PATRIARCH - THE RED CORD (Independent)
(Review by Stefan)
Belgian based Metal band PatriacH is celebrating their 30th.Anniversary with a new album later on this year. Before working with full force on a new full-length effort, they released a 5-track demo called “The Red Cord”. To me PatriarcH deserve much more attention than they have received so far. They never got the opportunity to sign a decent record deal and believe me on my word, they absolutely deserved it much more than many other bands. It’s not my attention to spit criticism against them but it just bothers me that less qualitative acts walking away with the price while top bands like PatriarcH be left behind into oblivion, incorrectly to me ! Also on stage, Patriarch always to please the crowd with songs manufactured from the right steel. There is a huge list of bands they’ve shared the stage with, both National and International acts like: Cyclone, Double Diamond, After All, Witchsmeller Pursuivant, Overkill, Sepultura, Shadowkeep, Annihilator among others.
Across the years of existence, they have created 3 full albums, 3 demo’s, one EP and a split with another thrashing highlight from Belgium named After All so “The Red Cord” can be considered as demo number 4. Better believe that, when you like purebred and undistorted Power Metal, this one will capture your heart and soul in no time. Since their former album “Mankind: The Virus”, the PatriarcH line-up has been changed. Their new demo “The Red Cord” features a new singer named Kevin Vangelooven and new guitar player called Stijn Claessen, hopefully worthy replacements for the guys those who broke up with PatriarcH as being Ortwin Lietaert and Ronny Clé who still can be heard on two songs of “The Red Cord”. A new line-up always calls for an adjustment in the core, a command for me to comprehend while checking out their newest piece.
First on and to compare the band’s previous frontman with the new one I can heartfelt tell you all that they definitely found someone with persuasion and passion for pure Power Metal music, I could feel that right on. Here and there I notice a few little flaws in the higher notes but shortly after, Kevin let this be quickly forgotten by exploiting his throat optimally with concentrates. Really good vocalist with a quite wide range, sometimes he reminds me of Channel Zero/Forced Entry/Taunted frontmen. Second newcomer’s turn, the guitarist Stijn Claessen. Well to be honest I really liked his former fellow riff brother R. Clé and it feels good he’s still present on both songs ‘Neverwhere’ and ‘The Sealed Tongues Of Wisdom’. With all respect for this gifted musician, his deputy also delivers the goods… new axeman Stijn knows how to handle his electric tool with determination. Without much fuss, he showcases to be a worthy member of the band from now on. Concerning the new Patriarch band occupation I really have a good feeling. If this would be the strongest line-up ever, the near future will have to prove about that.
Recorded at the All The Way Down Studio by the hands of guitarist Freddy Mylemans (who also mixed and mastered this product along with the new singer), I must say that the sound of “The Red Cord’ is unpolished, good old styled … I like that and above all, it fits with PatriarcH’s way of Metal. Opener ‘The Phenomenon Of Thought’ gives me goosebumps right on. Strong guitar riffs and devastating rhythms those who belong to the genre of Power/Thrash Metal, mostly American inspired. The new singer in full action and yeah, satisfaction is on me. Bass (by Tweeva) and drumlines (by Kris De Bie) provide the additional force of gravity in the group, this a great first song… a Belgian made composition with a dark US Power Metal character. It’s an honour for me to represent these Belgians like that. Next ‘The Sealed Tongues Of Wisdom’ let my esteem in the band increase, US influenced Power Metal with thrashing elements and good guitar sections all offered by a good old school sound… another good shot!
Than it’s time for the titletrack “The Red Cord’, a song that reflects all about the style of PatriarcH. Each member proves which they are capable of so I formally declare that everything clicks into each other as it should be. The guest guitar solo’s this has been delivered (as on ‘The Sealed Tongues Of Wisdom’ as well) by the shredding forces of Bert Caers (Black Market Weapon Deal). Damn, what a great axewielder ! ‘Into The…’ seems rather superfluous, it’s sort of a dark interlude with spoken words of Laurie Mylemans. It feels like a relief to me, a moment to reload batteries what is necessary for a final assault on the ears entitled ‘Neverwhere’. In full force, PatriarcH ends up their new demo as it began, mutual good teamwork resulting in very good, pure Metal compositions. Also not unimportant for myself, their style has nothing to do with the so called nowadays mainstream, trendy Metal scene… I’m truly happy with that !
“The Red Cord” supposed to be the forerunner of a new, full-length album that’ll be released later on 2013. Again, my deepest to PatriarcH for their three decades long supply of Metal music and don’t forget… they’re waiting for your dignity as well so spread their word as good as possible. If don’t, you’re not worth to call yourself a metalhead ! Check ‘em out at: www.patriarch.be / www.facebook.com/PatriarcHMetalband Demo trailer right HERE.
My Points: 85 / 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