years after the first self-released 4-track CD we have to witness the
come back of one of the more expressive bands from Denmark on the footprints
of the unparalleled Clawfinger, with a CD once again contained in a
very unusual package made out of extremely soft azure hairs.
First off, the opener "Tuned Tonight" loudly claims
that the influences Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have almost completely
disappeared; in fact this song mostly includes aggressive vocals and
a few light-hearted ones in the vein of Ugly Kid Joe; what matters is
that the 4-piece is interested in making clear that a thick layer of
modern Rock/Metal in ya face is delivered to us, and when we think that
the initial acoustic arpeggio in "Half Delight" will
make our eardrums rest, we get belied by a sudden heavy break with furious
and raw sounds; the lunatic vocals are alternated with recitating ones,
while the top-notch chorus is replaced by effected vocals in the background.
The arpeggio comes back but this time it's sustained by the drums before
the last chorus and a dirty and hammering drumming set to close. A potential
single and definitely a live smasher.
My favourite track is UNDOUBTELY "The Rock 'n' Fucking Roll
Disaster": awesome refrain, efficient remaining vocals, stirring
break and following Deftonesian guitars. What the hell do you demand
Another crushing highlight of the CD where singer Harme shows all of
his power and versatility is "At the Bulldog Moon";
if you like Hundred Reasons, Funeral for a Friend, Silverchair, Inme
and similar bands on the border between Emocore and Nu-metal, you already
know what to expect; a remarkable drum work at the end of the composition
gives that something more to render it special.
Finally, the title track features riffs alà Darrell, so BARCK
aren't too far from certain material from Damageplan and the "Power
Actually these 5 tracks need more than a listen to be assimilated, partly
because the recording is dirty and also because we're in front of a
conspicuously personal work after all. the Danes still haven't expressed
all of their potentialities, and I suggest an improval of the arranging
and visual of the song building, so as to let their tracks be perceived
as wholes rather than different patches stuck together; which doesn't
happen too often luckily, just here and there but it's enough to unsmooth
Anyway, I loved their sanguine and scorching EP and their straightforward
attitude; their stuff is destined to inflame every stage they'll tread
on, so it's simply a matter of experience and budget which separates
them from recording an album that will be remembered after a long while
and appreciated by critics and fans in perfect unison.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th Sep 2005