Παρασκευή, 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

STORMLURKER – A Dark Formation review



 STORMLURKER – A Dark Formation
Independent
It is proven by life that creative people can’t be restricted in only one specific thing; instead they search to channel their creativity in many different ways. I think that my friend Deryck whom for the first time I met with NORSELAW is such a person. Actually he is a talented and well skilled guitarist, but also a composer that dares to improvise with the traditional forms of heavy metal without getting out of the fields of this sound whose also is a big fan of. Now, having next to him Stan Martell on the bass and Austin Lane on drums he formed the band STORMLURKER and “Dark Formation” is their debut release and an introduction to their music.
THE COVER: When you have the title “A Dark Formation”, then you need a cover that can visualize these words and I think that Joel Sanchez Rosales the guy who made the painting for STORMLURKER did a very good job. Actually he uses dark colors and creates a dark and menacing atmosphere. On the painting you can see a place that looks like a swamp and in front of it lies a gutted human figure that is alive. Yep it looks like a zombie. Also you can see some other zombies on the background and an evil looking crocodile. Also in the front of our zombie you can see a lot of human skulls. Finally on the top of the cover you can see a gothic looking castle and a full moon on the rise. It is really a beautiful cover with lot of details and could easily be a cover for a horror movie book or even a poster for a horror film.    
MUSICAL STYLE: I think that you all know NORSELAW, at least the ones that read our webzine constantly. It is a band that in my opinion continues the legacy of the U.S. epic metal with some innovations that make their whole sound unique and recognizable. STORMLURKER now move on a different musical path than NORSELAW and yet they are still in the traditional metal sound. Actually, the sound of this band can be described as a combination between the grooves of good old BLACK SABBATH and the riffs of the bay area thrash metal scene. All these are underlined with great shredding and technical lead parts that don’t tire at all, but they spice up the whole album. This time also Deryck (vocals/guitars) uses harsh vocals that actually fit perfectly to the aggressive sound of the band. Based on my experience I would describe their sound as technical thrash metal with strong heavy metal influences. Also one other thing that impressed me is that Deryck’s guitar playing is easily recognizable no matter what the kind of metal he plays is and this is something we find very rarely in our days.         
CONCLUSION: “A Dark Formation” is not an album that you can easily digest and forget about. It is a demanding release that the more time you give to it the more it will pay you back. Personally speaking I think it is an excellent sample of modern technical thrash metal with roots deep in the 80’s sound. It is an album that I can recommend without hesitation to fans of bands like CORONER and DEATH.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis