Stortregn

20452013_1380947601959154_4948229179608188591_oGenre: Melodic blackened death metal
Origin: Geneva, Switzerland
Active since: 2005
Connections: Brokenhead, Hypocras, Versus
Current members:
Romain – Vocals
Johan – Guitar, backing vocals
Duran – Guitar
Sam – Drums
Manuel – Bass, backing vocals
Links:
Stortregn Facebook
Stortregn BandCamp
Stortregn official Website

This is getting complicated… It’s absolutely awesome when genres are mixed and a band is able to use all of the advantages offered by a certain type of metal, spice it up with features offered by an additional type and finally polish it with another, different style of music. Brilliant. Extremely difficult for a bloggers to describe though… Say hi to Stortregn – a band from Geneva that mixes black metal with death metal, decorates it with melody and some progressive elements.

Despite the generally brutal musical direction that this band took, their name is pretty romantic if you ask me. “Stortregn”, or actually “störtregn”, means downpour in Swedish and it’s definitely not the only Scandinavian influence that this formation is carrying. But let’s start from the beginning. In 2005 Divine Smile was born, the band that was the foundation of Addict Repulsion, which in 2006 was renamed to Stortregn and stayed like to date. As usually, the line up has changed several times within these few years, but Romain and Johan remained as the founders and the only original members of the band.

During the 13 years of existence Stortregn released one demo in 2007, an EP in 2008 and four full length albums, including their newest baby “Emptiness Fills the Void” from this year. Already their EP got a lot of positive reviews but all of the other releases that followed, were gaining even more recognition not only locally but practically worldwide.

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They used to put pig’s blood on their faces before each gig, they stopped for the mysterious reason…

“Emptiness Fills the Void” got so many good reviews all over the Internet, that there is not much left for me to say… What I found particularly interesting, is that Stortregn managed to trick pretty much all of the reviewers with this album. Some of them hear a strong influence of traditional heavy metal, some hear clear romance with progressive metal, most of them recognise Nordic black metal echoes, others sense Scandinavian melodeath and few managed to spot tech elements. Despite the huge differences in the genre detection (because it’s complicated not only for me apparently), all of the reviews were positive and very enthusiastic. Stortregn, you are doing your metal alchemy right.

I can only join this community of “Stortregn positive reviews writers”, and I will do it with pleasure. Fantastic solos, enchanted melodies, fast tempo and versatile vocals are the highlights of this album. Different landscapes unfold in the 50 minutes journey of “Emptiness Fills the Void” and since the music itself extracts a lot of elements from various genres, these landscapes are vivid and full of details. All of this is build on the solid foundation of aggressive tempo and intense riffs. Diverse vocals settling the mood and splendid solos are also definitely a huge advantage of this album. Here you have the closing track, where the lyrical subject finally passes through the dark gates that are mentioned in this album quite often…

If you are a fan of Marduk, Thulcandra, Dissection, Dawn or Sacramentum, you should enjoy Stortregn, since the influence of these bands is clear in their compositions. But as I already wrote, you can find Stortregn music surprising and chances of  detecting some interesting yet different and unexpected elements in their compositions are quite high… If you want to see them live, keep an eye on them because they may roam around. Unless you don’t mind travelling. Then check their tour dates with Marduk. Yes, this Marduk – Stortregn is on fire!

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Science of Disorder

science of disorderGenre: Oldern Bastard Metal (Groove metal, Death metal)
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
Active since: 1989 as Soulless, 2011 as Science of Disorder
Connections: Sybreed, Promethee, Trailer Park Massacre, Your Own Decay, Blastage, Furia, Ever Since, MXD
Current members:
Jerome – Vocals
Lord Pelthor – Guitar
Baptiste – Drums
Stephane – Guitar and vocals
Links:
Science of Disorder Facebook
Science of Disorder BandCamp

I must admit, that I had an idea of writing about Science of Disorder in the back of my head since a few months already. I saw them live more than half a year ago on their release party of “Private Hell” album and I was stunned. I remember asking myself back then “why aren’t they more popular!?”. Today they are conquering the music charts outside of Switzerland and I am sure they are not going to slow down any time soon. I am pleased to introduce Science of Disorder – a band from Lausanne that describes itself as an Oldern Bastard Metal band…

The history of this band is rather long… Science of Disorder is built on the foundation of another band, named Soulless. The story starts in 1989, which for most of the young people today seems to be almost as far back in time as prehistory. Back then, in the shadow of these ancient times, Soulless, a band, which was flirting with thrash, death and gothic metal,  was born. After releasing two demos and two full albums, Soulless was put on hold in 2002 and reactivated and renamed into Science of Disorder after several years in 2007. The new reveal of this formation was directed much more towards death and groove metal than its predecessor.

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Fingers of Disorder

The band under the name Science of Disorder released two full length albums, “Heart, Blood and Tears…” from 2011 and the aforementioned “Private Hell” from this year. The latter one gathered really good reviews across Europe and was listed on the international charts taking really high scores! Well deserved gents, well deserved.

I personally think that “Private Hell” is the best album of Science of Disorder so far. It’s a nice blend of death and groove metal that flirts sometimes with slower and heavier genres, even touching sometimes the surface of sludge. The album sounds aggressive but this fury is delivered mostly though hoarse, growly vocals and steady persistent bass lines rather than the fast tempo. Actually, the pace of the songs is just perfect to enjoy all of the elements – impressive vocal range of the singer, catchy riffs, captivating melodies and the gloomy atmosphere. “Private Hell” is focused mostly on the mental illnesses, talking about depression (Carrions) and struggle over the control of life (Choke). At least this is my interpretation of the lyrics, which make the whole album even more somber and intense for me. In this song, Science of Disorder takes you to the mental asylum and shows the fear, confusion and anger of the patient:

So far Science of Disorder shared the stage with bands like Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Sadus, Samael, Megadeth or Entombed. They are really on fire now, so I am sure this list will grow quickly… The band is busy now with touring and promoting their work outside Switzerland, but keep an eye on them. When they are back they may give a gig for the local audience and delight it once again.