Country: Russia
Title: Unbalanced
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2018
Style: Industrial Thrash Death Metal

Druknroll is one of the hardest working Russian bands I know, them and Grenouer, but contrary to Grenouer's trajectory from Thrash Death Metal to a way softer kind of Rock / Metal, Druknroll have seriously impressed me with their switch to heavier and heavier music along the years to a point where now on this fifth album of theirs the band plays a mix of Industrial Metal (obviously) with Progressive Thrash and Death Metal and even Symphonic influences here and there. The 10 tracks clocking almost 50 minutes of playing time offer plenty to discover and enjoy, the compositions are so complex and diverse one from another that it's no wonder the band worked for 2 years for this new material. The part where the band fails is the production of this album, it gives me the constant feeling I'm listening to two or more different recordings at the same time; probably the band wanted to give a certain SF atmosphere to the whole, and that is understandable as the music certainly leads to such a medium, a journey through space and cosmos, but to be honest I don't like the final mix. The compositions on the other hand are top notch Prog Thrash Death a la '90's mixed with classy Industrial Metal, very well structured and expressive; there are plenty of interesting and surprising moments throughout the album so I suggest if you give it a chance to spin it at least once in full otherwise you'll miss out on a few hooks hidden here and there that might make the difference between a material you like or one you dislike. Also this fact that Druknroll's music become heavier and heavier over time is quite impressive, there are very few bands that actually do or ever did this, so here's another reason to support them.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10