British melodic metal band Control The Storm come from the South West of England. It’s been 4 years since their demo disc was released, but now with a new singer they’ve finally got their debut album ready to release. The album was produced by the band’s keyboard player Raedon Mac over the course of 5 months.
It’s at the stage now where you see a band with a female singer and the automatic assumption is that they’re a symphonic metal band, so it’s nice when you find a band that hasnt gone down that route. There are plenty of great non-symphonic metal bands around (Halestorm, In this moment, Triaxis etc etc), but they seem to be swamped by the number of symphonic bands, many of whom seem to have nothing to make them stand out.
Control the storm have happily avoided the symphonic metal route, and are better off as a result as they stand out more. It’s got a strong metal element – powerful guitars, fast hard drumming, growling male vocals and more, but this is balanced with a softer more melodic element – the clean female vocals in particular, and the song writing carefully balances these two elements.
It’s the guitar and drums that drive most of the songs, but there are songs or sections of songs where the keyboards are quite prominent too, and a nice mix means the bass is also clearly audible at times (in contrast I’ve heard plenty of albums where you couldnt pick out a single note from the bassist). There are plenty of nice guitar solos, and Kate’s vocals are great. The harsh male vocals serve as a nice contrast to her clean vocals.
It’s a great debut album from this small UK band – definitely well worth buying. If you get chance then I also recommend catching them at one of their live shows.
“Beast inside” will be released on 2nd March 2015
1. Day of days
2. Hysteric silence
4. No chance at all
6. Nothing hurts
8. False eternity
9. Twisted truth
10. Beast inside
Control the storm are:
Kate Norris – Vocals
Rich Shillitoe – Guitar, Vocals
Raedon Mac – Keyboard, Vocals
Nath Hutchins- Drums
Becky Baldwin – Bass, Vocals
Patrick Sanders – Guitar