No doubt many of you will be aware of one of metal’s largest Facebook communities, “The League Of Extraordinary Djentlemen“. With ‘djent’ being the genre of the moment, it’s unsurprising, and the guys behind it capitalised quickly, and are now one of the main conduits for those seeking out new music in this vein. Bigger than us, even. Utter bastards!
Not content with this, however, the guys have decided to take the next step in promoting the movement by setting up League Records, and have announced their intent to the world with their two inaugural signings, The Machinist and Embrace The Tide. Let’s take a look shall we?
“Inspired by other local bands such as Monuments and TesseracT, and heavily influenced by the groovy rhythms, polymetric timings, epic ambiences and low tuned guitars, seven-piece outfit The Machinist have gained a great following already, scoring great support spots for bands such as Chimp Spanner, Aliases and Cyclamen, and are keen to get their name out there even more.”
The Machinist are the strongest of the two inaugural signees for League Records, fitting right in with the British ‘tech metal’ scene that has gathered quite a following. There seems to be some trend in British metal that is conducive to bands having two vocalists, a-la Sikth, Fellsilent, Monuments, and The Arusha Accord. The Monuments comparison in particular is prevalent; the aggressive and groove-laden side is there, and they avoid the over-reliance on the mono-tonal chugging that plagues a lot of second and third-tier djent bands.
One to keep an eye on for sure.
“The second is a five-piece metalcore band called Embrace the Tide, with such influences as A Day to Remember, We Came as Romans and Attack! Attack!. This band has been on the rounds for sometime now and have shared the stage with some great bands such as Exit Ten, Evita, It Prevails, TesseracT and Bury Tomorrow.”
I’m going to be honest; Embrace The Tide aren’t for me. I was wary of the influences, particularly Heavy Blog pariahs Attack! Attack!, and although nowhere near as cringe-worthy, certain aspects of their video didn’t inspire confidence that they aren’t headed down the same crab-dancing, hair-focussed route. League Records didn’t want to pigeon-hole themselves by only signing djenty bands, and this branches the label out a tad bit I guess, but I’m not convinced of the strength of this one. I feel the vocals are a little bland, and even though the clean singing isn’t bad, these sections stray a little too far into pop-punk for my liking.
Nevertheless, League Records have made a strong start, and we’ll be keeping our eye on them over the coming months.
– CG & JR