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Avenger – The Slaughter Never Stops

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Avenger, Newcastle’s NWOBHM legends return with a new album! Associated with such acts as Blitzkrieg, Atomkraft and Satan, you know you’re in for something special. Add to this the band’s own old school heavy metal legitimacy and you’ve got an album worth checking out!

The album opens up with the atmospheric sounds of Mace Imperial, which builds up with pianos and strings before slamming into the awesome riffage of Race Against Time which was a little more modern sounding than I was expecting. This is in a good way of course; the band combines some real old school sounding vocals with some great heavy riffs.

For the audience:

People who like proper old school metal should eat this up. It approaches the 80s sound in a modern way, similar to Hell’s approach with heavy riffs meeting passionate and dramatic vocals.

There’s plenty to listen to here, and in just 46 minutes the band delivers an album full of great tracks. Fields Of The Burnt has a really awesome classic sounding riff that should make this one a real hit live, with some great guitar work and a super solid rhythm section! In Arcadia Go is another real powerful number, with some awesome hooks and some really well done vocals here! They’ve also chucked in a cover of the classic Maiden number Killers, which is a straight up cover performed really well, with special mention towards the vocals again which have a nice blend of both Di’Anno and Dickinson, with some nice souped up chunky guitars too.

The band also delivers a nice long track at 7 minutes long with Flayer Psychosis and it’s full of energy right from the get go, keeping at it throughout with hefty riffage and some great vocal moments meeting cool basslines and vocals!

The album ends on Midnight Mass Destruction which has another classic sounding riff given a modern makeover here, with a nice heavy sound on display. This ends the album nicely as one of the heavier tracks, but also has a nice clean bridge section that builds up nicely.

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For the artist:

This is a really solid album, with some great moments and some really good songwriting. The production is pretty good but feels a little dry in places. It’s not really a big problem and the music takes precedence here!

Overall this some really good stuff, here’s hoping the band keeps it up and delivers us plenty of live shows and new material!

The Slaughter Never Stops Is Released on 1st December via Rocksector Records

Check out Avenger at https://www.facebook.com/avengeruk1

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Bow Flats

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Bow Flats are a band from South Ockenden in Essex,  featuring Tony Buckley, Neil Davies and Neil Lewin. They “merge catchy pop melodies with the very finest ingredients of English rock.” and this review, in a slightly different turn of events, looks at the music on their Facebook page rather than an EP or Album. Though not a Metal band, these guys bring a nice sound with smooth guitar and bass playing, melodic vocals and some solid groove drumming!

Starting with their studio tracks, “I Know What I Know” opens up with a clean guitar riff and some heartfelt softer vocals. The band then crashes in with some powerful heavy rock beats. The song flows really nicely, is very well written with very awesome vocals and harmonies. All in all a very tight track with a lot going for it. It moves on nice and dynamically, gradually getting faster and more furious as it goes, driven forwards by Tony Buckley’s rhythm work.

“Out Of Sight” starts off in a similar vein to the aforementioned track but is a lot more laid back this time, with very smooth bass playing and more of the vocal harmonies this band crafts really well. Overall a “nice” sounding track that is not quite as rocking but no less awesome for it!

Heads-down rocker “Battle Of Alan Ford” gets straight to business from the get-go with overdriven guitars with an almost punk attitude yet a lot more precise as you will come to expect from this band. This track has a lot of interesting chords and a very driving sound overall.

Live tracks “Whole World Is Home” and “Promises” prove that Bow Flats can pull off their style live too, with the same sense of tightness and ear for melody shown on their studio tracks. The tracks obviously sound a little rougher due to being live but it is only a little and the band play really well on these tracks too.

Overall a very good band with a lot to offer to the rock scene, especially in Essex where there isn’t quite as much of this kind of this as you might like. The vocal harmonies are a very nice addition to the band as whole, and they all play really well together as a unit, with a lot of passion involved. Check these guys out!

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