Country of Origin: Spain
Admittedly this area of the metal arena is usually not a place I dwell in for any length of time but I couldn’t help myself as this album progressed and I was flooded with acts and albums from my very early metal past.
I couldn’t help but detect a vintage Anthrax (Benante?) drumming vibe throughout, a great touch that only makes the album only that much more listenable. Anthony Stephen adds a slightly nineties vocal glam feel to the package putting me in mind of a much younger Paul Dianno though don’t let this deter you any as the entire package is a delightful mixture, a tightly wrapped professional package that boasts the finest that several genres (NWOBHM, Power and Heavy metal) have to offer.
Foot tappingly catchy and twice as addictive. Throw these guys some green and show your support for this bodes well for the future of melodic European metal. I could listen to this all day.
County of Origin: Germany
Not knowing what quite to expect I was left aghast as an entire album devoid of vocals managed to keep the attention the entire way through. Not an easy feat as I’m A.D.D at my most relaxed. So how is it that Rotor holds my attention so, what is it that they do differently? Questions I hear a multitude of curious ‘minds’ asking’.
There is no simple answer but I will state they’re damn adept at weaving melodies, riffs and rhythm to place the listener in state of bliss much like Blotted Science in a way though sans brutal thrash/death undertones. It’s hard to define a specific style they utilize in order to attain that state, easier to list a few. There’s a definite stoner rock aura, as well a blues feel and plenty of depth eliciting a plethora of emotions. Emotions you might want to enjoy while relaxing surrounded by a pleasing aroma and enveloped in a cloud of ‘green’. A smattering of psychedelia is evident as well a larger amount of distortion/fuzz allowing a doom vibe to breathe though not overshadow the whole release. Every element is in moderation making for an ‘uber’ (there’s the only German word I’m using here, never mind listing the track titles) diverse slab of audio that is a hell of a lot better than one might first think.
Open your mind wide, widen your musical listening horizons and join me in my discovery of Rotor. One down, now only three more albums to get lost within.