Monday, April 14, 2014
France isn't exactly the first place you'd think of when you think about metal, rock or sludge. However there are always a few that are willing to kick against the pricks. There's no way French sludge/stoner rock band named Drawers could comfortably fit into the mainstream in any county. The band released their second album which is self-titled earlier this year.
The band are heavily influenced by a few bands from the South part of the United States. It's difficult to not think of Phil Anselmo whenever the vocals kick in and the reference is more to the slower songs on Far Beyond Driven than any other Pantera. Thankfully the allusion doesn't mean that Drawers sound like a modern metal claiming to be hardcore outfit due to riffs kicking around in the world of sludge.
Drawers are at their best when they slow down in "Take Stock" as it isn't nearly as reminiscent of other bands. "Bleak" also takes the slow route and the band comes off better for it as the band are clearly aware that a 10 ton truck driving slowly garners more attention than the same vehicle at ramming speed. Overall though sadly Drawers aren't much of attention grabber so they get knocked down a peg or two and that is largely due to the plethora of Pantera wannabes in the hardcore and Metalcore arena in the last few years.
Check the album out on the bandcamp link below and feel free to leave your opinion in the comments.