The track Doomed from the latest album Slave Manifesto is the lead track on Sound and Motion Magazine’s Mixtape #5 Side A available here.
What they had to say:
“Up-and-coming independent musician Ruben Vine is a fine example of a result of the DIY subculture of which he has been a part of for many years. Also proudly claiming the titles of a wordsmith and songwriter, Ruben specialises in the alternative rock and urban folk genres. He is influenced by the likes of huge names such as PJ Harvey, The Kills and Tom Waits and is currently signed to A.O.F (Articles of Faith).
Doomed, Ruben’s most recent single, is a wonderful demonstration of alternative rock. Beginning with explosive, dirty riffs, he takes no time before rushing into portraying his powerful message through the carefully-crafted lyrics performed by his exciting and unique vocals. With a successfully-repetitive chorus, enhanced by the addition of female vocals in the background, and a reinforcement of the heavy lead guitar, Doomed is a catchy, upbeat track that is sure to catch the attention of the British music industry. GW”
Other artists featured on Mixtape #5 are:
We are the West
No Remorse No Surrender
Death Makes Pretty
Bastard Eye Scream
Reaper in Sicily
This mixtape offers up a very eclectic mix of music and styles of unsigned bands
The new album Slave Manifesto has received a 4 star glowing review from Sarah Keary of Music Review Unsigned. It leaves me in no doubt that the sound and style I have created is heading in the right direction musically, plus the review put a smile on my face. I’m that happy I will again offer for a short period my album as a FREE download.The review:
“It’s not often you find an artist that has definitive influences and rolls it all up to make their own, but Ruben Vine creates one hell of an album he calls Slave Manifesto. For a second album, Sussex-born Vine has started his career on the right foot.
It has been quite some time since I have listened to an album produced by an unsigned artist that has the power that some signed artists spend their lifetimes trying to create. Slave Manifesto fits perfectly within the rock scene of today, bringing back what we were waiting for: quality rock.
The Slave Manifesto LP made me feel nostalgic about a past I never had. From Vine’s Johnny Rotten-esque vocals on the first track Slave, to 90’s Grunge influences on Chemical Cuddles. Throughout the album, there is a clear Punk Rock soul flourishing in tracks such as Tick Tock, Pavement Politics and Pray. Within all this Punk, the songs contain pop melodies, so don’t think you’ll get these songs out of your head too quickly.
Amongst Vine’s influences of Punk and Grunge, there is clear energy derived from a mixture of Oasis and PJ Harvey; a very ambitious move for a new-comer. With so many diverse influences in one album, you wonder how does Ruben pull it off. Well, he does. Ruben’s passion is bleeding through this album. Although, listening to the album right through I feel it lacks consistency. For me, the album gets weaker. Maybe it is just the imperfect track listings, but after getting very excited by hearing Jimi Hendrix-like guitar riffs in the first track, I unfortunately felt disappointed by the heavily induced pop in the final track, Kamikaze.
Altogether, I probably enjoyed the most part of the album due to the fact his influences are my inspirations. All in all, the album lacked a certain amount of texture. If the consistency was better, the album would be perfect. Ruben Vine is a very talented artist with a very bright future, and with a little help from the experts, he can produce a game-changing album. You’ve got to admit, for what is good on Slave Manifesto, it’s outstanding”
Any MRU readers, Analogue Underground Radio listeners or facebook members who saw their review can get a FREE digital copy of the new Slave Manifesto album and it’s very easy:
Simply sign up at the bottom of the page for the newsletter
Then a digital copy of the album including a PDF version of the Lyric and Photo Book will be sent to the email address you supplied. This offer remains open until Midnight Thursday 31st of May 2012.
Let the Slave Manifesto begin…..
“Listened to the album over the weekend and thought you’ve done a really good job. Its a focused sound and the idea holds firm throughout. Highlights: Raised to Believe, Simply Relating, Don’t Take My Grief, Shine Your Light, Faithless Preacher and Sooner or Later, all on first listen. There was nothing I hated.” Al Scott Producer(February 2009)
“Great voice reminded me of Joe Strummer in a wierd way, meets Orange Juice somewhere with Hard Fi thrown in…voice really good with interesting lyrics too..I liked the jerkiness of the guitar…” Trevor Madison Concorde 2 (BBC Southern Counties Radio South Live Show Reviews ‘Simply Relating’)
“As a producer I liked his voice…” Al Scott Producer (BBC Southern Counties Radio South Live Show Reviews ‘Simply Relating’)