The Oklahoma Kid – Solarray

Rating: 1/5
Distributor/label [URL] Arising Empire
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL] https://www.impericon.com/uk/the-oklahoma-kid-solarray-cd.html
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/theoklahomakidofficial/

Band line-up:

Tomm Brümmer – Vocals
Fred Stoelzel – Guitars
Andreas Reinhard – Guitars
Robert Elfenbein – Bass
David J. Burtscher – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Oasis
2. High Stakes
3. Shaking Off The Disease
4. Feed Me Fear
5. Doppelganger
6. Balaclava
7. Solar Ray
8. Monster
9. Heartdown
10. Dreambender II
11. Trailsign

Review

Solarray is the debut album by German Metalcore band The Oklahoma Kid – and I’m quite pleased these guys do not come from eponymous Oklahoma because if this album reflected anything like the US State’s metal scene, then I would avoid it at all costs.

Where do I begin with this release? If I had to sum it up in one word it would be: awful! Awful composition, awful vocals, awful musicianship… you can see I did not like this piece of music one iota. I, therefore, must explain that this record was sent to the wrong critic as I have never in my whole life as a music journalist found anything of merit in the Metalcore genre.

Granted, these guys from Rostock aren’t all out Metalcore and experiment with bits of progressive metal and other genres, but their musical taste did nothing to please my eardrums no matter how hard I tried to get into this album.

It would seem unfair to say this album is entirely bad because I do have a history of liking and composing Hardcore Punk music – a major influence on Metalcore, and there were some moments in this release that reminded me of those days. ‘Doppelganger’ for instance began with a nice Hardcore style drum beat that almost made me smile, but it then descended back into the clichés of breakdowns, annoying screamed vocals and sloppy guitars that made me fall back into full melancholy.

This release was certainly given to the wrong man – one who has yet to find a Metalcore album which will please his ears and sadly, The Oklahoma Kid failed. I’d recommend this album to anyone who likes their metal slow and experimental, but not to those who got bored of Hardcore music after Killswitch Engage and their ilk made it dreadful in the late 200s.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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