Single & EP Review: HAWK EYES, DIE NO MORE, KINDRED SHINS, BLACKWOLF

HAWK EYES That’s What This Is

In One Ear Industries [Release date – out now]

Hawk Eyes hail from Leeds and are a band that are starting to build some real momentum at the moment having recently played both the Reading and Leeds festivals. This four track EP shows the band off at their eclectic best, jagged rhythms and inventive guitar work is the order of the day here, think Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down and you are heading in the right direction.

This is an interesting EP which showcases the band’s abilities well. The guys are back out on tour shortly with The Black Spiders which should make an interesting pairing and an entertaining gig.

***1/2

David Wilson

DIE NO MORE Blueprint

Self-Release [Release date – out now]

This is the debut EP from Cumbrian rockers Die No More and it’s a bit of all right. The four piece appear to have a bit of an early Metallica fixation which is no bad thing. In fact if James Hetfield ever decides to call it a day the Die No More frontman, Marc Farquhar, would fit in perfectly.

The four tracks featured are well written, well played metal with great vocals and solid riffs. They may not be the most original band in the world but what they do, they do well. Well worth tracking down.

***1/2

David Wilson

KINDRED SHINS Regain Your Poise, Hysterical Woman

Self Release  [Release date 23.09.13]

A bit of indie tinged rock from London this time. The Kindred Shins reminded me of The Automatic, they of ‘Monster’ fame, with a quirky indie rock sound and slightly off kilter vocals. The two tracks here are decent enough but nothing to get too excited about. They sound like the kind of band who will go down a storm on Radio One evening shows!

**

David Wilson

BLACKWOLF Mr Maker

Self-release [Release date – out now]

This is the first song to emerge from the forthcoming debut album by Blackwolf which is scheduled for release early in 2014. Blackwolf have been making a bit of a name for themselves in the last couple of years, playing the Surface Unsigned Festival final in London’s 02 Arena and winning the Highway To Hell competition to secure a place on the bill at the Hard Rock Hell VI festival.

This track bodes well for the album. It has a huge blues rock sound and a massive groove. The guys play with plenty of swagger and attitude and if the new album maintains the same quality then Blackwolf is a name that you will be hearing a lot about in the coming year.

****

David Wilson


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