A horrible hack

Barricade

Waker

Year Released: 2016
Format: CD
Label: Black Grain - Aurochs
 
Reviewed by Oli Saunders on May 21, 2017
An evil looking crow stares at the would-be listener and then an evil sounding man growls over a bunch of metal riffs, singing about death. Okay I can do better than that, but still nowhere near as good as the dude on Sonic Abuse who describes the band as "drawing upon a punk-infused sludge metal sound that speaks of vast, decaying urban landscapes and apocalyptic visions of mankind’s self-immolation as political systems crumble and social values are stripped away." Woah. A definite highlight of Barricade is their riffs - they are interesting but driven, and keep a good tempo to the music. The metal vocals are fairly derivative but they grow on me over the course of the album. The occasional accompaniment of more shouty vocals changes things up for the better.



21st May 2017

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