Saturday 10 April 2021

BUZZARD - Eye Of The Sun (EP Review)

Release date: April 02nd 2021. Label: Tape Dad. Format: CD/DD/Cassette

Eye Of The Sun – Tracklisting

1.Eye of the sun 04:59
2.Higher 07:19
3.Mantis 06:17
4.Sonne 02:55


Suyanne Gabrielle (drums/vocals)
André Leoni (bass/vocals)


Eye Of The Sun is the debut release from Ambient and Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal Duo – Buzzard who arrive from the Brazilian underground scene. The band only formed in August 2020 but they show plenty of early promise with their debut EP. The record is inspired by bands such as Mars Red Sky and SLEEP but with a more “ritual” style of Doom/Stoner Metal. There are elements of Spaced Out Rock and slabs of Progressive Rock/Metal to elevate their music to a heavier level.

Opening song – Eye Of The Sun – shows off Buzzard’s powerful Bass/Drum combo with heavy levels of distorted groove and slow paced violent energy. The FUZZ volume levels is LOUD to say the least with the band showing their impressive musical skills from start to finish. This is purely an instrumental song but if you dig SLEEP style heaviness then Buzzard will have you on board with this cool song. Shades of Sabbath reign supreme towards the end of the song for an exciting finish.

Second song – Higher – sees vocals from both Suyanne and André being added amongst the down-tempo bass-heavy grooves and pounding drums leading the way. The song is cautiously slow yet again but allows the listener to draw everything in. There is a slight “Blues” based twinge on the early stages of the song before Buzzard move onto a distorted style of Grunge, Doom, Stoner and Prog Rock with a Punk Rock aesthetic.

Third song – Mantis – carries on the slow style of music with Suyanne taking centre stage for the first part of the song with an excellent vocal performance. André drifts in and out with a drone based chant and the song does take time to fully get going. I wanted the music to appear sooner but it gives both Suyanne and André to impress with their vocals. Once the heavy riffs do appear the song becomes the most heaviest and exciting in the whole record.

The final song - Sonne - is the shortest on the EP that offers more of the "Blues" based Doom/Stoner Rock and it's a soothing experience. It's a shame there are no heavy riffs on this track. It would of ended this EP on high and instead of a whimper. However, that's my only complaint for this excellent debut release.

Overall, Eye Of The Sun is an action-packed ride which allows Buzzard the opportunity to show folks what they can do. If you're in the mood for a more "Ritualistic" style of Doom/Stoner Metal then get on board with BUZZARD. As this great duo aim high with this release and leave you wanting to hear more.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Matheus Jacques for the promo. Eye Of The Sun is available to buy now on DD.


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