Scream of the Butterfly – Ignition

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Burning Wax Productions
Distributor/label URL: http://www.burningwaxproductions.com
Released: 2017
Buy Album [URL]: https://screamofthebutterflyband.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/screamofthebutterflyband/


Band line-up:

Glauco – drums
Sergej – bass
Rich – vocals, keys
Mazz – guitar

Tracklisting:

1. Solid Ground Shaking
2. Turning Me loose
3. Missed The Brake
4. Living Doll
5. City Of Splendours
6. Liquor Store
7. Evill Feelings
8. I Can’t Go Back

Review

Scream Of The Butterfly were formed in 2016 by vocalist and keyboardist, Richard, guitarist Matt and drummer, Glauco. After a little songwriting, the band became fully formed with the new bassist, Sergej. Soon after completion, they played gigs in the Berlin area and opened for the Buzzcocks. In the springtime of this year, SotB recorded their debut album, again in Berlin. (At Big Snuff Studio, to be precise). With the help of Kadavar’s soundman, Richard Behrens, the band used retro tape machines in combination with digital editing. Their work ‘Ignition’ has recently been released.

Even though more up-to-date recording methods were at least partially used, the music here is very much in the past. Hard, bluesy based riffs in the style of UFO and their contemporaries are all over the place; the distortion is mostly in classic heavy overdriven style (far from the super-distortion of today); and lead and dual lead parts in the style of Thin Lizzy are frequent. Having said that, there are some more Black Sabbath-style sludgy sounds in songs such as ‘Living Doll’. If you ever wondered what classic Sabbath would sound like with keyboards, you have no reason to be curious anymore. However, it would be a much more consistent and interesting album if the heavy metal BS ideas were more mixed with the classic rock, and not limited to tracks that almost stand out like sore thumbs.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a band that grooved like in the 70s and was somehow different and more refreshing for the newer, and indeed older demographic? Maybe SotB could incorporate modern blast beat drumming and tremolo picking into their pieces? Nope. Maybe they could go all djent and off beat? Again, no. Tunings are standard, melodies are standard, and drum beats are mainly unadventurous. BUT, don’t be put off. These people are great at doing what they do. They write catchy and well crafted tunes and they know how to solo with taste. That’s more than many of today’s shredders and ‘songwriters’ can say. Furthermore, these guys aren’t your three chord uncreative types; non-diatonic harmony is relatively common and the keys add a touch of sophistication.

Whilst there doesn’t seem to be any standout classics on this album, there are at least no weak songs, and the singer sings with a voice that is full of life and fun. Put this music on when you’re driving along a vast road, and it will improve the experience immeasurably. You may even imagine that your car has gained that extra bit of horsepower. Alternatively, listen to this music in your bedroom thoughtfully, and appreciate the way all the instruments compliment each other. Anything goes. This is an album for any hardcore fans of classic rock, and for many fans of rock in general. Again, there doesn’t seem to be anything really modern about it, so if you’re expecting something contemporary just because some newer recording techniques were used, you’ll likely to be disappointed.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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