RAMESSES (ex electric Wizard)
Ongoing travels through the far reaches of interstellar soundscapes At a velocity that rivals that of darkness creeping over the horizon, 5ive slowly but surely grips with its sonic mantras, hypnotizing audiophiles into trance-like states of aural ecstasy. Similar to a black hole in its colossal power, 5ive’s ability to suck in the consciousness of spectators into its realm of existence remains unrivaled by any other force in the universe.
Utilizing various vintage effects, guitars, tube amplifi-cation units, speaker cabinets and an early 20th century drum kit of monstrous proportions, 5ive are one of the few acts that actually live up to the definition of superlatives such as ³heavy² and “crushing” adjectives often tossed around carelessly by critics. Creating massive walls of analog energy that defy easy categorization, the duo have thus far managed to create the equivalent of a space shuttle pharmacy, composing mini-symphonies that hang in the atmos-phere, with effects similar to Ambien, Xanax, Valium and other synthetic sedatives. And while the layers of sound that crash and resonate are certainly enhanced by illicit chemical compounds, 5ive¹s hymns are a new type of drug, lulling the listener into a deeper spectrum of transcendence.
(label mates of ::scissorfight/dukes of nothing/old man gloom)
RAMESSES was born in England, February 2003. The seed of inspiration that gave birth to the band came from Mark Anthony Greening (who was incidentally named after the movie Cleopatra, that stars Elizabeth Taylor). Earlier during that bitter winter, he had parted ways with the band he’d drummed for since its creation, Electric Wizard, and wanted to continue to push his (now world famous) insanely creative drumming. Similarly, Tim Bagshaw, his long-time friend, had also left Electric Wizard, looking to leave behind what he saw as the boredom of the bass in favour of the guitar. Their departures shocked both the media and fans alike, who are still debating the reasons why…
Formed in Birmingham during 1999, MISTRESS have released two albums to date “Mistress” and “The Chronovisor” ‹ to rave reviews and have gigged with the likes of NAPALM DEATH, MAYHEM, ELECTRIC WIZARD, BOLT THROWER and EXTREME NOISE TERROR. Their hard-to-pin-down sound comes across as a sickening sludge/grind/doom hybrid, reminsicent of the early U.K. grind scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and has been described as
“a vile musical bastard, a bilious, screaming, snot-faced sludge orphan with all the taste and decorum of a sexual encounter in Wormwood Scrubbs.”