Monday 13 March 2017

GREENHORN - The Narrator (Single Review)

Release date: March 12th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

The Narrator – Tracklisting

The Narrator

Band Members



Greenhorn's epic new track – The Narrator – sees the band experimenting with their sound from previous releases. Greenhorn move into Post-metal territory at the start of the song. Though the band still include their familiar style of filth-ridden Doom/Sludge Metal riffs. The song has a YOB-esque feel to it especially with the heavy instrumental parts of the song.

Some people maybe initially disappointed that Greenhorn have moved away from their standard sound but you have to give them credit for trying some brave and highly experimental. It's a gamble that has paid off big time as this is perhaps their most grown-up song that they have released yet. It's a more focused and determined song as the clean vocals add a gloomier atmosphere.

With SID being part of the writing team here at OOTS, he kindly let me hear earlier versions of the track. So I've heard this track a few times now. Mainly the instrumental version and then the final version with the vocals. I was blown away when this was purely an instrumental track as the band move into Pallbearer doom and gloom territory. Though Greenhorn wouldn't be Greenhorn without the brutal vocals making an appearance.

Low and behold, SID turns into a demented madman with his brutal growls. The song then moves into the realm of Prog Rock with flashes of Blues Rock and Stoner Rock making an appearance. If this is the new sound of Greenhorn then I'm all for it. The Narrator contains their classic doom sounds but with a more experimental vibe and it's a song that will be playing in your head for days. Wait until you experience the epic solos towards the end of the song.

Greenhorn have excelled themselves here. I've heard rumblings that this will be released on Vinyl in the near future. If it does then it's a must have purchase.

For a band once described as “MAY WELL BE THE FUTURE OF BRITISH DOOM” by Terrorizer Magazine, The Narrator has the potential to launch Greenhorn amongst their more established and well known colleagues within the UK Doom Metal scene.

Awesome. End Of.

Words by Steve Howe