REVIEW: “Cycle of Need” from Resin, melodic heavy rock out of Leicester, UK

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After their first release of “Persecution Complex” and the addition of violinist, Emma Bennett, heavy and melodic rock outfit Resin hailing from the UK are ready to make waves. Their newest release “Cycle of Need” shows some serious promise.

“Cycle of Need” does a fantastic (and when I say fantastic I mean fantastic) job of incorporating different tones and pulling from other areas and combining that with a melodic, heavy rock. It is possible to do this adequately, however these guys really hit the mark on that. I wholeheartedly support the addition of Bennett to the outfit since throughout the album, her skillset becomes quite apparent and adds an otherworldly dimension. My largest complaint with this album is the vocals. With such a broad array of influences and notes and tones coming through on all the other respective parts of the track, I felt like the vocals were a little lackluster. The vocals could have brought more to the table, or maybe I simply felt this way because of the relative comparison but I just felt that if they had a tiny bit of an extra push these guys would have been a solid listen. Nonetheless, the vocals are rich and pull like molasses– they are not bad by any means and actually are quite reminiscent of Godsmack. I wish there was a but more oomph, but beggars can’t be choosers. Overall, this is a tight listen. I think that there is small room for improvement but a great showing up from these guys and I’m excited to see what they’ll bring to the table in the future.

Rating: 7/10

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REVIEW: “Broken Love Song” by Life Against Time, melodic metal four piece hailing from the UK

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Combining tonal progressions and earthly atmosphere, Life Against Time are pioneering their own take on ambience in melodic metal. Their new single “Broken Love Song” gives a taste of their combination of metal core-esque breakdowns, and dense riffs combined with a lighter take on vocals and melody. Overall I felt like this was a cleanly kept, and organized single that spoke to just classic, tried and true, riffs and breakdowns without being boring or repetitive and put their own spin on it.

The four piece has released two other singles so far in their discography, consisting of “What You Have” and “Surrender.”

Make sure to check out the new track here!

REVIEW: “Nothing In My Way” by Line of Fire, UK Groove Metal

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What a bunch of groovy, groovy gents.

The Nottingham, UK based metal quartet did not disappoint with their fresh-off-the-ocean release of “Nothing In My Way.” These guys have conquered the melding of blues and rhythmic folk with metal– all into one 8 track wholesome piece.

“Nothing In My Way” opens up with “Gonna Get You” which is a rather heavy hitter in comparison to the other tracks on this release. The intro takes a nice solid steady pace to introduce the vocals which have both melodic and old school gruffness to it. This track definitely opens the album on the better end of things, and perks the interest as a listener immediately. This style of music is especially appealing to those who like metal but are not necessarily willing to go crazy in circle pits all day long. There is a steady rhythm and reason to all of these tracks which leave you full but not bloated. Unfortunately for me, the next three tracks fell a little bit short. “Falling From Grace,” “The Road Ahead,” and “Something Aint Right” all held that old time Western feel, but almost to a fault. They felt a bit cheesy with the vocals stressing certain areas and words that just felt a little one sided and underdeveloped. I don’t want to feel like the song is taking too long to end. That being said, I can certainly appreciate that they really went for it in regards to committing to the vibe and atmosphere of the album and everything really stuck to that in this album.

“Fuck Me” was absolutely my favorite track here. Albeit slower and heavier than the rest of the tracks, it certainly was a nice break from the norm and began to wrap up the album without stopping short. Ultra-groovy, ultra-riffy, and ultra-mahogany vocals satiate the inner need for pure aggression I think we all hide a little bit. “Wrong Side of The Tracks” really wraps this entire album up with its swinging and rolling riffs that seem to combine the old west and some of the harder elements of metal.

Overall, the production value on this album was good and I felt that the tracks delivered on their promise of groove metal. Despite my qualms with the middle three tracks after the first song, this is a solid listen and will definitely fill many many cups of tea.

Rating: 7 out of 10.