EP reviews: WAITING FOR TITOR, BEYOND RECALL, MALLEN

MALLEN Jack Of Cards

Mallen released their debut ‘Ignition’ back in 2015 and have toured with the likes of Motley Crue on their UK farewell dates, plus Toseland and Funeral For A Friend. This new song was produced by David Radahd (ex-Heaven’s Basement) and marks the recording debut of the band’s new bassist Joe Horton and second guitarist Rhys Broomhall.

‘Jack Of Cards’ is a classy piece of modern rock – not dissimilar to Halestorm – and fair belts out of your speakers. Impressive stuff. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

WAITING FOR TITOR Halo Pt.1

www.facebook.com/waitingfortitor [Release date 020.06.17]

Anglo-Italian band who’s name is based on John Titor, a character created by a blogger who travels back from 2036. Six songs on this EP and the band cite Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode amongst their influences, both bands can be heard in the band’s music. Depeche Mode certainly on ‘Diving Into The Black’, the most synth heavy song on here. It is the vocals of Alex Palladini that take some getting used to. He has quite an accented delivery and lacks a bit of power in his singing to really make the listener sit up and take notice. Listenable but far from essential. **1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

BEYOND RECALL Selfish Scars

www.beyondrecall.net [Release date 13.01.17]

Three piece consisting of Zaid Elgahmi (vocals), Chris Hewitt (guitar) and Joshua Willett (drums), they have released one EP to date, 2015′s ‘The Mixed Tape’ and have reached number 1 on Scuzz TV’s ‘Most Wanted’ chart.

Listening to the six songs on here (seven if you include the alternate version of ‘Almost’), it is easy to see why. Beyond Recall excel in the fast and furious, in your face riff filled songs that bands like Bring Me The Horizon do so well, and mix their sound with the more pop rock leanings of All Time Low. Have a listen to ’140 Characters’ for proof, one for the younger rock crowd lyric wise, however a melody anyone can enjoy.

If ‘Selfish Scars’ doesn’t have you launching around your home like a whirling dervish you must be clinically dead! A tune that won’t let go once you have heard it once. The switch between heavy riffs/screams on ‘Get It Right’ I was reminded of the late, great Fearless Vampire Killers. Very impressed by this EP and the band’s pop rock/punk sound. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

 





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Power Plays w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
SMOKING MARTHA Wild & Free (Xelon Entertainment)
TRUE NORTH Fix (Out Of Line Music)
COLLECTED Say When (indie)
ABOUT KINGS Heaven On Down The Highway (indie)
WHALEDOG Leave Me Alone (indie)
LED BY LANTERNS Six Feet Down (indie)
KROOKED TONGUE Freaky Love (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 BITE THE BULLET End Of The Line (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 CRYSTAL BALL Crysteria (Massacre Records)
14:00-16:00 SEAN TAYLOR The Beat Goes On (indie)



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