Friday, 14 September 2012

Fehler - 'Dissona' (Album Review)


 Written by: John Slaymaker

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 16/04/2012
Label: Hammerheart Records



This is a first class stoner metal album with the emphasis on metal, this band has arrived and they make this sound their own.  This is a fantastic metal album, and I think the metal loving masses should check this out.  Their next release has even more potential to be even more awesome.


‘Dissona’ CD//DD//LP track Listing

1) First Rites (4:19)
2) Revelations (5:13)
3) Vanity (3:57)
4) Plagues and Strangers (4:19)
5) Affluenza (7:06)
6) Knife Chase (3:33)
7) Dreams of Lead (2:23)
8) Kingdoms (3:06)
9) Miserablist (5:42)
  
Fehler is:

Twan | Guitars
Demian | Guitars
Freek | Bass, vocals
Ruud | Drums

The Review:

Fehler are a four piece stoner/sludge/doom metal band from the Netherlands. They play a great blend of sludgey doom with a stoner twist.  Fehler means mistake, flaw or blunder in German and with this record, ‘Dissona’, Fehler are neither mistaken or flawed and have definitely not made any blunders here.  ‘Dissona’ is released on Hammerheart records. This is their first release on the label, but the band’s debut EP ‘Adharma’ came out on Black Death Records in 2009.

‘First Rites’ is a sweet introduction to the album, instrumental with clean guitars riffing tightly and melodically together, while the bass and drums dig defensive positions for later on. Then we all sit back for the last minute as a viola or cello, I’m not sure and I think I might be a philistine, but it’s bowed and it takes us to the next stage in a kind of melodic cadence.  Revelations’ kicks off with a proper riff twisting and turning, then some nice high chords bring in the verse, Freek’s vocal, dark and growling provide a good contrast with the guitars then some sweet thrash drumming.

These Dutch boys know how to arrange a great song, but I personally cannot see the comparisons with Crowbar they keep getting! There is an influence there but that's all. This is a first class stoner metal album with the emphasis on metal, this band has arrived and they make this sound their own.  Nine songs in total and the third track, ‘Vanity’ contains my favourite riff on this record. Then we have ‘Plagues and Strangers’ and ‘Affluenza’ both choc full of riffs and unsettling themes.

With ‘Knife Chase’ take my advice and don’t play this song at any anger management course, I love the way this song winds down, a bit like a slow motion explosion on a fairground carousel. The discord of the arrangements in ‘Dreams of Lead’ show for great metal song writing, even on this, the shortest song.  Kingdoms’ the slowest and most reflective song, has great structures and vocals, and on ‘Miserablist’ this very angry title says it all.  This is a fantastic metal album, and I think the metal loving masses should check this out.  Their next release has even more potential to be even more awesome.

You can buy the record here



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