Τετάρτη, 30 Δεκεμβρίου 2015
THE SOULBREAKER COMPANY- Itaka (2010)
Back in 2010 I started checking out as many new bands and releases as I could get my hands on, regardless of whether I knew anything about them or not. With the internet and all it was a direction I was doomed to head to, being the greedy bastard I am. The piles of shit I got to listen to are beyond imagination, you gotta believe me. And then out of the blue comes a band described by many as stoner (which I'm not really fond of) hailing from Spain (a country that contributed decent 80's metal and AOR/hard rock stuff but nothing really fancy over the last years). Despite all this ''Itaka'' is one of the top 10 releases of 2010 and probably one of the 2-3 2010 releases that really stood the test of time and count as really great. I still haven't figured out what the guys are playing here... It's progressive, it's trippy, it's psychedelic, it has a strong retro vibe, all at the same time. The songwriting is complex and there are some crazy sax parts here and there, piano, keys of all kinds, fuzzy guitars, but the most surprising element are the outstanding and innovative vocal lines. The guys certainly think outside the box! The singer has this Ozzy-like tone (ok, that it's probably not a good thing) but the vocal lines are so kick-ass that you'll love the guy! As you go from one song to the next you'll be excited with the quality of the record, no fillers, only killers! And the damn choruses, they drive a nail through your brain with those amazing melodies!