Release date: October 25th 2016. Label: CSBR Label. Format: CD/DD
Вой (Voi EP) – Tracklisting
Alexey - vox, guitar
Alexandr - vox, guitar
Mikhail - bass
Il'ya - drums
I'm still trying to get my head over Четыре Мужика's debut EP - Вой (Voi). It's quite a hard rocking and experimental style of Stoner and Sludge Metal with a huge amount of Hardcore vibes running throughout. It's not the most sophisticated of sounds but Четыре Мужика know how to have fun especially on the opening track – Китовая.
The atmosphere can be very gloomy at times and bit far out there especially with the second track – Лихо. It's very experimental in places with the vocals not matching the high calibre of the riffs. This is the weakest song on the EP as the band venture into MUSE territory. Though I can't deny how heavy and chaotic the music becomes towards the end.
The guys are from Russia and the Sludge/Stoner Metal bands coming from there I have noticed mostly to be very experimental and lacking focus. Whilst the guys don't lack focus their sound can be too experimental at times for the casual Sludge/Stoner Metal fan to thoroughly enjoy.
There are a lot of things I admire on this EP and a few things I don't. I would say the first and final tracks are definitely worth checking out. Though the 2nd and 3rd songs didn't grab me as much as the others.
Overall it's an enjoyable slice of experimental Sludge/Stoner Metal if you're in the mood to try something different.
Words by Steve Howe