Chiasmata are progressive metal quartet from Manchester. They are an incredible band; brilliant performers live, and they achieve a great sound on their recorded work. I first saw Chiasmata perform live at UK Tech-Metal Fest in 2018, and more recently at Techabilitation 2019 held at The Bread Shed in Manchester. Techabilitation provides a fix for UK Tech-Fest goers outside of the festival season. Not only do they give their all in their performances, they also include perfectly timed choreography that gives a fantastic theatrical element to their music. Delivering a hard-hitting metal sound, with intricate technical elements, and soaring vocals, I highly recommend you give Chiasmata’s music a listen! The metallers recently released two new singles, Absolution (a personal favourite of mine), and Foreboding, both released with epic videos created by Loki Films.
Pint + Blister
Pint + Blister are an energetic, no-nonsense, hard rock trio from Chester. With punk and garage also influencing their sound, they have a fantastic dynamic that comes through in their music, both recorded and live. The Chester music scene is really growing with a wide range of bands and artists, of varying genres, beginning to flourish. Pint + Blister have been performing around Chester, Liverpool and Manchester for a while, and last year began releasing a number of singles. I started working with the trio on PR for their single Upwardly Mobile (Ultimately Vile), released late last year. They were among my first clients having recently launched Deviate PR at the time, and I’m thrilled to have been back working with them on the campaign for their latest single, Dysthymia, released on 17th April 2020.
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Progressive metallers White Mammoth, hail from Liverpool and have been performing around the North West. They have a distinctive sound that involves contrasting fantastically aggressive riffs, with cleaner instrumentation to give their sound an atmospheric edge. They’re no strangers to the Chester music venue, The Live Rooms. It was one of their performances here that I reviewed their performance and interviewed the quartet for The Soundboard Reviews. Their latest single, Blood Moon, dropped in the latter half of 2019.
Sertraline always deliver high energy performances. From Leeds and Manchester, the progressive/ melodic metallers. The quintet have a powerful sound; Lizzie’s vocals flow seamlessly between soaring cleans and aggressive harsh, whilst the instrumentation brings an array of tones and textures. And, by incorporating tech-metal elements into their sound, Sertraline have cultivated an instantly recognisable sound. The group recently dropped their new single, Inside Out, ahead of the release their upcoming EP, Clouded Minds and Silver Lines. 2019 saw their debut performance at UK Tech-Fest and they supported progressive pop metallers, Voyager on their Flying Colours Tour at Satan’s Hollow in Manchester.
Hailing from Kent, Coldbones, have a distinctive sound. The post-rock trio are incredibly dynamic in their recorded music and, they create a fully immersive experience for the senses in the live shows. Whilst supporting Voyager on their Flying Colours Tour, Coldbones were captivating. Using lighting effects and moving to the music, the trio conveyed so many emotions without speaking a word. The trio’s latest release, The Cataclysm, dropped on the 17th April 2020.
The Mechanist are a five-piece metalcore act from Leeds. Their latest EP, Shape and Vision, landed in 2019. They performed the EP in full at Techabilitation the same year, it was fantastic being able to witness this exclusive performance. The quintet has created a distinctive sound compiled of technical guitar melodies and charismatic vocals. The spectrum of growling harsh and soaring clean vocals adds something extra to their music.
My initial encounter with Osiah was at Rebellion in Manchester, for a charity day-long event. I didn’t know what to expect. The gut wrenching growls, foundation shaking bass tones and dynamic guitars. Their latest album, Kingdom of Lies, dropped early in May 2019 and it’s ridiculously heavy. With stupendous vocals that cover such a wide pitch range, ground-breaking riffs, aggressive rhythms, they are a force to be reckoned with in the deathcore realm.
Recall The Remains
Recall The Remains formed in 2017 and have already risen to high acclaim in the midlands metal scene. Hailing from Telford in Shropshire, their sound packs a powerful punch. By witnessing Recall The Remains live, the incredible energy that radiates from their live performances gives an extra dimension to their music. I first saw the metallers perform in Chester at The Live Rooms supporting tech/ groove metallers Stand Silent. Make sure you check out Recall The Remains’ new single Deadlines.
Celavi (Keh-La-Vee) are a Gothic, metal, electronic duo for Bangor, North Wales. Their debut EP Novus dropped last year, and they have building up a following with a number of performances in Liverpool and around the North West. Celavi have engineered a truly unique sound that brings in hard rock elements, industrial metal aspects and a beautifully ethereal atmosphere. Sarah’s vocals are haunting and soar over the solid instrumentation giving an eerie effect. Their debut is of a ludicrously high quality and I was thrilled to receive a copy of their debut EP to review on the Deviate PR blog. The production is fantastic, and they have paid great attention to detail throughout. The EP also contains an unexpected, and wonderfully executed, cover of Rammstein’s Du Hast.
I first encountered Stand Silent at The Saddle Inn, in Chester, supporting In Depths, along with White Mammoth back in 2018. They’ve recently dropped a new single, Skin & Bone, ahead of their upcoming EP. The music video for the single, directed by Matt Daley of Clearway Media, is emotionally powerful exploring some incredibly dark ideas. The tech-metal quartet have a solid sound that continues to develop with every release.
Written By: Holly Royle
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