Monday 8 January 2018

Greyfell - Horsepower (Album Review)

Release date: January 12th 2018. Label: Argonauta Records (CD) / Atypeek Music (Vinyl). Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Horsepower – Tracklisting

The People's Temple
No Love
Spirit of the Bear
King of Xenophobia




Greyfell's new album - Horsepower - is a very dark and brooding album with the band creating an atmospheric take on the usual Doom/Stoner Metal sound. The album does have an Alt Rock/Alt Metal feel to it.

The first track - People's Temple - opens with a psychedelic drone sound that's merged with a heavy underlying FUZZ sound. Greyfell start playing a more aggressive Doom/Post-Rock/Stoner Metal style delivery with eerie vocals from Hugo. His vocals has an uncannily resemblance to Josh Homme at times but with a more demonic presence. The thumping bass line allows the music to flow more freely and the psychedelic overtones of the song are played throughout the whole album. The song becomes increasingly heavier as Greyfell finally find the right balance of LIGHT and DARK gloomy moments.

Second track - Horses - is a loud distorted Drone/Stoner Rock opus that for the most part works really well. However there are a few rough parts where the whole feel of the album becomes bogged down by too many unnecessary sound effects. Though when the band focus on the riffs, the song becomes a more exciting song to listen to. The thing I enjoyed most about this album is the gloomy and psychedelic aspects of the album. As the whole tone and mood of the album becomes bleaker.

Third track - No Love is a gloomy post-metal offering that sees Greyfell relishing in creating a heavy distorted psychedelic stoner metal sound with creepy lyrics to match. The organs/keyboards being played in the background offer a not so subtle Occult Rock/Doom Metal atmosphere. This is perhaps the best song on the album with the song building up to a heavy and loud finish that leaves you under Greyfell's spell.

Fourth track - Spirit Of The Bear - is a slow-burning song with the intriguing bass line keep the mood sparse and fresh. The band takes their time on this song as they have a lot of ground to cover with the almost nine minute running time. Distorted psychedelic sounds are the focus yet again. As Greyfell perhaps play the heaviest sounds on the album with this song. The instrumental work is simply exquisite with the band sounding more and more like a gloomier early-era Queens Of The Stone Age. I mean that as a huge compliment. The organs offer a more post-doom/post-rock with the band creating a more highly atmospheric and apocalyptic mood compared to the other songs on the album. The vocals become more Sludge based as the harsh growls from Hugo have a slightly depressing feel to them.

The final track - King Of Xenophobia - carries on the depressing psychedelic doom based vibe. This is perhaps the angriest song on the album as the dark lyrical content gives Greyfell licence to fully unleash their anger with surprising results. Greyfell have delivered the goods with Horsepower. It maybe too complex and dark for the casual Doom/Stoner Metal listener. However for the more experienced Doom/Stoner Metal fan, Horsepower is an album that will offer a high amount of thrills and spills with a few hidden surprises along the way.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Barbara at NeeCee Agency and Magnus at Creative Eclipse PR for the promo. Horsepower will be available to buy on CD via Argonauta Records and Vinyl via Atypeek Records from Jan 12th 2018.