Hailing from Hamburg (Germany) – the melodic-metal quintet Blackdraft, consisting of Julia (Vocals), Karsten (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Tomek (Bass), Köbel (Drums) and Fabian (Rhythm Guitar), release the LP The Quest on the 14th of December.
Blackdraft – photo by Trashpilotin
The first track to surface from the album – Chapter 10: Fight (which was released as a stand alone single on the 2nd) – showcases their measured blend of melodic passages and furious fire, which enables Blackdraft to create music of dramatic shades and hues.
This month has been slimmer on reviews than normal, for which I apologise, I have been distracted by other aspects which have taken out much of my time – however despite that there has still been plenty from which to select the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month for October which is…
The Stuttgart (Germany) electro-rock trio of Petr Novak (Vocals / Guitar), Jan Georg Plavec (Synth) and Christian Seyffert (Drums), known as Hawelka, release the LP Liebe Oder Hass on the 19th.
Introduced on the video only site back in 2016, Liebe Oder Hass (available on bandcamp) has a more pressing and compressed delivery, with the keys giving the songs a muddy resonance as they blur the sides of guitar while percussion pulses the eardrums as the expressive vocal gives the material a gritty texturing.
Der Taucher is the second of the nine tracks on the album.
Almost exactly a year since their last release, which was also a AA single, on the 21st the Germany based ethereal-wave duo 2 by bukowski release Follow You Home / Fiend For Sleep.
2 by bukowski with Kid Moxie
In a further common thread with last years release one of the tracks is in collaboration with the USA based Kid Moxie.
There the similarity ends as the reveal this year is of dreamy texture as identified in the first of the two songs to surface – Follow You Home, which is available on bandcamp, which filters through the speakers in a flow of drifting frequencies and resplendent vocal.
Kraków Loves Adana were introduced last year with the track American Boy from the album, which is available on bandcamp.
Songs After The Blue is a mesmerising approaching half an hour, eight track release and is well worth adding to the collection – my pick of the release is the fragile and aptly named closer – Naked World – with its ghostly piano led melancholia that seeps in to the marrow-bone.