Sunday, 10 March 2013
Rogue Transmissions - Volume Feeder - Crowns and Chains (album review)
"King of Lies" is the first of these songs, hitting all the right reference points: Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, Metallica, Down. It's a slow grooving potboiler of southern metal which represents the band quite well.
In their bio, Volume Feeder recall how they started out playing Metallica covers before eventually writing originals and moving on from there. A classic tale, one that this writer is intimately familiar with. Nowhere are the band's origins more clearly represented than on second track, "On Strings" which features Load-era chugging riffs with an accent on southern metal.
"Slave To The System" would not be out of place on any of Corrosion of Conformity's early nineties albums which is no real surprise as the the song title gives the game away pretty much instantly before listening. If the band can be faulted for not hiding their influences they certainly can't be faulted for the way those influences are manifested. This song kicks ass, as do the other two tracks on this short EP, I don't care how close to the source material the band veers. At the end of the day the band is out to open minds and open ears and if a few beer are opened along the way, well those are just some more fallen soldiers in the war. It's impossible not to join the band when the crusade is so worthy.
Highlights include: "On Strings" and "Slave To The System"
Total Run Time: 10:11
Balázs Imre - vocals, guitar
Drahota Gergő - bass
Jaksa Róbert - drums
From: Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary
Genre: Southern Metal, Stoner Metal, Hard Rock
Reminds me of: Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Grizzly, Metallica, Steak
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Do your 7-minute abs workout one and a half times.
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