|Posted on March 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM|
Their sound is fairly heavy but not in a relentless metal kind of way. Waves of melody are built and steadily grow throughout the tracks, giving into grungy bass-driven awesomeness towards the end. It’s a great way to begin proceedings.
The River Versus: Trumpets for the win
The next band, River Versus, I had heard a little about already. What I had heard is that they had a reputation for being pretty amazing live and from the very first notes of their trumpet fanfare intro it was clear that they were not going to disappoint. The keyboard, drums and guitar were arranged effortlessly and all three members (Alec Davis, Aaron Stanton and Jim Trippier) have really strong voices. The songs are just the right amount of catchy; there is some great harmonising with a touch of a ska sound and THERE ARE TRUMPETS! Need I say more?
River Versus have an exceptionally distinctive and irresistibly likeable sound and I hope you all go right now to their website (link below) to buy their new single Gallows - a perfect introduction to this delightful band.
Ascent: Ticking all the prog boxes
Ascent was the final act of the night, launching their Prelusion EP. Ascent has a much more classic metal look and feel compared to the previous two bands. They are a five piece, which includes keyboards and a vocalist frontman. For lovers of classic metal/prog rock they tick all the boxes. There is real passion and conviction in their performance and some seriously emotive vocals from frontman Arya. I couldn’t help but feel I would have liked to see what they could do with a bigger stage and/or venue – they certainly had Kraak packed out with fans anyway. I am sure they will have nothing but success with their new EP.
Words: Scarlett Pares Landells
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