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Brume – Donkey

by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 28 July 2015, 11:48 PM

Well, well… It really seems that Doom Metal and Stoner Metal/Rock became a tendency by now. Once more, I explain my words using the great number of new bands on both styles. Every week, a new band in one of these styles appears, and this can cause a problem, due the lack of creative power of many of them. It’s not a big deal: some are really excellent and become the spearheads of the whole thing, and others just follow their paths. Some are talented, and can really become great in the future. And in this last case, amongst the bands that really presents nothing new at all is the North American trio BRUME, who releases their first album, “Donkey”.

Their music is focused is something extremely slow, atmospheric and with ample use of instrumental tunes that reminds a lot those ones we know from the 70s. The great difference on the work is the use of a melodic female voice, castrating with the bitter instrumental. But their work still needs some improvements, because such long songs demand some changes in the rhythmic. Sometimes, it is extremely boring to hear the album. No, they have talent, but the band needs to mature a bit more.

The sound quality is raw, as raw as a Stoner/Doom Metal band must sound sometimes, but not without the needed clearness. Of course you can understand their work and what they are playing, but the whole atmosphere is raw as a 70 record. Some of their songs are fine, as the long and heavy “Shadows” (with good riffs, but the lack of more tempo changes is felt here), and abrasive “Help Me” (here, finally, some changes appear on rhythmic session, giving us a better sight of what they really can do ,with good drumming), along with their version for “Even If Love” a BONNIE PRINCE BILLY cover, which gained a lot of strength and weight.

They have potential, it’s clear, but needs some improvements.

3 Star Rating

1. Shadows
2. Win
3. Help Me
4. Even If Love (Bonnie Prince Billy Cover)
5. Mother Earth
Susie McMullan – Vocals & Bass
Jamie McCathie – Guitars
Jordan Perkins-Lewis – Drums
Record Label: When Planets Collide


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