Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hercules Morse “Vita Boundary"2018 UK Classic Rock,Stoner Desert Rock


Hercules Morse “Vita Boundary"2018 UK Classic Rock,Stoner Desert Rock 
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Hercules Morse present a combination of the energy and audacity of classic British rock, the groove-based riffs of stoner/desert rock and the melodic focus of contemporary alternative rock to create something altogether distinct. Reviewers frequently laud them as a British hybrid of The Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age….~


Hercules Morse hail from Southampton, which for me is a place that makes me think of the likes of Howard Jones and Craig David. But clearly there has to be a rich vein of Rock in the town too, particularly where Hercules Morse are concerned. 
Their sound evokes so many indispensable elements from Rocks glorious history. The riffage is cranked up to 11 and the groove is hot and heavy. On top of that are the superlatively styled harmonies which would befit the Beatles, the Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro and everyone in between. 
The band formed in 2014 and their support slots, including Dinosaur Pile Up and Blaze Bayley have garnered them some strong and very well deserved acclaim. Kerrang and Six Music are clearly big fans following their two EP releases to date; ‘Edge Of Life’ and the enigmatically titled ‘Equine Size Comparison’. 
Well Star Wars Day, May 4th, sees the release of the first Hercules Morse album ‘Vita Boundary’ and having now listened to it three times I can tell you that the force is bloody strong with this lot. The recording was the result of a very successful crowdfunding campaign. The LP kicks off with the dynamic powerhouse pile driver “Everything Is Great” which sets the scene for some exquisite examples of what great Rock music is meant to be. The production is crisp and crystal clear and this is particularly showcased on the steamroller slab of funk named “Clockwork”, vocally Steve George has a bit of Anthony Kiedis about him, particularly on this song. 
The engine room of the band might well be the wonderfully named Guillaume “Gizmo” Redonnet-Brown on some of the meatiest and tightest Rock drumming I have heard in a while along with his rhythm section partner Paul Shott on thundering bass. Then there is the mightily melodic, screaming, hard and heavy guitar of Harry Gardner.
What is my favourite track after listening to this spectacular record three times from end to end? Well frankly I can’t choose just one. Right now, in no particular order, it is “Still Singing” for a chorus that stays with you and superbly layered Thin Lizzy-esque guitars. “Cuckoo” for harmonies that the Beach Boys would be proud of, the fluidity of Gardner’s guitar attack and lyrics that talk about mental illness. Then there is a second single “War Within” another song about a troubled mind, some of the best drumming on the album and a guitar onslaught that takes me back to the zenith of Heavy Rock in the 70s. 
If this album fails to move you emotionally, mentally and physically then maybe you need to question whether your vital signs have flat lined. Truly Modern Rock at its finest……by… Bill Adamson….~


After two well-received EPs, Southampton rockers Hercules Morse return with their first full-length studio album, Vita Boundary. Honestly, I was thinking this album would be the collected songs of the two EPs, with maybe a new song or two. But no, this is an album ten brand new songs. Good news.
Hercules Morse has been described in many ways, with comparisons to Fu Manchu, Foo Fighters, even The Beatles, and then also dropped in the stoner rock genre. Maybe so, or not. To me, they simply sound like heavy rock blessed with an abundance of melody, harmony, and groove. While not necessarily unique to them, what has always surprised me is their large doses of heavy riffage tempered by harmonious, nearly gentle, vocal arrangements. It’s like light and darkness coexisting in the same space. Ying to Yang as it were. The guitar riffs are tuned to the sturdy and heavy rhythm section, but the vocals are tuned to the song’s melody and harmony. And Harry Gardner’s brisk guitar solos easily follow the same. Suffice to say it’s a formula that works for Hercules Morse. 

You’ll hear these elements easily within Talk Me Down, Everything Is Great, Clockwork, and the brisk paced Cuckoo. Even faster and with a big beat is Can’t See The Sun, which roars along with a speed rock pace. The moderate paced The Story Goes has a strong and heavy bottom end and tough riffs, yet with Steve George’s voice almost lilting above them. Similar is Resigned, where Hercules Morse offers a song with a slower groove, but still heavy and bristling with sharp riffage. As I said, this style works for them. 

Suffice to say, with Vita Boundary, Hercules Morse has settled into their own style and found their groove, delivering a solid album of melodic heavy rock. Recommended….by….Craig Hartranft….~

With a mutual love for both riffs and groove, UK alternative quartet Hercules Morse dispatch Fu Manchu styled stoner rock, with a Beatles-esque approach to melody, blended with the Foo Fighters’ take on classic rock. The end result is potent and breathtaking. 
Already with firm support from Kerrang! Radio, Rock Sound, Powerplay Magazine, and Kerrang! Magazine, the emerging South Coast riff masters release their debut album, “Vita Boundary”, on May 4th, 2018. 

Before then, Hercules Morse deliver a new track, “Everything is Great”; you can watch the video below. 

The highly-rated foursome hail from Southampton, and since their inception in 2014, they’ve received impressive critical acclaim for their recorded work. The band’s debut EP, “Edge of Life”, picked up much praise from Kerrang Magazine and Rock Sound Magazine, as well as radio airplay fromBBC Six Music, Introducingand Kerrang! Radio. The Alt-Rockers’ follow-up EP, “Equine Size Comparison”, further underlined the band’s dexterity and appeal, with glowing reviews and support from Powerplay Magazine, Kerrang! Radio, Team Rock, and BBC Radio. Hercules Morse have also widely toured throughout the UK, and along the way have supported Turbowolf, Band of Skulls, Black Peaks, Blaze Bayley, Tiger Cub, Orange Goblin and Dinosaur Pile Up, as well as appearing on a range of bills with everyone from Calvin Harris and Primal Scream through to Duran Duran and The Streets. 

Hercules Morse are poised to up the ante again with the release of their debut album, “Vita Boundary”. Brimming with charging guitar lines and engaging lyrics, and wrapped around driving bass riffs and woven vocals, the album flows perfectly from back to front. Particular highlights include their new single, “Everything is Great”, and their blistering follow-up single, “War Within”. Stay glued to the band’s social sites for single, tour and festival updates…. by newseditor …~


HERCULES MORSE (from l-r): Paul Shott (bass), Steve George (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Harry Gardner (lead guitar/backing vocals), Guillaume “Gizmo” Redonnet-Brown (drums)

Tracklist: 

1. Everything Is Great 
2. War Within 
3. Cuckoo 
4. Talk Me Down 
5. Clockwork 
6. Resigned 
7. Can’t See The Sunrise 
8. Still Singing 
9 The Story Goes 
10. Go For Broke

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