BAND BOOZE CONTROL
ALBUM FORGOTTEN LANDS
LABEL GATES OF HELL RECORDS
OUR RATING 80/100
Booze Control, nwothm band from Germany well-known on our pages, are ready for new album FORGOTTEN LANDS, the first out via GATES OF HELL RECORDS.
Surely we can say this new platter is a leap forward when compared with previous great three album; they were able to evolve their classic metal style with tracks that adopt a more serious tone than previous efforts.
Recorded in October 2017 at Overlodge Recording Studio in Harz Mountains, Germany, "Forgotten Lands" shows more serious lyrical content into songs that are filled with spiraling melodies, driving rhythms and smart vocals.
Formed in 2009 in Braunschweig, Germany, Booze Control came together at the spur of the moment when guitarist/vocalist David Kuri, bassist Steffen Kurth and drummer Lauritz "Lord" Jilge, were asked to assemble a band for a local event. The trio quickly gathered in a local rehearsal room to write songs in preparation for the show, thinking all along the band would be short-lived. But, to their surprise, more gigs followed, as did second guitarist Jendrik Seiler.
Booze Control started to enjoy their new compositions, which, in comparison to the more technical nature of their previous outfits, was welcome. Soon, their debut EP, Wanted, was released in 2009, followed up by 2011's Don't Touch While Running. However, leading up to the creation of their 2013 album Heavy Metal, Kuri and Jilge had a revelation while watching Iron Maiden's Beast Over Hammersmith live video. The conviction in which Bruce Dickinson sings, the energy of the band and the charisma they displayed while on stage needed to be followed in Booze Control. Prior, Booze Control was riding the somewhat clichéd boozed-out rock band angle a bit too hard with their first releases. While the songs were there, the delivery wasn't, so the band made a concerted effort to improve their songwriting and stage presentation for Heavy Metal.
They succeeded in doing so, setting them on a path for the ensuing 2016 "The Lizard Rider" album.
In this album we can find all trademarks of classic metal such as twin guitar harmonies, complex structures, great changes of time, long runaways and more thoughtful parts.
In songs as SPELLBOUND to be noted a fancy epic flavour, while in OF THE DEEP we can feel a darker aura.
To remind the last CYDONIAN SANDS, where a tasty arpeggio starts the show alternating with fast restarts.
TRACKLIST 1. Forgotten Lands 2. Attack Of The Axemen 3. The Nameless 4. Of The Deep 5. Spellbound 6. Slaying Mantis 7. Playing With Fire 8. Thanatos 9. Doom Of Sargoth 10. Cydonian Sands #pressagent Clawhammer Pr