Review: Roseview – The Misery In Me.

Roseview this week sees the release of their new album ‘The Misery In Me’ through Tragic Hero Records. formed in 2015 by a group of friends inspired by bands such as Underoath, Counterparts and The Devil Wears Prada, they blend hardcore with melodic elements that can get a mosh started. Give a listen to ‘Tunnel Vision’ from the album here.

A relentless and ferocious record, Roseview certainly start this album with plenty of attack. A band who can bring those hardcore moments together so well with fantastic sounds, this shows in particular on tracks such as ‘Leap’ where the band really bring these things together to make for something huge. That expertise continues to show throughout this album.

Working with these gigantic melodies are some incredible vocals. A raw and powerful screaming voice dominates these tracks and it’s an epic one. Tracks such as ‘Reach’ and ‘Graveyard’ make you pay attention with tonsil shredding, epic screaming moments that never stop on this record and they deliver some well written songs, the lyricism is strong on this album throughout and delivered with feeling every single time.

A band that is taking a genre and giving it’s own incredible sound, Roseview certainly bring something brilliant to their debut record on Tragic Hero. A fantastic vocalist that harmonises with this band’s energetic and brutal melodies throughout, this is an album that you need to hear. Highlights for me on this record are ‘Leap’, ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Ghost’ which has a chorus made to be screamed at a show.

Review: Melanie Crew – Further Away EP.

Melanie Crew recently released her new EP Further Away which you can find now through Bandcamp. Following up from her first EP, Until The End, Crew comes back with some fantastic acoustic melodies, these being heard recently on BBC Radio 6 and local radio stations and it’s not surprising why.

Crew illustrates with ease on this EP the quality of her voice on this record, she has such a lovely tone on Further Away, with a softer sound to her voice that really works with the melodies throughout the record. The timing of the melodies is impeccable and Crew shows that strength on this record when needed particularly on tracks such as Ghost.

The lyrics are honest and poetic throughout and makes for a very human sound on Further Away, her voice really giving those words real power on these tracks that work in harmony very well on this record. Crew really delivers particularly on tracks such as All That I Want, where her vocals really blend with the melodies perfectly, creating one of the highlights of this EP for me.

Further Away is a nice listen, with great acoustic melodies and vocals that really shine throughout this record, Melanie Crew really accentuates her strengths on this record with ease, those guitar sounds really working to her voice from start to finish. Highlights for me on this record are All That I Want and opening track, Bring You Back, however this EP really works well together and makes for a great listen.

8/10.

Review: Eurovision Song Contest – Various Artists.

Saturday night between two hundred million watched the longest running music competition in the world, The Eurovision Song Contest – a contest that was more political than ever, with a winner from Ukraine, a country embroiled in partitioning and genocide right now due to issues rising in Crimea.

Five countries give the biggest funding for Eurovision, France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy – these five countries go straight to the finals. I might be biased, but I didn’t think the UK entrant was a bad choice for the evening – however with Eurovision you get out what you put in and when you’re competing against the biggest stars Europe has to offer for example Russia’s competitor this year, it’s difficult to take such contestants seriously. Ghost, Germany’s entrant lacks the energy and punch needed for Eurovision, the points show it something Say Yay! – Spain’s entrant, has in buckets.

The top three contestants, Australia, Ukraine and Russia are so different – I don’t think there’s a perfect formula for a Eurovision track, unlike what the hosts suggest, but one that has a message is important. 1944, the winning track from Ukraine, was sung incredibly powerfully by Jamala fusing the eastern influences that in the Crimea, Russia are trying to remove – this is also the case for Goodbye (Shelter) highlighting the plight of women in violent relationships. The Russian track won little points from the juries – sung by Sergey Lazarev, You Are The Only One had greater production values during the performance which never equalled the song, if Russia wanted to win, it doesn’t really show listening to the song. Australia’s participation is so they can launch an AsiaVision soon and hopefully they win that edition in the near future, as they certainly have the voices for it, it shows here, Dami Im is flawless on a huge pop track that would have been worthy of winning.

Eurovision is such a mixed bag of talent, Cyprus’ big rock belter really works, Minus One’s Alter Ego is a great track and a band who took that stage by storm and it worked really well, but on the other end of the spectrum you have sweet tracks like Zoe’s Loin D’ici, that really highlights her incredible voice and is certainly a track I’ll listen to again, with such a mellow melody to work with it. Power ballads as well are Eurovision’s forte too – Walk On Water from Malta’s Ira Losco though in the writing it is at odds with itself the song, the track really works for her voice and worked incredibly well live, this is also the case for tracks like Donny Montell’s I’ve Been Waiting For This Night, which has a huge chorus and a powerful beat that seemed a great choice of winner on the night.

There’s huge tracks scattered throughout this album, that are definitely worth owning, Eurovision is moving away from its cheesy pop sound and it’s becoming richer for it and I think the compilation shows the rich diversity of our continent and the sound of it – it’s worth giving a listen. If you want an album with big rock tracks, great pop songs and choruses that are more infectious than a common cold, this is your dream record – one of Eurovision’s strongest years yet.