Fony – Live At The Harlequin

Originally planned to be edited down to the size of an EP when it was recorded at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey last November, this release has spiralled out of control somewhat, now featuring the entire live show and also a DVD of promo videos and an extra live performance.

As soon as Makeshift 1 kicks into life, it’s easy to see why Copro Records have decided to make this something a bit more special than they had originally intended. Live recordings don’t always capture the experience of being there; it takes a special kind of skill to record and mix a live show properly and Chris Hamilton has done it perfectly here. You could almost be there.

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    Fony rip through the ten track setlist with power and intensity, tackling favourites like January Zen, R.I.U.P., Fucking The Sentiment, Chore Again and closing in an awesome version of Wishlist, End. They also treat us to a new track, I, Matador.

    Switch to the DVD and you get videos for Chore Again, R.I.U.P., A Satire For The World, Wishlist, End and Nefer plus an extra live performance record for Spanish TV station TVE2 last December.

    Consumerism is all about getting value for money these days and you can’t go wrong with this album because with Live At The Harlequin you get a lot of high quality music for your money.

    Label: Copro Records
    Website: www.fonymusic.com
    Release date: 25th April 2005

    CD Tracklist:

    1. Makeshift 1
    2. Makeshift 2
    3. January Zen
    4. Emeritus
    5. A Satire For The World
    6. I, Matador
    7. R.I.U.P.
    8. Fucking The Sentiment
    9. Chore Again
    10. Wishlist, End

    DVD Tracklist:

    1. Chore Again (video)
    2. R.I.U.P. (previously unreleased video)
    3. A Satire For The World (video)
    4. Wishlist, End (video)
    5. Nefer (video)
    6. Emeritus (live)
    7. Nefer (live)
    8. A Satire For The World (live)
    9. I, Matador (live)
    10. Wishlist, End (live)
    11. January Zen (live)
  • Emetrex – Wish Me Dead

    Emetrex have hit the nail squarely on the head with their stoner indie sound on this, their second album. All the benefits of stoner rock are there but without the low end grumbling that so often removes the possibility of experimentation and distinction between songs.

    The album opens with the two download singles that preceded this release, I Think The Sun Makes Me Move and Hammer In My Skull, and the forthcoming Secret Parts that will bookend it. These first two tracks show the band at their noisiest while Rick Lescault’s soft voice slowly drifts with a tone that makes everything seem okay. The third sees tinny electronic drums and synths take over the rhythm section and is the first taste of the diversity that permeates Wish Me Dead.

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    From this point, the album remains largely rocky until three tracks from the end Harsh Kingdom comes in. When this song, which sounds like it was recorded late at night in a darkened room, arrives it really shows the skilful song writing on this record at a base level.

    Like A Dog Beneath your Feet, which closes the album, shows a further side to Emetrex. Played on a keyboard that sounds like its last job was on the Terminator theme and with vocals that have an almost Gaelic quality, it sounds reminiscent of Black Snow by The Copperpot Journals.

    Despite the title, Wish Me Dead is far from an aggressive album. It will calm you as much as it will excite you.

    Label: Seriously Groovy
    Website: www.seriouslygroovy.com
    Release date: 4th April 2005

    Tracklist:

    1. I Think The Sun Makes Me Move
    2. Hammer In My Skull
    3. Secret Parts
    4. Wish Me Dead
    5. Fade, Fade, Fade
    6. Shepherd’s Pantry
    7. Resonate (With Hate)
    8. Molly Hatchet
    9. Harsh Kingdom
    10. Blue & Green
    11. Like A Dog Beneath Your Feet

  • Desecration – Process Of Decay

    One of the most controversial death metal bands never to have actually killed anyone (and almost certainly the most controversial welsh death metal band ever), Desecration are not ones to hold back. Their first album, Gore & Perversion, put them on the map, in the UK tabloids and through the High Court because of its “explicit and obscene” content. Still, they have carried on and not compromised on anything (they even re-released their debut in 2003, to much less controversy), which probably leads you to wonder what they’ve done for their fifth album.

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    Well, Process Of Decay is a concept album, listing in graphic detail the process of decay in a human corpse. Nice, huh? But unless you sit down with the lyrics (which are kindly reproduced in the album sleeve) you’ll get little from it but grunting. Underneath the head turning lyrics though, is some truly brutal metal, with thundering riffs that hit you like they’ve been shot out of a cannon.

    Death metal fans may like to know that production on this album was handled by Dan Turner (Napalm Death, Cradle Of Filth, Anathema) and two tracks (Black Putrefaction and Butyric Fermentation) feature guest vocals from Amputated’s Morbid Mark.

    Label: Copro Records
    Website: www.desecration.co.uk
    Release date: 28th March 2005

    Tracklist:

    1. When The Heart Stops Beating…
    2. Initial Decay
    3. Bacterial Breakdown
    4. Black Putrefaction
    5. Butyric Fermentation
    6. Maggots In Evidence
    7. Corpse Fauna
    8. Dry Rot
    9. Gravewax

  • Cherryfalls – Winter/Winter

    Island’s next big hope, not least because they were signed and championed by MD Nick Gatfield, Cherryfalls’ debut has all the makings of a successful album.

    The band sound quite similar to Snow Patrol – in fact, while listening in a bit of a daze on one occasion I became convinced that I was listening to a compilation with Snow Patrol on it when recent single My Drug started up. However, similarities aside, Cherryfalls white songs that are both atmospheric and anthemic.

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    While this band should be appealing to fans of their current competition – Keane, Athlete, Coldplay and the aforementioned Snow Patrol – they do have a bite to them that could potentially draw in those put off by the love and self doubt that is the stock in trade of their forerunners. That’s not to say those elements don’t appear here but lines like “I want to find you/I want to knock you down/And when I find you/I want to fuck you up” (Standing Watching) and the rock implosion at the end of El Pussy display a band who may sound a bit soft but won’t be messed with.

    Whether or not the public will decide they need another band like this remains to be seen but by rights, Cherryfalls should probably outsell them all.

    Label: Island Records
    Website: www.cherryfalls.com
    Release date: 21st March 2005

    Tracklist:

    1. In Your Arms Again
    2. Bound To Lose
    3. My Drug
    4. Standing Watching
    5. Buy Yourself A Dream
    6. Do It Yourself
    7. Leave It Alone
    8. Stars Fill The Skies
    9. Mirror Smile
    10. El Pussy
    11. The Prize
    12. Make Time

  • Capdown – Live In M.K.

    Capdown have recently started work on their long-awaited third studio album but right now the focus is on the release of this live album, which sees the band rip though then classics and one brand new song.

    Recorded over two night in Capdown’s home town of Milton Keynes, this album catches the band on top form as they prepare to move into the next stage of their existence, marked with new song Strictly Business. Although this song doesn’t move far from the ska punk fans have come to know and love, the development of vocals and drumming are noticeable.

    Although live albums aren’t really designed for attracting new fans, this one could easily do just that; the quality and energy that are kept high throughout, the only real flaw is the fake Jamaican accent that can get irritating. If you’re already a fan of Capdown then this album will keep you more than happy until the new material surfaces.

    Label: Gravity DIP
    Website: www.capdown.net
    Release date: 2nd May 2005

    Tracklist:

    1. Kained But Able
    2. Civil Disobedients
    3. Act Your Rage
    4. MV4
    5. Strength In Numbers
    6. Cousin Cleotis
    7. Head Stong
    8. An A-political Stand Of Reasons
    9. Bitches And Nike Shoes
    10. Strictly Business
    11. Ska Wars

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  • Ammoncontact – New Birth

    Carlos Niño is one busy guy; not only does this mini-album come just six months after the release of Ammoncontact’s ‘One In An Infinity Of Ways’ album but it comes out on the same day as the first single from another of his projects ‘Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio’ And his partner in Ammoncontact is no less busy, recording New Birth after the birth of his son Naeem.

    The sound that comes out of these recordings is a kind of ambient instrument hip hop. While it can be a little repetitive at times, this is nothing if not innovative, taking hip hop off into a whole new territory.

    The instrumental mould is broken for one track, My People, which features vocals from ex-Scienz Of Life man Lil Sci, while Temple Jam returns back to the instrumental style to close the album with help from yet another Niño project, Build An Ark.

    Label: Ninja Tune
    Website: www.ninjatune.net
    Release date: 16th May 2005

    Tracklist:

    1. Omniverses 1
    2. Naeem
    3. Futuro
    4. It Started As A Remix For Elvin
    5. A Satallite’s Return
    6. New Birth
    7. Omniverses 2
    8. My People
    9. Temple Jam

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