THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Under Your Spell
Metropolis Records [Release date 09.06.17]
I first came across the Birthday Massacre with last year’s enjoyable ‘Imagica’ album, which was a reworking of some of their earlier songs, so was looking forward to hearing new songs from them.
‘Under Your Spell’ draws on the band’s strengths and includes a little metal riffery on ‘All Of Nothing’ and glorious synth pop on the title track. Heck, ‘Without You’ sounds like a female fronted Depeche Mode in that band’s 80′s prime – very catchy music and with a modern sound, albeit it with influences from the aforementioned 80′s era.
The Birthday Massacre are perfect for those who enjoy the intense electronica and cinematic feel of bands such as Depeche Mode. Although they are categorised with metal bands, they have a big pop vibe running through their music make them perfect for crossover into mainstream radio and online playlists. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
TUESDAY THE SKY Drift Inside Out [Release date 30.06.17]
Tuesday The Sky is the debut solo album by Fates Warning’s guitarist Jim Matheos (who is also in OSI). He is joined by drummer Lloyd Hanney, his long-time OSI collaborator and former Dream Theater keyboards player Kevin Moore (who guests on two songs) and Anna-Lynne Williams who adds vocals to some of the songs.
Jim Matheos wanted to create an ambient album based on musical influences such as Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada and Sigur Ros. Musically it is led as you’d expect by his guitar playing where he creates wonderful dreamy soundscapes on ‘Far And Away’ and then on ‘Dyatlov Pass’, adds more crunch to his playing. In fact on the latter you almost expect a vocal to start at any moment.
Jim Matheos has succeeded in his aim on this solo album and he will hopefully find a whole new host of listeners as he explores new musical avenues. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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COLLATERAL Mr Big Shot (Roulette Media Records)
BABY HUSBAND Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (indie)
OF ALLIES Off The Map (indie)
EXPLORING BIRDSONG The River (indie)
MARISA AND THE MOTHS – Slave (indie)
CATTLE AND CANE I Wish I Knew Jesus (Like I Do)
KING VOODOO Creep (indie)
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12:00-13:00 REDLINE Gods & Monsters (Escape Music)
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MAGNUM Sleepwalking (1992)
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