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UK Symphonic Folk Metal Quintet Bring To Bear Release ‘The Shadow Ruse’

Bring to Bear is a UK Symphonic Folk Metal band on an adventure, playing their favourite styles of Folk Melodeath infused with Symphonic influences. Formed in May 2020 by long-time friends and bandmates Ian Tarboton and Hristo Nikolov, the determined duo wasted no time in preparing their first material and expanding the Bring to Bear clan.

By January 2021 the current lineup was clinched, adding Simon Jones on Drums, Nikiforos Rotas on Guitar & Izabela Smyt on Lead Vocals. In May 2021 the indomitable quintet entered the studio to record their debut EP (set for release in 2021), with the first single and video being ‘The Shadow Ruse’

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The intro riff to ‘The Shadow Ruse’ starts strongly by demanding attention, which then settles into an energetic verse riff. This is followed by tremolo guitars driving in with the power and harmonies reminiscent of viking metal and accompanied by accordion played in a way that feels more serious than is often associated with the instrument. The tension builds with blast beats that launch into a beautifully melodic and spacious chorus. The vocals alternate between singing and growling, a contrast that fits perfectly with the lyrical theme.

The lyrics, written by Ian Tarboton (Accordion, Keyboard & Growls), ponder the relationship between ‘light’ and ‘dark’. Ian shares that “in life, we often categorise things into good and bad, and colour them light and dark respectively, as we go through ups and downs. But, what one person perceives as good is often perceived as bad by another, and vice versa.

So, what exactly does that mean?

Who can say other than good and bad are merely perceptions? Where there is light, there are also shadows, yet light looks brighter when it shines in the dark. Ultimately, it is all games in the mind and we either see through the game or we become the game. We evolve and grow as we learn to see through the game and find the balance.

The music for this song was mostly written by our Guitarist Hristo Nikolov, and was originally intended to be more punk in style. But, it was soon obvious that while it had all the energy of punk, it had a darker undertone that just had to be in a metal song. So, it became the first song worked on by Hristo and I and it laid the foundation of Bring to Bear’s style.

More About ‘The Shadow Ruse

‘The Shadow Ruse’ Lyrics

Sometimes it feels like everything goes well
Sometimes it feels just like a living hell
The light of day is calling out my name
But when I answer the shadows start their game

You’re gonna move
To the shadow ruse

Round and round, my head is spinning now
The sun arose but it’s still night somehow
Inside my head I know it’s shadows playing games
Try to make sense of it, it’s light and dark the same

You’re gonna move
To the shadow ruse

It’s dark and it’s light
It’s wrong and it’s right
The shadows dance all around
One will deceive

But with both you believe
The balance of life is profound

The dark makes the light brighter
And the light makes the shadows appear

The night and day complete a revolution
Show me the way to my evolution
And when the shadows come, I will join their game
With some lucidity, it’s light and dark again

You’re gonna move
To the shadow ruse
Fantasy muse
Controlling you

It’s dark and it’s light
It’s wrong and it’s right
The shadows dance all around
One will deceive
But with both you believe
The balance of life is profound

It’s dark and it’s light
It’s wrong and it’s right
The shadows dance all around

One will deceive
But with both you believe
The balance of life is profound

The dark makes the light brighter
And the light makes the shadows appear

Meet the band: Bring To Bear 

Simon Jones (Drums)

Ian Tarboton (Accordion, Keyboard & Growls)

Izabela Smyt (Lead Vocals)

Nikiforos Rotas (Guitar)

Hristo Nikolov (Guitar)

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