Grenouer, Blood On The Face, 2013

Grenouer - Blood On The FaceDon’t know about you, but a cover like this always makes me think of very heavy metal bands. You know, death and the like. But in reality, Russian band Grenouer present a much more easy digestible form of heavy music. It has alternative touches, mainly because of the added synthesisers. And the vocals are melodic, with harmonies added to give them even more accessibility. So here you go, never judge a book by it’s cover.

I even think this has crossover appeal to people into prog! A track like Sands Of Time uses a lot of dynamics. Yet overall this is a very good alternative metal album where songs are more important than technique. Not that the guys do not know what they are doing, not by far. I like the somewhat melancholic nature of the material. When coupled with the guitar riffs and the grooves, we have an addictive cocktail. And they are not afraid to take a dive into other musical genres either, as the rap in Midday Show proves. A song like Golden Years should be huge, such is its power.

All in all a very convincing album that might be too much under your radar. I say check this out!