Drew James - Lead Vocals
Rob Frank - Drums / Vocals
Josh West - Guitar
Josh Barkley - Bass / Vocals
"From Ottawa Ontario Canada the Elegant Devils are: Drew James (Lead Vocals), Rob Frank (Drums/Vocals), Josh West (Guitar), & Josh Barkley (Bass/Vocals). Each member comes at music from a different angle, but leaves their own impressive mark on the sound they make. Despite coming from very different places on the musical spectrum, They embrace their unique individual parts to create music that is powerful, emotional, and fun all at once."
If you are looking for adrenaline fueled heart pumping rock, then Elegant Devils is the band for you. The song DiveBomb is a perfect way to kick off your listening experience, with smooth lyrics and intense guitar riffs, the music just consumes you and paints the picture of a seductive game of cat and mouse. The vocals are what really make this song intense, you can hear the contempt in his voice while he sings about sexual manipulation. I think something that struck me about this song is its androgynous, just because the vocalist is a man, the lyrics are something that certainly could apply to how a woman might feel about a man seducing her. Not many artists have that ability, most just stick to the traditional roles on this particular theme, but I respect that they decided to make it appeal to both sexes. Now, this song certainly does not just rely on the vocals alone, the guitar and drums provide an important role. The guitar riffs and rhythms are almost like the seducer in the song, the way the sound moves around the vocals is like a sexy dance that you can't help but feel. The drums keep the perfect heartbeat of the song and at the end with the single drum blast followed by the reverb laugh, finish the song off perfectly.
DiveBomb - Elegant Devils
Elegant Devils is not just about the heart pounding hard rock. While they certainly do deliver that, they can also bring a much softer side to their artistry. I can see why the call themselves, "elegant", because the song Amaranthine embodies that perfectly. And most often times I find that the live versions of the songs are not as powerful as the studio version because let's be honest, some vocalists need that extra pop the studio provides. That is not the case here, the vocals are soft and delicate like a lover's touch, while the soft guitars and simple drum are like a slow dance. When I listen to this song I can picture two people going for a drive and then finding a private secluded area where it is just them and the stars, and they dance in the starlight just feeling the music and becoming one with it. It has this innate intimacy within the song that any romantic can't help but feel, it speaks to the hopeless romantic in all of us. The studio version of Amaranthine is equally as powerful, but in a different way. Which is impressive because it's the same song but each version plays to a different part of the heart. It is more commanding and powerful, but it has this unspoken anguish where you can tell they never want to lose that love.
You can tell with Elegant Devil's overall artistry that they really live and create by their hearts. Not to say all songs are about heartbreak or love songs, but created by emotional stories either from band members personally or just life experiences / stories of others. They put their all into each and every song that put out. I could see them withstanding the sands of time in regards to the music industry. It is music that no matter the state of the world or what decade we are in, it will appeal to anyone with a heart.
Elegant Devils have mastered the ability to keep up the energy within their songs, as well as keep it real, such as in their songs Lie With Me & Loaded Gun. Filled with passion, heat, heartbreak, guitar breakdowns, and drum fills that make your fist pump. If you are listening to this in the car, you will probably start drumming on your steering wheel and singing your heart out. They also mastered how to bring you back down for a moment to breathe with their song Just Like That. Never sacrificing that staying energy within the arrangement of the songs, they have a empathetic stamina that can only be attributed to a genuine artist. I know I have enjoyed listening and feeling their music, this is the kind of music the industry needs to take notice of.
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Hazel Jade - Lead Singer / Piano / Acoustic Guitar
Chris Young - Lead Guitar
Korey Thomas - Drums
Gabriel Grecco - Bass
"'Elevation Falls' are a young Irish Rock Band who are fronted by an amazing young singer, often referred to by older musicians as the best female rock singer they've heard in many, many years!
With her powerful and unique vocal talents, 21 year old singer/songwriter Hazel Jade, EF's Warrior Queen, formed the band at the start of 2013, and since has been likened in ability to many great female singers such as Ann Wilson (Heart), BUT you will not mistake her vocal for any other artist!.
EF's performance is full of movement. With duelling guitarists alongside the pumping rhythm section provided by the drumming protege Korey, & the multi-talented instrumentalist Gabriel, they create foot stomping beats alongside soulful epic drama, sweeping audiences along with them on a musical journey.
Already in 2017 they've had their track 'Infinite Always' selected for publishing in the US for use on Cable TV, alongside being selected in late 2016 with their song 'Goodbye To You' for the soundtrack of Canadian Independent film 'Patient 62' which has received a number of awards!. 2016 also saw them win 'Hard Rock Rising' Ireland with the Hard Rock Cafe group, and two of their videos were selected to put on global rotation with their restaurants. They were recently selected by Pete Holidai (Radiators From Space and Lecturer at BCFE) with Loom Recordings for a 'Best Of Unsigned Irish Artists' CD release due out in late March this year. In July they will tour with their new album 'Armies Rising', with a 5 week schedule in the summer covering 30 cities in Sweden, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK."
Elevation Falls is a plethora of genres all wrapped into one emotionally filled musical storybook. You can hear so many different musical influences that it is virtually impossible to lock them down as one sound or style, other than unique. Which that word does not do justice for their sound. But I will endeavor to do my best to describe what I feel while listening to their artistry.
Their song, Goodbye To You, which is off their album "Origins", is simply astounding. The way that Hazel Jade just belts out the vocals with such power is truly a gift. And if when you listen to that song, you don't jump up on the table, grab a pen or some other kind of makeshift microphone and start singing along with her, I question if you are really listening to the song. It releases the inner rockstar we all have. Add in the rhythm and intensity of guitars and drum, and you have yourself the perfect energy creator. Before you know it, you are crawling on the table and pretending you are on stage in front of a jam packed house. The song itself, creates a confidence in the listener that I have never experienced before. After listening to this song several times, I felt unstoppable and was saying goodbye to the negative energy surrounding me. Just proving the power music has over a person. The way they evoke such fire and passion within those who listen, speaks a lot about their talent and that they do this from their hearts. As well as made me quite eager to hear more from them. I was immediately hooked from the first time I heard it.
Goodbye to You - Elevation Falls
The song that touched me the most was, Watching Over You. I will not kid you, it is also the hardest one to write about because it creates such a whirlwind of emotions in my heart. The song was written by Hazel Jane to offer some comfort to a fellow band member that lost their Grandmother. I can certainly relate to this pain and overcoming the loss of someone who meant the world to you is probably the hardest thing a person can do. I am not sure you can completely overcome it, to be honest. But this song is a simple reminder that it is ok to grieve and to miss them but they are always watching over you, they never leave your heart. But they are not just saying that because I have heard that sentiment a million times and yet the pain remains. The way this song is done, it makes you face your sadness, it is almost like they join you in that painful place, and then with the music they try to be your strength. Its like they take you by the hand and say, its going to be ok. I can feel the pain in this song, I can experience it with them, and most importantly I understand it. I really respect the simplicity of this song, it shows they wanted to make themselves almost naked with vulnerability and not have a bunch of complicated riffs, heavy drum fills, vocal acrobatics, to try and create a "mood". Instead it is raw, painful, passionate, and done in a way that does not downplay a persons suffering, instead offering some comfort. The guitar solo was like the anguish of the soul and releasing of all the pain. Then at the end a simple haunting piano solo, offering the light to lead you back to where your loved one would want you to be.
wheHonestly there really is something for everyone when it comes to Elevation Falls. Their music transcends all barriers and just delivers music that goes straight to the heart. One second you could be rocking out with the band like you are a superstar too., dancing around your kitchen and singing at the top of your lungs, not even caring if you can sing or not. To the next moment where you want to reach for your photo albums, curl up in bed, and cry your heart out because you miss someone so much. There is a lot to be said about their ability to cater to such a range of emotions and it is not something you can manufacture or compare to anyone else. While yes I can hear glimmers of some musical influences I could never dare to say they emulate someone else. Because they really don't, there is an honesty within their music, that is unmistakenly unique. And while yes Hazel Jade has the vocal chops to stand side by side with many other powerful singers, it really is the band as a whole that makes it work. The guitarists and drums hold their own and set the mood perfectly without being too much or overshadowing anyone else.
I would say I hope they keep this passion going, but from the sounds of their teaser song Take Me Back from their upcoming album "What Will Be", they will be doing just that. A psychadelic vibe with a solid rock sound, with powerful vocals and empathetic lyrics. If this is the taste we get for what is to come, then I am sure I will be one of many that can't wait to hear more.
For more information about Elevation Falls, please check out their official pages below:
West Addams - Vocals
Aydin Guner - Guitars
Theo Lawrence - Drums / Electronics
Corey Pyatt - Bass
"Out from the depths of the industrial city of Birmingham (England, UK) which holds a very rich metal history, formed a group which puts their own take on the genre, bringing in modern sounds from other styles of music to the mix, such as metal, rock, industrial, and electronic music.
Revenant Dead released their first full-length CD “Imperial Rape March” to outstanding reviews."
My initial impression of Revenant Dead was dark, brooding industrial music with a sharp metal edge. They are quite skilled in setting that seductive gothic tone while at the same time giving you the heart pounding rhythm you crave in regards to a metal tone.
In their song The Rising Phoenix they mastered a style that I don't hear very often. The vocals took on the deep, melodic understated tone, like you would expect from those who created the whole gothic music scene, like Marilyn Manson, yet the energy and intensity of the drums especially and cadence of the guitars were much faster and intense. It was like having two different songs at once yet it was beautifully done and cohesive. The chant during the breakdown before the chorus add such a dynamic touch to the song, once again adding in another element making this song musical chaos done with perfection.
The Rising Phoenix - Revenant Dead
Just when you think you have Revenant Dead all figured out, they hit you with the enchanting song Between the Lies. A much slower pace that is perfectly showcased with the accompaniment of a female vocalist and piano. It is more somber yet not in a depressive sense. If anything it makes the heart yearn for this air of mystery that they have created within the music.
The song Club Dead has a hypnotic quality to it with the repetition of the chorus. It creates almost a spell like feel, where the listener starts to contemplate their inner emotions regarding love in all senses of the word. There is something to be said about the artist when they can create such a strong sense of empathy, yet keep the music so simple in regards to arrangement.
For the diehard metalhead that is in need for some of that old school bone crushing thrash metal style, Charge Into Hell delivers just that. The guitar riffs and breakdowns are heavy, the snare keeps the perfect cadence, and that guitar solo is just the cherry on top of this fantastically done song. And the deeper throaty almost growl of the vocal style reminds me of some of the great thrash metal bands frontmen like Dave Mustaine for example. While this song does have a Megadeth vibe to it, they still keep it true to the Revenant Dead tone you hear throughout the album. First To The Last Stand is yet another of their much harder songs but has a nice play back and forth between the thrash and gothic style.
Listening to the album Heroes Without Villains, you can certainly get a grasp of their artistic viewpoint but still maintain a diversity within the style so it caters to all moods and people. And do not make the mistake of trying to fit Revenant Dead into one genre mold because they break through all of them. They incorporate many different influences and own them like true artists should. These are the guys I can see future generations looking up to because they create the music that suits their soul, not what mass media wants them to be like. You can't help but admire the spirit they put into their music, I know they have earned my respect.
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All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen. You can follow the author on Twitter @NightlandGirl.