Review:Beehover – The Devil And His Footmen

doom metal rock sludge stoner Ger­ma­ny

released Sep­tem­ber 27. 2013

Hell yeah! Beehoo­ver are back with a new stu­dio album and of cour­se it is the best thing that has hap­pen­ed to me in a very long time. Becau­se hap­pi­ness is not a warm gun, it’s a punch in the face and a kick in the gro­in: honest and strai­ght from the heart. And Beehoo­vers latest work The Devil And His Foot­men is a real braw­ler that excels in both disci­pli­nes. It is a Jack of all tra­des who skips easi­ly from weedy stoner groo­ves to slow-moving sludge metal, and is not afraid to expe­ri­ment on new moves of prog­rock-ish ele­gan­ce – if the­re ever was such a thing.

It is ama­zing how beau­ti­ful­ly it all fits tog­e­ther. The sin­gle tracks flow into one ano­t­her and you could almost think The Devil And His Foot­men is one giant song, a sto­ry lar­ger then life that makes you feel incredi­b­ly sad and incredi­b­ly hap­py at the same time. And in my case: incredi­b­ly stu­pid. Becau­se how do you trans­la­te this sto­ry into words? I hate to be remin­ded of my litera­ry short­co­mings. Which Beehoo­ver do. Con­stant­ly.

Beehoo­ver have always had their very own sound which makes it impos­si­ble to store them neat­ly away in a dra­wer some­whe­re bet­ween “sounds like x” or “if you like y” The dra­wer is always to small and every time you try, it blows up right in your face. Which seems weird given the fact that the band is essen­ti­al­ly a duo with Ing­mar Peter­sen on the bass and Claus-Peter Hamisch on the drums. You would think that this com­bi­na­ti­on of instru­ments some­what limits the choice of melo­dies pos­si­ble, but lucky for us Beehoo­ver eit­her don’t know or don’t care.

The Devil And His Foot­men packs less doom and gloom then their pre­vious album Con­cre­te Cata­lyst. It sets ligh­ter tones without loo­sing anything of of the bands hea­vy­ness. From the migh­ty ope­ner Mono­lith to the delight­ful­ly weird Boy vs. Tree it is brim­ming with raw ener­gy that even­tual­ly spills over to you, the lis­tener, as you shake your head and get sub­mer­ged in the ever chan­ging struc­tures and dyna­mics that you find at the foun­da­ti­on of every song. I have lis­tened to it several times now and I’m still get­ting more and more addic­ted to it. The­re is always some­thing new to dis­co­ver and I can’t ima­gi­ne ever gro­wing tired of it. So, in case you haven’ noti­ced: I real­ly like this band. A lot. I will sing their prai­se till king­dom come which is why I will spa­re you fur­ther rea­ding and lea­ve you to hear for yourself. Which hope­ful­ly, you will.

Review by Anam

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