This album is the Bristol quartet's third and quite rightly by now they're honed to a chugging machine of slickness. Genre? Rocking-most of rocked-up rock-styled rock. None shall be more rock. Nurr. This foursome stand proudly, a three-Weetabix-chomping force, rolling in their bowel-churning, face-gurning, fretboard-burning, crosspatch vocalled songs. The guitars are passionately fiddly-widdly diddled, in time-honoured ferocious-boys-expressing-their-angrrr-through-their-music style by the dual axe-men of the band. The vocals work best when they're harmonised, adding some 70s-nuanced tonal lift to the sometimes downwards driving riffs until they're blasted away once again by yet more fidget-fingered bass lines and battering drum attacks. This band are all marching to the same drum, to the same melody and the same relentless beat. A four-man army of single-minded determination, promising to annihilate anything foolish or pop enough to get in their way. (Delia Dansette) 3/5
We rate this: 9 out of 10 Click here to rate this yourself! Click Here to Purchase The world of rock music is a world of capricious fortune and broken dreams. A quick look back at the etchings of history and we find bands, perhaps at one time thought of my many as forerunners at the apex of rock music, who may have gone unheard of by others until all that is left as evidence of their existence is a sticker on a wall. Kerbdog, you say? Never heard of them. The world is changing, tastes are changing, and progress for the sake of progress is predictably rife. We must be seen to be moving forward, of course, and we may even choose to open our eyes on occasion.
Some would have you believe that this disc is like a sandwich from a train station vending machine: past its sell-by date. The conclusion I’m therefore forced to draw is that the world has clearly forgotten things it really shouldn’t have forgotten. Luckily, there are those who still work tirelessly to make sure this never happens. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. To walk up a downwards escalator is not, as some would claim, an exercise in futility, nor a sign that you are doing something wrong. Three albums and still going strong: case closed. Some have merely forgotten a time where genre prefixes were not a fucking prerequisite. Ladies and gentlemen: rock music.
The constants in Left Side Brain’s equation are all defining attributes. A barrage of riffs to craft the songs, always present yet never taken for granted or pushed to the side. Drums hit so hard that shares in snare skins have surely skyrocketed. Vocal melodies and interspersing harmonies sung with such intent that current standards for use of the word ’infectious’ are having to be revisited.
The band’s latest outing is particularly adrenaline fuelled, with a sense of urgency that is becoming all the rarer in an age where safety always seems to come first. Raw without compromising the huge production sound that suits them so well, catchy without sounding at all diluted, and the perfect mix of honesty and attitude.
More accessible than Helmet but with less of a sharpened edge, time will tell whether walking a roman road will do them good or harm. I can safely report however, there is quite literally never a dull moment, and with song writing of this standard, that ’experimental album’ can happily lie permanently dormant. From the ballsy opener of ’Ad Hominem’, past the gritty riff-fest of ’Weaponise’ to the epic, Tool-esque finale of ’Chewer’, this is one of those rides you’ll want to queue up for again and again.
The simple fact remains that rock music of this calibre is becoming hard to find in this day and age. If we cannot live in the past, then Left Side Brain are exactly what we need in 2009. So where does this leave you? Craving for a taste of the action, I imagine. What we have here is a career-to-date highlight from one of the finest rock bands in the UK. Pure conjecture? More than that. Ladies and gentlemen: Collider.
LEFT SIDE BRAIN COLLIDER Hopefully you caught this Bristol based riff-machine on their recent U.K. tour. If not, you should hear this to get your excitement and enthusiasm ready for next time. Mixing the styles of Tool, Helmet, and heavy Foo Fighters whilst maintaining their own approach, the tunes are exciting with well crafted hooks and melodies. The rhythm section is powerfully solid, whilst the guitars have more punch than Tyson on a date. With many of the songs ('Anthropic Principle' especially) screaming out to appear over a great surf/skate/mtx session on film, this should appeal to those who like their sport/lifestyle more exciting than cricket. DAN BAYFIELD
Left Side Brain – Colloblast August 28, 2009 by Rich Filed under Reviews
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‘Colloblast’ is the latest single from the brilliant Bristol-based band that is Left Side Brain, and it must be said that it really is an incredibly impressive piece of music. The vocals pack a hefty punch, the guitar work is excellent, and everything about the track really does work well.
With this track the band demonstrates its powerful rock formula superbly well, with the guitar and vocal work always having a lot to offer all throughout the track. B-Side ‘Severed’ is a cover of a Kerbdog track, and the band here shows absolutely incredible instrumental strength. Left Side Brain’s ‘Severed’ is to be featured on the Kerbdog tribute album ‘Pledge: A Tribute to Kerbdog’, due for release in 2010, and this will definitely be an album to watch out for.
Both tracks here present Left Side Brain in a very positive light, and fans of rock music should definitely like what they hear. ‘Colloblast’ is a fantastic single for Left Side Brain to have come out with, and the cover track really does work well as the B-Side.
Be sure to give Left Side Brain’s ‘Colloblast’ a listen, and you’ll no doubt be impressed with what the band here has to offer.
Label: Sugar Shack Records Release Date: October 12th 2009
Here's the nearest I could get to a translation - any Greek speakers out there?
The Left Side Brain is a British quartet, which is the first release in 2004 seems to be gaining more and more fame (especially in Britain) and was recently released his third album, entitled "Collider".
Στο "Collider", λοιπόν, οι Left Side Brain συνεχίζουν να δημιουργούν πάνω σε γνωστές φόρμες και ορισμένα cliché, που παραπέμπουν αφενός μεν σε αρχετυπικές hard rock επιρροές και αφετέρου σε πιο alternative μονοπάτια, που φέρνουν κάτι από τους Therapy?, αλλά και συγκροτήματα τύπου Godsmack ή Mudvayne. In "Collider", then, the Left Side Brain continue to create more well known forms, and some cliché, first mentioning in archetypal hard rock influences and other more alternative paths, bringing something from Therapy?, And type complexes Godsmack and Mudvayne. Σύγχρονο hard rock λοιπόν και με ψήγματα από την αμερικανική σκηνή. Modern hard rock and then flakes of the American scene. Αυτό το κράμα, που βασίζεται στην πατροπαράδοτη δύναμη των riff και της μελωδίας, πάντα θα προσεγγίζει οπαδούς του ιδιώματος και ακροατές που θέλουν κάτι αντιπροσωπευτικό από το βρετανικό alternative / hard rock του σήμερα, αλλά σαφώς και δε θα παρουσιάζει κάτι το εξαιρετικά πρωτοπόρο και καινοτόμο. This alloy, based on the traditional power of riff and melody, will always be close followers genre and listeners who want something representative of the British alternative / hard rock today, but clearly it will show something very pioneering and innovative.
Η δομή και η πορεία του δίσκου φανερώνει σίγουρα λοιπόν μια κατεύθυνση προς το κλασικό rock με λίγα λόγια, αλλά σε στιγμές και σημεία η κάπως πιο stoner αύρα α-λα Nebula, καθώς και οι Alter Bridge, που κλείνουν πονηρά το μάτι, αφήνουν εν τέλει μια εικόνα ότι ναι μεν οι τύποι από το Bristol το κατέχουν και μπορούν να ξεφύγουν από το τετριμμένο της υπόθεσης, αλλά ίσως τελικά να 'ναι και καλύτερα να συνδυάζουν όλα αυτά που γουστάρουν και βασίζονται, από το να ξαναβγούν σε αναζήτηση ταυτότητας προς χάριν της καινοτομίας. The structure and course of the album definitely shows therefore a direction to the classic rock with a few words, but in times and places the slightly more stoner breeze a-la Nebula, as well as Alter Bridge, closing the evil eye, leaving finally an image that although the guys from Bristol in the hold and can escape from the mundane to the case, but perhaps it 's better to combine all the things we like and are, from xanavgoun in search of identity for the sake of innovation .
Αυτό που αξίζει στο "Collider" και αποτελεί το δυνατό του σημείο είναι τα δυνατά και καλοδουλεμένα riffs. What deserves the "Collider" and is the strong point is the strong and elaborate riffs. Ξεσηκωτικά και με βασικότατο ρόλο στη ροή του δίσκου, αφήνουν καλές εντυπώσεις και παράλληλα δημιουργούν υποσχέσεις για τη μπάντα, ότι ίσως κάποτε καταφέρει να τα αναπτύξει στα πλαίσια ενός δίσκου που θα τη βγάλει από την αφάνεια και θα την κάνει να φιγουράρει μεταξύ των κορυφαίων του ήχου. Xesikotika and with a key role in the flow of the album, leave a good impression and also promises to create the band that once you manage to develop them in a drive to the out of the shadows and make it to feature among the leading audio . Γιατί το να κυκλοφορήσει ένας δίσκος του "7" πλέον και με όλη αυτή την ακατάπαυστη παραγωγή από επίδοξους νέους "Foo Fighters" ή νέους "Wolfmother", δεν αποτελεί τρομερή είδηση. Why to release an album of "7" and now with all this incessant production of aspiring young "Foo Fighters" or new "Wolfmother", is not terrible news. Οι Left Side Brain είναι μια ενδιαφέρουσα περίπτωση, πάντως, που αξίζει να τσεκάρετε (http://www.myspace.com/leftsidebrain). The Left Side Brain is an interesting case, however, worth a check (http://www.myspace.com/leftsidebrain). Κομμάτια σαν το "Ad Hominem" ή το "Gifted" και το "Mastermind" είναι αντιπροσωπευτικά. Tracks like "Ad Hominem" or "Gifted" and "Mastermind" is representative.