STATEMENT - MONSTERS (Mighty Music Records)


                                    (Review by Sloof)

What would happen if you could bring back the magical years, the early years of nowadays Heavy Metal Monsters.  Bands like Black Sabbath, early Metallica, Scorpions, UFO and lesser giants like Blackfoot, Y&T and Anvil.  Mix all elements and create something new, something with a nowadays approach and sound but with the original ideas and passion of decades ago. That would be awesome, and in some way, this new band Statement is getting close to this really extraordinary task.

The story of the band started in 2011 when a few members met up and started to talk about new ideas. Having a lot of extensive experience resulted in a very constructive conversation with a lot of positive input from both sides. The goal was simple and specific: the new band should become a classical Hard Rock band with clean vocals, lots of Heavy guitars, riffs and solos and the ultimate result became this band: Statement. All five members were inspired by the mentioned classical acts, so the result is breath taking from start to finish. The vocals of Jannick Brochdorf are clean, but with the necessary dose of heaviness, the guitars are present in every song and some solos can be described as future classics! 

If you listen to the rather modest and calm track ‘Crawling’, you will agree that the guitars are really important for this band.  Solos with no limitations and restrictions but with only one mission: shooting arrows to your heart to hit you in your most sensitive spot. A track like ‘Say Hello’ has a very contagious chorus and although many tracks aren’t really heavy, they all have balls and the final result will be satisfactory to everyone. ‘To Be A Man’ is another track that I want to mention as this delicate and impressible arrangement is a track to needs a few listens before you will agree that the lyrics and music melt together in a very beautiful moment. 

Statement is a band that succeeded in releasing a debut album of very high quality and that’s partly because the guitars and vocals lift the tracks to a rare level, and only classic bands where able to lift their music to these heights, that we call now, the magical years…

My rating: 90 / 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