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Bare Dreams – Au Revoir


Until five years ago I was not aware that Israel had much to offer musically aside from pop, but shortly after discovering Ferium, I was introduced to Shredhead, and from there on out my view shifted towards the Middle Eastern country. While not being in the same genre, I am delighted to review today’s band from the same country: Bare Dreams! The quartet plays pop punk and is about to release its debut EP Au Revoir this Friday, so let’s see what the guys have to offer!

I’m not going to lie: the quartet does not reinvent the wheel, in any shape or form, but does manage to deliver six fairly diverse songs that contain solid songwriting and heartfelt performances all throughout. Since I’m a strong advocate of the „if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it“ motto, I welcome this approach very much.

One stand-out feature to me are the vocals which, aside from being very easy on the ears with their fairly wide range, have a lovely accent. To me, certain types of accents add a lot of character and make the vocalist much more memorable, while others make me cringe very hard, but that is a different story for a different review.

My only minor critique concerns the tracklist: I feel like the first two tracks would have been better off in the middle of the record, since they are on the slower side of the band’s musical spectrum and don’t build enough momentum at the beginning of the EP. I believe that the track below would have been the perfect opener, but all in all it doesn’t deter from the listening enjoyment too much.

To sum things up, I was pleasantly surprised by Bare Dreams, and it’s proven to me that there is still a lot of about the Israeli music scene that I can discover in the future! If you feel like some new pop punk tunes, be sure to give Au Revoir a listen when it drops and until then visit the band on their Facebook page and give the song below a listen!

Ferium – Behind The Black Eyes


Ferium: the name alone has the word metal in it, subliminally at least, so it comes as no surprise that the quintet lays down some truly heavy tunes! But let’s rewind a couple of years here, to when I first discovered them and was surprised by their debut Reflections, an experience you can read up on…right here…I’ll wait. …ok, welcome back. Back to the present: the guys are back with their second full-length Behind The Black Eyes and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you guys!

Essentially, the Israelis have not changed their style a lot and remain true to their groove-infused modern death metal…but it’s hard to deny that they’ve fine-tuned it a lot and everything simply sounds even more massive! Each and every riff has the potential to knock your teeth out and the drums feel like incessant cannon-fire on your eardrums.

While I don’t feel like any individual member has vastly improved in comparison to the predecessor, simply because there was little to no room left to do so, the end result is of higher quality. What I especially appreciate about it, is the fact that the band stuck to recording, producing and releasing in-house, because it gives them complete artistic freedom with zero compromises, while at the same time having enough faith in their fans to support them.

When I first listened to BTBE, I was scared that the album would be too straight-forward and lack in diversity, because that’s often a danger that bands in this genre face, but I was pleasantly surprised to find two songs among the nine tracks that do things (a lot) differently. I would consider them atmos(h)pheric almost-ballads, that just serve the purpose of building up the final two songs of the record in all their grandeur…and it works, really well.

I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that the length of an album can sometimes have an impact on my liking of it, and I find that with Ferium‘s new release, the thirty-five minutes hit the exact spot for me, since it’s just long enough to leave me wanting more but not so short that I would feel cheated out of my money, had I not received a digital review copy.

All in all, I’m impressed by the evolution the band has undergone, and I really hope that even more people will recognize them for what they are: a very promising newcomer! So, do yourself a favor and check out Behind The Black Eyes when it’s out on April 21st! And in the meantime, head over to their Facebook page and check out the video below to whet your whistle!

Shredhead – Death Is Righteous


Let me ask you: what better way to start the new year than with some kickass thrash metal? Shredhead are just what you need to wake up from all the partying these past few days, since their record Death Is Righteous is every thrasher’s wet dream!

I don’t know about you, but I was always pretty ignorant about the fact that Israel had a solid metal scene and it wasn’t until I came across Ferium in mid-2013 that my opinion changed greatly! Today’s quartet is originally from the same country and helps underline its importance in heavy music, since their modern approach to thrash metal is a blast from start to finish and doesn’t have to hide behind the big bands’ releases at all.

The eleven songs are a pure riff fest from start to finish and shower the listener in equal amounts of groove and fast-paced shredding. The influences are very wide-spread and at times you even get brief stoner metal moments to complement the gallop riff galore. One big thumbs up from me goes to the bassist, and the producer, since his instrument is clearly audible and noticeable on DIR! The strings are accompanied by very versatile drums, that make every genre enthusiast feel right at home with their relentless tempo and diversified beats, making the instrumental front an indestructible thrash tank!

Throughout the forty-two minutes, the vocalist delivers an extremely strong performance with numerous different techniques. Showcasing impressively fast screams, deep growls, high-pitched screech-like vocals and last but not least, almost, clean vocals in a few instances. From a lyrical point of view, it’s quite honestly nothing really surprising: zombies, death, violence and social criticism…but I’m fine with that. They are well written and to be frank: I don’t listen to thrash metal to discover life-changing points of view.

All in all, I can only say that Shredhead is a band to watch in the near future, because their future should be a bright one…or at least they have an album in tow that has a lot of potential. I believe that you will be able to catch them on quite a few European stages this year, so don’t miss out but meanwhile, check out their Facebook page and their video below until Death Is Righteous is out on January 12th!

Ferium – Reflections


At the Scarred release party on June 1st there was one band that took the majority of the people I talked to by surprise, if you were there you know that I can only be talking about the Israelis Ferium, who were kind enough to provide many guests of the show with a free copy of their debut album Reflections.

The quintet plays, rather modern, death metal and takes no prisoners. While every song has a clearly distinguishable melody to it, all twelve songs are very much straight-forward thus leaving you no time to rest. While this is not relevant to the album itself I can say that the tracks work extremely well in a live setting; my neck and I can vouch for that.

On an instrumental level the band primarily moves between groovy, heavy and partially (caution made-up term) djenty guitars before bursting into full melodic explosions during their solos. The bass is, even for me, clearly audible throughout the fifty-three minutes but without being too much in the foreground. Production-wise all three instruments are very well orchestrated, especially if you consider that, as far as I know, the entire album is self-produced. The drums are on a pretty high technical level and during some songs even have a certain jazzy feel to them. By that I mean that there are quite a few off-beat rhythms and unexpected fills. The only, however small, criticism I have is that they are slightly under-produced in comparison to the stringed instruments…by far not bad, but not quite as strong as would have seemed ideal.

There is not a lot I can say about the vocals since they fit the ensemble perfectly and are executed flawlessly. They mainly stay in the guttural area but on a few occasions you can hear squeals and screeches. If I had to name a local counterpart, albeit defunct by now, I would say that Ex Inferis‘s Fab should give you an idea.

In conclusion I can only say that you should definitely give this band a go if you are into modern death metal or if you maybe want to discover something new. You can find more info about the band on their Facebook page and you can get an idea of what I just wrote about by giving the song below a listen.