I'd been meaning to review this album for quite a while. The buzz going quietly round was that this new band, signed to EMI and readying themselves for the release of their debut album on September 5th, were quite something special but after a fabulous (and admittedly rather excessive) weekend at Bloodstock, I succumbed to the evil flu which rendered me a dishevelled wreck for nearly a fortnight.
The reason I knew things were getting better was when, whilst sniffling my way through a pile of CDs for review, I suddenly found myself bouncing round the sitting room and getting rather lively!
The cause of this sudden activity?, 'City of Vultures', pure and simple.
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From blitzing intro and the roaring guttural vocals, this band manage to slip between different musical styles with sublime ease, throwing in hooks galore alongside some seriously ripping Metal and keeping a fabulous balance between the both, without taking the easy way out and going soft but taking risks throughout the whole album.
Formed originally in 2006 under the monicker Halide, Rise To Remain came fully into being in 2008 and have spent the last couple of years honing their talent with the release of three EPs to critical acclaim pretty much across the board, and UK Tours including appearances at Download and Sonisphere Festivals.
Featuring Austin Dickinson on Vocals, Ben Tovey and Will Homer on Guitars, Joe Copcutt on Bass and Pat Lundy on Drums, these guys have come up with a blisteringly unique bunch of songs, belying the short time that they've been together, on an album that should see them start to scale some seriously decent heights!
Brimming full with grit, angst, passion and melodies, 'City Of Vultures' has huge scope, from the brutally unforgiving 'The Serpent', the savage bitterness of 'City Of Vultures' through to the anthemic 'This Day Is Mine' and the rocking 'Talking In Whispers', this is an album that continues to surprise play after play, the second you think you've got them sussed, they throw in a curveball and swing away from the norm.
Finishing with a flourish on a cracking re-recording of the lead track from their 2010 EP, 'Bridges Will Burn', this is quite simply a stormer of an album (let alone a debut one!) that I'd recommend to anyone, and with a headline tour in the offing I for one am seriously looking forward to seeing them play live. It's going to be one hell of a show!
Intro, The Serpent, This Day is Mine, City of Vultures, God can Bleed, Power through Fear, Nothing Left, We will Last Forever, Illusions, Roads, Bridges will Burn.
2011-09-07 Cavern Club Exeter Exeter, UK
2011-09-08 Liberal Club Yeovil, UK
2011-09-09 Joiners Southampton, UK
2011-09-10 The Hydrant - Upstairs Brighton, UK
2011-09-12 O2 Academy 2 Oxford Oxford, UK
2011-09-13 The Fleece Bristol, UK
2011-09-14 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, UK
2011-09-15 Roadmender Northampton, UK
2011-09-17 Wama High Wycombe, UK
2011-09-18 O2 Academy 3 Birmingham Birmingham, UK
2011-09-19 O2 Academy 2 Sheffield Sheffield, UK
2011-09-20 O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2011-09-21 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, UK
2011-09-23 The Underworld London, UK
2011-09-24 The Portland Arms Cambridge, UK
2011-09-25 The Roadhouse Manchester, UK
2011-09-26 The Cockpit Leeds, UK
2011-09-28 Norwich Arts Centre Norwich, UK
2011-09-29 Rock City Nottingham, UK
2011-10-16 The Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO, US
2011-10-24 The Key Club West Hollywood, CA, US
2011-10-31 Firestone Live Orlando, FL, US
2011-11-01 The Masquerade - Heaven Atlanta, GA, US
2011-11-14 Oslo Spektrum Oslo, Norway
2011-11-16 Helsingin Jäähalli Helsinki, Finland
2011-11-18 Hovet Stockholm, Sweden
2011-11-19 Scandinavium Gothenburg, Sweden
2011-11-21 Arena Ludwigsburg Ludwigsburg, Germany
2011-11-22 Stadthalle Offenbach Offenbach, Germany
2011-11-23 Zenith, Die Kulturhalle Munich, Germany
2011-11-25 Turbinenhalle Oberhausen, Germany
2011-11-26 Sporthalle Hamburg Hamburg, Germany
2011-11-27 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
2011-11-28 Olympia Paris, France
2011-11-30 013 Tilburg, Netherlands
2011-12-01 Southampton Guildhall Southampton, UK
2011-12-02 The Civic Hall Wolverhampton, UK
2011-12-03 Manchester Academy 1 Manchester, UK
2011-12-04 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
2011-12-06 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, UK
2011-12-07 O2 Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2011-12-08 Plymouth Pavilions Plymouth, UK