release early in 2013. Prepare for some serious GBH.

***1/2

David Wilson

CITY OF ASHES – Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness

Self Release (Release Date – 21st January 2013)

Eastbourne alt-rockers City Of Ashes have been together for three years and this release is their first EP. Lost Prophets are the band that spring to mind listening through the disc. There are 5 tracks featured but none really capture the imagination, the most interesting is the closer ‘A Calm like Lethargy’ which has a harder edge and sounds all the better for it. The other tracks though are fairly bog standard and nothing to write home about.

Not one for repeated plays.

**

David Wilson

When We Were Wolves – The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same

Imperial Records (Release Date – 14th January 2013)

Post hardcore from South Wales this time in the shape of When We Were Wolves. This is the band’s debut release that will be backed up with dates throughout 2013.

Musically they is nothing new here, post hardcore by numbers. Frontman Mitch Bock’s delivery becomes tiresome very quickly which is a shame as when he actually sings in the choruses he is actually quite good. Within their chosen genre this may do well but destined for a limited audience I think.

**

David Wilson


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Power Plays w/c 11 September


JASPER SLOAN YIP The Day Passed And The Sun Went Down (Afterlife Music/Membran)
THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER Get Ready (Tonic Records)
TWISTER 64 White Lies (indie)
LOVER Fallen Famous (indie)
WAYWARD SONS I Don’t Wanna Go (Frontiers)
OTIS Blind Hawg (Cleopatra Records)
THE BRONSONS Girl From Outer Space (indie)


Featured Albums w/c 11 September (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 MIDNITE CITY Midnite City (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 WAYWARD SONS Ghosts Of Yet To Come (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 THE DEADLY WINTERS Ravynstoun (indie)



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