I’ve been lookin’ forward to this album since I heard their first demos and raw
mixes on MySpace. To begin with I thought their “Bear Metal”-label for their
music was a bit strange, but now that I’ve heard the finished album, I know what
they mean. When you hear this, it’s very easy to imagine yourself meeting a big
brown bear, that want to give you a very tight “hug”!
This is the
perfect mix between heavy rock with a metal attitude, mixed with progressive
elements, a touch of thrash (early
Bay Area (listen to Anchor, and hear if you don’t hear similarities to Seek and
Destroy – but no rip off)),
and plain ol’
kick-ass southern rock feel! Sound strange? Not at all, the mix of styles is
natural and convincing. This surely won me over.
The Norwegian 5-piece is the classic line-up: singer, two guitars, bass and
drums, and every one does a solid job on their instruments, and
all in the
band delivers a dedicated effort to make this, their first album, a real rocker.
Live they do well as well, see live review elsewhere on this page.
complaint from my side – the sound is dirty but still clear, very appropriate
for this music, but I miss a bit of the bottom end. The bass and the bass drum
is not quite as deep and at the front in the mix, as I like – I like it as a
kick in the stomach.
For the past
month I’ve had to hear my favourite song “ Sweet Agony” at least twice a day –
this is one of those that’ll turn into one of the ultimate heavyrock songs I’ve
ever heard – a classic to last a lifetime!
definitely rocks – give me another bear hug like this, the sooner the better.
Go for this