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Large crowds coming together for times like this are the remedy to toxic society. Research shows 20mins at a gig can increase your well-being by 21%! More research suggests that going to a concert directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years. Whether or not that’s true, music in general increases happiness, we all know that! Gatherings of like-minded people resonate with positive frequency and a harmonious collective consciousness; it’s good for the soul, you can feel it right?
I missed live music pulling me out of the trials and tribulations of my life, of getting dragged away from the mundane, and being thrust into the midst of something that felt special. I missed the rush of the communal camaraderie that exists in a crowd at a good show, the symbiotic moment when the band and audience join together to create a small world that only exists for us all in that time and space.
Setting the tone for UNDER THE SKIN is melodic instrumental number BLOOD IS BURNING RED. Chanting accompanies ancestral percussion, gradually gaining momentum with a liberal dose of heavy guitar riff and indomitable lead guitar. The entire album is crafted with such precision and the placement of instrumental tracks adds depth and texture to the work as a whole, avoiding the common issue of being space fillers. The chanting, choir like background echos to previous album EARTH SHAKER. This dynamic, meticulously placed throughout the album feels very much like UNDER THE SKIN is born of its predecessor and forges onwards with the unique RAMAGE INC signature sound, taking some unexpected and exceptional turns along the way.
Andy Martin produced arguably my fave track from Need The Characters, ‘I Am The Fear’, and he provides here a wheezy, strange, unique beat for a humorous conversation between ‘Jack’ and some hallucination named the Trip Hazard Advisor he encountered tripping out to a Pink Floyd film, ‘Schemedelica’. Quality quaalude interlude! https://www.facebook.com/andymartin90beats/
Incredible, that I can see a band as many times as I’ve seen the Twistettes and they can still blow my mind as much as they did last Saturday. I guess I should have expected it, as I’ve reviewed the new album and know it is a belter
By far the stand out track from Terrore V is ‘Funerale’- a synth heavy powerhouse with a catchy hook. Equally rousing is the thumping beat of ‘Burla Universitaria’ and the Carpenter-esque, sample driven ‘Asfixia’. Unfortunately the rest of the film's music did not get the recognition it deserved, more atmospheric and darker than its predecessors, it went unappreciated by fans of the series who were disappointed in the movie itself.
The room was a small attic-like structure, dark and dingy, dusty and cobwebbed. A skylight let in the faintest hint of opalescent moonlight and it bathed the contents of the room in a cold metallic glow; a wardrobe, a dressing table with a large mirror, and boxes of junk piled two or three high. A tall, solid, brachycephalic figure stood in the centre of the room, he was a bag of cement with a bad haircut, and he lit a cigarette which glowed intensely in the gloom, the nepheligenous figure was Bonzo.
I was very happy to see that singer Joey Tempest still has it. On recordings he's always appeared to be a powerful vocalist, and someone who can portray emotion in his voice. I was very happy to find out that this wasn't studio magic, like so many vocalists resort to. On stage he has all the same power and feel in his voice. As a frontman from a glam metal band he has a certain duty. A duty to break the songs back to just drums and bass and to get the crowd repeating "whooah" and "yeah" back to him. He only did this a couple of times throughout the night however, it didn't get old. And it seemed to make him happy, and isn't that whats important?
Tonight's performance had ditched the now dated 80s sequencer sounds of early songs and replaced them with more edgy jangly guitars and was all the better for it. The live drumming of Earl Harvin definitely added to the quality of the tracks. The lighting was also stripped back with the band lit from below letting shadows form the back drop, which made the gig seem strangely intimate despite the Barras being packed with a sell out crowd. There was no sell out with the music being performed though (yes, even a dodgy Hank Williams cover was included in the set).
Am I playing GTA5? No, I’m listening to the new Twistettes album… Okay, I’m listening to it on repeat while I play GTA, but what better soundtrack to all this destruction and carnage than the gear-grinding, metal-splitting, chord-churning cacophony of the sisters from the Kingdom of Fife (although Glasgow has gladly adopted them too).