Saturday 10 October 2015

Concertina - S/T (EP Review)

Release date: September 25th 2015. Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Concertina– S/T - Tracklisting

1.Blood Eagle 05:50
2.No Sympathy 05:13
3.Prejudicial Swine 05:13
4.Opportunity Lost 05:01
5.Death Grip 05:08

Band Members:

Cade Miller - Vocals/Guitar
Cameron White - Guitar
Adrian Aragon - Bass
Chastin Short - Drums


Concertina's debut EP is jam-packed with heavy as hell Stoner Metal riffs that sees the band include elements of NWOBHM, Thrash and even NOLA stlye riffs. It's quite an aggressive sound with a playful attitude to match.

Opening track – Blood Eagle – sees the band open with a blast of heavy riffs as the mood is one of aggression with Cade showing what he's made of. If you dig bands such as The Sword and Orange Goblin then you will find a lot to admire here. When the band go into Thin Lizzy dual guitar riff loving worship then that sealed the deal for me on how talented these guys really are.

Second track – No Sympathy – opens with a 70s based Psych/Trippy riff before the NWOBHM vibe shows up once again with lead vocalist Cade on violent and confident form. The lyrics could of done with some work but it's the riffs that hold your attention here. As Concertina end the song with impressive guitar solos that sound fantastic throughout.

Third track – Prejudicial Swine – Is perhaps the stand-out track on the EP as it's pure Stoner Metal anger and fury with the band taking no prisoners on this song. Jagged riffs and Cade's pissed-off vocals are the perfect match as Concertina take pot-shots at Religion, Politics and Celebrity life. This is where the EP comes to life as Concertina inject some much needed realism into their music. I want to hear more of this style of music from the band in the future as they have some brilliant ideas here brewing under the heavy riffs.

Fourth Track - Opportunity Lost – sees Concertina offer a more Doom/Punk kind of sound. Cade's vocals could of done with volume but the killer riffs save the day yet again. The final song – Death Grip – offers one final round of heavy and action-packed Stoner Metal riffs with the Thrash based riffs leaving you wanting more. It's a great song to end the EP with though it would have been cool if the band offered one song as I was really starting to get into the mood and then the EP ended. Oh well, until next time then...

Like I stated before, some of the lyrics could be better but Concertina a truly talented band. They have a great sound and I believe they have what it takes to go a long way within the Stoner Rock/Metal world. Check this out. You won't be sorry. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe