Distributor/label URL: https://www.eclipserecords.com
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iris-OWL-COMPANY/dp/B07G1DCWWY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536147916&sr=8-1&keywords=owl+company+iris
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/owlcoband/
Enrico Minelli – Vocals
Felipe Ruiz – Guitars
Bruno Solera – Guitars
Fabio Yamamoto – Bass
Thiago Biasoli – Drums
1. One Last Time
2. Boogie Man
5. Shattered Dreams
6. Dawn of Days
7. Broken Paradigm
10. The Other Side
Owl Company are an alternative metal band from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their latest release ‘Iris’ was mixed by Matt Wallace, a man who has worked with Maroon 5 and Faith No More. It was also mastered by Paul Logus and he has worked with Stone Sour amongst others. The band have been influenced by 70s rock all the way up to 90s rock and they utilise a more modern kind of brutality.
The material’s mix of eras and genres really work well together. It’s not at all as if different ideas get thrown together without taste. Rather, Owl Company’s structural writing is smooth and clever, yet comes across as hard rocking fun that isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. The way the classic rock riffs are followed by single note heavy breakdown type sections in ‘Shattered Dreams’ and ‘Dawn of Days’ is surprisingly effective. However, unlike more aggressive bands these chugging segments aren’t so much violent and crazed, but are instead used more to add refreshingly basic contrasts to harmony that is more varied and sometimes actually quite sophisticated. The falling chromatic guitar riff and the rising bass part heard simultaneously in ‘Antagonist’ is really cool, colourful sounding and proggish, even a little jazzy. It would be nice if there was more of that stuff.
The rising chromatic part in ‘Forbidden’ isn’t quite as advanced, but few will really care at the end of the day. It serves the purpose of building up energy and aggression and is just a tiny bit in the style of Metallica’s ‘Frayed Ends of Sanity’. Such crazed sections are rare, but are always welcome. To go with all the fun and adrenaline, the production throughout the album is thick and powerful. The low rumbling of the bass is even satisfying to listen to when it just plays droning root notes and the guitar’s distorted tone isn’t over the top and filthy, but instead merges with the rest of the band nicely. Again adding contrasts, clean guitars have their moments. The drumming is fantastic and compliments the other instruments so well, it often takes what would normally be relatively standard material to another level. Furthermore, it often makes ideas build in just the right way; not too slowly and not too rushed. These people know exactly what they’re doing.
In conclusion, this music is full of life and brings to mind good times. The singer has a certain harshness to his voice, yet it also has great tone and he is very skilled. The melodies he sings could do with some more creativity at times though, as he has slight tendencies to repeat the same notes a little too much. Each member of the band is appreciated in part because of the epic production, but also because everyone has great parts that aren’t overcomplicated, rambling and distracting, but instead are very well composed. Well I say the music is well composed… what the hell is up with some of the endings? It’s a bit of a trend of modern times for songs to just stop, it seems. Someone needs to stop that trend! However, the rushed outros shouldn’t stop you from getting this music, as it’s pretty swish on the whole. It’s not exactly groundbreaking and it’s probably not written by super geniuses but so what?
Review by Simon Wiedemann
Focus tracks: Shattered Dreams, Rise, Antagonist.
All songs are FCC friendly.
Press quotes and highlights: https://www.eclipserecords.com/release/iris-owl-company/