Sunday 9 August 2015

Denizen - Troubled Waters (Album Review)

Release date: April 5th 2015. Label: Argonauta Records. Formats: CD/DD

Troubled Waters: Tracklisting

1.Teddy Bear 04:37
2.Whoresmoker 04:59
3.Jocelyne 04:07
4.The Waitress 03:40
5.Glassie Lovely Glassie 03:12
6.King Of Horses 03:43
7.Heavy Rider 04:03
8.Time To Leave 01:40
9.Enter Truckman 04:12
10.Moonwalk Blues 04:48

Band Members:

Fabien Aletto : Vocals
Ludovic Barbiero : Guitars
Andreas Goumy : Drums
Colin Trognée : Bass


Troubled Waters is Denizen's 4th album since their formation back in 2003. Their last album – Whispering Wild Stories – was released back in 2011 and it's one I rated as there best effort yet. There style of in-your-face Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with a Punk Rock groove is undeniably catchy and angry as hell. I still think their last album is still their finest work to date but Troubled Waters is still one hell of a ride.

Opening track – Teddy Bear – offers fast-paced noisy Sludge Rock riffs with hilarious lyrics to match. I think that's the bands intention to have fun with their music whilst offering crazy head-banging riffs for you to enjoy. The vocals can be very sloppy at times but they add a certain charm to the album. My advice, just go with it as you'll have more fun.

Second track – Whoresmoker – is possibly the best track on the album with the band on violent and confident form. The riffs have a certain NOLA energy to them with the heavy Sludge/Stoner Rock vibes being played at a fast speed. The production could have been tightened up here and there as the drums feel out of focus at times. Andreas is an excellent drummer but his work sounds watered down at times. Though that's my only complaints for the album as it's all systems go for one exciting ride to the finish.

Denizen don't stray too far from their punk driven sound as the album is chaotic and violent as hell through out. It's won these guys a wide range of admirers within the Sludge/Stoner Rock scene. Tracks such as Jocelyne, The Waitress and King Of Horses blast onto your stereo with confidence as the band crank out 100mph style riffs for you to devour. If you're a fan of Sabbath, Cream, Monster Magnet and even Kyuss then Denizen are the band for you. Sure the album is chaotic but that's part of the charm. The album is what it is. A fast-paced and violent attack on the senses. Just enjoy the party as Denizen will fuck up your world for the next 39 mins or so. Awesome stuff!!!

Words by Steve Howe