Ash Is A Robot – Ash Is A Robot

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Ash Is A Robot
Ash Is A Robot
Hummus

Ash Is A Robot are a five-piece post-hardcore band hailing from Setúbal, Portugal, formed in 2012 comprising of members from various Portuguese underground bands. Their debut album is the result of a hard-worked past 18 months, touring their home country and neighbouring Spain and releasing a couple of singles, which has led up to this, their debut album on Swiss label Hummus Records, which has previously put out stellar work from the likes of associated bands Coilguns, NVRVD, Kunz and more. While post-hardcore has become something of a tired old horse in recent years – not for the lack of trying, but for the swathes of bands who sound too similar for doing so – ARIA at least have a decent stab at trying to stand out, which makes for a reasonably good debut album. It doesn’t often stray too far from the blueprint, yet it does contain some fantastic angular bass grooves, particularly on the earlier tracks, and some fantastic melodies, such as the closing section of ‘Close Encounters of Thirds Not Kind’. There’s also the occasional use of electronic elements, an additional dash of adventurism, if not exactly experimentalism. Overall, this debut is more than competent, showing that ARIA have a knack for creating not just melodies but also grooves and a slightly heavier side too that occasionally shows itself. Potentially one to watch for the future.

Pre-order information is presently unavailable but the album will be released on Friday February 14th.

Peter Clegg

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Coilguns/NVRVD – Coilguns/NVRVD

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Coilguns/NVRVD
Coilguns/NVRVD
Savour Your Scene

Since emerging with the blistering and bludgeoning ‘Stadia Rods’ earlier in the year, Coilguns have begun to make quite the name for themselves, gaining some deserved plaudits for their monstrous sludgey d-beat/metalcore assault that has seen them rise above being known as just another Ocean side-project to the uninformed. This latest release is a nice stop-gap to keep things ticking until the band’s debut full-length is released next year. They seem to excel most when pushing the lengths of their songs – it allows a progressive nature to their vicious metalcore attack and the opening ‘Mandarin Hornet’ is proof perfect of that, turning into a snarling hive a few minutes in with bludgeoning guitars and some riproaring roars from vocalist Louis. The other half of the split is presented by Never Void, more commonly known as NVRVD, a German trio who play what seems to be a mix of Converge-esque hardcore and now traditional European melodeath. It doesn’t come off as spectacular as their splitmates but its still effective, pounding along in efficient fashion.

Two more live tracks per band are added beyond studio recordings, with Coilguns sounding particularly fierce on ‘Parkensine’ (originally from ‘Stadia Rods‘). It fleshes out a sufficient package; not the best split you’ll hear but a statement of what both bands are all about, ahead of expected further exposure next year. As least, as far as I expect, cos both these bands are set to explode.

Coilguns/NVRVD‘ is also available through Dead Dead Dead Records, Hummus Records and Invektiv Records.

Peter Clegg

Buy/download ‘Coilguns/NVRVD’ here
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