Nivid’s Hypnotic Industrial Single ‘Mazhab’

Harry Fenn

New Delhi-based artist Nivid is due to release the last single on the already released album entitled Merña, which garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and Alternative Nation. The single starts with a hypnotic soundscape and lyrical screaming synths before the incisive and barbed lyrics kick in. Nivid is inspired heavily by Nine Inch Nails, and the influence can be heard here. But there is a good dollop of originality here, particularly in the outro as the song builds without the listener even realising to an emphatic climax. 

The single will be accompanied by an epic and striking animated video that highlights the track’s meaning. ‘Mazhab’ deals with the darker side of religion and how it has often led to people living their lives in fear and often leads to war and displacement. The track comes at a time when religion is considered a form of local terrorism across India; it has exacerbated recent farmer’s protests, and many are accusing religious institutions for the severity of the COVID outbreak across the country.

‘The narrative of the track is based on the age-old premise of religion has divided humanity. The track is pretty much on point throughout and condemns organised religion out-and-out’

‘Mazhab’ is epic and grungy; the electronic, industrial feel contributes nicely to the lyrics delivered in the desperate tone of someone who connects deeply with them. And if just listening to the single alone isn’t enough for you, the computer-generated video is something to behold with affronting visuals and immersive production.

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Pentral Set Sights High With New Epic Single ‘Aiming for the Sun’

Harry Fenn

Hot on the heels of the success with their first single ‘Silent Trees’, Pentral have today released ‘Aiming for the Sun’: a six-minute epic filled with ferocious guitars and a persistent beat to bang your head to. This track is a fitting preview to their album, which is set to be released on the 7th of May and, if this new single is anything to go by, the album entitled What Lies Ahead is going to be quite something; look out for the jittery riffs in ‘The Shell I’m Living In’ and the skull-rattling ‘All My Wounds’ – they will not disappoint. 

“What Lies Ahead is a concept album exploring the fractious relationship between people from different backgrounds and cultures”

Pentral have always been passionate about environmental protection as well as social issues such as racism and equality and they make sure their lyrics reflect this. Track 6 of the album, ‘No Real Colour in Souls’, reflects the anger and frustration at the issue of racism in its ferocious drum and bass intro. Songs such as this cement Pentral as a prog rock band of the future and ones to watch.

As if the promise of such a powerful album isn’t enough. A video to accompany the new single premieres today. This is the second chapter in the story followed by the upcoming album. A young family is lost in an angry and hateful world. What Lies Ahead is the story of their battle against an oppressive and tyrannical regime.

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InHibit Releases Long Awaited Debut EP ‘Blinded’

Harry Fenn

After finding success with his radio hits ‘The Quest’, ‘Shadows of Fire’ and ‘Settings’, InHibit’s debut EP is out now. With hints of the electronic sounds of the 80s, InHibit’s new project incorporates guitar riffs and vocals reminiscent of the late 90s alt-rock scene. 

Brussels-based singer and composer InHibit, describes himself first and foremost as a poet. It is no surprise, then, that his music deals with complex issues and challenging themes. What struck me most about the opening track entitled ‘Shame on Humans’ was the rhythmic lyricism. InHibit uses his voice as an instrument, following interesting rhythmic elements or cleverly creating polyrhythms. The driving rhythm and clashing guitar riffs, combined with the ever-shifting harmony, only enhances the feeling of rage throughout this track. 

In direct contrast, ‘The Quest’ feels very different initially. The song is a melting pot of genres as the intro sounds like it belongs in the underground hip-hop scene with a bulging bass and synth melody. But it almost immediately moves to a different era of acoustic guitars and lyrical melodies, which will be swimming in your ear for hours to come. All of this comes before the track explodes into a chorus laden with electric guitars, a heavy beat and relentless vocals. The song culminates in a bringing together of all three, as the opening synth melody is ingeniously re-harmonised. ‘The Quest’ is packed full of musical goodness that exhibits InHibit’s immense musical prowess in the clever merging of seemingly incongruous sections. 

All four tracks on this EP are expertly crafted and thought through. Even in moments of chaos and heavily distorted guitars, it feels that everything is where it’s supposed to be. The sparse arrangement of the verses in ‘Shadows of Fire’ only enhances the release of the chorus. Each track has something different to offer with a wide variety of styles and genres incorporated across the board, with the final song ‘Settings’ inspired by iconic alt-rock bands through the ages, with its screaming electric guitar and rhythmic melodies.

InHibit’s Blinded is a throwback to the sounds of the last few decades, expertly melded into one cohesive EP. It’s thought provoking, head banging and catchy from the first moment of track one to the final chord of track four. InHibit is one of the most exciting artists emerging from Europe at the moment so we can expect to hear much more from him in the future. 

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Kavanagh’s Dizzying New Single ‘Citizen 202’, Out this Friday!

Harry Fenn

The release of new single ‘Citizen 202’ from Brighton based, alternative rock band Kavanagh, is fast approaching. Since the band’s inception in 2016, Kavanagh have gone from strength to strength, winning two national Battle of the Bands competitions and touring across the UK with multiple radio appearances. 

Citizen 202 is a dizzying flurry of distorted guitars and grungy vocals which have you hooked from the intro. Clocking in at less than 2 minutes, the new single somehow manages to be both a head-banger and a sing-a-long. You’ll be singing at the top of your lungs only to have the track end and you’ll want to play it again to have another crack at it. It’s a whirlwind of sound carefully balanced and thought out which makes for exciting listening. 

‘Citizen 202 is about escaping the idiosyncrasies of humanity and being a member of the universe instead, simply a part of creation. More than human’.

Citizen 202 will be widely released this Friday (26th March). Keep an eye out for the rest of the year also, as this is just the first of many to come in 2021. The track hasn’t even been released yet but already features in the upcoming film Vegan Vampires from Zorg with members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls. The band are looking forward to supporting Fat White Family in the near future, having worked with their producer Mike Bennett on this single. This is certainly the beginning of something big for Kavanagh. 

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Faith and Glory: Italian Fingerstyle Master Gabor Lesko’s Glorious New Track Recognised By Jazz FM

Gabor Lesko has had a very successful career as a session musician in Italy (playing, producing and arranging several soundtracks for TV and film) as well as writing guitar tutorial books published by Carisch, an Italian publisher. He’s also established a solo career as a musician in his own right!

Fingerfusion Project is his latest album and it’s a demonstration of his insane talent as a writer and guitar virtuoso. It takes on elements of Jazz, Prog and Rock, bringing them together effortlessley. One of the tracks from the album ‘Faith and Glory’ made it as Jazz FM’s ‘Track of the Week’ recently.

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Gabor and his band skirt on the edges of jazz highlighted with some brilliant sax courtesy of Eric Marienthal, but ultimately take more of a progressive approach with moving time signatures and fluid chord structures that keep the listener on their toes. 

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