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Driving Mrs Satan: Popscotch

Album release: Popscotch by Driving Mrs Satan
Release date: 28 April 2014
Label: Agualoca Records
Listen on: official Driving Mrs Satan website 

Driving Mrs. Satan is a London/Naples-based acoustic trio which reinterprets famous metal songs in a unique acoustic style. Their debut album, covering old metal classics from ACDC, Slayers, Iron Maiden, Faith No More performed with female vocals, acoustic guitars and double bass, will be released by Agualoca Records in early 2014.

Driving Mrs. Satan makes room for quiet into the history of heavy metal, borrowing lyrics and melodies from long haired 80s hard rock, conditioner-only-washing them into the whispered politeness of indie pop, and rinsing them with the passion of jazzy, sound centered, avant-pop.

Claudia’s unique voice is at once erotic and ethereal, transforming ferocious, macabre stories into joyful tales and cosy serenades through Ernesto’s carefully interweaved guitars and trembling vocals, and Giacomo’s beautifully crafted double bass structures.In the midst of a house change in a record-hot summer, Giacomo’s love for heavy metal re-emerged, and he began to re-envisage the songs that made him decide to become a musician in the first place. He found a perfect harmonic companion in Ernesto and they asked Claudia to lay down vocals on a song she never heard before in its original form, Helloween’s I Want Out: Driving Mrs. Satan was born.

The song was released online in April of 2012 together with other four: ACDC’s Hells Bells, Black Sabbath’s Never Say Die and Judas Priest’s Living After Midnight. After that, they prepared a full record and a live show to bring their music into people’s life and out of the studio.

Despite the band’s folk and world provenance, Driving Mrs. Satan have created one of 2012′s most interesting pop debuts. Indeed, their music feels like anything but hit covers –they managed to create a new, fresh and sophisticated dimension where the songs loose any weight and can be re-explored in their simplest shape. The gentle sound demands attention and anticipates possession.

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Metallic prog-rock band Arthouse Hours release 'All for One' on July 22

Album release: All for One by Arthouse Hours
Release date: 22 July
Listen: on Bandcamp 

Hailing from St Petersburg, Russia, Arthouse Hours set about creating their breed of metallic prog-rock in 2010. Their ascent to the forefront of the city’s alternative music scene was a swift one, in the wake of a first mini-album release (View of Notre Dame) in 2011. Putting the stress of several line-up changes behind them, the band formerly know as Arthouse In Your Waking Hours locked themselves away in their own custom-built studio, charged with the task of writing and recording their sophomore record. All For One is the brutal result. Armed with a hefty cannon of Russian-born riffs, Arthouse Hours step take a giant step towards worldwide recognition with the UK release of the album on July 22.

Citing multi-era heavy rock, prog, industrial and metal influences such as Yes, Converge, Godflesh and The Fall of Troy, Arthouse Hours wield a steady hand at the production desk too, always careful to allow space for them to nod towards their heritage whilst administering their own force on the proceedings. On tracks like Away they are tormented (“Every season, like a prison”), during Heavily Assaulted, they openly burn bridges (“Relegate beloved ones… I can be alone”), whilst on Like This they find solace in Closure (“Farewell my dear friend”).

Thematically, the album centres around an individual under stress. Our protagonist goes through a break up with the object of his desire. He has conflicting thoughts on this, that frequently turn to dreams. He later questions whether he has actually experienced loss, instead acquiring something that is much bigger - a realization dawns that life must go on. On it goes. 

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Mutiny on the Bounty: Trials

Album release: Mutiny on the Bounty, Trials
Release date: 3 September 2012
Label: September 3, Best Before Records
Listen: http://www.motb.net/fr_home.cfm

After a summer of tearing up some of the world’s most important festivals, including SXSW, The Great Escape, Roskilde and Primavera, the progressive-rock act Mutiny On The Bounty have signed to Best Before Records who will release their second album, Trials, to the UK audience. After their debut received wide critical acclaim, they have taken the next step up with a new home, two new band members and new producer for an altogether new sound on album two.

Trials was recorded in Seattle with top producer Matt Bayles, famous for his work with Pearl Jam, Russian Circles, Mastodon, Isis and Fall Of Troy. Their distinctive sound is heavier than ever but now incorporates electronic elements and greater melody without sacrificing the complex musicianship that initially won them their fanbase.

Simply put, the record sounds huge – Trials is a mix of post-metal instrumentals, heavy syncopated rhythms fitting somewhere between The Mars Volta and a young King Crimson and/or Mutiny’s own brand of Minus The Bear / Fall Of Troy-esque math-rock. From the pummelling breakdowns in Myanmar to the melodic suss of new single Artifacts (out 27 August) there is variety here originating from a band playing without boundaries. Enviable musicianship is complimented by a greater focus on songcraft, showing MOTB’s increased maturity throughout.

The band have previously toured playing with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Coheed and Cambria, Portugal the Man and And So I Watch You From Afar and will start their headline tour in support of the new album in September.

Catch Mutiny On The Bounty live at the following dates:

  • Wed 12.09 Green Door Store, Brighton, UK.
  • Thu 13.09 Party Hard @ The Unit, Southampton, UK.
  • Fri 14.09 Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes, UK.
  • Sat 15.09 The Studio, Hartlepool, UK.
  • Sun 16.09 Captain's Rest, Glasgow, UK.
  • Mon 17.09 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK.
  • Tue 18.09 Firebug Leicester, UK.
  • Wed 19.09 Old Blue Last, London, UK

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Huron: bar room brawls and beer soaked fury

Album release: Mary Celeste
Released: 25 July 2011
Label: Casket Records

"Gutsy throat shredders and irresistible riff laden grooves to bang and raise your horns to" - Kerrang KKKK

"With this amount of intricacy and power it can only be regarded as nothing but brilliance" - Rock Sound 8/10

"Bring on the bar room brawls and beer soaked fury"- Powerplay

"Think Jagermeister, Jack Daniels and anti-emo ramblings" - Terrorizer

Huron’s second album, Mary Celeste, is a brutal, hard-hitting reminder of why metal is in as healthy a state now as it has ever been. Bringing to mind the loose, guttural intensity of early Pantera and adding elements of classic thrash and hardcore, the record never loses its vitriolic sense of direction. Huron’s sound evokes the likes of COC, Kylesa, Mastodon and Black Label Society, without ever losing a sense of their own identity.

The band have worked hard to get where they are today – their debut Cheyne Stoking (Rising Records) brought glowing reviews from Kerrang! (KKKK) and Rock Sound (8/10). Iron Maiden legend Bruce Dickinson became an overnight fan and talked about the album passionately on his BBC6 radio show.

Since then Huron have toured the UK extensively with the likes of Valient Thorr and Viking Skull and they were also booked for the Hellfire Festival at Birmingham NEC along with Saxon, Anvil and Fields of the Nephilim.

Last year they played Hammerfest II on the same stage as Devil Driver, Suicidal Tendencies, Orange Goblin and Iced Earth; with the release of Mary Celeste, and album highlights such as Branded, Blood In Blood Out, Serpentswine and the fucking furious Suffer, the band look set to build on what are already impressive foundations.

Mary Celeste highlights a band who know how to bludgeon with the best of them, but also shows a songcraft and subtlety that should see them landing not too far off the big leagues. British metal is in bloom and Huron are yet more proof of it.

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