DRAWERS - DRAWERS (Kaotoxin Records)
Toulouse, a city in the South of France, located in the midi-Pyrénées, and close to the border of Spain. A place where the sun is shining almost all year and where metal is vivid and ready to unleash. The Toulouse scene encountered also a lot of setbacks as many bands decided to split up (e.g. Crysis, Soul Erosion, Zubrowska, ArcLite), but luckily, there are perseverant bands that keep the flame alive: Inepsys, E-Force, Simeria, Warmind and from now on Drawers! This French band is new to me, although they recorded already a debut album ‘All Is One’ (2011) for Slow Burn Records. They changed the label, the line up remained the same and the goal was set: strip down their material while keeping everything that made them such a praised outfit in their scene: heaviness, catchiness, and a killer sense of grooves. Kaotoxin Records signed the band, and the promo campaign was massive. The band is filed under Rock to Stoner/Metal to Doom, but that’s a very vague description, isn’t it?
This second output starts very massive and when the vocals of Nicolas Bastide drop in, the riffing makes a twist to continue in a total different way. The strings of Laurent Bringer and Alexandre Berenguer have a little Gojira style while the arrangement evokes also Meshuggah influences. I agree that Stoner and Doom isn’t that far away, but this is heavier, much more pounding and contains many slabs in the face. This track is called ‘Once And For All’, and I guess that this message defines best what Drawers want to declare by pushing it down your throat. ‘Mourning’ has a totally different story but instead of a slow and sorrowful song with sad times of human loss, we get a vice versa approximation of furious and wayward drift.
This album contains 8 songs and every member in this band knows its limitations. They don’t want to create or release a technical perfect album, on the contrary, they want to add a thrashy and sleazy attitude to the songs and they want to have fun and play live prior to international success. Drawers is a band that might become magical on stage, and in between two gigs, you can enjoy your free time with this album. This is how dirty rock’n roll became stoner with an aggressive twist! Awesome!! Fans of bands like Torche, Indian, Conan and Baroness can add Drawers to their list of favorite albums. Brutality taking over sophisticated and refined elements, honesty rules and playing live is the ultimate goal of Drawers! Check ‘em out via Bandcamp.
My rating: 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, substandard50- : Rubbish