Draining power from the land : and so our troubles began

I know I’ve been writing a lot of enthusiastic reviews lately, but it’s not my fault if 2011 has brought a good bunch of awesome releases in my hands. Even if not all of them are from thi year, I’ve seen a major rising of the number of good releases, especially in genres like powerviolence, slowcore (meant as a slowed down, sludg-ed version of the hardcore, not the indie subgenre, obviously) and straight forward fast hardcore. I have to thank Attila of Insomnia Isterica for this one, since I didn’t know Drainland before his advice. Even if I really love Ireland in all its aspects, from nature to beer, going, obviously through its amazing folk music (The Dubliners?), and sludgecore and slowcore are two of mi favorite dishes, I didn’t connected those two things.

Drainland hails from Dublin and plays an amazing kind of sludge, heavily influenced by the classic Rorschach, with a twist. I can imagine a sludge band coming from USA, because the music perfectly fits the mix of desert and swamps that can be found through the States, but the Emerland Island sounds like a paradise to me, so Drainland’s music can sound a lot weird if you relate it with their home country. Well, since I’ve read Machen I know that not everything that shines is pure or unpolluted. Machen told tales of demons, monsters and weird creatures which break loose through the fields of clovers. Drainland sounds like that, like a storm of evil fiends swarming in an uncontaminated prairie. You can see them coming, but they take your breath away. Six songs in about 23 minutes, the perfect amount of aural sickness a genre like this needs. And So Our Troubles Began is not too short nor too long, with a very good balance between fast and groovy parts and guitar drenched slow sections. Riffing is very good, reverbating in a sonic environment made of blank emotions and general distress. Vocals are almost always stuck to a grim and acid screaming, going right from the bottom og the throat, recreating the perfect image of a roar coming from the deep anxiety driven by a general feeling of unfitting and alienation. The alienating factor is VERY strong in songs like The Scouring Process, made with feedbacks, reverbs and desperate shrieks. Speaking of great moments during the songs, I think the breaking riff in the first track, Limb Template, the haunting arpeggio which opens Jellyfish, the pounding guitars in Somnial Hex and the blinding darkness of Weakness can perfectly describe the feeling that goes through this album. Drainland can sound a little bit too hardcore for classic sludgecore fans and a little bit too sludge for hardcore ones, but I think you can perfectly mix your love for Eyehategod and for Rorschach without complains.The vinyl sound has just the right sound pressure to assure you a perfectly fitting acustic environment for your paranoias and modern-man-fears.

What can I say more? Drainland managed to create a little gem of slowcore, carving their name in the stone. I was lucky enough to give their new stuff a spin and, believe me, they are screaming that Drainland is here to stay.On a sidenote, Ireally LOVE the visual aspect of Drainland, made by a bunch of great pictures that perfectly fit the band’s music.

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~ by petetheripper on May 16, 2011.

2 Responses to “Draining power from the land : and so our troubles began”

  1. what can I add? I just love it!!! glad you received it quite quickly.

    cheers!

  2. Il video l’avevo scovato pure io, intenso. C’è anche quello live in un tipico locale irlandese e infatti è alquanto insolito sentire musica del genere in certi ambienti, figo! Saludos!!

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