Drenge
Undertow


4.0
excellent

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (84 Reviews)
April 12th, 2015 | 43 replies


Release Date: 04/06/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As dreary as it is energetic

Drenge seem to have a talent with picking the most fitting covers to use for their records. Their debut self-titled effort was a simple black and white photograph of a graveyard that’s placed right next to a scrapyard, which perfectly summarizes the dry, almost mean spirited nature of the album. Their latest effort, Undertow, is much more colorful yet mysterious, which fits very well with the overall tone of the disc.

The dreamy, fuzzy introductory track fades right into “Running Wild”, a song that sounds nothing like its title. Eoin Loveless’ vocals have not change much from the debut; His tone is still very much dreary and near-monotone, which only adds to the dizziness that is created by the echoing, slow churning guitars. The end result is almost spooky, and it makes you intrigued, interested in what’s to come.

Their signature garage punk energy is still very much present throughout the record; “Favorite Son” begins with bludgeoning and, in a way, textured drum fills, which is layered with a guitar riff so grimy you have to clean your ears out after hearing it. When the chorus comes in, drummer Rory Loveless absolutely destroys his drum kit with enough energy to power an entire city. “We Can Do What We Want” is a bit more straight forward, it’s almost a blur musically. Eoin sings at rapid speed, and Rory keeps up with a steady and solid beat, not breaking the tight structure of the song once. In fact, “solid” is perhaps the best way to describe the music found on this record.

“The Woods” is a song that shows a return of the bleakness of their self-titled effort. The guitars sound deeply upset as they drone over Eoin’s bone-weakening moan of “If we fought last night/I can’t remember anything you said”. Yet again, Rory exemplifies his skills at structuring songs with his tight drumming, giving an extra push to the song. This all builds up to a rather upbeat and seemingly cheery chorus that adds a light-tone to an otherwise melancholy track. “The Woods” might just be the best track on the entire disc for it demonstrates how well the band is at songwriting, musicianship, and their use of mood.

Undertow is a continuation of Drenge’s success because it’s a very solid follow-up to their already fantastic debut. It’s an exciting record to listen to and it makes you ecstatic to hear more. Of course, there’s the usual missteps here and there, such as forgettable tracks, but overall, Undertow is an album that should not be skipped.



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Supercoolguy64
April 12th 2015


8794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I figured that no one else planned to do this, so I decided to do a quick write-up. I swear man, these two are going places

wtferrothorn
April 12th 2015


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The drumming on some of these tracks is sooooo good. This is like a really high 3.5 for me, as not many tracked stood out that much , but an overall great album.

Good review. Pos

Supercoolguy64
April 12th 2015


8794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks bruh

PappyMason
April 12th 2015


5702 Comments


Good review man, pos.

I've been meaning to check out the stream for this all week. As per usual, I missed it. I've enjoyed the songs I have heard off this tho. Good band.

beefshoes
April 12th 2015


7199 Comments


I doubt I'd dig this all that much, but the album art is incredible.
Good review.

Supercoolguy64
April 12th 2015


8794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh shit it's on the front page, did not notice lol

DamnVanne
April 12th 2015


3004 Comments


I really want to check this out now. Great review!

henryChinaski
April 13th 2015


4149 Comments


This is one of those records I'm gonna check out just because of the album art. Nice write-up!

dbizzles
April 13th 2015


12984 Comments


*Eoin Loveless’ vocals have not changed much


Nice write-up. I'll have to check this out.

Digging: Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes

Alastor
April 13th 2015


1982 Comments


This is one of those records I'm gonna check out just because of the album art [2]

PappyMason
April 13th 2015


5702 Comments


Album art is beautiful, yeah.

Tunaboy45
April 13th 2015


16708 Comments


Sounds great

Funeralopolis
April 13th 2015


14247 Comments


review has me interested gonna check

Digging: Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 13th 2015


41663 Comments


'post-grunge'

Digging: Edyth - Bare II

StKiyo
April 13th 2015


384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was going to review it, but I can't even find a functional link to download it.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 13th 2015


41663 Comments


ah

ZairoN
April 14th 2015


5 Comments


dat album art really captivated me

danielito19
April 14th 2015


12075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I absolutely love the album art

Hopelust
April 14th 2015


3381 Comments


"This is one of those records I'm gonna check out just because of the album art. Nice write-up!"

Agreed on both accounts. Looking forward to the listen and good review overall; made me interested!


StKiyo
April 17th 2015


384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never Awake is my jam



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