Grenouer, Unwanted Today, 2015
Earlier this year I discussed the 2013 album Blood On The Face by Russian band Grenouer. Where that release had a bit of a harsh front cover, hinting at the wrong genre, this time art and music blend wonderfully. So now their current release has been making its regular rounds in my CD player. Singer Andrey Ind works hard at promoting the band, even now they are signed to Mausoleum. Making his case once again is the music. Their slighty alternative sounding metal, which is still carrying a bit of prog styled dynamics, makes perfect sense.
For me it is hard to resist the melodies and grooves of this bunch. They wrap their ideas in relative short songs, but all pack a punch. And the album also has a great clear sound. Heavy where it needs to be, and maybe the vocals are sometimes a bit low in the mix, but that is a matter of taste. All the instruments have their spot and once again the harmonies add magic to the overall result.
For me a no brainer, everyone into melodic metal with a twist should give this a try and will surely not be disappointed. My only remark would be that the album is relatively short with 39 minutes of play time! But the quality makes up for that 🙂