PLÖW - NO HIGHNESS BELOW THE CROWN (Mighty Music/Target Distribution)
(Review by Stefan)
Plöw is a four piece Danish formation, formed back in 2009. Abiding in the underground circuit, these youngsters released their first self-titled, six song loaded EP back in 2010. Things went very good so the band’s future looked optimistic… second release came on with the EP called “Bicentennial Picnic” during the last days of December 2011. Press and media praised Plöw with good reviews. Four songs on the tracklist including the powerful ‘High Tide’, discover the band’s groovy, powerchord Sludge/Stoner Metal character via Youtube. In their young existence, Plöw knew how to score twice and were also able to set the stage on fire during many gigs they’ve played back then.
Sludge, doomy types of Stoner Metal are on the rise since a couple of years which makes the common competitiveness even harder. As happened in other music genres as well, only the goods have the opportunity to break through Internationally. I’m not an expert in this type of music but be sure, I know when I’m dealing with a good, potential act like for example Plöw. Now they’ve signed with Danish label Mighty Music, a great company in co-operation with Target Distribition… better watch for the bands on their roster at: http://www.mightymusic.dk/ . They will release Plöw’s new, full length entitled “No Highness Below The Crown” on August 12th. 2013 in Europe. Available as CD, vinyl and digital download.
Listening to the entire concept album, Plöw takes me on a journey through various aspects in life we all have to deal with sooner or later. Protagonist in charge is The Plöwman, some kind of a fictitious character who appears in most of the songs. An imaginary figure forced to find his own way through the dark parts of life as well he’s the one that has to deal with other aspects such as freedom and heroism, love and hate, Life and death !
Each song, different character and strong fact I’ve experienced myself while listening is that I believe every move the players make. They play with devotion, these guys are totally one with their music – that is what playing with passion are all about to me. Due to this Doom/Sludge/Stoner type of music can’t be considered as ‘my complete alley’, Plöw deliver the very best and know how to please me on a regular basis. During the first half, the band offer songs in a quite positive mode featuring angry vocals while the other half announces a more somber list of Doom, Sludge compositions dirty and mean at all levels! Along with this new album “No Highness Below The Crown”, Plöw proves to have a very strong connection with all that has to do with top notch heavy and groovy, sometimes psychedelic type of Doom, Sludge Stoner Metal.
For this genre, Plöw has the right singer on board, acting lustily and definitely not pretending. He’s a real good frontman bringing out true feelings while singing… great job anyway! Plöw has a dirty sound, no doubt about but still… both guitar players are able to bring some melodic parts to the surface as well. Bass and drumlines are so damn heavy they’re able to provide your surrounding area with a landslide, you’re warned!
“No Highness Below The Crown” has made for those longing for ultra heavy, dirty, psychedelic esque and groovy sounding Sludge/Stoner Metal played with a lot of dedication. Not my every day style of music but Plöw managed to convince me to keep listening to the entire album, which is actually a pretty unusual matter of fact. Sometimes this album sounds so strange to me, cold shivers came about. I want you to step right into the idiosyncratic world of these Danish lads… at least if you dare. Order at: http://www.mightymusic.dk/ Check ‘em out via: www.facebook.com/plowmetal
My Points: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish