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These are exciting times for rock and metal fans in the UK. The last few years have seen a huge explosion of young bands from every corner of the country, each with their own distinctive sound born from a devotion to both the heaviest and best music of the past and the freshness and vitality that always emerges when a musical movement embarks on a major step along its evolutionary path. British heavy music is basking in the blaze of a new golden age. And that’s where Sondura come in….
Formed by frontman Tom Watson and his younger brother, guitarist Jack, Sondura have the songs, the sound and the dedication to become the next big British rock band. Having been through a couple of bass players, a settled line-up eventually came together and they found their true direction - propelled along furiously by the air-tight rhythm section of bassist Steve Dillon and drummer Fred Green – before adding second guitarist Luke Genders in late 2012.
The quintet have struck upon a uniquely powerful and accessible signature sound that combines the crushing, belligerent sonic might of ‘Black Album’-era Metallica with the incisive radio-friendly sensibilities of Foo Fighters, Nickelback or Alter Bridge and the edgy verve of Hundred Reasons; a fresh and invigorating collision of styles that deserves to propel Sondura towards rock stardom.
Ultimately, for Sondura - the name means ‘hard sound’ - it’s all about the power of the song. As showcased on their debut album, Live Before You Die, the band had already developed an astute grasp of the melodic candour and dynamic oomph required to send shivers of recognition down the spine. An impressive statement of intent, it is nevertheless bettered by their forthcoming new opus, Undivided, which will be released in early 2014. Commencing with the pure rush of exhilaration that is the brand new single We’re Here Now [already showcased by Classic Rock magazine on their recent Unleashed – Hottest New Bands In Britain cover mount CD], there is a dark, fluid swagger to its contents that can be heard in the album’s many other highlights, including the brash and confident You Remain, the anthem-in-waiting Another Bottle Down and the insanely catchy Suffocating.