Single & EP reviews: DEAD CITY SOULS, CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM

DEAD CITY SOULS – Dead City Souls

DEAD CITY SOULS –Dead City Souls EP
Self Release  [Release date 10.11.14]

Dead City Souls release their debut, self titled CD in November, they bill it as a mini album but surely that is an EP? Containing seven tracks, one of which is a 56 second intro, Dead City Souls is a pretty good introduction to the band.

The fivesome hail from Stoke on Trent and formed in the spring of 2013, they have worked hard on perfecting their own sound. Dead City Souls play hard rock with a nod to Guns ‘N Roses and Shinedown.

‘Embark’ opens the EP with just under a  minute of ‘heart beat’ thudding and an almost ’spaghetti western’ sound, then it is into one of the strongest tracks, ‘Back Against’, with a sleazy sound, other tracks of note are ‘Say Goodnight’, which is fast and furious, and closer, ‘Watch The World Burn’ and ‘Hurt No More’.

‘Hurt No More’ is my favourite track, maybe even a touch of Avenged Sevenfold in the sound, a lovely sliding, slightly off key vocal and some great key changes culminating in a triumphant guitar section at the end.

Altogether this is a good EP by a confident new band with great melodies, catchy riffs and choruses and if they keep up the good work on show here they have a good chance of moving up the ranks.  ***1/2

Review by CJ

CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM – The Final Broadcast

CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM – The Final Broadcast EP

Self Release  [Release date 17.11.14]

Clear The Auditorium are a quartet from South Wales and The Final Broadcast is their second release although this latest release is a re-release with four bonus tracks ( which I can’t comment on as the CD I was sent has only the original seven tracks )

They describe their genre as ‘electronicore’ so I am sure you can imagine what they sound like? The Final Broadcast is a concept EP exploring the end of the world after a nuclear attack. To me it sounds very like a soundtrack to an apocalyptic game, no particular track stands out for me but overall I found it very listenable.

Clear The Auditorium cite influences from My Chemical Romance, 30 Seconds To Mars and Enter Shikari. They have played in support to The Blackout and Yashin. They have a very full sound with synth running throughout and several very soulful melodic passages.

If, like my eldest son, you are very keen on gamer music this might well appeal to you.  ***

Review by CJ


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