Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Drawers - S/T LP


"HISTORY OF FRENCH DRAWERS" Exhibit

Customer Reviews

***** 
Wonderful!  A history buffs dream come true!

*
False advertising!

****
I've always wondered what kind of drawers Napoleon used to store his belongings.  Now I know!

***
Underwhelmed by Charles de Gaulle's use of faux-wood paneling.  I expected a more distinguished material.

*
The brochure promised I could see Marie Antoinette's drawers.  I did not expect them to be wooden boxes with metal handles.  Highly dissatisfied!

*****
Totally titillating!

*****
I am shocked Notre-Dame would allow such a treasure out of their sight!

*
Total ripoff!

****
It's amazing that any drawers were left unscathed by the Nazi occupation but some managed to survive.  Thank goodness!  I would have liked a few more examples from the Maginot Line but I guess beggars can't be choosers.

*****
Thank you!  With your help I managed to pull off the best practical joke I've attempted in years!
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Greetings waveriders.  I have a confession to make.  I've been listening to the self-titled album from the French band Drawers off and on for a couple of years at this point.  Based off that information anyone with half a brain would inevitably reach the conclusion that I like this music.  Since that is clearly the case you might ask why I have not yet written about this album?  Well, I don't really have a good answer so I am going to rectify my lapse in coverage right now.

Drawers is one heck of an album!  When I'm in the mood for some sludge metal with a more melodic slant to it then I know exactly where I can get my fix.  The eight songs that make up this album's thirty minute run time waste no time delivering their sonic payload.  If you require your metal to foreshadow future headbanging with mood setting introductory passages look elsewhere.  The listener hits play and the audio explosions begin.  It's as simple as that. 

What makes Drawers stand out to my ears over other bands in the sludge metal genre?  One aspect that immediately grabbed my attention was Niko Bastide's vocals.  Yes they're almost entirely screamed/growled, but there is such a wide-ranging tonality to the screaming/growling that his voice is better able to match what the rest of the band is creating.  Speaking of what the rest of the band is doing there is an altogether elevated sense of melody to their music in general.  The riffs, while entirely massive and royally distorted, make me happier while I listen to them.  Can you say that about many sludge metal acts you've come across?  I know I can't.

While I enjoy all eight songs I understand that all of you reading this may not have thirty minutes to listen to the full album.  That being the case I'd like to highlight two of my favorite songs off of Drawers.  The first is called "It's All About Love" and the second is entitled "Shadow Dancers".  Conveniently there is an official music video for the latter.  Listen to these two killer tracks and you'll hear exactly why I continue to be so enthused over this band's work.

Head to Kaotoxin Records Bandcamp page to get your digital copy of Drawers or track down a hard copy from either Kaotoxin's online shop or your favorite music outlet.  However you obtain these tunes, your mission once you have them is straightforward.  Crank the volume and rock out!

-Penfold


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