Thursday 28 September 2017

Disastroid - Screen (Album Review)

Release date: October 2nd 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Screen – Tracklisting

2.New Day
4.I Didn't Kill Myself
5.Getting in the Way
7.Choke the Falcon
8.Clinical Perfection


Enver Koneya: Guitar/Vocals
Travis Williams: Bass
Braden McGaw: Drums
Robot : Horrible crying


Disastroid new album - Screen - may sound like a very straight forward affair from your first listen to the album. Though the album is very deceptive as the band takes a Melvins-esque approach to their music. With heavy slabs of Sludge Rock merged with Noise, Grunge and some vicious sounding Doom/Stoner sounds.

The opening track - Screen - starts off rather quietly before the band adapts a familiar Melvins style approach with the song. As it fully explodes into a violent Noise/Sludge/Grunge Rock style musical orgy with addictive elements of psychedelic rock appearing towards the end of the song.

The next song on the list is - New Day - which takes a more punk based route with the heavy sludge/stoner grooves being added at the later stages of the song. The song becomes more eerily psychedelic as the bass heavy guitar sounds draw you further into Disastroid's clutches and it's very hard to escape from.

Third song - Dinosaur - opens with a mighty thunderous grunge/sludge/style roar. The drumming and guitars have a heavy stop-start approach with the vocals adopting a more soulful take compared to other songs on the album. One of the main strengths of the album is how Distatroid move from the different sounds they have at their disposal and still sound remarkably fresh. The album stays vibrant and fun throughout.

With songs such as Getting In The Way, Coyote, Choke The Falcon and Gunslinger offering the listener an exciting and devilish ride into the darker side of Grunge/Stoner/Noise rock. The production is superb with Screen staying loud, boisterous and heavy right until the very end. The band may suffer from an identity crisis at times with the amount of different sounds and genres held on the album. Though it works to the bands advantage. As most of the songs have a different feel to each other.

The lyrics maybe too simple at times but for what Disastroid are trying to accomplish here, Screen doesn't suffer at all. As Screen is an exciting and rebellious album that has a lot to offer to the more adventurous Grunge/Sludge/Stoner Rock fan.

Words by Steve Howe