The Crimson Star journey first started back in 2012 and with many miles already traveled behind them, their forthcoming EP ‘Bay View‘ brings about a great view of the forward destination that the band are currently traveling on.
‘The Pragmatist‘ is not only the first of the five tracks on this EP, but also the current single and really does get things off to a roaring start, with it’s wealth of rolling bass and drum lines, blissful guitar licks and some pretty expressive vocals courtesy of Mr James Shaw. There is also a rather intriguing video out for this track too and we highly recommend you check it out.
The momentum behind this forceful EP continues with track 2 ‘La Prom‘, which delivers a harder edged steel within a sound reminiscent of U2 and is an absolute must listen to track for any guitar junkies out there. This is also the kind of song that you would expect to be the highlight at a live show.
The midway point of ‘Bay View‘ is marked with the imposing track ‘Once‘ and yet again, James Shaw vocally delivers exactly what it takes to push a great song on and into a league of it’s own.
Up until this point of the EP, it kind of felt that the bands secret weapon was yet to be revealed and sure enough, the penultimate track ‘Euthanise Me‘ is exactly just that. This song takes the listener on a rather intriguing journey through the smokey haze of jazz infused blues reminiscent of a 1920’s Speakeasy whilst maintaining that rockier edge that Crimson Star most definitely own! This track was a big talking point in the Wardle household and when a song has that kind of effect on the listener, then it’s a sure fire fact that the band have written a song that really is something quite special.
Closing the EP out is ‘Gimme Some‘ and this track takes the listener right back into the very heart of Crimson Star’s alternative rock sound and most definitely radiates the full essence and potential of this rather impressive EP.
‘Bay View‘ contains quite possibly, some of the best songs that the band have written to date, so be sure to grab yourself a copy 23rdOctober and take a listen for yourself – we think you’ll be very glad you did!
2. La Prom
One thing often leads to another and in the case of Beckon Lane, after seeing them live at a Hils Ovation gig in Birmingham, the opportunity to grab a listen to their forthcoming EP was something that just had to be done.
Work on their second EP ‘The Long Road‘ has recently been completed and the fact that this EP comprises of just two tracks, actually endorses the statement that less is more, as both songs succinctly capture the intense full bodied sound that Beckon Lane posses.
With both tracks ram packed full of the glorious power found within Beckon Lane’s combined body of drums, bass and guitar, these songs really do give the listener an adrenaline fuelled ride, with the opening track ‘Fair Enough‘ getting the EP underway at full throttle. Having said that, this energy does not overshadow the bands attention to melody in anyway, as this song also boasts a quite simply stunning lower tempo refrain where the emotion within the lyrics undoubtedly shines through.
I have to say that the second song of the EP ‘Long Way Round‘ was the song that clinched this EP’s prowess for me as it elevates Beckon Lane on to higher ground with some exceedingly impressive guitar melodies, making for one very sweet undercurrent indeed.
Overall, the one thing that repeatedly stopped me dead in my tracks throughout the entirety of this EP, was the vocal ability of Lewis Phillis as boy oh boy, can this guy sing! With such a great range and tone to his voice, my ears were glued to just about every note and to say I was WOWED is an understatement!
The release date for this EP is looking to be July 2017, so do keep checking in with band for further updates on that and I must say a big thank you to Beckon Lane for giving me the chance of this most appreciated preview, as this really is one great EP!
‘The Great Reclamation’ EP, Release Date Summer 2017
To get my hands on this EP, I probably kicked up more of a fuss than I usually would, but that’s only because I, along with many others have been anticipating the release of this EP for sometime now. I knew at Beermageddon last year, that this EP was on the cards, it was also mentioned then that legendary producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) would be taking the reins to produce it. These two prospects are enough to get anyone excited, me more so than most!
To bring this EP to fruition, the band embarked on a pledge campaign, unquestionably, they smashed their initial target within two hours, which is incredible really. That campaign is still ongoing (but be quick), if you want to get involved and feel a part of making something truly unique happen and in return, you will get something equally epic, in return. Follow this link and head on over to the bands Pledge page.
It’s worth visiting the above link, if only for the literature that accompanies this EP and the pledge, for instance, check out the paragraph labelled ‘Concept’ that’s some deep stuff right there! It also helps you to understand where the bands heads were at when they penned the lyrics for the songs associated with this EP.
As this is an EP, it only consists of five songs, which is short but very tasty, non the less! I can only assume this is a taster of what we can expect in the future – a new album perhaps, certainly a new direction, maybe even working along side Mr. Russ Russell again? Yes, this EP was both recorded and produced by the man himself, at his Parlour Recording Studios.
After speaking with Topher recently, I’m aware of his love of classical music, believe it or not. Let’s face it, the likes of Mozart and Bach paved the way for all music and it’s structure, so if you’re ever going to master music, understanding the instruments and the arrangements they used, would serve you well in any musical genre? I’m probably chatting shit but I can definitely hear classical elements throughout these tracks, I also know both Topher and Scott, within the band produced the instruments that we can hear on this EP. Personally, I’d LOVE to see real musicians play along side the band, if/when they play these tracks live. I’ll accept a backing track, but it would be way cooler to have the instruments accompany the band on stage!
We don’t have to wait too long, to see Gehtika as they are soon to embark on their “The Great Rotten Tour”. The first date on it, has just had a venue change and will now take place at The Cotswold Inn, in Cheltenham on 06.05.17. A further fifteen dates across the UKsoon follow, there after. Check out the bands Website and Facebook page for full details.
I’m not going to patronise the band by using a hundred metal puns to describe this new EP, many have already done that, way better than me. I’m also not intelligent enough to pick out what the band are actually playing, but what I will tell you is that this EP further strengthens the band and their musical progression, which is clearly evident from their previous releases. Anyone who knows anything about music, would probably tell you, these guys are extremely accomplished musicians who opt for creating music that is very technical in their chosen genre of blackened death metal. Whilst they maintain their core sound, mostly thanks to the blistering death growls, from the bands lead vocalist Anthony, the inclusion of these emotive orchestral compositions, sees Gehtika entering into new realms alongside powerful bands like ‘Fleshgod Apocalypse’, who we love!
In my opinion, no one says it better than the band themselves… so I quote “Delivering our most comprehensive release to date, The Great Reclamation offers everything from blistering, raging pace & brutality to epic & emotive orchestral compositions, all of which take you on a journey through our dark cautionary tale.”
EP Track listing is as follow;
1.Existence or Oblivion 2.Beneath the Catacombs 3.The Great Reclamation 4.The Human Divergence 5.Yggdrasil
Stand out tracks for me on this EP, has to be the title track ‘The Great Reclamation’ as well as Yggdrasil, simply for it’s powerful combination of orchestral metal, as they’ve managed consummate its marriage, perfectly. In other words, they’venailed it! The title of this track puzzled me, so naturally, I googled the word and low and behold, it actually means something, interesting. From Old Norse Yggdrasill, (pronounced yg drasil) is an immense mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology. Old Norse was a North Germanic language that was spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and inhabitants of their overseas settlements during about the 9th to 13th centuries.
Although the band have embarked on a Pledge campaign for this EP, they have in fact already paid for it to be produced themselves, which is bloody hard work for any band these days. Knowing the band, relatively well, I know they love their fans, so this was more of a way of offering that little bit extra, rather than just “Here, have a CD” I kinda wished I’d gone for a dinner date, personally, or even the photo shoot, who I can only assume Topher will be conducting, as I know he’s an accomplished photographer as well as a guitar god – is there no end to this bands talents?
Gehtika are one of those bands you have to see live as they are born performers, who deliver an outstandinglive show and have done so, every time I’ve seen them. As they grow, so does their stage show, so I can only assume that the creation of the tracks on this new EP, will soon be incorporated into the bands live set and if they can include the orchestral elements within it, this would only strengthen their live performance even further.
Gehtika are a five-piece blackened death metal band from the West Midlands and consists of five ‘spiffing’ top blokes.
Anthony Knight – Vocals
Scott Allen – Guitar
Topher O’Meagher – Guitar
Simon Timms – Bass
Marc Lord – Drums