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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Reviews: My Dynamite, Atlas Pain, Into Orbit

My Dynamite: Otherside (Listenable)

Aussie's My Dynamite say that they take influence from The Black Crowes and Humble Pie, well you can certainly hear the Robinson brothers jamming with Marriot and Frampton on the band's second album. From the opening slide of Round The Bend My Dynamite are deep in The Black Crowes groove, tinkling piano, dual guitar harmonies, mouth organ and a bluesy Southern sound.

This six man boogie machine really pack a punch and sound distinctly American rather than Australian, the Steven Tyler-esque drawl of Pat Carmody is spot on, the guitars of Jorge Balas and Benny Wolf are harmonic unison as the organs/keys of Nick Cooper add the much appreciated melodies to the more soulful tracks like the smoldering So Familiar and adds an electronic coda to State We're In.

With groove from Simon Aarons and Travis Fraser My Dynamite are a band that update the hip-shaking hard rock of their influences much like our own Temperance Movement, this record is full of delicious summer vibes the bastard love child of Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones it's a stunning record of soulful, funky, blues rock for lazing, gazing, sippin' and trippin'. This is another sublime slab of good old fashioned rock n roll from these Melbourne natives as Aerosmith once said "Take Me To The Otherside" it's a much more rocking place to be. 9/10

Atlas Pain: What The Oak Left (Scarlet Records) [Review By Paul]

The debut release from Italian folk metal outfit Atlas Pain follows on from their debut EP Behind The Front Page in 2015. What The Oak Left is a rousing 54 minutes of epic folk metal, a roller coaster ride which cascades the emotions with the numerous influences that whistle by. There’s a bit of everything in this album from the clear Iron Maiden style on To The Moon through to the Eluvietie stomp of The Storm whilst the power metal foundations which underpin this genre is also fully in evidence.

It’s certainly atmospheric, with some blistering drumming courtesy of Riccardo Floridia. The band use their symphonic keyboard sound to great effect, evident throughout without smothering any of the tracks. Guitarist Fabrizio Tartarini can certainly throw a shape whilst the growling vocals of Samuele Faulisi fit the tunes perfectly. In concluding track, the 12-minute instrumental White Overcast Line the band pull out all the stops with THE blueprint to power/folk metal.

Light and shade, all out pace combined with some delicately calm segments, this is mighty stuff. If you like your folk metal, ala Korpiklaani, Finntroll and the rest this will be right up your street. Another superb Italian outfit who are challenging the Scandinavian metal monopoly. 8/10

Into Orbit: Unearthing (Self Released) [Review By Paul]

Sophomore release from New Zealand duo Into Orbit, Unearthing is 40 minutes of progressive and experimental rock and metal and is well worth a listen. With a variety of styles and techniques, the duo, guitarist Paul Stewart and percussionist/drummer Ian Moir create an atmospheric landscape that holds the attention. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the closing track, the impressive Gilgamesh which builds steadily, increasing in tempo and feel all the time as it brings this interesting release to a close. 7/10

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