“METAL DISCOVERY REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (OCTOBER 2011) 8.5/10:
"...a degree of retro-thrash pastiche but so much more besides that make their second album a riveting listen from start to finish. Highly recommended"
“PLAYMUSIC PICKUP MAGAZINE REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (AUGUST 2011) ALBUM OF THE MONTH:
"This is a great CD by a truly talented metal band that deserve to be up there with the best."
“METALSTORM REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (JUNE 2011) 7/10:
"They kicked my ass. Period."
"The riffs are there. Passion is too. Corrupt Desires is worth checking out"
“............LIVE4METAL.COM............ - DEMO REVIEW (SEPT 9th 07):
"I have to say Element have all the energy and passion of say, Burn My Eyes era Machine Head and Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets eras of Metallica."
"Element have what it takes to write, perform, and to record, exhilarating music. This demo is pretty raw, but it still sounds as exciting as hell. Mainly because it takes me back to a wonderful time of musical discovery. Now, if they can harness that sound and add an original twist to it, then, particularly at a time when Thrash is big business again, they'll land themselves a deal. Most definitely ones to watch, as the old cliché goes."
Steve Green - ............www.Live4metal.com............”
............METALREVIEW.COM............ - DEMO (DEC 07):
"They should strike while the iron is hot. Element’s brand of ‘80s leaning classic thrash is attracting the attention of the labels and cash of the buying public."
“Downfall” is a rip-roaring crunch fest in the spirit of “Battery,” while the nearly ten-minute “Bleed on My Own” injects stretches of the swaggering groove of Cowboys From Hell."
"I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they hammer out a worthwhile full debut in the next year or so. The materials are there; with a bit more time, individuality, and a little more studio polish, Element could do some damage."
Matt Mooring - ............www.metalreview.com............”
ME MUSIC - DOWNFALL (TRACK REVIEW - MAY 08):
"From start to finish, over 5 minutes of tight riffage, rip-roaring soloing and crushing bass in front of a backdrop of super-tight drumming virtuoso, Downfall is an assault of the ears that will have you skipping back to the same track for weeks for another hit!"”
METALSTORM REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (MAY 08):
"Element could have the potential to be one of the big names of the contemporary thrash revival movement."
jupitreas - ............www.metalstorm.ee............”
GUITAR & BASS MAGAZINE REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (JULY 08):
"Quality metal mayhem and a great studio production from a Wigan based outfit."
Guitar & Bass Magazine ”
GUITAR & BASS MAGAZINE
LIVE4METAL REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (MAY 08):
"It thrashes, it crushes and it shows just how good a band Element are, and also why one of the bigger underground labels should snap these guys up straight away. If I had the money, I'd do just that myself."
"Element are a band that I'm backing to go all the way and I'll be giving them plenty of coverage on Live 4 Metal in their pursuit of greatness, because I really believe in their music and I hope this album serves as a statement of intent for them."
Steve Green - ............Live4metal.com............”
METAL-MAYHEM REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (MAY 08) 8/10:
"If Metallica had released this album instead of 'St.Anger', they may not have put themselves in the controversial position they now find themselves in. It really is that good...trust me."
Lewis Klein - ............metal-mayhem.co.uk............”
METAL - MAYHEM
“............ROCKEYEZ.COM............ - DEMO REVIEW (JULY 07):
"I could only imagine what these guys would sound like with some top notch production."
Brian Rademacher - ............www.rockeyez.com............”
ROCK3MUSIC REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (JUNE 08) 85%:
"Element have actually got some better ingredients then any Metallica album has, and that is consistently quality riffs throughout and solo's that last more then 12 seconds long." ”
“HARDROCKHOUSE REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (JULY 08):
"Their overall sound is highly pleasing and Under the Influence is probably exactly the album I’d like Metallica to make in 2008."
"Their next effort may well be the one."
Simon Bray - Hardrockhouse”
“NOISEMATTERS REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (JULY 08) 5.5/5:
"What we have this time around from Element massively ups the bar in terms of quality, performance, melody and sheer musical power. I'm not even gonna compare the new stuff to the old, 'cos frankly it's like these guys have completely reinvented themselves.."
"Hugely powerful performances that thunder through your speakers and threaten to give you whiplash that'll hospitalize you for a week."
"Taking their musical influences from, amongst others, Metallica, Machine Head, Pantera, Sepultura, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, ACDC, and Lynard Skynard, they pay homage to all yet emlulate none, instead forging a sound that's pure modern and purely original."
NOISEMATTERS - ............www.noisematters.com............”
DEVOLUTION MAG REVIEW ISSUE 18 - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (AUGUST 08):
"Around this time last year I managed to catch Element tearing things up at Dime-fest, they were spiked with sound problems but still their Pantera/Lynrd Skynrd crossover prevailed. Now they are back on the pages of Devolution once again, as their debut album Under The Influence has forced its way into the spotlight.
This is an excellent debut from a great Northern band."
Reviewed By John Consterdine - DEVOLUTION MAGAZINE ............www.devolutionmagazine.co.uk............”
“UNBOUNDZINE REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (AUGUST 08) 4/5:
"In this day and age it is rare to hear a band just playing heavy metal but that is the easiest way to describe Element."
"Regardless of what the band tries with their sound they are usually successful.
A few songs are a bit more mellow while a few others bring in a slight sludge feel with much heavier riffs. The title track is downright epic reaching the ten minute mark. The band manages to keep it interesting though with different riff ideas and a number of guitar leads."
"For fans of Metallica, Down and possibly even Machine Head this is an album that is packed full of riffs, leads and choruses sure to induce manic head banging fits."
Mike Hochins - ............www.unboundzine.com............”
“....ROUGHEDGE.COM....- REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (SEPT 08) 3/4:
"If you're a fan of Metallica, Pantera, Shango or maybe even a little Danzig, then Element's "Under the Influence" will have at least one or two tracks to your liking. If you're a fan of all or most of those bands, then you'll find all of "Under the Influence" highly entertaining.
Combining galloping fast tracks with groove-heavy slower paced tracks and featuring crisp, straight-forward guitar and vocals that don't have to depend on raw anger to make them aggressive, the eight tracks on "Under the Influence," at one point or another, feature the technical expertise of Metallica, the raw power of Pantera, the funky sound of Shango and, once in a while, the haunting vocal style of Glenn Danzig.
“THE METAL FORGE REVIEW - UNDER THE INFLUENCE (NOVEMBER 08) 7.5/10:
"Quality songwriting makes for a good start."
Despite the name of this album being Under The Influence, it is not in fact a covers album, though you would be forgiven for thinking that. However, that confusion aside, it is a fitting title because Element wear their influences proudly on their sleeve. Opening track Downfall is like a bizarre crossover track between late Pantera and early Metallica. In fact, guitarist/vocalist Adam Calderbank sounds like a young James Hetfield, but with a guttural, whisky-soaked quality. Oh boy do these guys love American metal. Calderbank screams out 'Last fucking riff!' before the, yep, last fuck”
THE METAL FORGE
“LIVE REVIEW - HAIGH FEST (5TH JULY 2010) MUDKISS MAGAZINE
‘Have you ever listened to a heavy band before?’ enquiries Adam – Oh bugger this is where I know I should have stayed at home knitting shreddies! The answer from the majority of the crowd I suspect is “no” never the less Element launch into brand new track ‘Corrupted’ and the devastatingly loud, ear splitting assault begins.
I’ll hold up my hands and admit that stood in my bohemian garb I am out of place and the least qualified to comment on this band so I simply won’t, other than to say they took ownership of the stage and are clearly comfortable with their genre regardless of their audience. Ending the set with ‘Downfall’ the moshpit went mental!
If Metallica / Down / Slayer are on your iPod then hook up with these guys"
Joanne Poole (Mudkiss Magazine) - ....http://www.mudkiss.com/haighfest2010.htm....”
“THE METAL FORGE REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (FEBRUARY 2012) 7/10:
"Corrupt Desires also has the same venom and raw abruptness on guitar that you hear on ...And Justice For All. However, with this having been said, Element manage to bring their own unique take on things and they are quite fascinating to listen to."”
THE METAL FORGE
“LIVE REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES LAUNCH GIG - SHOOTSYOU (JUNE 10th 2011):
"The main event was a blistering set from the evenings headliners 'Element'. Lead singer and guitarist Adam Calderbank is a confident frontman with a 'Hetfield-esque' vocal style. Their debut album took full advantage of this, at times sounding eerily similar to early Metallica. This was something the band were keen to move away from with their latest album however, looking instead to evolve their own sound. Its a slightly risky strategy considering the positive reviews their debut album received, however it seems to me that the gamble's paid off in bucketloads.
Tonights gig was the first public performance of the new material and judging by the reaction of the crowd, its going to be a hit.
With a set that blends thrash, melodic rock and some straight up dirty chugging metal, it's easy to see why Element are being talked about as one of the North West's brightest metal prospects."”
“CORRUPT DESIRES - PRE RELEASE ALBUM REVIEW - WIGAN LINC MAGAZINE (OCT 2010):
"Make no mistake about it, Corrupt Desires is an accomplished, well-produced album; a testament to the band's skills as both songwriters and musicians and an epic love letter to the genre of metal scrawled in blood, sweat and tears."
"Yet the album is more than that, for as much as Element wear their passion for the genre on their collective sleeve, they also set out to destroy, and reinvent any notion of what a metal band in 2010 can sound like."
"Really though, it's hard to find a track that couldn't stand on its own merit as a signature tune from such a creative, accomplished and massively enjoyable album."
"Indeed, with its mix of tempos and styles, menacing riffs and laceerating solos, what Element have created with Corrupt Desires is an enourmous record that any band would quite rightly be proud of."
By Chris Skoyles - ....http://www.wlct.org/Culture/linconline/element.htm....”
“MTUK REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (JUNE 2011):
"A wall of aggressive complex riffs, angry barked lyrics, and pounding drums"
"There are many good features of this release; the guitars are skilful, the rhythms hard, and the vocals spite filled."
“LEGACY MAGAZINE REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (JULY 2011):
"The band from London (????? are we really?) mixes the old school thrash with elements from the reaches atmospheric, while at melancholy back malls".
(Note from the band) Taxi for Legacy Magazine. Thanks for coming”
“LORDS OF METAL REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (JULY 2011):
“Decent production (with heavy sounding guitars) and a playing time of one hour are positive facts. The technical skills from these guys (especially the long and melodic solos deserve some attention) and singer Adam Calderbank must be mentioned separately as well. He uses his dark voice properly and he often combines this one with clean, quiet, almost whispering singing which gives the album an extra touch. Also positive are songs like the ballad ‘Solace’ which has a tragic atmosphere, the long and somewhat spacey sounding and Pink Floyd orientated ‘Revolution Denied’ or ‘Embrace The Ending‘ which has an interesting tension.”
“Conclusion: ‘Corrupt Desires’ has become an album with good moments.”
LORDS OF METAL
“ROOMTHIRTEEN REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (JULY 2011):
“Corrupt Desires is, especially for a record made on a shoestring, an accomplished album.”
“Opener 'The Art of Illusion' blends plenty of palm muted chug and guitar pyrotechnics over its six minutes sounding like a band of much greater experience. It's an epic track but very much from a street level perspective; no tales of dragon's fire or poetry adaptations here.”
“Big hitters like 'Corrupted' and 'Contemporary Insanity' deserve a wider audience and if Element keep developing there's no reason why we shouldn't be hearing a lot more of their hearty riffage in the years to come.”
“CONCRETEWEB REVIEW – CORRUPT DESIRES (JULY 2011) 92/100:
“These Brits have succeeded in putting their own stamp on the Thrash Metal genre, and that alone merits a double “thumbs up”!”
“ROUGH EDGE REVIEW - CORRUPT DESIRES (FEBRUARY 2012) :
"Corrupt Desires is an easy-to-get-into metal record that mixes elements of progressive rock with thrash to create a new different sound."