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DRAWERS DRAWERS ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

DRAWERS - DRAWERS

KAOTOXIN RECORDS

FEBRUARY 11 2014

 

 

After a debut EP, "This Is Oil", an impressive first full-length, "All Is One" followed in 2011, that in turn was followed by a split EP in 2012 “Moodisoder”. Now France’s Drawers is back with a reinvented sound that takes them away somewhat from their Stoner/Doom roote and sees them adopting a more stripped back sound – it’s still heavy as hell, still has a Doom-like groove and still retains the catchiness they were known for, but it just doesn’t sound the same.

 

Now you can call any band that reinvents themselves brave or genre-chasing depending on your point of view and how much you liked their original sound, but to be honest I don’t like the vibe here as much as on “All Is One” – Stoner/Doom may be a congested genre at the moment but Drawers did it well and there were some epic tracks on there. Here the epics are cut for the sake of brevity and at times there’s a real hardcore vibe. I can see this radical reinvention losing as many old fans as it gains new, but I’m sure even the ‘faithful’ will find it a little jarring. Now maybe if we were in France and we got to see the guys live regularly things would be different? It’s hard to say.

 

‘Drawers’ though is an album that slaps you immediately around the face and makes you take notice opener ‘Once and For All’ is loud, hardcore and to the point, but tracks like “Mourning’ and ‘Bleak’ are a taste of the Drawers of old. ‘Shadow Dancers’ if anything on here shows the real potential of what the band now seems to be striving for, and its tracks like that and ‘Words’ that may just  lead the way to a very fine future for these Frenchmen.  

 

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by Leslii Phillips

 

DRAWERS DRAWERS ALBUM REVIEW 2014